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"'Because life's too damn hard here,' Lois said. 'The land's got too much power over you. Being rich here is a good way to go insane": First Edition of The Last Picture Show; Signed by Twice by Him
New York: The Dial Press, 1966.
First edition of the author’s third and one of his most memorable novels. Octavo, original cloth. Signed twice by Larry McMurtry, once on the front free endpaper and again on the rear endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelfwear. Jacket drawing by J.J. Fox. A superior example.
"I am writing this because people I loved have died. I am writing this because when I was young I was full of the power of loving, and now that power of loving is dying. I do not want to die": First Edition of Amos Oz's Scarce First Book My Michael; Lengthily Signed by Him
London: Chatto & Windus, 1972.
First British edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily signed by the author on the front free endpaper as follows, “Best Wishes Amos Oz Tel Aviv 17.2.14 I am writing this because people I loved have died. I am writing this because when I was young I was full of the power of loving, and now that power of loving is dying. I do not want to die.” The inscription is from the opening lines of this novel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. A unique inscription with the very first words from Oz’s premier novel transcribed.
“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream": Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet; lengthily inscribed by him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
First edition, early printing of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations by the author. Association copy, lengthily inscribed by Kahlil Gibran on the title page, “This is for Elenor Fisch, who lives in the world of beautiful understanding. Kahlil Gibran, 1926.” From the library of D. Rajagopal with his library stamp to the front pastedown. Rajagopal was the lifelong friend and editor of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, the leader of the Theosophy movement in the early 20th century, and one of its most famous figures. In his teachings, Krishnamurti stressed the necessity for a revolution of human consciousness, which could only occur with radical religious, political, and social change. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and with noted provenance.
First Edition of Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes; Warmly Inscribed by Alice Waters
New York: The Viking Press, 2016.
First edition of this work for anyone who loves France, food and adventure. Quarto, illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Alexis with love, Alice Waters.” Fine in a fine dust jacket, gift inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper. Illustrated by Ann Arnold.
Original First edition Exhibition Flyer from the 1959 Hartigan and Rivers With O'Hara Show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery; inscribed by Rivers to fellow New York School member Willem de Kooning
New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1959.
First edition of this exhibition flyer for the 1959 Tibor de Nagy exhibition of works by Larry Rivers and Grace Hartigan inspired by O’Hara’s poetry. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, illustrated with twelve black and white lithographs. Association copy, inscribed by Larry Rivers on the verso of the front cover to fellow member of the informal New York School of artists Willem de Kooning, “For Bill de Kooning much admiration Larry Rivers.” Musician, artist and filmmaker Larry Rivers took up painting in 1945 and lived in the the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory. A part of the New York School of the 1950s (of which Frank O’Harra was the crux due to his position at the MOMA), Rivers’ paintings drew inspiration from the contemporary avant-garde movement, in particular abstract expressionism. De Kooning too was a part of the New York School, his well-known The Woman Series notable for its powerful expression of the frustrations and desires of the post-World War II era. In near fine condition. An intimate association copy, linking these great artists of the 20th century.
"This is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy": Review Copy of the First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
First edition with “A-3.64[H]” present on copyright page. Review copy, with the slip laid in, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. Jacket painting of Pont Neuf, Paris by Hildegard Rath.
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Asya from Walter March 1922.” In good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
"California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains": First Edition of Hunter Thompsons celebrated first book Hells Angels; Signed by Him and Illustrator Ralph Steadman
New York: Random House, 1967.
First edition of Thompson’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson and illustrator Ralph Steadman on the half-title page, who illustrated both Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas among others. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joseph del Gaudio. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example of this title.
London: Printed for Geo B. Whittaker, 1826.
Finely bound set containing a selection of English translations of the short stories of various German authors. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engravings. In near fine condition.
“A word in earnest is as good as a speech": The New Oxford illustrated edition of Charles Dickens' Bleak House
London: Oxford University Pres, 1948.
The New Oxford illustrated edition of this Dickens classic. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, with forty illustration by “Phiz” including a tissue-guarded frontispiece and an introduction by Osbert Sitwell. In near fine condition.
"Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life": First Edition of The Phantom Tollbooth; Signed by both Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
New York: Epstein & Carroll, 1961.
First edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Signed by both Norton Juster and illustrator, Jules Feiffer on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some professional restoration to the extremities. Desirable signed by both Juster and Feiffer.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.
First edition of Coretta Scott King’s autobiography, which recounts the history of the Civil Rights Movement and offers an inside look at Dr. King, his sermons and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Beatrice Thrope With best wishes Coretta Scott King.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Reed.
Ethiopia: C. 18th Century.
Rare illustrated Ethiopian Coptic Ge’ez Bible. Small octavo, bound in full leather with elaborate tooling stamped in blind to the front and rear panels, braided leather ribbon bound in, parchment manuscript of approximately 120 leaves in black and red ink, with a full-page miniature depicting Madonna and child flanked by two cherubs and double-page spread featuring Saint George slaying the dragon. Housed in the original leather chemise case with leather carrying handle.
"But hes a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid": First Edition of Arthur Miller's Pultizer Prize-Winning Classic The Death Of A Salesman
New York: The Viking Press, 1949.
First edition of the first play to win all three major drama awards upon its opening in 1949: the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Tony Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original orange cloth, pictorial endpapers. Name to the title page, near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket with rubbing and wear. Jacket drawing by Joseph Hirsch.
“To understand all is to forgive all": First American Edition and Limited Presentation Copy of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1945.
First American edition of Waugh’s masterpiece, one of 150 presentation copies produced with compliments of the publisher and preceding the first trade edition. Octavo, original cloth. With the publisher’s original presentation slip laid in which reads, “This is a presentation copy of a limited edition. It is is not a review copy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities.
"Its just that Id rather die of drink than of thirst": First edition of Ian Fleming's Thunderball; Inscribed by Fleming to OSS and CIA Agent Charles Jackson
London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To C.D. Jackson who says nice things! from Ian Fleming.” The recipient Charles Douglas Jackson joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1943 and the following year he was appointed Deputy Chief at the Psychological Warfare Division at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), and it was during this time Fleming, working for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division, likely would have met Jackson. After the war, Jackson worked for Life Magazine, and at the time of Thunderball‘s publication, had become the magazine’s publisher. Several years after Jackson’s death in 1964 it was revealed that he had been a CIA agent since 1948. An exceptional association of two important figures in the British/American nexus of World War II and Cold War intelligence operatives given its fullest embodiment in the popular imagination through Fleming’s enduring spy avatar James Bond. Gilbert A9a (1.1). Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket art by Richard Chopping.
"One of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature"; Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
Ex Officina Guilielmi Riverii: Atrebati [Arras, France], 1610.
Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas’ “most perfect work, the fruit of his mature years, in which the thought of his whole life is condensed.” Folio, bound in full period calf with elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels, red morocc spine label lettered in gilt, raised bands to the spine, woodcut printers device to the title page, woodcut initials, title vignettes, head and tail pieces. Printed in double columns with marginal notes and double lines. Contains the three parts of the Summa theologica, followed by the Supplement as well as the indexes. In very good condition. A desirable example of this important and influential work.
"One of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature"; Early printing of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
Sumpt. Joannis Girin, & Barth. Rivière in vico Mercatorio: Lugduni, 1677.
Rare early printing of Thomas Aquinas’ “most perfect work, the fruit of his mature years, in which the thought of his whole life is condensed.” Folio, four volumes bound into one in one quarter morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in seven compartments within raised bands, all edges red, woodcut printer’s device to the title page, woodcut headpieces and initials. In very good condition. Library stamp to the title page. A prime example of this important and influential work.
“She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight": First Edition of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1949.
First edition, first state, of Chandler’s fifth hard-boiled novel featuring his iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe. Octavo, original orange cloth. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Dust jacket by Boris Artzybasheff.