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New York: Franklin Watts Inc, 1963.
First American edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Brian Wildsmith on the title page. Some rubbing to the bottom cloth and a bookplate to the inner front panel, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Uncommon signed.
“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.
"Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him": First Edition of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock
London: Heinemann, 1938.
First edition of Greene’s chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First American Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
New York: The Century Co, 1897.
First American edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing. Octavo, original illustrated cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel and gilt central sailboat motif. In fine condition. A superior example.
Paris: Editions d'Art Skira, 1956.
First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with tipped-in color plates. Inscribed by Marc Chagall on the title page, “Pour David de Marc Chagall en bon souvenir N.Y. 1967.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with the original slipcase.
New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1953.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Chess grandmaster Larry Evans, “To Ambassador Thompson Best wishes Larry Evans March, 1956.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with a few closed tears.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1939.
First edition stated on copyright page; first issue with blue topstain of Abbott’s landmark work on New York. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated with 97 halftone plates that display “the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression” (Parr & Badger). Text by Elizabeth McCausland. In excellent condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1939.
First edition stated on copyright page; first issue with blue topstain of Abbott’s landmark work on New York. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated with 97 halftone plates that display “the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression” (Parr & Badger). Text by Elizabeth McCausland. Inscribed by the photographer in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Susan Sherman With most cordial regards Berenice Abbott April 4, 1939.” Some rubbing to the corners of the cloth, an excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Scarce and desirable, especially signed and inscribed in the year of publication.
"Wandering between two worlds, one lost, the other powerless to be born": First Edition of Changing Places; Signed by David Lodge
London: Secker & Warburg, 1975.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by David Lodge on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light toning to the spine. A very bright example of a book that is prone to significant fading.
“The crucial artist of the twentieth century" (The New Yorker) First Edition Charlie Chaplin's Autobiography; Signed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1964.
First edition of “the best autobiography ever written by an actor. An astonishing work” (Chicago Tribune). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the dedication page, “Best wishes Charles Chaplin Oct 1968.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Scarce signed.
Black and white photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh in his flying gear, inscribed by Lindbergh, “To Ms. Elizabeth Reynolds Sincerely, Charles A. Lindbergh.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9 inches by 11 inches. A striking image, rare and desirable signed by Lindbergh.
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it": Later printings of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Three Other All-Time Favorites; Thrice Signed And Inscribed by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Plus Three More All-Time Favorites: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
New York: Bantum Books, 1977-1978.
Later printings of four of Dahl’s most beloved works. Octavo, 4 volumes, original illustrated wrappers including the first appearance in paperback of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox are signed by the author on the dedication page in green ink, “Roald Dahl.” Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is inscribed on the half-title page, “To Little Sammy With Love Roald Dahl 1982.” Each volume is in near fine condition. Housed in a custom illustrated slipcase which is in very good condition. Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman, Jill Bennett, and Donald Chaffin. Rare and desirable inscribed by Dahl.
Rare original photograph of a young Charlie Chaplin. Signed by Chaplin beneath his portrait, “Faithfully Chas Chaplin.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches by 5 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
"It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn't catch the remark because I wasn't paying attention": First Edition of E.B. Whites Beloved Classic Charlottes Web
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1952.
First edition, first printing, with code “I-B” on copyright page. Octavo, original cloth, blue and white spider-web patterned endpapers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Illustrated by Garth Williams.
First Edition of Cherished Portraits of Thoroughbred Horses; Inscribed by William Woodward To Nelson Doubleday
Cherished Portraits of Thoroughbred Horses: From the Collection of William Woodward. With Notes by W.S. Vosburgh.
New York: Privately Printed for Ernest R. Gee [by The Derrydale Press], 1929.
First edition, one of 300 copies. Quarto, bound original full red crimson morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt tooling to the spine with raised bands, gilt ruled covers with gilt title on front cover, top edge gilt. Inscribed by the author, “To Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Doubleday with my best and affectionate regards William Woodward.” The recipient, Nelson Doubleday was a United States book publisher and president of Doubleday Company from 1922-1946. His father Frank N. Doubleday founded the business. Contains sixty-eight engraved plates and three charts. In very good condition.
London: Hutchinson , 1987.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Garry Kasparov on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Greek edition of Christ Recrucified. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition.
"A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting": First Edition of Dior's Christian Dior and I
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1957.
First edition of Dior’s fascinating personal account of his impressive fashion career. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the French by Antonia Fraser. Photograph of Dior by Andre Ostier.
"The sooner you go to sleep," his little mother had told him, "the sooner Santa Claus will come. You don't want to keep him waiting, do you?": First Edition of Pearl Buck's Christmas Miniature; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: The John Day Company, 1957.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s Christmas classic. Octavo, original cloth. Name erased to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. A very nice example in the rare dust jacket. Illustrated throughout by Anna Marie Magagna.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend of family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.