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"If as they say some dust thrown in my eyes will keep my talk from getting overwise": First Signed limited Edition of Robert Frost's West-Running Brook
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1928.
First signed limited edition of this work detailing Frost’s “Home Spun Philosophy”. Octavo, original half-cloth over pictorial boards, top edge gilt, illustrated with four tissue-guarded full-page woodcut illustrations by J.J. Lankes, this is number 736. One of one thousand copies signed by both Robert Frost and illustrator J.J. Lankes beneath each of his engravings. In very good condition.
First Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude in the First Issue Dust Jacket; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Translator Gregory Rabassa
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “y para Martin, con todo el afecto, Gabriel Garcia Marquez 05.” Additionally signed by the translator Gregory Rabassa on the title page. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the exclamation point at the end of the first paragraph on the front flap. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Poets Classic Work; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Rapp & Whiting, 1968.
First edition of Neruda’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Edwards. Translated by Robert Bly and James Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another": First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison's Masterpiece Beloved; Inscribed by Her to Actress Joan Powell
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel and considered by many her finest. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Joan Powell Regards Toni Morrison.” The recipient Joan Powell is a singer, dancer and actress, most well-known for A Date with Judy (with Elizabeth Taylor), Royal Wedding (with Fred Astaire), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (with Howard Keel) and Hit the Deck. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by R.D. Scudellari. An nice presentation.
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there”: First Edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Signed by Robert Pirsig
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1974.
First edition of one of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Robert M. Pirsig on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it": First Edition of BFG; Signed by Roald Dahl and Illustrator Quentin Blake
London: Jonathan Cape, 1982.
First edition of this Dahl classic, which has sold over 20 million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, “Nicola Love Roald Dahl.” Additionally inscribed by the illustrator Quentin Blake opposite Dahl’s inscription. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed by both Dahl and Blake.
First Edition of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh's Study of Conference on the Human Problems of Industrial Communities within the Commonwealth and Empire; Signed by Prince Philip
His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh’s Study of Conference on the Human Problems of Industrial Communities within the Commonwealth and Empire.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1956.
First edition of this two volume set, boldly signed by Prince Philip on the front free endpaper of volume one. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jackets. Number 279 of 400 examples.
“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again": First Edition of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby; Finely Bound
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.
First edition of one of Dickens’ most popular novels. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Morrell, ornate inlay to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, inner dentelles, illustrated with 40 plates. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional presentation.
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition of the third book in the wonderfully illustrated Eloise series. Slim folio, original pictorial red boards, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the front pastedown, “For Henry! from Hilary Knight AND ME, ELOISE!.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice example.
Magnificent first trade edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; with 20 remarkably intricate full color plates illustrated by Edmund Dulac
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909.
Magnificent first trade edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald and with illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Quarto, original publisher’s gold-stamped cloth, gilt tltles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, title page on Japanese vellum, with 20 intricate full color plates tipped in to decorated Japaneses vellum mounts with lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition.
First Edition of The Call of the Wild; Inscribed by Jack London to fellow writer and screenplay pioneer Elinor Glyn
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903.
First edition of one of the most desirable classics in American literature. Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. With 18 full-page color illustrations by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Elinor Glyn:- My most popular, but my own heart goes out to some of my sociological screeds. Jack London Mar. 1, 1911.” The recipient Elinor Glyn was a British novelist and scriptwriter who specialized in romantic fiction, which was considered scandalous for its time. Her first book, The Visits of Elizabeth was published the same year as London’s first book. She later moved to California and became one of the first female writers of movie screenplays. She popularized the concept of the It-girl, and had tremendous influence on early 20th-century popular culture and, possibly, on the careers of notable Hollywood stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and, especially, Clara Bow. In near fine condition with light shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions of this classic title are scarce.
London: John Camden Hotten, c. 1867.
Finely bound example of Thomas Wright’s illustrated history of the Georges. Octavo, bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges marbled with marbled endpapers, illustrated with nearly four hundred steel and wood engravings including hand-colored frontispiece. In very good condition.
"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse": Rare original production cel signed by animation pioneer Walt Disney
Rare original production cel featuring Mickey Mouse and Chip the chipmunk in a wintry scene from the short film Squatter’s Rights. Boldly signed on the mat by Walt Disney. Produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and directed by Jack Hannah, the animated short film Squatter’s Rights premiered in theaters on June 7, 1946. The story centered on a confrontation between Mickey Mouse’s dog Pluto and chipmunks Chip and Dale who had taken up residence in Mickey’s hunting shack. The short film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 19th Academy Awards, but ultimately lost to The Cat Concerto, an MGM Tom and Jerry film, which shared one of 7 Oscars for the Tom and Jerry series. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 17.25 inches. Rare and desirable featuring Disney’s most recognizable character.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, one of 2000 copies, this is number 1877. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Fine in a fine slipcase.
"The first book of wine in the English language": First Scholar's Facsimiles & Reprints edition of William Turner's Book Of Wine
New York: Scholar's Facsimiles & Reprints, 1941.
First Scholar’s Facsimiles edition of the first book of wine in the English language, reproduced from the copies in the Library of Congress and British Museum. Small octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Fine with a contemporary bookplate to the inner gutter, in the first issue dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A very nice example.