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“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition of Joyce’s classic stream-of-consciousness work, his first novel. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine with some rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 101988
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Ambassador Jean-Pierre Masset of France. Compliments & best wishes. NMandela 29.1.96." The recipient, His Excellency Jean-Pierre Masset served as the French Ambassador to Pakistan from 1989 to 1993, a period of intense bilateral relations between France and Pakistan, marked by the state visit of President François Mitterrand, the first…
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 89081
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the photographer's first book with over 75 black-and-white and color photographic plates. Tall quarto, original ivory cloth. Signed by Peter Beard on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114613
London: Putnam, 1937.
Rare first British edition of the author's masterpiece, a lyrical meditation of the years she lived in Kenya. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 133265
First Edition of Isaac M. Wise's The Combat of the People; Published by the oldest Jewish Printing House in America
Cincinnati: Bloch & Co, 1859.
First edition of American Reform Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise's historical account of the era of Herod I. Octavo, contemporary cloth over boards, lacking the front free endpaper, library bookplate to the front pastedown, later collector's stamps to the title page, with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. In good condition. Rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 82600
"one of the most precious jewels in the national heritage": Photograph of 10 Downing Street; Signed by six British prime ministers
Black and white photograph of the 10 Downing Street doorway, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 65031
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't": First Edition of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, And What Alice Found
London: MacMillan and Co, 1872.
First edition of the author's classic work. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Baytun, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt vignettes to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt, frontispiece engraving with tissue guard present. With fifty illustrations by John Tenniel. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 130522
Single sheet of fifty four-cent stamps signed by all of the Mercury Seven, as follows: Malcolm Scott Carpenter; Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr.; John Herschel Glenn, Jr.; Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom; Walter "Wally" Schirra, Jr.; Alan B. Shepard, Jr.; Donald "Deke" Slayton. The signatures of Shepard and Grissom are faded. Matted and framed opposite a copy of Life magazine featuring the Mercury Seven. Entire piece measures 20 inches by 26 inches. An attractive and desirable piece, signed by all of the Mercury Seven astronauts.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 19052
“On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below”: First Edition of The Bridge of San Luis Rey; Inscribed by Thornton Wilder
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927.
First edition of the author's masterpiece and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For Milton J. Lesser with the regard of Thornton Wilder New Haven March 1930." Also laid in is a signed handwritten letter to the recipient from Wilder. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Illustrated by Amy Drevenstedt. A superior example of the dust jacket, which is prone to wear.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 5564
“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition of "the most perfect of all the Dickens novels" (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in calf by Morrell, gilt and tooling titles to the spine, raised bands, triple gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. In near fine condition. Illustrated with 38 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 131510
Color photograph of Big Ben Tower, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major and Tony Blair. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.25 inches by 16.25 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 73058
“Shanghai - one of the wonder cities of the world: Rare First Edition of Shanghai of To-day-A Souvenir Album
Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh, 1927.
First edition of this scarce pictorial album of the views of Shanghai. Quarto, original cloth-backed flexible boards, with 38 tipped-in photographs, front stamped and lettered in red on a gilt background, mounted photo label. Introduction by Owen Mortimer Green. Later editions included 50 photographs. In very good condition with some small chips and gift inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 49089
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Rabindranath Tagore on the half-title page. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 96033
Quarto, 6 volumes. Bound in full red morocco, gilt titles, gilt ruling to the spine, front and rear panels. In near fine condition. Mixed early editions. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 51080
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
First American edition of Mann's classic retelling of the story of Dr. Faustus, the man who sold his soul to the devil for 24 years of health and genius. Octavo, original boards, red topstain. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Joseph Golde thankful for his musical hospitality Chicago 23 Febr. 1950 Thomas Mann." A few notes in the text from the recipient, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Photograph of Mann by Yousuf Karsh. Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by the author, as…
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 77021
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the "They went home and broke their bread" illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 87670
“It had to teach her to think of love as a state of grace: not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end it itself": First American Edition of Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chip Kidd
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First American edition of the author's work, which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson and Chip Kidd. Additionally signed by Chip Kidd on the rear dust jacket flap. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 116002
"Have gone to Patagonia": First Edition of the Authors Masterpiece In Patagonia; Signed by Bruce Chatwin
London: Jonathan Cape, 1977.
First edition of author’s most well-known work and one of the great travel books of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece map and 4 black and white photographic plates. Signed by Bruce Chatwin on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very nice example, rare signed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 44025
"Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage": FIRST EDITION in book form OF DICKENS The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; finely bound
London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
First edition in book form of Dickens' first novel and one of his greatest works. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, with the first state Veller title page, with 43 engraved plates by Seymour and Browne and five Buss plates which Dickens requested to be removed in subsequent printings. In very good condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 99840