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Egyptian Sepulchres and Syrian Shrines: Including Some Stay in the Lebanon, at Palmyra and in Western Turkey.
London : Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts 1861
First edition of Emily Anne Beaufort’s account of her travels throughout Egypt and Syria. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, black morocco spine labels, folding chromolithographic frontispiece to volume I and five other chromolithogrpahic plates throughout. In near fine condition. An attractive 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.
“Imagination, of course, can open any door - turn the key and let terror walk right in": First Edition of Truman Capote's Classic In Cold Blood; Signed by Him
New York : Random House 1965
First edition of Capote’s landmark non-fiction novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote on a tipped in page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by S. Neil Fujita.
"To go into solitude, man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society": First edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature which established the principles of Transcendentalism
Boston : James Monroe and Company 1836
Scarce first edition of Emerson’s important anonymously published essay collection which established the principles of Transcendentalism. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt title to the front panel. In very good condition. A previous owner has inscribed Emerson’s name to the title page. Scarce and desirable.
First Edition of Igor Stravinsky and Robert Craft's Dialogues and A Diary; lengthily inscribed by Igor Stravinsky
Garden City, NY : Doubleday & Company 1963
First edition of Craft’s detailed account of his travels with mentor Igor Stravinsky from 1951 to 1961. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Igor Stravinsky on the title page, “To Dick and George my good friends Affectionately, Igor Stravinsky New York Jan 4th/64.” Near fine in a near fine dust price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photographs by Columbia Records.
"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS": FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE ORWELLS MASTERPIECE ANIMAL FARM
London : Secker & Warburg 1946
First British edition of Orwell’s timeless allegorical novel— a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. The dust jacket has the Early List for 1945 to the rear panel and the Search light motif in red to the reverse of the jacket. The jacket has a stated price of 6s. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example of this classic Orwellian tale.
"Tune in, freak out, get beaten": First Edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman
New York : Random House 1971
First edition of Thompson’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Ralph Steadman. An exceptional example.
New York : Boosey and Hawkes 1945
First edition of the Booksey and Hawkes Pocket Orchestral Score of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, one of the most enduring of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original wrappers as issue. Inscribed by the composer on the title page, “For Bruce Kubert Aaron Copland Heaton Hall July 1946.” In very good condition with a tear to the front panel. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
"But for a dog That kept its head": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline's Rescue; Signed by Him With a Drawing of Madeline
London : Andre Deutsch/Derek Verscholyle 1953
First British edition of the second book in the Madeline series, which went on to win the Caldecott Medal. Thin quarto, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by author who has drawn a picture of Madeline, “To Brownie Wise Souvenier de Paris Ludwig Bemelmans 1954.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and with a drawing.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be": First Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London : Bloombsbury 2000
First British edition of Rowling’s fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Giles Greenfield. Cover design by Richard Horne.
"Fly over the valley when the winds are keen, and nestle where the earth receives another generation of exhausted leaves": First edition of Edgar Lee Masters' Starved Rock
New York : The Macmillan Company 1919
First edition of the this early collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth. Inadvertently inscribed on the final free endpaper, “For S.D. Green…Edgar Lee Masters.” In very good condition.
Rare 18th Century Heart-Shaped Christian Broadside; containing liturgical prayers, hymns, and creeds in latin
Germany : c. 1780
Rare late 18th century liturgical broadside. Printed broadside mounted on a decorated heart-shaped hardwood frame with a hand-painted botanical border containing Protestant liturgical chants, daily prayers, and hymns. Text in Latin. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable.
“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought": First Edition of John Rawls Masterpiece A Theory of Justice
Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1971
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Small numbers on the copyright page, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
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.
"Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do": First Edition of Walter Bagehots Classic work Lombard Street
New York : Scribner, Armstrong and Co 1873
First edition of this “undying classic” (J.M. Keynes). Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition. First editions are scarce.