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"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's": First Edition of H.G.Wells Classic Novel; The War of the Worlds
London: William Heinemann, 1898.
First edition, first issue of this science fiction cornerstone. Octavo, original grey cloth lettered in black. Currey’s state (A) with 16 pages publisher’s advertisements at end dated Autumn 1897. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented": First American Editions of Elie Wiesel's Night Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
New York: Hill and Wang, 1960-1962.
First American editions of each work in the author’s acclaimed Night Trilogy. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. Each are signed by Wiesel, The Accident is inscribed by him. Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Portrait engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed U.S. Grant. The engraving measures 5.5 inches by 4 inches. This portrait engraving produced by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In near fine condition, affixed to an 8 inch by 10 inch sheet bearing a small note. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches 18 inches.
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 with a few small closed tears and general wear. A very nice example.
“They looked at each other until they weren't acquaintances any longer": First Edition of What Makes Sammy Run; Inscribed by Budd Schulberg in the year of publication
New York: Random House, 1941.
First edition of what many consider one of the most important novels on Hollywood and the film industry. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Julian Johnson with respect and fond regards, Budd. March 29, 1941.” The recipient Julian Johnson was the head story editor for 20th Century Fox studios in the 1930s. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the rear panel with the blurbs by F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.
New York: Random House, 1958.
First edition of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Truman Capote on a tipped in page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ismar David. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Rare First Edition Little Golden Book of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and Pluto Pup; inscribed by Walt Disney
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
Rare first edition Little Golden Book of this Disney tale of a fishing trip with Mickey Mouse and his loyal pup Pluto. Octavo, original illustrated boards with gilt spine label and elaborate full-color illustrations throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Frank Hart – Best Wishes – Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. An exceptional example.
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1955.
First edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece, published in Paris by the Olympia Press in 1955. First issue with the price of 900 francs on the rear panel of each volume. Octavo, 2 volumes, original green wrappers. In very good condition with light rubbing, some toning to the extremities.
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.
"One of the FINEST EXAMPLES OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN ENGRAVINGS": Official George Casilear U.S. Treasury Department Engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant; Signed and dated by Him
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Official Bureau of Engraving & Printing U.S. Treasury Department engraved portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant by George W. Casilear. Boldly signed “U.S. Grant.” The brother of landscape painter John William Casilear, George W. Casilear was an early and nationally recognized security engraver. He held several important patents to features including tamper-proof ink, printing techniques and paper. In consideration of the aesthetic needs of the Treasury for both widespread reproduction of these images on banknotes and well as the fine detail required to distinguish counterfeiting, the engravings are considered among the finest American examples of 19th century. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10 inches by 9 inches. Engravings signed by Grant are rare, particularly by Casilear.
"one of the most remarkable books ever written": First Editions of Jawaharlal Nehru's Glimpses of History
Allahabad: Printed by M.N. Pandey , 1934-35.
First editions of “one of the most remarkable books ever written” (The New York Times). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. In very good condition. Foreword by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Rabinadranath Tagore's The King of The Dark Chamber; signed by him and with an autographed signed letter
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original clot with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 27 1927.” Laid in is a typed letter signed by Tagore which reads in part, “Santiniketan, India, April 1, 1926. Dear Sir; I was glad to receive your kind letter asking me to send a few words of greeting to your scholars who will be soon called upon to shoulder the active responsibilities of life. All that I wish to tell your scholars is that my thoughts are with the young and that my heart ever rejoices to see them fight difficulties and make bold experiments. Yours sincerely, Rabindranath Tagore.” The recipient, S.D. Green was a 1904 graduate and colleague of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Harvard University. He later taught at the historic Trenton High School in Trenton, New Jersey and amassed an important library of books signed by American Presidents and important early 20th century novelists. Also laid in is the original transmittal letter which accompanied the book dated March 1st 1927 and signed by Tagore’s fellow Bengali poet and close associate Amija C. Chakravarty to Green. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
london: Henry S. King, 1873.
First edition of this “undying classic” (J.M. Keynes). Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, contemporary bookplate to the pastedown. A very nice example.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.
The 40th Anniversary of the economist’s classic work. Signed by F.A. Hayek. One of 200 signed numbered copies, this is number 95. Octavo, full morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with double-line gilt ruled borders, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in. In fine condition without wear.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.
The 40th Anniversary of the economist’s classic work. Signed by F.A. Hayek. One of 200 signed numbered copies. Octavo, full morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with double-line gilt ruled borders, all edges gilt. In fine condition without wear.