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Color photograph portrait of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer boldly signed, “God bless you, M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches. An iconic photograph of Mother Teresa, rare and desirable and signed.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
London : Macmillan and Co., Limited 1902
First edition, first issue of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing. A nice example.
"Please have this Christmas remembrance of your friendship and of your devotion to AA's grapevine": Alcoholics Anonymous; Warmly Inscribed by Bill Wilson
New York : Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc 1955
First edition of the revised edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Bill Wilson on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Dear Thornton Please have this Christmas remembrance of your friendship and of your devotion to AA’s grapevine Ever Yours Bill BH Xmas 55.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Wilson.
“When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument": First Edition of C.S. Forester's The African Queen
Boston : Little, Brown, and Company 1935
First edition of C.S. Forester’s beloved African adventure, basis for John Huston’s 1951 Oscar-winning film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example.
“The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm is one of the most inveterate of human instincts”: First Edition of one of the classic works on Interior Design The Decoration of Houses
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1897
First edition of Edith Wharton’s first published book. Octavo, original marbled paper boards. Illustrated with 56 plates. In near fine condition with rubbing. Uncommon in this condition.
“I AM NOT AFRAID OF STORMS, FOR I AM LEARNING HOW TO SAIL MY SHIP": LITTLE WOMEN, PART THE SECOND IN THE ORIGINAL CLOTH
Boston : Robert Brothers 1869
First edition of Little Women, Part the Second in the original green cloth, frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated. With 8 pages of advertisement at rear and no notice for “Little Women, Part First” on page iv. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Laid in is a period colored postcard of the home of Louisa May Alcott in Concord, Massachusetts where she wrote the present volume.
Large Paper Copy of John Muir's The Cruise of the Corwin; One of Five Hundred and Fifty Copies; In the Exceptionally Rare Dust Jacket
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 In Search of De Long and the Jeannette.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company 1917
First edition, large paper copy, one of five hundred and fifty copies, this is number 260. Octavo, original cloth. Edited by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with plates from photographs and from sketches by Muir. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Kimes 348; BAL 14775
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference": The Road Not Taken; Inscribed by Robert Frost
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1961
First edition, early printing of this collection which includes Frost’s most recognizable poem: The Road Not Taken. Octavo, original green cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Nancy Yemmestad from Robert Frost Breadloaf VT 1961.” In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
New York : Frederick A. Stokes 1931
First edition of this classic work, basis for the film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Octavo, original cloth. A pre-publication example, with the date of August 20, 1931 stamped to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket with some chips and wear. Introduction by Heywood Broun. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original dust jacket are scarce.
“Danger confronted properly is not something a man must fear": First Edition of Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October; Signed by Him and Sean Connery
Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press 1984
First edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed by Tom Clancy and Sean Connery on the title page. Connery starred in the lead role of the 1990 movie adaptation as Captain 1st Rank Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius, Commanding Officer of Red October. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York : Funk and Wagnalls Inc 1971
First edition of Ben-Gurion’s Israel: A Personal History. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by David Ben-Gurion on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition, owner signature to the half-title page.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed by Her
London : J.M. Dent Sons 1963
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by John Andrew. A very nice example.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; INSCRIBED BY HER TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO PUBLICATION
New York : Random House 1957
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper two months prior to the publication date, “To Ray and Betty Nelson (and to Ev Suffens) – – affectionately – Ayn Rand 8/22/57.” The recipient, Ray Nelson (who went by the on-air name ‘Ev Suffens’) was the host of the late night jazz radio program Midnight Jamboree on radio station WEVD. Rand’s assistant and close personal friend, Barbara Branden wrote of Rand, “…jazz had a kind of symbolic significance to Rand…Rand once said that what she would love more than anything is to never have to think about politics, because it wouldn’t be necessary. She loved what she saw as the frivolous in America, that this was a country where you didn’t have to be concerned whether you were going to to starve to death before tomorrow, or freeze to death, or to be put in prison, or sent to Siberia. You could be concerned with things like lipstick and silk stockings. And jazz.” An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF PORGY AND BESS; SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN, DUBOSE HEYWARD, AND ROUBEN MAMOULIAN
George Gershwin. Libretto by DuBose Heyward. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Production Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
New York : Random House 1935
Deluxe limited edition of Porgy and Bess, number 55 of only 250 copies signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward and director Rouben Mamoulian. Folio, original full red morocco, raised bands, top edge gilt, illustrated. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
"The ability to think for one's self depends upon one's mastery of the language": First Edition of Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Signed by Joan Didion
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1968
First edition of what many consider her magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. A very nice example.