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"Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life": Rare First Edition of Jonathan Edwards' A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, In Three Parts
Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1746.
First edition of Edwards’ Great Awakening classic. Octavo, bound in contemporary full calf. In very good condition with some light rubbing and wear to the extremities. First editions are rare and desirable.
"The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs": First Edition of Adventures of a White-Collar Man; Inscribed by Alfred P. Sloan
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1941.
First edition of the story of Alfred P. Sloan’s rise to become General Motors executive. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Alfred P. Sloan. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Alfred Sloan P. Sloan Jr New York July 22, 1964.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Written in collaboration with Boyden Sparkes. Introduction by Karl T. Compton. Scarce and desirable signed by Sloan.
Francis Barlow's magnificent 1687 edition of Aesop's Fables with 30 superb full page engravings, plus 110 in-text engravings
London: H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow, and are to be sold by Chr. Wilkinson, Tho. Fox, and Henry Faithorne, 1687.
Rare second edition (first published in 1666; virtually all copies of the first edition were destroyed in the great fire of London of 1666) of this classic work. Folio, bound in full red morocco by Riviere & Son with the crest of The Earl of Derby on the front panel, 31 etched plates and 110 half-page illustrations by Francis Barlow with captions by Aphra Behn. Etched frontispiece, additional title, and coat of arms of the dedicatee, the Earl of Devonshire. In very good condition light toning and wear. Text in Latin, French and English. Rare and desirable.
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. A nice association, trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life" First Edition of Agony and Ecstasy; Inscribed by Irving Stone
New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1961.
First edition of Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michaelangelo. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Fran and Manny Lewis because they love Italian art. Most cordially Irving Stone.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket painting by Jack Keats and design by Sydney Butchkes. Rarely encountered signed and inscribed.
"This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
First edition, early printing with same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Paris: Apud Claude Morel, 1615.
The complete works of Archimedes, the first edition edited by David Rivault. Folio, bound in full calf, title page in red and black. With 551 woodcut illustrations in text, large printer’s device on title. This work contains the Greek text with a Latin translation alongside and has extensive explanatory notes. Brunet considered this one of the two finest editions of Archimedes, the founder of hydrostatics and theoretical mechanics. Brunet I 384; Graesse I 180. In excellent condition with light toning to the text.
Full length photograph of Babe Ruth posing at a Massachusetts golf course with four other men, signed by Babe Ruth. Also signed by Massachusetts politicians John P. Feeney and Tom McEnanly. The photograph measures 7.25 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional photograph, rare and desirable signed by Ruth.
"The object of golf is to beat someone. Make sure that someone is not yourself": First Edition of Bobby Jones on Golf; Inscribed by the Legendary Golfer
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1966.
First edition of “the most practical and useful golf book ever written, covering every shot in the game and every aspect of play.” Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated by Anthony Ravielli. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Byron Sites, Best wishes, Bob Jones.” The recipient was a member of The Peachtree Golf Club, which was designed by Bobby Jones. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Charles Price. One of the more uncommon titles to find signed and inscribed, as Jones passed away in 1971.
Contributions to the Theory of Games Volumes I-IV; Signed by John Von Neumann, John Nash, Kenneth Arrow and Others
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1950-1959.
First edition of each work in this ground-breaking volume in game theory. Octavo, 4 volumes, original orange wrappers. Volume one is signed by John Von Neumann and John Nash on the title page. Contains the article by the Nobel Prize-winning economist entitled, “A Simple Three Person Poker Game.” Volume II is signed by Kenneth J. Arrow and John Milnor. Volume III is signed by W.H. Fleming and Philip Wolfe on the title page. Volume IV is signed by Robert J. Aumann and Martin Shubik. In near fine condition with some rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set, unique signed by Von Neumann and other contributors.
Cook’s Voyages: An Account of the Voyages Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere; South Pole and Round the World; A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and the Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. The First, Second and Third Voyages.
London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784.
A uniformly bound first edition set of the official accounts of Captain James Cook’s voyages, “the foundation of modern knowledge of the Pacific and a cornerstone of the literature of travel and exploration” (Beddie 648, 1216, 1543; Hill 782, 358, 361). Nine volumes altogether. Quarto, bound in half tan morocco with red and black morocco lettering pieces. Large folio atlas bound in similar style. The First Voyage is comprised of three volumes edited by John Hawkesworth. “An Account of the Voyages… for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… In the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour”. The Second Voyage includes two volumes, published in 1777: “A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty’s Ships Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775”. First edition. Portrait frontispiece and 63 plates and charts (several folding or double-page). The Third Voyage was published in 1784: “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. To determine The Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe”. Four volumes, first edition. The text with 24 plates and charts as called for, with two large folding maps and 61 plates. Some offsetting and overall light wear, a clean attractive set overall.
"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But He had one fault: he was too curious": Curious George; Inscribed by H.A. Rey with a drawing
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1941.
First edition, early printing of the first book in the Curious George series. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Warmly inscribed by the H.A. Rey opposite the title page, who has added a drawing of George waving a straw hat. Signed editions, especially with drawings are rare.
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970.
First edition of the story of the creation of Israel’s armed strength. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Rachel and Solomon Rapepord in deep friendship Shimon Peres 15.12.70.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears. Jacket design by Derrick Holmes. Rare and desirable signed.
“Solitude produces originality, bold & astonishing beauty, poetry": First Edition in English of Thomas Mann's Death In Venice; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925.
First edition in English preceding the British edition by three years of Mann’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers. Signed by Thomas Mann on the half-title page. Translated from the German by Kenneth Burke. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chipping to the head of the spine and rear panel. First editions are rare, especially so signed.
New York: James D. McBride, Printed by the Colombian Publishing Company, 1876.
Rare Centennial Memorial facsimile broadside of the Declaration of Independence. In near fine condition. The document measures 14 inches by 17 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 23 inches. An excellent example.
New York: Doubleday and Company, 1968.
First edition of this cornerstone in science fiction. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Philip K. Dick on the title page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce in this condition and signed.
Envelope signed (‘Wellington’) and addressed in the Duke’s hand to a recipient in Earlham, Norwich, postmarked “2 Feb 1834”, mounted together with a color reproduction of the portrait of Wellington by Thomas Lawrence and medal ribbons of the same kind as those Wellington was awarded. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 17 inches.
London: J. M. Dent and Co, 1899.
Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles and tooling to spine and front panel. Frontis and 6 photogravure and color illustrations. Armorial bookplate of Norman Maclachlan. An autographed letter signed from the author to Maclachlan laid in, noting that he never gets enough of fishing “and Parliament is officially arranged to make fishing difficult between March 1 and July 31, which covers the best of the season.” In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Life is a lot like jazz - it's best when you improvise": SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE GERSHWIN’S SONG-BOOK
New York: Random House, 1932.
Signed limited first edition, number 108 of only 300 copies signed by George Gershwin and illustrator Constantin Alajalov. Quarto, bound in full publishers morocco. This copy includes the music to “Mischa, Yascha, Toscha, Sascha” in the pocket at the rear, often not found. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.