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"There are cases in which the greatest daring is the greatest wisdom": FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT TREATISE ON POLITICAL-MILITARY ANALYSIS AND STRATEGY EVER WRITTEN; CARL VON CLAUSEWITZ'S ON WAR
London: N. Trubner & Co., 1873.
First edition in English of arguably the most important treatise on political-military analysis and strategy ever written. Small quarto, three volumes complete in one, original cloth, frontispiece portrait of Clausewitz. Translated by Colonel J. J. Graham from the third German edition. In near fine condition. From the library of Lt. Colonel Walter Pipon Braithwaite with his bookplate and ownership signature. General Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite was a British Army officer who held senior commands during the First World War. After being dismissed from his position as Chief of Staff for the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, he received some acclaim as a competent divisional commander on the Western Front. After the war, he was commissioned to produce a report analyzing the performance of British staff officers during the conflict. Additional bookplates and period photograph adhered to the front free endpaper. Exceedingly rare, particularly in the original cloth, with only 2 other copies located in auction records over the past 50 years.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 127055
“A LADY'S IMAGINATION IS VERY RAPID; IT JUMPS FROM ADMIRATION TO LOVE, FROM LOVE TO MATRIMONY IN A MOMENT": RARE SECOND EDITION OF JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1813.
Rare second editions of all three volumes of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, published only months after the first edition. Octavo, three volumes bound in full mottled calf by Bartlett and Co. of Boston with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, half-titles present. Titles supplied from a first edition copy. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. The text for this edition was re-set, with some variations within the page and to spelling and punctuation, but without corrections by Austen. Gilson A4. A highly desirable example of this landmark work in English literature.
Price: $42,500.00 Item Number: 127019
Eighteen Books of the Secrets of Art & Nature, Being The Summe and Substance of Naturall Philosophy, Methodically Digested. First designed by John Wecker Dr in Physick, and now much Augmented and Inlarged by Dr. R. Read. A like work never before in the English tongue.
1660: Printed for Simon Miller at the Starre in St. Pauls Church-yard, London.
First edition in English of Reade’s 17th century adaptation of Johann Jacob Wecker’s De secreti libri xvii [Book of Secrets] of 1582. Folio, bound in three quarter polished calf over marbled boards with gilt titles and ruling to the spine, woodcut printer’s device to the title, woodcut head and tailpieces and initials, numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. In near fine condition. Lacking the engraved frontispiece, title page supplied. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 127083
"First and greatest classic of modern economic thought": Second Edition of Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, In the Strand, 1778.
Rare second edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, one of only 500 copies. Quarto, 2 volumes. Bound in full brown contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine labels. In near fine condition, bookplate to the front pastedown. Remarkably clean throughout with some light toning. An exceptional example of this landmark work.
Price: $38,000.00 Item Number: 127637
Complete first edition set of Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet.; with The Jewel of the Crown inscribed by him to his publisher's parents and a first edition of Staying On
The Raj Quartet. [The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion, The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils; Staying On].
London: Heinemann, 1966-1975.
Complete first edition set of “one of the most important landmarks of post-war fiction” (The Times). Octavo, five volumes, original cloth. The Jewel in the Crown is an association copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the month of publication, “To Irene & Ignace, with fond love & many happy recollections of your kindness to me & my family ~ Paul London July 18 1966 [First English publication of this novel, so beautifully presented & published by your son-in-law, my old friend Roland].” The Jewel of the Crown is additionally signed by the author on the title page. The recipient, Ignace Legrand was a French author and anglophile. His son-in-law Roland Gant, publisher and writer, helped publish Scott’s quartet and was the dedicatee of Staying On. With a first edition of Staying On, which won the Booker Prize and features several characters from the quartet. Each volume is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A Division of the Spoils has a price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket designs by Larry Learmonth and Tom Simmonds.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 127028
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962.
First edition of Carson’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Rachel Carson on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Drawings by Lois and Louis Darling. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 127498
New York: Printed by Manning & Loring for Solomon Cotton, 1796.
Rare first edition of this of this compendium of Washington‘s official communications as President including famous address to the Jewish congregation at Newport. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine. Very rare, and of interest as an item of American Judaica since it contains the correspondence exchanged between President Washington and the Jewish community of Newport and the communities of Philadelphia, Charleston, New York and Richmond, as well correspondence with Moses Seixas of a Rhode Island Jewish congregation, including a famous quotation from Washington: “For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving on all occasions their effectual support… May the children of the stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants.” The letters continued to be cited by Jews and their advocates throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a demonstration of Washington’s commitment to the rights and religious freedoms of American Jews. In near fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 126002
Rare First Edition, First Printing of Mark Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches
New York: C.H. Webb, 1867.
First edition, first printing of the author’s rare first book. Octavo, original cloth, first issue lacking the leaf of ads facing the title page but with unbroken type on pages 21, 66 and 198. In very good condition with light wear to the extremities. A sharp example.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 125145
Elaborately bound collection of Presidential autographs; containing the autograph of each of the first 34 Presidents of the United States from George Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower
WASHINGTON, George; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson; James Madison; James Monroe; John Quincy Adams; Andrew Jackson; Martin Van Buren; William Henry Harrison; John Tyler; James Polk; Zachary Taylor; Millard Fillmore; Franklin Pierce; James Buchanan; Abraham Lincoln; Andrew Johnson; Ulysses S. Grant; Rutherford B. Hayes; James Garfield; Chester A. Arthur; Grover Cleveland; William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt; William H. Taft; Woodrow Wilson; Warren G. Harding; Calvin Coolidge; Herbert Hoover; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Harry Truman; Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Elaborately bound collection of Presidential autographs, containing the autograph of each of the first 34 Presidents of the United States from George Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Quarto, bound in full red morocco by Riviere & Son with gilt titles and ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt presidential seal to the front panel with white and blue morocco onlays, gilt arms and motto of George Washington to the rear panel with white and blue morocco onlays and his gilt signature in facsimile, centerpieces within quintuple gilt ruling with star emblems at each corner, blue morocco doublures with multiple gilt presidential signatures, blue silk endpapers. This complete series of autographs of the first 34 Presidents of the United States contains the signature of each mounted on an album leaf opposite a loosely tissue-guarded engraved portrait of each. The collection includes: the signature of George Washington on an envelope addressed to Major General Knox as Secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati, November 3, 1783; a clipped signature of John Adams; clipped signature of Thomas Jefferson; the signature of James Madison on an envelope addressed to Reverend Frederick Freeman of Manayunk, Pennsylvania; and inscription signed by James Monroe; the signature of John Quincy Adams on an envelope addressed to William Plumer jun. Esq. in Epping, New Hampshire; a partially printed land grant signed by Andrew Jackson dated 1831 registering the purchase of 20 acres in Detroit by Peter Aldrich; clipped signature of Martin Van Buren; clipped signature of William Henry Harrison; signed inscription from John Tyler; signed inscription from James Polk; clipped signature of Zachary Taylor dated Baton Rouge, March 5, 1841; clipped signature of Millard Fillmore; clipped signature of Franklin Pierce; clipped signature of James Buchanan on a document dated July 18, 1858; clipped signature of Abraham Lincoln; endorsement signed by Andrew Johnson as President; clipped signature of Ulysses S. Grant; card signed by Rutherford B. Hayes; inscription signed by James Garfield; large card signed by Chester A. Arthur and dated May 22, 1884; autograph noted signed by Grover Cleveland declining an invitation, dated November 16, 1890; an Executive Mansion card signed by William McKinely; clipped signature of Theodore Roosevelt; clipped signature of William Howard Taft; clipped signature of Woodrow Wilson; typed letter signed by Warren G. Harding as President, dated June 4, 1923 on White House letterhead; card signed by Calvin Coolidge; White House card signed by Herbert Hoover; typed letter signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, February 15, 1917. Laid in is a typed letter signed by Harry S. Truman as President, June 30, 1950, on White House stationery and a typed letter signed by Dwight Eisenhower. TLS as President, November 13, 1956, on White House stationery. In fine condition. Housed in a custom folding chemise and half morocco slipcase. An exceptional collection and presentation.
Price: $80,000.00 Item Number: 125384
"This little book has more artistic dignity than any other book that has been written by an American about the period of the war": FIRST EDITION OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S IN OUR TIME, ONE OF ONLY 170 COPIES PRINTED at the Three Mountains Press and for sale at Shakespeare and Company
Printed at the Three Mountains Press and for sale at Shakespeare & Company: Paris, 1924.
First edition of Hemingway’s second published work, one of 170 numbered copies printed on Rives hand-made paper, this is number 90. Quarto, original tan printed boards with black lettering and publisher’s device printed over a collage of red-lettered facsimile newspaper items, woodcut frontispiece portrait of Hemingway from a portrait by Henry Strater, all edges uncut. In fine condition. Housed in a custom folding cloth chemise and half morocco slipcase with splitting to the chemise. One of Hemingway’s rarest books, second only to Three Stories and Ten Poems both because of the limited number of copies printed and its fragile nature. A superior example.
Price: $80,000.00 Item Number: 125303
“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism; Signed by Him
London: Parker, Son and Bourn, 1863.
First edition of the author’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth, publisher’s advertisements. Presentation copy, signed by John Stuart Mill on the title page, “From the author.” From the library of Helen and William Belknap with their bookplate to the pastedown and his ownership stamp. William Burke Belknap was an economist and a professor of economics at the University of Louisville. Leading up to and during World War II, he volunteered for service with the Red Cross in Ramsay and Plymouth, England. A trustee of Berea College and a graduate of Yale and Harvard, he served two terms as a representative in the Kentucky General Assembly. We cannot trace another signed first edition in the past 100 years. Rare and desirable.
Price: $72,000.00 Item Number: 124105
First Edition Of John Updikes Collection of Golf Writings; Signed by Updike and Illustrator Paul Szep
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
First edition of this classic collection of golf stories by John Updike. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrations by Paul Szep. Signed by John Updike and additionally signed by the illustrator, Paul Szep on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 125651
New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1968.
First edition of the classic account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters during their bus trip across America in the late 1960’s. Octavo, original cloth. Playfully signed and inscribed by merry prankers Ken Kesey and Ken Babbs on the half-title page, “For Michael Tommy Wolfie Kesey” and Ken “Har Har” Babbs.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, ownership name to the front free endpaper. Jacket design by Milton Glaser. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 125377
“YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: ONCE WHEN YOU ARE BORN AND ONCE WHEN YOU LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE”: COMPLETE SET OF IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS; Each signed twice by Artist Michael Gillette with an original illustration
Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only [Short Stories Including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace], Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.
London: Penguin Centenary , 2008.
First editions of the Penguin Centenary edition of each volume in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, original boards. With an original illustration by artist Michael Gillette in Casino Royale, signed “with love Michael Gillette.” Each dust jacket is signed twice by artist Michael Gillette, once on the front panel and again on the rear panel. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. Jacket illustrations by Michael Gillette. An exceptional set.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 125683
The Works of Alexander Hamilton; Comprising His Most Important Official Reports; An Improved Edition of The Federalist, on the New Constitution, Written in 1788; and Pacificus.
New York : Williams and Whiting, 1810.
The first collected edition of the works of Alexander Hamilton, with an early printing of The Federalist. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in full calf, three engraved portraits of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. The first volume contains five of Hamilton‘s reports as Secretary of the Treasury, volumes II and III are devoted primarily to the Federalist Papers, and include significant additions, incorporating changes based on Hamilton‘s own notes. Edited by John Wells. In very good condition.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 125578
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever”: First American Edition of John Adams's A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America; from the library of American founding father Gunning Bedford, Jr.
Philadelphia: Printed for Hall and Sellers; J. Cruikshank; and Young and McCulloch, 1787.
First edition of John Adams’s greatest contribution to American political theory; from the library of one of the 39 signers of the United States Constitution, Founding Father Gunning Bedford, Jr. Octavo, bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt ruling to the spine, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins. Signed by Gunning Bedford, Jr. on the title page. Born in Philadelphia in 1747, Gunning Bedford attended the College of New Jersey, where he was a classmate of James Madison, and later served in the Continental Army as an aide to General George Washington. After the Revolutionary war, he became a prominent political figure sitting in the legislature, on the state council, and in the Continental Congress (1783–85). One of the more active members of the Constitutional Convention, on May 14, 1787 he was one of the 39 delegates that signed the Constitution of the United States. Gunning Bedford also served as Attorney General of Delaware from 1784 until he was designated by George Washington as a federal district judge for his state in 1789, a position he held for the rest of his life. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. An exceptional example with fine provenance.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 125308
First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Stephen Goodyear In appreciation for your great support Martin Luther King Jr.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 124490
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 197. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In very good condition.
Price: $4,600.00 Item Number: 124862
London: Chapman and Hall, 1860.
First edition, third issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring works, with the date on the title page updated to MDCCCLX. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco over marbled boards with burgundy morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the spine and panels, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In very good condition. Bookplate.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 124095
The Works of Alexandre Dumas, Including: The Count of Monte-Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.
London: J.M. Dent and Co, 1894-99.
The complete works of Alexandre Dumas. Octavos, 53 volumes, bound in cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard to each volume, illustrated. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 124648
“There were many times when logic was of no comfort": First Edition of Patricia Highsmith's Deep Water; Signed by Her
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957.
First edition of the author’s classic fifth novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Very best wishes, Pat Highsmith.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Polly Cameron. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 123562
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Stevenson’s classic work. Small octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, top edges gilt. With publisher’s logo in gilt at top left of front cover, presumed publisher’s blind stamp on title page, gilt apostrophe on spine with curved tail, gilt “of” on spine in smaller type, without advertisements. In near fine condition, owners name to the front free endpaper. Housed in a contemporary custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 123972
“I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution": Rare First Edition of Wernher Von Braun's The Mars Project; Inscribed by Him
Urbana: University of Illinois, 1953.
First edition of this classic work. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bob Mabon from one space man to another- Wernher von Braun.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips. First editions are rare, signed and inscribed examples exceptionally so, this is the first example we have seen.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 123721
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.
First edition, first issue of Fitzgerald’s third collection of short stories. Octavo, original green cloth. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the woman’s lips unbattered (Bruccoli, A12). A nice example.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 123422