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“When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything": Rare First Edition of Victor Hugo's Notre-Dame de Paris; One of only 1100 examples
Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1831.
First edition, first printing of Hugo's masterpiece, one of only 1,100 examples. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in half calf. The publisher Charles Gosselin published the novel on 16 March 1831 in an edition of 1,100 copies as was his usual practice. It was such a sensation that an additional three printings had to be published the same year. The first impression of 1100 copies was separated into four groups, each bearing a fictitious edition statement on the title-page, a scheme designed to make the public believe that the novel was selling rapidly. "This first edition is the rarest of all…
Price: $48,000.00 Item Number: 139559
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1942.
First edition of this classic work which details Huxley's experience with and views on the controversial Bates method, which according to him improved his eyesight. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Gordon Ross, Sincerely, Aldous Huxley 1942." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 139207
"Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": Rare First Edition of The Giving Tree; Inscribed by Shel Silverstein with a large Drawing
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.
First edition, early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author over two pages with a large drawing of a stump and leaves, "For Barbara and for Mike Mary Teresa and John Because my friend Ralph loves you very much my love too Shel Silverstein." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Exceptionally scarce in this condition and signed; a unique example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 139491
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1881.
Later edition of the last and most accomplished work of fiction during James’ apprentice years. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Henry James on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition. This is the first example we have seen signed.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 139196
"I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else": Rare First Edition In Greek of the Authors Classic Work Zorba The Greek; Signed by Nikos Kazanzakis
Athens: Plateia Syntagmatos, 1946.
First Greek edition, preceding all other editions of the author's classic work, which was the basis for the beloved Oscar-winning film starring Anthony Quinn. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by Nikos Kazantzakis on the copyright page. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by The Harcourt Bindery. First editions of Zorba The Greek are of legendary scarcity, this is the nicest example we have seen.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 139115
London: Methuen and Co, 1920.
First edition of the scientist's ground breaking work. Octavo, original red cloth, frontispiece of the author and with five diagrams. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light wear and rubbing. Translated by Robert W. Lawson. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 139101
First Edition of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; Signed by Tom Wolfe, Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson, Larry McMurtry and a Host of other Counter-Culture Figures
WOLFE, Tom [Ken Kesey; Hunter S. Thompson; Larry McMurtry; Ken Babbs; Ralph Metzner; Ed McClanahan and Paul Krassner].
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. Boldly signed by Tom Wolfe with his characteristic signature on the title page. Additionally signed on title page and opposite page by Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson, Larry McMurtry, "Now that I've got your attention...Ken Babbs", "Blessings galore! Ralph Metzner", "me too!! Ed McClanahan (and with a drawing), "Hey I'm here... Paul Krassner" and by Angela Davis opposite the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of shelfwear.…
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 139809
“THE MOST IMPORTANT SERIES OF AMERICAN POLITICAL DEBATES”: Exceedingly rare first edition, first issue of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates; inscribed by Abraham Lincoln long-time political supporter and friend Martin S. Morris and accompanied by the table from the Morris household that Lincoln sat at, shared apples with Morris, and signed the book
Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen Douglas, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois.
Columbus: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860.
First edition, first issue of the most famous debates in American history which cemented Lincoln as a national presidential candidate; inscribed by Lincoln to close friend Martin S. Morris and accompanied by the table from the Morris household that Lincoln sat at, shared apples with Morris, and signed the book. Octavo, original cloth stamped in blind. First issue, with no advertisements, no rule above the publisher’s imprint on the copyright page, and with numeral 2 at the bottom of page 17. Association copy, inscribed by Abraham Lincoln on the front free endpaper, "M. S. Morris Esq A. Lincoln." The recipient,…
Price: $475,000.00 Item Number: 138634
"The wind blows the plumtree branches, this way...that": First Edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of the author's classic first book. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good first-issue dust jacket with some expert restoration. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 138891
First Edition of James Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses; One of only 2000 Numbered Copies; In exceptional Condition
London: Egoist Press, 1922.
First edition of Joyce's masterpiece, one of 2000 numbered copies printed, this is number 132. Thick quarto, original blue and white wrappers. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. . Includes 7-page errata listed compiled by Joyce, Weaver and Rodker with 201 corrections. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 137515
"Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals": First Edition of this "classic work of outdoor literature, rivaling Thoreau's Walden" A Sand County Almanac; Lengthily Inscribed by Estella Leopold
New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.
First edition of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Estella Leopold on the front free endpaper, "To those devoid of imagination a map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part. Estella B. Leopold." Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some expert restoration. Rare, especially with such a nice inscription.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 138827
"It's not what's around the Christmas tree that matters it's who's around it": First Edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas; Signed by Charles Schulz
Cleveland and New York: World Publishing, 1965.
First edition of the author's classic Christmas story and later filmed for television, which was later honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award. Small quarto, original boards. Boldly signed by Charles Schulz on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing, small name to the half-title page. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,750.00 Item Number: 138367
"HIS UTOPIA IS ALARMING AND HIS METAPHYSICS ARE INTOXICATING": Rare first edition in English of Plato's Republic
Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1763.
First edition in English of Plato's Republic, marking the first appearance in the English language of Plato's profoundly influential dialogue concerning the nature of justice. Quarto, bound in full polished calf with raised gilt bands to the spine, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, all edges speckled red. Harry Spens was a minister at the parish of Wemyss in Fife, and respected classicist. In his introduction he professes his intent in his translation is: "To give the English Reader a view of Plato's sentiments and manner of writing, and to stir up the youth to the study of the Ancients."…
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 138322
"I hardly think that any letter will further your object; still, if the accompanying one can be made of the least service, I shall be happy": Rare autograph letter signed by Great American Author Herman Melville
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of great American novelist Herman Melville. One page, the letter reads in full, "Pittsfield Aug 26 Osmond Tiffany Esq. My dear Sir, With pleasure I comply with your request, but hardly think that any letter will further your object; still, if the accompanying one can be made of the least service, I shall be happy. Wishing you all success in your affairs I am Very Truly Yours H Melville." The recipient, Osmond Tiffany was a Baltimore merchant and occasional author who contributed to the Atlantic Monthly and The Knickerbocker. In 1855, he…
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 138591
"The wind blows the plumtree branches, this way...that": First Edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Signed by Ken Kesey and Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of the author's classic first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Kirk Douglas on the half-title page. Douglas starred in the stage version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as McMurphy. Additionally laid in is a note from Kesey which reads, "For Henry: The wind blows the plumtree branches, this way...that. Ken Kesey." Near fine in a very good first-issue dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 138471
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning": First Edition of Anton Reiser's Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Signed and dated by Albert Einstein
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.
First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein's stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed and dated by Einstein in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "Albert Einstein 1930." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare signed and in the original dust jacket.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 138499
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First Edition of George Orwell's Classic Nineteen Eighty-Four
London: Secker & Warburg, 1949.
First edition of Orwell's classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some expert restoration. Jacket design by Michael Kennard. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A nice example.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 138061
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 Carl Colodne, With Best Wishes for Peace and Justice, Martin Luther King Jr." Fine in a fine dust jacket, small name. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 137331
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1940.
First edition, first issue binding with "A - P" on the copyright page. First issue green and yellow jacket, with price of $2.50 present and no blurbs on the spine. Octavo, original blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine in red and gray. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To-- Ralph D. Hartman, "Freedom belongs to the strong..." Sincerely, Richard Wright 2/19/41 Brooklyn, N.Y." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional inscription, rare and desirable.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 136483
New York: Rinehart & Company, 1952.
First edition of the first collection of the Peanuts cartoons. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Best wishes Charles M. Schulz." In fine condition, as this was stored upon publication by the original owner. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 136467
“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone": First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Winter of Discontent; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1961.
First edition, presentation copy of Steinbeck's final novel, one of only 500 examples with only a few known inscribed examples, which along with The Grapes of Wrath are considered his masterpieces. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Charles Sulner John Steinbeck." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. Lettering by Jeanyee Wong. Photograph by William Ward Beecher. Presentations copies of Steinbeck's masterpiece are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 136878
First Edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Vegetable; Inscribed by Him to Legendary Actor and co-founder of Goldwyn Pictures Edgar Selwyn and in the rare original dust jacket
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923.
First edition of what Fitzgerald called, "undoubtedly the best thing I have ever written." Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Dear Mr. Swelwynn (sic)- Here's the new version of the play. Sincerely F. Scott Fitzgerald." The recipient, prominent figure in American theatre and film in the first half of the 20th century. An actor, playwright, director and producer on Broadway, he founded a theatrical production company with his brother, Archibald Selwyn, and owned a number of Selwyn Theatres in the United States. He transferred his talents from the stage to motion pictures,…
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 134567
"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 the author on the title page, "Yours sincerely Richard Adams." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box by Asprey. An exceptional example, uncommon signed.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 136602
London: Longman's, Green, and Co, 1900.
First edition of Churchill's fifth book, a continuation of his coverage of the Boer War which he began in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria. Octavo, original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, engraved frontispiece portrait of Ian Hamilton, folding map in color and 4 pages of advertisements for Churchill's works at rear. In near fine condition. A sharp example.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 129329