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First edition of the collected works of Hobbes. Folio, bound in full calf to period style, raised bands, gilt spine emblems, red morocco title label, marbled endpapers, frontispiece engraved title page of the 1651 Leviathan. In very good condition. Containing Leviathan, De Corpore, Human Nature, Behemoth (1679) and other key writings. xxviii, (2) ii, 697 (3) pp. Macdonald & Hargreaves 107. CBEL I:871. See Lowndes, 1077. First editions are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 121929
"LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST American EDITION OF Nabokov's TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA; Inscribed by Him to his Editor Jason Epstein with a drawing of a butterfly
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1955.
First American edition and first trade edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page on the day of publication, “For Jason and Barbara from Vladimir August 18, 1958” and with a drawing by Nabokov of a butterfly. The recipient Jason Epstein was Nabokov’s Doubleday editor and an early supporter of the novel. Having published Nabokov’s Pnin at Doubleday in 1957, Epstein encouraged the house to publish Lolita to no avail (four American publishers refused to publish the work) but was successful in printing the first appearance of the novel in America, a long excerpt in the June 1957 issue of Doubleday’s Anchor Review. G.P. Putnam’s published the sensational book in America the following summer and it became the first novel since Gone with the Wind to sell 100,000 copies in its first three weeks. Inscribed copies of both the 1955 Paris first edition and this 1958 first American edition are equally scarce due to Nabokov’s refusal to sign copies. Vera Nabokov noted this in a letter accompanying a signed copy of the 1958 edition to Anita Loos, that her husband “has been autographing Lolita only for personal friends and the very few writers whose work he admires. He has refused his autograph to so many of his own students and to so many of his acquaintances that it would be impossible for him to make an exception… ” (Nabokov, Selected Letters, 1940-77, ed. D. Nabokov and M. J. Bruccoli, p. 265. Also: Tock, Emily. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov and Jason Epstein: A Study in Authorial Extravagance and Editorial Restraint in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Volume 48, Issue 4, July 2017, pp. 268-281). Photograph of Nabokov by Maclean Dameron. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 121875
Exceptionally rare Franco-Flemish miniature illuminated Book of Hours. 16mo, bound in full 18th century red velvet, script on vellum, illuminated with thirteen elaborately historiated initials and four brilliant illuminated initials within lateral floral borders and numerous other small initials. In near find condition. Housed in a custom box. A beautiful example.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 190504
“For you know only a heap of broken images”: Rare First Edition of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land; One of 460 Examples
Richmond: By Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1923.
First edition, first state of one of the most influential works of the 20th century. Octavo, original marbled blue boards; one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Leonard and Virginia Woolf. In near fine condition with a small piece missing from the spine. An exceptional example, as most examples of this fragile work appear lacking the spine.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 121343
Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions, and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth. The Remedy.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1880.
Rare first trade edition of George’s groundbreaking treatise which sold several million copies, exceeding all other books sold in the United States except the Bible during the 1890s. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated cloth with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 120340
"We the people...": Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States bound with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States
The Constitution of the United States of America with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States.
New London: Printed by Samuel Green, 1798-1799.
Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States of America bound with a Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States. Octavo, original boards, rebacked. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 120460
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.
Boston: Little, Brown , 1899.
The international limited edition of the works of Alexandre Dumas. Octavos, 40 volumes, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard to each volume, illustrated. One of only 1,000 sets. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 120147
The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla; inscribed by Nikola Tesla to Civil War Major and Assistant U.S. Treasurer General Daniel Butterfield
The Inventions Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla. With Special Reference to His Work in Polyphase Currents and High Potential Lighting.
New York: The Electrical Engineer, 1894.
Scarce edition of Thomas Commerford Martin’s landmark work in the field of electrical engineering, detailing the research and inventions of brilliant inventor, Nikola Tesla. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Tesla, illustrated with numerous diagrams throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nikola Tesla in Serbian Cyrillic on the second free endpaper, “Prijatelju D. Butterfield, Nikola Tesla” which translates as “My friend D. Butterfield, Nikola Tesla.” The recipient, Daniel Butterfield, was a Civil War Major General and was the head of one of Cold Spring, New York’s first families. Injured on the third day of Gettysburg, he received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gaines Mill, Virginia, and is credited with adapting the current bugle call into Taps, the most famous bugle call in history. He later became Assistant U.S. Treasurer during the Grant administration and played a major role in the scheme (in which Grant himself participated) that caused the major collapse in the price of gold, on September 24, 1869, known as Black Friday. First published in 1894, Commerford’s landmark text was reprinted twice that year (this being the third printing which is identical to the previous printings and equally as scarce). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. From the library of August John Pacini, the head of the Department of Biophysical Research at the Victor X-Ray Corporation, Chicago, with a small presentation slip from his wife laid in. Exceptionally rare, not only does the present title scarcely come to market, but no other copy inscribed by Tesla has ever appeared in auction records.
Price: $42,500.00 Item Number: 119204
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 Mr. H.O. Wilson 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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 120468
Autograph letter signed, dated “Nov 22, 1837”, and signed as “Duke of Wellington” within the body of the letter. A letter in which the Duke of Wellington declines to become a member of the proposed London Loan Association. “… the Duke begs leave to become a Member of the proposed London Loan Association,” In near fine condition. Matted with an engraving of the Duke of Wellington. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.5 inches.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 119221
London: Sir Issac Pitman & Sons Ltd, 1926.
First edition of the first book on television, a key work on the history of technology. Octavo, original stiff boards, frontispiece halftone reproduction of photograph of John Logie Baird. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear, small tape repair on the front panel. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119245
London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring works, with p. 213 misnumbered “113,” the signature mark “b” at the foot of the plate list, and the misspelling “affetcionately” on line 12, p. 134. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119569
“The destiny a person suffers therefore has a twofold meaning: to be shaped where possible, and to be endured where necessary": First Edition of Viktor E. Frankl's The Doctor and the Soul; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.
First edition of Frankl’s classic work which explores topics on the meaning of life in general as well as the meaning of specific areas of one’s life, such as work and personal relationships. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Mrs. Norma Phil- Cips Viktor Frankl May 1st 1955 Chicago.” Bookplate of the recipient to the front pastedown, near fine in a good dust jacket. Typography, binding and jacket design by Herbert Bayer. Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119462
The Koran, Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed, Translated into English Immediately from the Original Arabic; with Explanatory Notes, Taken from the Most Approved Commentators.
London: Printed by C. Ackers for J. Wilcox, 1734.
First edition of George Sale’s important translation of the Koran, the first to translate the original text directly from the Arabic into English. Quarto, bound in full morocco by Bayntun with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling and stamping to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition with the text exceptionally clean. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119670
“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 206 of only 300 copies signed by George Gershwin and illustrator Constantin Alajalov. Quarto, bound in full publishers morocco, frontispiece portrait of Gershwin and numerous full-page illustrations by Alajalov. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119552
"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became": First Edition of The Civil War; Signed by Ken Burns, James McPherson and David McCullough
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
First edition, early printing of this work, basis for the documentary film bearing the same name. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by and dated “Best wishes Ken Burns Feb 6, 1991” on the front free endpaper. Additionally signed by historians James McPherson and David McCullough, who were each instrumental in this groundbreaking documentary. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Archie Ferguson. The Civil War includes essays by our most distinguished historians of the era: Don E. Fehrenbacher, on the war’s origins; Barbara J. Fields, on the freeing of the slaves; Shelby Foote, on the war’s soldiers and commanders; James M. McPherson, on the political dimensions of the struggle; and C. Vann Woodward, assessing the America that emerged from the war’s ashes. A unique example signed by these historians.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 119331
"THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS": First collected edition of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis and a Letter to Sir Guy Carleton
The American Crisis, and a Letter to Sir Guy Carleton, on the Murder of Captain Huddy, and the Intended Retaliation on Captain Asgill, of the Guards.
London: Printed and Sold by Daniel Isaac Eaton, 1788.
First collected edition and first edition in book form of the thirteen issues of Paine’s legendary call to arms, the first five issues having appeared originally as separate tracts and the last eight issued only in newspapers. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt. In near fine condition. Ownership inscriptions. Rare and desirable.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 111055
"ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING BOOKS EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN": First Edition of Grahame's The Wind in the Willows
London: Methuen and Co, 1908.
First edition of the beloved children’s novel, which author A.A. Milne once referred to as a “household book,” “one of the classic read-aloud books that should not be missed by any family” (Silvey). Octavo, original gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth, top edge gilt. In fine condition with a touch of shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 119162
London: Cassel & Company, 1885.
First edition, third issue of Haggard’s immensely popular Victorian adventure novel the first great “Lost World” action-adventure, a precursor to Indiana Jones. Octavo, original cloth, folding facsimile of the map of the route to King Solomon’s mines. Association copy, signed by the author opposite the half-title page with an additional note inscribed to his sister, Ella Green, pasted to the same page, “your loving brother H. Rider Haggard.” In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 118637
“That is why most great love stories are tragedies": First Edition of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile; In the rare original dust jacket
London: Collins Crime Club, 1937.
First edition of this classic novel, basis for the 2020 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some expert restoration. Jacket design by Robin McCartney. Exceptionally rare in the original dust jacket with only a handful having appeared at auction in the last 80 years.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 118452
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric”: First Edition of Bertrand Russell's Philosophy; Signed by Him
W.W. Norton & Company: London, 1927.
First edition of this classic work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 118454
Alfred B. Searle's Refractory Materials; inscribed by Nikola Tesla to fellow inventor Bartley E. Broadwell
London: Charles Griffin & Company, Limited, 1924.
Rare second revised and enlarged edition of Alfred B. Searle’s Refectory Materials; inscribed by brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla. Octavo, original cloth, with 174 graphs, diagrams and maps throughout the text. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nikola Tesla on the half-title page, “To B. E. Broadwell, with compliments from, Nikola Tesla, New York, May 18, 1931.” The recipient, Bartley E. Broadwell was engaged as the general superintendent of the Aluminum Company of America and resided in Niagara Falls, New York. He applied for and was granted U.S. patents for several inventions in the early 20th century, including his electrode for electrometallurgical, or “ring” furnaces. Two years before he founded the Nikola Tesla Company in 1896, Tesla was commissioned by Edward Dean Adams, who headed up the Niagara Falls Cataract Construction Company, to consult on how best to use the hydroelectric power generated by the falls. He advised Adams that a two-phased system would be the most reliable and a contract was awarded to General Electric to build the AC distribution system. In the 1930s, when Tesla inscribed the present volume, he was effectively bankrupt. The book was at one time part of his personal library which was slowly dissembled as he struggled to pay rent and resided in a number of hotel rooms. On June 20th 1931, two months after he inscribed the present volume, Tesla was featured on the cover of Time Magazine for his contributions to electrical power generation and in honor of his 75th birthday. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $42,000.00 Item Number: 118028
Rare Gone With the Wind Final Shooting Script; signed and inscribed by David O. Selznick, Vivien Leigh, Olivia Havilland and many others
[MITCHELL, Margaret; David O. Selznick; Vivien Leigh; Butterfly McQueen; Olivia de Havilland et al].
Hollywood: Selznick International, 1939.
Final Shooting Script from David O. Selznick’s epic historical romance film Gone with the Wind, signed and inscribed by him, Vivien Leigh, Butterfly McQueen, Olivia de Havilland and many others. Folio, original mustard wrappers bound in full pebbled leatherette with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by Selznick on the third free endpaper, “March 10, 1961 To Mayor William B. Hartsfield with the affection and gratitude of the “Gone with the Wind” company, including his admirer – David O. Selznick.” The recipient, Mayor William B. Hartsfield, attended the film’s special re-premiere gala in Atlanta for which Selznick had a number of script copies made (thought to be fifty) for his company beginning with number 00100, this is number 00112 and one of the few to come to market. Laid in is an original black and white photograph of Mayor Hartsfield with Vivien Leigh at the gala. Additionally signed by actresses Vivien Leigh, Butterfly McQueen, and Olivia de Havilland, Samuel Tupper (a friend of Margaret Mitchell’s whose review of her novel was the first to be published), writer and comedian Ogden Nash (Selznick was considering him to write the script for the planned Gone With the Wind musical), Leroy Anderson (one of America’s premier composers with whom Selznick was discussing the Gone With the Wind musical), and Eugene and Joseph Mitchell (Margaret Mitchell’s nephews). In fine condition. With a set of Margaret Mitchell First Issue stamps postdated June 30 1986 laid in. A superior example with noted provenance.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 118033