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"The real measure is the success or fall of the climber to triumph, not over a lifeless mountain, but over themself": First Edition of The Ascent of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary
London: Hodder & Houghton, 1953.
First edition of this account of the 1953 British conquest of Everest. Octavo, original blue cloth, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and many in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Boldly signed by Edmund Hillary on the half-title page in a contemporary hand. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary’s stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 144001
"THE MOST FAMOUS AND INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN POLITICAL WORK”: EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE FEDERALIST
The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, As Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787.
New York: Printed and Sold by J. and A. McLean, 1788.
First edition of The Federalist, one of the rarest and most significant books in American political history. 12mo, bound in half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt titles to the spine. In very good condition with light toning to the pages. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise box. An exceptional example of this cornerstone of Americana.
Price: $250,000.00 Item Number: 143916
“Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, and ev’ry mountain and hill made low: the crooked straight and the rough places plain": Rare First Edition, Third Issue of Handel's Messiah An Oratorio in Score
London: Randall & Abell, c.1767.
Rare first edition, third issue of this classic work. Quarto, bound in full diced morocco, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, 3 leaves, 188 and 35 pages, printed subscribers' list and index, engraved music. In very good condition, worming to margins, damp-staining to lower outer corner of a few leaves, small paper loss to lower outer corner of pages 93-94. First editions are rare.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 143841
“At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since”: First Edition of Salvador Dali's Les Diners De Gala; inscribed by him to famed French chef Jean Vergnes with an original drawing
New York: Felicie, Inc. Publishers, 1973.
First edition of this extravagant, lavishly illustrated cookbook created by Dalí in honor of his wife, Gala. Quarto, original color-printed pictorial cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Translated by Captain J. Peter Moore. Association copy, inscribed by Salvador Dali with a double-page inscription and drawing on the copyright page and opposite page, "For Jean Vergnes 1976 Le oen de la Cuisine Dali." Dali has added an original portrait of Vergnes and a dripping spoon. With an additional presentation card inscribed by famed American restaurant critic Gael Greene laid in on Greene's custom stationary, "To Jean Vergnes with love from his great…
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 143318
Exceptionally rare and spectacular 17th century editions of both volumes of Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote; comprising one of the most desirable pairings of both volumes: Cervantes' final revised third edition of Part I and the scarce first edition of Part II
El Ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Segunda Parte del Ingenioso Cavallero Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Madrid: Por Juan de La Cuesta, vendese en casa de Francisco de Robles, librero del Rey, 1608-1615.
Exceedingly rare and spectacular 17th century editions of both volumes of Cervantes’ prized work, the remarkable Beilby Thompson-Maggs-Ortiz Linares copy with a shared provenance spanning over 320 years, this is among the oldest known sets of both parts paired and uniformly bound in the 18th century, comprising one of the most desirable pairings of the editions of each volume selected for the superior qualities of their respective printings: the third edition of Part I - printed in 1608 - being the last edition corrected and revised by Cervantes himself which remains its definitive form, and the scarce first edition of…
Price: $1,900,000.00 Item Number: 142820
FROM THE LIBRARY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AT MOUNT VERNON: First edition, presentation copy of Elkanah Watson's Tour in Holland; inscribed by him to George Washington
Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1790.
First edition, presentation copy of a scarce volume from George Washington's library at Mount Vernon. Octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with pine gilt in six compartments within raised bands, burgundy morocco spine label lettered in gilt, type-ornament title-page vignette, head and tailpieces. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to George Washington on the front pastedown, "From the Author to General Washington" and further inscribed on the front free endpaper, "New York, Feb. 1798. Sir, Please to accept this small production which has stole its way into the world. If it can beguile one moment of that anxiety which doubtless pervades your…
Price: $275,000.00 Item Number: 143919
Rare First Editions, First Printings of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Each VOLUME Signed by J.R.R. TOLKIEN
London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-55.
First editions, first states of each title comprising the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original red cloth, folding map in the rear of each volume. Each volume is signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on the front free endpapers. Each volume is housed in a custom half morocco slipcase. An exceptional set, most rare and uncommon signed.
Price: $275,000.00 Item Number: 143092
"but like the bard who freely sings in strictest bonds of rhyme and rule and finds in them not bonds but wings": The Problem of Pain; signed and inscribed by C.S. Lewis with a quotation from Coventry Patmore's poem The Angel in the House
London: The Centenary Pres, 1941.
Early printing of Lewis's classic discussion of the nature of good and evil; inscribed by him with a quotation from Coventry Patmore's poem The Angel in the House which had a profound influence on the development of Lewis's Christian beliefs. Octavo, original publisher's cloth. Signed by C.S. Lewis with a quotation from Coventry Patmore's poem The Angel in the House, "They live by law, not like the fool, But like the bard who freely sings in strictest bonds of rhyme and rule and finds in them not bonds but wings - Patmore C.S. Lewis April 1944." First published in 1854,…
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 143183
“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us": First Edition of Jurassic Park; Signed by BY MICHAEL CRICHTON and with an original drawing by legendary designer CHIP KIDD
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
First editions of Crichton's gripping, bestselling scientific thriller and its sequel The Lost World. Octavo, 2 volumes, original half cloth. Boldly signed on the title page by Michael Crichton and with an original drawing of the iconic dust jacket dinosaur by jacket designer Chip Kidd. Additionally signed by Kidd on the front jacket panel and again on the rear jacket flap. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 143522
Theodor Herzl's Altneuland; inscribed by him to fellow prominent Zionist Heinrich Elchanan York-Steiner
Leipzig: Hermann Seemann Nachfolger, 1902.
Third edition of Herzl's classic Zionist novel envisioning the future Jewish state as a socialist utopia. Octavo, recased with the original publisher's illustrated front wrapper laid down. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the title page, "Dem Zionisten Heinrich Steiner 11 X 1902 Th. Herzl." The recipient, Hungarian author and publisher Heinrich Elchanan York-Steiner was a prominent Zionist. He participated in all phases of early Zionist activity and was instrumental in convening the First Zionist Congress as well as conceptualizing and organizing the publication of Die Welt, the newspaper that became the official organ…
Price: $55,000.00 Item Number: 143520
“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen”: FIRST EDITION OF WINNIE-THE-POOH; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
London: Methuen and Co, Ltd, 1926.
First edition of this children's classic. Octavo, original publisher's cloth with gilt decorations to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, cartographic endpapers. illustrated with line drawings by Ernest H. Shepard. Near fine in a good dust jacket.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 143577
Exceptionally rare first edition, presentation copy of Benjamin Franklin's Experiments and Observations on Electricity; inscribed by him to Prominent Philadelphia Merchant, Colleague, and friend Thomas Livezey
Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America, by Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D. and F.R.S. To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole corrected, methodized, improved, and now first collected into one Volume, and Illustrated with Copper Plates.
London: Printed for David Henry; and sold by Francis Newbery, at the Corner of St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1769.
First complete edition of "the most important scientific book of eighteenth-century America" (PMM), inscribed by Benjamin Franklin to prominent Pennsylvania Quaker and merchant Thomas Livezey, Jr. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins. Illustrated with 7 copper-engraved plates, 2 of which are folding. Presentation copy, inscribed by Benjamin Franklin on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Livesy [sic] From his obliged Friend & humble Servant The Author.” With Thomas Livezey's ownership signature to the second free endpaper, "Thomas Livezey…
Price: $475,000.00 Item Number: 147283
“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; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS
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: Jonathan Cape, 1953-66.
First editions of each volume in Ian Fleming's James Bond series. Octavo, 14 volumes, original publisher's cloth-covered boards. Each volume in a first-issue dust jacket. Casino Royale is near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ian Fleming. Ownership name to the front free endpaper, "Joyce Bond." Live and Let Die is near fine in a very good dust jacket. Bookplate of Bryan J. Forbes to the pastedown, "B.J.F. Ex Libris." Actor, director, and film producer Bryan Forbes had option on the fist Bond film but did not take it. Moonraker is near fine in a…
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 132739
"One of the 100 best books of any kind of the 20th century": First Edition of Hannah Arendt's Masterpiece The Origins of Totalitarianism; Inscribed by Her in the Year of Publication
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1951.
First edition of this masterpiece, by one of the most important and influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Hannah Arendt on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and chips. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt Bindery. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 143024
First Edition of Atomic Energy for Military Purposes; signed by top Manhattan Project scientists Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Samuel K. Allison, George B. Kistiakowsky, Kenneth T. Bainbridge, and William S. "Deak" Parsons
Atomic Energy for Military Purposes: The Official Report on the Development of the Atomic Bomb Under the Auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1945.
First edition of the full text of Smyth's official report on the development of the atomic bomb by the U.S. Government. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by top Manhattan Project scientists on the front free endpaper, Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Samuel K. Allison, George B. Kistiakowsky, Kenneth T. Bainbridge, and William S. "Deak" Parsons. From the library of Manhattan Project colleague and missiles expert Laurence Cherry. Theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory and is among those who are credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role…
Price: $60,000.00 Item Number: 143078
One of the most highly recommended investment books ever written; Rare First Edition of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1923.
First edition of this Wall Street classic. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt Bindery.
Price: $10,500.00 Item Number: 142302
“Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician”: First Edition of The Wright Brothers; Inscribed by Orville Wright
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright in the year of publication on the half-title page, "To Edward with affectionate regards. Orville Wright May 4, 1943." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Orville Wright.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 142422
"The Bible degrades Woman from Genesis to Revelation & yet women believe it was written by the fingers of God"; The Woman's Bible; inscribed by American suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton
New York: European Publishing Company, 1898.
Rare early printings of The Woman's Bible, both volumes lengthily inscribed by famed American suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton who chaired the committee that published the work. Octavo, two volumes, Part I: third edition - ten thousand, Part II: first edition - ten thousand. Both parts are presentation copies, lengthily inscribed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Part I is inscribed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Miss Mary .... compliments of Elizabeth Cady Stanton 250 West 94th New York 1899 We much read the Bible as we do all other books that have emanated from the brain of man with no special divine authority."…
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 142839
"Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again": Signed Limited Edition Of Hemingways A Farewell To Arms
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
Signed limited first edition of this early Hemingway classic, which established him among the American masters. Tall octavo, original white parchment over green boards. One of 510 copies signed by Ernest Hemingway. Fine in the rare original slipcase which is in near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 142412
“World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor—it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance": First edition of John F. Kennedy's The Strategy of Peace; from the personal collection of John F. Kennedy
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960.
First edition of the selected foreign policy speeches and statements on defense, peace, and national security delivered by Kennedy during his 1960 presidential campaign. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers. From the library of John F. Kennedy with his ownership stamp to the half-title page, "Senator John F. Kennedy." In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt Bindery. Edited by Allan Nevins. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 142889
London: Victor Gollancz, 1961.
First edition of the author's first book, which introduced the world to the recurring protagonist, George Smiley. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed by John le Carre on the title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light expert restoration. With a signed letter from le Carre's secretary stating that he will sign this first edition. A sharp example, uncommon signed.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 142398
First edition of The White House Gardens: A History and Pictorial Record; inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy to her mother-in-law Rose Kennedy
New York: Great American Editions, 1973.
First edition of the first book to trace the history of and fully illustrate the grounds of the White House gardens. Oblong quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with color plates by Harold Sterner. Association copy, inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the half-title page, "For Grandma with love Jackie." The recipient, Rose Kennedy, was the matriarch of the Kennedy family: the wife of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., mother of John F. Kennedy and his eight siblings, mother-in-law of Jacqueline Kennedy, and grandmother of the children of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy. She was a devout catholic and deeply embedded in…
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 142435
Rare first edition, first impression of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations; bound in full royal blue crushed levant morocco by Bayntun Bindery
London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.
First edition, first printing of Dickens' rarest novel. Octavo, three volumes bound in full royal blue crushed levant morocco by Bayntun Bindery with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and wide gilt inner dentelles stamp-signed by Bayntun, all edges gilt. This copy agrees in all points with Margaret Caldwell's analysis of the differing impressions in the Clarendon edition of Great Expectations. The third volume contains the numeral "3" in the pagination on p. 103, and the initial "i" in "inflexible" on p. 193,…
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 142357
London: Richard Bentley, 1833.
First edition in English of Hugo’s masterpiece. 12mo, original cloth with paper spine labels, engraved frontispiece and additional vignette title, with final Opinions on this work. Number XXXII in the Standard Novels series. Translated by Frederic Shoberl. In very good condition. Very uncommon on the market, particularly in the original cloth.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 142440
From the library of Charles Darwin: First edition of Herbert Spencer's The Study of Sociology; with a presentation inscription from Spencer to Darwin
London: Henry S. King & Co, 1873.
First edition, association copy of famed English philosopher Herbert Spencer's classic work on the evolution of society; presented and inscribed by him to Charles Darwin. Octavo, original publisher's cloth with gilt titles to the spine, dark green endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Charles Darwin with the Author's kind regards." English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and anthropologist Herbert Spencer invented the expression "survival of the fittest" which he coined in his Principles of Biology (1864) after reading Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859). A description of the mechanism of natural selection, in Principles of…
Price: $110,000.00 Item Number: 141586
"I KNOW IT IS WET AND THE SUN IS NOT SUNNY, BUT WE CAN HAVE LOTS OF GOOD FUN THAT IS FUNNY": FIRST EDITION OF THE CAT IN THE HAT; Signed by Dr. Seuss
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first issue of Dr. Seuss’ classic work. Octavo, original illustrated unlaminated boards. All issue points present: price of 200/200 on the dust jacket, no mention of the “Beginner Books” series on the rear panel, and has four paragraphs of educator’s reviews on rear panel. Book contains a single signature and 61 pages with a message on final page before end paper contained in an outline of the cat’s hat & head. Boldly signed by Dr. Seuss opposite the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. An exceptional example.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 142017
“Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?”: Signed limited Edition of P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins and Legendary Actor Dick Van Dyke
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1997.
Signed limited edition of this children's classic, one of 100 numbered copies, this is number 37. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Mary Shepard. In fine condition. Additionally signed "God bless! Dick Van Dyke" on the front free endpaper, who starred in the 1964 film adaptation. A unique example.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 142005
First edition of Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions; From the collection of young Ernest Hemingway with his ownership inscriptions to each volume
New York: Printed and Published by the Author, 1918.
First edition of Shaw's appreciation of Wilde. Octavo, original publisher's cloth. From the library of young Ernest Hemingway with his ownership name and address to the pastedown of each volume, "Ernest Hemingway Windemere Walloon Lake Michigan" and additional ownership name to volume one, "Hemingway." Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, an affluent suburb just west of Chicago about which resident Frank Lloyd Wright said, "So many churches for so many good people to go to." He was the second child of Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, a physician, and Grace Hall Hemingway, a musician. Each summer the…
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 141864
“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea": FIRST EDITION OF KAZANTZAKIS’ ZORBA THE GREEK; Signed by him and by the work's modern translator Peter Bien
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Kazantzakis' masterpiece and basis for the beloved Oscar-winning film. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Nikos Kazantzakis and translator Peter Bien with the classic line of this novel on the copyright page, "'Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.' Peter Bien Aug. 26, 2002." Peter Bien translated a number of Kazantzakis' works, most notably his new translation of Zorba the Greek. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dick Dodge. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt…
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 141451
"SO WE BEAT ON, BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT, BORNE BACK CEASELESSLY INTO THE PAST": FIRST EDITION OF THE GREAT GATSBY; IN THE SCARCE ORIGINAL FIRST ISSUE DUST JACKET
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925.
First edition, first printing of Fitzgerald's masterpiece with "chatter" on p. 60, line 16; "northern" on p. 119, line 22; "it’s" on p. 165, line 16; "away" on p. 165, line 29; "sick in tired" on p. 205, lines 9-10; and "Union Street station" on p. 211, lines 7-8. Octavo, original dark green cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket, with the lowercase "j" in "jay Gatsby" on the back panel, hand-corrected in ink. The dust jacket has had expert restoration, which appears to be trimmed. Jacket art by Francis…
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 141091
"To Petros Stathatos, from his old guest and horse-borrower at Modi forty three years ago Paddy LF, with gratitude and every kind wish the adventures – travels – in this book are just a year earlier on the same journey": First Edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor's A Time of Gifts; Warmly inscribed by Him
London: John Murray, 1978.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece, which ranks among the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, map. Association copy, inscribed by the author with a full page inscription on the front free endpaper with a drawing of clouds and birds, "To Petros Stathatos, from his old guest and horse-borrower at Modi forty three years ago Paddy LF, with gratitude and every kind wish * The adventures – travels – in this book are just a year earlier on the same journey." The recipient, Peter Stathatos was a close friend of Leigh Fermor with whom he…
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 141429
First Editions of Shackletons Classic Account The Heart of the Antarctic; Inscribed by Ernest H. Shackleton
London: William Heinemann, 1909.
First editions of Shackleton’s fascinating account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909. Large octavos, 2 volumes, original blue cloth, photogravure frontispiece to each volume, 12 captioned tissue-guarded colored, and 255 black and white other plates in all, 3 maps, panorama in end-pocket of volume II, and numerous illustrations and diagrams throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ernest Shackleton on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Trade editions signed by Shackleton are rare.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 141414
“The pursuit of truth, not of facts, is the business of fiction": First Edition of Oakley Hall's Warlock; Inscribed by Him to Historian and Friend Jim Dunham
New York: The Viking Press, 1958.
First edition of this classic of American West literature. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Jim Dunham with best wishes Oakley Hall UCI 89." The recipient, Jim Dunham was a historian and friend of the authors. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Charles Egri and Evelyn Curro. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed by the author.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 140967
“HILARIOUS, CHILLING, SEXY, PROFOUND, MANIACAL, BEAUTIFUL AND OUTRAGEOUS” (THOMAS PYNCHON): FIRST EDITION OF RICHARD FARINA’S FIRST NOVEL; inscribed by him to close friend Richard Gillespie only days prior to Farina's tragic death
New York: Random House, 1966.
First edition of the author and songwriter’s first novel, warmly praised by his friend Thomas Pynchon; the only novel published in Fariña’s lifetime, as he tragically died in a motorcycle accident two days after its publication. Octavo, original half green cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "G - Recognize any of these events. We had fun. Dick." The likely recipient, Richard Gillespie, was a close personal friend and colleague of both Richard Fariña and Thomas Pynchon at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The three shared the same residence and Gillespie and Pynchon attended a…
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 141590
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1892.
Finely bound set contains Plato's Dialogues. Octavo, five volumes, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt portrait to the front and rear panels of each volume, all edges gilt, inner dentelles. Translated by Benjamin Jowett. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 140887
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Boldly signed by President Barack Obama on the half-title page in person in Keene, New Hampshire. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 140956
First Edition of Lady and the Tramp; Boldly Signed by Walt Disney, Bill Justice Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Eric Larson, and Woolie Reitherman
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Lady and the Tramp, boldly signed by Walt Disney, Bill Justice and four of Disney's nine old men: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Eric Larson, and Woolie Reitherman. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Signed by Walt Disney on the title page in crayon and on the front free endpaper by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in crayon, Woolie Reitherman in pencil, and Eric Larson and Bill Justice in pen. Foreword by Walt Disney. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 140785
Rare First edition, association copy of Theodore Roosevelt's The Foes of Our Own Household; inscribed by him to his younger sister Corinne Roosevelt
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1917.
First edition, third issue of Roosevelt's call to arms rallying the United States to engage in World War I. Octavo, original publisher's cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt on the front free endpaper to his younger sister in the year of publication, "To darling Corinne from her brother Sept 19th 1917." Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was the second of four children born to socialite Martha Stewart Bulloch and businessman and philanthropist Theodore Roosevelt Sr. He had an older sister (Anna), a younger brother (Elliott) and a younger sister (Corinne). Corinne began writing at an early age, through the encouragement of…
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 140355
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”: The Writings of Benjamin Franklin; Finely Bound
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1887.
The Letter-Press edition of the works of Benjamin Franklin, finely bound, one of only 600 numbered copies signed by G.P. Putnam. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated. In near fine condition, bookplate. Compiled and edited by John Bigelow.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 140458
Rare Subscribers Issue: First editions of the celebrated translations of Homers Iliad and Odyssey by Alexander Pope in Rare Contemporary Calf Binding
London: Bernard Lintot, 1715-26.
First editions of Alexander Pope’s monumental illustrated translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Quarto, 11 volumes, uniformly bound in full contemporary calf, gilt tooling to the spine with red morocco labels. In very good condition with some usual rubbing to the extremities and joints. Scarce and desirable in bound contemporary calf.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 140656