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"The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us": First British Edition of Fahrenheit 451; Inscribed by Ray Bradbury
London: Rupert Hart Davis, 1954.
First British edition of one of the seminal works in the field of science fiction. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Bradbury on the front free endpaper, “MAC! Ray Bradbury 6/12/88.” Contemporary inscription, near fine in a fine unfaded dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. A superior example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 92790
New York: John Lane Company, 1914.
First edition of the second book in the author’s acclaimed Trilogy of Desire. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For George T. Keating my most American book Theodore Dreiser N.Y. City 1919.” The recipient George Keating was a well-known book collector in the early twentieth century, who amassed a large Joseph Conrad collection. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing and offsetting to the endpapers. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell case.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 56090
"Virtue which is not supported with gravity gains no repute among men": Rare Early edition of The Morals of Confucius; A Cornerstone of Chinese Philosophy
London: T. Horne, 1706.
Rare second edition in English of The Morals of Confucius. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep contemporary sheep. In very good condition, toning to the extremities.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 107212
John F. Kennedy Engraved Portrait; Signed by Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors
Original engraved portrait of President John F. Kennedy signed by President Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors including: Nelson Rockefeller, John B. Connally, Tim Babcock, Jack Williams, Don Samuelson, John J. McKeith, Walter J. Hickel, and others. With a 13-cent “John F. Kennedy” stamp, cancelled on the anniversary of JFK’s birthday, May 29th 1967. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 94707
London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1913.
First edition of the first volume of Henry James’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, tissue guard. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To dear Gilliard Lapsley Henry James April 5th 1913.” The recipient, Gilliard Lapsley was a young historian with whom James became friends (Leon Edel, Letters p. 28). Bookplate, near fine condition with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by James.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 67071
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives": Rare Black and White Photograph of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson; signed by him
Rare black and white photograph signed by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, Jackie Robinson. Inscribed by the baseball legend in the bottom left corner of the photograph, “To John, best wishes, Jackie Robinson.” In near fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 8.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Photographs signed by Robinson are scarce.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 107856
"What we've got here is failure to communicate": First Edition of Donn Pearce's Cool Hand Luke; Signed by Him in the Month of Publication
New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1965.
First edition of this classic work, basis for the 1967 film starring Paul Newman. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page in the month of publication, “Donn Pearce Breadloaf, Vermont August 30, 1965.” Near fine in near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Ivy Riekstins. Uncommon signed.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 112531
“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused": First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; Inscribed by Him to Photographer Sylvia Salmi
New York: The Viking Press, 1956.
First American edition of Greene’s classic novel of exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sylvia Salmi from Graham Greene.” The recipient, Sylvia Salmii was a prominent and highly respected photographer. During the 1930s and 1940s, she took portraits of numerous great artists and intellectuals of the time, including Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and Leon Trotsky. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Bill English.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 111561
“Today I know that all things are watching, that nothing goes unseen": First Editions of Gunter Grass' Acclaimed Danzig Trilogy; Each signed by Him
New York: Pantheon, 1962-1965.
First American editions of the author’s classic Danzig Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth. Each work is signed by Gunter Grass on the title page. Each are fine in near fine dust jackets. Dog Years is a review copy, with the slip laid in. Translated by Ralph Manheim. A very sharp set.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 48795
"Face an audience as frequently as you can and you will soon stop shying": First edition of Dale Carnegie's First Book: The Art of Public Speaking;
The Art of Public Speaking: An Inspirational Working Handbook of Instruction For All Who Would Become Efficient Public Speakers.
Springfield: Home Correspondence School, 1915.
First edition of Carnegie’s pioneering work which would become the predecessor to countless self-improvement books. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt. Co-author Dale Carnegy would later change the spelling of his surname to Carnegie to associate himself in the eyes of the public with American business tycoon Andrew Carnegie, to whom he was not related. In near fine condition Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 95246
Rare original playbill signed by Marlon Brando, Katharine Cornell, Cedric Hardwicke, Oliver Cliff, Wesley Addy, and Mildred Natwick
Playbill Incorporated, 1946.
Rare original playbill from the 1946 production of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida starring Marlon Brando and Katharine Cornell. Octavo, original wrappers, illustrated. Boldly signed on the front panel by Marlon Brando, Katharine Cornell, Cedric Hardwicke, Oliver Cliff, Wesley Addy, and Mildred Natwick. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by the entire cast of this important production.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 96045
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all": The Works of Oscar Wilde
London and Paris: Methuen Charles Carrington, 1907-22.
The works of Oscar Wilde, bound in the original cloth, one of 1000 sets made on handmade paper. Octavo, 14 volumes, original cream cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt. One of 1000 sets of this edition on handmade paper. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 111362
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956.
First edition of this groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their capacities for love. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Fur Hans und Ruth…Eric August 1957.” Very good in a good dust jacket with some wear. First editions are uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 98633
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1948.
First edition of this hilarious memoir, the basis for the 1950 and 2003 film adaptation. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. on the front free endpaper. Illustrated by Donald McKay. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to front panel. Uncommon signed and in the original jacket.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 97548
New York: Reynal, Hitchcock, Inc, 1941.
First limited edition of French adventurer Gontran de Poncins’ classic account of his solo unsupported journey in the Canadian Arctic. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over cloth covered boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. One on only 550 copies, this is number 81. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Before I disappear for good!…I remain your friend, ‘Eskimo Miki’, de Poncins.” With the original Publisher’s Note laid in which explains, “The Vicomte Gontran de Poncins, author of KABLOONA, called out of the Arctic to join the colors of his country, disappeared in the debacle of the French Republic following the fall of Paris. It has therefore been impossible to obtain his signature for this limited edition.” Poncins did in fact survive, and this is one of the scarce copies that he signed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 95094
Black and white photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh in his flying gear, inscribed by Lindbergh, “To Ms. Elizabeth Reynolds Sincerely, Charles A. Lindbergh.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9 inches by 11 inches. A striking image, rare and desirable signed by Lindbergh.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 89010
Autograph military commission boldly signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, dated December 20th 1876. One page partially printed on vellum and retaining the original blue seal, the commission appoints Alexander L. Morton as First Lieutenant in the Fifth Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States. Signed by Grant at the conclusion and countersigned by Secretary of War J. Donald Cameron and Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 22.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 95274
"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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Gene Ballard, With best regards, Bob Jones.” The recipient was a member of The Peachtree Golf Club, which was designed by Bobby Jones. Bookplate of the recipient, fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Introduction by Charles Price. One of the more uncommon titles to find signed and inscribed, as Jones passed away in 1971.
Price: $2,750.00 Item Number: 100288