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“Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?”: Signed limited Edition of P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1997.
Signed limited edition of this children’s classic, one of 100 numbered copies, this is number 98. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Mary Shepard. In fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 115369
"The cowboy is the most vivid and native character in the United States today": First Edition of Alice Rogers Hager's Big Loop and Little; Inscribed by her to Amelia Earhart
New York: Macmillan, 1937.
First edition of the author’s classic illustrated story of the West. Large octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to legendary aviator and personal friend Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper, “To Amelia Earhart – First Lady of the Air because she, too, loves the free West. With admiration and appreciation of pleasant days at Burbank and Oakland. Alice Rogers Hager Washington, D.C. June 1937.” From the library of Amelia Earhart with here bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 61792
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle": First Edition of Sun Tzu's The Art of War; Signed by James Clavell
New York: Delacorte Press, 1983.
First printing of this edition edited by James Clavell of this fundamental treatise on military strategy. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Clavell on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Clavell was strongly influenced by Sun Tzu’s writings and was the best-selling Asian saga consisting of Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-jin, King Rat, Noble House, and Whirlwind. We have never seen another example signed by Clavell.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 107833
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, bookplate to the pastedown and name. Housed in a contemporary custom half morocco and cloth clamshell and chemise. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,950.00 Item Number: 99773
Finely Bound First Editions of Henry Yule's The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition of Yule’s important work which correlated Polo’s travels with their present-day locations. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco with gilt tooling featuring naval vignettes and red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt to the spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with maps and engraved illustrations many folding and in color. In near fine condition. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 90447
"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
Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant, Lt. Gen.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 8.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 93578
First edition of The Presidential Power: the politics of leadership; warmly inscribed by Richard Neustadt
New York and London: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1960.
Rare first edition of Neustadt’s fundamental examination of presidential power, which upon publication immediately prompted John F. Kennedy to hire him as his advisor, speechwriter and confidante. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Lou Kushnick with warm regards and the hope that he’ll enjoy the career we got him into! Richard E. Neustadt November 26,1962.” The recipient Lou Kushnick is an academic specializing in race relations and a was a friend of the author. With Kushnick’s name in pencil to the front free endpaper, a few notes in the recipients hand, near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 117229
"All this life, must be life, since it is so much like a dream": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo
London: Harper & Brothers, 1904.
First edition of what many consider to be Conrad’s masterpiece, one of 2000 copies. Octavo, original blue cloth stamped in gilt. An excellent near fine example with some light rubbing, spine gilt nice and bright, armorial bookplate to the front free endpaper. A very nice example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 69864
Rare First edition, limited issue of T.E. Lawrence's The Mint; signed by his brother and the book's editor A.W. Lawrence
The Mint: A Day-Book of the R.A.F. Depot Between August and December 1922 with Later Notes by 352087 A/C Ross.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First edition, limited issue of Lawrence’s semi-autobiographical account of his R.A.F. training days. Quarto, original quarter morocco, patterned endpapers, top edge gilt with others uncut. One of 2000 numbered copies, this is number 1039. Although not called for this example is signed by A.W. Lawrence on the limitation page (T.E. Lawrence’s brother who edited and contributed to introductory notes to this volume). Near fine in the rare original slipcase which is in very good condition. Bookplate. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117566
New York: James D. McBride, Printed by the Colombian Publishing Company, 1876.
Rare Centennial Memorial facsimile broadside of the Declaration of Independence. In near fine condition. The document measures 14 inches by 17 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 23 inches. An excellent example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 54076
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
Eighteenth century example of Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain'd. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And Poems upon Several Occasions; Finely Bound
Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain’d. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And Poems upon Several Occasions.
London: Printed for J.F. and C. Rivington et al, 1790.
Eighteenth century example of Milton’s masterpiece, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books and Paradise Regain’d. Octavo, 4 volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine red morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, ribbons bound in, all edges speckled brown, engraved frontispiece to two volumes. In near fine condition. A desirable example.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 95361
First Edition Of John Updikes Collection of Golf Writings; Signed by Updike, Illustrator Paul Szep and Jack Nicklaus
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.
First edition of this classic collection of golf stories by John Updike. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Updike and additionally inscribed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. Also signed by the illustrator, Paul Szep who has added a large drawing of Updike on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 100923
"The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs": First Edition of Adventures of a White-Collar Man; Inscribed by Alfred P. Sloan
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1941.
First edition of the story of Alfred P. Sloan’s rise to become General Motors executive. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Alfred P. Sloan. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Alfred Sloan P. Sloan Jr New York July 22, 1964.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Written in collaboration with Boyden Sparkes. Introduction by Karl T. Compton. Scarce and desirable signed by Sloan.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 54084
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 very good condition with light foxing to the page edges. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 90406
“There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart": First edition of Hard Times from the library of Hugh D. Auchincloss
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1854.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ attack on the living conditions of England’s mid-19th century industrial cities. Octavo, original green cloth blindstamped with gilt titles to the spine including the “Price 5/-” in gilt at the base of the spine and p.244 misnumbered as 44. From the library of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss. Auchincloss married Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ mother Janet Lee Bouvier in 1942. His great grandfather John W. Auchincloss built the 28-room Victorian mansion Hammersmith Farm in 1887 which would later become Jaqueline’s childhood home and the site of the reception of her 1953 wedding to John F. Kennedy. With the previous owner, Albert Henry Wiggin’s card laid in. American banker Albert H. Wiggin amassed a large fine art and book collection in the early to mid 20th century, much of which he later donated to the Boston Museum of Fine Art and Boston Public Library. In very good condition with the half-title present, which is often lacking. Housed in a custom chemise slipcase.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 108032
New York: Pantheon Books, 1991.
First edition of Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus books based on his father’s experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. Octavo, two volumes, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by Art Spiegelman on the half-title page in each volume. Both volumes are fine in fine dust jackets. Housed in the original pictorial slipcase which is in near fine condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 95828
Rare Original Playbill from the 1952 Broadway Performance of Caesar and Cleopatra/Antony and Cleopatra; Signed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
New York: Laurence Olivier Productions Ltd, 1952.
Rare original playbill from the February 25th 1952 performance of the Caesar and Cleopatra/Antony and Cleopatra repertory at the Ziegfeld Theatre starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Octavo, illustrated with photographs and advertisements. Signed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh on the front panel and inscribed by Ronald Adam, “with happy memories and good wishes, Ronald Adam.” A close friend of Olivier’s, WWII RAF fighter pilot Ronald Forbes Adam made his stage acting debut at this very performance. In near fine condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 90375
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, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of Ian Hamilton, folding map in color and 4 pages of advertisements for Churchill’s works at rear. In very good condition, with the original cloth bound at the rear.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 115621
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Hulme’s best-selling novel, basis for the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Virginia Stanley with Best Wishes Kathryn Hulme.” Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 95304
First edition of Chin Yang Lee's The Flower Drum Song; inscribed by him and in the rare original dust jacket
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1957.
First edition of Chin Yang Lee’s best known work which inspired both the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and 1961 Academy Award-winning film. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Susan Foster.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 96009
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't": Mark Twain's Following the Equator; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1925.
Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare in the original dust jacket.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 73027