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First edition in English of Sigmund Freud's A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis; Finely Bound by the Harcourt Bindery
New York: Horace Liveright, 1920.
First edition in English of the most popular and widely translated of Freud's works, containing 28 lectures regarding his views on the unconscious, dreams, and neuroses. Octavo, bound in full morocco by the Harcourt Bindery, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt inner dentelles stamp-signed by the Harcourt Bindery, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Authorized translation with a preface by G. Stanley Hall. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 143669
“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream": Scarce First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
First edition of the author's masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher's black cloth decorated in gilt, illustrated with 12 collotype plates by the author. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box by the Harcourt Bindery. A scarce and desirable example of the elusive title. The first printing consisted of a run of 2,000, of which Knopf sold 1,159 copies.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 126298
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety": Rare First Edition of Benjamin Franklin's Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces
Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces; Arranged under the Following Heads and Distinguished by Initial Letters in each Leaf: General Politics; American Politics before the Troubles; American Politics during the Troubles; Provincial or Colony Politics; Miscellaneous and Philosophical Pieces.
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1779.
First edition of "the only edition of Franklin's writings (other than his scientific) printed during his lifetime" (Ford). Octavo, bound in full mottled calf with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within gilt bands, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt scrolling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges speckled brown. With the engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin, three engraved plates (one folding), and folding table of the reformed alphabet. Complete with index, addenda and corrigenda. In very good condition with repairs to approximately six pages where areas of text appear to…
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 142937
New York: Viking, 1998.
First edition of the New York Times bestseller which has sold over 1.2 million copies in the United States. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joost Elffers.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 135484
Weimar and New York: The Northern Press, Printed for Subscribers only, n.d.
The Weimar edition of the collected works of Friedrich Schiller. Octavo, 10 volumes bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in five compartments within raised bands, elaborate gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, gilt inner dentelles, watered silk endleaves and doublures with central gilt mongrams "EHR", top edge gilt, illustrated with numerous hand-colored photogravures. One of 100 numbered copies of the Weimar edition, this is number 2. Provenance: from the collection of Fred and Kay Krehbiel. In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 143624
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1960.
First edition of Hayek’s classic statement on the ideals of freedom and liberty. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket, pencil marginalia.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 143609
"One of the 100 best books of any kind of the 20th century": First Edition of Hannah Arendt's Masterpiece The Origins of Totalitarianism
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1951.
First edition of this masterpiece, by one of the most important and influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Photograph by Fred Stein. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 142749
"There is no other fire but this, This speck of life, this fading spark": The Screwtape Letters; signed by C.S. Lewis with an inscription of his poem The Salamander
London: Geoffrey Bles: The Centenary Press, 1945.
Early printing of Lewis' classic novel of spiritual conflict, one of his most celebrated works; signed by him with his poem The Salamader in the year it was published in The Spectator. Octavo, original publisher's cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, "C. S. Lewis" and inscribed by him on the final free endpaper with an inscription of his poem The Salamander which was published in the same year (1945) in The Spectator, "The Salamander I stared in to the fire: - blue waves of shuddering hear that rose and fell and blazing ships and binding caves Canyons…
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 143837
A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTING, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST ILLUSTRATED BOOKS EVER PUBLISHED: FIRST EDITION OF THE MONUMENTAL NUREMBERG CHRONICLE; Published in 1493 and containing over 1800 splendid woodcuts illustrating the history of the world from the Creation of man to the invention of the printing press
Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493.
First edition of the most fully realized illustrated book of the fifteenth century and one of the most impressive volumes ever published. Imperial folio, bound in three quarter calf with five raised bands to the spine, morocco title labels lettered in gilt to the spine and front panel, copiously illustrated with 1,809 splendid woodcuts by Wohlgemuth and Pleydenwurff (the teachers of Durer), some full page, others double-page, illustrating Schedel's year-by-year account of notable events in world history from the Creation to the year of publication, including the creation of Adam and Eve, birth of Jesus Christ, invention of printing at Mainz,…
Price: $92,000.00 Item Number: 143505
"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
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism.
New York: Alcoholics Anonymous, 1939.
First edition of Bill Wilson’s classic work, one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 30 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the spine lightly toned, contemporary name to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt Bindery. An exceptional example.
Price: $55,000.00 Item Number: 143075
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1952.
First edition of Hayek's foundational study of cognitive behavior—"an exercise in profound thinking." Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Heinrich Kluver.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 143046
Glencoe, Illinois: The Free Press, 1952.
First edition of Hayek's critique of reason, written at the same time as The Road to Serfdom. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 143049
London: T. Payne, 1776.
First edition in English of this important work on government by Aristotle. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, morocco spine label, raised bands. In very good condition, name to the title page. Translated by William Ellis.
Price: $16,000.00 Item Number: 143050
“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell": C.S. Lewis' The Problem of Pain
London: The Centenary Press, 1940.
Early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition, contemporary name to the front free endpaper.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 143627
Pen and ink portrait signed by Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore. One page, signed by Tagore "Rabindranath Tagore" and the unknown artist, "EM." Accompanied by a leaf from a scrapbook on which is pasted a printed portrait of Tagore, a reproduction of a manuscript poem by him, and an original postal receipt for an item delivered to Tagore during his trip to Germany accomplished in unknown hand and stamped in Schönberg on May 14, 1930. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 142453
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People; Signed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1937.
Early printing of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dale Carnegie on the title page. In very good condition. Name to the front pastedown.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 142439
“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence": The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong; Inscribed by Laurence Peter
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1969.
First edition, early printing of this classic #1 New York Times bestseller that answers the age-old question: Why is incompetence so maddeningly rampant and so vexingly triumphant? Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Gerald and Marie Underwood, Best wishes and please avoid the final placement syndrome Laurence J. Peter." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, name to the front pastedown. Jacket design by S.A. Summit. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 142463
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1945.
First British edition of this classic work by Huxley. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 142467
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition, early printing of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Jack Nold with warmest regards Peter F. Drucker." Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket, date to the front free endpaper. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 142075
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
"True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse”: Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman In The World; Signed by Him
New York: Frederick Fell, Inc, 1973.
Early printing Mandino's classic work on salesmanship and success. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Og Mandino on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 142029
Two Dissertations, I. Concerning the End For Which God Created the World. II. The Nature of True Virtue.
Boston: S. Kneeland, 1765.
First edition of this important work by Edwards. Small octavo, bound in half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, morocco spine label. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 142014
First Edition of "one of the most influential books of the 20th Century" The Lonely Crowd; Signed by David Riesman
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1950.
First edition of this landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by David Riesman on the title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt Bindery. Scarce and desirable signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 140940
Charlottesville, VA: The University Press of Virginia, 1965.
First edition of this work by the famed mathematician. Octavo, original. Boldly signed by John Milnor on the title page. Based on notes by David W. Weaver. Fine in the original glassine jacket.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 141351
First Edition of John C. Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership; Inscribed by Him in the year of Publication
New York: Center Street, 2011.
First edition of this inspirational work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the title page, "To Melody J. Maxwell 12.11." Very good in a very good dust jacket, marginalia. Jacket design by Brand Navigation.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 141311
“A DISTINCT STAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EMPIRICAL SCHOOL”: FIRST EDITION OF JAMES MILL’S MAGNUM OPUS, ANALYSIS OF THE PHENOMENA OF THE HUMAN MIND; WITH A 4 PAGE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LETTER TO LORD ASHLEY IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION
London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1829.
First edition of this classic exploration of the processes of human thought by the father of John Stuart Mill, whose own “logical and ethical doctrines are evidently suggested” by this work. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, armorial stamp to the front panel of the Earl of Shaftesbury, with a four page autographed letter signed by James Mill discussing his interest in the book to Lord Ashley dated 8 July 1829, the year of publication of this volume. Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was a British politician, philanthropist, and a social reformer. He was the eldest son of…
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 141327
Extremely rare original photograph boldly signed "Albert Einstein Jersusalem 1923" during his only trip to Palestine in 1923. Einstein's return voyage from his tour of Japan and China took him via the Red Sea and Suez Canal which allowed him to accept the invitation of Arthur Ruppin, the director of the Palestine office of the Zionist Organization in Jaffa to visit the region for twelve days. Einstein arrived in Port Said on February 1, 1923, and from there he traveled to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Haifa. The photographer, Zvi Oron, began his career in Warsaw and the United States…
Price: $60,000.00 Item Number: 141301
Lithograph portrait of "the father of modern physics", Albert Einstein by well known artist J.J. Muller boldly signed by both the artist and Albert Einstein. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 141399
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1992.
First edition of the journalist's objective exploration of "New Age" spirituality. Octavo, original half cloth. From the library of Joan Didion with the original typed transmittal letter signed by the Senior Editor of Crown Publishers to Joan Didion laid in. The recipient, American journalist and novelist Joan Didion gained a reputation in the 1960s and 70s as a pioneer of the New Journalism style of news writing. Her articles and political writing engaged audiences in the realities of the counterculture of the 1960s, the Hollywood lifestyle, California culture, and California history. She also gained recognition for her sensational novels, including…
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 141834
New York: Basic Books, 1983.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For Pat Irvin D. Yalom." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Vincent Torre.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 141494
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right": First Edition of Henry Ford's My Philosophy of Industry; Signed by Him
New York: Coward, McCann, Inc, 1929.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Henry Ford on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With a letter from Ford's secretary stating that Mr. Ford has signed and returned the book. Rare signed and in the original dust jacket.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 140988
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
"We do not think and talk about what we see; we see what we are able to think and talk about": First edition of Edgar Schein's Coercive Persuasion; inscribed by him
Coercive Persuasion: A Socio-psychological Analysis of the “Brainwashing” of American Civilian Prisoners by the Chinese Communists.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc, 1961.
First edition of Schein's analysis of the socio-psychological effects of "brainwashing" on American POWs during the Korean War. Octavo, original publisher's cloth. Lengthily signed by the author on the half-title page, "We do not think and talk about what we see; we see what we are able to think and talk about. Ed Schein Author of Humble Inquiry." In very good condition with underlining in pencil.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 141036
“HAPPINESS IS NOT SOMETHING READY MADE”: First Edition of The Art of Happiness At Work; Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
New York: Riverhead Books, 2003.
First edition of this beloved classic. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lisa Amoroso.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 140812
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1960.
First edition of Hayek’s classic statement on the ideals of freedom and liberty. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "For H.L. Severance with all best wishes May 8, 1975 F.A. Hayek." Very good in a very good dust jacket, original clipping from the review of this title to the front free endpaper and rear endpaper. With a review by Henry Hazlitt laid in. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 140907
"Considered the greatest single contribution to logic to appear since Aristotle": Russell and Whitehead's work Principia Mathematica
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1950.
First edition of volume one and second editions of volumes two and three, in the rare dust jackets of Russell and Whitehead's monumental work. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. Rare and desirable.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 140610
New York: Random House, 1981.
First edition of "this fascinating work" (Los Angeles Times). Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Daniel Keyes on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, bookplate. Jacket painting and interior painting by Billy Milligan. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. Uncommon signed.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 140602
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