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"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir; With Eight Original Photographs
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.
The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in original special deluxe three quarters morocco over marbled boards, leather edges ruled in gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, matching endpapers, top edges gilt. With Volumes 1 through 8 of this set each containing an original gelatin silver photograph at the front, each with a printed tissue guard. Kimes does not describe an edition with these additional real photo frontispieces. The binding matches that of Kimes 342. The scenes depicted in the inserted photographs are: The House of John Muir, Martinez, California; The Cathedral Spires, Yosemite National Park; Eucalyptus on Muir’s Ranch, Martinez, California; An Orange Tree in Front of Muir’s House, Martinez, California; The Lower Fall of the Yosemite (Telephoto view); A Cabin in the Muir Woods, on Mt. Tamalpais, California, used by John Muir, Joaquin Miller, and others; Arctic Ptarmigan; Crater Lake, Oregon. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one from Chapter 4 of The Mountains of California. The holograph text is written in brown ink with additional pencil emendations. The edited text begins: “I found a good camp-ground on the rim of a glacier.” Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates, tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece, with the first seven hand-colored; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. In fine condition. An exceptional example, rare with the original silver gelatin prints.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 76020
"Here the lilies were higher than my head, and the sunshine was warm enough for palms": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.
The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in contemporary gilt paneled and gilt floral full crushed brown niger morocco, gilt floral spine compartments, top edges gilt, green and brown gilt morocco doublures with the coat of arms of Anna W. S. Keator, green silked free endpapers, raised bands. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one from The Mountains of California. Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates, tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece, with the first seven hand-colored; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. With a manuscript leaf from John Muir in volume one. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 73083
"No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially - courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense": Rare autograph quotation book lengthily inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt as President in addition to many others including William Howard Taft, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Bernard Baruch
ROOSEVELT, Theodore; William Howard Taft; John Muir; John Burroughs; Bernard Baruch et al. [Olga Roosevelt].
Olga Roosevelt’s autograph book, lengthily inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States, William Howard Taft as Vice President of the United States and several other famous figures of the era, including naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs and financier Bernard Baruch. Octavo, bound in full vellum with hand painted decorations to the spine and panels, patterned endpapers. Inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt with a lengthy quotation, “No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially – courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense. Theodore Roosevelt July 23rd 1903.” Inscribed by William Howard Taft “For Miss Olga Roosevelt with best wishes of William H. Taft May 23 1910.” Inscribed by American naturalist John Burroughs, “The most precious things of life are without money & without price John Burroughs Sept 8, 1903.” Inscribed by the President of Cornell University and United States Ambassador to Germany Jacob Gould Schurman, “Beauty, graceful manners, good temper, common sense, and a kind heart: these are the qualities that make a woman to be beloved and powerful. J.G. Schurman East Hampton September 14th 1903.” Additionally inscribed by Alfred W.S. Garden, American diplomat Robert Underwood Johnson, American screenwriter Daniel Carson Goodman, and American naval officer Leigh Carlyle Palmer. Signed by John Muir and signed and dated by Bernard Baruch “B. Baruch Jan 20th 1920.” From the collection of Theodore Roosevelt’s niece, Olga Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the heiress to a fortune of several million dollars left her by her mother. She made her debut in Washington in 1908 and married Dr. Breckenridge Bayne in 1911. In very good condition. An exceptional collection of signatures with noted provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 116342
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration": Photograph of Thomas Edison in His Library; Signed by Him
Large signed photograph of Thomas Edison showing him in his library with hands clasped. Inscribed by Thomas Edison. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5. inches by 18.5 inches.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 53017
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work": Large Signed Photograph of Thomas Edison
Large photograph of Thomas Edison, signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 20 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 15050
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up": Photograph of Thomas Edison in His Library; Signed by Him
Large signed photograph of Thomas Edison. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5. inches by 18.5 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 55002
London and Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1862.
Octavo, bound in full cream-colored calf by Asprey, marbled endpapers, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, morocco spine label, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, with eight illustrations. In fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 101722
First Edition of Steven Weinberg's To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science; Signed by Him
New York: Harper, 2015.
First edition of this “thoughtful history of science” (The New Yorker). Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Steven Weinberg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Milan Bozic.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 56017
Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1965.
First edition of this collection of lectures delivered by Milnor at the University of Virginia in December 1963. Octavo, original half cloth over illustrated boards. Signed by John Milnor on the title page. In fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 114852
"The luxuriance and beauty of tropical nature is a well-worn theme": First Edition of Alfred Russel Wallace's Tropical Nature and Other Essays
London: Macmillan and Co, 1878.
First edition of English naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace’s collected essays on tropical ecology. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In good condition. From Guille-Alles Library, Guernsey with the original library labels to the spine and front panel, folding lending card affixed to the front pastedown, library stamps.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 92517
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991.
First edition of this memoir on Leighton’s friendship with colleague Richard Feynman. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author opposite the title page, “To Ed With many thanks for the on-the-job English lessons Ralph.” The recipient was a student of Leighton’s. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 5463
Rare autograph diagram signed by internet pioneer Vint Cerf. One page, the diagram details the process of an internet packet. Signed by Vint Cerf. In fine condition.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 121963
FIRST EDITION OF WE SEVEN, SIGNED BY John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez
CARPENTER, M. Scott; Gordon L. Cooper; John H. Glenn; Virgil I. Grissom; Walter M. Schirra; Alan Shepard; Donald K. Slayton .
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962.
First edition of this first-hand account of the genesis of America’s manned space program. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed on the half-title page by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and comedian Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez. Jiménez was a fictional character created and performed by comedian Bill Dana on The Steve Allen Show in 1959 and who became increasingly popular during the 1960s, and is cited in this volume on several occasions. This character introduced himself with the catch phrase: “My name… José Jiménez”. The character of José Jiménez caught on with the seven real Mercury astronauts, and Dana became good friends with them: “Okay, José, you’re on your way!” Deke Slayton quipped as Alan Shepard’s famous first flight launched. José became the program’s unofficial mascot, and Dana was even made an honorary Mercury astronaut. (Coincidentally, there was a real test pilot named Bill Dana, who flew as high as 59 miles up and qualified for NASA’s Astronaut Badge. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique signed example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 102763
First edition of Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Cambridge: University Press, 1944.
Rare first edition of this collection of lectures by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist in which he presents the early theoretical description of the storage of genetic information cited by Crick and Watson as a source of inspiration for their initial research into the discovery of DNA. Small octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition with a small stain to the front panel.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 119034
New York: Viking Press, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Peter Matthiessen on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 17011
First Edition of Wrinkles in Time; Lengthily Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning Physicist George Smoot
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1993.
First edition of the story of “the scientific discovery of the century, if not all time” (Stephen Hawking). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with 8 pages of color photographs and 50 line drawings. Inscribed by Smoot on the half-title page, “For John There is something about looking at the night sky that makes a person wonder Best Wishes George Smoot.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Gamarello.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 62011
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1993.
First edition of the story of “the scientific discovery of the century, if not all time” (Stephen Hawking). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with 8 pages of color photographs and 50 line drawings. Inscribed by George Smoot on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Gamarello.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 63001
"I shall not easily forget one summer afternoon in the Wawoma Forest when I sat down to rest by a little stream": First Edition of J. Smeaton Chase's Yosemite Valley
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911.
First edition of J. Smeaton Chase’s classic survey of the Yosemite Valley. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated with photographs by the author throughout. In near fine condition. A very clean example.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 80117
“ORBITING EARTH IN THE SPACESHIP, I SAW HOW BEAUTIFUL OUR PLANET IS. PEOPLE, LET US PRESERVE AND INCREASE THIS BEAUTY, NOT DESTROY IT!”: RARE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED by Yuri Gagarin, Pavel Popovich, Gherman Titov, and Andriyan Nikolayev
Rare original photograph signed by four important Russian cosmonauts including the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin. Additionally signed by Andriyan Nikolayev (the third Russian in space and the first person to make a televised broadcast from space), Gherman Titov who became the first human to orbit the earth multiple times in 1961, and Pavel Popovich (the fourth cosmonaut to travel into space). Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 9.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100123