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Militello: Giovanni de' Rossi, 1617.
Rare first edition of one of the early chess manuals, and the first book printed in Militello at Prince Francesco Branciforte’s private press. Octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum with ink titles to the spine, large engraving of the Branciforte coat of arms opposite the dedication page, woodcut illustrations throughout the text. In near fine condition. First editions are of exceptional rarity, with only three appearing at auction in the past 90 years.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 96172
"I WILL FIRST ENDEAVOR TO GIVE SOME INFORMATION AS TO THE MANNER OF STRICTLY KEEPING A JEWISH HOUSE": Rare First Edition of The First Jewish Cookbook Printed in America
Jewish Cookery Book, on Principles of Economy, Adapted for Jewish Housekeepers, with the Addition of Many Useful Medicinal Recipes, and Other Valuable Information, Relative to Housekeeping and Domestic Management.
Philadelphia: W.S. Turner, 1871.
Rare first edition of the first Jewish cookbook published in America, with extensive instructions on keeping a kosher household in addition to recipes. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, rebacked. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are exceptionally scarce of this milestone in American Jewish history.
Price: $22,000.00 Item Number: 74060
Rare Official American League Baseball signed by baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the dynamic duo of Muderers’ Row. Signed by Babe Ruth on the sweetspot and Gehrig on the west panel. In very good condition.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 109536
Rare Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Dimaggio as a member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports; signed by President Richard Nixon
Washington, D.C: 1970.
Rare Richard Nixon Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio as a “Member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports.” Dated September 25th, 1970 the appointment is signed by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers with the Presidential seal. Double matted and framed. In fine condition. From the personal collection of Joe DiMaggio. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons. Double matted and framed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 95202
New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1927.
Signed Limited edition, preceding the first trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the 20th century. One of 300 numbered copies, signed by both Robert T. Jones and O.B. Keeler, and again by Jones beneath his frontispiece. Octavo, original half vellum over green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece, illustrated. Foreword by Grantland Rice. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 83088
“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die": First Edition of The Babe Ruth Story; Warmly Inscribed by Him to His Doctor
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1948.
First edition of Babe Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To my good friend and Pal Dr. Richard Lewisohn From Babe Ruth 1948.” Dr. Lewisohn was a surgeon who experimented with an anti-cancer drug, teropterin (pteroltriglutamic acid). In 1947, Dr. Lewisohn offered Ruth, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 1946, to receive this experimental therapy. Dr. Lewisohn was very honest with Ruth about his small chances for a recovery although no formal informed consent was signed. Ruth responded bravely that he would still like to go through with the experimental treatment in order to provide the medical community with information that might help individuals in the future with the same ailment. Thus, Ruth became a subject in one of the first clinical trials of an anti-cancer drug. Dr. Lewison’s experimental course of teropterin injections led to a dramatic, albeit short-lived, improvement in Ruth. The improvement in Ruth’s condition was featured in the lead story of September 11, 1947 in the Wall Street Journal which reported on Dr. Lewisohn’s report of the case at a medical conference. The Wall Street Journal stated that researchers might be on the verge of a cure for cancer. As a direct result of Dr. Lewisohn’s treatment, Ruth was able to say farewell to his fans at Yankee Stadium and attend other public functions, as well do the interviews for and see the publication of this book in May of 1948. He was also attend the premiere of the film based on upon this book. Ruth passed away just a short time later on August 16, 1948, before the film’s public release. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some professional restoration. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are scarce, given the short time between the release of the book and Ruth’s passing. Association copies such as this one are highly prized.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 106746
New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1927.
Signed Limited edition, preceding the first trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the 20th century. One of 300 numbered copies, signed by both Robert T. Jones and O.B. Keeler, and again by Jones beneath his frontispiece. Octavo, original half vellum over green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece, illustrated. Foreword by Grantland Rice. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom three quarters morocco clamshell box.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 99657
"I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of Our National Parks; inscribed by John Muir
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901.
First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the front panel, top edge gilt, tissue-guarded frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Thomas Price with sincere regard and many pleasant Klamath memories – John Muir. Martinez California September 1908.” The recipient, Thomas Price, was the stenographer hired to accompany Muir on his journey to Pelican Bay Lodge on Lake Klamath in Southern Oregon in 1908. He transcribed Muir’s musings and thoughts on the landscape which would later form part of his 1912 autobiography My Boyhood and Youth. In near fine condition. An exceptional example and association, rare signed and inscribed by Muir.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 110389
Rare first edition of James Bolton's magnificently illustrated Harmonia Ruralis; containing eighty copper-plates of life-size male and female songbirds drawn, engraved, and coloured by the author
London: Printed For and Sold By the Author, 1794.
Rare first edition of Bolton’s magnificently illustrated work on British songbirds. First issue with the original plates 7 and 13 which differ in later issues. Quarto, two volumes bound into one in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, illustrated with eighty copper-plates of life-size male and female songbirds drawn, engraved and colored by the author, index. In near fine condition. First editions are rare, with only a handful appearing at auction in the last 100 years.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 111071
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: First Edition of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936.
First edition of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To George Chisholm with fond memories of the days when we used to ride the Chisholm Trail Dale Carnegie.” In near fine condition, with the original Simon & Schuster reply card. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings are scarce, signed examples exceptionally so.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 98465
"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run": First Edition of The Babe Ruth Story; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc, 1948.
First edition of Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To my good friend Ed Tillman From Babe Ruth.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed and inscribed as Ruth passed away in the year of publication.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 95879
"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.": First Edition of Down the Fairway; Signed by Bobby Jones
Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.
First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Jones on the front free endpaper, “with best wishes, Robert T. Jones, Jr.” Foreword by Grantland Rice. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original dust jacket and signed.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 117324