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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 collection of four original photographs of Rollie Free before and during his record-breaking 1948 motorcycle ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats; each inscribed by him
Rare collection of original photographs inscribed by motorcycle racing legend Rollie Free. The collection includes 4 photographs, all of which are inscribed by Rollie Free to close personal friend and business partner Ted Peaso. Free and Peaso co-owned a Service Station on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California at the time of Free’s record-breaking ride. Peaso also fabricated the leg support for the Vincent HRD Free broke the American motorcycle land speed record with. The photographs include an image of Free during his record-breaking ride, inscribed by him, “To Ted actual photo South near fastest 23.90 seconds. North near 24 seconds flat average 150. 3/3 m.p.h. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah Sept. 13, 1948 Rollie”, a photograph of Free, Peaso and three other mechanics in front of their service station, a photograph of Free servicing the Vincent HRD, inscribed by him, “To Ted, anticipation Rollie”, a photograph of Free’s team preparing the Vincent HRD before the ride, inscribed by Free, “To Ted. Thanks for the loan of the Pease bicycle support (Pat applied for) Rollie”, and a photograph of Free and Pease, inscribed by Free, “To Ted, let me pour this one. Rollie.” In fine condition. Each photograph is double matted and framed. The entire pieces measure 14 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 119311
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
“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
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
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
“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
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
"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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original dust jacket and signed.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 117324
"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
"You just can't beat the person who never gives up": First Edition of The Babe Ruth Story; Signed by the Great Bambino
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1948.
First edition of Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Babe Ruth on the half-title page. Fine in the original dust jacket with some wear and tear. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed as Ruth passed away in the year of publication.
Price: $10,500.00 Item Number: 4667
Rare original photograph of baseball legend Babe Ruth signing baseballs for four young ballplayers. Boldly signed by Ruth in the upper right corner of the photograph. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.25 inches by 15.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 95288
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter; In the Scarce Original dust jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 190. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear with light expert restoration. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 119640
Scarce first edition of Frederick Studebaker Fish's A Hunting Trip in Jackson's Hole, Wyoming, October 1913; in the original wrappers
South Bend, Indiana: Privately Printed, 1913.
Scarce first edition of this detailed narrative of a month-long hunting trip throughout Jackson’s Hole, Wyoming. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers with gilt titles as issued, 8 engraved plates incorporating captioned photographs and illustrations. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom quarter morocco and chemise slipcase. Scarce, Worldcat locates only 2 other copies.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 95343
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 62035
“Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet": First American Edition of Seven Years in Tibet; Lengthily Inscribed by Heinrich Harrer and By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1954.
First American edition of Harrer’s classic account, signed by Harrer and The Dalai Lama. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with over 40 photographs. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Heinrich Harrer in both English and Tibetan on the half-title page, “To Mrs. Rosser with best wishes in remembrance of my lecture in Philadelphia from H. Harrer Jan. 1955.” Additionally signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who was tutored by Harrer while he living in Tibet. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Richard Graves. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Harrer and The Dalai Lama.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 112165
The Golfer’s Manual: Being an Historical and Descriptive Account of the National Game of Scotland; with an Appendix. By A Keen Hand.
Cupar, Scotland: Whitehead and Orr, 1857.
First edition of the first book of prose written on golf and the first book of golf instruction. Small octavo, original blindstamped red cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the front panel, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise. Rare, with only a handful of copies appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 84030
First Edition of Harry Vardon's My Golfing Life; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket and from the library of Albert W. Tillinghast with a letter to him signed by Vardon laid in
London: Hutchinson & Co, 1933.
First edition of Vardon’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. From the library of golf architect A.W. Tillinghast with his handwritten library index card laid in. A.W. Tillinghast was one of the most prolific architects in the history of golf; he worked on more than 265 different courses and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. Affixed to the front free endpaper is a three-page autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Vardon to Tillinghast on Vardon’s letterhead dated February 19th 1914 which reads in part, “Dear Mr. Tillinghast, I thank you very much for clipping & also letter. I fail to understand American people. They ask for my candid opinion of things…then they slate you for doing so…” During his career, Vardon made three visits to North America, 1900, 1913 and 1920. During all three trips he competed in the U.S. Open finishing 1st, 2nd and tie 2nd, becoming golf’s first international celebrity in 1900 when he toured the United States and Canada. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 96787
"I would advise anyone who wants to get to the kernel of the life of a Polar explorer to read the book": Edition De Luxe of Antarctic Days; Signed by Shackleton, Murray and Marston
Antarctic Days. Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life by Two of Shackleton’s Men: Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
London: Andrew Melrose, 1913.
Limited edition de luxe, numbered 85 of 280 copies signed on the recto of the limitation leaf by E.H. Shackleton, James Murray and George Marston. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel with a mounted color illustration, top edge gilt, 4 mounted color plates after watercolors by C. Day, 34 photo illustrations on 28 plates. In near fine condition with a light rubbing. A very nice example, as most copies have been rebound. Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 103746
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968.
First edition of this classic work, which is regarded as one of the great pieces of chess literature. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Bobby Fischer and Larry Evans on the front free endpaper. Introduction by Grandmaster Larry Evans. Fine in a near fine dust jacket, review copy with the slip to the front pastedown. Jacket design by Carl Smith. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, we have never seen another example signed by these two legendary grandmasters. From the library of Fischer’s coach William Lombardy.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 112798
"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 Jones and Keeler
Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.
First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century, signed by both Jones and Keeler. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, “For Theodore P. Le Vino with best wishes, Robert T. Jones, Jr. and signed “Best of luck, always! O.B. Keeler 1941.” The original wrapping for the shipping from Jones to the recipient with labels and stamps is laid in. Foreword by Grantland Rice. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed by both Jones and Keeler and with noted provenance.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 95650
Rare First Edition of Cox's Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory
Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory.
Saint Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Company, 1895.
First edition of this work, one of the big four cattle books. Quarto, illustrated with color lithographic frontispiece, 16 plates, numerous full-page black and white and half-tone photo illustrations as well as illustrations in text, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 102643
First Edition of Golfing Legend J.H. Taylor's Golf: My Life's Work; With a Full Page Inscription by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1943.
First edition of Taylor’s autobiography, who is considered to be one of the best golfers of all time and a pioneer of modern golf. Octavo, original cloth. Frontispiece, illustrated. Introduction by Bernard Darwin. Inscribed by the author, “The pleasures of golf are note measured by successes but by the love the player for the game. Very Sincerely Yours, J.H. Taylor. Open Champion Golfer 1894-1895-1900-1909-1913. French Champion 1908-1909. German Champion 1912.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 23064
Ice axe boldly signed by both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Circa 1955. Wood and steel shaft measures 35 inches; steel blade measures 12 inches.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 104783
“Chess is life”: Original Halldor Petursson Watercolor Caricature of Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky and William Lombardy; Signed by Halldor Petursson and William Lombardy
Original Halldor Petursson Watercolor Caricature of Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky and William Lombardy.
Original watercolor painting by Icelandic cartoonist Halldor Petursson depicting the outcome of the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. The piece features caricatures of American chess champion Bobby Fischer, challenger and Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky, and Fischer’s coach throughout the series, grandmaster William Lombardy. Inscribed by the artist in the month of the first match to William Lombardy, “Grandmaster William Lombardy, Reykjavík, July 1972.” Additionally signed twice by Lombardy. Halldor Petursson created some of the most iconic images of the historic 1972 World Chess Championship with a series of 18 post cards featuring caricatures of the historic chess grandmasters. In Game 3 of the series, Fischer beat Spassky for the first time and went undefeated for the next six matches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 24.5 inches. From the library of William Lombardy. An exceptional piece of chess history with noted provenance.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 82344
“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course: the space between your ears": Bobby Jones Signed Portrait
Rare signed portrait of Bobby Jones seated with his golf clubs after a painting by Margaret Fitzhugh Browne. Signed and dated by Bobby Jones beneath the portrait in the year the portrait was published in Golf Illustrated Magazine, “Robert T. Jones Jr. Dec 29, 1930.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. Unique and desirable.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 95821
First Edition of Dr. Jeffries A Narrative of Two Aerial Voyages of Doctor Jeffries with Mons. Blanchard; Inscribed by Him
A Narrative of Two Aerial Voyages of Doctor Jeffries with Mons. Blanchard; with Meteorological Observations and Remarks.
London: Printed for the Author and Sold by J. Robson, 1786.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on title-page, “Presented to Mrs. Morton by The Author.” Quarto, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards, with engraved frontispiece, portrait and one engraved plate printed in brown. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Also bookplate of Lord Kings Norton, Wooton Underwood, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In very good condition, repair to the half-title page, edges darkened.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 111469
Silver gelatin photograph signed and inscribed by Howard Hughes standing with his H-1 racing airplane. It was in this Hughes H-1 aircraft, designed by Hughes himself with Richard Palmer, that the aviator broke the world airspeed record in 1935 and the transcontinental airspeed record in 1937. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches. Signed and inscribed photographs of Hughes are rare.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 102564
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon; from the collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio
Rawlings Official Ball National League, .
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon on the sweetspot. From the personal collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Accompanied by an original black and white photograph of DiMaggio and Nixon shaking hands in the White House, also from DiMaggio’s personal collection. In near fine condition. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 95226
Rare 1957 financial statement signed by both Hollywood Icon Marilyn Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller
Rare original 1957 Woodbury Savings Bank financial statement signed by both Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in the beginning of their five-year marriage. One page, partially printed, the statement is dated September 9, 1957 and lists the couple’s joint annual income as $50,000+, total expenses as $30,000+ or -, and amount of life insurance as $50,000+. The preparer has also listed Monroe as self-employed and President of Marilyn Monroe Production with a suit pending against the company as a corporation. Monroe and Miller’s ages are also listed respectively as 31 and 41. Signed at the conclusion of the document, “Arthur Miller” and “Marilyn Monroe Miller.” In very good condition. Accompanied by a mimeograph of the loan agreement for $35,000 for which the statement was prepared.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 114025
"All that matters on the chessboard is good moves": First edition of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess; Signed by grandmaster Bobby Fischer; From the library of his coach and Grandmaster William Lombardy
New York: Basic Systems, 1966.
First edition of this definitive work on how to play chess. Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Bobby Fischer on the front free endpaper. Form the library of grandmaster and coach of Fischer William Lombardy, with his name on the front pastedown. “Ex libris William Lombard.” Lombardy was one of the leading American chess players during the 1950s and 1960s, and a contemporary of Bobby Fischer, whom he coached during the World Chess Championship 1972. He won the World Junior Championship in 1957, the only person to win that tournament with a perfect score. Lombardy led the U.S. Student Team to Gold in the 1960 World Student Team Championship in Leningrad. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. From the library of William Lombardy. An exceptional association copy, linking these two giants of chess.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 114756
Black and white photograph of the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers signed by Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Dale Mitchell, and five others in ink. The silver gelatin print measures 6.5 inches by 8.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 16.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by these baseball legends.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 32056
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work. One of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 56. Printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press. Photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 5515
"I hope you will live to be a hundred, because guys like you come along so seldom": Autograph Letter Signed by Bobby Jones to fellow golf legend Walter Hagen
Autograph letter signed by Bobby Jones to golfing rival and friend Walter Hagen. One page, typescript the letter is dated December 17, 1965 and reads, “Dear Walter: A little bird (not to be confused with birdie) whispered to me that on December 21st you are celebrating your seventy-third birthday. I very definitely want to be counted among those sending best regards and best wishes for many happy returns. I hope you will live to be a hundred, because guys like you come along so seldom. I sent a message to you not long ago by young Walter. I hope he remembered to deliver it. I was much concerned about you while you were in the hospital and have been thinking of you very often since that time. My wife, Mary, last February had an operation similar to yours. I am happy to say her results have been most satisfactory, but at least I got an education in these matters to know something of what you went through. I see nothing in all this to interfere with your enjoyment of those lakes and big pines you once told me about. Knowing you as I do, I am sure you will not miss a minute of this enjoyment. My warmest regards and all best wishes. Sincerely, “Bob.”‘ In near fine condition. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope. A fine association.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 114012
Two page autographed letter signed by golfing legend Bobby Jones regarding Clifford Roberts. A significant letter in which Jones writes to Richard Gordin at the Ohio Wesleyan University regarding his dissertation on the influence of the design of the Augusta National golf course and on the genius of Clifford Roberts in organizing the Masters Tournament. Matted and framed with a photograph of Jones and Roberts. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 31 inches. An exceptional piece of golf history.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 76540
London: Macdonald and Co, 1939.
First edition of this overview of Hollywood. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed on the front pastedown and endpapers by Walt Disney and 13 other Hollywood actors and actresses, including, Chico Marx “To Pat Sincerely Chico Marx”; Pat O’Brien; “To Pat my own namesake Love Pat O’Brien Nov 21, 1947; Deborah Kerr, “I see a dark Stranger” (on page 76) “with best wishes Deborah Kerr”; Merle Oberon “To Pat all the best Merle Oberon”; Joe E. Brown “To Pat Joe Brown.” Brown was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s, with films like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Earthworm Tractors, Alibi Ike and Some Like It Hot. Jack Train “Best wishes Pat Jack Train Don’t’ mind if I do”; Ray Milland “Merry Xmas Pat Ray Milland.” Milland is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend, leading man opposite John Wayne’s corrupt character in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954), and Oliver Barrett III in Love Story. Two of the signatures are pasted onto the end papers, while the rest are signed directly onto the end papers with one on page 76. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional collection of signatures in this film review book.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 112422
London: Bugatti Owner's Club, 1931-1955.
One Hundred Issues of Bugantics. Octavo, 9 Volumes, bound in the original publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decorated tooling. Profusely illustrated with photographs, tables, brilliant period advertising and drawings. These bound volumes, prepared by the Bugatti Owner’s Club by special subscription, were compiled without covers, the design of which has remained the same since its inception. The run extends: Volume 1 No.2 (September 1931); Volume 18 No. 4 (December 1955). The last pre-war issue was Volume 8 No. 6 (November 1939). Publication was then halted due to the Second World War and resumed publication with Volume 9 No. 1 in January 1946. But for the missing, extremely rare Volume 1 No. 1, this is a complete 24 year run. In near fine condition with only light wear. An exceptional set of these rare early issues.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 22082
“Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price": First Edition of Amelia Earhart's The Fun of It; Signed by Her
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932.
First edition of Earhart’s account of her childhood, her fascination with aviation, and her life through her 1932 flight across the Atlantic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout, with the original record in the rear pastedown. Signed by Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 112423