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Black and white photograph of Bobby Jones swinging a wood on the fairway. Boldly inscribed by Jones in his earlier signature, “For Art With best wishes Robert T. Jones, Jr.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 18.25 inches.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 102464
Cleveland: Vinson & Korner Co, 1905.
Octavo, original boards. Signed by John D. Rockefeller beneath his frontispiece. One of 425 numbered copies, this is number 396. The work commemorates the day John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, was visited by 300 Cleveland businessmen outside his home. Included are 38 pages of the speeches delivered that day, including ones given by Liberty E. Holden and Andrew Squire, and the speech given by Rockefeller in response. In very good condition, rebacked. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 51026
Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 39022
"The First Angling Book Written in America": First Edition of the John J. Brown's The American Angler's Guide
New York: Burgess, Stringer & Co, 1845.
First edition of the first angling book written in America. Small octavo, original brown cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spin and front panel. In very good condition. Period name to the front free end paper. A rare piece of American angling literature.
Price: $2,150.00 Item Number: 88015
Rare autograph letter signed by President Gerald Ford to Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Dated December 20, 1979 on Ford’s presidential letterhead, the letter reads: “Dear Mr. DiMaggio: I would like to invite you to play in the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The dates this year are July 28-29. The purse this year will be $100,000. We will be playing in fivesomes, one best ball. It should be a great golfing experience with over forty professionals attending…Hope to see you there. 1980 could be a banner year for the tournament. Warmest best wishes, Sincerely, “Jerry Ford.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original transmittal envelope which is also signed by Ford and an original full-color photograph of DiMaggio and Ford at the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 20 inches. A unique association.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 95230
Indianapolis/ New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1941.
Early printing of Irma S. Rombauer’s culinary classic. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Joe with all good wishes most cordially Irma S. Rombauer.” In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 115098
"Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force - an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares": First Edition of Rosser Reeves' Reality in Advertising; Signed by Him
New York: Borzoi/ Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.
First trade edition, published after the privately printed Ted Bates edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, slipcase. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With a promise that this is a very short, short book! Rosser Reeves Oct 8, 1962. Fine in the original glassine wrapper in a fine slipcase. Rare signed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 30014
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1895.
First edition of the first real book published in America on golf, previous efforts having been more like pamphlets. Octavo, original yellow cloth, stamped in silver and green, illustrated with plates from photographs, including frontispiece with tissue-guard present, wood engravings and tables. In near fine condition. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 103562
Rare First Edition of British Sports and Sportsmen: Yachting and Rowing; From the Library of Steve Fossett
London: British Sports and Sportsmen, 1916.
First edition, limited to 1,000 examples. Folio, bound in original full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, raised bands, numerous photogravure portraits. This lavishly-produced survey of large and small boat racing, cruising, and rowing, includes biographies of prominent yachtsmen, and includes descriptions of the America’s Cup and single-handed cruising. 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. In near fine condition. A nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 111672
London: Arthur Guiness and Son, 1977.
First signed limited edition of this authoritative work on Wimbledon signed by champion Fred Perry. Quarto, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Wimbledon champion and tennis legend Fred Perry. In fine condition with the original slipcase. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 5710
"The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two": Bobby Jones' Golf Is My Game; Inscribed by Him
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1960.
First edition, early printing of this classic golfing technique manual. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Earl Bottom With best wishes Bobby Jones.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ben Feder.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 120569
"A Good public Servant Becomes so at a high cost of personal sacrifice": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts Classic Work You Learn By Living; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1960.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s classic work on how to discover life’s lessons. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Name on the half-title page, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Dr. David Gurewitsch. Rare signed, as Roosevelt passed away in 1962.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 52032
"Under all possible conditions it is desirable that the dry-fly man should be cast upstream": Signed limited deluxe edition of Frederic M. Halford's The Dry-Fly Man's Handbook
The Dry-Fly Man’s Handbook: A Complete Manual. Including The Fisherman’s Entomology, and The Making and Management of a Fishery.
London: George Routledge & Sons, Limited, 1913.
Edition De Luxe of Frederic M. Halford’s authoritative manual on the theory and practice of dry-fly fishing. One of one hundred signed numbered copies, this is number 30. Quarto, bound in the original publishers three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece and other engraved illustrations with tissue guards, bookplate. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 88024
"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort": Large black and white photograph of four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens; Boldly signed by him
Large black and white photograph of four-time Olympic gold medalist James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens in mid-sprint. Inscribed by Owens in the lower left corner of the photograph, “To James, My Best Always, Jesse Owens ’36 Olympics.” Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 9.5 inches by 7.5 inches. The entire piece measures 16.5 by 21 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 95209
“The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers": First Edition of Walter Chrysler's Life of an American Workman; Inscribed by Him to John Hartford
New York: Privately Printed by William E. Rudge's Sons, 1937.
Limited first edition, one of 500 numbered copies, this is number 160. Octavo, original black leather, gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece portrait of Chrysler and illustrated with 22 photogravure plates. Asscociation copy, inscribed by the author, “To: John A. Hartford With my friendship and affection W.P. Chrysler 1/29/38.” John Augustine Hartford was the longtime President of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (“A&P”), serving in that position for 35 years from 1916 until his death. His father, George Huntington Hartford (1833–1917) left the control of the company’s voting stock to a trust that gave total control to John and his older brother George Ludlum Hartford who served as chairman. John, who one company historian named the “Merchant Prince”, ran the business operations side of the empire, while his brother George ran the financial side. Time magazine interviewed John and his brother George who were on their cover in November 1950. Time wrote that “going to the A&P was almost an American tribal rite”. The Wall Street Journal in an editorial on August 29, 2011 wrote “Together the brothers, neither of whom had finished high school, built what would be, for 40 years, the largest retail outlet in the world.” The New York Times in an editorial on September 7, 2011 wrote that John and George Hartford “were among the 20th century’s most accomplished and visionary businessmen.” Written in collaboration with Boyden Sparkes. Decorations by Earle Winslow. In near fine condition. An exceptional association linking these two giants of twentieth century business.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 102468
“First we eat, then we do everything else”: First Edition of M.F.K. Fisher's Classic Work The Art of Eating; Signed by Her
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1954.
First edition of Fisher’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by M.F.K. Fisher on the front free endpaper. Light rubbing to the bottom boards, very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the spine crown. Jacket design by Leo Manso. With an introduction by Clifton Fadiman. Rare and desirable signed by M.F.K. Fisher.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 12060
"Because Now You Have To Be Recognized As One Of The Great Golfers Of Our Time": First Edition of The Golden Bears Second Book; Lengthily Inscribed by Jack Nicklaus
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968.
First edition of the golfing legend’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed at length by the author on the title page, “To Sock The note I wrote on my first book must have made you work on your game, because now you have to be recognized as one of the great golfers of our time. I hope this will help make you an even greater golfer. Best Always, Jack.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 935
London: Hutchinson & Company, 1920.
First edition of this work by the legendary golfer. Octavo, original green cloth, illustrated with several folding plates from action-shot photographs. . Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the spine. First editions in the original dust jackets are rare.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 13012
"Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard"First Edition of The Walter Hagen Story; Signed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.
First edition Walter Hagen’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “On behalf of the “Haig” and myself, good golfing and good luck. Horton Smith.” Today, Smith is best-known as the winner of the first and third Masters. In 1929 he won eight titles. This was an era of expansion and reorganization for professional golf. The PGA Tour was founded in 1934, and Smith was one of the leading players of the early years of the tour, topping the money list in 1936. He accumulated 32 PGA Tour titles in total, the last of them in 1941, and his two major championships came at the Masters, at the inaugural tournament in 1934 and again in 1936. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Guy Fraumeni. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 82302
"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes"; First Edition of Andrew Carnegies Classic Work The Gospel Of Wealth
New York: The Century Company, 1900.
First edition of Carnegie’s classic essay about the responsibilities of those of great means to use their wealth for the good of society. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition with light rubbing. First printings are uncommon.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 108644
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there”: First Edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Signed by Robert Pirsig
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1974.
First edition of one of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Robert M. Pirsig on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
Price: $1,950.00 Item Number: 110921
"One chance is all you need": Large black and white photograph of four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens; Boldly signed by him
Large black and white photograph of four-time Olympic gold medalist James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens in mid-sprint. Inscribed by Owens in the lower left corner of the photograph, “To Konrad, My to you, Jesse Owens ’36 Olympics.” Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 9.5 inches by 7.5 inches. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 16 inches.
Price: $1,950.00 Item Number: 99698
Edinburgh: J. & J. Gray & Company, 1920.
First edition of the author’s rare book on putting. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated with plates from photographs. In very good condition, rebacked. First editions are rare.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 114874
First Editions of Andre L. Simon's The History of the Wine Trade in England; Both Volumes Inscribed by Him
London: Wyman & Sons, 1906-07.
First editions of Simon’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth, two volumes. Both volumes are inscribed by Andre Simon, with volume one inscribed twice by him. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 96872
Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co, 1910.
First edition of Beecher Bronson’s classic account of his hunting experiences in Africa. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with nearly 100 photographs by the author. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “The author inscribed this volume for a well-loved kindred spirit…. Edwin Willard Deming, EB Bronson NY 12 Nov ’12.” The recipient was American artist Edwin Willard Deming, who studied under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. In 1887 Deming first visited and painted the Apaches and Pueblos of the Southwest. His career of painting and illustrating took him repeatedly to the lands of the Blackfoot, Crow, and Sioux, as well as to Arizona and New Mexico. After the turn of the century, Deming devoted more time to sculpture but also began work on a series of romantic murals of Indian life, which were subsequently installed in the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the American Indian in New York. Signed personal bookplate of the recipient, Edwin Willard Deming, in near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 62067
Full color image signed by Scottish Formula One racing legend Jim Clark. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The image measures 7.5 inches by 10 inches. The entire piece measures 16.5 by 13.5 inches.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 91367
"In order to consult the oracle with advantage, the enquirer must state the nature of his question to and Lady in the company": Rare first edition of Madame le Normande's The Oracle of Human Destiny
The Oracle of Human Destiny; Or, Book of Fate: Being an Unerring Fortune-Teller and Accurate Interpreter of Mystical Signs & Heavenly Bodies.
London: Printed for the Wholesale Booksellers, 1854.
Rare first edition of this early book of fortune telling and divination through card reading. Octavo, bound in original cloth, folding hand colored chart of a card spread, hand-colored frontispiece portrait of Madame Le Normande, wood engraved pictorial borders. In very good condition. Scarce.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 92800
First Edition of The Conquest of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and Louise Hillary
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1954.
First edition of this classic account of the first ascent of Mount Everest. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 8 pages of photographs in full color, and 48 pages in black and white, maps, sketches and drawings. Foreword by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Presentation copy, boldly inscribed on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand in the year of publication, “To Emily Rosset in appreciation of a pleasant stay in Philadelphia E.P. Hillary 2/10/54.” Additionally signed by George Lowe, Charles Evans and Louise Hillary. The 1953 British Mount Everest expedition was the ninth mountaineering expedition to attempt the first ascent of Mount Everest, and the first confirmed to have succeeded when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit on Friday, 29 May 1953. Led by Colonel John Hunt, it was organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee. News of the expedition’s success reached London in time to be released on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, 2 June. Charles Evans was John Hunt’s deputy leader on the expedition. With Tom Bourdillon, he made the first ascent of the South Summit, coming within three hundred feet of the main summit of Everest on 26 May 1953, but was forced to turn back. George Lowe helped prepare the route up the Lhotse Face towards the South Col at close to 8,000m altitude. On May 28th, Lowe, Alfred Gregory and Sherpa Ang Nyima, all carrying heavy loads, set out with Hillary and Tenzing as the support party for their summit attempt. Camp IX was established at 8,500m, then Lowe, Gregory and Ang Nyima descended to the South Col. The following day, May 29th, Hillary and Tenzing successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest. Lowe went on to direct a documentary film during the expedition, entitled The Conquest of Everest that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Newspaper cutouts to the rear endpaper in regards to the Everest Team in Philadelphia, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed in the year of publication.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 102102
London : Cassell, 1975.
First edition of this classic work by Jacques Cousteau. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 105 photographs in full color. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Bettina! JY Cousteau.” The recipient was an international lawyer for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with and worked with Cousteau in Monaco on several occasions during the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, Cousteau was the director of the Musee Oceanographique in Monaco (1957-1988), where the recipient was working on drafting an agreement between the IAEA and Monaco to establish an oceanographic lab (Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity) for joint research at the Musee Oceanographique in Monaco. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Translated from the French by J.F. Bernard. Books signed by Cousteau are uncommon.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 120342
"If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen": Joe DiMaggio Signed Baseball
Official baseball signed “Best wishes Joe DiMaggio.” In very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 109362
New York: American Lawn Tennis, 1925.
Limited Deluxe edition. One of 340 numbered copies, signed by both William J. Tilden and the editor S. Wallis Merrihew. In excellent condition with light rubbing to the joints, contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 20090
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there”: First Edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Signed by Robert Pirsig
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1974.
First edition of one of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Robert M. Pirsig on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 103462
"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1972.
First edition of “the bible of American cooking” (Time). Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Earl Thollander. Jacket design by Elna Rapp. Jacket illustration by Mary Purcell.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 2283
"If you don't do your part, don't blame God": First Edition of The Real Billy Sunday; Signed by Billy Sunday
Dayton, OH: The Otterbein Press , 1914.
First edition of this biography on the great evangelist. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper, “W.A. Sunday Psalm 34.” Light rubbing to the cloth, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and a chip to the crown of the spine. Books signed by Billy Sunday are rare.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 27096
Rare photograph of American tennis legend William Tilden. Boldly signed by Tilden, “Wm T. Tilden 2nd.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 10 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 100124
Rare American Boxing Champions Signed Photograph Collection; signed by James J. Braddock, Max Baer, James 'Red' Burman, Sixto Escobar, and Bob Pastor
Collection of six original photographs signed and inscribed by five 1930s American boxing champions, including: “Cinderella Man” James J.Braddock, World Heavyweight Champion Max Baer, James ‘Red’ Burman, Sixto Escobar, and top-ranked heavyweight Bob Pastor. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 119265