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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons , 1948.
First edition, early printing of this prophetic discourse on weapons of mass destruction. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Gen. Huebner with best wishes from Charles A. Lindbergh." The recipient, General Clarence R. Huebner was the commander of the 1st Infantry ("The Big Red One") at Normandy and one of World War I's most celebrated heroes. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An excellent association.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 144020
"The real measure is the success or fall of the climber to triumph, not over a lifeless mountain, but over themself": First Edition of The Ascent of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary
London: Hodder & Houghton, 1953.
First edition of this account of the 1953 British conquest of Everest. Octavo, original blue cloth, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and many in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Boldly signed by Edmund Hillary on the half-title page in a contemporary hand. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary’s stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 144001
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1940.
First edition of Johnson's classic work. Octavo, original striped cloth, photographic endpapers illustrated with 83 aquatone illustrations. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Esther Bates With my very best African wishes. Affectionately Osa Johnson." Near fine in a good dust jacket with chips and wear.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 143893
"I will come again and conquer you because as a mountain you can't grow, but as a human, I can": First Edition of High Adventure; Finely Bound by The Harcourt Bindery
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955.
First British edition of Hillary's account of his ascent of Everest. Octavo, with maps by A. Sparks and sketches by George Djurkouic, 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. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 144006
New York: Silver Arrow Books, 1988.
First edition of the astronaut's classic autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Marge and Bill With Friendship and very Best Wishes! Frank Borman." Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Mike Stromberg. Written with Robert J. Serling.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 143859
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1892.
First Remington illustrated edition, fourth edition printed of Parkman’s classic account of his journey along the Oregon Trail. Second printing with the list of illustrations. Octavo, original publisher's full suede with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, illustrated with numerous plates by Frederic Remington, tissue-guarded frontispiece. Provenance: from the library of Mabel Osgood Wright with her petite bookplate to the pastedown. Mabel Osgood Wright (1859-1934) was an American writer who wrote extensively on nature and birds. In very good condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 142850
“EVERYONE HAS OCEAN’S TO FLY, IF THEY HAVE THE HEART TO DO IT. IS IT RECKLESS? MAYBE. BUT WHAT DO DREAMS KNOW OF BOUNDARIES?”: FIRST EDITION OF 20 HRS. 40 MIN. OUR FLIGHT IN FRIENDSHIP; INSCRIBED BY AMELIA EARHART
20 Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship: The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.
First edition of Earhart’s thrilling account of of her experience as a passenger aboard the Friendship, which made her the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air in 1928. Octavo, original publisher's cloth, pictorial endpapers, frontispiece and 61 illustrations. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the frontispiece, "To J.P. Muller, First National Vice President - Exchange Club in appreciation of his interest in aviation from Amelia Earhart." In July, 1928, Earhart was the special guest at the 12th National Exchange Club Convention, held in Toledo, Ohio, where she likely first met the Club's Vice-President, J.P. Muller,…
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 142303
Paul Calle's Original Signed Artist's Proof of "First Man on the Moon": Signed by him and Neil Armstrong and from Calle's personal collection
The artist's proof of Paul Calle's famous image of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon which was featured on the 1969 10¢ stamp. Original lithographic print, signed by the artist, "Paul Calle" and numbered by him, "A/P First Man on the Moon" in pencil. Additionally signed by Neil Armstrong. In 1962, Calle was among the first artists selected to participate in the NASA Art Program. While his involvement with NASA began with the Gemini missions, his best-known work remains the present image, which served as the design for the iconic "First Man on the Moon" U.S. postage stamp. Provenance:…
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 143593
"Into the dark, into that silence that has no end": First Edition of H.G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon
London: George Newnes, Limited, 1901.
First English edition of Wells's classic work of science fiction. Octavo, original publisher's gilt-decorated blue cloth, illustrated with 12 plates by Claude Shepperson. In very good condition. Small embossed bookplate to the front free endpaper.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 143735
“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever": Limited First Edition of Jacques Cousteau's Whales
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988.
Limited first edition of this classic work. Quarto, original leatherette, illustrated throughout. Fine in a fine slipcase. Translated by I. Mark Paris.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 143650
First Edition of James' Controversial Commentary on the social environment of turn-of-the-century-america: The American Scene
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1907.
First American edition of James' account of his trip throughout the United States between 1904 and 1905. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt tooling to the front panel and spine. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco chemise and clamshell box. A nice example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 80105
First edition in English, limited issue of A Description of Louisiana, by Father Louis Hennepin, Recollect Missionary
New York: John G. Shea, 1880.
First edition in English, limited issue of Hennepin’s first book Description de Louisiane, the first report of Niagara Falls and the headwaters of the Mississippi River above the Wisconsin River. Royal octavo, bound in three quarter morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, patterned endpapers, engraved folding map with tape repair. One of 250 numbered copies, this is number 76. Bradford 2251; Sabin 80023. Provenance: Bookplate of William L. Clements to the pastedown. In very good condition. Robert Clark broadsheet advertisement for the book laid tipped in.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 143219
First American Edition of Ernest Shackleton's South. The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition: 1914-1917
New York: The MacMillan Company, 1920.
First American edition of Shackleton’s own account of his ill-fated expedition, with folding map at rear, in-text maps and illustrations, and 88 plates, most after photographs by Frank Hurley. Octavo, original publisher's green cloth, color frontispiece, numerous plates, large folding map, errata slip. In near fine condition, bookplate. A very sharp example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 142888
Albany: Joel Munsell, 1861.
Limited edition of Shea's important history of the early explorers of the Mississippi, printed for subscribers. Octavo, bound in half morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Bradford 4933; Field 1395; Sabin 80003. Provenance: from the library of American businessman James Phinney Baxter (1831-1921) of Portland, Maine with his bookplate to the pastedown. Bookplate of Peter Priester laid in. In very good condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 143881
Argonauts of the South: Being a Narrative of the Voyages and Polar Seas and Adventures in the Antarctic with Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ernest Shackleton.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1925.
First edition of Hurley's appreciation of the two principal figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Royal octavo, original publisher's cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 75 plates and maps. Provenance: from the Arctic and Antarctic collection of Gerald F. Fitzgerald with his library plate to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 143724
London: Macmillan, 1894-95.
First editions of both volumes of The Jungle Book. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard present. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. A sharp example.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 143467
New York: The Century Company, 1900.
First edition of "the finest single-handed adventure story yet written" (Seafarer). Octavo, original blue cloth, pictorially stamped in silver and green, top edge gilt. Illustrated by Thomas Fogarty and George Varian.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 143497
“I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found": First Edition of John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of Steinbeck’s beloved cross-country narrative. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Don Freeman. Photographs of Steinbeck by Hans Namuth.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 142958
New York: Brentano's, Publishers, 1925.
First edition of Vanderbilt's account of his 1924 three-month summer cruise aboard the diesel yacht Ara. Octavo, original publisher's cloth, illustrated with plates and maps. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "To C. M. ... from W. K. Vanderbilt June 26th 1925." In very good condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 143551
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1924.
Second edition of Mill's appreciation of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Octavo, original publisher's cloth, illustrated with numerous plates and 4 maps in the text. Provenance: from the Arctic and Antarctic collection of Gerald F. Fitzgerald with his library plate to the pastedown. Presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "From B.M.F. 24.11.25." In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 143821