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"We are but farmers of ourselves, but may, if we can stock ourselves, and thrive, unplay much, much dear treasure for the Great Rent Day": First edition of Aline Bernstein's The Journey Down; one of 700 copies signed by her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938.
First edition of the author’s semi-autobiographical novel detailing her five-year affair with Thomas Wolfe. Octavo, original cloth. One of 700 copies signed by the author for friends of Borzoi Books on the colophon. In very good condition.
"Many thanks for your lucid thoughts and interest in my work": First edition of Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team; inscribed by John Steinbeck to Legendary literary critic Edmund Wilson
New York: The Viking Press, 1942.
First edition of Steinbeck’s riveting account of his experiences with several bomber crews of the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 60 photographs by John Swope. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Dear Mr. Wilson, Many thanks for your lucid thoughts and interest in my work, John Steinbeck.” The recipient, Edmund Wilson, was an American literary critic and progenitor of the Library of America publication series. His critical works helped foster public appreciation for many of the foremost American writers of the 20th century including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and William Faulkner. Steinbeck’s inscription refers, in jest, to Wilson’s harsh critique of his work in his 1941 publication The Boys in the Back Room: Notes on California Novelists. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. An exceptional association, linking these two great American men of letters.
Camara Municipal de Evora, 1997.
First edition of this work on the city of Evora. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago on the title page. Photographs by Eduardo Gageiro. In fine condition.
Rare United States Air Force Photograph of aviator Howard Hughes, Major General Oscar Westover, and General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold; signed by all three
Rare United States Air Force photograph of legendary aviator Howard Hughes, Major General Oscar Westover, and General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold. Signed and inscribed by each aviation pioneer, “O. Westover Maj. Gen. A.C. Chief of the Air Corps”, “Howard Hughes”, and “H. Arnold Brig Gen. A.C.” Major General Oscar Westover succeeded Benjamin Foulois as Chief of the Air Corps in 1935 and, on September 21, 1938, perished in an air crash at Burbank, California. Henry H. Arnold succeeded Westover as Chief of Air Corps on September 29, 1938. Arnold rose to command the Army Air Forces immediately prior to the American entry into World War II and directed its hundred-fold expansion from an organization of little more than 20,000 men and 800 first-line combat aircraft into the largest and most powerful air force in the world. He additionally moonlighted as a silent film stunt pilot and was portrayed on film by actor Walter O. Miles in the 1977 American made-for-television biographical film The Amazing Howard Hughes, starring Tommy Lee Jones as Hughes. In 1946, Hughes performed the first flight of the prototype U.S. Army Air Forces reconnaissance aircraft, the XF-11, near Hughes airfield at Culver City, California. The XF-11 crashed in Beverly Hills, destroying three houses. Hughes was rescued by Marine Master Sgt. William L. Durkin, who happened to be in the area visiting friends. It is rumored that Hughes sent a check to the Marine weekly for the remainder of his life as a sign of gratitude. In fine condition. Exceptionally rare, signed three major figures in the history of American aviation.
Scarce Presentation copy of the Symposium on The Dynamics of Crystal Lattices; inscribed by Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman to Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur who assembled India’s greatest library
Bangalore: Reprinted from Proceedings of The Indian Academy of Sciences, 1943.
Rare compendium of papers by Sir Chandrashekhara Raman, winner of the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics. Quarto, bound in full leatherette with titles lettered in gilt, illustrated with charts and photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman to Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur, “To Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur with the highest regards of C.V. Raman 3.5.1946.” The recipient, Indian nobleman Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur assembled India’s greatest library, famed for its diverse collection of rare antiquarian manuscripts and important books. With the Raja’s ownership signature and inscription which notes that the book was received from Sir C.V. Raman by registered book post on 6.5.1946, but Sir Raman paid a personal visit in 4-4-46 from 3:30pm- 5:30pm. In very good condition. Laid in is a collection of clippings related to The Raman Research Institute and a Brief Biographical Sketch produced by The Bangalore Press. Scarce with only one other book signed by Raman recorded.
"If you ever want to accumulate some capital of your own - speculate, don't invest": Wall Street 20th Century; signed by Gerald M. Loeb
New Haven, Connecticut: Yale Daily News, 1960.
Collection of fundamental articles related to 20th century Wall Street. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated with photographs and charts. Boldly signed by renowned Wall Street trader Gerald M. Loeb on the front panel who contributed the article ‘A Challenge for the Ambitious.’ Introductory letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other contributors include: Benjamin Graham, Robert C. Riehle, Bernard M. Baruch, William D. Kerr, and Craig Severance. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by this Wall Street legend.
First Edition of Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen
London: Allen Lane, 2006.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning economist. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the Amartya Sen on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"The greatest Lady of This Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed": First Edition of Ojike's My Africa; Inscribed by Him to Eleanor Roosevelt
New York: The John Day Company, 1946.
First edition of this work by the Nigerian novelist and nationalist, inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eleanor Roosevelt The greatest Lady of this Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed. Mbonu Ojike.” Bookplate of Eleanor Roosevelt, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Pearl S. Buck. An exceptional association copy.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc, 1974.
First edition of this novel which won the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip K. Dick on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by One Plus One Studio. An exceptional example, uncommon and desirable signed.
"She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies and all that's best of dark and bright meet her in aspect and her eyes": First edition of Lord Byron's Hebrew Melodies
London: John Murray, 1815.
First edition, second printing of Byron’s book of poetry written at the request of the Hon. D. Kinnaird. Octavo, bound in full late 19th century polished calf by Riviere & Sons, elaborate gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, red morocco spine labels, gilt turn-ins, triple gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Complete with the half-title and two leaves of advertisements at rear. In very good condition. A unique example. Rare and desirable.
Princeton, New Jersey: D. Van Nostrand Co, 1960.
First edition in English of a “milestone” in Mises’ groundbreaking theory of human action, containing “his seminal philosophical and methodological” argument for the scope of economic science. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed by Ludwig von Mises on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Translated by George Reisman.
First Edition of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy: Northern Lights; Warmly inscribed by Him
London: Scholastic, 1995.
First edition of Pullman’s first book in his acclaimed Dark Materials trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Robert, in the hope that you’ll enjoy this fantasy Philip Pullman.” Fine in a fine first issue dust-jacket with ‘Point’ on spine and ‘7-9 Pratt Street on lower rear jacket flap. Jacket illustration by David Scutt. Author photograph by Robin Matthews.
“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be": First illustrated edition of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
London: Richard Bentley, 1837.
First edition published as one volume and first illustrated edition of Austen’s third published novel. Small octavo, bound in three quarters period leather over marbled boards, engraved frontispiece and title vignette. In very good condition.
New York: Warner Books, 2006.
First edition of this work by the daughter of the 41st President of the United States. Octavo, original boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by both Doro Koch Bush and George H.W. Bush on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anne Twomey.
"Nabokov resembled a seventeenth-century polymath, an erudite yet discursive and imaginative author like Robert Burn or Sir Thomas Browne": First edition of Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc, 1980.
First edition of this tribute to the life and work of Vladimir Nabokov with essays by Peter Quennell, Alfred Appel, Jr., Robert Alter, and Dmitri Nabokov. Octavo, original half cloth over boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover photograph of Nabokov by Leonie Finlay.