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"When two such brilliantly ebullient intellects get together by mail, they charge the air with all sorts of pyrotechnics": First Edition of The Nabokov-Wilson Letters: 1940-1971
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of this annotated compendium of the Nabokov-Wilson letters. Octaovo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
"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.
New York: New Directions, 1946.
First edition of Thomas Merton’s second book. Octavo, original boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Cikaga: Chicago, 1935.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1919.
First edition of this collection of seven one-act plays of the sea. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
First Edition of Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.
First edition of this “indispensable book” (Anwar Ibrahim). Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Amartya Sen on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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.
"What gets measured gets improved": First Edition of Post-Capitalist Society; Signed by Peter Drucker
New York: Harper Collins, 1993.
First edition of one of the final works by “the world’s greatest management thinker… deserves to be measured alongside people such as Keynes or Schumpeter” (Economist). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by William Graef.
“I BELIEVE THAT ART HAS A KIND OF RIGHTNESS, AS IN MUSIC, WHEN WE HEAR WHETHER OR NOT A NOTE IS FALSE”: FIRST EDITION OF GERHARD RICHTER’S CITY LIFE: SIGNED BY THE ARTIST AND INSCRIBED BY THE COMPOSER
Gli Ori, 2002.
First edition. Inscribed by the composer, Steve Reich and signed by the artist Gerhard Richter. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Wonderfully illustrated throughout by Richter’s paintings composed while listening to Reich’s work.
“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.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974.
First edition of the economist’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Thomas Sowell on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971.
First edition, later printing of the economist’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated boards, no dust jacket was issued. Signed by Gary Becker on the title page. Rare 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 of Lord 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.
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example": First Edition of Mark Twain's The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1894.
First edition, first state of Twain’s story about two boys. Octavo, original brown cloth. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
"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.
"...I'm just beginning to understand how kind you are"First Edition of Felix Saltens Bambi: A Life in the Woods
New York: : Simon and Schuster, 1928.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, pictorial endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Also laid in is the original leaflet from publication about the author and the inside story of Bambi’s publication. Foreword by John Galsworthy. Translated from the German by Whittaker Chambers. A very attractive example of this work.
"In Wall Street as anywhere else, the chief essential is common sense, coupled with study and practical experience": First Edition of Richard Wyckoff's Classic Work How I Trade and Invest in Stocks and Bonds
New York: Magazine of Wall Street, 1922.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. In near fine condition with some rubbing and toning to the spine.
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.
"Would I Find La Maga?": First Edition of Hopscotch; Signed by Julio Cortazar and Translator Gregory Rabassa
New York: Pantheon Books, 1966.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Julio Cortazar and translator Gregory Rabassa, who has written the opening line of this title, “Would I find La Maga?” Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the front panel. Dust jacket designed by George Salter.
The Trianon Press: Paris, 1966.
Signed limited edition of Lithuanian-born American artist Ben Shahn’s magnificently illustrated retelling of the Haggadah for Passover. Large folio, original wrappers, gilt titles to the front panel, loose leaves as issued, illustrated by Shaun with 21 color pictorial borders and line drawings and an additional double-page color lithograph also signed by him. One of only 228 copies signed by the author, this is number 34. Text printed in Hebrew and English. With a translation, introduction and commentary by Cecil Roth. Near fine in the original glassine which is in near fine condition. Housed in a custom full parchment padded gilt clamshell box with a silver clasp. A beautiful example.
First edition of George Catlins Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians; Bound in Contemporary Leather
London: Published By the Author, At the Egyptian Hall, 1841.
First edition, first issue. Octavo, bound in contemporary gilt-paneled calf. With 3 maps and 310 plates. An exceptional near fine example, rebacked, with the plates clean. Rare in contemporary calf.
Scientific Forecasting: Its Methods and Application to Practical Business and to Stock Market Operations.
New York: Greenberg, 1931.
First edition. Octavo, original maroon cloth. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
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.
New York: Hermitage Press, 1950.
First edition of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by L. Ron Hubbard on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a single short tear. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed.
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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, uncommon and desirable signed.