Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 1914; Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 62049
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972.
Early printing of the Solzhenitsyn’s epic novel of Russian history. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design Guy Fleming. Translated by Michael Glenny.
"A grand meditation on history, a masterly re-creation of people and faces caught up in the sweep of time, symbolized by a rolling fiery red wheel. The work is breathtaking in scope . . . Much credit for its power must go to Mr. Willetts's superb translation," thought the The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal concluded that "it is now clear that [Solzhenitsyn] towers over all his contemporaries, European, American, and Latin American . . . The greatness of Russia is in this novel as it has not been in any work of fiction since the generation of Dostoevski and Tolstoy."
Other Books by this Author
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976.
First edition of Solzhenitsyn’s account of Russian revolutionary history. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page in his entire hand, “To Lewis Arnold Alexander Solzhenitsyn March 1995.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Muriel Nasser. Translated from the Russian by H.T. Willetts.
"Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul": First Russian Editions of The Gulag Archipelago; Each volume Inscribed by Solzhenitsyn
Paris: YMCA Press, 1973-1975.
First Russian editions of each volume of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s masterwork, preceding the English translation. Octavo, original wrappers, as issued. All three volumes are inscribed and dated by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Each are near fine in wrappers. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed and inscribed by the author.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972.
First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed and dated by Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the title page all in his hand. Translated by Thomas P. Whitney. Rare signed and inscribed.
Moscow: Goslitizdat, 1963.
First edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers. Inscribed by the author, “To Dear János Rózsás, for his deep affection to Russian literature and to commemorate our friendship. A. Solzhenitsyn. 4. 2. 63.” The recipient János Rózsás was a Hungarian author, known as the “Hungarian-Solzhenitsyn.” As a young soldier was captured by the Red Army in 1944 and sentenced to ten years in the Gulag. During his imprisonment in the early 50’s, at the camp in the town of Ekibastuz in Kazakhstan, he met with Solzhenitsyn at the library of the camp and the two became lifelong friends. Solzhenitsyn’s experiences at Ekibastuz formed the basis for One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. In near fine condition. Contemporary Solzhenitsyn inscriptions are scarce, association copies are rare.
First Edition of Inside the Economist's Mind; Signed by Economists Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, Paul Volcker, Christopher Sims, Thomas Sargent and John Campbell
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed on the title page by Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, Paul Volcker, Christopher Sims, Thomas Sargent and John Campbell. These economists were interviewed for this volume. In near fine condition, without a dust jacket as issued. Rare and desirable.
New York: United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education, 1955.
First edition of this early Sendak title. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. In very good condition with light rubbing.
“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. Lengthily inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “Dear Mark Dillon Really happy to hear about your firm. I’m very strong on this region and will be thinking about your press. Robert M. Pirsig Apr 15, 1974.” Fine in a fine dust jacket .
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb": First Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown, 1994.
First American edition of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Signed by the author, “Nelson Mandela 12.5.05” on the title page. It was signed in New York City by Mandela during a visit upon receipt of an honorary doctorate from Amherst College. Fine in a fine dust jacket.