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
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.
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.
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.
"IF YOU ONLY READ THE BOOKS THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS READING, YOU CAN ONLY THINK WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS THINKING": First Editions of Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed by Haruki Murakami
London: Harvill, 2000.
First editions of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Both volumes are in fine condition and are in the original gold box. Translated by Jay Rubin.
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!": First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are; Signed by Maurice Sendak with a Drawing Of Mickey Mouse
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed pictorial paper boards. Inscribed by Maurice Sendak with a drawing of Mickey Mouse on the half-title page, “For David, Hi! Maurice Sendak May ’80.” It was Walt Disney’s 1940 feature film Fantasia, starring Mickey Mouse, that inspired 12-year old Maurice Sendak to become a cartoonist. Born the same year that the famous anthropomorphic cartoon character made his first appearance in the the 1928 short film Steamboat Willie, Sendak described Mickey Mouse as “the emblem of happiness and funniness [and] the little brother I always wanted” (Romano, 2012). One of the most avid collectors of Mickey Mouse memorabilia, Sendak has noted that early appearances of Mickey in both film and collectible figurines had teeth, which were later omitted as his character became more popular and his more cruel tendencies were transferred to other characters. Sendak’s characters, with plenty of teeth, came to embody not just the adorable and benevolent, but the frightening and dangerous; evoking feelings in the children who read his stories quite unlike those encouraged by the typical illustrated children’s tale. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. This is the correct first state of the dust jacket with no mention of the Caldecott award, and a $3.50 price at top of front flap. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in this condition and with a drawing of the character that inspired Sendak’s career, Mickey Mouse.
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small chips to the spine. A very nice example.
"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Signed by Herman Wouk
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Very good in a very good second issue dust jacket with “City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull.