"The world was hers for the reading": First Edition of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn; Inscribed by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.
Item Number: 25104
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943.
First edition of Smith’s classic first novel. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Sincerely, Betty Smith Brooklyn, N.Y.” Light rubbing and wear, an excellent example in a near fine first issue dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the spine and extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example of a novel rarely encountered signed.
"Forty years before Holden Caulfield abandoned Pencey Prep to begin his ill-fated Manhattan odyssey, Francie Nolan struggled to obtain an education in the teeming tenement neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Francie grows up nurtured by the loving gallantries of her father, a singing waiter who drinks too much, and the rigorous austerities practiced by her brave mother, a janitress who reads to her children each night from the complete plays of Shakespeare and the 'Protestant Bible'. The book was an instant best-seller, with 300,000 copies purchased in the first six weeks. Writing in the Yale review, Orville Prescott praised A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as a 'rich and rare example of regional local color writing, filled to the scuppers with Brooklynese, Brooklyn folk-ways and Brooklyn atmosphere" (New York Public Library Books of the Century, 207). It was the basis for the 1945 film directed by Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner, who won a Special Academy Award for Outstanding Child Actress of 1945. James Dunn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film.
Other Books by this Author
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"The smaller the unit of government and the more restricted the functions assigned government, the less likely it is that its actions will reflect special interests rather than the general interest": First Edition of Free to Choose; Signed by Milton and Rose Friedman
New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.
First edition of Friedmans’ persuasive argument for the free market, based on the PBS series Free to Choose. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Milton Friedman and signed by Rose Friedman. Bottom boards rubbed and some scattered foxing to the edges, in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco box. Rare signed and inscribed.
First Edition of The (Mis)Behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin, and Reward; Inscribed By Benoit Mandelbrot
New York: Basic Books, 2004.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Benoit Mandelbrot on the title page, “For William, with the compliments of the senior author Benoit Mandelbrot.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.