"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 the author’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 nice copy 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).
Other Books by this Author
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1957.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Ludwig Von Mises on the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine.
"Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it": First Edition of Two Lucky People; Signed by Milton and Rose Friedman
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed, “For Kristin, more power to you, Milton Friedman.” Also signed by Rose Friedman below his signature. Fine in a fine dust jacket.