First Edition of Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game; Lengthily Inscribed by William Kennedy
Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game.
Item Number: 691
New York: Viking Press, 1978.
First edition of the second novel in Kennedy’s Albany cycle. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Lee and Laurie, who have watched the game from a ringside seat, with good will and love, Bill”, additionally signed by Kennedy on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with wear and chips to the extremities. A nice inscription.
Other Books by this Author
New York: Viking Press, 1983.
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Signed by William Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Laid in is a newspaper article on Kennedy winning the Pulitzer Prize. Some offsetting to the half and title pages, otherwise fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart. A very nice example.
New York: The Viking Press, 1982.
Uncorrected proofs of the first editions of each of the author’s first three novels in the acclaimed Albany Cycle. Octavo, original wrappers. 3 volumes. Each are signed by the author. Legs is in near fine condition. Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game is in near fine condition. Ironweed is in fine condition.
"Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate": First Edition of William Kennedys Ironweed; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication
New York: Viking Press, 1983.
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For Bob Donovan, who at the moment currently connects me with both Cornell and Albany State, with gratitude Bill Kennedy 1/20/83.” Also, signed by actor Jack Nicholson, who played Francis Phelan in the film. Nicholson was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart. The recipient and the the author were friends in Averill Park, New York. Rare and desirable signed by both Kennedy and Nicholson.
New York: Viking, 2002.
Uncorrected proof of the first edition. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by William Kennedy on the title page. Fine in wrappers.
New York: Dial Press, 1969.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo. Original boards. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a slightly toned spine.
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 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, illustrated. 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.
"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.