“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
Brave New World.
Item Number: 54051
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
First edition of the Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. In near fine condition with the spine gilt fresh.
After the success of his first three novels, Huxley abandoned the fictional milieu of literary London and directed his satire toward an imagined future. He admitted that the original idea of Brave New World was to challenge H.G. Wells’ Utopian vision The novel also marks Huxley’s increasing disenchantment with the world, which was to result in his leaving England for California in 1937 in search of a more spiritual life. The book was immediately successful" (Parker & Kermode).
Other Books by this Author
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1955.
First edition of this classic Huxley novella. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Muriel May with good wishes, Aldous Huxley 1956.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
“The urge to escape from selfhood and the environment is in almost everyone almost all the time": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1954.
First American edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Dr. Rinkel in memory of a very pleasant meeting at Atlantic City Aldous Huxley 1955.” The recipient Dr. Max Rinkel was the first doctor to bring LSD to North America. Rinkel, who worked for the Boston Psychopathic’s Department of Research, thought that the schizophrenia-like state that LSD seemed to induce might come in handy for researchers; if they could find an antidote to the drug, they might also find the cure for a range of mental illnesses. The first conferences focusing on LSD and mescaline took place in Atlantic City and Princeton, N.J. in 1955, which is where Huxley met Rinkel and inscribed this book. Huxley is reported to have first taken LSD in 1955 and, like his experiences with mescaline which he detailed in this book, he later described his LSD experiences in ‘Heaven and Hell’, where he adds on the basic premise conceived in this book, that two contrary mystical experiences potentially await when one opens the “doors of perception”. Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association copy.
"O BRAVE NEW WORLD THAT HAS SUCH PEOPLE IN IT": SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHORS MASTERPIECE
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
Signed limited first edition. Octavo, original yellow cloth, gilt topstain as issued. One of a limited edition of 324 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf, this is copy number 115. In fine condition with the lightest of shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
"O BRAVE NEW WORLD THAT HAS SUCH PEOPLE IN IT": FIRST MODERN LIBRARY EDITION OF ALDOUS HUXLEY'S CLASSIC NOVEL BRAVE NEW WORLD; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Modern Library, 1946.
First Modern Library edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original red cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed and dated by the author in 1962 on the title page. Rather uncommon signed.
"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.
“Only God knows how much I love you”: First American Edition of the Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First American edition of the author’s work that ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and dated in 1990 by Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of this collection of stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Nadine Gordimer on the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.