Coast To Coast.
Morris, James [Jan].$500.00
Item Number: 1303
London: Faber & Faber, 1956.
First Edition of the author’s account of his cross country trip of the United States. Octavo. Orginal red cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author.
Other Books by this Author
London: Faber & Faber, 1968.
First British edition of the author’s second volume in the acclaimed Pax Britannica Trilogy. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket that has some tape reinforcement to the verso.
"Our land is of every kind geologically and climatically and our people are of every kind also - and yet our land is one nation, and our people are Americans": First edition of Steinbeck's America and Americans; inscribed by him to fellow American author John Updike
New York: The Viking Press, 1966.
First edition of Steinbeck’s final book. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated, cartographic endpapers. With 136 pages of photographs, 24 in full color by 55 of the most prominent American photographers of the era including Ansel Adams, Sam Siegel, and Todd Webb. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For John Updike with admiration John Steinbeck.” American author John Steinbeck published his most notable works between 1937 (Of Mice and Men) and 1952 (East of Eden), and was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. One of the most prolific American authors from the early 1960s until his death in 2009, fellow recipient of the Pulitzer Prize John Updike identified Steinbeck as one of his literary heroes at a young age. Both writers’ works explored themes of crises related to faith, injustice, and family dynamics applied to small town ‘everyman’ protagonists. Both Steinbeck and Updike wrote in a realist tradition featuring their own distinctively rich and imaginative vocabulary and style of prose. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Christopher Harris. Photograph of Steinbeck to the rear panel by Paul Farber. An exceptional association linking two of the greatest writers of twentietth century America.
New York: Robert M. McBride & Co, 1947.
First edition of this biography on the explorer Matthew Henson. Octavo, original brown cloth, cartographic and illustrated endpapers, folding map in original glassine envelope. Signed by the explorer Matthew A. Henson on the title page. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Gladys and family- In appreciation for your wonderful kindness- Bradley Robinson.” Also inscribed by Robinson with a full page inscription opposite the title page, “Dear Gladys- You told me the winters are long and cold in Maine. That’ll a perfect time to read about a place that’s a lot colder. The thought of 50 below should keep you warm. And it’s a good way to remember me- the guy who liked Maine lobsters and fish- but didn’t get much of any that was legitimate or counted Very best Brad.” Introductions by Vilhjalmur Stefanson and Peter Freuchen. Foreword by Commander Donald B. MacMillan. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed by Henson and with such a long inscription from Robinson.
"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir; With Eight Original Photographs
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.
The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in original special deluxe three quarters morocco over marbled boards, leather edges ruled in gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, matching endpapers, top edges gilt. With Volumes 1 through 8 of this set each containing an original gelatin silver photograph at the front, each with a printed tissue guard. Kimes does not describe an edition with these additional real photo frontispieces. The binding matches that of Kimes 342. The scenes depicted in the inserted photographs are: The House of John Muir, Martinez, California; The Cathedral Spires, Yosemite National Park; Eucalyptus on Muir’s Ranch, Martinez, California; An Orange Tree in Front of Muir’s House, Martinez, California; The Lower Fall of the Yosemite (Telephoto view); A Cabin in the Muir Woods, on Mt. Tamalpais, California, used by John Muir, Joaquin Miller, and others; Arctic Ptarmigan; Crater Lake, Oregon. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one from Chapter 4 of The Mountains of California. The holograph text is written in brown ink with additional pencil emendations. The edited text begins: “I found a good camp-ground on the rim of a glacier.” Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates, tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece, with the first seven hand-colored; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. In fine condition. An exceptional example, rare with the original silver gelatin prints.