First Edition of William Kennedy's Ironweed; Signed by Him
Item Number: 690
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.
Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for Ironweed in 1984, and he wrote the screenplay for the 1987 film adaptation directed by Hector Babenco, which starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. The film was mostly shot in Albany. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (for Nicholson) and Best Actress in a Leading Role (for Streep). Kennedy's writing continues to paint an ever elaborate picture of the unique city Albany, New York.
Other Books by this Author
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.
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.
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.
"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.
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat": Rare First Edition of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich; Signed by Him
CT: Ralston Society, 1937.
First edition of this classic bestseller, which has sold over 100 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This is the first example of a first printing we have seen signed. Rare and desirable.
“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.
Henry Landau's All's Fair: The Story of the British Secret Service Behind the German Lines; Signed by Him
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1934.
Early printing of Landau’s biography of his time in the British Secret Service. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Captain Henry Landau.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Uncommon signed.