"Never have I risked my life, or even my comfort, in the service of mankind. Shame on me": First Edition of Jailbird; Inscribed by Kurt Vonnegut to Novelist Wayne Warga
Item Number: 30012
New York: Delacorte Press, 1979.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page to fellow novelist Wayne Warga. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate's least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portait of power and politics in our times. "A gem. . . a mature, imaginative novel-possibly the best he has written. . . Jailbird is a guided tour de force of America. Take it" (Playboy).
Other Books by this Author
"A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved": First Edition of Sirens of Titan; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut With a Self-Caricature
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961.
First edition of Vonnegut’s second novel and his scarcest. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the crown and some soiling to the back panel. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by the author.
“Everything about life is a joke. Don't you know that?”: First Edition of Kurt Vonnegut's Bluebeard; Signed by Him With a Self-Caricature
New York: Delacorte Press, 1987.
First edition of Vonnegut’s best-seller, which describes the late years of fictional Abstract Expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeff Adams. A very nice example.
"In war, as in love, he was a fearless, happy-go-lucky adventurer": First Edition of Galapagos; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a Self-Caricature
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1985.
First edition of Vonnegut’s eleventh novel, which questions the merit of the human brain from an evolutionary perspective. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelf wear. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the half-title page. Jacket illustration by Jeffrey Adams.
“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance”: First Edition of Hocus Pocus; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1990.
First edition of “Vonnegut’s best novel in years-funny and prophetic…something special” (The Nation). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
"A sane person to an insane society must appear insane": First Edition of Welcome to the Monkey House; Inscribed by the author to book editor William Targ
New York: Delacorte Press, 1968.
First edition of this collection of short stories. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author to famed editor William Targ, “For Bill Targ- Have a Nice Life, Bill- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of shelfwear. Targ was a book editor and probably most well-known for publishing Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather while editor in chief of G. P. Putnam’s Sons. After retiring from Putnam in 1978, he founded Targ Editions. He sought to publish works by contemporary writers which included, John Updike, Saul Bellow, Tennessee Williams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Norman Mailer.
“Be aware of this truth that the people on this earth could be joyous, if only they would live rationally and if they would contribute mutually to each others' welfare": First Edition of Palm Sunday; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature
New York: Delacorte Press, 1981.
First edition of this collection of short stories, speeches, essays, letters. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half-title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket.
"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.
"Good questions outrank easy answers": Economics: An Introductory Analysis; Signed by Paul A. Samuelson
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948.
First edition reprint of the original 1948 first edition of this influential text by the father of modern economics. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page, “Paul A. Samuelson MIT, 2007.” Its fundamental impact on the opinions and approaches of today’s most influential economists is extraordinary. Upon publication this text immediately became the authority for the principles of economics courses. The book continues to be the standard-bearer for principles courses, and continues to be a clear, accurate, and interesting introduction to modern economics principles. The New York Times considered Samuelson to be the “foremost academic economist of the 20th century”.
"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. 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.