First Edition of Thomas Mann's Joseph the Provider; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication
Joseph The Provider.
Item Number: 83459
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944.
First American edition of Mann’s final work in his acclaimed four-part novel and is widely regarded as one of the greatest creative works of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Charles Jackson grateful for his visit and for the fine gift of his book. Pac. Palisades I.VII 44 Thomas Mann.” Mann moved to Pacific Palisades, California, with his family in 1940 and became friends with the recipient Charles Jackson. The book referenced in this inscription is Jackson’s novel, The Lost Weekend, published in 1944 and describing five days in the life of an alcoholic, thought to be autobiographical. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the German by H.T. Lowe-Porter. A nice association.
Joseph and His Brothers is a four-part novel by Thomas Mann, written over the course of 16 years. Mann retells the familiar stories of Genesis, from Jacob to Joseph (chapters 27–50), setting it in the historical context of the Amarna Period. Mann considered it his greatest work.
Other Books by this Author
“Solitude produces originality, bold & astonishing beauty, poetry": First Edition in English of Thomas Mann's Death In Venice; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925.
First edition in English preceding the British edition by three years of Mann’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers. Translated from the German by Kenneth Burke. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some light expert restoration to the crown of the spine. First editions are rare, especially in the original dust jacket.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938.
First American edition of the third installment of Mann’s four-part novel retelling the vast saga of Genesis, which Mann considered his greatest work. Octavo, 2 volumes, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Herr Pforzheimer, herrlich dankbar fur schonste, reichste Gastfreundschaft” which translates as “thankful for a beautiful summer day in his wonderful estate.” The recipient, Carl H. Pforzheimer was a founder of the American Stock Exchange and amassed a large fortune on Wall Street as a specialist in Standard Oil stock. He was an avid collector of rare books and manuscripts and built the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, which contained nearly 25,000 items and is now housed in the New York Public Library. In near fine condition. In the rare original glassine and original pictorial slipcase. Rare and desirable.
“Solitude produces originality, bold & astonishing beauty, poetry": First Edition of Thomas Mann's Der Tod in Venedig; Inscribed by him to close friend and confidant Ernst Bertram
Berlin: S. Fischer, Verlag, 1913.
First trade edition of one of the greatest novellas of the twentieth century. Octavo, original publisher’s quarter vellum over marbled boards. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “An Ernst Bertram in herzlicher Wertschatzung Thomas Mann” (To Ernst Bertram in heartfelt appreciation Thomas Mann). One of the best possible association copies, as Bertram was Mann’s closest friend from the late 1900s through the 1930s, when their politics separated them. Bertram was deeply influential on Mann’s thinking and literary direction during the time when he was somewhat artistically lost and suffered his own writer’s block. It was also in nearly daily conversation with Bertram that the long political confessional, Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen (Reflections of an Unpolitical Man) was born. Bertram was a constant visitor at the Mann’s, and it is evident that there was some quotient of homoerotic attraction to the relationship. It is well-known that Mann’s early adulthood, prior to his marriage to Katia in 1905, were spent in more or less explicitly gay attractions and relations, but recent scholarship has begun to trace the residues of Mann’s homosexuality in his later life and work, and the relationship with Bertram (who was openly homosexual) somehow epitomizes the special significance that the company of men still bore. In addition to being Mann’s closest confidant, Bertram was an important man of letters in his own right. He was a poet, professor at the University of Colon, and author of many books, including Nietzsche – An Attempt of a Mythology. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Inscribed first editions of Mann’s major works are rare; an association copy to this fellow Nietzschean scholar and close confidant makes this a magnificent piece of history.
“Solitude produces originality, bold & astonishing beauty, poetry": First Edition in English of Thomas Mann's Death In Venice; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925.
First edition in English preceding the British edition by three years of Mann’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers. Signed by Thomas Mann on the half-title page. Translated from the German by Kenneth Burke. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chipping to the head of the spine and rear panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are rare, especially so signed.
First Edition of Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers; Lengthily Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934.
First American edition of Mann’s first novel in his acclaimed tetralogy. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Lengthily inscribed in the year of publication by Thomas Mann. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and chipping to the extremities. Translated from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
First American edition of Mann’s classic retelling of the story of Dr. Faustus, the man who sold his soul to the devil for 24 years of health and genius. Octavo, original boards, red topstain. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Joseph Golde thankful for his musical hospitality Chicago 23 Febr. 1950 Thomas Mann.” A few notes in the text from the recipient, near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Photograph of Mann by Yousuf Karsh. Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by the author, as he lived out his remaining years in Switzerland, before passing away in 1955.
“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.
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.
"IF YOU ONLY READ THE BOOKS THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS READING, YOU CAN ONLY THINK WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS THINKING": First Editions of Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed by Haruki Murakami
London: Harvill, 2000.
First editions of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Both volumes are in fine condition and are in the original gold box. Translated by Jay Rubin.