"The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me": First Edition of Elie Wiesels Night; Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 91323
London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1960.
First British edition of Nobel laureate Wiesel’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For John- Greetings, Elie Wiesel.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Cowan. Foreword by Francois Mauriac. Translated from the French by Stella Rodway. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"If only I could get rid of this dead weight. Immediately I felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever" wrote Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in reference to his dying father. Night relays Wiesel's experience as a prisoner in the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-1945. Wiesel witnessed the inversion of convention and destruction of values. He writes, "here there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends, everyone lives and dies for himself alone." "To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record" (Alfred Kazin).
Other Books by this Author
New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.
First edition of this compilation of the author’s Night Trilogy. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by Elie Wiesel on the half title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
“HUMAN SUFFERING ANYWHERE CONCERNS MEN AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE”: Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Signed by Elie Wiesel
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the title page. In near fine condition with some light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the half title page. Additionally signed by Marion Wiesel on the half title page, who served as translator to this edition.
New York: Hill and Wang, 1962.
First American edition of Wiesel’s third book in his acclaimed Night Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Saul Lambert. Translated from the French by Anne Borchardt. A very sharp example.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968.
First edition of this collection of tales immortalizing the heroic deeds and visions of people Wiesel knew during and after World War II. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented": First American Editions of Elie Wiesel's Night Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
New York: Hill and Wang, 1960-1962.
First American editions of each work in the author’s acclaimed Night Trilogy. Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. Each are signed by Wiesel, The Accident is inscribed by him. Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Stranger; Inscribed by Him to fellow novelist Vincent Sheean
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Vincent Sheean pour le remercier de savoir si bien parler de Stendhal Sympathiquement Albert Camus.” The recipient, Vincent Sheean was an American journalist and novelist. Sheean’s most famous work was Personal History, which won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Distinguished Biography of 1935. Film producer Walter Wanger acquired the political memoir and made it the basis for his 1940 film production Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Sheean wrote the narration for the feature-length documentary Crisis (1939) directed by Alexander Hammid and Herbert Kline. He translated Ève Curie’s biography of her mother, Madame Curie (1939), into English. Sheean wrote Oscar Hammerstein I: Life and Exploits of an Impresario (1955) as well as a controversial biography of Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy and Red (1963). He studied at the University of Chicago, becoming part of a literary circle which included Glenway Wescott, Yvor Winters, Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Janet Lewis while he was there. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years. Exceedingly scarce and desirable.
"Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself": First Edition of Jack Nicklaus' Autobiography The Greatest Game of All; Inscribed by Him and Co-author Herbert Warren Wind
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1969.
First edition of the golfer’s autobiography, which includes six full chapters on instruction. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by both Nicklaus and Herbert Warren Wind. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “To Mike all the best Jack Nicklaus.” Additionally inscribed on the half-title page, “For Mike Reese with all good wishes I wonder if Jack will be able to make a successfull return to tournament golf following his recent operation Herbert Warren Wind.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Charles. Foreword by Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. Rare and desirable signed by both Nicklaus and Warren Wind.
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them": Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1946.
Early printing of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Antoinette Hurtrel with all good wishes, Aldous Huxley, 1947.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which is a slightly shorter than the book with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1987.
First edition in English of Murakami’s first novel. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Translated by Arnold Birnbaum. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the wrap-around band present.