"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Signed by Herman Wouk
The Caine Mutiny.
Item Number: 74037
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Very good in a very good second issue dust jacket with “City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull.
The Caine Mutiny was published in March, 1951 and word of mouth quickly spread and a second printing was issued in April 1951, and four more printings in June alone. By September 1951, The Caine Mutiny had become the best-selling novel in the country. The book remained on the best-seller list for two and a half years, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1952. The Caine Mutiny was both a Broadway play and a Hollywood film starring Humphrey Bogart in an unforgettable performance as Captain Queeg.
Other Books by this Author
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1959.
First edition of Wouk’s classic introduction to Judaism. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Robert Galster.
“Peace, if it ever exists, will not be based on the fear of war, but on the love of peace": First Edition of Herman Wouk's The Winds of War; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1971.
First edition of Wouk’s masterpiece of historical fiction, a sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America’s Greatest Generation. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Inscribed with great regard for Walter A. Haas, Sr. Herman Wouk Washington 5 Sept. 78.” Walter Haas was the son of the founder of Hellman-Haas Grocery (which became Smart & Final), was a former president and chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. Haas was credited with saving the once struggling company. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Jill Krementz.
First Edition of Herman Wouk's The Will To Live On: This is Our Heritage ; Inscribed by Him in the year of publication to fellow writer
New York: Cliff Street Books, 2000.
First edition of this work, which examines the changes affecting the Jewish world. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For George Wiegel a fellow toiler in the vineyard with deep respect Herman Wouk Feb 00.” The recipient George Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation and is the author of the best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope and Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Irving Freeman.
“When I grow old I want to regret the things I've done, not the things I haven't done": First Edition of Herman Wouk's Youngblood Hawke; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1962.
First edition of this fictionalized work based on the life of Thomas Wolfe. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
“REMEMBER THIS, IF YOU CAN--THERE IS NOTHING, NOTHING MORE PRECIOUS THAN TIME”: First Edition of Herman Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival; Inscribed by Him To His Physician
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1965.
First edition of Wouk’s classic comedy. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by the author to his physician in the year of publication, “Gratitude and good wishes to Dr. Abe Levine Sincerely Herman Wouk 9 III 65 New York.” Fine in a very good dust jacket light wear to the extremities. Jacket painting by Janet Gasson. Jacket design by Owen Scott. A nice association.
"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.
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!": First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are; Signed by Maurice Sendak with a Drawing Of Mickey Mouse
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition in the first-issue dust jacket of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed pictorial paper boards. Inscribed by Maurice Sendak with a drawing of Mickey Mouse on the half-title page, “For David, Hi! Maurice Sendak May ’80.” It was Walt Disney’s 1940 feature film Fantasia, starring Mickey Mouse, that inspired 12-year old Maurice Sendak to become a cartoonist. Born the same year that the famous anthropomorphic cartoon character made his first appearance in the the 1928 short film Steamboat Willie, Sendak described Mickey Mouse as “the emblem of happiness and funniness [and] the little brother I always wanted” (Romano, 2012). One of the most avid collectors of Mickey Mouse memorabilia, Sendak has noted that early appearances of Mickey in both film and collectible figurines had teeth, which were later omitted as his character became more popular and his more cruel tendencies were transferred to other characters. Sendak’s characters, with plenty of teeth, came to embody not just the adorable and benevolent, but the frightening and dangerous; evoking feelings in the children who read his stories quite unlike those encouraged by the typical illustrated children’s tale. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. This is the correct first state of the dust jacket with no mention of the Caldecott award, and a $3.50 price at top of front flap. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in this condition and with a drawing of the character that inspired Sendak’s career, Mickey Mouse.
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small chips to the spine. A very nice example.
New York: The Penguin Press, 2013.
First edition of this collection of poems by Mary Oliver. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Darren Haggar.