"WED FORGIVE MOST THINGS IF WE KNEW THE FACTS": FIRST EDITION OF THE HEART OF THE MATTER; INSCRIBED BY GRAHAM GREENE
The Heart of the Matter.
Item Number: 3736
New York: The Viking Press, 1948.
First American edition of what many consider the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Bob Goldstein from Graham Greene Nothing under $200,000.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
The Heart of the Matter was enormously popular, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom upon its release and went on to win the 1948 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. It tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity. When Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen, he finds vital passion again yielding to pity, integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor—a vortex leading directly to murder. As Scobie's world crumbles, his personal crisis develops the foundation of a story by turns suspenseful, fascinating, and, finally, tragic. ''Graham Greene was in a class by himself. He will be read and remembered as the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety" (William Golding). It was named by The Modern Library as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2005, the it was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
Other Books by this Author
"A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses a moment of experience from which to look ahead": First Edition of Graham Greene's Classic Work; The End of the Affair; Inscribed by Him
London: William Heinemann, 1951.
First edition of the the Graham Greene novel William Faulkner called, “one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody’s language.” Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Jerry Shestack from Graham Greene.” The recipient Jerry Shestack was a distinguished American Jurist, President of the American Bar Association and United States ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Civil Rights. Light shelfwear, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: The Bodley Head, 1982.
First edition of this work, which is a pastiche of the classic Spanish novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Deacon with love from Graham.” Deacon Lindsay was a long-time friend and correspondent of Graham Greene. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused": First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; From the library of Richard Adams with his ownership signature
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1955.
First edition of Greene’s classic novel of exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam. Octavo, original blue cloth. From the library of Richard Adams with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Best known as the author of Watership Down, English novelist Richard Adams was heavily influenced by fellow English author Graham Greene’s novels, specifically the moral and religious themes prevalent throughout his work. Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Roman Catholic novelist, rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair. Adams’ Watership Down exhibits strong parallels to the overarching religious themes of Greene’s work, following a group of anthropomorphised rabbits who encounter perils and temptations on their journey to establish a new home after their warren is destroyed. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the spine. An exceptional association linking these two great novelists of the twentieth century.
"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused": First Edition of Graham Greene's The Quiet American; With the rare wrap-around band
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1955.
First edition of Greene’s classic novel of exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam. Octavo, original blue cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket with a touch of rubbing with the rare wrap-around band present.
"Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him": First Edition of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock
London: Heinemann, 1938.
First edition of Greene’s chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.
"We are all of us emigrants from a country we can remember little of: it haunts us and we try to reconstruct it, but all that is important about it escapes us": First edition of Graham Greene's Reflections
London: Reinhardt Books, 1990.
First edition of this compilation of travel reports and essays previously unpublished by Greene. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Harvey.
London: Heinemann, 1959.
First edition of this short story by the award winning-author. Octavo, original green cloth. Limited to 250 copies. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Ian Fleming and his wife, “For Ian + Anne Fleming with all good wishes for the grim season from Graham Greene Christmas 1960.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a stray pen mark to the front panel and some smudges. A magnificent association copy between two of the greatest spy novelists of the twentieth century. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: The Viking Press, 1938.
First American edition, preceding the British edition by one month of Greene’s chilling expose of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Octavo, original cloth. Some light dampstaining, very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter.
"The Old Man was only a little surprised because he was by now well accustomed to inexplicable events": First edition of Graham Green's The Last Word and Other Stories
London: Reinhardt Books, 1990.
First edition of Greene’s later collection of short stories. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"Doctor Eduardo Plarr stood in the small port on the Parana, among the rails of yellow cranes": Rare first edition of Graham Greene's classic British thriller novel The Honorary Consul
London: The Bodley Head Ltd, 1973.
First edition of on of Green’s own favorite works. Octavo, original green cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Harvey.
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1951.
First edition of this collection of essays by Graham Greene, two of its four parts, Personal Prologue and Personal Postscript, comprise seven invaluable pieces of autobiography.. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to fellow writer Norman Douglas, “Dear Norman This with my love. Thank you so much for the nostalgic picture postcard. Catherine and I both miss you a great deal and our drinks at the Victoria. We hope to come and find you sitting there in June and I will bring with me your Chinese snuff box! Love Graham.” With Norman Douglas’s ownership stamp on the front pastedown. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A fine association linking these two great novelists and travel writers of the twentieth century.
"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.
Cambridge: Blackwell, 1991.
Second edition of the economist’s ground breaking work. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author, “Dear Mike: Thank you for your interest and attention. Best Wishes Harry Markowitz.” In near fine condition, without the dust jacket.
First Edition of Golden Rules of Economic Growth; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Edmund Phelps
New York: W.W. Norton & Norton Company, Inc., 1966.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning economist’s first book, a collection of twelve essays in mathematical economics. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Edmund Phelps on the title page. Slip for review laid in. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities.
First Editions of the Collected Works of Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Collected Works; Each Volume Signed by Him
Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1999-2002.
First editions of each of volume that comprise the collected works of Nobel Prize-winning economist James M. Buchanan’s papers. Each volume is signed and dated by James M. Buchanan. Octavo, original half cloth, 19 volumes. In fine condition, dust jackets were not issued for these volumes.