"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
The Sirens of Titan.
Item Number: 2158
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.
The Sirens of Titan is the Hugo Award-nominated story of billionaire Malachi Constant, who persists against a Martian-invasion to be reunited with his estranged family. According to The Harvard Crimson, Vonnegut "put together the whole of The Sirens of Titanin one night He was at a party where someone told him he ought to write another novel. So they went into the next room where he just verbally pieced together this book from the things that were around in his mind."
Other Books by this Author
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by the author.
“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 on the half title page
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.
“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.
“How complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is": FIRST EDITION OF CAT’S CRADLE; SIGNED BY KURT VONNEGUT WITH A SELF-CARICATURE
New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1963.
First edition of Vonnegut’s absurdist satire of the clash between science and religion in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a self-caricature on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
“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.
"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
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.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"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.