"I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral...": First Edition of Graham Greene's Travels With My Aunt; Signed by Him
Travels With My Aunt.
Item Number: 82342
London: The Bodley Head, 1969.
First British edition of Greene’s classic novel about smuggling currency out of Great Britain. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Graham Greene on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Stephen Russ. Uncommon signed.
Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations. It was the basis for the film directed by George Cukor, starring Maggie Smith and Alec McCowen. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen and Hugh Wheeler. It was adapted as a musical in 2016 starring Patricia Hodge.
Other Books by this Author
London: Heinemann, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. Limited to 250 copies. Inscribed by the author to Ian Fleming and his wife, “For Ian + Anne Fleming with all good wishes for the grim season from Graham Greene Christmas 1960.” Corners lightly bumped, 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.
"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused": First Edition of The Quiet American; Inscribed by Graham Greene To Close Friend and Fellow Novelist Rex Warner and His Wife
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. Inscribed by the author to novelist Rex Warner and his wife, Barbara Rothschild on the front free endpaper, “For Rex + Barbara with love, from Graham.” A few small spots to the text block, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of shelf wear. Rex Warner was an English novelist, classicist, and translator. Writer and critic V. S. Pritchett described Warner as “the only outstanding novelist of ideas whom the decade of ideas produced.” Greene and Warner, both educated at Oxford traveled in many of the same circles, and Barbara was a close friend of Catherine Walston, with whom Greene was having an affair. Rex and Barbara met at a party hosted by Greene, and Greene and Walston would often spend weekends with the couple at Barbara Rothchild’s home in Tackley, England. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A wonderful association copy.
"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: The Bodley Head, 1982.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 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.
"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.
“THE HAZARDS AND REWARDS OF A SPY’S LIFE ARE RECORDED HERE”: FIRST EDITION OF THE SPY'S BEDSIDE BOOK
London: Rupert Hart Davis, 1957.
First edition of this sampler of excerpts from some of the greatest spy novelists of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by A.S. Douthwaite.
"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. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition that has a touch of foxing to the interior. An exceptional example of this classic work. Housed in a custom slipcase.
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 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.
"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.
"WED FORGIVE MOST THINGS IF WE KNEW THE FACTS": FIRST EDITION OF THE HEART OF THE MATTER; INSCRIBED BY GRAHAM GREENE
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.
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.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
"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”.