New York: Simon and Schuster 1952.
First edition of Cartier-Bresson’s classic work, with 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers.” Folio, original illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by Cartier-Bresson on the title page, “à Joan et Eliot, ‘The Decisive Moment’ de l’amitié, Henri, 19 Jan 57, la vraie patrie c’est l’amitié.” The recipient was Eliot Elisofon, a fellow photographer and a founding member of the Photo League in 1936. He was one of the most active and productive members: he gave guest lectures (1938–43); co-organized the Men at Work project with Lewis Hine (1940); served periodically as president between 1939 and 1941; taught courses on photojournalism and flash photography (1940–41); and participated in numerous exhibitions. Elisofon taught at many institutions, including the Institute of American Artists School (1936-1941), the New School (1938), the Clarence H. White School of Photography (November 1940 – April 1941), the Photo League (1941), the New School for Social Research (1942), the Museum of Modern Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as Yale University, Syracuse University, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College, and Sarah Lawrence College. Elisofon’s first assignments for Life magazine appeared in 1937, Tin Type Photographer and Jewish New Year, and in 1941 his image of General Patton was the first color cover of Life. Patton was intrigued by Elisofon’s desire to get as close to the action as possible and nicknamed him “Hellsapopin.” He was the only photographer to accompany Gen. Patton throughout the North African Campaign. His photographs became an exhibition titled The Tunisian Triumph, which opened in June 1943 at MoMA and traveled to 20 cities in the United States. From 1942 to 1964 he was a staff photographer for Life magazine. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Matisse. An exceptional association, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117546
The Declaration of Independence and Constitution; With the first appearance in book form of the 13th Amendment
New York: R. Spaldin 1865.
Rare first edition of this Civil War publication of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which features the text of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, its first appearance in book form. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition. Rare and desirable with only a handful appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 117244
New York: Rinehart and Company 1948.
First edition of the author’s first book. Thick octavo, original black boards. Boldly signed by Norman Mailer on the title page. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket. Jacket design by Karov. A nicer than usual example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117877
New York: Simon and Schuster 1941.
First edition of this storybook version of Disney’s classic. Slim folio, original pictorial paper boards, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. An exceptional example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 117496
"I'm a cool rockin' Daddy in the U.S.A. now": Album of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.; Signed by Him
New York: Columbia Records 1984.
Born in the U.S.A. original album, boldly signed by Bruce Springsteen on the front panel. In fine condition with the original record present.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 117081
The Works of John Locke [Including: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest, and Raising the Value of Money, An Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coin, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Etc.]
London: Printed for J. Johnson 1801.
Finely bound edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Octavo, nine volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands. Frontispiece of John Locke and fold-out table. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117649
"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL THINKER OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT": IMPORTANT SECOND EDITION OF JOHN LOCKE'S AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING
London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, at the Black-Swan in Pater-Noster Row, and Samuel Manship, at the Ship in Cornhill, near the Royal-Exchange 1694.
Rare second edition this fundamental work in the history of Western thought, the first to name Locke as the author and include the frontispiece portrait of him. Folio, bound in in full speckled calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, engraved frontispiece portrait of Locke. The second edition contains a number of important changes and additions to the text. It was In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117742
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSONS WRITINGS
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.
Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co 1829.
First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 117576
First Edition of Broken Trail; Signed by Alan Geoffrion, Robert Duvall, Scott Cooper and Olivia Cheng
Golden, Colorodo: Fulcrum .
First edition of the paperback original. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Alan Geoffrion on the title page, additionally signed by Scott Cooper and Olivia Cheng above and Robert Duvall opposite the title page. Duvall, Cooper, and Cheng acted in the 2006 miniseries adaptation, directed by Walter Hill and went on to win four Emmy awards, including outstanding miniseries and outstanding lead actor for Duvall. In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117349
"Live, travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry": FIRST EDITION OF JACK KEROUACS DESOLATION ANGELS; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Coward-McCann 1965.
First edition of this classic autobiographical novel by Kerouac featuring “one of the most true, comic, and grizzly journeys in American literature” (Time). Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Dale Fredrickson and Donna April 16, ’65 St. Pete Jack Kerouac.” The recipients were friends of Kerouac’s in St. Petersburg, Florida where he lived. Very good in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Sam Salant. Introduction by Seymour Krim. Signed and inscribed first editions of this classic are rare.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 117816
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1974.
First edition of the photographer’s most well-known work which covered the global social circuit in a style that remains without peer to this day. Folio, original blue cloth, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117221
West Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Thornwillow Press 1989.
First edition of this work, one of 1000 copies, this is number 55. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, The recipient Chip Weil is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Central Newspapers. Also signed by the book designer Luke Pontifell. Drawings by Irena Martens. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117276
“Every real story is a never ending story": First Edition of Die unendliche Geschichte; Signed by Michael Ende
Stuttgart: K. Thienemanns Verlag 1979.
First German edition and true first of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Michael Ende on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Roswitha Quadflieg. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 117615
New York: Abrams 2008.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on NASA. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. In fine condition. Preface by Tom D. Crouch. Afterword by Ray Bradbury.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 117843
Rare postcard signed by famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. One page with the Hotel Cecil, London coat of arms, the post card is addressed to Miss Nelly Bachman in Caruso’s hand and signed by him on the verso, “Enrico Caruso London 1906.” Caruso has added a self-caricature beneath his inscription. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 117755
“Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked": First Edition of Oliver Wendell Holmes' The Common Law, Among the Greatest of American Legal Works
Boston: Little Brown and Company 1881.
First edition, first issue with printer’s imprint at base of copyright page of this landmark work in American law. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with the spine gilt quite fresh and bright. A very sharp example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117862
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons. One page, folded, the letter reads in full, “Albany, 1 July 1800 Sir, On my return from New York on Friday last, your obliging letter of the 5th of May, which arrived during my absence was delivered to me. I am much gratified by the Information it contains & thank you for it as serious apprehensions were entertained that anti-federalism had gained considerable ground in Massachusetts; but I am happy to find… that appearances do not warrant the conclusions which have been drawn from them. The present aspect of our affairs is far from being agreeable – altho’.. having abundant Reason for Content & Gratitude, our nation is permitting their happiness to be part in Jeopardy by their worst passions inflamed and directed by the most reprehensible means. Whether the good Sense of the People will avert the Dangers which threaten them, is not to be seen… but unfortunately their is too little unanimity on many points and the want of it exposes is to the Hazard of many Evils – It really appears to me that the… of our Envoys to France has been treated with too much asperity. The President declared to the congress that he would never send another Legation to Paris… as that declaration seems to imply that when he should receive such appearances, he would again send Envoys. It was not unnatural that he should conceive himself bound in Honor to do so. Whether that Declaration was advisable and whether the nomination of the Envoys was made exactly in Reason are questions which , like other of the same kind, may receive different answers from different men. But having nominated the Envoys and received the requisite appearances, I for my part consider the sending them as a Matter of Course; and do not concern in opinion with those Gentlemen who think they should nevertheless have been detained. I regret that my absence deprived me of the pleasure of seeing the Rev. Mr. Andrews, all the more so, as he would have answered my inquiries respecting many of my friends at Boston, and informed me of you Health – With the best wishes that you may now and ever enjoy that valuable Blessing. I am Sir your most obt. sevt. John Jay. Theop Parsons Esq.” The recipient, Theophilus Parsons, was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1779-1780 and one of the committee of twenty-six who drafted the constitution. He was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. His Commentaries on the Laws of the United States (1836) contains some of his more important legal opinions. In the present letter, Jay refers to President John Adams’ failed mission in 1797 to make negotiations with France following the French Revolution which the Federalists viewed as the cause of the undeclared naval war fought from 1798 to 1800 between the United States and France. Anti-federalists and many contemporary historians, however, view the 1794 Jay Treaty as the initial cause of hostilities between France and America. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117791
"The sky hides the night behind it and shelters the people beneath from the horror that lies above": First Edition of Paul Bowles Masterpiece The Sheltering Sky; Signed by Him
London: John Lehmann 1949.
First edition of the author’s landmark first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Paul Bowles on the half-title page. Very good in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some light wear to the crown. Jacket design by Red Uhlman. Signed examples seldom enter the market.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 117430
First Edition of Peter Drucker's Landmark Work Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117889
"In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster 1988.
First edition, early printing of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bill Albert With best wishes from Richard Nixon.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, inscription. Jacket design by Barry Littman. With a signed letter from Nixon’s secretary laid in.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117983
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd's seminal work Security Analysis; singed by Warren Buffett, Charles Munger, Bill Ruane, and Lou Simpson
London: McGraw-Hill Book Company 1934.
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd’s seminal work, signed by four legendary American investors: Warren E. Buffett, Charlie Munger (chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation), Bill Ruane (manager of the great Sequoia Fund for many years and friend of Buffett), and Lou Simpson (chief of investments at GEICO for many years). Octavo, bound in full leather by Donnelley with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and panels, ribbon bound in. One of 1,000 numbered copies, this is number 348. Signed by Warren E. Buffett and Charles Munger; inscribed by Bill Ruane, “To Bryan Enjoy the greatest book… Bill Ruane” and Lou Simpson, “Many lessons to be learned from this book. Lou Simpson.” In near fine condition, some highlighting to the text. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118012
"For Jim Jones - Because I admire his guts, and respect his talent. Keep the faith": James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son; inscribed by him to fellow American novelist James Jones
Boston: Beacon Press 1959.
First paperback edition of Baldwin’s collection of essays exploring the intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western society. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by James Baldwin to fellow 20th century American novelist James Jones on the dedication page, “For Jim Jones – Because I admire his guts, and respect his talent. Keep the faith. Jim Baldwin.” The recipient, James Jones, won the National Book Award for his debut novel, From Here to Eternity, in 1952. Loosely based on Jones’ experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry, the book was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra and named one of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library board. Baldwin’s semi-autobiographical novel Go Tell It On The Mountain also made it onto the Modern Library’s list, ranking #39 out of 100. In very good condition. Lacking the title page. With Jones’ ownership inscription to the verso of the front panel, “Property of James Jones.” An exceptional association, linking two great American novelists.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 118054
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 118048
Rare original photograph of great tenor Enrico Caruso; warmly inscribed by him to Italian football star Ettore Fontana
Rare original sepia toned photograph of famed tenor Enrico Caruso, inscribed by him on the mount to football star Ettore Fontana in Italian, “Al carissimo amico Ettore Fontana Sinceramente Enrico Caruso New York, 1907.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117974
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “WS Churchill” on the mount. In very good condition. The photograph measures 3 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.25 inches by 8.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117754
Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117764
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company 1978.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sid- With all best wishes – Stephen King 5/2/80.” Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a fine dust jacket without wear. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. A superior example, uncommon in this condition and signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117455
Original color photograph of Neil Armstrong, boldly inscribed by him, “To ___ ____ _____- Congratulations on a century of achievement Neil Armstrong.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117575
Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to his editor C.C. Wood regarding his monumental work Marlborough: His Life and Times
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, on this Chartwell letter dated, August 6, 1935. The letter to his proofreader and editor C. C. Wood relating to the publication of the monumental biography Marlborough: His Life and Times. It reads in full, “I send you herewith chapters V and VI which have been completely reconstituted and a new chapter, VIII. For your convenience I append a list of the chapters; VII ‘The Year of Triumph’ is nearly done. It may be possible to cut down the correspondence later. I also send you chapters I, II and III for second revise, leaving only for revise ‘The Battle of Ramillies’ which I will send in a few days. Pray let me have six copies of all these as they come through. I will send you very shortly a number of maps and I shall be glad if your man would draw them out and let me have them in draft. Please therefore make the arrangement you proposed with him. I will not worry about Swain’s.” Churchill was commissioned to write a biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1929. He began writing it in earnest in 1932, and ultimately published four volumes between 1933 and 1938. He began the work in an effort to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. This exquisite letter reveals Churchill’s meticulousness and attention to detail as a writer, which would ultimately lead to his receipt of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” Double matted and framed with an original photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19.25 by 15.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 116948