"I've planned for years to attack the labor question in a novel, but I shan't be ready for it for some years yet": Rare first edition of Sinclair Lewis' Babbitt; with a lengthy autograph letter signed by him laid
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1922.
First edition, first issue of with “Purdy” for “Lyte” on Page 49 line 4 & “my” on line 5. Octavo, original cloth. With an autograph letter on Grand Hotel D’Angleterre et Belle Venise letterhead signed and entirely in the hand of Sinclair Lewis laid in which reads in full, “Dear Mr. Valentine: Thank you very much indeed for your letter. I’ve planned for years to attack the labor question in a novel, but I shan’t be ready for it for some years yet. Perhaps when I do get ready, I’ll write to you. Sincerely yours, Sinclair Lewis Address: Guaranty Trust Co., 1, rue des Italiens, Paris.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 120844
Rare first edition of S. Putnam Waldo's Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution
Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution, Between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain; Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to other Distinguished Characters.
Hartford: Published by Silas Andrus 1823.
First edition of Putnam’s work dedicated to American naval heroes of the Revolutionary War including James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown. Rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120635
First edition of Mark Twain's The Mysterious Stranger; with an autograph letter signed by him and an autograph parcel note signed by N.C. Wyeth tipped in
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1916.
First edition, first issue of Twain’s of three stories with K-Q on the copyright page. Octavo, original cloth with color pictorial onlay, illustrated with seven colored plates by N.C. Wyeth including tissue-guarded frontispiece. With an autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Mark Twain tipped in which reads in full, “Everett House, May 23. My Dear Mr. Skinner: I thank you very much for sending the article. I am glad you were moved to write it. I wish we might get the reform started. It ought not to be difficult to do; & once started, I believe it would go. Sincerely Yours, S.L. Clemens. I apologize for the envelope. It is midnight & this is the last one in stock.” The recipient, Charles M. Skinner was editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Additionally, with a clipping of a parcel mailing address in the hand of N.C. Wyeth which reads, “from N.C. Wyeth Chadds Ford PA –. FIRST CLASS” indicating it was at one time sent by him as a gift from his home in Chadds Ford. In fine condition. An exceptional example with fine provenance.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 120488
Finely bound example of the Poetical Works of Alexander Pope; with an erotic fore-edge painting to each volume
The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope. With Memoir, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes, or the Rev. George Gilfillan. [Fore-edge Painting].
Edinburgh: James Nichol 1863.
Finely bound set of Pope’s poetical works with an erotic fore-edge painting to each volume. Octavo, two volumes, bound in full mottled calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt with an erotic fore-edge painting to each volume. In very good condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 120485
Early 20th century United States Army Citation signed by General John J. Pershing. One page, partially printed, the citation awards Lieut. Colonel Arthur A. Tasker for “exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as Colonel Officer of the Base Hospital A09 France”. Dated April 19, 1919 and signed by General John J. Pershing.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120411
Rare illuminated leaf from a German Medieval Book of Hours. One page, text in Latin, elaborately engraved with an illuminated border, the image depicts a scene from the book of Samuel in which David offers a sacrifice to God in an attempt to end plague on Israel. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 by 12.5 inches.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120446
"We the people...": Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States bound with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States
The Constitution of the United States of America with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States.
New London: Printed by Samuel Green 1798-1799.
Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States of America bound with a Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States. Octavo, original boards, rebacked. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 120460
Rare note signed by Apollo astronauts John Young (Gemini 3, Gemini 10, Apollo 10, Apollo 16, STS-1, STS-9), Ronald Evans (Apollo 17), and Gene Cernan (Gemini 9A, Apollo 10, Apollo 17). One page, signed by each astronaut. The note measures 7 inches by 5 inches. The entire piece measures 13.25 inches by 11.25 inches.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 120894
Rare 18th century Homann Heirs map of the Western Hemisphere. One page, the map depicts in detail North and South America as well as western portions of Europe and Africa with a large decorative cartouche. Homann’s second map of the Western Hemisphere, the present map provided new details in the interior of North America particularly along the Mississippi River. At the time of publication the Northwest coast of America and the Northwest Passage were still undiscovered. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120497
Rare illuminated leaf from a German Medieval Book of Hours. One page, text in Latin, hand-colored and elaborately illuminated, the image depicts a scene from the book of Samuel in which David offers a sacrifice to God in an attempt to end plague on Israel. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 by 12.5 inches.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120863
London: George Newnes, Limited 1892-1894.
First editions of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories starring literature’s most famous detective. Octavo, original pictorial black and gilt-stamped light blue and dark blue cloth, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. First issues, the first title with the street scene vignette with no text on the street sign and with “Violent” for “Violet” on p 317. In near fine condition. Ownership inscriptions. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior set, with no cracking to the hinges as is typically seen.
Price: $10,500.00 Item Number: 120890
"It Is Very Queer That The Unhappiness Of The World Is So Often Brought On By Small Men": First Edition of All Quiet On The Western Front In The Rare Original Dust Jacket
Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1929.
First American edition of this landmark novel of the 20th century. Octavo, original beige cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Wenck. Translated by A.W. Wheen. A very sharp example.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 120467
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1903.
The complete works of Ivan Turgenieff. Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood. With an introduction by Henry James. Octavo, 16 volumes, bound in full red morocco, gilt titles to the spine, inlayed
blue and red leather on inside boards, blue silk moire endpapers. Bound for Samuel French embossed on inside board, number 128 of 204. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 120373
"Strangers in the Night": First Edition of Patricia Highsmiths First Book; Inscribed by Her in the year of publication
New York: Harper & Brothers 1950.
First edition of the author’s classic first book, basis for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the dedication page, “Strangers in the night June 1, 1950 Patricia Highsmith.” Very good in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Irv Doktor.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 120276
New York: Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers 1980.
First edition of this classic work regarding Tom Ripley “who is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that ‘penniless young man without a past’ who will stop at nothing” (Frank Rich). Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Patricia Highsmith on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Pat Voehl.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 120184
First Edition of Martin Flavin's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Journey in the Dark; in the scarce original dust jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1943.
First edition of this classic novel, which won 1943 Harper Prize and the 1944 Pulitzer Prize, which The New York Times called “a story of a boy from Iowa who becomes a business tycoon at the price of his integrity.” Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original first-issue dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 120356
The Works of Alexandre Dumas, Including: The Count of Monte-Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.
Boston: Little, Brown 1899.
The international limited edition of the works of Alexandre Dumas. Octavos, 40 volumes, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard to each volume, illustrated. One of only 1,000 sets. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 120147
Cincinatti: Columbia University Alumni Club of Cincinatti 1949.
Rare Columbia University Alumni Banquet program signed by the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Large octavo, the program was printed for the Regional Columbia University Alumni Banquet held at the Netherland Plaza Hotel on November 22, 1949. Signed by Eisenhower on the front panel of the program. Eisenhower served as president of Columbia University after World War II, a position he held from 1948 to 1953. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 121022
Allahabad: A. H. Wheeler & Co 1891.
Rare first edition of this collection of letters published without Kipling’s permission and so quickly suppressed. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated cloth. One of one thousand copies, many of which were destroyed at Kipling’s behest. In very good condition.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 120684
Rare Imperial Decree boldly signed by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Two pages, partially printed in Italian, the decree outlines a proposal for the construction of a bridge over the Sesia River in Vercelli, to be financed by the Kingdom of Italy as part of Napoleon’s civic improvement plan initiated during his administration of Ital. Dated April 12, 1809, the decree reads in part, “Napoleon, by the grace of God & by the Constitution, French Emperor, King of Italy, Protector of the Rhine Confederation, have decreed and decree what follows: Art. 1. Our Kingdom of Italy will contribute the certain sum of 150,000 lire to the expense of building the Vercelli bridge on the Sesia. Art. 2. The payment will be made in installments at the rate of 50,000 lire per year starting from the current year. Art. 3. This expense will be carried into the budget of the Minister of the Interior, and to the head of the extraordinary works of water and roads. Art. 4. The Minister of the Interior is in charge of the execution of this decree. Given at our Imperial Palace of the Tuileries this day April 12, 1809″. Signed by Napoleon Bonaparte at the conclusion the decree, “Napole”. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Napoleon. The entire piece measures 31.5 inches by 21.25 inches.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120531
"Already has every American wept; already have the sad funeral processions moved; and already have the virtues and the services of Washington been celebrated from the pulpit": Rare first edition of William Linn's A Funeral Eulogy, Occasioned by the Death of General Washington
A Funeral Eulogy, Occasioned by the Death of General Washington. Delivered February 22d, 1800, Before the New-York State Society of the Cincinnati.
New York: Printed by Isaac Collins 1800.
Rare first edition of American Presbyterian minister William Linn’s Funeral Eulogy delivered before the New York State Society of the Cincinnati upon the death of President George Washington. Octavo, disbound. William Linn was the second President of Queen’s College (now Rutgers University), serving in a pro tempore capacity from 1791 to 1795. He was also the first Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives and an outspoken Federalist. In near fine condition. Small inscription.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 120490
Original White House Engraving signed by first ladies Bess Wallace Truman, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush
BESS WALLACE TRUMAN, MAMIE DOWD EISENHOWER JACQUELINE KENNEDY LADY BIRD JOHNSON PAT NIXON BETTY FORD ROSALYN CARTER NANCY REAGAN BARBARA BUSH HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND LAURA BUSH.
: Bureau of Engraving and Printing .
Signatures of eleven First Ladies from Bess Truman through Laura Bush on a White House engraving. The signatures includes, Bess Wallace Truman, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush. The piece measures 8 inches by 6 inches. In fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120573
"With best wishes and ever the hope that you will find the trout fishing good in the Charles River": A River Runs Through It; Warmly Inscribed by Norman Maclean
Chicago: The University of Chicago 1976.
First edition, third printing of Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “University of Chicago Oct. 20, 1977 To Pat and Elizabeth Pattullo With best wishes and ever the hope that you will find the trout fishing good in the Charles River Norman Maclean.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Joel Snyder.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 120372
First Edition of James R. McDonough's Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
Navato, CA: Presidio Press 1985.
First edition of this classic memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Orrie Moon, With respect and appreciation for your service to our nation in World War II. James R. McDonough.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. First printings are uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120907
Ralph David Abernathy signed program for the First Annual Community Memorial Service Commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, for which he was the guest speaker, inscribed, “To Bob Best Wishes Ralph David Abernathy.” This program is from The First Presbyterian Church in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York January 13, 1973.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 120281
“A BRILLIANTLY CONCEIVED ADVENTURE INTO ANOTHER TIME”: First Edition of Umberto Eco's First Novel; Signed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company 1980.
First edition of one of the best-selling books of all-time, basis for the film starring Sean Connery. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Umberto Eco on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration from a manuscript of the Apocalypse. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 120729
"As art it is perfection" (Dostoevsky); Rare First Russian Edition Of Tolstoys Masterpiece Anna Karenina
Moscow: T. Ris 1878.
First edition in Russian of Tolstoy’s masterpiece. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco chemise and clamshell box. In near fine condition. First editions in Russian are rare.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 120185
“The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation": First Edition of C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy: The Shape of my Early Life
London: Geoffey Bles 1955.
First edition of Lewis’ spiritual memoir, in which he recounts the story of his divine journey and eventual conversion to Christianity. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by John R. Biggs.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 120171
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1942.
First edition of Hughes classic collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Dell G. Morgan Sincerely Langston Hughes.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Drawings by E. McKnight Kauffer.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 120357
Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House 1975.
First edition of Cash’s noted first autobiography, in which he calls his life a “spiritual odyssey.” Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 24 pages of candid photographs. Boldly signed by Johnny Cash on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, names to the front free endpaper. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 120801