First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1967.
First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Stephen Goodyear In appreciation for your great support Martin Luther King Jr.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 124490
"Dream on, dreamer, dream on": First edition of Langston Hughes' Simple's Uncle Sam; warmly inscribed by him
New York: Hill and Wang 1965.
First edition of the final volume in Hughes’ series featuring Harlem native Jesse B. Semple, better known as “Simple”. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “Simple again ~ to Mac and Estelle ~ Sincerely, Langston. Harlem, October, 1965.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Saul Lambert.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 124763
"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits": Signed Limited Edition of Richard Nixon's Memoirs
New York: Grosset & Dunlap 1978.
Signed limited edition of Richard Nixon’s memoirs. Thick octavo, original cloth, illustrated, original slipcase. Signed by Richard Nixon. In near fine condition with some toning to the spine, original slipcase.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 124918
London: Andre Deutsch 1961.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Stephen Russ. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 124917
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain”: First Edition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time
New York: The Dial Press 1963.
First edition of one of the most influential works on race relations published in the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. An exceptional example.
Price: $800.00 Item Number: 124915
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1985.
Early printing of the Putnam edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Frank Herbert on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear to the extremities. An exceptional example, uncommon signed.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 124942
First Edition of Why a Duck? Visual and Verbal Gems from the Marx Brothers Movies; Inscribed by Groucho Marx
New York: Darien House 1971.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on the Marx Brothers movies. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Groucho Marx on the front free endpaper, “To Marion from Groucho.” The recipient was a caretaker from Marx in his later years. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Al Hirschfeld. Introduction by Groucho Marx.
Price: $1,450.00 Item Number: 124789
“AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”: FIRST EDITIONS OF A.A. MILNE’S FOUR POOH BOOKS, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS; The Winnie the Pooh Signed by Milne
The Four Pooh Books: When We Were Very Young; Winnie-The-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House At Pooh Corner.
London: Methuen & Co., Ltd 1924-1928.
First editions of each work in Milne’s wonderful Pooh quartet. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. Winnie the Pooh is signed by A.A. Milne on the title page. When We Were Very Young if a first edition, second issue as usual with page ix numbered. Each are fine in very good dust jackets with some loss and wear to the extremities and light toning. Illustrated by Ernest Shepard. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable with Winnie the Pooh signed by Milne.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 95227
Rare large format Royal Military Appointment signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. One vellum leaf, partially printed. The document is dated 9th April 1898 and appoints Francis Duncombe Astley-Russell to the position of Quarter Master in Her Majesty’s Land Forces. Boldly signed by Queen Victoria in the upper right corner, “Victoria R.” Retaining the blue Royal paper seal. Countersigned by Landsdowne. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original transmittal envelope. The document measures 15.25 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 32.25 inches by 28 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 124088
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view": Rare Review Copy of the First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.
First edition, review copy of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. Review copy with the slip laid in, very good in a very good dust jacket price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Rare and desirable signed, especially as a review copy.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 124898
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1930.
First edition of Langston Hughes’ first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the scarce original dust jacket which is in very good condition with some chips to the spine. With a full page from the New York Times Book Review issued August 3, 1930 laid in which features a two-column review of the novel and has left some toning to pp. 152-153. Only a handful of dust jackets are known, with only one appearing at auction in 90 years.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 124348
"THE FIRST POST-CIVIL WAR AMERICAN FLAG": RARE 36-STAR AMERICAN FLAG COMMEMORATING THE STATEHOOD OF NEVADA
: c. 1865.
Rare thirty-six star printed American parade flag commemorating the statehood of Nevada. The first flag to appear after the end of the Civil War, the thirty-six star flag was in use for two years between July 4, 1865 when Nevada was admitted into the Union and July 3, 1867 when Nebraska was admitted. Printed in blue and red ink on cotton, the flag measures 27.5 inches by 19 inches. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 35.5 inches by 27 inches. In very good condition. A handsome presentation of a desirable Civil War era flag.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 124557
London: Faber & Faber 1969.
First edition of the author’s final novel in his classic Alexandria Quartet. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Inscribed for Lewis Lawrence Durrell.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 124897
London: Arthur Guiness and Son 1977.
First signed limited edition of this authoritative work on Wimbledon signed by champion Fred Perry. Quarto, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Wimbledon champion and tennis legend Fred Perry. In fine condition with the original slipcase. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 124612
First edition of Vladimir Nabokov's Ada or Ardor; warmly inscribed by him to his cousin with an elaborate drawing of a butterfly
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1969.
First English edition of Nabokov’s most ambitious work and one of his greatest masterpieces. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his close cousin, Anya Feigin in Russian in Montreux, Switzerland, dated October 1970. Nabokov has also added an elaborate drawing of a butterfly, hand-colored in black, yellow, green, purple, and red. An accomplished lepidopterist, Nabokov only included butterfly drawings in books inscribed to those especially important to him. The closer the connection, the more elaborate the drawing. The recipient, Anya Feigin, invited the Nabokov family to move into her home in Berlin following their exile from the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the February Revolution. After a brief stay in England, during which Nabokov enrolled in Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, his family accepted Anya’s invitation. Nabokov followed two years later, after completing his studies at Cambridge, and in 1922 his father was fatally shot in Berlin by Russian monarchists as he was trying to shield the real target, a leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party-in-exile. After his father’s death Nabokov’s mother and sister moved to Prague, but he stayed in Berlin, where he had become a recognized poet and writer in Russian within the émigré community and, in 1923, met his wife Véra Evseyevna Slonim at a charity ball in Berlin. In May 1940, the Nabokovs, with Anya and her husband, fled the advancing German troops, reaching the United States via the SS Champlain. Following successful tenures at Wellesley College and Cornell Univerisity and the publication of his masteripiece Lolita, Nabokov and Vera moved to Montreaux, Switzerland. When Anya’s husband passed away, leaving her alone in Manhattan in a state of declining heath, Vera had her flown to Montreaux to ensure she was cared for. The Nabokovs set her up in a home near their apartment in The Palace Hotel, and for the remaining 18 months of her life they visited her multiple times a week. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Author photograph by Philippe Halsman. An exceptional association.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 124381
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1976.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bill Keating with warm wishes from Edna Lewis.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially signed and inscribed.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 124899
First Edition, First Printing of J.K. Rowling's Rare First Book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
London: Bloomsbury 1997.
First edition, first printing with all the prerequisite first issue points called for (including “wand” listed twice on page 53). Octavo, original illustrated boards, without a dust jacket as issued. In fine condition. Only 500 copies of the first printing were published, with over half making their way to libraries. An exceptional example, easily one of the nice examples extant.
Price: $225,000.00 Item Number: 124950
“Kindness eases change Love quiets fear:” First Edition of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Talents; Signed by Her
New York: Seven Stories Press 1998.
First edition of the author’s classic Nebula award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Octavia E. Butler on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Annette Flaster.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 124782
"If you have two friends in your lifetime, you're lucky. If you have one good friend, you're more than lucky": First Edition Of The Outsiders; Inscribed By S.E. Hinton to Her Neighbor
New York: The Viking Press 1967.
First edition of the author’s classic first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand to her neighbor, “To Mae Cosgrove- I hope you enjoy my book! Best wishes, Susie Hinton 1967.” Fine in very good dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Richard M. Powers. An exceptional association.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 124571
"The hills are alive with the sound of music, With songs they have sung for a thousand years": Review Copy of the First Edition of The Sound of Music
New York: Random House 1960.
Review copy of the first edition of this classic work. Octavo, original yellow cloth, illustrated. Fine in a very good dust jacket, with the review slip laid in. Uncommon.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 124991
Indianapolis and New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1943.
Later printing of Rands’s breakthrough work and her first major literary success. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Maurice Sabbah- With my best wishes Ayn Rand 3/5/63.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket without the usual fading to the spine. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 124512
“And it's finally only in the woods you get that nostalgia for "cities" at last, you dream of long gray journeys to cities where soft evenings'll unfold like Paris": FIRST EDITION OF JACK KEROUAC'S BIG SUR
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy 1962.
First edition of Kerouac’s poignant masterpiece of self-reflection. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 124901
"Fear cuts deeper than swords”: First Edition of the first Volume in the Authors Acclaimed Series; Inscribed by George R.R. Martin
New York: Bantam 1996.
First edition of the first book in the author’s acclaimed Game of Thrones series. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Lisa ALL BEST, George R.R. Martin.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Tom Hallman. Book design by James Sinclair. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 124968
"HOLD FAST TO DREAMS For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly": Langston Hughes's The Dream Keeper; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1949.
Early printing of this classic collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations by Helen Sewell. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Edith E. Shepherd, a real teacher whom it is a delight to have known- Sincerely- Langston Hughes Laboratory School, Chicago, May, 1949.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Helen Sewell. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 124784
Edinburgh, London, and Philadephlia: Various Publishers 1919-1952.
Fine collection of rare Scottish banking first editions. Octavo, seven volumes, the collection includes first editions of: Sixty Years of Banking 1865-1921: A Short History of The Isle of Man Banking Company Limited [np: Louis G. Meyer, Ltd, 1926], Experiences of a Century [Philadelphia: Brown Brothers and Company, 1919], Our Bank: The Story of the Commercial Bank of Scotland, Ltd. 1810-1946 [London: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, nd], The Scottish Provident Institution 1837-1937 [Edinburgh: np, nd], The Story of The Commercial Bank of Scotland Limited During its Hundred Years from 1810 to 1910 [Edinburgh: Printed Privately, 1910], War Service Record 1939-1945 [Edinburgh: The Commercial Bank of Scotland Limited, 1951], and Trustee Savings Banks Year Book: Official Handbook of the Trustee Savings Banks Association [Fakenham: Wyman & Sons Limited, 1952]. Each volume in near fine to fine condition, with two in fine dust jackets. A fine collection of uncommon titles, rare particularly in such condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 124536
Signed Limited Edition of Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man; one of only 400 copies signed by him
London: The Land Press 1980.
Signed limited edition of Isherwood’s highly-regarded work, adapted into the film of the same name directed by fashion designer Tom Ford and starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Quarto, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and ruling to the spine, marbled endpapers. One of 400 copies signed by the author on the colophon. In fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 124605
First edition of Louise Nevelson's Atmospheres and Environments; inscribed by Edward Albee who contributed the introduction
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. 1980.
First edition of the companion to Nevelson’s retrospective exhibition, held in honor of her 80th birthday at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with photographs. Introduction by Edward Albee. Presentation copy, inscribed by Albee on the title page, “To Ellas Kanner, Edward Albee 1994.” In near fine condition. Book designed by Betty Binns and Abby Goldstein.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 124750
"Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still": First Edition of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men; Signed by David Foster Wallace
Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1999.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original black boards. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fulbrook III.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 124969
New York: Farrar Straus & Cudahy 1956.
First edition of “the most distinguished long poem by an American since T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land” (Edmund Wilson). Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated by Ben Shahn. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Merle & Jules Proctor with the best wishes of John Berryman Mpls 26 Jan 1957.” With a business card from Berryman’s wife Jill laid in, inscribed by her, “If you would like to write John, his address is 1929 Third Street Minneapolis, Minn.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 124552
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1956.
Early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Craig – with best wishes John Kennedy.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Author photograph by Hank Walker. With an original “News About Senator John F. Kennedy” bulletin laid in with the headline: “Kennedy Wins Smashing Victory in Wisconsin – 106,000 Vote Margin” and several other articles related to the 1960 Democratic Party presidential primaries.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 124641