London: Blackie & Son 1885.
From the library of President Grover Cleveland with his signature to the half-title page of each volume. Quarto, original calf, morocco spine labels. In very good condition. Rare and desirable, books from Cleveland’s library seldom enter the market.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 122784
First Edition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; From the library of Actress Rosemary Murphy
New York: Harper & Row Publishers 1964.
First edition of Dr. King’s third book, including his reflections on his 1963 Birmingham campaign. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. From the library of actress Rosemary Murphy with her signature and date of July, 1964 the year of publication to the front free endpaper. Murphy was nominated for three Tony Awards for her stage work, as well as two Emmy Awards for television work, winning once, for her performance in Eleanor and Franklin and she played Maudie Atkinson in the Oscar winning film To Kill a Mockingbird. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 122396
London: Sampson, Marston, Searle, and Rivington 1890.
First edition, edition de luxe, number 118 of 250 copies signed by Henry Stanley. Original half black morocco over vellum, top edges gilt, 2 volumes. Two steel-engraved portrait frontispieces, two photogravure plates on India paper, mounted, 36 wood-engraved plates on India, mounted, 6 etchings by M.G. Montbard signed by the artist in pencil, 4 coloured maps and plans; the 2 larger folding maps mounted on linen. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 122498
"Never Take An Encore": First edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book; Signed Twice by Him
New York: The Century Company 1895.
First edition of Kipling’s Second Jungle Book. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated. Signed twice by the author, once on the half-title page with the following note, “Never take an encore. R.K.” Additionally signed in full on the title page by Rudyard Kipling. In near fine condition. First editions are rare signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 122438
Signed limited Edition of one of the greatest existentialist works of fiction; Jean-Paul Sartre's The Wall and Other Stories; One of only 25 examples, signed by him
New York: New Directions 1948.
Signed limited edition, one of only 25 copies. Octavo, original Japanese vellum spine over patterned boards, top edge gilt. Translated by Lloyd Alexander. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 122197
London: William Heinemann 1988.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sally Soames with much love and admiration Malcolm Turnbull.” The recipient, British photojournalist Sally Soames, worked for The Sunday Times from 1968 until 2000 and was highly regarded for her exclusively black and white portraits of many of the most prominent figures of the 20th century including Menachem Begin, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Thatcher, Sean Connery, Rudolf Nureyev, Alec Guinness and Andy Warhol. Soames, who was known to be a warm and personal journalist, performed extensive research on her subjects and developed intimate rapports with them during her process, resulting in striking and revealing portraits. In addition to the several world leaders Soames came to know and photograph, she captured the unique personalities of some of the world’s most gifted authors, poets, and playwrights. She published two books of photographs during her lifetime: Manpower (1987) with text by Robin Morgan and an introduction by Harold Evans and Writers (1995) with a preface by Norman Mailer. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Twelftree.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 122348
“Don‘t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong": First Edition of Calvin Coolidge's The Price of Freedom: Speeches and Addresses; Inscribed by Him
New York: Charles Scibner's Sons 1924.
First edition of this collection of speeches from the 30th President of the United States. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather by McDonald Bindery, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “To Harold N. Grover With Regards Calvin Coolidge.” In very good condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 122439
New York: E.P. Dutton 1978.
First edition of Irving’s fourth and breakthrough novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by John Irving in a contemporary hand on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Leo Manso. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 122584
New York: William Morrow and Company 1949.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “To Harry Shapiro from Margaret Mead September 1949.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With the compliments of Margaret Mead laid in. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 122351
“I'M WILD ABOUT YOU, GAL, YOU OUGHT TO BE A FOOL ABOUT ME”: Bob Dylan's Original Album Modern Times; Signed by Him
New York: BMG & Columbia Records 2006.
First pressing of this album by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Quarto, 2 original vinyl records. Boldly signed by Bob Dylan on the front panel. In fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 122328
New York : Blue Ribbon Books 1934.
First edition of this work in which Carnegie uncovers little known facts about public figures, such as Albert Einstein, Walt Disney among others. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Dale Carnegie on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 122323
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company 1922.
First edition with the chapter-heading rhymes for only chapters VII and VIII as called of what many consider Kipling’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, embossed black and gilt to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 122738
"I was very happy to hear that you are going to be a mother, be allah willing": Rare typed letter signed by civil rights leader Malcolm X to his wife
: April 4, 1958.
Rare typed letter signed by celebrated civil rights leader Malcolm X. One page, typescript. The letter reads in full, “1431 W. Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles, California April 4, 1958 As-Salaam-Alaikum In the Holy Name of ALLAH, the One True God, to whom all praise is due; and in the Holy Name of His Divine Messenger, the Honorable ELIJAH MUHAMMAD. My Dear Wife: It was a pleasure to find your letter awaiting me here at the office this morning. ALLAH blessed us to come safely through three TORNADOES, one HAILSTORM, two THUNDERSTORMS, and a SNOWSTORM. We averaged a “good pace” all the way, and arrived safely in record time. Please take the liberty of giving all the Muslims the Greeting for me at the Temple Sunday, and tell them that they key to success at #7 is to stay ing[sic] unity, and follow the instructions that come from the officials there. The officials at number Seven, under Secretary John, and Captians Yusaf and Francis are doing a wonderful job, and I pray ALLAH will bless them with the reward of peace, prosperity and happiness. I was very happy to hear that you are going to be a Mother, be ALLAH willing. I was not surprised. My reaction was “as it was” only because I didn’t appreciate the timing you took to announce it to me. May ALLAH bless you with understanding so you will have peace of mind. Let me know when you need some more money, but spend AS LITTLE as possible, for it is costing me tremendously here to get things as the should be. The Messenger would consent to you visiting me, and would even provide the plane fare himself, but I am against it at this time. This does not mean that I do not love you, it rather means that I have a job to do, know the circumstances and conditions under which I best work, and try to create such. As for your becoming a Mother, you couldn’t give me better news. Concerning the project that the committee wanted: if they can get Bros John and Joseph to accept it, it will be alright with me. But have someone explain it to them other than yourself. That is a wonderful Committee, and had done great work. Be a FRIEND to everyone in the temple, and everyone in the temple will be a friend to you. May ALLAH bless you with Peace and Happiness. As-Salaam-Alaikum: your husband Malcolm X Tell Gloria 2X that she should really be proud of her husband, and that I am proud of HER, for making such grand sacrifice. ALLAH will really bless her. Signed by Malcolm X and with a post script in his hand, “PS: In your letter you sounded like an understanding wife.” In very good condition. An exceptional association. Letters signed by Malcolm X are scarce.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 122553
“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; Signed by Him
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. Boldly signed by the author on the dedication page, “Jim Baldwin.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Uncommon signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 122578
Cited by The Nobel Committee as the "Crown" of Boll's work; Group Portrait with Lady; Warmly inscribed by Him
New York: Avon Books 1974.
Early printing of this classic work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “For Dr. P. Murray regards Heinrich Boll with thanks for your kind letter.” Translated from the German by Leila Vennewitz. In very good condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 122169
"Tis I alone that can teach you to make warre, I know what the greatest conquerors knew and are": Rare first edition of this early English translation of Machiavelli's Florentine History
London: Printed for Charles Harper and John Amery 1674.
Rare first edition of this translation of Machiavelli’s Florentine history. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with morocco spine label lettered in gilt, triple gilt ruling, fleuron cornerpieces and elaborate blind stamping to the front and rear panel, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, engraved frontispiece portrait of Machiavelli, rebacked. Ownership inscription. In near fine condition. Rare especially with the original frontispiece.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 122358
"He has sold his heart to the old black art Men call the daily press": First Edition of Actions and Reactions; Signed and Inscribed by Rudyard Kipling With a verse from The Press
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited 1909.
First British edition of Kipling’s Actions and Reactions signed and lengthily inscribed by him with a poem. Octavo, original cloth with gilt elephant emblem to the front panel. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by Rudyard Kipling with a verse from his poem, The Press, “To RD Rudyard Kipling. Who once had served to the sultry hour when, roaring like a gale, The Harrild and the Hoe devour The league-long paper bale And has lit his pipe in the morning calm That follows the midnight stress – He has sold his heart to the old black art Men call the daily press R.K.” In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Kipling.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 121500
The Deluxe Signed Limited Edition of Stephen King's The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition; one of 1250 numbered copies signed by him and illustrator Bernie Wrightson
New York: Doubleday 1990.
The signed deluxe first edition of one of the author’s best-known works being a complete and uncut version. Octavo, bound in full black leather with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine and panels, red watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in. Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson. One of 1,250 numbered copies signed by both Stephen King and illustrator Bernie Wrightson, this is number 983. Fine in the original red silk lined black wooden box.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 122074
London: Geoffrey Bles 1956.
First edition of Lewis’ final novel retelling of Cupid and Psyche, based on its telling in a chapter of The Golden Ass of Apuleius. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket, bookplates to the front pastedown. Jacket art by Biggs.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 122549
First Edition of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being For The Most Part Contributions Based Upon "The Century War Series"
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being For The Most Part Contributions Based Upon “The Century War Series.”
New York: The Century Co 1887.
First edition of this collection of articles contributed by both Union and Confederate officers which originally appeared in The Century Magazine, containing four papers from Ulysses S. Grant which were later adapted into his “Personal Memoirs.” Quarto, four volumes bound in full leather with gilt titles to the spine, blind-stamping and raised bands, marbled endpapers and all edges marbled, profusely illustrated with engravings, portraits, and maps. In near fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 122056
First Edition of Bernard Knox's THE HEROIC TEMPER: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy; Inscribed by Him to Alice Roosevelt
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press 1964.
First edition of this work on Sophocles. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Alice Roosevelt Longworth with constant admiration, Bernard Knox 1965.” The recipient Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the eldest child of President Theodore Roosevelt, was an American writer, socialite and celebrity. She led a delightfully unconventional and controversial life and was known as a rule-breaker at a time when women were under great pressure to conform. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 122577
First Edition of Haruki Murakami's Compilation Wind/ Pinball; Signed by Him and additionally three times by Illustrator Chip Kidd
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2015.
First edition of the compilation of Murakami’s first two novels. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Haurki Murakami on the half-title page. Additionally signed three times by illustrator Chip Kidd, once on the front panel, again on the half-title page and on the rear jacket flap. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Ted Gossen.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 122367
"I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war": The Book of Common Prayer; Uniquely signed by President Gerald Ford
New York: The Seabury Press 1953.
The Book of Common Prayer, boldly signed by President Gerald Ford as follows, “I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war. Gerald R. Ford.” Octavo, bound in full leather, all edges gilt. In fine condition. The famous phrase “I would rather walk a thousand miles for peace than to have to take a single step for war” was first spoken by President Gerald Ford at an Air Force commissioning ceremony in Arizona on November 14, 1974. It was subsequently used the following week as Ford departed for Japan, becoming the first president to make an official trip to the island nation and marking Ford’s first trip as president. During the trip, President Ford met with Emperor Hirohito and worked to improve trade relations. The now-famous phrase was used during the trip, upon departure from the South Lawn of the White House and at the Japan Press Club. A unique piece.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 122598
New York: The Viking Press 1972.
First edition of the author’s National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Bob and Margaret, good friends- with the gratitude of Augustus and John Williams.” The recipients were close friends of the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 122759
"THE SEA IS ONLY THE EMBODIMENT OF A SUPERNATURAL AND WONDERFUL EXISTENCE": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF JULES VERNES CLASSIC ADVENTURE, TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
London: Sampson Low, Martson, Low, & Searle 1873.
First British edition and true first, preceding the American edition of Verne’s masterpiece. Octavo, original red cloth, illustrated, publisher’s 8 pp. advertisements as called for, all edges gilt. In very good condition with some light rubbing and wear to the extremities, armorial bookplate, small contemporary name to the title page. Translated from the French by Jules Verne. First editions are exceptionally rare, especially in this condition as most examples have been rebacked or rebound.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 122782
Rare collection of six Winnie-The-Pooh prints; with an autograph note signed by both A. A. Milne and Ernest Shepard
Rare collection of six Winnie-The-Pooh prints specially bound with an autograph note signed by both A. A. Milne and Ernest Shepard. Quarto, bound in hand-made paper wrappers, the collection includes six mounted Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations extracted from issues of Home Chat magazine which were produced by Shepard exclusively for Home Chat in 1928 and never appeared in any of the Pooh books. With a mounted note signed by Milne and Shepard. The prints are titled: Christopher Robin has a Little Something at Eleven; What Christopher Robin does in the Mornings; Christopher Robin gives Extract of Malt all round; Christopher Robin’s Green Braces; Christopher Robin at the Enchanted Place; Christopher Robin organises an “Exposition”. In near fine condition. A unique example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 122600
"I am enormously pressed for time this vacation, and I am ever afraid no such thing will have been done by me in time to be of use to you": Rare autograph letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien with his list of Old English Literature Questions with annotations and corrections in his hand
Rare autograph letter signed by the author of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien regarding a list of 50 questions he has composed examining Old English Literature. One page, entirely in Tolkien’s hand, the letter reads in full, “1 Alfred Street St. Giles Oxford Mar: 17th 1920. Dear Miss Duncan, I enclose a ‘mixed bag’ of 50 questions on the OE period – some of them on ‘Beowulf’ (exclusive of special points of commentary), some more general. A few may be of use to you (many are culled from past papers etc.: those of last year are marked). They are not intended to by models of clear questioning , but to suggest enquiries. The easily available critical writings that might help are all 150 few. I hoped some time to make out something like a select bibliography but I am enormously pressed for time this vacation, and I am ever afraid no such thing will have been done by me in time to be of use to you. I am yours sincerely JRR Tolkien.” Three pages, typewritten and composed of 50 questions, the questionnaire is titled “Old English Literature Questions” with several annotations and corrections in Tolkien’s hand, including to question 1. “A gluttonous race of Jutes and Angles, capable of no grand combinations: [Tolkien has added “lumbering about in potbellied equanimity] not dreaming of heroic toll, and silence, and endurance, such as lead to the high places of this universe, and the golden mountain tone where dwell the spirits of the dawn’ (Carlyle). How far would your reading of Old English poetry land you to modify this estimate?” to question 10. “What may we imagine the effect of the introduction of Christianity (and the [Tolkien has added “subseq.”] attitude of the Church) to have been upon the preservation of the legends (and ideals) of Germanic past?” and to question 28. “Do you agree that compared with ‘The Battle of Maldon’ (which celebrated complete defeat) ‘Brunanburh’ [Tolkien has added “which celebrated a great victory”] is merely competent laureate work that any well educated gentleman of the time could have turned out on conventional models? Can you account for it?” Tolkien has also added a 51st question in his hand at the conclusion of the questionnaire, “Give an account of one important ins. of English poetry. Indicate its value for our knowledge of the subject as a whole.” In fine condition. An extraordinary pairing, offering a unique glimpse into Tolkien’s broad literary knowledge and influences.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 121974
FIRST THOMSON ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE'S THE SCARLET LETTER; FINELY BOUND BY BAYNTUN-RIVIERE
London: Methuen & Company Limited 1920.
First illustrated edition by Hugh Thomson of Hawthorne’s masterwork. Quarto, bound in full morocco by Bayntun-Riviere with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, tipped-in frontispiece with captioned tissue guard, title vignette, 30 tipped-in color plates with captioned tissue guards, all by Thomson. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 122372
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt signature to the front panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 122368
"People go off to marvel at the height of mountains and the great waves of the sea and the broad courses of rivers, and the flow of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars: but they neglect themselves": C.S. Lewis' copy of Sir Thomas Browne's highly influential 17th century Christian confessional Religio Medici; with Lewis' ownership signature and notes throughout
London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd .
C.S. Lewis’ copy of Browne’s celebrated 17th century “confession of Christian faith qualified by an eclectic and generally skeptical attitude” (The Oxford Companion). Octavo, original boards, paper spine label, gilt vignette to the front panel, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Browne. British author and theologian C.S. Lewis’ copy with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper, “C.S. Lewis April 1919”, underlines, marks, and footnotes to several pages, most notably a lengthy quote from The Confessions of St. Augustine to page 29: “(1) Et eunt homines mirari alta montium et ingentes fluctus maris et latissimos lapsus fluminum et oceani ambitum et gynos siderum et relinquunt se ipsos nec mirantur. (Augustin.Conf.X.viii.15). Cf Davies Nosce Teipsum. Introd.p.49”, which translates as: “People go off to marvel at the height of mountains and the great waves of the sea and the broad courses of rivers, and the flow of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars: but they neglect themselves”, which Lewis has added as a footnote to the passage, “we carry with us the wonders we seek without us: there is all Africa and her prodigies in us “(1)” We are that bold and adventurous piece of nature, which he that studies wisely learns, in compendium, what others labour at in a divided piece and endless volume.” Lewis has also noted “Antimonies p. 41” on the verso of the rear endpaper and left marginal pencil marks next to several passages including, “As for those wingy mysteries in divinity and airy subtleties in religion which have unhinged the brains of better heads, they have never stretched the pia mater of mine. Methinks there be not impossibilities enough in religion for an active faith; the deepest mysteries ours contains have not only been illustrated, by maintained, by syllogism and the rule of reason” and “There is therefore some other hand that twines the thread of life than that of nature: we are not only ignorant in antipathies and occult qualities: our ends are as obscure as our beginnings: the line of our days is drawn by night, and the various effects therein by a pencil that is invisible.” Regarded by many as one of the most influential Christian apologists of his time, C.S. Lewis has been referred to as “The Apostle to the Skeptics” due to his early approach to religious belief as a sceptic, and his following conversion. Lewis was very interested in presenting an argument from reason against metaphysical naturalism and for the existence of God. His works Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, and Miracles were all concerned, to one degree or another, with refuting popular objections to Christianity. His autobiography, Surprised by Joy, recounted his conversion and his most famous work, Chronicles of Narnia contained strong allegorical Christian messages. In near fine condition. A remarkable example linking two great intellectual theologians and exhibiting Browne’s direct influence on Lewis’ thinking.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 122430