"Most of our faculties lie dormant because they can rely upon Habit, which knows what there is to be done and has no need of their services": First Edition in English of Prousts Masterpiece Remembrance of Things Past
Remembrance of Things Past [A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu, In Search of Lost Time]: Swann’s Way; Within a Budding Grove; The Guermantes Way; Cities of the Plain; The Captive; The Sweet Cheat Gone; Time Regained.
London: Chatto & Windus, Alfred A. Knopf 1922.
Complete first edition set of Proust’s most well-known work. Octavo, 11 volumes, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in in gilt. In near fine condition, with Time Regained in the rare dust jacket. Translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff. An excellent set, rare in this condition.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 121344
“I DRINK A GREAT DEAL. I SLEEP A LITTLE, AND I SMOKE CIGAR AFTER CIGAR": Exceptionally rare unsmoked Winston S. Churchill cigar presented to the Churchill family governess, Mary Dorgan
Exceedingly rare unsmoked La Aroma De Cuba cigar presented by Winston S. Churchill to the Churchill family governess, Mary Dorgan, the Irishwoman who provided domestic help to the Churchill family through the 1940s and into the 1950s. Framed with an original photograph of Winston S. Churchill smoking another of his favorite La Aroma De Cuba cigars. Accompanied by a rare original photograph of Churchill’s wife, Clementine, inscribed on the mount to Mary Dorgan, ‘To Mrs. Dorgan with thanks for your help and good wishes Clementine Churchill 1950″, a pass to the Churchill’s room in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons also from Dorgan’s collection, and a photograph of Dorgan with Winston and Clementine’s daughter, Sarah. Winston S. Churchill and Clementine Hozier met at a dinner party in 1908 and after only a few months of correspondence, Winston wrote to Clementine’s mother, Lady Blanche Hozier, requesting consent for their marriage. On September 12th 1908, the two were wed at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, he more than a decade older than she and already a seasoned Parliamentarian. The Churchills had five children: Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold, and Mary and their marriage was close and affectionate despite the stresses of public life throughout Churchill’s political career. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 16.25 inches. Exceedingly rare with exceptional provenance.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 117337
"Here's How": First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; inscribed by Harry Craddock and illustrator Gilbert Rumbold
London: Constable & Company 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold. Presentation copy, inscribed by Harry Craddock on the verso of the dedication page and first page of the Preface, “‘Here’s how’ Harry Craddock To Captain Anthony Farranse With best wishes of the author Harry Craddock” and inscribed by the illustrator Gilbert Rumbold, “If you happen to read this in the bath – watch your overhead!! Here’s How. Gilbert Rumbold.” Uncommon signed by not only Craddock, but both he and Rumbold.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 121079
Philadelphia: The Westminster Press 1949.
First edition of this work basis for the classic 1956 film The Ten Commandments. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Dorothy Clarke Wilson on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 120394
New York: Henry Holt and Company 1949.
First edition of this collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Frost. Inscribed by the author underneath his portrait opposite to the title page, “and from Robert Frost.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and tears, owner name to the front free endpaper.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 121327
Chicago and Harper and Row, Publishers: The University of Chicago Press 1951 & 1967.
First editions of each volume in Lattimore’s acclaimed translation called “the finest translation of Homer ever made into the English language” (William Arrowsmith). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jackets. Jacket design on The Iliad by Alice Eichelberger. Jacket design on The Odyssey by Guy Fleming.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 121377
New York : McGraw-Hill 1976.
First edition of this classic book, basis for the 1989 film directed by Oliver Stone. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Elena, Love, Rain, Respect Ron.” Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Jacket photograph by Bob Adelman.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 121378
Amherst, MA: Jones Library Inc 1937.
First edition of this bibliography on the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Frost. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jack Gelchrist from his friend Robert Frost Boston November 1940.” Foreword by David Lambuth.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 121028
"MEN IN PAJAMAS SITTING ABAFT THE FUNNEL AND SWAPPING LIES OF THE PURPLE SEAS": First authorized edition of Rudyard Kipling's Abaft the Funnel
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company 1909.
First authorized edition of Kipling’s 1909 short story collection with the author’s note noting Dodge’s previously unauthorized edition “issued without my knowledge or sanction”. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated dark green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition with the scarce publisher’s wrap around band present.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 121058
“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone": First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Winter of Discontent
New York: The Viking Press 1961.
First edition of Steinbeck’s final novel, which with Grapes of Wrath are considered his masterpieces. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. Lettering by Jeanyee Wong. An exceptional example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 121445
"And they said one to another, behold, this dreamer cometh": First edition of William Bradford Huie's He Slew the Dreamer; Signed by Him
He Slew the Dreamer: My Search, With James Earl Ray, For the Truth About the Murder of Martin Luther King.
New York: Delacorte Press 1970.
First edition of the sensational journalist’s report on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Bradford Huie on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wenk/Schwartz.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 121041
"The Grand Prix d'Entrance du Mans is deservedly the world's most famous long-distance motor race": Rare First edition of Anthony Pritchard's Ford versus Ferrari
London: Pelham Books 1968.
First edition of Pritchard’s work delving into the inner workings of the Ferrari and Ford organizations and their famed battle for victory at Le Mans. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 121035
"The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable": Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty
Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty and its precedence over international alliances. Sixteen pages, entirely in the hand of John Adams and written on both the recto and verso of each page, the letter is dated January 9, 1809 and addressed to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Joseph Bradley Varnum. Although France and America shared a strong alliance which proved crucial to winning the Revolutionary War, at the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, Washington's fear that American involvement would weaken the new nation before it had firmly established itself created tensions and a new war between England and France broke out in 1793. The British Navy soon began targeting French vessels and trading interests across the Atlantic, and although many Federalists thought that America should aid its ally, Washington proclaimed that the United States would be “friendly and impartial toward the belligerent parties.” The Neutrality Proclamation was ignored by Britain and angered France, which then allowed its navy and privateers to prey on American trade. To protect American sailors and merchants without provoking Britain, in March 1794, Congress passed a 30-day embargo, which it then extended. Britain, the strongest sea power, began to seize American ships suspected of trading with France, and stepped up its practice of impressment. From 1806-1807, the British navy, in desperate need of men to oppose Napoleon, forced roughly 5,000 American sailors into service on the pretense that they were deserters. In 1807, King George III proclaimed his right to call any British subjects into war service and claimed that Britain had full discretion to determine who was a British citizen. The crisis reached one peak for America in June of 1807 when the HMS Leopard attacked the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia. Three American sailors were killed, eighteen were wounded, and the Chesapeake surrendered after firing only one shot. The Leopard seized four American seaman, claimed as deserters from the British navy, and hanged one of them. Jefferson and Madison, his Secretary of State, responded with the Embargo of 1807, a ban on all American vessels sailing for foreign ports. Meanwhile, Russia allied with Napoleon and pressed Denmark to turn over her fleet. In September 1807, Britain preemptively bombarded Copenhagen and seized the Danish-Norwegian fleet. While Jefferson’s Republicans still generally favored France, a schism grew in the Federalist party. Men like Timothy Pickering downplayed impressments while focusing on trade and access to British manufacturing. On October 16, 1807, King George III aggravated already high tensions with American following the British attack of the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia by issuing a Royal Proclamation expanding the British right to impressment (the King’s right to call any British subjects into war service and determine their citizenship). News of the King’s Proclamation arrived in the United States in December 1807 and, lacking military options, President Jefferson proposed an embargo to ban all U.S. exports on American vessels in order to protect American sailors’ lives and liberties, despite its potential to cripple American trade. The Embargo Act was signed on December 22, 1807, causing immediate economic devastation. In protesting the Embargo, rather than wrestling with the difficulty of defending American sovereignty, some opponents chose to declare the legality of impressments as defined by King George’s Royal Proclamation. John Adams’ former Secretary of State, Timothy Pickering, took a leading role in fighting the embargo, arguing that Jefferson was using it to draw America closer to Napoleon’s France. Given the devastating economic effects of the embargo, Pickering’s message found a wide audience. Adams, on the other hand, recognized the dire threat the King’s Proclamation posed in denying America the right to determine its own rules for citizenship and in December, took his arguments to Speaker of the House Joseph Varnum. As he stated in the present letter, “He [Pickering] thinks that as every Nation has a Right to the Service of its Subjects, in time of War, the Proclamation of the King of Great Britain, commanding his Naval Officers to practice Such Impressments, on board, not the Vessells of his own Subjects, but of the United States, a foreign Nation could not furnish the Slightest ground for an Embargo! … But I Say with Confidence that it furnished a Sufficient ground for a Declaration of War. Not the Murder of Pierce nor all the Murders on board the Chesapeake, nor all the other Injuries and Insults We have received from foreign Nations, atrocious as they have been, can be of such dangerous, lasting, and pernicious Consequence to this Country, as this Proclamation, if We have Servility enough to Submit to it.” Adams suggested repealing and replacing the Embargo Act with one that allowed international trade with all but the belligerents, while building up the navy. Varnum asked to publish it. Before assenting, Adams completely reworked his argument, mustering all the reason and rhetoric at his disposal into a stirring defense of sovereignty and citizenship, resulting in the present letter. On March 1, 1809, Congress repealed the Embargo Act, following Adams’ suggestion to replace it with the Non-Intercourse Act which allowed trade with all nations except Britain and France. In fine condition. A remarkable piece of early American history illustrating the second President of the United States’ impassioned devotion to the pursuit of American liberty. The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 121560
First Edition of Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward's Firing Back; lengthily inscribed by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
Boston: Harvard Business School Press 2007.
First edition of Sonnenfeld and Ward’s collection of professional comeback stories. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Sonnenfeld on the front free endpaper with a full-page inscription, “7/24/08 To David a brilliant inspiring, candid leader and wise experienced consultant – Best wishes – Jeff Sonnendfeld.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mike Fender.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 121090
"Only history will bear witness to the importance of the events that took place during this period": First edition of The First Lunar Landing As Told By The Astronauts; signed by Neil Armstrong
Washington, D.C: U.S. Government Printing Office 1970.
First edition of this commemorative book published in celebration of the twenty year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 lunar mission. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated. Signed by Neil Armstrong on the front panel. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 121089
Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1953.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning economist’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small chip to the crown of the spine. A very sharp example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 121324
"Man does not remain in the world but his name remains": First edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Eyes of Asia
Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company 1918.
First edition, first state of this collection of stories presented as letters from Indian and Afghan soldiers which first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in May and June 1917. With “recuiting depot” on p. 78, line 1. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 121067
“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water": First Edition of Jaws; Signed by Steven Spielberg
New York: Doubleday & Company 1974.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Steven Spielberg on the half-title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Spielberg.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 121829
Evanston, Ill: Greenleaf Publishing Company 1965.
First printing of this edition of Southern’s classic work. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Harry with all best wishes Terry Southern.” In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 121443
New York: New American Library 1971.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Harry with all best wishes Terry Southern.” In very good condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 121449
“I always wanted to write a book that ended with the word Mayonnaise": First Edition of Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America; Signed and dated by Him in the year of publication
London: Jonathan Cape 1970.
First British edition of this work “that has very little to do with trout fishing and a lot to do with the lamenting of a passing pastoral America . . . an instant cult classic” (Financial Times). Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “Richard Brautigan London July 29, 1970.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed first editions are scarce.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 121388
New York: W.W. Norton & Company 1989.
First edition of the author’s second book and first collection of short stories. Octavo, half cloth. Presentation copy, playfully inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Shawn [insert wise words here] David Foster Wallace.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Debra Morton Hoyt.
Price: $700.00 Item Number: 121331
First edition of the collected works of Hobbes. Folio, bound in full calf to period style, raised bands, gilt spine emblems, red morocco title label, marbled endpapers, frontispiece engraved title page of the 1651 Leviathan. In very good condition. Containing Leviathan, De Corpore, Human Nature, Behemoth (1679) and other key writings. xxviii, (2) ii, 697 (3) pp. Macdonald & Hargreaves 107. CBEL I:871. See Lowndes, 1077. First editions are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 121929
"To surrender dreams — this may be madness": Jarvis' English translation of Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quixote; with a fore-edge of Don Quixote charging with his steed Rocinante
The Adventures of Don Quixote De La Mancha; Translated From the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. [Fore-edge Painting].
London: Ward, Lock & Co [c. 1880].
Finely bound example of Jarvis’ translation of Cervantes’ masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruling to he front and rear panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated by Tony Johannot, tissue-guarded frontispiece in color. With a fore-edge painting of Don Quixote charging on his trusty steed Rocinante. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 121450
“As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler": Finely bound facsimile edition of Izaak Walton's The Complete Angler with a fore-edge painting
London: Elliot Stock 1877.
Finely bound facsimile reprint of the first edition of this classic of English literature. Octavo, bound in full mottled calf with gilt titles and ruling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling to the panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With a fore-edge painting of Walton and an angling scene. In near fine condition. A unique example.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 121046
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind": Finely bound example of The Works of William Shakespere; with a fore-edge painting of him
The Works of William Shakespere; Containing His Plays and Poems from the Text of the Editions by Charles Knight: With Glossarial Notes and Facts Connected with His Life and Writings, Abridged From ‘William Shakespere, A Biography’. [Fore-edge Painting].
London: George Bell and Sons 1887.
Finely bound example of this collection of Shakespeare’s plays and poems with a fore-edge painting. Octavo, bound in full red morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling and and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, illustrated by W. Harvey. With a fore-edge painting of a portrait of Shakespeare with a scene from a Midsummer Night’s Dream. In near fine condition. Embossed stamp.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 121336
"How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail. And pour the waters of the Nile, on every golden scale": Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland with a fore-edge painting
London: Macmillan and Co 1891.
Finely bound example of this timeless children’s classic. Octavo, bound in full red morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruling to the panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated by John Tenniel, tissue-guarded frontispiece. With a fore-edge painting depicting a portrait of the author and two scenes from the book. In fine condition with the original cloth covers adhered to the versos of the front and rear panels.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 121055
Rare early American land grant signed by the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn as the new province’s first governor. One page, script on vellum, the document is dated January 26, 1684 and grants s tract of land to one of the earliest Quaker colonists to settle in Philadelphia county, Thomas Simmons and reads in part, “Know yee that I have given granted & confirmed & by these present for me my Heirs & Successors, Proprietor of Pennsylvania do give grant & confirm unto ye s’d Thomas Simmons his heirs & assign for ever ye s’d Two Hundred Acres of Land to have & enjoy ye s’d Land to ye only & behoof of ye s’d Thomas Simmons to be holden of me my Heirs and Successors Proprietaries of Pennsylvania… In Witness to hereof I have caused these my Letters to be mad Patents, witness my self at Philadelphia ye Six & Twentieth day of ye First Month One Thousand six Hundred Eighty Four Being ye Sixth Year of ye King’s Reign & ye Fourth of my Government, William Penn.” Signed by William Penn at the conclusion of the document. Retaining the paper seal. In near fine condition. Elaborately double matted and framed with two lithographic portraits of Penn, and a large lithograph of his early residences. The entire piece measures 32.25 inches by 29.25 inches. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 121655
"LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS": FIRST American EDITION OF Nabokov's TOUR DE FORCE LOLITA; Inscribed by Him to his Editor Jason Epstein with a drawing of a butterfly
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons 1955.
First American edition and first trade edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page on the day of publication, “For Jason and Barbara from Vladimir August 18, 1958” and with a drawing by Nabokov of a butterfly. The recipient Jason Epstein was Nabokov’s Doubleday editor and an early supporter of the novel. Having published Nabokov’s Pnin at Doubleday in 1957, Epstein encouraged the house to publish Lolita to no avail (four American publishers refused to publish the work) but was successful in printing the first appearance of the novel in America, a long excerpt in the June 1957 issue of Doubleday’s Anchor Review. G.P. Putnam’s published the sensational book in America the following summer and it became the first novel since Gone with the Wind to sell 100,000 copies in its first three weeks. Inscribed copies of both the 1955 Paris first edition and this 1958 first American edition are equally scarce due to Nabokov’s refusal to sign copies. Vera Nabokov noted this in a letter accompanying a signed copy of the 1958 edition to Anita Loos, that her husband “has been autographing Lolita only for personal friends and the very few writers whose work he admires. He has refused his autograph to so many of his own students and to so many of his acquaintances that it would be impossible for him to make an exception… ” (Nabokov, Selected Letters, 1940-77, ed. D. Nabokov and M. J. Bruccoli, p. 265. Also: Tock, Emily. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov and Jason Epstein: A Study in Authorial Extravagance and Editorial Restraint in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Volume 48, Issue 4, July 2017, pp. 268-281). Photograph of Nabokov by Maclean Dameron. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 121875
ONE OF THE MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, TOM SAWYER'S THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER; With an Fore-edge painting to each edge
Hartford: The American Publishing Company 1884.
Finely bound example of the apotheosis of American boyhood. Octavo, bound full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruling to the panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated. With a fore-edge painting to each edge of the text block including a portrait of Twain and scenes from the book. With the original cloth panels and spine adhered to the verso of the front and rear panels.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 121969