“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more”: First Edition of My Life; Signed By Bill Clinton and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 2004.
First edition of President Clinton’s autobiography. Large octavo, original blue boards, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Boldly signed by the author using his full name “William Jefferson Clinton” and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the title page. Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Clinton. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. We have never seen another example signed by both Clinton and Bader Ginsburg.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118542
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more": First Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Signed by J.K. Rowling
London: Bloomsbury 2005.
First edition of the sixth and penultimate novel in Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by J.K. Rowling on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover illustration by Jason Cockcroft.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 118562
London: Collins 1963.
First edition of this classic novel, the sequel to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers by Charles Green. Signed by Alan Garner on the title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by George Adamson.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118659
First Edition of the Authors Prophetic Book The Coming of Post Industrial Society; Inscribed by Daniel Bell in the year of Publication TO IRVING KRISTOL AND GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB
New York: Basic Books 1973.
First edition of this insightful work which speaks about the coming of the service economy and the importance of knowledge for creating stratification in the new society. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Irving and Bea- with affection, as always, Dan May 30, 1973.” The recipients were Irving Kristol and his wife Gertrude Himmelfarb, who were close friends of Bell’s. Kristol was a journalist who was dubbed the “godfather of neoconservatism.” Historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, also known as Bea Kristol, was an American historian who was a leader of conservative interpretations of history and historiography. Bell and Kristol were close friends, who jointly founded The Public Interest in 1965. It was a leading neoconservative journal on political economy and culture, aimed at a readership of journalists, scholars and policy makers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jacqueline Schuman.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 118638
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric”: First Edition of Bertrand Russell's Philosophy; Signed by Him
W.W. Norton & Company: London 1927.
First edition of this classic work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the front free endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 118454
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere": Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; Inscribed by Him and Coretta Scott King
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1964.
First edition, early printing 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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Eleanor Blangsted With Best Wishes For Peace and Freedom Martin Luther King, Jr.” Additionally signed by Coretta Scott King below. Also with a signed Christmas and New Year Card signed by Coretta Scott King. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. We have never seen another example signed by both.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 118722
Alfred B. Searle's Refractory Materials; inscribed by Nikola Tesla to fellow inventor Bartley E. Broadwell
London: Charles Griffin & Company, Limited 1924.
Rare second revised and enlarged edition of Alfred B. Searle’s Refectory Materials; inscribed by brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla. Octavo, original cloth, with 174 graphs, diagrams and maps throughout the text. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nikola Tesla on the half-title page, “To B. E. Broadwell, with compliments from, Nikola Tesla, New York, May 18, 1931.” The recipient, Bartley E. Broadwell was engaged as the general superintendent of the Aluminum Company of America and resided in Niagara Falls, New York. He applied for and was granted U.S. patents for several inventions in the early 20th century, including his electrode for electrometallurgical, or “ring” furnaces. Two years before he founded the Nikola Tesla Company in 1896, Tesla was commissioned by Edward Dean Adams, who headed up the Niagara Falls Cataract Construction Company, to consult on how best to use the hydroelectric power generated by the falls. He advised Adams that a two-phased system would be the most reliable and a contract was awarded to General Electric to build the AC distribution system. In the 1930s, when Tesla inscribed the present volume, he was effectively bankrupt. The book was at one time part of his personal library which was slowly dissembled as he struggled to pay rent and resided in a number of hotel rooms. On June 20th 1931, two months after he inscribed the present volume, Tesla was featured on the cover of Time Magazine for his contributions to electrical power generation and in honor of his 75th birthday. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $42,000.00 Item Number: 118028
Black and white photographic print of Commanding General George Smith Patton, signed by him. One page, taken from the “Third Army: A Brief History of Operations in Europe” historical booklet, signed by Patton in the upper right corner and annotated below his image “Autographed Nov. 1945.” From the collection of 2nd Lt. John Papay, the officer in charge of security at Patton’s headquarters with a gold plaque commemorating the association. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.25 inches. Accompanied by the Third Army booklet from which the portrait was removed. In near fine condition. A rare and desirable association, signed to Patton’s security officer in the month prior to Patton’s tragic death in December 1945.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 118024
First edition of Charles Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; elaborately bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: Chapman and Hall 1839.
First edition in book form of one of Dickens’ most popular novels. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in. Tissue-guarded steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Dickens after the painting by David Maclise, illustrated with 39 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”) including plates 1-4 in the earliest states with the publisher’s imprint. With the original typed invoice from J. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe Bookbinders dated December 30th 1933 laid in. In fine condition. Housed in a custom marbled slipcase. A superior example with noted provenance.
Price: $2,600.00 Item Number: 118076
London: Bradbury & Evans 1853.
First edition of this immensely popular Dickens novel. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in. Illustrated with 38 engravings, tissue-guarded frontispiece and pictorial title page by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”). With the original typed invoice from J. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe Bookbinders dated January 3rd 1934 laid in. In fine condition. Housed in a custom marbled slipcase. An exceptional example with noted history from Sangorski.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 118043
First edition of Charles Dickens' Dealings With the Firm of Dombey and Son; elaborately bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: Bradbury & Evans 1848.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ classic tale of the fortunes of the Dombey shipping firm, following the publication in serial form from September 1846 to March 1848. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in. Illustrated with thirty-eight plates, tissue-guarded frontispiece and title page vignette by Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”). With the often-missing half-tile present and the original typed invoice from J. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe Bookbinders dated January 3rd 1934 laid in. In fine condition. Housed in a custom marbled slipcase. A superior example, with noted provenance.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 118053
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company 1922.
The Large Paper Edition of the Lafcadio Hearn’s collected writings. Octavo, 16 volumes bound in full blue levant morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, elaborately gilt citron levant morocco doublures, watered silk endleaves, top edge gilt with others uncut, ribbons bound in, tissue-guarded tipped-in frontispieces in color. One of 750 numbered sets printed at the Riverside Press, this is number 653. Volume I is signed by Hearn’s second wife, Koizumi Setsu, in Japanese characters. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 118027
"Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor": The Amontillado edition of the works of Edgar Allan Poe
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons .
The Amontillado edition of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Octavo, 8 volumes bound in full morocco by P.B. Sanford with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in 6 compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece to each volume by R. Swain Gifford, Frederick Church and others, etched engraved vignettes to the title pages. One of 315 numbered copies signed and dated by the publisher on the limitation leaf of each volume, this is number 290. In fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 118042
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers": Finely bound example of The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson
Boston: Ticknor and Fields 1862.
Finely bound example of The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson. Small octavo, bound in full morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in five compartments, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portrait of Tennyson. In near fine condition. A superior example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 101470
Rare Gone With the Wind Final Shooting Script; signed and inscribed by David O. Selznick, Vivien Leigh, Olivia Havilland and many others
[MITCHELL, MARGARET; DAVID O. SELZNICK; VIVIEN LEIGH; BUTTERFLY MCQUEEN; OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND ET AL].
Hollywood: Selznick International 1939.
Final Shooting Script from David O. Selznick’s epic historical romance film Gone with the Wind, signed and inscribed by him, Vivien Leigh, Butterfly McQueen, Olivia de Havilland and many others. Folio, original mustard wrappers bound in full pebbled leatherette with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by Selznick on the third free endpaper, “March 10, 1961 To Mayor William B. Hartsfield with the affection and gratitude of the “Gone with the Wind” company, including his admirer – David O. Selznick.” The recipient, Mayor William B. Hartsfield, attended the film’s special re-premiere gala in Atlanta for which Selznick had a number of script copies made (thought to be fifty) for his company beginning with number 00100, this is number 00112 and one of the few to come to market. Laid in is an original black and white photograph of Mayor Hartsfield with Vivien Leigh at the gala. Additionally signed by actresses Vivien Leigh, Butterfly McQueen, and Olivia de Havilland, Samuel Tupper (a friend of Margaret Mitchell’s whose review of her novel was the first to be published), writer and comedian Ogden Nash (Selznick was considering him to write the script for the planned Gone With the Wind musical), Leroy Anderson (one of America’s premier composers with whom Selznick was discussing the Gone With the Wind musical), and Eugene and Joseph Mitchell (Margaret Mitchell’s nephews). In fine condition. With a set of Margaret Mitchell First Issue stamps postdated June 30 1986 laid in. A superior example with noted provenance.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 118033
New York: The Viking Press 1974.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 118732
Rare first edition in English of Grimm's fairy tales; bound in full crushed scarlet morocco by Riviere & sons and with 20 full-page etchings by George Cruikshank
German Popular Stories, Translated from the Kinder und Haus Marchen, Collected by M.M. Grimm, from Oral Tradition. [ Including: Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty].
London: C. Baldwyn, 1823; James Robins 1826.
First edition, first issue in English of both volumes of Grimms’ famous fairy tales, including Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty. With the first state of the engraved title page of Volume I, without the umlaut in the word Märchen (“later issues of the first edition of Volume I had the umlauts inserted”— Quayle, 38). Vol. II with the half-title and advertisements. Small octavo, bound in full scarlet crushed morocco by Riviere & Sons with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with with two engraved title pages and 20 full-page etchings by George Cruikshank. German Popular Stories was Cruikshank’s first illustrated book. Following the success of this work, he illustrated the works of his friend Charles Dickens. Translated by Edgar Taylor. From the library of banker and rare book collector Frederick Stanhope Peck with his bookplate to the pastedown. Laid in is an original bill of sale from Parke-Bernet Galleries dated April 21-22nd 1947. In fine condition. An exceptional example, with noted provenance, as these have been in a private collection since the 1940s.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 118064
"Virtue which is not supported with gravity gains no repute among men": Rare First edition of The Morals of Confucius; A Cornerstone of Chinese Philosophy
London: F. Fraser 1691.
Scarce first edition in English of The Morals of Confucius, regarded as the first work which introduced English readers to Confucianism. Small octavo, bound in contemporary calf. Consisting of three parts: Of the Antiquity and Philosophy of the Chineses; A Collection out of Confucius’s Works in Three Books; and Eighty Maxims. Introductory publishers advertisement. In very good condition. An exceptional example. Scarce and desirable, especially in contemporary binding.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118758
First edition of the Lonsdale Library's Polo; edited by the Earl of Kimberley; In the rare original dust jacket
KIMBERLEY, EARL OF [EDITOR]; BRIG.-GEN. G. BERESFORD; MAJ.-GEN. GEOFFREY BROOKE; LT.-COL. J. R. C. GANNON ET AL.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company 1936.
First edition of The Lonsdale Library Volume XXI: Polo, edited by the Earl of Kimberley. Octavo, original cloth, with one hundred & ten illustrations. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Rare in the original dust jacket, especially in this condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 118044
Large color photograph of the Rehnquist Court, boldly signed below, “For Roger with best wishes always- Sandra Day O’Connor.” In fine condition. Framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 15 inches.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 118779
“Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept": First Edition of Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Angle of Repose; Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company 1971.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John with best wishes Wallace Stegner November 9, 1972.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by E.D.N. Designs. Photograph of the author by Alex Gotfryd. An exceptional example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118652
New York: Published by Ivison & Phinney 1846.
First American edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia. Octavo, bound in full sheepskin, original spine label, frontispiece. Text lightly toned, a near fine example of this landmark work, rebacked. Translated by Andrew Motte. Rare.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 118965
Jefferson and His Time Six Volume Set; Jefferson the Virginian; Jefferson and the Rights of Man; Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty; Jefferson the President First Term 1801-1805; Jefferson the President Second Tern 1805-1809; The Sage of Monticello.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company 1948-81.
First editions of the each volumes in Malone’s landmark work on Jefferson. Octavo, six volumes, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Signed by Dumas Malone in volume one. Each are near fine in a very good dust to near fine dust jackets.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117863
The Time Quintet: A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time.
New York: Ariel Books 1962.
First editions of each novel in L’Engle’s acclaimed Time Quintet. Octavo, original cloth. A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind at the Door are signed by the author. The three remaining volumes are each inscribed by her. Each volume is near fine to fine in near fine dust jackets. A Wrinkle in Time is without the Newbery Award-winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. An exceptional set, easily the nicest we have seen, most rare and desirable signed and in this condition.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 118345
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: $500.00 Item Number: 118232
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1964.
Rare first edition of Shel Silverstein’s zany children’s tale A Giraffe and a Half. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118344
Karl Polanyi's landmark work Origins of Our Time: The Great Transformation; Inscribed by Him to Peter and Doris Drucker
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd 1946.
First edition, early printing of Polanyi’s landmark work, which many consider to be one of the twentieth century’s most incisive and prophetic works of scholarship. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Peter and Doris With Love Karl.” The recipients were Peter Drucker and his wife Doris. Polanyi and Drucker were close friends and colleagues. Born in Budapest, Polanyi moved to Vienna, where he met Drucker while he worked as senior editor of The Austrian Economist. In July 1940, the President of Bennington College, Robert Leigh, wrote to the publisher W.W. Norton, asking him to forward the names of refugee scholars who had been forced to leave Europe as result of the war, and who might benefit from spending a year at Bennington as “honorary fellows of the college.” Later that week, Drucker, himself a refugee, contacted Leigh with a request to bring Polanyi from Vienna to the college. “Drucker devoted an entire passage of his memoirs, Adventures of a Bystander, to the Polanyi family. Elsewhere, he noted that “perhaps I learned the most from Polanyi, although not formally because we were friends.” Among other things, Drucker described in Polanyi a talent for the practice of social ecology: “He analyzed, with an uncanny knack for seeing the importance of inconspicuous developments-at an early stage.” (Drucker’s Lost Art of Management, by Joseph A. Maciariello and Karen E. Linkletter). Both Polanyi and Drucker acknowledged each other in their major wartime works, and continued to exchange letters until Polanyi’s death in 1964. Drucker even had a hand in preparing The Great Transformation for publication after Polanyi returned to England, leaving behind an unfinished manuscript. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing, small name to the front free endpaper. An exceptional association. This is the signed first example we have seen.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 118455
“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today": First Edition Of Mikhail Gorbachevs Memoirs, Signed By Him and His Wife Raisa
London: Doubleday 1996.
First British edition of Gorbachev’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Boldly signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover Portrait by Karsh of Ottawa.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118677