"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
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
"There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice": First Edition of Grants Memoirs IN DELUXE PUBLISHER'S SHEEP
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company 1885-86.
First edition of the memoirs of one of the most recognized figures in American military history, illustrated with portrait frontispieces, numerous steel engravings, facsimiles and 43 maps, in deluxe publisher’s full sheep. Octavo, 2 volumes, publisher’s full tan sheep, raised bands, red and navy morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges, illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps. In very good condition, rebacked.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 118742
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
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. 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. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing, small name to the front free endpaper. An exceptional association. This is the 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
“CAN'T YOU LET YOURSELF BELIEVE IN PEOPLE LIKE KRIS—IN FUN AND JOY AND LOVE AND ALL THE OTHER INTANGIBLES?" FIRST EDITION OF MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1947.
First edition of this modern Christmas classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the first edition point of “Double Your Enjoyment” on the rear panel. A very nice example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 118767
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company 1969.
Rare first editions of this landmark work on surgery. Quarto, 2 volumes, original boards, illustrated. In very good condition. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117289
First Edition of Thorsten Veblens Classic First Work; The Theory of the Leisure Class; From the library of the author's brother
New York: The Macmillan Company 1899.
First edition of the author’s landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt topstain. In near fine condition with only light shelfwear to the extremities. From the library of the author’s brother John Edward Veblen II, with his signature to the front pastedown. A very sharp example with noted provenance.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 118924
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1976.
First edition of this collection of letters from the author of the Lord of the Rings. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Edited by Ballie Tolkien.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 118765
"Seeing Is Believing, But Sometimes The Most Real Things In The World Are The Things We Can't See": First Edition of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1985.
First edition of Van Allsburg’s lushly illustrated, enchanting tale of childlike wonder and hope, winner of the 1986 Caldecott Medal. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Chris Van Allsburg 1989.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118343
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are": The Works of Theodore Roosevelt: Presidential Addresses and State Papers; Signed by Roosevelt during his Presidency
New York: P. F. Collier & Son c. 1904.
Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Boldly signed by Theodore Roosevelt during his Presidency on the front free endpaper, “with best wishes from Theodore Roosevelt, Nov. 3rd 1904.” In very good condition. Uncommon signed, especially as president.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 117312
Roma: Aria D'Italia 1948.
Signed limited edition of Malaparte’s masterpiece. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Curzio Malaparte copyright page, this is number 12. In good condition. Books signed by Malaparte are rare.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118008
Franklin: Franklin Library 1979.
Signed limited first edition of Baldwin’s first book. Octavo, bound in original leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, all edges gilt. Boldly signed by James Baldwin. Illustrated by Burt Silverman. In near fine condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118321
New York: Simon and Schuster 1952.
First edition of Cartier-Bresson’s classic work, with 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers.” Folio, original illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by Cartier-Bresson on the title page, “à Joan et Eliot, ‘The Decisive Moment’ de l’amitié, Henri, 19 Jan 57, la vraie patrie c’est l’amitié.” The recipient was Eliot Elisofon, a fellow photographer and a founding member of the Photo League in 1936. He was one of the most active and productive members: he gave guest lectures (1938–43); co-organized the Men at Work project with Lewis Hine (1940); served periodically as president between 1939 and 1941; taught courses on photojournalism and flash photography (1940–41); and participated in numerous exhibitions. Elisofon taught at many institutions, including the Institute of American Artists School (1936-1941), the New School (1938), the Clarence H. White School of Photography (November 1940 – April 1941), the Photo League (1941), the New School for Social Research (1942), the Museum of Modern Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as Yale University, Syracuse University, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College, and Sarah Lawrence College. Elisofon’s first assignments for Life magazine appeared in 1937, Tin Type Photographer and Jewish New Year, and in 1941 his image of General Patton was the first color cover of Life. Patton was intrigued by Elisofon’s desire to get as close to the action as possible and nicknamed him “Hellsapopin.” He was the only photographer to accompany Gen. Patton throughout the North African Campaign. His photographs became an exhibition titled The Tunisian Triumph, which opened in June 1943 at MoMA and traveled to 20 cities in the United States. From 1942 to 1964 he was a staff photographer for Life magazine. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Matisse. An exceptional association, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117546
The Declaration of Independence and Constitution; With the first appearance in book form of the 13th Amendment
New York: R. Spaldin 1865.
Rare first edition of this Civil War publication of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which features the text of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, its first appearance in book form. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition. Rare and desirable with only a handful appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117244
New York: Rinehart and Company 1948.
First edition of the author’s first book. Thick octavo, original black boards. Boldly signed by Norman Mailer on the title page. Near fine in a very good first issue dust jacket. Jacket design by Karov. A nicer than usual example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117877
New York: Simon and Schuster 1941.
First edition of this storybook version of Disney’s classic. Slim folio, original pictorial paper boards, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. An exceptional example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 117496
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 225. Small quarto, original three quarters calf, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell slipcase. A very nice example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 117165
“He looked around the clearing in recognition that he was lost but didn’t mind because he knew he had never been found": First trade edition of Legends of the Fall; Signed by Jim Harrison
New York: Delacorte Press/ Seymour Lawrence 1979.
First edition of Harrison’s dramatic trilogy published in one volume, basis for the critically acclaimed film. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Jim Harrison 3/88.” The trilogy includes Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Name, and The Legends of the Fall. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket, small name. Jacket design by Russell Chatham. Photograph of Harrison on the rear panel by Bob Wargo. The title novella first appeared in Esquire and remains the longest work of fiction to appear in a single issue in the magazine’s history. A very sharp example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117173
"I'm a cool rockin' Daddy in the U.S.A. now": Album of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.; Signed by Him
New York: Columbia Records 1984.
Born in the U.S.A. original album, boldly signed by Bruce Springsteen on the front panel. In fine condition with the original record present.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 117081
The Works of John Locke [Including: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest, and Raising the Value of Money, An Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coin, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Etc.]
London: Printed for J. Johnson 1801.
Finely bound edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Octavo, nine volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands. Frontispiece of John Locke and fold-out table. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117649
"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL THINKER OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT": IMPORTANT SECOND EDITION OF JOHN LOCKE'S AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING
London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, at the Black-Swan in Pater-Noster Row, and Samuel Manship, at the Ship in Cornhill, near the Royal-Exchange 1694.
Rare second edition this fundamental work in the history of Western thought, the first to name Locke as the author and include the frontispiece portrait of him. Folio, bound in in full speckled calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, engraved frontispiece portrait of Locke. The second edition contains a number of important changes and additions to the text. It was In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117742
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSONS WRITINGS
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.
Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co 1829.
First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 117576
First Edition of Broken Trail; Signed by Alan Geoffrion, Robert Duvall, Scott Cooper and Olivia Cheng
Golden, Colorodo: Fulcrum .
First edition of the paperback original. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Alan Geoffrion on the title page, additionally signed by Scott Cooper and Olivia Cheng above and Robert Duvall opposite the title page. Duvall, Cooper, and Cheng acted in the 2006 miniseries adaptation, directed by Walter Hill and went on to win four Emmy awards, including outstanding miniseries and outstanding lead actor for Duvall. In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117349
"Live, travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry": FIRST EDITION OF JACK KEROUACS DESOLATION ANGELS; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Coward-McCann 1965.
First edition of this classic autobiographical novel by Kerouac featuring “one of the most true, comic, and grizzly journeys in American literature” (Time). Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Dale Fredrickson and Donna April 16, ’65 St. Pete Jack Kerouac.” The recipients were friends of Kerouac’s in St. Petersburg, Florida where he lived. Very good in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Sam Salant. Introduction by Seymour Krim. Signed and inscribed first editions of this classic are rare.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 117816
First Edition of The End of Ideology; Inscribed by Daniel Bell to Irving Kristol and Gertrude Himmelfarb
Glencoe, Ill: The Free Press 1960.
First edition of this landmark in American social thought. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Irving and Bea- Butforis – prim, prima with affection Dan – 2/12/60.” inscribed to Irving Kristol, an journalist who was dubbed the “godfather of neoconservatism,” and historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, also known as Bea Kristol, 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. With some marginalia by Kristol, very good in a good dust jacket. An exceptional association, linking these giants of conservatism.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117637