Jared Sparks' The Library of American Biography; From the library of Ulysses S. Grant with his bookplate
Boston: Little, Brown and Company 1864.
Finely bound example of Jared Sparks’ The Library of American Biography, from the library of Ulysses S. Grant. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers, tissue-graded frontispiece. From the library of Ulysses S. Grant with a presentation bookplate to the pastedown which reads, “Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant, from the Citizens of Boston, January 1, 1866.” In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 110541
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety": Rare First Edition of Benjamin Franklin's Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces
Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces; Arranged under the Following Heads…General Politics; American Politics before the Troubles; American Politics during the Troubles; Provincial or Colony Politics; Miscellaneous and Philosophical Pieces.
London: J. Johnson 1779.
First edition of “the only edition of Franklin’s writings (other than his scientific) printed during his lifetime” (Ford). Thick quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling to the spine, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins. With the engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin, two full page engravings, one folding engraving and on folding typographical table. In very good condition. Complete with index, addenda and corrigenda. Bookplate to the pastedown. A rarity in contemporary calf.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 119776
“After a leisurely slide into second, Joe bounced to his feet, looked at Marichal, shrugged, smiled, and spread his arms as if to say, "You throw at me, I'll make you pay": First Edition of John Grisham's Calico Joe; Inscribed by Him
New York: Doubleday 2012.
First edition of this novel which The Washington Post wrote, “knocks it out of the park.” Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Michael Cole- Best Wishes John Grisham.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fontana. Author photograph by Jonas Karlsson.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 118914
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 119154
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important": FIRST EDITION OF THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
London: George Newnes 1894.
First edition, first printing of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic work starring literature’s most famous detective. Octavo, original pictorial black and gilt-stamped dark blue cloth, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. With 90 illustrations by Sidney Paget. In very good condition, with some reinforcement to the inner hinges.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 119779
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
London: Macmillan 1897.
First edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber. Octavo, original blue cloth elegantly stamped in gilt. In near fine condition with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119571
London: George Newnes 1892 and 1894.
First editions of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories starring literature’s most famous detective. Octavo, original pictorial black and gilt-stamped light blue and dark blue cloth, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. First issues, the first title with the street scene vignette with no text on the street sign. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. In very good condition.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 112578
Rare Isaac Newton Manuscript highlighting his controversial theological views, which were kept hidden for hundreds of years
Rare full page folio autograph manuscript of Isaac Newton, father of physics and modern science and author of important texts such as the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Opticks, and many more. While Newton is mostly known for his scientific and mathematical pursuits and is considered to be one of the most influential scientists of all time, his controversial theological views, which were kept hidden for centuries, were as brilliant as his science and an extension of his search for truth. Many believe theology was actually his first love, as he wrote more about religion than he did about science. Of Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, he stated, “When I wrote my treatise about our Systeme I had an eye upon such Principles as might work with considering men for the beliefe of a Deity and nothing can rejoyce me more than to find it useful for that purpose”. He wrote in the Principa, “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. . . . This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all. . . . The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect.” While he believed in a supreme God, early in his career at Trinity College, his theological research of original texts led him to believe that authentic Christianity had been perverted by corrupted by the early church fathers and that the brand of religion that was now accepted as orthodox by the Roman Catholic Church and to some extent, by the Church of England, was not completely true. He discovered that the final phrases of 1 John 5:7 ‘and these three are one’ was not present in any Greek version that he studied and came to the conclusion that it was a deliberate addition to the text to provide justification for the doctrine of the Trinity. He concluded that the orthodox notion of the Trinity was a fiction that was invented in the early fourth century. This document is very important, as its contents deal with these controversial issues. Written in English and some Latin, he writes concerning an Epistle of Emperor Constantine regarding the Arian debate and the Council of Nicea, which laid out the famous doctrinal statement, the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed was adopted to resolve the Arian controversy, whose leader, Arius, a clergyman of Alexandria, “objected to Alexander’s (the bishop of the time) apparent carelessness in blurring the distinction of nature between the Father and the Son by his emphasis on eternal generation”. In reply, Alexander accused Arius of denying the divinity of the Son and also of being too “Jewish” and “Greek” in his thought. Alexander and his supporters created the Nicene Creed to clarify the key tenets of the Christian faith in response to the widespread adoption of Arius’ doctrine, which was henceforth marked as heresy. Because of these views, Newton’s theological writings, were marked “Not fit to be printed”. They were stored and were not in the public until the economist John Maynard Keynes and Jewish scholar and businessman, Abraham Yahuda, acquired many of them in 1936. There are very few of these original writings left in private hands, as the majority of the manuscripts are being held in collection at the Cambridge University Library, at the Kings College (a gift of John Maynard Keynes), the Jewish National and University Library (now National Library of Israel), the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Geneva, and the Grace K. Babson collection now housed in the Huntington Library in California. This rare piece of history is a highlight for those interested in both Newton’s scientific and theological endeavors. Early 18th century. Matted and framed.
Price: $150,000.00 Item Number: 119750
First Edition of All the President's Men; Signed by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and Benjamin Bradlee
New York: Simon & Schuster 1974.
First edition of this groundbreaking work in American journalism. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Signed by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and editor of the Washington Post Ben Bradlee on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. Rare and desirable signed by these three.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119442
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Signed by Him
London: Chatto & Windus 1932.
First edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Aldous Huxley 1962.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Signed trade editions of Brave New World are scarce.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 119848
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
London: John Murray 1869.
Fifth edition, one of 2,000 copies of “certainly the most important biological book ever written” (Freeman), one of 1250 copies. Octavo, bound in half calf over marbled boards, all edges marbled, half-title. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119774
Boston: Little, Brown and Company 1991.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by the Prince of Wales. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Prince Charles on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. With a signed letter from St. James’s Palace that enclosed is this signed example given for a charity acution. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119648
“The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera": First Edition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment
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. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light expert restoration. Jacket design by Henri Matisse.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 119636
"Enderby Hall was a vast Victorian house built in the Gothic style": First edition of Agatha Christie's After the Funeral; inscribed by her to close friend Dorothy North
London: Collins Crime Club 1953.
First British edition of Christie’s classic murder mystery. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the month of publication, “Dorothy from Agatha May 1953.” The recipient, Dorothy North, was a close friend and integral member of Christie’s London social circle in the 1930s. She was the dedicatee of Christie’s 1940 novel One Two, Buckle My Shoe. North’s daughter, Susan, and Christie’s daughter, Rosalind, were also close friends and the joint dedicatees of Christie’s 1939 novel Murder is Easy. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119355
Albi: Imprimerie Nouguies 1878.
Rare signed limited edition of Besset’s work on the culinary arts of the South of France. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the limitation page. In very good condition. Scarce.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117004
London: G. Routledge & Co 1853.
Finely bound example of Dickens’ popular retelling of the memoirs of celebrated English clown Joseph Grimaldi. Octavo, bound in full crimson crushed levant morocco by Baytun with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spin in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt rulings and fleuron cornerpieces to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Grimaldi, with illustrations by George Cruikshank. From the library of Albert Hooper with his bookplate to the pastedown. In fine condition. An exquisite example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119805
“Socialism is an alternative to capitalism as potassium cyanide is an alternative to water": First Edition of Ludwig Von Mises' Human Action: A Treatise on Economics
New Haven: Yale University Press 1949.
First edition of the economist’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 119755
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Richard Chopping.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 118546
“Many of the books tossed into the flames in Berlin that night by the joyous students under the approving eye of Dr. Goebbels had been written by authors of world reputation": First Edition of William Shirer's Classic work The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich; Signed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster 1960.
First edition “one of the most important works of history of our time” (Orville Prescott, New York Times). Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers. Signed by William L. Shirer on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Brownjohn, Chermayeff and Geismar. First editions are rare signed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 118723
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1925.
First edition of this thrilling work on fishing for big game fish, such as black marlin, striped marlin, tuna, dolphin, and other species off the west coast of Mexico and the Galapagos Islands. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with plates from 100 photographs, taken by Zane Grey and others and from drawings by Lillian Wilhelm Smith. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light expert restoration. Rare in the original dust jacket.
Price: $800.00 Item Number: 119576
"Fielding and Jebedee were dead, Steed-Asprey vanished. Smiley-where was he?": First Edition of A Murder of Quality First Edition; Signed by John Le Carre
London: Victor Gollancz 1962.
First edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed by John le Carre on the title page. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 119882
London: Johnathan Cape 1960.
First edition of the author’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For dear Jonathan, in memory of our long friendship & with admiration & affection Derek Patmore London Feb. 17 1961.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $75.00 Item Number: 119388
London: The Bodley Head 1961.
Uncorrected proof of this volume containing Greene’s travel journals in the Belgian Congo which he would later set his novels The Heart of the Matter and A Burnt-Out Case in. Octavo, original wrappers. In very good condition.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 119466
London: Jonathan Cape, Ltd. & the Medici Society Limited 1928.
Early printing of the complete and unabridged edition of Doughty’s seminal work. Octavo, original cloth, engraved frontispiece portrait of Doughty, profusely illustrated with folding maps and plans. With a new preface by the author and introduction by T.E. Lawrence. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 119506
Evelyn Anthony First Edition Collection. Including: The Poellenberg Inheritance, The Persian Ransom, The Return, The Company of Saints, and Voices on the Wind.
London: Hutchinson 1972-1985.
A fine collection of five first editions of Evelyn Anthony novels. Octavo, original cloth, 5 volumes. The collection includes: The Poellenberg Inheritance (1972), The Persian Ransom (1975), The Return (1978), The Company of Saints (1983), and Voices on the Wind (1985). Each volume is near fine to fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119088
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1948.
First edition of the Pulitzer-Prize historian’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Ann and Mary Ann Schmidt from Marion Bonzi with the best wishes of the author, David Donald Christmas 1948.” On page 11, she is mentioned as “Expertly and meticulously she has read the book both in manuscript and in proof. Her passion for accuracy has saved me from a score of errors.” Bonzi was instrumental in a number of heavyweight scholarly productions. Two years after this inscription she married Lincoln historian Harry E. Pratt (1901-56), who served as Illinois state historian and authored and edited a prolific array of Lincoln-related titles, and they became a formidable husband/ wife Lincoln team. Introduction by Carl Sandburg. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 118772
“Any man's life, told truly, is a novel": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon
Charles Scribner's Sons: New York 1932.
First edition of Hemingway’s early work on bullfighting. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece by Juan Gris. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small chips. Jacket illustration by Roberto Domingo.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 119227
Boston: Ticknor and Fields 1860.
First edition, first issue, with 16-page catalog dated March, 1860 inserted at rear of Volume one of Hawthorne’s last major work of fiction. Octavo, original cloth, 2 volumes. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. BAL 7621.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119422