"Always remember the #1 rule of tasting- Always smell it first": First Edition of Robert M. Parker's Bordeaux: The Definitive Guide for the Wines Produced Since 1961; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster 1985.
First edition of Robert M. Parker’s first book and definitive classic in the field. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “11/26/85 To Mike Cullen, All the best in wine and life Robert M. Parker.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Koppel and Scher. Jacket illustrations by Christopher Wormell.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118933
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King to friend and fellow writer Stanley Wiater
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company 1978.
First edition of the author’s classic fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Stanley- With all best, and thanks for coming by – Stephen King 7/17/82.” The recipient, Stanley Wiater is a writer and friend of the author. Praised by his friend and colleague Stephen King as “a very talented journalist,” Wiater is a widely acclaimed observer of the dark side of popular culture. He has interviewed more major horror and suspense authors, filmmakers, actors, and artists than any other journalist, living or undead, for nearly five decades. He is the author of The Stephen King Universe. Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. An exceptional association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119452
"It Is Very Queer That The Unhappiness Of The World Is So Often Brought On By Small Men": First Edition of All Quiet On The Western Front; Inscribed by Erich Maria Remarque
London: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1929.
First edition in English of this landmark novel of the 20th century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With the compliments and thans to Geor Henry Gribb! Erich Maria Remarque.” With a type letter from the author dated in 28th February, 1929 from Remarque attached to the front pastedown. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. With the original publisher’s list and catalogues card laid in. Translated by A.W. Wheen. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and inscribed, with only one example appearing at auction in the last 90 years.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 119450
Los Angeles: Los Angeles Fox Searchlight Pictures 2017.
Rare screenplay of August Wilson’s classic work, signed by Academy Award winning actors Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.Quarto, bound in flexible brown leather, with matching leather ties, and with the film’s title logo embossed on the front panel This special script was one of a small number made and given to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Golden Globes Awards consideration. The American Film Institute picked Fences as one of the top ten films of 2016. The film received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Davis) and Best Adapted Screenplay, with Davis winning for her performance. In fine condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119876
"THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS": First collected edition of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis and a Letter to Sir Guy Carleton
The American Crisis, and a Letter to Sir Guy Carleton, on the Murder of Captain Huddy, and the Intended Retaliation on Captain Asgill, of the Guards.
London: Printed and Sold by Daniel Isaac Eaton 1788.
First collected edition and first edition in book form of the thirteen issues of Paine’s legendary call to arms, the first five issues having appeared originally as separate tracts and the last eight issued only in newspapers. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt. In near fine condition. Ownership inscriptions. Rare and desirable.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 111055
London: Jonathan Cape 1935.
First trade edition of the author’s classic work. Quarto, original cloth, illustration with photogravures and maps. Laid in is a pamphlet from the dedication of the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119037
Venice: S. Rosen 1906.
Finely bound example of Byron’s classic, in an elaborate Venetian binding produced for the Grand Tourist at the start of the 20th century. Octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum, spine and covers hand-painted, front panel featuring a painting of a Venetian bridge within an onlaid gilt metal oval surrounded by a foliate design and further gilt metal onlays, bevelled covers, string ties, top edge gilt. The text used is a rare Venetian imprint with wide margins, with only one copy listed in British institutions.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 118642
London: Chatto & Windus .
Early printing of Murdoch’s first novel which announced “the emergence of a brilliant talent” (Times Literary Supplement). Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Eddie… All best wishes to my dear pupil Iris Murdoch.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Victor Ross. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 170039
New York: Ballantine Books 1996.
First edition of the prequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Killer Angels. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jeff Shaara on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michell T. Gengaro. Jacket painting by Julian Scott.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 118759
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc 1964.
First edition of the Hall of Famer’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper by both authors, “Best wishes Stan Musial” and “Good luck Bob Broeg.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket photograph by Ozzie Sweet.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 118557
First edition of Volume 37 Number 1 of Reviews of Modern Physics; containing Roger Penrose's fundamental article on spacetime: A Remarkable Property of Plane Waves in General Relativity; signed by him
New York: The American Physical Society by the American Institute of Physics 1965.
First edition of Reviews of Modern Physics: Volume 37 Number 1 , containing Nobel Laureate in Physics Roger Penrose’s fundamental article on spacetime: A Remarkable Property of Plane Waves in General Relativity. Quarto, original wrappers. Signed and dated by the mathematical physicist on page 215, the first page of his contribution, “Roger P 20 Sept 2016.” In fine condition. Scarce signed by Penrose.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119437
London: Doubleday 2004.
First British edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Christopher Paolini on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Jude Palencar.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 118619
London: Longmans, Green, and Co 1885.
First edition, first issue of Stevenson’s classic work. Small octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, top edges gilt. With publisher’s logo in gilt at top left of front cover, presumed publisher’s blind stamp on title page, gilt apostrophe on spine with curved tail, gilt “of” on spine in smaller type, without advertisements. In near fine condition. Housed in a contemporary custom half morocco and cloth clamshell and chemise. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 118568
“Listen," I told him. "Don't be so tough so early in the morning. I'm sure you've cut plenty of people's throats. I haven't even had my coffee yet": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1937.
First edition of Hemingway’s classic novel about smuggling, intrigue, and love. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Neely. Photograph of Hemingway on the rear panel of the dust jacket by Joris Ivens taken in Spain. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 118372
"This as far as I know is what happens to them": First Edition of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel The Grapes of Wrath; Inscribed by Him To Columbia University Professor John Henry Hobart Lyon
New York: The Viking Press 1939.
First edition, with “First Published in April 1939” on copyright page and first edition notice on the front flap of the dust jacket. Octavo, original beige cloth. Association copy, playfully inscribed by the author on the title page, “Continuing the tradition. To John H. Lyon, go to hell! John Steinbeck.” The recipient was John Henry Hobart Lyon, an English professor at Columbia University and a friend of Steinbeck’s. “Great names usually come in clusters, for one creative scholar attracts others to work with him. The unforgettable Professor John Henry Hobart Lyon stirs his students by his lectures on Shakespeare, romantic literature, and the world’s masterpieces” (Coon, p. 33). Lyon also taught a popular course called “Literature of Today”, for which he invited well-known contemporary authors to lecture. Among those who appeared were Thomas Mann, Kenneth Roberts, Orson Welles, Stephen Benet, Erskine Caldwell, Somerset Maugham, Moss Hart, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 119562
London: Putnam 1937.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece, a lyrical meditation of the years she lived in Kenya, from the library of King Edward VIII. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118446
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF SNOOPY'S COMPANION WOODSTOCK; DRAWN AND SIGNED BY CHARLES M. SCHULZ
Exceptionally rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Woodstock in military attire. Drawn and signed by Charles Schulz , “For SPC 4 Britt Weise, best wishes – Schulz.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14 inches. Original drawings of Woodstock are scarce.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119508
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Co 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, to edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 119862
"I am afraid there can be no question of my releasing Volume I before the 15th November": Excellent typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower regarding the publication of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
Excellent typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill. On Churchill’s Chartwell letterhead, the return address of which has been corrected to La Cappocina, Cap d’Ail, A.m. The letter is dated 27 October, 1955, addressed to Desmond Flower, and reads: My dear Desmond, I am afraid there can be no question of my releasing Volume I before the 15th November. I have had Hodge and Kelly out here, and we have been working very hard. There is plenty of time. I am sorry if this should cause you inconvenience. Yours very sincerely, “Winston Churchill P.S. I have to read page 2 to 4.” The recipient, Desmond Flower, was a close personal friend of Churchill’s and published two of his most enduring works: The Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the publication of which Churchill is referring to in the present letter. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a bas relief portrait plaque of Churchill in profile. The entire piece measures 24 by 14.25 inches.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119601
"Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love — and to put its trust in life!!“: First Edition, First Issue of Conrad's Victory: An Island Tale
London: Methuen and Co 1915.
First English edition, first issue, of Conrad’s last major novel, a story of ill-fated romance set against the backdrop of European colonialism that “stands supreme among Conrad’s late works for its technical and thematic complexity and its acute psychological insight” (Mara Kalnins). In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 118645
“The old man smiled. 'I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived": First Edition of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1927.
First edition, first issue, with the textual error in line 16, page 20 (“happnd”) and p. 57 (“suppper”) of Cather’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118465
Paris: The Obelisk Press 1938.
First edition, first issue of the first volume in the Villa Seurat Series. Octavo, original wrappers. In near fine condition. A very sharp example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119554
Paterson, New Jersey: St. Anthony Guild Press 1941.
First and limited deluxe Confraternity edition of the New Testament. Quarto, bound in full black morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, inner dentelles and gilt morocco doublures, watered silk endleaves. One of one thousand numbered copies, this is number 592. In fine condition without wear.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119406
"And so into winter till even I have ceased to come as a foot printer, and only some slight beast so mousy or so foxy shall print there as my proxy": First edition of Robert Frost's Closed for Good; signed by him
New York: The Spiral Press 1948.
First edition of Frost’s Christmas keepsake poem. 16mo, original wrappers, illustrated with engravings by Thomas W. Nason. Limited to 2,275 copies of which this is one of 375 with the Robert Frost imprint. Signed by the poet on the dedication page, “[This new poem brings Holiday Greetings from] her old friend Robert Frost.” In fine condition. Rare. especially signed.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119060
“What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so in exorable as one's self!” Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables; finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
London: Geo. Routledge and Co 1852.
Finely bound in full crushed crimson levant morocco by Bayntun-Riviere with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. A beautiful example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 118271
“Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head": Rare First Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
London: Cassell & Company 1883.
First edition, first issue with all the following points: with 8 page publisher’s list at end, the first state October ads numbered 5R-1083; “dead man’s chest” not capitalized on pp. 2 and 7; broken type in “vain” and miscreant” last two lines of p. 40; “a” missing in line 6, p. 63; p. 83 with the page number missing the 8; number 2 overstamped in a different font in the numbering of p. 127; period not present on line 20 of page 178; “worse” instead of “worst” on line 3 of page 197. Octavo, original green cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing, name to the half-title page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise box. A very sharp example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 118790
Rare first edition of Arthur Rackham's illustrated rendition of Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes; elaborately bound by Birdsall for Charles Scribner's Sons
London: William Heinemann 1913.
First edition of Arthur Rackham’s illustrated rendition of the classic nursery rhyme collection. Octavo, elaborately bound in full scarlet morocco by Birdsall for Charles Scribner’s Sons with gilt titles and flor gilt decorations to the spine in two compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, morocco decorative inlay to the front panel, all edges gilt, silk watered endleaves. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 captioned tissue-guarded illustrations in color including frontispiece and numerous illustrations in black and white. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118439
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
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1935.
First edition of Hemingway’s second work of nonfiction, an account of a month on safari he and his wife took in East Africa during December 1933. Octavo, original green cloth, decorations by Edward Shenton. Near fine in a bright very good dust jacket.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 118564
Rare First Editions of The Bounty Trilogy: Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, Pitcairn's Island in the original dust jackets
Boston: Little, Brown and Company 1932-34.
First editions of the Bounty Trilogy, based on the 1787 mutiny in Tahiti and made into the 1962 film starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris. Octavo, original blue cloth with the H.M.S. Bounty embossed on the spine and front board. Mutiny on the Bounty is near fine in a very good first issue jacket with no reviews on rear flap. Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn’s Island are near fine in a very good dust jackets.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119432