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  • "They call me 'Lucky', but luck isn't enough": Rare First Edition of Charles Lindbergh's We; inscribed by him to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford

    LINDBERGH, Charles A. [Henry Ford].

    We.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.

    Rare first edition association copy of Lindbergh’s definitive autobiography. Octavo, original pictorial cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author to close personal friend Henry Ford and his wife Clara, “To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford Sincerely Charles A. Lindbergh.” Lindbergh developed a long-term friendship with Ford who was well known for his newspaper The Dearborn Independent, also known as The Ford International Weekly. The paper reached a circulation of 900,000 by 1925, second only to the New York Daily News, largely due to a quota system for promotion imposed on Ford dealers. Lawsuits regarding anti-Semitic material published in the paper caused Ford to close it, and the last issue was published in December 1927.Lindbergh, too, gained a reputation as an anti-Semite with the publication of a controversial Reader’s Digest article in November 1939 and a series of nationwide radio addresses criticizing the Roosevelt administration for attacking Germany. In late 1940 Lindbergh became spokesman of the non-interventionist America First Committee, soon speaking to overflow crowds at Madison Square Garden and Chicago’s Soldier Field, with millions listening by radio. President Franklin Roosevelt publicly decried Lindbergh’s views as those of a “defeatist and appeaser”, comparing him to U.S. Rep. Clement L. Vallandigham, who had led the “Copperhead” movement that had opposed the American Civil War. Lindbergh promptly resigned his commission as a colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps, writing that he saw “no honorable alternative” given that Roosevelt had publicly questioned his loyalty. In 1927, the year of the present volume’s publication, Charles Lindbergh flew his Spirit of St. Louis to Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. Upon arrival, Henry Ford accepted Lindbergh’s invitation for a ride. Though Ford had been invested in aviation since 1909, this was his first trip in an airplane. Laid in is a Western Union telegram dated August 15, 1947 from Clara Ford to Irving Imoberstag, the husband of Clara Ford’s niece Frances Imoberstag née Bryant. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition. A remarkable association copy.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 109846

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  • “It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky": First Edition of E.B. White's Here is New York; Inscribed by Him

    WHITE, E.B.

    Here Is New York.

    New York: The Curtis Publishing Company, 1949.

    First edition of this classic meditation on the City of New York. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Presentation copy, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “E.B.White Dec. 1949.” Presented above by Katherine White, “Merry Christmas from the Whites.” White was a writer and wife of the author. She was the fiction editor for The New Yorker magazine from 1925 to 1960. In 1977, William Shawn wrote, “More than any other editor except Harold Ross himself, Katharine White gave The New Yorker its shape, and set it on its course.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable signed and inscribed.

    Price: $7,200.00     Item Number: 74056

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  • First Editions of Henry Yule's The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East; finely bound in full morocco by sangorski and sutcliffe

    YULE, Colonel Henry.

    The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East.

    London: John Murray, 1871.

    First edition of Yule’s important work which correlated Polo’s travels with their present-day locations. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruling and vignettes to the front panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, with maps and engraved illustrations many folding and in color. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. 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 near fine condition. First editions are uncommon.

    Price: $3,800.00     Item Number: 111068

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  • First Edition of From Cape to Cairo. The First Traverse of Africa from South to North; Inscribed by Arthur Sharp

    GROGAN, Ewart S. and Arthur H. Sharp; Illustrations by A. D. McCormick.

    From Cape to Cairo. The First Traverse of Africa from South to North.

    London: Hurst & Blackett, 1900.

    First edition of this travel work which details a log between Capetown to Cairo. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, with photogravure portrait frontispiece, 2 color-printed folding route maps and 48 plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by Arthur Sharp on the front pastedown, “To E. Percy Henderson from Arthur H. Sharp Dec. 1900.” The recipient, Major Percy E. Henderson was the author of A British Officer in the Balkans. 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. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.

    Price: $3,250.00     Item Number: 111856

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  • First Edition of Khan's The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan in Asia, Africa, and Europe; In the rare original boards

    KHAN, Mirza Abu Taleb .

    The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan in Asia, Africa, and Europe During the Years 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, and 1803.

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, 1810.

    First edition of one of the earliest by an Indian travel writer about the West, and has been described as perhaps the most significant
    “reverse travelogue.” Octavo, original boards. In very good condition with some loss to the spine. We have never seen another example offered in the original boards. Housed in a custom half morocco clemise and clamshell box. Scarce.

    Price: $2,800.00     Item Number: 119852

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  • Finely Bound First Editions of Henry Yule's The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East

    YULE, Colonel Henry.

    The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East.

    London: John Murray, 1871.

    First edition of Yule’s important work which correlated Polo’s travels with their present-day locations. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco with gilt tooling featuring naval vignettes and red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt to the spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with maps and engraved illustrations many folding and in color. In near fine condition. First editions are uncommon.

    Price: $1,850.00     Item Number: 90447

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  • First Edition of Robert Byron's The Road to Oxiana; From the library of Henry Alexander Nesbitt Medd

    BYRON, Robert.

    The Road to Oxiana.

    London: Macmillan & Company, 1937.

    First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, 15 plates and a map. From the library of Henry Alexander Nesbitt Medd. Medd, who was an architect and best-known for his collaboration with fellow architects, Edwin Luytens and Herbert Baker, in designing New Delhi. He remained in India and in 1939-47 held the role of Chief Architect to the Indian Government. Medd’s ownership inscription is on the front free endpaper, there is also the bookplate of Gavin Stamp on the front pastedown, who notes that it was a gift from Medd. Stamp reviewed the Picador edition of this work for the Spectator in 1981 and a photocopy of his review is included. In very good condition. A nice example with noted provenance.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 111765

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  • Rare Autograph Letter signed by Sir Richard Francis Burton

    BURTON, Sir Richard Francis.

    Sir Richard Francis Burton Autograph Letter Signed.

    1885.

    Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of British orientalist Sir Richard Francis Burton. One page, the letter reads, “Dear Sir, With many thanks I wish to say that I am at present my own agent… but I will let you know in time… Bill F. Burton. Twist Feb. 23 85.” In very good condition. Accompanied by portrait of Burton. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 116349

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  • First Edition of Edward Whymper's Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator; From the library of Explorer Steve Fossett

    WHYMPER, Edward.

    Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator.

    London: John Murray, 1891-92.

    First edition of this work by the mountaineer and explorer. Octavo, 2 volumes, original publisher’s cloth, with 34 engraved plates and 4 maps (one folding, one large folding route map in rear cover pocket). From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. 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 near fine condition. A very nice example, with noted provenance.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 111798

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  • First Edition of Travels In Arabia Deserta; in the rare original dust jacket

    DOUGHTY, Charles M.

    Travels In Arabia Deserta.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1936.

    First edition of this edition of this seminal work. Quarto, 2 volumes. Near fine in near fine dust jackets, frontispiece in first volume, both profusely illustrated with maps, plans, and collotype plates, some folding, and including large folding maps at the inside of the rear covers of both volumes. With an introduction by T.E. Lawrence. Near fine in very good dust jackets.

    Price: $1,100.00     Item Number: 116597

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  • Finely bound by Bayntun Bindery of W. Shaw Sparrow's Old England; elaborately illustrated by James Orrock

    SPARROW, Walter Shaw. Illustrated by James Orrock R.I.

    Old England: Her Story Mirrored in Her Scenes.

    Eveleigh Nash: London, 1908.

    Finely bound example of Sparrow’s illustrated work on the history and landscape of Old England. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco by Bayntun Bindery with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers.

    Price: $350.00     Item Number: 90430

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  • First Edition of Judith Barrett's From An Italian Garden; Signed by Her

    BARRETT, Judith.

    From An Italian Garden.

    New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992.

    First edition of this wonderful collection of recipies. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Best wishes Judith Barrett.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Joyce Patti. Jacket design by Wendy Bass.

    Price: $175.00     Item Number: 119829

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  • "In a small Polish Farm Community of 1981, events occurred which electrifies this world": First Edition of Michener's Historical Novel Poland

    MICHENER, James A.

    Poland.

    New York: Random House, 1983.

    First edition of Michener’s classic historical novel. Octavo, presentation binding, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in, cartography by Jean Paul Tremblay. From the library of Howard Kaminsky. Howard Kaminsky was the former president and publisher of Warner Books, Random House and William Morrow/Avon. Kaminsky developed his reputation by publishing best-sellers by Richard Simmons, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, and Elmore Leonard. Perhaps his best-known deal was signing Richard Nixon to an estimated 2.5 million dollar contract to write his memoirs only six weeks after his resignation in 1974.  In near fine condition with noted provenance.

    Price: $125.00     Item Number: 88107

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