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Signed Limited First Columbian Edition and True First of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera; Signed by Him
Bogota: Editorial Oveja Negra, 1985.
Signed limited first Columbian edition and true first which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117698
“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; finely bound in three quarters calf
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition in book form of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards with black morocco spine label lettered in gilt tooling to the spine and raised gilt bands, frontispiece, pictorial title page and 38 etched plates by H. K. Browne. In very good condition.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117844
"Please count the silver when brother Mike comes over for Christmas dinner": First Edition of Pat Conroy's Classic The Great Santini; Signed by both Pat and Donald Conroy
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “To Virginia Norwood, Merry Christmas to Betty B’s sister and Jean’s aunt (Conroy has crossed this out) Please count the silver when brother Mike comes over for Christmas dinner Pat Conroy Dec. 25, 1979.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Wendell Minor.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117671
“In journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than up”: First Edition of Dickens Nicholas Nickleby
London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.
First edition in book form of one of Dickens’ most popular novels. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over boards, gilt titles to the spine. First issue points with “visiter” for “sister” on p. 123, “latter” for “letter” p.160, “flys” for flies on p. 245, and “visiters” for “visitors” on p. 272. First issue points for first four plates. In very good condition.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 117498
"There is no story that is not true, [...] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others": First Edition of Things Fall Apart; Signed by Chinua Achebe
New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1959.
First American edition of this “true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world” (Barack Obama). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Chinua Achebe on the title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117522
"The greater the scientific advance, the more primitive the fear": First Edition of White Noise; Warmly Inscribed by Don Delillo to Friend Craig Anderson
New York: The Viking Press, 1985.
First edition of the author’s National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Craig Anderson Best ever Don DeLillo.” The recipients were friends of the author as well as the director of the Rare Book Room at the Strand Bookstore. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117829
"Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": Rare First Edition of The Giving Tree; Inscribed by Shel Silverstein
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.
First edition with all the first issue points to both the book and dust jacket. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Betsey- With Love Shel Silverstein.” Very good in a very good price-clipped first-issue dust jacket with the full torso picture of Shel Silverstein, with hair, covering top left half of back of the dust jacket, three reviews of Lafcadio, by Kirkus. The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. One of the rarest modern children’s book, exceptionally scarce in this condition and signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117673
New York: Warner Books, 2005.
First edition of “one of those rare, truly great books that can change the world” (John Robbins). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Jane Goodall on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anne Twomey.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117849
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1964.
First edition in English of Enzo Ferrari’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Stirling Moss on the title page. Foreword by Stirling Moss. Edited by Richard Hough. Translated by Ivan Scott. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Irving Cowman. Rare and desirable signed by the legendary driver.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117833
Finely bound people's edition of G.R. Gleig's The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington; inscribed by Arthur James Balfour to his colleague at Eton
London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864.
The People’s Edition of Gleig’s biography of Arthur Duke of Wellington; gifted by his godson, Arthur James Balfour to his colleague at Eton. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, frontispiece portrait of Wellington. Presentation copy, inscribed by Arthur James Balfour on the front free endpaper, “Stamford Raffles Flint with the best wishes of Arthur James Balfour on his leaving Eton Election 1864.” The recipient, Stamford Raffles Flint, was a colleague of Balfour’s at Eton who went on to become the Archdeacon of Cornwall. Tipped in a printed single leaf from the Old Etonians Association about a proposed portrait of Balfour for School Hall dated July, 1917. In very good condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117318
"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.": First Edition of Down the Fairway; Signed by Bobby Jones
Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.
First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Jones on the front free endpaper, “with best wishes, Robert T. Jones, Jr.” Foreword by Grantland Rice. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original dust jacket and signed.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 117324
Rare Second Edition of The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin
Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Now First Collected and Arranged: With memoirs of his early life, written by himself.
London: J. Johnson & Co, 1806.
Rare second edition of the complete works of Benjamin Franklin. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece to volume one, each volume with an engraved title page, folding map in volume two and thirteen engraved plates, ten of which are folding. In near fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 117678
Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1892.
First edition of Balfour’s Inaugural Address delivered on his installation as Lord Rector . Octavo, bound in full calf with Balfour’s signature stamped in gilt to the front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by Arthur James Balfour on the front free endpaper, “‘B. Mallet, with the kindest regards of Arthur James Balfour. 18.8.92.” The recipient, Bernard Mallet, later Sir Bernard Mallet, was a civil servant who served as Balfour’s private secretary. Later, he was Registrar General and President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1916 to 1918. He married Marie Adeane, who at various times was a Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria and had two sons, one of whom was Sir Victor Mallet, the diplomat. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117521
The History of Don-Quixote. The First Parte. The Second Part of the History of the Valorous and Witty Knight-Errant, Don Quixote of the Mancha. Written in Spanish by Michael Cervantes: and now translated into English.
London: Edward Blount, 1620.
Rare first complete English edition in two volumes. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in full calf, ruled, morocco spine label, housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. The first part of Don Quixote was originally published in Spanish in 1605 and translated into English in 1612 and printed [by William Stansby] for Ed: Blounte. Volume one with the text block trimmed as usual, in very good condition.
The second part was published in 1614 and translated into English in 1620. Volume two: Lacking the engraved title, as with many copies, and believed to be indicative of an earlier state. (“Duff suggested that the reason this plate is lacking in so many copies of the second part is because it was not prepared until after a good many copies had been sold without it.”) Pforzheimer’s copy also lacked the plate, which was inserted from a copy of part one, while his second volume lacks B4 and is noted as “inserted in type-facsimile; in the present copy, B4 is laid down, suggesting at least the possibility of a point of issue. Early ownership signature, most likely Herbert Lunsford located at the head of the errata sheet facing B1, Sir Herbert Lunsford (c. 1610-1664) was a military figure and brother to Thomas Lunsford, who is reputed to have been a ruthless pirate and fearless adventurer. There are some who believe that these brothers, along with their brother Henry, served as the models for the Three Musketeers. Catalog entry, handwritten note, and newspaper clipping containing bibliographical information affixed to verso of front board.
This edition is the first time the book appeared in full in any language other than Spanish, comprising the second edition in English of part one, and the first edition in English of part two. Translated by Thomas Shelton, who has been said to reproduce Cervantes’ racy, spirited manner more closely than any other to follow. In very good condition. An exceptional example of this rarity.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 117895
Exceedingly rare first edition of the Seven Mile Funeral Cortège of Genl. Grant in New York Aug. 8, 1885; containing 97 mounted albumen photographs and bound in the publisher's full black morocco
Boston: The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co, 1886.
First edition of the spectacular album memorializing the life and elaborate funeral proceedings of General Ulysses S. Grant. Oblong folio, bound in the original publisher’s full black morocco elaborately stamped in blind with gilt titles to the front panel, inner dentelles, containing 97 mounted albumen prints including the last known photograph of Grant taken four days before his death on July 19 1885, his sick-room and death-bed room at Mount McGregor, and numerous images of the impressive seven-mile grand funeral procession held in New York City featuring numerous military regiments and attended by throngs of admirers. The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co. firm produced several versions of the present album with varying numbers of prints for display in hotel lobbies on elaborate custom-made brass display stands. The present album contains more images than usually found, and is numbered “No. 9” on the front pastedown. In near fine condition. Exceedingly rare with only four copies listed with OCLC.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 117042