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Rare First Edition of H. Graham Aldous' The Beer Duty; Containing analyses and discussions on the taxation of beer
London: Privately Printed, c. 1901.
Rare first edition of this collection of discussions and charts analyzing the effects of taxation on the beer trade in early 20th century England, in the midst of the Temperance Movement. Octavo, original leatherette covered boards with gilt titles to the spine, all edges marbled, illustrated with charts, tables and graphs including a diagram showing the upward or downward movement of Trade, Drink and Crime. Appendix. In very good condition. Rare.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited , 1934.
First edition of this work by the Irish dramatist and memoirist. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. J.D. Cummins, (Joe) from his old ___ Sean O’Casey With undiminished affection London Jan. 1935.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited , 1933.
First edition of this work by the Irish dramatist and memoirist. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “From Sean O’Casey to his dear friend Joe Cummins, Whose companionship, through hours of eventide, he often misses deeply Chalfont St Gilles 1933.” Near fine in very good dust jacket.
Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc, 1962.
First edition of von Mises’ unheralded masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ludwig von Mises on the half-title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
London: Collins, 1968.
First edition of the eighth book in Bond’s Paddington series. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Signed by the author on the title page, “With all good wishes Michael Bond December 2013.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1948.
First edition of Babe Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To my good friend and Pal Dr. Richard Lewisohn From Babe Ruth 1948.” Dr. Lewisohn was a surgeon who experimented with an anti-cancer drug, teropterin (pteroltriglutamic acid). In 1947, Dr. Lewisohn offered Ruth, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 1946, to receive this experimental therapy. Dr. Lewisohn was very honest with Ruth about his small chances for a recovery although no formal informed consent was signed. Ruth responded bravely that he would still like to go through with the experimental treatment in order to provide the medical community with information that might help individuals in the future with the same ailment. Thus, Ruth became a subject in one of the first clinical trials of an anti-cancer drug. Dr. Lewison’s experimental course of teropterin injections led to a dramatic, albeit short-lived, improvement in Ruth. The improvement in Ruth’s condition was featured in the lead story of September 11, 1947 in the Wall Street Journal which reported on Dr. Lewisohn’s report of the case at a medical conference. The Wall Street Journal stated that researchers might be on the verge of a cure for cancer. As a direct result of Dr. Lewisohn’s treatment, Ruth was able to say farewell to his fans at Yankee Stadium and attend other public functions, as well do the interviews for and see the publication of this book in May of 1948. He was also attend the premiere of the film based on upon this book. Ruth passed away just a short time later on August 16, 1948, before the film’s public release. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some professional restoration. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are scarce, given the short time between the release of the book and Ruth’s passing. Association copies such as this one are highly prized.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
Eighth printing of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, published a few months after the first edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. With a photograph of a young Harper Lee laid in. Contemporary name, near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith.
"The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.
"We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability": Rare Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion to Eliahu Eliachar
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. One page, text in Hebrew, addressed to Eliahu Eliachar, a notable Sephardic Zionist and Member of the Knesset, the letter reads in full, “Greetings, We don’t need separate political lists – not those of independent Yemenite or Sephardic political parties. Those lists can only distort/falsify the democratic process in our country and the process of integration as well. We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability. The only way to resolve it is to change our voting system from relative voting to local voting. With great respect D. Ben-Gurion.” One of Ben-Gurion’s most ambitious goals in the first years of statehood was the unrestricted absorption of entire communities of newly-arrived Middle Eastern and North African Jews into the Ashkenazi-dominated Israeli society. Hundreds of thousands of new immigrants fled the inhospitable environment rising in the Islamic countries between 1948 and 1954 in the wake of the burgeoning Arab-Israeli conflict, settling in the economically-ravaged war-torn state. Other European Jewish communities from Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland were also transplanted to the Jewish State where they were forced to reside in transit villages and immigrants camps and became involved in domestic political in-fighting and became vulnerable to enticements from anti-establishment political groupings. Ben-Gurion feared that the plethora of small political parties could potentially destabilize Israel’s precarious democracy and advocated for a radical change in Israels electoral system with a two-party governing system, as opposed to the European proportional representational system. Above all, Ben-Gurion advocated for the swift unification of the numerous ethnic groups and the creation of an integrated singular Israeli identity. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering a unique glimpse into the great leader’s political thought.
New York: The Heritage Press, 1969.
First Heritage press edition of this landmark novel of the 20th century, inscribed with two drawing to Barbara and Frank Sinatra. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator twice (once on the front free endpaper and again on the rear endpaper with two large drawings of a soldier, “To Barbar and Frank “art” John Groth New York March 27, 1976.” From the library of Barbara and Frank Sinatra. Fine in a near fine slipcase. Introduction by Harry Hansen. Translated by A.W. Wheen. Illustrated by John Groth.
"A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness": Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Appreciation Token Card and American Flag which traveled with him
Rare original token of gratitude card signed by the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, from the collection of his trusted military aid Robert Schulz. Measuring 4.25 by 2.5 inches with the Presidential Seal in gilt the card reads, ‘A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness’ signed, “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The card is displayed in a lucite block atop a wooden base with a silver medallion and button depicting Eisenhower and Konrad Adenauer. Accompanied by the miniature 49-star American flag which measures 11 inches in height mounted on a base bearing the text of the American Pledge of Allegiance that President Eisenhower took with him on all foreign trips between 1959 and 1960. With Schulz’s son note of provenance, “Oral history: My father told me that this flag went with Ike on all foreign trips.” The 49-star American flag was adopted on July 4, 1959 when Alaska joined the Union, and was replaced with the 50-star flag a year later upon Hawaii’s admittance to statehood. The present miniature flag traveled with Eisenhower during this period which included his August through September tour of Europe which brought him to West Germany, England, and France where he held conferences with Queen Elizabeth II, Charles de Gaulle, Harold Macmillan, and Konrad Adenauer. In near fine condition. A rare and unique piece of Americana.
“In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority": First Edition of F.A. Hayek's Der Weg zur Knechtschaft
Eerlenbach-Zurich: Eugen Rentsch Verlag, 1945.
First German edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, bound in contemporary cloth. In near fine condition.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITION OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS 1916-1918: VOLUME II; Signed by Winston S. Churchill
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927.
True first edition of the second volume in Part III of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill Nov 1929.” In fine condition.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITION OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS 1916-1918: VOLUME I; Signed by Winston S. Churchill
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927.
True first edition of the first volume in the Part III of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill Nov 1929.” In fine condition.
New York: The Philosophical Library, 1946.
First edition of one of the most important spiritual books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a single closed tear to the back panel. Preface by Walter Evans-Wentz. Easily the nicest example extant.
"I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills": First Edition of Isak Dinesens Out Of Africa
New York: Random House, 1938.
First American edition of the author’s masterpiece, a lyrical meditation on the seventeen years she lived in Kenya. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition of this classic work, “a glad affirmation that love can accomplish the impossible” (Chicago Tribune). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Betty Smith. Small name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by the Strimbans.
"The most famous and influential American political work"; The Gideon Edition of The Federalist Papers
The Federalist, on the New Constitution; Written in the Year 1788, by Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Madison, and Mr. Jay: with an Appendix, Containing the Letters of Pacificus and Helvidius, on the Proclamation of Neutrality of 1795; Also, the Original Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States with the Amendments Made Thereto.
City of Washington: Printed and Published by Jacob Gideon, 1818.
The Gideon edition of the Federalist Papers, the “most famous and influential American political work”, containing the 85 essays and articles written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay originally published in New York newspapers under the pseudonym “Publius” to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution and the first to assign the authors’ names to each individual essay. Additionally the first edition to contain “numbers written by Mr. Madison corrected by himself” (Howes, H114; Sabin, 23981). Octavo, bound in full period tree calf with gilt ruling to the spine and a black morocco spine label lettered in gilt. In very good condition, endpaper clipped. From the library of Christian Eby and later Christian Eby, Jr., a prominent member of the Mennonite community of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, with both’s ownership signatures. A very nice example of this important work. Uncommon.
"When Barack wasn't studying, he liked to jog along the Hudson River": First Edition of Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope; signed by Barack Obama and thrice signed and inscribed by illustrator Bryan Collier
New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008.
First edition of this moving story for young readers of President Obama’s life and work. Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. With the publisher’s review copy information laid in. Signed by Barack Obama on the title page and signed by illustrator Bill Collier on both the title page and mylar to the dust jacket. Additionally inscribed by Collier on the front pastedown, “To Antonia and Gale Moss and Cathebert Thambimutta w/ Blessings Bill Collier 8-29-08.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Herbert Warren Wind's On the Tour with Harry Sprague; Inscribed by Him To Gene Sarazen
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960.
First edition of this work by America’s greatest golf writer cracks wise in this humorous peek inside the life and mind of an up-and-coming young pro. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings. Association copy, inscribed by the author on front free endpaper to Gene Sarazen, “For Gene Thanking you for my most recent pleasure at the Centenary British Open With all good wishes Herb Wind.” The recipient Gene Sarazen was a professional golfer and the winner of seven major championships. He is one of five players (along with Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods) to win each of the four majors at least once. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Introduction by Jimmy Demaret. D&M 40300. An exceptional association.