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The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on May 27, 1963 by Columbia Records, boldly signed by Dylan. Whereas his self-titled debut album Bob Dylan had contained only two original songs, Freewheelin‘ represented the beginning of Dylan’s writing contemporary words to traditional melodies. Eleven of the thirteen songs on the album are Dylan’s original compositions. The album opens with “Blowin’ in the Wind”, which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary soon after the release of Freewheelin‘. The album featured several other songs which came to be regarded as among Dylan’s best compositions and classics of the 1960s folk scene: “Girl from the North Country”, “Masters of War”, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”. Dylan’s lyrics embraced news stories drawn from headlines about the Civil Rights Movement and he articulated anxieties about the fear of nuclear warfare. Balancing this political material were love songs, sometimes bitter and accusatory, and material that features surreal humor. Freewheelin‘ showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time, propelling him to national and international fame. The success of the album and Dylan’s subsequent recognition led to his being named as “Spokesman of a Generation”, a label Dylan repudiated. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Bob Dylan.
"One of the best-written and convincing pieces in the Anti-Federalist canon": Rare First Edition of Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government from the Federal Farmer to the Republican
Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government, Proposed by the Late Convention; and to Several Essential and Necessary Alterations in it. In a Number of Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican.
New York: 1787.
First edition of the definitive and most important work in the Anti-Federalist canon; the antithesis of the The Federalist Papers. Octavo, bound in the original calf over original boards with six raised bands, edges speckled red. In very good condition. An exceptional example.
“Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory”: FIRST EDITION OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S THE ROUGH RIDERS; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1899.
First edition of Roosevelt’s best-selling account of one of the most fascinating regiments in American military history. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Theodore Roosevelt, top edge gilt. Boldly signed by Theodore Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable signed by Theodore Roosevelt.
"There's no one thing that's true. It's all true": First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls; Signed by Ernest Hemingway
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1940.
First edition, early printing of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ernest Hemingway on the page following the front free endpaper. Fine in a excellent near fine first issue dust jacket without the photographers name to the rear panel with some expert restoration. Rare and desirable signed by Hemingway.
“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment": Rare second Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
London: Printed for T. Egerton 1813.
Rare second editions of all three volumes of Jane Austen’s second novel and most popular, published just months after the first edition. Octavo, three volumes, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The text for this edition was re-set, with some variations within the page and to spelling and punctuation, but without corrections by Austen. Gilson A4. A nice example of this landmark work in English literature.
"A friend is someone you have things in common with, Charlie Brown": First Edition of I Need All The Friends I Can Get; Signed by Charles M. Schulz
San Francisco : Determined Productions, Inc 1964.
First edition of this charming ‘little classic’ featuring Charles Schulz’s endearing Peanuts characters. Small octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Charles M. Schulz on the front free endpaper. Book design by Jim Young. Photograph by John Arms. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
J.R.R. Tolkien's schoolboy copy of Mackail's Latin Literature; with two of the young Tolkien's ownership signatures from 1907 and 1909
London: John Murray 1906.
First edition, early impression of Mackail’s standard Latin textbook. J.R.R. Tolkien’s copy with two ownership inscriptions to the front free endpaper, the first of which is in an early hand in all capital letters, “J.R.R. Tolkien Class I. KEHS October 1st 1907” and a later inscription with a cursive signature, “Oct. 1909 J.R.R. Tolkien.” Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Tolkien was raised in Edgbaston, Birmingham and attended King Edward’s School from 1900-1911. The dates of the inscriptions are of particular importance as they mark the flowering of Tolkien’s interest in language; during these years he would begin the development of his first fictional languages, based largely on his studies of Anglo-Saxon and Latin with the present volume. In very good condition. The text has been crossed out by a subsequent owner. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A scarce a desirable illustration of the young Tolkien’s early linguistic education, interest, and development.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1970.
First edition of this classic spy memoir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page in the year of publication, “To Ralph Gustafson Best Wishes Francis Gary Powers 6-21-70.” The recipient Ralph Gustafson was a Canadian poet and author. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Jay Smith. Written with Curt Gentry. Signed first editions are uncommon.
“JUST AS MAN IS GOVERNED, IN RELIGION, BY THE PRODUCTS OF HIS OWN BRAIN, SO, IN CAPITALIST PRODUCTION, HE IS GOVERNED BY THE PRODUCTS OF HIS OWN HAND”: RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION IN ENGLISH OF KARL MARX'S LANDMARK WORK CAPITAL
New York: Humboldt Publishing Co 1889.
Rare first American edition of Karl Marx’s seminal work in both economic and political thought, first published in German in 1867. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth with gilt titles to the spine and triple ruling in blind to the front and rear panels, rebacked. Translated from the third German edition by Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling and edited by Frederick Engels. In very good condition, rebacked. Two editions were published in America in 1889, the other by Appleton with the priority undecided.
Rare illuminated Arabic Qu’ran with text in manuscript and three illuminated miniature paintings. 16mo, bound in full morocco with gilt decorated bifolium, all pages double gilt-ruled, decorated with three full-page hand-painted and illuminated miniature paintings, text in red and black. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber
J.A. Preuss, and London: H. Rothe: Zurich n.d. (ca. 1880).
First edition of this extensive gallery of photographs of Switzerland. Quarto, original publisher’s full decorative vellum with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate gilt central motif to the front panel depicting an alpine postal carriage, all edges gilt, gilt patterned endpapers, illustrated with one hundred collotypes displaying views of Switzerland. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription from Queen Victoria to Horatia Stopford, a Lady of her Bedchamber, “To dear Horatia Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.
“Any earner who earns more than he can spend is automatically an investor”: G.M. Loeb's the battle for investment survival; In the rare original dust jacket
New York: Hurry House Publishing Company 1956.
First printing of the second edition of Loeb’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the spine and rear panel. Rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
"Then freeing up her pent-up soul she rushed in frantic race, and fragments of the miller's wheel threw in the miller's face": First Edition of Julia Ward Howe's Passion-Flowers; inscribed by her to fellow author Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz
Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields 1854.
First edition of Julia Ward Howe’s first book. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, publisher’s advertisements at rear dated 1853. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper prior to publication, “Lizzie Agassiz from her Julia Howe Dec. 22nd 1853.” The recipient, Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz was an American author, naturalist, and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In very good condition with the gilt to the spine bright. An exceptional association.
"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world": First Edition of Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Inscribed by Her
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1972.
First edition of this Christmas classic. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For you, Joan, Enjoy! Barbara Robinson June 5, 1991.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Judith Gwyn Brown.
“I was afraid I was going to die and then I was afraid I wasnt": First Edition Of Cormac McCarthy's Masterpiece Blood Meridian; Signed by Him
New York: Random House 1985.
First edition of the author’s fifth novel. Octavo, original half red cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the half-title page in a contemporary hand. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Adelson. Jacket painting by Salvador Dali.
"For the children, they mark, and the children, they know the place where the sidewalk ends": Rare First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein
New York: Harper & Row 1974.
First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially signed.