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"To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939" First Edition of Winston S. Churchill's Step By Step 1936-1939; Inscribed by Him to Former King Edward VIII in the month of publication
London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd, 1939.
First edition of this Churchill title, the last book he published before the outbreak of the Second World War. Octavo, specially bound for the Duke of Windsor by Lucie Weill in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles, crowned cipher of the Duke of Windsor on the lower label, with two maps. Association copy, inscribed by Winston S. Churchill to King Edward the VIII, on the page preceding the half-title page in the month of publication, “To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939.”
When Edward’s father ascended the throne as George V after the death of Edward VII, Edward the VIII automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay. He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester a month later on 23 June 1910, his 16th birthday. The lives of Edward and Churchill, first intersected at this time, when as Home Secretary, it fell to Churchill to read out the Letters Patent that invested the Prince with his new title during the ceremony at Caernarvon Castle. Predictably, Churchill found this a moving occasion, and thought “the little Prince looked & spoke as well as it was possible for anyone to do,” noting in a letter to Clementine that “he was a very nice boy—quite simply & terribly kept in order.” When Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty shortly after the investiture, he became a hero to the newly-installed Prince of Wales, who had been a naval cadet. Churchill’s vigorous emphasis on sea power appealed to the Prince, who wrote of Churchill: “He is a wonderful man and has a great power of work.” Writing to Clementine, Churchill indicated that he and the Prince “have made rather friends.”
Unfortunately, as he got older Edward’s womanizing and reckless behavior and attitudes put a strain on the relations between Churchill and himself for a time. When Edward’s father, George V died in early 1936 and Edward became king, his relationship with a married woman, Wallis Simpson, was known to those in power. When King Edward VIII chose to marry Simpson, Churchill, although he initially opposed any marriage between the King and Mrs. Simpson, felt a natural sympathy for the King, and believed that the solution was a morganatic marriage. Under this plan, Mrs. Simpson would become the Duchess of Cornwall but not Queen. The Cabinet, however, did not approve; neither did the Dominions. Churchill’s only hope then became that the King would see reason, accept his duty as Sovereign, and give up Mrs. Simpson, which Edward would not agree to. Churchill finally helped the King in writing his abdication speech. This book was given to Edward, now titled the Duke of Windsor while they were living abroad in France shortly before the beginning of World War 2. A wonderful association copy between the former Prime Minister and the former King of Great Britain. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box with the crowned cipher to the front panel.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 119578
London: Longmans, Green, 1900.
First edition of Churchill’s fourth book and personal record of his impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. Octavo, in original cloth, with three folding maps (one printed in color). In very good condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 119411
“Nothing is so indecent that it cannot be said to another person if the proper words are used to convey it": Boccaccio's Decameron
London: Navarre Society Limited, ND.
Finely bound example of Boccaccio’s masterpiece. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in three quarters calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, illustrated with with fifteen photogravures by Louis Chalon. Translated by J.M. Rigg. In near fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119819
New York: Random House, 1954.
Signed limited first edition of the first novel to win both Pulitzer and National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. One of 1000 copies signed by William Faulkner, this is number 268. Fine in a fine slipcase. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,150.00 Item Number: 119321
New York: The Viking Press, 1954.
First edition of this biography of the leader of Nazi Germany’s V-2 rocket program and other projects at the Peenemünde Army Research Centre. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Joe Kennedy with kind regards The curfew Walter Dornberger Boston, Nov. 26, 1958.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. Translated by James Cleugh and Geoffrey Halliday. Introduction by Willy Ley. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119833
London: Chapman and Hall, 1859.
First edition, first issue of one of Dickens’ most enduring works, with p. 213 misnumbered “113,” the signature mark “b” at the foot of the plate list, and the misspelling “affetcionately” on line 12, p. 134. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Sixteen plates after H.K. Browne including frontispiece and title vignette. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119569
"Men work together, I told him from the heart Whether they work together or apart": Robert Frost's Selected Poems; Lengthily Signed by Him
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1934.
First edition of the revised 1934 edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page to the Amherst College fraternity with the lines from Frost’s poem The Tuft of Flowers added, “Men work together, I told him from the heart Whether they work together or apart. To Theta Delta Chi Robert Frost.” The Tuft of Flowers is included in this volume. Frost was a professor at Amherst College from 1926 to 1938 (among other stretches). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With the bookplate of Amherst College Fraternity Theta Delta Chi, presented by Brother Meyer, Class of 1935. Photograph of Frost by Doris Ullman.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 119721
"Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other": First Edition of Memoirs of William T. Sherman
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1875.
First edition of this memoir from one of the most well regarded generals, “oft-consulted and much-quoted reminiscences … Sherman wrote as he fought; dynamically and bluntly” (Nevins II, 89). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, large folding map in rear endpaper pocket of Volume II. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 119179
“We all remember what we need to remember”: First Edition of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer; Signed by Her
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition of Didion’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. An exceptional example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119714
New Dehli: Allied Publishers Private Limited , 1986.
First edition of this work by the Indian politician. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow politician Andrew Young, “To Mayor Andrew Young, a fellow citizen of the world. With warm personal regards Cornell Karan Singh 4 April 1986.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Kishore Gandhi. A nice association.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 119481
“I've long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk... food, for me, has always been an adventure": Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential; signed by him
New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2000.
Early printing of the legendary chef’s bestselling memoir and first work of non-fiction. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Anthony Bourdain on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Notice 51.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119472
“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have": First Edition of Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal; Signed by Him with an original drawing
New York: Bloomsbury, 2001.
First edition of this written record of Bourdain’s travels around the world in his search for the perfect meal. Octavo, original boards. Boldly inscribed by Anthony Bourdain on the title page who has added a drawing of a skull in a chef hat with a large butcher knife in its mouth, “Cook Free or Die… To Jin Kim. Anthony Bourdain.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by High Design. Rare signed with an original drawing by Bourdain.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 119905
Rare collection of four original photographs of Rollie Free before and during his record-breaking 1948 motorcycle ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats; each inscribed by him
Rare collection of original photographs inscribed by motorcycle racing legend Rollie Free. The collection includes 4 photographs, all of which are inscribed by Rollie Free to close personal friend and business partner Ted Peaso. Free and Peaso co-owned a Service Station on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California at the time of Free’s record-breaking ride. Peaso also fabricated the leg support for the Vincent HRD Free broke the American motorcycle land speed record with. The photographs include an image of Free during his record-breaking ride, inscribed by him, “To Ted actual photo South near fastest 23.90 seconds. North near 24 seconds flat average 150. 3/3 m.p.h. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah Sept. 13, 1948 Rollie”, a photograph of Free, Peaso and three other mechanics in front of their service station, a photograph of Free servicing the Vincent HRD, inscribed by him, “To Ted, anticipation Rollie”, a photograph of Free’s team preparing the Vincent HRD before the ride, inscribed by Free, “To Ted. Thanks for the loan of the Pease bicycle support (Pat applied for) Rollie”, and a photograph of Free and Pease, inscribed by Free, “To Ted, let me pour this one. Rollie.” In fine condition. Each photograph is double matted and framed. The entire pieces measure 14 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 119311
"You only live twice: Once when you're born And once when you look death in the face": First Edition of You Only Live Twice; Signed by Roald Dahl
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
First edition of the final James Bond novel published during Fleming’s lifetime and the eleventh in the series. First state with “First published 1964” on the copyright page. Octavo, original black cloth lettered in gilt, patterned endpapers. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper. You Only Live Twice (1967) is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series. It was written by Roald Dahl, who was a wartime friend of Fleming and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. We have never seen another example signed by Dahl.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 119932
Rare First Edition of Neil Armstrong's The Society of Experimental Test Pilots: 9th Annual Symposium Proceedings
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots: 9th Annual Symposium Proceedings – 1965 Report to the Aerospace Profession.
Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots, 1965.
First edition of this early work by Neil Armstrong, who contributed the article, Gemini Manned Flight Program To Date. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with photographs, drawings, tables, and charts. In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119467
London: William Clowes and Sons, 1876.
First edition of this classic text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, illustrated. In near fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 119468