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"Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered by, another naked human being": First Edition of James Baldwin's No Name in the Street; Signed by Him
London: Michael Joseph, 1972.
First British edition of Baldwin’s classic collection of nonfiction writings. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Mark Gerson.
“ROUND AND ROUND WE SPIN, WITH FEET OF LEAD AND WINGS OF TIN”: FIRST EDITION OF CAT’S CRADLE; SIGNED BY KURT VONNEGUT
New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1963.
First edition of Vonnegut’s absurdist satire of the clash between science and religion in the nuclear age. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed on the half-title page by the author with a drawing of a self-caricature, “Kurt Vonnegut Aug. 28, 1997 Sagaponack.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc.
“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Chopping.
New York/ Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear to the extremities. Jacket art by John Schoenherr. An exceptional example.
"Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value, elly judgments of all kinds remain necessary": First Edition of Albert Einsteins The Evolution of Physics; Inscribed by Him to Dr. Leonard Rowntree
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.
First edition of this classic work, which traces the development of ideas in physics. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Rowntree with kindest regards A. Einstein 1941.” The recipient, Dr. Leonard Rowntree is most well known for pioneering kidney research including the Rowntree test for kidney function; dialysis; the intravenous pyelogram and plasmapheresis. He joined Dr. John J. Abel at Johns Hopkins University in 1907, and in 1912 they developed the first artificial kidney, in the form of the dialysis machine. Rowntree would later move to the Mayo Clinic and is widely credited with creating the research tradition there. In 1946, President Harry Truman awarded Rowntree the Medal for Merit for his work as chief of the medical division of the Selective Service System from 1940 to 1945. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
"You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life": Exceptionally Rare collection of original Harper Lee drawings, paintings and letters with a first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird in the scarce first issue dust jacket; inscribed by Lee to close colleague and friend Charles Weldon Carruth
Philadelphia & New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
First edition of perhaps the most important American novel of the 20th century, inscribed by Harper Lee to a close college friend and with a scarce archive of drawings and letters exchanged between the two. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Association copy, inscribed by Harper Lee to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, “To my dear friend Charles, with love always — Harper Lee.” In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama’s most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school’s theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper, ‘Caustic Comments for Crimson White’, as well as many articles to the university’s humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. Near fine in the rare first-issue dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Accompanied by an exceptionally rare archive of pencil and ink drawings sketched by Lee of Carruth, caricatures drawn by her while attending Strode’s Shakespeare courses, an original acrylic portrait by Lee of Carruth inscribed by her on the verso “From Nelle Lee, Dec 25, 1952”, and three letters written by Lee to Carruth regarding her thoughts on her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
Measuring 8 inches by 10 inches on ruled sheets of paper, the 11 drawings, four of which are signed by Lee “NLee”, include 5 realist studies of Carruth in various poses and six captioned caricatures in ink depicting him as Shakespearean leads including: a portrayal of Shylock as a pawn shop owner and “Money Lender Extraordinaire: Easy Loans – Pound of Flesh Compounded Semi-Annually”, King Lear standing on the cliffs of Dover with a price tag (“$3.98”) hanging from his cloak, Hamlet standing on a diving board with Yorick’s skull and a bloody knife hidden behind his back (performed at the “Old Vic”), Julius Caesar smoking a pipe while “contemplating the infinite”; Othello towering over an angel and devil; Cassius dripping dry outside the Roman baths where “you must have a ticket before you bathe”, Malvolio, “the impatient one,” crossing his legs while “waiting to go to the jakes”, and Carruth dressed as an unidentified female character with Carruth’s note, “Fall Quarter/ Univ. Ala 1945”. Additionally included is a caricature of Professor Strode wearing the breeches and curly-toed shoes of a court jester with his book “Timeless Mexico” in one hand and Yorick’s skull in the other, signed “Nelle Lee” and dated “11/8/45.”
Showcasing not only the depth, but also the length of Lee and Carruth’s friendship, the three letters include a letter written by Lee to Carruth in 1991 regarding his retirement, “My beloved Charlie, I can’t think of anyone to whom these words apply more — in your work, in your life — ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ …You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life.” Two years later, in January 1993, the second letter thanks him for a “…lovely Christmas remembrance and, farther back, your memoir of Winston County [Alabama, where Carruth was born].” Despairing the changes occurring in her hometown, she continues, “You remember the Faulknerian prophecy — the Snopeses shall inherit the earth? They’ve already taken over Monroeville … they are trying to turn Harper Lee into a tourist attraction like Graceland or Elvis.” She goes on to discuss the restoration of the Old Courthouse, and remarks that she “nearly had a fit” after seeing a billboard featuring a mockingbird, describing it as “in indescribable taste” and “a fraud on the public”. “[They] say they are doing this to honor me. What they are doing … [is] embarrassing me beyond endurance … So keep an eye out for a small place that will hold 10,000 books … is near grocery stores & hospitals, and you! … We can look at each other and celebrate our longevity.” Signed by Lee as the Queen Victoria, “Your unamused but loving, Victoria R & I.” Lee often gave herself nicknames when signing letters: “Francesca da Rimini,” one of Dante’s damned, when she felt hopeless; “E. Bouverie Pusey,” the Anglican theologian, when she got worked up about some finer points of theology; and “Victoria R/I”—the Queen Empress Victoria—when she felt royal and moody.
A remarkable collection offering unprecedented insight into the education, broad talents, unique sense of humor, and deep personal thoughts regarding the reception of the most important work of one of America’s most respected and enigmatic writers.
“Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it": Rare Collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown replica designed by him for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy
Rare collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown from Cassini’s personal collection. The collection includes a French magazine page inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy, “afternoon + Theatre”, a letter typed by Cassini’s secretary Kay McGowan transcribing Kennedy’s instructions to him, an original Cassini Studio pencil sketch, a chart of sixteen Cassini designs with pinned fabric swatches, a Cassini designed replica of a gown worn by Jackie at the September 19, 1961 White House Dinner held in honor of of President Dr. Manuel Prado Ugarteche and First Lady Clorinda Málaga de Prado of Peru with Cassini’s couture label, a photograph featuring Cassini, and two photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy donning Cassini’s designs, including one framed which features a photograph of her wearing the very dress mimicked in the replica. In near fine condition. A nice collection offering insight into the complexity and careful planning of Jackie’s public image.
"Linking the three icons of the beat generation": Jack Kerouac's copy of the Yage Letters; signed and dated by Allen Ginsberg
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963.
Jack Kerouac’s copy of the Yage Letters, signed by co-author and fellow beat Allen Ginsberg. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Third edition. Association copy, signed by Ginsberg on the title page in Kerouac’s hometown, “Allen Ginsberg Lowell 1967.” Kerouac first met Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs as a student at Columbia University where he was enrolled on a football scholarship. Kerouac broke a leg playing football during his freshman season, dropped out of Columbia, and soon became enmeshed with the Beats, with whom he would forever be associated and whose characters formed the basis of the majority of his novels. Ginsberg likely signed the present volume during a visit to Kerouac’s house on Sanders Avenue in his hometown of Lowell where he resided with his third wife Stella between 1967 and 1968. Kerouac would die a year later, in October 1969, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. With Jack Kerouac’s Estate stamp and embossed seal from the Executor of his Estate, John Sampas. In near fine condition. An exceptional association copy linking the three most iconic members of the Beat Generation.
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1928.
First edition, deluxe edition one of only 50 copies of Thomas’s fundamental history of hunting throughout the ages. Quarto, original boards richly decorated in gilt, patterned endpapers, illustrated, tissue-guarded hand-colored frontispiece from a painting by F. B. Foss. One of 50 copies of the Deluxe edition on van Gelder paper. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1930.
First edition of Fisher’s important work tracing the causes and the immediate aftermath of the 1929 Stock Market Crash. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publciation on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Robert W. King with the compliments of Irving Fisher March, 1930.” In near fine condition.
First edition of Jim Collins' Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don't
New York: Harper Business, 2001.
First edition of the author’s defining management study. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chin-Yee Lai. Author photograph by Anne Knudsen.
Paris: c. 1697.
Rare late 17th century Book of Prayer. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over speckled red boards with a hand painted coat of arms to the front panel, all edges red, illustrated with two engravings, text in French manuscript. Dedicated on the title page to Madame de Maintenon. In very good condition.
"HERE IS WHAT ELOISE DOES IN PARIS: EVERYTHING. THE EFFECT IS RAWTHER EXTRAORDINAIRE": First Edition of Eloise in Paris; Signed by Kay Thompson
New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc, 1957.
First edition of the second book in Kay Thompson’s cherished Eloise series. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout by Hilary Knight. Boldly signed by the author on the copyright page, “Kay Thompson” who has written “Moi Eloise” opposite the copyright page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom slipcase. Rare and desirable signed.
"All good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy": A River Runs Through It; Warmly inscribed by Norman Maclean
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1976.
Early printing one of only 1,577 copies of Maclean’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “University of Chicago March 10, 1979 To Jean Clark on a very important day Norman Maclean.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“Unmentioned, what is can become as though it were not”: First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Point Counter Point
London: Chatto & Windus, 1928.
First edition of Huxley’s classic satiric novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Uncommon in this condition.
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Inscribed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Steve Tobey- Ron Chernow 5/7/05.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.