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"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
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
First Edition of Francis Parkman's The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life
New York: George R. Putnam, 1849.
First edition, first issue of Parkman’s classic account of his journey across North America on the Oregon Trail in the scarce original cloth, one of 1,000 copies issued in March 1849 (Howes, 97). Octavo, original cloth stamped in blind, gilt titles in sans-serif font to the spine, tissue guarded tinted lithographic frontispiece and vignette half title by Felix Octavius Carr Darley, with the ad leaf preceding the frontispiece present. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. From the libraries of famed bibliophile Joseph Halle Schaffner with his bookplate to the pastedown and newspaper publisher James Strohn Copley with his bookplate to the interior of the chemise case. Rare. A completely unrestored example with noted provenance.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117084
First edition of The Presidential Power: the politics of leadership; warmly inscribed by Richard Neustadt
New York and London: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1960.
Rare first edition of Neustadt’s fundamental examination of presidential power, which upon publication immediately prompted John F. Kennedy to hire him as his advisor, speechwriter and confidante. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Lou Kushnick with warm regards and the hope that he’ll enjoy the career we got him into! Richard E. Neustadt November 26,1962.” The recipient Lou Kushnick is an academic specializing in race relations and a was a friend of the author. With Kushnick’s name in pencil to the front free endpaper, a few notes in the recipients hand, near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 117229
“AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION”: Rare First Complete Edition of Franklin's Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America
Experiments and Observations on Electricity made at Philadelphia in America… To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole corrected, methodized, improved, and now first collected into one Volume, and Illustrated with Copper Plates.
London: Printed for David Henry and sold by Francis Newbery, 1769.
First complete edition of “the most important scientific book of 18th-century America” and “America’s first great scientific contribution” (PMM). Octavo, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, morocco spine label. Advertisement & errata leaf inserted following preface. Illustrated with 7 copper-engraved plates, 2 of which are folding. In very good condition. First editions are rare, exceptionally so in a contemporary binding.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 116750
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1955.
First edition of this work by Meher Baba. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With an introduction by C.B. Purdom.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117989
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.
First edition of this “kaleidoscope of impressions, and a litany of violence, intrigue, vengeance, and political manipulation, and broken dreams” (Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Edward Hutton 20 August 87 Joan Didion.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Koppell & Scher.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117855
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
First Edition of So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Patrick Modiano to Philip Roth
Boston/ New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
First edition in English of this haunting novel of suspense. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to fellow writer Philip Roth, “Pour Philip, avec toute mon amitie Patrick Modiano.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Brian Moore. Translated from the French by Euan Cameron. From the library of Philip Roth. An exceptional association.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 117832
Rare typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd-George, the widow of his predecessor, David Lloyd George. Two pages, on Churchill’s personal letterhead with his Hyde Park Gate address, the letter reads: “22 May, 1946 My dear Lady Lloyd George, I had a talk with Sir Edward Bridges today. Naturally they have anxiety about the custody and destination of very important State documents, although belonging to a bygone era. I am executing a Trust Deed which safeguards the use of such documents, and I also feel it my duty to give guarantees for their safe custody so that they do not fall into bad hands, and the control of the Government on publication is effective. I have no doubt that you would be willing to make similar arrangements. Sir Edward Bridges told me he would get in touch with you and have a talk about it all. I should recommend you to conform with the arrangements which I am making, and I expect that will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time. Perhaps you will write to me after you have had your talk with Bridges. With all good wishes, Believe me, “Yours truly Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd George first met David Lloyd George in 1911 when she began working as a governess to his daughter Meghan, she soon became Lloyd George’s secretary and, from early 1913, his long-term mistress. In 1943, two years after the death of his first wife Margaret, Lloyd George married Frances; he was 80 years old at the time. Frances was an able archivist of her husband’s papers both before and after his death. Churchill clearly understood this, as he writes that he expects the arrangements “will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time.” In near fine condition. A fine association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117064
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"; LIFE MAGAZINE INAUGURAL ADDRESS; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO EVELYN SYMINGTON
Rare Souvenir Edition of Life Magazine’s Inaugural Spectacle commemorating the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John F. Kennedy on the front panel, “To Evie Symington with very good wishes John F. Kennedy.” The recipient, Evelyn Symington was the wife of Amherst, Massachusetts-born politician Stuart Symington. Symington served as a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri between 1953 and 1976 and emerged as a prominent critic of McCarthyism early in his term. He sought the the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election with the backing of former President Truman, but the nomination went to John F. Kennedy, largely due to Symington’s refusal to speak to southern segregated audiences. When Kennedy won the nomination, Symington was his first choice for Vice President, but was dropped in favor of Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He advised President Kennedy as a member of EXCOMM during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117063
"Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother": RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK; SIGNED BY HIM WITH A QUOTE FROM THE BOOK
New York: The Century Co, 1899.
First edition, early printing of Kipling’s masterpiece. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page with a quote from the book, “Rudyard Kipling, Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother.” In near fine condition. A sharp example. Desirable with such a lengthy inscription by Kipling.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 117037
“Perhaps - I want the old days back again and they'll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears": FIRST EDITION OF GONE WITH THE WIND; INSCRIBED BY MARGARET MITCHELL
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.
First edition of Mitchell’s masterpiece. Octavo, original gray cloth. First printing, with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page and no mention of other printings. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mary Buck Margaret Mitchell.” Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117051
“For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of": FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S TO THE LIGHTHOUSE; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
London: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1927.
First edition of one of Woolf’s most popular and acclaimed major novels. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in the extremely rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 117036