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  • FIRST EDITIONS OF THE ADVENTURES AND MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES; with an autograph letter signed by Arthur Conan Doyle

    DOYLE, Arthur Conan.

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

    London: George Newnes, Limited, 1892-1894.

    First editions of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories starring literature’s most famous detective, with an autographed letter. Octavo, original pictorial black and gilt-stamped light blue and dark blue cloth, illustrated by Sidney Paget, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. First issues, the first title with the street scene vignette with no text on the street sign and with “Violent” for “Violet” on p 317. With an autograph letter signed by Arthur Conan Doyle dates September 24th on his Windlesham letterhead which reads, “My dear Stilwell I am full of sympathy but it is simply implausible for me to fall into your Brownie scheme. I have a full winter before me. Then, if I get to America in April I should start off from Chicago and carry on in the West, as I have not touched that ground. Jim and Randall would make a strong combination. Rev Vale Owen comes and in January. I wonder if you could supplement him. There is responsibility experience and responsibility involved – and that’s the case. I told Lloyd George about you and he was interested in the Plan. All remembrance to Mrs. Stilwell. Yours A Conan Doyle.” The recipient, Arthur Edward Stilwell was the founder of the Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Gulf Railroad, predecessor to the Kansas City Southern Railway. He served as KCPG’s president from 1897 to 1900 and published many books after his retirement in 1912. He wrote novels, poetry and plays. He also wrote political works on world affairs and the monetary system. His writing attracted attention because in them he maintained that he had based many of his life and business decisions on the whispers of what he called brownies – nocturnal spiritual fairies that provided him with guidance. He notably claimed that his brownies had advised him not to make Galveston the Gulf terminus of his line, because that city was destined to be destroyed by a tidal wave — which it would be in 1900; he placed the terminus at a different location, which he founded and named for himself, Port Arthur. Arthur Conan Doyle and other authorities on the supernatural considered Stilwell to have the greatest psychic experiences known to man, according to a June 15, 1922, New York Times article about Stilwell’s gift. In near fine condition. Ownership inscriptions. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 128341

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  • First Edition of Alison Lurie's Foreign Affairs; inscribed by her to fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard

    LURIE, Alison. [Annie Dillard].

    Foreign Affairs.

    New York: Random House, 1984.

    First edition of Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original boards. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard, “For Annie Alison Lurie ‘Well, all right,’ she says to him, ‘come along then.'” The recipient, American author Annie Dillard has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and her books have been translated into at least ten languages. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design and illustration by Wendell Minor. An exceptional association, linking two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.

    Price: $1,850.00     Item Number: 126305

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  • First edition of John Le Carre's The Constant Gardener; inscribed by him to American journalist William Safire

    LE CARRE, John.

    The Constant Gardener.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2001.

    First edition of the author’s classic spy thriller. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Dear Bill, As the grapes in our vineyards ripen… with affection & collegial regard – David aka John le Carre 1st Dec 00 London.” The recipient, William Safire, was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew. He authored several political columns in addition to his weekly column “On Language” in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death and authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover photograph by Christine Rodin. Author photograph by Simone Casetta. Association copies of this magnitude are scarce.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 127552

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  • FIRST EDITION OF THE ANTS; SIGNED BY EDWARD O. WILSON WITH A DRAWING OF AN ANT

    WILSON, Edward O. & Bert Holldobler.

    Ants.

    Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/ Harvard University Press, 1990.

    First edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Lengthily signed by both Edward O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler on the title page, as follows, “Ants are everywhere and deserve our attention Edward O. Wilson” [who has added a drawing of an ant] and by Holldobler, “Ants are everywhere but only occasionally noticed. Bert Holldobler.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Marianne Perlak.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 127609

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  • First edition of Mark Twain's How To Tell a Story and Other Essays

    TWAIN, Mark. [Samuel L. Clemens].

    How To Tell a Story and Other Essays.

    New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1897.

    First edition, first state of this classic Twain work with the uncorrected spelling error ‘ciper’ (instead of cipher) to page 187, line 16. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth decorated in gilt. From the library of William Safire, although not marked. William Safire was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and supported him again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew. He authored several political columns in addition to his weekly column “On Language” in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death and authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. In near fine condition.

    Price: $750.00     Item Number: 128033

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  • “I AM NOT GIVEN TO EXAGGERATION, AND WHEN I SAY A THING I MEAN IT”: FIRST EDITION OF MARK TWAIN'S ROUGHING IT; from the library of American journalist William Safire

    TWAIN, Mark [Samuel L. Clemens].

    Roughing It.

    Hartford, Connecticut: American Publishing Company, 1872.

    First edition, mixed state of Twain’s first semi-autobiographical work of travel literature, essentially a prequel to The Innocents Abroad, lacking the word ‘he’ on page 242 but with the advert present on page 592 (BAL 3337). Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, fully illustrated by eminent artists with wood engravings throughout. From the library of William Safire with his bookplate to the pastedown. William Safire was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew. He authored several political columns in addition to his weekly column “On Language” in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death and authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. In very good condition.

    Price: $1,200.00     Item Number: 127994

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  • First Edition of Paul Theroux's London Embassy; inscribed by him to American Journalist William Safire

    THEROUX, Paul.

    The London Embassy.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983.

    First edition of the sequel to The Consul’s File. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For William Safire This is the companion volume and sequel, to The Consul’s File. With admiration & best wishes Paul Theroux.” The recipient, William Safire, was an important American author, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign in the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. Following Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a presidential speechwriter for both Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. He was a frequent guest on Meet The Press, describing himself as the voice of “libertarian conservatives” and authored several political columns, most notably his weekly column “On Language” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death in 2009. He authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.

    Price: $475.00     Item Number: 127355

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  • "There is a young lady named Lilly whose dress design proved quite a dilly": First edition of Zoe Shippen Varnum's Guess Who In Palm Beach

    VARNUM, Zoe Shippen.

    Guess Who In Palm Beach.

    n.p., n.d..

    First edition of the author’s collected Palm Beach “guess who” limericks, each of which first appeared in her column in the Palm Beach Post. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. In near fine condition. Ownership inscriptions. A charming piece of Palm Beach history. Rare.

    Price: $600.00     Item Number: 127435

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  • "We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchill’s Masterpiece The Second World War; inscribed by Winston S. Churchill

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1948-53.

    First American editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes, original cloth, illustrated. The Finest Hour is an association copy, inscribed by Churchill on the front free endpaper, “From Winston to Rab 1959.” The recipient, Richard Austin “Rab” Butler was a prominent British Conservative politician who served as Education Minister (1941–45, overseeing the Education Act 1944) and later Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951–55) under ChurchillThe two politicians clashed repeatedly pre-war with Butler advocating German appeasement and for Halifax to be appointed Prime Minister after Chamberlain instead of Churchill, yet Butler later played a crucial role in Churchill’s administrations. He had an exceptionally long ministerial career and was one of only two British politicians (the other being John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon) to have served in three of the four Great Offices of State but never to have been Prime Minister, for which he was passed over in 1957 and 1963. He was appointed o the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1954 and was, notably, one of the ministers who demanded that Churchill set a date for his retirement in 1954. Each volume is near fine in a very good to near fine dust jacket. An excellent association.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 128233

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  • James T. Farrell's Studs Lonigan Trilogy; inscribed by him to American journalist William Safire

    FARRELL, James T. [William Safire].

    Studs Lonigan. A Trilogy Containing Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment Day.

    New York: The Modern Library, [1938].

    First edition, early printing of Farrell’s well-regarded trilogy. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Jan 9/ 1950 For Bill Safire with best wishes Jim Farrell.” The recipient, William Safire was an important American author, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign in the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. Following Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a presidential speechwriter for both Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. He was a frequent guest on Meet The Press, describing himself as the voice of “libertarian conservatives” and authored several political columns, most notably his weekly column “On Language” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death in 2009. He authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. In very good condition. With Safire’s bookplate to the pastedown, his gilt initials to the front panel, and related newspaper clippings laid in at rear.

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 127643

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  • Rare First Edition of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery

    SCHWARTZ, Seymour I.

    Principles of Surgery.

    New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1969.

    Rare first edition of this landmark work on surgery. Quarto, original boards, illustrated. In very good condition. First editions are uncommon.

    Price: $1,850.00     Item Number: 128597

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  • "Take dead aim for the pin": First Edition of Tom Kite's A Fairway to Heaven: My Lessons From Harvey Penick On Golf And Life; Signed by Him

    KITE, Tom.

    A Fairway to Heaven: My Lessons From Harvey Penick On Golf And Life.

    New York: William Morrow and Company, 1997.

    First edition of this work by the legendary golfer. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Tom Kite on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bradford Foltz. Written with Mickey Herskowitz.

    Price: $175.00     Item Number: 128598

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  • Philip Fisher's highly regarded Paths to Wealth through Common Stocks; Warmly Inscribed by Him

    FISHER, Philip A.

    Paths To Wealth Through Common Stocks.

    Englewood, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1960.

    First edition, second printing of Fisher’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, signed by the author on the front free end paper, “To Vernon Patterson whose approval of this book I would greatly value Sincerely Phil Fisher.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $4,800.00     Item Number: 128599

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  • “Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?”: Rare First Edition of Mary Poppins

    TRAVERS, P.L.

    Mary Poppins.

    New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1934.

    First American edition of this children’s classic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 27 line cuts (13 full-page) and chapter tailpieces by Mary Shepard. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Inscription to the half-title page. An exceptional example.

    Price: $6,500.00     Item Number: 128741

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  • First Edition of J.M. Keynes' The End of Laissez-Faire; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

    KEYNES, John Maynard. [J.M.].

    The End Of Laissez-Faire.

    London: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1926.

    First edition of Keynes’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Easily one of the nicest examples exant.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 128733

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  • First Edition of Sex and the City: The Movie; Inscribed by Sarah Jessica Parker to Andre Leon Talley

    SOHN, Amy; Introduction by Sarah Jessica Parker.

    Sex and the City: The Movie.

    New York: Harper Collins, 2008.

    First edition of this work on the first movie of Sex and the City. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. Association copy, inscribed by Sarah Jessica Parker on the half-title page, “To Andre- All my love Sarah.” The recipient, Andre Leon Talley is fashion journalist, and the former creative director and American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. He was the magazine’s fashion news director from 1983 to 1987 and then its creative director from 1988 to 1995. Introduction by Sarah Jessica Parker. Introduction by Michael Patrick King. In near fine condition.

    Price: $975.00     Item Number: 128767

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