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"The sky hides the night behind it and shelters the people beneath from the horror that lies above": First Edition of Paul Bowles Masterpiece The Sheltering Sky; Signed by Him
London: John Lehmann, 1949.
First edition of the author’s landmark first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Paul Bowles on the half-title page. Very good in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some light wear to the crown. Jacket design by Red Uhlman. Signed examples seldom enter the market.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 117430
First Edition of Peter Drucker's Landmark Work Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117889
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd's seminal work Security Analysis; singed by Warren Buffett, Charles Munger, Bill Ruane, and Lou Simpson
London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1934.
Limited edition of Graham and Dodd’s seminal work, signed by four legendary American investors: Warren E. Buffett, Charlie Munger (chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation), Bill Ruane (manager of the great Sequoia Fund for many years and friend of Buffett), and Lou Simpson (chief of investments at GEICO for many years). Octavo, bound in full leather by Donnelley with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and panels, ribbon bound in. One of 1,000 numbered copies, this is number 348. Signed by Warren E. Buffett and Charles Munger; inscribed by Bill Ruane, “To Bryan Enjoy the greatest book… Bill Ruane” and Lou Simpson, “Many lessons to be learned from this book. Lou Simpson.” In near fine condition, some highlighting to the text. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118012
"For Jim Jones - Because I admire his guts, and respect his talent. Keep the faith": James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son; inscribed by him to fellow American novelist James Jones
Boston: Beacon Press, 1959.
First paperback edition of Baldwin’s collection of essays exploring the intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western society. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by James Baldwin to fellow 20th century American novelist James Jones on the dedication page, “For Jim Jones – Because I admire his guts, and respect his talent. Keep the faith. Jim Baldwin.” The recipient, James Jones, won the National Book Award for his debut novel, From Here to Eternity, in 1952. Loosely based on Jones’ experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry, the book was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra and named one of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library board. Baldwin’s semi-autobiographical novel Go Tell It On The Mountain also made it onto the Modern Library’s list, ranking #39 out of 100. In very good condition. Lacking the title page. With Jones’ ownership inscription to the verso of the front panel, “Property of James Jones.” An exceptional association, linking two great American novelists.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 118054
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 118048
Rare original photograph of great tenor Enrico Caruso; warmly inscribed by him to Italian football star Ettore Fontana
Rare original sepia toned photograph of famed tenor Enrico Caruso, inscribed by him on the mount to football star Ettore Fontana in Italian, “Al carissimo amico Ettore Fontana Sinceramente Enrico Caruso New York, 1907.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117974
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “WS Churchill” on the mount. In very good condition. The photograph measures 3 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.25 inches by 8.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117754
Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117764
"The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet": First Edition of The Stand; Inscribed by Stephen King
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1978.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sid- With all best wishes – Stephen King 5/2/80.” Fine (without the usual sag associated with this bulky volume) in a fine dust jacket without wear. Jacket illustration by John Cayea. A superior example, uncommon in this condition and signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117455
Original color photograph of Neil Armstrong, boldly inscribed by him, “To ___ ____ _____- Congratulations on a century of achievement Neil Armstrong.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117575
Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to his editor C.C. Wood regarding his monumental work Marlborough: His Life and Times
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, on this Chartwell letter dated, August 6, 1935. The letter to his proofreader and editor C. C. Wood relating to the publication of the monumental biography Marlborough: His Life and Times. It reads in full, “I send you herewith chapters V and VI which have been completely reconstituted and a new chapter, VIII. For your convenience I append a list of the chapters; VII ‘The Year of Triumph’ is nearly done. It may be possible to cut down the correspondence later. I also send you chapters I, II and III for second revise, leaving only for revise ‘The Battle of Ramillies’ which I will send in a few days. Pray let me have six copies of all these as they come through. I will send you very shortly a number of maps and I shall be glad if your man would draw them out and let me have them in draft. Please therefore make the arrangement you proposed with him. I will not worry about Swain’s.” Churchill was commissioned to write a biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1929. He began writing it in earnest in 1932, and ultimately published four volumes between 1933 and 1938. He began the work in an effort to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. This exquisite letter reveals Churchill’s meticulousness and attention to detail as a writer, which would ultimately lead to his receipt of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” Double matted and framed with an original photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19.25 by 15.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 116948
"It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much": Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, dated April 6. 1956, on his “28 Hyde Park Gate, London” letterhead stationery. The letter is to author and publisher Desmond Flower and reads, “Thank you so much for your letter sending me the agenda you have prepared for the luncheon on April 23. It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much. The weather has not been good, but I have had a very pleasant stay here. I return to England on April 10.” The letterhead has been amended to read: “at La Pausa, Roquebrune, A.M. Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Desmond Flower, published Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Churchill. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 16.25 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 116425
"To Gertrud Kraus in very old friendship": FIRST EDITION OF The Tower of Babel; Inscribed BY ELIAS CANETTI to Close Friend Gertrud Kraus
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Gertrud Kraus in very old friendship from Elias Canetti October 1947.” The recipient Gertrud Kraus was an Israeli pioneer of modern dance in Israel and close friend of Canetti. Kraus studied piano at the State Academy in Vienna but after graduating decided that what she really loved was dance. She enrolled again at the State Academy, this time in the modern dance department headed by Gertrud Bodenwieser. After graduation, she joined Bodenwieser’s dance company. In the 1920s, Kraus’s style was known as expressionistic dance, or German dance. In 1929 Gertrud Kraus, together with Gisa Geert, was chief assistant to Rudolf von Laban, director of a trade union parade during the “Vienna Festival” in Vienna. In 1930, an impresario invited her to perform in Mandate Palestine. Her tour was a great success and she was invited back the following season. In 1933, her company performed her work Die Stadt wartet (“The City Waits”), presenting the modern metropolis as a fascinating but dangerous place. It was based on a short story by Maxim Gorki. In 1933, while she was in Prague performing for the Zionist Congress, leaders of a Czech communist cell contacted her and tried to recruit her for their purposes. The next day, she went to the Palestine Office in Prague, and applied for immigration. Kraus moved to Tel Aviv in 1935, first living with friends and then renting a basement that became her studio. She formed a modern dance company affiliated with the Tel Aviv Folk Opera, which was probably the only one of its kind in the world. In 1949, she won a scholarship to travel to the United States to learn the newest trends in modern dance. In 1950–1951, she founded the Israel Ballet Theatre, and became its artistic director. In 1968, Kraus was awarded the Israel Prize, in dance. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by George Salter. Translated from the German by C. V. Wedgwood. An exceptional association.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 117372
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1977.
First edition, early printing of the fourth book in Cleary’s Ramona Quimby series; a 1978 Newbery Honor Book. Octavo, original boards. Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Jennifer Hall – Happy reading! Beverly Cleary.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117994
Two rare original black and white photographs of Lyndon B. Johnson, annotated by him on the verso of each. Lyndon has annotated the photograph of him entering the cockpit of a plane, “Boarding Navy PBY plane, Dutch Harbor Alaska Latter part of July 1942” and the photograph of him examining a world map, “”Never Used, Taken Mc [sic] Arthur Office Headquarters – Somewhere in Australia June 18, 1942.” In near fine condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117565
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1981.
First edition of this collection of essays on business, management, economics and society by America’s most foremost authority on management. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Perlow. Jacket photograph by Rob Lewine.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117331