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First Edition of All the Best; Signed by George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Dan Quayle
New York: Scribners, 1999.
First edition of George H.W. Bush’s life and letters. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Dan Quayle on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fontana. Jacket photograph by Alexanders of Houston. A unique example.
Price: $2,600.00 Item Number: 119145
Address of President Coolidge at the Memorial Exercises, Arlington National Cemetery; Signed by President Coolidge
Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1925.
First edition of this address given by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 119698
Original script for this classic film. Quarto, original binders. Boldly signed by Joan Didion on the title page. In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 119839
Stanford: Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 1976.
First edition of this work on the former head of the former Federal Reserve. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed Howard P. Stoddard with high regards from Mariner S. Eccles.” Foreword by G.L. Bach. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed as Eccles passed away a year after publication.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 118112
"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
“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody": FIRST BOOK CLUB EDITION THE CATCHER IN THE RYE; From the Library of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951.
First book club edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. From the library of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with her bookplate to the pastedown. Jacket design by Michael Mitchell. Photograph of Salinger by Lotte Jacobi. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 119419
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, name to the title page. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. Translated by James Cleugh and Geoffrey Halliday. Introduction by Willy Ley. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,800.00 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
Barcelona: Círculo de lectories, 1970.
First hardcover edition in Spanish of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Near fine in the original acetate dust jacket, owner name.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119711