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Jared Sparks' The Library of American Biography; From the library of Ulysses S. Grant with his bookplate
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1864.
Finely bound example of Jared Sparks’ The Library of American Biography, from the library of Ulysses S. Grant. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers, tissue-graded frontispiece. From the library of Ulysses S. Grant with a presentation bookplate to the pastedown which reads, “Lieut. Gen. U. S. Grant, from the Citizens of Boston, January 1, 1866.” In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 110541
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety": Rare First Edition of Benjamin Franklin's Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces
Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces; Arranged under the Following Heads…General Politics; American Politics before the Troubles; American Politics during the Troubles; Provincial or Colony Politics; Miscellaneous and Philosophical Pieces.
London: J. Johnson, 1779.
First edition of “the only edition of Franklin’s writings (other than his scientific) printed during his lifetime” (Ford). Thick quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling to the spine, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins. With the engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin, two full page engravings, one folding engraving and on folding typographical table. In very good condition. Complete with index, addenda and corrigenda. Bookplate to the pastedown. A rarity in contemporary calf.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 119776
“After a leisurely slide into second, Joe bounced to his feet, looked at Marichal, shrugged, smiled, and spread his arms as if to say, "You throw at me, I'll make you pay": First Edition of John Grisham's Calico Joe; Inscribed by Him
New York: Doubleday, 2012.
First edition of this novel which The Washington Post wrote, “knocks it out of the park.” Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Michael Cole- Best Wishes John Grisham.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fontana. Author photograph by Jonas Karlsson.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 118914
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.
First edition of Hemingway’s first novel, one of 1250 printed. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 119154
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important": FIRST EDITION OF THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
London: George Newnes, 1894.
First edition, first printing of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic work starring literature’s most famous detective. Octavo, original pictorial black and gilt-stamped dark blue cloth, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. With 90 illustrations by Sidney Paget. In very good condition, with some reinforcement to the inner hinges.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 119779
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
London: Macmillan, 1897.
First edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber. Octavo, original blue cloth elegantly stamped in gilt. In near fine condition with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119571
London: George Newnes, 1892 and 1894.
First editions of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories starring literature’s most famous detective. Octavo, original pictorial black and gilt-stamped light blue and dark blue cloth, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. First issues, the first title with the street scene vignette with no text on the street sign. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. In very good condition.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 112578
Rare Isaac Newton Manuscript highlighting his controversial theological views, which were kept hidden for hundreds of years
Rare full page folio autograph manuscript of Isaac Newton, father of physics and modern science and author of important texts such as the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Opticks, and many more. While Newton is mostly known for his scientific and mathematical pursuits and is considered to be one of the most influential scientists of all time, his controversial theological views, which were kept hidden for centuries, were as brilliant as his science and an extension of his search for truth. Many believe theology was actually his first love, as he wrote more about religion than he did about science. Of Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, he stated, “When I wrote my treatise about our Systeme I had an eye upon such Principles as might work with considering men for the beliefe of a Deity and nothing can rejoyce me more than to find it useful for that purpose”. He wrote in the Principa, “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. . . . This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all. . . . The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect.” While he believed in a supreme God, early in his career at Trinity College, his theological research of original texts led him to believe that authentic Christianity had been perverted by corrupted by the early church fathers and that the brand of religion that was now accepted as orthodox by the Roman Catholic Church and to some extent, by the Church of England, was not completely true. He discovered that the final phrases of 1 John 5:7 ‘and these three are one’ was not present in any Greek version that he studied and came to the conclusion that it was a deliberate addition to the text to provide justification for the doctrine of the Trinity. He concluded that the orthodox notion of the Trinity was a fiction that was invented in the early fourth century. This document is very important, as its contents deal with these controversial issues. Written in English and some Latin, he writes concerning an Epistle of Emperor Constantine regarding the Arian debate and the Council of Nicea, which laid out the famous doctrinal statement, the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed was adopted to resolve the Arian controversy, whose leader, Arius, a clergyman of Alexandria, “objected to Alexander’s (the bishop of the time) apparent carelessness in blurring the distinction of nature between the Father and the Son by his emphasis on eternal generation”. In reply, Alexander accused Arius of denying the divinity of the Son and also of being too “Jewish” and “Greek” in his thought. Alexander and his supporters created the Nicene Creed to clarify the key tenets of the Christian faith in response to the widespread adoption of Arius’ doctrine, which was henceforth marked as heresy. Because of these views, Newton’s theological writings, were marked “Not fit to be printed”. They were stored and were not in the public until the economist John Maynard Keynes and Jewish scholar and businessman, Abraham Yahuda, acquired many of them in 1936. There are very few of these original writings left in private hands, as the majority of the manuscripts are being held in collection at the Cambridge University Library, at the Kings College (a gift of John Maynard Keynes), the Jewish National and University Library (now National Library of Israel), the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Geneva, and the Grace K. Babson collection now housed in the Huntington Library in California. This rare piece of history is a highlight for those interested in both Newton’s scientific and theological endeavors. Early 18th century. Matted and framed.
Price: $150,000.00 Item Number: 119750
First Edition of All the President's Men; Signed by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and Benjamin Bradlee
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974.
First edition of this groundbreaking work in American journalism. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Signed by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and editor of the Washington Post Ben Bradlee on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. Rare and desirable signed by these three.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119442
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything": First Edition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Signed by Him
London: Chatto & Windus, 1932.
First edition of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Aldous Huxley 1962.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Signed trade editions of Brave New World are scarce.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 119848
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
London: John Murray, 1869.
Fifth edition, one of 2,000 copies of “certainly the most important biological book ever written” (Freeman), one of 1250 copies. Octavo, bound in half calf over marbled boards, all edges marbled, half-title. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119774
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by the Prince of Wales. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Prince Charles on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. With a signed letter from St. James’s Palace that enclosed is this signed example given for a charity acution. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119648
“The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera": First Edition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.
First edition of Cartier-Bresson’s classic work, with 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers.” Folio, original illustrated boards. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light expert restoration. Jacket design by Henri Matisse.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 119636
"Enderby Hall was a vast Victorian house built in the Gothic style": First edition of Agatha Christie's After the Funeral; inscribed by her to close friend Dorothy North
London: Collins Crime Club, 1953.
First British edition of Christie’s classic murder mystery. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the month of publication, “Dorothy from Agatha May 1953.” The recipient, Dorothy North, was a close friend and integral member of Christie’s London social circle in the 1930s. She was the dedicatee of Christie’s 1940 novel One Two, Buckle My Shoe. North’s daughter, Susan, and Christie’s daughter, Rosalind, were also close friends and the joint dedicatees of Christie’s 1939 novel Murder is Easy. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119355
Albi: Imprimerie Nouguies, 1878.
Rare signed limited edition of Besset’s work on the culinary arts of the South of France. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the limitation page. In very good condition. Scarce.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 117004