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“Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond
London: Collins, 1958.
First edition of the first book in the Paddington series. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John with all good wishes Michael Bond. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a chip to the back panel. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 128753
London: Canongate, 2015.
First edition of this modern Christmas classic. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Boldly signed by Matt Haig on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rafaela Romaya. Illustrations by Chris Mould.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 125921
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed by the illustrator, Nancy Ekholm Burkert on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 5035
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Stevenson’s classic work. Small octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, top edges gilt. With publisher’s logo in gilt at top left of front cover, presumed publisher’s blind stamp on title page, gilt apostrophe on spine with curved tail, gilt “of” on spine in smaller type, without advertisements. In near fine condition, owners name to the front free endpaper. Housed in a contemporary custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 123972
"It's Christmas! Sweet Christmas! The Happy day of Home": First edition of Joan Walsh Anglund's A Christmas Book; warmly inscribed by her
New York: Random House, 1983.
First edition of the revered children’s book author’s charming children’s tale. Quarto, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated by the author. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Sarah, Merry Christmas 1983 – Joan Walsh Anglund.” In fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 123670
"If you had a giraffe and he stretched another half… you would have a giraffe and a half": original Giraffe and a Half watercolor illustration by Shel Silverstein
Rare original ink and watercolor illustration by Shel Silverstein created for the manuscript for his zany children’s book A Giraffe and a Half. One page, painted in ink and watercolor on paper, cut in Silverstein’s signature style. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering insight into the author/illustrator’s unique process. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 12 inches.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 116361
New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.
First edition. Signed by Tasha Tudor on the front endpage. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with only the lightest of wear. A very sharp example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 1147
New York: Henry Z. Walck, 1972.
First edition of the Walck reprint of this Tasha Tudor classic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed on the title page, “greetings! Tasha Tudor.” Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 2079
New York: Oxford University Press, 1943.
First edition, third printing of this Tasha Tudor classic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Tasha Tudor on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 56046
First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty; Inscribed by Her to her Grandson
New York: Dodge Publishing, 1935.
First edition of this early work by the First Lady. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Bill from his loving grandmere who is also the author Eleanor Roosevelt Xmas 1935.” The recipient was Roosevelt’s grandson William Donner Roosevelt, son of Elliot Roosevelt and grandson of the author Eleanor Roosevelt. A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty is one of the more uncommon books by Roosevelt, and one that is not often found signed or inscribed, especially with such a nice association. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 7296
Easton, CT: Easton Press, 2004.
First Easton Press edition of the second book in the author’s Time Quartet series. Octavo, bound in full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel, all edges gilt, silk endpapers. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. In fine condition.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 82162
"Tesser Well": First Edition of Madeleine L'Engles Newbery Award-Winning Novel A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Her
New York: Ariel Books, 1962.
First edition of L’Engle’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sam, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket that shows some light wear and a closed tear to the front panel. Without the Newbery Award-winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 757
Rare collection of six Winnie-The-Pooh prints; with an autograph note signed by both A. A. Milne and Ernest Shepard
Rare collection of six Winnie-The-Pooh prints specially bound with an autograph note signed by both A. A. Milne and Ernest Shepard. Quarto, bound in hand-made paper wrappers, the collection includes six mounted Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations extracted from issues of Home Chat magazine which were produced by Shepard exclusively for Home Chat in 1928 and never appeared in any of the Pooh books. With a mounted note signed by Milne and Shepard. The prints are titled: Christopher Robin has a Little Something at Eleven; What Christopher Robin does in the Mornings; Christopher Robin gives Extract of Malt all round; Christopher Robin’s Green Braces; Christopher Robin at the Enchanted Place; Christopher Robin organises an “Exposition”. In near fine condition. A unique example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 122600
"Taking the pledge will not make bad liquor good, but it will improve it": The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; inscribed by Mark Twain
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1886.
Early printing of Twain’s masterpiece, inscribed by Mark Twain. Octavo, bound in half buckram by Roycroft with paper labels to the spine, tissue-guarded frontispiece photogravure plate of Gerhardt’s bust of Clemens, one hundred and seventy-four illustrations by E. W. Kemble. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Mr. Garth W. Cate: Taking the pledge will not make bad liquor good, but it will improve it. Truly Yours, Mark Twain, Nov. 25/06.” With a lengthy letter of provenance dated October 14, 1964 and signed by the recipient which reads in part, “Dear Mr. Jacobs, If I had been younger and could have carried out a study of some of Mark Twain’s motives and acts, I never would have parted with my cherished old copy of the first printing of Huckleberry Finn. This was the first book given to me by my father… In 1906-1907 I was a lecture manager for Elbert Hubbard, the Sage of East Aurora, whose quasi-socialist group The Roycrofters was quite famous as an arts and crafts enter at East Aurora, New York. By that time the HUCK FINN was loose in its covers… Elbert Hubbard saw the book on my desk when I brought it in to have it rebound in the Roycroft Bindery. Said he, “No author could resist seeing such a well worn volume testifying to the delight it had given many readers. Why don’t you send it down to Mark Twain and ask him to inscribed it. I’ll sign and send Mark a few of my own books along with it, thus salting the mine for you.” So I sent HUCK back to its spiritual father, and when it returned I was somewhat shocked, having been sent to a temperance Sunday School by a whiskey fearing mother, to find that he had inscribed it “To Mr. Garth W. Cate – Taking the pledge will not make bad liquor good, but will improve it.” (Incidentally it was several years after that before I took my first drink. I am an abstainer today). Later on I was to marry a Christian Science practitioner, and when she saw this inscription she exclaimed: Why, that is the most immoral thing I ever saw! How could a great author send such a sentiment to a young man?” A careful search of Mark Twain’s writings revealed that he had a deep-seated lifetime aversion for pledges, especially when they had been obtained under pressure from those of an older generation. It seems when Mark was a boy in his early teens, his mother and aunt talked and pressured him into signing a pledge not to touch alcohol in any from. Later he was to refer to this as “A ball and chain clanking behind him down the years of time.” He hated such restrictions, especially when thrust upon him while immature.” In very good condition. With the original publisher’s decorated green cloth cover bound in and three rare portraits of Twain tipped in. With two further letters of provenance and several period Twain-related clippings adhered to several pages. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional presentation copy with noted provenance.
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 123083
Last Sunday, Alexander's grandparents gave him a dollar -- and he was rich. There were so many things he could do with all of that money!": First Edition of Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday; Signed by Judith Viorst
New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1978.
First edition of the second book in the author’s acclaimed Alexander series. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Save your money! Judith Viorst.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 5685
First Edition of Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move; Signed by Judith Viorst
New York: Atheneum, 1995.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “From Alexander’s mom- Judith Viorst.” Name on the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 5688
New York: William Morrow, 2001.
First edition of Gaiman’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Neil Gaiman on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Russell Gordon.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 116389
"The sun will come out tomorrow": First edition of Thomas Meehan's Annie: An Old-Fashioned Story; signed by him and three 1997 U.S. touring cast members
New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc, 1980.
First edition of the Tony Award-winning storyline of the popular Broadway musical. Octavo, original half cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated by Julian Noonan. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “Thanks, Thomas Meehan”, “Love, Mary K. Lombardi (Annie)”, “Norwood Smith ‘Daddy Warbucks'”, and “Ruth Kobart Miss Hannigan.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 125981