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“NIELSEN’S MOST SPECTACULAR AND CELEBRATED BOOK”: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914.
Signed limited edition of one of the most important and impressive books of the Golden Age of book illustration. One of 500 numbered copies, this is number 41. Quarto, original vellum, gilt titles and decoration to spine and front cover gilt, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers. Signed by the illustrator Kay Nielsen. With 25 tipped in color plates. In near fine condition. A very nice example. Laid is the original notice for the Leicester Galleries exhibition held in November and December of 1914, where the watercolors for this book were offered for sale.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 69026
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 96808
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Madeline; Signed by Ludwig Bemelmans
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the “They went home and broke their bread” illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the front free endpaper. An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 82390
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of Richard Adams’ timeless classic novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow bestselling children’s author Madeleine L’Engle, “Yours sincerely, For Madeleine, on a very special occasion Richard Adams.” From the library of Madeleine L’Engle. Both Adams and L’Engle were unknown in the publishing world until their singular best-selling award-winning children’s novels were finally published after numerous rejections. Both authors’ works were also published in their mid-lives after they had married and had children. At the insistence of his daughters, Adams began writing the story he had told them on a car trip in 1966 at the age of 46 and after four publishers and three writers’ agencies turned down the manuscript, Rex Collings agreed to publish the work in 1972. The book gained immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Prize, and was adapted into several feature films and television series. L’Engle’s best-selling work A Wrinkle in Time was also initially rejected by at least 26 publishers. It was not until a close personal friend of L’Engle’s mother introduced her to John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux that the work was finally published in 1962. L’Engle was 44 years old at the time of publication and A Wrinkle in Time went on to win the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 99338
"How doth the little crocodile improve its shining tail, and pour the waters of the Nile on every golden scale": First Edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground; Inscribed By The Author to his Cousin May Knight
London: Macmillan and Co, 1886.
First edition of the original manuscript which was later expanded and published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Octavo, original scarlet cloth, elaborate gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the rear panel, triple gilt ruled. All edges gilt, black endpapers, text printed in the author’s handwriting including thirty-seven illustrations in facsimile, advertisements at rear. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to his cousin, “May Knight from the Author Jan. /87.” In very good condition with some toning to the spine. An excellent association.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 88080
"In no time at all she was princess of the land. And she and her husband, the charming Prince, rode to their palace in a golden coach to live happily ever after!": First Edition of Walt Disney's Cinderella; Signed by Him
Stuttgart: Bluchert-Verlag, 1951.
First German edition of the classic retelling of one of the most celebrated Disney films. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Laid in is a business card of the publisher with a note referencing this was signed in 1953. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 106556
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF SNOOPY'S COMPANION WOODSTOCK; DRAWN AND SIGNED BY CHARLES M. SCHULZ
Exceptionally rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Woodstock in military attire. Drawn and signed by Charles Schulz , “For SPC 4 Britt Weise, best wishes – Schulz.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14 inches. Original drawings of Woodstock are scarce.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119508
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it": First Edition of BFG; Signed by Roald Dahl and Illustrator Quentin Blake
London: Jonathan Cape, 1982.
First edition of this Dahl classic, which has sold over 20 million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, “Nicola Love Roald Dahl.” Additionally inscribed by the illustrator Quentin Blake opposite Dahl’s inscription. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed by both Dahl and Blake.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 109358
"I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel": First Edition of Eloise; Signed by both Kay Thompson and Illustrator Hilary Knight
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
First edition of the author’s first book. Slim quarto, original illustrated white cloth. Light toning, else near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with a small closed tear to the rear panel. Inscribed by the author, “For my dear Paul- from/ Eloise herself and The Author” and also signed by the illustrator, “and Hilary Knight in 2007.” A very sharp example, rare signed and inscribed by both Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 2795
First Editions of Kay Thompson's Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise At Christmastime, Eloise In Moscow and Eloise Takes A Bawth; Each Signed by Illustrator Hilary Knight
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955-2002.
First editions of each of the five Eloise titles. Quarto, 5 volumes. Each are signed by the illustrator, Hilary Knight. Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets. A brilliant set of this timeless classic.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 5600
Boston : D.C. Heath and Company, 1939.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Illustrated throughout by the Walt Disney Studio. Story by Margaret Wise Brown. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 30060
"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100548
"Welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer, Cheer to all Whos, far and near”: FIRST EDITION OF DR. SEUSS'S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first printing of one of the most celebrated and memorable Christmas stories with all issue points present: Cat in the Hat on back cover of book with 14 titles (up to now) listed on the rear flap and a list of 13 books printed at the end of the book. Dust jacket price reads 250/250. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dr. Seuss opposite the title page, “Merry Christmas to Lee, Wendy and Laurie from Dr. Seuss.” Thin quarto, original illustrated glossy paper boards, pictorial endpapers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example, desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 111343
Rare First Edition Little Golden Book of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and Pluto Pup; inscribed by Walt Disney
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
Rare first edition Little Golden Book of this Disney tale of a fishing trip with Mickey Mouse and his loyal pup Pluto. Octavo, original illustrated boards with gilt spine label and elaborate full-color illustrations throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Frank Hart – Best Wishes – Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 96583
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend of family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 3553
New York: Rinehart & Company, 1952.
First edition of the first collection of the Peanuts cartoons. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best wishes Charles M. Schulz.” In very good condition with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 62030
One of only 500 Signed Limited Edition 25th Anniversary edition; Signed by Eric Carle with an original drawing of a Caterpillar
New York: Philomel, 1994.
One of only 500 Signed Limited Edition 25th Anniversary edition. Oblong quarto, original silver boards. Signed by Eric Carle with an original drawing on the front panel. In fine condition as is the original cardboard box.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 20036
"HERE IS WHAT ELOISE DOES IN PARIS: EVERYTHING. THE EFFECT IS RAWTHER EXTRAORDINAIRE": First Edition of Eloise in Paris; Signed by Kay Thompson
New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc, 1957.
First edition of the second book in Kay Thompson’s cherished Eloise series. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout by Hilary Knight. Boldly signed by the author on the copyright page, “Kay Thompson” who has written “Moi Eloise” opposite the copyright page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom slipcase. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 116452