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Rare Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Dimaggio as a member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports; signed by President Richard Nixon
Washington, D.C: 1970.
Rare Richard Nixon Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio as a “Member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports.” Dated September 25th, 1970 the appointment is signed by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers with the Presidential seal. Double matted and framed. In fine condition. From the personal collection of Joe DiMaggio. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons. Double matted and framed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 95202
“Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet": First American Edition of Seven Years in Tibet; Lengthily Inscribed by Heinrich Harrer and By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1954.
First American edition of Harrer’s classic account, signed by Harrer and The Dalai Lama. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with over 40 photographs. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Heinrich Harrer in both English and Tibetan on the half-title page, “To Mrs. Rosser with best wishes in remembrance of my lecture in Philadelphia from H. Harrer Jan. 1955.” Additionally signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who was tutored by Harrer while he living in Tibet. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Richard Graves. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Harrer and The Dalai Lama.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 112165
“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course: the space between your ears": Bobby Jones Signed Portrait
Rare signed portrait of Bobby Jones seated with his golf clubs after a painting by Margaret Fitzhugh Browne. Signed and dated by Bobby Jones beneath the portrait in the year the portrait was published in Golf Illustrated Magazine, “Robert T. Jones Jr. Dec 29, 1930.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. Unique and desirable.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 95821
London: Macdonald and Co, 1939.
First edition of this overview of Hollywood. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed on the front pastedown and endpapers by Walt Disney and 13 other Hollywood actors and actresses, including, Chico Marx “To Pat Sincerely Chico Marx”; Pat O’Brien; “To Pat my own namesake Love Pat O’Brien Nov 21, 1947; Deborah Kerr, “I see a dark Stranger” (on page 76) “with best wishes Deborah Kerr”; Merle Oberon “To Pat all the best Merle Oberon”; Joe E. Brown “To Pat Joe Brown.” Brown was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s, with films like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Earthworm Tractors, Alibi Ike and Some Like It Hot. Jack Train “Best wishes Pat Jack Train Don’t’ mind if I do”; Ray Milland “Merry Xmas Pat Ray Milland.” Milland is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend, leading man opposite John Wayne’s corrupt character in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954), and Oliver Barrett III in Love Story. Two of the signatures are pasted onto the end papers, while the rest are signed directly onto the end papers with one on page 76. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional collection of signatures in this film review book.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 112422
"Here's How": First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; inscribed by Harry Craddock and illustrator Gilbert Rumbold
London: Constable & Company, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold. Presentation copy, inscribed by Harry Craddock on the verso of the dedication page and first page of the Preface, “‘Here’s how’ Harry Craddock To Captain Anthony Farranse With best wishes of the author Harry Craddock” and inscribed by the illustrator Gilbert Rumbold, “If you happen to read this in the bath – watch your overhead!! Here’s How. Gilbert Rumbold.” Uncommon signed by not only Craddock, but both he and Rumbold.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 121079
Rare 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team Signed Baseball; signed by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and many other members of the legendary team
Rare OAL Reach baseball signed by 21 members of the 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team including four Hall of Famers. Signed by Joe DiMaggio on the sweetspot; Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Bobby Brown, Charlie Silvera, Joe Ostrowski, Hank Bauer, and Allie Reynolds on the east panel; Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Sain, and Jim Turner on the west panel; Johnny Mize, Stubby Overmire, Gene Woodling, and Casey Stegnel on the north panel; and Jerry Coleman, Spec Shea, Gil McDougald, Tom Morgan, Joe Collins, Frankie Crosetti, and Tommy Henrich on the south panel. In near fine condition, an exceptional example featuring an impressive array of signatures from one of the Yankees’ most legendary teams, with the Joe DiMaggio signature particularly strong.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 96557
First Editions of each volume of Lewis' Narrative of Various Journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, The Panjab, & Kalat; from the library of Adventurer and Aviator Steve Fossett with his bookplate to each volume
Narrative of Various Journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, The Panjab, & Kalat, During a Residence in those Countries.
London: Richard Bentley, 1842.
First edition of this narrative of Lewis’ travels between 1826 and 1838 through Balochistan, Sind, the Hazara, Afghanistan and the Punjab. Octavo, four volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engravings, folding map. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. 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. Provenance: from the library of John Archibald Shaw Stewart with a gift inscription to him on the front free endpaper of volume one, “from his sincere friends William Thomas Markham and Charles Henry Mills on his leaving Eton, Xmas 1845.” An exceptional association with noted provenance.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 95145
First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; Inscribed by Harry Craddock to the Headwaiter of Sovrani's Restaurant
London: Constable, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrations by Gilbert Rumbold. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Robert Best Wishes and luck with the shaking – Harry C. 1931.” The recipient was a personal friend of Harry’s and Headwaiter employed in the 1920s at Sovrani’s Restaurant. Giovanni Sovrani was employed at The Savoy in London which he left in 1927 to open his own restaurant in Jermyn Street in 1927. Laid in is a note of provenance from the recipient’s son explaining the casual nature of the inscription which differs from many of Craddock’s more formal and flourishing inscriptions. In very good condition. Laid in is a Bar exam, World-Wide Bar Guide: Famous Drinks From Famous Places, and Fleishmann’s Mixer’s Manual; each illustrated in color and in near fine condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 96515
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use" Rare First Edition of Emily Posts Etiquette In the Original Dust Jacket
New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in etiquette and personal relations. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine and front panel in gilt. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of rubbing. A very nice example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 3716
"The real way to play golf is to take pleasure not in the score, but in the execution of strokes": Large Portrait of Legendary Golfer Bobby Jones; inscribed by him
Attractive signed large color portrait of golfer Bobby Jones swinging his driver. Boldly inscribed by Bobby Jones, “For Will Grimsley with best regards, Bob Jones.” Annotated below the portrait, “Reproduced from a painting by Thomas E. Stephens and presented by ninety-nine members of the Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta Georgia. Number 282 of a limited edition.” In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 33.5 inches by 29.5 inches.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 100047
First Edition of the bestselling golf instruction book of all time Harvey Penick's Little Red Book; Signed by Penick, Jack Nicklaus and Betsy Rawls
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
First edition of the bestselling golf instruction book of all time. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harvey Penick on the half title page. Additionally signed by Jack Nicklaus and Betsy Rawls on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. First printings are rare, especially signed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 5621
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1895.
First edition of the first real book published in America on golf, previous efforts having been more like pamphlets. Octavo, original yellow cloth, stamped in silver and green, illustrated with plates from photographs, including frontispiece, wood engravings and tables. Bookplate, in near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 83472
Rare autograph note signed by German-American actress Marlene Dietrich to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio; with an 18-page astrological chart created for DiMaggio
Rare autograph note signed by German-American actress Marlene Dietrich to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. The note accompanied an 18-page Astrological Horoscope report by Hollywood astrologer Carroll Righter which Dietrich arranged to have made for DiMaggio. Signed by Righter at the conclusion of the report and with an additional inscription by Dietrich which reads, “M. Righter does not know your name. If you should want to ask him anything specific you must refer to your birth date and place. M.” A close friend of DiMaggio’s, German-American actress Marlene Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer. She received several honors from the United States, France, Belgium, and Israel and in 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. In fine condition. A unique association.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 102561
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1895.
First edition of the first real book published in America on golf, previous efforts having been more like pamphlets. Octavo, original yellow cloth, stamped in silver and green, illustrated with plates from photographs, including frontispiece with tissue-guard present, wood engravings and tables. In near fine condition. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 103562
"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it": First Edition of American Cookery; Signed by James Beard
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1972.
First edition of “the bible of American cooking” (Time). Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by James Beard on the half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrations by Earl Thollander. Jacket design by Elna Rapp. Jacket illustration by Mary Purcell.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 2283
Scarce first edition of Antoine Simon Duportal's Recherches Sur L'état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d'Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-De-Vie
Recherches Sur L’état Actuel de la Distillation du Vin en France, et Sur Les Moyens d’Améliorer la Distillation des Eaux-de-vie. (Research on the Current State of Wine Distillation in France, and on Ways to Improve the Distillation of Eaux-de-vie).
Paris, Saint Petersbourg: Klostermann, 1811.
Scarce first edition of early work on the distillation of wine and eau-de-vie. Octavo, bound in full period tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, five folding maps of distillation apparatus, rebacked retaining the original spine. Stamps and previous owner inscriptions. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable. Works on the distillation of eau de vie are rare.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95242
London: Macdonald, 1954.
First edition of this classic work by the social historian Dorothy Hartley, which is both a cookery book and a history of English cuisine. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with Hartley’s own strong, detailed and lively illustrations. Bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original jacket.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95798
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.
Early printing of this classic work. Quarto, original patterned boards, illustrated throughout. Lengthily inscribed by both Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle on the half-title page. Small name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappell. Drawings by Sidonie Coryn. Rare and desirable signed by Beck and Bertholle.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 104931
London: Chapman & Hall, 1936.
First edition of this work by Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light rubbing. First editions in the original dust jackets are uncommon and this is easily the nicest example we have seen or handled.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 14004
First signed limited edition de luxe of Merrihew's The Quest of the Davis Cup: Volume VI of The Lawn Tennis Library
New York: American Lawn Tennis, Inc, 1928.
First signed limited edition de luxe of Merrihew’s classic work on the “World Cup of Tennis.” Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved photogravure tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Davis, illustrated with 48 engravings after photographs. One of 250 copies printed of this edition de luxe, this is number 18. Signed and dated by the author, “S. Wallis Merrihew October 8, 1928.” In near fine condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 105106