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“Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price": First Edition of Amelia Earhart's The Fun of It; Signed by Her
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932.
First edition of Earhart’s account of her childhood, her fascination with aviation, and her life through her 1932 flight across the Atlantic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout, with the original record in the rear pastedown. Signed by Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 112423
First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber
J.A. Preuss, and London: H. Rothe: Zurich, n.d. (ca. 1880).
First edition of this extensive gallery of photographs of Switzerland. Quarto, original publisher’s full decorative vellum with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate gilt central motif to the front panel depicting an alpine postal carriage, all edges gilt, gilt patterned endpapers, illustrated with one hundred collotypes displaying views of Switzerland. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription from Queen Victoria to Horatia Stopford, a Lady of her Bedchamber, “To dear Horatia Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 109082
Rare original photograph boldly signed by legendary aviator Amelia Earhart; with the original transmittal letter signed by her husband, George Putnam
Rare original photograph boldly signed by record-breaking aviator Amelia Earhart. Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Amelia Earhart’s husband, George P. Putnam. Addressed to Jean Teal of Murdock, Nebraska, the letter reads: “Dear Jean: Miss Earhart has asked me to answer your note, as she herself is too busy to do much corresponding these days. Herewith we are sending you an autographed picture. The drawing you made she is keeping herself as she would like to add it to her collection. Very truly yours, G. P. Putnam.” Earhart’s husband George P. Putnam achieved fame as one of the most successful promoters of the 1930s particularly with the blockbuster publication of Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography “We” in 1927. He later offered to assist Earhart in writing the story of her flight across the Atlantic ocean which ultimately resulted in the publication of 20 Hrs., 40 Min and their marriage. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 4.5 by 3.5 inches. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 12 inches.
Price: $3,600.00 Item Number: 92492
"Let us suppose you are a newcomer, and I, the guide; and in imagination, let us take a walk along this street": Scarce signed limited first edition of E.S. Kirby's See My Chinese Street
Hong Kong: K. Weiss, 1954.
Signed limited first edition of E.S. Kirby’s illustrated travel book. One of 250 signed numbered copies, this is number 57. Signed by E.S. Kirby. Quarto, original embroidered silk, illustrated with 112 illustrations and 7 full multi-color pages, errata slip with first edition issue points laid in as issued. OCLC locates only 11 copies of this work. Scarce.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 82605
"The cowboy is the most vivid and native character in the United States today": First Edition of Alice Rogers Hager's Big Loop and Little; Inscribed by her to Amelia Earhart
New York: Macmillan, 1937.
First edition of the author’s classic illustrated story of the West. Large octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to legendary aviator and personal friend Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper, “To Amelia Earhart – First Lady of the Air because she, too, loves the free West. With admiration and appreciation of pleasant days at Burbank and Oakland. Alice Rogers Hager Washington, D.C. June 1937.” From the library of Amelia Earhart with here bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 61792
"A STATE OF JOY AND LAUGHTER": SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ONE SPECIAL SUMMER; SIGNED BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS AND LEE RADZIWILL
New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.
Signed limited first edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, original cardboard slipcase with photographic paper label, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. Signed by both Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier. In fine condition in the original slipcase, which is fine condition. One of 500 numbered copies.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 48738
Zonta Club, .
Embossed boards, mainly clippings and other memorabilia charting the activities of the Zonta Club in Columbus from 1932-34, including a dinner honoring Amelia Earhart and with her autograph on a card (from 1934) affixed to one of the pages. Zonta International, founded in 1919, with clubs in multiple cities by the 1930s, was founded as a women’s advocacy group. In very good condition. The album measures 11 inches by 8 inches.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 111337
Rare folio containing hundreds of vintage postcards, most postdated between 1907 and 1917. From the collection of Ellen Warren. Folio, original cloth decorated in gilt with raised vignettes to the front panel depicting a snowy landscape and caribou bust, patterned endpapers, containing hundreds of postcards including many Christmas, New Year’s and Easter postcards, family photograph postcards, and views from Santa Catalina, New York City, Lake Merrit, Royal Gorge, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In very good condition. A charming collection offering years of intimate insight into the collector’s life.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 116035
First Edition of W. K. Vanderbilt's A Trip Through Italy, Sicily, Tunisia, Algeria and Southern France
New York: Privatley Printed, 1918.
First edition of Vanderbilt’s account of his travels throughout Europe and North Africa. Octavo, original blind-stamped publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, frontispiece map of the Tunis Tour, illustrated with engraved photographs, folding map. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 95181
First American edition of Elspeth Huxley's On the Edge of the Rift: Memories of Kenya; lengthily inscribed to Joe Ferrier
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1962.
First American edition of one of Huxley’s best known works. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the title page, “For my faithful pen friend Joe Ferrier, with every good wish. ‘Standing with reluctant feet where the brook and river meet womanhood and childhood fleet!’ – Longfellow. Elspeth Huxley.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Harvey Kidder. A unique example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 95085
Rare first edition of Joseph Louis Russo's Present Day Italian; from the library of John and Elaine Steinbeck with Elaine's ownership signature
Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, 1947.
First edition of Joseph Louis Russo’s Present Day Italian, from the library of John and Elaine Steinbeck with Elaine’s ownership signature and marginal notes throughout. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 114534
Antique postcard collection containing dozens of vintage postcards postdated in the early 1900s. From the collection of Dora Sims. Oblong octavo, bound in decorated cloth. The collection includes postcards with scenic views of Cleveland, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, the Columbia River Highway, and the Mississippi River, In very good condition. A charming collection.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 116071
"Best African Wishes": First Edition of I Married Adventure; Signed by Osa Johnson; In the Original Dust Jacket
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1940.
First edition of Johnson’s classic work. Octavo, original striped cloth, photographic endpapers illustrated with 83 aquatone illustrations. Boldly signed by the author on the half-title page, “With best African Wishes Osa Johnson.” Bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some wear and rubbing.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 106737
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1940.
First edition of Johnson’s classic work. Octavo, original striped cloth, photographic endpapers illustrated with 83 aquatone illustrations. Boldly signed by Osa Johnson on the half-title page. In good condition, lacking the rare dust jacket.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 57845
Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1883.
First edition of John Addington Symonds’ Italian sketches. Small octavo, bound in full vellum with gilt tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges red, ribbon bound in. In near fine condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 111022
New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.
First trade edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. In near fine condition.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 90482
1964: William Morrow & Company, New York.
First edition of Huxley’s authoritative report on the rapidly changing political climate of post-colonial East Africa. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with maps and drawings by Jonathan Kingdon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joe Ferrier with my best wished Elspeth Huxley.” Laid in is the original typed transmittal letter, an autograph card and photograph of Huxley; all three signed by her to Ferrier. The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a lifelong fan and pen pal of Huxley’s. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Harsh-Finegold.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 96083
Rotterdam: Jacs G. Robbers, 1872.
Finely bound example of John Lothrop Motley’s popular history of the United Netherlands. Octavo, bound in full red morocco with gilt tooling to the spine in seven compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling and gilt coats of arms from the Royal Military College of Canada to the front and real panel, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. In very good condition.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 114060
Rare First Edition of Mrs. Jameson's Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad; volume III finely bound
Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad with Tales and Miscellanies Now First Collected and a New Edition of the Diary of an Ennuyée.
London: Saunders and Otley, 1834.
Rare first edition of Mrs. Jameson’s Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad. Octavo, volume III only of four volumes bound in three quarters vellum over marbled boards with gilt tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece, headpieces, and tailpieces, all edges red. In very good condition.
Price: $95.00 Item Number: 114061
First Edition of Naomi James' At One With The Sea: Alone Around the World; From the library of Steve Fossett
London: Hutchinson/Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd, 1979.
First edition of the first woman to sail alone around the world by way of Cape Horn’s account of her voyage. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the front 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. Fosset 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. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $35.00 Item Number: 111253