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London: Penguin Books, 1947.
First Penguin paperback edition of Greene’s account of his 1938 trip to Mexico, the counterpart to his award-winning novel The Power and the Glory. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Ownership name to the front panel and half-title page. In very good condition.
Price: $15.00 Item Number: 119678
Lausanne: L'Abbay du Livre, 1946.
Early edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s second novel, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, In very good condition.
Price: $30.00 Item Number: 90424
London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1969.
First edition of this work by the author of The Alexandria Quartet. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Oscar Epfs.
Price: $30.00 Item Number: 115199
First edition of Rudyard Kipling's Toomai of the Elephants; with illustrations from the 1937 film Elephant Boy
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1937.
First separate edition Kipling’s story of Toomai, a young elephant-handler, the basis for the 1937 film “Elephant Boy” starring Sabu Dastagir, India’s first child actor. Octavo, original boards, illustrated with photographs from the film by Mrs. F. H. Flaherty. Very good in the original dust jacket which is in good condition.
Price: $55.00 Item Number: 121393
"Here, after twenty-five years, I again take up episodes of my life in Africa": First edition of Karen Blixen's Shadows in the Grass
New York: Random House, 1961.
First American edition of the sequel to the author’s masterpiece, Out of Africa. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated, frontispiece portrait of the author. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Author photograph by Cecil Beaton.
Price: $75.00 Item Number: 121946
"From my youth I had greatly desired to see the Holy land and tread, if ever so distantly, in the footsteps of my Lord and Master": First edition of Clara Huston Miller's High Places of Sacrifice
Philadelphia: Self Published, 1922.
First edition of Clara Huston Miller’s detailed memoir of her pilgrimages to the most important holy places of sacrifice throughout the world. Octavo, original half cloth over boards, illustrated throughout with photographs. In very good condition.
Price: $85.00 Item Number: 89033
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
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.
First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $95.00 Item Number: 2142
London: Jonathan Cape, 1957.
First edition, early printing of the thrilling true story behind one of the greatest spy operations in history. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Bookplate of George Burns to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Denis Piper. Introduction by John Blaze.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 120918
First Edition of James' Controversial Commentary on the social environment of turn-of-the-century-america: The American Scene
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1907.
First American edition of James’ account of his trip throughout the United States between 1904 and 1905. Original blue cloth, gilt tooling to the front panel and spine. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 80105
Goethes Italienische Reise Mit Zeichnungen Und Bildnissen Goethes. [Goethe’s Italian Journey With Drawings And Portraits Of Goethe].
Insel-Verlag zu Leipzig: Wohlfeile Ausgabe, 1913.
Finely bound example in German of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Italian Journey. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over pictorial boards, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in, illustrated. In near fine condition.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 111094
"In a small Polish Farm Community of 1981, events occurred which electrifies this world": First Edition of Michener's Historical Novel Poland
New York: Random House, 1983.
First edition of Michener’s classic historical novel. Octavo, presentation binding, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in, cartography by Jean Paul Tremblay. From the library of Howard Kaminsky. Howard Kaminsky was the former president and publisher of Warner Books, Random House and William Morrow/Avon. Kaminsky developed his reputation by publishing best-sellers by Richard Simmons, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, and Elmore Leonard. Perhaps his best-known deal was signing Richard Nixon to an estimated 2.5 million dollar contract to write his memoirs only six weeks after his resignation in 1974. In near fine condition with noted provenance.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 88107
New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1983.
First edition of this work of succinct prose. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by John McPhee on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 75077
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992.
First edition of this wonderful collection of recipies. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Best wishes Judith Barrett.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Joyce Patti. Jacket design by Wendy Bass.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 119829
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
New York: Random House, 1992.
Signed limited edition of this “novel of epic proportions, abounding in visual and historical detail” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), number 343 of 400 copies. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, slipcase. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 118391
First Edition of Miles Smeeton's Once is Enough; From the library of Adventurer and Explorer Steve Fossett
London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1959.
First edition of this “unique among books of maritime adventure” (New York Times Book Review). Octavo, original cloth. From the library of 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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket from the oil painting by John Purser. Foreword by Nevil Shute. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 112199
"Blessed is the man who finds no disillusion when he is brought face to face with a revered writer": First edition of Around the World With Kipling
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926.
First edition of this collection of five essays regarding Kipling’s life and work with an extensive index of his works and folding map at rear. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated, frontispiece portrait of Kipling. Very good in the original dust jacket which is in good condition.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 121484
New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated in the year of publication by Cees Nooteboom on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 5715
Lisbon: Caminho, 1997.
First Portugese edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s commentaries on Lanzarote, one of Spain’s volcanic Canary Islands. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed and dated by Jose Saramago on the title page in 2006.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 19033