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London: Constable & Company, 1922.
First edition of this classic memoir of the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition. Octavo, two volumes, original half white cloth, gray paper boards. Inscribed by Apsley Cherry-Garrard in each each volume. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. First editions signed and inscribed are of exceptional rarity.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 33035
"The owner of these volumes will possess an exact reproduction of the original South Polar Times which appeared month by month during the winters of 1902-03": First Limited edition of The South Polar Times; With a Signed page From Ernest Shackleton and Rudolph Blakenburg
London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1907-1914.
First limited edition of the complete collection of the South Polar Times, a periodical created by Scott’s crew during his two polar expeditions on the ships Discovery and Terra Nova, with a slip signed by Ernest Shackleton and Rudolph Blakenburg Quarto, three volumes, publisher’s gilt decorated cloth, all edges gilt, frontispiece to each volume, elaborately illustrated with engravings after the expedition members’ original drawings, many in color. Volumes I and II are number 177 of only 250 copies, volume III is number 256 of 350 copies. From the Adventure and Exploration collection 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. Additional bookplates from the libraries of Dr. Edward Bramley and polar scientist Anthony Michaels. In near fine condition. Laid in is an scarce autograph album page boldly signed by Ernest Shackleton and American businessman and former mayor of Philadelphia Rudolph Blakenburg. An exceptional set.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 95157
First edition of Sir Douglas Mawson's The Home of the Blizzard; inscribed by him to the Premier of New South Wales, William Arthur Holman in each volume
London: William Heinemann, 1915.
First edition of this classic account of Antarctic exploration, an exceptional association copy inscribed by the author in both volumes in the year of publication to a fellow Australian, the Premier of New South Wales. Quarto, two volumes, original dark blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, gilt vignette to the front panels, profusely illustrated with 18 color plates, hundreds of black-and-white plates, numerous in-text illustrations and three color folding maps. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper of each volume in the year of publication to the Premier of New South Wales, William Arthur Holman. In Volume I, “To the Hon. W.A. Holman with deep appreciation of assistance and support rendered the Expedition and with kind regards Douglas Mawson, June 1915,” and in Volume II, “To W.A. Holman from the author—Douglas Mawson, June 1915.” The recipient, William A. Holman, born in London, settled in Australia in 1888, where he became a dynamic leader of the New South Wales Labor Party. Famed as a “brilliant and popular politician,” in 1913 he was named the 19th Premiere of New South Wales (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Holman was highly supportive of the Antarctic expedition. When Mawson struggled to finance publication of the groundbreaking Scientific Reports crucial to its documentation, Holman authorized the New South Wales government to take over the printing. Given that Mawson, unlike Scott and Shackleton, was a scientist, publication of Home of the Blizzard was not enough to “justify the cost of the expedition … [and] the responsibility for hard scientific results weighed more heavily on him” (Ayres, Mawson, 113-14). Mawson honored Holman’s importance to the expedition by naming Holman’s Dome, discovered by the AAE, after him. This copy also notably from the library of prominent Australian author, historian and bibliophile Dr. George Mackaness, with his bookplate in each volume. By the 1960s the library of Mackaness, “a major figure in Sydney literary circles… [held] probably the largest private collection of Australiana… He made notable contributions in three fields—as a teacher of English, as a historian who made available quantities of documentary material, and as a bibliophile who made the collecting of Australiana popular” (Australian Dictionary of Biography). In near fine condition. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 123065
Edinburgh: Printed by Mrs. Mundell, 1778.
First of 4 issues, Scotch editions, from the library of Robert R. Livingstone, with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. Small octavo, bound in contemporary calf, spine compartments ruled with Greek key tooling, morocco spine labels. From the library of founding father Robert R. Livingston. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Livingston played an important role in the early development of the newly formed country. He was known as “The Chancellor”, after the high New York state legal office he held for 25 years. He was a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, along with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Roger Sherman. Livingston administered the Oath of Office to George Washington when he assumed the presidency in 1789.He was a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, the administrator for George Washington’s Oath of Office when he assumed presidency in 1789, and the chief negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In very good condition. An exceptional set with noted provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 119642
"Our land is of every kind geologically and climatically and our people are of every kind also - and yet our land is one nation, and our people are Americans": First edition of Steinbeck's America and Americans; inscribed by him to fellow American author John Updike
New York: The Viking Press, 1966.
First edition of Steinbeck’s final book. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated, cartographic endpapers. With 136 pages of photographs, 24 in full color by 55 of the most prominent American photographers of the era including Ansel Adams, Sam Siegel, and Todd Webb. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For John Updike with admiration John Steinbeck.” American author John Steinbeck published his most notable works between 1937 (Of Mice and Men) and 1952 (East of Eden), and was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. One of the most prolific American authors from the early 1960s until his death in 2009, fellow recipient of the Pulitzer Prize John Updike identified Steinbeck as one of his literary heroes at a young age. Both writers’ works explored themes of crises related to faith, injustice, and family dynamics applied to small town ‘everyman’ protagonists. Both Steinbeck and Updike wrote in a realist tradition featuring their own distinctively rich and imaginative vocabulary and style of prose. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Christopher Harris. Photograph of Steinbeck to the rear panel by Paul Farber. From the library of John Updike. An exceptional association linking two of the greatest writers of twentieth century America.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 55056
"I would advise anyone who wants to get to the kernel of the life of a Polar explorer to read the book": Edition De Luxe of Antarctic Days; Signed by Shackleton, Murray and Marston
Antarctic Days. Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life by Two of Shackleton’s Men: Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
London: Andrew Melrose, 1913.
Limited edition de luxe, numbered 85 of 280 copies signed on the recto of the limitation leaf by E.H. Shackleton, James Murray and George Marston. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel with a mounted color illustration, top edge gilt, 4 mounted color plates after watercolors by C. Day, 34 photo illustrations on 28 plates. In near fine condition with a light rubbing. A very nice example, as most copies have been rebound. Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 103746
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr, Donald K. Slayton, Alan B Shepard Jr, Virgil I. Grissom, John H. Glenn, Jr., M. Scott Carpenter and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. It is inscribed above by Alan Shepard: “To Lewis S. Baer with warm regards The Astronauts.” Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 18045
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter M Schirra Jr, M. Scott Carpenter, Virgil I. Grissom, Donald K. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, and Alan B Shepard Jr. It is inscribed above: “To Pearl Salvick with best wishes from Mercury Astronauts.” Additionally signed by Virgil Grissom on the half-title page. Laid in is an original first day issue card from Cape Canaveral dated February 20, 1962. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 95986
London: Cassel & Company, 1885.
First edition, third issue of Haggard’s immensely popular Victorian adventure novel the first great “Lost World” action-adventure, a precursor to Indiana Jones. Octavo, original cloth, folding facsimile of the map of the route to King Solomon’s mines. Association copy, signed by the author opposite the half-title page with an additional note inscribed to his sister, Ella Green, pasted to the same page, “your loving brother H. Rider Haggard.” In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 118637
“Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”: Signed Limited First Edition of Amelia Earhart's 20Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight In Friendship; One of only 150 copies
20 Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.
Signed limited edition, one of only 150 examples of Earhart’s thrilling account of of her experience as a passenger aboard the Friendship, which made her the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air in 1928. Octavo, original half cloth over marbled boards. Signed by Amelia Earhart and the publisher G.P. Putnam. With the rare silk American flag carried by Earhart in her flight on the Friendship from Boston to Wales to the front pastedown. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 126288
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the half-title page, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr. (signed twice), Virgil I. Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. and Alan B Shepard Jr. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 116879
Color photograph of President Kennedy meeting with astronaut Wally Schirra and his family in the Oval Office, affixed to its original mount. Boldly inscribed, “To Commander Walter Schirra—and his family—with esteem and best wishes, John Kennedy.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece linking these two great American icons.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 80092
"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir; With Eight Original Photographs
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.
The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in original special deluxe three quarters morocco over marbled boards, leather edges ruled in gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, matching endpapers, top edges gilt. With Volumes 1 through 8 of this set each containing an original gelatin silver photograph at the front, each with a printed tissue guard. Kimes does not describe an edition with these additional real photo frontispieces. The binding matches that of Kimes 342. The scenes depicted in the inserted photographs are: The House of John Muir, Martinez, California; The Cathedral Spires, Yosemite National Park; Eucalyptus on Muir’s Ranch, Martinez, California; An Orange Tree in Front of Muir’s House, Martinez, California; The Lower Fall of the Yosemite (Telephoto view); A Cabin in the Muir Woods, on Mt. Tamalpais, California, used by John Muir, Joaquin Miller, and others; Arctic Ptarmigan; Crater Lake, Oregon. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one from Chapter 4 of The Mountains of California. The holograph text is written in brown ink with additional pencil emendations. The edited text begins: “I found a good camp-ground on the rim of a glacier.” Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates, tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece, with the first seven hand-colored; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. In fine condition. An exceptional example, rare with the original silver gelatin prints.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 76020
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 62035
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright on the half-title page to neighbor and historian Charlotte Seitner, “To Charlotte Seitner With Best Wishes Orville Wright Feb. 10, 1944.” The recipient Charlotte Seitner was a historian and neighbor of Orville Wright. She was a life-long collector of Wright Brothers ephemera, donating most of her collection to the local historical society with the exception of the included materials which were inherited by her niece and nephew. Materials include newspaper clippings on the Wrights, a group of First-Day covers of Wright Brother Stamps, a personal letter from Seitner offering condolences on Orville Wright’s passing, and an undated print of the First Flight photograph. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown and foot of the spine. Introduction by Orville Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 81031
Through the First Antarctic Night 1898-1899: Narrative of the Voyage of the “Belgica” Among Newly Discovered Lands and Over an Unknown Sea About the South Pole.
New York: Doubleday & McClure Co, 1900.
Signed limited edition of American arctic explorer Frederick Cook’s narrative of the first expedition to winter in the Antarctic region, in which he saved numerous lives as the ship’s surgeon. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, tissue-guarded frontispiece in color, illustrated. One of one thousand numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation page opposite a tissue-guarded engraved portrait, this is number 92. From the library 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. In near fine condition.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 111201
“Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician”: First Edition of The Wright Brothers; Inscribed by Orville Wright
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright on the half-title page, “To Miss Margaret Hollowell with sincere good wishes. Orville Wright Feb. 21, 1947.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Orville Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 100750
First Edition of Edward Whymper's Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Alpinist Thomas Bonney
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition of the author’s classic work on mountaineering, the first to help promote the very notion that peaks are meant to be climbed. Octavo, original cloth, 23 plates and numerous illustrations after drawings by Whymper; 5 folding maps. Inscribed by the author to the geologist and Alpinist Thomas Bonney , “from his obedient servant–the Author.” Also tipped in is a cordial 2 1/2-page letter signed from Whymper dated London, 15 June 1871, presenting this copy to Bonney, with additional comments on geological topics and book reviewing (“If I am asked to suggest reviewers, could you spare time to cut up ‘Scrambles’?”).
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 25092
London: Sampson, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1890.
First edition, edition de luxe, number 118 of 250 copies signed by Henry Stanley. Original half black morocco over vellum, top edges gilt, 2 volumes. Two steel-engraved portrait frontispieces, two photogravure plates on India paper, mounted, 36 wood-engraved plates on India, mounted, 6 etchings by M.G. Montbard signed by the artist in pencil, 4 coloured maps and plans; the 2 larger folding maps mounted on linen. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 122498