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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    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

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  • “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

    HARRER, Heinrich [His Holiness The Dalai Lama].

    Seven Years in Tibet.

    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

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  • "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

    SHACKLETON, Ernest; James Murray and George 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: $9,500.00     Item Number: 103746

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  • Ice Axe Signed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

    HILLARY, Edmund and Tenzing Norgay.

    Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Signed Ice Axe.

    Ice axe boldly signed by both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Circa 1955. Wood and steel shaft measures 35 inches; steel blade measures 12 inches.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 104783

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  • First Edition of Dr. Jeffries A Narrative of Two Aerial Voyages of Doctor Jeffries with Mons. Blanchard; Inscribed by Him

    JEFFRIES, Doctor John.

    A Narrative of Two Aerial Voyages of Doctor Jeffries with Mons. Blanchard; with Meteorological Observations and Remarks.

    London: Printed for the Author and Sold by J. Robson, 1786.

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on title-page, “Presented to Mrs. Morton by The Author.” Quarto, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards, with engraved frontispiece, portrait and one engraved plate printed in brown. 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. Also bookplate of Lord Kings Norton, Wooton Underwood, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In very good condition, repair to the half-title page, edges darkened.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 111469

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  • Rare Signed Photograph of Howard Hughes

    HUGHES, Howard.

    Howard Hughes Signed Photograph.

    Silver gelatin photograph signed and inscribed by Howard Hughes standing with his H-1 racing airplane. It was in this Hughes H-1 aircraft, designed by Hughes himself with Richard Palmer, that the aviator broke the world airspeed record in 1935 and the transcontinental airspeed record in 1937. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches. Signed and inscribed photographs of Hughes are rare.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 102564

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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

    EARHART, Amelia.

    The Fun of It.

    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

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  • 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

    MASSON, Charles [James Lewis].

    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

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  • "A Pike is a Prince of his own liquid country, and like a universal monarch, can command all the regiments of the scaled army": Scarce first edition of the art of trolling from the library of Alfred Dennison

    NOBBES, Robert.

    The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling.

    London: Printed for T. James for Tho. Helder, 1682.

    Rare first edition of Nobbes’ authoritative work on the history and methods of trolling. First issue with the engraved hook on page 37 pointing to the right and two woodcut illustrations in the text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Lord Spencer’s copy with his ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper, “From Lord Spencer’s Library 18/”. From the library of renowned angling collector Alfred Denison with his gilt leather bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Denison’s angling collection of over 3,000 books was the basis of Thomas Westwood’s historic and distinct library of English angling books, the Bibliotheca Piscatoria. In very good condition. A nice example with noted provenance.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 89160

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  • “A NATURAL HISTORY MUST BE A VAST COLLECTION OF RELIABLE FACTS— PLUS A PERSONALITY”: SETON’S LIVES OF GAME ANIMALS, WITH 1,500 ILLUSTRATIONS

    SETON, Ernest Thompson.

    Lives of Game Animals.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page, 1925-28.

    Signed limited first edition, number 95 of only 177 sets, of Seton’s illustrated zoology of “land animals in America, north of the Mexican border,” with 1,500 illustrations and 50 maps showing distribution, signed by Seton on the frontispiece of Volume I. Large Quarto, four volumes, original brown and tan gilt-stamped cloth, top edges gilt. In very good condition.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 109233

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; in the Scarce original dust jacket

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    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. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $2,800.00     Item Number: 98470

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  • "ABOUT 7:40 A.M. THE MOTOR WAS STARTED AND AT 7:52 I TOOK OFF ON THE FLIGHT FOR PARIS": Charles Lindbergh's We; Inscribed by Him and Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    LINDBERGH, Charles A. [Anne Morrow Lindbergh].

    We.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.

    Early printing of Lindbergh’s autobiography, which provides the account of the life of one of the century’s greatest adventurers, the first man to complete a solo non-stop transatlantic flight. Octavo, half bound salmon paper covered boards, pictorial endpapers, frontispiece with tissue-guard, 51 black and white plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by Lindbergh and his wife Anne on recto of frontispiece, “To Mrs. Betsy Neville Sincerely Charles A. Lindbergh Karijawa 9/4/31” ans signed by Anne Lindbergh below. Near fine in a very good dust jacket, with the original slipcase. Introduction by Myron T. Herrick. Rare and desirable signed by both Lindberghs.

    Price: $2,600.00     Item Number: 102377

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  • Signed Limited Edition of Charles Lindbergh's We; With the rare original typescript broadside issued by Colonel H. Norman

    LINDBERGH, Charles A.

    We.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.

    Author’s autograph edition of Lindbergh’s autobiography, which provides the account of the life of one of the century’s greatest adventurers, the first man to complete a solo non-stop transatlantic flight. One of 1000 numbered copies, this is number 40, signed by both Charles Lindbergh and the publisher on the limitation page. Octavo, half bound salmon paper covered boards, frontispiece with tissue-guard, 51 black and white plates. In fine condition. Together with “$25,000.00 REWARD”, 1 pp. typescript broadside issued by Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf, dated May 26, 1932, calling for “information which shall result in the apprehension and conviction of the kidnaper [sic] or kidnapers of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.” In 1932 Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped from his family’s home in New Jersey. The “crime of the century” resulted in kidnapping being classified as a federal offence if the victim is taken across state lines. Introduction by Myron T. Herrick. An exceptional example, rare with the original letter.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 116253

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  • Autographed Check From Amelia Earhart to Her Husband

    EARHART, Amelia.

    Amelia Earhart Signed Check.

    Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.

    Price: $2,200.00     Item Number: 39022

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  • First Edition of The Conquest of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and Louise Hillary

    HUNT, John; With a Chapter on the Final Assault by Edmund Hillary [George Lowe.

    The Conquest of Everest.

    New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1954.

    First edition of this classic account of the first ascent of Mount Everest. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 8 pages of  photographs in full color, and 48 pages in black and white, maps, sketches and drawings. Foreword by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Presentation copy, boldly inscribed on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand in the year of publication, “To Emily Rosset in appreciation of a pleasant stay in Philadelphia E.P. Hillary 2/10/54.” Additionally signed by George Lowe, Charles Evans and Louise Hillary. The 1953 British Mount Everest expedition was the ninth mountaineering expedition to attempt the first ascent of Mount Everest, and the first confirmed to have succeeded when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit on Friday, 29 May 1953. Led by Colonel John Hunt, it was organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee. News of the expedition’s success reached London in time to be released on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, 2 June. Charles Evans was John Hunt’s deputy leader on the expedition. With Tom Bourdillon, he made the first ascent of the South Summit, coming within three hundred feet of the main summit of Everest on 26 May 1953, but was forced to turn back. George Lowe helped prepare the route up the Lhotse Face towards the South Col at close to 8,000m altitude. On May 28th, Lowe, Alfred Gregory and Sherpa Ang Nyima, all carrying heavy loads, set out with Hillary and Tenzing as the support party for their summit attempt. Camp IX was established at 8,500m, then Lowe, Gregory and Ang Nyima descended to the South Col. The following day, May 29th, Hillary and Tenzing successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest. Lowe went on to direct a documentary film during the expedition, entitled The Conquest of Everest that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Newspaper cutouts to the rear endpaper in regards to the Everest Team in Philadelphia, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed in the year of publication.

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 102102

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  • First Edition of Edgar Beecher Bronson's In Closed Territory; Lengthily by Him

    BRONSON, Edgar Beecher.

    In Closed Territory.

    Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co, 1910.

    First edition of Beecher Bronson’s classic account of his hunting experiences in Africa. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with nearly 100 photographs by the author. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “The author inscribed this volume for a well-loved kindred spirit…. Edwin Willard Deming, EB Bronson NY 12 Nov ’12.” The recipient was American artist Edwin Willard Deming, who studied under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. In 1887 Deming first visited and painted the Apaches and Pueblos of the Southwest. His career of painting and illustrating took him repeatedly to the lands of the Blackfoot, Crow, and Sioux, as well as to Arizona and New Mexico. After the turn of the century, Deming devoted more time to sculpture but also began work on a series of romantic murals of Indian life, which were subsequently installed in the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the American Indian in New York. Signed personal bookplate of the recipient, Edwin Willard Deming, in near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 62067

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  • First Edition of Jacques Yves Cousteau's Dolphins; Inscribed by Him

    COUSTEAU, Jacques-Yves and Philippe Diole .

    Dolphins.

    London : Cassell, 1975.

    First edition of this classic work by Jacques Cousteau. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 105 photographs in full color. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Bettina! JY Cousteau.” The recipient was an international lawyer for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with and worked with Cousteau in Monaco on several occasions during the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, Cousteau was the director of the Musee Oceanographique in Monaco (1957-1988), where the recipient was working on drafting an agreement between the IAEA and Monaco to establish an oceanographic lab (Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity) for joint research at the Musee Oceanographique in Monaco. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Translated from the French by J.F. Bernard. Books signed by Cousteau are uncommon. 

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 120342

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  • First Edition of Henrik Johan Bull's The Cruise of the 'Antarctic' to the South Polar Regions; From the Library of Adventurer and Explorer Steve Fossett

    BULL, Henrik Johan.

    The Cruise of the ‘Antarctic’ to the South Polar Regions.

    London: Edward Arnold, 1896.

    First edition of Antarctic pioneer Henrik Johan Bull’s account of his voyage aboard the steamship ‘Antarctic’ in search of the elusive Right whale which, arguably, put the first men on the continent. Octavo, original pictorial cloth with gilt titles to the spine, gilt vignette of the ‘Antarctic’ to the front panel, frontispiece by W.L. Wyllie and illustrations by W.G. Burn Murdoch. 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. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 111093

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  • First Edition of William K. Vanderbilt's West Made East With The Loss Of A Day

    VANDERBILT, William K.

    West Made East With The Loss Of A Day: A Chronicle of the First Circumnavigation of the Globe under the United States Naval Reserve Yacht Pennant.

    New York: Privately Printed, by Edmund Garrett, 1933.

    First edition, number 82 of 200 specially bound copies. Quarto, original half blue levant morocco gilt over stamped boards, the upper cover with a motif of the Alva’s flag, illustrated endpapers, in original slipcase. Near fine in a near fine slipcase. Lavishly illustrated throughout by William Belanske.

    Price: $1,400.00     Item Number: 98744

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