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Scarce first edition of Frederick Studebaker Fish's A Hunting Trip in Jackson's Hole, Wyoming, October 1913; in the original wrappers
South Bend, Indiana: Privately Printed, 1913.
Scarce first edition of this detailed narrative of a month-long hunting trip throughout Jackson’s Hole, Wyoming. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers with gilt titles as issued, 8 engraved plates incorporating captioned photographs and illustrations. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom quarter morocco and chemise slipcase. Scarce, Worldcat locates only 2 other copies.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 95343
Rare First Edition of Cox's Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory
Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory.
Saint Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Company, 1895.
First edition of this work, one of the big four cattle books. Quarto, illustrated with color lithographic frontispiece, 16 plates, numerous full-page black and white and half-tone photo illustrations as well as illustrations in text, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 102643
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 225. Small quarto, original three quarters calf, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell slipcase. A very nice example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 117165
"This is a book that needed to be written": First Edition of Tin Pan Alley; Signed by George Gershwin, Charles Previn and James Melton
New York: The John Day Company, 1930.
First edition of this work on American popular music. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by George Gershwin. Boldly signed “Sincerely George Gershwin” on the dedication page. Additionally signed by conductor Charles Previn and tenor James Melton. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Previn was an American film composer who was highly active at Universal in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s. Before going to Hollywood, Previn had arranged music for over 100 Broadway productions. Melton was a popular singer in the 1920s and 1930s and later began a career as an operatic singer when tenor voices went out of style in popular music around 1932–35. Contemporary bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 84308
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 197. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In very good condition.
Price: $4,600.00 Item Number: 124862
Forest, Lake and River: The Fishers of New England & Eastern Canada; From the Library of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Boston: Printed For Subscribers, 1902.
Limited to 350 copies this is number 106, from the library of President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt with their signature to both volumes. Thick quarto, two volumes, original full tan reverse calf with hand painted salmon-fly designs and embossed cartouches on both front covers, beveled edges, leather straps with snaps, silk doublures. Each volume is on handmade paper and richly illustrated with 75 full-page illustrations of fish and flies, and numerous in-text photolithographs of fishing holes and tackle. Contributors include such notable anglers as William Harris, Archibald Mitchell, John Quackenbos, and George Van Siclen. In very good condition. Books from the library of the Roosevelts are scarce and desirable.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 92756
"And the ladies sometimes fish": Rare first edition of Grover Cleveland's A Defense of Fishermen; with an autograph note signed by him
Princeton, New Jersey: Privately Printed, 1902.
First edition of the rarest of the American Presidential works on angling. Octavo, original green gilt-stamped cloth, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Cleveland fishing. One of only 60 copies privately printed. Presentation copy, with an autograph note signed by Cleveland tipped in on his personal letterhead which reads, “And the ladies sometimes fish. Grover Cleveland Feb 25, 1908.” In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 125137
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives": Rare Black and White Photograph of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson; signed by him
Rare black and white photograph signed by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, Jackie Robinson. Inscribed by the baseball legend in the bottom left corner of the photograph, “To John, best wishes, Jackie Robinson.” In near fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 8.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Photographs signed by Robinson are scarce.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 107856
Brooklyn: A Spooner & Co, 1846.
First edition of one of the earliest American books on wine making. Small octavo, original cloth. In very goo condition condition with 12 page corners torn. Rare; the last example at auction was in 1984.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 102334
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
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914.
First edition of Roosevelt’s final work on big-game hunting. Octavo, 2 volumes, original buckram cloth with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, tissue-guarded engraved frontispieces, with illustrations from photographs and drawings by Philip R. Goodwin and with forty faunal maps. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 125598
“The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers": First Edition of Walter Chrysler's Life of an American Workman; Inscribed by Him to John Hartford
New York: Privately Printed by William E. Rudge's Sons, 1937.
Limited first edition, one of 500 numbered copies, this is number 160. Octavo, original black leather, gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece portrait of Chrysler and illustrated with 22 photogravure plates. Asscociation copy, inscribed by the author, “To: John A. Hartford With my friendship and affection W.P. Chrysler 1/29/38.” John Augustine Hartford was the longtime President of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (“A&P”), serving in that position for 35 years from 1916 until his death. His father, George Huntington Hartford (1833–1917) left the control of the company’s voting stock to a trust that gave total control to John and his older brother George Ludlum Hartford who served as chairman. John, who one company historian named the “Merchant Prince”, ran the business operations side of the empire, while his brother George ran the financial side. Time magazine interviewed John and his brother George who were on their cover in November 1950. Time wrote that “going to the A&P was almost an American tribal rite”. The Wall Street Journal in an editorial on August 29, 2011 wrote “Together the brothers, neither of whom had finished high school, built what would be, for 40 years, the largest retail outlet in the world.” The New York Times in an editorial on September 7, 2011 wrote that John and George Hartford “were among the 20th century’s most accomplished and visionary businessmen.” Written in collaboration with Boyden Sparkes. Decorations by Earle Winslow. In near fine condition. An exceptional association linking these two giants of twentieth century business.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 102468
Rare American Boxing Champions Signed Photograph Collection; signed by James J. Braddock, Max Baer, James 'Red' Burman, Sixto Escobar, and Bob Pastor
Collection of six original photographs signed and inscribed by five 1930s American boxing champions, including: “Cinderella Man” James J.Braddock, World Heavyweight Champion Max Baer, James ‘Red’ Burman, Sixto Escobar, and top-ranked heavyweight Bob Pastor. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 119265
First Edition of Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?: The story of America's last hero; Inscribed by Joe Dimaggio
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1975.
First edition of this classic work on DiMaggio. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the subject on the front free endpaper, “To Wayne Best wishes Joe DiMaggio.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mark Rubin.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 120876
Rare photograph of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio as a sports commentator for NBC; signed by him
Original photograph of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Boldly signed by DiMaggio. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 96013
New York: The Century Co., 1896.
Early printing of Roosevelt’s fascinating account of the West. Quarto, original publisher’s decorated cloth, top edge gilt. Illustrated by Frederic Remington. In very good condition. Bookplate.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 125077
Original color photograph of baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Brooks Robinson. Signed by both Mickey Mantle and Brooks Robinson. Framed on a custom oak mount with a commemorative plaque. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 10.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 115289
"The climate of the East Coast of Florida is nearer perfection than that of any other place on earth": Rare First Edition of Florida: Beauties of the East Coast
St. Augustine: Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Indian River Railway Company, 1893.
Scarce first edition of this early brochure for the state of Florida. Oblong octavo, original illustrated wrappers, gilt titles, with color illustrated frontispiece. Illustrated throughout with numerous plates from photographs. With text by Helen K. Ingram.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 103179
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1936.
First edition of this collection of bird-hunting and fishing sketches by the renowned American sporting writer. Octavo, original boards decorated in gilt with central illustrated onlay, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A pleasure and privilege to inscribe this to Mrs. R. Richens – from Nash Buckingham.” One of twelve hundred and fifty numbered copies, this is number 239. In near fine condition. Bookplate. First editions are uncommon signed.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 116034
New York: The Derrydale Press, 1937.
First edition of this collection of sketches by the renowned American sporting writer. Octavo, original boards decorated in gilt with central painted onlay, illustrated. One of twelve hundred and fifty numbered copies, this is number 612. In near fine condition.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 116027