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“YOU ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK UPON THE GREAT CRUSADE, TOWARD WHICH WE HAVE STRIVEN THESE MANY MONTHS”: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF CRUSADE IN EUROPE: With an original dinner program honoring Eisenhower
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1948.
Signed limited first edition of General Eisenhower’s wartime memoirs. Thick octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, original acetate. One of 1426 numbered copies signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, this is number 836. With a rare original dinner program from the Michigan Post Army Ordinance Association Spring Dinner held in honor of Eisenhower and Major General Everett S. Hughes held on June 3, 1946 at the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit laid in. Both Eisenhower and Hughes spoke at the dinner and the program includes brief biographies of both Army Generals. Fine in the original acetate jacket and in the original slipcase which is in very good condition. A nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 123942
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc, 1974.
First edition of this novel which won the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip K. Dick on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by One Plus One Studio. An exceptional example, uncommon and desirable signed.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 101435
"I am out of my mind, it's all right with me, thought Moses Herzog": First Edition of Saul Bellow's Herzog; Inscribed by Him to Sally Soames
London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1965.
First British edition of the author’s second of three National Book Award winning novels, which was and remains an unprecedented literary accomplishment. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sally S. from S. Bellow Best wishes Oct 10 ’91 Chicago, Ill.” The recipient, British photojournalist Sally Soames, worked for The Sunday Times from 1968 until 2000 and was highly regarded for her exclusively black and white portraits of many of the most prominent figures of the 20th century including Menachem Begin, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Thatcher, Sean Connery, Rudolf Nureyev, Alec Guinness and Andy Warhol. Soames, who was known to be a warm and personal journalist, performed extensive research on the subjects of her photographs and developed intimate rapports with them during her process resulting in intimate and revealing portraits. In addition to the several world leaders Soames came to know and photograph, she captured the creative energy and personality of some of the world’s most gifted authors, poets, and playwrights. She published two books of photographs during her lifetime, Manpower (1987) with text by Robin Morgan and an introduction by Harold Evans and Writers (1995) with a preface by Norman Mailer. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by John Griffiths.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 118261
"I am out of my mind, it's all right with me, thought Moses Herzog": First Edition of Saul Bellow's Herzog; Signed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1964.
First edition of the author’s second of three National Book Award winning novels, which was and remains an unprecedented literary accomplishment. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Best Wishes Saul Bellow Philadelphia March 3, 1968.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Mel Williamson.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 107467
"Knock, and it shall be opened unto you": First Edition of Sean O'Casey's I Knock At The Door; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
London: Macmillan & Co, 1939.
First edition of this autobiography by the famed Irish playwright. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “To Joe Cummins, with deep affection, from Sean O’Casey remembering many delightful Dublin chats round his surgery firesides. Devon 1939. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 108016
Madrid: May 28, 1699.
Rare elaborately illuminated nobility diploma signed by King Charles II of Spain, appointing Don Martin Damian Mendizabal the title of Marquis of Torre Gines. Quarto, bound in full red contemporary velvet covered boards with two metal clasps, containing five illuminated leaves, two fully illuminated in color with the Royal coat of arms and portrait of King Charles II, text in Spanish. Signed by King Charles II, “Yo el Rey” and additionally signed by several Royal secretaries. Bound with a printed manuscript of the Oath of Fidelity to the King of Spain with Royal stamps dated 1701 and with two autograph letters laid in, the first dated September 17, 1701 and signed by Philip V, and the second addressed to the Marquis. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 107920
New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1899.
First edition, first printing of Norris’ classic novel with moment as the last word on page 106 and 4 pages of ads headed ‘A New American Author’. Octavo, original cloth decorated in gilt. In near fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 123089
New York: Random House, 1995.
Signed limited edition by James Michener. Octavo, original cloth. Number 391 of 500 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase, still in the original shrinkwrap.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 107453
Original color photograph of Neil Armstrong, boldly inscribed by him, “To ___ ____ _____- Congratulations on a century of achievement Neil Armstrong.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117575
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Photograph of Neil Armstrong; Signed by Him
Original color photograph of Neil Armstrong, boldly inscribed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 101188
London: Strahan & Co. Publishers, 1871.
First illustrated edition of Trollope’s account of a corrupt Parliamentary election, based on his own experiences as a candidate. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, wood-engraved illustrations by F.B. Fraser. In near fine condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 110321
New York: Random House, 1994.
Signed limited edition of Michener’s final novel. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by James Michener, number 100 of 500 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 107821
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
First edition of this work by the author of Future Shock. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Alvin Toffler on the front free endpaper, “For Mike from Alvin Toffler.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
Price: $50.00 Item Number: 106438
Dublin and London: Maunsel & Company, Ltd, 1916.
First edition of Russell’s essay on the nation of Ireland. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed by the author and with an original colored pencil and ink drawing of the hills of Ireland on the title page, “George Russell A.E.” In near fine condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 110589
First edition of Arthur Piver's Trans-Pacific Trimaran; from the library of explorer and adventurer Steve Fossett
Mill Valley: PI-CRAFT, 1963.
First edition of the sequel to the author-designer’s Trans-Atlantic Trimaran of 1961. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, charts to the verso of the dust jacket. 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. 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. Rare and with noted provenance.
Price: $75.00 Item Number: 115630
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