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  • First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant

    BIDDLE, Owen.

    The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.

    Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.

    First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 117672

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  • First Edition of Walt Disney's Fantasia; Inscribed by Disney and with Twelve original drawings

    DISNEY, Walt; Deems Taylor .

    Walt Disney’s Fantasia. With a Foreword by Leopold Stokowski.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.

    First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.

    Price: $14,000.00     Item Number: 96808

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  • Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen

    [WASHINGTON, George].

    George Washington and Great Seal of the United States Engraved Ostrich Egg.

    Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. In fine condition. A unique piece of Americana and with noted provenance.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 119684

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  • "In no time at all she was princess of the land. And she and her husband, the charming Prince, rode to their palace in a golden coach to live happily ever after!": First Edition of Walt Disney's Cinderella; Signed by Him

    DISNEY, Walt.

    Walt Disney’s Cinderella.

    Stuttgart: Bluchert-Verlag, 1951.

    First German edition of the classic retelling of one of the most celebrated Disney films. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Laid in is a business card of the publisher with a note referencing this was signed in 1953. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 106556

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  • Signed by Walt Disney and 13 other Hollywood Actor and Actresses

    SPEED, F. Maurice [Walt Disney].

    Film Review.

    London: Macdonald and Co, 1939.

    First edition of this overview of Hollywood. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed on the front pastedown and endpapers by Walt Disney and 13 other Hollywood actors and actresses, including, Chico Marx “To Pat Sincerely Chico Marx”; Pat O’Brien; “To Pat my own namesake  Love Pat O’Brien Nov 21, 1947; Deborah Kerr, “I see a dark Stranger” (on page 76) “with best wishes Deborah Kerr”; Merle Oberon “To Pat  all the best Merle Oberon”; Joe E. Brown “To Pat Joe Brown.” Brown was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s, with films like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Earthworm Tractors, Alibi Ike and Some Like It Hot. Jack Train “Best wishes Pat Jack Train Don’t’ mind if I do”; Ray Milland “Merry Xmas Pat Ray Milland.” Milland is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend, leading man opposite John Wayne’s corrupt character in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954), and Oliver Barrett III in Love Story. Two of the signatures are pasted onto the end papers, while the rest are signed directly onto the end papers with one on page 76. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional collection of signatures in this film review book.

    Price: $6,500.00     Item Number: 112422

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  • Rare original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation

    LINCLON, Abraham; Designed and written by W.H. Pratt. Lithograph by A. Hageboeck.

    Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation Typographic Portrait.

    Davenport, Iowa: 1865.

    Original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece, a rare and desirable piece of Americana.

    Price: $6,000.00     Item Number: 95831

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  • "Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision": First Edition of Dali; Signed and dated by him

    DALI, Salvador; Edited by Max Gerard.


    France: Draeger, 1968.

    First edition of this lavishly illustrated work by Salvador Dali. Quarto, original illustrated boards, 271 illustrations, with 80 color plates and 23 in toned gravure. Boldly signed by Salvador Dali opposite the title page in red paint, “Dali, 1971.” Dali has added a crown to the flourish in the letter ‘D’. Arranged and edited by Max Gerard. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in the original slipcase.

    Price: $6,000.00     Item Number: 95382

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  • Guest Book With Drawings by Architect Addison Mizner

    MIZNER, Addison.

    Farmholme Guest Book: With Drawing by Addison Mizner.

    London: Doves Bindery, 1906.

    Quarto, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt. With original caricature and artwork by architect Addison Mizner. Entries dated between 1906 and 1929 and about two-thirds of the leaves remaining blank. Mizner’s contributions include to the guestbook include three self-caricature sketches and also a watercolor, each signed by Mizner. Besides Mizner’s contributions, there are two other watercolors, one a cameo of a bucolic classical ruin, another, a dog looking out onto a panoramic view of pines and the coast, undoubtedly a view from a Farmholme prospect, or nearby, before it was overrun with suburban development. And there are several other fun drawings, including ones of a race car and of a plane. Mizner is credited with pioneering the Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial stucco architectural style in Southern Florida, and also Southern California and Beverly Hills. As virtually integral as this style has become to these places and elsewhere, before Mizner designed the Everglades Country Club’s clubhouse in Palm Beach in 1918, the prevailing style there was Victorian Queen Anne and Colonial Revival shingle homes such as one would have found in Northeastern resorts. Admiration for the Everglades clubhouse made Mizner the go-to architect for millionaires who competed against one another through the 1920s for the most impressive mansion in Palm Beach, formerly primarily a hotel resort, and his style was emulated by other architects hired to build less august developments. Among his legacy is the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Mizner, though, was not your typical nose-to-the-grindstone architect but also a highly colorful figure, famed as a raconteur, a co-author of the satiric “The Cynic’s Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1903” and many sequels, and a bit of a scoundrel, who with his brother was implicated in some shady transactions relating to the Florida land boom of the 1920s, and this served as the basis for the Stephen Sondheim 2008 musical, “Road Show”. It is the social animal that Mizner was, someone who was able to exploit social connections, that should give this guest book a certain resonance to those fascinated by him and his career. Also, Mizner was a somewhat unconventionally trained architect. He didn’t go to a modern sort of architecture school, but apprenticed in an architectural office, and perhaps it was unorthodox training that later made him so much an original, and eccentric, architect, famous for glitches in his designs such as stairways that went nowhere. But he was regarded as a highly proficient draftsman and talented artist, abilities perhaps all too in short supply in the architectural profession, and here are examples of his quick dash art that provide some delightful corroboration of this reputation. Another guest at Farmholme was Ethel Watts Mumford (Grant), his co-author, who in one place contributed four lines of comic verse and a drawing of two monkeys. Other guests included Elisabeth Marbury, the prominent theatrical agent and lesbian lover of Elsie de Wolfe; Mary Livingston Hunt, of the Old Knickerbocker Livingstons; and many others who were undoubtedly secure in their Social Register bona fides — people with names such as de Forest, Alsop, Callander, Ogden, Hotchkiss. Whoever many of these people were, the same people came back again and again over the two decades, suggesting a close knit group of friends. While many of the entries are just autographs, sometimes accompanied by an anodyne sentiment, not a few are accompanied with a few lines of appreciative verse or snippets of musical notation. One guest, an Eduardo Bucco  left several entries in Italian verse. The painter of the watercolor cameo signed in reverse — one needs a mirror to make out the name, which looks something like Raymond Tumball. As august as Farmholme must have been, based on its guests, bits and pieces hinted at in the text of entries, the painted view, the exquisiteness of the guest book itself, we were not able to discover anything definitive about the estate.

    Price: $4,800.00     Item Number: 81005

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  • "The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

    GUGLER, Henry. [Abraham Lincoln].

    Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

    c. 1869.

    Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.

    Price: $4,500.00     Item Number: 104856

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  • "The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people": Rare original Henry Miller watercolor painting; signed by him

    MILLER, Henry.

    Henry Miller Original Watercolor Painting.


    Rare original watercolor painting by American writer and artist Henry Miller. The painting depicts three anthropomorphic figures, one with a horse-shaped head beneath a sky dotted with one star. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner of the image, “Henry Miller 8/63.” In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 21 inches by 18.5 inches.

    Price: $4,200.00     Item Number: 84955

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    GARDNER, Alexander. (Abraham Lincoln).

    Abraham Lincoln Portrait.

    c. 1860.

    Rare original painting of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After a photograph by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner. Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner immigrated to the United States in 1856 where he became best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In near fine condition. In a period frame. The entire piece measures 20.75 by 16.75 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $3,500.00     Item Number: 95830

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  • Large Photograph of Marcel Breuer; Signed by Him

    BREUER, Marcel.

    Marcel Breuer Signed Photograph.

    Black and White photograph taken by Pach Brothers of architect Marcel Breuer. Boldly signed by Breuer on the lower left. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.8 inches by 21 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 67091

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  • Rare Hand-Illuminated Apostolic Benediction Signed by Pope Pius Xi


    Pope Pius XI Hand-Illuminated Benediction Signed.

    c. 1930.

    Rare hand-illuminated apostolic benediction signed by Pope Pius XI with a circular portrait of him. The blessing in elaborate script reads, “Most Holy Father, Margaret, Katherine, Regina, John, Leo and Charles Lougrhan, humbly prostrate at the feet of Your Holiness beg one special blessing.” Signed by the pope at the conclusion, “Pope PP. XI.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 19 inches. Uncommon signed by Pope Pius XI.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 88158

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  • Inscribed by Marc Chagall

    CHAGALL, Marc.


    Paris: Editions d'Art Skira, 1956.

    First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with tipped-in color plates. Inscribed by Marc Chagall on the title page, “Pour David de Marc Chagall en bon souvenir N.Y. 1967.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with the original slipcase.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 5097

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  • “There's No Business Like Show Business”: Collection of P.B. Socci sketches signed by twelve Hollywood icons

    SOCCI, P.B. (Faye Dunaway.

    Collection of Hollywood Actors Signed P.B. Socci Sketches.

    Collection of twelve rare graphite artist’s sketches of Hollywood actors and actresses, each one signed by the respective actor. Signed by Faye Dunaway, Roy Rogers, Bruce Dern, Frederic March, Cliff Robertson, Janet Leigh, Richard Rodgers, Carol Channing, Jeff Bridges, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Liv Ullman, George C. Scott, and George Raft. Each drawing additionally signed by the artist, P.B. Socci. Active in the mid 1970s, American artist Pat B. Socci gained a reputation for seeking out Hollywood icons to sign his sketched portraits. In fine condition. A unique collection.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 89136

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  • “A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln

    LINCOLN, Abraham.

    Abraham Lincoln Relief Bust.

    Rare caste metal relief portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. Housed in a custom circular frame with gilt decorative floral reliefs. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 16 inches. A handsome example.

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 95124

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  • Early 20th Century French Empire Doré Bronze Eagle Inkwell

    Early 20th Century French Empire Doré Bronze Eagle Inkwell.

    c. 1920.

    Early 20th Century French Empire Doré bronze inkwell featuring prominently a large bronze eagle flanked by two bronze inkwells on clawed feet. Sited on a green marble base atop two bronze winged lions and two rear feet. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches long, 7.25 inches deep, and 8.5 inches tall. In fine condition. A handsome library decoration.

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 90475

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  • First Edition of Man Ray Photographs; Warmly Inscribed by Him

    MAN RAY,.

    Man Ray: Photographs.

    New York: East River Press, 1975.

    First edition. Quarto, original wrappers as issued. Inscribed by Man Ray on the half title page, “For Roberta with thanks for her interest in this resurrection! Man Ray 1976.” In near fine condition with light shelfwear. Uncommon signed and inscribed, as Man Ray passed away in November of 1976.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 15047

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  • The Louis XIV national deluxe illustrated edition of the works of Albert Camus; with over 90 original lithographs in color by Carzou

    CAMUS, Albert.

    Oeuvres Completes de Albert Camus.

    Paris: Imprimierie Nationale, 1965.

    The Louis XIV national deluxe illustrated edition of the works of Albert Camus with over 90 original lithographs in color by Carzou. Quartos, 7 volumes, pages loosely bound within black vellum backed wrappers housed in glassine, elaborately illustrated throughout with additional suites of lithographs to the rear of each volume. In near fine condition. Each volume housed in the original custom slipcase. Exquisitely illustrated.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 94697

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  • Rare early 18th century map of France and its surrounds by Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit

    DE WIT, Frederik .

    Rare Frederik de Wit Map of France and Central Europe.

    c. 1700.

    Rare early 18th century map of France and its surrounds by Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit. One page, with detailed topographical details and hand-colored borders. Bearing the seal of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cambrai in the upper right corner. In very good condition.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 100212

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