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“They looked at each other until they weren't acquaintances any longer": First Edition of What Makes Sammy Run; Inscribed by Budd Schulberg in the year of publication
New York: Random House 1941.
First edition of what many consider one of the most important novels on Hollywood and the film industry. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Julian Johnson with respect and fond regards, Budd. March 29, 1941.” The recipient Julian Johnson was the head story editor for 20th Century Fox studios in the 1930s. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the rear panel with the blurbs by F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.
First Edition of Richard Ben Cramer's What It Takes: The Way to the White House; Inscribed by Him to Ambassador Frank Wisner
New York: Random House 1992.
First edition of “quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Ambassador Frank Wisner, Who’s probably known enough Presidents to know What It Takes. Richard Ben Cramer Christmas 1999.” The recipient Frank Wisner is a career diplomat who served as Ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines and India. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Bennington, VT: Bennington College Chapbooks 1997.
First edition of this essay by J.M. Coetzee. Octavo, original wrappers, as issued. Although not called for, this copy is signed by Coetzee. Fine in wrappers.
"Our comments focus on the design of macroeconomic policy after the global economy emerges from crisis rather than on current policy choices": First edition of What have we learned? Macroeconomic Policy after the crisis; signed by both John Stiglitz and David Romer
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press 2014.
First edition of this book in which top economists consider how to conduct policy after the recent financial and economic crises. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Joseph Stiglitz and David Romer on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company 1950.
First edition of Merton’s interpretation of the life of St. Lutgarde, a thirteenth centiry saint and mystic who chose the way of La Trappe as her path to God. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
London: J.M. Dent & Sons 1923.
First illustrated edition of Kingsley’s historical novel based on the Preston Somers Expedition of 1595. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco by Bayntun Bindery with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with sixteen colored plates by E. A. Cox including tissue-guarded frontispiece of Queen Elizabeth. In near fine condition.
"The way to find a needle in a haystack is to sit down": First Edition of West With The Night; Signed by Beryl Markham
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1942.
First edition, first state with the date of 1942 to the title page of Beryl Markham’s classic autobiography. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Books signed by Markham are uncommon, particularly in this condition.
Laurents, Arthur; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
New York: Random House 1958.
First edition of this classic musical. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and inscribed by Stephen Sondheim on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by these three contributors. This is the first example we have seen. Rare and desirable.
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.
First Edition of Well-Being: Foundations of Hedonic Psychology; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman
New York: Russell Sage Foundation 1999.
First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed and dated by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gene Crofts.
"Nyokabi called him. She was a small, black woman, with a bold but grave face": First Edition of Weep Not, Child; Lengthily Inscribed by Ngugi
London: William Heinemann 1964.
First edition of the author’s first book and the first English novel to be published by an East African. Octavo, original orange cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpapaper, “Nyokabi called him. She was a small, black woman, with a bold but grave face. Ngugi wa Thiong’o Irvine 27th April 2004.” The quotation is from the first line of this novel. Very good in a dust jacket that shows some chipping to the front and rear panel. Jacket design by Brian Russell.
New York: Essential Books/ Duell, Sloan and Pearce 1956.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Sam Clemente Weegee 1956.” An excellent near fine example with the original very good dust jacket.
First edition of the famed photographer’s autobiography. Octavo. Inscribed by the author, “To Frances Colley Weegee”. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
"One corner of the great American panorama enlarged to highlight starry-eyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism": First Edition of Wedding of the Waters; Inscribed by Peter L. Bernstein
New York: W.W. Norton & Company 2005.
First edition of this work regarding this fascinating history of the building of the Erie Canal. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Richard Tedlow with gratitude and friendship Peter L. Bernstein." The recipient Richard Tedlow, is a professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he is a specialist in the history of business. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear.
Cambridge, MA: Boston Review 1968.
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. In near fine condition with a small crease to the bottom front panel. Signed twice by John Irving, once on the front free endpaper and at his contribution. An early appearance in print for John Irving, as his first novel came out months later in January, 1969.