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Athens: Pyrsos, 1938.
First edition of Kazantzakis’ masterpiece. Folio, original wrappers as issued. One of 277 numbered copies signed by Nikos Kazantzakis this is number 204. A near fine example. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others": First Edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Chicago & New York: George M. Hill & Company, 1900.
First edition, second state of “the first truly enduring American fantasy” (Connolly, 38). Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, illustrated by W.W. Denslow with 24 color plates, many illustrations in text, and on paste-downs (issued without endpapers). Hanff & Greene I, state 2 of text and plates, binding variant B with un-serifed red publisher’s imprint at foot of spine; Peter Parley to Penrod, state Z, title state C/D. In very good condition with some professional restoration to the joints. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box.
"who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis": First Edition of Mario Puzos The Godfather; Inscribed by Him with a Full Page Inscription
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Hollywood screenwriter Barry Beckerman and his wife, “For Susan – the only wife in the world who would let her husband make a movie in Sweden and so lovely that she has nothing to fear from the competition- & Barry- who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis. From your fellow Chinese Food addict, Mario.” Recipient Barry Beckerman wrote the screenplays for the films Shamus, A Matter of Wife…and Death and St. Ives; he was also a studio executive and producer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional association copy.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety": Rare First Edition of Benjamin Franklin's Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces
Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces; Arranged under the Following Heads…General Politics; American Politics before the Troubles; American Politics during the Troubles; Provincial or Colony Politics; Miscellaneous and Philosophical Pieces.
London: J. Johnson, 1779.
First edition of “the only edition of Franklin’s writings (other than his scientific) printed during his lifetime” (Ford). Thick quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling to the spine, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins. With the engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin, two full page engravings, one folding engraving and on folding typographical table. In very good condition. Complete with index, addenda and corrigenda. Bookplate to the pastedown. A rarity in contemporary calf.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City: Samuel Harrison Smith, 1801.
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
"For the children, they mark, and the children, they know the place where the sidewalk ends": Rare First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein
New York: Harper & Row, 1974.
First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Signed by Shel Silverstein on the half-title page. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially signed.
“We're forever teetering on the brink of the unknowable, and trying to understand what can't be understood": First Edition of Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1954.
First edition of the first work in Asimov’s acclaimed Robot series. Octavo, original blue boards, red topstain. Signed by Isaac Asimov on the title page. Light wear to the cloth, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Dust jacket design by Ruth Ray. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
"It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate": First Edition of Dreams From My Father; Lengthily Inscribed by Barack Obama
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1995.
First edition of this memoir by the 44th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Barack Obama on the half-title page, “To Ant- It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate. Thanks for your friendship, counsel and support! Warm Regards, Barack Obama.” The recipient worked with Obama in the Senate. Examples are usually encountered with just a signature, association copies of this magnitude are uncommon. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
The Constitutions of the United States, According to the Latest Amendments: To Which Are Annexed, The Declaration of Independence; and the Federal Constitution.
Philadelphia: Carey, Stewart and Co, 1791.
Rare first edition of The Constitutions of the United States which precedes the publication of Bill of Rights as the First Amendment and is the first printing to contain the Constitution of Vermont. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. Contents include the Constitution of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Vermont. Additionally included are the Charter of Rhode Island, Declaration of Independence, Federal Constitution, and a pre-ratification printing of the Bill of Rights (Sabin 16097). In near fine condition. An exceptional piece of Americana.
First Edition of The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi
The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi [sic], adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston.
New York: Ezra Sergeant, 1812.
First edition, one of only 250 copies printed for Jefferson to distribute to senators, congressman and other political figures. Octavo, original wrappers, frontispiece map. Some wear to the wrappers, light dampstaining. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
"Guide this nation through eternity...guide this nation through dark + stormy times": Original Campaign Speech from John F. Kennedys Campaign With His Notes and Corrections
St. Louis: 1960.
Original John F. Kennedy campaign speech with extensive annotations in his hand. This is a reading copy of the speech Kennedy delivered in St. Louis on October 2, 1960. In all, 14 double-spaced pages, with notes in the Presidential candidate’s hand throughout. The speech begins, “Massachusetts and Missouri are closely linked in the history of this republic. Both have been cradles of American freedom.” Quarter, bound in a loose leaf folder, gilt-lettered cover.
"REDESIGNING THE SHAPE OF HISTORY AUGUSTINE WOULD DOMINATE WESTERN THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AUGUSTINES CITIE OF GOD
London: George Eld, 1610.
First edition in English of Augustine’s monumental work. Translated by John Healey. Folio, contemporary full brown calf. Front and rear panels double-ruled in gilt, gilt floral cornerpieces, spine double-ruled in gilt. Large woodcut printer’s device on title (McKerrow 375). Decorative woodcut head-pieces and decorative and woodcut initials, including three twelve-line initials. Binding shows some rubbing with some contemporary marginalia. Overall a very good copy of this scarce and important work, rare in contemporary calf.
Color photograph of President Kennedy meeting with astronaut Wally Schirra and his family in the Oval Office, affixed to its original mount. Boldly inscribed, “To Commander Walter Schirra—and his family—with esteem and best wishes, John Kennedy.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece linking these two great American icons.
"One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see": First Edition of Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of The Snowy Day, which is considered “one of the most important American books of the 20th century” (Diefendorf, ed. The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century). Oblong quarto, original pictorial cloth as issued. Fine in a very good first-issue dust jacket with the prerequisite $3.00 price on the dust jacket and no mention of this title winning the Caldecott Medal (the second and subsequent printings mention this on the front flap of the jacket) and without patterned interior front and rear flaps that mimicked the snowflake patterns of the endpapers in later printings. Although the Caldecott Medal is affixed to the dust jacket cover, this was due to the common practice of book sellers who adhered the sticker for marketing purposes after the Caldecott was awarded. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings in the original dust jacket are of the utmost rarity.
"Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between": First Edition of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings; Signed by Maya Angelou; From the library of James Baldwin
New York: Random House, 1969.
First edition of Angelou’s critically acclaimed first book. Octavo, original first issue book, with the top edge stained red. From the library of writer and close friend of Angelou’s James Baldwin’s library with his signature to the front free endpaper. Signed by the author, “Joy! Maya Angelou” on the half-title page. After Angelou’s close friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in 1968 depression had set in. Her dear friend James Baldwin, or Jimmy and her “brother friend” as she affectionately called him, took her to a dinner party to brighten her spirits, if only for the night. The party was at the home of the Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer and his wife Judy in late 1968. Everyone in the room began sharing stories about their childhoods, but when it was Angelou’s turn to speak, Mrs. Feiffer was blown away by her storytelling. The next day Feiffer called Random House editor Robert Loomis to tell him he should have Angelou write a book. Following Mrs. Feiffer’s orders, Loomis asked Angelou to write a book about her life, but she said no. Angelou considered herself a poet and playwright, not an author. He asked again; she declined again. Around the fourth time he changed his tune. She had just written a TV series and was out in California when he called. “It’s just as well you don’t attempt to write autobiography, because to write autobiography as literature is almost impossible,” she remembers him saying. “Maybe I’ll try it,” she replied. Loomis’s new tactic had been inspired by a conversation with Baldwin. Baldwin told Loomis that in order to get Angelou to do anything, you have to tell her she can’t do it. The reverse psychology worked. She isolated herself in London and began writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), the first of her seven book autobiography series. It was instantly a bestseller and is her most critically acclaimed work. Had it not been for Baldwin and Angelou’s pugnacious tenacity, the world may have never known she was a masterful memoirist. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An extraordinary association copy linking two of the greatest African American writers of the twentieth century.
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. The British edition (which this example is) was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Light rubbing and small contemporary name to the front free endpaper, an excellent example in the original dust jacket with some expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare in the original dust jacket.
"But there are no absolutes in human misery and things can always get worse": First Edition of Suttree; Signed by Cormac McCarthy
New York: Random House, 1979.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel and what many consider to be his finest. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a miniscule closed tear. Jacket design by Jack Ribik. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; SIGNED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Boldly signed by Ayn Rand on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed.
"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect": First Edition of Gone with the Wind; Signed by Margaret Mitchell
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.
First edition of the author’s classic novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Signed by Margaret Mitchell on the front free end paper. First printing, with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page and no mention of other printings. First issue dust jacket, with Gone with the Wind listed in the second column of the booklist on the back panel, with $3.00 cost on the front flap. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some light professional restoration to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
“This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down": First Edition of Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original Four Line Poem
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.
First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed and inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper and dated in 1931 with a four line unique poem in German entirely in his hand, which translates, “This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down the urgencies that in the dark are touched don’t frighten others very much.” The recipient was the wife of Leonor Michaelis, who was a German chemist, and physician, known primarily for his work with Maud Menten on enzyme kinetics and Michaelis–Menten kinetics in 1913. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chips and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
London: Richard Bentley, 1841.
First edition of this classic study of crowd psychology, a compilation of human folly throughout the ages. Octavo, three volumes. Bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, triple gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
New York: Random House, 1943.
First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Tim xxx from Roald Dahl 19/6/43 There should be a bowler hat and a tail.” Dahl has added a drawing of a hat and a tail on the gremlin. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed in the year of publication.
First Edition, First Issue of Roger Tory Peterson's First Book A Field Guide to the Birds; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934.
First edition, first state with the date on title page and with “Bob-pumper” on index page 155. Octavo, original green pebbled cloth with numerous full-page plates by the author. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Phyllis Bergen with my compliments- a poor atonement for ruined eyesight Roger T. Peterson.” The recipient Phyllis Bergen is thanked by Peterson in the preface of this volume. This book was most likely presented upon publication as a thank you to the recipient. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the spine and front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: Macmillan & Company, 1929.
First edition of Alfred North Whitehead’s magnum opus. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Alfred North Whitehead on the title page. From the Library of Henry David Aiken, with his signature dated 1943 on the front free endpaper. Aiken was a student of Ralph Barton Perry’s at Harvard when Whitehead also was a professor there from 1924 through 1937 and was a participant at Whiteheads’ famous Cambridge Sunday afternoon open houses, which ran until Whitehead’s death in 1947. Aiken was a Harvard philosophy professor from 1946 through 1965 and along with W. V. Quine, his friend and colleague, and Mortin White had shepherded the transformation of the Harvard Philosophy Department with the addition of philosophers John Rawls, Hilary Putnam, and Robert Nozick, into a strong and significant presence of Analytic Philosophy in the United States. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Alfred North Whitehead are scarce.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN WITH THE RARE EMBOSSED GOLDEN GUN ON THE FRONT PANEL
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
First edition, first state with the golden gun embossed on the front board. Octavo, original black boards, green patterned endpapers. The publisher set out to publish the embossed gun but the cost proved prohibitive to continue, so the gilt-stamping was ceased, and the remaining copies were published with plain front boards. “This issue with the golden gun on the casing is the rarest, by far, of the Bond books. There are certainly fewer than the 290-odd of the signed limited edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The Cape archives do not reveal how many copies were produced with the golden gun stamping. Copies tend to turn up most frequently in the extremities of the British Commonwealth, e.g., South Africa, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand” (Biondi & Pickard, 50). “Publication day would be the same throughout the British Commonwealth and stock would need to arrive in good time to meet this date. The books were sent from the UK via container ship (a ‘slow boat’) as air transport was expensive, and those nations furthest afield would be sent the earliest available copies (which, of course, meant the ‘Golden Gun’ bindings) at the first opportunity, to ensure a simultaneous publication as intended” (Gilbert, p. 418). Gilbert A13a (1.1). An excellent near fine example with the gilt bright, a small contemporary name to the front pastedown in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very bright example of the rare first state binding.
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it": First Edition Of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Original Publishers Morocco
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Twain’s masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher’s three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher’s leather bindings are quite rare: “The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise” (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
First Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude in the First Issue Dust Jacket; Inscribed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “Para Rita, de su amigo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1976.” Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the exclamation point at the end of the first paragraph on the front flap. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Translated by Gregory Rabassa.
"The invitation would commit him to nothing more crucial than seeing that she had a pleasant evening and paying the bill. And a man was surely entitled to call his own publishers": First Edition of A Mind To Murder; Lengthily Inscribed by P.D. James
London: Faber and Faber, 1963.
First edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by the author on the title page with a transcription from the novel as follows, “The invitation would commit him to nothing more crucial than seeing that she had a pleasant evening and paying the bill. And a man was surely entitled to call his own publishers P.D. James.” The inscription is from the final sentence of this novel. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Charles Mozley. Rare and desirable, especially with such a lengthy inscription and in this condition.
"It's enough to know that you and I exist at this moment": First British Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Translator Gregory Rabassa
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970.
First British edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Additionally signed by the translator on the half-title page, who has transcribed the classic sentence of this novel as follows, “It’s enough to know that you and I exist at this moment. Gregory Rabassa.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Toni Evora. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
"A man needs a little madness, or else... he never dares cut the rope and be free": Signed Limited Edition of the Kazantzakis Masterpiece Odyssey: A Modern Sequel
Athens: Pyrsos, 1938.
First edition of Kazantzakis’ masterpiece. Folio, brown cloth. One of 277 copies signed by Nikos Kazantzakis, this is number 109. In near fine condition.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1948.
First edition of Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To my good friend Ed Tillman From Babe Ruth.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed and inscribed as Ruth passed away in the year of publication.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
"REDESIGNING THE SHAPE OF HISTORY AUGUSTINE WOULD DOMINATE WESTERN THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AUGUSTINES CITIE OF GOD
London: George Eld, 1610.
First edition in English of Augustine’s monumental work. Translated by John Healey. Folio, bound in full brown calf, elaborate gilt tooling the spine, front and rear panels double-ruled in gilt. Large woodcut printer’s device on title (McKerrow 375). Decorative woodcut head-pieces and decorative and woodcut initials, including three twelve-line initials. In very good condition. A nice example of this scarce and important work.
“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York: Vincent Parke, 1908.
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
“In no department can a leader spend time more profitably than in the selection of the men who are to accomplish the work”: First Editions of Sir Douglas Mawson's The Home Of The Blizzard in the Rare Original Dust Jackets
London: William Heinemann, 1915.
First editions of Mawson’s classic work. Thick octavo, 2 volumes, original dark blue cloth. Near fine in the in the rare original dust jackets with some chipping and wear and a repair to the spine of Volume I. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I, full color and black & white plates, folding maps in pocket at rear of Vol II. Rare and desirable in the original dust jackets.
"It was some time during the battle of Britain, when Hurricanes and Spitfires were up from dawn to dark and the noise of battle was heard all day in the sky": First Edition of The Gremlins; Inscribed by Walt Disney
New York: Random House, 1943.
First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the half-title page, “To Joan With Best Wishes Walt Disney.” In near fine condition.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"; Life Magazine Inaugural Address; Inscribed by Kennedy To Senator Joseph Clark
Life Magazine’s souvenir edition commemorating Kennedy’s inauguration. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Kennedy, “For Mr. Joseph Clark with very best wishes, John Kennedy. The recipient, Joseph Clark was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1969. He worked with Kennedy in the Senate, and continued to their push for civil rights, highlighting the issue as a major part of Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He endorsed new legislation to extend voting rights, end discrimination in education and housing, and establish the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Kennedy announced during his campaign that Clark and Congressman Emanuel Celler had agreed to prepare a comprehensive civil rights bill ‘embodying the commitments of the Democratic platform,’ to be introduced early in the next congressional session. One of the key issues in Kennedy’s campaign, which helped him win the presidency in 1960. Matted and framed with the printed text of Kennedy’s inaugural speech, a portrait of Kennedy giving his speech. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 34 inches. Rare and desirable, especially with such an association.
“There's no liquor in the land that can stop your brain from bleedin": First Edition of Bob Dylan's First Book Tarantula; Signed by Him
Madison, Wisconsin: Wimp Press, c. 1966.
First pirated edition. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Bob Dylan in a contemporary hand on the title page. A very good example with the cover a little rubbed and marked. One of the earliest pirated editions of Dylan’s novel, taken from the Macmillan 1966 proofs after production was delayed, pre-dating the 1971 trade edition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable signed by Dylan.
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children selected through a lottery attended the signing.