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"Over the heads of those who were there and back into the night, the cough of the finishing petal": First edition of The Tennis Court Oath; signed by John Ashbery
Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1962.
First edition of Ashbery’s third published collection of poetry. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “for Albert Raman, John Ashbery.” From the library of noted book collector Albert Raman. In fine condition.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 110963
"Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you, at incredible speed, traveling day and night, through blizzards and desert heat": First Edition of John Ashbery's A Wave; inscribed by him
New York: The Viking Press, 1984.
First edition of Ashbery’s Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, Bollingen Prize and National Book Award winning work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the poet on the title page, “To Albert Raman, John Ashbery.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. From the library of noted book collector Albert Raman.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 110924
"What in sleep was called imagination no longer grazes there": First Edition of April Galleons; signed by John Ashbery
New York: Viking Penguin Inc, 1987.
First edition of Ashbery’s twelfth collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth. Singed by John Ashbery on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $50.00 Item Number: 110447
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.
First edition of this well-illustrated collection of Ashbery’s three decades of art criticism. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 110309
New York: Gnome Press Publishers, 1952.
First edition, first issue of Asimov’s second book in the Foundation Series. Octavo, original red cloth with the publisher’s imprint on the spine measuring 2.2 cm. Boldly signed by Isaac Asimov on the title page. Near fine in an excellent bright dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Edd Carter.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 39093
“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason---if you pick the proper postulates": First Edition of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot; Signed by Him
New York: Gnome Press, Inc. Publishers, 1950.
First edition of this groundbreaking collection of stories. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Isaac Asimov on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some of the usual toning to the spine, much less than usually encountered. Signed first editions are uncommon.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 117624
“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.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 39015
“The stars, like dust, encircle me In living mists of light; And all of space I seem to see In one vast burst of sight”: First Edition of Isaac Asimov's The Stars Like Dust; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1951.
First edition of Asimov’s second science fiction novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Isaac Asimov on the title page. Light offsetting to the endpapers, near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine. Uncommon signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 39058
Paris: Club de Livre, 1966.
Finely bound example of this classic work with full-page color reproductions of illuminated manuscript pages; decorative initials. full antique-style tooled brown leather, metal clasps. With explanatory text and accompanying sample leaves, set loose in leather-backed folder. Both set in folding case. In near fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 110822
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902.
First edition of the first novel in the author’s California series. Octavo, original cloth elaborated stamped in gilt, illustrated by Harrison Fisher. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 116833
First Edition of Philip Atkinson's Elements of Electric Lighting; From the Library of Thomas Edison with his ownership signature
The Elements of Electric Lighting, Including Electric Generation, Measurement, Storage, and Distribution.
New York: C. Van Nostrand, 1888.
First edition of Atkinson’s fundamental work on the elements of electric lighting. From the library of Thomas Edison with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper, “Thos A Edison” and his library stamps to the front free endpaper and title page. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. With a typed letter of provenance on Edison Laboratory letterhead tipped in and affixed to the rear endpaper indicating that the book was signed by Edison at the request of one Miss Jewel D. Perret who was building a small museum in her home and reads in part, “[Mr. Edison] was interested in reading of your plans to make a little museum in your home, and in accordance with your request he has autographed one of his old electrical books and has requested us to send it to you with his compliments.” With an original photograph postcard of American botanist Luther Burbank taped to the verso of the front panel. In very good condition. Rare and with noted provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 105062
“No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced": Full color photograph signed by English naturalist David Attenborough
Full color glossy photograph of naturalist David Attenborough with an an otter. Signed by David Attenborough in the lower left corner. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 73654
Color photograph of British naturalists David Attenborough and Jane Goodall, boldly signed by them. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. Matted and framed. Then entire piece measures 14 inches by 11 inches.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 68532
“When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out": First Edition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale; Inscribed by Her
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985.
First Canadian edition and true first of Atwood’s finest novel, “a fluid nightmare requiem” (Clute & Nicholls, 69). Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Louise with best wishes- Margaret Atwood.” In fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 111767
"You fit into me like a hook into an eye, a fish hook an open eye": Margaret Atwood's Power Politics; Signed by Her
Toronto: Anansi, 1972.
First edition, early printing of Atwood’s early collection of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial title page. Signed by Margaret Atwood on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the spine.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 117815
First Octavo Edition of the The Birds of America from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories; In the Rare Original Publisher's Morocco
New York: Published by J.J. Audubon, 1840.
First octavo edition of this landmark work. Octavo, bound in original publisher’s morocco, 7 volumes, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, marbled endpapers, complete with 500 hand-colored lithographed plates by J.T. Bowen after J.J. Audubon; woodcuts in the text. From the library of Boston businessman and Ambassador T. Jefferson Coolidge, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Coolidge was born to a prominent Boston Brahmin family and was a great-grandson of the 3rd United States President Thomas Jefferson, through his maternal grandparents, Thomas Mann Randolph Jr. and Martha Jefferson Randolph. His uncles were Thomas Jefferson Randolph, George Wythe Randolph, Andrew Jackson Donelson, and a relative of Calvin Coolidge. He was an uncle to Archibald Cary Coolidge through his older brother, Joseph Randolph Coolidge. He was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as United States Ambassador to France on May 12, 1892, a role his great-grandfather had held from May 1785 to September 1789. Coolidge presented his credentials on June 10, 1892 and he presented his recall on May 4, 1893, terminating his mission. In 1898 and 1899, he was a member of the American delegation to the commission to resolve the Alaska boundary dispute. Historian Ernest May says Coolidge was, “a prototype member of what today we call the foreign policy establishment.” In 1898, Coolidge donated a collection of Thomas Jefferson’s personal papers to the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. The collection contained more than 8,000 items: Correspondence, including 3,280 letters that Jefferson had written and 4,630 letters that he had received; Jefferson’s garden book (1766-1824) and farm book (1774-1824); annotated almanacs from 1771-1776; account books for 1783-1790; manuscript expense accounts from 1804-1825; notes on the weather spanning the years 1782-1826; plans of American forts in 1765; law treatises, 1778-1788; legal papers, 1770-1772; and Jefferson’s 1783 catalog of his personal library. In near fine condition. An exceptional set with noted provenance, rare in the original publisher’s morocco.
Price: $75,000.00 Item Number: 111832