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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly": First Edition of Yogananda Paramhansa's Autobiography of A Yogi
New York: The Philosophical Library 1946.
First edition of one of the most important spiritual books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. In near fine condition. Preface by Walter Evans-Wentz.
"Here Nature has contrived to unite conditions of soil and climate in a manner most delightful": Rare first edition pamphlet of Fort Lauderdale, Florida: "Gateway to the Everglades"
Fort Lauderdale: Snyder & Hortt, Real Estate and Investments c. 1915.
Rare first edition promotional brochure for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Octavo, profusely illustrated with photographs taken c. 1914-1915 of the business district, boulevards, markets, railways, farms, orange groves, beaches, marinas, streams, and homes of Fort Lauderale. Map of Florida on the final page. In near fine condition. Scarce, OCLC/WorldCat locates only one other example housed in the Alachua County Library which lists the publication date as 1915, the year Fort Lauderdale was designated the county seat of the newly formed Broward County.
"Centered on the world's stage, she sings to her loves and beloveds": One of 400 Examples of Our Grandmothers; Signed by Maya Angelou and Artist John Biggers
New York: The Limited Editions Club 1994.
Signed limited edition, one of 400 copies signed by Maya Angelou and artist John Biggers. Large folio, original publisher’s red cloth, front board lettered in black, publisher’s red cloth clamshell case, printed paper label inset to front panel. Lithographs by John Biggers. Near fine in the very good original slipcase.
The Dedication Copy of the First edition of Larry McMurtry's Somebody's Darling; inscribed by him To Peter Bogdanovich
New York: Simon & Schuster 1978.
First edition of the fourth novel in McMurtry’s Houston series. Octavo, original cloth. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “Peter [circled] Your contribution to this hectic effort was immense, but unfortunately so ineffable that for once you probably won’t be blamed Love, Larry.” McMurtry and Peter Bogdanovich are close friends, with Bogdanovich directing and co-writing the film The Last Picture Show, which was adapted from McMurtry’s novel. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Ben Johnson and Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor, and Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress, with Johnson and Leachman winning. In 1998 the film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. With Peter Bogdanovich’s signature and stamp to the second endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Jacket photograph by Diana Walker.
Complete in twenty-six parts, issued “fortnightly”, Royal Air Force Officer George Barclay’s copy, with his signature on the front panel of part 25. Called up on the outbreak of war, and posted to No. 249 Squadron RAF in July 1940, he flew through the Battle of Britain, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross in October. During the Battle of Britain, his diary records that he could see his house while flying from RAF North Weald. Barclay’s DFC citation from November 1940 reads, “Flying Officer Richard George Arthur Barclay (74661), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – No. 249 Squadron. This officer has shown admirable coolness and courage in combat against the enemy. His keenness and determination have enabled him to destroy at least four of their aircraft.” As a flight commander with No. 611 Squadron RAF, Barclay was shot down over occupied France in September 1941. He force landed and evaded capture, making his way to Spain with help from the French Resistance. In April 1942 he was posted to North Africa and returned to flying as CO of No. 238 Squadron RAF, flying Hawker Hurricanes Mk II’s. He was shot down and killed by Werner Schröer of III./Jagdgeschwader 27 on 17 July 1942. He is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. His diaries, written during his wartime career up until his death, were published in 1974 and give a rare, descriptive and highly articulate first hand account of the life of a fighter pilot in 1940–41. Quarto, original publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Wrappers with some wear and soiling, one issue with a previous owner’s signature. In near fine condition. The collection is housed in two half morocco clamshell boxes.
New York: The Viking Press 1950.
First edition of this work regarding the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. With the complete text of Sara Delano Roosevelt’s Household Book.
"Red bird came all winter firing up the landscape as nothing else could": First Edition of Mary Oliver's Red Bird; Signed by Her
Boston: Beacon Press 2008.
First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s twelfth collection of poetry. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bob Kosturko.
"The climate of the East Coast of Florida is nearer perfection than that of any other place on earth": Rare First Edition of Florida: Beauties of the East Coast
St. Augustine: Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Indian River Railway Company 1893.
Scarce first edition of this early brochure for the state of Florida. Oblong octavo, original illustrated wrappers, gilt titles, with color illustrated frontispiece. Illustrated throughout with numerous plates from photographs. With text by Helen K. Ingram.
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
London: Macmillan 1897.
First edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber. Octavo, original blue cloth eleganted stamped in gilt. In near fine condition with light shelfwear. An exceptional example.
"the brave adventurer, the good companion, my love": First Edition of Nothing More To Declare; Inscribed by John Clellon Holmes to His Wife
New York: E.P. Dutton 1967.
First edition of this notable assessment of the literature of the Beats and their contemporaries, with essays on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gershon Legman and Jay Landesman. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to his wife on the front free endpaper, “For Shirley- the brave adventurer, the good companion, my love- John Feb. 3, 1967.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Omin. An exceptional association copy.
"ANYONE WHO EVER GAVE YOU CONFIDENCE, YOU OWE THEM A LOT": FIRST EDITION OF BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS; INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN CAPOTE
New York: Random House 1958.
Seventh printing of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Truman Capote Brooklyn Heights.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light restoration to the spine. Jacket design by Ismar David.
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.
First edition of Lester J. Maitland's Knights of the Air; From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company 1929.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s copy of the first edition of Air Corps Commander Lester J. Maitland’s history of early aviation. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs including frontispiece. From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “Given me by Peter Brady, Oct. 1929, Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Signed by Roosevelt in the month of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which ushered in changes to the American economy and would later set the stage for Roosevelt’s success in winning the Presidency in 1932. Additionally signed by the author above Roosevelt’s inscription, “Lester Maitland.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt commissioned the first presidential library in the United States, built under his personal direction between 1939 and 1940. The library came to house numerous books and photographs, 275,000 feet of movie film, and 300 sound recordings. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“I do not wish any reward but to know I have done the right thing": First Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company 1885.
First edition of Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble. In fine condition. Mixed state with the copyright notice dated 1883; “Him and Another Man” corrected to page 87; p. 57 “was” corrected to “saw”; with the signature mark lacking on p. 161; p. 155 with the final 5 broken. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Bookplate to the pastedown. A near perfect example.
“YOU ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK UPON THE GREAT CRUSADE, TOWARD WHICH WE HAVE STRIVEN THESE MANY MONTHS”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF CRUSADE IN EUROPE; SIGNED BY DWIGHT D. 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. Signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, number 1034 of 1426 copies. In fine condition with the original acetate in very good condition. Housed in a slipcase.