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"I salute you with continual friendship & respect. Th. Jefferson”: one page autograph letter signed by thomas jefferson regarding his library
One page autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson regarding duties for a shipment of books for his second library at Monticello. Address to David Gelston, esq, who was the Collector of the Port of New York (appointed by Jefferson in 1801). The letter reads, “On my return home after some absence I found here your favors of Sept. 2 & 15. stating the amount of freight & duties on my books … Having no medium of remittance but in the bills of our banks I enclose 8.D presuming they are negotiable with you, and that the fractional surplus may cover their discount at market. I salute you with continual friendship & respect. Th. Jefferson.” The letter measures 9.75 inches by 7.75 inches. Matted and framed with a portrait.
"the most celebrated biography in the English language": Rare First Edition of Boswell's The Life of Johnson
London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, in The Poultry, 1791.
First edition, first issue of both volumes of the most celebrated biography in the English language, which was published on May 16, 1791 in a print run of only 1,750 copies. Quarto, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Frontispiece portrait of Samuel Johnson, engraved by J. Heath after the Sir Joshua Reynolds (1756) painting. Volume one is the first state with the word “give” reading on page 135, line 10. First state of volume two, with two engraved illustrations, “The Round Robin” at p. 92, and the “facsimiles” of Dr. Johnson’s handwriting on p. 588. In near fine condition with light toning, an excellent example of this landmark work.
Alhambra, California: A National Excelsior Publication, 1963.
First edition, one of 400 numbered copies of the artist’s first book, this is number 180. Small octavo, original white wrappers, printed in red. Signed by Ed Ruscha on the title page. Near fine in the rare original glassine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“It's necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live": First Edition in English of Dumas The Count of Monte-Cristo
London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.
First edition in English of the author’s masterpiece, published just one year after the original French edition and before the American first. Octavo, 2 volumes. Bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine. Twenty wood-engraved plates after Henry Valentin. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box.
"That gang I broke up with in Boston was a pretty fair outfit": First Edition of Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball; Signed twice by the Great Bambino
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.
First edition and signed limited edition of Babe Ruth’s work on the game of baseball. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, with 31 illustrations. One of 1000 limited copies signed by babe Ruth on the limitation page, this is number 174. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some light professional restoration. Rare and desirable.
"And he no longer cared to tell which were things done and which dreamt": First Edition of Cormac McCarthys First Book The Orchard Keeper; Signed by Him
New York: Random House, 1965.
First edition of the author’s rare first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the title page in a contemporary hand. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities. Books signed by McCarthy are uncommon, especially his earlier novels. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. It reads, “Sdeh. Boker, 28. 2. 70 Dear Mr. George P. Viegelmann, Jr. I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace. I am expressing a private view: I would be ready to give up a great Part of the areas which we hold since the six day war, if this would bring peace; by peace I mean friendship with our Arab neighbors and cooperation politically, economically and culturally, but perhaps only Russia can bring this about. I even doubt whether the American Gov. can achieve that. In the future there may be a change in Egypt. David Ben-Gurion.” This letter is a very unique piece of history, particularly in regards to Israeli-Arab relations and the study of peace in general. While publicly Ben-Gurion was the undoubted leader in Zionism, privately at the end of his life, he began to have other opinions. He desired peace even if it meant giving up land that they had fought to obtain. Ben-Gurion’s thoughts on peace in his latter years is corroborated by the recent documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. This movie features footage that was taken in 1968 and only recently discovered. In the footage he explains that Israel’s moral compass was inexorably tied to its treatment of the non-Jews living under its rule. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 16.5 inches.
Virtually Unknown and One of the Earliest Editions of "The Count of Monte Cristo" with Garvani Plates
Paris: Bureaux du Journal Le Siecle, 1846.
One of the earliest known editions of The Count of Monte Cristo. Bound in contemporary half leather over boards. In very good condition with wear to the bottom cloth and extremities. Illustrated with the frontispiece portrait and 29 plates on thicker paper by Gavarni, Johannot and others, each with a tissue guard. This copy includes plates, rarely found in this scarce edition. There are no copies of this edition recorded in OCLC or the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and in the last twenty-five years no copies have appeared at auction.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc, 1974.
First edition of this novel which won the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip K. Dick on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by One Plus One Studio. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, uncommon and desirable signed.
"Tesser Well": First Edition of Madeleine L'Engles Newbery Award-Winning Novel A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Her
New York: Ariel Books, 1962.
First edition of L’Engle’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sam, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” Light wear to the bottom boards, near fine in a very near fine first issue dust jacket that shows some light wear and a closed tear to the front panel. Without the Newbery Award-winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
First Edition of The Nobel Lectures in Medicine 1942-1962; Signed by Francis Crick, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins
Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company, 1964.
First edition of this collection of Nobel Lectures in physiology or medicine from the years 1942-1962. Thick Octavo, original yellow cloth. Signed by all three Nobel Prize-winning scientists Francis Crick, James D. Watson and Maurice Wilkins on the title page. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962, “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.”Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears and toning to the spine. An exceptional piece signed by these Nobel Prize-winning scientists.
"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads": First Editions of Shelby Footes Classic Civil War Trilogy; Each Signed by Him
The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville; Fredericksburg to Meridian; Red River to Appomattox.
New York: Random House, 1958-74.
First editions of the author’s authoritative text on The Civil War. Octavo, 3 volumes, cartographic endpapers. All three volumes are signed by Shelby Foote on the half-title page. Each are fine in near fine dust jackets with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Illustrations by Fred Banbery. Complete sets of the first printings of the Civil War signed by Foote are scarce.
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEINS "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD
Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.
Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s cardboard. An absolute pristine example, which has been stored in the original cardboard box since publication. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.
Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press, 1956.
First edition of Cohen’s first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45). Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“The constitution of our English government is no Arbitrary tyranny”: Rare First Edition of Henry Care's English Liberties: Or, The Free-Born Subject's Inheritance
London: Printed by G. Larkin, for Benjamin Harris at the Stationers Arms and Anchoy in the Piazza under the Royal Exchange, 1680.
First edition of one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Small octavo, contemporary calf. In excellent condition, with light wear to the crown of the spine. Auction records show that there has not been a first edition offered in the twentieth century. A rare landmark work which significantly influenced the American colonies.
First Edition Of The Eleventh Novel In The James Bond Series On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Signed by Ian Fleming
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
First edition of the eleventh novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ian Fleming on the front free endpaper. From the library of Francis Cory-Wright, with a loosely inserted typescript card, signed “Robin” and dated 1 July 1963, by Robin De La Lanne-Mirrlees. Lanne-Mirrlees, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant at the College of Arms, assisted Fleming with research for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, providing heraldic and genealogy information on Bond, and being an inspiration for Bond’s cover as a College of Arms researcher in the novel. Lanne-Mirrlees claimed descent from an ancient Basque family, whose members were said to be born without earlobes. Fleming gave this unusual deformity to Blofeld. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example with noted provenance.
“Only the refusal to listen guarantees one against being ensnared by the truth": Rare First Edition of Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia; Signed by Him
New York: Basic Books, 1974.
First edition of the author’s foundational text in classic liberalism thought. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Robert Nozick on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are exceptionally rare; this is the first example we have seen or handled.
First Edition of Paul A. Samuelson's Foundations of Economic Analysis; Signed by Him and in the rare original dust jacket
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1947.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning economist’s magnum opus and one of the most influential economic texts of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author “Paul A. Samuelson MIT” on the title page. Light rubbing, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The nicest example we have seen of this title.
"It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve, but if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die": First Edition of No Easy Walk To Freedom; Signed and Dated by Nelson Mandela
New York: Basic Books, 1965.
First edition of Nelson Mandela’s classic account of the struggle against South Africa’s apartheid system. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by Mandela. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear. Most rare signed.
“They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation”: Rare First Edition in Spanish of the Authors Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the year of publication
Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the dedication page. Additionally signed by the translator Gregory Rabassa on the front free endpaper. In very good condition with some wear and rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell box.