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  • “All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall”: Rare First Edition In English of Dumas' The Three Musketeers

    DUMAS, Alexandre.

    The Three Musketeers; or, the Feats and Fortunes of a Gascon Adventurer.

    London: Bruce and Wyld, 1846.

    First edition in English of Dumas’ masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers. Translated from the French by William Barrow. Barrow’s translation was the first of three English translations published in 1846 and is considered the most faithful to the original text. To conform to nineteenth century English standards other translations removed many of the explicit and implicit references to sexuality which adversely affected the readability of many scenes. Period bookplate to the front pastedown, in very good condition with some loss to a few pages. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box. First editions are of the utmost scarcity.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 88658

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  • "This pristine first impression. From Ian": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me; Inscribed by Him

    FLEMING, Ian.

    The Spy Who Loved Me.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.

    First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Andrew This pristine first impression. From Ian.” Very good in an excellent dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 98957

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  • "I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny": First Edition of the Cat In the Hat; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss

    SEUSS, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel].

    The Cat in the Hat.

    New York: Random House, 1957.

    First edition, first issue of Dr. Seuss’ classic work. Octavo, original illustrated unlaminated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author opposite the title page, “For Sigler Best Wishes from Dr. Seuss” with a large drawing of the cat in the hat in black and red ink. The recipient was a neighbor of Dr. Seuss. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. All issue points present: price of 200/200 on the dust jacket, no mention of the “Beginner Books” series on the rear panel, and has four paragraphs of educator’s reviews on rear panel. Book contains a single signature and 61 pages with a message on final page before end paper contained in an outline of the cat’s hat & head. We have never seen a true first edition with an original drawing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 88031

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  • "Love, Jerry Salinger": Scarce autograph note signed and entirely in the hand of J.D. Salinger; signed by him two months and two days before he saw combat at Utah Beach on D-Day

    SALINGER, J.D.

    J.D. Salinger Autograph Letter Signed.

    1944.

    Scarce autograph note signed by J.D. Salinger on April 4, 1944, two months and two days before he saw combat at Utah Beach on D-Day. One page from an oblong octavo autograph album bound in full leather, the note is dated 4/4/44 and reads, “Dear Molly – I just don’t have anything bright to say. But I’d like to send you some of my work, and I’d like to take you to a nice place in London where we might get pretty drunk and mellow. Maybe later in The War or after. I’d like that. You remind me of very real things. There aren’t many left. – Love, Jerry Salinger.” The recipient, Molly Bocock was stationed at the School for Military Intelligence in Smedley’s Hydro, Matlock, Derbyshire where she befriended a number of American servicemen training at the school, including Salinger, then a young writer who had submitted several short stories to The New Yorker, all of which were rejected with the exception of his Manhattan-set story, Slight Rebellion off Madison, about a disaffected teenager named Holden Caulfield with “pre-war jitters”. Salinger was drafted into the army in the spring of 1942, several months after the United States entered World War II, where he saw combat with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was present at Utah Beach on D-Day, in the Battle of the Bulge, and the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. During the campaign from Normandy into Germany, Salinger arranged to meet with Ernest Hemingway, who was then working as a war correspondent in Paris. The meeting had a profound effect on Salinger and the development of his writing style; Hemingway was impressed by what Salinger shared with him of his early writing and the two corresponded frequently throughout the war. Salinger was later assigned to the 4th Counter Intelligence Corps in which he used his proficiency in French and German to interrogate prisoners of war and later witnessed the liberation of one of the Dachau Concentration Camps. Salinger continued to write and submit stories to the New Yorker throughout his wartime years, which would have a lasting effect on his life and writing. It was not until 1952 that Salinger’s first, and best-known, work The Catcher in the Rye was published to mixed initial reactions. The autograph album includes several additional signatures and inscriptions from American servicemen training at the School for Military Intelligence as well as a number of signatures from guests at the Cumberland Hotel, including the signature of Beverley Nichols. Laid in is a newspaper clipping from the March 5, 1968 issue of the Evening Standard featuring a book review of Salinger’s Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction by Richard Lister. An exceptional note, signed by Salinger at a pivotal time in his life, before the wartime experiences that would plague him later in life and contribute to his withdrawal from society.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 117208

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  • “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies

    SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine De.

    The Little Prince.

    New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.

    Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 66. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 99850

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  • First Edition of The Godfather; Inscribed by Mario Puzo to His Editor Bill Targ

    PUZO, Mario.

    The Godfather.

    New York: G.P, Putnam's Sons, 1969.

    First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his editor, William Targ and his wife Roslyn, “For Bill and Roz Who cheered this book on the from the beginning Mario.” William Targ was the editor of G.P. Putnam’s Sons where, in 1968, he bought Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather for a $5000 advance. Puzo relates the story of The Godfather in his work The Godfather Papers & Other Confessions, “I was forty-five years old and tired of being an artist. Besides, I owed $20,000 to relatives, finance companies, banks and assorted bookmakers and shylocks. It was really time to grow up and sell out as Lenny Bruce once advised. So I told my editors OK, I’ll write a book about the Mafia. One day a writer friend dropped into my magazine office. As a natural courtesy I gave him a copy of the Fortunate Pilgrim. A week later he came back. He thought I was a great writer. I bought him a magnificent lunch. During lunch I told him some funny Mafia stories and my ten-page outline [of the Godfather]. He was enthusiastic. He arranged a meeting for me with the editors of G.P. Putnam’s Sons. The editors just sat around for an hour listening to my Mafia tales and said go ahead. They also gave me a $5,000 advance and I was on my way, just like that. As soon as I got my hands on the Putnam money, I naturally didn’t work on the book. (Luckily part of the advance was payable on the handing in of the complete manuscript or I would never have finished it.) The thing is, I didn’t want to write The Godfather. [The Godfather] took me three years to finish. I finally had to finish The Godfather in July, 1968, because I needed the final $1,200 advance payment from Putnam to take my wife and kids to Europe. When I finally got home, I owed the credit card companies $8,000. I went into New York to see my agent, Candida Donadio. She informed me that my publisher had just turned down $375,000 for the paperback rights to The Godfather. I called my editor at Putnam, Bill Targ, and he said they were holding out for $410,000 because $400,000 was some sort of record. Over coffee, he got a call. Ralph Daigh of Fawcett had bought the paperback rights for $410,000. I went up to the adventure magazine office to quit my freelance job.” According to the New York Times, “‘The Godfather turned out to be the most profitable single novel ever published by Putnam’s and the paperback rights were sold for more than $400,000.” The lightest of toning to the extremities and a small dampstain to the bottom cloth, near fine in the original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Next to the dedication copy, this present example is by far the most desirable association copy as Targ was responsible for publishing this classic novel.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 17048

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  • "A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both": Rare First Edition of Capitalism and Freedom; Signed by Milton Friedman

    FRIEDMAN, Milton; With the Assistance of Rose Friedman.

    Capitalism And Freedom.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962.

    First edition of Friedman’s magnum opus. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Milton Friedman on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 23005

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  • Exceptional rare Aldine Press of Homer's The Odyssey

    HOMER,.

    The Odyssey.

    Venice: Aldine Press, 1524.

    Rare third Aldine edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. Small octavo, original vellum with the title to the spine in manuscript, with woodcut Aldine device to title and final colophon leaf. In excellent condition with some minor toning to the leaves. Exceptionally rare, with only two having appeared at auction in the last 80 years. This is one of the earliest obtainable examples of Homer’s landmark work.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 91267

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  • “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”: Rare Nikola Tesla Autographed Letter Signed

    TESLA, Nikola.

    Nikola Tesla Autographed Letter Signed.

    Autographed letter signed by brilliant inventor, Nikola Tesla. The letter reads, “New York, July 30th, 1898. #46 & 48 E. Houston Str. Snowden Ward, Esq., Editor of the Photogram, 6 Faringdon Ave., London, Engl. Dear Sir:- I have your favor of July 23rd, and regret not to be able to oblige you in the matter at present. It will give me pleasure to comply with your request at the next favorable opportunity. Believe me to be, Yours very truly, N. Tesla.” The recipient, Snowden Ward was an English photographer and author, who produced several periodicals and technical handbooks on photography in collaboration with his wife, accomplished American photographer Catharine Weed Barnes. A photograph of Nikola Tesla’s hand was featured as the frontispiece to the August 1898 volume of The Photogram, annotated “The hand of Nikola Tesla, taken by his wonderful artificial daylight, just perfected. This is the first photograph made by the light of the future.” The following issue in September revisited the subject with an lengthy interview with Tesla in which he explained his experimentation with phosphorescent vacuum tube lights and photographic exposures in great detail. This correspondence was likely in regards to Tesla supplying this interview. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 22.5 inches. Letters signed by Tesla are rare.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 65015

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  • “AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”: FIRST EDITIONS OF A.A. MILNE’S FOUR POOH BOOKS, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS; The Winnie the Pooh Signed by Milne

    MILNE, A.A.; Illustrated by Ernest Shepard.

    The Four Pooh Books: When We Were Very Young; Winnie-The-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House At Pooh Corner.

    London: Methuen & Co., Ltd, 1924-1928.

    First editions of each work in Milne’s wonderful Pooh quartet. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. Winnie the Pooh is signed by A.A. Milne on the title page. When We Were Very Young if a first edition, second issue as usual with page ix numbered. Each are fine in very good dust jackets with some loss and wear to the extremities and light toning. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box with a morocco inlay of Winnie the Pooh to the front panel. Illustrated by Ernest Shepard. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable with Winnie the Pooh signed by Milne.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 95227

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  • "ANYONE WHO EVER GAVE YOU CONFIDENCE, YOU OWE THEM A LOT": FIRST EDITION OF BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S; INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN CAPOTE TO GEORGE PLIMPTON

    CAPOTE, Truman.

    Breakfast At Tiffany’s. A Short Novel and Three Stories.

    New York: Random House, 1958.

    First edition of Capote’s seductive, wistful masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to George Plimpton, “For George Love Truman.” Capote and Plimpton became close friends in the early 1950’s in Brooklyn Heights, New York. In 1953 Plimpton became editor of the Paris Review, known for its signature lengthy, tape-recorded oral interviews. Upon the publication of Capote’s In Cold Blood in 1966 he produced The Story Behind a Nonfiction Novel, a detailed and intimate portrait of Capote and the story behind his latest work. Plimpton later published a full-length biography in 1997, Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career, that combined the voices of some of Capote’s closest friends and colleagues into a telling portrait of the iconic author, reminiscent of his quintessential portrait of New York: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning and wear. Jacket design by Ismar David. An extraordinary association copy.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 57025

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  • “I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose": Deluxe illustrated Ibarra Edition of Don Quixote

    CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de .

    El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha: Nueva Edicion, Corregida Por La Real Academia Española.

    Madrid: Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780.

    The deluxe illustrated Ibarra edition of Cervantes’ masterpiece “which is to Spanish literature what Shakespeare is to English” (Bloom). Quartos, 4 volumes. Bound in full contemporary Spanish tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, gilt ruled borders, marbled endpapers, all edges green, engraved frontispiece to each volume and 31 engraved plates throughout, 2-page folding engraved map of Don Quixote‘s travels to the rear of volume 1. Spanish printer Joaquín Ibarra made several important technical developments in press printing, book-making, typography and paper-making. In his printed work, Ibarra sought to achieve a perfect flow of harmonious type, inks, illustration, margins, and textures. He worked with the best painters and engravers of his time and, based on a secret formula he developed, the Ibarra ink gained a reputation for its exceptional quality and brilliance. The present volume was printed on “ex profeso” paper with melted types of “ex novo” on the pages, both of which Ibarra created in his Madrid workshop specifically for this project. In near fine condition with bookplates to the pastedown of each volume from the Royal Military College, small library stamps. An excellent example of both Cervantes’ and Ibarra’s best-known works.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 96763

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  • “All the sacred rights of humanity are violated by insisting on blind obedience”: First edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's landmark work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects.

    London: J. Johnson, 1792.

    Rare first edition of this landmark work in both Enlightenment philosophy and the history of feminism. Octavo, bound in full morocco, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition with some light toning to the text, contemporary name to the title page. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional example.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 110854

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  • First Edition of Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Signed by Richard Feynman

    FEYNMAN, Richard P.

    “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” Adventures of a Curious Character.

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.

    First edition of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Feynman on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Mike McIver. Told to Ralph Leighton. Edited by Edward Hutchings. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are exceptionally rare and desirable.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 90244

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  • “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; INSCRIBED BY HER TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO PUBLICATION

    RAND, Ayn.

    Atlas Shrugged.

    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. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper two months prior to the publication date, “To Ray and Betty Nelson (and to Ev Suffens) – – affectionately – Ayn Rand 8/22/57.” The recipient, Ray Nelson (who went by the on-air name ‘Ev Suffens’) was the host of the late night jazz radio program Midnight Jamboree on radio station WEVD. Rand’s assistant and close personal friend, Barbara Branden wrote of Rand, “…jazz had a kind of symbolic significance to Rand…Rand once said that what she would love more than anything is to never have to think about politics, because it wouldn’t be necessary. She loved what she saw as the frivolous in America, that this was a country where you didn’t have to be concerned whether you were going to to starve to death before tomorrow, or freeze to death, or to be put in prison, or sent to Siberia. You could be concerned with things like lipstick and silk stockings. And jazz.” An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.

    Price: $19,500.00     Item Number: 96042

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  • “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies

    SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine De.

    The Little Prince.

    New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.

    Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 236. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $19,500.00     Item Number: 102850

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