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"A milestone in the study of culture": First Edition of Triste Tropiques; Inscribed by Claude-Levi Strauss
New York: Atheneum 1974.
First American edition of this translation, which is the first complete edition of Lei-Strauss’ landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Patricia Anawalt who is interested in Indians and loves cats, with author’s regards Claude Levi-Strauss.” Levi-Strauss has added a large drawing of a cat below his inscription. The recipient, Patricia Anawalt was an anthropologist and authority on Mesoamerican ritual and attire, She wrote several books, including “The Worldwide History of Dress”, which examined the costumes of a wide range of peoples, including Neolithic plant-fiber skirts, ancient Egyptian linen shifts and Mongolian shamanic robes. Translated from the French by John and Doreen Weightman. Fine in a very good faded dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example.
Cincinnati, OH: The Ronald Press Company 1924.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth. In very good condition with some light wear to the extremities. McKinsey first editions are rare in commerce.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press 1903.
First edition of this collection of studies by Dewey. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Alfred H. Lloyd From John Dewey Oct. 12, 1903.” Also, Dewey has signed Lloyd’s name on the half-title page. Alfred H. Lloyd was a philosopher and close friend of Dewey’s. In the preface to this work, Dewey thanks Lloyd for his inspiration. Dewey himself recruited Lloyd the University of Michigan’s philosophy department, where Lloyd remained thereafter. In very good condition. An excellent association.
First edition of Henry Miller's Journey Into an Antique Land; inscribed by him to his second wife and muse June Mansfield
Big Sur: Ben Ben Press 1970.
First edition of Miller’s short illustrated work on a visit to St. Remy in the South of France. 12mo, original wrappers as issued, illustrated. One of only 2000 copies. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front panel to his second wife, June Mansfield, “For June, All the best! Henry 1/16/67.” In fine condition. Miller’s second wife, June, convinced him to commit to writing full time and became the inspirations for most of his best known works including Tropic of Cancer. After they divorced in 1934, they remained close friends and Miller continued to send his new works to her for many decades to come. With the original transmittal envelope addressed to Mrs. June E. Corbett in Miller’s hand. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A significant association, most rare and desirable.
“The calm was absolute, a dead, flat calm, the stillness of a dead sea and of a dead atmosphere": Joseph Conrad's The Rescue; Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Company 1922.
First edition, early printing of this later Conrad work. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt stamped to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece. Boldly inscribed by Joseph Conrad on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
Doubleday, Page & Company: Garden City, NY 1925.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Anzia Yezierska on the limitation page. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
"How carefully they hold their linden shields, firm in the hand so nothing to fear": rare first edition The Battle of Maldon; signed by the author and in the rare original glassine
Oxford: James Parker and Co 1900.
First edition of this collection of English verse published to raise contributions for the Widows’ and Orphans’ Branch of the Transvaal War Fund. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Arthur Conan Doyle on the half-title page. Near fine in the scarce original glassine.
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird; Finely Bound
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.
First edition, second printing of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
"The principles of victory and of defeat inhabit the same body and the necessary opponent, enemy, is merely the bed they self-exhaust each other on": Signed Limited First Edition of A Fable; Signed by William Faulkner
New York: Random House 1954.
Signed limited first edition of the first novel to win both Pulitzer and National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. One of a thousand signed numbered copies. Fine in the original glassine wrapper. The slipcase is in fine condition. A superior example, not often seen in this condition.
Signed Limited Edition of the 40th Anniversary of Henry Hazlitts Classic Economics In One Lesson; One of 200 Copies
New York: Laissez Faire Books 1986.
Signed limited edition of the author’s seminal work, one of 200 numbered copies, this is number 51. Octavo, original bound in original full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in. In fine condition.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail": The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson; Finely Bound
London: Arthur L. Humphreys 1899.
Quarto, 2 volumes, elaborately bound in full morocco by Morrell for C. Scribner’s Sons, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
First Edition Value, Capital and Growth: Papers In Honour of Sir John Hicks; Signed by Nobel Laureates John Hicks and Robert M. Solow
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 1968.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Hicks and twice by Robert Solow, who contributed an article in this volume. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Edited by J.N. Wolfe.
“I want to put my hand out and touch you. I want to do for you and care for you. I want to be there when you're sick and when you're lonesome": First Edition, First Issue of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1911.
First edition, first issue with “wearily” in perfect type on penultimate line of page 135 and with four pages of publisher’s advertisements at rear, of Wharton’s greatest tragic story, a “grim tale of a bud of romance ice-bound and turned into a frozen horror in the frigid setting of a New England winter landscape” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt topstain. In near fine condition contemporary name to the front free endpaper. A very nice example.
Philadephia: George W. Jacobs 1909.
First edition of this scarce biography on Brown, which was printed in a very small run. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Edited by Ellis Paxton Oberholzer.
New York: The Viking Press 1964.
First edition, first issue with the publisher’s logo on the half title page of Kesey’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly inscribed by Ken Kesey on the front free endpaper, who has filled the entire page with a drawing in purple, blue and green. Near fine in a very good price-clipped first issue dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world": Long Walk to Freedom; Inscribed and Dated by Nelson Mandela
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Clive Rudman, fulfillment and best wishes, Mandela 9.12.95.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.