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"I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people": First Edition of Decision Points; Signed by President George W. Bush
New York: Crown Publishers, 2010.
First edition of George W. Bush’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by George W. Bush on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by W.G. Cookman.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 117667
“The Ambassador of Jazz": Rare original Louis Armstrong Poster; inscribed by him and his road manager Pierre 'Frenchy' Tallerie
Rare original “Louis Armstrong and His Concert Group” poster inscribed by him, “To Pat From Louis Armstrong.” Additionally signed by him as “Satchmo” and inscribed by his road manager on the verso, “May you always enjoy the best of Health. Pierre Tallerie, Mgr. Louis Armstrong.” In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117083
FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT'S PRESENT DAY PROBLEMS; LENGTHILY INSCRIBED BY HIM AS PRESIDENT
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1908.
First edition of this collection of addresses delivered by the 27th president and tenth Chief Justice of the United States. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed by William Howard Taft as President on the front free endpaper, “Sincerely yours, Wm. H. Taft, May 19, 1910, For Louis Barton Torrey with best wishes.” In near fine condition. With the recipient’s bookplate to the pastedown. Rare and desirable signed by Taft as President.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 116404
"The Hero of Two Worlds": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS' ORATION ON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF GILBERT MOTIER DE LAFAYETTE; INSCRIBED BY HIM
Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette. Delivered at the Request of Both Houses of the Congress of the United States, Before Them, In the House of Representatives at Washington on the 31st December, 1834.
Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1835.
First edition of John Quincy Adams’ biography of military hero Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Octavo, bound in red morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by John Quincy Adams on the presentation leaf, “David Spangler, from John Quincy Adams.” In near fine condition. A nice example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 117241
"Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value, elly judgments of all kinds remain necessary": First Edition of Albert Einsteins The Evolution of Physics; Inscribed by Him to Dr. Leonard Rowntree
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.
First edition of this classic work, which traces the development of ideas in physics. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper, “To Dr. Rowntree with kindest regards A. Einstein 1941.” The recipient, Dr. Leonard Rowntree is most well known for pioneering kidney research including the Rowntree test for kidney function; dialysis; the intravenous pyelogram and plasmapheresis. He joined Dr. John J. Abel at Johns Hopkins University in 1907, and in 1912 they developed the first artificial kidney, in the form of the dialysis machine. Rowntree would later move to the Mayo Clinic and is widely credited with creating the research tradition there. In 1946, President Harry Truman awarded Rowntree the Medal for Merit for his work as chief of the medical division of the Selective Service System from 1940 to 1945. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 116740
"They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity": First Edition of The Things They Carried; Signed by Tim OBrien
Boston: Houghton Mifflin/ Seymour Lawrence, 1990.
First edition of the author’s fifth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Orin, Peace, Tim O’Brien.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 117559
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1932.
Early printing of Mead’s pioneering work which, upon publication, established her as the most famous anthropologist in the world. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket, which is in good condition. Foreword by Franz Boas.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117912
Rare Partially Printed Document Signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State
January 19, 1830.
Rare military document signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State. One page, partially printed on vellum, the document measures 10.5 inches by 5 inches. Countersigned by David Henshaw as Collector for the District of Boston and Charleston. In very good condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116914
Rare 1955 National Geographic Magazine Signed by the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary
Washington, D.C: National Geographic Society, 1955.
Rare November 1955 issue of The National Geographic Magazine signed by the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with advertisements and color photographs. Signed by Hillary on the front panel, “Ed Hillary.” This issue features Hillary’s article “Beyond Everest: First Ascents of 23 Peaks and a Daring Rescue from a Crevasse Mark an Expedition Led by a Conqueror of Earth’s Highest Mountain. In near fine condition. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117038
Vici Aequensis: Giuseppe Cacchi, 1586.
First edition of one of the earliest illustrated works on physiognomy, of considerable influence on succeeding generations of scientists including Lavater. Quarto, bound in full calf with ruling and titles stamped in blind to the spine in twelve compartments within raised bands, elaborate borders stamped in blind to the front and read panels, engraved pictorial title page with central portrait of Cardinale Luigi d’Este to whom the work was dedicated, frontispiece portrait of the author, 85 engravings throughout text, engraved headpieces, tailpieces and initials. In near fine condition. A stunning example.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117045
New York: John Fenno, Wednesday, August 19, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on August 19, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Extract of a Letter on Weights, The Bow, By Express From Paris, and Sketches of the Proceedings of Congress in the House of the Representatives of the United States, an Act for the Establishment of Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers approved by George Washington as President of the United States, and the obituary of George Washington Knox. In very good condition with a closed tear to the rear panel and ownership signature.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116518
New York: John Fenno, July 29, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on July 29, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Sketch of the Political State of America, Original Specimens of Eloquence, Foreign and Domestic Miscellaneous Articles, and Sketches of Proceedings of Congress approved by G. Washington, President of the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116728
"When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive": First Edition of Jasper Johns: Signed by Jasper Johns and Max Kozloff
New York: Harry N. Abrams. Inc., Publishers, 1967.
First edition of this early monograph on the work of Jasper Johns. Large oblong, original cloth. Text with 142 plates, half tipped-in color. Signed by Jasper Johns and Max Kozloff on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 116155
"The most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution": Rare Original 18th century printing of the Massachusetts Centinel; issued on Wednesday, October 21, 1789 during the presidency of George Washington
Boston: Russell, Benjamin, October 21, 1789.
Number II, of Vol. XII of “the most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution”, Benjamin Russell’s Massachusetts Centinel, issued on Wednesday, October 21, 1789 (Hudson, 147). Folio, one page, folded. The issue includes front-page articles on recently enacted acts allowing compensation for Members of the Senate and House of Representatives and the temporary establishment of the Post-Office and appointment of a Post-Master General, both approved by Speaker of the House Frederick Augustus Muhlenburg, President George Washington and Vice President John Adams on September 22nd, 1789. The issue also includes sections on Foreign Intelligence, News From France, and advertisements for John & Thomas Armory & Co., Mr. Lewis Hayt’s Auction-Room, the Boston Book Store, Joshua Thomas’ Books and Stationary, lost and found ads, listings for ships and houses for rent, a daily almanac. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116337
Rare Collection of the novels of Muriel Spark; including The Go-Away Bird, The Public Image, and The Abbess of Crewe
Muriel Spark Collection. [The Fanfarlo and Other Verse, My Best Mary, The Go-Away Bird, The Seraph and the Zambesi, Collected Stories I, The Public Image, The Abbess of Crewe, The Takeover, Territorial Rights, Loitering with Intent].
Rare first edition collection of the selected novels of Muriel Spark. Octavo, 8 volumes and 3 pamphlets. The collection includes first editions of The Fanfarlo and Other Verse [Aldington: The Hand and Flower Press, 1952], My Best Mary [London: Allan Wingate, 1953. Jacket design by A.L.C. Savory], The Go-Away Bird [London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1958. Jacket design by Reinganum], The Seraph and the Zambesi [Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, n.d.], Collected Stories I [London: Macmillan, 1967. Jacket design by Jaunita Grout], The Public Image [London: Macmillan, 1968. Jacket photograph by Jerry Bauer], The Abbess of Crewe [London: Macmillan, 1974. Jacket painting by Linnet Gotch], The Takeover [London: Macmillan, 1976. Jacket illustration by Peter Goodfellow], Territorial Rights [London: Macmillan, 1979. Jacket illustration by John Alcorn], and Loitering with Intent [London: The Bodley Head, 1981. Jacket design by Michael Harvey]. Each volume is near fine to fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 116371
“TO ME EDUCATION IS A LEADING OUT OF WHAT IS ALREADY THERE IN THE PUPIL'S SOUL": FIRST EDITION OF THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
London: Macmillan, 1961.
First edition of Muriel Sparks’ eighth and best-loved novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Victor Reinganum. An exceptional example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 116307