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First Edition of Francis Parkman's The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life
New York: George R. Putnam, 1849.
First edition, first issue of Parkman’s classic account of his journey across North America on the Oregon Trail in the scarce original cloth, one of 1,000 copies issued in March 1849 (Howes, 97). Octavo, original cloth stamped in blind, gilt titles in sans-serif font to the spine, tissue guarded tinted lithographic frontispiece and vignette half title by Felix Octavius Carr Darley, with the ad leaf preceding the frontispiece present. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. From the libraries of famed bibliophile Joseph Halle Schaffner with his bookplate to the pastedown and newspaper publisher James Strohn Copley with his bookplate to the interior of the chemise case. Rare. A completely unrestored example with noted provenance.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117084
First edition of The Presidential Power: the politics of leadership; warmly inscribed by Richard Neustadt
New York and London: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1960.
Rare first edition of Neustadt’s fundamental examination of presidential power, which upon publication immediately prompted John F. Kennedy to hire him as his advisor, speechwriter and confidante. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Lou Kushnick with warm regards and the hope that he’ll enjoy the career we got him into! Richard E. Neustadt November 26,1962.” The recipient Lou Kushnick is an academic specializing in race relations and a was a friend of the author. With Kushnick’s name in pencil to the front free endpaper, a few notes in the recipients hand, near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 117229
“AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION”: Rare First Complete Edition of Franklin's Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America
Experiments and Observations on Electricity made at Philadelphia in America… To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole corrected, methodized, improved, and now first collected into one Volume, and Illustrated with Copper Plates.
London: Printed for David Henry and sold by Francis Newbery, 1769.
First complete edition of “the most important scientific book of 18th-century America” and “America’s first great scientific contribution” (PMM). Octavo, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, morocco spine label. Advertisement & errata leaf inserted following preface. Illustrated with 7 copper-engraved plates, 2 of which are folding. In very good condition. First editions are rare, exceptionally so in a contemporary binding.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 116750
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1955.
First edition of this work by Meher Baba. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With an introduction by C.B. Purdom.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117989
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.
First edition of this “kaleidoscope of impressions, and a litany of violence, intrigue, vengeance, and political manipulation, and broken dreams” (Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Edward Hutton 20 August 87 Joan Didion.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Koppell & Scher.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 117855
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
First Edition of So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Patrick Modiano to Philip Roth
Boston/ New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
First edition in English of this haunting novel of suspense. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to fellow writer Philip Roth, “Pour Philip, avec toute mon amitie Patrick Modiano.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Brian Moore. Translated from the French by Euan Cameron. From the library of Philip Roth. An exceptional association.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 117832
New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1979.
First illustrated printing of this edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Illustrations by Salvador Dali. In near fine condition. Designed by George Salter. Translated by Peter Motteux. A very sharp example.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 117811
Rare typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd-George, the widow of his predecessor, David Lloyd George. Two pages, on Churchill’s personal letterhead with his Hyde Park Gate address, the letter reads: “22 May, 1946 My dear Lady Lloyd George, I had a talk with Sir Edward Bridges today. Naturally they have anxiety about the custody and destination of very important State documents, although belonging to a bygone era. I am executing a Trust Deed which safeguards the use of such documents, and I also feel it my duty to give guarantees for their safe custody so that they do not fall into bad hands, and the control of the Government on publication is effective. I have no doubt that you would be willing to make similar arrangements. Sir Edward Bridges told me he would get in touch with you and have a talk about it all. I should recommend you to conform with the arrangements which I am making, and I expect that will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time. Perhaps you will write to me after you have had your talk with Bridges. With all good wishes, Believe me, “Yours truly Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd George first met David Lloyd George in 1911 when she began working as a governess to his daughter Meghan, she soon became Lloyd George’s secretary and, from early 1913, his long-term mistress. In 1943, two years after the death of his first wife Margaret, Lloyd George married Frances; he was 80 years old at the time. Frances was an able archivist of her husband’s papers both before and after his death. Churchill clearly understood this, as he writes that he expects the arrangements “will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time.” In near fine condition. A fine association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117064
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"; LIFE MAGAZINE INAUGURAL ADDRESS; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO EVELYN SYMINGTON
Rare Souvenir Edition of Life Magazine’s Inaugural Spectacle commemorating the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John F. Kennedy on the front panel, “To Evie Symington with very good wishes John F. Kennedy.” The recipient, Evelyn Symington was the wife of Amherst, Massachusetts-born politician Stuart Symington. Symington served as a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri between 1953 and 1976 and emerged as a prominent critic of McCarthyism early in his term. He sought the the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election with the backing of former President Truman, but the nomination went to John F. Kennedy, largely due to Symington’s refusal to speak to southern segregated audiences. When Kennedy won the nomination, Symington was his first choice for Vice President, but was dropped in favor of Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He advised President Kennedy as a member of EXCOMM during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117063
"Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother": RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK; SIGNED BY HIM WITH A QUOTE FROM THE BOOK
New York: The Century Co, 1899.
First edition, early printing of Kipling’s masterpiece. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page with a quote from the book, “Rudyard Kipling, Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother.” In near fine condition. A sharp example. Desirable with such a lengthy inscription by Kipling.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 117037
“Perhaps - I want the old days back again and they'll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears": FIRST EDITION OF GONE WITH THE WIND; INSCRIBED BY MARGARET MITCHELL
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.
First edition of Mitchell’s masterpiece. Octavo, original gray cloth. First printing, with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page and no mention of other printings. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mary Buck Margaret Mitchell.” Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117051
“For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of": FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S TO THE LIGHTHOUSE; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
London: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1927.
First edition of one of Woolf’s most popular and acclaimed major novels. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in the extremely rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 117036
A History of Gold as a Commodity and as a Measure of Value Its Fluctuations both in Ancient and Modern Times with an Estimate of the Probable Supplies from California to Australia.
London: William S. Orr & Co, c. 1850.
First edition of Ward’s extensive survey of gold and gold mining, published at the height of the California Gold Rush. Octavo, original wrappers bound in full goatskin, retaining a section of the hand-colored folding map of the Gold Regions of Victoria and New South Wales. In near fine condition. Ownership inscription to the front panel of the original wrapper.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 117088
"I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked": FIRST EDITION OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1886.
First English edition of Stevenson’s classic book. Octavo, original cloth, olive green floral endpapers. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 117203
Fine 19th century Quran. Small octavo, bound in full goatskin elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, double-page illuminated manuscript, decorative gilt borders to each page. In near fine condition. A beautiful example.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114037