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Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1975.
First edition of Cash’s noted first autobiography, in which he calls his life a “spiritual odyssey.” Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 24 pages of candid photographs. Boldly signed by Johnny Cash on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, names to the front free endpaper. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 120801
The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla; inscribed by Nikola Tesla to Civil War Major and Assistant U.S. Treasurer General Daniel Butterfield
The Inventions Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla. With Special Reference to His Work in Polyphase Currents and High Potential Lighting.
New York: The Electrical Engineer, 1894.
Scarce edition of Thomas Commerford Martin’s landmark work in the field of electrical engineering, detailing the research and inventions of brilliant inventor, Nikola Tesla. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Tesla, illustrated with numerous diagrams throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nikola Tesla in Serbian Cyrillic on the second free endpaper, “Prijatelju D. Butterfield, Nikola Tesla” which translates as “My friend D. Butterfield, Nikola Tesla.” The recipient, Daniel Butterfield, was a Civil War Major General and was the head of one of Cold Spring, New York’s first families. Injured on the third day of Gettysburg, he received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gaines Mill, Virginia, and is credited with adapting the current bugle call into Taps, the most famous bugle call in history. He later became Assistant U.S. Treasurer during the Grant administration and played a major role in the scheme (in which Grant himself participated) that caused the major collapse in the price of gold, on September 24, 1869, known as Black Friday. First published in 1894, Commerford’s landmark text was reprinted twice that year (this being the third printing which is identical to the previous printings and equally as scarce). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. From the library of August John Pacini, the head of the Department of Biophysical Research at the Victor X-Ray Corporation, Chicago, with a small presentation slip from his wife laid in. Exceptionally rare, not only does the present title scarcely come to market, but no other copy inscribed by Tesla has ever appeared in auction records.
Price: $42,500.00 Item Number: 119204
London: MacMillan and Co., Limited, 1937.
First edition of Kipling’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 120976
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First American Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
New York: The Century Co, 1897.
First American edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing. Octavo, original illustrated cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel and gilt central sailboat motif. In fine condition, bookplate. A superior example.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 96543
First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. H.O. Wilson In appreciation for your great support Martin Luther King Jr.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 120468
New York : A.S. Barnes and Company, 1955.
First edition of this work on the Giants. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To my old pal, Al, Tom Meany.” Additionally signed by baseball hall of famer Leo Durocher on the title page. Durocher was nicknamedLeo the Lip and Lippy, was a professional baseball player, manager and coach. He played in Major League Baseball as an infielder. Upon his retirement, he ranked fifth all-time among managers with 2,008 career victories, second only to John McGraw in National League history. Durocher still ranks tenth in career wins by a manager. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Foreword by Warren C. Giles.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 120627
"Behaviour that's admired is the path to power among people everywhere": Beowulf; Inscribed by Seamus Heaney
New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1999.
Early printing of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the title page, “To Elias So! Seamus Heaney 2.x.2000.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Seth Rubin.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 120433
"I have eaten your bread and salt, I have drunk your water and wine, the deaths ye died I have watched beside, and the lives that ye led were mine": Scarce early printing of Rudyard Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads and Other Verses
New York: United States Book Company, 1892.
Scarce early printing of perhaps Kipling’s most popular poetry collection. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 119266
"There is but one task for all - one life for each to give. Who stands if Freedom fall? Who dies if England live?": First large paper edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Years Between; one of only 200 copies printed on handmade paper
London: Methuen and Co, 1919.
First edition, limited large paper issue of this collection of 45 poems, often considered Kipling’s darkest work. Large octavo, original quarter vellum over paper-covered boards. One of 200 copies printed on handmade paper. In fine condition. Bookplate. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise slipcase.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 120434
"We were then strung out in a six-mile line, thirty ships, all heading westwards": First edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Fleet in Being
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1898.
First edition of this collection of articles written by Kipling when he joined the fleet of the Royal Navy at sea in 1898. Octavo, original blue illustrated wrappers. In fine condition. Cover illustration by Norman Wilkinson. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise slipcase.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 120860
Limited large paper edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Five Nations; one of only 200 copies printed on handmade paper
London: Methuen and Co, 1903.
Large paper edition of Kipling’s notable poetry collection. Large octavo, original quarter parchment over paper-covered boards. One of 200 copies on handmade paper. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 120150
London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket art by Richard Chopping. A very sharp example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 120969
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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by George Salter. A very sharp example.
Price: $2,600.00 Item Number: 120953
"To Eric who kills me with his kindness!": First edition of Ian Flemings Moonraker; Inscribed by Him to Friend Eric Partridge
London: Jonathan Cape, 1955.
First edition, first issue with “shoo” for “shoot” on page 10 of the third novel in the James Bond series and what many critics to be his finest. Octavo, original black cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eric who kills me with his kindness! from Ian.” The recipient was lexicographer Eric Partridge who used to draw extensively on the crime and detective fiction of the likes of Fleming and Chandler for his linguistic studies of slang and criminal dialects. Both Partridge and Fleming both later contributed to The Concise Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminals (Andre Deutsch, 1961). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with the spine panel bright and with light wear to the spine extremities. Jacket design by Kenneth Lewis. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $72,000.00 Item Number: 120817
"The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two": Bobby Jones' Golf Is My Game; Inscribed by Him
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1960.
First edition, early printing of this classic golfing technique manual. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Earl Bottom With best wishes Bobby Jones.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ben Feder.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 120569
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1916.
First edition of this compilation of thirteen newspaper articles written by Kipling in response to a request by the Admiralty in the midst of World War I. Octavo, original blue cloth decorated in gilt, pages uncut. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 120348