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  • First editions of the works of Alfred Russel Wallace; finely bound with a presentation copy inscribed by the author

    WALLACE, Alfred Russel.

    The Works of Alfred Russel Wallace Including: The Geographical Distribution of Animals, Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection, Tropical Nature, Island Life, and Darwinism: An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection.

    London: Various publishers , 1871-1910.

    First editions of the works of English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace including a presentation copy, inscribed by the author. Octavos, 16 volumes, uniformly bound in three quarters morocco by Root & Son, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, illustrated, folding maps to many volumes. Land Nationalisation, its Necessity and its Aims is a presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper, “From the author.” First editions with the exception of Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection, The Wonderful Century, and Man’s Place in the Universe. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional set, rare and desirable.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 92531

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  • "The soft-drink stand fell into bits. Molecules. He saw molecules, colorless, that made it up": First edition of Philip K. Dick's Time Out of Joint; Boldly signed by him

    DICK, Philip K.

    Time Out of Joint.

    New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1959.

    First edition of Philip K. Dick’s first novel published in hardcover format. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Philip K. Dick on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Arthur Hawkins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 95875

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  • “It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition In Parts of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; from the library of Steve and Peggy Fossett

    DICKENS, Charles.

    The Personal History of David Copperfield.

    London: Bradbury and Evans, May 1849 - November 1850.

    First edition in the original monthly parts of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, original blue-green illustrated paper wrappers, twenty parts in nineteen, frontispiece, vignette title-page and thirty-eight additional inserted plates. In near fine condition, an unrestored example of Dickens’ classic work which is virtually complete with all preliminary advertisements with the exception of the slips after plates parts 9, 13, 14, and 16; all front advertisements in part 11 and the “Household Words” advertisement in part 15. With all of the rear advertisements with the exception of “The Theory of Musical Composition”, “Illustrated Weekly Journal” and “Penny Maps” in part 15, and all advertisements in parts 2 and 8. Housed in two custom full morocco and chemise boxes. From the library of Peggy and Steve Fossett with their bookplate to the pastedown. Scarce and desirable in the original parts which were “much read and roughly handled,” with “fine, clean and unrepaired copies difficult to procure” even in 1932 (Hatton & Cleaver pp.253-272; Sadleir 686; Yale/Gimbel A121).

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 96035

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  • First Edition of Watership Down; Inscribed by Richard Adams to Madeleine L'Engle

    ADAMS, Richard [Madeleine L'Engle].

    Watership Down.

    London: Rex Collings, 1972.

    First edition of Richard Adams’ timeless classic novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow bestselling children’s author Madeleine L’Engle, “Yours sincerely, For Madeleine, on a very special occasion Richard Adams.” From the library of Madeleine L’Engle. Both Adams and L’Engle were unknown in the publishing world until their singular best-selling award-winning children’s novels were finally published after numerous rejections. Both authors’ works were also published in their mid-lives after they had married and had children. At the insistence of his daughters, Adams began writing the story he had told them on a car trip in 1966 at the age of 46 and after four publishers and three writers’ agencies turned down the manuscript, Rex Collings agreed to publish the work in 1972. The book gained immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Prize, and was adapted into several feature films and television series. L’Engle’s best-selling work A Wrinkle in Time was also initially rejected by at least 26 publishers. It was not until a close personal friend of L’Engle’s mother introduced her to John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux that the work was finally published in 1962. L’Engle was 44 years old at the time of publication and A Wrinkle in Time went on to win the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.

     

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 99338

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  • “It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition In Parts of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield

    DICKENS, Charles.

    The Personal History of David Copperfield.

    London: Bradbury and Evans, May 1849-November 1850.

    First edition in parts of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Original serial issue. Twenty parts in nineteen, octavo four to thirty-two pages of preliminary advertisements; text continuously paginated 1-624; eight leaves of preliminaries follow text in final part. Frontispiece, vignette title-page and thirty-eight additional inserted plates, the majority with tissue inserts as issued. Original blue-green illustrated paper wrappers. Several backstrips chipped at head and foot; some light soiling, wear at hinges; some parts skewed. In excellent condition, an unrestored example of Dickens’ classic work. Includes  the scarce insert “Lett’s diaries” advertisement at end of Part VIII, which unfolds to a 26 inches, with ten specimen diary leaves. According to Hatton & Cleaver, this is a “particularly scarce” insert. Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 253-272.  Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. A very nice example.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 91369

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  • Finely Bound Set of The Holy Bible; One of 86 copies printed on Japan Paper

    The Holy Bible.

    Boston: Hinkley Co./Merrymount Press, 1905.

    Finely bound set of the Bible, limited edition, one of 86 copies, this is number 43, printed on Japan paper. Octavo, 14 volumes. Bound in full blue morocco, elaborate gilt tooling and inlay to the front panel, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Illustrated with photogravure plates after old masters, captioned tissue guards. In fine condition.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 100390

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  • “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all": Complete Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 52 Copies; Finely Bound In Full Morocco

    WILDE, Oscar.

    The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.

    London: Keller-Farmer Co, 1907.

    The Astral edition of Wilde’s works, one of 52 sets, this is number one. Octavo, 15 volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, floriated corner devices in gilt, red and green, raised bands, moire silk endpapers, top edge gilt. With photogravures in two states from paintings, photographs, and drawings (4 of which are by Aubrey Beardsley). In near fine condition. An exceptional set.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 104968

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  • "Make good Bread out of this": Rare First Editions Of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking Volumes 1 & 2; Both Volumes Signed By Julia Child and by Simone Beck

    CHILD, Julia; Beck.

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volumes 1 & 2.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961 & 1970.

    First editions of both volumes of this classic cook book. Quarto, 2 volumes, original illustrated boards. Volume 1 is signed on the half-title page by both Julia Child and Simone Beck. Volume two is signed by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Paul Child. It is signed as follows, “Make good Bread out of this Best Wishes and “Bon courage” Simone Beck.” Signed Best wishes- Julia Child” and signed below by Paul Child. Volume one and two with drawings by Sidonie Coryn. Drawings by Paul Child. Both are fine in near fine dust jackets. Typography, binding and jacket design by Warren Chappell. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set, rare signed in both volumes and in this condition.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 110375

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  • Rare original albumen photograph signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    EMERSON, Ralph Waldo.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson Albumen Photograph Signed.

    Rare original albumen photograph of Ralph Waldo Emerson seated with a book. Boldly signed by Emerson beneath his portrait, “R.W. Emerson.” Matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches 4.5 inches. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13.5 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $9,200.00     Item Number: 95206

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  • “As sure as time, history is repeating itself, and as sure as man is man, history is the last place he’ll look for his lessons": First Trade Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman; Signed by Her

    LEE, Harper.

    Go Set A Watchman.

    New York: Harper Collins, 2015.

    First trade edition of Lee’s second novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. This copy was a gift from Lee’s attorney Tonja Brooks Carter to a clerk of the court in Monroeville, Alabama. Brooks Carter was responsible for rediscovering the manuscript of this novel and instrumental to its publication. The last signed copy at auction brought 12,000. While signed limited editions are available, signed trade editions are decidedly scarce and with noted provenance. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jarrod Taylor. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $9,000.00     Item Number: 62082

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  • THE BASIS FOR “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: FIRST BOOK EDITION OF PHILIP VAN DOREN STERN’S THE GREATEST GIFT; SIGNED BY HIM

    STERN, Philip Van Doren.

    The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale.

    Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1944.

    First edition of this classic Christmas story, the basis for Frank Capra’s beloved movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Small Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip Van Doren Stern on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Illustrated by Rafaello Busoni. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example, rare signed.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 22036

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  • First British Edition of Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa; King Edward VIII's Copy with his ownership inscription

    DINESEN, Isak [Karen Blixen] [King Edward VIII].

    Out of Africa.

    London: Putnam, 1937.

    First British edition of the author’s masterpiece, a lyrical meditation of the years she lived in Kenya, from the library of King Edward VIII. Octavo, original cloth. With numerous original photographs and newspaper clippings affixed to the front few pages. Originally from the collection of the author’s brother Thomas Fasti Dinesen with two original black and white photographs of him hunting affixed to the verso of the front free endpaper and half-title page above which he has annotated, “My first lion April 6th 1922” and “Shot from boma April 11th 1922 The boma only five feet from the hill on account of my alias Thomas Dinesen.” In 1918, Thomas Dinesen moved to British East Africa to help his sister manage her coffee farm in the Ngong hills southwest of Nairobi where he designed a largely built the farm’s coffee roasting plant. Subsequently, from the library of Edward VIII with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “‘The son of the sultan’ Edward Duke of Windsor.” Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from January 1936 until his abdication in December of the same year, after which he became the Duke of Windsor. And finally, inscribed on the title page, “To Hubert Gough with best wishes from Maj ‘one’ Sotheby March.” The recipient, Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough was a senior officer in the British Army in the First World War. Also affixed throughout are numerous clippings related to the Duke of Windsor and Blixen including a clipping with a photograph of her with Marilyn Monroe and original black and white photographs of her in 1921, later in life, and views of the plantation farmers and Ngong Hills. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 110991

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  • “It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition In Parts of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield

    DICKENS, Charles.

    The Personal History of David Copperfield.

    London: Bradbury and Evans, May 1849-November 1850.

    First edition in parts of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, original blue-green illustrated serial issue wrappers being twenty parts in nineteen with the majority of  preliminary advertisements present, frontispiece, vignette title-page and forty engraved plates. In excellent condition, an unrestored example of Dickens’ classic work, with some of the backstrips with small chips. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 96702

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  • First Editions of The Works of William Thackeray

    THACKERAY, William.

    The Works of William Thackeray.

    London: Various Publishers, 1840-1867.

    First edition of the works of William Thackeray. Octavo, 34 volumes, uniformly bound in three-quarters morocco. From the library of Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, with his bookplate to each volume. Harmswoth was a British newspaper and publishing magnate who exercised vast influence over British popular opinion. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt. Includes: Paris Sketch Book, 2 volumes., 1840; Comic Tales and Sketches, 2 volumes., 1841; Irish Sketchbook, 2 volumes., 1843; Cornhill to Grand Cairo, 1846; Mrs. Perkins Ball, [1847]; Book of Snobs, 1848; Our Street, 1848; Vanity Fair, 1848 (With the suppressed woodcut on p. 336, and “Mr. Pitt” on p. 453); Doctor Birch, 1849; History of Pendennis, 2 volumes., 1849-1850; Rebecca and Rowena, 1850; Kickleburys on the Rhine, 1850; Henry Esmond, 3 volumes., 1852; The English Humourists, 1853; The Newcomes, 2 volumes., 1854-1855; Miscellanies, 4 volumes., 1855-57; The Virginians, 2 volumes, 1858-59; Lovel the Widower, 1861; The Four Georges, 1861 (rare 1st issue); Adventures of Philip, 3 volumes, 1862; Denis Duval, 1867.

    Price: $8,000.00     Item Number: 19005

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  • Antoine Saint-Exupery's Night Flight; Lengthily Inscribed by Him To Close Friend Bill Donovan

    SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine.

    Night Flight.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1937.

    Early printing of the author’s second novel, which went on to become an international bestseller and a film based on it appeared in 1933. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed on the half-title page (translated from the French), “For Colonel Donovan, In thanks for his warm home, his fireplace, and the peacefulness of his river house. With all my friendship, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” The recipient William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan was an American soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat.  He is best remembered as the wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II. He is also known as the “Father of American Intelligence” and the “Father of Central Intelligence.” The CIA regards Donovan as its founding father, according to journalist Evan Thomas in a 2011 Vanity Fair profile. In the article Thomas observed that Donovan’s “exploits are utterly improbable but by now well documented in declassified wartime records that portray a brave, noble, headlong, gleeful, sometimes outrageous pursuit of action and skulduggery.” A statue of him stands in the lobby of the CIA headquarters building in Langley, Virginia. A veteran of World War I, Donovan is the only person to have received all four of the United States’ highest awards: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal.  He was also a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, as well as decorations from a number of other nations for his service during both World Wars. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 92462

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  • RARE ELABORATELY ILLUMINATED PATENT OF NOBILITY SIGNED BY Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, King of Arms to King Charles III of Spain

    DON RAMON ZAZO OF ORTEGA,.

    Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega Signed Patent of Nobility.

    Rare illuminated patent of Nobility signed by Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, historian and King of Arms to Charles III, King of Spain. Quarto, bound in full morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, fleuron cornerpieces and central gilt motif within botanically gilt frames to the front and rear panels, elaborately illuminated vellum leaves including six full-page hand-painted coats of arms from the houses of Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, Zarra, Echavarria, Aldecoa, and Lizerazu. Text in Spanish. Signed by Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega at the conclusion of the patent with a remnant of the original Royal paper seal. In very good condition. Rare.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 109050

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  • SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF PORGY AND BESS; SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN, DUBOSE HEYWARD, AND ROUBEN MAMOULIAN

    GEORGE GERSHWIN. LIBRETTO BY DUBOSE HEYWARD. LYRICS BY DUBOSE HEYWARD AND IRA GERSHWIN. PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY ROUBEN MAMOULIAN,.

    Porgy and Bess.

    New York: Random House, 1935.

    Deluxe limited edition of Porgy and Bess, number 55 of only 250 copies signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward and director Rouben Mamoulian. Folio, original full red morocco, raised bands, top edge gilt, illustrated. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 98943

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  • EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF SNOOPY'S COMPANION WOODSTOCK; DRAWN AND SIGNED BY CHARLES M. SCHULZ

    SCHULZ, Charles M.

    Charles Schulz Signed Woodstock Drawing.

    Exceptionally rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Woodstock in military attire. Drawn and signed by Charles Schulz , “For SPC 4 Britt Weise, best wishes – Schulz.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14 inches. Original drawings of Woodstock are scarce.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 119508

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  • "In no time at all she was princess of the land. And she and her husband, the charming Prince, rode to their palace in a golden coach to live happily ever after!": First Edition of Walt Disney's Cinderella; Signed by Him

    DISNEY, Walt.

    Walt Disney’s Cinderella.

    Stuttgart: Bluchert-Verlag, 1951.

    First German edition of the classic retelling of one of the most celebrated Disney films. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Laid in is a business card of the publisher with a note referencing this was signed in 1953. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 106556

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  • "I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel": First Edition of Eloise; Signed by both Kay Thompson and Illustrator Hilary Knight

    THOMPSON, Kay; Drawings by Hilary Knight.

    Eloise.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.

    First edition of the author’s first book. Slim quarto, original illustrated white cloth. Light toning, else near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with a small closed tear to the rear panel. Inscribed by the author, “For my dear Paul- from/ Eloise herself and The Author” and also signed by the illustrator, “and Hilary Knight in 2007.” A very sharp example, rare signed and inscribed by both Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 2795

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