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  • Rare First Edition of Lady Blunt's A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race

    BLUNT, Lady Anne.

    A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race. A Visit to the Court of the Arab Emir, and “Our Persian Campaign.”

    London: John Murray, 1881.

    First edition of this work which is considered to be one of the true classics of travel literature. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, with folding color-printed route map, 15 wood-engraved plates, illustrations. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. First editions are exceptionally scarce.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • First Edition of John Davis' With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic 1911-1914

    DAVIS, John K.

    With the “Aurora” in the Antarctic 1911-1914.

    London: Andrew Melrose, 1919.

    First edition of Captain John Davis’ expedition to Antarctica. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles and gilt illustration of the titular steamship, illustrated throughout, tipped-in rear map. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the front free endpaper. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In very good condition, bookplate.

    Price: $975.00

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  • First Edition of From Cape to Cairo. The First Traverse of Africa from South to North; Inscribed by Arthur Sharp

    GROGAN, Ewart S. and Arthur H. Sharp; Illustrations by A. D. McCormick.

    From Cape to Cairo. The First Traverse of Africa from South to North.

    London: Hurst & Blackett, 1900.

    First edition of this travel work which details a log between the Capetown to Cairo. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, with photogravure portrait frontispiece, 2 color-printed folding route maps and 48 plates. Presentation copy, inscribed by Arthur Sharp on the front pastedown, “To E. Percy Henderson from Arthur H. Sharp Dec. 1900.” The recipient, Major Percy E. Henderson was the author of A British Officer in the Balkans. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.

    Price: $3,250.00

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  • Rare First Edition of British Sports and Sportsmen: Yachting and Rowing; From the Library of Steve Fossett

    British Sports and Sportsmen: Yachting and Rowing.

    London: British Sports and Sportsmen, 1916.

    First edition, limited to 1,000 examples. Folio, bound in original full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, raised bands, numerous photogravure portraits. This lavishly-produced survey of large and small boat racing, cruising, and rowing, includes biographies of prominent yachtsmen, and includes descriptions of the America’s Cup and single-handed cruising. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. A nice example with noted provenance.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • Rare First Edition in English of DOSTOEVSKY'S The Possessed; with an autograph letter signed by translator Constance Garnett

    DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor.

    The Possessed.

    London: William Heinemann, 1913.

    First edition in English of Dostoevsky’s classic novel. Octavo, original red cloth. Translated into English by Constance Garnett. In near fine condition. With a two-page letter signed and entirely in the hand of the translator, Constance Garnett, laid in. Dated May 23, 1929 and sent from The Cearne, Edenbridge Kent, the letter reads, “Dear Mr. Wright I wonder whether you have set off yet for the West Indies? I think you must almost regret going in this lovely spring weather. At last I have two Irish stamps which I enclose. Have you seen the coins? They are very charming. I had a very welcome letter from Mrs. Anderson & I am hoping to persuade her to come down for a day or two to see the woods and garden – which has this year surpassed my dreams! The apple blossoms and the tulips & the forgetmenots which flow in lakes of blue over my orchard make up a lovely picture. The talks we had at Pardigon about Turgenev encourage me to send you a copy of my husband’s little book on him. Russians have told me that it is the best critical study of Turgenev they know… with warmest good wishes Yours sincerely Constance Garnett.” Constance Garnett was the first English translator of Dostoyevsky and Chekhov, and one of the first translators to render almost all works by Turgenev, Goncharov, Ostrovsky, Herzen, and Tolstoy into English. Altogether, she translated 71 volumes of Russian literature, many of which are still in print today. Her husband, English literary critic and editor Edward Garnett published several biographies and collections of letters including his 1917 biography of Turgenev to which Constance refers in the present letter. In near fine condition. Rare.

    Price: $7,200.00

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  • “For our own species, evolution occurs mostly through our behavior. We innovate new behavior to adapt": First edition of The Lost World; signed by Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg, and Jacket Designer Chip Kidd with an original drawing

    CRICHTON, Michael.

    The Lost World.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.

    First edition of Crichton’s sequel to Jurassic Park. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Signed by Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg who directed the 2015 film adaptation, and Chip Kidd with an original drawing mimicking his the dust jacket art which he designed on the half-title page. Additionally signed by Kidd on the rear flap of the dust jacket. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd.

    Price: $3,500.00

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  • First Edition of Wanda Wassilewska's Rainbow; Signed by Her

    WASSILEWSKA, Wanda [Wasilewska].

    Rainbow. The Story of a Ukrainian Village Under German Occupation.

    London: Hutchinson & Co, 1945.

    First edition of this work by Wassilewska. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Wanda Wassilewska Kiev. XI.63.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips and tears. Translated by Edith Bone. Although not marked in anyway, this is from the library of John and Elaine Steinbeck. Books signed by Wassilewska are rare.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • First Edition of "The most influential social science treatise of the twentieth century": First Edition of Keynes' The General Theory; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

    KEYNES, John Maynard [J.M.].

    The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.

    London: Macmillan & Co, 1936.

    First edition of the economist’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A very sharp example, uncommon in this condition.

    Price: $11,000.00

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  • "with warmest greetings, for more than 20 years together in the computer field": Edmund Berkeley's Giant Brains or Machines that Think; Inscribed by Him to Computer Pioneer Erwin Tomash

    BERKELEY, Edmund C.

    Giant Brains or Machines that Think.

    New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1949.

    First edition, second printing of this important work which popularized cognitive images of early computers. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Erwin Tomash with warmest greetings, for more than 20 years together in the computer field, from Ed Berkeley October 11, 1975.” The recipient Erwin Tomash was an engineer who co-founded Dataproducts Corporation, which specialized in computer technology, specifically printers and core memory units. He is recognized for his early pioneering work with computer equipment peripherals. Tomash led the creation of the Charles Babbage Institute and is responsible for The Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Technology and The Erwin Tomash Library. With Erwin Tomash’s bookplate to the pastedown, near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional association linking these two pioneers in the field.

    Price: $2,850.00

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  • ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD Signed by Prince Charles and PRINCESS DIANA

    DIANA, Princess of Wales; Prince Charles.

    Princess Diana Signed Christmas Card.

    Royal Christmas card bearing two royal seals to the front panel and an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles. Boldly inscribed by both and signed in each of their hands, “Mr. and Mrs. Bennett from Charles and Diana.” In fine condition. Matted and framed.

    Price: $1,650.00

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  • Rare First Edition of Kazantzakis' Christos

    KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos.

    Christos.

    Athens: 1938.

    First edition of this early work by the author of Zorba the Greek. Octavo, original wrappers. In very good condition.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • "The past is never dead. It's not even past": First Edition of William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun; Inscribed by Him to His Cousin

    FAULKNER, William.

    Requiem for a Nun.

    New York: Random House, 1951.

    First edition of the sequel to Faulkner’s Sanctuary. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to his first cousin, “With love to Sallie Burns William Faulkner Oxford MS 20 Oct 1951.” Sallie Falkner Burns was close with Faulkner and is mentioned in a number of Faulkner biographies, as she knew more about his childhood and later years more than anyone living. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design M. McKnight Kauffer.

    Price: $9,500.00

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  • "To Sallie Burns, with love William Xmas, 1959": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Mansion; Inscribed by Him To His Cousin and additionally signed by Him

    FAULKNER, William.

    The Mansion.

    New York: Random House, 1959.

    First edition of the final novel in the Nobel Prize-winning author’s The Snopes Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to his first cousin, “To Sallie Burns, with love William Xmas, 1959″ and signed again on the title page,  “William Faulkner Charlottesville, Va. 25 Dec 1959.” Sallie Falkner Burns was close with Faulkner and is mentioned in a number of Faulkner biographies, as she knew more about his childhood as well as later years more than anyone living. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association.

    Price: $12,500.00

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  • "For Sallie Burns with love William" First Edition of William Faulkner's A Fable; Inscribed by Him to His Cousin and additionally signed by Him

    FAULKNER, William.

    A Fable.

    New York: Random House, 1954.

    First edition of the first novel to win both Pulitzer and National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to his first cousin, “For Sallie Burns with love William.” The recipient Sallie Faulkner Burns was William Faulkner‘s first cousin and was a great friend to Maud, William‘s mother. This was given to her by Faulkner and has remained in the family until now. Additionally signed by Faulkner from Oxford on the title and dated in the year of publication. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Riki Levinson.

    Price: $12,000.00

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  • "The best Driver of His Time": First Edition of Jim Clark: Portrait of a Great Driver; Signed by Racing Legend Stirling Moss

    CLARK, Jim] Graham Gauld; Foreword by Stirling Moss.

    Jim Clark: Portrait of a Great Driver.

    London: Paul Hamlyn, 1968.

    First edition of this biography on Jim Clarke. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Stirling Moss on the title page, who contributed the foreword. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $600.00

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