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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.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1948.
First edition of Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To my good friend Ed Tillman From Babe Ruth.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed and inscribed as Ruth passed away in the year of publication.
“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon": First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Pearl; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1947.
First edition of this classic story of simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Bob Kriendler with best wishes John Steinbeck.” The recipient was the owner of the legendary New York City landmark restaurant and speakeasy ”21”. Steinbeck was a frequent visitor to 21 and was friends with Kriendler. It has hosted every President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt except for George W. Bush has dined at 21 (although Bush’s wife and daughters have). Light rubbing to the bottom cloth and small bookplate, near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with Steinbeck looking to the left on the rear panel. Drawings by Jose Clemente Orozco. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.
Tokyo: Yugensha, 1972.
Limited first edition of Frank’s memorable autobiography in photographs, one of 500 copies. Folio, original black cloth, slipcase with mounted cover photograph, original shipping carton. Presentation copy, inscribed by Robert Frank. In fine condition, with the shipping carton in fine condition.
"REDESIGNING THE SHAPE OF HISTORY AUGUSTINE WOULD DOMINATE WESTERN THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AUGUSTINES CITIE OF GOD
London: George Eld, 1610.
First edition in English of Augustine’s monumental work. Translated by John Healey. Folio, bound in full brown calf, elaborate gilt tooling the spine, front and rear panels double-ruled in gilt. Large woodcut printer’s device on title (McKerrow 375). Decorative woodcut head-pieces and decorative and woodcut initials, including three twelve-line initials. In very good condition. A nice example of this scarce and important work.
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Hermann Struck. Signed at lower right by Albert Einstein and the artist Hermann Struck. This was the artist’s proof and is cited by him writing (“proof”) on the lower right, in pencil, next to Einstein’s signature. The engraving measures 7 inches by 10.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 20 inches. Rare and desirable.
"God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race": Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
First edition, early printing of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Russel Bletzer With best wishes and warm Regards Martin Luther King, Jr.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The revolutionary manifesto of the romantic poets”: First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems; containing the first appearance of William Wordsworth's famous Preface defining his theory of poetry
London: Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800.
First complete edition of the manifesto for the English romantic movement containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark preface defining his theory of poetry. Small octavos, two volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine with red and green morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. From the Brother Julian F.S.C. Collection with bookplates to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom cloth chemise case and half morocco clamshell box.
“There's no liquor in the land that can stop your brain from bleedin": First Edition of Bob Dylan's First Book Tarantula; Signed by Him
Madison, Wisconsin: Wimp Press, c. 1966.
First pirated edition. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Bob Dylan in a contemporary hand on the title page. A very good example with the cover a little rubbed and marked. One of the earliest pirated editions of Dylan’s novel, taken from the Macmillan 1966 proofs after production was delayed, pre-dating the 1971 trade edition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable signed by Dylan.
"And the devil take the hindmost": First Edition of Robert Penn Warrens Pulitzer Prize Winning Work; Signed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1946.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Robert Penn Warren on the front free end paper. Light wear to the extremities, near fine in an excellent first issue dust jacket with light wear to the crown and foot of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends": Rare Second Edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
London: John Murray, 1860.
Rare second edition, second issue, in Freeman’s binding variant “a” of Darwin’s magnum opus. Freeman 376; Norman 594. Octavo, original publisher’s green cloth. In excellent condition with the spine gilt bright, contemporary owner’s signature to the title, marginalia on pages 72 and 132. A nice example.
“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York: Vincent Parke, 1908.
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"; Life Magazine Inaugural Address; Inscribed by Kennedy To Senator Joseph Clark
Life Magazine’s souvenir edition commemorating Kennedy’s inauguration. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Kennedy, “For Mr. Joseph Clark with very best wishes, John Kennedy. The recipient, Joseph Clark was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1969. He worked with Kennedy in the Senate, and continued to their push for civil rights, highlighting the issue as a major part of Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He endorsed new legislation to extend voting rights, end discrimination in education and housing, and establish the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Kennedy announced during his campaign that Clark and Congressman Emanuel Celler had agreed to prepare a comprehensive civil rights bill ‘embodying the commitments of the Democratic platform,’ to be introduced early in the next congressional session. One of the key issues in Kennedy’s campaign, which helped him win the presidency in 1960. Matted and framed with the printed text of Kennedy’s inaugural speech, a portrait of Kennedy giving his speech. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 34 inches. Rare and desirable, especially with such an association.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
"The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love": First Spanish Edition of the El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Colera; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to fellow Nobel Prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago
Madrid: Mondadori, 1987.
First Spanish edition of the author’s masterpiece which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, boldly inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page to fellow Nobel-prize winning author Jose Saramago, “Para Jose, del amigo G. Marquez.” Two of the most significant authors of the twentieth century, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Portuguese writer Jose Saramago’s several best-selling works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, notably for their unique and distinctive styles and ability to convey the depth of experience of the human condition. While Marquez singularly popularized the style of magical realism, Saramago created his own experimental style featuring long sentences and unique dialogue structures to convey the experiences of his characters. Marquez was the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.” In 1998, Saramago was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, notably for his “parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony”, and his “modern skepticism” about official truths. From the library of Jose Saramago with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association connecting two Nobel prize-winning literary masters.
"The strangest prose-poet Russia ever produced": First New Directions Edition of Nabokov's Nikolai Gogol; Inscribed by Him with an early Drawing of a Butterfly
Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions Books, 1944.
First edition of Nabokov’s criticism of the work of Russian literary master Nikolai Gogol. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in Russian on the front free endpaper with a drawing of a butterfly, in Russian in the year of publication, “To Leon Dinkin with congenial salutation Vladimir Nabokov Sep XI 1944.” The recipient, Dr. Leon Dinkin, had a following among European refugees of the Nazi era and became known in NY circles at the “Refugee Doctor. After graduation from Heidelberg University, he established a practice in Berlin, but left for France in 1933 when Hitler came to power. In the archive of letters of Dr. Leon Dinkin (Letters, folder 42) the Nabokov’s consulted him about their son’s health in 1944 (a stomachache of uncertain origin). The “exploratory laparotomy” (incision into the abdomen) was suggested but Dinkin was resolutely against it and offered to bring Dmitri to New York for further observation under his control. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. A very rare Nabokov inscription in Russian, especially unusual in a pre-revolutionary alphabet that was cancelled by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s.
New York: Random House, 1943.
First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the half-title page, “To Joan With Best Wishes Walt Disney.” In near fine condition.
“In no department can a leader spend time more profitably than in the selection of the men who are to accomplish the work”: First Editions of Sir Douglas Mawson's The Home Of The Blizzard in the Rare Original Dust Jackets
London: William Heinemann, 1915.
First editions of Mawson’s classic work. Thick octavo, 2 volumes, original dark blue cloth. Near fine in the in the rare original dust jackets with some chipping and wear and a repair to the spine of Volume I. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I, full color and black & white plates, folding maps in pocket at rear of Vol II. Rare and desirable in the original dust jackets.
“Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her
The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.
First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards, cornerpieces and centrepiece to front board of silver metal with blue faux gems, metal clasp, green silk bookmark. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children, selected through a lottery, attended the signing.