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The Constitutions of the United States, According to the Latest Amendments: To Which Are Annexed, The Declaration of Independence; and the Federal Constitution.
Philadelphia: Carey, Stewart and Co, 1791.
Rare first edition of The Constitutions of the United States which precedes the publication of Bill of Rights as the First Amendment and is the first printing to contain the Constitution of Vermont. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. Contents include the Constitution of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Vermont. Additionally included are the Charter of Rhode Island, Declaration of Independence, Federal Constitution, and a pre-ratification printing of the Bill of Rights (Sabin 16097). In near fine condition. An exceptional piece of Americana.
First Edition, First Issue of Roger Tory Peterson's First Book A Field Guide to the Birds; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934.
First edition, first state with the date on title page and with “Bob-pumper” on index page 155. Octavo, original green pebbled cloth with numerous full-page plates by the author. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Phyllis Bergen with my compliments- a poor atonement for ruined eyesight Roger T. Peterson.” The recipient Phyllis Bergen is thanked by Peterson in the preface of this volume. This book was most likely presented upon publication as a thank you to the recipient. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the spine and front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Color photograph of President Kennedy meeting with astronaut Wally Schirra and his family in the Oval Office, affixed to its original mount. Boldly inscribed, “To Commander Walter Schirra—and his family—with esteem and best wishes, John Kennedy.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece linking these two great American icons.
"One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see": First Edition of Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of The Snowy Day, which is considered “one of the most important American books of the 20th century” (Diefendorf, ed. The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century). Oblong quarto, original pictorial cloth as issued. Fine in a very good first-issue dust jacket with the prerequisite $3.00 price on the dust jacket and no mention of this title winning the Caldecott Medal (the second and subsequent printings mention this on the front flap of the jacket) and without patterned interior front and rear flaps that mimicked the snowflake patterns of the endpapers in later printings. Although the Caldecott Medal is affixed to the dust jacket cover, this was due to the common practice of book sellers who adhered the sticker for marketing purposes after the Caldecott was awarded. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings in the original dust jacket are of the utmost rarity.
"Guide this nation through eternity...guide this nation through dark + stormy times": Original Campaign Speech from John F. Kennedys Campaign With His Notes and Corrections
St. Louis: 1960.
Original John F. Kennedy campaign speech with extensive annotations in his hand. This is a reading copy of the speech Kennedy delivered in St. Louis on October 2, 1960. In all, 14 double-spaced pages, with notes in the Presidential candidate’s hand throughout. The speech begins, “Massachusetts and Missouri are closely linked in the history of this republic. Both have been cradles of American freedom.” Quarter, bound in a loose leaf folder, gilt-lettered cover.
"It's enough to know that you and I exist at this moment": First British Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Translator Gregory Rabassa
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970.
First British edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Additionally signed by the translator on the half-title page, who has transcribed the classic sentence of this novel as follows, “It’s enough to know that you and I exist at this moment. Gregory Rabassa.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Toni Evora. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN WITH THE RARE EMBOSSED GOLDEN GUN ON THE FRONT PANEL
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
First edition, first state with the golden gun embossed on the front board. Octavo, original black boards, green patterned endpapers. The publisher set out to publish the embossed gun but the cost proved prohibitive to continue, so the gilt-stamping was ceased, and the remaining copies were published with plain front boards. “This issue with the golden gun on the casing is the rarest, by far, of the Bond books. There are certainly fewer than the 290-odd of the signed limited edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The Cape archives do not reveal how many copies were produced with the golden gun stamping. Copies tend to turn up most frequently in the extremities of the British Commonwealth, e.g., South Africa, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand” (Biondi & Pickard, 50). “Publication day would be the same throughout the British Commonwealth and stock would need to arrive in good time to meet this date. The books were sent from the UK via container ship (a ‘slow boat’) as air transport was expensive, and those nations furthest afield would be sent the earliest available copies (which, of course, meant the ‘Golden Gun’ bindings) at the first opportunity, to ensure a simultaneous publication as intended” (Gilbert, p. 418). Gilbert A13a (1.1). An excellent near fine example with the gilt bright, a small contemporary name to the front pastedown in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. A very bright example of the rare first state binding.
First Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude in the First Issue Dust Jacket; Inscribed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “Para Rita, de su amigo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1976.” Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the exclamation point at the end of the first paragraph on the front flap. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Translated by Gregory Rabassa.
New York: Macmillan & Company, 1929.
First edition of Alfred North Whitehead’s magnum opus. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Alfred North Whitehead on the title page. From the Library of Henry David Aiken, with his signature dated 1943 on the front free endpaper. Aiken was a student of Ralph Barton Perry’s at Harvard when Whitehead also was a professor there from 1924 through 1937 and was a participant at Whiteheads’ famous Cambridge Sunday afternoon open houses, which ran until Whitehead’s death in 1947. Aiken was a Harvard philosophy professor from 1946 through 1965 and along with W. V. Quine, his friend and colleague, and Mortin White had shepherded the transformation of the Harvard Philosophy Department with the addition of philosophers John Rawls, Hilary Putnam, and Robert Nozick, into a strong and significant presence of Analytic Philosophy in the United States. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Alfred North Whitehead are scarce.
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it": First Edition Of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Original Publishers Morocco
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Twain’s masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher’s three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher’s leather bindings are quite rare: “The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise” (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example.
"A man needs a little madness, or else... he never dares cut the rope and be free": Signed Limited Edition of the Kazantzakis Masterpiece Odyssey: A Modern Sequel
Athens: Pyrsos, 1938.
First edition of Kazantzakis’ masterpiece. Folio, brown cloth. One of 277 copies signed by Nikos Kazantzakis, this is number 109. In near fine condition.
"The invitation would commit him to nothing more crucial than seeing that she had a pleasant evening and paying the bill. And a man was surely entitled to call his own publishers": First Edition of A Mind To Murder; Lengthily Inscribed by P.D. James
London: Faber and Faber, 1963.
First edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by the author on the title page with a transcription from the novel as follows, “The invitation would commit him to nothing more crucial than seeing that she had a pleasant evening and paying the bill. And a man was surely entitled to call his own publishers P.D. James.” The inscription is from the final sentence of this novel. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Charles Mozley. Rare and desirable, especially with such a lengthy inscription and in this condition.
“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.
"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.
"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.
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.
“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.
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.