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First Edition of John Train's Discoveries: Cold War Adventures; Building Capital: Expeditions; Signed by Him and from the library of Peter Matthiessen
Artisan Press 2011.
First edition of John Train’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Train on the title page. From the library of fellow writer Peter Matthiessen with his bookplate to the pastedown. In 1953, Train and Matthiessen founded and Train became the first managing editor of The Paris Review, which won attention by publishing extended interviews with such authors as Ernest Hemingway, Thornton Wilder and William Faulkner. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Random House 2001.
First edition of Irving’s Tenth novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
"A thunderhead or two don't hurt, but too much cloudy weather makes people restless and mean": First edition of Larry McMurtry's Boone's Lick; signed by him
New York: Simon & Schuster 2000.
First edition of McMurtry’s tale of the nineteenth century West. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Larry McMurtry on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket painting by Alfred Jacob Miller. Author photograph by Diana Lynn Ossana.
Paris: Chez Giguet et Michaud 1805.
Finely bound example of Berchoux’s epic gastronomical poem. 12mo, bound in one quarter morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Engraved frontispiece and other engravings throughout. In near fine condition. Tasteful bookplate to the front free endpaper. A charming example.
New York: The Penguin Press 2010.
First edition of this “splendid…the definitive history of the hedge fund, a compelling narrative full of larger-than-life characters and dramatic tales” (The Washington Post). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Sebastian Mallaby on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Darren Haffar and Tal Goretsky.
London: Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent and Co Ltd 1922.
First edition of this humorous story on golf written as a Shakespearian parody. Octavo, original boards, illustrated throughout.
"Thus he was happier than he had ever been in his life": First edition of George du Maurier's The Martian; Finely Bound
London and New York: Harper & Brothers 1898.
First edition of du Maurier’s largely autobiographical novel. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engravings including frontispiece portrait of the author. In near fine condition.
New York: Simon and Schuster 1956.
First edition of Hagen’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Guy Fraumeni.
"So the talk while I was listening, so many voices smote or questioned Him." First edition of Edgar Lee Masters' Lee: A Dramatic Poem; inscribed by him
New York: The Macmillan Company 1926.
First edition of Masters’ play about Robert E. Lee at the dawn of the American Civil War. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For William W. Pineos with the compliments of Edgar Lee Masters December 3 – 1928.” In very good condition.
London: Edward Moxon & Co 1865.
Finely bound example of Trotter’s compilation of biographies on historic authors. Octavo, bound in full royal blue morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, wide gilt ruling and stamping to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition.
The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. Including his Translation of Homer: To Which is Added The Life of the Author, by Dr. Johnson.
Philadelphia: J.J. Woodward 1830.
Finely bound example of the works of Alexander Pope, including his important translation of Homer. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt tooling and to the spine, black morocco spine label lettered in gilt, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of Pope by J.B. Longmere with tissue guard, engraved vignette to the half-title page. In very good condition. Period ownership inscription. A desirable example.
“IS THIS REALITY, THE FINAL REALITY, OR JUST A NEW DECEPTIVE DREAM?”: FIRST EDITION OF VLADIMIR NABOKOV'S KING, QUEEN, KNAVE
New York: McGraw-Hill Company 1968.
First edition of this early Nabokov novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov.
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1960.
First British edition of Nabokov’s first novel written in America. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the spine. Jacket design by Eric Ayers.
"She was so deeply impressed by his grandeur that she thought it impossible to do him honor enough": Henry James' The Last of the Valerii; one of one hundred numbered copies
London: Boydell Press 1974.
Limited Artists’ Book edition of Henry James’ The Last of the Valerii. Number 46 of one hundred numbered copies printed on Wookey Hole handmade paper by John Baskett in 16 point Blado italic font, the same font used in the original publication in The Atlantic Monthly for January 1874. Frontispiece by Julia Trevelyan Oman. Octavo, gilt title and tooling spine and front panel. In fine condition.