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"And when that happened the right words would be found": First Edition of the Authors First Book Cover Her Face; Lengthily Inscribed by P.D. James
London: Faber and Faber 1962.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original green cloth. Light shelfwear to the bottom cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page with the added words, “And when that happened the right words would be found.” The inscription is the final line of this novel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example with a nice inscription from the author.
“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood": First Edition of Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1963.
First edition of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Major Ernest D. Muse With Best Wishes Martin Luther King.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
Yousuf Karsh Photograph of the First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Both Nehru and Karsh
Black and white photograph of the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed Jawaharlal Nehru March 1951 and also signed by the photographer Yousuf Karsh. Karsh was one of the most notable photographers of the 20th century. His work included portraits of celebrities, military and political figures, such as Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Martin Luther King, Audrey Hepburn, and many others. The photograph measures 10 inches by 12.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 19.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Nehru and Karsh.
"As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time": Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi
Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. The letter reads, “Dear Rev. Conley, You will please forgive one for my inability to reply to your letter earlier. As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time. I am at present at Thithal leaving Bombay on 24th Oct for Bengal. I am afraid therefore that we cannot meet before the … Your serv MK Gandhi 25 4 25 Tithal.” The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
"Mary Baker Eddy was far ahead of her time in the emphasis she placed upon positive thinking, a force which modern psychology was belated in recognizing": Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; inscribed by her to her cousin, the daughter of President Franklin Pierce
Boston: Published by the Author 1886.
Early printing of the central text of the Christian Science which continues to rank as a best-seller to this day. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “Mrs. F. McNeil Potter, with love from the Author, 1886. ” The recipient, Frances Maria McNeil Potter was the niece of President Franklin Pierce and his sometimes hostess in the White house, assisting First Lady Jane Pierce after the death of the president’s son Benny. In the winter of 1882, Mary Baker Eddy visited Washington, where “Mrs. Potter caller on [her] several times and showed considerable interest in Christian Science. Together they drove to the Botanical Gardens, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Congressional Cemetery where they knelt at the grave of General John McNeil, Mrs. Potter’s father and the cousin of Mrs. Eddy’s grandmother, Maryann McNeil Moore” (Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery). Potter and Eddy’s correspondence continued until Potter’s death and Potter remained one of Eddy’s biggest supporters when many distanced themselves from the religious leader and the founding of the Church of Christ, Scientist. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed and inscribed by Mary Baker Eddy are rare.
"Who Is Content Only With The Right Word": First Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Inscribed by Seamus Heaney to his Aunt
London: Faber and Faber 1966.
First edition of Heaney’s first major published volume. Octavo, original green cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Association copy, inscribed by the author to his aunt in a contemporary hand, “For Aunt Annie: who is content only with the right word. Love, Seamus.” Additionally signed by Heaney in full on the title page. Fine in very good dust jacket with sunning to the pink portion of the spine and some overall wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Association copies of this caliber seldom enter the market.
First Edition of Robert C. Merton's Continuous-Time Finance; Inscribed by Him and Paul A. Samuelson to Fellow Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Kenneth Arrow
Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell 1990.
First edition of Merton’s landmark work, which introduced the concepts of continuous-time optimization, inscribed by Merton to fellow Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Arrow. Octavo, original cloth. Foreword by Paul A. Samuelson. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Arrow. Additionally signed by Paul A. Samuelson at his contribution. Kenneth Arrow’s signature to the front free endpaper, fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of Kenneth Arrow.
“We write our own destiny; we become what we do”: First Edition of General Chiang Kai Shek; Signed by both General and Madame Chiang kai-shek
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company 1937.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed on the half-title page in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek and in English by Mei-ling Soong Chiang, former First Lady of the Republic of China, 1948-1975. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Exceptionally rare signed by both Chiang and Madame Kai-shek.
“I was afraid I was going to die and then I was afraid I wasnt": First Edition Of Cormac McCarthy's Masterpiece Blood Meridian; Signed by Him
New York: Random House 1985.
First edition of the author’s fifth novel. Octavo, original half red cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the half-title page in a contemporary hand. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Richard Adelson. Jacket painting by Salvador Dali.
“LEAD THEM STRAIGHT AND TRUE; GIVE STRENGTH TO THEIR ARMS, STOUTNESS TO THEIR HEARTS, STEADFASTNESS IN THEIR FAITH”; MAGNIFICENT LIMITED EDITION OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT’S D-DAY PRAYER, ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES PRINTED, BROADCAST THE NIGHT OF THE NORMANDY INVASION
Washington, D.C: Christmas, 1944.
Limited edition of this rare broadside of the “D-Day Prayer,” one of only 50 printed copies issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his close friends, handsomely printed in gothic type with red, blue and gold ink textual embellishments. The broadside measures 14 inches by 21 inches, printed in black gothic type, capital letters and portions of the heading in red and blue ink. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20.5 inches by 28 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
Extremely rare ink signature of Charlotte Bronte. Signed “yours faithfully, C. Bronte” on an off-white 3 inchess by .75 inches slip irregularly clipped and affixed to a larger scrapbook page. The page bears the signatures of several other notable British writers, including novelist and Bronte biographer Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth M. Sewell, Margaret Gatty, Jean Ingelow, and Mary Martha Sherwood, as well as an address panel in the hand of Elizabeth Eastlake. Double matted and framed with a lithograph of Charlotte Bronte. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 21.5 inches. Exceptionally rare.
“He who pretends to look on death without fear lies. All men are afraid of dying, this is the great law of sentient beings, without which the entire human species would soon be destroyed": Rare First Edition of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Julie, or the new heloise
Julie ou La Nouvelle Héloïse: Lettres de deux amans, habitans d’une petite ville au pied des Alpes [Julie, or the New Heloise: Letters from two lovers, living in a small town at the foot of the Alps].
Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey 1761.
First edition of the first best-selling novel in history, which made Jean-Jacques Rousseau the world’s first celebrity author. Octavo, six volumes, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, marbled edges, marbled endpapers. An exceptional piece of literary history.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety": Rare First Edition of Benjamin Franklin's Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces
Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces; Arranged under the Following Heads…General Politics; American Politics before the Troubles; American Politics during the Troubles; Provincial or Colony Politics; Miscellaneous and Philosophical Pieces.
London: J. Johnson 1779.
First edition of “the only edition of Franklin’s writings (other than his scientific) printed during his lifetime” (Ford). Thick quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling to the spine, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins. With the engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin, two full page engravings, one folding engraving and on folding typographical table. In very good condition. Complete with index, addenda and corrigenda. Bookplate to the pastedown. A rarity in contemporary calf.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1952.
First edition of O’Connor’s powerful first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to her editor, “For Robie — Flannery.” Robie Macauley was an American editor, novelist and critic whose literary career spanned more than 50 years. In 1966, Macauley became the Fiction Editor at Playboy where he published fiction by Saul Bellow, Roald Dahl, Nadine Gordimer, John Irving, Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, and Kurt Vonnegut among many others. In 1978 he became a Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin where he was responsible for publishing The Mosquito Coast, The Marrakesh One-Two, Shoeless Joe, and several works of nonfiction. Near fine in a good first issue dust jacket with some wear to the front panel and crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
New York: James O'Kane 1866.
First edition of the author’s second and best known work. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Presented to Robert Dale Owen by the author January, 1866.” The recipient Robert Dale Owen was responsible for introducing the legislation to establish the Smithsonian. He represented Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives (1843–47). As a member of Congress, Owen successfully pushed through the bill that established Smithsonian Institution and served on the Institution’s first Board of Regents. Owen also served as a delegate to the Indiana Constitutional Convention in 1850 and was appointed as U.S. minister (Chargé d’Affaires (1853–58) to Naples. Illustrated by F.O.C. Darley and Thomas Nast. In very good condition with some dampstaining to the rear board. First editions are scarce, presentation copies are rare signed.