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"This is a book that needed to be written": First Edition of Tin Pan Alley; Signed by George Gershwin, Charles Previn and James Melton
New York: The John Day Company, 1930.
First edition of this work on American popular music. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by George Gershwin. Boldly signed “Sincerely George Gershwin” on the dedication page. Additionally signed by conductor Charles Previn and tenor James Melton. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Previn was an American film composer who was highly active at Universal in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s. Before going to Hollywood, Previn had arranged music for over 100 Broadway productions. Melton was a popular singer in the 1920s and 1930s and later began a career as an operatic singer when tenor voices went out of style in popular music around 1932–35. Contemporary bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
New York: Arlington House Publishers, 1966.
First edition of the re-issue of Hazlitt’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Kip Carlisle with warmest good wishes Henry Hazlitt Nov. 23, 1971.” Very good in a very good dust jacket.
"The soft-drink stand fell into bits. Molecules. He saw molecules, colorless, that made it up": First edition of Philip K. Dick's Time Out of Joint; Boldly signed by him
New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1959.
First edition of Philip K. Dick’s first novel published in hardcover format. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Philip K. Dick on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Arthur Hawkins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Time On The Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery & Time On the Cross Evidence and Methods. Two Volumes.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1974.
First edition of this work which attracted widespread attention in the media and generated heated controversy and criticism for its methodology and conclusions. Octavo, original brown cloth, 2 volumes. Both volumes are inscribed by both authors to the same recipient. Volume one is near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the spine tips. Volume two is near fine in a fine dust jacket.
“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses": Exceedingly Rare First Edition of Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra
London: H. Henry and Co, 1896.
First English edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. An excellent near fine example with only light rubbing and wear.
"Its just that Id rather die of drink than of thirst": First edition of Ian Fleming's Thunderball; Inscribed by Fleming to OSS and CIA Agent Charles Jackson
London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To C.D. Jackson who says nice things! from Ian Fleming.” The recipient Charles Douglas Jackson joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1943 and the following year he was appointed Deputy Chief at the Psychological Warfare Division at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), and it was during this time Fleming, working for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division, likely would have met Jackson. After the war, Jackson worked for Life Magazine, and at the time of Thunderball‘s publication, had become the magazine’s publisher. Several years after Jackson’s death in 1964 it was revealed that he had been a CIA agent since 1948. An exceptional association of two important figures in the British/American nexus of World War II and Cold War intelligence operatives given its fullest embodiment in the popular imagination through Fleming’s enduring spy avatar James Bond. Gilbert A9a (1.1). Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket art by Richard Chopping.
"I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it": Rare First Edition of Through the Gates of Splendor; Signed by Elisabeth Elliot
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957.
First edition of the author’s classic first book. Signed by Elisabeth Elliot on the title page. Octavo, original half cloth. Near fine in very good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Uncommon signed.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1914.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated from photographs taken by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition, frontispiece with tissue-guard; 3 maps, including 1 folding in the rear. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Frederic A. Ames, a first-class American, with all good wishes, from Theodore Roosevelt June 14th 1918.” The recipient, Frederic Ames was an early American automobile manufacturer in Owensboro, Kentucky, from 1910 to 1925. A beetle-backed “gentleman’s roadster” and a five passenger tourer were the first models offered for sale by the company. The company also produced replacement bodies for the Ford Model T. At its peak the company produced approximately 30,000 vehicles. In near fine condition with light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed, and with such a warm inscription.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
First edition of Peters’ work on creating a flourishing organization. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Matt, Thanks for the great interview – again. Best Wishes Tom.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Tran. Jacket photograph by Michele Clement.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.
First edition of Fleming’s volume of travel journalism. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Small name to the title page, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some rubbing to the crown of the spine. Jacket design by Paul Davis.
First edition of Anna Morris Holstein's Three Years in Field Hospitals of the Army of the Potomac; inscribed by her
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co, 1867.
First edition of Anna Morris Holstein’s “perceptive reminiscences [of] the decidedly unglamorous side of war with the Army of the Potomac” (Nevins II, 128). Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “Mrs. David Haines From Anna M. Holstein Nov 15th 1886.” The recipient’s husband, David Haines, was enlisted in the 3rd Cavalry of the Union Army during the Civil War. A previous owner has completed the author’s printed name “Mrs. H.” as “Mrs. Holstein” on the title page an introduction. In very good condition with minor loss to the crown and foot of the spine. Scarce and desirable in the original cloth and signed by the author. An important eye-witness account of northern hospitals during the Civil War.
London and Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1862.
Octavo, bound in full cream-colored calf by Asprey, marbled endpapers, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, morocco spine label, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, with eight illustrations. In fine condition.
Rare First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's First Book Three Stories and Ten Poems; One of an Edition of Only 300; In Fine Condition
Paris: Contact Publishing Company, 1923.
First edition, one of only 300 published. Small octavo, original blue-gray wrappers as issued. In fine condition without wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The ship rushed on, nearer and nearer Earth": First Edition of Philip K. Dick's Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc, 1965.
First edition of Dick’s classic novel, which was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Philip K. Dick. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Tom Chibbaro. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed.
"No hands have wrought my monument; no weeds will hide the nation's footpath to its site": First New Directions edition of Nabokov's Three Russian Poets: Selections from Pushkin, Lermontov and Tyutchev
New York: New Directions Books, 1944.
First edition this collection of Nabokov’s translations of the major Russian poets. Octavo, original boards. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
Chicago: Cowles Commission For Research in Economics at The University of Chicago, 1949.
Rare collection of econometrics papers including Paul A. Samuelson’s Some Implications of Linearity. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Other papers include A Constant-Utility Index of the Cost of Living (Lawrence R. Klein and Herman Rubin) and Family Expenditures and the Marginal Propensity to Consume (Trygve Haavelmo). Stamp to the front panel “With the Compliments of The Author and Cowles Commission For Research in Economics The University of Chicago.” Small contemporary name to the front panel. In near fine condition.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author with nearly a full page inscription. A crease to the front board, a very good copy in an excellent dust jacket with minor wear to the spine tips.
"We were sorry to leave this beautiful place": First British Edition of Patrick Leigh Fermor's Three Letters From The Andes; Signed by the Author
London: John Murray, 1991.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Jacket designed by John Craxton. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Leigh Fermor on title page.
Rare First Edition of "the first systematic work on this subject by an American"; Daniel Raymond's Thoughts on Political Economy
Baltimore: Published by Fielding Lucas, Jun'r, 1820.
First edition. Octavo, bound in full brown Russian diced calf. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands. In very good condition with some some browning and light staining to the some of the text. First editions are extremely rare.