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“For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences": Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Inscribed by Elie Wiesel to Abba Eban
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Abba Eban, “Pour Eban- le a sa propre commencement a sa historie: la voice- Elie W. New York, 1967.” Translated as, “The beginning of his own history Elie W.” As it increased in popularity, Wiesel’s Night was translated into 30 languages and prompted meetings with several important literary and political figures including Saul Bellow and Abba Eban. In 1955, Wiesel moved to New York to work as a foreign correspondent for Yediot Ahronot, the largest daily Newspaper in Israel. Eban was also posted in New York throughout the 1950s serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and, in 1952, was elected Vice President of the UN General Assembly. At the time of the present inscription, Eban had just been appointed as Israel’s foreign minister, the most important position in the Israeli cabinet. As Israel’s foreign minister Eban would defend the country’s reputation after the Six-Day War, asserting in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that Israel had acted in response to an imminent threat. In very good condition with some light rubbing to the extremities. Preface by Francois Mauriac. From the library of Abba Eban. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association, commemorating the culmination of Eban’s political career.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 99677
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
“Consider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes but to follow virtue and knowledge": Rare First Edition in English of Dante's Divine Comedy
The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: Consisting of the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso (The Divine Comedy).
London: Printed by A. Strahan for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1802.
First edition in English of Dante’s masterpiece. Octavo, three volumes. Bound in three quarters contemporary calf. Translated into English with preliminary essays, notes, and illustrations by the Rev. Henry Boyd. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Dante, engraved by R.H. Cromek. In very good condition with only light browning to the text, ownership inscription in pencil of Frederick William Paine of Worcester, Massachusetts on title pages dated 1813, in Paine’s bindings, half-titles. Frederick William Paine (1799-1869) traveled widely as an agent of J. & T. H. Perkins and was married to Ann Cushing Sturgis. In the late 1820s, he settled in Worcester where he immersed himself in local affairs. He was an active member of the Worcester Horticultural Society and the American Antiquarian Society. Rare in contemporary binding.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 53025
"I hope that this book ain't so silly and that it will always remain in the cas[s]a": First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein; Inscribed to the Children of His Editor
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Shel Silverstein with an original poem on the front free endpapers to the children of his editor and publicist William Cole, “For Alex and Rossa and Billy, I hope that this book ain’t so silly and that it will always remain in the cas[s]a (The superfluous ‘s’ has been scribbled out with footnote “Bill Cole’s Incessant Editorial Meddling”) of Billy and Alex Rossa (Not a bad rhyme for three such difficult names and if you don’t read Spanish, Learn it!) Love, Shel Silverstein.” American editor and anthologist William Rossa Cole edited over 50 anthologies of verse for children and adults throughout his career which included tenures at Knopf, Simon & Schuster and Viking, where he had his own imprint. He is thanked by Silverstein at the end of Where the Sidewalk Ends “for his continued encouragement” and many of Silverstein’s poems made their first appearance at Cole’s solicitation. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 91344
Moscow: I.N. Kushnerev, 1893-98.
Rare complete set in Russian of the works of Leo Tolstoy, Prince Johan’s copy. Octavo, 14 volumes, twelve portrait frontispieces and six plates, bound in three quarters morocco with each binding signed by Nikolai Trukhachev, principal binder for the Konstantinovich family from 1901 to 1915, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Prince Johan, was the eldest son of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia by his wife, Yelizaveta Mavrikievna, née Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. He was described by contemporaries as a gentle, religious person, nicknamed “Ioannchik” by his relatives. He was born as a Grand Duke of Russia with the style Imperial Highness, but at the age of 9 days, a Ukaz of his cousin Emperor Alexander III of Russia stripped him of that title, as the Ukaz amended the House Law by limiting the grand-ducal title to grandsons of a reigning emperor. As a result, he received the title Prince of the Imperial Blood (Prince of Russia) with the style Highness. He married Princess Helen of Serbia on 2 September 1911, and Helen took the name Princess Yelena Petrovna of Russia. They had a son, Prince Vsevolod Ivanovich (20 January 1914 – 18 June 1973), and a daughter, Princess Yekaterina Ivanovna (12 July 1915 – 13 March 2007), who was the last member of the Imperial Family to be born before the fall of the dynasty, and was ultimately to become the last surviving uncontested dynasty of the Imperial House of Russia. Most rare and desirable, especially with noted provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117008
"O come, then, quickly come! We are budding, we are blowing; And the wind that we perfume Sings a tune that's worth the knowing": First Edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poems; Inscribed by Him
Boston: James Munroe & Co, 1847.
First edition with four pages of publisher’s ads dated January 1, 1847 bound before the title of this collection of poems. Octavo, bound in publisher’s boards covered in coated ivory-colored paper, with publisher’s label on spine. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “Elizabeth Burgess with the best wishes of R.W.E. 1 Jan. 1847.” In very good condition with some wear to the binding. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Emerson in the year of publication.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 70005
"Tesser Well": First Edition of Madeleine L'Engles Newbery Award-Winning Novel A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Her
New York: Ariel Books, 1962.
First edition of L’Engle’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sam, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket that shows some light wear and a closed tear to the front panel. Without the Newbery Award-winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 757
Rare large format photograph of Ernest Hemingway at his Key West home; inscribed by him to his best friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner
Rare large format photograph of Ernest Hemingway with one of his kittens at his Key West home. Inscribed by Hemingway to his best friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner, “To Ed, from his pal Honest Ernie.” Hemingway first met Aaron Edward Hotchner in the late 1940s when Hotchner was sent to Cuba by Cosmopolitan to solicit from Hemingway an article on “The Future of Literature.” Hemingway took an immediate liking to Hotchner and they remained close friends; Hotchner edited the manuscript of Across the River and Into the Trees, acted as Hemingway’s agent in several deals concerning screen adaptations of his novels, and edited Hemingway’s last significant original work, The Dangerous Summer. Hotchner played an essential role in trimming the excessive manuscript of 120,000 words (for the assignment which called for a 10,000-word article) down to 50,000 words and The Dangerous Summer proved to be Hemingway’s last significant original work, published in book form posthumously in 1985. In 1966 Hotchner published his profound and intimate biography, Papa Hemingway, which would go on to become a bestseller. From the personal collection of A.E. Hotchner. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.75 inches. Rare and desirable, the largest format photograph of Hemingway we have seen and with exceptional provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 110606
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence": Rare First Edition of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Boston: Published at the Anti-Slavery Office, 1845.
First edition of this treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass. Small octavo, original brown cloth stamped in blind with gilt title to the front panel, frontispiece portrait of Douglass, green endpapers. In very good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities and some loss to the spine, contemporary ownership signature. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare especially in the original cloth.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 104580
Rare large format of this famous photograph of the The Big Four, or the Council of Four, which refers to the four top Allied powers of World War I and their leaders who met at the Paris Peace Conference in January 1919. From left to right they are: David Lloyd George of Britain, Premier Vittorio Orlando of Italy, Premier Georges Clemenceau of France, and President Woodrow Wilson of the United States. Boldly signed by Lloyd George, Clemenceau, and Wilson. While there were more than twenty Allied nations that met at Paris Peace Conference, the Big Four were the leading architects of the Treaty of Versailles which was signed by Germany on June 28, 1919. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 23.25 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 112478
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957.
First edition of Friedman’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth, graphs and charts throughout. Boldly signed by Milton Friedman on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 3694
New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1929.
First edition of Steinbeck’s first book one of about 1500 copies. The publisher printed 2476 copies, 939 of which were remaindered as unbound sheets. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Comes with the original publisher’s glassine. Housed in a custom cloth case. Rare, especially in this condition.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 70009
Rare Photographic Portrait of Robert E. Lee and his staff; Inscribed by Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady
Photographic portrait of General Robert E. Lee flanked by his son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on his right and Colonel Walter Taylor on his left. Inscribed by one of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew Brady, on a mount, “To Col. Robert Alexander Compliments of his friend, M.B. Brady.” The photograph was taken at Lee’s estate in Richmond, Virginia in April of 1865, only days after his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. This is one in a series taken by Brady in the basement below the back porch of the estate and from the original wet plates in the Brady-Handy collection. “This photograph is one of the most celebrated images produced by Brady, who established his reputation in the 1850s as the preeminent portraitist in New York and Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Brady sought out General Robert E. Lee, who had returned to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, after his surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. At the photographer’s request General Lee reluctantly put on his uniform and posed at the back of his residence with his son, General George Washington Custis Lee (left), and his chief of staff, Colonel Walter H. Taylor (right). The image conveys the pathos of defeat for the Confederacy and for Lee personally. For Brady, who had been present at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, this portrait completed his photographic coverage of the conflict” (WAM). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. An exceptional piece of Americana.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 89011
"God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race": First Edition of Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the title page, “Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $14,800.00 Item Number: 99642
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEINS "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD
Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.
Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49”, this is number 499. Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s cardboard. An absolute pristine example, which has been stored in the original cardboard box since publication. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.
Price: $14,500.00 Item Number: 35020
"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.
Price: $14,500.00 Item Number: 2209