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"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.
“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.
"For the children, they mark, and the children, they know the place where the sidewalk ends": Rare First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein
New York : Harper & Row 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. Signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially signed.
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.
“Full circle, from to tomb of the womb to the womb of the tomb, we come”: First Edition of the Authors Seminal Work; Inscribed by the author to fellow Writer Richard Adams
New York : Pantheon Books 1949
First edition of Joseph Campbell’s magnum opus. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 22 textual drawings, 12 plates. Association copy, inscribed by Joseph Campbell on the title page to fellow writer Richard Adams, “In celebration of our meeting in friendship, as well as in the spirit- to Richard Adams, in admiration, with my warm regards and best wishes Joseph Campbell NY City 4/20/81.” Best known as the author of Watership Down, English novelist Richard Adams was heavily influenced by American professor Joseph Campbell’s work in comparative mythology, specifically the concept of the monomyth, or journey of the archetypal hero that can be applied as a common template to a range of mythological narratives. Popularized in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell described the narrative pattern of the hero’s journey as follows: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” He and other scholars described the narratives of Odysseus, Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Jesus Christ in terms of the monomyth. Adams’ Watership Down exhibits strong parallels to the epic themes of Homer’s Odyssey, following a group of anthropomorphised rabbits who encounter perils and temptations on their journey to establish a new home after their warren is destroyed. Adams additionally used extracts from The Hero with a Thousand Faces as chapter epigrams throughout the novel. Richard Adams’ signature to the front free endpaper, very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.
First Edition of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; Signed by Tom Wolfe, Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson and a Host of other Counter-Culture Figures
New York : Farrar, Strauss and Giroux 1968
First edition of the classic account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters during their bus trip across America in the late 1960’s. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tom Wolfe with his characteristic signature on the front free endpaper. Additionally signed on the title page by Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson, Larry McMurtry, Ken Babbs, Ralph Metzner, Ed McClanahan and Paul Krassner. Dust jacket design by Milton Glaser. The rear jacket flap is signed by Milton Glaser. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it”: 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 Murray Stavers With Best Wishes and appreciation for your support Martin Luther King.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
Venice : Giovanni Antonio & Giacomo de Franceschi 1604
Fifth and final edition of the most important and influential book in the study of human anatomy utilizing the same woodblocks as the 1568 edition (Senensis and Creigher, Venice), the fourth published in folio format. Folio, bound in period vellum-backed wrappers, elaborate woodcut title page with Vesalius performing a dissection, with over 200 woodcut anatomical illustrations including 21 full-page, woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and initials. The fifth edition was prompted by a student demand for a less costly edition than the elaborate second Opernius edition of 1555. Additions included a simpler title page handsomely engraved on copper, and an additional series of anatomical tables at the end of the text containing its own title page where is provided the date of publication which is absent from the true title page. Laid in is a period manuscript titled “Tratto de la Miologia” containing a list of the muscles of the human body and corresponding page numbers within the text (Cushing, VI. A-5). In good condition. Housed in a custom folding chemise case. Scarce and desirable. A superior example of Vesalius’ masterpiece, one of the most monumental achievements in the history of both medical education and printing.
"The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer": First Edition of Virginia Lee Burtons The Little House
Boston : Houghton Mifflin 1942
First edition of one of the rarest and most sought after children’s classics. Oblong quarto, original blue cloth. Light rubbing to the spine tips, a near fine copy in an excellent unrestored dust jacket that shows a small chip to the crown of the spine and some light wear. Small ink inscription opposite the title page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Battle of Life; Cricket on the Hearth; The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain.
London : Chapman and Hall 1843-48
First editions of all five of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books, chief among them a first issue of A Christmas Carol, the veritable “Bible of Christmas.” Octavo, 5 volumes. Bound in full red polished calf by Zaehnsdorf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Housed together in a custom slipcase. Illustrated with sixty-three engravings altogether, four in color, by Leech, Maclise, Stanfield, Doyle and Landseer. Christmas Carol is from the first issue, with uncorrected text (“Stave I” as the first chapter heading), the red-and-blue title page dated 1843, and the half title printed in blue. Four more Christmas books followed its success. In each book, he deftly develops the themes of the first, ideals that have consequently become inseparable from the holiday itself: love and redemption, charity and mercy. First edition of The Chimes, with second state of the engraved title page (publisher’s imprint is below the engraved title vignette); First edition of The Cricket on the Hearth, with second state of advertising leaf at rear (headed “New Edition of Oliver Twist”); First edition of The Battle of Life, with vignette title page in the fourth state (subtitled “A Love Story” on a scroll carried by an angel and without publisher’s imprint); First edition of Haunted Man and Ghost’s Bargain. 110-125. Smith II: 4-6, 8-9. Gimbel (Podeschi). An exceptional set.
“Solitude produces originality, bold & astonishing beauty, poetry": First Edition in English of Thomas Mann's Death In Venice; Signed by Him
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1925
First edition in English preceding the British edition by three years of Mann’s classic novel. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers. Signed by Thomas Mann on the half-title page. Translated from the German by Kenneth Burke. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chipping to the head of the spine and rear panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are rare, especially so signed.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph
Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.
“Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours”: First Edition of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People
New York : Simon & Schuster 1936
First edition of one of the best-selling books of all time. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To George Chisholm with fond memories of the days when we used to ride the Chisholm Trail Dale Carnegie.” In near fine condition, with the original Simon & Schuster reply card. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings are scarce, signed examples exceptionally so.
Bruxelles : Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce 1862
Scarce first printing of this classic work of literature, published in Brussels on the 30th or 31st March 1862. Large octavos, 10 volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels. In near fine condition.