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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.
Paris : Chez Denys Thierry 1682
First complete and first illustrated collected edition, including 6 previously unpublished plays of the works of Moliere. Small octavo, 8 volumes. Finely bound in full crushed red morocco by Pouillet, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings throughout. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Princeton : Princeton University Press 1985
First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist regarding quantum electrodynamics. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Richard P. Feynman.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Preface by Ralph Leighton.
"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 half-title page. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially signed.
"We miss you very much. Love from Caroline & Mummy" Postcard from Jacqueline Kennedy to her son John, Jr.
Postcard from Jacqueline Kennedy to her son John F. Kennedy, Jr. It reads, “Dearest John, Every day we say where is John-John – Away!! – We ride in this cart & the horse has feathers – & we play on a beach like this & I found a sea horse – & we go up this hill to our house. That is a tower to look out for pirates – We miss you very much. Love from Caroline & Mummy.” Written on a postcard from Amalfi which she has addressed to “Master J.F. Kennedy Jr.” The verso shows a colorful illustration of the seashore including a horse-drawn cart, beach, stone tower, and village. Accompanied by a White House envelope with the typed return address, “Villa l’Episcopio RAVELLO, ITALIA.” Double matted and framed opposite of photograph of the Kennedy family. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 19 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.
"who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis": First Edition of Mario Puzos The Godfather; Inscribed by Him with a Full Page Inscription
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons 1969
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Hollywood screenwriter Barry Beckerman and his wife, “For Susan – the only wife in the world who would let her husband make a movie in Sweden and so lovely that she has nothing to fear from the competition- & Barry- who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis. From your fellow Chinese Food addict, Mario.” Recipient Barry Beckerman wrote the screenplays for the films Shamus, A Matter of Wife…and Death and St. Ives; he was also a studio executive and producer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional association copy.
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.
Rare collection of Rough Riders Photographs and Documents; Twice signed and inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt
: c. 1898
Rare collection of original signed documents and photographs taken during President Theodore Roosevelt’s days as Colonel of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, or Rough Riders. The collection includes an original mounted photograph of Roosevelt in full uniform with his campaign hat; two cabinet card photographs of Albert S. Johnson, a member of the Cavalry; an endorsement dated September 7, 1998 which reads in part, “This officer did not serve in Cuba but remained in Florida with the squadron left behind” signed, “T. Roosevelt” which is affixed to the verso of of Albert S. Johnson’s 5 September 1898 application for 60-days leave; and a military record discharging Johnson from the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry with remarks from Captain R.H. Bruce and Theodore Roosevelt, “Did not serve under me personally; is reported to me as a good and loyal officer. T. Roosevelt col 1st U.S.V.” Johnson’s application for leave was ultimately denied as his regiment was about to be disbanded and taken out of service. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection. Documents from Roosevelt’s Rough Rider days are 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.
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it": First Edition Of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Original Publishers Morocco
New York : Charles L. Webster and Company 1885
First edition, first issue of Twain’s masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher’s three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher’s leather bindings are quite rare: “The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise” (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition, rebacked with light rubbing to extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
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.
Signed limited edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Signed by Him and illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros
Mexico : Talleres Graficos de la Nacion 1950
Signed limited first edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s masterpiece. Folio, original cloth, pictorial endpapers designed by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. One of five hundred copies printed on malinche paper. Signed by Pablo Neruda, illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros. In near fine condition with the rare original slipcase. Rare and desirable.
New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1956
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Butler with my best regards, John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. With a portrait of the recipient laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Godot”: First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Playwright Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot; Signed by Him
New York : Grove Press 1954
First edition in English of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Samuel Beckett on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some light toning to the spine. Translated from the French by Samuel Beckett. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.
"I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me": First Editions of Each of Book in Ursula Le Guins The Wizard of Earthsea Series; Each Volume Signed by Her
: Parnassus 1968-2001
First editions, first printings of each of the five novels in Le Guin’s acclaimed Wizard of Earthsea series. Octavo, 5 volumes, original cloth. Each book is signed by Ursula K. Le Guin on the title page. The Wizard of Earthsea is the first issue with the publisher’s faint vertical smudge running through the R in “Wizard” on the title page; that continues through the round symbol and into the second U in “Ursula” below, ending at the I in “drawings”, and the dust jacket priced at $3.95. A Wizard of Earthsea with illustrations by Ruth Robbins; Tombs of Atuan and Farthest Shore with illustrations by Gail Garraty. The Tombs of Atuan is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. The Farthest Shore is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Tehanu and The Other Wind are fine in fine dust jackets. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed.