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London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities and bottom of the cloth, spine gilt bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1947.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning economist’s magnum opus and one of the most influential economic texts of the twentieth century. Octavo, original burgundy cloth with titles in gilt. Signed “Paul A. Samuelson MIT” on the title page. An excellent example with light wear to the cloth, some toning to the spine, near fine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. From the library of French paleontologist William Alexandre Ooster with his bookplate to each volume. Ooster authored several works on paleontology in the late 19th century including his best-know 1863 title “Petrifications Remarquables Des Alpes Suisses; Synopsis Des Echinodermes Fossiles Des Alpes Suisses.” In excellent condition with light rubbing to the extremities with the spine gilt bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“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.
"We the people of Namibia - have finally emerged victorious in our struggle against colonialism, racism and apartheid; are determined to adopt a Constitution which expresses for ourselves and our children our resolve to cherish and to protect the gains of our long struggle": The Constitution of Namibia, Signed and Inscribed by Nelson Mandela and other Diplomats
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. A unique copy signed and or inscribed by all the major contributors of the Republic of Namibia, which was formed in 1990. Inscribed by Nelson Mandela, “To Udo with my comradely compliments and best wishes Nelson R. Mandela 22.3.90 Windhoek.” Additionally signed by future South African president Thabo Mbeki and dated 21.3.90; Namibia’s first prime minister, Hage Geingob; Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first president; Joe Slovo, leading member of the African National Congress; Alfred Nzo, longest-standing secretary-general of the African National Congress and South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Mandela Administration. In near fine condition with some light wear to the cover. Signatures of Nelson Mandela preceding his presidency are rare.
Photographic portrait of Henry James by John Singer Sargent, boldly signed by James and Sargent. The portrait measures 10.5 inches by 13 inches. Double matted and framed. In fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by both James and Sargent.
Autograph Military Land Grant Signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as secretary of state
Autograph document boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States and countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State. One page printed on vellum dated July 7th, 1801 and signed at the conclusion “Th: Jefferson” and “James Madison.” The letter reads that it was issued “in pursuance of the act of Congress passed on the first day of June 1796, entitled ‘An Act regulating the grants of Land appropriated for Military Services, and for the Society of the United Brethren for propagating the gospel among the Heathen.'” Military land grants were issued during the Revolutionary War as compensation for military service. With the original paper seal affixed to the lower left corner of the document. In very good condition with light toning. Double matted and framed with portraits of both Jefferson and Madison. The letter measures 11.5 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 33.5 inches by 19 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Americana.
Rare original photograph of baseball legend Babe Ruth signing baseballs for four young ballplayers. Boldly signed by Ruth in the upper right corner of the photograph. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.25 inches by 15.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Montreal: McGill Poetry Series by Contact Press, 1956.
First edition of Cohen’s first book, which explores philosophy, sexuality, death, a world of violent contrasts that would define his future literary and musical careers. Octavo, original cloth. With five full-page line illustrations by Freda Guttman. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent example of this rare first book, which reportedly, fewer than 400 copies of the first edition were printed (Nadel, 45).
"TO ROBERT FRANK I NOW GIVE THIS MESSAGE: YOU GOT EYES": First Edition of Robert Franks Les Americains; Signed by Him
Paris: Delpire, 1958.
First edition of the photographer’s masterpiece with 83 black-and-white full-page photogravures. Oblong quarto, original boards illustrated by Saul Steinberg. Signed by Robert Frank. In near fine condition that shows light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
The Golfer’s Manual: Being an Historical and Descriptive Account of the National Game of Scotland; with an Appendix. By A Keen Hand.
Cupar, Scotland: Whitehead and Orr, 1857.
First edition of the first book of prose written on golf and the first book of golf instruction. Small octavo, original blindstamped red cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the front panel, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise. Rare, with only a handful of copies appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson [Including Treasure Island; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Kidnapped].
Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans, Green and Company, 1894.
Edinburgh edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, often considered the finest edition of Stevenson due to the paper quality used, number 376 of 1,035 copies, with the final line of an autograph letter signed by Robert Louis Stevenson. Octavo, 32 volumes, bound in full contemporary morocco, gilt titles to the spine, top edges gilt. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
“I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice": First Edition of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.
First edition of Dahl’s classic children’s work in the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a “garden tale” of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa. Octavo, original beige cloth. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a light rubbing and wear. Illustrated by Donald Chaffin. Jacket design by Donna Lampell.
Rare Original Dinner Program Signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill below his iconic Yousef Karsh portrait
Rare original Cartier-printed program from the dinner held in honor of Winston S. Churchill at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday, March 15th 1946. Quarto, gilt embossed coat of arms of the United Kingdom to the front panel, the first page features a full-page photogravure of Canadian photographer Yousef Karsh’s iconic portrait of Churchill, “The Roaring Lion” which in May 1945 was featured on the cover of Life magazine. Signed by Churchill beneath his famous likeness, “Winston S. Churchill.” In 1941, after Churchill’s address to the Canadian Parliament, Karsh had but a moment to photograph him and daringly removed the cigar from Churchill’s mouth, memorializing the staunch leader’s stern expression with the image he captured at that very moment. Churchill later said to Karsh, “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed,” which led Karsh to name the portrait “The Roaring Lion.” Containing two excerpts from two of Churchill’s most memorable speeches: his first speech as Prime Minister and his June 4th 1940 speech following the evacuation of Dunkirk. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, signed only ten days after Churchill delivered his famous ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ in Fulton, Missouri declaring: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere.” In fine condition.
“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream": Rare First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations by the author. In near fine condition with light toning. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most scarce and desirable in this condition.
"Nada en este mundo debe ser mas tremendo que los escombros de un hombre": First Edition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's first book La Hojarasca; Which introduced the World To Magical Realism
Bogota: Ediciones- S.L.B., 1955.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first book. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers by artist Cecilia Porras. In near fine condition with only a few closed tears. Signed by the translator Gregory Rabassa on the half-title page, with the opening sentence transcribed, “Nada en este mundo debe ser mas tremendo que los escombros de un hombre. Gregory Rabassa.” Rabassa was the translator of La Hojaraca into English and Cien Anos de Soledad. Laid in is the original Bogota bookseller’s bookmark. Garcia Marquez has been quoted as saying that prior to the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude none of his books had sold more than 700 copies. Despite the poor sales and even after the success of Cien Anos de Soledad, Garcia Marquez described La Hojarasca as the favorite of his own works because of its spontaneity and honesty. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This present example was purchased upon publication and well-cared for. This is by far the nicest example we have seen.
“Your burden is not to clear your conscience But to learn how to bear the burdens on your conscience": First Edition of Eliot's The Cocktail Party; Inscribed by Him To His Sister
London: Faber & Faber, 1950.
First edition of Eliot’s most popular play published in his lifetime. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his sister, “Marian Eliot from Tom.” The recipient Marian Cushing Eliot was the sister of T.S. Eliot and his favorite. Light rubbing, near fine in near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
“Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers": First Edition of Cecil Beaton's Fair Lady; Inscribed by Cecil Beaton to Actress Vivien Leigh
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964.
First edition of Beaton’s Fair Lady, a witty compilation of his personal diary entries recorded while managing the costume and set design of the 1957 Warner Brothers film starring Audrey Hepburn. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Association copy, inscribed by the author to actress Vivien Leigh on the front free endpaper, “For Vivien With Blessings from Cecil.” Beaton met Vivien Leigh on the set of The Doctor’s Dilemma in Edinburgh, Scotland in November of 1941. He was working as a photographer for Vogue magazine at the time and after attending the play took the first of what would become many iconic portraits of Leigh. The two became close friends and Beaton was a regular guest at Notely, the home of Leigh and her second husband, Oliver Stone, which was notorious for its large parties. Throughout the next decade Leigh, Stone, and Beaton worked on a number of films together including Anna Karenina and The School for Scandal. The friendship became strained as Beaton grew increasingly jealous of Leigh’s continued success. Cecil sent Leigh this copy of Fair Lady as a peace offering in 1964, they had not spoken in over ten years. The book was found among her personal belongings after her death from tuberculosis three years later, although it is unknown whether or not the friendship was ever repaired. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears. Jacket design by Cecil Beaton. An exceptional association copy.