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"Come right up close to me and I will show you something wonderful": First Edition of James and the Giant Peach; Signed by Roald Dahl and Illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.
First edition of this Dahl classic. Octavo, original cloth, beautifully illustrated, many full-page and in color. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper and also signed by the illustrator, Nancy Ekholm Burkert on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable signed by both the author and the illustrator.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 97748
First Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude in the First Issue Dust Jacket; Inscribed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “Para Rita, de su amigo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1976.” Fine in a fine first issue dust jacket with the exclamation point at the end of the first paragraph on the front flap. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 96576
"I have done the best I could to show forth the beauty, grandeur, and all-embracing usefulness of our wild mountain forest reservations": Scarce first edition of Our National Parks; inscribed by John Muir
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901.
First edition of Muir’s collection of short works on the beauty and splendor of America’s National Parks. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the front panel, top edge gilt, tissue-guarded frontispiece engraving of the sequoias of Mariposa Grove. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Thomas Price with sincere regard and many pleasant Klamath memories – John Muir. Martinez California September 1908.” The recipient, Thomas Price, was the stenographer hired to accompany Muir on his journey to Pelican Bay Lodge on Lake Klamath in Southern Oregon in 1908. He transcribed Muir’s musings and thoughts on the landscape which would later form part of his 1912 autobiography My Boyhood and Youth. In near fine condition. An exceptional example and association, rare signed and inscribed by Muir.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 110389
“Do anything, but let it produce joy": RARE SECOND EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S LEAVES OF GRASS; ONE OF ONE THOUSAND COPIES
Brooklyn, New York: Fowler and Wells, 1856.
Rare second edition, one of a 1000 copies of the most important volume in American poetry, with an additional twenty poems not found in the first edition as well as a new section of correspondence and reviews entitled “Leaves-droppings” that begins with the famous letter from Emerson containing the salutation “I greet you at the beginning of a great career.” Small octavo, original green cloth. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Walt Whitman. Bookplate of Barrett Wendell to the inside panel. Barrett was an American academic and a trustee of the Boston Athenaeum, a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and he was also elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers. Bookplate of William Whitwell Greenough. Greenough was a Boston merchant and politician, trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1856-1888, President of the Board of Trustees, 1866-1888. In very good condition with some toning to the spine and overall light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of this rarity with noted provenance.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 50052
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Lady and the Tramp, boldly signed across the title page by Walt Disney in his usual blue crayon. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 114465
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr, Donald K. Slayton, Alan B Shepard Jr, Virgil I. Grissom, John H. Glenn, Jr., M. Scott Carpenter and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. It is inscribed above by Alan Shepard: “To Lewis S. Baer with warm regards The Astronauts.” Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 18045
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change”: Presentation Copy of The First Edition of Stephen Hawking's The Universe In A Nutshell
London: Bantam, 2001.
First British edition of Hawking’s sequel to A Brief History of Time. Quarto, original boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, with Stephen Hawking’s thumbprints on the title page. Witnessed by K. Thurkettle, and dated 21.07.14 and inscription from Hawking in Thurkettle’s hand, “To Jimmy Bridson “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet…” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 102988
First Edition of MacKays Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds; With An Autographed Letter Signed
London: Richard Bentley, 1841.
First edition of this classic study of crowd psychology, a compilation of human folly throughout the ages. Octavo, three volumes, illustrated. Bound in three quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. With an autographed letter signed by Charles MacKay to Daniel Maclise. Maclise was an Irish historian painter, literary and portrait painter, and illustrator. From the library of Princeton graduate and early twentieth century rubber executive Hugh Henderson Hamill, with his bookplate to the pastedown. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 105737
"Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed": Signed Photograph of Mahatma Gandhi
Rare signed photograph depicting Mohandas K. Gandhi in profile with his palms pressed together, inscribed in Gujarati (“[Truth at all costs]”) and signed in English M.K. Gandhi on the image in blue ink. With an autographed letter signed from Amrit Kaur, the secretary to Gandhi and later Health Minister of India, to Sgt. John McAleer, written on Gandhi’s behalf, enclosing the signed photograph and responding to his letter (“…Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed…”), 2 pages, Poona, 5 March 1946, with envelope; photograph of Gandhi and another in rickshaws being pulled by a ceremonial guard, stamped and inscribed “Bhullo chien Desia” on the reverse; and a newspaper cutting; altogether five items mounted and framed together. In very good condition with the inscription faded. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. A nice collection with noted provenance.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 100048
"And when that happened the right words would be found": First Edition of the Authors First Book Cover Her Face; Lengthily Inscribed by P.D. James
London: Faber and Faber, 1962.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original green cloth. Light shelfwear to the bottom cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page with the added words, “And when that happened the right words would be found.” The inscription is the final line of this novel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example with a nice inscription from the author.
Price: $13,000.00 Item Number: 4325
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter M Schirra Jr, M. Scott Carpenter, Virgil I. Grissom, Donald K. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, and Alan B Shepard Jr. It is inscribed above: “To Pearl Salvick with best wishes from Mercury Astronauts.” Additionally signed by Virgil Grissom on the half-title page. Laid in is an original first day issue card from Cape Canaveral dated February 20, 1962. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 95986
"I always look ahead to the side but never back": First Edition of Hunter Thompsons celebrated first book Hells Angels; Signed by Him and Sonny Barger
New York: Random House, 1967.
First edition of Thompson’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed by Hunter S. Thompson on the half-title page and additionally by Hell’s Angel Sonny Barger on the front free endpaper, “I always look ahead to the side but never back Sonny Barger.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Joseph del Gaudio. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Thompson and Barger.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 112335
Various Places: 1956-1964.
First editions of each of the photographers famed city books. Tall quarto, 4 volumes. Each are signed by William Klein, with the caption booklet of New York signed as well. Very good to near fine books in original dust jackets showing some light rubbing and wear. A very sharp set of these volumes.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 115672
London: George Newnes, 1919.
First edition of this classic collection of short stories. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine second state dust jacket. There are only two known examples of the first state dust jacket. Exceptionally rare in the original dust jacket.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 116433
“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.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 41050
"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.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 105860