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Autographed photograph of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, signed and dated February 2, 1932. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 13 inches.
London: Heinemann 1961.
First edition of this Greene novel set in a leproserie on the upper reaches of a tributary of the Congo River in Africa. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Anthony Hobson from Graham Greene.” The recipient Anthony Hobson, auctioneer and book collector, was a director at Sotheby’s and friend of Greene’s. He successfully organized the sale of the Greene’s manuscripts at Sotheby’s in 1964. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by Lacey Everett.
First Greek Edition of "one of the most widely read books of modern Greek literature " Nikos Kazantzakis' Captain Michalis; Signed by Him
First Greek edition. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Nikos Kazantzakis. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and wear to the spine. First editions are rare.
"SURGICAL ANATOMY IS, TO THE STUDENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, THE MOST ESSENTIAL BRANCH OF ANATOMICAL SCIENCE": Rare First Edition of Gray's Anatomy
Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea 1859.
First edition of this influential work on Anatomy. Quarto, bound in half morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, illustrated with 363 wood-engravings after the drawings by H. V. Carter. In very good condition with light toning to the text. A nice example.
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes": First Edition, First Issue of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles
London: George Newnes 1902.
First edition, first issue of the third Sherlock Holmes novel, and widely considered as the best of the series. Octavo, original black and gilt stamped pictorial red cloth. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. In excellent condition with some rubbing and wear.
London: J. S. Jordan, Fleet Street; J. Ridgway, York Street; H.D Symonds, Paternoster Row 1795-1792.
Attractively bound early set including founding father Thomas Paine’s best-known and most influential works. Titles include in full: Rights of Man: Being An Answer To Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution, Part I (1795); Rights of Man; Part The Second Combining Principle and Practice (1792); Common Sense Addressed to the Inhabitants of America (1792); Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation (1792). Octavo, five volumes, uniformly bound by early Boston binder J. Loring in contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece portrait of Paine. In very good condition with some light toning to the text. An attractive and desirable collection.
"Tarzan is the dream man we would most of us like to be": First Edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar; Inscribed by him
Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co 1918.
First edition, first printing of the fifth book in Burroughs’ epic Tarzan series with with “Published, April, 1918” and W. F. Hall on the copyright page. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Stephen Gray Best All good wishes, Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzana California June 6 1939.” In 1919, Burroughs purchased a large ranch north of Los Angeles, California, which he named “Tarzana”. The citizens of the community that sprang up around the ranch voted to adopt that name when their community, Tarzana, California, was formed in 1927. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. This particular title is scarcely seen signed (Heins, T61; Zeuschner, 598).
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it": First Edition of Amelia Earhart's The Fun of It; Signed by Her
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam 1932.
First edition of Earhart’s account of her childhood, her fascination with aviation, and her life through her 1932 flight across the Atlantic. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Amelia Earhart on the front free endpaper. With the rare original silvertone phonograph recording of her internationally broadcast speech given the day she completed her solo transatlantic flight. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are uncommon signed.
Presentation copy of William Hazlitt: Essayist and Critic; from the library of Robert Louis Stevenson; inscribed to him by the author and with Stevenson's bookplate signed by his stepdaughter Isobel Strong
London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co 1889.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s first edition copy of the writings of one of his favorite prose writers, William Hazlitt. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, botanical gilt vignette to the front panel, tissue-guarded frontispiece of Hazlitt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Robert Louis Stevenson on the half-title page, “To Robert Louis Stevenson Esq with Alex Ireland’s cordial regards & remembrances Southport 9 Leicester St. October 2, 1889.” With Stevenson’s Vailima bookplate to the pastedown which is singed by Stevensons stepdaughter Isobel Strong. In very good condition. An exceptional presentation.
“Love! Love until the night collapses!: First Edition in English of The Heights of Macchu Picchu; Signed by Pablo Neruda
London: Jonathan Cape 1966.
First edition in English of Neruda’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Pablo Neruda on the half-title page in green ink. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Peter Barber and Nathaniel Tarn. Translated by Nathaniel Tarn. Preface by Robert Pring-Mill. Rare and desirable signed.
"Unexpected Intrusions Of Beauty. This Is What Life Is": First Edition Of The Authors Masterpiece; Inscribed To Fellow Professor And Founder Of The University Of Chicagos Committee On Social Thought
New York: The Viking Press 1964.
First edition of the author’s second of three National Book Award winning novels, which was and remains an unprecedented literary accomplishment. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to John Nef and his wife, “To John Nef and Mrs. Nef with very good wishes Saul Bellow.” The recipient, John Nef was a economic historian and founder of The University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, where Bellow was a faculty member for over 30 years. Fine in a bright fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mel Williamson. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An outstanding association.
“I am going to tell you a story, one of those tales of astonishing adventures that happend years and years and years ago”: First Edition of L. Frank Baum's The Enchanted Island of Yew; Inscribed by Him
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company 1903.
First edition early state with 8 color plates. Octavo, original gray cloth printed in black, vermilion and lavender, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by L. Frank Baum on the half-title page. In very good condition with some rubbing to the cloth. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
First Editions of the Collected Works of Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Collected Works; Warmly Inscribed by Him to his Assistant of 46 Years
Indianapolis: Liberty Fund 1999-2002.
First editions of each of volume that comprise the collected works of Nobel Prize-winning economist James M. Buchanan’s papers. Octavo, original half cloth, 20 volumes. Eighteen of the twenty volumes are warmly inscribed in the year of publication by James Buchanan to his assistant of 46 years, Betty H. Tillman, the second person Buchanan phoned on October 16, 1986 (after his wife, Ann) when he learned he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics (see Buchanan, ‘Notes on Nobelity,’ in Better than Plowing: And Other Personal Essays, University of Chicago Press 1992). Only Volumes 11 and 20 are unsigned. Each are in very good to near fine condition; dust jackets were not issued for these volumes.
“THE ONLY PEACE IS THE PEACE OF OVERWHELMING VICTORY”: LARGE THEODORE ROOSEVELT INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH; SIGNED IN THE FINAL YEAR OF HIS PRESIDENCY
Large sepia-toned photograph of Theodore Roosevelt signed by him in the last year of his Presidency. Inscribed by him, “To Augustus W. Bennet with the regards of Theodore Roosevelt Feb 26th 1909.” “Copyright 1904 By George Prince” at lower right of photo. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 21.5 inches. An attractive piece.
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: First American Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population; with a clipping from an original manuscript signed by him laid in
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occasions.
Washington: Printed and Published by Roger Chew Weightman 1809.
First American edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, red and black morocco spine labels, gilt titles. Previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper, “An application was made to Bishop Watson to answer this book on the grounds that it discouraged benevolence. He declined, excusing himself, however unfavorably saying that he saw its object was to prove that population could not increase beyond the level of rules of self-evident truth. A much better employment would have been to discover means of resistance that might supply the increasing wants of the population.” Bishop Richard Watson served as the Bishop of Llandaff from 1782 to 1816 and published a number of political pamphlets contributing to the Revolution Controversy regarding the fundamental politics of the French Revolution. Watson corresponded with and published several counterarguments to the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Robert Malthus among others. In very good condition with some browning to the text as usual, sporadic foxing. Laid in is a clipping from an original manuscript signed by Malthus and entirely in his hand which reads in part, “If at one time such a given product would make an effectual demand for certain commodities the conditions of the supply of which are supposed to remain the same, it would immediately cease to make such effectual.” Signed by Malthus in the lower right corner. The verso features two further partial lines of text relating to supply and demand. The clipping is in near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”: A Series of Unfortunate Events, each are signed, dated and embossed by Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events Set: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital,The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The End.
New York: Harper Trophy 1999-2006.
First editions, first printings of each of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. Small octavos, original illustrated boards. Each are signed, dated and embossed by Lemony Snicket. Each of the thirteen volumes are in fine condition. Also included is a signed first edition of “Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography.” A beautiful signed set.