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First Edition of Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas; From the Library of Ulysses S. Grant
Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas.
New York: Baker & Godwin 1875.
First edition of the first English translation of the 1873 Mexican Border Commission’s investigative report on Texan allegations of Mexican robberies at the international border. From the library of Ulysses S. Grant, presented to him by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affiars Ignacio Mariscal with a dedication card affixed to the second free endpaper. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with three large hand-colored folding maps at rear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise clamshell box. Rare and highly desirable from the library of President Grant.
Finely bound collection of Rudyard Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads, Departmental Duties, and The Seven Seas
London: Methuen and Co. and George Newnes 1899.
Finely bound early printings of Kipling’s collections of songs and poems regarding the late-Victorian British Army and voyages on the high seas. Octavo, three volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in 6 compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Bookplate to each pastedown.
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Inscribed by Harper Lee
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.
First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “To Jennie with my best wishes Nelle Lee.” The recipient must have been a person close to the author, as Lee reserved inscriptions using the name Nelle family members and close friends. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1950.
First edition of Kerouac’s first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Near fine in an excellent price-clipped dust jacket with rubbing and a chip to the extremities. Jacket design by Leo Manso.
New York: HarperCollins 2002.
First edition of this work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with photographs. Signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mucca Design. Author photograph by Joe Partridge.
Large signed portrait of General Douglas MacArthur in uniform. Boldly signed by Douglas MacArthur on the bottom right hand side. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15 inches. An exceptionally strong signature of MacArthur.
Scarce first edition of the Guide to Florida, "The Land of Flowers"; with the rare original folding map of Florida
New York: Cushing, Bardua & Co 1872.
Scarce first edition of the earliest travel guide to the state of Florida. Small octavo, original cloth with gilt titular emblem to the front panel, with the rare original folding map of Florida engraved expressly for The Florida Guide by the publisher which is in fine condition, advertisements at rear. In very good condition. Scarce with no examples appearing at auction over the past 90 years.
"The most influential thinker of the Enlightenment": John Locke's An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding
London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, at the Black-Swan in Pater-Noster Row; and Samuel Manship, at the Ship in Cornhill, near the Royal-Exchange 1700.
Fourth edition of this fundamental work in the history of Western thought. Folio, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, morocco spine label, raised bands. In excellent condition, contemporary name to the title page.
Autographed photograph of a painted portrait of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, signed and dated April 5, 1922. Also signed by the photographer. Double matted and framed. The photograph is 11 inches by 8 inches. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 12.5 inches.
"For Anne- who (with her old man) shared one of the pleasantest nites of my life": First Edition of James Jones' The Thin Red Line; Lengthily Inscribed by Him To Writer and Editor Anne Geismar
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1962.
First edition of Jones’ sequel to his first novel, From Here to Eternity. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Anne- who (with her old man) shared one of the pleasantest nites of my life – last nite. Love Jim 5 Mar ’63 NYC.” The recipient Anne Geismar was a writer and editor, the wife of Jones’ close friend, noted literary critic and historian Maxwell Geismar. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Leonard Slonevsky. An exceptional association copy.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company 1940.
First edition of the autobiography of the most popular heavyweight champion. Octavo, original cloth, photographic frontispiece portrait. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To My Pal Harold Waxman Best Always from Jack Dempsey 9/24/40.” In near fine condition.
"If your time to you is worth savin'then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin'": Rare original The Times They Are A-Changin' Vinyl; signed by Bob Dylan
Modern pressing of Dylan’s third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’. Inscribed by Bob Dylan, “To Dino Bob Dylan ’17.” Included is a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads in part, “On April 26, 2017, I was at the Swiss Life Hall in Hannover…to see Dylan’s concert and meet some European tour managers…I had an ‘all areas’ pass which allowed me to access the external but reserved area of the concert hall. Dylan and his band had just got off the buses heading for catering/dressing room area…At that moment I presented him the LP ‘The times they are a-changin’ and a black marker. Bob did not say a word.” Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26 inches by 19 inches. Signed examples of this particular album do not appear often.
“I’VE JUST HAD THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE”: Exceptional letter signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek
Exceptional letter signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek. One page, on Thatcher’s official 10 Downing Street letterhead and dated May 22nd 1984, the letter reads, “Dear Professor Hayek,” I have it in mind on the occasion of the forthcoming list of Birthday Honours to submit your name to The Queen with a recommendation that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve that you be appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. I should be glad to know if this would be agreeable to you. I shall take no steps until I have your reply. “Yours sincerely, Margaret Thatcher.” Accompanied by a large original black and white photograph of Hayek taken at the honorary appointment at Buckingham Palace in which, he was in fact, awarded the Companion of Honour Medal by Queen Elizabeth II. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece of history.
"Howl for them that suffer broken bone homeless on moody balconies, Jack's soul returning to me over & over with prophecy": First edition of Allen Ginsberg's Iron Horse; inscribed by him to Fellow Beat John Clellon Holmes
Toronto: The Coach House Press 1972.
First edition of Ginsberg’s beatific visionary poem, an important part of his The Fall of America: Poems of These States sequence. Oblong octavo, original illustrated metallic wrappers. Association copy, lengthily inscribed by Allen Ginsberg on the half-title page, “a ah gha sa ma ha for John Clellon Homes Salem/Kerouac Mass from Allen Ginsberg 5 April 1973.” The recipient, John Clellon Holmes was one of the foremost members of the Beat Generation along with Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg. In November of 1952 Holmes introduced the phrase ‘beat generation’ as a term of common parlance with the publication of his article “This Is the Beat Generation” in The New York Times Magazine. The term was initially conceived by Kerouac who also provided Holmes with nickname ‘the quiet Beat’ for his observant role in the group. In near fine condition with Holmes’ stamp to the verso of the front panel and his pencil markings in the text. An exceptional association linking two of the foremost Beats.