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"The real measure is the success or fall of the climber to triumph, not over a lifeless mountain, but over themself": First Edition of The Ascent of Everest; Signed by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Jim Whittaker, Jon Krakauer and Thomas Hornbein
London: Hodder & Houghton, 1953.
First edition of this account of the 1953 British conquest of Everest. Octavo, original blue cloth, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and many in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Signed by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay (on the frontispiece of Norgay opposite the title page), Jim Whittaker, Jon Krakauer and Thomas Hornbein. Hillary and Norgay were the first two individuals to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 29, 1953. Time named Norgay one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Whittaker was the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest as a member of the American Mount Everest Expedition led by Norman Dyhrenfurth. Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld were the first to attempt an ascent of Everest’s West Ridge. Krakauer wrote the 1997 bestselling book Into Thin Air, which is an account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by W. Heaton Cooper. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary’s stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. Rare and desirable signed by both Hillary and Norgay.
Brooklyn: A Spooner & Co, 1846.
First edition of one of the earliest American books on wine making. Small octavo, original cloth. In very goo condition condition with 12 page corners torn. Rare; the last example at auction was in 1984.
Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd: London, 1919.
First edition of the collection of Kipling’s poetry. Octavo, 3 volumes, original publisher’s vellum gilt bearing author’s initials within oval vignette, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt. In near fine condition.
“She thought for the first time, with happiness: perhaps I have a life in people's minds when I am not there to be seen or talked to": First Edition of Graham Greene's Stamboul Train; Inscribed by Him
London: William Heinemann, 1932.
First edition, first printing with misplaced colon on p. 140 of Greene’s first successful novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Clive affectionately from Graham.” The recipient Clive Francis is a British actor, known for his roles in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Inspector Clouseau and The Crown and was a friend of Greene’s. In near fine condition.
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.
“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.
FIRST EDITION OF WE SEVEN, SIGNED BY John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez
CARPENTER, M. Scott; Gordon L. Cooper; John H. Glenn; Virgil I. Grissom; Walter M. Schirra; Alan Shepard; Donald K. Slayton .
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962.
First edition of this first-hand account of the genesis of America’s manned space program. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed on the half-title page by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and comedian Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez. Jiménez was a fictional character created and performed by comedian Bill Dana on The Steve Allen Show in 1959 and who became increasingly popular during the 1960s, and is cited in this volume on several occasions. This character introduced himself with the catch phrase: “My name… José Jiménez”. The character of José Jiménez caught on with the seven real Mercury astronauts, and Dana became good friends with them: “Okay, José, you’re on your way!” Deke Slayton quipped as Alan Shepard’s famous first flight launched. José became the program’s unofficial mascot, and Dana was even made an honorary Mercury astronaut. (Coincidentally, there was a real test pilot named Bill Dana, who flew as high as 59 miles up and qualified for NASA’s Astronaut Badge. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique signed example.
“My copy of “Men of Mathematics” was given to me as a school prize in 1937 and has been one of my treasured possessions for 79 years": First Edition of E.T. Bell's Men of Mathematics; Lengthily signed by Physicist Freeman Dyson
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1937.
First edition of this classic work and the “first text in the philosophy of mathematics” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth, black topstain. Signed by Freeman Dyson on the front free endpaper as follows, “My copy of “Men of Mathematics” was given to me as a school prize in 1937 and has been one of my treasured possessions for 79 years. Freeman Dyson 2016.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and closed tears.
New York: Random House, 1995.
Signed limited edition by James Michener. Octavo, original cloth. Number 391 of 500 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase, still in the original shrinkwrap.
London: Johnathan Cape, 1929.
First edition of this collection of two of the great playwright’s works including the long theo-philosophical meditation, Lazarus Laughed, which called for more than one hundred actors making up a masked chorus. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, gilt author’s signature to the front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Oster with all good wishes Eugene O’Neill 1931.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1981.
First edition of Wolfe’s narrative on modern architecture. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Rob from Tom Wolfe with many thanks October 28 1981.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Jacket photograph by Tom Victor.
“Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years": First Edition of Thomas Wolfes Look Homeward, Angel
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original dark blue cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing. A very nice example of this literary highspot.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 20096.
First edition of the 10 Anniversary edition of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow.
Signed Limited Editions Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1963-65.
Signed limited first editions, each one of 1500 copies. Two volumes, thick octavo, pictorial endpapers, original tan cloth, original slipcases. Both are fine condition with the original acetate dust jacket, which are in fine condition. The slipcases are in fine condition. An exceptional set.
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling. Dated January 17, 1897 on Rock House letterhead, the letter reads, “Dear Sir, Enclosed please find 31/20 in 2 1/2 stamps: I shall be much obliged if you will forward me per work post one copy of your shilling work “A modern treatise on practical coarse fish angling or how to catch fish. Faithfully yours, Rudyard Kipling.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Kipling. The entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 15 inches. Rare and desirable.