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London: Chatto & Windus, 1962.
First edition of this sequel to Huxley’s The Flame Trees of Thika. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Elspeth Huxley on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rosemary Seligman. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 46332
London: John Murray, 1957.
First edition of the author’s third book, regarding his experiences in various monasteries. Octavo, original blue cloth. Illustrated by John Craxton. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Mary Anna with love from Paddy 2.6.88.” The recipient was Mary Anna Marten (with her bookplate to the inside gutter), who was the daughter of the 3rd and last Lord Alington of Crichel and later trustee of The British Museum. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a chip to the crown of the spine and overall wear. Jacket design by Peter Todd Mitchell.
Price: $1,150.00 Item Number: 2641
London: Jonathan Cape, 1936.
First edition of this edition of this seminal work. Quarto, 2 volumes. Near fine in near fine dust jackets, frontispiece in first volume, both profusely illustrated with maps, plans, and collotype plates, some folding, and including large folding maps at the inside of the rear covers of both volumes. With an introduction by T.E. Lawrence. Near fine in very good dust jackets.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 116597
"Paradox reconciles all contradictions": First American Edition of A Time of Gifts; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
First American edition of the author’s masterpiece, which ranks among the greatest travel books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 3873
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
First American edition of Elspeth Huxley's On the Edge of the Rift: Memories of Kenya; lengthily inscribed to Joe Ferrier
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1962.
First American edition of one of Huxley’s best known works. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the title page, “For my faithful pen friend Joe Ferrier, with every good wish. ‘Standing with reluctant feet where the brook and river meet womanhood and childhood fleet!’ – Longfellow. Elspeth Huxley.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Harvey Kidder. A unique example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 95085
"How much does one imagine, how much observe? One can no more separate those functions than divide light from air, or wetness from water": The Flame Trees of Thika; Inscribed by Elspeth Huxley and with a two page signed letter
London: Chatto & Windus, 1959.
First edition of the reissue of Huxley’s autobiographical work based on her early life among white settlers on her father’s coffee plantation in Kenya. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joe Ferrier, with all good wishes. Elspeth Huxley.” The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a lifelong friend of Huxley’s. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Also, laid in are three typed letters signed by Huxley to the recipient. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Woodcock.
Price: $800.00 Item Number: 96020
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 In Search of De Long and the Jeannette.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917.
First edition, large paper copy, one of five hundred and fifty copies, this is number 272. Octavo, original cloth. Edited by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with plates from photographs and from sketches by Muir. In near fine condition. Kimes 348; BAL 14775
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 120838
Rare first edition of Joseph Louis Russo's Present Day Italian; from the library of John and Elaine Steinbeck with Elaine's ownership signature
Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, 1947.
First edition of Joseph Louis Russo’s Present Day Italian, from the library of John and Elaine Steinbeck with Elaine’s ownership signature and marginal notes throughout. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 114534
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't": Mark Twain's Following the Equator; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1925.
Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare in the original dust jacket.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 73027
Athens: Pyrsos, 1941.
Rare first edition in Greek of Kazantzakis’ travelogue of England. Octavo, original wrappers. In very good condition with light rubbing.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 116453
"Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God": Mark Twain's Europe and Elsewhere; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1923.
Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. With an appreciation by Brander Matthews and an introduction by Albert Bigelow Paine. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 74026
London: The Richards Press, 1928.
First edition of Hayes’ seminal work on Antarctica. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated with plates after photographs, charts and maps, many folding. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fosset was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 111268
To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account; Inscribed by Saul Bellow in the year of Publication to Journalist Goran Bergstrom
New York: The Viking Press, 1976.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s account of his journey to Jerusalem. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Mr. Bergstrom, who asks excellent questions Chicago, Nov 1, 76 Saul Bellow.” The recipient was journalist Goran Bergstrom. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Photographs by Albert Margolies.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 86448
"The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other": First Folio Edition of Between the Woods and the Water; Signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor
London: The Folio Society, 2006.
First Folio edition of the author’s second book in the author’s trilogy that began with A Time of Gifts. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine slipcase. Illustrated by Mary Kuper.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 38087
"All this life, must be life, since it is so much like a dream": Early Printing of Joseph Conrad's Masterpiece Nostromo
London: Harper & Brothers, 1905.
Early printing of Conrad’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth stamped in gilt. In very good condition.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 104753
"Toledo lived in my mind just as El Greco had painted it in the storm": Rare First Greek Edition of Nikos Kazantzakis' Spain
Rare first Greek edition of this early travelogue by Kazantzakis. Octavo, bound in half morocco over cloth. In very good condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 23009
"To prepare yourself for this romantic impression you should approach the city by the water route as the colonists used to do in the early days": first edition of our our Hispanic southwest; inscribed by Ernest Peixotto
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916.
First edition of this classic in American travel literature. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, frontispiece with tissue guard, pictorial endpapers, illustrations by the author throughout. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Faithfully yours, Ernest Peixotto New York September 1927.” In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 80116
"She was a country woman - her heart always in the land": First American edition of Nellie's Story; lengthily inscribed by Elspeth Huxley
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc, 1981.
First American edition of Nellie Grant’s autobiography, with a memoir by her daughter Elspeth Huxley. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Elspeth Huxley on he half-title page, “For Joe Ferrier – The favourite of my books because most of it was written by someone else, me mother, the greatest character I have known – Elspeth Huxley May 1983.” The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a fan and pen pal of Huxley’s. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Judith Kazdyn Leeds.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 95377
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original cloth, with over 200 drawings. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To S.D. Green with best wishes of Ernest Seton-Thompson.” Seton Thompson has added a drawing of a bear paw. In near fine condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 79038