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"How doth the little crocodile improve its shining tail, and pour the waters of the Nile on every golden scale": First Edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground; Inscribed By The Author to his Cousin May Knight
London: Macmillan and Co, 1886.
First edition of the original manuscript which was later expanded and published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Octavo, original scarlet cloth, elaborate gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the rear panel, triple gilt ruled. All edges gilt, black endpapers, text printed in the author’s handwriting including thirty-seven illustrations in facsimile, advertisements at rear. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to his cousin, “May Knight from the Author Jan. /87.” In very good condition with some toning to the spine. An excellent association.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 88080
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. In fine condition. A unique piece of Americana and with noted provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684
RARE ELABORATELY ILLUMINATED PATENT OF NOBILITY SIGNED BY Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, King of Arms to King Charles III of Spain
Rare illuminated patent of Nobility signed by Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, historian and King of Arms to Charles III, King of Spain. Quarto, bound in full morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, fleuron cornerpieces and central gilt motif within botanically gilt frames to the front and rear panels, elaborately illuminated vellum leaves including six full-page hand-painted coats of arms from the houses of Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, Zarra, Echavarria, Aldecoa, and Lizerazu. Text in Spanish. Signed by Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega at the conclusion of the patent with a remnant of the original Royal paper seal. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 109050
"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse": First Separate Edition of Clement Clarke Moore's Christmas Carol: The Visit of Saint Nicholas
Philadelphia: John M. Wolff, c. 1848.
First separate printing of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to credit Moore as the author. One page, text printed in blue and red, elaborate botanical border within double blue ruling. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 15.25 inches. Rare.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 114463
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work. One of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 56. Printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press. Photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 5515
First Edition of Alfred Lord Tennyson's Queen Mary: A Drama; inscribed by him to his son Hallam Tennyson
London: Henry S. King and Co, 1875.
First edition of the first book in Tennyson’s historical trilogy. Small octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by the author to his son on the title page, “Hallam from A.” Tennyson’s eldest son Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson served as his father’s personal secretary and served as his official biographer. His Tennyson: a Memoir was published in 1897 and he bequeathed many of his father’s notebooks to Trinity College in 1924. A significant association copy.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 109503
"To those devoid of imagination a map is a useless waste; to to others the most valuable part": First Edition of this "classic work of outdoor literature, rivaling Thoreau's Walden" A Sand County Almanac; Lengthily Inscribed by Estella Leopold
New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.
First edition, first issue of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original cloth with titles and tooling to the front panel in silver. A lengthy inscription from Estella Leopold on the front free endpaper which reads, “To those devoid of imagination a map is a useless waste; to to others the most valuable part Estella Leopold.” Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially with such a nice inscription.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 89542
“The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time": First Edition of Stephen Hawking's Landmark Work A Brief History of Time; Signed by Carl Sagan and Illustrator Ron Miller
London: Bantam Press, 1988.
First British edition and true first of Hawking’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Ron Miller. Signed by Carl Sagan on the title page, who wrote the introduction. Additionally signed and inscribed by the illustrator Ron Miller, who has also added a drawing. Sagan tells the following story: Sagan was in London for a scientific conference in 1974, and between sessions he wandered into a different room, where a larger meeting was taking place. “I realized that I was watching an ancient ceremony: the investiture of new fellows into the Royal Society, one of the most ancient scholarly organizations on the planet. In the front row, a young man in a wheelchair was, very slowly, signing his name in a book that bore on its earliest pages the signature of Isaac Newton… Stephen Hawking was a legend even then.” In his introduction, Sagan goes on to add that Hawking is the “worthy successor” to Newton and Paul Dirac, both former Lucasian Professors of Mathematics. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 46009
RARE ELABORATELY ILLUMINATED PATENT OF NOBILITY SIGNED BY Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, King of Arms to King Charles III of Spain
Rare illuminated patent of Nobility signed by Don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, historian and King of Arms to Charles III, King of Spain. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling to the spine, marbled endpapers, elaborately illuminated hand-painted full page coat of arms and numerous heraldic shields each with silk guard leaves, text in script, illuminated hand-painted initials, headpieces and tailpieces. Singed at the conclusion of the patent by Don Ramon Zazo y Ortega and Vicente Lorenzo Verdugo with Royal paper seals. In very good condition.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 110235
"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS": FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE ORWELLS MASTERPIECE ANIMAL FARM
London: Secker & Warburg, 1946.
First British edition of Orwell’s timeless allegorical novel— a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. The dust jacket has the Early List for 1945 to the rear panel and the Search light motif in red to the reverse of the jacket. The jacket has a stated price of 6s. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example of this classic Orwellian tale.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 97542
Complete Set of Dickens' Christmas Books, Including First Editions of The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain
The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Battle of Life; Cricket on the Hearth; The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1843-48.
Complete set of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books. Octavo, 5 volumes, bound in the original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panels, all edges gilt. A Christmas Carol, in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas is a sixth edition with the half-title printed in blue, title-page printed in red and blue, verso printed in blue, hand-colored etched frontispiece and three hand-colored etched plates by John Leech, four wood-engravings in-text by W.J. Linton after Leech, 2pp. publisher’s advertisements at rear. In very good condition with a contemporary gift inscription to the verso of the front panel. First edition of The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year with the advertisement, half-title, engraved frontispiece and additional first state pictorial vignette title page. In near fine condition. First edition of The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home with half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page with tissue guard present, first state ad leaf. In near fine condition with ownership inscriptions. First edition of the Battle of Life: A Love Story with half-title, advertisements, frontispiece and fourth state vignette title page. In near fine condition with an autograph letter bound in and period catalogue descriptions affixed to the half-title. First edition of The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain: A Fancy for Christmas-Time with advertisements, frontispiece and vignette title page. A nice set.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 104873
First Editions of Kay Thompson's Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise At Christmastime, Eloise In Moscow and Eloise Takes A Bawth; Each Signed by Illustrator Hilary Knight
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955-2002.
First editions of each of the five Eloise titles. Quarto, 5 volumes. Each are signed by the illustrator, Hilary Knight. Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets. A brilliant set of this timeless classic.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 5600
Rare 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team Signed Baseball; signed by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and many other members of the legendary team
Rare OAL Reach baseball signed by 21 members of the 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team including four Hall of Famers. Signed by Joe DiMaggio on the sweetspot; Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Bobby Brown, Charlie Silvera, Joe Ostrowski, Hank Bauer, and Allie Reynolds on the east panel; Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Sain, and Jim Turner on the west panel; Johnny Mize, Stubby Overmire, Gene Woodling, and Casey Stegnel on the north panel; and Jerry Coleman, Spec Shea, Gil McDougald, Tom Morgan, Joe Collins, Frankie Crosetti, and Tommy Henrich on the south panel. In near fine condition, an exceptional example featuring an impressive array of signatures from one of the Yankees’ most legendary teams, with the Joe DiMaggio signature particularly strong.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 96557
Rare first edition of Edward McDermott's Merrie Days of England; inscribed by Queen Victoria to Francois François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville
London: William Kent & Co, 1859.
First edition of McDermott’s collection of sketches illustrating “the merrie days of England”. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth richly decorated in gilt, illustrated with 20 engravings from drawings by Joseph Nash, George Thomas, Birket Foster, and Edward Corbould. Association copy, inscribed by Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper to her cousin in French, “Pour mon cher Cousin Joinville de son affectionee cousine Victoria Noel 1858.” The recipient, François d’Orléans, Prince of Joinville was the third son of Louis Philippe I, King of the French from 1830 to 1848 and lifelong friend of Queen Victoria’s father King George III. In fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for Asprey. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 115522
London: Putnam, 1937.
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece, a lyrical meditation of the years she lived in Kenya, from the library of King Edward VIII. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 118446
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms printed by John Field and bound elaborately tooled full red morocco
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments with The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New Newly Translated Out of the Original Tongues.
Cambridge: John Field, 1666-1668.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary red morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, green morocco spine label lettered in gilt, elaborate gilt floral and urn decorations to the front and rear panels within gilt Greek key ruling, gilt decorated central sacred initialed onlays in white and green morocco within gilt-stamped flames, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in, blue silk doublures and liners backed with marbled papers. Originally a bookseller, English printer John Field became printer to the English Parliament and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1649. In 1655, Field was appointed printer to the University of Cambridge, the year in which Cromwell ordered the copyright of the Bible to be entered to him and Henry Hills in the Stationers’ Registers. This act was virulently opposed by many competing printers. Field printed many editions of the Bible, notably a quarto edition in 1648, a duodecimo edition in 1652, and a 32mo edition in 1653, all of which were noted for the number of misprints contained and their excessive price, for which Field was fiercely attacked by those whose trade had been injured by the monopoly given to him and Hills by Cromwell. In near fine condition. A highly desirable and near perfect example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 103231
"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision": First Edition of Dali; Signed and dated by him
France: Draeger, 1968.
First edition of this lavishly illustrated work by Salvador Dali. Quarto, original illustrated boards, 271 illustrations, with 80 color plates and 23 in toned gravure. Boldly signed by Salvador Dali opposite the title page in red paint, “Dali, 1971.” Dali has added a crown to the flourish in the letter ‘D’. Arranged and edited by Max Gerard. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in the original slipcase.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 95382
First Editions of each volume of Lewis' Narrative of Various Journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, The Panjab, & Kalat; from the library of Adventurer and Aviator Steve Fossett with his bookplate to each volume
Narrative of Various Journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, The Panjab, & Kalat, During a Residence in those Countries.
London: Richard Bentley, 1842.
First edition of this narrative of Lewis’ travels between 1826 and 1838 through Balochistan, Sind, the Hazara, Afghanistan and the Punjab. Octavo, four volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engravings, folding map. 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. Fossett 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. Provenance: from the library of John Archibald Shaw Stewart with a gift inscription to him on the front free endpaper of volume one, “from his sincere friends William Thomas Markham and Charles Henry Mills on his leaving Eton, Xmas 1845.” An exceptional association with noted provenance.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 95145
The Works of Arthur Conan Doyle Including: Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Refugees, Round the Red Lamp, Tragedy of the Korosko, and The White Company.
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930.
Limited Author’s edition of the complete works of Arthur Conan Doyle, signed by him. Octavos, 24 volumes, bound in original cloth, frontispiece to volume one. One of 760 sets signed by Arthur Conan Doyle. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 109538
Boston : D.C. Heath and Company, 1939.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Illustrated throughout by the Walt Disney Studio. Story by Margaret Wise Brown. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 30060