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"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes": First Editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times; Volume Three Inscribed by Winston Churchill
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles, top edge gilt. Volume 3 is inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Hailsham from Winston October 1936.” The recipient, Douglas McGarel Hogg, 1st Viscount Hailsham, PC was a British lawyer and Conservative politician who twice served as Lord Chancellor, in addition to a number of other Cabinet positions. On March 29, 1928, Hogg became Lord Chancellor in Stanley Baldwin’s government, succeeding to the Viscount Cave, and in April was created Baron Hailsham, of Hailsham in the County of Sussex. His elevation to the peerage barred him from the premiership, and would later interfere with the political ambitions of his elder son, Quintin Hogg, who was said to have stood in Christ Church’s Peckwater Quad to cry in frustration. He held the Great Seal until the government’s defeat in 1929. In that year’s Birthday Honours he was created Viscount Hailsham, of Hailsham in the County of Sussex. Between 1930 and 1931 Hailsham was the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. During that period, he was spoken of as Baldwin’s potential successor. He was passed over for the Lord Chancellorship in the National Government of August–October 1931, and refused to join it as Lord Privy Seal. After the October 1931 elections he joined the second National Government as Secretary of State for War and Leader of the House of Lords. In 1935, Hailsham returned to the Lord Chancellorship, first under Baldwin, then under Neville Chamberlain. During his second term, he was the last Lord High Steward to preside over the trial of a peer (the 26th Baron de Clifford) in the House of Lords. Fine in the original dust jackets which are in very good to near fine condition. A very nice association.
"Poet, Singer, Great heart, may our god bless your name, and the womb that held you, and the breasts that gave you milk. and may god forgive us all"; First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's Jesus The Son of Man; Warmly Inscribed by him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928.
First edition of Kahlil Gibran’s masterful retelling of the story Jesus of Nazareth. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations by the author. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Roy and D. from Howard and Bill With the blessing upon you four, and with the gratitude of Kahlil Gibran 1928.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable inscribed and in the original dust jacket.
"Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity": First Edition of The Authors Landmark Work The Seven Storey Mountain; signed by Thomas Merton
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1948.
First edition, first-issue binding in white cloth and in the first-issue dust jacket with the photo on rear panel captioned: “Author is second from the left.” Signed by Thomas Merton on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are rare.
“Never in my life have I feared death as much as I feared that resurrection”: Rare First Greek Edition of The Last Temptation of Christ
Athena: Thiphros, 1955.
First edition in Greek, preceding the English translation. Octavo, bound in green cloth. Signed by Nikos Kazantzakis. In near fine condition. First editions of The Last Temptation of Christ are rare.
"In a world darksome as this'n I believe a blind man ort to be better sighted than most": First Edition of Cormac McCarthys Rare Second Novel; Inscribed by Him
New York: Random House, 1968.
First edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title page in a contemporary hand, “For John Markham With Best Wishes Cormac McCarthy.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Muriel Nasser. A superior example.
“define logic as the science which treats of the operations of the human understanding in the pursuit of truth": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mill's The System of Logic
A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive, Being a Connected View of the Principles of Evidence, and the Methods of Scientific Investigation.
New York: John W. Parker, 1843.
First edition of this classic work on logic. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with some wear to the cloth and overall toning. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original cloth are rare.
"The Tin Drum Will Become One Of The Enduring Literary Works Of The Twentieth Century": First Edition Of The Tin Drum; Inscribed By The Author To Poet Robert Lowell
New York: Pantheon, 1962.
First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by the author to poet Robert Lowell in a German inscription, translated into English, which reads: “To Robert Lowell, in admiration and in the hope to have the pleasure of meeting you soon in Berlin. Gunter Grass Berlin, Nov 3, 1966.” Association copies of this caliber are rare, especially on what is considered his masterpiece. From the estate of Elizabeth Hardwick, novelist and wife of Robert Lowell. Translated by Ralph Manheim. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: New Directions, 1947.
First edition of Williams’ classic play, which won Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by Tennessee Williams on the front free endpaper. Light of rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in an excellent dust jacket which has had some expert restoration to the extremities. Jacket design by Alvin Lustig. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela in his law office in 1952. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph was taken at Chancellor House, which is where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the South Africa’s first black law firm in 1952. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
“In the University library he wandered through the stacks, among the thousands of books, inhaling the musty odor of leather, cloth, and drying page as if it were an exotic incense": First Edition of Stoner; Inscribed by John Williams
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Stella Hershan with best wishes- John Williams Bread Loaf, VT Aug. 23, 1969.” The recipient was a student of Williams at Bread Loaf. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example, uncommon signed and inscribed.
Silver gelatin photograph signed and inscribed by Howard Hughes standing with his H-1 racing airplane. It was in this Hughes H-1 aircraft, designed by Hughes himself with Richard Palmer, that the aviator broke the world airspeed record in 1935 and the transcontinental airspeed record in 1937. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches. Signed and inscribed photographs of Hughes are rare.
"Probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century": First Edition of The Poverty of Historicism; Inscribed by Karl Popper to Economist Jacob Viner
Boston: Beacon Press, 1957.
First edition of one of the most important books on the social sciences since the Second World War. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jacob Viner from K.R.P.” The recipient, Jacob Viner was a Canadian economist and is considered to be one of the “inspiring” mentors of the early Chicago School of Economics in the 1930s and was one of the leading figures of the Chicago faculty. A bright near fine example in an excellent dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“A MAN DOES WHAT HE MUST — IN SPITE OF PERSONAL CONSEQUENCES”: PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Philip Sang with best wishes John Kennedy Dec. 3, 1957.” Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Edition of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; From the Library of Novelist James Baldwin
New York: Random House, 1959.
First edition of this groundbreaking play, the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. Octavo, original half cloth. From the library of James Baldwin with his signature to the front free endpaper. Hansberry moved to Harlem in 1951 where she joined the staff of the African American journal Freedom Newspaper and worked on stories not only related to the Civil Rights Movement, but global struggles against colonialism and imperialism. It was during the period in which she conceived of A Raisin in the Sun that she also became involved in the emerging gay rights movement, of which James Baldwin had become the leading literary voice. In 1963, Baldwin was invited to the Manhattan apartment of Robert F. Kennedy to discuss the current state of race relations in the United States. In addition to several other prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement including Kenneth Clark and Clarence Benjamin Jones, Baldwin invited Hansberry who had become an important voice in the movement. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Stan Phillips and Mel Williamson. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
First edition, early printing with the same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free": First Edition of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man; Signed by Him
New York: Random House, 1952.
First edition of the author’s landmark first novel, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original black and tan cloth. Boldly signed by Ralph Ellison on the title page. Fine in an near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
Early printing of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book, author James Baldwin’s copy with his signature to the front free endpaper. James Baldwin was an American writer whose work dealt with race relations and sexuality. A native of Harlem, he left the United States for France in 1948 to pursue a writing career. While in Europe he published Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), his first novel, which catapulted him to literary fame. In 1957 he returned to the U.S. to lend his voice to the cause of civil rights. Baldwin dissected the American racial conundrum in fictional works and powerful essays, as well as in speaking engagements. He met Dr. King in 1957 when he was writing about the Civil Rights Movement for Harper’s magazine and attended the 1963 March on Washington. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Very good in a very good dust jacket. From the library of James Baldwin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association, linking two of the greatest African Americans of the twentieth century.
Rare original Walt Disney Studios production drawing of Donald Duck posing as a hunter. Inscribed by Walt Disney in the lower right corner of the original presentation mat, “To Paul Conrad, with best wishes, Walt Disney” with the Walt Disney Studios copyright insignia in the lower right corner. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
Original carte de visite signed “U.S. Grant Lt. Gen. U.S.A.” Mounted on stiff ivory card stock, the carte-de-visite measures 2.6 inches by 4 inches. Signed below the image on the print. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable.
New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company & Random House, 1943 & 1957.
First editions of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Octavo, 2 volumes. Finely bound in full morocco; The Fountainhead in red morocco; Atlas Shrugged in green morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom half morocco slipcase with ribbon. Both are in fine condition.