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“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn": Rare First Edition, First Issue of Dana's Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1840.
First edition, first issue of Dana’s record of his maritime travels in the 1830s from Boston to California and back—“our only trustworthy account before the 1849 Gold Rush.” 12 mo, original publisher’s printed tan muslin cloth. Housed in a custom chemise and morocco box. First issue with dot over the “i” in the word “in” on copyright page, and the unbroken running head on page 9. First state of BAL’s binding type ‘B’ with list of title in the Harper’s Family Library ending at number 105. In near fine condition, rebacked. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 111925
New York: Random House, 1940-1959.
A complete set of the limited signed first edition of Faulkner’s acclaimed Snopes Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Each volume is signed by William Faulkner. Each are in near fine to fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 109883
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik. Inscribed by Albert Einstein in German (English translation), “To Alice sending it to her as a remembrance Albert, February 1925.” Additionally signed by the artist, Emil Orlik on the lower right. The etching measures 10.5 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 49058
“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world”: The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson; Finely Bound in Full Morocco
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson [Including Treasure Island; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Kidnapped].
Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans, Green and Company, 1894.
Edinburgh edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, often considered the finest edition of Stevenson due to the paper quality used. Octavo, complete set, 34 volumes, bound in full contemporary morocco, gilt titles to the spine, top edges gilt, gilt turn-ins. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 25015
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all": Complete Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 52 Copies; Finely Bound In Full Morocco
London: Keller-Farmer Co, 1907.
The Astral edition of Wilde’s works, one of 52 sets, this is number one. Octavo, 15 volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, floriated corner devices in gilt, red and green, raised bands, moire silk endpapers, top edge gilt. With photogravures in two states from paintings, photographs, and drawings (4 of which are by Aubrey Beardsley). In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 104968
"The chase is among the best of all national pastimes; it cultivates that vigorous manliness for the lack of which in a nation, as in an individual, the possession of no other qualities can possibly atone": Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelts The Wilderness Hunter
The Wilderness Hunter: An Account Of The Big Game Of The United States And Its Chase With Horse, Hound And Rifle.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1893.
Signed limited first edition, one of only 200 numbered copies, signed by Theodore Roosevelt. Quarto, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front panel. Frontispiece plus twenty-three full page plates by Frederic Remington, A. B. Frost I, James Carter Beard, Henry Sandham, and Charles Henry Eaton. In very good condition with some light toning to the extremities. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 81063
"AN ORIGINAL SOURCE OF THE FIRST CLASS": LA ROCHEFOUCAULT-LIANCOURT'S TRAVELS THROUGH THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA AND CANADA, SCARCE 1799 FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, WITH THREE MAPS OF AMERICA—A BEAUTIFUL COPY
Travels Through the United States of North America, the Country of the Iroquois, and Upper Canada, in the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797; With an Authentic Account of Lower Canada.
London: For R. Phillips by T. Davison, 1799.
First edition in English of “an original source of the first class for American history at the close of the 18th century” (Larned). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, with three engraved folding maps of North America and six folding tables. In near fine condition. An exceptional example of this landmark work. First editions are rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 112450
Rare original large format Shel Silverstein drawing; warmly inscribed by him to American playwright Herb Gardner
Rare original drawing inscribed and drawn by renowned children’s book author Shel Silverstein. Warmly inscribed by the author/illustrator, “For Herb Dec. 10, 75 The Last Day Love, Shel.” In Silverstein’s signature style, the drawing depicts a cluttered backstage with spotlights, film reels, ladders, electrical chords, and spotlights. The recipient, Award-winning American playwright Herb Gardner, is best known for his 1962 play A Thousand Clowns, which ran for 428 performances and was adapted into the popular 1965 film of the same name for which he received an Oscar nomination. Silverstein, here, likely refers to the final day of Gardner’s Broadway play, Thieves, which closed in January of 1975. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 21.5 inches.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 116953
First Edition of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-Prize Winning Work Age of Innocence in the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: D. Appleton, 1920.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Octavo, original red cloth. A very good example with some rubbing to the bottom cloth in the rare original unrestored dust jacket with some chips and wear to the spine and panels. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially in the original unrestored dust jacket.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 14040
“The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux": First Edition of Autobiography of A Yogi; Signed by Yogananda Paramhansa
London: Rider and Company, 1948.
First British edition of one of the most important spiritual books of the twentieth century, Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With unceasing blessing Paramhansa Yogananda L.A. Calif, Aug 23rd, 1950.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Preface by Walter Evans-Wentz. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 116088
Rare First Edition of "the first systematic work on this subject by an American"; Daniel Raymond's Thoughts on Political Economy
Baltimore: Published by Fielding Lucas, Jun'r, 1820.
First edition. Octavo, bound in full brown Russian diced calf. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands. In very good condition with some some browning and light staining to the some of the text. First editions are extremely rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 20088
“ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL BIOGRAPHIES IN ENGLISH:” LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL; EACH VOLUME INSCRIBED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL
London: Macmillan & Co. Limited, 1906.
First edition of Winston S. Churchill’s biography of his father. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, with two photographic frontispiece portraits of Lord Randolph. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in both volumes, “Inscribed for G.S. Harvie-Watt by Winston Churchill 1943.” The recipient, Harvie-Pratt was a conservative politician who served as parliamentary private secretary to Winston Churchill from 1941-1945. At the end of World War II, he became a Queen’s Counsel and was created a baronet. In 1948 he became an aide-de-camp to George VI; on the king’s death, he filled the same position for Elizabeth II, also acting as a member of the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland. In very good condition with rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Remarkable association copies.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 30055
“ALMOST NOTHING ELSE IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE EQUALS PINOCCHIO FOR WILDNESS OF INVENTION”: Rare First Edition In English of The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio
The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio. Translated from the Italian by M. A. Murray. Illustrated by C. Mazzanti.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892.
Rare first edition in English of Collodi’s classic work. Octavo, original white cloth with blue floriated pattern, floriated endpapers and edges. With 37 illustrations by C. Mazzanti. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 87348
"Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing": FIRST EDITION OF THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY; SIGNED BY PATRICIA HIGHSMITH
New York: Coward-McCann, 1955.
First edition of the author’s first book in her acclaimed Ripley series. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Patricia Highsmith on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, uncommon signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 114532
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Volume II; Inscribed by Him to Commander L.A. Burk
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Company, 1948-54.
First editions of Churchill’s World War II masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes, original black cloth, patterned endpapers, maps present Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in volume II, “Inscribed for Commander L.A. Burk by Winston S. Churchill, 1949.” Each are fine in near fine dust jackets. A very sharp set.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 116122
"MATISSE WAS EVOLVING METHODS HE WOULD USE FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE": First edition of Cinquante Dessins; with an original frontispiece etching signed by Matisse
Paris: Les Soins de l'Artiste, 1920.
First edition of Matisse’s classic self-produced suite of 50 photo-lithographic reproductions of his drawings of women. Quarto, original wrappers as issued, with an original frontispiece etching of a woman’s face. One of only 1000 copies produced, this is number 908. Signed by Matisse below the original frontispiece etching, “Henri Matisse.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and in the original jacket.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 101632