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London: John Camden Hotten, c. 1867.
Finely bound example of Thomas Wright’s illustrated history of the Georges. Octavo, bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges marbled with marbled endpapers, illustrated with nearly four hundred steel and wood engravings including hand-colored frontispiece. In very good condition.
"Martin Boyne looked down on the troop of first-class passengers struggling up the gangway, their faces all unconsciously lifted to his inspection": First edition of Edith Wharton's The Children
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1928.
First edition of Edith Wharton’s sophisticated satire. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some wear to the extremities.
"To Jean with Love, Mother": First Edition of Nehru of India; Inscribed by the author to her daughter
New York: The John Day Company, 1948.
First edition of this biography of Nehru. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author to her daughter on the front free endpaper, “To Jean with Love, Mother Cornelia Spencer June 1948.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Boston: The Ball Publishing Company, 1908.
First edition of this series of literary essays written in James’ earlier style. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. Introduction by Le Roy Phillips. In near fine condition. A very bright example.
New York: Random House, 1994.
Signed limited edition of Michener’s final novel. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by James Michener, number 100 of 500 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase.
"I'd 'a' broke ninety, but-": First Edition of Chick Evans and Barrie Payne's Ida Broke: The Humor and Philosophy of Golf
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1929.
First edition of this humorous collaboration between famous amateur golfer Chick Evans and golf humorist Barrie Payne. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with “McDuffer” Cartoons. Very good in a facsimile dust jacket.
"In a small Polish Farm Community of 1981, events occurred which electrifies this world": First Edition of Michener's Historical Novel Poland
New York: Random House, 1983.
First edition of Michener’s classic historical novel. Octavo, presentation binding, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, ribbon bound in, cartography by Jean Paul Tremblay. From the library of Howard Kaminsky. Howard Kaminsky was the former president and publisher of Warner Books, Random House and William Morrow/Avon. Kaminsky developed his reputation by publishing best-sellers by Richard Simmons, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, and Elmore Leonard. Perhaps his best-known deal was signing Richard Nixon to an estimated 2.5 million dollar contract to write his memoirs only six weeks after his resignation in 1974. In near fine condition with noted provenance.
First Edition of The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986.
First edition of this novel by “one of the master storytellers of our time” (Denis Lynn Heyck, Chicago Tribune Book World). Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Mario Vargas Llosa. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Alfred MacAdam.
London: J.M. Dent & Company, 1906.
First edition of Katharine Burrill’s charming collection of prose, many related to the craft of needlepoint. Octavo, bound in full vellum elaborately decorated with gilt titles and botanical tooling, top edge gilt with others uncut, ribbon bound in. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1925.
First edition of Wells’ work on the Malay jungle. Octavo, original orange cloth, frontispiece. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original dust jacket,
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952.
First paperback edition of the author’s third novel. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper, “To Paul Wolk with best wishes Harold Robbins.” In very good condition. Jacket design by John O’Hara Cosgrave II. Author photograph by Floyd B. Hall.
New York: Random House, 2001.
First edition of this “wonderful, sly, and moving collection” (San Francisco Chronicle). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Billy Collins 2007.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Allison Saltzman. Jacket art by John Singer Sargent.
“People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode": First Edition of Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story
New York: Miramax Books, 2006.
First edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Number Seventeen. Jacket illustration by Abigail Smith.