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“We all remember what we need to remember”: First Edition of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer; Signed by Her
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition of Didion’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. An exceptional example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119714
Barcelona: Círculo de lectories, 1970.
First hardcover edition in Spanish of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Near fine in the original acetate dust jacket, owner name.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119711
New Dehli: Allied Publishers Private Limited , 1986.
First edition of this work by the Indian politician. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow politician Andrew Young, “To Mayor Andrew Young, a fellow citizen of the world. With warm personal regards Cornell Karan Singh 4 April 1986.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Kishore Gandhi. A nice association.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 119481
“I've long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk... food, for me, has always been an adventure": Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential; signed by him
New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2000.
Early printing of the legendary chef’s bestselling memoir and first work of non-fiction. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Anthony Bourdain on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Notice 51.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119472
“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have": First Edition of Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal; Signed by Him with an original drawing
New York: Bloomsbury, 2001.
First edition of this written record of Bourdain’s travels around the world in his search for the perfect meal. Octavo, original boards. Boldly inscribed by Anthony Bourdain on the title page who has added a drawing of a skull in a chef hat with a large butcher knife in its mouth, “Cook Free or Die… To Jin Kim. Anthony Bourdain.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by High Design. Rare signed with an original drawing by Bourdain.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 119905
Rare collection of four original photographs of Rollie Free before and during his record-breaking 1948 motorcycle ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats; each inscribed by him
Rare collection of original photographs inscribed by motorcycle racing legend Rollie Free. The collection includes 4 photographs, all of which are inscribed by Rollie Free to close personal friend and business partner Ted Peaso. Free and Peaso co-owned a Service Station on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California at the time of Free’s record-breaking ride. Peaso also fabricated the leg support for the Vincent HRD Free broke the American motorcycle land speed record with. The photographs include an image of Free during his record-breaking ride, inscribed by him, “To Ted actual photo South near fastest 23.90 seconds. North near 24 seconds flat average 150. 3/3 m.p.h. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah Sept. 13, 1948 Rollie”, a photograph of Free, Peaso and three other mechanics in front of their service station, a photograph of Free servicing the Vincent HRD, inscribed by him, “To Ted, anticipation Rollie”, a photograph of Free’s team preparing the Vincent HRD before the ride, inscribed by Free, “To Ted. Thanks for the loan of the Pease bicycle support (Pat applied for) Rollie”, and a photograph of Free and Pease, inscribed by Free, “To Ted, let me pour this one. Rollie.” In fine condition. Each photograph is double matted and framed. The entire pieces measure 14 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 119311
"You only live twice: Once when you're born And once when you look death in the face": First Edition of You Only Live Twice; Signed by Roald Dahl
London: Jonathan Cape, 1965.
First edition of the final James Bond novel published during Fleming’s lifetime and the eleventh in the series. First state with “First published 1964” on the copyright page. Octavo, original black cloth lettered in gilt, patterned endpapers. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper. You Only Live Twice (1967) is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series. It was written by Roald Dahl, who was a wartime friend of Fleming and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. We have never seen another example signed by Dahl.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 119932
Rare First Edition of Neil Armstrong's The Society of Experimental Test Pilots: 9th Annual Symposium Proceedings
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots: 9th Annual Symposium Proceedings – 1965 Report to the Aerospace Profession.
Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots, 1965.
First edition of this early work by Neil Armstrong, who contributed the article, Gemini Manned Flight Program To Date. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with photographs, drawings, tables, and charts. In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119467
London: William Clowes and Sons, 1876.
First edition of this classic text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters leather over marbled boards, illustrated. In near fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 119468
Rare color portrait of the royal family the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, boldly signed, “Elizabeth R, 1953” and “Philip.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.25 inches by 7 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 119918
Signatures of each of the scientists who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, each signed during the Nobel Week of 1962, “James Dewey Watson, December 5, 1962,” “Francis Crick, 10th December 1962,” and “M. H. F. Wilkins,” each signed on individual off-white cards, with a portrait of each above. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 23.5 inches. Contemporary signatures of these scientists are rare.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 117398
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922.
First edition, first state of the author’s second novel. Octavo, original green cloth, titles to the spine in gilt. Near fine in a very good second issue dust jacket with some unnecessary tape repair to the verso, name to the front free endpaper. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 119223
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past": First American Edition of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949.
First American edition of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Caricature of Orwell on the rear panel by George Holland. A very sharp example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119887
"FAST BY THE ORACLE OF GOD, I THENCE INVOKE THY AID TO MY ADVENTUROUS SONG": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN MILTON'S MASTERPIECE PARADISE LOST
London: S. Simmons for S. Thomson, H. Mortlack, M. Walker, R. Boulter, 1668.
First edition of Milton’s masterpiece, “one of the greatest works of the human imagination” (DNB). Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sprinkled calf, smooth spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece gilt. Title-page and text within ruled border; woodcut headpieces and initials opening each book. (Without blank A1 after cancel title, F3 with paper flaw affecting rule border and shoulder notes, tiny mostly marginal wormhole to a few leaves.) Provenance: Elizabeth Gordon (signature on title verso dated 1686); Robert Chilton Pearson (bookplate); Patrick & Julie Pearson (bookplate). With the cancel title-page corresponding to Amory’s fourth issue, title page with “Angel” in the imprint in italic, and no note from the printer to the reader. Amory’s subissue 4† with signature Z in the original setting with “illustrous” in line 109 of the seventh book, and with Vv reset reading “far” in line 2 ov Vvlr. Hugh Amory “Things Unattempted Yet” in The Book Collector, Spring 1983, pp. 41-66; see ESTC R13352; Grolier Wither to Prior 603; Pforzheimer 718; Wing M-2142. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable.
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 119536
"You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese": First edition of Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw; signed by him
New York: Ecco, 2010.
First edition of the follow-up to Bourdain’s bestselling memoir Kitchen Confidential which addresses his rise to stardom and the evolving restaurant industry. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Anthony Bourdain on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Allison Saltzman. Jacket photograph by Melanie Dunea/CP.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 119427
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life - and travel - leaves marks on you": First edition of Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits; signed by him
New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2006.
First edition, early printing of Bourdain’s bestselling essay collection. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Anthony Bourdain on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Amy C. King. Jacket photograph by Melanie Dunea/CPI.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119752