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"Welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer, Cheer to all Whos, far and near”: FIRST EDITION OF DR. SEUSS'S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first printing of one of the most celebrated and memorable Christmas stories with all issue points present: Cat in the Hat on back cover of book with 14 titles (up to now) listed on the rear flap and a list of 13 books printed at the end of the book. Dust jacket price reads 250/250. Presentation copy, inscribed by Dr. Seuss opposite the title page, “Merry Christmas to Lee, Wendy and Laurie from Dr. Seuss.” Thin quarto, original illustrated glossy paper boards, pictorial endpapers. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example, desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 111343
"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelf wear. An exceptional example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 100548
First Edition of Lady and the Tramp; Warmly Inscribed by Ward Greene to fellow cartoonist Chester Gould and Creator of Dick Tracy
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Ward Greene’s Lady and the Tramp. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Association copy, warmly inscribed by Greene on the front free endpaper, “For Chester – with fondest regards Jimmie Greene.” The recipient, American cartoonist Chester Gould, was best known as the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip which enjoyed a long run in the newspaper syndicate ‘King Features’ which Greene edited and managed for many years. Ward’s colleague Hal Foster, the creator of the Tarzan and Prince Valiant comic strips first referred to Ward with the affectionate nickname ‘Jimmie.’ Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the rear panel. A rare association copy.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 105085
"You'll never catch fish in McElligot's Pool!": First Edition, First Issue of Dr. Seuss' McElligot's Pool; Inscribed by Him
New York: Random House, 1947.
First edition with the 250/250 price on the front flap as well as the $2.50 price added to the rear flap (state ‘c’) of the first Dr. Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Inscribed by the author, “For Mrs. Haye with very kindest regards- Dr. Seuss.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 87546
“The sandy beach reminded Harold of picnics": Rare First Edition of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955.
First edition of the first book in Crockett Johnson’s Harold series. 12 mo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Fine in a very good dust jacket without the price to top of front flap, with code “30-60 / No. 5671A” to front flap and “No. 5672A” to rear flap.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 107552
"I KNOW IT IS WET AND THE SUN IS NOT SUNNY, BUT WE CAN HAVE LOTS OF GOOD FUN THAT IS FUNNY": FIRST EDITION OF THE CAT IN THE HAT
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first issue of Dr. Seuss’ classic work. Octavo, original illustrated unlaminated boards. All issue points present: price of 200/200 on the dust jacket, no mention of the “Beginner Books” series on the rear panel, and has four paragraphs of educator’s reviews on rear panel. Book contains a single signature and 61 pages with a message on final page before end paper contained in an outline of the cat’s hat & head. Fine in an excellent price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 119789
New York: Harper & Row, 1974.
First edition, early printing of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With Love Shel Silverstein.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 120856
“I am going to tell you a story, one of those tales of astonishing adventures that happend years and years and years ago”: First Edition of L. Frank Baum's The Enchanted Island of Yew; Inscribed by Him
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1903.
First edition early state with 8 color plates. Octavo, original gray cloth printed in black, vermilion and lavender, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by L. Frank Baum on the half-title page. In very good condition with some rubbing to the cloth. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 50064
"One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see": First Edition of Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of The Snowy Day, which is considered “one of the most important American books of the 20th century” (Diefendorf, ed. The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century). Oblong quarto, original pictorial cloth as issued. Fine in a very good first-issue dust jacket without patterned interior front and rear flaps that mimicked the snowflake patterns of the endpapers in later printings. Although the Caldecott Medal is affixed to the dust jacket cover, this was due to the common practice of book sellers who adhered the sticker for marketing purposes after the Caldecott was awarded. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light expert restoration. First printings in the original dust jacket are rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118938
Rare first edition of Arthur Rackham's illustrated rendition of Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes; elaborately bound by Birdsall for Charles Scribner's Sons
London: William Heinemann, 1913.
First edition of Arthur Rackham’s illustrated rendition of the classic nursery rhyme collection. Octavo, elaborately bound in full scarlet morocco by Birdsall for Charles Scribner’s Sons with gilt titles and flor gilt decorations to the spine in two compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, morocco decorative inlay to the front panel, all edges gilt, silk watered endleaves. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 captioned tissue-guarded illustrations in color including frontispiece and numerous illustrations in black and white. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118439
London: Macmillan, 1894-95.
First editions of both volumes of The Jungle Book. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard present. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 120935
"Christmas is the joy of giving, but getting is pretty good too": First Edition of Charles Schulz's Christmas Is Together-Time; Signed by Him with a large Drawing of Snoopy
San Francisco: Determined Productions, 1964.
First edition of this early work by the creator of Peanuts. Octavo, small quarto, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, who has added a large sketch of Snoopy, “With every best wish- Charles M. Schulz.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Book design by Jim Young. Rare and desirable with a sketch of Snoopy.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118007
First Edition of Charles Schulz's Christmas Is Together-Time; Signed by Him with a large Drawing of Snoopy
San Francisco: Determined Productions, 1964.
First edition of this early work by the creator of Peanuts. Octavo, small quarto, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, who has added a large sketch of Snoopy in a Santa hat, “For the Floripes- Charles M. Schulz.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Book design by Jim Young. Rare and desirable with a sketch of Snoopy.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 120939
“I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice": First Edition of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.
First edition, early printing of Dahl’s classic children’s work in the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a “garden tale” of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Ryan Love Roald Dahl.” Illustrated by Donald Chaffin. Jacket design by Donna Lampell. Near fine in a very good dust jacket, light offsetting to the front free endpaper.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 117828
"Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart": First Edition of Michael Ende's The Grey Gentlemen; Signed by Him
London: Burke Books, 1974.
First edition in English of “one of the most remarkable novels of the late twentieth century” (Linda Goodhew). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Michael Ende on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Frances Lobb. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 102633
“Once upon a time there lived a little boy named jack”: Jack the Giant Killer; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1888.
First manuscript facsimile edition, reproduced from Richard Doyle’s original text. Slim quarto, original cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and tears. Any dust jacket from the 1880’s are rare; this is the only example we have seen or heard of. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 59056
"It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength": First Edition of the authors Newberry Award-Winning Novel; Signed by Katherine Paterson
New York: Thomas Crowell, 1977.
First edition of the author’s first Newbery-Award winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Bob and Peg White with affection- Katherine Paterson 4/22/78.” Bottom slightly rubbed, near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some light wear to the crown and foot of the spine.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 2093
"Madeline, Madeline, where have you been? We've been to London to see the Queen": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline In London; Signed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1961.
First edition of the final book in the Madeline series published in Bemelmans lifetime. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 114652
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the “They went home and broke their bread” illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 87670
London: Bloomsbury, 1998.
First adult paperback edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 99778