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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original cloth, with over 200 drawings. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To S.D. Green with best wishes of Ernest Seton-Thompson.” Seton Thompson has added a drawing of a bear paw. In near fine condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 79038
Finely bound by Bayntun Bindery of W. Shaw Sparrow's Old England; elaborately illustrated by James Orrock
Eveleigh Nash: London, 1908.
Finely bound example of Sparrow’s illustrated work on the history and landscape of Old England. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco by Bayntun Bindery with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 90430
"In Lowestoft a boat was laid, mark well what I do say!" The Boston American's Reprint of Rudyard Kipling with The British Fleet
Boston: For the Boston American, 1915.
The Boston American’s complimentary reprint of Kipling’s Fringes of the Fleet which first appeared in England in The Daily Telegraph, and in the United States in the Hearst newspapers. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. Rare.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 120584
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1933.
First edition of Kipling’s account of his time in France. Octavo, original blue cloth with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine and elephant roundel to the front panel, red decorative border opposite and to the title page. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in near fine condition. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 121499
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 In Search of De Long and the Jeannette.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917.
First edition of this work by Muir’s account of his expedition aboard the USS Corwin. Octavo, original cream green cloth, color pictorial cover label, top edge gilt. Edited by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with plates from photographs and from sketches by Muir. In near fine condition. (Kimes 348. BAL 14775). An exceptional example.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 114608
First Edition of To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account; Inscribed by Saul Bellow to Sally Soames
London: Secker & Warburg, 1976.
First British edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s account of his journey to Jerusalem. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sally from Saul Bellow with every good wish.” The recipient, British photojournalist Sally Soames, worked for The Sunday Times from 1968 until 2000 and was highly regarded for her exclusively black and white portraits of many of the most prominent figures of the 20th century including Menachem Begin, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Thatcher, Sean Connery, Rudolf Nureyev, Alec Guinness and Andy Warhol. Soames, who was known to be a warm and personal journalist, performed extensive research on her subjects and developed intimate rapports with them during her process, resulting in striking and revealing portraits. In addition to the several world leaders Soames came to know and photograph, she captured the unique personalities of some of the world’s most gifted authors, poets, and playwrights. She published two books of photographs during her lifetime: Manpower (1987) with text by Robin Morgan and an introduction by Harold Evans and Writers (1995) with a preface by Norman Mailer. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Jill Krementz.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 118587
“THE VERY FINEST AND STRONGEST PICTURE OF THE SEA AND SEA LIFE THAT OUR LANGUAGE POSSESSES”; First edition, early printing of Conrad's first masterpiece The Nigger of the "Narcissus": A Tale of the Sea
London: William Heinemann, 1898.
First edition, early impression of Conrad’s first masterpiece, of which he wrote, “After writing the last words of that book… I understood that I had done with the sea, and that henceforth I had to be a writer.” Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 103421
New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.
First trade edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. In near fine condition.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 90482
"It was the middle of August, the summer sat brooding fiercely over the streets of Milan": First edition of Henry James' Travelling Companions
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1919.
First edition of this collection of James’ short stories. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 103773
Lisbon: Caminho, 1997.
First Portugese edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s commentaries on Lanzarote, one of Spain’s volcanic Canary Islands. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed and dated by Jose Saramago on the title page in 2006.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 19033
Lisbon: Caminho, 1996.
First Portugese edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s commentaries on Lanzarote, one of Spain’s volcanic Canary Islands. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Jose Saramago on the title page.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 19036
First Edition of Miles Smeeton's Once is Enough; From the library of Adventurer and Explorer Steve Fossett
London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1959.
First edition of this “unique among books of maritime adventure” (New York Times Book Review). Octavo, original cloth. From the library of of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket from the oil painting by John Purser. Foreword by Nevil Shute. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 112199
"Blessed is the man who finds no disillusion when he is brought face to face with a revered writer": First edition of Around the World With Kipling
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926.
First edition of this collection of five essays regarding Kipling’s life and work with an extensive index of his works and folding map at rear. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated, frontispiece portrait of Kipling. Very good in the original dust jacket which is in good condition.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 121484
New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated in the year of publication by Cees Nooteboom on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 5715
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992.
First edition of this wonderful collection of recipies. Octavo, original boards. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Best wishes Judith Barrett.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Joyce Patti. Jacket design by Wendy Bass.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 119829
1964: William Morrow & Company, New York.
First edition of Huxley’s authoritative report on the rapidly changing political climate of post-colonial East Africa. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with maps and drawings by Jonathan Kingdon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joe Ferrier with my best wished Elspeth Huxley.” Laid in is the original typed transmittal letter, an autograph card and photograph of Huxley; all three signed by her to Ferrier. The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a lifelong fan and pen pal of Huxley’s. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Harsh-Finegold.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 96083
New York: Random House, 1992.
Signed limited edition of this “novel of epic proportions, abounding in visual and historical detail” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), number 343 of 400 copies. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, slipcase. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 118391
New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1983.
First edition of this work of succinct prose. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by John McPhee on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 75077
"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.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 88107
London: Jonathan Cape, 1957.
First edition, early printing of the thrilling true story behind one of the greatest spy operations in history. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Bookplate of George Burns to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Denis Piper. Introduction by John Blaze.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 120918