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Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela during his treason trial in 1958. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed.
New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1958
Early printing of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book, author James Baldwin’s copy with his signature to the front free endpaper. James Baldwin was an American writer whose work dealt with race relations and sexuality. A native of Harlem, he left the United States for France in 1948 to pursue a writing career. While in Europe he published Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), his first novel, which catapulted him to literary fame. In 1957 he returned to the U.S. to lend his voice to the cause of civil rights. Baldwin dissected the American racial conundrum in fictional works and powerful essays, as well as in speaking engagements. He met Dr. King in 1957 when he was writing about the Civil Rights Movement for Harper’s magazine and attended the 1963 March on Washington. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Very good in a very good dust jacket. From the library of James Baldwin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association, linking two of the greatest African Americans of the twentieth century.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela in his law office in 1952. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph was taken at Chancellor House, which is where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the South Africa’s first black law firm in 1952. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1968
First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 19 half-tone illustrations and 11 diagrams. Signed by both James D. Watson and Francis Crick on the title page. Very good in an excellent dust jacket with some light rubbing to the spine crown. Jacket design by Dorothy Judd. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. Rare signed by both Watson and Crick.
London : Faber and Faber 1956
First British edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Samuel Beckett on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to the extremities. Translated by Beckett from the original French. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Medellin, Columbia : Aguirre Editor 1961
First edition of the author’s second book, later translated into English as No One Writes to the Colonel. Octavo, original wrappers. Inscribed and dated in 1963 by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In near fine condition with a trace of wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example of this rarity.
"The corpse without hands lay in the bottom of a small dinghy drifting just within sight of the Suffolk coast": First Edition of Unnatural Causes; Lengthily Inscribed by P.D. James
London : Faber and Faber 1964
First edition of the author’s third book. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page with a transcription as follows, “The corpse without hands lay in the bottom of a small dinghy drifting just within sight of the Suffolk coast.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1928
Limited edition one of 260 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf, this copy is number 230. Quarto, original half japon. Black morocco label to the spine, red boards, top edge gilt. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the bottom cloth. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 5 plates, folding map at rear. A superior example of a book that usually shows wear.
London : Various Publishers 1840-1867
First edition of the works of William Thackeray. Octavo, 34 volumes, uniformly bound in three-quarters morocco. From the library of Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, with his bookplate to each volume. Harmswoth was a British newspaper and publishing magnate who exercised vast influence over British popular opinion. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt. Includes: Paris Sketch Book, 2 volumes., 1840; Comic Tales and Sketches, 2 volumes., 1841; Irish Sketchbook, 2 volumes., 1843; Cornhill to Grand Cairo, 1846; Mrs. Perkins Ball, ; Book of Snobs, 1848; Our Street, 1848; Vanity Fair, 1848 (With the suppressed woodcut on p. 336, and “Mr. Pitt” on p. 453); Doctor Birch, 1849; History of Pendennis, 2 volumes., 1849-1850; Rebecca and Rowena, 1850; Kickleburys on the Rhine, 1850; Henry Esmond, 3 volumes., 1852; The English Humourists, 1853; The Newcomes, 2 volumes., 1854-1855; Miscellanies, 4 volumes., 1855-57; The Virginians, 2 volumes, 1858-59; Lovel the Widower, 1861; The Four Georges, 1861 (rare 1st issue); Adventures of Philip, 3 volumes, 1862; Denis Duval, 1867.
"And the devil take the hindmost": First Edition of Robert Penn Warrens Pulitzer Prize Winning Work; Signed by Him
New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company 1946
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Review copy with the slip tipped in the front free endpaper. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Robert Penn Warren on the title page. From the library of Donald Drapkin, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Some rubbing to the bottom cloth, an excellent example in the first issue dust jacket with light professional restoration. Housed in an elaborate custom half morocco clamshell box.
"You dont have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily": First Edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz; Inscribed By Walter Miller, Jr.
Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Company 1959
First edition of the author’s landmark novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ben Best Regards Walter Miller Jr. 5-28-60.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books inscribed by Walter Miller Jr. are fairly uncommon, even more so in the year of publication.
"The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking": Rare First Edition of The Great Crash of 1929; Inscribed by Galbraith in the Year of Publication
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company 1955
First edition with the date of 1955 on the title page. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “With love and all good wishes to my very good friend Mary Lord from J.K. Galbraith June 1955.” The recipient Mary Pillsbury Lord was heir to the Pillsbury fortune and from 1948-1952 chaired and organized the U.S. Committee of UNICEF. In 1953 President Eisenhower appointed her to succeed Eleanor Roosevelt as the United States representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. An excellent example in a bright near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lucy E. Clark. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed”: First Edition, First Issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
Boston and Cleveland : John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington 1852
First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt vignettes to the front panels of each volume, title vignettes and six wood-engravings. First issue, with “spilt” (rather than “spiled”) in Volume I, 42, line 1; “cathecism” (rather than “catechism”) in Volume II, 74, line 5; and all other first issue points. In very good condition, recased. Housed in a custom slipcase. An excellent example.
New York : Atheneum 1968
First edition, second printing, published one month after the first of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Signed by both James Watson and Francis Crick on the title page. Octavo, original blue cloth, with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. Rare and desirable signed by both Watson and Crick.
South Holland, Ill : Libertarian Press 1952
First edition of this early collection of essays by one of the most quoted economists of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Ludwig Mises on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Evelyn Vogel.
“Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective": First Edition of Peter F. Drucker's The Effective Executive; Signed by Him
New York : Harper & Row, Publishers 1967
First edition of Drucker’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter F. Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.