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“Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it": First Edition of Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
First edition of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Chopping. An very sharp example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119523
"One of the most important books on Wall Street"; G.M. Loeb's The Battle For Investment Survival; Signed by Him
New York: Barron's, 1943.
Early printing of Loeb’s classic work Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gerald M. Loeb on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119657
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
First edition of this work by the award-winning novelist. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Sally Soames with best wishes Paul Theroux.” 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 near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Author photograph by Jerry Bauer.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 119623
New York: Hawthorn Books, 1964.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For James Millett with every good wish from George Rainbird In Vino Verites.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Clifton Fadiman.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 119631
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Konigsburg. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, first editions are rare signed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 119874
"The only thing that will make a soufflé fall is if it knows you're afraid of it": First Edition of The New James Beard, with a 1,000 recipes; Inscribed by James Beard
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.
First edition of this work by the legendary chef. Octavo, original boards, frontispiece and vignettes in the text printed in red and black throughout by Karl Stueklen. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Good Appetite for Rosemary James Beard.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119459
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965.
First edition of this work by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Quackenbush. An exceptional example.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119921
The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti; finely bound in full morocco by stikeman with 50 illustrations of his masterworks
The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti: Based on Studies in the Archives of the Buonarroti Family at Florence.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1901.
First edition of illustrated biography of the famed Renaissance artist. Octavo, two volumes, original cloth, illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Michelangelo and 50 illustrations of his masterworks. In near fine condition. Housed in a pair of custom half morocco and chemise clamshell boxes.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 119767
“Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience": First Edition of James Clavell's Shogun; Signed by Him
New York: Atheneum, 1975.
First edition (which precedes the British first) of the first chronological work in Clavell’s epic Asian series. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by the author in the year of publication, “James Clavell July ’75 Portland.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Uncommon signed.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 119652
Massadah & Alumoth: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, 1962.
Elaborately bound example of Szyk’s magnum opus. Quarto, publisher’s full velvet cloth with gilt stamping to the spine, front and rear panels, illustrated profusely with full color illumination. With the English translation printed in black and brick red and Hebrew text accompanied by elaborate full color illuminations. Edited by Cecil Roth. In fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s three quarters morocco plush-lined clamshell box which is in very good condition. A beautiful presentation.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 114563
The Works of Thomas Hardy. [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.]
London: Macmillan & Company, 1919-20.
The complete works of Thomas Hardy, signed limited edition, the Mellstock edition, limited to five hundred copies. Octavo, thirty seven volumes, bound in original cloth, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front panel, engraved frontispiece in the first volume, double page map of Wessex in Volume II, the map, half-title, title and colophon pages printed in red and black. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 111746
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. George London from Eleanor Roosevelt.” The recipient George London was a concert and operatic bass-baritone. After performing widely with tenor Mario Lanza and soprano Frances Yeend as part of the Bel Canto Trio in 1947–48, London was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where he scored his first major success in 1949. In 1950, he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119172
Economics: An Introductory Analysis; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economists Paul A. Samuelson and William Nordhaus
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1992.
First printing of the fourteenth edition of this landmark work in modern economics having sold 4 million copies in 40 languages. Quarto, original cloth. Signed on the title page by both Paul Samuelson and William D. Nordhaus on the title page. In fine condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119573
Rare collection of Oskar Schindler immigration documents and legal certificates; with an original photograph annotated by him
Rare collection of original documents primarily obtained by Oskar and Emilie Schindler in preparation for their post-WWII emigration to Argentina in 1949. The collection includes a color photograph of Schindler seated on a couch annotated by him on the verso, “1957 in Amerika”, an Italian emigration certificate dated September 1949 authorizing Emilie Schindler to travel from Italy to Argentina, two boarding cards dated October 4, 1949 listing Oskar and Emilie Schindler as passengers aboard the Campagnia Genovese d’Armamento traveling from Genoa to Buenos Aires, legal certificates stating the Emilie had no criminal record, and a medical card for Emilie Schindler issued by the Delegacion of Argentina on October 10, 1949 with a small pocket on the verso containing a black and white X-Ray slide of her lungs. Oskar and Emilie exhausted their savings leasing and operating the German Enamelware Factory during World War II, which at its peak in 1944, employed over 1,000 Jews, saving them from deportation by the Gestapo. By the end of the war, Schindler had spent his entire fortune on bribes and black market purchases of supplies for his workers and in 1949, with financial help from a Jewish organization, he and Emilie moved to Argentina to begin a farming business. By 1957, the business went bankrupt and Schindler returned to West Germany alone. He never saw his Emilie again, although they remained married. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 118106
"With love, Stephen": Extraordinarily rare presentation copy of Stephen Hawking's The Occurrences of Singularities in Cosmology; warmly inscribed by him
Extraordinarily rare presentation copy of one of Hawking’s most important papers, one of a very small number of his works that he signed before his worsening motor neuron disease made it impossible for him to sign. Octavo, four pages, signed by Stephen Hawking in the upper left corner, “With love, Stephen.” The occurrence of singularities in cosmology was the second paper Hawking published on the occurrences of singularities, or black holes, following the submission of his PhD thesis, Properties of Expanding Universes, in which he examined the implications and consequences of the expansion of the universe. In the final chapter of his thesis, Hawking concluded, “It is shown that a singularity is inevitable provided that certain very general conditions are satisfied.” This conclusion established the trajectory of his future work, as well as his style of combining popularizing flair with a willingness to challenge received wisdom. Hawking published the present paper in 1966 during his research fellowship at Gonville and Caius in addition to his extended essay Singularities and the geometry of space-time which would win the Adams Prize, one of the University of Cambridge’s most prestigious awards, and contained his assessment: “Undoubtedly, the most important results are the theorems in Chapter 5 on the occurrence of singularities. These seem to imply either that the General Theory of Relativity breaks down or that there could be particles whose histories did not exist before (or after) a certain time. The author’s own opinion is that the theory probably does break down but only when quantum gravitational effects become important.” In very good condition with light staining to the lower portion of the paper. From the personal collection of Stephen Hawking.
Price: $95,000.00 Item Number: 119730