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“THE MOST AMBITIOUS PUBLICATION EVER UNDERTAKEN, UP TO THAT TIME, UPON AMERICAN SOIL… RICHLY DESERVING OF ITS GREAT REPUTATION AT HOME AND ABROAD”: FIRST EDITION OF WEBSTER’S LANDMARK AMERICAN DICTIONARY, 1828
New York: Published by S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, 1828.
Rare first edition of Webster’s monumental American Dictionary, one of only 2500 copies, with frontispiece portrait of the pioneering lexicographer, in full contemporary calf. Quarto, two volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, marbled endpapers, illustrated frontispiece, tissue guard present. In near fine condition, light toning to the text. Most rare and desirable bound in contemporary calf. An exceptional example, most rare without any restoration.
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 102755
"Whatever In Creation Exists Without My Knowledge Exists Without My Consent": First Edition Of Cormac McCarthy's Masterpiece Blood Meridian; Inscribed by Him to Close Friend John Sheddan in the Year of Publication
New York: Random House, 1985.
First edition of the author’s fifth novel. Octavo, original half red cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, “For John Sheddan At Saxon Oaks Manor In April of 1985 All the best, old friend Cormac.” The recipient John Sheddan was a close friend of McCarthy’s. “Some of McCarthy’s friends claim that the character Gene Harrogate (a character in McCarthy’s novel, Suttree), or at least his watermelon venture, was based in some way on John Sheddan, “scholar, schemer, hustler, melon paramour” (Gibson 23)… However in a letter of response to Gibson’s article, Knoxvillian Buzz Kelley writes that Sheddan was “probably McCarthy’s best and most loyal friend from the Knoxville crowd,” holder of two master’s degrees, and not at all “a violator of vegetables nor one to fornicate with fruits” (Dianne C. Luce, Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy’s Tennessee Period). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Richard Adelson. Jacket painting by Salvador Dali. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Next to the dedication copy, this is the best association possible.
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 93522
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Boldly signed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket without any restoration. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 112288
“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again": COMPLETE FIRST EDITION SET OF C.S. LEWIS' THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
The Chronicles of Narnia Set: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, The Last Battle.
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950-1956.
First editions of each book in the author’s classic Chronicles of Narnia series, which has sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Octavo, 7 Volumes, illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The set comprises of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. Each are in very good to near fine with only light wear in their original dust jackets, with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair with some professional restoration to the dust jackets. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 104558
“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying": The Works of Oscar Wilde; One of 80 Sets Bound in Japanese Vellum
London: Methuen & Co, 1908.
First collected edition, one of 80 sets on Japanese vellum, the rarest and most desirable of Wilde’s works. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in original vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel with the design by Charles Ricketts, top edge gilt. “The text is taken in most instances from the last editions issued under the superintendence of the author. In some cases the volumes contain additional matter which had not previously been reprinted, while some of the volumes contain matter here published for the first time” (Mason). In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition.
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 103150
First Edition of The Call of the Wild; Inscribed by Jack London to fellow writer and screenplay pioneer Elinor Glyn
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903.
First edition of one of the most desirable classics in American literature. Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. With 18 full-page color illustrations by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Elinor Glyn:- My most popular, but my own heart goes out to some of my sociological screeds. Jack London Mar. 1, 1911.” The recipient Elinor Glyn was a British novelist and scriptwriter who specialized in romantic fiction, which was considered scandalous for its time. Her first book, The Visits of Elizabeth was published the same year as London’s first book. She later moved to California and became one of the first female writers of movie screenplays. She popularized the concept of the It-girl, and had tremendous influence on early 20th-century popular culture and, possibly, on the careers of notable Hollywood stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and, especially, Clara Bow. In near fine condition with light shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions of this classic title are scarce.
Price: $27,500.00 Item Number: 110942
Rare Subscribers Issue: First editions of the celebrated translations of Homers Iliad and Odyssey by Alexander Pope in Rare Contemporary Calf Binding
London: Bernard Lintot, 1715-26.
First editions of Alexander Pope’s monumental illustrated translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Quarto, 11 volumes. Uniformly bound in full contemporary calf, gilt tooling to the spine with red morocco labels. Some rubbing to the spine and extremities, a very good set overall, scarce and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 4143
“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes": Rare Signed Limited Edition of Winnie-the-Pooh; One of 350 examples
London: Methuen and Co, 1926.
Signed limited first edition of this classic work, one of 350 copies of the large paper edition. Octavo, original half cloth, folding map at rear. lllustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by both A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 108765
"The thing is - fear can't hurt you any more than a dream": First Edition of The "Lord of the Flies"; Signed by William Golding
London: Faber and Faber, 1954.
First edition of Golding’s first book, one of the best-known works in modern literature. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Golding on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear to the rear panel. Jacket design by Anthony Gross. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable signed.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 3089
“Because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth”: Rare First Edition in Spanish of the Authors Masterpiece Cien Anos de Soledad; Inscribed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1967.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece which is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the dedication page, “Para Pablo, conversatorio en el parque Gabriel Garcia Marquez ’95.” In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing small name on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box mimicking the front panel of the book. An exceptional example.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 115638
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on": First Edition of Why England Slept; Inscribed by Kennedy to His Father's Secretary and Who Transcribed this Work
New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940.
First edition of John F. Kennedy’s first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Miss Brown with many thanks for her help in bringing out this book Best wishes Jack Kennedy.” The recipient Mona Brown was a personal assistant and secretary to Joseph Kennedy for seven years, a period of time which included his ambassadorship to the United Kingdom. She was part of the Kennedy household’s innermost circle and spent a considerable amount of time with the Kennedy children, especially young Jack and Kathleen. She transcribed Why England Slept for Jack, the basis for which was his Harvard thesis. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 82340
“War, in its fairest form, implies a perpetual violation of humanity and justice" First editions, first state of each volume of Gibbon's masterpiece The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1781-1788.
Rare first editions, first state of each volume of the historian’s masterpiece. Quarto, six volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, rebacked, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled, raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers. With the frontispiece portrait of Gibbon dated 1780 by Joseph Hall after the original portrait painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds and 12-page Table of Contents only present in the first state of Volume I. Engraved folding maps of the Eastern Roman Empire and Constantinople in Volume II; with the map of Constantinople in its original folded issue, as opposed to the more common appearance showing the plate trimmed to the margin and inserted. Engraved folding map of the Western Roman Empire in Vol III. Errata leaves for Volumes I-III in each respective volume; errata for Volumes IV-VI at rear of Volume VI. A stunning set; exceptionally rare and desirable.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 89147
Militello: Giovanni de' Rossi, 1617.
Rare first edition of one of the early chess manuals, and the first book printed in Militello at Prince Francesco Branciforte’s private press. Octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum with ink titles to the spine, large engraving of the Branciforte coat of arms opposite the dedication page, woodcut illustrations throughout the text. In near fine condition. First editions are of exceptional rarity, with only three appearing at auction in the past 90 years.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 96172
Rare First Edition of Henry Hazlitts Classic Economics In One Lesson; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Journalist Benjamin Stolberg
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1946.
First edition of the author’s seminal work. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to fellow journalist and close friend on the front free endpaper, “To Ben Stolberg with warm regards Harry Hazlitt.” Stolberg worked as editor of The Bookman, as well as a columnist for leading newspapers, such as the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune. Both he and Hazlitt were contributors to The New York Times. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association copy of a book that is rare signed and inscribed.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 41012