Category: RARE Books for Sale

World-Class Literary Works Reign At NY Antiquarian Book Fair

Source: Antiques and The Arts Weekley
Gate Up 25 Percent Over Last Year’s Event, Says Promoter Sanford Smith

NEW YORK CITY — Featuring more than 200 international dealers of rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, photographs, ephemera and singular items of historical interest, the New York Antiquarian Book Fair returned, perhaps one last time, to the Park Avenue Armory April 7–10. Produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates, the fair is sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and its parent organization, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

This is a very good article with a great deal of insight and interest. Please be sure to click the link to read the article in full…

Click Here

The newest satellite show for New York City Rare Book Week

The newest satellite show for New York City Rare Book Week will feature 60 fine book and ephemera dealers with fresh material. Located less than a mile from the NY Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Ave, Armory.

logo NYC Book Week

Free Shuttle bus drop-off service from this fair to the armory running continuously from 8:15 am – noon.

April 11, 2015
Saturday 8am-4pm
Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola Church
980 Park AVe. (between 83-84 sts)
New York, New York

Directions
Dealer List
Discount Admission Coupon
Space Rental Inquiry
Purchase your ticket online in advance and save $5 off the admission
Purchase Tickets Here

[Top]

Get ready for the California Book Fair!

CA book fair

CA book fairThe 48th annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair kicks off in Oakland, CA on February 6, 2015.

The event runs for three days (Feb 6-8) and is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe offering a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials.

There are several special events planned, including a lecture on Jack London’s work as a photographer by London expert Sara Hodson; seminars on book collecting; a lecture by Daniel De Simone, the Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library; and an exhibition on the special collections at the F.W. Olin Library at Mills College.

This year, the fair moves to historic Oakland, CA — which the New York Times recently named as one of the top five world destinations to visit! The venue is the Marriott Oakland City Center, easily accessible via the 12th Street BART station. More information about the fair can be found at www.cabookfair.com

[Top]

“les Essais de Montaigne” Sells at auction for $9,600

A rare book “les Essais de Montaigne” garnered strong interest from many antiquarian book dealers and was finally hammered down at $9,600 at Kaminski Auctions Sale.

 

RARE BOOK, LES ESSAIS DE MONTAIGNE

RARE BOOK, LES ESSAIS DE MONTAIGNE

Pre sale estimate – Les Essais de Michel Seigneur de Montaigne, Abel L’Angelier, Paris, 1595, 19th century rebinding, all three books in one volume, bound in full red kid leather with inner gilt borders and marbled end pages, the spine lettered in gilt with five raised bands, gilt page edges, 13 1/4″h x 9 1/4″w. Provenance: From a Massachusetts estate.

EST: $3,000 – $5,000

Follow us: @virtualstrategy on Twitter | VirtualStrategyMagazine on Facebook
Read more at http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/12/10/monumental-russian-samovar-and-sapphire-and-diamond-bracelet-achieve-top-prices-kaminski-#9SQk7bexheIFwrdX.99

[Top]

Literary treasures abound in rare book store

Erin and Bob Van Norman opened their rare book store Van Norman Rare Books on Main Street earlier this month

Nestled between the Shirt Shack and the Covenant Creations Salon on Main Street, Rapid City’s newest bookstore doesn’t look particularly remarkable from a distance.

But one step through the door of Van Norman Rare Books reveals a treasure trove of history, literary tales and a collection of rare books accumulated over a lifetime.

That green-colored book in the glass display case by the front door? That’s a first-print, first-edition copy of “The Theory of the Leisure Class, An Economic Study of Institutions,” by Thorstein Veblen. Published in 1899, it’s valued at about $3,000.

The book next to it? “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,” written and signed by Gertrude Stein.

Walk a little further into the store and look in the small cabinet in the right corner of the shop. There, you’ll see books published generations ago, such as “A South Dakota Guide,” a travel guide published in 1930 by the Works Progress Administration that runs for about $200; and “A History of the Rod,” by Rev. William Cooper, which details techniques for spanking delinquents with a rod.

Those are just a few of the gems to be found at the store owned by Bob Van Norman and his wife Erin Van Norman. They opened the store in early July at 519 Main St. with roughly 15,000 rare books and collectibles that Bob Van Norman collected over a more than 50-year period.

Bob Van Norman, 68, said he started collecting books when he was still in high school, and it became a lifelong passion.

“When I was 17, I told someone that I was interested in reading and going to law school and that sort of thing,” he said. “That person took me to her home, got a ladder out, went up into her attic and gave me old, leather-covered law books. I had no idea if they were worth anything, but it started there. I loved the smell, I loved the touch.”

That love affair with all things bound continues today. Van Norman showed off one of his latest acquisitions called, “La Perspective Pratique De L’architecture,” a guide to French architecture in the 18th century written by Louis Bretez that was published in 1751. Van Norman said it hasn’t been priced yet because while the interior of the book is in excellent shape, the exterior is not.

Spend five minutes talking to Van Norman and it becomes obvious that he is a voracious reader.

One of his favorite books is “The Life Work of ‘Farmer’ Burns,” published in 1911, which tells the story of wrestler Martin, “Farmer” Burns. According to the book, Burns traveled to various towns to demonstrate his physical talents and his feats of strength, Van Norman said. Apparently the strength of Burns’ neck was so legendary that townspeople would pay to watch him be hanged and survive the drop thanks to his sheer strength.

When he talks about “Outwitting History,” an autobiography of Aaron Lansky, one can hear the admiration in Van Norman’s voice. As a college student, Lansky and some friends basically drove around and collected books written in Yiddish. Lansky eventually collected more than a million books written in Yiddish and became the founder of the Yiddish Book Center. Though they have never met, Van Norman admires Lansky since he also places a high value on history.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas from 1933 at Van Norman Rare Books

 

The store hasn’t been open for too long, but many of its sales have been to a mixture of teachers, librarians, tourists and lawyers, he said.

Although Van Norman’s book collection makes up the lion’s share of the merchandise, he also has various portraits, paintings, and other collectibles he acquired during his extensive travels, such as a handmade desk set made in Bulgaria that he bought when he lived in Uzbekistan. There’s also a fossilized dinosaur egg from China.

Van Norman, who said he has visited 57 countries, also greatly enjoys telling stories of how he came upon certain pieces of his collection. He couldn’t stop smiling as he recounted a tale of how he acquired a movie card of “The Lone Ranger,” signed by the original lone ranger, Clayton Moore.

“I was in Buenos Aires two years ago in Argentina when I went into this junk shop,” he said. “The guy spoke no English, just a Spanish variant, so I started humming the ‘William Tell Overture,’ he joined in, clapped me on the back and gave me a good deal.”

He said the store will probably have an online option for people to purchase books, but he greatly prefers selling books to people in person. It’s more enjoyable when a person can see and touch a book and maybe chat about the piece before any sale is made.

“I’ve bought a few things online to fill out the collection, but it’s not as much fun,” he said.

Plenty of books can be called rare, because they’re hard to find, but those aren’t works Van Norman is interested in. Van Norman said he is interested in books that are rare — and valuable.

“A rare book is one that has value beyond the pages and cover,” he said.

The fame of the author, the public’s appreciation of the work, quality of the content, its age and condition — those all contribute to a book’s value, he said. Ideally it is a first-print, first-edition copy of the work to qualify. Other factors can contribute to a book’s value and rarity, such as if it’s signed by the author, or was later censored.

The prices of the items in the shop range from $15 to $5,000. The shop has first-print, first-edition copies of extremely recent works for people who might want collect them as an investment. If enough time passes and the author becomes famous enough, the original print run of a classic book can reach well into the tens of thousands of dollars.

For example, the original copy of the James Bond book, “Moonraker,” by Ian Fleming is worth $15,000. An original copy of Harper Lee’s classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is worth $15,000 to $20,000, he said.

Van Norman’s primary occupation is as a criminal defense attorney, so his wife, Erin Van Norman, often runs the day-to-day affairs at the store.

“We want to sell people who will have an appreciation for the written word,” Erin Van Norman said. “just like we do.”

The shop is open on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

[Top]

Elmore Leonard estate sale includes signed, first edition books

elmoreestate

 

TORONTO — Famed author Elmore Leonard’s personal items are up for grabs this week in Michigan.

The Get Shorty writer died last August at 87.

The estate sale at his home in Bloomfield Hills — about 30 minutes outside Detroit — runs Thursday until Saturday and features first edition and signed books as well as furniture, lamps, linens and rugs.

Photos of what’s available for purchase can be found at estatesales.net.

Many of Leonard’s 45 novels were adapted into movies, including Be Cool, Jackie Brown and the made-in-Toronto Killshot.

[Top]

Rare Book Week Comes to New York City in April

Source:  Luxury Travel Magazine

Rare Book

Antiquarian book dealers, collectors, and the intellectually curious will gather in New York City for Rare Book Week, April 1-8, 2014.

Coordinated by Fine Books & Collections magazine, Rare Book Week is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world.

Rare Book Week is headlined by the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, which runs April 3-6, but is preceded by several rare book and manuscript auctions, including those at Christie’s, Heritage Auctions, Sotheby’s, and Swann Galleries. Several more auction houses, including Bonham’s and Doyle New York, will offer collections to round out Rare Book Week after the fair weekend. Rare Book Week also includes The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair, known as the “Shadow Show,”  and The Professional Autograph Dealer Association (PADA) Show.

Exhibits on tap during Rare Book Week include part two of the New-York Historical Society’s highly successful tripartite series, Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock. The Rose Seder Book will be on display at the New York Public Library, and Columbia University is hosting a major exhibition focusing on the career of twentieth-century maverick publisher Samuel Roth. There will also be a total of four new exhibits at the Morgan Library & Museum including one on The Little Prince entitled The Little Prince: A New York Story. Additionally, The Grolier Club is hosting an exhibit on one of its founders, Theodore Low De Vinne, who was one of the most important American figures of the nineteenth-century book world.

According to publisher of Fine Books & Collections Webb Howell, Rare Book Week is, indeed, rare. “Throughout the year, there are book fairs, auctions, and events around the globe,” says Howell. “But you simply cannot find anywhere in the world the confluence of antiquarian book events found in New York during the first week of April.”

Fine Books & Collections will coordinate guest participation in events, including ensuring that people know when and where events are happening.

More information about Rare Book Week can be found on the web at www.rarebookweek.org, where events will be continuously updated and added.

For more information about Fine Books & Collections visit www.finebooksmagazine.com

[Top]

Era ends: Liquidation sale at Berkeley’s Serendipity Books

shelvesfullagain-720x540

Source: Berkeleyside
November 7, 2013 11:00 am by Frances Dinkelspiel
Photo: Scott Brown

When Peter Howard, the owner of Serendipity Books, died in March 2011, he left behind more than one million books crammed into his two-level store on University Avenue in Berkeley with the oak barrel hanging out front.

Howard’s collection of rare and antique books was considered one of the best in the country; he often sold books and manuscripts to places like the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley or the Lilly Library at Indiana University.

The collection included so many amazing items that Bonham’s held six different auctions of his holdings, selling off early editions of John Steinbeck, a broadside by James Joyce, many modern first editions, early baseball memorabilia — even poet Carl Sandburg’s guitar.

But there are still books left to sell. More than 100,000 books, in fact.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., the doors of Serendipity Books at 1201 University Ave. will open for what will surely be one of Berkeley’s most memorable used-book fairs. Eureka Books of Eureka, California, acquired the remainder of the Serendipity collection, and will sell the books on most weekends through Dec. 15. The books start out at $5 early in the sale, and will drop to $1 each in mid-December.

“It was a one of a kind place,” said Scott Brown, the co-owner of Eureka Books, who was also a longtime Serendipity customer. “I don’t think there is another bookstore like Serendipity around.”

The bookstore was a jumble of books stacked high in shelves and in boxes and bags when Howard, 72, died of pancreatic cancer. The auctioneers moved out most of the books, but the store was still a wreck when Eureka Books came in to sort, said Brown. Workers spent weeks reassembling the place.

The mystery section of the second floor was virtually impassable, with bags of books blocking the floor. Many books were still stacked up on high shelves and were unreachable; the Eureka staff brought them down to viewing height. The shelves in the front room were almost empty, but now have been refilled with books from other parts of the store. (The shelves and other fixtures are also for sale.)

“It would not be wrong to say there were 1,000 bags and boxes filled with books in the store,” said Brown. “By the time we unpacked those I would say the whole ground floor was full again.”

Even though the best books were auctioned off, many gems remain, said Brown. There will be an entire section of 18th- and 19th-century leather books on sale for $5.

“While there are no $1,000 books laying around, we left many, many things that were priced in the hundreds,” said Brown.

Howard’s daughters plan to keep the University Avenue building and find a new tenant after the sale, said Brown. They donated Howard’s correspondence with literary luminaries like J. D. Salinger, Graham Greene and Larry McMurtry to the Lilly Library, he said.

A number of leather-bound old books will be on sale for $5 at the Serendipity Books liquidation sale.

Howard started Serendipity Books in 1967 in a small store on Shattuck Avenue and moved to the University Avenue location in 1986. Howard collected a voluminous number of books – he often bought individual’s entire collections. He had a reputation as an astute rare-book dealer. He discovered and saved many important manuscript collections, as well as collecting works by both well-known and lesser-known writers. He consulted with major libraries on what to buy and how much to bid.

“He was one of the major antiquarian book dealers of our time,” said Victoria Shoemaker, a literary agent, close friend and former neighbor of Howard’s.

Howard made some notable purchases in his lengthy career as a bookseller.

In the late 1990s, he bought the 18,000-volume collection of Carter Burden, a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, and a progressive New York politician and businessman. The size of the collection prompted Howard to install space-saving compact shelving, making Serendipity the only bookstore in the world to have such shelving.

In 1991, Howard was offered the archives of Thomas M. Jackson, an Oakland grocer who had served as secretary for the California chapter of the NAACP from 1910 and 1940. After Jackson died, in 1963, someone took his papers to the Berkeley dump. Someone else rescued them and asked Howard to help them find a proper home. Howard sold the papers to the Bancroft Library.

Later in that decade, someone found 946 letters exchanged between two Japanese-American teenagers who met at an internment camp in Utah. Tamaki Tsubokura and David Hisato Yamate were separated for a few years during the war, and they wrote to one another frequently. These letters were also dumped at the Berkeley landfill and later rescued. Howard brokered their sale to the University of Utah.

One indication of the reverence in which Howard was held by the rare-book community came every two years around the time of the Antiquarian Book Fair in San Francisco. Howard would throw a huge party at Serendipity Books the Wednesday before the fair. He would clear the books in his store out of the aisles and off of the tables, tent-over the parking lot, and have Poulet cater the meal. He would have a suckling pig, and the printer, Alistair Johnson, would print up the menu, said Dahm. The party was so popular that the store and tent were jammed.

The liquidation sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. almost every weekend through Dec. 15th. Check Here for schedule.

All books will be $5 on Nov. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17th. Then the price will drop to $3 each book on Nov. 21, 22, 23, and Dec. 5, 6, and 7. The prices drop to $1 on Dec. 12, 13, 14, and 15th.

Visit the Serendipity Books Liquidation sale Facebook page.

[Top]

Rare book auction includes the white whale of first editions

 

 

Old-Melville-408x536

 

 

Source: Melville House

by Julia Fleischaker

Swann Auction Galleries has listed an extremely rare first edition of Moby-Dick.

Now’s your chance to own the white whale of rare literature! A first edition copy of Moby-Dick: or, The Whale, including extremely rare white endpapers is up for auction at Swann Auction Galleries. Part of their 19th and 20th Century Literature Auction, the edition is expected to go for a mere $35,000-$50,000.

Stephen J. Gertz at BookTryst notes that these endpapers add “upwards of $20,000 to the value of a standard, first American edition, first issue copy with orange endpapers.” So what makes these endpapers so special? According to this collectibles website, “In 1853 a fire at Harpers – the book’s publisher – destroyed all but around 60 copies, making the edition extremely rare. This example is one of only two known that feature white endpapers, further enhancing its desirability.”

Herman Melville isn’t the only bold-faced named included in the auction. Paul Fraser Collectibles takes note of some of the other interesting items:

A signed first edition of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is also featured with an estimate of $18,000-25,000. It is inscribed: “For Jules and Joyce and also Joan with love John Steinbeck”.

It features the rare flying pig illustration that Steinbeck reserved for close friends. Jules Buck was a movie producer with whom Steinbeck worked on a screenplay that became Eli Kazan’s Viva Zapata.

The dust jacket is in excellent condition with virtually no rubbing or wear, and features the original price of $2.75.

William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury is offered as a first edition, with the original cloth-backed patterned boards and dust jacket. A masterpiece of modernism, the book relates the story of the Compson family – formerly wealthy southern aristocrats who have fallen on hard times.

The edition has been expertly repaired on areas of the spine, panel and folds and features a small split to the lower front hinge. It is expected to bring $15,000-20,000.

Other books include an inscribed first edition and one of only 500 copies of T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations ($6,000-$9,000), and a first edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter ($6,000-$9,000).

Setting your budget under a grand? There are plenty of options: first editions of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, an inscribed Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, and In Cold Blood, signed by Truman Capote, are just some of the titles being estimated at under $1,000.

The auction starts on November 21, and Swann Galleries lets you bid live online, over email, or on the phone, so don’t forget!

From Swann’s description of Lot 197:

“ONLY FOUND ANOTHER ORPHAN” MELVILLE, HERMAN.Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. 12mo, original black cloth, boards slightly bowed, blind-stamped with heavy rule frame and publisher’s circular device at center of each cover, minor chipping to spine ends, short fray along front joint; white endpapers, double flyleaves at front and back, usual scattered light foxing, 6-page publisher’s advertisement at end, penciled ownership signature on front free endpaper; preserved in 1/4 morocco gilt-lettered drop-back cloth box. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851

Estimate $35,000 – 50,000

unsophisticated copy of the first american edition, first state binding, containing thirty-five passages and the Epilogue omitted from the English edition (published a month earlier). Melville himself famously described his book thus: ‘It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships’ cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it.’

Julia Fleischaker is Melville House’s director of publicity.

[Top]

Bauman Dream Order – The List

TENDER IS THE NIGHT IN FIRST ISSUE DUST JACKET INSCRIBED BY FITZGERALD

I just received the new Bauman Rare Books notice that their new catalog was in. I thought I take a quick look and noticed a “Wish List” button. So I thought, “Here I am, lots of time on my hands. Why don’t I just make a Wish List where money is no object. The sky is the limit!” I also thought I’d share that Wish List with yaw’ll. These are in no particular order. I will let you know my little “shopping spree” came to $760,750.00 + tax and shipping. If I ever win the lottery, Bauman’s is the first place I will go. Period

The List

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
Item ID: 88059
SIGNED BY HUNTER S. THOMPSON

THOMPSON, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. New York, 1971. First edition of Thompson’s edgy journey into the American dream, boldly signed by him with his characteristic “H.S. Thompson,” and additionally dated SF/7.18,84” by him. In scarce original dust jacket.
$8,250.00

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
http://www.bookcollecting101.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SIGNED-BY-THE-ORIGINAL-ALICE-LIMITED-EDITIONS-CLUBS-ALICES-ADVENTURES-IN-WONDERLAND-AND-THROUGH-THE-LOOKINGGLASS.jpg

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
CARROLL, Lewis
Item ID: 88337
SIGNED BY THE ORIGINAL ALICE
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. New York, 1932, 1935. Two volumes. Limited editions, each book number 608 of 1500 copies and each signed by Alice Hargreaves née Liddell, for whom Carroll wrote the books. $8500.
Status: Available
$8,500.00

Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo
WILLIAMS, Tennessee
Item ID: 68221
INSCRIBED BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Rose Tattoo. (New York), 1951[ie, 1951]. First edition of Williams’ “celebration of the inebriate god,” inscribed by the playwright to Cheryl Crawford, who produced the play’s first run: “To Cheryl with my heart’s true love—Tennessee.” Laid in is a flyer for Crawford’s 1977 memoir, One Naked Individual: My Fifty Years in the Theatre, with notes on the verso in Crawford’s hand about Camino Real and a prop list for Rose Tattoo.
$9,200.00

Romance of King Arthur

King Arthur - Arthur Rackham

Romance of King Arthur
RACKHAM, Arthur
Item ID: 82872
ARTHUR RACKHAM’S OWN COPY OF HIS ILLUSTRATED KING ARTHUR

MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Romance of King Arthur. London, 1917. Rackham’s own copy of the first trade edition of one of his classic works, signed by him, and with his bookplate and a page of notes in his hand tipped in describing the inspirations for five of the illustrations. With 16 full-page color illustrations, seven full-page black-and white drawings and over 60 in-text illustrations. $10,000.
$10,000.00

Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom

Absalom, Absalom!
FAULKNER, William
Item ID: 86960
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ABSALOM, ABSALOM!

FAULKNER, William. Absalom, Absalom! New York, 1936. Signed limited first edition, number 172 of only 300 copies signed by Faulkner-“the greatest American novel since the turn of the century”—with folding map of Faulkner’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County. $11,000.
$11,000.00

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Dali

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
CARROLL, Lewis
Item ID: 83979
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE WITH SALVADOR DALÍ

(DALI, Salvador) CARROLL, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York, 1969. Beautifully printed limited edition of the brilliant and beloved children’s classic, number 437 of 2500 copies signed by Salvador Dalí on the title page, with an original etching and 12 full-page color photogravures after his paintings—as breathtakingly imaginative as the text they illustrate. $13,000.
$13,000.00

Room of One’s Own

A room of one's own

Room of One’s Own
WOOLF, Virginia
Item ID: 72408
“A WOMAN MUST HAVE MONEY AND A ROOM OF HER OWN IF SHE IS TO WRITE FICTION”

WOOLF, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own. New York and London, 1929. Signed limited first edition, number 106 of 492 copies distinctively signed on the half title by Woolf in her characteristic purple ink. $15,000.
$15,000.00

Hell’s Angels

Hell's Angels

Hell’s Angels
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
Item ID: 87782
SIGNED BY HUNTER S. THOMPSON
THOMPSON, Hunter S. Hell’s Angels. New York, 1967. First edition of Thompson’s first book, his narrative of California’s infamous biker gangs, boldly signed by the celebrated “gonzo journalist” on the half title. $16,000.

Writings

Writings

Writings
STOWE, Harriet Beecher
Item ID: 68172
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE’S WRITINGS, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR

STOWE, Harriet Beecher. Writings. Cambridge, 1896, 1897. Together, seventeen volumes. Signed limited large-paper edition, number 246 of only 250 sets signed and dated (“Jany 9th 1896”) by Harriet Beecher Stowe in Volume I, with 33 illustrated frontispieces and title pages, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt. Autographed on the fly leaf by the author for this edition “a few months before her death.”
$16,000.00

Strength to Love

Martin Luther King Jr.

Strength to Love
KING Jr., Martin Luther
Item ID: 88406
INSCRIBED BY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

KING Jr., Martin Luther. Strength to Love. New York, Evanston, and London, 1963. First edition of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s second book, inscribed by the author and civil rights leader, “Best Wishes, Martin Luther King,” in original dust jacket. An excellent association copy from the library of Transport Workers Union of America co-founder and president Mike Quill.
$16,500.00

Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Tree Grows in Brooklyn
SMITH, Betty
Item ID: 78153
EXTRAORDINARILY RARE INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION OF A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

SMITH, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. New York, (1943). First edition of Betty Smith’s scarce first novel, inscribed, “To Bill with love, Betty Smith, June 1960, Chapel Hill, N. Car.”
$16,500.00

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

Where Do We Go From Here

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
KING Jr., Martin Luther
Item ID: 88773
PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TO HIS AUNT AND UNCLE

KING Jr., Martin Luther. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? New York, Evanston, and London, 1967. First edition, presentation/association copy, of Dr. King’s last book, published the year before he was assassinated, in scarce original dust jacket, inscribed by him, “To Aunt Woodie and Uncle Jerry, For whom I have great Love and Respect and whose loyal support I cherish very deeply. M.L.” $17,500.00

Works

Oscar Wilde

Works
WILDE, Oscar
Item ID: 82241
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF OSCAR WILDE’S WORKS, WITH TYPED LETTER SIGNED FROM HIS LITERARY EXECUTOR ROBERT ROSS TIPPED IN AND WITH A PHOTOGRAPH OF WILDE

WILDE, Oscar. Works. London, 1908. Fourteen volumes. First collected edition of Wilde’s works, one of 80 sets printed on Japanese vellum, bound in publisher’s limp vellum gilt-decorated after designs by Ricketts. With typed letter signed by Wilde’s literary executor Robert Ross and a hand-addressed envelope containing an early print of the famous photograph of Wilde taken two hours after his death tipped in to De Profundis.
$18,500.00

Gone with the Wind

Gone With the Wind

Gone with the Wind
MITCHELL, Margaret
Item ID: 88893
SIGNED BY MARGARET MITCHELL

MITCHELL, Margaret. Gone with the Wind. New York, 1936. First edition, first printing, of this American classic, in original dust jacket, signed by the author..
$20,000.00

Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar Named Desire
WILLIAMS, Tennessee
Item ID: 86964
SIGNED BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire. New York, 1947. First edition of Williams’ first Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, signed by him. A beautiful copy.
$20,000.00

Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa
HEMINGWAY, Ernest
Item ID: 88839
“THE MOST LITERARY HUNTING TRIP ON RECORD”

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Green Hills of Africa. New York, 1935. First edition of Hemingway’s gripping account of big game hunting, inscribed by the author, “Very truly, Ernest Hemingway.”
$22,000.00

Ravenna

Oscar Wilde

Ravenna
WILDE, Oscar
Item ID: 82478
EXTREMELY RARE PRESENTATION COPY OF RAVENNA, INSCRIBED BY OSCAR WILDE
WILDE, Oscar. Ravenna. Oxford, 1878. Rare first edition, presentation copy, of Oscar Wilde’s first book, one of only 168 copies published, inscribed by Wilde across the front wrapper: “E.B. Benson with best wishes from the author.”
$22,000.00

Farewell to Arms

Farewell to Arms

Farewell to Arms
HEMINGWAY, Ernest
Item ID: 88837
“THAT MUSICAL CRYSTAL-CLEAR STYLE, BLOWN LIKE GLASS FROM THE WHITE-HEAT OF VIOLENCE”

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York, 1929. Signed limited first edition of Hemingway’s “consummate masterpiece,” number 326 of only 510 copies signed by him, in scarce original slipcase.
$22,500.00

Document signed

Abraham Lincoln

Document signed
CIVIL WAR
Item ID: 89168
SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN, RARE OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT DATED JULY 9, 1863, ONLY DAYS AFTER GETTYSBURG AND VICKSBURG

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. City of Washington, July 9, 1863. Fine July 9, 1863 official presidential order signed by Lincoln shortly after the Union’s powerful but costly victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, here calling for Maine to draft thousands of men under the controversial March 3, 1863 Conscription Act, a law that would provoke the bloody New York draft riots that erupted only six days after the date of this rare Civil War signed document.
$22,500.00

Portfolio I

Folio

Portfolio I
JACOBI, Lotte
Item ID: 58801
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PORTFOLIO COLLECTION OF LOTTE JACOBI’S MOST MEMORABLE PORTRAITS, ONE OF ONLY FIVE FOLIO COPIES, FEATURING TEN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY JACOBI

JACOBI, Lotte. Portfolio I. Deering, New Hampshire, 1978. Limited artist’s proof portfolio, number four of only five copies, a rare self-published edition containing ten original silver gelatin hors commerce proofs, each signed and numbered in pencil by Jacobi on the lower corner of the image, featuring some of her finest portraiture from before 1940, including her trademark Self-Portrait, her famous image of Einstein in a leather jacket and portraits of leading Weimar figures such as Lotte Lenya, Peter Lorre and Kurt Weill.
$28,000.00

Happy Prince and Other Tales

Happy Prince

Happy Prince and Other Tales
WILDE, Oscar
Item ID: 85909
INSCRIBED BY OSCAR WILDE

WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales. London, 1888. Rare first trade edition, one of 1000 copies printed, in original Japanese vellum pictorial boards, with three plates by illustrator Walter Crane, inscribed in the year of publication, “Edith Cones from her sincere friend the author. Oscar Wilde, June, 88.” A fine, exceptional copy.
$42,000.00

Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
Item ID: 68091
INSCRIBED BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night. New York, 1934. First edition, third printing (only one month after the first), in scarce original first-issue dust jacket, boldly inscribed by the author: “Souvenir of Wilmington from F. Scott Fitzgerald to J. Stuart Groves.”.
$46,000.00

This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
Item ID: 75461

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’S FIRST BOOK, THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, INSCRIBED BY HIM ONE DAY AFTER PUBLICATION

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. New York, 1920. First edition, first printing of Fitzgerald’s first novel, inscribed one day after publication, “For Pete Compton, A wild man if there ever was one — F. Scott Fitzgerald, Princeton, NJ, March 27th 1920.”
$63,000.00

Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye
SALINGER, J.D.
Item ID: 87077
INSCRIBED BY J.D. SALINGER

SALINGER, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston, 1952. First edition, early issue, of Salinger’s first book—“a 20th-century classic”—an exceedingly rare copy inscribed and dated by him within months of publication, “New York, N.Y. March 15, 1952 With best wishes, J.D. Salinger.”
$65,000.00

Beautiful and Damned

Beautiful and the Damned

Beautiful and Damned
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
Item ID: 75463
INSCRIBED BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned. New York, 1922. First edition, first issue, an exceptional presentation copy whimsically inscribed in the year of publication by Fitzgerald, “For Wilbur Judd, Parisien [sic], Critic, Playrite [sic], Bibliophile, Drunkard and Good Egg, From F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul 1922,” in scarce second-issue dust jacket (issued within months of the first-issue jacket).
$75,000.00

Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild
LONDON, Jack
Item ID: 81588
“YOU HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOUR SON AND THINGS WITH US ALWAYS WILL BE WELL…”
LONDON, Jack. The Call of the Wild. New York and London, 1903. First edition, first printing, of one of the most desirable copies in American literature, inscribed from Jack London to his mother within four days of publication, one of the earliest known inscriptions: “Dear Mother, You have always loved your son, and things with us always will be well. Jack. July 22, 1903,” in scarce original dust jacket.
$125,000.00

Memoirs

Memoires

Memoirs
WILLIAMS, Tennessee
Item ID: 88999
SIGNED BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
WILLIAMS, Tennessee. Memoirs. Garden City, New York, 1975. First trade edition of Williams’ critically-praised autobiography, signed by him.
$750.00

Vision of Hell

Dante

Vision of Hell
DORE, Gustave
Item ID: 89102
“TORMENTS SHOWN WITH MINUTE AND SOMETIMES SHOCKING FIDELITY”
(DORÉ, Gustave) DANTE. The Vision of Hell. London and New York, circa 1870. Handsome folio edition, circa 1870, of one of Gustave Doré’s most famous illustrated works—The Vision of Hell of Dante Alighieri—his depiction of Dante’s horrific circles of Hell, with frontispiece portrait of the poet and 75 full-page wood-engravings, scarce in contemporary morocco.
$2500.

Opening of the Wisdom-Eye

Dalai Lama

Opening of the Wisdom-Eye
DALAI LAMA
Item ID: 89187
SIGNED BY THE DALAI LAMA
DALAI LAMA Tenzin Gyatso. The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye. Wheaton, Illinois, 1972. First American edition, signed on the title page by the winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
$4000.

[Top]