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“IT IS MY BUSINESS TO KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DON’T KNOW”

CONAN DOYLE, Sir Arthur. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. WITH: Memoirs. London, 1892, 1894. Together, two volumes.

First editions in book form of these classic stories starring literature's most famous detective, illustrated by Sidney Paget. $17,000.

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, FINE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY GARCIA MARQUEZ AND TRANSLATOR RABASSA

GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York, 1970.

First edition in English, first issue, of one of the most acclaimed novels of the post-war era, inscribed by García Márquez on the dedication page with a flourish: “Para Joel García, con un abrazo del otro García, Gabriel.” Additionally inscribed on the title page by renowned translator Gregory Rabassa, quoting the last line of the novel: "…because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth. Gregory Rabassa." $16,000.

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“I HERE WITH PEN AND INK APPEND MY NAME”

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. [Camden, New Jersey, 1889].

One of only 300 copies of Leaves of Grass printed in commemoration of Whitman's 70th birthday, boldly signed by Whitman on the title page, with six portraits of Whitman, including the famous original mounted frontispiece photograph with a butterfly resting on his finger. This copy additionally inscribed by one of Whitman's literary executors, Thomas B. Harned. $16,000.

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“WE ARE SPELL-BOUND, WE CANNOT CHOOSE BUT READ”

BRONTE, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York, 1848.

Extraordinarily important first American edition (published less than five months after the virtually unobtainable London first edition) of Emily Brontë's passionate masterpiece, scarce in the original cloth. $15,000.

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“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. London, 1929.

First trade edition, printed by the Woolfs' Hogarth Press, signed by Virginia Woolf on the front free endpaper in her characteristic purple ink, in the scarce original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell. The first trade edition is rarely found signed, and this is a lovely, rare, and desirable signed copy. $14,800.

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“THE FIRST AND GREATEST CLASSIC OF MODERN ECONOMIC THOUGHT”

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London, 1786. Three volumes.

1786 edition (fourth edition overall) of Smith's landmark work on the individual's right to the free exercise of economic activity—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM)—this edition published only ten years after the virtually unobtainable first edition, a handsome copy. $12,000.

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AUDSLEY’S LARGE FOLIO ORNAMENTAL ARTS OF JAPAN, WITH 70 EXCEPTIONAL FINE FOLIO COLOR PLATES AND A MAGNIFICENT INLAID MOROCCO-GILT BINDING

AUDSLEY, George Ashdown. Ornamental Arts of Japan. London, 1882-84. Two volumes.

First edition, with 70 magnificent tissue-guarded chromolithographic plates, 35 black-and-white photogravures and hundreds of in-text illustrations, beautifully bound. $10,200.

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“HOW AM I BLEST IN THUS DISCOVERING THEE? TO ENTER IN THESE BONDS, IS TO BE FREE”

DONNE, John. Poems. Savoy [London], 1669.

Fifth edition of Donne's poems: the best, most complete and last of the 17th-century editions, with two important elegies by Donne not appearing in any of the previous editions, "Love's Progress," and "To his Mistresse going to bed," handsomely bound by W. Pratt. $9000.

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"TO A LONGTIME FRIEND—BOB DYLAN 6-28-06"

LANDY, Elliott. Dylan in Woodstock. Surrey, 2000.

Number 1612 of only 1750 copies signed by famed Woodstock and rock musician photographer Elliott Landy, this copy with additional bold inscription by Bob Dylan in gold marker. Lavishly illustrated with more than 180 color and black-and-white photos, both iconic and candid, mostly of Dylan and The Band. $7800.

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LARGE-PAPER LIMITED EDITION OF THE NOVELS OF JANE AUSTEN, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED

AUSTEN, Jane. Novels and Letters. Oxford, 1923. Seven volumes.

Lovely large-paper limited edition of Austen’s novels and letters, one of only 1,000 sets produced, illustrated with over forty plates, some in color. $6000.

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INSCRIBED BY EISENHOWER TO THE WEST POINT CLASS OF 1912

EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe. Garden City, 1948.

Book club edition, with numerous illustrations and maps, including four double-page color maps of the European theatre and battlefields, inscribed on the title page: "For 1912—all the best from Dwight D. Eisenhower." With a November 10, 1952 typed letter from President-elect Eisenhower to the President of the West Point Class of 1912 laid in. $5500.

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"IT'S THE LAST BOOK OF POEMS OF MINE—AND VERS LIBRE"

LAWRENCE, D.H. Birds, Beasts and Flowers. New York, 1923.

First edition, presentation copy, boldly inscribed and signed by Lawrence to his friend, the Mexican intellectual and rare book dealer Eduardo Rendon: "Eduardo Rendón from D.H. Lawrence." $4800.

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“MAN IS NOT MADE FOR DEFEAT”

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Old Man and the Sea. New York, 1952.

First edition of Hemingway's classic story of Santiago and his epic battle with the marlin and the sharks, winning him the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 and contributing to his award of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature, in original dust jacket. $4500.

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SHAKESPEARE IN HARLEM, INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Shakespeare in Harlem. New York, 1942.

First edition of Hughes' major book of poetry—"a work of genuine talent and artistry"—inscribed by him in his characteristic green ink, "To Mrs. P— this now rare book signed years after publication—Sincerely, Langston Hughes, Westport October 30. 1965." $2800.

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"A RIVETING READ… BY A GREAT AMERICAN WRITER": FIRST EDITION OF ASPHALT JUNGLE, 1949, SIGNED BY W.R. BURNETT

BURNETT, W. R. Asphalt Jungle. New York, 1949.

First edition of Burnett's definitive crime novel, "one of his best" (New York Times)—signed by Burnett—the inspiration for director John Huston's "utterly faithful adaptation… the template for dozens of heist movies," a film noir classic featuring Marilyn Monroe in one of her first roles. $2400.

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SIGNED BY GENERAL MACARTHUR

(MACARTHUR, Douglas) WHITNEY, Courtney. MacArthur: His Rendezvous with History. New York, 1956.

First edition of this important contemporary history of the career of General Douglas MacArthur, authored by his senior aide and good friend, Major General Courtney Whitney, signed by MacArthur and inscribed on the same page by Whitney: "To C— S— with admiration and warm regard, Courtney Whitney." $2200.

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INSCRIBED BY EDDIE RICKENBACKER

RICKENBACKER, Edward V. Fighting the Flying Circus. New York, 1919.

First edition of this “thrilling” account of the 94th Hat-in-the-Ring Aero Squadron, with frontispiece portrait, maps and tables, boldly inscribed on the half title verso: "With my very best wish to 'Edwin S. Bowler,' Capt. E.V. Rickenbacker 1928.” $1850.

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“WHY DOES MY HEART BEAT SO FAST WHILE I WRITE TO YOU?”

LACLOS, Pierre Choderlos de. Liaisons Dangereuses. Paris, 1929. Two volumes.

Limited edition of this richly illustrated, two-volume work, number 270 of 1000 (1020 total) printed in hand-set type on Moirans Paper, with 14 sumptuous color plates by Alastair, English text from Ernest Dowson's 1898 translation. $1700.

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SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF GENERAL MONTGOMERY’S HISTORY OF WARFARE, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND

MONTGOMERY of ALAMEIN, Field General the Viscount. History of Warfare. London, 1969.

Signed limited edition, preceded by the trade edition, of Montgomery's study of warfare, number 241 of only 265 copies signed by the General, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf. $1600.

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“IF ANYONE CAN BRING IT OFF, YOU CAN. CARE TO HAVE A TRY, JAMES?”

FLEMING, Ian. You Only Live Twice. London, 1964.

First edition, first state, of the 12th James Bond novel—the last published in Fleming's lifetime—set in Japan and featuring the further plots of veteran Bond villain Ernst Blofeld. $1500.

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“WALLACE’S ACHIEVEMENT WAS TO MAKE THINKING ABOUT THE FACTS OF POSTMODERN LIFE… ONE OF THE KEENEST PLEASURES OF BEING ALIVE”

WALLACE, David Foster. Infinite Jest. Boston, 1996.

First edition of Wallace’s epic postmodern satire—“jubilantly anecdotal, winkingly sardonic” (New York Times)—in scarce first-issue dust jacket. $950.

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