East of the Sun and West of the Moon

"NIELSEN'S MOST SPECTACULAR AND CELEBRATED BOOK"

NIELSEN, Kay. East of the Sun and West of the Moon. London, 1914.

Signed limited first edition of this classic collection of Norwegian folk tales, illustrated with 25 superb mounted color plates and decorative in-text line cuts by famed artist Kay Nielsen, number 68 of only 500 copies numbered and signed by him. A scarce and magnificent masterpiece in excellent condition, with original silk ties present. $29,000.

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Law of God

“THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE PENTATEUCH IN AMERICA”

LEESER, Isaac. Law of God. Philadelphia, 1845. Five volumes.

First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history, in handsome full contemporary calf bindings. $22,000.

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Why We Can't Wait

"NEVER IN AMERICAN HISTORY HAD A GROUP SEIZED THE STREETS, THE SQUARES, THE SACROSANCT BUSINESS THOROUGHFARES AND THE MARBLED HALL OF GOVERNMENT TO PROTEST AND PROCLAIM THE UNENDURABILITY OF THEIR OPPRESSION"

KING Jr., Martin Luther. Why We Can't Wait. New York, Evanston, and London, 1964.

First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s eloquent and impassioned defense of what he deemed “the Negro revolution," inscribed by him on the front free endpaper, "Best Wishes, Martin Luther King." $21,000.

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Why England Slept

JOHN F. KENNEDY'S FIRST BOOK, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM TO HIS GOOD FRIEND AND LONG-TERM NEIGHBOR

KENNEDY, John F. Why England Slept. New York, 1940.

First edition, sixth printing, of John F. Kennedy's first book, issued four months after the first printing, of JFK's striking analysis of Britain's lack of preparation for WWII, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper to his good friend and long-term neighbor Nancy Tenney Lloyd, "To Ten from Ken!" and further inscribed on the rear pastedown, "Ten: It's my hope that this book will interest you—as it is pregnant with significance as are you." $16,000.

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Shoulder Strap Set

RARE COMPLETE "SHOULDER STRAP" SET OF CIVIL WAR MEMOIRS, PUBLISHED BY MARK TWAIN

GRANT, Ulysses S. Shoulder Strap Set. New York, 1885-1892. Ten volumes altogether.

Complete Shoulder Strap set of seven Civil War histories printed by Twain's publishing house in its short-lived but impressive decade of operation, featuring Grant's Memoirs (1885-6), McClellan's Own Story (1887), Crawford's Genesis of the Civil War (1887), Custer's Tenting on the Plains (1889), Hancock's Reminiscences (1887), Sheridan's Personal Memoirs (1888) and Sherman's Memoirs (1890), each volume with the trademark gilt-decorated "shoulder strap" on the spine. $15,000.

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Tragedie of Julius Caesar

“BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH”

SHAKESPEARE. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar. London, 1664.

The complete text of Shakespeare's great historical tragedy, Julius Caesar, from the rare and important Third Folio, on 11 original leaves (one leaf supplied from another copy of this edition). Splendidly bound in elaborately gilt-decorated period-style morocco. $14,500.

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Pisgah-Sight of Palestine

"ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS ON THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY LAND"

(HOLY LAND) FULLER, Thomas. Pisgah-Sight of Palestine. London, 1650.

First edition of this classic work, with engraved title page, engraved armorial plate, large detailed folding map of Palestine on two sheets, 20 double-page engraved maps—including one of Jerusalem—and seven double-page engraved plates. $12,500.

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Eloise (four books)

A WONDERFUL SET OF FIRST EDITIONS OF KAY THOMPSON'S BELOVED ELOISE BOOKS, THE SCARCE FIRST BOOK INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR

THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise (four books). New York, 1955-59. Together, four volumes.

First editions of all four of Thompson's popular "book for precocious grown ups" and its sequels published in her lifetime: Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmastime and Eloise in Moscow—the rare first book inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Gil Golding from the author—Kay Thompson." A desirable set. $12,000.

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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. WITH: The Memoirs

"IT IS MY BUSINESS TO KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DON'T KNOW"

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

First editions in book form of these classic stories starring literature's most famous detective, illustrated by Sidney Paget, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Bayntun-Rivière. $12,000.

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Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine

WITH 24 SUPERB HAND-COLORED FOLIO ACKERMANN AQUATINTS OF SCENES ALONG THE RHINE, 1820

(ACKERMANN, Rudolph) GERNING, Baron Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine. London, 1820.

First edition, first issue, of one of Ackermann’s wonderful Picturesque Tours, beautifully illustrated with 24 hand-colored folio aquatints and large folding map. A lovely copy, beautifully bound to style. $11,000.

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How to Mix Drinks

"BOTTLED VELVET," "ABSINTHE" AND "RUM FLIP"

THOMAS, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks. New York, 1862.

First edition, later state, of the first drink manual published in the United States, prepared by the bartender at the Metropolitan Hotel in New York, illustrated with numerous in-text wood-engravings, including a diagram of a still, in the original cloth. $9000.

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Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean

“ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT [VOYAGES] EVER MADEIN THE INTERESTS OF GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE”

VANCOUVER, George. Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean. London, 1801. Six volumes. Second edition of this comprehensive survey of the North Pacific, illustrated with 17 plates and two folding maps. $8800.

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Wait Till Next Year

INSCRIBED BY JACKIE ROBINSON

ROBINSON, Jackie and ROWAN, Carl T. Wait Till Next Year. New York, 1960.

First edition of Robinson's inside story of overcoming racial antagonism and discrimination in baseball, inscribed by him, "Best wishes Jackie Robinson," along with the signature of his co-author Carl T. Rowan, with 16 pages of black-and-white photographic illustration. $8200.

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Works

“SETS THE STANDARD AND THE LIMITS OF LITERATURE”

SHAKESPEARE. Works. Cambridge and London, 1863-66. Nine volumes.

First edition set of the “Cambridge Shakespeare,” extra-illustrated with over 250 plates (many of which are hand-colored) of views and scenes and actors and actresses, very handsomely bound by Bayntun. $7800.

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Sweet Seasons

SIGNED BY 53 YANKEES INCLUDING MICKEY MANTLE, DON LARSEN, WHITEY FORD AND YOGI BERRA

FORKER, Don. Sweet Seasons. Dallas, Texas, 1990.

First edition of this history of the Yankees from 1955-64—an incredible span of ten seasons during which they played in the World Series nine times, winning the championship four times (1956, 1958, 1961, 1962)—with 16 pages of photographic images, signed by 53 players from those great Yankee teams including Mickey Mantle, Don Larsen, Bill "Moose" Skowron, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Enos Slaughter, Bobby Shantz, Tommy Byrne, Hank Bauer, Charlie Silvera, Andy Carey, Frank Crosetti, manager Ralph Houk, and many others. $6500.

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Long Walk to Freedom

“I WAS NOT BORN WITH A HUNGER TO BE FREE. I WAS BORN FREE”

MANDELA, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. Randburg, South Africa, 1994.

First South African edition of the stirring autobiography of the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize winner and South Africa's first black president, inscribed on the title page: "Best Wishes, N Mandela, 14-12-96." $6500.

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First Book of Rhythms

INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. The First Book of Rhythms. New York, 1954.

First edition, first printing of the pivotal second work in Hughes' influential series, showing "how all the world is connected by rhythm," an exceptional presentation copy boldly inscribed by him in the year of publication to his long-time friend Zell Ingram, "For Zell, sincerely, Lang, New York, May, 1954." Ingram (1910-71), active in the Harlem Artists Guild, was Hughes' traveling companion on a trip to Haiti and Cuba in 1930. $5500.

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Falbalas & Fanfreluches

FASHIONS OF THE AGES, SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED IN POCHOIR BY GEORGE BARBIER

BARBIER, George. Falbalas & Fanfreluches. Paris, 1924.

First edition of this lovely almanac, one of only 600 copies, with vignette title page and 12 plates brightly hand-colored in pochoir watercolor by Barbier, in original illustrated wrappers and glassine. $3500.

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Photograph, Panoramic

"THE TRUE BIRTH OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT"

(BLACK HISTORY). Photograph, Panoramic. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, circa 1943.

Exceptional panoramic photograph of WWII Black soldiers of the 318th Combat Engineers, who served in the segregated 93rd Infantry Division that fought in the Pacific, returning home as war's end to a surge in racist riots and lynchings. $3400.

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Origin and History of Beer and Brewing

"MONUMENTAL… OUGHT TO BE IN THE HANDS OF EVERYBODY CONNECTED WITH THE BREWING INDUSTRY"

ARNOLD, John P. Origin and History of Beer and Brewing. Chicago, 1911.

First edition of Arnold's widely praised and comprehensive history of beer, spanning the prehistoric era through the late 18th century, inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf: "With compliments to the Misses ___, by the author John P. Arnold." With rare publisher's 16-page prospectus laid in. $3200.

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Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

"A CLASSIC CIVIL WAR AUTOBIOGRAPHY"

GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. New York, 1885-86. Two volumes.

First edition of "one of the most valuable writings by a military commander in history," illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps, a handsome copy in publisher's deluxe binding. $3000.

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We Seven

INSCRIBED BY JOHN GLENN

CARPENTER, M. Scott, COOPER, L. Gordon, Jr., GLENN, John H., Jr., GRISSOM, Virgil I., SCHIRRA, Walter M., Jr., SHEPARD, Alan B., Jr., SLAYTON, Donald K. We Seven. New York, 1962.

First edition of this comprehensive and engaging first-hand account of the genesis of America's manned space program, inscribed "To J— John Glenn," richly illustrated with photographs, in original dust jacket. $2900.

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In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

"FATHER OF THE ATOMIC BOMB"

(OPPENHEIMER, J. Robert) . In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Washington, D.C. 1954. Two volumes.

First edition of the Atomic Energy Commission publication of the transcript of the Gray Board hearing on Oppenheimer's security clearing, along with the supporting "Texts and Principal Documents," containing select and still controversial 1954 documents and correspondence in the AEC decision to strip Oppenheimer’s security clearance—a "black mark" on America." $2800.

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Thunderball

"TO BEGIN WITH HE WAS ASHAMED OF HIMSELF—A RARE STATE OF MIND"

FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball. London, 1961.

First edition of Fleming's ninth Bond novel, featuring the first appearance of the superspy's memorable nemesis, the villainous mastermind behind SPECTRE, Ernst Blofeld, who steals two nuclear warheads and threatens the world. $2800.

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Man With the Golden Gun

"A NAKED ARM SMELLING OF CHANEL NO. 5 SNAKED ROUND HIS NECK…"

FLEMING, Ian. The Man With the Golden Gun. London, 1965.

First edition of Fleming's final Bond novel, published the year after the author's death, in which 007 travels to Fleming's beloved Jamaica to neutralize the assassin of the book's title. $1500.

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Promised Land

SIGNED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

OBAMA, Barack. Promised Land. New York, 2020.

First edition, first printing of the much-anticipated first volume of Nobel laureate President Obama's memoir, signed by him on the publisher's tipped-in leaf—"the story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history"—with 32 pages of color and black-and-white illustrations, publisher's deluxe edition with photographic portrait affixed to front panel of original slipcase. $1400.

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Blood Child

"IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BUTLER, YOU DON'T YET UNDERSTAND HOW RICH THE POSSIBILITIES OF SCIENCE FICTION CAN BE" (MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION)

BUTLER, Octavia. Blood Child. New York and London, 1995.

First edition of this collection of short stories, signed on the title page by Octavia Butler. $1400.

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