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RARE PRESENTATION FIRST EDITION OF THE MALTESE FALCON, INSCRIBED BY HIM TWO WEEKS BEFORE PUBLICATION

HAMMETT, Dashiell. Maltese Falcon. New York and London, 1930.

First edition of Hammett's most famous and influential novel, inscribed by him two weeks before publication, "To Evelyn Austin with best regards Dashiell Hammett January 31, 1930." $75,000.

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PICTORIAL DOCUMENTATION OF THE BRITISH NAVY’S DEFEAT OF NAPOLEON: THE NAVAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1793-1817, WITH 55 SPLENDID LARGE HAND-COLORED FOLIO AQUATINTS

JENKINS, James. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. London, 1817.

First edition, first issue, of this dramatically illustrated record of British naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, with vignette title page and 55 vividly hand-colored aquatints of battle scenes by Thomas Sutherland after drawings by William Heath. A beautiful production in attractive contemporary morocco-gilt. $21,000.

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

(SHOULDER STRAP SET) GRANT, Ulysses S. Shoulder Strap Set. New York, 1885-1892. Eleven 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), Sherman's Memoirs (1892)—as well as Adam Badeau's biography Grant in Peace (1888), not published by Webster but in a binding uniform with the rest of the set—each volume with the trademark gilt-decorated "shoulder strap" on the spine. $9200.

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THE MOST FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH OF MUHAMMAD ALI, ONE OF ONLY 350 SIGNED BY BOTH ALI AND PHOTOGRAPHER NEIL LEIFER

(ALI, Muhammad) LEIFER, Neil. Photograph signed (vs. Sonny Liston). No place, November 8, 1993.

Extraordinary poster-size color photograph of Muhammad Ali towering over a knocked-out Sonny Liston during their May 25, 1965, championship match—generally considered one of the greatest sports photographs of all time—number 62 of only 350 copies signed by Ali and the photographer Neil Leifer. $7500.

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“HOW GENUINELY AND PROPERLY THEY COMPLY WITH THE TRUTH OF OUR CHRONOLOGIE”

(HEYWOOD, Thomas). The Life of Merlin. London, 1641.

First edition of Heywood's compilation of political prophecies and predictions attributed to King Arthur's celebrated seer, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Merlin, in contemporary calf boards. $5500.

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FRAGMENT FROM A JAPANESE WORLD WAR II KAMIKAZE AIRPLANE THAT SUCCESSFULLY ATTACKED THE USS SALAMAUA DURING THE PHILIPPINES CAMPAIGN

(WORLD WAR II). Airplane fragment. Japan/Philippines, 1945.

Original fragment of a Japanese World War II airplane used in the successful kamikaze attack on the USS Salamaua in the Lingayan Gulf on January 13, 1945, with its identification scratched into the paint by its owner, Lt. Commander Fred R. Salisbury II of the Salamaua. $4500.

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“HIS MOST REMARKABLE NATURAL GIFT… IS HIS VISION”

MCPHEE, John. A Sense of Where You Are. New York, 1965.

First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winner's landmark first book, a profile of basketball All-American and future U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, inscribed by McPhee on the half title: "For Matthew Young, all best—John McPhee," and additionally signed on the title page by Bradley. $4000.

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"HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY THIS TALE OF LOVE AND HORROR BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD…"

KING, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, 1978.

First edition of King's Hugo-nominated epic tale of apocalyptic terror, boldly inscribed across the entire front free endpaper: "To Father Guy Thorn—Hope you'll enjoy this tale of love and horror beyond the end of the world—Best, Stephen King. 11/1/80." $3800.

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KISS ME, DEADLY, INSCRIBED BY MICKEY SPILLANE

SPILLANE, Mickey. Kiss Me, Deadly. New York, 1952.

First edition of the iconic Mike Hammer mystery, a distinctive presentation copy with a lengthy inscription by Spillane, "January 12, 1983 To J— C— a big hello from Mike and me! There's still one more book left in the old boy yet—and due for late '83—Great to hear from you! Mickey Spillane." $1800.

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"HOW TO PREPARE, GARNISH AND SERVE ACCORDING TO THE TRADITIONAL RULES OF OUR MOST ABLE PREDECESSORS"

RANHOFER, Charles. Epicurean. Chicago, 1920.

Later edition of one of the most important cookbooks ever produced, with 800 in-text and full-page illustrations, in a striking original Art Deco binding. $1100.

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THE TUCCI TABLE, SIGNED BY STANLEY TUCCI

TUCCI, Stanley and BLUNT, Felicity. Tucci Table. New York, 2014.

First edition, first printing, of the award-winning actor's celebration of food and family, signed by Stanley Tucci on the publisher's tipped-in limitation leaf, limitation unspecified, richly illustrated with nearly 100 full and double-page color illustrations. $600.

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