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KENNEDY, John F.

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Item Description: 1956. First Edition. Signed Trade. KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage.New York: Harper & Brothers, (1956). First edition, first printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer-winning examination of "that most admirable of human virtues," inscribed by him to the popular Republican senator from Minnesota, "To Senator Thye, With the highest regards, John Kennedy." "A series of sketches of American politicians who risked their careers in the cause of principle 'A man does what he must,' Kennedy wrote, —in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis of all human morality' The book was popular history of high order, and it received the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957" (ANB).Book fine; only lightest edge-wear to scarce about-fine dust jacket. A highly desirable inscribed copy. Bookseller Inventory # 102038

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HEINLEIN, Robert

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Item Description: 1961. First Edition. Signed. HEINLEIN, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land.New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1961). First edition of this famous Hugo Award-winning novel, with a postcard printed with Heinlein's name and address and addressed to science fiction publisher Roy A. Squires laid in: "29 Sept 52. Dear Roy—I am interested in joining the Book Find Club. Yours, Bob Heinlein." "An amazing, iconoclastic and complex satire of hypocrisy in sex and religion A radical departure from conventional science fiction" (Patterson, 29, 48). "It reached large audiences farther away from his science fiction roots than anything else [Heinlein] wrote, and inspired insurgencies both right and left" ( Anatomy of Wonder II:518). The novel won Heinlein his third Hugo Award—and while it strikes many readers as wildly divergent from his previous Hugo-winning book, Starship Troopers (1959), the author once claimed that the two works explored the same theme: "love and duty—and how they are related to the survival of our race" (Gray, Science Fiction Studies 64: 21 (3), November 1994). "It has proved to be Heinlein’s most popular novel, in the later 1960s becoming a cult-book among students (who were drawn to it, presumably, by its iconoclasm and by Heinlein’s apparent espousal of free love and mysticism), and remains by far the best of the books he wrote in his late manner" (Clute & Nicholls, 555-56).Currey, 193.Autograph note signed in fine condition. Book fine; light wear to extremities of bright dust jacket with only slight soiling to white rear panel. A fine copy, scarce in such excellent condition, and with an autograph Heinlein note of exceptional provenance. Bookseller Inventory # 100475

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CONRAD, Joseph

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Item Description: 1917. Signed. CONRAD, Joseph. Autograph letter signed.Capel House, Orlestone [Kent], November 6, 1917. Fine two-page autograph letter signed by Joseph Conrad during World War I, mentioning two of his books, Lord Jim and Typhoon, as well as his two sons, one of which (his oldest, Borys) he refers to as "a young man at the front." Conrad addresses an unnamed correspondent: "The books are going by tonight's post, a copy of Lord Jim containing a most repulsive photograph of the author—but one can't stop that sort of thing—the other is an Am. copy of the blue-leather edition of Typhoon. You'll find inside the latest photograph of myself—which tells its own tale, tho' I don't think it can convey any information to the enemy. Perhap, if pasted on the fly-leaf, it may help to fetch a few pence more for the copy of Typhoon. But if you don't think so may I ask you to post it back to me as there are only 3 more copies in existence, of which one reposes in the pocket-book of a young man at the front and the other two are in this house belonging to my wife and the small boy. I've signed both books as requested. Yours very faithfully, J. Conrad." Conrad's son Borys was a soldier at this time—the "young man at the front" he refers to—and "the small boy" would have been his second son, John.One fold line, a bit of dust soiling, thin strip of paper affixed to right margin on verso, probably the remnants of a hinge where the letter was tipped into a book or album. Minor smudges to closing and signature. Very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 100990

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JOYCE, Ernest

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Item Description: 1929. First Edition. Signed. JOYCE, Ernest E. Mills. The South Polar Trail. The Log of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.London: Duckworth, 1929. First edition of this diary-based narrative about the Ross Sea Party's fight to survive Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition, inscribed on the half title: "To 'My Dear Old Friend' H.C. Joh. Esq. One of Newfoundland's 'Nimrods' From an 'Ould Antarctic Penguin' 'Best Wishes' & 'Kia Ora' Joycey. London. Sept 6th 1930. 'I have no doubt at all the Devil grins As seas of ink I spatter; Ye sods, forgive my 'literary' sins—the other kind don't matter.'" Four-time Antarctic explorer Ernest Joyce remains among the most daring and courageous of the polar explorers. This work, based on his personal diary, details his experiences trying to complete his mission as part of the Ross Sea Party on Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917 (often referred to as the Endurance Expedition). The Ross Sea Party was faced with depot laying, one of the most arduous tasks entrusted to the expedition. Joyce was ultimately awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery. Today, The South Polar Trail continues to be regarded as the principal firsthand account of the Ross Sea Party. "An excellent book that is scarce" (Conrad, 220).Spence 642. Rosove 188.A1.a. Taurus 106. Fitzgerald 366. Only a few spots of isolated foxing to interior, slightest rubbing to cloth extremities. A near-fine copy. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 100923

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FLEMING, Ian

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Item Description: 1955. First Edition. Signed Trade. FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker.London: Jonathan Cape, (1955). Scarce first edition of Fleming’s third novel, in which Bond must foil the attempt of a British industrialist to destroy London with a nuclear weapon, in first-issue dust jacket, this copy signed by Kenneth Lewis (who designed the dust jacket with Fleming) on front flap of the jacket. Considered by many to be one of the best of the Bond books, Moonraker afforded Fleming "an opportunity to wax lyrical about the England he loved—the 'panorama full of color and excitement and romance [Fleming also] skillfully reintroduced notes of ambiguity and realism into the life of his globe-trotting hero Noël Coward read Moonraker in proof in Jamaica and pronounced, 'It is the best thing he has done yet, very exciting His observation is extraordinary and his talent for description vivid" (Lycett, 253-54, 269). The early Bond novels are quite scarce. "This title is extremely rare in fine condition" (Biondi & Pickard, 42).Gilbert A3a.Interior fine; light scattered foxing to fore edge. Lightest toning to vibrant, dust jacket with a tiny chip to spine head, very minimal expert color restoration to spine. An exceptional copy in about-fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 100940

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott

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Item Description: 1935. First Edition. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Taps at Reveille.New York: Scribner's, 1935. First edition, second state (as often), of the last collection of Fitzgerald’s short stories published during his life, in rare first-state dust jacket. One of only 5100 copies printed. Fitzgerald chose for inclusion in this volume what he considered his best short stories from the previous decade—many of which dealt with a pre-war boy in his middle teens. "Mr. Fitzgerald is always miraculously adept at describing adolescent love affairs and adolescent swagger" (Edith Walton). Included is the much-anthologized story "Babylon Revisited."Bruccoli A18.1.a2.Book nearly fine, with a couple slight marks to cloth. Rare dust jacket bright, with only light wear to extremities and a bit of tape reinforcement to verso edges. A lovely copy. Bookseller Inventory # 100704

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THOMAS, Dylan

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Item Description: 1939. First Edition. Signed. THOMAS, Dylan. The Map of Love. Verse and Prose.London: J.M. Dent and Sons, (1939). First edition in book form, warmly inscribed by Thomas: "Bunny, forever, from Dylan. May 1943." With frontispiece portrait of Thomas after the painting by Augustus John. Among the works included in this collection of poems and lyrical prose, which had all appeared in periodicals and which here make up Thomas's third book, are "When all my Five and Country Senses see," "After the Funeral," "Not from this Anger," and "The Mouse and the Woman."Maud, 5.Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with small stains front panel and a few closed tears, and mild toning to spine. A most desirable inscribed copy with an interesting provenance. Bookseller Inventory # 101646

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FULLER, Thomas

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Item Description: 1650. First Edition. FULLER, Thomas. A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, with the History of the Old and New Testament acted thereon.London: John Williams, 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 maps—including one of Jerusalem—and seven double-page plates. A very nice, crisp copy in contemporary calf boards. Fuller's work is noted for the splendid maps of the Holy Land, elaborately detailed with vignettes, emblems and scenes. "This curious and singular work is not a mere geographical work, but contains many things relating to Jewish antiquities, and to the manners and customs of the people" (Lowndes, 848). " Pisgah-Sight is one of the great books on the topography of the Holy Land" ( Maps of the Holy Land , 130). Based on printed sources rather than actual travel, Fuller's great work reflects the European interest at the time in the topography of the Holy Land, as well as the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle, and the Temple, all presumably of divine origin.Wing F2455. Gibson SVIII:1. Cox I:208.A few minor expert paper repairs to a few folding plates and plans. Pastedowns present but unstuck; strips of vellum cut from a charter of Richard II used to reinforce hinges. Light rubbing to corners and spine head. Internally very fine and crisp, an excellent and desirable copy in sound and attractive contemporary calf boards. Bookseller Inventory # 101375

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GRIFFITH, D.W.

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Item Description: 1921. (GRIFFITH, D.W.). Birth of a Nation Poster.No place, [1921]. Very large original movie poster produced for the 1921 re-release of D.W. Griffith's pioneering film, The Birth of a Nation. Griffith's dramatization of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, based on Thomas Dixon's 1905 novel The Clansmen , was immediately controversial for its racist depiction of African Americans and its heroic portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan; it is now considered instrumental in the revival of the KKK in the 1920s. The poster, composed entirely of text in red and black within a black border, reads: "The Supreme Picture / Of All Time! / Birth / Of A / Nation / D.W. Griffith's / 8th Wonder of the World / 18,000 People / 3,000 Horses / 3 Years to Produce!" First released in 1915, the 1921 re-release elicited the comment "The supreme picture of all time" from the New York Mail , used here as the opening line. This rare poster may be an example of a job printing for a local movie house.Fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 100976

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WELSH, Charles;

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Item Description: 1882. First Edition. WELSH, Charles. Poker; How to Play It. A Sketch of the Great American Game with its Laws and Rules, and Some of its Amusing Incidents.London: Griffith & Farran, 1882. First edition of this 19th-century guide to American-style poker, in original cloth. This is one of the earliest works solely about poker. While earlier works focused on poker as one of many card games available in the 19th-century, this is one of the few to treat it as its own diversion and certainly among the earliest published abroad. Long regarded as a game for cheats and scoundrels played on the American frontier, poker only began to be regarded as a serious card game in the 1870s. Though Hoyle had mentioned various forms of it with a mix of rules as early as the 1830s, elements such as the draw and a set number of players only began to solidify toward the end of the 19th century. This work by Charles Welsh retains many of the warnings against poker but makes a real attempt to laying out the rules of the game and giving an honest player the best chance of winning. It also includes a few entertaining stories that help to explain some of poker's early mystique.Slight occasional foxing to text, light rubbing and soiling to cloth. A near-fine copy. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 102299

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PARRISH, Maxfield; SAUNDERS, Louise

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Item Description: 1925. First Edition. (PARRISH, Maxfield). SAUNDERS, Louise. The Knave of Hearts.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. First edition of "one of the greatest of American illustrated books" (Porter, 84), the last and most lavish book illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, with mounted cover design, pictorial endpapers, 14 full-page color plates and nine in-text color illustrations. A beautiful copy. By 1900, Maxfield Parrish had become "recognized as one of America's most successful artists, achieving national popularity for his distinctively elegant style, detailed backgrounds and glowing colors" (Dalby, 42). He agreed to illustrate his friend Saunders' play "on account of the bully opportunity it gives for a very good time making the pictures. Imagination could run riot, bound down by no period, just good fun and all sorts of things" (Yount, 86-88).Yount, 86-91. Cotsen 9724.Book nearly fine, with only a few spots of faint foxing, very minor creasing to plate at page 10, and slight soiling to rear cloth. Some chipping to scarce glassine. A beautiful copy. Bookseller Inventory # 101613

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WORDSWORTH, William; COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor

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Item Description: 1800. WORDSWORTH, William and COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems.London: T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800.Two volumes. First complete edition of this touchstone of English Romanticism, containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark Preface, defining his revolutionary theory of poetry—"his revolt against 18th-century artificiality" (PMM). Handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Wood. In the 1798 one-volume first edition of Lyrical Ballads the poets rejected the classical principles of beauty and formal style, choosing instead to elevate the lives of ordinary men and women, and to write in the language of ordinary people. Amazingly, that edition was such a financial disaster that Longman, upon purchasing the printer’s rights from Joseph Cottle, valued it at "nothing" and sent it back to Wordsworth for revision. This is the complete, two-volume second edition (the preferred edition) , containing for the first time Wordsworth’s famous Preface, in which he argues that poetry "takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." It should provide access to the emotions contained in memory, and promote "the worth and dignity of individual man." Moreover, its first principle should be pleasure— through a rhythmic and beautiful expression of feeling— as all human sympathy is based on a subtle pleasure that is "the naked and native dignity of man." Wordsworth’s Preface became the revolutionary manifesto of the Romantic poets and is now considered to mark the beginning of the Romantic Movement in English literature .PMM 256. Broughton 7. Rothschild 2603. Wise, 6-8.A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 100721

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MERCURY ASTRONAUTS; CAIDIN, Martin

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Item Description: 1960. First Edition. Signed. CAIDIN, Martin. The Astronauts.New York: E.P. Dutton, 1960.First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury, inscribed "To Donna —— with best wishes from the Mercury Astronauts" and signed by all seven of the original astronauts—Virgil I. Grissom, John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter Schirra, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, Jr. and Alan B. Shepard, Jr.—as well as by author Martin Caidin.Noted aeronautics and aviation author Caidin fueled readers' excitement for Project Mercury with this informative book. Caidin presents a wealth of technical and logistical information about the program's rockets and capsules, clear summaries of its goals and brief biographical profiles of the seven men who captured the national imagination as they bore the American standard in the race to the stars. "The first seven American astronauts were an admirable group of individuals chosen to sit at the apex of a pyramid of human effort They chose to lead by following the opportunity that chance, circumstance, technology and history had prepared for them" (Swenson, Grimwood & Alexander, 164-65).Book fine with light offsetting to endpapers; inscription and all signatures bold and easily legible. Dust jacket with slight rubbing to spine ends, tiny closed tear to front panel. A beautiful copy in very nearly fine condition, most desirable and rare signed by all of the Mercury astronauts. Bookseller Inventory # 101535

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MILLER, Arthur

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Item Description: 1961. First Edition. Signed. MILLER, Arthur. The Misfits.New York: Viking, (1961). First edition of Miller’s novella based on his original screenplay for the 1961 film, a wonderful presentation/association copy inscribed by him on the half title in the month of publication to the actress who plays "Church Lady" in the film, "To Estelle Winwood, I know we never did get to rehearse it, but you are grand in it anyway—Sincerely Arthur Miller, Jan. 1961" This scarce presentation/association first edition of Miller's The Misfits is warmly inscribed by him to beloved character actress Estelle Winwood, whose performance in the 1961 film as "Church Lady Collecting Money in Bar" is one of her most memorable. Miller dates his inscription, "Jan 1961," the same month the book was published and the month before the film's premiere that February. In his introduction Miller describes the evolution of his screenplay as one that "avowedly uses the perspective of the film in order to create" a hybrid novel with the "immediacy of image and the reflective possibilities of the written word." "There are brilliant ideas here," wrote The New York Times reviewer; "Miller's artistry is present everywhere." Miller based his screenplay on an earlier short story version published in Esquire , and intended it as a gift to his wife Marilyn Monroe. She starred in the 1961 John Huston film, along with Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.Jensen A.XI.1a*1.Text and inscription fresh and crisp, light foxing to cloth; mild edge-wear to dust jacket. A highly desirable about-fine presentation copy with a memorable association. Bookseller Inventory # 100685

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HEMINGWAY, Ernest

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Item Description: 1927. First Edition. Signed. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Men Without Women.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927. First edition, first issue, in rare first-issue dust jacket, inscribed by Hemingway: "To R—— D—— with all best wishes. Ernest Hemingway." Among the stories included in this early collection are "The Killers," "Ten Indians," "Today is Friday" and "Hills Like White Elephants."Hanneman A7a. Cohn, 29-30.Book extremely good, with a bit of wear to cloth and labels and mild toning to spine. Rare dust jacket near-fine, with light rubbing to extremities and slight toning to spine. A desirable inscribed copy. Bookseller Inventory # 100769

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COOK, James

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Item Description: 1852. COOK, James. The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. Illustrated with Maps and Numerous Engravings on Wood and Steel.London: John Tallis, [1852].Two volumes. Handsomely bound 19th-century edition of Captain Cook’s complete voyages, complete with 12 hand-colored double-page steel-engraved maps showing the courses of his travels and 145 in-text wood-engravings, with frontispiece portraits, engraved vignette title page in Volume I, and a full-page engraving of "The Death of Captain Cook" in Volume II."The famous accounts of Captain Cook's three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was the first really scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill, 61). In his first voyage (1768-71), Cook observed the Transit of Venus at Tahiti, rediscovered and charted New Zealand, and discovered and charted the east coast of Australia. In his second voyage (1772-75), he crossed the Antarctic Circle for the first time in history and disproved the existence of the supposed "Great Southern Continent." In his third voyage (1776-79), he searched for the Northwest Passage, charted the American west coast from Northern California through the Bering Strait, and discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he named the Sandwich Islands. This especially important third voyage was "the first voyage attempting an adequate examination and charting of our northwest coast" (Howes).Beddie 152.Maps fine, scattered infrequent faint foxing to plates and text. Boards a bit rubbed. Near-fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 102637

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PATTON, George S.

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Item Description: 1945. (PATTON, George S.) (PERSHING, John J.) (MARSHALL, George C.). Archive of 13 photographs, ten inscribed to General Patton.No place: no date. Fascinating annotated archive of 13 photographs, ten of which are inscribed to General George S. Patton, Jr., by such military luminaries as John J. Pershing, George C. Marshall, and Prince Felix of Luxembourg in remembrance of the Battle of the Bulge. Patton's son George S. Patton IV has annotated several images, noting the influence and importance of the subject in his father's life and military career. The archive includes: (1) John J. Pershing. Black-and-white photograph (8 by 10 inches, image measures 6 by 8 inches), inscribed "For Maj Gen Geo. S. Patton/ With sincere sentiments of Friendship/ Dec. 1929, John J. Pershing." Annotated by George Patton IV: "Tremendous influence. Nearly married Tinta. Much reference to him in Volume I and even some in Volume II. There is no need to write more. Big impact." Tinta was Gen. Patton's sister Nita. General of the Armies John J. Pershing led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. As a member of Gen. Pershing's staff, Lieutenant Patton accompanied Pershing as an aide on his expedition against Pancho Villa into Mexico in 1916. (2) George C. Marshall. Black-and-white photograph (8-1/2 by 10-1/2 inches, image measures 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches), inscribed "To the Pattons, with appreciation and warm regards, GC Marshall/ Xmas 1939." General of the Army George C. Marshall was Chief of Staff of the Army (1939-45) and Truman's Secretary of State and Defense. Not annotated by Patton IV. Cut in upper left of image, not touching Marshall. (3) Prince Felix of Luxembourg. Black-and-white silver gelatin photograph (6-3/4 by 9 inches, image measures 6-1/4 by 8-1/4 inches), inscribed "To Lt. General G.S. Patton/ in remembrance of the campaign/ 1944/45. Felix/ Luxembourg 15.2.45." Annotated by Patton IV, referring to his mother: "She met Felix several times. Although she did not know him well, she did select his country as the resting place of her husband. Hence influence albeit indirect." Prince Consort Felix was the husband of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg from 1919 until his death. On December 16, 1944, Germany launched its last great offensive of World War II. German tanks and troops poured over the Belgium-Luxembourg borders in their final bid for victory—or at least stalemate—on the Western Front, which became known as the Battle of the Bulge. The counter-offensive was led by Patton's Third Army, 10th Armored Division, which began rolling in the direction of Luxembourg on December 17, 1944. On December 26, 1944, Patton's 4th Armored Division hurtled through the snow-clogged roads of Luxembourg to relieve the U.S. 101st Airborne Division besieged by German attackers at Bastogne, 32 miles northwest of Luxembourg City. Amid the fierce fighting that raged in this region, the U.S. Third Army established Hamm Cemetery on December 29, 1944. The Battle of the Bulge ended on January 25, 1945. Prince Felix presented Patton with the Croix de Guerre. On December 24, 1945, after being fatally injured in an automobile accident in Germany, General Patton was buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg. Affixed on the verso are two unsigned photographs, one depicting Patton on horseback going fox hunting with his fox hounds (9-3/4 by 7-3/4 inches), and another depicting Patton on horseback playing polo (10 by 5 inches). The first has been annotated by Patton IV: "I'd just have to say also that fox hunting had a great influence: especially Cobbler." (From 1932-45, Patton went fox hunting with his fabled Cobbler fox hounds at Delaplane, Virginia's Cobbler Mountain.) Patton IV has annotated the second photograph directly on the image: "And also Polo!" (4) Charles P. Summerall. Black-and-white photograph (9 by 12 inches, image measures 8 by 10 inches), inscribed "For Major George S. Patton, Cavalry, with appreciation of his fri. Bookseller Inventory # 102242

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KENNEDY, Robert; KENNEDY, John F.

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Item Description: 1945. First Edition. Signed. (KENNEDY, Robert) KENNEDY, John F. As We Remember Joe.Cambridge, MA: Privately printed at the University Press, 1945. First edition, second issue (of only 250 copies), of this tribute to the eldest of the Kennedy brothers, inscribed by Robert Kennedy to his successor as Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach: "For Nick, Bob Kennedy. Christmas 1965." Privately printed for family and friends. John F. Kennedy edited this collection of 20 essays (and also wrote the first, "My Brother Joe") memorializing his eldest brother, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., who won the Naval Cross and was killed in action in 1944. Privately printed for family and friends.Very faint foxing to preliminaries, minor rust mark to front pastedown, original cloth quite lovely. A very nearly fine inscribed copy. Bookseller Inventory # 101398

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CARROLL, Lewis

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Item Description: 1869. First Edition. Signed. CARROLL, Lewis. Phantasmagoria and Other Poems.London: MacMillan, 1869. First edition, first issue, of this "entertaining medley" of verse, presentation/association copy inscribed in the month of publication by Lewis Carroll on the half title, "Rev. H. Jebb, with the Author’s kind regards. Jan.1869." "This entertaining medley was issued in January 1869 and consists of two parts, the first containing 13 amusing poems, the second an equal number of serious ones" ( Lewis Carroll Handbook 68). The collection presents the first appearance of many poems, including the title work. Lewis Carroll at Texas 350.Light foxing to endpapers. Rear inner paper hinge split; binding sound. Original cloth with light toning to spine, mild rubbing to spine ends, slight abrasion to front board; gilt bright. A near-fine and desirable inscribed presentation/association copy. Bookseller Inventory # 100974

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PORTER, Cole

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Item Description: 1930. Signed. PORTER, Cole. Card Signed, with Photograph.No place: no date. Card boldly signed by the beloved American composer and lyricist, handsomely framed with a fine portrait. The witty, sophisticated music of Cole Porter put its composer at "the top of American songwriters" and spanned Hollywood's golden years, leaving a wealth of memorable songs such as "Night and Day" and "You're the Top" (ANB). Framed in gray, claret and antique gilt, with a thoughtful bust-length portrait of Porter sporting a polka dot tie.Fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 101556

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ROTH, Henry; TARG, William

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Item Description: 1934. First Edition. Signed. ROTH, Henry. Call It Sleep.New York: Robert O. Ballou, (1934). First edition of Roth’s magnum opus, an exceedingly rare presentation/association copy inscribed on the title page by Roth to legendary Putnam’s editor-in-chief William Targ, "one of the greatest post-WWII editors" and his wife, Roslyn Siegel Targ, Roth’s literary agent: "For Roz and Bill Targ In cherished friendship Henry Roth." William Targ, who considered Call It Sleep, The Great Gatsby and An American Tragedy—"the three great American novels of the 20th century"—was praised by Roth for ending his 40-year writer’s block in publishing his long-awaited work, Nature’s First Green (1979), as the premiere edition of Targ’s private press. We have encountered only one other presentation/association first edition of this novel, in beautiful, very scarce first-state dust jacket. "One of the ‘greatest achievements of American writing this century" Henry Roth’s magisterial novel about David Schearl, a young Jewish immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York, is also hailed as the finest Jewish-American novel of the age (Parker & Kermode, 181). Henry Roth warmly inscribed this exceptional first edition to legendary editor William Targ and his wife, Rosyln Siegel Targ. Considered "one of the greatest post-World War II editors," William Targ, born William Torgownik, was editor-in-chief at G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the 1960s, a time when Roth’s literary agent was Roslyn Siegel Targ. William Targ "considered Call It Sleep , along with The Great Gatsby and An American Tragedy , one of the three great American novels of the 20th century" (Kellman, Redemption , 241). On retiring from Putnam’s, Targ, a passionate bibliophile, founded the private press, Targ Editions, esteemed for its production of select works, each "beautifully printed, by letter press, and bound, in limited editions signed by the authors." The first work published by Targ Editions "was Nature’s First Green , a short work by Henry Roth, who often credited Targ with ending a writer’s block that lasted for more than 40 years" ( New York Times ). In addition to Roth, an impressive if abbreviated list of Targ’s authors includes Saul Bellow, Simone de Beauvoir, Lin Yutang, Patti Smith, Carl Sandburg, M.F.K. Fisher, Tennessee Williams. Richard Wright, Norman Mailer and Mario Puzo, whose novel, The Godfather , Targ agreed to publish sight unseen after two other publishers turned it down. In addition to representing Henry Roth, Roslyn Siegel Targ and her literary agency also represented "the foreign or domestic rights of Chester Himes, Harold Robbins, John Dos Passos, Erich Maria Remarque, J.D. Salinger and F.Scott Fitzgerald, among others" (Kellman, 241). Literary critic Robert Alter describes " Call It Sleep as ‘together with The Sound and the Fury the fullest American assimilation of Joyce." It is a timeless work both poetic and profoundly honest in its shifting rhythms of Yiddish, English and Polish. "If David is a Jewish Ulysses,’ writes Murray Baumgarten, ‘he is also a Yiddish Stephen Daedalus What David shares with Joyce’s Stephen, it has long been recognized, are his ‘epiphanic’ experiences of ordinary reality intimations of the spiritual in an arresting phrase spoken by his mother in a children’s rhyme heard on the street" (Wirth-Nesher, 77-8). Roth, who was raised on the Lower East Side, invokes much of his own childhood in Shearl’s story. On publication Call It Sleep received high praise but was neglected for decades while Roth supported himself through teaching and manual labor. In 1956, however, Alfred Kazin and Leslie Fielder both cited Call It Sleep at a symposium on unfairly ignored American writing, and by 1964 a new paperback edition became a bestseller, praised by Irving Howe in the New York Times Book Review as a luminous work with "the quality of a dream and, if it describes a world of vivid fragments, it also evokes with relentless accuracy the gigantic fears, extreme attachments and dreadful. Bookseller Inventory # 87392

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GRANT, Ulysses S.

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Item Description: 1885. First Edition. (GRANT, Ulysses S.). Seven Mile Funeral Cortège of Genl. Grant in New York Aug. 8, 1885.Boston: The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co., [1886]. Rare first edition of this beautiful large folio album of 140 mounted albumen prints, in publisher’s morocco-gilt boards. "As Grant's funeral procession made its way through New York City on August 8, 1885, it seemed everyone in the city was watching. Crowds packed every square inch of available viewing space on the ground, and buildings were draped in black in Grant's honor. The column of mourners who accompanied Grant was seven miles long. Among those mourners were three United States presidents. If old enemies from the Civil War carried grudges, they set them aside. Grant's pallbearers were Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and Philip Sheridan, who had fought for the Union, and Simon Bolivar Buckner and Joseph Johnston, who had fought for the Confederacy. Union and Confederate officers in the procession rode together in the same carriages. Placed in a 'temporary' tomb in Riverside Park, Grant's body stayed there for nearly 12 years, while supporters raised money for the construction of a permanent resting place. In what was then the biggest public fundraising campaign in history, some 90,000 people from around the world donated over $600,000 to build Grant's Tomb" (PBS). This album, composed of 140 mounted albumen prints, stands as a lavish testament to the national outpouring of grief at Grant's death. Views include portraits of Grant and his family, Grant's sick-room and death-bed room at Mount McGregor, and multiple depictions of the impressive funeral procession itself.Scattered foxing to plates and text, more so to the last few plates; plates with occasional mild rubbing, expert repair with slight loss to text below the last plate. Linen stub guards expertly repaired, expert restoration to board edges, Most rare and desirable. Bookseller Inventory # 101171

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MILLER, Arthur

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Item Description: 1949. First Edition. Signed Trade. MILLER, Arthur. Death of a Salesman.New York: Viking, 1949. First edition of Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, boldly signed by Miller, in scarce original dust jacket. "Miller came into his own with Death of a Salesman , thought by some critics to be the most significant of modern tragedies; the drama won a Pulitzer Prize and a Critics' Circle Award" ( American Literature , 286).Jensen A.IV1a.A very scarce fine signed copy. Bookseller Inventory # 102433

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BOND, Michael

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Item Description: 1958. First Edition. Signed Trade. BOND, Michael. A Bear Called Paddington.London: Collins, 1958.Scarce first edition of readers’ introduction to "a very rare sort of bear" from the heart of darkest Peru, inscribed by the author on title page, "To David, with all good wishes, Michael Bond, 7th December 2010.""Ideal fare for young children" (Eyre, 70). "Paddington's appeal came not only from the hilarious situations and mishaps in which he found himself but also from Peggy Fortnum's pen-and-ink sketches, which capture Paddington's bewitching charm and combination 'little boy/small bear' character Bond's books recognize the everyday worries of small, accident-prone children and treat their fears with compassion, wit and laughter" (Silvey, 70-71).Connolly, 60.Light foxing to first and final few leaves. Bright dust jacket with light rubbing to spine ends, a few short closed tears. A near-fine copy of a charming and scarce modern children's classic, desirable inscribed by Bond. Bookseller Inventory # 101273

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PYNCHON, Thomas

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Item Description: 1966. First Edition. PYNCHON, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49.Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, (1966). First edition of Pynchon’s second novel, his "haunting tryst with America" (New York Times), an especially fine copy in scarce original dust jacket. "The wealth of invention is overwhelming Pynchon's trick of sitting the action on the edge of absurdity without letting it fall off is carefully performed" (Parker, 20th Century Novel , 428). Crying of Lot 49 achieves "a haunting sequence of imagined human situations, typical and pathetic ones, fused with the particularized power that shows Pynchon's own obsession with the encoded messages of the American landscape. What is also noticeable is that the major character is really Pynchon himself, Pynchon's voice with its capacity to move from the elegy to the epic catalogue But then, how else should one imagine a tryst with America? And that is what this novel is" ( New York Times ).Mead A2.A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 102941

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WILLIAMS, Tennessee; MALDEN, Karl; TANDY, Jessica; BRANDO, Marlon

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Item Description: 1947. First Edition. Signed Trade. (BRANDO, Marlon; TANDY, Jessica; HUNTER, Kim; MALDEN, Karl) WILLIAMS, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire.New York: New Directions, (1947). First edition of Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, a rare association copy containing signatures and inscriptions of lead actors Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, along with eight additional members of the Broadway cast: Gee Gee James, Peg Hillias, Edna Thomas, Richard Carlyle, Nick Dennis, Ann Dere, Richard Garrick, and Henry Barnard (replacing Vito Christi). Critically praised as "superb" and "fascinating," Streetcar Named Desire brought Williams his second New York Drama Critics' Circle Award—and a Pulitzer Prize. Williams himself considered this his best play (Devlin, 50). Elia Kazan directed the original production that opened in New Haven on October 30, 1947 before moving to Broadway on December 3. This exceptional association copy is inscribed on the half title above a taped photogravure of Brando, who starred as Stanley Kowalski, "To Elaine, Regards Marlon Brando," with "To Elaine, Jessica Tandy," who played Blanch DuBois. Title page verso with inscriptions and signatures: "Hi Toledo, Gee Gee James" (Negro Woman), "Only the best always, Edna Thomas" (Mexican Woman). "Karl Malden [Mitch] Thank you," [signed] Nick Dennis (Pablo Gonzales), and "Best love, honey, Peg [Hillias]" (Eunice Hubbell). Cast page with inscribed, "Remember Ann Dere?" (Nurse), and the signatures of: Kim Hunter (Stella Kowalski), Dick Carlyle (Tamale Vendor), Richard Garrick (Doctor), and Henry Barnard (who replaced Vido Christi as A Young Collector). Among Streetcar 's major achievements was a depiction of the working class that set it apart from standard social commentary. "No one dared approach this new thing without caution. They had just witnessed something unprecedented" (Sam Staggs).Crandell A5.I.a.Text fresh, only light edge-wear to bright boards. A rare inscribed about-fine association copy of this famed classic of the American theater. Bookseller Inventory # 101644

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COLETTE

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Item Description: 1900. Signed. COLETTE. Autograph Letter Signed.No place: no date. Autograph letter signed by Colette, framed with a photograph of the author wearing a man's suit and tie, smoking a cigarette. The letter reads, in French: "No points! Dear Monsieur and friend, I'm making a lot of trouble for you. And, all I have to 'do my errands' with is a ratty old market basket! Can I have one which is made out of respectable cloth? If I had legs, you'd see me at the Galeries all the time. I thank you once again." In a postscript she adds: "And Monsieur Lemaréchal, who showed off a piece of soap to me! I don't dare remind him about it."Fine condition, boldly signed. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 101587

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HEMINGWAY, Ernest

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Item Description: 1926. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. First edition, second issue, of one of Hemingway’s rarest and greatest novels, in rare second-issue proof dust jacket. "The emergence of Hemingway gave the Modern Movement one of its few men of action [In The Sun Also Rises ] the post-war disillusion and the post-war liberation are united in the physical enjoyment of living and the pains of love. Perhaps that is what expatriation was about No other writer stepped so suddenly into fame, or destroyed with such insouciance so many other writers or ways of writing or became such an immediate symbol of an age" (Connolly, 50). The Sun Also Rises was an immediate success. The first edition, which consisted of only 5090 copies, sold out within two months of the October release.Hanneman A6a.Book near-fine, with a few spots of faint foxing to interior and only minor rubbing to binding. Price-clipped dust jacket worn with a few faint stains, toning particularly to spine, joints split, and several old tape repairs to verso. Bookseller Inventory # 101522

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS; WILSON, Bill

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Item Description: 1948. Signed. [WILSON, Bill]. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism.New York: Works Publishing, 1948. First edition, 12th printing, presentation copy, of A.A.’s "Big Book," inscribed, "For M——, In devotion and gratitude. Ever, Bill. BH, 2/5/53." Bill Wilson first published the Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book" in 1939, a particularly trying time in American history. The Great Depression had driven many Americans to desperation while the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 ensured that alcohol was readily available. The "Big Book" plumbs the depths of addiction and depression and includes case histories of many of the original members of A.A. Immensely popular, this first edition continued to be reprinted without change until 1955 when a second edition appeared.Only a little gilt remaining on mildly toned spine of book. Some light creasing and a few closed tears to edges of bright dust jacket. An extremely good copy, most desirable inscribed by Wilson. Bookseller Inventory # 100453

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STEINBECK, John

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Item Description: 1929. First Edition. STEINBECK, John. Cup of Gold. A Life of Henry Morgan, Buccaneer. With Occasional Reference to History.New York: Robert M. McBride, 1929. First edition, first issue, of Steinbeck’s ambitious first novel, now extraordinarily scarce. An essential addition to any Steinbeck collection. "Written when Steinbeck was 27 years old and published in an edition of 2476 copies just two weeks before the stock market crashed, Cup of Gold is a historical romance about the life of the pirate Henry Morgan" (Valentine 1). Even more, however, it is a richly allegorical Grail quest, drawing inspiration from such varied sources as Arthurian legend, Greek mythology, Druid lore and old ghost stories. It also offers glimpses of Steinbeck's sense of himself as a young man. "A lush, lyric fantasy, loaded with metaphor an endorsement of the artistic calling" (Benson, 31, 116-17).Goldstone & Payne A1a. Salinas Public Library, 19.Book very nearly fine, with only a bit of faint spotting to cloth, text quite clean. Scarce original dust jacket with expert restoration to edges, particularly spine ends and corners. A lovely copy of an extremely scarce work. Bookseller Inventory # 102156

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