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Featured Rare Books
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As We Remember Joe is a collection of essays edited by John F. Kennedy in honor of his elder brother, who had recently died in action in World War II. This first edition—one of just 360 copies—is accompanied by a typed letter from JFK (signed as Jack) in 1957, when he was already a Senator on the political path that had originally been envisioned for his brother. These two pieces of presidential history offer glimpses into the early career of one of the 20th century's most iconic figures.
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A star-studded portfolio collected from his time shooting in Paris for Harper's Bazaar, Made in France reproduces Avedon’s original work sheets in facsimile—complete with scorings, grease-pencil marginalia and typed notes from the editor—to show the photographer’s work in “the context of production.” This is the first trade edition, including twenty-seven black and white reproductions from original Harper's Bazaar fashion photo layouts 1955-59.
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Far from the raging Second World War, an idyllic New Hampshire boarding school provides the backdrop for this study of fleeting innocence between two young men. Published at the close of a decade that began with J.D. Salinger's notorious “Catcher in the Rye”, Knowles's quieter, more enigmatic 1959 debut soon joined the former in the canon of high school classics.
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This is the first edition of the seventh (and final) entry in the original Curious George series, which finds the irrepressible ape on his way to the hospital after swallowing a puzzle piece. Inscribed by the Reys with a small drawing of George, this copy has been beautifully custom bound in full morocco with an elaborate in-laid illustration of George flying out of his wheelchair into the arms of shocked hospital staff. A truly special piece of classic children’s literature.
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The grainy images of Untitled Film Stills feature a series of solitary heroines—ostensibly mid-century actresses, each portrayed by Sherman herself—in the midst of their own imaginary drama, more flashes of fictional femininity than self portraits. Shot between 1977-1980, the photos were widely discussed and exhibited in the following years, but remained uncollected until this 1990 publication.
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Cormac McCarthy first made his name writing brooding, violent stories of a murky America in the throes of self-creation and self-destruction. In No Country for Old Men, he carries the same themes into more recent times, in a tightly paced story of pursuit set in 1980 that shows a desert west as alluring and ruthless as it was a hundred years before. This is the first edition, signed by the elusive Mr. McCarthy on a tipped in leaf.
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Considered one of Sherlock Holmes's finest outings, The Hound of the Baskervilles also marked the first appearance of the brilliant detective in almost a decade. Desperate to move on to other projects, Doyle had ostensibly killed Holmes off in the 1893 story ”The Final Problem”. However, this masterwork of tangled motives and chilling premonitions proved such a success that, in the end, Doyle would continue to revisit the character throughout the rest of his life. This is an exceptionally bright and clean first edition of one of Doyle's best-loved works.
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Published in 1952, Hemingway's last major work of fiction not only won the Pulitzer prize, but was a contributing factor in the author's Nobel Prize win in 1954. This is the first edition of this 20th century classic, presented in the original dust jacket.
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