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Featured Rare Books
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Even before starting his political career, Kennedy was concerned with courage in politics, writing his senior thesis at Harvard about the failure of British leaders to oppose the overwhelming resistance to rearming, leaving the country ill-prepared for World War II. This book follows eight senators throughout American history who went against the grain (and their own parties) to do what they believed was right. This edition was presented to various dignitaries and figures for President Kennedy's inauguration.
Though he grew up with little formal education, Wilson Rawls was inspired as a child by Jack London's The Call of the Wild, which spurred him to write his own adventurous coming-of-age tale. Published in 1961, Rawls's bittersweet story of a boy and two dogs has become a modern children's classic. This is a later printing of the original edition, signed by the author on the front endpaper.
Limited Signed PortfolioBuy Now
A leading brush in the post-Johns, post-Rauschenberg era, Terry Winters became a fundamental force in the revitalization of abstract art at the end of the 20th century. Field Notes represents the culmination of Winters's studies of the 1980s, focusing on forms arising in the natural world while incorporating the serial practice so integral to his work as a whole. This stunning collection comprises a complete suite of 25 copperplate etchings, each signed and numbered by the artist. This is a fine copy of this important collection, published in 1992.
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Pynchon's most celebrated novel has polarized opinion since its publication in 1973. It was tipped for the Pulitzer Prize in 1974, but one passage so offended members of the Pulitzer’s board that they overturned the jury’s decision and no award was given for fiction that year. The book has since continued to draw praise and ire, upholding Pynchon's reputation for exploring themes and narrative models that both challenge the tenets of Western philosophy and warp the paradigms of modern fiction. This is a first edition.
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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 his themes of human fallacy and potential for evil 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. The basis for the Oscar-winning film of the same name, this is a very nice first edition copy, 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.
Limited Numbered EditionBuy Now
Once upon a time in 1862, Reverend Charles Dodgson began an extemporaneous yarn to liven up a five mile boat trip for three little girls named Lorina, Edith, and Alice. Though Dodgson had often told tales to pass the time, according to his diary, young Alice insisted that this one in particular “might be written out for her”. Written under the pen name “Lewis Carroll”, the resulting book is now among the most beloved classics of children's literature. This limited Folio Society edition is one of 3750 numbered copies, and includes a leather-bound facsimile of Carroll's original manuscript and illustrations, as well as a booklet about Alice Liddell, housed together in a decorative box.
Limited Edition Specimen BookBuy Now
Charles F. Durant not only authored this important book on the history of New York's botany, but was also the first American aeronaut (making the first balloon flight by an American on September, 9, 1830), as well as the man who introduced the silkworm to the U.S. This 1850 specimen book, limited to just 50 copies, features 195 mounted algae specimens collected together in a handsome leather binding.
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