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  • (TWAIN, MARK, ANDREW CARNEGIE, THOMAS EDISON, et al.)

    Engineers Club Inaugural Banquet Commemorative of the Opening of the New Club House on which occasion Mr. Andrew Carnegie will be the guest of honor Monday, the ninth of December 1907. [New York: Engineer's Club], [1907]

    Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club’s fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York.

    $12,000

  • RAND, AYN

    Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House, 1957

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy of one of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century.

    $11,000

  • IRVING, WASHINGTON

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Nos. I-VII. New York: Van Winkle, 1819-1820

    FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. The Sketch Book contains the first printings of the immortal tales “Rip Van Winkle” (in Part I) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (in Part VII), among others. This series of tales, published in seven parts in 1819-20, brought Washington Irving instant fame and made him America’s first international literary star. This set contains the uncorrected text points indicating the first printings, as noted in BAL.

    $8,500

  • ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN

    Nye Eventyr. [-Anden Samling]. Copenhagen: Reitzel, 1844-45

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (i.e. title dated 1844 and without indication of later parts or a general title page).  A landmark of world literature, this collection contains the first printings of the works that brought Andersen international fame, including “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Snow Queen.”

    $8,500

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    Eureka: A Prose Poem. New York: Putnam, 1848

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (i.e. without the review for Eureka on page 2 of the 16 pp catalogue). This is one of 500 copies of Poe’s last book.

    $7,500

  • GOODSPEED’S BOOK SHOP

    An enormous run of Goodspeed’s rare book and manuscript catalogues. Vols. 1-360 and 391-575. Boston: Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1899-1973

    Founded in 1898, Goodspeed’s published its first catalogue in 1899. For decades to come the firm would be a dominant force in American bookselling. These catalogues are a witness to that golden age.

    $6,500

  • DICKENS, CHARLES

    Works. Chapman and Hall [and] Bradbury and Evans, 1870

    A very handsome set of the famous “Illustrated Library Edition,” here in an early printing. The dedication at the front of the first volume (Pickwick Papers) states, “This the best edition of my books is, of right, inscribed to my dear friend John Forster, biographer of Oliver Goldsmith, in affectionate acknowledgment of his counsel, sympathy, and faithful friendship during my whole literary life.” “The Library Edition came about largely because of the suggestion of Forster that while Dickens’s works were available in volumes in the Cheap Edition and in reprints of the serial parts, there was no high-quality edition that would appeal to the wealthy. Dickens eventually came round to the idea that an elegant edition could raise the stature of his writings.

    $6,000

  • WELLS, H. G

    The War of the Worlds. London: Heinemann, 1898

    FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE, of “the great classic of interplanetary invasion” (Bleiler), ensured the author’s place as a “father of science fiction.” Wells’s “scientific romances (as they came to be called) remain unsurpassed for their imagination and visionary power” (ODNB).

    $6,000

  • HAWTHORNE ,NATHANIEL

    Twice-Told Tales. Boston: American Stationers, 1837

    FIRST EDITION of Hawthorne’s second published book, a classic of American literature. From the day of publication this collection of nineteen tales brought Hawthorne fame.

    $6,000

  • TWAIN, MARK

    Life on the Mississippi. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE, in the original deluxe binding.

    $5,500