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garp2 National Book Award winning The World According to Garp gave John Irving instant fame. Since it’s publication every one of his novels has gone on to become an international best-seller.

Description: Second U. K. Edition. Hard bound in dust jacket. SIGNED BY JOHN IRVING on the half titlepage. Some minor spotting to upper page edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. A sought after Irving title. Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory # 17680

The World According to Garp
Irving, John

Publisher: Victor Gollancz
Publication Date: 1978
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author

frankenthallerclaiborneHelen Frankenthaler is an American Abstract Expressionist painter, and has exhibited her work over six decades. She began exhibiting her large-scale abstract expressionist paintings in important contemporary museums and galleries in the early 1950s. She was included in the 1964 Post-Painterly Abstraction exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg that introduced a newer generation of abstract painting that came to be known as Color Field. In 2001 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Craig Claiborne invented the restaurant review as we know it, a four star system based on multiple visits. Known as an exacting and honest critic, he was the first male editor of the food section of the New York Times and remained on the Times staff until his retirement in 1988. He was also prolific writer, with his cookbooks selling in the millions.

Description: Paperback INSCRIBED BY HELEN FRANKENTHALER TO CRAIG CLAIBORNE (Critic, food writer and former food editor of the New York Times) ” For my friend Craig Claiborne Sincerely, Helen Frankenthaler Nov ’85”. Published in association with the International Exhibitions Foundation. 128 pages, profusely illustrated. The artist’s works on paper have assumed a stature equal to that of her canvases and often catch the most highly charged and vibrant aspects of her art. A nice copy with only the most minor edge wear.

Bookseller Inventory # 23082


Frankenthaler: Works on Paper 1949-1984
Wilkin, Karen

Publisher: George Braziller
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition:
Signed: Inscribed by Artist
Edition: First Paperback

visionaire21Description: Visionaire is a multi-format album of fashion and  art produced in exclusive numbered limited editions. Visionaire has always offered a forum for famous and emerging artists from around the world, as well as personalties, designers, art directors & image makers. THE PREMIER ISSUE OF THIS ICONIC ART & DESIGN MAGAZINE Complete folio in original plastic envelope. Contributions by Stephen Gan, Ruben Toledo, Bill Cunningham, and others. Fashion design by Dirk Van Saene, Todd Oldham, Geoffrey Beene, Claude Montana, Isabel Toledo, Marc Jacobs, Randolph Duke, Martine Sitbon, Isaac Mizrahi, Helmut Lang, and others. Photography by Dean Chamberlain, Stephen Gan, Josef Astor, Bill Cunningham, Pierre & Gilles. The wrapper shows minor creasing to the spine & is slightly cocked, all inserts near fine & complete. Handsomely produced & now scarce




Publisher: Visionaire
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Folio
Book Condition: Very Good


Roberto Aloi began writing books on architecture, furniture and the decorative arts in 1934. Over a fifty year span he published more than forty titles, each published by the Italian publishing house of Ulrico Hoepli. His design books combined precise technical information with his own aesthetic, and help define the important & artistic design of his time. Long out of print these books are highly sought after, and are a seminal reference of important Italian mid-century design.

Description: Hard bound first printing in dust jacket. 365 pages. Profusely illustrated with photographs of mid-century Italian furniture. Text in Italian with English translation on pages 335-346. and German on pages 347-358. Wear and some minor chipping to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 23073



Mobili Tipo / Furniture Type
Aloi, Roberto

Publisher: Ulrico Hoepli
Publication Date:
Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
Very Good
First Edition


Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely began experimenting with movement in space, and in 1944 he began equipping machine-like sculptures with electric motors and making them spin around at high speed. He moved to Paris in 1951, where he participated in Robert Rauschenberg’s international happenings and associated with the casual artist group ‘Nouveaux Réalistes’, exhibiting works in their exhibitions. He had his first one-man exhibition three years later, in 1954, at the Galerie Arnaux. Tinguely’s fantasy machines with pre-programmed elements of chance, the so-called ‘Métamatics’, are quite spectacular. His welded iron constructions represent ironic attacks on the purpose of the era of technology.

Description: Paperback published on the occasion of the opening of the 1987 art exhibition held by the Palazzo Grassi, Venice . Foldout from the exhibition in pocket affixed to inside of rear wrapper. Profusely illustrated, with many plates in full color. Some very minor wear to slip case, otherwise fine

Bookseller Inventory #23756


A Magic Stronger Than Death
Pontus, Hulten and Tinguley, Jean

Publisher: Bompiani, Milano
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Paperback, in publishers slip case
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

51y2yk3qswl-13Henry Miller was an American novelist and painter known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of ‘novel’ that is a mixture of autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association. Tropic of Capricorn continues the autobiographical exploration of the self Miller began in Tropic of Cancer, recounting, in his characteristically brutal and forthright style. Banned on grounds of obscenity, copies of Tropic of Capricorn were smuggled into his native country, building Miller an underground reputation.

p10604611p1060467“I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it: we must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and soul. It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, bloodcurdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war whoop! Away with lamentation! Away with elegies and dirges! Away with biographies and histories, and libraries and museums! Let the dead eat the dead. Let us living ones dance about the rim of the crater, a last expiring dance. But a dance!” – Henry Miller

Description: Paris: Obelisk Press, 1939. Octavo, original wrappers. Now in custom red cloth clam shell box. First Edition, First issue, with 60 FR price and errata slip. Original wrappers; one of only 1000 copies printed. Some wear and minor chipping to wrappers, otherwise very good. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 21756p10604622


Tropic of Capricorn
Miller, Henry

Publisher: Obelisk Press, Paris
Publication Date: 1939
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First edition

Internationally recognized photographer Peter Beard first visited Africa in 1955. After graduating from Yale, he returned to Africa and worked at Kenya’s Tsavo Park, during which time he photographed and documented the demise of over 35,000 elephants and 5000 Black Rhinos. The work done there led to the publication of The End of the Game books.

During this same time period, he became close to Karen Blixen, well know as the author of Out of Africa. He also acquired Hog Ranch, the property adjacent to Karen Blixen’s, near the Ngong Hills and made it his home base in East Africa. Beard has written further works on his African experience: Eyelids of the Morning: The Mingeled Destines of Crocodiles and Men, and Longing for Darkness: Kamante’s Tales From Out of Africa.

“When I first went to Kenya in August 1955, I could never have guessed what was going to happen. Kenya’s population was roughly five million, with about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless ‘wild—deer—ness’ – it was authentic, unspoiled, teeming with big game – so enormous it appeared inexhaustible. Everyone agreed it was too big to be destroyed. Now Kenya’s population of over 30 million drains the country’s limited and diminishing resources at an amazing rate: surrounding, isolating, and relentlessly pressuring the last pockets of wildlife in denatured Africa.” —Peter Beard

Description: Hard bound FIRST JAPANESE EDITION with dust jacket. Wrap around band and inserts present. Text in Japanese. Some minor wear to dust jacket edges and sunning to spine edge, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. RARE!.

Bookseller Inventory # 16623


The End of the Game
Beard, Peter H.

Publisher: Shueisha
Publication Date: 1979
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Very Good
Edition: First Edition

NoelCowardWithBooksNoel Coward was recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as the personification of wit and sophistication. Successful as a composer, lyricist, actor, singer, director, novelist, painter he achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, along with a three-volume autobiography. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama, In Which We Serve, and was knighted in 1969.


Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY NOEL COWARD on the front free endpage ” For Arnold with love, Noel Coward”. The author’s first novel about The Queen and Prince Philip paying a visit to Samoa. Dust jacket painting by Noel Coward. Edge wear to dust jacket and one small chip, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory# 22971



Pomp and Circumstance
Coward, Noel

Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 1960
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author
Edition: First U. S. Edition


Description: Hard bound with price clipped dust jacket. Meets point of issue of Scribners “A” on copyright page. Minor wear to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight. SCARCE!.

Bookseller Inventory # 22838



Cool Hand Luke
Pearce, Donn

Publisher: Scribners, New York
Publication Date: 1965
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First Edition

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