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The Sheltering Sky is a 1949 novel of post-colonial alienation and existential despair by American writer and composer Paul Bowles. The story centers around Port Moresby and his wife Kit, a married couple originally from New York who travel to the North African desert accompanied by their friend Tunner. The journey, initially an attempt by Port and Kit to resolve their marital difficulties, is quickly fraught by the travelers’ ignorance of the dangers that surround them.  In his 1949 review for The New York Times, Tennessee Williams remarked, “With the hesitant exception of one or two war books by returned soldiers, The Sheltering Sky alone of the books that I have recently read by American authors appears to bear the spiritual imprint of recent history in the western world.”.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION. First printing of the first edition. Hard bound in dust jacket. Meets all points of issue including $2.75 price on dust jacket.  Some minor wear to page edges and boards, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. The original Lustig designed dust jacket shows several tears, with spine edges and corners chipped. Now protected in clear removable mylar cover. The Sheltering Sky tells the story of an American couple who travel from New York to Northern Africa during the waning years of the colonial era. An instant critical and popular success, The Sheltering Sky established Bowles as an important American author. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 39428


The Sheltering Sky
Bowles, Paul

Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: 1949
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. A painter, photographer, designer, he was also an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s. In the early 1980s, Hockney began to produce photo-collages, which he called “joiners”, first of Polaroid prints and later 35mm. His subject matter ranges from portraiture to still life, his style from representation to abstraction.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Stated first American edition. White cloth-covered boards with title stamped in black on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photo-collages by David Hockney. Text by Lawrence Weschler. 288 pages with 122 four-color plates.Very minor edge wear, otherwise fine.

Bookseller Inventory # 37665



Hockney, David

Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:
Very Good
Edition: First US Edition

Umberto Eco is an Italian novelist, essayist, philosopher, literary critic. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.

Description: (The Name of the Rose) Text In the original Italian. Hard bound in dust jacket. Gilt stamped red cloth. Signed & Inscribed by Umberto Eco on the front free end page. SIAE 1 edizione sticker, numbered 004995 on copyright page. Showing L10.000 original price on dust-jacket. This copy shows some minor age toning to pages, otherwise clean. The jacket shows some minor sunning to spine edge, and a few chips to edges. This now classic mystery is set within a medieval monastic library. In 1327, a time of tension between the Pope and the Holy Roman Empire, the English Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate heresy among the monks at an Italian abbey. His task is overshadowed by a series of bizarre murders. This is a tale of books, librarians, patrons, censorship and the search for the truth. Basis for the 1986 film starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. Winner of the Premio Strega, Prix Medicis Etranger and Premio Anghiari awards.

Bookseller inventory # 28519

Il Nome Della Rosa (The Name of the Rose)
Eco, Umberco


Publisher: Romanzo Bompiani
Publication Date: 1980 Milano, Italy
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 2nd Edition – First Printing of the Second edition

Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself. Significant members of the art world, such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau,  Antonin Artaud, & Dali all posed for his camera.

Description: Original spiral bound color photographically illustrated stiff wrappers. Wear to wrappers, with original spiral binding damaged. Some minor foxing, otherwise very good. This important work is Man Ray’s first monograph. It begins with a portrait drawing of Man Ray by Pablo Picasso and consists of 104 photographs divided into five sections. The Man Ray photographs contained in this edition are regarded by some as the greatest of the twentieth century. As thos was Man Ray’s first monograph, his friends pulled out all the stops to herald it. It contains poetry and essays by the leading figures of the Dada and Surrealist movements: André Breton, Paul Éluard, Marcel Duchamp (written under his famous pseudonym “Rrose Selavy”) and Tristan Tzara. Containing 84 stunning full page black and white monochromes (photographs) and 19 rayographs. Very rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory # 34298


Man Ray Photographs 1920-1934
Ray, Man

Publisher: James Thrall Soby
Publication Date: 1934
Binding: Spiral Bound
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition / First printing

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author and aviator. Gift from the Sea was written by Lindbergh, while on vacation on Florida’s Captiva Island in the early 1950s. Written in an essay-style, with shells on the beach for inspiration, Lindbergh reflects on the lives of  American women of the mid-twentieth century. With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth & age; love & marriage; peace, solitude and contentment during her visit. Gift from the Sea has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 45 languages. Ground-breaking for it’s time, it stands today as a seminal work of inspirational literature.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION. Hard bound with dust jacket. Beige boards with decorative shells, blue cloth spine with white lettering. Meets points of issue – $2.75 price, beige boards, no additional printings listed on copyright page, author photo to rear of dust jacket. Some wear to edges and corners of boards. Minor soiling to dust jacket that shows a few small tears and chips, now in protective Brodart cover. Foxing to page edges and end pages, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. A scarce first printing of this modern inspirational classic and perennial bestseller!

Bookseller inventory # 28519

Gift From The Sea
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow


Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: 1955
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition

Loretta Lux is a fine art photographer known for her surreal portraits of young children. She was born in Dresden, East Germany and currently lives and works in Monaco. Stare at a Loretta Lux portrait long enough, and you’re bound to feel completely mesmerized. Lux does not strive to create faithful photographic representations of her young subjects. Instead, each image is painstakingly composed and manipulated to create psychically charged explorations of the nature of childhood. The consistently forlorn expressions of her models combined with the hyperreality of the image create portraits that transcend their subjects and remind us that childhood is as chaotic and multidimensional as any other part of life.

Description: SIGNED BY LORETTA LUX on the title page. INSCRIBED BY LUX TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID GAMBLE on page 5 “This book is for David Gamble 10th May 20054. East Hampton Please sign anything”. Hard bound, no dust jacket as issued. 45 color plates. Introductory essay by Francine Prose. Biographical notes, exhibition history. A selection of the surrealistic photographic portraits of children by Loretta Lux in which the subjects are posed and then digitally altered. Internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. A rare signed association copy.

Bookseller Inventory #30131


Loretta Lux
Lux, Loretta & Prose, Francine

Publisher: Aperture
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Hard Bound, no dust jacket as issued
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
Signed: Signed & Inscribed by Loretta Lux

David Garnett was British Writer and a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group. He ran a bookshop near the British Museum with Francis Birrell during the 1920s. He also founded (along with Francis Meynell) the Nonesuch Press. Garnett had relationships with several members of the artistic and literary Bloomsbury Group including Francis Birrell & Duncant Grant. As a child, he had a cloak made of rabbit skin and thus received the nickname “Bunny”, by which he was known to friends and intimates all his life.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.K Edition. Some wear and age toning to dust jacket, otherwise very good, with interior clean and binding sound. A wonderful collection of notes from a diary kept while learning to handle an aeroplane. Rare!

Bookseller Inventory # 30053


A Rabbit in the Air
Garnett, David

Publisher: Chattos & Windus, London
Publication Date: 1932
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U.K. Edition

For more than four decades, Bruce Weber has been one of the most influential photographers in the world.  He is widely known for his ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone magazines.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY BRUCE WEBER on the title page “To Jim – Bruce Weber”. Navy blue cloth with artists initials blindstamped on front board. First printing, limited to 5000 copies. Designed by John Eric Cheim. Beautifully illustrated with over 50 full-page photogravure plates of male models and actors, a few tinted with halftone colors. Sections include: Brothers, Matt Dillon, Notebook, Lifeguards, Clammers, Hall of Fame, Jeff, On Leave in Waikiki. Some soiling and minof shelf wear to dust jacket, otherwise with boards and interior clean, and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 24473


Bruce Weber: Brothers, Matt Dillon, Notebook, Lifeguards,
Clammers, Hall of Fame, Jeff, On Leave in Waikiki

Weber, Bruce

Publisher: Twelvetrees Press
Publication Date: 1983
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Inscribed by Photographer
Edition: First Edition

Tess Slesinger’s writing invites comparison with the best work of Dorothy Parker, Dawn Powell and Mary McCarthy. She will be remembered for her modern & up-to-the-minute report on the state of marriage, sexuality, political culture, and work in 1930s America. Her style was biting, yet emotionally revealing, typical of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker where she published frequently. Slesinger moved in the same circles as Lionel Trilling, Clifton Fadiman and other famed liberal intellectuals, who seem to have provided her with rich material. Tess Slesinger’s cult classic 1934 novel, The Unpossessed details the ins and outs & ups and downs of left-wing New York intellectual life and features a cast of litterateurs, layabouts, lotharios, academic activists, and fur-clad patrons of protest and the arts. This cutting comedy about hard times, bad jobs, lousy marriages, little magazines, high principles, and the morning after.

“It’s sophisticated … satiric, then ecstatic, alternating social criticism with displays of sexual and intellectual coquetry.”
— The Village Voice

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Blue cloth over boards with red/gold titles. Red top stain. Dust jacket with tipped in author photo, as issued. Wear and minor sunning to edges of boards. Some soiling to page edges, and foxing to end pages. Dust jacket shows some tanning, with one small red stain to rear. Interior pages clean and binding tight.  Scarce!

Bookseller Inventory # 23013



The Unpossessed
Slesinger, Tess

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1934
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

A fourth generation New Yorker, Richard Berenholtz, has built a solid reputation on carefully composed color architectural and landscape photographs of New York City using a combination of film, 35mm and 120 panoramic cameras.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket, shrink wrapped in publishers cardboard case, as issued. SIGNED PLATE LAID IN. Deluxe limited edition, #4343 in an edition of 5000 printed copies. 240 pages. An extraordinary photographed monograph by renowned photographer Richard Berenholtz. Profusely illustrated with breathtaking plates of classic street-scapes, landmark buildings, grand bridges, and quintessential locations as Times Square, Central Park, and Grand Central Station. Includes 12 gatefolds, some of which are paired up to create images that unfold to an extraordinary six feet in length!

Bookseller Inventory # 20084

Richard Berenholtz


New York New York
Berenholtz, Richard

Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: Limited Edition

hlhumes_author_photo2H. L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton founded The Paris Review in 1953. He studied writing with Archibald MacLeish at Harvard, graduating in 1954. A Scientist, novelist, activist, inventor, filmmaker, architect, prophet, healer, madman, Harold “Doc” Humes was, by all accounts, an exhilarating, infuriating and terrifyingly brilliant man. He participated in Leary’s LSD experiments and later continued his own experiments, guiding the first LSD experiences of several famous literary friends. He reinvented himself as a “guru on campus”, a self-appointed visiting professor, and spent the next 20-odd years living on or near-campus at Columbia, Princeton, Bennington, and Harvard.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Meets points of issue – First Edition with “4/58” date code and $4.95 price on flap, no mention of any later books and no reviews. This is one of Random House’s known anomalies, with no statement of printing evident on the copyright page. Blue cloth boards with title in gilt to spine edge. Front board blind stamped with the image of the Eiffel tower. Red top stain. Some wear to spine edge of boards. Dust jacket with several large chips and a few small closed tears, now protected in removable clear dust jacket cover. 755 pages. Ownership book plate of the New York literary agency “McIntosh, McKee & Dodds” affixed to front free end page. The author’s elusive first novel, a tale of the French underground during the last years of WWII. Humes, along with Peter Matthiessen & George Plimpton, founded the Paris Review. For many years he slipped into obscurity; this novel has only recently been reissued to glowing acclaim. The true first edition, and a  scarce copy from a legendary forgotten novelist!

Bookseller Inventory # 29821


The Underground City
Humes, H.L.

Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1958
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was an English author, feminist, publisher, and is regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society, and probably the best known member of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1917 along with Leonard Woolf she founded the Hogarth Press, which subsequently published Virginia’s novels along with works by T.S. Eliot, Sigmund Freud, and others. Throughout her life, Woolf was plagued by periodic nervous breakdowns and associated illnesses. Though this instability often affected her social life, her literary productivity continued with few breaks until her suicide on 28 March 1941. After the final attack of mental illness Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home where she drowned. Woolf’s suicide, like Sylvia Plath’s, have much colored the interpretation of both her work and her life.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.S. Edition. V. Bell designed dust wrapper. Some wear and age toning to dust jacket that shows chipping to edges. Offsetting from news paper to front end pages, otherwise with interior clean and binding sound. Her second collection, which includes the essays, The Niece Of An Earl, Beau Brummell, Dr. Burney’s Evening Party, How Should One Read A Book, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Bookseller Inventory # 30051


The Second Common Reader
Woolf, Virginia

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York
Publication Date: 1932
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First U.S. Edition

Damien Steven Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists, who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Beautiful Inside My Head Forever was a unprecedented two day auction held by Sotheby’s, London. It was unusual in the fact that Hirst bypassed the standard gallery exhibition route, instead selling directly to the public. The sale realized £111 million ($198 million) for 218 lots. The auction exceeded expectations, setting a new record for a single-artist auction. The auction included monumental formaldehyde sculptures; paintings which expand on the artist’s classic themes such as butterflies, cancer cells and pills; exquisite new cabinets and preparatory drawings. A landmark sale, if only for Hirst’s bold move of bypassing his dealers to go straight to the market. It could have been a total failure; it was not, making almost US$200 million, and setting a record for a single-artist sale.

Description: 5 paperback volumes in publishers pictoral slipcase, as issued; including separate cataloges for “the kingdom” & “the golden calf. Published on the occasion of the September 15th and 16th, 2008 exhibition “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever”, an unprecedented two day major auction of works by Damien Hirst held by Sotheby’s, London. Introduction by Gordon Burn and conversation with Damien Hirst by Michael Bracewell. Over 500 lots each with full color illustrations. Sticker sheets laid in, as issued. 9 x 12.5 slipcase is near fine with all catalogs fine to as new. Hundreds of full color illustrations, many of which are gate folding. A nearly fine copy with only the most minor edge wear.

Bookseller Inventory # 30177


Beautiful Inside My Head Forever
Hirst, Damien

Publisher: Sotheby’s, London
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition

8 great items-  V. Woolf first ed on Hogarth press, a signed Fleur Cowles, A.J.Liebling Chicago first ed ,Winnie the Pooh first ed, a signed Christian Dior, Flann O’brian first ed, Bemelmans first ed & N.Y the wonder city

We have recently purchased a small collection of signed John Irving titles.

The Cider House Rules
– Signed first edition

The World According to Garp
– Signed U.K. edition

Setting Free the Bears
– First edition

A Prayer For Owen Meany
– Signed first edition

The Water Method Man
– German edition inscribed by Irving with hand signed letter.

The Cider House Rules: Deluxe Edition
– Hard bound limited edition signed by John Irving with glassine dust jacket, in publishers slipcase, as issued

We offer for sale several Inscribed copies from the collection of the visual artist, printmaker and illustrator; Fumi Komatsu. For many years she lived and worked in Greenwich Village. She is probably best known within the literary world for her book illustration, most notable the U.S. editions of Yukio Mishama’s novels, including The Temple of the Golden Pavilion and A Thousand Cranes.

The Grapes Of Wrath – inscribed to her by John Steinbeck

The Glass Menagerie – inscribed by Tennessee Williams

A Mask of Mercy – inscribed by Robert Frost

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – inscribed by Thorton Wilder

The Adventures of Augie March – Inscribed by Saul bellow
The Victim – inscribed by Saul Bellow

Gentleman’s Agreement – inscribed by Laura Z. Hobson
The Other Father – inscribed by laura Z. Hobson

In Search – inscribed by Meyer Levin

Dark trees to the Wind – inscribed by Carl Carmer
Listen For a Lonesome Drum – inscribed by Carl Carmer

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