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The BFG: Illustrations by Quentin Blake.

The BFG: Illustrations by Quentin Blake.

by Dahl, Roald; Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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London: Jonathan Cape, 1982. First edition of this Dahl classic, which has sold over 20 million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Quentin Blake. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, "Nicola Love Roald Dahl." Additionally inscribed by the illustrator Quentin Blake opposite Dahl's inscription. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed by both Dahl and Blake. Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of the twentieth century. Dahl's ability to twist words into a clever and creative new language is fascinating to children, and is evident in BFG. The gruesome descriptions of the horrid giants and the subtle allusions to other stories will entertain children young and old. An animated adaptation was released in theatres in 1987 with David Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. It was also the basis for the 2016 film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison… Read more
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The BFG: Illustrations by Quentin Blake.

The BFG: Illustrations by Quentin Blake.

by Dahl, Roald; Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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London: Jonathan Cape, 1982. First edition, early printing of this Dahl classic, which has sold over 20 million copies. Octavo, original cloth, illustated by Quentin Blake. Boldly signed by the author on the half-title page, "with love Roald Dahl April, 1989." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, bookplate. Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of the twentieth century. Dahl's ability to twist words into a clever and creative new language is fascinating to children, and is evident in BFG. The gruesome descriptions of the horrid giants and the subtle allusions to other stories will entertain children young and old. An animated adaptation was released in theatres in 1987 with David Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. It was also the basis for the 2016 film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall… Read more
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The Babe’s Bed.

The Babe’s Bed.

by Wescott, Glenway

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Harrison of Paris, 1930. Signed limited edition of Glenway Wescott's short novel. Octavo, original cloth. One of 375 numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 252. Near fine in the original slipcase. A figure of the American expatriate literary community in Paris during the 1920s, Glenway Wescott began his writing career as a poet, but is best known for his short stories and novels, notably The Grandmothers (1927), which received the Harper Novel prize, and The Pilgrim Hawk (1940).
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Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch.

Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch.

by Shaw, George Bernard

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London: Constable and Company, Ltd, 1921. First edition of this collection of plays by the Nobel Prize-winning playwright. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, "To H.S.S from G.B.S 22nd June 1921." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. These plays were written during 1918 to 1920 and published by Constable (London) and Brentano's (New York) in 1921. They were first performed in 1922 by the New York Theatre Guild at the old Garrick Theatre in New York City and, in Britain, at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1923.
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A Bagagem Do Viajante: Cronicas.

A Bagagem Do Viajante: Cronicas.

by Saramago, Jose

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Lisboa: Ed. Futura, 1973. First edition of this early collection of essays by the future Nobel Prize- winning author. Octavo, original wrappers, as issued. Inscribed and dated by Jose Saramago. The Portuguese writer Jose Saramago is the recipient of both the 1995 Camões Prize and 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. Harold Bloom described Saramago as "the greatest living novelist" and considers him to be "a permanent part of the Western canon (Evans, 2002). Manual of Painting and Calligraphy is Saramago's first novel, and it "displays a masterly grasp of wordplay and other literary devices, and as the translator points out, it can also serve as a map to the political and social themes of Saramago's future novels" (The New York Times Book Review).
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Balinese Palm Leaf Prayer Manuscript.

Balinese Palm Leaf Prayer Manuscript.

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Indonesia, c. 16th century. Rare Balinese palm leaf manuscript. Eight leaves, inscribed on both sides in Hindu text manuscript, binding thread intact. In near fine condition. The oldest surviving palm leaf manuscripts date back to the 5th century BCE and have been found in Nepal, Tibet and central Asia. Used as writing materials in the Indian subcontinent of Asia, the manuscripts were created to copy and preserve classical Hindu and Sudanese scriptural texts.
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The Ballad of Peckham Rye.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye.

by Spark, Muriel

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London: Macmillan, 1960. Muriel Spark's 1960 comic novel follows Dougal Douglas, who is hired by a company to poke into the private lives of its employees. Douglas turns out to be a demonical researcher who butts in so much he begins to influence his subjects actions rather than just observe them. One of the funniest books I have ever read . . . far and away our best woman novelist" (Penelope Mortimer).
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Ballads and Lyrical Pieces. [Fore-edge Painting].

Ballads and Lyrical Pieces. [Fore-edge Painting].

by Scott, Sir Walter

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Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne Co, 1819. Finely bound example of Scott's Ballads and Lyrical Pieces. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to spine, elaborate gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt with a spectacular double fore-edge painting revealing scenes of Warwick Castle and Edinburgh. In very good condition with the fore-edge painting exceptionally bright and detailed.
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Baltasar and Blimunda.

Baltasar and Blimunda.

by Saramago, Jose

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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1987. Advanced reading copy of the first American edition of Saramago's first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the title page, "Jose Saramago 1.2006."In near fine condition. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. The New York Times Book Review has said that Baltasar and Blimunda "[m]uch reverberates in memory after reading this enchanting novel, but most of all the love story which soars over the rest of the action like a flute above a heavy orchestra. Mr. Saramago, a writer of sharp intelligence, keeps this love story under strict control, free of pathos or sentimentality. It is of, and on, the earth." Indeed, "Saramago has produced a novel that is deeply imbedded in the history of his land yet moves in mystical realms. It is a romance and an adventure, a rumination on royalty and religion in 18th century Portugal and a bitterly ironic comment on the uses of power"… Read more
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Baltasar and Blimunda.

Baltasar and Blimunda.

by Saramago, Jose

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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1987. First American edition of Saramago's first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the half-title page, "To Harold Jose Saramago 29.10.2008." Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket art by Giotto. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. The New York Times Book Review has said that Baltasar and Blimunda "[m]uch reverberates in memory after reading this enchanting novel, but most of all the love story which soars over the rest of the action like a flute above a heavy orchestra. Mr. Saramago, a writer of sharp intelligence, keeps this love story under strict control, free of pathos or sentimentality. It is of, and on, the earth." Indeed, "Saramago has produced a novel that is deeply imbedded in the history of his land yet moves in mystical realms. It is a romance and an adventure, a rumination on royalty and religion in 18th century Portugal and a… Read more
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Bambi: A Life in the Woods.

Bambi: A Life in the Woods.

by Salten, Felix

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New York:: Simon and Schuster, 1928. Using the pseudonym Felix Salten, journalist Siegmund Salzmann wrote several anthropomorphic animal tales, including the novel Bambi This story of life in the forest is written with integrity, emotion and great skill Bambi remains [Salten’s] best-known work, and it is a classic in the genre of animal stories" (Silvey, 571-72). Walt Disney famously adapted the book to the screen in his 1942 animated film.
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Bambi’s Children: The Story of a Forest Family.

Bambi’s Children: The Story of a Forest Family.

by Salten, Felix

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Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1939. First edition of this classic work, the sequel to Bambi. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Erna Pinner. Near fine in a good dust jacket. Translated by Barthold Fles. Edited by R. Sugden Tilley. The sequel to Bambi follows the lives of the twin children of Bambi and his mate Faline as they grow from fawns to young adults. Salten wrote the sequel while living in exile in Switzerland after being forced to flee Nazi-occupied Austria as he was of Jewish heritage.[1] Written in German, the novel was first published in English in the United States in 1939 by Bobbs-Merrill. It was not published in German until the following year.[2] Perri, a squirrel character from one of Salten's earlier novels, makes several appearances in the book. The models for Geno and Gurri were Felix Salten's own children, Paul who was careful and timid, and Anna Katharina, who was merry and optimistic. Salten also included himself as the responsible and humane hunter in the novel.
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Bambi’s Children: The Story of a Forest Family.

Bambi’s Children: The Story of a Forest Family.

by Salten, Felix

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Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1939. First edition of this classic work, the sequel to Bambi. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Erna Pinner. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Charles Felix Salten." The recipient, Charles Austin Perry, was an Episcopal clergyman and longtime Provost of the Washington National Cathedral. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket, bookplate of the recipient. Translated by Barthold Fles. Edited by R. Sugden Tilley. Books signed by Salten are exceptionally rare. The sequel to Bambi follows the lives of the twin children of Bambi and his mate Faline as they grow from fawns to young adults. Salten wrote the sequel while living in exile in Switzerland after being forced to flee Nazi-occupied Austria as he was of Jewish heritage. Written in German, the novel was first published in English in the United States in 1939 by Bobbs-Merrill. It was not published in German until the following year. Perri, a squirrel character from… Read more
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Bandanna Ballads.

Bandanna Ballads.

by Weeden, Howard. [Maria Howard Weeden; Joel Chandler Harris]

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New York: Doubleday & McClure Company, 1899. First edition of Maria Howard Weeden's best-known collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth decorated in gilt, illustrated by the author, tissue-guarded frontispiece. Introduction by Joel Chandler Harris. Presentation copy, inscribed by Harris on the flyleaf, "Faithfully yours: Joel Chandler Harris Atlanta Ga.: 6 September 1900." Additionally signed by him on the title page and at the conclusion of the introduction. In fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare and desirable. American artist and poet Maria Howard Weeden gained international fame following the American Civil War for her detailed and sympathetic portraits of African American freedmen and freedwomen. A native of Huntsville Alabama, she attended the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 where she was dismayed by other artists whose works featuring freedmen and freedwomen showed them in the caricature style of minstrel shows. She returned to Huntsville… Read more
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The Bankers.

The Bankers.

by Mayer, Martin

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New York: Weybright and Talley, 1974. First edition of this exploration of the world of modern banking. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Charlie Malloy with regards and thanks- Martin Mayer." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
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Barack Obama Inauguration Flag.

Barack Obama Inauguration Flag.

by [Obama, Barack]

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2009. Barack Obama made history when he was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, becoming the first African-American president in the history of the United States. The first inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The 56th inauguration, which set a record attendance for any event held in the city, marked the commencement of the first term of Barack Obama as president and Joe Biden as vice president. Based on combined attendance numbers, television viewership, and Internet traffic, it was one of the most-observed events ever by the global audience. In addition to a larger than usual celebrity attendance, the Presidential Inaugural Committee increased its outreach to ordinary citizens to encourage greater participation in inaugural events compared with participation in recent past inaugurations. For the first time, the committee opened the entire length of the National… Read more
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Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco.

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco.

by Burrough, Bryan and Helyar, John [James Garner]

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New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1992. The ultimate story of greed and glory, Barbarians at the Gate is the gripping account of these two frenzied months, of deal makers and publicity flaks, of an old-line industrial powerhouse that became the victim of the ruthless and rapacious style of finance in the 1980s. "It’s hard to imagine a better story and it’s hard to imagine a better account" (Chicago Tribune). Made into the film directed by Glenn Jordan and written by Larry Gelbart. It stars James Garner as F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of RJR Nabisco, Jonathan Pryce as Henry Kravis, his chief rival for the company and Fred Thompson as James Robinson III, the CEO of American Express.
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Barchester Towers.

Barchester Towers.

by Trollope, Anthony

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London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857. Rare first editions, first issue of one of Trollope's most important novels. Octavo, original cloth, blind stamped boards. Half-title present in Volume I, brick-red endpapers with advertisements. Sadleir 5. Bookplates of Oliver Brett on front free endpapers and of Duff Cooper on versos. In near fine condition. Each volume is housed in a three quarter calf clamshell box. Uncommon set in the original cloth of one of Trollope's most important novels.
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Barchester Towers.

Barchester Towers.

by Trollope, Anthony

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London: Robert Hayes, 1925. Finely bound example of this classic work. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with eight plates by F.C. Tilney. In very good condition, bookplate.
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Barefoot in the Park.

Barefoot in the Park.

by Simon, Neil

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New York: Random House, 1964. First edition of the playwright's first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed on the half-title page by both Neil Simon and Robert Redford, who starred in the role of Paul on both the Broadway play and the film. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start... "A bubbling, rib-tickling comedy" (The New York Times). It is the… Read more
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