SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET

NY: Dutton, 1954. First US edition, first prnt. Translated by Richard Graves. Introduction by Peter Fleming. Black and white photographs. Inscribed by Harrer in English and Tibetan on the recto of the page of the photograph of the Dalai Lama’s mother. “To Mrs. Fisher with best wishes from H. Harrer Denver, Nov. 1954.” Beginning toning on the spine cloth ends, some pages with a paperclip impression and offsetting from laid-in newsprint, Fisher’s address label on the front pastedown which has been lined out with her name in ink below it; dustjacket is lacking the front flap, chips at spine ends, front panel bottom corner, three inch closed tear on the reaf flap fold, tape reinforcement on the rear panel bottom edge. Tight copy in Good condition in a Good dustjacket with an archival cover… Inscribed & Dated by Author. First Edition. Hardcovers. Good/Good. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: A Savage Journey To The Heart Of The American Dream

New York: Random House, 1972. 206 Pages. First Edition stated below number line 97532468 There is a hint of fading at the top and bottom of the gray boards. Otherwise this book is in Brand New condition. Dust jacket has been protected with Gaylord vlnyl covering and 5.95 flap price is unclipped. Heralded as the best book on the dope decade, Hunter Thompson’s documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the Great Red Shark. In the trunk, they hide two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, and screamers. A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser and a pint of raw ether which they manage to consume during their short tour. On assignment from a sports magazine to cover the fabulous Mint 400–a free-for-all biker’s race in the heart of the Nevada desert–the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream. Two truck-stop waitresses tell them it’s nearby, but can’t remember if it’s on the right or the left. They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help. For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. This book is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past and a nugget of pure comedic genius. First appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, issue 95, November 11, 1971 and 96, November 25, 1971. Illustrations appeared in same issues.. First Edition Stated. Hard Back. As New/As New. Illus. by Steadman, Ralph – Drawings. 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″.

The World Crisis 1916-1918.

New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1927. True first editions of the first two volumes of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Near fine in the rare original dust jackets with light wear. His American biographer William Manchester wrote that: His masterpiece is The World Crisis, published over a period of several years, 1923 to 1931, a six-volume, 3,261-page account of the Great War, beginning with its origins in 1911 and ending with its repercussions in the 1920s. Magnificently written, it is enhanced by the presence of the author at the highest councils of war and in the trenches as a battalion commander. The British historian Robert Rhodes James wrote that: For all its pitfalls as history, The World Crisis must surely stand as Churchill’s masterpiece.As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Churchill stood resolute at the center of international affairs. In this classic account, he dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict. Churchill vividly recounts the major campaigns that shaped the war: the furious attacks of the Marne, the naval maneuvers off Jutland, Verdun’s “soul-stirring frenzy,” and the surprising victory of Chemins des Dames. Here, too, he re-creates the dawn of modern warfare: the buzz of airplanes overhead, trench combat, artillery thunder, and the threat of chemical warfare. In Churchill’s inimitable voice we hear how “the war to end all wars” instead gave birth to every war that would follow. “The World Crisis is at once an outstandingly readable history of the First World War — the seminal drama of modern times — and an eyewitness account, especially of its opening years. Whether as a statesman or an author, Churchill was a giant; and The World Crisis towers over most other books about the Great War” (David Fromkin). This comprehensive account of the War is both analytical and on occasions a justification from the author for his part in the proceedings. It is claimed that Churchill suggested this work was “not history, but a contribution to history.” Since its publication both biographers and historians have considered it Churchill’s masterpiece, eclipsing his better-known account ‘The Second World War’; T. E. Lawrence regarded the second volume, 1915, as “far and away the best war-book I’ve yet read.”

Living My Life.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. First editions of the famous radical’s autobiography, with frontispiece portraits and eleven additional photogravures of Goldman, fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman and others. Octavo, 2 volumes. Near fine in a near fine dust jackets. For nearly 30 years, Emma Goldman had taunted conservative Americans with her outspoken attacks on government, big business and war? Her name became a household world, synonymous with everything subversive and demonic, but also symbolic of the ‘new woman’ and of the radical labor movement that blossomed in the years before WWI. To the public she was America’s arch revolutionary, both frightening and fascinating. She flaunted her lovers, talked back to the police, smoked in public and marched off to prison carrying James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist under her arm” (Wexler, Emma Goldman in Exile). Goldman was urged to record her story for years by Peggy Guggenheim, fellow activists and others such as Theodore Dreiser, who insisted, “it is the richest of any woman’s of our century. Why in the name of Mike don’t you do it?” Finally, less than a decade before her death, she produced Living My Life, a work that remains one of America’s most valued social histories.

Night.

London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1960. First British edition of Nobel laureate Wiesel’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Cowan. Foreword by Francois Mauriac. Translated from the French by Stella Rodway. An exceptional example. “If only I could get rid of this dead weight. Immediately I felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever” wrote Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in reference to his dying father. Night relays Wiesel’s experience as a prisoner in the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-1945. Wiesel witnessed the inversion of convention and destruction of values. He writes, “here there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends, everyone lives and dies for himself alone.” “To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record” (Alfred Kazin).

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

New York: Random House, 1969. First edition of Angelou’s critically acclaimed first book. Octavo, original first issue book, with the top edge stained red. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “Sincerely, Maya Angelou.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. A nice example, desirable signed. “This testimony from a black sister marks the beginning of a new era in the minds and hearts of all black men and women… I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved… Her portrait is a biblical study in life in the midst of death” (James Baldwin). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century and by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 non-fiction books written in English since 1923.

Look Homeward Angel

Scribner’s, 1929. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Fine first edition in a very good dust jacket, with no restoration. Comes in a custom-made collector’s slipcase. Scribner’s, New York, 1929. Scribner’s Seal on copyright page, 1929 date on title page and no reference to later printings on copyright page. Original price of $2.50 still on flap of dust jacket.An attractive first issue dustjacket with author’s picture printed on back panel. An original dustjacket that is rich in color, without the typical fading or darkening to the spine. Jacket has a fold line on spine, suggesting it was stored folded, which would explain its excellent condition and vivid coloration. Some tiny chips at the top of the spine of the dj.

The Fairy Books: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive And Lilac

London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1910. First Edition. Very Good. First edition. Andrew Lang’s Color Fairy Books, complete in twelve volumes, all first impressions of the first edition: Blue (1889), Red (1890), Green (1892), Yellow (1894), Pink (1897), Grey (1900), Violet (1901), Crimson (1903), Brown (1904), Orange (1906), Olive (1907), Lilac (1910). The volumes average in Very Good, with fading to spines, foxing, light edge wear, soiling, or rubbing, bookplates or previous ownership markings, and toning to pages. Tear to cloth at base of spine of The Blue Fairy Book; Inner hinges tender or exposed in the Lilac, Orange and Grey; Corner clipped from front free endpaper in The Lilac Fairy Book. A lovely set Andrew Lang’s Color Fairy Books, beautifully decorated in ornate gilt stamping.

Vingt-Cinq Costumes Pour Le Théatre. [Twenty-Five Costumes For The Theatre] ; Préface Par Edmond Jaloux

Paris: Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927. First Edition. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs signed by leading French art deco designer George Barbier (1882-1932). Portrait frontispiece of Barbier by his friend and rival Charles Martin. Although primarily a book illustrator, Barbier applied his considerable skill to fabric design, posters, jewellery, wallpaper and commercial wrappings. He rose to prominence on the Parisian scene after his first exhibition of 1911 and worked under the creative direction of Sergei Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes issuing a portfolio of designs for Vaslav Nijinsky in 1913. The designs featured in ‘Vingt-cinq Costumes pour le Theatre’ show Barbier at the height of his artistic career. Quarto, portrait frontispiece, edition limited to 260 copies, 24 page introduction with 25 pochoir colour plates, each signed by the artist and mounted on tinted grey Arches paper; bound in original polished half-calf with black lettering, a fine and elegant copy.