American Presidents

October 7th, 2014
Dreams From My FatherFirst Edition, Signed by President Barack Obama

Dreams From My Father
First Edition, Signed by President Barack Obama

United States Presidents have carried out countless of important acts for our country, including the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870 that allowed US citizens of any race or color to vote in any state, the New Deal relief programs that helped the country out of its Great Depression in the 1930s, and the initiation of Project Apollo, which culminated in the first moon landing by the United States in 1969. But who were the men in the Oval Office? What were intimate details of our past presidents’ moral beliefs and social upbringings?

Very many works have been written about the United States presidents, in the form of both memoirs and biographies. Even today’s leader of the free world, President Obama, has published the stories of his life in his memoir, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance:

All men live in the shadow of their fathers – the more distant the father, the deeper the shadow. Barack Obama describes his confrontation with this shadow in his provocative autobiography… and he also persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to either.

There have been dozens of work written by and about United States presidents, covering topics as intimate as their childhood and upbringing and as compelling as their personal views on economics and politics. These accounts and opinions become even more fascinating over time, serving as testaments to important periods in US history, written by the men in charge of change.

Profiles in Courage First Edition, Signed by John F. Kennedy

Profiles in Courage First Edition, Signed by John F. Kennedy

While he was still the junior senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy wrote Profiles in Courage, a compilation of stories about eight influential people he considered courageous beyond measure:

The inspiring accounts of eight previous heroic acts by American patriots inspired the American public to remember the courage progress requires. Now, a half-century later, it remains a classic and a relevant testament to the national spirit that celebrates the most noble of human virtues. Kennedy relates these heroisms to sketches of American politicians who have risked their careers for principle. “A man does what he must,” he wrote, “in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”

More or his views on morality and American freedom can be read about in JFK’s original campaign speech, delivered in St. Louis, Missouri in October of 1960 and complete with annotations in his hand.

While JFK was a president of progress and social change, Ulysses S. Grant served as an active agent of that change during his time in the Civil War, earning himself the title of one of the most valuable military commanders in history. Most know that President Grant was credited with his defeat over the Confederacy and therefore widely celebrated as a hero before his time in the White House. Today, the colorful details of his military career and time as president are available in a first edition, two-volume set, complete with a letter written by U.S. Grant to his childhood friend J. Russell Jones. Written while President Grant was dying of cancer and published by Mark Twain, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant have been described as “the best memoirs of any general’s since Caesar.”

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant First Edition, Signed by John F. Kennedy

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant First Edition, Signed by John F. Kennedy

Up to sixteen works by United States presidents are available today in their first editions, including those by or about Thomas Jefferson, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, George Washington, Lyndon Johnson, and George H. W. Bush.

Charles Dickens & His Works

September 30th, 2014

Charles DickensMore than a famed writer and social critic of the Victorian period, Charles John Huffam Dickens touched the lives of people with the very human complexity of his fictional characters. Through his critically acclaimed novels, Dickens invoked profound thought and criticism around “social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy.”

In a commentary on a rare, extensive collection of his works, which include A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield and more, historians write:

"His imaginative freshness, his deep and sincere tenderness and pity, his whole-souled humor that is seldom sharpened into whit, his superabundance of creative energy, have built a deathless niche in the temple of fame for Charles Dickens."

So ingrained is his work in society, that the term Dickensian is often used to describe poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters. Each volume in this very attractive Dickens set is bound in half green morocco gilt with red floral inlays, and complete with full-page illustrations. Another collection of Dickens’ volumes offers the same titles, but with all books bound in full red morocco and containing two autograph letters signed by Dickens himself.

The Complete Works of Charles Dickens

The Works of Charles Dickens Signed by Charles Dickens.

Dickens’ writings reflect much of the injustice of his own life, as he was forced to leave school at an early age and work in a factory as a result of his father being thrown into debtors’ prison. In perhaps the most popular tale of poverty and hypocrisies of his time, Charles Dickens tells the story of flawed and entirely loveable orphan, Oliver Twist.

"Some characters are drawn with humorous realism, but for the most part humor is dimed by gloomy memories of the author’s own neglected childhood and sensational scenes are shrouded in an atmosphere generally eerie and sinister…"

First Edition, First Issue of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Rare Book

First Edition, First Issue of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Naïve and completely clueless to any of his own wrongdoing, the young orphan Oliver ends up in the hands of an elderly criminal trainer, Fagin. The storyline continues, shrouded in a cloud of dark humor, sarcasm, and unromantic portrayals of the criminal and the impoverished. This 1838 first edition of the novel is available in three volumes, bound in original red cloth.

Arguably the most famous work of literary fiction to have ever existed, A Tale of Two Cities is available in its first edition, first issue. The storyline of this classic novel follows the tension between the French peasantry and aristocracy in London and France during the years leading up to the French Revolution. Written again in the perspective of an antihero, the 1859 published novel follows themes of “imprisonment, injustice, and cataclysmic violence, resurrection and the renunciation that makes renewal possible.”

First Edition, First Issue of a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Rare Book

First Edition, First Issue of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’ collection The Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Battle of Life; Cricket on the Hearth; The Haunted Man and The Ghost’s Bargain, were published over the course of five years, from 1843 to 1848. Bound in full red polished calf and with gilt-decorated spines, these five volumes are responsible for developing the themes that have since been associated with the Christmas holiday itself, including “love and redemption, charity and mercy.” These books contain many features unique to the first editions, including publisher’s imprints and an advertising leaf for Oliver Twist.

Other rare, first edition publications of this world famous author are available, including: The Curse of Kehama, Dombey and Son, Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, Master Humphrey’s Clock, and The Life of Our Lord.

The Roosevelts

September 26th, 2014

The Roosevelts

In his fourteen-hour PBS special, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Ken Burns highlights the extraordinary journey of the Roosevelt family’s American legacy in the White House. Beginning with Theodore’s birth in 1858 and ending with Eleanor’s death in 1962, the seven part film documents the influential family’s enormous part in shaping the country throughout the “years during which much of the modern world and the modern state was created.”

The narrator describes the fascinating dichotomy between the two Roosevelt presidents:

They belonged to different parties. They overcame different obstacles. They had different temperaments and styles of leadership. But it was the similarities and not the differences between the two that meant the most to history.

One of the major obstacles that FDR and First Lady Eleanor faced was the threat and eventual reality of World War II in 1939. In her Pulitzer Prize-Winning book No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin offers a fascinating look into Franklin and Eleanor’s personal lives, as well as their impacts on the nation and the world, both separately and as a unit.

Published by Simon and Schuster in 1994, this first edition work strings together the story lines of FDR and Eleanor’s powerful marriage, Eleanor’s experience as First Lady, and the details of FDR’s White House as it impacted the nation and the world.

First Edition of No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Rare Book, Roosevelts

Signed First Edition of No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Both who were children of privilege came to see themselves as champions of the working man and earned the undying enmity of many of those with among they’d grown to manhood. They shared a sense of stewardship of the American land, an untamed love for people and politics, and a firm belief that the United States has a firm role to play in the wider world. Both were hugely ambitious, impatient with the drab notion that the mere making of money should be enough to satisfy any man or nation, and each took unabashed delight in the great power of his office to do good. Each displayed unbounded optimism and self-confidence. Each refused to surrender to physical limitations that might’ve destroyed them. And each had an uncanny ability to rally men and women to his cause.

Arguably the most popular president to this day, Theodore Roosevelt cast a large shadow for FDR to live up to. It’s fitting that it took acclaimed American writer Edmund Morris an entire biographical trilogy to capture the legacy of the 26th president of the United States.

Published in 1979 by Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won a Pulitzer Prize and the 1980 National Book Award in Biography. Our first edition covers Theodore’s life beginning with his birth and tapering off at the exciting time when he first rose to presidency.

Theodore Rex continues with the fascinating details of Teddy Roosevelt’s time in office, during which time he built the Panama Canal, became the first president to speak out on conservation, and won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations that ended the Russo-Japanese War. In the book, which we have a first edition of, intimate details come out about Teddy’s story, including his opinions about the constitution’s role in government at the turn of the century, such as those so beautifully outlined in the PBS special:

He believed that the government of the United States had to be much more central, energetic and assertive than the constitution had envisioned it, or we could not go on as a nation.

In an artful storytelling of history, Morris completes the trilogy with Colonel Roosevelt, which tells the journey of Theodore’s life as his health staggered and led to his eventual death in 1919.

First Edition of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Colonel Roosevelt

Signed First Edition of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, Colonel Roosevelt.
By Edmund Morris

Isaac Newton’s The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

September 2nd, 2014
Isaac Newton, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, First Edition, Rare Book

Isaac Newton’s The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Rare, First English Edition

Einstein describes Newton’s The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy:

“”Newton’s Principia is generally described as the greatest work in the history of science. Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler had certainly shown the way; but where they described the phenomena they observed, Newton explained the underlying universal laws. The Principia provided the greatest synthesis of the cosmos, proving finally its physical unity. Newton showed that the important and dramatic aspects of nature that were subject to the universal law of gravitation could be explained, in mathematical terms, with a single physical theory. With him the separation of the natural and supernatural, of sublunar and superlunar worlds disappeared….”

Other scholars agree with Einstein. Newton’s work, published in 1687, is famous for having sparked a revolution in physics at its time. It helped connect mathematics and physics in a way that had not been explored before. Although there may not have been an immediate acceptance of Newton’s theories at the time, by the end of the 17th century a different kind of science had emerged from his work.

Isaac Newton, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, First Edition, Rare Book

Isaac Newton’s The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

With Newton’s physical theories came mathematical methods that are now known in the field of calculus. Newton writes in the preface of the book,

“And therefore we offer this work as mathematical principles of philosophy. For all the difficulty of philosophy seems to consist in this—from the phenomena of motions to investigate the forces of Nature, and then from these forces to demonstrate the other phenomena…”

In The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Newton lays out the general principles that he has discovered, instantly making him the most famous scientist in Europe at the time.

Some controversy has been attached to Newton’s publication and findings. Some historians believe that Robert Hooke’s letters to Newton, as well as his own findings, may have had some influence on the book. Hooke himself believed that his discoveries had been taken from him when the book was published. Despite this, Newton’s name lives on as the mastermind behind the theories in his famous book.

We are honored to have a first edition in English of this rare, historic piece of history. Published in London in 1729 by Benjamin Motte, this first edition in English of Newton’s Principia is in two volumes. It is bound in full leather, with gilt tiles and stamping to the spine. With forty-six folding engraved plates and two folding charts, this excellent near fine copy of this landmark work has a few leaves with light foxing and pages lightly toned.

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Isaac Newton, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, First Edition, Rare Book

Isaac Newton’s The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

Edward Gibbon: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

August 17th, 2014

Edward GibbonEdward Gibbon, an English historian and member of Parilament in the 18th century, is most known for his six volume work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. This work is still highly regarded by both historians and critics, over 200 years after its publication.

Giobbon was born in Putney, Surrey, in 1737, the only surviving child of his parents Edward and Judith Gibbon. He was sickly child and was eventually sent away to Westiminster School, where he first began to read and take a liking to literature. At 15, he attended Magdalen College and learned quickly he was not the scholarly type. However, while attending Oxford, Gibbon converted to Roman Catholicism and immediately after left Oxford to move to Switzerland. Just two years later, after his father threatened to take his inheritance away, Gibbon re-converted to Protestantism.

In 1758, at the age of 21, Edward Gibbon returned to England and published his first book, which distinguished him amongst his peers and brought his name to prominence in the area. He had several literary failures afterwards until he published The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire from 1776-1788.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Emprire is an explanation for the fall of the Roman Empire. One of the reasons Gibbon’s book has stayed known throughout history is because it is one of the first pieces of works that uses sources to trace back and write about history. This book is known for its critical view of Christianity and Gibbon received a lot of criticism for it at the time. Gibbon is known as one of the sons of the Enlightenment, having openly criticized the religious Dark Ages.

Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Rare Edition

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
by Edward Gibbon

We have several rare editions of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, including one from the Library of Andrew Dickson White (Diplomat and Educator who founded Cornell University). We also have a first edition of Gibbon’s Memoirs and Writings, titled Miscellaneous Works With Memoirs of His Life and Writings: Composed Himself.

Although The History was met with praise and made Gibbon one of the leaders of the literary community in Europe, Edward Gibbon was not happy. Following his completion of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon fell into a deep depression and physical anguish. He died in 1794 of Peritonitis at the young age of 56. View all of our works by Edward Gibbon here.

 

Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Rare Edition

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
by Edward Gibbon

Remembering the Life and Works of Nadine Gordimer

August 4th, 2014

Nadine GordimerNadine Gordimer was a famous South African writer and political activist, using her talents to help shed light on moral and racial issues. She was known for her involvement in HIV/AIDS causes as well as the anti-apartheid movement. She was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991.

Nadine Gordimer was born outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1923. Her parents were both immigrants from outside of South Africa and Gordimer experienced repression from the government from an early age. At age 25, Gordimer moved to Johannesburg where she began taking classes and writing. Her first publication Face to Face was a collection of several of her early stories. Gordimer first became recognized and brought to the mainstream when her story “A Watcher of the Dead” was accepted into the New Yorker.

Nadine Gordimer, A World of Strangers, First Edition, Signed, Rare Book

Nadine Gordimer’s A World of Strangers
Signed First Edition

Gordimer became active in politics and the anti-apartheid movement in 1960. She is even known to have edited Nelson Mandela’s “I Am Prepared to Die” speech. Her work in anti-apartheid led the South African government to ban two of her books for over a decade. The Late Bourgeois World , and A World of Strangers were both banned for their political themes. We have two first editions of Gordimer’s second novel that are both signed by the author on the title page. You can view them here.

In 1974, Gordimer wrote The Conservationist, which went on to win the Booker Prize. We have an excellent first edition of this novel which is signed by the author on the title page.

In 1979, Gordiner wrote the novel Burger’s Daughter. This famous novel follows a group of white anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, seeking to overthrow the South African government. This book was also banned in South Africa for a period of time. We carry two first editions of Burger’s Daughter, both signed by the author on the title page. You can view them here.

Gordimer died peacefully at age 90 on Monday, July 14th, 2014. Her legacy, body of work, and support of causes in South Africa will never be forgotten.

We also have first editions of My Son’s Story, On The Mines, Echoes of an Autobiography. View all of Nadine Gordimer’s works that we carry here.

 

Henry Fielding and The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

July 7th, 2014
Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, rare book, First Edition, Owned by Theodore Roosevelt

Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
First Edition, Once Owned by Theodore Roosevelt, has his bookplates in each volume

Henry Fielding, born in Sharpham, England, was an English novelist that was famous for his dry humor and satirical writing style. His novel The History of Tom Jones, a Founling is his most famous work and what Fielding is truly remembered for, over 250 years after his death.

Fielding’s literary career did not start until he moved to London in 1728. He started writing plays and was quite harsh in his depiction of the government at the time, stirring up controversy in London. It is said that the Theatrical Act of 1737 was in direct response to one of his plays. After this Act was passed, there could not be any more political satire in the theatre and Fielding lost his job. He then became a lawyer to support his family.

Throughout this time, Fielding continued to publish his political writings under a pseudonym. In 1746, he anonymously published the story The Female Husband, a fictional account of a transvestite conning another woman into marriage.

Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, rare book, First Edition, First printing run

Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
First Edition, One of a first printing run of only 2,000 copies

In 1749, Henry Fielding published the novel that would make him famous, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. This novel is said to be one of the first English prose works to be named a ‘novel,’ and is a large piece of work divided into 18 smaller books.

This comedic novel follows the main character Tom Jones, an abandoned child, who is found by a wealthy member of English society. Tom falls in love with a girl from a higher class and their romance is forbidden, making for both a controversial story and a comment on social norms at the time. The book touched on matters that had rarely been written about publicly until its time, including prostitution and graphic sexual themes.

Tom Jones was made into several movies and even adapted three times into an Opera. John Allen Stevenson writes this of Tom

Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, rare book, First Edition, Owned by Theodore Roosevelt

Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
First Edition, Once Owned by Theodore Roosevelt, has his bookplates in each volu

Jones, from The Real History of Tom Jones:

“Such was the demand that all 2,500 copies in print had already been sold by the date announced for its official publication, a phenomenon that one observer believed to be ‘an unheard-of case.’ Tom Jones quickly sold 10,000 copies, making it one of the great best-sellers of its time; it has never since been out of print.”

We have a rare First Edition of Tom Jones that once belonged to Theodore Roosevelt and still has his “Qui plantavit curabit” bookplate in each of the 18 volumes. We also have a rare First Edition of Tom Jones that was one of a first printing run of only 2,000 copies with errata leaf in Volume I, the errata uncorrected, and all cancels and final blanks, K12 in Volume I and R12 in Volume IIU (Rothschild 850). This edition is finely bound in full crushed morocco by Bayntun, with red and black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, raised bands, blind-stamped inner dentelles. A very nice set of first editions, finely bound by Bayntun.

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Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, rare book, First Edition, First printing run

Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
First Edition, One of a first printing run of only 2,000 copies

 

Author Spotlight – Cormac McCarthy

June 23rd, 2014
Cormac McCarthy's On the Road, Rare, Signed First Edition

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
Signed First Edition

Cormac McCarthy has become a household name for his various novels that have won him a Pulitzer Prize, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, and been turned into blockbuster films. The now 80-year-old writer lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is still somewhat of an enigma in the literary world.

McCarthy was born in Rhode Island, but moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was very little. He attended the University of Tennessee, although never graduated, and married a woman he met there. They had a child and divorced shortly after. He published his first novel, The Orchard Keeper, in 1965 when he was 32 years old. We have a first edition of McCarthy’s first book The Orchard Keeper that is signed by him. After traveling for an entire summer in 1965 and meeting his second wife, McCarthy returned to the United States and wrote his second novel, Outer Dark. This novel was published in 1968. We have a rare first edition of Outer Dark that is inscribed by Cormac McCarthy.

In 1969 McCarthy and his new wife moved to Tennessee where McCarthy went on to write Child of God, which was published in 1973.  We carry a first edition of Child of God that is signed by McCarthy. In 1979 his novel Suttree was published, followed by Blood Meridian in 1985. Blood Meridian is now considered to be one of the greatest novels of all time and was met with great praise. We carry a 25th Anniversary edition of the author’s fifth novel, which is signed by Cormac McCarthy.

Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, Rare, Signed First Edition

Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men
Signed First Edition

Up until this point, McCarthy’s novels had been received with positive reviews, but he had not become a household name. This changed in 1992 when All the Pretty Horses was published, which won several awards. We have a first edition of All the Pretty Horses that is inscribed by Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy’s book No Country for Old Men was then published in 2005 and adapted for film by the Coen brothers, winning four Academy Awards and dozens of other awards around the world. We have a first edition of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men that is signed by him.

McCarthy went on to publish The Road, which has been called “the most readable of [McCarthy’s] works, and consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous condition of nature and civilization” (The New York Times Book Review). This book won McCarthy the Pulitzer Prize and has become one of his most famous works. Oprah Winfrey chose The Road as her April 2007 selection for her book club and conducted McCarthy’s first television interview in 2007.

McCarthy has been reported to be working on three new novels while he resides in Providence, Rhode Island. To view all of our rare books by Cormac McCarthy, click here.

Author Spotlight – Roald Dahl

June 16th, 2014

Roald DahlRoald Dahl has touched the lives of many children with his imaginative, somewhat dark and funny stories. The British novelist is a household name and a brilliant storyteller, writing some of the most famous children’s books throughout the world.

Dahl was born in 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales. He experienced great tragedy as a small child – his sister and father died within weeks of each other when Dahl was only three years old. Dahl spent most of his childhood at boarding schools in England and spent the holidays with his mother in Wales. Dahl writes about his mostly happy childhood in his memoir Boy: Tales of Childhood.

Dahl took a job with Shell Petroleum Company after his schooling and traveled the world. During World War II, Dahl served as Lieutenant in a special force for the Colonial Army. After being injured in battle, Dahl was sent home and eventually stationed at the British Embassy in Washington DC.

His first publish book was The Gremlins, which was published in 1943. This book was received with great praise and even Eleanor Roosevelt read it to her children. Dahl went on to write some of the most famous children’s books of all time, many of which became popular movies.

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, First Edition, Inscribed, Rare Book

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
First Edition, Inscribed by Roald Dahl

We carry a first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was inscribed by Roald Dahl in the year of publication. It is in an excellent dust jacket that shows some light wear to the foot of the spine. The publication date was September 1964 and the first printing run consisted of 10,000 copies and sold out within four weeks. This copy was signed within a month of publication. It is an exceptional and rare copy of this beloved novel. Click here to learn more.

We also have a first edition of James of the Giant Peach, which was inscribed by Roald Dahl in the year of publication. It is in fine condition in the original dust jacket, only showing some wear to the foot of the spine and a few small, closed tears. It is a rare and wonderful copy to add to your collection. Click here to learn more.

Dahl wrote many other famous books, including Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Witches, and more. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 74. Since his death there have been many museums and ceremonies to honor both his books and his life.

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, First Edition, Inscribed, Rare Book

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
First Edition, Inscribed by Roald Dahl

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 10th, 2014
The Dalai Lama of Tibet's My Land and My People, Rare Signed First Edition

The Dalai Lama of Tibet’s My Land and My People,
Rare Signed First Edition

Still deciding what to get the father in your life for Father’s Day? A rare book is a collectable he will cherish for a lifetime and remember you by every time he opens it.  We have a variety of rare, unique books that are perfect for any father.

If your father loves golf, we have a variety of rare, first editions written by famous golf legends including Jack Nicklaus, Bernard Darwin, Bobby Jones, and more. He’ll not only enjoy reading the book, but also keep it as a collectible and add it to his library. You can view all of our books about golf here.

Does your father have a favorite President or public figure? We have a great collection of biographies and autobiographies, including a signed first edition of Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father. We also have Jimmy Carter’s Keeping Faith, Calvin Coolidge’s The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, a rare, signed first edition of The Dalai Lama of Tibet’s My Land and My People, and many more. You can view all of our biographies and autobiographies here.

Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Rare First Edition in Rare Original Dust Jacket

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises,
Rare First Edition in Rare Original Dust Jacket

If you want to add something heartfelt and unique to your father’s library, try picking out a book of poetry that means a lot to you. When he reads the poems, he’ll keep you in mind and cherish this book forever. View all of our books of poetry here.

If you know your father’s favorite author, browse our selection by author name and find rare, first editions of famous works by J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens and more. Browse all of our titles by author here.

Whether you are looking for a specific title for your father or want to find something you think he’d really enjoy because of his interests, we are sure to have the book for you. We also offer free gift wrapping and priority shipping and can get your book to you by the next morning if necessary.