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The Giving Tree Original Autograph Manuscript.

The Giving Tree Original Autograph Manuscript.

Silverstein, Shel The original manuscript of one of the most commercially successful children's books of all time and Shel Silverstein's most famous work, The Giving Tree, entirely in his had with his publisher's edits in pencil throughout. Quarto, 38 pasteboard pages with Silverstein's original ink drawings on paper adhered to each page and Silverstein's original handwritten text. With numerous revisions by Silverstein, most notably on the final page of the story where Silverstein has changed "and the boy and the tree were happy" to "And the tree was happy." In very good condition. Lacking pages 2, 3, 4 and 36. A remarkable piece offering exclusive insight into the author/illustrator's process and furthering the mysterious and ambiguous nature of the widely interpreted story of a selfless tree and her beloved companion. One of the most widely interpreted and best-selling children's books of all time, The Giving Tree has sold over ten million copies since its first appearance in 1964. The book has been described as "one of the most divisive books in children's literature" for the inherent ambiguity and various interpretations inspired by the relationship between the selfless female giving tree and the human boy who benefits from her gifts as he grows through adulthood into old age. Throughout the picture book, the boy benefits at all stages of life from the tree's gifts with little regard for the tree's well-being in return. Critics, readers, poets and philosophers have debated the meaning of The Giving Tree, finding it more than the sum of its parts. The relationship between the tree and the boy has been interpreted as a representation of the relationship between man and nature, mother and child, and as the "Christian ideal of unconditional love" (Leonard, 2005).
The Works of Charles Darwin. Including: The Origin of Species; The Descent of Man; Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication; Formation of Vegetable Mould; The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom; The Movement and Habits of Climbing Plants; The Various Contrivances by Which Orchids are Fertilised by Insects. Second Edition

The Works of Charles Darwin. Including: The Origin of Species; The Descent of Man; Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication; Formation of Vegetable Mould; The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom; The Movement and Habits of Climbing Plants; The Various Contrivances by Which Orchids are Fertilised by Insects. Second Edition, Revised. A Naturalist’s Voyage. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of Countries Visited During the Voyage of the H.M.S Beagle; The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species.

Darwin, Charles Finely bound example of the works of Charles Darwin. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, each front panel bears the gilt seal of the Law Society of the United Kingdom. Five of the volumes with a bookplate from the society, awarding the set to Charles Lawson Smith for placing second in the honors examination of the first class, held in June, 1888. The bookplates are signed by the president of the society. In near fine condition. An exceptional set with noted provenance.   Charles Darwin has been widely recognized since his own time as one of the most influential writers in the history of Western thought. His books were widely read by specialists and the general public, and his influence had been extended by almost continuous public debate over the past 150 years. His most well known works are The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man and Voyage of the Beagle.
Theodore Roosevelt Signed and Inscribed Autograph Quotation Book.

Theodore Roosevelt Signed and Inscribed Autograph Quotation Book.

Roosevelt, Theodore; William Howard Taft; John Muir; John Burroughs; Bernard Baruch et al. [Olga Roosevelt] Olga Roosevelt's autograph book, lengthily inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States, William Howard Taft as Vice President of the United States and several other famous figures of the era, including naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs and financier Bernard Baruch. Octavo, bound in full vellum with hand painted decorations to the spine and panels, patterned endpapers. Inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt with a lengthy quotation, "No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially - courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense. Theodore Roosevelt July 23rd 1903." Inscribed by William Howard Taft "For Miss Olga Roosevelt with best wishes of William H. Taft May 23 1910." Inscribed by American naturalist John Burroughs, "The most precious things of life are without money & without price John Burroughs Sept 8, 1903." Inscribed by the President of Cornell University and United States Ambassador to Germany Jacob Gould Schurman, "Beauty, graceful manners, good temper, common sense, and a kind heart: these are the qualities that make a woman to be beloved and powerful. J.G. Schurman East Hampton September 14th 1903." Additionally inscribed by Alfred W.S. Garden, American diplomat Robert Underwood Johnson, American screenwriter Daniel Carson Goodman, and American naval officer Leigh Carlyle Palmer. Signed by John Muir and signed and dated by Bernard Baruch "B. Baruch Jan 20th 1920." From the collection of Theodore Roosevelt's niece, Olga Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the heiress to a fortune of several million dollars left her by her mother. She made her debut in Washington in 1908 and married Dr. Breckenridge Bayne in 1911. In very good condition. An exceptional collection of signatures with noted provenance. Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century.
Capt. Joshua Slocum: The Life and Voyages of America's Best Known Sailor.

Capt. Joshua Slocum: The Life and Voyages of America’s Best Known Sailor.

Slocum, Victor Early printing of Victor Slocum's vivid account of his father's voyages at sea. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. From the library of James Stephen "Steve" Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing's most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation's highest award, the Gold Medal of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the crown of the spine. "This book is expected to supplement my father's book in which he gave an account of his voyage in the Spray, entitles Sailing Alone Around the World (New York, 1900). In his book he introduced just enough of his family background and previous seagoing experience to suit the purpose of Sailing Alone, and not to make it top-heavy at the start. That was according to his lights nearly fifty years ago. Since then, there has been a growing demand on the part of a certain travelling public to know more about the man. That is where the present book of supposed to fit it" (Author's foreword).
Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.

Bradbury, Ray [William Safire] First edition of this classic work by the author of Fahrenheit 451. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Association copy, inscribed by the author to fellow writer, journalist, and presidential speechwriter William Safire on the title page, "For Bill! Who understands the language that I use. Fondly, Ray Bradbury. 2/9/90." Together with a one-page autographed letter signed from Bradbury to Safire, also dated 2/9/90, written on Bradbury's stationary, which reads, "Dear Bill: Thanks for your new book! Here's mine! Will you do, or have you done and I missed it, an article on the confusion of liberal/conservative, left/right terms this winter in Europe? Krauthammer had one this week, one of the rare attempts to define terms, parties, beliefs. I await yours. We need you. I'll be in Washington mid-April, lecturing at Johns Hopkins. Hope to call & see you. With admiration! Ray. 2/9/90." A distinguished copy of Bradbury's highly-regarded book on writing, substantially expanded from his similarly-titled Capra Press chapbook, here collecting nine essays on writing and the creative process. Inscribed to his friend and long-time correspondent William Safire; during their decades-long friendship and correspondence, Safire reviewed Bradbury's Zen and the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity for his New York Times column "On Language," and frequently cited Bradbury's work when discussing rules for good writing. A fine association, connecting two masters of the English language. "Zen and the Art of Writing is purely and simply Bradbury's love song to his craft" (Los Angeles Times).
The Bold Cavaliers: Morgan's 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Raiders.

The Bold Cavaliers: Morgan’s 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Raiders.

Brown, Dee Alexander. [Harper Lee] First edition of the author's Civil War classic. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee on the front free endpaper to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, "To Charles with love, Nelle." In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama's most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school's theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper, 'Caustic Comments for Crimson White', as well as many articles to the university's humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. The two remained close friends and corresponded well into the early 1990s. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Burchard. In 1861, Morgan's Raiders rode into the Civil War and within a few months attained almost legendary fame. Officially organized as the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, C.S.A, they called themselves the "Alligator Horses" and were the farthest ranging unit in the war - raiding, skirmishing and fighting full-scale battles in ten states. This is the story of the men who made the legend based on their memoirs, diaries, newspapers, and official records.