Max Rambod Inc.

Original Letters, Historical Documents, Photography & Rare Books Since 1989
pada, uacc, manuscript society Max Rambod

Literature


American author. "The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway." New York: Scribners [1955] 499 pages. Inscribed on the front endpaper "To M.B. Goldman Jr. with all best wishes from his friend, Ernest Hemingway. (+$5.00)" Mr. and Mrs. Goldman were on a cruise ship in the 1950's. Mrs. Goldman had bet Mr. Goldman $5 that a fellow passenger was Ernest Hemingway - Mrs. Goldman won the bet. M. B. Goldman, Jr. was a founder and the first chairman of The Phoenix Jewish News. While the contents of this volume of short stories had previously appeared in The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938), the Short Stories, first published 1953, was the first collection solely of Hemingway’s short fiction, and contributed to the stories’ acceptance and canonization. Among these forty-nine short stories are Hemingway's earliest efforts, written when he was a young foreign correspondent in Paris, and such masterpieces as "Hills Like White Elephants," "The Killers," "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber," and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."Very good condition; original blue cloth, spine ends expertly repaired; dust jacket not present. Name and address of M. B. Goldman on front pastedown. Internally very clean and bright.

Item Number: 14199
Price: $4,500


American author. Signed book: A Farewell to Arms. Later printing. NY: Schribner's, 1955. Hardcover, 8-3/8"" x 6-3/4" inches, 343 pages. Signed and inscribed on front free end paper, “To Ben Strauss with sincere good wishes, Ernest Hemingway.” A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway's semi-autobiographical first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. Although set in war, the book is a essentially a love story between the young lieutenant bearing striking similarities to Hemingway, and a young British nurse. Both a commercial and critical success, which later became an acclaimed film. No dustjacket. Owner's bookplate on inside front cover. Minor scuffing and smudging to cloth and light fading to spine. Interior pages are in very good condition with a nice bold inscription and signature.

Item Number: 14414
Price: $4,000


American author. Signed book: A Farewell to Arms. Later printing. NY: Modern Library, 1932. Hardcover, 4.5" x 6.5" inches, 355 pages. Signed and inscribed on the dedication page, “To Helen Mauldin, with very best wishes, Ernest Hemingway.” A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway's semi-autobiographical first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. Although set in war, the book is a essentially a love story between the young lieutenant bearing striking similarities to Hemingway, and a young British nurse. Both a commercial and critical success, which later became an acclaimed film. No dustjacket. Very good condition with a nice bold inscription and signature.

Item Number: 14200
Price: $3,950


American author. Signed book: For Whom the Bell Tolls. Later printing. NY: Scribner's, 1955. Hardcover, 8-3/8"" x 6-3/4" inches, 471 pages. Signed and inscribed on front free end paper, “To Ben Strauss with best regards and all good luck, Ernest Hemingway.” For Whom the Bell Tolls is Hemingway's semi-autobiographical novel of young American soldier in the Spanish Civil War who is assigned to blow up a bridge. The story, which Hemingway devised from his own observations and experiences as a war reporter in the Spanish Civil War, graphically displays the conflict between the desire to live and the desire to fulfill one's duty through the brutality of war. Critically acclaimed and financially successful, For Whom the Bell Tolls is considered to be among Hemingway's greatest works. No dustjacket. Owner's bookplate on inside front cover. Exterior cloth has faded, mostly on the spine, faint dampstain to upper 2 inches and small ink stains to rear cover. Some offsetting from bookplate to front free end paper where Hemingway's inscription is located. Otherwise, the interior is in very good condition with a nice bold inscription and signature.

Item Number: 14416
Price: $3,850


American author. Signed book: To Have and Have Not. Later printing. NY: Schribner's, 1953. Hardcover, 8-3/8"" x 6-3/4" inches, 262 pages. Signed and inscribed on interior title page, “To Ben Strauss best luck always, Ernest Hemingway.” To Have and Have Not is Hemingway's story of fishing boat captain Harry Morgan, a good man who is forced into running contraband between Cuba and Florida by forces beyong his control. Both a romance and an adventure story, To Have and Have Not was later adapted into a film starring Humphrey Bogart. No dustjacket. Owner's bookplate on front free end paper. Exterior cloth has faded, especially on spine, and has a few bumps. Interior is in very good condition with a nice bold inscription and signature.

Item Number: 14415
Price: $3,850


The greatest of 19th-century American poets, best known for his first book of poetry, Leaves of Grass. He remains the nation’s great celebrator and affirmer of democracy, freedom, the self, and the joys of living. Sepia signed frontispiece photograph removed from Whitman’s book Two Rivulets (1876). Photo was taken in September 1872 by Brooklyn photographer George E. Frank Pearsall and measures 4"x6". Bold black ink signature "Walt Whitman," adding, "born May 31 1819" beneath. In very good condition.

Item Number: 13784
Price: $3,200


American Author. Among his works are "A Farewell To Arms", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", and "The Old Man & The Sea". Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954. Handwritten Autograph Letter (unsigned) mentioning hunting, his biographer, a movie deal and most importantly 3 of his most famous short stories from his book In Our Time: " Dr. and Drs. wife " "Indian Camp" "A way you'll never be " Written in ink, one page, 8" x 5". Hemingway writes in his hand "10501 20th Century Fox Robert Goldstein - Ten figures to use Now I Lay Me In Another Country Money spread over 3 years percentage " Then Hemingway lists 3 of his most famous short stories from his Nick Adams series that were autobiographical, the first one about his father and mother , he writes: " Dr. and Drs. wife " "Indian Camp" "A way you'll never be " Seven years lease 300 over 3 years will cable to will cable Suecea Wed. 20th Century check to - Hotch [Hemingway's close friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner] will cable check -" In the last part Hemingway writes about hunting seasons he needs to plan " Oct. 11th ducks opens - Oct. 25th pheasants". Comes with copies of that cable too. A true First Edition of "In Our Time", not even signed by Hemingway would now cost you over $50,000. This handwritten note regarding "In Our Time" is a true find. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 9636
Price: $2,850


American writer who originated the philosophy of Objectivism. That rational self-interest should be the basis of action and that self-fulfillment is an individual's moral responsibility, with productive achievement is the noblest activity. Famous books include the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged In 1961, Rand collected her philosophical writings in "For the New Intellectual". Document signed, 2 pages, New York, June 16, 1976. A contract permitting the Palo Alto Book Service to print The Moral Factor, a lecture by Ayn Rand at Ford Hall Forum 1976. In part, "1. The lecture must be published... without any cuts or changes...2. The lecture must be published as a pamphlet of the same format as that previously used by The Objectivist, Inc...6. You will not sell the pamphlet to any political or sectarian bookstores or organizations, or to any organizations which have attacked me or the philosophy of Objectivism.." Signed "Ayn Rand". In excellent condition. In "The Moral Factor" Ayn Rand wrote some of her philosophy regarding war and oppressive governments, summed up in her statement : "Nobody has to put up with aggression and surrender his right of self-defense... When someone comes at you with a gun, if you have one ounce of self-esteem, you will answer him by force.."

Item Number: 11266
Price: $2,800


Signed book: East of Eden. Later printing. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1953. Hardcover with dustjacket, 5.5 x 8, 525 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-title page, "For Ray, John Steinbeck." In fine condition, with slight weakening to spine, and a partial separation of page to hinge. Dust-jacket shows scattered light wear and creasing, with small areas of paper loss along along top edges. A large and beautiful signature in one of Steinbeck's finest, and most desired, works.

Item Number: 13572
Price: $1,900


French writer and political activist with a troubled past of crime who later took to writing. He produced several autobiographical novels, in which he depicted the rejection of the bourgeois society that had repudiated him. These included his most famous novel "Our Lady of the Flowers" [Notre Dame Des Fleurs], ostensibly concerned with the trial of an young assassin. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page, on Terrass Hotel Paris letterhead, no date.. Important content letter about his most famous novel "Our Lady of the Flowers". Genet writes in his hand "Dear Madame, I was very happy to receive your letter in excellent French in fact. But I must regretfully tell you that Freschdun[?] has already translated N D [Notre Dame] des Fleurs in English and it is he who possesses all the rights to that language and for this book... regarding the movie, I have communicated your letter to the owner of the film.. he will write to you and will tell you a price. It is with him that you must deal. But I thank you for all your kindness and I hope to see you soon in Paris. In the meantime, I shake your hand in friendship. Jean Genet". Genet's letters are generally very scarce, however with one such reference to his book "Our Lady of the Flowers" is a great find.

Item Number: 10094
Price: $1,550


French writer. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, dated December 9, 1982, 1 page, in French. Ionesco writes, " I thank you from all my heart for having accepted to play "Voyage Chez Les Morts" [he is referring to his play Travel to the dead]. I am very happy. Thank you also to Roger Planchon and to our comrades. I wish to see you and embrace you as soon as possible." Boldly signed "Eugene Ionesco". Written in a very bold pen, includes original transmittal envelope. In excellent condition. Great reference to one of his plays.

Item Number: 10159
Price: $885


Renowned author of "The Godfather." Ball point endorsement on the reverse of an 8.75" x 3.5" check made out to him for $21.48 by the William Morris Agency and dated April 8, 1970. The memo on the reverse of the check reads: “Refund of 10% commission on interes[t] [d]iscount charge of $214.80 made by G. P. Putnam’s sons 1969 payment of $10,000 re: ‘The Godfather.’” Signed, “Mario Puzo”. Fold and punch cancellations (away from signature) and bank stamp just touching one letter of signature, otherwise in excellent condition. Putnam’s sons published the first edition of the Godfather. The Godfather was later developed into a trilogy of popular and highly acclaimed films directed by Francis Ford Coppola released in 1972, 1974 and 1990. Puzzo co-wrote the screenplay with Coppola. Very scarce to find anything related directly to the godfather.

Item Number: 13152
Price: $850


Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809 - 1894, eminent American poet and author. One page, poem written in his hand and signed "Oliver Wendell Holmes." Dated December 28, 1881. Among his best-known poems: "The Dorchester Giant", "Reflections of a Proud Pedestrian", "Evening / By a Tailor" and "The Height of the Ridiculous." Here, Holmes writes four lines of verse in a form of a prayer. Holmes writes in full: "Lord of the Universe, shield us and guide us, Trusting Thee always through shadow and sun! Thou hast united us, - who shall divide us? Keep us, O keep us the Many in One! Oliver Wendell Holmes Boston, Dec. 28th 1881." Comes in an elegant frame with an engraving of Holmes. In excellent condition.

Item Number: 13599
Price: $650


"Stay With it, Snoopy." NY: Fawcett Crest, 1977. Paperback, 4" x 7". Signed and inscribed in blue ball point on the front inside cover, “For Amy, Charles M. Schulz.” Minor wear to cover, otherwise, in very good condition.

Item Number: 12866
Price: $650


One of the foremost playwrights of the theater of the absurd. Souvenir typescript, one page, 6.5 x 9.5 sheet of handmade paper, Act One of Rhinoceros. In part, 'The scene is a square in a small provincial town...The time is almost mid-day on a Sunday in summertime. Jean and Berenger will sit at one of the terrace tables.' Signed at the bottom in blue ball point "Eugene Ionesco". In fine condition.

Item Number: 10542
Price: $445


U.S. Author. Typescript Signed, 1page, on gold colored parchment paper. An excerpt from "Armageddon" by Leon Uris. In part: "No people in all of the Western world live closer to their mythology than the German people. Siegfried and other legendary figures, particularly warriors, are deep within the soul of the German people..." Signed "Leon Uris." In excellent condition.

Item Number: 1996
Price: $400


Science fiction author. Best known for his book "2001: A Space Odyssey". Typed Letter Signed, one page both sides, 8.75 x 11.5, July 30, 1981. Preprinted letter used to respond to '90 percent of the questions I am asked.' Signed on the reverse, 'My favorite book is always the last one! Arthur C. Clarke.' In fine condition, with a few light creases and folds.

Item Number: 9782
Price: $350


This is a three leaf lot from an illuminated Quran, Persia, 1796, on laid paper, page size 7.5" x 4.3." There are seventeen lines of neat black naskh script within a gold frame, text area 5.7" x 3," sura headings in red thulth on gold grounds within blue, gold and polychrome panels, most sura headings in blue within a gold cartouche and blue and gold paneling, Juz' divisions in red thulth on gold cartouches; marginal medallions in gold with red script and blue and red highlights . Verso: seventeen lines of neat black naskh script, sura headings in red thulth on gold grounds within blue, gold and polychrome panels, most sura headings in blue within a gold cartouche and blue and gold paneling ; marginal medallions in gold with red script and blue and red highlights. Condition of this leaf is less than fine [F-] due to extensive devotion usage. The two (2) additional leaves contained in this lot are text only with no suras, medallions or other embellishments. The colophon reads "written by the slave, the sinner, the scribe Ibn Muhammad Ibrahim Muhammad al-Husni", and dated AH 1212 (AD 1796). The format of this Quran and color scheme are very close to that of another eighteenth century Koran in the Quran collection, published in M. Bayani, A. Contadinin and T. Stanley, The Decorated Word, Oxford 1999, pages 166-167 item 55.

Item Number: 13887
Price: $250


Prolific American playwright, screenwriter, and author of international bestsellers, of which the best-known is THE YOUNG LIONS and RICH MAN, POOR MAN. Document signed, 5 pages, dated September 12, 1957 between CBS Television and Irwin Shaw. In part, "Author hereby grants the following rights to CBS Television with respect to the literary property entitled 'Eight Yard Run'. Signed on the last page in blue "Irwin Shaw". 'Eight Yard Run' was a short story by Shaw that is still considered on of the best piece of football fiction. It's about a college football player named Christian Darling who, just once, in practice breaks away for a stunning open-field sprint, eluding enemy tacklers, but whose life, almost from that instant starts traveling downward. Fifteen years after his rush of glory, Christian Darling is the guy who "went down to the nearest bar and had five drinks off to himself in a corner before his money ran out."

Item Number: 10551
Price: $200


Author. Contract in which Stone agrees to the print and publication of his novel " The Passionate Journey" in Sweden. Signed contract, 2 pages, 8 x 13", dated December 27, 1949. Contract states in part "The proprietors grant and assign to the Publishers the sole and exclusive right to print and publish, in Sweden in book form only , a translation made at the Publisher's expense in the Swedish language, for sale and distribution throughout the world of the work now entitles, The Passionate Journey.." Signed boldly in blue ink "Irving Stone". In excellent condition.

Item Number: 8936
Price: $175


U.S. Author best known for his novel about the founding of the Israeli state titled "Exodus" (1959); film, and the movie that was based on it (1961) Signed photo, black/white, 8x10". Signed on lower margin below photo "Leon Uris". In excellent condition.

Item Number: 8281
Price: $125