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"handbook of the environmental movement"

ABBEY, Edward. Desert Solitaire. A Season in the Wilderness. NY: McGraw-Hill, (1968). Octavo, original brown cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of Abbey's first work of nonfiction; a classic of the environmental movement.

$850
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ABBEY, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1975. Advance reading copy of the first edition of Edward Abbey's environmental classic. "Abbey's novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975) recounts the exploits of a band of guerrilla environmentalists; both it and Desert Solitaire became handbooks of the environmental movement" (Britannica).

$425
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Beckett's masterpiece

BECKETT, Samuel. En attendant Godot. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1952. Octavo, original wrappers; glassine; custom cloth box. FIRST EDITION of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, one of the most influential works of modern drama.

$3400
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""I'm afraid poor Casanova never did it except in missionary style..."

BELLOW, Saul. Typed Letter Signed.  One page, signed "Love, Saul". Circa 1965.  Addressed to Bellow's lawyer and close personal friend, Samuel Goldberg.  A lively and amusing letter; discusses the death of a mutual friend, a production of one of Bellow's plays and the calming effect Casanova's Memoirs have on Bellow's nerves.  

$1750
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with original designs by William Blake

(BLAKE, William, illus.) BLAIR, Robert. The Grave. London : T. Bensley for Robert Cromek, 1808. Quarto, three-quarter black morocco over contemporary boards. FIRST EDITION WITH WILLIAM BLAKE'S ILLUSTRATIONS. One of 589 subscriber’s copies. 

$2700
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Horror classic

BLOCH, Robert. Psycho. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959. Octavo, original half-cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Bloch's masterpiece, the basis for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. In outstanding condition.

$2800
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The greatest biography ever written

BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1791. Folio, contemporary calf rebacked.  First edition, first state.

$8500
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The greatest biography ever written

BURROUGHS, William. The Naked Lunch. Paris: Olympia Press, (1959). Octavo, original wrappers (first issue with 1500FR and no over-stamp on rear wrapper), original dust jacket; custom box. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of Burroughs’s masterpiece, one of only 5000 copies printed.

$4200
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(BURROUGHS, William).  LEE, William.  Junkie. New York: Ace, 1953.  First edition of Burroughs' first book, an underground sensation upon publication that eventually sold 113,000 copies.  A 50th anniversary edition was issued in 2003 by Penguin Books.  First editions are rare; this copy superbly preserved.

$1300
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William Cullen Bryant's first book

BRYANT, William Cullen. Poems. Cambridge, MA: Hilliard and Metcalf, 1821. Octavo, original boards. First edition of Bryant's first collection of poems, including "Thanatopsis", the poem that made Bryant famous at the age of 17. 

$1500
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CAPOTE, Truman. The Grass Harp. New York: Random House, 1951.  Octavo, original cloth, original dustjacket.  First edition, first printing of Capote's second novel.  A lovely, bright copy in an excellent dust jacket.

$450
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Truman Capote's first novel

CAPOTE, Truman. Other Voices, Other Rooms. New York: Random House, 1948.  Octavo, original cloth, original dustjacket. First edition of Capote's first novel, published when the author was twenty-two. 

$700
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Important modernist work

CATHER, Willa. The Professor's House. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of one of Cather's most accomplished and influential novels; a touchstone modernist work.

$2000
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Willa Cather's first book

CATHER, Willa. April Twilights. Boston: Richard G. Badger/ The Gorham Press, 1903. Octavo, original drab boards, paper label on cover and spine. First edition of Willa Cather's first book and her only collection of verse.

$2600
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Magnificent Golden Cockerel Chaucer illustrated by Eric Gill

CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1929-1931. Folio, original brown quarter morocco and patterned boards by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Four volumes. ONE OF 485 COPIES (out of a total edition of 500) on hand-made paper of the magnificent Golden Cockerel edition of The Canterbury Tales, illustrated with wood engravings by Eric Gill;  one of the most beautiful books produced in the 20th century.

$9000
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Illustrated by W. Russell Flint

CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. London: Phillip Lee Warner, 1913. Three quarto volumes bound in limp vellum. Limited edition (1/500 sets) of this beautiful edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, with colored plates by W. Russell Flint, one of the great book illustrators of the 20th century. 

$1600
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John Cheever's first book

CHEEVER, John. The Way Some People Live. New York: Random House, 1943. Octavo, original red buckram, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of John Cheever's rare first book, the collection of stories that would help launch his career.

$1500
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Wilkie Collins's masterpiece

COLLINS, Wilkie.  The Woman in White. IN: All The Year Round. A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens. [London]: November 26, 1859 - August 25, 1860, Nos. 31-70. Octavo, original self-wrappers, loose as issued; custom cloth box. RARE FIRST APPEARANCE OF COLLINS'S CLASSIC, published in 40 volumes of All The Year Round.

$8700
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CONRAD, Joseph.  Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1904. Octavo, original blue cloth.   First edition, first printing (with p.187 marked 871) of the novel Conrad considered “his most important work, the one ‘dearest to his heart’” (Najder). Cloth remarkably fresh with just the slightest rubbing, spine gilt unusually bright. A lovely copy.

$2200
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"The classic American treatment of the Civil War"

CRANE, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. Octavo, original buckram stamped in red, black, and gilt. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of one of the most influential works of American literature.

$8500
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Signed by Don DeLillo

DeLILLO, Don. Americana. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. Octavo, original half blue cloth over red boards, original dust jacket. First edition of DeLillo's celebrated first novel, signed on the title page by DeLillo.

$1200
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Editio princeps of Romanarum Historiarum

DIO CASSIUS. [Greek Title]. Romanarum Historiarum libri XXIII, a XXXVI ad LVIII usque. Paris: Robert Estienne, 1548. Folio, early calf boards, recently rebacked. First edition, the editio Princeps, of Dio Cassius's important Roman history. 

$4000
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Holmes's most famous adventures

DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1894 [1893]. Quarto, original pictorial cloth. FIRST EDITION of Doyle’s second, and arguably greatest, collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, with 90 illustrations by Sidney Paget. An exceptionally nice copy.

$3000
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Sherlock Holmes at his best

DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles, Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, Limited, 1902. Octavo, original gilt-decorated cloth. First edition of the most celebrated of all the Sherlock Holmes adventures, the only full-length Sherlock Holmes novel.

$4000
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One of the great rarities of modern poetry

ELIOT, T.S. Poems. Richmond: Hogarth Press, 1919. Octavo, original patterned wrappers. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of Eliot's second book of poetry, hand-printed by Virginia and Leonard Woolf at the Hogarth Press and issued in an extremely limited run of only 250 copies (of both issues combined). SCARCE.

$18,000
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ELLISON, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Random House, 1952. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of Ellison's masterful first book, for which he would win the National Book Award. 

$4000
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Everson's first book, signed twice

EVERSON, Bill (William). These Are The Ravens. San Leandro, CA: Greater West Publishing Co., 1935.  First edition, one of only 1000 copies printed, of William Everson's first book. Signed by Everson twice (once as "William Everson" and once as "Brother Antoninus") on front wrapper. A fine copy.

$1000
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One of Faulkner's finest

FAULKNER, William. Light in August. [New York]: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, [1932]. Original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION. Light in August, "Faulkner's grave meditation on race, violence and all the fraught legacies of the South, is the first in which he confronted head-on the poisons of racism... The force of Faulkner's genius is in entirely in play" (Time Magazine All-Time 100 novels).

$6500
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First appearance of Tender is the Night

FITZGERALD, F. Scott.  Tender is the Night, in Scribner’s Magazine. New York: Scribner's, January-April, 1934. Quarto, original wrappers. Four issues.  First appearance of Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, his last completed novel and the novel he considered his best. The first book edition appeared in April, 1934, after this appearance in Scribner’s Magazine.

$1100
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Casino Royale, inscribed by Fleming

FLEMING, Ian. Casino Royale. London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of the first novel in the James Bond series. INSCRIBED by Fleming on the front free endpaper: “To Edwina who helped in the birth-pangs. From The Author.”  With noted provenance. An outstanding inscribed copy of the first and rarest Bond title.

$75,000
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Ford's first novel, signed first edition

FORD, Richard. A Piece of My Heart. New York: Harper & Row, (1976). Octavo, original half brown cloth, original dust jacket. First edition, signed by Richard Ford on the title page.  A fine copy.

$800
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Frost's first book, in extremely rare first-issue binding

FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will. London: David Nutt, 1913. Octavo, original bronzed brown cloth with upper cover title in gilt. FIRST EDITION, in the extremely rare first-issue binding ("binding A"), of Robert Frost's first book of poetry.

$12,000
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Signed and inscribed by Robert Frost

FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915. 12mo, original green cloth stamped in gilt. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY ROBERT FROST, "with friendly regards / Robert Frost / Jefferson, NH / August 22 1916". First American edition (second state) of Frost's first book.

$1700
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Warmly inscribed by Robert Frost

FROST, Robert. New Hampshire. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1923. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED and warmly INSCRIBED by Robert Frost. The Pulitzer-Prize winning New Hampshire includes some of Frost’s finest and best-loved poems, such as “A Hillside Thaw”, “Fire and Ice”, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, and “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”.

$2800
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Signed by Robert Frost

FROST, Robert. The Complete Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, one of only 1500 copies, signed by Robert Frost, book designer Bruce Rogers, and illustrator Thomas Nason. The classic Frost collection.

$2700
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FROST, Robert. Selected Poems. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1928. First edition, inscribed by Frost to Monroe Heath. Original gray boards backed in green cloth with gilt lettering, original dustjacket. An important early collection of this major poet's work.  The selections are from North of Boston, A Boy's Will and Mountain Interval. Book very good, dust jacket with edgewear; not flawless but quite presentable.  

$2000
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"a landmark event in American poetry"

GREENE, Graham. Howl and Other Poems. San Francisco: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, (1956). Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Small quarto, original printed wrappers.FIRST EDITION, one of only 1000 copies, of one of the most influential works of modern poetry.

$2800
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Graham Greene's first novel

GREENE, Graham. The Man Within. FIRST EDITION, published when Greene was only twenty-five. London: William Heinemann, 1929. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket.

$5300
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Signed by Graham Greene

GREENE, Graham. The Bear Fell Free. London: Grayson & Grayson, 1935. Octavo, original brown cloth, original dust jacket. SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, one of only 285 copies signed by Greene. A very nice copy of a scarce and fragile book.

$2200
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Hardy's masterpiece, in rare original cloth

HARDY, Thomas. Tess of the D'Urbervilles. London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., 1891. Octavo, original gilt-decorated tan cloth. First edition, first issue in scarce original cloth of Hardy’s masterpiece, one of only 1000 copies printed.

$14,000
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"America's first major novel"

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel.  The Scarlet Letter.Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. Octavo, original blind-stamped brown cloth. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, in unrestored original cloth of one of the great masterpieces of American Literature. One of only 2500 copies printed. A magnificent copy.

$18,000
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One of only 170 copies

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. in our time. Paris: Three Mountains Press, 1924. Tall octavo, original publisher's decorated tan paper boards; custom cloth box. FIRST EDITION, one of only 170 numbered copies, printed on Rives hand-made paper, of Hemingway's second book.

$36,500
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A fine copy

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing. New York: Scribner's, 1933. Octavo, original black cloth with gilt paper labels, original dust jacket; custom half-leather box. FIRST EDITION of one of Hemingway's most accomplished collections of short stories.

$4600
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A beautiful copy

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. To Have and Have Not. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket.  FIRST EDITION of Hemingway's classic novel of life in the 1930's Florida Keys. Book fine, dust jacket with a few small creases, otherwise fine.

$4000
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Hemingway on Safari

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Green Hills of Africa. New York: Scribner's, 1935. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Hemingway's classic account of his African safari adventures. An exceptionally nice copy of a difficult book to get in collectible condition.

$3800
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"Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us, I mean his and my contemporaries." - William Faulkner

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of Hemingway's most popular work. A beautiful copy. 

$2400
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The Old Man and the Sea, illustrated and signed by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Hemingway, Ernest; EISENSTAEDT, Alfred, illus. The Old Man and the Sea. ew York: Limited Editions Club, 1990. Oblong folio, blue goatskin & linen; in a black suede-lined clamshell slipcase. LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF 600 COPIES SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER ALFRED EISENSTAEDT. A fine copy.

$1600
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Extremely scarce Hemingway proof copy

Hemingway, Ernest. Death in the Afternoon. New York & London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. Advance proof copy, issued prior to the first edition. Frontispiece and numerous plates throughout. Original plain brown paper wraps, custom tan morocco backed fall-down-back box, spine with black gilt-lettered labels.

$6500
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Hemingway's High School Yearbook

[HEMINGWAY, Ernest]. Senior Tabula, 1916. Octavo, original wrappers. (Oak Park, IL: Oak Park H.S., 1916 ). WITH: Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, Vol. 21, No. 4. Chicago: January, 1923. Small octavo, original green wrappers. WITH: This Quarter, Vol 1, No. 1. (Paris, 1925). Octavo, original tan wrappers.

$2100
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One of only 250 copies

HERRICK, Robert. [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. Poems Chosen out of the Works. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895 [issued 1896]. Small quarto, original limp vellum, yapp edges, gilt spine title, green silk ties; uncut. FIRST KELMSCOTT PRESS EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES ON PAPER.

$5800
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IRVING, John.  The World According to Garp. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of John Irving's best-selling fourth novel, the work that would establish his reputation.

$650
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Horror classic, signed by Shirley Jackson

JACKSON, Shirley.  The Haunting of Hill House. New York: Viking Press, 1959. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY SHIRLEY JACKSON on the front free endpaper. Extremely rare signed.

$4500
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First edition of Ulysses in rare unrestored original wrappers

JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. Quarto, original blue-green wrappers. Custom half-leather box. FIRST EDITION IN RARE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of the most celebrated novel of the 20th-century. An exceptional, unrestored copy.

$65,000
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First edition of Ulysses, with Joyce inscription

JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition, number 611 of 750 copies on handmade paper, of the most celebrated novel of the 20th-century. Inscribed and signed by Joyce on supplied bound-in sheet: "To Percy Beaumont Wadsworth, James Joyce, Paris, 10 March 1924".

$27,000
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One of only 500 copies

JOYCE, James. Haveth Childers Everywhere. Paris: The Fountain Press, 1930. Quarto, original paper wrappers printed in green and black; original glassine wrapper. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, #138 of 500 copies on handmade pure linen Vidalon Royal specially made for this edition.

$1200
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In beautiful rare dust jacket

LEWIS, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A Story for Children. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes. London: Geoffrey Bles, (1950). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. First edition in original dust jacket of the first book of Lewis' celebrated Narnia Chronicles. An outstanding copy.

$17,500
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LEWIS, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A Story for Children. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes. London: Geoffrey Bles, (1950). Octavo, full modern red morocco. First edition of the first book of Lewis' celebrated Narnia Chronicles. Fine condition, handsomely bound. 

$3500
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"Opened a new era of literature"

LONDON, Jack. The Call of the Wild. Illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull and Philip R. Godwin. Complete in five issues of The Saturday Evening Post. Philadelphia: 20 June - 18 July, 1903.  FIRST APPEARANCE OF JACK LONDON'S MASTERPIECE, serialized in The Saturday Evening Post; precedes the first edition in book form.

$2200
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"The best novel about Americans at war"

MAILER, Norman. The Naked and the Dead. New York: Rinehart & Company, 1948. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Mailer's masterpiece.

$1700
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Important contribution to the Harlem Renaissance

McKAY, Claude. Banjo. A Story without a Plot. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1929. Octavo, original half cloth over brightly-decorated boards, original dust jacket. First edition of Banjo, by Claude McKay, "the first and most militant voice of the Harlem Renaissance" (Britannica). A beautiful, fine copy.

$1100
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The Last Picture Show

MCMURTRY, Larry. The Last Picture Show. New York: The Dial Press, 1966. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of McMurtry's third novel, his classic coming-of-age story exploring the stifling isolation of growing up in a small Texas town. The basis for the award-winning 1971 film. A beautiful copy.

$1100
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MELVILLE, Herman. Mardi: and a Voyage Hither. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849. Octavo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Two volumes. First American edition of Melville's third book. 

$3800
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Arthur Miller's masterpiece

MILLER, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. New York: The Viking Press, 1949. Octavo. Original orange cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer-prize winning play; one of the classics of American theater.

$2000
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Typescript from Miller's Nexus

MILLER, Henry. Nexus. Typescript. 15-pages, quarto (8.5 x 11.5 inches), text on one side. 15-page carbon typescript from an early version of Miler's autobiographical novel, Nexus. Signed and titled by Miller through the carbon. With Miller's ink stamp, "Henry Miller / Big Sur, California" on first page. An important typescript from one of Miller's most celebrated works.

$2700
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Extraordinary Henry Miller archive

MILLER, Henry. A remarkable collection of personal and intimate autograph letters written to noted publisher and founder of the Olympia Press, Maurice Girodias, discussing life, literature, ageing, and Miller’s campaign to win the Nobel Prize in literature.

$12,500
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first edition of Winnie-the-Pooh

MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh... with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1926. Octavo, recent full green morocco. First edition of Milne's classic Winnie-the-Pooh, finely bound in full morocco. Fine condition.


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Tigger and Poohsticks

MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner. London: Methuen and Co., Ltd., 1928. Octavo, original cloth gilt, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of A.A. Milne's second collection of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends at Hundred Acre Wood. Delightfully illustrated throughout by Ernest Shepard.

$2200
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"the most famous novel in the English language"

MITCHELL, Margaret. Gone With the Wind. New York: Macmillan, 1936. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION IN FIRST ISSUE DUST JACKET of Mitchell's Pulitzer-Prize winning epic of Scarlett O'Hara's near-mythic love affair with Rhett Butler, one of the most popular and enduring novels in American literature.

$7800
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modernist masterpeice

MUSIL, ROBERT. The Man Without Qualities. London: Martin Secker & Warburg, 1953-54-60.  Three volumes.  Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Musil’s masterpiece, one of the great works of modernist literature.  Translated from the German By Eithne Wilkins & Ernst Kaiser. 

 

$1600
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Nabokov's masterpeice

NABOKOV, Vladimir. Lolita. Paris: Olympia Press, (1955). Octavo, original green paper wrappers. Two volumes.  First edition of one of the most important novels of the twentieth-century. Lolita was rejected by American publishing houses until finally accepted by the avant-garde Olympia Press in Paris and published in a fragile two-volume format. A lovely copy.

$7600
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Nabokov's first appearance in the U.S.

NABOKOV, Vladimir. Laughter in the Dark. FIRST U.S. EDITION, and the first book to be published by Nabokov in the United States. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, [1938]. Original green cloth, original dust jacket. Rare.

$5600
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"I admit I had to naturalize Garbo and Toscanini."

O'HARA, John.  Typed letter signed, to his close friend, Leonard Lyons. Circa 1940.  Recounts the fascinating tale of O'Hara's attempt to have his cigarette case signed by F.D.R.  The plot thickened considerably when President Roosevelt refused to sign the case because O'Hara had himself already signed it (apparently a breach of protocol), though it seems that Roosevelt magnanimously broke State Department protocol and signed the case anyway. 

$550
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"He loved Big Brother"

ORWELL, George.  Nineteen Eighty-Four. London: Secker & Warburg, 1949. Octavo, original green cloth, original green dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Orwell's classic novel, of great influence on twentieth-century thought.

$3500
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"the greatest satire in the English language since Swift's Gulliver's Travels"

ORWELL, George.  Animal Farm. London, Secker & Warburg, 1945. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Orwell's classic, one of the most celebrated satires in the English language. An exceptionally nice copy of a notoriously difficult book to find in good condition.

$7500
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A clean, bright copy

(PARRISH, Maxfield, illust.); Saunders, Louise. Knave of Hearts. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. An excellent copy of the first edition of this lovely collaboration by Parrish and Saunders. 

$4000
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First printing of "The Raven"

(POE, Edgar Allan). Quarles. The Raven, in The American Review: A Whig Journal of Politics, Literature, Art and Science. Vol 1, pp. 143-45. New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, of one of the most celebrated poems in American literature. A handsome copy in a contemporary binding.

$3800
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"A thousand years may elapse before there shall appear another man with a power of versification equal to that of Pope." —Samuel Johnson

POPE, Alexander. Essay on Man. London, 1733-34. Parts I-IV, bound in one volume. Tall folio, nineteenth-century three-quarter green morocco, marbled boards and endpapers. First edition of all four parts of Pope’s great metaphysical treatise in verse, with the rare "To the Reader" leaf.

$7000
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POPE (Alexander). and others. Miscellaneous Poems and Translations.  London: Printed for Bernard Lintott, 1712. First edition, containing the first appearance of Pope's The Rape of the Lock.    A lovely copy of Pope's delightful send-up of the vain and frivolous.  

$4300
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Essential part of American culture

PUZO, Mario. The Godfather. FIRST EDITION. “One of the most successful novels ever—selling some 21 million copies worldwide, spawning three critically and financially successful motion pictures, and placing its characters into the contemporary American cultural mythology” (Britannica). New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1969). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket.

$1650
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A fine copy

PYNCHON, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. FIRST EDITION of Thomas Pynchon's groundbreaking second novel, a classic of American postmodern fiction. Philadelphia: Lippincott, (1966). Octavo, original gray boards and yellow cloth spine, original dust jacket; custom half-leather box.

$1600
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A modern classic

PYNCHON, Thomas. Gravity's Rainbow. New York: Viking Press, (1973). Octavo, original orange cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of Pynchon's masterpiece. 

$2500
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PYNCHON, Thomas. V. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, (1963). Advance proof copy.  Octavo, original wrappers. First printing of Pynchon's extraordinary first novel. 

$1400
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Signed by Arthur Rackham

[RACKHAM, Arthur]. POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. By Edgar Allan Poe. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1935. Quarto, original full vellum gilt. Signed limited first edition, number 322 of 460 copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham. A fine copy.

$3400
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[RACKHAM, Arthur]. Swinburne, Algernon Charles. The Springtide of Life. Poems of Childhood by Algernon Charles Swinburne. London: William Heinemann, 1918. Quarto, original half vellum over parchment boards with gilt designs. Signed limited first edition, number 354 of only 765 copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham; an exceptionally clean copy. 

$1400
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Rand's anti-collectivist masterpiece

RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York, 1957. Thick octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. First edition, first issue. A very nice copy.

$2400
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One of 2000 copies signed by Rand

RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House, 1967.  Octavo, original blue cloth, original slipcase. Signed Limited Tenth Anniversary edition, one of only 2000 copies signed by Ayn Rand. An elegant production of one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

$3000
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Signed by Ayn Rand

RAND, Ayn. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. New York: New American Library, 1966. Signed limited edition, #68 of 700 copies, signed by Rand on the limitation page. With additional articles by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen.

$2800
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"Never drink from the dead"

RICE, Anne. Interview with the Vampire. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. Octavo, original half-cloth over paper boards, original dust jacket. First edition of the first novel of Anne Rice's celebrated Vampire Chronicles. A fine copy with only the slightest wrinkling at dust jacket spine tips. Rare in this condition.

$850
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Beginning of an illustrious career

ROTH, PHILIP. Goodbye, Columbus. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1959. FIRST EDITION of Roth’s first book, for which he won the National Book Award in 1960. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. An outstanding copy- very rare in this condition.

$4600
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A beautiful copy of an American classic

SALINGER, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1951. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of one of the most influential and widely-read novels of the 20th century. Essential to any collection of modern American literature.

$20,000
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The Glass family

SALINGER, J.D. Franny and Zooey. Boston, Little, Brown, and Company (1961). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Salinger's powerful and influential stories of the Glass family.

$750
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Classic Civil War novel

SHAARA, Michael. The Killer Angels. New York: David Mckay, 1974. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer-prize winning novel about the battle of Gettysburg. A fine copy.

$3000
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One only 225 copies

SPENSER, Edmund. [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. The Shepheardes Calender. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. Small quarto. Original linen backed blue gray printed boards. BEAUTIFUL KELMSCOTT PRESS edition, one of only 225 copies on paper (out of a total edition of 231). Elegantly printed in Golden type in red and black and with twelve wood-engraved plates by Arthur J. Gaskin.

$6000
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One of Steinbeck's finest

STEINBECK, John. In Dubious Battle. New York: Covici Friede, 1936.  Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of one of Steinbeck's most accomplished works. Rare dust jacket in excellent condition.

$4700
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An American classic

STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking Press, (1939). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION in original dust jacket of one of the great highspots of American literature.

$6500
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STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath. First edition, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco, with elaborate gilt decoration, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.  One of the true high-spots of American literature. 

$1900
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Signed by Steinbeck
STEINBECK, John.  The Red Pony.  New York: Covici-Friede, 1937. SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION of Steinbeck's The Red Pony, number 44 of 699 printed on La Garde paper.   

$3000
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Tolkien's Middle-earth: first editions of all twelve volumes

TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The History of Middle-earth. London: Allen & Unwin; Unwin Hyman; Harper Collins; 1980, 1983-1996. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. FIRST EDITIONS in outstanding condition of all twelve volumes of Tolkien's History of Middle-earth.

$6500
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Autograph letters signed by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

TOLKIEN, J.R.R.; LEWIS, C.S; BURCHFIELD, R.W. Archive of letters with two related books. Letters and books- including an autograph letter by J.R.R. Tolkien and two autograph letters and an autograph note by C.S. Lewis- from the collection of Robert W. Burchfield.

$5800
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Turgenev's masterpiece

TURGENEV, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. Translated by Eugene Schuyler. New York: Leypoldt and Holt, 1867. Original cloth. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Turgenev's masterpiece, one of the most celebrated and influential Russian novels of the nineteenth century.

$6500
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Twain and time travel

TWAIN, Mark. [CLEMENS, Samuel]. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York: Charles L. Webster and Co., 1889. Octavo, original olive gilt-stamped pictorial cloth. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with "s" ornament on page 59) of Mark Twain's classic satire, one of the earliest examples of time travel in literature.

$1900
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Updike's masterpiece

UPDIKE, John. Rabbit, Run. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960. Octavo, original half green cloth and blue-gray boards, original dust jacket (first state dust jacket with 16-line blurb on front flap). FIRST EDITION of one of the seminal works of twentieth-century American fiction.

$975
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Vonnegut's masterpiece

VONNEGUT, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade. New York: Delacorte Press, (1969). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION of one of the most influential works of twentieth-century American literature.

$2000
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H.G. Wells's classic: The Time Machine

WELLS, H.G. The Time Machine. London: William Heinemann, 1895. Octavo, original cloth. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of H.G. Well’s first novel; one of the foundational works of science fiction.

$6000
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WHITE, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1952). Octavo, original decorated beige cloth, original pictorial dust jacket. First edition of one of the world’s most beloved children’s books, illustrated with forty-seven black-and-white drawings by Garth Williams.   An excellent, bright copy.

$2300
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Signed and inscribed by Thornton Wilder

WILDER, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THORNTON WILDER on front free endpaper: "For Ida Freedman / Thornton Wilder".

$5000
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WOOLF, Virginia.  The Years.  First edition of one of Woolf's finest novels.  Woolf is widely acknowledged as being one of the great 20th century innovators of the English language and, alongside Joyce, Eliot and Pound, as being one of the central figures of the Modernist movement in literature. 

$2500
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Manifesto of the Romantic movement

WORDSWORTH, William; and COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Lyrical Ballads. London: T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800. Small octavo, contemporary full calf with original red and green morocco labels. Two volumes. First complete edition (comprising the second edition of the first volume, and the first edition, first issue of the second volume). The preferred edition, for the second edition of the first volume contains the first printing of Wordsworth's famous Preface, "the revolutionary manifesto of the romantic poets of the next generation" and perhaps the most influential work of literary theory in the English language (Printing and the Mind of Man 256).

$14,000
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