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A DRAM OF POISON. A DRAM OF POISON.
New York: Coward McCann, (1956). First edition. The 1957 winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel. A longtime bachelor finally marries -- only to learn the corrosive power of jealousy when his wife falls in love with another. Dark-red boards with light-red lettering on spine. Bright and near fine to fine, with only the barest wear on corners and spine ends. In very good or better dust jacket with few tiny nicks and short closed tears, spine slightly toned (but still bright) and light foxing to edges of rear panel. Scarce in decent condition.

[Book #53714]       Price: $1,000.00
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FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock. FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1984. First edition and only edition of a set of 22 broadside poems, printed in red and black, with each broadside SIGNED by the poet. Reportedly one of only 50 unnumbered copies, but no indication herein. The other poets included are Louis Coxe, Eberhart, Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel Hoffman, Kunitz, John Nims, Nemerov, Schuyler, Strand, May Swenson, Mona Van Duyn, and David Waggoner About 9 x 14 inch, laid in a marbled paper portfolio with printed label on front cover. Fine.

[Book #53650]       Price: $3,000.00
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THE BRANDYWINE; (In the Rivers of America Series). THE BRANDYWINE; (In the Rivers of America Series).
Andrew Wyeth. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1941). First edition, limited issue. Number 25 of 650 copies in the "special Delaware edition ... printed exclusively for the Greenwood Book Shop" SIGNED BY CANBY AND WYETH. Very good or better with light edge wear and spine slightly faded; in like dust jacket with internal paper-tape repair/reinforcement to spine ends and corners. Scarce in dust jacket.

[Book #53698]       Price: $600.00
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THE FIRST 19 REACHER'S Killing Floor (1997); Die Trying (1998); Tripwire (1999); Running Blind (2000); Echo Burning (2001); Without Fail (2002); Persuader (2003); The Enemy (2004); One Shot (2005); The Hard Way (2006); Bad Luck and Trouble (2007); Nothing To Lose (2008); Gone Tomorrow (2009); 61 Hours (2010); Worth Dying For (2010); The Affair (2011); A Wanted Man (2012); Never Go Back (2013); Personal (2014). THE FIRST 19 REACHER'S Killing Floor (1997); Die Trying (1998); Tripwire (1999); Running Blind (2000); Echo Burning (2001); Without Fail (2002); Persuader (2003); The Enemy (2004); One Shot (2005); The Hard Way (2006); Bad Luck and Trouble (2007); Nothing To Lose (2008); Gone Tomorrow (2009); 61 Hours (2010); Worth Dying For (2010); The Affair (2011); A Wanted Man (2012); Never Go Back (2013); Personal (2014).
New York: Delacorte, et al, 1997 thru 2014. First edition of TRIPWIRE and of A WANTED MAN (both were published by Bantam in London) and first American editions of the rest of the Jack Reacher novels, starting with KILLING FLOOR in 1997 and running through PERSONAL in 2014. Nineteen books in all, with SEVEN SIGNED BY CHILD: The Enemy; The Hard Way; Bad Luck and Trouble; Nothing to Lose; Gone Tomorrow; The Affair and A Wanted Man. All are fine or near fine in like dust jackets.

[Book #53665]       Price: $750.00
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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. Two volumes. One of 795 SIGNED numbered copies. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books: a Haycraft-Queen title; on the Time 100 list; and made into a film in 1931 under this title and again in 1951 as "A Place in the Sun" with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. Dreiser based the book on the notorious 1906 criminal case in which resort owners found an overturned boat and the body of 20-year-old Grace Brown at a lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Chester Gillette was put on trial, convicted of killing Brown--though he claimed that her death was a suicide--and executed by electric chair. The murder trial drew international attention when Brown's love letters to Gillette were read in court. Dreiser saved newspaper clippings about the case for several years before writing his novel, during which he studied the case closely, and he deliberately gave his character Clyde Griffiths the same initials as Chester Gillette. The books are clean and near fine with the slightest rubbing to the top corners of the spine and a little separation at the hinge on volume one where the signed sheet faces the title page (probably because it's the one page everyone has looked at). Lacking the slipcase.

[Book #53707]       Price: $350.00
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THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO. THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO.
M. Valentin. New York: Burgess, Stringer Company, 1846. First U.S. edition. Two volumes, as issued, newly rebound in one volume. Being one of two editions published in America in 1846. The other was published in Boston; priority not established (though we believe this to be the first--see below). This famous tale of revenge and retribution, of which the publisher said "his African blood is warm, and in his pages we accordingly discover the glowings of a heart gushing with feeling....," was inspired by Dumas' own Haitian-born father, an enslaved black man. Both of the American editions are based on the Chapman & Hall London edition of the same year, which was also an unattributed translation with illustrations by M. Valentin. The London edition had 20 illustrations, while this U.S. edition has only 12, which is all that are called for [Rusty Mott of the bookselling firm Howard S. Mott, Inc., kindly pointed out to us an 1847 ad in Marguerite Blessington’s MARMADUKE HERBERT for this book; the ad states, "The work is published in one large Volume, likewise in two Volumes:--in either form it is sold at One Dollar, accompanied by Twelve splendid engravings"]. The Boston edition (with the same text) was issued in four volumes in wraps by H. L. Williams. We believe this Burgess, Stringer edition may be the true U.S. first edition, as both the F. W. Reed bibliography of Dumas (London: Neuhuys, 1933) and the Douglas Munro's BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH TO 1910 (NY: Garland, 1978) list this edition as the first American and make no mention of the Williams edition. In fact, Reed indicates in his bibliography that an American reprint was issued in the same year as the Burgess, Stringer edition, "but with plates so badly printed as to be almost caricatures of the original." There are two sales records for the Boston edition (one at Goodspeed’s in 1940, the other at Baltimore Book Auction in 1997). However there are NO AUCTION OR SALE RECORDS of this New York edition on either American Book Prices Current or Rare Book Hub. Two volumes, as issued, newly rebound in one volume. Three-quarter leather with raised bands and leather spine labels; with marble boards, new linen hinges, new endpapers, and new sewn headbands. Pages a little age-darkened and light foxing or staining, primarily to margins, throughout. Still good to very good. And, ACTUALLY RARE. An ACTUAL RARE Book.

[Book #53637]       Price: $7,500.00
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DETOUR: An Extraordinary Tale; and SHADOWS AT NOON: (Two volumes, both inscribed). DETOUR: An Extraordinary Tale; and SHADOWS AT NOON: (Two volumes, both inscribed).
New York: Macaulay Co., and Ziff-Davis Publ. Co. (1939 & 1943). First edition of both books, each warmly INSCRIBED by Goldsmith to Walter C. Roberts, who worked for Paramount Pictures in various roles, including screenwriter, and whom Goldsmith considered instrumental in launching his career. DETOUR IS INSCRIBED, "To Walter C. Roberts--In friendship and as a belated Xmas gift, your friend, Martin M. Goldsmith. January 3rd 1939," and has Roberts ownership signature on the front pastedown, beneath which he has written "Paramount Pictures, Inc./ Hollywood, Calif" and affixed his bookplate with initials "WCR." SHADOWS AT NOON has a LENGTHY INSCRIPTION, 25 lines in all, which reads in part, "June, 1943 / For Walter Charles Roberts--Here is an advance copy of my newest novel . . . I want you to know I have not forgotten . . . how instrumental you were in launching me. Ever since 1931 you expressed faith in my talent, while others sneered or smiled tolerantly . . . ," signed and with his "care of" address at Alliance Books added in a postscript. Goldsmith was a successful novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, who, in 1952, received an Academy Award nomination for contributing the story for the crime film, "The Narrow Margin." He also wrote for television, turning out episodes of "The Twilight Zone," "Gunsmoke" and "Playhouse 90." He is wrote the screenplay for the 1945 film of DETOUR, starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage, which has achieved considerable acclaim as a defining movie of the film-noir era, despite its low budget. Somehow the novel, long out of print, did not enjoy the same fate. It is a scarce book and rare in dust jacket--this copy at least has the FRONT PANEL OF THE JACKET affixed to the rear pastedown and front flap affixed to the rear endpaper. The cloth binding of this particular copy is odd in that--we assume because of a production error--it is partially missing its smooth finish. In other words, approximately one-half of each board is smooth cloth, while the spine and the rest of the boards are still rough. The book has been noted in both smooth cloth and rough, so perhaps this is the copy that was making it’s way through production when the change (or error) occurred? This copy is otherwise very good with only light shelfwear and is in a new facsimile dust jacket. SHADOWS AT NOON, with its interesting pictorial-cloth binding depicting the New York City skyline shrouded in fog, shows some minor wear but is still very good to near fine and also in a new facsimile dust jacket.

[Book #53663]       Price: $3,000.00
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DUNE. DUNE.
Philadelphia: Chilton Books, (1965). First edition of this sci-fi highspot. When the duke is assassinated, his son leads desert warriors to free them from the rule of the galactic emperor. Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel; number 48 in Pringle's 100 Best Science Fiction books; and made into the 1984 David Lynch film featuring Sting. Mild vertical crease to spine, front board very slightly shaken, still near fine with only a few small soiled spots; in bright, clean dust jacket with professional repair to shallow chips on spine ends and corners. A nice copy.

[Book #53662]       Price: $4,250.00
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HOMBRE. HOMBRE.
New York: Ballantine Books, (1961). First edition of this western classic, selected by the Western Writers of America as one of the 25 Best Westerns of all time. A paperback original. A fine copy and scarce as such.

[Book #53669]       Price: $450.00
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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.
New York: Rinehart and Company, (1948). First edition of the author's first book, SIGNED. Only 25,000 copies were printed. This "Burgess 99" title is acclaimed as one of the best novels to come out of WWII. The fragile black paper boards are nicked at base but otherwise near fine, which is unusual. In the first-issue dust jacket with introductory blurb by Stanley Rinehart comparing Mailer favorably with Hemingway and others (versus the second-issue jacket with reviews). The dust jacket is price-clipped, nicked and rubbed at spine ends and corners, and very lightly runned at folds, with red box on spine tanned just a bit, but still about very good.

[Book #53689]       Price: $2,250.00
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NORTHERN LIGHTS. NORTHERN LIGHTS.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1983. First edition and only edition. 15 BROADSIDE POEMS printed on 9 x 14" heavy, artists' paper; printed in red and black; and SIGNED BY THE POETS. Number 55 of 55 numbered sets; there were an additional 20 lettered sets reserved for the poets and publisher. Includes PHILIP BOOTH, JOHN CIARDI, DONALD DAVIE, ANTHONY HECHT, JAMES MERRILL, W. S. MERWIN, HOWARD MOSS, HOWARD NEMEROV, KARL SHAPIRO, LOUIS SIMPSON, W. D. SNODGRASS, RADCLIFFE SQUIRES, WILLIAM STAFFORD, MARK STRAND and JOHN UPDIKE. Housed together in a quarter-cloth portfolio with marbled boards and gilt-lettered morocco spine label; ribbon ties. Fine.

[Book #53649]       Price: $2,500.00
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THE BLUEST EYE. THE BLUEST EYE.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1979. First UK edition of the author's first book. SIGNED by the author on front endpaper. Fine in dust jacket with sticker shadow to front flap (not affecting any lettering), otherwise fine.

[Book #53706]       Price: $650.00
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MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death. MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death.
New York: Vanguard Press, [1934]. First American edition of FROM A VIEW TO A DEATH, using the British sheets. The first edition with this title. Powell's third novel, which includes his usual interest in the subtleties of British 20th-century society in what some say is the mode that he comes to perfect in A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME. Very good with spine label a little darkened from glue and minor offsets to endpapers. In the scarce dust jacket with some professional repairs to edges and flap folds.

[Book #53628]       Price: $2,750.00
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THE FOUNTAINHEAD. THE FOUNTAINHEAD.
Philadelphia: Blakiston Co. (Bobbs-Merrill, 1943). Early printing, SIGNED BY RAND. In what appears to us to be Bobbs-Merrill green cloth with Blakiston on title page but no publisher on spine. According to Richard E. Ralston in his essay "Publishing The Fountainhead" (in ESSAY'S ON AYN RAND'S THE FOUNTAINHEAD, edited by Robert Mayhew, 2007), "Wartime paper quotas were allocated to publishers based on their sales in a base year. Blakiston, a small publisher of a one-shot Red Cross manual in that year, had a much larger quota than it could use and based on their government-provided access to paper made license deals with major publishers that now sould like a scene from ATLAS SHRUGGED." As Bobbs-Merrill had printed an initial run of 7500 copies and a second printing of 2500 copies before turning to Blakiston, it would appear that Blakiston's is technically the third printing of the book. Rand's first major literary success--more than 6 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide. Howard Roark is an individualistic young architect who struggles in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision. He is considered the author's ideal man, and his struggles reflect Rand's personal belief that individualism trumps collectivism (Wiki). Rejected by twelve publishers before editor Archibald Ogden at Bobbs-Merrill risked his job to get it published, the novel was made into a Hollywood film in 1949 with a screenplay by Rand and Gary Cooper as Roark. Green cloth lettered in gilt on spine and front cover. Spine lettering flaking but readable, otherwise very good to near fine. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #53685]       Price: $1,500.00
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HORTON HATCHES THE EGG. HORTON HATCHES THE EGG.
New York: Random House, (circa 1968). Book club edtiion, so stated on verso of title page. SIGNED on the blank page opposite the title by Dr. Seuss with "Best wishes" above and his curlicue below, and with a pencilled drawing of Horton above the inscription. Wear on corners of pictorial boards and some light soiling but still very good. Scarce with a picture drawn by the Doctor.

[Book #53695]       Price: $850.00
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LENIN IN ZURICH. LENIN IN ZURICH.
New York: Farrar Straus, (1976). First U.S. edition. SIGNED by Solzhenitsyn on the half-title page. A precusor of sorts to THE RED WHEEL, his multi-volume account of Russian revolutionary history, exploring and clarifying the crucial years 1914-1917. Translated from the Russian by H. T. Willetts. The first of these chapters on Vladimir Lenin--none of which were previously published--was later incorporated into the expanded 1984 edition of AUGUST 1914; and the rest of the chapters were incorporated into NOVEMBER 1916 and MARCH 1917. (Wiki). Near fine in bright, very good to near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with rubbed tear with small skinned spot to lower edge front panel but otherwise only minor wear.

[Book #53686]       Price: $750.00
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THE SNAKE'S PASS. THE SNAKE'S PASS.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, et al, 1891. First edition of STOKER'S FIRST NOVEL. An early copy, INSCRIBED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION to "J. L. Toole / from his affectionate friend / Bram Stoker / 20.11.90." (The copyright date is 1891 but the actual date of publication was November 18, 1890.) English comic actor John Lawrence Toole was a friend of Stoker's and of Henry Irving's. It may seem unlikely now but during his lifetime Stoker was better known as Irving's personal assistant and as the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. A testament to the friendship of the men can be found in the dedication to the first volume of Stoker's 1906 biography of Irving, PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF HENRY IRVING, which reads "To the Memory of John Lawrence Toole Loving Comrade and True Friend of Henry Irving." SNAKE'S PASS is the only novel written by Stoker to be set in his native Ireland and is considered a clear precusor to his later works of horror, such as DRACULA. The story traces the troubled romance of traveler Arthur Severn and local peasant girl, Norah Joyce, against the backdrop of the re-telling of the legend of Saint Patrick's defeat of the King of the Snakes in Ireland. Spine faded, minor cover wear and spine ends a little worn but still a very good copy without any foxing.

[Book #53758]       Price: $7,500.00
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OFFICIAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING THE INAUGURATION OF HARRY S. TRUMAN AND ALBEN W. BARKLEY: January 20, 1949. OFFICIAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING THE INAUGURATION OF HARRY S. TRUMAN AND ALBEN W. BARKLEY: January 20, 1949.
[Washington DC]: 1949. First edition, limited issue. Program from Truman's second inauguration, SIGNED BY HARRY TRUMAN on May 13, 1967. One of an undesignated number of copies of the "Limited DeLuxe Edition," this being number 781 and signed by MELVIN D. HILDRETH, General Chairman of the Inaugural Committee, presumably as called for. Simulated leather, dark-blue pebbled cloth lettered in gold on front. The Rosalind and Alfred Perlman copy, with their names stamped in gold on bottom front corner. Original printed wrappers bound in. Rosalind Perlman, born in Chicago in 1911, was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and later at St. Louis Teachers College. She is the author of THE BLIND DOCTOR, a biography about Jacob Bolotin, a blind physician who lived and practiced in Chicago in the early part of the twentieth century, She and her husband established, under The National Federation of the Blind, the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program, to recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have made outstanding contributions. We assume they were contributors to the Truman campaign and had Truman sign their copy at the later date in May 1967. Magazine size, 74 pages including covers; illustrated with photographs. Fine, and scarce signed. SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN.

[Book #53710]       Price: $2,500.00
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THE TRAGEDY OF PUDD'NHEAD WILSON and the Comedy THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TWINS. THE TRAGEDY OF PUDD'NHEAD WILSON and the Comedy THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TWINS.
Hartford: American Publ. Co. 1894. First American edition. A Merle Johnson High Spot. First issue with sheets bulking approximately 1 1/8" and title page clearly joined (not inserted). This tale of two babies--one white and one "slightly" black--switched shortly after birth, one of whom ultimately sells his own mother into slavery in order to pay off his gambling debts has come to be regarded as one of Twain's strongest statements on the subjects of miscegenation and on the degenerative impact of slavery [McBride p.170; Blanck 3442]. Gift inscription on front pastedown, spine ends and corners just beginning to fray, and spine somewhat darkened, still very good.

[Book #53730]       Price: $375.00
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