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SOMEBODY IN BOOTS. SOMEBODY IN BOOTS.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1935). First edition of the author's first book. Based on his experiences living in Texas during the Great Depression. The title refers to someone with authority--namely bosses and police; poor folk and the powerless just wore shoes or went barefoot. Minor binding-glue bleed-through near inner hinges (which is common) otherwise a very good or better, nice clean copy with only the barest wear to the covers and with the brown top stain still very good. Lacking the original dust jacket but offered in a facsimile one. HIS FIRST BOOK.

[Book #53567]       Price: $750.00
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A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE. A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, (1956). First edition. INSCRIBED, "With my best wishes to Martha ---- from Nelson Algren May 21, '56." The basis for the 1962 movie with Laurence Harvey and Jane Fonda. The book most often quoted as the source for Algren's "three rules of life": "Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own" (Wikipedia). Small spot to bottom of front cover, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with minor wear on corners and spine ends and white back panel a little soiled. We've always been fans of Algren so were surprised to find that this book reads a bit like a rewrite of his first novel SOMEBODY IN BOOTS, which is apparently because he reworked some of the material from that book for this one. INSCRIBED BY ALGREN.

[Book #53568]       Price: $450.00
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SOME TREES. SOME TREES.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1956. First edition of the poet's first regularly published book. In the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with a foreword by W.H. Auden. Award-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on front endpaper. The book is fine in near fine dust jacket with shallow chip at head of spine, one small unobtrusive tear, and tanning at spine and folds and top edges. POET ANTHONY HECHT'S COPY.

[Book #53616]       Price: $750.00
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BILLY RAY'S FARM: With Engravings by Barry Moser. BILLY RAY'S FARM: With Engravings by Barry Moser.
Decatur, Georgia: Wisteria Press, 1997. First edition. Letter "Z" of 26 COPIES BOUND IN FULL LEATHER and housed in handmade clamshell box, each copy SIGNED BY BROWN AND MOSER and with TWO LOOSE LITHOGRAPHS SIGNED BY MOSER in glassine envelope laid in (one is the frontispiece illustration, the other appears opposite the first page of text and is of Brown). The handmade box is by artist Kannex Fung and features heavily textured handmade papers and a small wooden picket fence that becomes a stockade when the box is fully closed. A beautiful, fine-press production. Although Billy Ray, Brown's son, has had persistent bad luck with cattle, in this non-fiction essay featuring dead calves, misbehaving bulls, rampaging coyotes and dilapidated fences, both father and son remain optimistic: "Billy Ray's farm does not yet exist on an earthly plane," writes Brown, but "on Billy Ray's farm there will be total harmony, wooden fence rows straight as a plumb line, clean, with no weeds, no rusted barbed wire." Later collected under the same title in 2001. His first work of nonfiction since his acclaimed ON FIRE. Fine in fine box. ONE OF ONLY 26 WITH TWO MOSER LITHOGRAPHS.

[Book #53542]       Price: $750.00
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QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems. QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems.
New York: William Morrow, (1991). First edition. THE ELUSIVE HARDCOVER ISSUE -- SIGNED on the title page by Collins and dated "Jan 1992." The book was issued simultaneously in softcover and even that issue is scarce. An early selection of poems from the eventual Poet Laureate, exhibiting his usual wry, probing humor. Selected from his many magazine appearances by poet Edward Hirsch for The National Poetry series. Fine in crisp, fine dust jacket with only the faintest crease to rear panel. SCARCE SIGNED HARDCOVER ISSUE.

[Book #53538]       Price: $1,500.00
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DOCTOR MARTINO: and Other Stories. DOCTOR MARTINO: and Other Stories.
New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1934. First edition. Number 33 of 360 SIGNED, numbered copies. Not issued in a slipcase. (A single copy has been noted in one, at Christie's 2/86 Gilvarry sale, though we assume it wasn't an original, publisher's slipcase.) Spine color shows slight, even fading but not as badly as usually seen, and the lettering is still bright. Spine ends very lightly shelfworn, otherwise a near fine copy with solid top stain. SIGNED BY FAULKNER.

[Book #53346]       Price: $2,000.00
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TO JAMES BOND WITH LOVE. TO JAMES BOND WITH LOVE.
(Lititiz, Pennsylvania): Sutter House, (1980). First edition. For the James Bond Completist: The saga of the real James Bond, the internationally known naturalist from whom Fleming admittedly stole the name for his secret agent (from the dust jacket blurbs). INSCRIBED by the author, Mary Wickham Bond "for Carolyn, with love, from Mary." Bookplate of the recipient, Carolyn Reeves Corson, on endpaper. Near fine with light rubbing to spine lettering and tips; in bright, lightly foxed dust jacket with rumple and faint stain (appears to small glass ring) on front panel. Dust jacket wrap-around illustration by Fran Rebert. THE REAL JAMES BOND.

[Book #53593]       Price: $350.00
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WODWO. WODWO.
London: Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on the front endpaper. A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Hughes, "To Tony/ in Memoriam/ from Ted/ 13 July 1967." This was Hughes first book of poems after wife Sylvia Plath's death from suicide in 1963 -- we assume the "in Memoriam" is for her, as she and Hecht were very close friends, which is clearly indicated by her intimate letters to him. Plath and Hecht met while both were teaching at Smith College (1956-1962), where Hughes also taught. After Plath's death, Hughes and Hecht continued to be friends and each man went on to win numerous awards and to become the Poet Laureate of their country. Ted Hughes was known to greatly admired Hecht, calling him "one of the most accomplished of his extremely accomplished generation." The book is crisp and fine with only very minor wear; in a near fine, lightly age-toned dust jacket with slightly darkened spine and a few tiny nicks. An early, important association copy between two poets who went on to become highly esteemed in each other's countries as well as their own. IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

[Book #53612]       Price: $4,500.00
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COVER HER FACE. COVER HER FACE.
New York: Scribner's Sons, (1966). First U.S. edition of the author's first book, introducing Adam Dalgliesh. Crisp and fine in bright, fine dust jacket with tips just barely nicked. HER FIRST BOOK.

[Book #53600]       Price: $750.00
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MEXICO CITY BLUES. MEXICO CITY BLUES.
New York: Grove Press, (1959). First edition in FIRST-ISSUE, black-and-white dust jacket (vs. color), which is slightly taller than the book as usual. In presumed VARIANT BINDING with spine lettering stamped in silver versus the normally seen gold. "242 choruses" of Kerouac's experimental poetry -- "I want to be considered a jazz poet blowing a long blues in an afternoon jam session on Sunday" (Kerouac, from the jacket flap). Spine ends and corners slightly rubbed, touch of rubbing to "M" in title on spine, faintest of glass rings to front cover, otherwise near fine. The dust jacket is bright and, with the exception of tiny nicks to the flap corners, is free of chips and tears, but there is a faint stain to top corner of front panel and it appears a tapped-on label was removed from the bottom of the spine (library label?), leaving tanned areas around the edges of where it had been (it would have measured approximately 1.5 x 1.5"). Otherwise the jacket is near fine. SCARCE FIRST-ISSUE JACKET.

[Book #53614]       Price: $2,500.00
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HALFWAY. HALFWAY.
New York: Holt, Rinehardt and Winston, (1961). First edition. Her first poetry collection. INSCRIBED on front endpaper to Anthony Hecht, "For Tony--/ true fisherman [with a boxed aside that reads, 'sailed in at Baltimore']/ who knows how in a hundred years all stories go wrong/ with much love/ Maxine W. Kumin/ Oct 18, 1961." [The last two lines of "On Being Asked to Write a Poem for the Centenary of the Civil War" on p.89 are "In a hundred years/ all stories go wrong."] The few mentions of Kumin in Anthony Hecht's letters make it clear that he was not particularly fond of her or her poetry, so one wonders how she came to have so intimately inscribed a book to him. Killing 'em with kindness, perhaps? Bright and fine in near fine, faintly soiled dust jacket slightly tanned at spine. PRESENTATION COPY, FROM ONE AWARD-WINNING EVENTUAL POET LAUREATE TO ANOTHER.

[Book #53618]       Price: $300.00
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SHELL OF DEATH. SHELL OF DEATH.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1936. First U.S. edition. Published in England under the title "Thou Shell of Death." Bookplate on pastedown (mostly under the jacket flap), otherwise near fine in good plus, price-clipped dust jacket with extensive reinforcement/repair on verso with tape that appears to have darkened but is not visible from the front. HIS SECOND MYSTERY.

[Book #53565]       Price: $350.00
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TIME WILL DARKEN IT. TIME WILL DARKEN IT.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1948. First edition. Very good with edges lightly rubbed and showing some fraying, especially at spine ends; in bright, near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with scattered foxing to rear panel edges and just a touch at folds, and small internal tape repairs to two inconspicuous spine tears. Scarce in dust jacket, especially one as attactive as this. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET.

[Book #53550]       Price: $450.00
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ANYTHING FOR BILLY. ANYTHING FOR BILLY.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1988). First edition, in a RARE PROOF DUST JACKET with blank flaps and a completely different design. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper, "To Carmen/ A gloomy tale/ Larry McMurtry." We have never seen another proof jacket offered, which isn't to say there aren't others; but it was purchased from a former Simon & Schuster rep and, given its scarcity, is probably one of only a few produced. The proof jacket design more closely resembles the design of the jacket for LONESOME DOVE and is more attractive, to us at least, than the one the book was eventually issued in. It's hard to understand why they would have changed it. It was sold to us on a copy of the uncorrected proof; but we've put it on this inscribed copy of the book because it seems to us to be the best way to display it. It is slightly taller than the eventual, published jacket and therefore over-hangs the book by a scant eighth-inch and is just slightly loose. The book itself is fine and still in its original, fine dust jacket with the proof jacket (showing only minor wear) over it. RARE PROOF DUST JACKET.

[Book #53607]       Price: $1,500.00
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THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER. THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.
London: Methuen & Co. (1928). First edition. SIGNED BY MILNE on the title page. Usual offset to endpaper and small crimp to base of spine, else fine in good to perhaps very good dust jacket with moderate soiling, split at spine fold internally mended with archival tape, chip at base of spine taking out "Methuen," and a narrow corner chip but otherwise only marginal wear. This trade edition is becoming scarce signed. BECOMING SCARCE SIGNED.

[Book #53615]       Price: $3,500.00
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SEIZE THE MOMENT: America's Challenge in a One-Superpower World. SEIZE THE MOMENT: America's Challenge in a One-Superpower World.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1992). First edition of his critically praised assessment of American foreign policy. The book is SIGNED by Nixon and has a laid-in TYPED LETTER INITIALED by Nixon that also has his HOLOGRAPH SALUTATION. The letter, to The Honorable Richard Lyng, is on Nixon's personal engraved letterhead from his Woodcliff Lake NJ address, measures 6.75 x 9" and is dated December 23, 1991: "Dear Dick [written in Nixon's hand], I thought you might be interested in seeing some unconventional wisdom on foreign and domestic issues. Best wishes for the New Year." Lyng (1918-2003) oversaw the government's food programs as an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture under Nixon from 1969 to 1973 and was Ronald Reagan's Agriculture Secretary from 1986 to 1989. Nixon (1913-1994) was, of course, the only President to have resigned from office due to scandal. In later years, however, he traveled extensively to meet with foreign leaders, wrote, and took speaking engagements. In 1986, he journeyed to the Soviet Union, after which he shared his foreign policy suggestions and impressions of Mikhail Gorbachev with Reagan. Following that trip, Nixon was ranked in a Gallup poll as one of the ten most admired men in the world and Newsweek Magazine ran a story on "Nixon's comeback" with the headline "He's back." The Nixon Center he founded in 1991 is now the Center for the National Interest, a non-partisan public policy institution. (Wikipedia). Apparently there really are second acts in American lives. The book is fine in fine dust jacket; the letter is fine with light crease where folded. SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY WITH LETTER LAID IN.

[Book #53549]       Price: $600.00
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BLUE AT THE MIZZEN A Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin Novel. BLUE AT THE MIZZEN A Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin Novel.
New York: Norton, (1999). First U.S. edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine to new in fine dust jacket. SIGNED U.S. EDITION.

[Book #53603]       Price: $350.00
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HIGH TIMES HARD TIMES. HIGH TIMES HARD TIMES.
New York: Putnam Sons, (1981). First edition. INSCRIBED on plain bookplate, "To Bill Beverly/ Thanks for the kind words. Love, Anita O'Day 3/4/82." Her autobiography written with George Eells. At the age of twenty-two, O'Day was one of the brightest stars on the music scene but just ten years later she was strung out and broke in a California jail. Fine in fine dust jacket with the barst wear. A relatively scarce inscription. INSCRIBED BY O'DAY.

[Book #53609]       Price: $450.00
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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.
New York: Pantheon, (1958). First U.S. edition of this classic, the 1957 Italian publication of which many believe led to his being awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize--an honor the Communist Party of the Soviet Union subsequently forced him to decline (it wasn't until 30 years later in 1988 that his descendants were able to accept the Nobel on his behalf). This U.S. edition was translated from the Russian by Max Hayward and Manya Harari with many revisions from their UK translation published earlier the same year. Made into the 1965 film directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. The film won five Academy Awards. Minor crimping to spine ends, flattened crease to corner p.17/18, otherwise bright and near fine in price-clipped, near fine dust jacket with subtle tanning to spine and several tiny edge tears. FIRST U.S. EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC.

[Book #53544]       Price: $300.00
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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.
London: Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. First UK edition, translated from the Russian by Max Hayward and Manya Harari. Includes a translators' note not in the U.S. edition published later the same year. Scattered foxing to pastedowns (obscured by jacket flaps) and slight tanning to pages, otherwise bright and near fine in only lightly soiled dust jacket with mild rubbing to folds, few small tears, and corners just barely nicked. INCLUDES NOTE NOT IN THE U.S. EDITION.

[Book #53545]       Price: $600.00
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ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE: An Inquiry into Values. ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE: An Inquiry into Values.
New York: William Morrow & Co. (1999). First edition thus, the scarce hardback 25th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Pirsig reflecting on the past 25 years and correcting mistakes and misconceptions. Also includes the heart-breaking afterward from the 10th anniversary edition in which Pirsig speaks of the murder if his son Chris, who was stabbed to death during a mugging outside the San Francisco Zen Center just weeks shy of his 23rd birthday. SIGNED BY PIRSIG on the front endpaper. This 25th anniversary edition was simultaneously issued in softcover and must have had a small hardback print run because it is otherwise unaccountably scarce. Though the numberline would seem to indicate this is a later printing, we assume the plates from the 17th printing were used for this edition. Minor bumps to spine ends, still fine in bright, near fine dust jacket with only light edge wear. SIGNED ZAMM.

[Book #53613]       Price: $750.00
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NORWOOD. NORWOOD.
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1966). First edition of the author's first book. Made into the 1970 movie of the same name which updated thw 1950s setting to 1970. The movie reunited TRUE GRIT co-stars Glen Campbell and Kim Darby and also featured Joe Namath. Barely perceptible shadow to lower boards, still bright and fine in equally bright, near fine dust jacket with minor creasing to head of spine and small light stain on rear panel. HIS FIRST BOOK.

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MISSING IN ACTION. MISSING IN ACTION.
Lexington: Petro III Graphics, 2004. First edition. Letter Q of 26 SIGNED LETTERED COPIES with Vonnegut's SIGNATURE SELF-PORTRAIT dated May 29, 2004. This lettered issue includes a loose print, "Goodbye Blue Monday" (a big blue bomb) SIGNED by Vonnegut and lettered "Q / Z" not in the numbered issue, as well as the SIGNED, bound-in print "Kilgore Trout," which is in the numbered issue. (The numbered issue is signed but not with his self-portrait.) MISSING IN ACTION is a May 29, 1945, letter to his parents recounting his ordeals after capture in December 1944, including a forced march to Limberg that was 60 miles without water, food, or sleep; a lock-up without sanitation while being strafed by the Royal Air Force (killing 150); a transfer to a P.O.W. camp in Muhlburg to do hard labor without medical attention or clothes and little food; and evacuation to Hellexisdorf until the war's end, when Russian planes strafed them, killing fourteen. Hard to imagine. This lettered issue is a beautiful production bound by Walt Bartholomew (Sylph Publications, Tucson) in brown Nigerian goatskin and marbled paper with full "Record Basalt" cloth slipcase. Fine. VONNEGUT'S WAR.

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