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THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER. Stephen Vincent Benet. THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER.
Weston: Countryman Press, (1937). Limited issue, first edition thus. Illustrated by Harold Denison with five full-page plates. Number 53 of 700 numbered copies SIGNED by Benet and Denison. Red buckram with gilt-stamped black label on front. Fine in publisher's fine slipcase. Lacking the plain glassine wrapper.

[Book #54522]       Price: $175.00
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THE GALILEE HITCH-HIKER. Richard Brautigan. THE GALILEE HITCH-HIKER.
(San Francisco: Cranium Press / David Sandberg, 1966). Second edition. The first was published by White Rabbit Press May 1958 in an edition of 200 copies. This edition limited to 700. His second book of poetry, actually a single poem in nine separately titled sections. Red, handsewn paperwraps printed in black on front cover only. Light crease to bottom front corner, touch of faint soiling, and small sticker shadow inside front cover, otherwise bright and near fine.

[Book #54542]       Price: $300.00
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TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA: A Novel. Richard Brautigan. TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA: A Novel.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1970). First UK edition and the first hardback. Published as a paperback original in 1967 by Four Seasons in San Francisco. His best-known book and the one that brought him fame. Pictorial paperboards, with illustration being a facsimile of the cover of the original paperback, in matching pictorial dust jacket. Both book and jacket show the barest shelf wear but are otherwise bright and fine. FIRST HARDBACK.

[Book #54544]       Price: $400.00
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COCKFIGHTER JOURNAL: The Story of a Shooting. James Lee Burke, Charles Willeford, introduction. COCKFIGHTER JOURNAL: The Story of a Shooting.
Santa Barbara: Neville, 1989. First edition. By Charles Willeford, who died before he could sign the edition, with an introduction by Burke. An out-of-series, unlettered copy in the same binding as the 26 lettered ones, SIGNED BY BURKE. Fine as issued, in full black leather with lettering and design stamped in gold (the lettered copies were the only copies so bound).

[Book #54529]       Price: $500.00
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THE FIRST RESCUE PARTY. Karel Capek. THE FIRST RESCUE PARTY.
New York: Macmilllan Company, 1940. First U.S. edition. Translated from the Czech by M. & R. Weatherall. The novel describes the two or three days of rescue work in a mine after an explosion. Tiny string pull on spine and vertical offsets near hinges, otherwise fine in very good to near dust jacket with spine slightly tanned, a touch of spotting to one corner rear panel, few small rubbed chips and tears, and spine folds internally reinforced with archival tape.

[Book #54444]       Price: $250.00
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Lewis Carroll. ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.
London: Macmillan, 1866. First edition to be published but technically the second British edition, as the exceedingly rare 1865 first edition was suppressed and only 22 copies are known to exist today. His classic tale of Alice's fall through the rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. The twists of logic throughout this tale have gained it lasting popularity with children and adults alike, and it is considered to be one of the best examples of the "literary nonsense" genre (Wikipedia). Finely, freshly bound in full, red goatskin with four raised spine bands; three gilt-stamped, green-leather spine labels (title, author & date); gilt and blind spine decorations, including gilt center stamps onlaid in green leather. Front and back covers each with inset panel of hand-colored, black-foil images stamped on cream-colored lambskin after Tenniel's original illustrations. Housed in clamshell box with quarter-red-goatskin rounded spine, raised spine bands, center stamps, leather spine labels, and red linen cloth; box lined with red velvet. Binding and case by Dragonfly Bindery/StudioBinding; design executed by Patricia & George Sargent. Frontis tissue darkened and scattered light foxing throughout otherwise the interior is in very good condition. The binding is fine. FINELY, FRESHLY BOUND IN FULL LEATHER.

[Book #54361]       Price: $12,500.00
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PARASITES OF HEAVEN. Leonard Cohen. PARASITES OF HEAVEN.
Toronto: McClelland and Steward, (1966). First edition. The fourth book of poetry from the eclectic Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. Includes the basis for his most memorable song, "Suzanne" -- "Suzanne Takes You Down" (p.70). The song was covered by Judy Collin's the same year and Cohen himself performed it as his debut single for his 1967 album "Songs of Leonard Cohen." Inspired by Cohen's platonic relationship with Suzanne Verdal, the then-girlfriend of sculptor Armand Vaillancourt, the poem describes the rituals they enjoyed when they met. Lyrics to a few other songs from the debut album also appear [Wiki]. Spine ends a little pushed, tiny spot to rear board, otherwise bright and fine in dust jacket with head of spine lightly rubbed and small tear and crease to top edge front panel; spine sunned from purple to pink as usually seen, otherwise very good to near fine.

[Book #54543]       Price: $400.00
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THE CHINESE ARE LIKE THAT. Carl Crow. THE CHINESE ARE LIKE THAT.
New York: Harper & Bros. (1939). First U.S. edition. Published in the UK the prior year as MY FRIENDS, THE CHINESE. Laid in is a full-page TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the author recounting in detail his impressions during his most recent visit to China. Carl Crow (1884 - 1945) was a Missouri-born newspaperman, businessman, and author who managed several newspapers and then opened the first Western advertising agency in Shanghai, China. He was also the founding editor of the Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury. Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made the city his home for a quarter of a century, working there as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and groundbreaking ad-man. He also did stints as a hostage negotiator, emergency police sergeant, gentleman farmer, go-between for the American government, and propagandist. Crow attended negotiations in Peking leading to the fall of the Qing Dynasty, got the scoop on Japanese interference in China during WWI, negotiated the release of western hostages from a mountain bandit lair, he met and interviewed most of the major figures of the time, including Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, the Soong sisters, and Mao Zedong’s second-in-command Zhou En-lai, and during WWII he worked for American intelligence alongside Owen Lattimore, co-ordinating US policies to support China against Japan [Wiki]. Spine somewhat darkened but otherwise very good. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #54453]       Price: $250.00
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FOUR QUARTETS. T. S. Eliot. FOUR QUARTETS.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1943). First U.S. edition, preceding the UK hardback edition. Collects BURNT NORTON, EAST COKER, THE DRY SALVAGES, and LITTLE GIDDING--the four titles comprising FOUR QUARTETS, which were first published separately as pamphlets in London in 1941 and 1942. Cyril Connolly included FOUR QUARTETS in his "Modern Movement: 100 Key Books 1880-1950," saying it was "the most important poem since Yeat's 'The Tower,' and, as many think, of the century." This first printing states "first American edition" and is one of only 788 copies released. A good to very good copy in black cloth with corners sharp but a few scattered spots of foxing on endpapers, previous owner's name on front endpaper and gilt on spine somewhat dulled (but still very readable); in the first-state dust jacket with $2.00 price in upper corner of front flap, back flap blank, and the nine titles listed in bold print on the back panel ending with "Old Possum's." The dust jacket, designed by E. McKnight Kauffer, shows a little aging and on the back you can see where a professional conservationist filled in some chipping on top edge as well as a short closed tear. Still, overall, very good. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.

[Book #54359]       Price: $1,500.00
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U 97: A Play in Three Acts. C. S. Forester. U 97: A Play in Three Acts.
London: John Lane & Bodley Head, (1931). First edition. His play about the crew of a German U-Boat attacking Scapa Flow, a body of water in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Cloth faded on spine and along top edges of covers but spine label still bright; otherwise would be about very good in a good or better dust jacket tanned on spine and with tiny chips and closed tears on spine internally backed with archival tape.

[Book #54362]       Price: $750.00
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POOR RICHARD: THE ALMANACKS FOR THE YEARS 1733-1758. Benjamin Franklin, Richard Saunders, Norman Rockwell. POOR RICHARD: THE ALMANACKS FOR THE YEARS 1733-1758.
Norman Rockwell. Philadelphia: Limited Editions Club, 1964. First edition thus, with an introduction by Van Wyck Brooks and illustrations by Norman Rockwell. Number 994 of 1,500 copies SIGNED BY ROCKWELL. Half-cowhide with marbled paper boards, gilt-lettered red leather spine label; twelve signs of the zodiac burned into the cowhead portion covering the boards. Original prospectus and Monthly Letter of the LEC laid in. Fine in original plain glassine which is darkened and chipped but still doing its job and original, brown paper-covered slipcase with corner nick to printed spine label, few edge rubs and one corner bumped (otherwise near fine).

[Book #54494]       Price: $350.00
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THE PROPHET. Kahlil Gibran. THE PROPHET.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. First edition thus, a deluxe, large-format holiday edition published three years after the first. Illustrated with 12 collotype plates after drawings by the author. Original parchment backed gold foil boards with decoration in red on the front; top edge gilt. Scarce early deluxe edition of one of the best-selling books of the 20th century--since its first appearance in 1923, THE PROPHET has never been out of print and has gone through more than 160 printings. Over 100 million copies have been sold and it has been translated into more than 40 languages (18 by the time of this printing in 1926). Reportedly Gibran ranks as the third most widely read poet in history. Minor rubbing and lacking original slipcase, but very good to fine and scarce. SCARCE, EARLY DELUXE EDITION.

[Book #54458]       Price: $750.00
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THE HOME: Its Work and Its Influence. Charlotte Perkins Gilman. THE HOME: Its Work and Its Influence.
New York: McClure, Phillips & Co. 1903. First edition. One of Gilman's most scarce and most critically acclaimed books, THE HOME expands on her WOMEN AND ECONOMICS (1898), proposing women are oppressed in their homes and modification of the home environment will lead to healther mental states. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. Her semi-autobiographical story THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, one of the most reprinted of all psychological horror stories, was written after her experience with a severe bout of postpartum psychosis [Wikipedia]. Few tiny tears to cloth at head of spine and touch of minor rubbing at tips, otherwise bright, clean and very good to near fine. "Here she comes, running out of prison and off the pedestal; chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman"--Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

[Book #54463]       Price: $600.00
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THAT SHINING HOUR. Robert Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford. THAT SHINING HOUR.
No-place: no-publisher, (1969). First edition and, we assume, the only one. No limitation stated, but we also assume there were a small number of copies printed as it was intended for distribution to family and friends only. Contains over 120 rememberances of Bobby Kennedy by family and friends including Justices Douglas and White, Robert McNamarra, General Maxwell Taylor, John Glenn, Jack Parr, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, George Plimpton, Walter Reuther, Arthur Schlesinger, Ted Kennedy, et al. Color frontis photo of Kennedy and black-and-white photos throughout. INSCRIBED by Lawford, Kennedy's sister and the book's compilor, "For Robin and Angie, With love, Pat/ June 1969." Robin Chandler Duke (1923-2016) was a women's reproductive rights advocate and the United States Ambassador to Norway from 2000 to 2001. She married Angier Biddle Duke in 1962. Son of Angier Buchanan Duke, heir to part of the American Tobacco Company fortune, the younger Duke was chief of protocol for the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy and after his assassination became Lyndon B. Johnson's chief of staff and was ambassador to Denmark, Spain and Morocco. About fine with few minor abrasions to front cover. As issued, without a dust jacket. NICE ASSOCIATION & SCARCE.

[Book #54516]       Price: $750.00
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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Norman Mailer. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.
New York: Rinehart and Company, (1948). First edition of the author's first book. SIGNED by him on the title page. Acclaimed as one of the best to come out of WWII. A Burgess 99 title. The fragile black paper-covered boards showing edgewear and subtle staining to rear board, otherwise good to very good in the scarce first-issue dust jacket with the introductory blurb by Stanley Rinehart comparing Mailer favorably with Hemingway and others. Dust jacket edge rubbed, chipped on one corner, and with lightly rubbed creases where we assume it was once folded to quarters, but still bright and about very good for this jacket.

[Book #54506]       Price: $750.00
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SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY. Edgar Lee Masters. SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY.
New York: Macmillan Co. 1915. Later printing, the 8th, issued October of the same year as the first printing. SIGNED and dated "Oct. 13, '17." About fine with a little rubbing on spine ends. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #54461]       Price: $600.00
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PREJUDICES: Third Series. H. L. Mencken. PREJUDICES: Third Series.
New York: Knopf, (1922). First edition. Slight discoloration to few areas of boards and spine lettering very slightly dulled, otherwise near fine in about very good dust jacket with light soiling and rubbing, a few small tears and tiny holes, and half-inch chip to top edge rear panel (not affecting lettering). Scarce in dust jacket.

[Book #54356]       Price: $300.00
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THE KNAVE OF HEARTS. Maxfield Parrish, by Louise Saunders, illustrator. THE KNAVE OF HEARTS.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. First edition. One of illustrious illustrator Maxfield Parrish's best-known and most admired illustrated books, with 26 vibrant partial and full-page color illustrations in his distinctive style of saturated hues and idealized neoclassical imagery. Large quarto (12 x 14 inches) black cloth boards showing minor wear to cloth and light rubbing and scratches to the front-cover illustration; otherwise about very good with gift inscription, name filled in beneath "This Is the Book Of," some marginal internal soiling, signatures appearing to have been glued but still tight, and several internal hinges neatly reinforced with linen tape.

[Book #54501]       Price: $750.00
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BERG. Ann Quin. BERG.
New York: Scribner's Sons, (1964). First U.S. edition of her first book. About "a man called Berg, who had changed his name from Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father" (from the jacket flap). Quin was a British writer noted for her experimental style, who, after suffering mental health problems and receiving electro-shock treatment, committed suicide in 1973 at the age of 37, drowning herself by swimming out into the sea off Brighton's Palace Pier, weeks before the death of her contemporary B. S. Johnson (Wikipedia). BERG was adapted for the 1989 film "Killing Dad," starring Denholm Elliott and Richard E. Grant. Fine in bright, near fine dust jacket with few rubbed spots to head of spine and and top edge front panel. A scarce book.

[Book #54365]       Price: $250.00
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PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF P. H. SHERIDAN. P. H. Sheridan. PERSONAL MEMOIRS OF P. H. SHERIDAN.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co. 1888. First edition. General Sheridan's Civil War memoirs in two volumes, each with steel-engraved frontispiece portrait: volume one of him as Second Lieutenant, volume two as Lieutenant General. Additionally illustrated with 27 maps, several of which are folding, and numerous other portraits and facsimiles. Original dark green cloth bindings with bright gilt pictorial covers depicting the general on horseback. A very nice, near fine set with only the barest rubbing on corners and spine ends, very subtle flaking to cloth on volume I and lower corners volume II lightly bumped.

[Book #54426]       Price: $300.00
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PHOTOGRAPHS. Eudora Welty, foreword, Reynolds Price. PHOTOGRAPHS.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, (1989). First edition, limited issue. With an introduction by her friend and fellow Southern writer, Reynolds Price. Number 324 of 375 numbered copies SIGNED BY WELTY (there were also 2 lettered issues). This volume collects most of Welty's black-and-white photographs from the 1930's to 1950's, many from her period working for the Works Progress Administration. In 1935, Eudora Welty began working for the WPA as a publicity agent, collecting stories, conducting interviews, and taking photographs of people from all economic and social classes in her spare time. Her photography formed the basis for several of her short stories, including "Why I Live at the P.O," inspired by a woman she photographed ironing in the back of a small post office [Wikipedia]. Slight imperfection in cloth at front spine gutter, otherwise bright and fine in original cloth slipcase with three circular light spots but otherwise fine. Issued without dust jacket.

[Book #54381]       Price: $500.00
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COLLECTED POEMS: 1921 - 1931. William Carlos Williams, preface, Wallace Stevens. COLLECTED POEMS: 1921 - 1931.
New York: The Objectivist Press, 1934. First edition. One of only 500 copies. Preface by Wallace Stevens. Williams' first major collection, including his most frequently anthologized poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow," which is widely considered to be a prime example of early twentieth-century Imagism. Bright and fine with only the barest wear in crimson cloth with white paper spine label; in dust jacket with a shallow chip at bottom of spine. Housed in specially made red cloth slipcase. A very scarce book, particularly in this condition.

[Book #54395]       Price: $2,000.00
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ROSALINDA. Helen Wing. ROSALINDA.
Jan B. Balet. No-place: Rand McNally, (1952). First edition. A nice copy with all of the puch-out "Slottie" toys present and still bound in the book. Slight soiling on cover and a few pages, otherwise near fine in very good or better dust jacket with one small chip at top front hinge corner and back cover a little wrinkled. Scarce with all the "Slotties" present, and scarcer still with them still intact as issued.

[Book #54521]       Price: $200.00
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