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I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS. I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS.
New York: Random House, (1969). First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED by Angelou on the half-title page, "Cuthbert . . . Joy! Maya Angleou 5/2007 No. Carolina." Angelou was challenged by her friend, author James Baldwin, and her editor, Robert Loomis, to write an autobiography that was also a piece of literature. And that she did. This, her first volume of autobiography, illustrates how strength of character can help one overcome racism and trauma. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. A very fine copy in black cloth with gilt and red stamping quite bright and red top stain still vibrant; in a a fine dust jacket with only the barest edge wear and very mild creasing to the front flap (not price-clipped, as usually seen).

[Book #53337]       Price: $2,500.00
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DIFFERENT FORMS OF FLOWERS ON PLANTS OF THE SAME SPECIES. DIFFERENT FORMS OF FLOWERS ON PLANTS OF THE SAME SPECIES.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1877. First U.S. edition. In this important evolutionary study, Darwin discovered that polymorphism of flowers within the same plant species was an adaptation to insure cross-pollination by insects. "[Darwin] experimentally discovered and demonstrated the fact of hybrid vigor, which is completely explained by Mendelian genetics" (DSB) [Freeman 1278]. Red cloth with the barest wear on corners and spine ends; spine a little darkened though gilt spine lettering is still bright. A very nice copy in original binding.

[Book #53333]       Price: $500.00
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THE WAY OF A WARRIOR. THE WAY OF A WARRIOR.
Richmond, CA: North Atlantic Books, (1982). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author, "To Vic Sussman, The only one to ever whup me! J. Gilbey, March 1983." Gilbey was the pseudonym for Robert W. Smith, a CIA China expert and book collector who frequented our Bethesda MD shop and who became a good friend. He spoke the langauge, traveled the country, read Chinese, sat at the feet of the Master, and wrote books on Judo, Secrets of Shaolin Temple Boxing, Pa-Qui: Eight Trigram Boxing (Chinese), Hsing-I: Chinese Internal Boxing, Secret Fighting Arts of the World, and T'ai Chi, which he taught for years. All published by Tuttle, who Smith said never paid him a royalty, claiming his books didn't sell--although I see all his titles are still in print by Tuttle. Fine in near fine dust jacket with short tear near head of spine.

[Book #53331]       Price: $100.00
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THE MEMOIRS OF HERBERT HOOVER: 1874-1920: Years of Adventure. THE MEMOIRS OF HERBERT HOOVER: 1874-1920: Years of Adventure.
New York: Macmillan Company, 1951. First edition. INSCRIBED, "To my friend Otto G. Lindberg from Herbert Hoover." Lindberg's great claim to fame is that in the 1930's as founder of General Drafting Co., a map-making business, he and his assistant, Ernest Alpers, added a totally fictitious place called "Agloe" to an out-of-the-way dirt road in New York state (to keep other companies from pirating their maps). "Agloe," which was an anagram of their combined initials, has subsequently appeared on maps for years -- and was only just removed from Google Maps in 2014. Fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with minor wear and chipping on the corners and spine ends.

[Book #53334]       Price: $750.00
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KINSEY PHOTOGRAPHER: A Half Century of Negatives. KINSEY PHOTOGRAPHER: A Half Century of Negatives.
San Francisco: Scrimshaw Press, 1975. First edition. An important early photographer. One of 2,500 copies. Two volumes, with contributions by Darius, Jr., and Dorthea, their son and daughter. Illustrated with sepia-tone full-page photographs throughout. Original buckram with photographic illustration mounted on front board of each volume. Folio-sized, 10 1/2 x 13"; each volume with a tipped-in color-plate frontis. Volume 1: The Family Album & Other Early Work; and Volume 2: The Magnificent Years. Fine, as issued, without dust jackets in the original slipcase. Almost as new.

[Book #53289]       Price: $200.00
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THE WANDERER. THE WANDERER.
London: Dennis Dobson, (1967). First UK edition and first edition in hardback. In first-issue dust jacket without Seacon seal on front cover. Near fine with light shelf wear to lower edge; in near fine dust jacket with spine a little faded, a slight crease to top front panel, and very faint dampstain on verso of back panel. Hugo Award-winning book.

[Book #53313]       Price: $300.00
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THE BOUNTY HUNTERS. THE BOUNTY HUNTERS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED by Leonard on the half-title page (after the copyright page). The simultaneous paperback issue, very good in pictorial paperwraps with very minor edge wear and spine a bit slanted.

[Book #53324]       Price: $350.00
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SUNSET GUN Poems. SUNSET GUN Poems.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. First edition. Number 174 of 250 SIGNED numbered copies. Her first book of poetry. Bright white spine but lavendar boards a little faded on edges, otherwise would be fine. In a worn original slipcase. A scarce book.

[Book #53341]       Price: $750.00
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PERRAULT'S TALES OF MOTHER GOOSE. PERRAULT'S TALES OF MOTHER GOOSE.
New York: Pierpont-Morgan Library, 1956. First edition in this form, reproducing in facsimile "The Dedication Manuscript of 1695." Perrault's beloved tales edited and with an introduction by Barchilon. Two volumes. 600 numbered copies, of which the first 250 "were colored by hand in pochoir" (meaning the printed illustrations have been hand-colored) by the Maria Bittner Studio. COPY NUMBER 217 WITH HAND-COLORED ILLUSTRATIONS. Volume One contains the introduction and critical text (Authorship of the Tales; Sources of the Tales; Perrault's Textual Improvements; Perrault's Literary Achievement; Biographical Sketch; Bibliography; and the French Text). Volume Two contains the facsimile reproduction with the hand-colored illustrations. Cloth-backed boards, glassine wrappers, in slipcase. Glassine shows it's age and a few tears and there is a mild imperfection to the front hinge and frontis margin in volume one (appear to be minor production issues), otherwise quite fine with the barest of wear and in close to new condition. HAND-COLORED ILLUSTRATIONS.

[Book #53336]       Price: $750.00
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AVON'S HARVEST. AVON'S HARVEST.
New York: MacMillan Company, 1921. First edition. A tragic drama in verse. This copy INSCRIBED by the three-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet, "Inscribed for - - - E. A. Robinson, 1925." Minor wear and light offsets on endpapers, otherwise near fine in like dust jacket with a few tiny chips and other minor wear. A very nice copy of this early work.

[Book #53344]       Price: $200.00
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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE.
(New York): Arthur Levine, (2000). First U.S. edition, first printing. Spine a little loose from reading, otherwise near fine in like dust jacket. HUGO WINNER.

[Book #53309]       Price: $100.00
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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE.
(London): Bloomsbury, (2000). First edition. The fourth book in this series that has become a world-wide sensation. Ms. Rowling has done more to promote reading among youth than anyone else in the world. Fine in fine dust jacket. There were errors in this first printing and this copy has them all (but we believe all of the first printings have them). HUGO WINNER.

[Book #53318]       Price: $125.00
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THE RABBIT. THE RABBIT.
(London: Turret Books / Steam Press, 1973). First edition. Number 30 of only 100 copies (of 1,000 in total) SIGNED by Steadman and Lucie-Smith. A six-line poem by Lucie-Smith illustrated by Steadman: "The virile rabbit has no use / For solitary self-abuse. / He copulates with dash and vim; / Self-doubt is quite unknown to him. / I've often noticed, let me say, / That vegetarians are that way." Fine in light blue, stiff, stapled wraps. An early and scarce Steadman.

[Book #53290]       Price: $500.00
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TWO POEMS OF NIGHT. TWO POEMS OF NIGHT.
London: Turret Books, (1972). First edition. Number 66 of 100 SIGNED copies (of 1,000 copies in total). Poem by Smith and illustrations by Steadman and signed by both. Minor creasing otherwise bright and fine in stiff paperwraps (oblong, 8 x 10"). This copy also INSCRIBED by Smith to an old friend, Baltimore bookseller Bernice Weiss, who passed away a number of years ago. An early Steadman item.

[Book #53291]       Price: $150.00
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THE ALICE B. TOKLAS COOK BOOK. THE ALICE B. TOKLAS COOK BOOK.
Sir Francis Rose. London: Michael Joseph, (1954). First UK edition. This first printing includes the famous "Haschich Fudge" recipe ("which anyone could whip up on a rainy day") dropped in subsequent printings and not included in the U.S. edition. Illustrations by Sir Francis Rose. Near fine with light stain on front pictorial endpaper and base of spine slightly pushed; in bright, very good or better dust jacket with touch of faint, unobtrusive staining and few small tears.

[Book #53297]       Price: $500.00
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DR. RUTH'S GUIDE TO GOOD SEX. DR. RUTH'S GUIDE TO GOOD SEX.
(New York): Warner Books, (1983). First edition. Presentation copy INSCRIBED to Gloria Steinem from the author on half-title page: "To Gloria, I have admired you and your work for a very long time! To a good friendship with best wishes! ..." Good or better with damp stain on upper and lower spine edge affecting the interior only at the top of the back pages, top edges slightly rubbed and bumped in a couple of spots, hinge starting at center of book but spine still tight; in about very good dust jacket with damp stains along the lower edge on the back panel and along the top edge on the front panel, one small closed tear on top front panel near flap fold, another small tear on top rear panel, and small chips to corners at rear flap fold. Interesting association.

[Book #53279]       Price: $150.00
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MEMOIRS OF A STOMACH: Written by Himself, That All Who Eat May Read. MEMOIRS OF A STOMACH: Written by Himself, That All Who Eat May Read.
(London): W. E. Painter, [1853]. Third edition. Humorous book written from the point of view of a rebellious stomach. Dark green boards letterer in gilt, decorative gilt bowl on front cover. Frontispiece illustration with tissue guard intact. Very good or better with spine a lttle faded, name on endpaper, and light foxing to a few pages.

[Book #53320]       Price: $150.00
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