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FLOWER ARRANGING: A FASCINATING HOBBY; Volumes 1 & 2. FLOWER ARRANGING: A FASCINATING HOBBY; Volumes 1 & 2. (Atlanta, GA: Coca-Cola Company, 1940). First editions. "Refreshing arrangements for every month of the year" by William S. Burroughs' mother. Both volumes profusely illustrated with color photos of flower arrangements and closing with a section of photos of coke-bottle arrangements. They must have had an impact on Burroughs, as evidenced by the recent show of his photography, "William S. Burroughs Taking Shots" at Photographer's Gallery, London, which included a series of photographs in which a pink rose protrudes from a chrome Coca-Cola bottle. In his review of the exhibit in The Guardian, Tim Jonze wrote, "There are many things that spring to mind when you think of William Burroughs: the lifelong heroin addiction; the love of guns that led to him killing his second wife in a drunken game of William Tell; the wildly chaotic beat lifestyle that informed his literary style. One thing that you probably don't immediately think of is the best way to arrange chrysanthemums." Both volumes stapled paperwraps with edges rubbed, otherwise very good to near fine.
[Book #52880]       Price: $50.00
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THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes. THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes. (Brownsville): Story Line Press, 1994. First edition. Letter "K" of 26 copies SIGNED BY DOVE, the former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet AND BY THE ILLUSTRATOR, Mark Woolley. There was also an edition of 250 numbered copies signed by Dove only. "Poet Laureate Dove has done an amazing thing. She has written a classical tragedy, in blank verse, based on the story of Oedipus, but set on a plantation in antebellum South Carolina...Dove's verse is stark and stirring (Booklist review). Quarter plum cloth over black cloth boards stamped in silver on front and spine. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.
[Book #52923]       Price: $400.00
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EVENING PRIMROSE. EVENING PRIMROSE. [West Chester, PA]: Aralia Press, (no-date). First edition. Scarce broadside poem printed on Barcham Green paper at Aralia Press, a fine arts press located at West Chester University. One of 120 copies, this one SIGNED BY DOVE, though not called for. The poem first appeared in 1997 in Poetry Magazine--we assume this broadside was produced sometime the following year. 6 1/2 x 13 inches, printed on recto only. Fine condition.
[Book #52925]       Price: $250.00
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EVENING PRIMROSE: Selected Poems. EVENING PRIMROSE: Selected Poems. Minneapolis: Tunheim Santrizos Company, 1998. First edition. First appearance in book form for many of these poems. Number 155 of 660 copies SIGNED BY DOVE, though given the scarcity of this volume one wonders if there were actually 660 copies produced. Marbled boards, unprinted gray cloth spine. Designed and printed and hand-bound by Nomadic Press. Illustrated with three wood engravings by Kent Aldrich printed directly from the artist's blocks. Fine.
[Book #52924]       Price: $550.00
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LADY FREEDOM AMONG US LADY FREEDOM AMONG US (West Burke, VT: Janus Press, 1994). First edition. The poem read at the occasion of the return of the repaired and refurbished "Statue of Freedom" to the dome of the Capitol on October 23, 1993. Number 58 of just 100 copies SIGNED BY DOVE, the former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet AND BY THE BOOK ARTIST, Claire Van Vliet. An ELABORATELY PRODUCED ART BOOK featuring cut outs of the face of "Freedom." Housed in plastic chemise and cloth covered slipcase. Fine in fine chemise and slipcase with just small professional repair to one edge.
[Book #52922]       Price: $1,000.00
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THE ONLY DARK SPOT IN THE SKY. THE ONLY DARK SPOT IN THE SKY. (Tempe, AZ): Inland Boat/Porch Publications, 1980. First edition. The former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's quite scarce second book. Light gray, stapled paperwraps with lettering and small boat illustration printed in dark gray. Fine condition.
[Book #52920]       Price: $1,000.00
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TEN POEMS. TEN POEMS. Lisbon, Iowa: Penumbra Press, 1977. First edition. Number 126 of only 200 copies of the former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning POET'S FIRST BOOK. Number four in Penumbra's "Manila Series." Unprinted, brown, string-tied paperwraps; housed in publisher's printed envelope. This copy INSCRIBED, "For Jeff, with warm wishes from one book lover to another - Rita Dove / 10 Feb 90." Fine in fine envelope with just minor creasing to the flap. Scarce in envelope and signed or inscribed.
[Book #52919]       Price: $1,500.00
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THOMAS AND BEULAH. THOMAS AND BEULAH. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1986. First edition, simultaneous hardback issue of the former Poet Laureate's PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POETRY COLLECTION. In the scarce first-state dust jacket without the Pulitzer notice on front panel. SIGNED on the title page and INSCRIBED & SIGNED on the half-title page (not to anyone), "Thank you for your continued support of quality television - Rita Dove." Bright and fine in like dust jacket with finish just very slightly dulled (jacket still bright and fine). Scarce in hardback, especially with the first-state dust jacket and inscribed.
[Book #52921]       Price: $350.00
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GREAT FANTASY ART THEMES FROM THE FRANK COLLECTION. GREAT FANTASY ART THEMES FROM THE FRANK COLLECTION. (London): Paper Tiger, (1999). First edition. Beautifully produced, 128 pages, 8x12 inches, including index. The collection spans 100 years of science fiction, fantasy and horror art. This book contains reproductions in full color by Berkey, Frazetta, Powers, et al. Fine in striking dust jacket. SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY ART.
[Book #52909]       Price: $35.00
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A THEORY OF THE CONSUMPTION FUNCTION. A THEORY OF THE CONSUMPTION FUNCTION. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957. First edition. A study for the National Bureau of Economic Research, where Friedman worked at the time. He set forth the permanent income hypothesis, a theory of consumption that assumes rational behavior by agents. In its simplest form, the hypothesis states that a change in permanent income, rather than a change in temporary income, affects the choices that determine a consumer's consumption patterns. The key conclusion of this theory is that transitory, temporary changes in income have little effect on consumer spending behavior, whereas permanent changes can have large effects on consumer spending behavior. 243 pages, including an index. 36 Figures and tables. Dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Small stamp on front endpaper ("Industrial Relations Department 1957"), otherwise bright and fine in a bright, near fine dust jacket with just one small tear, a few tiny marks and the spine slightly sunned. A very nice copy of a relatively scarce book by a recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, who was known for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy. The Economist described him as "the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century ... possibly of all of it."
[Book #52888]       Price: $3,500.00
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NEW AND RARE BEAUTIFUL-LEAVED PLANTS. NEW AND RARE BEAUTIFUL-LEAVED PLANTS. London: John C. Nimmo, 1891. Second edition. With fifty-four colored plates and fifty-four woodcuts. Publishers 4-page advertisement tipped in at front pastedown. Near fine in dark green cloth boards with gilt lettering and decoration; dark green endpapers. Corners slightly rubbed, spine ends lightly bumped, previous owner's name on first free page, light foxing to page edges, otherwise near fine with color plates clear and bright.
[Book #52902]       Price: $300.00
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TWO DISCOURSES: A DEAD FAITH ANATOMIZED and THE SELF-JUSTICIARY CONVICTED AND CONDEMNED TWO DISCOURSES: A DEAD FAITH ANATOMIZED and THE SELF-JUSTICIARY CONVICTED AND CONDEMNED Boston: Reprinted by J. Draper, for D. Henchman in Cornhill, 1740. First combined edition of these two scarce works which were first published in 1697 and 1707, respectively. [Evans 4560-61, but with linking title page; Sabin 46788-89]. The complete titles are DEAD FAITH ANATOMIZED: A Discourse on the Nature, and the Danger, with the Deadly Symptoms of a Dead Faith, and THE SELF-JUSTICIARY CONVICTED AND CONDEMNED: Or, A Discourse Concerning the Difficulty and Necessity of Renouncing Our Own Righteousness. Pastor Samuel Mather (1651-1728), a cousin of Cotton Mather, is credited with healing a 10-year break in the Congregationalist First Church of Windsor (the oldest Congregational church in Connecticut) which had resulted in the formation of a separate Presbyterian Party of Windsor. This was surely no mean feat. Text pages are darkened, stained, occasionally torn and often edgeworn but intact and wholly readable. Freshly rebound in quarter leather with marbled boards. Only one copy of this combined edition has appeared at auction and that was in 1977.
[Book #52247]       Price: $750.00
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THE AMBER SPYGLASS: His Dark Materials, Book III. THE AMBER SPYGLASS: His Dark Materials, Book III. New York: Knopf, 2000. First edition. Galley/proof "manuscript." 8.5 x 11 inches: clear plastic front and black plastic rear cover; velo-bound (with thin black plastic strips). 661 pages, appears to be reproduced from a typescript. This copy with printed label on front with reviewer's name followed by "Manuscript #156"--it seems unlikely, though, that there would have been that many copies produced in this format. Few small stains to page fore edges, otherwise fine. Together with a "press pack" for the book consisting of a color photo of the author, a color photo copy of a picture of the trade edition, personal letter to the reviewer from the Knopf publicity manager, and a few pages of promos for the other books in the series. The press pack is fine in large clear plastic envelope with string-loop closure.
[Book #52911]       Price: $250.00
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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: A CAREER IN PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRACY. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: A CAREER IN PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRACY. (New York): Bobb-Merrill Co. (1931). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Hazel W. Howes, With the sincere regards and thanks of Franklin D. Roosevelt / June 1932." A nice association as her husband, William Washington Howes, served under Roosevelt as Second and First Assistant Postmaster General from 1933 to 1940 (he brought airmail service to the Midwest). Previously, he was a member of the South Dakota Senate, Chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party and a member of the Democratic National Committee. He is reported to have been very influential in helping FDR win the Midwest. The inscription to Mrs. Howes is nicer than the one FDR wrote for her husband in his copy of this same book (we also handled that copy). Near fine with offset near inner hinges; in a lightly soiled dust jacket with a thumb-nail size chip at top of back cover and minor edgewear but no other chipping.
[Book #52906]       Price: $3,500.00
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED. TYPED LETTER SIGNED. (Beacon, NY: 1985). Two-paragraph note on half-sheet style letterhead of Toshi & Peter Seeger. Dated September 24, 1985, and reading in part: "I didn't know I had a fan club. I don't really think fan clubs are a good idea. There's real important things to do in this world. Also, (if you don't know it already) you should learn that all idols have feet of clay." After a few more lines, it is SIGNED simply "Pete" (above his typed name). Light creasing and few tiny tears along right edge, otherwise near fine.
[Book #52890]       Price: $150.00
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NINE "SLIP OPINIONS," EACH ONE SIGNED BY THE JUSTICE DELIVERING THE OPINION: Delivered during the 1983 Supreme Court term. NINE "SLIP OPINIONS," EACH ONE SIGNED BY THE JUSTICE DELIVERING THE OPINION: Delivered during the 1983 Supreme Court term. [No place: No publisher], 1982 - 1983. A unique set of historical documents SIGNED BY ALL NINE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES: Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan Jr., Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor (our first female justice), William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Lewis F. Powell, Thurgood Marshall (our first African American justice) and Byran R. White. THESE EPHEMERAL "SLIP OPINIONS" are printed for use after the initial bench opinion and are only available prior to the issuance of the "United States Reports," the hardcover case volumes for each term. EACH ONE IS SIGNED BY THE JUSTICE DELIVERING THE OPINION. Each one is in stapled self-wraps, measuring approximately 6 x 9 inches. The first few pages are an introductory overview, followed by the opinion and sometimes a dissension. Prior to each opinion is the following printed notice: "This opinion is subject to formal revision before publication in the preliminary print of the United State Reports...." The cases are as follows: Colorado v. New Mexico et al; No. 80; decided December 13, 1982; (2 pages syllabus, 13 pages opinion, 5 pages concurrence); SIGNED "THURGOOD MARSHALL 6/24/83" on the front. First National City Bank v. Banco Para el Comercio Exterior de Cuba; No, 81-984; decided June 17, 1983; (2 pages syllabus, 23 pages opinion, 3 pages dissension); SIGNED BY SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR on the front. City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, Inc., et al, and Akron Center for Reproductive Health, Inc., et al v. City of Akron, et al; Nos. 81-746 and 81-1172; (3 pages syllabus, 33 pages opinion, 25 pages opinion); INSCRIBED, "FOR -- FROM LEWIS F. POWELL 1983" on the front. United States v. Villamonte-Marquez et al; No. 81-1350; decided June 17, 1983; (2 pages syllabus, 14 pages opinion, 18 pages dissension); INSCRIBED, "TO -- FROM WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST" on the front. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp v. Pfeifer; No. 82-131; decided June 15, 1983; (3 pages syllabus, 29 pages opinion); SIGNED BY JOHN PAUL STEVENS on the front. National Labor Relations Board v. Transportation Management Corp.; No. 82-168; decided June 15, 1983; (2 pages syllabus, 12 pages opinion); SIGNED BY BYRON R. WHITE on the front. In uniformly fine condition.
[Book #52908]       Price: $4,750.00
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A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS'S and THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY. A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS'S and THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1856. First edition. One of the "Miscellanies" issued in yellow wrappers from 1853 to 1957. "A Little Dinner At Timmins's" first appeared in Punch Magazine and "The Bedford-Row Conspiracy" first appeared in COMIC TALES AND SKETCHES [Van Duzer, pp. 67 & 88]. In a lovely, full red leather, gilt-stamped binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Brentano's with ORIGINAL YELLOW WRAPPERS BOUND IN, including a large portion of the spine. Edges of free endpapers darkened where there is offset from inner dentelles, evidence of small label removed from front pastedown, outer hinges a little rubbed, otherwise near fine.
[Book #52917]       Price: $950.00
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THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE. THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1850. First edition. Illustrated with 15 HAND-COLORED PLATES, including the title vignette and frontispiece. In a lovely, full red leather, gilt-stamped binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Brentano's WITH ORIGINAL COVERS BOUND IN. Small shelf label on front pastedown, free endpaper edges darkened where offset from inner dentelles, outer hinges rubbed, otherwise near fine. Thackeray (1811 - 1863) was famous for his satirical works, particularly VANITY FAIR, a panoramic portrait of English society. This is one of his five short "Christmas Books" criticizing English nobility which he wrote under his pen name, M. A. Titmarsh. In THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE he shares a steamer with an upper-class family. The other titles in the series are MRS PERKIN'S BALL, OUR STREET, DR BIRCH AND HIS YOUNG FRIENDS and THE ROSE AND THE RING.
[Book #52918]       Price: $500.00
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A FULL REPORT OF THE HIGHLY INTERESTING BREACH OF PROMISE CASE: John J. Gaul, and Mary H. His Wife. A FULL REPORT OF THE HIGHLY INTERESTING BREACH OF PROMISE CASE: John J. Gaul, and Mary H. His Wife. New York: New-York Transcript, (1835). Presumed first edition of this narrative. 27 pages of densely packed, small type. Harvard University, in the introduction to their web-based "Studies in Scarlet" digital collection, notes that tracts such as these are "especially valuable as sources for the study of the history of women, [as] the cases involve not only trials for divorce, domestic violence, bigamy, seduction, breach of promise to marry, and the custody of children but also those for murder and rape." In this particular case the plaintiff has brought suit against the woman to whom he was engaged because she married another. Disbound, faded and stained, though wholly legible.
[Book #52912]       Price: $150.00
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DEPRESSION. DEPRESSION. Ardsley, NY: Geigy Pharmaceuticals, 1972. First edition and, we assume, the only one. Appears to be a promotional piece for an anti-depressant, apparently issued as a give-away for a pharmaceuticals conference. COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS BY UNGERER, the prolific French illustrator of children's books (he is the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award) and of material for adults, including for books, magazines, posters, etc. 36 pages; in blue, stiff, 8 1/2 x 11 inch paperwraps. Illustrated with 36 color drawings and two in black-and-white (some blank pages and some pages with multiple illustrations); text "handwritten" (i.e., reproduced from handwriting not from type), we assume, by Ungerer. Fine condition.
[Book #52905]       Price: $450.00
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A IS AN ALPHABET. A IS AN ALPHABET. [New York: Andy Warhol, 1953]. First and only edition. A COMPLETE SET OF TWENTY-SIX 6 x 9" OFFSET LITHOGRAPHS. Reportedly one of only 100 or so sets. Art by Warhol and text by Ralph Thomas ("Corkie") Ward. According to the Princeton University Graphic Arts blog A IS FOR ALPHABET was "one of a series of books and multiples Warhol printed from 1953 to 1959 as personal gifts. Each month, he'd send art directors hand-finished work that looked for all the world like original art. He might, for example, mail out stamps of hand-colored butterflies. Or packages of birdseed, with instructions to plant the seeds and watch as they grew to become birds. Starting in 1953, the gifts became more elaborate. Warhol embarked on a series of privately printed books. In that year, he turned out four: Love is a Pink Cake; A is an Alphabet; A House That Went to Town; and There Was Rain in the Street." The lithographs were originally issued in a glassine-paper cover with a typewritten label stating, "A is an Alphabet by Andy and Corki [sic]." While the set offered here is otherwise complete, it lacks the glassine and label. Some aging and minor wear on edges, primarily on the first 5 or 6 images, otherwise near fine. It should be noted that no auction records exist for this rare, early Warhol offering. WAS $17,500.
[Book #52961]       Price: $12,500.00
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