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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM. Nelson Algren. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1949. First edition. Winner of the first National Book Award and made into the movie that resurrected Frank Sinatra's career. "Unrevised proofs" in tall, plain blue wraps with light-blue label printed in black. Measures 6 7/8 x 11 3/4"; last page number is "122" but pagination is double in that the pages are numbered "1A," "1B," and so on. A RARE ITEM, we know of only one other copy, which is in a university's Rare Books Library. A few minor scuffs and creases, otherwise near fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case.

[Book #52513]       Price: $2,500.00
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SOMEBODY IN BOOTS. Nelson Algren. 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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THE SCHIRMER INHERITANCE. Eric Ambler. THE SCHIRMER INHERITANCE.
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1953. First U.S. edition. Touch of light shelf wear otherwise fine in very good or better dust jacket with spine lettering toned and rubbing to edges and folds.

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"THE LOST NOVEL": In Scribner's Magazine, Volume LXXXIV, No. 3. Sherwood Anderson. "THE LOST NOVEL": In Scribner's Magazine, Volume LXXXIV, No. 3.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, September, 1928. First edition. First appearance of this story by Sherwood Anderson. Paperwraps lightly worn on overhanging edges, front cover splitting at hinge (about 5"), otherwise very good.

[Book #52937]       Price: $50.00
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NONES. W. H. Auden. NONES.
London: Faber & Faber, (1952). First UK edition. Small name on front endpaper, offsets near inner hinges and the barest wear on corners, otherwise fine in near fine dust jacket with spine very slightly faded and one small closed tear. Very nice and bright.

[Book #36313]       Price: $125.00
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THE DRESSMAKER. Beryl Bainbridge. THE DRESSMAKER.
(London): Duckworth, (1973). First edition. SIGNED BY BAINBRIDGE, "Best wishes, Beryl Bainbridge" (not to anyone in particular). A pyschological novel about the struggles of a repressed dressmaker and her sister to look after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier during WWII (inspired by a relationship Bainbridge had with a soldier when she was a teen). Made into a 1988 award-winning British film. Short-listed for the Booker Prize. Faint foxing to page top edge, pastedowns and verso of the price-clipped dust jacket, otherwise near fine. SCARCE SIGNED.

[Book #51994]       Price: $250.00
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THE VIEW FROM A BLIND I. George Barker. THE VIEW FROM A BLIND I.
London: Faber & Faber, (1962). First edition. INSCRIBED on the title page by the author in 1964. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket very lightly soiled on back cover and with one tiny closed tear.

[Book #43110]       Price: $60.00
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FLAUBERT'S PARROT. Julian Barnes. FLAUBERT'S PARROT.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. First U.S. edition. Short-listed for the Booker. A review copy with letter, review slip and promotional photo laid in. Fine in dust jacket with a couple of small ripples on spine.

[Book #32931]       Price: $100.00
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DISTORTIONS. Ann Beattie. DISTORTIONS.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1976. First edition. SIGNED on front end paper. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK of short stories, published simultaneously with CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, her first novel. Fine in dust jacket with one small tape repair at back of top of front panel and touch of lightly rubbed creasing at spine ends.

[Book #16213]       Price: $65.00
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NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES. John Betjeman. NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES.
London: John Murray, 1945. First edition. Light edge rubbing, names and dates on front free endpaper, some bubbling to pastedowns near hinges and light offset to free endpapers near hinges, otherwise very good or better in lightly soiled dust jacket with tanned spine, shallow chipping to spine ends (not affecting any lettering) and a few small closed edge tears. An attractive copy, despite the noted flaws.

[Book #34921]       Price: $125.00
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"Let My People Go." F. W. Bird, Francis William. "Let My People Go."
Boston: Commercial Printing House, 1862. First edition. "Originally published in Norfolk Co. Journal of December 14, 1861, republished with slight additions and corrections" (from title page). Bird was a Massachussetts Republican politician and anti-slavery advocate known as the "Sage of Walpole." This is his call for the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in which he makes religious comparisons to Moses leading the slaves out of Egypt as in the old Negro Spiritual "Let My People Go." Dis-boound eight-page booklet (shows evidence of having once been bound). Faint stamp to bottom of title page, few light marks of soiling on back, otherwise about very good. OCLC locates only 3 copies in libraries. Rare.

[Book #51376]       Price: $150.00
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LIFELINES: Selected Poems 1950-1999. Philip Booth. LIFELINES: Selected Poems 1950-1999.
(New York): Viking, (1999). First edition. INSCRIBED in the form of a poem to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht, "This lifetime/ of LIFELINES/ are for/ Tony,/ with thanks for/ the resurrected blurb,/ but most of all/ the mastery of/ his own lifelong/ works.../ Yrs, as ever,/ Philip/ Castine/ Late August/ 1999." Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #53751]       Price: $250.00
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THE SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Stories of Post-War Germany. Kay Boyle. THE SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Stories of Post-War Germany.
London: Faber and Faber, (1952). Two volumes of the first UK edition. One is INSCRIBED to her good friend Doris Grumbach, the novelist, essayist and critic, "Love to Doris - Kay." In what appears to us to be the first binding: light-red cloth with gold lettering. Chambers [A25c] calls for a burgundy cloth with black lettering. We've included a copy in the burgundy cloth (without a dust jacket). Both books are the same height but the lighter red one is 5-and-a-half inches wide, while the burgundy is about 5-and-an-eighth inches wide. It's evident that the original sheets were trimmed for the later, burgundy binding. The original dust jacket, intended for the lighter red binding, was obviously folded to fit the smaller burgundy book but fits much better on the lighter red one. Minor edgewear to cloth, dust jacket has a few small chips but otherwise very good to fine for both.

[Book #29768]       Price: $200.00
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FREDDY THE MAGICIAN. Walter R. Brooks. FREDDY THE MAGICIAN.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. First edition. Illustrations by Kurt Wiese. Freddy shows a fraudulent magician a few tricks of his own to protect the inhabitants of nearby Centerboro. The barest wear on corners, otherwise the book is fine in dust jacket with chips at spine ends eliminating "Freddy/the" at top of spine and one V-shaped chip slightly affecting the "Y" in "Freddy" on front cover.

[Book #33167]       Price: $100.00
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MORE TO AND AGAIN. Walter R. Brooks. MORE TO AND AGAIN.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1947). First edition, fifth printing, originally published in 1930. Illustrations by Kurt Wiese. Fine in dust jacket with "V" chip at top of spine affecting "lter" in Walter, otherwise very good to fine with minor soiling but no other chipping.

[Book #33142]       Price: $100.00
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THE DEEP END. Fredric Brown. THE DEEP END.
New York: E. P. Dutton, 1952. First edition. Very good with spine ends bumped and rubbing along the edges. Rear board unevenly sunned. Silver titles on cloth binding still bright. Inside clean. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51949]       Price: $60.00
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BILLY RAY'S FARM: With Engravings by Barry Moser. Larry Brown, 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 TO INCLUDE TWO MOSER LITHOGRAPHS.

[Book #53542]       Price: $600.00
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CASA GUIDI WINDOWS/SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. CASA GUIDI WINDOWS/SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE.
Barre, MA: Imprint Society, 1977. First edition thus. Two volume set. Casa Guidi Windows is edited with an introduction by Julia Markus. Sonnets From the Portuguese is a facsimile edition of the British Library manuscript, edited with an introduction by William S. Peterson. Both have color frontispieces. Number 977 of 1000 sets. Fine in near fine slipcase.

[Book #51595]       Price: $50.00
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EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: Master of Adventure. Edgar Rice Burroughs, By Richard A. Lupoff. EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: Master of Adventure.
New York: Canaveral Press, 1965. First edition. One of 150 numbered copies SIGNED by Lupoff, this one noted as "out of series." Preface by Henry Hardy Heins, a Burroughs bibliographer. This is an early study of ERB's literary output, major themes and characters, including unpublished manuscripts and sources in the works of prominent authors such as Kipling, Haggard, Wells, et al. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket with minor edgewear and tiny chips at corners.

[Book #32843]       Price: $150.00
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POOR JACK: A Play in One Act. James Branch Cabell. POOR JACK: A Play in One Act.
Richmond: Privately Printed, 1906. First edition. The Cabell forgery, adapted from his "Love Letters of Falstaff." Cabell denied knowledge of this piracy, which he called "a forgery sadly bungled." But reportedly it was produced as a spoof perpetrated and published by Ben Abramson of the Argus Book Shop with Cabell's consent. Fine in tan paperwraps.

[Book #49332]       Price: $50.00
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HISTORY OF THE INSURRECTION IN CHINA: with Notices of the Christianity, Creed, and Proclamations of the Insurgents. MM. Callery, and Yvan. HISTORY OF THE INSURRECTION IN CHINA: with Notices of the Christianity, Creed, and Proclamations of the Insurgents.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. First U.S. edition. Translated from the French "with a supplementary chapter, narrating the most recent events" by John Oxenford. Dark (green?) cloth boards decoratively blind stamped on covers and with gilt lettering on spine. Tissue map--a facsimile of a Chinese map of the course of the insurrection--roughly detached but laid in. Ex-library copy with label on front cover and another front pastedown. Otherwise, good to very good with endpapers darkened due to binding glue and scattered foxing throughout.

[Book #52561]       Price: $100.00
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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories. Truman Capote. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories.
New York: Random House, (1958). First edition of one of his most enduring works. The title novella is the basis for the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. SHORT AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY CAPOTE LAID IN: "Dear Sir -- I do not have the time to answer your request. T. Capote." Light offset to front endpapers from item previously laid in otherwise fine. In very good to near fine dust jacket with the usual toning to the orange spine and a few tiny nicks and tears.

[Book #54952]       Price: $3,500.00
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IN COLD BLOOD. A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. Truman Capote. IN COLD BLOOD. A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences.
London: Hamish Hamilton, (1966). First UK edition. Fine in dust jacket with only very minor edge rubbing and one small snag on back cover.

[Book #42909]       Price: $100.00
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KALTBLUTIG (IN COLD BLOOD). Truman Capote. KALTBLUTIG (IN COLD BLOOD).
(Wiesbaden): [1966]. First German edition of his most famous book. A true account of a multiple murder and its consequences. Light offset on endpapers, otherwise fine in white, printed dust jacket with a few tiny chips and lightly soiled.

[Book #48850]       Price: $200.00
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Retold In Words of One Syllable. Lewis Carroll, Mrs. J. C. Gorham. ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Retold In Words of One Syllable.
New York: A. L. Burt Co. Publishers, (1905). First of this edition. One of a series of one-syllable books. Alice goes down the rabbit hole in a chase (words of more than one syllable are appropriately hyphenated throughout the book). Charming color frontispiece, all other illustrations in black and white. Few pages have minor print offset, light soiling to pictorial boards, small but noticeable stain to right front corner area, spine head has two very small holes, and heel is a bit rubbed. Otherwise, very good lacking dust jacket (if it had one). Scarce.

[Book #48755]       Price: $200.00
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