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"SPANISH GIGILO AS WEIGHTLIFTER" Edward Albee. "SPANISH GIGILO AS WEIGHTLIFTER".
[Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery, circa 1997]. First edition. Previously unissued broadside print by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. A drawing of a mustachioed figure, from chest up, hoisting a barbell with "Spanish gigilo [sic] as weightlifter" written beside it. SIGNED by Albee and "framed" in black and yellow. 11 x 7.75". Fine. One of only 19 copies, of a planned 20.

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THE LAST CAROUSEL. Nelson Algren. THE LAST CAROUSEL.
New York: Putnam's Sons, (1973). First edition of this collection of stories. INSCRIBED by Algren (covering the full front endpaper), "with best wishes to Jeen" followed by one of his signature cat drawings, signed and dated June 1978, and colored with light blue and yellow streaks and whirls. Two small cigarette burns to back cover, otherwise bright and fine in near fine dustwrapper with only light rubbing to spine ends and corners.

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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 collection. A few minor scuffs and creases, otherwise near fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case.

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TWO SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS FRAMED. Martin Amis. TWO SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS FRAMED.
Two black-and-white photos of Amis. Close-ups shot from the neck up, each about 7 inches high by 11 inches wide. Both SIGNED BY AMIS on the photos. Nicely framed together in a black mat and silver metal frame with overall dimension of approximately 14 x 18". Fine.

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THE ARMINARM ECOLOGUES; With the Hexercises (for the Heclogues): Pieces. W. Antony, , David Mus. THE ARMINARM ECOLOGUES; With the Hexercises (for the Heclogues): Pieces.
(La Quercia, Italy: John Van Sickle and Giulia Battaglia, 1971). First edition. Number 116 of 180 numbered copies. An additional 20 copies were printed on varying colored paper. THIS COPY INSCRIBED TO PRIZE-WINNING POET ANTHONY HECHT, "For Anthony Hecht, with great esteem, this volume that provoked my life-long study of poetics in pastoral + epic + in poetic sequences, represented by its latest installment -- the accompanying pamphlet, 'Virgil vs....' vindicating [illegible]. John Van Sickle, New York, 01-12-13." Beneath which is pasted Van Sickle's personal stamp. The only accompanying pamphlet present is the prospectus, INSCRIBED "For AH--the original brochure--JVS." Large, quarto volume, nearly folio-sized, 9.25 x 12.75"; gray-brown paperwraps printed in black on front only. Slightly overhanging edges mildly worn with touch of loss to head of spine, still near fine. Scarce to rare signed. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

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A FRENCH ETON, OR MIDDLE CLASS EDUCATION AND THE STATE. Matthew Arnold. A FRENCH ETON, OR MIDDLE CLASS EDUCATION AND THE STATE.
London: Macmillan, 1864. First edition. Arnold argues for a state system of middle-class education. Red pebbled cloth over limp boards; lettered in gilt. Minor cover wear but still very good or better.

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FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock. John Ashbery, Hecht Booth, Wilbur, Warren, Merwin, Merrill, Hollander. FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1984. First edition and only edition of a set of 22 broadside poems, printed in red and black, with each broadside SIGNED by the poet. Reportedly one of only 50 unnumbered copies, but no indication herein. The other poets included are Louis Coxe, Eberhart, Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel Hoffman, Kunitz, John Nims, Nemerov, Schuyler, Strand, May Swenson, Mona Van Duyn, and David Waggoner About 9 x 14 inch, laid in a marbled paper portfolio with printed label on front cover. Fine.

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THE AGE OF ANXIETY. W. H. Auden. THE AGE OF ANXIETY.
London: Faber & Faber, (1948). First British edition of his Pulitzer Prize winner. Preceded by the American edition published the previous year, Fine in slightly aged dust jacket with spine just a bit darkened. Nice copy. Only 3,000 copies.

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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 UNITED STATES: With an Excursion into Mexico. Karl Baedeker. THE UNITED STATES: With an Excursion into Mexico
Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1904. Third revised edition. This particular handbook-- the first Baedeker originally written in English -- was first published in 1893. Includes twenty-five colored maps and thirty-five plans, many of which are folding and two-page. Flexible red cloth boards with gilt lettered front and spine; marbled page edges. About very good with edges lightly rubbed, few soiled spots, name plate inside front cover, name on verso of free endpaper, and another stamped on title page then crossed out, and damp stain to edge of frontis map.

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I'LL GET YOU: THE BEATLE MUSIC INDEX, 1958-1970. Beatles, Michael Todd. I'LL GET YOU: THE BEATLE MUSIC INDEX, 1958-1970.
(Lake Oswego, OR: AMV Entertainment), 1992. First edition. "This volume is an attempt to bring together a reference source for the Beatles' available session work." Apparently issued in only 150 copies. This copy with "19/150" handwritten in the corner of the Introduction page, beside Todd's INSCRIPTION, "Dear - - Thanks for your support! I hope the book and the disc bring you hours of fun for the entire family. (or something like that; anyway.) All the best, Michael Todd." Small highlighter squiggle on plain rear cover, few session entries highlighted with pencilled notations to margins, covers lightly soiled, otherwise very good to near fine in spiral binding.

[Book #50603]       Price: $150.00
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OF ALL THINGS. Robert C. Benchley. OF ALL THINGS.
New York: Henry Holt and Co. 1921. First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. INSCRIBED, DATED AND SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. "For Billie Allen / in memory of many / happy hours on the / shore of Lake Como / Robert C. Benchley / Dec 20, 1921." Light soiling and cloth edges slightly rubbed, otherwise near fine. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #40334]       Price: $500.00
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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. "Let My People Go."
Boston: Press of the Commercial Printing House, 1862. First edition. Originally published in Norfolk Co. Journal of December 14, 1861, republished with slight additions and corrections. An abolotionist calls for emancipation of slaves, making religious comparisons to Moses leading the slaves out of Egypt, as does the old Negro Spiritual. A near fine, eight-page booklet that shows evidence of having once been bound, but is no longer. Small, faint stamp appears at the bottom of the title page and there are a few light marks of soiling to the back.

[Book #51376]       Price: $150.00
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A MOMENT WITH MISS GISH. Peter Bogdanovich. A MOMENT WITH MISS GISH.
Santa Barbara: Santa Teresa Press, 1995. First edition. Handwritten letter from publisher, James Pepper, laid in. One of 100 numbered hardbound copies SIGNED by the author. Fine. Scarce.

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AMERICAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRINTING. Books on Books, J. Luther Ringwalt. AMERICAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRINTING.
Philadelphia: Menamin & Ringwalt, 1871. First edition. This remains a major reference for American printing history [Bigmore & Wyman p.259, Appleton p58]. Illustrated with 38 full-page plates including a beautiful colored chromolitho frontis, an example of printing for the blind, and a double-spread color facsimile of a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, as well as 165 illustrations in the text. Maroon cloth with bevelled edges, gilt lettering and decoration, including an elaborate cover gilt pictorial featuring Franklin surrounded by nine prominent pioneer type founders. Small 4to, measuring approximately 8 x 11". Good or better with spine and edges faded, spine ends frayed, front endpaper torn (repaired with small pieces of tape) and skinned where small label removed, and some dampstaining to upper margins but interior otherwise bright and clean.

[Book #52565]       Price: $250.00
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THE GAY PLACE. Being Three Related Novels THE FLEA CIRCUS, ROOM ENOUGH TO CAPER, COUNTRY PLEASURES. William Brammer. THE GAY PLACE. Being Three Related Novels THE FLEA CIRCUS, ROOM ENOUGH TO CAPER, COUNTRY PLEASURES.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co. 1961. First edition. The author's only book. An advance copy INSCRIBED by Brammer, "For Wm. Beckman -- Friend of famous Arthurs / Pen Pay of Genius Poets / Patron of the Pataphysician. From his boon companion Wm. (B. L.) Brammer 3/21/63 (4 a. m.)." One of the best political novels we've read. Brammer worked for LBJ and became a heavy user of drugs which eventually led to his death. Set in an unnamed state identical to Texas, each novella has a different protagonist: a member of the state legislature; the state's junior senator; and the governor's speechwriter. The governor himself, Arthur Fenstemaker, a master politician (said to have been based on Brammer's mentor Lyndon Johnson) serves as the dominant figure throughout. The book also includes characters based on Ladybird, and LBJ's brother Sam Houston Johnson. The book, which earned the author a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. has been widely acclaimed as one of the best American political novels ever written. Yellow printed wraps a bit soiled and a bit worn on edges but still very good. INSCRIBED ADVANCE COPY.

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WINE ON THE DESERT And Other Stories. Max Brand. WINE ON THE DESERT And Other Stories.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. 1940. First edition. Very good with cloth edges rubbed, offset and page edges lightly soiled in dust jacket with rubbing, shallow chipping and minor soiling.

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WIGGINS FOR PRESIDENT. Walter R. Brooks. WIGGINS FOR PRESIDENT.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First edition, so stated. Children's book, illustrations by Kurt Wiese. An early Freddy in which he helps the cow run for office in the first animal republic. Later re-titled "Freddy the Politician." Fine, lacking the dust jacket, which is scarce.

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THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: With a Biography of the Knight, from authentic sources. Robert B. Brough. THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: With a Biography of the Knight, from authentic sources.
George Cruikshank. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts. 1857 and 1858. First edition, in the original, untrimmed and unopened monthly parts: TEN OCTAVO PARTS IN PICTORIAL PAPERWRAPS, housed together in gilt-lettered green-cloth chemise with bookplate of Maude M. Monell and matching green-cloth slipcase. Pale yellow pictorial paperwraps each with woodcut after Cruikshank on front cover and each with two full-page plates at front -- 20 etched plates by Cruikshank in all. Apart from some minor soiling to wrappers an excellent untrimmed set with tissue guards present between all but one set of plates and with all but Part I unopened. Touch of spotting to plates, Part I; old damp stain to plate fore edges, Part VII; and stain to upper corner last several leaves and rear cover, Part VIII. Text on back wrappers corresponding to Cohn's except for Part III ("A List of New Works") and Part IV ("New Books of the Season"). Part VII with 4-page "List of New Works Announced for Publication" dated Nov. 1827 laid in. Cohn 96. ILLUSTRATED BY CRUIKSHANK.

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TOWARD ROMANCE. Rollo Walter Brown. TOWARD ROMANCE.
New York: Coward McCann, (1932). First edition. Second book in his tetralogy about one man's escape from the coal mining life in fictional Wiggam's Glory, Ohio. Near fine in like dust jacket with tiny chips on corners and spine ends. A nice copy of a scarce book.

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CAPTIVE GODDESS. Lois Bull. CAPTIVE GODDESS.
New York: The Macaulay Co. (1935). First edition. The author departs from the Broadway scene of her previous book ("Broadway Virgin," made into a movie of the same name) to delve into the Near East. Fine in a dust jacket with "good girl" cover art (as some of our friends refer to it) with very minor chipping on spine ends and corners.

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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.

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THE DEATH OF CHE GUEVARA. Jay Cantor. THE DEATH OF CHE GUEVARA.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. First edition. Nice inscription to Hugh Kenner on front endpaper. Apparently the author had been a student of his. Light soiling on tips of page edges else fine. In fine dust jacket with very minor edge rubbing.

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MERRIVALE, MARCH AND MURDER. John Dickson Carr. MERRIVALE, MARCH AND MURDER.
New York: International Polygonics, Ltd. (1991). First edition. Includes previously unpublished material and the first book appearances of adventures of Colonel March and Sir Henry Merrivale, with an introduction by Douglas G. Greene. Fine in dust jacket. Scarcer than one would think for a recent book.

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