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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.

[Book #46155]       Price: $150.00
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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.

[Book #52513]       Price: $3,500.00
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KIT BRANDON: A Portrait. Sherwood Anderson. KIT BRANDON: A Portrait.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1936. First edition. Endpapers darkened at hinges, lower corners lightly bumped, otherwise bright and fine in bright, clean, near fine dust jacket very slightly toned at spine and with only light wear to corners and spine ends.

[Book #40254]       Price: $100.00
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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.

[Book #49962]       Price: $150.00
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A LITTLE ANTHOLOGY OF SURREALIST POEMS. Paul Auster. A LITTLE ANTHOLOGY OF SURREALIST POEMS.
New York City: Siamese Banana Press, [1972]. First edition. Auster's first "book," an anthology of poems translated by him. Includes Breton, Elaud, Artaud, Aragon, Arp, et al. Cover by George Schneeman. 8 1/2 x 11-inches, in stapled wraps. SIGNED by Auster and with two black-and-white photos of Auster, each SIGNED on the verso, laid in. Very good in pictorial wraps with only minor aging. HIS FIRST "BOOK," SIGNED & WITH TWO SIGNED PHOTOS.

[Book #46023]       Price: $450.00
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WAR IN HEAVEN. Philip Barry. WAR IN HEAVEN.
New York: Coward-McCann, (1938). First edition. A novel by the playwright most famous for his plays "Holiday" (1928) and "The Philadelphia Story" (1939), which were both made into films starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant (Wiki). Rough, light-brown cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on front and spine. Endpapers a little darkened and lightly foxed, spine and top edge slightly toned, still very good in good or better dust jacket which nicks, tears and large chips affecting only the margins (not affecting the lettering or author photo on the back).

[Book #41774]       Price: $60.00
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JUST PUGGY. Aldarilla S. Beistle. JUST PUGGY.
Beistle, Mary Alice. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, (1939). First edition. Paper covering on boards rubbed in several small spots on edges and small "Property of ---" stamp on front free endpaper, otherwise near fine in dust jacket with tanned spine, a few small closed edge tears and a tiny hole in rear spine fold. A bright copy with black silhouette illustrations by Mary Alice Beistle.

[Book #34887]       Price: $75.00
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WESTERN STAR. Stephen Vincent Benet. WESTERN STAR.
New York , Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (1943). First edition. Fine in near fine, price-clipped, aged dust jacket, a little darkened on spine and with a small closed tear and very slight edgewear, and old tape reinforcements on verso in a few places.

[Book #41497]       Price: $60.00
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GHASTLY GOOD TASTE: Or, A Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture. John Betjeman. GHASTLY GOOD TASTE: Or, A Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1933. First edition. First issue with pages 119/120 bound in and errata at page 1. Corners and edges rubbed and spine label little soiled, (fortunately a spare spine label is tipped in the back), otherwise very good copy of his second book with long pull-out "Street of Taste..." at rear. Lacking the dust jacket.

[Book #22477]       Price: $50.00
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THREE PLAYS OF THE ARGENTINE: Juan Moreira / Santos Vega / The Witches' Mountain. Eward Hale Bierstadt, , Luis Bayon Herrera Silverio Manco, Julio Sanchez Gardel. THREE PLAYS OF THE ARGENTINE: Juan Moreira / Santos Vega / The Witches' Mountain.
New York: Duffield and Company, 1920. First edition. Translated from the Spanish by Jacon S. Fassett, Jr. Herrera (1889-1956) went on to become a famous director and screenwriter in the 1940s and 1950s in Argentina (wiki), however the playwrights and their plays remain as obscure in the US today as they were in 1920 when G. Grafly writing for The Nation said, "However primitive the plays, they possess what our American drama strives in vain to discover, the soul of their native land," Spine ends rubbed and frayed, otherwise about very good, lacking the dust jacket, if issued in one. A scarce book, as most copies seem to have made their way to libraries. "They possess ... the soul of their native land"

[Book #50982]       Price: $150.00
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SELECTED POEMS. Eavan Boland. SELECTED POEMS.
Manchester (England): Carcanet, (1989). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page in July 1990. Fine in glossy pictorial wraps. No hardbound edition.

[Book #27529]       Price: $50.00
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THE NEW COLOPHON. Books on Books. THE NEW COLOPHON.
(New York: Duschnes Crawford, 1948-49). First edition. Eight volumes, four for each year. In two leather-backed slipcases. Fine.

[Book #53118]       Price: $200.00
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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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LONG SON: A Gabriel Du Pre Mystery. Peter Bowen. LONG SON: A Gabriel Du Pre Mystery.
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1999). First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Christopher (Buckley), Great friend, fellow scribbler, occasional humongous pain in the ass. We need to write less & fish more. Love, Peter Bowen, May 1999." Lain in is a note from Bowen to Buckley starting with "BUCKLEY, YOU PR--K Thanks for the book - most revolting package ever, it'll sell like hot cakes ...." Fine in dust jacket. GREAT EXCHANGE BETWEEN FRIENDS?

[Book #45697]       Price: $100.00
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FAHRENHEIT 451. Ray Bradbury. FAHRENHEIT 451.
New York: Ballentine Books, Inc. (1953). First edition, limited issue. Number 127 of 200 COPIES SIGNED BY BRADBURY AND SPECIALLY BOUND IN ASBESTOS or, as the colophon states, "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis." Quarto white asbestos boards lettered in red on front and spine. Issued without a dust jacket. Professional repair to spine ends and corners, red lettering slightly mellowed, covers lightly soiled, few faint stains, otherwise very good.

[Book #54819]       Price: $7,500.00
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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.

[Book #53157]       Price: $750.00
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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.

[Book #19979]       Price: $150.00
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THE PASTOR'S VOICE: A Collection of Poems. Walter Henderson Brooks, preface Carter G. Woodson. THE PASTOR'S VOICE: A Collection of Poems.
Washington, D.C. The Associated Publishers, Inc. (1945). First edition. Preface by Carter G. Woodson, founder, in 1920, of Associated Publishers, the oldest African-American publishing company in the United States. Illustrated with photographs of Brooks throughout the ages, beginning at age 15 in 1866, just one year out of slavery. Brooks served as pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in D.C. for over sixty years. Small dent and faint red mark on spine, otherwise very good to near fine in bright, James Amos Porter-illustrated dust jacket with matching red mark on spine, light damp staining visible on verso, few chips and a few closed tears. Porter is considered a pioneer in the field of African-American art history. He was the first scholar to provide a systematic, critical analysis of African-American artists and their works of art. Washington, D.C. Pastor.

[Book #23974]       Price: $450.00
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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 QUICK AND THE DEAD: A Novel. Gerald Bullett. THE QUICK AND THE DEAD: A Novel.
London: William Heinemann Ltd. (1933). First edition. Near fine with light foxing to first and last few leaves and spotting to page top edge; in good or better, price-clipped dust jacket with tear at head of spine with small hole beneath (affecting "D" in "Dead" and "No" in "Novel") internally repaired with tape. Nonetheless, a scarce book which is scarcer still in jacket.

[Book #41383]       Price: $125.00
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KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS. Gerald Butler. KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1946). First U.S. edition of the author's first novel, which was first published in 1940 in England by Jarrolds shortly before they were bombed out in the blitz (from dust jacket). Red cloth boards speckled, slight offset from boards to endpapers but otherwise about very good in good, lightly soiled and somewhat scraped/rubbed dust jacket with closed tear on front panel affecting second "S" in "KISS" (still legible) and edges worn (rubbed and small chips and tears).

[Book #53283]       Price: $75.00
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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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THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK: An Agony in Eight Fits. Lewis Carroll. THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK: An Agony in Eight Fits.
New York: Macmillan, 1923. First of this edition. With publisher's blurb, "This new edition is for a new public." A very good copy with previous owner's name on front endpaper in an early dust jacket with spine darkened and splitting at front fold, small chips at head of spine, 3/4-inch chipped from base, and with small hole in blank back panel.

[Book #48545]       Price: $150.00
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THE LADY IN THE LAKE A Philip Marlowe Mystery. Raymond Chandler. THE LADY IN THE LAKE A Philip Marlowe Mystery.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [circa 1947]. First edition thus, a photoplay edition with scenes from the 1947 movie starring Robert Montgomery on jacket panels and flaps. Crease to front cover of book (board bent then straightened) otherwise would be very good or better with bookplate on front endpaper, in good to very good dust jacket with rubbed creasing to edges, shallow chipping, rubbing and few tears, and upper portion of spine fading.

[Book #53177]       Price: $150.00
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THE ATTRACTIONS OF FRANCE. Bruce Chatwin. THE ATTRACTIONS OF FRANCE.
(London): Colophon Press, 1993. First edition. One of 26 lettered copies, this copy being letter "W." A story, from a single, partially revised draft, found amongst the author's papers after his death. There were also 175 numbered copies. Fine, as issued, without dust jacket.

[Book #33175]       Price: $350.00
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