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CALEB IN THE COUNTRY: Story for Children. Jacob Abbott. CALEB IN THE COUNTRY: Story for Children.
Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1839. First edition. A little book of life lessons for children. Frontis black-and-white scenic plate, tissue protected. Gift inscription, boards slightly soiled, touch of rubbing to edges and corners, foxed throughout, otherwise very good. Scarce.

[Book #47756]       Price: $75.00
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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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A CERTAIN WORLD: A Commonplace Book. W. H. Auden. A CERTAIN WORLD: A Commonplace Book.
New York: Viking Press, (1970). First edition. Quotations selected and with commentary by Auden; arranged in alphabetical sequence on topics ranging from "Accedie" to "Writing." Auden described this work as the closest he would ever come to writing an autobiography. It was, he wrote, "a map of my planet." Uncorrected proof in tall, narrow, somewhat soiled yellow paperwraps with partial glass ring on front cover, 3 inches of mostly clear tape at bottom of spine, fore-edge of the slightly over-hanging front cover understandably nicked, and final blank page partially glued to inside rear cover. Prospective publication date and price of "May 28, 1970" and "$8.95" written on front cover. Scarce in this format.

[Book #49554]       Price: $150.00
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THE MAGIC FLUTE An Opera in Two Acts. W. H. Auden. THE MAGIC FLUTE An Opera in Two Acts.
New York: Random House, (1956). First edition. "English version after the Libretto of Schikaneder and Giesecke," by Auden and Chester Kallman. Translation in verse for the 1956 television production celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of Mozart's birth. Fine in near fine dust jacket with back panel very lightly soiled and a touch of rubbing along edges.

[Book #25169]       Price: $75.00
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NEW POEMS BY AMERICAN POETS. W. H. Auden. NEW POEMS BY AMERICAN POETS.
New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First edition. Scarce simultaneous hardback issue including Auden, Kinnell, Merrill, Roethke, Sarton, Stevens, Wilbur, et al. Edited by Rolfe Humphries. Corners a touch bumped, otherwise near fine in lightly soiled dust jacket with minor chipping. Ballantine, a paperback publisher, printed very few copies in hardback.

[Book #29356]       Price: $60.00
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THREE WEEKS IN POLITICS. John Kendrick Bangs. THREE WEEKS IN POLITICS.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1894. First edition. INSCRIBED BY BANGS on endpaper, "This assay in Autobiography / is inscribed for my friend / [illegible] George Noyes Whipple / by his friend / The Idiot / John Kendrick Bangs / Jan: 3: 1919." Small, white, paper-covered boards printed in black. Recipient's bookplate on pastedown. Covers uniformly soiled, spine tanned, head of spine frayed, otherwise good to very good.

[Book #13609]       Price: $75.00
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POEMS OF EXCHANGE. Willis Barnstone. POEMS OF EXCHANGE.
Athens: (No Publisher), 1951. First edition. With six poems translated from the Spanish of Antonio Machado. INSCRIBED by author on front endpaper with a rather lengthy note to a friend: "Dear Mr. and Mrs. --- You know , honestly, in spite of 2 1/2 years of silence, I'm sure of the same intimacy with you...." Very good minus in light green, printed paperwraps with spine and front cover tanned, covers lightly soiled and corners bumped; one-inch tear split at head of spine, and inside rear cover shows few spots of rubbing and residue suggesting a pasted-on mylar cover has been removed.

[Book #51392]       Price: $60.00
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THE WOOING OF THE QUEENS. E. Barrington, Elizabeth Louisa Moresby. THE WOOING OF THE QUEENS.
London: Cassell & Co Ltd. (1934). First edition. "Seven queens : seven romances" -- historical fiction based on the lives of Maud of Flanders (William the Conqueror); Maud/Matilda (Henry I); Adelais (Henry I); Philippa of Hainault (Edward III; Isabel of Valois ("the child wife of Richard II, married before she was eight, widowed at twelve"); Elizabeth Woodville (Edward IV); and Anne of Cleves (Henry VIII). Elizabeth Louisa "Lily" Moresby (1862 - 1931) was a British-born novelist who became the first prolific, female fantasy writer in Canada. As the daughter and then wife of Royal Navy Captains, she lived and traveled widely in Egypt, India, China, Tibet and Japan before settling in Canada in 1919. It wasn't until she was 60 years old that she started writing novels but in the 11 years before her death, she published 35, under Barrington, Lily Adams Beck, Elizabeth Louisa Beck, Eliza Louisa Moresby Beck, and Lily Moresby Adams. She has been noted as a major writer of Theosophy; her fictionalized biography of Byron (as "E. Barrington") was a bestseller during the 1920s; and the 1929 film "The Divine Lady" was based on her 1924 novel (also published under the E. Barrington pseudonym). Purple cloth with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Touch of minor shelf wear, still fine in about very good dust jacket with a few chips to the lower edge, with the largest being a half-inch and one at base of spine just barely touching a few letters in publisher's name. A scarce book, scarcer still in the dust jacket.

[Book #40880]       Price: $200.00
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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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CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTOR. John Barrymore. CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTOR.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1926). First editon. His autobiography, illustrated with numerous full-page photographic plates showing Barrymore in his various roles as well photos of him and his family. Brown cloth, lettered in gilt on front and spine. Gilt dulled, otherwise would be near fine; in good to very good dust jacket with some wear and chipping, principally on corners and top of spine and not affecting any text, and with faint water stain on front fold. Still attractive and QUITE SCARCE IN JACKET.

[Book #36075]       Price: $200.00
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THE BURNING HOUSE. Ann Beattie. THE BURNING HOUSE.
New York: Random House, (1982). First edition. SIGNED with a quote from the book, "She loved being pregnant---." Uncorrected proof, fine in red printed wraps.

[Book #47151]       Price: $100.00
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NO TIME FOR COMEDY. S. N. Behrman. NO TIME FOR COMEDY.
New York: Random House, (1939). First edition. Faint, unavoidable offset to endpapers, otherwise fine in slightly soiled dust jacket with nicked tips and a touch of minor rubbing. An attractive copy of this play which starred Katherine Cornell and Laurence Olivier.

[Book #32534]       Price: $100.00
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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE. Ambrose Bierce. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE.
New York: Neale Publishing Co. 1909 - 1912. First edition. Twelve volumes, EACH OF THE TWELVE VOLUMES SIGNED BY BIERCE on a special "Compliments of" page. Less than one year after the final volume of THE COLLECTED WORKS was issued, Bierce disappeared in Mexico. Contents the same as the limited issue of 250 numbered copies, which were signed in volume one only, with the exception of the addition of the "compliments of" page, which appears in lieu of a colophon page. One of an undisclosed number of copies presumably intended for the use of the publisher and/or author. BEAUTIFULLY BOUND in three-quarter brown leather with burgundy cloth sides; spines each with gilt-stamped raised bands, 4 elaborately gilt-tooled panels with center fleuron, 2 gilt-lettered panels (author and volume number in one, and titles in the other), and, at the bottom, "SPECIAL AUTOGRAPH COPY" between gilt rules; page top edges gilt; pale blue marbled endpapers. From the collection of Willard S. Morse, with his bookish bookplate in each and, tipped to rear pastedown, the "Morse Collection" printed card with handwritten details for this particular set. Volume 2 with signature of Grant E. Bell and date (1938) at bottom of Morse's bookplate and short, penciled quote (from p.76) on verso of first blank leaf. Scattered foxing to few volumes page fore edges, occasional corner rub, otherwise a fine set. Typewritten index to each volumes contents laid in. PRESENTATION SET WITH EACH OF THE TWELVE VOLUMES SIGNED BY BIERCE.

[Book #54511]       Price: $9,500.00
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LOVE INSURANCE. Earl Derr Biggers. LOVE INSURANCE.
New Y ork: Grosset & Dunlap, [circa 1919]. First of this Photoplay edition, which we assume was issued about 1919, or later, as that is the year the first movie, with Ralph Denny, was made. Another movie, starring Abbott and Costello and with Robert Cummings, was made in 1940 under the title "One Night in the Tropics." Old insect damage on bottom of covers, otherwise very good in chipped but still very good dust jacket. An early photoplay jacket.

[Book #52239]       Price: $250.00
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LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems. Lili Bita, Zaller. LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems.
(New York: Athens Printing Company), no-date. First edition. SIGNED with inscription in Greek on front endpaper. Text in Greek and five poems translated to English. Near fine in glossy, stapled paper wraps with light rubbing to spine ends and corners.

[Book #51668]       Price: $50.00
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AN ENQUIRY INTO THE NATURE OF CERTAIN NINETEENTH CENTURY PAMPHLETS: With the FOOTNOTE TO AN ENQUIRY. Books on Books, John. Pollard Carter, Graham. AN ENQUIRY INTO THE NATURE OF CERTAIN NINETEENTH CENTURY PAMPHLETS: With the FOOTNOTE TO AN ENQUIRY.
London: Constable & Co Ltd. 1934 & 1948. First edition. 400 pages, four plates, index. The most famous case of bibliographical investigation to uncover the frauds of Thomas J. Wise. Fine in dust jacket with only minimal wear on edges. Along with "The Firm of Charles Ottley, Landon & Co. / Footnote to an Enquiry," by the same authors,, but publihsd by Rupert Hart-Davis and Scribner/s, London/New York. A 95 page pamphlet in printed wraps, yapped edges a little frayed, but still very good or better. Thomas Wise Forgeries.

[Book #29817]       Price: $200.00
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THE CASE OF THE SOLID KEY. Anthony Boucher, , Pseud. for William Anthony Parker White. THE CASE OF THE SOLID KEY.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1941. First edition. The author's fourth mystery. Cover has some spotting and wear, some foxing on endpapers and front page edges but still good or better, in fair to good dust jacket with head of spine chipped away (leaving only "SOLID KEY" in the title). A scarce book, scarcer still in dust jacket.

[Book #36068]       Price: $100.00
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AFTER THE RAIN. John Bowen. AFTER THE RAIN.
New York: Random House, (1967). First edition. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket with small, faint, round stain on front cover.

[Book #41836]       Price: $60.00
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THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT. David Bradley. THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT.
New York: Harper & Row, (1981). First edition. Uncorrected proof in yellow printed paperwraps. The winner of the second Pen/Faulkner Award. Light soiling to covers and slight vertical indentation in spine, otherwise near fine. Scarce.

[Book #20148]       Price: $100.00
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VERSES ON THE WINTER CAMPAIGN 1980. Joseph Brodsky. VERSES ON THE WINTER CAMPAIGN 1980.
(London): Anvil Press Poetry, (1981). First edition. Number 103 of 250 copies SIGNED by Brodsky and his translator, Alan Mayers. With four small corrections in text by Brodsky we assume. Expelled from the Soviet Union, Brodsky moved to America with the help of W.H. Auden and other literary supporters. In 1987 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Brodsky would eventually be appointed the Poet Laureate of the United States. From the collection of Bob Wilson, who operated the Phoenix Book Shop in New York City from 1951 to 1989 and was a prominent member of the literary community in the city. Plain black, stapled paperwraps with red printed dust jacket. Fine. SIGNED AND WITH FEW SMALL CORRECTIONS TO TEXT.

[Book #50103]       Price: $300.00
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THE DA VINCI CODE: A Novel. Dan Brown. THE DA VINCI CODE: A Novel.
New York: Doubleday, (2003). First edition. First issue, with "skitoma" page 243, line 25. This run-away best seller was the second novel to feature Robert Langdon. Filmed with Tom Hanks in the starring role. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #50614]       Price: $150.00
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ESCAPE AT MIDNIGHT. Pearl S. Buck. ESCAPE AT MIDNIGHT.
Hong Kong: Dragonfly Books, (1963). True first edition, we assume, as it precedes the 1964 American edition. Presume a paperback original. Text is in English. Minor rubbing and edgewear to pictorial paperwraps, otherwise very good or better.

[Book #54498]       Price: $75.00
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EVELINA; OR FEMALE LIFE IN LONDON: Being the History of a Young Lady's Introduction to Fashionable Life, and the Gay Scenes of the Metropolis; etc. Frances "Fanny" Burney. EVELINA; OR FEMALE LIFE IN LONDON: Being the History of a Young Lady's Introduction to Fashionable Life, and the Gay Scenes of the Metropolis; etc.
London: Jones & Co. 1822. Illustrated with hand-colored plates, first edition thus. The satirical novelist's first book, originally published in 1778 as EVELINA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY'S INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD. Includes 6 full-page hand-colored humorous engravings, three signed W. Heath, and a hand-colored extra-illustrated title page. ORIGINAL SKETCH SIGNED "W. HEATH" and dated "Oct. 1821" of "Evelina with Madame Duval and [illegible]" tipped in at front. The detailed foreground appears to feature most of the cast of characters arriving at the ball against a background roughly sketched in. Bound by Wood, London, in full red leather with gilt-stamped floral design to all corners, including those of the inner dentelles and to five of the spine panels (a sixth panel is lettered in gilt); five raised bands with gilt dots; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers. Fine. WITH AN ORIGINAL SKETCH BY WILLIAM HEATH.

[Book #54531]       Price: $2,500.00
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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS. William S. Burroughs. THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS.
New York: Lococo Mulder, 1991. First edition. The trade issue, which retains the limited-issue colophon but is unsigned. Black cloth with plain spine; rectangular piece of what appears to be shotgun-blasted red wood veneer affixed to front cover with gold and red lettering beneath. Frontis portrait of Burroughs aiming a shotgun by Robert Mapplethorpe. Illustrated with seven images by Burroughs, each with an accompanying page of text (by Burroughs). Images are composed of woodblocks shot by Burroughs with a 12-guage shotgun in February of 1991 at the farm of Fred Aldrich and Napit Atkinson near Lawrence, Kansas, and paintings on Mylar rendered later. Fine as issued, without dust jacket. Although not indicated as such in the book, this copy is from the collection of poet, short story writer, and Faulkner scholar Louis Daniel Brodsky. A WHOLE LOT OF SHOOTING GOING ON.

[Book #54249]       Price: $125.00
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DECISION POINTS. George W. Bush. DECISION POINTS.
New York: Crown Publ. (2010). First edition. Special "Decision Points" BOOKPLATE SIGNED BY BUSH laid in along with a pre-printed card from the "Office of George W. Bush," thanking the recipient for his/her support, etc. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #51658]       Price: $250.00
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