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PLAYBOOK: Five Plays for a New Theatre. Lionel Abel, IA Richards, James Merrill, Junji Kinoshita, Robert Hivnor. PLAYBOOK: Five Plays for a New Theatre.
(New York): New Directions, (1956). First edition. Includes "The Death of Odysseus" by Lionel Abel, "The Ticklish Acrobat" by Robert Hivnor, "Twilight Crane" by Junji Kinoshita, "The Immortal Husband" by James Merrill and "A Leak in the Universe" by I. A. Richards. Top page edges foxed and pages age darkened, otherwise near fine in like dust jacket with slightly tanned spine and edges. An attractive copy.

[Book #33065]       Price: $50.00
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THE OLD-TIME SALOON: Not Wet - Not Dry Just History. George Ade. THE OLD-TIME SALOON: Not Wet - Not Dry Just History.
New York: Ray Long & Russell Smith, 1931. First edition. Interesting marbled-cloth boards. Faint stain on first blank and frontis verso, still very good to near fine, lacking dust jacket.

[Book #28611]       Price: $60.00
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REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE: FOR THE YEAR 1862. Agriculture, Isaac Newton, Commisioner. REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE: FOR THE YEAR 1862.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1863. First edition of the first report, as the Department was established that year. House of Representatives, 37th Congress, 3d Session. Ex. Doc. No. 78; Isaac Newton, Commissioner of Agriculture. 48 full-page, etched plates of fruits and farm animals bound at front. 632 pages with additional drawings in the text (insects; fruit sections, etc.). Good to very good in textured cloth boards with spine somewhat dulled, light foxing to prelims (not affecting plates), and light dampstain to upper corner of last several pages.

[Book #52536]       Price: $100.00
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ALL MEN ARE ENEMIES. Richard Aldington. ALL MEN ARE ENEMIES.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1933. First edition. A novel set on the Continent and in Britain during the first quarter of the last century. Antony Clarendon grows up in the comfortable, protected, pre-World War I environment of rural Great Britain, believing that Englishmen are generous and caring and love the land with an opulence not found elsewhere. Corners of dark blue cloth just barely rubbed, otherwise fine in very lightly soiled dust jacket with spine background faded (black lettering is bright and clear) and a few small closed edge tears.

[Book #27806]       Price: $100.00
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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.

[Book #53734]       Price: $150.00
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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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WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? George Axelrod. WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER?
New York: Random House, (1956). First edition. A "Random House Play" illustrated with photographs from the original stage production which featured Jayne Mansfield and Walter Matthau. Fine in near fine dust jacket with some minor rubbing on edges and light soiling on back panel.

[Book #24792]       Price: $50.00
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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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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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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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ISRAEL: Years of Challenge. David Ben-Gurion. ISRAEL: Years of Challenge.
Tel-Aviv, Massadah - P.E.C. Press, (1963). The true first edition, published in Jerusalem. David Ben-Gurion was the primary founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel, and, as the dust jacket says, "No man alive could tell the story of the Jewish homeland with more profound feeling or more intimate knowledge than David Ben-Gurion, to many the personification of Israel's robust and resolute spirit." Illustrated with photographs. Gift inscription of Joseph Greiver with verse from Genesis on front endpaper dated April 1964. Greiver (1910-1973) established the "Palestine Travel Agency" in 1934, one of the first travel concerns in the area (now known as PATRA), and it seems likely he would have had much contact with state leaders including Ben-Gurion. Bright and near fine in very good or better dust jacket with shallow chipping and rubbing to spine ends and corners. 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. Scarce. THE TRUE FIRST EDITION.

[Book #54251]       Price: $250.00
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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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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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THE LOOKING GLASS. A Philadelphia Comedy in Five Acts. Robert Montgomery Bird. THE LOOKING GLASS. A Philadelphia Comedy in Five Acts.
New York: The Colophon, 1933. First edition. One of 465 copies, edited and with an introduction by Arthur Bobson Quinn. Faint, unavoidable offset to endpapers, otherwise fine in dust jacket with small spot on front panel and tiny hole in rear panel. A beautifel copy.

[Book #33657]       Price: $50.00
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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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LET THE BAND PLAY DIXIE. Roark Bradford. LET THE BAND PLAY DIXIE.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. First edition. Very good or better with few small, light spots of foxing to spine and rear endpaper showing faint offset. In a near fine dust jacket with a touch of soiling and rubbing, as well as a few very tiny chips and tears to the spine ends and corners. Edgewear, however, is minimal, and cover art is still clear and bright.

[Book #51514]       Price: $350.00
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SPY MEETS SPY: A Thrilling Story of International Intrigue Featuring Anthony Hamilton, America's Secret Agent Number One. Max Brand, As Frederick Frost. SPY MEETS SPY: A Thrilling Story of International Intrigue Featuring Anthony Hamilton, America's Secret Agent Number One.
Philadelphia: Macrae-Smith Company, 1937. First edition. Light foxing to spine, tiny nick at head of spine, contemporary owner's name on front endpaper which is clipped at the top corner, tiny hole in front hinge paper, otherwise very good. Lacking the rare dust jacket.

[Book #47771]       Price: $75.00
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THE GALILEE HITCH-HIKER. Richard Brautigan. THE GALILEE HITCH-HIKER.
(San Francisco: Cranium Press / David Sandberg, 1966). Second edition. The first was published by White Rabbit Press May 1958 in an edition of 200 copies. This edition limited to 700. His second book of poetry, actually a single poem in nine separately titled sections. Red, handsewn paperwraps printed in black on front cover only. Light crease to bottom front corner, touch of faint soiling, and small sticker shadow inside front cover, otherwise bright and near fine.

[Book #54542]       Price: $300.00
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A PART OF SPEECH. Joseph Brodsky. A PART OF SPEECH.
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, (1980). First U.S. edition and first edition in English. Uncorrected page proofs. INSCRIBED "For Robert Wilson, Into the best hands / Joseph Brodsky /May 10 1982 / New York." His second major collection of poems published in English. 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. Wilson 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. Fine in dust jacket. NICE ASSOCIATION PROOF COPY.

[Book #51587]       Price: $600.00
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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.

[Book #50103]       Price: $600.00
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WHAT MAD UNIVERSE. Fredric Brown. WHAT MAD UNIVERSE.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1949. First edition. Endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise very good or better in about very good dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine ends and corners, a few short tears repaired with tape on verso, and few rubbed creases.

[Book #51505]       Price: $250.00
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SCREENPLAY FOR THE MOVIE "GREYSTROKE" Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Towne. SCREENPLAY FOR THE MOVIE "GREYSTROKE"
(No-place: no-publisher, August 4, 1977). Early draft of Robert Towne's screenplay for the 1984 movie "Greystroke," which was based on Burroughs' novel, TARZAN OF THE APES. The film was directed by Hugh Hudson with Christopher Lambert starring as "Tarzan" (the name is never used in the film's dialogue) and Andie MacDowell as Jane; the cast also included Sir Ralph Richardson, who received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Supporting Actor." Unfortunately Towne, who was apparently frustrated at being passed over for director, used the pseudonym "P. H. Vazak" (the name of his dog) for the film and so his Oscar nomination for "Best Adapted Screenplay" was under that name. 170 pages, printed on rectos only, clasp bound with black card covers. Plain white label on front with handwritten "GREYSTROKE / Rob't Towne"; title handwritten on "spine" (left-side page edges). Covers a little loose but holding, otherwise very good.

[Book #52891]       Price: $600.00
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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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TARZAN OF THE APES. Edgar Rice Burroughs. TARZAN OF THE APES.
New York: A. L. Burt, [1915]. An early reprint edition of the author's first book. Issued from the plates of the McClurg 1914 first edition with its copyright page but with a new title page and frontis based on the original McClurg title page. Near fine with only the barest wear to green cloth boards. The cover is lettered in black and there are no lines on the cover; in dust jacket with some minor edge wear and a few chips at spine ends. A very nice copy. Robert Zeuschner calls for the Burt first printing to be lettered in white and to have embossed lines on cover--this copy doesn't but it does have ads for only Harold Bell Wright titles in the back, and the latest one advertised is a 1914 Wright title. We assume there would have been other Tarzan titles or other later Wright books advertised if this were published much later than 1914.

[Book #50139]       Price: $750.00
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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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