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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: $3,500.00
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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 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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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 SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse. Leonard Bacon. THE SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse.
New Haven: Privately Printed, 1909. First edition. PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POET'S FIRST BOOK, written the year he graduated Yale University. INSCRIBED BY BACON, "Charles A. Bennett / ex dono auctoris [a gift of the author]." From the collection of cartoonist Claude Smith with his penciled ownership signature. Light blue paperwraps printed on front only; most pages unopened. Old damp stain along spine and with yapped (over-hanging) edges of the fragile paper covers chipped. Good at best but a scarce book, scacer still signed by Bacon.

[Book #51393]       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.

[Book #52636]       Price: $150.00
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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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ALICE SIT-BY-THE-FIRE. J. M. Barrie. ALICE SIT-BY-THE-FIRE.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1919. First U.S.edition. Fine with small pen notation on front endpaper and slight foxing on pages. Dust jacket has slight foxing and slight edgewear. A nice example of an early dust jacket.

[Book #41492]       Price: $100.00
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REAL PRESENCE. Richard Bausch. REAL PRESENCE.
New York: Dial Press, (1980). First edition of his first book. SIGNED by Bausch. Fine in fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear.

[Book #50482]       Price: $100.00
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THE FIVE-FOLD MESH. Ben Belitt. THE FIVE-FOLD MESH.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page to Eda Lou Walton, "For Eda Lou, with my inexpressible gratitude for the best pieces in the book and the death of the Ice-Age. Affectionately, Ben." The printed dedication to the last section of the book, "IV: Many Cradles: Personal Legend," is "For E. L. W." -- presumably Walton. New York Times book review slip laid in with Walton's name penciled on the back, and Walton's signature is on the front endpaper. Paperclip impression to top of review slip and first few pages, with a touch of rust offset to front pastedown. Altogether very good or better with unavoidable offset from the binding glue to the hinges. Walton, then a New York University professor and poet herself, was mistress and muse to Henry Roth, author of CALL IT SLEEP, and that book's dedicatee.

[Book #45577]       Price: $125.00
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THE BREAK-UP OF CHINA. Lord Charles Beresford. THE BREAK-UP OF CHINA.
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. First edition. Printed in England, so we assume the UK issue. Covers commerce, currency, waterways, armies, railways, politics and future prospects. A large, thick volume; 509 pages. With two large, colored fold-out maps and a fold-out graph comparing cotton imports in 1887 and 1897. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. A good copy with covers edgeworn, corners bumped, and subscription library label on front pastedown which has offset to endpaper.

[Book #54390]       Price: $100.00
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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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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 HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY; LITTLE CAESAR; THE DRAGON MURDER CASE; PHANTOM LADY; I, THE JURY: Facsimiles of Five Classic Mysteries from the First Edition Library. Earl Derr Biggers, S. S. Van Dine W R. Burnett, Mickey Spillane, William Irish. THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY; LITTLE CAESAR; THE DRAGON MURDER CASE; PHANTOM LADY; I, THE JURY: Facsimiles of Five Classic Mysteries from the First Edition Library.
(Shelton, CT: First Edition Library, 1990 - 1996). Each being first edition thus, facsimiles published by the First Edition Library. Includes Biggers, THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1925); Burnett, LITTLE CAESAR (NY: Dial Press, 1929); Van Dine, THE DRAGON MURDER CASE (NY: Scribner's Sons, 1933); Cornell Woolrich writing as William Irish, PHANTOM LADY (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1942); and Spillane, I, THE JURY (NY: Dutton & Co., 1947). Each is fine in fine dust jacket with publisher's informational card laid in. Lacking slipcases.

[Book #54897]       Price: $150.00
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THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT: Announcement for the 1965 Coronet Theater Production. Ray Bradbury. THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT: Announcement for the 1965 Coronet Theater Production.
(Hollywood: Pandemonium Theatre Co.), [1965]. First edition. "Pandemonium, as Usual! Opening Night -- March 2nd." Single, yellow 8.5 x 11" sheet folded once to make four pages with stick-figure illustration on front; praise for the theater company's "First Smash Hit....The World of Ray Bradbury" along with details for the coming production inside; and return address for the Pandemonium Theatre Co. on the back. Fine.

[Book #54863]       Price: $200.00
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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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THE BEAUTIFUL STORY, A COMPANION TO THE HOLY BIBLE: To Which Is Added GOLDEN GEMS OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT. J. W. Buel, , T. DeWitt Talmage, Edgar Allan Poe. THE BEAUTIFUL STORY, A COMPANION TO THE HOLY BIBLE: To Which Is Added GOLDEN GEMS OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT.
Richmond, VA: B. F. Johnson & Co. 1888. Presumed first edition of this "Companion Book to the Holy Bible." Includes 250 engravings after Alexander Bida and Gustave Dore, et al, 12 of which are in color. Bible stories are followed by a small section of "Golden Gems of Religious Thought," which include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Rainy Day"; a quote from George Washington headed, "The Brotherhood of Man"; and, most inexplicably, Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee." Good at best with binding quite worn, front free endpaper missing and with one of the color plates tattered but the rest still bright and only showing marginal wear.

[Book #52785]       Price: $75.00
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IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD. James Lee Burke. IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD.
New York: Hyperion, (1993). First edition, One of 150 SIGNED, numbered and specially bound copies. Fine in slipcase.

[Book #17457]       Price: $150.00
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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. AN EARLY REPRINT ISSUED FROM THE PLATES OF THE FIRST.

[Book #50139]       Price: $750.00
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GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH: A Photographic Profile. George H. W. Bush, compiler David Valdez. GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH: A Photographic Profile.
College Station: Texas A&M Univ. Press, (1997). First edition. One of 1,250 SIGNED copies. Signed by both the former President and the compiler, David Valdez. Large book, measuring approximately 11 x 11". Includes color and black-and-white photographs from his birth in 1924 until he left office in 1993. Dark-blue cloth in matching slipcase with Presidential seal. Nice production. Fine.

[Book #54973]       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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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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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.

[Book #28277]       Price: $100.00
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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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