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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 JANUARY CORPSE. Neil Albert. THE JANUARY CORPSE.
New York: Walker & Co. (1991). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED and INSCRIBED by him on the front endpaper. Photograph of Albert laid in. Fine in a bright dust jacket.

[Book #29818]       Price: $100.00
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NEW CONNECTICUT: An Autobiographical Poem. A. Bronson Alcott. NEW CONNECTICUT: An Autobiographical Poem.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1887. First edition thus; revised and enlarged from the 1881, privately printed edition. Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) was the father of Louisa May, the author of LITTLE WOMEN. He was a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a major figure himself in transcendentalism who was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women's rights. Spine ends frayed, light staining to lower rear board otherwise about very good.

[Book #42348]       Price: $125.00
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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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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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MID-AMERICAN CHANTS. Sherwood Anderson. MID-AMERICAN CHANTS.
New York and London: John Lane, 1918. First edition. An early book of poems. Near fine with light foxing to the endpapers and a touch of soiling to the cloth boards. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51535]       Price: $100.00
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INVESTMENT FOR APPRECIATION: Forecasting Movements in Security Prices / Technique of Trading in Shares for Profit. L. L. B. Angas. INVESTMENT FOR APPRECIATION: Forecasting Movements in Security Prices / Technique of Trading in Shares for Profit.
New York: Somerset Publishing Co. 1936. First edition, INSCRIBED, "For Herbert B. Elliston from L. L. B. Angas." Lawrence Lee Bazley Angas was born into a family with a banking background. He was educated in both England and France and earned a Master of Arts degree at Oxford University before joining the British army at the beginning of World War I during which he served in France and Italy, earning him the Military Cross and Croix de la Guerre. Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Herbert Berridge Elliston was a foreign correspondent for various newspapers before becoming financial advisor to the Chinese Government. Later he was financial editor of the Christian Science Monitor, then joined the staff of the Washington Post where he eventually rose to editor of the newspaper. He was co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Editorial Writing" in 1949 (Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of Pulitzer Prize Winners, Heinz & Erika Fischer, 2002). INVESTMENT FOR APPRECIATION gives "Allying analysis of what makes the markets work with a study of the 'technique' of trading"--from the 1999 reprint version. Dark blue cloth boards, gilt stamped spine; illustrated with graphs; seven appendices. Good with spine a little shaken and bottom outside edges of boards mottled (old damp stain?); otherwise clean and tight. With 8-page, map-folded brochure laid in advertising book, "This book, we have no hesitation in claiming, is the best ever written on Investment for profit." ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #54595]       Price: $150.00
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BABY OF THE FAMILY. Tina McElroy Ansa. BABY OF THE FAMILY.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1989). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Review copy with publisher's information and photo laid in. Top page edges slightly darkened near spine, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

[Book #21850]       Price: $50.00
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FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock. John Ashbery. FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1984. First edition. The only edition of this set of 22 broadside poems, printed in red and black, with each broadside SIGNED by the poet. Reportedly one of only 50 unnumbered copies. Issued as a tribute to the founder and president of the Academy of American Poets, Marie Bullock. Each broadside measures about 9 x 14"; laid in a marbled paper portfolio with printed label on front cover. Fine.

[Book #53650]       Price: $2,500.00
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SOME TREES. John Ashbery. SOME TREES.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1956. First edition of the poet's first regularly published book. In the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with a foreword by W.H. Auden. Award-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on front endpaper. The book is fine in near fine dust jacket with shallow chip at head of spine, one small unobtrusive tear, and tanning at spine and folds and top edges. POET ANTHONY HECHT'S COPY.

[Book #53616]       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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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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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 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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DISTORTIONS. Ann Beattie. DISTORTIONS.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1976. First edition. SIGNED on front end paper. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK of short stories, published simultaneously with CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, her first novel. Fine in dust jacket with one small tape repair at back of top of front panel and touch of lightly rubbed creasing at spine ends.

[Book #16213]       Price: $65.00
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ARNOLD BENNETT. Mrs. Arnold Bennett. ARNOLD BENNETT.
London: A. M. Philpot, Ltd. 1925. First edition. Frontis portrait of Bennett. Page top edges gilt. Illustrated with a few photographs. Very good in the scarce dust jacket, with spine sunned, marginal chipping, and splits at folds mended on verso with archival tape.

[Book #46536]       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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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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"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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THE TOWERS OF LOVE. Stephen Birmingham. THE TOWERS OF LOVE.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1961). First edition of his third book. INSCRIBED (3 times) "For Meg Balcom with warmest good wishes from Bill Steers and me author, Stephen Birmingham." Again on front endpaper, " '61 Nancy and Roger. Here I am again. Stephen Birmingham '89." And again on back endpaper, "For Meg Balcom With warmest good wishes from Hannah and Bill Steers, and from me. Stephen Birmingham '61." Fine in dust jacket with very minor wear on corners and spine ends. INSCRIBED THRICE.

[Book #34775]       Price: $100.00
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THE BOOK OF THE DEAD. George H. Boker. THE BOOK OF THE DEAD.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1882. First edition. Light edge rubbing and some wear to spine ends and tips, otherwise about fine in green cloth with gilt lettering bright. Typed poem by Boker, "Ad Criticam," on 4 x 7" paper laid in (previously published?). Scarce.

[Book #36436]       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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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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THE SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Stories of Post-War Germany. Kay Boyle. THE SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Stories of Post-War Germany.
London: Faber and Faber, (1952). Two volumes of the first UK edition. One is INSCRIBED to her good friend Doris Grumbach, the novelist, essayist and critic, "Love to Doris - Kay." In what appears to us to be the first binding: light-red cloth with gold lettering. Chambers [A25c] calls for a burgundy cloth with black lettering. We've included a copy in the burgundy cloth (without a dust jacket). Both books are the same height but the lighter red one is 5-and-a-half inches wide, while the burgundy is about 5-and-an-eighth inches wide. It's evident that the original sheets were trimmed for the later, burgundy binding. The original dust jacket, intended for the lighter red binding, was obviously folded to fit the smaller burgundy book but fits much better on the lighter red one. Minor edgewear to cloth, dust jacket has a few small chips but otherwise very good to fine for both.

[Book #29768]       Price: $200.00
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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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