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DESPERATION. Stephen King. DESPERATION.
Hampton Falls, NH: Donald M Grant, (1996). First edition, signed limited issue. Number 117 of 2000 numbered copies (of 2050 total) SIGNED BY KING AND THE ILLUSTRATOR, Don Maitz. Small quarto (10.25 x 7.25"), black faux-leather boards stamped in black and red foil on front and spine; housed in publisher's matching red-felt-lined clamshell case. Issued without a dust jacket. Fine.

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THE FIVE NATIONS. Rudyard Kipling, Howell Arthur Gwynne. THE FIVE NATIONS.
London: Methuen and Co. 1903. First edition, first issue. 8vo, red cloth boards; spine lettering and top edge gilt; with 38 pages of ads at rear, as called for. Spine ends lightly frayed, corners rubbed, spine lettering dulled; still good or better. INSCRIBED at head of title page to Kipling’s good friend Howell Gwynne, "H.A.G. from RK Nov. 1903" and SIGNED BY KIPLING beneath his printed name. Together with AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BY H. MACKERN FOR SCRIBNER’S MAGAZINE OF "THE EDITORS IN THEIR OFFICE" -- namely the staff of "The Friend" (a short-lived wartime paper): Kipling, Gwynne, Julian Ralph, and Percival Landon, with all four men on and around a desk in Bloemfontein shortly after the British occupation during the Boer War. The photograph is mounted on a card SIGNED ON FRONT BY EACH of the four and with "Bloemfontein March 26th 1900" written beneath, apparently in Kipling’s own hand, and INSCRIBED ON VERSO BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER, "[illegible recipient] fr. H MacKern Scribner’s Bloemfountein March/29/00." Also with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by Kipling to Gwynne dated simply "Tuesday" inviting him to his home, "I'm sorry about the [face?] and the [abscess?] It's an ignominious sequel to [dewetting?] -- and so very like life / suppose you come over here with a bag from Saturday to Monday / You will leave the bag at Rosebank station and our boy will pick it up. / You will not bring dress kit / You will come at any hour on Sat that suits you best you will name the hour whether before or after lunch. / There will be no amusements of any kind. / You can go to bed when you come if you like. You can have breakfast in bed or [illegible] & play with the kids & the lion at your will. A good bed isn't a bad place to lie down. / Ever Sincerely / Rudyard Kipling." ADDITIONALLY WITH THE POEM appearing on page 65, "General Joubert," transcribed at top and bottom of the page in what appears to be Kipling’s hand. (There is no apparent difference between the printed and transcribed versions.) Howell Arthur Gwynne, British author and newspaper editor, was a life-long friend of Kipling's and pallbearer at his 1936 burial at Westminster Abbey. Photograph and signatures beneath it fading; offset to autograph letter, which is considerably darkened on front edges. A mounted photographic copy of the signed photo clearly made before it began to fade is included. Provenance: Sotheby's Auction, 1973. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY WITH PHOTOGRAPH AND LETTER LAID IN.

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PENTHESILEA: A Tragic Drama. Heinrich Von Kleist. PENTHESILEA: A Tragic Drama.
[New York]: HarperCollins Publishers, (1998). First edition. Translated and introduced by Joel Agee. Uncorrected proof, fine in tan paperwraps. Includes glossy pictorial dust jacket, with drawings by Maurice Sendak.

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SING A SONG OF MURDER. Robert Portner Koehler. SING A SONG OF MURDER.
New York: Phoenix Press, (1941). First edition. Pecos Appleby, a New Mexico policeman, finds a missing person who turns up dead. Spine slightly sloped, light shelf wear, still very good in about very good dust jacket with edges and folds lightly rubbed, shallow chipping and few small tears.

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IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND. A. Henry Savage Landor. IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. First U.S. edition. An account of a journey into Tibet; capture by the Tibetan Lamas and soldiers; imprisonment, torture and ultimate release brought about by Dr. Wilson and the political Peshkar Karak Sing-Pal. Two volumes, 307 and 248 pages, respectively, illustrated with photgravures, 8 colored plates, 50 full page and 150 text illustrations and a folding map from surveys by the author. Top edges gilt. Lacking the frontis in volume 2 and minor cover wear, otherwise a very good, bright set.

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SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR. William Savage Landor, George Stillman Hillard. SELECTIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, (1856). First edition and only edition of this title. Excerpts from his writings on government, politics, literature, criticism, etc. Frontis of author, 308 pages including index. Name at head of title page, which has few tiny nicks to lower edge, otherwise very good or better.

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BABBITT. Sinclair Lewis. BABBITT.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1922). First edition, first issue with "Purdy" for "Lyte" on p.49:4. Bottom front corners rubbed, otherwise fine with only very minor wear. Lacking the original dust jacket but in a new FACSIMILE jacket.

[Book #48082]       Price: $350.00
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DODSWORTH. Sinclair Lewis. DODSWORTH.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1929). First edition. Cover shows some wear and there's light creasing on the spine, otherwise good to very good in later-state dust jacket (two reviews on bottom of front flap) with professional restoration to corners and spine ends, which looks very good. The first-state dust jacket is scarce.

[Book #25604]       Price: $200.00
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THE SCARLET RUSE. John D. MacDonald. THE SCARLET RUSE.
London: Robert Hale, (1975). First UK and first hardback edition, preceding the U.S. hardback by five years (the true first edition was a paperback original published in 1973). One corner lightly creased, touch of faint foxing to page fore edges, still a bright, fine copy in bright, fine dust jacket.

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EXISTENTIAL ERRANDS. Norman Mailer. EXISTENTIAL ERRANDS.
Boston: Little Brown, (1972). First edition. One of the dedication copies. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED on dedication page below the printed names, "Could this be for your distinguished service in Maidstone dear old editor darling? / Love / Norman." A collection of essays, excerpts, etc., written from 1967 to 1972. First book appearance for many. In addition to Adeline, the book is dedicated to his sister Barbara, daughter Susan, and to "Al." Small tear at head of spine, still about very good in slightly soiled white dust jacket with several tears. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was the editor instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto read the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer submitted it to Rinehart, who published the book in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968 she even played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer's film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). INSCRIBED "FOR YOUR DISTIGUISHED SERVICE IN 'MAIDSTONE'"

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THE PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS. Norman Mailer. THE PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS.
(London): Andre Deustch, (1964). First UK edition. SIGNED by Mailer on the title page. A grouping of essays Mailer addressed to President Kennedy. Light fading along edges of cloth, though gilt is still bright; otherwise near fine in dust jacket with a small faint damp stain at top of front cover and tiny chips at ends and corners, and short crease on front cover which is not obtrusive.

[Book #48428]       Price: $150.00
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"PORTRAIT OF NORMAN MAILER": Norman Mailer on TIME cover, by Larry Rivers. Norman. Larry Rivers Mailer. "PORTRAIT OF NORMAN MAILER": Norman Mailer on TIME cover, by Larry Rivers.
Rivers, Larry. Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery, 1998. First edition. A limited edition print of a Rivers' drawing of Mailer commissioned by Time magazine for its cover but never used because Newsweek ran a cover story on Mailer the previous week. Mailer standing barechested, hands on hips with a rose in his mouth in front of and part of a collage-style drawing of himself. Issued in three states: 50 numbered copies signed by Mailer and Rivers (this copy); 50 copies signed by Rivers only and 50 signed by Mailer only. In addition, there were 20 hors commerce copies of the first state, all designated P/P (printer's proof). This copy signed by both. 10x12" with white border. With a colophon page "Portrait of Norman Mailer." Both laid in a red folder. Fine to new.

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SHILOH: And Other Stories. Bobbie Ann Mason. SHILOH: And Other Stories.
New York: Harper & Row, (1982). First edition. Review copy with photograph and slip laid in (publ date 11/3/82). INSCRIBED to author/critic Doris Grumbach on front free endpaper. "To Doris Grumbach, Best wishes, Bobbie Ann Mason." Near fine in very good dust jacket (few closed tears that have rubbed and rubbing on spine crease).

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THE RAZOR'S EDGE. W. Somerset Maugham. THE RAZOR'S EDGE.
London, Toronto: William Heinemann Ltd. (1944). First Australian edition (so stated). There is minor unavoidable offset on the endpapers. The front pastedown has a very small bookstore bookplate. Otherwise, fine in dust jacket with slight edgewear and a little age darkening to spine and back panel.

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DESERT ROSE. Larry McMurtry. DESERT ROSE.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1983). First edition. INSCRIBED on the title page "For Pat" (not ours) and SIGNED Larry McMurtry. Round embossed blind stamp on bottom of half-title page, otherwise fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #48210]       Price: $175.00
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TYPEE: A Peep at Polynesian Life, During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas. Herman Melville. TYPEE: A Peep at Polynesian Life, During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860. The revised edition, first thus, with a sequel, "The Story of Toby" added. Brown cloth, blind stamped boards with copper lettering on spine. 1/8" chip missing from top and bottom backstrip, front and back covers rubbed, circular skinned spots on front cover, small 1/2" soil spot on back cover, corners and bottom edge rubbed through to boards. A good or better copy.

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A LITTLE BOOK IN C MAJOR. H. L. Mencken. A LITTLE BOOK IN C MAJOR.
New York: John Lane, 1916. First edition. Epigrams collected over the period of four or five years (some first appearances, some reprinted from The Smart Set). Spine lettering dulled, corners a little worn, otherwise very good, lacking dust jacket.

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IT TOOK NINE TAILORS. Adolphe Menjou, M. M. Musselman. IT TOOK NINE TAILORS.
New York & Toronto: McGraw - Hill, (1948). First edition. Photo illustrated. Menjou's autobiography, with a foreword by Clark Gable. INSCRIBED and/or SIGNED on front endpaper by MENJOU and Hollywood luminaries such as FRED ASTAIRE, GINGER ROGERS, RANDOLPH SCOTT, HOAGY CARMICHAEL, REGINALD OWEN, M. M. Musselman, George Folsey, et al. Dust jacket caricature of Menjou is by Xavier Cugat. An obviously well-loved books with covers worn--good at best, in like dust jacket which is nonetheless intact. A very nice piece of Hollywood memorabilia. HOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA.

[Book #52308]       Price: $600.00
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"UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice. Henry Miller. "UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice.
(No-place: 1968). First edition. Or only edition, actually, as this is an original watercolor painting by Miller SIGNED "HENRY MILLER 17/68" and INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY, Connie Perry: "For/ Connie and Mike/ Happy Anniversary/ Henry." "Untitled 17/68," i.e., Miller's 17th painting produced in 1968. Image measures approximately 23 x 30" and depicts in bright primary colors a palm tree, flowers and woman against the backdrop of a colorful village. Matted and framed in white on white with overall dimensions of approximately 32 x 40". Inscription beginning to fade, few inconspicuous pinpricks to edges, otherwise fine. featured on page 87 of THE PAINTINGS OF HENRY MILLER: PAINT AS YOU LIKE AND DIE HAPPY [San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (1982)]. INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY.

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TOAD OF TOAD HALL: A Play from Kenneth Grahame's Book 'The Wind in the Willows'. A. A. Milne, Kenneth Grahame. TOAD OF TOAD HALL: A Play from Kenneth Grahame's Book 'The Wind in the Willows'.
London: Methuen & Co. (1929). First edition. Offset near hinges on endpapers (from the binding), otherwise near fine with top edge gilt; in very good or better dust jacket, slightly tanned at spine with small chips on corners and spine ends and light rubbing to folds. Housed in specially made plain cloth slipcase. FUN WITH TOAD, ALFRED, MR BADGER, CHIEF WEASE AND THE MOLE.

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PUBLIC WORKS: A Dangerous Trade. Robert Moses. PUBLIC WORKS: A Dangerous Trade.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co. (1970). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Leyland Hayward with high regard / Robert Moses." Hayward (1902-1971) was a theatrical and Hollywood producer, most notably of "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music." Moses, who was the subject of Robert Caro's 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, THE POWER BROKER, was known as the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City and environs; and though Caro's biography dealt a blow to his reputation, Moses' projects were considered by many to be necessary for the region's development after the Great Depression [Wikipedia]. Large octavo, full blue pebbled-leather boards embellished in gilt on front and stamped in gilt on spine which is blocked in red; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Fine in original though worn acetate which we will replace or cover with fresh mylar upon request. Also includes copies of Moses' 23-page response to Caro's book and Caro's response to Moses' response to his book.

[Book #54867]       Price: $300.00
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MESQUITE JENKINS. Clarence E. Mulford. MESQUITE JENKINS.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc. 1928. First edition. Very good with inscription on front endpaper; in a bright, almost very good dust jacket with soiling, closed tears and shallow chipping.

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BEDROCK. Timothy Murphy. BEDROCK.
No-place: Aralia Press, 1998. First edition. One of 160 unnumbered copies. INSCRIBED to Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anthony Hecht, "To Tony Hecht with fond wishes for a prolific New Year. Tim Murphy 28 December 1998." Also with a four-line inscription on an early page signed "Timothy of Shrewsbury." Fine in black cloth boards with white title label on spine. Printed on Johannot paper with Weiss type. Issued without dust jacket.

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PATRICK O'BRIAN: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography. Patrick O'Brian, A. E. Cunningham. PATRICK O'BRIAN: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography.
(West Yorkshire): The British Library, (1994). First edition. Number 16 of only 50 numbered copies SIGNED by Patrick O'Brian. Handsomely bound in three-quarter leather, with marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Includes an autobiographical piece, four poems and two stories by O'Brian. Illustrated with a color frontis photograph and six black-and-white photographs of O'Brian, a profile of the H.M.S. Surprise and various black-and-white decorations.According to Arthur Cunningham the edition was produced in five different toned half-calf bindings, each with different endpapers - 10 each. 20 copies were given to the contributors and others and only 30 copies were offered for sale. Fine in slipcase. SIGNED BY O'BRIAN.

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THE HAIRY APE / ANNA CHRISTIE / THE FIRST MAN. Eugene O'Neill. THE HAIRY APE / ANNA CHRISTIE / THE FIRST MAN.
New York: Boni & Liveright, (1922). First edition. O'Neill won the Pulitzer Prize for ANNA CHRISTIE. Minor rubbing, touch of foxing to page top edges, bit of soiling to bottom page edges, otherwise near fine, lacking the dust jacket.

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