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SHELL OF DEATH. C. Day Lewis, as Nicholas Blake. SHELL OF DEATH.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1936. First U.S. edition. Published in England under the title "Thou Shell of Death." Bookplate on pastedown (mostly under the jacket flap), otherwise near fine in good plus, price-clipped dust jacket with extensive reinforcement/repair on verso with tape that appears to have darkened but is not visible from the front. HIS SECOND MYSTERY.

[Book #53565]       Price: $350.00
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ELMER GANTRY. Sinclair Lewis. ELMER GANTRY.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1927). First edition, One of his most famous books, establishing a character as memorable as Babbitt. A satire about a fraudulent preacher, immortalized on the screen by Burt Lancaster. This copy is in the second-state binding with clear "G" in "GANTRY" (in the first, it resembles a "C"). Cloth a bit rubbed and few marks on pastedowns, but still very good with few pages bent at corner, lacking dust jacket, but in a new FACSIMILE jacket.

[Book #48166]       Price: $200.00
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AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: Signed by London. Jack London. AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: Signed by London.
[circa 1915]. A beguiling head-shot of London in Mounties-style hat. Sepia-toned print measuring 4.25 x 6.5". SIGNED BY LONDON at base. "The very latest photo of the Author of 'The Jacket'" according to "Jack London: The Author with the Sales," a promotional booklet by British publisher's Mills & Boon issued in 1915 and featuring this image on the front cover. Light abrasion to top edge of verso were previously mounted, otherwise fine.

[Book #54861]       Price: $1,250.00
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PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS. John D. MacDonald. PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959. First edition. Near fine with the visible aging of pages common to this publisher's books issued during the period; in a slightly soiled dust jacket with light rubbing.

[Book #35837]       Price: $125.00
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SHADOW MYSTERY "When You Got a Pigeon" in Volume LIII, Number 5. John D. MacDonald. SHADOW MYSTERY "When You Got a Pigeon" in Volume LIII, Number 5.
New York: Street & Smith, Dec. - Jan. 1948. First edition. Includes "Death Between Dance" by Cornell Woolrich and "Ten Glass Eyes" by Maxwell Grant. Near fine in pictorial paperwraps with spine ends worn.

[Book #39976]       Price: $50.00
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THE DOOMSTERS. Ross Macdonald. THE DOOMSTERS.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958. First edition. The seventh book in the Lew Archer series. Many sources believe this book marked a series turning point, when Macdonald abandoned his imitations of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett and found his own voice. It also marks Archer's turning point as a man more interested in understanding the criminal than in catching him. Slightly cocked but very good with printed, patterned boards still bright and unfaded, but with a few faint foxed spots and a bit of glue bleed through at hinge paper; in a very good dust jacket with minor soiling, a few shallow chips to spine ends and corners, and some old tape backing on verso and a few short tears. SEVENTH BOOK IN THE LEW ARCHER SERIES.

[Book #51517]       Price: $500.00
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MODEST GIFTS: POEMS AND DRAWINGS. Norman Mailer. MODEST GIFTS: POEMS AND DRAWINGS.
New York: Random House, (2003). First edition. A paperback original. SIGNED by the author. 260+ pages of poems and drawings with a preface by Mailer. Fine in pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #49382]       Price: $60.00
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OF A FIRE ON THE MOON. Norman Mailer. OF A FIRE ON THE MOON.
Boston: Little, Brown, (1970). First edition. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED "To Adeline / Impatient as always to know what she will think of the latest. Love / Norman / Nov 1970." Mailer on "the science of space" - he managed to write about many things in his career with surprising clarity. Page fore edges foxed, otherwise very good in slightly rubbed dust jacket. 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).

[Book #49642]       Price: $500.00
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THE WHITE NEGRO. Norman Mailer. THE WHITE NEGRO.
(San Francisco): City Lights Books, (1957). First edition. The true first printing with front cover price 35 cents (later printings had price of 50 and 75 cents) Black-and-white, stapled paperwraps. Aging and soling to white portions, including a few small stains to plain rear cover, otherwise very good. TRUE FIRST PRINTING.

[Book #53123]       Price: $200.00
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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.

[Book #37176]       Price: $100.00
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THE FIFTH CHILD: A Modern Romance. Klaus Mann. THE FIFTH CHILD: A Modern Romance.
New York: Boni and Liveright, (1927). First American edition. His first book to be translated into English. Translated by Lambert Armour Shears. Klaus was the son of Thomas Mann. An opponent of fascism, he was one of the first German writers to go into exile. He went on to become one of the most versatile and productive members of his generation of writers, eventually making his home here in the U.S. There are two tiny spots at the bottom of the spine where the cloth is worn through, otherwise the book is very good to fine in a lightly spine-tanned dust jacket with small chips and tears and split at front spine fold, but still attractive. Boni & Liveright promotional 4-page leaflet with some edgewear laid in. A scarce book.

[Book #33589]       Price: $350.00
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TWO DISCOURSES: A DEAD FAITH ANATOMIZED and THE SELF-JUSTICIARY CONVICTED AND CONDEMNED. Samuel Mather. TWO DISCOURSES: A DEAD FAITH ANATOMIZED and THE SELF-JUSTICIARY CONVICTED AND CONDEMNED
Boston: Reprinted by J. Draper, for D. Henchman in Cornhill, 1740. First combined edition of these two scarce works which were first published in 1697 and 1707, respectively. [Evans 4560-61, but with linking title page; Sabin 46788-89]. The complete titles are DEAD FAITH ANATOMIZED: A Discourse on the Nature, and the Danger, with the Deadly Symptoms of a Dead Faith, and THE SELF-JUSTICIARY CONVICTED AND CONDEMNED: Or, A Discourse Concerning the Difficulty and Necessity of Renouncing Our Own Righteousness. Pastor Samuel Mather (1651-1728), a cousin of Cotton Mather, is credited with healing a 10-year break in the Congregationalist First Church of Windsor (the oldest Congregational church in Connecticut) which had resulted in the formation of a separate Presbyterian Party of Windsor. This was surely no mean feat. Text pages are darkened, stained, occasionally torn and often edgeworn but intact and wholly readable. Freshly rebound in quarter leather with marbled boards. Only one copy of this combined edition has appeared at auction and that was in 1977. FIRST COMBINED EDITION OF TWO SCARCE WORDS.

[Book #52247]       Price: $600.00
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THE MARRIED WOMAN'S PRIVATE MEDICAL COMPANION: Embracing the Treatment of Menstruation, or Monthly Turns, During Their Stoppage, Irregularity, or Entire Suppression. A. M. Mauriceau. THE MARRIED WOMAN'S PRIVATE MEDICAL COMPANION: Embracing the Treatment of Menstruation, or Monthly Turns, During Their Stoppage, Irregularity, or Entire Suppression.
New York: No publisher, 1848. First edition, second printing; the first was in 1847. Covers "Pregnancy, and How it May be Determined; with the Treatment of its Various Diseases; Discovery to Prevent Pregnancy; the Great and Important Necessity Where Malformation or Inability Exists to Give Birth; To Prevent Miscarriage or Abortion; When Proper and Necessary to Effect Miscarriage, When Attended with Entire Safety; Causes and Mode of Cure of Barrenness, or Sterility." Blindstamped green cloth boards with plain, unlettered spine (presumably for privacy). Spine a little cocked, covers moderately soiled, rear free endpaper missing, pages a little age darkened with scattered foxing/staining throughout. Still a good or better, tight copy.

[Book #52579]       Price: $150.00
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INTRO FOR DARK BROWN. Michael McClure. INTRO FOR DARK BROWN.
No-pl: No-publ, May 12, 1960. First edition thus. Two 7 x 11" off-white sheets printing the introduction used for the second edition of McClure's collection of erotic poems, DARK BROWN, which was published by Dave Haselwood Books (formerly Auerhahn Press) in 1967. A little rubbing to lettering on first sheet where previously folded in half, otherwise fine. Rare. Copy of the book included.

[Book #54920]       Price: $125.00
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UNDER ONE ROOF. Ruth Eleanor McKee. UNDER ONE ROOF.
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc. 1936. First edition. Slight offsets on endpapers, otherwise very good or better in dust jacket with slight edgewear and rubbing.

[Book #45325]       Price: $100.00
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DESERT ROSE. Larry McMurtry. DESERT ROSE.
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1983). First edition. Uncorrected proof with "Sept 6" handwritten on front (presume the publication date). Fine in yellow paperwraps with only light paper clip crease to top edge front cover.

[Book #33601]       Price: $150.00
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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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YESOD. David Meltzer. YESOD.
London: Trigram Press, (1969). First edition. One of 100 copies SIGNED, NUMBERED and bound in buckram. Fine without dust jacket, as issued. Includes drawings by Meltzer.

[Book #35886]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #52558]       Price: $100.00
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NORTHERN LIGHTS. James Merrill, Merwin Hecht, Strand and Updike, William Stafford, Nemerov, Moss. NORTHERN LIGHTS.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1983. First edition and only edition. 15 BROADSIDE POEMS printed on 9 x 14" heavy, artists' paper; printed in red and black; and SIGNED BY THE POETS. Number 55 of 55 numbered sets; there were an additional 20 lettered sets reserved for the poets and publisher. Includes PHILIP BOOTH, JOHN CIARDI, DONALD DAVIE, ANTHONY HECHT, JAMES MERRILL, W. S. MERWIN, HOWARD MOSS, HOWARD NEMEROV, KARL SHAPIRO, LOUIS SIMPSON, W. D. SNODGRASS, RADCLIFFE SQUIRES, WILLIAM STAFFORD, MARK STRAND and JOHN UPDIKE. Housed together in a quarter-cloth portfolio with marbled boards and gilt-lettered morocco spine label; ribbon ties. Fine. FIFTEEN BROADSIDE POEMS, EACH ONE SIGNED.

[Book #53649]       Price: $2,500.00
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INSOMNIA: Or, The Devil at Large. Henry Miller. INSOMNIA: Or, The Devil at Large.
Albuquerque, NM: Loujon Press, 1970. First edition, limited issue, this one being number 10 of "99" copies in "Edition F" (there were actually 65 at most, see below) with twelve loose watercolor prints, THREE of which are SIGNED AND DATED 10/15/70 BY MILLER, as called for [Shifreen & Jackson A175f]. The three prints SIGNED BY MILLER are "Insomnia No. 1" (8/3/66); "Insomnia No. 2" (8/22/66); and "2nd Insomnia Series, No. 1" (5/8/67). Large, elaborate production; housed in decorative wooden box measuring approximately 24 x 19 x 1.5" with sliding wood cover (actually wood paneling, smooth side up) illustrated with photograph of Miller and wife "Hoki" beneath which is affixed an antiqued copper plate engraved "Ed. F." Each of the TWELVE COLOR PRINTS is printed on heavy artist's paper and measures approximately 22.5 x 17.5". Also includes a large, heavy card stock title sheet and the book itself -- another elaborate production of plain, comb-bound boards with foil paper dust jacket (made from wall paper?); in facsimile manuscript and illustrated with photographs throughout. "Edition F" was initially planned for 192 copies and later reduced to 99, Shifreen & Jackson estimate that NO MORE THAN 65 COPIES WERE ACTUALLY PRODUCED and that ONLY 300 WOODEN BOXES WERE EVER CONSTRUCTED for the total edition (note to Shifreen & Jackson A175a, p.408). The book and prints are best described by Miller's daughter, Valentine, on her tribute website: "In the mid 60s Dad became infatuated by a cabaret singer from Japan named Hoki Tokuda. He would spend hours at the piano bar in the Imperial Gardens Restaurant in Hollywood, listening to Hoki sing. He eventually wooed and married her. In 1965-6 he got insomnia worrying about the relationship and wrote a small book called Insomnia or the Devil at Large and during those sleepless nights painted a dozen watercolors, the Insomnia series." Light finger smudges to half-title sheet, otherwise book, prints, and box are all fine.

[Book #53854]       Price: $2,500.00
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THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON. Jason Miller. THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON.
New York: Atheneum, 1972. First edition. New York Drama Critics' Award, Best Play 1972 and the Pulitzer Prize. Illustrated with photographs of the stage production starring Walter McGinn, Charles Durning, Michael McGuire, Paul Sorvino and Richard Dysart. Very good or better with small sticker residue on front pastedown and cloth edges lightly sunned; in a price-clipped, slightly soiled dust jacket with one short closed tear.

[Book #29112]       Price: $125.00
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THE GOOD FAIRY A Modern Comedy. Ferenc Molnar. THE GOOD FAIRY A Modern Comedy.
New York: Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, Inc. 1932. First U.S. edition. Translated by Jane Hinton. Helen Hayes starred in the New York production. Residue from bookplate removal on front pastedown (partially under flap) and light soiling, otherwise near fine in a slightly soiled price-clipped dust jacket.

[Book #29046]       Price: $175.00
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CATHOLICS. Brian Moore. CATHOLICS.
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, (1972). First edition. "Advance Proof Copy" in light gray paperwraps printed in red on front cover. SIGNED by author on title page. Sunned on spine and edges, small stain on first leaf, otherwise near fine.

[Book #29493]       Price: $125.00
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THE RIVER LINE. Charles Morgan. THE RIVER LINE.
London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd. 1952. First edition. Slight bubbling to front pastedown near hinge (production error) otherwise fine in lightly soiled dust jacket with slightly tanned spine, a chip in upper front flap fold and a few closed edge tears. Still, a bright, attractive copy that includes the preface "On Transcending the Age of Violence."

[Book #33063]       Price: $50.00
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