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BURNING BRIGHT: A Play in Story Form. John Steinbeck. BURNING BRIGHT: A Play in Story Form.
New York: Viking Press, 1950. First edition. A "play-novelette" which Steinbeck describes as "a play that is easy to read or a short novel that can be played simply by lifting out the dialogue." Fine in bright dustwrapper with a small unobtrusive crease at top of spine, which is lightly faded.

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JOURNAL OF A NOVEL: The East of Eden Letters. John Steinbeck. JOURNAL OF A NOVEL: The East of Eden Letters.
New York: Viking Press, (1969). First edition. One of 600 copies, published a year after Steinbeck's death. An oversized volume, specially bound with seven folding plates that are facsimiles of pages from the original manuscript and frontis photo of the box Steinbeck carved to house the manuscript for EAST OF EDEN, the book which contains the full dedication to Pascal Covici, his old friend and editor, as a postscript of sorts. The text of the "journal" is comprised of letters Steinbeck wrote to Covici while writing East of Eden. A fine, almost new copy, with just a hint of darkening to spine of plain glassine dust jacket. In original slipcase, also fine. ONE OF ONLY 600 COPIES.

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TRANSPORT TO SUMMER. Wallace Stevens. TRANSPORT TO SUMMER.
New York: Knopf, 1947. First edition. A little darkening at inner hinge which is normal with this book, top front corners gently bumped, and cloth spine edges a little rubbed, otherwise near fine in a nice, near fine dust jacket with spine and flap folds a little sunned.

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THE SNAKE'S PASS. Bram Stoker. THE SNAKE'S PASS.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, et al, 1891. First edition of STOKER'S FIRST NOVEL. An early copy, INSCRIBED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION to his friend "J. L. Toole / from his affectionate friend / Bram Stoker / 20.11.90." (The copyright date is 1891 but the actual date of publication was November 18, 1890.) English comic actor John Lawrence Toole was a friend of Stoker's and of Henry Irving's. It may seem unlikely now but during his lifetime Stoker was better known as Irving's personal assistant and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. A testament to the friendship of the men can be found in the dedication to the first volume of Stoker's 1906 biography of Irving, PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF HENRY IRVING, which reads "To the Memory of John Lawrence Toole Loving Comrade and True Friend of Henry Irving." SNAKE'S PASS is the only novel written by Stoker to be set in his native Ireland and is considered a clear precusor to his later works of horror, including DRACULA. The story traces the troubled romance of traveler Arthur Severn and local peasant girl, Norah Joyce, against the backdrop of the re-telling of the legend of Saint Patrick's defeat of the King of the Snakes in Ireland. Endpapers mended at hinges and cloth touched up at spine ends and corners by an expert in book repair. Spine faded but altogether a very good copy which is free from foxing. Housed in a red-cloth clamshell box with gilt-lettered leather spine label. INSCRIBED TO A FRIEND JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION.

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BLANKENSHIP. William Styron. BLANKENSHIP.
No-place: Press de la Warr, 1988. First separate edition. Number 55 of 100 (of 126 total) SIGNED, numbered copies. A section from an unpublished novel Styron wrote in 1953 while living in Italy. Stringbound in plain paperwraps; in marbled paper dust jacket with printed label. Fine.

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LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS. William Styron. LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1951). First edition of author's first book. SIGNED on the front endpaper. Bookplate covering ownership signature on front pastedown, fading to spine ends and edges, otherwise good or better in good or better dust jacket with shallow chipping and overall tanning which is heavier at spine. Did we mention its signed?

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ATALANDA IN CALYDON. Algernon Charles Swinburne. ATALANDA IN CALYDON.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. First US edition. Very good with light soiling and rubbing to the boards. Front board has a light discoloration and rough texture in the middle. Gilt lettering still bright. On the front endpapers, dampstaining is evident at the top and bottom around the hinge, and two bookseller stickers are also evident.

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TENNESSEE DAY IN ST. LOUIS: A Comedy. Peter Taylor. TENNESSEE DAY IN ST. LOUIS: A Comedy.
New York: Random House, (1957). First edition of his first play, in the variant dust jacket without a price on the dust jacket flap. Light erasure very slightly discernable on title page (appears to have been a name--not affecting any lettering), otherwise fine in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and touch of minor edge wear.

[Book #28953]       Price: $75.00
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JOURNALS KEPT IN HYDERABAD, KASHMIR, SIKKIM, AND NEPAL. Sir Richard Temple. JOURNALS KEPT IN HYDERABAD, KASHMIR, SIKKIM, AND NEPAL.
London: W.H. Allen, 1887. First edition. Two volumes. Sir Richard Temple had a distinguished career over more than thirty years in India rising to become Governor of Bombay. These volumes include his diaries of trips to Kashmir and Sikkim. A photographic portrait and specimen of the handwriting of Sir Salar Jung, 5 color plates, 8 folding maps or sketches (4 colored), 5 black-and-white plates. Covers show wear on corners and spine ends and few minor stains, including a small splash of blue paint, and one folding plate detached but laid in; still good to very good in original cloth.

[Book #49402]       Price: $950.00
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TERRY'S GUIDE TO THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Including Korea and Formosa. T. Philip Terry. TERRY'S GUIDE TO THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Including Korea and Formosa.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920. Second edition. With chapters on Manchuria, the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the Chief Ocean Routes to Japan. INSCRIBED by Terry on first free page "To my friend. . .With high esteem." Flexible, red cloth boards with gold lettering on front and spine; marbled page edges. 799 pages (including index) plus a number of full page ads. 13 Maps, 7 of them folding (one short tear, on one, repaired with archival tape), and 16 pages of plans. A thick book in very nice shape, certainly near fine with one small closed tear on lower back corner. Near fine with small closed tear on lower back corner.

[Book #52555]       Price: $200.00
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SINNING WITH ANNIE: and other Stories. Paul Theroux. SINNING WITH ANNIE: and other Stories.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1972. First edition. His first short-story collection. INSCRIBED, "To Lana, with best wishes, Paul Theroux." Provenance: from the estate of Lana Pipes. Lana and her husband, Lane, were prominent Washington-area collectors. Tiny imperfection to front endpaper at base of hinge otherwise fine in near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket with orange lettering on spine mellowed as often seen.

[Book #54797]       Price: $150.00
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"PHILIP REISMAN": In A-D, An Intimate Journal for Art Directors. Leo; John Steinbeck Tolstoy, Henry Goodman, Philip Reisman. "PHILIP REISMAN": In A-D, An Intimate Journal for Art Directors.
(New York: A-D Publishing Co. 1940). First edition. 20-page essay by Goodman on Reisman and his work in the Oct.-Nov. 1940 issue of "A-D, An Intimate Journal for Art Directors, Production Managers, and their Associates." Essay on Reisman is illustrated with 8 full-page drawings, three of which are in color, and 10 half-page illustrations; both covers feature color reproductions of Reisman's work (appear to be from a WPA mural). Includes several illustrations from Tolstoy's ANNA KARENINA (Random House, 1940) which, according to Goodman, was a Book-of-the-Month Club "Book Dividend." He goes on to say there were close to 200,000 copies distributed. But judging by the relatively few copies offered online, that number seems unlikely. Also includes a "project illustration for Steinbeck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH," an unpublished piece. Following the Goodman piece on Reisman is "Ballet of the A B Cs," a "typographic keepsake" illustrated by Emery I. Gondor; a Hubert Davis portfolio; and several ads. Near fine in pictorial paperwraps measuring 5 1/2 x 8". Interesting little item. AN INTERESTING LITTLE ITEM.

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THE REBELLION OF THE HANGED. B. Traven. THE REBELLION OF THE HANGED.
New York: Knopf, 1952. First U.S. edition. Translated from the Spanish. Bright and fine in dust jacket subtly tanned at spine and with spine ends a little nicked and rubbed but otherwise near fine.

[Book #23255]       Price: $100.00
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THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT. Mark Twain. THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1892. First UK edition. Ads dated May 1892, versus October 1892 - which is when it was published. Illustrated by Dan Beard and Hal Hurst. Prelims and page edges lightly foxed, spine faded and covers lightly soiled, otherwise good to very good with small, bookstore blindstamp on endpaper.

[Book #7697]       Price: $75.00
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CELESTIAL NAVIGATION. Anne Tyler. CELESTIAL NAVIGATION.
New York: Knopf, 1974. First edition. Spine lightly rubbed otherwise fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing along edges.

[Book #30737]       Price: $150.00
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SEARCHING FOR CALEB. Anne Tyler. SEARCHING FOR CALEB.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. First edition. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with spine a little darkened, a small nick on fore edge and two tiny closed tears.

[Book #30729]       Price: $200.00
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THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. John Updike. THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. First edition. SIGNED by Updike on the title page. Board edges lightly sunned, otherwise near fine in fine dust jacket with barest wear.

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DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain. Jules. Ellen E. Frewer Verne. DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879. Second U.S. edition but the first fully illustrated one and first edition thus. 94 illustrations including frontispiece, title page illustration, and map -- 92 are full-page plate engravings by Meyer and Barbant. As in most if not all copies, the illustration listed for page 201, "A halt for the night," is not present. 8vo terra-cotta cloth boards ornately decorated in black and gilt on front and spine; pale yellow endpapers. Covers rubbed, small hole to front endpaper at hinge due to old insect damage, rear hinge paper starting, otherwise good to very good with endpapers faintly foxed, light stain to fore edge and contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper. A reasonably attractive copy despite the noted wear.

[Book #51981]       Price: $750.00
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"CHOO CHOO": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "CHOO CHOO": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2003. First edition. One of 16 SIGNED, numbered copies. Four-color silkscreen on white Coventry paper 22 x 30 inches. Signed in pencil.

[Book #46831]       Price: $475.00
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CONFETTI #15: "Tiger got to hunt. Bird got to fly. Man got to . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. CONFETTI #15: "Tiger got to hunt. Bird got to fly. Man got to . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Origami Express), 2004. First edition. One of 56 copies SIGNED and numbered in pencil by Vonnegut. One-color silkscreen print on white Coventry cotton paper measuring 11 x 15 inches. According to Vonnegut, "Confetti is Origami's response to the in-your-face lack of meaning or message in so much modern art, starting, perhaps, with Mondrian, and of course excluding the strikingly communicative Cubists, but surely including the intellectually and morally blank works by the so-called 'Abstract Expressionists.' Origami says to the latter, with pictures as didactic as this one, 'If you have absolutely nothing to say to anybody, can't you please shut up?'" Fine.

[Book #48656]       Price: $375.00
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CONFETTI #1: "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God"; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. CONFETTI #1: "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God"; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Origami Express), 2004. First edition. One of 59 copies SIGNED and numbered in pencil by Vonnegut. One-color silkscreen print on white Coventry cotton paper measuring 11 x 15 inches. According to Vonnegut, "Confetti is Origami's response to the in-your-face lack of meaning or message in so much modern art, starting, perhaps, with Mondrian, and of course excluding the strikingly communicative Cubists, but surely including the intellectually and morally blank works by the so-called 'Abstract Expressionists.' Origami says to the latter, with pictures as didactic as this one, 'If you have absolutely nothing to say to anybody, can't you please shut up?'" Fine.

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CONFETTI #20: "Judas, don't worry about it . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. CONFETTI #20: "Judas, don't worry about it . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Origami Express), 2004. First edition. One of 48 copies SIGNED and numbered in pencil by Vonnegut. One-color silkscreen print on white Coventry cotton paper measuring 11 x 15 inches. According to Vonnegut, "Confetti is Origami's response to the in-your-face lack of meaning or message in so much modern art, starting, perhaps, with Mondrian, and of course excluding the strikingly communicative Cubists, but surely including the intellectually and morally blank works by the so-called 'Abstract Expressionists.' Origami says to the latter, with pictures as didactic as this one, 'If you have absolutely nothing to say to anybody, can't you please shut up?'" Fine.

[Book #48661]       Price: $375.00
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CONFETTI #21: "My father said . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. CONFETTI #21: "My father said . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Origami Express), 2004. First edition. One of 52 copies SIGNED and numbered in pencil by Vonnegut. Two-color silkscreen print on white Coventry cotton paper measuring 11 x 15 inches. According to Vonnegut, "Confetti is Origami's response to the in-your-face lack of meaning or message in so much modern art, starting, perhaps, with Mondrian, and of course excluding the strikingly communicative Cubists, but surely including the intellectually and morally blank works by the so-called 'Abstract Expressionists.' Origami says to the latter, with pictures as didactic as this one, 'If you have absolutely nothing to say to anybody, can't you please shut up?'" Fine.

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CONFETTI #23: "God put Picasso on earth . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. CONFETTI #23: "God put Picasso on earth . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Origami Express), 2004. First edition. One of 53 copies SIGNED and numbered in pencil by Vonnegut. One-color silkscreen print on white Coventry cotton paper measuring 11 x 15 inches. According to Vonnegut, "Confetti is Origami's response to the in-your-face lack of meaning or message in so much modern art, starting, perhaps, with Mondrian, and of course excluding the strikingly communicative Cubists, but surely including the intellectually and morally blank works by the so-called 'Abstract Expressionists.' Origami says to the latter, with pictures as didactic as this one, 'If you have absolutely nothing to say to anybody, can't you please shut up?'" Fine.

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CONFETTI #25: "I don't know about you, but I practise a disorganized religion . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. CONFETTI #25: "I don't know about you, but I practise a disorganized religion . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Origami Express), 2004. First edition. One of 68 copies SIGNED and numbered in pencil by Vonnegut. One-color silkscreen print on white Coventry cotton paper measuring 11 x 15 inches. According to Vonnegut, "Confetti is Origami's response to the in-your-face lack of meaning or message in so much modern art, starting, perhaps, with Mondrian, and of course excluding the strikingly communicative Cubists, but surely including the intellectually and morally blank works by the so-called 'Abstract Expressionists.' Origami says to the latter, with pictures as didactic as this one, 'If you have absolutely nothing to say to anybody, can't you please shut up?'" Fine.

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