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KALTBLUTIG (IN COLD BLOOD). Truman Capote. KALTBLUTIG (IN COLD BLOOD).
(Wiesbaden): [1966]. First German edition of his most famous book. A true account of a multiple murder and its consequences. Light offset on endpapers, otherwise fine in white, printed dust jacket with a few tiny chips and lightly soiled.

[Book #48850]       Price: $200.00
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MERRIVALE, MARCH AND MURDER. John Dickson Carr. MERRIVALE, MARCH AND MURDER.
New York: International Polygonics, Ltd. (1991). First edition. Includes previously unpublished material and the first book appearances of adventures of Colonel March and Sir Henry Merrivale, with an introduction by Douglas G. Greene. Fine in dust jacket. Scarcer than one would think for a recent book.

[Book #46066]       Price: $100.00
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THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK, and Other Poems and Verses. Lewis Carroll. THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK, and Other Poems and Verses.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1903. Illustrated by Peter Newell, first edition thus. Red pictorial cloth binding. Previous owner's gift inscription on front endpaper, otherwise very good with only minor wear to corners and spine ends.

[Book #48553]       Price: $175.00
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SYLVIE AND BRUNO CONCLUDED. Lewis Carroll. SYLVIE AND BRUNO CONCLUDED.
London: Macmillan & Co. 1893. First edition, first issue. All edges gilt. Foxing on frontispiece and title page, spine rubbing and wear to unprinted portion (from lettering down). Good to very good overall.

[Book #48551]       Price: $125.00
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USEFUL AND INSTRUCTIVE POETRY. Lewis Carroll. USEFUL AND INSTRUCTIVE POETRY.
London: Geoffrey Bles, (1954). First edition. Composed in 1845 when Carroll was thirteen for his younger brother and sister. Includes a few facsimile pages of text and reproductions of seven of the original illustrations. Light damp staining to boards and page top edges, otherwise very good in the original acetate dust jacket with printed paper front flap (small piece missing from head of spine and large piece missing from rear panel of acetate).

[Book #48546]       Price: $100.00
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Lewis Carroll. ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.
London: Macmillan, 1866. First edition to be published but technically the second British edition, as the exceedingly rare 1865 first edition was suppressed and only 22 copies are known to exist today. His classic tale of Alice's fall through the rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. The twists of logic throughout this tale have gained it lasting popularity with children and adults alike, and it is considered to be one of the best examples of the "literary nonsense" genre (Wikipedia). Finely, freshly bound in full, red goatskin with four raised spine bands; three gilt-stamped, green-leather spine labels (title, author & date); gilt and blind spine decorations, including gilt center stamps onlaid in green leather. Front and back covers each with inset panel of hand-colored, black-foil images stamped on cream-colored lambskin after Tenniel's original illustrations. Housed in clamshell box with quarter-red-goatskin rounded spine, raised spine bands, center stamps, leather spine labels, and red linen cloth; box lined with red velvet. Binding and case by Dragonfly Bindery/StudioBinding; design executed by Patricia & George Sargent. Frontis tissue darkened and scattered light foxing throughout otherwise the interior is in very good condition. The binding is fine. FINELY, FRESHLY BOUND IN FULL LEATHER.

[Book #54361]       Price: $12,500.00
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CATHEDRAL: Stories. Raymond Carver. CATHEDRAL: Stories.
New York: Knopf, 1983. First edition. His third collection of short stories and the first to bring him critical acclaim, SIGNED on title page above his printed name and dated 10/31/83. Bright and fine in fine dust jacket with the barest of minor wear. SIGNED IN YEAR OF PUBLICATION.

[Book #54615]       Price: $400.00
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WHERE I'M CALLING FROM: New and Selected Stories. Raymond Carver. WHERE I'M CALLING FROM: New and Selected Stories.
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1987). First edition. Presumed review copy with photograph and publisher's letter laid in. Doris Grumbach's copy with her initials in pencil at bottom of first blank. Includes the first book appearance of 7 stories and some revisions and title changes on 30 others. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #30778]       Price: $125.00
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THE AFRICAN WITCH. Joyce Cary. THE AFRICAN WITCH.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1936. First edition of his third book, a novel set in West Africa. Small tasteful bookplate on front pastedown under flap, of "Claude" (Smith) a cartoonist for The New Yorker, Playboy, et al. Top front cover a little bumped, otherwise the black cloth and spine gilt lettering is near fine, in a very good or better typical yellow, lightly soiled, Gollancz dust jacket with one small closed tear.

[Book #35502]       Price: $200.00
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AISSA SAVED. Joyce Cary. AISSA SAVED.
London: Ernest Benn Ltd. (1932). First edition. Author's very scarce second book. Light edge rubbing, otherwise near fine, lacking dust jacket, but scarce either way.

[Book #29673]       Price: $200.00
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED. Raymond Chandler. TYPED LETTER SIGNED.
(La Jolla: circa 1958). Undated TYPED LETTER SIGNED "RAY." To the British mystery writer who was Chandler's London solicitor, friend and frequent correspondent, Michael Gilbert, on 6 x 9" off-white paper with return address of the small cottage rented by Chandler near the end of his life at 824 Prospect Street in La Jolla. A short but quite interesting letter mentioning Kay West (who was briefly the main beneficiary of his will; the will itself (which was contested after his death); the Bahama company he formed on Gilbert's advice (presumably to ameliorate his British tax issues); and his desire to again become a resident of Great Britain. The letter closes with, "Please pour some oil on this [sic] troubled waters. Yours affectionately, Ray." Creased where folded to thirds for mailing otherwise fine. "YOURS AFFFECTIONATELY, RAY"

[Book #54900]       Price: $3,500.00
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THE LIFE OF THE PARTY. Irvin S. Cobb. THE LIFE OF THE PARTY.
New York: George H. Doran Company, (1919). First edition. Fine in dust jacket, which is lightly aged or soiled.

[Book #41263]       Price: $100.00
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QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems. Billy Collins. QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems.
New York: William Morrow, (1991). First edition. THE ELUSIVE HARDCOVER ISSUE -- SIGNED on the title page by Collins and dated "Jan 1992." The book was issued simultaneously in softcover and even that issue is scarce. An early selection of poems from the eventual Poet Laureate, exhibiting his usual wry, probing humor. Selected from his many magazine appearances by poet Edward Hirsch for The National Poetry series. Fine in crisp, fine dust jacket with only the faintest crease to rear panel. SCARCE SIGNED HARDCOVER ISSUE.

[Book #53538]       Price: $1,250.00
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THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea. Joseph Conrad. THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea.
London: Heinemann, 1898. First UK edition of his third book. A novella written in 1896 partly based on his experiences of a voyage from Bombay to London. This edition preceded in 1897 by the U.S. edition published under the title, CHILDREN OF THE SEA. (To muddy things up a bit: Heinemann issued 8 copies for copyright prior to release of the U.S. edition, but the actual publication of this UK edition came after that of the U.S.) The novella was serialized in London in The New Review under the title "The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’; a Tale of the Forecastle" from August 1897 to December 1897. Dodd, Mead changed the title to CHILDREN OF THE SEA for U.S. publication, reportedly not because they deemed the word "nigger" offensive, but because they feared a book about a black man would not sell. However, the novella was serialized across the U.S. in periodicals 9 times in 1897 under its original name. (The word remains offensive, still it’s nice to know a story about a black man was apparently well-received.) Conrad’s preface, considered one of his most significant pieces of non-fiction writing, begins with his oft-quoted line, "A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line." Issued in three bindings, this one being the third, with a 32-page catalog bound in at end headed by Harold Frederick’s ILLUMINATION. There were only 1,519 copies in total. Spine a little darkened, spine ends and corners showing some wear, and the cheap-paper endpapers show a little offset from the binding and two small chips to front edge. Still a solid, tight, copy that is otherwise very good. BASED PARTLY ON HIS VOYAGE FROM BOMBAY TO LONDON.

[Book #53745]       Price: $500.00
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THE SHADOW LINE: A Confession. Joseph Conrad. THE SHADOW LINE: A Confession.
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. (1917). First edition. The hero of this short novel "is a young captain who grows mature in the experience of taking his sailing ship through a difficult calm." Touch of foxing to page edges,gilt spine lettering very slightly dulled, otherwise near fine. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #53772]       Price: $250.00
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THE TABLE: How to Buy Food, How to Cook It, and How to Serve It. Cookbook, Alessandro Filippini. THE TABLE: How to Buy Food, How to Cook It, and How to Serve It.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1889. First edition. Portrait frontispiece. Off-white cloth boards with green titles, and green page edges. Good-only with covers uniformly soiled, small chips to endpapers, pages aged, and pages 203-206 missing from center of book (appear to have been fish recipes between Fried Codfish-tongues and Oyster-crabs a la Poulette).

[Book #52547]       Price: $75.00
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THE SPARROWGRASS PAPERS: Or, Living in the Country. Frederic S. Cozzens. THE SPARROWGRASS PAPERS: Or, Living in the Country.
New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. First edition, first state [BAL 3998]. Some staining to page edges and margins of a few leaves, bookplate on front pastedown, spine rolled and ends worn away, otherwise about very good.

[Book #24837]       Price: $75.00
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THE SCIENCE OF MODERN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: In 30 volumes. Samuel Crowther, , Irving Fisher Nelson Rockefeller. THE SCIENCE OF MODERN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: In 30 volumes.
New York: P. F. Collier & Son, (1923). Presumed second edition of this set of 30 booklets, each on a different subject (oftentimes on more than one) and by various authors, including Rockefeller on "Human Relations" and Fisher on "The Currency." Each essay prefaced by brief contributor's biography. Slim, "leatherette"-styled green, stapled paperwraps lettered on front in white. Lettering flaking on several volumes though wholly legible with the exception of volume 15 ("Small Profits," "Keeping Check," and "Credit Service," by J. Ogden Armour, Robert Alexander Long, and H. Uehlinger, respectively). Otherwise overall in very good condition with tears to covers of volumes one and eight internally mended with archival tape. In serviceable slipcase with "cap," which serves as a table of contents, still present.

[Book #52784]       Price: $125.00
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SENOR VIVO AND THE COCA LORD. Louis de Bernieres. SENOR VIVO AND THE COCA LORD.
London: Secker & Warburg, (1991). First edition of the critically acclaimed author's second book. SIGNED and dated 1991 on title page, Small name at top of blue endpaper and date on verso; acidic paper a little browned, otherwise crisp and fine in bright, fine dust jacket.

[Book #49452]       Price: $150.00
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END ZONE. Don DeLillo. END ZONE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972. First edition of his second book. Football as metaphor for nuclear war? Colored top page edges have few small marks, front page edges have a few small soiled spots, otherwise fine in black dust jacket with the black a little rubbed on corners and spine ends, which is normal, and two small pieces of tape behind the top and bottom of spine.

[Book #32724]       Price: $125.00
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THE SHARK AT THE WINDOW -- (for my brother's marriage). James Dickey. THE SHARK AT THE WINDOW -- (for my brother's marriage).
[Winston Salem]: Palaemon Press, [circa 1970s]. First edition. Palaemon Broadside Number Six. 13 x 20" broadside suitable for framing. Prints the first poem of Dickey's to appear in print (in 1951 in The Sewanee Review) with illustration in red by Robert Dance of a long-haired woman at a window by the sea. Number 30 of 100 numbered copies SIGNED BY DICKEY. Fine.

[Book #54608]       Price: $125.00
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THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER. A. Conan Doyle. THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER.
London: Ward & Downey Ltd. 1895. An early UK reprint. Very good with hinge starting, spine ends and corners bumped, spine somewhat sloped, two marks of soiling on rear cover, and light overall rubbing, with rubbing more heavy along the edges and corners.

[Book #51559]       Price: $150.00
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REBECCA. Daphne Du Maurier. REBECCA.
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1938. First American edition. SIGNED by author on publisher's tipped-in page. The author's most famous book. Made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 with Joan Fontaine, Laurence Oliver, George Sanders, and Judith Anderson. Hitchcock's first American project, which won two Academy Awards, including Best Picture, out of a total of 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles. Darkening near hinges on pastedowns from binding glue, otherwise about fine in good or better dust jacket with edge wear and chipping at corners and one large chip from bottom rear spine corner affecting publisher's name on spine and small portion of advertisement on rear panel (price on the last book advertised). HER MOST FAMOUS BOOK, SIGNED.

[Book #52775]       Price: $1,750.00
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THE BOOKMAN'S PROMISE. A Cliff Janeway Novel. John Dunning. THE BOOKMAN'S PROMISE. A Cliff Janeway Novel.
New York: Scribner, (2004). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Patsy, best regards. Sorry you missed the party. The fun began when the lights went out. John Dunning 4-3-04." With bookmark from the signing event (at Quill & Brush) laid in. The third book in the Cliff Janeway series by this award-winning writer. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #52349]       Price: $50.00
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THE LAST BOOK OF WONDER. Lord Dunsany. THE LAST BOOK OF WONDER.
S. H. Sime. Boston: John W. Luce & Company, 1916. First edition. Illustrated by S. H. Sime. About very good with spine showing wear but boards in nice shape, ink notation on front endpaper offset to pastedown, and some darkening of pages edges. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51972]       Price: $100.00
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