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HOUSE OF THIEVES. Kaui Hart Hemmings. HOUSE OF THIEVES.
New York: Penguin Press, 2005. First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, a book of short stories. The first story, "The Minor Wars," was expanded into the novel, THE DESCENDENTS, which was the basis for the Academy Award-winning movie of the same name starring George Clooney. Fine in dust jacket. Both this and THE DESCENDENTS are surprisingly scare.

[Book #50225]       Price: $125.00
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NEITHER HERE NOR THERE. Oliver Herford. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE.
New York: George H. Doran, (1922). First edition. "A mirror of frivolity," with short essays on "Leisure Class," "Bolshevism for Babies," the "Low Cost of Cabbing," "Are Cats People?," "Mr. Chesterton and the Soliloquy," etc. Normal offset line on endpapers, otherwise fine in dust jacket with minor chipping and one small V-shaped chip at bottom of spine which takes out the "or" in "Doran."

[Book #41265]       Price: $100.00
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HUMOROUS POEMS. Thomas Hood. HUMOROUS POEMS.
Charles E. Brock. London: Macmillan and Co. 1893. First trade edition, following a limited, large paper issue. Preface by Alfred Ainger and 130 illustrations by Charles E. Brock. Green cloth boards decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on front and spine, all edges gilt. Boards visible at corners and few small spots along edges, spine ends frayed, frontis tissue darkened, faint foxing throughout, previous owner's name opposite half-title page. An attractive little book.

[Book #52646]       Price: $100.00
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THE BLACKBIRDER. Dorothy B. Hughes. THE BLACKBIRDER.
New York: Duell, Sloane, Pearce, (1943). First edition. SIGNED by Hughes. Blackbirding is the coercion of people to work as labourers. From the 1860s, blackbirding ships in the Pacific sought workers to mine the guano deposits on the Chincha Islands in Peru. In the 1870s, the blackbirding trade focused on supplying labourers to plantations, particularly the sugar cane plantations of Queensland, Australia and the nation of Fiji. (Wikipedia). Continuing in the last and current centuries. The book is near fine and the dust jacket has some minor wear on edges but is bright. SIGNED BY HUGHES.

[Book #53180]       Price: $750.00
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WODWO. Ted Hughes. WODWO.
London: Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on the front endpaper. A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Hughes, "To Tony/ in Memoriam/ from Ted/ 13 July 1967." This was Hughes first book of poems after wife Sylvia Plath's death from suicide in 1963 -- we assume the "in Memoriam" is for her, as she and Hecht were very close friends, which is clearly indicated by her intimate letters to him. Plath and Hecht met while both were teaching at Smith College (1956-1962), where Hughes also taught. After Plath's death, Hughes and Hecht continued to be friends and each man went on to win numerous awards and to become the Poet Laureate of their country. Ted Hughes was known to greatly admired Hecht, calling him "one of the most accomplished of his extremely accomplished generation." The book is crisp and fine with only very minor wear; in a near fine, lightly age-toned dust jacket with slightly darkened spine and a few tiny nicks. An early, important association copy between two poets who went on to become highly esteemed in each other's countries as well as their own. IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

[Book #53612]       Price: $2,500.00
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THREE TRAPPED TIGERS. G. Cabrera Infante. THREE TRAPPED TIGERS.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1971). First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED on half-title page. Translated from the Cuban by Donald Gardner and Suzanne Jill Levine in collaboration with the author. Spine ends a little tender, top edge of boards slightly sunned, otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket.

[Book #25652]       Price: $150.00
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THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE. John Irving. THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE.
New York: E. P. Dutton, (1981). First edition of his fifth novel, SIGNED by Irving. Made into the 1984 film starring Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster. Tiny, very faint spot to front cover otherwise fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54430]       Price: $150.00
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JOYCE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH, PARIS, 1924. James Joyce. JOYCE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH, PARIS, 1924.
[Circa 1980s]. Black-and-white photograph printed sometime in the 70's or 80's judging by the Kodak stamping to verso. Appears to be from the same shoot as a photo of Joyce and family located in the Archive Photos of Getty Images. In the Getty Images photo the family is hatless, the men have removed their coats, and father and son flank mother and daughter; whereas in this photo the family dons hats and coats and Nora Barnacle (Joyce's partner and future wife) is seated with her family behind her. A much more attractive photo in our opinion. Fine.

[Book #54901]       Price: $125.00
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A GIFT OF TIME: A Play in Two Acts. Garson Kanin. A GIFT OF TIME: A Play in Two Acts.
New York: Random House, (1962). First edition. Adapted from the book DEATH OF A MAN by Lael Tucker Wertenbaker. Fine in lightly soiled dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs from the stage production starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.

[Book #33282]       Price: $50.00
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BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME. William Kennedy. BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME.
New York: Viking Press, (1978). First edition of the author's third book, the second novel in his "Albany Cycle." One of our favorites, of his books. Fine in black dust jacket with minor rubbing on corners and spine ends and two short closed tears.

[Book #42836]       Price: $125.00
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WHITE HOUSE YEARS, YEARS OF UPHEAVAL & YEARS OF RENEWAL. Henry Kissinger. WHITE HOUSE YEARS, YEARS OF UPHEAVAL & YEARS OF RENEWAL.
Boston / New York: Little, Brown / Simon & Schuster, (1979 / 1982 / 1999). First edition of each of the three equally massive volumes of his memoirs, the first of which won the National Book Award for History. Third volume SIGNED BY KISSINGER on title page. Kissinger, who won the Nobel Peace Prize then tried to return the award, has always been a controversial figure but is still sought out for his views. Each volume heavily illustrated with maps and photographs. All three with spines a little shaken as one might expect but each is still fine in fine dust jacket with the barest wear. THIRD VOLUME SIGNED BY KISSINGER.

[Book #54729]       Price: $750.00
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THE END OF THE FLIGHT. Burton Kline. THE END OF THE FLIGHT.
New York: The Macaulay Co. (1917). First edition. Near fine in aged and lightly soiled dust jacket with small, internal tape repair and a few shallow chips. Scarce in this condition.

[Book #40135]       Price: $100.00
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SEA AND SARDINIA. D. H. Lawrence. SEA AND SARDINIA.
Jan Juta. New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1921. First edition. Eight full-page color illustrations by Jan Juta. Back hinge starting, minor wear on board corners, cloth at spine somewhat soiled, altogether very good, lacking dust jacket.

[Book #50470]       Price: $200.00
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THE BOUNTY HUNTERS. Elmore Leonard. THE BOUNTY HUNTERS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. First edition of his first book -- the scarce hard cover issue, one of only 1,000 copies. Charged with bringing in an old Apache war chief, our hero encounters ruthless bounty hunters paid per Indian scalp who have expanded their bloody business to include poor Mexican farmers living just south of the Arizona territory border. Issued simultaneously with the Ballantine paperback (both are copyrighted 1953 but were issued in 1954). Very good to near fine with the spine ends a little shelf worn and pushed; in good to very good dust jacket with spine fading, overall light soiling, and professional repair (tape removed and a few chips filled in). SCARCE HARD COVER ISSUE OF HIS FIRST BOOK.

[Book #54586]       Price: $2,000.00
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ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION. Michael Z. Lewin. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION.
New York: Putnam's Sons, (1971). First edition. First mystery, preceded by HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS. Small soil spot on top edge, edge of the bottom front corner and front endpaper have small, light water stain, otherwise fine in dust jacket without any corresponding stain.

[Book #22038]       Price: $50.00
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MAIN STREET: The Story of Carol Kennicott. Sinclair Lewis. MAIN STREET: The Story of Carol Kennicott.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. First edition, first issue with perfect folio on page 54, and the "y" in "may" on page 387 (last line) perfect. Bookplate on front pastedown and some minor cover wear but still very good and better than most we've seen. Lacking dust jacket, but in a new FACSIMILE jacket. FIRST ISSUE.

[Book #48121]       Price: $600.00
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LINCOLN DAY BY DAY: A Chronology 1809-1865. Abraham Lincoln, Earl Schenck Miers, William E. Baringer. LINCOLN DAY BY DAY: A Chronology 1809-1865.
Washington: Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission, 1960. First edition. 3 volumes. Edited by Miers, Baringer, and C. Percy Powell. A chronology of Lincoln's day-to-day whereabouts and activities. Vol. I covering 1809-1848; vol. II, 1849-1860; and vol. III, 1861-1865; plus a comprehensive index. Volume one a little faded, still a near fine set. Presumed as issued, without dust jackets.

[Book #52343]       Price: $250.00
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WITNESSES OF THE TRUTH:. Paul Lindsay. WITNESSES OF THE TRUTH:
[New York: Random House, 1992]. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Proof with clear plastic front cover, black cloth spine, and cardboard back. 8 1/2 x 11". Near fine with light soiling and scratches to the back.

[Book #51429]       Price: $60.00
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THE CROSSROADS An Inner Sanctum Mystery. John D. MacDonald. THE CROSSROADS An Inner Sanctum Mystery.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959. First edition. A cheap production with corners and spine edges showing minor wear in a bright dust jacket shallow chipping on corners and spine ends.

[Book #40319]       Price: $75.00
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A TAN AND SANDY SILENCE. John D. MacDonald. A TAN AND SANDY SILENCE.
Philadelphia/New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, (1979). First U.S. hardbound edition, preceded by the 1972 paperback and a UK hardback in 1973. A Travis McGee Mystery. Very good with name stamp on front pastedown (under flap); in dust jacket with minor wear and creasing on corners and spine ends.

[Book #49832]       Price: $125.00
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PARROT & CO. Harold MacGrath. PARROT & CO.
Indianapolis: Bobbs- Merril Co. (1913). First edition. Color illustrations by Andre Castaigne and black-and-white illustrations by Arthur William Brown. MacGrath's 8th mystery, the basis for the 1921 silent film "Not Guilty." Fine, bright copy with just a hint of soiling on top edge; in bright, good or better, full wrap-around illustrated dust jacket (including flaps) with chipping on edges not affecting any lettering, and closed tear evident on spine which has been backed with clear archival tape.

[Book #54338]       Price: $250.00
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THE HAPPY MARRIAGE: and Other Poems. Archibald MacLeish. THE HAPPY MARRIAGE: and Other Poems.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1924. First edition. The unprinted spine is faded, otherwise near fine in a surprisingly nice, price clipped dust jacket (shallow chipping at head of spine; light soiling; one faint stain).

[Book #12420]       Price: $65.00
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THE TROJAN HORSE. Archibald MacLeish. THE TROJAN HORSE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1952. First edition. " A limited edition. Not for sale" and first print appearance of this play. THE TROJAN HORSE was first presented by the BBC and was later included in MacLeish's COLLECTED POEMS: 1917-1952 (for which he won the National Book Award for poetry in 1953). Glue residue to verso of dust jacket flaps and inside of covers (apparently typical) and to top edge of frontis picture and corresponding area of title page, otherwise bright and fine stapled paperwraps and very slightly soiled dust jacket.

[Book #33413]       Price: $50.00
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AN AMERICAN DREAM. Norman Mailer. AN AMERICAN DREAM.
New York: The Dial Press, 1965. First edition. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED, "To Adeline - In return for a long letter / Norman / Feb 1965." Spine unevenly faded, otherwise about very good in worn but still presentable 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 #49637]       Price: $350.00
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BARBARY SHORE. Norman Mailer. BARBARY SHORE.
New York: Rinehart, (1951). First edition. SIGNED by Mailer. His second book. Black boards show minor wear, otherwise very good or better; in very good black-and-green dust jacket with edge rubbing and minor chipping at corners and spine ends. Also noted in red and black, priority unknown.

[Book #49693]       Price: $200.00
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