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STUDIES IN STAGECRAFT. Clayton Hamilton. STUDIES IN STAGECRAFT.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1914). First edition. INSCRIBED to Hollywood producer and screenwriter Ralph Block - "To Ralph Block - flittings, flutterings, and floatings- from his fellow outcast Clayton Hamilton, to commemorate their year of common exile at the Goldwyn Studios, Culver City, California 1921-1922." Gilt spine lettering somewhat dulled (though quite legible) and spine ends and tips slightly rubbed, otherwise bright and about near fine lacking dust jacket. Nice association copy.

[Book #33449]       Price: $100.00
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THE CONTINENTAL OP. Dashiell Hammett, introduction, Ellery Queen. THE CONTINENTAL OP.
New York: Lawrence E. Spivak, 1945. First edition. Paperback original. Four stories from "Black Mask" magazine, two of which are first book appearances; introduction by Ellery Queen. Pages a little darkened and light shelf wear, otherwise fine.

[Book #52277]       Price: $125.00
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A PROTEGEE OF JACK HAMLIN'S. Bret Harte. A PROTEGEE OF JACK HAMLIN'S
New York: The Regnet Press, [1915]. A reprint, but relatively early and in a dust jacket. Originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1894. Touch of faint foxing to endpapers, otherwise bright and near fine in good or better somewhat soiled dust jacket with few shallow chips and short tears repaired/reinforced with tape on verso. EARLY DUST JACKET.

[Book #54460]       Price: $100.00
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THE DOOR STANDS OPEN: Czeslaw Milosz 1911-2004. Seamus Heaney. THE DOOR STANDS OPEN: Czeslaw Milosz 1911-2004.
Dublin: Irish Writers Center, 2005. First edition. Number 8 of 250 SIGNED numbered copies. Includes two poems and an essay written by Seamus Heaney in memory of Milosz. Designed by Pawel Tryzno and printed partially on Zanders Zeta paper and partially on handwoven paper by the Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland. The book has stainless steel covers and comes in a prepared mixed-media wrap featuring a silkscreen collage of articles published in Polish newspapers in the days following Milosz's death. Housed in an elaborate, folding, black-cardstock case with dripping black-ink design on one edge and author's name in silver on front. There were another 50 copies in the special deluxe edition in an even more intricate housing. Fine. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.

[Book #50591]       Price: $1,500.00
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BROKEN NECKS: More 1001 Afternoons in Chicago. Ben Hecht. BROKEN NECKS: More 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1926. First edition. More stories from Hecht's early days as a reporter on the Chicago Daily News, a continuation of sorts of his first book,1001 AFTERNOONS IN CHICAGO (1922). Hecht was known for his chronicles of high and low life in Chicago, New York and Hollywood in novels, short stories, plays and a stream of memoirs, as well as for his award-winning work as a screenwriter (he won the very first Academy Award for original screenplay for "Underworld" in 1927 and worked on the screenplays for many classics). Octavo patterned-cloth boards; black cloth spine stamped in green; top edge appears to have been green (now faded). Spine a bit dulled otherwise very good to near fine; in good to very good dust jacket with significant chipping to spine ends, though not affecting any lettering. A scarce book that is scarce to rare in jacket.

[Book #54682]       Price: $450.00
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THE GREAT MAGOO. Ben. Fowler Hecht, Gene. THE GREAT MAGOO.
Rosse, Herman. (New York: Covici Freide, 1933). First edition. A play in three acts and 8 scenes by Ben Hecht and Gene Fowler, with decorations in full color by Herman Rosse. Light shelfwear, otherwise near fine in dust jacket with light edge rubbing, a 3/4" by 1/4" chip in upper front panel (affecting the "E" and G" in title), slight tanning to edges of flaps and shallow chipping to spine ends and tips. Still, a bright, attractive copy.

[Book #34054]       Price: $125.00
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TWO SIGNED CHECKS: ONE SIGNED BY ERNEST, THE OTHER BY PAULINE: MATTED AND FRAMED TOGETHER WITH A PHOTOGRAPH. Ernest Hemingway, Pauline. TWO SIGNED CHECKS: ONE SIGNED BY ERNEST, THE OTHER BY PAULINE: MATTED AND FRAMED TOGETHER WITH A PHOTOGRAPH.
Check No. 62 for $200, in Hemingway's hand and signed by him, drawn on The National City Bank of New York, September 14 1932, and made payable to Sarah E. Dousman. The online Guide to the Ernest Hemingway Collection at The John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA, records an undated 4-page letter from Dousman in Red Lodge, MT, to Pauline, but does not elucidate its contents or her relationship to the Hemingways. However, the main character, Robert Jordan, in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS hails from Red Lodge, which was a favorite vacation spot of Hemingway's, so perhaps they knew each other (or conducted business) during his visits there. Together with Check No. 176 for $100 made out to "Cash" on May 22 1933 and signed by Pauline. Matted and framed together with a copy of the well-known AP images of Hemingway arriving in New York on an oceanliner in 1934 with "(second wife) Pauline 'Fife' Pfeiffer." Checks are approximately 2.5 x 6.5"; photo is approximately 6 x 6" and frame is approximately 12.5 x 21". Altogether near fine.

[Book #53856]       Price: $3,500.00
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MEN WITHOUT WOMEN. Ernest Hemingway. MEN WITHOUT WOMEN.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1927. First edition, second printing weighing 13.6 oz. Grissom believes the perfect "3" is more likely indicative of earlier copies than the weight, and this copy has the "3" bruised at bottom. Very good with bookplate on pastedown, light offset to rear endpaper, spine label chipped on edges, and rubbing to the cover, particularly at the spine ends and corners, where the cloth binding has frayed slightly. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51565]       Price: $150.00
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AN O. HENRY OLIO: Being a privately assembled and bound collection of stories. O. Henry, Zona Gale Lawrence Gilman. AN O. HENRY OLIO: Being a privately assembled and bound collection of stories.
No-place: No-publisher, No-date. First edition thus, a personal assemblage of short stories mostly from "Everybody's Magazine." Thirteen in all: 11 by O. Henry and one each by Gilman ("Modern Masters of Music") and Gale ("The Return of Endymion"). O. Henry stories included are "The Sphinx Apple," "The Fifth Wheel," "The Halberdier of the Reinschloss," "The Fourth in Salvador," "Tobins Palm," "Phoebe," "The Caballero's Way," "A Night in New Arabia," "The Rose of Dixie," "Holding Up a Train," and "Hearts and Crosses." Unprinted small 4to orange paper boards; handwritten title page. Near fine.

[Book #54976]       Price: $125.00
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LOST HORIZON. James Hilton. LOST HORIZON.
New York: William Morrow & Co. 1933. First U.S. edition. Basis for the Frank Capra 1937 Academy Award-winning film of the same name starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt and H. B. Warner. Spine a bit rumpled and gilt lettering dulled otherwise good to very good, lacking the rare dust jacket. Housed in custom cloth slipcase reproducing the spine and front panel of the original dust jacket. A scarce book.

[Book #54940]       Price: $600.00
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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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A SON OF THE CIRCUS. John Irving. A SON OF THE CIRCUS.
Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1994. First edition. SIGNED limited edition published for members of "The Signed First Edition Society" that precedes the first trade edition. Includes an introductory "special message for the first edition" by Irving. One of an undisclosed number of copies. Fine as issued in full red leather, gilt-decorated boards with raised spine bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, and ribbon place marker.

[Book #54435]       Price: $100.00
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ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55. Elisha Kent Kane. ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.
Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1856. First edition. Two volumes. "Illustrated by upwards of 300 engravings, from sketches by the author." Folding map in each volume. Ex-library with typical markings on spine and endpapers. Cloth at spine ends chipped still a good, solid set.

[Book #52669]       Price: $275.00
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AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead. Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead.
Toledo, Ohio: March 5, 1998. First edition. On 5 3/4 x 7 1/4" notepaper with letterhead of the Editorial Department, "You write a fine letter .... It amazes me that Nancy Drew remains so popular. Sincerely, Mildred W. Benson (Carolyn Keene)." Benson, the acknowledged creator of Nancy Drew, wrote 23 of the first 30 books beginning in 1930 with THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK. Much like the enduring character she brought life to, she was an adventurer who, in addition to being a writer and journalist, was a pilot and amateur archaeologist. Over the course of her career Benson wrote 112 additional children's books and numerous short stories, and her career in journalism spanned 58 years -- first at the Toledo Times and then at the Toledo Blade, where she continued to write a column until she passed away in 2002 at the age of 96. Light creases, stray pen marks on verso, otherwise fine. Includes original mailing envelope addressed by Benson. Letters such as this one, wholly in Benson's own hand, are quite scarce. HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE CREATOR OF NANCY DREW.

[Book #54816]       Price: $1,250.00
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED. Helen Keller. TYPED LETTER SIGNED.
New York, 1944. One full page, typed letter on Helen Keller's personal stationery; addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Hanson and dated June 24, 1944. The letter, soliciting donations for financial support for the American Foundation for the Blind, is SIGNED in ink in Keller's hand. At the time, Keller had been working for the AFB for twenty years (as she states in the letter). The letter describes the experience of being without sight and extols the virtues of the organization. Lightly creased where previously folded in quarters, otherwise fine.

[Book #49509]       Price: $500.00
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RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM: The Astronomer-Poet of Persia. Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald. RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM: The Astronomer-Poet of Persia.
Elihu Vedder. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1894. Third printing, the smaller, octavo issue. This edition is illustrated by Elihu Vedder, whose visual interpretation of the Rubaiyat is highly regarded. The first printing was a folio, limited issue in 1884 of 100 copies signed by Vedder; followed by a trade edition in quarto in 1886. There were two issues of this 1894 printing; one in folio and this one in octavo (measuring approximately 6.25 x 8.5"). Brown, beveled, decorated-cloth boards; top edge gilt. Nice production with elaborate gilt cover design, decorated endpapers, and plates printed on joined leaves. A fine copy with only very minor rubbing on corners. "A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, / A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread -- and Thou"

[Book #54752]       Price: $450.00
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YOUNGBLOOD. John O. Killens. YOUNGBLOOD.
London: Bodley Head, (1956). First UK edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. An advance proof, very good in plain brown wraps. A rare item.

[Book #2028]       Price: $75.00
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INDEPENDENCE: Rectorial Address delivered at St. Andrews, October 10, 1923. Rudyard Kipling. INDEPENDENCE: Rectorial Address delivered at St. Andrews, October 10, 1923.
London: Macmillan and Co. 1923. First edition. Near fine with light soiling.

[Book #29217]       Price: $60.00
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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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OSIRIS CHIERICO. Naum Knop. OSIRIS CHIERICO.
Buenos Aires: Ediciones de Arte Gaglianone, 1987. First edition. With a full-page INSCRIPTION from Knop on front endpaper, dated 2-2-89 Washington. One of 1,500 numbered copies (of a total of 1,700). The work of the Argentine artist, with numerous illustratrations, mostly in black and white, but with some in color. Includes several essays in Spanish and English with biographical information. 183 pages, a large quarto. About fine in black cloth and original pictorial dust jacket.

[Book #53116]       Price: $150.00
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LONGFIELD: The House on the Neck. Josephine Gibson Knowlton. LONGFIELD: The House on the Neck.
(Providence, RI): Self-published, (1956). First edition. An historical look at the families of Abby and Mark Anthony D'Wolf and their "Longfield" house. Illustrated with 82 black-and-white photographic plates in addition to 2 portraits. Dark green cloth boards, lettering and decoration in gilt, with front cover design of a four-quarter coat of arms representing Gibson D'Wolf and Hastings Marston; endpapers with a picturesque harbor view of the town of Bristol from a watercolor by Louisa M. (Gibson) Pratt. Dust jacket is illustrated with a photograph of the house on the front panel and has printed flaps but is otherwise plain white (unprinted). Very good to near fine with cover showing only the barest wear to the spine ends, back lower corner slightly bumped, previous owner's name at head of endpaper and bookplate on fly-leaf. Interior pages are clear and bright. Dust jacket good-only due to pieces missing along the top edge of the front and spine but otherwise relatively bright and clean.

[Book #52629]       Price: $200.00
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THE VIRGIN AND THE GIPSY. D. H. Lawrence. THE VIRGIN AND THE GIPSY.
Florence: G. Orioli, 1930. First edition, a limited issue preceding the UK. Number 446 of 810 copies; printed on Binda hand-made paper. Cream paper-covered boards, phoenix stamped in orange on the front; paper spine label printed in orange. Faint damp stain to base of spine, top edge rear board bumped; otherwise near fine with spare spine label tipped in at rear. In pale-green dust jacket toned to tan, as usually seen. Lower corners of jacket nicked and few small, internal archival tape repairs; otherwise near fine. [Roberts A54].

[Book #32377]       Price: $250.00
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SIDEWISE IN TIME: And Other Scientific Adventures. Murray Leinster. SIDEWISE IN TIME: And Other Scientific Adventures.
Chicago: Shasta Publishers, 1950. First edition. His second story collection. SIGNED by the author as Leinster, and with his real name, William F[itzgerald] Jenkins. Leinster is credited with the invention of parallel universe stories, such as this collection's title story, which first appeared in 1934 in Astounding Stories magazine. Hinges a little darkened, still fine in lightly soiled dust jacket, slightly tanned at spine, and nicked at spine ends and corners.

[Book #49173]       Price: $300.00
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SPLIT IMAGES. Elmore Leonard. SPLIT IMAGES.
New York: Arbor House, (1981). First editon. SIGNED by author. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54438]       Price: $100.00
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REVISED SCREENPLAY FOR THE MOVIE "THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL": Photocopy in Pressbound Report Covers. Ira Levin, Heywood Gould. REVISED SCREENPLAY FOR THE MOVIE "THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL": Photocopy in Pressbound Report Covers.
1977. "Final Draft 10/1/77." This 1978 British-American thriller directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier was nominated for three Academy Awards. 127 pages, printed on rectos only; clasp bound with black card covers. Title handwritten on "spine" (left page edges). "Decrepitude" in green ink on verso of last leaf, otherwise very good to near fine.

[Book #52896]       Price: $60.00
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