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SOMEBODY IN BOOTS. Nelson Algren. SOMEBODY IN BOOTS.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1935). First edition of the author's first book. Based on his experiences living in Texas during the Great Depression. The title refers to someone with authority--namely bosses and police; poor folk and the powerless just wore shoes or went barefoot. Minor binding-glue bleed-through near inner hinges (which is common) otherwise a very good or better, nice clean copy with only the barest wear to the covers and with the brown top stain still very good. Lacking the original dust jacket but offered in a facsimile one. HIS FIRST BOOK.

[Book #53567]       Price: $750.00
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NIXON: Volumes One and Two; The Education of a Politician 1913-1962 | The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972. Stephen E. Ambrose, Richard M. Nixon. NIXON: Volumes One and Two; The Education of a Politician 1913-1962 | The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1989). First edition. Two volumes: first printing of volume two, second printing of volume one. BOTH VOLUMES INSCRIBED BY AMBROSE. The first two volumes in Ambrose's Nixon trilogy. Illustrated with photos. Volume one: Slight lean at top of spine still very good to fine in bright, near fine dust jacket. Volume two: Spine ends and corners lightly bumped, boards gently edge rubbed, barely perceptible nick midway in rear board, and very faint offset on the pastedowns from the dust jacket, otherwise fine in near fine dust jacket with some sunning and light shelf wear, and edges barely rubbed and creased. A nice set and uncommon inscribed.

[Book #47542]       Price: $450.00
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"THE LOST NOVEL": In Scribner's Magazine, Volume LXXXIV, No. 3. Sherwood Anderson. "THE LOST NOVEL": In Scribner's Magazine, Volume LXXXIV, No. 3.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, September, 1928. First edition. First appearance of this story by Sherwood Anderson. Paperwraps lightly worn on overhanging edges, front cover splitting at hinge (about 5"), otherwise very good.

[Book #52937]       Price: $50.00
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SOME TREES. John Ashbery. SOME TREES.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1956. First edition of the poet's first regularly published book. In the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with a foreword by W.H. Auden. Award-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on front endpaper. The book is fine in near fine dust jacket with shallow chip at head of spine, one small unobtrusive tear, and tanning at spine and folds and top edges. POET ANTHONY HECHT'S COPY.

[Book #53616]       Price: $750.00
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NONES. W. H. Auden. NONES.
London: Faber & Faber, (1952). First UK edition. Small name on front endpaper, offsets near inner hinges and the barest wear on corners, otherwise fine in near fine dust jacket with spine very slightly faded and one small closed tear. Very nice and bright.

[Book #36313]       Price: $125.00
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THE UNITED STATES: With an Excursion into Mexico. Karl Baedeker. THE UNITED STATES: With an Excursion into Mexico
Leipsic: Karl Baedeker, 1899. Second revised edition. This title -- the first Baedeker originally written in English -- was first published in 1893. Includes nineteen colored maps and twenty-four plans (many folding and two-page). In near fine condition with only the barest wear to red cloth boards and gold lettering on front and spine.

[Book #52384]       Price: $450.00
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THE WASP FACTORY. Iain Banks. THE WASP FACTORY.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1984. First U.S. edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK -- SIGNED by Banks. Written from the first-person perspective of a sixteen-year-old describing his childhood, which included deaths within his family. Fine in dust jacket with only the barest wear on the spine ends.

[Book #52515]       Price: $450.00
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THE VIEW FROM A BLIND I. George Barker. THE VIEW FROM A BLIND I.
London: Faber & Faber, (1962). First edition. INSCRIBED on the title page by the author in 1964. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket very lightly soiled on back cover and with one tiny closed tear.

[Book #43110]       Price: $60.00
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TRACK OF THE CAT. Nevada Barr. TRACK OF THE CAT.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1993). Book Club edition of her second book. SIGNED on the title page with a quote from the book, "There hadn't been a god for a good many years." Spine ends lightly bumped, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

[Book #47417]       Price: $50.00
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WAR IN HEAVEN. Philip Barry. WAR IN HEAVEN.
New York: Coward-McCann, (1938). First edition. A novel by the playwright most famous for his plays "Holiday" (1928) and "The Philadelphia Story" (1939), which were both made into films starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant (Wiki). Rough, light-brown cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on front and spine. Endpapers a little darkened and lightly foxed, spine and top edge slightly toned, still very good in good or better dust jacket which nicks, tears and large chips affecting only the margins (not affecting the lettering or author photo on the back).

[Book #41774]       Price: $60.00
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GILES GOAT-BOY. John Barth. GILES GOAT-BOY.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1966. First edition with "H18" on last page. "With compliments of Doubleday & Company, Inc." stamped on front pastedown. Very good or better in dust jacket with a faint small green spot and one long closed tear (mended on verso with tape) on front, some soiling on back panel and minor edge wear.

[Book #45579]       Price: $60.00
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THE WASHINGTON SQUARE ENSEMBLE. Madison Smartt Bell. THE WASHINGTON SQUARE ENSEMBLE.
New York: Viking Press, 1983. First edition. His first novel. SIGNED by Bell on the title page. Near fine in dust jacket with barest shelf wear to edges.

[Book #48503]       Price: $125.00
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NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES. John Betjeman. NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES.
London: John Murray, 1945. First edition. Light edge rubbing, names and dates on front free endpaper, some bubbling to pastedowns near hinges and light offset to free endpapers near hinges, otherwise very good or better in lightly soiled dust jacket with tanned spine, shallow chipping to spine ends (not affecting any lettering) and a few small closed edge tears. An attractive copy, despite the noted flaws.

[Book #34921]       Price: $125.00
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THE LOOKING GLASS. A Philadelphia Comedy in Five Acts. Robert Montgomery Bird. THE LOOKING GLASS. A Philadelphia Comedy in Five Acts.
New York: The Colophon, 1933. First edition. One of 465 copies, edited and with an introduction by Arthur Bobson Quinn. Faint, unavoidable offset to endpapers, otherwise fine in dust jacket with small spot on front panel and tiny hole in rear panel. A beautifel copy.

[Book #33657]       Price: $50.00
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THE TOWERS OF LOVE. Stephen Birmingham. THE TOWERS OF LOVE.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1961). First edition of his third book. INSCRIBED (3 times) "For Meg Balcom with warmest good wishes from Bill Steers and me author, Stephen Birmingham." Again on front endpaper, " '61 Nancy and Roger. Here I am again. Stephen Birmingham '89." And again on back endpaper, "For Meg Balcom With warmest good wishes from Hannah and Bill Steers, and from me. Stephen Birmingham '61." Fine in dust jacket with very minor wear on corners and spine ends. INSCRIBED THRICE.

[Book #34775]       Price: $100.00
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THE COLOPHON: A Quarterly for Bookmen, New Series. Books on Books. THE COLOPHON: A Quarterly for Bookmen, New Series.
New York: (Pynson Printers), 1935-1938. First edition. Volumes 1 to 3, each with 4 numbers, so 12 volumes total. Each is about fine with the barest wear in original glassine which may have occasional shallow chippping.

[Book #53117]       Price: $150.00
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LIFELINES: Selected Poems 1950-1999. Philip Booth. LIFELINES: Selected Poems 1950-1999.
(New York): Viking, (1999). First edition. INSCRIBED in the form of a poem to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht, "This lifetime/ of LIFELINES/ are for/ Tony,/ with thanks for/ the resurrected blurb,/ but most of all/ the mastery of/ his own lifelong/ works.../ Yrs, as ever,/ Philip/ Castine/ Late August/ 1999." Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #53751]       Price: $250.00
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THE SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Stories of Post-War Germany. Kay Boyle. THE SMOKING MOUNTAIN: Stories of Post-War Germany.
London: Faber and Faber, (1952). Two volumes of the first UK edition. One is INSCRIBED to her good friend Doris Grumbach, the novelist, essayist and critic, "Love to Doris - Kay." In what appears to us to be the first binding: light-red cloth with gold lettering. Chambers [A25c] calls for a burgundy cloth with black lettering. We've included a copy in the burgundy cloth (without a dust jacket). Both books are the same height but the lighter red one is 5-and-a-half inches wide, while the burgundy is about 5-and-an-eighth inches wide. It's evident that the original sheets were trimmed for the later, burgundy binding. The original dust jacket, intended for the lighter red binding, was obviously folded to fit the smaller burgundy book but fits much better on the lighter red one. Minor edgewear to cloth, dust jacket has a few small chips but otherwise very good to fine for both.

[Book #29768]       Price: $200.00
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IT TAKES ALL KINDS. Louis Bromfield. IT TAKES ALL KINDS.
New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publ. 1939. First edition. From the library of Chicago artist Arthur Johan Anderson with his bookplate on front pastedown. Three novels and two novelettes by Bromfield. Red cloth near fine in a very good dust jacket with rubbing, a few shallow chips and small closed tears.

[Book #30127]       Price: $60.00
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TELL THE PEOPLE: Talks with James Yen about the Mass Education Movement. Pearl Buck. TELL THE PEOPLE: Talks with James Yen about the Mass Education Movement.
New York: John Day Co. (1945). First edition of this scarce work of non-fiction by the Nobel Prize-winning Buck, who spent most of her younger years in China. James "Jimmy" Yen's work in China spawned a movement that continues to this day at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, which he founded in the 1960's. (John Hersey's THE CALL includes a slightly fictionalized portrait of Yen under the name "Johnny Wu.") Slender brick-red boards lettered in gilt on spine. Fine in near fine dust jacket with a few small nicks and tears.

[Book #54903]       Price: $200.00
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COCKFIGHTER JOURNAL: The Story of a Shooting. James Lee Burke, Charles Willeford, introduction. COCKFIGHTER JOURNAL: The Story of a Shooting.
Santa Barbara: Neville, 1989. First edition. By Charles Willeford, who died before he could sign the edition, with an introduction by Burke. An out-of-series, unlettered copy in the same binding as the 26 lettered ones, SIGNED BY BURKE. Fine as issued, in full black leather with lettering and design stamped in gold (the lettered copies were the only copies so bound).

[Book #54529]       Price: $500.00
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MASTER SKYLARK Or Will Shakespeare's Ward. Edgar White Burrill. MASTER SKYLARK Or Will Shakespeare's Ward.
New York: The Century Co. 1916. Later printing. "A dramatization from the story of the same name by John Bennett." Illustrations by Reginald B. Birch. INSCRIBED on front free endpaper "To Jeanie dear, to whom all that the dedication implies belongs, and more, much more. From "the author." Jan. 1916." Front endpapers very lightly offset, otherwise about fine in lightly soiled dust jacket with some chipping to spine ends (not affecting any lettering) and tips. Publisher's card laid in. Scarce.

[Book #33128]       Price: $125.00
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DECISION POINTS. George W. Bush. DECISION POINTS.
New York: Crown Publ. (2010). First edition. Special "Decision Points" BOOKPLATE SIGNED BY BUSH laid in along with a pre-printed card from the "Office of George W. Bush," thanking the recipient for his/her support, etc. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #51658]       Price: $250.00
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THE PROBLEM OF THE WIRE CAGE. John Dickson Carr. THE PROBLEM OF THE WIRE CAGE.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1939. First edition. A Gideon Fell mystery. Bright and fine in equally bright, very good dust jacket with rubbed edge creasing and tears. A scarce book, especially so in the jacket.

[Book #54756]       Price: $1,750.00
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Retold In Words of One Syllable. Lewis Carroll, Mrs. J. C. Gorham. ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Retold In Words of One Syllable.
New York: A. L. Burt Co. Publishers, (1905). First of this edition. One of a series of one-syllable books. Alice goes down the rabbit hole in a chase (words of more than one syllable are appropriately hyphenated throughout the book). Charming color frontispiece, all other illustrations in black and white. Few pages have minor print offset, light soiling to pictorial boards, small but noticeable stain to right front corner area, spine head has two very small holes, and heel is a bit rubbed. Otherwise, very good lacking dust jacket (if it had one). Scarce.

[Book #48755]       Price: $200.00
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