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MAIDSTONE. Norman Mailer. MAIDSTONE.
(New York): New American Library/Signet, (1971). First edition. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman, who played the role of the president of a women's college in the film. Though it does not appear to be in Mailer's handwriting, this particular copy was presumably sent at his request and is inscribed simply, "With apologies, Norman." The complete screenplay, with still photographs from the film, descriptions of the filming and an essay by Mailer, who was the author, director and star of the film. A paperback original in glossy pictorial wraps showing some cover wear but still about very good. 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).

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NORMAN MAILER'S LETTERS ON AN AMERICAN DREAM, 1963-1969. Norman Mailer, Michael Lennon. NORMAN MAILER'S LETTERS ON AN AMERICAN DREAM, 1963-1969.
(Shavertown, Pennsylvania): Sligo Press, 2004. First edition. One of 110 numbered copies SIGNED by Mailer and Lennon, of which 10 were hors commerce. An additional forty copies were issued for presentation. A selection of letters on the book AN AMERICAN DREAM and his decision to publish it in eight installments in "Esquire" magazine. 124 pages including index. IIlustrated with photographs of Mailer and various AN AMERICAN DREAM items (book covers, movie posters, magazine covers, etc.). Blue cloth cover stamped in silver. Issued without dust jacket. Nice production. Fine.

[Book #47966]       Price: $150.00
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THE WATER ENGINE: AN AMERICAN FABLE and MR. HAPPINESS. David Mamet. THE WATER ENGINE: AN AMERICAN FABLE and MR. HAPPINESS.
New York: Grove Press, (1978). First edition, the simultaneous hardcover issue which was published in a small printing. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #24735]       Price: $100.00
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THE FIFTH CHILD: A Modern Romance. Klaus Mann. THE FIFTH CHILD: A Modern Romance.
New York: Boni and Liveright, (1927). First American edition. His first book to be translated into English. Translated by Lambert Armour Shears. Klaus was the son of Thomas Mann. An opponent of fascism, he was one of the first German writers to go into exile. He went on to become one of the most versatile and productive members of his generation of writers, eventually making his home here in the U.S. There are two tiny spots at the bottom of the spine where the cloth is worn through, otherwise the book is very good to fine in a lightly spine-tanned dust jacket with small chips and tears and split at front spine fold, but still attractive. Boni & Liveright promotional 4-page leaflet with some edgewear laid in. A scarce book.

[Book #33589]       Price: $350.00
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SOMETHING CHILDISH: and Other Stories. Katherine Mansfield. SOMETHING CHILDISH: and Other Stories.
London: Constable & Co Ltd. (1924). First edition, second issue (the first is very rare) with "First published, 1924" on copyright page. Light offset to endpapers, minor soiling to page edges, touch of rubbing to spine ends and corners, small crease on front bottom edge, otherwise very good to near fine, in dust jacket with panels and flaps in very good condition, but spine somewhat darkend and rubbed, with closed tear along front spine fold, and a few chips; still, tight and complete.

[Book #48790]       Price: $75.00
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THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir. John P. Marquand. THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 1937. First edition of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. INSCRIBED, "For Henry T. Brown Jr with kindest regards, John P. Marquand." Also includes two typed letters to Brown signed by Marquand: one saying he can send the books, and one apologizing for getting his name wrong. Brown, a famous book collector, always went by H. Tatnall Brown. The letters are tipped to the endpaper and verso of half-title page (across from title page). First printing, with "Lovely Pearl" on the first line of page 19, as we think it is in all first printings (changed to "Pretty Pearl" in later printings, as outlined in the current edition of our Collected Books). Faint vertical lines on some pages, as usual for this title, otherwise very good to fine in dust jacket with small professional repair at top of spine and to a few tiny chips. A very nice copy of an unaccountably scarce book, and particularly so with what would appear to be an early inscription, as both letters are dated in April 1939. SCARCE CONTEMPORARILY INSCRIBED COPY.

[Book #52671]       Price: $3,500.00
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COLLECTING RARE BOOKS FOR PLEASURE AND PROFIT. Jack Matthews. COLLECTING RARE BOOKS FOR PLEASURE AND PROFIT.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1977). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by author in 1980. Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities and minor age darkening to rear cover.

[Book #45425]       Price: $100.00
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THE SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE: The Many-Colored Land (1981); The Golden Torc (1982); The Nonborn King (1983); The Adversary (1984); and A Pliocene Companion: Being A Reader's Guide (1984). Julian May. THE SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE: The Many-Colored Land (1981); The Golden Torc (1982); The Nonborn King (1983); The Adversary (1984); and A Pliocene Companion: Being A Reader's Guide (1984).
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1981 - 1984. First edition of each volume, a LIMITED ISSUE housed together IN PUBLISHER'S SLIPCASE. Number 262 of 500 sets, each volume SIGNED BY MAY in green ink on a tipped-in colophon page. This four-volume "Saga of the Exiles" (as it's known in the UK) was May's first fiction written for adults to be published under her own name. The narrative surrounds the adventures of a group of outcasts on a one-way trip to the Pliocene Epoch for, they hope, a utopian escape from the complexity and politics of their present-day intergalactic society (Wikipedia). The companion volume includes a glossary, descriptions of the characters, maps, a chronology, and three interviews with the author. The books are all crisp and fine in near fine to fine dust jackets with the barest wear. Slipcase shows light rubbing to corners and one edge but is otherwise fine. HER BEST-KNOWN SERIES.

[Book #54741]       Price: $350.00
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MAMA. Terry McMillan. MAMA.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1987. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket with minimal edgewear but yellow faded to white on spine, although red lettering still good.

[Book #30708]       Price: $125.00
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FILM FLAM. Essays on Hollywood. Larry McMurtry. FILM FLAM. Essays on Hollywood.
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1987). First edition. Uncorrected proof, fine in yellow paperwraps.

[Book #33594]       Price: $150.00
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IN A NARROW GRAVE: Essays on Texas. Larry McMurtry. IN A NARROW GRAVE: Essays on Texas.
Austin: Encino Press, 1968. First edition, second issue with "skyscrapers" p.105:12 versus "skycrapers" in the first issue. Reportedly all but 15 of the first issue were destroyed, although we think a higher number, maybe 30 to 50 actually exist. Essays on Texas, mainly west Texas where the author grew up. We've always liked this first book of essays which starts with "Here's HUD in Your Eye." We think the author is a very good essayist and would like to see more. Fine in dust jacket with tiny chips on corners and bottom spine edge, spine just barely rubbed and a few faint creases, otherwise close to fine.

[Book #41578]       Price: $600.00
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SOMEBODY'S DARLING. Larry McMurtry. SOMEBODY'S DARLING.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1978). First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Paul, My little Hollywood story L[arry]." Remainder "man" on bottom edge, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

[Book #46994]       Price: $150.00
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SELECTED POEMS OF HERMAN MELVILLE. Herman Melville, William Plomer. SELECTED POEMS OF HERMAN MELVILLE.
London: Hogarth Press, 1943. First edition. Very good with small stamp on front pastedown; in dust jacket with spine and edges darkened, splitting on folds and one inch-long chip.

[Book #39754]       Price: $60.00
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A LITTLE BOOK IN C MAJOR. H. L. Mencken. A LITTLE BOOK IN C MAJOR.
New York: John Lane, 1916. First edition. Epigrams collected over the period of four or five years (some first appearances, some reprinted from The Smart Set). Spine lettering dulled, corners a little worn, otherwise very good, lacking dust jacket.

[Book #33048]       Price: $125.00
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METAMORPHOSIS OF 741. James Merrill, , Anthony Hecht. METAMORPHOSIS OF 741.
Pawlet: Banyan Press, 1977. First edition. A section of an untitled longer poem. Number 58 of 440 numbered copies. Presentation copy INSCRIBED, "Fondest greetings to Tony & Helen Hecht from some odd birds of paradise (Stonington 25 iii 77)." Anthony Hecht was a Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Laureate. Printed on Arches paper. Fine in paperwraps and original printed envelope. NICE ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED "FROM SOME ODD BIRDS OF PARADISE"

[Book #53653]       Price: $350.00
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AFTER THE FALL: A PLAY. Arthur Miller. AFTER THE FALL: A PLAY.
New York: Viking Press, (1964). First edition. SIGNED on the title page by Miller. One of his most personal plays, a thinly veiled personal critique centered on his then-recent divorce from Marilyn Monroe. The book is fine in a near fine dust jacket with very minimal wear.

[Book #54680]       Price: $350.00
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"UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice. Henry Miller. "UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice.
(No-place: 1968). First edition. Or only edition, actually, as this is an original watercolor painting by Miller SIGNED "HENRY MILLER 17/68" and INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY, Connie Perry: "For/ Connie and Mike/ Happy Anniversary/ Henry." "Untitled 17/68," i.e., Miller's 17th painting produced in 1968.Image measures approximately 23 x 30" and depicts in bright primary colors a palm tree, flowers and woman against the backdrop of a colorful village. Matted and framed in white on white with overall dimensions of approximately 32 x 40". Inscription beginning to fade, few inconspicuous pinpricks to edges, otherwise fine. featured on page 87 of THE PAINTINGS OF HENRY MILLER: PAINT AS YOU LIKE AND DIE HAPPY [San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (1982)]. INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY.

[Book #53857]       Price: $5,000.00
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CON MARIANNE MOORE. Marianne Moore, Annalisa Cima. CON MARIANNE MOORE.
(Milan): Al'insegna del Pesce D'oro, (1968). First edition. One of 1000 numbered copies. Includes an introduction in Italian by Cima; Moore's poem, "To Victor Hugo of My Crow Pluto" (in Italian and English); and ten full-page photos, mostly of Moore. Small, 3x4" in heavy plain wraps and dust jacket illustrated with photo of Moore on front cover decked out in cape and hat. Fine copy with just the barest wear at corners and faintest soiling to rear of yellow wrap-around band.

[Book #45606]       Price: $100.00
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THE VINEDRESSER AND OTHER POEMS. T. Sturge Moore. THE VINEDRESSER AND OTHER POEMS.
London: Unicorn, 1899. First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Minor edge wear but still very good in original green cloth with gilt lettering.

[Book #2181]       Price: $50.00
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THE PALETTE KNIFE. Christopher Morley. THE PALETTE KNIFE.
Chelsea, NY: Chocorua Press, 1929. First edition. One of 450 numbered copies SIGNED by the author. Six hand-colored illustrations by Rene Gockinga. Near fine with a touch of darkening on hinges, and cover lightly soiled; in a lightly rubbed slipcase.

[Book #27581]       Price: $200.00
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REAL PEACE. Richard Nixon. REAL PEACE.
New York: No-Publisher, (1983). First edition. An outline of his geopolitical strategy, SIGNED BY NIXON. Tipped-in slip states this is one of a limited number of copies being sent to "community and opinion leaders around the United States." Reportedly this edition was limited to only 1,000 copies, though there is no indication of this in the book. No publisher indicated and copyright states "First printing September 1983," whereas the regular trade edition was published by Little, Brown the following year. Fine in near fine dust jacket with minor wear on corners and spine ends.

[Book #54387]       Price: $200.00
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THE ART OF EUGENE O'NEILL. Eugene O'Neill, By Joseph T. Shipley. THE ART OF EUGENE O'NEILL.
Seattle: University of Washington Book Store, 1928. First edition. Number nineteen of the University of Washington Chapbooks. Fine in plain stiff wraps with green pictorial dust jacket attached at spine; some pages uncut.

[Book #40983]       Price: $50.00
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AN EXCELLENT MYSTERY The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. Ellis Peters. AN EXCELLENT MYSTERY The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael.
(London): Macmillan, (1985). First edition. Fine in dust jacket with light soiling on back panel. A crisp copy.

[Book #30285]       Price: $125.00
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FLIGHT OF A WITCH. Ellis Peters. FLIGHT OF A WITCH.
London: Collins, (1964). First edition. Fine in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a small crease mark along the top edge of the front.

[Book #51479]       Price: $250.00
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A DRAFT OF XXX CANTOS. Ezra Pound. A DRAFT OF XXX CANTOS.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, no date [1933]. First U.S. edition, second issue, with p.61-2 on cancel leaf and offending word p.62 reading "sh-t." Only 1000 copies printed. Originally published in 1930 in Paris, but this U.S. edition precedes the one in the UK Pages lightly tanned, with touch of offset to endpapers. Near fine, lacking dust jacket.

[Book #49019]       Price: $100.00
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