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JOURNAL OF A NOVEL: The East of Eden Letters. John Steinbeck. JOURNAL OF A NOVEL: The East of Eden Letters.
New York: Viking Press, (1969). First edition. One of 600 copies, published a year after Steinbeck's death. An oversized volume, specially bound with seven folding plates that are facsimiles of pages from the original manuscript and frontis photo of the box Steinbeck carved to house the manuscript for EAST OF EDEN, the book which contains the full dedication to Pascal Covici, his old friend and editor, as a postscript of sorts. The text of the "journal" is comprised of letters Steinbeck wrote to Covici while writing East of Eden. A fine, almost new copy, with just a hint of darkening to spine of plain glassine dust jacket. In original slipcase, also fine. ONE OF ONLY 600 COPIES.

[Book #52356]       Price: $500.00
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ONCE THERE WAS A WAR. John Steinbeck. ONCE THERE WAS A WAR.
London: Heinemann, (1959). First UK edition. A collection of his dispatches from the fronts during World War II, as published by the New York Tribune, with a new introduction. Previous owner's name on endpapers, otherwise very good to fine in lightly aged, price-clipped dust jacket with very minor edge wear.

[Book #33975]       Price: $100.00
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TRANSPORT TO SUMMER. Wallace Stevens. TRANSPORT TO SUMMER.
New York: Knopf, 1947. First edition. A little darkening at inner hinge which is normal with this book, top front corners gently bumped, and cloth spine edges a little rubbed, otherwise near fine in a nice, near fine dust jacket with spine and flap folds a little sunned.

[Book #50234]       Price: $500.00
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THE RUNNER STUMBLES: A Play in Two Acts. Milan Stitt. THE RUNNER STUMBLES: A Play in Two Acts.
Clifton, NJ: James T. White & Co. (1974). First edition of his first published play. Includes "Night Rainbows," an afterword. The play is based on a true incident early in the last century, about a priest accused of killing a nun, and was the basis for the film of the same name featuring Dick Van Dyke, Kathleen Quinlan and Maureen Stapleton. A powerful drama. Eight strong reviews on the back panel, including Clive Barnes and Brendan Gill. Fine in white dust jacket with the barest wear. Published simultaneously in hardback and paperwraps, which usually means a very small hardback printing.

[Book #40895]       Price: $150.00
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DOG SOLDIERS. Robert Stone. DOG SOLDIERS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974. First edition of his second book. Edges faintly faded, otherwise fine in bright dust jacket.

[Book #28058]       Price: $150.00
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TREES OF HEAVEN. Jesse Stuart. TREES OF HEAVEN.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. (1940). First edition. Cloth spine a little faded and light foxing to page edges, otherwise near fine in dust jacket with light wear to spine ends and corners. Still, a nice bright copy.

[Book #27214]       Price: $150.00
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ONE AND TWENTY: Duke Narratiive and Verse. William Styron. ONE AND TWENTY: Duke Narratiive and Verse.
[Durham]: Duke University Press, 1945. First edition. Styron's first book appearance--SIGNED by him on the half-title page. Foreword by William Blackburn. Illustrated by the pupils of Clare Leighton. Contributions by Styron and others. Fine in dust jacket slightly taller than the book so that top edge is just a bit worn, otherwise fine.

[Book #53724]       Price: $150.00
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ATALANTA IN CALYDON: A Tragedy. Algernon Charles Swinburne. ATALANTA IN CALYDON: A Tragedy.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. First U.S. edition. Name, Brentano's label on front pastedown, spine ends lightly bumbed and frayed, covers scuffed, small section of pages loose (p.53-64) but still attached, altogether about very good.

[Book #47676]       Price: $60.00
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A DOG OF WAR. John Taylor. A DOG OF WAR.
London: Frederick Etchells & Hugh Macdonald, 1927. First thus. Originally published circa 1628. Number 225 of 375 copies. Includes hand-coloured engravings on wood by Hester Sainbury. Orange buckram spine and orange paper boards with gold lettering on spine. The book has the barest rubbing on edges but is otherwise fine. In dustwrapper a little darkened on top inch of front panel and spine, and with minute chipping on corners and spine ends.

[Book #36809]       Price: $100.00
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A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS'S and THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY. W. M. Thackeray, William Makepeace. A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS'S and THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY.
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1856. First edition. One of the "Miscellanies" issued in yellow wrappers. 12mo, 6 x 7 3/8," gilt-stamped full red leather boards bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Brentano's with original wrappers bound in at rear. Endpapers darkened at edges, front cover detached, archival tape to rear hinge, otherwise would be very good.

[Book #52917]       Price: $300.00
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THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE. William Makepeace Thackeray, M. A. Titmarsh. THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE.
London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1850. First edition. Illustrated with 15 HAND-COLORED PLATES, including the title vignette and frontispiece. In a lovely, full red leather, gilt-stamped binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Brentano's WITH ORIGINAL COVERS BOUND IN. Small shelf label on front pastedown, free endpaper edges darkened where offset from inner dentelles, outer hinges rubbed, otherwise near fine. Thackeray (1811 - 1863) was famous for his satirical works, particularly VANITY FAIR, a panoramic portrait of English society. This is one of his five short "Christmas Books" criticizing English nobility which he wrote under his pen name, M. A. Titmarsh.

[Book #52918]       Price: $500.00
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THE LIVING CORPSE. Leo N. Tolstoy. THE LIVING CORPSE.
New York: Frank-Maurice, Inc. (no-date). First U.S. edition? This statement appears in the book as a translator's note: " ...The following translation is made from the only authorized Russian edition based on the manuscripts in the possesion of the late Count Tolstoi's daughter, A.L. Tolstaya." Translated from the Russian by Anna M. Evarts. Very good with some soiling on endpapers, previous owner's name on endpaper and wear on spine ends. Lacks dust jacket. Scarce.

[Book #25758]       Price: $50.00
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STORY OF SPAIN AND CUBA. Travel, Nathan C. Green. STORY OF SPAIN AND CUBA.
Baltimore, MD: International News and Book Co. 1896. First edition. Decorated cloth boards with gilt lettering. Illustrated throughout with photographs. Pictorial cover is lightly soiled and rubbed along the edges with corners frayed slightly, otherwise very good.

[Book #51436]       Price: $150.00
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OFFICIAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING THE INAUGURATION OF HARRY S. TRUMAN AND ALBEN W. BARKLEY: January 20, 1949. Harry S. Truman. OFFICIAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING THE INAUGURATION OF HARRY S. TRUMAN AND ALBEN W. BARKLEY: January 20, 1949.
[Washington DC]: 1949. First edition, limited issue. Program from Truman's second inauguration, SIGNED BY HARRY TRUMAN on May 13, 1967. One of an undesignated number of copies of the "Limited DeLuxe Edition," this being number 781 and signed by MELVIN D. HILDRETH, General Chairman of the Inaugural Committee, presumably as called for. Simulated leather, dark-blue pebbled cloth lettered in gold on front. The Rosalind and Alfred Perlman copy, with their names stamped in gold on bottom front corner. Original printed wrappers bound in. Rosalind Perlman, born in Chicago in 1911, was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and later at St. Louis Teachers College. She is the author of THE BLIND DOCTOR, a biography about Jacob Bolotin, a blind physician who lived and practiced in Chicago in the early part of the twentieth century, She and her husband established, under The National Federation of the Blind, the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program, to recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have made outstanding contributions. We assume they were contributors to the Truman campaign and had Truman sign their copy at the later date in May 1967. Magazine size, 74 pages including covers; illustrated with photographs. Fine, and scarce signed. SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN.

[Book #53710]       Price: $1,750.00
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THE $30,000 BEQUEST, and Other Stories. Mark Twain. THE $30,000 BEQUEST, and Other Stories.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. First edition, first state. Contemporary gift inscription on second blank page, cover shows some minor wear and spine a bit sunned and some staining along front spine fold, still altogether about very good.

[Book #48543]       Price: $300.00
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THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT. Mark Twain. THE AMERICAN CLAIMANT.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1892. First UK edition. Ads dated May 1892, versus October 1892 - which is when it was published. Illustrated by Dan Beard and Hal Hurst. Prelims and page edges lightly foxed, spine faded and covers lightly soiled, otherwise good to very good with small, bookstore blindstamp on endpaper.

[Book #7697]       Price: $75.00
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LEGEND OF THE CASTLES. Mark Twain. LEGEND OF THE CASTLES.
[New York]: John and Jo Fleming, [1995]. First edition and only separate edition of this short story from "A Tramp Abroad." Privately printed as a Christmas and New Year's greeting. Dark blue wraps with white label printed in red. Near fine, with only minor creasing. Scarce. "A TRAMP ABROAD" CHRISTMAS GREETING.

[Book #44988]       Price: $200.00
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A TRAMP ABROAD. Mark Twain. A TRAMP ABROAD.
Hartford, Connecticut: American Publishing Company, 1880. First edition, first state with "Moses" caption on frontispiece. Lacking front endpaper, light damp-staining to preliminary blanks and frontis pictures, some spotting throughout, covers lightly rubbed, edges worn, otherwise good or better.

[Book #48537]       Price: $750.00
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HOURS OF EXERCISE IN THE ALPS. John Tyndall. HOURS OF EXERCISE IN THE ALPS.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1871. First U.S. edition. Illustrated with tissue-protected frontispiece and 6 plates. Three pages of publishers catalogue at rear. Tyndall, a prominent 19th century physicist, made a number of discoveries in the realms of infrared radiation and the physical properties of air, and published more than a dozen science books, which brought state-of-the-art 19th century experimental physics to a wider audience. Decorative brick cloth boards with black design on front and rear board and gold lettering at spine. Very good or better with covers lightly scuffed, boards just visable at tips, a few black-ink splashes (possible production error), and name on endpaper.

[Book #52621]       Price: $100.00
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MIDPOINT & OTHER POEMS. John Updike. MIDPOINT & OTHER POEMS.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969. First edition. Fine in a very good dust jacket with one chip to top, back panel and closed tear to top of front flap; otherwise would be near fine with only slight wear, mostly concentrated along the head of the spine and the corners.

[Book #50403]       Price: $50.00
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THE MUSIC SCHOOL: Short Stories. John Updike. THE MUSIC SCHOOL: Short Stories.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966. First edition, first state. Near fine with light wear and bumping to spine ends and corners. In a fine dust jacket with a small stamp on the front flap.

[Book #50919]       Price: $150.00
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THE RING: With Musical Themes by Richard Wagner. John Updike. THE RING: With Musical Themes by Richard Wagner.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1964). First edition. SIGNED by the author, "John Updike Beverly Farms, MA." Adapted and Illustrated by John Updike and Warren Chappell. The Gibraltar edition (logo on back cover) in pictorial dark green boards and white end papers (Knopf regular edition in red cloth and pictorial endpapers) with very light rubbing to tips, otherwise a fine copy, as issued without dust jacket, and scarce thus. This issue was published simultaneously with the Knopf trade edition in cloth and dust jacket and the Knopf orange pictorial boards edition, also issued without dust jacket (although it's possible the orange came later.) Unusual for Updike to note his hometown when signing.

[Book #38021]       Price: $600.00
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LIVES AND DEATHS OF THE POETS AND NON-POETS. Mona Van Duyn. LIVES AND DEATHS OF THE POETS AND NON-POETS.
St. Louis: (no-publisher), 1991. First edition. Privately printed for friends of the poet. Published a year after she won the Pulitzer Prize for NEAR CHANGES. This copy INSCRIBED TO FELLOW POET LAUREATE AND PRIZE-WINNING POET ANTHONY HECHT and wife, "For Tony & Helen, this odd collection for friends--elegies, poems, occasional verses--produced by a baffled commercial printer. Love, Mona." 30 pages; 8.5 x 11" blue, stapled paperwraps printed in brown on front cover only. Poem tipped to last page, presumably as issued. Photo detail of Marc Chagall's "Les Plumes en Fleur" (which is the title of the poem appearing on p.5) pasted to blank page following the copyright page. An understandably scarce volume. Fine. PRODUCED BY A BAFFLED COMMERCIAL PRINTER.

[Book #54274]       Price: $300.00
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"COCKTAIL HOUR": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut. "COCKTAIL HOUR": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2003. First edition. One of 40 SIGNED, numbered copies. Three-color Silkscreen on white Coventry paper; 15 x 17 inches. Signed in pencil.

[Book #46826]       Price: $400.00
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CONFETTI #10: "We do, doodley do . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut. CONFETTI #10: "We do, doodley do . . ."; Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Origami Express), 2004. First edition. One of 57 copies SIGNED and numbered in pencil by Vonnegut. One-color silkscreen print on white Coventry cotton paper measuring 11 x 15 inches. According to Vonnegut, "Confetti is Origami's response to the in-your-face lack of meaning or message in so much modern art, starting, perhaps, with Mondrian, and of course excluding the strikingly communicative Cubists, but surely including the intellectually and morally blank works by the so-called 'Abstract Expressionists.' Origami says to the latter, with pictures as didactic as this one, 'If you have absolutely nothing to say to anybody, can't you please shut up?'" Fine.

[Book #48651]       Price: $375.00
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