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STRANGE FRUIT. Lillian Smith. STRANGE FRUIT.
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1944). Second printing of her first book, a novel dealing with the then-forbidden and controversial theme of interracial romance which was an instant best-seller. INSCRIBED TO "THE FIRST LADY OF RADIO," Mary Margaret McBride, who influenced the interview styles of the most well-known broadcasters today: "To Mary Margaret McBride/ With my warm thanks for your understanding my book -- Yours, a 'fellow Southerner'/ Lillian Smith." Smith -- who was one of the first prominent white Southerners to stand against segregation, according to the website of the University of Georgia's Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscripts Library -- was interviewed on McBride's show about STRANGE FRUIT on November 28, 1945 (per records from her archive at Hargrett). STRANGE FRUIT was banned in Boston and Detroit for "lewdness" and crude language and was banned from being mailed through the U.S. Postal Service (a ban that was lifted by President Roosevelt on the request of wife Eleanor). Minor wear on corners and spine ends otherwise very good. Lacking dust jacket.

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THE CHESS TOURNAMENT: A Collection of the Games Played at this Celebrated Assemblage. H. Staunton. THE CHESS TOURNAMENT: A Collection of the Games Played at this Celebrated Assemblage.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1852. First edition. "Illustrated by copious diagrams, and notes, critical and explanatory." Presumed copy of American chess master Albert Sidney Pinkus with "A.S. Pinkus / 1944" at head of half-title page. Decorative red cloth boards with gilt-stamped chess board and title on front cover and gilt lettering to spine. Good only with 1/4-inch piece missing from head of spine (not affecting lettering), covers starting but still attached, and last leaf of "Bohn's Standard Library" lists (at front of book) laid in.

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HUNTER S. THOMPSON, TWISTED MEAT ARTIST: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. HUNTER S. THOMPSON, TWISTED MEAT ARTIST: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2006. First edition. One of 250 SIGNED, numbered copies of Steadman's image of a deceptively pensive-looking Thompson sweating next to a table full of empty beer cans thinking, "If that twisted meat artist draws one line out of place I'll beat his kidneys into his shoes with a jackhammer." An image from Steadman's 2006 book THE JOKE'S OVER, a memoir of his friendship and collaboration with famed Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The "Joke's Over" prints cover the span of their association, from their first meeting in Kentucky to the 2005 memorial service at which Thompson's ashes were blasted out of a cannon and include work from FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, THE CURSE OF LONO and THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED, among many others. One-color silkscreen on white Rising Stonehenge deckle edge paper measuring 15 x 22 inches. Fine.

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"HUNTER, THE NEGATIVE PRIMATE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. "HUNTER, THE NEGATIVE PRIMATE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1997. First edition. One of 30 SIGNED, numbered copies of this image of Hunter Thompson. 22" x 30" one-color silkscreen. Fine.

[Book #17670]       Price: $650.00
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"HUNTER, THE POSITIVE PRIMATE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. "HUNTER, THE POSITIVE PRIMATE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1997. First edition. One of 30 SIGNED, numbered copies of this image of Hunter Thompson. 22" x 30" one-color silkscreen. Fine.

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MEAN MOUSE: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. MEAN MOUSE: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2006. First edition. One of 180 SIGNED, numbered copies of Steadman's image of a Mickey Mouse-like character in American flag shorts (as seen on the T-shirt of the hitchhiking character played by Tobey Maguire in the film version of Thompson's FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS). An image from Steadman's 2006 book THE JOKE'S OVER, a memoir of his friendship and collaboration with famed Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The "Joke's Over" prints cover the span of their association, from their first meeting in Kentucky to the 2005 memorial service at which Thompson's ashes were blasted out of a cannon and include work from FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, THE CURSE OF LONO and THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED, among many others. One-color silkscreen on white Rising Stonehenge deckle edge paper measuring 15 x 22 inches. Fine.

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SPIRIT OF GONZO: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. SPIRIT OF GONZO: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2006. First edition. One of 250 SIGNED, numbered copies of Steadman's image of a winged, cow-skull Thompson flying over the desert with his (?) body perched on his hat. An image from Steadman's 2006 book THE JOKE'S OVER, a memoir of his friendship and collaboration with famed Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The "Joke's Over" prints cover the span of their association, from their first meeting in Kentucky to the 2005 memorial service at which Thompson's ashes were blasted out of a cannon and include work from FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, THE CURSE OF LONO and THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED, among many others. One-color silkscreen on white Rising Stonehenge deckle edge paper measuring 22 x 30 inches. Fine.

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BURNING BRIGHT: A Play in Story Form. John Steinbeck. BURNING BRIGHT: A Play in Story Form.
New York: Viking Press, 1950. First edition. A "play-novelette" which Steinbeck describes as "a play that is easy to read or a short novel that can be played simply by lifting out the dialogue." Fine in bright dustwrapper with a small unobtrusive crease at top of spine, which is lightly faded.

[Book #33978]       Price: $250.00
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ROBERT A. M. STERN: Buildings and Projects 1987-1992. Robert A. M. Stern, introduction, Vincent Scully. ROBERT A. M. STERN: Buildings and Projects 1987-1992.
New York: Rizzoli, (1992). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author to portrait painter Tom Edgerton, "For Tom Edgerton With my best wishes. Bob Stern 1992." And with Stern's card laid in with Edgerton's name written on it. Fine in dust jacket with minor wear to the front corners and otherwise only the slightest shelf wear.

[Book #50552]       Price: $100.00
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HARMONIUM. Wallace Stevens. HARMONIUM.
New York: Knopf, 1931. Second edition of the author's first book, but so altered as to constitute almost a new book, dropping three poems which appeared in 1923, and adding fourteen new poems. Second/third binding (602 copies): blue paper-covered boards with black cloth spine. There were also copies in green paper boards. Name on endpaper, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine dust jacket which is tanned on edges and at spine and just starting to split at top of front spine fold. Still, nice and bright.

[Book #50233]       Price: $500.00
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DEGREES OF KINDRED. Eithne Strong. DEGREES OF KINDRED.
Dublin: Tansy Books from Egotist, (1979). First edition. Small nameplate on front endpaper, otherwise fine without dust jacket, as issued.

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STURGEON'S WEST. Theodore Sturgeon, , Don Ward. STURGEON'S WEST.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, (1973). First edition. INSCRIBED, "For the Laites with thanks and warmest good wishes. Theodore Sturgeon / April 1973." About fine with just the barest rubbing on corners; in a near fine dust jacket with light soiling, a few spots of creasing, most noticeably on the spine ends, and one small closed tear to the bottom left of the front panel.

[Book #51499]       Price: $350.00
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LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS. William Styron. LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1951). First edition of author's first book. SIGNED on the front endpaper. Bookplate covering ownership signature on front pastedown, fading to spine ends and edges, otherwise good or better in good or better dust jacket with shallow chipping and overall tanning which is heavier at spine. Did we mention its signed?

[Book #54414]       Price: $125.00
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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF PETER TAYLOR. Peter Taylor. THE COLLECTED STORIES OF PETER TAYLOR.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1969). First edition. A remarkably bright copy, fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54561]       Price: $100.00
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FONG AND THE INDIANS. Paul Theroux. FONG AND THE INDIANS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1968. First edition. His second book. SIGNED BY THEROUX on the title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket with a touch of light rubbing, mild wear to head of spine and spine lettering just beginning to change tone.

[Book #54796]       Price: $250.00
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FURROW'S END: An Anthology of Great Farm Stories. Jim Thompson, E. B. White, M. K. Rawlings, Louis Bromfield. FURROW'S END: An Anthology of Great Farm Stories.
New York: Greenberg, (1946). First edition. Edited by the publisher, David B. Greenberg, with an introduction by Louis Bromfield. Includes Jim Thompson's "Mr. Simpson Makes a Sale" from his second novel, HEED THE THUNDER, published by Greenberg the same year. Also includes William Saroyan, Leo Tolstoi, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, E. B. White, et al. Very good to near fine with touch of rumpling to spine and few tiny spots to cloth; in dust jacket with tiny hole to front spine fold, foxing to flap folds, and minor wear to spine ends but otherwise bright and near fine.

[Book #51531]       Price: $150.00
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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.

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"PHILIP REISMAN": In A-D, An Intimate Journal for Art Directors. Leo; John Steinbeck Tolstoy, Henry Goodman, Philip Reisman. "PHILIP REISMAN": In A-D, An Intimate Journal for Art Directors.
(New York: A-D Publishing Co. 1940). First edition. 20-page essay by Goodman on Reisman and his work in the Oct.-Nov. 1940 issue of "A-D, An Intimate Journal for Art Directors, Production Managers, and their Associates." Essay on Reisman is illustrated with 8 full-page drawings, three of which are in color, and 10 half-page illustrations; both covers feature color reproductions of Reisman's work (appear to be from a WPA mural). Includes several illustrations from Tolstoy's ANNA KARENINA (Random House, 1940) which, according to Goodman, was a Book-of-the-Month Club "Book Dividend." He goes on to say there were close to 200,000 copies distributed. But judging by the relatively few copies offered online, that number seems unlikely. Also includes a "project illustration for Steinbeck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH," an unpublished piece. Following the Goodman piece on Reisman is "Ballet of the A B Cs," a "typographic keepsake" illustrated by Emery I. Gondor; a Hubert Davis portfolio; and several ads. Near fine in pictorial paperwraps measuring 5 1/2 x 8". Interesting little item. AN INTERESTING LITTLE ITEM.

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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 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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THE L1,000,000 BANK-NOTE, and Other New Stories. Mark Twain. THE L1,000,000 BANK-NOTE, and Other New Stories.
New York: Charles L. Webster, 1893. First edition. 8vo tan cloth boards stamped in gilt, brown and black on front and gilt on spine. A bright, fine copy.

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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.

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BOTTOM'S DREAM Adapted from William Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. John Updike. BOTTOM'S DREAM Adapted from William Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
New York: Knopf, (1969). First edition. Children's book with Felix Mendelssohn's music and illustrations by Warren Chappel. In the preferred trade binding: blue cloth boards stamped in red. Fine in dust jacket with only the barest wear on corners. A nice copy.

[Book #31574]       Price: $125.00
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BUCHANAN DYING: A Play. John Updike. BUCHANAN DYING: A Play.
(London): Andre Deutsch, (1974). First UK edition. Lower front tip very slightly bumped, otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket.

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FIELD-MARSHALL COUNT HELMUTH VON MOLTKE AS A CORRESPONDENT: Letters from the Field Marshall. Count Helmuth Von Moltke. FIELD-MARSHALL COUNT HELMUTH VON MOLTKE AS A CORRESPONDENT: Letters from the Field Marshall.
New York: Harper & Bros. 1893. First American edition. Translated by Mary Herms. Von Moltke was a German Field Marshall who, in 1857, was given the position Chief of the Prussian General Staff, a position he held for the next 30 years. He made changes to the strategic and tactical methods of the Prussian army; in armament and means of communication; in staff officers' training; and to the method for the mobilization of the army. He also instituted a formal study of European politics in connection with plans for potential campaigns. In short, he rapidly put into place the features of a modern General Staff. Full cloth with gold lettering and front design. Minor wear on corners and spine ends, but still very good overall.

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