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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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THE WHITE STEED AND COGGERERS. Paul Vincent Carroll. THE WHITE STEED AND COGGERERS.
New York: Random House, (1939). First edition. Fine in dust jacket with shallow edge chipping, light tanning to edges of rear panel and two inconspicuous splits in flap folds. Still, a very bright, attractive copy. The production of "The White Steed" featured a young Jessica Tandy.

[Book #33104]       Price: $50.00
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ULTRAMARINE. Raymond Carver. ULTRAMARINE.
New York: Random House, (1986). First edition. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Author Doris Grumbach's copy, with her initials on front endpaper. Fine in dust jacket with just a touch of minor edge rubbing.

[Book #29699]       Price: $100.00
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AISSA SAVED. Joyce Cary. AISSA SAVED.
London: Ernest Benn Ltd. (1932). First edition. Author's very scarce second book. Light edge rubbing, otherwise near fine, lacking dust jacket, but scarce either way.

[Book #29673]       Price: $200.00
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MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Willa Cather. MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co. (1914). First edition of Willa Cather's ghostwritten account of S.S. McClure's rise from his Northern Ireland childhood to founder of McClure's Magazine. First printing with "September 1914" on copyright page (the second printing, due to a printer's error, is dated "May 1914"). Second issue, with corrected p.239 tipped in [Crane A7a]. Spine ends a little tender, minor cover wear, and gilt stamping on spine faded, otherwise very good to fine, lacking dust jacket.

[Book #21225]       Price: $100.00
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WAITING FOR THE MORNING TRAIN: An American Boyhood. Bruce Catton. WAITING FOR THE MORNING TRAIN: An American Boyhood.
Garden City: Doubleday & Company Inc. 1972. Frist edition. INSCRIBED, "To the McCormicks with best wishes. Bruce Catton." Perhaps the long-time Doubleday editor, Ken McCormick? Catton, who is best known for his books on the American Civil War, won a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1954 for A STILLNESS AT APPOMATTOX, his study of the final campaign of the war in Virginia. Small, light erasure mark on dark red front endpaper, otherwise fine in near fine dust jacket with one tiny closed tear.

[Book #54624]       Price: $100.00
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DEAD MEN LEAVE NO FINGERPRINTS. Whitman Chambers. DEAD MEN LEAVE NO FINGERPRINTS.
New York: Caxton House, Inc. 1939. First edition. he's been dead a year but his prints are all over the weapon. Page edges age-tanned otherwise bright and near fine in price-clipped, very good or better dust jacket with shadow from old tape repair to base of rear panel.

[Book #54757]       Price: $150.00
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THE GIN GAME. D. L. Coburn. THE GIN GAME.
New York: Drama Book Specialists, (1978). First edition. Pulitzer Prize winner for best play. Near fine in a very good yellow dust jacket with light soiling, two small chips, one small closed tear and a small nick on spine edge.

[Book #29105]       Price: $150.00
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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KING COTTON. David L. Cohn. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KING COTTON.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. The story of how cotton, more than any other product of our soil or industry, has had powerful and dramatic effects upon American life and history. About fine in like, pictorial white price-clipped dust jacket a little darkened on spine and with tiny chips on corners and spine ends.

[Book #54455]       Price: $75.00
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NAKED IN GARDEN HILLS. Harry Crews. NAKED IN GARDEN HILLS.
New York: Wm. Morrow & Co. 1969. First edition of his second book. INSCRIBED, "To Dr. King, All best to you and yours. Harry Crews." In the light-green simulated cloth boards (versus medium to dark-green cloth boards), no known priority. [We had assumed the simulated cloth binding was a later state since not as nice but several citings of simulated cloth boards in first-issue dustwrappers have left us uncertain]. In the first-issue dustwrapper with GOSPEL SINGER reviews. Very minor rubbing to corners, otherwise about fine in fine dust jacket with the barest wear.

[Book #51449]       Price: $500.00
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CHILD OF THE NORTH. Ridgwell Cullum. CHILD OF THE NORTH.
New York: George H. Doran, (1926). First edition with Doran logo on copyright page. The great Northwest Terriitory of Canada wilderness is the setting for this story of lust for gold, primitive emotion and love, of course. A fine book in a bright, unchipped dust jacket. A beautiful copy.

[Book #35286]       Price: $150.00
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SONGS OF CHILDHOOD. Walter de la Mare. SONGS OF CHILDHOOD.
London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1923. First illustrated edition of his first book, published under the name Walter Ramal in 1902. One of 310 SIGNED numbered copies with illustrations by Estella Canziani. Printed on hand-made paper and bound with vellum spine and boards. Spine a little soiled, corners bumped and spine ends have a few chips, otherwise very good condition.

[Book #26112]       Price: $125.00
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THE THREE MULLA-MULGARS. Walter De la Mare. THE THREE MULLA-MULGARS.
London: Duckworth & Co. 1910 [circa 1918]. Later printing or issue, dated 1910 but with last book in publisher's ads at rear not published until 1918. Green cloth boards stamped in black; matching heavy paper dust jacket. An animal fable of three royal monkeys who travel to find their missing father and find adventure along the way. Ownership signatures of the poet John Freeman, a close friend of de la Mare's, and the cartoonist Claude Smith (under the jacket flap). Hint of foxing still quite fine in equally fine dust jacket.

[Book #41701]       Price: $250.00
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THE PRACTICE OF PALMISTRY FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES. Comte C. de Saint-Germain. THE PRACTICE OF PALMISTRY FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES.
Chicago: Laird & Lee, (1897). First edition. Introduction by Adrien Adolphe Desbarrolles. Two volumes. "Over 1100 illustrations," though we didn't count them. Three-quarter red leather with red cloth boards. All edges gilt. Spine ends chipped and frayed and spine edges worn. Appears hinges were glued at some point. Still a presentable binding with attractive patterned endpapers and the inside is fine (clear and clean). Seemingly scarce if not rare, and certainly interesting.

[Book #52724]       Price: $350.00
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THE LAST BOOK OF WONDER. Lord Dunsany. THE LAST BOOK OF WONDER.
S. H. Sime. Boston: John W. Luce & Company, 1916. First edition. Illustrated by S. H. Sime. About very good with spine showing wear but boards in nice shape, ink notation on front endpaper offset to pastedown, and some darkening of pages edges. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51972]       Price: $100.00
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LAYOUT IN ADVERTISING. W. A. Dwiggings. LAYOUT IN ADVERTISING.
New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1928. First edition. Illustrated with line drawings throughout. Very good in patterned pictorial paper boards with gilt-lettered black cloth spine. Corners rubbed, small dampstain on front cover, spine sunned but still legible, penciled name on front endpaper. Lacking dust jacket. The first edition seems to be scarce.

[Book #52462]       Price: $300.00
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THE BOMB AND THE GENERAL. Umberto Eco, illustrator, Eugenio Carmi. THE BOMB AND THE GENERAL.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1989). First U.S. edition. Children's book with illustrations by Carmi. Translated by William Weaver. INSCRIBED WITH A QUOTE on half-title page by Eco with the classic opening phrase, "Once upon a time." Short remainder line on bottom page edge, tucked up against spine, otherwise bright and fine in bright, fine dust jacket. ONCE UPON A TIME.

[Book #50129]       Price: $400.00
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RELATIVITY THEORY OF PROTONS AND ELECTRONS. Sir Arthur Eddington. RELATIVITY THEORY OF PROTONS AND ELECTRONS.
Cambridge: University Press, 1936. First edition. Small name on front endpaper. Light wear otherwise about very good with light offset to endpapers. Lacking dust jacket, if issued with one.

[Book #52355]       Price: $100.00
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FROM POE TO VALERY. T. S. Eliot. FROM POE TO VALERY.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1948.). First edition, limited to 1500 copies. Privately printed for the friends of the author and publisher as a New Year's Greeting for 1949 [Gallup A52a]. Black boards show tiny scrapes to the unprinted spine and at corners, still very good or better. Issued in mailing envelope and in a glassine jacket, neither of which are present.

[Book #47363]       Price: $60.00
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THE ROCK: A Pageant Play. T. S. Eliot. THE ROCK: A Pageant Play.
London: Faber & Faber, (1934). First edition. The simultaneously issued wrapper edition a little darkened around edges and spine, otherwise very good in gray paperwraps printed in black on front and spine.

[Book #45776]       Price: $100.00
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THE DIARY OF JOHN EVELYN. John Evelyn, William Bray, Richard Garnett. THE DIARY OF JOHN EVELYN.
New York & London: M. Walter Dunne, Publisher, (1901). First thus. Two volumes. Special Talleyrand edition, #27 of 100 sets. Edited from the original by William Bray, who also provides a biographical introduction, and with special introduction by Richard Garnett. Includes hand-colored frontispiece SIGNED by the engraving editor and five full-page photogravures from paintings by various artists. Both volumes bound in red leather with elaborate gilt and color designs and lettering; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; slipcases. First volume starting to crack along spine, otherwise both are very good with rubbing along spines and spine ends nicked. Slipcases are also very good though the top of one is partially detached and the bottom of the other is beginning to separate at the bottom.

[Book #51675]       Price: $150.00
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PRANCING NIGGER. Ronald Firbank. PRANCING NIGGER.
New York: Brentano's, (1924). First edition. Firbank's first book published in the U.S. and the true first edition. It is believed that there were only 300 copies. Based on a letter from Carl Van Vechten (who wrote the introduction) to Firbank. This copy is from the library of Ralph Block. Several leaves roughly opened, bookshop sticker on rear pastedown, gilt on spine is dull but legible and page edges have a touch of foxing, otherwise very good or better in soiled dust jacket with chipping (only affecting a few letters in the title on spine), some closed tears and a small hole in the spine (not affecting any lettering). Scarce in dust jacket.

[Book #24471]       Price: $100.00
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OFFSHORE. Penelope Fitzgerald. OFFSHORE.
London: Collins, 1979. First edition. Booker Prize winner. Near fine with faint foxing to page edges and endpapers but otherwise only the barest wear. In a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of foxing to the top of the back flap and slight wear to the top corners.

[Book #51268]       Price: $200.00
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RETURN TO YESTERDAY: Reminiscences 1894-1914. Ford Madox Ford. RETURN TO YESTERDAY: Reminiscences 1894-1914.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1931. First edition. His scarce, second memoir, covering the years from 1894 to the outbreak of World War I. Head of spine beginning to fray, light evidence of insect damage to edges, general wear; still good or better in like dust jacket with several large chips, and long tears internally repaired with tape. What can we say? It's a scarce book, scarcer still in jacket. SCARCE IN ANY JACKET.

[Book #53765]       Price: $250.00
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THE BROWN OWL: A Fairy Story. Ford Madox Ford, Ford H. Madox Hueffer. THE BROWN OWL: A Fairy Story.
F. Madox Brown. London: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1892. Stated "Second edition," though we assume this is actually a second printing or even the first edition, first printing with a new title page inserted (see below). His first book, written to amuse his sister Juliet and published when he was just seventeen years old. Illustrated with two full-page, black-and-white plates by his grandfather, F. Madox Brown, a painter closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Harvey does not mention this second "edition"-- published the same year as the first--but does note a fourth edition dated 1898 and that "in all editions the title page is in red and black" [Harvey, A1(a-b)]. This copy in quarter blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine with cloth over boards matching that of the first edition, and with pattern on cloth extending to page edges, as in the first. Plain cream-colored endpapers pasted over the original patterned endpapers of the first edition, which are still just barely visible around the edges. Illustrated extra title page lists three titles in the "Children’s Library" on verso, as we presume does the first, and printer's leaf following p.165 reads "Printed by R. & R. Clark, Edinburgh" as in the first edition. INTERESTINGLY, an 1892 New York, Cassell Publishing Company, stated "third edition" DIGITIZED FROM THE HOLDINGS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO LIBRARY is also clearly published using the same plates (if not sheets) and with the same illustrated extra title page listing three titles, printer’s leaf following p.165, and even with the "T. Fisher Unwin" logo on verso of the title page. One has to wonder whether Fisher Unwin sold the sheets from the various print runs with the offer of a cancel title page already inserted. Or, more likely, whether there was only ever one print run--given that there are very few copies in libraries worldwide (between 50 and 60 copies split between several records on OCLC) and only a handful currently offered for sale online. (Which would make Ford’s estimate that "it sold many thousands more copies than any book I ever wrote" highly unlikely [Harvey, p.4].) Contemporary gift inscription at head of page listing titles in the Children’s Library and another pasted to opposing blank page, few minor smudges to margins, covers rubbed and tips a little frayed, still about very good. FORD MADOX FORD'S FIRST BOOK--AN INTERESTING COPY WHICH MAY REVEAL MUCH ABOUT THE PRINTING HISTORY OF THIS BOOK.

[Book #53794]       Price: $350.00
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