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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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THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK: An Agony in Eight Fits. Lewis Carroll. THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK: An Agony in Eight Fits.
New York: Macmillan, 1923. First of this edition. With publisher's blurb, "This new edition is for a new public." A very good copy with previous owner's name on front endpaper in an early dust jacket with spine darkened and splitting at front fold, small chips at head of spine, 3/4-inch chipped from base, and with small hole in blank back panel.

[Book #48545]       Price: $150.00
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USEFUL AND INSTRUCTIVE POETRY. Lewis Carroll. USEFUL AND INSTRUCTIVE POETRY.
London: Geoffrey Bles, (1954). First edition. Composed in 1845 when Carroll was thirteen for his younger brother and sister. Includes a few facsimile pages of text and reproductions of seven of the original illustrations. Light damp staining to boards and page top edges, otherwise very good in the original acetate dust jacket with printed paper front flap (small piece missing from head of spine and large piece missing from rear panel of acetate).

[Book #48546]       Price: $100.00
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CATHEDRAL: Stories. Raymond Carver. CATHEDRAL: Stories.
New York: Knopf, 1983. First edition. His third collection of short stories and the first to bring him critical acclaim, SIGNED on title page above his printed name and dated 10/31/83. Bright and fine in fine dust jacket with the barest of minor wear. SIGNED IN YEAR OF PUBLICATION.

[Book #54615]       Price: $400.00
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AN AMERICAN VISITOR. Joyce Cary. AN AMERICAN VISITOR.
London: Ernest Benn Ltd. (1933). First edition. Page edges very faintly foxed and light unavoidable offset to endpapers, still near fine lacking dust jacket.

[Book #29331]       Price: $125.00
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THE HORSE'S MOUTH. Joyce Cary. THE HORSE'S MOUTH.
London: Michael Joseph Ltd. (1944). First edition. The third volume in his trilogy (first two volumes were HERSELF SURPRISED, 1941, and TO BE A PILGRIM, 1942). HORSE'S MOUTH follows the adventures of Gulley Jimson, an artist who exploits his friends and acquaintances to earn a quid. Made into a 1958 movie with script by Cary and Alec Guinness, starring Guinness and Kay Walsh. Very good in red cloth; in dust jacket with long tears along front spine fold and front flap fold backed with tape, front panel a little wrinkled and few small chips and closed tears. Still, a presentable example of this scarce jacket.

[Book #49668]       Price: $200.00
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THE ICE KING. Daniel Casolaro. THE ICE KING.
Ardmore: Whitmore Publishing, (1981). First edition of his only book, a novel about mountain climbing. Full-page, intimate INSCRIPTION: "To a beautiful girl - - -." The author was an American freelance writer who came to public attention in 1991 when he was found dead, his wrists slashed 10-12 times, in a bathtub in a room in the Sheraton Hotel in Martinsburg, West Virginia. A note was found, and the medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. However, his death became controversial because his working notes suggested he had traveled to Martinsburg to meet a source in connection with a story he had dubbed "the Octopus," which centered around a sprawling conspiracy theory involving an international cabal. Fine in dust jacket with few small chips on corners. Unaccountably scarce--and we would guess rare signed.

[Book #47198]       Price: $450.00
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THE GRAND ORIGINAL. Randolph Churchill, Kay Halle. THE GRAND ORIGINAL.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. First edition. Portraits of Randolph Churchill by his friends collected, introduced and edited by Halle. INSCRIBED BY HALLE to friends of Churchill, it would seem, in September 1971. Includes John Betjeman. Oscar Levant, A. J. Liebling, Malcolm Muggeridge, Jacqueline Onasis, et al. Illustrated with photographs. Fine in dust jacket with corners and spine ends a little nicked and rubbed, otherwise near fine.

[Book #54411]       Price: $75.00
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THE LIFE OF THE PARTY. Irvin S. Cobb. THE LIFE OF THE PARTY.
New York: George H. Doran Company, (1919). First edition. Fine in dust jacket, which is lightly aged or soiled.

[Book #41263]       Price: $100.00
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THE ROCK POOL. Cyril Connolly. THE ROCK POOL.
New York: Charles Scribners, 1936. First U.S. edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, published in Paris earlier in the year. Small name on front pastedown, otherwise very good or better in worn dust jacket with small chips to edges, closed tears and old tape on verso. A presentable copy of a scarce book in dust jacket.

[Book #28975]       Price: $150.00
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LORD JIM. Joseph Conrad. LORD JIM.
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1900. First edition. Conrad's first major novel and one of his most popular. Light--green cloth with gilt lettering and black floral design to spine and lettering and design in black on front; all edges untrimmed. First issue with "anyrate" for "any rate" p.77:5; "keep" missing after "can" and "cure" for "cured" p.226:7 (up); and final word p.319, "his," not aligned. Spine very slightly toned, spine ends and corners bumped and slightly worn, a touch of scattered foxing, and inner hinge paper expertly repaired. Still, a very good to near fine copy of a scarce book in nice condition. HIS FIRST MAJOR NOVEL.

[Book #54286]       Price: $2,750.00
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AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS. Joseph Conrad. AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS.
London: Fisher Unwin, 1896. First edition. Conrad's second novel, inspired by his experience as chief mate of the small steamer, the "Vidar." Adapted into the 1951 movie of the same name, directed by Carol Reed and featuring Trevor Howard as Willems (the movie was nominated for best British film and best film from any source at the 1953 BAFTA awards). Though the exact number of copies is unknown, estimates range between 1,000 copies (Unwin's statement in Cagle's unpublished bibliography) and 3,000 copies (Wise's biblography). In our experience, the latter, higher number seems more likely. This copy with the typographical errors "this" for "their" p.26:31; page 129 numbered "10"; and "hate" for "fate" p.356:26. In bluish-green cloth with lower paper edges rough trimmed and top edges gilt. Binding a little cocked, minor fraying on spine ends, name and 1898 date on front endpaper. Still, about very good. HIS SECOND NOVEL, INSPIRED BY HIS EXPERIENCES ABOARD A SMALL STEAMER.

[Book #53743]       Price: $600.00
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WORKS. Joseph Conrad. WORKS.
Edinburgh: John Grant, 1925. First edition thus, the definitive edition in twenty volumes. In original dark blue cloth, each with frontispieces and facsimile signature. Gilt spine lettering bright, only very minor rubbing on tips and occasionally on covers but otherwise a near fine and bright set. THE DEFINITIVE EDITION IN TWENTY VOLUMES.

[Book #53756]       Price: $1,000.00
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MRS. PALMER'S HONEY. Fannie Cook. MRS. PALMER'S HONEY.
Garden City: Doubleday & Company Inc. 1946. First edition of the author's third book. INSCRIBED and signed by Cook, who's inscriptions seem to be scarce. Winner of the first George Washington Carver Award. The blurb under the author's picture reads in part, "Although Fannie Cook happens to be white, she is particularly qualified to write about Negro-white relationships..." Very good or better in a good-only dust jacket with 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 inch chunk missing from top corner of rear panel and the top and bottom spine edges chipped away (not affecting any lettering). The price on the front flap is still intact and the front panel looks good.

[Book #36034]       Price: $100.00
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THE WORKS OF WILLIAM COWPER: His Poems, Correspondence and Translations. William Cowper. THE WORKS OF WILLIAM COWPER: His Poems, Correspondence and Translations.
London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1836. First edition. Includes a life of the author by the editor Robert Southey, Poet Laureate. 15 volumes. A nice set in the original cloth bindings which are decorated in blind. Each volume with engraved frontis and engraved title. Yellow endpapers are clean but some foxing on early pages, otherwise minor wear but unusual to find in such nice shape.

[Book #30271]       Price: $450.00
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BODY. Harry Crews. BODY.
New York: Poseidon/Ultramarine, (1990). First edition, limited issue by Ultramine Publishing from the Poseidon Press first printing sheets. Number 16 of 50 copies SIGNED by Crews. One of 40 copies finely bound in half leather by Denis Gouey (there were also 10 full-leather, lettered copies). Fine, as issued, without dust jacket but in clear acetate cover.

[Book #52588]       Price: $150.00
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THE FUTILE ALIBI. Freeman Wills Crofts. THE FUTILE ALIBI.
New York: Dodd Mead, 1938. First U.S. edition. An Inspector French detective story. If it weren't for some spotting to the covers, the book would be about fine with only minor wear; in good, price-clipped dust jacket which is complete but worn around the edges and shows faint notation in ink on the spine (appears to be a name and date).

[Book #51628]       Price: $300.00
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FOLK-TALES OF BENGAL. Lal Behari Day, Warwick Goble. FOLK-TALES OF BENGAL.
Goble, Warwick. London: Macmillan and Co, 1912. First of this edition with the Goble illustrations. Traditional folk-tales, collected and translated by Day; originally published in 1883. Wonderful illustrations by Goble with 32 colour plates with captions on facing pages. Beautifully bound by Baynton in half burgundy morocco and boards with gilt lettering and decorations to spine. Marbled endpapers, 274 pages, top edge gilt. Fine. BAYNTON BINDING.

[Book #46586]       Price: $450.00
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END ZONE. Don DeLillo. END ZONE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972. First edition of his second book. Football as metaphor for nuclear war? Fine in dust jacket with the barest edgewear. Better than usual for this black dust jacket.

[Book #37714]       Price: $350.00
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CHRIST IN CONCRETE. Pietro Di Donato. CHRIST IN CONCRETE.
New York: Bobb-Merrill Co. (1939). First edition. Di Donato (1911 - 1992), a writer and bricklayer, was best known for this novel, which recounts the life and times of his bricklayer father, Geremio, who was killed in 1923 in a building collapse. The book was hailed by critics in the U.S. and abroad as a metaphor for the immigrant experience in America [Wikipedia]. INSCRIBED to actress and radio pioneer, Gertrude Berg, "To dear Gertrude Berg -- whom I have enjoyed long before meeting. Salute! Peter di Donato Sept. 1, 1939." Gertrude Berg (1899 - 1966) was a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, screenwriter and producer. A pioneer of classic radio, she was one of the first women to create, write, produce and star in a long-running hit when she premiered her serial comedy-drama "The Rise of the Goldbergs" (1929), later known as "The Goldbergs" [Wiki]. Minor cover wear and spine lettering fading otherwise very good. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #54409]       Price: $150.00
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THE SHARK AT THE WINDOW -- (for my brother's marriage). James Dickey. THE SHARK AT THE WINDOW -- (for my brother's marriage).
[Winston Salem]: Palaemon Press, [circa 1970s]. First edition. Palaemon Broadside Number Six. 13 x 20" broadside suitable for framing. Prints the first poem of Dickey's to appear in print (in 1951 in The Sewanee Review) with illustration in red by Robert Dance of a long-haired woman at a window by the sea. Number 30 of 100 numbered copies SIGNED BY DICKEY. Fine.

[Book #54608]       Price: $125.00
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SOME POEMS AND A DEVOTION. John Donne. SOME POEMS AND A DEVOTION.
Norfolk: New Directions, 1941. First edition. Fine in stiff paperwraps with flaps, showing just a hint of fading on the thin spine. There was also a small, simultaneous edition in boards.

[Book #33684]       Price: $60.00
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TEN POEMS. Rita Dove. TEN POEMS.
Lisbon, Iowa: Penumbra Press, 1977. First edition. Number 126 of only 200 copies of the former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning POET'S FIRST BOOK. Number four in Penumbra's "Manila Series." Unprinted, brown, string-tied paperwraps; housed in publisher's printed envelope. This copy INSCRIBED, "For Jeff, with warm wishes from one book lover to another - Rita Dove / 10 Feb 90." Fine in fine envelope with just minor creasing to the flap. Scarce in envelope and signed or inscribed. INSCRIBED "FROM ONE BOOK LOVER TO ANOTHER"

[Book #52919]       Price: $1,500.00
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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Theodore Dreiser. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. Volume one only of the two-volume trade edition, which preceded the limited edition by a year. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books, made into a film in 1931 under this title and in 1951 as "A Place in the Sun" with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. A Haycraft-Queen title and on the Time 100 list. Gold stamped spine lettering a little dull, corners a bit rubbed and front hinge starting, otherwise very good condition. In a dust jacket with an obvious repair at top of spine where it appears lettering has been drawn in (nice job), otherwise near fine. VOLUME ONE ONLY.

[Book #52707]       Price: $250.00
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JENNIE GERHARDT. Theodore Dreiser. JENNIE GERHARDT.
New York: Harper & Bros. 1911. First edition, second issue with p.22:8 (up) corrected. From the library of producer Ralph Block, with his ownership signature on front endpaper. Hinge starting at second blank page, spine tanned and a bit dulled, otherwise about very good.

[Book #52016]       Price: $60.00
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