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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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LUCY GAYHEART. Willa Cather. LUCY GAYHEART.
New York: Knopf, 1935. First edition. Number 404 of 749 SIGNED, numbered copies. Blue cloth spine faded to tan, otherwise near fine in original paper-covered slipcase which is lightly aged but still very good. Lacking the dust jacket. PRINTER'S PROOF FOR PAGES 181 to 183 SHOWING SLIGHT VARIATION IN TEXT laid in (7 x 25"). Variations occur at page 183, lines 6 to 10.

[Book #53725]       Price: $350.00
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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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HERE AND NOW: LETTERS 2008 - 2011. J. M. Coetzee, , Paul Auster. HERE AND NOW: LETTERS 2008 - 2011.
London: Faber & Faber/Harvill Secker, (2013). First edition. One of 100 (of 110 total) numbered and SIGNED copies. The Nobel Prize-winning author Coetzee and the author and director Paul Auster met in person for the first time in February 2008. Soon after, they began exchanging letters on numerous topics. An interesting and enlightening look into the thoughts and beliefs of both of these important and popular authors. Fine to new, as issued, in brown and beige leather without dust jacket, in cloth covered slipcase.

[Book #53268]       Price: $450.00
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THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea. Joseph Conrad. THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea.
London: Heinemann, 1898. First UK edition of his third book. A novella written in 1896 partly based on his experiences of a voyage from Bombay to London. This edition preceded in 1897 by the U.S. edition published under the title, CHILDREN OF THE SEA. (To muddy things up a bit: Heinemann issued 8 copies for copyright prior to release of the U.S. edition, but the actual publication of this UK edition came after that of the U.S.) The novella was serialized in London in The New Review under the title "The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’; a Tale of the Forecastle" from August 1897 to December 1897. Dodd, Mead changed the title to CHILDREN OF THE SEA for U.S. publication, reportedly not because they deemed the word "nigger" offensive, but because they feared a book about a black man would not sell. However, the novella was serialized across the U.S. in periodicals 9 times in 1897 under its original name. (The word remains offensive, still it’s nice to know a story about a black man was apparently well-received.) Conrad’s preface, considered one of his most significant pieces of non-fiction writing, begins with his oft-quoted line, "A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line." Issued in three bindings, this one being the third, with a 32-page catalog bound in at end headed by Harold Frederick’s ILLUMINATION. There were only 1,519 copies in total. Spine a little darkened, spine ends and corners showing some wear, and the cheap-paper endpapers show a little offset from the binding and two small chips to front edge. Still a solid, tight, copy that is otherwise very good. BASED PARTLY ON HIS VOYAGE FROM BOMBAY TO LONDON.

[Book #53745]       Price: $500.00
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WITHIN THE TIDES: Tales. Joseph Conrad. WITHIN THE TIDES: Tales.
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 1915. First edition. Short story collection, including "The Planter of Malata," "The Partner," "The Inn of the Two Witches" and "Because of the Dollars." The last volume of stories published during Conrad's lifetime. A fine copy with back and front panels, including flaps, of the dust jacket laid in (lacking spine). Scarce in any semblance of the jacket. SCARCE IN ANY SEMBLANCE OF THE JACKET.

[Book #53761]       Price: $350.00
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THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE. Pat Conroy. THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980. First edition. SIGNED by Conroy. Basis for the movie of the same name, co-written by Conroy and starring David Keith and Robert Prosky, as Bear. "One hundred years of the finest school turning out the finest young men. IT WAS ALL A LIE. One cadet is about to expose the system." Subtle rubbing to upper boards, still near fine in first-issue, price-clipped dust jacket with single blurb by James Dickey on rear panel (versus four). The white jacket shows only the barest wear.

[Book #53219]       Price: $250.00
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NINE LITTLE GOSLINGS. Susan Coolidge. NINE LITTLE GOSLINGS.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1875. First edition. By Sarah Chauncy Woolsey, written under the pseudonym "Susan Coolidge." Coolidge first gained popularity for her "Katy Did" series in 1872; the series--a greater literary influence in England than in the United States--has since been recognized as a precursor to the popular British girls' school stories that proliferated in the twentieth century. Nine stories with nursery-rhyme titles: "Goosey, Goosey Gander," "Little Bo-Peep," "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," etc. Illustrated throughout at chapter headings, and with a full-page frontis drawing. Gift inscription dated 1875, spine ends, hinges and corners showing wear, and black endpapers with a few small skinned marks, but still very good.

[Book #46025]       Price: $250.00
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NEW ORLEANS: Its Old Houses, Shops and Public Buildings. Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis. NEW ORLEANS: Its Old Houses, Shops and Public Buildings.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Co. 1933. First edition. With two illustrations in color, 70 line drawings in duotone, and 2 folding maps. Review copy with slip laid in noting a price of $3.50 and publication date of February 23. One corner bumped, spine faded as usually seen, some spotting to spine and gilt spine lettering dulled but front-cover gilt still bright, altogether good or better. Lacking dust jacket. INTERESTING DITTOED SHEET LAID IN headed "Nathaniel C. Curtis/ Author of"; a short, one-page list of his "likes and dislikes." No sunsets or walking on the beach, thankfully, but he does like to "jump over-board with his clothes on and dry out in the sun" and "enjoys all kinds of weather especially stormy weather." Go figure.

[Book #54412]       Price: $150.00
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WINTER BROTHERS: A Season at the Edge of America. Ivan Doig. WINTER BROTHERS: A Season at the Edge of America.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1980). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "Best wishes through all the seasons of life. Ivan Doig." Near fine with a faint sticker shadow on front pastedown and light soiling on page edges; in a lightly soiled dust jacket.

[Book #35011]       Price: $125.00
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PLAYS OF THE NATURAL AND THE SUPERNATURAL. Theodore Dreiser. PLAYS OF THE NATURAL AND THE SUPERNATURAL.
New York/London: John Lane, 1916. First edition, first issue. Cloth edges rubbed, a few pages nicked, otherwise a very good, copy, lacking the dust jacket.

[Book #25299]       Price: $75.00
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SISTER CARRIE. Theodore Dreiser. SISTER CARRIE.
London: Heinemann, 1901. First UK edition of his first book which was suppressed in the U.S. Pictorial cloth mildly faded on spine, faint stain on rear board, free endpapers show unavoidable darkening (from binding), bookseller blindstamp on front endpaper, and outer corner of first few pages gently creased. Still, a very attractive copy of a scarce book. SCARCE ENGLISH EDITION.

[Book #35680]       Price: $750.00
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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, pencilled name on front endpaper. Lacking dust jacket. The first edition seems to be scarce.

[Book #52462]       Price: $300.00
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THE CONFIDENTIAL CLERK. T. S. Eliot. THE CONFIDENTIAL CLERK.
London: Faber and Faber, (1954). First edition. First issue with "Ihad" p.7:2(up), in first-issue dust jacket, priced "10s 6d". Endpapers lightly foxed and small faint stain on front free endpaper, bookstore sticker to rear pastedown, mild spotting to rear cover, still very good to near fine in near fine dust jacket with slight tanning to spine.

[Book #54341]       Price: $60.00
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FROM POE TO VALERY: A Lecture Delivered at the Library of Congress On Friday, November 19, 1948. T. S. Eliot. FROM POE TO VALERY: A Lecture Delivered at the Library of Congress On Friday, November 19, 1948.
Washington: Library of Congress, 1949. Second edition, reprinted from "The Hudson Review." The first was published by Harcourt in 1948. Printed stapled selfwraps with minor wear. Only 1000 copies printed.

[Book #45777]       Price: $100.00
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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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CATS. T. S. Eliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber. CATS.
(London: Dewynters Ltd, 1982). First edition, souvenir program. First production was May 1981. Based on "Old Possum's Book of Pratical Cats" by T. S. Eliot. Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Very good or better in stapled paper wraps with minor rubbing and light creasing near the spine and corners.

[Book #51551]       Price: $100.00
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BLOOD ON THE MOON. James Ellroy. BLOOD ON THE MOON.
New York: Mysterious Press, (1984). First edition. A serial-killer thriller set in L.A.; the first installment in the "Lloyd Hopkins" trilogy. His third novel but first to be published in hardcover in the U.S. (the rest were issued here in paperback). Also, his first book to be adapted for film--made into the 1988 movie "Cop," starring James Woods. INSCRIBED, "To Lana, Bloody Good Devouring, James Ellroy"; or, at least that's what it appears to say--your guess is as good as ours. Provenance: from the estate of Lana Pipes. Lana and her husband, Lane, were prominent Washington-area collectors. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54759]       Price: $150.00
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THE COMMERCIAL CRISIS 1847-1848. D. Morier Evans. THE COMMERCIAL CRISIS 1847-1848.
London: Letts, Son, and Steer, 1848. First edition. The author's first book. "Facts and figures illustrative of the events of that important period, considered in relation to the three epochs of The Railway Mania, The Food and Money Panic and The French Revolution." A scarce contempory historical account. Also containing an appendix with a list of the "English and Foreign Mercantile Failures, with the Balance Sheets and Statements, of the Most Important Houses." 151 pages, plus 80-page appendix and 16 pages of publisher ads. Evans, was assistant city correspondent on the Times, a post he occupied several years before assuming direction of the money articles in the Morning Herald and Standard. In addition to his regular work, Evans was connected with several other commercial and financial periodicals, among them the Bankers' Magazine, to which he was a principal contributor; the Bullionist; and the Stock Exchange Gazette. He also conducted the literary and statistical departments of the Bankers' Almanac and Diary. This first book was followed by "History of the Commercial Crisis, 1857-8," and the "Stock Exchange Panic, 1859," among others. About very good in somewhat soiled and faded original cloth, which has been rebacked with original spine laid down, and with new endpapers, linen hinges and sewn headbands added.

[Book #52684]       Price: $750.00
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COLLECTED STORIES OF WILLIAM FAULKNER. William Faulkner. COLLECTED STORIES OF WILLIAM FAULKNER.
New York: Random House, 1950. First edition. The first issue in gray cloth with title page printed in blue and black, top page edge stained blue, and spine reading "The Collected Stories of William Faulkner." Newspaper clippings about Faulkner pasted to pastedowns and back endpaper, otherwise would be fine. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #52188]       Price: $100.00
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ELMER. William Faulkner. ELMER.
Northport, Alabama: Mississippi Quarterly/Seajay Press, 1983. First edition. This would have been Faulkner's second novel. Elmer, he says, "is tall and almost handsome and he wants to paint pictures. He gets everything a man could want -- money, a European title, marries the girl he wants --- and she gives away his paint box." Edited by Dianne L. Cox and with a foreword by James B. Meriwether. One of 26 lettered copies, there were also 200 numbered copies. Fine in dark blue cloth, without dust jacket (as issued).

[Book #47985]       Price: $250.00
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CIMARRON. Edna Ferber. CIMARRON.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1930. First edition. Her fictional story of the Oklahoma land rushes of the 1880s and 1890s which was made into a 1931 Oscar-winning movie of the same name with Richard Dix and Irene Dunne. Very good with minor rubbing on corners and spine ends; in very nice, very good to near fine dust jacket with only a few tiny chips and very small closed tears backed with archival tape.

[Book #52022]       Price: $350.00
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THE LAST OF THE CRAZY PEOPLE. Timothy Findley. THE LAST OF THE CRAZY PEOPLE.
Toronto: General Publishing, (1967). First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED to his "Uncle Doug": "I dropped in to see Father and I thought perhaps you might enjoy my signing this - my first novel. Best wishes Tif / Timothy Findley / Cannington / October 10,1967." Tanning to front endpaper (offset from item previously laid in), unfortunately where the inscription is written, otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket with only light wear to spine ends.

[Book #39960]       Price: $250.00
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HIGH STAKES. Dick Francis. HIGH STAKES.
New York: Harper & Row, (1975). First U.S. edition. SIGNED by author. Fine in dust jacket with minor wear on bottom corners and spine end.

[Book #52397]       Price: $100.00
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