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L. A. CONFIDENTIAL. James Ellroy. L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.
New York: Mysterious Press, (1990). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To: Lana -- Blood blitz. James Ellroy." Noir novel set in 1950's L.A. in which three policemen investigate a series of murders and mete out with their own brand of justice. Basis for the critically acclaimed movie of the same name starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger (who won an Oscar for her role), Danny DeVito, et al. Lana Pipes (1942 - 2017), a Fulbright Scholar, edited educational magazines. She and her husband, Frank, who died in the Air Florida flight in 1982, were major collectors in Washington D.C. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54760]       Price: $125.00
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THE HORSE WHISPERER. Nicholas Evans. THE HORSE WHISPERER.
London: Bantam Press, (1995). First UK edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Basis for the Robert Redford movie. Advance reading copy (though labeled "uncorrected proof"). SIGNED BY EVANS on the title page, which is unusual as most copies we've seen were signed on a numbered bookplate. Fine in glossy pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #50983]       Price: $75.00
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THE TOWN. William Faulkner. THE TOWN.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1958. First UK edition. Fine in lightly soiled dustwrapper slightly worn on edges.

[Book #20957]       Price: $100.00
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DEAD RECKONING: A Book of Poetry. Kenneth Fearing. DEAD RECKONING: A Book of Poetry.
New York: Random House, (1938). First edition. Pastedowns unavoidably darkened, otherwise fine in lightly soiled dust jacket.

[Book #13651]       Price: $50.00
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ADAM AND THE SERPENT. Vardis Fisher. ADAM AND THE SERPENT.
Caldwell, Idaho/New York: Caxton Printers/Vanguard Press, 1947. First edition. Minor cover wear, otherwise fine in a near fine, bright dust jacket with the barest wear.

[Book #52056]       Price: $75.00
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PASSIONS SPIN THE PLOT. Vardis Fisher. PASSIONS SPIN THE PLOT.
Caldwell, Idaho/New York: Caxton Printers/Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc. 1934. First edition. The second book in the Vridar Hunter tetralogy, which also included IN TRAGIC LIFE, WE ARE BETRAYED, and NO VILLIAN NEED BE. About fine in dust jacket with minor edge wear.

[Book #49716]       Price: $200.00
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FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS. F. Scott Fitzgerald. FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1920. First edition, second printing, published the same month as the first. His second book, with 8 short stories. The first printing was 5000 copies and this scarce second printing was only 3000 copies. Bright and nearly fine with just light offset to the front endpaper from item previously laid in. The dust jacket, which is ONE OF THE SCARCEST FITZGERALD JACKETS, shows extensive professional repair, most noticeably on spine and at head of front panel where--unable to determine the correct text for what would appear to be "2nd Large Printing" (only "ge Printing" remain)--the conservationist opted to fill in with the orange, background color. Fortunately the W.E. Hill cover illustration, depicting a scene from "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is wholly intact.

[Book #49654]       Price: $2,500.00
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THRILLING CITIES. Ian Fleming. THRILLING CITIES.
New York: New American Library, (1964). First U.S. edition. A look behind the scenes of the world's most fabulous places. Top corners slightly bumped, otherwise very good in dust jacket with minor wear on corners and spine ends and a few very short closed tears.

[Book #54714]       Price: $75.00
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AND SUDDEN DEATH. J. S. Fletcher. AND SUDDEN DEATH.
New York: Hillman-Curl, Inc. 1938. First U.S. ediiton. Minor cover wear but still good to very good in dust jacket with closed tears, edgewear and a chip at top of the spine just slightly affecting the top of "AND." Still, not a bad looking copy.

[Book #36069]       Price: $150.00
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THE GOOD SOLDIER. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE GOOD SOLDIER.
New York / London: John Lane / Bodley Head, 1915. First edition, American issue. One of his most famous and most scarce works, a novel set before World War I chronicling the tragic lives of two couples using intricate flashbacks. Provenance, R. P Blackmur, poet, critic and teacher, with his blind-stamps to heads of front free endpaper and half-title pages. Light wear to corners and spine tips, spine lettering a bit dulled but readable otherwise very good lacking dust jacket. 1972 TLS on Cornell University Department of English letterhead to "Dearest Bibsy" from "Daddy" with family and departmental gossip and explanation of the book's value, "Maybe you can sell it some day at Parke-Benet and buy one of your grandchildren a sailboat" (but not all of them, alas). ALS from "Mother" on verso witih a bit more family and departmental gossip. ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS & MOST SCARCE WORKS.

[Book #53152]       Price: $3,750.00
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LO! Charles Fort. LO!
Alexander King. New York: Claude Kendall, (1931). First edition. Tales of the unexplained, recorded by Ford, with an introduction by Tiffany Thayer, founder of the "Fortean Society" which once counted among its followers such literary luminaries of the day as Theodore Dreiser, Booth Tarkington, Ben Hecht, Alexander Woollcott and H. L. Mencken. Illustrated with 12 full-page plates by Alexander King. Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932) studied and wrote about anomalous phenomena, inspiring and influencing numerous science fiction writers with his tales of strange happenings. An unusually fine copy with just a touch of rubbing to the fragile yellow spine stamping; in a bright, near fine dust jacket with only minor wear.

[Book #54762]       Price: $2,750.00
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COMEBACK. Dick Francis. COMEBACK.
London: Michael Joseph, (1991). First edition. SIGNED. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #52413]       Price: $50.00
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SMOKESCREEN. Dick Francis. SMOKESCREEN.
London: Michael Joseph, (1972). First edition. SIGNED by Francis on the half title page. Fine in dust jacket with only the barest wear. A very nice copy.

[Book #52765]       Price: $125.00
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THE FUGITIVE: A Play in Four Acts. John Galsworthy. THE FUGITIVE: A Play in Four Acts.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913. First U.S. edition. Spine ends very slightly faded, otherwise near fine in scarce, good dust jacket with tanned and rubbed spine, some edge chipping and old insect damage along spine and flap folds.

[Book #33416]       Price: $50.00
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THE CASE OF THE STUTTERING BISHOP: A Perry Mason Story. Erle Stanley Gardner. THE CASE OF THE STUTTERING BISHOP: A Perry Mason Story.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1936. First edition. Endpapers lightly offset near hinge and small name stamp on front pastedown, otherwise fine in dust jacket with very light rubbing, light edgewear and some chipping to spine ends and tips (not affecting any lettering). A bright, attractive copy of a scarce book. SCARCE PERRY MASON.

[Book #27548]       Price: $500.00
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IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY: And Other Stories. William H. Gass. IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY: And Other Stories.
New York: Harper & Row, (1968). First edition of author's second book. Collection of five stories includes the title story plus "The Pedersen Kid," "Mrs. Mean," "Icicles," and "Order of Insects." Minor spine crimps, otherwise bright and fine in near fine dust jacket folded onto the book slightly off-center. Jacket shows light tanning to spine lettering and the barest nicks to spine ends and corners.

[Book #49138]       Price: $100.00
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A WOMAN IN CHINA. Mary Gaunt. A WOMAN IN CHINA.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, [circa 1910's]. First U.S. edition. Illustrated with 65 photographic plates. Blue cloth boards with gilt-stamped illustration and lettering on front and gilt-lettered spine. Good only with flaking to cloth (appears to be old insect damage), cloth at head of spine quite frayed and frontispiece nicked on top edge but interior clean and bright.

[Book #52594]       Price: $125.00
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BLACK FRIDAY. David Goodis. BLACK FRIDAY.
New York: Lion Book, (1954). First edition, a paperback original. "Lion Book Original #224." Goodis's prolific output of short stories and novels epitomizing the noir fiction genre maintain a deep identification with the city of his birth, Philadelphia, where he used what he observed in the skid row neighborhoods of his home town to craft his stories of lives gone wrong (Wikipedia). Bright and near fine with just one tiny nick to bottom front corner and edges lightly rubbed. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL.

[Book #53186]       Price: $350.00
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POEMS 1953. Robert Graves. POEMS 1953.
London: Cassell & Company Ltd. (1953). First edition. Fine with only light bumping to lower corner tips. In dust jacket that is complete and has only light soiling and small bit of softening on top spine edge.

[Book #35918]       Price: $60.00
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THE SPOIL OF THE FLOWERS. Doris Grumbach. THE SPOIL OF THE FLOWERS.
New York: Doubleday & Co. 1962. First edition. The well respected and influential novelist, essayist and critic's first book. INSCRIBED in October 1962. Fine in dust jacket with some edgewear, two closed tears and some light staining on rear panel. Contemporary Inscription.

[Book #29758]       Price: $350.00
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AYESHA: The Return of She. H. Rider Haggard. AYESHA: The Return of She.
New York: Doubleday, Page & Co. 1905. First U.S. edition (issued simultaneously with UK edition). Very good or better in red cloth boards, lettered in gold on front and spine (spine ends and corners lightly nicked).

[Book #13962]       Price: $65.00
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A PROTEGEE OF JACK HAMLIN'S. Bret Harte. A PROTEGEE OF JACK HAMLIN'S
New York: The Regnet Press, [1915]. A reprint, but relatively early and in a dust jacket. Originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1894. Touch of faint foxing to endpapers, otherwise bright and near fine in good or better somewhat soiled dust jacket with few shallow chips and short tears repaired/reinforced with tape on verso. EARLY DUST JACKET.

[Book #54460]       Price: $100.00
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BLUE HIGHWAYS: A Journey Into America. William Least Heat-Moon. BLUE HIGHWAYS: A Journey Into America.
Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press/Little Brown & Co. (1983). First edition. INSCRIBED with a quote from the book and SIGNED by the author on the title page. A travel chronicle, illustrated with personal photos, of the author's journey to follow the paths of his ancestors. Uncorrected proof, fine in paperwraps with ink notations of pagination and other changes, and title written in ink on bottom page edges.

[Book #47723]       Price: $125.00
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THE GREAT MAGOO. Ben. Fowler Hecht, Gene. THE GREAT MAGOO.
Rosse, Herman. (New York: Covici Freide, 1933). First edition. A play in three acts and 8 scenes by Ben Hecht and Gene Fowler, with decorations in full color by Herman Rosse. Light shelfwear, otherwise near fine in dust jacket with light edge rubbing, a 3/4" by 1/4" chip in upper front panel (affecting the "E" and G" in title), slight tanning to edges of flaps and shallow chipping to spine ends and tips. Still, a bright, attractive copy.

[Book #34054]       Price: $125.00
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THE SEARCHING WIND A Play in Two Acts. Lillian Hellman. THE SEARCHING WIND A Play in Two Acts.
New York: Viking Press, 1944. First edition. Very good with pages age darkened, some soiling to page edges and cloth edges rubbed; in a slightly age-darkened dust jacket with rubbing, light soiling, a few short closed tears and very shallow chipping.

[Book #25471]       Price: $50.00
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