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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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POEMS. Ralph Waldo Emerson. POEMS.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865. Later printing. First published in London in 1847, and in Boston the same year. Small, blue cloth-covered boards stamped in blind on front and back and in gold on spine; all page edges gilt. Spine ends and corners somewhat worn, otherwise very good with some darkening to the coated endpapers and foxing to the prelims. A nifty little book nonetheless.

[Book #45900]       Price: $50.00
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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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POEMS OF CHILDHOOD. Eugene Field, Maxfield Parrish. POEMS OF CHILDHOOD.
Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [circa 1915]. Later Printing. Full-color title page and eight full-page plates by Parrish. with top edge plain and without tissue guards. Although the title page is dated MCMIV and the last copyright date is 1904, this particular issue is presumably from 1915, with Linderman's INDIAN WHY STORIES, illustrated by C.M. Russell last in list on the rear panel. Fine in near fine dust jacket. A scarce book in dust jacket in any early printing, especially in this nice condition. Scarce in dust jacket.

[Book #49384]       Price: $350.00
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TORCH SONG TRILOGY: Three Plays. Harvey Fierstein. TORCH SONG TRILOGY: Three Plays.
New York: Villard Books, 1983. First Villard edition of his Tony Award-winning production. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with rubbing, light soiling and very shallow chipping.

[Book #25714]       Price: $50.00
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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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LADIES WHOSE BRIGHT EYES. Ford Madox Ford. LADIES WHOSE BRIGHT EYES.
Philadephia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1935. First U.S. edition. Near fine in orange cloth boards with dark blue lettering, top edge stained black. In good to very good dust jacket with shallow chipping, light soiling, few marks to rear panel, and rubbed creasing along top edge.

[Book #52626]       Price: $100.00
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ZEPPELIN NIGHTS: A London Entertainment. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer, Violet Hunt. ZEPPELIN NIGHTS: A London Entertainment.
London/ New York: John Lane, 1916. First edition. London during the WWI and the impact of air raids and air attacks on the populace. Variant binding of bright blue cloth with gilt on front and spine. Harvey [A49] notes a presentation copy in the Naumburg Collection in the same binding with ads at rear torn out, as they are in this copy. A Merchant Marine copy with two stamps on front endpaper and unrelated small bookplate on front pastedown. Good only, with covers worn.

[Book #53787]       Price: $200.00
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THE PRE-RAPHAELITE BROTHERHOOD: A Critical Monograph. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE PRE-RAPHAELITE BROTHERHOOD: A Critical Monograph.
London/ New York: Duckworth & Co./E. P. Dutton, [1907]. First edition. Like his earlier artists' studies, this one is published in the "Popular Library of Art" series (later printing copies are in the "Masters of Painting" series). INSCRIBED, "For George Keating / Ford Madox Ford," most likely in the 1930's. After Ford's heart attack in 1931 left him broke, Keating offered to pay his way to New York and acted as an advisor on which publishers he should approach. Keating, an executive in a paper company, eventually amassed a large collection of Conradiana, which he donated to Yale University. In a 1973 letter to Thomas Moser regarding, among other things, the Arthur Mizener biography of Ford, THE SADDEST STORY, Keating wrote, "I found [it] very interesting but wondered a bit about his facts. For instance, the references he made to me (several times) were not entirely correct. During the last few years I had quite a lot to do with Ford and I am happy to say that I feel I did not let the old man down." Original red cloth with gilt lettering and design on spine and front cover and TEG. Mild damp staining to and along spine, otherwise only minor wear and would be very good. Harvey A23 calls for brown boards, making this a variant in a nicer binding. INSCRIBED TO COLLECTOR AND BENEFACTOR, GEORGE KEATING.

[Book #53788]       Price: $1,250.00
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THE DANGER. Dick Francis. THE DANGER.
London: Michael Joseph, (1983). First edition. SIGNED "HI --- Dick Francis," on half title page. Fine in dust jacket with one tiny spot of minor edge wear.

[Book #52753]       Price: $50.00
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HIGH STAKES. Dick Francis. HIGH STAKES.
London: Michael Joseph, (1975). First edition. About fine in dust jacket with minor edge wear and small mark at bottom of spine.

[Book #52749]       Price: $50.00
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NERVE. Dick Francis. NERVE.
London: Michael Joseph, (1964). First edition. An uncorrected proof in tan wraps with the date "24 JAN 1964" stamped on front cover. The author's second mystery. Very good with spine rumpled (as often seen with these fragile, perfect-bound items), a few faint stains and the bottom front cover just a bit curled. Scarce.

[Book #53003]       Price: $950.00
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WILD HORSES. Dick Francis. WILD HORSES.
Briston: Scorpion Press, 1994. First edition. One of 99 SIGNED numbered copies. (There were also 20 deluxe lettered copies signed by Francis and H. R. F. Keating, who provided an author appreciation.) Fine in quarter leather and marbled boards.

[Book #52758]       Price: $200.00
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THE CASE OF THE SHOPLIFTER'S SHOE. Erle Stanley Gardner. THE CASE OF THE SHOPLIFTER'S SHOE.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1938. First edition. Spine somewhat cocked, otherwise about very good with light rubbing to the cover, endpapers showing a small amount of offset along the edges. In facsimile dust jacket.

[Book #51245]       Price: $125.00
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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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LISTEN! I HEAR A SOFT WIND. Alis Goldate. LISTEN! I HEAR A SOFT WIND.
Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, (1976). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the free endpaper in 1976. Very good or better with a touch of rubbing to the bottom of the spine. In a price-clipped dust jacket that has a thin short line of blue offset to the front cover (appears to be a production error), but otherwise has just the barest wear and would be in fine condition.

[Book #50758]       Price: $60.00
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POEMS AND PLAYS: To Which Is Prefixed THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR. Oliver Goldsmith. POEMS AND PLAYS: To Which Is Prefixed THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
London: B. Newbery and T. Johnson, 1780. Early edition with the ten-page "Life of the Author" added. The first edition was published in Dublin in 1777. Engraved title page; final leaf with contents listed on recto and with verso stating: "This edition contains several additions and corrections never before printed; being the only perfect one ever published of this celebrated author's poems." on the divisional title page for "She Stoops to Conquer," the date of the first printing is given as 1772 instead of 1773. Pages 12 and 253 misnumbered 11 and 221. No front endpaper or frontis portrait present. The first page is the title page, which is neatly trimmed at the top (affecting margin only), shows bleed-through from previous owner's name and date (1838) on verso, and is partially detached. This copy contains three full-page illustrations, which we believe is the correct number based on other copies on OCLC. Full polished calf with 5 raised bands and leather label that is worn but still readable. Pencilled and inked notes on unprinted end sheets, faint old damp stains to last several leaves, otherwise text block is clean and relatively free from foxing and staining; signature K2 (pp.161-180) loose but still holding.

[Book #52806]       Price: $200.00
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LES URNES UTILES. Edward Gorey. LES URNES UTILES.
Cambridge (Mass.): Halty-Ferguson Publishing Company, 1980. First edition, limited issue. Number 168 of 426 SIGNED copies. A small book, measuring 5 x 6". Near fine pictorial stapled paperwraps with only minor sunning to the fold. SIGNED BY EDWARD GOREY.

[Book #49744]       Price: $400.00
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REMINISCENCES OF ANTON CHEKHOV. Maxim Gorky, Alexander, Kuprin, I. A., Bunin. REMINISCENCES OF ANTON CHEKHOV.
New York: B.W. Huebsch, Inc. 1921. First edition. Translated by S.S. Koteliansky and Leonard Woolf. By Gorky, Alexander Kuprin, and I.A. Bunin. Spine label a little darkened and tiny hole in back of hinge edge, otherwise very good or better, lacking dust jacket.

[Book #42268]       Price: $200.00
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RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE. Zane Grey. RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Before 1918. An early reprint edition with illustrations by Douglas Duer and the frontispiece illustration reproduced as the dust jacket cover, as in the original Harper edition. SIGNED BY GREY in "Lackawaxen, Pa.," from where we understand he moved in 1918, so an early reprint. This title is considered by many critics to have played a significant role in shaping the formula of the popular Western genre. It tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her polygamous Mormon Church, a leader of which, Elder Tull, wants to marry her. Withersteen is supported by a number of Gentile friends, including Bern Venters and Lassiter, a famous gunman and killer of Mormons. It was made into a number of movies starting in 1918 with one starring William Scott and directed by Frank Lloyd; then again in 1925 with Tom Mix, 1931 with George O'Brien, 1941 with George Montgomery and on TV in 1996 with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. This copy was OWNED BY THE MOVIE STAR AND BOOK COLLECTOR Jack Palance and has two bookplates attesting to this below Grey's signature. The book is very good with minor wear and the jacket has chipping and some tape on the outside across top inch of spine and extending onto the front and back covers. Still, scarce in any early jacket and signed by Grey. EARLY REPRINT SIGNED BY GREY.

[Book #52693]       Price: $950.00
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FLAMING GUNS. J. E. Grinstead. FLAMING GUNS.
New York: The Dodge Publishing Co. (1938). First edition. "Blazing guns -- yes. Intrigue and theft and double dealing and fear and high courage and depth of despair"--- What more can we say? It's got it all. Gift inscription on front endpaper, otherwise very good or better in a slightly chipped and repaired dust jacket that is actually very colorful and attractive.

[Book #32554]       Price: $150.00
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DANCING DAVID. Thom Gunn, illustrations, Dorothea Tanning. DANCING DAVID.
Kripplebush, New York: Nadja, (1995). First edition, limited issue. Illustrated with a wispy stream of red squiggled lines by Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), a painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet herself, whose work after 1960 was almost completely abstract (Wikipedia). NUMBER XVII (17) of 25 ROMAN-NUMERALED COPIES "reserved for the poet and the artist" and SIGNED BY GUNN AND TANNING. From a total edition of 126; there were an additional 75 copies in paperwraps and 26 bound in cloth. This copy ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY TANNING to prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht and wife, "Dear Tony, Here is another take on one of your heroes. It comes with my love to you and Helen. Dorothea." An attractive production, handset and letterpress printed; handsewn in mustard-colored paperwraps printed in blue and brown on front. Fine. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #54267]       Price: $450.00
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DANCING DAVID. Thom Gunn, Dorothea Tanning. DANCING DAVID.
Kripplebush, New York: Nadja, (1995). First edition, limited issue. Illustrated with a wispy stream of red squiggled lines by Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), a painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet herself, whose work after 1960 was almost completely abstract (Wikipedia). NUMBER XXI [21] of 25 ROMAN-NUMERALED COPIES "reserved for the poet and the artist" and SIGNED BY GUNN AND TANNING. From a total edition of 126; there were an additional 75 copies in paperwraps and 26 bound in cloth. An attractive production, handset and letterpress printed; handsewn in mustard-colored paperwraps printed in blue and brown on front. Fine.

[Book #54270]       Price: $250.00
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THE BATTLE OF THE ALEUTIANS. Dashiell Hammett, , Robert Colodny. THE BATTLE OF THE ALEUTIANS.
(Adak, Alaska: Intelligence Section Field Force Headquarters, 1944). First edition. "In Honor and Memory of the Men of the North Pacific Theater Who Died so that a Continent Might Be Free." Hammett, who was stationed in the Aleutians Islands was assigned to help compile an accounting of the Aleutian Campaign under supervision of the Intelligence Section. Text by Hammett and captions by Colodny; illustrations, maps and layout by Harry Fletcher. Few small scrapes and light stains to rear cover, edges lightly rubbed, otherwise very good or better in oblong, stapled blue paperwraps.

[Book #49126]       Price: $150.00
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