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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM. Nelson Algren. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1949. First edition. Winner of the first National Book Award and made into the movie that resurrected Frank Sinatra's career. "Unrevised proofs" in tall, plain blue wraps with light-blue label printed in black. Measures 6 7/8 x 11 3/4"; last page number is "122" but pagination is double in that the pages are numbered "1A," "1B," and so on. A RARE ITEM, we know of only one other copy, which is in a University collection. A few minor scuffs and creases, otherwise near fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case.

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I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS. Maya Angelou. I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS.
New York: Random House, (1969). First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED by Angelou on the half-title page, "Cuthbert . . . Joy! Maya Angleou 5/2007 No. Carolina." Angelou was challenged by her friend, author James Baldwin, and her editor, Robert Loomis, to write an autobiography that was also a piece of literature. And that she did. This, her first volume of autobiography, illustrates how strength of character can help one overcome racism and trauma. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. A very fine copy in black cloth with gilt and red stamping quite bright and red top stain still vibrant; in a fine dust jacket with only the barest edge wear and very mild creasing to the front flap (not price-clipped, as usually seen).

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FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock. John Ashbery, Hecht Booth, Wilbur, Warren, Merwin, Merrill, Hollander. FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1984. First edition and only edition of a set of 22 broadside poems, printed in red and black, with each broadside SIGNED by the poet. Reportedly one of only 50 unnumbered copies, but no indication herein. The other poets included are Louis Coxe, Eberhart, Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel Hoffman, Kunitz, John Nims, Nemerov, Schuyler, Strand, May Swenson, Mona Van Duyn, and David Waggoner About 9 x 14 inch, laid in a marbled paper portfolio with printed label on front cover. Fine.

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WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS. Robert Burns. WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS.
London;: James Cochrane and Co. 1834. The works in eight volumes with a biographical sketch by Allan Cunningham and the preface to the first Kilmanock (1786) in the first volume; and second Edinburgh (1787) edition reprinted in the second volume. First of this edition. Bound in full leather; red spine with raised bands; and green boards. Six spine compartments with gilt designs. Gilt border lines with circles at each corner. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Contains his poetry, prose and letters. Each volume has an engraved frontispiece--the first is of Burns--and pictorial title-pages, as well as the regular printed title page. All volumes have 1834 in gilt at bottom of spines. Tasteful bookplate of John Randolph Harrison on front pastedowns. Very attractive set.

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IN COLD BLOOD. Truman Capote. IN COLD BLOOD.
New York: Random House, (1965). First edition. Number 483 of 500 SIGNED numbered copies. His most famous book made into two movies and a made-for-TV movie. Fine in original acetate and slipcase.

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ORIGINAL CARICATURE OF CAPOTE together with HAND-WRITTEN NOTE. Truman Capote. ORIGINAL CARICATURE OF CAPOTE together with HAND-WRITTEN NOTE.
1977. Double matted and framed together. The original image depicting Capote as an underworld figure in a pin stripe zoot suit with U.S. flag stitched on the arm, brandishing a machine-gun "violin" case with a warhead missile protruding. Rendered in India ink on stiff drawing paper, measuring approximately 12 x 14". It is by well-known caricaturist Taylor Jones--signed by him and dated 1977. Taylor drew caricatures for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate before joining Tribune Media Services. Among his clients are The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times and many other dailies; he has been a frequent contributor to The New Republic and U.S. News & World Report. The note, in Capote's hand, is on a single sheet measuring approximately 4 x 6". The words go well with the haughty/hostile image: "Dear Sir -- I do not have time to answer your request -- T. Capote." Fine.

[Book #42936]       Price: $1,000.00
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Lewis Carroll. ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.
London: Macmillan, 1866. First edition to be published but technically the second British edition, as the exceedingly rare 1865 first edition was suppressed and only 22 copies are known to exist today. His classic tale of Alice's fall through the rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. The twists of logic throughout this tale have gained it lasting popularity with children and adults alike, and it is considered to be one of the best examples of the "literary nonsense" genre (Wikipedia). Finely, freshly bound in full, red goatskin with four raised spine bands; three gilt-stamped, green-leather spine labels (title, author & date); gilt and blind spine decorations, including gilt center stamps onlaid in green leather. Front and back covers each with inset panel of hand-colored, black-foil images stamped on cream-colored lambskin after Tenniel's original illustrations. Housed in clamshell box with quarter-red-goatskin rounded spine, raised spine bands, center stamps, leather spine labels, and red linen cloth; box lined with red velvet. Binding and case by Dragonfly Bindery/StudioBinding; design executed by Patricia & George Sargent. Frontis tissue darkened and scattered light foxing throughout otherwise the interior is in very good condition. The binding is fine. FINELY, FRESHLY BOUND IN FULL LEATHER.

[Book #54361]       Price: $12,500.00
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THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES. Agatha Christie. THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES.
New York/Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1920. First Canadian edition of her first book. Published using the sheets of the first U.S edition (published by John Lane) and preceding the British first edition, published in 1921. The first appearance of Hercule Poirot. The book has an integral Ryerson title page; we assume it was a small printing. It appears to us that it was rebacked and has new endpapers. The rebacking was a pretty good job and not obvious. Internally clean with no foxing. In a specially made clamshell box printed in black lettering on spine and front. First appearance of Hercule Poirot.

[Book #52258]       Price: $5,000.00
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QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems. Billy Collins. QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems.
New York: William Morrow, (1991). First edition. THE ELUSIVE HARDCOVER ISSUE -- SIGNED on the title page by Collins and dated "Jan 1992." The book was issued simultaneously in softcover and even that issue is scarce. An early selection of poems from the eventual Poet Laureate, exhibiting his usual wry, probing humor. Selected from his many magazine appearances by poet Edward Hirsch for The National Poetry series. Fine in crisp, fine dust jacket with only the faintest crease to rear panel. SCARCE SIGNED HARDCOVER ISSUE.

[Book #53538]       Price: $1,500.00
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THE SECRET AGENT. Joseph Conrad. THE SECRET AGENT.
London: Metheun, (1907). First edition. With 40 pages of Methuen advertisements dated September 1907, as called for. Conrad's seminal novel of espionage and anarchy. Both Graham Greene and Eric Ambler credited it as inspiration for their own work. Number 15 in Cyril Connolly's "100 Key Works of Modernism" and a "Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone." Original red cloth spine slightly faded but gilt lettering and design still bright, and tiny, imperceptible repair below the "A" in "Agent" on spine. Spine ends and corners show minor wear, and light scattered foxing to first few pages, otherwise very good or better.

[Book #54285]       Price: $2,500.00
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CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS. Joseph Conrad. CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS.
London: Metheun, (1914). First edition. Considered his break-through novel -- Conrad went from an author with smallish sales and a discriminating audience to a best-seller with a huge audience with this book -- CHANCE is unusual among Conrad's novels for its female main character and focus on social issues surrounding feminism and financial speculation. Second issue, as usually seen, with cancel title-leaf dated 1914 on verso (the first issue, with integral title leaf dated 1913 on verso, is rare). This copy with 8-page catalog dated Autumn 1913, as called for, without advertisement for Arnold Lunn's THE HARROVIANS on p.6 (indicating it is the the earliest printing of the catalog). Followed by a 32-page publisher's catalog dated September 1913 and with another "Autumn 1913" catalog laid in (4-page, different contents than above). Cagle calls for a 32-page catalog dated "July 1913" and makes no note of a 4-page catalog, laid in or otherwise, possibly making this copy unique or scarce at least. Original green cloth with spine lettering in gilt. Bookplate of Henry Pennell Frank on front pastedown. Near fine with only scattered foxing and the barest wear on the tips, most likely due to the fact that it has been protected by the original, first-issue dust jacket (with "6/-" on spine). Dust jacket front and rear panels about complete but spine chipped at both head and tail, and old tape reinforcement on verso of front flap fold and spine hinges. A very scarce jacket. IN SCARCE DUST JACKET -- HIS FIRST MAJOR COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

[Book #53774]       Price: $15,000.00
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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.

[Book #54286]       Price: $3,750.00
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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.

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YOUTH: A NARRATIVE: and Two Other Stories. Joseph Conrad. YOUTH: A NARRATIVE: and Two Other Stories.
Edinburgh: Blackwood and Sons, 1902. First edition, with earliest ads dated "10/02." Three stories or novellas, including one of Conrad's most highly regarded works, HEART OF DARKNESS. Connolly, in his MODERN MOVEMENT, calls it "a masterpiece of sinister deterioration seen by the narrator who is himself profoundly altered by it" [Connolly 14]. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked HEART OF DARKNESS among its hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with decoration in black, titles and floral decorations to front board in black. Light shelf wear to spine and edges, otherwise near fine with endpapers only very slightly tanned and just a hint of scattered foxing to prelims.

[Book #54292]       Price: $5,500.00
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THOMAS WOLFE. Pat Conroy. THOMAS WOLFE.
Atlanta: Old New York Book Shop Press, 2000. First edition. Letter H, One of 24 lettered copies (lettered "A" through "X") with an original manuscript page inserted. SIGNED by Conroy and Barry Moser, artist of the frontispiece engraving depicting Wolfe and Conroy. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

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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.

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THE FINANCIER: A Novel. Theodore Dreiser. THE FINANCIER: A Novel.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1927. A completely revised edition of his third book. INSCRIBED, "For Brills son Edmund from Theodore Dreiser 1928." The first of the trilogy on Frank Cowperwood, a financier and businessman during an epic period of American history, from the Civil War through the end of the century. Dreiser based the character on Charles T. Yerkes, a traction magnate who had a well-documented and colorful career as an organizer of companies, an art collector and womanizer. Dreiser is still considered a trailblazer in our literature for his honest treatment of American life and the vagaries of human nature. The latter, of course, caused him many problems with the critics of the time. The book is a little cocked and cover has a small mark on bottom right corner, otherwise very good to fine, clean, bright copy. Lacking dust jacket.

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REBECCA. Daphne Du Maurier. REBECCA.
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1938. First American edition. SIGNED by author on tipped-in page. The author's most famous book. Made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 with Joan Fontaine, Laurence Oliver, George Sanders, and Judith Anderson. Hitchcock's first American project, which won two Academy Awards, including Best Picture, out of a total of 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles. Darkening near hinges on pastedowns from binding glue, otherwise about fine in good or better dust jacket with edge wear and chipping at corners and one large chip from bottom rear spine corner affecting publisher's name on spine and small portion of advertisement on rear panel (price on the last book advertised).

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THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO. Alexandre Dumas. THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO.
M. Valentin. New York: Burgess, Stringer Company, 1846. First U.S. edition. Two volumes, as issued, newly rebound in one volume. Being one of two editions published in America in 1846. The other was published in Boston; priority not established (though we believe this to be the first--see below). This famous tale of revenge and retribution, of which the publisher said "his African blood is warm, and in his pages we accordingly discover the glowings of a heart gushing with feeling....," was inspired by Dumas' own Haitian-born father, an enslaved black man. Both of the American editions are based on the Chapman & Hall London edition of the same year, which was also an unattributed translation with illustrations by M. Valentin. The London edition had 20 illustrations, while this U.S. edition has only 12, which is all that are called for [Rusty Mott of the bookselling firm Howard S. Mott, Inc., kindly pointed out to us an 1847 ad in Marguerite Blessington’s MARMADUKE HERBERT for this book; the ad states, "The work is published in one large Volume, likewise in two Volumes:--in either form it is sold at One Dollar, accompanied by Twelve splendid engravings"]. The Boston edition (with the same text) was issued in four volumes in wraps by H. L. Williams. We believe this Burgess, Stringer edition may be the true U.S. first edition, as both the F. W. Reed bibliography of Dumas (London: Neuhuys, 1933) and the Douglas Munro's BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH TO 1910 (NY: Garland, 1978) list this edition as the first American and make no mention of the Williams edition. In fact, Reed indicates in his bibliography that an American reprint was issued in the same year as the Burgess, Stringer edition, "but with plates so badly printed as to be almost caricatures of the original." There are two sales records for the Boston edition (one at Goodspeed’s in 1940, the other at Baltimore Book Auction in 1997). However there are NO AUCTION OR SALE RECORDS of this New York edition on either American Book Prices Current or Rare Book Hub. Two volumes, as issued, newly rebound in one volume. Three-quarter leather with raised bands and leather spine labels; with marble boards, new linen hinges, new endpapers, and new sewn headbands. Pages a little age-darkened and light foxing or staining, primarily to margins, throughout. Still good to very good. And, ACTUALLY RARE. An ACTUAL RARE Book.

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ARA VUS PREC. T. S. Eliot. ARA VUS PREC.
(London): Ovid Press, (1919). First edition. Number 66 of 220 copies (of 264 total). Although the title and half-title pages have "Vus" Eliot said it was "Vos." This is the first title published by John Rodker under his Ovid Press imprint. Eliot's fourth book and an important one, as it contains "Sweeney Among the Nightingales," "Portrait of a Lady," "Preludes," et al. There were 10 unnumbered copies for review, 4 special copies, 30 signed numbered copies, and 220 numbered copies. But, in our experience, the signed copies are so rare that we wonder if there were that many. This copy has been bound in dark red leather with the title blind-stamped at bottom of front cover. The first blank page has a little darkening, just at the top edge, otherwise in fine condition.

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FOUR QUARTETS. T. S. Eliot. FOUR QUARTETS.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1943). First U.S. edition, preceding the UK hardback edition. Collects BURNT NORTON, EAST COKER, THE DRY SALVAGES, and LITTLE GIDDING. Cyril Connolly included FOUR QUARTETS in his "Modern Movement: 100 Key Books 1880-1950," saying it was "the most important poem since Yeat's The Tower, and, as many think, of the century." The four titles comprising FOUR QUARTETS were first published separately as pamphlets in London in 1941 and '42. This first printing states "first American edition" and is one of only 788 copies released. A bright, near fine copy in black cloth with bright gilt lettering on spine; in the first-state dust jacket with $2.00 price in upper corner of front flap, back flap blank, and the nine titles listed in bold print on the back panel ending with "Old Possum's." The dust jacket was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. It shows a small chip to top edge rear panel, short closed tear to top edge front panel, and tiny chips on corners and spine ends. The rear panel is also little darkened but otherwise the dust jacket is very good to near fine. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.

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FOUR QUARTETS. T. S. Eliot. FOUR QUARTETS.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1943). First U.S. edition, preceding the UK hardback edition. Collects BURNT NORTON, EAST COKER, THE DRY SALVAGES, and LITTLE GIDDING--the four titles comprising FOUR QUARTETS, which were first published separately as pamphlets in London in 1941 and 1942. Cyril Connolly included FOUR QUARTETS in his "Modern Movement: 100 Key Books 1880-1950," saying it was "the most important poem since Yeat's 'The Tower,' and, as many think, of the century." This first printing states "first American edition" and is one of only 788 copies released. A good to very good copy in black cloth with corners sharp but a few scattered spots of foxing on endpapers, previous owner's name on front endpaper and gilt on spine somewhat dulled (but still very readable); in the first-state dust jacket with $2.00 price in upper corner of front flap, back flap blank, and the nine titles listed in bold print on the back panel ending with "Old Possum's." The dust jacket, designed by E. McKnight Kauffer, shows a little aging and on the back you can see where a professional conservationist filled in some chipping on top edge as well as a short closed tear. Still, overall, very good. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.

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THE WASTE LAND. T. S. Eliot. THE WASTE LAND.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1922. First edition of his most influential book. Second state in stiff boards (versus flexible) with colophon 2mm high (versus 5mm) and "mount in" page 41. Number 576 of 1000 copies. Spine lettering a little flaked and ends soft but still very good or better, lacking the rare dust jacket.

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THE FAULKNER READER: Selections from the Works of William Faulkner. William Faulkner. THE FAULKNER READER: Selections from the Works of William Faulkner.
New York: Modern Library, (1959). A Modern Library Giant, first edition thus. Originally published by Random House in 1954. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To The Maracay Book Club / with gratitude and best wishes / William Faulkner / [illegible, though possibly "Caracas"] / 20 April 1961" and signed on the title page "William Faulkner / Maracay / 10 April 1961." As is well known, Faulkner visited Venezuela on a State Department trip in April 1961; perhaps not known before was that during his travels he made a side trip to Maracay, about 50 miles outside of the capital, Caracas, to visit a book club founded in his honor by a former fellow Mississippian, Vivian Ray. According to Ray's son, "Maracay is located about 50 miles from Caracas and had a strong presence of US citizens due to the factories being installed there, but the main offices were in Caracas. Mr. Faulkner stayed during his visit with William and Victoria Fielden in Caracas, but they also had a residence in La Victoria (adjacent to Maracay) because Philip Morris had their manufacturing plant there. Some biographers say that Mr. Fielden worked with a petroleum company, but nope [Philip Morris is a tobacco company]. All US citizens including my mother stuck together, and they all knew who was who, so when they found out that Mr. Faulkner was coming, they arranged this 'out of protocol' event. I remember my mother telling me of how much Mr. Faulkner enjoyed this particular visit." Old tape shadows to pastedowns and rear endpaper where card was removed; offsetting from book club lending-library stamps on dust jacket flaps to free endpapers, affecting Faulkner’s inscription on front endpaper (which is nonetheless as legible as one could hope from Faulkner); otherwise would be about very good in edge worn but still good dust jacket with label on spine, presumably from the lending library. An interesting glimpse into one of the State Department trips of the Nobel Prize-winning author. INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER.

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GO DOWN, MOSES And Other Stories. William Faulkner. GO DOWN, MOSES And Other Stories.
New York: Random House, (1942). First edition, first issue in black cloth binding with page top edges stained red. A bright, very good to near fine copy in very good, price-clipped dust jacket with only marginal, rubbed chipping and wear.

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