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THE SHUNNED HOUSE. H. P. Lovecraft. THE SHUNNED HOUSE.
Athol, Mass. W. Paul Cook / The Recluse Press, 1928. First edition sheets, one of only 100 copies of Lovecraft's first book of fiction bound by Arkam House in 1961. Bibliographer S. T. Joshi calls it Lovecraft's "legendary stillborn first 'book'." W. Paul Cook had wanted to publish "Shunned House" in the first issue of The Recluse but, for reasons unknown, decided instead to print the story as a small book with a preface by Frank Belknap. He printed approximately 300 copies of the sheets in 1928 but neither bound nor published the book at that time. In 1934, Robert Barlow (later to be Lovecraft's literary executor) reportedly received 225 copies of the sheets and distributed around 50, some unbound and some bound in various bindings over the next few years. Arkham House subsequently obtained approximately 150 useable sets of sheets and issued 50 unbound copies circa 1959 and the 100 bound in black cloth boards as seen here. This copy with copyright cancel label in Currey's first state with "100 copies bound by Arkham House, 1961" printed in pencil at bottom of label. Small octavo, black cloth boards lettered in gilt on spine. Tiny scratch to bottom front board, spine lettering rubbed, mostly affecting "Lovecraft" and "Arkham House," otherwise near fine as issued, without dust jacket. Joshi 1-A-5. Currey C(2). LOVECRAFT'S "LEGENDARY STILLBORN FIRST 'BOOK'"

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DARKER THAN AMBER: A Travis McGee Story. John D. MacDonald. DARKER THAN AMBER: A Travis McGee Story.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. 1970. First U.S. edition in hardcover. The seventh in the series. McGee and close friend Meyer are fishing under a bridge when a young woman is thrown from it. Basis for the 1970 film of the same name. Touch of crimping to fragile paper-covered boards at spine ends otherwise crisp and fine in dust jacket with spine ends lightly nicked and rubbed otherwise near fine. Very scarce in the first printing and in jacket. THE VERY SCARCE U.S. HARDBACK.

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BARBARY SHORE. Norman Mailer. BARBARY SHORE.
New York: Rinehart, (1951). First edition. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED "To Adel and Lucky / - from the sweet / megalomaniac / With love / Norman / April 1951." Head of spine creased and bumped, edge wear to the cheap boards, light foxing to endpapers, small stain to fore edge, otherwise about very good in lightly chipped dust jacket with rubbing to edges and folds. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was the editor instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto read the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer submitted it to Rinehart, who published the book in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968 she even played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer's film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). GOOD ASSOCIATION.

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DEATHS FOR THE LADIES: And Other Disasters. Norman Mailer. DEATHS FOR THE LADIES: And Other Disasters.
New York: Putnam Sons, (1962). First edition, paperwraps issue, of this "run of poems, short poems, very short poems, and turns of prose." From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED with an elaborate drawing "The critic pursued by a theme [large scribbled drawing spanning inside front cover and first leaf] Love / (that is to say lustility [sic] and housefection [sic] to Lucky and Adeline) / Norman." This paperwraps issue came out at the same time as the small hardback printing. Very good. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was the editor instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto read the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer submitted it to Rinehart, who published the book in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968 she even played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer's film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). NICE ASSOCIATION.

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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Norman Mailer. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.
New York: Rinehart and Company, (1948). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, acclaimed as one of the best to come out of WWII and cited as one of Burgess's best 99. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED, "To Adeline/ with -- after all these vicissitudes -- much love./ Norman." Wear to the cheap black paper boards on bottom and top edges and some offset to endpapers, still better than good in about very good dust jacket. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto weigh in on the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer subsequently submitted it to Rinehart, who published it in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968, she played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer’s film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). INSCRIBED "AFTER ALL THESE VICISSITUDES"

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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Norman Mailer. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.
New York: Rinehart and Company, (1948). First edition of the author's first book, SIGNED by Mailer. Only 25,000 copies printed. Acclaimed as one of the best novels to come out of WWII. Fragile black paper boards nicked at bottom edge but otherwise near fine, which is unusual. In the first-issue dust jacket with introductory blurb by Stanley Rinehart comparing Mailer favorably with Hemingway and others (versus the second-issue jacket with reviews). The dust jacket is price-clipped, nicked at spine ends and corners, and lightly rubbed at folds, otherwise very good.

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THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN. Thomas Mann, H. T. Lowe-Porter. THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN.
New York: Knopf, 1939. First U.S. edition in a single volume. SIGNED BY MANN on title page. First published in Germany in 1924 and in two volumes in the U.S. in 1927. Widely considered to be one of the most influential works of 20th-century German literature. Donation label on pastedown, "From the Books and in Memory of Lillian Morgan Saminsky, American Poet and Novelist" with handwritten "The Art of the Novel--collection 72.36" above and "Historical Society" and "Withdrawn" stamps beneath (mostly obscured by dust jacket flap). Library blindstamp on title page and withdrawn stamp on copyright page, neither affecting any text. Spine slightly dulled, front cover a bit mottled, otherwise about very good in a supplied jacket which is very good or better with slightly lightened spine and minor wear to extreme top edge of jacket. SIGNED BY THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR.

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THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN: [Der Zauberberg]. Thomas Mann. THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN: [Der Zauberberg].
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. First U.S. edition, limited issue. Two volumes. Number 131 of 200 numbered copies SIGNED BY MANN. First published in 1924 and widely considered to be one of the most influential works of 20th-century German literature, MAGIC MOUNTAIN began as a much shorter narrative. but the outbreak and aftermath of WWI led Mann to expand and majorly revise the book. Translated from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter. Small quarto, vellum-backed blue-striped paperboards; gilt lettered spine. Volume I with tissue-protected frontis photo of Mann by E. O. Hoppe; volume II with frontis photo of facsimile manuscript page. A good or better set with covers generally worn and spines showing rubbing, soiling and few tears. Still, a presentable set of this scarce issue. SIGNED BY MANN.

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THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir. John P. Marquand. THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 1937. First edition of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. INSCRIBED, "For Henry T. Brown Jr with kindest regards, John P. Marquand." Also includes two typed letters to Brown signed by Marquand: one saying he can send the books, and one apologizing for getting his name wrong. Brown, a famous book collector, always went by H. Tatnall Brown. The letters are tipped to the endpaper and verso of half-title page (across from title page). First printing, with "Lovely Pearl" on the first line of page 19, as we think it is in all first printings (changed to "Pretty Pearl" in later printings, as outlined in the current edition of our Collected Books). Faint vertical lines on some pages, as usual for this title, otherwise very good to fine in dust jacket with small professional repair at top of spine and to a few tiny chips. A very nice copy of an unaccountably scarce book, and particularly so with what would appear to be an early inscription, as both letters are dated in April 1939. SCARCE CONTEMPORARILY INSCRIBED COPY.

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ANYTHING FOR BILLY. Larry McMurtry. ANYTHING FOR BILLY.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1988). First edition, in a RARE PROOF DUST JACKET with blank flaps and a completely different design. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper, "To Carmen/ A gloomy tale/ Larry McMurtry." We have never seen another proof jacket offered, which isn't to say there aren't others; but it was purchased from a former Simon & Schuster rep and, given its scarcity, is probably one of only a few produced. The proof jacket design more closely resembles the design of the jacket for LONESOME DOVE and is more attractive, to us at least, than the one the book was eventually issued in. It's hard to understand why they would have changed it. It was sold to us on a copy of the uncorrected proof; but we've put it on this inscribed copy of the book because it seems to us to be the best way to display it. It is slightly taller than the eventual, published jacket and therefore over-hangs the book by a scant eighth-inch and is just slightly loose. The book itself is fine and still in its original, fine dust jacket with the proof jacket (showing only minor wear) over it. RARE PROOF DUST JACKET.

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LA DERNIERE SÉANCE [The Last Picture Show]. Larry McMurtry, Simon Hilling. LA DERNIERE SÉANCE [The Last Picture Show].
Paris: Robert Laffont, 1972. First French edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on first blank page, "For Helene/ With the author's good wishes. Were I able to write in French I'd say something more Gallic/ Larry McMurtry." Very minor wear, otherwise very good to fine in glossy pictorial paperwraps with flaps. INSCRIBED "WERE I ABLE TO WRITE IN FRENCH I'D SAY SOMETHING MORE GALLIC"

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A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley. John McPhee. A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley.
New York: Farrar, Straus, (1965). First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Illustrated with photographs of Bradley in action as "the greatest player in the history of the Ivy League." INSCRIBED BY THE FUTURE SENATOR, "For ---- Thanks. Bill Bradley". Slight lean to signatures at head of spine otherwise bright and near fine; in price-clipped dust jacket with minor professional repair to corners and spine ends (otherwise bright and near fine). INSCRIBED BY BRADLEY.

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INSOMNIA: Or, The Devil at Large. Henry Miller. INSOMNIA: Or, The Devil at Large.
Albuquerque, NM: Loujon Press, 1970. First edition, limited issue, this one being number 10 of "99" copies in "Edition F" (there were actually 65 at most, see below) with twelve loose watercolor prints, THREE of which are SIGNED AND DATED 10/15/70 BY MILLER, as called for [Shifreen & Jackson A175f]. The three prints SIGNED BY MILLER are "Insomnia No. 1" (8/3/66); "Insomnia No. 2" (8/22/66); and "2nd Insomnia Series, No. 1" (5/8/67). Large, elaborate production; housed in decorative wooden box measuring approximately 24 x 19 x 1.5" with sliding wood cover (actually wood paneling, smooth side up) illustrated with photograph of Miller and wife "Hoki" beneath which is affixed an antiqued copper plate engraved "Ed. F." Each of the TWELVE COLOR PRINTS is printed on heavy artist's paper and measures approximately 22.5 x 17.5". Also includes a large, heavy card stock title sheet and the book itself -- another elaborate production of plain, comb-bound boards with foil paper dust jacket (made from wall paper?); in facsimile manuscript and illustrated with photographs throughout. "Edition F" was initially planned for 192 copies and later reduced to 99, Shifreen & Jackson estimate that NO MORE THAN 65 COPIES WERE ACTUALLY PRODUCED and that ONLY 300 WOODEN BOXES WERE EVER CONSTRUCTED for the total edition (note to Shifreen & Jackson A175a, p.408). The book and prints are best described by Miller's daughter, Valentine, on her tribute website: "In the mid 60s Dad became infatuated by a cabaret singer from Japan named Hoki Tokuda. He would spend hours at the piano bar in the Imperial Gardens Restaurant in Hollywood, listening to Hoki sing. He eventually wooed and married her. In 1965-6 he got insomnia worrying about the relationship and wrote a small book called Insomnia or the Devil at Large and during those sleepless nights painted a dozen watercolors, the Insomnia series." Light finger smudges to half-title sheet, otherwise book, prints, and box are all fine.

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TROPIC OF CANCER. Henry Miller. TROPIC OF CANCER.
Paris: Obelisk Press, 1934. First edition. One of only 1,000 copies printed. Miller's autobiographical novel -- banned in the U.S. and UK for decades after its publication -- has been described as "notorious for its candid sexuality" and responsible for the "free speech that we now take for granted in literature." The 1961 U.S. publication by Grove Press led to obscenity trials that tested American laws on pornography before it was finally declared "non-obscene" in 1964. Written between 1930 and 1934 during his "nomadic life" in Paris, Miller's TROPIC OF CANCER was titled as such because, by his own account, ". . . to me cancer symbolizes the disease of civilization, the endpoint of the wrong path, the necessity to change course radically, to start completely over from scratch." On many best-of lists, including Time Magazine's 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 and The Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, where it is ranked 50th. A near fine copy with light soiling and minute fraying to top of spine but remarkably with the yapped (over-hanging) covers barely frayed at all. Very scarce in this nice condition. Shifreen & Jackson A9a. THE NOW CLASSIC BOOK ONCE CONDEMNED AS OBSCENE.

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"UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice. Henry Miller. "UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice.
(No-place: 1968). First edition. Or only edition, actually, as this is an original watercolor painting by Miller SIGNED "HENRY MILLER 17/68" and INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY, Connie Perry: "For/ Connie and Mike/ Happy Anniversary/ Henry." "Untitled 17/68," i.e., Miller's 17th painting produced in 1968.Image measures approximately 23 x 30" and depicts in bright primary colors a palm tree, flowers and woman against the backdrop of a colorful village. Matted and framed in white on white with overall dimensions of approximately 32 x 40". Inscription beginning to fade, few inconspicuous pinpricks to edges, otherwise fine. featured on page 87 of THE PAINTINGS OF HENRY MILLER: PAINT AS YOU LIKE AND DIE HAPPY [San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (1982)]. INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY.

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PATRICK O'BRIAN: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography. Patrick O'Brian, A. E. Cunningham. PATRICK O'BRIAN: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography.
(West Yorkshire): The British Library, (1994). First edition. Number 16 of only 50 numbered copies SIGNED by Patrick O'Brian. Handsomely bound in three-quarter leather, with marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Includes an autobiographical piece, four poems and two stories by O'Brian. Illustrated with a color frontis photograph and six black-and-white photographs of O'Brian, a profile of the H.M.S. Surprise and various black-and-white decorations.According to Arthur Cunningham the edition was produced in five different toned half-calf bindings, each with different endpapers - 10 each. 20 copies were given to the contributors and others and only 30 copies were offered for sale. Fine in slipcase. SIGNED BY O'BRIAN.

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THE INFORMER. O'Flaherty Liam. THE INFORMER.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1925). First edition. His most famous work, a tale of the Irish Underground in Dublin. Made into a memorable film in 1935 directed by John Ford. A Haycroft-Queen cornerstone title. The book is about fine with only faint foxing on front page edges, in dust jacket a little soiled and darkened on spine.

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APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA. John O'Hara. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1934). First edition. His first book, considered one of his best and most successful. On a number of best-of lists of major works of the last century, including the Time Top 100. A bright, near fine copy with erratum slip tipped in, as called for. In first-issue dust jacket with "Recent Fiction" on back (versus reviews). The jacket shows the slightest aging and minor wear but is still near fine and scarce in this condition. Bruccoli A2.1.a. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION.

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ENGLAND YOUR ENGLAND; and Other Essays. George Orwell. ENGLAND YOUR ENGLAND; and Other Essays.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1953. First edition. Eleven essays, most of which make their first book appearance herein. Orwell wrote the title essay, "England Your England," as Nazi bombers flew overhead during The Blitz of 1941. Uncorrected proof in gray paperwraps printed in black on front only. Corner chipped from lower front cover corner and first few leaves bumped, otherwise very good. Scarce, if not rare in this fragile format. Housed in custom, brown cloth clamshell case with gilt-stamped leather spine label. "As I write, highly civilised human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me."

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MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death. Anthony Powell. MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death.
New York: Vanguard Press, [1934]. First U.S. edition of Powell's third novel. Issued from the UK sheets of FROM A VIEW TO A DEATH. Very good to near fine with spine label and endpapers a little darkened. In somewhat soiled dust jacket with professional repair to edges and flap folds, otherwise very good. A scarce book, scarcer still in dust jacket.

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WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? Budd Schulberg. WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?
New York: Random House, (1941). First edition of his first and most famous book; and one of the best on Hollywood. SIGNED by Schulberg. Minor glue bleed-through on inner hinges which is normal, cloth on top inch of spine and front cover a little soiled or sunned, and small, faint stain on front page edges, otherwise very good in the first issue dust jacket with the Fitzgerald and John O'Hara blurbs on back and with some old professional repair on spine ends and corners. HIS MOST FAMOUS BOOK, INSCRIBED.

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THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS: Reproduction Made from the Original Scrolls Kept in the Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem. Masao Sekine, Supervisor, transcriptions Elisha Qimron, translations Geza Vermes. THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS: Reproduction Made from the Original Scrolls Kept in the Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem.
Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd. 1979. First edition, English-language version. Number 117 of 400 copies. Three linen-wrapped sheepskin-parchment scrolls in a lidded earthenware jug: THE MANUSCRIPT OF ST. MARK'S ISAIAH (24' x 11"); THE COMMUNITY RULE (6.5' X 10"); and THE HABAKKUK COMMENTARY (5.25' x 6"). "The Scrolls selected for reproduction in this set are those widely accepted as being the most significant" of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947. Housed in a linen-covered, velvet-lined box with an accompanying full-leather text volume in quarto containing photographic reproductions, transcriptions, and translations of each of the Scrolls, with a foreword by Dr. Sekine, Director of the Japanese Biblical Institute; preface by Dr. Millar Burrows; and introduction by Dr. Magen Broshi, Curator, Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem. The plaque on the box states "Limited Edition of 300." However, the colophon inside the jar lid states 400 copies leading us to surmise the first 300 copies were in English and the remaining 100 were in Japanese. Minor wear to box, otherwise fine.

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THE LONG WAIT. Mickey Spillane. THE LONG WAIT.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc. 1951. First edition. SIGNED by author. Made into a movie in 1955 starring Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, and Peggy Castle. The book is very good or better with very minor wear on corners and spine ends in a dust jacket with some chipping and wear on edges. SIGNED BY SPILLANE.

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"BUB": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman. "BUB": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1994. First edition. One of 50 SIGNED, numbered copies of Steadman's impression of Kentucky artist Joe Petro's parrot "Bub"--clearly a side of "Bub" that only Steadman could capture. Hand printed on White Folio paper (22" x 30") in ten vibrant colors: scarlet red, green, cobalt blue, light yellow, lemon yellow, chrome yellow, light orange, orange, light gray and graphite. Fine.

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LONO'S MARLIN MASK: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. LONO'S MARLIN MASK: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2000. First edition. Four-color silkscreen. Edition Size: 77. Paper Size: 22" x 30". Signed and numbered in pencil by Steadman. Hand printed at Petro III Graphics. Fine.

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