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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 BIG KILL. Mickey Spillane. THE BIG KILL.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc. 1951. First edition. His fifth book. INSCRIBED, "Hi Dave - A big hello! Mickey Spillane." Minor wear otherwise very good to near fine, in very good plus dust jacket with minimal edge wear and a light staining to verso. Scarce in dust jacket, especially signed. INSCRIBED "A BIG HELLO!"

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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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"LIZARD LOUNGE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. "LIZARD LOUNGE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1997. First edition. One of 77 SIGNED, numbered copies. 38" x 50" nine-color silkscreen. Fine.

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MODERN FICTION AND ART: Prints by Contemporary Authors. Ralph Steadman, Kurt Vonnegut. MODERN FICTION AND ART: Prints by Contemporary Authors.
(Lexington: Petro III Graphics), 2001. First edition. One of 50 portfolios containing a signed exhibition catalog, two signed silkscreen prints and a separate numbered colophon. The catalog, MODERN FICTION AND ART: PRINTS BY CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS, was published by the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington in 1999. It is numbered and signed in ink by Ralph Steadman, Kurt Vonnegut, Joe Petro III (printmaker) and Rachael Sadinski (Curator of the museum). The two original color silkscreens are RED SHARK by Ralph Steadman (in two colors) and MESSENGER by Kurt Vonnegut (in five colors). Both prints are on Coventry cotton paper, measure 12"x16 3/4" and are signed and numbered by the authors in pencil. The above items are housed together in a black ribbon-tied portfolio together with a numbered colophon sheet printed on vellum. Fine. Signed by Steadman and Vonnegut.

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HELLO, DOLLY! Michael Stewart, , Jerry Herman Thornton Wilder. HELLO, DOLLY!
(New York): DBS Publications, Inc. [1968]. First edition. Based on "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder (misspelled "Thorton" in the book and on the jacket). Libretto by Stewart and lyrics by Herman. Illustrated with photographs from various stage productions starring Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Mary Martin, Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers and Martha Raye. Fine copy in fine dust jacket with barest wear. Copyrighted 1964 as an unpublished work but Pearl Bailey's stint as Dolly wasn't until 1967 and OCLC records the date as 1968. A scarce book. ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE STAGE PRODUCTION.

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"BAND" William Tolliver. "BAND".
Lafayette: circa 1981-83. Oil on canvas, measuring 36 x 48 inches. Brown wood beveled frame. Colorful image of four band members mid-note--bass, violin, banjo, and horn--with a free-flowing geometricity evoking cubism. William Tolliver (1951-2000) was a brilliant self-taught, Mississippi-born artist. He arose during the mid-1980's as a brilliant regional talent, an individual impelled by a desire to capture the landscapes and peoples of his native deep South. Whether dealing with everyday workers or back-alley jazzmen, he conveys a universal message through the common human experience. He was born in Vicksburg. His mother worked in the cotton fields by day, but also raised 14 children. To stimulate their interest in learning, she often challenged William and his older brother to drawing contests. Discovering William’s talent, she borrowed art books from the library that exposed her son to the works of the European masters. At age 14, Tolliver dropped out of school and left Mississippi to join the Job Corps program in Los Angeles. During his year-and-a-half stint with Job Corps, he studied carpentry at a government-sponsored trade school. Assisted by an instructor at the trade school who was also a visual artist, Tolliver received additional instruction and information about the techniques of painting. He married in 1977 and, in 1981, he moved his family to Lafayette, Louisiana, where an oil boom had created employment opportunities in the construction trades. In Lafayette, he worked as a wallpaper hanger and a house painter. Two years later, however, the city’s building industry fell into decline, leaving Tolliver unemployed. Laid off from his job and without income, he set out to relax in his free hours by painting with his daughters paint kit. Tolliver soon began to paint in a new and unique style that has been termed "representational abstract expressionism." Able to work in numerous mediums- oil, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, and dimensional reliefs- Tolliver was forever exploring new techniques.Critically ranked with such famous African American artists as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, Tolliver soon gained the reputation as one of America’s most renowned contemporary artists. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions in the field of art. He also produced the poster for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the city where he finally settled. (Source: Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 9, Gale Research, 1995.). ORIGINAL ART.

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"CISTERN WORKERS" William Tolliver. "CISTERN WORKERS".
Lafayette: circa 1981-83. Gouache on paper, measuring 40 x 48 inches. Double-framed in cream cloth under glass and blonde wood. Colorful image with a free-flowing geometricity evoking cubism of two men hoisting water from a brick-lined cistern . William Tolliver (1951-2000) was a brilliant self-taught, Mississippi-born artist. He arose during the mid-1980's as a brilliant regional talent, an individual impelled by a desire to capture the landscapes and peoples of his native deep South. Whether dealing with everyday workers or back-alley jazzmen, he conveys a universal message through the common human experience. He was born in Vicksburg. His mother worked in the cotton fields by day, but also raised 14 children. To stimulate their interest in learning, she often challenged William and his older brother to drawing contests. Discovering William’s talent, she borrowed art books from the library that exposed her son to the works of the European masters. At age 14, Tolliver dropped out of school and left Mississippi to join the Job Corps program in Los Angeles. During his year-and-a-half stint with Job Corps, he studied carpentry at a government-sponsored trade school. Assisted by an instructor at the trade school who was also a visual artist, Tolliver received additional instruction and information about the techniques of painting. He married in 1977 and, in 1981, he moved his family to Lafayette, Louisiana, where an oil boom had created employment opportunities in the construction trades. In Lafayette, he worked as a wallpaper hanger and a house painter. Two years later, however, the city’s building industry fell into decline, leaving Tolliver unemployed. Laid off from his job and without income, he set out to relax in his free hours by painting with his daughters paint kit. Tolliver soon began to paint in a new and unique style that has been termed "representational abstract expressionism." Able to work in numerous mediums- oil, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, and dimensional reliefs- Tolliver was forever exploring new techniques.Critically ranked with such famous African American artists as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, Tolliver soon gained the reputation as one of America’s most renowned contemporary artists. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions in the field of art. He also produced the poster for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the city where he finally settled. (Source: Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 9, Gale Research, 1995.). ORIGINAL ART.

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"FIELD HANDS" William Tolliver. "FIELD HANDS".
Lafayette: circa 1981-83. Mixed media of principally pastels, measuring 26 x 36 inches. Matted and framed under glass in gold-burnished, brown wood frame with inner scroll. Field workers, men and women, hoes hoisted on shoulders, pausing to watch the sun rise over the trees. William Tolliver (1951-2000) was a brilliant self-taught, Mississippi-born artist. He arose during the mid-1980's as a brilliant regional talent, an individual impelled by a desire to capture the landscapes and peoples of his native deep South. Whether dealing with everyday workers or back-alley jazzmen, he conveys a universal message through the common human experience. He was born in Vicksburg. His mother worked in the cotton fields by day, but also raised 14 children. To stimulate their interest in learning, she often challenged William and his older brother to drawing contests. Discovering William’s talent, she borrowed art books from the library that exposed her son to the works of the European masters. At age 14, Tolliver dropped out of school and left Mississippi to join the Job Corps program in Los Angeles. During his year-and-a-half stint with Job Corps, he studied carpentry at a government-sponsored trade school. Assisted by an instructor at the trade school who was also a visual artist, Tolliver received additional instruction and information about the techniques of painting. He married in 1977 and, in 1981, he moved his family to Lafayette, Louisiana, where an oil boom had created employment opportunities in the construction trades. In Lafayette, he worked as a wallpaper hanger and a house painter. Two years later, however, the city’s building industry fell into decline, leaving Tolliver unemployed. Laid off from his job and without income, he set out to relax in his free hours by painting with his daughters paint kit. Tolliver soon began to paint in a new and unique style that has been termed "representational abstract expressionism." Able to work in numerous mediums- oil, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, and dimensional reliefs- Tolliver was forever exploring new techniques.Critically ranked with such famous African American artists as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, Tolliver soon gained the reputation as one of America’s most renowned contemporary artists. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions in the field of art. He also produced the poster for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the city where he finally settled. (Source: Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 9, Gale Research, 1995.). ORIGINAL ART.

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THE CARRETA. B. Traven. THE CARRETA.
London: Chatto & Windus, (1935). First UK edition. Originally published in Germany in 1931 as DER KARREN. Translated from the German by Basil Creighton. (Although the very mysterious Traven claimed the English versions came first, nearly all his books were first published in Germany.) THE CARRETA is the first of his "Jungle" or "Mahagony" novels, a series of six books published in the 1930's that focus on the rebellion among indigenous Mexicans forced to work clearing mahogany in labor camps in the jungle leading to the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. Bluish gray cloth lettered in gilt on spine; top edge gray; tipped-in frontis photograph of workers making camp. Tiny crimp to one corner, thin streak of fading to spine, still near fine in first-issue dust jacket priced "7s6d" (there was a cheap edition issued with price clipped and "3/6 net" added in red). The jacket has some shallow chipping and shows age and some darkening on spine but is still good to very good and quite scarce. HIS SCARCEST BOOK, ESPECIALLY SO IN DUST JACKET.

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THE DEATH SHIP. B. Traven. THE DEATH SHIP.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. First U.S. edition and first publication of Traven's own English-language translation of his first novel. Though the UK edition with translation by Eric Sutton precedes it, this is the preferred edition of, arguably, his most famous book after THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Fine with just a touch of faint offset to front endpaper; in near fine dust jacket with few tiny rubs, nicks and tears and slight toning to spine. FIRST WITH TRAVEN'S OWN TRANSLATION.

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OFFICIAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING THE INAUGURATION OF HARRY S. TRUMAN AND ALBEN W. BARKLEY: January 20, 1949. Harry S. Truman. OFFICIAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING THE INAUGURATION OF HARRY S. TRUMAN AND ALBEN W. BARKLEY: January 20, 1949.
[Washington DC]: 1949. First edition, limited issue. Program from Truman's second inauguration, SIGNED BY HARRY TRUMAN on May 13, 1967. One of an undesignated number of copies of the "Limited DeLuxe Edition," this being number 781 and signed by MELVIN D. HILDRETH, General Chairman of the Inaugural Committee, presumably as called for. Simulated leather, dark-blue pebbled cloth lettered in gold on front. The Rosalind and Alfred Perlman copy, with their names stamped in gold on bottom front corner. Original printed wrappers bound in. Rosalind Perlman, born in Chicago in 1911, was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and later at St. Louis Teachers College. She is the author of THE BLIND DOCTOR, a biography about Jacob Bolotin, a blind physician who lived and practiced in Chicago in the early part of the twentieth century, She and her husband established, under The National Federation of the Blind, the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program, to recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have made outstanding contributions. We assume they were contributors to the Truman campaign and had Truman sign their copy at the later date in May 1967. Magazine size, 74 pages including covers; illustrated with photographs. Fine, and scarce signed. SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN.

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A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. [Publisher's Prospectus / Salesman's Dummy]. Mark Twain. A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. [Publisher's Prospectus / Salesman's Dummy]
New York: Chas. L. Webster & Co. 1889. First U.S. Publisher's prospectus or salesman's dummy with half-title page, frontis illustration, title page, contents page, "List of Illustrations," preface, 63 pages of text, 15 pages of illustrations, and publisher's sample advertisements. Lacking the subscription forms from the rear and one of the leather-spine samples from the front. Bound with the three-quarter leather cover option on front; the full, decorated leather option on the back; and the green cloth option -- including the spine -- inside the rear cover. Marbled front endpapers and patterned rear free endpaper. Despite its missing pieces and general wear, this rare dummy/prospectus is in good or better condition.

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"BIG STILL LIFE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "BIG STILL LIFE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1996. First edition. One of 30 SIGNED, numbered copies. Hand printed on White Coventry cotton paper (30" x 40") in twenty colors.

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MISSING IN ACTION. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. MISSING IN ACTION.
Lexington: Petro III Graphics, 2004. First edition. Number 5 of 100 SIGNED numbered copies. Vonnegut's heartbreaking letter to his parents dated May 29, 1945, informing them he was no longer "missing in action." The letter recounts his ordeals after capture in December 1944, which included a forced march to Limberg (60 miles without water, food, or sleep), where his division was locked up without sanitation and then strafed by the Royal Air Force, killing 150; after which they were moved to a P.O.W. camp in Muhlburg to do hard labor without medical attention or clothes and little food. During a subsequent evacuation to Hellexisdorf, they were strafed by Russian planes, killing fourteen. He and several other survivors eventually stole a team and wagon and managed to get to American lines. Signed by Vonnegut with a self-portrait dated May 29, 2004. With "Kilgore Trout" drawing signed by Vonnegut bound in. A beautiful production, bound by Walt Bartholomew of Sylph Publications, Tucson, in brown Nigerian goatskin and marbled paper, with a full Record Basalt cloth slipcase. Fine. There were also 26 signed lettered copies with a separate signed "Goodbye Blue Monday" print laid in. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION -- HEARTBREAKING LETTER TO HIS PARENTS.

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"TRALFAMADORE #1": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "TRALFAMADORE #1": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1996. First edition. One of 30 SIGNED, numbered copies. Hand printed on White Coventry paper (22" x 30") in six colors: light blue, green, medium brown, dark red, medium red, and black. Fine.

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"TRALFAMADORE #2": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "TRALFAMADORE #2": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1996. First edition. One of 30 SIGNED, numbered copies. Hand printed on White Coventry paper (22" x 30") in eight colors: green, purple, red, yellow, brown, light blue, cobalt blue, and black. Fine.

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THEY FOUND ATLANTIS. Dennis Wheatley. THEY FOUND ATLANTIS.
Diana Younger. London: Hutchinson & Co. [1936]. First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Diana / who drew the figures in the end papers (of this book) ... love / from Dennis." Diana Younger, Wheatley's stepdaughter, illustrated the endpapers for this book and several others, and the dust jacket for THE GOLDEN SPANIARD (1938). Red cloth boards stamped in black on front and spine. Cloth frayed at head of spine, light stain on spine, "tide" mark along lower edge, otherwise crisp and bright and therefore better than good. In fair to good dust jacket skinned at edges and folds and with shallow chipping and one deeper v-shaped chip affecting the "D" in Dennis on front panel. NICE FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INSCRIBED.

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LESS THAN NOTHING - OR THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STERLING FINNY. E. B. White. LESS THAN NOTHING - OR THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STERLING FINNY.
[New York: The New Yorker, 1927]. First edition and only edition of E. B. White's first book, "parodies of a certain kind of 'culture-made-easy'" per White, collected from essays run by The New Yorker to boost circulation. (The message of each amusing essays is that reading the New Yorker puts one on the road to wealth and social success.) An unknown number of these books were produced by the advertising department at the magazine and sent to agents and customers. The OCLC locates only 6 copies, so there can't have been many produced. Illustrated with photographs of store manikins White found in a department store and posed himself. Octavo batik-style paper boards; green cloth spine; light mustard-green label printed in black on front, Corners of boards rubbed, front hinge paper beginning to split, otherwise very good to near fine. Housed in custom, green cloth clamshell case. "THERE IS A WEEKLY MAGAZINE CALLED THE NEW YORKER THAT "BRIGHT PEOPLE READ REGULARLY..."

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AMERICAN BLUES: Five Short Plays. Tennessee Williams. AMERICAN BLUES: Five Short Plays.
(New York): Dramatist Play Service, Inc, (1948). First edition, first printing with "Tennesse" (vs "Tennessee") on front cover. SIGNED BY WILLIAMS on half-title page. The "Acting Edition" -- the only edition of this collection. Very good near fine with one tiny corner chip. Scarce signed. SIGNED BY WILLIAMS.

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THANK YOU, JEEVES! P. G. Wodehouse. THANK YOU, JEEVES!
Boston: Little, Brown, 1934. First U.S. edition. The first full-length Jeeves novel and the most popular. INSCRIBED on the title page, "To Don/ All the best/ from Plum," and SIGNED "P. G. Wodehouse" under his printed name. Wodehouse's inimitable valet, Reginald Jeeves, first appeared in a short-story in 1915 and continued to appear in Wodehouse's short stories and novels until 1974 -- a span of nearly 60 years. Spine and edges toned, head of spine chipped away, otherwise good or about very good. Housed in custom, plum cloth slipcase reproducing the spine and front panel of the original dust jacket. A scarce book, scarcer still signed or inscribed.

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NATIVE SON. Richard Wright. NATIVE SON.
New York: Harper & Bros. 1940. First edition of his first novel, the story of Bigger Thomas, who murders two women and is condemned to death. A complex novel about the feelings of being powerless, resentful and afraid of the white world. A very good copy in the first-issue dark-blue cloth with a tiny snag on front edge of front board and other minor wear; in very good, first-issue dust jacket, which is a little faded on spine and has a few small chips, some faint damp staining on back cover and old tape backing on spine ends. Still, a presentable copy of this important book by this author. HIS FIRST NOVEL.

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SYNGE AND THE IRELAND OF HIS TIME; with a Note Concerning a Walk Through Connemara with him by Jack Butler Yeats. William Butler Yeats. SYNGE AND THE IRELAND OF HIS TIME; with a Note Concerning a Walk Through Connemara with him by Jack Butler Yeats
Churchtown, Dundrum [Ireland]: The Cuala Press, 1911. First edition. One of 350 copies. This copy SIGNED BY YEATS on title page where he has crossed out his printed name in ink and signed beneath. John Millington Synge (1871- 1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, collector of folklore, and one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre. He is best known for his play "The Playboy of the Western World," which caused riots during its opening run at the Abbey. "He was a drifting silent man full of hidden passion, and loved wild islands, because there, set out in the light of day, he saw what lay hidden in himself."--Yeats on Synge, Linen spine over paper boards. Faint damp stain to base of spine extending slightly to covers, otherwise very good to near fine. SIGNED BY YEATS, THOUGH NOT CALLED FOR.

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