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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 jacket shows minor edge wear and one small has small chip but is still very good to near fine.

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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Poet and Novelist" with handwritten "The Art of the Novel--collection 72.36" above and "Historical Society" and "Withdrawn" stamps beneath (mostly obscured by dust jacket flap). Library blindstamp on title page and withdrawn stamp on copyright page, neither affecting any text.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. First printing, with "Lovely Pearl" in first line p.19. Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize. INSCRIBED to famous book collector H. Tatnall Brown, "For Henry T. Brown Jr/ with kindest regards/ John P. Marquand" and with TWO TYPED LETTERS SIGNED to him. In the first, dated April 3, 1939, Marquand agress to sign "books" to be sent; in the second, dated April 20, 1939, he apologizes profusely for getting Brown's name wrong and offers various remedies--"I am mortified....perhaps this letter, pasted in the book, will be enough to show how seriously I was in error." Letters are folded so contents are visible and secured at corners to front free endpaper (beneath Marquand's inscription) and front pastedown, respectively. Faint vertical lines, as often seen, to first and last several pages; otherwise, near fine in dust jacket with professional repair to head of spine. An interesting copy of an unaccountably scarce book, particularly so with an early inscription. 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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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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NORTHERN LIGHTS. James Merrill, Merwin Hecht, Strand and Updike, William Stafford, Nemerov, Moss. NORTHERN LIGHTS.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1983. First edition and only edition. 15 BROADSIDE POEMS printed on 9 x 14" heavy, artists' paper; printed in red and black; and SIGNED BY THE POETS. Number 55 of 55 numbered sets; there were an additional 20 lettered sets reserved for the poets and publisher. Includes PHILIP BOOTH, JOHN CIARDI, DONALD DAVIE, ANTHONY HECHT, JAMES MERRILL, W. S. MERWIN, HOWARD MOSS, HOWARD NEMEROV, KARL SHAPIRO, LOUIS SIMPSON, W. D. SNODGRASS, RADCLIFFE SQUIRES, WILLIAM STAFFORD, MARK STRAND and JOHN UPDIKE. Housed together in a quarter-cloth portfolio with marbled boards and gilt-lettered morocco spine label; ribbon ties. Fine. FIFTEEN BROADSIDE POEMS, EACH ONE SIGNED.

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THE COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI. Henry Miller. THE COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI.
San Francisco: The Colt Press, 1941). First edition. This non-pornographic piece must have disappointed publishers anticipating something more lurid from Miller afer his "Tropic of Cancer" because ten New York publishers rejected it before Colt Press accepted it with an advance of only 100 USD [Shifreen & Jackson A26b]. INSCRIBED -- "TO TAMAR, THE FLAMING MEDEA OF BIG SUR WHO IMPROVISES 'UNITS' AND ISLANDS OF FOG AND SEA ANEMONES. HENRY MILLER. 4/2/44." The recipient is, perhaps, Robinson Jeffers who, though not a friend of Miller's, was a fellow inhabitant of Big Sur and whose most famous poem is titled "Tamar." Or more likely, though a bit disturbingly, it is perhaps inscribed to Tamar Nais Hodel, who was named for the poem and was the young daughter of Miller's friend and fellow inhabitant of Big Sur, Dr. George Hill Hodel -- a suspect in the infamous 1947 "Black Dahlia" murder and mutilation of Elizabeth Short. Tamar Hodel would have been around 9 years old at the time of the inscription, a tender young age to receive an inscribed book from a friend of ones father. But this was a father who allowed Man Ray to take nude pictures of her when she was 11 years old and whom she accused at 14 of sexual molesting her beginning when she was 11. (He was acquitted and fled the country soon after.) Name at base of front endpaper, cloth at spine ends and corners slightly frayed, general light cover wear, front hinge repaired where previously loose otherwise good to very good, lacking dust jacket. MYSTERIOUS INSCRIPTION.

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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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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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AFTER SUCH PLEASURES. Dorothy Parker. AFTER SUCH PLEASURES.
New York: Viking Press, 1934. First edition, fourth printing. INSCRIBED "To Esther Muir -- With all good wishes. Dorothy Parker." Muir was a Broadway and film actress who co-starred in the stage and movie versions of the Marx Brothers, "A Day at the Races," and many other plays and movies. Cloth a little darkened on spine with a few minor water stains; in price-clipped dust jacket with few small pieces of tape on verso, sunned spine (lettering not affected) and other wear and minor soiling. Still, a very good copy and a nice association from the '30s. Printed in January 1934, just three months after the first printing in October, 1933. Parker inscriptions are scarce if not rare in our experience. NICE ASSOCIATION, INSCRIBED.

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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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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: A CAREER IN PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRACY. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ernest K. Lindley. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: A CAREER IN PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRACY.
(New York): Bobbs-Merrill Co. (1931). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To W. W. How(e)s / Regards of Franklin D. Roosevelt." A nice association as William Washington Howes served under Roosevelt as Second and First Assistant Postmaster General from 1933 to 1940. Howes brought airmail service to the Midwest. Previously, he was a member of the South Dakota Senate, Chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party and a member of the Democratic National Committee. He is reported to have been very influential in helping FDR win the midwest. Near fine with minor professional restoration at spine; in very attractive, about very good dust jacket with light edge rubbing, touch of light soiling, and few tears (internally mended with archival tape). NICE ASSOCIATION, INSCRIBED.

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THE GENTLE PEOPLE A Brooklyn Fable. Irwin Shaw. THE GENTLE PEOPLE A Brooklyn Fable.
New York: Random House, (1939). First edition of his second book, a play. INSCRIBED to a drama critic at The New Yorker: "To Edith Oliver, for 'Madison Avenue Bus Driver.'/ -Irwin Shaw." The play, directed by Harold Clurman, featured Sam Jaffe, Franchot Tone, Karl Malden, Sylvia Sidney, and Lee J. Cobb. Fine in dust jacket with edgewear and minor chipping. A presentable copy and hard to find inscribed. INSCRIBED TO A DRAMA CRITIC.

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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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I, THE JURY. Mickey Spillane. I, THE JURY.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. 1947. First edition. Spillane's first book and first to feature private investigator Mike Hammer. Few minor bumps but still bright and fine in about very good dust jacket with red spine lettering now white, spine ends lightly chipped and rubbed, few tears to upper front panel, and internal tape repair/reinforcement. Housed in custom, molded clamshell case lettered in gilt on spine and with partial image from dust jacket embossed on front.

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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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VINTAGE DR GONZO: Bronze Sculpture. Ralph Steadman, sculptor Jud Bergeron. VINTAGE DR GONZO: Bronze Sculpture.
[Tucson: Furtherrr], 2015. First edition. A remarkable rendition in bronze of Ralph Steadman's iconic image of Hunter S. Thompson's most infamous character. ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES, numbered and signed by Steadman in the bronze. Approximately 22 inches high, 34 inches wide and 26 inches long, including wood base. San Franciscan sculptor Bergeron has expertly captured every detail of Steadman's image--from his long cigarette holder and Hawaiian shirt down to his bulging briefcase spewing paraphernalia as he slouches along. The sculpture, which was commissioned by Brian Chambers (Furtherrr), made its premiere in London during Steadman's "Printin' Backwuds" show at Lazarides Editions. Fine. DR GONZO SLINKS FROM THE PAGE.

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