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SPLATTERED GUILT: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. SPLATTERED GUILT: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2006. First edition. One of 25 SIGNED, numbered copies of Steadman's image of horned, teeth-baring, cigarette-chomping Thompson (signed and numbered in splattered red ink versus his usual pencil). An image from Steadman's 2006 book THE JOKE'S OVER, a memoir of his friendship and collaboration with famed Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The "Joke's Over" prints cover the span of their association, from their first meeting in Kentucky to the 2005 memorial service at which Thompson's ashes were blasted out of a cannon and include work from FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, THE CURSE OF LONO and THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED, among many others. Two-color silkscreen on warm white Rising Stonehenge deckle edge paper measuring 22 x 30 inches. 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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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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THE SNAKE'S PASS. Bram Stoker. THE SNAKE'S PASS.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, et al, 1891. First edition of STOKER'S FIRST NOVEL. An early copy, INSCRIBED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION to "J. L. Toole / from his affectionate friend / Bram Stoker / 20.11.90." (The copyright date is 1891 but the actual date of publication was November 18, 1890.) English comic actor John Lawrence Toole was a friend of Stoker's and of Henry Irving's. It may seem unlikely now but during his lifetime Stoker was better known as Irving's personal assistant and as the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. A testament to the friendship of the men can be found in the dedication to the first volume of Stoker's 1906 biography of Irving, PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF HENRY IRVING, which reads "To the Memory of John Lawrence Toole Loving Comrade and True Friend of Henry Irving." SNAKE'S PASS is the only novel written by Stoker to be set in his native Ireland and is considered a clear precusor to his later works of horror, such as DRACULA. The story traces the troubled romance of traveler Arthur Severn and local peasant girl, Norah Joyce, against the backdrop of the re-telling of the legend of Saint Patrick's defeat of the King of the Snakes in Ireland. Spine faded, endpapers professionally mended at hinges and professional touch up to minor cover, altogether a very good copy which is free from foxing. Housed in a red-cloth clamshell box with gilt-lettered leather spine label. INSCRIBED TO A FRIEND JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION.

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THE PATH TO POWER. Margaret Thatcher. THE PATH TO POWER.
(New York): HarperCollins, (1995). First U.S. edition, limited issue. Number 127 of 175 SIGNED and numberd copies; there were also 26 signed, lettered copies. Thatcher, who covered "The Downing Street Years" in her earlier (1993) memoir, takes us from her early life through 1970, when she was elected Prime Minister, and then covers her life after leaving office in 1990. Illustrated with numerous photographs of Thatcher throughout the years. Fine to new, without dust jacket, as issued; in the original unprinted red slipcase. SIGNED, LIMITED ISSUE.

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GONZO SWORD: Hand-cast in bronze. Hunter S. Thompson, sculptor Brin Berliner, Jud Bergeron. GONZO SWORD: Hand-cast in bronze.
(San Francisco: Furtherrr, 2012). First edition, and only edition of this incredible tribute to Gonzo-journalist Hunter S. Thompson. One of ONLY 100 COPIES, many of which have been given out as gifts. Thompson's dual-thumbed, peyote-in-the-palm "Gonzo fist," first seen on the campaign poster created by Tom Benton when Thompson ran on the "Freak Power" platform for Sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, in 1970. An image that has since come to symbolize Thompson himself. Come to life in 3-D. Nearly two-feet long, weighing almost 10 pounds. A hefty, impressive piece of art, fashioned to hang on a wall, if so desired. ONLY EDITION OF THIS TRIBUTE TO GONZO-JOURNALIST HUNTER S. THOMPSON.

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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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"MAN AND WOMAN IN BAR" William Tolliver. "MAN AND WOMAN IN BAR".
Lafayette: circa 1981-83. Mixed media painting, measuring 24 x 34 inches. Matted and framed under glass in gold-burnished, brown wood frame with inner scroll. Colorful image of a man and woman at a small candle-lit table, with strong foreground image of the man and the woman just blending into the swirling background. 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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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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IF MORNING EVER COMES. Anne Tyler. IF MORNING EVER COMES.
New York: Knopf, 1964. First edition. The author's first book, written when she was just twenty-two. A very fine copy in a bright dust jacket with the barest of wear. A really nice copy, hard to find another in this condition. HARD TO FIND A NICER COPY.

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RABBIT, RUN; RABBIT REDUX; RABBIT IS RICH; RABBIT AT REST; and "Rabbit Remembered" in LICKS OF LOVE. John Updike. RABBIT, RUN; RABBIT REDUX; RABBIT IS RICH; RABBIT AT REST; and "Rabbit Remembered" in LICKS OF LOVE.
New York: Knopf, 1960. First edition of each. Five volumes, each with a card SIGNED BY UPDIKE laid in. A set of the Rabbit books, including the novelette continuing the story after Rabbit's death--an 182-page sequel which first appeared in LICKS OF LOVE. The last four volumes are fine in dust jackets with the barest wear (two are price clipped, and one has a name and date); the first volume is very good or better in a very good dust jacket with minor edgewear on corners and spine ends, and with the top of spine a little chipped and skinned. THE RABBITS.

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DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain. Jules. Ellen E. Frewer Verne. DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879. First fully illustrated U.S. edition with 94 illustrations--including frontispiece, title page illustration, and one map--91 of which are full-page plate engravings by Meyer and Barbant. There are 92 plates referenced in the "List of Illustrations" but, as in some other copies of this edition, the illustration listed for page 201 is not present (there is text on that page). Pale yellow endpapers, red cloth binding ornately decorated in black and gilt, with illustrations on front and spine. Flaking to the cloth and small hole to front endpaper due to insect damage, which is too bad as it is otherwise about very good with some light soiling but gilt bright, hinges cracked but binding still tight, light foxing to endpapers, contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper, etc. A relatively attractive copy despite the wear.

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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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"ENCHANTED I.O.U.'s" PORTFOLIO: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Prints. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "ENCHANTED I.O.U.'s" PORTFOLIO: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Prints.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2002. First edition. One of 20 SIGNED, numbered copies. The "Enchanted I.O.U.'s" Portfolio contains 10 hand-pulled silkscreen prints by Vonnegut and an introduction by Ralph Steadman. It consists of a cover sheet, colophon sheet, introduction sheet (signed in pencil by Steadman), foreword sheet (signed in pencil with a self-portrait by Kurt Vonnegut), and the following prints: "Howdy, Stranger," "Nolo Contondere," "Only Kidding," "Ecce Homo," "Perhaps," "Innocent Because Insane," "Guinevere," "Launcelot," and the epilogue "Ting-a-ling." All ten silkscreen prints are signed and numbered in pencil by Kurt Vonnegut in an edition of 20. These silkscreens were hand-printed on heavy white Coventry cotton paper at Petro III Graphics in 2002. Each measures 15 x 22 inches. The silkscreens are loose-bound in a hand-printed cover folder and housed in a hand-made portfolio box covered in black Asahi slub Japanese linen and lined with hand-made marbled paper. Fine.

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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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"TROUT IN COHOES": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "TROUT IN COHOES": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1997. First edition. One of 77 numbered copies SIGNED by Vonnegut. Hand printed on White Rives paper (22" x 30") in three colors: medium green, medium blue, and graphite. The image of Kilgore Trout featured in TIMEQUAKE ("Out-of-print science fiction writer Kilgore Trout in Cohoes, New York, in 1975, having learned of the death of his estranged son, Leon, in a Swedish shipyard, having given his parakeet, 'Cyclone Bill,' his freedom, and about to become a vagabond.") Fine.

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TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS. Robert Penn Warren. TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS.
[New Haven]: Yale University, (1956). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Stuart (W[right]) with admiration and friendship. Red (W[arren])." Wright was a professor and small press publisher of limited editions and, for a time, Warren's executor. The setting of the story is La Rocca, the Warrens' (and later the Cheevers') fortress house in Porto Ercole, Italy. A small book of poems designed, printed, and illustrated by Jane Daggett in the Department of Graphic Arts, School of Design at Yale. Grimshaw estimates that only about 175 copies were printed. Approximately 7 1/2 inches square; 30 pages, including 6 illustrations, bound in pictorial boards and issued without a dust jacket. Edges of spine and corners rubbed, still very good. A scarce "A" item, and rare inscribed. This book is from the collection of Scott and Vivian Donaldson and has their small, tasteful bookplate on back pastedown. Scott is considered one of our leading literary biographers. He has written eight books about 20th-century American authors and is listed among prominent 20th-century Virginia authors by the Virginia Center for the book. INSCRIBED TO HIS ONE-TIME EXECUTOR.

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THEY FOUND ATLANTIS. Dennis Wheatley. THEY FOUND ATLANTIS.
Diana Younger. London: Hutchinson & Co. [1936]. First edition. INSCRIBED on the title page, "For Diana / who drew the figures in the end papers (of this book). With every wish for a happy stay in [illegible] and a safe return -- and love / from Dennis." Diana Younger was Dennis's stepdaughter and they remained close all his life. She illustrated the dust jacket for his 1938 book, THE GOLDEN SPANIARD, as well as endpapers for this book and several others. Red cloth is marginally chipped at head of spine, has a light stain on spine, and "tide" mark along lower edge (not showing internally at all), otherwise crisp and bright and therefore about very 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 FINNEY. E. B. White. LESS THAN NOTHING - OR THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STERLING FINNEY.
[New York: The New Yorker, 1927]. First edition and only edition of E. B. White's first book. Illustrated with photographs of posed manikins. There is no author, publisher or date noted in the book but Katherine Romans Hall, in her bibliography of White's works, notes that White indicated "These Sterling Finney advertisements were written by me. They ran in the magazine in the early years when it was trying to promote its circulation. I posed the dummies--figures I found in Wanamake's department store. The ads, of course, were parodies of a certain kind of 'culture-made-easy' --- Ross was delighted with them and they caused quite a lot of talk." Of course, the implication of each very amusing essay was that reading the New Yorker puts you well on the road to wealth and social success. The book was printed and published by the New Yorker advertising department and sent to agents and customers for goodwill purposes. Issued without dust jacket. The corners of the boards are a little rubbed, otherwise very good or better; and very scarce to rare. Housed in cloth clamshell case. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF HIS SCARCE FIRST BOOK.

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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. William Butler Yeats. SYNGE AND THE IRELAND OF HIS TIME.
Churchtown, Dundrum [Ireland]: The Cuala Press, 1911. First edition. SIGNED, but not called for. 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 it, "W B Yeats." 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 suffered from Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer which at the time was untreatable. He died just weeks shy of his 38th birthday. Yeats says of Synge, "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." Crème colored cloth spine and paper boards. Bottom on spine has a small dampstain, otherwise very good or better. SIGNED BY YEATS, THOUGH NOT CALLED FOR.

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