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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.

[Book #9474]       Price: $1,100.00
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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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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.

[Book #52374]       Price: $1,250.00
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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 his friend "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 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, including 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. Endpapers mended at hinges and cloth touched up at spine ends and corners by an expert in book repair. Spine faded but 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.

[Book #53758]       Price: $5,000.00
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SHADOW AND SUNSHINE [cover title SHADOWS AND SUNSHINE]. Eliza Suggs. SHADOW AND SUNSHINE [cover title SHADOWS AND SUNSHINE].
Ohama, Neb. [Privately published], 1906. First edition. Elizabeth "Eliza" Gertrude Suggs (1876-1908) was a physically impaired African-American author and lecturer born to former slaves. In SHADOW AND SUNSHINE, her only published book, Suggs recounts her parents' stories of being enslaved, other stories of slavery recalled by her mother, and her own remarkable life story. Illustrated with photographs of Suggs and her family. Includes three poems by Suggs as well as poems selected from others' work. Introductions by Burton R. Jones and C. M. Damon. 18mo (4.25 x 6.25") brick-red cloth boards stamped in gilt on front and spine; 96 pages; six photographs, including frontis. About very good with few light stains, scattered marginal smudges, photo opposite p.[32] of "Rev James Suggs" starting; and photo opposite p.48 of "Four Generations" trimmed cutting off second line of text. Rare.

[Book #54954]       Price: $1,500.00
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THE PATH TO POWER. Margaret Thatcher. THE PATH TO POWER.
(New York): HarperCollins, (1995). First U.S. edition. Number 127 of 175 SIGNED and numberd copies; there were also 26 signed, lettered copies. Scarcer than the London limited edition, which was 500 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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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.

[Book #53809]       Price: $2,500.00
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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.

[Book #53808]       Price: $1,500.00
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DER SCHATZ DER SIERRA MADRE [The Treasure of the Sierra Madre]. B. Traven. DER SCHATZ DER SIERRA MADRE [The Treasure of the Sierra Madre].
Berlin: Buchergilde Gutenberg, 1927. True first edition of Traven's most famous work. First issue with last word in first line p.18 "und" and "S" chapter head p.103 inverted [Treverton 244]. Made into the 1948 John Huston movie "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart. Small quarto (6.75 x 9.5") bright orange cloth boards stamped in red and jungle green on front and spine; page top edge charcoal gray. Bright and fine with just a few minor marks to top edge stain. Scarce to rare in this nice condition. Lacking a dust jacket, if issued in one.

[Book #53831]       Price: $1,500.00
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DER ZIEGELBRENNER [THE BRICK BURNER]. B. Traven, Ret Marut. DER ZIEGELBRENNER [THE BRICK BURNER]
Munchen: Selbstverlag, 1917-21. First edition. Eight volumes in original wraps spanning the first through fourth years of the anarchist journal. Includes issue number 2 and issue numbers 4 through 22. "The Brick Burner" was a self-published and solely authored political periodical edited under the name Ret Marut by the mysterious author of THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE and a number of politically charged novels. The 20 numbers are contained in 8 red paperwrap volumes printed in black on front and back (7 are stapled, and one is perfect bound). Spines and the front cover of number 2 toned to a light brown, otherwise very good to near fine. ANARCHIST JOURNAL.

[Book #54291]       Price: $2,500.00
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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.

[Book #49501]       Price: $2,000.00
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MISSING IN ACTION. Kurt Vonnegut. 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.

[Book #53795]       Price: $1,750.00
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"TRALFAMADORE #1": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut. "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.

[Book #15232]       Price: $1,500.00
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"TRALFAMADORE #2": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut. "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.

[Book #15233]       Price: $1,200.00
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"TROUT IN COHOES": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Kurt Vonnegut. "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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REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISION ON THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY [aka THE WARREN REPORT]. Chief Justice Earl Warren, Representative Gerald R. Ford. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISION ON THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY [aka THE WARREN REPORT].
Washington D.C. Government Printing Office, (1964.). First edition. The true first printing of the "Warren Report." SIGNED BY GERALD FORD, who was a congressman when appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson to be a member of the commission issuing the report. Ford was appointed vice president in 1973 by Richard M. Nixon after Spiro T. Agnew's resignation and became president after Nixon's own resignation. Few small bumps to covers which are subtly toned at spine but otherwise very good to near fine. Issued without a dust jacket. TRUE FIRST OF THE WARREN REPORT.

[Book #54964]       Price: $1,750.00
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VILE BODIES. Evelyn Waugh. VILE BODIES.
New York: Jonathan Cape / Harrison Smith, (1930). First U.S. edition, published March, 1930 (the UK was published January). Originally titled "Bright Young Things," a tabloid nickname for the hard-partying young aristocrats and socialites of 1920s London whom Waugh satirizes herein. Green cloth-backed, decorated yellow paper boards; spine stamped in yellow; top edge stained black. Fading to cloth at ends of spine and a spot near the center, otherwise very good with paper-covering still bright and black top-edge color still strong. The dust jacket has professional repair to spine ends and corners, is discolored at spine, and shows light glass-ring spots on rear panel. A scarce book in jacket. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET.

[Book #54585]       Price: $3,500.00
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THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. H. G. Wells. THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON.
London: George Newnes, Ltd. 1901. First UK edition. "One of Wells better known and altogether delightful scientific romances" and "an example of Wells humour and satire at its best" (Feir 18). In first-issue binding of gilt-stamped, dark-blue cloth boards with black endpapers (later issues are in light blue cloth stamped in black). Twelve full-page illustrations, including the frontispiece, tipped in as called for. Very nearly fine with spine ends and corners a little rubbed. Increasingly difficult to find in this nice condition. ONE OF WELLS' CLASSICS.

[Book #53827]       Price: $2,500.00
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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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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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