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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM. Nelson Algren. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1949. First edition. Winner of the first National Book Award and made into the movie that resurrected Frank Sinatra's career. "Unrevised proofs" in tall, plain blue wraps with light-blue label printed in black. Measures 6 7/8 x 11 3/4"; last page number is "122" but pagination is double in that the pages are numbered "1A," "1B," and so on. A RARE ITEM, we know of only one other copy, which is in a university's Rare Books Library. A few minor scuffs and creases, otherwise near fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case.

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HERE'S HOW! HERE'S HOW AGAIN! and NOBLE EXPERIMENTS: Three volumes in dust jackets. Norman Hume Anthony, as Judge Jr. HERE'S HOW! HERE'S HOW AGAIN! and NOBLE EXPERIMENTS: Three volumes in dust jackets.
New York: John Day Co. (1928 -1930). First edition of the latter two titles in the series and third printing of HERE'S HOW!, the first in the series. ALL THREE IN DUST JACKETS. Small (32mo), varying colored boards. Second volume lacks front free endpaper and is cracked at front spine gutter, otherwise all three are near fine. In good or better dust jackets with evidence of sticker removal to front panels. First volume with lower third of spine missing and mottling from old water stain to rear panel. Scarce books. Scarcer still in dust jackets. A TRIO OF PROHIBITION ERA COCKTAIL BOOKS.

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FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock. John Ashbery, Hecht Booth, Wilbur, Warren, Merwin, Merrill, Hollander. FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1984. First edition and only edition of a set of 22 broadside poems, printed in red and black, with each broadside SIGNED by the poet. Reportedly one of only 50 unnumbered copies, but no indication herein. The other poets included are Louis Coxe, Eberhart, Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel Hoffman, Kunitz, John Nims, Nemerov, Schuyler, Strand, May Swenson, Mona Van Duyn, and David Waggoner About 9 x 14 inch, laid in a marbled paper portfolio with printed label on front cover. Fine.

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FAHRENHEIT 451. Ray Bradbury. FAHRENHEIT 451.
New York: Ballentine Books, Inc. (1953). First edition, limited issue. Number 127 of 200 COPIES SIGNED BY BRADBURY AND SPECIALLY BOUND IN ASBESTOS or, as the colophon states, "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis." Quarto white asbestos boards lettered in red on front and spine. Issued without a dust jacket. Professional repair to spine ends and corners, red lettering slightly mellowed, covers lightly soiled, few faint stains, otherwise very good.

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THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL. Anne Bronte, as Acton Bell. THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1848. First American edition in one volume. Hailed on the title page as being by the "Author of 'Wuthering Heights'," though that book was by Emily Bronte, not Anne. An apparent attempt to capitalize on the success of WUTHERING HEIGHTS and JANE EYRE, by their sister, Charlotte. First few and last several leaves foxed but otherwise only occasional scattered foxing to margins, making this a nice, clean copy. In contemporary three-quarter leather binding with brown cloth boards. Edges and corners professionally touched up by Dragonfly Bindery and Studio; altogether very good to near fine. FIRST U.S. ONE-VOLUME EDITION.

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WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS. Robert Burns. WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS.
London;: James Cochrane and Co. 1834. The works in eight volumes with a biographical sketch by Allan Cunningham and the preface to the first Kilmanock (1786) in the first volume; and second Edinburgh (1787) edition reprinted in the second volume. First of this edition. Bound in full leather; red spine with raised bands; and green boards. Six spine compartments with gilt designs. Gilt border lines with circles at each corner. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Contains his poetry, prose and letters. Each volume has an engraved frontispiece--the first is of Burns--and pictorial title-pages, as well as the regular printed title page. All volumes have 1834 in gilt at bottom of spines. Tasteful bookplate of John Randolph Harrison on front pastedowns. Very attractive set.

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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories. Truman Capote. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories.
New York: Random House, (1958). First edition. One of his most enduring works. The title novella is the basis for the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly--a film deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress in 2012 and now in the National Film Registry. Light offset to front endpapers from item previously laid in otherwise fine. In very good to near fine dust jacket with the usual toning to the orange spine and a few tiny nicks and tears.

[Book #54811]       Price: $1,250.00
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THE PROBLEM OF THE WIRE CAGE. John Dickson Carr. THE PROBLEM OF THE WIRE CAGE.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1939. First edition. A Gideon Fell mystery. Bright and fine in equally bright, very good dust jacket with rubbed edge creasing and tears. A scarce book, especially so in the jacket.

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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Lewis Carroll. ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.
London: Macmillan, 1866. First edition to be published but technically the second British edition, as the exceedingly rare 1865 first edition was suppressed and only 22 copies are known to exist today. His classic tale of Alice's fall through the rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. The twists of logic throughout this tale have gained it lasting popularity with children and adults alike, and it is considered to be one of the best examples of the "literary nonsense" genre (Wikipedia). Finely, freshly bound in full, red goatskin with four raised spine bands; three gilt-stamped, green-leather spine labels (title, author & date); gilt and blind spine decorations, including gilt center stamps onlaid in green leather. Front and back covers each with inset panel of hand-colored, black-foil images stamped on cream-colored lambskin after Tenniel's original illustrations. Housed in clamshell box with quarter-red-goatskin rounded spine, raised spine bands, center stamps, leather spine labels, and red linen cloth; box lined with red velvet. Binding and case by Dragonfly Bindery/StudioBinding; design executed by Patricia & George Sargent. Frontis tissue darkened and scattered light foxing throughout otherwise the interior is in very good condition. The binding is fine. FINELY, FRESHLY BOUND IN FULL LEATHER.

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TYPED LETTER SIGNED. Raymond Chandler. TYPED LETTER SIGNED.
(La Jolla: circa 1958). Undated TYPED LETTER SIGNED "RAY." To the British mystery writer who was Chandler's London solicitor, friend and frequent correspondent, Michael Gilbert, on 6 x 9" off-white paper with return address of the small cottage rented by Chandler near the end of his life at 824 Prospect Street in La Jolla. A short but quite interesting letter mentioning Kay West (who was briefly the main beneficiary of his will; the will itself (which was contested after his death); the Bahama company he formed on Gilbert's advice (presumably to ameliorate his British tax issues); and his desire to again become a resident of Great Britain. The letter closes with, "Please pour some oil on this [sic] troubled waters. Yours affectionately, Ray." Creased where folded to thirds for mailing otherwise fine. "YOURS AFFFECTIONATELY, RAY"

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THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES. Agatha Christie. THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES.
New York/Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1920. First Canadian edition of her first book. Published using the sheets of the first U.S edition (published by John Lane) and preceding the British first edition, published in 1921. The first appearance of Hercule Poirot. The book has an integral Ryerson title page; we assume it was a small printing. It appears to us that it was rebacked and has new endpapers. The rebacking was a pretty good job and not obvious. Internally clean with no foxing. In a specially made clamshell box printed in black lettering on spine and front. THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF POIROT.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems. Billy Collins. QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS: Poems.
New York: William Morrow, (1991). First edition. THE ELUSIVE HARDCOVER ISSUE -- SIGNED on the title page by Collins and dated "Jan 1992." The book was issued simultaneously in softcover and even that issue is scarce. An early selection of poems from the eventual Poet Laureate, exhibiting his usual wry, probing humor. Selected from his many magazine appearances by poet Edward Hirsch for The National Poetry series. Fine in crisp, fine dust jacket with only the faintest crease to rear panel. SCARCE SIGNED HARDCOVER ISSUE.

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CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS. Joseph Conrad. CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS.
London: Metheun, (1914). First edition. Considered his break-through novel -- Conrad went from an author with smallish sales and a discriminating audience to a best-seller with a huge audience with this book -- CHANCE is unusual among Conrad's novels for its female main character and focus on social issues surrounding feminism and financial speculation. Second issue, as usually seen, with cancel title-leaf dated 1914 on verso (the first issue, with integral title leaf dated 1913 on verso, is rare). This copy with 8-page catalog dated Autumn 1913, as called for, without advertisement for Arnold Lunn's THE HARROVIANS on p.6 (indicating it is the the earliest printing of the catalog). Followed by a 32-page publisher's catalog dated September 1913 and with another "Autumn 1913" catalog laid in (4-page, different contents than above). Cagle calls for a 32-page catalog dated "July 1913" and makes no note of a 4-page catalog, laid in or otherwise, possibly making this copy unique or scarce at least. Original green cloth with spine lettering in gilt. Bookplate of Henry Pennell Frank on front pastedown. Near fine with only scattered foxing and the barest wear on the tips, most likely due to the fact that it has been protected by the original, first-issue dust jacket (with "6/-" on spine). Dust jacket front and rear panels about complete but spine chipped at both head and tail, and old tape reinforcement on verso of front flap fold and spine hinges. A very scarce jacket. IN SCARCE DUST JACKET -- HIS FIRST MAJOR COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

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LORD JIM. Joseph Conrad. LORD JIM.
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1900. First edition. Conrad's first major novel and one of his most popular. Light--green cloth with gilt lettering and black floral design to spine and lettering and design in black on front; all edges untrimmed. First issue with "anyrate" for "any rate" p.77:5; "keep" missing after "can" and "cure" for "cured" p.226:7 (up); and final word p.319, "his," not aligned. Spine very slightly toned, spine ends and corners bumped and slightly worn, a touch of scattered foxing, and inner hinge paper expertly repaired. Still, a very good to near fine copy of a scarce book in nice condition. HIS FIRST MAJOR NOVEL.

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WORKS. Joseph Conrad. WORKS.
Edinburgh: John Grant, 1925. First edition thus, the definitive edition in twenty volumes. In original dark blue cloth, each with frontispieces and facsimile signature. Gilt spine lettering bright, only very minor rubbing on tips and occasionally on covers but otherwise a near fine and bright set. THE DEFINITIVE EDITION IN TWENTY VOLUMES.

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YOUTH: A NARRATIVE: and Two Other Stories. Joseph Conrad. YOUTH: A NARRATIVE: and Two Other Stories.
Edinburgh: Blackwood and Sons, 1902. First edition, with earliest ads dated "10/02." Three stories or novellas, including one of Conrad's most highly regarded works, HEART OF DARKNESS. Connolly, in his MODERN MOVEMENT, calls it "a masterpiece of sinister deterioration seen by the narrator who is himself profoundly altered by it" [Connolly 14]. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked HEART OF DARKNESS among its hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with decoration in black, titles and floral decorations to front board in black. Light shelf wear to spine and edges, otherwise near fine with endpapers only very slightly tanned and just a hint of scattered foxing to prelims. FIRST BOOK APPEARANCE OF "HEART OF DARKNESS"

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TEN POEMS. Rita Dove. TEN POEMS.
Lisbon, Iowa: Penumbra Press, 1977. First edition. Number 126 of only 200 copies of the former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning POET'S FIRST BOOK. Number four in Penumbra's "Manila Series." Unprinted, brown, string-tied paperwraps; housed in publisher's printed envelope. This copy INSCRIBED, "For Jeff, with warm wishes from one book lover to another - Rita Dove / 10 Feb 90." Fine in fine envelope with just minor creasing to the flap. Scarce in envelope and signed or inscribed. INSCRIBED "FROM ONE BOOK LOVER TO ANOTHER"

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Theodore Dreiser. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. The trade edition in two volumes, as issued. Precedes the limited edition by a year. Much scarcer in nice condition, in our experience, than the limited. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books. Made into the 1931 film of the same name and 1951's, "A Place in the Sun," starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. This enduring classic is a Haycraft-Queen title and on Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels list. Based on the notorious 1906 murder of 20-year-old Grace Brown. Chester Gillette, who claimed Brown's death was accidental, was convicted of her killing in a trial that drew international attention. (Wikipedia) Bright and fine in bright dust jackets much nicer than usually seen. The jacket on volume one with chip at base of spine filled in but otherwise both jackets are very nearly fine. In the original gray paper-board slipcase with printed paper label pasted to one side. Slipcase shows general wear and minor repair to hinges but is still quite good. Scarce in original slipcase and this nice condition. MUCH SCARCER IN THIS NICE CONDITION THAN THE LIMITED.

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THE FINANCIER: A Novel. Theodore Dreiser. THE FINANCIER: A Novel.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1927. A completely revised edition of his third book. INSCRIBED, "For Brills son Edmund from Theodore Dreiser 1928." The first of the trilogy on Frank Cowperwood, a financier and businessman during an epic period of American history, from the Civil War through the end of the century. Dreiser based the character on Charles T. Yerkes, a traction magnate who had a well-documented and colorful career as an organizer of companies, an art collector and womanizer. Dreiser is still considered a trailblazer in our literature for his honest treatment of American life and the vagaries of human nature. The latter, of course, caused him many problems with the critics of the time. The book is a little cocked and cover has a small mark on bottom right corner, otherwise very good to fine, clean, bright copy. Lacking dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY DREISER.

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REBECCA. Daphne Du Maurier. REBECCA.
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1938. First American edition. SIGNED by author on publisher's tipped-in page. The author's most famous book. Made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 with Joan Fontaine, Laurence Oliver, George Sanders, and Judith Anderson. Hitchcock's first American project, which won two Academy Awards, including Best Picture, out of a total of 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson were all Oscar nominated for their respective roles. Darkening near hinges on pastedowns from binding glue, otherwise about fine in good or better dust jacket with edge wear and chipping at corners and one large chip from bottom rear spine corner affecting publisher's name on spine and small portion of advertisement on rear panel (price on the last book advertised). HER MOST FAMOUS BOOK, SIGNED.

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FOUR QUARTETS. T. S. Eliot. FOUR QUARTETS.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1943). First U.S. edition, preceding the UK hardback. First printing with the "first American edition" statement; one of only 788 copies released. Collects BURNT NORTON, EAST COKER, THE DRY SALVAGES, and LITTLE GIDDING first published separately as pamphlets in London in 1941 and '42. Cyril Connolly lists FOUR QUARTETS in his "Modern Movement: 100 Key Books 1880-1950," calling it "the most important poem since Yeat's 'The Tower,' and, as many think, of the century." The book is bright and near fine in black cloth with bright gilt lettering on spine. In the first-state, E. McKnight Kauffer-designed dust jacket with $2.00 price in upper corner front flap, back flap blank, and nine bold-print titles on rear panel ending with "Old Possum's." Small chip to top edge rear panel which is a bit tanned, short and inconspicuous closed tear to top edge front panel, spine ends and corners showing the barest nicks, otherwise the dust jacket is very good to near fine. FIRST HARDBACK EDITION.

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TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO. Philip Jose Farmer. TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO.
New York: Putnam's Sons, 1971. First edition of this Hugo Award winner. The first book in the "Riverworld." LIGHTHEARTEDLY (?) INSCRIBED by Farmer on the second half-title page (not to anyone in particular), "To Your Spattered Buddies Go, little book about a big world. Philip Jose Farmer." Small dents to top and bottom of rear board and two more to spine, subtle fading to few areas on front board, otherwise very good to near fine. In very good dust jacket with spine ends and corners rubbed, small tear to upper front panel and light scratches to rear panel. 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 FAULKNER READER: Selections from the Works of William Faulkner. William Faulkner. THE FAULKNER READER: Selections from the Works of William Faulkner.
New York: Modern Library, (1959). A Modern Library Giant, first edition thus. Originally published by Random House in 1954. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To The Maracay Book Club / with gratitude and best wishes / William Faulkner / [illegible, though possibly "Caracas"] / 20 April 1961" and signed on the title page "William Faulkner / Maracay / 10 April 1961." As is well known, Faulkner visited Venezuela on a State Department trip in April 1961; perhaps not known before was that during his travels he made a side trip to Maracay, about 50 miles outside of the capital, Caracas, to visit a book club founded in his honor by a former fellow Mississippian, Vivian Ray. According to Ray's son, "Maracay is located about 50 miles from Caracas and had a strong presence of US citizens due to the factories being installed there, but the main offices were in Caracas. Mr. Faulkner stayed during his visit with William and Victoria Fielden in Caracas, but they also had a residence in La Victoria (adjacent to Maracay) because Philip Morris had their manufacturing plant there. Some biographers say that Mr. Fielden worked with a petroleum company, but nope [Philip Morris is a tobacco company]. All US citizens including my mother stuck together, and they all knew who was who, so when they found out that Mr. Faulkner was coming, they arranged this 'out of protocol' event. I remember my mother telling me of how much Mr. Faulkner enjoyed this particular visit." Old tape shadows to pastedowns and rear endpaper where card was removed; offsetting from book club lending-library stamps on dust jacket flaps to free endpapers, affecting Faulkner’s inscription on front endpaper (which is nonetheless as legible as one could hope from Faulkner); otherwise would be about very good in edge worn but still good dust jacket with label on spine, presumably from the lending library. An interesting glimpse into one of the State Department trips of the Nobel Prize-winning author. INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER.

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FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS. F. Scott Fitzgerald. FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1920. First edition, second printing, published the same month as the first. His second book, with 8 short stories. The first printing was 5000 copies and this scarce second printing was only 3000 copies. Bright and nearly fine with just light offset to the front endpaper from item previously laid in. The dust jacket, which is ONE OF THE SCARCEST FITZGERALD JACKETS, shows extensive professional repair, most noticeably on spine and at head of front panel where--unable to determine the correct text for what would appear to be "2nd Large Printing" (only "ge Printing" remain)--the conservationist opted to fill in with the orange, background color. Fortunately the W.E. Hill cover illustration, depicting a scene from "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is wholly intact.

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THE GREAT GATSBY. F. Scott Fitzgerald. THE GREAT GATSBY.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1925. First edition. First issue with all the correct points. On just about every "best-of" list for 20th-century literature -- and for all time. A fine, crisp, square copy showing only the barest wear to spine ends; gilt spine lettering nice and bright. Lacking dust jacket but housed in a custom, cloth-covered clamshell case reproducing the spine and front panel of the original dust jacket. A FINE, SQUARE FIRST-ISSUE COPY.

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