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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. FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN POETRY: A Tribute to Marie Bullock.
(Winston Salem): Palaemon Press, 1984. First edition. The only edition of this set of 22 broadside poems, printed in red and black, with each broadside SIGNED by the poet. Reportedly one of only 50 unnumbered copies. Issued as a tribute to the founder and president of the Academy of American Poets, Marie Bullock. Each broadside measures about 9 x 14"; laid in a marbled paper portfolio with printed label on front cover. Fine.

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COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL. Ambrose Bierce, as Dod Grile. COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL.
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1874. First edition. His third book. Dark fairy tales collected from his appearances in the British periodical "Fun"; illustrated with satirical wood engravings by the Dalziel Brothers. It should be noted although Starrett (4) contends an 1873 paperback precedes this hardcover, BAL (1100) proved the paperback was actually not published until 1884. Publisher's decorative green cloth stamped and lettered in gilt & black. BAL doesn't mention green but Starrett lists it as one of three cloth colors. Faded ownership notation on front endpaper, minor shelf wear, still very good to near fine.

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DARK CARNIVAL. Ray Bradbury. DARK CARNIVAL.
Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First edition of Bradbury's first book, a collection of 27 of his earliest stories. There were only 3,112 copies in the first printing. 3 x 5" plain white card laid in SIGNED BY BRADBURY WITH DRAWING OF ONE OF HIS MONSTERS and dated in 1989. Touch of darkening to pastedowns, still near fine in very good, price-clipped dust jacket with rubbed chipping to corners and spine ends and white portion of back cover a little soiled.

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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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THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: With a Biography of the Knight, from authentic sources. Robert B. Brough. THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: With a Biography of the Knight, from authentic sources.
George Cruikshank. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts. 1857 and 1858. First edition, in the original, untrimmed and unopened monthly parts: TEN OCTAVO PARTS IN PICTORIAL PAPERWRAPS, housed together in gilt-lettered green-cloth chemise with bookplate of Maude M. Monell and matching green-cloth slipcase. Pale yellow pictorial paperwraps each with woodcut after Cruikshank on front cover and each with two full-page plates at front -- 20 etched plates by Cruikshank in all. Apart from some minor soiling to wrappers an excellent untrimmed set with tissue guards present between all but one set of plates and with all but Part I unopened. Touch of spotting to plates, Part I; old damp stain to plate fore edges, Part VII; and stain to upper corner last several leaves and rear cover, Part VIII. Text on back wrappers corresponding to Cohn's except for Part III ("A List of New Works") and Part IV ("New Books of the Season"). Part VII with 4-page "List of New Works Announced for Publication" dated Nov. 1827 laid in. Cohn 96. ILLUSTRATED BY CRUIKSHANK.

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THE OFFICE; [BOOK & ORIGINAL PAINTING]. Fredric. Philip Jose Farmer Brown, introduction. THE OFFICE; [BOOK & ORIGINAL PAINTING].
Joe Servello. (Tucson, AZ: Dennis McMillan Publications), (1987.). Original uncut version, first edition thus. One of 450 numbered copies SIGNED BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER, who wrote the foreword for this edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. TOGETHER WITH THE ORIGINAL, SIGNED PAINTING BY JOE SERVELLO used for the dust jacket art. Double matted and framed, 28 x 16" overall; in fine condition. Letter of provenance for the painting from publisher Dennis McMillan laid in the book (top corner clipped, otherwise fine).

[Book #54963]       Price: $2,500.00
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EVELINA; OR FEMALE LIFE IN LONDON: Being the History of a Young Lady's Introduction to Fashionable Life, and the Gay Scenes of the Metropolis; etc. Frances "Fanny" Burney. EVELINA; OR FEMALE LIFE IN LONDON: Being the History of a Young Lady's Introduction to Fashionable Life, and the Gay Scenes of the Metropolis; etc.
London: Jones & Co. 1822. Illustrated with hand-colored plates, first edition thus. The satirical novelist's first book, originally published in 1778 as EVELINA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY'S INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD. Includes 6 full-page hand-colored humorous engravings, three signed W. Heath, and a hand-colored extra-illustrated title page. ORIGINAL SKETCH SIGNED "W. HEATH" and dated "Oct. 1821" of "Evelina with Madame Duval and [illegible]" tipped in at front. The detailed foreground appears to feature most of the cast of characters arriving at the ball against a background roughly sketched in. Bound by Wood, London, in full red leather with gilt-stamped floral design to all corners, including those of the inner dentelles and to five of the spine panels (a sixth panel is lettered in gilt); five raised bands with gilt dots; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers. Fine. WITH AN ORIGINAL SKETCH BY WILLIAM HEATH.

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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.

[Book #40671]       Price: $1,000.00
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TARZAN OF THE APES. Edgar Rice Burroughs. TARZAN OF THE APES.
Chicago: A. C. McClure & Co. 1914. First edition of his first book. First printing with "W. F. Hall Printing Co. / Chicago" set in Old English type on two lines on verso of title leaf. In the first binding, without acorn device on spine panel. Included on most of the "best-of" lists of last century (fantasy, science ficiton and children's books). Original maroon cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold. Professionally rebacked in matching cloth with original covers and spine laid down and with binding resewn and original endpapers preserved and laid down over new linen hinges. Gilt spine lettering dulled, name on endpaper, and scattered mild staining; otherwise, with the professional repair a very good or better copy lacking the dust jacket.

[Book #54592]       Price: $1,250.00
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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 of one of his most enduring works. The title novella is the basis for the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. SHORT AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY CAPOTE LAID IN: "Dear Sir -- I do not have the time to answer your request. T. Capote." 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 #54952]       Price: $3,500.00
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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.

[Book #54756]       Price: $1,750.00
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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Lewis Carroll. ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.
London: Macmillan, 1866. First edition to be regularly published, though technically the second edition. The exceedingly rare 1865 first edition was suppressed, and only a little over 20 copies are extant. This copy finely bound in full red leather stamped in gilt and blind on front and back covers, each of which features an inset panel with an image after Tenniel's stamped in black-foil on cream-color leather and colored by hand. Spine features five raised bands, gilt center stamps and gilt-lettered onlaid green leather labels. Housed in red linen clamshell case lined in red velvet with rounded red leather spine mimicking the book's in design. Binding and case by Patricia & George Sargent of Dragonfly Bindery. Frontis tissue darkened, scattered light foxing throughout; otherwise text block is very good condition. Binding and clamshell case are fine. FIRST REGULARLY PUBLISHED EDITION FINELY BOUND.

[Book #54361]       Price: $9,500.00
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APRIL TWILIGHTS. Willa Cather. APRIL TWILIGHTS.
Boston: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1903. First edition of her first book; a "vanity press" production of thirty-six poems. Cather reportedly destoryed what remained of the edition in 1908. INSCRIBED, "Mr. J. W. Rankin / From an old friend / Willa Silbert Cather / New York / May Second / 1914." Cather moved to Pittsburgh in 1896 and taught at Central High School for one year. Rankin also taught there, and we assume that is where they formed their friendship. (She moved on to Alleghany High School in 1897 where she taught English and Latin, and became the head of the English department. She left Pittsburgh in 1906.) Recased with the original paper-covering laid down and with the original printed labels retained. Both labels are darkened, the front appears to have had the lettering touched up, and the spine label has been mounted upside-down (with the lettering running down instead of up) and slightly beneath its original location. Not ideal but quite scarce inscribed. HER SCARCE FIRST BOOK, INSCRIBED.

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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 and unusual for him as the main character is femail and its focus is 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 the 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 (Cagle calls for "July 1913") and with 4-page catalog dated "Autumn 1913" laid in. Cagle makes no note of a 4-page catalog, laid in or otherwise. 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. In the first-issue dust jacket with "6/-" on spine. The front and rear panels are about complete but spine ends are chipped and there is old internal tape reinforcement to flap fold and spine hinges. Scarce to rare in the first-issue jacket. IN SCARCE DUST JACKET -- HIS FIRST MAJOR COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

[Book #53774]       Price: $7,500.00
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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, first issue with ads dated "10/02" (Cagle doesn't assign priority, but one might assume copies such as this one, with ads dated October, precede those with November's ads). Three stories or novellas, including one of Conrad's most highly regarded works, HEART OF DARKNESS, which explores parallels between London and Africa as places of darkness, with little difference between so-called civilised people and those described as savages (Wikipedia). 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, titles and floral decorations to front board in black. A very good copy with some cover aging, spine a little darkened, minor wear on corners and spine ends, and very light foxing on front page edges.

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THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: Illustrated by George Cruikshank, with a Biography of the Knight, from Authentic Sources by Robert B. Brough, Esq. George Cruikshank, Robert B. Brough. THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FALSTAFF: Illustrated by George Cruikshank, with a Biography of the Knight, from Authentic Sources by Robert B. Brough, Esq.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts. 1857--1858. First edition, in the original monthly parts: TEN OCTAVO PARTS IN PICTORIAL PAPERWRAPS, housed together in cloth chemise and leather top-loading slipcase. Each part with two full-page illustrated plates at front, twenty etched plates in all; and woodcut illustration after Cruikshank replicated on front of each wrapper. Original front covers, all but one with publisher's presentation blindstamp; lacking original rear covers (each with plain tan wrap at rear instead) and without the tissue guards between the plates. Each part appears to have been trimmed at top and bottom, Part X front cover darkened, else all are very good with only minor soiling to covers and with plates themselves near fine to fine. Housed together in green-cloth chemise and full leather, marbled-paper lined, top-loading double slipcase with 5 raised bands and gilt lettering on spine. Cohn 96. CRUIKSHANK'S LAST MAJOR BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS.

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TOM, JERRY, AND LOGIC; Or, LIFE IN LONDON: A Musical Extravaganza, in Three Acts, Founded on Pierce Egan's Popular Work. George Cruikshank, Pierce Egan. TOM, JERRY, AND LOGIC; Or, LIFE IN LONDON: A Musical Extravaganza, in Three Acts, Founded on Pierce Egan's Popular Work.
Edinburgh: W. Sutherland. 1823. First edition. Twelve hand-colored plates by George and Robert Isaac Cruikshank. No attribution but someone has written above three dancing partners "George Cruikshank, Robert Cruikshank, P. Egan." Only record we could find of title was, " With coloured frontispiece of Mr. H. Johnston as Jerry. Second Edition." in a Magg's catalog from 1935 (Rare Book Hub). And for some reason the listing didn't mention the place of publication, but assume as Magg's it was London or would have been mentioned. This copy was owned by Albert M. Cohn with his bookplate. He wrote the Cruikshank Catalog Raissone published in 1926 and he has written on the front pastedown, "Of the greatest rarity have seen no other copy." Bound with flat leather spine and brown paper boards. Inner hinge paper cracked but still tight. Scattered foxing but not bad and the plates are relatively clean. RARE CRUIKSHANK & EGAN PRODUCTION.

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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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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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THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea. Lawrence Durrell. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea.
London: Faber and Faber, (1957-60). First edition of each of the four volumes comprising his most critically acclaimed work. JUSTINE shows light foxing to page edges but is otherwise near fine in very good or better dust jacket with slight toning to spine, light soiling and tanning and tiny chips at spine tips; BALTHAZAR shows faint spotting along inner hinges but is otherwise bright and fine in very good to near fine dust jacket slightly darkened on spine and toned on edges and with few tiny corner chips; MOUNTOLIVE shows light scattered foxing to page edges and endpapers, otherwise near fine in like dust jacket with touch of rubbing, slight tanning to spine and tips nicked; CLEA shows moderate foxing to endpapers most noticeably on front pastedown but is only lightly foxed on page edges, otherwise bright and fine in near fine dust jacket with touch of light soiling and slightly sunned. Note: Ownership signature of "Harry Blackmer, Paris, 1960" on front pastesdown of CLEA. Presumably the same Blackmer in the 1932 Supreme Court decision that recognized a state's right to retain jurisdiction over its citizens abroad (Blackmer v. United States, 284 U.S. 421). Blackmer was found guilty of contempt for refusing to appear when subpoenaed as a witness for the U.S. in a criminal trial related to the Teapot Dome Scandal. Altogether a very good to near fine set. HIS MOST CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WORK.

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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). Modern Library Giant, first edition thus. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To The Maracay Book Club / with gratitude and best wishes / William Faulkner / Caracas / 20 April 1961" and signed on the title page "William Faulkner / Maracay / 10 April 1961." During a State Department-sponsored trip to Venezuela in April 1961, Faulkner visited a book club in Maracay founded in his honor by fellow Mississippian, Vivian Ray. According to Ray's son (from whom the book was purchased), Mr. Faulkner stayed with William and Victoria Fielden in Caracas who were responsible for arranging this "out of protocol" event. Old tape shadows to pastedowns and rear endpaper where card was removed; the book club’s lending-library stamps on the dust jacket flaps have offset to the free endpapers, affecting Faulkner’s inscription (which is nonetheless as legible as one could hope from Faulkner); otherwise would be about very good. In an edge worn but still good dust jacket with label on spine, presumably from the lending library. INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER.

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GO DOWN, MOSES And Other Stories. William Faulkner. GO DOWN, MOSES And Other Stories.
New York: Random House, (1942). First edition, first issue in black cloth binding with page top edges stained red. A bright, very good to near fine copy in very good, price-clipped dust jacket with only marginal, rubbed chipping and wear.

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