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THE COLLECTOR. John Fowles. THE COLLECTOR.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1963). First edition of his first book. An uncorrected proof copy. INSCRIBED to "Clive Hirschhorn / With best wishes. John Fowles." A story of the abduction and imprisonment of a woman, told first from the abductor's viewpoint, then from hers, and then back to him in the last few pages. Clive Hirschhorn is a South African writer and critic who moved to London in 1963. He is known for his long tenure as film and theater critic for the British Sunday Express newspaper and as the author of several well-received books about the film industry and its stars. He was also a serious book collector whose highspots were put at auction in 2012, including this one. And someone we always enjoyed having drinks or dinner with when we were in London. Light green paperwraps with the Cape-logo design. About fine in a specially made clamshell box. INSCRIBED PROOF.

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STAMBOUL TRAIN. Graham Greene. STAMBOUL TRAIN.
London: William Heinemann Ltd. (1932). First edition. Second issue (as usually seen--there are only a few known copies of the first issue) with "Quin Savory" versus "Q. C. Savory." The change in character name was made at the insistence of J. B. Priestley. According to David Marsh (The Guardian, Oct. 19, 2010), "Foolishly, the novelist and playwright JB Priestley sued Greene for defamation, believing this vain, pompous writer was based on himself--and rather proving the point by doing so." Re-titled ORIENT EXPRESS in the U.S. and made into numerous films including "Murder on the Orient Express" in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gelgud, et al. Black cloth boards with gilt stamped spine featuring a mosque design. STAMBOUL TRAIN was The Book Society choice for December of 1932. This copy with Book Society bookplate bearing ownership signature "Mrs. G. J. Winterhalder Dec. '32." Scattered foxing to fore edges, otherwise near fine in very good or better dust jacket with old tape repair on verso (not visible from front), spine a little darkened, spine ends and corners nicked and rubbed and with a few light creases. Scarce in the dust jacket. BASIS FOR THE 1974 FILM "MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS" AMONG OTHERS.

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THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF RIVERS. Jim Harrison, Russel Chatham. THE THEORY & PRACTICE OF RIVERS.
Seattle: Winn Books, 1986. First edition. Number 38 of a stated 350 copies, SIGNED BY HARRISON and the illustrator, RUSSELL CHATHAM. Together with a suite of FIVE 14 x 18" PRINTS SIGNED BY CHATHAM, each marked AP and numbered "31/40," and a colophon indicating the suite was produced specifically to accompany 175 copies of the book. Supposedly 175 of the 350 copies of the book were signed by both Harrison and Chatham and came with the suite of prints by Chatham, and the other 175 were signed only by Harrison and did not include the prints. As so few of the purported 175 suite of prints have shown up on the market, we wonder if there were more than 40 copies of the "proof" and if those are what sometimes appear. (The publisher has indicated in a letter to us that none of the copies were numbered. Yet, this copy is numbered and there are others recorded as such.) The book is near fine and the slipcase is lightly soiled with a few small smudges, and a faint half-moon shadow, presumably a partial glass ring, but still very good or better. The prints and accompanying colophon are fine.

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THE DOOR STANDS OPEN: Czeslaw Milosz 1911-2004. Seamus Heaney. THE DOOR STANDS OPEN: Czeslaw Milosz 1911-2004.
Dublin: Irish Writers Center, 2005. First edition. Number 8 of 250 SIGNED numbered copies. Includes two poems and an essay written by Seamus Heaney in memory of Milosz. Designed by Pawel Tryzno and printed partially on Zanders Zeta paper and partially on handwoven paper by the Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland. The book has stainless steel covers and comes in a prepared mixed-media wrap featuring a silkscreen collage of articles published in Polish newspapers in the days following Milosz's death. Housed in an elaborate, folding, black-cardstock case with dripping black-ink design on one edge and author's name in silver on front. There were another 50 copies in the special deluxe edition in an even more intricate housing. Fine. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.

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STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND. Robert A. Heinlein. STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.
New York: Putnam's Sons, 1961. First edition, first printing with "C22" at bottom of p.408; in later printing dust jacket with photo of Heinlein on back. Green cloth boards lettered in gilt; top edge green. Good, well-read copy with spine dulled, edges rubbed and bumped, inner hinges strengthened and few tiny pin-pricks where staples removed from endpaper. In very good or better, later-printing, price-clipped dust jacket with minor toning to spine and light edge wear. 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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TWO SIGNED CHECKS: ONE SIGNED BY ERNEST, THE OTHER BY PAULINE: MATTED AND FRAMED TOGETHER WITH A PHOTOGRAPH. Ernest Hemingway, Pauline. TWO SIGNED CHECKS: ONE SIGNED BY ERNEST, THE OTHER BY PAULINE: MATTED AND FRAMED TOGETHER WITH A PHOTOGRAPH.
Check No. 62 for $200, in Hemingway's hand and signed by him, drawn on The National City Bank of New York, September 14 1932, and made payable to Sarah E. Dousman. The online Guide to the Ernest Hemingway Collection at The John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA, records an undated 4-page letter from Dousman in Red Lodge, MT, to Pauline, but does not elucidate its contents or her relationship to the Hemingways. However, the main character, Robert Jordan, in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS hails from Red Lodge, which was a favorite vacation spot of Hemingway's, so perhaps they knew each other (or conducted business) during his visits there. Together with Check No. 176 for $100 made out to "Cash" on May 22 1933 and signed by Pauline. Matted and framed together with a copy of the well-known AP images of Hemingway arriving in New York on an oceanliner in 1934 with "(second wife) Pauline 'Fife' Pfeiffer." Checks are approximately 2.5 x 6.5"; photo is approximately 6 x 6" and frame is approximately 12.5 x 21". Altogether near fine.

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS. Ernest Hemingway. A FAREWELL TO ARMS.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition, first issue. One of Hemingway's most influential works. Small name and "1929" on front endpaper, both endpapers have faint and fairly common offset (from the boards), otherwise very good to fine with both labels very bright; in very good dust jacket with very minor chips on corners and spine ends. This book is from the collection of Scott and Vivian Donaldson and has their small, tasteful bookplate on rear pastedown under the dust jacket flap. 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. In 1999, he was elected to the board of the Hemingway Foundation/Society which publishes "The Hemingway Review," makes grants to young scholars, and annually gives the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award. From 2000 through 2002 he served as president of the foundation. ONE OF HIS MOST INFLUENTIAL WORKS.

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VALUE AND CAPITAL: An Inquiry into Some Fundamental Principles of Economic Theory. J. R. Hicks. VALUE AND CAPITAL: An Inquiry into Some Fundamental Principles of Economic Theory.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1939. First edition. Sir John Richard Hicks (1904 - 1989) was one of the most important and influential economists of the twentieth century. In microeconomics, the compensated demand function is referred to as the Hicksian demand function in his honor (Wikipedia). Minor wear to corners, endpapers darkened (due to unavoidable offset from the binding) and just a little foxed. Near fine, lacking the dust jacket. An exceedingly scarce book in the first edition. THE MAN FOR WHOM THE "HICKSIAN DEMAND FUNCTION" IS NAMED.

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STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. Patricia Highsmith. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.
London: Cresset Press, 1950. First UK edition. Her first book. She is known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. This title has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The book is fine but for the barest rubbing on tips in a aged dust jacket with a slightly faded spine and very minor edgewear. HER FIRST BOOK.

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WODWO. Ted Hughes. WODWO.
London: Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on the front endpaper. A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Hughes, "To Tony/ in Memoriam/ from Ted/ 13 July 1967." This was Hughes first book of poems after wife Sylvia Plath's death from suicide in 1963 -- we assume the "in Memoriam" is for her, as she and Hecht were very close friends, which is clearly indicated by her intimate letters to him. Plath and Hecht met while both were teaching at Smith College (1956-1962), where Hughes also taught. After Plath's death, Hughes and Hecht continued to be friends and each man went on to win numerous awards and to become the Poet Laureate of their country. Ted Hughes was known to greatly admired Hecht, calling him "one of the most accomplished of his extremely accomplished generation." The book is crisp and fine with only very minor wear; in a near fine, lightly age-toned dust jacket with slightly darkened spine and a few tiny nicks. An early, important association copy between two poets who went on to become highly esteemed in each other's countries as well as their own. IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

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THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON; Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published. Samuel Johnson, By James Boswell. THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON; Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published.
London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791. Two volumes. First edition, first state with "gve" p.135, Volume I. Quarto (4to), full-leather boards sympathetically recased with original contemporary mottled calf laid down over boards; spines with gilt-lettered black leather title and volume labels and gilt rule. Text blocks appear to have been trimmed approximately 1/8" on tops, bottoms and fore edges, Engraved portrait of Johnson after Sir Joshua Reynolds in Volume I and two engraved plates in Volume II, as called for. Foxing to plates and opposing pages, otherwise both volumes are quite clean, Housed in custom half-morocco slipcase and chemise. BOSWELL'S JOHNSON, THE MOST CELEBRATED BIOGRAPHY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

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FINNEGANS WAKE. James Joyce. FINNEGANS WAKE.
London/ New York: Faber & Faber/ Viking Press, 1939. First edition, limited issue. Number 62 of 425 numbered copies SIGNED by Joyce. A fine copy in nearly fine slipcase. A REMARKABLY NICE COPY, SIGNED BY JOYCE.

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AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead. Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead.
Toledo, Ohio: March 5, 1998. On 5 3/4 x 7 1/4" notepaper with letterhead of the Editorial Department, "You write a fine letter .... It amazes me that Nancy Drew remains so popular. Sincerely, Mildred W. Benson (Carolyn Keene)." Benson, the acknowledged creator of Nancy Drew, wrote 23 of the first 30 books beginning in 1930 with THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK. Much like the enduring character she brought life to, she was an adventurer who, in addition to being a writer and journalist, was a pilot and amateur archaeologist. Over the course of her career Benson wrote 112 additional children's books and numerous short stories, and her career in journalism spanned 58 years -- first at the Toledo Times and then at the Toledo Blade, where she continued to write a column until she passed away in 2002 at the age 96. Light creases, stray pen marks on verso, otherwise fine. Includes original mailing envelope addressed by Benson. Letters such as this one, wholly in Benson's own hand, are quite scarce. HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE CREATOR OF NANCY DREW.

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MEXICO CITY BLUES. Jack Kerouac. MEXICO CITY BLUES.
New York: Grove Press, (1959). First edition in FIRST-ISSUE, black-and-white dust jacket (vs. color), which is slightly taller than the book as usual. In presumed VARIANT BINDING with spine lettering stamped in silver versus the normally seen gold. "242 choruses" of Kerouac's experimental poetry -- "I want to be considered a jazz poet blowing a long blues in an afternoon jam session on Sunday" (Kerouac, from the jacket flap). Spine ends and corners slightly rubbed, touch of rubbing to "M" in title on spine, faintest of glass rings to front cover, otherwise near fine. The dust jacket is bright and, with the exception of tiny nicks to the flap corners, is free of chips and tears, but there is a faint stain to top corner of front panel and it appears a tapped-on label was removed from the bottom of the spine (library label?), leaving tanned areas around the edges of where it had been (it would have measured approximately 1.5 x 1.5"). Otherwise the jacket is near fine. SCARCE FIRST-ISSUE JACKET.

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THE UNITED SERVICES COLLEGE CHRONICLE: 16 issues plus "Appendix & 'Tarass Boolba'," each in gilt-lettered, red cloth-covered chemise; 9 with poems and/or prose by Kipling (one also edited by him); one issue with text of speech given by Kipling at the school; the rest with notices of or about Kipling. Rudyard Kipling. THE UNITED SERVICES COLLEGE CHRONICLE: 16 issues plus "Appendix & 'Tarass Boolba'," each in gilt-lettered, red cloth-covered chemise; 9 with poems and/or prose by Kipling (one also edited by him); one issue with text of speech given by Kipling at the school; the rest with notices of or about Kipling.
[Bideford, North Devon: United Services College, 1881 - 1904. The first edition and only edition of each issue. Kipling attended United Services College, a preparatory school at "Westward Ho!" in the village of Bideford, North Devon, from January 1878 to July 1882. (His experiences there formed the background for his 1898 STALKY & CO.) He was appointed editor of the school paper, "The United Services College Chronicle"; issues numbers four to ten, published between June 30 1881 and July 24 1882, appeared under his editorship and contain items by him (many of which he never authorized for re-publication). Kipling left school at sixteen to join his family in Lahore, India, and took a post with the Civil & Military Gazette but occasionally sent poems and stories written for Indian newspapers back to his old school paper. The Chronicles issued after he left school include items attributed to him that were not signed by him by name, leading to much debate as to whether they should be included among his works. [Richards, pp.514-5]. **PLEASE NOTE: we include issues with content attributed to Kipling by F. V. Livingston in her 1927 bibliography that Richards omits in his 2010 work because, though Richards bases his attributions on a bound volume of the Chronicle in which Kipling signed his contributions and omits several Livingston attributions based on corrections Kipling made to a copy of her work, he does concede that Kipling's lack of attribution and/or corrections could have been the result of either faulty memory or the wish to suppress certain items.** The issues included herein are as follows: NO. 7, DEC. 5, 1881: issued under Kipling's editorship; includes "Told in the Dormitory [Part I]" (verse), signed "A****d T******n" and "Waytinge" (verse), unsigned [Richards C7]. Also "Answers to Correspondence" (prose), signed "Ed."; "Literary & Debating Society" (prose), unsigned; and "A rabid effusion, in the style of 'The Hunting of the Snark'..." (verse), unsigned [Livingston VII]. NO. 13, MARCH 25, 1883: Notice of Dunsterville as Caliban (prose), unsigned, most of the text not present due to a flaw in the printing; "Modus Vevendi" (verse) [Livingston XIII]. NO. 16, OCT. 15, 1883: "The Song of the Exiles" (verse), signed "Gigs" [Richards C18]. NO. 27, APRIL 12, 1886: "The City of Delhi Is Hushed and Still" (verse), signed "O.U.S.C." [Livingston XXVII "...probably by Kipling"]. NO. 28, JULY 2, 1886: "The Battle of Assye" (verse), unsigned [Richards C122]. Also a review of the Indian (and only) edition of "Echoes," which prints in entirety the poem "London Town" as well as 19 lines from "The Flight of the Bucket" and 12 from "The Cursing of Stephen" [Livingston XXVIII]. NO. 31, MARCH 7, 1887: "City of Dreadful Night" (prose), signed "R.K." [Richards C72]. NO. 35, DEC. 15, 1887: "Dis Aliter Visum" (verse), signed "R.K. (O.U.S.C.)" [Richards C60]. NO. 36, MARCH 31, 1888: "East and West" (verse), signed "R.K." [Richards C81]. NO. 40, DEC. 17, 1888: "Naboth" (prose), signed "O.U.S.C." [Richards C130]. NO. 45, JULY 14, 1890: Notice of Kipling’s visit, "Rudyard Kipling has been down here for a week this term after an absence of eight years spent nearly wholly in India. He got us a half-holiday." [Livingston XLV]. NO. 47, APRIL 10, 1891: Notice of Kipling, "It is reported that Rudyard Kipling intends to return to India in the Fall." [Livingston XLVII]. NO. 48, JULY 18, 1891: Notice of Kipling's "Finest Story in the World" [Livingston XLVIII]. NO. 55, DEC. 16, 1893: Notice of Kipling's article in the "Youth’s Companion" in the U.S. in which he "is enthusiastic about his old school, and divulges something that doubtless will be new to those in authority." [Livingston LV]. NO. 58, DEC. 17, 1894: Kipling's speech "on behalf of the Old Boys" honoring Headmaster Price upon his retirement, [Richards C599]. NO. 84, DEC. 17, 1904: Mention of Kipling in an article about retired gym teacher Sergeant-Major Schofield, "the Sergeant says that his gymnastic and athletic abilities were not striking, and in STALKY & CO a few facts lie hidden in a mountain of fiction. One amusing episode is worth notice. Kipling always wore spectacles, even in the bath, and it used to be a favourite amusement of his companions to filch them, and Kipling’s plaintive cry would be continually heard from the middle of the bath, 'My gigs gone again Sergeant.'" [Livingston LVXXXV]. Selfwraps; 12 pages each; not stitched or stapled; most with some pages uncut; all with mild to moderate darkening to first and last pages caused by offset from chemise inside covers; No. 28 lacking several pages (347-350 and 355-358 with all Kipling content present); No. 13 with printing error resulting in blank section affecting most of what we presume was "Notice of Dunsterville as Caliban." Chemise covers uniformly near fine to fine. RARE, EARLY KIPLING APPEARANCES IN THE MAGAZINE HE EDITED WHILE IN PREPARATORY SCHOOL.

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THE FIVE NATIONS. Rudyard Kipling, , Howell Arthur Gwynne. THE FIVE NATIONS.
London: Methuen and Co. 1903. First edition, first issue. 8vo, red cloth boards; spine lettering and top edge gilt; with 38 pages of ads at rear, as called for. Spine ends lightly frayed, corners rubbed, spine lettering dulled; still good or better. INSCRIBED at head of title page to Kipling’s good friend Howell Gwynne, "H.A.G. from RK Nov. 1903" and SIGNED BY KIPLING beneath his printed name. Together with AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BY H. MACKERN FOR SCRIBNER’S MAGAZINE OF "THE EDITORS IN THEIR OFFICE"--namely the staff of "The Friend" (a short-lived wartime paper): Kipling, Gwynne, Julian Ralph, and Percival Landon, with all four men on and around a desk in Bloemfontein shortly after the British occupation during the Boer War. The photograph is mounted on a card SIGNED ON FRONT BY EACH of the four and with "Bloemfontein March 26th 1900" written beneath, apparently in Kipling’s own hand, and INSCRIBED ON VERSO BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER, "[illegible recipient] fr. H MacKern Scribner’s Bloemfountein March/29/00." Also with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by Kipling to Gwynne dated simply "Tuesday" inviting him to his home, "I'm sorry about the [face?] and the [abscess?] It's an ignominious sequel to [dewetting?] -- and so very like life / suppose you come over here with a bag from Saturday to Monday / You will leave the bag at Rosebank station and our boy will pick it up. / You will not bring dress kit / You will come at any hour on Sat that suits you best you will name the hour whether before or after lunch. / There will be no amusements of any kind. / You can go to bed when you come if you like. You can have breakfast in bed or [illegible] & play with the kids & the lion at your will. A good bed isn't a bad place to lie down. / Ever Sincerely / Rudyard Kipling." Additionally with the poem appearing on page 65, "General Joubert," transcribed at top and bottom of the page in what appears to be Kipling’s hand. (There is no apparent difference between the printed and transcribed versions.) Howell Arthur Gwynne, British author and newspaper editor, was a life-long friend of Kipling's and pallbearer at his 1936 burial at Westminster Abbey. Photograph and signatures beneath it fading; offset to autograph letter, which is considerably darkened on front edges. A mounted photographic copy of the signed photo clearly made before it began to fade is included. Provenance: Sotheby's Auction, 1973. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY WITH PHOTOGRAPH AND LETTER LAID IN.

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QUARTETTE, The Christmas Annual of the Civil & Military Gazette, 1885. Rudyard Kipling, Alice and Beatrice Kipling, John Lockwood. QUARTETTE, The Christmas Annual of the Civil & Military Gazette, 1885.
Lahore: The "Civil and Military Gazette" Press, 1885. First edition. "By Four Anglo-Indian Writers" -- i.e., Rudyard Kipling; his parents, John and Alice; and his sister, Beatrice. According to Kipling, in the winter cold "we four made up a Christmas annual called QUARTETTE, which pleased us a good deal and attracted a certain amount of attention" (Something of Myself, 1937). One of Kipling's earliest publications, produced when he was just 20 years old. Of the sixteen prose and verse pieces included herein, Kipling contributes five poems and three stories. Only two of the stories, "The Phantom 'Rickshaw" and "The Unlimited 'Draw' of 'Tick' Boileau," were later collected elsewhere; the rest were never reprinted. As his third work was only issued in an edition of one copy, this is actually Kipling's third obtainable book. In original paperwraps with small hole in rear blank, two small holes in margins of rear cover filled in, and bottom of front cover just beginning to separate. Still, nearly fine. Housed in custom cloth and paper chemise and full red leather, double top-loading slipcase lettered in gilt on spine. Marbled paper covered interior section of case worn on open edge and outer casing a little rubbed. Rare in original wraps. Richards A4. KIPLING FAMILY "ANNUAL" WITH MATERIAL NOT APPEARING ELSEWHERE.

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INDEPENDENCE: Rectorial Address Delivered at St. Andrews October 10,1923. Rudyard Kipling. INDEPENDENCE: Rectorial Address Delivered at St. Andrews October 10,1923.
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924. First American edition. SIGNED by author on title page.The poem, an elegy on grieving for the dead, first appeared in the London Times. Very good to near fine with minor bumping on corners, light rubbing on edges, cracked gutter between verso of end paper and half title page, otherwise binding strong, in very good dust jacket with minor chipping and wear, encased in a red chemise and cloth slipcase with three leaher labels on spine.

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THE BOUNTY HUNTERS. Elmore Leonard. THE BOUNTY HUNTERS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. First edition of his first book -- the scarce hard cover issue, one of only 1,000 copies. Charged with bringing in an old Apache war chief, our hero encounters ruthless bounty hunters paid per Indian scalp who have expanded their bloody business to include poor Mexican farmers living just south of the Arizona territory border. Issued simultaneously with the Ballantine paperback (both are copyrighted 1953 but were issued in 1954). Very good to near fine with the spine ends a little shelf worn and pushed; in good to very good dust jacket with spine fading, overall light soiling, and professional repair (tape removed and a few chips filled in). SCARCE HARD COVER ISSUE OF HIS FIRST BOOK.

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AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: (Signed by London). Jack London. AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH: (Signed by London).
[circa 1915]. A beguiling head-shot of London in Mounties-style hat. Sepia-toned print measuring 4.25 x 6.5". SIGNED BY LONDON at base. We presume the photograph was taken around 1915 because a promotional booklet issued in 1915 by British publisher's Mills & Boon ("Jack London: The Author with the Sales") features the image on its front cover. Fine with light abrasion on verso.

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THE SON OF THE WOLF: Tales of the Far North. Jack London. THE SON OF THE WOLF: Tales of the Far North.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co. 1900. First edition of the author's first book. First issue and/or state with extra blanks at front and back; no dots flanking ampersand at base of spine; frontispiece tipped in; comma after "1900" on copyright page; and perfect "e" in "spruce" and "t" in "might" bottom two lines, page 147. Gray cloth boards stamped in silver. Touch of rubbing to silver stamping on spine, otherwise crisp, bright and near fine. With bookplate of the famous collector Clifton Waller Barrett tipped to endpaper. BAL 11869. JACK LONDON'S FIRST BOOK.

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THE SHUNNED HOUSE. H. P. Lovecraft. THE SHUNNED HOUSE.
Athol, Mass. W. Paul Cook / The Recluse Press, 1928. First edition sheets, one of only 100 copies of Lovecraft's first book of fiction bound by Arkam House in 1961. Bibliographer S. T. Joshi calls it Lovecraft's "legendary stillborn first 'book'." W. Paul Cook had wanted to publish "Shunned House" in the first issue of The Recluse but, for reasons unknown, decided instead to print the story as a small book with a preface by Frank Belknap. He printed approximately 300 copies of the sheets in 1928 but neither bound nor published the book at that time. In 1934, Robert Barlow (later to be Lovecraft's literary executor) reportedly received 225 copies of the sheets and distributed around 50, some unbound and some bound in various bindings over the next few years. Arkham House subsequently obtained approximately 150 useable sets of sheets and issued 50 unbound copies circa 1959 and the 100 bound in black cloth boards as seen here. This copy with copyright cancel label in Currey's first state with "100 copies bound by Arkham House, 1961" printed in pencil at bottom of label. Small octavo, black cloth boards lettered in gilt on spine. Tiny scratch to bottom front board, spine lettering rubbed, mostly affecting "Lovecraft" and "Arkham House," otherwise near fine as issued, without dust jacket. Joshi 1-A-5. Currey C(2). LOVECRAFT'S "LEGENDARY STILLBORN FIRST 'BOOK'"

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DARKER THAN AMBER: A Travis McGee Story. John D. MacDonald. DARKER THAN AMBER: A Travis McGee Story.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. 1970. First U.S. edition in hardcover. The seventh in the series. McGee and close friend Meyer are fishing under a bridge when a young woman is thrown from it. Basis for the 1970 film of the same name. Touch of crimping to fragile paper-covered boards at spine ends otherwise crisp and fine in dust jacket with spine ends lightly nicked and rubbed otherwise near fine. Very scarce in the first printing and in jacket. THE VERY SCARCE U.S. HARDBACK.

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BARBARY SHORE. Norman Mailer. BARBARY SHORE.
New York: Rinehart, (1951). First edition. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED "To Adel and Lucky / - from the sweet / megalomaniac / With love / Norman / April 1951." Head of spine creased and bumped, edge wear to the cheap boards, light foxing to endpapers, small stain to fore edge, otherwise about very good in lightly chipped dust jacket with rubbing to edges and folds. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was the editor instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto read the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer submitted it to Rinehart, who published the book in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968 she even played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer's film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). GOOD ASSOCIATION.

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DEATHS FOR THE LADIES: And Other Disasters. Norman Mailer. DEATHS FOR THE LADIES: And Other Disasters.
New York: Putnam Sons, (1962). First edition, paperwraps issue, of this "run of poems, short poems, very short poems, and turns of prose." From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED with an elaborate drawing "The critic pursued by a theme [large scribbled drawing spanning inside front cover and first leaf] Love / (that is to say lustility [sic] and housefection [sic] to Lucky and Adeline) / Norman." This paperwraps issue came out at the same time as the small hardback printing. Very good. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was the editor instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto read the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer submitted it to Rinehart, who published the book in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968 she even played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer's film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). NICE ASSOCIATION.

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