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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Norman Mailer. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.
New York: Rinehart and Company, (1948). First edition of the author's first book, SIGNED by Mailer. Only 25,000 copies printed. Acclaimed as one of the best novels to come out of WWII. Fragile black paper boards nicked at bottom edge but otherwise near fine, which is unusual. In the first-issue dust jacket with introductory blurb by Stanley Rinehart comparing Mailer favorably with Hemingway and others (versus the second-issue jacket with reviews). The jacket shows minor edge wear and one small has small chip but is still very good to near fine.

[Book #53689]       Price: $1,750.00
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THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN. Thomas Mann, H. T. Lowe-Porter. THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN.
New York: Knopf, 1939. First U.S. edition in a single volume. SIGNED BY MANN on title page. First published in Germany in 1924 and in two volumes in the U.S. in 1927. Widely considered to be one of the most influential works of 20th-century German literature. Donation label on pastedown, "From the Books and in Memory of Lillian Morgan Saminsky, American Poet and Novelist" with handwritten "The Art of the Novel--collection 72.36" above and "Historical Society" and "Withdrawn" stamps beneath (mostly obscured by dust jacket flap). Library blindstamp on title page and withdrawn stamp on copyright page, neither affecting any text. Spine slightly dulled, front cover a bit mottled, otherwise about very good in a supplied jacket which is very good or better with slightly lightened spine and minor wear to extreme top edge of jacket. SIGNED BY THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR.

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THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir. John P. Marquand. THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 1937. First edition of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. INSCRIBED, "For Henry T. Brown Jr with kindest regards, John P. Marquand." Also includes two typed letters to Brown signed by Marquand: one saying he can send the books, and one apologizing for getting his name wrong. Brown, a famous book collector, always went by H. Tatnall Brown. The letters are tipped to the endpaper and verso of half-title page (across from title page). First printing, with "Lovely Pearl" on the first line of page 19, as we think it is in all first printings (changed to "Pretty Pearl" in later printings, as outlined in the current edition of our Collected Books). Faint vertical lines on some pages, as usual for this title, otherwise very good to fine in dust jacket with small professional repair at top of spine and to a few tiny chips. A very nice copy of an unaccountably scarce book, and particularly so with what would appear to be an early inscription, as both letters are dated in April 1939. SCARCE CONTEMPORARILY INSCRIBED COPY.

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ANYTHING FOR BILLY. Larry McMurtry. ANYTHING FOR BILLY.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1988). First edition, in a RARE PROOF DUST JACKET with blank flaps and a completely different design. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper, "To Carmen/ A gloomy tale/ Larry McMurtry." We have never seen another proof jacket offered, which isn't to say there aren't others; but it was purchased from a former Simon & Schuster rep and, given its scarcity, is probably one of only a few produced. The proof jacket design more closely resembles the design of the jacket for LONESOME DOVE and is more attractive, to us at least, than the one the book was eventually issued in. It's hard to understand why they would have changed it. It was sold to us on a copy of the uncorrected proof; but we've put it on this inscribed copy of the book because it seems to us to be the best way to display it. It is slightly taller than the eventual, published jacket and therefore over-hangs the book by a scant eighth-inch and is just slightly loose. The book itself is fine and still in its original, fine dust jacket with the proof jacket (showing only minor wear) over it. RARE PROOF DUST JACKET.

[Book #53607]       Price: $1,500.00
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LA DERNIERE SÉANCE [The Last Picture Show]. Larry McMurtry, Simon Hilling. LA DERNIERE SÉANCE [The Last Picture Show].
Paris: Robert Laffont, 1972. First French edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on first blank page, "For Helene/ With the author's good wishes. Were I able to write in French I'd say something more Gallic/ Larry McMurtry." Very minor wear, otherwise very good to fine in glossy pictorial paperwraps with flaps. INSCRIBED "WERE I ABLE TO WRITE IN FRENCH I'D SAY SOMETHING MORE GALLIC"

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THE COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI. Henry Miller. THE COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI.
San Francisco: The Colt Press, 1941). First edition. This non-pornographic piece must have disappointed publishers anticipating something more lurid from Miller afer his "Tropic of Cancer" because ten New York publishers rejected it before Colt Press accepted it with an advance of only 100 USD [Shifreen & Jackson A26b]. INSCRIBED -- "TO TAMAR, THE FLAMING MEDEA OF BIG SUR WHO IMPROVISES 'UNITS' AND ISLANDS OF FOG AND SEA ANEMONES. HENRY MILLER. 4/2/44." The recipient is, perhaps, Robinson Jeffers who, though not a friend of Miller's, was a fellow inhabitant of Big Sur and whose most famous poem is titled "Tamar." Or more likely, though a bit disturbingly, it is perhaps inscribed to Tamar Nais Hodel, who was named for the poem and was the young daughter of Miller's friend and fellow inhabitant of Big Sur, Dr. George Hill Hodel -- a suspect in the infamous 1947 "Black Dahlia" murder and mutilation of Elizabeth Short. Tamar Hodel would have been around 9 years old at the time of the inscription, a tender young age to receive an inscribed book from a friend of ones father. But this was a father who allowed Man Ray to take nude pictures of her when she was 11 years old and whom she accused at 14 of sexual molesting her beginning when she was 11. (He was acquitted and fled the country soon after.) Name at base of front endpaper, cloth at spine ends and corners slightly frayed, general light cover wear, front hinge repaired where previously loose otherwise good to very good, lacking dust jacket. MYSTERIOUS INSCRIPTION.

[Book #53844]       Price: $2,500.00
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INSOMNIA: Or, The Devil at Large. Henry Miller. INSOMNIA: Or, The Devil at Large.
Albuquerque, NM: Loujon Press, 1970. First edition, limited issue, this one being number 10 of "99" copies in "Edition F" (there were actually 65 at most, see below) with twelve loose watercolor prints, THREE of which are SIGNED AND DATED 10/15/70 BY MILLER, as called for [Shifreen & Jackson A175f]. The three prints SIGNED BY MILLER are "Insomnia No. 1" (8/3/66); "Insomnia No. 2" (8/22/66); and "2nd Insomnia Series, No. 1" (5/8/67). Large, elaborate production; housed in decorative wooden box measuring approximately 24 x 19 x 1.5" with sliding wood cover (actually wood paneling, smooth side up) illustrated with photograph of Miller and wife "Hoki" beneath which is affixed an antiqued copper plate engraved "Ed. F." Each of the TWELVE COLOR PRINTS is printed on heavy artist's paper and measures approximately 22.5 x 17.5". Also includes a large, heavy card stock title sheet and the book itself -- another elaborate production of plain, comb-bound boards with foil paper dust jacket (made from wall paper?); in facsimile manuscript and illustrated with photographs throughout. "Edition F" was initially planned for 192 copies and later reduced to 99, Shifreen & Jackson estimate that NO MORE THAN 65 COPIES WERE ACTUALLY PRODUCED and that ONLY 300 WOODEN BOXES WERE EVER CONSTRUCTED for the total edition (note to Shifreen & Jackson A175a, p.408). The book and prints are best described by Miller's daughter, Valentine, on her tribute website: "In the mid 60s Dad became infatuated by a cabaret singer from Japan named Hoki Tokuda. He would spend hours at the piano bar in the Imperial Gardens Restaurant in Hollywood, listening to Hoki sing. He eventually wooed and married her. In 1965-6 he got insomnia worrying about the relationship and wrote a small book called Insomnia or the Devil at Large and during those sleepless nights painted a dozen watercolors, the Insomnia series." Light finger smudges to half-title sheet, otherwise book, prints, and box are all fine.

[Book #53854]       Price: $2,000.00
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"UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice. Henry Miller. "UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice.
(No-place: 1968). First edition. Or only edition, actually, as this is an original watercolor painting by Miller SIGNED "HENRY MILLER 17/68" and INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY, Connie Perry: "For/ Connie and Mike/ Happy Anniversary/ Henry." "Untitled 17/68," i.e., Miller's 17th painting produced in 1968. Image measures approximately 23 x 30" and depicts in bright primary colors a palm tree, flowers and woman against the backdrop of a colorful village. Matted and framed in white on white with overall dimensions of approximately 32 x 40". Inscription beginning to fade, few inconspicuous pinpricks to edges, otherwise fine. featured on page 87 of THE PAINTINGS OF HENRY MILLER: PAINT AS YOU LIKE AND DIE HAPPY [San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (1982)]. INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY.

[Book #53857]       Price: $5,000.00
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PATRICK O'BRIAN: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography. Patrick O'Brian, A. E. Cunningham. PATRICK O'BRIAN: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography.
(West Yorkshire): The British Library, (1994). First edition. Number 16 of only 50 numbered copies SIGNED by Patrick O'Brian. Handsomely bound in three-quarter leather, with marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Includes an autobiographical piece, four poems and two stories by O'Brian. Illustrated with a color frontis photograph and six black-and-white photographs of O'Brian, a profile of the H.M.S. Surprise and various black-and-white decorations.According to Arthur Cunningham the edition was produced in five different toned half-calf bindings, each with different endpapers - 10 each. 20 copies were given to the contributors and others and only 30 copies were offered for sale. Fine in slipcase. SIGNED BY O'BRIAN.

[Book #53332]       Price: $2,500.00
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THE INFORMER. O'Flaherty Liam. THE INFORMER.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1925). First edition. His most famous work, a tale of the Irish Underground in Dublin. Made into a memorable film in 1935 directed by John Ford. A Haycroft-Queen cornerstone title. The book is about fine with only faint foxing on front page edges, in dust jacket a little soiled and darkened on spine.

[Book #53821]       Price: $2,500.00
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APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA. John O'Hara. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1934). First edition. His first book, considered one of his best and most successful. On a number of best-of lists of major works of the last century, including the Time Top 100. A bright, near fine copy with erratum slip tipped in, as called for. In first-issue dust jacket with "Recent Fiction" on back (versus reviews). The jacket shows the slightest aging and minor wear but is still near fine and scarce in this condition. Bruccoli A2.1.a. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION.

[Book #54288]       Price: $5,500.00
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BURMESE DAYS. George Orwell. BURMESE DAYS.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. First edition of Orwell's extremely scarce first novel in the scarce to rare dust jacket. The true first edition, published a year before the London edition. One of only 2,000 copies. Orwell told Henry Miller in 1936 that British publication was delayed "because my publisher was afraid the India Office might take steps to have it suppressed...[they]...brought out a version of it with various names etc altered, so the American edition of it is the proper one." [Fenwick p.19]. Bright and near fine to fine in the rare dust jacket showing only tanning to the spine and shallow chipping to the spine ends (touching tops of few letters) and to the upper rear panel. Fenwick A.2a. IN THE SCARCE TO RARE DUST JACKET.

[Book #53811]       Price: $25,000.00
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ENGLAND YOUR ENGLAND; and Other Essays. George Orwell. ENGLAND YOUR ENGLAND; and Other Essays.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1953. First edition. Eleven essays, most of which make their first book appearance herein. Orwell wrote the title essay, "England Your England," as Nazi bombers flew overhead during The Blitz of 1941. Uncorrected proof in gray paperwraps printed in black on front only. Corner chipped from lower front cover corner and first few leaves bumped, otherwise very good. Scarce, if not rare in this fragile format. Housed in custom, brown cloth clamshell case with gilt-stamped leather spine label. "As I write, highly civilised human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me."

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AFTER SUCH PLEASURES. Dorothy Parker. AFTER SUCH PLEASURES.
New York: Viking Press, 1934. First edition, fourth printing. INSCRIBED "To Esther Muir -- With all good wishes. Dorothy Parker." Muir was a Broadway and film actress who co-starred in the stage and movie versions of the Marx Brothers, "A Day at the Races," and many other plays and movies. Cloth a little darkened on spine with a few minor water stains; in price-clipped dust jacket with few small pieces of tape on verso, sunned spine (lettering not affected) and other wear and minor soiling. Still, a very good copy and a nice association from the '30s. Printed in January 1934, just three months after the first printing in October, 1933. Parker inscriptions are scarce if not rare in our experience. NICE ASSOCIATION, INSCRIBED.

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MY SISTER-LIFE. Boris Pasternak, illustrator Yuri Kuper. MY SISTER-LIFE.
Yuri Kuper. [New York]: Limited Editions Club, (1991). First of this edition. One of 250 numbered copies Illustrated with six original etchings by Yuri Kuper SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page, and this copy with each etching signed in pencil by Yuri Kuper -- though not issued as such. One of the smallest limitations of the club. Translated by Mark Rudman. "In Russian poetry, Boris Pasternak's My Sister-Life is the equivalent of The Waste Land, Spring and All, and Harmonium. But it is also accessible to the general reader, and belongs on a slender shelf of great love poems . . . Pasternak is an uncompromisingly complex poetic stylist, and his meticulous attention to structure, etymology, and the phonetic qualities of words makes his poetry a formidable challenge for the translator. Mark Rudman renders Pasternak's poetic masterpiece with verve and intelligence" (from cover of recent Northwestern University edition). Large folio (16 x 23") with gray goatskin spine and treated handmade paper boards using the same paper as the text. Housed in a slipcase of gray linen-rayon. Printed letterpress on paper made by hand to resemble the sort of stock produced in the 1920s in the Soviet Union. Monthly Letter laid in. A beautiful edition printed on handmade paper recycling various Cyrillic printings. Kuper's work is found in the permanent collections of MoMA, Moscow Museum of Fine Arts, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain in Paris, etc. Publishers' newsletter laid in. Fine in a fine slipcase. WITH EACH PRINT SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, YURI KUPER.

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MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death. Anthony Powell. MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death.
New York: Vanguard Press, [1934]. First U.S. edition of Powell's third novel. Issued from the UK sheets of FROM A VIEW TO A DEATH. Very good to near fine with spine label and endpapers a little darkened. In somewhat soiled dust jacket with professional repair to edges and flap folds, otherwise very good. A scarce book, scarcer still in dust jacket.

[Book #53628]       Price: $1,750.00
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HARRY POTTER DELUXE EDITIONS: The Philosopher's Stone; The Chamber of Secrets; The Prisoner of Azkaban; The Goblet of Fire; The Order of the Phoenix; The Half-Blood Prince; The Deathly Hallows. J. K. Rowling. HARRY POTTER DELUXE EDITIONS: The Philosopher's Stone; The Chamber of Secrets; The Prisoner of Azkaban; The Goblet of Fire; The Order of the Phoenix; The Half-Blood Prince; The Deathly Hallows.
London: Bloomsbury, 1999 - 2007. First printings of all seven volumes of the deluxe editions--each being a first edition thus. Includes the eluxive first printing of 3rd title in the series, THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, the first of these "deluxe" editions to be issued. The first 2 titles in the series were issued soon thereafter. All three state "This edition first published in Great Britain in 1999" and have a number line ending in "1." PRISONER OF AZKABAN has "Joanne Rowling" rather than "J. K. Rowling" on copyright page. Titles 4 through 7 were issued simultaneously with the trade editions and each state "First Edition." All seven volumes clothbound with front cover pictorial onlays, all edges gilt, and ribbon place markers. All seven are fine without dust jackets, as issued. Also included are two small paperback originals, QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES and FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM, published by Bloomsbury in 2001.

[Book #54738]       Price: $2,500.00
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THE GENTLE PEOPLE A Brooklyn Fable. Irwin Shaw. THE GENTLE PEOPLE A Brooklyn Fable.
New York: Random House, (1939). First edition of his second book, a play. INSCRIBED to a drama critic at The New Yorker: "To Edith Oliver, for 'Madison Avenue Bus Driver.'/ -Irwin Shaw." The play, directed by Harold Clurman, featured Sam Jaffe, Franchot Tone, Karl Malden, Sylvia Sidney, and Lee J. Cobb. Fine in dust jacket with edgewear and minor chipping. A presentable copy and hard to find inscribed. INSCRIBED TO A DRAMA CRITIC.

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I, THE JURY. Mickey Spillane. I, THE JURY.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. 1947. First edition. Spillane's first book and first to feature private investigator Mike Hammer. Few minor bumps but still bright and fine in about very good dust jacket with red spine lettering now white, spine ends lightly chipped and rubbed, few tears to upper front panel, and internal tape repair/reinforcement. Housed in custom, molded clamshell case lettered in gilt on spine and with partial image from dust jacket embossed on front.

[Book #54896]       Price: $1,500.00
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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.

[Book #53195]       Price: $1,250.00
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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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"LIZARD LOUNGE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson. "LIZARD LOUNGE": Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print.
(Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 1997. First edition. One of 77 SIGNED, numbered copies. 38" x 50" nine-color silkscreen. Fine.

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VINTAGE DR GONZO: Bronze Sculpture. Ralph Steadman, sculptor Jud Bergeron. VINTAGE DR GONZO: Bronze Sculpture.
[Tucson: Furtherrr], 2015. First edition. A remarkable rendition in bronze of Ralph Steadman's iconic image of Hunter S. Thompson's most infamous character. ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES, numbered and signed by Steadman in the bronze. Approximately 22 inches high, 34 inches wide and 26 inches long, including wood base. San Franciscan sculptor Bergeron has expertly captured every detail of Steadman's image--from his long cigarette holder and Hawaiian shirt down to his bulging briefcase spewing paraphernalia as he slouches along. The sculpture, which was commissioned by Brian Chambers (Furtherrr), made its premiere in London during Steadman's "Printin' Backwuds" show at Lazarides Editions. Fine. DR GONZO SLINKS FROM THE PAGE.

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MODERN FICTION AND ART: Prints by Contemporary Authors. Ralph Steadman, Kurt Vonnegut. MODERN FICTION AND ART: Prints by Contemporary Authors.
(Lexington: Petro III Graphics), 2001. First edition. One of 50 portfolios containing a signed exhibition catalog, two signed silkscreen prints and a separate numbered colophon. The catalog, MODERN FICTION AND ART: PRINTS BY CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS, was published by the University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington in 1999. It is numbered and signed in ink by Ralph Steadman, Kurt Vonnegut, Joe Petro III (printmaker) and Rachael Sadinski (Curator of the museum). The two original color silkscreens are RED SHARK by Ralph Steadman (in two colors) and MESSENGER by Kurt Vonnegut (in five colors). Both prints are on Coventry cotton paper, measure 12"x16 3/4" and are signed and numbered by the authors in pencil. The above items are housed together in a black ribbon-tied portfolio together with a numbered colophon sheet printed on vellum. Fine. Signed by Steadman and Vonnegut.

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