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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'"

[Book #53840]       Price: $9,500.00
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THE SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE: The Many-Colored Land (1981); The Golden Torc (1982); The Nonborn King (1983); The Adversary (1984); and A Pliocene Companion: Being A Reader's Guide (1984). Julian May. THE SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE: The Many-Colored Land (1981); The Golden Torc (1982); The Nonborn King (1983); The Adversary (1984); and A Pliocene Companion: Being A Reader's Guide (1984).
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1981 - 1984. First edition of each volume, a LIMITED ISSUE housed together IN PUBLISHER'S SLIPCASE. Number 262 of 500 sets, each volume SIGNED BY MAY in green ink on a tipped-in colophon page. This four-volume "Saga of the Exiles" (as it's known in the UK) was May's first fiction written for adults to be published under her own name. The narrative surrounds the adventures of a group of outcasts on a one-way trip to the Pliocene Epoch for, they hope, a utopian escape from the complexity and politics of their present-day intergalactic society (Wikipedia). The companion volume includes a glossary, descriptions of the characters, maps, a chronology, and three interviews with the author. The books are all crisp and fine in near fine to fine dust jackets with the barest wear. Slipcase shows light rubbing to corners and one edge but is otherwise fine. HER BEST-KNOWN SERIES.

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THE CITY & THE CITY. China Mieville. THE CITY & THE CITY.
New York: Ballantine Books, (2009). First edition, second printing. INSCRIBED by author on title page, "To Britt, Glad we agree on the scary democracy. Cheers!" Fine in fine dust jacket.

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PUZZLE BOX. Anthony More. PUZZLE BOX.
Raven Court: Trover Hall, 1946. First edition and only edition. One of a stated 2,000 copies. Near fine in like dust jacket with shallow chipping to head of spine and one small tear.

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY. Fletcher Pratt. DOUBLE JEOPARDY.
New York: Doubleday & Co. 1952. First edition. Fine in near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to spine ends and tips, green on spine toned to gray, and one inconspicuous tear.

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THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE SUBTLE KNIFE and THE AMBER SPYGLASS. His Dark Materials; Books One, Two and Three. Philip Pullman. THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE SUBTLE KNIFE and THE AMBER SPYGLASS. His Dark Materials; Books One, Two and Three.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1995, 1997, 2000). First American edition of each. All three volumes in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. SUBTLE KNIFE shows slight dip to spine, otherwise all three volumes are bright and fine in bright, fine dust jackets with the barest of shelfwear.

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THE SIGN ON ROSIE'S DOOR. Maurice Sendak. THE SIGN ON ROSIE'S DOOR.
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1960). First edition, with all the correct points per Hanrahan [A41]. A secret knock lets the children into the fun of the colorful imaginary world in Rosie's room. Gift inscription on front endpaper, very faint stain along fore edges of endpapers, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine, bright blue pictorial dust jacket with few tiny rubbed nicks, light soiling on back of front flap and few inconspicuous tears.

[Book #49506]       Price: $200.00
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THE SNAKE'S PASS. Bram Stoker. THE SNAKE'S PASS.
London: Sampson Low, Marston, et al, 1891. First edition of STOKER'S FIRST NOVEL. An early copy, INSCRIBED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION to "J. L. Toole / from his affectionate friend / Bram Stoker / 20.11.90." (The copyright date is 1891 but the actual date of publication was November 18, 1890.) English comic actor John Lawrence Toole was a friend of Stoker's and of Henry Irving's. It may seem unlikely now but during his lifetime Stoker was better known as Irving's personal assistant and as the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. A testament to the friendship of the men can be found in the dedication to the first volume of Stoker's 1906 biography of Irving, PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF HENRY IRVING, which reads "To the Memory of John Lawrence Toole Loving Comrade and True Friend of Henry Irving." SNAKE'S PASS is the only novel written by Stoker to be set in his native Ireland and is considered a clear precusor to his later works of horror, such as DRACULA. The story traces the troubled romance of traveler Arthur Severn and local peasant girl, Norah Joyce, against the backdrop of the re-telling of the legend of Saint Patrick's defeat of the King of the Snakes in Ireland. Spine faded, endpapers professionally mended at hinges and professional touch up to minor cover, altogether a very good copy which is free from foxing. Housed in a red-cloth clamshell box with gilt-lettered leather spine label. INSCRIBED TO A FRIEND JUST TWO DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION.

[Book #53758]       Price: $7,500.00
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DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain. Jules. Ellen E. Frewer Verne. DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879. First fully illustrated U.S. edition with 94 illustrations--including frontispiece, title page illustration, and one map--91 of which are full-page plate engravings by Meyer and Barbant. There are 92 plates referenced in the "List of Illustrations" but, as in some other copies of this edition, the illustration listed for page 201 is not present (there is text on that page). Pale yellow endpapers, red cloth binding ornately decorated in black and gilt, with illustrations on front and spine. Flaking to the cloth and small hole to front endpaper due to insect damage, which is too bad as it is otherwise about very good with some light soiling but gilt bright, hinges cracked but binding still tight, light foxing to endpapers, contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper, etc. A relatively attractive copy despite the wear.

[Book #51981]       Price: $1,000.00
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THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. H. G. Wells. THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON.
London: George Newnes, Ltd. 1901. First UK edition. "One of Wells better known and altogether delightful scientific romances" and "an example of Wells humour and satire at its best" (Feir 18). In Currey's first-issue binding of gilt-stamped, dark-blue cloth boards with black endpapers and copyright page blank (later issues are in light blue cloth stamped in black). Twelve full-page illustrations, including the frontispiece, tipped in. Spine ends and corners a little rubbed, but overall a very nice copy of one of a classic. ONE OF WELLS' CLASSICS.

[Book #53827]       Price: $4,500.00
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THE TIME MACHINE: An Invention. H. G. Wells. THE TIME MACHINE: An Invention.
London: William Heinemann, 1895. First UK edition, published the same year as the U.S. edition, which preceded it. The earliest issue of gray cloth boards stamped in purple with bottom and fore-edges rough cut; no statement of printing on copyright page; and 16 pages of ads at rear. Cloth somewhat soiled; spine darkened, endpapers foxed, otherwise about very good. HIS BEST KNOWN BOOK.

[Book #53838]       Price: $3,000.00
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WEST INDIA LIGHTS. Henry S. Whitehead. WEST INDIA LIGHTS.
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1946. First edition. Collection of fantasy and horror short stories; only a little over 3,000 copies printed. Gilt spine lettering dulled, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine Ronald Clyne-illustrated dust jacket with light soiling to rear panel, slight tanning to spine, and 2 small tears to top edge front panel with light creasing between.

[Book #49271]       Price: $100.00
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WHERE LATE THE SWEET BIRDS SANG. Kate Wilhelm. WHERE LATE THE SWEET BIRDS SANG.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1976). First edition. Ex-library copy (usual stamps and marks). Just good with soiled marks on a few pages, damp stain near the top of back endpages spine just a tad cocked, but in a near fine, very slightly rumpled dust jacket with just a few rubbed spots on spine fold and one small closed tear.

[Book #53307]       Price: $75.00
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THE THRONE OF SATURN. S. Fowler Wright. THE THRONE OF SATURN.
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1949. First edition. Short story collection; only a little over 3,000 copies printed. Near fine in dust jacket.

[Book #49262]       Price: $100.00
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