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OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL. Allan Gurganus. OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Kay, Who knows women like my widow --- May Lucy recall your loved ones --- Love, Allan 1989." Perhaps Kay Boyle? Fine in dust jacket. CONTEMPORARY INSCRIPTION.

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THE BOOK OF RUTH. Jane Hamilton. THE BOOK OF RUTH.
New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1988. First edition of her first book. SIGNED by the author on title page. Name on front endpaper, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

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SWEET & DEADLY. Charlaine Harris. SWEET & DEADLY.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1981. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK -- SIGNED by Harris on the title page. Ticket from the signing event laid in. This first book from the best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels "combines the best of mystery and suspense with a pinch of romance" (jacket flap). Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket, which is otherwise fine. Scarce first edition, scarcer still signed.

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WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO? Sparkle Hayter. WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO?
(New York): Soho, (1994). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine advance reading copy in blue paperwraps.

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WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO? Sparkle Hayter. WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO?
(New York): Soho, (1994). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in dust jacket.

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BLUNT DARTS. Jeremiah Healy. BLUNT DARTS.
New York: Walker and Company, (1984). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Spine slightly faded and faint stain on front cover, otherwise near fine in dust jacket with just a touch of minor rubbing. A very bright, attractive copy.

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HOUSE OF THIEVES. Kaui Hart Hemmings. HOUSE OF THIEVES.
New York: Penguin Press, 2005. First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, a book of short stories. The first story, "The Minor Wars," was expanded into the novel, THE DESCENDENTS, which was the basis for the Academy Award-winning movie of the same name starring George Clooney. Fine in dust jacket. Both this and THE DESCENDENTS are surprisingly scare.

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VOYAGE HOME. Sandra Hochman, Louise Bogan. VOYAGE HOME.
(Paris): Two Cities Editions, (1960). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on title page, "For Louise Bogan in admiration, Sandra Hochman (with great hopes of meeting you soon - as I have best regards from Claire Gall to give you when I return - in a few weeks- to New York!)." Pages slightly age darkened, minor edge rubbing and very light soiling, otherwise about near fine in blue-and-white, printed paperwraps. A nice association copy. Scarce.

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THE LITTLE BLACK AND WHITE LAMB. Inez Hogan. THE LITTLE BLACK AND WHITE LAMB.
Philadephia: Macrae-Smith Company, (1927). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Illustrations in black-and-white and color by the author. Black cloth boards with gilt decoration and lettering to front and spine. A good copy with nice, bright illustrations. Spine lettering and gilt lambs on front cover fading, boards visible at corners, endpapers cracked but holding, short gift inscription on front endpaper, personal library notation along hinge of dedication page, few marginal smudges to color illustrations. Lacking dust jacket, if issued in one.

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THE RED FOX. Anthony Hyde. THE RED FOX.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket with light crease in front panel.

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THREE TRAPPED TIGERS. G. Cabrera Infante. THREE TRAPPED TIGERS.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1971). First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED on half-title page. Translated from the Cuban by Donald Gardner and Suzanne Jill Levine in collaboration with the author. Spine ends a little tender, top edge of boards slightly sunned, otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket.

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COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA. William Inge. COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA.
New York: Random House, (1950). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. A very nice copy of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Shirley Booth won both the Tony and an Oscar for her performances in the play and the film. Fine in dust jacket with a few closed tears and a minute chip on top edge. One of the nicest copies we've seen in years.

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A WAY OF LOOKING. Elizabeth Jennings. A WAY OF LOOKING.
(London): Andre Deutsch, (1955). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Spine and edges somewhat foxed and offset to endpapers, otherwise near fine in lightly soiled dust jacket with some foxing to rear panel and background of spine faded.

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FRUITS & VEGETABLES. Erica Jong. FRUITS & VEGETABLES.
New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1971). First edition. Her first book, although she went on to become more famous for her FEAR OF FLYING. Presumed review copy, without a review slip but with photo of Jong laid, which differs from the one used on the back of the dust jacket (photo is very good with spotting on verso visible at margins). Fine in bright, fine dust jacket with inconspicuous foxing to rear flap.

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MICHIGAN ROLL. Tom Kakonis. MICHIGAN ROLL.
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1988). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket.

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THE INK TRUCK. William Kennedy. THE INK TRUCK.
New York: The Dial Press, 1969. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in black cloth with one tiny spot on the front cover and two small spots of soiling on the rear endpapers, but inside otherwise clean. In a very good dust jacket that is somewhat rubbed and soiled, with minimal shelfwear to the edges and two inconspicuous closed tears along the spine which have been repaired with tape to the verso.

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THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA. Hanif Kureishi. THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA.
[New York]: Viking, (1990). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Uncorrected proof, fine in light green paperwraps.

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DEATH IN BLOODHOUND RED. Virginia Lanier. DEATH IN BLOODHOUND RED.
Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, Inc. (1995). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. First state with "Anthony" misspelled "Athony" on front panel of dust jacket. A beautiful copy, fine in dust jacket.

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CALL FOR THE DEAD. John le Carre. CALL FOR THE DEAD.
London: Gollancz Ltd. 1961. First edition of his first book. Endpapers replaced, minor cover wear, otherwise very good or better. Lacking the dust jacket. HIS FIRST BOOK.

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Harper Lee. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co. (1960). Eleventh printing of first edition, in same binding as the first. Her first book, a Pulitzer Prize winner that was made into an award-winning movie. Slight fading to spine and and few small spots of waterstaining on edge of back of hinge, otherwise an about very good copy. Lacking dust jacket.

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Harper Lee, foreword Nadiya Matuzova. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Kiev: Dnipro Publishers, 1977. First English-language Ukranian edition. The foreword by Matuzova -- who mistakenly asserts Lee practiced law after graduating Alabama State University and died in 1975 -- calls the novel "a tangible contribution to the cause of struggle ... against racial discrimination and for social justice .... [that] .... will forever belong in the treasure house of progressive American literature." Hear, hear. Colophon at rear refers to the USSR State Committee for Publishing, which controlled publishing, printing, the book trade and the ideological and political censorship of literature [Wikipedia]; however it is not immediately clear that the text of the book has been altered in anyway. 16mo; dark-pink paper boards printed in black, white and lime green on front, with illustration of a young, black man running; black cloth spine stamped in silver. Paperboards rubbed otherwise very good without dust jacket, presumably as issued.

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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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WITNESSES OF THE TRUTH:. Paul Lindsay. WITNESSES OF THE TRUTH:
[New York: Random House, 1992]. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Proof with clear plastic front cover, black cloth spine, and cardboard back. 8 1/2 x 11". Near fine with light soiling and scratches to the back.

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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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