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ULTRAMARINE. Malcolm Lowry. ULTRAMARINE.
Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, (1963). First Canadian edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST book. Originally published by Jonathan Cape in 1933, this edition reflects revisions Lowry made before his death and contains a new introduction by his widow, Margerie Lowry. Name and address stamp on front free endpaper, otherwise fine in dust jacket with light edge rubbing.

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THE SCARLATTI INHERITANCE. Robert Ludlum. THE SCARLATTI INHERITANCE.
New York & Cleveland: World Publishing Co. (1971). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Very good with pages slightly age darkened, light soiling, some minor shelf wear and a light scuff on both front and rear cover. Lacking acetate dust jacket.

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FOREIGN MATTER. Robert MacLean. FOREIGN MATTER.
New York: Atheneum, 1988. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. A few spots on page edges, otherwise fine in dust jacket. Review copy with publisher's slip and promotional letter laid in.

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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 on small label laid in the book. Acclaimed as one of the best to come out of WWII. A Burgess 99 title, "It remains Mailer's best, and certainly the best war novel to emerge from the United States" (Burgess). Minor wear to spine and corner edges of the cheap black paper boards, otherwise very good to fine with lettering very bright. In the scarce first-issue dust jacket with introductory blurb by Stanley Rinehart comparing Mailer favorably to Hemingway and others. Later-issue jackets with reviews are much more common. The jacket has small chips on corners and spine ends and minor edgewewar on back spine fold, but a bright copy that is still very good for this jacket which, in general, has not held up well over the years.

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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, acclaimed as one of the best to come out of WWII and cited as one of Burgess's best 99. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED, "To Adeline/ with -- after all these vicissitudes -- much love./ Norman." Wear to the cheap black paper boards on bottom and top edges and some offset to endpapers, still better than good in about very good dust jacket. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was 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 weigh in on the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer subsequently submitted it to Rinehart, who published it in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968, she played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer’s film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). INSCRIBED "AFTER ALL THESE VICISSITUDES"

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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 dust jacket is price-clipped, nicked at spine ends and corners, and lightly rubbed at folds, otherwise very good.

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THE MAN WITH THE HOE: and Other Poems. Edwin Markham. THE MAN WITH THE HOE: and Other Poems.
New York: Doubleday & McClure, 1899. Clothbound, first edition thus. The author's first book. It initially appeared as a 4-page supplement to the San Francisco Examiner, then as paperwraps edition. This is the second edition but the first clothbound edition. First issue with "fruitless" p.35:6 (versus "milkless"). Very good or better with bookplate on front pastedown and minor rubbing on corners and spine ends.

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A DANDY IN ASPIC. Derek Marlowe. A DANDY IN ASPIC.
New York: Putnam's Sons, (1966). First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. An uncorrected proof in pale green printed wraps with the plain spine faded and the author and title written in ink. Minor edge wear, otherwise very good.

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A DANDY IN ASPIC. Derek Marlowe. A DANDY IN ASPIC.
New York: G.P. Putnams's Sons, (1966). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket with front flap corner creased and a few short closed tears.

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BRIGHT CENTER OF HEAVEN. William Maxwell. BRIGHT CENTER OF HEAVEN.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. About very good with cloth binding lightly rubbed and soiled, spine ends and corners rubbed, spine slightly faded and bumped on ends, small tear in cloth at top of spine, rear endpaper lightly soiled, and a few small marks of soiling to the outside edge of the text block. Lacking dust jacket.

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THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. Carson McCullers. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1940. First edition. Her first book, and the first in a string of works by McCullers to give voice to the rejected, forgotten, mistreated and oppressed. On Time Magazine's list of 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 and ranked seventeenth on the Modern Library's list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Oatmeal covers a little aged and soiled but still internally clean and very good with corners sharp. Lacking dust jacket.

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OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MURDER: A Mystery Introducing Stokes Moran. Neil McGaughey. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MURDER: A Mystery Introducing Stokes Moran.
New York: Scribner's Sons, (1994). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, a biblio mystery of sorts featuring a mystery reviewer attempting to write his own mystery. SIGNED and dated 6-30-94. Review copy with publisher's slip and promotional letter laid in. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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BOGMAIL. Patrick McGinley. BOGMAIL.
New Haven/New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1981. First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in the first-issue dust jacket priced $9.95.

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THE SPORTING CLUB. Thomas McGuane. THE SPORTING CLUB.
(London): Andre Deutsch, (1969). First UK edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED, "To David --- from Thomas McGuane Key West 1988." McGuane is married to the sister of the unofficial mayor of Margaritaville--Jimmy Buffet--so one imagines he spends plenty of time in the Keys. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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THE SPORTING CLUB: A Novel. Thomas McGuane. THE SPORTING CLUB: A Novel.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1968). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Remainder mark on bottom page edge, otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket with minor edge creasing.

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MAMA. Terry McMillan. MAMA.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1987. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket with minimal edgewear but yellow faded to white on spine, although red lettering still good.

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A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley. John McPhee. A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley.
New York: Farrar, Straus, (1965). First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Illustrated with photographs of Bradley in action as "the greatest player in the history of the Ivy League." INSCRIBED BY THE FUTURE SENATOR, "For ---- Thanks. Bill Bradley". Slight lean to signatures at head of spine otherwise bright and near fine; in price-clipped dust jacket with minor professional repair to corners and spine ends (otherwise bright and near fine). INSCRIBED BY BRADLEY.

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TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC. James A. Michener. TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC.
New York: Macmillan Co. 1947. First edition of the AUTHOR'S PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING FIRST BOOK. Shelfwear and minor fraying to spine ends and corners, usual browning to the pages, small dampstain on top edge near spine, altogether good or better. Lacking jacket.

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SWEET MAN. Gilmore Millen. SWEET MAN.
New York: Viking Press, 1930. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on front free endpaper, "Inscribed for my friend George Woodruff with sincere personal regards/ Gilmore Millen/ Los Angeles June 11, 1930." A novel of John Henry, set in Memphis on Beale Street in the 1920s. Gilmore, a newspaperman, described Beale as a street of business and love and murder and theft. An aisle where merchants and pawnbrokers, country Negroes from plantations, créole prostitutes and painted fag men, sleepy gamblers and slick young chauffeurs, crooks and bootleggers and dope peddlers and rich property owners and powdered women and labor agents and blind musicians and confidence men and hard-working Negroes from sawmills and cotton warehouses and factories and stores meet and stand on corners and slip upstairs to gambling joints and rooming hotels and barber shops and bawdy houses. Spine very slightly faded, wear to bottom edges of boards and some additional writing (above and below Millen's inscription), otherwise very good or better lacking dust jacket.

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TROPIC OF CANCER. Henry Miller. TROPIC OF CANCER.
New York: MEDVSA, 1940. First U.S. edition of the author's first and most famous book. One of 1000 copies in the first issue of light green boards with gilt spine lettering [Shifreen & Jackson A9j]. 1000 copies were printed for initial distribution by the publisher, Jacob Brussel, who eventually went to prison for publishing pornography. (An overrun of 200 to 500 unbound sheets were printed for later distribution, accounting for the nine variants which followed this first issue.) Spine lettering a little rubbed and dulled, boards tanned, green top stain faded, hinges starting, altogether good or better.

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MY UNCLE DUDLEY. Wright Morris. MY UNCLE DUDLEY.
New York: Harcourt Brace, (1957). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Cross country trip in the mid-1920s narrated by Dudley's nephew, The Kid, who recalls how his uncle recruits a group of seven passengers traveling east and uses their deposits to purchase a rattletrap car. Along the way, they deal with mechanical breakdowns, inclement weather, and unfriendly local law enforcement. Very good to near fine with front bottom corners creased and normal darkening near inner hinges; in a bright, very good or better dust jacket with minor chipping on corners and spine ends and a few faint stains on verso of spine which barely show through.

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THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE. Gloria Naylor. THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE.
London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1983). First UK edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Tiny nick in rear spine gutter, otherwise fine in dust jacket with tiny closed tear to front spine fold, and short split in front flap with tiny nick at top.

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THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE. Gloria Naylor. THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE.
New York: Viking Press, (1982). First edition of the author's first book. Adapted into a 1989 TV movie with Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Paul Winfield, and Cicely Tyson. Made into a play that we attended -- it translated to the stage very well. Fine in dust jacket.

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THE NORTHERN LIGHTS. Howard Norman. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.
New York: Summit Books, (1987). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST NOVEL, preceded only by two translations from North Canadian Algonquin languages. Uncorrected proofs. Near fine in light blue paperwraps with background of spine and top edge of rear panel very slightly faded.

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WISE BLOOD. Flannery O'Connor. WISE BLOOD.
London: Neville Spearman, (1955). First UK edition of the author's first book. One of the best and strongest southern writers, in our opinion. Endpapers a trifle dark and about an inch of an offset line on half title page, otherwise fine in an unchipped dust jacket showing a little age and a few tiny soiled spots but very bright and nice with the barest wear on corners and spine ends.

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