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THIRST: And Other One Act Plays. Eugene O'Neill. THIRST: And Other One Act Plays.
Boston: Gorham Press, (1914). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Nick in bottom edge of front paper label, corners rubbed (boards just visible), spine slightly tanned, light tape shadows to front and rear endpaper, otherwise very good, lacking the dust jacket, which is scarce.

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THE TIGER'S WIFE. Tea Obrecht. THE TIGER'S WIFE.
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2011). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, a hugely popular Orange Prize-winning novel, set in the Balkans. SIGNED by Obrecht on the title page. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #51458]       Price: $150.00
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CHILD OF SILENCE. Abigail Padgett. CHILD OF SILENCE.
New York: Mysterious Press, (1993). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page, "To . . . 'There is nothing [underlined] but reality!' Abigail Padgett/ 7 May, 1994." Fine with small remainder mark on bottom page edges; in a bright dust jacket.

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A FIRING OFFENSE. George P. Pelecanos. A FIRING OFFENSE.
(London): Serpent's Tail, (1997). First UK edition of the author's first book. Fine in pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #42928]       Price: $75.00
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THE MOVIEGOER. Walker Percy. THE MOVIEGOER.
New York: Knopf, 1979. Later printing, the 12th. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK and arguably his best--the story of Binx Bolling, an alienated young man seeking meaning for his existence. Winner of the National Book Award. INSCRIBED ON FRONT ENDPAPER, "Via Jeanne . . . / with best wishes/ Walker Percy/ February 14, 1980." ADDITIONALLY SIGNED on title page. Bright and fine in dust jacket with inconspicuous slice to front panel and barest edge wear, otherwise fine. NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER.

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THE BUTCHER'S BOY. Perry Thomas. THE BUTCHER'S BOY
New York: Scribner's Sons, (1982). First edition. His first book and winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery. Touch of light shelf wear still bright and fine in fine dust jacket with just two tiny nicks. Unusual in this nice condition.

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HOUR UPON THE STAGE. Ann Pinchot. HOUR UPON THE STAGE.
New York: Dodd Mead, 1929. First edition of her first book. A novel about a Jewish family's progress in the early 20th century along the coast of Lake Michigan, where the author grew up. Fine in price-clipped Arthur Hawkins dust jacket, which is a little faded and has three small chips (two at either side of spine top, and one at bottom of front cover). Scarce in the Hawkins jacket.

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THREE FARMERS ON THEIR WAY TO A DANCE. Richard Powers. THREE FARMERS ON THEIR WAY TO A DANCE.
New York: Beech Tree Books/Wm. Morrow, (1985). First edition. Author's first book. Inspired by a pre-WWII photograph by August Sander which appears on the dust jacket and is used as a frontispiece. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54874]       Price: $100.00
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THE WANDERERS. Richard Price. THE WANDERERS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974. First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and basis for the Spike Lee film. Fine in bright, fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear.

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BETRAYED BY RITA HAYWORTH. Manuel Puig. BETRAYED BY RITA HAYWORTH.
New York: Dutton & Co. 1971. First edition of this Argentinean author's first book. Fine in price clipped dust jacket.

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CHINA TRADE. S. J. Rozan. CHINA TRADE.
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1994). First edition. Her first book. Featuring New York private eye Lydia Chin and her sometime partner Bill Smith. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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KINDERGARTEN. Peter Rushforth. KINDERGARTEN.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, one of only two novels to be published in his lifetime--25 years apart. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize for the "best work of imaginative literature," the oldest literary award in the UK. Fine in a very good or better dust jacket with light soiling and light rubbing. Review copy with publisher's photograph of Rushford laid in.

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THE AFFAIR IS ALL. David Stuart Ryan. THE AFFAIR IS ALL.
London: Kozmik Press Centre, (1976). First edition. SIGNED, dated, and numbered "106/ 220." Author's first book. Fine in dust jacket with a few tiny chips and small closed tear.

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A FEW LAST WORDS. James Sallis. A FEW LAST WORDS.
(New York): The MacMillan Company, (1970). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Gilt spine lettering a little rubbed and rear cover somewhat soiled, otherwise very good or better in dust jacket with light soiling, slight wear to head of spine, a light crease in front flap and a closed tear in top rear flap fold.

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THE PRIDE OF THE BIMBOS. John Sayles. THE PRIDE OF THE BIMBOS.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, (1975). First edition of the filmmaker's first book. The story of a five-man traveling softball team that plays in drag. Fine in dust jacket with the author's name in red on spine faded but still readable.

[Book #36052]       Price: $150.00
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WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? Budd Schulberg. WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?
New York: Random House, (1941). First edition of his first and most famous book; and one of the best on Hollywood. SIGNED by Schulberg. Minor glue bleed-through on inner hinges which is normal, cloth on top inch of spine and front cover a little soiled or sunned, and small, faint stain on front page edges, otherwise very good in the first issue dust jacket with the Fitzgerald and John O'Hara blurbs on back and with some old professional repair on spine ends and corners. HIS MOST FAMOUS BOOK, INSCRIBED.

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THE GRAVITY OF SUNLIGHT. Rosa Shand. THE GRAVITY OF SUNLIGHT.
New York: Soho, (2000). First edition. Author's first book. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket.

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DYING: An Introduction. L. E. Sissman. DYING: An Introduction.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, (1967). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in bright dust jacket with closed tear in rear panel (with tape repair on verso) and light foxing along flap folds and top edges of flaps. Review copy with publisher's slip tipped to front free endpaper.

[Book #36198]       Price: $60.00
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DEATH TURNS A TRICK. Julie Smith. DEATH TURNS A TRICK.
New York: Walker & Co. (1982). First edition. SIGNED BY SMITH on the title page in her signature red ink. Her first book and first to feature Rebecca Schwartz, a Jewish feminist lawyer in San Francisco who finds herself in the middle of a crime. Spine ends and corners mildly bumped still fine in near fine to fine dust jacket with light rubbing to spine ends and corners.

[Book #54791]       Price: $200.00
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THE LAST DAY THE DOGBUSHES BLOOMED. Lee Smith. THE LAST DAY THE DOGBUSHES BLOOMED.
New York: Harper & Row, (1968). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, INSCRIBED on the title page, "To Lane / Lee Smith 12/12/91." Crisp and fine in bright, fine dust jacket with the barest wear. Provenance: from the estate of Lana Pipes. Lana and her husband, Lane, were prominent Washington-area collectors.

[Book #54793]       Price: $350.00
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HEART'S NEEDLE. W. D. Snodgrass. HEART'S NEEDLE.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, one of only 1,500 copies printed. From the collection of Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht, with his ownership signature on front endpaper. Fine in very good dust jacket with scant 1/8" chipped away at head of spine, corners nicked, spine a little tanned, and rear panel slightly soiled.

[Book #53726]       Price: $200.00
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FLASH AND FILIGREE. Terry Southern. FLASH AND FILIGREE.
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc. (1958). First American edition of his first book. The first issue with book in full cloth (versus cloth and boards) and dust jacket with $3.50 price (versus $5.00). Fine in very lightly soiled dust jacket with two very small closed tears and tiny chips at top of spine.

[Book #47409]       Price: $100.00
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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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A HALL OF MIRRORS. Robert Stone. A HALL OF MIRRORS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967. First edition of the author's first book. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Also, the basis of a 1970 film WUSA, starring Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward. Small name on pastedown (under the dust jacket flap) and the barest edgewear and rubbing on corners, otherwise fine in dust jacket with small chips on corners and spine ends and white spine slightly soiled.

[Book #33903]       Price: $200.00
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LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS. William Styron. LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1951). First edition of author's first book. SIGNED on the front endpaper. Bookplate covering ownership signature on front pastedown, fading to spine ends and edges, otherwise good or better in good or better dust jacket with shallow chipping and overall tanning which is heavier at spine. Did we mention its signed?

[Book #54414]       Price: $125.00
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