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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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IF MORNING EVER COMES. Anne Tyler. IF MORNING EVER COMES.
New York: Knopf, 1964. First edition. The author's first book, written when she was just twenty-two. A very fine copy in a bright dust jacket with the barest of wear. A really nice copy, hard to find another in this condition. HARD TO FIND A NICER COPY.

[Book #49129]       Price: $1,250.00
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HOPING FOR A HOOPOE: POEMS. John Updike. HOPING FOR A HOOPOE: POEMS
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1959. First British edition of the author's first book, entitled "The Carpentered Hen" in the States. Fine in dust jacket.

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RIDING THE EARTHBOY 40. James Welch. RIDING THE EARTHBOY 40.
New York: World Publ. (1971). First edition. True first; reportedly not distributed. Slight bubbling to pastedowns (production error), otherwise fine in dust jacket with minor edge rubbing, a small closed tear in rear panel and light tanning to edges of flaps and top edge of rear panel. A bright, attractive copy of this book of poetry.

[Book #32965]       Price: $100.00
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BIRDY. William Wharton. BIRDY.
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1979. First edition. Uncorrected proof, with no expected date of publication noted. Author's first book, also made into a movie. Near fine with light sunning on spine and edges, tiny bumps to rear corners; in light blue printed paperwraps.

[Book #49098]       Price: $60.00
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LESS THAN NOTHING - OR THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STERLING FINNEY. E. B. White. LESS THAN NOTHING - OR THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STERLING FINNEY.
[New York: The New Yorker, 1927]. First edition and only edition of E. B. White's first book. Illustrated with photographs of posed manikins. There is no author, publisher or date noted in the book but Katherine Romans Hall, in her bibliography of White's works, notes that White indicated "These Sterling Finney advertisements were written by me. They ran in the magazine in the early years when it was trying to promote its circulation. I posed the dummies--figures I found in Wanamake's department store. The ads, of course, were parodies of a certain kind of 'culture-made-easy' --- Ross was delighted with them and they caused quite a lot of talk." Of course, the implication of each very amusing essay was that reading the New Yorker puts you well on the road to wealth and social success. The book was printed and published by the New Yorker advertising department and sent to agents and customers for goodwill purposes. Issued without dust jacket. The corners of the boards are a little rubbed, otherwise very good or better; and very scarce to rare. Housed in cloth clamshell case. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF HIS SCARCE FIRST BOOK.

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A GLANCE AWAY. John Edgar Wideman. A GLANCE AWAY.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, (1967). First edition. Author's first book. A black reformed drug addict and a white middle-aged professor. Very good to fine with cloth corners and spine ends a little rubbed and back endpaper at hinge separating a bit; in a near fine, bright dust jacket with corners also a bit rubbed.

[Book #52064]       Price: $125.00
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UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS. Daniel Woodrell. UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS.
New York: Henry Holt, (1986). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Faint stain on front free endpaper, spine ends a little bumped, otherwise fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #52046]       Price: $60.00
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