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THE ZOO STORY, THE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH and THE SANDBOX: Three Plays. Edward Albee. THE ZOO STORY, THE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH and THE SANDBOX: Three Plays.
New York: Coward-McCann, (1960). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Crisp and near fine, lacking dust jacket.

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THE JANUARY CORPSE. Neil Albert. THE JANUARY CORPSE.
New York: Walker & Co. (1991). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED and INSCRIBED by him on the front endpaper. Photograph of Albert laid in. Fine in a bright dust jacket.

[Book #29818]       Price: $100.00
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SOMEBODY IN BOOTS. Nelson Algren. SOMEBODY IN BOOTS.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1935). First edition of the author's first book. Based on his experiences living in Texas during the Great Depression. The title refers to someone with authority--namely bosses and police; poor folk and the powerless just wore shoes or went barefoot. Minor binding-glue bleed-through near inner hinges (which is common) otherwise a very good or better, nice clean copy with only the barest wear to the covers and with the brown top stain still very good. Lacking the original dust jacket but offered in a facsimile one. HIS FIRST BOOK.

[Book #53567]       Price: $750.00
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BABY OF THE FAMILY. Tina McElroy Ansa. BABY OF THE FAMILY.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1989). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Review copy with publisher's information and photo laid in. Top page edges slightly darkened near spine, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

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SOME TREES. John Ashbery. SOME TREES.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1956. First edition of the poet's first regularly published book. In the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with a foreword by W.H. Auden. Award-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on front endpaper. The book is fine in near fine dust jacket with shallow chip at head of spine, one small unobtrusive tear, and tanning at spine and folds and top edges. POET ANTHONY HECHT'S COPY.

[Book #53616]       Price: $750.00
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THE SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse. Leonard Bacon. THE SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse.
New Haven: Privately Printed, 1909. First edition. PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POET'S FIRST BOOK, written the year he graduated Yale University. INSCRIBED BY BACON, "Charles A. Bennett / ex dono auctoris [a gift of the author]." From the collection of cartoonist Claude Smith with his penciled ownership signature. Light blue paperwraps printed on front only; most pages unopened. Old damp stain along spine and with yapped (over-hanging) edges of the fragile paper covers chipped. Good at best but a scarce book, scacer still signed by Bacon.

[Book #51393]       Price: $125.00
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THE WASP FACTORY. Iain Banks. THE WASP FACTORY.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1984. First U.S. edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK -- SIGNED by Banks. Written from the first-person perspective of a sixteen-year-old describing his childhood, which included deaths within his family. Fine in dust jacket with only the barest wear on the spine ends.

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REAL PRESENCE. Richard Bausch. REAL PRESENCE.
New York: Dial Press, (1980). First edition of his first book. SIGNED by Bausch. Fine in fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear.

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I'LL GET YOU: THE BEATLE MUSIC INDEX, 1958-1970. Beatles, Michael Todd. I'LL GET YOU: THE BEATLE MUSIC INDEX, 1958-1970.
(Lake Oswego, OR: AMV Entertainment), 1992. First edition. "This volume is an attempt to bring together a reference source for the Beatles' available session work." Apparently issued in only 150 copies. This copy with "19/150" handwritten in the corner of the Introduction page, beside Todd's INSCRIPTION, "Dear - - Thanks for your support! I hope the book and the disc bring you hours of fun for the entire family. (or something like that; anyway.) All the best, Michael Todd." Small highlighter squiggle on plain rear cover, few session entries highlighted with pencilled notations to margins, covers lightly soiled, otherwise very good to near fine in spiral binding.

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DISTORTIONS. Ann Beattie. DISTORTIONS.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1976. First edition. SIGNED on front end paper. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK of short stories, published simultaneously with CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, her first novel. Fine in dust jacket with one small tape repair at back of top of front panel and touch of lightly rubbed creasing at spine ends.

[Book #16213]       Price: $65.00
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OF ALL THINGS. Robert C. Benchley. OF ALL THINGS.
New York: Henry Holt and Co. 1921. First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. INSCRIBED, DATED AND SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. "For Billie Allen / in memory of many / happy hours on the / shore of Lake Como / Robert C. Benchley / Dec 20, 1921." Light soiling and cloth edges slightly rubbed, otherwise near fine. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #40334]       Price: $500.00
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OF ALL THINGS. Robert C. Benchley. OF ALL THINGS.
London: The Bodley Head, 1922. First UK edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Includes an introduction by Stephen Leacock not in the American edition. Red paper remnant of small item previously tipped to rear inner hinge, slight edgewear and minor rubbing, otherwise very good. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #40884]       Price: $100.00
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THE GAY PLACE. Being Three Related Novels THE FLEA CIRCUS, ROOM ENOUGH TO CAPER, COUNTRY PLEASURES. William Brammer. THE GAY PLACE. Being Three Related Novels THE FLEA CIRCUS, ROOM ENOUGH TO CAPER, COUNTRY PLEASURES.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co. 1961. First edition. The author's only book. An advance copy INSCRIBED by Brammer, "For Wm. Beckman -- Friend of famous Arthurs / Pen Pay of Genius Poets / Patron of the Pataphysician. From his boon companion Wm. (B. L.) Brammer 3/21/63 (4 a. m.)." One of the best political novels we've read. Brammer worked for LBJ and became a heavy user of drugs which eventually led to his death. Set in an unnamed state identical to Texas, each novella has a different protagonist: a member of the state legislature; the state's junior senator; and the governor's speechwriter. The governor himself, Arthur Fenstemaker, a master politician (said to have been based on Brammer's mentor Lyndon Johnson) serves as the dominant figure throughout. The book also includes characters based on Ladybird, and LBJ's brother Sam Houston Johnson. The book, which earned the author a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. has been widely acclaimed as one of the best American political novels ever written. Yellow printed wraps a bit soiled and a bit worn on edges but still very good. INSCRIBED ADVANCE COPY.

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TARZAN OF THE APES. Edgar Rice Burroughs. TARZAN OF THE APES.
New York: A. L. Burt, [1915]. An early reprint edition of the author's first book. Issued from the plates of the McClurg 1914 first edition with its copyright page but with a new title page and frontis based on the original McClurg title page. Near fine with only the barest wear to green cloth boards. The cover is lettered in black and there are no lines on the cover; in dust jacket with some minor edge wear and a few chips at spine ends. A very nice copy. Robert Zeuschner calls for the Burt first printing to be lettered in white and to have embossed lines on cover--this copy doesn't but it does have ads for only Harold Bell Wright titles in the back, and the latest one advertised is a 1914 Wright title. We assume there would have been other Tarzan titles or other later Wright books advertised if this were published much later than 1914. AN EARLY REPRINT ISSUED FROM THE PLATES OF THE FIRST.

[Book #50139]       Price: $750.00
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THE ALLEYS OF EDEN. Robert Olen Butler. THE ALLEYS OF EDEN.
New York: Horizon Press, (1981). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK--SIGNED. Fine in dust jacket.

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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. Peter Cameron. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
New York: Harper & Row, (1986). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #29701]       Price: $60.00
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THE ICE KING. Daniel Casolaro. THE ICE KING.
Ardmore: Whitmore Publishing, (1981). First edition of his only book, a novel about mountain climbing. Full-page, intimate INSCRIPTION: "To a beautiful girl - - -." The author was an American freelance writer who came to public attention in 1991 when he was found dead, his wrists slashed 10-12 times, in a bathtub in a room in the Sheraton Hotel in Martinsburg, West Virginia. A note was found, and the medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. However, his death became controversial because his working notes suggested he had traveled to Martinsburg to meet a source in connection with a story he had dubbed "the Octopus," which centered around a sprawling conspiracy theory involving an international cabal. Fine in dust jacket with few small chips on corners. Unaccountably scarce--and we would guess rare signed.

[Book #47198]       Price: $450.00
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THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES. Agatha Christie. THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES.
New York/Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1920. First Canadian edition of her first book. Published using the sheets of the first U.S edition (published by John Lane) and preceding the British first edition, published in 1921. The first appearance of Hercule Poirot. The book has an integral Ryerson title page; we assume it was a small printing. It appears to us that it was rebacked and has new endpapers. The rebacking was a pretty good job and not obvious. Internally clean with no foxing. In a specially made clamshell box printed in black lettering on spine and front. THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF POIROT.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. Hillary Rodham Clinton. IT TAKES A VILLAGE: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1996). First edition. Author's first book, or more accurately, the first book by the former Senator, Secretary of State, and first female major-party candidate to run for president (and win the popular vote); written while she was FLOTUS. SIGNED on official White House bookplate affixed to front endpaper. Fine to new in like dust jacket with "autographed copy" sticker on front panel and small, square label covering price on front flap. SIGNED WHILE SHE WAS THE FLOTUS.

[Book #54616]       Price: $450.00
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THE ORGAN BUILDER. Robert Cohen. THE ORGAN BUILDER.
New York: Harper & Row, (1988). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #36208]       Price: $60.00
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STOP-TIME. Frank Conroy. STOP-TIME.
New York: Viking Press, (1967). First edition of the author's first book. Advance reading copy in thin black paperwraps with dust jacket affixed at spine and serving as covers. Publisher's letter laid in. Near fine. Scarce in this advance format.

[Book #39885]       Price: $75.00
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A TIME FOR REMEMBERING: The Ruth Bell Graham Story. Patricia Daniels Cornwell. A TIME FOR REMEMBERING: The Ruth Bell Graham Story.
San Francisco: Harper & Row, (1983). First edition. The mystery AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. The story of Billy Graham's wife, a good friend of Cornwell. Quotation from Ruth 1:16-17 written on back of rear endpaper. Fine in dust jacket with minor wear on corners and a creased closed tear at top of back panel. Still, an attractive copy.

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CONTINENT. Jim Crace. CONTINENT.
London: Heinemann, (1986). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. INSCRIBED on the half-title page to Rolland Comstock, a great champion of Crace's work, "with my very best wishes and thanks." Bright and fine in equally nice dust jacket with publicity sticker "You can afford to make the journey!" (one corner pulled off). Comstock bookplate under jacket flap.

[Book #53702]       Price: $150.00
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GOLDEN STATES. Michael Cunningham. GOLDEN STATES.
New York: Crown Publisher's Inc. (1984). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. A crisp, clean copy with tiny staple holes to front endpaper and small white strip of paper on back pastedown under the jacket flap; in bright, fine dust jacket with touch of inconspicuous wear to back bottom edge.

[Book #50608]       Price: $100.00
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THE WAR OF DON EMMANUEL'S NETHER PARTS. Louis de Bernieres. THE WAR OF DON EMMANUEL'S NETHER PARTS.
London: Secker & Warburg, (1990). First edition of the author's first book. SIGNED, and dated 1990, by de Bernieres on the title page. Name and date at head of half-title page, pages edges a bit browned due to the British acidic paper, otherwise fine in wrap-around illustrated dust jacket.

[Book #49453]       Price: $400.00
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