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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.

[Book #30438]       Price: $125.00
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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.

[Book #45607]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #52647]       Price: $100.00
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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.

[Book #36200]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #25652]       Price: $150.00
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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.

[Book #42921]       Price: $250.00
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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.

[Book #35914]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #49470]       Price: $150.00
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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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A DIFFERENT DRUMMER. William Melvin Kelley. A DIFFERENT DRUMMER.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1962. First edition. His first book, a novel set in a mythical southern state where a man destroys his own home and livelihood and heads out, setting in motion a mass exodus of the entire black population of the state. Presumed publisher's copy with "Doubleday & Co." stamped on front endpaper. Very minor offsets on endpapers, book slightly cocked, cloth spine a little soiled, and a few small spots on internal pages, otherwise very good in two dust jackets: one with a write-up about the book on the back cover; the other with 7 reviews of the book. We assume the one with the reviews is the later jacket. Both jackets have minor edge wear but are still very good or better.

[Book #52172]       Price: $150.00
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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.

[Book #51526]       Price: $200.00
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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.

[Book #29674]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #32854]       Price: $175.00
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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.

[Book #48949]       Price: $950.00
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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.

[Book #54437]       Price: $250.00
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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.

[Book #54818]       Price: $350.00
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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.

[Book #54586]       Price: $2,000.00
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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.

[Book #51429]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #30992]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #36356]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #36173]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #49367]       Price: $1,250.00
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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"

[Book #49635]       Price: $2,000.00
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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. Only 25,000 copies were printed. This "Burgess 99" title is acclaimed as one of the best novels to come out of WWII. The fragile black paper boards are nicked at base 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 and rubbed at spine ends and corners, and very lightly runned at folds, with red box on spine tanned just a bit, but still about very good.

[Book #53689]       Price: $2,250.00
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