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THE TIN DRUM. Gunter Grass. THE TIN DRUM.
New York: Pantheon Books, (1962). First American edition. The first book by this Nobel Prize-winning author. Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim. Made into a German film, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. Crisp, near fine copy in fine white dust jacket with only the barest aging on edges. A nice copy of this classic.

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THE CASE OF THE MARSDEN RUBIES. Leonard R. Gribble. THE CASE OF THE MARSDEN RUBIES.
Garden City: Crime Club / Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1930. First U.S. edition of this Crime Club Selection. The AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, introducing his series character Scotland Yard Inspector Anthony Slade. Gribble (1908-1985) was a founding member of the Crime Writers Association who also wrote Westerns and books on criminology and other subjects. His many pseudonyms included James Gannett, Leo Grex, Piers Marlowe et al. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with only the barest wear. It would be hard to find a copy in better condition.

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THE RED PAVILLION. John Gunther. THE RED PAVILLION.
New York: Harper & Bros. 1926. First edition. Author's first book set in Bohemian Chicago, but written long before his famous "Inside" books. When he was working in Europe for the "Daily News," which he noted included every country but Portugal. Very good in dust jacket with chipping on corners and spine ends and a few small closed tears.

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OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL. Allan Gurganus. OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Kay, Who knows women like my widow --- May Lucy recall your loved ones --- Love, Allan 1989." Perhaps Kay Boyle? Fine in dust jacket. CONTEMPORARY INSCRIPTION.

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THE BOOK OF RUTH. Jane Hamilton. THE BOOK OF RUTH.
New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1988. First edition of her first book. SIGNED by the author on title page. Name on front endpaper, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

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SWEET & DEADLY. Charlaine Harris. SWEET & DEADLY.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1981. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK -- SIGNED by Harris on the title page. Ticket from the signing event laid in. This first book from the best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels "combines the best of mystery and suspense with a pinch of romance" (jacket flap). Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket, which is otherwise fine. Scarce first edition, scarcer still signed.

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WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO? Sparkle Hayter. WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO?
(New York): Soho, (1994). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine advance reading copy in blue paperwraps.

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WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO? Sparkle Hayter. WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO?
(New York): Soho, (1994). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in dust jacket.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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