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BIB BALLADS. Ring W. Lardner. BIB BALLADS.
Chicago: P.F. Volland & Co. (1915). First edition. His first regularly published book. Illustrated by Fontaine Fox. Slim, brown cloth boards stamped in gold and white on front only. Near fine lacking the publisher's box.

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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. UKRANIAN EDITION.

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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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THE SON OF THE WOLF: Tales of the Far North. Jack London. THE SON OF THE WOLF: Tales of the Far North.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co. 1900. First edition of the author's first book. First issue and/or state with extra blanks at front and back; no dots flanking ampersand at base of spine; frontispiece tipped in; comma after "1900" on copyright page; and perfect "e" in "spruce" and "t" in "might" bottom two lines, page 147. Gray cloth boards stamped in silver. Touch of rubbing to silver stamping on spine, otherwise crisp, bright and near fine. With bookplate of the famous collector Clifton Waller Barrett tipped to endpaper. BAL 11869. JACK LONDON'S FIRST BOOK.

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THE SHUNNED HOUSE. H. P. Lovecraft. THE SHUNNED HOUSE.
Athol, Mass. W. Paul Cook / The Recluse Press, 1928. First edition sheets, one of only 100 copies bound by Arkam House in 1961 of Lovecraft's first book of fiction. W. Paul Cook planned to publish "Shunned House" in the first issue of his magazine, The Recluse, but in 1928 he printed approximately 300 sets of sheets with an introduction by Frank Belknap for a separate book edition instead. He neither published nor bound the sheets. In 1934, Robert Barlow (later to be Lovecraft's literary executor) reportedly received 225 copies of the sheets, distributing around 50 over the next few years, some unbound and others in various bindings. Arkham House subsequently obtained approximately 150 useable sets of sheets and issued 50 unbound copies circa 1959 and 100 in black cloth boards in 1961, this being one of the copies in black cloth boards. State "A" of the copyright cancel label per Currey. Slim, small octavo black cloth boards lettered in gilt on spine. Near fine with tiny scratch to bottom front board and spine lettering rubbed as usual but still wholly readable. Issued without dust jacket. [Joshi 1-A-5. Currey C(2)]. LOVECRAFT'S FIRST BOOK.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 by Mailer. Only 25,000 copies printed. Acclaimed as one of the best novels to come out of WWII. Fragile black paper boards nicked at bottom edge 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 jacket shows minor edge wear and one small has small chip but is still very good to near fine.

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THE MAN WITH THE HOE: and Other Poems. Edwin Markham. THE MAN WITH THE HOE: and Other Poems.
New York: Doubleday & McClure, 1899. Clothbound, first edition thus. The author's first book. It initially appeared as a 4-page supplement to the San Francisco Examiner, then as paperwraps edition. This is the second edition but the first clothbound edition. First issue with "fruitless" p.35:6 (versus "milkless"). Very good or better with bookplate on front pastedown and minor rubbing on corners and spine ends.

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A DANDY IN ASPIC. Derek Marlowe. A DANDY IN ASPIC.
New York: Putnam's Sons, (1966). First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. An uncorrected proof in pale green printed wraps with the plain spine faded and the author and title written in ink. Minor edge wear, otherwise very good.

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A DANDY IN ASPIC. Derek Marlowe. A DANDY IN ASPIC.
New York: G.P. Putnams's Sons, (1966). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket with front flap corner creased and a few short closed tears.

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BRIGHT CENTER OF HEAVEN. William Maxwell. BRIGHT CENTER OF HEAVEN.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. About very good with cloth binding lightly rubbed and soiled, spine ends and corners rubbed, spine slightly faded and bumped on ends, small tear in cloth at top of spine, rear endpaper lightly soiled, and a few small marks of soiling to the outside edge of the text block. Lacking dust jacket.

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THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. Carson McCullers. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1940. First edition. Her first book, and the first in a string of works by McCullers to give voice to the rejected, forgotten, mistreated and oppressed. On Time Magazine's list of 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 and ranked seventeenth on the Modern Library's list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Oatmeal covers a little aged and soiled but still internally clean and very good with corners sharp. Lacking dust jacket.

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OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MURDER: A Mystery Introducing Stokes Moran. Neil McGaughey. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MURDER: A Mystery Introducing Stokes Moran.
New York: Scribner's Sons, (1994). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, a biblio mystery of sorts featuring a mystery reviewer attempting to write his own mystery. SIGNED and dated 6-30-94. Review copy with publisher's slip and promotional letter laid in. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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BOGMAIL. Patrick McGinley. BOGMAIL.
New Haven/New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1981. First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in the first-issue dust jacket priced $9.95.

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THE SPORTING CLUB. Thomas McGuane. THE SPORTING CLUB.
(London): Andre Deutsch, (1969). First UK edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED, "To David --- from Thomas McGuane Key West 1988." McGuane is married to the sister of the unofficial mayor of Margaritaville--Jimmy Buffet--so one imagines he spends plenty of time in the Keys. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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THE SPORTING CLUB: A Novel. Thomas McGuane. THE SPORTING CLUB: A Novel.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1968). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Remainder mark on bottom page edge, otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket with minor edge creasing.

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MAMA. Terry McMillan. MAMA.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1987. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket with minimal edgewear but yellow faded to white on spine, although red lettering still good.

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A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley. John McPhee. A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE: A Profile of William Warren Bradley.
New York: Farrar, Straus, (1965). First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Illustrated with photographs of Bradley in action as "the greatest player in the history of the Ivy League." INSCRIBED BY THE FUTURE SENATOR, "For ---- Thanks. Bill Bradley". Slight lean to signatures at head of spine otherwise bright and near fine; in price-clipped dust jacket with minor professional repair to corners and spine ends (otherwise bright and near fine). INSCRIBED BY BRADLEY.

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TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC. James A. Michener. TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC.
New York: Macmillan Co. 1947. First edition of the AUTHOR'S PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING FIRST BOOK. Shelfwear and minor fraying to spine ends and corners, usual browning to the pages, small dampstain on top edge near spine, altogether good or better. Lacking jacket.

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SWEET MAN. Gilmore Millen. SWEET MAN.
New York: Viking Press, 1930. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on front free endpaper, "Inscribed for my friend George Woodruff with sincere personal regards/ Gilmore Millen/ Los Angeles June 11, 1930." A novel of John Henry, set in Memphis on Beale Street in the 1920s. Gilmore, a newspaperman, described Beale as a street of business and love and murder and theft. An aisle where merchants and pawnbrokers, country Negroes from plantations, créole prostitutes and painted fag men, sleepy gamblers and slick young chauffeurs, crooks and bootleggers and dope peddlers and rich property owners and powdered women and labor agents and blind musicians and confidence men and hard-working Negroes from sawmills and cotton warehouses and factories and stores meet and stand on corners and slip upstairs to gambling joints and rooming hotels and barber shops and bawdy houses. Spine very slightly faded, wear to bottom edges of boards and some additional writing (above and below Millen's inscription), otherwise very good or better lacking dust jacket.

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TROPIC OF CANCER. Henry Miller. TROPIC OF CANCER.
New York: MEDVSA, 1940. First U.S. edition of the author's first and most famous book. The publisher, Jacob Brussel, eventually went to prison for publishing pornography. One of 1000 copies in the first issue of light green boards with gilt spine lettering. An overrun of 200 to 500 unbound sheets were printed for later distribution, accounting for the nine variants which followed this first issue. [Shifreen & Jackson A9j]. Spine lettering rubbed but readable, spine and board edges toned, green top stain fading, hinges cracked. Altogether good or better.

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