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THE BURNING HOUSE. Ann Beattie. THE BURNING HOUSE.
New York: Random House, (1982). First edition. SIGNED with a quote from the book, "She loved being pregnant---." Uncorrected proof, fine in red printed wraps.

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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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THE FIVE-FOLD MESH. Ben Belitt. THE FIVE-FOLD MESH.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1938. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page to Eda Lou Walton, "For Eda Lou, with my inexpressible gratitude for the best pieces in the book and the death of the Ice-Age. Affectionately, Ben." The printed dedication to the last section of the book, "IV: Many Cradles: Personal Legend," is "For E. L. W." -- presumably Walton. New York Times book review slip laid in with Walton's name pencilled on the back, and Walton's signature is on the front endpaper. Paperclip impression to top of review slip and first few pages, with a touch of rust offset to front pastedown. Altogether very good or better with unavoidable offset from the binding glue to the hinges. Walton, then a New York University professor and poet herself, was mistress and muse to Henry Roth, author of CALL IT SLEEP, and that book's dedicatee.

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MR. POTATOHEAD IN LOVE. Madison Smartt Bell, , Jean de la Fontaine. MR. POTATOHEAD IN LOVE.
No Place: Blue from the Death Edition, 1994. First edition. Number 3 of only 39 copies SIGNED BY AUTHOR AND ARTIST. Bell's short story about buskers in New York City illustrated with five woodcuts by de la Fontaine. Chinese-style cloth scroll, 18 x 32 inches, with text and illustrations in five panels followed by a colophon. Attached at ends to two wooden dowels and rolled and housed in wooden box with title burned into its sliding top. Scarce.

[Book #53353]       Price: $500.00
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THE WASHINGTON SQUARE ENSEMBLE. Madison Smartt Bell. THE WASHINGTON SQUARE ENSEMBLE.
New York: Viking Press, 1983. First edition. His first novel. SIGNED by Bell on the title page. Near fine in dust jacket with barest shelf wear to edges.

[Book #48503]       Price: $125.00
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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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SAFE CONDUCT. Elizabeth Benedict. SAFE CONDUCT.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1993). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page "To Doris [Grumbach] - | With admiration & affection, | Liz [printed "Elizabeth" crossed out] | April 2, 1993 | NYC". Fine in fine dust jacket.

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THE TOWERS OF LOVE. Stephen Birmingham. THE TOWERS OF LOVE.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1961). First edition of his third book. INSCRIBED (3 times) "For Meg Balcom with warmest good wishes from Bill Steers and me author, Stephen Birmingham." Again on front endpaper, " '61 Nancy and Roger. Here I am again. Stephen Birmingham '89." And again on back endpaper, "For Meg Balcom With warmest good wishes from Hannah and Bill Steers, and from me. Stephen Birmingham '61." Fine in dust jacket with very minor wear on corners and spine ends. INSCRIBED THRICE.

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LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems. Lili Bita, Zaller. LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems.
(New York: Athens Printing Company), no-date. First edition. SIGNED with inscription in Greek on front endpaper. Text in Greek and five poems translated to English. Near fine in glossy, stapled paper wraps with light rubbing to spine ends and corners.

[Book #51668]       Price: $50.00
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I'LL TELL THEM I REMEMBER YOU. William Peter Blatty. I'LL TELL THEM I REMEMBER YOU.
New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1973). First edition. SIGNED by the author on the bright yellow front endpaper. Front cover bowed a bit, otherwise near fine or better in price-clipped dust jacket showing very minor shelf wear.

[Book #48855]       Price: $60.00
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A MOMENT WITH MISS GISH. Peter Bogdanovich. A MOMENT WITH MISS GISH.
Santa Barbara: Santa Teresa Press, 1995. First edition. Handwritten letter from publisher, James Pepper, laid in. One of 100 numbered hardbound copies SIGNED by the author. Fine. Scarce.

[Book #34803]       Price: $100.00
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SELECTED POEMS. Eavan Boland. SELECTED POEMS.
Manchester (England): Carcanet, (1989). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page in July 1990. Fine in glossy pictorial wraps. No hardbound edition.

[Book #27529]       Price: $50.00
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THE DECLINE OF RADICALISM: Reflections on America Today. Daniel J. Boorstin. THE DECLINE OF RADICALISM: Reflections on America Today.
New York: Random House, (1969). First edtition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the front free endpaper. Fine in dust jacket with light soiling.

[Book #46796]       Price: $50.00
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LONG SON: A Gabriel Du Pre Mystery. Peter Bowen. LONG SON: A Gabriel Du Pre Mystery.
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1999). First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Christopher (Buckley), Great friend, fellow scribbler, occasional humongous pain in the ass. We need to write less & fish more. Love, Peter Bowen, May 1999." Lain in is a note from Bowen to Buckley starting with "BUCKLEY, YOU PR--K Thanks for the book - most revolting package ever, it'll sell like hot cakes ...." Fine in dust jacket. GREAT EXCHANGE BETWEEN FRIENDS?

[Book #45697]       Price: $100.00
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THIRTY STORIES. Kay Boyle. THIRTY STORIES.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1946. Second printing. Inscribed to author/critic Doris Grumbach "June 1976, Doris, your own work first - Love, Kay". Very good with soiling on cloth cover and page edges in dust jacket with foxing, shallow chipping and soiling. Small section (the size of a dime) of offset on front cover.

[Book #32529]       Price: $100.00
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THE INNER CIRCLE. T. Coraghessan Boyle. THE INNER CIRCLE.
New York: Viking, (2004). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #47036]       Price: $60.00
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THE INNER CIRCLE. T. Coraghessan Boyle. THE INNER CIRCLE.
New York: Viking, (2004). First edition. SIGNED by the author with a quote from the book, "She was a redhead or a strawberry blonde." Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #49994]       Price: $60.00
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FAHRENHEIT 451. Ray Bradbury. FAHRENHEIT 451.
New York: Ballentine Books, Inc. (1953). First edition, limited issue. Number 127 of 200 COPIES SIGNED BY BRADBURY AND SPECIALLY BOUND IN ASBESTOS or, as the colophon states, "an asbestos material with exceptional resistance to pyrolysis." Quarto white asbestos boards lettered in red on front and spine. Issued without a dust jacket. Professional repair to spine ends and corners, red lettering slightly mellowed, covers lightly soiled, few faint stains, otherwise very good.

[Book #54819]       Price: $7,500.00
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TIME PRESENT, TIME PAST. Bill Bradley. TIME PRESENT, TIME PAST.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. First edition. His time in the Senate. INSCRIBED "For Lisa I hope you enjoy the book -- Bill Bradley." Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #49868]       Price: $50.00
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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.

[Book #53157]       Price: $750.00
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NORTH-SOUTH: A PROGRAM FOR SURVIVAL; A Report of the Independent Commission on International Development Issues under the Chairmanship of Brandt. Willy Brandt. NORTH-SOUTH: A PROGRAM FOR SURVIVAL; A Report of the Independent Commission on International Development Issues under the Chairmanship of Brandt.
Cambridge (Mass.): M. I. T. Press, (1980). First U.S. edition. Paperback original. SIGNED BY BRANDT. Willy Brandt (1913 - 1992) was leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971 for his efforts to strengthen cooperation in western Europe through the EEC and to achieve reconciliation between West Germany and the countries of Eastern Europe. Skinned section affecting "Technology" in Press address at bottom of rear cover, subtle yellowing to front cover, otherwise very good to near fine in paperwraps.

[Book #54589]       Price: $125.00
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OUT OF THE EARTH. Louis Bromfield. OUT OF THE EARTH.
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1950). First edition. INSCRIBED at his Malabar Farm, "Malabar 1950 For Charlie Rogers with the friendship and best wishes of Louis Bromfield." Very good or better with pictorial endpapers showing faint offset and cloth with a little wear. In a supplied very fine dust jacket almost new with two small closed tears.

[Book #48615]       Price: $200.00
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NEW ENGLAND: INDIAN SUMMER 1865- 1915. Van Wyck Brooks. NEW ENGLAND: INDIAN SUMMER 1865- 1915.
[New York]: E P Dutton & Co., Inc. 1940. First edition. One of 997 SIGNED, numbered copies issued in publisher's slipcase. Very good to fine with page top edges gilt and ribbon place marker. Slipcase shows some fading and wear on edges, but still intact and sturdy.

[Book #33976]       Price: $60.00
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THE PLAYGROUND, Together with THE QUEEN OF THE MERMAIDS WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE. James Broughton. THE PLAYGROUND, Together with THE QUEEN OF THE MERMAIDS WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE.
(San Francisco): Centaur Press, 1949. First edition. Limited to 1000 copies. Broughton's play illustrated by Daniel Harris in his first appearance as "Zev." The first book from the press founded by Broughton and Kermit Sheet. SIGNED BY BROUGHTON on half-title page and INSCRIBED WITH A LARGE DRAWING BY ZEV on front endpaper, "For Herbert and Zelda & Co. With Love! Love! Love! Love! Love!" The drawing depicts a father returning home to his wife and two children with what appears to be an airplane in his hands. Paperclip impression and touch of rust to front flap and opposing endpaper, otherwise near fine in a good or better dust jacket. Laid in is a 1954 CHRISTMAS GREETING WITH POEM by Broughton and drawing by Zev (of mermaid queen arriving at a castle or cathedral) which, according to OCLC was produced for the use of Broughton, Sheets, and Dan "Zev" Harris and his wife Gertrude. Only 3 copies are located in libraries worldwide. This one INSCRIBED IN FRENCH BY ZEV "with best wishes," and signed by him with his wife's name followed by "Zev," over which he adds a jeweled crown. A 12 x 7.75" broadside, folded to make a card. Minor creasing and one small stain, otherwise near fine.

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LETTERS TO MARY. Catherine Hayes Brown. LETTERS TO MARY.
New York: Random House, (1940). First edition. A biography of actress Helen Hayes, written by her mother in a series of letters to Helen's daughter, Mary. Number 37 of 350 numbered copies SIGNED by Catherine Hayes Brown, Helen Hayes and Mary MacArthur. Includes a foreword by Charles MacArthur. Near fine with a touch of age darkening on the endpapers. In slipcase with a few small rubbed spots.

[Book #34828]       Price: $100.00
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