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THE CANDY KID. Dorothy B. Hughes. THE CANDY KID.
New York: Duell, Sloane, Pearce, (1950). First edition. SIGNED BY HIGHES. Near fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with spine toned and touch of light wear. Scarce signed.

[Book #53181]       Price: $275.00
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WODWO. Ted Hughes. WODWO.
London: Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on the front endpaper. A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Hughes, "To Tony/ in Memoriam/ from Ted/ 13 July 1967." This was Hughes first book of poems after wife Sylvia Plath's death from suicide in 1963 -- we assume the "in Memoriam" is for her, as she and Hecht were very close friends, which is clearly indicated by her intimate letters to him. Plath and Hecht met while both were teaching at Smith College (1956-1962), where Hughes also taught. After Plath's death, Hughes and Hecht continued to be friends and each man went on to win numerous awards and to become the Poet Laureate of their country. Ted Hughes was known to greatly admired Hecht, calling him "one of the most accomplished of his extremely accomplished generation." The book is crisp and fine with only very minor wear; in a near fine, lightly age-toned dust jacket with slightly darkened spine and a few tiny nicks. An early, important association copy between two poets who went on to become highly esteemed in each other's countries as well as their own. IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.

[Book #53612]       Price: $2,500.00
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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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CIDER HOUSE RULES. John Irving. CIDER HOUSE RULES.
New York: Wm. Morrow, (1985). First edition thus. One of 795 SIGNED, numbered and specially bound copies of which 750 copies were for sale. Printed by Morrow for the Book-of-the-Month Club. Touch of light soiling at head of spine, otherwise fine in cloth covered slipcase which shows some wear at corners. Nice production in buckram cloth boards with top edge gilt; larger than the other editions. Fine in acetate dust jacket and slipcase, as issued.

[Book #35542]       Price: $250.00
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THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE. John Irving. THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE.
New York: E. P. Dutton, (1981). First edition of his fifth novel, SIGNED by Irving. Made into the 1984 film starring Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster. Tiny, very faint spot to front cover otherwise fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54430]       Price: $150.00
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SETTING FREE THE BEARS. John Irving. SETTING FREE THE BEARS.
New York: Random House, (1968). First edition of his first book. Decorative bookplate SIGNED BY IRVING laid in. Fine in near fine to fine dust jacket with touch of minor wear and few light creases to corner of front flap. Housed in custom, molded clamshell case lettered in gilt on spine and with partial image from dust jacket embossed on front.

[Book #55106]       Price: $1,250.00
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A SON OF THE CIRCUS. John Irving. A SON OF THE CIRCUS.
Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1994. First edition. SIGNED limited edition published for members of "The Signed First Edition Society" that precedes the first trade edition. Includes an introductory "special message for the first edition" by Irving. One of an undisclosed number of copies. Fine as issued in full red leather, gilt-decorated boards with raised spine bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, and ribbon place marker.

[Book #54435]       Price: $100.00
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A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR. John Irving. A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR
(London): Bloomsbury, (1998). True first edition, preceding all others. Uncorrected proof, the earliest noted, in gold-colored, printed paperwraps, versus pictorial. Basis for the movie "The Door in the Floor" starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, which Irving co-wrote. Near fine, with just a touch of minor rubbing to tips.

[Book #50809]       Price: $250.00
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NOTHIN' BUT GOOD TIMES AHEAD. Molly Ivins. NOTHIN' BUT GOOD TIMES AHEAD.
New York: Vintage Books, (1994). First Vintage books edition. INSCRIBED, "May you laugh your way back to good health." Near fine in glossy, pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #51665]       Price: $50.00
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SCARS MAKE YOUR BODY MORE INTERESTING. Sherril Jaffe. SCARS MAKE YOUR BODY MORE INTERESTING.
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1975. First edition. Short, offbeat stories illustrated with drawings by David Bromige. Number Number 24 of 200 numbered copies SIGNED BY JAFFE (of 226 total). Lower corners gently bumped still fine in original acetate.

[Book #54880]       Price: $30.00
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I MISSED THE TRAIN TO LITTLE ROCK. W. C. Jameson, William Carl. I MISSED THE TRAIN TO LITTLE ROCK.
Conway, Arkansas: Seven Oaks Publ. Co. (1994). First edition. Early, or perhaps the first, poetry selection from the writer, author, singer/songwriter, and professional treasure hunter known for his "Buried Treasures of America" series. INSCRIBED TO LOUIS DANIEL BRODSKY, "To L.D.--...one who know the words, the language, the joys, the pains of this kind of life. Best, WC Jameson." Cream-colored paperwraps printed in brown, teal, orange and black. Fine. TREASURE HUNTER'S BOOK OF POETRY, INSCRIBED TO FELLOW POET.

[Book #54260]       Price: $75.00
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THE DOOR IN THE WALL. Benita Kane Jaro. THE DOOR IN THE WALL.
Sag Harbor, New York: The Permanent Press, (1992). First edition of her second Roman novel. INSCRIBED "Much love, Benita"; and a nice personal one page ALS to Doris Grumbach, the novelist, essayist and critic, whose blurb for the book appears on the back inside cover of this advance copy. "Dear Doris-- Well, here are the bound galleys. At last. Didn't they do me a nice cover? And didn't they feature your beautiful blurb in a prominent place -- as it deserves? . . ." Fine in glossy pictorial wraps.

[Book #30769]       Price: $60.00
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THE KEY. Benita Kane Jaro. THE KEY.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1988). First edition. SIGNED in full on title page and then INSCRIBED: "To Doris, Thanks forever. Love, Beni June 4, 1988." A nice TLS from Jaro to author/reviewer Doris Grumbach laid in. Fine in near fine dust jacket with only touch of edge wear, and Grumbach's 8 line blurb on the back panel. "If there is to be a worthy successor to Mary Renault, or to Marguerite Yourcenar, it may be Benita Kane Jaro. I am firm in my belief that THE KEY will illuminate Rome in the first century before Christ in the way the MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN did for the following century. Prediction: Benita Kane Jaro is at the start of a distinguished career in historial fiction."

[Book #30542]       Price: $60.00
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AS I WAS SAYING. Burges Johnson. AS I WAS SAYING.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1923. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author with a hand drawn "ph-autograph." Johnson drew a sketching of a man's profile using his name and date (1923). Very good with a skinned section on back panel.

[Book #39245]       Price: $60.00
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A WHITE HOUSE DIARY. Lady Bird Johnson. A WHITE HOUSE DIARY.
New York: Holt Rinehart & Winston, (1970). First edition. Front endpaper with SIGNED bookplate affixed at center and LBJ Library & Museum gold-foil emblem affixed to lower inside corner. The dust jacket is not priced and has the publication date code "1170" at bottom (not present on other jackets we've seen); is cream-colored versus the bright white usually seen; is slightly taller and not quite as wide; and is of better quality than others we've examined. The book itself is a full ounce heavier than other copies. We're not aware of a book-club edition of this title. The LBJ Library and Museum was not dedicated until May 1971--perhaps a special issue, or an early one, set aside for sale there? Fine in fine dust jacket. INTERESTING ANAMOLY OR EARLY ISSUE?

[Book #53551]       Price: $150.00
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FINNEGANS WAKE. James Joyce. FINNEGANS WAKE.
London/ New York: Faber & Faber/ Viking Press, 1939. First edition, limited issue. Number 62 of 425 numbered copies SIGNED by Joyce. A fine copy in nearly fine slipcase. A REMARKABLY NICE COPY, SIGNED BY JOYCE.

[Book #51714]       Price: $17,500.00
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THE HOWARD HUGHES AFFAIR. Stuart M. Kaminsky. THE HOWARD HUGHES AFFAIR.
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1979). First edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Very good with top edges of pages slightly rumpled from dampness and some light bumping; in a price-clipped dust jacket with some edge rubbing and lower rear tip nicked.

[Book #36380]       Price: $60.00
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AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead. Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED: To a Fan on "Toledo Blade" Letterhead.
Toledo, Ohio: March 5, 1998. First edition. On 5 3/4 x 7 1/4" notepaper with letterhead of the Editorial Department, "You write a fine letter .... It amazes me that Nancy Drew remains so popular. Sincerely, Mildred W. Benson (Carolyn Keene)." Benson, the acknowledged creator of Nancy Drew, wrote 23 of the first 30 books beginning in 1930 with THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK. Much like the enduring character she brought life to, she was an adventurer who, in addition to being a writer and journalist, was a pilot and amateur archaeologist. Over the course of her career Benson wrote 112 additional children's books and numerous short stories, and her career in journalism spanned 58 years -- first at the Toledo Times and then at the Toledo Blade, where she continued to write a column until she passed away in 2002 at the age of 96. Light creases, stray pen marks on verso, otherwise fine. Includes original mailing envelope addressed by Benson. Letters such as this one, wholly in Benson's own hand, are quite scarce. HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE CREATOR OF NANCY DREW.

[Book #54816]       Price: $1,250.00
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A FAMILY MADNESS. Thomas Keneally. A FAMILY MADNESS.
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1985). First edition. BOLDLY INSCRIBED on title page, "Not even Oskar Schindler could have saved them. Tom Keneally 1999" (no recipient). Uncorrected proof, fine in printed yellow paperwraps with handwritten projected date of publication (March 18), price, and agent contact info. GREAT INSCRIPTION.

[Book #49798]       Price: $150.00
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A PATRIOT'S HANDBOOK: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love. Caroline Kennedy. A PATRIOT'S HANDBOOK: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.
New York: Hyperion, (2005). First edition. SIGNED by Caroline Kennedy on the title page. A large assemblage of patriotic literature chosen by Ms. Kennedy. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #46811]       Price: $100.00
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TO SEEK A NEWER WORLD. Robert F. Kennedy. TO SEEK A NEWER WORLD.
New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1967. First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Tom Corcoran/ With warm regards/ Bob Kennedy." First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Tom Corcoran/ With warm regards/ Bob Kennedy." Kennedy’s essays on his view of the challenges of the time, which grew out of his speeches, travel, and experiences as Senator and Attorney General. Presumably inscribed to Thomas "Tommy the Cork" Corcoran (1900-1981), one of several New Deal advisors in Franklin D. Roosevelt's brain trust and, later, a close friend and advisor to Lyndon B. Johnson. He was nicknamed "Tommy the Cork" by Roosevelt, and continued to hold sway even afer leaving the White House. Light rubbing to corners and spine ends, otherwise near fine in bright, near dust jacket with just a few minior rubbed creases to spine ends and one tiny tear. INSCRIBED BY KENNEDY.

[Book #54621]       Price: $1,750.00
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DEMON BOX. Ken Kesey. DEMON BOX.
(New York): Viking, (1986). First edition. "Unrevised and unpublished" proof in green printed wraps. INSCRIBED "For Maxwell/ Further/ Ken Kesey." Fine.

[Book #45483]       Price: $350.00
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RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald, Willy Pogany. RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM.
Willy Pogany. Philadelphia: David McKay, (1942). First edition thus, with black-and-white art-deco style illustrations by Willy Pogany. INSCRIBED BY POGANY, "To Irving Bromer with best wishes, Willy Pogany." Small-quarto maroon cloth boards stamped in gilt on front and spine; top edge maroon. Spine ends and corners lightly bumped and rubbed, still very good lacking the box.

[Book #49503]       Price: $250.00
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THE ONE-EYED MAN. Larry L. King. THE ONE-EYED MAN.
(New York): The New American Library, (1966). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half title page: "It was food for thought, and I chewed it." Fine in dust jacket with small closed tears at spine head and rear panel bottom corner, tiny crease at top front corner, and touch of darkening along the lightly chipped top and bottom edges.

[Book #48584]       Price: $100.00
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THE WHOREHOUSE PAPERS. Larry L. King. THE WHOREHOUSE PAPERS
New York: Viking, (1982). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by author. Fine in near fine dust jacket with tiny tears.

[Book #48445]       Price: $60.00
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