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SOMEBODY IN BOOTS. Nelson Algren. SOMEBODY IN BOOTS.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1935). First edition of the author's first book. Based on his experiences living in Texas during the Great Depression. The title refers to someone with authority--namely bosses and police; poor folk and the powerless just wore shoes or went barefoot. Minor binding-glue bleed-through near inner hinges (which is common) otherwise a very good or better, nice clean copy with only the barest wear to the covers and with the brown top stain still very good. Lacking the original dust jacket but offered in a facsimile one. HIS FIRST BOOK.

[Book #53567]       Price: $750.00
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KIT BRANDON: A Portrait. Sherwood Anderson. KIT BRANDON: A Portrait.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1936. First edition. Endpapers darkened at hinges, lower corners lightly bumped, otherwise bright and fine in bright, clean, near fine dust jacket very slightly toned at spine and with only light wear to corners and spine ends.

[Book #40254]       Price: $100.00
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A STORY TELLER'S STORY. Sherwood Anderson. A STORY TELLER'S STORY.
New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1924. First edition. A memoir of sorts. 8vo, brick-red pebbled cloth boards stamped in light orange and blind on front and spine; top edge light orange. Crisp and fine in good or better dust jacket with internal archival-tape repair and chipping at base of spine just touching one letter in publisher's name.

[Book #54937]       Price: $100.00
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THE TIME OF THE GRINGO. Elliott Arnold. THE TIME OF THE GRINGO.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953. First edition. Top page edges soiled and light shelf wear, otherwise fine in bright dust jacket with closed edge tear and light wear to spine ends and tips.

[Book #38199]       Price: $45.00
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THE DRESSMAKER. Beryl Bainbridge. THE DRESSMAKER.
(London): Duckworth, (1973). First edition. SIGNED BY BAINBRIDGE, "Best wishes, Beryl Bainbridge" (not to anyone in particular). A pyschological novel about the struggles of a repressed dressmaker and her sister to look after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier during WWII (inspired by a relationship Bainbridge had with a soldier when she was a teen). Made into a 1988 award-winning British film. Short-listed for the Booker Prize. Faint foxing to page top edge, pastedowns and verso of the price-clipped dust jacket, otherwise near fine. SCARCE SIGNED.

[Book #51994]       Price: $250.00
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THE WASP FACTORY. Iain Banks. THE WASP FACTORY.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1984. First U.S. edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK -- SIGNED by Banks. Written from the first-person perspective of a sixteen-year-old describing his childhood, which included deaths within his family. Fine in dust jacket with only the barest wear on the spine ends.

[Book #52515]       Price: $450.00
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CHIMERA. John Barth. CHIMERA.
New York: Random House, (1972). First edition. National Book Award winner. Fine in dust jacket with the barest wear. A common book but hard to find in nice condition.

[Book #35089]       Price: $60.00
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PETER NEVSKY And the True Story of the Russian Moon Landing. John Calvin Batchelor. PETER NEVSKY And the True Story of the Russian Moon Landing.
New York: Henry Holt & Co. (1993). First edition. Uncorrected proof in red paperwraps. Near fine.

[Book #29114]       Price: $50.00
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REAL PRESENCE. Richard Bausch. REAL PRESENCE.
New York: Dial Press, (1980). First edition, second printing. INSCRIBED "For --- My good friend and fellow writer from Richard Bausch Nov. '83." Price in magic marker on front pastedown, otherwise fine in dust jacket with minor edgewear and a tiny chip.

[Book #35127]       Price: $45.00
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REAL PRESENCE. Richard Bausch. REAL PRESENCE.
New York: Dial Press, (1980). First edition of his first book. SIGNED by Bausch. Fine in fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear.

[Book #50482]       Price: $100.00
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THE VICTIM. Saul Bellow. THE VICTIM.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1947). First edition. Faint, unavoidable offset to pastedowns (from binding) and minor edge rubbing, otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket with slightly faded spine, white spine lettering tanned, a few chips, a few closed tears (with tape repair on verso) and some shallow damp staining to flap folds. Still, an attractive copy.

[Book #37589]       Price: $400.00
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THE VICTIM. Saul Bellow. THE VICTIM.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1947). First edition. Good or better with light offset on endpapers and corners and spine ends showing wear and fraying. Tight, and internally very good. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #52213]       Price: $45.00
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HEART TROUBLES. Stephen Birmingham. HEART TROUBLES.
New York: Harper & Row, (1968). First edition. A book of short stories. INSCRIBED, "For Nancy and Roger All the best Stephen Birmingham 1982 & again in '89." Bookplate on front pastedown and cloth a little faded on spine and top edge, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

[Book #34778]       Price: $45.00
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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.

[Book #34775]       Price: $100.00
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YOUNG MR. KEEFE. Stephen Birmingham. YOUNG MR. KEEFE.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1959). First edition of his first book, a novel. INSCRIBED "For Nancy and Roger All the best Stephen Birmingham 1982 & again in '89." Fine in dust jacket with edgewear, spine a little faded, and minor chipping on corners and spine ends.

[Book #34777]       Price: $45.00
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RATES OF EXCHANGE. Malcolm Bradbury. RATES OF EXCHANGE.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1983. First edition. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #36268]       Price: $45.00
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THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT. David Bradley. THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT.
New York: Harper & Row, (1981). First edition. His second book. A PEN/Faulkner Award winner. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #36383]       Price: $45.00
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IT TAKES ALL KINDS. Louis Bromfield. IT TAKES ALL KINDS.
New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publ. 1939. First edition. From the library of Chicago artist Arthur Johan Anderson with his bookplate on front pastedown. Three novels and two novelettes by Bromfield. Red cloth near fine in a very good dust jacket with rubbing, a few shallow chips and small closed tears.

[Book #30127]       Price: $60.00
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BLUE RIVER: Advance reading copy & signed trade edition in dust jacket. Ethan Canin. BLUE RIVER: Advance reading copy & signed trade edition in dust jacket.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. First edition. His second book. Two volumes -- advance reading copy in pictorial paperwraps and SIGNED first printing in dust jacket. Both are fine.

[Book #34461]       Price: $30.00
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OSCAR & LUCINDA. Peter Carey. OSCAR & LUCINDA.
New York: Harper & Row, (1988). First U.S. edition. Booker Prize winner. Mild shelf wear, still fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #37266]       Price: $60.00
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THE AFRICAN WITCH. Joyce Cary. THE AFRICAN WITCH.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1936. First edition of his third book, a novel set in West Africa. Small tasteful bookplate on front pastedown under flap, of "Claude" (Smith) a cartoonist for The New Yorker, Playboy, et al. Top front cover a little bumped, otherwise the black cloth and spine gilt lettering is near fine, in a very good or better typical yellow, lightly soiled, Gollancz dust jacket with one small closed tear.

[Book #35502]       Price: $100.00
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LUCY GAYHEART. Willa Cather. LUCY GAYHEART.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First edition. Cloth at spine slightly faded and spine label lightly tanned, otherwise near fine in very good or better, lightly edge worn and rubbed dust jacket with small scrape on spine.

[Book #28096]       Price: $150.00
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THE WAPSHOT SCANDAL. John Cheever. THE WAPSHOT SCANDAL.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1964. First UK edition. Light name on front free endpaper (partially erased) and upper tips slightly bumped, otherwise fine in yellow Gollancz dust jacket with a few short closed edge tears with tape repair on verso, spine slightly tanned and shallow chipping to head of spine and tips. A very bright copy.

[Book #35723]       Price: $60.00
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JAMIE IS MY HEART'S DESIRE. Alfred Chester. JAMIE IS MY HEART'S DESIRE.
New York: The Vanguard Press, [1957]. First U.S. edition of author's second book. Upper front tip slightly bumped and page edges lightly soiled, otherwise fine in dust jacket with soiled rear panel, light edge rubbing, a small chip in top edge of spine, 1/4" chip in lower edge of rear panel and top corner of front flap clipped (though $3.50 price is intact at lower edge of flap).

[Book #35726]       Price: $100.00
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THE ORGAN BUILDER. Robert Cohen. THE ORGAN BUILDER.
New York: Harper & Row, (1988). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #36208]       Price: $60.00
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