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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.

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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.

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THE DRESSMAKER. Beryl Bainbridge. THE DRESSMAKER.
(London): Duckworth, (1973). First edition. SIGNED by the author, "Best wishes, Beryl Bainbridge." Set in Lancashire during World War II; a repressed dressmaker and sister struggle to look after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier. Almost unanimously praised by both US and UK critics, as was her work in general. Made into a 1988 film for which Billie Whitelaw won the 1988 Evening Standard British Film Award for best actress. Near fine with light foxing on top edge and pastedowns; in near fine dust jacket with light foxing on verso. Jacket is price-clipped with 3.95 pounds sticker added. SCARCE SIGNED.

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NOTES OF A NATIVE SON. James Baldwin. NOTES OF A NATIVE SON.
London: Michael Joseph, (1964). First UK edition. An uncorrected proof copy in pale green printed wraps with "24 Feb 1964" stamped on cover (presumably the publication date). Minor wear and soiling but still very good for this fragile item.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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CLAUDINE AT SCHOOL. and Willy Colette. CLAUDINE AT SCHOOL.
H. Mirande. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930. First U.S. edition. Illustrated by H. Mirande. Bookplate on front pastedown (mostly under flap) but better than very good in dust jacket with tanned spine, edge chipping (affecting some spine lettering) and paper tape repair to verso.

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THE INHERITORS: An Extravagant Story. Ford, Joseph Conrad, , Ford Madox Hueffer. THE INHERITORS: An Extravagant Story.
London: Heinemann, 1901. First edition. Conrad and Ford's collaborative, quasi-science fiction novel which explores "a societal shift from a generation of people who have traditional values of interdependence, being overtaken by a modern generation who believe in expediency, callously using political power to bring down the old order" (Wiki). Seems to be an age-old refrain. Remainder issue; one of 199 copies bound up in 1909. Somewhat smaller than the first issue at 183 x 125 mm and in a cheaper binding of smooth yellow cloth. All edges trimmed. Offsets on endpapers, otherwise very good. THEIR COLLABORATIVE, QUASI-SCI-FI NOVEL.

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THE INHERITORS: An Extravagant Story. Ford, Joseph Conrad, , Ford Madox Hueffer. THE INHERITORS: An Extravagant Story.
London: Heinemann, 1901. First edition. Conrad and Ford's collaborative, quasi-science fiction novel which explores "a societal shift from a generation of people who have traditional values of interdependence, being overtaken by a modern generation who believe in expediency, callously using political power to bring down the old order" (Wiki). Seems to be an age-old refrain. First issue, without the dedication page added to later copies. Good or better with covers soiled, spine darkened, and quarter-inch loss to head of spine.

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CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS. Joseph Conrad. CHANCE: A TALE IN TWO PARTS.
London: Metheun, (1914). First edition. Considered his break-through novel -- Conrad went from an author with smallish sales and a discriminating audience to a best-seller with a huge audience with this book -- CHANCE is unusual among Conrad's novels for its female main character and focus on social issues surrounding feminism and financial speculation. Second issue, as usually seen, with cancel title-leaf dated 1914 on verso (the first issue, with integral title leaf dated 1913 on verso, is rare). This copy with 8-page catalog dated Autumn 1913, as called for, without advertisement for Arnold Lunn's THE HARROVIANS on p.6 (indicating it is the the earliest printing of the catalog). Followed by a 32-page publisher's catalog dated September 1913 and with another "Autumn 1913" catalog laid in (4-page, different contents than above). Cagle calls for a 32-page catalog dated "July 1913" and makes no note of a 4-page catalog, laid in or otherwise, possibly making this copy unique or scarce at least. Original green cloth with spine lettering in gilt. Bookplate of Henry Pennell Frank on front pastedown. Near fine with only scattered foxing and the barest wear on the tips, most likely due to the fact that it has been protected by the original, first-issue dust jacket (with "6/-" on spine). Dust jacket front and rear panels about complete but spine chipped at both head and tail, and old tape reinforcement on verso of front flap fold and spine hinges. A very scarce jacket. IN SCARCE DUST JACKET -- HIS FIRST MAJOR COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA. Joseph Conrad. THE MIRROR OF THE SEA.
London: Metheun, (1906). First edition. An essay collection recounting his memories and impressions from his time at sea. Green cloth with spine stamped in gold; top edges gilt and other edges untrimmed, with 40-page publisher’s catalog dated August 1906 (Cagle's first). Minor wear on corners and spine ends and spine a bit darkened but still very good. ESSAYS FROM HIS TIMES AT SEA.

[Book #53770]       Price: $500.00
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THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea. Joseph Conrad. THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea.
London: Heinemann, 1898. First UK edition of his third book. A novella written in 1896 partly based on his experiences of a voyage from Bombay to London. This edition preceded in 1897 by the U.S. edition published under the title, CHILDREN OF THE SEA. (To muddy things up a bit: Heinemann issued 8 copies for copyright prior to release of the U.S. edition, but the actual publication of this UK edition came after that of the U.S.) The novella was serialized in London in The New Review under the title "The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’; a Tale of the Forecastle" from August 1897 to December 1897. Dodd, Mead changed the title to CHILDREN OF THE SEA for U.S. publication, reportedly not because they deemed the word "nigger" offensive, but because they feared a book about a black man would not sell. However, the novella was serialized across the U.S. in periodicals 9 times in 1897 under its original name. (The word remains offensive, still it’s nice to know a story about a black man was apparently well-received.) Conrad’s preface, considered one of his most significant pieces of non-fiction writing, begins with his oft-quoted line, "A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line." Issued in three bindings, this one being the third, with a 32-page catalog bound in at end headed by Harold Frederick’s ILLUMINATION. There were only 1,519 copies in total. Spine a little darkened, spine ends and corners showing some wear, and the cheap-paper endpapers show a little offset from the binding and two small chips to front edge. Still a solid, tight, copy that is otherwise very good. BASED PARTLY ON HIS VOYAGE FROM BOMBAY TO LONDON.

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AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS. Joseph Conrad. AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS.
London: Fisher Unwin, 1896. First edition. Conrad's second novel, inspired by his experience as chief mate of the small steamer, the "Vidar." Adapted into the 1951 movie of the same name, directed by Carol Reed and featuring Trevor Howard as Willems (the movie was nominated for best British film and best film from any source at the 1953 BAFTA awards). Though the exact number of copies is unknown, estimates range between 1,000 copies (Unwin's statement in Cagle's unpublished bibliography) and 3,000 copies (Wise's biblography). In our experience, the latter, higher number seems more likely. This copy with the typographical errors "this" for "their" p.26:31; page 129 numbered "10"; and "hate" for "fate" p.356:26. In bluish-green cloth with lower paper edges rough trimmed and top edges gilt. Binding a little cocked, minor fraying on spine ends, name and 1898 date on front endpaper. Still, about very good. HIS SECOND NOVEL, INSPIRED BY HIS EXPERIENCES ABOARD A SMALL STEAMER.

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THE ROVER. Joseph Conrad. THE ROVER.
Garden City: Doubleday Page, 1923. First American edition. Gift inscription, slight foxing on top edge, and dark blue cloth a bit rubbed on corners, otherwise very good or better in dust jacket tanned on spine and with minor chipping on corners and spine ends.

[Book #42919]       Price: $200.00
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