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A SINGLE SUMMER WITH LORD B. Derek Marlowe. A SINGLE SUMMER WITH LORD B.
New York: Viking, (1970). First American edition. Dust jacket art by Peggy Zych. Near fine in dust jacket with light rubbing, and tiny chipping at top of spine.

[Book #47018]       Price: $60.00
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THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir. John P. Marquand. THE LATE GEORGE APLEY: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. 1937. First edition of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. INSCRIBED, "For Henry T. Brown Jr with kindest regards, John P. Marquand." Also includes two typed letters to Brown signed by Marquand: one saying he can send the books, and one apologizing for getting his name wrong. Brown, a famous book collector, always went by H. Tatnall Brown. The letters are tipped to the endpaper and verso of half-title page (across from title page). First printing, with "Lovely Pearl" on the first line of page 19, as we think it is in all first printings (changed to "Pretty Pearl" in later printings, as outlined in the current edition of our Collected Books). Faint vertical lines on some pages, as usual for this title, otherwise very good to fine in dust jacket with small professional repair at top of spine and to a few tiny chips. A very nice copy of an unaccountably scarce book, and particularly so with what would appear to be an early inscription, as both letters are dated in April 1939. SCARCE CONTEMPORARILY INSCRIBED COPY.

[Book #52671]       Price: $3,500.00
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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.

[Book #36053]       Price: $60.00
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THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT: An Arabian Entertainment. George Meredith. THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT: An Arabian Entertainment.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1856. First edition of his first novel. Meredith, known chiefly as a Victorian novelist and poet, is considered important in the evolution from Victorian to modernist novels, for his narrative technique and development of female characters. This appears to be the "B" variant in Carter's "More Binding Variants," which he notes "seem to be endless." Original morocco cloth with "Meredith's Shaving of Shagpat" on spine in gilt, and sides decorated only in blind (without lettering). Corners and spine ends show wear but spine lettering is very bright; altogether a very good, tight copy.

[Book #45178]       Price: $375.00
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ZOMBIE JAMBOREE. Robert Merkin. ZOMBIE JAMBOREE.
New York: William Morrow and Company Inc. (1986). First edition. His second book, INSCRIBED by author on the half title page. "Lew - A little light reading for the happiest of birthdays. Bob Merkin 26 Aug 86." Fine in white dust jacket with a faint crease in front flap, spine very slightly tanned (barely noticeable) and a few tiny marks on front panel. A bright, clean copy.

[Book #36366]       Price: $60.00
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THE COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI. Henry Miller. THE COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI.
San Francisco: The Colt Press, 1941). First edition. This non-pornographic piece must have disappointed publishers anticipating something more lurid from Miller afer his "Tropic of Cancer" because ten New York publishers rejected it before Colt Press accepted it with an advance of only 100 USD [Shifreen & Jackson A26b]. INSCRIBED -- "TO TAMAR, THE FLAMING MEDEA OF BIG SUR WHO IMPROVISES 'UNITS' AND ISLANDS OF FOG AND SEA ANEMONES. HENRY MILLER. 4/2/44." The recipient is, perhaps, Robinson Jeffers who, though not a friend of Miller's, was a fellow inhabitant of Big Sur and whose most famous poem is titled "Tamar." Or more likely, though a bit disturbingly, it is perhaps inscribed to Tamar Nais Hodel, who was named for the poem and was the young daughter of Miller's friend and fellow inhabitant of Big Sur, Dr. George Hill Hodel -- a suspect in the infamous 1947 "Black Dahlia" murder and mutilation of Elizabeth Short. Tamar Hodel would have been around 9 years old at the time of the inscription, a tender young age to receive an inscribed book from a friend of ones father. But this was a father who allowed Man Ray to take nude pictures of her when she was 11 years old and whom she accused at 14 of sexual molesting her beginning when she was 11. (He was acquitted and fled the country soon after.) Name at base of front endpaper, cloth at spine ends and corners slightly frayed, general light cover wear, front hinge repaired where previously loose otherwise good to very good, lacking dust jacket. MYSTERIOUS INSCRIPTION.

[Book #53844]       Price: $2,500.00
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THE COSMOLOGICAL EYE. Henry Miller. THE COSMOLOGICAL EYE.
Norfolk: New Directions, (1939). First edition, first issue, with eye on front cover of book. This collection contains a number of Henry Miller's most important shorter prose writings. They are taken from the Paris books Black Spring (1936) and Max and the White Phagocytes (1938) and were for the most part, written at about the same time as Tropic of Capricorn--the period of Miller's and Durrell's life in the famous Villa Seurat in Paris. These critical and philosophical essays, prose poems, surrealist fantasies, travel sketches, and scenarios, show Miller's passion for fiction, for telling the endless stories of his life. In fine condition with pastedowns a little darkened and the photograph on the front cover a touch rubbed. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51815]       Price: $100.00
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THE HUGE SEASON. Wright Morris. THE HUGE SEASON.
New York: The Viking Press, 1954. First edition. Fine in lightly soiled dust jacket with light foxing to edges of rear flap and two small closed tears to bottom edge of spine with tape repair on verso.

[Book #35902]       Price: $60.00
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MY UNCLE DUDLEY. Wright Morris. MY UNCLE DUDLEY.
New York: Harcourt Brace, (1957). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Cross country trip in the mid-1920s narrated by Dudley's nephew, The Kid, who recalls how his uncle recruits a group of seven passengers traveling east and uses their deposits to purchase a rattletrap car. Along the way, they deal with mechanical breakdowns, inclement weather, and unfriendly local law enforcement. Very good to near fine with front bottom corners creased and normal darkening near inner hinges; in a bright, very good or better dust jacket with minor chipping on corners and spine ends and a few faint stains on verso of spine which barely show through.

[Book #51957]       Price: $950.00
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SONG OF SOLOMON. Toni Morrison. SONG OF SOLOMON.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1978. First UK edition. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket with slight sticker shadow on front flap.

[Book #48574]       Price: $100.00
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LAUGHTER IN THE DARK. Vladimir Nabokov. LAUGHTER IN THE DARK.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1938). First edition. Published in England under the title, "Camera Obscura." The first book by Vladimir Nabokov to be printed in the United States. Variant binding in orange cloth stamped in black--one of three variant bindings. Very good with lightly soiled cover, small mark to bottom of text block, spine ends lightly bumped and rubbed, and slight tear in cloth along the upper edge. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51808]       Price: $200.00
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HALF A LIFE; A Novel. V. S. Naipaul. HALF A LIFE; A Novel.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. Second printing of the first American edition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #46049]       Price: $60.00
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UNEXPECTED PLEASURES. Phyllis Naylor. UNEXPECTED PLEASURES.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1986). First edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the title page: "To --- in appreciation - with best wishes always! Phyllis Naylor." Page edges slightly age darkened, otherwise fine in dust jacket with minor edge rubbing. Story set in the Chesapeake Bay area.

[Book #36374]       Price: $60.00
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APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA. John O'Hara. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1934). First edition. His first book, considered one of his best and most successful. On a number of best-of lists of major works of the last century, including the Time Top 100. A bright, near fine copy with erratum slip tipped in, as called for. In first-issue dust jacket with "Recent Fiction" on back (versus reviews). The jacket shows the slightest aging and minor wear but is still near fine and scarce in this condition. Bruccoli A2.1.a. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION.

[Book #54288]       Price: $5,500.00
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FROM THE TERRACE. John O'Hara. FROM THE TERRACE.
New York: Random House, (1958). First edition. One of his more famous, if not critically acclaimed. Very good to fine in lightly edgeworn dust jacket, which normally turns up in rough shape.

[Book #34097]       Price: $125.00
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TEN NORTH FREDERICK. John O'Hara. TEN NORTH FREDERICK.
New York: Random House, (1955). First edition. O'Hara's favorite topics: class, society, and the history of wealthy families in Pennsylvania. He received the National Book Award for 1956 for this title, and it was made into a movie starring Gary Cooper. Near fine in dust jacket with minor chips on corners and spine ends. A nice, bright copy.

[Book #46997]       Price: $125.00
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THE THANATOS SYNDROME. Walker Percy. THE THANATOS SYNDROME.
New York: Farrar Straus, (1987). First edition. One of 250 SIGNED numbered copies. A doctor uncovers a criminal attempt to "improve" behavior patterns through drugs in the water. Fine as issued, without dust jacket in slipcase which is a little faded on edges.

[Book #35528]       Price: $200.00
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MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN: From a View to a Death. Anthony Powell. MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN: From a View to a Death.
New York: Vanguard Press, [1934]. First U.S. edition of FROM A VIEW TO A DEATH, and first edition with this new title. Very good with spine label a touch faded and rubbed and minor offset to endpapers. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51944]       Price: $100.00
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MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death. Anthony Powell. MR. ZOUCH: SUPERMAN; From a View to a Death.
New York: Vanguard Press, [1934]. First U.S. edition of Powell's third novel. Issued from the UK sheets of FROM A VIEW TO A DEATH. Very good to near fine with spine label and endpapers a little darkened. In somewhat soiled dust jacket with professional repair to edges and flap folds, otherwise very good. A scarce book, scarcer still in dust jacket.

[Book #53628]       Price: $1,750.00
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SKINNY LEGS AND ALL. Tom Robbins. SKINNY LEGS AND ALL.
New York: Bantam Books, (1990). First edition. Uncorrected proofs in cream-colored, printed paperwraps. Fine.

[Book #32509]       Price: $60.00
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THE IMMORTAL GIRL. Berta Ruck. THE IMMORTAL GIRL.
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1925. First edition. Some shelf wear, otherwise near fine in price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing, some soiling and shallow chipping to spine ends and tips. A bright, attractive copy of an uncommon book and scarce dust jacket.

[Book #38144]       Price: $100.00
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FANNY BY GASLIGHT. Michael Sadleir. FANNY BY GASLIGHT.
London: Constable, (1940). First edition. Fanny's adventures as a "nice girl" through the somewhat tawdry neighborhoods of London. Olive boards and slightly cocked spine lightly rumpled, light offset to pastedowns from the dust jacket, page edges a touch soiled. The darkened, period-style dust jacket has some minor losses to the head of spine and back panel affecting lettering, edges and extremities show a bit of chipping. Overall, very good or better.

[Book #48789]       Price: $100.00
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THE PRIDE OF THE BIMBOS. John Sayles. THE PRIDE OF THE BIMBOS.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, (1975). First edition of the filmmaker's first book. The story of a five-man traveling softball team that plays in drag. Fine in dust jacket with the author's name in red on spine faded but still readable.

[Book #36052]       Price: $150.00
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CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION. George Bernard Shaw. CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION.
New York: Brentano's, 1899. First U.S. hardbound edition. This edition was unauthorized, with the first authorized U.S. edition not published until 1901. Spine ends and tips slightly rubbed and tips lightly bumped, otherwise bright and near fine.

[Book #33864]       Price: $100.00
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ACT OF FAITH: And Other Stories. Irwin Shaw. ACT OF FAITH: And Other Stories.
New York: Random House, (1946). First edition. Endpapers lightly offset and name and date on front free endpaper, otherwise near fine in dust jacket with spine vey slightly tanned. A bright, attractive copy.

[Book #30301]       Price: $100.00
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