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FOREIGN MATTER. Robert MacLean. FOREIGN MATTER.
New York: Atheneum, 1988. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. A few spots on page edges, otherwise fine in dust jacket. Review copy with publisher's slip and promotional letter laid in.

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AN AMERICAN DREAM. Norman Mailer. AN AMERICAN DREAM.
New York: The Dial Press, 1965. First edition. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED, "To Adeline - In return for a long letter / Norman / Feb 1965." Spine unevenly faded, otherwise about very good in worn but still presentable dust jacket. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was the editor instrumental in the eventual publication of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. In 1946, while an editor at Little, Brown, Lubell-Naiman convinced Mailer to submit the first 200 pages of THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, which she talked up to her publisher. Unfortunately, she was also the one to suggest historian and critic Bernard DeVoto read the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer submitted it to Rinehart, who published the book in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968 she even played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer's film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website).

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HARLOT'S GHOST. Norman Mailer. HARLOT'S GHOST.
New York: Random House, (1991). First edition. SIGNED by Mailer. Slight lean to top of this 1300-page book, otherwise fine in the gray jacket. (Also issued in red dust jacket; reportedly there were fewer of the red.).

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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Norman Mailer. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.
New York: Rinehart and Company, (1948). First edition of the author's first book, SIGNED by Mailer. Only 25,000 copies printed. Acclaimed as one of the best novels to come out of WWII. Fragile black paper boards nicked at bottom edge but otherwise near fine, which is unusual. In the first-issue dust jacket with introductory blurb by Stanley Rinehart comparing Mailer favorably with Hemingway and others (versus the second-issue jacket with reviews). The jacket shows minor edge wear and one small has small chip but is still very good to near fine.

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TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE. Norman Mailer. TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE.
New York: Random House, (1984). First edition. SIGNED by Mailer. A murder novel set in one of the author's home towns, Provincetown. Fine in dust jacket.

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A TRANSIT TO NARCISSUS: A Facsimile of the Original Typescript. Norman Mailer. A TRANSIT TO NARCISSUS: A Facsimile of the Original Typescript.
New York: Howard Ferig, 1978. First edition. A review copy with review slip laid in. Large--8 1/2 x 11 inches and 738 pages--showing extensive corrections, additions and deletions (on just about every page). 1,000 copies printed, many of which must have gone to libraries given the relative scarcity. Fine in dust jacket with the barest wear. REVIEW COPY.

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THE ASSISTANT. Bernard Malamud. THE ASSISTANT.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1957). First edition. Gathered signatures laid in the first-issue dust jacket, with reviews of THE NATURAL on back panel--a presumed proof copy of his second book, which won the 1957 Daroff Fiction Award from the Jewish Book Council of America and the 1958 Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. The dust jacket is chipped at head and tail of spine, slightly affecting "Th" in title; rubbed along where it appears to have been folded at spine, and near center, where there is a closed tear; few small stains to rear panel, which is otherwise only lightly soiled.

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THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN: [Der Zauberberg]. Thomas Mann. THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN: [Der Zauberberg].
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. First U.S. edition, limited issue. Two volumes. Number 131 of 200 numbered copies SIGNED BY MANN. First published in 1924 and widely considered to be one of the most influential works of 20th-century German literature, MAGIC MOUNTAIN began as a much shorter narrative. but the outbreak and aftermath of WWI led Mann to expand and majorly revise the book. Translated from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter. Small quarto, vellum-backed blue-striped paperboards; gilt lettered spine. Volume I with tissue-protected frontis photo of Mann by E. O. Hoppe; volume II with frontis photo of facsimile manuscript page. A good or better set with covers generally worn and spines showing rubbing, soiling and few tears. Still, a presentable set of this scarce issue. SIGNED BY MANN.

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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.

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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. First printing, with "Lovely Pearl" in first line p.19. Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize. INSCRIBED to famous book collector H. Tatnall Brown, "For Henry T. Brown Jr/ with kindest regards/ John P. Marquand" and with TWO TYPED LETTERS SIGNED to him. In the first, dated April 3, 1939, Marquand agress to sign "books" to be sent; in the second, dated April 20, 1939, he apologizes profusely for getting Brown's name wrong and offers various remedies--"I am mortified....perhaps this letter, pasted in the book, will be enough to show how seriously I was in error." Letters are folded so contents are visible and secured at corners to front free endpaper (beneath Marquand's inscription) and front pastedown, respectively. Faint vertical lines, as often seen, to first and last several pages; otherwise, near fine in dust jacket with professional repair to head of spine. An interesting copy of an unaccountably scarce book, particularly so with an early inscription. SCARCE CONTEMPORARILY INSCRIBED COPY.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: $5,000.00
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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.

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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.

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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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