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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 and unusual for him as the main character is femail and its focus is 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 the 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 (Cagle calls for "July 1913") and with 4-page catalog dated "Autumn 1913" laid in. Cagle makes no note of a 4-page catalog, laid in or otherwise. 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. In the first-issue dust jacket with "6/-" on spine. The front and rear panels are about complete but spine ends are chipped and there is old internal tape reinforcement to flap fold and spine hinges. Scarce to rare in the first-issue 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.

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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.

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A SET OF SIX. Joseph Conrad. A SET OF SIX.
London: Metheun, (1908). First edition. Includes "Gaspar Ruiz," "The Informer," "The Brute," "An Anarchist," "The Duel" (published the same year in the U.S. as POINT OF HONOR), and "Il Conde." Half-title and title page canceled and pasted on stub, as usually seen. (The first few copies mistakenly listed THE SECRET AGENT as being written with Ford M. Heuffer, resulting in the title and half-title pages being excised and replaced; only 2 to 4 copies with integral pages bearing the mistake believed to be extant). One of only 2,500 copies in the domestic and colonial issues. This copy being a "domestic issue" in dark blue cloth with spine lettered in gold and front cover printed in dark red. Publisher's 40-page catalog at rear dated "August 1908." (Copies also noted with publisher's catalogs dated February and June. But, as the book was published August 1908, we assume the variously dated advertisements were all available to the binder at that time, making it difficult to determine priority.) Cloth at spine slightly toned but lettering still bright, red front cover stamping dulled, otherwise about very good.

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TALES OF UNREST. Joseph Conrad. TALES OF UNREST.
London: Fisher Unwin, 1898. First edition. His first short-story collection. In first-issue binding of dark-green cloth with page top edges gilt and other edges untrimmed (versus plain top edge and other edges rough-trimmed). This copy with the attractive, armorial blind-stamp of "Boot's Book-lover's Library" to bottom front corner of the cover. "Boot's" was a popular members-only lending library of the day. "The extremely simple system of exchange, the absence of irritating rules, and the perfect service given to Members, make this the best Circulating Library in the Kingdom," or so proclaimed their 1903 catalog, humbly entitled, MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE: A SELECTION OF THE BEST KNOWN WORKS CIRCULATED, WITH WHICH IS EMBODIED A GUIDE TO POPULAR WORKS OF FICTION. Small tears and general shelfwear to spine ends, and bottom front corner with blind-stamp appears to have been used as a coaster at some point. Still, good to about very good.

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TYPHOON AND OTHER STORIES. Joseph Conrad. TYPHOON AND OTHER STORIES.
London: Heinemann, 1903. First UK edition. Publisher’s windmill device on title page, without "Reserved for the Colonies only" on verso of title page, and with publisher's monogram on rear cover. One of only 1500 copies. The first publication in book form of all the stories except the title novella "Typhoon," which was previously published in the U.S. by Putnam in 1902. This UK edition adds three stories not in the U.S. edition ("Amy Foster," "Falk," and "To-Morrow") and incorporates Conrad's final revisions to "Typhoon," which were not in the U.S. edition. There is no comparable U.S. edition. Cagle's binding "B" (there are only 2 or 3 known copies of binding "A," which is a presumed trial binding) with only the top edge trimmed and with 110 mm between "Conrad" and "Heinemann" on spine [Cagle A8b(1)]. Original, slate-gray cloth with title, author, publisher, and life-preserver stamped in gilt; 32 pages of ads at end (as in some copies, but not all). Light foxing on endpapers only, minor wear on corners and spine ends, bubbling to cloth at spine and along rear cover edges, otherwise very good with gilt quite bright. NO COMPARABLE U.S. EDITION.

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UNDER WESTERN EYES. Joseph Conrad. UNDER WESTERN EYES.
London: Metheun, 1911. First edition. Conrad labored for several years over this work, which was written after the failed Russian Revolution of 1905. He suffered a nervous breakdown after delivering it to his publisher, of which his wife, Jessie Conrad, wrote: "he lives mixed up in the scenes and holds converse with the characters." One of only 2,250 copies. Red cloth with spine lettering and design stamped in gold; 32-page publisher's catalog dated September 1911 at rear. (Copies are variously noted with catalogs dated August or September). Spine slightly faded, minor nicks to spine ends, otherwise very good.

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VICTORY: An Island Tale. Joseph Conrad. VICTORY: An Island Tale.
London: Metheun, (1915). First UK edition, preceded by the U.S. but with Conrad's "Author's Note" to this edition not included in the U.S. The rare first state of the title page, which is integral, with comma after "Essex Street" in the publisher's address. Four pages of publisher's ads at rear dated Autumn 1915 followed by 32-page publisher's catalog dated "8/5/15" (on p.31), as called for. Spine faded to pink though gilt lettering still bright; half-title page darkened at margins, otherwise near fine. WITH RARE FIRST-STATE TITLE PAGE.

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STOP-TIME. Frank Conroy. STOP-TIME.
New York: Viking Press, (1967). First edition of the author's first book. Advance reading copy in thin black paperwraps with dust jacket affixed at spine and serving as covers. Publisher's letter laid in. Near fine. Scarce in this advance format.

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BODY. Harry Crews. BODY.
New York: Poseidon/Ultramarine, (1990). First edition, limited issue by Ultramine Publishing from the Poseidon Press first printing sheets. Number 16 of 50 copies SIGNED by Crews. One of 40 copies finely bound in half leather by Denis Gouey (there were also 10 full-leather, lettered copies). Fine, as issued, without dust jacket but in clear acetate cover.

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GOLDEN STATES. Michael Cunningham. GOLDEN STATES.
New York: Crown Publisher's Inc. (1984). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. A crisp, clean copy with tiny staple holes to front endpaper and small white strip of paper on back pastedown under the jacket flap; in bright, fine dust jacket with touch of inconspicuous wear to back bottom edge.

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MARA AND THE PRIEST. Lorenzo D'Agostino. MARA AND THE PRIEST.
Hicksville, NY: Exposition Press, (1975). First edition. SIGNED on front free endpaper. Endpapers lightly offset, corner of front free endpaper clipped, sticker residue on front pastedown and small spot on page fore edges, otherwise about fine in very bright dust jacket with light edge wear.

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BUT WHO WAKES THE BUGLER? Peter De Vries. BUT WHO WAKES THE BUGLER?
Charles Addams. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1940. First edition. A proof copy bound in pictorial wraps with the illustration from the eventual trade edition dust jacket. "With the compliments of Houghton Mifflin Company" slip laid in. Spine slightly cocked and front hinge just beginning to split, otherwise very good or better, especially for this fragile production. Great illustrations by Charles Addams.

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THE HISTORY OF PICKWICK: An Account of Its Characters, Localities, Allusions and Illustrations. Charles Dickens, Percy Fitzgerald. THE HISTORY OF PICKWICK: An Account of Its Characters, Localities, Allusions and Illustrations.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1891. First edition. 365 pages including a bibliography of Pickwick. Pictorial gilt title on front and lettering on spine a little dull, otherwise very good to fine with minor edgewear and few small bumps.

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THE BOOK OF DANIEL. E. L. Doctorow. THE BOOK OF DANIEL.
New York: Random House, (1971). First edition. SIGNED by Doctorow. His third book, about a man whose parents were executed who tries to find out more about them through research and interviews with their friends. Covers scuffed, otherwise very good to near fine in fine dust jacket with two small, inconspicuous tears at top of spine.

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Theodore Dreiser. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. The trade edition in two volumes, as issued. Precedes the limited edition by a year. Much scarcer in nice condition, in our experience, than the limited. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books. Made into the 1931 film of the same name and 1951's, "A Place in the Sun," starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. This enduring classic is a Haycraft-Queen title and on Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels list. Based on the notorious 1906 murder of 20-year-old Grace Brown. Chester Gillette, who claimed Brown's death was accidental, was convicted of her killing in a trial that drew international attention. (Wikipedia) Bright and fine in bright dust jackets much nicer than usually seen. The jacket on volume one with chip at base of spine filled in but otherwise both jackets are very nearly fine. In the original gray paper-board slipcase with printed paper label pasted to one side. Slipcase shows general wear and minor repair to hinges but is still quite good. Scarce in original slipcase and this nice condition. MUCH SCARCER IN THIS NICE CONDITION THAN THE LIMITED.

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Theodore Dreiser. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. Volume one only of the two-volume trade edition, which preceded the limited edition by a year. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books, made into a film in 1931 under this title and in 1951 as "A Place in the Sun" with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. A Haycraft-Queen title and on the Time 100 list. Gold stamped spine lettering a little dull, corners a bit rubbed and front hinge starting, otherwise very good condition. In a dust jacket with an obvious repair at top of spine where it appears lettering has been drawn in (nice job), otherwise near fine. VOLUME ONE ONLY.

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THE FINANCIER: A Novel. Theodore Dreiser. THE FINANCIER: A Novel.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1927. A completely revised edition of his third book. INSCRIBED, "For Brills son Edmund from Theodore Dreiser 1928." The first of the trilogy on Frank Cowperwood, a financier and businessman during an epic period of American history, from the Civil War through the end of the century. Dreiser based the character on Charles T. Yerkes, a traction magnate who had a well-documented and colorful career as an organizer of companies, an art collector and womanizer. Dreiser is still considered a trailblazer in our literature for his honest treatment of American life and the vagaries of human nature. The latter, of course, caused him many problems with the critics of the time. The book is a little cocked and cover has a small mark on bottom right corner, otherwise very good to fine, clean, bright copy. Lacking dust jacket. INSCRIBED BY DREISER.

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A GALLERY OF WOMEN. Theodore Dreiser. A GALLERY OF WOMEN.
New York: Horace Liveright, 1929. First edition. Two volumes. Small chip at head of dust jacket spine, volume 1, and that portion of the book's spine just a little dull, otherwise both the books and dust jackets are remarkable nice and bright with the barest wear. Housed in a duplicate of the original slipcase, using matching cloth versus paper, with jacket front panel design mounted on one side.

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SISTER CARRIE. Theodore Dreiser. SISTER CARRIE.
London: Heinemann, 1901. First UK edition of his first book which was suppressed in the U.S. Pictorial cloth mildly faded on spine, faint stain on rear board, free endpapers show unavoidable darkening (from binding), bookseller blindstamp on front endpaper, and outer corner of first few pages gently creased. Still, a very attractive copy of a scarce book. SCARCE ENGLISH EDITION.

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