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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.

[Book #53742]       Price: $300.00
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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.

[Book #39885]       Price: $75.00
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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.

[Book #52588]       Price: $150.00
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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.

[Book #50608]       Price: $100.00
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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.

[Book #40075]       Price: $950.00
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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.

[Book #53681]       Price: $150.00
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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.

[Book #52673]       Price: $3,000.00
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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.

[Book #52707]       Price: $250.00
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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.

[Book #53201]       Price: $1,000.00
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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.

[Book #35680]       Price: $750.00
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BALTHAZAR. Lawrence Durrell. BALTHAZAR.
London: Faber and Faber, (1958). First edition. The second book in the criticaly acclaimed Alexandria Quartet. Spine a little shaken, otherwise near fine in very good dust or better dust jacket with front panel and spine toned and few small nicks and short tears.

[Book #53718]       Price: $250.00
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INTIMATE JOURNALS. T. S. Eliot, Charles Bauderlaire. INTIMATE JOURNALS.
London/New York: Blackamore Press/Random House, 1930. First edition. Charles Baudelaire's journal, translated by Christopher Isherwood and with an introduction by Eliot. Number 181 of 400 numbered copies, of which 50 were signed by Eliot and 250 were for sale in America (this copy not signed). A very fine copy in worn original glassine, lacking the slipcase.

[Book #35512]       Price: $250.00
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THE TOWN. William Faulkner. THE TOWN.
New York: Random House, (1957). First edition. Grey threaded endpapers, green top stain. The barest wear to red-rust cloth; near fine in presumed second-issue dust jacket (without 5/57 on front flap) with very minor wear and aging but no chipping.

[Book #48568]       Price: $100.00
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SARATOGA TRUNK. Edna Ferber. SARATOGA TRUNK.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc. 1941. First edition. Near fine with cloth edges lightly rubbed and endpapers slightly darkened; in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with rubbing along edges, light soiling and minor edge wear.

[Book #28905]       Price: $100.00
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THE GREAT GATSBY. F. Scott Fitzgerald. THE GREAT GATSBY.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1925. First edition. First issue with correct points on pp.60, 119, 205, and 211. The title on just about all the "best-of" lists for twentieth-century literature -- and for all time. A fine, square copy with gilt spine lettering nice and bright; showing only the barest wear to tips and spine ends. Lacking dust jacket. A FINE, SQUARE FIRST-ISSUE COPY.

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THE GOOD SOLDIER. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE GOOD SOLDIER.
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1915. First edition, with this title listed as "The Saddest Story" in publisher's ads at rear [Harvey A46]. One of his most famous and most scarce works. Set just before World War I, the novel chronicles the tragic lives of two "perfect couples" using intricate flashbacks. Front board corners bumped a bit, spine ends a little worn, edges a bit rubbed, few light stains but still about very good. ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS AND MOST SCARCE WORKS.

[Book #53748]       Price: $4,500.00
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MR. APOLLO: A Just Possible Story. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. MR. APOLLO: A Just Possible Story.
London: Methuen, (1908). First edition. His social satire on religion in the modern world; written after his conversion to Catholicism. Bookplate of James John Joicey, an amateur entomologist whose massive collection of Lepidoptera is at the privately-owned Hill Museum. Original red cloth lightly soiled on covers and more so on spine, which is tanned, but still very good with only light foxing on first few pages. [Harvey A26].

[Book #53799]       Price: $150.00
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THE YOUNG LOVELL: A Romance. Ford Madox Ford, Ford Madox Hueffer. THE YOUNG LOVELL: A Romance.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1913. First edition. Not published in the U.S. 32 pages of publisher's ads at rear, as called for [Harvey, A41]. In his entry for this book, Harvey quotes a letter from Ford effusing over YOUNG LOVELL as "a pretty big and serious historical work, rather like 'Fifth Queen' " but goes on to note that years later Ford himself omitted it from his list when proposing a collected edition of his works. Good only with evidence of damp stain to rear board, ads at rear darkened, covers showing some staining and wear, and light foxing on prelims and page edges.

[Book #53757]       Price: $200.00
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