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THE DOOR IN THE WALL. Benita Kane Jaro. THE DOOR IN THE WALL.
Sag Harbor, New York: The Permanent Press, (1992). First edition of her second Roman novel. INSCRIBED "Much love, Benita"; and a nice personal one page ALS to Doris Grumbach, the novelist, essayist and critic, whose blurb for the book appears on the back inside cover of this advance copy. "Dear Doris-- Well, here are the bound galleys. At last. Didn't they do me a nice cover? And didn't they feature your beautiful blurb in a prominent place -- as it deserves? . . ." Fine in glossy pictorial wraps.

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THE KEY. Benita Kane Jaro. THE KEY.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1988). First edition. SIGNED in full on title page and then INSCRIBED: "To Doris, Thanks forever. Love, Beni June 4, 1988." A nice TLS from Jaro to author/reviewer Doris Grumbach laid in. Fine in near fine dust jacket with only touch of edge wear, and Grumbach's 8 line blurb on the back panel. "If there is to be a worthy successor to Mary Renault, or to Marguerite Yourcenar, it may be Benita Kane Jaro. I am firm in my belief that THE KEY will illuminate Rome in the first century before Christ in the way the MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN did for the following century. Prediction: Benita Kane Jaro is at the start of a distinguished career in historial fiction."

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AS I WAS SAYING. Burges Johnson. AS I WAS SAYING.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1923. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author with a hand drawn "ph-autograph." Johnson drew a sketching of a man's profile using his name and date (1923). Very good with a skinned section on back panel.

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A FAMILY MADNESS. Thomas Keneally. A FAMILY MADNESS.
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1985). First edition. BOLDLY INSCRIBED on title page, "Not even Oskar Schindler could have saved them. Tom Keneally 1999" (no recipient). Uncorrected proof, fine in printed yellow paperwraps with handwritten projected date of publication (March 18), price, and agent contact info. GREAT INSCRIPTION.

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THE FIVE NATIONS. Rudyard Kipling, , Howell Arthur Gwynne. THE FIVE NATIONS.
London: Methuen and Co. 1903. First edition, first issue. 8vo, red cloth boards; spine lettering and top edge gilt; with 38 pages of ads at rear, as called for. Spine ends lightly frayed, corners rubbed, spine lettering dulled; still good or better. INSCRIBED at head of title page to Kipling’s good friend Howell Gwynne, "H.A.G. from RK Nov. 1903" and SIGNED BY KIPLING beneath his printed name. Together with AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BY H. MACKERN FOR SCRIBNER’S MAGAZINE OF "THE EDITORS IN THEIR OFFICE"--namely the staff of "The Friend" (a short-lived wartime paper): Kipling, Gwynne, Julian Ralph, and Percival Landon, with all four men on and around a desk in Bloemfontein shortly after the British occupation during the Boer War. The photograph is mounted on a card SIGNED ON FRONT BY EACH of the four and with "Bloemfontein March 26th 1900" written beneath, apparently in Kipling’s own hand, and INSCRIBED ON VERSO BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER, "[illegible recipient] fr. H MacKern Scribner’s Bloemfountein March/29/00." Also with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by Kipling to Gwynne dated simply "Tuesday" inviting him to his home, "I'm sorry about the [face?] and the [abscess?] It's an ignominious sequel to [dewetting?] -- and so very like life / suppose you come over here with a bag from Saturday to Monday / You will leave the bag at Rosebank station and our boy will pick it up. / You will not bring dress kit / You will come at any hour on Sat that suits you best you will name the hour whether before or after lunch. / There will be no amusements of any kind. / You can go to bed when you come if you like. You can have breakfast in bed or [illegible] & play with the kids & the lion at your will. A good bed isn't a bad place to lie down. / Ever Sincerely / Rudyard Kipling." Additionally with the poem appearing on page 65, "General Joubert," transcribed at top and bottom of the page in what appears to be Kipling’s hand. (There is no apparent difference between the printed and transcribed versions.) Howell Arthur Gwynne, British author and newspaper editor, was a life-long friend of Kipling's and pallbearer at his 1936 burial at Westminster Abbey. Photograph and signatures beneath it fading; offset to autograph letter, which is considerably darkened on front edges. A mounted photographic copy of the signed photo clearly made before it began to fade is included. Provenance: Sotheby's Auction, 1973. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY WITH PHOTOGRAPH AND LETTER LAID IN.

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PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS. Rudyard Kipling. PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS.
London: Macmillan and Co. 1893. Later printing of the UK edition (the first was in 1890) from a Macmillan Uniform Edition of his works sent by Kipling to Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Robley Dunglison Evans (1846-1912). PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED on title page above the title to Evans, "To the Captain of the 'Indiana' from the author / June 96:" and SIGNED "Rudyard Kipling" above his scored-through printed name. According to Evans' 1901 autobiography, A SAILOR'S LOG, (two copies of which are included), "While refitting in New York, Mr. Rudyard Kipling breakfasted on board with me . . . . Some weeks afterward he was good enough to send me a set of his books. On the title-page of PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS, facing a beautiful picture of Sergeant [sic] Mulvaney, done by my dear friend R. F. Zogbaum, he had written the following graceful lines. . . ." The graceful lines he refers to are those of an UNTITLED HOLOGRAPHIC POEM Kipling transcribed and signed on the page opposite the title page. The poem herein is generally unknown as it was never titled or collected by Kipling [Richards, note to E1-65]. (It appeared in Evans' own book, in one other with a few minor transcription mistakes, and also a few times in journals all around the turn of the last century.) The "beautiful picture" Evans refers to is of the character "Private Mulvaney," who makes his first appearance herein. Zogbaum's 4 x 6" gouache painting of Mulvaney is INSCRIBED BY ZOGBAUM, "To Capt R.D. Evans USN / R F Zogbaum / June '96" and pasted to the copyright page with, presumably in Zogbaum's hand, "'Tis the trut' I'm tellin' you" written beneath. KIPLING'S POEM, in four quatrains, begins with "Zogbaum draws with a pencil,/ And I do things with a pen;/ And you sit up in a conning tower/ Bossing eight hundred men." And ends with "'To him that hath shall be given,'/ And that's why these books are sent/ To the man who has lived more stories/ Than Zogbaum or I couLd invent!" Small octavo, blue-cloth boards stamped in gilt and black on front and in gilt on spine. Evans' bookplate on pastedown. Expertly recased with original spine laid down, fine thus. Housed in lambs-wool lined, black cloth-covered clamshell case lettered in gilt on spine. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED, SIGNED AND WITH HOLOGRAPH POEM SIGNED BY KIPLING REFERRING TO HIMSELF, THE RECIPIENT AND R.F. ZOGBAUM, WHOSE ORIGINAL, INSCRIBED GOUACHE PAINTING OF KIPLING CHARACTER PRIVATE MULVANEY IS AFFIXED TO THE COPYRIGHT PAGE.

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THE UNGRATEFUL GARDEN. Carolyn Kizer. THE UNGRATEFUL GARDEN.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, (1961). First edition. Her first book, a collection of poetry. INSCRIBED on first page and on her laid-in business card "to Elaine and Sam, her guardian angels." Very good in pictorial paperwraps (a simultaneous hardback was also published) with minor fading on spine and edges and a little rubbed.

[Book #54401]       Price: $125.00
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MAME. Jerome Lawrence, , Robert E. Lee. MAME.
New York: Random House, (1967). First edition. Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play "Auntie Mame" by Lawrence and Lee; music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. INSCRIBED BY LEE on the title page, "For -- With friendship, admiration and a woeful lack of cleverness! Bob Lee 8 Apr 67." A "Random House Play" illustrated with photographs of the stage production starring Angela Lansbury. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket with very light soiling and red spine a bit faded. The Musical Based on the Play Based on the Novel.

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JOSH: My Up and Down, In and Out Life. Joshua Logan. JOSH: My Up and Down, In and Out Life.
New York: Delacorte Press, (1976). First edition, INSCRIBED on half title page in year of publication "For - - Long live theatre. Joshua Logan Tysons Corner 10.13.76." Very good to fine in like dust jacket.

[Book #49538]       Price: $50.00
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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, acclaimed as one of the best to come out of WWII and cited as one of Burgess's best 99. From the collection of Adeline Lubell-Naiman. INSCRIBED, "To Adeline/ with -- after all these vicissitudes -- much love./ Norman." Wear to the cheap black paper boards on bottom and top edges and some offset to endpapers, still better than good in about very good dust jacket. Adeline Lubell-Naiman was 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 weigh in on the manuscript--he recommended not publishing. But Mailer subsequently submitted it to Rinehart, who published it in 1948. Over the years, Lubell-Naiman remained close friends with Mailer and his wives. In the summer of 1968, she played the role of "Adeline McCarthy," a president of a women's college in Mailer’s film "Maidstone" (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center website). INSCRIBED "AFTER ALL THESE VICISSITUDES"

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THE PRISONER OF SEX. Norman Mailer. THE PRISONER OF SEX.
Boston: Little, Brown, (1971). First edition. INSCRIBED "To Elizabeth / Again with pleasure. Norman." Few underlinings and margin marks, base of spine faded, otherwise near fine in very good to near fine, price-clipped, black dust jacket showing rubbing to spine ends and corners.

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THE FROG PRINCE: A Play. David Mamet, illustrations, Edward Koren. THE FROG PRINCE: A Play.
New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Co. 1984. First editon. Number 24 of 130 numbered copies signed by Mamet and Koren. Frontispiece etching SIGNED and numbered (24/130). This copy signed on colophon page by Koren, as called for, but INSCRIBED BY MAMET on half-title page, "Dear Sara -- Merry Christmas + All my love, Your fan, Dave the Slave." Orange cloth boards stamped in green on front only; endpapers hand-made in Paris by Richard de Bay. Fine, as issued, without dust jacket. Unusual inscribed. INSCRIBED "ALL MY LOVE, YOUR FAN - DAVE THE SLAVE"

[Book #54629]       Price: $750.00
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AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO (2 Record Set): Inscribed to his nurse. Groucho Marx. AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO (2 Record Set): Inscribed to his nurse.
(Beverly Hills: A & M Records Inc. 1972). First edition. A&M SP3515. Double album with single leaf insert. INSCRIBED BY GROUCHO ON FRONT COVER in purple, "To Barbara a good nurse and a nice woman / Groucho." It is likely the inscription is to Barbara Winger Bruner, who worked for Marx in 1977, the final year of his life. (According to a 1983 UPI Bulletin, Bruner testified in a lawsuit filed by Marx's estate against Erin Fleming, the Canadian actress who was Marx's companion, characterizing her actions as "hostile and abusive.") This best-selling album was recorded at Carnegie Hall during Marx's last one-man show. The insert features a pictorial collage and quotes from celebrities including T.S. Eliot -- "Your portrait hangs on my wall next to W.B. Yeats. You are my most coveted pin-up. And I am your utmost admirer." Fine.

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THE COLOR OF WATER: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. James McBride. THE COLOR OF WATER: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother.
New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. First edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by author with quote from pg. 38, "I never saw Mommy 'Get Happy'," including valediction, "peace," followed by the author's signature. Advance reading copy in fine condition but for slight shelf wear around the edges.

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A MONK SWIMMING: A Memoir. Malachy McCourt. A MONK SWIMMING: A Memoir.
New York: Hyperion, (1998). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Near fine in dust jacket.

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THE GOLDEN BOOK: The Story of Fine Books and Bookmaking - Past & Present. Douglas C. McMurtrie. THE GOLDEN BOOK: The Story of Fine Books and Bookmaking - Past & Present.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1927. First edition. One of only 2000 copies. This one INSCRIBED by author. Intricate, gilt-stamped binding. Spine dulled otherwise would be near fine. Lacking dust jacket.

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BUFFALO GIRLS. Larry McMurtry. BUFFALO GIRLS.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1990). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author on front endpaper. Tiny crimp at base of spine still fine in fine dust jacket.

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DESERT ROSE. Larry McMurtry. DESERT ROSE.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1983). First edition. INSCRIBED on the title page "For Pat" (not ours) and SIGNED Larry McMurtry. Round embossed blind stamp on bottom of half-title page, otherwise fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #48210]       Price: $175.00
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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 CITY & THE CITY. China Mieville. THE CITY & THE CITY.
New York: Ballantine Books, (2009). First edition, second printing. INSCRIBED by author on title page, "To Britt, Glad we agree on the scary democracy. Cheers!" Fine in fine dust jacket.

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SWEET MAN. Gilmore Millen. SWEET MAN.
New York: Viking Press, 1930. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on front free endpaper, "Inscribed for my friend George Woodruff with sincere personal regards/ Gilmore Millen/ Los Angeles June 11, 1930." A novel of John Henry, set in Memphis on Beale Street in the 1920s. Gilmore, a newspaperman, described Beale as a street of business and love and murder and theft. An aisle where merchants and pawnbrokers, country Negroes from plantations, créole prostitutes and painted fag men, sleepy gamblers and slick young chauffeurs, crooks and bootleggers and dope peddlers and rich property owners and powdered women and labor agents and blind musicians and confidence men and hard-working Negroes from sawmills and cotton warehouses and factories and stores meet and stand on corners and slip upstairs to gambling joints and rooming hotels and barber shops and bawdy houses. Spine very slightly faded, wear to bottom edges of boards and some additional writing (above and below Millen's inscription), otherwise very good or better lacking dust jacket.

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"UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice. Henry Miller. "UNTITLED 17/68" -- BEING MILLER'S 17th PAINTING DONE IN 1968: Large painting, inscribed and signed twice.
(No-place: 1968). First edition. Or only edition, actually, as this is an original watercolor painting by Miller SIGNED "HENRY MILLER 17/68" and INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY, Connie Perry: "For/ Connie and Mike/ Happy Anniversary/ Henry." "Untitled 17/68," i.e., Miller's 17th painting produced in 1968.Image measures approximately 23 x 30" and depicts in bright primary colors a palm tree, flowers and woman against the backdrop of a colorful village. Matted and framed in white on white with overall dimensions of approximately 32 x 40". Inscription beginning to fade, few inconspicuous pinpricks to edges, otherwise fine. featured on page 87 of THE PAINTINGS OF HENRY MILLER: PAINT AS YOU LIKE AND DIE HAPPY [San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (1982)]. INSCRIBED TO HIS PACIFIC PALISADES SECRETARY.

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EPITAPH ON GEORGE MOORE. Charles Morgan. EPITAPH ON GEORGE MOORE.
London: Macmillan & Co Ltd. 1935. First edition. INSCRIBED by author on front endpaper, "A. T. Chenhalls / by, with or from / Charles Morgan / The White House / East Claydon / January 22, 1938." Near fine copy in marbled boards with slight tanning on front inner joint and lightly bumped bottom front corner.

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PUBLIC WORKS: A Dangerous Trade. Robert Moses. PUBLIC WORKS: A Dangerous Trade.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co. (1970). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Leyland Hayward with high regard / Robert Moses." Hayward (1902-1971) was a theatrical and Hollywood producer, most notably of "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music." Moses, who was the subject of Robert Caro's 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, THE POWER BROKER, was known as the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City and environs; and though Caro's biography dealt a blow to his reputation, Moses' projects were considered by many to be necessary for the region's development after the Great Depression [Wikipedia]. Large octavo, full blue pebbled-leather boards embellished in gilt on front and stamped in gilt on spine which is blocked in red; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Fine in original though worn acetate which we will replace or cover with fresh mylar upon request. Also includes copies of Moses' 23-page response to Caro's book and Caro's response to Moses' response to his book.

[Book #54867]       Price: $300.00
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BEDROCK. Timothy Murphy. BEDROCK.
No-place: Aralia Press, 1998. First edition. One of 160 unnumbered copies. INSCRIBED to Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anthony Hecht, "To Tony Hecht with fond wishes for a prolific New Year. Tim Murphy 28 December 1998." Also with a four-line inscription on an early page signed "Timothy of Shrewsbury." Fine in black cloth boards with white title label on spine. Printed on Johannot paper with Weiss type. Issued without dust jacket.

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