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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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THE SALT GARDEN: Poems. Howard Nemerov. THE SALT GARDEN: Poems.
Boston, Toronto: Little, Brown & Co. (1955). First edition. His third book of poetry. INSCRIBED "for Virginia Albee, with best wishes, Howard Nemerov 7 ii 55." The black paper-covered pictorial boards show wear on corners and spine ends; in dust jacket with matching wear and tape on verso at top of spine.

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CHILD OF SILENCE. Abigail Padgett. CHILD OF SILENCE.
New York: Mysterious Press, (1993). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page, "To . . . 'There is nothing [underlined] but reality!' Abigail Padgett/ 7 May, 1994." Fine with small remainder mark on bottom page edges; in a bright dust jacket.

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STRAWGIRL. Abigail Padgett. STRAWGIRL.
(New York): Mysterious Press, (1994). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page, "To . . . "Grasp for it! Abigail Padgett May, 1994." Fine in dust jacket.

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POEMS. Thomas William Parsons. POEMS.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. First edition. Second issue, with "Preface to the Letters" p.[11] and pp.[11] to 14 cancels. INSCRIBED, "To Mrs. Lucy A Willard, with the love and kind remembrance of T. W. Parsons October 1854." Top quarter-inch of spine worn away and a few soiled spots, otherwise a very good to fine, tight, square copy.

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THE MOVIEGOER. Walker Percy. THE MOVIEGOER.
New York: Knopf, 1979. Later printing, the 12th. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK and arguably his best--the story of Binx Bolling, an alienated young man seeking meaning for his existence. Winner of the National Book Award. INSCRIBED ON FRONT ENDPAPER, "Via Jeanne . . . / with best wishes/ Walker Percy/ February 14, 1980." ADDITIONALLY SIGNED on title page. Bright and fine in dust jacket with inconspicuous slice to front panel and barest edge wear, otherwise fine. NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER.

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BLOOD HEAT. Steve Pieczenik. BLOOD HEAT.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1988). First edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on front free endpaper "6/88- Best wishes from the Shirley Madison Inn and owner/author Steve Pieczenik." Fine in dust jacket with light edge wear and two small closed tears in rear panel.

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NORTHWOODS HERITAGE: Authentic Short Accounts of the Northland in Another Era. Richard E. Pinette. NORTHWOODS HERITAGE: Authentic Short Accounts of the Northland in Another Era.
(Colebrook, New Hampshire: Liebl, 1992). Presumed first edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. Includes black-and-white illustrations. Fine in pictorial dust jacket.

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LOT OF SEVEN BOOKS, EACH ONE INSCRIBED TO POET LOUIS DANIEL BRODSKY: Color of Darkness; Malcolm; The Nephew; Children Is All. James Purdy. LOT OF SEVEN BOOKS, EACH ONE INSCRIBED TO POET LOUIS DANIEL BRODSKY: Color of Darkness; Malcolm; The Nephew; Children Is All.
(New York, et al: Farrar; New Directions; et al, 1959 - 1962). A mix of first edition hardcovers, later printings and paperbacks, all of which are INSCRIBED by Purdy to Brodsky. COLOR OF DARKNESS, (New York): New Directions, (1957), second printing, INSCRIBED, "For Louis Brodsky with sincere good wishes from James Purdy," fine in fine dust jacket with minor edge rubbing. COLOR OF DARKNESS, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1961, first paperback edition, adding an introduction by Dame Edith Sitwell, INSCRIBED, "...with good luck...," touch of minor edge wear still fine in printed paperwraps. MALCOLM, New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy (1959). No statement, so assume a later printing, INSCRIBED, "...with the best wishes...," fine in near fine dust jacket with small chip to rear panel. MALCOLM, New York: Avon, (1959), first paperback edition, INSCRIBED, "...with sincere wishes...," fine in pictorial paperwraps. THE NEPHEW, New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, (1960), first edition, INSCRIBED, "...with sincere wishes...," fine in fine dust jacket. THE NEPHEW, New York: Avon, (1960), first paperback edition, INSCRIBED, "...sincere good wishes...," fine in pictorial paperwraps. CHILDREN IS ALL, (Norfolk): New Directions, (1962), presumed first edition, without statement otherwise, INSCRIBED, "...sincere good wishes...," fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with rubbed creasing to head of spine and two closed tears. ASSOCIATION COPIES, INSCRIBED.

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A SIMPLE MATTER OF JUSTICE: The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Story. Florence J. Radcliffe. A SIMPLE MATTER OF JUSTICE: The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Story.
Pompano Beach, FL: Exposition Press, (1985). First edition. INSCRIBED by author on free endpaper. Fine in very good or better dust jacket which is somewhat rubbed and has small creases and closed tears along the edges but is still attractive.

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CHASTISE ME WITH SCORPIONS: With a Commentary by Lewis L. Robbins, M. D. Laura Rhodes, , Lucy Freeman. CHASTISE ME WITH SCORPIONS: With a Commentary by Lewis L. Robbins, M. D.
New York: Putnam's Sons, (1964). First edition."The story of a woman's fight against self-destruction"--from the dust jacket. Lengthy SIGNED PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION on the front endpaper from Laura Rhodes identifying the recipient as the "Doctor Stewart" of the book. Underlining to text, presumably by the author or the recipient. Very good in price-clipped, edge worn dust jacket.

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A COLLECTION OF EIGHT OF HIS BOOKS: White Tiger; Barbry; The Siamese Cat; and more. Henry Milner Rideout. A COLLECTION OF EIGHT OF HIS BOOKS: White Tiger; Barbry; The Siamese Cat; and more.
New York / Boston: Various publishers, 1907 - 1921. First edition. Eight books, all but one first printings, six INSCRIBED and three with LETTERS SIGNED to his aunt, MRS. J. B. RIDEOUT--author of CAMPING OUT IN CALIFORNIA--laid in. Henry Milner Rideout (1877-1927), a native of Calais, Maine, was author of 16 novels, 23 short stories & novellas (many of which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post), and a biographical memoir. His early writing abilities where such that they spurred his high school English teacher, Laura Burns and her cousin, distinguished Harvard English professor Charles Townsend Copeland, to motivate local townspeople to lend Rideout the funds necessary to attend Harvard. He graduated in 1899 and was an instructor in the English department for four years--until his college debts were paid off. After The Atlantic Monthly accepted two of his short stories, he decided to earn a living by writing. He set off from San Francisco for six months of travel in the Far East under contract to the American Woolen Company, reporting on jute mills in the Philippines, Indonesia, and India. He translated his experiences and observations from travel in those places so well--skillfully writing on locales such as Bangkok or Canton--that readers assumed he had traveled more widely. He earned readership in not only the United States, but Canada and Great Britain. His eminence was such that when he died while on a family trip to Europe, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a banner headline announcing his sudden death. THE COLLECTION consists of eight books without dust jackets in overall very good condition, all but one of which are first printings/impressions and six of which are INSCRIBED to his aunt. Most are spine faded but otherwise very good (as noted below): *THE SIAMESE CAT*, NY: McClure, Phillips, 1907. General wear but still good, not signed or inscribed | *DRAGON'S BLOOD*, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1909. Second impression. Spine barely faded on this one. Better than very good. Not signed or inscribed but with ownership signature of Mrs. Rideout on endpaper. | *WILLIAM JONES*, NY: Frederick A. Stokes, 1912. A biography. Spine unfaded but corners and spine ends show some wear (still very good). Inscribed. | *WHITE TIGER*, NY: Duffield, 1915. 2-page ALS to his aunt (both sides of single sheet) laid in. Foxing to edges of frontis and title page. Inscribed. | *THE FAR CRY*, NY: Duffield, 1916. Lettering on front board rubbed but readable. Inscribed. | *THE KEY OF THE FIELDS and BOLDERO*, NY: Duffield, 1918. Front hinge cracked but tight. Rideout’s obituary with dateline Antwerp, Belgium, pasted to front endpaper. Inscribed. | *FERN SEED*, NY: Duffield 1921. TLS written in 1925, laid in, as well as "With the Compliments of the Author" card. Handwritten note on title page, presumably by his aunt, about his death (mistakes the year) and this being his last book (also a mistake). Inscribed. | *BARBRY*, NY: Duffield, 1923. TLS with handwritten notes, laid in. Inscribed.

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AFRICA'S GIFT TO AMERICA: The Afro-American in the Making and Saving of the United States. Joel A. Rogers. AFRICA'S GIFT TO AMERICA: The Afro-American in the Making and Saving of the United States.
New York: Joel A. Rogers, (1961). First edition thus, the revised and enlarged Civil War Centennial Edition. With a new supplement, "Africa and Its Potentialities." INSCRIBED by the author on the title page, "To my esteemed friends Dr. & Mrs. Foster with sincerest good wishes / Oct. 22, 1962." Near fine to fine with only minor shelf wear; in dust jacket with shallow chips to head of spine and one corner and few small tears, otherwise near fine.

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ASPECTS OF A SOUTHERN STORY. Robert Sargent. ASPECTS OF A SOUTHERN STORY.
(Washington, D.C. The Word Works, 1983). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page, "Ernie: I can't tell you how much I appreciate your words on the cover. Looking forward to seeing you. Bob." Inscription is to poet Ernest Kroll, who provided the following blurb that appears on the back cover: "Genuine in an age of phonies. Comes through as Sargent pure, a sure voice. -- Ernest Kroll." Also INCLUDES AN AUTOGRAPH POSTCARD AND PROMOTIONAL CARD, both to Kroll. The postcard speaks of getting Kroll's book TATTOO PARLOR AND OTHER FRAXIOMS, "-- a beautiful book and poems are fresh, original" and about visiting after his return from a trip to Europe. The card advertises a Sargent reading and has a note on back personally asking Kroll to come. Near fine in paperwraps. INSCRIBED TO POET PROVIDING A BACK-COVER BLURB.

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THREE MEN IN A MOTOR CAR: Or a Summer Tour in France and Switzerland. Winthrop E. Scarritt. THREE MEN IN A MOTOR CAR: Or a Summer Tour in France and Switzerland.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, (1906). First edition. INSCRIBED by author on first free endpaper, "P. H. Mayo, Esq./ Best wishes of The Author: Winthrop E. Scarritt, Hot Springs. Va. Aug. 1906." Recipient's bookplate on front pastedown. Illustrated with 16 black-and-white photographs. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on front and spine and colored drawing of a motor car on a tree-lined road pasted to front cover (presumably picturing a road near Veudreuve, as it appears to resemble the frontis photo). Spine sunned but readable, a few ink marks to spine and white call letters (though no other evidence of library markings), otherwise would be near fine.

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SCUM O' THE EARTH AND OTHER POEMS. Robert Haven Schauffler. SCUM O' THE EARTH AND OTHER POEMS.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Mrs. Samuel Prentiss who suggested the book---." Also a gift inscription below Schauffler's. Very good with a cover that is rubbed on corners and spine ends and lightly soiled. Lacking dust jacket.

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THE LIZARD OF OZ. Richard Seltzer. THE LIZARD OF OZ.
Couture, Christin. West Roxbury, MA: The B & R Samizdat Express, 1974. First edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on verso of front cover "Don’t let the Humbug get you. Richard Seltzer 6/29/76." Better than very good in pictorial paperwraps with some soiling and small split in rear spine fold. Illustrated by Christin Couture.

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THE GRAVITY OF SUNLIGHT. Rosa Shand. THE GRAVITY OF SUNLIGHT.
New York: Soho, (2000). First edition. Author's first book. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket.

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SWEET TOOTH: (Broadside Poem). Charles Simic. SWEET TOOTH: (Broadside Poem).
(No-place): William B. Ewert, 1999. First edition. One of 250 copies for private distribution of which 50 were on special paper and signed by Simic and the illustrator/calligrapher, R.P. Hale. This copy presumed to be one of the 200 regular copies (though the paper appears special enough). INSCRIBED BY SIMIC TO AWARD-WINNING POET ANTHONY HECHT and wife Helen and signed "Much love, Charlie & Helen." Cream colored paper with lower edge deckled (others trimmed), printed in red and black, illustrated with a picture of a street lamp decorated for the winter holidays. Horizontal crease where previously folded in half, otherwise fine. HOLIDAY GREETING, AN ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

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