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WALKING THE BLACK CAT: Poems. Charles Simic. WALKING THE BLACK CAT: Poems.
San Diego: Harcourt, Brace & Co. (1996). First edition. A Harvest paperback original. INSCRIBED to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht and wife, "For Tony & Helen: with best wishes, Charlie / Nov 14, 1996 / Strafford, N.H." Fine in pictorial white paperwraps printed in black and red.

[Book #53744]       Price: $150.00
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ANDREW ALSOP'S AMBITION. Smith, Claude. ANDREW ALSOP'S AMBITION.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. (1960). First edition. Designated by Claude himself as #10 of 10 copies "with unfortunate printing error [hand-]corrected." SIGNED by Claude on title page and INSCRIBED on the copyright page with error message. Home-made bookmark at location of the error labeled in the author's hand "#10 / Error / Corrected" and note indicating where several lines are out of place. "Claude" Smith was a cartoonist for the New Yorker and Playboy. This was his own personal copy, purchased from his estate. Near fine in blue and white pictorial paperwraps with faint sticker shadow around printed price at top, left corner of front cover and small, rubbed crease to bottom, front corner.

[Book #52996]       Price: $150.00
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THE LAST DAY THE DOGBUSHES BLOOMED. Lee Smith. THE LAST DAY THE DOGBUSHES BLOOMED.
New York: Harper & Row, (1968). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, INSCRIBED on the title page, "To Lane / Lee Smith 12/12/91." Crisp and fine in bright, fine dust jacket with the barest wear. Provenance: from the estate of Lana Pipes. Lana and her husband, Lane, were prominent Washington-area collectors.

[Book #54793]       Price: $350.00
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THE FUHRER BUNKER: A Cycle of Poems in Progress. W. D. Snodgrass. THE FUHRER BUNKER: A Cycle of Poems in Progress.
Brockport: BOA Editions, 1977. First edition. One of 1000 copies. Red cloth boards with black lettering on spine, black endpages. INSCRIBED on title page by Snodgrass to Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht and wife, "for Tony and Helen with delight and affection / De / W. D. Snodgrass." Snodgrass, whose middle name was DeWitt, went by "De" to his friends. Fine in dust jacket with 1/4" chip on back panel, otherwise fine.

[Book #53731]       Price: $150.00
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TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN SONGS. W. D. Snodgrass. TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN SONGS.
Baltimore: Charles Seluzicki, 1978. First edition. Printed at the Janus Press. Number 218 of 300 copies SIGNED by Snodgrass, who translated the folk songs herein from collections by Bartok and Kodaly (1906 and 1929, respectively). Illustrated with decorations cut by Dorian McGowan. Stiff, unlettered, tan paperwraps, with design printed in mauve on front cover. INSCRIBED BY SNODGRASS TO PRIZE-WINNING POET ANTHONY HECHT, "For Tony, with affection and envy, D." Edges toned, most noticeably at top of front cover, otherwise very good. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #54275]       Price: $175.00
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POEMS OF DEDICATION. Stephen Spender. POEMS OF DEDICATION.
New York: Random House, (1947). First edition. INSCRIBED on half-title page. Edges slightly tanned, a few letters on spine slightly rubbed, and small spot on upper rear edge as well as the corners worn through to boards, otherwise very good lacking dust jacket.

[Book #25765]       Price: $50.00
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THE LAND BEYOND THE RIVER. Jesse Stuart. THE LAND BEYOND THE RIVER.
New York: McGraw-Hill, (1973). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. A tale of "loopholes" in the welfare system. Fine in near fine dust jacket.

[Book #47918]       Price: $100.00
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STURGEON'S WEST. Theodore Sturgeon, , Don Ward. STURGEON'S WEST.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, (1973). First edition. INSCRIBED, "For the Laites with thanks and warmest good wishes. Theodore Sturgeon / April 1973." About fine with just the barest rubbing on corners; in a near fine dust jacket with light soiling, a few spots of creasing, most noticeably on the spine ends, and one small closed tear to the bottom left of the front panel.

[Book #51499]       Price: $350.00
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TERRY'S GUIDE TO THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Including Korea and Formosa. T. Philip Terry. TERRY'S GUIDE TO THE JAPANESE EMPIRE: Including Korea and Formosa.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920. Second edition. With chapters on Manchuria, the Trans-Siberian Railway, and the Chief Ocean Routes to Japan. INSCRIBED by Terry on first free page "To my friend. . .With high esteem." Flexible, red cloth boards with gold lettering on front and spine; marbled page edges. 799 pages (including index) plus a number of full page ads. 13 Maps, 7 of them folding (one short tear, on one, repaired with archival tape), and 16 pages of plans. A thick book in very nice shape, certainly near fine with one small closed tear on lower back corner. Near fine with small closed tear on lower back corner.

[Book #52555]       Price: $200.00
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MY OTHER LIFE. Paul Theroux. MY OTHER LIFE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1996. First edition. INSCRIBED with a quote, "a carefree boy," and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Advance reading copy, fine in pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #47557]       Price: $60.00
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SINNING WITH ANNIE: and other Stories. Paul Theroux. SINNING WITH ANNIE: and other Stories.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1972. First edition. His first short-story collection. INSCRIBED, "To Lana, with best wishes, Paul Theroux." Provenance: from the estate of Lana Pipes. Lana and her husband, Lane, were prominent Washington-area collectors. Tiny imperfection to front endpaper at base of hinge otherwise fine in near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket with orange lettering on spine mellowed as often seen.

[Book #54797]       Price: $150.00
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THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU. Jonathan Tropper. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU.
(New York): Dutton, (2009). First edition. INSCRIBED BY TROPPER on the title page, "Hey Asya, I hope you like it. Best, Jonathan Tropper." Made into the film of the same name with screenplay by Tropper, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda. Spine ends very gently pushed, still quite fine in bright, fine dust jacket.

[Book #53133]       Price: $150.00
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MARK TWAIN IN NEVADA. Mark Twain, By Effie Mona Mack. MARK TWAIN IN NEVADA.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947. First edition. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. INSCRIBED by Mack on title page. Page edges and spine slightly soiled, otherwise fine in dust jacket with few small spots on front panel, and marginal edgewear to spine ends and tips.

[Book #25686]       Price: $50.00
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LIVES AND DEATHS OF THE POETS AND NON-POETS. Mona Van Duyn. LIVES AND DEATHS OF THE POETS AND NON-POETS.
St. Louis: (no-publisher), 1991. First edition. Privately printed for friends of the poet. Published a year after she won the Pulitzer Prize for NEAR CHANGES. This copy INSCRIBED TO FELLOW POET LAUREATE AND PRIZE-WINNING POET ANTHONY HECHT and wife, "For Tony & Helen, this odd collection for friends--elegies, poems, occasional verses--produced by a baffled commercial printer. Love, Mona." 30 pages; 8.5 x 11" blue, stapled paperwraps printed in brown on front cover only. Poem tipped to last page, presumably as issued. Photo detail of Marc Chagall's "Les Plumes en Fleur" (which is the title of the poem appearing on p.5) pasted to blank page following the copyright page. An understandably scarce volume. Fine. PRODUCED BY A BAFFLED COMMERCIAL PRINTER.

[Book #54274]       Price: $300.00
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BEDTIME STORIES. Mona Van Duyn, Margaret DeCardy. BEDTIME STORIES.
Champaign, Illinois: The Ceres Press, 1972. First edition. Van Duyn's fourth book, which followed her National Book Award-winner, TO SEE, TO TAKE. Poetic recollections from the perspective of her grandmother and in her grandmother's Germanic dialect. One of 300 copies hand printed and hand bound at the Distaff Bindery. This copy INSCRIBED TO FELLOW U.S. POET LAUREATE ANTHONY HECHT and wife, "An oddity for Helen & Tony, With love, Mona." An unaccountably scarce book. Fine without dust jacket, presumably as issued. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #54271]       Price: $250.00
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ROB WAGNER'S CALIFORNIA ALMANACK. Rob Wagner. ROB WAGNER'S CALIFORNIA ALMANACK.
Los Angeles: Times- Mirror Press, (1922). First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author/illustrator of this humorous guide to California. A tall, narrow book with paper-covered boards and no dust jacket, as issued.

[Book #46799]       Price: $100.00
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THE RED SCREAM. Mary Willis Walker. THE RED SCREAM.
New York: Doubleday, (1994). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #33474]       Price: $125.00
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TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS. Robert Penn Warren. TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS.
[New Haven]: Yale University, (1956). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To Stuart (W[right]) with admiration and friendship. Red (W[arren])." Wright was a professor and small press publisher of limited editions and, for a time, Warren's executor. The setting of the story is La Rocca, the Warrens' (and later the Cheevers') fortress house in Porto Ercole, Italy. A small book of poems designed, printed, and illustrated by Jane Daggett in the Department of Graphic Arts, School of Design at Yale. Grimshaw estimates that only about 175 copies were printed. Approximately 7 1/2 inches square; 30 pages, including 6 illustrations, bound in pictorial boards and issued without a dust jacket. Edges of spine and corners rubbed, still very good. A scarce "A" item, and rare inscribed. This book is from the collection of Scott and Vivian Donaldson and has their small, tasteful bookplate on back pastedown. Scott is considered one of our leading literary biographers. He has written eight books about 20th-century American authors and is listed among prominent 20th-century Virginia authors by the Virginia Center for the book. INSCRIBED TO HIS ONE-TIME EXECUTOR.

[Book #49496]       Price: $1,500.00
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IMAGES OF TRUTH: Remembrances and Criticism. Glenway Wescott. IMAGES OF TRUTH: Remembrances and Criticism.
New York: Harper & Row, (1962). First edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on front free endpaper, "For Stan Peckham my elector and sponsor, with friendly compliments upon my first visit to Denver, Glenway W." Wescott, a flamboyant writer who also worked with Alfred Kinsey in his studies on homosexuality, was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1947 and Peckham was book editior at the Denver Post his and one of the original Newsday assistant editors (information furnished by a friend of Peckham's, Nancy Burkhart). Light edge rubbing, otherwise fine in dust jacket with a few short closed edge tears and a few light creases at spine ends. A bright copy of this collection of critical essays and reminiscences about his friendships with and admiration for Katherine Anne Porter, Somerset Maugham, Colette, Isak Dinesen, Thomas Mann, and Thornton Wilder.

[Book #34889]       Price: $100.00
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BILL FOR THE USE OF A BODY. Dennis Wheatley. BILL FOR THE USE OF A BODY.
Diana Younger. London: Hutchinson & Co. (1964). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page to step-daughter Diana Younger, "For Diana and Went / With love from Dennis." She illustrated the dust jacket for his 1938 book, THE GOLDEN SPANIARD as well as endpapers for several others. Fine in near fine dust jacket with small rub at base of spine. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #53579]       Price: $400.00
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DANGEROUS INHERITANCE. Dennis Wheatley. DANGEROUS INHERITANCE.
Diana Younger. London: Hutchinson & Co. (1965). First edition. INSCRIBED on the title page to his step-daughter Diana Younger, "For Diana and Went / With love from Dennis." She illustrated the dust jacket for his 1938 book, THE GOLDEN SPANIARD as well as endpapers for several others. Fine in near fine dust jacket with remnants of old acetate cover on verso (not evident from the outside) and a little rubbing to spine ends and corners. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #53578]       Price: $400.00
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THE MAN WHO KILLED THE KING. Dennis Wheatley. THE MAN WHO KILLED THE KING.
Diana Younger. London: Hutchinson & Co. (1951). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page, "For Diana and Went / With the fondest love from Dennis." Diana Younger was Dennis's stepdaughter and they remained close all his life. She illustrated the dust jacket for his 1938 book, THE GOLDEN SPANIARD as well as endpapers for several others. Very good with a little discoloration at bottom of the black cloth spine (where section of jacket is missing--otherwise the book would be near fine); in bright but good-only dust jacket due to a large chip at bottom of spine extending a little to rear panel. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #53581]       Price: $600.00
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THE RISING STORM: A ROGER BROOK STORY. Dennis Wheatley. THE RISING STORM: A ROGER BROOK STORY.
Diana Younger. London: Hutchinson & Co. [1949]. First edition. INSCRIBED on title page, "For Diana and Went / With fondest love from Dennis." Diana Younger was Dennis's stepdaughter and they remained close all his life. She illustrated the dust jacket for his 1938 book, THE GOLDEN SPANIARD as well as endpapers for several others. Black cloth shows some minor wear spots, but still very good in good or better dust jacket with minor darkening on (two) edges of rear panel, red lettering on spine faded and barely readable, and a little chipping on spine ends. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED.

[Book #53580]       Price: $600.00
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THEY FOUND ATLANTIS. Dennis Wheatley. THEY FOUND ATLANTIS.
Diana Younger. London: Hutchinson & Co. [1936]. First edition. INSCRIBED, "For Diana / who drew the figures in the end papers (of this book) ... love / from Dennis." Diana Younger, Wheatley's stepdaughter, illustrated the endpapers for this book and several others, and the dust jacket for THE GOLDEN SPANIARD (1938). Red cloth boards stamped in black on front and spine. Cloth frayed at head of spine, light stain on spine, "tide" mark along lower edge, otherwise crisp and bright and therefore better than good. In fair to good dust jacket skinned at edges and folds and with shallow chipping and one deeper v-shaped chip affecting the "D" in Dennis on front panel. NICE FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INSCRIBED.

[Book #53572]       Price: $1,500.00
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VENDETTA IN SPAIN. Dennis Wheatley. VENDETTA IN SPAIN.
London: Hutchinson of London, (1961). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page, "For Diana and Went / With love from Dennis." Diana Younger was Dennis's stepdaughter and they remained close all his life. She illustrated the dust jacket for his 1938 book, THE GOLDEN SPANIARD as well as endpapers for several others. Fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with touch of edge creasing and rubbed nicks to spine ends and corners. INSCRIBED TO HIS STEPDAUGHTER.

[Book #53620]       Price: $750.00
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