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"THE PESETA WITH THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE," PARTS II & II: In The Kenyon Review, Autumn 1961 & Winter 1962. Nelson Algren. "THE PESETA WITH THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE," PARTS II & II: In The Kenyon Review, Autumn 1961 & Winter 1962.
Gambier, OH: Kenyon College, 1961 & 1962. First edition. Later collected WHO LOST AN AMERICAN? (NY: Macmillan, 1963) as "Seville: The Peseta with the Hole in the Middle." Faint, unobtrusive stamps of the IBM Research Library on front covers of both volumes; first volume lightly soiled, otherwise both are very good to near fine in pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #53735]       Price: $50.00
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THE LAST CAROUSEL. Nelson Algren. THE LAST CAROUSEL.
New York: Putnam's Sons, (1973). First edition of this collection of stories. INSCRIBED by Algren (covering the full front endpaper), "with best wishes to Jeen" followed by one of his signature cat drawings, signed and dated June 1978, and colored with light blue and yellow streaks and whirls. Two small cigarette burns to back cover, otherwise bright and fine in near fine dustwrapper with only light rubbing to spine ends and corners.

[Book #53734]       Price: $150.00
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IN THE WINDOW-SEAT: A Selection of Victorian Stories. Gillian Avery. IN THE WINDOW-SEAT: A Selection of Victorian Stories.
London: Oxford University Press, 1960. First edition. Children's book, edited by Avery and illustrated by Susan Einzig. Light offset to endpapers, otherwise fine in fine dust jacket. A very bright copy.

[Book #30476]       Price: $45.00
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DISTORTIONS. Ann Beattie. DISTORTIONS.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1976. First edition. SIGNED on front end paper. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK of short stories, published simultaneously with CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, her first novel. Fine in dust jacket with one small tape repair at back of top of front panel and touch of lightly rubbed creasing at spine ends.

[Book #16213]       Price: $65.00
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COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL. Ambrose Bierce, as Dod Grile. COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL.
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1874. First edition. His third book. Dark fairy tales collected from his appearances in the British periodical "Fun"; illustrated with satirical wood engravings by the Dalziel Brothers. It should be noted although Starrett (4) contends an 1873 paperback precedes this hardcover, BAL (1100) proved the paperback was actually not published until 1884. Publisher's decorative green cloth stamped and lettered in gilt & black. BAL doesn't mention green but Starrett lists it as one of three cloth colors. Faded ownership notation on front endpaper, minor shelf wear, still very good to near fine.

[Book #54109]       Price: $1,250.00
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THE FIRST LOVER AND OTHER STORIES. Kay Boyle. THE FIRST LOVER AND OTHER STORIES.
New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, (1933). First edition. Dark blue cloth cover and gilt lettering very good to fine in very lightly soiled dust jacket slightly tanned at spine, with two small chips and one small closed tear.

[Book #23866]       Price: $75.00
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THIRTY STORIES. Kay Boyle. THIRTY STORIES.
London: Faber and Faber, (1948). First UK edition. INSCRIBED on the title page, "To Doris (Grumbach) with love - Kay Washington, D.C." Grumbach, the author of Chamber Music and a number of other well-received works was a good friend of Boyle's. Short, previous owner's inscription on front endpaper, otherwise fine in slightly chipped dust jacket with few small holes. Nice Association.

[Book #29244]       Price: $100.00
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THE OCTOBER COUNTRY. Ray Bradbury. THE OCTOBER COUNTRY.
New York: Ballantine Books, (1955). First edition, first state with logo inverted. Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini. Generic bookplate SIGNED BY BRADBURY laid in. Very good in good-only dust jacket that is chipped, lightly stained, and generally worn.

[Book #54002]       Price: $350.00
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LET THE BAND PLAY DIXIE. Roark Bradford. LET THE BAND PLAY DIXIE.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. First edition. Very good or better with few small, light spots of foxing to spine and rear endpaper showing faint offset. In a near fine dust jacket with a touch of soiling and rubbing, as well as a few very tiny chips and tears to the spine ends and corners. Edgewear, however, is minimal, and cover art is still clear and bright.

[Book #51514]       Price: $350.00
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WINE ON THE DESERT: And Other Stories. Max Brand. WINE ON THE DESERT: And Other Stories.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. 1940. First edition. Very good with cloth edges rubbed, offset and page edges lightly soiled in dust jacket with rubbing, shallow chipping and minor soiling.

[Book #19979]       Price: $150.00
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THE TOKYO-MONTANA EXPRESS. Richard Brautigan. THE TOKYO-MONTANA EXPRESS.
New York: Delta Book, (1981). First edition in paperback. Short stories written while he was dividing his time between Japan and his ranch house in Montana. First published in a limited editon in 1979 and a hard cover trade issue in 1980. Bright and near fine in pictorial paperwraps with just a few tiny rubbed spots and a touch of inconspicuous soiling. FIRST PAPERBACK EDITION.

[Book #54658]       Price: $60.00
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ESCAPE AT MIDNIGHT. Pearl S. Buck. ESCAPE AT MIDNIGHT.
Hong Kong: Dragonfly Books, (1963). True first edition, we assume, as it precedes the 1964 American edition. Presume a paperback original. Text is in English. Minor rubbing and edgewear to pictorial paperwraps, otherwise very good or better.

[Book #54498]       Price: $75.00
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A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN. Robert Owen Butler. A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1992. First edition. SIGNED by author on the title page. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #50414]       Price: $100.00
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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories. Truman Capote. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories.
New York: Random House, (1958). First edition of one of his most enduring works. The title novella is the basis for the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. SHORT AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY CAPOTE LAID IN: "Dear Sir -- I do not have the time to answer your request. T. Capote." Light offset to front endpapers from item previously laid in otherwise fine. In very good to near fine dust jacket with the usual toning to the orange spine and a few tiny nicks and tears.

[Book #54952]       Price: $3,500.00
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THE NEWS OF THE WORLD. Ron Carlson. THE NEWS OF THE WORLD.
New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, (1987). First edition. Advance Reader's copy with John Irving blurb on front cover. Faint crease in rear cover, otherwise near fine in tan printed paperwraps.

[Book #29700]       Price: $60.00
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CATHEDRAL: Stories. Raymond Carver. CATHEDRAL: Stories.
New York: Knopf, 1983. First edition. His third collection of short stories and the first to bring him critical acclaim, SIGNED on title page above his printed name and dated 10/31/83. Fine in fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear. SIGNED IN YEAR OF PUBLICATION.

[Book #54615]       Price: $400.00
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OBSCURE DESTINIES. Willa Cather. OBSCURE DESTINIES.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1932. First edition. "Three New Stories of the West," each one dealing with the death of a main character. Octavo, light green cloth boards; pale blue labels on front and spine printed in black and orange. Pale yellow dust jacket printed in dark red and blue. Dust jacket price clipped, as issued. Cloth at spine faded though label still bright, touch of minor foxing to pastedowns, otherwise crisp and near fine in near fine dust jacket with spine a little tanned and touch of minor soiling and wear.

[Book #54180]       Price: $200.00
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KILLER IN THE RAIN. Raymond Chandler. KILLER IN THE RAIN.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1964. First edition. First book appearances of eight stories written by Chandler in the 1930's for pulp magazines. Introduction by Philip Durham. Spine a little shaken otherwise near fine in very good to near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with edges rubbed and few tiny nicks and tears.

[Book #53932]       Price: $200.00
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THE ENORMOUS RADIO: And Other Stories. John Cheever. THE ENORMOUS RADIO: And Other Stories.
New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1953. First edition of his second book. Very minor cover wear and neatly written name on front endpaper; in dust jacket with minor wear on corners and spine ends.

[Book #50372]       Price: $150.00
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THE HOUSEBREAKER OF SHADY HILL: and Other Stories. John Cheever. THE HOUSEBREAKER OF SHADY HILL: and Other Stories.
New York: Harper & Bros. (1958). First edition. Crisp and near fine with just a minor crimp and barest rubbing to base of spine; in price-clipped dust jacket with touch of fubbing and few small, inconspicuous tears (otherwise near fine).

[Book #54908]       Price: $100.00
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THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER. John Cheever. THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER.
New York: Knopf, 1978. Third printing. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critic's Circle Award and short-listed for the National Book Award. Not a great copy, but it is INSCRIBED by Cheever on the front endpaper, "To -- --/ John Cheever." Endpapers cracked at hinges (and somewhat inexpertly repaired at rear), otherwise would be near fine in near fine dust jacket slightly faded on spine.

[Book #54344]       Price: $100.00
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THE WATCHFUL GODS: and Other Stories. Walter Van Tilburg Clark. THE WATCHFUL GODS: and Other Stories.
New York: Random House, (1950). First edition. SIGNED BY CLARK in "Carson City, Nevada / January 1951." The short-story collection from the author of THE OX-BOW INCIDENT. Barest wear to book and dust jacket, otherwise both are fine.

[Book #46632]       Price: $500.00
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THE WATCHFUL GODS: and Other Stories. Walter Van Tilburg Clark. THE WATCHFUL GODS: and Other Stories.
New York: Random House, (1950). First edition. Clark's only collection of short stories. Very fine in bright and fine dust jacket with the barest of wear. A beautiful copy, and scarce signed.

[Book #54701]       Price: $200.00
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THE SHADOW LINE: A Confession. Joseph Conrad. THE SHADOW LINE: A Confession.
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. (1917). First edition. The hero of this short novel "is a young captain who grows mature in the experience of taking his sailing ship through a difficult calm." Touch of foxing to page edges,gilt spine lettering very slightly dulled, otherwise near fine. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #53772]       Price: $250.00
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WITHIN THE TIDES: Tales. Joseph Conrad. WITHIN THE TIDES: Tales.
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 1915. First edition. Short story collection, including "The Planter of Malata," "The Partner," "The Inn of the Two Witches" and "Because of the Dollars." The last volume of stories published during Conrad's lifetime. A fine copy with back and front panels, including flaps, of the dust jacket laid in (lacking spine). Scarce in any semblance of the jacket. SCARCE IN ANY SEMBLANCE OF THE JACKET.

[Book #53761]       Price: $350.00
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