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GIANT. Edna Ferber. GIANT.
Garden City: Doubleday & Co. 1952. First edition. The Academy Award-winning James Dean classic was based on this book. Near fine in good dust jacket with marginal edge wear and spine rubbed.

[Book #32167]       Price: $35.00
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BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY. Helen Fielding. BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY.
[New York]: Viking, (1997). First U.S. edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Advance uncorrected proofs. Small spot on title page near hinge, otherwise fine in glossy pictorial paperwraps. Basis for the successful film starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

[Book #34853]       Price: $60.00
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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.

[Book #54609]       Price: $6,000.00
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THE COLLECTOR. John Fowles. THE COLLECTOR.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1963). First edition of his first book. An uncorrected proof copy. INSCRIBED to "Clive Hirschhorn / With best wishes. John Fowles." A story of the abduction and imprisonment of a woman, told first from the abductor's viewpoint, then from hers, and then back to him in the last few pages. Clive Hirschhorn is a South African writer and critic who moved to London in 1963. He is known for his long tenure as film and theater critic for the British Sunday Express newspaper and as the author of several well-received books about the film industry and its stars. He was also a serious book collector whose highspots were put at auction in 2012, including this one. And someone we always enjoyed having drinks or dinner with when we were in London. Light green paperwraps with the Cape-logo design. About fine in a specially made clamshell box. INSCRIBED PROOF.

[Book #52416]       Price: $3,500.00
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COLD MOUNTAIN. Charles Frazier. COLD MOUNTAIN.
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1997). First edition. Author's first book. Winner of National Book Award. Made into the 2003 movie starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman and Donald Sutherland. The first issue with "man-woman" on page 25. The back panel contains the quote we love best, "This novel is so magnificent...it has occured to me...the joy I received in reading it, will fall over every other book...It seems even possible to never want to read another book, so wonderful is this one."-- Rick Bass. We enjoyed it too, but maybe not that much. Very good, with black cloth at spine showing some damp stains (otherwise would be fine); in fine dust jacket with the ubiquitous Berendt-quote sticker on front panel. NBA WINNER.

[Book #44163]       Price: $150.00
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BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. Leonard Gershe. BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE.
New York: Random House, (1969). First edition. Basis for the film starring Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert and Eileen Heckart. Eillen Heckart won an Academy Award for her supporting role in the film. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. Near fine with a small bookstore stamp on front pastedown in a bright dust jacket with light soiling and one tiny closed nick on front flap edge.

[Book #29091]       Price: $175.00
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MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA: A Novel. Arthur Golden. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA: A Novel.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. First edition. Scarce uncorrected proof; in blue, printed paperwraps. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, one of the surprise hits at the time. Made into a film in 2005. Crease to back cover, otherwise fine.

[Book #50511]       Price: $100.00
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THE TIN DRUM. Gunter Grass. THE TIN DRUM.
New York: Pantheon Books, (1962). First American edition. The first book by this Nobel Prize-winning author. Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim. Made into a German film, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. Crisp, near fine copy in fine white dust jacket with only the barest aging on edges. A nice copy of this classic.

[Book #52309]       Price: $300.00
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RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE. Zane Grey. RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Before 1918. An early reprint edition with illustrations by Douglas Duer and the frontispiece illustration reproduced as the dust jacket cover, as in the original Harper edition. SIGNED BY GREY in "Lackawaxen, Pa.," from where we understand he moved in 1918, so an early reprint. This title is considered by many critics to have played a significant role in shaping the formula of the popular Western genre. It tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her polygamous Mormon Church, a leader of which, Elder Tull, wants to marry her. Withersteen is supported by a number of Gentile friends, including Bern Venters and Lassiter, a famous gunman and killer of Mormons. It was made into a number of movies starting in 1918 with one starring William Scott and directed by Frank Lloyd; then again in 1925 with Tom Mix, 1931 with George O'Brien, 1941 with George Montgomery and on TV in 1996 with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. This copy was OWNED BY THE MOVIE STAR AND BOOK COLLECTOR Jack Palance and has two bookplates attesting to this below Grey's signature. The book is very good with minor wear and the jacket has chipping and some tape on the outside across top inch of spine and extending onto the front and back covers. Still, scarce in any early jacket and signed by Grey. EARLY REPRINT SIGNED BY GREY.

[Book #52693]       Price: $950.00
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BEAT THE DEVIL. James Helvick. BEAT THE DEVIL.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, (1951). First edition. A REVIEW COPY with slip laid in. Helvick was the pseudonym of Claud Cockburn, a noted British radical journalist. Born in Peking, China, in 1904, he was the scion of an aristocratic family--one of his ancestors was the British commander who ordered the burning of the White House during the War of 1812 and his cousin was the novelist Evelyn Waugh. The book was made into a 1953 film directed by John Huston, with the screenplay by Huston and Truman Capote, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones and Gina Lollobrigida. Huston intended it to be a tongue-in-cheek spoof of "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), also directed by Huston, and other films of Film Noir-style that Huston himself had pioneered (Wikipedia). Near fine with light rubbing to the cover, light bump to top front cover, and faint offset to the endpapers. In a dust jacket which is about an eighth-inch short. We've informed that at least one other copy with a little shorter jacket has been cataloged, so perhaps publisher produced (Graham Gateson reported cataloged by Bauman Books) Also minor edge rubbing and soiling, and a few shallow chips to the spine ends and corners. Cover art still clear and bright.

[Book #51502]       Price: $500.00
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HOUSE OF THIEVES. Kaui Hart Hemmings. HOUSE OF THIEVES.
New York: Penguin Press, 2005. First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, a book of short stories. The first story, "The Minor Wars," was expanded into the novel, THE DESCENDENTS, which was the basis for the Academy Award-winning movie of the same name starring George Clooney. Fine in dust jacket. Both this and THE DESCENDENTS are surprisingly scare.

[Book #50225]       Price: $125.00
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SUPER CHIEF: Screenplay for the movie SILVER STREAK. Colin Higgins. SUPER CHIEF: Screenplay for the movie SILVER STREAK.
(circa 1975). Presumed early draft with printed title SUPER CHIEF and "handwritten" SILVER STREAK added. This copy with "stamp" of Ziegler Associates. 141 pages, printed on rectos only; clasp bound with blue card covers. Title handwritten on "spine" (left page edges). Very good to near fine. This 1976 comedy-thriller was the first pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, who went on to do three more films together.

[Book #52895]       Price: $200.00
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A GAME FOR THE LIVING. Patricia Highsmith. A GAME FOR THE LIVING.
London: Cresset Press, 1950. First UK edition. What happens when two men, who are friends, share the love of a beautiful woman, and she is murdered? Light foxing on pages edges and jacket verso, otherwise both are very good or better with only minor wear.

[Book #53193]       Price: $250.00
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STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. Patricia Highsmith. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.
London: Cresset Press, 1950. First UK edition. Her first book. She is known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. This title has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The book is fine but for the barest rubbing on tips in a aged dust jacket with a slightly faded spine and very minor edgewear. HER FIRST BOOK.

[Book #53190]       Price: $2,500.00
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NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES. George Hopley, Cornell Woolrich. NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1945). First edition. Basis for the 1948 film starring Edward G. Robinson. Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich, better known as Cornell Woolrich, also wrote under the name "William Irish." Very nearly fine in dust jacket with few tiny tears to head of spine, spine ends and corners rubbed, and very faint damp stain to bottom corner rear panel.

[Book #49180]       Price: $400.00
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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Victor Hugo. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
New York;: A. L. Burt, [c. 1923]. First edition thus, the FIRST PHOTOPLAY EDITION. Illustrated with four full-page stills from the 1923 Universal film directed by Wallace Worsley and starring Lon Chaney as the hunchback, Quasimodo. Spine lettering faded a bit otherwise very good or better; in about very good dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine ends not affecting any lettering.

[Book #54695]       Price: $300.00
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COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA. William Inge. COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA.
New York: Random House, (1950). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. A very nice copy of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Shirley Booth won both the Tony and an Oscar for her performances in the play and the film. Fine in dust jacket with a few closed tears and a minute chip on top edge. One of the nicest copies we've seen in years.

[Book #42921]       Price: $250.00
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THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE. John Irving. THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE.
New York: E. P. Dutton, (1981). First edition of his fifth novel, SIGNED by Irving. Made into the 1984 film starring Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster. Tiny, very faint spot to front cover otherwise fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54430]       Price: $150.00
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A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR. John Irving. A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR
(London): Bloomsbury, (1998). True first edition, preceding all others. Uncorrected proof, the earliest noted, in gold-colored, printed paperwraps, versus pictorial. Basis for the movie "The Door in the Floor" starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, which Irving co-wrote. Near fine, with just a touch of minor rubbing to tips.

[Book #50809]       Price: $250.00
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FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY. E. L. James. FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY.
Westfield, New South Wales: The Writer's Coffee Shop, (2011). First edition, second state or printing, with numeral "I" on spine. (The first state, without the "I," was produced before it was to be a trilogy.) This copy with the lulu bar code number 90000 on the back cover. Front cover illustrated from an art photo by Jennifer McGuire; 372 numbered pages. A huge overnight success made into a movie. Who could have known? Fine in original illustrated paperwraps.

[Book #53783]       Price: $350.00
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SCHINDLER'S LIST. Thomas Keneally. SCHINDLER'S LIST.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1982). First American edition of this monumental tale that reminded us all how base we humans can be, and how heroic. Booker Award winner, published in London as SCHINDLER'S ARK. Basis for the movie of the same name. Fine in dust jacket with tiny chip at bottom of back panel and very minor wear on corners and spine ends.

[Book #46503]       Price: $125.00
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PRINCES OF THE NIGHT. Joseph Kessel. PRINCES OF THE NIGHT.
New York: The Macaulay Co. (1928). First American edition. Basis for the French movie "Nuits De Princes." Translated by Jack Kahane, writer and publisher who founded the Obelisk Press in Paris in 1929 after his publisher, Grant Richards, went bankrupt. Kahane mixed serious work with smut in his list of publications--he was able to take advantage of a legal loop-hole whereby books published in France in English were not subject to the censorship otherwise practiced at the time.The Obelisk Press published Henry Miller's TROPIC OF CANCER and other works which fellow publishers would not touch for fear of prosecution, among which were LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER and some of Joyce's works. Back cover has minor water stain, though not rippled, and there is a tiny insect hole at fore edge of 20 or so pages, otherwise the book is bright and near fine in price-clipped dust jacket with some water staining on verso resulting in some minor darkening showing through on front. Still, close to very good.

[Book #49669]       Price: $150.00
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MEN IN WHITE: A Play in Three Acts. Sidney Kingsley. MEN IN WHITE: A Play in Three Acts.
New York: Covici Freide, (1933). True first edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Illustrated with photographs from the stage production. Basis for the 1934 film starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy. Faint pale-green stain to lower cover edges (not affecting spine) otherwise would be a crisp near fine copy of this book. In a good example of the scarce dust jacket with chipping to extremities affecting top of "N" in "MEN." Touch up with black marker evident on verso where there is also internal tape repair. A scarce book, scarcer still in any semblance of the original jacket. "Is There a Doctor in the House?"

[Book #54807]       Price: $175.00
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SHOELESS JOE. W. P. Kinsella. SHOELESS JOE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982. First edition. Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award winner and basis for the hit movie "Field of Dreams." Uncorrected proof, very good in gray, printed paperwraps with lower corner nicked, spine slightly sunned and light soiling to rear cover.

[Book #48948]       Price: $125.00
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INSIDE DAISY CLOVER. Gavin Lambert. INSIDE DAISY CLOVER.
New York: The Viking Press, (1963). First U.S. edition. Fine in dust jacket with some rubbing, light soiling to rear panel and some fading to pink background on spine and front flap fold. The basis for the movie which starred Natalie Wood.

[Book #35911]       Price: $60.00
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