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HIS THOUGHT MADE POCKETS & THE PLANE BUCKT. John Berryman. HIS THOUGHT MADE POCKETS & THE PLANE BUCKT.
Pawlet: Claude Fredericks, 1958. First edition. One of 500 numbered copies in sewn paperwraps. Fine in original mailing envelope. Scarce.

[Book #35661]       Price: $200.00
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GHASTLY GOOD TASTE: Or, A Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture. John Betjeman. GHASTLY GOOD TASTE: Or, A Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1933. First edition. First issue with pages 119/120 bound in and errata at page 1. Corners and edges rubbed and spine label little soiled, (fortunately a spare spine label is tipped in the back), otherwise very good copy of his second book with long pull-out "Street of Taste..." at rear. Lacking the dust jacket.

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NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES. John Betjeman. NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES.
London: John Murray, 1945. First edition. Light edge rubbing, names and dates on front free endpaper, some bubbling to pastedowns near hinges and light offset to free endpapers near hinges, otherwise very good or better in lightly soiled dust jacket with tanned spine, shallow chipping to spine ends (not affecting any lettering) and a few small closed edge tears. An attractive copy, despite the noted flaws.

[Book #34921]       Price: $125.00
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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 that 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 (Starrett lists green as one of three cloth colors, however BAL doesn't mention green). Contemporary owner's name and date in faded ink on front endpaper, minor shelf wear to spine ends and corners, still very good or better.

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THE ANTI-PHILISTINE: "Castigare Ridendo" Ambrose Bierce. THE ANTI-PHILISTINE: "Castigare Ridendo".
(London: John & Horace Cowley, 1897). First edition. In the publisher's original pale-green cloth lettered in black and with illustration by Will M.Bradley stamped in red and black on front and rear covers; "Volume 1" at base of both board blacked out. Illustrated with "supplemental" photographs of contributors Gertrude Atherton, Stanley Waterloo, and Bret Harte. The short-lived magazine described by its publishers as "A Monthly Magazine & Review of Belles-Lettres [and] Also a Periodical of Protest." This volume collects the only four issues -- June through September. Includes several pieces by Bierce which, according to Starrett, previously appeared in other magazines. Also includes Eugene Field, Joaquin Miller, Francis Saltus, et al, as well as notes, reviews and opinions. Bound without the wrappers, as issued. Overall aging to covers, which are a little rubbed, corners bumped, publisher's name on spine rubbed but still just barely legible, otherwise about very good.

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THREE PLAYS OF THE ARGENTINE: Juan Moreira / Santos Vega / The Witches' Mountain. Eward Hale Bierstadt, , Luis Bayon Herrera Silverio Manco, Julio Sanchez Gardel. THREE PLAYS OF THE ARGENTINE: Juan Moreira / Santos Vega / The Witches' Mountain.
New York: Duffield and Company, 1920. First edition. Translated from the Spanish by Jacon S. Fassett, Jr. Herrera (1889-1956) went on to become a famous director and screenwriter in the 1940s and 1950s in Argentina (wiki), however the playwrights and their plays remain as obscure in the US today as they were in 1920 when G. Grafly writing for The Nation said, "However primitive the plays, they possess what our American drama strives in vain to discover, the soul of their native land," Spine ends rubbed and frayed, otherwise about very good, lacking the dust jacket, if issued in one. A scarce book, as most copies seem to have made their way to libraries. "They possess ... the soul of their native land"

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LOVE INSURANCE. Earl Derr Biggers. LOVE INSURANCE.
New Y ork: Grosset & Dunlap, [circa 1919]. First of this Photoplay edition, which we assume was issued about 1919, or later, as that is the year the first movie, with Ralph Denny, was made. Another movie, starring Abbott and Costello and with Robert Cummings, was made in 1940 under the title "One Night in the Tropics." Old insect damage on bottom of covers, otherwise very good in chipped but still very good dust jacket. An early photoplay jacket.

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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY; LITTLE CAESAR; THE DRAGON MURDER CASE; PHANTOM LADY; I, THE JURY: Facsimiles of Five Classic Mysteries from the First Edition Library. Earl Derr Biggers, S. S. Van Dine W R. Burnett, Mickey Spillane, William Irish. THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY; LITTLE CAESAR; THE DRAGON MURDER CASE; PHANTOM LADY; I, THE JURY: Facsimiles of Five Classic Mysteries from the First Edition Library.
(Shelton, CT: First Edition Library, 1990 - 1996). Each being first edition thus, facsimiles published by the First Edition Library. Includes Biggers, THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1925); Burnett, LITTLE CAESAR (NY: Dial Press, 1929); Van Dine, THE DRAGON MURDER CASE (NY: Scribner's Sons, 1933); Cornell Woolrich writing as William Irish, PHANTOM LADY (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1942); and Spillane, I, THE JURY (NY: Dutton & Co., 1947). Each is fine in fine dust jacket with publisher's informational card laid in. Lacking slipcases.

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THE TWO-HEADED EAGLE. John Biggins. THE TWO-HEADED EAGLE.
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1996). First U.S. edition. Few small separations at hinge of half-title page (hinge is still tight), otherwise fine in bright dust jacket.

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"Let My People Go." F. W. Bird. "Let My People Go."
Boston: Press of the Commercial Printing House, 1862. First edition. Originally published in Norfolk Co. Journal of December 14, 1861, republished with slight additions and corrections. An abolotionist calls for emancipation of slaves, making religious comparisons to Moses leading the slaves out of Egypt, as does the old Negro Spiritual. A near fine, eight-page booklet that shows evidence of having once been bound, but is no longer. Small, faint stamp appears at the bottom of the title page and there are a few light marks of soiling to the back.

[Book #51376]       Price: $150.00
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THE LOOKING GLASS. A Philadelphia Comedy in Five Acts. Robert Montgomery Bird. THE LOOKING GLASS. A Philadelphia Comedy in Five Acts.
New York: The Colophon, 1933. First edition. One of 465 copies, edited and with an introduction by Arthur Bobson Quinn. Faint, unavoidable offset to endpapers, otherwise fine in dust jacket with small spot on front panel and tiny hole in rear panel. A beautifel copy.

[Book #33657]       Price: $50.00
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HEART TROUBLES. Stephen Birmingham. HEART TROUBLES.
New York: Harper & Row, (1968). First edition. A book of short stories. INSCRIBED, "For Nancy and Roger All the best Stephen Birmingham 1982 & again in '89." Bookplate on front pastedown and cloth a little faded on spine and top edge, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

[Book #34778]       Price: $45.00
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THE TOWERS OF LOVE. Stephen Birmingham. THE TOWERS OF LOVE.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1961). First edition of his third book. INSCRIBED (3 times) "For Meg Balcom with warmest good wishes from Bill Steers and me author, Stephen Birmingham." Again on front endpaper, " '61 Nancy and Roger. Here I am again. Stephen Birmingham '89." And again on back endpaper, "For Meg Balcom With warmest good wishes from Hannah and Bill Steers, and from me. Stephen Birmingham '61." Fine in dust jacket with very minor wear on corners and spine ends. INSCRIBED THRICE.

[Book #34775]       Price: $100.00
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YOUNG MR. KEEFE. Stephen Birmingham. YOUNG MR. KEEFE.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1959). First edition of his first book, a novel. INSCRIBED "For Nancy and Roger All the best Stephen Birmingham 1982 & again in '89." Fine in dust jacket with edgewear, spine a little faded, and minor chipping on corners and spine ends.

[Book #34777]       Price: $45.00
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LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems. Lili Bita, Zaller. LIGHTNING IN THE FLESH: Poems.
(New York: Athens Printing Company), no-date. First edition. SIGNED with inscription in Greek on front endpaper. Text in Greek and five poems translated to English. Near fine in glossy, stapled paper wraps with light rubbing to spine ends and corners.

[Book #51668]       Price: $50.00
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LIFE OF LIEUT. COL. BLACKADER: Born 1664--Died 1729. John Blackader. LIFE OF LIEUT. COL. BLACKADER: Born 1664--Died 1729.
[Philadelphia]: Presbyterian Board of Publications, 1840. First U.S. edition. A lively account of the Duke of Marlborough's campaigns by a senior Scottish soldier who was wounded at Blenheim. Compiled from letters and journals written from the field. Quarter leather binding somewhat rubbed, particularly at the spine ends, cloth boards also a little rubbed and soiled with corners exposed, previous owners' names, etc., foxed throughout, altogether good or perhaps better.

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MARCHING TO VALHALLA: A Novel of Custer's Last Days. Michael Blake. MARCHING TO VALHALLA: A Novel of Custer's Last Days.
New York: Villard, (1996). First edition. Two volumes. SIGNED and INSCRIBED with lines from the book. The paperwraps, "advance reader's edition," inscribed, "The boy general, son of the morning star . . ."; and the first edition in dust jacket inscribed, "I am . . . .compelled to write . . .." Both volumes are in fine condition, the trade copy with a small, red, remainder dot on page top edge.

[Book #47454]       Price: $45.00
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I'LL TELL THEM I REMEMBER YOU. William Peter Blatty. I'LL TELL THEM I REMEMBER YOU.
New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1973). First edition. SIGNED by the author on the bright yellow front endpaper. Front cover bowed a bit, otherwise near fine or better in price-clipped dust jacket showing very minor shelf wear.

[Book #48855]       Price: $60.00
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MIDNIGHT TRAIN: in ARGOSY WEEKLY- Volume 306, Number 2. Blochman L. G. MIDNIGHT TRAIN: in ARGOSY WEEKLY- Volume 306, Number 2.
New York: Frank A. Munsey Co. March 8, 1941. First edition. Also includes "Jeopardy's Jewel" by H. Bedford-Jones; Arthur Leo Zagat, E. Hoffman Price, et al. Good in somewhat soiled pictorial paperwraps with shallow chipping and cover detached but complete.

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BLUE LAWS OF CONNECTICUT The Code of 1650. Blue Laws. BLUE LAWS OF CONNECTICUT The Code of 1650.
Cincinanati: U.P. James, Good. Paperwraps edges have shallow chips and soiling.

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COLLECTED POEMS: 1923-53. Louise Bogan. COLLECTED POEMS: 1923-53.
New York: Noonday Press, (1954). First edition. Errata slip laid in. Near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket with one small closed tear (with small tape repair on verso), light soiling and spine slightly tanned.

[Book #35634]       Price: $100.00
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A MOMENT WITH MISS GISH. Peter Bogdanovich. A MOMENT WITH MISS GISH.
Santa Barbara: Santa Teresa Press, 1995. First edition. Handwritten letter from publisher, James Pepper, laid in. One of 100 numbered hardbound copies SIGNED by the author. Fine. Scarce.

[Book #34803]       Price: $100.00
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THE BOOK OF THE DEAD. George H. Boker. THE BOOK OF THE DEAD.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1882. First edition. Light edge rubbing and some wear to spine ends and tips, otherwise about fine in green cloth with gilt lettering bright. Typed poem by Boker, "Ad Criticam," on 4 x 7" paper laid in (previously published?). Scarce.

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SELECTED POEMS. Eavan Boland. SELECTED POEMS.
Manchester (England): Carcanet, (1989). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page in July 1990. Fine in glossy pictorial wraps. No hardbound edition.

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THE THIRTY-FIRST OF FEBRUARY. Nelson Bond. THE THIRTY-FIRST OF FEBRUARY.
New York: Gnome Press, (1949). First edition of his second book. A collection of 13 stories. A very fine copy in dust jacket.

[Book #48320]       Price: $60.00
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