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HOPING FOR A HOOPOE: POEMS. John Updike. HOPING FOR A HOOPOE: POEMS
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1959. First British edition of the author's first book, entitled "The Carpentered Hen" in the States. Fine in dust jacket.

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THE MAGIC FLUTE: Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. John Updike. THE MAGIC FLUTE: Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
New York: Knopf, (1962). First edition. SIGNED by the author "John Updike Beverly Farms, MA." Mozart's last opera, adapted for children by Updike and illustrated by Warren Chappell. One of Updike's hardest first editions to locate in nice condition. In the pictorial Gibraltar binding (noted on back cover) with light blue-green border, which was issued simultaneously with the trade edition, and without dust jacket. Very minor rubbing but still in fine condition. Unusual for Updike to note his hometown when signing.

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MIDPOINT & OTHER POEMS. John Updike. MIDPOINT & OTHER POEMS.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969. First edition. Fine in a very good dust jacket with one chip to top, back panel and closed tear to top of front flap; otherwise would be near fine with only slight wear, mostly concentrated along the head of the spine and the corners.

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THE MUSIC SCHOOL: Short Stories. John Updike. THE MUSIC SCHOOL: Short Stories.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966. First edition, first state. Near fine with light wear and bumping to spine ends and corners. In a fine dust jacket with a small stamp on the front flap.

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RABBIT, RUN. John Updike. RABBIT, RUN.
New York: Knopf, 1960. First edition. His first major novel and still his most famous. SIGNED BY UPDIKE on title page. The first book in a series of four, the last two of which won Pulitzer Prizes. Dull green cloth spine with paper boards, one of three variants with no known priority. Publisher's partial "hurt" stamp on rear endpaper. Good only with covers rubbed and a little soiled, a gouge on back cover, slight rumpling to spine, and gilt spine stamping a little dulled. With the exception of the hurt stamp, interior fine. Lacking dust jacket.

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THE RING Music by Richard Wagner / Adapted and Illustrated by John Updike and Warren Chappell. John Updike. THE RING Music by Richard Wagner / Adapted and Illustrated by John Updike and Warren Chappell.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1964). First edition. Very light rubbing to spine ends and tips, otherwise fine in dust jacket with minor edge rubbing, a small spot on front panel and a small closed tear. A very bright copy of this scarce book.

[Book #35569]       Price: $450.00
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THE RING: With Musical Themes by Richard Wagner. John Updike. THE RING: With Musical Themes by Richard Wagner.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1964). First edition. SIGNED by the author, "John Updike Beverly Farms, MA." Adapted and Illustrated by John Updike and Warren Chappell. The Gibraltar edition (logo on back cover) in pictorial dark green boards and white end papers (Knopf regular edition in red cloth and pictorial endpapers) with very light rubbing to tips, otherwise a fine copy, as issued without dust jacket, and scarce thus. This issue was published simultaneously with the Knopf trade edition in cloth and dust jacket and the Knopf orange pictorial boards edition, also issued without dust jacket (although it's possible the orange came later.) Unusual for Updike to note his hometown when signing.

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ROGER'S VERSION. John Updike. ROGER'S VERSION.
Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1986. True first edition. SIGNED by Updike. 4-page introduction by Updike, not in the Knopf trade edition. Frontis by Barron Storey. Publisher's promo letter laid in. Full gilt-stamped blue leather boards; all edges gilt. Fine.

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TALK FROM THE FIFTIES. John Updike. TALK FROM THE FIFTIES.
Northridge: Lord John Press, 1979. First edition. A selection of "Talk of the Town" stories by Updike published in The New Yorker in the 1950s. One of 300 SIGNED numbered copies, this one designated "PRESENTATION COPY." Gray-and-blue patterned paper boards, gilt-lettered plum cloth spine. Mild tanning to edges otherwise fine as issued, without dust jacket.

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VERSE. John Updike. VERSE.
Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, Inc. (1965). First edition. Minor soiling, otherwise fine in glossy pictorial paperwraps. A paperback original, consisting of THE CARPENTERED HEN and TELEPHONE POLES. Not published in hardback.

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THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK. John Updike. THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. First edition. SIGNED by Updike on Knopf bookplate affixed to half-title page. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. John Updike. THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. First edition. SIGNED by Updike on the title page. Board edges lightly sunned, otherwise near fine in fine dust jacket with barest wear.

[Book #52799]       Price: $250.00
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THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. John Updike. THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.
Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1984. First edition thus. SIGNED by Updike, with "special message" by him and illustrations by Michael Deas not in the trade edition. Basis for the movie of the same name starring Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon as the three repressed women who accidentally conjur what they believe to be the perfect man (Jack Nicholson, playing the devil). Full green, gilt-decorated leather; all edges gilt; ribbon place marker. Top edge spotted and a little rubbed, otherwise crisp and fine.

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TOPAZ. Leon Uris. TOPAZ.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1967). First edition. A few tiny stains on page edges, otherwise near fine in dust jacket with just minor edgewear and a light crease in rear flap.

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ACROSS THE WIRE; THE FEVER OF BEING; BY THE LAKE OF SLEEPING CHILDREN; GHOST SICKNESS; WANDERING TIME, et al: 13 volumes. Luis Alberto Urrea. ACROSS THE WIRE; THE FEVER OF BEING; BY THE LAKE OF SLEEPING CHILDREN; GHOST SICKNESS; WANDERING TIME, et al: 13 volumes.
1993 - 2011. Each volume a first edition SIGNED BY URREA, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. Complete collection of the Mexican-American poet, novelist, and essayist's books. 13 titles, all as issued--paperback originals (as noted) or in boards and dust jacket: ACROSS THE WIRE (1993, non-fiction, paperwraps); THE FEVER OF BEING (1994, poetry, paperwraps); BY THE LAKE OF SLEEPING CHILDREN (1996, non-fiction, paperwraps); GHOST SICKNESS (1997, poetry, paperwraps); WANDERING TIME (1999, memoirs); IN SEARCH OF SNOW (1999, novel); VATOS (2000, poetry, paperwraps); NOBODY’S SON (2002, memoirs); SIX KINDS OF SKY (2002, short stories, in paperwraps); THE DEVIL’S HIGHWAY (2004, non-fiction); THE HUMMINGBIRD’S DAUGHTER (2005, novel); INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH (2009, novel); QUEEN OF AMERICA (2011, novel). All 13 volumes in fine to new condition and signed by Urrea.

[Book #52206]       Price: $650.00
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THE BANBURY NOSE A Play in Four Acts. Peter Ustinov. THE BANBURY NOSE A Play in Four Acts.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1945). First edition.Very good or better with light foxing on endpapers and top page edges, small name and date on front endpaper and cloth edges slightly rubbed; in a price-clipped dust jacket with soiling, spine slightly tanned, a few shallow chips and small closed tears.

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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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DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain. Jules. Ellen E. Frewer Verne. DICK SANDS: or the Boy Captain.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1879. Second U.S. edition but the first fully illustrated one and first edition thus. 94 illustrations including frontispiece, title page illustration, and map -- 92 are full-page plate engravings by Meyer and Barbant. As in most if not all copies, the illustration listed for page 201, "A halt for the night," is not present. 8vo terra-cotta cloth boards ornately decorated in black and gilt on front and spine; pale yellow endpapers. Covers rubbed, small hole to front endpaper at hinge due to old insect damage, rear hinge paper starting, otherwise good to very good with endpapers faintly foxed, light stain to fore edge and contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper. A reasonably attractive copy despite the noted wear.

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1876: A Novel. Gore Vidal. 1876: A Novel.
New York: Random House, (1976). First edition. SIGNED on the half-title page. His sequel to BURR; the third volume chronologically in his "Narratives of Empire" series. Near fine with dark blue cloth just a bit faded on edges in very good or better dust jacket with spine and edges just a bit faded.

[Book #54486]       Price: $75.00
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THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS. Gore Vidal. THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1952. First edition. A young American's salacious adventures in post-war Europe; likened to the ancient legend of Paris and the Golden Apple. Damage to the top front corner, with more so the the jacket which shows some loss there. Light soiling to front panel, tanning to endpapers and page edges, minor sunning to spine, gilt lettering still bright. Corners rubbed a bit. Altogether very good to near fine in darkened dust jacket with occasional rubbing and chips.

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REFLECTIONS UPON A SINKING SHIP. Gore Vidal. REFLECTIONS UPON A SINKING SHIP.
Boston: Little, Brown, (1969). First edition. A sort of follow-up to his ROCKING THE BOAT. Essays on politics and literature; the Republican 1968 convention and a Manifesto for the future. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket with minor edgewear and two small closed tears.

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PRODIGAL SON: Dancing for Balanchine in a World of Pain and Magic. Edward Villella, Larry Kaplan. PRODIGAL SON: Dancing for Balanchine in a World of Pain and Magic.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1992). First edition. SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. Illustrated with black-and-white photos. Fine in pictorial dust jacket.

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POLISH JEWS: A Pictorial Record. Roman Vishniac. POLISH JEWS: A Pictorial Record.
New York: Schocken Books, (1969). Second printing of the first paperback edition (which was published in 1965). The first edition was in hardback and published in 1947. SIGNED BY VISHNIAC. Introductory essay, "The Inner World of the Polish Jew" by Abraham Joshus Heschel (10 pages) and 31 full-page photographs by Vishniac. Near fine in pictorial paperwraps with only very minor wear.

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APG 203.0 (2007). William T. Vollmann. APG 203.0 (2007) Author Price Guide. (Dickerson: Quill & Brush, 2004). Includes a facsimile of the author's signature; a brief biographical sketch; a list of the author's first editions (American and British) current to the date of publication of the guide, with entries for limited and trade editions; number of copies (if available); how to identify the first edition; and estimated values with and without the dustwrapper (if applicable). Issued as a PDF file. Click HERE for a complete list of our individual Author Price Guides or for information about ordering the complete set on CD.
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