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WESTERN STAR. Stephen Vincent Benet. WESTERN STAR.
New York , Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (1943). First edition. Fine in near fine, price-clipped, aged dust jacket, a little darkened on spine and with a small closed tear and very slight edgewear, and old tape reinforcements on verso in a few places.

[Book #41497]       Price: $60.00
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ARNOLD BENNETT. Mrs. Arnold Bennett. ARNOLD BENNETT.
London: A. M. Philpot, Ltd. 1925. First edition. Frontis portrait of Bennett. Page top edges gilt. Illustrated with a few photographs. Very good in the scarce dust jacket, with spine sunned, marginal chipping, and splits at folds mended on verso with archival tape.

[Book #46536]       Price: $100.00
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REMARKS UPON A LATE DISCOURSE OF FREE-THINKING IN A LETTER TO F. H. D. D.: (First and Second Parts). Richard Bentley, As Phileleutherus Lipsiensis. REMARKS UPON A LATE DISCOURSE OF FREE-THINKING IN A LETTER TO F. H. D. D.: (First and Second Parts).
London: John Morphew and E. Curl, 1713. First edition of the second part bound together with the third edition of the first part. Bentley was an English classical scholar, critic, theologian and Master of Trinity College. He is credited with creating the English school of Hellenism, is ranked with the great heroes of classical learning and called the "founder of historical philology." His REMARKS UPON... is one of the best-known responses to the English philosopher and deist Anthony Collins's DISCOURSE OF FREE-THINKING. "Bentley destroyed any pretensions of Collins to thorough scholarship, exposed many gross blunders, and claimed Collins's principle of free inquiry as his own and that of all the orthodox believers" (Dictionary of National Biography). 86pp each of volumes one and two plus a single leaf of ads at rear (printed on recto only). 8vo., marbled endpapers, boards and page edges; black leather corners and spine, lettered and ruled in gilt with ornaments in four compartments. Tiny, penciled, scholarly notations in margins throughout; verso of marbled endpapers and opposing blanks spotted, otherwise quite fresh and clean. Binding edges worn and front board rubbed, otherwise very good.

[Book #52808]       Price: $350.00
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THE BREAK-UP OF CHINA. Lord Charles Beresford. THE BREAK-UP OF CHINA.
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. First edition. Printed in England, so we assume the UK issue. Covers commerce, currency, waterways, armies, railways, politics and future prospects. A large, thick volume; 509 pages. With two large, colored fold-out maps and a fold-out graph comparing cotton imports in 1887 and 1897. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. A good copy with covers edgeworn, corners bumped, and subscription library label on front pastedown which has offset to endpaper.

[Book #54390]       Price: $100.00
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APG 093.3 (2004). Thomas Berger. APG 093.3 (2004) 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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LITTLE BIG MAN. Thomas Berger. LITTLE BIG MAN.
New York: Dial Press, 1964. First edition of his third and most famous work. Dial Prize winner, and the basis for the Dustin Hoffman movie of the same name. "UNCORRECTED GALLEYS"--sheets punched with two holes, printed on front only, string tied with cardboard covers marked as above. Small portion of front cover board torn off and it appears there once was a label on the front cover, as there is a glue stain. A rare item.

[Book #42328]       Price: $750.00
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THE BIG KISS-OFF OF 1944. Andrew Bergman. THE BIG KISS-OFF OF 1944.
New York: Holt, Rinehart, (1974). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket with red spine lightly faded.

[Book #28963]       Price: $50.00
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SOME NEGLECTED FACTORS IN EVOLUTION: An Essay in Constructive Biology. Henry M. Bernard. SOME NEGLECTED FACTORS IN EVOLUTION: An Essay in Constructive Biology.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1911. First edition. Profusely illustrated with line drawings. Light damp-stain to front, top corner, otherwise near fine.

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THE STICKS: A Profile of Essex County, New York. Burton Bernstein. THE STICKS: A Profile of Essex County, New York.
Marcia Erickson. New York: Dodd Mead & Co, 1972. First edition. Review copy with slip laid in. Fine in dust jacket with a creased tear on the bottom-right corner.

[Book #41180]       Price: $45.00
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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.

[Book #22477]       Price: $50.00
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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.

[Book #54109]       Price: $2,000.00
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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"

[Book #50982]       Price: $150.00
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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.

[Book #52239]       Price: $250.00
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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.

[Book #54897]       Price: $150.00
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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.

[Book #36155]       Price: $45.00
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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.

[Book #51638]       Price: $150.00
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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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