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THE ZOO STORY, THE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH and THE SANDBOX: Three Plays. Edward Albee. THE ZOO STORY, THE DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH and THE SANDBOX: Three Plays.
New York: Coward-McCann, (1960). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Crisp and near fine, lacking dust jacket.

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THE JANUARY CORPSE. Neil Albert. THE JANUARY CORPSE.
New York: Walker & Co. (1991). First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, SIGNED and INSCRIBED by him on the front endpaper. Photograph of Albert laid in. Fine in a bright dust jacket.

[Book #29818]       Price: $100.00
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SOMEBODY IN BOOTS. Nelson Algren. SOMEBODY IN BOOTS.
New York: Vanguard Press, (1935). First edition of the author's first book. Based on his experiences living in Texas during the Great Depression. The title refers to someone with authority--namely bosses and police; poor folk and the powerless just wore shoes or went barefoot. Minor binding-glue bleed-through near inner hinges (which is common) otherwise a very good or better, nice clean copy with only the barest wear to the covers and with the brown top stain still very good. Lacking the original dust jacket but offered in a facsimile one. HIS FIRST BOOK.

[Book #53567]       Price: $750.00
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GALENA GUIDE. Nelson Algren. GALENA GUIDE.
Galena, IL: The City of Galena, 1937. First edition. Considered his first book or contribution. In the "American Guide Series," a Works Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project that funded writers during the Depression. Blue paperwraps featuring a silhouette of Illinois; printed on front only in dark blue and gilt. Bit of excess glue inside front cover otherwise fine. WPA GUIDE.

[Book #54241]       Price: $75.00
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BABY OF THE FAMILY. Tina McElroy Ansa. BABY OF THE FAMILY.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1989). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Review copy with publisher's information and photo laid in. Top page edges slightly darkened near spine, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

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SOME TREES. John Ashbery. SOME TREES.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1956. First edition of the poet's first regularly published book. In the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with a foreword by W.H. Auden. Award-winning poet Anthony Hecht's copy with his ownership signature on front endpaper. The book is fine in near fine dust jacket with shallow chip at head of spine, one small unobtrusive tear, and tanning at spine and folds and top edges. POET ANTHONY HECHT'S COPY.

[Book #53616]       Price: $750.00
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THE SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse. Leonard Bacon. THE SCRANNEL PIPE: A Book of Verse.
New Haven: Privately Printed, 1909. First edition. PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POET'S FIRST BOOK, written the year he graduated Yale University. INSCRIBED BY BACON, "Charles A. Bennett / ex dono auctoris [a gift of the author]." From the collection of cartoonist Claude Smith with his penciled ownership signature. Light blue paperwraps printed on front only; most pages unopened. Old damp stain along spine and with yapped (over-hanging) edges of the fragile paper covers chipped. Good at best but a scarce book, scacer still signed by Bacon.

[Book #51393]       Price: $125.00
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THE WASP FACTORY. Iain Banks. THE WASP FACTORY.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1984. First U.S. edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK -- SIGNED by Banks. Written from the first-person perspective of a sixteen-year-old describing his childhood, which included deaths within his family. Fine in dust jacket with only the barest wear on the spine ends.

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REAL PRESENCE. Richard Bausch. REAL PRESENCE.
New York: Dial Press, (1980). First edition of his first book. SIGNED by Bausch. Fine in fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear.

[Book #50482]       Price: $100.00
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I'LL GET YOU: THE BEATLE MUSIC INDEX, 1958-1970. Beatles, Michael Todd. I'LL GET YOU: THE BEATLE MUSIC INDEX, 1958-1970.
(Lake Oswego, OR: AMV Entertainment), 1992. First edition. "This volume is an attempt to bring together a reference source for the Beatles' available session work." Apparently issued in only 150 copies. This copy with "19/150" handwritten in the corner of the Introduction page, beside Todd's INSCRIPTION, "Dear - - Thanks for your support! I hope the book and the disc bring you hours of fun for the entire family. (or something like that; anyway.) All the best, Michael Todd." Small highlighter squiggle on plain rear cover, few session entries highlighted with penciled notations to margins, covers lightly soiled, otherwise very good to near fine in spiral binding.

[Book #50603]       Price: $150.00
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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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THE QUARE FELLOW: A Comedy Drama. Brendan Behan. THE QUARE FELLOW: A Comedy Drama.
London: Methuen & Co, (1956). First edition of his first book. A play set in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, where "The Quare Fellow," who is never seen or heard, is condemned to die the following day for an unnamed crime. Fine in very good or better, price-clipped dust jacket rubbed at spine ends and folds.

[Book #54368]       Price: $150.00
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OF ALL THINGS. Robert C. Benchley. OF ALL THINGS.
New York: Henry Holt and Co. 1921. First edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. INSCRIBED, DATED AND SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. "For Billie Allen / in memory of many / happy hours on the / shore of Lake Como / Robert C. Benchley / Dec 20, 1921." Light soiling and cloth edges slightly rubbed, otherwise near fine. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #40334]       Price: $500.00
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OF ALL THINGS. Robert C. Benchley. OF ALL THINGS.
London: The Bodley Head, 1922. First UK edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Includes an introduction by Stephen Leacock not in the American edition. Red paper remnant of small item previously tipped to rear inner hinge, slight edgewear and minor rubbing, otherwise very good. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #40884]       Price: $100.00
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DARK CARNIVAL. Ray Bradbury. DARK CARNIVAL.
Sauk City: Arkham House, 1947. First edition of Bradbury's first book, a collection of 27 of his earliest stories. There were only 3,112 copies in the first printing. 3 x 5" plain white card laid in SIGNED BY BRADBURY WITH DRAWING OF ONE OF HIS MONSTERS and dated in 1989. Touch of darkening to pastedowns, still near fine in very good, price-clipped dust jacket with rubbed chipping to corners and spine ends and white portion of back cover a little soiled.

[Book #53848]       Price: $2,500.00
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THE GAY PLACE. Being Three Related Novels THE FLEA CIRCUS, ROOM ENOUGH TO CAPER, COUNTRY PLEASURES. William Brammer. THE GAY PLACE. Being Three Related Novels THE FLEA CIRCUS, ROOM ENOUGH TO CAPER, COUNTRY PLEASURES.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co. 1961. First edition. The author's only book. An advance copy INSCRIBED by Brammer, "For Wm. Beckman -- Friend of famous Arthurs / Pen Pay of Genius Poets / Patron of the Pataphysician. From his boon companion Wm. (B. L.) Brammer 3/21/63 (4 a. m.)." One of the best political novels we've read. Brammer worked for LBJ and became a heavy user of drugs which eventually led to his death. Set in an unnamed state identical to Texas, each novella has a different protagonist: a member of the state legislature; the state's junior senator; and the governor's speechwriter. The governor himself, Arthur Fenstemaker, a master politician (said to have been based on Brammer's mentor Lyndon Johnson) serves as the dominant figure throughout. The book also includes characters based on Ladybird, and LBJ's brother Sam Houston Johnson. The book, which earned the author a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. has been widely acclaimed as one of the best American political novels ever written. Yellow printed wraps a bit soiled and a bit worn on edges but still very good. INSCRIBED ADVANCE COPY.

[Book #53157]       Price: $750.00
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JUNKIE. William S. Burroughs, as William Lee. JUNKIE.
New York: Ace Books, (1953). First edition of Burroughs' first book. Published under the pseudonym "William Lee." A paperback original -- "Ace Double Books D-15" bound tete-beche (head-to-toe) with an abridged edition of Maurice Helbrant's "Narcotic Agent." From the collection of sports writer Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman with his penciled notations inside rear cover. Covers show light rubbing and few minor creases, pages and inside covers tanned at edges, much more so on first and final pages (or, in this case, first and first pages), otherwise very good or better. WILLIAM S BURROUGHS' FIRST BOOK.

[Book #54144]       Price: $500.00
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TARZAN OF THE APES. Edgar Rice Burroughs. TARZAN OF THE APES.
New York: A. L. Burt, [1915]. An early reprint edition of the author's first book. Issued from the plates of the McClurg 1914 first edition with its copyright page but with a new title page and frontis based on the original McClurg title page. Near fine with only the barest wear to green cloth boards. The cover is lettered in black and there are no lines on the cover; in dust jacket with some minor edge wear and a few chips at spine ends. A very nice copy. Robert Zeuschner calls for the Burt first printing to be lettered in white and to have embossed lines on cover--this copy doesn't but it does have ads for only Harold Bell Wright titles in the back, and the latest one advertised is a 1914 Wright title. We assume there would have been other Tarzan titles or other later Wright books advertised if this were published much later than 1914. AN EARLY REPRINT ISSUED FROM THE PLATES OF THE FIRST.

[Book #50139]       Price: $750.00
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TARZAN OF THE APES. Edgar Rice Burroughs. TARZAN OF THE APES.
Chicago: A. C. McClure & Co. 1914. First edition of his first book. First printing with "W. F. Hall Printing Co. / Chicago" set in Old English type on two lines on verso of title leaf. In the first binding, without acorn device on spine panel. Included on most of the "best-of" lists of last century (fantasy, science ficiton and children's books). Original maroon cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold. Professionally rebacked in matching cloth with original covers and spine laid down and with binding resewn and original endpapers preserved and laid down over new linen hinges. Gilt spine lettering dulled, name on endpaper, and scattered mild staining; otherwise, with the professional repair a very good or better copy lacking the dust jacket.

[Book #54592]       Price: $1,250.00
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THE ALLEYS OF EDEN. Robert Olen Butler. THE ALLEYS OF EDEN.
New York: Horizon Press, (1981). First edition. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK--SIGNED. Fine in dust jacket.

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OUR GOVERNMENT. James M. Cain. OUR GOVERNMENT.
New York: Knopf, 1930. First edition. The hard-boiled mystery writer's first regularly published book, essays of sorts in a series of imagined dialogues on the workings and non-workings of government. Octavo gray cloth boards stamped in black (or perhaps dark blue) on front and spine, publisher's logo blindstamped on back board; in first-issue dust jacket with dollar sign on front. Top edge stain faded and lightly foxed otherwise near fine in good or better dust jacket with toning, moderate chipping, some soiling and general wear, A scarce book, scarcer still in any jacket much less this first-issue one.

[Book #54059]       Price: $750.00
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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. Peter Cameron. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
New York: Harper & Row, (1986). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket.

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OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS. Truman Capote. OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS.
New York: Random House, (1948). First edition. Review-style photograph of Capote by Phyllis Cerf (wife of publisher Bennett Cerf) laid in. Differs from the iconic photo by Harold Halma used on the dust jacket. Normally would have assumed this was a copy sent for review. But the photo is similar to another by Cerf done in 1959, so it's hard to say. Near fine with very faint foxing along upper cover edges and a few small spots of light soiling. In near fine dust jacket with just a few small nicks and tears.

[Book #53993]       Price: $750.00
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IT WALKS BY NIGHT. John Dickson Carr. IT WALKS BY NIGHT.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930. First edition of the author's first book, a Harper Sealed Mystery. YELLOW SEAL PRESENT but opened resulting in chipping to its fore edge where tipped to p.211 (not affecting any text). Rear half of the seal, which is unprinted and tipped to rear free endpaper, is fine. Blue cloth boards stamped in lighter blue. Cloth at head of spine frayed, otherwise about very good lacking dust jacket.

[Book #54817]       Price: $300.00
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THE ICE KING. Daniel Casolaro. THE ICE KING.
Ardmore: Whitmore Publishing, (1981). First edition of his only book, a novel about mountain climbing. Full-page, intimate INSCRIPTION: "To a beautiful girl - - -." The author was an American freelance writer who came to public attention in 1991 when he was found dead, his wrists slashed 10-12 times, in a bathtub in a room in the Sheraton Hotel in Martinsburg, West Virginia. A note was found, and the medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. However, his death became controversial because his working notes suggested he had traveled to Martinsburg to meet a source in connection with a story he had dubbed "the Octopus," which centered around a sprawling conspiracy theory involving an international cabal. Fine in dust jacket with few small chips on corners. Unaccountably scarce--and we would guess rare signed.

[Book #47198]       Price: $450.00
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