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THE DRESSMAKER. Beryl Bainbridge. THE DRESSMAKER.
(London): Duckworth, (1973). First edition. SIGNED BY BAINBRIDGE, "Best wishes, Beryl Bainbridge" (not to anyone in particular). A pyschological novel about the struggles of a repressed dressmaker and her sister to look after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier during WWII (inspired by a relationship Bainbridge had with a soldier when she was a teen). Made into a 1988 award-winning British film. Short-listed for the Booker Prize. Faint foxing to page top edge, pastedowns and verso of the price-clipped dust jacket, otherwise near fine. SCARCE SIGNED.

[Book #51994]       Price: $250.00
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THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. Norman Mailer. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.
New York: Rinehart and Company, (1948). First edition of the author's first book, SIGNED by Mailer. Only 25,000 copies printed. Acclaimed as one of the best novels to come out of WWII. Fragile black paper boards nicked at bottom edge but otherwise near fine, which is unusual. In the first-issue dust jacket with introductory blurb by Stanley Rinehart comparing Mailer favorably with Hemingway and others (versus the second-issue jacket with reviews). The jacket shows minor edge wear and one small has small chip but is still very good to near fine.

[Book #53689]       Price: $1,750.00
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HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II. Francis Trevelyan Miller. HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II.
Philadelphia: Universal Book and Bible House, (1945). Salesman's Dummy for the first edition of the Armed Services Memorial Edition. The eventual book included 966 pages covering the "complete panorama of the greatest struggle in human history," illustrated with official photographs, maps, records and documents, and included a color plate frontis of Iwo Jima, 1945, the iconic image of the war. This Salesman's Dummy has two "Service Record" pages, a contents page (listing 100 chapters), statements of National leaders, 10 pages of text and 90 photos (on 32 pages). Fine in blue cloth with the barest wear. Scarce. SALESMAN'S DUMMY.

[Book #54599]       Price: $150.00
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AN ERNIE PYLE ALBUM: Indiana to Ie Shima. Lee G. Miller. AN ERNIE PYLE ALBUM: Indiana to Ie Shima.
New York: William Sloane Associates, (1946). First edition. Near fine with lightly bumped spine ends. In a near fine dust jacket that is lightly soiled and shows a few rub marks, several closed tears along the top and two tiny chips to the top of the spine.

[Book #51597]       Price: $60.00
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THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT. Robert E. Sherwood. THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT.
New York: Scribner's Sons, 1940. First edition. A Pulitzer Prize winning play set during World War II. Laid in is an approximately 6 x 9" promotional broadside printed in black and yellow featuring a photograph from the staged production on recto and reviews on verso; notice of pre-sale ticket availability by mail printed in red at base of recto for the February 1941 two-week engagement of the show at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. Contemporary name and date on endpaper otherwise fine in near fine dust jacket with spine ends lightly rubbed.

[Book #54810]       Price: $125.00
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ONCE THERE WAS A WAR. John Steinbeck. ONCE THERE WAS A WAR.
London: Heinemann, (1959). First UK edition. A collection of his dispatches from the fronts during World War II, as published by the New York Tribune, with a new introduction. Previous owner's name on endpapers, otherwise very good to fine in lightly aged, price-clipped dust jacket with very minor edge wear.

[Book #33975]       Price: $100.00
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ADMIRAL ROBERT PENN WARREN AND THE SNOWS OF WINTER. William Styron, , Robert Penn Warren. ADMIRAL ROBERT PENN WARREN AND THE SNOWS OF WINTER.
Winston-Salem: Palaemon Press, 1978. First edition. Styron's tribute to Warren. Number 197 of 250 SIGNED copies (there were also 26 lettered copies). Black-and-white frontis photograph of Warren. Plain white heavy wraps and blue dust jacket with printed paper label. Fine.

[Book #54474]       Price: $75.00
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BURNT PEARLS: Ghetto Poems. Abraham Sutzkever. BURNT PEARLS: Ghetto Poems.
(Oakville, Ontario): Mosaic Press / Valley Editions, (1981). First Canadian edition and the first and only English-language edition. Translated from the Yiddish by Seymour Mayne. Introduction by Ruth R. Wisse. Frontis sketch of the author by Susan Katz. This copy INSCRIBED BY THE TRANSLATOR, "For Howard Schwartz, under the wings of the muse, Seymour Mayne, Chanukah 5742." Abraham Sutzkever (1913-2010) was awarded the Israel Prize for Yiddish literature in 1985 and his poems have been translated into 30 languages. In 1984, Arthur A. Cohen, writing for The New York Times proclaimed him "the greatest poet of the Holocaust." In 1941, Sutzkever and his wife, Freydke, were sent to the Vilna Ghetto where they were ordered by the Nazis to hand over important Jewish manuscripts and artworks. Sutzkever and his friends hid a diary by Theodor Herzl, drawings by Marc Chagall and Alexander Bogen, and other treasured works behind plaster and brick walls in the ghetto. His mother and newborn son were subsequently murdered by the Nazis. Sutzkever and his wife later escaped, and he fought the occupying forces as a partisan. In July 1943, Sutzkever gave a fellow partisan a notebook of his poems, which reached the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Moscow, where he later fled the war. According to Wisse, Sutzkever "was one of a tiny percentage of creative artists who lived through and survived the devastation [of WWII].....The works of those years, written not in retrospect, and not at a distance, but during the daily wretchedness of ghetto life and under constant threat of death, constitute an exceptional instance in the history of art." Gray paperwraps printed in black and pink. Near fine. Although not indicated as such in the book, this copy is from the collection of poet, short story writer, and Faulkner scholar Louis Daniel Brodsky. "The greatest poet of the Holocaust"

[Book #54252]       Price: $150.00
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