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  1. 116734comp
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    In Dubious Battle.

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 4 of 99 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116734

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 116679comp
    signed

    Music for Chameleons.

    New Writing.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "for Spike and Tina, good wishes, Truman Capote". This collection of short stories, dedicated to Tennessee Williams, includes Capote's "Conversational Portraits", the semi-fictionalised result of his contributions to Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1980

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116679

    Signed: Yes

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  3. 116670

    Ultima Thule.

    Second edition (first 1880). There is an obituary for George Washington Greene from the New York Nation, dated 1883, tipped-in opposite Longfellow's "Dedication to G.W.G.", and a four-page insert bearing Longfellow's poem "From My Armchair" laid-in to the front endpapers. There are also two pressed flowers affixed to two of the binder's blanks at the rear of the book, dated 1881 and captioned with titles and locations. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1881

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 116670

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  4. 116657

    The Catcher in the Rye.

    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116657

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  5. 116470

    The Whispering Buddha.

    First edition, first printing. John Clifford Cowles (1861–1951) was an American artist, and this was only work of fiction. A review on rear of dust jacket states "READ IT ONCE, YOU WILL READ IT TWICE" - a claim somewhat undermined by the uncut pages of this copy. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: Los Angeles

    Stock Code: 116470

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  6. 116394

    The Old Man and the Sea.

    First illustrated edition (the text was first published in the previous year by Scribners), second UK edition. This printing was prepared especially for members of the World Book club, and is by far a more impressive, attractive and well-made book than either the first US or UK editions of the book. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116394

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  7. 116324comp
    signed

    Collected Stories 1939-1976.

    Introduction by Gore Vidal.
    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, No. 35 of 60 special copies signed by Bowles and Vidal on a tipped-in page and specially bound, from the edition of 1,110 copies. Additionally inscribed on the title page by Bowles to his biographer Virginia Spencer Carr, which reads "for Virginia, with all my love, - Paul, Tangier, 6/11/96". Virginia Spencer Carr Bowles first met Bowles in 1989 for an interview on Tennessee Williams. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: Santa Barbara

    Stock Code: 116324

    Signed: Yes

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  8. 115985

    The Grapes of Wrath.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115985

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  9. The Works

    The Works.

    With a critical introduction by Charles F. Richardson.
    The Tamerlane edition. Number 239 of 300 sets, printed on Ruisdael hand-made paper. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115945

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  10. Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled.

    Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled.

    Twenty-Two Stories.
    First edition, first printing. Ellison won "an armload" of awards: the Hugo Award eight and a half times; the Nebula Award three times; the Bram Stoker Award five times and the Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, amongst numerous other accolades. This book is a self-proclaimed "modern grimoire" (blurb by Ellison). Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115888

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  11. In a Lonely Place.

    In a Lonely Place.

    First UK edition, first impression; first published in the US in 1947, the basis of the classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in 1950. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: London & Brussels

    Stock Code: 115877

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  12. The Caine Mutiny.

    The Caine Mutiny.

    A Novel of World War II.
    First edition, first printing. The Pulitzer prize-winning novel spent 122 weeks on the New York Times best seller list from August 1951 to August 1953. The novel is based on Wouk's personal experiences aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific in World War II and deals with, among other things, the moral and ethical decisions made at sea by the captains of ships. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115819

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  13. Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    First edition, first impression. A collection of ten humorous short stories starring Ephraim Tutt: "the best known lawyer in fiction" (front flap blurb). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115780

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  14. Lake Wobegon Days.
    signed

    Lake Wobegon Days.

    First UK edition, first impression, with a message signed and dated by the author on the half-title: "To Dr Murray with good wishes from the American heartland, Garrison Keillor 6.26.86 ST Paul". From the library of noted Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1986

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115777

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Lake Wobegon Days.
    signed

    Lake Wobegon Days.

    First edition, first printing, with a label signed by Keillor on the half-title. From the library of noted Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1985

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115776

    Signed: Yes

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  16. To Kill a Mockingbird.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Booksellers ticket to front pastedown. Ownership signature to front free endpaper and rear pastedown. Spine rolled and a little discoloured, some faint foxing to edge of text block, contents a little toned; an excellent copy in the jacket with some rubbing to extremities, some shallow chips to spine ends and tips.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115572

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  17. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).
    First edition, first issue. With publisher's catalogue dated Oct 1884. The English edition precedes the American first edition. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published:

    Stock Code: 115501

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  18. Death in the Afternoon.

    Death in the Afternoon.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115499

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  19. Little Children.
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    Little Children.

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by Saroyan to publisher William J. McElwee Jr., "For William J. McElwee, Jr., with sincere good wishes from Wiliam Saroyan, Philadelphia April 1940" on the half title, and additionally signed by Saroyan on the front free endpaper. McElwee was the publisher at Ritten House, Philadelphia. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115422

    Signed: Yes

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    A Young Man About to Commit Suicide.

    First edition, first printing, inscribed to publisher William J. McElwee Jr., "To Bill McElwee - who actually bought this book - not borrowed it! Anthony Gudaitis", on the front free endpaper. This is a superb copy of a scarce piece of American stream-of-consciousness modernism, in the very scare and strikingly designed dust jacket - the front flap of which advertises: "This is the most important confession of adolescence since the friends of Marie Bashkirtseff published her pitiable memoirs after her death. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115420

    Signed: Yes

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