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  1. 131124
    First edition, first printing. Davis was an active journalist, author, and proponent of American masculinity. He was a close friend of Theodore Roosevelt's and helped create the legend surrounding the Rough Riders, of which he was made an honorary member. He was the model for illustrator Charles Dana Gibson's dashing "Gibson... Learn More
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  2. 131105comp
    First trade edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "for Tooty and Chuck, with much love from their friend and neighbour, Truman, Verbier, 1966". The recipients were Capote's neighbours in the town of Verbier, Switzerland, where he owned a small chalet and wrote the majority of this work.... Learn More
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  3. 131096
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket. The jacket has the points as called for by Grissom: it is printed in brown and there is no mention of Hemingway's Nobel Prize. Previously, much has been made of the colour tint on the rear panel portrait on the dust jacket as an issue point. However, Grissom refutes... Learn More
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  4. 130386comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 1,500 copies unnumbered copies signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page; of these 750 were released for sale. Learn More
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  5. 128103
    The Scarlet Letter is a cornerstone of American literature."> First edition, first printing, with the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" at p. 21, line 20, and the advertisements dated "March 1, 1850". Considered Hawthorne's greatest work The Scarlet Letter is a cornerstone of American literature. Learn More
    £7,500

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  6. 125120comp
    First edition, sole printing, presentation copy of Rand's first novel, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper just a few days after it was published on 7 April, "Johnny and Lucille - - who sympathize with my cause - Ayn. 4-13-1936". The first printing of 3,000 copies sold out within 18 months of the book's publication,... Learn More
    £12,500

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  7. 131010comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 131010

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  8. 128327
    First edition, first printing, of Updike's collection of eighteen short stories. Pigeon Feathers was adapted into a film in 1988 as part of PBS's American Playhouse series. Learn More
    £125

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  9. Slovenly Peter.
    Limited edition, number 962 of 1,500 copies, preceding the first trade edition by Harper & Brothers, which was published in the same year. In her foreword Mark Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, recounts how her father spent three days and three nights translating Struwwelpeter as a Christmas gift for his children while the... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 92163

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  10. 63062comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Nash and Marjorie - with longtime appreciation and highest respects & best wishes, from Eudora, June 1978". Nash Burger was a high school classmate of Welty's who became an editor at the New York Times Book Review. Learn More
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  11. 129242
    First edition, first printing, first state of the text: with "chatter" on p. 60, line 16, "northern" on p. 119, line 22, "it's" on p. 165, line 16, "away" on p. 165, line 29, "sick in tired" on p. 205, lines 9-10, and "Union Street station" on p. 211, lines 7-8. Learn More
    £4,750

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  12. 118454comp
    First edition, first printing, in the second issue jacket with the reviews to the rear panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Dear Mr. Curran - This bright bunch of plated tripe drove me into the career of crime - in which the placid Mr. Valcour sits about while murders occur to his... Learn More
    £950

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  13. 130607comp
    Black Swans "deftly chronicles the shifting mores..."> First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper on the day of publication, "9/9/93, Dearest Pamela, Love Eve Bas xoxo", the inscription surrounding a rubber stamp which reads, "Without you I would be nothing".
    Black Swans "deftly chronicles the shifting mores... Learn More
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  14. 130598
    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing, in a handsome binding. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest... Learn More
    £750

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    Psycho.

    New York: 1959

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title. Rare with the jacket in such nice condition. The work was the basis for Hitchcock's seminal film of the same title, released a year after the book was published. Learn More
    £2,750

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  16. 79532
    First edition in binding variant A with Thoreau named as the author of Walden on the spine, and cloth type Z, one of several binding styles used on the first edition without precedence. Cape Cod, a collection of ten essays on the scenery and people of the region, was based on three trips that Thoreau made between 1849 and... Learn More
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  17. 130470
    First edition, first printing, first issue with the misprint "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26. Learn More
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  18. 129123
    First edition, uncommon. Fascinating document of the San Francisco underground scene. A sequence of amphetamine-fuelled metaphysical explorations combining the Satanic, astrological, and psychedelic in equal measure, with just a dash of biker lore. Reynolds was secretary of the notorious SF chapter of the Hell's Angels,... Learn More
    £850

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    A River Runs Through It is Maclean's..."> First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This copy is correct with all first printing issue points; a digit missing to the ISBN on the copyright page, "adways" for "always" on line 15, p. 27, and the ISBN complete on the dust jacket rear flap. A River Runs Through It is Maclean's... Learn More
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  20. 125792comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank to his sometime lover, Margaret Case Harriman, "For Margaret Harriman, who has inspired all my books this tale of our life together in Switzerland, France & U.S.S.R. from Her Chattel F. Scott Fitzgerald July 1935", together with... Learn More
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  21. 129753
    Limited edition, number 578 of 1,000 copies, the binding designed by filmmaker and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood. To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Penguin Classics the firm commissioned five prominent artists to design bindings for limited runs of influential books previously published in the series. Tender... Learn More
    £275

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  22. 114537

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia & New York: 1960

    Rare advance reading copy, reader's issue. The front wrapper advertises to the recipient: "We hope you will share our pleasure and sense of discover in this fine first novel about, and from, the South. To be published July 11, 1960. Truman Capote has written: 'Someone rare has written this very fine first novel, a writer... Learn More
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    First published edition, later printing, signed by the author on the title page, "Allen Ginsberg 10/13/94, AH". First published in 1956, this landmark collection defined the discontented voice of its epoch for a generation. It was Ginsberg's first regularly published book, preceded only by the privately produced mimeographed... Learn More
    £500

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  24. 127591

    Siesta in Xbalba

    Icy Cape, Alaska: July, 1956

    First edition, sole impression, one of an estimated 53 copies, this copy signed by Ginsberg on the title page.
    Siesta in Xbalba is a truly rare Ginsberg item, self-printed and self-published in the summer of 1956 while aboard a Navy ship off the coast of Alaska, before he returned to San Francisco and realised his literary... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 127591

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  25. 129656comp
    First edition, first printing, of the author's first poetry collection. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Harold J. Bailey. 'The reaches of my heart are: tree, petal, like snow and man below'. Cordially, August Derleth August 12, '39". Learn More
    £225

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  26. 117980detail

    The Complete Writings.

    New York and London: 1902

    Paumanok edition. Limited to 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael handmade paper and signed by the publisher; this particular set from a series with a star sticker affixed to the number line. With inlaid hand-written post card from Whitman addressed to Melville Phillips: "Don't fail to let me see / proofs beforehand --... Learn More
    £9,750

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  27. 94099
    First edition, first printing, of Chandler's fourth novel. Rare in such lovely condition. Learn More
    £7,500

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Louis Dollarhide in appreciation - Flannery O'Connor, Millidgeville, April 8, 1960". Inserted is O'Connor's calling card on which she has written "I took the liberty of correcting the typographical error on page 242, FOC". On... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 62636

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  29. 121819
    First edition, first issue with C22 in the gutter on page 408 and with the correct date code and the uncancelled price of 4.50 on the dust jacket's front flap. Stranger in a Strange Land won the Hugo Award in 1962, and is one of the most important works of science fiction. Learn More
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  30. The Fifth Column
    First edition, first printing, of this major summarizing collection, the only one for which Hemingway made a critical selection for publication from his vast opus of short fiction: includes "In Our Time", "Men Without Women" and "Winner Take Nothing" among others, and prints four previously uncollected stories including... Learn More
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  31. 129002
    First edition, self-published some six years before the more commonly encountered, expanded, Grove Press edition, and uncommon thus. Before finding fame with The Fugs, Kupferberg operated as poet, pamphleteer and publisher, probably best known to the cognoscenti as the man in Ginberg's Howl "who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge... Learn More
    £825

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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy with a fine literary association, inscribed by the author to Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband Harold Nicolson, "Dear Vita & Harold, all our love, Sinclair Lewis", on the front free endpaper. Lewis was the first American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature,... Learn More
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    First editions, first printings, inscribed copies of four early titles in Derleth's Solar Pons series, of which there were 11 works. All these copies are inscribed by the author to F. H. Hollander (1915-2000) of the American Astronomical Society. The dust jackets were designed by Frank Utpatel, who also produced jackets... Learn More
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  34. 122067
    First edition in book form, first printing. Starship Troopers was first published as a two-part serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in October and November 1959 before being published as a book the next month. Winner of the 1960 Hugo award for best novel, it was adapted to film in 1997 by Paul Verhoeven. Learn More
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  35. 122108
    First edition, first printing, of the author's first book, of which 1,000 copies were published. This copy has the ink stamp on the front free endpaper of James L. Dickey III, US poet laureate from 1966 to 1968; Bishop had herself been poet laureate from 1949 to 1950. Learn More
    £1,650

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  36. 121796
    First edition, first printing, first issue with the original price of 1500 francs on the rear cover. Learn More
    £1,250

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  37. The Unvanquished.
    First edition, first printing, limited issue being one of 250 numbered copies, specially bound and signed by the author. Uncommon in this condition, and with the acetate jacket. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 71717

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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Bob Kriendler with best wishes from his friend Ernest Hemingway". The recipient was Robert "Bob" Kriendler, the youngest of the four Kriendler brothers who ran the iconic speakeasy 21 Club, one of Hemingway's favourite... Learn More
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  39. 117772
    Presentation copy inscribed by Hemingway to the half-title page "For Adolfo San Pelayo with sincere good wishes always Ernest Hemingway La Vigia 6/6/58." Learn More
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  40. 110573detail
    The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1,024 sets only of which this is 886. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive collected edition and so put his autograph to 1024 single leaves in 1906. These were not recovered until long after his death, when the project could finally be... Learn More
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  41. 125130
    First UK edition of one of James's scarcest and most desirable titles, one of 500 copies. The first two impressions are indistinguishable: it was first published on 15 February 1879 in a print run of 250 copies, with a second impression of 250 copies following in March, lacking any imprint to distinguish it from the first... Learn More
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  42. 62426comp
    First edition, first printing, special issue being one of just 40 numbered copies printed on Arches paper. The present example is one of the few signed by George Antheil and with a presentation inscription from the author on the half title page, "Wods from EZ anno V 1927". We have not identified "Wods" but "EZ" is a particularly... Learn More
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  43. 126749
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
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  44. The Hungry Tiger of Oz.
    First edition, first printing, of the twentieth Oz book and the sixth such to be written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Learn More
    £675

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  45. 126719
    First edition, first printing, of the Nobel Laureate's first and best known novel. Learn More
    £3,250

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  46. 111507
    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1852. Learn More
    £225

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  47. 112651
    First edition, first printing. From the library of Alexander Cowie, professor at Wesleyan University and author of The Rise of the American Novel (1948), with his signature to the front free endpaper. Laid-in is a contemporary New York bookshop's order form for the present title. Learn More
    £375

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  48. 123935
    First edition, with the second variant binding of the publisher's catalogue, without "The Latest Fiction" listed on the final page. (Although BAL list the variants with no priority, Sadleir argues that the listing with "The Latest Fiction" is the earlier form.) The UK edition was published on 25 April 1899, a fortnight before... Learn More
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  49. 49478
    First edition, first printing, first issue, with pp. 349-352 in uncorrected first state. The fourth and final collection of short stories Fitzgerald published in his lifetime was published 20 March 1935 in an edition of 5,100 copies. Learn More
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  50. i1
    A fine and longish letter in which Fitzgerald discusses Seldes's edition of Ring Lardner, a possible evening of one-act plays, and reviews of Tender Is the Night: "Just read the Lardner collection First and Last. At first I was disappointed because I had expected there would be enough stuff for an omnibus and I still feel... Learn More
    £10,000

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  51. The Simple Art of Murder.
    First book edition, first printing of the author's influential essay on detective fiction, which was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in December 1944, along with a selection of his short stories. Learn More
    £750

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  52. 38081
    First edition, first printing, of Chandler's first book. Learn More
    £6,000

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  53. 112204detail
    Author's Autograph Edition. Number 9 of 63 sets with a manuscript page bound into one volume. This set includes a page from the author's corrected draft for chapter 3 of "Oak Openings", tipped in onto one of the prelims of The Spy. Learn More
    £12,500

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  54. 60102comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page "To my editor Janet Loranger with my greetings and best wishes, Isaac B. Singer". Learn More
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    Stock Code: 60102

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  55. 125700
    First edition, first printing, first issue jacket, with the Truman Capote blurb printed in green to the front flap and the Jonathan Daniels blurb on the rear flap. To Kill a Mockingbird became an immediate bestseller and won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is "an authentic and nostalgic story which in rare fashion... Learn More
    £9,750

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  56. 124324comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy to Pieter W. Fosburgh and his wife Liza, inscribed by the author in red crayon, "To Peter sic and Liza Fosburgh, Writing in red crayon in memory of the Red House, Jack Kérouac sic (Idiot) (St. Jack of the Germs)" the last five words in pencil. This is a fascinating and thoroughly... Learn More
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  57. 125112comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 59 copies signed by the contributing poets, namely: Conrad Aiken, Kenneth Allott, W. H. Auden, George Barker, John Peale Bishop, R. P. Blackmur, Hugh Chisholm, Gene Derwood, Richard Eberhart, William Empson, Jean Garrigue, Horace Gregory, Alfred Hayes, Ruth Herschberger, Randall... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 125112

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  58. This Side of Paradise.
    First edition, first printing, of Fitzgerald's debut novel, one of 3,000 copies. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 30627

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  59. .
    First edition, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to "John Steinbeck, as between two soldiers, citizens and fellow strugglers - with affection good wishes, Carl Sandburg, Los Gatos, 1940", with Steinbeck's embossed library stamp to the front free endpaper and title page of each volume.... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 97267

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