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  1. 50043
    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Learn More
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  2. 130660
    Original drawing by the author, a version of the same image that was used as the frontispiece to The Prophet. It is evidently an idealized portrait of Gibran himself. Several versions are known; this example was a gift to Barbara Young, his last companion and assistant, author of a biography of Gibran.
    Gibran (1883-1931)... Learn More
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  3. 133699
    First published edition, first printing, with the spelling "Lucien Carr" in the dedication, and the eighth line of the second paragraph on the rear cover beginning "Harlem". This copy is from the library of contemporary San Francisco poet Jean Mclean, with their calligraphic ownership inscription "Jean and Jo Mclean" to... Learn More
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    Dracula.

    Westminster: 1897

    First edition, first issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Henry Williams from his old friend Bram Stoker July 1897". With the relevant issue points: printed on thicker paper stock, without the advert for The Shoulder of Shasta which appears in later impressions on the verso of the... Learn More
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  5. 122589comp
    First and signed limited edition, first impression, number 11 of 12 copies bound in Nigerian goatskin, inscribed by the author "How are they to be figured, this man and he? As master and slave? As brothers, twin brothers? As comrades in arms? Or as enemies, foes?". It is rare to find a work signed by the notoriously media-shy... Learn More
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  6. 132384comp
    First US edition, first issue binding (BAL's "A" state), a superb association copy of the American masterpiece in its complete form; Charles Warren Stoddard's copy, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper, "Charles Warren Stoddard Waihee Maui H. May 84". The tightly-knit literary and geographical connections between... Learn More
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  7. 133563
    An exceptional example of Ted Berrigan's scarce Postcard poems, more usually found with his own manuscript compositions, but here with a manuscript poem by Allen Ginsberg written out in his hand. The poem, beginning "A passport to the land of enchantment..." appears to be a satirical mediation on Hollywood, including mentions... Learn More
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  8. Barefoot in the Park.
    First edition, first printing. Review copy with the publisher's slip loosely inserted. The theatre play Barefoot in the Park premiered at the Biltmore Theatre in New York on 23 October 1963, starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. Neil Simon also wrote the screenplay of the famous film adaptation in 1967, with Redford... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 89014

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  9. 131676
    First edition, first printing of Capote's classic novella, the basis for the much-loved film. Gorgeously hand-bound by the Chelsea Bindery in deep rose-pink and black morocco leather, the front cover features a silhouetted Audrey Hepburn in that iconic Givenchy little black dress and foot long cigarette holder. Diamond embellishments... Learn More
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    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Jamie, good job! Thanks, Tom Robbins". Originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £325

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  11. 1
    First edition, first printing, of the author's final, unfinished novel. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 87524

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  12. 131172comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Honi, who had the job of typing the damn thing, from, Erle Stanley Gardner". The recipient was Ruth "Honey" Moore, the youngest of the three Walter sisters who were Gardner's longtime secretaries, and to whom Gardner... Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the vol. I half-title, "Mrs. Lombard, from her old friend, H. James, Paris. Nov. 3d 1879". The Lombards were from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and friends of the James family. Mrs Lombard (born Harriet H Jones, 1821-1884) often travelled in Europe with her daughters... Learn More
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    First American edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister-in-law on the first blank, "Caroline C. James, from Henry James Jr." Caroline "Carrie" James (1851-1931) was the daughter of the prominent Milwaukee businessman Joseph Cary; she married Henry James's younger brother, Wilky, in... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "With best wishes Ernest Hemingway Key West 1957". Learn More
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    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal..."> First and limited edition, signed by Stevens; this one of just 10 copies for review and marked "out of series", from a total edition of 165.

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal... Learn More
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  17. 132302
    First edition, first printing, from the library of fellow poet Richmond Lattimore (1906-1984), with his ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Poems, the author's second book, contains the poems from her first book, North & South (1946), as well as the 18 new poems that constituted the new "Cold... Learn More
    £500

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  18. The Son of the Wolf. Tales of the Far North.
    First edition, first printing, first issue text, first state binding. London's first book. Learn More
    £1,600

    Stock Code: 41368

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  19. 127543
    First edition, first printing, of Morrison's highly influential debut novel. Morrison wrote The Bluest Eye whilst working as a senior fiction editor at Random House, waking at 4 am each morning to write before work. Learn More
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    Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Too sic Anselma, love Eve Babitz". Uncommon signed, Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of... Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by poet Robert Graves to his sister on the front free endpaper, "Louise with love from Robert (printer & publisher)". Graves founded The Seizen Press with his literary partner Laura Riding in 1927. This is the second work published by the press, the first being Riding's... Learn More

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  22. Shoe the Wild Mare.
    First edition, first printing of the author's second book. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For my fine son, Gene, jr, from his old pal., Gene Fowler, sr, Feb 6 - 1931" on the front free endpaper. Gene Jr. (d.1998) would have a successful career as a film editor, his credits including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 97325

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  23. 131999
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
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  24. 131746comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Stanley Simon best wishes Isaac Asimov". Stanley Simon was a New York-based book collector of science-fiction, thriller, and fantasy first editions. This classic of detective science-fiction, which Asimov later grouped as the first instalment in... Learn More
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  25. The Silent Speaker.
    First UK edition, first impression. A Nero Wolfe novel, originally published in the USA the previous year. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 97075

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  26. 131533comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Greetings to Bill! Philip K. Dick". The recipient was a doctor at Yorba Park Medical Group in Orange, California, where Dick was a patient in 1972; inscribed copies of this work are notably uncommon. This copy is the hardback issue, with code "08L"... Learn More
    £2,750

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    The Works.

    Edinburgh & London: 1925

    An attractive set of Conrad's works. Learn More
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    Later reprint of Gelber's (1932-2003) hyper-realistic play about drug addicts which was first published by the Grove Press in 1960. This copy inscribed by Judith Malina to Barney Rosset on the half-title: "For Barney Rosset with loving gratitude for your pioneering work for art & freedom. With love, Judith. On the occasion... Learn More
    £575

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  29. 44750
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from Baltimore, March 26, 1934, announcing an exhibition of Zelda's paintings, and urging him to attend. Learn More
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  30. 131671comp
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the preliminary blank, "To Major J. B. Pond With the affections of Mark Twain Feb. 21/85", and further extensively inscribed by Pond ("This is the first copy that the author ever set his eyes on ") Major James Burton... Learn More
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  31. 124321detail
    Seldes gave Tender Is the Night a rave review in the New York Evening Journal on the day of publication, 12 April 1934. Fitzgerald writes two weeks later to thank him: " I never had any doubt after the weeks and months of half-sleepless work on the thing that it had some special merit and value but it is so nice to see an... Learn More
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  32. 70151
    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly... Learn More
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  33. ne page ALS, beginning "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you are back in Europe."

    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from France. Undated, but likely in 1929.

    "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you're back in Europe. Ring Lardner sent me a clipping about your play - I know how it feels to see one go pop before your eyes and I deeply sympathized with you...Zelda has been sick on and... Learn More

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    This is a remarkable association between..."> A superb association copy, inscribed and signed by Ginsberg: "For Robert Lowell, on the occasion of a visit to his house in company with my father Louis Ginsberg or December 22, 1966 in the presence of Lord Gowrie and St. Paul." In addition, Ginsberg has drawn his fish triskellion.
    This is a remarkable association between... Learn More
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    Presentation copy from Vivien Leigh, inscribed on the front pastedown: "Anthony Ireland, from Vivien Leigh. (Because we must.) February 5th 1937", an extraordinarily prophetic presentation copy, signalling Leigh's determination to win the role that would launch her international stardom. This is the fifth printing, published... Learn More
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  36. 122696
    First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated... Learn More
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  37. 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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    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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  39. 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
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  40. 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
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    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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  42. 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
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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
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  44. 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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  45. 130470
    First edition, first printing, first issue with the misprint "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26. Learn More
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  46. 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
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    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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  48. 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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    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
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  50. 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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  51. 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
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    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
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  53. 1
    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
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 62636

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  54. 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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  55. 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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    Stock Code: 81063

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  56. 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 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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  58. 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
    £2,350

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  59. 126737comp
    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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  60. 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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