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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera written by US authors.

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  1. An Acquaintance with Description.
    (GRAVES, Robert.) STEIN, Gertrude. An Acquaintance with Description.

    London : 1929

    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 Love is Love, Death is Death... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 93584

  2. Moby Dick or The Whale.
    (KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman. Moby Dick or The Whale.

    New York : 1930

    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing, signed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper. 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
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 140872

  3. 140830
    [SEDGWICK, Catharine Maria.] Live and Let Live; or, Domestic Services Illustrated.

    New York : 1837

    First edition. Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) was one of 19th-century America's most prolific and versatile women writers. She composed popular didactic works in order to support women's education and abolition, publishing over one hundred pieces of short prose, six novels, eight works for children, a travel narrative, and two biographies. Live... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140830

  4. 138827
    GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs.

    New York : 1885-6

    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets and has remained in print... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138827

  5. I Remember.
    BRAINARD, Joe. I Remember.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page "For Margaret with love & 'thanks', Joe". This is one of 700 copies "in an ordinary edition" (limitation page), a further 26 copies were issued in a numbered and signed limited edition. I Remember, Brainard's reverie growing up gay in the 1950s Tulsa,... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 140890

  6. Addams and Evil.
    ADDAMS, Charles. Addams and Evil.

    London : 1947

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140841

  7. The Groaning Board.
    ADDAMS, Charles. The Groaning Board.

    London : 1964

    First UK edition, first impression, of this compilation of Addams' cartoons. Originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140839

  8. 140807
    FRAZIER, Charles. Cold Mountain.

    New York : 1997

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140807

  9. 140803
    FAULKNER, William. Requiem for a Nun:

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing of Ruth Ford's dramatisation of the novel which was first published in 1950. The play was first presented by the Theatre Guild at the John Golden Theatre in New York, on January 28 1959. Ford played the role of its main character, Temple Drake, who had been created by Faulkner in his 1933 novel, Sanctuary.
    Review copy... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 140803

  10. 140322
    (BAUMANN, Gustave, illust.) BANNING, Kendall. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.

    Chicago : 1918

    First trade edition, first printing, of this collection of 13 poems and accompanying woodcuts, following the limited edition of 525 copies in a larger format on handmade paper published by the Brothers of the Book in 1916. The publisher, Laurence Woodworth was the scrivener for the Brothers of the Book, a small private press "made up of those who like... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140322

  11. 140687
    O'NEILL, Eugene. Mourning Becomes Electra.

    New York : 1931

    First edition, first printing. The play, a retelling of the Oresteia by Aeschylus, premiered on Broadway at the Guild Theatre on 26 October 1931. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 140687

  12. The Zodiac.
    DICKEY, James. The Zodiac.

    Bloomfield Hills, MI : 1976

    First edition, number 39 of 61 copies signed by the author with a single leaf of the typescript working draft bound in, Dickey's manuscript corrections in ink. A trade issue was released by Doubleday later in the same year. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140558

  13. The Earthomotor and Other Stories.
    LINTON, Charles Ellsworth. The Earthomotor and Other Stories.

    Salem, OR : 1920

    First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil by the author on the front free endpaper, "To the Nat Hosp. Assoc. with best wishes of the author Dr. C. E. Linton". The utopian science fiction stories included in the collection are largely set in Alaska and the Arctic region. The stories relate tales of technological advancements that allow the protagonists... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 139395

  14. The Dying Earth.
    VANCE, Jack. The Dying Earth.

    San Francisco : 1976

    First hardcover edition, first printing, signed by author and inscribed by the illustrator on the title page "To Terry, Best always, George Barr".
    Vance wrote his first instalment in the Dying Earth series during the Second World War, while he served in the United States Merchant Marine, and it was first published, in wrappers, in 1950.... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138947

  15. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
    WOLFE, Tom. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

    New York : 1968

    First edition, first printing, inscribed, of the author's most enduring and influential work, recording the LSD-fuelled adventures of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, aboard the colourfully painted bus named "Further", driven by Neal Cassady. This copy is inscribed by Wolfe on the front free endpaper, "For Kup! The fastest mind in the West and now... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138847

  16. 140393
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing, with the Scribner's "A" to the copyright page, and in the first issue jacket without the photographer's credit. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 140393

  17. Mumbo Jumbo.
    REED, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo.

    New York : 1972

    First edition, first printing. The novel was cited as one of the 500 most important books in the Western canon by Harold Bloom. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140478

  18. 140378
    BLOCK, Lawrence. Eight Million Ways to Die.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, first printing. The fifth book in the famous Matthew Scudder series, featuring the ex-cop turned P.I. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140378

  19. 140280
    GOREY, Edward. The Bug Book.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing, one of 600 copies printed. The Bug Book was published as a Christmas greeting; this copy has the publisher's printed slip with their Christmas message laid in. Learn More
    £725.00

    Stock Code: 140280

  20. 140097
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Three Stories & Ten Poems.

    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan : 1977

    First edition thus, first impression; a reprint, in 3,000 unnumbered copies, of Hemingway's first book, which was published in only 300 copies in Paris in 1923 and is consequently a great rarity now. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140097

  21. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.
    STEINBECK, John. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    1937

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 66358

  22. Plain Pleasures.
    BOWLES, Jane. Plain Pleasures.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression, signed twice by the author, on the title page and final leaf, of this collection of short stories. This copy is the correct first printing, with the misprint of an extra "one" p. 126, line 15. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 100837

  23. Trumpet in the Dust.
    FOWLER, Gene. Trumpet in the Dust.

    New York : 1930

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For my son, Gene. My first book for my first son. Gene Fowler. Oct 1, 1930." Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 96695

  24. Dead Fingers Talk.
    BURROUGHS, William S. Dead Fingers Talk.

    London : 1963

    Advanced reading copy, later inscribed on the half-title "For Richard Aaron. William S. Burroughs". Aaron negotiated the sale of Burroughs' literary archive to Robert Altmann of Liechtenstein. As recounted in an interview with Eric C. Shoaf, once the sale's contracts were signed, "a button was pushed. In about ten minutes a door in the wall opened and... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140218

  25. Green Hills of Africa.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Green Hills of Africa.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing. His second major venture into non-fiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 77576

  26. Across the River and Into the Trees.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Across the River and Into the Trees.

    New York : 1950

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 68482

  27. Idiots First.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Idiots First.

    London : 1972

    Reprint of the first UK edition. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud", and the publisher's compliments slip laid in. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 60999

  28. Idiots First.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Idiots First.

    London : 1980

    First edition thus (originally published New York 1963). This was the author's own retained copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 60996

  29. Two Novels. The Natural & The Assistant.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Two Novels. The Natural & The Assistant.

    New York : [1964]

    First Modern Library edition, with the author's first two novels (originally 1952 and 1957) published together in one volume, first printing. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 60997

  30. The Assistant.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Assistant.

    London : 1959

    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's second novel (first published in New York 1957). This was the author's own copy, coming to us from his family, with ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 60998

  31. A New Life.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. A New Life.

    London : 1980

    First edition thus, published as part of the collected works of Bernard Malamud. This was the author's own retained copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Originally published in the US in 1961 Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 60994

  32. The Natural.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Natural.

    London : 1980

    First edition thus of the author's first bok, published as part of the collected works of Bernard Malamud (originally published in the US in 1952). This was the author's own retained copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, and deriving from his library. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 60995

  33. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.

    London : 1983

    First edition thus, published as part of the collected works of Bernard Malamud. This copy from the library of the author with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Originally published in the US in 1969. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 60992

  34. The Magic Barrel.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Magic Barrel.

    London : 1960

    First UK edition, first impression. This was the author's own retained copy, coming to us from his family, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. The Magic Barrel was originally published in the US in 1958. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 60991

  35. God's Grace.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. God's Grace.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 1 of 300 copies signed by the author, this copy being the author's own retained copy coming to us from his family library. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 60983

  36. The Tenants.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Tenants.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his son, "for Paul, with love Dad, August 1971, New York" on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 60984

  37. Dubin's Lives.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Dubin's Lives.

    1979

    First trade edition, first printing, preceded by the limited edition of 750 copies published the same year. From the library of the author with the provenance inscription in the hand of his wife to the title page "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Also laid in is a note with inscribed by Malamud, "Only once had he persuaded her to play... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 60982

  38. The Magic Barrel.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Magic Barrel.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 60980

  39. Dubin's Lives.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Dubin's Lives.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, limited issue, one of 750 copies only. This copy of the special issue came to us from the author's own library, though does not have his signature. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 60981

  40. God's Grace.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. God's Grace.

    London : 1982

    First UK edition, first impression. This was the author's own copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, and coming to us from his family library. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 60978

  41. The Assistant.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Assistant.

    New York : 1957

    First edition, first printing, of Malamud's second novel. This copy came to us from the author's own library, but was previously inscribed to his brother with a presentation bookplate pasted down to the front free endpaper, the printed legend "With Best Wishes From The Author" crossed through and inscribed "for Eugene my brother, Beru" - also laid in... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 60979

  42. The Stories.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Stories.

    London : 1984

    First UK edition, first impression, of this collection first published in New York in the previous year. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 60977

  43. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.

    London : 1969

    First UK edition, first impression. This was the author's own retained copy, coming to us from his family, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Pictures of Fidelman was originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 60976

  44. 139985
    [CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne.] TWAIN, Mark. Following the Equator.

    Hartford, Connecticut : 1897

    First edition of Twain's travelogue from a tour through the British Empire. This copy with the preferred single Hartford imprint, and the signature "11" at p. 161. Having invested heavily in revolutionary but flawed typesetting machinery, by 1894 Twain was practically bankrupt. He thus set out on a tour of the British Empire in 1895-1896, ensuring an... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139985

  45. Lost Man's River.
    MATTHIESSEN, Peter. Lost Man's River.

    New York : 1997

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author "For Dick - With warm best wishes Peter (Matthiessen) Livingston Sept 98" on the title page. This is the second novel in Matthiessen's "Watson" trilogy, which began with Killing Mr. Watson (1990) and ended with Bone by Bone (1999). Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140023

  46. 139860
    STEINBECK, John. Tortilla Flat.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing, one of approximately 500 copies issued in wrappers; a further 4,000 copies were issued in beige cloth. It was Tortilla Flat, Steinbeck's fourth novel, that established his reputation: within a decade the story of Danny and his Mexican-American paisanos, set in Monterey, sold over a million copies and was translated into... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 139860

  47. The Wide, Wide World.
    WETHERELL, Elizabeth. The Wide, Wide World.

    New York : 1851

    First edition of Susan Bogert Warner's first novel written under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Wetherell. Warner (1819-1885) began writing The Wide, Wide World in 1848 but had difficulty finding a publisher. "Even when George P. Putnam accepted the novel for publication in 1850 (largely because his mother was enthusiastic about the manuscript),... Learn More
    £2,650.00

    Stock Code: 139641

  48. Tender is the Night.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, and with the small label of the booksellers, Hochschild, Kohn & Co. of Baltimore, to the rear pastedown. This enterprising concern, on learning of Fitzgerald's presence in their town, dispatched an employee together with 25 copies of Tender is the... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 136034

  49. Taps at Reveille.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Taps at Reveille.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 62671

  50. The Writings.
    FISKE, John. The Writings.

    Cambridge : 1902

    Edition de Luxe, limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 31006

  51. 133798
    LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia : 1960

    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 at once puts together the tenderness... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 133798

  52. Adventures in Kroy:
    LE GUIN, Ursula K. Adventures in Kroy:

    New Castle : 1982-83

    First editions, limited issues, signed by the author and the illustrator, and respectively numbered 68 and 178 of 277 copies on Arches. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 137483

  53. Memoirs of an American Lady:
    GRANT, Anne. Memoirs of an American Lady:

    London : 1808

    First edition, an appealing copy in the original boards with an excellent association, of the author's best-known work, "a fascinating document in cultural history" (Orlando), comprising a childhood autobiography and a biography of the titular "American Lady", Catalina Schuyler, a Dutch-American woman who had a great influence on Grant's education and... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 137443

  54. To Kill a Mockingbird.
    LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

    New York : 1999

    40th anniversary edition, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title. Harper Lee's classic modern masterpiece was first published in 1960. 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 at once puts together the tenderness and... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136546

  55. A Plantation Portrait.
    DUNBAR, Paul Laurence. A Plantation Portrait.

    New York : 1905

    First edition of this collection of poems, reprinted from Dunbar's prior publications from 1893 to 1905. Metcalf notes the book in his Dunbar bibliography, but does not note the inclusion of "Accountability" in the contents, present in our copy. The book is very scarce, rarely encountered in commerce, and with WorldCat locating copies in only 12 institutions;... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136163

  56. Tender is the Night.
    (PENGUIN CLASSICS.) FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night.

    London : 2006

    Limited edition, number 659 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 is the Night was first... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 133760

  57. Please Plant This Book.
    BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.

    San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968

    First edition, sole impression, scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets; from the library of Marshall Efron, an American actor, humorist, and author associated with the art and literary scene in San Francisco and New York, particularly the Beat community, and a one-time clerk at Ferlinghetti's... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132879

  58. To Kill a Mockingbird.
    LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

    London : 1960

    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US earlier the same year, 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 at once puts together the tenderness and the tragedy of the South. They are the inseparable ingredients of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132534

  59. War All the Time.
    BUKOWSKI, Charles. War All the Time.

    Santa Barbara : 1984

    First and limited edition, one of "126 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, each with an original painting by Charles Bukowski" - this copy not numbered but inscribed "Presentation Copy" and signed by Bukowski. In addition, this copy is inscribed (in characteristic marker pen) on the blank facing the title page: "For Arthur Applebaum -... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 120437

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