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  1. 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
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 63062

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  2. 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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 79532

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  3. 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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  4. 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 81063

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  5. 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
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 110573

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  6. 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
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 62426

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  7. 126719
    First edition, first printing, of the Nobel Laureate's first and best known novel. Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 126719

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  8. 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

    Stock Code: 44748

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  9. 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

    Stock Code: 72868

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  10. .
    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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  11. 65240comp
    First edition, first printing. The volume reprints the short stories from In Our Time, Men Without Women, and Winner Take Nothing; it also contains the first printing of the play The Fifth Column, written under bombardment in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, and four previously uncollected stories. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 65240

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  12. 124320comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Ruth Ford from Bill Faulkner (See what you can do with this) Oxford 9 October 1959". Ford was an actress and model who had been a long-time family friend of Faulkner. She said of him, "one of the nicest people in Hollywood is... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 124320

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  13. 124266comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Compliments & luck to Whitney Darrow from F Scott Fitzgerald April 2nd 1920 New York City". The inscription is in two parts, Fitzgerald having apparently signed and dated the copy first, before adding the salutation to... Learn More
    £27,500

    Stock Code: 124266

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  14. 124171
    One of ten copies specially bound for presentation at the request of the author, here with the printed presentation leaf left blank. This is a fifth impression of the first edition, printed in May, only a month after the first impression. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 124171

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  15. 124226comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author and the woman who inspired one of the characters in the novel on the front free endpaper, "To a little 'big girl' in the south from Phoebe Omlie signed in her own hand and William Faulkner. Miss Stella Aiken. Oxford, Miss, April 29, 1935". Phoebe Omlie... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 124226

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  16. 62572detail
    Galley sheets sent out in advance of publication to garner reviews. With the editor's typed cover letter to Vincent Starrett the noted author and collector of detective fiction. "If you find in any of this grounds for comment, we should like nothing better than to have a letter from you in our correspondence column in the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 62572

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  17. 118410comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Bucky - with deep admiration, Love Clare". The recipient was Buckminster Fuller, the engineer, with whom Boothe was rumoured to have had an affair in the early 1930s. This is Boothe's second book, a satire of Hollywood's... Learn More
    £625

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  18. 107231
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Willa, John Berendt". Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 107231

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  19. 118399
    First edition, first impression, of Trumbo's first novel. Eclipse is about a town and its people, written in the social realist style popular during the depression era, it draws on his time living in the small town of Grand Junction, Colorado. Trumbo apparently fell out of favour with the people of his home town due to what... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 118399

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  20. 1
    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

    Stock Code: 115780

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  21. 104217
    Reissue of the book first published in 1959. Uncommon. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 104217

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  22. 92921comp
    Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page... Learn More
    £15,000

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  23. 46292
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 46292

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  24. 121015

    Not on the Screen.

    London & New York: 1930

    First edition, first impression, number 1,491 of 3,000 copies. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 121015

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  25. 118332comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Patricia, To the best dressed, best-natured woman in New York from her admirer - and friend, Saul". The recipient was likely Viking Press's publicity director Patricia MacManus, with whom Bellow had become friends. MacManus... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 118332

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  26. 50076comp
    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, presentation copy, this copy unnumbered and specially bound and signed by the author on the half-title, and additionally inscribed on the title page "For Dos & Betty with love, Archie, December 1954". The recipients were the writer John Dos Passos, author of the U.S.A.... Learn More
    £640

    Stock Code: 50076

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  27. 118387
    Faulkner's infamous and extremely uncommon "beer broadside" was distributed in his home town of Oxford prior to a referendum on the repeal of a local ban on the sale of beer, implemented in 1944. Faulkner refuted four of the claims made by clergymen in favour of the ban, after they had printed an advertisement in the local... Learn More
    £2,250

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  28. The Oresteia of Aeschylus.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 96965

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  29. 59235comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the film director and screenwriter Elia Kazan, inscribed by the author on the title page "For Elia with affection & admiration from Cal". Cal was Lowell's nickname. The Old Glory is a play consisting of three pieces to be performed together as a trilogy, two being stage... Learn More
    £700

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  30. 118317
    First edition, first printing, of Robinson's first book. In 2003 Guardian Unlimited named Housekeeping one of its 100 greatest novels of all time, describing it as a "haunting, poetic story, drowned in water and light". Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 118317

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  31. 118316
    First edition, first printing, of Robinson's first book. In 2003 Guardian Unlimited named Housekeeping one of its 100 greatest novels of all time, describing it as a "haunting, poetic story, drowned in water and light". Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 118316

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  32. 116919
    First editions, first printings, of the complete series of Hammett's seminal full-length detective novels. As usual The Glass Key is the first American edition; the first impression was printed in London in the same year during Knopf's ill-fated attempt to break into the British market and is scarce. Learn More
    £12,500

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  33. 116470
    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

    Stock Code: 116470

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  34. 116247comp
    First Ballantine Books editions, first printings. Presentation copies, inscribed by the author on the title pages, "For Dink Bruce, with thanks and best wishes, Bob Stone". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in Key West, Florida. Dink's father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") originally moved to Key West at... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 116247

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  35. The Works
    The Tamerlane edition. Number 239 of 300 sets, printed on Ruisdael handmade paper. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 115945

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  36. The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace and Other Poems.
    £65

    Stock Code: 101480

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  37. Deep Waters.

    Deep Waters.

    Sauk City, Wisconsin: 1967

    First edition, first printing, one of 2,500 copies. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 114746

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  38. Intruder In The Dust.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 112812

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  39. .
    First edition, first printing of Fuller's second book, in which he outlined his technological strategy for maximising the social applications of energy resources. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 112752

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  40. Hunters in the Snow.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107249

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  41. Mission to a Star.
    First edition, first printing. Long (1901-1994) was an American author of science-fiction and "an important member of the Lovecraft circle" (Bleiler). Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 112691

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  42. V. R. Lang: a Memoir.
    First and limited edition of Lurie's first book, 300 copies were printed. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title: "For Wong, Alison Lurie". The character "Walter Wong" appears in Lurie's novel The Nowhere City (1965). "One of Lurie's first projects when she began to write again following two unpublished... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 109603

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  43. A Fighting Man of Mars.
    First edition in book form, first printing. A Fighting Man of Mars first appeared as a serial in the Blue Book Magazine in 1930. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 106559

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  44. 105574
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 105574

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  45. Story of a Lake.
    First edition, special issue, in the special-issue dust jacket, this copy from the Gollancz archive with their ink-stamp to the title-page. American-born journalist Negley Farson, not to be confused with his son of the same name, was "one of the world's most popular travel writers in the years before the Second World War"... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 106588

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  46. Wide Fields.
    First UK edition, originally published in the US the previous year, the publisher's retained copy with their ink-stamp to the title-page. Wide Fields was first collection of short-stories by the noted dramatist who despite being "the son of a southern white farmer from childhood was aware of the ills that beset blacks;... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 106561

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  47. A Modern Magdalen.
    First edition, first printing, very scarce: only seven copies located by OCLC (all in US institutional libraries), not in Copac. The jacket's breathless blurb outlines the plot: "The story of Marie-Rose Martiny, who, disappointed in love at the age of fifteen, resolves to sell her beauty for fame and wealth... She becomes,... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106490

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  48. Zoot-Suit Murders.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "For Dink Bruce, who knows there's more than 1 way to skin a cat, suit a fish, churn the waters of this life ?& the next G. Con Abrazo Grande Hermano, Thomas Sanchez, Key West, 30 November 81". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, whose father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby")... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 107958

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  49. Horn of Africa. [Advance proof copy.]
    Advance proof copy of the first UK edition, inscribed by the author "For Benjamin Bruce, 'Dink', friend from the old days, and friend forever, Philip Caputo, Livingston, MT. August, 2013". Benjamin "Dink" Bruce was a cult figure in Key West, the writers' haven in Florida where Caputo moved "to write and fish" (McCarthy,... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107941

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  50. King Bongo.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For mi compadre at Mile Zero, Dink Bruce. Thomas Sanchez, Key West, 4 May 2003" on the title-page. The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, whose father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") arrived in Key West at the behest of his Arkansas friend Ernest Hemingway... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107936

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  51. Cross Creek.
    First edition, first printing, of the Rawlings's autobiographical account of her life in the Florida Scrub country. Rawlings won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 for her novel The Yearling. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 107704

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  52. The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Eddie Woods - Enjoy! Lawrence Block" on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107396

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  53. Dad.

    Dad.

    New York: 1981

    First edition, first printing. William Wharton was the pen-name of American author Albert William Du Aime (1925-2008), best remembered for his novel Birdy. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 106929

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  54. A Memoir of Mary Ann.
    First edition, first printing. Flannery O'Connor was contacted by the nuns of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home in Atlanta after the death of their remarkable patient Mary Ann Long, who had been diagnosed with a terminal cancer on her face as a toddler, but lived to the age of twelve under their care. The nuns wanted to tell... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 106563

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  55. The Sleeping Sphinx.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105108

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  56. Bronze.

    Bronze.

    New York: 1984

    First edition in book form, first printing, limited to 176 copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation leaf, of which this is number 63; Merrill's autograph limitation states the total number of copies as 150, this probably referring to copies for sale only. Bronze originally appeared in Grand Street magazine.... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 107695

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  57. Variable Winds at Jalna.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 104318

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  58. The Building of Jalna.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1944. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 104317

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  59. .
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104309

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  60. The Day of the Locust.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1939. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 104306

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