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    Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection..."> First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Barbara, with love John Ashbery, October 19, 1957" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was fellow poet and core member of the New York School of poets Barbara Guest (1920-2006). Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, signed by the poet above her name on the title page. Geography III was Bishop's last work and won the Book Critics' Circle Award for 1977. "This volume of nine beautifully crafted poems returns to themes of North and South but with greater intimacy and immediacy" (ANB). Learn More
    £2,000

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    First "special overseas" edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page with a notably full message, "To Matt Rawson, Glad you're enjoying the books. I hope you continue to get pleasure from reading them & how I develop the characters and story in the future G R R M". This is the first work in the Game... Learn More
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    Ham on Rye.

    Santa Barbara: 1982

    First edition, first printing, number 41 of 100 copies signed by Bukowksi and with an original painting by him bound in (a further 26 were lettered).
    "Bukowski's fourth novel... was published in the summer of 1982. It addresses his childhood and relationship with his father. The title is a pun on The Catcher in the Rye,... Learn More
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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 205 of 250 copies in boards numbered and signed by the author; a further 50 copies were handbound and issued with an original drawing by Bukowski. Learn More
    £750

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    First edition, first printing, copy number 60 of 250 in boards numbered and signed by the poet. "One of the milestone books of Bukowski's career... It came out in a beautiful edition... There was no blurb on the back, no quotes from other writers saying what a brilliant fellow Bukowski was, just the ten words of the title... Learn More
    £750

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 84 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author in boards; a further 1,750 trade copies of Bukowski's first novel were also issued.
    When asked the genesis of Post Office, John Martin, Bukowski's publisher, replied: "This is a good story. So we made that deal in December for... 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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    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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  10. 133563
    An exceptional example of Ted Berrigan's scarce Postcard poems, more usually found with his own manuscript compositions, but here with an autograph manuscript poem by Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg's poem, beginning "A passport to the land of enchantment...", is a satirical mediation on Hollywood, and includes mentions of Ginger... 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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    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 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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    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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  18. 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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    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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    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
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    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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    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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    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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  25. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  33. 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. 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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    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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    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
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    First edition, first printing, one of 24 copies specially bound for presentation, printed from the uncorrected sheets. With the author's presentation inscription on the half-title, "To Alfred Rice with all good wishes and affection Ernest Hemingway". Rice was a lawyer based in New York, who specialised in copyright law,... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his close childhood friend on the front free endpaper: "To my good friend, Edith, from Bill," and signed by Edith M. Brown beneath the inscription; additionally signed by Faulkner on the title, "William Faulkner 28 May 1929." Brown was one of three... Learn More
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  39. 122489
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the poet, "May 1, 1953 For Howard, With love, Harold". This copy has an appropriate later association for the gay poet's first collection, with the ownership inscription, "Winston Leyland, His Copy". Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing... Learn More
    £500

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    First edition, deluxe issue, number B of 26 lettered copies signed by both poet and artist, bound by Earle Gray, and with an original signed ink drawing by Brainard dated 1974 bound in; this copy additionally a presentation copy, inscribed by Ashbery in the year of publication to his friend the artist R. B. Kitaj: "for R.... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half title "Deborah Dennis with greetings from E. B. White." Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. and Mrs. John Knight - with the very highest regards - John Kennedy". John S Knight (1894-1981), a pioneering journalist and close personal friend of the Kennedys, founded Knight Newspapers, which would later become... Learn More
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    First UK edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Miss Mildred Williamson with the Compliments of Mark Twain Oct. 5 1900". This UK edition is enlarged with two new pieces - "Christian Science and the Book of Mrs Eddy" and "Diplomatic Pay and Clothes" - omitted from the American edition. Twain... Learn More
    £4,750

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    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... Learn More
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  45. 120030comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 35 of 310 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were released for sale. Learn More
    £1,275

    Stock Code: 120030

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  46. 119980comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Shirlee Weingarten on the front free endpaper: "To Shirlee Weingarten / with affection and gratitude / for all she has done since the / first typing job - all the kindness / in the many small things that only / the sensitive do, as the sensitive... Learn More
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  47. 114690detail
    The Standard Edition. Number 63 of 750 sets signed by the publishers. Volume 13 contains the first edition of the novella Billy Budd, which was discovered in manuscript among Melville's papers in 1919 by Raymond M. Weaver, the author's first biographer. Extremely scarce in such a handsome contemporary binding. Learn More
    £17,500

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    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, dated 17 May 1993. Learn More
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    The Writings.

    Hartford, Conn.,: 1901-7

    The Riverdale limited edition, number 333 of 625 sets only. The set was originally published in 22 volumes; volume 23 was added in 1903 and volumes 24 and 25 were added by Harper and Brothers in 1906 and 1907. A particularly lavish set. Learn More
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    Window.

    Buffalo, NY: 1988

    First edition, first printing, number 57 of 100 copies signed by the poet and the artist. A lovely production, pairing poems by Robert Creeley (1926-2005) with artwork by Martha Hooft (1906-1994). Learn More
    £300

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  51. 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

    Stock Code: 115777

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  52. 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

    Stock Code: 115776

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  53. 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

    Stock Code: 115422

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  54. The Painted Bird.
    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Dr Philip Murray, in appreciation of his 'long distance' interest, cordially, Jerzy Kosinski, indecipherable, US. November 14th, 1983." Next to the inscription Kosinski has drawn an abstract doodle reminiscent of the jacket design.... Learn More
    £675

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  55. The Web of Easter Island.
    First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "sincerely, Donald Wandrei." Wandrei was the co-founder of Arkham House. This is one of 3,000 copies. Learn More
    £250

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    First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Wally, with more affection than he will care to believe. John Steinbeck". The recipient was likely Wallace "Wally" Ford (1899-1966), the actor who played George in the first Broadway production of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, directed... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author as "John Kerouac" on the front free endpaper. This was the first major work published by Jack Kerouac, who became famous for his second novel On the Road (1957). Learn More
    £3,950

    Stock Code: 113278

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  58. Writing Writing:
    First edition, first printing. One of 25 copies numbered and signed by Duncan and with an original drawing by the author pasted to front flyleaf. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 112948

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  59. The Blind Bow-Boy
    First edition, trade issue, this copy with the authorial inscription, "Inscribed for ?Ethel Dill by Carl Van Vechten, October 5, 1923" on the front the endpaper. There was also a signed limited issue of 100 numbered copies. "The Blind Bow-Boy is a masterpiece of camp, written decades before the term and concept came into... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 113480

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  60. Ebony and Crystal.
    First edition, limited to 500 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, of which this is number 59. Ebony and Crystal was Smith's third book. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 113469

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