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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. No Country for Old Men.
    McCARTHY, Cormac. No Country for Old Men.

    New York : 2005

    First trade edition, first printing, signed by the author on the first blank; this a review copy, with the publisher's slip laid in. It was preceded by a signed limited edition issued earlier the same year. The book was the basis for the 2007 film of the same name, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 136612

  2. Assignment in Eternity.
    HEINLEIN, Robert A. Assignment in Eternity.

    Reading : [1953]

    First edition, trade issue. Collects "Gulf," "Elsewhen," "Lost Legacy," and "Jerry Was a Man". Learn More
    £230.00

    Stock Code: 128107

  3. The Complete Works.
    CONRAD, Joseph. The Complete Works.

    New York : 1925

    The Kent edition. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 125718

  4. [Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas] Rolling Stone No. 95 [&] No. 96.
    [THOMPSON, Hunter S.] DUKE, Raoul. [Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas] Rolling Stone No. 95 [&] No. 96.

    San Francisco : 11 and 25 November 1971

    The first appearance in print of Hunter S Thompson's great work, complete as issued (Nos. 95 and 96) in Rolling Stone. The importance of its appearance at this time and in this context cannot be stressed strongly enough; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas both heralded and defined the decade of decadence that filled the vacuum left by the passing of the... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139169

  5. Three Stories.
    UPDIKE, John. Three Stories.

    New York : 2002

    First edition, number 183 of 250 copies only signed by Updike, Cook, and the publisher, Luke Ives Pontifell. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139591

  6. Slan.
    VAN VOGT, A. E. Slan.

    Sauk City : 1946

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by van Vogt on the front free endpaper: "For Dirce Archer, This is the most popular story I ever wrote all the best to you, A. E. Van Vogt". First book publication of this classic Golden Age tale of rivalries between humans and mutants, originally serialized in Astounding in 1940. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 128356

  7. Screwjack.
    THOMPSON, Hunter S. Screwjack.

    Santa Barbara, California : 1991

    First edition, signed limited issue, this an out-of-series copy inscribed in calligraphic lettering below the limitation "Nick Beck's copy". Screwjack was printed in an edition of 300 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies signed by the author. A short story collection comprising "Mescalito" (chronicling Thompson's first mescaline experience), "Death... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139297

  8. Turtle Island.
    SNYDER, Gary. Turtle Island.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing, scarce first issue (without the Pulitzer sticker to the jacket), inscribed on the title page "For Gary Lepper Gary Snyder", Snyder adding a small ink drawing of a turtle below. Lepper is a bibliographer (the author of A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors) and book collector based in California.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139303

  9. Tobacco Road.
    CALDWELL, Erskine. Tobacco Road.

    New York : 1932

    First edition, first printing, in superb condition, of this American classic, the basis for the Broadway show which ran from 1933 to 1941 (then the longest-running play on record), and loosely adapted into the 1941 film version directed by John Ford. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 138991

  10. The Uncle's Present,
    (CHILDREN'S.) The Uncle's Present,

    Philadelphia : [c. 1810-15]

    First and only edition. "The battledore was an offshoot of the hornbook, and was printed... for the double purpose it had to serve. In school it was used for teaching children the alphabet, whilst out of school it served as the battledore in the game of shuttlecock and battledore" (Rosenbach). This version of Battledore is believed to have been invented... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137864

  11. Leaves of Grass.
    [WHITMAN, Walt.] Leaves of Grass.

    Boston : 1860-1 [i.e. c.1880]

    First unauthorised edition, third overall. Enlarged from the 1855 and 1856 editions, and including 122 new poems, it was the first edition to be published commercially. The first printing of 1,000 copies was released in May 1860; it sold out within a month and a second printing followed in June, but by the end of the year the publishers were bankrupt.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 139009

  12. Pretzel.
    REY, Margaret & H. A. Pretzel.

    [New York] : 1944

    First edition, first printing. Rare in such good condition and with the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 138079

  13. A Wrinkle in Time.
    L'ENGLE, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.

    London : 1963

    First UK edition, first impression, of the first instalment in the Time Quintet. A Wrinkle In Time is an important and classic children's fantasy work by Madeline L'Engle (1918-2007), originally aimed at young female readers but with major crossover appeal. Upon publication, it won numerous awards, including the 1963 Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 135806

  14. The Bluest Eye.
    MORRISON, Toni. The Bluest Eye.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing, of Morrison's highly influential debut novel. In spite of being regularly challenged (the American Library Association ranked it fourth on their list of most challenged books for 2014web reserve (email alone), it often features on schools' reading lists, and has been adapted several times. Morrison wrote The Bluest... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 136567

  15. Red Harvest.
    HAMMETT, Dashiell. Red Harvest.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing, of Hammett's landmark first book, inscribed by the author, "Billy Greer Hobson, keep a notebook and pencil - the story of the other fellows' crime pays. Dashiell Hammett", in blue ink on the second blank. The recipient was William Greer Hobson (1924-1996), a bookseller from Phoenix, Arizona, whose father founded Hobson's... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 134723

  16. The Black Riders and Other Lines.
    CRANE, Stephen. The Black Riders and Other Lines.

    Boston : 1895

    First edition, deluxe issue, one of 50 copies printed in green on japon. The Black Riders is first book of poetry by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), famous for his novels such as his acclaimed Civil War tale The Red Badge of Courage, published in the same year as this collection. Crane was a prolific writer of poetry, though only in private at first, writing... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 117295

  17. Collected Stories.
    FAULKNER, William. Collected Stories.

    New York : 1950

    First edition thus collected, first printing, in the first issue binding with "The" included in the spine title. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 87166

  18. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    San Francisco : 1930

    First Grabhorn Press edition, number 371 of 400 copies. The largest undertaking of the Grabhorn Press, arguably their finest production, and one of the great examples of American fine printing, using as its text Whitman's final edition of Leaves of Grass, published shortly before his death. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 138793

  19. Cleveland undercovers.
    LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.

    Cleveland : 1966

    First edition, one of 500 copies printed. Levy (1942-1968) was a leading figure in the countercultural movement known as the Cleveland Mimeograph Revolution. His productions, being hand-assembled with small print runs, now survive in relatively small numbers. His introduction declares "to my knowledge this poem is the first poem of any length to be... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 138639

  20. Cleveland undercovers.
    LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.

    Cleveland : 1966

    First edition, this one of 65 special copies "bound with freak covers by the author" (each being thus unique, this one incorporating old maps of Ohio, a striking photograph of two Native Americans, and newsprint collage), from a total edition of 500. This copy is inscribed on the title page, "many thanks, d. a. levy". Levy (1942-1968) was a leading... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138636

  21. Moby-Dick;
    MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick;

    New York : 1851

    First US edition, in the first issue binding (BAL's "A" state). Moby-Dick was originally issued in London earlier the same year, set from the New York sheets and titled The Whale. The US edition was the first to appear under the familiar title, and contains some thirty-five passages and the epilogue omitted from the English edition.... Learn More
    £65,000.00

    Stock Code: 137462

  22. Ethan Frome.
    WHARTON, Edith. Ethan Frome.

    New York : 1911

    First edition, first printing, with the first issue point of "wearily" on page 135 unbattered. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 130110

  23. French Ways and Their Meaning.
    WHARTON, Edith. French Ways and Their Meaning.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, UK issue. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For my dear Matilda, with my love, Edith". Matilda Gay was a fellow American expatriate in France and one of Wharton's closest friends. Gay described Wharton as an "intelligent, brilliant woman". She was "immensely sympathetic to her during... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 84629

  24. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn : 1855

    First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the... Learn More
    £60,000.00

    Stock Code: 135889

  25. Catch-22 Screenplay: 2nd Draft.
    HELLER, Joseph, & Buck Henry. Catch-22 Screenplay: 2nd Draft.

    Hollywood, CA : 19 June 1968

    Signed by Heller on the title page. Buck Henry's screenplay, based on Heller's book of the same title, was close to completion at this point. A copy of the final revised screenplay, dated just a month later on 29 July 1968, is held by the Carter Burden Collection of American Literature. The film, directed by Mike Nichols, was released in 1970. The present... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 114482

  26. Child of God.
    McCARTHY, Cormac. Child of God.

    New York : 1973

    First edition, first printing, of the author's third novel. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 132358

  27. Gravity's Rainbow.
    PYNCHON, Thomas. Gravity's Rainbow.

    New York : 1973

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 85779

  28. The novels.
    COOPER, James Fenimore. The novels.

    1859-64

    Includes his famous novel, "The Last of the Mohicans". Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 63458

  29. Shiloh and other Stories.
    MASON, Bobbie Ann. Shiloh and other Stories.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, first printing, of Mason's first book, a collection of short stories. Review copy inscribed by the author on the title page "For Brad, Greetings-Bobbie Ann Mason". Loosely inserted is a typed signed letter from Ted Solotaroff of Harper & Row requesting a review, as well as a photo of the author by James Baker Hall, pictured with one of... Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 50048

  30. 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: 37286

  31. East of Eden.
    STEINBECK, John. East of Eden.

    New York : 1952

    First edition, first printing, with the misspelling of "bite" for "bight" on line 38, page 281. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 136483

  32. Go Set a Watchman.
    LEE, Harper. Go Set a Watchman.

    London : 2015

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 42 of 100 copies signed by the author and bound thus. Go Set a Watchman was Lee's highly anticipated second work, publicised as a sequel to Lee's seminal novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. The text of Go Set a Watchman is known to have been written before that of To Kill a Mockingbird,... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 135041

  33. Death in the Afternoon.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Death in the Afternoon.

    New York : 1932

    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 New York watering holes. In... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 126539

  34. The Winter of Artifice.
    NIN, Anaïs. The Winter of Artifice.

    Paris : [1939]

    First edition, first impression, of Nin's second published book. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 107054

  35. On the Road.
    KEROUAC, Jack. On the Road.

    New York : 1957

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 77128

  36. All the Sad Young Men.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. All the Sad Young Men.

    1926

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

    Stock Code: 62672

  37. The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories.

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper, "To Cuyler Stevens with all good luck Ernest Hemingway", with Cuyler Stevens's bookplate to the front pastedown. Hemingway is known to have inscribed copies of several of his books to Ralph Cuyler Stevens (1903-1965), including Winner Take Nothing (the... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 121928

  38. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.
    CAIN, James M., & Gilbert Malcolm. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.

    [N.p.] : [1919]

    First edition, first printing. Scarce, with OCLC showing six copies only and no copy in auction records. During the First World War, Cain, the future author of The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, etc., served with Malcolm in the 79th Division, a unit raised at Camp Meade in Cain's home state of Maryland in 1917. The 79th... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 99729

  39. The Grapes of Wrath.
    STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Continuing the tradition. To John H. Lyon, go to hell! John Steinbeck". The recipient was Professor John Henry Hobart Lyon (1876-1961), an English professor at Columbia University. "Great names usually come in clusters, for one creative scholar attracts others... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 98526

  40. To the Boating,
    HOLDEN, Inez. To the Boating,

    London : 1945

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Dokter Hell, from Inez Holden, August 1950". Beatrice Inez Holden (19031974) was a British author and journalist whose work was admired by the likes of Graham Greene and Anthony Powell. A glamorous socialite, Holden became a close friend and lover to George Orwell after... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 137337

  41. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) IRVING, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

    London : 1928

    Signed limited edition, number 1 of 250 copies numbered and signed by Arthur Rackham. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 99142

  42. Mexico City Blues.
    KEROUAC, Jack. Mexico City Blues.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing, of Kerouac's "242 Choruses", written between 1954 and 1957, in the correct black and white jacket (the bibliographer Charters incorrectly calls for a jacket "printed in red, green and black", these being the colours of the wrappers issue, and later dust jackets), hard to find in collectable condition. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 136575

  43. North of Boston.
    FROST, Robert. North of Boston.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 200 copies, Crane's binding F. This copy has the bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. to the front pastedown. Adams Jr. was an American bibliophile and the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City from 1948 to 1969.
    North of Boston is a collection of 17 of Frost's poems,... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 137200

  44. Neuromancer.
    GIBSON, William. Neuromancer.

    London : 1984

    First UK edition, first printing. Following the publication of the US Ace paperback this is the first hardback edition and first UK edition. Winner of the "triple crown": the Nebula, Hugo and Philip K Dick Awards, the most famous and enduring 'cyperpunk novel'. A veritable landmark in modern science fiction writing, the cultural impact of which is still... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 135873

  45. Night Rider.
    WARREN, Robert Penn. Night Rider.

    Boston : 1939

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Helen & Ed Case, in recollection of the weeks they helped to make so pleasant in Chapala. Red Warren, August 6, 1941. Chapala." Warren and his wife Cinina moved to Chapala for a few months in the summer of 1941, two years after the publication of... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 109802

  46. The Confessions of Nat Turner.
    STYRON, William. The Confessions of Nat Turner.

    London : 1967

    First UK edition, first printing. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 101433

  47. House of Cards.
    ELLIN, Stanley. House of Cards.

    London : 1967

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1967, and not to be confused with the 1989 novel of the same name by Michael Dobbs, upon which the 2013 US TV series is based. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 100495

  48. The Handmaid's Tale.
    ATWOOD, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale.

    Boston : 1986

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed to her friend the American novelist E. L. Doctorow (19312015) on the half-title: "For Edgar Doctorow, with thanks! Margaret Atwood, 1986." The book was first published in Canada the preceding year. With the publisher's publicity postcard laid-in. Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 100266

  49. We Bombed in New Haven: A Play.
    HELLER, Joseph. We Bombed in New Haven: A Play.

    New York : 1968

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Jane Biberman, who typed the first draft of this play for me -and did it incorrectly. Joe Heller, 9/10/68, Philadelphia". Jane Biberman is a writer and former magazine editor based in Philadelphia. The author's second published book; the play was... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 87449

  50. The Europeans.
    JAMES, Henry. The Europeans.

    Boston : 1879

    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 1873. The American edition... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 132090

  51. The Madonna of the Future and other tales.
    JAMES, Henry. The Madonna of the Future and other tales.

    London : 1879

    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 Fanny (Frances, 1840-1914)... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 132087

  52. Nigger Heaven.
    VAN VECHTEN, Carl. Nigger Heaven.

    London : 1926

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year. Van Vechten's novel of the Harlem renaissance has faced criticism for its title, but the author was in fact a supporter of African American equality and a friend of many Harlem Renaissance intellectuals. The text itself explores the issue of racism through the story... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 81140

  53. The Galton Case.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Galton Case.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "March 1959. For Willard and Pidge, affectionately, Ken". Willard and Pidge were Santa Barbara neighbors, and a character named Pidge appears in another of the author's books. Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 50936

  54. Tortilla Flat.
    STEINBECK, John. Tortilla Flat.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing, cloth issue, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Bob Bailey John Steinbeck". This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), a Danish-American Hollywood actor known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 136583

  55. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).
    TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).

    New York : 1885

    First US edition, first printing. Only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57, 11 lines from the bottom the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides" (this last change overlooked... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 132615

  56. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)...
    TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)...

    New York : 1885

    First US edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the publishers to Daniel Whitford, Twain's lawyer: "To Daniel Whitford, with regards of the publisher, Chas. L. Webster. New York, February 21st, 1885."
    Daniel Whitford, attorney for New York firm Alexander & Green, acted for Webster & Company and was also retained by Twain several times. He acted... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 110564

  57. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
    [TWAIN, Mark.] Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.

    New York : 1906

    Inscribed by the author on the second blank, "Truly yours, Mark Twain, Dec /08". Uncommon inscribed, with five other copies traced at auction. Clemens often signed works under both his pseudonym and as Clemens; this novel is the only work to be published under the alternate pseudonym of Louis de Conte. Originally published as a serial in Harper's Magazine... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 119977

  58. Temeraire; The Throne of Jade; Black Powder War; Empire of Ivory.
    NOVIK, Naomi. Temeraire; The Throne of Jade; Black Powder War; Empire of Ivory.

    London : 2006 & 2007

    First UK editions, signed limited editions of 100 copies each, with limitation blind stamps on the title pages. The first four novels in the ongoing Temeraire series, first published in the US the same year, set amid an alternate version of the Napoleonic Wars, which includes squadrons of dragons. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 87253

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

    New York : 1930

    First edition, first printing, fine presentation from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Ring Lardner what a sap I'd be to try to tell you what I think of you and your work - you know... Gene Fowler April 3, 1930". A major association. Fowler met Lardner when the two men joined Damon Runyon as writers on Hearst's paper The American.... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 50429

  60. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
    (CLARKE, Harry.) POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

    New York : 1933

    First Tudor edition in the publisher's box. The first version of Harry Clarke's illustrations of Tales of Mystery and Imagination (without colour plates) was published in the UK in 1919, followed by an edition with colour plates in 1923. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 107047

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