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  1. 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
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  2. 118448
    First edition, first printing. Tully's third novel is a semi-autobiographical story about life for poor Irish Americans growing up in the slums of small-town Ohio. Learn More
    £750

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    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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  4. 104217
    Reissue of the book first published in 1959. Uncommon. Learn More
    £75

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  5. 121867
    Part of Random House's The Modern Library series, attractively rebound in a handsome binding. James's classic novel was first published in 1880. Learn More
    £195

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    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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  7. 52313newsletter
    First edition of Thoreau's first book. Thoreau published at his own expense an edition of 1,000 copies: less than 300 sold, and in 1853 the remainder was returned to him - 256 bound up and 450 in sheets - prompting his rueful journal entry: "I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes, over 700 of which I wrote myself." The... Learn More
    £9,500

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  8. 114186
    First edition, first printing, first issue binding, of this posthumous collection of previously unpublished Fitzgerald material. From the library of noted Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), though not marked as such. Learn More
    £500

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  9. 46292
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

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  10. 121015

    Not on the Screen.

    London & New York: 1930

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

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  11. 111169comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half title "Deborah Dennis with greetings from E. B. White." Learn More
    £9,500

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  12. 117813comp
    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
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 117813

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  13. 117374comp
    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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  15. 118540
    First edition, first printing, of the author's final, unfinished novel. Learn More
    £3,500

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  16. 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

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  17. 117295
    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... Learn More
    £3,750

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    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

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  19. 119903

    The Works.

    Boston and New York: [c.1892]

    Standard library edition. A handsomely bound set.

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    £1,250

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  20. 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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    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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    Stock Code: 119980

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  22. 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
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    The Works.

    New York and London: [c.1900]

    Mohican edition. This edition is limited to 250 sets of which this is number 52. Learn More
    £3,750

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

    Stock Code: 96965

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    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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  26. 117426
    First edition, first printing, first state (three blank leaves to front, none at back and the textual error on p. 213 reading "signing", later corrected to "singing"), second issue jacket (with review excerpts in place of the first issue publisher's blurbs; including a quotation from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle which was replaced... Learn More
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  27. 118775
    First edition, sole printing, in BAL binding variant D (occasionally noted as a large paper variant) with the frontispiece without the caption as called for in style 1 by Myerson. 1,000 copies of this separate issue of Whitman's "annex to Leaves of Grass" were printed in May 1891. Learn More
    £750

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  28. 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

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  29. 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

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  30. 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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  31. 117993
    First edition, first printing. Max Brand is the most common of Frederick Schiller Faust's pen names. Learn More
    £500

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  32. 117853comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, dated 17 May 1993. Learn More
    £2,500

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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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    Stock Code: 117778

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  34. 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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  35. 116670
    Second edition (first 1880). There is an obituary for George Washington Greene from the New York Nation, dated 1883, tipped-in opposite Longfellow's "Dedication to G.W.G.", and a four-page insert bearing Longfellow's poem "From My Armchair" laid-in to the front endpapers. There are also two pressed flowers affixed to two... Learn More
    £275

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  36. 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

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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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    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

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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. The Complete Writings.
    The Book-Lover's Camden edition, one of 500 numbered sets of which this is number 119. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 115080

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  42. 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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  43. Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled.
    First edition, first printing. Ellison won "an armload" of awards: the Hugo Award eight and a half times; the Nebula Award three times; the Bram Stoker Award five times and the Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, amongst numerous other accolades. This book is a self-proclaimed "modern grimoire" (blurb by... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 115888

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  44. 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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  45. The Magnificent Ambersons.
    First edition, first printing, with the dust jacket in second state, repriced 1.50 on the spine with the first price of 1.40 blocked out but still visible. Tarkington's novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and later formed the basis for Orson Welles's ill-fated second film, released in 1942 after heavy editing by the RKO studio.... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 114916

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  46. Walt Whitman.
    First edition, first printing, of this biography of Whitman by his devotee, physician Dr. Richard Bucke. "An unconventional book, as much anthology of documents about the poet as a biography. It was also a collaboration; Whitman advised throughout, revised Bucke's text, and wrote significant portions of the book himself"... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 115095

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  47. 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

    Stock Code: 114972

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

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  49. The Wishing Horse of Oz.
    First edition, first impression, with correct issue dust jacket. The last Oz title to be issued with colour plates. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 101400

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  50. 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

    Stock Code: 114748

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  51. 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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  52. 114086

    The..."> This superb archive of correspondence and other material, assembled by Groff Conklin during his creation of The Smart Set Anthology, includes two letters from Scott Fitzgerald - one autograph letter and one typed letter signed - regarding the inclusion of Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Benediction" in the Anthology.

    The... Learn More
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  53. The Last Days of Shylock.
    First UK edition, first impression, rare in the dust jacket, and far less commonly met with than the US edition, published earlier the same year, with five copies only traced in British and Irish institutional libraries. There was a French translation the following year. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 114029

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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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  55. 1
    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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. Rip Van Winkle.
    Signed limited edition, number 137 of 250 copies signed by the artist. This was the first book wholly illustrated by Rackham to be issued in a limited edition format and it immediately established him as the leading illustrator of lavishly produced gift books in the Edwardian era. In March 1905 Rackham's originals were exhibited... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 112975

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  59. 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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  60. The Corpse Came C.O.D.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Starr on the front flyleaf and additionally inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: "To Bonita Porter - the first of my new fan club. Best wishes, Jimmy Starr. March 19 1980." Starr was an American screenwriter and columnist active in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. The... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 110379

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