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  1. Under the Pines.

    Under the Pines.

    Winchester, VA, and New York: 1906

    First edition, privately printed. The first book of poems by South Carolina's first poet laureate (1934-73). Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 110082

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  2. These Thirteen.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 107069

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    The Works.

    New York: 1911

    The Author's national edition. The complete collected works of Twain very handsomely bound in full burgundy morocco. Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 111591

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  4. The Violent Bear it Away.
    First UK edition, first impression, scarcer than the first US edition, which preceded the UK edition by a few months. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 106907

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  5. South Moon Under.
    First edition, first printing. Author's first book. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 109409

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  6. 1
    First edition, first printing. The eighth of nine titles in Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books. Learn More
    £1,225

    Stock Code: 109342

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  7. .
    The Heyliger edition, number 50 of 100 copies printed on rag paper. A lavish production, illustrated with a range of attractive plates, several by Rackham, and decorative gilt borders throughout by noted American Art Nouveau practitioner Margaret Armstrong. Bracebridge Hall was originally published in 1822. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 111287

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  8. Children of the Lens.
    First edition in book form, first printing. Originally published as a serial in the magazine Outstanding in 1947. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 108817

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  9. Farewell My Lovely.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108211

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  10. The Moviegoer.
    First edition, first printing, of the author's first book. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 107574

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  11. Two Tales and 8 Tomorrows.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's collection of short stories. A lovely copy in an exceptionally bright jacket. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 107526

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  12. Design for Murder.
    First edition, first printing of the author's third and final novel. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 107269

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  13. Soap-Bubble Stories.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 107034

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  14. Vice Versa.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107017

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  15. Nine Chains to the Moon.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106968

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  16. The Artificial Nigger and Other Tales.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's collection of short stories, which was originally published in the US in 1955, under the title A Good Man is Hard to Find. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106917

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  17. In the Heat of the Night.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 106888

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  18. Now Wait for Last Year.
    First edition, first printing. A very attractive copy. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 106630

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  19. The Violent Bear it Away.
    First edition, first printing, scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106481

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  20. .
    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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  21. 111062
    With this novel Fitzgerald more or less invented the roaring Twenties, or at least positioned..."> First edition, first printing in the exceptionally scarce first issue jacket, with the over-price sticker of 1.75 to the spine panel (Bruccoli notes that "priority is undetermined" between his and jackets without the price).
    With this novel Fitzgerald more or less invented the roaring Twenties, or at least positioned... Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 111062

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  22. The Judgment of Paris.
    First edition, first printing. Signed twice by the author on the front free endpaper and the title page. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 106014

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  23. The Pine Barrens.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107635

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  24. The End of the Road.
    First edition, first printing of the author's second book, scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107577

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  25. Dreiser Looks At Russia.
    First edition, first printing. "Dreiser's fights for freedom of expression found new outlets in the last two decades of his life. Although he had always prided himself on being "radically American," he had in the past championed the rights of socialists, anarchists, and other radical groups who criticized American capitalist... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 107449

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  26. 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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  27. Representative Men:
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand on the front free endpaper "Frederic H. Hedge / From the Author." The book shows Hedge's close reading, with marginal pencil lines marking several passages, and a number of manuscript marginalia. A key association: Emerson first met Frederic... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 109707

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  28. .
    First edition, first impression, of Nin's second published book. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 107054

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  29. 11 Poems on the Same Theme.
    First edition, first printing, hardback issue. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 107031

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  30. The Affair at the Inn.
    First edition, first printing, of this collaborative epistolary novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Mary and Jane Findlater, and Allan McAulay. Inscribed by Wiggin on the front free endpaper: "Yours very sincerely, Kate Douglas Wiggin, who is responsible only for the character of Virginia Pomeroy the heroine." Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 109500

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  31. Laughter in Hell.
    First edition, second printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Dorothy, for our first meeting, Jim Tully". Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106874

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  32. Keep the Change.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to American writer Nicholas Delbanco, "For Nick Delbanco, with long standing admiration. Tom McGuane, Ann Arbor, 1989" (front free endpaper). Laid in is Delbanco's typed speech introducing McGuane's reading of Keep the Change at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 109355

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  33. Autograph letter signed.
    A very warm and chatty letter from the then current writer of the Oz stories, Ruth Plumly Thompson, who was the next writer of the series after L. Frank Baum. The letter discusses all things current in Oz, including the new titles. Thompson shares her thoughts on the plays and films: "The Wizard of Oz is being made into... Learn More
    £825

    Stock Code: 106424

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  34. Two Serious Ladies.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 106330

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  35. 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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  36. The Works.
    The Standard Edition. Limited to 750 numbered sets signed on behalf of the publishers, of which this is number 250. 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. Original receipt of purchase,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 108786

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  37. Fantastic Fables.
    First edition, first printing, first issue, with the 4pp. publisher's terminal advertisements headed "By Anna Fuller", as called for. With a compliments slip signed by Bierce (in pale purple pencil) tipped to the front pastedown. "These short, titled fables, all in prose, point sardonic morals, one after another... Heading... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 107940

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  38. Westward Ha! Or, around the World in Eighty Clichés.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For John McFadden with cordial best wishes, S. J. Perelman, 26 March 1966". Westward Ha! was the first of Perelman's "world travel pieces" (American National Biography). Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 112119

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  39. Oranges.

    Oranges.

    New York: 1967

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Bart Britton, friend of mine, friend of broke, John McPhee" on the title-page. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 107642

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  40. A Roomful of Hovings
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "Bart, all the best - John" on the half-title verso, and signed "John McPhee" on the title-page; on the basis of other copies we have handled, the recipient was the author's friend Bart Britton. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107638

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  41. 111821comp
    The "Author's Apology" edition, signed by the author; first edition, third printing, prepared for distribution to American Booksellers Association, with a tipped-in leaf entitled "Author's Apology" signed by Fitzgerald, "Sincerely, Scott Fitzgerald". Issued the same month as the first, the third printing included an unknown... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 111821

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  42. The Summer of the Great-grandmother.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to her friend and mentor actress-turned writer Eva Le Galienne: "For Miss Le G. For all shall be well & all shall be well & and all manner of things shall be well - love, Madeleine" (front free endpaper). The inscription is a quotation from the medieval... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 107275

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  43. 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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  44. La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades.
    John Barth's university textbook, with his double ownership inscription and ink stamp on the front free endpaper, and annotations pp. 30-45. The inscriptions read "John Simmons Barth, 301 Aurora St., Cambridge, Maryland. Johns Hopkins University, Sept. 29, 1948" and "Jack Barth, K.A. House". Barth enrolled at Johns Hopkins... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 109366

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  45. 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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  46. The Middle of the Journey.
    First edition, first printing. Roger Senhouse's copy, sent to him by literary agents Pearn, Pollinger & Higham for the preparation of the first UK edition, published by Secker and Warburg the following year, and containing an illuminating collection of ephemera and correspondence exchanged between Senhouse, Frederic Warburg,... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 110965

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  47. The American Claimant.
    First edition, the illustrator's personal copy, expansively inscribed by him "Dan Beard indicating arrow His mark" on the front pastedown. The American Claimant was the second Twain novel illustrated by Beard. Twain first noticed Beard's drawings in Cosmopolitan magazine and eagerly commissioned him to illustrate A Connecticut... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 112521

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  48. 105574
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 105574

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  49. Mardi: and a voyage thither.
    First American edition of Melville's third book, his first major full-length fiction, an allegorical romance set in the South Seas based on his own experiences there. Mardi was originally published in London earlier the same year. A highly appealing example of the rare original cloth. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 108265

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  50. The Smart Set Anthology of World Famous Authors.
    First edition, first printing, which contains the first appearance for two Dashiell Hammett short stories, "From the Memoirs of a Private Detective" and "Green Elephant". The anthology also includes pieces from F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Jim Tully and many others. Learn More
    £285

    Stock Code: 105283

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  51. Collection of 39 books from his personal library, retrieved by his friends and agents, the Bruce family.
    The collection includes 39 books from Ernest Hemingway's personal library, including nine books signed by Hemingway, and 18 books inscribed to Hemingway from family and fellow authors and editors. Many are from childhood and young adolescence, yet some track across Hemingway's travels in Spain, Paris, and back to the United... Learn More
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 107595

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  52. 107572comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half-title. The Confessions was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1967. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107572

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  53. The Complete Writings.
    The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1024 sets only of which this is 423. 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: 107494

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  54. What your aura tells me.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 104259

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  55. World's Fair.
    First edition, first printing, in the publisher's presentation binding. Signed by the author. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 107262

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  56. The New British Poets.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to fellow poet Theodore Weiss and his wife Renée: "For Renée & Ted Weiss in memory of a memorable weekend - Nov 48, Kenneth Rexroth" (front free endpaper). Ted and Renée Weiss edited the Quarterly Review of Literature for nearly sixty years, publishing the works of... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 107186

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  57. .
    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To James O'Roark, with those things that make the heat of life hottest. Onward, upward, backward, sideways and forever,Tom Robbins". Another Roadside Attraction, Robbins's first novel was first published in the US in 1972. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107115

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  58. U.S. 1.
    First edition, first printing of this collection of poetry. This copy from the library of literary critic Oscar Cargill, with his ownership signature to front pastedown. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 107063

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  59. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
    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

    Stock Code: 107047

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  60. The Private Dining Room.
    Presentation copy inscribed by the author to a relative on the front free endpaper: "Sound the trumpets, toot the loot, for Cousin Ogden Wintermute, tell the sponsors I am yearnin', for a soon re-union in Mount Vernon. Ogden Nash, Feb 25 - 1955". Laid in is a newspaper clipping of the author's obituary, which mentions his... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 106912

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