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  1. The Great Auk Escape.
    First UK edition, first impression of Matthiessen's only children's book. It was first published in the US under the title Seal Pool in 1972. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103561

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony with Supplementary Notes.
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy to George Antheil, the subject of the book, inscribed by the author, "Mr Atheling to Mr Antheil, Oct. 1927, duly certified by E.P. 'for annihilating lucidity'." William Atheling was the pen name Pound had used from 1917 when writing music reviews for The New Age. The phrase... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 106135

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  6. A Soft Spring Night in Shillington.
    First edition thus, number 22 of 50 specially bound copies signed by the author on the half-title, from a total printing of 250 numbered copies only of which the remaining 200 were issued in a standard binding. The copyright page states that "This memoir, in a slightly different form, appeared in The New Yorker for December... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 105648

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. i1
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the film producer Darryl F. Zanuck on the front free endpaper, "To Colonel Darryl Zanuck, in sincere admiration and affection, Damon Runyon, 1944." Zanuck was commissioned as a Colonel in the Army Signal Corps in 1941, when the US entered the Second... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 107658

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 1
    Daniel Whitford, attorney for New York firm Alexander & Green, acted for Webster & Company and was also retained..."> First US edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the publishers to Daniel Whitford, Clemens'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... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 110564

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

    Stock Code: 105108

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  17. Black Oxen.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Lawrence Rising, from his colleague and friend, Gertrude Atherton. 1924." The book was made into a silent film of the same name, starring Corinne Griffith, Conway Tearle and Clara Bow. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 105027

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. .
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104309

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  22. 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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  23. Return to Jalna.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1946. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 104304

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  24. Raymond Chandler: A Descriptive Bibliography.
    £175

    Stock Code: 104188

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  25. Car.

    Car.

    New York: 1972

    First edition, first printing. "Car is about a man who, in public and before national TV cameras, will eat a car, eat it, in his own words, 'from bumper to bumper.' He loves the car. And Car is about the love of cars" (front flap blurb). Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 104137

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  26. Regarding Wave.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Fred & Edie 9.IX.40070, Kitkitdizze, Gary Snyder". Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103922

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  27. The Fourth K.
    First edition, second printing. Presentation copy to Joseph Heller, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Heller and his wife Valerie, "For Joe and Valerie, affectionately Mario." Both Puzo and Heller belonged to the Gourmet Club, a group of male friends who prided themselves on being both good talkers and... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 103740

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  28. The Works.
    The Autograph edition, one of a limited edition of 150 numbered copies signed by the editors and publisher on the limitation leaf. The set collects all of Poe's works together with a biographic memoir and six volumes of literary criticism. Editors Edmund Clarence Stedman and George Edward Woodberry were both well-known poets,... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103856

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  29. My People the Sioux.
    First UK edition, first impression, with the scarce jacket. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. A landmark publication, this autobiographical account of his tribe and tribesmen was intended to educate the public about Lakota culture and government policies toward his people. It is one of the first books... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103606

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  30. Manhattan Men.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, amusingly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the American writer and historian, H. Ogden Wintermute, "This book of man, to the man in Ogden, Wintermute. Alfred Kreymborg, 11/19/31." An attractive copy with the art deco dust jacket. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 103571

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  31. Five Young American Poets.
    First edition, first printing. With a presentation card inscribed by Mary Barnard to a friend laid-in, "For Winnie, with love, from M.B. and her parents." The other young poets of the title are John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, W. R. Moses and George Marion O'Donnell. This book precedes Berryman's and Randall Jarrell's first... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 103570

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  32. S.

    S.

    London: 1988

    Signed limited edition. Number 16 of 85 copies of the first UK edition specially bound in quarter leather and signed by the author. From a complete edition of 97 copies. Updike's epistolary novel was originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103513

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  33. The Demon's Mirror.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104359

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  34. 104063detail
    Author's Autograph Edition. Number 57 of 63 sets, with an original manuscript page bound into one volume. This set with a page from the author's draft for Oak Openings, mounted on one of the prelims of The Spy. The finest edition of Cooper's writings available. Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 104063

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  35. Solomon's Stone.
    First edition in book form, first printing. It was first published in the fantasy magazine Unknown Worlds, in June 1942. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104020

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  36. Hell Up to Date.
    First hardback edition of Young's first book. It was published simultaneously in wrappers, and was preceded by a deluxe, larger-format issue, in 1892, under the alternative title "Hades Up To Date". A comical update of Dante's Inferno written and illustrated by Art Young. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103616

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  37. Solomon's Stone.
    First edition in book form, first printing. It was first published in the fantasy magazine Unknown Worlds, in June 1942. Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 103602

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  38. Omoo.

    Omoo.

    London: [1926?]

    First UK edition with the Schaeffer illustrations, first impression; originally issued in America by Dodd, Mead, who commissioned a series of classic novels with Schaeffer as illustrator, including Moby Dick, Typee, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Les Misérables. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 103878

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  39. Williwaw.

    Williwaw.

    New York: 1946

    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103426

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  40. Penrod.

    Penrod.

    Garden City, NY: 1914

    First edition, first printing, first issue binding of meshed cloth, first state with p. viii numbered and the misprint "sence" p. 19, third line from bottom. Later copies were issued with ribbed cloth bindings. This is the first of three novels following the misadventures of Penrod Schofield, a Midwestern Tom Sawyer whom... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 103465

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  41. The Seven Lady Godivas.
    First edition, advance review copy. One of Seuss's few books written for adults. Advance review material for Dr. Seuss titles is very uncommon. Learn More
    £1,100

    Stock Code: 101690

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  42. A Double Barrelled Detective Story.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 103380

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  43. O Shepherd, Speak!
    First UK edition, first impression of the tenth novel in the Lanny Budd series. It was first published in the US in 1949. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 103350

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  44. The Underground City.
    First UK edition, first impression of the author's first novel. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 103347

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  45. Another Pamela or, Virtue Still Rewarded.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 103346

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  46. Over the Teacups.
    First edition, first printing, second state, binding A. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to "Mrs Cabot and Mrs Howes / With the affectionate regards of their often and deeply obliged friend, Oliver Wendell Holmes, November 10th 1890". Despite the date in the imprint, the book was deposited... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 102860

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  47. Psycho.

    Psycho.

    New York: 1959

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 101725

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  48. The Hotel New Hampshire [with uncorrected proof].
    First edition, first printing, advance review copy signed by the author on the half-title. Together with uncorrected proof, the author's black and white publicity shot, publisher's review slip, letter and other related material. Loosely inserted in the proof is an additional proof-sheet of the first page (1A), the first... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 102228

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  49. In the Land of Cotton.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "With Texas greetings, from Dorothy Scarborough." Scarce. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 103291

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  50. 1
    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title; with the proof copy inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Dear Linda Stevens, have a nice life - John Irving." Linda Stevens served as an assistant books and cartoon editor of Cosmopolitan, Acquisitions Editor at Berkley/Putnam Books, and was for... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 101860

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  51. The Veiled Fountain.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Nicholas Donkar - a personal introduction to some dark music - sincerely, Harry Hervey, November 1947, Savannah". Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 101830

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  52. The Writings.
    The Iroquois edition. Limited to 1,000 numbered sets of which this is number 343, signed by the publisher with the limitation number additionally punched into the paper. The Iroquois edition is considered to be one of the finest editions printed of Cooper, this set being a particularly handsome example. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 102326

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  53. Billy Budd and Benito Cereno.
    Signed limited edition. Number 46 of 1,500 copies signed by Robert Shore. With the prospectus loosely inserted. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 102125

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  54. Trust Me.

    Trust Me.

    New York: 1987

    First collected edition, John Barth's copy with his signature in blue ink to the half-title. Barth's relationship with Updike began in 1966 when he was teaching at the University of Buffalo in 1966 and wrote to the famously reclusive Updike asking him to read at a lecture series that was also to include Norman Mailer and... Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 102913

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  55. Crazy Sundays: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood.
    First edition, first printing, with the title taken from Fitzgerald's short story, Crazy Sunday, published in the October 1932 issue of American Mercury. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 103363

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  56. Birdy.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's first novel, which was adapted into the 1984 film of the same title, directed by Alan Parker and winner of the Cannes Grand Prix award in 1985. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 102267

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  57. Kootenai Why Stories.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For indecipherable and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 101834

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  58. .
    Two original drafts, the first draft and the second and final draft, for Fitzgerald's short story "I Didn't Get Over", written in summer 1936 and published in Esquire magazine that October. The most noticeable differences between the two drafts are at the beginning and end of the piece. The title is slightly changed: in... Learn More
    £95,000

    Stock Code: 100917

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  59. Armageddon.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's novel, set in Berlin in the aftermath of the Second World War. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 102255

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  60. London After Midnight.
    First UK photoplay edition. Illustrated with scenes from the MGM Production starring Lon Chaney Sr.. Fabulous wraparound dust jacket art. Considered one of the great lost films and early vampire films. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 100598

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