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Joyce, James.

Published by Shakespeare & Company, Paris (1922)

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Item Description: Shakespeare & Company, Paris, 1922. Printed wrappers. First edition. Large 8vo. One of 750 numbered copies on hand-made paper. Laid into this copy is the original prospectus for the book that prints a photograph of Joyce. Joseph Strick's 1967 film failed at the box office but was a _succes de estime despite its near-impossible task of adapting Joyce's interior prose into cinematic terms. An unrestored copy, easily the finest of this fragile volume that we have ever encountered, merely showing the most niggling of use at the heel of the spine. The blue wrappers that Joyce insisted on precisely echoing the hue of the Greek flag are in fine condition. A collector's copy of the 20th Century's most influential novel. Housed in a custom-made clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 22937

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Lawrence, D[avid] H[erbert].

Published by Methuen [1915], London (1915)

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Item Description: Methuen [1915], London, 1915. First edition. 8vo. Laid into this copy is an historic Lawrence ALS to his agent, J. B. Pinker, dated "17 Nov. 1915," in which he reacts emotionally to the seizure by the police of most of the edition of "The Rainbow" because of the novel's alleged sexual explicitness. Lawrence asks: "Must I stay for the proceedings about The Rainbow? Must I appear? . I have had letters from a lot of people about The Rainbow . I want to do what I can for the book. Also I want to go away [on a trip to America]. I will stay if it is any good." The letter clearly evinces Lawrence's puzzlement over the novel's suppression, of which only 821 copies of a total edition of 2500 copies survived and were subsequently distributed. The florid 1989 Ken Russell movie, which followed his successful screen adaptation of "Women In Love" two decades earlier, failed to attract much critical and popular attention. Remarkably, this copy, as-new in an as-new dust jacket, seemingly lay untouched from the time of its publication and was not exposed to any physical element that might have compromised its singular beauty. Housed in a custom-made quarter morocco clamshell box. When did you last see a ninety-nine-year-old who looks a ravishing nineteen. Bookseller Inventory # 24173

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Faulkner, William.

Published by Boni & Liveright, New York (1926)

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Item Description: Boni & Liveright, New York, 1926. Hardcover. 8vo. Published in an edition of 2500 copies. The Carl Petersen copy. Fine in an unfaded dust jacket that has been minimally enhanced by a master conservator. A scarce book to be found in unfaded condition such as this copy -- truly rare. Housed in a custom-made cloth chemise and slipcase First edition of the author's second book and first novel. Bookseller Inventory # 10651

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Hemingway, Ernest.

Published by Contact Publishing [1923], Paris (1923)

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Item Description: Contact Publishing [1923], Paris, 1923. Printed wrappers. 12mo. Published in an edition of 300 copies. Printed in Dijon by Maurice Darantiere, the printer of Joyce's "Ulysses" and other signed expatriate publications. A lovely copy whose fragile cover shows virtually no use. In custom-made cloth slipcase with chemise First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 20968

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Beckett, Samuel.

Published by George Routledge & Sons [1938], London (1938)

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Item Description: George Routledge & Sons [1938], London, 1938. Hardcover. First edition, first binding. 8vo. The author's first published novel, of which but 718 were sold. The remaining copies were published as a cheap edition in 1942. Jacketed copies have been and remain of the utmost rarity. In almost fifty years of bookselling, we have encountered but two others, neither of which was in the pristine condition of this copy. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom-made full morocco clamshell box with matching chemise. Importance in its field, relative scarcity, and primacy of condition -- the Holy Trinity for any collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 24280

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Hemingway, Ernest.

Published by Three Mountains Press, Paris (1924)

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Item Description: Three Mountains Press, Paris, 1924. Hardcover. 4to. Illustrated with a woodcut portrait of the author by Henry Strater. One of 170 numbered copies (the entire edition). A lovely copy with minimal offsetting to endpapers from the inevitable glue residue common to this title and with the faintest of wear to the spinal extremities. Rare in such exemplary condition. Housed in a plush-lined, cloth clamshell box. First edition of the author's second book. Bookseller Inventory # 3446

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Item Description: Unbound. 378 pages of sentence-by-sentence insertions, deletions, and emendations on just about every page. Accompanied by yet another typescript constituting 115 pages of further revisions that probe the steps taken to shape the narrative into a modifier-free prose that relies on stripped-down dialogue to achieve the dead-on characterizations that have been critically lauded by Leonard's critics. Inscribed to one of the author's publishers: "This is as original as my original mss. get without saving several wastebasket loads of yellow balls. It's yours, Dutch. 9-13-83." A collation of both typescripts with the published book reveals that the corrections were largely incorporated -- a telling documentation that illustrates how the creative instinct can be enhanced by a combination of concentrated thought and plain old elbow grease. If a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine were to exist in human form, it just might be named Elmore Leonard. Housed in a custom-made clamshell box. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 23974

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Joyce, James.

Published by Dated March 16, 1937 (1937)

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Item Description: Dated March 16, 1937, 1937. There was no separate English edition of this title. Three legal-sized onion skin pages, each of which is signed in full by Joyce. The contract is also signed by B.W. Huebsch, Joyce's American publisher of "Dubliners" who now was in the employ of the Viking Press. Most significantly, as witness the contract is signed by Paul Leon, Joyce's Paris confidante, who at the time served as the author's unofficial secretary. The Richard Ellmann biography of Joyce had this to say about the closeness of the two men's relationship: "Leon persisted in remaining in Paris during the Nazi occupation; he rescued some of Joyce's books and papers from the flat on the rue des Vignes, and bought others back at an auction sale held illegally by the landlord. Then, wanting to preserve his friend's secrets as well as his properties, he deposited the papers with Count O'Kelly, the Irish Ambassador to occupied France, with instructions that they should be turned over to the National Library of Ireland, there to be kept sealed for fifty years. Leon lived furtively in Paris into 1941. One day Samuel Beckett saw him and said in alarm, 'You must leave at once.' 'I have to wait till tomorrow when my son takes his bachot,' said Leon, as good a father as Joyce. The next day he was arrested by the Germans and interned near Paris. In 1942 he was killed as a Jew by the Nazis." The Joyce / Leon friendship, then, obviously confers considerable associational value to the document. The first contract page is chipped along the right margin with no substantial loss of text. The contract is otherwise fine. Housed in a quarter-morocco slipcase with matching chemise. Bookseller Inventory # 24297

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Bukowski, Charles.

Published by Black Sparrow Press [1966], Los Angeles (1966)

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Item Description: Black Sparrow Press [1966], Los Angeles, 1966. Broadsides. First editions. 5 broadside poems. Folio. Each broadside is one of 27 numbered copies signed by the author (of a total edition of 30). Publisher John Martin remembers giving many of the broadsides to random visitors in a time when Bukowski was virtually unknown. A fine, complete set of these rare publications, which comprise five of the first six titles published by the Black Sparrow Press (Morrow & Lafourcade 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6). Early Bukowski and, at this late juncture, virtually unobtainable. Housed in a custom-made chemise and clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 21169

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Item Description: 395 pages of closely-edited typescript, preceded by a 79-page preliminary draft in which Leonard begins the narrative with what will end up as chapter two in the published book. Inscribed by Leonard to one of his publishers: "The original 'Glitz' MS for ., a good friend. 10/20/84. Elmore Leonard." The book was made into a 1988 television movie that starred Jimmy Smits. Fine. Housed in a custom-made cloth clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 24031

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Faulkner, William.

Published by Random House [1942], New York (1942)

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Item Description: Random House [1942], New York, 1942. Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author, the lowest limitation of any of the author's signed, limited editions. Faulkner came to regard "Go Down, Moses" as a novel, though originally the stories were individually published. "For the second edition [Faulkner] rightfully eliminated the stories aspect and made the volume appear as a novel, one based on interrelated shorter fictions" -- William Faulkner: American Writer by Frederick A. Karl. Fine without dust jacket as issued. Housed in a quarter-leather cloth clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 7849

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Schaefer, Jack.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1949)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1949. Hardcover. 8vo. A highlight of Western literature and the source for the 1953 movie classic of the same name, but in a hitherto unknown proof jacket that depicts the Shane character standing in a saloon, his back to Wilson, the hired gun, who is ready to draw on him. Shane's hands hang loosely within easy reach of his gun holsters. The published jacket shows only Shane's head and comprises the entire front panel. The Houghton Mifflin archive at Harvard conclusively documents which of the two jackets precedes. A July 11, 1949, letter to Schaefer from the editorial department states: "I managed to get hold of a rough proof of the jacket and have been warned by the art department that this jacket is being remade and possibly the head will be bigger." A subsequent letter to the author, dated August 18, 1949, conveys a proof copy of the published jacket which Schaefer, in a letter dated August 23, 1949, commends: "Thanks for the proof of the new jacket for Shane . an improvement over the first one." None of the leading modern literature dealers we polled had previously encountered the proof jacket. Rare. Fine in a fine example of the wraparound dust jacket (lightly sunned at the spine) and housed in a custom-made leather clamshell box. First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 20941

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Dreiser, Theodore.

Published by Doubleday, Page, New York (1900)

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Item Description: Doubleday, Page, New York, 1900. Hardcover. 8vo. One of 1000 copies printed, of which 450 remained unbound. Widely regarded as the first modern American novel and considerably more difficult to locate in collector's condition than even its modest limitation suggests. The book was effectively suppressed after publication by Doubleday, Page because of its perceived immoral content. William Wyler directed the 1952 movie, which was retitled "Carrie," with Jennifer Jones and Laurence Olivier in the lead roles. This copy easily qualifies as the best ever known to us -- the red cloth bright, the pages white, the hinges tight. Accordingly it is priced at twice what the best copies currently available are, while being many more times rare in such pristine and unprecedented condition. Housed in a custom-made slipcase First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 22693

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Lewis, Wyndham.

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Item Description: Book Condition: Fine. Executed in 1919 - 1920. 10" x 13". An unusually evocative image that manifests the artist's typical Vorticist characteristics. Barry and Lewis were living together at this time and she bore him two children. In later years Iris Barry became the first curator of cinema at The Museum Of Modern Art. The drawing once belonged to Lewis's intimate, Michael Ayrton and is signed by Lewis in the lower left-hand corner. This image first appeared in Lewis's "Fifteen Drawings" (1920), an indication that he valued this work highly. Cited by Walter Michel in his Catalogue Raisonne of Lewis's art work and shown as Plate 42, #332, which is titled "Head 1 1919." Framed under museum glass. Bookseller Inventory # 24214

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Fitzgerald, F[rancis] Scott.

Published by Scribners, New York (1922)

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Item Description: Scribners, New York, 1922. Hardcover. 8vo. In our experience this variant jacket is considerably scarcer than the one in first state. Fine in an unusually fine example of the dust jacket First edition, second state, with the title printed in black on the front panel. Bookseller Inventory # 21362

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Thoreau, Henry D.

Published by Ticknor & Fields, Boston (1854)

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Item Description: Ticknor & Fields, Boston, 1854. Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. With the ads dated May, 1854 (no established priority). Contemporary ownership signature on the front free endpaper. A fine collector's copy of this highspot of American literature, showing the minutest of use. Housed in a custom-made chemise and slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 24034

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Wolfe, Thomas.

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1929)

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1929. Hardcover. 8vo. The opening salvo of the author's prolix autobiographical novels. A resplendent copy in a fine example of the first issue dust jacket that manifests the slightest of use only. Housed in a custom-made quarter-leather clamshell box First edition of the author's first book, preceded only by a 1919 nonfiction pamphlet. Bookseller Inventory # 20949

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Joyce, James.

Published by Faber & Faber / Viking, London / New York (1939)

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Item Description: Faber & Faber / Viking, London / New York, 1939. First edition. 4to. One of 425 numbered copies signed by the author. An especially fine copy in a fine, unmottled example of the publisher's yellow slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 23028

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Jeffers, Robinson.

Published by Lime Kiln Press, Santa Cruz (1975)

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Item Description: Lime Kiln Press, Santa Cruz, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine and today rare. First edition. Oblong folio. One of 100 numbered copies printed under the direction of William Everson on handmade Hayle paper. Bound at the Schuberth Bookbindery. With a title page woodcut by William Prochnow. Issued in a slipcase made of Monterey Cypress and with a window of granite from Jeffers's own stone yard. The book was designed by Everson to maintain Jeffers' long poetical line without interrupting the line breaks. The slipcase, harmonious with the natural flow of Jeffers's poetry, can best be described as a free-standing sculpture that represents the zenith of William Everson's accomplishments as book designer and printer. We have purchased, sold, and repurchased this title some five or six times over three decades. The publication price was $250. Bookseller Inventory # 15441

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Fleming, Ian.

Published by Cape [1965], London (1965)

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Item Description: Cape [1965], London, 1965. Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. One of a small number of copies that have survived with the original gold-embossed front cover. Because the embossing costs were considered too high, the publisher reprinted the cover at an early date without the gold stamping. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom-made quarter morocco clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 24024

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Chandler, Raymond.

Published by Knopf, New York (1939)

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Item Description: Knopf, New York, 1939. Hardcover. 8vo. The 1946 movie, directed by Howard Hawks, remains an unalloyed film classic. William Faulkner was one of the three credited screenwriters. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall reprised the sizzling repartee that characterized their first film together ("To Have And Have Not") -- a reflection of their off-screen relationship. Fine in a fine dust jacket that has been minimally and artfully enhanced by a master conservator First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 20919

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Malamud, Bernard.

Published by Harcourt, Brace [1952], New York (1952)

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Item Description: Harcourt, Brace [1952], New York, 1952. Hardcover. 8vo. With publisher's review slip tipped in. This copy is in the gray binding (one of three with no priority having been established, but the presence of the slip suggests it is indeed the primary binding). More significantly, this copy is inscribed: "For Neal Naumburg -- with good wishes. Bernard Malamud." A classic "make nice" happy ending subverts the novel's tragic meaning in the 1984 Barry Levinson film rendition. Fine in a fine dust jacket (and inscribed, a collector's dream copy). Housed in a custom-made, quarter-leather clamshell box First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 22018

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Schaefer, Jack.

Published by Houghton Mifflin (1949)

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo. Fine in a fine example of the published dust jacket First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 22523

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Beckett, Samuel.

Published by Hours Press, Paris (1930)

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Item Description: Hours Press, Paris, 1930. Printed wrappers. First edition. 8vo. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. The rest of the edition comprised 200 unsigned copies. This copy bears the scarce original wraparound label, announcing the young author as prize-winner of a contest sponsored by the Hours Press to compose a poem on the concept of time. Beckett, who at the time was indigent, swiftly composed an elaborate Cartesian narrative as the contest deadline loomed. He completed it: "Half before dinner, had a guzzle of salad and Chambertin . and finished it about three in the morning." A just about fine copy of this fragile publication. Housed in a custom-made chemise and slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 21957

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Williams, Oscar. (Editor and Contributor).

Published by Peter Pauper, Mount Vernon (1942)

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Item Description: Peter Pauper, Mount Vernon, 1942. Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. One of 32 contributors' copies, each signed by all the poets, including W.H. Auden, Robert Penn Warren, Robinson Jeffers, Randall Jarrell, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Marianne Moore and others. This is Oscar Williams's copy. An all-star lineup of Twentieth Century super-poets. Unusually fine in a specially designed clamshell box -- a decided improvement on the flimsy cardboard publisher's box which rarely survives. Bookseller Inventory # 23355

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Merrill, James.

Published by Privately Printed, New York (1942)

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Item Description: Privately Printed, New York, 1942. Hardcover. First edition of Merrill's first book. 8vo. Published by the poet's father in an edition of about 200 copies when his son was but sixteen years old. This copy is inscribed by Merrill in the form of a quatrain: "Dear Ted, Beware! Don't turn the page / or dream of reading at your age / these jottings by a rose-lipt lad / who once drove men of forty mad -- Jimmy. 19.ix.91." Laid into the book is an autograph postcard from Merrill: "Dear Ted -- I can't resist (and how you could I can't imagine) adding the last line to your clever little verse: "They had to ask for pearls! Ah well. Boys will be girls. Back from Missouri exhausted. But see you soon. Love, Jimmy." Also laid in are an early draft of a Merrill poem, "Pearl," on thermal fax paper that differs substantially from its published version and a copy of a written statement from Merrill's mother in which she lays out the history of "Jim's Book." Fine in the original unprinted glassine dust jacket as issued. Housed in a custom-made cloth clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 20933

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Schulberg, Budd.

Published by Random House [1941], New York (1941)

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Item Description: Random House [1941], New York, 1941. Hardcover. 8vo. This copy is inscribed in the year of publication by Schulberg to theater producer Viola Rubber. On anyone's short-list of defining Hollywood novels. A Hollywood 100 book. Fine in a fine, unfaded, first issue dust jacket with but a tiny fingernail-sized scratch on the front panel to mitigate its otherwise exceptional condition First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 20940

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Eliot, T[homas] S[tearns].

Published by Harcourt Brace [1943], New York (1943)

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Item Description: Harcourt Brace [1943], New York, 1943. Hardcover. First American edition. 8vo. One of the 788 copies that comprise what Eliot bibliographer Donald Gallup identifies as the first impression. This ambitious poem wedded Eliot's Christian beliefs with a formidable array of literary techniques that established him as the regnant poet of his day. Fine in a fine example of the first impression dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 21359

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Carver, Raymond.

Published by English Club of Sacramento State College [1968], Sacramento (1968)

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Item Description: English Club of Sacramento State College [1968], Sacramento, 1968. Printed wrappers. 8vo. Laid into this copy is a color photograph of Carver displaying a large fish he has just caught. This volume of verse, produced in an edition of some 200 copies according to Carver, was distributed locally by the English Club; no copies were for sale. Due to these circumstances, "Near Klamath" has been hard to find from the outset, but, as Carver's reputation continued to flourish, escalating prices flushed out several copies. In the last decade the supply has truly dwindled down to a precious few with no copies available online at this writing. Fine. Housed in a custom-made cloth chemise First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 22503

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Mitchell, Joseph.

Published by Sheridan House [1938], New York (1938)

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Item Description: Sheridan House [1938], New York, 1938. Hardcover. 8vo. With a droll frontispiece photograph of Mitchell, who is sitting in a chair with newspapers strewn around his bare feet, one of which completely obscures his face. Mitchell, along with A.J. Liebling and St. Clair McKelway, would become a New Yorker luminary of the first rank during the magazine's heyday. His carefully limned portraits of New York low-life institutions (McSorley's Tavern) and individuals (Joe Gould and his putative oral history of the world) earned him critical praise as well as imitators. A resplendent copy in a bright dust jacket of a poorly made book that is about as common as a benevolent heart within the ranks of rare-book dealers First edition of the author's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 23845

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