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Joyce, James.

Published by Shakespeare & Company (1922)

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Item Description: Shakespeare & Company, 1922. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st 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. 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. The Carl Petersen copy. Fine in an unfaded dust jacket that has been minimally restored by a master conservator. Rare in any kind of jacket. 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] (1923)

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Item Description: Contact Publishing [1923], 1923. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 20968

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Hemingway, Ernest.

Published by Three Mountains Press (1924)

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Item Description: Three Mountains Press, 1924. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 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. signed. Bookseller Inventory # 23974

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Bukowski, Charles.

Published by Black Sparrow Press [1966] (1966)

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Item Description: Black Sparrow Press [1966], 1966. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 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. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 21169

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Lee, Harper.

Published by Lippincott [1960], Philadelphia (1960)

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Item Description: Lippincott [1960], Philadelphia, 1960. Hardcover. First edition. 8vo. This copy is inscribed: "to Dick Heman with my best wishes, Harper Lee." A prepossessing copy of this highspot, as fresh and bright as seems possible for a book that is so notoriously prone to wear. The dust jacket, whose verso has been unobtrusively touched up by a masterly conservator, equally presents as new. Housed in a custom-made cloth clamshell box. signed. Bookseller Inventory # 24245

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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. signed. Bookseller Inventory # 24031

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Eliot, T[homas] S[tearns].

Published by Egoist, London (1917)

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Item Description: Egoist, London, 1917. Printed wrappers. First edition of the poet's first book. 8vo. Published in an edition of 500 copies -- Gallup A1. An exceptionally fine copy of this iconic work of Twentieth Century Modernism. Housed in a custom-made cloth clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 23937

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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. Housed in a quarter-leather cloth clamshell box. signed. Bookseller Inventory # 7849

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Dreiser, Theodore.

Published by Doubleday Page (1900)

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Item Description: Doubleday Page, 1900. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 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. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 22693

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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. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 20941

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Lewis, Wyndham.

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Item Description: Book Condition: Fine. Executed in 1919 - 1920. 10" x 13". A strong 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. The drawing is 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 (1922)

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Item Description: Scribners, 1922. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 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 (1854)

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Item Description: Ticknor & Fields, 1854. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st 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 (1929)

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Item Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo. 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 essay, "The Crisis In Industry," that was issued in a 200-copy edition by the University of North Carolina. 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 426 numbered copies signed by the author. An especially fine copy in a fine, unmottled example of the publisher's yellow slipcase. signed. Bookseller Inventory # 23028

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Schaefer, Jack.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1949)

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

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Jeffers, Robinson.

Published by Lime Kiln Press (1975)

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Item Description: Lime Kiln Press, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st 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 stoneyard. The book was designed by Everson to render Jeffers' long poetical line uninterrupted by the linebreaks. 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. Signed by Author(s). 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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Frost, Robert.

Published by David Nutt, London (1913)

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Item Description: David Nutt, London, 1913. Hardcover. 12mo. This copy is signed by Frost. Fewer than 350 copies were issued by the publisher, who succumbed to bankruptcy several years later. An uncommonly fine copy. Housed in a custom-made cloth clamshell box First edition, first binding of the author's first book. signed. Bookseller Inventory # 24208

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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. First edition of the author's first book. 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." Fine in a fine dust jacket (and inscribed, a collector's dream copy). Housed in a custom-made, quarter-leather clamshell box. signed. Bookseller Inventory # 22018

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Chandler, Raymond.

Published by Knopf (1939)

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Item Description: Knopf, 1939. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo. Chandler's reputation among collectors continues to ride high as attested to by the astonishing prices of his books realized at the recent Sotheby's sale. Fine in a fine dust jacket that has been minimally restored at spine and flap-folds by a master conservator. Bookseller Inventory # 20919

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Beckett, Samuel.

Published by Hours Press (1930)

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Item Description: Hours Press, 1930. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st 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 the prize-winner of a contest sponsored by the Hours Press to compose a poem on the concept of time. Beckett, who was at the time indigent, swiftly wrote 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. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 21957

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Williams, Oscar. (Editor and Contributor).

Published by Peter Pauper (1942)

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Item Description: Peter Pauper, 1942. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st 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. Fine in a specially designed clamshell box -- a decided improvement on the flimsy cardboard publisher's box which rarely survives. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 23355

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Merrill, James.

Published by Privately Printed (1942)

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Item Description: Privately Printed, 1942. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 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. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 20933

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Schulberg, Budd.

Published by Random House [1941] (1941)

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Item Description: Random House [1941], 1941. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 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. 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. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 20940

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Published by Cinema Office of the People's Commissars of the U.S.S.R. (1935)

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Item Description: Cinema Office of the People's Commissars of the U.S.S.R., 1935. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. 4to. The certificate, written in Cyrillic (with accompanying translation into English) was awarded to the American movie, "Gentlemen Are Born," directed by Alfred Green and starring Franchot Tone. The document is signed by several Russan luminaries of the first rank, including film directors Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, and Boris Shumyatsky, who was appointed by Stalin to govern the Soviet film industry and ensure that all films toed the line politically. Shumyatsky ruthlessly attacked Eisenstein for not conforming to the party line for several years until the great movie director made "Alexander Nevsky" in 1939. The epic film -- a glorification of medieval Russia -- restored Eisenstein's political reputation. Ironically, Shumyatsky himself fell out of favor and was summarily executed at Stalin's order. A pivotal and singular historical document that at once informs and epitomizes the early days of Soviet film-making. The certificate, which shows some age-wear, is tipped into a leatherbound folder. Housed in a custom-made cloth clamshell box and chemise. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 23640

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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. First edition of the author's first book. 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. Fine. Housed in a custom-made cloth chemise. Bookseller Inventory # 22503

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