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Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend.

Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend.

by MATTHIESSEN, Peter

New York: Modern Library / Random House, 2008. First edition / First printing. Gray cloth. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Matthiessen won the 2008 National Book Award for Shadow Country, the Watson trilogy (Killing Mister Watson, 1990, Lost Man's River, 1997 and Bone by Bone, 1999), revised into a single volume.
Item Price
$150.00
R.A. Gekoski Catalogue 26

R.A. Gekoski Catalogue 26

by Gekoski

Gekoski. Soft cover. Fine. Illustrated catalogue of fine books etc
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£10.00
African Stories

African Stories

by Lessing, Doris

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1965. First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 1965, First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Faint spotting along the edges of the boards and upper text-block; tight binding; clean contents. The DJ shows a few light, general areas of fading / soil; mild edgewear; one 1-inch snag along the rear fold. DJ now housed in a mylar wrap.
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$44.00
The Daniel Jazz: And other poems

The Daniel Jazz: And other poems

by LINDSAY, Vachel

London: G. Bell & Sons, 1920. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 94, [2]. Yellow cloth, blue lettering, single blind ruling to upper board. Bottom edge untrimmed. Spine and board edges tobacco-browned, top edge dusty. Feps and text block browned. Else, clean. In the original dust jacket: delicate, soiled and tobacco-browned, edgewear and creasing, chipped at extremities, losses to head, lower, and heel of spine. Good+/ good only. Unusual in the original dust jacket. Published first in the UK, with the American... Read more
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£75.00
The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Stated First Edition with no mention of subsequent printings (First Printing), in the first issue dust jacket with the 1070 code on the bottom of the front flap; A Near Fine book in a Very Good dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on a bookplate affixed to the half title page. An outstanding copy of this novel by the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author of "Beloved", "Song of Solomon", etc.; this book very scarce to find in collectible condition, particularly signed. This copy is in Near Fine condition... Read more
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$2,775.00
The Buildings of England

The Buildings of England

by Nikolaus Pevsner

A rare example of a first edition with dust-wrapper of Pevsner's County Durham - number 9 in the Penguin Buildings of England series. Published in 1953, and dedicated "to the gentle slide-rulers of Portman Square". The book is in beautiful salmon-pink boards with gilt titles and decoration. Bumped at the head of the spine but still solid and intact. Map and photos present. The unclipped dust-wrapper shows the price at 8s 6d, and is in very good condition, with only some darkening inside the flaps, and a... Read more
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£14.00
Night Over Day Over Night.

Night Over Day Over Night.

by WATKINS, Paul

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. First edition / First printing. Brown cloth spine, slate paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. The author's first book.
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$100.00
THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE

THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE

by STEINBECK, John

New York: The Viking Press, 1941. First Edition. Illustrated cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. 143 pages. First Edition. Illustrated dust jacket. Quarto. Illustrated tan cloth. Bookplate of William M. Davis affixed to front pastedown. Illustrated from 136 black and white photographs taken from the film of the same name. The story and the film script were written by Steinbeck. A Near Fine copy with the usual browning to the pastedown hinges. The dust jacket is edgeworn, especially at the spine ends; still,... Read more
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$95.00
The Wapshot Scandal

The Wapshot Scandal

by Cheever, John

London: Gollancz, 1964. First Edition. Hard cover in dust jacket. First British edition of author's third book - his first novel. Published London: Gollancz, 1964. Gilt stamped brown cloth. Spine slightly turned, name in ink on front end paper. Near fine in near fine dj, which is price clipped and has a 1/4 inch hole on the spine touching the "G" in Gollancz.. 1st. Hard. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo..
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$50.00
No Mother to Guide Her

No Mother to Guide Her

by Loos, Anita

New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961. First edition. Hardcover. Signed presentation copy. 8vo, 157pp, mauve cloth spine and decorative hardboard. Pictorial dj, small chip lower front cover in un-price clipped dj, vgc overall. Signed presentation copy dated March 29 1961 from the author.
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$80.00
Master of The Game

Master of The Game

by Sheldon Sidney

New York: Morrow, 1982. Stated First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good ++. 495 pp. 8vo. Binding: blue cloth, off-white quarter boards. Silver gilt stamped on spine. Extremities Sharp, clean, tight, square, and bright. 3 tiny brown spots on fore edge of text block. No apparent reading wear. PON elegantly written on ffep. D/J Glossy and vibrant, Mild Hints of Edge Wear. 1/8th " closed tear to bottom front. Small scratch top front above the letter e [Sidney]. Handsome,... Read more
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$101.00
Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

by Stewart, Michael & Adams, Lee & Strouse, Charles

NY: DBS Pubications, 1958. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 1958 Stated FIRST Printing of this very rare edition. In VG+/VG condition. The HB has a previous owner stamp on the ffep. Otherwise with bright, tight orange boards & top stain. Filled with B/W photos from the Broadway musical. The DJ is price-clipped but clean & bright/. There is minor edge wear. A classic!.
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$1,350.00
The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (Inscribed first edition)

The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (Inscribed first edition)

by Embury, David

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1948. First edition. about Fine/Very Good +. Warmly inscribed by the author: "To my very good friend and associate, Ernst Lampe. Cordial-ly yours, Dave Embury." A lovely just about Fine copy of the book with a ding to the front lower corner, otherwise clean and square. In a sharp, Very Good + dust jacket with a lightly faded spine and minor wear at the extremities. Embury at 62 years old and a senior tax partner at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, turned his interest... Read more
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$4,500.00
Fine Just the Way It Is

Fine Just the Way It Is

by Annie Proulx

First edition, first impression, with number 1 as required.This is a beautiful copy in a near-fine unclipped dust-wrapper.No markings or inscriptions.Slight crease to the bottom of the dust-wrapper front cover, as can be seen from the photos, but otherwise practically mint condition.
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£11.00
INFINITE JEST A Novel

INFINITE JEST A Novel

by Wallace, David Foster

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. Book condition is Very Good+ in wraps. Two small, weak bumps to crown at front panel. Text is clean and unmarked. ; Signed by David Foster Wallace on the front end page. Special Galleys Signed by the Author. ; 9.29 X 6.14 X 2.20 inches; 1088 pages; Signed by Author, David Foster Wallace, on the front end page.
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$1,200.00
Brick Lane

Brick Lane

by Monica Ali

First Edition/First Printing with the complete number line; A fine book in a fine dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on the title page. An as new, unread copy of this highly touted debut novel. Not remaindered, not price clipped, not ex-library. In archival protection.
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$25.00
Lizardskin

Lizardskin

by Stroud, Carsten

New York: Bantam Books, 1992. The author that gave us " Close Pursuit ", once again, with searing intensity and laser precision, Carsten Stroud has penetrated a raw nerve and lays open the painful, private, perilous world inside the policeman's soul. Price-intact illustrated dust jacket.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good.
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$22.50
50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know. Volune 1 & Volume 2

50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know. Volune 1 & Volume 2

by Russ Kick

New York: Disinformation, 2003. First edition, first printing. Softcover, glossy wraps. 127 + 143pp. Fine condition.
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$20.00
Diaries and Letters

Diaries and Letters

by Nicolson, Harold

London: Collins, 1966-68. First editions. Hardcover. Very good copy/frayed. Three 8vo volumes. Boards. Illustrated. Edited by Nigel Nicolson. "Times" obituary and other articles pasted or laid in at end of Volume I. Harold Nicolson began keeping a diary in 1929 and continued recording his observations about politics and friends until October 1964. He witnessed some remarkable events, particularly in Parliament during the War.
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$115.00
ATALANTA IN CALYDON A TRAGEDY

ATALANTA IN CALYDON A TRAGEDY

by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE

LONDON: JOHN CAMDEN HOTTEN, 1866 Original blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. 175 x 110 mm approx. Original grey made end papers. xiv +130 pp. Attributed as Poetry the work is written as a play with list of persons and introductory argument. First edition dated 1866 to title page and tail of spine. Good (Book- moderate shelf rubbing - mainly colour loss only and soiling including dulling of cloth around tail of spine from liquid spillage with associated light tide mark to gutter region of front... Read more
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£125.00
May We Borrow Your Husband and other Comedies of Sexual Life

May We Borrow Your Husband and other Comedies of Sexual Life

by GREENE, Graham

The Bodley Head, 1967. First edition, first printing. 8vo. 188pp. Green boards with gilt lettering to spine. Pictorial dustwrapper. A fine copy with clean boards. No inscriptions with no marks to textblock edges. The near fine dustwrapper is in fresh & clean condition with a couple of short closed tears. Most importantly none of the usual fading to the pink almost fluorescent spine. A light horizontal crease to centre of wrapper. Original price of 21snet to front flap.
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£145.00
Leading the Cheers

Leading the Cheers

by Cartwright, Justin

Sceptre, 1998. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Excellent bright and square copy with no inscriptions or marks. Flat signed on title page.
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£12.00
The Shadow of the Hawk

The Shadow of the Hawk

by C.S Forester

Good. No dust jacket. 284pp + 4pp publisher's advertisements to rear. Faded spine & patchy fading to rear cover, marks to boards and rubbing to page edges. A Good, solid, complete UK 1st Edition-one of the scarcest early Forester titles. Correct advertisements to 1927 (including Payment Deferred / Love Lies Dreaming / The Wonderful Week).
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£190.00
The Night of Fear  (Harper Sealed Mystery with Publisher's Seal Intact)

The Night of Fear (Harper Sealed Mystery with Publisher's Seal Intact)

by Dalton, Moray (pseud. Katherine Mary Dalton Renoir)

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Just About Fine/Near Fine. Black cloth over boards, title and decorations stamped in blue onto upper board and spine, 12mo (7-1/4 inches tall), pp. vi, [viii], 270, stated first edition. Volume with spine ends just slightly softened and very light taps to upper board corners, else fine; pages 241-270 still remain within the publisher's unopened printed seal. Price-intact DJ with partial fade to spine panel, light edge wear,... Read more
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CA$625.00
The Plague and I.

The Plague and I.

by MacDonald, Betty

Philadelphia:: Lippincott,, 1948. . A Near Fine copy with a sticker shadow on the flyleaf in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light toning to the spine and a short closed edge tear to the rear panel. This is an uncommon copy of Betty MacDonald's sympathetic account of the patients, nurses and well-meaning 'outsiders' that she encountered while undergoing treatment for tuberculosis in a sanitorium. This copy is signed by MacDonald on the flyleaf. .
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$395.00