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A SHORT HISTORY OF A SMALL PLACE

by Pearson, T. R.

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1985
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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. First edition. His first book. SIGNED by Pearson on front endpaper. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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COLD MOUNTAIN

by Frazier, Charles

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(1997)
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New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1997). First edition. SIGNED by Frazier on title page. His first book, a National Book Award winner and basis for the 2003 movie starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Renee Zellweger. First issue with "man-woman" for "mad-woman" p. 25. Fine in fine dust jacket with the Berendt quote sticker on front panel.
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IT IS TIME, LORD

by Chappell, Fred

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Published
1963
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New York: Atheneum, 1963. First edition. His first book. INSCRIBED on half-title page, "Best of luck from Fred & Sue Chappell to Peggy & Hugh Kerner. Fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with internal tape repair to head of spine where there are a few short rubbed tears.
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THE BEANS; [U.S. title: The Beans of Egypt, Maine]

by Chute, Carolyn

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(1985)
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London: Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press, (1985). First UK edition of the author's first book with title changed from that of the original U.S. release. In presumed second-issue dust jacket with blurbs on rear panel and image of old car with tree and house in background on front (vs blank and with people on porch). Usual age-toning to… Read more
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DREAMS OF AN IMAGINARY NEW YORKER NAMED RIZZOLI

by Ciabattari, Mark

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Published
(1990)
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New York: Obelisk Press, (1990). Istvan Banyai. First edition, a paperback original. Not issued in hard cover. The author's first book. Near fine.
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JUST WHO: A Collection of Poems and Photographs from Community Medical Care

by Masson, Veneta, James Hall, photographer

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Published
1993)
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(No-place: Crossroad Health Ministry, 1993). First edition. Paperback original; the only edition, SIGNED BY MASSON on title page. Her first book of poetry. Preceded only by INTERNATIONAL NURSING (1981), non-fiction written while nursing director at the global health initiative, Project Hope. The 17 poems herein arose from her work as family nurse practitioner and director of a small, inner-city… Read more
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FLAGONS AND APPLES

by Jeffers, Robinson, "John Robinson Jeffers

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1912
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Los Angeles, CA: Grafton Publishing Co., 1912. First edition of Jeffers' first book. One of only 500 copes, 480 of which were remaindered. (According to Ward Ritchie, they were sold to Holmes Book Store for 20 cents a copy.) Small 8vo linen-backed brown paper boards; top edge gilt. Issued with printed spine labels to front and spine. This copy… Read more
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END AS A MAN

by Willingham, Calder

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Published
(1947)
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$150.00

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New York: Vanguard Press, (1947). First edition of the author's first book. In first-state dust jacket without reviews on rear panel, which is blank. Minor offset to gutters and page fore edges lightly foxed, otherwise near fine in price-clipped, near fine dust jacket with touch of minor edge wear and rubbing, most notably to the rear flap fold. An… Read more
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WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN

by Schulberg, Budd

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Published
(1941)
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New York: Random House, (1941). First edition. His first and most famous book. Novel based on his father's life, made into the long-running Broadway musical. SIGNED BY SCHULBERG WITH CRYPTIC "46-61-72" beneath his signature on back of a portion of paper torn from a form still retaining partial name and "identity card number" of Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman. Good,… Read more
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THE ROAD THROUGH THE WALL

by Jackson, Shirley

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Published
1948
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New York: Farrar, Straus and Co., 1948. First edition. Her first book. Loosely based on her childhood in an affluent California neighborhood. Very good to near fine with the usual darkening of the pages (due to the high pulp paper used during and after WWII), small tear near hinge of half-title page mended with archival tape on verso, hint… Read more
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THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS

by McCarthy, Mary

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Published
1942
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(New York): Simon & Schuster, 1942. First edition of the author's first book, a semi-autobiographical novel "in six parts." 8vo gray cloth boards with black spine label printed in white; top edge yellow. Touch of barest shelf wear but still quite crisp, clean and fine in very good to near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a… Read more
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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

by Lee, Harper

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(1965)
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Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, (1965). First Canadian edition. Intended for use as a school text with a note about the author followed by 15 pages of notes and questions by Donald G. Rutledge at rear. 8vo orange paper boards printed in green and white on front and spine; arresting illustration by John Elphick of bird in tree on front.… Read more
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THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER

by Sillitoe, Alan

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Published
1959
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London: W. H. Allen, 1959. First edition of his first book. Nine related stories including the title one which was the basis for the 1962 film of the same name with screenplay by Sillitoe. A poor Nottingham teenager with bleak prospects turns to long-distance running for emotional and physical escape. Very good to near fine with fading to cloth… Read more
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THE STONE ARBOR: and Other Stories

by Angell, Roger, (Edward Gorey dust jacket)

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Published
(1960)
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Boston: Little, Brown and Co., (1960). First edition of the New Yorker magazine editor and contributor's first book; first appearances of all thirteen of short stories included herein. Dust jacket design by Edward Gorey. Near fine in very good dust jacket with light rubbing to spine and corners, spine ends nicked and faint staining to rear panel.
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VOYAGE HOME

by Hochman, Sandra

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Published
(1960)
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$60.00

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(Paris): Two Cities Editions, (1960). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. White paperwraps printed in blue and black. Very good or better with few small stains to covers.
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BIB BALLADS

by Lardner, Ring W.

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Published
(1915)
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Chicago: P.F. Volland & Co, (1915). First edition. His first regularly published book. Illustrated by Fontaine Fox. Slim, brown cloth boards stamped in gold and white on front only. Near fine lacking the publisher's box.
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SETTING FREE THE BEARS

by Irving, John

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(1968)
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New York: Random House, (1968). First edition of his first book. Decorative bookplate SIGNED BY IRVING laid in. Fine in near fine to fine dust jacket with touch of minor wear and few light creases to corner of front flap. Housed in custom, molded clamshell case lettered in gilt on spine and with partial image from dust jacket embossed… Read more
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JUNKIE

by (Burroughs, (William S.), as William Lee

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Published
(1953)
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New York: Ace Books, (1953). First edition of Burroughs' first book. Published under the pseudonym "William Lee." A paperback original -- "Ace Double Books D-15" bound tete-beche (head-to-toe) with an abridged edition of Maurice Helbrant's "Narcotic Agent." From the collection of sports writer Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman with his penciled notations inside rear cover. Covers show light rubbing and… Read more
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OUR GOVERNMENT

by Cain, James M.

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Published
1930
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New York: Knopf, 1930. First edition. The hard-boiled mystery writer's first regularly published book, essays of sorts in a series of imagined dialogues on the workings and non-workings of government. Octavo gray cloth boards stamped in black (or perhaps dark blue) on front and spine, publisher's logo blindstamped on back board; in first-issue dust jacket with dollar sign on… Read more
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GALENA GUIDE

by [Algren, Nelson]

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Published
1937
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Galena, IL: The City of Galena, 1937. First edition. Considered his first book or contribution. In the "American Guide Series," a Works Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project that funded writers during the Depression. Blue paperwraps featuring a silhouette of Illinois; printed on front only in dark blue and gilt. Bit of excess glue inside front cover otherwise fine. WPA… Read more
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