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    Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

    Winner of the 2012 Story Prize Recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" fiction writer of 2012 Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region's vast spaces, winning redemption despite - and often because of - the hardship and violence they endure. The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch. A prospecting hermit discovers the limits of his rugged individualism when he tries to rescue an abused teenager. Decades after she led her best friend into a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock. Most bravely of all, Watkins takes on – and reinvents – her own troubled legacy in a story that emerges from the mayhem and destruction of Helter Skelter. Arcing from the sweeping and sublime to the minute and personal, from Gold Rush to ghost town to desert to brothel, the collection echoes not only in its title but also in its fierce, undefeated spirit the motto of her home state. 


    Tulsa by Larry Clark



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    EDWIN MULLHOUSE by MILLHAUSER, Steven

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. First Edition. hardcover. Remainder mark on the bottom edge otherwise a nice, tight copy. Dustwrapper is also attractive with a 3/4" closed tear on the front panel, some general soiling, and a small paper defect on the rear panel. About Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper. First book by the winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.


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    Hugo; A Fantasia on Modern Themes by Arnold Bennett

    A darkness which no eye could penetrate surrounded him as he lay in bed...... New York, New York: F. M. Buckles and Company. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1906. Hardcover. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 323 pages; Published 1906 original dark blue cloth with white decoration and gilding bright . Clean and sound throughout with no foxing. An early work from the pen of a preeminent novelist and mystery writer. Arnold Bennett is famous for his realistic novels about the Five Towns - the 'Five Towns' being the pottery towns of his youth. His virtuosity as a writer was his manner of depicting simple things and ordinary people in an intriguing way for the readers. He has a warm and kind understanding for his characters, particularly when describing the intricate details of their dreary routine lives. (Enoch) Arnold Bennett was born in Hanley, Staffordshire, in 1867. Arnold followed his father into the legal profession but at the age of 21, he decided to leave his father's firm and moved to London and worked as a solicitor's clerk. He won a literary competition in ""Tit Bits"" magazine in 1889 and in 1893 became assistant editor of the journal, Woman. He published his first essentially autobiographical novel The Man from the North in 1898. His best work is contained in his novels of the 'Five Towns' which include Anna of the Five Towns (1902), The Old Wives' Tale (1908), Clayhanger (1910), The Card (1911), Hilda Lessways (1911) and These Twain (1916). During the First World War, he became Director of Propaganda at the War Ministry. He refused a knighthood in 1918. In 1926, he began writing an influential weekly article on books for the Evening Standard newspaper. MYSTERY . HUGO, A FANTASIA ON MODERN THEMES by Bennett, Arnold Title: HUGO, A FANTASIA ON MODERN THEMES Author: Bennett, Arnold Format/binding: Hardcover Book condition: Very Good with no dust jacket Binding: Hardcover Publisher: F. M. Buckles and Company Place: New York, New York Date published: 1906


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    A Conrad Argosy by Joseph Conrad, with an Introduction by William McFee and woodcut illustrations by Hans Alexander Mueller

    A Conrad Argosy by Joseph Conrad. Introduction by William McFee, with Wood Cuts by Hans Alexander Mueller. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1942. Hardcover, Later edition. 713 pages. This collection contains Conrad's stories of the sea, a compilation of some of his best novels and short stories complemented by the woodcuts of Hans Alexander Mueller, an instructor at Columbia University. An incredible work of art as well as collection of Conrad's best.


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    Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You by Grizzard, Lewis

    Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers. Hardcover. 1979. 1st Edition. 8vo 211pp . Fine in Very Good DJ. DJ has a small closed repaired tear at bottom edge of front panel and the inside front flap is lightly creased. Author's first book .


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    $562.50

    GUY ANDERSON by ROBBINS, Tom

    (Seattle): (Gear Works Press), (1965). First Edition. Wraps. Fine. Folio in pictorial wraps. Illustrated with photographs of the painter and his works by Bob Peterson. First book by Tom Robbins, a fifteen-page monograph on the artist of the title, quite uncommon in this essentially new condition.


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    The Circus and Other Essays by Joyce Kilmer

    The Circus and Other Essays by Joyce Kilmer. Published in New York: Laurence J. Gomme, 1916. First edition, first issue. 79 pages. Publisher's half brown cloth and boards. Hardcover. Dedicated to author's father. The Circus The Abolition of Poets Noon-Hour Adventuring Signs and Symbols The Great Nickel Adventure The Urban Chanticleer Daily Traveling Incongruous New York. In Memoriam : John Bunny The Day After Christmas FUGITIVE PIECES The Ashman The Bear That Walks Like a Man Absinthe at the Cheshire Cheese Japanese Lacquer Sappho Rediviva The Poetry of Gerard Hopkins Philosophical Tendencies in English Literature Two Lectures on English Poetry: The Ballad The Sonnet Gilbert K. Chesterton and His Poetry


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    $4,375.00

    TURANDOT AND OTHER POEMS by ASHBERY, John

    New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1953. First Edition. Decorated wraps. Wrappers are slightly darkened with two round oily stains on the rear, not too dark. The front wrapper has one short closed tear neatly repaired internally with tape and a sliver chip on the lower right corner with the detached piece still present. Very Good to Near Fine example of this scarce book. Jane Freilicher. Ashbery's first book, a 23-page chapbook in sewn decorated paper wraps, one of only 300 copies printed. Illustrated with four drawings by Jane Freilicher. In this copy two of the plates are duplicated giving a total of six plates. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the poet to Herbert with love and also INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the artist to Herbert with "my love, too." Both inscriptions are on the title page and appear to be contemporary.


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    The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore, with the Life of the Author by John Francis Waller

    The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore by Thomas Moore, with the life of Moore by John Francis Waller. New York: P. F. Collier, 1853. First Edition. 552 pages. Hardcover, with steel-engraved illustrations, separated by tissue paper. Includes: Odes of Anacreon , Juvenile Poems , America , Corruption , Intolerance: Satirical and Humorous Poems , and Sacred Songs . Signed by the original owner in the year 1887. Era: Antique; 19th century Condition: Very Good.


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    TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by MICHENER, James

    New York: Macmillan, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper and very scarce as such. Michener's first book and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This copy with the typical browning to the paper though not as bad as usually found. The endpapers and pastedowns at front and rear have some foxing that does not enter the text. The dustwrapper has the $3.00 price horizontally at the bottom of the front flap and is quite bright with just a little edgewear at the corners and spine tips and no tears, chips, or creases of any significance. Difficult to find a better copy.


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    The Old China Book by N. Hudson Moore

    Antique Book- The Old China Book (The Old China Book - Including Staffordshire, Wedgwood, Lustre, Other English Pottery and Porcelain) Classic China book from the turn of the (last) century featuring China that is available; that is collectible and antique from the 19th century.   This book is a must for serious collectors.   THIS little book has been compiled to meet the wants (expressed in hundreds of letters) of those who own old china, particularly old English china, and would like to know more about it, and to stimulate others to whom the fascinations of china collecting are as yet unknown.   There are many more to whom we hope to appeal: those who are interested in their country's history during that strenuous time when the colony cast aside its mother's hand and took Its first steps alone. It may well stir our patriotism to look on the plain buildings our ancestors were content to view as " Beauties “; to note the primitive methods of transportation both on land and sea; to revise our knowledge of such famous victories as McDonough's, or Bunker Hill, and to study the rugged features of those who worked and died to make our country what she is.   All this and more may be found within the limits of a collection of " Old Blue'. Quite apart from the peculiar interest of the Staffordshire wares are those lovely English porcelains and pottery of the late eighteenth century.   They well repay study, and many of us may rejoice to find that we are harboring angels unaware.   Some of the illustrations have been used in articles on this subject, and thanks are due to the Delineator, House Beautiful, and the Ledger Monthly for permission to reproduce them.   Contents includes: List of Illustrations I. Early Pottery II. Staffordshire Wares III. Staffordshire Wares IV. Staffordshire Wares V. Portrait Pieces VI. Liverpool And Otikr Printed Wares VII. English Porcelain And Pottery VIII. B As Altes, Lyustres, White Ware, Etc IX. Wordowool) And his Wares X. Juos, Teapots and Animals. XI. Works On Pottery And Porcelain   N. Hudson Moore (Author), Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Photographer), Concord Antiquarian Society (Photographer) Publication Date: 1935 300 pages Publisher: Tudor Publishing Company, New York; 1st edition


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    AFTER OUR WAR by BALABAN, John

    Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, (1974). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper. Poet's first full-length book, with the Lamont Prize card laid in. Balaban is best known now for his translations into English of Vietnamese poetry.


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    $165.00

    Christopher Columbus: Being the Life of the Very Magnificent Lord Don Cristobal Colon by Salvador De Madariaga

    Christopher Columbus: Being the Life of the Very Magnificent Lord Don Cristobal Colon By: Salvador De Madariaga in 1939. Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton. Hardcover with jacket. Ten fold out illustrations including 4 full maps. First Edition. 524 Pages. Excellent like-new condition. Frontispiece portrait. Tcwo fold-out maps. Maps on endpapers. Extensive notes on text. Bibliography. Index. biography of Christopher Columbus and history of his explorations.


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    $2,500.00

    TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by MICHENER, James

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. The brittleness of the cheap paper, found in every copy we have seen, is much in evidence with a very short tear at the top margin running through nearly every page of the book. The covers also have short tears near the spine at the top and bottom. The upper front corner is bumped, and a darker shade at the very head of the spine indicates that a dustwrapper was present on this book for quite some time. All that is left is the rear flap which is laid in. Good copy only, but a great, early inscription and housed in a Fine box. Michener's first book and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This copy with a very early INSCRIPTION dated 27 May 1947 SIGNED by the author: "Dear Jim,/The first serious writing I/did came your way. This one/had a better fortune, thanks to the/passing of time and some millions of/acres of the Pacific. It's been a treat knowing you./Jim Michener." We can only speculate who Jim was, but obviously he was of some importance to Michener very early in his career. Housed in a handsome and recent navy blue half morocco clamshell box.


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    From Gold to Grey Being Poems and Pictures of Life and Nature by Mary D. Brine

    From Gold to Grey: Being Poems and Pictures of Life and Nature by Mary D. Brine. Cassell & Company, 1886. First Edition. 192 pages. Hardcover with leather binding. Illustrations on every page including dedication and contents. Black-and-white engraved borders and pictorial vignettes. Repaired spine. Victorian period book of poems with total of 91 single page and double page poems on many subjects. This book, From Gold to Grey", is lavishly illustrated with black & white pictures illustrating its many poems by Mary D Brine, published by Cassell & Company Limited in 1886


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    THE INK TRUCK by KENNEDY, William

    New York: The Dial Press, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with a tiny chip at the rear and a short tear to the rear flap. Novelist's first book.


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    THE WANDERERS by Price, Richard

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974. First edition. Hardcover. A fine copy in red cloth with black stamping, in a fine, crisp, dust jacket. Author's first book. Price was 24-years old when this book was published. The setting is a housing project in the Bronx, similar to where the author grew up. Each of the 12 chapters are loosely connected, mainly by reappearing characters. It is more like a collection of short stories -- each chapter can stand on its own. A conventional encompassing plot is missing. However, there is a thread; the protagonists are forced to mature, each one in his own way, toward the end of the book.


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    BOOK OF PRINCETON VERSE 1916 by (WILSON, Edmund) NOYES, Alfred (editor)

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1916. First Edition. Hardcover. Some spots on cover, spine soiled. Owner's card affixed to front free endpaper. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. Contains 5 poems by Edmund Wilson and 7 by John Peale Bishop, predating their first book by 6 years.


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    DANCING IN THE MOVIES. Stories by Boswell, Robert

    Iowa City: Univ of Iowa Press, 1986. First edition. Hardcover. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Author's first book, a book of stories. Briefly inscribed by Boswell. Winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award.


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    $93.80

    ROOM AT THE TOP by BRAINE, John

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957. First American Edition. Hardcover. A little foxing to the front endpaper and pastedown. About Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Highly acclaimed first book made into a film.


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    THE MOWER by HEYEN, William

    1970. First Edition. Printed wraps. Fine in Brockport Writers Forum envelope. A poem, with six drafts reproduced, from his first book published the same year. A fine copy, though folded, of the dustwrapper for that book, DEPTH OF FIELD, is inserted.


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    THE INK TRUCK by KENNEDY, William

    New York: The Dial Press, Inc., 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with minor rubbing and a faint paperclip impression to the front panel. Kennedy's first book.


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    A BEGINNING by [AUDEN, W. H.] HORAN, Robert

    New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948. First Edition. hardcover. Marginal ink marks and two words on the last page of the foreword. Very Good in a Very Good dustwrapper with a few chips and tears along the spine. Bloomfield & Mendelson B36: 1014 copies. Horan's first book, with a 4-page foreword by W. H. Auden.


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    AT THE HARLOT'S BURIAL by POWYS, Laurence

    [London]: E. Lahr, 1930. First Edition. Printed wraps. Fine in original glassine with light wear. Powys's first book, in remarkable condition.


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