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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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    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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    THE ENEMY WITHIN by KENNEDY, Robert

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1960). First Edition. Hardcover. Spine of the book is sunned. Very Good in a Very Good dustwrapper with edgewear and rubbing. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the front endpaper by the author "To Kay and Marshall Field/With Best Wishes/Bob Kennedy." Books authentically signed by Robert Kennedy are uncommon, this title, Kennedy's first book, especially so. Kennedy examines the McLellan Committee enquiry into union and management corruption with a focus on Jimmy Hoffa's links to organized crime. Marshall Field, from the Chicago Marshall Field Department Store Family, owned the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.


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    $250.00

    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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    $437.50

    NOT THIS PIG by LEVINE, Philip

    Middletown: Wesleyan University, (1968). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper with some edgewear and a small rubbed spot on the spine. Levine's second book and his first by a trade publisher. Especially uncommon in cloth. SIGNED by the poet on the title page.


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    $56.30

    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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    £45.00

    Freak by Mark Burnell

    London: Hodder & Stoughton. Near Fine/Near Fine. 1994. First Thus, First Printing. Hard Cover. 9.5" x 6.25" 0340617624 Author's first novel. The copyright page has a full number run from 10 - 1 indicating first printing. Beneath the number run is stated "Reprinted in this edition 1994 by Hodder and Stoughton. All copies that we have been able to trace have this note and we have been unable to establish any earlier edition or printing. The Publisher has been approached and was unable to give a definitive answer. The paperback edition appeared a year later so the hardback edition takes precedence. We have therefore assumed that this is the first printing of the hardback edition and is likely to be the true first edition. Minor general handling and ageing takes this copy just-off fine. The unclipped dust jacket is protected by a clear, removable cover. Weysprings Books is a Member of: the IOBA and PBFA, and subscribes to the Associations' Codes of Ethics. .


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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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    £19.95

    Not Enough Indians by Shearer, Harry

    USA: Justin, Charles & Co.. Fine/Fine. 2006. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. 7.5 "x 5.25" 9781932112467 Signed by Author Signed without inscription on the title page by the author. No faults, an unread copy. The unclipped dust jacket is protected by a clear, removable cover. Author's first novel. Weysprings Books is a Member of: the IOBA and PBFA, and subscribes to the Associations' Codes of Ethics. .


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    $625.00

    THE CABALA with AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) by WILDER, Thornton

    New York: Boni, 1926. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine copy, lacking the scarce dustwrapper. First issue of Wilder's first book, this copy in the red patterned cloth. Laid in is an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED in full by the author dated 18 February 1941 on his personal stationary to a Mr. Ording returning some books and explaining that he "found it impossible to inscribe each of them." The letter is folded in thirds but otherwise in Fine condition. Light pencil signature of previous holder on front endpaper.


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    £9.95

    Albert of Adelaide by Anderson, Howard L

    London: Serpent's Tail. Fine/Fine. 2012. First UK Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. 8.75" x 5.5" 9781846688409 Appears to be an unread copy. The unclipped dust jacket is protected by a clear, removable cover. Weysprings Books is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and subscribes to the Association's Code of Ethics. .


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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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    £9.95

    All's Fair in Love and Law by Hammond, Alan

    London: Orion. Fine/Fine. 2011. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. 8.75" x 5.5" 9781407233734 No faults to record, has the spring of an unread copy. The unclipped dust jacket is protected by a clear, removable cover. Author's first book. Weysprings Books is a Member of: the IOBA and PBFA, and subscribes to the Associations' Codes of Ethics. .


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    $3,125.00

    TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by MICHENER, James

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1949. Hardcover. Some light spotting to the cloth. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper, with a great inscription. Tenth printing of Michener's first book, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author to the actor who created the role of Capt. George Brackett in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical: "To Martin Wolfson,/In a character that does/not appear in this book, you/catch the precise & wonderful/spirit of what I was trying to/do. I have been deeply impressed/by your art & your sympathetic/understanding. It's been great/fun knowing you & watching your/performances./Your admirer, /James A. Michener." Michener's inscription takes up most of the front endpaper, but just above it is another inscription to Wolfson that we surmise is by the actor William Tabbert who played Lieutenant Joe Cable in the original production and who shared several scenes with Wolfson: "To Martin/In appreciation of his/splendid performance which/added much strength and/reality to the whole production/from his friend/Bill." SOUTH PACIFIC, the musical, won its own Pulitzer Prize, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and nine Tony Awards. Its memorable hits include "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'I,"There is Nothing Like a Dame," "I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy," and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair." It is rare to find copies of this book inscribed by Michener to original cast members of this historic American musical.


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    £9.95

    The Body on the Doorstep by MacKenzie, A. J

    London: Zaffre Publishing. Fine/Fine. 2016. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Covers. 9.5" x 6" 9781785761133 No inscriptions; the unclipped dust jacket is protected by a clear, removable cover. A. J. MacKenzie is the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel; this is their first novel. Weysprings Books is a Member of: the IOBA and PBFA, and subscribes to the Associations' Codes of Ethics. .


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    $3,125.00

    HARMONIUM by STEVENS, Wallace

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. First Edition. Hardcover. Fresh and bright copy inside and out. Spine label a little faded but readable; very mild rubbing and edgewear. Near Fine, lacking the scarce dustwrapper. One of only 215 copies in the second binding of striped multi-colored boards of perhaps the most important first book of poetry of the 20th century. Edelstein A I.a.


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    $1,250.00

    A VOYAGE TO THE EASTERN PART OF TERRA FIRMA, OR THE SPANISH MAIN IN SOUTH-AMERICA, DURING THE YEARS 1801, 1802, 1803 & 1804 by [IRVING, Washington] DEPONS, F[rancois Raimond Joseph]

    New York: I. Riley and Co, 1806. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good set. Three octavo volumes in contemporary calf leather with black leather spine labels. "Translated by an American Gentleman," who happens to be Washington Irving, and this happens to be his first book. His translation was in collaboration with his brother, Peter, and George Caines. BAL 10096: Setting A of the text for Volume I; State B of Volume II. Illustrated with a large (26-1/2" x 17-3/4") folded map in the first volume which has two small tape repairs but is otherwise clean and sound. BAL calls for the books to be 8-3/8" scant x 5"; the first two volumes are slightly larger: 8-1/2" x 5-1/8." The third volume, oddly, is 4-7/8" x 8-1/4" and lacks the table of contents usually bound at the end as well as the advertisements (pages 289-296). Bindings strong with only mild dings and wear; contents fairly clean throughout. Old indecipherable ink signature on title pages of first two volumes with the 19th century printed bookplate on the front pastedowns of all three volumes of Dr. Alfred Creigh, likely the historian. Field 421: "Beside his account of the slaughter and destruction of Indians during the conquest of their nations, the author gives a portrait of the Indians before the arrival of the Europeans." Hill page 238: "This is an important account of Venezuela giving a description of the country and people and also accounts of growth and production of cocoa, indigo, sugar, cotton, coffee, and tobacco.


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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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    $80.00

    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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    $500.00

    THE QUAKER QUERIES: NEW ENGLAND QUERIES IN PAST AND PRESENT FORMS

    (Boston): Penmaen Press, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in slipcase. Quarto (7-1/2" x 10-3/4" handbound with Italian Fabriano over boards at the Stanhope Bindery. The first book of the press. Copy #3 of only 100 numbered copies designed, handset, and printed by Michael McCurdy. In actuality only 91 copies were produced. This copy without the wood-engraved portrait of George Fox. Only subscriber copies contained this engraving. This copy is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the publisher McCurdy on the front blank: "26 June 1969/For Mother this day before/starting my great venture/to Europe. With all love to/the best mother there surely is!/Michael.


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    $250.00

    A HALL OF MIRRORS by STONE, Robert

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with light edgewear and a slightly faded spine and virtually none of the rubbing to the front typical of this title. Stone's first book, winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year and basis for the film WUSA, starring Paul Newman. First state dustwrapper with correct price, blurb by Wallace Stegner, and photograph of the author on the rear holding a mug.


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    $93.80

    THE KINGFISHER by CLAMPITT, Amy

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Review copy with slip inserted of New Yorker poet's first trade book.


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    $562.50

    THE VENTURE. AN ANNUAL OF ART AND LITERATURE by [JOYCE, James]

    London: John Baillie, 1905. First Edition. Hardcover. Rubbing and soiling to covers. Very Good or better. Decorated cloth.The second of only two issues of this annual to be printed. Includes "Two Songs" by James Joyce, preceding his first book CHAMBER MUSIC by two years. Other contributors to this annual include Arthur Symons, Alice Meynell, Oliver Gogarty, and illustrators J. McNeil Whistler, Frank Brangwyn, Arthur Rackham, and J. S. Sargent. Two of the minor illustrations lacking in this copy.


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    AN ARMADA OF THIRTY WHALES by HOFFMAN, Daniel G

    New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a lightly soiled, Near Fine dustwrapper with a tanned spine. Poet's first book, INSCRIBED to the poet William Meredith: "For Bill, whose praise at their/advent and whose friendship since/are among the most pleasant returns/these poems have brought me./Dan/Swarthmore/3 June 1961." Laid in is a small original color photograph of Meredith with a little girl annotated on the rear by Hoffman and an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED from Hoffman to Meredith on a post card regarding Laura Riding's criticism of his article about Robert Graves.


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    $75.00

    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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    $187.50

    A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN. STORIES by BUTLER, Robert Olen

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1992). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Butler's first book of short stories and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. SIGNED by the author on the title page.


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