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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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    WEST OF YOUR CITY by STAFFORD, William

    Los Gatos, CA: The Talisman Press, 1960. First Edition. Softcover. Very mild wear and soiling to the covers. About Fine. Decorated salmon-colored wraps with a title page bearing a striking blue and orange fish design in a Native American motif. Stafford's scarce first book of poetry, preceded by DOWN IN MY HEART, a collection of fictional accounts based on his own experience in Civilian Public Service camps for religious objectors during the Second World War. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the front endpaper: "For the John Grosses/with all good wishes/from a grateful old friend--/Bill Stafford/November 1965.


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    $437.50

    THE LOST PILOT by TATE, James

    New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a close to Fine dustwrapper with a slightly darkened spine. The less common hardcover issue of Tate's first trade book, the title poem a tribute to his father who was lost during World War II over Germany five months after Tate was born.


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    A BOY'S WILL with AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT STANZA by FROST, Robert

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1934). First Edition. Hardcover. Most of paper on front hinge is split, but the cover is very tight and the webbing intact. Near Fine in a dustwrapper with small chips at the spine tips. Crane A2.2. The Second American Edition of Frost's first book, designated "First 1934 Edition" on the copyright page. The book was redesigned and the text completely reset, with a woodcut by Thomas Nason added and a few minor changes by Frost made from the original edition. This copy SIGNED by the author and INSCRIBED for Don Smith on the front endpaper with the last stanza of a poem in the book, "The Vantage Point," titled here by Frost as "People in the Distant Village and Graveyard," in MANUSCRIPT in Frost's hand: "And if by noon I have to [sic] much of these/I have but to turn on my arm and lo/The sun-burned hillside sets my face aglow/My breathing shakes the bluet like a breeze/I smell the earth I smell the bruisäd plant/I look into the crater of the ant."


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    $937.50

    THE MECHANICAL BRIDE: FOLKLORE OF INDUSTRIAL MAN by McLUHAN, Herbert Marshall

    New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., (1951). First Edition. hardcover. Very Good in a Good dustwrapper with a few tears and a one-inch chip at the base of the spine and another sizable chip at the bottom of the front panel. Small thin folio, with numerous illustrations. His first book, INSCRIBED and SIGNED to Michael Flanders, English actor, broadcaster, and writer and performer of comic songs, with "most cordial good wishes." Michael Flanders, confined to a wheelchair after contracting polio while serving in the Royal Navy, is best known for his two-man revue with Donald Swann, At The Drop of a Hat.


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    $1,875.00

    THE DAINTY MONSTERS by ONDAATJE, Michael

    [Toronto]: [Coach House Press], (1967). First Edition. hardcover. Fine in a close to Fine dustwrapper. His uncommon first book, copy #495 of only 500 numbered clothbound copies. SIGNED by the author on the title page in his later scrawl. This copy belonged to Canadian poet Dennis Lee who has SIGNED the front endpaper. Lee was the co-founder of House of Anansi Press in 1967 and editorial director there until 1972. At Anansi, he supervised the publication of one of Ondaatje's better books, THE COLLECTED WORKS OF BILLY THE KID, in 1970. Lee also wrote most of the song lyrics for the Jim Henson television show FRAGGLE ROCK.


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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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    $625.00

    QUANTITIES. POEMS by HOWARD, Richard

    Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, (1962). First Edition. Softcover. Some dust spotting to top edge. Near Fine. Poet's first book, the issue in wraps. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page to the poet William Meredith: "For William/and, I hope,/some qualities in these/early efforts, and subsequent/affections and admirations/with all that has ensued,/gratefully/Richard/'83/Institute of Academy of Arts & Letters." Additionally SIGNED on the title page by Bernard Malamud: "For a dear sweet man/and good friend/an outsider/Bern." Meredith has written in pencil near Malamud's inscription an explanation of how he was seated near Howard when he inscribed the book. Laid in is a brief TYPED LETTER SIGNED from Malamud apologizing for signing the book.


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    THE WASP FACTORY by Banks, Iain

    London: Macmillan, 1984. First edition. Hardcover. A fine copy in dust jacket (slightest nudge to bottom corners). Author's first book. Before the publication of the The Wasp Factory Banks had written several science fiction novels, which had not been accepted for publication. Banks decided to try a more mainstream novel in the hopes that it would be more readily accepted, and wrote about a teenager with severe violence issues living on a remote Scottish island. According to Banks, this allowed him to treat the story as something resembling science fiction - the island could be envisaged as a planet, and Frank, the protagonist, almost as an alien.


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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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    $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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    CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION, BY BERNARD SHAW, BEING NO. 4 OF THE NOVELS OF HIS NONAGE. ALSO THE ADMIRABLE BASHVILLE, AND AN ESSAY ON MODERN PRIZEFIGHTING by SHAW, George Bernard

    London: Archibal Constable & Co. Ltd, 1907. Second Revised Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine, lacking the dustwrapper. Green cloth. Reprint of the 1901 Second Revised Edition of Shaw's first book with additions. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author to his Swedish translator, Hugo Vallentin, on the half-title page and dated 12 December 1908. Bookplate of Archibald Firestone on the front pastedown.


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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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    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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    $187.50

    SADNESS AND HAPPINESS. POEMS by PINSKY, Robert

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, (1975). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Poet's first book. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page in 1977 by one Poet Laureate to another: "For Bill Meredith, with thanks,/affection and admiration--/Robert."


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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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    $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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    Happy to Be Here: Stories and Comic Pieces (signed) by Keillor, Garrison

    New York: Atheneum. 1982 1st ed. SIGNED by author on title p. under "Best biscuits." 210pp. hardback 8vo: Very Good+ in a Fine dj in poly cover [fore edge is foxed & age browned; else VG+] Garrison Keillor’s (b. 1942) first book, a collection of weirdly humorous New Yorker Magazine pieces.


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    WORK AND DAYS by FELDMAN, Irving

    (London): Andre Deutsch, (1961). First British Edition. Hardcover. Some dust spotting to top of bulked text. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with some staining to the spine. Poet's first book, INSCRIBED in 1971: "for Bill Meredith/with my gratitude/and esteem/Irving Feldman.


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    $6.99

    Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You by Grizzard, Lewis

    Atlanta: Peachtree. 1979. 211pp. hardback tall 8vo: Very Good in a fair dj that is wrinkled & torn. Atlanta newspaper columnist Lewis Grizzard's (1946-94) first and best book of collected columns. Don't miss "The Best Beer Joint in Georgia.


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    $312.50

    THE CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT AND OTHER POEMS by THOMSON, James

    London: Reeves & Turner, 1880. First Edition. Hardcover. Small bookplate neatly removed from the front pastedown. Minor nicks to the spine tips and edge. A very attractive copy. Original cloth. First book by this alcoholic poet and prophet of despair whom Stanley Kunitz called "the most complete pessimist, perhaps, that literature has ever known." The title poem of this volume, his masterpiece, is one of the greatest of the nineteenth century.


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    Blue Water, Green Skipper (signed) by Woods, Stuart

    New York: W. W. Norton. 1977 book club ed. SIGNED on title p. by author. 190pp. illus. aqua cloth sm 4to: near Fine in a near Fine dj in Brodart poly cover [dj = some very tiny nicks or rubs @ spine ends and corners; couple of tiny nicks with crease @ tail edge of front cover panel; else nrF] A very nice signed copy in the characteristic authorial squiggle of thriller novelist Stuart Woods’s first book, an account of his competing as a recently minted sailor in the 1976 Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race. This edition is the same quality publisher’s first printing and binding (with $9.95 on the dust jacket) but with a tiny book club blind stamp at the tail of the back cover. It would have been purchased from the publisher from the same stock that went to bookstores and was not cheaply reproduced by whatever book club sold it.


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    BATTLE OF ANGELS by WILLIAMS, Tennessee

    Murray, UT: Pharos, Spring 1945. First Edition. softcover. Small stain on front cover near spine; upper corner of text bumped. Still a Fine, bright copy, rather uncommon in this condition. Pharos: Numbers 1 & 2. Playwright's first play and first book, a double number of this periodical in original pale blue-gray wraps with yapped edges printed in red.


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    $43.80

    WINTER IN THE BLOOD by WELCH, James

    New York: Harper & Row, (1974). First Edition. Hardcover. Foxing to bulked text edges. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper. First state of his second book and first novel with blurbs by Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane, and others. One of the more important novels by a Native American.


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    $6,250.00

    THE GREEN WALL by WRIGHT, James

    New Haven: Yale University Press, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine in a Good dustwrapper, worn but complete but for small chips at the spine tips and corners and a long closed split between the front panel and inside flap. Exceptional Association Copy. Poet's very scarce first book, part of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with an introduction by W. H. Auden. This copy belonged to Wright's wife, Liberty, with her SIGNATURE at the top of the front free endpaper and below that a SIGNED INSCRIPTION by the poet quoting two lines from a poem in the book, "Eleutheria," and adding a bittersweet, revealing commentary: "for Lib,/and the ground's deliberate/riches, the fallen pears, the/bewildered apples blown to/mounds of shade, and mainly/for the poison ivy, which I kept/out of the poem, not because/it didn't scan or rhyme, but/because it was the sweet/and secret root from which/the poem came./Love and grief,/Jim." Liberty Kardules was Wright's high school sweetheart and the mother of his sons Franz and Marshall. Wright left Liberty two years after publication of this book and divorced her in 1962. Franz Wright is now an accomplished poet. He and his father are the only parent/child pair to have won a Pulitzer Prize in the same category.


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