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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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    $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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    $4.99

    Early Bird: a memoir of premature retirement by Rothman, Rodney

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005 1st ed. 240pp. hardback 8vo: Very Good in a Fine dj [small name label on ffep; text is age browned; edges are foxed; else a nice clean, complete & tight copy] A humorous memoir of a young writer’s life in retirement in a community of Florida senior citizens.


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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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    $56.30

    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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    $1,062.50

    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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    $50.00

    From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet (signed) by Seth, Vikram

    New York: Vintage Books, 1987 1st ed. thus. SIGNED on title p. by author. 178pp. paperback 8vo: Fine [previous owner’s name and brief details of the NYC book signing at which this book was signed is noted in ink on half-title p.; else a crisp copy] A very nice signed copy of this youthful rough travel adventure to the back of beyond. Vikram Seth (b. 1952) won the 1983 Thomas Cook Award for travel writing for this first book.


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    $937.50

    THE STERILE CUCKOO by NICHOLS, John

    New York: David McKay, 1965. First Edition. Wraps. Faint creasing to covers. Near Fine. Advance Reading Copy in printed blue wraps of author's first book, which was made into a film starring Liza Minnelli, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. With a long SIGNED INSCRIPTION by the author to editor Bill Targ and his wife, Roslyn, a literary agent: "Back in the prehistoric age when I was but a lad and this thing was just taking flight, I wrote long letters to you - Roslyn - and received beautiful polite epistles in return. Little did I know that the very person with whom I was communicating then would turn up white, angelically and incredibly beautiful on the arm of my future editor and friend. Eh bien, c'est comme ca - and thank goodness for you both! John." Laid in is a homemade Christmas card from Nichols SIGNED by him for his wife and cat.


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    $105.00

    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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    $125.00

    THE WEATHER OF SIX MORNINGS. POEMS by COOPER, Jane

    (New York) London: The Macmillan Company, (1969). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with a tanned spine. Poet's first book. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the half-title page: "for William Meredith/with affection + admiration,/for a long time/Jane Cooper." A Lamont Poetry Selection.


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    £50.00

    Under the Net by Murdoch, Iris

    London: Chatto & Windus. Very Good/No Jacket. 1954. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. 8" x 5" Red, cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to the spine. No inscriptions; minor wear and natural ageing, spine slightly sunned, book protected by a clear, removable cover. A nice copy of the 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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    $125.00

    EDWIN MULLHOUSE by MILLHAUSER, Steven

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. First Edition. hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with minor wear to heel and light soiling to rear. First book by the winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.


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    $56.30

    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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    Lessons of the Road: An Overland Journey to the East by Schiffer, Michael

    New York: Kenan Press, 1980 1st ed. 252pp. hardback 8vo: near Very Good in a near Very Good dj [ink name on ffep; some age foxing of edges; small rem. dot bottom edge; else a nice clean, complete & tight copy; dj = few creases; else nrVG] An entertaining period piece that evokes a late sixties, early seventies travel style experienced by many a Baby Boomer.


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    $43.80

    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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    $62.50

    EDISTO by POWELL, Padgett

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984. First Edition. Wraps. Fine. Uncorrected proof in printed tan wraps of this first and highly acclaimed book, nominated for an American Book Award and cited as one of Time Magazine's five best books of fiction for the year. Donald Barthelme said this coming-of-age novel is "a startling book, full of new sights, sounds, and ways of feeling. It is subtle, daring, and brilliant." The action takes place in the South Carolina low country. Review sheet stapled to inside of front cover; ink number on spine.


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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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    $187.50

    ANTARCTIC TRAVELLER. POEMS by POLLITT, Katha

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. Uncorrected Proof in printed white wraps of the author's first book. Laid in is a TYPED LETTER SIGNED to the poet William Meredith forwarding the galleys "with warm regards from your old student.


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    $106.30

    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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    $250.00

    DISMANTLING THE SILENCE. POEMS by SIMIC, Charles

    New York: George Braziller, (1971). First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. Printed wraps. Poet's first trade book of poetry, published after two limited editions and a few translations. Issued in softcover only. INSCRIBED and SIGNED to the poet William Meredith: "For Bill/Even the mutes are unhappy/since they've learned to read lips/Charlie/4-2-75." Laid in is a personal letter from the publisher along with a handwritten description of the book in an unknown hand.


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    $56.30

    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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    ORIENTATIONS by MAUGHAM, W. Somerset

    London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. As usually the case with this book, the weak hinges are cracked, in this case with complete paper separation though both covers are still tight. The text of this title is often found browned, but here it is bright and clean but for the endpapers and the half title page, though with no serious effect on Maugham's inscription. The front free endpaper is detached but present. The dark green cloth with black lettering is fresh and bright. Very Good with a singularly superb inscription. The second issue of three with edges trimmed smooth. There was no American edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half title page incorporating the printed title of the book in the inscription: "These are quite the author's/first stories & were written/when he was very, very/young & did not know/how to write./ORIENTATIONS/by/W. Somerset Maugham." A scarce title by Maugham, his first book of short stories, rarely found signed let alone with such a fabulous inscription.


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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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    $93.80

    EDWIN MULLHOUSE by MILLHAUSER, Steven

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. First Edition. hardcover. Owner signature under front flap; spotting to top edge of bulked text. Very minor edgewear to dustwrapper with light soiling. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper. First book by the winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.


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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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    $312.50

    THE URBAN PRISONER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATT WEBER by WEBER, Matt

    (New York): Sanctuary Books, (2004). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine slipcase. Oblong quarto (12" x 9-3/4") bound in black cloth. First Limited Edition, one of 200 numbered and SIGNED copies with an original 8x10 SIGNED print laid in. Introduction by Ben Lifson. An impressive first collection of photographs, mostly of life in New York City.


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