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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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    $41.77

    The Tapestry Book by Helen Churchill Candee

    Classic Reference Book on Renaissance Tapestries with provenance from the Art Reference Library of M.R. Schweitzer (# 32356625). Apparently this volume was sold at a Gallery sale for US$75.00. This Book's cover is a bit rough, with significant wear on the cover board edges. The pages of the book are "Deckle Cut" or "Rough Cut". The pages and print, Including the 99 Black-and-White & 4 Color Illustrations. The previous owner had stamped his name and some sort of registration or membership number on the inside cover and front end paper.


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    $9.95

    All Set About with Fever Trees and Other Stories (signed) by Durban, Pam

    Boston: Godine. 1985 1st ed. SIGNED on title p. by author. 211pp. brown cloth 8vo: Very Good in a Very Good+ dj [ffep has been removed; tiny bump @ top edge of back cover boards; else VG; dj = short tear on back cover panel near spine tail; else VG+] A first book of stories set in the South by the American writer and academic.


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    $375.00

    TO THE LOUD WIND AND OTHER POEMS by HALL, Donald

    Cambridge, MA: The Harvard Advocate, 1955. First Edition. Stiff wraps. Fine copy in a lightly sunned, Near Fine blue dustwrapper with a faint small stain on the outside edge of the front cover. Stiff wraps with a blue printed dustwrapper. Hall's first collection of poetry published in the United States, issued as Volume I, Number I of the Pegasus Publication Series. SIGNED by the poet on the title page.


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    $105.00

    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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    $437.50

    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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    Azimuths of Cellestial Bodies - H.O. No. 120 by United States Navy Department - Hydrographic Office 1940

    This is the Book that would have been used by Great Circle Navigators in the WWII Era. This copy is in Very Good Condition, with some obvious wear on the hard cover, especially the corners. The pages see very little signs of wear. No marks or stains can be found throughout the book.


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    $18.80

    INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN by CANTY, Kevin

    New York: Doubleday, (1996). First Edition. Wraps. Fine. Pictorial wraps. Advance Reading copy of author's second book and first novel.


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    $125.00

    A BRAVERY OF EARTH by EBERHART, Richard

    London: Jonathan Cape, (1930). First Edition. hardcover. Very light wear. Near Fine in a lightly soiled, Very Good dustwrapper. Poet's first book, published in England before America. With the errata slip tipped in and the publisher's response card laid in. Especially scarce in dustwrapper.


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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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    $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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    $33.44

    The Viavi Gynelogical Plates (circa 1891)

    This Book was publish as both a Sales Tool and a Reproductive Health education tool for Mother's and Daughters. I am not sure exactly what "Cure" they were selling, but based on the "science" of the day as written in these materials, I would be worried....very worried. While not as accurate as the Anatomy Books of today, the period artwork is exquisite. Unfortunately, this book is in tatters. The two Cover Boards are separated, and the pages are yet separated from the Cover Boards . The Content Pages are still tied together and complete. All 9 Color Plates and 2 Black & White Drawings are present and intact. Also included, are items not often found with copies of this book seen on-line. First is a pair of "Application Forms" to request a treatment plan from diagnosticians at Viavi (Eastern Viavi Company, Inc. in Chicago, IL or Washington, D.C.). Included here is a 16 Page booklet entitled, "Suggestions for Viavi Representatives". F.Y.I. I found an article in a 1907 medical review about claims and cases against the Viavi, including wrongful death suits, where the company was called "Quacks". There apparently were several investigations on the company and in methods.


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    SIGNED Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You by Lewis Grizzard

    Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Not price clipped, but price has been covered with pen. Not remaindered. No tears of chips to jacket. Very nice copy of a wonderful book. Signed and inscribed by Grizzard "To Emily, Lewis Grizzard" on title page. Please feel free to email with questions. Book will be carefully wrapped and shipped in a box.


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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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    $39.77

    The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (ca.1950 Edition) by (Omar Khayyam) Translated by Edward Fitzgerald

    The classical epic poem by Persian astrologer, Omar Khayyam, translated in prose by Edward Fitzgerald and graced with the stunning, sometimes shocking, always delightful exquisite illustrations of Edmund J. Sullivan. Yeah, I'm impressed. The copy is in GOOD, condition, with mild wear and fading "firm" cover boards. Inside there are but a few blemishes aside from expected toning of the inside pages. On the inside front paper, there is the remnant of some adhesive identification label that has been partially peeled off. A truly enjoyable book.


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    $75.00

    KITES ON A WINDY DAY by APPLEMAN, Philip

    Nottingham: The Byron Press, 1967. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. Decorated wraps. INSCRIBED and SIGNED "for William Meredith/with best wishes." Laid in are two TYPED LETTERS SIGNED, one contemporary to publication and the other from 1970, along with copies of Appleman's resume and reviews.


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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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    $1,875.00

    SLEEPING WITH ONE EYE OPEN by STRAND, Mark

    Iowa City: Stone Wall Press, 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. Sunning to the spine with just a touch of rubbing to the gilt lettering which is clear; contents bright and fresh. Near Fine. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's scarce first book, copy #195 of only 225 numbered copies. Apparently issued with a glassine, but not on any of the dozen or so copies we have seen. This copy has a mylar cover on it, but we don't believe it to be original.


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    $200.00

    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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    G. Warren Heath by Rapid Radio Repair

    A classic in the field of the Electronics and Technical Education, RAPID RADIO REPAIR was authored by G. Warren Heath or Heathkit fame. It has been reprinted several times. This is the vintage 1959 Hardcover Edition. This copy is in remarkably fresh condition. There is very minor wear on the hardcover. This pages inside are clean, fresh and absent of any marks, notations, underlines or highlights. There is no damage of note to the cover or contents.


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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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    $5.27

    Another Claudia by Rose Franken Melony

    Third in the series of "Claudia" series of Books, by Rose Franken. This copy is in Very Good Condition, absent of any damage of note. The paper dust jacket is missing, and there is some noticeable shelf and use wear. The name of the original owner is penned on the inside front cover and dated, "43 May".


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    $75.00

    ANAGRAMS by MOORE, Lorrie

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. First Edition. wraps. Fine. Uncorrected Proof in printed beige wraps of Moore's second book and first novel. Descriptive sheet from publisher stapled to front cover.


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    $37.77

    An Old Sweetheart of Mine by James Whitcomb Riley

    This beautifully bound book of the Poem, "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" would be graded as FINE, if it were not for the genesis of page separation near the beginning of the book. The book is printed in black (pink and charcoal/grey toned illustrations The rest of the book is beautiful. The illustrations are fresh and haunting, as the day they were printed in 1902. There is minor toning along the sides of the pages, as well.


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    $43.80

    THE MAN WHO OWNED VERMONT by LOTT, Bret

    New York: Viking, (1987). First Edition. Hardcover. Slight dust soiling to top of bulked text. About Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Author's first book, SIGNED by him on the title page and additionally INSCRIBED at length in 1988 on the half-title page and initialed.


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