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    Bawdy Burns the Christian Rebel by Pearl, Cyril

    London: Frederick Muller. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. "first published" statement. Red cloth, gilt. Mild edgewear, spine lightened, contents and eps unmarked. index; 228 pages .



    Hot Water Music by Bukowski, Charles

    Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow Press. F. 1983. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition, #75/500 copies numbered and signed by Bukowski on the colophon page.. Quarter bound in black cloth & cream colored decorated boards. 8vo size, 221pp. A Fine copy in a Fine clear acetate dj. Also Laid-in is a 16" X 10" folded promotional broadside from the publishe rs for this book. Outside of the folds, the broadside is in fine condi tion. .



    Alturas de Macchu Picchu.; Ilustraciones de José Venturelli by Neruda, Pablo

    Santiago de Chile: Ediciones de Libreria Neira, 1948. First edition. The first edition of Neruda's masterpiece, later incorporated into Canto General. One of 500 copies numbered in Arabic, an additional 20 numbered in Roman were not for sale. Folio, 25 x 38 cm. 48 pages, 7 full page woodcuts by José Venturelli. Neruda first visited Machu Picchu in 1943, however he did not begin writing the poem until 1945. The French writer Roger Caillois visited him while he was composing it, and began to publish his translations in January, 1946, but the first partial publication in Spanish did not occur until July 1946. This first edition in book form was published by a Santiago bookstore, a courageous effort at a time when Neruda was in hiding from the police in a friend's basement. Original wrappers, a little tanned and with some small areas of paper restoration to the edges; a very good copy of a book scarce in commerce. Becco 84; Loyola 292 (misdated as 1947).



    The Border Queen by Sumner, Nick

    Dodd, Mead. VG in Good dust jacket. 1953. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Grey cloth, silver. Unclipped (2.50) bright dj, with pricetag front panel, chipping. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 214 pages. bx 139




    New York: Random House, 1956. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Near Fine/Near Fine. Octavo. First Printing. One of 8,000 Copies. A near fine copy in a near fine, slightly age toned, dust jacket with $1.95 price and 8/56 on front flap. 64 pp.



    HORSES AND MEN Tales, Long and Short, from Our American Life by Anderson, Sherwood

    New York: B.W. Huebsch, Inc, 1923. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Near Fine/Very Good. Octavo. 347pp. Bound in orange cloth, paper spine label, in very good printed dust jacket showing just a bit of wear along top edge, and very minor wear to spine ends; previous owner's stamp to front and rear pastedowns.



    THE EYE by Nabokov, Vladimir

    New York: Phaedra, 1965. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Near Fine/Very Good+. Octavo. First Edition in English. First Issue with Phaedra Publishers address on copyright page and "Trident Press, Inc." on rear dust jacket flap. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov. A near fine copy with faint scattered pencil underlining. In a very good+ dust jacket with minimal soil, short closed tear, scuff. 114 pp.



    SHARPE'S SIEGE. Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814. (Printer's Proof copy) by Cornwell, Bernard

    New York: Viking, 1987. First American Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Fine/Fine. Octavo. Printer's proof copy, with printer's stamp "FINAL" on top edges, and corrected text spliced in on pages 289/290, 295/296, 313/314 and 319. A fine copy, in a fine dust jacket.



    The Pillars Of The Earth by Follett, Ken

    New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc, 1989. The time - The Twelfth Century, the place - Feudal England, and the subject - the building of a Gothic Cathedral. The author has recreated the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons is the center of the drama. Around the site of this construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king. A bright desireable copy in a price-intact dust jacket. Ken Follett's newest work "World Without End" is a sequel to The Pillars of The Earth.. ISBN: 0-688-04659-2. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Great Britain Historical Fiction + Gothic Cathedrals Fiction + England Fiction + Middle Ages + 12th Century England + England + Feudal England.



    Cup of Gold. A Life of Henry Morgan, Buccaneer by Steinbeck, John

    New York: Robert M. McBride & Co, 1929. First Ediiton. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Dust Jacket. First issue of the author's first book; yellow cloth, printed in black, 269 pages, top edges stained blue. "First published August 1929" on copyright page. One of just 1537 copies printed. A very near fine copy, internally clean and bright, with no markings of any kind.



    Frog Alley, and What Came Out of It by Prosser, Mrs

    London: Ca. 1895.: Religious Tract Society First edition in hardcover with decorated boards. 96 pp. Illustrations. Prize bookplate on the front endpaper dated March 1895. Binding cracked but holding, foxing to endpapers, small stain to front boards, minor soiling. Good.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good. LR1-5.



    Buffalo Girls (Signed) by McMurtry, Larry

    New York (1990): Simon & Schuster. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Fine/Fine. Octavo, a perfect copy; price of $18.95 on front flap.



    THE WATCH : Stories by Bass, Rick

    New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Fine in Fine dust jacket; First book of fiction by the Montana author . well-known for his writings in the field of natural history. Jacket . protected in mylar.. 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. 039302623X . In a collection of stories exploring the meaning of time in human encounters, some characters fight against it, others strive to recapture more innocent times, and still others create their own time and place. ; 8vo .




    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1976. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Octavo. Author's First Novel. SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED BY ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS ON TITLE PAGE. 252 pp. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. No Remainder Mark.



    The Sweet Smell of Psychosis by Self, Will

    London: Bloomsbury, 1996 First Edition, First printing. A fine copy in boards with no faults. No dust jacket as issued. Signed by author on title page. Signed by Author. First Edition. Boards. Fine/No Jacket.



    City of Night by Rechy, John

    New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1963. First printing. Hardcover. Fine copy/a little chipped. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. (ii), 410, (iv). Signed by the author on title-page.



    The Iron Hotel by Llewellyn, Sam

    London: Michael Joseph, 1996 First edition in hard cover with dust jacket. Hint of a spine lean otherwise Fine/Fine.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/Fine. LR1-4.



    Somebody Else's Mama by Haynes, David

    Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Editions, 1995-04-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Signed by Author. Sterling condition hardcover copy, the tips unbruised, spine and binding tight, pages bright and clean, paste-downs neat and tidy. Dust jacket crisp, fully intact, not price-clipped. Inscribed warmly by the author to the previous owner, a representative for Harcourt Brace & Company for many years. Tan cloth, with gilt lettering to spine. 341 pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.



    In the Night Kitchen by Sendak, Maurice

    First edition, first printing. Hardcover. NF/G+. Thin 4to, 11-1/4" x 8-3/4". Inscribed in pencil, with full signature in ink, and dated by author on ffep recto, "to Peter, hello!, Maurice Sendak, Nov.'73." Publisher's original oatmeal linen binding with circular color pictorial onlay to front board. Light brown endpapers. Fully illustrated in color by author. 40 pp (unpaginated). Full color pictorial DJ has all points present (per Hanrahan) for first issue: front flap clipped on bottom corner, price of $4.95 intact at top, 1070 at bottom left; 7 titles listed on rear flap. Silver Caldecott Honor Book sticker on front DJ panel, indicating that this copy was not distributed until after the award was given. Book condition: Near Fine. Binding tight and square. Case has sharp tips and no edge wear. Boards clean with the exception of a small smudge at lower center of front board and a small spot of stain at the center of the top edge of the back board. Pictorial pastedown is clean and bright. End papers clean and bright with a hint of thumb denting to rfep. Pages clean, bright, flat, crisp, and sharp throughout. DJ condition: Good Plus. Price intact on front flap. Considerable shelf wear. Creasing to all upper edges. Edge wear and rubbing throughout. Chipping at all panel corners and at head and tail of spine. Short (1 cm) closed tears at upper leading corners front and back. 1 cm of material loss at edge upper near leading corner of front panel. 1 cm closed tear at top edge of rear panel. Back panel rubbed and scored in three places with some material loss at one 10 cm score. Now in removable archival protective cover. ~ ~ ~ Shipped from a real bricks-and-mortar bookstore.



    HOMELAND and Other Stories by Kingsolver, Barbara

    New York: Harper & Row, 1989. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Fine/Fine. Octavo. Author's Second Book. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 244 pp.



    Laughter on the Stairs by Nichols, Beverley

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. First edition. Signed by the author with all good wishes, Beverley Nichols ,1953 on fep. A near fine book (slightly slanted) in a very good (now protected) dust jacket. Some wear and a small chip at top of spine of jacket, some wear ar base of spine of jacket. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good.



    Editorial Wild Oats by Twain, Mark

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1905. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Octavo. Bound in original red pictorial cloth. Internally clean and bright, with no markings of any kind; a very good + copy.



    Candelabra. Selected Essays and Addresses by Galsworthy John

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. First American Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Near Fine/Fine. Octavo. A near fine copy in a fine dust jacket; internally clean and bright. Bookstore ink stamp rear pastedown. viii, 311 pp.



    The Professor's House by Cather, Willa

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Octavo. Blue cloth spine, orange boards; top edges stained red. Housed in cloth and paper covered slipcase. A fine copy. 283 pp.



    The Black Mountain. A Nero Wolfe Novel by Stout, Rex

    New York: The Viking Press, 1954. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo, 183 pages; publisher's black cloth, black dust jacket printed in white; price of $2.75 on front flap. Faint bookseller's stamp on FEP, dust jacket with light edge wear and a slight crease on front panel. Overall, a handsome copy of a fragile book.

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