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    The Good Lord Bird by McBride, James

    New York: Riverhead Books, 2013. Novel about a slave boy who is forced to run off with aboloitionist John Brown. National Book Award winner, with embossed seal stuck to front of jacket. Fifth printing, SIGNED by the author on the title page. Light wear to book, tiny stains; faint tiny stains to jacket. Text clean.. Signed by Author. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.



    John Adams by McCullough, David

    New York: Simon & Schuster. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2001. First Edition; Twelfth Printing. 1/4 Cloth. 0684813637 . A handsome first edition/Twelfth printing in Near Fine condition with soiled page edges in Very Good+ condition with moderate edgewear; .



    The Confessions of Nat Turner by Styron, William

    New York: Random House, 1967. Controversial yet Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of American slave revolt. Stated first printing (first edition). Hardcover, full black cloth, gilt titling. Light wear to book, tiny smudge to fore-edge; jacket is unfaded but price-clipped, tiny chip to base of spine. Text clean.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.



    Beauty and Sadness by Kawabata Yasunari ; translated by Howard Hibbett

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975. Middle-aged writer visits an old girlfriend, inspiration for his most famous book and now a successful artist; her young female protégé & lover seeks revenge. First American edition stated (first printing) of the Nobel Prize-winning author's last novel. Hardcover, full tan cloth, gilt titling. Light wear to book, minor edge foxing; jacket shows light rubbing, minor edgewear, faint creases, front flap creased; page edges lightly foxed. Text clean; [6], 206, [8] pages.. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.



    RESCUE OF MISS YASKELL And Other Pipe Dreams by Baker, Russell

    New York NY: Congdon & Weed, Inc.. 1983. First Edition. Hardcover. 0312927304 . Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; DJ is worn at edges. ; A selection of Baker's witty, trenchant observations on society, morals, manners, and current events encompasses literary parodies, reminiscences, and personal anecdotes about topics ranging from high interest rates to pro football. ; 294 pages .



    Children of God: An American Epic by Fisher, Vardis

    Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1939. Fictionalized version of Joseph Smith's life and the founding of the Mormon Church; winner of the Harper Prize for 1939. This is the DeLuxe limited edition, #99 of 100 SIGNED by Fisher and bound in full black leather, top edge gilt. Shows light edgewear; plain clear acetate jacket shows minor chipping; minor foxing to illustrated endsheets, otherwise clean & unmarked, square & tight. Scarce in the original jacket.. First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good/Very Good. 5¾" by 8¼".



    Collected Poems 1948-1984 by Walcott, Derek

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005. Collects most of the poetry found in the Nobel Prize-winner's seven collections, as selected by him, and the complete vtext of the long poem 'Another Life'. INSCRIBED by Walcott on the title page: "to Kelly \ best \ Derek Walcott \ 2005". Stout paperback, 20th printing, circa 2005. Hint of edgewear, near fine. Text clean; [12], [516] pages; index of titles, Walcott bibliography.. Later Printing. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. 6" by 8½".



    The Essential John Nash by Nash, John; edited by Harold W. Kuhn & Sylvia Nasar

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. Collection of the Nobel Prize-winner's most important papers. First edition (first printing) with full number string. Hardcover, full black cloth, silver titling. Light wear to book & jacket; near fine.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.



    A Confederacy of Dunces (Signed by Percy) by Toole, John Kennedy

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1980. Second printing. Near Fine/Very Good. An excellent copy of the book, Near Fine or perhaps a little better with a light splash-mark on the top-edge of the page block, otherwise in excellent shape. With a Very Good, first state dust jacket with some small chips at the top of the spine and with the titling quite faded, as is common with this book. Signed by Walker Percy on the title page. A major work of American literature, the novel depicts the satirical adventures of Ignatius J. Reilly as he saunters around New Orleans, looking for work and railing against modern culture. The book was written in the early 1960s, but wasn't published until 1980, 11 years after Toole's suicide, when the author's mother took the manuscript to Walker Percy and essentially forced him to read it. "There was no getting out of it; only one hope remained-that I could read a few pages and that they would be bad enough for me, in good conscience, to read no farther... In this case I read on. And on. First with the sinking feeling that it was not bad enough to quit, then with a prickle of interest, then a growing excitement, and finally an incredulity: surely it was not possible that it was so good." Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1981. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket.



    Cien Años de Soledad by García Márquez, Gabriel

    Bogotá: Círculo de Lectores, 1980. Later printing of this influential novel of a family's rise & fall, a cornerstone of Latin American literature. Text in Spanish. Blue hardcover, red & white titling. Edges show some rubbing; jacket lightly tanned & chipped; page edges lightly spotted, scratch to fore-edge, paper tanned. Text clean, [360] pages, chronology. Text in Spanish.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Octavo.



    The Spirit of St. Louis (Presentation copy) by Lindbergh, Charles

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. First trade edition. Near Fine/Very Good +. A Near Fine copy of the book in Very Good+ dust jacket. Inscribed by the author: "To Henry J. Friendly, with best wishes from Charles A. Lindbergh August, 1953 | Publication date is Sept. 14th." Justice Friendly was a prominent 2nd Circuit Court judge for 27 years, this was clearly an early presentation copy of the trade edition. The book in Near Fine condition with the spine a trifle cocked and with minor wear. Very Good+ dust jacket with wear at the spine ends and corners. Lindbergh's Pulitzer Prize winning story of his famous Atlantic crossing. Lindbergh had been a virtual unknown when he made the journey - the first solo transatlantic flight - but he quickly achieved worldwide renown. The 25 year old Lindbergh would be awarded the Medal of Honor, and was Time magazine's first Man of the Year. The Spirit of St. Louis was published in 1953 - over two decades after his flight -- and Lindbergh claimed to have worked on the book for over 14 years, often with the help of his wife, Anne. The book achieved instantaneous success and was well received by both critics and the public. "Lindbergh writes as well as he flies, and the interest and suspense never lessen." (Contemporary New York Times Review). Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket.



    LOS POBRES. 8a ed by Sosa, Roberto

    Tegucigalpa, Secretaría de Cultura, Artes y Deportes, 2001. New. 80p., wrps. Poetry Premio Adonais 1968. Includes critical essays on this Honduran classic.



    The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, John

    New York: Viking Press, 1939. First Edition. Fine/Fine. A Fine copy of the book in a Fine dust jacket with only slight toning to the spine panel. A lovely copy housed in a custom clamshell case. Steinbeck's classic account of the Dust Bowl and Depression era struggle of the Joad family, The Grapes of Wrath is a quintessential American classic. It would win both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize; and the Nobel Prize committee would refer to it as Steinbeck's "epic chronicle" upon giving him the award in 1962. The book was the best-selling novel of 1939 and became instantly controversial upon its release for its depiction of farmers and worker rights. Of course, The Grapes of Wrath was also adapted into the classic 1940 film, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda, which was one of the first films selected by The Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. "It is a very long novel, the longest that Steinbeck has written, and yet it reads as if it had been composed in a flash, ripped off the typewriter and delivered to the public as an ultimatum" (Contemporary New York Times Review). Fine in Fine dust jacket.



    Nova Swing by Harrison, M. John

    Easton Press, 2007. SF noir adventure, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke & Philip K. Dick Awards, in a signed limited reprint. Hardcover, full purple bonded leather, gilt titling & decoration. As new in shrinkwrap.. Limited/Numbered. Full Leather. As New/No Jacket. Octavo.



    Silent Spring by Carson, Rachel

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962. First Edition. Fine/Near Fine. A Fine copy of the book in a very Nearly Fine dust jacket. Jacket with trivial wear at the extremities, but presenting beautifully overall. Rachel Carson's pivotal work of modern environmentalism. "A marine biologist and nature writer, Rachel Carson catalyzed the global environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring. Outlining the dangers of chemical pesticides, the book led to a nationwide ban on DDT...and ultimately led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)" (National Women's History Museum). As a result of her work to prevent destruction of ecosystems and to curb the dangers pesticides posed to the health of human communities, Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Silent Spring remains an influential text, and it appears in the Modern Library List of Best 20th Century NonFiction, the National Review's 100 Best NonFiction Books of the 20th Century, and Discover Magazine's 25 Greatest Scientific Books of All Time. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.



    Summer 1914 by Martin du Gard, Roger; translated by Stuart Gilbert

    New York: Viking Press, 1941. A novel of the Thibaults, combining the last two parts of the 8-part original, regarding the brothers Thibault's reactions to the impending world crisis; the author won the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature. Filmed twice in France, but never as popular in the US. First American edition (first printing). Hardcover, full sky blue cloth, brown titling. Light wear to book; jacket shows some edgewear, chipping, darkened spine; minor cockling to the first few pages, no obvious cause. Text clean; [6], 1008 pages.. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Octavo.



    The Emperor Jones (Signed Ltd. Edition) by O'Neill, Eugene

    New York: Boni and Liveright, 1928. First Thus. Very Good -. Publisher's quarter cloth over marbled boards with gilt to spine. Fraying and loss to extremities of spine. Boards with significant rubbing and some loss of paper to corners and edges. Front hinge starting and rear hinge cracked. Black endpapers. Gift inscription to front endpaper. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Illustrated by Alexander King. A Pulitzer Prize winning play that occurs in flashbacks, The Emperor Jones tells the story of Brutus Jones' move from Pullman porter to Caribbean emperor. Beginning his life as a self-assured black man in America, Brutus kills another black man in a dispute over a game of dice and is jailed. Following his daring escape from prison, Brutus travels to a small, isolated Caribbean island where, through resourcefulness and deception, he is named emperor. As Brutus tries to flee his rebelling subjects, he shares his story with viewers. Ultimately, the trick that Brutus used to gain power is used against him, and the villagers slay him with a silver bullet. A box office success and award winner. Very Good -.



    Unpopular Essays by Russell, Bertrand

    London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1950. Collection of essays mostly intended to argue against dogmatism, whether from the Left or Right; published the year he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Hardcover, full blue cloth, gilt titling. Light wear to book, endsheets tanned; price-clipped jacket chipped & tanned; bookseller's label (Holliday, NYC) inside back cover. Text clean; 223 pages + colophon.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Duodecimo.



    Sophie's Choice (Signed Ltd. Edition) by Styron, William

    New York: Random House, 1979. First edition. Fine/Fine. Both book and jacket in Fine condition, housed in the original slip case. Signed by the author on the limitation page. "The bulk of Mr. Styon's story is set at a Brooklyn boarding house in 1947, where the aspiring writer Stingo is befriended by two lovers, Sophie and Nathan, whose instability and flamboyance utterly capture his imagination. Sophie gradually tells Stingo, in a series of long confessional monologues, that she is a former Roman Catholic, an Auschwitz survivor, and, finally, the woman with the terrible secret reflected in the title" (New York Times). Indeed, at the heart of Sophie's Choice are a series of the most difficult, heart-breaking, and humanity-determining questions one can face. We learn through the novel that Sophie is unable to live with her own choices -- the choice of which of her children would live or die in the concentration camp, the choice to ingratiate herself to the Nazis to save herself and sacrifice fellow prisoners, and finally to choice of whether her life is worth living. Unforgettable in book form, Sophie's Choice was made into a compelling film starring Meryl Streep as the title character. Fine in Fine dust jacket.



    The Green Ripper by MacDonald, John D

    New York: J. B. Lippincott, 1979. 18th Mcgee thriller, in which Trav & Meyer takes on a religious cult; winner of the National Book Award. Stated first edition (first printing), with full number string. Hardcover, grey cloth over pale green boards, gilt titling. Light wear to book & jacket, small blue marker line on top edge; else near fine. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.

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