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20th Century Literature



The Grapes of Wrath.

The Grapes of Wrath.

by Steinbeck, John.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Concord, California
Item Price
$15,750.00

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NY, Viking, 1939, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover.. No book is more identified with John Steinbeck than this masterpiece which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and which was the source for the film version directed by John Ford that starred Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and which won Jane Darwell an Academy Award for her portrayal of Ma Joad, the book was also the source for the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, one of the true high spots of 20th Century literature, jacket designed by Elmer Hader, this is an incredibly scarce Review Copy with review slip from Viking, this is the only review copy seen by this bookseller in more than 50+ years of being involved in all things Steinbeck, see Goldstone & Payne A12a, see Morrow 107. Fine in a jacket with a couple of small tape ghosts from where the review slip was previously affixed, jacket is otherwise clean, bright, and fine.
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$15,750.00
To Kill A Mockingbird
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To Kill A Mockingbird

by Lee, Harper

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
Book Club Edition 1st Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Rockville, Maryland
Item Price
$6,500.00

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NY: J. B. Lippincott, 1960. Book Club Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 1960 J.B. Lippincott First Book Club edition, printing unknown but only 1960 on the copyright page with no additional printings. It is **SIGNED & INSCRIBED Directly on the ffep, " To Jane Kansas with best wishes, Harper Lee." In addition with the RARE & UNIQUE SIGNATURE of her sister, the late Alice Lee on the dedication page. In a FIRST STATE BC DJ with the Truman Capote quote on the inside front and the Jonathan Daniels quote on the rear inside cover, The Capote picture of Lee is on the rear. In NF/VG+ condition, The HB has the black board and yellow top stain with the merest of edge and corner wear. the DJ has very minor corner and spine end edge wear as well. A TRUE ONE OF A KIND COPY! (COA provided) **BONUS** Receive the 2010 Harper First/First of Scout, Atticus & Boo by Mary McDonagh Murphy & **SIGNED** By Her. In F/F condition. ( A $ 60.00 value) **RIP Nellie** A true… Read More
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$6,500.00
For Whom The Bell Tolls
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For Whom The Bell Tolls

by Hemingway, Ernest

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Van Nuys, California
Item Price
$450.00

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Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1940; First Edition; 8vo, 471 pages; publisher’s beige cloth; black spine titles over a red field. Hemingway’s dramatic semi-autobiographical novel of fate, courage, and death in the Spanish Civil War, released to considerable critical acclaim and recommended for the 1941 Pulitzer prize, though none was awarded that year. Source of the Paramount 1943 Oscar nominated film of the same name directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. Hemingway dedicated this book to comrade, lover, and indefatigable war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, whom he married the following year. Very Good, pastedown margins lightly tanned. Second issue dust jacket with photographer Lloyd Arnold’s credit beneath the rear panel photo, publisher’s price of $2.75, and Henry Seidel Canby blurb on front flap. Arnold was chief photographer for the Sun Valley Company and its Idaho hunting lodge, then in its infancy. The lodge was a favorite haunt of Ernest and Mary… Read More
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$450.00
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

by Frank, Anne

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very good
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Hastings on Hudson, New York
Item Price
$1,875.00

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Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1952. Very good/very good. First English edition. 8vo (7.4 in, 18.8 cm). 285 pp. Anne Frank's diary documents her life in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Holland beginning in 1942. Anne is thirteen when she begins to describe her thoughts and feelings while living in hiding with her family and four others in a cramped apartment for over two years. Her powerful and compelling work is translated into over 70 languages. NUC pre-1956. Publisher's black cloth with silver lettering to spine. Top edge red. Pictorial endpapers. Front pastedown with name under jacket flap; verso of front free endpaper with 1952 ownership. Intact jacket in clear protective cover. Lower board with small dent, pages toned, jacket lightly chipped with short closed tear. First English edition of an eloquent autobiography.
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$1,875.00
Murder in Three Acts
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Murder in Three Acts: A Poirot Mystery Story

by Agatha Christie

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Idledale, Colorado
Item Price
$2,400.00

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New York: Dodd Mead, 1934. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.A Poirot Mystery Story. Printed in the United States of America by the Vail Ballou Press. Haberstock dust jacket has clear backing with minimal tape residue. Orange cloth with black lettering. Red Badge end papers. Pages crisp and clean. Some light water damage and bleeding at the tops of pages throughout. Some pages worse than others.
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$2,400.00
To The Lighthouse
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To The Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
New York, New York
Item Price
$6,000.00

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TO THE LIGHTHOUSE -- Virginia Woolf -- Hogarth Press, 1927 -- 1st ed & 1st printing -- with ORIGINAL Vanessa Bell dust jacket in mylar cover. Some foxing to the pages; some chipping to the top of the spine & sunning to spine; separation along the seam of the front flap. Overall a beautiful copy.Virginia Woolf's modernist masterpiece with the iconic, unmistakable Vanessa Bell woodcut on the cover – very rare; and especially rare at this price in such good condition.
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$6,000.00
Strange Fruit
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Strange Fruit

by Smith, Lillian

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Stated Sixth Printing Thus
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$200.00

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Smith, Lillian: Strange Fruit. Reynal & Hitchcock, 1944 1st. Ed, Stated 6th Printing Thus. About this book: Strange Fruit is a 1944 bestselling novel debut by American author Lillian Smith that dealt with the then-forbidden and controversial theme of interracial romance. The title was originally "Jordan is so Chilly", with Smith later changing the title to Strange Fruit. In her autobiography, singer Billie Holliday wrote that Smith chose to name the book after her song "Strange Fruit" , which was about the lynching and racism against African Americans although Smith maintained that the book's title referred to the "damaged, twisted people (both black and white) who are the products or results of our racist culture." After the book's release, the book was banned in Boston and Detroit for "lewdness" and crude language. Strange Fruit was also banned from being mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, With the ban against the book being lifted by President Roosevelt after his wife Eleanor Roosevelt… Read More
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$200.00
No Longer Human
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No Longer Human

by Osamu Dazai

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
first edition U.S.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Uncasville, Connecticut
Item Price
$275.95

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first American edition first printing hardcover in dust jacket (New Directions 1958); prior owner front free end page corner, small price tag shadow front paste-down corner; text unmarked; minimal age tone; light dust top text block edge; tight bind; clean cloth cover vivid titling; dj edge wear: rubbing, few short tears, shallow spine end chipping; flap price clipped; scarce ambibeb
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$275.95
The Stranger
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The Stranger

by Albert Camus

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good+
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Brossard, Quebec
Item Price
$1,692.90

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Knopf, New York, 1946. First edition. Condition: Very good in good dust jacket. Book has light toning from age, discoloration along top edges but it does not bleed onto pages. Dust jacket has several tears and nicks, creasing along spine. $2.00 indicated on dust jacket. Tan/beige cloth with maroon lettering on spine.Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert.The story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. The classic novel of the absurd.
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$1,692.90
Alice in Wonderland
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Alice in Wonderland

by CARROLL, Lewis

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
Ltd
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
COLUMBIA, Missouri
Item Price
$499.00

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1911 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Fantasy Atwell COLOR Illustrated Classic

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's landmark masterpiece, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,' was first published in 1865. This fascinating fantasy tale of a young girl falling down a rabbit hole, is surely one of the most iconic pieces of literature for all time. It has been adapted into many different versions of film, most notably by Disney in 1951.
A fine undated edition of "Alice in Wonderland", featuring 12 full page color plates by Mabel Lewis Atwell imagining Alice as a girl with red hair!
Item number: #10989
Price: $499
CARROLL, Lewis
Alice in Wonderland

London; Paris: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., [1911].

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Het Achterhuis (The Diary of Anne Frank). [First Edition/First Print].
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Het Achterhuis (The Diary of Anne Frank). [First Edition/First Print].: Dagboekbrieven 12 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944. Met een voorwoord van Annie Romijn - Verschoor.

by Anne Frank

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
First Edition, First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Wageningen, Netherlands
Item Price
$9,337.80

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Amsterdam: Uitgeveij Contact, 25 june1947. Anne.Frank; 'Het Achterhuis, Dagboekbrieven van 14 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944'. Hard cover, pp 253. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. DUSTJACKET INCLUDED of the first print with the YELLOW CHARACTERS "ANNE FRANK" at the top.First edition of the diary of Anne Frank in the original Dutch language. Small Octavo. One of 3036 booklets printed 75 YEARS AGO ON JUNE 25th 1947. Original white and red paper-covered boards. Illustration with 3 photo's of the hiding place ('Het Achterhuis'), 1 groundfloor-plan and 2 examples (facsimile) of the handwriting of Anne Frank. Introduction by Annie Romein-Verschoor.Title on the front board and on the spine. The top of the spine has a professional restauration (2 cm). A good copy. Pages are slightly tanned after 75 years. Restauration of the board / first page, see photo. Inscription in Dutch on the first page. Text in Dutch: "Ter aandenken aan je toegewijd werk in Beth Alyah. Put uit dit werk kracht voor 't zware werk… Read More
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$9,337.80
Kim
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Kim

by Rudyard Kipling

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
first and first printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Velarde, New Mexico
Item Price
$310.00

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This is a very good+ copy and is the 1st issue of the first edition with a single advertising leaf at the back of the book.There is some light rubbing on the base of the spine and some light staining on the front cover. The interior is in excellent condition with only some slight age tanning on the edges of the pages. The pages are clean, without tears, marks, bends or stains. The binding is excellent and the pages are intact and square. The frontispiece still has it's tissue guard.This copy has a small blue tag on the inside front cover "Henry J. Smith, Stationer & Bookseller, 80 Kings Rd., Brighton" and a pasted down sales tag on the front free end paper. There is also a small tag on the inside back cover that reads "Maxwell O. Hunley, Rare Books, Los Angeles".
Item Price
$310.00
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd
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The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

by Christie, Agatha

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good-
Edition
Stated 7th Printing Thus
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$3,500.00

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The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd (1926, Dodd, Mead. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Stated 7th Printing Thus, December, 1926. USED. VG-/ New Fax Dust Jacket. Agatha Christie. HERCULE POIROT. A nice copy. Considered to be one of Agatha Christie's most controversial mysteries, he Murder of Roger Ackroyd breaks all the rules of traditional mystery writing. The peaceful English village of King's Abbot is stunned. First, the attractive widow Ferrars dies from an overdose of veronal. Not twenty-four hours later, Roger Ackroyd—the man she had planned to marry—is murdered. It is a baffling, complex case involving blackmail, suicide, and violent death, a cast that taxes Hercule Poirot's "little grey cells" before he reaches one of the most startling conclusions of his fabled career." Will ship from Oregon.
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$3,500.00
Nineteen Eighty-Four
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Nineteen Eighty-Four

by George Orwell

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Item Price
$3,813.30

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First edition of George Orwell's genre-defining Nineteen Eighty-Four. London, Secker & Warburg 1949. In excellent condition, with only a slight smudge on the cover to indicate age. Bound in green cloth, all pages clean and unblemished.
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$3,813.30
The Raven
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The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Centreville, Virginia
Item Price
$700.00

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Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. No dust jacket. John Rea Neill, illustrator for many of L. Frank Baum's Oz books. 110 pages. Gilt top edge. Publisher's green cloth. Binding is square and strong. Contains Poe's poems "The Raven," The Bells," and "Annabel Lee," as well as an excerpt from his "The Philosophy of Composition." The mounted full color illustration on the cover has some edge wear. Spine and tips have edge wear and rubbing. FFEP has a half-inch closed tear at the center edge. Owner's inscription to blank end paper. No other or writing or foxing. Contents are otherwise very clean. A rare book.
Item Price
$700.00