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Digital Fortress  - 1st Edition/1st Printing

Digital Fortress - 1st Edition/1st Printing

by Brown, Dan

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine+ in Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780312180874
ISBN 10
031218087X
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$1,900.00

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New York: St. Martin's Press. Fine+ in Fine dust jacket. 1998. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 031218087X . A most stunning true first edition/first printing in Very Fine condition in Fine dust jacket (the dust jacket has a barely visible chip on the bottom right front corner area) , SIGNED by author Dan Brown directly on the title page; Before the bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown focused this novel on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth--the National Security Agency, an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency many times more powerful than the CIA; 8vo; Signed by Author .
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$1,900.00
Eloise At Christmastime
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Eloise At Christmastime

by Thompson, Kay

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
As New in As New dust jacket
Edition
Second Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780689830396
ISBN 10
0689830394
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$210.00

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New York: Simon & Schuster. As New in As New dust jacket. 1999. Second Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0689830394 . Beautiful Simon & Schuster edition first printing copy in As New/As New condition, SIGNED by Hilary Knight; Eloise, the six-year-old girl who lives in the penthouse at the top of the Plaza Hotel in New York City is turning the place upside down during Christmastime. Basis for the movie starring Julie Andrews as Nanny and Sofia Vassilieva as Eloise; 4to; Signed by Illustrator .
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$210.00
Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin  - 1st Edition/1st  Printing
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Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin - 1st Edition/1st Printing

by Koontz, Dean

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780060509439
ISBN 10
0060509430
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$199.00

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New York: Harpercollins. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2004. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0060509430 . A beautiful first edition/ first printing in unread Fine to Very Fine condition in alike dustjacket, SIGNED and dated by author Dean Koontz and Illustrator Phil Parks directly on the half-title page; A sequel to Koontz's Christmas bestseller Santa's Twin. A year after wreaking havoc in his twin brother's world, brother Bob wants to redeem himself in Santa's eyes. This time he has bulit a robot Santa Claus designed to help Santa deliver his presents faster. The only problem is Bob left a few screws loose! Beautifully illustrated by Phil Parks; Color Illustrations; Large 8vo ; Signed by Author & Illustrator .
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$199.00
Girl with a Pearl Earring  - 1st Edition/1st State
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Girl with a Pearl Earring - 1st Edition/1st State

by Chevalier, Tracy

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  • Hardcover
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Condition
Used - Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780002258906
ISBN 10
0002258900
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$1,500.00

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London: Harpercollins Publishers. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1999. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. 0002258900 . A beautiful first edition in the first state dust-wrapper (with spelling error "Pearl Earing") in Fine condition with slightly yellowed paged, SIGNED by author Tracy Chevalier on the title page. Scarce; Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is the story of 16-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. Basis for the Academy Award nominated movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth; 8vo; [vi], 248, [2] pages; Signed by Author .
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$1,500.00
A Widow for One Year  - 1st Edition/1st Printing
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A Widow for One Year - 1st Edition/1st Printing

by Irving, John

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  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780747536789
ISBN 10
0747536783
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$220.00

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London: Bloomsbury Publishing. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1998. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0747536783 . An impeccable true first edition/first printing UK trade edition preceding the US trade edition, SIGNED by author John Irving on the title page. In fine condition housed in a Near Fine dust-jacket that has a crease on the bottom corner and a light fold to the inside flap. There are also a few pinches at the tops and bottoms of the dust-jacket; John Irving's deeply affecting novel about a family marked with tragedy, centering around the complex, often self-contradictory character of celebrated writer Ruth Cole. The portrait begins with Ruth being four years old and closes in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. Basis for the major motion picture "The Door in the Floor" starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger; 8vo; Signed by Author .
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$220.00
You Only Live Twice  - 1st Edition/1st Printing

You Only Live Twice - 1st Edition/1st Printing

by Fleming, Ian

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$2,438.00

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London: Jonathan Cape. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1964. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. A first edition/first Impression (stating "first Published 1964" versus the second state "March 1964") in superior condition, conservatively rated as Fine in alike dust-wrapper. A throughout exceptional copy rarely seen in this condition; "When Ernst Stavro Blofeld blasted into eternity the girl whom James Bond had married only hours before, the heart, the zest for life, went out of Bond" (from the dust-jacket). Basis for the James Bond movie with Sean Connery and Karin Dor as Bond-Girl Helga Brandt. This film is the first Bond movie to deviate from the source material. Other than the Japanese setting, and several characters, the two stories are very different; 8vo ; 255, [1] pages .
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$2,438.00
Appunti Per Una Semiologia Delle Comunicazioni Visive  - 1st Edition/1st  Printing
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Appunti Per Una Semiologia Delle Comunicazioni Visive - 1st Edition/1st Printing

by Eco, Umberto

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  • near fine
  • Paperback
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  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$1,600.00

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Milano: Bompiani. Near Fine. 1967. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. First edition/first printing "Finito di stampare nel mese di luglio 1967", Contursi A008. Errata slip. Owner’s name to title-page, teardrop discoloration to lower front cover, rear front corners slightly bumped, else a fine, unread copy in original red matte wrappers. Signed and inscribed by Eco to Giuseppe Flores d'Arcais, considered the founder of the school of personalized pedagogy. From the personal library of Eco bibliographer James Contursi. A nice association copy, rare; First written for the use of students in his university lectures, these materials were later amplified and greatly modified and included in a more theoretically oriented form in La struttura assente (The Absent Structure). In the original Italian language ; 8vo; 212 pages; Signed by Author .
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$1,600.00
A Christmas Stocking Story

A Christmas Stocking Story

by Knight, Hilary

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  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
As New in As New dust jacket
Edition
Second Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780060009854
ISBN 10
0060009853
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$69.00

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New York: Harpercollins Children's Book Group. As New in As New dust jacket. 2003. Second Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0060009853 . A stunning first Harpercollins edition/first printing in As New condition in alike dust-jacket, SIGNED by author and illustrator Hilary Knight. This title was part of the famous miniature book series Christmas Nutshell Library by Hilary Knight, originally published in 1963; When Santa has stocking mix-up flop, these clever animals fix it with a merry Christmas swap. Famous Eloise illustrator Knight keeps the saga alive in the most charming way with this classic Christmas classic, issued as part of the famous Christmas Nutshell Library; 4to; Signed by Author .
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$69.00
Magyk: Septimus Heap: Book One  - 1st Edition/1st Printing
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Magyk: Septimus Heap: Book One - 1st Edition/1st Printing

by Sage, Angie

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  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used - Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780747575870
ISBN 10
0747575878
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$210.00

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London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket. 2005. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0747575878 . An unread Very Fine first edition/first printing in alike dustjacket. Signed by author Angie Sage directly on the title page; The arrival of the wizard, Septimus Heap, the "seventh son of a seventh son," sets off any unusual chain of events (including switching Septimus at birth with another baby) that come together a decade later. Life for the Heap family is about to change and the evil necromancer Dom Daniel is plotting his comeback. Book One in the series, full of intrigue, medieval atmosphere, light humor, and a fresh take on the world of magic; Septimus Heap; Vol. 1; B&W Illustrations; 8vo ; [xii] , 564 pages; Signed by Author .
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$210.00
Tarzan the Magnificent  - 1st Edition

Tarzan the Magnificent - 1st Edition

by Burroughs, Edgar Rice

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good+ in Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$1,900.00

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Tarzana, CA: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.. Very Good+ in Fine dust jacket. 1939. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. First edition/first printing, pebbled blue cloth with red lettering on the front cover and spine in Very Good+ condition with lightly rubbed extremities and sunning to spine in about Fine dust-jacket. Zeuschner 749; "Truth is stranger than fiction." If this tale should seem in part incredible, please bear this axiom in mind. It had its beginning more than twenty years ago, unless one wishes to go further back to the first amoeba or even beyond that to the cosmos shattering clash of two forgotten suns; 8vo; [ii], [6], 7-318, [2] pages .
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$1,900.00
The Jumping Frog  - 1st Edition
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The Jumping Frog - 1st Edition

by Twain, Mark [; Samuel Langhorne Clemens]

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$5,900.00

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New York and London: Harper & Brothers. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1903. First Edition; First Printing. Original Cloth. A just about Fine first edition in the original red decorated cloth, gently rubbed and little fading to spine. In the elusive, nearly Fine dust-jacket with only a minor chip to the bottom of the spine. In custom made 1/3 leather cloth double slipcase. Hard to imagine a nicer copy can be found; The Jumping Frog in English, then in French, then clawed back into a civilized language once more by patient, unremunerated toil. First separate publication, save for a note at pp 64 - reprinted from its first appearance in Sketches, 1875. BAL 3477; 8vo; [4], 66, [2] pages; One copy missing .
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$5,900.00
The Spy Who Loved Me  - 1st Edition/1st Printing

The Spy Who Loved Me - 1st Edition/1st Printing

by Fleming, Ian

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$5,375.00

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London: Jonathan Cape. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1962. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. A handsome first edition/first Impression in Fine condition in alike, crisp dust-jacket without fading, vibrant and bright colors; Central character and narrator is "Vivienne Michel, " a young Canadian woman who ends up running a cheap motel in the Adirondack Mountains to pay for a trip through America. When issued, it was banned in some countries as the most sexually explicit of Fleming's novels. Basis for the movie with Roger Moore in his third James Bond role, Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova (Agent Triple X) and Curd Jürgens as Karl Stromberg; 8vo ; [10], 11-221, [3] pages .
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$5,375.00
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

by Twain, Mark [; Samuel Langhorne Clemens]

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Fine
Binding
Hardcover
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Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$9,000.00

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West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press. Fine. 1985. Leather. Hand-crafted and published by the Pennyroyal Press in an edition of 350 sets, this being #215, with the folio of 49 individual prints, originally unsigned, at the 100 year anniversary of the publication of the first edition. While uncalled for with this publication, in this set, Mr. Moser has signed each print in the folio. This is one of only 4 known examples of this set complete with the folio of 49 prints each individually signed by Barry Moser; Mark Twain's famous tale in a stunning presentation with forty-nine wood engravings by Barry Moser. Publisher's full green morocco gilt by E. Gray Parrot. Triple gilt-rule borders on covers, with the dates 1885-1985 stamped in gilt within roundel in the center of the upper cover. The spine is lettered in gilt, with paste paper linen end-sheets by David Bourbeau. Printed on Mohawk Letterpress, accompanied with a signed suite of the 49 prints, (same images as the engravings in the… Read More
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$9,000.00
The Seven Seas  - 1st Edition

The Seven Seas - 1st Edition

by Kipling, Rudyard

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$4,900.00

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New York: D. Appleton & Company. Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket. 1896. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A handsome first (American) edition, published October 30, 1896, the same day as the English edition. Only predeced by 6 printed copies of the copyright edition on September 9. Richards A92, Livingston 130, Stewart 139. Very Good+ in the light grayish olive, dotted-line cloth, little rubbing along edges, book-plate to front pastedown. Top edges gilt. In the rare light grayish yellowish brown dusts-jacket, gilt lettering and decoration replicating the design on front and spine panels on binding, spotting and light soiling, small chip to front panel; Rudyard Kipling, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 1907, wrote this book shortly after his famous Jungle books and dedicated it to the city of Bombay. Contains 209 pages of poems and ballads of sailing and the sea ; 8vo; [2], vii, 209, [9] pages .
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$4,900.00
Now We Are Six

Now We Are Six

by Milne, A. A.

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine in Good+ dust jacket
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Summerville, South Carolina
Item Price
$6,000.00

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London: Methuen & Co. Ltd. Fine in Good+ dust jacket. 1927. First Edition. Cloth. A lovely, just about Fine first edition, limited to 200 numbered copies, printed on handmade paper, signed by both author Milne and and illustrator Shepard. This particular copy is an unnumbered presentation copy for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Bound in salmon paper covered boards with printed paper label on front board, beige buckram spine, edges uncut, many pages still unopened. Minor offsetting to endpapers, overall just about Fine condition in rather Good+ dust-wrapper, chipping to ends of tanned spine; Milne's a book of thirty-five children's verses including poems such as "King John's Christmas", "Binker" and "Pinkle Purr". Eleven of the poems in the collection are accompanied by illustrations featuring Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne dedicated this publication to Anne Darlington, childhood friend of his son, Christopher Robin, "because she is so… Read More
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$6,000.00