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Modern First Editions

Modern firsts is a category that attracts many collectors and to which a great number of dealers state a specialty, but there isn't a consensus on what is meant by modern firsts. Where does the modern era begin? Some in the rare book trade will set the starting point for modern firsts at the beginning of the 20th century, others push that date back a bit to the later part of the 19th century. Biblio marks the start of modern firsts as 1919, corresponding with the end of WWI.



The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

by Clancy, Tom

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780870212857
ISBN 10
0870212850
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
Item Price
$1,250.00

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Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1984 First printing of the first edition. A short closed tear to upper back panel, else book and dust jacket in fine condition.
Item Price
$1,250.00
Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]
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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]

by Orwell, George [Eric Arthur Blair]

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
Item Price
$16,500.00

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London: Secker & Warburg, 1949 First printing of the first British edition, original light green cloth, spine lettered in red, with red top-stain, in original red dust jacket, with the publisher's price listed on the inside front flap, 312pp. Tanning to spine and cover margins and light wear, else book in fine condition; dust jacket with tanning to spine and professional restoration along edge, else fine.
Item Price
$16,500.00
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

by Thompson, Hunter S.

  • Used
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Printing of the First Edition
ISBN 13
9780394464350
ISBN 10
0394464354
Seller
Langley, Washington
Item Price
$1,350.00

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New York:: Random House,, 1971.. First Printing of the First Edition. A Near Fine copy with the usual touch of sunning to board edges in a Near Fine bright unclipped dust jacket with a short closed edge tear to the top edge of the front panel and a crease to the front flap. No names, writing, tears or chips to the jacket. The book is a roman clef, rooted in autobiographical incidents. The story follows its protagonist, Raoul Duke, and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they descend on Las Vegas to chase the American Dream through a drug-induced haze, all the while ruminating on the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement. The work is Thompson's most famous, and is noted for its lurid descriptions of illegal drug use, its early retrospective on the culture of the 1960s, and its popularization of Thompson's highly subjective blend of fact and fiction that has become known as gonzo journalism.
Item Price
$1,350.00
Night Probe

Night Probe

by Clive Cussler

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780553050042
ISBN 10
0553050044
Seller
Union, Oregon
Item Price
$120.00

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First edition, first printing. 1981, Bantam, NY. Boards clean with very minimal bumping, shelfwear and sun bleaching of cloth top and bottom. Clean and crisp pages. Tight binding, square spine and text block. Dustjacket has light chipping at top and bottom, two half-inch tears and creases at flap folds. Very good in a good dustjacket.
Item Price
$120.00
Monsieur
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Monsieur

by Lawrence Durrell

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780670486786
ISBN 10
0670486787
Seller
Indianapolis, Indiana
Item Price
$125.00

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Description:
New York: Viking Press. 1975. Signed, First Edition, Hardcover with original DJ. Signed by Durrell during his visit to the U.S. in 1986. Book is Near Fine with only a small amount of rubbing on spine; DJ is intact with no tears, just a a couple of very small scratches/nicks at the top of the right-front, and a bit of rubbing on the back. Pages are clean and unmarked.
Item Price
$125.00
Murder in Three Acts
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Murder in Three Acts: A Poirot Mystery Story

by Agatha Christie

  • Used
  • 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.
Item Price
$2,400.00
THE WARLOCK OF LOVE.
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THE WARLOCK OF LOVE.

by BOLAN. MARC

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
London, United Kingdom
Item Price
$474.90

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Description:
Lupus Music. 1969. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (8.7 x 5.6 inches). A very good, bright copy in the pictorial boards which show a black and white photo portrait of Bolan. Front board and spine lettered in white. In the original dustwrapper which reproduces the boards. Just a hint of rubbing to the extremities of the boards and some creases to the edges of the wrapper but overall a very good copy throughout.
Item Price
$474.90
To The Lighthouse
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To The Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

  • Used
  • 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.
Item Price
$6,000.00
The Stranger
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The Stranger

by Albert Camus

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good+
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Brossard, Quebec
Item Price
$1,666.28

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Description:
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.
Item Price
$1,666.28
Jurassic Park
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Jurassic Park

by CRICHTON, Michael

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good++
Edition
First Edition, First Issue
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
West Hollywood , California
Item Price
$35,000.00

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Description:
An extraordinary signed copy. This First Edition, First State copy of this now-iconic title would certainly qualify as very near Fine but for extensive foxing to top edge and foredge leaves, and a slight separation at spine crown. The original dust jacket is absolutely Fine.What makes this unique copy so extraordinarily collectible is that on the title page it is boldly (and highly legibly) signed by STEVEN SPIELBERG, JEFF GOLDBLUM, LAURA DERN and the late, great STAN WINSTON. A Knopf publishers card SIGNED BY MICHAEL CRICHTON is laid in.
Item Price
$35,000.00
The Tao of Pooh
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The Tao of Pooh

by Hoff, Benjamin

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780525241249
ISBN 10
0525241248
Seller
Modesto, California
Item Price
$1,200.00

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New York: E. P. Dutton, Inc., 1982. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. E. H. Shepard. 158 pp. First edition stated, first printing. Clean, bright, square book with light rubbing to spine and just one board corner bumped, some offsetting and light toning to endpapers. Bright dust jacket is free of tears, with slight edgewear and a few minute crinkles near the edges, light rubbing where cloth meets the boards. Some slight softening at top and bottom of spine and one ~1-2mm whitened spot of wear at top of spine. Presents nicely in fresh mylar dust jacket protector. The Tao of Pooh has itself become a cultural icon and the first printing is scarce.
Item Price
$1,200.00
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)
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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)

by Stephen King

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
first edition, second printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780937986509
ISBN 10
093798650X
Seller
Scotia, New York
Item Price
$895.00

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Description:
1984 Donald Grant second edition.Condition of the book is Near Fine, with no significant condition issues. A well preserved copy.Condition of the dust jacket is Near Fine. The DJ is complete, not price clipped. It is protected in a new mylar cover.Included with the book is the publisher's insert / catalog of their limited editions (see last photo).Please message me with any questions.
Item Price
$895.00
THE GREAT GATSBY
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THE GREAT GATSBY

by FITZGERALD, F. Scott

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Chicago, Illinois
Item Price
$199,000.00

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Description:
First edition. Octavo, 218 pages, the Scribner's dark bluish-green linen cloth, two marginal smudges at p.123. This is the John Talbot Copy. It has the first printing, second state of the dust jacket: the original "J" in Jay Gatsby on the rear panel of the dust jacket has been corrected with an upper-case J - with the lower curve of the original 'j' just peeking through. In a custom clamshell protective box. NOTE: The original dust jackets were about 4mm taller than the cloth bindings, making the top edge of the jacket uncommonly susceptible to damage. This jacket has an estimated 98% of its original paper, There are tears and punctures ( Ask to see more of photographs taken by Ted Tamburo Photography), and some discoloration on the inside of the jacket, smudge on the top cover of the book, bright spine gilt. Note: the jacket has been cleaned on both sides, and stabilized with Japanese tissue; and the book hinges repaired by The Chicago Conservation Center. The first state of the text, including… Read More
Item Price
$199,000.00
Finnegans Wake
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Finnegans Wake

by Joyce, James

  • New
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
New
Edition
First Edition; hors commerce
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780954771010
ISBN 10
095477101X
Seller
Item Price
$1,339.80

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Description:
First Edition. New. One of 24 hors commerce copies of the Special Issue. The first critically emended and completely reset edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake since its original publication in 1939. Edited by Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon, designed by Martino Mardersteig, set in the Dante Val typeface, and printed offset and bound by Stamperia Valdonega, Verona for Houyhnhnm Press, Dublin. This First Edition is limited to a Special Issue consisting of 26 Lettered, 150 Numbered and 24 Hors Commerce copies printed on Magnani Mould made paper and hardbound in black calfskin; and a Trade Issue of 800 copies printed on Arcoprint and hardbound in black Imitlin and presented in a grey card slipcase.
Item Price
$1,339.80
Handmaid's Tale, the
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Handmaid's Tale, the

by Margaret Atwood

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780224023481
ISBN 10
0224023489
Seller
London, Greater London
Item Price
$2,532.79

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Description:
THE HANDMAID'S TALEMARGARET ATWOODSIGNED UK FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING 1986JONATHAN CAPENot price clipped.Some foxing to the dust jacket flaps, but book itself is clean, with light tanning to the textblock edges. Dust jacket is in a protective cover.Includes a SIGNED LETTER to a fan (presumably a previous owner) with the comment:"It's nice to have a picture of you in the paper".(The name and address of the correspondent in the letter have been blanked out in the photo.)
Item Price
$2,532.79