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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.

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[Books into Film] The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
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[Books into Film] The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

by RICHLER, Mordecai (1931-2001)

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine-
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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$365.00
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London: André Deutsch, 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Near Fine+. First Impression (no later printings noted) of the author's breakthrough novel, chronicling Jewish life in the 1930s and '40s in the Montreal neighborhood east of Mount Royal Park; filmed in 1974 with Richard Dreyfuss in the title role. Thick crown 8vo (192 x 125mm): 319,[1]pp. Publisher's scarlet cloth, spine stamped in gold; price-clipped dust jacket illustrated by Bernard Blatch. An excellent example, tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout (slightly dusty top-edge); Near Fine or better jacket (crown of spine panel lightly rubbed). Richler's fourth novel, "regarded by critics as technically superior to his earlier novels because of the cinematic rendering of some incidents (indicating the influence of Richler's screenwriting) and the maturation of narrative voice." (Literary Encyclopedia) Following publication of Duddy Kravitz, according to The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, Richler became "one of… Read More
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

by Thompson, Hunter S.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Printing of the First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Langley, Washington
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$1,350.00
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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 à 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.
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$1,350.00
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My Life As A Fake.
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My Life As A Fake.

by CAREY, Peter

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
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Edmonds, Washington
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$125.00
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Sydney, Australia: Alfred A. Knopf Australia, 2003. Signed and dated by the author at publication, with publisher's promotional postcard laid in. First edition / First printing. White paper-covered boards with ribbon marker bound in. Very fine in very fine dust jacket.
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The Bird Catcher.
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The Bird Catcher.

by PONSOT, Marie

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  • as new
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
As New
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
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Edmonds, Washington
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Signed on the title page by the author. First edition / First printing. Maroon cloth spine, gray paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Winner of the National Books Critics Circle Award. 2013 Winner of the $100,000.00 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, given for lifetime achievement.
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$125.00
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The Old Gringo.
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The Old Gringo.

by FUENTES, Carlos. Translated by Margaret Sayers Penden

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First U.S. edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
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Edmonds, Washington
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$150.00
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New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1985. Signed on the half-title page by the author. First U.S. edition / First printing. White cloth spine, burnt orange paper-covered boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. In a Paris Review interview (1981) Fuentes talked about a new novella which he was writing in English. That book was Old Gringo. I asked him about it in 1995. He said it was written in English, then translated and rewritten in Spanish (because he felt more comfortable in his native tongue). The English translation was then done in collaboration with Margaret Sayers Penden.
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$150.00
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Water Music.
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Water Music.

by BOYLE, T. Coraghessan. [T. C. Boyle]

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  • as new
  • Hardcover
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  • first
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As New
Edition
First British edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
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Edmonds, Washington
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$175.00
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London: Victor Gollancz, 1982. Signed on the title page by the author. First British edition / First printing. Red paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Author's first novel.
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$175.00
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Warlight.
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Warlight.

by ONDAATJE, Michael

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  • as new
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
As New
Edition
First U.S. edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Edmonds, Washington
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$100.00
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Signed on the title page by Michael Ondaatje. First U.S. edition / First printing. Black paper spine, black paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Warlight was Nominated for the 2018 Booker Prize. The English Patient recently Won the Golden Booker Prize.
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$100.00
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Rem Koolhaas: S, M, L, XL
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Rem Koolhaas: S, M, L, XL

by KOOLHAAS, Rem and Bruce Mau

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Edmonds, Washington
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$950.00
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New York: Monacelli Press, 1995. Signed on the title page by Rem Koolhaas. First edition / First printing. Black and yellow ink over metallic cloth. Light wear, near fine. Rem Koolhaas is the Pritzker Prize Winner for 2000.
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$950.00
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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
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Brossard, Quebec
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$1,640.98
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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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The Fabulous Beasts.
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The Fabulous Beasts.

by OATES, Joyce Carol. Illustrated by A. G. Smith.

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  • as new
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
As New
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
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Edmonds, Washington
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$120.00
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Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1975. Signed by the author on the title page. First edition / First printing. Orange boards. Very fine in near fine dust jacket.
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$120.00
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Other Colors. Essays and a Story.

Other Colors. Essays and a Story.

by PAMUK, Orhan. Translated by Maureen Freely.

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
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  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First U.S. edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
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Edmonds, Washington
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$150.00
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Signed on the title page by Orhan Pamuk. First U.S. edition / First printing. Navy paper-covered boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. Pamuk was the 2006 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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$150.00
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The Shining
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The Shining

by King, Stephen

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
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$3,550.00
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Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1977. First printing of the stated first edition, first issue with the publisher's code "R49" printed in the gutter of p. 447; in original first issue dust jacket. Basis for the 1980 Stanley Kubrick adaptation starring Jack Nicholson. Book with light rubbing to spine ends and a tiny crimp to the bottom front corner, else in fine condition; dust jacket with faint toning to spine and flap margins, faint crimping to upper spine end, very faint crease to upper front corner, and light wear to extremities, primarily at the edge of bottom spine, else fine. an exceptional copy indeed.
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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]
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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]

by Orwell, George

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Used - Octavo. First edition rebound in modern red morocco with skull buttons and "Winston Smith" lettered in white to left breast with
Edition
First edition, first printing with "First published 1949" on cop
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Chicago, Illinois
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$6,000.00
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London: Secker & Warburg, 1949. First edition, first printing with "First published 1949" on copyright page. Octavo. First edition rebound in modern red morocco with skull buttons and "Winston Smith" lettered in white to left breast with on-laid fake eye to chest with blind-stamped lines; title and name lettered in white on spine; front and rear free endpapers and pastedowns replaced with collage of Orwell's eyes, including a secret "trapdoor" on front pastedown disclosing a picture of the Queen of England; minor toning to certain leaves, including title page (as pictured). Brilliant first edition in remarkable custom binding.. First edition of George Orwell's (1903-1950) classic dystopian novel that has captured the imagination and fears of readers, critics, and social observers ever since its publication in 1949. Orwell's ninth and final book, written and published in the closing years of his life, Nineteen Eighty-Four provides a gripping and prophetic meditation on the twentieth century's… Read More
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For Whom The Bell Tolls
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For Whom The Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

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  • Hardcover
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Condition
Used - Sehr gut
Edition
1. Auflage
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Oestrich-Winkel, Germany
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$2,280.88
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940 First Edition, first issue (with letter 'A' on copyright page and with no photographers name below author's photo on the rear panel, according C. E. Grissom A.17.1.a) Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1940.
Book is near fine, no inscriptions, no foxing, no spots or similar and has almost unvisible traces of glue shadows on front and rear gutters of spine.
Dust jacket is very good with some wear, miniscule tears and losses along edges (see photos).Otherwise in very good+ condition. DJ is protected by a Brodart Jacket Cover. Will be delivered together with a black custom-made slipcase.
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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE

by Rowling, J. K.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very good +
Edition
First American edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Lawrence, Kansas
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$2,250.00
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New York: Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic, 1998. First American edition. Hardcover. Very good +/very good +. First printing of the first American edition. 8vo. Quarter red cloth and diamond pattern purple boards, with gilt spine lettering. Teal end papers. 309 pages. Illustrations by Mary GrandPre. The spine ends are slightly crimped, else Fine. No names or marks. The illustrated dust-jacket (with price clipped) has a 1.125" closed tear at top corner of front panel by fold flap, else Fine. With first printing points for both book and dust-jacket: Spine lacking "Year 1", and copyright page stating "J. K. Rowling"; and full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02", "Printed in the U.S.A. 23", and "First American edition, October 1998". Dust-jacket has Guardian blurb at top of rear panel, with two bar codes, and number 51696 above smaller bar code, at bottom of rear panel. A crisp, unmarked, collectable copy of the first printing of the First American edition, in first issue dust-jacket.… Read More
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