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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.

Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984] by Orwell, George [Eric Arthur Blair]

London: Secker & Warburg, 1949 First printing of the first British edition, original light green cloth, spine lettered in red, with red topstain, in original red dust jacket, with the publisher's price listed on the inside front flap, 312pp. Tanni…

From Idler Fine Books


Gone with the Wind by Mitchell, Margaret

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. First Edition. Near Fine/Poor. First edition, first printing, with "Published May, 1936" on the copyright page. Signed by Margaret Mitchell on the front free endpaper. Very Good, with a short tear to the …

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Dune by Herbert, Frank

First UK edition, first impression (Gollancz, 1966). Publisher's original dark grey cloth with lettering to spine in gilt. Boards very nice and clean and free from bumping and marks; previous owner bookplate to front paste-down with their name to front …

From Fine Book Cellar ABA ILAB PBFA


The Hunt for Red October by Clancy, Tom

Annapolis, Maryland: 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.…

From Idler Fine Books


THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed by Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Salinger, J.D. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed. Boston: Little Brown, 1952. A fine SIGNED copy…

From TBCL The Book Collector's Library


The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, John

New York: The Viking Press, 1939. "First Published in April 1939" on copyright page.. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. …

From Arizona Book Gallery


The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

London: The Grey Walls Press, 1948. 164 pages. Original green cloth with gilt titling on the spine. Very slight offsetting on endpapers. The price-clipped dustwrapper has a tiny nick on the fold of front flap. Tail of dustwrapper spine very slightly rubbe…

From Tapsell's Books and Music


The Shining by Stephen King

First edition, first impression (Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1977), with dust jacket price of $8.95, 'First Edition' on the copyright page and 'R49' in the margin of page 447. Signed and inscribed by the author to the front endpaper: 'For Stanley - Best. an…

From Fine Book Cellar ABA ILAB PBFA


The History of Middle Earth, Volumes 1-12, and The Silmarillion by TOLKIEN, J.R.R

London: Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman/Harper Collins. 1977, 1983-1996. A complete set of the first editions of these tales, poems, and songs underlay The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien began writing these tales while in college, 40 years before LOT…

From Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA



New York: Random House, 1948. Cloth. Very faint darkening to pastedowns, otherwise a very near fine copy in very good dust jacket with a closed tear to upper edge, minor nicks to corner tips, and a small creased tear to lower edge of upper panel. First e…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Jurassic Park by CRICHTON, Michael

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…

From Mystery Pier Books, inc


Zathura: A Space Adventure. by VAN ALLSBURG, Chris

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002. Signed by Chris Van Allsburg on the title page. First edition / First printing. Black cloth spine, navy paper-covered boards. Very fine in very fine dust jacket.…

From Orpheus Books


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Hard Cover. First Edition. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page.…

From suntown


Gravity’s Rainbow. by Pynchon, Thomas

New York: The Viking Press, 1973. First edition of Pynchon's National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Herb Yellin- Regards, Thomas Pynchon." The recipient Herb Y…

From Raptis Rare Books


To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

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…

From Mae's Books


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