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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 top-stain, in original red dust jacket, with the publisher's price listed on the inside front flap, 312pp. Tann…

From Idler Fine Books


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



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


Nineteen Eighty-Four by Orwell, George

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949. First US Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 8 x 5.5 inches. 314 pp, including Appendix. Very Good. Lacking dust jacket. Probable second printing, as "First American Edition" is lacking on the copyright page with no ot…

From Village Lights Bookstore


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 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


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


The Tao of Pooh by Hoff, Benjamin

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 l…

From Third Season Books


Murder in Three Acts by Agatha Christie

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 …

From Denver Rummage Shop


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



New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. 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…

From Thomas J. Joyce And Company


Night Probe by Clive Cussler

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 …

From Blue Mountain Bookstore


Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick

8vo, 1969, Rapp & Whiting, first English edition, first print. Endpapers slightly browned, original cloth, spine gilt, dusk-jacket illustrated by Lawrence Edwards, bumping and creasing to extremities, lower cover vaguely soiled and faded. The book was th…

From Uniche Books


Gravity’s Rainbow. by Pynchon, Thomas

New York: The Viking Press, 1973. …

From Raptis Rare Books



Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1923. FIRST EDITION. 1st printing. 8vo.(8.3 x 5.7 inches). Illustrated with 12 mono collotype plates by the author. Fine and clean throughout, with many gatherings still unopened. An unread copy. Original black cloth with gilt …

From Paul Foster Books


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