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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

$15,000.00


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

$7,500.00


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

£1,850.00


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

$2,500.00


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

AU$1,250.00


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

$125.00


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

$9,500.00


While The Clock Ticked by Dixon, Franklin W

Franklin W. Dixon: While The Clock Ticked (1932, Grosset & Dunlap 1st. Ed. Hardy Boys) QUITE RARE IN THE ORIGINAL RED DUST JACKET. HARDY BOYS #11. 1932, FIRST EDITION, GROSSET & DUNLAP. USED. NOT AN EXLIB ITEM. VERY GOOD CONDITION/ GOOD- ORIGINAL UNCLIPP…

From Mary Riversong Books

$1,425.00


OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMS by Capote, Truman

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

$650.00


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

$35,000.00


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

$5,000.00


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

$42,000.00


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

$6,000.00


One Hundred Years of Solitude; Innocent Erendira; In Evil Hour; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor; Clandestine in Chile; Love in the Time of Cholera. . . by Garcia Marquez, Gabriel

NY and Bogota: Harper & Row, Knopf, LEC, Grupo Editorial Norma (1968-2005)., 1968. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Collection. 16 First editions all INSCRIBED: An outstanding collection of 16 first editions of the Nobel Laureate all variously INSCRIBED to the …

From Thomas Dorn ABAA

$32,500.00


A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Allen Lane, 1981. Hardcover. Very Good. Not Ex-Library..Hardcover Edition With Dustjacket..Stated First U.K. Edition, First Printing..Gift Inscription Inside Front Cover..Nice, Slightly Soiled Copy With Brodart Dustjacket Cover Included..D.J. Price Clip…

From Thomas Savage, Bookseller

$299.99


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