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Rare Modern First Editions Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

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, in red dust jacket, with the publisher's price listed on the inside front flap, 312pp. Slight tanning to spine, else boo...

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



John Lane The Bodley Head. London.,1936. FIRST BRITISH EDITION. Large 8vo.(10.3 x 7.9 inches). ONE OF 900 COPIES printed on Japon Vellum paper. This copy number 597, from a total edition of 1000 copies. xvi,768 pp(including blank leaves). Finely bound by...

From Paul Foster 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


Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. by Anna Sewell

The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine. Published by Jarrold and Sons, London; 1877. First Edition, First Printing. Extremely rare in condition such as this. Highly collectible. This is a lovely, collectible copy of this extreme...

From Everlasting Editions


The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The first edition of 400,000 copies was issued with a dustjacket and price of $18.95. It states 'First published in 1987 by Viking Penguin inc' on the copyright page. The dustjacket is textured like the scales on a dragon. Synopsis: Once upon a time, in t...

From Book of Zidan


in our time by HEMINGWAY, Ernest

Paris: Three Mountains Press, 1924. Hardcover. Fine. First edition. Binder's glue stains on the endpapers, as usual, tiny chips at the spinal extremities, and slight bowing of the covers, an excellent, very nearly fine copy. Hemingway's second b...

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA



Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1923. FIRST EDITION. 1st printing. Octavo. (8.3 x 5.8 inches). Illustrated with 12 full page mono plates by the author. A bright and clean copy finely bound in recent full black morocco leather. Spine with five raised bands, th...

From Paul Foster Books


John Le Carre's THE KARLA TRILOGY by John Le Carre

THE KARLA TRILOGYJohn Le Carre I am pleased to present a particularly fine trilogy of this distinguished author's novels. They are: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1974. First Edition, Third Printing, 1974, In very good condi...

From Efemera Books


The Rainmaker, Limited Edition by John Grisham

Doubleday, 1995. 1st Edition. Hardcover. As New both book and DJ. This book has never been read. A crisp clean first edition/printing (as stated) no markings throughout. Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate...

From Reds Eclectic Diaries


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


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


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



John Lane The Bodley Head. London. 1937. FIRST ENGLISH TRADE EDITION. Large 8vo. 766 pp, including details of the books troubled history and a bibliography of the works of Joyce. Very good copy with printed illustration of two characters from Ulysses by ...

From Paul Foster Books


The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Published by J. M. Dent & Sons, London; 1952. 8vo. This lovely first edition of the children's classic by Mary Norton, and the first book in the Borrowers series, is in Near Fine condition. It is tightly bound in it's original light blue cloth boards, wit...

From Everlasting Editions


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