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Modern First Editions

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.



[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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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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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Printing of the First Edition
ISBN 13
9780394464350
ISBN 10
0394464354
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Langley, Washington
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New York:: Random House,, 1971.. First Printing of the First Edition. 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 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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My Life As A Fake.
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My Life As A Fake.

by CAREY, Peter

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9781740512466
ISBN 10
1740512464
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Edmonds, Washington
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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 Old Gringo.
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The Old Gringo.

by FUENTES, Carlos. Translated by Margaret Sayers Penden

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First U.S. edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780374225780
ISBN 10
0374225788
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Edmonds, Washington
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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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Water Music.
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Water Music.

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

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  • as new
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
As New
Edition
First British edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780316104678
ISBN 10
0316104671
Seller
Edmonds, Washington
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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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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
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9781885254016
ISBN 10
1885254016
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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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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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
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
As New
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780807101537
ISBN 10
0807101532
Seller
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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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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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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The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
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The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allen Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
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Centreville, Virginia
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$875.00
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Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. No dust jacket. John Rea Neill, illustrator for many of L. Frank Baum's Oz books. 110 pages. Gilt top edge. Publisher's green cloth. Binding is square and strong. Contains Poe's poems "The Raven," The Bells," and "Annabel Lee," as well as an excerpt from his "The Philosophy of Composition." The mounted full color illustration on the cover has some edge wear. Spine and tips have edge wear and rubbing. FFEP has a half-inch closed tear at the center edge. Owner's inscription to blank end paper. No other or writing or foxing. Contents are otherwise very clean. A rare book.
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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]
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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]

by Orwell, George

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  • first
Condition
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
Seller
Chicago, Illinois
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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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Finnegans Wake
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Finnegans Wake

by Joyce, James

  • New
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
New
Edition
First Edition; hors commerce
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780954771010
ISBN 10
095477101X
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Ballydehob, Cork
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First Edition. New. One of 24 hors commerce copies of the Special Issue. The first critically emended and completely reset edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake since its original publication in 1939. Edited by Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon, designed by Martino Mardersteig, set in the Dante Val typeface, and printed offset and bound by Stamperia Valdonega, Verona for Houyhnhnm Press, Dublin. This First Edition is limited to a Special Issue consisting of 26 Lettered, 150 Numbered and 24 Hors Commerce copies printed on Magnani Mould made paper and hardbound in black calfskin; and a Trade Issue of 800 copies printed on Arcoprint and hardbound in black Imitlin and presented in a grey card slipcase.
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Handmaid's Tale, the
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Handmaid's Tale, the

by Margaret Atwood

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780224023481
ISBN 10
0224023489
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London, Greater London
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THE HANDMAID'S TALEMARGARET ATWOODSIGNED UK FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING 1986JONATHAN CAPENot price clipped.Some foxing to the dust jacket flaps, but book itself is clean, with light tanning to the textblock edges. Dust jacket is in a protective cover.Includes a SIGNED LETTER to a fan (presumably a previous owner) with the comment:"It's nice to have a picture of you in the paper".(The name and address of the correspondent in the letter have been blanked out in the photo.)
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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
  • first
Condition
Used - Sehr gut
Edition
1. Auflage
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Oestrich-Winkel, Germany
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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.



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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
ISBN 13
9780590353403
ISBN 10
0590353403
Seller
Lawrence, Kansas
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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 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 on rear panel. A crisp, unmarked copy of the first printing of the First American edition, in first issue dust-jacket.
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