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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.



The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

by Clancy, Tom

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780870212857
ISBN 10
0870212850
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
Item Price
$1,250.00

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Annapolis: 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.
Item Price
$1,250.00
Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]
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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]

by Orwell, George [Eric Arthur Blair]

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
Item Price
$16,500.00

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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. Tanning to spine and cover margins and light wear, else book in fine condition; dust jacket with tanning to spine and professional restoration along edge, else fine.
Item Price
$16,500.00
OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMS

OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMS

by Capote, Truman

  • Used
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Item Price
$650.00

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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 edition of the author's first book. With a quote by Marguerite Young and the controversial Harold Halma portrait of Capote on the jacket's rear panel.
Item Price
$650.00
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed
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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed

by Salinger, J.D.

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Item Price
$55,000.00

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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 of the March, 1952 reprint of the first edition. [The first issue was July, 1951]. 8vo., 277pp., black cloth, gilt. Salinger's remarkable first book, neatly signed in black fountain pen at the top of the title page. An excellent example of Salinger's elusive signature - The binding is fine; the dustwrapper very good or better with the $3.00 price present & nine reviews on the back panel replacing Salinger's photo after the first few early printings at his insistence. Custom clamshell case in very fine condition. The probable High Spot in Modern American Lit collecting, "The Catcher In The Rye is undoubtedly a 20th-century classic. It struck a popular note, particularly with young readers, who strongly identified with Holden… Read More
Item Price
$55,000.00
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

by Thompson, Hunter S.

  • Used
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Printing of the First Edition
ISBN 13
9780394464350
ISBN 10
0394464354
Seller
Langley, Washington
Item Price
$1,350.00

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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 ŕ 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.
Item Price
$1,350.00
Night Probe

Night Probe

by Clive Cussler

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780553050042
ISBN 10
0553050044
Seller
Union, Oregon
Item Price
$120.00

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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 bottom, two half-inch tears and creases at flap folds. Very good in a good dustjacket.
Item Price
$120.00
Monsieur
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Monsieur

by Lawrence Durrell

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780670486786
ISBN 10
0670486787
Seller
Indianapolis, Indiana
Item Price
$125.00

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New York: Viking Press. 1975. Signed, First Edition, Hardcover with original DJ. Signed by Durrell during his visit to the U.S. in 1986. Book is Near Fine with only a small amount of rubbing on spine; DJ is intact with no tears, just a a couple of very small scratches/nicks at the top of the right-front, and a bit of rubbing on the back. Pages are clean and unmarked.
Item Price
$125.00
Murder in Three Acts
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Murder in Three Acts: A Poirot Mystery Story

by Agatha Christie

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Idledale, Colorado
Item Price
$2,400.00

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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 lettering. Red Badge end papers. Pages crisp and clean. Some light water damage and bleeding at the tops of pages throughout. Some pages worse than others.
Item Price
$2,400.00
To The Lighthouse
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To The Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

  • Used
  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
1st
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
New York, New York
Item Price
$6,000.00

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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 the front flap. Overall a beautiful copy.Virginia Woolf's modernist masterpiece with the iconic, unmistakable Vanessa Bell woodcut on the cover – very rare; and especially rare at this price in such good condition.
Item Price
$6,000.00
Jurassic Park
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Jurassic Park

by CRICHTON, Michael

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good++
Edition
First Edition, First Issue
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
West Hollywood , California
Item Price
$35,000.00

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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 is absolutely Fine.What makes this unique copy so extraordinarily collectible is that on the title page it is boldly (and highly legibly) signed by STEVEN SPIELBERG, JEFF GOLDBLUM, LAURA DERN and the late, great STAN WINSTON. A Knopf publishers card SIGNED BY MICHAEL CRICHTON is laid in.
Item Price
$35,000.00
Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?

by Philip K Dick

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
NAXXAR, Malta
Item Price
$1,705.72

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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 the base for the movie masterpiece adaptation "Blade Runner" of 1982 and its sequel in 2017.
Rick Deckard, a retired bounty hunter, assigned to kill six Nexus-6 model androids, problem is they look like humans!
Item Price
$1,705.72
The Raven
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The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Centreville, Virginia
Item Price
$700.00

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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.
Item Price
$700.00
Dune - Autographed by Frank Herbert
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Dune - Autographed by Frank Herbert

by Herbert, Frank

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine Condition
Edition
First Edition, 7th Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780801950773
ISBN 10
0801950775
Seller
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PK, California
Item Price
$15,000.00

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Description:
This is a 7th printing of the 1st edition by Chilton Book Company from 1965. There were nine such printings of that 1st edition. The book is in Fine Condition. The dustjacket is in Good Condition with slight edge wear and the price clipped from the upper corner. Frank Herbert has autographed the title page. Please refer to the attached photos which show the red cloth binding, the dustjacket, the numerical printing history, the Library of Congress number, and the autograph.This very hard-to-find book will make a fine addition to the personal library of the serious collector.
Item Price
$15,000.00
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)
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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)

by Stephen King

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
first edition, second printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780937986509
ISBN 10
093798650X
Seller
Scotia, New York
Item Price
$875.00

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Description:
1984 Donald Grant second edition.Condition of the book is Near Fine, with no significant condition issues. A well preserved copy.Condition of the dust jacket is Near Fine. The DJ is complete, not price clipped. It is protected in a new mylar cover.Included with the book is the publisher's insert / catalog of their limited editions (see last photo).Please message me with any questions.
Item Price
$875.00
THE GREAT GATSBY
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THE GREAT GATSBY

by FITZGERALD, F. Scott

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Chicago, Illinois
Item Price
$199,000.00

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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 "J" in Jay Gatsby on the rear panel of the dust jacket has been corrected with an upper-case J - with the lower curve of the original 'j' just peeking through. In a custom clamshell protective box. NOTE: The original dust jackets were about 4mm taller than the cloth bindings, making the top edge of the jacket uncommonly susceptible to damage. This jacket has an estimated 98% of its original paper, There are tears and punctures ( Ask to see more of photographs taken by Ted Tamburo Photography), and some discoloration on the inside of the jacket, smudge on the top cover of the book, bright spine gilt. Note: the jacket has been cleaned on both sides, and stabilized with Japanese tissue; and the book hinges repaired by The Chicago Conservation Center. The first state of the text, including… Read More
Item Price
$199,000.00