"D" is for Deadbeat (USED)

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5000 Nights at the Opera

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Sir Rudolf Bing was the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera for 22 years (1950-72). The New York Times called this book "a witty, arrogant, forthright memoir." (NYT, October 22, 2972)

1st edition. Inscribed by author. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; spine has some wear and chipping; dark red cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

84, Charing Cross Road (USED)

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A Child of the Century (USED)

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A Day in the Dark and Other Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime London. A Day in the Dark collects twenty stories, four of which appear here for the first time in a book and one ("Hand in Glove") for the first time in a collection of Bowen's fiction.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges worn; corners chipped; gray cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

A Death in Belmont (USED)

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A Kiss Is Still a Kiss (USED)

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A Map of the World (USED)

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A Personal Anthology

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After almost a half a century of scrupulous devotion to his art, Jorge Luis Borges personally compiled this anthology of his work—short stories, essays, poems, and brief mordant “sketches,” which, in Borges’s hands, take on the dimensions of a genre unique in modern letters.
 
In this anthology, the author has put together those pieces on which he would like his reputation to rest; they are not arranged chronologically, but with an eye to their “sympathies and differences.” A Personal Anthology, therefore, is not merely a collection, but a new composition.
 
“An important work, by far the best yet available to the reader . . . who seeks a representative sampling of the great Argentine writer . . . the standard introduction to Borges in England and the United States.” —Saturday Review

New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1967. 1st edition. Edited and with a foreword by Anthony Kerrigan. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine and edges tanned; head of spine lightly creased; bottom of spine has one small chip; gray cloth with black lettering on spine; spine lightly worn; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

A Pillar of Iron (USED)

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A Rude Awakening

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Brian Aldiss is a Hugo Award-winning author, better known for his science fiction. In this, the third (and last) volume in the Hand Reared Boy series, the main character Horatio Stubbs finds himself in Sumatra, where he continues his sexual adventures.

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978. 1st edition; signed by author. Dust jacket has two tears at front top; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

A Woman Intervenes, or The Mistress of the Mine

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Robert Barr (16 September 1849 – 21 October 1912) was a Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. He emigrated with his parents to Upper Canada at age four and was educated in Toronto at Toronto Normal School. Barr became a teacher and eventual headmaster of the Central School of Windsor, Ontario. While he had that job he began to contribute short stories—often based on personal experiences—to the Detroit Free Press. In 1876 Barr quit his teaching position to become a staff member of that publication, in which his contributions were published with the pseudonym "Luke Sharp." Hal Hurst (1865–1938), illustrator, was an English painter, etcher, miniaturist, illustrator and founding member of the Royal Miniature Society.

New York and London: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1896. 1st ed.; profusely illustrated by Hal Hurst. No dust jacket; tan cloth with pick-axe design in brown, silver, and blue on cover; spine darkened; spine edges frayed; corners bumped; covers lightly soiled; former owner's bookplate on pastedown; front hinge weak; text clean. G-

A World of Love

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime. In A World of Love, an uneasy group of relations are living under one roof at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside. When twenty-year-old Jane finds in the attic a packet of love letters written years ago by Guy, her mother’s one-time fiance who died in World War I, the discovery has explosive repercussions. It is not clear to whom the letters are addressed, and their appearance begins to lay bare the strange and unspoken connections between the adults now living in the house. Soon, a girl on the brink of womanhood, a mother haunted by love lost, and a ruined matchmaker with her own claim on the dead wage a battle that makes the ghostly Guy as real a presence in Montefort as any of the living.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped; corners chipped; top of flaps tanned; green cloth with red and blue design and lettering on cover and spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G+

A Yankee Should Never Be Black (signed by author)

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Bascom Books, NY, 1973, nod.  Signed by author.  VG/VG

Afterthought: Pieces About Writing

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime London. She also wrote nonfiction essays, and this collection of reviews, prefaces, articles, and broadcasts is an astonishing display of the scope of Elizabeth Bowen's art.

London: Longmans, 1962. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; bottom corner of front flap clipped; head of spine and top corners chipped; maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers clean; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue

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W. H. Auden's last, longest, and most ambitious book-length poem won the Pulitzer Prize and inspired a symphony by Leonard Bernstein as well as a ballet by Jerome Robbins.

New York: Random House, 1947. 1st printing. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; 1/2" at top of spine missing; 1" tear at top left cover; corners chipped; front cover has some soiling in spots; dark green cloth with gilt lettering over maroon on spine; first 8 pages creased at top left; binding tight. G/G-

Age of Wonders

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“A marvelous and disturbing book . . . an experience both painful and joyous.”―Times Literary Supplement

The secure world of a well-established and apparently perfectly assimilated Jewish writer living in an Austrian town before World War II, disintegrates under the force of political and social realities that daily sanctify the old and endemic Austrian anti-Semitism. We learn what we learn through Bruno, the thirteen-year-old son of the family, whose spare and uninflected account discloses the slow onset of disaster. His father, a successful Austrian intellectual, refuses the implications of what’s happening and embraces the humiliating routines of Jewish self-hatred. To the vicious attacks on his writing and character, he adds his own voice until, with nothing left―not faith, not family, not dignity―he disappears. Thirty years later, the war long over, Bruno, at a low point in a childless marriage, responds to ambiguously positive inquiries about his father’s work, and travels from his home in Jerusalem to the Austrian town of his childhood. What he encounters in that town, “now clean of Jews,” means something more than confronting his own profound losses.

1st English edition; translated by Dalya Bilu. Signed by author in Hebrew. Embossed on endpaper "From the Library of David S. Ariel." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover. VG/VG

An Eye for An Eye (USED)

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Anabasis, a poem translated by T.S. Eliot (USED)

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Animal Dreams (USED)

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Anthony Trollope: A New Judgement (USED)

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Audrey Hepburn's Neck

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Bat-Poet

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There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days—he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from the other bats who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat-Poet is the story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.

With illustrations by Maurice Sendak, The Bat-Poet—a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book selection—is a collection of the bat's own poems and the bat's own world: the owl who almost eats him; the mockingbird whose irritable genius almost overpowers him; the chipmunk who loves his poems, and the bats who can't make heads or tails of them; the cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, and sparrows who fly in and out of Randall Jarrell's funny, lovable, truthful fable.

1st printing; dust jacket in protective cover; very light creasing on top back cover; one small spot on bottom front cover; unclipped; light brown embossed cloth with gilt lettering on spine; two small red crayon marks and one small black ink mark on front cover; former owner's name in ink on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Behind that Curtain, A Charlie Chan Mystery

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Charlie Chan is in San Francisco for one week only – he absolutely must leave on Wednesday's boat to get back to Hawaii, where a new son awaits his return. Never mind that Sir Frederic Bruce, a former Scotland Yard detective he's only just met, but for whom he already has great respect, has been murdered at a dinner party he was attending. Never mind that Sir Frederic was hot on the trail of a fifteen-year-old mystery involving murder and a missing woman. Never mind that Chan catches twice as many clues as the bumbling San Francisco detective put on the case – he must get home to his son. But even Charlie Chan can't resist a challenge from a beautiful, intelligent woman like June Morrow, deputy district attorney and the lawyer in charge of prosecuting Sir Frederic's murder. One more week away from home should be plenty of time to catch a killer…

Published by Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; some shelf wear to edges; small area of front cover rubbed; orange cloth with stylized lettering on cover and spine; small decoration on spine; endpapers slightly foxed from dj flaps. G/G

Bend for Home (USED)

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Between Wars and Other Poems (USED)

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Blue Highways: A Journey into America (USED)

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Bowen's Court

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life during wartime London. She spent her summers in her family’s country home, Bowens Court, which was built in the 1770's by Henry Cole Bowen and was located in Cork, Ireland. In this personal narrative, originally published in 1942, Bowen weaves together three centuries of Irish history with a chronicle of her family.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. 2nd edition in scarce dust jacket with photo by Pat English showing Elizabeth Bowen walking on the lawn at Bowen's Court in Ireland. Dust jacket in protective cover; price not clipped; spine edges lightly chipped; rear cover has light soiling near spine and along top edge; navy blue stamped cloth with gilt lettering and design on spine; endpapers clean; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

Breaks of the Game (USED)

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Callimachus: Hymns, Epigrams, Select Fragments (USED)

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Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys (USED)

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Catskill Flytier: My Life, Times, and Techniques

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Anglers and flytiers have been after Harry Darbee for years to write a book—a book, one of them requested, "full of memories and hopes, stories and trout talk, with some-thing of that hallowed mist that hovers around the Willowemoc and the Beaverkill." Finally, here it is! Not only does Darbee evoke the full cast of characters who earned for his native rivers their reputation as the cradle of American fly fishing, he also reveals the tricks and techniques that have made him and his wife, Elsie, two of the world's greatest flytiers. In Catskill Flytier, we meet Herman Christian, Edward R. Hewitt, and Roy Steenrod, who passed on the teachings of the legendary Theodore Gordon; the other pros who made their livelihood as flytiers in the Catskill style; the millionaire fishing-club members who became Darbee customers; the poachers who came by night—and some in broad daylight—to take the big trout out of the club waters; the conservationists who fought and are fighting to save the fish.

Signed first edition in DJ protector; dj has some chips along top and bottom edges; light soiling; brown cloth over tan boards; front endpapers lightly foxed; text clean; binding tight. VG/G

Characteristics of the American Negro

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From "The Negro in American Life Series" which Harper published under the general direction of Dr. Gunnar Myrdal, sponsored by The Carnegie Corporation. Harper & Brothers, 1944 1st ed. Church library stickers.  VG/VG

Charlie Chan Carries On

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The fifth of the Earl Derr Biggers Charlie Chan books books involves the Honolulu detective in a case of murder that stretches around the world, as members of a tour group are dying, one by one. Charlie's old friend Chief Inspector Duff from Scotland Yard comes to his rescue in this book. Duff is investigating the murder of Hugh Morris Drake, a sweet old man strangled in London's famous and exclusive hotel, Broome's. Drake is with a tour group encircling the globe. While Duff's ship is docked in Honolulu, the detective is shot and wounded by his quarry; though he survives, he is unable to continue with the cruise, and Chan takes his place on the ship to San Francisco, where finally the mystery is solved.

Bobbs-Merrill, 1930, assumed first edition with dj design (signed) by Mary Briggs, a bit tattered at top of spine.  VG/VG

Chronicles of Bustos Domecq

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Chronicles of Bustos Domecq is a collection of short fiction that Jorge Luis Borges wrote in collaboration with his fellow Argentinean, the novelist Adolfo Bioy-Casares. Their stories explore the playful, imaginative, and sometimes fantastic relationship between fiction and reality which Borges was to make his hallmark in works such as the famous collection of stories Fictions. His collaborator Casares was a writer, journalist, and translator best known for his science fiction novel The Invention of Morel.

E.P. Dutton & Co., 1976. Co-author Adolfo Bioy-Casares; translated by Norman Thomas DiGiovanni. Dust jacket in protective cover; flap edges tanned; black paper over cloth with silver lettering on spine. Binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture

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Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict’s World War II–era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company; The Riverside Press, Cambridge. Scarce 1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; edges worn; green cloth stamped with gilt on cover and spine; front hinge cracked inside; deckled edges; one spot in middle of fore-edge. G/G

Clan of the Cave Bear (1st Ed)

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An all-absorbing journey into man's possible past. Jean M. Auel, a storytelling genius, weaves a compellingly readable saga of human survival; an epic that transcends time and place. It is peopled with rich and complex characters who experience the full range of human emotions. All this makes for total involvement and believability in the light of today. A novel for all time.

Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

1st edition, 1st printing, with pristine dustjacket. 1980, Knopf. Fine.

Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina (USED)

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Clever Hands of the African Negro

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The Associated Publishers, 1945. First edition. Complete with dustjacket (which has some small tears). VG/VG

Collected Essays, 1981-1987 (USED)

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Collected Impressions

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer. While she is mostly known for her fiction, she also wrote numerous reviews, prefaces, and personal essays throughout her career. The pieces in Collected Impressions capture the breadth and depth of her engagement with literature past and present, ranging as they do from Flaubert and LeFanu to Woolf and Lawrence, with many obscure and illustrious names in between.

London: Longmans Green and Co., 1950. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine chipped; rear cover has 2.5" tear 1" from bottom, some scuffing, and a light blue stain stretching the width of the rear jacket 3" from the bottom; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; top edge blue; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G-

Collected Poems (USED)

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Cotswold Characters (USED)

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Critical Path (USED)

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Dark Hazard (USED)

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Death of a Perfect Wife: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

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Hamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiance on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges (the diabolical Scottish mosquito) descend on the town.

Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's fish-and-chips-loving men are up in arms. Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime-the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.

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Demon Lover and Other Stories

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The Demon Lover and Other Stories by Elizabeth Bowen was first published in Britain in 1945. In 1946, the collection was published in the United States under the title Ivy Gripped the Steps and Other Stories. Without exception, reviewers greeted it enthusiastically, praising it for what was described in the New Yorker as “a completely successful explanation of what war did to the mind and spirit of the English people.” Today, “The Demon Lover” is probably the most anthologized of Bowen’s short stories, and critics claim that it reflects some of Bowen’s greatest strengths as a writer.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1952. First published 1945, First published in the collected edition 1952. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine faded; top edges lightly worn; crease at bottom of front cover; rear cover lightly soiled; dark green cloth with gilt lettering and decorations on spine; decorative endpapers; frontispiece; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

Early Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her fiction about life in wartime London. This book combines two collections of short stories: Encounters (first published in 1923) and Ann Lee's and Other Stories (published in 1926).

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; inside top edges tanned; edges lightly shelf worn; corners lightly chipped; light purple cloth with silver decorations and lettering on spine; front endpapers lightly tanned; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

Ellen Foster: A Novel (USED)

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Encounters: Stories

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her fiction about life during wartime London. This book is the first American edition of her first collection of short stories, originally published in London by Sidgwick & Jackson in 1923.

New York: Boni and Liveright Publishers, [1924]. Dark blue cloth with geometric design and lettering in gilt on cover; edges worn; corners bumped; slight cant to binding; decorative endpapers in red and green foil; deckled edges; rear hinge weak; gutter exposed between pages 144-145; text clean. G