Special Editions and Rare Finds

Marguerite De La Roque: A Story of Survival

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Elizabeth Boyer's historical novel is based on an actual survivor's story. Marguerite and her elderly nurse are left to die on a island off the coast of Canada.

Novelty, Ohio: Veritie Press, 1975. 1st edition; inscribed by author on ffep. Dust jacket in protective cover; rear cover scuffed; edges worn and creased; blue cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G-

Marianne in India and Seven Other Tales

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A collection of eight brilliant, jewel-polished short stories by the German novelist and playwright, Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958).

Translated from the German by Basil Creighton. 1st American edition. No dust jacket; green cloth with paper label on cover and spine; head of spine frayed; spine darkened and rubbed; corners bumped; endpapers tanned; text clean. G-

Marionettes

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Julien Gordon was the pseudonym of Julia Grinnell Storrow Cruger (1850-1920), an American novelist. Many of her novels closely examined the social world of New York and Washington, D.C., and she was known as the Edith Wharton of her day.

New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1892. 1st edition. No dust jacket; gray cloth with pink flowers, green leaves, and gilt lettering on cover and spine; spine slightly faded; corners bumped; binding good; text clean and bright. G+

Master Richard's "Bestiary of Love" and "Response" (1st edition, illustrated by Barry Moser)

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University of California Press, 1986. First edition. New edition of the Pennyroyal Press Master Richard's Bestiary of Love, translated by Jeanette Beer and illustrated by Barry Moser; first published English translation; dust jacket in protective cover; price clipped; small closed tear on front cover; beige cloth with gilt lettering on spine; former owner's signature in ink on ffep; text clean and bright; binding tight. VG/G+

Meditations in Green (Signed)

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James Griffin finds himself profoundly affected by his experiences in Vietnam as he evolves from a clear-eyed, hard-working soldier to an unstrung, lethargic, and cynical drug addict with profound difficulties in adjusting to civilian life. This Viet Nam classic won the Maxwell Perkins Prize, presented annually to the author of a first novel of exceptional promise.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1983; inscribed by author on half title; dust jacket in protective cover; very light shelf wear; small crease at front bottom corner; black cloth over green boards; top right corner slightly faded; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Memoir from Antproof Case (1st edition)

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An old man recounts the raucous adventure of his life through war, obsession and the 20th century in this “rapturous and melancholy new novel” (The New York Times).

An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. Call him Oscar Progresso—or whatever else you like. He sits in a mountain garden in Niterói, overlooking the ocean. As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, an epic adventure unfolds. We learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love.

But that doesn’t begin to cover our narrator’s immense and fascinating journey through the 20th century. He was also the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. All his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the world’s most insidious enslaver: coffee.

The acclaimed author of Winter’s Tale and A soldier of the Great War, Mark Helprin now offers “a tour de force that combines adventure, romance and an overview of the 20th century into a bittersweet narrative” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

1st edition; dust jacket pristine; brown cloth; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG+/VG+

Memoirs of a Russian Lady: Drawings and Tales of Life Before the Revolution

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The work's subtitle describes it well. Dax, the editor, has prepared for publication the manuscripts of a distant relative, Davydoff. This Russian aristocratic lady spent her life up to the Revolution in the Ukraine on the large estates of the gentry. Privately educated and trained in watercoloring, she wrote and painted for her heirs from memory after fleeing the Revolution. As published, the stories and drawings are wonderfully matched, sharing a simplicity and wistfulness for a lost society, while vividly portraying a sense of life and leisure. The watercolors combine detail with whimsy. A lovely addition to subject collections and for those interested in the cultural and social life of the era. Rena Fowler, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette (Library Journal, 1986)

1st edition; dust jacket has only minor scuffs; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Memories: An Autobiography

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Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959) was an American actress and member of the famous Barrymore family. Her six-decade career spanned stage, screen, and radio, and earned her the title of First Lady of American Theatre. Her autobiography is sure to interest and inspire actors and film buffs.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955. 1st ed. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; spine edges chipped; corners bumped; bookplate affixed to pastedown. G/G

Misery

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The #1 New York Times bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).

Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such a change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health—his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel—his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants...

First UK edition, Hodder & Stoughton, 1987. Dust jacket in protective cover; blue cloth with silver lettering on spine; slight cant to binding. G/VG

Miss Mamma Aimee

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Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987) was an American writer, known for his portrayals of poverty, racism, and social problems in the South. His novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim. He wrote a total of 25 novels, 150 short stories, twelve nonfiction collections, two autobiographies, and two books for young readers. Miss Mamma Aimee, published in 1967, features a strong-minded Southern widow who supports and rules a curious menage of kinfolk as she does battle against the encroachments of the modern world.

1st printing; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dj lightly scuffed at edges; spine darkened; red cloth stamped with orange and white design and lettering; endpapers clean; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective

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Originally published in England in 1934 with the title Parker Pyne Investigates, this first U.S. edition titled Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective, collects 12 stories about the detective whose favorite quote and sales pitch is always "Are you happy? If not consult Mr Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond Street."

1st U.S. edition. No dust jacket; orange cloth with black lettering on cover and spine; spine faded; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG

Mrs. Murdock Takes a Case

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Mrs. Murdock is the wife of the famous photographer, Kent Murdock who solves crimes with his camera. When Kent refuses to take on a case, Mrs. Murdock investigates a double murder involving two girls who are trying desperately to prove the innocence of a suspected murderer.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; 2" x 1" area of bottom front cover worn away; smaller area of rubbing at top of front cover; spine chipped; edges shelf worn; beige cloth with multicolor speckles and red lettering on cover and spine; endpapers tanned; small stain on text foredge near rear of book. G/G-

Multitude of Sins (1st edition)

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One of the most celebrated--and unflinching--chroniclers of modern life now explores, in this masterful collection of short stories, the grand theme of intimacy, love, and their failures. And only a storyteller of Richard Ford's remarkable agility, insight, and candor could envision with such felicity our most fallible human efforts to achieve what we consider most important with one another: to be faithful and sincere, empathetic and patient, to be honest and passionate and finally loving toward those we care for or merely, if desperately, desire.
As in all of Ford's work, the settings are as distinct as the Connecticut countryside is from New Orleans, or a Michigan ski resort from Grand Central Station. Yet in each he is drawn to liaisons in and out and to the sides of marriage. An illicit visit to the Grand Canyon reveals a vastness even more profound . . . An exacting career woman celebrates Christmas with her adamantly post-nuclear family . . . A couple weekending in Maine try to
recapture the ardor that has disappeared, both gradually and suddenly, from their life together . . . A boy confronts his estranged father on a hunting trip and finds a disappointment that will change him forever . . . As they drive through a spring evening, a young wife confesses to her husband the affair she had with the host of the dinner party they're about to join.
It is within such relations, these extraordinary stories suggest, that our entire sense of right and wrong is enacted, and the rigorous intensity Richard Ford brings to these vivid, unforgettable dramas marks this as his most powerfully arresting book to date--confirming the judgment of the "New York Times Book Review" that"nobody now writing looks more like an American classic."

Munsell Book of Color: Defining, Explaining, and Illustrating the Fundamental Characteristics of Color (Abridged Edition)

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Albert Henry Munsell (1858-1918) was an accomplished artist and distinguished professor at the Massachusetts Normal Art School in Boston (today’s Massachusetts College of Art and Design or “MassArt”).  Munsell was also an inventor, and he held several patents for a Color-Sphere and Mount, artist’s easel, and photometer; he developed his own Munsell Crayons in 1906, which were sold to the Binney & Smith Company in 1926 and were then referred to as Munsell Crayola Crayons

Munsell’s work in developing a systematic approach to teaching and communicating was influential in evolving color science theory at the turn of the century and served as the basis for today’s color matching technology. His Atlas of the Munsell Color System was first published in 1913. It consisted of two sets of charts (15 in total), illustrating the Munsell system of color measurement. Munsell's innovative color system allowed people to communicate color in a systematic way by noting hue, value and chroma.

This pocket-sized revised version of The Atlas of the Munsell Color System was published in 1929 by the Munsell Color Company (Baltimore). Six-ring binder with 21 card-stock pages of color chips organized on a chroma scale; each page is enclosed in a plastic cover; includes three uncut "masks" used for comparing hues. Binding has very minor wear; gilt lettering on cover and spine is worn, but still legible; former owner's bookplate affixed to inside front cover; this copy is identified as serial no. 297. VG+    

Naked Lunch (1st paperback edition)

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Naked Lunch is a dark, wild ride through the terror of heroin addiction and withdrawal, filled with paranoia, erotica and drug-fueled hallucinations.” —NPR

1st paperback printing, 1966

Nature of Passion

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Jhabvala's second novel depicts contemporary life in New Delhi. London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1956. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine chipped; rear cover soiled; black cloth with silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Necklace of Kisses

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Where were the kisses? Weetzie Bat wondered. And so begins a magical journey of discovery. As she turns forty and the relationship with her secret-agent lover-man Max falls apart, Weetzie packs up her lime green and bright orange bikini, orange suede sneakers, and Pucci tunic, jumps in her '65 mint green Thunderbird, and leaves.

Weetzie finds herself at the enchanted pink hotel in sparkling Los Angeles, where she once shied away from a kiss that may have led her to the love of her life. Now she returns, perhaps in search of her lost passion, and meets an otherworldy cast of characters, among them a blue-skinned receptionist, an invisible cleaning lady, a seductive fawn, and a sushi-eating mermaid who gives her a kiss that sets the wheel of self-discovery in motion.

Block invests every scene with equal shots of magic and realism, rendering her heroine and supporting players in vivid, poetic detail. In Necklace of Kisses the fans that have grown up with Weetzie Bat will be able to meet her in adulthood and find that life is still no less trying and no less full of wonder.

1st edition, signed by author. Dust jacket clean; bottom two corners bumped. VG/VG

Negro History in Thirteen Plays

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The Associated Publishers Inc, 1935. Ex-library, some water damage.  As is.

New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes

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1st printing; with woodcuts by J.J. Lankes; dust jacket in protective cover; top and bottom of spine torn; rear top edge has jagged tear; front top corner missing; forest green cloth over dark gray paper boards; title in gilt box on front cover; gilt lettering on spine; bookplate of former owner on pastedown; binding tight; deckled edges; text clean. G/G-

New York is Not America: Being a Mirror to the States

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1st edition. No dust jacket; green cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; edges frayed; corners bumped; lettering on spine rubbed; decorative endpapers; text clean. G

Nightwalker (New Dolmen Chapbooks)

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The Dolmen Press, 1967. Limited edition; The New Dolmen Chapbooks, 2; published in the U.S. by Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, PA. Sewn in card covers with attached dust jacket; covers rubbed and soiled; bottom of front flap clipped; former owner's name in ink on inside cover. G

Nightwalker and Other Poems (Signed 1st edition)

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Nightwalker introduces poems by the Irish poet Thomas Kinsella. He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1928, but didn't publish his work until 1956.

1st printing; signed; dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges lightly chipped; tan cloth; former owner's signature in ink on pastedown; pencil marks throughout. G/G

Nobody Lives Forever

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William Riley (W.R.) Burnett (1899-1982) was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for his crime novel Little Caesar, the film adaptation of which was considered to be the first of the classic American gangster movies. Burnett's characters exist in a world of twilight morality — virtue can come from gangsters and criminals, malice from guardians and protectors. Above all his characters are human and this could be their undoing. Nobody Lives Forever tell the story of a group of con-men and a particularly ambitious con.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; head and heel of spine chipped; edges and corners shelfworn; gray cloth with dark gray decoration and writing on cover and spine; endpapers tanned; binding tight; text clean. G/G

Not Now But Now

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Those who court danger are often the most circumspect. In this stylish novel, the author's first, M.F.K. Fisher traces the course of Jennie, a willful wandering woman, a lovely enchantress calculating the havoc caused by her life of danger and license. Jennie's path is devastating to those around her, a sinister invasion. But Jennie, more Lilith than Eve, survives unscathed.

Not Now But Now traces the subtleties and nuances of a woman's mind. Jennie is not controlled by others, nor by time, and we follow her through separate eras and beautifully drawn settings. Whether in San Francisco, Chicago, Lausanne, or Paris, Jennie is surrounded by sensuality, fine food and furniture, and beautiful clothes.

Those not yet familiar with Mrs. Fisher's style will delight in her careful, exact prose. She is the author of several books, including How to Cook a Wolf, A Considerable town, The Cooking of Provincial France, and As They Were.

1st edition of author's first novel; dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped; minor scuffs; bright green cloth; title embossed on front; gilt lettering on spine; edges lightly worn; binding tight; text clean; former owner's name in ink on ffep. G/G

Of All Things

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Robert Charles Benchley was born on September 15th, 1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Benchley wrote over 600 essays and is a humorist best known for his work for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. These essays, which ranged from topical to the absurdist, influenced many modern humorists. His humor was obvious from the time he attended Harvard University and was a writer for Harvard Lampoon. Benchley seemed to have an effortless way of creating humour and was equally famous for his work writing and appearing in short films, feature films and radio work. He was also a founder of the famous Algonquin Round Table at the New York hotel. This group, including Benchley, Dorothy Parker and George S Kaufman expanded to over a dozen regular members who met for lunch on an almost daily basis between 1919 and 1929. They dubbed themselves "The Vicious Circle".

Benchley also made a name for himself in Hollywood, when his short film How to Sleep was a popular success and won Best Short Subject at the 1935 Academy Awards. He also made many memorable appearances acting in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940) and Nice Girl? (1941). His legacy includes written work and numerous short film appearances. Of All Things was his first book.

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1921. 1st edition of author's first book; blue cloth with pictorial cover; lightly shelf worn; former owner's signature on ffep; endpapers tanned; gutter showing between pages 84-85; light water stain at bottom of text near gutter in middle of book. G-

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

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Cats! Some are sane, and some are mad.
Some are good, and some are bad . . .

These lovable cat poems were written by T. S. Eliot for his godchildren and continue to delight children and grown-ups. Eliot's beloved cat poems are a curious and artful homage to felines young and old, merry and fierce, small and unmistakably round.

Yellow cloth with red figures and printing, dusty yellow dj with black drawings and print, chips at top of spine and some darkening.  G/G

On the Edge (Signed limited edition)

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Iowa City: The Stone Wall Press, 1963. Limited edition, no. 105 of 220 copies; inscribed by author on ffep; no dj; brown paper with title/author on cream label on spine; top of covers and spine lightly faded; binding good; text clean and bright. VG

On Thermonuclear War

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On Thermonuclear War was controversial when originally published and remains so today. It is iconoclastic, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and finally it is calm and compellingly reasonable. The book was widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the result was serious revision in both Western and Soviet strategy and doctrine. As a result, both sides were better able to avoid disaster during the Cold War.

The strategic concepts still apply: defense, local animosities, and the usual balance-of-power issues are still very much with us. Kahn's stated purpose in writing this book was simply: "avoiding disaster and buying time, without specifying the use of this time." By the late 1950s, with both sides H-bomb-armed, reason and time were in short supply.

Kahn, a military analyst at Rand since 1948, understood that a defense based only on thermonuclear arnaments was inconceivable, morally questionable, and not credible.The book was the first to make sense of nuclear weapons. Originally created from a series of lectures, it provides insight into how policymakers consider such issues. One may agree with Kahn or disagree with him on specific issues, but he clearly defined the terrain of the argument. He also looks at other weapons of mass destruction such as biological and chemical, and the history of their use.

Princeton University Press, 1961; 2nd edition with index; dust jacket in protective cover; head of spine chipped; edges shelf worn; rust cloth with black and gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

One Act Play Magazine, Vol. 2, Number 4, October 1938: Plays by Luigi Pirandello and Langston Hughes

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Published by Contemporary Play Publications; Volume II, no. 4, October 1938. Contents: Plays: "The Jar," Luigi Pirandello; "Don't You Want To Be Free," Langston Hughes; Television Script: "It's Really Quite Simple," Harold L. Anderson; Film Sequence: "Blockade," John Howard Lawson; Departments: Music in the Theatre - One Act Opera, Paul Rosenfield; The Theatre, John W. Gassner. Wraps, stapled; covers have water stains, remnants of tape; corners creased; spine missing 1" from bottom; tear at top of spine/front cover; pages slightly tanned. G-

Our Life with Mr. Gurdjieff

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"This is the intimate, enlightening account of the years that Russian composer Thomas de Hartmann and his wife, Olga, spent as pupils and confidants of the immensely influential spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff, an association that lasted from 1917 through 1929. Our Life with Mr Gurdjieff is essential reading for all those interested in Gurdjieff's Work or in understanding his unique and revolutionary way of working with his students. Gurdjieff first came to wide public notice in Europe in the 1920s. But, in certain notable circles, his reputation was already legendary. The de Hartmanns met him in Russia in 1917. Following him from Petrograd to Constantinople, Berlin, and Paris, they endured war and revolution, privation and illness, but never wavered in their devotion to his teaching. When they later emigrated to the United States, they became founding members of the Gurdjieff Foundation in America. After Thomas de Hartmann's death, his wife published his book, Our Life with Mr Gurdjieff, a richly informative and very personal evocation of what it meant to be pupils of Gurdjieff."

New York: Cooper Square Publishers, 1964. 1st edition. No dust jacket; black cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; spine rubbed; edges shelf worn; binding good; text clean. G

Paradise Falls (Signed 1st edition)

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Don Robertson was a true Clevelander. He was born and raised in Cleveland, and after stints in the Army and one year at Harvard, he returned to Cleveland and attended Case Western Reserve University for one year. He then became a reporter and columnist for The Plain Dealer (1950-1955 and 1963-1966), The Cleveland News (1957–1959), and The Cleveland Press (1968–1982). He wrote 18 published novels, most of which took place in Cleveland and the fictional town of Paradise Falls, Ohio. Robertson is probably best known for his trio of novels featuring Morris Bird III: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1965), The Sum and Total of Now (1966), and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1970).


Paradise Falls, written between the second and third of the Morris Bird III books, “began as a 945-page flashback." Robertson kept a copy of his huge 1968 novel of small-town life on his desk “as a basic reference work." [Dennis Dooley, 1966 Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature essay: http://www.clevelandartsprize.org/awardees/don_robertson.html]

Signed first edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges chipped and worn; dark blue cloth with gilt and blue lettering on spine and cover; cover faded in spots; spine rubbed; text clean and bright. G+/G

Past All Dishonor

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James M. Cain (1892-1977) was a novelist whose "violent, sexually obsessed, and relentlessly paced melodramas epitomized the “hard-boiled” school of writing that flourished in the United States in the 1930s and ’40s. He was ranked with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as one of the masters of the genre. Three classics of the American screen were made from his novels: Double Indemnity (1936; film 1944), Mildred Pierce (1941; film 1945, TV miniseries 2011), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934; stage version 1936, films 1946, 1981)."  [https://www.britannica.com/biography/James-M-Cain].

In Past All Dishonor, a Confederate spy risks his life to win the heart of a fallen woman. Early in the Civil War, the Confederacy sends Roger Duval to Sacramento, to keep an eye on the situation in California in hopes of turning the Western territory towards the Southern cause. It’s a plush assignment, well out of the line of fire, but Duval hasn’t been there long before he comes into mortal danger. On a swim in the Sacramento River, he gets knocked on the head by a paddleboat, and is drowning in the muck when Morina, a quick-witted woman of the night, tosses him a rope. Suffocated by instant, irresistible love, Roger follows Morina to her home turf: Virginia City, Nevada. For the miners, gamblers, and gunfighters who populate this hardscrabble town, her price is negotiable. But for a man in love, she charges a thousand dollars. Roger will sacrifice body, mind, and soul to get that money—but will his sacrifice be enough to make her love him?

Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; head of spine torn above lettering; bottom of spine and corners chipped; red cloth with gilt lettering on spine; previous owner's signature in ink on front pastedown; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

Patterns of Negro Segregation

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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, 1943, stated first edition, church library bookplate. VG/VG

Paul Bunyan, illustrated by Rockwell Kent

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Paul Bunyan was never "stumped," and no job was ever too big for him and his blue ox to handle. From Michigan to Minnesota, from North Dakota to the Pacific Northwest, wherever Paul went, he liked to do things in a big way.
    
In Esther Shepard's classic collection, the Paul Bunyan stories are superbly told in folksy narrative and robustly illustrated with Rockwell Kent's line drawings. These twenty-one tales about the super lumberjack are a unique American contribution to the world's folklore.

1st edition; no dust jacket; off-white cloth with navy blue title on cover and author, illustrator, title, publisher on spine; covers scuffed and lightly soiled; spine has one stain and some light foxing; hinges weak; text and illustrations clean. G

People of the Book

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

New York: Viking, 2008. 1st edition; signed by author. Dust jacket in protective cover; blue paper boards with gilt lettering on spine; pictorial endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. Like new. VG+/VG+

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+

Peter Halley Collected Essays, 1981-1987 (Signed 1st edition)

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Essays on art and other artists by the painter, writer, teacher, and publisher, Peter Halley.

Zurich: Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, 1988. 1st edition of 2,000 copies. Softcover with dust jacket in protective cover; residue from distributor's sticker on front flap; one tiny spot of foxing on ffep; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Picnic, Lightning (Signed 1st edition with signed personal postcard from poet included)

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Over the past decade, Billy Collins has emerged as the most beloved American poet since Robert Frost, garnering critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. Annie Proulx admits, "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." John Updike proclaims his poems "consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides."

Picnic, Lightning--one of the books that helped establish and secure Collins' reputation and popularity during the 1990s--combines humor and seriousness, wit and sublimity. His poems touch on a wide range of subjects, from jazz to death, from weather to sex, but share common ground where the mind and heart can meet. Whether reading him for the first time or the fiftieth, this signed copy is a must-have for anyone interested in the poet the New York Times calls simply "the real thing."

Picture of Dorian Gray (Limited edition)

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In the wealthy and vain hedonist Dorian Gray, London painter Basil Hallward has found his muse. Only when the portrait of Dorian begins to age, while the man himself remains untouched by time, do they realize they may have made a deal with the devil. Oscar Wilde’s only novel takes a witty, philosophical, and harrowing look at our obsession with youth and the price we pay for it.

Paris: Charles Carrington, 1908. This edition on Japanese vellum is limited to 80 copies for the United Kingdom and America. Bound in vellum with yapped edges; giilt decorations on cover and gilt lettering on spine; covers lightly soiled; pastedowns creased; deckled edges; binding good; text clean and bright on thick paper. G+

Pigs in Heaven (1st edition)

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Picking up where her modern classic The Bean Trees left off, Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling Pigs in Heaven continues the tale of Turtle and Taylor Greer, a Native American girl and her adoptive mother who have settled in Tucson, Arizona, as they both try to overcome their difficult pasts.

Taking place three years after The Bean Trees, Taylor is now dating a musician named Jax and has officially adopted Turtle. But when a lawyer for the Cherokee Nation begins to investigate the adoption—their new life together begins to crumble.

Depicting the clash between fierce family love and tribal law, poverty and means, abandonment and belonging, Pigs in Heaven is a morally wrenching, gently humorous work of fiction that speaks equally to the head and the heart.

1st edition; dust jacket has very minor shelf wear; blue cloth; corners bumped; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Pike County Ballads (USED)

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Pillars of the Earth (1st edition)

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Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split-second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth-century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible: build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known.

Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time the twelfth century; the place feudal England; and the subject the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re-created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The vast forests, the walled towns, the castles, and the monasteries become a familiar landscape. Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters into their dreams, their labors, and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is brought vividly to life.

The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.

At once a sensuous and endearing love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age, The Pillars of the Earth is without a doubt Ken Follett's masterpiece."

Pilot (USED)

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Pirate's Loot (USED)

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Place Called Estherville

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Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987) was an American writer, known for his portrayals of poverty, racism, and social problems in the South. His novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim. He wrote a total of 25 novels, 150 short stories, twelve nonfiction collections, two autobiographies, and two books for young readers. Place Called Estherville, published in 1949, takes place in the pre-civil-rights-era South, where a biracial brother and sister move to a small segregated town to care for their aunt, only to be subjected to systematic racism, sexual violence, and prejudice.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; 1/2" chipped hole near spine in the middle of front cover; head of spine has minor wear; price clipped on front flap. Light blue cloth with red stamped title enclosed in design to look like wooden signpost; endpapers darkened. Binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Plays and Pageants from Life of the Negro

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Tight, clean and bright inside and out. In-text illustrations after woodcuts by James L. Wells. Plays by the editor, Thelma Myrtle Duncan, Maud Cuney-Hare, John Matheus, May Miller, Inez M. Burke, Dorothy C. Guinn, Frances Gunner and Edward J. McCoo.The Associated Publishers Inc, 1930, nod. VG

Pleasant Valley (Signed, with two typed letters)

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Louis Bromfield (1896 – 1956) was an American author and conservationist. A bestselling novelist in the 1920s, he reinvented himself as a farmer in the late 1930s and became one of the earliest proponents of sustainable and organic agriculture in the United States.He won the Pulitzer Prize, founded the experimental Malabar Farm in Ohio, and played an important role in the early environmental movement.

Pleasant Valley is Bromfield’s narrative of his return from France to fulfill a lifelong dream of farming in the valley where he grew up.

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Poor Fool (Limited edition)

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Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987) was an American writer, known for his portrayals of poverty, racism, and social problems in the South. His novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim. He wrote a total of 25 novels, 150 short stories, twelve nonfiction collections, two autobiographies, and two books for young readers.

Published in 1930, Poor Fool was Erskine Caldwell's second novel. Like most of his fiction, it revolves around a gallery of grotesque characters motivated by the basest urges. The novel's central figure is Blondy Niles, a down-and-out boxer who exists at the very fringes of society. The garish nighttime world of bars and prostitutes, con men and petty crimes is the milieu in which he moves. When he is approached by Salty Banks to be an unwitting fall guy in a rigged boxing scheme, a calamitous chain of events is set in motion, and death is the inevitable result. Caldwell himself likened Poor Fool to a "diabolical dream." Written early in his career, it foreshadows many of the themes that were to characterize his later novels.

New York: Rariora Press, 1930. Limited edition, no. 210 of 1,000, illustrations by Alexander Couard. No dust jacket; blue cloth with gilt on cover and spine; spine and outer edges faded; endpapers lightly browned. Binding tight; text clean and bright. G+

Poor Shaydullah

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Beautifully illustrated re-telling of an old folk tale. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn; spine rubbed and faded; corners chipped; gray cloth with design in black on cover and lettering on spine; edges faded; binding tight; text clean. G/G

Praise the Human Season (Signed 1st edition)

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Don Robertson was a true Clevelander. He was born and raised in Cleveland, and after stints in the Army and one year at Harvard, he returned to Cleveland and attended Case Western Reserve University for one year. He then became a reporter and columnist for The Plain Dealer (1950-1955 and 1963-1966), The Cleveland News (1957–1959), and The Cleveland Press (1968–1982). He wrote 18 published novels, most of which took place in Cleveland and the fictional town of Paradise Falls, Ohio. Robertson is probably best known for his trio of novels featuring Morris Bird III: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread (1965), The Sum and Total of Now (1966), and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1970).

In Praise the Human Season, 74-year-old Howard Amberson discovers that his wife is dying from cancer, and he decides that they should take a trip and keep a journal of their past and present experiences.

Signed, first edition. VG/VG

Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season (Limited Edition)

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The celebrated author and distinguished artist celebrates children's baseball in a story about the boys and girls, and their families, friends, and fans, who gather for the first game of the season.

Limited edition, one of 300 copies, signed by author and illustrator. Original publisher's shrink wrap and slipcase - never opened. Fine/Like New.

Prince Bantam: Being the Adventures of Yoshitsune the Brave and His Faithful Henchman Great Benkei of the Western Pagoda

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Illustrated by the husband and wife team of May McNeer ( Ward ) and Lynd Ward.

Dust jacket in protective cover; top edge creased with several small closed tears; 1/4" of top of spine missing; bottom of spine chipped; corners chipped; light blue cloth with black and red illustration and lettering; spine faded; decorated endpapers; binding good; text clean. G/G

Puck in Pasture: Verse and Decorations

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Doubleday, Page & Co., 1925; 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; dust jacket tattered with tears, chips, and discolorations; decorated boards with black cloth spine; edges worn; illustrated endpapers; hinges weak; gutter exposed between pp. 36-37 and pp. 52-53; text clean; illustrations bright. G/G-

Quality Street: A Comedy in Four Acts (USED)

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Reed Bed (Signed 1st edition)

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This new collection of poetry should appeal to the same readers. Healy's poetry distils the essence of a gift he exercises to such success in his prose works: narrative, dialogue, characterization, and an acute sense of insight and observation. These new poems are set in and around his home on the ocean's edge of Sligo, in London, and further afield -- he captures the day's "small habits" and "ordinary dramas, " noting at the same time the hallway "where something is after happening." Rough-edged and refreshing, The Reed Bed displays further instances of idiosyncratic comedy and convinces us of a singular capacity to be at once visionary, quirky, and moving.

Dermot Healy’s poetry distills the essence of a gift he exercises more often and elaborately in other forms — for narrative, dialogue, characterization, and acute insight and observation. In The Reed Bed — set in and around his home on the ocean’s edge of Sligo, in London and further afield — he captures the everyday’s ordinary dramas and ‘small habits’, noting at the same time the hallway ‘where something is after happening’.

Moynagh Sullivan in the Irish Literary Supplement enthused about his poems’ ‘vigorous movement and the feel of dance and joyful noises’. Rough-edged and refreshing, The Reed Bed displays further instances of idiosyncratic comedy and convinces us of a singular capacity to be at once visionary, quirky and moving.

Gallery Books, 2001; 1st edition; signed by author. Dust jacket near fine; book like new. VG+/VG+

Return of Solar Pons (Signed 1st edition)

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It will be good news to many devotees of the deductive story — particularly the pastiche of Sherlock Holmes — that Solar Pons is back in a third major collection after a lapse of seven years. In his introduction to this collection, Mr. Smith echoes the sentiments of many readers when he writes, "These pastiches come the closest of any that have been written, consistently, to capturing the true flavor of the Holmesian Saga, and to making its people and its places and its happenings entirely credible."

There are thirteen tales in this collection, ranging from the complex problem set forth in "The Adventure of the Lost Dutchman" to the sanguine events chronicled in "The Adventure of the Swedenborg Signatures". Here are such provocative exploits as "The Adventure of the Penny Magenta", "The Adventure of the Trained Cormorant", "The Adventure of the Little Hangman", "The Adventure of the Remarkable Worm", "The Adventure of the Camberwell Beauty". Here is a puzzle with supernatural overtones — "The Adventure of the Devil's Footprints", and here, too, another which touches upon the early exploration of atomic secrets — "The Adventure of the Rydberg Numbers". And one of these entertaining accounts is a double pastiche — not only of the Master of Baker Street, but also of the sinister Oriental of Limehouse! These tales will bring back long-missed Baker Street days, for No. 7 Praed Street bears a striking resemblance to 221B Baker Street, and Solar Pons and Dr. Parker seem often interchangeable with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. No living writer has equaled August Derleth's achievement in these pastiches, offered to readers with no intention to deceive, but only to entertain. Here once again is London of decades ago, and here, once again, "the game is afoot."

1st edition; Mycroft and Moran, 1958.  Signed by author.  Introduction by Edgar W. Smith. Dust jacket artwork by Frank Utpatel; dj in protective mylar cover; top edge chipped; water stains on back cover; black boards with bright green lettering on spine; water damage to portions of front and rear covers near foredge; text slightly warped. G-/G

Richard Halliburton: His Story of His Life's Adventure

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A unique autobiography of a young American's world-wide pursuit of danger and romance. Based on letters he wrote his parents, Halliburton shares his daily life and his adventure & dreams with them. In early 1939, Halliburton sailed eastward on a Wenchow-styled Chinese junk named The Sea Dragon. Nine hundred miles southeast of Yokohama, on March 23, 1939, the ship headed into a typhoon. Neither the ship nor its crew was ever seen again. Halliburton was presumed lost at sea and later declared dead on October 5, 1939. Those readers who enjoy real-life adventure tales will enjoy this book.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped and torn; top edges creased with small tears; corners chipped; blue cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; maps on endpapers; binding good; text clean. G+/G-

River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America (1st edition)

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New York Times bestseller: “A coast-to-coast journey by way of great rivers, conducted by a contemporary master of travel writing” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
In this memoir brimming with history, humor, and wisdom, the author of Blue Highways and PrairyErth “voyages across the country, from Atlantic to Pacific, almost entirely by its rivers, lakes and canals in a small outboard-powered boat” (San Francisco Chronicle).
 
Setting off from New York Harbor aboard the boat he named Nikawa (“river horse” in Osage), in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon, William Least Heat-Moon and his companion, Pilotis, struggle to cover some five thousand watery miles—more than any other cross-country river traveler has ever managed—often following in the wakes of our most famous explorers, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark.
 
En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, submerged rocks, dangerous weather, and their own doubts about whether they can complete the trip. But the hard days yield incomparable pleasures: strangers generous with help and eccentric tales, landscapes unchanged since Sacagawea saw them, riverscapes flowing with a lively past, and the growing belief that efforts to protect our lands and waters are beginning to pay off.

1st edition; dust jacket head of spine slightly creased; green cloth over gray-green paper with gilt decoration on cover and gilt lettering on spine; pictorial endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG+/VG+

Rivers of America: The Brandywine (Illustrated by Andrew Wyeth; Signed Limited Edition)

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Farrar & Rinehart, New York, 1941. Limited edition, signed by author and illustrator, no. 93 of 650 copies; dust jacket in protective cover; light brown cloth with gilt title in title block on spine; very slight wear on top and bottom edge of spine; endpaper has discoloration from previous owner bookplate. 

Rivers of America: The Cape Fear

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Rockwell Kent, 1882-1971: A Folio of Kent Prints with a Booklet of Tributes

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A folio of 27 separate black and white reproductions of Kent's drawings, illustrations, paintings, each 9 x 12 inches on art sheets; 32-page booklet containing excerpts from Kent's writings, 12 articles by his close friends, and tributes of fellow artists; published by National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, New York, 1971.

Folio wrapper has three tears along edges; some tanning due to sun; former owner's name in ink on cover; booklet and prints in excellent condition; small crimp to bottom left corners of prints. G

Rockwellkentiana: Few Words and Many Pictures by R.K. and, by Carl Zigrosser, a Bibliography and List of Prints

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1st edition, signed by Rockwell Kent on ffep; former owner bookplate on front pastedown; no dust jacket; illustrated cloth covers; edges worn; corners bumped; head of spine frayed; binding tight; text and illustrations clean and bright. G

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

Saga of Gisli, Son of Sour, illustrated by Rockwell Kent

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1st edition; translated from Old Icelandic by Ralph B. Allen, illustrated by Rockwell Kent; dust jacket in protective cover edges chipped and torn in places; light gray cloth with embossed illustration in black; black lettering on spine; binding tight; text and illustrations clean and bright. G+/G-

Salamina (1st edition)

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Salamina details artist and adventurer Rockwell Kent's second trip to Greenland. Salamina unfolds as a series of vivid vignettes, each illustrated with Kent's bold black and white drawings. Through his accounts of fishing trips and Christmas festivities, shared meals and budding friendships, Kent acquaints us with the Eskimo and Danish inhabitants of the small vibrant community of Igdlorssuit. Both the native people and the forbidding Arctic landscape held a special beauty for Kent, and he describes them with an artist's eye. Salamina is Kent's Eskimo housekeeper (kifak), who becomes a central figure in the book when she and her daughter come to share Kent's small hut for the year. Kent's wry self-reflection and his poetic meditations on nature, humanity and love make this an enduring classic of travel literature and artistic quest.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; dust jacket has subtitle Rockwell Kent's Greenland Book; unclipped; very minor wear to dj; top front corner creased and chipped; endpapers lightly tanned; former owner's stamp on pastedown and ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Salem's Lot (1st paperback printing)

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Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.

With this, his second novel, Stephen King established himself as an indisputable master of American horror, able to transform the old conceits of the genre into something fresh and all the more frightening for taking place in a familiar, idyllic locale.

First paperback printing of this classic horror novel; excellent condition.

Salute to Cyrano: The Further Adventures of D'Artagnan and Cyrano

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Longmans, Green and Co., 1931. 1st edition. No dust jacket; black cloth with gilt decoration; title in orange box on spine; minor shelf wear; binding good; text clean and bright. G+

Sapphira and the Slave Girl

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In her final novel, Willa Cather departed from her usual Great Plains settings to plumb the turbulent relationships between slaves and their owners in the antebellum South. Sapphira and the Slave Girl is set in Virginia just before the Civil War. Sapphira is a slave owner who feels she has come down in the world and channels her resentments into jealousy of her beautiful mulatto slave, Nancy. Sapphira’s daughter Rachel, an abolitionist, opposes her mother’s increasingly shocking attempts to persecute Nancy. The struggles of these three strong-willed women provide rich material for Cather’s narrative art and psychological insight.

1st edition. No dust jacket; green cloth; spine faded; slight cant to book; endpapers tanned and foxed; deckled pages; text clean. G

Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1st edition)

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Ntozake Shange's beloved Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is the story of three sisters and their mother from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Having gone north to college, she is now living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams. Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston -"too much of the south in her"- who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Shange's rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" (The New York Times).

1st edition; dust jacket tanned at edges; rear cover lightly soiled and creased along bottom edge; small closed tear at top of rear cover; head of spine chipped; red cloth spine over dark green paper with embossed design of three leaves (front) and dark blue paper (rear); bottom of front hinge weak; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Satori in Paris (1st mass market paperback edition)

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This semi-autobiographical tale of Kerouac's own trip to France, to trace his ancestors and explore his own understanding of the Buddhism that came to define his beliefs, contains some of Kerouac's most lyrical descriptions. From his reports of the strangers he meets and the all-night conversations he enjoys in seedy bars in Paris and Brittany, to the moment in a cab he experiences Buddhism's satori - a feeling of sudden awakening - Kerouac's affecting and revolutionary writing transports the reader. Published at the height of his fame, Satori in Paris is a hectic tale of philosophy, identity and the powerful strangeness of travel.

Scion (Signed limited edition)

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James Dickey (1923-1997) was widely regarded as one of the major mid-century American poets, known for his sweeping historical vision and eccentric poetic style. "Dickey himself dubbed his style, which blurred dreams and reality in an attempt to accommodate the irrational, 'country surrealism.' However, one of Dickey’s principal themes, usually expressed through direct confrontation or surreal juxtaposition of nature and civilization, was the need to intensify life by maintaining contact with the primitive impulses, sensations, and ways of seeing suppressed by modern society." [Poetry Foundation] 

The Deerfield Press, Deerfield, MA, Gallery Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1980.  Printed by Harold McGrath at Hampshire in Northampton, MA, and bound by Museum Bookbindings in Dublin, limited to 300 copies signed by author. With two color woodblock illustrations by Timothy Engelland.  Additional inscription on title page by Dickey to Liz.  F/F

Season in the Sun & Other Pleasures

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Collection of humorous sketches, many about vacation times, by one of the notable contributors to The New Yorker. Gibbs was a contemporary and friend of John O'Hara to whom this book is dedicated.

1st American edition in Chas. Addams dust jacket; dj in protective cover; head of spine chipped and creased; heel of spine chipped; flap edges tanned; blue cloth with yellow and black decoration on cover and lettering on spine; edges bumped; endpapers tanned; small stain on top fore-edge of text block; binding good. G/G

Season Songs

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Spring will marry you. A promise!

Cuckoo brings the message: May.

O new clothes! O get your house ready!

Expectation keeps you starry.

But at which church and on what day?


In these poems Ted Hughes invites the reader to try and catch the spring (but she's elusive); to take a closer look at the March calf; to listen to the happiness of the summer grass; and to notice the 'weak-neck snowdrops' in winter. Earth is revealed in all its surprising richness and rawness, and so is humankind's own constantly changing relationship with the seasons.

Iillustrated with gorgeous paintings by Leonard Baskin; 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; two small tears along top of front cover; green cloth over olive boards; title embossed on front; gilt lettering on spine; evidence of tape at top of front pastedown; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Seed: A Novel of Birth Control

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Charles G. Norris was the brother of novelist Frank Norris, and the husband of author Kathleen Norris. A native of Chicago, Norris worked as a journalist for some years before finding success as a novelist and playwright. The Oxford Companion to American Literature notes that Norris' novels dealt with "such problems as modern education, women in business, hereditary and environmental influences, big business, ethics, and birth control."

Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930. 1st edition. Illustrations by Rockwell Kent. Dust jacket in protective cover; jacket torn and repaired with tape on the inside; stain on front cover; brown cloth with black illustration on cover; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Selected Poems by Robert Frost

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1st printing, March 1923. No dust jacket; original publisher's dark green cloth; gilt lettering and decoration on spine; corners bumped; original owner's signature in ink on ffep; endpapers smudged; front hinge weak; deckled edges. G

Sentimental Tommy: The Story of His Boyhood

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Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), a Scottish novelist and playwright, is best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. This novel features a young boy named Tommy, who is living in the slums of London with his mother and baby sister Elspeth. After the death of their mother, Tommy and his sister move to Scotland with a man scorned by their mother many years ago. Tommy's imagination and ability to create fantasy worlds for them to live in help them survive.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897. 1st American edition; brown cloth with design in green and gilt on cover and spine; frontispiece with tissue guard; 10 full-page illustrations in text; edges lightly worn; water stain in upper right corner of text. G

Shadows of Silence

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Azuela’s best novel is set around the political upheavals of the 1960s/1970s in Mexico. It follows the story of José Augusto Banderas, a left-wing journalist, who may or may not have killed a man.

University of Notre Dame Press, 1985. 1st edition published in English. Translated by Elena C. Murray. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Shadows on the Grass

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Shadows on the Grass includes four stories that shed light on the author’s love for both the beauty and wilderness of Africa, and for the African people, their dignity and traditions. Written 30 years after she left Africa, Dinesen’s stories have a beautiful way of describing the world around her.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; price clipped; spine tanned; head of spine edges lightly chipped; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Shakespeare and Company

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Sylvia Beach was intimately acquainted with the expatriate and visiting writers of the Lost Generation, a label that she never accepted. Like moths of great promise, they were drawn to her well-lighted bookstore and warm hearth on the Left Bank. Shakespeare and Company evokes the zeitgeist of an era through its revealing glimpses of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, Andre Gide, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, D. H. Lawrence, and others already famous or soon to be.

Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1959, stated First Edition. Dust jacket has very small tear at top of spine; two small closed tears at top of front cover; bottom of spine chipped; yellow cloth with light blue lettering on spine; head of spine lightly bent; text clean and bright. VG/G

Sidonia the Sorceress & Mary Schweidler: The Amber Witch

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Wilhelm Meinhold was a poet, playwright, and novelist. His best known works are two historical Gothic romance novels:

Maria Schweidler, die Bernsteinhexe, which was first published anonymously in 1838. It was translated into English as The Amber Witch by Lucie, Lady Duff-Gordon (1821–1869) in 1843.

Sidonia von Bork, die Klosterhexe (1847), which was translated into English as Sidonia the Sorceress by Jane Wilde, the mother of Oscar Wilde, in 1849.


This two volume set contains both Sidonia the Sorceress (Volume 1 and part of Volume 2) and The Amber Witch (Volume 2); published by Reeves and Turner, London, 1894.  The two volumes have been professionally rebound and are in beautiful condition.

Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of The Passenger Pigeon (Signed 1st edition)

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This nature novel follows the hatching and lifetime experiences of the last known wild passenger pigeon. Eckert chronicles the life, natural history, and ultimate extinction of this species, which was once the most abundant bird species in North America. The last wild bird was killed in 1900; the last captive bird died in 1914.

Little, Brown & Co., 1965. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition; Second Printing. Signed by author on front endpage with previous owner's name.  DJ has some chips and edge wear and now protected in clear mylar cover.

Simple's Uncle Sam

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Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967, was one of the foremost black writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes briefly attended Columbia University before working numerous jobs including busboy, cook, and steward. While working as a busboy, he showed his poems to American poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped launch his career. He soon obtained a scholarship to Lincoln University and had several works published. Hughes is noted for his depictions of the black experience. In addition to the black dialect, he incorporated the rhythms of jazz and the blues into his poetry.

Hughes's most beloved character comes back to life in this extraordinary collection. None of his creations won the hearts and minds of his readers as did Jesse B. Semple, better known as "Simple." Simple speaks as an Everyman for African Americans in Uncle Sam's America. With great wit, he expounds on topics as varied as women, Gospel music, and sports heroes--but always keeps one foot planted in the realm of politics and race.

1st edition. Published by Hill and Wang, New York.  VG/VG. Previous owners name written in ink on first page.

Slowness (Signed 1st edition)

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Milan Kundera's lightest novel, a divertimento, an opera buffa, Slowness is also the first of this author's fictional works to have been written in French.

Disconcerted and enchanted, the reader follows the narrator of Slowness through a midsummer's night in which two tales of seduction, separated by more than two hundred years, interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the comic. Underlying this libertine fantasy is a profound meditation on contemporary life: about the secret bond between slowness and memory, about the connection between our era's desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed. And about "dancers" possessed by the passion to be seen, for whom life is merely a perpetual show emptied of every intimacy and every joy.

Advance Reading Copy from the uncorrected proofs in the publishers' hard slipcase w/cutout over title. Signed by author. 1st edition. Translated from the French by Linda Asher. Slipcover has some rubbing on rear; corners worn; book in black cloth over black paper boards; signed by author on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Snarl of the Beast

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Before Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, Before Dashiell Hammett’s The Red Harvest, there was Carroll John Daly’s The Snarl of the Beast, the first true hard-boiled detective novel. Featuring Race Williams, a private detective afraid of no man, it is a complex story of murder and inheritance in which Williams must outwit not only the police and a beautiful blonde cat burglar, but a homicidal maniac reputed to be bullet proof. Will his ready fists and forty-four revolvers be up to the task of confronting his foes against the background of deceit, double-crossing, and gunplay? And ultimately will he silence . . . The Snarl of the Beast?

1st edition; Edward J. Clode, Inc., New York, 1927; no dust jacket; flap removed and pasted on endpaper facing title page; green cloth with black and red decoration and lettering on cover and spine; small area of top of front cover faded; spine shelf worn; text clean. G

Society in America (Rare 1837 publication!)

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Scarce 3-volume set of British author Harriet Martineau's comprehensive study of American society undertaken during a two-year visit, 1834-1836. Her work encompasses politics, economics, and civilization, including the role of women in society. Martineau was a vocal opponent of slavery, and this important publication is a fascinating glimpse into a still-divided America during this time period. She even delves into the prevalence of dueling in the U.S., citing the Hamilton-Burr duel as an unfortunate example.

Text is clean and bright; volumes are disbound. Original boards, with remnants of original spine labels visible on each volume. Signature of previous owner, English Unitarian minister Samuel Bache (1804-1876). Housed in custom-made clamshell box. End papers and title pages foxed. G-

Solitude of Ravens

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Exceptionally rare first U.S. PB edition, published 1991 by Bedford Arts, Solitude of Ravens is one of the most important photo-books to come out of Japan, let alone one of the most important photo-books of the 20th century. All editions of this book are extremely rare and increasingly valuable in both the private photo-book market as well as at art-book auctions.

1st U.S. edition, published by Bedford Arts, Publishers, 1991. First published in 1986 as Ravens by Sokyu-sha Co., Ltd., Japan. Softcover; scratch and scuffs on bottom right side of front cover; some scuffs on rear cover; otherwise in very good condition. G+

Song Flung Up to Heaven

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven is the sixth book in author Maya Angelou's series of autobiographies. Set between 1965 and 1968, it begins where Angelou's previous book, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, ends, with Angelou's trip from Accra, Ghana, where she had lived for the past four years, back to the United States.

New York: Random House, 2002. 1st edition. Inscribed by author. Small water stain on front lower corner of book and dust jacket. VG/VG


Sonnets from the Portuguese with Lyric Interludes

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San Francisco: Paul Elder & Co., 1910. Sixteen hundred copies printed on Van Gelder hand-made paper, of which fifteen hundred for sale; this copy is no. 587. Decorative tan and gray with decorative paper label on front; spine chipped and starting to detach at bottom; top corner of front cover has small white stains; covers lightly soiled; gray endpapers unmarked; frontispiece portrait of poet with tissue guard; text clean and bright; some pages uncut. G+

Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition

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Imagine America devastated by a vast killer plague that moves from coast to coast. Imagine the countryside destroyed and great cities decimated as the entire population desperately and futilely seeks safety. Imagine then an even greater evil rising to threaten the survivors---and a last embattled group of men and women coming together to make a last stand against it.

1st trade edition; illustrated by Bernie Wrightson; dust jacket has only slight signs of use; black cloth over black boards with red design and lettering on front cover and gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Limited 1st edition)

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In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports...in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space...unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captures the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins, the start of a legend, the story of Star Wars. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time, providing rich detail and insight into the minds and motives of the characters and shedding bold new light on Lucas' brilliant creation.

Limited, signed first edition in slipcase.  Like new.

States of Grace: Eight Plays

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Philip Barry is best known today as the playwright who created two of the defining comic roles of Katharine Hepburn’s career: Tracy Lord, the haughty rich girl who sails through “The Philadelphia Story” on a soft breeze of wealth, beauty and privilege, and Laura, the down-to-earth heiress ill at ease with her wealth who captures Cary Grant’s heart in the 1938 George Cukor film, “Holiday.” (Washington Times, July 4, 2003). These two smash hits, as well as six other plays, are included in this handsome volume, along with an illuminating biographical essay by Brendan Gill.

1st edition; scarce; dust jacket in protective cover; slightly creased at top edge; dark blue cloth with silver lettering on spine; slightly faded at top edge; text clean and bright; binding good. VG/VG

Stone is Not Cold (USED)

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Stories and Dream Boxes (Limited Edition)

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Art by Gloria Vanderbilt illuminates stories by Richard Burgin. We have two copies available of this limited edition book, signed by both the author and artist. One copy is number 150/500 and one copy is number 171/500. Both are in very good condition with dust jackets showing minimal wear.


Stories by Erskine Caldwell

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Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987) was an American writer, known for his portrayals of poverty, racism, and social problems in the South. His novels Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim. He wrote a total of 25 novels, 150 short stories, twelve nonfiction collections, two autobiographies, and two books for young readers. This collection, published in 1944, contains 24 stories, selected and introduced with a critical foreword by Henry Seidel Canby.

2nd printing;  Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; spine and corners slightly chipped. Navy cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Stories of Darkness and Dread

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Joseph Payne Brennan (1918-1990) was an American writer of fantasy and horror fiction. Stories of Darkness and Dread, released in 1973, was the author's second collection published by Arkham House. Only a little over 4,000 copies were published. Most of the stories had originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Macabre, Magazine of Horror and other magazines, although several of the tales had appeared in Brennan's earlier collection Scream at Midnight (1963).

Arkham House, 1973. 1st ed. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover. Fine/Fine

Story of My Typewriter

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This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter. The typewriter is a manual Olympia, more than 25 years old, and has been the agent of transmission for the novels, stories, collaborations, and other writings Auster has produced since the 1970s, a body of work that stands as one of the most varied, creative, and critcally acclaimed in recent American letters. It is also the story of a relationship. A relationship between Auster, his typewriter, and the artist Sam Messer, who, as Auster writes, "has turned an inanimate object into a being with a personality and a presence in the world." This is also a collaboration: Auster's story of his typewriter, and of Messer's welcome, though somewhat unsettling, intervention into that story, illustrated with Messer's muscular, obsessive drawings and paintings of both author and machine. This is, finally, a beautiful object; one that will be irresistible to lovers of Auster's writing, Messer's painting, and fine books in general.

Storyettes: Reminiscences of Frederick Coolidge Crawford, Volume I

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Cleveland: The Press at Cropthorne, 1992. Special limited edition, #34 of 60 bound in hand-marbled paper; blue cloth spine lightly scuffed; edges lightly worn. This copy is inscribed to friends and signed by the author. Illustrated by Katherine L. Mason; edited by Christopher Johnston.  Fred Crawford was a prominent Cleveland businessman and director of the Western Reserve Historical Society.  VG-

Storyettes: Reminiscences of Frederick Coolidge Crawford, Volume II

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Volume II of Fred Crawford's Reminiscences was printed and bound at the Stinehour Press in Lunenburg, VT, in a limited edition of 1000.  This copy is unnumbered.  Illustrated dust jacket; dust jacket lightly soiled, some fading; blue cloth over light gray boards; all edges silver; edited by Christopher Johnston; illustrated by Dean Bornstein and Bruce Seretta. Mr. Crawford was director of the Western Reserve Historical Society. VG/VG-

Strange Defeat: A Statement of Evidence Written in 1940

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A renowned historian and Resistance fighter - later executed by the Nazis - analyzes at first hand why France fell in 1940. Marc Bloch wrote Strange Defeat during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service. In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless "brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first-rate historian" (Christian Science Monitor). Bloch takes a close look at the military failures he witnessed, examining why France was unable to respond to attack quickly and effectively. He gives a personal account of the battle of France, followed by a biting analysis of the generation between the wars. His harsh conclusion is that the immediate cause of the disaster was the utter incompetence of the High Command, but his analysis ranges broadly, appraising all the factors, social as well as military, which since 1870 had undermined French national solidarity. "Much has been, and will be, written in explanation of the defeat of France in 1940, but it seems unlikely that the truth of the matter will ever be more accurately and more vividly presented than in this statement of evidence." - P. J. Philip, New York Times Book Review "The most wisdom-packed commentary on the problem set [before] all intelligent and patriotic Frenchmen by the events of 1940." - D. W. Brogan, Spectator

Geoffrey Cumberlege Oxford University Press, 1949. 1st edition. Translated from the French by Gerard Hopkins. Dust jacket in protective cover; one very small tear at top rear corner; dj lightly soiled; red cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers tanned from jacket flaps; former owner's name embossed on front flap and first title page; signature on verso first title page; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

Strange Interlude (1st ed)

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Generally agreed to be one of the most significant forces in the history of the American theater, O'Neill is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in literature for 1936. He won one of his Pulitzer prizes for Strange Interlude. The play exemplifies O'Neill's ability to explore the limits of the human predicament, even as he sounds the depths of his audiences' hearts and it was probably the furor of discussion aroused by the novelty both of theme and treatment in Strange Interlude that made O'Neill's name known wherever the English-speaking stage is discussed.

Boni & Liveright, 1928. Dust jacket in protective cover; attractive but tattered dj with repaired tear and missing chunk at top of spine; dark green cloth with lettering in gilt and decoration in light blue; decorated endpapers; binding good; text clean. G+/G-