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Poor Fool (Limited edition)
Poor Fool (Limited edition)
Poor Fool (Limited edition)

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 (USED)
Poor Shaydullah (USED)

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)

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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Willie Morris, celebrated author, and Barry Moser, distinguished artist, celebrate 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 both 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 (USED)
Prince Bantam: Being the Adventures of Yoshitsune the Brave and His Faithful Henchman Great Benkei of the Western Pagoda (USED)
Prince Bantam: Being the Adventures of Yoshitsune the Brave and His Faithful Henchman Great Benkei of the Western Pagoda (USED)
Prince Bantam: Being the Adventures of Yoshitsune the Brave and His Faithful Henchman Great Benkei of the Western Pagoda (USED)

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 (USED)

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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The Ravishing of Lol Stein (USED)

Ravishing of Lol Stein

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The Ravishing of Lol Stein is a haunting early novel by the author of The Lover. Lol Stein is a beautiful young woman, securely married, settled in a comfortable life—and a voyeur. Returning with her husband and children to the town where, years before, her fiancé had abandoned her for another woman, she is drawn inexorably to recreate that long-past tragedy. She arranges a rendezvous for her friend Tatiana and Tatiana’s lover. She arranges to spy on them. And then, she goes one step further . . .

Translated by Richard Seaver. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; small closed tear on rear cover; red cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

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)
Return of Solar Pons (Signed 1st edition)

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 (USED)
Richard Halliburton: His Story of His Life's Adventure (USED)

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)

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

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

Rivers of America: The Cape Fear

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

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

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
Rude Awakening

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

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)
Salamina (1st edition)
Salamina (1st edition)
Salamina (1st edition)

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+

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

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 (USED)
Sapphira and the Slave Girl (USED)

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)

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+

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

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 (USED)
Season Songs (USED)
Season Songs (USED)

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+

Secret  Water  (1st  U.S.  edition)
Secret  Water  (1st  U.S.  edition)
Secret  Water  (1st  U.S.  edition)

Secret Water (1st U.S. edition)

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Secret Water is the eighth book in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series of children's books, and it brings the Swallows and the Amazons together and introduces a new group of characters, the Eels and the Mastodon.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; small (1" x 1") tear at top of front cover near spine; head of spine chipped; top edge of rear cover chipped and creased; corners bumped and chipped; blue-green cloth with blue lettering on cover and spine; signs of water damage to covers, with slight warping of text block, but no foxing or mold; illustrated endpapers; binding good; text clean. G/G

Seed: A Novel of Birth Control (USED)
Seed: A Novel of Birth Control (USED)
Seed: A Novel of Birth Control (USED)

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 (USED)
Selected Poems by Robert Frost (USED)

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 (USED)
Sentimental Tommy: The Story of His Boyhood (USED)

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 (USED)

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 (USED)

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

The Shelbourne Hotel (USED)

Shelbourne Hotel

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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, known for her depictions of life in wartime London. She also wrote evocatively about Ireland, and in The Shelbourne Hotel, she takes readers on a tour through the history of the famous Dublin landmark. Looking out on Dublin as if from the windows of the Shelbourne, and then turning inward to witness the impact of events on the hotel, its guests, and staff, Bowen paints a picture of what was, in the hotel's earlier days, the second city of the Empire, then the battleground of Irish independence and civil strife, and eventually the capital of a republic.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951. 1st American edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; very light shelf wear to top of spine; rear cover lightly tanned; green cloth over green and white spotted paper boards; gilt lettering on spine; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

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

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 (USED)

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)
Slowness (Signed 1st edition)
Slowness (Signed 1st edition)
Slowness (Signed 1st edition)

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 (USED)
Solitude of Ravens (USED)

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
Song Flung Up to Heaven

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 (USED)
Sonnets from the Portuguese with Lyric Interludes (USED)

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 (USED)
Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (USED)
Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (USED)
Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (USED)

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

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) (USED)
Stories and Dream Boxes (Limited Edition) (USED)

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 (USED)
Storyettes: Reminiscences of Frederick Coolidge Crawford, Volume I (USED)

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
Storyettes: Reminiscences of Frederick Coolidge Crawford, Volume II

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 (USED)

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) (USED)
Strange Interlude (1st ed) (USED)

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-

Street  Called  Home
Street  Called  Home
Street  Called  Home
Street  Called  Home

Street Called Home

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It's the 1940s in Columbus, Ohio. Take a stroll on Mt. Vernon Avenue. Meet the Sockman, who mends old socks, and the Brownyskin Man, who sells pork rinds: "If you want brown skins, put your finger in the air! The Brownyskin Man will be right there!" Learn about the Chickenfoot Woman and Doctor Kickapoo the Medicineman and others. They're all part of life on this self-sufficient street. A street called home.

Accordion book with flaps; all flaps intact and tight; light shelf wear to edges; some color bleed onto rear pastedown. VG

Subtle  Knife  (His  Dark  Materials,  Book  Two)  (Signed)
Subtle  Knife  (His  Dark  Materials,  Book  Two)  (Signed)
Subtle  Knife  (His  Dark  Materials,  Book  Two)  (Signed)

Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book Two) (Signed)

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1st edition, 2nd printing; signed by author on title page; head of dj spine has light creasing; dark blue cloth over dark blue boards; covers clean; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Sum and Total of Now (Signed 1st edition)
Sum and Total of Now (Signed 1st edition)

Sum and Total of Now (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). Set in Cleveland between 1944 and 1953, each of the three novels revolves around a major event in the city’s history: the East Ohio Gas explosion, the Indians winning the pennant, and the Korean War. Reviewers compared the trilogy to the works of Mark Twain, Booth Tarkington and J. D. Salinger.

The Sum and Total of Now continues the story of Morris Bird III. It is the summer of 1948. Thirteen-year-old Morris Bird III lives in Cleveland with his parents and little sister. His mother aggravates him, his sister is a pain, and his father’s radio personality ego is out of control—as is Morris’s own body when in the presence of girls. But over in Columbus, his grandmother, Alice Anna Bird, is dying. She is the greatest influence on his life and cancer is stealing her away from him.
 
As his parents and aunts and uncles bicker over his grandmother’s belongings, young Morris distracts himself with the Cleveland Indians’ race for the pennant, Philip Marlowe stories, and the common daydreams of a teenage boy. But in the end, Morris must find courage and strength within to face the harsh reality around him—and the choices he must make . . . because he’s the only one who can.  Stephen King, who was a big fan of Don Robertson's novels, called this one "brilliant."

Signed first edition; dust jacket in protective cover; top and bottom of spine lightly chipped; blue cloth with image of bed embossed on front; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Sun Gold: A Story of the Hawaiian Islands (USED)

Sun Gold: A Story of the Hawaiian Islands

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Alice Cooper Bailey (1890-1978) was an American writer of children's books and articles. She is best known for her books Katrina and Jan and KimoSun Gold tells the story of a girl from New England who moves to Hawaii with her mother.

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1930. 1st ed. Beige cloth, brown stamped decoration on cover; bottom of spine frayed; head of spine dented; decorative endpapers; colored frontispiece; 4 full-page black & white illustrations in text; front hinge weak; gutter exposed between pages 102-103. G-

Sun: A Novel Told in 63 Woodcuts (USED)

Sun: A Novel Told in 63 Woodcuts

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Frans Masereel (1889-1972) was a Belgian painter and wood engraver who illustrated books by Oscar Wilde, Emile Zola, and Leo Tolstoy. He was most widely known for his novels-without-words and for his antiwar woodcuts that appeared in magazines and newspapers in Europe in the early twentieth century.

This edition of Masereel's wordless novel, The Sun, comes in a box and includes 4 postcards with reproductions of Masereel's woodcuts, as well as a fold-out poster; box scuffed; right edge of box broken at corners; book, postcards, and poster in pristine condition. VG/G

Sunlight Dialogues (Signed 1st edition)

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Madman. Prophet. Magician. Hippie. Murderer. Who is the Sunlight Man?

In The Sunlight Dialogues, John Gardner's vision of America in the turbulent 1960s embraces an unconventional cast of conventional citizens in the small rural town of Batavia, New York. Sheriff Fred Clumly is trying desperately to unravel mysteries surrounding a disorderly, nameless drifter called "The Sunlight Man," who has been jailed for painting the word "LOVE" across two lanes of traffic, and who is later suspected of murder. The men battle over morality, freedom and their opposing notions of justice, leading each to find his own state of grace. Their conflict is mirrored in the community of middlebrow politicians and their church-going wives, Native Americans, working-class immigrants, farmers, soldiers, petty thieves, and even centenarian sisters too stubborn to die. Gardner's alchemy is existential: from the most raw, vulnerable, and conflicting characters in the American melting pot, he transmutes common denominators of human isolation and longing. With unnerving suspense, his acute ear for American speech, and permeated by his deep-rooted belief in morality, this expansive, sprawling, and ambitious novel is John Gardner's masterpiece: "A superb literary achievement," noted The Boston Globe.

Knopf, 1972, stated first edition.  Signed by Gardner on half title. Lacks dj.  Good+

Swallowdale  (1st  edition)
Swallowdale  (1st  edition)
Swallowdale  (1st  edition)

Swallowdale (1st U.S. edition)

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For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Swallowdale is the second title in the series, and it follows the Walker family and friends through a shipwreck, a camp on the mainland, a secret valley and cave, and a thrilling mountain hike.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1932. 1st edition, 8th printing. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine tanned; dark orange cloth with yellow illustration on front cover and yellow lettering on spine; spine is stamped "F-3"; endpapers foxed in gutter; text edge has one small stain; binding good; text clean. G/G

Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish

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Sweeney Astray is Seamus Heaney's version of the medieval Irish work Buile Suibne. Its hero, Mad Sweeney, undergoes a series of purgatorial adventures after he is cursed by a saint and turned into a bird at the Battle of Moira. Heaney's translation not only restores to us a work of historical and literary importance but offers the genius of one of our greatest living poets to reinforce its claims on the reader of contemporary literature.

1st U.S. edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; previous owner signature on front pastedown; two lines of ink underlining on page iii of the introduction. G/VG

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Sweet Ruin (Signed)

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Tony Hoagland captures the recognizably American landscape of a man of his generation: sex, friendship, rock and roll, cars, high optimism, and disillusion.

University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. Inscribed by author on title page; top edge of text slightly crimped. G+

Take Three Tenses: A Fugue in Time

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A novel for adults, made into the film Enchantment in 1948, starring David Niven and Teresa Wright. The author explains: “This novel was the first in which I used a theme that has always intrigued me, Dunne’s Experiment With Time, i.e., that time is not consecutive, divided into past, present and future, but that these are all co-existent if only we could see it: if you are in a boat on a river you can only see the stretch on which your boat is travelling – a picnic party on the bank perhaps: a kingfisher diving. What you traversed before, passing willows, a barge tied up, cows in a field, as far as you are concerned, is gone; what lies around the next corner – a lock working, a man fishing – is hidden but, were you up in an aeroplane, you could see all these at once – the willows, the barge, the cows, the picnic party, the diving kingfisher, the lock, the man fishing. In 'A Fugue in Time' I have taken the part of being up in the aeroplane, seeing three generations of a family at once, all living in a house in London, their stories interweaving, as do themes in a fugue”

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges lightly worn; flaps and rear cover tanned; former owner's signature in ink on ffep; binding good; text clean. G/G

Talking Animals, illustrated by James A. Porter (USED)
Talking Animals, illustrated by James A. Porter (USED)

Talking Animals, illustrated by James A. Porter

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James A. Porter, born in Baltimore in 1905, has been called the first African-American art historian. His 1943 book, Modern Negro Art, was the earliest comprehensive treatment of African-American art and remains a classic in its field. He attended public schools in the District of Columbia and later graduated from Howard University in 1927. He became an art instructor at the university and chairman of its art department, a position he retained until his death. Talking Animals is a rare example of children's illustration from this pillar of American art history scholarship.

The Associated Publishers Inc., 1949, nod, 4to, b&w illustrations by James A. Porter, African folk tales and crafts by Wilfrid Dyson Hambly (1886-1962) curator of African Ethnology at Chicago natural History Museum.  VG/VG

Tanglewood Tales (USED)

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Tannhauser: A Dramatic Poem (USED)

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Tasha  Tudor's  Favorite  Christmas  Carols
Tasha  Tudor's  Favorite  Christmas  Carols
Tasha  Tudor's  Favorite  Christmas  Carols
Tasha  Tudor's  Favorite  Christmas  Carols
Tasha  Tudor's  Favorite  Christmas  Carols

Tasha Tudor's Favorite Christmas Carols

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New York: David McKay Company, 1978. 1st edition; top edge of dust jacket lightly creased; head of spine chipped; top corners chipped; red cloth with gilt lettering; covers show light scuffing; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Tasha  Tudor's  Old-Fashioned  Gifts:  Presents  and  Favors  for  All  Occasions
Tasha  Tudor's  Old-Fashioned  Gifts:  Presents  and  Favors  for  All  Occasions
Tasha  Tudor's  Old-Fashioned  Gifts:  Presents  and  Favors  for  All  Occasions
Tasha  Tudor's  Old-Fashioned  Gifts:  Presents  and  Favors  for  All  Occasions
Tasha  Tudor's  Old-Fashioned  Gifts:  Presents  and  Favors  for  All  Occasions
Tasha  Tudor's  Old-Fashioned  Gifts:  Presents  and  Favors  for  All  Occasions
Tasha  Tudor's  Old-Fashioned  Gifts:  Presents  and  Favors  for  All  Occasions

Tasha Tudor's Old-Fashioned Gifts: Presents and Favors for All Occasions

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New York: David McKay Company, 1979; 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; top edge of front flap lightly creased; red cloth with gilt lettering; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Temple  of  My  Familiar
Temple  of  My  Familiar

Temple of My Familiar

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San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989; signed first edition, limited edition of 500; white linen slipcase; in original shrink wrap; never opened. Fine/New

Ten Tales Tall & True (Signed 1st edition)

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Gray serves up a dazzling mixture of social realism, sexual comedy,science fiction, and satire here. A New York Times Notabale Book of the Year, this is a "highly imaginative" (Newark Star-Ledger) collection of stories from "one of the sprightliest and wittiest of living prose writers" (San Francisco Chronicle). Illustrated by the Author.

London: Bloomsbury, 1993. 1st edition. Signed by author. Dust jacket lightly worn at top edge; bright blue cloth with silver decoration on both front and rear covers; silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome

Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome

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"A unique work of. . . history, made all the more interesting by its relevance to the time in which we live."
--James R. Elkins, editor of Legal Studies Forum

In this timely study of the roots of terrorism, author Albert Borowitz deftly assesses the phenomenon of violent crime motivated by a craving for notoriety or self-glorification. He traces this particular brand of terrorism back to 356 BCE and the destruction of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus by arsonist Herostratos and then examines similar crimes through history to the present time, detailing many examples of what the author calls the "Herostratos Syndrome," such as the attempted explosion of the Greenwich Observatory in 1894, the Taliban's destruction of the giant Buddhas in Afghanistan, the assassination of John Lennon, the Unabomber strikes, and the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.

The study of terrorism requires interdisciplinary inquiry. Proving that terrorism cannot be the exclusive focus of a single field of scholarship, Borowitz presents this complex subject using sources based in religion, philosophy, history, Greek mythology, and world literature, including works of Chaucer, Cervantes, Mark Twain, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Terrorism for Self-Glorification, written in clear and direct prose, is original, thorough, and thought provoking. Scholars, specialists, and general readers will find their understanding of terrorism greatly enhanced by this book.

Tete-D'Or: A Play In Three Acts (USED)

Tete-D'Or: A Play In Three Acts

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Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was the author of numerous plays and several volumes of poetry.

Yale University Press, 1919. 1st edition. Translated from the French by John Strong Newberry. No dust jacket; dark gray cloth over gray boards; title and author on paper label on spine; front cover has one stained area; endpapers foxed; binding tight; some pages uncut; deckled edges; text clean. G

Texas Bird Adventures in the Chisos Mountains and on the Northern Plains

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1st edition, published by the Bird Research Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1940. Illustrated with field sketches and line drawings by George Miksch Sutton, photographs by author. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; two tiny tears on bottom of front cover; one 1/4" tear to top edge of rear cover; slight chipping to bottom edge of rear cover; front cover crease has 3/4" tear; blue prismatic cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG-

The  Beach  Book  (1st  edition)
The  Beach  Book  (1st  edition)
The  Beach  Book  (1st  edition)
The  Beach  Book  (1st  edition)
The  Beach  Book  (1st  edition)
The  Beach  Book  (1st  edition)

The Beach Book (1st edition)

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Gloria Steinem, writer, political activist, feminist organizer, founder of Ms. Magazine, dedicated her 1963 book to "Ocean Beach Pier that was and to Paradise Island." Complete with a dust jacket that can be unfolded and used as a sun reflector for tanning, The Beach Book, offers a unique and entertaining look at 1960's leisure activities.

New York: Viking Press, 1963. 1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; top of spine and part of upper rear cover missing; top front and top rear corners torn; areas of creasing and scuffing; not price clipped, but price has been crossed out; orange cloth with black lettering on spine; top and bottom of spine faded; ink blot on bottom edge of text block; binding good; text clean. G/G

The  Complete  Jam  Cupboard,  Giving  the  Special  Virtues  of  Each  Preserve
The  Complete  Jam  Cupboard,  Giving  the  Special  Virtues  of  Each  Preserve
The  Complete  Jam  Cupboard,  Giving  the  Special  Virtues  of  Each  Preserve
The  Complete  Jam  Cupboard,  Giving  the  Special  Virtues  of  Each  Preserve
The  Complete  Jam  Cupboard,  Giving  the  Special  Virtues  of  Each  Preserve

The Complete Jam Cupboard, Giving the Special Virtues of Each Preserve

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Mrs. C.F. Leyel, familiarly known as Hilda Leyel (1880-1957), was an expert herbalist who founded the Society of Herbalists in England in 1927, as well as a chain of herbalist stores called the "Culpeper Shops." She wrote The Magic of Herbs (1926) and many other books on herbs, such as Herbal Delights (1937), Compassionate Herbs (1946), Elixirs of Life (1948), Hearts-Ease (1949), Green Medicine (1952), and Cinquefoil (1957). In addition, she wrote cookbooks, such as this charming book on jams. 

First edition in scarce dust jacket; dj in protective mylar cover; dj has one tiny tear at bottom of front cover and small tear at top of back cover. Reddish brown boards with design and lettering stamped in black on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean. VG/VG

The Giants (1st American edition)
The Giants (1st American edition)

The Giants (1st American edition)

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Upon an immense stretch of flat ground at the mouth of a river bathed in sunlight rises Hyperpolis. It stands there, surrounded by its four asphalt car-parks, to condemn us - a huge enveloping supermarket. Each of us will see ourselves reflected in the characters who move mindlessly about Hyperpolis, but The Giants is a call to rebellion. This bold and inventive novel is the work of a tremendously talented writer and both an intoxicating and exhilarating read.

New York: Atheneum, 1975. First American edition. Ex-library with minimal library markings; dust jacket in protective cover; scotch tape repair on rear flap; inside edges of flaps tanned; blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding good; text clean. G/G

The Girls (1st edition)

The Girls (1st edition)

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Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of wits who met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Ferber's novels generally featured strong female protagonists, although she fleshed out multiple characters in each book. She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons; through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the not-so-pretty persons have the best character.

In this 1921 novel, she introduces and develops three characters: Great Aunt Charlotte Thrift, age 74, and Charlotte's niece, Lottie Payson, 32, and Lottie's niece, Charley Kemp, 18.

1st edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; many tears and creases; rust cloth with black lettering on cover and spine; corners bumped; text clean. G/P

The Hotel (USED)

The Hotel (1st American edition)

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Bowen’s first novel, The Hotel, is a wonderful introduction to her disarming, perceptive style. Following a group of British tourists vacationing on the Italian Riviera during the 1920s, The Hotel explores the social and emotional relationships that develop among the well-heeled residents of the eponymous establishment. When the young Miss Sydney falls under the sway of an older woman, Mrs. Kerr, a sapphic affair simmers right below the surface of Bowen’s writing, creating a rich story that often relies as much on what is left unsaid as what is written on the page. Bowen depicts an intense interpersonal drama with wit and suspense, while playing with and pushing the English language to its boundaries.

New York: Lincoln Mac Veagh, The Dial Press, 1928. 1st American edition of author's first novel. Black cloth with embossed decoration in middle of cover; orange paper label with title, author, publisher and publisher logo on spine; light purple foil endpapers with bird design; deckled edges; binding good; text clean. G

The Negro and His Songs (USED)

The Negro and His Songs

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The Ideal, Genuine Man (1st edition)

The Ideal, Genuine Man (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).

Stephen King was a big fan of Don Robertson, and he acknowledged that Robertson was one of his influences. In 1987, King published Robertson's novel The Ideal, Genuine Man through his Philtrum Press. In this later novel, Robertson tells the story of Herman Marshall, a retired truck driver who tries to cope with his wife's cancer and his own feelings of growing old.

1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket suffers some minor scrapes. VG/VG


The Kissed Corpse

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This mystery is the second to feature writer Asa Baker and police officer Jerry Burke, written by Davis Dresser using the pseudonym Asa Baker (more popularly known by his Brett Halliday name).

1st edition; published by Carlyle House Publishers, New York, 1939; "The New Jerry Burke Mystery." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; edges worn; green cloth with red letters and decoration; water damage stain on bottom edges of covers and bottom of spine; some stains in text. G-/G-

The Lenient Beast

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A Mexican-American cop must track down a psychotic killer terrorizing Arizona, in a taut suspense drama incorporating the viewpoints of five main characters.

1st edition; "A Guilt-Edged Mystery." Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; minor shelf wear to edges; blue-gray cloth with black decoration and lettering on cover and spine; head and heel of spine worn; corners bumped; endpapers lightly foxed. G/G

The Literary Notebooks of Thomas Hardy (2 volumes)

The Literary Notebooks of Thomas Hardy (2 volumes)

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1st American edition, published by New York University Press. 2 volumes. Edited by Lennart A. Bjork. No dust jackets; blue cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright; both volumes like new. VG+

The Little Sister

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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's fifth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister, a movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure private eye Philip Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.

1st printing; Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dust jacket by Boris Artzybasheff; head of spine torn at author's first name; edges shelf worn; orange cloth with blue decoration on cover and lettering on spine; top of spine faded; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G-

The Long Good-Bye

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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

1st UK edition, published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1953; no dj; maroon boards with silver lettering on spine; inscription in ink on ffep; endpages lightly foxed; text clean and bright. G

The Negro in Business
The Negro in Business

The Negro in Business

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Hertel Jenkins & Co, 1907 (nod). Interior vg, but binding is heavily damaged, though intact. Poor.

The Painted Bird (Inscribed by author)
The Painted Bird (Inscribed by author)
The Painted Bird (Inscribed by author)

The Painted Bird (Inscribed by author)

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The classic novel of a boy’s struggle for survival in WWII Poland, from the National Book Award–winning author of Steps and Being There.
 
“In 1939, a six-year-old boy is sent by his anti-Nazi parents to a remote village in Poland where they believe he will be safe. Things happen, however, and the boy is left to roam the Polish countryside. . . . To the blond, blue-eyed peasants in this part of the country, the swarthy, dark-eyed boy who speaks the dialect of the educated class is either Jew, gypsy, vampire, or devil. They fear him and they fear what the Germans will do to them if he is found among them. So he must keep moving. In doing so, over a period of years, he observes every conceivable variation on the theme of horror” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. With sparse prose and vivid imagery, it is a story of mythic proportion and timeless human relevance.
 
“One of the best . . . Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity.” —Elie Wiesel, The New York Times Book Review

The new edition, complete & revised with an introduction by the author, 1976.  Florid inscription with drawing on flyleaf, signed on half title. Dust jacket in protective cover; light shelf wear; corners chipped; olive cloth with silver lettering on cover and spine; text edges lightly tanned; binding good; text clean and bright. VG/G+

The Parthian

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Decius, the son of a captured Roman centurion, has been raised in the Parthian city of Carrhae after the Parthians decisive victory over the Romans at the Battle of Carrhae. Decius’s family has prospered throughout Decius’s youth to achieve relative prominence within the Parthian Empire. With Decius’s family and the Parthian Empire ever threatened by the specter of a renewed Roman invasion, Decius's father has trained him as a warrior archer since youth and instructed him in the tactics of war. Now a man, Decius joins the Parthian ranks as the Roman threat materializes. But when a chance encounter leads Decius to investigate the Parthian temple of the powerful and mysterious priests of Ahriman, he uncovers a dangerous secret that endangers his family from within the Parthian Empire as much as any Roman legion on the battlefield. His response to that secret sparks an adventure that will take him as far as Rome in the West and Cathay in the East.

Set in the period between 50 B.C. and 17 A.D., “The Parthian” is as much a historical study as it is an exciting saga. Vic Hurley’s vivid narrative provides a factual examination of various ancient cultures; from their military tactics and power structures to their religions, domestic roles and views of women. While “The Parthian” appeals both to readers seeking historical knowledge and those seeking a compelling story, it is an ideal novel for those seeking both.

New York: Fleet Publishing Corporation, 1960. 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges worn; flaps and rear cover foxed; dark gray cloth with gilt lettering on spine; edges worn; corners bumped; endpapers foxed; text clean. G/G

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) (Signed 1st edition)
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) (Signed 1st edition)
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) (Signed 1st edition)

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) (Signed 1st edition)

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A loosely formed autobiography by Andy Warhol, told with his trademark blend of irony and detachment

In The Philosophy of Andy Warhol—which, with the subtitle "(From A to B and Back Again)," is less a memoir than a collection of riffs and reflections—he talks about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, and success; about New York, America, and his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; about his good times and bad in New York, the explosion of his career in the sixties, and his life among celebrities.

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975, First Edition BCDE, signed with Warhol's trademark "Aw" initials in black marker that bleeds through to copyright page; dust jacket in protective cover; very minor scuffing and slight scuffing at head of spine; orange cloth over yellow boards with Warhol's signature "Aw" embossed in black on front cover; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Purple Parasol (USED)

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The Understudy (Signed 1st edition)

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Elia Kazan's fourth novel explores the complex relationships between a successful actor, dying of cancer and drug abuse, and his understudy.

Stein and Day Publishers, 1975; 1st edition; inscribed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; spine and corners have minor shelf wear; white cloth over rust cloth with gilt on cover and spine; binding good; text clean and bright. G/G

The Western Reserve: The Story of New Connecticut in Ohio (Signed 1st edition)

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1st edition; signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; many small tears along edes; corners chipped; edges worn; red cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; edges worn; maps on endpapers; deckled edges; binding good; text clean. G/G-

The Works of Mr. Francis Rabelais, Doctor in Physick Containing Five Books of the Lives, Heroick Deeds & Sayings of Gargantua and His Sonne Pantagruel (USED)

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This Is My Own (USED)
This Is My Own (USED)
This Is My Own (USED)
This Is My Own (USED)

This Is My Own

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This autobiography of American artist Rockwell Kent focuses on the period from 1928 to 1939, when he lived in Au Sable Forks, New York, in the Adirondacks.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; top edge of spine and part of front cover missing; edges worn and chipped; rear cover has small holes, creases, and scuffs; most of rear flap missing; white cloth with navy blue decoration and lettering on cover and lettering on spine; spine and edges foxed; endpapers tanned; former owner's name in ink on front pastedown; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Three Days (Signed 1st edition)

Three Days (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).

The Three Days, published in 1959, was Robertson's first novel, and it is also the first book in his Civil War trilogy. The other two books are By Antietam Creek (1960) and The River and the Wilderness (1962).

Signed 1st edition; dust jacket in protective cover; flaps tanned; white cloth over gray boards; cover has design in blue and red showing three cannons firing from right edge; spine has red and blue lettering; binding good; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Three of a Kind

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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].

Three of a Kind, published in 1944,contains three short novels in one volume: Career in C Major, The Embezzler, and Double Indemnity.

Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; corners clipped; spine chipped at head, heel, and over the author's first name; flaps and spine edges foxed; maroon boards with gilt lettering on spine; edges shelfworn; binding tight; text is printed on thin gray-tinted paper. G-/G-

Thurso's Landing and Other Poems (USED)
Thurso's Landing and Other Poems (USED)

Thurso's Landing and Other Poems

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Liveright Inc, NY, 1932, First Edition.  No dust jacket; black cloth over pale pink paper; cover soiled; 2 short tears at top of spine; gilt decoration on front cover; interior clean, unmarked and tight. G

Tiger Among Us

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Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) was an American writer, particularly of science fiction. She has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera, and she was also a screenwriter, who worked on an early draft of The Empire Strikes Back. Brackett also wrote crime fiction, and this 1957 thriller has been called "a novel of unrelenting suspense."

1st edition, published for the Crime Club by Doubleday & Company, Inc.; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; price clipped; dj covers lightly rubbed and soiled; gray cloth with red lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Time of Friendship (USED)

Time of Friendship

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Bowles first short story collection after THE DELICATE PREY (1950). "The preoccupations which have marked his fiction - the illuminations and deceit of friendship, the shifting line between illusion and reality, the energies of youth and the sadnesses of age, the transformations in the psyche induced by kif smoking - are all present with a force and vision which, at times, brings the reader to his own borders of perception."

Stated first edition, short stories.  VG/VG

Tisza Tales (USED)

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