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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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To Heal and to Build: The Programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson (Signed 1st edition)
To Heal and to Build: The Programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson (Signed 1st edition)
To Heal and to Build: The Programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson (Signed 1st edition)

To Heal and to Build: The Programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson (Signed 1st edition)

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First edition; Inscribed on half-title page: "For Marshall and Mable Wright with our appreciation and warm wishes ~ Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson Christmas 1968."  Lady Bird appears to have written the inscription, with each having signed their own name.  A green satin ribbon with presidential seal is laid in, as well as a small calling card in envelope, with the name printed as "The President and Mrs. Johnson." Dust jacket in protective cover; very minor shelf wear; flap edges tanned; dark blue cloth with gilt lettering; slight fading on top of front cover; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

To Rule the Night: The Discovery Voyage of Astronaut Jim Irwin (Signed 1st edition)

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A thrilling account of one of the greatest adventures of all time: man's journey to the moon. Irwin not only recounts his voyage to the moon, he also tells an inspiring story of his personal journey to faith in God.

1st edition; signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover; edges lightly worn; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G

Traveling at Home

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The fifteen poems and one essay included here, personally selected by Wendell Berry from among his previously published work, quietly and joyously celebrate the enduring satisfactions of good work and a happy home.

Traveling at Home opens with “A Walk Down Camp Branch,” an essay in which the author reveals his special sensitivity to nature and his rural Kentucky community. Next are poems from 1957 to 1982 in which Berry establishes his enduring themes—the contemplation of the individual’s place within community and the interdependence of all things. In conclusion is a group of the Sabbath poems in which the poet speaks with reverence and humility of the pains and joys of relationships with the land, with family, and with passing generations.

Originally published as a limited edition in 1988, Traveling at Home pairs Mr. Berry’s eloquent writings with John DePol’s exquisite woodcuts. It is one of the most beautiful presentations of this well-loved writer’s work.

North Point Press, 1989. 1st Trade Edition. VG

Treasury of Sea Stories, compiled by Gordon C. Aymar, illustrated by Rockwell Kent (USED)
Treasury of Sea Stories, compiled by Gordon C. Aymar, illustrated by Rockwell Kent (USED)
Treasury of Sea Stories, compiled by Gordon C. Aymar, illustrated by Rockwell Kent (USED)
Treasury of Sea Stories, compiled by Gordon C. Aymar, illustrated by Rockwell Kent (USED)

Treasury of Sea Stories, compiled by Gordon C. Aymar, illustrated by Rockwell Kent

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New York: A.S. Barnes & Company, 1948. Dust jacket in protective cover; edges chipped and creased; spine faded; top of spine and inside corner of rear cover torn; flap edges and rear cover foxed; green cloth with white lettering on cover and spine; endpapers lightly foxed and tanned; gift inscription in green ink on ffep; binding good; text clean. G/G-

Tree of Smoke (Signed 1st edition)
Tree of Smoke (Signed 1st edition)

Tree of Smoke (Signed 1st edition)

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Named A Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Slate, The National Book Critics Circle, The Christian Science Monitor. . .

Tree of Smoke is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA--engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In the words of Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, Tree of Smoke is "bound to become one of the classic works of literature produced by that tragic and uncannily familiar war."

Signed first edition in near fine condition.

Trouble in July

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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.

In Trouble in July, published in 1940, a small Southern town lynches a falsely accused man in “some of the most . . . human and terrifying pages Caldwell has written” (Richard Wright, author of Native Son). When word spreads through Julie County that Sonny Clark, a black man, has assaulted Katy Barlow, a white woman, the man’s fate is sealed. With frightening speed, authorities and an outraged mob align to apprehend Clark and condemn him without trial. By the time Barlow confesses that no crime occurred, it is too late. Told from the multiple perspectives of victim and victimizers as well as passive onlookers, Trouble in July depicts in harrowing detail the tragic ignorance of individuals who fail to understand their roles in a hateful miscarriage of justice.

1st edition; dust jacket in protective mylar cover; dj flaps clipped; some shelf wear on spine and edges. Gray cloth with white lettering on cover and spine. Binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

True Stories, Volume One (Signed with original sketch)
True Stories, Volume One (Signed with original sketch)

True Stories, Volume One (Signed with original sketch)

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Derf creator of the graphic novels Trashed, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks and the international bestseller, My Friend Dahmer presents the best of his True Stories from the long running The City comic strip, as seen in Best American Comics. These timeless tales of urban oddness will surprise and amuse, and make for many WTF moments. It's like Humans of New York, but somewhat stranger. Pressure... Pressure...

Trumpet  of  the  Swan (1st  edition)
Trumpet  of  the  Swan (1st  edition)
Trumpet  of  the  Swan (1st  edition)

Trumpet of the Swan (1st edition)

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Dust jacket in protective cover; First edition not stated, but number line present on last page; Childrens Spring Festival 1970 Honor Book sticker on front cover; bottom edge of spine chipped; flap clipped at bottom, original price of $4.50 present; blue cloth; head of spine pulled; binding good; text clean.   G+/G+

Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes (USED)
Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes (USED)

Twenty Years at Hull-House with Autobiographical Notes

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A landmark autobiography in terms of opening the eyes of Americans to the plight of the industrial revolution, Twenty Years at Hull House has been applauded for its unflinching descriptions of the poverty and degradation of the era. Jane Addams also details the grave ill-health she suffered during and after her childhood, giving the reader insight into the adversity which she would re-purpose into a drive to alleviate the suffering of others.

The process by which Addams founded Hull House in Chicago is detailed; the sheer scale and severity of the poverty in the city she and others witnessed, the search for the perfect location, and the numerous difficulties she and her fellow activists encountered while establishing and maintaining the house are detailed.

Eventually, after years of work, Hull House became a shining example of how intervention in the poorest slums could have remarkable results for the families concerned. Children who regularly attended Hull House enjoyed education and opportunities for creativity. Many went on to experience a prosperous adulthood thanks to the skills and tutoring they gained at the house.

Today, Jane Addams is held as a great example of a pioneering spirit, whose social work and social assistance were greatly inspiring to the reforming administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The model Addams established with Hull House was imitated widely; by 1922, over five-hundred settlement houses had been founded across the United States.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910. 1st edition, 3rd printing. Frontispiece; 11 full-page plates; many illustrations in the text. Dark red cloth with paper illustration inlaid on cover; gilt lettering on cover and spine; t.e.g.; spine slightly worn at top and bottom; corners slightly bumped; front hinge slightly loose; rear endpapers discolored in hinge; text clean and bright. G+

Twice Over Lightly: New York Then and Now (Signed 1st edition)

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The first lady of American theatre, Helen Hayes, and the prolific and witty writer, Anita Loos, set out to discover all five boroughs of the real New York with the intention of getting people out of their ruts and exploring their own environments.

1st edition, signed by both Helen Hayes and Anita Loos; dust jacket unclipped; very minor creasing at head of spine; turquoise cloth; pictorial endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Ugly Ways: A Novel (USED)
Ugly Ways: A Novel (USED)

Ugly Ways: A Novel

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Three sisters return to their southern hometown after the death of their difficult, demanding mother, in a novel by the author of Baby of the Family.

In life, Esther Lovejoy was an intolerable mother. She raised her daughters with an iron fist, browbeat her husband into submission, and insisted they call her Mudear (an abbreviation of Mother Dear). As adults with successful careers, Betty, Emily, and Annie Ruth have scattered across the country to avoid Mudear’s influence. But now it’s time to lay her to rest, and the Lovejoy sisters have returned to Mulberry, Georgia, to pay their last respects.
 
What they discover is that while Mudear may be dead, she is far from gone. With a large dose of compassion and a generous splash of humor, Tina McElroy Ansa serves up a powerful tale of family secrets and the ways our scars make us stronger.

New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993. Inscribed by author. Dust jacket in protective cover; very light small spot on fore-edge of text; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Uncorrected proof) (USED)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Uncorrected proof) (USED)

Unbearable Lightness of Being (Uncorrected proof)

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Extremely rare US reviewer's uncorrected proof of Kundera's most beloved novel. Harper & Row, 1984. Complete with wrappers (yellowed edges) and typed publisher's pitch letter tipped in. Includes reviewers pencil notes on front endpaper and title page, including the amusing "I can't imagine anyone enjoying this book though some might love it."

Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh (USED)
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh (USED)
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh (USED)

Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

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Uncle Silas, subtitled "A Tale of Bartram-Haugh", is a Victorian Gothic mystery-thriller novel by the Irish writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Despite Le Fanu resisting its classification as such, the novel has also been hailed as a work of sensation fiction by contemporary reviewers and modern critics alike. It is an early example of the locked-room mystery subgenre, rather than a novel of the supernatural (despite a few creepily ambiguous touches), but does show a strong interest in the occult and in the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist, philosopher and Christian mystic.

London: The Cresset Press, 1947. 1st edition. With an introduction by Elizabeth Bowen. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges lightly worn; top corners lightly chipped; top of flaps tanned; blue cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine; binding good; text clean and bright. G+/G+

Under the Hill (USED)
Under the Hill (USED)

Under the Hill

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Under the Hill is an unfinished erotic novel by Aubrey Beardsley, based on the legend of Tannhäuser. The first parts of it were published in The Savoy and later issued in book form by Leonard Smithers. In 1907, the original manuscript was published and entitled The Story of Venus and Tannhäuser. A version completed by John Glassco was published in 1959

1st edition. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; rear flap has crease; otherwise, dj pristine; blue cloth with silver lettering on spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners (USED)

Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners

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With the world a harsh and cruel place and an enemy out to get you if he can, courtesy will not make you rich overnight but by degrees it makes others feel good and this in turn will make you feel even etter ... With more and more folk from the wrong side of the tracks, it is important to make more room at the bottom. The Unexpurgated Code takes plain folk through the useful rules of social climbing.

Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1975. First printing. With drawings by the author. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine tanned; green cloth over brown boards; spine and top edges faded; binding tight; text clean and bright. G/G

The Untouchables (USED)
The Untouchables (USED)

Untouchables (Vintage paperback)

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The famous FBI investigator describes the ways in which his hand-picked agents destroyed the powerful empire of Al Capone.

Popular Library, mass market paperback, 2nd printing 1959.  G+

The Untouchables, as told by their leader Eliot Ness (USED)

Untouchables, as told by their leader Eliot Ness

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The famous FBI investigator describes the ways in which his hand-picked agents destroyed the powerful empire of Al Capone.

1st edition; New York: Julien Messner, 1957.  Dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges chipped; edges lightly worn; red cloth with black lettering on spine; binding tight; head of spine slightly pulled; text clean and bright. G+/G

Valuable Books on the Negro, Associated Publisher catalog (no date)

Valuable Books on the Negro, Associated Publisher catalog (no date)

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A 16pp catalog issued by The Associated Publishers, Inc, likely in the early 1950s. The cover states the aim of the publisher "The Plan: The publications of the Associated Publishers are planned to cover in the form of textbooks and popular treatises every phase of Negro life and history. The aim here is to make possible the publication and circulation of valuable books on the Negro not acceptable to most publishers."

Vernon Can Read! a Memoir (Signed 1st edition)

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From the civil rights revolution to the halls of power, the life story of an American leader. As a student in Atlanta, Vernon Jordan had a summer job driving a white banker around town. During the man's afternoon naps, Jordan passed the time reading books, a fact that astounded his boss. Vernon can read! the man exclaimed to his relatives. Nearly 50 years later, Vernon Jordan, long-time civil rights leader, adviser and close friend to presidents and business leaders, and one of the most charismatic figures in America, has written this book about his life and times. It is a story that encompasses the sweeping struggles, changes, and dangers of black life during the civil rights revolution.

Vicar of Wakefield (USED)

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Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)
Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3) (USED)

Vintage Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (3)

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Die-cut Valentines by Raphael Tuck & Sons (circa early 1900's); two valentines have pop-out honeycomb features; all in very good shape with some minor signs of wear; two cards have been repaired on rear with a small bit of tape on each; missing cardboard stands on rear. G

Vlemk the Box Painter

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Gardner, famous for his novel Grendel—which retells Beowulf from the monster’s point of view— has created an intense, touching and humorous fairy tale about a shambling mess of a box painter who falls in love with the local princess. When he asks for her hand in marriage she challenges him to paint a picture of her so true to life it speaks. When he succeeds, the kingdom is thrown into chaos. Filled with vivid supporting characters and a deep sense of truth, Vlemk the Box Painter also raises the question of what is art and what is love — and are they compatible?

Lord John Press, Northridge, 1979, stated first edition, illustrated by Catherine Kanner.  Presentation copy signed by author, limited edition of 300 on special paper specially bound, with drawing by Gardner on ffep. F/VG

Voice of the People

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Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (1873-1945) was an American novelist and short story writer. She published twenty novels and many short stories. She lived in Richmond, Virginia and at her family's Virginia plantation which appears in her writings. Her novels demonstrate her desire to progress from many antique customs of the Old Dominion and looked "beneath social customs, beneath the poetry of the past, and the romantic nostalgia of the present." She was a founding member of the Equal Suffrage League.

In this 1900 novel, Glasgow examines the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction on Southern life, focusing especially on race, class, and gender themes that would continue in her literature. Nicholas Burr, the son of a poor white farmer, rises to the governorship of Virginia. Yet his political success, tempered by disappointment in love, leads to a tragic outcome.

1st edition; no dust jacket; tan cloth stamped with green decoration and lettering on cover and spine; cover soiled and smudged; spine tanned; former owner's signature in ink on ffep. G

The  Voyage  Out
The  Voyage  Out
The  Voyage  Out

Voyage Out

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First published in 1915, The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf’s first novel, is a witty social satire that chronicles the maturity of the young Englishwoman Rachel Vinrace as she takes a long voyage to South America from London on her father’s ship. Rachel encounters an eclectic array of passengers on the boat and through them Woolf satirizes Edwardian life.

New York: Blue Ribbon Books, Inc., 1920. 1st U.S. edition by Blue Ribbon Books; scarce with dust jacket; dj in protective cover; spine edges creased; corners bumped; green cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on spine; edges lightly faded; binding tight; text clean. G+/G+

Voyaging: Southward from the Strait of Magellan

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"An account of Mr. Kent's attempt in a tiny sailboat to steer a course from the Strait of Magellan south and west through the mountainous-islanded channels of Tierra del Fuego around Cape Horn. ...Mr. Kent has caught the wild beauty of this ominous region―iron crags ringed with the froth of blown surf, wind-tortured trees, distant peaks incrusted with dazzling snow; but out of the very heart of this bewildering beauty emanates a sense of unseen presences appallingly, implacably hostile to man."―The Nation


"This is a book filled with roaring winds, black, smoking seas, mountains that are terrible in the isolation they symbolize. Why does the desire persist in men to visit places such as this? What draws them on to certain discomfort, danger and separation from all that civilized effort has won for them? Perhaps Mr. Kent has struck upon the true answer here. 'This hour you are bound by the whole habit of your life and thought, the next by unerring impulse of the soul you are free. How strong and swift is pride to clear itself, from misery or joy, from crowds, from ease, from failure, from success, from the recurrent brim full, the too much? Forever shall man seek the solitudes and the most utter desolation of the wilderness to achieve through hardship the rebirth of his pride.' . . . The strength and menace and majesty of the Cape Horn region proved admirable material for Mr. Kent's black and white drawings. They are not a mere adornment of his book, but an integral part of it."―New York Times

G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1924. 1st edition, 2nd printing; illustrations by the author; blue cloth with gilt lettering and decorations on cover and spine; spine rubbed; head and tail of spine lightly frayed; corners bumped; maps on endpapers; binding good; text clean. G

Wallflower at the Orgy (USED)

Wallflower at the Orgy

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A bitingly funny, provocative, and revealing look at our foibles, passions, and pasttimes—from one of the most creative minds of our time.

“Nora Ephron can write about anything better than anybody else can write about anything.”—The New York Times


From her Academy Award–nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America’s most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world’s most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex. Whether casting her ingenious eye on renowned director Mike Nichols, Cosmopolitan magazine founder Helen Gurley Brown—or herself, as she chronicles her own beauty makeover—Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic skill with the intimate style of an essayist and the incomparable talent of a great storyteller.

1st edition; dust jacket has small tear at top of spine; black over purple cloth with metallic green lettering on spine; top and bottom edges faded; purple endpapers; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G+

We Bombed in New Haven: A Play (USED)

We Bombed in New Haven: A Play

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We Bombed in New Haven is a 1967 play by Joseph Heller. An anti-war comedy, it is thematically linked in part to Heller's famous novel Catch-22

1st printing; dust jacket in protective cover; maroon cloth with silver and pink lettering; top edge red; very light foxing on fore-edge; binding tight; text clean. G+/VG

When They Love (USED)

When They Love

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Baring's romantic novel is based on a poem by Robert Browning and set in ancient Rome.

Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1928. 1st ed. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; small (1/4") tear at head of spine; bottom of spine chipped; top front corner chipped and creased; edges shelf-worn; green cloth with gilt decorations and purple lettering on spine and cover; decorated endpapers; deckled edges; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+/G-

Why Do I Write? An Exchange of Views Between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene & V.S. Pritchett, with a Preface by V.S. Pritchett (USED)

Why Do I Write? An Exchange of Views Between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene & V.S. Pritchett, with a Preface by V.S. Pritchett

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"Why do I write? consists of a number of letters exchanged by three novelists, Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene and V.S. Pritchett. The revolutionary changes of the last thirty years or more have profoundly affected the lives of and the work of everyone and have, especially, called for an increasing contribution of life and spirit to the modern Caesars. The object of these letters is to discover what the artist, or more precisely the writer, ought to contribute; when he ought to refuse; what his relation to other people is. Has the writer special duties; ought he to have privileges; what is his social function; ought he to be bound to churches, parties, groups of any kind, and if so, how is he bound? Has society or the State any obligations to him? In a changing world these questions are continually debated, but it has seemed to the writers of this book that the discussion has inevitably drifted farther and father away from the individual instance into vague generalities, or the injunctions of propaganda. By the informal, personal, intimate approach of the personal letter, this book is an attempt to disentangle its subject from party views, to lift it out of the blueprint, to explore and not to lay down the law." (Quote from inside front jacket blurb)

London: Percival Marshall, 1948. Scarce first edition. Dust jacket in protective cover; top of spine has a 1.5" tear; rear cover soiled; edges worn; red and white striped design on paper boards; 1.5" tear at top edge near spine; binding tight; text clean. G/G-

Wild Pilgrimage (USED)
Wild Pilgrimage (USED)

Wild Pilgrimage

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One of the finest American wood engravers of the twentieth century and an outstanding artist of any era, Lynd Ward (1905-85) created a series of fantastic visual novels. The powerful imagery and psychological intensity of his wordless works have elicited comparisons to the writings of Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe, and they have exercised an enormous influence over latter-day graphic novelists.

Wild Pilgrimage consists solely of Ward's woodcuts, telling its story through imagery alone.
Ward's hauntingly rendered works have been honored with such prestigious awards as the Library of Congress Award, the National Academy of Design Print Award, the New York Times Best Illustrated Award, the Caldecott Medal, and the Regina Award.

New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932; no dust jacket; orange cloth with paper illustration set on cover and title on spine; covers frayed, scuffed and soiled; binding slightly canted; endpapers tanned and foxed; some foxing at gutters in text; illustrations clean. G-

Will I Think of You? (1st mass market paperback edition)
Will I Think of You? (1st mass market paperback edition)

Will I Think of You? (1st mass market paperback edition)

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"A passionate narrative poem by the internationally known star." Illustrated with photographs by the author.

First Dell printing 1975.  Clean and tight, only slight wear to covers.  VG

Willy Pogany's Mother Goose (USED)

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Wing of Fame: A Novel Based on the Life of James Smithson

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Novel based on the life of James Smithson, founder of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934. 1st printing. Dust jacket in protective cover; dj art by Van Deusen; edges chipped; spine tanned; blue cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine; endpapers tanned; binding good; text clean. G/G

Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces Play

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Originally created and produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as a morale booster and as a fundraiser for the Army Emergency Relief Fund. Upon recommendation of Lt. Col. Dudley S. Dean, who had been approached with the idea by talent agent Irving Lazar and Lt. Benjamin Landis, Air Forces Commanding General Henry H. Arnold commissioned famed playwright Hart to create a stage drama that would depict both the training and work of airmen and also the commitment and devotion to duty with which they carried out this work. Arnold gave Hart complete access to Air Forces resources.

World Publishing, 1944; 1st Forum Books edition; dust jacket in protective cover; spine edges and corners chipped; red cloth with black lettering and decoration on cover and spine; front cover has some bubbles in cloth. Scarce in dust jacket with photos from movie. G/G

Wish  for  Wings  That  Work :  An  Opus  Christmas  Story  (Signed  1st  edition)
Wish  for  Wings  That  Work :  An  Opus  Christmas  Story  (Signed  1st  edition)

Wish for Wings That Work : An Opus Christmas Story (Signed 1st edition)

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Opus the penguin makes a Christmas wish that he might fly.

"Opus, penguin star of Breathed's "Bloom County" comic strip, possesses a simple, childlike soul--no wonder, then, that young readers find him appealing. What does prove surprising is that, in his first book for children, Breathed achieves just the right balance of sweetness and levity. This is definitely not an adult book thinly disguised as a children's book, but a work that little ones will love for its own magic and logic, and for Opus's final, well-deserved triumph. It's Christmastime, and Opus, wearing his customary red bow tie and his seasonal red cap, bemoans the fact that he is a bird that can't fly: "I might as well have been born a snail. Or a slice of melba toast." He sends a heartfelt letter to Santa, and on Christmas Eve, Opus gets a chance to earn his wings. The deliciously satisfying conclusion perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas, and Breathed's art is an entrancing mix of comic-book sketchiness and full-color, full-blown scenes that rival the very best of Disney. Not many books fit the bill as treats for "children of all ages," but this one could top the list. All ages."
(Publishers Weekly, 1991)

1st edition, signed by author; dust jacket in protective cover. VG+/VG+

Without: Poems (USED)

Without: Poems

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The dying of a beloved wife and fellow poet makes for a bleak and lonely tale. But Donald Hall's poignant and courageous poetry, facing that dread fact, involves us all: the magnificent, humorous, and gifted woman, Jane Kenyon, who suffered and died; the doctors and nurses who tried but failed to save her; the neighbors, friends, and relatives who grieved for her; the husband who sat by her while she lived and afterward sat in their house alone with his pain, self-pity, and fury; and those of us who until now had nothing to do with it.
Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts (USED)
Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts (USED)
Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts (USED)
Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts (USED)

Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts

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Clare Leighton (1898-1989) was an English/American artist, writer, and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings. During the late 1920's and 1930's, Clare Leighton visited the United States on a number of lecture tours. In 1939, at the conclusion of a lengthy relationship with the radical journalist Henry Brailsford, she emigrated to the US and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. Over the course of a long and prolific career, she wrote and illustrated numerous books praising the virtues of the countryside and the people who worked the land. During the 1920's and 1930's, as the world around her became increasingly technological, industrial, and urban, Leighton portrayed rural working men and women. In the 1950's she created designs for Steuben Glass, Wedgwood plates, several stained glass windows for churches in New England and for the windows of Worcester Cathedral, Massachussetts.

Wood-Engraving and Woodcuts, published in 1932, is the second book in the "How to do it" Series. The book features tipped-in photos of Leighton demonstrating wood engraving techniques, along with stunning full-page illustrations of her own work, as well as examples from fellow engravers, such as Eric Gill, Gwendolen Raverat, Blair Hughes-Stanton, and Agnes Miller Parker, among others.

London: The Studio Ltd.; New York: The Studio Publications Inc., 1932; 1st edition. No dust jacket; black and cream patterned paper covered boards with black cloth over the spine; corners bumped; spine creased, top of spine pulled but not torn; smudges on front cover; endpapers tanned and lightly foxed; hinges weak; all tipped-in photos intact; text clean. G

Woodcuts: Examples of the Work of Clare Leighton (Signed Limited edition) (USED)
Woodcuts: Examples of the Work of Clare Leighton (Signed Limited edition) (USED)
Woodcuts: Examples of the Work of Clare Leighton (Signed Limited edition) (USED)
Woodcuts: Examples of the Work of Clare Leighton (Signed Limited edition) (USED)

Woodcuts: Examples of the Work of Clare Leighton (Signed Limited edition)

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Clare Leighton (1898-1989) was an English/American artist, writer, and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings. During the late 1920's and 1930's, Clare Leighton visited the United States on a number of lecture tours. In 1939, at the conclusion of a lengthy relationship with the radical journalist Henry Brailsford, she emigrated to the US and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. Over the course of a long and prolific career, she wrote and illustrated numerous books praising the virtues of the countryside and the people who worked the land. During the 1920's and 1930's, as the world around her became increasingly technological, industrial, and urban, Leighton portrayed rural working men and women. In the 1950's she created designs for Steuben Glass, Wedgwood plates, several stained glass windows for churches in New England and for the windows of Worcester Cathedral, Massachussetts.

This signed limited edition of Woodcuts, published in 1930, is number 78 of 450 copies produced. The book features a plethora of stunning examples of Leighton's work, with an introduction by Hilaire Belloc. No dust jacket; brown cloth with illustration on paper inset on cover, gilt lettering on spine; spine edges lightly frayed; corners bumped; some scuffing to covers; endpapers lightly foxed; former owner bookplate affixed to pastedown; folder from Yale exhibit laid in; all tipped-in illustrations and captioned tissue guards intact. G+

Word Pictures of Great Negroes (USED)
Word Pictures of Great Negroes (USED)

Word Pictures of Great Negroes

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Works and Days and Other Poems (Signed 1st edition)
Works and Days and Other Poems (Signed 1st edition)

Works and Days and Other Poems (Signed 1st edition)

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Irving Feldman is a master chronicler of our collective experience and an overlooked treasure of American poetry. Feldman’s rich body of work exhibits his mastery of language from the biblical to the conversational, his Yiddish flair for the comic, his profound social insight and lucidity. He writes about everything from the Coney Island days of his childhood and his bohemian years in postwar New York to the art of Picasso and George Segal, from the Holocaust to its aftermath—in narrative and dramatic poems and personal lyrics that are by turns ardent, witty, biting, ecstatic, and heartbreaking.

Little, Brown and Company, 1961. 1st edition. Inscribed by author. Dust jacket in protective cover; spine tanned; some soiling on covers; black cloth with gilt lettering on spine; endpapers tanned from flap; text clean. G/G

The Worm Ouroboros: A Romance (USED)
The Worm Ouroboros: A Romance (USED)

Worm Ouroboros: A Romance

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This is the book that shaped the landscape of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. When The Lord of the Rings first appeared, the critics inevitably compared it to this 1922 landmark work. Tolkien himself frankly acknowledged its influence, with warm praise for its imaginative appeal. The story of a remote planet’s great war between two kingdoms, it ranks as the Iliad of heroic fantasy.

In the best traditions of Homeric epics, Norse sagas, and Arthurian myths, author E. R. Eddison weaves a compelling adventure, with a majestic, Shakespearean narrative style. His sweeping tale recounts battles between warriors and witches on fog-shrouded mountaintops and in the ocean’s depths—along with romantic interludes, backroom intrigues, and episodes of direst treachery. Generations of readers have joyfully lost themselves in the timeless worlds of The Worm Ouroboros.

New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1926. 1st American edition. Illustrated by Keith Henderson. No dust jacket; black cloth; edges worn; corners bumped and frayed; lettering on spine faded; decorative endpapers; former owner's bookplate affixed to pastedown; hinges weak; text clean. G

Wreckage of Agathon

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A wonderful exploration into the maturation process across the course of human life

Laid to waste by drink, Agathon, a seer, is a shell of a man. He sits imprisoned with his apprentice, Peeker, for his presumed involvement in a rebellion against the Spartan tyrant Lykourgos. Confined to a cell, the men produce extraordinary writings that illustrate the stories of their lives and  give witness to Agathon’s deterioration and the growth of Peeker from a bashful young apprentice to a self-assured and passionate seer. Captivating and imaginative, The Wreckage of Agathon is a tribute to author John Gardner’s passion for ancient storytelling and those universal themes that span the course of all human civilization.

Author's second book. Dust jacket has very minor shelf wear; yellow cloth over blue boards; corners bumped; former owner's bookplate on ffep; smudge on text edge of ffep. G/G+

Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2010 (Signed 1st ed) (USED)
Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2010 (Signed 1st ed) (USED)

Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2010 (Signed 1st edition)

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In celebration of Ferlinghetti’s 100th birthday comes this “stunning portrait” of the intrepid life of “one of America’s best poets” (Huffington Post).

Over the course of an adventured-filled life, now in its tenth decade, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been many things: a poet, painter, pacifist, publisher, courageous defender of free speech, and owner of San Francisco’s legendary City Lights bookstore. Now the man whose A Coney Island of the Mind became a generational classic reveals yet another facet of his manifold talents, presenting here his travel journals, spanning over sixty years. Selected from a vast trove of mostly unpublished, handwritten notebooks, and edited by Giada Diano and Matthew Gleeson, Writing Across the Landscape becomes a transformative work of social, cultural, and literary history.

Beginning with Ferlinghetti's account of serving as a commanding officer on a Navy sub-chaser during D-Day, Writing Across the Landscape dramatically traverses the latter half of the twentieth century. For those only familiar with his poetry, these pages present a Lawrence Ferlinghetti never before encountered, an elegant prose stylist and tireless political activist who was warning against the pernicious sins of our ever-expansive corporate culture long before such thoughts ever seeped into mainstream consciousness.

Yet first and foremost we see an inquisitive wanderer whose firsthand accounts of people and places are filled with pungent descriptions that animate the landscapes and cultures he encounters. Evoking each journey with a mixture of travelogue and poetry as well as his own hand-drawn sketches, Ferlinghetti adopts the role of an American bard, providing panoramic views of the Cuban Revolution in Havana, 1960, and a trip through Haiti, where voodoo and Catholicism clash in cathedrals "filled with ulcerous children's feet running from Baron Hunger." Reminding us that poverty is not only to be found abroad, Ferlinghetti narrates a Steinbeck-like trip through California's Salton Sea, a sad yet exquisitely melodic odyssey from motel to motel, experiencing the life "between cocktails, between filling stations, between buses, trains, towns, restaurants, movies, highways leading over horizons to another Rest Stop…Sad hope of all their journeys to Nowhere and back in dark Eternity."

Particularly memorable is his journey across the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1957, which turns into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which he, lacking a proper visa, is removed from a Japan-bound freighter and forced back across the Russian steppe to Moscow, encountering a countryside more Tolstoy than Khrushchev, while nearly dying in the process. Readers are also treated to glimpses of Ezra Pound, "looking like an old Chinese sage," whom Ferlinghetti espies in Italy, as well as fellow Beat legends Allen Ginsberg and a dyspeptic William S. Burroughs, immured with his cats in a grotto-like apartment in London.

Embedded with facsimile manuscript pages and an array of poems, many never before published, Writing Across the Landscape revives an era when political activism coursed through the land and refashions Lawrence Ferlinghetti, not only as a seminal poet but as an historic and singular American voice.

First edition; signed by author, stamp of City Lights Bookstore on half title; dust jacket pristine. Fine/Fine

Wuthering Heights (USED)
Wuthering Heights (USED)
Wuthering Heights (USED)
Wuthering Heights (USED)

Wuthering Heights (1st Trade Edition)

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1st trade edition; illustrated with 12 wood engravings by Clare Leighton; maroon cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on spine; spine lightly frayed at head; endpapers tanned; binding tight; text clean and bright. G+

Wuthering Heights (limited edition illustrated by Clare Leighton)
Wuthering Heights (limited edition illustrated by Clare Leighton)
Wuthering Heights (limited edition illustrated by Clare Leighton)
Wuthering Heights (limited edition illustrated by Clare Leighton)
Wuthering Heights (limited edition illustrated by Clare Leighton)
Wuthering Heights (limited edition illustrated by Clare Leighton)

Wuthering Heights (Limited edition illustrated by Clare Leighton)

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New York: Random House, 1931. Special edition limited to 450, of which this is no. 259; with 12 wood engravings by Clare Leighton, signed by Leighton. Black cloth with gilt lettering and decoration on spine; head of spine frayed with 1/2" vertical tear; cloth over front cover hinge frayed and hinge exposed; corners bumped; endpapers tanned; binding good; text clean and bright. G

Yokohama Garland and other Poems (USED)

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You Have Seen Their Faces (Inscribed by Margaret Bourke-White) (USED)
You Have Seen Their Faces (Inscribed by Margaret Bourke-White) (USED)
You Have Seen Their Faces (Inscribed by Margaret Bourke-White) (USED)
You Have Seen Their Faces (Inscribed by Margaret Bourke-White) (USED)
You Have Seen Their Faces (Inscribed by Margaret Bourke-White) (USED)

You Have Seen Their Faces (Inscribed by Margaret Bourke-White)

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In the middle years of the Great Depression, Erskine Caldwell and photographer Margaret Bourke-White spent eighteen months traveling across the back roads of the Deep South―from South Carolina to Arkansas―to document the living conditions of the sharecropper. Their collaboration resulted in You Have Seen Their Faces, a graphic portrayal of America's desperately poor rural underclass.

Caldwell lets the poor speak for themselves. Supported by his commentary, they tell how the tenant system exploited whites and blacks alike and fostered animosity between them. Bourke-White, who sometimes waited hours for the right moment, captures her subjects in the shacks where they lived, the depleted fields where they plowed, and the churches where they worshipped.

1st printing; inscribed by Margaret Bourke-White on half title; no dust jacket; tan cloth covers with title in red box on cover and spine; covers soiled and scuffed; hinges weak; endpapers foxed; text clean. G