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AINSLEE, Douglas. CHOSEN POEMS. With a Preface by G. K. Chesterton. London: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1926. First trade edition (Woolmer 83B: 500 copies printed; 70 copies later pulped). 168 pp. 6 3/4 x 4 1/8 in. 12mo., multicolored marble paper boards, white label on spine lettered in black. The backsrip is sunned, chipped at either end, and vertically creased; but the book is clean within and about very good overall. Pencil inscription on the ffep. to the First Lady of the American Theatre, "To Miss Helen Hayes, with best wishes from Duff Douglas Ainslie. University Club, Los Angeles, Upper High St.", and a subsequent owners note at the head, "Purchased from Helen Hayes - 63." Grant Duff Douglas Ainslie (1865-1948) was an English poet, critic, and diplomat. He met and befriended Oscar Wilde while an undergraduate at Oxford. He was a contributor to The Yellow Book and was associated with other notable literary figures, such as Aubrey Beardsley and Walter Pater. The first translator of the Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce into English, he also lectured on Hegel. This book is a compilation of Ainslie's poems, some new, along with others collected from his previous books and from periodical appearances. In a note at the beginning, he refers to G. K. Chesterton as "the book's kindly godfather."






DREISER, Theodore. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Complete in Two Volumes. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition, first printing. Two volumes. 8vo., Black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Dreiser's most famous work and the basis for the successful move "A Place in the Sun. The books are just about fine and fresh in spine sunned dust jackets (with some fading to the lettering beneath). There is shallow chipping along the edges and spine with a small chip at the bottom right hand corner of volume. The orginal box is present, though repaired retaining the orginal front panel, and some of the plain grey paper covering. A very scarce first edition in dust jackets and rare with any form of the box. $2500.00










RICH, Adrienne. SNAPSHOTS OF A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., (1967). First edition in wrappers, revised, includes one new poem. Inscribed presentation from Rich on half-title. 64 pp. Text is clean. Front wrapper is starting at bottom edge, and the verso is discolored from laid-in newsprint (that is now missing). About very good. $250.00




DOUGLAS, Norman. SIREN LAND. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1911. Scarce; Connolly 100, 'Modern Movement' title (#20). Bound in Green Cloth with printed title. Some light spotting to covers & a few interior pages. Very good condition. #86522  $375.00



85739STEINBECK, John. THE GRAPES OF WRATH. New York: Viking Press, (1939). First edition. Top edge dust soiled else a fine clean copy in a darkened dust jacket split at spine, closed straight cut? repair and chip at crown. Dust jacket price and first edition statement on flap present. $875.00 #85739 order or inquire




65347AUSTIN, Mary. THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge. 1903. First edition. Four plates and numerous marginal illustrations by E. Boyd Smith, 8vo. xvi,281 pp. Olive green cloth with gilt-stamped title to upper board and spine, printed decoration to upper board, t.e.g. Ink gift inscription to ffep. Spine is slightly skewed and gently bumped at crown; cloth shows just a touch of wear at heel, crown and corners. This is a clean and fresh copy of a beautifully designed book. Near fine. $325.00 #65347 order or inquire






WHITE, Stewart Edward. GOLD. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Co., 1913. First edition. 437 pp. + [1] + 13 pp. 8vo., green pictorial cloth with gilt spine and cover lettering, and cover scene in red, gilt and black. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on reverse of color frontispiece (not affecting image). There is light foxing to the signed page, but the other three plates are fine. Original publisher's one-page ad laid in. About fine in a very good pictorial dust jacket, with some light rubbing and faint soil. Novel of the gold-seekers if the nineteenth century; partially set in Panama. Scarce in dust jacket. $675.00 #80282 order or inquire








71101AGEE, James. PERMIT ME VOYAGE. With a foreword by Archibald MacLeish. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934. Volume 33 of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, edited by Stephen Vincent Benĩt. First edition of Agee's first book. Slim octavo. 59 pp. Green cloth, lettered in dark green at spine. The paper is very lightly age-browned at perimeters, and the cloth is sunned a bit at spine and along the top-edge of boards, else fine. In a very good green dust jacket which is sunned at spine and shows light wear along the top-edge, with a few closed tears. $700.00 #71101 order or inquire








71102AGEE, James. PERMIT ME VOYAGE. With a foreword by Archibald MacLeish. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934. Volume 33 of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, edited by Stephen Vincent Benĩt. First edition of Agee's first book. Slim octavo. 59 pp. Green cloth, lettered in dark green at spine. This is a near-fine copy. The paper is very lightly age-browned at perimeters, and the endpapers are lightly foxed; the cloth is sunned a bit at spine and along the top-edge of boards. In a near-fine green dust jacket which is sunned at spine and shows light wear along the top-edge, with a couple of small damp spots at spine. $550.00 #71102 order or inquire









75205BECKETT, Samuel. MURPHY. (Paris): Bordas, (1947, [but issued in late 1951 by Les ‰ditions de Minuit]). First French edition, second issue, in wrappers by Les ‰ditions de Minuit. Translated by the author. Octavo, largely unopened. 206 pp. White paper wrappers printed in blue and black. Spine is lightly sunned and wrappers show general, very light dust-soiling. Text leaves are lightly age-browned. It is a very good copy overall. First issued by Bordas in 1947, only about 95 of the 3,000 copies printed had sold after a four-year period when ‰ditions de Minuit took over the contract and unsold stock at the end of 1951. (Federman & Fletcher 145.01). $275.00 order or inquire









69801BIGGERS, Earl Derr. THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. [By the] Author of Seven Keys to Baldpate, etc...New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [c. 1930]. First Grosset and Dunlap Edition from first edition sheets. 8vo., red cloth, lettered in black, top-edge stained green. Slightly darkened just along the joints, with two negligible spots of faint soil to front board; minor offsetting to endpapers. Overall, a near fine, bright, tight copy, in a dust jacket with the same illustrations as the first printing, mildly darkened at the spine, and which bears a few small spots of damp, a two inch tear at the rear fold, and a small scuffed lacuna at mid-point; otherwise, the jacket shows minor chipping, nicking to the edges, with just slight soil & rubbing overall; the front panel illustration is still quite fresh and pleasing. The first edition of this title is almost impossible to obtain in collector's condition. $325.00 #69801 order or inquire








84665BESTON, Henry. THE BOOK OF GALLANT VAGABONDS. New York: George H. Doran Co., 1925. First edition. 231 pp. 8vo., dark red cloth stamped in gilt, in original color illustrated dust jacket with publisher's ads on reverse. Very good, a few bumps to corners, front board edges, minor shelfwear, cloth and gilt bright. Blue and white map endpapers. Tipped-in b/w frontispiece and plates. Interior clean and tight. Jacket has moderate dampstaining, light soil, a few small chips to front flap joint, a few abrasions and tiny closed tears to rear panel, and closed tears/chips to rear flap joint. John Ledyard, Trelawney, Thomas Morton, James Bruce, and Rimbaud. $275.00 #84665 order or inquire








80327WILLIAMS, Tennessee. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. New York: New Directions Books/James Laughlin. First edition, with $3.00 jacket price, no New York Times blurb following copyright. xiv + 197 pp. 8vo., pale terra cotta colored cloth with black spine lettering. Very good, corners gently bumped, and text block at top corner through about p. xii. Owner's inkstamp on front flyleaf. B/w plate facing p. xiii (Jo Mielziner's set design). In good dust jacket, corners slightly chipped, a few small closed tears, light rubbing to rear panel. $200.00 #80327 order or inquire









45769PECK, Bradford. THE WORLD A DEPARTMENT STORE. A Story of Life Under a Co-operative System. Illustrations by Harry C. Wilkinson. Lewiston, ME: Bradford Peck, (1900). First edition, inscribed by the author. 8vo., grey cloth. Touch of foxing at front endpapers, top and fore-edge. Else, near fine. A utopian novel. $175.00 #45769 order or inquire






HEMINGWAY, Ernest. A FAREWELL TO ARMS. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition, second printing, (with disclaimer). Just about a fine copy in a first issue dust jacket, slightly rubbed and edgeworn, with a few nicks and edge tears. The second printing was the only printing to include the disclaimer and is often referred to as the second issue. (Hanneman A8a: note). $1,350.00 #84942






48828BENCHLEY, Robert. AFTER 1903 WHAT? With drawings by Gluyas Williams. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1938. First edition, inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo., black illustrated cloth. A very good copy that shows just a tiny bit of wear at the spine ends in a lightly soiled and edgeworn dust jacket that shows some small chips and short tears at the spine ends and extremities, short tears at the front fold. Uncommon signed. $650.00 #48828 click image for more details, pictures




BROOKE, Rupert. LITHUANIA, a drama in one act. The Chicago Little Theatre, 1915. First edition. Cover design and tail-piece by C. Raymond Johnson. 48 pp. 8vo., brown paper wrappers, pictorial design printed in grey and black on upper cover, device on the lower cover, wire saddle stitch; one free endpaper, pale brown, at each end. The staples have oxidized, and the wrappers are no longer attached to the text; otherwise, this is a fine fresh copy, showing just a touch of edgewear and one negligible crease to front wrapper. Keynes notes that only 200 copies of the book are said to have been printed. (Keynes 38). $500.00 #60918 click image for more details, pictures




61112MANN, Thomas. THE TRANSPOSED HEADS, A Legend of India. (Kentfield, CA): Printed by Hand [at] The Allen Press, 1977. Translated by H. T. Porter-Lowe. Introduction by Raghavan Iyer. Limited edition; this is one of an edition limited to 140 copies printed on paper hand-made at St. Cuthbert's mill in England. Text decorations by early Indian artists are printed in black on yellow rectangles within orange borders. Running title, in Sanskrit, printed in purple. 108 pp. Folio, bound in brightly colored cloth which was hand-blocked in India, paper label to spine. This is a very fine and fresh copy. $500.00 #61112








IRVING, Washington. A HISTORY OF NEW YORK FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THE END OF THE DUTCH DYNASTY ... BY DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER. Illustrated by Maxfield PARRISH. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1915. Second edition. xxxi + 299 pp. 4to., pale buckram with paper pastedown boards, front cover with Parrish illustration in sepia and gilt. Light soil and edgewear to spine, boards edgeworn, corners slightly bumped/paper chipped at lower corners. Ink gift inscription to owner on front flyleaf; slight offset pp. 26-7. Eight tipped in sepia tone illustrations by Parrish. "After all, gentle reader, cities of themselves, and in fact empires of themselves, are nothing without an historian." $450.00 #81959 click image for more details, pictures






UPDIKE, John. RABBIT IS RICH. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. First edition. Signed on the front flyleaf by Updike three times in three different color inks with a notation "take your pick." This is a fine copy in a fine dust jacket. $375.00 #85006






SARTON, May. IN TIME LIKE AIR. Poems. New York: Rinehart & Company, (1958). First edition. Signed on the front flyleaf, with a thank you note in Sarton's hand laid in. Fine in the dust jacket. Includes the poems Islands and Wells, On Being Given Time, The Metaphysical Garden, Lady with a Falcon and others. $275.00 #48833 click image for more details, pictures





PETERKIN, Julia. BRIGHT SKIN. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1932. Limited edition, no. 62 of 250 copies signed by the author on limitation page. With note on Peterkin's personal stationery responding to request for an autographed book, probably a different title, dated 1942. Owner's bookplate on front pastedown, else fine. Julia Peterkin (1880-1961), mistress of Lang Syne, a South Carolina plantation, rejected the racial stereotypes common in much of Southern literature at the time and achieved success through her pioneering, realistic portrayals of African Americans in literature. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1929 for her book Scarlet Sister Mary (1928). $650.00 #80120 click image for more details, pictures




HAZZARD, Shirley. CLIFFS OF FALL. NY; Knopf, 1963. First edition. 8vo., boards. Very good, a little sun and spotting and a sunned and slightly nicked dust jacket. Hazzard's first book with a warm personal inscription (29 October 1963). "For....who took the kindest interest/in these stories when they/ were newborn with love/from Shirley." $650.00 #85158











Williams, William Carlos. THE CLOUDS, Aigeltinger, Russia, &c. Published jointly by the Wells College Press and The Cummington Press, 1948. First edition, limited to 310 copies, of which this is number 258. 64 pp. 8vo., grey cloth, paper label at spine. Internally clean; externally, the edges of the bookblock are lightly foxed. The spine label is slightly sunned and the bottom corners are gently bumped. Very good plus overall. (Wallace A26). Includes "The Bitter World of Spring," "Franklin Square" and other poems suitable for the season in New York. $400.00 #71169 click image for more details, pictures