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  • De Voto, Bernard
    Typed letter signed

    Cambridge: Harvard Graduates' Magazine, 1931. Letter was written when De Voto was the editor of the Harvard Graduates Magazine. ISBN: 281AIB1050454.

    Typed letter signed, Dated January 19, 1931 on Harvard Graduates' Magazine letterhead. Thanks his correspondant for comments about Mr. Meine's book,..."The series works in a field which is of great interest to me." Probably refers to Franklin Meine. Letter folded twice, otherwise fine. With typed addressed envelope of Harvard Graduates' Magazine.

    Book ID: 267018
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  • O'Connor, Flannery; edited with notes by Mataki Mattori and Fusae Matsumoto
    Good Country People and The Enduring Chill

    First Edition

    Tokyo: The Eihosha Ltd, 1977. 96 pages. Selections from A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything that rises must converge. Text in English, with introduction and notes in Japanese. ISBN: 281AIB1050451.

    First edition (first printing). Light bumps to spine ends else a fine copy in stiff salmon-colored flexible cloth wrappers with a bi-colored printed dust jacket. A rare O'Connor item. OCLC locates 4 copies.

    Book ID: 267017
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  • Logan, John. Choice Magazine. Bill Little
    Holograph cards (4); typed card signed. (5 pieces)

    Buffalo: Choice Magazine, 1970-71. John logan was the founder and co-editor of Choice magazine as well as poetry editor of The Nation and Critic. ISBN: 281AIB1050453.

    5 cards, 6 x 4 inches, on Choice Magazine letterhead, all addressed to Bill Little, September 11, 1970 (holograph); October 23, 1970 (typed, signed); March 31, (?1971) (holograph); April 6, 1971 (holograph); August 10, 1971 (holograph). Each from 22 to 100+ words, discussing work at the magazine, personal plans for readings, comments on Little's own work. 2 of the cards have been folded and one other is folded and worn. All are very readable.

    Book ID: 267016
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  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Night "Eyes" For Motorists (1945); Atom and "Eve" (1949); Plastic Models Aid Big Machine (1953); Plastic "Shot" Cements Model Parts (1953). Westinghouse Corporation Photographs (4)

    Pittsburgh: Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 1945-1953. 10 x 8 inch, B/W promotional photographs showing women performing various tasks. The Atom and "Eve" photograph pictures Miss Frances Peejak, the first woman to join the staff of Westinghouse Electric Corporation atomic scientists. ISBN: 281AIB1050448.

    First edition (first printing). Photographs are near fine with wrinkling from pasted descriptive label on rear. Pasted labels describe the activity that is pictured.

    Book ID: 267014
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  • Rooskens, Anton
    Ariel 20

    First Edition

    Amsterdam: Galerie Ariel, 1972. Original color lithograph on cover and double-paged color lithograph inside. Additional B/W illustrations. Text in French. 6 loose sheets folded once, 12.25 x 9.75 inches, when folded. ISBN: 281AIB1050447.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in illustrated color wrappers (paperback). Wrappers have mild surface soiling and wear along the spine edge. Chip at spine top, 1" split at spine bottom, and 1" closed tear on rear cover near spine.

    Book ID: 267013
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  • Patchen, Kenneth (3); Willaim March; Nikolai Morshen; Paul Celan; Nhat Hannh; Antonio Machado; George Hitchcock; Jacques Prevert; Bertolt Brecht; Wolfgang Roth (contributors)
    Unicorn Folio, Series One Number Two

    First Edition

    Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press, 1967. 12 broadsides of varying sizes, housed in illustrated tan folder with pasted label on front and with inside pocket. Additional sheet of notes on contributors and sheet dedicating folio to A. J. Muste ((1885-1967) with list of contributors names. ISBN: 281AIB1050446.

    First edition (first printing). Broadsides are near fine. The holograph Patchen piece, "A Word," has toned the next Patchen poem. The folder has minor surface bends.

    Book ID: 267012
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  • Purdy, James
    63: Dream Palace

    First Edition

    New York: The William-Frederick Press, 1956. 69 pages. A novella, one of Purdy's earliest works. The paperback edition precedes the hardcover edition published the following year in London by Gollancz. ISBN: 281AIB1044606.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). A touch of edge wear and a tiny (glue?) speck on the cover. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "James Purdy. This was my first long work. It was published by Mr. [illegible] privately. It was discovered by Edith Sitwell."

    Book ID: 267006
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  • Lucie-Smith, Edward (editor). Brian Patten; Lee Harwood; Adrian Henri; George Macbeth; Peter Redgrove; Charles Tomlinson; Peter Porter; Nathaniel Tarn; Edward Lucie-Smith; Ted Hughes. (contributors)
    Unicorn Folio: A British Folio. Series Three, Number Two

    First Edition

    Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press, 1970. Broadsides of varying sizes, housed in illustrated blue folder with inside pocket. Limitation sheet, introductory notes by Edward Lucie-Smith, and brief biographies of contribtors are on separate sheets. ISBN: 281AIB1050444.

    First edition (first printing). Limited edition, #202/375 copies. Contents are near fine. The Macbeth and Porter broadsides are slightly toned from adjacent broadsides. The Tarn broadside is tanned at edges. Folder with slight surface scuffs.

    Book ID: 267011
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  • Boyle, Kay; Dickey, William; Gray, Don; Kahn, Sy; Liddy, James; McDonald, Maurice
    Twowindows Folio II

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Twowindows, (1968). Broadsides of varying sizes in brown folder with inside pocket and red printed label on front. ISBN: 281AIB1050443.

    First edition (first printing). Fine copies in brown folder.

    Book ID: 267010
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  • Unknown.,
    Japanese Color Prints. A Prize Collection of 8 beautiful and famous Japanese Woodblocks, Reproduced from the Rare, Old Originals

    First Edition

    New York: Penn Prints, n.d., ca. 1950s. 7 (of 8) prints, 18.2 x 13 inches, loose in yellow folder. 4 prints by Hiroshige, 2 by Utamaro; 1 by Yeisen. ISBN: B00KHAPEB8.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine prints. Yellow folder is mildly surface soiled with edge and corner wear, split along spine with clear tape repair.

    Book ID: 267007
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  • Crews, Harry
    The Mulching of America: A Novel (Uncorrected proof)

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 249 pages. Advance uncorrected reader's proof. A dark comedy about a door-to-door salesman's quest to win the annual sales contest and achieve the American Dream. ISBN: 281AIB1050124.

    A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Inscribed by the author on the title page to the previous owner: "Take care of yourself / With affection / Harry Crews."

    Book ID: 266997
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  • Goines, David Lance
    International House Berkeley, California 1930 - 2005(poster)

    First Edition

    International House. Printed by Saint Hieronymous Press, 2006. Poster, 24 x 16.75 inches. Printed in 4 colors. International House, Berkeley, was founded in 1930 by a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and is part of International Houses Worldwide. ISBN: 281AIB1050439.

    First edition (first printing). Very good copy. Poster with edge wear to margins and mild creasing

    Book ID: 267003
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  • Goines, David Lance
    Waking Company Traditional Clothes (poster)

    First Edition

    Berkeley: Waking Company. Printed by Saint Hieronymous Press, 1985. Poster, 24 x 16.25 inches. Printed in 4 colors. ISBN: 281AIB1050438.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy. Minor surface bends only.

    Book ID: 267002
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  • Goines, David Lance
    Neyers 1980 Napa Valley Chardonnay (poster)

    First Edition

    Berkeley. Printed by Saint Heironymous Press: Nyers Winery, 1981. Poster, 24 x 15.25 inches. ISBN: 281AIB1050437.

    Signed by the artist in lower right margin: "artist proof: u : david lance goines : 1 9 8 1." First edition (first printing). A near fine copy printed in three colors. Mild soiling along bottom edge.

    Book ID: 267001
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  • Carroll, Jim. Kurt Cobain
    8 fragments for Kurt Cobain (Heaven Poster Series #13)

    First Edition

    Louisville, Kentucky: White Fields Press in support of the Literary Renaissance, 1994. Broadside, 22 x 11 inches. Edited by Ron Whitehead and Kent Fielding. ISBN: B0006QC3PS.

    Signed by the author. Limited edition, #73/100 copies. First edition (first printing). A fine copy.

    Book ID: 267000
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  • Epreuve d'Artiste (engraving)

    First Edition

    N. Pl: 1932. Sheet size, 13.75 x 11.5 inches; image size, 10 x 8 inches. Lucienne Bloch (1909-1999) was a Swiss-born American artist best known for her murals and her association with Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo which began in 1932. ISBN: 281AIB1050435.

    First edition (first printing). Artist's Proof. Very good copy. Pin holes in margin corners. Scattered foxing in margins. Image with a few minute spots.

    Book ID: 266999
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  • Gomez, Ignacio. Luis Valdez (playwright)
    Zoot Suit (World Premier play poster)

    First Edition

    Los Angeles: Mark Taber Forum, 1978. Poster, 22 x14 inches. Zoot Suit was the first professionally produced Chicano play and, later, the first Chicano play on Broadway. It premiered at the Mark Taber Forum in April, 1978, to sold out audiences. The second run began in August. ISBN: 281AIB1050433.

    First edition (first printing). Very good copy. There are scuff marks down poster center from previously being rolled and indented.

    Book ID: 266998
    Keywords: Collectible, Drama, Poster
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  • Billings, Josh [Henry Wheeler Shaw]
    Old Probability: Perhaps Rain - Perhaps Not

    First Edition

    New York: G. W. Carleton $ Co. "A reprint of the Allminax for 1870-1879 with considreabler additional material which may appear here first in book form" -- BAL 17466. Printed with black ink and color border around the almanac pages. Illustrated. ISBN: B0037USD5E.

    First edition (first printing). In publisher's red cloth stamped and lettered in black and gold. With some black marks to the spine and spotting to the page block. Rear hinge starting. A very good hardcover copy; no dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on a note pasted to the front pastedown: New York Oct. 12 1882 Dear Doctor = I have sent you today by Express two sets of my Books, please hand one of them to Wm. Moulten, and retain one set for yourself = Yours, without struggle Josh Billings." With the doctor's bookplate pasted above the inscribed note. With a folded handbill tipped-in to the rear pastedown advertising a speaking engagement of Billings in Castleton, Vt. on September 26, 1882.

    Book ID: 266996
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  • The Unspeakable Gentleman by Marquand, J. P.
    Marquand, J. P.
    The Unspeakable Gentleman

    First Edition

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. 265 pages. The author's first book. Marquand would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1938 for his novel The Late George Apley. ISBN: 281AIB1050429.

    First edition (first printing). A very good hardcover copy; no dust jacket. Light edge wear; spine with slight forward lean. With a typed letter signed (TLS) by the author, dated February 1929, to a Mr. Lull, which reads in part: "I am greatly distressed that you have not got back your copy of 'The Cambridge Books.' I gave it to my father to return to you and he must have forgotten."

    Book ID: 266994
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  • Greeley, Horace (editor). Bond, William Kay
    The Jeffersonian - Extra. Issue of June, 1838. Speech of Hon. Mr. (William Kay) Bond (of Ohio)

    First Edition

    Albany, New York: The Jeffersonian. James Henry, 1838. 1 sheet, folded twice, to create 8 pages. Pages uncut. James Henry published the weekly Jeffersonian from February 18, 1838 to February 9, 1839. Horace Greeley was the editor. William Kay Bond (1792-1864) was a US House of Representative from Ohio, 1835-1841, initially as an anti-Jacksonian and then as a Whig. During his last term he was chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures. This speech argues in favor of 'retrenchment and reform' and aginst the "spoils system.". ISBN: 281AIB1050430.

    First edition (first printing). Very good copy with staining along top edge and spine. Scarce.

    Book ID: 266995
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  • Coulter, Edith M. and Eleanor A. Bancroft
    13 California Towns from the Original Drawings

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Book Club of California. Printed by Grabhorn Press, 1947. Each town image is preceded with a page of explanation. Towns covered are Folsom, Benicia, Vallejo & Mare Island, Martinez, Alviso, Santa Cruz, San Juan Bautista, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Bernadino, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Oblong format, 17.6 x 11.25 inches. Limited to 300 copies. ISBN: 281AIB1050428.

    Signed by both authors below their names at end of the introduction. First edition (first printing). A very good copy in marbled paper over board covers with paper label on spine. Covers are worn with boards showing at corners and along the edges. Plates are near fine.

    Book ID: 266993
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  • Devil of a State by Burgess, Anthony
    Burgess, Anthony
    Devil of a State

    First Edition

    London: Heinemann, (1961). 282 pages. A novel by the author of A Clockwork Orange. ISBN: B0000CL6GE.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 266992
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  • Stuart, Jesse
    The Seasons of Jesse Stuart: An Autobiography in Poetry, 1907-1976

    First Edition

    N. Pl: Archer Editions Press, 1976. 229 pages. This edition was bound by Hugo Grummich of the Cincinnati Binery. Oblong format, 12.25 x 9.25 inches. ISBN: 9780890970089.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Sheila and Arthur M. Appelbaum with warmest personal greetings and my very best wishes. It is a pleasure to autograph this book to you, Jesse Staurt, June 11th, 1977." Also signed on limitation page. Limited edition, #263/489 copies. First edition (first printing). A very good copy in tan cloth covers with black lettering on front cover and spine. Covers are spotted with soiling at edges. Contents near fine. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 266991
    Keywords: Collectible, Poetry
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  • The Hat on the Bed by O'Hara, John
    O'Hara, John
    The Hat on the Bed

    First Edition

    London: The Cresset Press, 1964. 405 pages. A collection of 24 stories. ISBN: B0000CM5NO.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. This copy belonged to the noted book collector Rolland Comstock, who was murdered in his home library. With Comstock's bookplate on front pastedown paper.

    Book ID: 266990
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  • Howard, Clara E. (publisher)
    Three Pioneer California Gold Rush Songs

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Clara E. Howard. Printed by Grabhorn Press, 1948. 3 Songs: California or, The Feast of Gold (3 pages); The Good Time's Come at Last or, The Race to California (5 pages); California As It Is (4 pages). Limited to 500 copies. ISBN: B003QAA27C.

    First edition (first printing). Very good copy in yellow printed folder. Folder, with 1 inch tear at top of spine, is tanned and spotted with edge folds. Contents near fine.

    Book ID: 266989
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  • Southern Pacific View Books
    A Picture Journey Over Shasta Route

    First Edition

    San Francisco: Southern Pacific View Books. Printed by Sunset Press, n.d., ca 1920s. "65 full-page (B/W) photographs of the pricipal spots of scenic beauty, romantic and historic interest between San Francisco and Portland and the Pacific Northwest." - from the title page. Cover art by Maurice Logan. ISBN: B004VJGT1A.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in color illustrated wrappers (paperback). Covers with wear and some surface soiling. Edges are worn and bent.

    Book ID: 266988
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  • Don't Call Me By My Right Name and Other Stories by Purdy, James
    Purdy, James
    Don't Call Me By My Right Name and Other Stories

    First Edition

    New York: William-Frederick Press, 1956. 91 pages. The author's first book. Illustrations by the author. ISBN: B0007DSCXW.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Slight bump to one corner, minor edge wear, and light toning to spine. Inscribed by the author: "Sincere wishes / James Purdy."

    Book ID: 266987
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  • Boyle, Kay
    A Glad Day

    First Edition

    Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1938. 85 pages. 6-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches. One of 500 copies. Poems. ISBN: B00085V8YE.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in a dust jacket with spine toned and a small hole affecting text.

    Book ID: 266985
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  • May, Phil
    The Phil May Folio of Caricature Drawings and Sketches in Line Block with a Biography

    London: W. Thacker & Co, n.d., ca. 1906. 245 pages. 17.25 x 11 inches. B/W illustrations. ISBN: B000RMHTK0.

    Later printing. Contents very good. Covers are faded, worn and soiled with titles almost gone.

    Book ID: 266984
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  • Death of a Child by O'Connor, Flannery (edited and introduced by)
    O'Connor, Flannery (edited and introduced by)
    Death of a Child

    First Edition Thus

    London: The Catholic Book Club, 1961. 117 pages. Written by the Dominican Nuns of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home about a little girl who lied and died in their care. First published earlier in the year by Farrar, Strauss & Cudahy, Inc. under the title A Memoir of Mary Ann. ISBN: B003ZAXKX6.

    First edition thus. A near fine hardcover copy; in a dust jacket with wear to the folds and spine ends, and a short tide mark to the rear panel.

    Book ID: 266981
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