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  • Billy Ray's Farm [Letterpress proof, 1of 3] by Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Billy Ray's Farm [Letterpress proof, 1of 3]

    First Edition

    Decatur, GA: Wisteria Press, 1997. 40 pages. Loose sheets, 12-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. One of three copies. This essay about a heifer's struggle to birth a calf was later included in a collection titled Billy Ray's Farm: Essays From a Place Called Tula. with a signed, numbered engraving by Barry Moser. ISBN: 281AIB1050648.

    First edition (first printing). Light 1-1/2 indentation to first few pages else fine. Signed by the publisher. Signed by the publisher. Moser engraving signed and numbered 4/40.

    Book ID: 267307
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  • Billy Ray's Farm [Limited edition] [Publisher's copy] by Brown, Larry
    Brown, Larry
    Billy Ray's Farm [Limited edition] [Publisher's copy]

    First Edition

    Decatur, GA: Wisteria Press, 1997. 40 pages. 6-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. Limited to an edition of 256 copies printed on Nideggen mourldmade paper, 250 of which were numbered for sale. Illustrated from engravings by Barry Moser. This essay about a heifer's struggle to birth a calf was later included in a collection titled Billy Ray's Farm: Essays From a Place Called Tula. ISBN: 281AIB1046277.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in the original clear, acetate dust jacket with a small chip at the spine head. Signed by both Brown and Moser. Numbered "Publisher's Copy 4 of 10."

    Book ID: 246332
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  • Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots [1 of 100] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots [1 of 100]

    First edition

    Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1980. 102 pages. One of 100 deluxe leatherbound copies out of an edition of 300 signed and numbered copies. Mailer's critique of television culture in which he recounts his TV appearances with people including Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker, Gore Vidal and others. First appeared in Esquire.

    First edition (first printing). Tiny scuffs at one edge else a fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. In a fine slipcase. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Copy number 28.

    Book ID: 267561
    Keywords: Essays, nxm
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  • Essays From The "Guardian" by Pater, Walter
    Pater, Walter
    Essays From The "Guardian"

    First Edition

    London: Chiswick Press, 1896. 163 pages. Book includes nine essays that Pater wrote anonymously for the "Guardian.". ISBN: 281AIB1028436.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in paper over board covers with browned paper spine label. Spine edges are chipped. Mild edge wear. #60/100 copies printed for private circulation.

    Book ID: 130449
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  • The Messsage in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other by Percy, Walker
    Percy, Walker
    The Messsage in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other

    First Edition

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975. 335 pages. A collection of previously published articles and essays. ISBN: 9780374208561.

    First edition (first printing); no top stain. Light spotting to top edge; a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page, with a second signature following an inscription on the front fee endpaper to a previous owner: "For _______ with affection and esteem as always / Walker / Covington / August 2, 1975."

    Book ID: 266876
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  • Existential Errands (Uncorrected proof) by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Existential Errands (Uncorrected proof)

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972. 365 pages. Proof copy of a collection of five years of writings.

    A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Publication information written on the cover in red. Signed by the author on the half-title.

    Book ID: 267643
    Keywords: Essays, nxm
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  • DeVoto, Bernard
    Forays and Rebuttals

    First Edition

    Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1936. 403 pages. Essays by the writer who would go on to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. ISBN: B0006D9Y9O.

    First edition (first printing). Minor shelf wear and fading to cloth top edge, thus a very good copy; in an uncilpped dust jacket with a few chips and short, closed tears to the edges, and a bit of loss to the spine head, else very good. Previous owner's inscription on free endpaper. Scarce in the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 165769
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  • A Peep Into the Past by Beerbohm, Max
    Beerbohm, Max
    A Peep Into the Past

    First Edition

    [New York]: Privately printed, 1923. 16 pages. Limited edition, 1/300. This is a piracy of a previously unpublished 1890's essay on Oscar Wilde. The holograph manuscript is in facsimile followed by the type-set transcription. ISBN: 281AIB1018802.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine glassine wrapper with top edge chips and 3 x 2 inch triangular chip missing from front top edge. Cardboard slipcase present with spine panel separated and attached by clear tape.

    Book ID: 83701
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  • Read America First by Littell, Robert
    Littell, Robert
    Read America First

    First Edition

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1926. 289 pages. Essays by one of the original editors of The New Republic (1922-1927), where these essays about American life first appeared. The author's first book. ISBN: B000868S4Q.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a somewhat grubby dust jacket with chips and tears at the edges and folds, and with some loss at the spine foot, else very good. Inscribed on the front free endpaper with the author's initials: "To B. from R. L." Very scarce in a jacket, or signed.

    Book ID: 170784
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  • Prisons We Choose to Live Inside by Lessing, Doris
    Lessing, Doris
    Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

    First Edition

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1987. 95 pages. Esssays. First published in Canada. ISBN: 9780224024662.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a dust jacket with spine title a bit faded. Signed by the author.

    Book ID: 264617
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  • Passport to Immortality by Hartmann, Sadakichi
    Hartmann, Sadakichi
    Passport to Immortality

    Beaumont, CA: Author's Edition, 1927. 32 pages. 7 by 10 inches. Author's edition. By the American photography critic and poet. ISBN: B07QYQFGMT.

    A good copy; cover stained with chips and tears to the edges. Spine torn above the first top staple. Inscribed (but not signed) by the author on the cover.

    Book ID: 253294
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  • Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling With Dots by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling With Dots

    First edition

    Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1980. 102 pages. One of 300 signed and numbered copies. Mailer's critique of television culture in which he recounts his TV appearances with people including Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker, Gore Vidal and others. First appeared in Esquire.

    First edition (first printing). Marbled paper over cloth and stamped in gilt. Black cloth spine a bit faded thus a near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. In a fine slipcase. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Copy number 71.

    Book ID: 267562
    Keywords: Essays, nxm
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  • Existential Errands by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    Existential Errands

    First edition

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972. 365 pages. A collection of five years of writings. Published in an edition of 10,000 copies.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in a somewhat wavy dust jacket. Inscribed by the author: "To Don Kaufmann / My only hardcover book with a white jacket / Cheers / Norman Mailer / Sept. '75.

    Book ID: 267582
    Keywords: Essays, nxm
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  • Talk from the Fifties by John Updike
    John Updike
    Talk from the Fifties

    First Edition

    Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1979. 63 pages. 6-1/4 by 9-1/2 inches. A collection of essays from Updike's Talk of the Town column in the New Yorker. One of 300 numbered and signed copies. ISBN: B005KDK2W8.

    First edition (first printing). A bit of edge wear, thus a fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Copy number 63.

    Book ID: 175359
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  • Portraits I by MacCarthy, Desmond
    MacCarthy, Desmond
    Portraits I

    First Edition

    London: Putnam, 1931. 293 pages. Limited edition. The first in a planned series. ISBN: B000S34VHM.

    Signed by the author on limitation page. Limited edition, #17/150. A very good copy in cloth. Spine is faded. Mild edge wear. Dust wrapper flaps included. Glassine wrapper lacking.

    Book ID: 124998
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  • Cannibals and Christians by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Cannibals and Christians

    New York: The Dial Press, 1966. 400 pages. A collection of writings including poems, interviews, essays on U. S. Presidential politics, the war in Vietnam and more.

    Second issue, with color frontispiece bound in. Near fine in a lightly scuffed dust jacket with some edge wear. Inscribed by Mailer to Donald Kaufmann a detailed description about building the 7-foot tall Lego model of a virtual city of the future, which appears on the cover and frontis. Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).

    Book ID: 267698
    Keywords: Essays, nxm
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  • The Long Patrol: 25 Twenty-Five Years of Writing from the Work of Norman Mailer (Uncorrected proof) by Mailer, Norman; edited by Robert F. Lucid
    Mailer, Norman; edited by Robert F. Lucid
    The Long Patrol: 25 Twenty-Five Years of Writing from the Work of Norman Mailer (Uncorrected proof)

    New York: World Publishing, 1971. Uncorrected proof. With introduction by Lucid who was Mailer's authorized biographer and literary executor. ISBN: 281AIB1050812.

    Faint crease along spine else a fine, square copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 267621
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  • Lies! Lies! Lies!: A College Journal of John Gardner by Gardner, John and Thomas Gavin (introduction)
    Gardner, John and Thomas Gavin (introduction)
    Lies! Lies! Lies!: A College Journal of John Gardner

    First Edition

    (Rochester, NY): The University of Rochester Libraries, 1999. 139 pages. 7 by 9 inches. Facsimile of the handwritten journal Gardner kept while he was a university student in 1952. One of 200 numbered copies specially bound in French marbled paper over boards and signed by Thomas Gavin. ISBN: 9780966563900.

    A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Signed by Thomas Gavin.

    Book ID: 197836
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  • Caliban and Other Essays by Retamar, Roberto Fernandez
    Retamar, Roberto Fernandez
    Caliban and Other Essays

    First Edition

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989. 139 pages. Translated by Edward Baker; foreword by Fredric Jameson. A collection of the Cuban writer's essays. The scarce hardcover issue (also published in paperback). ISBN: 9780816617425.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued.

    Book ID: 231075
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  • At Home: Essays 1982-1988 by Vidal, Gore
    Vidal, Gore
    At Home: Essays 1982-1988

    First Edition

    New York: Random House, 1988. 303 pages. Includes "responses to his own critics, reminiscences of his extraordinary childhood, and appreciations of other writers" including Henry James, William Dean Howells, Dawn Powell, Tennessee Williams, Anthony Burgess and Italo Calvino -- from the rear flap. Originally published in a different form in Great Britain (1997). ISBN: 9780394570204.

    First American edition (first printing). A fine copy in a dust jacket with a faint crease to spine, else fine. Signed by the author on the title page.

    Book ID: 198346
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