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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • At : Bottom by Corman, Cid
    Corman, Cid
    At : Bottom

    First Edition

    Bloomington, Indiana: Caterpillar, 1966. 36 pages. Mimeographed text. Corman's essay on Louis Zukofsky's "Bottom: On Shakespeare." The second Caterpillar publication, edited by Clayton Eshleman. 14 x 8.5 inches. ISBN: B002CMRXH2.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in bright yellow wrappers (paperback), stapled.

    Book ID: 264159
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  • At Their Word: Essays on the Arts of Language. Volume 2 by Corman, Cid
    Corman, Cid
    At Their Word: Essays on the Arts of Language. Volume 2

    First Edition

    Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1978. 218 pages. ISBN: 9780876853092.

    Signed by the author on limitation page. Signed again and dated on tipped-in page with holograph poem, "Follow/ the stream + / Don't go - / but be going." 3 March 1978. #24/50 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, containing a holograph poem. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine clear acetate dust wrapper.

    Book ID: 140041
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  • Broken Vessels: Essays by Dubus, Andre
    Dubus, Andre
    Broken Vessels: Essays

    First Edition

    Boston: David R Godine, 1991. 195 pages. ISBN: 9780879238858.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on a preliminary blank and signed on the title page.

    Book ID: 217413
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  • About Popular Culture by Jarrell, Randall
    Jarrell, Randall
    About Popular Culture

    First Edition

    (N.Pl.): Palaemon Press, 1981. This address was read at the National Book Award ceremonies held in New York City, 11 March 1958. ISBN: B0006XT1B0.

    First edition (first printing). Limited edition, #xxxix/50 for distribution. Near fine in near fine marbled paper dust jacket. Near fine unprinted acetate cover.

    Book ID: 148479
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  • Soundings: Collections of the University Library, Volume XIII, Whole No. 19 by Fitch, Donald E. (editor)
    Fitch, Donald E. (editor)
    Soundings: Collections of the University Library, Volume XIII, Whole No. 19

    Santa Barbara: University of California Library, 1982. 46 pages. Annual publication, one of 650 copies. First appearance of Wallace Stegner's essay Long Road from Byblos. Illustrated in black-and-white. ISBN: B004KOELLG.

    A bit of edge wear, thus a near fine copy in illustrated wrappers. Colberg C217.

    Book ID: 182638
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