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  • Flowering Judas by Porter, Katherine Anne
    Porter, Katherine Anne
    Flowering Judas

    First Edition

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1930. 145 pages. The first collection of short stories by the author who would later win both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Published in an edition of 600 copies. ISBN: B00086ELDI.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine with small chip and discoloration in crease of printed yellow title slip. The original glassine dust jacket missing inch or so along length of top edge. In a custom, near fine slipcase. Inscribed by the author to her former co-worker, Margaret Harvey (see Katherine Anne Porter Remembered, p. 29): "For Margaret after all these years, and a happy re-union! Katherine Anne, August 3, 1942." Recipient's small bookplate affixed to front free endpaper. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 150050
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  • Memoirs of Hecate County by Wilson, Edmund
    Wilson, Edmund
    Memoirs of Hecate County

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1946. 338 pages. Six stories. The book was banned in New York a few months after publication, and copies seized from bookstores and the New York Public Library. The ban was upheld by the United States Supreme Court. ISBN: B0006AQT5Y.

    First edition (first printing). Top edge a bit faded, else a fine copy (or nearly so) in an unclipped, near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, with a correction on page 271 in the author's hand. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 148369
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  • The Golden Bowl by Feikema, Feike (Frederick Manfred)
    Feikema, Feike (Frederick Manfred)
    The Golden Bowl

    First Edition

    Saint Paul: The Webb Publishing Company, 1944. 226 pages. The western author's first book. The book is about growing up in the Depression. His former home in Laverne, Minnesota, is now the Blue Mounds State Park interpretative center. ISBN: B001KUT9TC.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper to his editor: "9-28-44. Dear Paul - How fine it is to see our book in calfskin! and like you to have made up another copy for me on this our publication day - and without a hint of warning that you were up to something special. Calf-bindings have always suggested ancient, ageless climes to me. I hope that our 'Golden Bowl' will 'last' as long as the leather back hereon remains pliable. Yours - Feike Fred Feikema.". First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in quarter calf leather and tan cloth covers with gilt lettering and decorations on spine. Spine with 4 raised bands. A unique copy.

    Book ID: 265297
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  • Billy Ray's Farm [Lettered Edition] by Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Billy Ray's Farm [Lettered Edition]

    First Edition

    Decatur, GA: Wisteria Press, 1997. One of 26 lettered and signed copies, bound in calfskin and signed by the author; issued in a clever box signed by artist Kannex Fung featuring handmade paper textured with natural materials and a window on the front flap that reveals a wooden picket fence. ISBN: 281AIB1028020.

    First edition (first printing). A very fine copy in a very fine handmade box (please note, we use the term very fine very sparingly). Box measures 9-1/4 by 7 by 1-1/4 inches. Book sealed in publisher's original paper. Signed by the author. Two lithographs signed by Moser laid in. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 128345
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  • The Forms of Fiction by Gardner, John and Lennis Dunlap
    Gardner, John and Lennis Dunlap
    The Forms of Fiction

    First Edition

    New York: Random House, 1962. 657 pages. John Garner's first book, a textbook for English students consisting of an introductory essay on forms of fictional narratives, followed by an anthology of short stories by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Katherine Anne Porter, Mark Twain, et al. ISBN: B000OP7ETG.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. There is debate about whether this book, intended as a text book, was ever issued in a dust jacket for the first edition. In any case, this copy is very good, with some spotting to the spine, in a very good dust jacket, with light tanning to the spine and some light staining to the price-clipped dust jacket. Whether this dust jacket is original to the book, or married from a later printing, is beyond the skill of this cataloguer. Dust jackets for this book, on any printing, are vanishingly scarce. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 162837
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  • A Generous Man [Uncorrected Proof] by Price, Reynolds
    Price, Reynolds
    A Generous Man [Uncorrected Proof]

    New York: Atheneum, 1966. About 300 leaves, printed on one side (rectos) only. A very uncommon proof, presumably issued in very small numbers. This is not the frequently seen advance reading copy. ISBN: 281AIB1034944.

    Uncorrected proof, plastic-comb bound in blue cardstock covers with an applied label. A trifle soiled, but still very good to near fine. Laid in is a single sheet titled "An Autobiographical Sketch of Reynolds Price Whose New Novel 'A Generous Man,' Will Be Published on March 25." Arguably, this short essay is Price's scarcest separate publication.

    Book ID: 162831
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  • The Texas Arts Journal, Number One: The Manuscript Edition by Updike, John
    Updike, John
    The Texas Arts Journal, Number One: The Manuscript Edition

    First Edition

    Dallas: Texas Arts Journal, 1977. 109 pages. 8-3/8 by 10-7/8 inches. Contains Updike's libretto for a Grimm-inspired children's opera, The Fisherman and His Wife. Limited to 22 copies, with a page of the original typescript signed by Updike laid-in to a folder labeled with limitation details. The opera premiered at the Opera Company of Boston in 1970, with score by Gunther Schuller. ISBN: B002WAITHM.

    First edition (first printing). Small snag to cover edge, thus a near fine copy; labeled folder and signed typescript page fine (page 28). A photocopied letter from Updike laid-in explains: "I talked Knopf into letting me make it a children's book in format like other opera plots...But when I settled to the task it appeared to me I should spare bookbuyer[s] and booksellers one more volume to deal with." Enclosed in publisher's slipcase with paper label stating edition details. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 191182
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  • Why I Live Where I Live by Elkin, Stanley
    Elkin, Stanley
    Why I Live Where I Live

    First Edition

    University City, MO: Contre Coup Press, 1983. 8 leaves (2 blank). An essay that first appeared in Esquire, published in an edition of just 30 copies. Undoubtedly Elkins toughest book, especially considering that 9 copies are recorded in libraries (WorldCat). ISBN: 281AIB1037164.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed by the printer on the colophon and while not called for, by Elkin on the title page. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 182819
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  • Americana by DeLillo, Don
    DeLillo, Don
    Americana

    First Edition

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1971. 388 pages. A novel; the author's first book. ISBN: 9780395120941.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Some uneven fading and spotting to top of page block. Jacket lightly toned on the spine and spotted on the verso, else near fine. A very nice copy of an acclaimed author's first book.

    Book ID: 197840
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  • The Real Thing [Lettered Edition] by Lessing, Doris
    Lessing, Doris
    The Real Thing [Lettered Edition]

    First Edition

    New York: Ultramarine Publishing, 1992. 214 pages. Sketches of London, published in the UK as London Observed. This is one of 12 lettered copies, signed by the author and bound in full brown leather. Bound by Denis Gouey. This edition uses the sheets from the first US edition, published by HarperCollins. There were also 38 numbered copies in this edition. ISBN: 281AIB1033292.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy but for slight wear at the corners. Signed by the author. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 150834
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  • Chaos is Come Again (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Chaos is Come Again (Proof Copy)

    London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1931. [314] pages. "Rough Proof Only," as stated on cover, of the British author's novel. ISBN: 281AIB1032415.

    Very good in wrappers. Author's personal copy with corrections in margins and notes on the cover. Signed by the author on the half-title page.

    Book ID: 145618
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  • Christina (Proof copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Christina (Proof copy)

    London: William Heinemann Ltd, [1935]. ISBN: 281AIB1034472.

    Author's personal copy, with corrections in author's hand. Spine cocked and creased, else a very good copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed and initialed by the author on the cover with list of pages that need correction. Inscribed on half-title: "Inscribed with best wishes to E. W. Evans, J2. Written: 1 May 1934 to 22 March 1935 (Devonshire & London), Claude Houghton."

    Book ID: 158049
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  • Julian Grant Loses His Way (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Julian Grant Loses His Way (Proof Copy)

    London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1933. 332 pages. 7-1/4 by 5 inches. Proof copy, as stated on cover, of the British author's novel. ISBN: 281AIB1032507.

    Author's personal copy, with a few small corrections in author's hand. Spine a bit cocked and faded, else a very good copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed by the author on the cover with the words "Savage Club / London / England." A second signature appears on the half-title page with an inscription, "For E. W. Evans, J2," and “Written; 6 August 1931 to 16 October 1932 / London & Devonshire.”

    Book ID: 146125
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  • Transformation Scene (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Transformation Scene (Proof Copy)

    London: Collins, 1946. 256 pages. Proof copy with misspellings, including the author's name on the cover. ISBN: 281AIB1031675.

    Inscribed by the author on title page, "For Victoria / from her devoted friend / Claude / February 1949." Additional author signature on front cover. Corrections to text in Houghton's hand. Very good in wrappers (paperback) with pink paper label on front cover. Mild edge wear and mild soiling.

    Book ID: 142811
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  • A Hair Divides (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude; pseudonym of Claude Houghton Oldfield
    Houghton, Claude; pseudonym of Claude Houghton Oldfield
    A Hair Divides (Proof Copy)

    London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1930. 284 pages. 5 by 7 inches. "Rough Proof Only," as stated on cover, of the British author's novel. ISBN: 281AIB1032509.

    Spine a bit cocked and small snag on rear cover, else a very good in wrappers (paperback). Author's personal copy, with corrections in his hand. Signed by the author on the cover. A second signature follows a lengthy inscription on the inside cover, “This is the set of page proofs which I corrected” followed by locations and dates of writing and publication. Signature followed by “Savage Club / Adelphi Terrace / London / England.” A third signature appears on the half-title.

    Book ID: 146124
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  • Little Big Man by Berger, Thomas
    Berger, Thomas
    Little Big Man

    First Edition

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. 440 pages. The author's best-known book, which was adapted for the popular 1970 movie of the same name directed by Arthur Penn. ISBN: B000NWBHXY.

    First edition (first printing). A bit of wear to edges and page block, else near fine in a dust jacket with some fading to spine and loss to the ends. Inscribed by the author: "To Bernard Brussel-Smith, who designed this beautiful book, my gratitude. Thomas Berger."

    Book ID: 184873
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  • Dubin's Lives by Malamud, Bernard
    Malamud, Bernard
    Dubin's Lives

    First Edition

    New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979. 361 pages. By the winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. ISBN: B000N38DT4.

    First edition, first state; one of 70 or so copies with the five final words missing from pages 231. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the top edge. Slight sunning to top of cloth covers. Scarce.

    Book ID: 266739
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  • Brother Grasshopper by Updike, John
    Updike, John
    Brother Grasshopper

    First Edition

    Worcester, MA: Metacom Press, 1990. 34 pages. A short story that originally appeared in the New Yorker. With a new four-page introduction by the author. One of 26 lettered copies signed by Updike, all of which were reserved for the author and publisher and none offered for sale. An additional 150 numbered and signed copies were offered for sale. ISBN: 281AIB1041437.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Copy L of 26.

    Book ID: 208590
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  • Flowering Judas by Porter, Katherine Anne
    Porter, Katherine Anne
    Flowering Judas

    First Edition

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1930. 145 pages. The first collection of short stories by the author who would later win both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Published in an edition of 600 copies. ISBN: B00086ELDI.

    First edition (first printing). Quarterbound brown laid paper over dark brown cloth, with yellow title slip. Minor edge wear and spine lettering dulled as usual thus a near fine copy, in the original cellophane dust wrapper. Title slip toned at the fold and chipped at one corner.

    Book ID: 220677
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  • Contact and Other Stories by Hart, Frances Noyes
    Hart, Frances Noyes
    Contact and Other Stories

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. 328 pages. The first published collection of the author's short stories. ISBN: B00EOLQ3RU.

    First edition (first printing). A bit of edge wear, else a very good copy in a lightly faded dust jacket with some loss to the spine head, else very good

    Book ID: 148424
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