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  • Tenth Annual Sensational W. P. Kinsella Fantastic One Size Fits All Self Serving Year End Letter: Stupendous - In Living Color Withoyut Commercial Interruption - Wonderful by Kinsella, W. P.
    Kinsella, W. P.
    Tenth Annual Sensational W. P. Kinsella Fantastic One Size Fits All Self Serving Year End Letter: Stupendous - In Living Color Withoyut Commercial Interruption - Wonderful

    First Edition

    Chilliwack, B. C: (the author), [1997]. A single 8.5 by 11 sheet, photocopied from typescript. A holiday letter with news about Kinsella's books, travels, movies and Broadway plays watched, and readings he gave during the year. He also describes the accident that halted his writing career for fourteen years. A very scarce Kinsella publication. No copies of what was an ongoing series of similar letters located on OCLC. ISBN: 281AIB1026283.

    First edition. Near fine (original folds). Signed at the end, "Bill." With the original mailing envelope addressed to Peter Howard at Serendipity Books in Berkeley. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 119610
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  • Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut: A Festschrift for Kurt Vonnegut on His Sixtieth Birthday by [Vonnegut, Kurt] Krementz, Jill (editor)
    [Vonnegut, Kurt] Krementz, Jill (editor)
    Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut: A Festschrift for Kurt Vonnegut on His Sixtieth Birthday

    First Edition

    New York: (Delacorte Press), (1982). 164 pages. Illustrated with photographs and facsimiles. A collection of short tributes to Vonnegut arranged by his wife, the photographer Jill Krementz. Among the contributors are John Updike, Brendan Gill, Richard Yates, Gail Godwin, John Irvine, Norman Mailer, E. L. Doctorow, Garry Trudeau, George Plimpton, Truman Capote, and various members of the Vonnegut family. Published in an edition of 500 numbered copies, none of which were for sale. ISBN: B002GF51S8.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. A bit of spotting to the back edge of the slipcase. Copy 313 of 500.

    Book ID: 204285
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  • The Origin of the Brunists: A Novel (second state dust jacket) by Coover, Robert
    Coover, Robert
    The Origin of the Brunists: A Novel (second state dust jacket)

    First Edition

    New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1966. 441 pages. The author's first book. First edition in a second issue dust jacket, with the title font reduced to better fit the spine (the difference between the two jackets is perhaps most easily measured in the height of the spine title: first state measures 1-5/8 inches in height while the second state measures 1-3/8 inches). Sol Yurick was the author of 'The Warriors' published in 1965 and later made into a movie of the same name. ISBN: 281AIB1039123.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "For Sol and Adrienne (Yurick), who kept the last channels open, the wise counsel flowing, the spirit from flagging and the homefires burning throughout this arduous expatriate first vision experience, this first first copy in gratitude, homage and affection. Bob." Sol Yurick wrote a blurb that appears on the flyleaf. Nice association copy. First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good (second state) dust jacket. Slight darkening to bottom of spine and inside of dust jacket. Edge wear to dust jacket.

    Book ID: 265043
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  • A Prisoner in Babylon by Strain, Madeleine D.
    Strain, Madeleine D.
    A Prisoner in Babylon

    First Edition

    New York: The Macaulay Company, 1930. 324 pages. A novel; the author's only book. ISBN: B002RCVWAQ.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a price-clipped dust jacket with chips along the edges and tears at the flap folds. Scarce.

    Book ID: 263028
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  • Good Country People and The Enduring Chill by O'Connor, Flannery; edited with notes by Mataki Mattori and Fusae Matsumoto
    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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  • The Origin of the Brunists: A Novel [Advance reading copy] by Coover, Robert
    Coover, Robert
    The Origin of the Brunists: A Novel [Advance reading copy]

    New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1966. 441 pages. Advance reading copy of Coover's first novel. ISBN: 281AIB1039106.

    Very good in wrappers (paperback) printed with a letter in typescript on the publisher's letterhead. Inscribed by the author on the cover to the noted bookseller and collector:" For Burt Britton / who shared / Robert Coover."

    Book ID: 197742
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  • Confusion by Cozzens, James Gould
    Cozzens, James Gould
    Confusion

    First Edition

    Boston: B. J. Brimmer, 1924. 404 pages. The first novel, written while he was a Harvard undergraduate, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. ISBN: B000ONBE94.

    First edition (first printing in the original publisher's green binding with the top edge of the page block dyed red). Some wear to the extremities, but a nice-enough copy. This copy is generically inscribed (be still the hearts of modern firsts collectors who disdain names written in their books). "With the kindest regards of the author, James Gould Cozzens. April 12, 1924." According to the copyright office, the novel received its copyright on April 3, 1924, making this one of the first copies Cozzens signed. Rather uncommon. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 193114
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  • Sixth Annual W. P. Kinsella Self-Serving Year-end Letter & Botulism Antidote by Kinsella, W. P.
    Kinsella, W. P.
    Sixth Annual W. P. Kinsella Self-Serving Year-end Letter & Botulism Antidote

    First Edition

    White Rock, BC: (the author), 1993. Two 8.5 by 11 sheets, photocopied from typescript. A holiday letter with news about Kinsella's books, celebrities he met, and readings he gave during the year. A very scarce Kinsella publication. No copies of what was an ongoing series of similar letters located on OCLC. ISBN: 281AIB1020546.

    First edition. Folded for mailing. Small tear in bottom margin of page 2, neatly repaired on the back (verso) with a small piece of Japanese tissue; offsetting of printed signature to bottom of page 1, else fine. With a handwritten note, not signed, in Kinsella's hand at the top of page 1. Original mailing envelope addressed by Kinsella present. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 91357
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  • All the Young Men by La Farge, Oliver
    La Farge, Oliver
    All the Young Men

    First Edition

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935. 272 pages. Short stories by the winner of the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ISBN: B007T1YHIY.

    First edition (first printing). Blue cloth a bit browned on spine, else a near fine copy in an unclipped dust jacket with wear at the corners and a common "Recommended by the Book of the Month Club" sticker on cover, else very good.

    Book ID: 148535
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  • The Hawk is Dying [Uncorrected Advance Proofs] by Crews, Harry
    Crews, Harry
    The Hawk is Dying [Uncorrected Advance Proofs]

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. 159 pages. 5-1/4 by 10-3/4 inches. Advance proofs of the author's sixth novel. Adapted for the 2006 movie starring Paul and Michelle Williams. ISBN: 281AIB1037601.

    A near fine copy in blue printed wrappers (paperback). Light fading to spine. Publisher's proof label with publication date and price affixed to the cover with scotch tape. Synopsis with price and page count stapled to front cover verso. Scarce, not listed in Ahearn Author Price Guide.

    Book ID: 185599
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  • Two Stories by Moore, Brian
    Moore, Brian
    Two Stories

    Northridge, CA: Santa Susana Press, 1978. 5-1/by 8 inches. Two previously published stores, "Uncle T" and "Preliminary Pages for a Work of Revenge." Published in an edition of 300 numbered and 26 lettered copies signed by the author. ISBN: 281AIB1041636.

    Fine in full brown leather with spine stamped in gold. An out-of-series copy. This is publisher Herb Yellin's copy, inscribed to him by Moore ("For Herb / Brian Moore") on the limitation page. To the best of our knowledge it is the only copy in the edition that is bound in full brown leather.

    Book ID: 209409
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  • The Indifferent Children by Lee, Andrew [Auchincloss, Louis]
    Lee, Andrew [Auchincloss, Louis]
    The Indifferent Children

    First Edition

    New York: Prentice-Hall, 1947. 424 pages. The author's first novel. ISBN: B0007E03V0.

    First edition (first printing). Edges worn and frayed thus a very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to book editor and collector William Targ: "with compliments of the author -- not Andrew Lee but Louis Auchincloss." With a typed letter signed (TLS) by the author dated 1970 addressed to Mr. Targ.

    Book ID: 264843
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  • Question and Answer: The Second Archibald Yell Smith IV Lecture by Price, Reynolds
    Price, Reynolds
    Question and Answer: The Second Archibald Yell Smith IV Lecture

    First Edition

    Chattanooga, TN: The Baylor School, 1979. 12 pages. Reportedly, one of 500 copies, none of which were for sale. Write and West, Reynolds Price: A Bibliography, A28. Scarce. ISBN: B0030DDCGS.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Staples rusting.

    Book ID: 162834
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  • The Kid by Coover, Robert
    Coover, Robert
    The Kid

    New York: American Place Theater, 1972. 50 pages. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Original playscript. The text is reproduced from typescript; the title page is typeset. According to the New York Times review, the play opened on Nov. 17; this script is dated 2 November 1972. The play opened at the American Place Theater in New York and, according to Coover's CV on the Brown University website, it has been performed many times all over the world. It won three Obie awards for its initial run. A very uncommon original playscript, with only one copy in OCLC (University of South Carolina). The play was included in Coover's book A Theological Position (May 1972). ISBN: 281AIB1038189.

    This version of the play likely dates from the beginning of previews. A comparison of this script with the one published in A Theological Position would show whether the text was revised during rehearsals. Rear cover faded at the edges, else fine in brad-bound wrappers, as issued.

    Book ID: 191307
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  • The Origin of the Brunists: A Novel (first state) by Coover, Robert
    Coover, Robert
    The Origin of the Brunists: A Novel (first state)

    First Edition

    New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1966. 441 pages. The author's first book. In a first issue dust jacket, with the word Brunists too wide for the spine (the font was reduced for the second state, however, the difference is perhaps most easily measured in the height of the spine title: first state measures 1-5/8 inches in height while the second state measures 1-3/8 inches). ISBN: 281AIB0026398.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy. Light spotting to page block edges; uneven darkening to gold lettering on spine. In a bright, first state dust jacket with wear to the corners and spine head, and toning to flap edges. Inscribed by the author to the previous owner on the title page and dated 1992.

    Book ID: 197885
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  • The Hawk is Dying by Crews, Harry
    Crews, Harry
    The Hawk is Dying

    First Edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. 226 pages. The author's sixth novel. Adapted for the 2006 movie staring Paul and Michelle Williams. Printed in an edition of about 5,000 copies. ISBN: 9780394483054.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Previous owner's blindstamp on half-title page. Signed by the author on the front flyleaf.

    Book ID: 217410
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  • A Fox Inside by Stacton, David
    Stacton, David
    A Fox Inside

    First Edition

    London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1955. 302 pages. The author's second book, set in his native California. ISBN: 281AIB1049031.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in red cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Edge and corner wear. Very good dust jacket with mild edge and corner wear and small edge chips. Book slightly cocked.

    Book ID: 264489
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  • Toinette: A Novel by Churton, Henry (Tourgee, Albion W.)
    Churton, Henry (Tourgee, Albion W.)
    Toinette: A Novel

    First Edition

    New York: J. B. Ford and Company, 1874. 510 pages plus 6 pages of ads. The novel is about "The South before and after the (Civil) war." The title character is an octoroon who falls in love with a white woman. Coyle pp. 643-45. Flory pp. 55-6. Albion Winegar Tourgée (May 2, 1838 – May 21, 1905) was an American soldier, lawyer, writer, politician, and diplomat. Wounded in the Civil War, he relocated to North Carolina afterward, where he became involved in Reconstruction activities. He served in the constitutional convention and later in the state legislature. A pioneer civil rights activist, he founded the National Citizens' Rights Association, and founded Bennett College as a normal school for freedmen in…

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    New York: J. B. Ford and Company, 1874. 510 pages plus 6 pages of ads. The novel is about "The South before and after the (Civil) war." The title character is an octoroon who falls in love with a white woman. Coyle pp. 643-45. Flory pp. 55-6. Albion Winegar Tourgée (May 2, 1838 – May 21, 1905) was an American soldier, lawyer, writer, politician, and diplomat. Wounded in the Civil War, he relocated to North Carolina afterward, where he became involved in Reconstruction activities. He served in the constitutional convention and later in the state legislature. A pioneer civil rights activist, he founded the National Citizens' Rights Association, and founded Bennett College as a normal school for freedmen in North Carolina (it has been a women's college since 1926). Known as an ally of African Americans, later in his career, Tourgée was asked to aid a committee in New Orleans to challenge segregation on railways in Louisiana, and he litigated what is known as the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). They were dismayed by the United States Supreme Court ruling that "separate but equal" public facilities were constitutional; this enabled segregation for decades. Historian Mark Elliott credits Tourgée with introducing the metaphor of "color-blind justice" into legal discourse. - Wikipedia. ISBN: B003ILRBLE.

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    First edition, second printing. As BAL 20341 notes, the difference between the two printings only occurs in the placement of certain titles in the rear ads. Wright 2323. A very good copy in pictorial cloth covers with gold and black lettering and decorations on front cover and spine. Edge and corner wear. Covers mildly scuffedf with some spotting to rear cover. Prior owner name and date on front pastedown. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 262264
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  • The Cavalier by Cable, George W.
    Cable, George W.
    The Cavalier

    First Edition

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. 311 pages plus 4 pages of other books by Cable. Cable's Civil War romance. ISBN: B002OP1ARQ.

    Inscribed by the author and his wife on front free endpaper: "To / Our friend and neighbor / A Tale of shot and sabre / And passion strong / And love, and song / For trumpet, lute and tabor. / from George W. and Louise S. (in her hand) Cable / Christmas 1901. First edition (first printing). A very good copy in red cloth. Cover with bright gold lettering with black decoration. Spine is faded. Mild edge and corner wear, corners bumped. No dust jacket. Rare with signatures of both husband and wife.

    Book ID: 262681
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  • A Peculiar Treasure by Ferber, Edna
    Ferber, Edna
    A Peculiar Treasure

    First Edition

    New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1939. 398 pages. The first of Ferber's autobiographical works, this one filled with opinion and commentary about the state of the world and even an example of the kind of anti-Semitic hate mail she regularly received. ISBN: B0012L1LA4.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine hardcover copy; one of an unspecified number signed by the author (this is #330). In a good-to-very-good slipcase beginning to split at the folds. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 148174
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