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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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  • The Son of Perdition by Cozzens, James Gould
    Cozzens, James Gould
    The Son of Perdition

    First Edition

    New York: William Morrow & Company, 1929. 304 pages. A novel "set in a small seaside town in Cuba dominated by American sugar interests" -- from the front flap. ISBN: 281AIB1039313.

    First edition (first printing). Bound in yellow cloth with black lettering and decoration. Edge and corner wear, and a tide mark to spine foot and into the bottom edge of the page block, thus a very good copy. In a dust jacket with a few light creases and a shade of toning to spine. Former seller's small sticker on rear pastedown.

    Book ID: 199298
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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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  • Barbary Shore [Green Proof] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Barbary Shore [Green Proof]

    New York: Rinehart & Co, 1951. 312 pages. An advance copy of Mailer's second novel, bound in wrappers using the dust jacket design. The book was issued in two variant jackets, one printed in black and red and the other in black and green. The proofs also came in two color variants. This is the green.

    A very good copy in wrappers (paperback), with the typical tanning and cracking at the spine. Tear to the fold of the rear flap. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For the collection of Don Kaufmann from Norman Mailer." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).

    Book ID: 267418
    Keywords: Fiction, nxm
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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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  • Barbary Shore [Red Proof] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Barbary Shore [Red Proof]

    New York: Rinehart & Co. Inc, 1951. 312 pages. An advance copy of Mailer's second novel, bound in wrappers using the dust jacket design. The book was issued in two variant jackets, one printed in black and red and the other in black and green. The proofs also came in two color variants. This is the red.

    A very good paperback copy. Spine toned with the typical tanning and cracking at the spine; stained and chipped at the upper spine corner. Front hinge weak. Creases and short tears to fold of front flap of paper wrapper. Inscribed by the author on the half-title "To Donald Kaufmann whom I knew when! Cheers, Don / Norman Mailer / May 2005." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years). Scarce.

    Book ID: 267419
    Keywords: ARC, Fiction, nxm
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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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