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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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  • In the Cemetery High Above Shillington: A Poem by Updike, John
    Updike, John
    In the Cemetery High Above Shillington: A Poem

    First Edition

    Concord, NH: William B. Ewert, 1995. [10] pages. Relief Engravings by Barry Moser printed directly from blocks. Limited to an edition of 150 copies signed by both Updike and Moser. This is one of 50 printed on Rives lightweight paper and handcased in boards. ISBN: B003XEROOK.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Signed by both the author and the illustrator.

    Book ID: 209552
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  • Child of Light: A Reassessment of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Spark, Muriel
    Spark, Muriel
    Child of Light: A Reassessment of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    First Edition

    Essex: Tower Bridge Publications Limited, 1951. 235 pages. ISBN: B0000CI3MO.

    First edition (first printing). Orange cloth with red lettering on spine. Spotting to top edge, else a very good copy; in a toned dust jacket with a creased snag to front panel and a 1-inch closed cut on the somewhat faded spine. Inscribed by the author to a previous owner on the front free endpaper: "To Mr. O'Toole with love from Muriel" and dated 1-9-54.

    Book ID: 186399
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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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  • Fertilizing the Continent by Oates, Joyce Carol
    Oates, Joyce Carol
    Fertilizing the Continent

    Northridge: The Santa Susana Press, 1976. 5-3/4 by 8 inches. A short poem, printed on a single page. Published in an edition of only 12 copies. ISBN: 281AIB1041635.

    Marbled paper over boards with blue cloth spine with gold lettering. A touch of wear to the spine corners else a fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Signed and dated by Oates on the title page. An unnumbered copy. This was publisher Herb Yellin's copy and is marked "Presentation Copy" on the colophon page.

    Book ID: 209408
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  • Original Poems, and a Play by Nooth, Charlotte
    Nooth, Charlotte
    Original Poems, and a Play

    First Edition

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1815. [iv], 156, [15] pages of subscribers, errata, and a terminal blank leaf. The play is Clara; or, The Nuns of Charity: A Tragic Play, in Five Acts. The poems include a section of Irish Ballads, "in the dialect spoken by the lower classes of people in the northern parts of Ireland." If you believe the Internet, Nooth was an Irish poet. This is most likely incorrect--she is probably the daughter of James and Elizabeth Nooth, born April 15, 1788, in England. As a young woman, she had some success as a writer, publishing this book and a novel the following year. Some of her poems were published in French translation. Lady Shelley (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley?) was one of the subscribers to this book. ISBN: 281AIB1030028.

    First edition (first printing). A very good or better copy in the original publisher's boards. Spine label chipped, affecting the word Poems. Despite the large number of subscribers, an uncommon book. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 136685
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  • Looters of the Public Domain... Embracing a Complete Exposure of the Fraudulent System of Acquiring Titles to the Public Lands of the United States by Puter, S. A. D. and Horace Stevens
    Puter, S. A. D. and Horace Stevens
    Looters of the Public Domain... Embracing a Complete Exposure of the Fraudulent System of Acquiring Titles to the Public Lands of the United States

    First Edition

    Portland, OR: Portland Printing House, 1908. 495 pages. The author lived in Humboldt County, California (mostly on a ranch on the Mad River), and learned to cut and survey timber in the Douglas fir and redwood forests near his home. While working for a surveyor, he started selling inside information on the value of plots about to be made available to homesteaders.

    This was Puter's first exposure to the rampant fraud in government sales of timberland. About the turn of the century, he moved a couple hundred miles north, to Oregon, where he expanded his fraudulent land dealings by overtly hiring men to claim timberland and then transfer the title. The fraud eventually resulted in the indictment…

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    Portland, OR: Portland Printing House, 1908. 495 pages. The author lived in Humboldt County, California (mostly on a ranch on the Mad River), and learned to cut and survey timber in the Douglas fir and redwood forests near his home. While working for a surveyor, he started selling inside information on the value of plots about to be made available to homesteaders.

    This was Puter's first exposure to the rampant fraud in government sales of timberland. About the turn of the century, he moved a couple hundred miles north, to Oregon, where he expanded his fraudulent land dealings by overtly hiring men to claim timberland and then transfer the title. The fraud eventually resulted in the indictment of both of Oregon's Congressional representatives and one of its senators. Puter was also indicted and convicted of fraud, and he wrote this tell-all expose from the Multnomah County jail.

    The book was edited and supported by Horace Stevens, a former federal land agent, who implores the federal government to invalidate the many fraudulent timber holdings in the Northwest. Despite naming names and testifying in court, Puter's efforts to come clean had little impact. He was pardoned by Theodore Roosevelt prior to the book's publication as a reward for testifying against others in land fraud trials. An uncommon title. ISBN: B0016M36WK.

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    First edition (first printing). Rear hinge cracked, front hinge starting, cloth worn at base of spine, thus good only, but believe it or not, better than usual for this title. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 67814
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  • Love & Fame by Berryman, John
    Berryman, John
    Love & Fame

    First Edition

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1970. 96 pages. One of a limited edition of 250 copies. All edges gilt with marbled endpapers. ISBN: 281AIB1034524.

    First edition (first printing). Black ink on spine a bit worn, thus near fine; in the publisher's original acetate dust jacket with a crease down the rear cover, thus near fine. Signed by the author on the limitation pages. This copy unnumbered. Minor wear to slipcase.

    Book ID: 158624
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  • A Boy's Will by Frost, Robert
    Frost, Robert
    A Boy's Will

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915. 63 pages. About 5-1/4 by 7-8/4 inches. The first book of poetry by the 4-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. ISBN: B000J50OJ8.

    Second printing, with "and" corrected on page 14. White endpapers. A very good copy. Light bump to one corner wear to spine ends. Spine gilt darkened. Light spotting on title page. No dust jacket. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 162854
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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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  • A Medicine for Melancholy by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    A Medicine for Melancholy

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1959. 240 pages. Story collection by the author of Fahrenheit 451. ISBN: B0006AVWYC.

    First edition (first printing). Edges a bit worn, with front flap offset on front free endpaper, else a very good copy with crisp silver lettering and decoration on spine. In a dust jacket with some wear to edges and flap creases, and soiling to back cover, thus very good. Rear flap has reviews of Dandelion Wine and a short description of The Illustrated Man.

    Book ID: 148540
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  • Vulthari bya vatonga (Matshangana) / The Wisdom of the Tonga-Shangaan People by Junod, Henri Phillippe and Alexandre A. Jaques
    Junod, Henri Phillippe and Alexandre A. Jaques
    Vulthari bya vatonga (Matshangana) / The Wisdom of the Tonga-Shangaan People

    First Edition

    Cleveland, Transvaal (Pretoria?): (Central Mission Press), [1936]. 285, [1] pages. Published with the assistance of a grant made by the Carnegie Corporation through the Research Grant Board, Union of South Africa. A collection of Tonga, Tswa, and Ronga proverbs, riddles, and proverbials names. 892 proverbs, plus names and nicknames and riddles answered with one word. In Tonga (or Tsonga) and English on facing pages. The authors were Swiss missionaries in South Africa. Scarce. ISBN: 281AIB1031280.

    First edition (first printing). Early ownership name of the character actor and Hollywood dialect coach Robert Easton, else near fine. Dated on the binding.

    Book ID: 141447
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  • At the Field's End: Interviews with Twenty Pacific Northwest Writers by O'Connell, Nicholas
    O'Connell, Nicholas
    At the Field's End: Interviews with Twenty Pacific Northwest Writers

    First Edition

    Seattle: Madrona Publishers, 1987. 322 pages. Interviewees include Jean Auel, Raymond Carver, Barry Lopez, Marilynne Robinson and Norman Maclean. Each interview illustrated with a black-and-white photo reproduction of the writer. ISBN: 9780880890250.

    First edition (first printing). Light fading to cloth at the spine ends, else near fine; in an unclipped dust jacket that is a bit faded on the spine, thus near fine. Signed by multiple writers at the beginning of their interviews: Ursula K. Le Guin, Tess Gallagher, Charles Johnson, Ivan Doig, Tom Robbins, Gary Snyder and James Welch.

    Book ID: 164900
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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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  • 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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  • Meaning and Speech Acts. Volume I: Principles of Language Use; Volume II: Formal Semantics of Success and Satisfaction [two volumes] by Vanderveken, Daniel
    Vanderveken, Daniel
    Meaning and Speech Acts. Volume I: Principles of Language Use; Volume II: Formal Semantics of Success and Satisfaction [two volumes]

    First Edition

    Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, (1990-1991). x, 244; x, 196 pages. Vanderveken co-developed the "first formalized logic of a general theory of speech acts"--the publisher. These two volumes develop the idea and connect philosophy and mathematics to linguistics. ISBN: 281AIB1021689.

    First edition (first printing). Both volumes fine; volume one has a one-inch tear at the top of the jacket spine, otherwise both jackets are nearly fine. Both volumes are inscribed by Vanderveken to Donald Davidson, an important 20th century philosopher concerned with the philosophy of language. A major association copy. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 96267
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  • The Member of the Wedding: A Play by McCullers, Carson
    McCullers, Carson
    The Member of the Wedding: A Play

    First Edition

    (New York): New Directions, 1951. 118 pages. 5-1/2 by 8-1/4 inches. A play version adapted by McCullers of her 1946 novel of the same name. Published in an edition of 8,000 copies. ISBN: B01GKLO3R8.

    First edition (first printing). A touch of wear to the corners and very light offsetting to endpapers from jacket, else a fine copy; in a lightly toned dust jacket, $2.75 price intact, with a short closed tear to the front edge of the spine foot. A very nice copy. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 186808
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  • Narodno blago sakupio i izdao Mehmed beg Kapetanovic Ljubusak po Bosni, Hercegovini i susjednim krajevima by Kapetanovic-Ljubusak, Mehmed-beg
    Kapetanovic-Ljubusak, Mehmed-beg
    Narodno blago sakupio i izdao Mehmed beg Kapetanovic Ljubusak po Bosni, Hercegovini i susjednim krajevima

    First Edition

    Sarajevo: Stampa zemaljske stamparije, 1887. A collection of Bosnian proverbs, assembled by a Bosnian Muslim writers and public official. "The first Serbian book to be published by a Mohamedan in Bosnia"--Catalogue of Printed Books: Supplement. A-Zyromski, British Museum, 1903. OCLC locates 4 copies. ISBN: 281AIB1039965.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in quarter leather. Ink stamp on title page. Wear to corners.

    Book ID: 202717
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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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