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  • Irish Fairy Tales [Signed Limited] by Rackham, Arthur (illustrated by); James Stephens
    Rackham, Arthur (illustrated by); James Stephens
    Irish Fairy Tales [Signed Limited]

    First Edition

    London: Macmillan, 1920. x, 318 pages. 9-1/8 by 11-1/4 inches. Stephens, an Irish novelist, specialized in retelling traditional fairy tales, and this is his most popular work. This collection includes ten stories, including several in the Fenian Cycle about the mythical hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill.

    This first edition is notable for the 16 color plates contributed by Arthur Rackham, each mounted on paper and protected by tissue guards. A lovely illustrated edition, here limited to 520 copies signed by Rackham (there was also a trade edition). The book cost three guineas in 1920--about $12, when the typical price for a hardcover books was $2. ISBN: 281AIB1043905.

    First edition (first printing). A very good hardcover copy; lacking the rare dust jacket (this copy had its jacket for a long time, and the spine is darkened a bit at the base where the jacket was chipped). Bound in quarter vellum paper and plain paper-covered boards, stamped in gilt. Bookplate designed by Arthur Nelson Macdonald for Benedict Erstein on front pastedown. Signed by Rackham, as issued, on a preliminary page.

    This copy has some chipping and a bit of loss at the spine ends. The lower corners are worn; the hinges are starting to crack and have been neatly strengthened with Japanese tissue. [JSP01; JSP04]

    Book ID: 222427
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  • Aesop's Fables [Signed & Numbered] by Rackham, Arthur (illustratration); Aesop (text); V. S. Vernon Jones (translation); G.K. Chesterton (introduction)
    Rackham, Arthur (illustratration); Aesop (text); V. S. Vernon Jones (translation); G.K. Chesterton (introduction)
    Aesop's Fables [Signed & Numbered]

    First Edition Thus

    London: William Heinemann, 1912. xxix, 224 pages. 9-1/4 by 11-1/2 inches. This edition with 13 color and more than 50 black-and-white illustrations by Rackham. The color illustrations are mounted on brown paper and inserted into the text. A lovely edition, published in an edition of 1450 signed and numbered copies. ISBN: 281AIB1043903.

    First Rackham edition and first edition of this translation. Spine browned, else near fine in white muslin cloth. With the small broadside for the Leicester Galleries exhibition of the original paintings made for this book laid in, as seen in some copies. Bookplate designed by Arthur Nelson Macdonald for Benedict Erstein on front pastedown. Signed by the illustrator. [JSP01; JSP04]

    Book ID: 222418
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  • The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job by Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job

    First Edition

    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used…

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    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used to fill the empty space in the box and a piece of string used to tie the items in a bundle. ISBN: B001GTI2QI.

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    First edition (first printing). Box opened and bellyband peeled up from box edges (the only way to open the package). The Bookman pamphlet signed by McMurty and Bonner.

    In addition to the regular contents of this collection, this copy includes a hand-corrected proof of "The Bookman" (the changes are in an unknown hand, but almost certainly not McMurtry's); a trade copy of The Bookman inscribed by Bonner; an extra bumpersticker; and a white-on-white Booked Up logo sticker, perhaps a trial item. A unique assemblage.

    Book ID: 230113
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  • The Hasheesh Eater (Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library edition) by Ludlow, Fitz Hugh; illustrations by [Wilfried] Satty
    Ludlow, Fitz Hugh; illustrations by [Wilfried] Satty
    The Hasheesh Eater (Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library edition)

    First Edition Thus

    San Francisco: Level Press, 1975. 223 pages. 8-3/4 by 11-1/4 inches. One of 300 numbered hardbound copies signed by the illustrator.

    First published in 1857, The Hasheesh (Hashish) Eater was the first full-length book of drug literature written by an American. This edition published as head shops and marijuana culture were beginning to flourish in the early 1970s; the original complete text is supplemented with a new introduction, chronology, bibliography and illustrations, providing historical and scholarly context.

    The Ludlow Library was the world's largest library of psychoactive drug books and related materials, which was named after the author and housed in San Francisco. It was used by hundreds of writers and researchers on drug studies.…

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    San Francisco: Level Press, 1975. 223 pages. 8-3/4 by 11-1/4 inches. One of 300 numbered hardbound copies signed by the illustrator.

    First published in 1857, The Hasheesh (Hashish) Eater was the first full-length book of drug literature written by an American. This edition published as head shops and marijuana culture were beginning to flourish in the early 1970s; the original complete text is supplemented with a new introduction, chronology, bibliography and illustrations, providing historical and scholarly context.

    The Ludlow Library was the world's largest library of psychoactive drug books and related materials, which was named after the author and housed in San Francisco. It was used by hundreds of writers and researchers on drug studies. The Library's board of advisers included Albert Hofmann, Alexander Shulgin, Andrew Weil, Oscar Janiger, Ralph Metzner, Laura Huxley, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

    The illustrations by Wilfried Satty, whose mash-ups of Gustave Dore engravings appropriately connect the book to its 19th century origins, with a dose of drug-fueled surrealism and a healthy shot of Monty Python animation. ISBN: B0033TMZ9Y.

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    First edition thus. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. This is an interesting association copy connecting figures in the burgeoning Northern California cannabis culture of the 1970s. Inscribed by Ludlow curator Michael R. Aldrich, who wrote the first Ph.D dissertation on pot, and sponsored the first California Marijuana Initiative, to defense attorney Bob Cogen, who defended people charged with violating drug laws -- most famously members of the Native American Church charged with possession of peyote and mescaline in Arizona -- and in the marijuana-rich "Emerald Triangle" region of Humboldt County, California. Signed by Satty on the limitation page. Copy number 155. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 208492
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  • Self-Portrait: Ceaselessly into the Past [Signed and Numbered] by Macdonald, Ross; forward by Eudora Welty
    Macdonald, Ross; forward by Eudora Welty
    Self-Portrait: Ceaselessly into the Past [Signed and Numbered]

    First Edition

    Santa Barbara: Capra Pres, 1981. 129 pages. An autobiography by the author of the Lew Archer series of hardboiled detective novels. 1 of 250 signed and numbered copies, there were also 26 slipcased lettered copies; a total edition of 276 copies signed by the author and Eudora Welty (who wrote the foreword) on the limitation page. There was also a trade edition. ISBN: 281AIB1043375.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. This being copy number 240.

    Book ID: 218963
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  • Self-Portrait: Ceaselessly into the Past [Signed and Numbered] by Macdonald, Ross; forward by Eudora Welty
    Macdonald, Ross; forward by Eudora Welty
    Self-Portrait: Ceaselessly into the Past [Signed and Numbered]

    First Edition

    Santa Barbara: Capra Pres, 1981. 129 pages. An autobiography by the author of the Lew Archer series of hardboiled detective novels. 1 of 250 signed and numbered copies, there were also 26 slipcased lettered copies; a total edition of 276 copies signed by the author and Eudora Welty (who wrote the foreword) on the limitation page. There was also a trade edition. ISBN: 281AIB1043375.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. This being copy number 33.

    Book ID: 218965
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  • The State of the Novel: Dying Art or New Science by Percy, Walker
    Percy, Walker
    The State of the Novel: Dying Art or New Science

    First Edition

    New Orleans: Faust Publishing, 1987. 20 pages. Published in an edition of 250 numbered copies bound with cloth spines, and 75 deluxe copies with leather spines. ISBN: 09179050599.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy with leather spine; no dust jacket, as issued. Signed by the author on the title page. Copy number 15 of 75.

    Book ID: 209425
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  • The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job by Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job

    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used…

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    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used to fill the empty space in the box and a piece of string used to tie the items in a bundle. ISBN: B001GTI2QI.

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    First edition (first printing). Box and contents fine and UNOPENED. Photos are for reference only. Decorative bellyband with paper label and limitation number. Bookman signed by Bonner and McMurtry.

    Book ID: 208095
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  • The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job by Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job

    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used…

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    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used to fill the empty space in the box and a piece of string used to tie the items in a bundle. ISBN: B001GTI2QI.

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    First edition (first printing). Box and contents fine and UNOPENED. Photos are for reference only. Decorative bellyband with paper label and limitation number. Bookman signed by Bonner and McMurtry.

    Book ID: 208096
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  • The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job by Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job

    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used…

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    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used to fill the empty space in the box and a piece of string used to tie the items in a bundle. ISBN: B001GTI2QI.

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    First edition (first printing). Box and contents fine and UNOPENED. Photos are for reference only. Decorative bellyband with paper label and limitation number. Bookman signed by Bonner and McMurtry.

    Book ID: 208097
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  • The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job by Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    Bonner, Stayton; introduction by Larry McMurtry
    The Bookman: A Story About Larry McMurtry's Other Day Job

    First Edition

    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used…

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    (Archer City, TX): Three Dog Press, 2006. Deluxe edition, one of 200 copies. 8 by 11-1/2 by 2-3/4-inch pine box containing items related to McMurtry's life as a bookseller beginning with his first bricks-and-mortar bookstore, Booked Up, in Washington D. C.

    Included in the box are 1) A signed copy of The Bookman in handsewn wrappers; 2) eight 4 by 6-inch glossy photos of McMurtry; 3) a facsimile copy of Washington D. C. Booked Up Permanent Want List; 4) Booked Up Archer City, TX business card; 5) Booked up Archer City, TX bumper sticker (folded once to fit in the box), and 6) Booked Up blue-and-white pig logo sticker. There is also a piece of burlap, used to fill the empty space in the box and a piece of string used to tie the items in a bundle. ISBN: B001GTI2QI.

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    First edition (first printing). Box and contents fine and UNOPENED. Photos are for reference only. Decorative bellyband with paper label and limitation number. Bookman signed by Bonner and McMurtry. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 208098
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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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  • Phantom Silver by Kittredge, William
    Kittredge, William
    Phantom Silver

    First Edition

    [n.-pl. but Missoula, MT]: The Kutenai Press, 1987. [17] pages. Chapbook. A story of the Lone Ranger. Illustrated with color wood engraving by Dirk Lee. Limited edition of 150 copies signed by the author and illustrator. ISBN: 9780937459027.

    First edition (first printing). A touch of edge wear, thus a near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed by the author and illustrator on the limitation page. Prospectus laid in. Unnumbered printer's "proof" copy. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 182186
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  • The Sacrilege of Alan Kent by Caldwell, Erskine
    Caldwell, Erskine
    The Sacrilege of Alan Kent

    Portland, ME: Falmouth Book House, 1936. 56 pages. One of 300 copies. ISBN: 281AIB1049731.

    Revised edition. Light toning to spine. In the original slipcase with a few bumps to the corners. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Copy number 16.

    Book ID: 265678
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  • The Face [Numbered edition] by Koontz, Dean
    Koontz, Dean
    The Face [Numbered edition]

    First Edition

    New York: Charnel House, 2003. 554 pages. One of 500 signed, numbered copies (there were also 26 lettered copies). ISBN: 9780927389198.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued, in a matching slipcase. This copy has brown pencil lines in the margin of the title page and the two following pages. Signed by the author on the colophon pages. With a typed letter, signed, by Koontz laid in, donating this book to a charity auction.

    Book ID: 185259
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  • Body [Signed, limited edition] by Crews, Harry
    Crews, Harry
    Body [Signed, limited edition]

    First Edition

    New York: Poseidon Press / Ultramarine Publishing Co. Inc, 1990. 240 pages. A novel. Sheets from the first printing by Poseidon bound by Denis Gouey. One of a limited edition of 50 signed copies of the first edition; 40 numbered copies were quarter-bound in gold-stamped leather with gilt-decorated paper over boards, and 10 lettered copies were bound in full leather. ISBN: 281AIB1037461.

    First edition (first printing). Faint spotting to top of page block, else a fine copy; in an acetate jacket that appears to go with the book but may have been made by a professional. Signed by the author. Copy number 10 of 50.

    Book ID: 184822
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  • Denver, the Man: The Life, Letters and Public Papers of the Lawyer, Soldier and Statesman [Autograph edition] by Barnes, George C.
    Barnes, George C.
    Denver, the Man: The Life, Letters and Public Papers of the Lawyer, Soldier and Statesman [Autograph edition]

    First Edition

    Wilmington, OH: (n.p.), 1949. 372 pages. Autograph Edition.

    A biography of the man who gave Colorado's capital its name -- a land speculator named his settlement after James W. Denver, then governor of the Kansas Territory, which included present-day Colorado. Denver also served as a general during the Civil War and as the Secretary of State of California.

    This is one of a small number of copies of this book bound with an original autograph letter. The letter is written on thin tissue paper, which was removed from a copy press book - an early letter copying technology. The writer wrote his letters using a special slow drying ink in a book of thin paper…

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    Wilmington, OH: (n.p.), 1949. 372 pages. Autograph Edition.

    A biography of the man who gave Colorado's capital its name -- a land speculator named his settlement after James W. Denver, then governor of the Kansas Territory, which included present-day Colorado. Denver also served as a general during the Civil War and as the Secretary of State of California.

    This is one of a small number of copies of this book bound with an original autograph letter. The letter is written on thin tissue paper, which was removed from a copy press book - an early letter copying technology. The writer wrote his letters using a special slow drying ink in a book of thin paper sheets. After the letter was finished, the writer's letterhead was placed below the tissue paper and a special oiled paper was inserted in front of the tissue paper and behind the letterhead, to prevent the ink from spreading to other sheets of paper. The copy book was placed in a modified bookpress for a few seconds, which forced the ink through the copy paper and onto the letterhead sheet. In this way, the writer kept the original and sent the copy on letterhead. ISBN: 281AIB0027262.

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    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy, no dust jacket. A bit of wear to the spine ends and small scuffs to the rear cover. Signed letter by Denver in printed envelope affixed to front free endpaper. The letter in this copy was written in 1870 regarding a land patent in Santa Cruz, California. At the time the letter was written, Denver was an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC.

    Book ID: 16874
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  • The State of the Novel: Dying Art or New Science by Percy, Walker
    Percy, Walker
    The State of the Novel: Dying Art or New Science

    First Edition

    New Orleans: Faust Publishing, 1987. 20 pages. Published in an edition of 250 numbered copies bound with cloth spines, and 75 deluxe copies with leather spines. ISBN: 09179050599.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. This copy is unnumbered and with the printed designation of "Presentation copy." One of a small number of copies with the imprint "Lord John Press" on the spine.

    Book ID: 266788
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  • Jester's Dozen by Updike, John
    Updike, John
    Jester's Dozen

    First Edition

    Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1984. Unpaginated but about 20 pages. One of 50 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author. ISBN: 9780935716252.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine publisher's original acetate dust jacket. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Copy number 28. Signed a second time on the half-title page, inscribed to the prevous owner.

    Book ID: 200082
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  • The Innswich Horror [Signed & Lettered] by Lee, Edward
    Lee, Edward
    The Innswich Horror [Signed & Lettered]

    First Edition

    Baltimore: Cemetery Dance, 2010. 187 pages. First hardcover edition, one of 52 lettered copies (there were also 600 numbered copies). ISBN: 281AIB1044670.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine traycase. Copy EE of 52 deluxe copies signed by the author.

    Book ID: 229918
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