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Mr. Vertigo, Auster, Paul
1 Auster, Paul Mr. Vertigo
New York Penguin 1995 First Edition Thus Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
Book has light wear, a small diagonal crease on the back, bottom left corner and a former owner's name and address on back of front wrap. Book is square and binding is secure. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 293 pages; This 1st softcover edition of Mr. Vertigo is flatsigned on the title page by Auster. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Wild Wind, Bailey, Temple
2 Bailey, Temple Wild Wind
New York City Grosset & Dunlap 1930 First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
The book is about NF with a little sunning to the spine and minor wear otherwise. Dustjacket has some edg e and corner wear with very small chips. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 316 pages; Some sites list this as the first edition, but I think this is a G&D reprint from 1930. This copy has an attractive dustjacket by Charles Mitchell. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Sybil, Trapper of Men, Barbour, Mildred
3 Barbour, Mildred Sybil, Trapper of Men
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1927 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Book has pale blue covers with black titles. Light edge and corner wear with some aging on foredges and interior pages, mostly the endpapers. Jacket has edge and corner wear with some scuffing on folds and a quarter-sized scuff on spine. Still, for the most part, an attractive jacket, now in mylar. Jacket has list of G&D books on back. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 313 pages; True first edition of this 1920's novel about a femme fatale. A Grosset & Dumlap bookmark listing their "Novels of Distinction", which are reprints, or sale at a dollar a piece is laid in. Nice bit of bibliophilic ephemera. 
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Robert Frost on Writing, Barry, Elaine
4 Barry, Elaine Robert Frost on Writing
New Brunswick Rutgers University Press 1973 Softcover Very Good 
Book is as new except for a diagonal crease across toop quarter. One note in ink on inside, that I see. Book is square and binding secure, appears unread. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 188 pages; Collection of essays, letters, interviews and more examples of Rober Frost talking about the art and craft of writing. 
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Humboldt's Gift, Bellow, Saul
5 Bellow, Saul Humboldt's Gift
New York Viking Press 1975 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Yellow boards with a darker backstrip with black titles on spine. Book has light edge, corner and surface wear but is square and securely bound. Jacket has wear and aging along with some small tears. VG/G+; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 487 pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Mr. Sammler's Planet, Bellow, Saul
6 Bellow, Saul Mr. Sammler's Planet
New York Viking 1970 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Book has general, overall wear. Dustjacket has light edge and corner wear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 313 pages; Novel by Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow. 
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7 Benet, Stephen Vincent John Brown's Body
New York Rinehart & Company 1954 First Illustrated Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Illustrated by Fritz Kredel and Warren Chappell 
Book has general light wear and aging with a bump on the top front corner. Jacket has similar light wear and aging but also a bit of loss at top of spine. This is the large format, illustrated edition of Benet's epic poem of the Civil War. ; B&W Drawings with Tinting; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 368 pages 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Black Beetles in Amber, Bierce, Ambrose
8 Bierce, Ambrose Black Beetles in Amber
San Francisco And New York Western Authors Publishing Company 1892 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by J. H. E. Partington 
Pale green cloth with slightly faded gilt titles. Light edge and corner wear. Expected age toning. Still square and securely bound. Solid copy; Frontispiece Drawing of Bierce; Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall; 280 pages; Nice collection of Bierce's caustic and funny poetry. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter, Bierce, Ambrose
9 Bierce, Ambrose The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter
New York The Heritage Press 1967 First Edition Thus Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Michel Ciry 
Book appears unused. Slipcase (no dustjacket) has light shelf wear and aging. ; Color Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 78 pages; Famous story by Bierce. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Spider's House, Bowles, Paul
10 Bowles, Paul The Spider's House
New York Random House 1955 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Some light edge, corner and surface wear with the ghost of a glass or bottle ring on the front. Slight aging but square and securely bound. Sentence on Morocco on the ffep. This is one of Bowles early novels. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 406 pages 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Literary Life and the Hell with It, Burnett, Whit
11 Burnett, Whit The Literary Life and the Hell with It
New York Harper & Brothers 1938 Second Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Beige pictorial covers with red and black titles. Some edge, corner and surface wear with some sunning on spine. Binding is square and secure. Brief note and signature, "Oliver" on half title. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 276 pages; Lots of anecdotes about American writers of the first half of the twentieth century. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Messer Marco Polo, Byrne, Donn
12 Byrne, Donn Messer Marco Polo
New York The Century Company 1921 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket Illustrated by C. B. Falls 
Brick cloth with black titles. Very light edge and corner wear. Book is square and securely bound. ; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 147 pages; Red and white bookstore sticker on rear pastedown reads "The Boys and Girls Own Book Store. The J. K. Gill Co. Portland Oregon." This appears to be a young adult novel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Something About Eve : A Comedy of Fig-leaves, Cabell, James Branch
13 Cabell, James Branch Something About Eve : A Comedy of Fig-leaves
New York Robert M. Mcbride & Company 1929 First Illustrated Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket Illustrated by Frank C. Pape' 
Deep blue cloth with gilt title and illustration. Very light edge, corner and surface wear along with very minor aging and some light tearing along front hinge that does not affect the binding. Very attractive, almost near fine, copy. This is the stated First Impression of this illustrated edition of Cabell's comic novel. The First Edition of the book was 1927. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 376 pages 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Local Color, Capote, Truman
14 Capote, Truman Local Color
New York Random House 1950 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Book has some edge and corner wear along with expected aging. Still square and securely bound. Jacket has some edge and corner wear, mainly scuffing along with chips at spine ends. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 92 pages; Local Color was Capote's third book. It is a collection of his essays on people and places in Europe. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Heriot's Choice A Tale, Carey, Rosa Nouchette
15 Carey, Rosa Nouchette Heriot's Choice A Tale
New York A. L. Burt Company 1906 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Maroon cloth with titles in gilt on spine. Some edge and corner wear along with light, general aging. Former owner's name on front pastedown, on first page of story and in back on rear endpaper. Book is square and binding is secure. ; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 440 pages; From The Home Library. No date but former owner has written 1906 on front pastedown. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Wild One, Cassiday, Bruce
16 Cassiday, Bruce The Wild One
New York Pyramid Books / Hi-Lo Original 1970 Fifth Printing Softcover Very Good 
Pictorial wraps on blue background. Light edge and corner wear. Some light toning on foredges and on interior. Book is square and securely bound. Probably unread; spine has no creasing. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 160 pages; Novel of youthful, motocycling rebel, suffering from heartbreak. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Lustful Summer, Cassill, R. V.
17 Cassill, R. V. Lustful Summer
New York City Avon 1958 First Edition; First Printing Softcover Very Good 
Crease near spine on front; first signature slightly pulled but not loose. There is light wear on the wraps. Book is square. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 158 pages; From the title and the cover, one might think that this book is what is often termed "sleaze, " but it is not. R. V. Cassill was a respected writer and taught fiction writng with great success. This novel is an Avon original and is the first edition of this work. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Cather, Willa
18 Cather, Willa Sapphira and the Slave Girl
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1940 1st Edition, Stated, Limited; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Light green cloth over boards with darker green spine along with gilt decoration on front and gilt titles and decoration on spine. The covers show some light aging around the edges and there is a former owner's name on the front pastedown, otherwise; the book is about fine. This copy is from a signed and numbered limited edition of 520. This is number 163. This was Cather's last novel and deals with slavery and the Underground Railroad. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 295 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Oh, What a Paradise it Seems, Cheever, John
19 Cheever, John Oh, What a Paradise it Seems
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1982 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Book would be near fine to fine except for small remainder marks on top and bottom foredges. Jacket has some minor edge wear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 100 pages; Cheever's fourth novel, quite brief. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Southern Cross the Dog, Cheng, Bill
20 Cheng, Bill Southern Cross the Dog
New York Ecco/ HarperCollins 2014 0062225022 / 9780062225023 First Edition Thus Softcover Fine 
Book is as new and unread. Debut novel with language compared to Faulkner, O'Connor and McCartney. This is the Ecco first paperback edition. ; Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall; 324 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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