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The Complete Works of Washington Irving in One Volume (bound in two)

By: (Irving, Washington)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Francfort on the Main, Sigismond Schmerber: 1835

Edition: 1st German Edition (in English); First Printing

Seller ID: 15690

Condition: Very Good


Oddly, this is a one volume edition, published in two volumes; it is also the 1st German edition, though published in English (sounds as if we are not in Kansas anymore). Original blind-stamped brown cloth, spines with gilt lettering. Pages with double columns. Period calf, black leather labels, gilt lettering. Some wear and rubbing to bindings; some light foxing; square with a secure binding. Overall, very good. This first German edition (text in English), probably base... View more info

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Mr. Vertigo

By: Auster, Paul

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Penguin: 1995

Edition: First Edition Thus

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 8277

Condition: Very Good+


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" - 7½" tall; 293 pages; This 1st softcover edition of Mr. Vertigo is flatsigned on the title page by Auster. ; Signed by Author View more info

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Wild Wind

By: Bailey, Temple

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York City, Grosset & Dunlap: 1930

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 7425

Condition: 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" - 7½" 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. View more info

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Sybil, Trapper of Men

By: Barbour, Mildred

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: 1927

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 12360

Condition: 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" - 7½" tall; 313 pages; True first edition of this 1920's novel about a femme fatale. A Grosset & Dumlap bookmark list... View more info

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Robert Frost on Writing

By: Barry, Elaine

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press: 1973

Seller ID: 10766

Condition: 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. View more info

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Mr. Sammler's Planet

By: Bellow, Saul

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1970

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 7474

Condition: 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. View more info

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Humboldt's Gift

By: Bellow, Saul

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Viking Press: 1975

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 10734

Condition: 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 View more info

John Brown's Body

By: Benet, Stephen Vincent

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Rinehart & Company: 1954

Edition: First Illustrated Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 14632

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


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 View more info

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The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter

By: Bierce, Ambrose

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Heritage Press: 1967

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 11110

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


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. View more info

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Black Beetles in Amber

By: Bierce, Ambrose

Price: $150.00

Publisher: San Francisco And New York, Western Authors Publishing Company: 1892

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13749

Condition: Very Good


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 7½" - 8" tall; 280 pages; Nice collection of Bierce's caustic and funny poetry. View more info

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The Spider's House

By: Bowles, Paul

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1955

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15081

Condition: 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 View more info

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The Literary Life and the Hell with It

By: Burnett, Whit

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1938

Edition: Second Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 10731

Condition: 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. View more info

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Messer Marco Polo

By: Byrne, Donn

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Century Company: 1921

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 10743

Condition: Very Good+ with no dust jacket


Brick cloth with black titles. Very light edge and corner wear. Book is square and securely bound. ; B&W Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" 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. View more info

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Something About Eve : A Comedy of Fig-leaves

By: Cabell, James Branch

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, Robert M. Mcbride & Company: 1929

Edition: First Illustrated Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 14957

Condition: Very Good+ with no dust jacket


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 View more info

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Local Color

By: Capote, Truman

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1950

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 13650

Condition: 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. View more info

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Heriot's Choice A Tale

By: Carey, Rosa Nouchette

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, A. L. Burt Company: 1906

Edition: Later Printing

Seller ID: 10742

Condition: 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" - 7½" tall; 440 pages; From The Home Library. No date but former owner has written 1906 on front pastedown. View more info

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The Wild One

By: Cassiday, Bruce

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Pyramid Books / Hi-Lo Original: 1970

Edition: Fifth Printing

Seller ID: 12955

Condition: 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. View more info

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Lustful Summer

By: Cassill, R. V.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York City, Avon: 1958

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 6375

Condition: 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. View more info

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Sapphira and the Slave Girl

By: Cather, Willa

Price: $300.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1940

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated, Limited; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15073

Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket


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 pa... View more info

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Oh, What a Paradise it Seems

By: Cheever, John

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1982

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 12895

Condition: 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. View more info