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Eloise in Paris, UK 1st Printing
$245.00
Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight. London: Max Reinhardt, 1958. First UK printing. A lovely copy of this masterpiece of drawing and humor. Clipped jacket has very slight dirt and darkening on spine, with tributes from Noel Coward, Vivien Leigh and Douglas Fairbanks, amongst others. Book is in very good condition. The pink color of the original Eloise shifts to blue in this book, once she and Nanny leave New York and hit Paris. A very collectible first.
 
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Greek Revival America
$125.00
Greek Revival America, by Roger C. Kennedy. New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1989. First printing. This monumental survey of the classical roots behind so much nineteenth century architecture runs to 456 pages and is illustrated with 190 gorgeous examples, photographed by John Hall, Jack Kotz, Robert Lautman and Mark Zeek. From the antebellum mansions of the deep South to churches in the North East and middle-class Mid-West homes, this study covers the heartland of the United States.
 
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Alexander Calder's Universe, 1st Print
$125.00
Calder's Universe by Jean Lipman. New York: Viking Press, 1976. First printing. 352 pp. A giant tribute to Calder, assembled over two years by the Whitney Museum, as the basis for a huge retrospective. Some drawings from among 457 illustrations were specially completed for the book and 103 are in color. Calder triumphs in so many areas of design and engineering, including the invention of wholly new forms of sculpture, working with joy and unsurpassed wit.
 
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William Faulkner's A Fable, 1st Printing
$275.00
A Fable by William Faulkner. New York: Random House, 1954. Stated First Printing. An excellent copy of a novel that won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Faulkner spent more than a decade on it, and considered it his masterpiece. An allegorical story, set in the First World War trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was originally considered a sharp departure for Faulkner. Jacket has one closed tear and slight aging to spine.
 
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Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, 1982
$195.00
Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake. New York and London: The Overlook Press and Methuen, 1982. First printings of a later edition, first thus in the US. One of the great Romances to have come out the '40s and '50s, this trilogy was the masterpiece of Mervyn Peake. A highly accomplished illustrator, Peake had written nonsense verse, but turned his talents to this epic saga, in response to the horrors of World War Two. Highly recommended.
 
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Gone With The Wind, 2nd Printing, 1936
$395.00
Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. Second printing, a month after the first. 'Published June, 1936' on copyright page. Supplied with a modern, facsimile jacket of the first edition, in perfect condition. Perhaps the most popular novel ever published in the US, this is an extremely early copy, with darkening to gray book boards, otherwise remarkably well-preserved.
 
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The Last Picture Show, Larry McMurtry
$745.00
The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry. New York: The Dial Press, 1966. First printing. McMurtry's early, third novel, made into a haunting movie, and one of his most collectible titles. Dust jacket has light, general darkening.
 
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C. S. Lewis's Voyage of the Dawn Treader
$149.00
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950s. No publication date on copyright page, but "Seventh Impression" on jacket flap. An early copy of the third book in the Narnia fantasy series after The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Prince Caspian. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Book boards are marked.
 
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Franny and Zooey, 1st Printing
$225.00
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 1961. First printing. Hardcover with clipped dust jacket. Minor wear on top of jacket spine.
 
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Somerset Maugham's The Magician, 1968
$45.00
The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham. London: Heinemann, 1968. Second edition, second printing. Maugham left London in 1907 to live on the Left Bank in Paris, where he met the celebrated Satanist Aleister Crowley, upon whom the character of the 'magician,' Oliver Haddo, is based. A fascinating picture of bohemian Paris at the turn of the century. This collected edition contains an introduction written by Mr. Maugham.
 
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Anita Loos' A Girl Like I, 1st Printing
$49.00
A Girl Like I by Anita Loos. New York: The Viking Press, 1966. First printing. Anita Loos was a powerfully influential trendsetter in Hollywood, with a huge number of screenplays to her name, including the legendary Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. This is the inside story of her career, love life, and multitude of famous friends. Some wear.
 
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Mr. Jefferson, Architect, Signed
$49.00
Mr. Jefferson, Architect by Desmond Guinness and Julius Sadler. New York: Viking, 1973. First printing. Signed by Desmond Guinness on the title page. Tracing Jefferson's meticulous designs reinforces the sense of awe that his buildings still inspire, to this day. From his home at Monticello to the public buildings at the University of Virginia and in Richmond, as well as numerous private dwellings, Jefferson applied Palladian principles with rare genius and sensitivity. 178 pages. Some wear.
 
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Senor Vivo and The Coca Lord, 1st Ed
$39.00
Senor Vivo and The Coca Lord, by Louis de Bernieres. New York: Morrow, 1991.First printing. This was only de Berniere's second novel, a homage to the tradition of magic realism in South American fiction. He weaves a wild tale of corruption and craziness in a fictional republic, where drug lords control the politicians and supernatural events happen every day.
 
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Maritime America
$55.00
Maritime America: Art and Artifacts from America's Great Nautical Collections, edited by Peter Neill. New York: Balsam Press, 1988. First printing. Highlights from 12 of the great maritime museums, from around the country, from The Peabody Museum and Kendall Whaling Museum to the collections at Mystic, Philadelphia and North Carolina. The lore of ship-building and whaling is explored in pictures, artifacts and even the construction of the boats themselves. 255 pages. Hardcover with jacket.
 
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Art Deco Furniture Design in France
$49.00
Art Deco Furniture: The French Designers by Alastair Duncan. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1992. First printing. 192 pages with hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs. An introduction to the work of 85 French architects, interior designers, and furniture makers who helped create the fashion for Art Deco that swept the world. Fading on spine.
 
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The Shaker World: Art, Belief, Life
$45.00
The Shaker World: Art Life Belief by John T. Kirk. New York: Abrams, 1994. First printing. As well as presenting a wide array of Shaker drawings, needlework and furniture, this book considers the influence of the Shaker aesthetic on modern designers and the enduring legacy of their wholistic approach to life. 277 illustrations, with 82 plates in color.
 
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Struwwelpeter
$55.00
Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories & Funny Pictures by Heinrich Hoffmann. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., likely 1970s. No stated edition. A later copy of these classic, scary poems for parents and their terrified offspring, which have been inspiring German families since 1845. A short, but legendary children's book, illustrated with 24 lithographs, printed every other page. Issued without dust jacket. Hardcover, with slight wear to boards.
 
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Georges Seurat: The Drawings
$45.00
Georges Seurat: The Drawings, edited by Jodi Hauptman and team. New York: MoMA, 2007. First printing. The catalog of a revelatory show in New York, showcasing Seurat's groundbreaking tonal renderings, used as studies for his more famous paintings. Explorations of light and shade, as well as repetitive mark-making demonstrate how Seurat was seeking to create a new language of representation.
 
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20 All-Time Great Science Fiction Films
$45.00
Twenty All-Time Great Science Fiction Films by Kenneth von Gunden and Stuart H. Stock. New York: Arlington House, 1982. First printing. With 150 photographs, this is a celebration of the most innovative and influential science fiction releases, from the earliest classics such as The Day The Earth Stood Still and The War of The Worlds to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove.
 
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Virginia Woolf's The Common Reader
$49.00
The Common Reader, First Series, by Virginia Woolf. London: The Hogarth Press, 1968. Eleventh printing. First appearing in 1925, this collection of essays and criticism is a fascinating compilation of Woolf's critical work. The essays provide a unique insight into her creative goals, outside of fiction. Published with the original, distinctive jacket design by Vanessa Bell.
 
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Three Letters From The Andes, 1st UK
$49.00
Three Letters from the Andes by Patrick Leigh Fermor. London: John Murray, 1988. First printing. With a charming jacket and occasional drawings by John Craxton, this is an account of the last expedition made by veteran traveler Patrick Leigh Fermor, whose travel writings about Greece, in particular, have become classics. Here, as an older man, he describes his impressions of Peru.
 
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Hemingway's The Old Man & The Sea, 1969
$85.00
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. London: Jonathan Cape, 1969. A lovely copy of a later printing, with same dust jacket as the first edition from 1952. Behind the beauty of the language thrums a relentless sense of Hemingway's search for meaning in a hostile world, a search that finally disappointed him, despite being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, when this book was his latest.
 
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The Stars & Stripes as Art & History
$55.00
The Stars and The Stripes: The American Flag as Art and History from the Birth of the Republic to the Present by Boleslaw and Marie-Louise d'Otrange Mastai. Connecticut: Konecky, 1973. First printing thus. Illustrated with 255 color plates, reproducing more than 400 photographs. An overview of the American flag from its beginnings with the "rebellious stripes" (and no stars) to the flag being posted on the moon. 240 pages. Wear on dust jacket edges.
 
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A Choice of Kipling's Prose, 1952
$49.00
A Choice of Kipling's Prose by W. Somerset Maugham. London: Macmillan, 1952. First printing, thus. Somerset Maugham, a highly successful story writer himself, was a great admirer of Kipling. Here he selects 16 works to demonstrate the variety and power of Kipling's art. Faint foxing to dust jacket and book edges.
 
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The Book of The Hand, 1962
$45.00
The Book of The Hand, by Paul Tabori. New York: Chiltern Company, 1962. First printing. 'A Compendium of Fact and Legend Since the Dawn of History'. Tabori examines the human hand as a potent symbol of what it means to be human, studying its role in religion, witchcraft and superstition, in creativity and the healing arts. He looks at the miracle of touch, the importance of grooming and the mysteries of left-handedness, as well as the revelations of palmistry and hand-writing.
 
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Fonteyn & Nureyev: The Great Years
$49.00
Fonteyn & Nureyev: The Great Years by Keith Money. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. First printing. A unique insight into the legendary pairing of two of the world's great ballet talents. Both dancers of genius in their own right, Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn developed a passionate friendship and electrifying stage partnership, thrilling audiences all over the world. Keith Money's photo record of their rehearsals and performances is truly a collector's item.
 
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Charles Addams's Monster Rally, 1950
$65.00
Monster Rally by Charles Addams. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1950. Eighth printing, from same year as the first. Classic, early collection of the Addams Family and others. 91 pages. Slight wear to unclipped jacket.
 
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The World of The Hudson River School
$55.00
American Paradise: The World of The Hudson River School, by John Howat. New York: MMA, 1987. First printing. This was the huge catalog of a show in New York, celebrating the Romantic vision of early American artists recording the wonders of their unspoiled land. This idyllic style was also taken to Europe and beyond the confines of the East coast.
 
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John Lennon's A Spaniard in The Works
$85.00
A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon. London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. Third printing. An early work by Lennon, when he was still a Beatle. Indulging in his fondness for appalling puns, he writes stories with an anti-establishment thread, illustrated with dream-like, cartoon human monsters. Slight wear to book spine. Hardcover without jacket with minor wear, as issued.
 
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The Life and Times of Dorothy Parker
$45.00
You Might as Well Live: The Life and Times of Dorothy Parker, by John Keats. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970. First printing. A biography of the extremely complex Miss Parker, who was one of the highest paid and most talked-about and quoted personalities of pre-war New York and Hollywood. Through several marriages and many lovers, she kept her biting cynicism close to the surface. A powerful portrait of a key figure in the Jazz Age and to this day. Hardcover, in perfect condition.
 
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Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman
$55.00
Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman, by Judith A. Barter and team. New York: Abrams, 1998. First printing. The catalog of a huge retrospective at The Art Institute in Chicago, which moved to Boston and Washington. 376 pages, with many color reproductions of Cassatt's remarkable works in oils and other media, particularly printmaking. Softcover with some wear.
 
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The Hound of The Baskervilles
$45.00
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. London: John Murray, 1947. Later edition, 14th printing. From the uniform edition of Conan Doyle's works. Perhaps the most famous of Holmes's longer adventures, concerning a hound who evokes nameless terror, despite being largely invisible. Hardcover with minimal fading and wear to book and jacket
 
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Antonia Fraser's King Charles II, UK 1st
$45.00
King Charles II, by Antonia Fraser. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1979. First UK printing. A spellbinding biography, which took five years to prepare, this is a glowing portrait of a King who overcame every adversity, including years of exile. By the end of his reign, Charles had overseen a renaissance in city planning, theater and the arts, as well as defeating his enemies in Parliament.
 
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Sackville-West's English Country Houses
$45.00
English Country Houses by Vita Sackville-West. London: Collins, 1947. Fifth printing. With 12 color plates and 21 other illustrations, this is part of the celebrated Britain in Pictures series, published during the War years to boost morale and remind the population what they were fighting for. This brief survey attempts to define how the classic country house was a natural growth from the landscape in which it appeared. End pages have slight foxing.
 
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Rudyard Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill
$45.00
Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling. London: Macmillan, 1975. These stories first appeared in 1906, with the novel idea of time travel as a way to learn about English history. Shakespeare's Puck acts as whimsical guide to a pair of young students, who magically encounter Roman centurions and take part in medieval castle sieges, among other adventures. A classic of its era.
 
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Sovereign Britain, 1955, Signed
$55.00
Sovereign Britain, by James Reynolds. New York: Putnam's, 1955. First printing, Signed by the author. Artist and historian James Reynolds has explored every corner of his native land and presents us with highlights of tradition, folklore and the buildings of the National Trust. A dated but fascinating tour of a land where some historical association is lurking around every corner. Hardcover with jacket.
 
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Of Yachts and Men, re-issued 1984
$55.00
Of Yachts and Men by William Atkin. New York: Sheridan House, 1984. A re-issue edition of a work that first appeared in 1949. 'An account of many happy years of building, designing and living with small boats; with plans and illustrations of some of these boats, and the circumstances under which they were conceived.' A much sought-after classic. Hardcover with some wear.
 
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Gone With The Wind, 1939
$49.00
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. London: Macmillan, 1939. Second UK edition, first printing thus. This classic saga, which had first appeared in 1936, is re-printed in this case with thinner paper to reduce the weight, for a holiday edition. Scarlett's indomitable spirit overcomes every obstacle in her path, with the exception of her own selfish pride. Hardcover with slight wear to jacket.
 
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A Shilling For Samuel, 1st, 1957
$45.00
A Shilling For Samuel, by Virginia Grilley. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1957. First printing. A charming children's story, set in colonial Salem, illustrated by the author. Using the childhood of real-life architect Samual McIntyre as a starting-point, the author recreates the possibilities of life in the early colonies, as a boy discovers his true calling.
 
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David Gentleman's Coastline of Britain
$55.00
Coastline, by David Gentleman. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988. First printing. A mouthwatering tour of the British coast, in all its extraordinary variation. Gentleman's skill as a draughtsman is matched by his enthusiasm for the beauty still to be found along the coasts and his knowledge of the local traditions and trades. 192 pages. Hardcover with some wear to jacket.
 
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David Hockney on Photography
$95.00
Hockney on Photography by Paul Joyce. New York: Harmony Books, 1988. First printing. A flawless copy of this seminal celebration of Hockney's methods. We see "the effect the medium has had on his paintings, graphic designs, and stage sets. He not only describes how he began creating his original "joiners" or photo collages but how he was influenced by Cubist painting.
 
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Henry Miller: My Life and Times
$65.00
My Life and Times by Henry Miller. New York: Playboy Press, 1971. First printing. A wonderful snapshot of Henry Miller's eccentric mind and lifestyle in his older years, surrounded by girlfriends and feverishly producing paintings and words. His lifelong obsessions show no sign of declining as he philosophizes about art, life and the past. A rare, bohemian classic, in good condition, with scratch to dust jacket.
 
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Turner - 'A Wonderful Range of Mind'
$55.00
J. M. W. Turner 'A Wonderful Range of Mind', by John Gage. New Haven: Yale University, 1987. First printing. A new study of Turner's staggering output of work, based on recent researches about his life. Gage considers his training and working methods, extensive travels, relationship to art of the past, his patrons and his many writings. 262 pages, with many color reproductions of detail. Hardcover with jacket .
 
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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
$75.00
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. New York: Macmillan, 1955. Third printing. A lovely copy of this highly collectible children's classic, the first in the legendary Chronicles of Narnia. In this dissertation on sin and redemption, disguised as a children's adventure, Lewis's storytelling skill is enhanced by the exceptional drawings of Pauline Baynes. Some wear to jacket and book boards and small owner name to first end board.
 
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Elvis by Albert Goldman
$49.00
Elvis by Albert Goldman. London: Allen Lane, 1981. First Printing. The first definitive biography that attempted to explain Elvis's schizophrenic mastery of gospel music, rock and roll and decadent excess. Taking three years and over 600 interviews, Goldman goes a long way to untangle the man and the myth, in a saga that often resembles fiction. 598 pages. Wonderful jacket by Milton Glaser.
 
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Tolkien's The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
$55.00
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J. R. R. Tolkien. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1975. Ninth printing. Illustrated by the wonderful drawings of Pauline Baynes, made famous for her work on the Narnia books, this is an unusual addition to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga. Tom Bombadil appears as a Green Giant-type, minstrel figure who assists the Hobbits. Here, he has his own volume of 16 songs celebrating Middle Earth. Hardcover with slight wear on dust jacket edges.
 
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The Time of The Hero, First Printing
$55.00
The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa. New York: Grove Press, 1966. First printing. An immaculate copy, with unfaded jacket, of the acclaimed author's first novel. "The book caused a scandal in the author's native Peru, and 1000 copies were burned in an official ceremony at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy, where the novel is set. That same year the book was awarded the Biblioteca Breve Prize, an award given to the best new work of fiction in the Spanish language." A rarity.
 
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John Russell's Paris, 1st Printing
$55.00
Paris by John Russell. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983. First printing. Hardcover. A meticulously researched guide to the architectural and artistic history that make up the ever-developing beauty of Paris. Illustrated with hundreds of historical engravings, photos, and paintings, New York Times art critic Russell attempts to capture the evolution of the city's complicated charm, through the medium of her artistic achievements, over centuries. 352 pp.
 
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The Hunter and The Whale
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The Hunter and the Whale by Laurens Van der Post. London: The Hogarth Press, 1967. First printing. This is a beautiful, fresh copy of one of Van der Post's most powerful novels. A young South African is taken on board a whaling vessel and grows up fast, observing the struggles of men against the powers of nature. Slight dirt to back cover of jacket. As new, in otherwise very good dust jacket. Hardcover, excellent condition.
 
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Isak Dinesen's Carnival, 1st Printing
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Carnival: Entertainments and Posthumous Tales by Isak Dinesen. NY: University of Chicago Press, 1977. First printing. As Dinesen's fame and popularity have grown, so have the number of her rediscovered writings. These 11 tales span her entire career, from youthful experiments to fragments she was working on at the time of her death, in 1962. Hardcover.
 
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A Fitting Death for Billy the Kid, 1960
$45.00
A Fitting Death For Billy The Kid, by Ramon F. Adams. OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1960. First printing. The first book to sort the facts of William H. Bonney's life from the incredible tangle of legends and exaggerations that grew up around him. Billy The Kid's drab persona, although undoubtedly a cold-blooded killer, contrast strangely with the role of mythic outlaw that tradition has thrust upon him.
 
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Tolkien's Farmer Giles of Ham
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Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1970. Seventh printing. Illustrated with genius by Pauline Baynes, this is a minor work by Tolkien, concerning Farmer Giles of Ham, his mare and his dog. Together they somehow defeat a dragon called Chrysophax, of Imperial line. Bright jacket, in good condition. Owner name.
 
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Anna and The King of Siam, 1947
$55.00
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. London: Harrap, 1947. Third printing of this classic, true story about Anna Leonowens. Period illustrations by Margaret Ayer. Filmed in 1956 starring Yul Brenner and Deborah Kerr, based on the 1951 Broadway play that also featured Yul Brenner. Re-filmed as The King and I in 1999 with Jodie Foster. A wartime book, with thinner paper, rarely appearing in this collectible condition.
 
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Schindler's List, First Printing
$55.00
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982. First Printing. Made famous by Spielberg's movie version, this is the devastating account of one man's obsessive mission to save the lives of Jewish prisoners facing extermination at Auschwitz. A masterly novel that does not fail to chill the spirit; the first printing has become very sought-after. Jacket has very slight fading to spine, otherwise very good.
 
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Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa, 1965
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Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway. London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. Third edition, fifth printing, with drawings to each chapter heading. Hemingway's deceptively simple style sketches a month of blood-thirsty safari adventures, a personal account of Africa's beauty that he wanted to read like fiction. Book is in excellent condition, with owner blind stamp to half-title page. Unclipped dust jacket has small loss and repair to lower spine. Otherwise, a good copy of an unusual UK edition.
 
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The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
$55.00
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson. New York: Little Brown, 1960. Eleventh printing for the book club. 770 pp. The massive and definitive edition of Dickinson's work, bringing her unique poetic voice into focus. Jacket has small chip from front top edge.
 
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The Grand Tour
$49.00
The Grand Tour by Christopher Hibbert. London: Methuen, 1987. First printing. In eighteenth century England, no gentleman's education was considered complete until he had traveled, to see (and sometimes plunder) the artistic treasures of Europe. Often taking years, these journeys generated portraits, journals and correspondence that has been selected here, with the best anecdotes describing the adventures of young aristocrats and culture seekers of the time. 256 pages.
 
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The English Garden
$45.00
The English Garden by Laurence Fleming and Alan Gore. London: Michael Joseph, 1979. First printing. Based on a British television series, this celebration of England's heritage concentrates on the esteemed garden designers who worked from the 1680s until about the 1820s. The classical ideals of the great estate owners led to a national obsession with formality versus naturalism that continues to this day. Hardcover with some wear on jacket.
 
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Brave New World, 1950s
$55.00
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. New York: Harper and Row, 1950s. First book club printing. Nothing dates faster than predictions about the future, but Huxley's famous dystopian novel from 1932 included elements that should cause us a shiver of fear right now. His predictions of drug abuse, the breakdown of the family and a sport-obsessed nation of the uneducated and voluntarily medicated seem shamefully prescient. Hardcover, jacket by E.McKnight Kauffer.
 
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The I Hate To Cook Book, 1st Printing
$55.00
The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1960. First printing. This charming guide to simplifying the terrors of cooking has become a classic. Illustrated by Hilary Knight, who also was working on the Eloise series.
 
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Americans in Paris 1860-1900
$55.00
Americans in Paris 1860-1900, edited by Kathleen Adler and team. London: National Gallery,1996. First printing. The catalog of a huge show in London, Boston, and New York that explored the artistic interaction between America and Paris in the second half of the nineteenth century. Sargent, Whistler, Mary Cassatt, and Winslow Homer are among the hundreds of artists involved in the epic exchange of ideas. 288 pages. Hardcover with jacket.
 
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The Secret of Major Thompson, 1st Print
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The Secret of Major Thompson, by Pierre Daninos. New York: Knopf, 1957. First printing. In 1955, in order to tease the French about themselves, a French humorist named Pierre Daninos invented a 'British' character called Major Thompson to explore France. In this sequel, he sets his hero on a quest to explain what is English about England, compared to what makes America American. Along the way he is very funny and sometimes rather cruel about both. With excellent drawings by Walter Goetz.
 
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Flora Britannica
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Flora Britannica, by Richard Mabey. London: Chatto and Windus, 1998. First printing. This is a concise version of a bigger encyclopedia of British flower and plants, designed to be more portable. Plants are arranged thematically, with much emphasis on trees and their habitats. The cultural history of plant use is also examined, with a history of the effect flowers have had on British celebrations and traditions. 272 pages, with many color photos.
 
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The Victorian Christmas Book
$45.00
The Victorian Christmas Book, by Anthony and Peter Miall. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978. First printing. It was during the Victorian period in England that the rituals we now observe, from caroling to cards and crackers, came together from traditions in many different cultures. The Miall brothers share their collections of Christmas-themed items, as well as their deep knowledge of nineteenth century celebrations. Publisher's logo stamp to top edge of book.
 
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Ogden Nash's Collected Verse, UK 1st
$45.00
Collected Verse From 1929 On by Ogden Nash. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1961. First printing. 508 pages. A huge compilation of Ogden Nash's interminable musings, many of which rhyme.
 
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Animal Safari, 1956
$45.00
Animal Safari by Lutz Heck. London: Methuen, 1956. First printing. One of the earliest Safari books promoting the capture of game on camera, rather than for the kill. Because this account is somewhat dated, it gives a thrilling picture of how plentiful the wild animals were, just sixty years ago. Hardcover.
 
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Richard Avedon's Evidence, 1st Printing
$95.00
Evidence 1944-1994 by Richard Avedon. New York: Random House, 1994. First printing. A gorgeous, large-format collàge displaying Avedon's playful spirit and years of dedication to his craft. From the highest to the lowest in America, he has captured the essence of a national consciousness.
 
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Slaughterhouse-Five, 1st Ed
$1,995.00
Slaughterhouse-Five: or The Children's Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut. New York: Delacorte Press, 1969. First edition, first printing. Vonnegut's most famous novel, an anti-war, science fiction-fantasy-satire expressing outrage at the Allied bombing of Dresden, which he witnessed as a prisoner of war. Unclipped dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon has very slight darkening to spine, otherwise in excellent condition.
 
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Cecil Beaton's Diaries, 1944-48, Signed
$395.00
Cecil Beaton's Diaries 1944-1948: The Happy Years, by Cecil Beaton. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972. Second UK printing, signed by the author on the first end page. Due to his photography, Beaton had unusual access to the most important people of his generation, from every sphere of the social and artistic worlds, all over the globe, which explains his unusual degree of influence. Jacket has slight wear.
 
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Hemingway's Across The River, 1st UK
$145.00
Across The River and Into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway. London: Jonathan Cape, 1950. First UK printing. A very good copy of Hemingway's heartfelt eulogy to the damage done in Europe by two World Wars, his first novel in ten years. A bitter-sweet love story, set in winter-time Venice, between a wounded American Colonel and an alluring Italian noblewoman. Light foxing and owner dedication to first end pages only.
 
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The English Dog at Home, 1st
$55.00
The English Dog at Home by Felicity Wigan. Topsfield, MA.: Salem House, 1987. First printing. This beautiful collection of pedigree companions celebrates the British passion for their dogs, in the noblest of settings. Even the the Queen's own corgis are included. Hardcover with minor wear to jacket. 160 pp.
 
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Paintings of The British Social Scene
$49.00
Paintings of The British Social Scene from Hogarth to Sickert, by E. D. H. Johnson. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986. First printing. With 57 color plates and 158 other illustrations, this study offers a comprehensive overview of the British fascination with recording the details of their lives. Genre painting reflected the growth of the middle class through the 18th and 19h centuries, as subject matter moved from the aristocracy to the everyday life of the workers.
 
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Ginger Pye
$49.00
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1950s. Early printing. The first printing of this classic tale came out in 1951, the only date on the copyright page of this edition. However, this is a probable later printing, as it has a Newbery Award gold sticker to the front. The story of the lovable Pye family and their rascally dog has become a favorite, over the decades. A fine copy, illustrated by the author.
 
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James Daugherty's Daniel Boone, 1953
$49.00
Daniel Boone, by James Daugherty. New York: Viking, 1953. Sixth printing. The gripping story of early Westward expansion and the role played by Daniel Boone in negotiating with the Indian populations, as the first settlers poured into Virginia and Kentucky. The hair-raising illustrations of constant warfare provide a rather romantic view of the reality of conquest by broken treaty and disease.
 
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Virginia Woolf: Books and Portraits, 1st
$39.00
Books and Portraits by Virginia Woolf, edited by Mary Lyon. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. First US printing. A selection of Virginia's literary criticism and several generous appreciations of her fellow writers, taken from her unpublished papers and appearing here for the first time. Hardcover with jacket.
 
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Larry McMurtry's Cadillac Jack, 1st
$45.00
Cadillac Jack by Larry McMurtry. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982. First printing. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's gently comic tale of a rodeo cowboy turned antique dealer. A lovely copy.
 
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P. G. Wodehouse's The Girl in Blue
$55.00
The Girl in Blue by P. G. Wodehouse. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971. First printing. Minor book-plate removal damage on first end board, otherwise a lovely copy of this classic farce, involving a lawyer, his shop-lifting sister and a priceless miniature painting by Thomas Gainsborough.
 
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P. G. Wodehouse's French Leave
$75.00
French Leave by P. G. Wodehouse. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959. First printing. A classic Wodehousian tale of love and confusion. Two Long Island ladies inherit just enough to take them on holiday to the French Riviera, where they are soon the toast of the Hotel Splendide. Farcical dodging of their unsuitable suitors leads to an eventual happy ending.
 
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The Children of Noisy Village
$95.00
The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren. New York: Viking Press, 1962. First printing. A rare children's book from the author of the legendary Pippi Longstocking series. Six mischievous friends on neighboring farms form a gang and get up to all sorts of trouble. Lindgren brilliantly evokes a gentler time and world, when children ran wild and had to make their own entertainment.
 
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Wallace's Infinite Jest
$995.00
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. New York: Little Brown, 1996. True first printing, with full number-line and jacket misprint ('Vollman'). This now-legendary novel has become one of the most sought-after of recent years, particularly since the author's death. Extremely long and self-referential, it nevertheless fully repays the attention needed to enjoy it. Wallace succeeds in creating a brilliant picture of the modern world, with the corruption of youth as its driving force. 1,079 pp.
 
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Wodehouse's Ice in the Bedroom
$55.00
Ice in the Bedroom by P. G. Wodehouse. London: Herbert Jenkins, 1961. First printing. A faultless Wodehouse romp through the pitfalls of the investment world, as our hero watches his sure-fire stock plummet and the world collapsing around him. All's well that ends well, however. Slight wear to jacket edges.
 
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Devil Lord's Daughter
$45.00
Devil Lord's Daughter by Eric Baume. London: The Falcon Press, 1949. First printing. This old-fashioned adventure is a swashbuckling tale of life on the high seas at the end of the eighteenth century. Georgina escapes her mad family by disguising herself as a boy and joining the British Navy. Her adventures include a long voyage to the South Seas, under the command of Captain Cook and every type of adventure, except discovery. Some wear.
 
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A Visit to William Blake's Inn
$49.00
A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard. London: Methuen, 1972. First printing. A book of magical poems, inspired by the works of William Blake and beautifully illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen. Life at an imaginary Inn, run by William Blake himself, with the help of dragons, angels and a rabbit, who shows guests to their rooms. Hardcover with dust jacket.
 
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The Autumn of The Patriarch, 1st Print
$49.00
The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. New York: Harper and Row, 1975. First printing. An increasingly rare copy of the first printing (with copyright numberline going to '5', a printer's error on the true first edition). Marquez's third novel, examining the nature of power in a Latin American country that is crippled with advanced corruption. Hardcover with a clipped dust jacket. Owner dedication on first end page.
 
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Diana Vreeland's Allure, 1st Printing
$345.00
Allure by Diana Vreeland. New York: Doubleday, 1980. First printing. Jacket has very minor tanning near edges. One of the all-time style statements from the queen of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines, featuring her most glamorous contemporaries, from around the world. Photography by Horst, Avedon, Penn, Beaton, Steichen. Uncommon and extremely sought-after title. Large-format 208 pages.
 
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Marilyn Monroe: The Biography
$55.00
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. First printing. Unweaving the myths and legends that have surrounded Monroe's life, Donald Spoto presents us with the facts of her career, exploring every aspect of her star quality, to give us the most honest picture yet. His unparalleled research has solved many of the mysteries that still surround her early death and the truths behind three failed marriages. Hardcover with jacket.
 
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Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion, 1st
$495.00
Sometimes A Great Notion, by Ken Kesey. New York: Viking, 1964. True first printing, with 'Krangler' and 2-line bio on jacket back flap. A seminal and highly-collectible copy of Kesey's second novel, his follow-up to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Kesey's sprawling saga, set in a Northwest lumber-mill town, defines the social unrest of the '60s. Slight damage to jacket, with mended fold tear to front and small edge loss to back. Book has a stamp '89' to first end page.
 
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Steinbeck's East of Eden, True 1st
$1,195.00
East Of Eden, by John Steinbeck. New York: Viking, 1952. True first printing, with 'September' on copyright page, jacket price $4.50 and misprint 'bite' on page 281, as well as dashing author photo to jacket back. Small loss to jacket spine top and an owner name, otherwise a highly collectible copy of an extremely rare title, the one Steinbeck considered his greatest work.
 
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Milne's Now We are Six, UK 1st, 1927
$1,245.00
Now We Are Six, by A. A. Milne. London: Methuen, 1927. True first printing, in excellent condition, in original jacket, split down spine, with loss to top and bottom of spine, now protected. Apart from jacket spine, this is a highly collectible copy of the Christopher Robin classic, in excellent condition.
 
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Milne's When We Were Very Young, UK 1st
$995.00
When We Were Very Young, by A. A. Milne. London: Methuen, 1924. First printing, second state, with Roman numeral 'ix' to Contents page. Owner name and rust mark from paperclip to first 4 pages. Blue and gold book boards are in very good condition, making this an affordable copy of a legendary children's classic in the first printing, with slight damage to first few pages. Supplied with a perfect facsimile jacket for the first printing.
 
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