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To Kill A Mockingbird, True UK 1st
$1,495.00
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. London: Heinemann, 1960. Extremely rare and collectible first U.K. edition, first printing, with pictorial dustwrapper, designed by Fratini. An excellent copy in a very good, unclipped jacket, with slight edge wear and minor fading to spine. This was the only work that Lee published in her life time, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and now regarded as one of the greatest of all modern American novels. The first US edition is now worth upward of $15,000.
 
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Cecil Beaton: A Biography, 1st
$45.00
Cecil Beaton: The Authorised Biography, by Hugo Vickers. New York: Little Brown, 1985. First printing. Beaton dominated his age as a photographer, artist, stage and costume designer, gossip, and friend to everyone who mattered. A fascinating account of the life of this ultimate tastemaker, illustrated with his photographs and drawings. 656 pages. Hard cover with slight wear to jacket.
 
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Bill Bryson's America, S/2
$49.00
The Lost Continent and I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson. New York: Harper & Row and Broadway Books, 1980s. First printings. Travels in small-town America and notes on returning to America after living in England are the basis for Bryson's two entertaining volumes of impressions. Despite being born in the US, Bryson perceives his fellow Americans with the eyes of a startled visitor. Some wear.
 
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Capote's The Thanksgiving Visitor, 1st
$45.00
The Thanksgiving Visitor, By Truman Capote. New York: Random House, 1968. First printing. A special first edition, published as a separate volume in a cardboard slipcase, of this alarming short story. Capote recalls the childhood trauma of being with his grandparents at Thanksgiving, where he is forced to reveal that a trusted family friend has been stealing.
 
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Kay Thompson's Eloise, Signed by Author
$545.00
Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. Uncorrected seventh printing, with red boards. Signed by Kay Thompson, with inscription. Book has first version of text. "Brooklyn Dodgers" instead of "New York Jets" on jacket. "My mother knows Lily Dache" became "Coco Chanel." "Here's what I like...Grass" became "Dandelions" and "I hate Peter Rabbit" removed, amongst several other original wordings, changed in later editions. Comes with fine, facsimile jacket.
 
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Winnie-the-Pooh, 1st UK Printing
$2,995.00
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. London: Methuen, 1926. True first UK printing, in excellent condition, with well-preserved jacket, now housed in a custom-made clamshell box to further protect this highpoint of children's literature. One of the most sought-after and beloved books of all time, Winnie-the-Pooh has become synonymous with childhood. With the famous illustrations by Ernest Shepard. Marked with former owner's name in ink. Slight wear on dust jacket.
 
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Beverley Nichols' Laughter on the Stairs
$45.00
Laughter on the Stairs by Beverly Nichols. Portland: Timber Press, Inc., 1998. First printing, thus. This is a re-issue of the first edition, which was published in 1953 in the UK, with a delightful jacket and line illustrations by William McLaren, in the style of Rex Whistler. Nichols writes in the tradition of P. G. Wodehouse or E. F. Benson, where small details of sleepy, English village life assume enormous importance and comic potential.
 
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Angler's Almanac, UK 1949
$35.00
Angler's Almanac by Wilfred Gavin Brown. London: Frederick Muller, 1949. First printing. A delightful, period piece, with reflections on the eternal joys of fishing. Featuring exceptional illustrations by Reginald Knowles, this classic collection of fishing stories and rumination conjures up a bygone world. Slight wear to jacket spine.
 
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Alice in Wonderland, Latin Ed.
$45.00
Alicia in Terra Mirabili by Lewis Carroll, translated by Clive Harcourt Carruthers. London: Macmillan, 1964. Text in Latin. First printing, thus. A labor of love that feels strangely appropriate to the scholarly wit and devotion that Alice's adventures have often inspired. With all the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. Wear on jacket spine.
 
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, UK 1st
$145.00
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A Play by Edward Albee. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. First printing. A collectible copy of a groundbreaking work that helped change theatrical conventions in the '60s. Made famous by the movie, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Small stain on base of jacket spine.
 
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Woolf's The Captain's Death Bed, UK 1st
$175.00
The Captain's Death Bed and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf. London: The Hogarth Press, 1950. First printing. A clean copy of the first UK edition, in the Vanessa Bell dust jacket. Clipped dust jacket with some age wear and minor loss on spine and corners.
 
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Marathon Man, 1st Printing
$65.00
Marathon Man by William Goldman. New York: Delacorte Press, 1974. First printing. An excellent copy of this terrifying thriller, made famous by the 1976 John Schlesinger movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier. A former Nazi SS dentist at Auschwitz, Dr. Christian Szell, now residing in Paraguay, aims to smuggle diamonds out of the United States and believes that he can use his drilling skills to get the truth out of marathon runner Thomas Levy.
 
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The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath
$55.00
The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath. New York: Harper and Row, 1981. First printing. A gathering of all Plath's mature verse, covering the years 1956 to 1963. Also included is much of the poet's earlier verse, introduced and annotated by her husband, the poet Ted Hughes. 350 pages. Slight wear on jacket, owner's name.
 
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From Satchmo to Miles
$49.00
From Satchmo to Miles by Leonard Feather. New York: Stein and Day, 1972. First printing. A veteran jazz enthusiast covers the great characters of the '50s and '60s: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Norman Granz, Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Don Ellis, and Miles Davis. Some wear.
 
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The Life of Eric Gill, 1st Printing
$45.00
The Life of Eric Gill by Robert Speaight. New York: P.J. Kenedy, 1966. First printing. 323 pages, with many black-and-white illustrations. Gill was a master craftsman of the old school, bringing meticulous perfection to his drawings, sculptures, and wood engravings. Slight wear on dust jacket.
 
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Signed Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets
$2,249.00
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. New York: Scholastic, 1999. First American printing, with full number line. This is a perfect copy of the first American printing of the second Harry Potter adventure, which differs from later printings in not having the number '2' on the book and jacket spines. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the title page.
 
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Marquez's Evil Hour, 1st Printing
$45.00
In Evil Hour by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. New York: Harper & Row, 1979. First printing. This was the first English appearance of an early work by Garcia Marquez, that foreshadows the dark themes of fantasy in his later books, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude.
 
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Barefoot in the Park, Signed
$945.00
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon. New York: Random House, 1964. First printing, signed on the first end page by Neil Simon. An immaculate copy of Simon's early Broadway success. Starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashlee and directed by Mike Nichols, this is a high point in Broadway history and a highly collectible item, particularly since the author's death earlier this year.
 
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The Work of Leon Bakst, 1st Printing
$65.00
Leon Bakst by Charles Spencer. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1973. First printing. With 277 illustrations, 34 in color, this is a sumptuous tribute to the greatest theatrical designer of his age. Leon Bakst appeared with the Ballets Russes and took Europe by storm in the first decades of the 20th century. His sensuous and exotic costumes forever changed the worlds of theater and fashion.
 
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Hockney Posters, 1987
$75.00
Hockney Posters by Eric Shanes. New York: Harmony Books, 1987. First printing. A selection from the definitive collection of Hockney's posters compiled by Brian Baggott and annotated by Eric Shanes. As the images are presented chronologically, Hockney's amazing facility with rapid changes of style is all the more evident. Oversize hardcover with slight wear to jacket. 138 pp.
 
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Truman Capote's Answered Prayers, 1st
$45.00
Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel by Truman Capote. New York: Random House, 1987. First edition; first printing. Slight wear on dust jacket edges.
 
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Arthur Miller's After the Fall, Signed
$395.00
After The Fall; A Play in Two Acts, by Arthur Miller. New York: The Viking Press, 1964. First printing. Signed on the title page by Arthur Miller. A beautiful copy of a seminal work by Arthur Miller, starring Jason Robards in the original production. Directed by Elia Kazan, who also created the original Death of a Salesman for Miller. Certificate of authenticity included.
 
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French Paintings from Barnes Collection
$55.00
Great French Paintings from The Barnes Foundation, edited by Richard Wattenmaker and team. London: Little Brown, 1993. First printing. A sumptuous survey of hundreds of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Early Modern masterpieces, from Manet to Matisse. 318 pages with 323 reproductions and three double fold-outs. Some wear.
 
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Tender is the Night, 1st Printing
$4,995.00
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Scribners, 1934. First printing, in facsimile jacket, with the Scribner's "A" and publisher's seal on the copyright page. Illustrated by Edward Shenton throughout. Light wear on the spine top. Narrow paper remnant on first end page where book-plate was removed.
 
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The Decorative Twenties
$49.00
The Decorative Twenties by Martin Battersby. New York: Walker and Co., 1969. First printing. A fascinating, early collection of essays and images describing the extent to which the world was conquered by the craze for Art Deco. Every aspect of the arts from pottery and posters to sculpture and architecture responded with an explosion of creativity that expressed the energy of the Jazz Age, during the 1920s. Some wear.
 
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Art Nouveau & Art Deco Book Binding
$125.00
Art Nouveau and Art Deco Bookbinding: French Masterpieces 1880-1940, by Alastair Duncan and Georges de Bartha. New York: Abrams, 1989. First printing. A stunning selection from among the masterpieces of French modernist book covers. Encompassing the sinuous, organic forms of Art Nouveau and the hard-edged designs of Art Deco, this was an unsurpassed golden age of book design. 200 pages, featuring close-up studies of many masterful designs.
 
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The Secret of Major Thompson, 1st Print
$49.00
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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Perfume, First Printing
$49.00
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. First printing. Hardcover with dust jacket. A tour-de-force of imagination, featuring one of fiction's creepier heroes, a perfumer with a perfect sense of smell who is able to control those around him by mixing the scents of their desires.
 
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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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Colonel Sun: A James Bond Adventure
$95.00
Colonel Sun: A James Bond Adventure by Kingsley Amis, writing as Robert Markham. London: Jonathan Cape, 1968. First printing. The earliest and probably the best of the now numerous Bond sequels, Amis had the literary skill to luxuriate in the style of the originals. The brilliant jacket painting by Tom Adams is a parody of Surrealist motifs, with a secret agent twist. Slight wear on top of dust jacket edge.
 
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China Diary by Hockney and Spender, 1st
$55.00
China Diary by David Hockney, with Stephen Spender. London: Thames and Hudson, 1982. First UK edition. This charmingly eccentric account of an journey around China is filled with Hockney's water colors and photographs and Spender's observations. As with so much travel, we learn more about the travelers than the country. Fine in fine dust-jacket, with previous owner dedication. Hardcover.
 
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Robert McClosky: Yankee Doodle's Cousins
$55.00
Yankee Doodle's Cousins, by Anne Malcolmson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. First printing. A humorous history of legendary early American folk heroes, with Robert McClosky's superb illustrations. The artist who brought us Make Way For Ducklings creates pictures of Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, Daniel Boone, Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, along with 22 others, while Anne Malcolmson's stories make us question what we might have learned in school.
 
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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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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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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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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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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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George Stubbs 1724-1806
$55.00
George Stubbs 1724-1806. London: Tate Gallery, 1984. First printing of exhibition catalog, curated by Yale Center for British Art and the Tate. Now celebrated as far more than a great painter of horses and dogs, Stubbs was an artist and scientist of the highest achievement. He tirelessly explored the natural world and discovered new ways to represent it, as well as evolving a unique, somewhat comic portrait of his contemporaries and their world. 248 pp. Some wear.
 
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold, True 1st
$45.00
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel García Márquez. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. First printing, with error to dust jacket front flap, mentioning One Hundred Days of Solitude, instead of "Years." García Márquez's tragic short novel concerning a blood wedding, in which he studies the perverse local constraints that spell out tragedy in a small community. Hardcover.
 
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