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Charles Addams's Monster Rally, 1950
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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.
 
The Poacher's Handbook
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The Poacher's Handbook
$29.00
The Poacher's Handbook by Ian Niall. London: Heinemann, 1951. First edition, third printing. Hardcover in dust jacket. An early example of a much reprinted classic, with charming wood engravings by Barbara Greg. The hair-raising, true experiences of a master poacher in the English countryside and the tricks that are effective to catch all manner of birds and beasts from under the nose of a gamekeeper. Owner dedication on first end page, slight edge wear to dust jacket.
 
Eloise, True First Printing
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Eloise, True First Printing
$1,195.00
Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. Extremely rare, stated first printing. Book boards have yellowed. Unclipped jacket ($2.95) has chips from top edge. Original, different text in places. "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, among other intriguing changes. Highly collectible.
 
Wee Gillis, First Printing
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Wee Gillis, First Printing
$85.00
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. New York: The Viking Press, 1938. First printing. The struggle of a young Scottish lad to please both sides of his fearsome family, from the team that created the children's book masterpiece Ferdinand the Bull. Hardcover, includes dust jacket. Owner dedication and slight wear to corners; tears and chips to edges of dust jacket.
 
Thurber's Alarms & Diversions, 1st
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Thurber's Alarms & Diversions, 1st
$45.00
Alarms and Diversions by James Thurber. NY: Harper and Brothers, 1957. First printing. A fine selection of works across Thurber's career. Dust jacket fading to pink on spine, slight edge wear. 367 pages.
 
Eloise in Moscow
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Eloise in Moscow
$225.00
Eloise in Moscow by Kay Thompson. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959. First 1950s printing, with original jacket copy, different to the modern reprints. Foldout map of Eloise's adventures in the Kremlin. Hardcover with dust jacket. Unclipped dust jacket has slight edge wear.
 
Jefferson and His Time, 6 Vols
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Jefferson and His Time, 6 Vols
$195.00
Jefferson and His Time, complete 6 volume set. Boston: Little Brown & Co. Mylar dust jackets. "Jefferson the Virginian," 17th printing, 1948. "Jefferson and the Rights of Man," 11th printing, 1951. "Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty," 7th printing, 1962. "Jefferson the President: First Term," third printing, 1970. "Jefferson the President: Second Term," first printing, 1974. "Jefferson: The Sage of Monticello," first printing, 1981. Slight wear, some browning to edges.
 
New England Gallery, Signed
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New England Gallery, Signed
$39.00
New England Gallery by Philip Kappel. Boston: Little, Brown, 1966. First printing. Signed by Philip Kappel, with a dedication, on the half-title page. 150 full-page drawings of memorable architecture, landscape and moments from around the States of New England. Some wear, signed with dedication on half-title page.
 
Summer's Lease
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Summer's Lease
$39.00
Summer's Lease by John Mortimer. London: Viking, 1988. First printing. The perfect summer read from one of England's master storytellers. Mortimer conjures up a shabby-chic Italian villa for a London family, but the mother's inappropriate curiosity about local customs soon gets them all into trouble. Some wear.
 
Home Town, 1950 First Printing
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Home Town, 1950 First Printing
$35.00
Home Town by Cleveland Amory. NY: Harper and Brothers, 1950. First printing. A comic novel about mid-century New Yorkers, seen through the eyes of an out-of-towner from Arizona. Wear to dust jacket corners.
 
Henry Miller's Tropic of Capricorn, 1st
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Henry Miller's Tropic of Capricorn, 1st
$65.00
Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller. London: John Calder, 1964. First UK printing. Originally printed in Paris in 1939, the first American edition appeared in 1961, but was widely unavailable, due to the book's reputation. Miller succeeds in creating an amoral viewpoint and stream-of-consciousness approach, considered radical at the time. Slight wear to dust jacket edges.
 
E. Nesbit's Long Ago When I Was Young
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E. Nesbit's Long Ago When I Was Young
$39.00
Long Ago When I Was Young by E. Nesbit. New York: Dial Press, 1987. Illustrated in black-and-white by Edward Ardizzone and in color by George Buchanan. First printing. Beloved children's author E. Nesbit, who wrote the Railway Children and Five Children And It, presents some memories of her own childhood in Edwardian England. Dent to one corner.
 
The Fortunate Pilgrim, 1st Ed
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The Fortunate Pilgrim, 1st Ed
$95.00
The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo. New York: Atheneum, 1965. First printing. Mario Puzo's second novel concerned with the Italian immigrant experience in New York and the struggle between powerful parents and their rebellious offspring. Chip to dust jacket spine and faint foxing to book front edge.
 
The Waste Land and Other Poems
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The Waste Land and Other Poems
$39.00
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot. London: Faber and Faber, 1940. First printing. A war-time selection from Eliot's Collected Poems, this slim volume was designed to be carried in the pocket. Jacket is perfectly preserved, but book has foxing to first three pages. 80 pages.
 
a by Andy Warhol
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a by Andy Warhol
$295.00
a by Andy Warhol. New York: Grove Press, 1968. First printing. Warhol's first book, relating a day in the life of his friend Ondine and The Velvet Underground. This iconic '60s work is Warhol's first attempt to extend his "readymade" methods into a new medium. Clipped jacket, one small tear on back.
 
A Man and a Woman
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A Man and a Woman
$45.00
A Man and a Woman by Dale Drummond. New York: Britton Publishing Co., 1918. First printing, with pictorial front board and spine; lacking dust jacket, as issued. 460 pages, plus 4 pages of ads to rear. A classic society romance, from between the World Wars. Wear to boards.
 
Ornamentalism
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Ornamentalism
$39.00
Ornamentalism by Robert Jensen and Patricia Conway. NY: Potter, 1982. First printing. The playful design movement that started in the '70s and sought to bring a more decorative element to a scene that had become dangerously minimal. Architects such as Charles Moore, Robert Venturi and Michael Graves started a revolution that has persisted to this day. 300 pages. Previous owner's dedication.
 
The Three Musketeers; An Edited Edition
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The Three Musketeers; An Edited Edition
$39.00
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. London: The Heirloom Library, 1950s. First printing of an abbreviated version. One of the most famous adventure stories in history, the immortal escapades of D'Artagnan, Porthos, Athos and Aramis in the service of the French Queen are presented in a shortened, more accessible edition, with illustrations by Horowicz.
 
The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait
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The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait
$45.00
The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait by Frederic Morton. New York: Atheneum, 1962. First printing. The bestselling saga of one of the most successful dynasties in the world. Originating in eighteenth-century Frankfurt, the five sons of a financial genius created a business Empire that stretched across Europe and has shaped the subsequent histories of every nation on earth. Slight dirt and wear to dust jacket edges.
 
Louisa M. Alcott's Good Wives
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Louisa M. Alcott's Good Wives
$45.00
Good Wives by Louisa M. Alcott. London: Sandle Brothers Ltd., 1940s. UK printing. Paper is beginning to brown at page edges, otherwise a good copy, without dust jacket, of a story set in England, concerning a household ruled by five energetic women.
 
The Natural History of Selbourne
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The Natural History of Selbourne
$39.00
The Natural History of Selbourne by Gilbert White. London: The Cresset Press, 1947. First illustrated printing, thus. Notable for Claire Oldham's detailed wood-block illustrations, this is a charming edition of White's classic elegy to the beauty of the English countryside.
 
Time and Again, 1st Printing
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Time and Again, 1st Printing
$75.00
Time and Again by Jack Finney. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970. First printing. A first printing of Finney's popular "timeslip" romance, with numerous black-and-white illustrations. Slight marks to first end pages, where news clippings were taped. Price-clipped jacket, with minor tape repair.
 
Hemlock and After, First Printing
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Hemlock and After, First Printing
$39.00
Hemlock and After by Angus Wilson. NY: Viking, 1952. First printing. This was the first novel from the acid pen of Angus Wilson, a British short story writer, who enchanted the '50s scene with his waspish tales. Dust jacket design by Bill English. Slight wear to dust jacket.
 
Poetry Collection, S/7
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Poetry Collection, S/7
$85.00
Vintage seven-volume poetry collection. London and New York, 1948-1988. Includes: In the Green Tree by Alun Lewis, 5 Pens in Hand by Robert Graves, The People, Yes by Carl Sandburg, Collected poems 1 by Muriel Spark, The Edge of Being by Stephen Spender and Songs of Unreason and The Shape of the Journey by Jim Harrison. Minor wear to jackets.
 
Muriel Spark, 1st Printings, S/5
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Muriel Spark, 1st Printings, S/5
$75.00
Five Novels by Muriel Spark. New York: Coward-McCann, Houghton Mifflin, Putnam, 1979-1988. All first printings. A delightful introduction to Muriel Spark's unusual world of intrigue and social unease. She loves to examine the uncomfortable secrets that lurk below social conventions, needing only a moment of poor judgment for them to be revealed. Slight wear.
 
Short Story Collection, Set of 9
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Short Story Collection, Set of 9
$75.00
Nine volumes of short stories by various modern authors. New York, 1980s. All first printings, except Winter's Tales, which is a later edition. Authors are: Patricia Highsmith, V. S. Pritchettt, Isak Dinesen, Julian Barnes, John Cheever, Muriel Spark, William Styron, and Richard Ford. Wear to some jackets.
 
The Book of the Country Town
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The Book of the Country Town
$39.00
The Book of the Country Town by E. W. Martin. London: Phoenix House, 1962. First printing. A study of the classic English country towns and how they grew from market centers to become their bustling modern selves. Illustrated with vintage photos and prints.
 
Lake Pipple-Popple
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Lake Pipple-Popple
$35.00
The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple and The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World by Edward Lear. NY: Walker and Company, 1968. First printing. Two of Lear's lesser-known nonsense epics, with appropriately whimsical illustrations. Some subtle wear. Hardcover with dust jacket.
 
William Faulkner's A Fable, 1st Printing
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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.
 
The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty
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The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty
$39.00
The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty, by Peter Collier and David Horowitz. NY; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. First printing. This saga of four generations of the Rockefeller family is inextricably woven into the fabric of American history. The rise of an immense fortune, the philanthropy and political muscle that resulted and the slow decline of the family's influence makes a gripping story that takes us to the heart of the old Establishment. 746 pages.
 
The Time of The Hero, First Printing
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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.
 
Thurber's Further Fables of Our Time 1st
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Thurber's Further Fables of Our Time 1st
$45.00
James Thurber's Further Fables for Our Time, by James Thurber. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1956. First printing. This is a wonderful collection of 40 humorous fables, in the style of Aesop, with Thurber's refreshingly brutal sense of humor and fabulous drawings. Dust jacket is slightly chipped on spine, otherwise bright with slight edge wear. Hardcover.
 
Matisse in The MoMA Collection
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Matisse in The MoMA Collection
$45.00
Matisse in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art by John Elderfield. NY: MoMA, 1978. First printing. Hardcover. The classic reference work, cataloging what is undoubtedly the finest collection of Matisse's work in the world. 130 illustrations, 34 in color, with 144 reference illustrations in the index and a foldout double page. 232 pages.
 
Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume, 1st
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Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume, 1st
$75.00
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. NY: Bantam Books, 1984. First printing. This was Robbins's fourth novel and one of his most surreal and charming, concerning the effects of a magic elixir of life. Excellent condition.
 
Games For Playtime & Parties, UK 1920s
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Games For Playtime & Parties, UK 1920s
$65.00
Games For Playtime & Parties, by Stanley V. Wilman. London: T. C. & E. C. Jack, no date (1920s). With exceptional artwork by Margaret Tarrant, this compilation of traditional English party games 'for Children of all ages' conjures up an enchanted world of dressing up and music. Eighty games and nursery songs are accompanied by the music and drawings of a largely fictitious, bygone age. High quality and collectible inside, with dirt to back board.
 
J. F. K.'s Speeches, Signed by Jackie
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J. F. K.'s Speeches, Signed by Jackie
$2,495.00
The Burden and The Glory by President John F. Kennedy. New York: Harper and Row, 1964. First printing, re-bound in blue leather, with gold edges and embossed Presidential seal. Signed on first page: 'with appreciation Jacqueline Kennedy'. A presentation copy of JFK's collected speeches. The front hinge of the book is beginning to show signs of weakness and the signed page seems to have a slight ripple, possibly from a book-plate removal. Otherwise, a highly unusual and collectible item.
 
Robert McCloskey's Homer Price, 1963
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Robert McCloskey's Homer Price, 1963
$49.00
Homer Price by Robert McClosky. New York: Viking Press, 1963. 15th printing. Illustrated by the author. A glorious vision of American small town charm, published originally during the Second World War and awash with sentiment for home values. Homer Price is the star of six adventures in and around the town of Centerburg, in the very middle of the Midwest. A true classic, by the author of Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal.
 
Eloise in Moscow, First Printing
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Eloise in Moscow, First Printing
$225.00
Eloise in Moscow by Kay Thompson. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959. First printing. Very good condition. Clipped dust jacket has slight wear, otherwise, a perfect copy, with Hilary Knight's immortal drawings. Highly sought-after first 1950s printing, with different jacket copy to the modern reprints. Nanny and Eloise take on the Soviets. Foldout map of Eloise's adventures in the Kremlin is in perfect condition. Hardcover.
 
Cecil Beaton: A Biography, 1st
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Cecil Beaton: A Biography, 1st
$49.00
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. Slight wear.
 
Carrie Fisher's Delusions of Grandma 1st
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Carrie Fisher's Delusions of Grandma 1st
$45.00
Delusions of Grandma by Carrie Fisher. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984. First printing. Fisher's highly comic third novel, where she explores the trials of single parenthood, in which the grandparents are no help. In fact, they turn out to be the problem.
 
Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator, 1st
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Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator, 1st
$65.00
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. First printing. A very good copy of Dahl's curious follow up to his most famous book for children. Charlie Bucket and Willie Wonka continue their adventures outside the factory. Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman. Book and unfaded, clipped jacket have minor wear. Highly collectible hardcover.
 
Virginia Woolf Bio: The Moth & The Star
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Virginia Woolf Bio: The Moth & The Star
$45.00
The Moth and The Star; A Biography of Virginia Woolf, by Aileen Pippett. Boston: Little Brown, 1955. Second printing. A highly evocative early life of Virginia Woolf, which traces the roots of her thought and its transformation into ground-breaking fiction.
 
Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, 1982
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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.
 
Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans
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Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans
$75.00
The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein. New York: Something Else Press, 1966. First printing of Complete Version. First published in Paris in 1925, having been edited by Alice B. Toklas and a young Ernest Hemingway, this seminal work was largely unavailable in the US, until this ground-breaking edition was published forty years later. A classic piece of modernist writing, that has been compared to Joyce's Ulysses in its scope.
 
Peter Arno's Lady in The Shower, 1st
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Peter Arno's Lady in The Shower, 1st
$49.00
Lady in The Shower, by Peter Arno. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. First printing. An unusually bright copy of this classic collection of '60s humor, featuring large-format cartoons that first appeared in The New Yorker. Arno was a wicked observer of the 'Madmen' era of cocktails on the train and old-fashioned social rituals that have been mostly swept away.
 
Listen to The Mocking Bird, 1st Printing
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Listen to The Mocking Bird, 1st Printing
$55.00
Listen to the Mocking Bird by S. J. Perelman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949. First printing. Includes multicolored drawings and collages by Al Hirschfeld. A rare, early collection of Perelman's essays and witty travel pieces that previously appeared in The New Yorker. Very good condition internally, with some wear to jacket spine and front.
 
T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets, 1955
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T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets, 1955
$55.00
Four Quartets by T. S . Eliot. London: Faber, 1955. First Edition thus, tenth impression. First published in the anguish of 1944, this is a later printing of Eliot's definitive poems that explore our human destiny, filled with a learned melancholy. Book is very good, jacket shows general wear to edges.
 
Schindler's List, First Printing
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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.
 
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Boxed S/2
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The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Boxed S/2
$125.00
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, edited with notes by William S. Baring-Gould. New York: Potter, 1977. Second edition, 17th printing. The ultimate collector's item for any Holmes fan, this massive, two volume collection includes all 4 novels and the 56 short stories concerning the most famous detective in literary history. With hundreds of maps, diagrams and notes, as well as many of the original magazine illustrations that accompanied the stories. 1,512 pages.
 
Antonia Fraser's King Charles II, UK 1st
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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.
 
Every Boy's Book of Amusements, 1913
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Every Boy's Book of Amusements, 1913
$45.00
Every Boy's Book of Handicraft, Sports & Amusements by Chelsea Curtis Fraser. Boston: Dana Estes, 1913. First printing. With more than 700 illustrations by the author, this is a classic compendium of activities for young men, featuring every type of game, building project and sport imaginable. It is impossible to look at this world of old-fashioned self-help and not mourn what we have lost to the joys of the internet.
 
I'll Tell The World, 1927
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I'll Tell The World, 1927
$39.00
I'll Tell The World, by E. V. Knox. London: Chatto and Windus, 1927. A book of humorous pieces from Punch magazine, subtitled: "A Guide to the Greatness of England, mainly intended for American Use". Poems and pieces about England's place in the world, in a sort of P. G. Wodehouse tone, with excellent drawings by George Morrow.
 
Charles Addams' Homebodies, 1954
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Charles Addams' Homebodies, 1954
$65.00
Charles Addams' Homebodies. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954. Hardcover. Second printing. Unclipped jacket is in unusually fine condition. Part of an all-American, classic series of cartoons that identify the funny side of our obsession with horror. The Addams family have become part of the national psyche.
 
Charles Addams' Black Maria, 1st Print
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Charles Addams' Black Maria, 1st Print
$85.00
Black Maria by Charles Addams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960. First printing. A lovely copy of this rare book, in a clipped jacket, with one small creased area to upper front corner and minor edge wear. A classic collection of 92 large-format cartoons from The New Yorker and other magazines. Hardcover.
 
Greene's It's A Battlefield, 1962
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Greene's It's A Battlefield, 1962
$55.00
It's a Battlefield by Graham Greene. New York: The Viking Press, 1962. First US revised edition, first printing. Originally published in the UK in 1934, this is a lovely copy of the American re-issue, with a new introduction by Greene. The events leading up to the murder of a policeman in London, as only Greene could describe it. Period 1960s dust jacket.
 
David Hicks: Style And Design
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David Hicks: Style And Design
$49.00
Style and Design by David Hicks. London: Viking Press, 1989. First printing. This was David Hicks' first manifesto, in which he laid out the principles he had developed over 30 years as one of Britain's top designers. In later works, he was to develop an even more distinct style, but the seeds of his later world-wide fame are all here.
 
Somerset Maugham's The Magician, 1968
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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.
 
A Fitting Death for Billy the Kid, 1960
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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.
 
The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, 1968
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The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, 1968
$45.00
The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr. London: John Murray, 1968. Third printing. A clever continuation of the Sherlock Holmes style, these eleven stories were produced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's son and a colleague. The ever-expanding popularity of the Holmes stories have spawned many imitators, of which these were some of the first.
 
Canaletto, A Retrospective
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Canaletto, A Retrospective
$55.00
Canaletto by J. G. Links. New York: Phaidon, 1982. First printing. This is a sumptuous account of Canaletto's career, including the years spent outside Italy. 240 pages. Although he was sometimes condemned in his lifetime as merely a view painter, Canaletto achieved lasting success, particularly with the English, whose collections form a large part of this study. Magnificent views of London and many other cities, enhance the views of Venice that have never been surpassed.
 
Eloise, True First Printing, 1955
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Eloise, True First Printing, 1955
$1,195.00
Eloise by Kay Thompson & Hilary Knight. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1955. Truly rare, stated first printing. Faint yellowing to book boards. Tiny wear to 2 page edges internally. Unclipped jacket ($2.95) has minor wear to spine. With original text, different in later editions. "Brooklyn Dodgers" instead of "New York Jets" on jacket. "My mother knows Lily Dache" now "Coco Chanel." "Here's what I like...Grass" became "Dandelions" and "I hate Peter Rabbit" removed, among other changes. Very collectible.
 
Lennon's A Spaniard in The Works, 1st
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Lennon's A Spaniard in The Works, 1st
$95.00
A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon. London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First printing. 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. Some wear. Hardcover without jacket, as issued.
 
Updike's The Poorhouse Fair, 1958
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Updike's The Poorhouse Fair, 1958
$125.00
The Poorhouse Fair by John Updike. New York: Knopf, 1966. Fifth printing of First Edition. An extremely rare copy of Updike's celebrated first novel, in very good condition, in an unusually well-preserved jacket. Updike's sardonic tale about the residents of an old-age home who stage a revolution on the day of their annual fair brought him instant acclaim. He went on to a glorious literary career, sadly now ended.
 
Three Letters From The Andes, 1st UK
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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.
 
Senor Vivo and The Coca Lord, 1st
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Senor Vivo and The Coca Lord, 1st
$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.
 
Brazil: From Santos to Bahia, 1948
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Brazil: From Santos to Bahia, 1948
$49.00
From Santos to Bahia, by Halon Mielche. London: William Hodge, 1948. First printing. With drawings on every page and many photographs, this is a delightful record of a journey through central Brazil, in the middle of the last century, by a Danish traveler. A classic period snapshot of the old Brazil.
 
The Shaker World: Art, Belief, Life
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The Shaker World: Art, Belief, Life
$49.00
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.
 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1962
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1962
$49.00
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. NY: Lippincott, 1962. First book club printing. Spark's best-known work, in an unpriced dust jacket, otherwise an exact copy of the first printing. A famous evocation of the challenges faced by a teacher, as she prepares her girls for life. Made into a great movie, starring the young Maggie Smith. In perfect condition.
 
Paintings of The British Social Scene
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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.
 
Thurber & Co., 1st Printing
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Thurber & Co., 1st Printing
$49.00
Thurber & Company by James Thurber. New York: Harper and Row, 1966. First American Edition, first printing. A large-format collection of cartoons published in 1966, but ranging as far back as 1917, assembling little-known and hitherto unpublished work from private collections and the Thurber Estate. Clipped dust jacket, otherwise an excellent copy. Hardcover.
 
Peter Arno's Lady in The Shower, 1st
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Peter Arno's Lady in The Shower, 1st
$45.00
Lady in the Shower by Peter Arno. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1967. First printing. Apart from slight edge wear to jacket, this is a lovely copy of a classic collection of cartoons. One of the resident cartoonists at The New Yorker, Arno satirized the habits of 1960s hard-drinking, social types, who still considered themselves the cream of society.
 
Virginia Woolf's The Years, 1937, 1st
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Virginia Woolf's The Years, 1937, 1st
$145.00
The Years by Virginia Woolf. New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1937. First US printing. A very good copy of the stated, first printing of the longest of all Woolf's novels, with an unusually well-preserved, unclipped jacket. Woolf succeeds in making a whole family, rather than a central figure, the center of interest and develops some ideas she explored in an earlier work, The Pargiters.
 
A Zoo in My Luggage, 1961
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A Zoo in My Luggage, 1961
$45.00
A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1961. Third UK printing. Durrell's seventh account of his marvelously entertaining collecting adventures, this time in West Africa, with 41 superb drawings by Ralph Thompson. A good, clean copy, in a bright jacket. Hardcover. ​
 
Hiaasen's Double Whammy, First Printing
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Hiaasen's Double Whammy, First Printing
$55.00
Double Whammy, by Carl Hiaasen. New York: Putnam, 1987. First printing. This was only Carl Hiaasen's second novel about the corruption of every institution he can find in his beloved Florida. Highly collectible, as his series of comic attacks on local scumbag developers and crooked operators have become ever more popular. In this novel, he turns his wrath against dirty dealing in a professional Bass fishing competition.
 
James Bond: Role Of Honour
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James Bond: Role Of Honour
$55.00
Role of Honor, by John Gardner. London: Jonathan Cape, 1984. First printing. The fourth of Gardner's successful continuations of Bond's adventures, in the style of the Ian Fleming originals and with the same, highly collectible jacket art by Richard Chopping. This escapade sees Bond pit his wits against a computer tycoon, who plans to neutralize the nuclear capabilities of the super powers, through software manipulation.
 
Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, 1960
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Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, 1960
$49.00
Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg. New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1960. First illustrated edition thus, later printing, with drawings by the famous team of Maud and Miska Petersham. A collection of beloved, tall tales from one of the most revered and unusual storytellers, with a wicked sense of humor.
 
The Monster Den, Illus. Edward Gorey
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The Monster Den, Illus. Edward Gorey
$45.00
The Monster Den by John Ciardi, illustrated by Edward Gorey. New York: Lippincott, 1966. First printing. 64 pages. Poems about the monsters children would like to be, illustrated with Edward Gorey's precise images.
 
A Bit Off The Map, 1957
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A Bit Off The Map, 1957
$45.00
A Bit Off the Map by Angus Wilson. New York: Viking Press, 1957. First US edition, first printing. Marvelous mid-century jacket design by Bill English, featuring the Teddy Boy hero of one of these eight short stories. Angus Wilson has a knack for waspish social comment and is at the top of his game in this third collection of his stories. Jacket has minor edge wear and some browning to back, otherwise well preserved. Hardcover.
 
Mr. Norris Changes Trains, 1969
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Mr. Norris Changes Trains, 1969
$49.00
Mr Norris Changes Trains, by Christopher Isherwood. London: The Hogarth Press, 1969. Eighth printing. First appearing in 1935, this is the second volume of Isherwood's famous memoir about pre-war Berlin, which inspired the movie Cabaret. With a distinctive period jacket, conjuring up the fluid, uncertain underworld of the time.
 
P. G. Wodehouse's Bachelors Anonymous
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P. G. Wodehouse's Bachelors Anonymous
$55.00
Bachelors Anonymous by P. G. Wodehouse. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1974. First printing. Concerning the adventures of American movie folk in London and a bungled attempt to prevent serial bridegroom Ivor Llewellyn from marrying for a seventh time. Dust jacket art by Osbert Lancaster. Owner name.
 
Van Cleef & Arpel's 'Set in Style'
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Van Cleef & Arpel's 'Set in Style'
$65.00
Set in Style; The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, edited by Sarah Coffin. New York: Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1995. This sumptuous volume acts as the catalog to an exhibition celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the renowned jewelry firm, which started in Paris in 1906 and expanded to New York in 1939. 350 of the company's most celebrated creations are illustrated, with six essays on their influence.
 
Fabulous Fifties Source Guide
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Fabulous Fifties Source Guide
$55.00
Fabulous Fifties: Designs for Modern Living by Sheila Steinberg and Kate Dooner. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1993. First printing. 224pp. Over 700 photographs document these unique collections of fabrics and household decorative items from America's favorite decade. The sheer energy of the consumer boom after the war caused an international shock wave of style that is still being referenced today.
 
To Kill A Mockingbird, True UK 1st
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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.
 
Truman Capote's Answered Prayers, 1st
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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. A near perfect copy. The only three chapters that existed at Capote's death of the novel that took him 20 years not to finish. Hardcover.
 
C. S. Lewis' Voyage of The Dawn Treader
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C. S. Lewis' Voyage of The Dawn Treader
$245.00
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950s. No publication date on copyright page, but 'Second Impression' on jacket flap. A lovely, very early copy of the third book in the Narnia fantasy series after The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Prince Caspian. Book and jacket are in excellent, collectible condition.
 
Isak Dinesen's Carnival, 1977, 1st
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Isak Dinesen's Carnival, 1977, 1st
$45.00
Carnival: Entertainments and Posthumous Tales, by Isak Dinesen. New York: 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. Owner name and address.
 
Capote's The Thanksgiving Visitor, 1st
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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.
 
MoMA's The Art of Assemblage, 1961
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MoMA's The Art of Assemblage, 1961
$45.00
The Art of Assemblage by the Museum of Modern Art. New York: MoMA, 1961. First printing. A very interesting catalog from an early exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, attempting to identify the 'Readymade'. From the works of Duchamp and Joseph Cornell to the beginnings of a Pop sensibility that celebrated the everyday found object, this is a seminal study of the beginnings of a modern art movement. 176 pages.
 
The Book of The Hand, 1962
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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.
 
Ludwig Bemelmans' Dirty Eddie, 1st
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Ludwig Bemelmans' Dirty Eddie, 1st
$49.00
Dirty Eddie by Ludwig Bemelmans. New York: Viking Press, 1947. First printing. Bemelmans's caustic tale of a celebrity pig in Hollywood allows him to poke fun at every level of the movie business. No writer, producer, agent, star or director escapes his shrewd eye in this comic novel. Few tiny chips to dust jacket, otherwise a very good copy.
 
Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, 1981
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Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, 1981
$75.00
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Baton Rouge: Lousiana State University Press, 1981. First edition, seventh printing. Early printings of this American classic have become rare; this printing is in very good condition, with slight wear to jacket edges. Although this sorry tale of a struggling, self-deluded author initially failed to find a publisher, leading to Toole's early suicide, the book is now widely regarded as a bizarre, underground masterpiece. Hardcover.
 
John Updike's The Centaur, 1st Printing
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John Updike's The Centaur, 1st Printing
$55.00
The Centaur by John Updike. New York: Knopf, 1963, First printing. Updike's fascinating third novel, in which he imbues the everyday life of a school teacher with mythic significance, comparing him to the wounded centaur Chiron, of Greek myth. Apart from a slight yellowing to jacket back, this is a very good copy of a now extremely scarce book.
 
Marshall McLuhan: Hot & Cool, 1967
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Marshall McLuhan: Hot & Cool, 1967
$49.00
McLuhan: Hot And Cool by Marshall McLuhan and his critics. New York: The Dial Press, 1967. Second printing. In this classic piece of 1960s memorabilia, media guru Marshal McLuhan is attacked and praised by contemporaries like Susan Sontag and Tom Wolfe, and gets his chance to hit back. His insights still have resonance for the different, on-line reality of our times.
 
William Styron's Sophie's Choice, 1st
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William Styron's Sophie's Choice, 1st
$49.00
Sophie's Choice by William Styron. New York: Random House, 1978. First printing. The agonizing story of a love triangle in New York between a young Southern writer, a Polish girl who has survived a concentration camp, and a charismatic Jewish intellectual who is descending into madness. One of the great novels of the century, in near perfect condition, with very slight fading to jacket spine. Hardcover in dust jacket.
 
Charles Addams' Addams and Evil, 1947
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Charles Addams' Addams and Evil, 1947
$59.00
Addams and Evil, by Charles Addams. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1947. Seventh printing. This was the first collection of Charles Addams' cartoons from The New Yorker, whose work has gone on to become part of the American consciousness. 'The Addams Family' identified the relish with which conventional folks like to believe they are surrounded by supernatural and malevolent forces, often at work in the blandest of settings.
 
Gardner's Icebreaker: James Bond, 1st
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Gardner's Icebreaker: James Bond, 1st
$45.00
Icebreaker by John Gardner. London: Jonathan Cape, 1983. First UK printing. Gardner was the first author commissioned to continue the Bond franchise, after Ian Fleming's death. His first few adventures continued the tradition of using Richard Chopping as the jacket artist and therefore have become almost as collectible as the Fleming originals. This was Gardner's third Bond, set among the snowy wastes of Finland.
 
Virginia Woolf: Books and Portraits, 1st
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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.
 
Lancaster's Signs Of The Times 1939-1961
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Lancaster's Signs Of The Times 1939-1961
$45.00
Signs of the Times: 1939-1961 by Osbert Lancaster. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961. First printing. One of the Bright Young Things at Oxford in the 1920s, Osbert Lancaster became a gifted illustrator and cartoonist, capturing the essence of what it was to be British from 1930 until the 1980s. As well as producing and illustrating his own definitive books on architecture, he created a daily cartoon on the current news, the earliest of which are selected here.
 
Jules Feiffer's Tantrum, 1st , 1979
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Jules Feiffer's Tantrum, 1st , 1979
$45.00
Tantrum by Jules Feiffer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Hardcover, first printing. A story told in oversize cartoons about a man escaping the pressures of adult life by becoming a two-year-old again. Includes dust jacket, with some marks to back.