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The Tables Of The Law
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The Tables Of The Law

By Mann, Thomas

Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1945; First Edition; 8vo, 64 pages; green cloth; gilt spine, gilt front board graphics, red topstain. Thomas Mann’s compelling piece on the life of Moses, which first appeared in 1943 as part of a collection of ten novellas edited by literary agent Armin L. Robinson and published by Simon & Schuster under the title "The Ten Commandments, Ten Short Novels Of Hitler’s War Against The Moral Code." The stories were written by ten authors from around the world, each of whom had been assigned a different Commandment by the publisher, the overall purpose of the project being an international condemnation of Nazi atrocities. As Mann had been assigned the First Commandment, his contribution was entitled "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me" [Das Gesetz ("The Law") in German]. In 1945 Alfred A. Knopf then published Mann’s story separately. This, its first appearance in book form, was designed by Paul Rand and translated into English by Helen T. Lowe-Porter. Fine, in a Fine dust jacket that has a miniscule wrinkle at the upper left corner of the front panel.

$200.00

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

By Vonnegut, Kurt

Seven Stories Press, New York, 1999; First Edition; tall 8vo, 79 pgs. A zany series of adventures in which Vonnegut acts as news correspondent who, with the aid of Dr. Kevorkian, undergoes repeated near-death episodes in order to be able to interview historical and otherwise famous people in the afterlife, then, upon his return, broadcasts his reports over the radio. Fine, in a Fine dustjacket with cover illustration by Jules Feiffer.

$40.00

W Is For Wasted (Signed)
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W Is For Wasted (Signed)

By Grafton, Sue

G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2013; First Edition; 8vo, 486 pgs.; yellow boards, white cloth spine, silver titles. Signed on the title page by the author. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket. Clean, bright, sharp, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. Not price clipped.

$40.00

Ringling Bros. (Brothers) and Barnum & Bailey Circus Magazine and Program, 1953 With  Hemingway’s "The Circus"
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Ringling Bros. (Brothers) and Barnum & Bailey Circus Magazine and Program, 1953 With Hemingway’s "The Circus"

By Hemingway, Ernest

Harry S. Dube, , 1953; "8 1/2" x 11"; 76 pages; illustrated. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Magazine and Program for 1953, with photo illustrated three-page lead story by Ernest Hemingway entitled "The Circus" in which he divulges his love for and fascination with the circus since childhood, and giving his impressions of each of the acts scheduled for the upcoming 1954 Ringling season. Singular for showing Hemingway in a buoyant mood. Full page portrait photo on the facing page plus photos posed with a pair of performing bears, and with an elephant raised up on its hind legs as the author stands beneath its gigantic raised foot. Introduction by long time friend John Ringling North thanking Hemingway for his story and urging the reader to go out and purchase the newly released novel "The Old Man And The Sea." Fine condition, clean, crisp, bright, no chips, tears, or creases. A beautiful copy.

$100.00

Colected Stories, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Colected Stories, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

By Marquez, Gabriel Garcia

Harper & Row, New York, 1984; First Edition; 8vo, 311 pages; blue cloth; gilt titles. Twenty-six remarkable short stories, translated into English and published for the first time in one volume, arranged in chronological order of their first publication in Spanish, dating from 1947. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket that has a single 1/4" closed edge tear at top of the spine panel, not affecting titles or graphics. Clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound and square.

$55.00

Would You Please Be Quiet, Please? The Stories Of Raymond Carver
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Would You Please Be Quiet, Please? The Stories Of Raymond Carver

By Carver, Raymond

McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1976; First Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 249 pages; blue cloth spine; orange titles; blue topstain; orange end papers. Twenty-two edgy short stories by tempestuous writer Raymond Carver. His first published prose work, which made the short list for the National Book Award that year. Very Good Plus, clean, crisp, bright,binding tight, sound and square, in a VG- dust jacket that has a number of small edge and corner chips and a 3/4" closed edge tear at the bottom of the back panel. Flap corners shallowly clipped, printed price not affected.

$245.00

The Dog Of The South
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The Dog Of The South

By Portis, Charles

Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979; First Edition; 8vo, 246 pages; green boards; white linen spine; green foil titles. Third novel by Charles Portis, written more than ten years after the completion of True Grit. Very Good Plus, in a clean and bright Very Good dust jacket that has miniscule wear at the top edge of the spine panel. Clean, crisp, bright, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. Not price clipped.

$50.00

The Peacock Spring
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The Peacock Spring

By Godden, Rumer

The Viking Press, New York, 1976; First Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 274 pages. Rumer Godden’s absorbing story of the experiences of two young English sisters, historically close to their father, who are summoned to join him in New Delhi, where he is stationed as a diplomat in the British foreign service. One of the first items to arrest their attention is their father’s young mistress. Fine, in a price clipped dust jacket which is otherwise also Fine. No spine fading.

$30.00

Symposium
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Symposium

By Spark, Muriel

Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1990; First American Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 192 pages. Muriel Spark’s serio-comic tale of the interwoven lives of the quirky guests at a posh dinner party hosted by a pair of well-heeled Londoners, with robbery, lust, and murder all part of the fabric. Ingenious, funny, and revealing. Fine, in a Fine dustjacket. Signed by popular game show producer/host Chuck Barris on the f.f.e.p., together with a laid-in memo card with the Barris Company logo addressed to a Hollywood screenwriter reading, "Dear _____, I liked this book. Love, Chuck." Three lines of text in the book have been underlined and their corresponding page numbers annotated on the rear pastedown, by Barris.

$45.00

In Light Of India
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In Light Of India

By Paz, Octavio

Harcourt Brace and Company, New York, 1995; First Edition; 8vo, 209 pages. Essays on experiences in India during his six year ambassadorship in the 1960’s, by Nobel laureate Octavio Paz. Translated from the Spanish by Eliot Weinburger. Fine, in a Fine dust jacket.

$29.00

The River
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The River

By Godden, Rumer

Little Brown, Boston, 1946; First Edition; 8vo, 176 pages; oxblood cloth; blindstamped front board illustration; gilt titles. English author Rumer Godden’s mesmerizing novel of the entwining of cultures, religious faiths, and love in colonial India, made into the 1951 film of the same name by Jean Renoir, for which Godden wrote the screenplay. "The River" was the first Technicolor project made in India, and Renoir’s assistant director was a young Satyajit Ray. Martin Scorcese has called "The River," along with Michael Powell’s "The Red Shoes," the most beautiful color film ever made, and says he watches it three to four times a year. Roger Ebert placed it on his "Great Movies" list, and Wes Anderson acknowledges its inspiration in making "The Darjeeling Limited." Very Good Plus, in a price clipped Very Good dustjacket with miniscule corner chips and tanned spine. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studio rubber stamp at bottom of f.f.e.p.

$75.00

Inspector Ghote Draws A Line
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Inspector Ghote Draws A Line

By Keating, H.R.F.

For the Crime Club, by Doubleday & Co., Inc., New York, 1979; First Edition; 8vo, 183 pgs.; black boards; orange titles. An entry in the series of brilliant whodunnits featuring inspector Ganesh Ghote of Bombay, authored by popular mystery writer H.R.F. Keating, winner of both the Golden Dagger and Edgar Allen Poe awards. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good dust jacket with some very slight surface rubbing on the front panel.

$35.00

The Circus Of Dr. Lao
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The Circus Of Dr. Lao

By Finney, Charles G.

Viking Press, New York, 1935; First Edition; tall 8vo, 154 pages; red cloth; illustrated. Charles G. Finney’s first novel, a bizarre fantasy about a traveling circus run by a mysterious Chinaman that appears one day in the desert outpost of Abalone, Arizona carrying a load of unearthly creatures. "The Circus Of Dr. Lao" was winner of Best Book Of The Year at the first National Book Awards in 1935, and was later adapted to the screen by Charles Beaumont and Ben Hecht for the 1964 MGM film, "The Seven Faces Of Dr. Lao." It has been cited as an influence upon numerous fantasy writers including Ray Bradbury, who openly expressed his admiration for it. The book’s author, Charles Grandison Finney (1905-1984), served as young man with the U.S. infantry in China from 1927-1929, and in his memoirs, "The Old China Hands," he relates how the idea for "Dr.Lao" was conceived while he was there. After discharge, Finney moved to Arizona, taking a job as journalist for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, where he remained for forty years. "Abalone, Arizona" was fashioned after his adopted city. Fine condition, clean, crisp, bright, binding tight, sound, and square, corners sharp. No dust jacket. Marvelously illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff. A very nice copy.

$175.00

The Unicorn Expedition And Other Fantastic Tales Of India
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The Unicorn Expedition And Other Fantastic Tales Of India

By Ray, Satyajit

E. P. Dutton, New York, 1987; First Edition; 8vo, 190 pages; orange boards, white linen spine; gilt titles. Seven mesmerizing short stories by renowned Indian film director Satyajit Ray, who in 1955 wrote and directed, Pather Panchali, which launched his cinematic career and almost immediately became a film classic. Equally accomplished with the written word, Ray’s short stories have for decades been popular in India, but never before appeared in English until publication here. Foreword as well as frontispiece illustration by the author. Fine, in a Fine dustjacket.

$30.00

First Love And Other Stories
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First Love And Other Stories

By Brodkey, Harold

Dial Press, New York, 1957; First Edition; 8vo, 223 pages; red cloth; white titles. First book of master story teller Harold Brodkey, with nine short stories: "The State Of Grace," "First Love And Other Sorrows," "The Quarrel," "Sentimental Education," "Laurie Dressing," "Laura," "Trio For Three Gentle Voices," "Piping Down The Valleys Wild," and "The Dark Woman Of The Sonnets." Except for "Trio," which appeared in Mademoiselle, all stories originally appeared in the New Yorker. Enthusiastic blurbs on the rear dj panel by Frank O’Connor, John Cheever, Mark Schorer, and Nancy Hale, who ranks Brodkey and J. D. Salinger as post war youth’s greatest literary figures. A complex personality, Brodkey’s 1991 novel "The Runaway Soul" was 32 years in the writing, and he was once described by critic Harold Bloom as "The American Proust." Very Good Plus, in a Very Good dustjacket that has some tiny chips at the top edge of the spine panel and a single 1/4" closed edge tear. An attractive copy, in first edition, of a scarce book.

$75.00

A Confederacy Of Dunces
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A Confederacy Of Dunces

By Toole, John Kennedy

Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1980; First Edition, fourth printing; 8vo, 338 pgs. The zany New Orleans tragi-comedy, authored by heretofore unknown John Kennedy O’Toole and "discovered" by Walker Percy and published years after the writer’s suicide at age 31. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Explanatory foreword by Percy. Fine, in a Near Fine dust jacket with two short closed edge tears, 1/2" and 1/4" respectively. Clean, crisp, and very bright.

$50.00

The Volcano Lover, A Romance
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The Volcano Lover, A Romance

By Sontag, Susan

Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1992; First Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 419 pages. Susan Sontag’s historical 18th century Neapolitan romance based on the pyrotechnic lives of Sir William Hamilton, British Ambassador to the Kingdom Of Naples from 1764-1800, his second wife, the well-traveled Emma Hart, and her lover, Lord Nelson. Upon arrival in Naples, Hamilton’s fascination with the volcanoes Vesuvius and Etna led him to write a paper on vulcanology, for which he was made a fellow of the Royal Society. He later published his studies in two volumes: "Observations On Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, And Other Volcanoes" and "Campi Phlegraei." Sir William was a volcano lover, but Lady Hamilton appears to have been a lover of a different sort. As New, in an As New dust jacket. A pristine copy.

$30.00

The God Of Small Things
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The God Of Small Things

By Roy, Arundhati

Random House, New York, 1997; First Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 321 pages. Debut novel of Arundhati Roy, four years in the writing, which won the 1997 Booker Prize and was named one of the five best books of the year by Time Magazine. The book was not, however, without its energetic critics, both abroad and in India, and the Indian government itself summoned the author to court on charges of obscenity. Fine in a Fine dustjacket. A pristine copy.

$125.00

The Confessions Of Nat Turner
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The Confessions Of Nat Turner

By Styron, William

Random House, New York, 1967; First Trade Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 428 pages; black cloth; gilt titles; tan end papers; red ochre topstain. William Styron’s Pulitzer-winning novelization of the events leading up to the violent insurrection which took place in Southampton, Virginia in 1831, led by runaway slave Nat Turner. Very Good Plus in a Very Good Plus dust jacket. A few light flecks on the top page block edge, very minor sunning of the dust jacket spine panel. Clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound, and square, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.

$125.00

Peking Duck, A Moses Wine Detective Novel (Signed)
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Peking Duck, A Moses Wine Detective Novel (Signed)

By Simon, Roger L.

Simon & Schuster, New York, 1979; First Edition; 8vo, 255 pages. Third Moses Wine detective novel by Simon L. Rogers, author of "The Big Fix." Nicely inscribed and signed on f.f.e.p. by the author in year of publication to a notable Hollywood screenwriting couple. Fine, in a Fine dustjacket.

$35.00

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