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And Afterward, the Dark: Seven Tales
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And Afterward, the Dark: Seven Tales

By COPPER, Basil

Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1977. Hardcover. 12mo. Black cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xii, 222pp. Fine/fine. Superb, tight, flawless first edition. Limited to 4000 copies.

$40.00

Hopalong Cassidy Takes Cards

By MULFORD, Clarence E.

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1937. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Burgundy cloth with black spine lettering. 269pp. Good plus. Though tight and internally near fine, binding is a bit edgeworn, rubbed and scuffed. Tight, serviceable first edition of the 27th out of 28 Western fiction adventures of Hopalong Cassidy, a string that began in 1906 and ended in 1941.

$20.00

"The Goldfish": Being the Confessions of a Successful Man

By TRAIN, Arthur

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Green blind-embossed leatherette with gilt spine lettering. 257pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. Near fine. A super tight, quite attractive later printing of this fiction first published in 1914. Train (1875-1945) was a New York County assistant district attorney and as a mystery novelist pioneered the courtroom thriller genre and immortalized attorney Ephraim Tutt.

$35.00

Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life
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Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life

By WOLFE, Thomas

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering and decoration, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 626pp. Very good/good plus. Faint dampstain evident to lower outer corners, else tight and nice; ownership signature on front flyleaf; jacket edgeworn, with several archivally-closed (on verso) edge tears and a few tiny edge chips at extremities. Tight, attractive later printing of Modern Library Giant #16. First published by ML in 1934, internal evidence places this copy to the 1942-44 period, with 291 titles noted on jacket verso.

$50.00

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
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The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters

By TAYLOR, Robert Lewis

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1958. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth with black lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 544pp. Very good/good plus. Faint binding wear; jacket edgeworn, age toned and rubbed, with several small edge chips at extremities. A tight and fairly attractive early (not first) printing of this 1959 Pulitzer Prize winner and television series inspiration -- "A Novel of 1849 and the Rush to the Gold Fields." Circular gold foil "Pulitzer / Prize / Winner" label on front jacket panel.

$50.00

The Yearling

By RAWLINGS, Marjorie Kinnan

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938. Hardcover. Decorations by Edward Shenton. 8vo. Coarse tan cloth with green lettering and graphic. 428pp. Decorations. Very good. Binding cloth mildly age toned, else internally tight and near fine. Attractive first trade edition of the beloved Pulitzer Prize winner and subject of the 1946 film that won two Academy Awards and many nominations.

$25.00

Still Is the Summer Night
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Still Is the Summer Night

By DERLETH, August

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with green lettering and gold rules, pictorial dust jacket. 356pp. Very good/good plus. Jacket rather edgeworn and a bit rubbed, with several tiny edge chips and faintly sunned spine; 1" glue stain to rear board. Handsome and tight first edition of this regional writer's first lengthy novel -- with choice autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a Typed Letter Signed from him, 1p, 5¼" X 8", Sauk City, WI, 23 June 1971. Addressed to Bill Cummings. Near fine. On letterhead featuring striking woodcut at top, Derleth chats about "Selected Writings of Violet Sturgis Cosby," in part: "I don't have time to read it now, but I will hold it here if you don't mind until such time as I can go through it...." He mentions fellow regionalist writer Jerry Apps ("Yes, I know & reviewed Jerry Apps's book. He will be teaching on the same program with me in July....") and closes off with "Good hunting in New England!" Signed large and bold in blue ballpoint.

$100.00

The Portable F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Portable F. Scott Fitzgerald

By FITZGERALD, F. Scott

New York: The Viking Press, 1945. Hardcover. Selected by Dorothy Parker. Introduction by John O'Hara. 16mo. Light brown cloth with blue lettering. xix, 835pp. Very good. Minor and mild binding edgewear, else tight and internally fine. Wonderfully tight and nice first edition of the 14th volume in the noted "Viking Portable" series, begun in 1943. This copy bears inked ownership signature on front flyleaf of "Stevenson" -- Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), that is, Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate. This Fitzgerald compilation came out when he had been deceased only a few years, and was pivotal in reviving his dormant reputation, which scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli and a few others turned into a juggernaut in the 1950s and '60s. Surprisingly scarce.

$200.00

In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

By BIERCE, Ambrose

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Brown cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. xvi, 403pp. Grey decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight and quite nice later printing of #133, first published in this form in 1927 and here undated (though binding and jacket details suggest late 1940s/early 1950s).

$17.50

Years of Protest: A Collection of American Writings from the 1930's
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Years of Protest: A Collection of American Writings from the 1930's

By SALZMAN, Jack, and WALLENSTEIN, Barry (editors)

New York: Pegasus, 1967. Hardcover. 8vo. Light green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 448pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear only. A tight, quite attractive first edition of this broad anthology that (to cite front jacket flap) "offers a wide range of stories, songs, poems, and plays, as well as examples of photographs, cartoons, and paintings of the period." This copy with choice and relevant autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is an Autograph Note Signed from a writer represented in this gathering -- Archibald MacLeish, whose poem "Invocation to the Social Muse" appears on page 239-40. 1p (lettersheet), 4 3/4" X 7 3/4", Conway, MA, 18 May n.y. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Near fine. Single light horizontal fold. On letterhead of Boston's Ritz-Carlton, MacLeish writes this old friend in black ballpoint sending "Thanks for taking the time and trouble to write me. I appreciate very much your good wishes: may I send my own back to you," boldly signed in full. Undated, but likely contemporaneous with this book's publication. MacLeish (1892-1982) was a versatile poet, playwright, writer and man of letters awarded Pulitzer Prizes in 1933, 1952 and 1958; he also won a National Book Award and numerous other honors and was appointed Librarian of Congress in 1939 despite lack of a library science degree; in his spare time he was an attorney and Harvard writing professor!

$100.00

Of Time and the River
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Of Time and the River

By WOLFE, Thomas

Garden City: The Sun Dial Press, 1944. Hardcover. 8vo. Dark grey cloth with yellow lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 912pp. Very good/very good. Jacket lightly edgeworn and faintly spine-sunned. Handsome, tight reprint edition of this 1935 novel. Front flyleaf bears ame/address label of academic and literary critic Joseph J. Waldmeir (1923-2013).

$50.00

Miss Lonelyhearts
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Miss Lonelyhearts

By WEST, Nathanael

New York: New Directions, n.y.. Hardcover. Introduction by Robert M. Coates. 12mo. Yellow cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. xiv, 142pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket a tad edgeworn and rubbed, with several tiny edge chips, but overall still attractive. Tight and nice first of this edition, being this publisher's undated (but generally accepted to be ca. 1950) edition of the dark comedy first published in 1933. Front flyleaf bears name/address label of academic and literary critic Joseph J. Waldmeir (1923-2013).

$55.00

Tropic of Cancer
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Tropic of Cancer

By MILLER, Henry

New York: Grove Press, 1961. Hardcover. 8vo. Dark grey cloth spine with silver lettering and blue textured paper over boards, dust jacket. xxxiii, 318pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket mildly edgeworn. Poet Karl Shapiro provides the introduction ("The Greatest Living Author") and Anais Nin (who helped edit the book) the preface to this tight, attractive third printing of the first trade edition -- with choice and appropriate autograph addition: Front flyleaf bears a fine, archival, decorative-edged bookplate boldly signed in black fineline "Sincerely / Elmer Gertz." Gertz (1902-2000), known as "The Clarence Darrow of Chicago," was a controversial defense attorney who defended Miller, Lee Harvey Oswald's murderer Jack Ruby, notorious child murderer Nathan Leopold and other high-profile cases. When Grove Press published this edition dozens of obscenity lawsuits in many states followed against those booksellers who carried the book. Gertz successfully defended Miller in a suit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964 and resulted in the lifting of the ban, and the two became fast friends. A sharp and unusual copy.

$150.00

A Trooper Galahad
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A Trooper Galahad

By KING, Charles

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1899. Hardcover. 12mo. Blue cloth with gilt and black lettering and decorations. 257pp, (10pp ads). Frontispiece. Very good. Quite mild edgewear; nonauthorial 1902 gift inscription on front flyleaf; cracked front inner hinge archivally strengthened, thus tight. Attractive, bright first edition of this fiction set in Texas in the Army after the Civil War, penned by the Union officer turned popular novelist.

$50.00

The Portable Thoreau
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The Portable Thoreau

By THOREAU, Henry David

New York: The Viking Press, 1947. Hardcover. Edited by Carl Bode. 16mo. Light green cloth with gilt and dark green lettering, pictorial dust jacket. viii, 696pp. Near fine/very good. Minor and mild jacket edgewear. A superbly tight and handsome first edition of this petite early addition to the renowned "Viking Portable" series. Front jacket panel describes this as "A Comprehensive One-Volume Edition" containing "Walden (Complete)" and "Generous Selections from A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, The Journal, His Best Essays on Nature and Man Together With Poems and Letters." An exceptional copy - surprisingly uncommon in first edition and in jacket.

$100.00

Autograph Letters and Documents Relating to the History of America from the Private Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Sang

By (SANG, Philip D.)

Iowa City: State University of Iowa Library, 1956. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 114pp. Very good. Outer wrappers (only) lightly age toned. Tight, nice sole printing of this scholarly exhibition catalogue, a chronological survey of this famed collection from pre-colonial up through mid-20th century documents.

$35.00

Prairie Avenue
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Prairie Avenue

By MEEKER, Arthur

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 325pp. Near fine/near fine. A superb, bright, tight and lovely first edition of this "novel of Chicago's wealthy and great from the 1880's to 1918." Choice autograph addition: Tipped opposite the title page, as a frontispiece, is an excellent content Typed Letter Signed from Meeker, 1p, 7¼" X 10½", Chicago, IL, 23 November 1940. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93), noted Lincoln and Civil War schoalr. Near fine. On imprinted letterhead, Meeker chats cordially with this admirer, thanking him for birthday greetings ("a very private festival that I have long since ceased celebrating. But so far growing older is not so bad -- I'd not be less than 38 for anything!") and discussing his career: "I'm glad you liked 'Vestal Virgin'. Since 1934 I have published only one book, 'Sacrifice to the Graces', a short novel (in 1937). But I have just finished a long one that I think is very much the best thing I have done. It is to come out some time next year under the auspices of Houghton Mifflin...." Boldly signed in black ink at the close. Meeker (1902-71) was an American journalist and novelist noted for historical topics; his books include "American Beauty" (his first, 1929), "Strange Capers" (1931), "Vestal Virgin" (1934), the bestselling "The Ivory Mischief" (1942), "The Far Away Music" (1945) and others.

$100.00

A Million at 20; or, Fighting His Way in Wall Street

By SHACKLEFORD, H.K.

New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1902. Paperback. October 8, 1902 edition (No. 227) of "Pluck and Luck: Complete Stories of Adventure." 4to. Pictorial color wrappers. 32pp. Good plus. Outer wrappers mildly edgeworn and chipped at both outer corners; inner text pages moderately age toned and delicate as usual. Attractive issue of this adventure weekly. Brightly-colored chromolithograph front wrapper depicts a young man in a posh Manhattan office crashing into an older gent to grab a satchel as shocked coworkers watch. Caption below explains: "'Give me the $100,000 or we leap into eternity together!' cried the stranger. Osborn raised both hands imploringly, and gasped out: 'Yes, yes, you shall have it.' Quick as a flash Jack made a dive at the man. His hands clutched the satchel as his head struck him in the back." Cheesy and colorful front wrapper graphics. A better than average dime novel (actually, "Price 5 Cents") or "penny dreadful," with text printed in two columns.

$30.00

The Boy Pilot of Lake Michigan

By WILSON, Thomas H.

New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1907. Paperback. March 13, 1907 edition (No. 458) of "Pluck and Luck: Complete Stories of Adventure." 4to. Pictorial color wrappers. 30pp, (2pp ads). Good plus. Outer wrappers faintly soiled and mildly edgeworn; inner text pages moderately age toned and a bit delicate as usual. Attractive issue of this adventure weekly. Chromolithograph front wrapper shows a ship's captain with one hand on the wheel gazes with alarm over his ship at a stormy lake, a sailboat perilously close to his bow. Caption below reads: "Leon saw a rakish schooner flit by. He gasped and held his breath. There came a shock and a long-continued grind as the bow of the Sprite scraped more than half the length of the schooner, which then darted out of sight." Fun and colorful front wrapper graphics. A far better than average dime novel (actually, "Price 5 Cents") or "penny dreadful," with text printed in two columns.

$50.00

The Boy Merchant; or, The Pluck and Luck of Harry Graham

By SHACKLEFORD, H.K.

New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1907. Paperback. February 27, 1907 edition (No. 456) of "Pluck and Luck: Complete Stories of Adventure." 4to. Pictorial color wrappers. 29pp, (3pp ads). Good plus. Outer wrappers faintly soiled and mildly edgeworn; inner text pages moderately age toned and a bit delicate as usual. Attractive issue of this adventure weekly. Chromolithograph front wrapper shows a storefront exploding as two young men shield themselves from the blast and a shadowy figure runs. Caption below reads: "They took very little notice of the tough. But Joe saw him wheel around and throw something inside of the store to the farther end and then run. The next moment a frightful explosion followed and the little store was a wreck!" Fun and colorful front wrapper graphics. A far better than average dime novel (actually, "Price 5 Cents") or "penny dreadful," with text printed in two columns.

$40.00

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