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The Agatha Christie Companion: The Complete Guide to Agatha Christie's Life and Work
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The Agatha Christie Companion: The Complete Guide to Agatha Christie's Life and Work

By SANDERS, Dennis, and LOVALLO, Len

New York: Delacorte Press, 1984. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff yellow printed wrappers. (20pp), 457pp, (9pp blank). Very good. Faint edgewear to outer wrappers (only), else tight and internally fine. Handsome uncorrected proof copy of this (to cite press release) "unprecedented combination reference book/biography." Laid in loose are a 7" X 5" glossy photograph of Sanders, Lovallo and Christie and a folded 8½" X 14" press release. Most unusual.

$35.00

Approaches to Writing: With a Provisional Bibliography of the Author's Work by James Kraft
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Approaches to Writing: With a Provisional Bibliography of the Author's Work by James Kraft

By HORGAN, Paul

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xi, 332pp. Fine/fine. Handsome and pristine first edition of this essay collection, subtitled on jacket front as "Reflections & notes on the art of writing from a career of half a century." This lovely copy bears an extra-illustration in the form a Typed Note Signed from Horgan facing the title page, 1p, 8" X 11", Middletown, CT, 14 June 1967. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Near fine. Two original horizontal folds. On "Wesleyan University Center for Advanced Studies" letterhead, Horgan declines to attend a New York Civil War Round Table meeting, as "your invitation reached me while I was away on a long trip. But I hope you had an interesting meeting...." Boldly signed in full in black ink.

$95.00

Andre Maurois: A Study of the Author of "Byron" and "Disraeli."
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Andre Maurois: A Study of the Author of "Byron" and "Disraeli."

By BAKELESS, John

New York: D. Appleton and Company, n.y.. Paperback. 16mo. Beige pictorial wrappers. 27pp. Illustrations. Near fine. Handsome sepia-tone booklet, printed entirely in browns, as a promotional piece issued by the American publisher of the popular French author (1885-1967). Tipped inside the front wrapper is a fine autograph addition: A Typed Note Signed from Bakeless, 1p, 7" X 10", New York, NY, 4 January 1939. Addressed to noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. Two original folds. On his imprinted letterhead, Bakeless thanks the budding scholar who admired his "Daniel Boone: Master of the Wilderness" (1939) "for your kind letter about the Boone. It's always heartening to receive encouraging comment from one's readers. After all, one does one's work for them." Boldly signed. Gates signs the first text page of the Maurois essay, dating it 8 July 1940. Bakeless (1894-1978) was a versatile author, historian and journalist whose many popular books ranged from literary to historical.

$50.00

The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau: VII -- September 1, 1854 -- October 30, 1855

By THOREAU, Henry David

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. Hardcover. Edited by Bradford Torrey and Francis H. Allen. Small 8vo. Green cloth with black spine lettering. ix, 527pp. Very good. Spine and some edges faintly age toned; internally tight and fine. Tight and attractive later printing. From the library of former U.S. Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930).

$50.00

The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau: VI -- December 1, 1853 -- August 31, 1854

By THOREAU, Henry David

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. Hardcover. Edited by Bradford Torrey and Francis H. Allen. Small 8vo. Green cloth with black spine lettering. viii, 491pp. Very good. Spine and some edges faintly age toned; internally tight and fine. A tight and quite nice later printing. From the library of former U.S. Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930).

$50.00

The Man Who Lived Twice: The Biography of Edward Sheldon

By BARNES, Eric Wollencott

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1956. Hardcover. Introductory chapter by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Small 4to. Grey cloth spine with silver lettering and textured grey paper over boards, price-clipped dust jacket. 367pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear only. Tight, attractive first edition of this life of the American playwright (1886-1946).

$20.00

High on the Wild with Hemingway
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High on the Wild with Hemingway

By ARNOLD, Lloyd R.

Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Ltd, 1969. Hardcover. 4to. Coarse tan cloth with brown lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 343pp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations, color pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Spine slightly sunned to otherwise superb jacket. Second printing of this "Pictorial Recollection," a heavily illustrated memoir focusing on the author's times times spent in Ketchum, Idaho, one of Hemingway's favorite locations.

$75.00

Norman Douglas: A Pictorial Record With a Critical and Biographical Study
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Norman Douglas: A Pictorial Record With a Critical and Biographical Study

By FITZGIBBON, Constantine

New York: The McBride Company, 1953. Hardcover. Small 4to. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. 71pp. Frontispiece, numerous full-page rectos-only illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket faintly age toned, else superb. Quite tight and exceptionally handsome first U.S. edition of this well-illustrated look at the British author best known for "South Wind," with copyright page year neatly cancelled by publisher. Limited to 364 numbered copies (this #271).

$55.00

John Updike
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John Updike

By DETWEILER, Robert

New York: Twayne Publishers, 1972. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 183pp. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. A tight and quite nice first edition of #214 in the handy "TUSAS" (Twayne's United States Authors Series). From the library of academic and literary critic Joseph J. Waldmeir (1923-2013), with a few of his pencilled margin notes and squiggles. Surprisingly uncommon both IN dust jacket and NOT ex-library.

$50.00

Sir Walter Scott
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Sir Walter Scott

By BUCHAN, John

New York: A.L. Burt Company, Publishers, 1932. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with teal green lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 384pp. Frontispiece. Near fine/very good. Endpapers age toned as usual; jacket faintly edgeworn, with a few tiny edge chips and small abrasion at front panel upper left. Quite tight and attractive reprint edition of this biography of the Scottish historical novelist and poet (1771-1832) by the Scottish novelist and historian (1875-1940). Rather uncommon, especially in the evocative jacket.

$50.00

Unforgotten Years

By SMITH, Logan Pearsall

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1939. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 296pp. Very good/very good. Faint jacket wear, with spine slightly age toned. A tight, attractive first U.S. edition of this popular memoir by the noted American-born British critic and essayist (1865-1946).

$20.00

It Was the Nightingale
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It Was the Nightingale

By FORD, Ford Madox

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1933. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 382pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket edgeworn, with a few small edge chips and archivally closed (on verso) small edge tears. Tight, attractive first edition of this thick memoir by the British novelist, critic and poet (1873-1939).

$95.00

Edgar Allan Poe -- The Man: The Master:  The Martyr -- Portraits
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Edgar Allan Poe -- The Man: The Master: The Martyr -- Portraits

By LEIGH, Oliver

Chicago: The Frank M. Morris Co, 1906. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 80pp. Two frontispiece, full-pages plates, illustration. Very good. Faint edgewear, else internally tight and near fine; 1914 ownership signature on front flyleaf. A handsome first edition of this slim oddball study, first volume in "The Dilettante Series." Notes on the various Poe portraits, commentary, essay, tribute, etc. Unusual double frontispiece ("The Transposable Portrait") with top likeness intentionally slit top to bottom to allow reader to superimpose these differing head-and-shoulder portraits by Leigh in different ways.

$50.00

Tramping with a Poet in the Rockies
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Tramping with a Poet in the Rockies

By GRAHAM, Stephen

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1922. Hardcover. Illustrations by Vernon Hill. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering. x, 279pp. Numerous line drawings ("emblems"). Very good. Mild binding edgewear, with gilt on spine and top of front board dulled -- though internally tight, bright and near fine. A handsome, tight first edition of these unusual travel essays concerning touring the West with famed Illinois troubadour poet Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) by this British journalist, travel writer, novelist and essayist (1884-1975), first published as letters in the "New York Evening Post." This copy bears a fine full signature in brown ink of Lindsay on a 3¼" X 1 5/8" slip tipped neatly to the front flyleaf.

$100.00

Sheridan: His Life and His Theatre

By GIBBS, Lewis

New York: William Morrow and Company, 1948. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. vii, 280pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with couple of tiny edge chips. A tight, quite attractive first U.S. edition of this biography of the life and times of the famed late 18th century Irish playwright, poet and satirist.

$25.00

The Late John Marquand: A Biography

By BIRMINGHAM, Stephen

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1972. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xiii, 322pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear only. A lovely and tight first edition of this biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist (1893-1960) best known for "The Late George Apley" -- signed hugely by the late Birmingham (1929-2015) in black fineline on the front flyleaf.

$25.00

Lincoln Steffens: a biography
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Lincoln Steffens: a biography

By KAPLAN, Justin

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 380pp. Illustrations. Near fine/near fine. Tight, handsome first edition of this life of the influential muckraking New York journalist by late writer/editor Kaplan (1925-2014), who boldly signs an inner flyleaf in blue ballpoint.

$30.00

A Dual Autobiography

By DURANT, Will, and DURANT, Ariel

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977. Hardcover. Small 4to. Light grey cloth spine with blue lettering and blue paper over boards, dust jacket. 420pp. Illustrations. Good plus/very good. Tight and nice book would rate higher but for coffee-type stain on outer page edges; mild jacket edgewear. First edition of this joint memoir by the much-maligned husband-and-wife American historians (he 1885-1981, she 1898-1981), signed by him in black ballpoint on inner flyleaf and she as usual signing first name only below his. Kroch's & Brentano's "First Edition Circle" bookmark laid in.

$25.00

A Great and Glorious Romance: The Story of Carl Sandburg and Lilian Steichen

By SANDBURG, Helga

New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown cloth with copper spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 319pp. Illustrations. Near fine/near fine. Jacket spine ever-so-faintly sunned. First edition, tight and clean, signed big and bold in purple fineline (as usual) by Sandburg on the front flyleaf. Kroch's & Brentano's "First Edition Circle" bookmark laid in.

$35.00

Smart Aleck: The Wit, World and Life of Alexander Woolcott

By TEICHMANN, Howard

New York: William Morrow and Company, 1976. Hardcover. Small 4to. Yellow cloth spine with red lettering and grey paper over boards, dust jacket. 334pp. Illustrations. Very good/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. A tight and attractive first edition, boldly signed by Teichmann in black fineline on the front flyleaf. Kroch's & Brentano's "First Edition Circle" bookmark laid in.

$25.00

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