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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

By BROOKS, Max

New York: Crown Publishers, 2006. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown cloth spine and beige textured paper over boards with copper spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 342pp. Fine/fine. A pristine, tight later printing of this fiction turned to blockbuster Brad Pitt film, signed huge and sloppy by Brooks in black marker on the title page.

$55.00

Return to Peyton Place

By METALIOUS, Grace

New York: Julian Messner, Inc, 1959. Hardcover. 8vo. Red paper over boards with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 256pp. Very good/very good. Text block moderately age toned, per usual; jacket edgeworn, with small chips at corners. A tight, nice first edition of the bestselling sequel to the 1956 blockbuster "Peyton Place" whose very name today means everything seamy, tawdry and gossipy in small town America. This unique copy is extra-illustrated with an array of "Peyton Place"-related autograph items: Front flyleaf (recto and verso) bears four fine, heavy stock 5" X 3" cards boldly signed and dated by cast members from film and television versions -- (top to bottom, recto) ROBERT STERLING (1917-2006), who plays Mike Rossi in the 1961 "Return to Peyton Place" film, signs in black fineline and dates it 25 May 1989 at upper right; WARREN STEVENS (1919-2012), who plays Elliot Carson in the 1972-74 "Return to Peyton Place" t.v. soap opera, signs in black fineline and dates it 19 December 1986 at upper right; (top to bottom, verso) GUY STOCKWELL (1933-2002), who plays Dr. Michael Rossi in the 1972-74 "Return to Peyton Place" t.v. soap opera, signs in black fineline, adds "For Richard" and dates it 24 February 1968 at upper right; and MIA FARROW (born 1945), who plays Allison MacKenzie in the 1964-69 "Peyton Place" t.v. soap opera, signs in teal blue fineline and dates it September 1972 at upper right. Lastly, tipped in before the title page is an unusual frontispiece, a 5¼" X 8¼" Autograph Note Signed from JOSE FERRER (1912-92), who directed the 1961 "Return to Peyton Place" film, n.p., n.y. The famed actor/director pens large and bold in black ballpoint: "the answer to your / question is -- / Some talent and / lots of luck. / Sincerely, / Jose Ferrer." Interestingly, this is penned on the verso of the only paper Ferrer had handy when he wrote this note -- a photocopied sheet of script, a dialogue between Powell and Rupert from some unknown film or stage play. A most unusual first edition of an uncommon title bearing choice and relevant autograph additions from actors who portrayed characters in this book on film or television. Laid in are the original transmittal envelopes for the Sterling, Stevens, Stockwell and Farrow envelopes.

$150.00

Eustace Chisholm and the Works

By PURDY, James

London: Jonathan Cape, 1968. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 241pp. Fine/near fine. A superb, bright, tight first U.K. edition of this Chicago-set fiction.

$35.00

Reinhart's Women

By BERGER, Thomas

New York: Delacorte Press, 1981. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and black paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 296pp. Fine/near fine. Tight and handsome first edition of the fourth volume in the series that began with "Crazy in Berlin."

$25.00

Cabot Wright Begins
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Cabot Wright Begins

By PURDY, James

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1964. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 228pp. Very good/very good. Some mild inoffensive discoloration to top cloth portions; jacket faintly edgeworn and mildly age toned. First edition, tight and nice, of this humorous criticism of modern American values, enlivened by a cast of eccentrics. From the library of academic and literary critic Joseph J. Waldmeir (1923-2013), with the original 4-page unsigned typescript of his review of Purdy's 1959 novel "Malcolm," 8½" X 11", n.p., n.y. Very good. Where this review was published is not clear -- possibly in Waldmeir's 1963 "Recent American Fiction: Some Critical Views," possibly in an academic journal.

$55.00

Blues Lessons
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Blues Lessons

By HELLENGA, Robert

New York: Scribner, 2002. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue paper over boards with metallic blue spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 330pp. Very good/fine. Several inoffensive stray marks on rear board. Pristine, tight first edition of this fiction set in Appleton, Michigan in the 1950s. Handsomely signed and inscribed by the author in black ink in his calligraphic script on the title page: "To Allen -- / (fellow Romantic) / Bob Hellenga."

$50.00

Stolen Away: A Novel of the Lindbergh Kidnapping
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Stolen Away: A Novel of the Lindbergh Kidnapping

By COLLINS, Max Allan

New York: Bantam Books, 1991. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 516pp. Near fine/fine. Faintest of age toning to page edges only, else tight and fine. A superb, handsome first edition of this historical fiction, boldly signed in full by Collins in black ballpoint on title page. Rather uncommon, especially in such pristine condition.

$150.00

The Winthrop Covenant
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The Winthrop Covenant

By AUCHINCLOSS, Louis

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 246pp. Near fine/very good. Faintest of jacket edgewear. Handsome and tight first edition of this multi-generational family saga that begins with the Massachusetts Bay Colony and follows up beyond the Civil War. Huge, bold Auchincloss signature in black ballpoint on an inner flyleaf. Kroch's & Brentano's "First Edition Circle" bookmark laid in.

$40.00

Chilly Scenes of Winter
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Chilly Scenes of Winter

By BEATTIE, Ann

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1976. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth spine with silver lettering and light grey paper over boards, dust jacket. 280pp. Very good/very good. Faintest of binding and jacket edgewear. Wonderfully tight and attractive first edition of Beattie's first novel. A romantic comedy film version titled "Head Over Heels" was released in 1979 (re-released in 1982 with different ending and book's title), and this unusual copy bears signatures of five of the cast members tipped to the front flyleaf (recto and verso), each on a heavy stock 5" X 3" card and all fine. Front flyleaf: JOHN HEARD, who plays "Charles" (1946-2017,) in black ballpoint, who adds "Thank you / and Good Luck, / Your Pal"; KENNETH McMILLAN, who plays "Pete" (1932-89), in blue fineline, who adds "Aug 1, 1982." Front flyleaf verso: MARK METCALF, who plays "Ox" (born 1946), in blue ballpoint, who adds "28 July '86"; PETE RIEGERT, who plays "Sam" (born 1947), in black fineline, who adds "11/22/81"; and GRIFFIN DUNNE, who plays "Dr. Mark" (born 1955), in blue ballpoint, who adds "5/16/89." (Laid in are the perfect bookmarks: These signatures' five original transmittal envelopes.) A lovely, extra-illustrated first edition of this uncommon title.

$100.00

Something Happened
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Something Happened

By HELLER, Joseph

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. 569pp. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. A tight and quite nice first edition of the second novel by the famed "Catch-22" novelist (1923-99), signed boldly by him in black ink on the front flyleaf. Kroch's & Brentano's "First Edition Circle" bookmark laid in.

$55.00

Cockpit
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Cockpit

By KOSINSKI, Jerzy

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt and silver lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 248pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket a bit edgeworn and age toned; small inoffensive mar on inner flyleaf from sticker removal. Tight and attractive first edition of this novel by the Polish-American writer (1933-91) who committed suicide. Large and bold on the front flyleaf, he pens "with every best wish" and signs in black marker.

$55.00

Runaway: Stories
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Runaway: Stories

By MUNRO, Alice

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 335pp. Fine/fine. Small ownership signature/date on front pastedown. A pristine, tight first edition of this short story collection by the Canadian Nobel Prize winner.

$30.00

Road to Perdition
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Road to Perdition

By COLLINS, Max Allan

New York: Paradox Press, 1998. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 294pp. Extensaive illustrations. Near fine. Very scarce first edition of the graphic novel upon which the 2002 Tom Hanks/Paul Newman mobster film was based. The author's personal copy, signed boldly by him in full in black ballpoint on the title page. NOT the common edition issued after the film's release with blurb plugging the movie, but the surprisingly scarce true first edition with Donald Westrlake blurb on front wrapper.

$150.00

Sweet Salt

By GOODSON, Felix E.

Rutherford: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1976. Hardcover. Small 4to. Pale blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 295pp. Near fine/very good. Light jacket edgewear, with small chips at head of spine. A tight and most attractive first edition of Goodson's first novel, a fictionalized tale of his actual experiences as an American soldier in a WW2 Japanese prisoner of war camp and aboard a prison ship.

$25.00

The Deep Six

By DIBNER, Martin

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1953. Hardcover. 8vo. Pale blue cloth with blue spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 321pp. Very good/very good. Jacket a bit edgeworn, with chip at head of spine and couple of archivally closed (on verso) edge tears. A tight and quite attractive first edition of this (to cite front jacket panel) "New Novel of Violence and Action at Sea" set in the Aleutians during World War Two.

$25.00

The Morning and the Evening

By WILLIAMS, Joan

New York: Atheneum, 1961. Hardcover. 8vo. Deep blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 248pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket rather edgeworn and a bit rubbed; small abrasion on half-title page. A tight and nice first edition of this writer's first novel, winner of the John P. Marquand First Novel Award.

$25.00

Into Deeper Waters

By BREWSTER, Harry

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1968. Hardcover. 8vo. Goldenrod cloth with blue spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. ix, 277pp. Near fine/near fine. Tight and superb first edition. Allen Tate introduces these eight tales all set in Greece.

$25.00

Cold River
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Cold River

By PFARRER, Donald

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 281pp. Very good/very good. Some jacket edgewear. Tight and quite nice first edition of this writer's first novel, with wonderfully evocative jacket art.

$75.00

The Sons of Martha and Other Stories

By McKENNA, Richard

New York: Harper & Row, 1967. Hardcover. Edited by M.S. Wyeth Jr. 8vo. Light green cloth with blue spine lettering, dust jacket. 221pp. Fine/near fine. Tight, handsome first edition. McKenna (1913-64) only published the award-winning bestseller "The Sand Pebbles" in 1962 before succumbing to a heart attack at age 51, thus this and two other titles were both published posthumously.

$35.00

Daughters

By MARSHALL, Paula

New York: Atheneum, 1991. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and black paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 408pp. Fine/fine. A tight, pristine first edition of this novel by the African-American writer.

$17.50

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