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Leviathan with a Hook
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Leviathan with a Hook

By Johnson, Kimberly

New York: Persea Books, 2002. 69 pp. Author's first book. Johnson's poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, Pequod, and The New England Review. She has received the Eisner Prize in Poetry, the Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred, and the Cook Prize. 'Come loose your dogs on me-- / I've slipped through the gate. / I impersonate dogwood, / lupine, hound's tongue, anything / blue and fragrant of petal.'--from ''The Dogs of Spring.''. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.00

Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Poems
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Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Poems

By Bradley, George

New York: Knopf, 1991. 64 pp. dj light crinkling at edges, tanning to edges of flaps, price sticker shadow in pastedown. Otherwise fine. 'When the Queen of Darkness heard his voice, / That mortal stranger, saw him lift the lyre / And watched the dull throng of dead rejoice / To hear him tell of earth and earth's desire, / Of pain, of longing, / she was not amused.'--from Noch Einmal, an Orpheus. [Once again, to Orpheus]. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good+/Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.00

Leave It to Me
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Leave It to Me

By Mukherjee, Bharati

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. 240 pp. Faint sticker ghost on ffep. 'Mr. Bullock siad he wanted for us to write about something we knew, something we knew so well that we didn't see it anymore. And so I wrote about the lacy, summertime shadows of the squat oak that Grandpa DiMartino had planted in the backyard to celebrate his escape from the Bronx . . . .'. First Edition,. Paper-covered Boards. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$9.00

One Million Islands for Sale: A guide to more than one million islands for sale or for rent around the shores and in the lakes of the United States and Canada
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One Million Islands for Sale: A guide to more than one million islands for sale or for rent around the shores and in the lakes of the United States and Canada

By Froman, Robert

New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1953. xiv, 235 pp. Dust soiling to top of pages, and a dull spot on otherwise unspoiled front board. Dust jacket all-present with a few small tears and one-two inch reparable tear, and some rubbing. Collectible. Contents: Islands for Sale; Islands of the Maritime Provinces; Islands of Ontario and Quebec; Coastal Islands of New England; Lake Islands of New England; The Thousand Islands and Others in New York State and Southeastern Ontario; Coastal Islands from Connecticut to Virginia; South Sea Islands--North Carolina to Texas; Lake Islands of the Mid-continent; West Coast Islands; Coastal Islands of British Columbia and Alaska; Appendices: Naming Your Island; Public Lands of the United States; United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Maps; Electric Power; Boat Prices; Boat Builders; Index. Waldron Island, Washington; The author is grateful for the help of, and thanks islanders, including Hon. John Foster Dulles, of Inner Green Island, Maine; Wallace Island, British Columbia; Cook Island, Florida; Pine Island, Maine; Maine Duck Island, Ontario; Hay Island, Connecticut; Seminole Island, Ohio; Outer Spectacle Island, Maine; Liberty Island, California; St. Catherine's Island, South Carolina; Governor's Island, Connecticut. . First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$26.00

The Runaway Soul
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The Runaway Soul

By Brodkey, Harold

New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1991. 835 pp. 'Wiley Silenowicz is the hero, the narrator, and the controlling intelligence of Harold Brodkey's prodigious and enthralling novel. . . . Wiley's mind and imagination are lightning-quick, obsessively ruminative, alternately grandiose and self-doubting--one of the most sensitive registers of an individual's experience to be found in literature. We hear him meditating on his mother's overpowering nature and his father's seductiveness, on his sister's pathological jealousy and his own mystical yearning for oneness with the world. Later, in adolescence and young adulthood, we are with him as he test the various permutations of sexuality in ceaseless quest for love. Other people's voices resound in his head; ideas teem, converge, refract. Wiley is rash and shameless, tender and fearless, nothing human is alien to him in his search to unravel the nature of good and evil and its relation to himself and those he loves.'. Half-Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.00

Cities of the Plain, Volume Two
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Cities of the Plain, Volume Two

By Proust, Marcel

New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. 384 pp. Spine and lettering darkened. Volume two only. Elegant black and silver papered boards rubbed. Paper begining to break up on foreedge of boards. Binding is sound and pages are clean. Printed on Aventuros paper. The blue and white patterned endpapers are intact and front pastedown is graced with the excellent bookplate of author, lawyer, and civil libertarian Osmond Kessler Fraenkel [1888-1983]. Translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff. Cities of the Plain is a translation of 'Sodome et Gomorrhe I' from the fourth part and and a portion of 'Sodome et Gomorrhe II' from the fifth part of Marcel Proust's continuous novel ' A la Recherche du Temps Perdu' (Remembrance of Things Past). 'This rubicund youth, with his blunt features, appeared for all the world to have a tomato instead of a head. A tomato exactly similar served as head to his twin brother. To the detached observer there is this attraction about these perfect resemblances between pairs of twins, that nature, becoming for the moment industrialised, seems to be offering a pattern for sale.'. Quarter Cloth. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$23.00

Epitaphs of Our Times: The Letters of Edward Dahlberg

By Dahlberg, Edward

New York: George Braziller, 1967. Very Clean, Only a few slight signs of wear. Dahlberg's letters to Theodore Drieser, Robert M. Hutchins, Michael Sands, Steven Sands, Mrs. Michael Sands, Herbert Read, Lewis Mumford, James Laughlin, Robert McAlmon, Josephine Herbst, William Carlos Williams, Isabella Gardner, Allen Tate, Frank MacShane, Stanley Burnshaw. 'Try sometimes, when you require new aliments, the elder Pliny or Theophrastus. I think that will not only be real viaticum for your head, but will give your prose a certain wild, rustic texture which we must acquire. Most of our modern writing is very metropolitan and that is a weakness. I find great pleasure in rereading Skeat on Chaucer or in Captain John Smith's Travels, which is which is full of strong idioms, and not vulgar like our own street-gamin patois.'--December 11, 1952, to Lewis Mumford.. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.00

Past Tense: The Cocteau Diaries Volume Two (2)
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Past Tense: The Cocteau Diaries Volume Two (2)

By Cocteau, Jean; trans. Richard Howard

London: Methuen, 1990. 255 pp. No faults. Includes note by Pierre Chanel; The diaries: January 1, 1953--December 28, 1953; List of works by Cocteau, Index. Mentions: Kenneth Anger, Animal Crackers, Jean Anouilh, Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, Georges Auric, Johann Sebastian Bach, Baudelaire, Beauvoir, Sarah Bernhardt, Hieronymous Bosch, Georges Braque, Bullfighting, Cannes Film Festival, Paul Cezanne, Clair-Obscure, Gabrielle Colette, Salvidor Dali, Edouard Dermit, Vittorio De Sica, Walt Disney, Madame Favini, Flamenco, Jean Genet, Francoise Filot, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Sacha Guitry, Gypsies, Mary Hoeck, Pastora Imperio, Max Jacob, Federico Garcia Lorca, Madame Maeterlinck, Andre Malraux, Jean Marais, Francois Mauriac, Michel de Montaigne, Edgar Neville, Charles Orengo, Pablo Picasso, Art of poetry, Alberto Puig, Aleksandr Pushkin, Erik Satie, Igor Strvinsky, Miguel de Unamuno, Paul Valery, Francine Weisweiller, Orson Welles among many others.. First British Edition. Cloth. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.00

How to Scrape Skies: The United States Explored, Rediscovered and Explained
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How to Scrape Skies: The United States Explored, Rediscovered and Explained

By Mikes, George

London: Allan Wingate, 1948. Orange cloth. 127 pp. Spine dulled, bent, but not rubbed. Generally quite clean. Pages overall browned, but retaining a degree of suppleness. Numerous illustrations. . First Edition. Cloth. Good+/No Jacket. Illus. by Nicolas Bentley. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$12.00

East Bay Grease
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East Bay Grease

By Williamson, Eric Miles

Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.: St Martins Pr, 1999. First Printing, March 1999. 'When I finished, we kicked back in with the head, Senor Ramirez and I doing our sixteenth-note duet with a precision and somehow instinctive knowledge of the significance of each other, our harmonies not the sound of two trumpets playing but instead of one musical unit, and not even that: of one musician playing one song and that song a song we'd created instead of played.'. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$30.00

Into the Porcupine Cave and Other Odysseys: Adventures of an Occasional Naturalist

By Warner, William W

Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1999. 247 pp. First Printing, April 1999. Not a remainder. 'William Warner's adventures have taken him from the southernmost point of South America to North America's northenmost permanent Eskimo community. He's been mobbed by howler monkeys in the Guatemalan rain forest, cruised the Florida Keys in the company of hardcore birders, and experienced the solitude of Maine's most isolated lighthouse. Always and everywhere, he has looked around him with the fascination of a born naturalist.' Includes: A Prologue, By the Sea; Into the Porcupine Cave; Shorty, Slim, and the Cave Demon; The Night of the Whales; The Fishes of Peleliu; The River and the Howlers; Watching the Birds, Watching the Watchers; With a Little Help; A Short Journey to the Unknown; Saddleback; Author's Note.. First Edition, First Printing. Quarter Cloth. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$13.00

Modern Literature: Catalog 50
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Modern Literature: Catalog 50

New York: Crawford Doyle Booksellers unpag. 352 items. Shadow on front cover. Modern firsts including Abbey, Agee, Algren Amado, Ambler, Amis, Austen, Bladwin, Barnes, Barth, Barthelme, Beckett, Bellow, Bukowski, Capote, Chatwin, Dinesen, Dove, Eiseley, Exley, Fallaci, Faulkner, Fowles, Garcia-Marquez, Gombrowicz, Lafcadio Hearn, Hemingway, Kosinski, Mailer, McGahern, McMurty, Miller, Nabokov, Pynchon, Roth, Stienbeck, Toklas, Trollope, Wodehouse, and more.. Wraps. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$5.00

Chelsea Rooming House
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Chelsea Rooming House

By Gregory, Horace

New York: Covici Friede, 1930. 65 pp. Severe rubbing to corners and edges, spine darkened and missing pieces at top and bottom. A contemporary review by Eda Lou Walton laid in at rear with attendant darkening of end papers. Nicely printed at the Stratford Press in New York on unidentified laid paper, now with slight tanning to edges. Pages clean but for three small coffeelike stains on pp. 26-27, not affecting text. Contents: CHELSEA ROOMING HOUSE: The Sailor; The Young Wife; A Boy of Twenty; Hagen; Prisoner's Song; Rachel; Dilemma on Twenty-Third Street; Husbandry; The Medium; Love Song: Twenty-Third Street. O METAPHYSICAL HEAD: O Metaphysical Head; Dempsey, Dempsey; Longface Mahoney Discusses Heaven; Bridgewater Jones: Impromptu in a Speakeasy; Advice; Time and Isidore Lefkowitz; Jesse James, The Preacher's Son; McAlpin Garfinkel, Poet; Columbo Dominico; No Cock Crows at Morning; Epithalamium 1930; Interior: The Suburbs; Hellbabies. PRONOUN ''I'': I.; II.; III.; IV. O Mors AEterna; V. Unfriendly Discourse; VI. Flora; VII. Listen Friend; V. Praise Out of Season; IX. Homestead; X. Ladies Exit; XI. ''Knock down the big boss, / o, my little Dempsey, / my beautiful Dempsey / with that Godinheaven smile / and quick, god's body leaping, / not afraid, leaping, rising- / hit him again, he cut my pay check, Dempsey. / My God, Dempsey's down- / he cut my pay check- / Dempsey's down, down, / the bastards are killing Dempsey. / Listen, they made me go to war / and somebody did something wrong to my wife / while I was gone. / Hit him again Dempsey, don't be a quitter / like I am Dempsey, / o, for Jesus Christ, I'm out. / I can't get up, I'm dead, my legs / are dead, see, I'm no good, / they got me and I'm out, / down for the count, / I've quit, quit again, / only God save Dempsey, make him get up again, / Dempsey, Dempsey.''--from Dempsey, Dempsey.. First Edition. Cloth. Fair/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$26.00

The Lion of Arles: A Portrait of Mistral and His Circle
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The Lion of Arles: A Portrait of Mistral and His Circle

By Edwards, Tudor

New York: Fordham University Press, 1964. 215 pp. Book with corner bump, sticker ghosts. DJ with rubbing, chipping, tears, but generally complete. 'In the mid-nineteenth century, whan Frederic Mistral gathered round him at Avignon the brilliant group that formed the Felibrige with a view to stimulating interest in the Provencal language, he had little idea of the scope of the movement that then begann. The seven 'gaid felibres provencaux; brought about a revival of letters that was to go hand and hand with the rehabilitation of the old language and make the people of the south of France conscious of their race and heritage. As the principal poet of the group, Mistral was to produce his epic-romance Mireio, a story of frustrated lave in shich Moeric grandeur and the charm and simplicity of Theocritus are situated in the fair land of the valley of the Rhone. In his verse the pagan, sensual world of romance is colored with a delicate Christian mysticism and filled out with the loftier and more sublime sentiments of Catholicism.'. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.00

Take Three: 3: Agni New Poets Series
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Take Three: 3: Agni New Poets Series

By Barberm Jennifer; Bibbins, Mark; Nelson, Maggie

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 1998. 135 pp. Bottom corner has taken a tiny bump Jennifer Barber--Vendaval; Mark Bibbins--Swerve; Maggie Nelson--The Scratch-Scratch Diaries. . First Printing. Illustrated Wraps. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.00

Slow Wall: Poems New & Selected
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Slow Wall: Poems New & Selected

By Speyer, Leonora

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. Bookplate of P.O. DJ has minor splitting on corners and spines, otherwise very clean and complete. The binding is very clean. 'Look, / The full bough leans lower, / And I beneath. . . . / Could I but pluck, / Sip, suck, devour, / Sink greedily my teeth / Into these mellow stars: / The gold pulp of Aldebaran, / The red, wild juice of Mars!' Speyer won the Pulitzer prize in 1926. As a girl she was a professional violinist and played with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and played concerts throughout the United States. . First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$25.00

Modern First Editions: Catalog Eight: Summer 1969
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Modern First Editions: Catalog Eight: Summer 1969

By Curry, L. W

Mattapan, Massachusetts: L. W. Curry, Rare Books, 1969. 86 pp. 990 items. Cover soiled, tanned, creased, with library catalog stickers on spine and some annotations, inside and out. . Wraps. Good-. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$5.00

Voices: A Memoir
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Voices: A Memoir

By Prokosch, Frederic

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983. 343 pp. A tiny 1/8'' tear and a bump to dj. 'Frederic Prokosch has written an uunusual and lyrical memoir of his life as novelist, poet, lepidopterist, squash racquets champion, wartime OWI agent, printer of private editions, world traveler. and--unexpectedly--inspired listener. The story starts with his childhood in Wisconsin and ends at his present country house in southern France. Voices, A Memoir is among other things a record of people talking. The talkers--some of the best of this century--are colorful, individual, sometimes eccentric, and always marvelous. This book is also a portrait of the artist who prompted, and was in part shaped by, these dialogues. In his childhood Prokosch heard and remembered the voices of Anna Pavlova, and of Thomas Mann, a friend of his father, Dr. Eduard Prokosch, noted professor of linguistics. During his youth in Paris the author exchanged words with Gertrude Stein and James Joyce; during his college days he spoke with Bill Tilden, Thomas Wolfe, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Elinor Wylie, and Edna Millay; at King's College, Cambridge, he met A. E. Housman, Walter de la Mare, E. M. Forster, F. R. Leavis, and Guy Burgess; in London he met T. S. Eliot, Somerset Maugham, and Virginia Woolf. In Italy he encountered Ezra Pound, Mario Praz, George Santayana, Alberto Moravia, Bernard Berenson, Giorgio de Chirico, and Peggy Guggenheim; and in America, Thornton Wilder, W. H. Auden, Lady Cunard, Thomas Beecham, the Sitwells, Hannah Arendt, Isak Dinesen, Marianne Moore, and Vladimir Nabokov.' . First Edition, First Printing. Paper-covered Boards. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$20.00

Green the Witch Hazel Wood: Poems
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Green the Witch Hazel Wood: Poems

By Hiestand, Emily

St Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.: Graywolf Press, 1989. 111 pp. 'It is said that when the world was young / allusions were very popular / as when Dante plucked Odysseus / from gentleman farming on Ithaka / and burned him in hell with other liars.'--from 'Talking Pictures of Ducks'. First Printing. Illustrated Wraps. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.00

Walking Toward the Sun
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Walking Toward the Sun

By Weismiller, Edward

Cumberland, Rhode Island, U.S.A.: Yale University Press, 2002. 64 pp. Some light rubbing which is overly obvious due to the white background on the dj. Foreward by W. S. Merwin. ' You were not impatient / enough. How many years / would it take, / and then how many / to circle the earth / blindfold, your faith / in emptiness, until / the Prince of Nowhere should / summon you to walk / one evening in the ballroom / of a palace swaying with / costumed ghosts, rented / from an expensive past.'--from 'Onegin' ' There, in the sun, spring's youngest flower, / without memory and without dreams, / smiles on the calm of unrelated stone.'. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.00