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    Look at the Harlequins! by Nabokov, Vladimir

    New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974. First edition of the final novel published before Nabokov's death. Octavo, original boards. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with one small chip to the verso of the dust jacket. Dust jacket portrait of Nabokov by Halsman. Jacket design by Robert L. Mitchell. An excellent example. A fictional autobiography narrated by Vadim Vadimovich N., Look at the Harlequins! tells the story of an almost uncanny biographical likeness to the novel's author, Vladimir Nabokov. Many critics viewed the parallels between the author and his character as a parody, or a way for Nabokov to poke fun at the commonly held public belief that the controversial protagonist of Lolita was also a reflection of the "sexually deviant" author.


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    Mazes and Monsters: A Novel - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Jaffe, Rona

    New York: Delacorte Press. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1981. First Edition; First Printing. 1/4 Cloth. 0440055369 . A bright first edition/first printing in Near Fine condition in Very Good+ dust-jacket with edgewear and inscription to front flap; .


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    Dark Sky, Deep Water: First Hand Reflections on the Anti-U-Boat War in WW2 by Franks, Norman

    London, Great Britain: Grub Street, 1997. Hardcover with red boards and pictorial dust jacket, First Edition, 500gms, 218 pages, and blank endpapers. These and many other first hand accounts from both sides, accompanied by photos, give an insight into how Allied airmen and German submarines fought against each other in the hostile skies above the deep cold sea. Book is in very good condition with no visible general wear and tear, a signature on the front endpaper (may or may not be author's signature. Dust Jacket is in very good condition with no to very little shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Attached picture is of actual book. Purchase more than 1 item and save money with combined postage. And if you can't find the title you're looking for - why not ask us direct. With over 30,000 books in stock we can't list them all!. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Mordant's Need: the Mirror of Her Dreams - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Donaldson, Stephen R

    New York: Ballantine Books. Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1986. First Edition; First Printing. 1/4 Cloth. 0345332989 . First edition/first printing in Very Good condition with front hinge starting in Very Good+ dust-jacket with minor edgewear; .


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    Legendary Conversations With a Texas Disc Jockey by Pitcox Tracy

    Brady, Texas: Heart of Texas Country, 2007. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. VG Pictoral softcover.SIGNED by author on title page. ALSO signed by CURTIS POTTER, DARELL & MONA MCCALL & FRANKIE MILLER & SONNY DAVENPORT. Light wear to top text edge. Few pages to top edge w/light bump. Covers bright/unmarked. Pages unmarked/clean. Binding solid. Several interviews throughout w/various country music stars . Photos throughout. 316 pp. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Breathing Lessons - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Tyler, Anne

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1988. First Edition; First Printing. 1/4 Cloth. 0394572343 . First Trade edition/first printing in Near Fine condition in Very Good+ dust-jacket. Back of book jacket has indentations where someone has written and it has"bled" through to jacket. No physical writing on jacket; The tale of an ordinary couple, Maggie and Ira Moran, who have been incompatibly married for 28 years. All the action takes place on one summer day as Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Pennsylvania to a funeral. An accidental detour and a chance encounter help them rediscover the love that binds them together in spite of it all. Basis for the 1994 television movie starring James Garner and Joanne Woodward .


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    A Fly Has A Hundred Eyes - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Baron, Aileen G

    Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers. Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket. 2002. First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Hardcover. 0897335090 . A handsome first edition/first printing in unread Very Fine condition in Very Fine dust-jacket. Signed and dated, December 2002, by author Aileen G. Baron directly on the title page; .


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    The American Shad; Selection From The Founding Fish - 1st Edition by McPhee, John

    Far Hills, NJ: Meadow Run Press. As New. 2004. First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author & Illustrator. Cloth. 1886967148 . A most attractive first edition, limited to 500 copies, signed by author John McPhee on the limitation page. Uncalled for, this book is further signed on the title page by illustrator John Rice. Unread Very Fine condition in original glassine wrapper and alike slip-case; "American Shad are schooling ocean fish, and when they come in to make their run up the river they follow the deep channels. In the estuary towards the end of the winter, they mill around in tremendous numbers, waiting for the temperature to rise. Soon, a single sentence moves northward with them - sending amps and volts through the likes of me. The phone rings, and someone says, "They're in the river." (from the introduction) .


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    A Russian Beauty and Other Stories. by Nabokov, Vladimir

    New York: McGraw-Hill International, 1973. First American edition of this collection of short stories originally published in Russian. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov and Simon Karlinksy. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Stan Skardinski. Photographic portrait of Nabokov on the rear panel by Halsman. A very clean example. A collection of thirteen stories written by Nabokov in the 1920s and 30s, A Russian Beauty and Other Stories includes The Leonardo, The Visit to the Museum, An Affair to Honor, and A Dashing Fellow. Each story originally appeared in Russian and was translated by Nabokov's son Dmitiri with his collaboration.


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    Trunk Music - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Connelly, Michael

    Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1997. First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Hardcover. 0316152447 . A sharp first edition/first printing in Near Fine condition with lightly soiled page edges in alike dust jacket with mild edgewear. SIGNED by author Michael Connelly directly on the title page; 1998 Barry Award Winner for Best Novel. LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch lands his first case after an involuntary leave of absence. A Hollywood producer is found in the trunk of his car with two bullets in the head. It looks like a mafia hit; A Harry Bosch Novel .


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    Going After Cacciato. by O'Brien, Tim

    New York: Delacorte Press, 1978. First edition of the author's National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tim O'Brien on title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. "To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales" wrote the New York Times upon publication in 1978. In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all. "Simply put, the best novel written about the war. I do not know . . . any writer, journalist, or novelist who does not concede that position to O'Brien's Going After Cacciato" (Miami Herald).


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    Played By Ear: The Autobiography of Daniel A. Lord, S.J. -1st Edition/1st Printing by Lord, Daniel A. , S. J

    Chicago and Garden City, NY: Loyola University Press / Hanover House, Distributors. Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket. 1956. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. First edition/first printing in Very Good+ condition with bookplate to front pastedown and front hinge starting in Good+ dust-jacket, with edgewear, closed tears (including a five inch closed tear to front fold starting at the bottom corner of the jacket) , chipping, and rubbing .


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    George Foreman's Guide to Life: How to Get Up off the Canvas when Life Knocks You Down - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Foreman, George with Linda Kulman

    New York: Simon & Schuster. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2002. First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Hardcover. 074322499X . A bright first edition/first printing in unread Fine condition in alike dust-jacket. SIGNED by author George Foreman on the first leaf; As a two time former heavyweight champion of the world, George Foreman knows a lot about success. Foreman talks about overcoming life's hurdles using anecdotes from his own life as examples .


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    The Fig Eater by Shields, Jody

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Little Brown & Company, 2000. 311 pgs. Fine hardcover, clean and crisp, in Near Fine jacket. Tiny pinhead perforation to bottom left corner of jacket near spine edge, else fine. Set in Vienna in 1910, the murder of Freud's famous patient Dora is being investigated by the Inspector, newly trained in rationalist criminology. The author presents turn-of-the-century Vienna combined with aspects of forensics, criminolgy, food, botany, folklore, customs, perverse medical practices and subtle sexual secrets. ISBN 0316785644. #1742. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - 7¾ - 9¾ Inches Tall.


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    The Folded World - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Gaige, Amity

    New York: Other Press. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2007. First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Hardcover. 9781590512487 . A Fine first printing of the first edition in equally unblemished dust-jacket, signed by author Amity Gaige on title page. Includes note from author to Virginia collector; .


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    Jack: Ak Biography Of Jack London - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Sinclair, Andrew

    New York, Hagerstown, San Francisco, London: Harper & Row, Publishers. Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket. c1977. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. 0060138998 . An attractive first edition/first printing in Good+ condition with soiling, edgewear and bumped corners in a price-clipped Very Good- dust-jacket with soiling, edgewear and tearing; .


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    The Waltz Invention: A Play in Three Acts. by Nabokov, Vladimir

    New York: Phaedra Publishers, Inc, 1966. First American edition of Nabokov's prophetic tragicomedy. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.     In an unnamed country in 1935, inventor Salvator Waltz declares that he controls a new machine of immense destructive power called Telemort that has the capability to destroy mountains, cities, and even countries. Dismissed by the Minister of War, Waltz proceeds to conduct a series of escalating experimental explosions after which he is captured and institutionalized.


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    Shock Radio - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Clark, Leigh

    New York: Forge. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1996. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0312857241 . First edition/first printing in Near Fine condition with lightly soiled edges in alike dust-jacket with minor edgewear; .


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    Mary. by Nabokov, Vladimir. Translated from the Russian by Michael Glenny

    New York: McGraw-Hill International, Inc, 1970. First edition in English of Nabokov's debut novel. Octavo, original black cloth, mustard yellow endpapers. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A very bright example. Nabokov's debut novel, Mary, recounts the tale of Lev Glebovich Ganin, a Russian ?migr? and former White Guard Officer displaced by the Russian Revolution. Now living in a boarding house in Berlin, Ganin soon learns that his long-lost first love, Mary, is now the wife of one of his most unappealing neighbors and contrives a plot to reunite with her.


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    Reckless Homicide - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Genberg, Ira

    New York: St. Martin's Press. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1998. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 031217974X . An attractive first edition/first printing in Near Fine condition in alike dust jacket with minor edgewear; Edgar Award Nominee .


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    THE NEON WILDERNESS by Nelson Algren

    Garden City:: Doubleday,. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. 1947. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 286 pages; Inscribed by the author on the FFEP, " For Jack Zara, a major leaguer with a very fast curve, from a local semi-pro, Nelson." . Publisher's cloth binding and original dust jacket. Jacket is soiled, else very good. Jacket 1st ed with list of publisher's fiction titles on back cover. With old acrylic cover. $2.50 sale price is present. Best known for The Man with the Golden Arm, a 1949 novel that won the National Book Award[1] and was adapted as a 1955 film of the same name. Tghis is a collection of short stories. ; Signed by Author .


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    Manhattan Beach by Egan, Jennifer

    New York: Scribner, 2017. First printing (first edition) of the acclaimed novel of a woman becoming a naval diver in World War Two. Full number string. Light wear to book & jacket, near fine; unmarked.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.


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    Raccolta di varie Favole Delineate, ed incise in Rame (Volume 4). by Fossati, George

    Venezia: Pecora, 1744. First edition. Large Quarto. Tome Quatrieme (Volume 4), contemporary vellum. Thirty-six finely engraved plates printed in sepia. Text in parallel columns of Italian and French. Some shelfwear and soiling, generally clean and sound internally.


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    Eagles at War - 1st Edition/1st Printing by Boyne, Walter J

    New York: Crown Publishers, Inc.. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1991. First Edition; First Printing. 1/4 Cloth. 0517576104 . A bright first edition/first printing in Very Good+ condition with soiled edges in alike dust-jacket with light edgewear; .


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    The Piano Teacher. by Jelinek, Elfriede

    New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988. First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author's first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Jelinek on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Sexuality and violence are coupled in this reveling story set in modern-day Vienna by Elfriedge Jelinek, winner of the Heinrich Boll Prize (1986). It's his first novel to be translated into English, and it won the author the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004. The Piano Teacher depicts the emotionally rigorous world of Erika, and the neurotic love triangle that confuses violence for love. The inevitable breakdown is an insight beyond what Jelinek saw as the artificial prettiness of Vienna to show a side still reminiscent of its uncomfortable early post-war years. The novel was adapted into a film in 2001, directed by Michael Haneke, and it won numerous awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, and Best Foreign Film at the 2002 German Film Awards.


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