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QUETZAL: A JOURNAL OF NATIVE AMERICA, LA RAZA COSMICA, THE FIFTH WORLD - VOL.1, NO.3 (SUMMER, 1971)

QUETZAL: A JOURNAL OF NATIVE AMERICA, LA RAZA COSMICA, THE FIFTH WORLD - VOL.1, NO.3 (SUMMER, 1971)

by Ackley, Randall (editor); Bukowski, Charles, Douglas Blazek, Gerald Locklin, Lyn Lyfshin, et al. (contributors)

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Lumbee, NC: Quetzal-Vihio Press, 1971. First Edition. Contains Bukowski's uncollected poem "the courage is the sun," alongside works by John Fowler, Les Standiford, Terrance Withers, Rochelle Holt, Gerald Locklin, Douglas Blazek, Lyn Lyfshin, and others. Not uncommon institutionally, but seldom found in the trade. Oblong quarto (21.5cm); offset printed sheets, side-stapled into illustrated covers, with spine bound in dark brown fabric tape; [ii],74,[4]pp; illus. Light wear to extremities, strip of dust-soil along upper edge of front wrapper, with a few faint splash marks affecting rear wrapper; scattered check marks and brief holograph notes in pencil and felt-tipped pen in an undetermined hand; Very Good+.
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THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

by Adams, Henry

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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918. Handsome edition of Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. "Printed privately in 1907 and published to wide acclaim shortly after the author's death in 1918, The Education of Henry Adams is a brilliant, idiosyncratic blend of autobiography and history that charts the great transformation in American life during the so-called Gilded Age" (Modern Library). Early printing of the Trade Edition, without date in Roman numerals on copyright page. Octavo (24.25cm); full navy blue crushed morocco bound by Maurin, spine in seven compartments, with double-ruled border tooled in gilt on covers, and titling and decorative elements in gilt on spine; marbled endpapers; top edge gilt; x,[3],4-519,[1]pp. Gentle sunning to spine, light wear to lower board edges, with a small, faint impression to front cover; contents fresh, clean; Near Fine.
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LAST MAN IN TOWER - ADVANCE READER'S EDITION

LAST MAN IN TOWER - ADVANCE READER'S EDITION

by Adiga, Aravind

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. First American Edition. New. First Printing. A Fine copy in illustrated wrappers. An Advance Reader's Edition of the Booker Prize winner's forthcoming novel (September 2011), his first since "The White Tiger," with an initial print run of 100,000 copies.
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RASHOMON AND OTHER STORIES

RASHOMON AND OTHER STORIES

by Akutagawa, Ryunosuke (stories); Kojima, Takashi (translation); Kuwata, M. (illustrations)

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New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1952. First American Edition. American edition of Akutagawa's best-known collection of work, first published in English (in Japan) by the Charles E. Tuttle Co. in 1952. The stories were written by Akutagawa between 1915-1921, published in literary magazines. The first two stories, "In A Grove" and "Rashomon," served as the inspiration for Akira Kurosawa's masterful film adaptation, which opened the world of Japanese cinema to the West, and introduced Toshiro Mifune to viewers on a mass scale. As a testament to its significance and staying power, the collection (along with several other stories) was re-issued by Penguin Books in 2006, with an entirely new translation by Jay Rubin, and a lengthy introduction by Haruki Murakami. Criterion 138. Octavo (21cm); teal cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [4],5-119,[9]pp, with frontispiece and 6 plates of illustrations by M. Kuwata. Some offsetting to endpapers from old… Read More
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A DELICATE BALANCE: A PLAY - LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED
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A DELICATE BALANCE: A PLAY - LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED

by Albee, Edward (play); Holland, Tom (illustrations)

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San Francisco: Arion Press, 2011. Limited Edition. One of 300 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author and illustrator, this being copy no.41. Octavo (24cm); lavender cloth and purple goatskin, with titles stamped in silver on spine, and pictorial only inset on front cover; [ii],169,[5]pp, with four color prints by Tom Holland. Hint of sunning to spine, else very Near Fine. Handsome fine press production of Albee's 1966 play, which won him the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. With a new introduction by David Littlejohn. Arion 92.
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THE ABILITY TO KILL AND OTHER PIECES - INSCRIBED, WITH CORRESPONDENCE
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THE ABILITY TO KILL AND OTHER PIECES - INSCRIBED, WITH CORRESPONDENCE

by Ambler, Eric

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London: The Bodley Head Ltd, 1963. First Edition. First Impression, second state of the text, with the suppressed chapter on the John Bodkin Adams murder trial (potentially libelous) replaced with that of James Hanratty. Octavo (20.5cm); red cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [10],11-222,[2]pp. Inscribed by Ambler in a contemporary hand on the front endpaper: "Thomas M. McDade / with warmest wishes / Eric Ambler '63." Recipient's pictorial bookplate mounted to front pastedown, some scattered foxing to upper edge of textblock, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 16s net), with wrinkling to the laminate, and a thin strip of dust-soil along the upper and lower edges; Very Good or better. Laid into this copy is the recipient's Mystery Writers of America (MWA) membership card for 1960-61. Laid into this copy are three pieces of correspondence between McDade and Ambler, written between 1956-1963. The first piece is a carbon copy of a letter from McDade to Ambler (February… Read More
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THE WOLF KING; OR LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: AN OLD WOMAN'S TALE [IN] THE PORT FOLIO, VOL.II, NO.22...

THE WOLF KING; OR LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: AN OLD WOMAN'S TALE [IN] THE PORT FOLIO, VOL.II, NO.22 (JUNE 5TH, 1802)

by [AMERICANA] Oliver Oldschool, Esq. (pseud. Joseph Dennie)

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Philadelphia: Printed for The Editor & Elizabeth Dickens, 1802. Important issue of this Federalist newspaper, published by Joseph Dennie and Philadelphia bookseller Asbury Dickens. Notable for the inclusion of 'The Wolf King; or Little Red Riding Hood,' a decidedly grotesque version of the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story told in 26 stanzas. First published in Terror Tales (London: W.Bulmer & Co., 1801) and once attributed to M.G. Lewis, the publication in The Port Folio marks its first appearance in the United States. In comparison to the Brothers Grimm version of 1812, this version lacks the redemptive appearance of the huntsman, and ends with Little Red Riding Hood meeting a gruesome end at the hands of the wolf. "His hungry teeth the wolf king gnash'd, His sparkling eyes with fury flash'd, He'd op'd his jaws all sprent with blood, And fell on small red riding hood. / He tore out bowels one and two, "Little maid, I will eat you!" But when he tore out three and four, The little maid she was… Read More
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BLESS ME, ULTIMA: A NOVEL

BLESS ME, ULTIMA: A NOVEL

by Anaya, Rudolfo A.

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Berkeley: Quinto Sol Publications, Inc, 1972. First Edition. The author's first book, a coming-of-age novel set in New Mexico after World War II, and one of the cornerstone works in the Chicano literary canon. According to the American Library Association, it continues to be among the most frequently challenged books in the U.S. Basis for Carl Franklin's 2012 film adaptation, starring Luke Ganalon, Joseph Garcia, and Miriam Colon. First Printing, wrappered issue. Octavo (22.75cm); pictorial card wrappers; xiv,248,[2]pp; illus. Trivial rubbing to extremities, faint sticker shadow to front wrapper, else a sharp, Near Fine copy, free of the usual heavy wear.
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ART, POLITICS, AND WILL: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF LIONEL TRILLING - INSCRIBED TO DIANA TRILLING
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ART, POLITICS, AND WILL: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF LIONEL TRILLING - INSCRIBED TO DIANA TRILLING

by Anderson, Quentin, Stephen Donadio and Steven Marcus (editors)

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New York: Basic Books, 1977. First Edition. American literary critic and intellectual powerhouse Lionel Trilling died of cancer in November, 1975. Soon after, three of Trilling's former Columbia University gradate students solicited works by a number of Trilling's former colleagues, comrades, and interlocutors to produce Art, Politics, and Will. The volume's high-profile contributors - ranging from Irving Howe to Edward Said - speak to Trilling's considerable influence on American letters. The familiar tone of this copy's inscription by the editors, and the associated letter's of conveyance of details about the editors' personal lives and progress on the publication, hint at literary critic Diana Trilling's intimate involvement with her husband's academic career and intellectual legacy. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); russet cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; yellow topstain; dustjacket; viii,295,[1]pp. With a moving inscription to Diana Trilling from Quentin Anderson, and signed by all… Read More
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KEY LARGO: A PLAY IN A PROLOGUE AND TWO ACTS

KEY LARGO: A PLAY IN A PROLOGUE AND TWO ACTS

by Anderson, Maxwell

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New York: Random House, 1939. First Edition. A sharp copy of Anderson's hard-hitting play, centered around a disillusioned veteran who arrives on the island of Key Largo, FL in order to visit the family of a man who died under his command during World War II; what unfolds is a deeply tense series of events during a hurricane, where they are unsuspectingly trapped in a motel with a group of gangsters. The Broadway play version, starring Paul Muni, was a huge success, running for 105 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre between November 27, 1939 and February 24, 1940. Basis for John Huston's Oscar-winning 1948 film noir, starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore. The Dark Page, Vol.1, pp.8-9; Hubin (Supplement to Crime Fiction, 1749-1980), p.3. First Printing. Octavo; dark grey cloth, with titles stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; dark grey topstain; dustjacket; [vi],125,[1]pp. Fine in a bright, very Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped (priced $2.50),… Read More
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FOUR ROADS TO DEATH - INSCRIBED
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FOUR ROADS TO DEATH - INSCRIBED

by Appel, Benjamin

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First Edition. Appel's second novel, "the story of an unscrupulous scientist who succeeds in having a search for a lost city and hidden treasure heavily financed, who takes with him his ex-wife in the role of niece, to deflect the attention of one of the men, and who hypnotized the fourth member of the party into suicide. On the return of the expedition, the leader alibis himself with a tale of famine, drought, mutiny and enforced retreat" (Kirkus Review). Scarce inscribed. Hubin, p.11. First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); orange cloth, with titles stamped in green on spine and front cover; green topstain; dustjacket; [xii],256,[4]pp. Armorial bookplate of William Meckfessel mounted to front pastedown, inscribed to him a few weeks after publication on the front endpaper: "June 12, 1935 / To my friend Bill and hoping you like this as well as Brain Guy, and we're hoping that this will send me to Frisco so we can say hello / Ben Appel." Light wear to extremities, spine… Read More
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THE WAGES OF FEAR

THE WAGES OF FEAR

by Arnaud, Georges (novel); Dale, Norman (translation)

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; rough brown cloth over boards, quarterbound in teal cloth, with titles and designed stamped in black on spine; dustjacket; 186pp. Stamp of Edmund Grainger Productions on front endpaper, dated 1952, and likely from a production company involved in the making of the film; a Fine copy. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with $3.00 price rubber-stamped in red ink left of the clip; some light rubbing to extremities, a few closed tears, and a small chip to upper right corner of front panel with some attendant creasing; a bright, Very Good+ example. The American edition is notably uncommon in dustjacket. Basis for the superb 1953 French language film 'Le Salaire de la Peur,' directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Yves Montand and Charles Vanel.
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JE PARLE FRANÇAIS. C'EST FACILE - SIGNED

by [ARTIST'S BOOKS] Evans, Andrea

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N.p.: Anrea Evans, 1981. First Edition. A series of French 'conversations' between dogs with grainy images of iconic Parisian street scenes on verso. Listed in OCLC, with no holdings located. Slim octavo (21.5cm); pale blue sewn wrappers, xeroxed in black; [8]pp; illus. Signed by the artist in pencil on both inner wrappers, above her printed name. Mild fading to extremities, else Near fine.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR OPERATING THE MECHANICAL MEDIUM

by [ARTIST'S BOOKS] Beloff, Zoe

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New York: The Society for Etheric Research, n.d.. First Edition. Intriguing work by the artist and filmmaker, based on Thomas Edison's search for a machine to communicate with the dead. Illustrated with a series of four "phantograms," printed in two colors, with corresponding directions for viewing with the enclosed 3-D glasses. OCLC finds a single location (Whitney Museum of American Art). Quarto (28.5cm); manila-colored sheets, spiral-bound into thick brown matboard covers with printed title label applied to front cover; [6]pp (rectos only); illus., with two different 3-D glasses laid in. Small patch of sticker-pull to rear cover, else Fine.
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UNMATCHED HALVES - SIGNED

by [ARTIST'S BOOKS] Porges, M[aria] F.

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Oakland: Words & Pictures, 1987. First Edition. Artist's book presenting 10 short stories, each of which frames a drawing. Each page is split horizontally, creating a mix-and-match effect with all other stories. OCLC finds 11 copies. One of 500 numbered copies signed by the artist, this being copy no.48. Quarto (28cm); horizontally-split illustrated sheets (rectos only), spiral-bound into printed covers; unpaged. Contents fresh and Fine, with some rubbing and fading to wrapper extremities; Very Good+.
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THE VERMONT NOTEBOOK - DELUXE ISSUE, SIGNED WITH AN ORIGINAL INK ILLUSTRATION
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THE VERMONT NOTEBOOK - DELUXE ISSUE, SIGNED WITH AN ORIGINAL INK ILLUSTRATION

by Ashbery, John (text); Brainard, Joe (illustrations)

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Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1975. First Edition. Deluxe issue of Ashbery's 1975 experimental book-length poem, often overlooked in favor of his critically-acclaimed Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror published the same year. "In fact, The Vermont Notebook has often been elided entirely from the Ashbery canon: excluded from Ashbery's bibliography in some subsequent volumes, the poem failed to make an appearance in the poet's 1985 Selected Poems...An innovative hybrid of prose, verse, and line drawings provided by artist-poet Joe Brainard, The Vermont Notebook differs significantly from Ashbery's more classically Stevensian verse of the period. Formally, the poem is characterized by quasi-cinematic jump cuts, blatant appropriation of found material, and meaningful white space separating its mostly prose paragraphs. Beyond mere stylistic difference, this most essayistic of Ashbery's books reflects and refracts, with typically Ashberyian irony, a number of arguments about environmental and sexual… Read More
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ZERO - VOL.IV

ZERO - VOL.IV

by Ashbery, John, Paul Bowles, Jerome Rothenberg, and James Tate, et al. (contributors)

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Los Angeles: Zero Press, 1980. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (21.75cm); pictorial card wrappers; 194,[22]pp; illus. Some very light surface wear, else Near Fine. A collection of stories, poems, and reviews, with contributions from Paul Bowles, John Ashbery, Rainer Maria Rilke, James Tate, Lewis Baltz, et al.
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LOCUS SOLUS I-V [COMPLETE RUN]

LOCUS SOLUS I-V [COMPLETE RUN]

by Ashbery, John, Kenneth Koch, Harry Mathews, and James Schuyler (editors)

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Lans-en-Vercors and Geneva: Locus Solus Press, 1962. First Editions. Complete run of this poetry journal called "the overseas wing of the New York School...The magazine was definitely "no nonsense" from the beginning, presenting no manifestoes or editorial statements, just high-quality literature - simply and elegantly presented with care and respect" (Clay & Phillips, p.169). In addition to the editors, contributors included Frank O'Hara, Barbara Guest, André Breton, William S. Burroughs, Joseph Ceravolo, Gregory Corso, Gerard Malanga, Diane Di Prima, LeRoi Jones, Kenward Elmslie, John Wieners, Barbara Guest, and others. A difficult set to complete, since the elusive issue V was printed in a small run of 500 copies (a fraction of the size of the other 4 issues). KERMANI D3; MAYNARD & MILES C26-27. Five issues bound in four octavo volumes (ca.17.5-18cm); printed wrappers; 167,[1]; 205,[3]; 294,[2]; 184pp. First (un-trimmed) state of issue 1, measuring 7 1/8" x 5 1/8" (per Kermani, p.98); hint of… Read More
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FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE - INSCRIBED TO DAVID G. HARTWELL
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FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE - INSCRIBED TO DAVID G. HARTWELL

by Asimov, Isaac

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New York: Gnome Press, 1952. First Edition. Second volume in Asimov's epic series inspired by the fall of Rome, portraying "the destruction of a human galactic empire and the efforts of psychohistorians to shorten the coming dark ages. To do this, they set up the hidden Foundation to guide humans in the development of a new culture...As predicted, the old empire's survivors attempt to destroy the Foundation and fail; but an unanticipated threat, a powerful psychic mutant called the Mule, consolidates a mini-empire, which threatens the original "Seldon's Plan" (Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 3-19). A significant association copy inscribed to David G. Hartwell (1941-2016), legendary editorial and publishing force within the genre, who was nominated for the Hugo Award a staggering 41 times during his career. Octavo (21cm); Currey's B binding in red boards, with titling and decorations stamped in black on spine and front cover, and publisher's imprint measuring 2.8cm at base of spine; dustjacket;… Read More
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BEFORE THE GOLDEN AGE: A SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGY OF THE 1930s - PUBLISHER'S LONG GALLEYS

BEFORE THE GOLDEN AGE: A SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGY OF THE 1930s - PUBLISHER'S LONG GALLEYS

by Asimov, Isaac (editor); Campbell, Jr., John W., John D. Clark, Edmond Hamilton, Murray Leinster, and Clifford Simak, et al. (contributors)

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New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1974. First Edition. Lengthy anthology of short fiction from the golden age of science fiction (1920-1938), edited by Isaac Asimov. Contributors include Asimov, Edmond Hamilton, Neil R. Jones, S.P. Meek, P. Schuyler Miller, Clifford Simak, Charles Tanner, Jack Williamson, Laurence Manning, Donald Wandrei, Murray Leinster, Raymond Gallun, Stanley Weinbaum, Henry Hasse, John W. Campbell, Jr., John D. Clark, and others. Uncommon in this state. Publisher's unbound long galley sheets (15.25cm x 60.75cm), folded in half, with publisher's typed label mounted to cover leaf; 376 leaves. Light wear to extremities, a few terminal leaves with short tears and attendant creases; title leaf creased, torn nealy in half, with numerous edge tears and some rubber-cement residue surrounding the publisher's label; Very Good+.
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