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Modern firsts is a category that attracts many collectors and to which a great number of dealers state a specialty, but there isn't a consensus on what is meant by modern firsts. Where does the modern era begin? Some in the rare book trade will set the starting point for modern firsts at the beginning of the 20th century, others push that date back a bit to the later part of the 19th century. Biblio marks the start of modern firsts as 1919, corresponding with the end of WWI.



THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed by Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Salinger, J.D. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed. Boston: Little Brown, 1952. A fine SIGNED copy...

From TBCL The Book Collector's Library

$55,000.00


in our time by HEMINGWAY, Ernest

Paris: Three Mountains Press, 1924. Hardcover. Fine. First edition. Binder's glue stains on the endpapers, as usual, tiny chips at the spinal extremities, and slight bowing of the covers, an excellent, very nearly fine copy. Hemingway's second b...

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

$55,000.00


THREE STORIES & TEN POEMS by Hemingway, Ernest

[Paris]: Contact Publishing Company, 1923. Publisher's pale blue wrappers, printed in black, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Hint of slight tanning at edges, minuscule nick (no loss) in upper wrapper at spine, otherwise about fine. Half morocco folding ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$55,000.00


Gravity’s Rainbow. by Pynchon, Thomas

New York: The Viking Press, 1973. First edition of Pynchon's National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Herb Yellin- Regards, Thomas Pynchon." The recipient Herb Y...

From Raptis Rare Books

$42,000.00


In Our Time by Hemingway, Ernest

Paris: Three Mountains Press, 1924. 30pp. First edition. One of 170 copies. Illustrated with a frontispiece author portrait by Henry Strater, an American painter and fellow expatriate who became friends with Hemingway in Paris. This is the author's secon...

From Bromer Booksellers

$37,500.00


THE HOLY OFFICE [caption title] by Joyce, James

[Pola, Yugoslavia: Privately Printed for the Author, 1905. Quarto broadsheet (288 x 220 mm). Printed in double columns on recto only. Small rust marks in top margin above title, upper left corner slightly creased and dust -shaded, pencil tip-size chip fr...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$37,500.00


One Hundred Years of Solitude; Innocent Erendira; In Evil Hour; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor; Clandestine in Chile; Love in the Time of Cholera. . . by Garcia Marquez, Gabriel

NY and Bogota: Harper & Row, Knopf, LEC, Grupo Editorial Norma (1968-2005)., 1968. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Collection. 16 First editions all INSCRIBED: An outstanding collection of 16 first editions of the Nobel Laureate all variously INSCRIBED to the ...

From Thomas Dorn ABAA

$32,500.00


ANTHEM by Rand, Ayn

London: Cassell, 1938. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. London: Cassell, 1938. 1st Edition. Hardcover. The true first edition, first issue of the author's uncommon second book; one of an estimated 3,500 copies only. Bound in the origina...

From TBCL The Book Collector's Library

$23,500.00


ULYSSES. by JOYCE. JAMES

Shakespeare and Company. Paris. 1922. FIRST EDITION. Number 811 of a limited edition of 1,000 copies and one of 750 copies printed on handmade paper. There were 100 signed copies on thicker Dutch handmade paper numbered 1 - 100 and 150 large paper copies...

From Paul Foster Books

£16,500.00


Tender is the Night: A Romance by Fitzgerald, F. Scott; Shenton, Edward [Illustrator]

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. Advance Reading Copy. Very Good. Advance review copy. [viii], 408 pp. Plain brown wrappers with title, author, and publication date written in pen on front wrap. Very Good, faint dampstain affecting the lower...

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

$20,000.00


REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE by McCULLERS, Carson

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Covers soiled and worn, lacking the dustwrapper. Good in a Fine custom morocco-backed clamshell box. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author for George [Davis] "Who is my Best and Campiest Friend...

From Charles Agvent

$18,750.00


Crime and Punishment; a Russian realistic novel by DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1886. A fresh, bright copy with skilful restoration at ends of spine, internally clean and fresh. 8vo. 456 pages. Portrait frontispiece of the author; one-page publisher's advertisement at end, with this work listed firs...

From Riverrun Books & Manuscripts

$18,000.00


CAMERA OBSCURA. with DESPAIR by Nabokov, Vladimir

London: John Long, Limited, [1935] & ;1937] Two Volumes, 1935. 1st Edition. Soft cover. London: John Long, Limited, [1935] & ;1937] Two Volumes, 1935. 1st Edition. Soft cover. [NABOKOV, Vladimir] NABOKOFF-SIRIN, Vladimir. CAMERA OBSCURA. DESPAIR....

From TBCL The Book Collector's Library

$17,500.00


POEMS, 1899 - 1905 by Yeats, William Butler

London & Dublin: A.H. Bullen / Maunsel & Co., 1906. Blue cloth, spine elaborately stamped in gilt, edges untrimmed. Spine faintly rubbed, small bruise to lower edge of rear board, else near fine. First edition. Inscribed in the month of publication: "To ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$16,500.00


Death Comes for the Archbishop by Cather, Willa

New York: Knopf, 1927. First edition. One of fifty numbered and signed copies printed on Japan vellum. Original full cream vellum paper, gilt-stamped, top edge gilt. Slight mottling to the spine, but a bright and fine copy, in the publisher's green p...

From Thomas A Goldwasser Rare Books

$15,000.00


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