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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


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


Jurassic Park by CRICHTON, Michael

An extraordinary signed copy. This First Edition, First State copy of this now-iconic title would certainly qualify as very near Fine but for extensive foxing to top edge and foredge leaves, and a slight separation at spine crown. The original dust jacket…

From Mystery Pier Books, inc


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


SET OF WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTOPHER ROBIN FIRST EDITIONS. 4 Volumes.-- When We were very young. -- Winnie the Pooh. -- Now We are Six. -- The House at Pooh Corner. by MILNE. A. A. --- E. H. Shepard, Illustrates

Methuen and Co. London. 1924 - 28. FIRST EDITIONS. Four volumes. 8vo. (7.3 x 5 inches). Illustrated throughout with wonderful line drawings by E. H. Shepard. When We Were Very Young second state with page number ix present. Fine, crisp and clean copies t…

From Paul Foster Books



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-- /A…

From Charles Agvent


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


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

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1886. A fresh, bright copy with skillful 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 first a…

From Riverrun Books & Manuscripts


The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner, William

New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1929. First Edition. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's black and white Art Deco style boards over white cloth spine lettered in black. Near Fine with toning to pages and to…

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984] by Orwell, George [Eric Arthur Blair]

London: Secker & Warburg, 1949 First printing of the first British edition, original light green cloth, spine lettered in red, with red topstain, in original red dust jacket, with the publisher's price listed on the inside front flap, 312pp. Tanni…

From Idler Fine Books


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



New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. Green cloth, lettered in gilt and blind. Top edge and endsheets dust marked, otherwise about fine, the cloth unusually bright and the gilt lettering unblemished. The outer panels of the pictorial dust jacket are u…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


A Streetcar Named Desire by Williams, Tennessee

New York: New Directions, 1947. First edition. Pink boards; virtually as new in dust jacket, unfaded and with no wear. One of the fabled Norman Unger copies, purchased new by Williams's friend, the book collector Unger, then wrapped and stored for 30…

From Thomas A Goldwasser Rare Books


All the Sad Young Men by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. First Edition. Fine/Fine. First edition, first printing with no damage to type on pages 38, 90 and 248; in a first state dust jacket with lips unbattered. Bound in publisher's green cloth with titles in b…

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Flash and Filigree; The Magic Christian; Red Dirt Marijuana; Candy by SOUTHERN, Terry

NY: Various. (1958-1967). The first four books by Southern -- creator of Dr. Strangelove and screenwriter of Easy Rider -- each inscribed by him to his friend, the bandleader, composer, and musician Artie Shaw. Flash and Filigree (NY: Coward McCann, 1958;…

From Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA


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