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Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography, Adams, Laura
1 Adams, Laura Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive Bibliography
Lanham, Maryland Scarecrow Press 1974 0810807718 / 9780810807716 First Cloth 
First Edition/First Printing 1974. Very fine condition issued without a dustjacket. A valuable work for all those interested in Norman Mailer---especially his early works prior to 1974. Includes valuable information on books, plays, reviews, excerpts, chronlogies...etc. An excellent bibliography on one of America's most interesting and controversial authors. In unread condition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The World of Willa Cather, Bennett, Mildred R.
2 Bennett, Mildred R. The World of Willa Cather
New York Dodd, Mead 1951 First Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Printing 1951. A superb fine copy in a near fine dustjacket. The early life of Pulitzer Prize winning author Willa Cather--in and around Red Cloud, Nebraska. A beautifully preserved copy with only a little bit of dustiness to the page edges. The dustjacket is price clipped with only a little bit of chipping and edgewear to the usual places--head and heel of the spine. A must have for the Cather collector--written by a woman who taught some of the children connected with the characters in the novels--as Cather took the real life characters she met and adapted them for her characters. Red cloth with brown and gilt lettering and decoration. A very collectable copy. Dustjacket not shown in digital image--but additional pics can be emailed--DJ is near fine. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Not Under Forty, Cather, Willa
3 Cather, Willa Not Under Forty
New York Knopf 1936 First Edition Cloth Very Good Very Good 
First Printing 1936. From the recent auction of noted collector M. B. Goldstone--with his famous gold custom bookplate loosely attached to the front pastedown--along with notations and his signature in pencil to the front free endpaper. A near fine copy in lime green with charcoal decorations and lettering to the front board and spine. A little dustiness to the cloth and page edges only. Top stain unfaded. An unclipped ($2.00) dustjacket in excellent condition except for a faded spine--no chips or tears however--a handsome unfaded and bright front jacket cover. A collection of essays (6). 
Price: 185.00 USD
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On Writing, Cather, Willa
4 Cather, Willa On Writing
New York Knopf 1949 First Edition Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Printing 1949. From the collection of M. B. Goldstone--with his custom gold bookplate lightly attached to the front pastedown. A nice copy in fine condition--in an unclipped and very good dustjacket. This copy has just some very light age toning to the dustjacket--and some edgewear and chipping to the head and heel of the spine. There is one 3/4 inch closed end repaired tear to the rear panel on the bottom--not part of any lettering or decoration. Protected in a BrodArt Jacket cover. Dark top stain. 126 pp. Original $2.25 price on flap. Cather won the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the most influential writers of the early part of the 20th Century. Her descriptive prose made the prairies of Nebraska come alive in her novels. Forward by Stephen Tennant. A must have for the Cather collector. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Bibliography of Crime Fiction, 1749-1975, Hubin, Allen J.
5 Hubin, Allen J. The Bibliography of Crime Fiction, 1749-1975
Del Mar, California University of California, San Diego 1979 0891630481 / 9780891630487 First Cloth Fine 8 VO 
First Edition/First Printing 1979. A handsome and fine copy in splendid condition. Brown cloth (8 vo) with silver lettering. A couple of little specks only to the back board. Interior is just about as new--no marks at all. A bibliography of all factions of crime fiction from the known beginning up to 1975. A must have for the crime fiction collector--a very collectable copy. 697 pp. 
Price: 70.00 USD
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A Bibliography (1972-1996), Kellerman, Jonathan
6 Kellerman, Jonathan A Bibliography (1972-1996)
Mission Viejo, California Royal Oak 1994 First Hard Paper Wraps 
First Limited Printing. Fine in hard paper wraps. Privately printed bibliography of the works of Jonathan Kellerman. Foreward and short story "Malibu Bob" by Faye Kellerman. Includes a personal color photo of the Kellerman's lightly attached to the front pastedown. Signed by both Kellerman's and the illustrator on the limitation page. Also signed on the rear cover. Copy 119/240 only. A must have for the serious Kellerman collector. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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White Logic: Jack London's Short Stories (A Comprehensive Bibliography), McClintock, James I.
7 McClintock, James I. White Logic: Jack London's Short Stories (A Comprehensive Bibliography)
Grand Rapids, Michigan Wolf House Books 1975 0915046237 / 9780915046232 First Cloth Fine 
First Printing 1975. A handsome and collectable first print copy in "as new" condition. This is a mint copy issued without dustjacket. A comprehensive study of London's 188 stories. For the serious Jack London collector's library. Blue-gray cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind stamped front boards with wolf image of London's well known "logo". Everything you ever wanted to know about London's short stories--from "To Build A Fire" and others (London was a prolific short story writer) 
Price: 140.00 USD
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My Autobiography, McClure, S. S.
8 McClure, S. S. My Autobiography
New York Frederick A. Stokes 1914 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
Ghst written by Willa Cather. From the recently auctioned collection of M.B. Goldstone--with his personalized gold bookplate lightly attached to the front pastedown and his penciled signature and notes to the front free endpaper. This copy originally belonged to author, novelist, and short story writer Katherine Havilland Taylor--and attached (tipped in) is a rejection letter from S.S. McClure for a short story Taylor wrote called "How Fickle Women Are". Dated June 8, 1925, and on McClure's Magazine stationary, McClure writes to Taylor--"This is a very good story and I would like it but I am sorry to say I can't buy it, considering what I have on hand." "Faithfully Yours. S. S. McClure". Taylor was a successful short story writer who was published in several magazines, but apparently, never in McClure's. Taylor wrote one novel called "The Failure", which was adapted into a 1938 RKO film with a renamed title of "A Man To Remember"--starring Lionel Barrymore. Taylor had several stories published by all of the major writing magazines of the early part of the 20th Century. Also, enclosed and attached to this copy on page 241, conveniently across from the photo of "Viola Roseboro"--editor in chief of McClure's magazine, is a letter on McClure's Magazine stationary dated December 21, 1922 and also addressed to Taylor, is a rejection letter for a story entitled "Facing Reality" and signed and written by Viola Roseboro with her handwritten notes to Taylor on one side and a formal rejection on the other. In her notes Roseboro says, "Good, only we feel it is more for the women's magazines--not for us. Good Luck, and I expect as much. V. R." The other side of the letter states, "We always thank you for letting us see your work. We must send this back despite much wit and cleverness.....I am going to take the liberty of telling you that I think this would be better told without the frills and trimmings the author addresses to the reader--better and more saleable". Roseboro goes on to state that the reason she never signs her letters is because she is seldom in the office--apparently Taylor questioned if they (the stories) were ever indeed read at all because she was rejected so many times. It is common knowledge that Roseboro really called the shots at McClure's---she was responsible for getting on board many young and talented writers--including Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Willa Cather---who secretly penned this autobiography of McClure's life. McClure lived until 1949, and among many accomplishments, he was a business partner of Frank Nelson Doubleday, founded with him Doubleday & McClure, which became today's Doubleday publishing empire. This copy is in very good condition. First printing with September 1914, as called for. Frontispiece portrait of McClure with original tissue guard as new. Dustiness to the page ends, age toning to the spine with the lettering being quite hard to read. The front hinge is loose but easily repaired. Interior pages are unmarked and clean. Front board is quite nice with gilt lettering and decorations bright. Altogether a nice well read copy from the collection of a quite famous collector, who along with his brother Adrian Goldstone, Steinbeck's bibliographer, both well known and whose books are just now being auctioned off for record sums--(Gatsby for $180,000). What makes this copy rare are the letters and signatures of McClure and Roseboro--indeed Roseboro's signature is very rare for somebody whose influence was huge in the publishing world of the early 20th Century--she single handedly put Jack London's career on the inside track, and he went on to become the highest paid author of his time. Additional pics listed on or via email. Send requests to 
Price: 875.00 USD
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Lillian Hellman,   A Biography, 1926-1978, Riordan, Mary Marguerite
9 Riordan, Mary Marguerite Lillian Hellman, A Biography, 1926-1978
Lanham Maryland Scarecrow Press 1980 0810813203 / 9780810813205 First Cloth Very Good 
First Edition 1980. A Scarecrow Press Bibliography--this is No. 50. A handsome very good copy issued without dustjacket. Light foxing to cloth boards only. Still tight square and clean interior. Formerly the property of Cinema Bookshop in Hollywood, Ca. A complete archival bibliography up to 1978. 
Price: 42.00 USD
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Register of Erotic Books (Vol. I & II), Rose, Alfred
10 Rose, Alfred Register of Erotic Books (Vol. I & II)
New York Jack BRussel 1965 First Cloth Fine No Jacket 
1965. Near fine in two volumes. Blue cloth with gilt lettering over terracotta spine. A bibliography of erotic publications in French and English. These volumes continue the work of Rolf S. Reade and the Registrum Librorum Eroticorum. Superb condition with light age toning only to the spine. Interior is unmarked and as new. A wonderful addition to any bibliophile's collection. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Ashley Library (A Catalogue of Printed Books, Manuscripts, and Autograph Letters) Volume X, Wise, Thomas James
11 Wise, Thomas James The Ashley Library (A Catalogue of Printed Books, Manuscripts, and Autograph Letters) Volume X
London Privately Printed 1930 First Linen Cloth (Buckram) Very Good 
First Printing--One of only 200 copies printed. Originally published in a set of ten, this is Volume X. Finding the entire set is very rare. Original buckrum cream cloth with gilt decorations to the front board and spine. This copy is in near fine condition. Only the outside buckram cloth is slightly age toned, the interior is as new. Handmade paper with the original tissue guard covering the photo of the author and title page. Full Gilt laden top edge and uncut fore edge and text block. Hand sewn binding. Hand made paper and with copies of original letters from the authors (Byron Browning, etc) Bibliographies of publications of some of the finest authors in English literature, together with reproductions of their title and copyright pages and descriptions of first editions. A wonderful book for any bibliophile's library, with many titles from 1600 and on. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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