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A Rage To Live, O'Hara, John
1 O'Hara, John A Rage To Live
New York Random House 1949 First Printing Cloth Very Good Fine 
From the recent auction of the Donald S. Olsen collection--with the auction tag tipped in. A handsome copy that originally belonged to fellow author Donald Ogden Stewart--with Stewart's signature and address in Santa Monica on the front free endpaper--along with his notes as to date of purchase and date of reading. Stewart was friends with Hemingway and was the model for character Bill Gorton in "The Sun Also Rises". Stewart was more successful as a screenwriter--with such works as "The Prisoner of Zenda" "Life With Father", and his Oscar award winning screenplay "The Philadelphia Story" in 1940. The two authors certainly must have known each other through Hollywood connections--although this copy is not signed by O'Hara. Black cloth boards with gilt and red lettering to the front board and spine--"First Printing" on copyright page as called for. Very good with light rubbing and edgewear--the title on the spine is lightly faded. A bit of foxing to the endpapers and some dustiness to the page edges. The dustjacket is superb with only a tiny bit of shallow chipping to the crown of the spine--otherwise a fine bright dustjacket. Provenance through Nick Adams books--with the original paperwork noting the copy belonged to Stewart. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Ourselves To Know (Signed 1st Printing), O'Hara, John
2 O'Hara, John Ourselves To Know (Signed 1st Printing)
New York Random House 1960 First Printing Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
From a recent auction of modern first editions--with the auction tag tipped into the book--a very good copy in a very good unclipped dustjacket. This copy is signed by the author on the title page. The dustjacket is unclipped and has some shallow edgewear to the head and heel of the spine and tips--and a little toning to the lighter back panel. First American printing. Protected in archival dustjacket cover--will be shipped Priority Mail at media mail pricing. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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Sweet And Sour: Comments On Books And People (Signed), O'Hara, John
3 O'Hara, John Sweet And Sour: Comments On Books And People (Signed)
New York Random House 1954 First Printing Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
First Printing. From the recently auctioned collection of Donald S. Olsen- a handsome copy in near fine condition in a very good and unclipped dustjacket. This copy is signed by the author on the title page without inscription. A nice clean copy with a bit of edgewear and shallow bumping to a couple of corners--and with a little dustiness to the page edges--however a solid top stain. The dustjacket is complete except for a quarter size bit of top paper missing to the upper front panel near the edge--see digital photo--although not quite touching any lettering. There is also a small amount of edgewear to the corners and head and heel of the spine--although not really chipping and no tears. A nice collectable copy of a book that perhaps shows the author's personal side more than any other O'Hara title. He explains in the prologue that his editors gave him free range to write whatever he pleased--putting content ahead of profit margin. 
Price: 140.00 USD
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The Cape Cod Lighter (Signed 1st Printing), O'Hara, John
4 O'Hara, John The Cape Cod Lighter (Signed 1st Printing)
New York Random House 1962 First Printing Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
From a recent auction of modern first editions with the auction tag placed into the book--a fine copy in a near fine price clipped dustjacket. Signed by the author, signature only, on the title page. Clean and tight copy with no evidence of previous ownership. The dustjacket is clipped and has just a bit of toning on the spine--otherwise would also be fine. 23 Stories by the story master. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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