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Little America (Signed First Print), Byrd, Richard E.
1 Byrd, Richard E. Little America (Signed First Print)
New York, New York Putnam 1930 First Limited Cloth 
First Edition/First Printing 1930. Signed by Byrd on the half title page. A near-fine and handsome copy in original dark blue cloth-- with gilt lettering to front board and spine. Top edge stained solid dark blue without fading--uncut page ends. Minor age toning only. Original owner's nicely done bookplate is attached to the front pastedown. Otherwise a beautiful copy, clean boards, two interior maps that have never been opened. Comes with a 1962 lightly attached and small newspaper clipping of an obituary from the Chicago Tribune covering the death of Byrd's pilot, Harold June. A very collectable copy from the Admiral who first led expeditions to the Polar regions and mapped the territory out for future explorations. Many Black and White photos throughout. 74 illustrations and maps. Signed by Admiral Byrd. Publisher George Putnam was also married to Amelia Earhart--and he financed not only her flights but also Byrd's explorations--and then the book was published to help defray the cost of the expedition. This is the original first edition--there was also a special limited edition in light blue paper boards with a creme colored spine--rag paper and uncut pages--which has a special limitation page signed by Byrd and George Putnam--which is also available. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The World of Michelangelo: 1475-1564, Coughlan, Robert
2 Coughlan, Robert The World of Michelangelo: 1475-1564
New York, New York Time Life Books 1966 First Hardcover Very Fine No Jacket Folio 
First Printing 1966. Published in the year of the flood of the Arno River in Florence. Very fine in a very fine slipcase. Unopened and in brand new condition. Quarter crushed morocco and beige hardcover boards. Cloth beige slipcase. Decorated pastedowns and endpapers in wraparound. The art and times of the great Italian painter--depicted in sculpting, painting, poetry, and architecture. Very collectable book--part of the Time-Life Series. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Heart Earth: A Memoir (Signed), Doig, Ivan
3 Doig, Ivan Heart Earth: A Memoir (Signed)
New York Antheneum 1993 0689121377 / 9780689121371 First Printing Hardcover Fine Fine 
A fine copy in a fine unclipped dustjacket. Mint condition and signed by the author on the title page. A moving memoir from a great writer. Protected in a Brodart jacket cover. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The World of Winslow Homer: 1836-1910, Flexner, James Thomas
4 Flexner, James Thomas The World of Winslow Homer: 1836-1910
New York, New York Time Life Books 1966 First Hardcover Fine No Jacket Folio 
First Printing 1966. Part of the Time-Life series of artists. Folio size 190 pp. Fine in a very fine slipcase--A stunning copy in almost unread condition. There is a very slight fading to spine and part of the title. Doubtful you will find a nicer copy than this. The art and the life of Winslow Homer--American painter. A study in style and form on glossy quality paper. Very collectable art book.  
Price: 45.00 USD
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Back Trailers From The Middle Border (Zane Grey's Copy), Garland, Hamlin
5 Garland, Hamlin Back Trailers From The Middle Border (Zane Grey's Copy)
New York MacMillan 1928 First Printing Cloth Fine Fine Constance Garland 
First Printing. From the recently auctioned collection of M. B. Goldstone--this is author Zane Grey's personal copy in fine condition in an unclipped and fine dustjacket. Zane Grey's blind stamp is on two pages--the endpaper and the half title page. Signed by Garland on a tipped in paper "Cordially Yours, Hamlin Garland". Garland and Zane Grey were both in Hollywood at the time of this books release, although when Garland tried to arrange a meeting with Grey--he was more than once rebuffed. Grey was well known to avoid meetings with other writers (eventhough he listed Garland as one of the influential authors in his life)--a result of years of being insecure of his skills as a writer and sharp attacks from critics for his supposed lack of writing ability. They finally did meet quite by accident as they ended up on the same ship--and a meeting was arranged. This is Garland's final book in his "Border" Series, and probably the most interesting---retelling his meetings and relationships with many famous writers in England--including Kipling, Barrie, and Shaw---as well as his relationships with President Rooselvelt, William Dean Howells and many others. Garland won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. This is a fine and like new copy--a solid black top stain--and with unblemished boards and unmarked interior. Only natural and very light age toning. The dustjacket is almost equally fine--with only one or two light chips and, eventhough the photograph shows the copy looking faded, there is absolutely no fading--it is the normal meant to be look of this dustjacket. A most collectable copy with a solid historical provenance. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Under the Indian Sun , Godden, Jon; Godden, Rumer
6 Godden, Jon; Godden, Rumer Under the Indian Sun
New York, New York Knopf 1966 First Hardcover Fine Very Good 
First Edition BOMC. Fine in a very good unclipped dustjacket. D/J has only a couple of small tears and some crinkling and wear along the top and bottom--but still very good. Beautiful dustjacket artwork. A partial autobiography and part memoir from two sisters from Britain who grew up in what is now Pakistan--then India. They write of class, poverty, and life in India.  
Price: 35.00 USD
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Beating The Odds: The Untol Story Behind The Rise of ABC: The Stars, Struggles, and Egos That Transformed Network Television, Goldenson, Leonard H; Wolf, Marvin J.
7 Goldenson, Leonard H; Wolf, Marvin J. Beating The Odds: The Untol Story Behind The Rise of ABC: The Stars, Struggles, and Egos That Transformed Network Television
New York Scribner's 1991 0684190559 / 9780684190556 First Edition Hardcover Fine Near Fine "To David Wallerstein-Hope You Like The Book"
From the collection of ABC Board member and close friend David Wallerstein--A fine copy in a near fine dustjacket--signed and inscribed by Goldenson to ABC and Disney Board member David Wallerstein--who served at the same time at ABC and got their starts together early in their careers of Balaban & Katz movie theaters--which Wallerstein ran--Wallerstein was also big at Paramount Studios and worked closely with Adolph Zukor. Wallerstein is mentioned prominently in this book. A nice association copy. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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My Life East & West, Hart William S.
8 Hart William S. My Life East & West
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1929 First Printing Cloth Near Fine No Jacket Russell, Charles M. 
First Printing 1929. From the M.B. Goldstone collection--recently auctioned. Signed by William S. Hart on the front free endpaper and dated "1930". A near fine copy without dustjacket--minor edgewear, a little dustiness to page ends and mild age toning. Crease to the front endpaper. Otherwise a clean and unmarked copy. Front illustration is a portrait of the author by famed western illustrator and artist Charles M. Russell. Numerous other photographs of the author in film and on horseback. Hart was an actor, director and part time cowboy--who starred in many movies of the 20's and 30's including "Ben Hur". Hart was also a friend of Bat Masterson. A collectable copy without the frail DJ--but signed. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Mein Kampf (First American Printing), Hitler, Adolf
9 Hitler, Adolf Mein Kampf (First American Printing)
USA Reynal & Hitchcock 1939 First American Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
From an auction of modern firsts--which included a historical Lot with a group of books on WWII--- and with the auction tag tipped into the book--a very good copy in red cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. 993 pp. Published on the eve of WWII--Hitler's ominous and foreboding diatribe on his vision of the World--and Germany's rightful place at the top. "Just as Germany must inevitably win its rightful place on this earth, should it be led and organized on similar principles". "A State which, in the epoch of race poisoning, dedicates itself to the cherishing of its best racial elements, must some day be master of the world". Hard to believe that this madman could achieve a following of a whole country less than a Century ago.This is the unexpurgated and fully Unabridged Edition with an Introduction by 10 Editors obviously struggling to find something good to say about the publication, Hitler, and Nazism--"Here, then, in its entirety, for the American people to read and to judge for themselves". This edition is the first complete edition published in its entirety in the United States--before had only seen a condensed version published in 1933 with less than half the text. Red cloth in very good condition--only slightly toned, the gilt lettering to the spine that is almost faded and the spine itself is moderately tone darkened from age. Clean text and no other evidence of previous ownership. A scarce copy of a historical first edition. 
Price: 240.00 USD
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The Time of Our Time (Signed 1st Edition), Mailer, Norman
10 Mailer, Norman The Time of Our Time (Signed 1st Edition)
New York Random House 1998 0375500979 / 9780375500978 First Limited Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 
A superb and fine copy in an unclipped and fine dustjacket. This copy is signed by the author without any inscription to the front free endpaper. Stated on dustjacket "Signed First Edition". A retrospective of the author's writings, with small and large tidbits of captions and essays from previous published works. Mailer was a Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Naked and The Dead" and "The Executioner's Song". A very collectable copy--virtually in the same condition as the day it was published. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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My Autobiography, McClure, S. S.
11 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 Biblio.com or via email. Send requests to steve@cfe.com 
Price: 875.00 USD
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Teacher Man, McCourt, Frank
12 McCourt, Frank Teacher Man
Old Tappan, New Jersey Scribner's 2005 0743243773 / 9780743243773 First Hardcover Very Fine Very Fine 
First Printing (1-10) A stunning first print copy in very fine condition in an equally impressive very fine dustjacket--unclipped and mylar protected. From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Angela's Ashes"--"Teacher Man" is the third and last installment in McCourt's memoir of his very interesting life---from boy in Ireland to immigrant in New York to teacher in Brooklyn. Very collectable copy--rare signature. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Print), McCourt, Frank
13 McCourt, Frank Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Print)
Old Tappan, New Jersey Scribner's 1999 0684848783 / 9780684848785 First Hardcover Very Fine Fine 
First Printing (1-10) A stunning first print copy in very fine condition in an unclipped and mylar protected very fine dustjacket. A rare signed copy from McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Angela's Ashes" and "Teacher Man". A beautiful collectable copy. Flatsigned on the title page in Irvine, California at "Whale of a Tale" bookstore. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Print), McCourt, Frank
14 McCourt, Frank Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Print)
Old Tappan, New Jersey Scribner's 1999 0684848783 / 9780684848785 First Hardcover Very Fine Very Fine 
First Printing (1-10) Flatsigned on the title page. A very handsome copy in very fine condition (unopened) in a very good dustjacket unclipped and mylar protected---there is just very slight rubbing from shelfwear on the back of jacket-- still graded fine. From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Angela's Ashes" and "Teacher Man". Collectable copy. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Printing), McCourt, Frank
15 McCourt, Frank Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Printing)
Old Tappan, New Jersey Scribner's 1999 0684848783 / 9780684848785 First Hardcover Fine Fine 
First Printing (1-10) A splendid signed first print copy in very fine condition in an equally impressive very fine unclipped dustjacket--mylar protected. Flatsigned by the Pulitzer Prize winning author on the title page. The 2nd in McCourt's trilogy memoir of his life from Irish boy to Irish immigrant, to Irish American teacher and husband. A very enjoyable and easy to read book---very collectable copy. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Printing), McCourt, Frank
16 McCourt, Frank Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Printing)
Old Tappan, New Jersey SCribner' Scribner's 1999 0684848783 / 9780684848785 First Hardcover Very Fine Fine 
First Printing (1-10) An immaculate first print copy, very fine, in a likewise very fine unclipped and mylar protected dustjacket. Signed by the author on the title page. The follow up to his first "memoir" "Angela's Ashes"--"Tis" continues with McCourt's life in New York, his struggle to become a teacher, his meeting and marrying his wife, and living the true American dream. McCourt's life is an inspiration to every immigrant who passes into this country. His success story is one of millions. A very collectable copy. "Tis" is the second of three books that completes his memoir--the third being "Teacher Man". 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Printing), McCourt, Frank
17 McCourt, Frank Tis: A Memoir (Signed First Printing)
Old Tappan, New Jersey Scribner's 1999 0684848783 / 9780684848785 First Hardcover Very Fine Very Fine 
First Printing (1-10) A stunning first print copy in very fine condition, signed on the title page, and in a very fine unclipped and mylar protected dustjacket. The follow up to "Angela's Ashes", "Tis" is the second installment in McCourt's autobiographical trilogy. Signed by the author in Irvine, California. A very collectable copy from the Pulitzer Prize winning author. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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O'Keeffe, Georgia, Montgomery, Elizabeth
18 Montgomery, Elizabeth O'Keeffe, Georgia
Greenwich, Connecticut Barnes & Noble (Brompton) 1993 0880299517 / 9780880299510 First Hardcover Very Fine Fine Folio 
First Edition. A very handsome and very fine book in black cloth (Folio) in an unclipped and fine dustjacket--mylar protected. A wonderful full color depiction of O'Keefe's major works on glossy paper--brillantly reproduced on 128 pp.This copy is in very fine condition with a matching dustjacket with only very light rubbing from shelfwear--. A must have for any collector of fine art books. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The World of Cezanne: 1839-1906, Murphy, Richard W.
19 Murphy, Richard W. The World of Cezanne: 1839-1906
New York, New York Time Life Books 1968 First Hardcover Very Fine No Jacket Folio 
First Printing 189 pp in custom slipcase. Very Fine in a very fine slipcase. Absolutely no flaws. Time-Life series depicting many famous artists. Entire collection available in slipcase--fine condition. B&W and Color Photographs throughout in very fine reproductive quality. Very collectable condition. The artist as a young man to adult life. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Monet's Passion: Inspiration and Insights from the Painter's Gardens, Murray, Elizabeth
20 Murray, Elizabeth Monet's Passion: Inspiration and Insights from the Painter's Gardens
Petaluna, California Pomegranate Press 1989 087654443X / 9780876544433 First Hardcover Very Fine No Jacket O'Connor 
First Printing 1989. An exquisite book with ideas inspiration and insights from the Painter's gardens. Decorative cover with quarter green cloth spine and gilt lettering. 115 pp. with bibliography--pink silk page marker. Very fine--flawless and unread condition. As new. The garden as artwork. First full B& W photograph showing Claude Monet in his garden---1891. All other photos are color. Many onion skin layovers showing construction of the garden in layers. 
Price: 42.00 USD
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