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The Schirmer Inheritance (Signed First Print), Ambler, Eric
1 Ambler, Eric The Schirmer Inheritance (Signed First Print)
New York Knopf 1953 First Cloth 
First American Edition/First Printing. A superb copy in fine condition in an unclipped and near fine dustjacket. This copy is signed by the author on the title page. There are only a couple small chips at the head and heel. Top stained blue. Mild age toning to the fore edge and text block--still near fine. A nice collectable copy. A beautiful jacket design. War time intrigue with Nazi's, spies and a boatload of stolen money. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Wuthering Heights (Franklin Edition), Bronte, Emily
2 Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights (Franklin Edition)
Franklin, Pennsylvania Franklin Press 1979 Leather Fine 
A handsome and fine copy in as new condition. Gilt edges all around. Gilt decorations and lettering to spine and front and back cover. All of the Franklin amenities afforded to classic titles. Bronte's best known work and one of the top 100 of all time. A collectable copy for any library. Includes the famous introduction by her sister Charlotte. 
Price: 70.00 USD
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March (Signed Pulitzer Prize), Brooks, Geraldine
3 Brooks, Geraldine March (Signed Pulitzer Prize)
New York, New York, U.S.A. Viking Press 2005 0670033359 / 9780670033355 
First Edition/First Printing. A signed collector's copy as new in a fine flawless dustjacket. Pulitzer prize winning novel of war and how war and suffering can change how we adapt to handle situations we normally would not be forced to face. How much we change is clearly more than one would ever imagine. Shipped bubble wrapped in a carton--100% Satisfaction Guarantee. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Little Caesar, Burnett, W. R.
4 Burnett, W. R. Little Caesar
New York The Dial Press 1929 First Cloth Very Good 
First Printing 1929. A handsome copy in blue cloth with yellow lettering to front board and spine. Stamp to front board. Splendid very good condition without the very rare dustjacket. One very small pencil end size bump to the edge of the front board. Corners only slightly bumped. Tight square and clean copy with only light age toning---mostly to the spine. Slight loosening to the cloth spine. Overall a nice copy of one of Burnett's best works. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Little Men, Big World (First Printing), Burnett, W. R.
5 Burnett, W. R. Little Men, Big World (First Printing)
New York Knopf 1951 Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Edition/First Printing 1951. A fine copy in a near fine and unclipped ($3.00) dustjacket. A tight and square copy--unmarked throughout with only very minor age toning. The dustjacket has minor chips and shelfwear rubbing---but rare to find in this condition. Part of the author's trilogy covering crime in the big city---starting with "The Asphalt Jungle". Very collectable condition. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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Vanity Row, Burnett, W. R.
6 Burnett, W. R. Vanity Row
New York Knopf 1952 First Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Edition/First Printing 1952. A handsome copy in fine condition in a near fine unclipped ($3.00) dustjacket. Minor age toning with a tiny bit of fading to the front free endpaper only--may even be an unread copy. The fragile dustjacket is rare in this condition--a couple of tiny chips to the spine and a couple closed end tears--but bright and unfaded. Burnett is the author of "The Asphalt Jungle" and "Little Men, Big World" and this title is part of the three together--written as a trilogy. A collectable copy. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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Nova Express, Burroughs, William S.
7 Burroughs, William S. Nova Express
New York Grove Press 1964 First Printing Cloth Near Fine Near Fine 
First Printing. From a recent Bonhams and Butterfields auction with the auction tag still laid in. A near fine copy in an unclipped and near fine dustjacket. Light age toning only--some edgewear to the fore edge but not much. Otherwise a clean interior, tight and square copy. The dustjacket is complete with only a little rubbing and a tiny bit of edgewear to the extremities--(head and heel of the spine and the tips)--a beautiful collectible copy of a rare first printing. 
Price: 145.00 USD
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Galatea (1st Printing), Cain, James M.
8 Cain, James M. Galatea (1st Printing)
New York Knopf 1953 First Edition Cloth Near Fine Very Good 
From the recently auctioned collection of Donald S. Olson. A near fine copy in a very good and unclipped dustjacket. Light overall uniform age toning with some dustiness to the page edges, a couple of words in ink to the rear endpaper. Overall a nice tight copy. The dustjacket is unclipped with minor edgewear to the extremities and some rubbing to the back panel. A nice collectable copy. Cain mostly dealt in Hollywood screenplays, where his relationship with the studios turned out hit after hit. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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Galatea (First Printing), Cain, James M.
9 Cain, James M. Galatea (First Printing)
New York Knopf 1953 First Cloth 
First Edition/First Printing 1953. A very handsome copy in fine condition in an unclipped ($3.00) and near fine dustjacket. Light age toning to the top cloth edge only. Dustjacket has minor chips--mostly to the back flap and one on the head of the spine--along with some age toning. A bright clean copy in very nice condition--collectable copy. A very attractive dustjacket cover. Cain is the author of "A Postman Always Rings Twice" which became a great John Garfield movie. Otto Preminger bought the rights to this title--but never turned it into a motion picture. 
Price: 130.00 USD
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Past All Dishonor (First Printing), Cain, James M.
10 Cain, James M. Past All Dishonor (First Printing)
First Edition/First Printing 1946. A wonderful handsome copy of the first printing in near fine condition and in a very good dustjacket--that has been price clipped. Minor age toning to the red cloth boards with an owner's phone number on the back pastedown--hidden under the rear flap. Dustjacket has some minor chips and edgewear--mostly to the head of the spine and at a corner flap--otherwise a nice bright copy. Cain is the author of "Mildred Pierce" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice". 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Butterfly (First Printing), Cain, James M.
11 Cain, James M. The Butterfly (First Printing)
New York Knopf 1947 First Cloth 
First Edition/First Printing 1947. A handsome copy in very fine condition in a very good unclipped ($2.00) dustjacket. This copy appears to be unread--remarkable condition--slight age toning only. The dustjacket has edgewear, chipping to the head of the spine--very minor--and some staining to the back--although the stains did not transfer to the book and are only along the edges. A handsome copy. Additional digital pics available by email. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Moth (First Print Copy), Cain, James M.
12 Cain, James M. The Moth (First Print Copy)
New York Knopf 1948 First Cloth 
First Edition/First Printing 1948. A stunning fine copy in an unclipped ($3.00) and fine dustjacket--protected in Brodart jacket cover. One corner is lightly bumped and there is a very small pin size bump to the bottom rear board--otherwise only mildly aged toned. A wonderfully collectable copy from the author of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and "Mildred Pierce". A very clean unmarked copy. 
Price: 155.00 USD
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My Mortal Enemy (First Printing), Cather, Willa
13 Cather, Willa My Mortal Enemy (First Printing)
New York Knopf 1926 First Hardcover Fine 
First Edition/First State 1926. A very handsome copy in near fine condition without the frail and scarce dustjacket. Light age toning only--a very clean interior and bright exterior--see digital scan. Title is almost faded from spine--otherwise remarkably collectable. 
Price: 215.00 USD
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Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Cather, Willa
14 Cather, Willa Sapphira and the Slave Girl
New York Knopf 1940 First Edition Cloth Fine Very Good 
First Printing 1940. From the collection of M. B. Goldstone-with his custom gold plate lightly affixed on the front pastedown. A fine copy in a very good unclipped dustjacket. A little dustiness to the page edges and cloth spine--but was protected by the dustjacket over the years to practically eliminate the usual bleaching of the spine that is normal for this title. A clean and tight copy otherwise. The dustjacket is complete except for a minor amount of chipping to the head and heel of the spine. Medium age toning to the spine--the normal darkening at the spine and back DJ--but not much on the back cover. Otherwise the front jacket cover is nice. Goldstone and his brother (who was Steinbeck's bibliographer) were noted collectors--and recently their collection has come on the market, with some titles setting records at auction. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Cather, Willa
15 Cather, Willa Sapphira and the Slave Girl
New York Knopf 1940 First Edition Cloth Near Fine No Jacket 
First Edition--Complimentary Advance Copy. Unlike the first trade edition--this complimentary edition says "First Edition" on the copyright page, and the wording to "A Note on The Design" at rear is also a little different. This is a nice and tight copy, clean interior with a bright green cloth front board and paper label. The spine has the usual tone darkening--instead of green it is now almost tan--which is quite common for this title. Without the darkening to the cloth spine this would be a fine copy. No dustjacket. This was Cather's last book. Taking place in Cather's birthplace state of Virginia just before the Civil War, the storyline revolves around a mulatto girl and her jealous mistress. 
Price: 145.00 USD
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NEW YORK DODD, MEAD 1966 Cloth Fine 
First Edition/First Printing 1967. A handsome copy in fine condition in an unclipped ($4.50) and very good dustjacket . Chipping to the head and heel of the DJ spine--age toning to the back D/J cover and light scribbling to the black part of the front cover D/J. (does not affect the lettering or decorations). "Third Girl" was part of the Hercule Poirot Mystery Series. Overall, a nice collectable copy that shows a little age on the dustjacket--but the book itself is splendid. 
Price: 72.00 USD
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Flight of The Intruder, Coonts, Stephen
17 Coonts, Stephen Flight of The Intruder
Annapolis, Maryland Naval Institute Press 1986 0870212001 / 9780870212000 First Printing Hardcover Fine Fine 
First Printing. A fine copy in a fine and unclipped dustjacket. This copy is signed by the author on the title page--signature only. An unread mint copy. The dustjacket has one little 1/2" long wrinkle to the very bottom of the rear panel--almost not enough to mention as it is barely noticeable. A great collectable copy of the author's first book--scarce in this condition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Clansman, Dixon, Thomas Jr.
18 Dixon, Thomas Jr. The Clansman
New York Doubleday Page & Co. 1905 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 
First Printing 1905. The author's presentation copy--signed on a special limitation page "With the compliments of Thomas Dixon Jr. Dixondale, Va". This is the true first printing with the gilt bordering surrounding the entire red cloth front board and gilt lettering with cross on the spine. The first trade edition had red cloth with white bordering. This copy also has the two advertisements for two of Dixon's other books following page 374 whereas the trade edition stops at page 374. Very good to near fine condition--slightly darkened on spine and a little spotting on the back board--although the front board is very bright and clean. A little wear to the head and heel of the spine (just beginning to fray). Gilt lettering on spine is still quite clear and bold eventhough the cloth is slightly darkened. Tissue guard covers the frontispiece.-- Otherwise tight & square. Beautiful M. B. Goldstone bookplate on front pastedown. A very scarce copy of a rare and controversial book--with the author's signature. "A historical romance of the Ku Klux Klan"--dedicated to the memory of the Grand Titan of the Invisible Empire". 
Price: 465.00 USD
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The Leopard's Spots, Dixon, Thomas Jr.
19 Dixon, Thomas Jr. The Leopard's Spots
New York Doubleday, Page & Co. 1903 First Illustrated Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good No Jacket Williams, C. D. 
First Illustrated Edition 1903. From the recently auctioned collection of well known collector M. B. Goldstone-with his distinctive gold custom bookplate slightly attached to the front pastedown and his penciled signature and notations to the ffep. A near fine copy--larger than the 1902 edition and different in decoration and color. Off white cloth with fine gilt and red decorations and lettering to the front board and spine--a vine format with either roses or tulips. Top edge is gilt, fore edge and bottom edge is uncut. 4 blank front edge pages before the half title page, followed by another free front edge paper and the frontispiece--still nicely covered in tissue. Followed again with a photo of the author's colonial home, a list of illustrations and a list of characters. 469 pp followed by 5 blank pages. A beautiful copy from the author of "The Clansman"--which is tied into this story as well. Historical fiction of race and the Ku Klux Klan. Very collectable copy from a famed collector. 
Price: 315.00 USD
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The Breaking Point, Du Maurier, Daphne
20 Du Maurier, Daphne The Breaking Point
New York Doubleday 1959 First Cloth Very Good Very Good 
First Edition-First Printing. Author's early 1959 group of stories "In the vein of Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel". Very minor soiling to D/J spine and rear. $3.95 price still on D/J. Book itself is near fine. Stated "first edition in the United States" 
Price: 150.00 USD
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