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  • "The truth, as always, will be far stranger": First Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke

    Clarke, Arthur C.

    2001: A Space Odyssey.

    New York: New American Library, 1968.

    First edition of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket that shows just a touch of wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

    Price: $2,450.00

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  • 2084: LA FIN DU MONDE; SIGNED BY BOUALEM SANSAL

    Sansal, Boualem.

    2084. La fin du monde.

    Paris: Gallimard, 2015.

    First edition, later printing. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Boualem Sansal on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $250.00

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  • Bolano, Roberto.

    2666.

    New York: FSG, 2008.

    First Edition of the author’s masterpiece published posthumously in English. Octavo. Original black cloth with title to the spine in red. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $75.00

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  • “BUT I AM BORN HAPPY EVERY MORNING”: FIRST EDITION OF EDITH WHARTON’S A BACKWARD GLANCE

    Wharton, Edith.

    A Backward Glance: Reminiscences by Edith Wharton.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934.

    First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Bookplates to the inner gutter, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light wear to the spine.

    Price: $300.00

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  • Saramago, Jose.

    A Bagagem Do Viajante: Cronicas.

    Lisboa: Ed. Futura, 1973.

    First Edition of this early collection of essays by the future Nobel Prize- winning author. Octavo. Good in wrappers, as issued. Inscribed and dated by the author. Uncommon.

    Price: $750.00

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  • "The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it": First Edition of A Bend In The River; Signed by V.S. Naipaul

    Naipaul, V.S.

    A Bend in the River.

    London: Andre Deutsch, 1979.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • “We all remember what we need to remember”: First Edition of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer; Signed by Her

    Didion, Joan.

    A Book of Common Prayer.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $150.00

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  • “I think I have always liked my fellow men. Liking is a great deal safer than love. It doesn't demand victims. Who is your victim, Querry?”: First Edition of A Burnt-Out Case; Signed by Graham Greene

    Greene, Graham.

    A Burnt-Out Case.

    London: Heinemann, 1961.

    First edition of this Greene novel set in a leproserie on the upper reaches of a tributary of the Congo River in Africa. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Graham Greene on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Dust jacket design by Lacey Everett.

    Price: $975.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of A Calendar of Saints for Unbelievers

    Wescott, Glenway.

    A Calendar of Saints for Unbelievers.

    Holland: Harrison of Paris, 1932.

    First edition signed limited. Octavo, original cloth, glassine wrapper, original slipcase. One of 760 signed copies by Glenway Wescott. Fine in a the original glassine wrapper. Slipcase is in near fine condition.

    Price: $400.00

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  • "You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily": First Edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz; Inscribed By Walter Miller, Jr.

    Miller Jr., Walter M.

    A Canticle For Leibowitz.

    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959.

    First edition of the author’s landmark novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ben Best Regards Walter Miller Jr. 5-28-60.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books inscribed by Walter Miller Jr. are fairly uncommon, even more so in the year of publication.

    Price: $8,000.00

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  • First Edition of Dylan Thomas' Modern Classic A Child's Christmas In Wales

    Thomas, Dylan.

    A Child’s Christmas In Wales.

    Norwalk, CT: New Directions, 1954.

    First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear.

    Price: $250.00

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  • A Christmas Carol; Signed by John Irving

    Irving, John] Charles Dickens.

    A Christmas Carol and Other Stories.

    New York: Modern Library, 1995.

    First Modern Library edition of Dickens’ classic work, with an introduction by John Irving. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Light staining to the page edges in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $300.00

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  • First American Edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

    Dickens, Charles.

    A Christmas Carol.

    Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843.

    First American edition of Dickens’ classic work, A Christmas Carol. Small octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, with colored illustrations, eight illustrations in all, the frontispiece plate is “Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball,” as in the first London edition. In near fine condition.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • "One of the most groundbreaking and influential novels of all time—and one of the best": First Edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange; Signed by Him

    Burgess, Anthony.

    A Clockwork Orange.

    London: Heinemann, 1962.

    First edition. Octavo, original black boards, titles to spine in gilt. Fine in a near fine first issue price-clipped dust jacket and with the wide flaps showing light wear to the spine extremities. Signed by the author on the title page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.

    Price: $12,500.00

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  • Welty, Eudora; Introduction by Katherine Ann Porter.

    A Curtain of Green.

    Garden City: Doubleday, 1941.

    First edition. Octavo, original orange cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “To Bobbie Sumner Cutler with many good wishes- and good luck Eudora Welty December, 1941”. In very good condition in a dust jacket with some a chip to the foot of the spine.

    Price: $1,150.00

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  • Soyinka, Wole.

    A Dance of the Forests.

    London: Oxford University Press, 1963.

    First edition of the author’s first book. Near fine in illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the title page.

    Price: $325.00

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  • Powell, Anthony.

    A Dance to the Music of Time: A Question of Upbringing; A Buyer’s Market; The Acceptance World; At Lady Molly’s; Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant; The Kindly Ones; The Valley of Bones; The Soldier’s Art; The Military Philosophers; Books do Furnish a Ro

    London: William Heinemann, 195, 1–75..

    First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed Dance to the Music of Time series. Octavo, 12 volumes. The first volume is near fine in a very good dust jacket. The other volumes are near fine to fine in excellent dust jackets that only show light wear. A very attractive set.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • First Edition of A Dance with Dragons; Signed by George R.R. Martin

    Martin, George R.R.

    A Dance with Dragons.

    New York: Bantam, 2011.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the George R.R. Martin on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $400.00

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  • "We will all go mad before you": First Edition of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-Prize Winning Play A Delicate Balance; Signed by Him

    Albee, Edward.

    A Delicate Balance.

    New York: Atheneum, 1966.

    First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Edward Albee on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $450.00

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  • "THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT": FIRST EDITION OF JOHNSON’S LANDMARK DICTIONARY

    Johnson, Samuel.

    A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which The Words are deduced from their Originals, And Illustrated in their Different Significations By Examples from the best Writers. To Which Are Prefixed, A History of the Language, And An English Grammar.

    London: : Printed by W. Strahan, for J. & P. Knapton, et al., 1755.

    First edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary of the English language. Folio, 2 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt titles, black spine labels. In very good condition with owner inscription on title head, title of volume one conserved, occasional light toning.

    Price: $14,000.00

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