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London: The Bodley Head, 1982.
First edition of this work, which is a pastiche of the classic Spanish novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Harvey.
"The gospels tell us the sublimest mysteries of our faith": First Edition of Thomas Merton's The Living Bread
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1956.
First edition of Merton’s work on the sacrament of the Eucharist. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"Her childhood passed festively, securely, and gaily, as was the custom in our country": Rare first America edition of Vladimir Nabokov's A Russian Beauty and Other Stories
New York: McGraw-Hill International, 1973.
First American edition of this collection of short stories originally published in Russian. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov and Simon Karlinksy. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Stan Skardinski. Photographic portrait of Nabokov on the rear panel by Halsman. A very clean example.
"The world is not a pleasant place to be without someone to hold and be held by": Nikki Giovanni's My House; Signed by Her
New York: Morrow Paperback Editions, 1974.
Early printing of this collection of poems by Nikki Giovanni. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Nikki Giovanni on the half-title page. In near fine condition. A nice example.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.
Early printing of this wonderfully illustrated work by the author of Jumanji. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by Chris Van Allsburg on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.
First edition of this novel in the author’s acclaimed Vampire series. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Bev, Anne Rice.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd.
"Nabokov resembled a seventeenth-century polymath, an erudite yet discursive and imaginative author like Robert Burn or Sir Thomas Browne": First edition of Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc, 1980.
First edition of this tribute to the life and work of Vladimir Nabokov with essays by Peter Quennell, Alfred Appel, Jr., Robert Alter, and Dmitri Nabokov. Octavo, original half cloth over boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover photograph of Nabokov by Leonie Finlay.
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1949.
Early edition of Saint Exupery’s philosophical memoir and a winner of several literary awards. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition. Period ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Laid in is a period international mailing stamp.
London: Doubleday, 1996.
First British edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Originally published in Arabic in 1977 as Malhamet al-harafish. Translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham.
“It's best to be ruthless with the past": Uncorrected proof of the First Edition of Stephen King's Rose Madder
New York: The Viking Press, 1995.
Uncorrected proof of the first edition of this King thriller. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In fine condition.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1976.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original boards. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Dmitri Nabokov.
"When two such brilliantly ebullient intellects get together by mail, they charge the air with all sorts of pyrotechnics": First Edition of The Nabokov-Wilson Letters: 1940-1971
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of this annotated compendium of the Nabokov-Wilson letters. Octaovo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927.
First Nonesuch Press edition of Voltaire’s fine romance. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece and device to the title page, illustrated. In near fine condition.
"I met the first of my three or four successive wives in somewhat odd circumstances": First edition of Nabokov's Look at the Harlequins!
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974.
First edition of the final novel published before Nabokov’s death. Octavo, original boards. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket portrait of Nabokov by Halsman. Jacket design by Robert L. Mitchell.
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1964.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Dust jacket art by Sydney Nolan. Contemporary ownership inscription to the front endpage, near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
London: Oxford University Press, 1953.
First edition of the collected correspondence between Chief Justice Holmes and economist Harold J. Laski. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece portrait of Holmes after a photograph of the original painting by Charles Hopkinson in 1929. In very good condition.