American & British Literature

A Death in the Family
AGEE, James

A Death in the Family

New York: McDowell, Oblensky (1957)
$500.

Very Near Fine First Edition, First State (‘waking’ for ‘walking’ on page 80) of the famed author’s posthumously published Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Indeed, the seemingly unread copy would be Fine but for a small…

ANON

Alcoholics Anonoymous

NYC: Works Publishing Company, (1939)
$20,000.

True First Edition, First Printing of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Only 4,650 copies of this monumental work were printed and its importance cannot possibly be overestimated. In beautiful condition with but one…

ATKINSON, Kate

Not The End Of The World

London: Doubleday, (2002)
$75.

True First Edition of the noted British author’s first collection of short stories, an enormous critical success. As New in dust jacket and signed by the author.

AUSTEN, Jane

Emma [Sold]

London: John Murray, (1816)
$18,500.

First Edition (one of only two thousand copies published), three volumes, of this Jane Austen classic. A Very Good set only, bound in oasis morocco leather with raised bands to spine and matching leather…

Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone
BALDWIN, James

Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone

NY Dial Press, (1968)
$550

Absolutely Fine First Edition in equally Fine dust jacket of the noted author’s critically acclaimed 1968 novel. A perfect unread copy which is boldly signed on the half-title by James Baldwin.

My Lady Nicotine
BARRIE, J. M.

My Lady Nicotine [Sold]

London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1890)
$1,750.

This rare First Edition copy of an early, and curious, James M. Barrie title (a printing which consisted of a mere one thousand copies) contains the correct six pages of undated ads. The well-produced…

Peter and Wendy
BARRIE, J.M.

Peter and Wendy

NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1911)
$4,750.

An absolutely, remarkably Fine copy in every way of this First American Edition of the Peter Pan story. 12 black and white illustrations, as called for. 267 pp. 8vo., The green cloth is fresh…

No’s Knife
BECKETT, Samuel

No’s Knife

London: Calder and Boyars, (1967)
$1,750.

This is the “A” series: Number 39 of only 100 numbered and signed copies, hors commerce, bound in quarter calf and buckram. This 168-page edition collects the Nobel Prize winner’s short prose from 1945 through…

BECKETT, Samuel

Malone Dies

NY: Grove Press, (1956)
$500.

First English-language Edition of the author’s novel initially written in French and published in Paris. A fine example, one of only five hundred hardbound copies, in the original oatmeal boards. Scarce thus.

All That Fall
BECKETT, Samuel

All That Fall

NY: Grove Press, (1957)
$450

First Edition of Beckett’s second play following Waiting for Godot, and his first work to be written in English since the end of World War II.  An unread, very fine copy in original oatmeal…

BECKETT, Samuel

Krapp’s Last Tape and Embers

London: Faber & Faber, (1959)
$2,250.

True First (UK) Edition (paper wraps) in pristine, As New condition of these two dramatic pieces by the 1969 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Rarely if ever seen in such condition, this…

BECKETT, Samuel

Fizzles

NY: Grove, (1976)
$1,750.

As New, pristine First Printing, First Evergreen Edition (paper wraps) of these eight prose pieces by the Nobel Prize winner. A rare, stunning copy made even more valued and collectible as, on the title…

BECKETT, Samuel

Eh Joe & Other Writings

London: Faber & Faber, (1967)
$650.

As New in its’ As New original pictorial dust jacket, the True (UK) First Edition of the Nobel laureate’s work including the title play (produced by BBC TV in 1966), Act Without Words II,…

BELLOW, Saul

The Victim

NY: Vanguard Press, (1947)
$1,750.00

First Edition of the second novel by the late Canadian-American author.  One of the acknowledged Greats of American literature, Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Medal of…

Out of Africa
BLIXEN, Karen

Out of Africa [Sold]

London: Putnam, (1937)
$3,000.

Absolutely Fine True First Edition (using the author’s actual name rather than the Isak Dinesen pseudonym used on the American edition)of this modern classic, basis for the superb 1985 Academy Award-winning Sydney Pollack-directed film…

Beyond 1984: Remembrance Of Things Future
BRADBURY, Ray. [ALDISS, Brian W., Editor]

Beyond 1984: Remembrance Of Things Future [Sold]

NY: Targ Editions, (1979)
$600.

Beautiful unread Fine First Edition of this limited publication, this being #163 of only 350 copies. Issued in a white tissue-paper dust jacket, this splendid copy is boldly signed by Ray Bradbury.

BUKOWSKI, Charles

We Ain’t Got Money, Honey, But We Got Rain [Sold]

Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow, (1990)
$375.

Entitled A New Years Greeting From Black Sparrow Press, this slim volume in illustrated boards, is limited to a mere 225 copies, of which this is number 57, signed by Bukowski. A beautiful Fine…

BYRON, LORD

Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice [Sold]

London: John Murray, (1821)
$3,250.

First Edition, First Issue (with the Doge’s speech on p.151 at 5 1/2 lines) of the classic Byron Marino Faliero, A Tragedy with The Prophesy of Dante, A Poem . Straight, clean, remarkably fresh and virtually free of…

The Postman Always Rings Twice
CAIN, James M.

The Postman Always Rings Twice [Sold]

NY: Knopf, (1934)
$15,500.

First Edition, First State of this classic hardboiled title deemed by many the prototype for film noir. The book was an enormous success, bursting onto the scene to rousing critical and commercial success. Source…

In Cold Blood
CAPOTE, Truman

In Cold Blood [Sold]

NY: Random House, (1966)
$2,500.00

First Edition of this landmark ‘non-fiction’ novel, the first of its kind and an acknowledged classic. Basis for the celebrated Richard Brooks film starring Scott Wilson and Robert Blake, this is a Fine copy…

Music For Chameleons
CAPOTE, Truman

Music For Chameleons [Sold]

NY: Random House, (1980)
$850.

As New First Edition,and signed on a tipped in page. A collection of these fourteen remarkable pieces by the celebrated author.

CAPOTE, Truman

Other Voices, Other Rooms [Sold]

NY: Random House, (1948)
$700.

First Edition (stated) of Capote’s debut novel, written when the author was only 24. Near fine copy in very good dust jacket (rear panel photo of the young Capote reclining) which bears creases, evidence…

CAREY, Peter

True History of the Kelly Gang

London: Faber & Faber, (2000)
$200.

First U.K. Edition, the true first, of this Booker Prize-winning title. An excellent fine copy in an equally crisp fine dust jacket. Signed by Peter Carey.

CATHER, Willa

Shadows on the Rock

NY: Knopf, (1931)
$750.

Absolutely Fine First Edition in its beautiful, equally Fine First State typographical dust jacket. This copy, unread and tight as though brand new, is unlikely to be seen elsewhere in such pristine condition. A true…

CHABON, Michael

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

NY: William Morrow & Co., (1988)
$350.

Fine First Edition in Fine price-clipped dust jacket of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s first book, a novel cited by several critics as reminiscent of, and worthy to stand beside, Catcher in the Rye and On the…

The Big Sleep
CHANDLER, Raymond

The Big Sleep

NY: Knopf, (1939)
$20,000.

First Edition of Chandler’s classic debut novel, a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone and a modern highspot of iconic reputation. Basis, of course, for two film adaptations, the primary one the stellar Howard Hawks 1946 production with…

CHANDLER, Raymond

The Big Sleep [Sold]

NY: Knopf, (1939)
$9,500.

First Edition of Chandler’s classic debut novel, a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone and a modern highspot of iconic reputation. Basis, of course, for two film adaptations, the primary one the stellar Howard Hawks 1946 production with…

Codicil To The Will Of Raymond Chandler
CHANDLER, Raymond

Codicil To The Will Of Raymond Chandler

N/A: TLS
$35,000.00

Raymond Chandler’s original two-page typed letter, the official codicil to his will. The document, on Chandler’s preferred blue onionskin paper and blue type is to his lawyer Michael Gilbert and is dated January 18,…

The Awakening
CHOPIN, Kate

The Awakening

Chicago & NY: Herbert S. Stone & Co., (1899)
$14,500.

Rare First Edition of this acclaimed classic work deemed by the literary establishment to be the first Feminist novel. Use and wear to the spine crown, else a very good copy indeed with the green floral…

CHRISTIE, Agatha

Ordeal by Innocence

London: Collins, (1958)
$7,500.

Fine true (U.K.) First Edition in equally Fine original dust jacket of one of the famed author’s star titles, this singular copy made even more important as on the front free endpaper it is…

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

The Second World War [Sold]

London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., (1948-1954
$24,500.

First Edition, First Issue, of this six-volume set, in scarce collector’s condition, of the great statesman’s magnum opus, signed and inscribed by Churchill to the son of one of his closest and most intimate…

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

The American Civil War

London: Cassell, (1961)
$1,150.

Superb, highly collectible First Edition of the great statesman’s universally acclaimed work on America’s war between the states.  Bound in stunning red three-quarter oasis morocco by the renowned Bayntun-Riviere.  Gilt titles, raised bands, gilt…

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

History of the English-Speaking Peoples (4 vol.)

London: Cassell, (1956-58)
$7,250.

Very near fine set comprising the four First Edition volumes of Churchill’s classic history, illustrated with maps and genealogical tables.  I: The Birth of Britain. II: Renaissance and Reformation. III: The Age of Revolution….

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

History of the English-Speaking Peoples

London: Cassell & Co., (1956-58)
$3,750.

Beautiful fine four-volume First Edition set of Churchill’s monumental work, this set rebound in green half oasis morocco leather with marbled boards, raised bands with six spine compartments, titles in burgundy leather.  A very…

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

The Second World War

London: Cassell, (1948-1954)
$4,800.

Beautiful six-volume First Edition set of the great statesman’s magnum opus.  The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The Grand Alliance, The Hinge of Fate, Closing the Ring, and Triumph and Tragedy.  This most collectible set is…

CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer

The River War

London: Longmans, Green, (1899)
$6,000.

Superb two-volume First Edition set of the great statesman’s second book, his historical account of the reconquest of the Sudan, based upon his own extensive experience as a British Army officer during the Mahdist War….

CONRAD, Joseph

Joseph Conrad: The Works [Sold]

Garden City: Doubleday, Page Co., (1920)
$2,750.

Nineteen volumes of this highly collectible Sun-Dial Edition consisting of only 735 copies, this set being number 240. Each volume straight, tight and fresh, very nearly fine, in the original blue cloth highlighted by…

Post-Mortem
CORNWELL, Patricia Daniels

Post-Mortem

NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1990)
$1,200.

Pristine, absolutely As New First Edition of the author’s landmark first novel, the enormous critical success which introduces Dr. Kay Scarpetta. A true collector’s copy of an important mystery debut.

Body of Evidence
CORNWELL, Patricia Daniels

Body of Evidence

NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1991)
$180

Fine First Edition in equally Fine dust jacket of Cornwell’s second Kay Scarpetta mystery, a tight, obviously unread copy, scarce thus. Following the enormous success of the author’s debut mystery,Postmortem, First Editions in collectible…

All That Remains
cORNWELL, Patricia Daniels

All That Remains

nY: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1992)
$130

Fine First Edition in equally Fine dust jacket of only the third Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel (following the blockbuster Postmortem and the equally well-received Body of Evidence. First Editions of these early ones have become quite difficult to…

One to Count Cadence
CRUMLEY, James

One to Count Cadence

NY: Random House, (1969)
$850.

First Edition of the noted author’s debut novel, a smashing critical and popular success, and a work called by John Clellon Holmes, The best first novel I have read in years. Scarce for this title,…

James and the Giant Peach
DAHL, Roald

James and the Giant Peach

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1961
$1,950.

First Edition, First state copy of this classic of 20th century children’s literature. Basis, of course, for the blockbuster Henry Selick-directed 1996 fil.  This copy, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, in its fresh and…

DAVIES, Robertson

The Lyre of Orpheus

London: Viking, (1988)
$300.

As New First Edition of the acclaimed work by the internationally-lauded author. This stunning production — quarter leather over marble boards — comes in its own glassine cover, as issued. It is #73 of only…

DICKENS, Charles

Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty [Sold]

London: Chapman & Hall, (1901)
$15,000.

First Authorized Edition, printed from the edition carefully corrected by Dickens in 1867 & 1868. Illustrated by Cattermole, Phiz and others. This work was one of only two novels (the other being The Old Curiosity…

Bleak House
DICKENS, Charles

Bleak House [Sold]

London: Bradbury & Evans, (March 1852-September 1853)
$6,750.

DICKENS, Charles BLEAK HOUSE London: Bradbury & Evans, (March 1852-September 1853) $4,750. First Edition, in the original monthly parts; 20 parts bound in 19; original blue-green printed wraps. Octavo. Illustrated with 40 plates by…

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
DICKENS, Charles

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

London: Chapman & Hall, (1837)
$12,000.00

Superb First Edition of the Dickens classic.  A truly glorious production bound by famed Baynton Riviere in Bath, England in Cosway binding.  Dickens portrait laid in on ivory and protected by thin glass.  Octavo,…

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor

The Demons [Ispoved' Stavrogina: Stavrogin's Confession] [Sold]

Moscow: Isdatelistvo Tsentrarchiva R.S.F.S.R., (1922)
$12,500.

In the original Russian, this is the very first printing of the still-disturbing suppressed chapter from The Demons, entitled Stavrogin’s Confession. This item, beyond scarce, appeared as a special issue of Dokumenty po istorii literatury I obshchestvennosti….

The Valley of Fear
DOYLE, Arthur Conan

The Valley of Fear

NY: George H. Doran, [1914]
$750.

Lovely True First Edition of this classic title, published months before the British publication. Lacking the extremely scarce dust jacket, this is certainly a near fine, highly presentable copy with but minor surface fading…

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (with) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
DOYLE, Arthur Conan

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (with) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

London: George Newnes, Limited, (1892 & 1894)
$10,500. the pair

Very Near Fine First Editions of these two Sherlock Holmes highspots.  Gilt titles on each front board nice and bright, much fresher than usual.  Internally each copy also infinitely nicer than other copies we…

Tunc
DURRELL, Lawrence

Tunc

London: Faber & Faber, (1968)
$650.

Pristine, obviously unread Very Fine true First Edition in price-clipped but otherwise Fine dust jacket of this first novel by the author following completion of his famed Alexandria Quartet in 1960. Signed by the noted author…

EINSTEIN, Albert [Translated by Robert W. Lawson, D.Sc.]

Relativity:The Special and the General Theory

London: Methuen & C., (1920)
$2,850.

First UK Edition and the very first edition in English of this landmark title, one of the truly monumental works of our time; indeed, of all time. A stunning copy: tight, unblemished in any…

Relativity: The Special & General Theory
EINSTEIN, Albert [Translated by Robert W. Lawson, D.Sc.]

Relativity: The Special & General Theory [Sold]

London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., [1920]
$32,500.

This incredibly rare SIGNED First Edition in English of Einstein’s monumental work. A near fine copy, signed on the front free endpaper, and from the library of Henry Tatnall (Tat) Brown, Jr., Dean of Haverford…

Invisible Man
ELLISON, Ralph

Invisible Man [Sold]

NY: Random House, (1952)
$3,750.

Beautiful First Edition, First State in the splendid Fine iconic E. McKnight Kauffer dust jacket with Gordon Parks photograph of the author on the rear panel. Unclipped with original price of $3.50. but for…