Modern First Editions

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.

No Name in the Street
BALDWIN, James

No Name in the Street [Sold]

NY: Dial Press (1972)
$825.00

Fine First Edition in its very near Fine dust jacket, a scarce Review Copy (publisher’s letter enclosed) of the noted late author’s famed collection of essays about the upheavals, social unrest, and racial strife…

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…

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…

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

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…

BEN-GURION, David

Israel: Years of Challenge

Tel-Aviv - Jerusalem: Massadah - PEC Press, Ltd., (1963)
$500.

A truly Fine First Edition in near Fine pictorial dust jacket of this fascinating, detailed chronicle of the story of the Jewish homeland and the history of Zionism.  This copy is inscribed on the…

Lethal Weapon (Signed Shooting Script)
BLACK, Shane

Lethal Weapon (Signed Shooting Script)

Original Creative Artists Agency covers
$4,000.

Highly collectible second draft shooting script of the 1987 Richard Donner-directed blockbuster created and written by Shane Black. Followed by three sequels, this is the foundation, and by far the most scarce and most…

The Exorcist
BLATTY, William Peter

The Exorcist

NY: Harper & Row, (1971)
$450.

Very nearly Fine (stated) First Edition in like dust jacket of this acclaimed bestseller, basis of course for the blockbuster film adaptation which garnered an Oscar for Blatty’s screenplay. In recent days, an increasingly…

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…

Water Music
BOYLE, T. Coraghessan

Water Music

Boston: Little, Brown, (1981)
$550.

Fine First Edition in equally Fine dust jacket of this, the first full-length novel by the renowned contemporary author. A wildly imaginative , bawdy, comic Dickensian romp which debuted to unanimous rave reviews and…

BRADBURY, Ray. [ALDISS, Brian W., Editor]

BEYOND 1984: Remembrance Of Things Future

NY: Targ Editions, (1979)
$325.

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.

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.

The Da Vinci Code
BROWN, Dan

The Da Vinci Code

NY: Doubleday, (2003)
$3,750.

First Edition, First State (with all relevant points) of this publishing phenomenon, the international bestseller, and basis for the critically successful (and hugely profitable) Ron Howard/Tom Hanks film collaboration. This copy is As New…

A Clockwork Orange
BURGESS, Anthony

A Clockwork Orange

London: Heinemann, (1962)
$2,500.

Stunning fine First Edition copy (second issue purple boards) in fine, fresh, price-clipped purple dust jacket with reviews on rear panel. A title which ranks at #65 on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Books…

Iron Man
BURNETT, W.R.

Iron Man

NY: Dial Press, (1930)
$1,750.

First edition of this classic by W.R. Burnett, author of the now iconic Little Caesar. Fine copy, scarce thus, in its original very Near Fine pictorial dust jacket. Book, of course, is the basis…

Iron Man
BURNETT, W.R.

Iron Man

NY: Dial Press (1930)
$2,250.00

A remarkably very near Fine First Edition in like dust jacket of this bestselling, highly acclaimed period novel of boxing, love and loyalty by the award-winning author of Little Caesar.  This singular copy made infinitely more…

Naked Lunch
Burroughs, William

Naked Lunch [Sold]

NY: Grove Press, (1959)
$1,250.00

Fine First Edition, obviously unread, in its striking, original, very Near Fine dust jacket, of the author’s notorious 1959 novel.  Basis for the 1991 film adaptation directed by David Cronenberg and starring Peter Weller,…

My Education
BURROUGHS, William S.

My Education

NY: Viking, (1995)
$950.

AS NEW First Edition copy of this extraordinary collection of Burroughs’ illuminating studies of dreams and perceptions, and their effect upon reality. The book was not published until early 1995 and this copy, one…

The Soft Machine
BURROUGHS, William S..

The Soft Machine

NY: Grove Press, (1966)
$200.00

Immaculate, Very Fine First Edition in like dust jacket of this ‘three-dimensional field in the imagination’ — a novel of extraordinary creativity, wit, irony, and genuine illumination. A truly wonderful copy by the author…

BYATT, A.S.

The Biographer’s Tale

New York: Knopf, (2001)
$100.

Very Fine First American Edition of the highly acclaimed 2001 novel by the distinguished Booker Award-winning author, this copy is signed by A.S. Byatt.

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…

CAINE, Michael

Michael Caine’s Moving Picture Show

NY: St. Martin's Press, (1989)
$500.

First Edition, U.S., of this fascinating compendium of always fascinating, often hilarious anecdotes and stories (accompanied by pages of wonderful photographs) by the popular international star. A fine copy but for the smallest stain…

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…

CAPOTE, Truman

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

NY: Random House, (1958)
$3,450.00

An absolutely stunning Fine First Edition in equally Fine original dust jacket of this iconic and much loved title.  A scarce book to find in seriously collectible condition, this obviously unread, beautiful, immaculate  example…

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…

Farewell, My Lovely
CHANDLER, Raymond

Farewell, My Lovely

NY: Knopf, (1940)
$10,000.

First Edition of Chandler’s second novel, a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstoneand basis for three film adaptations. A tight, square, absolutely fine copy in a brilliant example of the dust jacket with only the most miniscule light…

Charriere, Henri

Papillon [Sold]

NY: William Morrow (1970)
$950.00

First Edition in English of the international bestseller called by Le Breton “The greatest adventure story of all time.”  An absolutely Fine, crisp, tight, seemingly unread copy in equally Fine original dust jacket.  A…

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.

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 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 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….

2001: A Space Odyssey
CLARKE, Arthur C.

2001: A Space Odyssey

NY: NAL, (1968)
$2,500.

Absolutely beautiful, apparently unread, truly Fine First Edition of this contemporary classic in its equally Fine (although price-clipped) original dust jacket.  Basis, of course, for the 1968 Stanley Kubrick cinema masterpiece with screenplay by…

Claudine at School
COLETTE

Claudine at School [Sold]

London: Secker & Warburg, (1956)
$2,250.00

Very Near Fine First Edition in English (translated by Antonia White) in like dust jacket of this classic novel by the beloved author of Gigi.  Basically a fascinating fictionalized version of the author’s own colorful…

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…

Future Indefinite
COWARD, Noel

Future Indefinite

NY: Doubleday, (1954)
$550

First Edition of Coward’s memoir of the war years, from 1939 through 1945, that reflects the vitality and tremendous courage of England in those dark days. Fine copy in better than very good dust…

CRICHTON, Michael

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

NY: Knopf, (1995)
$9,500.

As New, unread First Edition in dust jacket of the bestselling novel, basis for Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the very first sequel to Jurassic Park and the movie which…

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…

Danny The Champion of the World
DAHL, Roald

Danny The Champion of the World

NY: Knopf, (1975)
$300.

Absolutely beautiful, virtually As New Very Fine flawless unread First U.S. Edition of the author’s widely lauded tale of a boy, his dad, and their exciting expedition.   A great copy.

The BFG
DAHL, Roald

The BFG

NY: FSG, (1982)
$500.

Fine First American Edition with pictures by Quentin Blake. But for the most minute, truly negligible sunning to top quarter-inch of front board, this is a marvelous Fine collectors copy in a magnificent Fine…

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…

DIDION, Joan

Play It As It Lays

NY: FSG, (1970)
$350.

First Edition of the famed author’s third work following her novel, Run River, and then her acclaimed collection of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem.  A Fine copy in its original      non-price-clipped dust jacket,…

DIDION, Joan

The Year of Magical Thinking

NY:Knopf, (2005)
$350.

Virtually As New First Edition in its equally As New dust jacket, this is the author’s triumphantly received work, her most personal story of the loss of her husband, the very near loss of…

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…

You’re Only Old Once!
Dr. Seuss

You’re Only Old Once! [Sold]

NY: Random House, (1986)
$2,350.00

True First Edition, First State (with complete number row from 10 through 1 on copyright page).  Inscribed by Dr. Seuss to noted photographer Arnold Newman and his wife: “For Arnold and Augusta / who…

DRABBLE, Margaret

The Peppered Moth

London: Viking, (2000)
$125.

First Edition of this hugely well-received novel by the much lauded Margaret Drabble, honored recipient of the CBE in 1980.  This work is a multi-layered portrait of four generations of one family, with origins…

Advise And Consent
DRURY, Allen

Advise And Consent [Sold]

NY: Doubleday & Co., (1959)
$600.

Beautiful Near Fine copy in very nearly Fine pictorial dust jacket (noting it’s Pulitzer Prize win) of this classic novel of Washington politics. Book is, of course, basis for the acclaimed 1962 Otto Preminger-directed…

Attic
DUNN, Katherine

Attic

NY: Harper & Row, (1970)
$425.

First Edition of this debut novel by the enormously popular (and quite reclusive) author, a renowned cult favorite whose Geek Love remains a treasured collectible. This scarce, much sought after ‘fantasy for adults’ is in…

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…

EGOLF, Tristan

Lord of the Barnyard

NY: Grove, (1998)
$375.

As New First American Edition in dust jacket of this stupendously received second novel which received huge acclaim internationally. On May 7, 2005, the astonishingly talented American author and political activist, founder of the…

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…

Less Than Zero
ELLIS, Brett Easton

Less Than Zero [Sold]

NY: Simon & Schuster, (1985)
$350.

Very Fine, virtually As New First Edition of this bestseller and cult classic. Basis for the 1987 film with Andrew McCarthy, James Spader and Robert Downey, Jr. A spectacular, pristine, collector’s copy — happlly…

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…