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Featured Rare Books
1st edition, Inscribed by GinsbergBuy Now
This copy is inscribed to Robert Wilson, with a full-page drawing opposite the title page. An additional autograph note laid-in (together with postcard of Ginsberg) bears notes in Ginsberg's hand, relating to what would eventually become Wilson and Ginsberg's 1988 opera Cosmopolitan Greetings.
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Though there is no supernatural element in Shirley Jackson's last novel, an eerie feeling persists through the story of two sisters who live with their uncle, the only remaining survivors of poisoning, isolated from their small village. This is this first edition of Jackson's haunting final novel.
Limited Signed PortfolioBuy Now
A leading brush in the post-Johns, post-Rauschenberg era, Terry Winters became a fundamental force in the revitalization of abstract art at the end of the 20th century. Field Notes represents the culmination of Winters's studies of the 1980s, focusing on forms arising in the natural world while incorporating the serial practice so integral to his work as a whole. This stunning collection comprises a complete suite of 25 copperplate etchings, each signed and numbered by the artist. This is a fine copy of this important collection, published in 1992.
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J.G. Ballard's controversial novel about symphorophilia isn't just about car crashes and those who love them. As Zadie Smith states, “The real shock of Crash is not that people have sex in or near cars, but that technology has entered into even our most intimate human relations. Not man-as-technology-forming but technology-as-man-forming.”
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Cormac McCarthy first made his name writing brooding, violent stories of a murky America in the throes of self-creation and self-destruction. In No Country for Old Men, he carries his themes of human fallacy and potential for evil into more recent times, in a tightly paced story of pursuit set in 1980 that shows a desert west as alluring and ruthless as it was a hundred years before. The basis for the Oscar-winning film of the same name, this is a very nice first edition copy, signed by the elusive Mr. McCarthy on a tipped in leaf.
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Considered one of Sherlock Holmes's finest outings, The Hound of the Baskervilles also marked the first appearance of the brilliant detective in almost a decade. Desperate to move on to other projects, Doyle had ostensibly killed Holmes off in the 1893 story ”The Final Problem”. However, this masterwork of tangled motives and chilling premonitions proved such a success that, in the end, Doyle would continue to revisit the character throughout the rest of his life. This is an exceptionally bright and clean first edition of one of Doyle's best-loved works.
One of 3,000; Original Screenprint CoverBuy Now
Though mostly known for his large-scale paintings Johns also began experimenting early on in his career with printmaking. This is just one example of the cross-hatch motif that is seen throughout his prints.
Limited Edition Specimen BookBuy Now
Charles F. Durant not only authored this important book on the history of New York's botany, but was also the first American aeronaut (making the first balloon flight by an American on September, 9, 1830), as well as the man who introduced the silkworm to the U.S. This 1850 specimen book, limited to just 50 copies, features 195 mounted algae specimens collected together in a handsome leather binding.
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