Modern First Edition

Modern First Edition


  • Gone With The Wind

    By Margaret Mitchell

    Our Price: $10,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112301724
    • Publisher: Macmillan Company
    • Published: 1936
    8vo. 1st edition, in 1st issue dust jacket. Mild bumping to spine ends. Dampstain affecting inner half of lower quarter inch of leaves throughout. Minor offsetting to fore-margin of endpapers. Dust jacket front panel bright and clean. Mild soiling to d.j. rear panel and joints. Very slight foxing to d.j. spine, with faint dampstaining at tail of spine and rear joint. Tiny chips to d.j. at spine ends, and quarter-inch closed tear and crease to top of front panel. Housed in custom slipcase backed in straight grain morocco over green cloth, with additional matching green cloth dust jacket. VG/VG.
  • The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy: A Book of Stories

    By Tennessee Williams

    Our Price: $3,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111805162
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: 1954
    (New York). (1954). 8vo. 1st edition, deluxe issue; limited to 100 copies, numbered (#77) and signed by the author. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Williams to the front endpaper with a cheeky admonition to his good friend, columnist Walter Winchell: 'Dear Walter – don't let this leak to the colyums! Love Tennessee.' Crandall A.13.b. Front hinge started; light wear to the extremities and a touch of soiling. Publisher's box with wear to joints. Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies of the deluxe issue of Hard Candy may have been printed, but many of these were destroyed; reportedly, only ten numbered copies and 20 presentation copies survived, but more recent information indicates this may be exaggerated. In any case, a Williams rarity, moreso with the great association. VG in VG box. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy was Williams’s second collection of short fiction, preceded by the publication of One Arm (1948) and followed ten years later by The Knightly Quest (1964). Hard Candy includes a varied group of stories – some reminiscent of Williams’s dramatic work, others quite distinct – yet each is marked by the blend of psychological depth and compassion that characterized his successes in the theater. The deluxe issue contains the homoerotic story “The Kingdom of Earth,” which was neither included in the trade edition nor listed in the index to this edition.
  • 3.5' x 5.5'. Brief Autograph Letter signed, on a post card addressed by Steinbeck and postmarked Los Gatos, April 17th, 1939, to critic, friend and admirer, Paul Jordan Smith, stating in part, 'It is a kind review and I thank you for it.' He continues, 'I haven't seen the Moore book. However, biography usually succeeds in turning to autobiography. I've noticed that.' Smith had reviewed The Grapes of Wrath, calling it 'one of the most thrilling experiences' he'd had for many years. A short, but sweet, note regarding one of the most important books of the twentieth-century, with a pithy bit of literary criticism from one of America's greatest novelists. Fine.
  • The New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room

    By Paul Auster

    Our Price: $1,500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789110011601
    • Publisher: Sun & Moon Press
    • Published: 1985 / 1986 / 1986
    (1985, 1986, 1986). 3 volumes. 8vo. 1st editions. SIGNED in all three volumes by author. Volume 1: SIGNED on title page. Minimal bumping to spine ends. Light foxing to text edge and head of d.j. verso. Crease to rear flap of mildly edgeworn d.j. Volume 2: SIGNED on limitation page, this copy not lettered. Lightest edgewear to boards. Minimal rubbing and slight toning to d.j. Volume 3: SIGNED on title page, this copy not lettered. Minimal bumping to spine ends. Mild crease to rear pastedown. Very faint toning and edgewear to d.j. VG/VG. THE SET: Paul Auster's New York Trilogy deftly combines elements of postmodernism with the devices of detective genre fiction, like an odd but beautiful love-child of Samuel Beckett and Raymond Chandler. Dappled with ambiguity and nearly absurd at points (Paul Auster himself makes an appearance), the Trilogy somehow manages to tackle complex issues of the reliability of words and their associations, while remaining a compelling narrative. This set contains first editions of all three books: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room.
  • What Is Remembered

    By Alice B. Toklas

    Our Price: $1,250.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112498479
    • Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
    • Published: 1963
    (1963). 8vo. 1st edition. INSCRIBED by Toklas on front free endpaper, with two ALs (Autograph letters, SIGNED) laid-in. Bumping and rubbing to extremities. Minor toning to boards. Light toning to leaves throughout, especially to endpapers. Dust jacket nearly split along rear joint, with chipping to spine ends. Dust jacket toned at spine and margins, with several small tears and chips to edges. VG/Good.
  • A Separate Peace A Novel By John Knowles

    By John Knowles

    Our Price: $1,250.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111960281
    • Publisher: Secker & Warburg
    • Published: 1959
    8vo. 1st edition. Some bumping to three spots at upper and lower edges of front board; one 'bump' at upper edge creates closed tear to the top layer only of about an eighth of an inch of the cloth. The green cloth of the covers is particularly clean and bright. Toning to leaves. Some edgewear to d.j. with very small chips and very short tears; the deep orange of letters to 'Separate' and the shirt of one boy is faded at the toned spine. VG/VG. Far from the raging Second World War, an idyllic New Hampshire boarding school provides the backdrop for this study of fleeting innocence between two young men. Published at the close of a decade that began with J.D. Salinger's notorious 'Catcher in the Rye', Knowles's quieter, more enigmatic 1959 debut soon joined the former in the canon of high school classics.
  • The Mandalay Edition Of The Works Of Rudyard Kipling

    By Rudyard Kipling

    Our Price: $1,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112521443
    • Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company
    • Published: 1927
    13 Volumes. 8vo. Half Leather,red; t.e.g. (26 volumes) in 13 volumes. Toning to leaves; offsetting to endpapers from turn-ins. Some rubbing to extremeties, wear to fore-corners of boards. VG. THE SET:
  • Bluebeard's Castle

    By Roy Fisher

    Our Price: $1,000.00
    • Format: Wrappers
    • ISBN-13: 9789110958869
    • Publisher: Circle Press Publications
    • Published: 1972
    (Guildford, England). 4to. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 175 copies, SIGNED by the poet and the artist. This one with number 126 crossed-out and marked 'Sample/Proof.' Nine folding sheets with pop-ups plus title page laid-into printed cardstock chemise, all in perspex box. Minor wear and rubbing to sheets. Small (5 cm) closed tear to top of fold of 'The Instruments' sheet, tape repair. A tiny bit of scuffing to cardstock chemise. Scratching to perspex box. NF in NF chemise in VG box.
  • The Novels And Stories Of Willa Cather Autograph Edition

    By Willa Cather

    Our Price: $1,000.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112408881
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
    • Published: 1937
    13 Volumes. 8vo. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 975 copies, SIGNED by Cather. T.e.g. Previous owner's name inked to front pastedowns. Toning to leaves and spines. Chipping to title labels at spines, titles yet legible. VG. THE SET:
  • A Tree of Night and Other Stories

    By Truman Capote

    Our Price: $900.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112421392
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: 1949
    (1949). 8vo. 1st edition, with Autograph Note SIGNED from Caopte to poet, playwright, novelist and educator Owen Dodson laid-in. Some staining to covers. Tiny tears and chips to cloth at to spine ends. Cloth rubbed through at corners. Bookplate removed from front paste-down, with Dodson's name inked over residue. A little over-opened at p.120-1. Toning to leaves throughout. In remnants of dust jacket, including most of panels and flaps. VG/Poor.
  • Letters to Allen Ginsberg: 1953-1957

    By William S. Burroughs

    Our Price: $850.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112417432
    • Publisher: Editions Claude Givaudan/ Am Here Books
    • Published: 1978
    (1978). 8vo. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 100 copies (of total 500). SIGNED by Burroughs. Some shelfwear to d.j. Small water stain to tail of spine affecting front and rear boards. Light rubbing and shelfwear to boards. Mild staining to top of textblock. Faint toning to leaves. VG/VG.
  • Ulysses

    By James Joyce

    Our Price: $800.00
    • Format: Wrappers
    • ISBN-13: 9789112485349
    • Publisher: Shakespeare and Company
    • Published: 1926
    8vo. 8th printing, with type entirely re-set. Original blue-green wraps, wrinkled at joints and spine, with relatively minor chipping to spine ends. 1-inch closed tears at head of both joints, minor creasing to front panel. Small closed tears and minor splitting to edges of wrappers. Somewhat toned overall, with minor foxing to wrappers and edges of textblock, and occasionally to leaves throughout. Still, in pretty nice shape for this delicate binding. First serialized in 1918 by The Little Review, the publication of Ulysses was halted in 1920 due to obscenity accusations by The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. It wasn't until 1922, on Joyce's 40th birhday, that the book was published in full form by Sylvia Beach, ex-pat American owner of the famed Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris. This is the first printing with the type entirely re-set, correcting some of the errors of the original text. VG in wrappers.
  • Kozui wa waga tamashii ni oyobi (volume one) [The Flood Invades My Spirit (volume one)]

    By Kenzaburo Oe

    Our Price: $750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111193498
    • Publisher: Shinchosha
    • Published: 1973
    Volume one only. 8vo. First edition. Text in Japanese. INSCRIBED by Oe to Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset, a close friend, admirer, and the first person to introduce Oe to America: 'For my best Americans (=human beings) Barney and splendid Christine, with genuine love', and signed in both Japanese and English. In mismatched volume two slipcase. NF/NF in NF slipcase.
  • The Dispossessed

    By John Berryman

    Our Price: $750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111660846
    • Publisher: William Sloane Associates, Inc.
    • Published: 1948
    (1948). 8vo. 1st edition. Warmly INSCRIBED by Berryman on the front free endpaper (signed as 'John'). Light fading to margins of boards, with rubbing to edges and extremities. Dust jacket spine faded, splitting along joints. D.j. somewhat edgeworn, with larger chips at head of spine end top of front panel, and L-shaped tear near tail of spine. Smaller chips and closed tears to extremities and edges of panels. Light fading and soiling overall. VG/Good.
  • William S. Burroughs : Letters to Allen Ginsberg / Lettres a Allen Ginsberg , 1953 - 1957

    By William S. Burroughs

    Our Price: $700.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112406436
    • Publisher: Claude Givaudan / Am Here Books
    (1978). Text in French and English. LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION, one of 400 copies ( of 500 total). INSCRIBED by Burroughs on t.p. Tanning to extremities of dust-soiled cloth. Browning to spine, with dampstaining to tail. Some spot-staining to head of text block. Lacking d.j. VG/--.