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.
  • 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:
  • Gravity's Rainbow

    By Thomas Pynchon

    Our Price: $750.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781399607100
    • Publisher: The Viking Press
    • Published: 1973
    (1973). 8vo. 1st edition. Gentle soiling to bottom edges of leaves. Light bumping and soiling to boards. Shelfwear to mildly scratched d.j. with small splitting to spine ends. Light abrasion to rear panel causing light lamination peeling. Toning to top margins of flaps. VG/VG.
  • 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/--.
  • Steve Schapiro : Taxi Driver

    By Steve Schapiro

    Our Price: $600.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112151237
    • Publisher: Taschen
    • Published: 2010
    Folio. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, One of 1000 copies, SIGNED by Schapiro. Lightest rubbing to edges of text block and panels of clamshell box. NF in NF clamshell box.
  • Bay : A Book of Poems

    By D. H. Lawrence

    Our Price: $600.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111734226
    • Publisher: Beaumont Press
    • Published: 1919
    (Westminster). (Beaumont Press). (1919). 12mo. LIMITED NUMBERED 1st EDITION, one of 120 copies (of 200 total). Some rubbing to spine ends and edges of lightly toned covers, barely exposing boards. Several leaves unopened. Contents clean and bright. VG.
  • The Works of John M. Synge, in Four Volumes

    By John M. Synge

    Our Price: $600.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111787727
    • Publisher: Maunsel and Company, Limited
    • Published: 1910
    4 volumes. 8vo. 1st collected edition. With bookplate of Dorothy Moulton Mayer to paste-down of volume one. Clean tight copies, with minor foxing to endpapers. NF. THE SET:
  • Eli : Ein Mysterienspiel Vom Leiden Israels

    By Nelly Sachs

    Our Price: $550.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111774437
    • Publisher: Forssells Boktryckeri AB
    • Published: 1951
    (Malmo). (Forssells Boktryckeri AB). (1951). 4to. LIMITED SIGNED EDITION, one of 200 copies, SIGNED by the author at colophon. Text in German. Slightest fading and spotting to spine, and minimal rubbing to boards. Mild toning to margins of publisher issued slipcase. Clean, bright copy in scarce slipcase. NF in NF slipcase.
  • Rule Britannia

    By Daphne du Maurier

    Our Price: $500.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Victor Gollancz Ltd.
    • Published: 1972
    8vo. 1st edition of author's last novel. INSCRIBED by du Maurier. Bumping to spine ends and forecorners of lightly rubbed boards, affecting somewhat rubbed dust jacket. Mild toning to leaves and text block. VG/VG.