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  • TO BE CONTINUED UNNOTICED: Some Papers by Man Ray in Conjunction with His Exposition, December 1948. by Man Ray [Emmanuel Radnitsky, 1890 - 1976]
    Man Ray [Emmanuel Radnitsky, 1890 - 1976]
    TO BE CONTINUED UNNOTICED: Some Papers by Man Ray in Conjunction with His Exposition, December 1948.
    Edition: First edition.

    Beverly Hills: Copley Galleries, 1948. First edition - Six leaves (12 pages) loosely laid into stiff blue and yellow paper outer wrappers and printed and illustrated glossy pink inner wrappers. Contains comments by Man Ray on his work (""There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it."), especially on the 'Shakespeare Equations' several of which are reproduced here. Designed by Man Ray and Lynton R. Kistler. #12 of 125 copies which include an autographed photograph by the author (out of a total edition of 275 copies. ) In addition to the SIGNED and numbered photograph, this copy is INSCRIBED "To Jim & Evelyn, with affection, Man Ray." Evelyn was Evelyn Dawson, a friend of Juliet, Man Ray's wife, and an occasional model for Man Ray; Jim was her first husband, the photographer James Fitzsimmons. In 1948 both Fitzsimmons and Man Ray were represented at a photography show at the Los Angeles County Museum. Quarto.

    Condition: Very good overall - a little light soiling and toning to the outer covers, the photograph is near fine, with a tiny crease in the margin of one corner. An extremely uncommon item, made even more interesting by the association.
    Book ID: 56521
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  • PHOTOGRAPHS 1920-1934. by [Photography] Man Ray [Emmanuel Radnitsky, 1890 - 1976]
    [Photography] Man Ray [Emmanuel Radnitsky, 1890 - 1976]
    PHOTOGRAPHS 1920-1934.
    Edition: First edition.

    Hartford, Connecticut & Paris (New York on verso): James Thrall Soby & Cahiers d'Art, 1934. First edition - Man Ray's first monograph and a landmark photography book (cited in Roth's 101 Books.) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the title page. 'for Evelyn, who would have been in this if I had known her then. Man Ray, Paris, 1956, Contains 104 images, mostly gravure reproductions of his stunning photographs, but also some rayographs and a portrait of Man Ray by Picasso, done especially for this book. The photographs include striking portraits of James Joyce, Salvador Dali, Matisse, Le Corvusier, DuChamp, Picasso, Braque, Derain, and many other of the leading artists of the century. Texts by Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, Rrose Selavy, and Tristan Tzara precede each section. This is the second issue with the cancel title with the fictitious statement "second edition" (although in this copy the French language version of the title page is facing front and the English is on the verso): the publisher "attempted to generate demand where none existed by suggesting the edition had sold out. copies with the original title page are exceedingly rare" (Roth, 101 Books). Evelyn was Evelyn Dawson, wife - during the 1940's - of the photographer James Fitzsimmons (in 1948 both Fitzsimmons and Man Ray were represented at a photography show at the Los Angeles County Museum), who was friendly with Man Ray and his wife Juliet during the years that they lived in Hollywood, and who herself modeled occasionally for Man Ray. In the original comb-bound stiff color photo-pictorial wrappers. Quarto.

    Condition: Very minor wear to the edges of the cover, some light toning to the back cover, but overall an outstanding copy of an incredible book
    Book ID: 56520
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  • Small archive including HIPPOCRENE, MATOAKA, THE KINGFISHER, WHAT THE LIGHT WAS LIKE, ARCHAIC FIGURE, and THE SILENCE OPENS, some signed, others with notes laid in, typed poem DUNDEE.  by Clampitt, Amy  (1920-1994)
    Clampitt, Amy (1920-1994)
    Small archive including HIPPOCRENE, MATOAKA, THE KINGFISHER, WHAT THE LIGHT WAS LIKE, ARCHAIC FIGURE, and THE SILENCE OPENS, some signed, others with notes laid in, typed poem DUNDEE.
    Edition: First editions

    New York: Knopf and others, 1983. SIGNED hardcover first edition - FOR SALE, AS A LOT ONLY: a unique group of items with a significant association to Clampitt's life. Included are four of her hardcover books published by Knopf - The Kingfisher, What the Light Was Like, Archaic Figure and The Silence Opens. Kingfisher is a 2nd printing (before publication), the rest are first printings; none have dust jackets (possibly as sent by the publisher or possibly removed by the recipient.) Tipped onto the front endpaper of 'The Kingfisher' is a small handwritten note "For Harold Guthrie - who opened the excitements of English poetry for me so many years ago, and whose friendship I treasure - with thanks and best wishes always." SIGNED by Clampitt in full and dated in December 1982. 'Archaic Figure' and 'What the Light Was Like' have tipped-in printed cards from the publisher stating "with the compliments of the author" (one of those cards has "Harold Guthrie "handwritten on it); 'The Silence Opens' has a similar card, loosely laid in.
    Also included is a brief typed signed note dated in December 1983, referring both to seeing Guthrie recently and to the limited edition broadside of "Hippocrene" which she was sending as a Christmas greeting. The note also states that she is enclosing a poem "that comes out of my brief visit to Scotland." The photocopied typed poem "Dundee: A Homage" fills one side of an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet (folded in four for mailing). Hippocrene is on a single sheet 17" by 11" folded to make 4 page broadside, printed in an edition of 220 copies on the occasion of the poet reading at Bennington College in November 17, 1983. It has an additional fold line across the middle (probably to fit in a smaller envelope for mailing) - As far as we have been able to determine, "Dundee" has not been published in book form, at least -
    The final item is a copy of "Matoaka: A Poem in Celebration of the Tercentary of the College of William and Mary College in Virginia" in 1993. This is INSCRIBED by Clampitt to Guthrie 'with longtime and continuing esteem' and dated in February, 1993. While Clampitt started writing poetry seriously in the 1970's, and had been published in magazines, including the New Yorker, as well as publishing the chapbook 'Multitudes, Multitudes,' it was the appearance of her first collection with Knopf - The Kingfisher - in 1983, when she was already in her 60's, that brought her acclaim. This lot covers the entire span of Clampitt's most productive last years before her death - and they are evidence on an on-going and warm relationship with the teacher from her hometown of New Providence, Iowa, the teacher whom she honored publicly in 1984 when she wrote (at the end of 'A Homage to John Keats'): "I
    wish to . . . pay tribute to Harold Guthrie, in whose class at New Providence, Iowa, I had my introduction to the poetry of Keats." The two very uncommon published items, as well as the short notes and the poem "Dundee", make this lot interesting in itself, but the real value lies in the spirit behind these gifts and notes to Guthrie - her teacher more than 40 years before.

    Condition: Most fine or near fine condition, some with folds from mailing.
    Book ID: 31496
    Keywords: Poetry
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  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS. by James, Marlon.
    James, Marlon.
    A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS.
    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, (2014) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - True first edition of this Jamaican-born author's third book, second novel, winner of the 2015 Man Booker prize. "On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years. Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters, assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s." SIGNED on the title page and dated 2014 - in the year of publication. Includes the cast of characters. 588 pp. ISBN: 9781594486005.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)
    Book ID: 68207
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  • A TASTE OF POWER: A Black Woman's Story by Brown, Elaine
    Brown, Elaine
    A TASTE OF POWER: A Black Woman's Story
    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1992) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Autobiography of the woman who took over leadership of the Black Panther Party in 1974 when Huey Newton fled the country. A vivid story of the period, of one woman's struggles to survive and to define herself, and of the conflict between black men and women. SIGNED on the title page. Photographs. 452 pp. ISBN: 0-679-419446.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (a tiny bit of bleeding at the base of the spine, but overall a tight and attractive copy)
    Book ID: 63612
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  • MOTOR CITY BLUE. by Estleman, Loren D.
    Estleman, Loren D.
    MOTOR CITY BLUE.
    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1980) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery introducing Detroit private investigator, Amos Walker. SIGNED on the title page. 219 pp. ISBN: 0-395294479.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.
    Book ID: 65789
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  • DANGER ON PEAKS: Poems. by Snyder, Gary.
    Snyder, Gary.
    DANGER ON PEAKS: Poems.
    Edition: First thus - the deluxe audio edition.

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2014) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A beautiful new edition of these very personal poems, issued 10 years after the original publication. SIGNED by Snyder on the title page. Includes two CDs of Snyder reading the poems. Slightly oversized format. List of the audio CD tracks, 119 pp. Dust jacket illustration of Mt St Helens by Tom Killion. ISBN: 978-1619024519.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)
    Book ID: 66445
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  • THE CHILL. by Macdonald, Ross (pseudonym of Kenneth Millar.)
    Macdonald, Ross (pseudonym of Kenneth Millar.)
    THE CHILL.
    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - The eleventh in the classic series of Lew Archer mysteries, Winner of the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger Award. 279 pp. Dust jacket art by Arthur Hawkins.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some creasing and wear to ends of spine of dj.)
    Book ID: 65514
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  • THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM. by Liu, Cixin, translated by Ken Liu.
    Liu, Cixin, translated by Ken Liu.
    THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM.
    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Head of Zeus, (2015) dj. Hardcover first edition - English language edition of this bestselling Chinese science fiction novel, winner in translation of the 2015 Hugo Award and very highly praised. To cite just a couple of examples, Kim Stanley Robinson stated: "It is wonderful to read this state-of-the-art example of Chinese science fiction, which sweeps from the historical trauma of the Cultural Revolution to the cosmic trauma of alien contact with an immense narrative energy. Ken Liu's excellent translation combines fluid clarity with a continuous view into Chinese worldviews, adding to the fun and making this the best kind of science fiction, familiar but strange all at the same time." and Mike Resnick said "The Three-Body Problem deserves all of its plaudits. It's an exceptional novel, and Ken Liu's translation is both smooth and unintrusive." Translator's postscript. 399 pp. ISBN: 978-1784971557.

    Condition: Very near fine in near fine dust jacket (slight creasing to the top edge of the dj)
    Book ID: 67401
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  • BLACK RIOT IN LOS ANGELES: The Story of the Watts Tragedy. by Crump, Spencer.
    Crump, Spencer.
    BLACK RIOT IN LOS ANGELES: The Story of the Watts Tragedy.
    Edition: First edition.

    Los Angeles: Trans-Anglo Books, (1966) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attempt to present a balanced look at the Watts Riot, illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, that tell the story far more graphically than words can. Includes an Appendix: The text of the McCone Commission report. Maps, bibliography, index. Large format. 160 pp. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Good only in a good dust jacket (tear to side of spine, dj has remnants of a spine label, some short closed tears)
    Book ID: 66724
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  • ISARA: A Voyage Around
    Soyinka, Wole.
    ISARA: A Voyage Around "Essay."
    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Random House, (1989) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Second memoir by this Nobel laureate - an affectionate evocation of his father, Essay, who died while Soyinka was in political exile. Isara was the native village of his father and friends. SIGNED on the title page. 262 pp. ISBN: 0-394540778.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.
    Book ID: 66274
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  • SELECTED GEMS OF POETRY, COMEDY AND DRAMA by Gilbert, Mercedes
    Gilbert, Mercedes
    SELECTED GEMS OF POETRY, COMEDY AND DRAMA
    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1931. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes poems, a collection of humorous prose pieces in dialect and a drama entitled "Environment." INSCRIBED by the author to 'Mrs. L. Green' with the notation "'Zipporah' in 'Green Pastures' 1931" added below her signature. In addition, this copy has the ownership name of noted African American attorney Wendell E. Green (one of the founders of the National Bar Association in 1925).

    Condition: Bound in embossed paper covered boards (with an overall leafy design) with gold lettering on the front and spine. Some light overall soiling and slight fading of the lettering on the spine, a hint of bowing to the boards, but overall in very good condition. A scarce book in the first edition, and especially so inscribed.
    Book ID: 10244
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  • THE CHINABERRY TREE. by Fauset, Jessie [Redmon].
    Fauset, Jessie [Redmon].
    THE CHINABERRY TREE.
    Edition: 7th printing.

    New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1939. dj. Hardcover - The third novel by this important Harlem Renaissance writer, originally published in 1931. Introduction by Zona Gale.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket. The orange cloth covers are very bright, with just a little shelfwear on the lower edges. Minor foxing to the margins of a few pages. The scarce dustjacket is price-clipped with light edgewear and some chipping at the folds, but is overall quite attractive. Contemporary reviews of 'Plum Bun' on the back cover - including comments from Countee Cullen and W.E.B. DuBois. All of Fauset's novels are hard to find in any early hardcover edition, and copies in dustjacket are even more elusive.
    Book ID: 21941
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  • BURT DOW, DEEP-WATER MAN: A Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition. by McCloskey, Robert.
    McCloskey, Robert.
    BURT DOW, DEEP-WATER MAN: A Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition.
    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1966) dj. Hardcover - A humorous story of a dyed-in-the-wool old salt who lives in a snug cottage on the Maine coast, but who still takes his Tidely-Idley out to sea sometimes, written and beautifully illustrated by McCloskey. SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. Large format 63 pp. ISBN: 0-670-715123.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated boards in a good only dustjacket with several large chips, loss of about 1/2 inch at ends of spine, other edgewear.
    Book ID: 66085
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  • THE BAD BEGINNING and THE REPTILE ROOM plus 'Magnets for Misfortune.'  by Lemony Snicket  [pseudonym of David Handler.]
    Lemony Snicket [pseudonym of David Handler.]
    THE BAD BEGINNING and THE REPTILE ROOM plus 'Magnets for Misfortune.'
    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: HarperCollins, (1999.). SIGNED first edition - An extremely uncommon ARC of the first two titles in the "Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket - THE BAD BEGINNING and THE REPTILE ROOM, bound dos-a-dos, (back to back) in glossy illustrated wrappers. SIGNED (sort of) by the author, with an embossed seal and the trademark handwritten comment 'with all due respect' surrounding the seal, and the date '3.X.2004. written inside the seal. First issue, with the misspelling of 'unfortuante' on the covers. Now that this was the basis of a movie starring Jim Carey, Meryl Streep and Jude Law, even those of you who don't have children in your lives are probably familiar with these books, but for those who might still be languishing uninformed, here is a bit of information: The Lemony Snicket books are possibly even more popular than the Potter books - and for good reason! The resemblance to Edward Gorey's works is not accidental - How could anyone not love a book which contains this 'letter to the reader' at the beginning: 'I am sorry to say that the book which you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells the unhappy tale of three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book, when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune./ In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune and cold porridge for breakfast. / It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.' What adult would not enjoy the in-jokes of names like Sunny and Klaus (as in von Bulow) - or the fact that these books actually encourage children to learn from reading, as in this excerpt: 'But although Klaus had read books on outer-space exploration, ice-skating tricks, and good marriage methods, and not yet found much use for this information, he had learned a great deal of information that was about to become very useful indeed.' Or a beginning paragraph that includes a word like 'rife'? The vocabulary is wonderful in these books. As a well-publicized debut, this advance reading copy was presumably printed in relatively generous numbers - but very few are currently being offered for sale! Either all the booksellers who got copies of this are hoarding this treasure themselves or, horrors, actually GAVE them to children! However, not only are we willing to sell this ARC, we will even include the much more elusive ' Magnets for Misfortune' which was produced as part of this original publicity campaign (I have never seen any of these offered for sale). This is the first of the promotional magnet sets done by the publisher: it consists of a small sheet of words (5 3/4 by 4 inches, designed to be cut apart and use to create 'refrigerator poetry'' Still in the original sealed plastic bag with a slip announcing a poetry contest for children.

    Condition: Very near fine - a new and unread book, tight binding, no creases, but a little nick at the top of the spine and another at the upper corner (probably done in the publishing process, since these tiny nicks seem to be endemic to most otherwise fine copies).
    Book ID: 29668
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  • HYBRIDS OF PLANTS AND GHOSTS. by Graham, Jorie.
    Graham, Jorie.
    HYBRIDS OF PLANTS AND GHOSTS.
    Edition: First printing.

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The very scarce hardcover first edition of this poet's first book. Winner of virtually every American prize and honors offered for poetry, including the MacArthur 'genius' award and the Pulitzer prize, Graham is one of the most important poets writing today - her poetry is praised for its crystalline clarity and for its complexity of vision, for its craftsmanship and its lyrical beauty. A title in the Princeton series of Contemporary Poets. 67 pp plus 1 p of notes on the poems. ISBN: 0-691-064210.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dust jacket. A lovely copy of an uncommon work.
    Book ID: 32832
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  • LEGENDS: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy. by [Anthology, signed} Silverberg, Robert , editor, and George R. R. Martin, signed. (Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Ursula Le Guin. Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind and others contributors.)
    [Anthology, signed} Silverberg, Robert , editor, and George R. R. Martin, signed. (Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Ursula Le Guin. Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind and others contributors.)
    LEGENDS: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy.
    Edition: First printing.

    New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (1998) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Anthology collecting new short fantasy novels by eleven writers, including Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Raymond E. Feist, George R. R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula Le Guin. Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind, Tad Williams and Silverberg himself. SIGNED by TWO authors: by Silverberg on the title page and by George R. R. Martin at his novel 'A Song of Ice and Fire.' Introduction by Silverberg. Maps, illustrations, including a full color frontispiece by Michael Whalen and full color endpapers by Darrell Sweet. 715 pp. ISBN: 0-345-456440.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (a bit of wear at bottom of spine of both book and dj.)
    Book ID: 64395
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  • THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE or On the Segregation of the Queen. by King, Laurie.
    King, Laurie.
    THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE or On the Segregation of the Queen.
    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1994) dj. Hardcover - In 1914 a young woman meets a retired beekeeper on Sussex Downs; his name is Sherlock Holmes, and what follows is a wonderful story of a modern young woman who learns to come to terms both with herself and with an older man who embodies the age past. Edgar Award winner and the first novel in an excellent series. SIGNED on the dedication page with the words "to a friend of the beekeeper". 347 pp. ISBN: 0-312-104235.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.
    Book ID: 65813
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  • Hoffer, Eric (1898-1983)
    THE TRUE BELIEVER : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
    Edition: Very early printing (in Dec, 1951).

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1951) dj. Hardcover - "Highly provocative, best-selling analysis of the fanatic - the man compelled to join a cause, any cause - and a penetrating study of mass movements from early Christianity to modern nationalism and Communism. " His first book, one which was immediately recognized as a classic, and one which is still interesting and relevant, more than 60 years after its original publication. SIGNED on the half title page, and very uncommon thus. Notes. 176 pp

    Condition: Near fine in gray boards in a fair only dust jacket (price-clipped, chip to bottom edge of front cover, other edgewear)
    Book ID: 64046
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  • ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME. by (Knight, HIllary, illustrator, signed) Thompson, Kay.
    (Knight, HIllary, illustrator, signed) Thompson, Kay.
    ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME.
    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, 1958. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by the illustrator Hillary Knight. The 3rd book featuring Eloise at the Plaza Hotel - it's Christmastime in New York and Eloise is warm & cozy in her apartment at the Plaza Hotel. Lively rhymes and delightful illustrations by Knight. Large format, unpaginated.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy red illustrated boards (corner clipped off front endpaper, very minor wear to the ends of the spine and the lower corners, but overall a very clean, tight and attractive copy of this classic book.), in a very good dustjacket (price-clipped, loss of approx 1 cm at top of spine of dust jacket, not affecting the text.).
    Book ID: 33908
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  • CAROLINA CASTLE. by Wirt, Mildred A.
    Wirt, Mildred A.
    CAROLINA CASTLE.
    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, (1936). Hardcover first edition - One of the most difficult to find of the novels written by Wirt (the original author of the Nancy Drew series) under her own name. While Wirt mentioned reading mysteries by Augusta Hueill Seaman as a girl, this is probably the closest she came to actually using the themes and patterns found in Seaman's novels: a young girl from the North is visiting a friend at an old plantation in the South and together they make a discovery that leads to solving a mystery from the past. She even uses the typical Seaman plot device of a brother, who is at first someone to keep the secret from, but later proves to be very helpful. Glossy frontispiece. 224 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in orange cloth with black lettering - sunning to the spine, spine slant, and a couple of bleached spots on the front cover. Contents are clean, and binding is sturdy.
    Book ID: 64582
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