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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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  • 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 "Essay." by Soyinka, Wole.
    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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  • 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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  • 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…

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    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.

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    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 TRUE BELIEVER : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Hoffer, Eric (1898-1983)
    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…

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    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.

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    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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