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  • INKHEART. by Funke, Cornelia.
    Funke, Cornelia.
    INKHEART.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2008) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The first book in the innovative fantasy trilogy from the award-winning author of 'The Thief Lord.' SIGNED on the title page by Funke in green ink. A tale of magic and adventure about a young girl living with her book-binder father (and with her 'bookworm' - book collecting - great aunt) who has the magical power to bring characters from books to life by reading them aloud. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. Illustrated with drawings at the tail of each chapter. A lovely book in an unusual wide format. Cover illustration by Carol Lawson. Although this copy includes both a statement of "first American edition" and…

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    New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2008) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The first book in the innovative fantasy trilogy from the award-winning author of 'The Thief Lord.' SIGNED on the title page by Funke in green ink. A tale of magic and adventure about a young girl living with her book-binder father (and with her 'bookworm' - book collecting - great aunt) who has the magical power to bring characters from books to life by reading them aloud. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. Illustrated with drawings at the tail of each chapter. A lovely book in an unusual wide format. Cover illustration by Carol Lawson. Although this copy includes both a statement of "first American edition" and a complete number line ending in a '1' it is actually a later printing from 2008, in a later dust jacket with a price of 24.95. 534 pp. ISBN: 0-439-531640.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 44155
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  • INKHEART. by Funke, Cornelia.
    Funke, Cornelia.
    INKHEART.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first book in the innovative fantasy trilogy from the award-winning author of 'The Thief Lord' in the true first US printing with the original price of $19.95 on the dustjacket, and all of the other correct points. A tale of magic and adventure about a young girl living with her book-binder father (and with her 'bookworm' - book collecting - great aunt) who has the magical power to bring characters from books to life by reading them aloud. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. Illustrated with drawings at the tail of each chapter. A lovely book in an unusual wide format. Cover illustration by Carol Lawson. 534 pp. ISBN: 0-439-531640.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 62404
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  • THE THIEF LORD. by Funke, Cornelia.
    Funke, Cornelia.
    THE THIEF LORD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, 2002. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. Two orphaned children who run away to Venice to escape their nasty aunt are 'hiding among the crumbling canals and misty alleyways of the city.They are befriended by a gang of street children and their mysterious leader, The Thief Lord.' Funke is described on the cover as the '3rd most popular writer in Germany after Rowling and Stine' but this book is far more mature and satisfying than the works of those authors. Quoted at the beginning of this advance issue is a note from the publisher of Chicken House describing a letter he received from an 11 year old girl wanting to…

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    New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, 2002. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. Two orphaned children who run away to Venice to escape their nasty aunt are 'hiding among the crumbling canals and misty alleyways of the city.They are befriended by a gang of street children and their mysterious leader, The Thief Lord.' Funke is described on the cover as the '3rd most popular writer in Germany after Rowling and Stine' but this book is far more mature and satisfying than the works of those authors. Quoted at the beginning of this advance issue is a note from the publisher of Chicken House describing a letter he received from an 11 year old girl wanting to know why Funke was not published in English - well, now she is - and children's fantasy literature is the richer for it! Illustrated with a double page map of Venice, small drawings of the city at the head of each chapter and vignettes at the chapter end. Winner of the 2003 Mildred L. Batchelder award, the Zurich Children's Book Award and the Children's Book Award from the Vienna House of Literature. 352 pp (last several pages blank.)

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers. Uncommon advance issue, and especially so signed.

    Book ID: 25537
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  • Funke, Cornelia.
    INKHEART.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2003.). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The first book in the innovative fantasy trilogy from the award-winning author of 'The Thief Lord. ' A tale of magic and adventure about a young girl living with her book-binder father (and with her 'bookworm' - book collecting - great aunt) who has the magical power to bring characters from books to life by reading them aloud. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. Includes a letter from Funke inside the front cover, a letter from the publisher bound in, and a list of books that influenced Funke inside the rear cover. Illustrated with drawings at the head and tail of each…

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    New York: Scholastic -The Chicken House, (2003.). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The first book in the innovative fantasy trilogy from the award-winning author of 'The Thief Lord. ' A tale of magic and adventure about a young girl living with her book-binder father (and with her 'bookworm' - book collecting - great aunt) who has the magical power to bring characters from books to life by reading them aloud. Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. Includes a letter from Funke inside the front cover, a letter from the publisher bound in, and a list of books that influenced Funke inside the rear cover. Illustrated with drawings at the head and tail of each chapter. A lovely book in an unusual wide format. Cover illustration by Carol Lawson. 534 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 35601
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  • Fyfield, Frances (pseudonym of Frances Hegarty.)
    SHADOW PLAY.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Pantheon, 1993. First edition - Novel featuring Crown Prosecutor Helen West. 208 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 35006
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  • PAYMENT IN BLOOD. by George, Elizabeth.
    George, Elizabeth.
    PAYMENT IN BLOOD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Bantam, (1988). SIGNED first edition - Author's 2nd book - a mystery set in England, featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley and Dectective Sergeant Barbara Havers. SIGNED on the title page.

    Condition: Very good minus in glossy black covers with red and white printing (bookstore stamp inside front cover, stain to upper edge of first few pages, usual toning to pages, some rubbing to covers.) These advance issues are much less common than the hardcover 1st edition which had, according to the back cover of this ARC, a relatively large 50,000 copy 1st printing.

    Book ID: 77063
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  • Glancy, Diane.
    MONKEY SECRET.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    Evanston IL: TriQuarterly Books - Northwestern University Press, 1995. First edition - Uncommon advance issue of this collection of 3 short stories and a novella by this Cherokee-German-English poet.

    Condition: Fine in printed yellow wrappers.

    Book ID: 20997
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  • 'O' IS FOR OUTLAW. by Grafton, Sue.
    Grafton, Sue.
    'O' IS FOR OUTLAW.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Henry Holt, 1999. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The 15th Kinsey Millhone mystery, one which reveals some information about the break-up of her first marriage. 316 pp. This advance issue is much less common than the hardcover trade edition.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 21291
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  • THE BOOK OF THE COURTESANS: A Catalogue of Their Virtues. by Griffin, Susan.
    Griffin, Susan.
    THE BOOK OF THE COURTESANS: A Catalogue of Their Virtues.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Broadway Books, 2001. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. A look at the West's first liberated women, free to choose their own lovers and command considerable respect and power. Muses and artists themselves, their liasons brought them influence and wealth. Among the women discussed in this book are Veronica Franco of 16th century Venice, Madame de Pompadour, La Belle Otero, Marion Davies, and many others. Illustrated. Bibliography. 269 pp Promotional postcard laid in. ISBN: 0-7679-04508.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 27201
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  • THE BOOK OF THE COURTESANS: A Catalogue of Their Virtues. by Griffin, Susan.
    Griffin, Susan.
    THE BOOK OF THE COURTESANS: A Catalogue of Their Virtues.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Broadway Books, 2001. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. A look at the West's first liberated women, free to choose their own lovers and command considerable respect and power. Muses and artists themselves, their liasons brought them influence and wealth. Among the women discussed in this book are Veronica Franco of 16th century Venice, Madame de Pompadour, La Belle Otero, Marion Davies, and many others. Illustrated.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 22851
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  • Grimes, Martha
    THE HORSE YOU CAME IN ON.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. SIGNED first edition - A Richard Jury mystery. SIGNED on the first page. A rather uncommon advance issue, especially signed by the author.

    Condition: Fine in very light grey printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 31954
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  • BRONX MASQUERADE. by Grimes, Nikki.
    Grimes, Nikki.
    BRONX MASQUERADE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Dial Press, 2002. SIGNED first edition - Young adult novel written in the voices of 18 teenagers as they learn to express themselves through poetry in an 'open mike' forum. Winner of the Coretta Scott King award. SIGNED on the title page and uncommon thus. 167 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 25735
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  • BRONX MASQUERADE. by Grimes, Nikki.
    Grimes, Nikki.
    BRONX MASQUERADE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Dial Press, 2002. SIGNED first edition - Young adult novel written in the voices of 18 teenagers as they learn to express themselves through poetry in an 'open mike' forum. Winner of the Coretta Scott King award. SIGNED on the title page with the words "Welcome to the Masquerade," and uncommon thus. 167 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 69447
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  • A FREE LIFE. by Ha Jin.
    Ha Jin.
    A FREE LIFE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Pantheon, (2007). Hardcover first edition - Novel by this National Book Award winning writer - one which follows the Wu family as they leave China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 and attempt to build a new life in the US. Includes a section of poems by Nan Wu. 660 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 58192
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  • Hawkes, John.
    VIRGINIE, HER TWO LIVES.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper & Row, (1982.). First edition - Hawkes is exploring the limits of erotic fiction here - and using the device of reincarnation is able to go back and forth in time as Virginie is the companion of "Seigneur," a somewhat depraved member of the Ancien Regime, and in post-WWII Paris she is the younger sister of cab-driver (and pimp) Bocage. A challenging and fascinating book. 207 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed blue wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 35040
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  • RITUAL. by Hayder, Mo.
    Hayder, Mo.
    RITUAL.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2008.). First edition - "A grisly tale of murder, witchcraft and the dark side of healing" by this very dark, but compelling writer. 410 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (curling to the edges of the covers.)

    Book ID: 50829
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  • BIRDMAN. by Hayder, Mo.
    Hayder, Mo.
    BIRDMAN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, 1999. First edition - AuthorÕs highly acclaimed debut. Introduces police detective Jack Caffery, on the hunt for a serial killer nicknamed "The Millennium Ripper" by the British tabloids after the bodies of five prostitutes are unearthed beneath the rubble of a Greenwich landfill; .and even more grotesque, the hearts of the women were replaced with birds that were still alive when they were sewn into the victims' chests. Cause of death: an injection of heroin into the brain stem of the victims.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers (the usual light toning to the pages, but a new, unread copy).

    Book ID: 24257
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  • Haynes, David
    LIVE AT FIVE

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Minneapolis: Milkweed , 1996. SIGNED first edition - Described as a 'wickedly funny novel ..about our media saturated times." SIGNED by the author. One of the Granta authors, and the only one to have been published only by small presses.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 21294
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  • Haywood, Gar Anthony.
    ALL THE LUCKY ONES ARE DEAD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Putnam, 1999. SIGNED first edition - The 6th in his highly praised Aaron Gunner mystery series; Gunner investigates the suicide of a gangsta rapper. SIGNED on the title page.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (ARC written in marker on first page.)

    Book ID: 25504
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  • THE STAKED GOAT. by Healy, Jeremiah.
    Healy, Jeremiah.
    THE STAKED GOAT.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper & Row, 1986. SIGNED first edition - The second mystery in the highly praised series featuring Boston private eye John Francis Cuddy - a great series. Tony Hillerman called the plot idea 'fresh and intriguing'; Robert Parker described this novel as a 'pleasure to read.' Winner of the Shamus Award for best PI novel. SIGNED on the title page. 232 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in printed light coral wrappers (some sunning to the spine.)

    Book ID: 47851
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  • Healy, Jeremiah.
    SHALLOW GRAVES.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Pocket Books, 1992. SIGNED first edition - One of the most interesting series out there - this is the 7th mystery featuring Boston PI John Cuddy. Highly recommended.

    Condition: SIGNED by author on title page. Near fine in printed red wrappers (crease on front cover.)

    Book ID: 4344
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  • SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR. by Helprin, Mark.
    Helprin, Mark.
    SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1991.). First edition - An Italian professor recounts his experiences in the Great War - World War I - a half a century after that war intervened in his life. A massive novel which is, ultimately, a celebration of love and a recapitulation of a life more than it is a story about war. 791 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in printed light blue wrappers (some spine slant, wear to the covers, uneven textblock.)

    Book ID: 40424
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  • SECOND NATURE by Hoffman, Alice.
    Hoffman, Alice.
    SECOND NATURE

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Putnam, 1994. SIGNED first edition - Her ninth novel. SIGNED on the title page. 254 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 18549
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  • Huebner, Andrew.
    AMERICAN BY BLOOD.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. The author's first novel, and a finalist for the B&N Discover Award 2000. Based on a family legend about the author's grandfather, this is the story of 3 U.S. Army scouts leading an infantry column who arrive a day late to join Custer at the Little Bighorn and come upon the ruins of the Seventh Cavalry, a trail of blood and corpses defiled by wild dogs and swarms of flies. Dustjacket praise from Larry McMurty and Charles Gaines among others (Gaines called it 'a small masterpiece - as perfectly constructed, beautifully written, and affecting a story of the American West as has been told in our time')

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 21429
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  • HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA in 'Life and Letters' August 1929, Vol. III, No.15. by Hughes, Richard (edited by Desmond MacCarthy.)
    Hughes, Richard (edited by Desmond MacCarthy.)
    HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA in 'Life and Letters' August 1929, Vol. III, No.15.

    Edition: First appearance in print of this work.

    London: Life and Letters, 1929. First edition - The first publication of this classic novel, considered one of the best novels ever written about childhood and possibly an influence on such later novels as Golding's Lord of the Flies. Set in the late 19th century, this is both a poetic and an ironic account of seven young children, on their way to school in England after a hurricane destroyed their home in Jamaica, who wind up on a pirate ship. As explained in the editorial by MacCarthy, it had been the intent of this literary journal to devote an entire issue to one controversy or one work - but the editors wanted to be sure that such a work…

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    London: Life and Letters, 1929. First edition - The first publication of this classic novel, considered one of the best novels ever written about childhood and possibly an influence on such later novels as Golding's Lord of the Flies. Set in the late 19th century, this is both a poetic and an ironic account of seven young children, on their way to school in England after a hurricane destroyed their home in Jamaica, who wind up on a pirate ship. As explained in the editorial by MacCarthy, it had been the intent of this literary journal to devote an entire issue to one controversy or one work - but the editors wanted to be sure that such a work would be one of 'unusual merit and originality.' and they felt this novel by Hughes met their requirements. Rather than serializing the novel, they increased the length of the periodical and shortened the novel somewhat so the entire story could be presented in one issue - preceding the publication in book format by Chatto and Windus, but as MacCarthy stated 'no one who reads this abbreviated version can fail to want to possess the book.' pp 82-242. Advertisements.

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    Condition: Fair condition only in red and tan wrappers (spine slant, some soiling to the covers and edges of textblock, previous owner's name on front cover.) Nevertheless, quite uncommon and interesting,

    Book ID: 38614
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  • Isaacs, Susan.
    SHINING THROUGH.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper & Row, 1988. SIGNED first edition - Basis for the movie of the same name (starring Melanie Griffiths and Michael Douglas), the story of a secretary from Queens, NY, who becames a hero of World War II. According to the back cover of this ARC, the first printing had 300,000 copies, making this advance issue much less common than the trade edition. SIGNED on the title page by the author. 402 pp.

    Condition: Very good in glossy wrappers (some toning to the pages, previous owner's name.)

    Book ID: 2192
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  • Jackson, Sheneska.
    LI'L MAMA'S RULES.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. African American writer's second novel, the story of a hurt little girl inside a woman's body, who deals with the hurt by making 'rules' for dealing with men.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 24271
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  • Jackson, Sheneska.
    BLESSINGS.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. African American writer's 3rd novel; one review stated that her books are 'by turns humorous and deeply moving' and this story of 4 women attempting to deal with the problems in their lives is no exception.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 24272
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  • Jance, J. A.
    SKELETON CANYON

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Avon, 1997. SIGNED first edition - The fifth Joanna Brady mystery, set in among the canyons of southern Arizona.

    Condition: SIGNED on title page. Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 22459
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  • Johnson, Guy
    STANDING AT THE SCRATCH LINE

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Random House, 1998. SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page. First novel by this African American writer, the son of Maya Angelou. At over 500 pages, it is a massive book covering the period from World War I to Jazz Age Harlem, rum-running in prohibition New Orleans and finally life in an all-black township in Oklahoma. I found the book to be both deeply flawed and mesmerizing - an unusual debut. 548 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 25419
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