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  • BARE BONES: Conversations on Terror with Stephen King. by [King, Stephen] Underwood, Tim and Miller, Chuck, editors.
    [King, Stephen] Underwood, Tim and Miller, Chuck, editors.
    BARE BONES: Conversations on Terror with Stephen King.

    Edition: First trade edition.

    New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of revealing interviews with Stephen King that lays bare the inner workings of his teeming imagination. 211 pp. ISBN: 0-07-0657599.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 17608
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  • STEPHEN KING: THE ART OF DARKNESS. by [King, Stephen] Winter, Douglas E.
    [King, Stephen] Winter, Douglas E.
    STEPHEN KING: THE ART OF DARKNESS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: New American Library - NAL, (1984) dj. Hardcover first edition - A study of King's life and work, which includes some notes towards a biography and a study of his major novels. Chronology, several appendices on his short fiction, television and movie adaptations and a detailed bibliography through 1984. Photographs. Index. xix, 252 pp. ISBN: 0-453004768.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 85274
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  • WOMEN WHO LOVE BOOKS TOO MUCH: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings & Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. by Knight, Brenda.
    Knight, Brenda.
    WOMEN WHO LOVE BOOKS TOO MUCH: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings & Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Berkeley, CA: Conari Press. (2000). SIGNED first edition - Foreword by Vicki Leon. INSCRIBED by Author on the half title page "To --- a true bibliophile." . An extensive resource guide. Part History, part pop-culture, and all bookish. Illustrated, index. 274 pp. ISBN: 1-57324-0249.

    Condition: Fine (as new.)

    Book ID: 53061
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  • SIXTY PHOTOGRAPHS: To Celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher by Knopf, Alfred A.
    Knopf, Alfred A.
    SIXTY PHOTOGRAPHS: To Celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - The publisher shares 60 of his photographs - mostly of writers from Joseph Conrad, Leonard Woolf, Witter Byner, to Raymond Chandler, Satre, Camus, Muriel Spark, Julia Child and more - on the 60th anniversary of his publishing house. Slightly oversized square format. 62 pp. ISBN: 0-394-498925.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a very good dust jacket (tape reinforcement to dj at top of spine.)

    Book ID: 57567
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  • AN ESSAY ON A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA AND THE PACIFIC WEST, 1510- 1906 BY ROBERT E. COWAN. With an Original Leaf from the Club's 1914 First Edition. by Kurutz, Gary E.
    Kurutz, Gary E.
    AN ESSAY ON A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA AND THE PACIFIC WEST, 1510- 1906 BY ROBERT E. COWAN. With an Original Leaf from the Club's 1914 First Edition.

    Edition: Limited edition.

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1993. Hardcover first edition - Publication Number 201. Illustrated with 2 photographs, a copy of the original title page, and an original tipped-in leaf (pp. 159-160 of Cowan's Bibliography.) Sources. 63 pp plus colophon. Large format. Edition limited to 390 copies, designed by Lewis Allen and printed at the Anchor & Acorn Press.

    Condition: Fine in gray linen stamped in black over pale gray paper covered boards with a paper label on front cover.

    Book ID: 69827
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  • THE GRAND COMPLICATION. by Kurzweil, Allen.
    Kurzweil, Allen.
    THE GRAND COMPLICATION.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2001.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A young reference librarian is hired by an eccentric bibliophile to do some after-hours research. SIGNED on the title page and dated 2001, in the year of publication. A New York Times Notable book. 360 pp. ISBN: 0-7868-66039.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75815
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  • THE GRAND COMPLICATION. by Kurzweil, Allen.
    Kurzweil, Allen.
    THE GRAND COMPLICATION.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2001.). A young reference librarian is hired by an eccentric bibliophile to do some after-hours research - A New York Times Notable book. 360 pp. ISBN: 0-7868-85181.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 51256
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  • THE GRAND COMPLICATION. by Kurzweil, Allen.
    Kurzweil, Allen.
    THE GRAND COMPLICATION.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion, (2001.). First edition - The author's second novel. A young reference librarian is hired by an eccentric bibliophile to do some after-hours research. SIGNED on the title page. A New York Times Notable book. 360 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 60818
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  • Kurzweil, Allen.
    THE GRAND COMPLICATION.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2001.) dj. Hardcover - A young reference librarian is hired by an eccentric bibliophile to do some after-hours research - A New York Times Notable book. 360 pp. ISBN: 0-7868-66039.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 38171
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  • THE GRAND COMPLICATION. by Kurzweil, Allen.
    Kurzweil, Allen.
    THE GRAND COMPLICATION.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2001.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A young reference librarian is hired by an eccentric bibliophile to do some after-hours research - A New York Times Notable book. 360 pp. ISBN: 0-7868-66039.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 39303
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  • BALLADS OF BOOKS. by Lang, Andrew, editor.
    Lang, Andrew, editor.
    BALLADS OF BOOKS.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Miami, FL: Granger Books, n.d. (ca 1970.) dj. Hardcover - A collection of poems about books, bookmen and bibliophiles originally published in 1888. Includes preface by Brander Matthews and selections from Roman poets like Horace and Catullus through Ben Jonson, Robert Burns, Leigh Hunt, Sir Walter Scott, Austin Dobson and many others. xx, 157 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with a few stamps, missing front endpaper, but otherwise tight and clean in brown cloth, no dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 55581
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  • "LITERCHOOR IS MY BEAT": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions. by [Laughlin, James] MacNiven, Ian S.
    [Laughlin, James] MacNiven, Ian S.
    "LITERCHOOR IS MY BEAT": A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2014) dj. Hardcover first edition - A biography, both thoughtful, detailed and playful, of the founder of New Directions and a man who transformed American publishing. A poet himself, Laughlin "was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century. As the founder of New Directions, he published Ezra Pound's The Cantos and William Carlos Williams's Paterson; he brought Hermann Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges to an American audience." Includes an appendix of all the authors published by New Directions, notes and index. 584 pp. ISBN: 978-0374299392.

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

    Book ID: 82258
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  • Lawrence, D. H.
    SEX AND LITERATURE AND CENSORSHIP.

    Edition: First US edition.

    New York: Twayne, 1953. Hardcover first edition - A collection of essays, edited by Harry T. Moore. The first American publication of Lawrence's long essay on this subject "A Propos of Lady Chatterly's Lover."

    Condition: Very good in orange cloth, lacking the dustjacket.

    Book ID: 29761
    Keywords: Books about books
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  • NOTHING REMAINS THE SAME: Rereading and Remembering. by Lesser, Wendy.
    Lesser, Wendy.
    NOTHING REMAINS THE SAME: Rereading and Remembering.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - From discussions of reading such diverse books as Huck Finn and Don Quixote, Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle and Ian McEwan's The Child in Time, this is an exploration of what books and reading - and rereading them - can mean to us. SIGNED on the title page. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-61808293X.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 64306
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  • INWARD JOURNEY. by Macdonald, Ross; Ralph B Sipper, editor, inscribed.
    Macdonald, Ross; Ralph B Sipper, editor, inscribed.
    INWARD JOURNEY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Santa Barbara: Cordelia Editions, 1984. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes two previously unpublished essays by Macdonald on the role of detective novels in modern literature, and more than two dozen tributes to Macdonald from such diverse writers as Margaret Millar, Reynolds Price, John D. MacDonald, Otto Penzler, Diane Wakoski, Eudora Welty and more. INSCRIBED by Sipper at the bottom of the list of contributors and dated in the year of publication. Frontispiece and photographs. 161 pp.plus brief notes on the contributors.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87553
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  • A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul. by Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul.

    Edition: First printing.

    Novato, CA: New World Library, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Even if you don't want to be a writer, this is a wonderful introduction to parts of San Francisc, ranging from a portrait of the author's 96-year old mother living at West Portal, the City Lights bookstore, cafes, demographic and more. The large fold-out painting (creating the a 4 page wide streetscape) and the colored drawings by Paul Madonna at the beginning of each essay capture the look and spirit of the city - an attractively-produced and seductively interesting book. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper "To -- All my best" and dated in the year of publication. Notes, index. 135 plus a colophon (which,…

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    Novato, CA: New World Library, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Even if you don't want to be a writer, this is a wonderful introduction to parts of San Francisc, ranging from a portrait of the author's 96-year old mother living at West Portal, the City Lights bookstore, cafes, demographic and more. The large fold-out painting (creating the a 4 page wide streetscape) and the colored drawings by Paul Madonna at the beginning of each essay capture the look and spirit of the city - an attractively-produced and seductively interesting book. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper "To -- All my best" and dated in the year of publication. Notes, index. 135 plus a colophon (which, in the spirit of the San Francisco area, notes that the publisher is a member of the Green Press Initiative.). ISBN: 1577315464.

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

    Book ID: 54463
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  • A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul. by Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    Maisel, Eric (illustrated by Paul Madonna)
    A WRITER'S SAN FRANCISCO: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul.

    Edition: First printing.

    Novato, CA: New World Library, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Even if you don't want to be a writer, this is a wonderful introduction to parts of San Francisc, ranging from a portrait of the author's 96-year old mother living at West Portal, the City Lights bookstore, cafes, demographic and more. The large fold-out painting (creating the a 4 page wide streetscape) and the colored drawings by Paul Madonna at the beginning of each essay capture the look and spirit of the city - an attractively-produced and seductively interesting book. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Notes, index. 135 plus a colophon (which, in the spirit of the San Francisco area, notes that the publisher is a member of the Green Press Initiative.). ISBN: 1-577315464.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58922
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  • IDEAS AND THE NOVEL. by McCarthy, Mary.
    McCarthy, Mary.
    IDEAS AND THE NOVEL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. dj. Hardcover first edition - The Northcliff Lectures originally presented in London in 1980 - among the authors whom McCarthy looks at from the perspective of 'ideas' in their books are Henry James, Hugo, Balzac, George Eliot and Dickens, and 20th century writers, including Bellow, Malamud and Roth, all writers of the Jewish novel. ISBN: 0-15-1436827.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (price-clipped, prev owner's name)

    Book ID: 39999
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  • McCarthy, Mary.
    IDEAS AND THE NOVEL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. dj. Hardcover first edition - The Northcliff Lectures originally presented in London in 1980 - among the authors whom McCarthy looks at from the perspective of 'ideas' in their books are Henry James, Hugo, Balzac, George Eliot and Dickens, and 20th century writers, including Bellow, Malamud and Roth, all writers of the Jewish novel. ISBN: 0-15-1436827.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (the last 2 blank pages of the book contain a hand-written 2 page essay on 'My Ideas on Novel' dated and signed by a writer who apparently is still not published - reference is made to his novel being at a literary agent; dj is price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 20240
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  • THE IMPRINTS OF GLOOMTH: The Gothic Novel in England, 1765-1830. by McKinney, David D.
    McKinney, David D.
    THE IMPRINTS OF GLOOMTH: The Gothic Novel in England, 1765-1830.

    Edition: First printing.

    Charlottesville, VA: Alderman Library, University of Virginia, 1988. First edition - Keepsake produced in conjunction with an exhibition featuring the Sadleir-Black Gothic Novel Collection. Includes an essay on history and imagination in the Gothic novel, and another on the collection itself. Illustrated, notes. Designed by Warren Chappell. One of 1500 copies. 25 pp

    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in stapled teal wrappers.

    Book ID: 51960
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  • HENRY MILLER: The Paris Years by [Miller, Henry] Brassai.
    [Miller, Henry] Brassai.
    HENRY MILLER: The Paris Years

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Arcade Publishing, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Translated from the French by Timothy Bent. Based on unpublished letters and recollections of conversations, this is an intimate account of a writer's self discovery as observed by his friend, the famed photograper Brassai. Illustrated with sixteen black and white photographs by Brassai. Translator's note, map, bibliography. ix, 224 pp. ISBN: 1559702877.

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

    Book ID: 54176
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  • THE FIRST PRINTERS AND THEIR BOOKS; A Catalogue of an Exhibition Commemorating the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Invention of Printing. by Mongan, Elizabeth and Edwin Wolf.
    Mongan, Elizabeth and Edwin Wolf.
    THE FIRST PRINTERS AND THEIR BOOKS; A Catalogue of an Exhibition Commemorating the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Invention of Printing.

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1940. First edition - Illustrated exhibition catalogue. Includes 64 incunabula from Gutenberg and his Bible through Wynkyn de Worde, in Westminster in 1500, with information on the printers as well as the books themselves. 94 pp

    Condition: Very good in stiff cream wrappers (some toning to the pages and covers, minor wear to yapped edges.)

    Book ID: 57648
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  • THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP. by Morley, Christopher.
    Morley, Christopher.
    THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Philadelphia:
    Lippincott, (1955.)
    . Hardcover - A new illustrated edition of book originally published in 1919, designed by Warren Chappell and illustrated by Douglas Gorsline. 253 pp.

    Condition: Good in green boards with a black cloth spine, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72537
    Keywords: Books about books
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  • PARNASSUS ON WHEELS by Morley, Christopher.
    Morley, Christopher.
    PARNASSUS ON WHEELS

    Edition: A Book-of -the-Month club dividend.

    Philadelphia:
    Lippincott, (1955.) dj
    . Hardcover - A new illustrated edition of book originally published in 1917. Designed by Warren Chappel l and illustrated by Douglas Gorsline. Introduction by John T. Winterich. 160 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dustjacket (large chip to the top of the dj spine, affecting the PA in the title).

    Book ID: 86372
    Keywords: Books about books
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  • PARNASSUS ON WHEELS by Morley, Christopher.
    Morley, Christopher.
    PARNASSUS ON WHEELS

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    New York: Booksellers House, (1992.). Classic novel of a 38 year old spinster who just up and left her life as housekeeper for her author-brother and bought a rolling contraption - a bookstore on wheels. Illustrated by Douglas Gorsline. Foreword by John T. Winterich. 130 pp. ISBN: 1-879923-017.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 40156
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  • BOOKS ARE NOT LIFE BUT THEN WHAT IS? by Mudrick, Marvin.
    Mudrick, Marvin.
    BOOKS ARE NOT LIFE BUT THEN WHAT IS?

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1979. Hardcover first edition - A collection of critical essays on books, authors and the characters in books. 348 pp. ISBN: 0-195025083.

    Condition: Very good in gold cloth (few spots on covers), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84140
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  • AMERICAN CHILD SUPREME: The Education of a Liberation Ecologist. by Nichols, John.
    Nichols, John.
    AMERICAN CHILD SUPREME: The Education of a Liberation Ecologist.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, (2001). First edition - John Nichols was raised in a privileged American family, attended top-notch private schools and at 23 wrote a best-selling novel, The Sterile Cuckoo. .. "However, a trip to Guatemala derailed his golden-child existence and set him on a very different path toward social and environmental activism. This book charts Nicholss rich and often tormented journey out of his sheltered middle-class life toward a belief in what he calls 'liberation ecology'. SIGNED on the title page. Includes an extensive bibliography of Nichols' works and articles and reviews about his work. 197 pp. ISBN: 1-571312536.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 66928
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  • DICKENS'S OWN STORY: Sidelights on His Life and Personality. by Nicoll, Sir William Robertson.
    Nicoll, Sir William Robertson.
    DICKENS'S OWN STORY: Sidelights on His Life and Personality.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1923. Posthumous book publication of 14 essays, most originally published between 1901-1918 in British Weekly, which focused on Dickens's relationships with his literary contemporaries and close family members. Based in large part on letters to and from Dickens, these bring out the darker side of Dickens's personality, although Nicoll is quoted in the prefatory note as saying "There must be reticences. It is not decent or right to tell in print all you know of a man - you may easily misrepresent him by doing so." Includes two essays on Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe. Frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. Laid in is a small bookplate from The Old Curiosity Shop and a certificate that this article was purchased there. xii, 244 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in original olive green cloth with gilt lettering on spine - foxing throughout, most of the edges of the textblock and margins of the pages.

    Book ID: 76731
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  • Norris, Frank (edited by James D. Hart.)
    A NOVELIST IN THE MAKING: A Collection of Student Themes, and the Novels BLITZ and VANDOVER AND THE BRUTE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first publication of 44 themes written while Norris was a student at Harvard, and a reprinting of 2 of his early novels. with notes. 596 pages. ISBN: 0-674-628209.

    Condition: Ex-library with front endpaper removed, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dj.

    Book ID: 17723
    Keywords: Books about books
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  • UNCENSORED: VIEWS & (RE)VIEWS. by Oates, Joyce Carol.
    Oates, Joyce Carol.
    UNCENSORED: VIEWS & (RE)VIEWS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Ecco Press, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - Contains trenchant pieces, always worth reading. on Doctorow, Willa Cather, Patricia Highsmith, Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel, Sylvia Plath, Richard Yates, Pat Barker, Michael Connelly and a lot more writers, popular or literary. xiii, 367 pp. ISBN: 0-060775564.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75605
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