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  • LOOKING BACKWARD 2000-1887. by Bellamy, Edward; illustrated by Elise.
    Bellamy, Edward; illustrated by Elise.
    LOOKING BACKWARD 2000-1887.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    Hollywood, CA: The Limited Editions Club, 1941. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A classic of Utopian fiction, in an edition designed and printed By Merle Armitage; .illustrated with monochrome print in blue, red, green, gray, black or purple by Elise. With The 1888 Reply Of Bellamy To The March 1888 Review Of This Book In The Boston Transcript. Introduction By Irwin Edman. #534 Of 1500 copies signed by the artist on the limitation page. q, 388 pp plus colophon. All edges tinted red.

    Condition: Very near fine, in yellow cloth boards with red design, lacking the scarce slipcase.

    Book ID: 86183
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  • THE OX-BOW INCIDENT. by Clark, Walter van Tilburg.
    Clark, Walter van Tilburg.
    THE OX-BOW INCIDENT.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Time Inc, (1962.). Time Reading Program Special Edition. Classic western novel originally published in 1948 and here reissued with a new introduction by the author. xvii, 310 pp. Cover art by Antonio Frasconi.

    Condition: Very good (upper corner of front corner clipped.)

    Book ID: 47660
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  • OLIVER TWIST. by Dickens, Charles. Illustrated by Christian.Birmingham, Abridged by Lesley Baxter,
    Dickens, Charles. Illustrated by Christian.Birmingham, Abridged by Lesley Baxter,
    OLIVER TWIST.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Dial Books (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - Classic story of Oliver Twist, abridged for children by Lesley Baxter and with introduction by Michael Morpurgo. Illustrated by Christian.Birmingham with both full color, full page paintings, as well as smaller black and white drawings throughout the book. 144 pp. ISBN: 0-8037-19957.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59456
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  • BEOWULF: The Script Book. by Gaiman, Neil and Roger Avary.
    Gaiman, Neil and Roger Avary.
    BEOWULF: The Script Book.

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback original.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2007). First edition - "Who will come to the aid of beleaguered King Hrothgar, whose warriors have become the prey of the vengeful outcast monster Grendel?" Includes the initial draft and final shooting script of the film from Paramount Pictures and Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis, plus concept art, insights into the screenplay's evolution, an introduction by Avary, an afterword from Gaiman. Large format, illustrated. 264 pp. ISBN: 978-0061350160.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (an unread copy)

    Book ID: 87630
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  • DIALOGUE CONCERNING THE TWO CHIEF WORLD SYSTEMS, PTOLEMAIC AND COPERNICAN. by Galileo Galilei; foreword by Albert Einstein.
    Galileo Galilei; foreword by Albert Einstein.
    DIALOGUE CONCERNING THE TWO CHIEF WORLD SYSTEMS, PTOLEMAIC AND COPERNICAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1953. dj. Hardcover first edition - A completely unabridged translation in modern English of this classic work in the history of modern science by Stillman Drake, based on Galileo's own copy of the first edition, with his notations. Unusual for the time, this was written in Italian, rather than Latin, because it was intended to reach the public, not just scholars. As a punishment Galileo suffered imprisonment, but he used that time to add passages to the Dialogue - passages which are included in this volume for the first time in English. The foreword by Albert Einstein - in which he comments "In advocating and fighting for the Copernican theory…

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    Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1953. dj. Hardcover first edition - A completely unabridged translation in modern English of this classic work in the history of modern science by Stillman Drake, based on Galileo's own copy of the first edition, with his notations. Unusual for the time, this was written in Italian, rather than Latin, because it was intended to reach the public, not just scholars. As a punishment Galileo suffered imprisonment, but he used that time to add passages to the Dialogue - passages which are included in this volume for the first time in English. The foreword by Albert Einstein - in which he comments "In advocating and fighting for the Copernican theory Galileo was not only motivated by a striving to simplify the representation of the celestial motions. His aim was to substitute for a petrified and barren system of ideas the unbiased and strenuous quest for a deeper and more consistent comprehension of the physical and astronomical facts." - appears in both the original German and in English translation by Sonja Bargmann. Illustrated witha frontispiece portrait and with the original title page. Notes, index. xxvii, 496 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in cranberry cloth with a paper title label on the spine in a near fine dustjacket (hint of an erasure on the front endpaper, toning to the dj, small chip at the top of the spine.)

    Book ID: 87369
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  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel.
    MR HIGGINBOTHAM'S CATASTROPHE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: The Berkeley Printers, 1931. Hardcover first edition - The first separate book publication of this short story, a mystery with a humorous twist, lighter in tone than much of Hawthorne's work, set in the Connecticut River valley; the text of this edition is taken from the first printing of this story in the New England Magazine for December, 1834. Illustrations by Walt Harris, including the endpapers and the front cover. Printed by the Berkeley Printers, Boston, in July, 1931. Five hundred and forty copies have been printed, of which five hundred are for sale. This copy is Number 18. 39 pp

    Condition: Fine in illustrated boards, in a somewhat chipped glassine wrapper and in the original black slipcase, which is splitting along a couple of seams, has some rubbing to corners.

    Book ID: 31289
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  • STEPPENWOLF. by Hesse, Hermann.
    Hesse, Hermann.
    STEPPENWOLF.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (ca 1946, c 1929.). Hardcover - Hesse's best known and most autobiographical novel, named after the lonesome wolf of the steppes, and blending Eastern mysticism with Western psychoanalytical concepts. Translated from the German by Basil Creighton. Copyright page only has original 1929 date but synopsis pasted in at rear of book is from a later printing and laid in front flap refers to "Nobel Prize winner, 1946", 309 pp.

    Condition: Good in original rust cloth with black lettering. Severe tanning to the pages, synopsis pasted on blank pages at rear of book, typed notes taped to front endpapers and discoloration from tape remains.

    Book ID: 73663
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  • THE NUTCRACKER. by Hoffman, E.T.A.; Adapted by Janet Schulman. Illustrated by Kay Chorao.
    Hoffman, E.T.A.; Adapted by Janet Schulman. Illustrated by Kay Chorao.
    THE NUTCRACKER.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1979) dj. Hardcover - An adaptation of the original story written by Hoffman in 1816, one which adds back parts left out by the ballet. Illustrated with many soft full page black and white drawings by Kay Chorao. 62 pp. plus a final drawing. ISBN: 0-525362452.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (some light toning to spine of dj and pages)

    Book ID: 83128
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  • THE NUTCRACKER. by Hoffman, E.T.A.; . Illustrated by Dagmar Berkova.
    Hoffman, E.T.A.; . Illustrated by Dagmar Berkova.
    THE NUTCRACKER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Franklin Watts, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - A retelling for children of this famous story written by Hoffman in 1816, which inspired the ballet of the same name. The English version is based on translation by Olga Kuthanova of the text by E. Pitilka. Illustrated throughout with full color paintings and decorations by Dagmar Berkova. Large format. 64 pp. ISBN: 0-525362452.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (previous owner's name, two very short edge tears)

    Book ID: 85635
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  • THE NAKED AND THE DEAD. by Mailer, Norman.
    Mailer, Norman.
    THE NAKED AND THE DEAD.

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Modern Library, (1961) dj. Hardcover first edition - Mailer's first novel, originally published in 1948, and a book which almost immediately became a classic, and is considered one of the great war novels. It was based in part on his experiences with the 112th Cavalry Regiment during the Philippines Campaign in World War II. Basis for a 1958 film of the same title. Issued in 1961 as #321 in the Modern Library series. In the Toledano 8 binding of gray cloth with gold lettering on green block on front board and spine. Map frontispiece. 791 pp. Gray and white Kent end papers. Reverse side of jacket lists 403 titles.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 67844
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  • THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE. by Mulock, Dinah Maria (1826-1887); May Lamberton Becker, introduction; Jon Nielsen, illustrator.
    Mulock, Dinah Maria (1826-1887); May Lamberton Becker, introduction; Jon Nielsen, illustrator.
    THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE.

    Edition: Rainbow Classic hardcover,

    New York: World Publishing Co., (1948) dj. Hardcover - A new edition of this children's classic story originally published in 1874, about a prince, unable to walk, and living a life of exile in a remote tower is giving a gift of a magic cape by his fairy godmother - one that allows him to travel and see the world, but not touch it. Introduction by May Lamberton Becker. Illustrated with both full color plates and black and white drawings by Jon Nielsen. A Rainbow Classic book R-35. Illustrated yellow and beige endpapers. x, 135 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket ( edgewear to top of dj)

    Book ID: 85388
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  • SWALLOW & AMAZONS. by Ransome, Arthur (1884 1967)
    Ransome, Arthur (1884 1967)
    SWALLOW & AMAZONS.

    Edition: Early (9th) printing.

    Philadelphia: Lippincott, (1930). Hardcover - The first book in this classic series of children's adventure stories, set in England's Lake Country in the years between the World Wars. The four Walker children from London, staying at a lakeside farm during the school holidays. They have a dinghy named Swallow, and the two local Blackett girls, living across the lake, have one named Amazon. The children originally clash on an island in the lake, become friends, and have a series of adventures together involving tales of pirates and exploration. ibecomento everyday life in rural England. Illustrated by Helen Carter with a map frontispiece and small vignettes at the head and tail of each chapter. Map endpapers. 343 pp. VERY GOOD…

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    Philadelphia: Lippincott, (1930). Hardcover - The first book in this classic series of children's adventure stories, set in England's Lake Country in the years between the World Wars. The four Walker children from London, staying at a lakeside farm during the school holidays. They have a dinghy named Swallow, and the two local Blackett girls, living across the lake, have one named Amazon. The children originally clash on an island in the lake, become friends, and have a series of adventures together involving tales of pirates and exploration. ibecomento everyday life in rural England. Illustrated by Helen Carter with a map frontispiece and small vignettes at the head and tail of each chapter. Map endpapers. 343 pp. VERY GOOD HARDCOVER, red cloth covers, with black lettering

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    Condition: Very good in red cloth with black lettering and small illustrations on front cover and spine (slight fading to spine, usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 88685
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  • NAUSEA. by Sartre, Jean Paul.
    Sartre, Jean Paul.
    NAUSEA.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: New Classic Series / New Directions, (1949) dj. Hardcover - Originally published in French in 1938, and first published in the UK in 1949, this novel became one of the most important of the post-war era, and introduced existentialism to a broad audience. Translated from French by Lloyd Alexander. Number 35 in the New Classics series, in an iconic Alvin Lustig dust jacket (James Laughlin described the effect of these dust jackets: "About eight books were in print before Lustig came into the picture. They were jacketed in a very conservative, "booky", way. Sales were pretty dreary. Then we brightened the books up with the Lustig covers. Immediately, they began to move.") Sartre, of course, is also…

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    New York: New Classic Series / New Directions, (1949) dj. Hardcover - Originally published in French in 1938, and first published in the UK in 1949, this novel became one of the most important of the post-war era, and introduced existentialism to a broad audience. Translated from French by Lloyd Alexander. Number 35 in the New Classics series, in an iconic Alvin Lustig dust jacket (James Laughlin described the effect of these dust jackets: "About eight books were in print before Lustig came into the picture. They were jacketed in a very conservative, "booky", way. Sales were pretty dreary. Then we brightened the books up with the Lustig covers. Immediately, they began to move.") Sartre, of course, is also notorious for turning down a Nobel award. The earliest copies of these books were printed in England, as this one was, and they were slightly larger in format, measuring 7 7/16 inches tall, 5 inches wide. 238 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in gray cloth with the Lustig illustration in black and sage green in a very good dustjacket (toning to the endpapers, lower corner of front cover bumped, and chipping to the top of the spine of the dj) Original price of $2.50 still present.

    Book ID: 68118
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  • UP FROM SLAVERY: An Autobiography by Washington, Booker T. (1856-1915)
    Washington, Booker T. (1856-1915)
    UP FROM SLAVERY: An Autobiography

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Heritage Press, (1970). Hardcover - A handsome edition of this classic book, originally published in 1901, with an introduction by Booker T. Washington III and full color illustrations by Denver Gillen, While Washington wrote many other books, this remains his most popular book and one of the most influential books of the early years of the 20th century - and one which has remained in print, and valued ever since . Born a slave in Virginia, Washington went on to become head of Tuskegee Institute, where he emphasized training in practical skills. Includes a chronology. Slightly oversized, bound in brown cloth with illustration pasted on front cover. The Sandglass is tipped onto the front endpaper. xxi, 212 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine (bookplate on front pastedown) in a near fine brown slipcase.

    Book ID: 82236
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