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  • THE LIBERTY BELL by [Anti-slavery] Friends of Freedom; Maria Weston Chapman, editor; Elizabeth Barrett Browning and others, contributors.
    [Anti-slavery] Friends of Freedom; Maria Weston Chapman, editor; Elizabeth Barrett Browning and others, contributors.
    THE LIBERTY BELL

    Edition: First thus.

    Boston: National Anti-Slavery Bazaar, 1856. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A small book containing prose and poetry about the evils of slavery by many contributors, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, N. Tourgueneff, Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Martineau, Lydia Maria Child and Maria Weston Chapman. Chapman, along with three of her sisters and several other women, founded the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1834 and was one of the staunchest supporters of the abolitionist cause, Starting in 1839, 'The Liberty Bell' became one of the items sold at the Anti-Slavery Fair: it was modeled after popular gift books of the time with gilt edges and embossed covers. This volume is notable for the first publication of a long poem…

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    Boston: National Anti-Slavery Bazaar, 1856. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A small book containing prose and poetry about the evils of slavery by many contributors, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, N. Tourgueneff, Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Martineau, Lydia Maria Child and Maria Weston Chapman. Chapman, along with three of her sisters and several other women, founded the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1834 and was one of the staunchest supporters of the abolitionist cause, Starting in 1839, 'The Liberty Bell' became one of the items sold at the Anti-Slavery Fair: it was modeled after popular gift books of the time with gilt edges and embossed covers. This volume is notable for the first publication of a long poem "A Curse for a Nation" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (the second of her poems to appear in the Liberty Bell) and this copy is of special interest because it is INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by the abolitionist and editor of these books, Maria Weston Chapman. The inscription reads "John Harrison, Esq from his friend M W Chapman" and is dated at Weymouth, Massachusetts on Jan 31, 1856. An historically significant book with an uncommon inscription by the woman who was the founder of the Boston Anti-Slavery fair and the guiding spirit behind these publications.

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    Condition: Very good in the original royal blue cloth covers with gilt lettering and decorations on the spine and a gold illustration of the liberty bell on the front cover; corners bumped, some foxing, notably to the illustrated title page and tissue guard, but the binding is tight and sturdy and most of the pages are quite white and supple. Better than average condition for these relatively fragile books. Maria Weston Chapman's signature is quite scarce; this is only the second inscribed copy which we have handled.

    Book ID: 68095
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  • LE SAUVAGE NOBLE. by Box, C. J., introduction by James Crumley, illustrated by Phil Parks.
    Box, C. J., introduction by James Crumley, illustrated by Phil Parks.
    LE SAUVAGE NOBLE.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    Clarkston, Michigan and Mission Viejo, California: A.S.A.P. 2007. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Illustrated with a color frontispiece portrait and three tipped in plates by Phil Park (tissue guard before frontispiece), introduction by James Crumley. #L of 26 lettered copies SIGNED by Box, James Crumley and Phil Parks. Bound in tan leather covered boards with dark brown lettering stamped on spine and cover and a color plate on the cover. Both the book and a metal medallion with a red, white and blue ribbon are packaged in a tan leather covered clamshell box. 47 pp. ISBN: 1-892011425.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine clamshell box

    Book ID: 71701
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  • SINGLE SOURCE: The Early Poems [1934-1940] by Everson, William (Brother Antoninus)
    Everson, William (Brother Antoninus)
    SINGLE SOURCE: The Early Poems [1934-1940]

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Oyez, (1966) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes all of the poems in three of the earliest works of Everson: These Are the Ravens (1935), San Joaquin (1939); and The Masculine Dead (1942). Introduction by Robert Duncan. One of only 1000 copies in an edition designed and printed by Graham Mackintosh. Second state with the spelling of "language" corrected on p ix. SIGNED by Everson on the title page. xii, 105 pp plus colophon.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (a bit of wear to the ends of the spine dj, and the side of the spine, very short closed tear to upper edge)

    Book ID: 78627
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  • GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE - Eight Issues: December 1950; April, May, July, August 1951; July, September and October, 1952. by Gold, H. L., editor; Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov, James Schmitz, John D. MacDonald, Willy Ley and others, contributors.
    Gold, H. L., editor; Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov, James Schmitz, John D. MacDonald, Willy Ley and others, contributors.
    GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE - Eight Issues: December 1950; April, May, July, August 1951; July, September and October, 1952.

    Edition: First printings - digest magazines.

    New York: World Editions Inc 1950-1952. First edition - A set of eight complete issues from the first two years of Galaxy Science Fiction digest, arguably the most influential science fiction magazine of its time, one which brought a new maturity to the stories, and an emphasis on how changes in the future affected people rather than on the technology. Frederik Pohl who worked with Gold and succeeded him as editor said that Gold brought a "sophisticated intellectual subtlety" to magazine science fiction, The magazine published all new and original stories. Among the authors contributing to these issue are James Schmitz. Richard Matheson, John D. MacDonald, Katherine MacLean, Gordon R. Dickson, Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth, Judith Merril, Isaac…

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    New York: World Editions Inc 1950-1952. First edition - A set of eight complete issues from the first two years of Galaxy Science Fiction digest, arguably the most influential science fiction magazine of its time, one which brought a new maturity to the stories, and an emphasis on how changes in the future affected people rather than on the technology. Frederik Pohl who worked with Gold and succeeded him as editor said that Gold brought a "sophisticated intellectual subtlety" to magazine science fiction, The magazine published all new and original stories. Among the authors contributing to these issue are James Schmitz. Richard Matheson, John D. MacDonald, Katherine MacLean, Gordon R. Dickson, Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth, Judith Merril, Isaac Asimov, Damon Knight and, of course, Willy Ley who contributed a article for each issue. Each is 160 pp, illustrated throughout. Among the notable covers in this group is that be Chesley Bonestall for the May 1951 issue and that of Emsh for the second birthday party issue with caricature portraits of the leading science fiction writers of the day - including Ray Bradbury, Fritz Leiber, Robert A. Heinlein - filling the front and back covers.

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    Condition: All issues are in a solid very good to near fine condition with only minor wear, usual toning to the pages, no mailing labels and bright and attractive covers. Uncommon in this condition.

    Book ID: 78860
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  • LOST STORIES. by Hammett, Dashiell (1894-1961) Joes Gores and Vince Emery, signed.
    Hammett, Dashiell (1894-1961) Joes Gores and Vince Emery, signed.
    LOST STORIES.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    San Francisco: Vince Emery Productions, (2005) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which "rescues 21 long-lost Hammett stories, all either never collected in an anthology or unavailable for decades. These stories appear nowhere else, and represent a variety of styles from the famous mysterysmith: his first detective fiction, humorous satires, adventure yarns, a sensitive autobiographical piece, and a Thin Man story told with photos. In addition, all stories have been restored to their original versions, replacing often wholesale cuttings with the original text for the first time." Joe Gores has written an introduction describing how Hammett influenced literature, movies, television, and Gores own life and Vince Emery provides the background to these stories and commentary on Hammett's…

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    San Francisco: Vince Emery Productions, (2005) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which "rescues 21 long-lost Hammett stories, all either never collected in an anthology or unavailable for decades. These stories appear nowhere else, and represent a variety of styles from the famous mysterysmith: his first detective fiction, humorous satires, adventure yarns, a sensitive autobiographical piece, and a Thin Man story told with photos. In addition, all stories have been restored to their original versions, replacing often wholesale cuttings with the original text for the first time." Joe Gores has written an introduction describing how Hammett influenced literature, movies, television, and Gores own life and Vince Emery provides the background to these stories and commentary on Hammett's writing life. Number 20 of 195 copies SIGNED by both Gores and Emery on the first page. Illustrated, all edges gilt. ix, 342 pp. ISBN: 0-972589805.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket in a fine slipcase (a new copy) Two promotional cards laid in.

    Book ID: 76713
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  • STARMAN JONES. by Heinlein, Robert A.
    Heinlein, Robert A.
    STARMAN JONES.

    Edition: First printing..

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1953) dj. Hardcover first edition - Classic juvenile science fiction novel, the story of Max Jones, a "poor boy with an eidetic memory from one of the worst of HeinleinÕs typically dystopic future Earths" and his friendship with a strange little animal - a spider puppy named Mr. Chips. Illustrated by Clifford Geary. Both the Scribner's logo and the "A" on the copyright page. 305 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (light creasing to the lower corners of a few pages, price-clipped) .

    Book ID: 72749
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  • I LOVE MYSELF WHEN I AM LAUGHING (Then Again When I am Looking Mean and Impressive) by Hurston, Zora Neale (edited by Alice Walker)
    Hurston, Zora Neale (edited by Alice Walker)
    I LOVE MYSELF WHEN I AM LAUGHING (Then Again When I am Looking Mean and Impressive)

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Feminist Press, (1979.). Hardcover first edition - The first anthology of Hurston's works ever published - this is the book which was primarily responsible for the "rediscovery" of this important African American woman writer. Dedication and afterword by Alice Walker, introduction by Mary Helen Washington. Since this was issued simultaneously in both hardcover and trade paperback, the hardcover edition is rather hard to find. Great dustjacket showing the two sides of Hurston smiling on the front, serious and impresive on the back. 314 pp. ISBN: 0-912670-968.

    Condition: Very near fine in gray cloth with bright pink endpapers in a good dust jacket (tears to the bottom edge of the back cover, small chip to front cover, some light creasing, spine slightly sunned but still legible).

    Book ID: 78821
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  • SONGS AND HEROES. by Jeffers, Robinson; edited by Robert J. Brophy.
    Jeffers, Robinson; edited by Robert J. Brophy.
    SONGS AND HEROES.

    Edition: Limited, numbered first edition.

    Los Angeles: Arundel Press, 1988. Hardcover first edition - A collection of 22 early poems, not previously published and written around 1912. The title comes from a 1912 letter by Jeffers to his sister Una. No. 21 of 200 numbered copies on Frankfurt paper. Printed by Patrick Reagh, binding by Bela Blau, on Frankfort paper. 33 pp plus notes and colophon.

    Condition: Fine in light brown cloth with paper labels on the spine and front cover.

    Book ID: 76695
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  • HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES: A Memoir. by Jones, Saeed.
    Jones, Saeed.
    HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES: A Memoir.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2019) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction and a NY Times Notable book selection. A powerful coming-of-age memoir by this award-winning poet. It "tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. . . Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another and to one another as we fight to become ourselves." SIGNED on the title page. 192 pp. ISBN: 978-1501132735.

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

    Book ID: 78751
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  • A GIRL ADORING. by Meynell, Viola (1885-1956)
    Meynell, Viola (1885-1956)
    A GIRL ADORING.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, (1928) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel by this popular English author, who grew up surrounded by writers - the daughter of publishers and writers Wilfred and Alice Thompson Meynell; her brother Francis was one of the driving forces of the Nonesuch Press; an early supporter of D. H. Lawrence, even giving him a room in her country house to use to write, and friends with such diverse authors as Katherine Mansfield, Eric Gill, Hillaire Belloc, Cynthia Asquith and more. 319 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (small chip at the top of the dj spine, closed tear on front cover) Uncommon, and especially so in dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64533
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  • THE LONG SLIDE. by Smith, Mr and Mrs (Ray Smith, 1949-2018, and Catriona Smith)
    Smith, Mr and Mrs (Ray Smith, 1949-2018, and Catriona Smith)
    THE LONG SLIDE.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Atheneum, 1977. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first book by this British artist, a delightfully creative story written by his wife and featuring their daughter's three favorite stuffed animals. Their attempt to reach a slide in the sky leads them up a very long ladder past cows, airplanes, a thunderstorm and witches, and the slide, when reached at last takes them over the sea and under the rainbow. Illustrated in full color. Oblong format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-689305761.

    Condition: Fine in light green cloth boards in a near fine dust jacket (very short tear to dj near top of spine) Quite uncommon, and especially in the first edition in this condition.

    Book ID: 78169
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  • THE LONG DIVE. by Smith, Mr and Mrs (Ray Smith, 1949-2018, and Catriona Smith)
    Smith, Mr and Mrs (Ray Smith, 1949-2018, and Catriona Smith)
    THE LONG DIVE.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Atheneum, 1979. dj. Hardcover first edition - The second book by this British artist, a delightfully creative story written by his wife and featuring their daughter's three favorite stuffed animals. When Barley, the lamb, falls off a cliff into the sea, the others dive in after him, and go deep under the water - pat beautiful fishes, a crab and submarine, seahorses and mermaids. Illustrated in full color. Oblong format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-689305761.

    Condition: Fine in blue cloth boards in a very near fine dust jacket. Quite uncommon, and especially in the first edition in this condition.

    Book ID: 78170
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  • TURTLE ISLAND by Snyder, Gary
    Snyder, Gary
    TURTLE ISLAND

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: New Directions, (c. 1974.). SIGNED hardcover - Woodcut illustrations by Michael Corr. Winner of the Putitzer Prize for poetry - according to Snyder because it was "the only book that was quite that gutsy ..jumping-in-with-all-fours, taking a stand on things." Snyder explains in his introductory note that 'Turtle Island - the old/new name for the continent, based on many creation myths of the people who have been here for millenia, and reapplied by some of the them to 'North America' in recent years.' SIGNED on the title page. A copy which was printed on demand. 114 pp. ISBN: 0-8112-05460.

    Condition: Fine in navy blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78616
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  • CROSSED TRAILS: The American Adventure Series #1 by Trent, Margaret.
    Trent, Margaret.
    CROSSED TRAILS: The American Adventure Series #1

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: A. L. Burt, (1932). Hardcover first edition - The first book in the short-lived American Adventure Series (just 3 titles, all issued in 1932), which related "the adventurous travels of Modern Youth along the highways and byways of this land of ours." This book follows the adventures of two young girls, who travel with the well-to-do parents of one of them, by automobile across the United States - a vivid picture of the difficulties of automobile travel at that time, with the roads often barely existing, but a new breed of "tourists" just beginning to make their influence felt. At the same time, a young boy is working his way across the country, hitchhiking when he can…

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    New York: A. L. Burt, (1932). Hardcover first edition - The first book in the short-lived American Adventure Series (just 3 titles, all issued in 1932), which related "the adventurous travels of Modern Youth along the highways and byways of this land of ours." This book follows the adventures of two young girls, who travel with the well-to-do parents of one of them, by automobile across the United States - a vivid picture of the difficulties of automobile travel at that time, with the roads often barely existing, but a new breed of "tourists" just beginning to make their influence felt. At the same time, a young boy is working his way across the country, hitchhiking when he can - and their paths intersect often - hence the title. While this book suffers in places from the usual stereotypical attitudes of the time, it is an interesting story, with some vivid descriptions of both the scenery and the people, and it is a shame that this series did not survive. Glossy frontispiece, green and white illustrated endpapers. 256 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in olive green cloth (a bit of spine slant), no dust jacket. Very hard to find.

    Book ID: 67795
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  • IN A GREEN NIGHT: Poems 1948-1960 by Walcott, Derek.
    Walcott, Derek.
    IN A GREEN NIGHT: Poems 1948-1960

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Jonathan Cape, (1962) dj. Hardcover first edition - The uncommon first major collection of poems, and the first to be published in the UK, by this Caribbean writer (born in Santa Lucia) who later went on to win the Nobel prize for literature, and many other awards. 79 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket. (shelfwear to bottom of boards, rubbing to the dj, original price of 12s, 6d still present.)

    Book ID: 66890
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  • TEN MONKEYS, TEN MINUTES. by Watts, Peter.
    Watts, Peter.
    TEN MONKEYS, TEN MINUTES.

    Edition: First printing.

    Edmonton, AB: Tesseract Books / The Books Collective, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's second book, first collection of short stories, including one written especially for this book - nine stories which journey to the depths of the ocean floor with genetically engineered human beings (A Niche), and which "push the boundaries of life with a scientist obsessed with death, watch as sentient gaseous entities offer destruction and salvation to the human race" and more. Before turning to writing science fiction, Watts spent 15 years as a marine biologist. SIGNED on the title page. 167 pp plus publication history and 2 pp publisher's ads. ISBN: 1-89583676X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 76404
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  • SOME MUST WATCH. by White, Ethel Lina (1876-1944)
    White, Ethel Lina (1876-1944)
    SOME MUST WATCH.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York & London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1941) dj. Hardcover first edition - A thriller, originally published in the UK in 1933, which creates an atmosphere of growing terror and suspense. A young girl, who has not been able to speak since childhood, has taken a position as a "lady help" in a remote mansion and finds herself threatened by a killer who has a penchant for strangling handicapped young women. Basis for several films including the classic 1946 RKO suspense movie, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, starring Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, and Elsa Lanchester. 319 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition only in maroon cloth in a like dustjacket. The book is missing the front free endpaper, has a slanted spine and somewhat bumped corners, rear hinge cracking. The dustjacket has significant edgewear, some minor loss at the ends of the spine, rubbing and wear to the folds, original price of 2.00 still present. A flawed, but still readable and possibly restorable copy of a very scarce book in dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78819
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