There is a deceptively simple goal for the collector of first editions: to obtain the earliest printed form of a work of literature, in as close to the condition it was in when it first appeared in bookstores as a new book. Dig deeper, though, and you find that the first edition collector also has an interest in ...
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Holograph manuscript on two leaves of white wove, three-holed, loose-leaf paper measuring 9 1/2 by 6 inches. At the bottom of the second leaf, in Frost's hand, the work is inscribed "Robert to Fred" (i.e. Frederick B. Adams, Jr.). A life-long bibliophile, Adams was the director of the Pierpont Morgan... more
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Philadelphia: Colonial Press, February, 1917.
Square octavo. 52, (2)pp. Contains the first appearance of "Locked Out," which had only previously seen print in The Bouquet, a magazine compiled by Frost's children in 1914. This poem was not included in the first edition of Mountain Interval but was added to its contents for the 1930 Collected... more
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Cambridge, MA: Pomegranate Press, 1973.
Folio broadside. One of fifty copies. Signed by Karyl Klopp, proprietor of the press. A twenty-five-line poem by Mark Van Doren, beautifully printed on cream-colored paper and featuring an illustration by Karyl Klopp beside the text. Van Doren's long career as a poet and writer included a job teaching at... more
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Boston: Marshall Jones Co., 1921.
Three volumes. Octavo. All three issues of The Pilgrim Spirit: The Tercentenary Pageant, by George P. Baker, which contains the poem "The Return of the Pilgrims," by Robert Frost. First issue in gray printed wrappers, lightly bumped at the corners and tanned on the spine. Second issue, with errata slip... more
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NY: Ballantine Books, (1982).
The "unedited manuscript" together with the "uncorrected proof" of 2010. These comprise the first and second proofs of the text. Both are perfect bound in wrappers and are in fine condition with slight sunning to spines. ... more
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Cleveland, Miss.: Delta State Teachers College Campus, 1952.
First edition. The text of a speech by Faulkner, printed with his permission. According to Petersen, Faulkner agreed to speak to the Delta Council, which was composed of 3000 farmers and businessmen from an eighteen-county area, because he needed the $400 speaker's fee to buy a jeep. In the speech,... more
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960.
Quarto. x, 285pp. First edition. Introduction by Mark Van Doren. An anthology of essays by authors, such as Aldous Huxley, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Edith Sitwell, and Bertrand Russell. Fine in maroon cloth, printed in silver, black, and gold. Top edge blue. Cellophane dust jacket, and light blue slipcase. ... more
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New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1866.
Octavo. (v)ff., 192pp. First edition, second issue. With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. Carroll's enduring tale of a child's dreamworld was first issued in 1865 by Macmillan and Company of London, but Carroll and Tenniel were unhappy with the print quality of the illustrations and canceled the issue, insisting that... more
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(London): Henry Herringman, 1678.
Octavo. (x), 78, (i)pp. First edition. The last play that Dryden wrote for the King's Company, All for Love is an imitation of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. It was written in blank verse and focuses on the tragic last hours of the two star-crossed lovers' lives. With a calligraphed bookplate... more
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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1929.
First American edition. Translated from the German by A. W. Wheen. This is the first novel published by the pseudonymous author, whose real name was Erich Paul Remark. It is based on his own experiences as a young soldier in the first World War, and it stands as one of... more
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(Aromas): Cayucos Books, 1973.
First edition. One of 250 copies signed by Everson and printed at the Capra Press. Commentary and notes by William Everson. Spine lettering worn, else a fine copy in leather backed cloth. Laid in is a gathering that had to be reprinted with a full page holograph explanation by the... more
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London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1752.
Four small octavo volumes. xii, 285; viii, 262; ix, 323; vii, 296 pp. First edition, second state with the corrected line on page 191 of the third volume. Fielding's last novel was printed in a rather large first printing of 5000 copies, as his publisher had hoped to capitalize on... more
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San Francisco: Arion Press, 1992.
Quarto. 117pp. One of 400 copies signed by the author and the artist. Illustrated with five wood engravings, four of them full page, by Michael McCurdy. A fine copy in blue-green cloth with a ring of silver foil surrounding an actual buffalo-head nickel. ... more
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Parma: in Aedibus Palatinis, 1793.
Quarto. 97pp. Lyrical works by the ancient Greek poet whose name has become associated with bacchanalian and amorous affairs. Text in Ionian Greek and Italian. Bound in original boards with original paper spine label. Extremities and spine lightly frayed, spine professionally repaired, else a near fine and rare example from... more
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NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
First edition of the author's first book published under his own name. Basis for the 1971 Robert Wise film of the same name. The plot, which involves the rapid spread of a virulent pathogen, predates the discovery of AIDS. A very good copy in cloth backed boards with some browning... more
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