Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
|LARS PORSENA or The Future of SWEARING and IMPROPER LANGUAGE
LARS PORSENA or The Future of SWEARING and IMPROPER LANGUAGE, by Robert Graves- 1927- E. P. Dutton, New York- FIRST AMERICAN EDITION (just the 1927 date on copyright page)- This is NOT an ex-library book and it is NOT a reprint edition- BINDING is ORIGINAL red cloth HARDCOVER with black titles on PAPER LABELS on cover and spine in VG- condition (spine label with edge-wear); binding and text are generally neat. clean and solid, VG with NO extraneous writings or bookplates. Just light wear and normal 'age-coloration'. Overall, a nice, SOLID COLLECTOR COPY of the fairly UNCOMMON FIRST AMERICAN EDITION... Small volume of 77 pages.
|THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY: A Nightmare
Chesterton, G. K.
THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY: A Nightmare, by G. K. Chesterton- 1935- Dodd, Mead & Company, New York- REPRINT EDITION- This is NOT an ex-library book- BINDING is light-blue cloth hardcover with titles in dark blue on cover and spine; binding and text are VERY neat, clean and solid, VG+ or better with NO extraneous writings or bookplates. The ORIGINAL printed DUST JACKET is also very neat, clean and bright, VG+ in new archival protector. Overall, an EXCELLENT COLLECTOR COPY of this SURREAL MASTERPIECE and METAPHYSICAL THRILLER written by G. K. CHESTERTON originally published in 1908... 'that centers on SEVEN ANARCHISTS in early 1900s London who CALL THEMSELVES by the names of THE DAYS OF THE WEEK. Chesterton explores the meanings of their DISGUISED IDENTITIES in what is a FASCINATING MYSTERY and, ultimately, a SPELLBINDING ALLEGORY... The REAL CHARACTERS are THE IDEAS...' 192 pages. ($19.95)
|A MARIANNE MOORE READER
1961- Viking Press, New York- FIRST EDITION (same 1961 date on title and copyright page with 'Published in 1961 by The Viking Press, Inc.' STATED)- This is NOT an ex-library book and it is NOT a reprint edition- BINDING is orange cloth hardcover with titles in GOLD on spine; binding and text are very neat, clean and solid, VG+ or better with NO extraneous writings or bookplates. The ORIGINAL pictorial DUST JACKET has the publisher's price intact ($6.95); generally neat, clean and bright, G+ in new archival protector. Just light wear with light 'handling soil' back panel. Overall, a nice, SOLID 'First Edition' COLLECTOR COPY... Included in the contents: SELECTED POEMS including TWO COMPLETE VOLUMES, 'Like a Bulwark' and 'O to Be a Dragon', EARLIER POEMS, new (1961) and UNCOLLECTED poems... SELECTED ESSAYS including several hitherto UNCOLLECTED... a generous selection from 'The Fables of La Fontaine' and 'The Ford Letters'... and The PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEW with DONALD HALL... 301 pages.
|THE BELL JAR
Plath, Sylvia; Biographical Notes by Lois Ames
1971- Harper & Row, New York- BOOK CLUB EDITION- This is NOT an ex-library book- BINDING is red cloth hardcover with titles in silver and white on spine; binding and text are neat, clean and solid, VG+ with NO extraneous writings or bookplates. The illustrated DUST JACKET is generally neat, clean and bright, VG in new archival protector. Just light wear to extremities. There are NO major rips, tears or missing pieces. Overall, a nice, SOLID COLLECTOR COPY of the fairly UNCOMMON 3RD BOOK and ONLY PUBLISHED NOVEL(1971) written by SYLVIA PLATH (originally published in England under the pseudonym VICTORIA LUCAS)... 'This EXTRAORDINARY WORK chronicles the CRACKUP of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful--but SLOWLY GOING UNDER, and maybe for the LAST time. The reader is DRAWN into her BREAKDOWN with such INTENSITY that her INSANITY becomes completely REAL and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such DEEP penetration into the DARK and HARROWING CORNERS of the psyche is RARE in any novel. In this case, the work REVEALS so much about the sources of SYLVIA PLATH's own TRAGEDY that its publication must be considered a LANDMARK in contemporary literature...' 296 pages. Overall, a nice, SOLID COLLECTOR COPY of the 3RD BOOK written by SYLVIA PLATH.
- 1979- Random House, NY- FIRST EDITION ( 'First Trade Edition' STATED)- This is NOT an ex-library book and it is NOT a reprint edition- BINDING is burgundy cloth hardcover with titles in gold on cover and spine; binding and text are neat, clean and solid, VG. Just neatly done previous owner name / date top front free page and normal 'age-coloration'. The ORIGINAL printed DUST JACKET has the publisher's price intact ($12.95); al;so neat, clean and bright, VG or better in new archival protector. Overall, a very nice, SOLID 1ST PRINTING COPY...' Stingo came to BROOKLYN by way of Virginia and the Marine Corps where the rent was CHEAP enough for a young man with only a few hundred dollars to devote himself to the NOVEL he wanted to write...Thus began a STRANGE relationship: SOPHIE, the Polish Catholic girl whose wrist bore the GRIM STAMP of a CONCENTRATION CAMP....Nathan, her LOVER, the CHARISMATIC JEWISH INTELLECTUAL...and the NARRATOR Stingo, the SEX-STARVED 'South'n boy' who was instantly CAPTIVATED by Sophie's VULNERABLE BLOND BEAUTY...William Styron gives us a LOVE STORY so HAUNTINGLY EVOCATIVE that it, and its HEROINE, will become an INDELIBLE part of the reader's imagination and our literature'... 515 pages.
|THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL
- 1924- Designed, Printed and Produced by H.S. Nichols Printer, Bookbinder, Publisher, Bookseller, New York- Miniature black LEATHER HARDCOVER (24mo./5 1/8" tall), pocket-size, with GOLD titles and decoration on cover and spine; AEG; GOOD; some edgewear and bumping to spine ends and general light wear. 141pp. DECORATIVE ENDPAPERS. From Foreword: ' This is a GENUINE COPY of 'THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL,' by Oscar Wilde, as printed and published by me in my 'COLLECTION OF PRECIOUS TOMES.' It has been reprinted from the EXCESSIVELY RARE and almost UNATTAINABLE second edition of 1898, which was revised and corrected by the author, the text of which has been SCRUPULOUSLY FOLLOWED WORD BY WORD with ABSOLUTE FIDELITY and ACCURACY.'
|THE CAINE MUTINY
THE CAINE MUTINY, by Herman Wouk-1951-Doubleday & Co., NY-1st edition- ( 'First Edition' STATED with same 1951 date on title and copyright page and NO other printings mentioned)- This is NOT an ex-library book and it is NOT a book club edition- BINDING is blue cloth hardcover with titles / decoration in silver on spine ( ALL SILVER is present and with luster) ; binding and text are neat, clean and solid, VG. Just light wear to extremities, spine tips and corners and neatly done previous owner name first free page. The ORIGINAL illustrated DUST JACKET has price ($3.95) with 'CITY BOY' mentioned on back panel; very neat, clean and bright, VG in new archival protector. Just light edgewear with a few smallish edge chips. Overall, a very nice, SOLID COLLECTOR COPY of the fairly UNCOMMON 1ST PRINTING of the 3RD NOVEL written by HERMAN WOUK and the PULITZER PRIZE WINNER...."The "CAINE MUTINY" is a SEA YARN PLUS. It is a full, COLORFUL novel of TWO main strands. One is the story of WILLIE KEITH; the other is the STRANGE triangle on the old DESTROYER-MINESWEEPER "Caine". The triangle on the "Caine" consists of CAPTAIN QUEEG, a half-comic, half-tragic PETTY TYRANT; his executive officer, LIEUTENANT MARYK, an EXCELLENT naval officer, but BEYOND his depth in the TENSE and FRIGHTENING SITUATION that develops on the minesweeper; and the 3rd-in-command, LIEUTENANT KEEFER, an EMBITTERED, witty INTELLECTUAL who sparks the REVOLT. When Willie Keith, through whose eyes the reader sees the MUTINY, comes aboard the "Caine" the TONE begins to DEEPEN and the LENS begins to broaden. TREMENDOUS SCENES follow--the mounting TENSION on board as the ship prepares to go into the Kwajalein INVASION; the WILD panorama of the TYPHOON off the Philipines, at the height of which the MUTINY takes place; and the COURT-MARTIAL of Maryk which follows, and which TURNS on the testimony of WILLIE KEITH." 494 pages with MAP endpapers. Overall, a very nice, SOLID COLLECTOR COPY of the fairly UNCOMMON 1ST PRINTING of this MODERN CLASSIC written by HERMAN WOUK.