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WODEHOUSE, P.G. First Edition. Just shy of very good. Presented by the author to a contemporary writer, 'To Charles Neville Buck from P.G. Wodehouse (Death to Seth).' Buck, hardly remembered these days, wrote novels, and other pieces set in his native Appalachia. The cursed 'Seth' in the inscription is clearly the agent Seth Moyle, who unsuccessfully represented Wodehouse for a short time, as well as, presumably, Buck. While undated, the inscription is in Wodehouse's earlier hand. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
MCCLOSKEY, ROBERT. First Edition. Some soiling, spotting and staining; a good copy in a price-clipped, worn dust jacket. Caldecott Award winner for 1942. A remarkably uncommon book in a first edition, read to death by or to children, especially beloved in Boston, where the ducks are commemorated in bronze statues in the Public Garden. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
LINDBERGH, CHARLES A. First Edition. A presentation copy of Lindbergh's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, inscribed the month before publication, "To Carl Allen, in appreciation of years of friendship, and in thanks for criticism of the manuscript of 'The Spirit of St. Louis'. Charles A. Lindbergh, Aug. 1953. Publication date is Sept. 14th." The recipient is mentioned in the book's acknowledgments. A very good copy in dust jacket; in a custom clamshell box. Included with the book is a two page typed letter, dated January 18, 1953, and signed "Charles", about six hundred words in length. Lindbergh thanks Allen for reading the manuscript, "I feel sure that some errors will be found, but want to exhaust every reasonable method of eliminating them before publication.In regard to the take-off area at North Island (San Diego), I have no figures.There was plenty of margin in this instance as the plane was carrying only a little over a half load of fuel.I wrote the first draft of the manuscript in past tense, then changed to present. Personally, I think it made a great improvement in spite of certain obvious restrictions. In regard to the difference between 'We' and 'The Spirit of St. Louis', as you probably know I wrote 'We' in three weeks (with the exception of about 5000 words which I had pieced together previously); also, one learns, or at least should learn during a quarter century of life. I have worked with more or less regularity for fourteen years on this present manuscript - quite intensively this winter. Also, as I am sure you realize more than most, being married to Anne has affected this book, in a deeper sense, as much as though she had written large parts of it.In regard to the press, I am afraid that the desire for chronological fact and literary balance has affected my pages more than mellowness - much as I believe in mellowing with time. The press events which created a taste of bitterness which still remains took place after my flight in 1927.In regard to the incident of engine trouble over the Rockies.I don't think I ever claimed to tell everything that happened on my flights, any more than I tell all that happens in my life.Of course, there are occasions when I have said 'fine' to a pleasant 'how are you', when a literal reply might be 'I feel like hell' - and that applies to a flight as well as to a personal condition." With the original typed envelope. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
PHOTOPLAY EDITIONS] GLASMON, KUBEC AND JOHN BRIGHT. First Edition. Bookplate on the front free endpaper; a very good copy in a dust jacket with very light wear and tear. This novelization appends a glossary of gangster vocabulary. Preceded by Little Caesar and followed by Scarface, this early talkie gangster picture still shocks at the breakfast scene in which Cagney cruelly and unexpectedly shoves a grapefruit into Mae Clarke's face. The implied sex and brutal violence portrayed in these films was possible prior to the establishment of the Hays office and its strict code. In our experience, this is one of the scarcest photoplay editions. Its authors were from Chicago and had firsthand gangland knowledge. Strip the sentimentality and sappiness out of the film, and what's left is a raw story of crime seldom repeated in Hollywood for decades to come. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
GREENE, GRAHAM. First Edition; one of 250 copies; fine. Presentation copy; inscribed by Greene, 'For Mercia, Happy Christmas, from Graham.' The recipient, Mercia Ryhiner, Mrs. Rex Harrison, was a one-time lover and friend of the author. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
DOYLE, A. CONAN. Bound without wrappers with other publications in a plainly bound volume, titled on the spine Reprints From The Strand Magazine, this collection includes Stories from the Diary of A Doctor, An African Millionaire, and Martin Hewitt, lacking wrappers. Vincent Starrett's dated (1954) ownership inscription in ink, and his pencil notes on the contents; several of his bookplates are laid in; pages yellowed; very good. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
HOPKINS, GERARD MANLEY. First Edition of the author's first book. Very good plus in a very good dust jacket with a 3/4 inch chip at the foot of the spine, other minor chips and soiling; in a custom slipcase. Hopkins, a Catholic priest, saw only a few poems published in his lifetime. His friend Bridges oversaw this publication, rescuing him from decades of deep obscurity. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
FORD, FORD MADOX. First Edition. Presentation copy; inscribed by the author to Carl Van Doren's wife, Irita. One of 325 copies; author's picture pasted inside the front cover; very good. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
TWAIN, MARK. First American Edition. Publisher's 'library' (sheep binding with morocco labels). This is a typically mixed state copy with the following points: p. , 'Him and another man' incorrectly listed as at p.88; page 57, '.with the was.' as opposed to '.with the saw.'; the final '5' is lacking in the numbering of page 155. The title page is integral, not tipped in, and the infamous illustration is the later, cleaned-up version and the page is integral. The frontispiece of a Twain bust is in the second state, although this is entirely insignificant. Boards properly re-attached; very good. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
TWAIN, MARK. First Edition; first printing of Twain's first book. This copy is in the publisher's original blue cloth, very possibly the least common of the various binding colors that the book was issued in. A handsome copy that has had some cloth repair (but not apparently entirely rebacked); hinges strengthened; still an attractive copy, in a custom slipcase. As a first book this was a running start - the title story is among the best-known American short stories, a notable example of American humor. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.
RODGERS, MARY. First Edition; library issue (a more durable binding); very good in dust jacket. Jacket illustration (repeating the cover) by Edward Gorey. Basis for the films of the same title. Daughter of a famous, successful father, the author did very well on her own. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.