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Mao Zhu Xi Yu Lu. [Quotations from Chairman Mao].

Mao Zhu Xi Yu Lu. [Quotations from Chairman Mao].

Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung or Zedung) First edition of Quotations from Chairman Mao. Duodecimo, in the original iconic red vinyl, title to front cover in blind, frontispiece portrait of Chairman Mao. With the textual error on pp. 82/83 corrected and a Lin Biao's calligraphic endorsement leaf after the frontispiece tipped in from a later printing. In 1972, an edict was issued that Lin's name was to be obliterated from history, following disclosures that he had plotted a coup and planned to assassinate Mao; consequently, "many surviving copies in the Chinese language have that page legitimately torn away, mutilated or censored" (Schiller, p. 36). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom red slipcase. Printed for the General Political Department of the People's Liberation Army, the first edition of Mao's Quotations, was issued in two states and bindings: the uncorrected first state text in red vinyl plastic, and the corrected second state in paper wrappers. The corrected copies, issued in wrappers and intended for high-ranking officers, were released first; the uncorrected copies, issued in red vinyl and for use by brigade teams, were released shortly afterwards, as the sturdier binding took longer to manufacture. By the start of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, the red vinyl design had become symbolic of Mao's slogan "The East is Red", and the paper wrappers were discontinued. The year 1966 also "signaled the start of a major translation and publication project when the Little Red Book was issued in over 50 different languages of countries where Socialism might triumph" (Schiller, p. 55). The book was printed in large quantities until Mao's death in 1976; by the late 1970s, however, a change of government meant further circulation of the book was discouraged, with millions of copies were collected and destroyed. His Little Red Book, however, sometimes referred to as the "Chinese Bible", "forms a brilliant compilation that is still readable and admired today for its political theories and strategies" (ibid., p. 57).
Those Fabulous Greeks: Onassis

Those Fabulous Greeks: Onassis, Niarchos, and Livanos.

Lilly, Doris First edition of the author's third book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Yreta- Whom I consider a close friend and for who I wish a marvelous year. It will be- I know. Lots of Love Doris Doris Lilly March 28, 1972 New York." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. The author of How to Marry a Millionaire is up to her tiara in billionaires in this triple biography that might be read for the scandal, definitely not for the style--"If he and the voluptuous widow ever put the show on the road, we'll never know and Ari won't tell." Most of the book is about "Ari," his fifty drachma to fabulous fortune success story with some interesting snide-swipes, like the disappearing ink on a contract he signed with an Arabian oil interest or his twenty-four hour war with Peru. And much is made of his bitter rivalry with his former brother-in-law Stavros Niarchos. Little is said of Stavros Livanos, the original shipping magnate, except that he was a man who spent a fortune maintaining his privacy and didn't like his sons-in-law very much. But Niarchos, a tanker tycoon in his own right, one-ups Ari all the way, at least according to Miss Lilly who happily reports that his yacht is the loveliest, he has taste and can wear clothes well and he is a champion skier whereas Ari, alas, slides into winter sports on his backside. All of the mating calls of the private jet set are hinted at, if not recorded, along with their lavish living.
The Empire Strikes Back.

The Empire Strikes Back.

Donald F. Glut [Based on a story by George Lucas] First hardcover edition of this classic work, with K29 on page 182. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by George Lucas on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back) is a 1980 American epic space-opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story and serving as executive producer. It was produced by Gary Kurtz for Lucasfilm and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Frank Oz. It is the middle installment of the original Star Wars trilogy, and the fifth episode in the nine-part 'Skywalker saga.' After the success of the original Star Wars film, Lucas hired Leigh Brackett to write the sequel, before personally outlining the saga as a whole and finishing the film's script himself. The story follows the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader and the mysterious Emperor, in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues Luke's friends-Han Solo, Princess Leia, and others-Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda. When Vader captures Luke's friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a Jedi Knight or to confront Vader and save them.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).

Mark Twain) Clemens, Samuel L First edition of Twain's masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher's decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. With 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble. In fine condition. Mixed state with the copyright notice dated 1883; "Him and Another Man" corrected to page 87; p. 57 "was" corrected to "saw"; with the signature mark lacking on p. 161; p. 155 with the final 5 broken. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Bookplate to the pastedown. A near perfect example. Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huckleberry Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Hudson River, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Twain composed the story in pen on notepaper between 1876 and 1883. Paul Needham, stated, "What you see is [Clemens'] attempt to move away from pure literary writing to dialect writing." For example, Twain revised the opening line of Huck Finn three times. He initially wrote, "You will not know about me", which he changed to, "You do not know about me", before settling on the final version, "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter." The revisions also show how Twain reworked his material to strengthen the characters of Huck and Jim, as well as his sensitivity to the then-current debate over literacy and voting. Ernest Hemingway once declared about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since."
Get Home Free.

Get Home Free.

Clellon Holmes, John First edition of Clellon Holmes' third novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Phyllis- all good wishes- John Clellon Holmes." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Five years before Kerouac's On the Road, Holmes's novel Go introduced the kind of lives and themes that later would be called Beat. Get Home Free, first published in 1964, also portrays the desperate and dissipated youth that congregated in New York City in the '50s. The novel takes its title from the child's game of kick-the-can, where players scurry back to home base; only here, the participants are existentialist adults. Bohemians Dan Verger and May Delano break up and, in separate sections, we follow them on visits home, Dan to the Connecticut shore ``to come to terms with a stalled life,'' and May to Louisiana, where she confronts her past as a Southern belle. Dan and May gain self-confidence, and, eventually calmer, more sober, they both return to New York determined to forge ahead. In Holmes's world, where ``even the hopelessness becomes curiously moving,'' May and Dan succeed by recognizing that their talky search for all the answers about love and their times, initially inspiring, has become tiring and even deadly; they shut up and just live. Infused with the characteristic Beat rawness, at times the novel is painful to read. It also often crackles with social observations that still speak true today, and there are many fine set pieces that evoke the splendor of rural life and the angst of the urban.
Back To Blood: A Novel.

Back To Blood: A Novel.

Wolfe, Tom First edition of Wolfe's fourth novel. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Tom Wolfe on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Oliver Munday. A big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay-with our hero, officer Nestor Camacho, on board-Tom Wolfe is off and running headlong into the only city in the world where people from a different country with a different language and a different culture have taken over at the ballot box. This melting pot is full of hard cases who just won't melt, damn it: a Cuban mayor; a black police chief; a hot young reporter and a timid editor of the Miami Herald, both WASPs who went to Yale; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist who keeps his lovely Latina nurse, Magdalena, in his bed and his star patient, a porn-addicted billionaire, on a string; a status-addled Haitian professor who thinks he's really French and wants his pale-skinned daughter to "pass" and his Creole-spouting son to be quiet. Then there are the clueless collectors who "See it! Like it! Buy it!," spending tens of millions per minute on de-skilled art at Miami Art Basel; black drug dealers colliding with the Cuban cops; Columbus Day Regatta "spectators" who only have eyes for the annual apr`es-race orgy; and "Active Adult" condos full of yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers, not to mention a nest of shady Russians. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous bestselling novels, Back To Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).

Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens) First edition, first issue of Twain's masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher's three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher's leather bindings are quite rare: "The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise" (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example. Twain initially conceived of the work as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that would follow Huckleberry Finn through adulthood. Beginning with a few pages he had removed from the earlier novel, Twain began work on a manuscript he originally titled Huckleberry Finn's Autobiography. Twain worked on the manuscript off and on for the next several years, ultimately abandoning his original plan of following Huck's development into adulthood. He appeared to have lost interest in the manuscript while it was in progress, and set it aside for several years. After making a trip down the Hudson River, Twain returned to his work on the novel. Upon completion, the novel's title closely paralleled its predecessor's: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). Twain composed the story in pen on notepaper between 1876 and 1883. Paul Needham, stated, "What you see is [Clemens'] attempt to move away from pure literary writing to dialect writing." For example, Twain revised the opening line of Huck Finn three times. He initially wrote, "You will not know about me", which he changed to, "You do not know about me", before settling on the final version, "You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'; but that ain't no matter." The revisions also show how Twain reworked his material to strengthen the characters of Huck and Jim, as well as his sensitivity to the then-current debate over literacy and voting. Ernest Hemingway once declared about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain. It’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing since."