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J.D. SALINGER

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

Little, Brown and Company: 1951
  • $18,995
First Edition, First Printing, First State Jacket A superb copy of this title in an also superb unrestored FIRST STATE first printing dust jacket. Beautiful vibrant clean fine fine book with a beautiful FIRST STATE fine vibrant original dust jacket. With all relevant issue points, including original price (in the correct place on the flap, the dollar sign is above the shoulder of the letter ?R? instead of being on the heel of the ?R?), close crop to Salinger?s hair touching the upper edge of the rear panel, and ?First Edition? stated on the copyright page. The book is in exceptional condition for this title which otherwise is normally found with the gilt completely faded/oxidized to brown. The book has sharp corners and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean and bright and with only a hint of the toning normally found along the gutter of the end papers. The end papers have no inscriptions, no book plates and no bookstore stamps. The interior pages are clean, and unusually bright, with no marks, no stains, no handling marks, no bent pages and no writing, and the outer page block remains bright. An overall solid, beautiful, clean book. Please see images. The original unrestored stunning first edition, FIRST STATE jacket is the correct first issue with the close cropping of Salinger?s head on the rear panel, with Salinger?s hair barely touching the upper edge and the correct placement of the price on the front flap. The jacket has strong vibrant colors with the spine color very vibrant and a strong red color. The jacket has no edgewear, no chips, no stains, no rubbing, no rips, no fading and no foxing. The dust jacket is NOT Price clipped and has a stated price of $3.00 on the inside front flap, and is the FIRST state with no space above Salinger?s head. Striking dust jacket! Please see detailed images. A superb example of this title with a stunning first state dust jacket. Presents beautifully on the shelf. We have included an image of the proper location of the $3.00 price in a first state jacket. The correct placement for the first state jacket is shown in the last image, and is the image shown to the left side, the image has drawn in lines running down from the price to assist in discerning the correct location of the $3.00 placement on the front flap (please see the image, last in our image series which shows the first state dust jacket as the first image to the left). However, in addition, the first state of the first printing dust jacket is also 3 mm shorter which accommodates the first printing book with is also shorter than the second and later printings. The second state jacket and all later printing jackets were then ever so slightly longer. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other first printing landmark classics.
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THE HITCH HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (FIRST STATE JACKET)

First Edition, First Printing, First State Near fine/fine book in the exceedingly scarce near fine FIRST STATE original jacket with the requisite ?Capricorn One? Statement to the rear panel. An usually bright clean book with deep blue cloth boards. Bright unfaded gilt titles to spine. The book is in fine/near fine condition with sharp corners, one very tiny outer tip bump, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end pages are clean, bright and flat with no owner names and no inscriptions. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with no stains, no marks, no writing, no bent pages, no age toning and no foxing. Beautiful clean, crisp book, internally appearing as unread! Please see images. The book comes with a fine/near fine FIRST STATE first edition, first printing original dust jacket, with the requisite ?Capricorn One? Statement to the rear panel. The dust jacket benefited from very slight restoration to the outer spine tips and present in fine/near fine condition with strong vibrant colors. The dust jacket has No rips, No chips, No edgewear, No staining, No foxing and NONE of the otherwise usual spine fading. Very slight evening toning to the rear panel. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a price of £4.95 net on the front inner flap. The fantastic jacket art was designed by Patrick Gierth, and is now protected in a new clear removeable archival cover. Stunning jacket! Easily the most superb dust jacket copy we have handled. A superb copy of this classic sci-fi title which launched subsequent titles, movies and an entire following! ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for additional landmark SciFi Classics.
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HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (1st/2nd Hardcover)

FIRST HARDCOVER Edition, SECOND Printing The extremely scarce second printing HARDCOVER copy. A very clean book in a very good plus hardcover. NOT Ex-library, Not the Australian edition, Not the Ted Smart edition, Not the Canadian edition, but the scarce true first/second Bloomsbury Hardcover edition with the complete number line of 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2. The 1st and 2nd Impression Hardback printings of this book were issued without a dust jacket with most printed in softcover and only a scarce few printed in hardcover format. The book has 'very good plus' pictorial boards with strong vibrant colors with some of the common fading along the spine. The boards have only a few very small spots of laminate lift (located just under the words Hogwart Express on the front cover, and lower front edge. The book has no edgewear but to the outer corner tips. The binding is tight with a slight bit of cant, otherwise the boards are in excellent shape for this title considering the very few hardcovers that remain were more abused and well-loved. The end papers are clean, and flat with no marks, no inscriptions, no book plates and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean with an inscription on the title page dated in the year of publication, otherwise the pages are extremely clean and flat with but the common age toning. but no scribbles, no bent pages, no stains, no handling marks and no foxing except to the first two pages of the book. An incredibly clean, hardcover that is NOT Ex-library!, Extremely scarce as such, discounted only due to the inscription). No dust jacket as issued (this title was not issued with a dust jacket until the third printing). A very handsome example of this title at a great price, with an usually crisp, clean interior, discounted only due to the inscription. Please note, very few second printings in hardback ever appear on the market, however first printing in hardback have now sold for over $470,000 in near fine condition. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark children's rare book titles.
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HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (4th printing)

FIRST Hardcover Edition, FOURTH Printing A superb fine/near fine copy with a crisp fine/near fine book and a fine vibrant original dust jacket. Not bookclub, Not the Australian edition, Not the Ted Smart edition, Not the Canadian edition, but the scarce true first/fourth Bloomsbury edition with the complete number line of 10 9 8 7 6 5 4. The 1st and 2nd Imp Hardback printings of this book were issued without a dust jacket, the third printing was historically significant as it was the first printing which included a dust jacket. This is the very scarce fourth printing hardback edition, especially scarce in this condition. The rear wrapper has the very early picture of Dumbledore as a young man. The publisher page credits Joanne Rowling and contains no space between "r" and "1" on Thomas Taylor1997 in error. The book has fine/near fine pictorial boards displaying the same image as on the dust jacket (and the same image as on the first edition, first printing). The boards are in stunning condition with no edgewear and sharp corners with but a slight tiny bump along the very upper spine. The boards still retain their bright vibrant colors. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean, bright and flat with no marks, no inscriptions, no book plates and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat, the pages are crisp with no stains, no writing, no bent pages, and no foxing. Stunning beautiful book appearing as unread! The stunning original first edition dust jacket is in fine unrestored condition with strong vibrant colors. The dust jacket has No edgewear, No rips, No chips, No stains, No rubbing, and withOUT the common fading to the spine (this dust jacket is typically found with faded spines). The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of 10.99 British pounds. The rear wrapper has the very early picture of Dumbledore as a young man. A very handsome example of this title at a great price, presenting very well with the stunning jacket and crisp, clean interior. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our store for additional Harry Potter titles and other Childrens' rare books.
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GREEN EGGS AND HAM (1st State Jacket)

First Edition, First Printing, First State Near Fine, First Edition, First State of this title, WITH the requisite "50 WORD VOCABULARY" sticker to the front panel (Younger And Hirsch ) Copyright page showing the 1960 date, Distributed By Random House, the B-16 code on the jacket and book spine and the 195/195 printed on the inside front flap of the jacket. In the later states of this book, the "50 Word Vocabulary" advertisement was printed directly onto the jacket. The book has crisp glossy orange boards in beautiful condition for this title which is often found with scribbles, writing, ruined spines and other issues that revolve around first edition children's books. This copy has bright glossy boards with strong vibrant colors with no edgewear. The boards are clean with no fading, and no rips. The end papers are unusually clean for a children's book and have no writing, no bookplates and no inscriptions with but a faint bit of slight faded foxing to the rear end paper. The interior pages are crisp, clean, stiff and bright with no writing, no stains, no handling marks, and no foxing. Beautiful bright copy of a children's book in hard to find clean condition. The original first edition dust jacket had only slight restoration, and as such jacket has strong vibrant colors and presents in near fine condition with but faint grubbiness to the rear panel. The dust jacket is NOT priced clipped and has the stated price of 195/195 on the inside front flap. Requisite "50 WORD VOCABULARY" sticker to front panel. A Stunning vibrant jacket in superior hard to locate condition showcasing the book. A beautiful example. Presents very well with the striking jacket and clean, crisp book at a great price for this title ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark rare first printing Children's classics
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THE GREMLINS

First edition, First Printing A beautiful, clean, Near fine First edition, First Printing, with the Original Scarce First edition dust jacket. Roald Dahl's first book. Please see images. The book is in a large format hardcover (about 9″ x 11″) and is profusely illustrated throughout in both black and white, and in color. The boards are in great condition, still maintaining their original sheen. The boards have no edgewear. The corners are ever so slightly rounded with one small tip bump. The binding is tight and square. The original end papers are clean with a repair to a small intact tear, otherwise the end papers have bookplates, no bookstore stamps no inscriptions, and no stains. The internal pages are very clean, bright and flat but a scant few small faded handling marks. Otherwise with no writing, no stains, no bent pages, and no foxing. A very crisp, clean example of this book which is most unusual as children's books are usually 'well loved'. The very scarce original first edition, first printing dust jacket has benefited from some slight restoration by an expert paper conservator and presents as a near fine example. The jacket has strong vibrant colors with no edgewear, no chips, no rips, no stains, no rubbing and no fading. Touch of very slight toning to the rear panel. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $1.00. Stunning jacket presenting the book beautifully. Please see images. A very handsome example presenting very well with the stunning scarce original jacket and clean, crisp interior at a great price for this title! Would make a great addition to a Roald Dahl collection. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark Children's books.
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ARTHUR RACKHAM ~ ORIGINAL PUBLISHED SIGNED PEN AND INK ART~ “BROTHERS GRIMM”

ARTHUR RACKHAM, (ENGLISH 1867-1939) "Then the horse sprang up, and dragged the Lion away behind him", used on page 243 (1909 edition) of FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM Framed Charming Signed Detailed Pen and Ink Drawing by Arthur Rackham from FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM. The art is signed by Arthur Rackham to the lower right corner of the art "A Rackham / 1900". Ex. Sotheby's London This stunning signed superb drawing by Arthur Rackham depicts a whimsical horse who is dragging a lion whom he captured and tied using his tail. The horse is now proceeding to drag him down the hill. Overhead a flock of birds are circling, and in the background are trees and shrubs. Signed and dated by Arthur Rackham lower right "A. Rackham 1900". The art by sight is 7″ x 7″, and is presented newly double matted, framed and glazed using all archival materials to a completed size of 16.25″ x 16.25″. A fantastic original published piece by Rackham, heavily detailed in his wonderful style. Signed by Rackham below his art. The art is in excellent condition with but very pale toning. Provenance: The art was acquired via Sotheby's, London, and a copy of the invoice will accompany the artwork for provenance. Rackham's pieces were known for their luxurious use of color and keen attention to detail. His styles ranged easily from vivid, bright splashes of color to more muted, subtle tones. He became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and mastered the watercolor method of painting, seen in many of his works. Many of the books Rackham illustrated include both his black and white, and color plates. Much of Rackham's work depicts gnomes, fairies, goblins or other creatures from mythology, folklore or fable. Whether illustrating whimsical books for children or darker matter for adults, Rackham's imaginative, brilliant illustration style was highly sought after and enhanced any text it accompanied. Rackham died in 1939, and now, more than 70 years after his death, his work is highly collectible with small watercolors selling in the $40,000 range!! Framed size of 16.25″ x 16.25″ Original published final inks by Arthur Rackham are extremely scarce. A very stunning piece and showcases very well. Perfect for the Rackham collector. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other original Illustration Artwork. *** No International shipping unless the art is deframed***
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THE HOBBIT (1942 FIRST EDITION, 3RD PRINTING)

First Edition, Third Impression, 1942 A very clean copy with unrestored bright clean boards. The first printing of The Hobbit was issued on 21st September 1937 with a print run of only 1500 copies. The book was an immediate success and sold out within months. The second impression was printed in December the same year in an edition of 2300 copies (423 of which were destroyed at the warehouse of the binder Key and Whiting in the bombing of London on November 7th 1940) and was the first printing to include the author's one color plate, initially commissioned for and later published in the American edition. [Hammond A3a. ] In late 1942, Allen & Unwin printed 1,500 copies of a third impression. Arguably more scarce than a 1st/1st, with few having survived due to a warehouse fire during the war, and the fact that they were printed on the standard cheap wartime paper. To this end we have only spotted two other third printings, one with an original jacket, listed for $56,000.00; and one other inferior 3rd printing copy without the jacket listed for $12,500. Today first/firsts are selling for $140,000 and up in an original jacket. This unrestored book is in near fine/very good plus condition for the Third Impression. The boards are clean and bright with strong vibrant unfaded deep blue details. Slight toning and rubbing to the cloth with a few area with very small discolorations. Square, but slightly rounded corners. The original end papers are present and clean and bright with no owner names, no bookplates and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are remarkably clean and bright, with no handling marks, no stains, no foxing, and no bent pages. Lacking the dust jacket. Please see all the images. A superb very early printing in very clean condition.ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for landmark SciFi and Fantasy first printings.
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THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

JULES VERNE First Edition, First printing First Edition, First printing of the first combined edition of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND TRILOGY, which is the compilation of the 3 books, DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS, ABANDONED, AND THE SECRET OF THE ISLAND by Jules Verne. Published in 1876 by Scribner, Armstrong & Co. New York. Please see image of the title page. First fully illustrated American edition. A very stunning book, grand in size, and in the uncommon handsome blue cloth. The book is in beautiful condition with blue cloth boards with a detailed gilt embossed scene to the front and spine. The book has no edgewear, and the binding is tight and square. The original end papers are present with No owner names, No inscriptions and No bookplates. The internal pages are intact and tightly bound, being overall very clean for a Verne book with scant few random pages with a faded handling mark, otherwise no writing and no foxing. Please see many detailed images. This is a very thick book of 299 pages plus a small publisher's catalogue at the end. A very handsome unrestored example of this title in collectible condition in stunning blue cloth and withOUT the excessive staining or excessive wear and broken bindings as is typically found with Verne books. Important scarce Verne book, presenting well on the shelf. Would make a wonderful gift for a Verne collector. Please note this is a very heavy thick book so shipping is priced accordingly. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark SciFi first printings.
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ANIMAL FARM

GEORGE ORWELL First State, First Edition, First Printing A superb near fine book with a beautiful scarce near fine first state dust jacket. The dust jacket has the requisite "An Early List for 1945" to the rear panel with the "Search light" motif to the reverse of the jacket. Crisp, clean book. The book is in fine/near fine condition with crisp, bright and clean green cloth boards with strong unfaded white titles to the spine. The boards have sharp corners with one tiny tip bump, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end papers are clean with no owner names, no inscriptions, no bookplates and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with no age toning, no stains, no marks, no writing, no bent pages and no foxing. Beautiful clean book internally appearing as unread. Please see images. The preferred first edition, first state dust jacket has benefited from very slight restoration to the spine tips by an expert paper conservator and as such presents in near fine condition. The Animal Farm jacket is known to be extremely fragile, and usually in pieces or missing altogether. This jacket has strong vibrant colors with no rips, no chips, no edgewear, no stains, no fading, no rubbing and no foxing. The jacket is NOT price clipped, and has a stated price of 6s. net. The reverse of the jacket has the "Search Light" motif in red as required for the first state of the first edition jacket (this motif can be either in red or blue). A lovely unclipped dust jacket! Please see detailed images. A remarkable crisp, clean copy of this title with an original rare striking jacket in the scarce first state. **Please note, a copy in similar condition recently auctioned on Christie's for $17,000.00 Animal Farm, known at the beginning and the end of the novel as the Manor Farm, symbolizes Russia and the Soviet Union under Communist Party rule. But more generally, Animal Farm stands for any human society, be it capitalist, socialist, fascist, or communist. "Napoleon", the pig who attains complete power, convinces the other animals that they are better off without human rule, then Napoleon forms his own government rule and as their new leader forces the laborers to work harder for less food then the humans ever did. The entire novel is a metaphor for governmental systems especially the generic form of communism and socialism.
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NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR

GEORGE ORWELL First Edition, First Printing A clean crisp book with the original dust jacket in the scarce red variant color. Written while Orwell suffered severely from tuberculosis and published shortly before the disease claimed his life, the novel is a work "of hectic, devilish, claustrophobic intensity. nightmarish in the telling" (Clute & Nicholls, 896). In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Named as one of Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the twentieth century. "It is quite simply a novel which has changed the world" The book is in near fine condition with light green cloth boards with red titles to the spine. The boards have sharp corners, a tight binding and no edgewear. Hint of slight edge bumping. Mottling and toning to the cloth mostly to the spine tips. The end papers are in clean condition with no owner names, no bookplates and no inscriptions but with some very pale faded foxing spots. Small faded bookseller stamp to the rear end paper. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with no age toning, no stains, no marks, no writing, no bent pages and no foxing internally but some foxing spots to the outer page block. Please see images. The preferred scarce red variant original dust jacket has benefited from some restoration by an expert paper conservator and as such presents in near fine condition. The restoration is mostly limited to the very outer spine tips/edges and to an intact tear along the rear panel. The Nineteen Eighty-Four jacket is known to be extremely fragile, and usually in pieces or missing altogether. This jacket has strong vibrant colors with the typical fading of the spine to a grey tone. Otherwise the jacket has no chips, no edgewear, no stains, no fading, no rubbing and no foxing. The rear panel remains quite bright with a very softened slight crease. The jacket is NOT price clipped, and has a stated price of 10s. net. A beautiful unclipped dust jacket! Please see detailed images. A remarkable crisp, clean copy of this title with an original jacket in the scarce red variant color. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark SciFi titles.
  • $16,995
  • $16,995
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THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

H.G. WELLS st Edition, First Impression, First State An excellent example of this title in the FIRST state with the copyright page date 1898, and without the publishers catalogue. The first state of this title was issued both with a 16 page catalogue AND without the publishers catalogue; and a second state of the first printing was issued with a 32 page catalogue. The book is in excellent condition for this title being firmly bound, having benefited from being rebacked with all the original cloth laid back down. As such the book is tight and sound and quite readable without the usual cracked hinges or broken bindings. The original cloth is in beautiful condition with no rubbing or wear but a spot to the rear board. The book has slightly rounded corners with strong black titles to the front and spine. The original end papers are present, the front end paper has slight offsetting from what was likely a book plate. The book has no owner names, and no inscriptions but a faint pencil mark to the first blank page. The pages are remarkably clean with but a few stray faded handling marks, otherwise no stains, no bent pages and no foxing. Overall even toning to the pages. Please see detailed images. No dust jacket as issued. A wonderful example of this title in a sound readable binding! A handsome copy in highly collectible condition, which displays well on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark SciFi titles.
  • $5,195
  • $5,195
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PSYCHO (SIGNED AND INSCRIBED)

ROBERT BLOCH First Edition, First printing, SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY Stunning near fine crisp book in a striking near fine vibrant dust jacket, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY WITH AN INCREDIBLE DEDICATION "To John Anthony Miller/ – Who likes autobiographies / Robert Bloch / 2/27/94" Crisp first state book in beige quarter and black paper boards with bright unfaded red title to the spine. The book is in fine condition with clean boards with no edgewear. The book has sharp corners, and a tight and square binding. This notoriously fragile book is always found with age toned pages. The end papers and internal pages have the common age toning, otherwise are clean with no owner names, no book plates and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean with bring crisp and flat with no marks, no writing, no bent pages, no stains, no handling marks and no foxing. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY "To John Anthony Miller/ – Who likes autobiographies / Robert Bloch / 2/27/94". Beautiful crisp near fine book appearing as unread. Please see detailed images. The original first edition dust jacket has benefited from very slight restoration to the outer spine tips by an expert paper conservator and as such presents in stunning fine/near fine condition. The jacket has unusually strong vibrant colors with slight toning to the white portion of the jacket, otherwise no edgewear, no chips, no rubbing, no stains and no foxing. The jacket is NOT price clipped and has a stated price of $2.95. Beautiful stunning jacket! Please see detailed images. A very handsome, near one-of-a-kind fine copy of this scarce title with a vibrant striking, unclipped dust jacket. Presents beautifully on the shelf. About John Anthony Miller: Miller owned Phantom Bookshop which he established in 1993 located for eight years in Downtown Ventura at 451 E. Main St in Ventura, California. Many famous authors and celebrities signed there and was a top favorite bookshop of Ray Bradbury's. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark Horror titles.
  • $4,895
  • $4,895
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THE HITCH HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (FIRST STATE JACKET)

DOUGLAS ADAMS First Edition, First Printing, First State Near fine/fine book in the exceedingly scarce near fine FIRST STATE original jacket with the requisite ?Capricorn One? Statement to the rear panel. An usually bright clean book with deep blue cloth boards. Bright unfaded gilt titles to spine. The book is in fine/near fine condition with sharp corners, one very tiny outer tip bump, and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. The end pages are clean, bright and flat with no owner names and no inscriptions. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with no stains, no marks, no writing, no bent pages, no age toning and no foxing. Beautiful clean, crisp book, internally appearing as unread! Please see images. The book comes with a fine/near fine FIRST STATE first edition, first printing original dust jacket, with the requisite ?Capricorn One? Statement to the rear panel. The dust jacket benefited from very slight restoration to the outer spine tips and present in fine/near fine condition with strong vibrant colors. The dust jacket has No rips, No chips, No edgewear, No staining, No foxing and NONE of the otherwise usual spine fading. Very slight evening toning to the rear panel. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and has a price of £4.95 net on the front inner flap. The fantastic jacket art was designed by Patrick Gierth, and is now protected in a new clear removeable archival cover. Stunning jacket! Easily the most superb dust jacket copy we have handled. A superb copy of this classic sci-fi title which launched subsequent titles, movies and an entire following! ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for additional landmark SciFi Classics.
  • $4,995
  • $4,995
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LORD OF THE FLIES

WILLIAM GOLDING First Edition, First Printing: Fine/Near Fine. Beautiful bright near fine plus condition clean book with a magnificent near fine vibrant original unclipped dust jacket. A superb copy of this book with stunning ruby red cloth boards with sharp corners and no edgewear. The binding is tight and square. Strong, unfaded white titles to the spine. The end papers have one delicate scripted owner name and date of 1954 (in the year of publication), and otherwise are in perfect condition, with no bookplates and no bookstore stamps. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat, internally appearing as fresh and unread but very faint foxing to the end papers. This original First Issue Dust Jacket with the summary of "Lord of the Flies" on the front flap, (later editions were changed to blurbs), is bright and vibrant in color and received only a tiny touch of restoration to the upper tip of the jacket spine. The jacket presents in magnificent near fine/fine condition and withOUT any of the typical discoloratin or sunning to the spine. The dust jacket maintains the strong vibrant colors with no other rips, no chips, no edgewear, no fading, no foxing and no stains. The dust jacket is NOT price clipped and is priced 12s 6d net. A stunning dust jacket, scarce in this condition. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Flies was named to Modern Library's 100 Greatest Novels List of the twentieth century. In the early 1960s cultural commentators noted that Lord of the Flies was replacing Salinger's Catcher in the Rye as the bible of the American adolescent. Since then, this masterpiece has established itself as a modern classic. "This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is" (The New York Times Book Review). A very handsome copy of this scarce title in superb condition. Presents extremely well on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark classics.
  • $16,995
  • $16,995
THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON

THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON

H.G. WELLS First US Edition, First Printing, First State An exceedingly scarce title to locate in the first US printing. A handsome, unrestored, clean example of this title. The US edition is the true first printing having been published one month prior to the UK edition. All pages present, and firmly bound. First state with "Bowen/Merrill" at the base of the spine panel. Variant with the moon, author and title all gold stamped to the front, and the title blind stamped to the rear board. The American edition of The First Men in the Moon is the true first edition in book form, preceding the London edition by one month. Wells's lunar adventure was a genre-defining work, and arguably the first alien dystopia, which inspired many later works. The First State book is in near fine condition with beautiful blue cloth boards with strong unfaded gilt tiles to the front and spine. Variant with both the moon, the author and the tiles all stamped in gold, and stunning gilt designs to the front with gilt titles to the spine, and the title blind stamped to the rear board. First state with "Bowen/Merrill" at the base of the spine panel. The book has sharp corners and no edgewear but with to the outermost corner tips. Illustrations by E Herring. Original tissue guard is present. The end papers are clean with no owner names, no bookplates and no bookstore stamps, however there is a faded illegible inscription to the title page (please see images). The internal pages are very clean and bright with no foxing, no handling marks, no writing, no bent pages and no stains. A very handsome example of this title in collectible condition without the excessive wear, and broken bindings as is typically found with this title. Important, scarce edition. Presents well on the shelf. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark SciFi titlles.
  • $2,995
  • $2,995