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A Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis and Ministers

By: Bradbury, Ray

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Baltimore, Cemetary Dance, 1991


1st ed., signed by Bradbury on the title page. Pristine copy! View more info

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A Guide for the Bedeviled

By: Hecht, Ben

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1944


Unidentified printing, but not a first printing but inscribed by Hecht on ffep. Hecht's attack on anti-semitism. 8vo,276 pp. Good in price-clipped d/w with several tape-repairs. View more info

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Books Once Were Men / An Essay for Booklovers

By: McCutcheon, George Barr.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: NY, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1931


8vo, marbled boards, black cloth spine lettered in gold, t.e.g, ribbon place marker. 1st ed. Limited to 1000 copies. An essay published in tribute to McCutcheon who was a noted collector of first editions and a lover of fine books. Introduction by William Dana Orcutt who designed the View more info

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Cento Ethicus. Ex ducentis Poetis hinc inde contextus, per Damasum Blyerburgium Batauum. Iuuentutis maxime Institutiontioni accomodatus.

By: Blyenburg, Damasus van.

Price: $300.00


Dordaraci: Ex officinia Abrahami Canini, 1600. 16 mo, grey boards, quarter leather. Blyenburg (1558-1668) was a dutch poet who published this compilation of modern Latin poets. A revised edition, first published the year earlier in 1599. Covers quite worn, but intact, with numerous small stains. Title is inked onto the spine. Inked signatures on ffep; front hinge partially split. Inked number on title page; small inked library rubber stamp image on vrso of title page. 1"... View more info

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Common Sense: or, Natural Ideas Opposed to Supernatural

By: d'Hohlbach, Baron

Price: $200.00


8vo, full-calf, 204 pp. Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach (8 December 1723 – 21 January 1789) was a French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist and a prominent figure in the French Enlightenment. He is best known for his atheism and for his voluminous writings against religion, the most famous of them being The System of Nature (1770), which presented a core of radical ideas that prompted the Catholic Church in France to threaten the crown with withdrawal of fina... View more info

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Deaths Duell. A sermon delivered before King Charles I in the beginning of Lent 1630

By: Donne, John

Price: $65.00

Publisher: David R. Godine, 1973

Edition: 1st thus.


Small 4to, ¼ leather and marbled boards. #84 of an edition limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. John Donne's sermon "Deaths Duell" or "A Consolation to the Soule Against the Dying Life and Living Death of the Body" with a comprehensive essay by Geoffrey Keynes. Five engravings and engraved initial letters. Paper watermarked with John Donne's name. A virtually pristine copy; without d/w as issued. View more info

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Discoveries and Inventions / A Lecture by Abraham Lincoln Delivered in 1860

By: Lincoln, Abraham

Price: $75.00

Publisher: San Francisco, John Howell, 1915


A Lecture by Abraham Lincoln Delivered in 1860. 1st ed., thus. 8vo, red boards. Printed for San Francisco bookseller John Howell by SF printer John Henry Nash. One of 250 copies printed d on Fabriano Italian Hand-made paper. This is copy no. 68. Interior is clean, tight and bright. Covers have surface wear and several small nicks along edges and top of spine. View more info

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Europe After 8:15

By: Mencken, H.L>, Nathan, George Jean; Wright, Willard Huntington.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: NY, John Lane Company, 1914


12mo, orange cloth, black titles and décor. Satiric essays about travel in Europe, written on the brink of World War I. Very good, llight edgewar, spine darkened; bookplate on front pastedown. View more info

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Exaggerated Nationalism

By: Le Gallienne, Richard

Price: $32.50

Publisher: n.p., Press of the Wooly Whale, 1935


1st ed., 16mo, 9 pp. First edition. Cloth backed decorated boards. Good copy with rubbed corners and scratches on back cover. Interior clean and tight throughout. A lovely production from this fine small press. The 8th of the Press' Armistice Day publications. Foreword by Melbert B.Cary Jr., founder of the Woolly Whale Press. Cover design by Charles W.Smith. Printed by George W. Van Vetchen, Jr. View more info

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Idiosyncrasy & Technique / Two Lectures by Marianne Moore

By: Moore, Marianne

Price: $35.00

Publisher: University of California Press, 1958

Edition: 1st


A fine copy of her two lectures - inaugurating the Ewing Lectures of the University of California Los Angeles. Though not stated, only 1000 copies were printed. Fine. View more info

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Invertebrate Spain

By: Ortega Y Gasset, Jose

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, W.W. Norton, 1937

Edition: 1st


8vo, black cloth. Very good-near fine copy in VG d/w. Book has some light staining inside covers, otherwise fine. The staining appears to be an image transfer from the yellow d/w flaps. D/w has edgewear and a few small nicks but no significant tears or chips. View more info

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James Branch Cabell

By: Mencken, H.L.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: NY, Robert T. McBride & Company, 1927


First edition. 12mo stapled slate blue wrappers. Simultaneously published in hardcover. 32 pp. biographical and bibliographic study by the noted critic. Published for free distribution to promote the Kalki Edition of Cabell's works. View more info

Lars Porsena or The Future of Swearing in Proper Language.

By: Graves, Robert

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton, 1927


1st ed in dustjacket. Very Good copy in fair dustjacket. Book has some age-toning on back endpapers, otherwise no reportable defects. Bookplate of actor/radio star Jean Herscholt (for whom the Academy Award Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Award is named) is mounted inside front cover; store label of Hollywood Bookshop is inside back cover. Dustjacket is tanned and somewhat brittle, with the front cover present but partially detached. View more info

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Letters to His Daughter

By: Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Price: $85.00

Publisher: NY, Charles Scribners Sons, 1965


1st edition in dustjacket. The book itself is pristine; no defects. The dust jacket is fine -- clean and bright with no tears but some light shelf-wear along edges View more info

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Mark Twain's Letter to William Bowen Buffalo, February Sixth, 1870

By: Twain, Mark

Price: $37.50

Publisher: San Francisco, Book Club of California/ Grabhorn Press, 1938

Edition: 1st ed.


1st ed. Small quarto. Cloth and boards, paper spine label. , 11pp. Limited to 400 copies. This copy ex-libris the library of Adolf Sutro, President of the BCC, with his small bookplate inside front cover. A fine copy but lacking the original dust jacket and a small pencil erasure inside back cover. Original prospectus laid in. View more info