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New York: Dial, 1963. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a very good dust jacket. Minor edge wear to the jacket along with light wear to the head and foot of the jacket spine. Small bookseller notation to the dust jacket flap. Front flap is clipped but price of $3.50 is still present. Considered by some to be the most influential book on race relations in the 1960s. Upon its publication 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation The Fire Next Time was praised "as one of Baldwin's most important collection of essays..his prose with its apocalyptic tone...and its passionate yet distanced sense of advocacy..sounded a warning and a hope about race in America." The 120-page book contains two essays that previously appeared in The New Yorker (Down at The Cross) and The Progressive (My Dungeon Shook).
New York: Grove Press, 1966. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Light soiling to the front panel of the jacket, some fading to the jacket spine. The story of a displaced national seeking an identity card in a maze of Iranian indifference. In this comic masterpiece we follow this alienated man on a journey to freedom against the backdrop of a society dominated by ceremonious formalities, politeness, responsibility and confusion. A scarce book.
New York: Scribner's, 1911. Hardcover. First edition. First edition, first printing. A near fine copy in publisher's red cloth, stamped in gold. Some darkening to the jacket spine. First Issue, with "wearily" unbroken on penultimate line p.135 and top edge gilt. With four pages of advertisements at the rear of the book. The sad story of Ethan Frome who finds himself trapped in a marriage and his unsuccessful and tragic attempt to escape it. Comes with a facsimile dust jacket.
London: Allen Lane, 1973. Hardcover. First British edition. This is the first British edition of Williams's classic novel of life in academia. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A beautiful copy. Front flap is clipped but publisher's price of "£2.50 net" is present. A recent bestseller in Europe, the novel has continued to gain recognition with many scholars calling it the "best novel you never read." Wrote Julian Barnes recently: "It is good, and it has considerable substance, and gravity, and continuation in the mind afterwards." The British edition was published 10 years after the U.S. edition and is far more difficult to find, especially in collectible condition.
New York: FSG, 1970. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Short crease at the top of the rear flap.A lovely, collectible copy. Price of $5.95 on front flap. Didion's second novel is a ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, set in a rootless and ruthless Hollywood. The book that catapulted her to fame. It was later made into a film that starred Tony Perkins. Signed by Didion front free endpaper. Signed by the author.
New York: Viking, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very good dust jacket. Light wear to the extremities of the jacket, short closed tear at the top of rear panel. This is the correct first edition with a block of black & white photos at the end of the book and no "Book Club edition" notation on copyright page. Signed by the author on the title page. An uncommon first edition, especially signed.
Viking, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Light sunning to the spine, wear at the foot of the jacket and tape reinforcement on the inside at the head of the jacket spine. Owner name at the top of half title page. Second state with the block of black & white photos after page 160 and "Book Club edition" notation on the bottom of the copyright page. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Harper Collins, 1992. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in a very near fine dust jacket. Short closed tear at the top flap fold. The first book in a series of crime novels set in Venice that feature the fictional hero, Commissario Guido Brunetti. Murder and intrigue abound in this long-running series set in and around Venice, Italy. The U.S. edition precedes the first British edition. Winner in 1991 of Suntory's famed Best Suspense Novel Award. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Knopf, 1964. Hardcover. First edition. A presentation copy that is signed and inscribed to editor and literary critic Ted Solotaroff. "With good wishes (It may read better in print than it did in manuscript.)" Dated in the year of publication. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Some toning to the flaps and sunning to the jacket spine. One of the author's most underrated books. A finalist for the National Book Award. His second book published 13 years after his iconic first novel, Catch-22.
Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1966. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. A collection of short stories by 41 authors, including Mary Lee Settle, May Sarton, William Manchester, Jesse Hill Ford, Shelby Foote, Leslie Fielder and Fred Chappell. Review copy with review slip laid in.