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101 Capek, Karel Hordubal
London George Allen & Unwin LTD 1934 First UK Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1934. Part of a trilogy (with "Meteor" and "An Ordinary Life") by the modernist writer most famous for "War with the Newts." Not a common title. First published in 1933; this is a Very Good copy of the First edition in English; translated from the original Czech by M. and R. Weatherall. Green cloth binding, blindstamped with the title and author on the front cover; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 249 pages, followed by two pages of publisher adverts for Capek's other works. Previous-owner signature (1939) on FFEP. Slight lean, and page ends a bit dusty. Spotting to the endpapers and scattered throughout. The spine has faded but the gilt remains bright. Not a beauty, but a solid copy, and rather hard to find these days.. First UK Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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102 Capek, Karel How They Do It
London George Allen & Unwin Ltd 1945 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good Karel Capek 
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1945. This posthumous book collects three long essays by the famed Czech author: "How Newspapers are Done," "How a Film is Made," and "The Making of a Play," all of which Capek knew well. Green cloth binding, with sunning to the margins leaving the spine a tan or gray; black titling on the spine. Clean text; 158 pages; illustrated by Capek's drawings. Mildly bumped, with pencil notes on the FFEP. The dustwrapper is unclipped, but has edgewear, with rubbing and small chips. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Karel Capek. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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103 Capek, Karel Intimate Things
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1936 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1936. Stories and essays by the famous Czech modernist who popularized the word "robot" and created several memorable classics of speculative fiction. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, which is uncommon. Translation from the original Czech is by Dora Round. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; i76 pages, quite bright and fresh. The spine is a bit faded (all lettering is clear), else a Fine copy. Lacking a dustwrapper. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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104 Capek, Karel Letters From England
London Geoffrey Bles 1925 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket Karel Capek 
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1925. Coiner of the word "robot" and author of "The War with the Newts" the great Czech modernist writer also did travel books.This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the 5th Printing (June 1925) of the First Edition in English. Translation from the Czech by Paul Selver; illustrated with sketches by the author. Purple cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 192 pages. Bookplate and previous-owner signature on the FFEP for "Ada Cunningham." (Quercus offers speculation only whether this might be the wife of the British mathemetician Ebenezer Cunningham.) The spine has faded to brown, although the gilt lettering is still bright and clear. Covers are a bit rough, with evidence of a label removal on the rear one. Lacking the dustwrapper. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Illus. by Karel Capek. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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105 Capek, Karel Letters from England
London Geoffrey Bles 1945 Reprint Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Karel Capek 
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1945. Coiner of the word "robot" and author of "The War with the Newts" the great Czech modernist writer also did travel books such as this. First published in 1925; this is a Near Fine copy of the sixteenth edition, issued posthumously. Uncommon in jacket. Black cloth binding with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 192 pages. Illustrations are by the author; translation by Paul Selver. Very lightly bumped, and with a contemporary (1947) previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Else a Fine copy. The dustwrapper is unclipped; spine has darkened, as have the other margins. In an archival plastic protector.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Karel Capek. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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106 Capek, Karel Letters From Spain
London Geoffrey Bles 1932 Fourth Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1932. The well-known author of "The War with the Newts" was also a travel writer. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the fourth printing of the First English edition. Translated from the original Czech by Paul Selver. Numerous line drawings. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 192 pages. Text is bright, with foxing typically confined to the endpapers. Spine is a bit dulled, and there is a 1/4" tear at the foot. The front free paper has been removed. A sound copy, not beautiful, but good for reading. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Fourth Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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107 Capek, Karel Meteor
London George Allen & Unwin LTD 1935 First UK Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1935. Karel Capek is famed for his first use of the word "robot," and his iconic novel "War with the Newts." He was nominated for the Nobel prize seven times. This is the second volume in his "Noetic Trilogy" (the others are "Hordubal" and "An Ordinary Life"). First published in Prague in 1934; this is a Very Good copy of the First English Edition, translated by M. & R. Weatherall. An uncommon to scarce title, certainly the hardest to find within the Capek canon. This is a Very Good copy of the First English Edition. Gray cloth binding with fluorescent orange titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 256 pages, very bright and supple. Previous-owner bookplate on the front paste-down. Mildly bumped and with wear around the margins. Lacking a dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. . First UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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108 Capek, Karel The First Rescue Party
London George Allen & Unwin LTD 1941 Second Printing Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1941. First published in English in 1939; this is a Near Fine copy of the Second Impression of the First Edition. Translation from the Czech by M. & R. Weatherall. Brick red cloth binding with black lettering. Clean text; 277 pages with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The striking dustwrapper is Very Good, although clipped. It would get a "plus" for the brightness of the colours (a bit darker on the spine), but a "minus" for a small chip to the top of the front cover. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Second Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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109 Capek, Karel The Mother. A Play in Three Acts. Authorized Version By Paul Selver
London George Allen & Unwin 1941 Second Printing. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1941. An anti-war drama by the great Czech writer (1890-1938) first published posthumously in England. Rather uncommon today. This is a Fine copy of the Second Printing of the First English Edition. Light orange paper-covered boards with black lettering. Clean text; 88 pages. The bright orange dustwrapper is unclipped; its spine has faded to light brown, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Printing.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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110 Capek, Karel Three Novels. Hordubal. An Ordinary Life. Meteor
New York A.A. Wyn, Inc 1948 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: A.A. Wyn, Inc, 1948. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, an omnibus containing the three novels of Capek's "Noetic Trilogy." Issued on the tenth anniversity of his death; "Hordubal" (1933) and "An Ordinary Life" (1934) had not previously been published in the United States. Bright orange cloth binding with black lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 469 pages. Very mildly bumped and just a hint of fade on the spine, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is unclipped; it shows chipping at the head of the spine and at the rear flap; toning at the margins. The jacket, which was printed in England, reused a 1945 War Office map of East Sumatra for the stock. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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111 Capote, Truman In Cold Blood. A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
New York Random House 1965 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Random House, 1965. With this book, Truman Capote popularized a new genre in modern literature, the "non-fiction novel." This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing). Maroon cloth binding with titling in silver and gilt; Capote's initials on the front cover. Clean text; 343 pages. Dark blue topstain, other edges rough-cut. The dustjacket is Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine, with first state points. It is unclipped; light edgewear at the margins, more prominent at the head and foot of the spine; a 1/4" chip on the rear panel. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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112 Caputo, Phillip Exiles. Three Short Novels
New York Knopf 1997 0679450386 / 9780679450382 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Knopf, 1997. Fine in an unclipped DJ. In a plastic protector Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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113 Caputo, Phillip Horn of Africa
New York Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1980 0030421365 / 9780030421365 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980. This is a Fine copy the First Edition of Caputo's second book, following the great success of "A Rumor of War." Red paper-bound boards with linen spine, black lettering. Clean text; 480 pages. The dustjacket is unclipped and Near Fine; some minot edgewear: two tiny closed tears ar the head of the spine and a crease on the rear flap. In an archival plastic protector. A highly-reccommended read! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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114 Carey, Peter My Life as a Fake
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2003 0375414983 / 9780375414985 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Carey is a Booker Prize winner (twice!); this is a Fine copy of the Australian writer's eighth novel. Red paper-covered boards with a black cloth spine with gilt titling. Clean text; 266 pages, with an Author's Note at the rear. The dustjacket is also Fine; in an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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115 Carter, Forest Gone to Texas
New York Delacorte Press/Eleanor Friede 1975 0440045657 / 9780440045656 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Very Good Plus 
New York: Delacorte Press/Eleanor Friede, 1975. Originally published as "The Rebel Outlaw" in 1973; this is a Very Good copy of the Second Printing, in a Very Good Plus dustjacket. This was the basis for one of Clint Eastwood's greatest films. "The Outlaw Josey Wales." The author, Forest Carter (pseudonym for Asa Earl Carter, d. 1979), has attained some notoriety over his history as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the many fabrications to his life story. Perhaps as a consequence of this, his publications have become uncommon.Tan paper-covered boards that simulate leather, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; ; 206 pages. Very bright and fresh, and would be a Fine copy if a previous-owner had not used cello tape at some point; residue marks remain on the covers and endpapers; also, there is residue on the FFEP where a label has been removed. The dustjacket, however, is excellent: unclipped, and with light edgewear and some creasing to the front flap. Quercus notes that the bio blurb on the rear cover relates the bogus story that Carter used in his persona/avatar as "Little Tree." In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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116 Cary, Joyce A Fearful Joy
New York Harper & Bros 1949 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: Harper & Bros, 1949. Anglo-Irish author Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary (1888-1957) is a critically-aclaimed writer whose greatest success was "The Horse's Mouth" (1944). This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition (stated). Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 343 pages. Very minor scuff to front panel, else Fine. The dustjacket is unclipped; chipping and creasing at the margins. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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117 Cather, Willa Sapphira and the Slave Girl
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1940 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition (stated). Green cloth binding with paper labels on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 295 pages. Previous-owner inscription (pencil) on FFEP. Somewhat faded by the sun around the margins. The dustjacket is unclipped; it shows some edgewear, with some small chips at the top; spine is darkened. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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118 Chavez, Fray Angelico From an Altar Screen. Tales from New Mexico.
New York Farar, Straus & Cudahy 1957 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine Peter Hurd 
New York: Farar, Straus & Cudahy, 1957. Beautiful and charming small book of connecting short stories. Illustrated by famed Western artist Peter Hurd. Designed by Marshall Lee - brown boards with tan cloth spine; brightly-colored embossing. Slight bump and some tanning to spine, else Fine. DJ has been clipped and has light soiling, else Fine. In an archival platic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Peter Hurd. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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119 Cheever, John The Brigadier and the Golf Widow
New York, Evanston, & London Harper & Row 1964 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York, Evanston, & London: Harper & Row, 1964. First Edition (stated) copy of this famous collection of stories. Near Fine copy. Black cloth with gilt lettering. In an unclipped First Issue DJ; some chipping at the head & foot of the spine, some rubbing across front panel. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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120 Ciardi, John Dialogue with an Audience
New York J.B. Lippincott 1963 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1963. Collection of essays by the famed longtime poetry editor of "The Saturday Review." Ciardi is an eloquent and passionate advocate of the craft. A Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Hint of a bump on bottom of front panel, else Fine. The DJ is unclipped, shows a tiny bit of rubbing at the edges, primarilly at the foot of the spine. Very presentable copy of a still enjoyable body of work. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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