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161 Dos Passos, John Manhattan Transfer
New York Somerset Books, Inc. 1946 Reprint Edition Hardcover Good Very Good 
New York: Somerset Books, Inc., 1946. This "experimental" novel of the Jazz Age was originally published in 1925, and was the first commercial success for Dos Passos. Here is a popular reprint edition, uncommon itself. A Good only copy. Gray cloth binding, with blue lettering on the front cover and spine. There is no further publication date other than 1925, but Somerset generally published in the 1940s. The rear panel has a list of five books on offer, none published later than 1946. Therefore Quercus assigns a tentative publication date of 1946. Clean text; 404 pages. Although square and tightly bond, there is some mottled discoloration on the front cover, most likely from a moist encounter at some point. The dustjacket is rather striking, and is unclipped. Some light edgewear and a darkened spine; in an archival plastic protector.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Good/Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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162 Dos Passos, John Number One. A Novel
Sydney & London Dymock's Book Arcade Ltd. & Constable & Co. Ltd. 1944 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
Sydney & London: Dymock's Book Arcade Ltd. & Constable & Co. Ltd., 1944. Dos Passos (1896-1970) has a place in modernist fiction due to his "USA Trilogy." Politically to the left, he was in Spain with Hemingway and by the time of this novel he was starting to move to the conventional right. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Australian Edition (published in concert with Constable's English version). Bright orange paper-covered boards with black lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 212 pages. Ver slight splay; text starting to tan around the margins. The dustwrapper is bright; showing a bit of edgewear, with a tiny closed tear and a small chip. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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163 Dostoievsky, F. (Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky) Poor Folk. Translated from the Russian of F. Dostoievsky By Lena Milman
Boston & London Roberts Brothers & Elkin Mathews and John Lane 1894 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Aubrey Beardsley 
Boston & London: Roberts Brothers & Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894. First published in 1846, this is the great Russian writer's first book, an epistolary novel dealing with the effects of poverty. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition, published in the same year as the English version. A scarce title. Blue/gray cloth binding, decorated on the front cover with a drawing by Aubrey Beardsley (which is also reproduced on the Title Page). Gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; xvi, 187 pages, with eight pages of publisher adverts in the rear. The Preface is by the Irish "realistic" novelist George Moore. Very mildly bumped (really just a touch). Darkened on the spine and around the margins. There is a contemporary bookplate on the front paste-down; the endpapers have some tears that have been repaired with paper tape.. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Aubrey Beardsley. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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164 Douglas, Norman South Wind
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1928 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Valenti Angelo 
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1928. Originally published in 1917, this is the most famous novel by Norman Douglas (1868-1952). Set on a fictional island that seems to be a close relative of Capri, where Douglas had lived. Douglas had a life of public feuds and sexual escapades, but there is no denying his literary talent. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, with outstanding illustrations by Valenti Angelo. Black cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 413 pages; fore-edge rough-cut. The spine lettering is a bit faded, else a Fine copy. Lacking a dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Valenti Angelo. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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165 Doyle, A. Conan Songs of Action
New York Doubleday & McClure Co. 1898 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1898. War poetry, published same year as the English edition. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition. Red cloth binding, ruled in gilt on front cover; gilt titling on front and spine. Clean text; 144 pages. Top-edge is gilt; others rough-cut. Very bright and fresh. Spine slightly darkened; minor rub to corners. This is an ex-library copy, but the treatments are far from onerous: small paper label on spine; public library label on front paste-down; two chops (TP and page99). A nice copy, if not for the advanced collector. . First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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166 Doyle, A. Conan The Green Flag & Other Stories
New York P.F. Collier & Son 1900 Reprint Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1900. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of a reprint from the same year as the First Edition. Red cloth binding with decorative embossing on the spine and front cover, with gilt titling. Clean text; 384 pages; frontis illustration. Lighly bumped, with a slightly darkened spine. A rather handsome book.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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167 Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy (2 Volumes)
New York Boni & Liveright 1926 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. Dreiser's most famous novel, and probably that which will preserve his reputation. These are Near Fine copies of the Sixth Printing of the First Trade Edition (September 1926). Two volumes, 431 pages and 409 pages; text is clean and fresh. Discreet bookseller's sticker on the rear paste-downs. Dark gray cloth bindings with gilt lettering; blindstamped medalion ("TJ") on the front cover. Very minimal wear to either volume, but Volume One has a few red spots on the spine (drops of blood?). This is the only real defect in what is otherwise, and remains, a very nice set. No dustjackets, but present is the marbeled original slipcase, showing no real wear. Very scarce with the slipcase in such nice condition. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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168 Dreiser, Theodore The "Genius"
Garden City & New York Garden City Publishing Company 1923 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Garden City & New York: Garden City Publishing Company, 1923. Dreiser's fifth novel, an autobiographical work on art and sexuality, was originally published by John Lane in 1915. The publisher withdrew it, fearing legal action by anti-vice organizations who considered it obscene. Support for Dreiser by major American literary figures turned the tide and it was reissued by Horace Liveright in 1923. Not considered Dreiser's best work, its notoriety made it a best seller. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Reprint edition. Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 736 pages. Red topstain, others rough-cut. Previous-owner inscription on the FFEP. Minor rubbing at the margins, and a small tear at the foot of the spine. A solid copy, lacking a dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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169 Dupee, F.W. (Editor) The Question of Henry James
New York Henry Holt 1945 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: Henry Holt, 1945. A collection of critical esays about Henry James, who remains today one of our most interesting and "modern" American writers. Edited by F.W. Dupee. First Edition (stated First Printing). Just a little edgewear, else Fine. Unclipped DJ has some chipping and creasing at the edges, light soil, and shelfwear. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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170 Duras, Marguerite The Ravishing of Lol Stein
New York Grove Press 1966 Later Printing Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: Grove Press, 1966. Marguerite Donadieu (1914-1996) adopted the name Duras and wrote several novels that were filmed; she was a noted screenwriter. A communist in political sympathy, she worked for the Vichy government during World War II while spying for the Resistance. Originally published in France in 1964. This is a Fine copy of the Second Printing of the First American Edition. Translation by Richard Seaver. Bright red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 181 pages. The dustjacket is unclipped. Tiny closed tear on the rear panel, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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171 Durham. Marilyn The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1972 0151569401 / 9780151569403 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good Plus 
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972. The author's first novel, made into a popular film. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition (stated, BCDEF line). Brown cloth binding with copper lettering on the spine. Clean text; 246 pages. Some sunfade along the margins. Previous-owner chop on the Title Page. The dustjacket is Very Good (Plus): unclipped, very little wear evident, just some light tanning along the margins. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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172 Durrell, Lawrence Clea
New York Dutton 1960 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Dutton, 1960. Final book in the Alexandria Quartet. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Unclipped Third Printing DJ is sunned on the spine and has some minor creases and chips at its margins. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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173 Durrell, Lawrence The Dark Labyrinth
New York E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1962 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1962. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing (4th) of the First American Edition. Dark blue cloth binding with red lettering on the spine. Clean text; 266 pages; includes Author's Note at the end. The dustjacket has been clipped; shows edgewear with small chips; spine is a bit faded. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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174 Durrenmatt, Friedrich The Quarry
Greenwich New York Graphic Society 1962 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
Greenwich: New York Graphic Society, 1962. An intellectual thriller by the Swiss author (1921-1990) who was perhaps most famous for his plays "The Physicists" and "The Visit." This novel was translated from the original German by Eva H. Morreale and originally appeared in magazine form. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding with silver lettering and decoration. The unclipped DJ is Very Good Plus to Near Fine, with some light nicking along the margins, one small closed tear on the front panel. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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175 Eco, Umberto Baudolino
New York Harcourt, Brace & Co 2002 0151006903 / 9780151006908 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Signed
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co, 2002. A return to the Middle Ages by the author of "The Name of the Rose." Signed bookplate tipped in to half-title. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Signed by Author. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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176 Eco, Umberto Umberto Eco on Literature
New York Harcourt 2004 0151008124 / 9780151008124 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Signed
New York: Harcourt, 2004. The Fisrt American Edition (stated), a collection of essays by the famed novelist and semanticist, author of "The Name of the Rose." Translated from the Italian by Martin McLaughlin, who has SIGNED this copy on a tipped-in plate. A Fine copy in a Fine dustjacket, appearing to be As New, and rather uncommon despite Eco's fame. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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177 Edgerton, Clyde Redeye. A Western
Chapel Hill Algonquin 1995 1565120604 / 9781565120600 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine Signed
Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 1995. Author's sixth book. INSCRIBED by Edgerton (dated 1995) on Title Page. In plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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178 Eliot, T.S. Ezra Pound. His Metric and Poetry
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1917 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Henri Gautier-Brzeska 
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1917. Eliot's second book, published anonymously and in an edition of only 1000 copies. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Ribbed paper-covered binding with gilt lettering on the front cover; the original pink colour is a bit faded toward the edges and the spine has turned to brown. Clean text; 31 pages, with a bibliography. The black and white frontis illustration is by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. The corners are bumped. A sound copy of an important work connecting two of the great modernists of the Twentieth Century. Lacking a dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Henri Gautier-Brzeska. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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179 Eliot, T.S. Four Quartets
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company 1943 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943. The four quartets are "Burnt Norton," "East Coker," "The Dry Salvages," and "Little "Gidding,"comprising one of the high spots of Twentieth Century modernist literature; some consider this the impetus for Eliot's Nobel Prize in 1948. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Second Issue, lacking the dustjacket. The small first printing was recalled and mainly destroyed by the publisher. Black cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 39 pages. Hints of bumping; spine somewhat dulled; at a certain angle of sight there is some sort of splatter mark visible. Still, a solid copy of this classic work.. Second Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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180 Elton, Ben Blast From the Past
New York Delacorte Press 1999 0385334559 / 9780385334556 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: Delacorte Press, 1999. Another satirical thriller from British author Elton, a Golden Dagger winner. Fine in Fine DJ. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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