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Omeros.

Omeros.

by Walcott, Derek

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990. Omeros is an epic poem based on Homer and Odysseus. The title, which is Homer's name in Greek, nods to the wandering and exile of the great poet himself, who learned and suffered while traveling. "No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humor, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language, or the ability to express the thoughts of his characters and compel the reader to follow the swift mutations of ideas and images in their minds. This wonderful story moves in a spiral, replicating human thought, and in the end, surprisingly, it makes us realize that history, all of it, belongs to us" (Mary Lefkowitz, The New York Times Book Review).
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What the Twilight Says: Essays.

What the Twilight Says: Essays.

by Walcott, Derek

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. First edition of this work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Rebecca best Derek Walcott 2004." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket art by Derek Walcott. Jacket design by Cynthia Krupat. What the Twilight Says collects Derek Walcott's essays from over twenty years. It includes Walcott's moving and insightful examinations of the paradoxes of Caribbean culture (including his noted Nobel Lecture), and his reckonings of the work and significance of such poets as Robert Lowell, Joseph Brodsky.
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Omeros.

Omeros.

by Walcott, Derek

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990. Omeros is an epic poem based on Homer and Odysseus. The title, which is Homer's name in Greek, nods to the wandering and exile of the great poet himself, who learned and suffered while traveling. "No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humor, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language, or the ability to express the thoughts of his characters and compel the reader to follow the swift mutations of ideas and images in their minds. This wonderful story moves in a spiral, replicating human thought, and in the end, surprisingly, it makes us realize that history, all of it, belongs to us" (Mary Lefkowitz, The New York Times Book Review).
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Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution,...

Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution, Between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain; Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to other Distinguished Characters.

by Waldo, S. Putnam. [James Monroe; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson]

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Hartford: Published by Silas Andrus, 1823. First edition of Putnam's work dedicated to American naval heroes of the Revolutionary War including James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown. Rare. Inspired by a recently published letter from John Adams to the Editor of the Baltimore Magazine encouraging "young gentlemen of letters in all the states... [to] undertake the laborious, but certainly interesting and amusing task, of searching and collecting all the records, pamphlets, newspapers, and even hand-bills, which in any way contributed to change the temper and views of the people and compose them into an independent nation", Putnam's Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution contains his biographies of James Monroe, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Nicholas Biddle, John Paul Jones, Edward Preble,… Read More
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Report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office. Letter From the Secretary of the Treasury,...

Report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office. Letter From the Secretary of the Treasury, Transmitting The Annual Report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office. December 8, 1845. Document No. 12, 29th Congress, 1st Session.

by Walker, R. J.; Jas. Shields

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1845. Rare printing of the 1845 annual report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office of the United States of America. Octavo, disbound. Contains numerous folding maps and public surveys of Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, South Tennessee, Southeastern Louisiana, Alabama (showing Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Creek Cessions), and the State of Florida. In near fine condition. Rare.
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Tropical Nature and Other Essays.

Tropical Nature and Other Essays.

by Wallace, Alfred Russel

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London: Macmillan and Co, 1878. First edition of English naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace's collected essays on tropical ecology. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In good condition. From Guille-Alles Library, Guernsey with the original library labels to the spine and front panel, folding lending card affixed to the front pastedown, library stamps. Undoubtedly one of the greatest natural historians and explorers of the 20th century, English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was a prolific writer and made contributions not only to the field of natural selection, but to biogeography, ecology, and astrobiology. Initially published in botanical and zoological journals, the contents of the present volume include essays on Animal Life in the Tropical Forests, The Variation of Humming-Birds, The Colours of Animals and Sexual Selection, and Attractive Colours of Flowers.
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The Fair God: A Tale Of The Conquest of Mexico.

The Fair God: A Tale Of The Conquest of Mexico.

by Wallace, Lew. Illustrated by Eric Pape

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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1899. First edition of Union General Lew Wallace's first novel. Octavo, two volumes, original publisher's embossed morocco with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, rebacked, top edge gilt, patterned endpapers, elaborately illustrated with both in-text and full page engravings within gilt frames and with lettered tissue-guards by Eric Pape, decorated initials. One of 250 numbered copies inscribed and dated by the author on the limitation page, "Very respectfully Lew Wallace, Nov. 7, 1898" and signed by the illustrator beneath the frontispiece of volume I. This is number 11. In very good condition. Wallace began writing The Fair God in 1843, but it was not published until 1873.The popular historical novel, with Cortez's conquest of Mexico as its central theme, was based on William H. Prescott's History of the Conquest of Mexico and sold several thousand copies in its first year. Its sales continued to rise after Wallace's reputation as an author… Read More
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The Missouri Review: Signifying Rappers, Volume XIII, Number 2.

The Missouri Review: Signifying Rappers, Volume XIII, Number 2.

by Wallace, David Foster & Mark Costello

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New York: Ecco Press, 1990. First appearance of Foster Wallace's first book. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by David Foster Wallace. In fine condition. The first article is a 20 page essay from David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello on Rap music, entitled Signifying Rappers. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom.
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Signifying Rappers.

Signifying Rappers.

by Wallace, David Foster & Mark Costello

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New York: Ecco Press, 1990. First edition of the first book to seriously consider rap and its position as a vital force in American culture. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by David Foster Wallace. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed by Foster Wallace. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. "Brilliantly written . . . (with) great wit, insight, and in-your-face energy" (Review of Contemporary Fiction).
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Infinite Jest: A Novel.

Infinite Jest: A Novel.

by Wallace, David Foster

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Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1996. First edition of the author's magnum opus. Thick octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed and dated in the year of publication on the title page, "David Foster Wallace 2/96." Fine in a fine first state dust jacket with Vollmann misspelled on the back panel. Jacket design by Steve Snider. In 2004, Chad Harbach declared that, in retrospect, Infinite Jest "now looks like the central American novel of the past thirty years, a dense star for lesser work to orbit." In a 2008 retrospective by The New York Times, Infinite Jest was described as "a masterpiece that’s also a monster — nearly 1,100 pages of mind-blowing inventiveness and disarming sweetness. Its size and complexity make it forbidding and esoteric." Time Magazine included the novel in its list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923.
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Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction.

Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction.

by Edited by Will Blythe (David Foster Wallace)

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Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998. In this anthology, 26 writers illuminate the motivations at the heart of their creative lives in original essays that are as surprising and varied as their fiction. The contributors include David Foster Wallace, Pat Conroy, Norman Mailer, Rick Moody, William Vollmann, James Salter, Jim Harrison, Richard Ford and Robert Stone.
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Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity.

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity.

by Wallace, David Foster

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London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003. Wallace + infinity: wonderful pairing! This is most exquisitely (and hilariously) original science writing. Wallace embraces the incompatibility of mathematics and prose and makes art from it. And it's a great story too" (James Gleick).
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The Bridges of Madison County.

The Bridges of Madison County.

by Waller, Robert James

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New York: Warner Books, 1992. First edition, later printing of the author's best-selling romance novella, the basis for the 1995 film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial title page, illustrated with photographs by the author. Signed by Robert James Waller on the half-title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Louise Fill. Without expecting to, Robert James Waller conceived of The Bridges of Madison County in the early 1990s. On leave from his teaching job at the University of Northern Iowa, Waller was photographing the Mississippi River with a friend when he decided to photograph the covered bridges of Madison County, Iowa. This event, alongside a song Waller wrote years earlier about "the dreams of a woman named Francesca", gave him the idea for the novella, which he completed in eleven days. The book debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in August 1992 and slowly climbed to number 1, and remained on… Read More
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Flowers From the Upper Alps, with Glimpses of Their Homes.

Flowers From the Upper Alps, with Glimpses of Their Homes.

by Walton, Elijah

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London: W. M. Thompson, 1869. First edition of Walton's finely illustrated work on the flowers of the Alps. Octavo, original publisher's deluxe cloth decorated in gilt, illustrated with 12 chromolithographs after Walton's drawings in color. In very good condition. Most thorough and conscientious in the study both of form and color, British landscape painter Elijah Walton delighted in mountain scenery and its atmospheric effects. His illustrated works include Clouds and their Combinations (1869), Flowers From the Upper Alps (1869), and Peaks in Pen and Pencil (1872)
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The Complete Angler; or, The Contemplative Man’s Recreation. [Fore-Edge Painting].

The Complete Angler; or, The Contemplative Man’s Recreation. [Fore-Edge Painting].

by Walton, Izaak

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London: Elliot Stock, 1877. Finely bound facsimile reprint of the first edition of this classic of English literature. Octavo, bound in full mottled calf with gilt titles and ruling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling to the panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With a fore-edge painting of Walton and an angling scene. In near fine condition. A unique example. The Complete Angler, first published in 1653, has become a classic of English literature. Where other angling books are of limited appeal to those who do not fish, The Complete Angler inspires readers from all walks of life to go in search of the timeless English countryside that Walton evokes with such love.
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The Complete Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation Being a Discourse of Rivers...

The Complete Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation Being a Discourse of Rivers Fish-Ponds Fish and Fishing Written by Izaak Walton and Instructions on How to Angle For A Trout of Grayling in a Clear Stream by Charles Cotton.

by Walton, Izaak; Charles Cotton; Harris Nicolas

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London: William Pickering, 1836. First Nicolas edition of this classic of English literature. Quarto, two volumes bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with engraved frontispieces and plates. In near fine condition. Bookplate. A superb example of this classic work. Although it was originally intended as a practical guide for fisherman, Walton's Complete Angler stands as one of the finest examples of long prose-pastoral in the English language and is widely considered a classic of English literature. "This superb edition contains the variations of all the first five editions, voluminous notes, with original and elaborate memoirs of Walton and Cotton, presenting many new facts" (Westwood Satchell).
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The War: An Intimate History 1941-1945.

The War: An Intimate History 1941-1945.

by Ward, Geoffrey C. & Ken Burns

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. First edition of this companion volume to the documentary by Ken Burns. Folio, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Ken Burns, "For Robert Sargent Fay with thanks and best wishes Ken Burns." The recipient was a consulting photographer for the PBS documentary of the life of Mark Twain, directed by Ken Burns. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Ken Burns has done it again. He has given us an intimate, memorable, and provocative portrait of America in World War II—the valor and victory, sacrifice and shame of ordinary Americans, north, south, east, and west. This is a treasure" (Tom Brokaw).
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A History of Gold as a Commodity and as a Measure of Value Its Fluctuations both in Ancient and...

A History of Gold as a Commodity and as a Measure of Value Its Fluctuations both in Ancient and Modern Times with an Estimate of the Probable Supplies from California to Australia.

by Ward, James

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London: William S. Orr & Co, c. 1850. First edition of Ward's extensive survey of gold and gold mining, published at the height of the California Gold Rush. Octavo, original wrappers bound in full goatskin, retaining a section of the hand-colored folding map of the Gold Regions of Victoria and New South Wales. In near fine condition. Ownership inscription to the front panel of the original wrapper. Rare. The California Gold Rush began on January 24, 1848, when James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. The sudden influx of gold into the money supply reinvigorated the American economy, and the sudden population increase allowed California to go rapidly to statehood, in the Compromise of 1850. Ward's A History of Gold contains an in-depth survey of the character and condition of gold in its natural state, methods for mining it, and reports on… Read More
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Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.

by Ware, Chris

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New York: Pantheon Books, 2000. First edition of the author's inventive first book, which Publishers Weekly called "graphically inventive, wonderfully realized." Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed and dated by Chris Ware with a drawing of stars. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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POPism: The Warhol ’60s.

POPism: The Warhol ’60s.

by Warhol, Andy and Pat Hackett

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New York and London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. First edition of Warhol's sensational 1980 memoir. Octavo, original boards, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Andy Warhol on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Additionally signed by Warhol on the front panel of the dust jacket. The man whose pictures, parties, films, and life-style set the tone for the sixties here reveals the man behind the Pop mask. In this book, for the first time, he gives the story of the sixties as he lived them, from his initial conquest of the New York art world to the intimate scene at the Factory where he brushed shoulders with such celebrities as Tennessee Williams, Jim Morrison, William S. Burroughs and Jane Fonda and superstars Nico, Viva, and Ultra Violet. Now, looking back more than a decade later, Warhol coolly assesses the whole Pop phenomenon and his place in it in a unique, informal, and absolutely fascinating book.
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