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Modern First Editions

Modern firsts is a category that attracts many collectors and to which a great number of dealers state a specialty, but there isn't a consensus on what is meant by modern firsts. Where does the modern era begin? Some in the rare book trade will set the starting point for modern firsts at the beginning of the 20th century, others push that date back a bit to the later part of the 19th century. Biblio marks the start of modern firsts as 1919, corresponding with the end of WWI.



REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE

REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE

by McCULLERS, Carson

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Covers soiled and worn, lacking the dustwrapper. Good in a Fine custom morocco-backed clamshell box
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
Item Price
US$18,750.00

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Covers soiled and worn, lacking the dustwrapper. Good in a Fine custom morocco-backed clamshell box. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author for George [Davis] "Who is my Best and Campiest Friend-- /And who, also, is the first/person to really take to this book-/You have helped me and/encouraged me in all ways/that were in your power-/And you know that I love you./Carson." Davis, a magazine editor who later married Lotte Lenya, made his house in Brooklyn into something of an artists colony serving as a home at various times for McCullers, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Paul Bowles, Gypsy Rose Lee, and others. Davis discovered the manuscript for REFLECTIONS, which according to Virginia Spencer Carr in THE LONELY HUNTER: A BIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS, lay dormant in a dresser drawer for almost a year (page 99), and urged McCullers to let his magazine, Harper's Bazaar, publish it. The author's inscription clearly shows her gratitude to Davis for… Read More
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US$18,750.00
Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]
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Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984]

by Orwell, George [Eric Arthur Blair]

  • Used
  • fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
Item Price
US$16,500.00

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London: Secker & Warburg, 1949 First printing of the first British edition, original light green cloth, spine lettered in red, with red top-stain, in original red dust jacket, with the publisher's price listed on the inside front flap, 312pp. Tanning to spine and cover margins and light wear, else book in fine condition; dust jacket with tanning to spine and professional restoration along edge, else fine.
Item Price
US$16,500.00
CAMERA OBSCURA. with DESPAIR

CAMERA OBSCURA. with DESPAIR

by Nabokov, Vladimir

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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
1st Edition
Seller
Item Price
US$17,500.00

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London: John Long, Limited, [1935] & ;1937] Two Volumes, 1935. 1st Edition. Soft cover. London: John Long, Limited, [1935] & ;1937] Two Volumes, 1935. 1st Edition. Soft cover. [NABOKOV, Vladimir] NABOKOFF-SIRIN, Vladimir. CAMERA OBSCURA. DESPAIR. Both of the John Long Nabokov Rarities. Translated from the Russian by Winifred Roy & the first translation of any of Nabokov's books into English. [Juliar D14.4] 8vo., 288pp + 16 pp ads. Original black cloth, titles to upper board & spine gilt. Small, neat mostly faded name on the front pastedown. A very good or better copy of the First English Language Edition. The very uncommon first of Long's Nabokov publications. With: DESPAIR. Translated from the Russian by the author. [Juliar A15.2]. 8vo., 288pp. + 24 pp ads. Original black cloth, titles to upper board & spine gilt. A very good or better copy of the First English Edition. The second of Long's publications of Nabokov & almost as uncommon as the first. The first… Read More
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US$17,500.00
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed
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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed

by Salinger, J.D.

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Item Price
US$55,000.00

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Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Salinger, J.D. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Signed. Boston: Little Brown, 1952. A fine SIGNED copy of the March, 1952 reprint of the first edition. [The first issue was July, 1951]. 8vo., 277pp., black cloth, gilt. Salinger's remarkable first book, neatly signed in black fountain pen at the top of the title page. An excellent example of Salinger's elusive signature - The binding is fine; the dustwrapper very good or better with the $3.00 price present & nine reviews on the back panel replacing Salinger's photo after the first few early printings at his insistence. Custom clamshell case in very fine condition. The probable High Spot in Modern American Lit collecting, "The Catcher In The Rye is undoubtedly a 20th-century classic. It struck a popular note, particularly with young readers, who strongly identified with Holden… Read More
Item Price
US$55,000.00
A Streetcar Named Desire
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A Streetcar Named Desire

by Williams, Tennessee

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
CHESTER, Connecticut
Item Price
US$12,500.00

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New York: New Directions, 1947. First edition. Pink boards; very fine in dust jacket, unfaded and with no wear. One of the fabled Norman Unger copies, purchased new by Williams's bibliophilic friend, the book collector Unger, then wrapped and stored for 30 years. Cover and jacket design by Alvin Lustig. Crandell A 5.1.a.
Item Price
US$12,500.00
Gravity’s Rainbow.

Gravity’s Rainbow.

by Pynchon, Thomas

  • Used
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Seller
Palm Beach, Florida
Item Price
US$42,000.00

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New York: The Viking Press, 1973.
Item Price
US$42,000.00
Flash and Filigree; The Magic Christian; Red Dirt Marijuana; Candy

Flash and Filigree; The Magic Christian; Red Dirt Marijuana; Candy

by SOUTHERN, Terry

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Hadley, Massachusetts
Item Price
US$12,500.00

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NY: Various. (1958-1967). The first four books by Southern -- creator of Dr. Strangelove and screenwriter of Easy Rider -- each inscribed by him to his friend, the bandleader, composer, and musician Artie Shaw. Flash and Filigree (NY: Coward McCann, 1958; the scarce first issue) is inscribed "To Artie and Casey with love and all best wishes/ Terry S." Laid in is an autograph note signed to Artie from Terry. The Magic Christian (NY: Random House, 1960) is inscribed "To Artie and Casey with love and best wishes for much happiness. Terry." Candy (NY: Putnam, 1964 -- first thus, and first hardcover edition) is inscribed "To Artie and Case, with love and kisses (your so-called 'soul' or 'french' kiss, natch!) / Terry." Red Dirt Marijuana (NY: New American Library, 1967) is inscribed: "To Art/ with all best, Terry." The books are near fine or better in near fine or better dust jackets; each with its own, matching, custom clamshell case. Unless otherwise noted, our first editions are first printings. First… Read More
Item Price
US$12,500.00
All the Sad Young Men
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All the Sad Young Men

by Fitzgerald, F. Scott

  • Used
  • fine
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Portland, Oregon
Item Price
US$14,000.00

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. First Edition. Fine/Fine. First edition, first printing with no damage to type on pages 38, 90 and 248; in a first state dust jacket with lips unbattered. Bound in publisher's green cloth with titles in blind on the upper board, and stamped in gilt on the spine. Fine, almost appearing as new, with bright and sharp gilt lettering. Faint wear at corners and bumping to bottom corner of lower board, creating a tiny, corresponding chip to the dust jacket. A breathtaking copy, one would be hard-pressed to find one nicer.
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US$14,000.00
The Sound and the Fury
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The Sound and the Fury

by Faulkner, William

  • Used
  • near fine
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Portland, Oregon
Item Price
US$15,000.00

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New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1929. First Edition. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's black and white Art Deco style boards over white cloth spine lettered in black. Near Fine with toning to pages and top and bottom edges of covers. In a Very Good first issue dust jacket with Humanity Uprooted priced at $3.00 on the rear panel; toning to spine with fading to red print there, light edge wear, light soiling, and erased pencil notation to rear flap corner. A fantastic copy in the scarce first issue dust jacket.
Item Price
US$15,000.00
Jurassic Park
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Jurassic Park

by CRICHTON, Michael

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good++
Edition
First Edition, First Issue
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
West Hollywood , California
Item Price
US$35,000.00

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An extraordinary signed copy. This First Edition, First State copy of this now-iconic title would certainly qualify as very near Fine but for extensive foxing to top edge and foredge leaves, and a slight separation at spine crown. The original dust jacket is absolutely Fine.What makes this unique copy so extraordinarily collectible is that on the title page it is boldly (and highly legibly) signed by STEVEN SPIELBERG, JEFF GOLDBLUM, LAURA DERN and the late, great STAN WINSTON. A Knopf publishers card SIGNED BY MICHAEL CRICHTON is laid in.
Item Price
US$35,000.00
Crime and Punishment; a Russian realistic novel
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Crime and Punishment; a Russian realistic novel

by DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor

  • Used
  • first
Condition
Used - A fresh, bright copy with skillful restoration at ends of spine, internally clean and fresh
Seller
Ardsley, New York
Item Price
US$17,500.00

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New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1886. A fresh, bright copy with skillful restoration at ends of spine, internally clean and fresh. 8vo. 456 pages. Portrait frontispiece of the author; one-page publisher's advertisement at end, with this work listed first and priced $1.50. Publisher's tan cloth stamped in maroon and gilt. First American edition, an unusually fine copy of a scarce book commonly found in worn and frayed condition, and rarely so bright. There is no priority between this and the first English edition (Vizitelly, London) which carries the same translation and is printed from the same setting. Though uncredited in the book, the translation was made by Frederick Whishaw, a Russian-born British novelist, poet and musician. He translated a number of works by Dostoevsky in the 1880a which were published by Henry Vizetelly in London and Crowell in New York. See Maurice Beebe and Christopher Newton, "Dostoevsky in English: A Selected Checklist of Criticism and Translations." Modern Fiction Studies,… Read More
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US$17,500.00
Dune - Autographed by Frank Herbert
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Dune - Autographed by Frank Herbert

by Herbert, Frank

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine Condition
Edition
First Edition, 7th Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780801950773
ISBN 10
0801950775
Seller
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PK, California
Item Price
US$15,000.00

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This is a 7th printing of the 1st edition by Chilton Book Company from 1965. There were nine such printings of that 1st edition. The book is in Fine Condition. The dustjacket is in Good Condition with slight edge wear and the price clipped from the upper corner. Frank Herbert has autographed the title page. Please refer to the attached photos which show the red cloth binding, the dustjacket, the numerical printing history, the Library of Congress number, and the autograph.This very hard-to-find book will make a fine addition to the personal library of the serious collector.
Item Price
US$15,000.00
THE GREAT GATSBY
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THE GREAT GATSBY

by FITZGERALD, F. Scott

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Chicago, Illinois
Item Price
US$199,000.00

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First edition. Octavo, 218 pages, the Scribner's dark bluish-green linen cloth, two marginal smudges at p.123. This is the John Talbot Copy. It has the first printing, second state of the dust jacket: the original "J" in Jay Gatsby on the rear panel of the dust jacket has been corrected with an upper-case J - with the lower curve of the original 'j' just peeking through. In a custom clamshell protective box. NOTE: The original dust jackets were about 4mm taller than the cloth bindings, making the top edge of the jacket uncommonly susceptible to damage. This jacket has an estimated 98% of its original paper, There are tears and punctures ( Ask to see more of photographs taken by Ted Tamburo Photography), and some discoloration on the inside of the jacket, smudge on the top cover of the book, bright spine gilt. Note: the jacket has been cleaned on both sides, and stabilized with Japanese tissue; and the book hinges repaired by The Chicago Conservation Center. The first state of the text, including… Read More
Item Price
US$199,000.00
My African Journey (signed and Inscribed)
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My African Journey (signed and Inscribed)

by Churchill, Winston Spencer

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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Scottsdale, Arizona
Item Price
US$12,500.00

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London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. First Edition. Octavo. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "Inscribed by/Winston S. Churchill/1946. Portrait frontispiece of Churchill. half-title, 226pp., [16]p. publisher's catalog at the rear, illustrated with three maps and photographic illustrations by the author and Lt. Col. Gordon Wilson. While on his journey through Africa, Churchill wrote each day. Many of his writings during this period had already been published in Strand Magazine, which did help him a bit with expenses. The present work is his continuous narrative of the lighter side of his journey which he considered an inspiration and delightful time he spent in the wild while hunting and getting to know the people of Africa. A handsome copy finely bound in full red morocco, raised bands, double black morocco spine labels gilt, all other compartments decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, with the original covers bound in at the rear, scattered foxing to fore-edges with occasional… Read More
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US$12,500.00
Uncle Tom's Children
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Uncle Tom's Children

by Wright, Richard; Ernest Hemingway (Association)

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
2nd Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Las Vegas , Nevada
Item Price
US$12,550.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers / A Story Press Book, 1938 Presentation copy from Richard Wright to Ernest Hemingway: "To Ernest Hemingway / From / Richard Wright." Stated second edition in married original dust jacket, first published with four novellas; two more were added when the book was reprinted in 1940.
In “Down by the Riverside,” included in this collection, Wright transposes the Italian retreat at the Battle of Caporetto in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms to the American South. Richard Wright was known to be a great admirer of Ernest Hemingway, whom he once named as a modernist writer whose work should be read by aspiring black authors (Scruggs, “Hemingway and the Black Renaissance,” p. 58–59).
Mild toning to margins of endpapers, light toning to page margins, spine ends gently crimped, and a light pale stain to bottom front cover, foot of spine, and just an inch to bottom back spine fold, else book in fine condition; dust… Read More
Item Price
US$12,550.00