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Welcome to Alexander Rare Books

Literary Firsts & Poetry

I am a full-time bookseller specializing in literary firsts, especially poetry, important fiction, fine printing and publishing ephemera; with a particular interest in signed/inscribed books, association copies, books by and about Vladimir Nabokov, and advanced and uncorrected proof copies.

All domestic orders are shipped free of charge. Overseas shipped at approximate cost. You can usually reach me by phone during the day, from 8 to 8 ET. I enjoy talking directly with my customers, and am happy to answer questions by phone or email. Although I do not have an open shop, customers are very welcome by appointment.

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AUGGIE WREN'S CHRISTMAS STORY

AUGGIE WREN'S CHRISTMAS STORY
Auster, Paul
Price: US $500.00
The Delos Press, West Midlands, England

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

One of 50 numbered copies signed by Auster and fully bound in black Morocco (goatskin) with tan leather label, gilt stamped; marbled slipcase. 4to. N... Details





EZRA POUND: His Metric and Poetry.

EZRA POUND: His Metric and Poetry.
Eliot, T. S.
Price: US $1500.00
Knopf, New York

Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First edition

Rose paper-covered boards, front gold stamped; thin 12mo. Frontispiece portrait of Pound after Gaudier-Brzeska. Unattributed (until 1920), but by T. S... Details





The Manger
Heaney, Seamus
Price: US $750.00
Fallon/Gallery Press., Loughcrew, Old castle, County Meath

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Privately published for the author by Peter Fallon, Christmas 1998. Painting by Basil Blackshaw. Single leaf, card stock, folded to make four pages; t... Details





THE GREEN HELMET

THE GREEN HELMET
Yeats, William Butler
Price: US $2500.00
Cuala Press, Churchtown, Dundrum

Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First edition

Grey paper boards with linen spine, paper spine label, in plain dust jacket; 8vo. 33 pp. One of 400 copies. Lily Yeats' copy, signed by her on the... Details





PASTE-UPS SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART MAY 31-JUNE 30 [Structure of Rhyme XXVII]

PASTE-UPS SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART MAY 31-JUNE 30 [Structure of Rhyme XXVII]
Jess [Collins]; Robert Duncan
Price: US $500.00
San Francisco Mueum of Art, San Francisco

Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First edition

Catalog in folio; collage running from front to back cover; rear flap serving as the title page; four leaves. P. 1 is Duncan's "Structure of ... Details





THE WEDGE

THE WEDGE
Williams, William Carlos
Price: US $1500.00
Cummington Press, Cummington, MA

Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First edition

Original orange paper wrappers (in a swirled pattern) with wedge design by Wightman Williams, in glassine dust jacket. Square 12mo. One of 380 copies ... Details





CRUCIFIX IN A DEATHHAND

CRUCIFIX IN A DEATHHAND
Bukowski, Charles
Price: US $500.00
Loujon Press/Lyle Stuart, New Orleans/New York

Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First edition

Illustrated wrappers with folding flaps, pages and covers; small folio. Preliminary leaves of varied colors and widths. Illus. by Noel Rockmore. 101 p... Details





COLLECTED POEMS

COLLECTED POEMS
Bunting, Basil
Price: US $450.00
Fulcrum, London

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Gray cloth in dust jacket; 8vo. One of 150 copies numbered and signed by the author with silk-screen print (cover design by Barnett Newman). Fine copy... Details