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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.

I accept most credit cards, PayPal, money orders or checks. The checkout on this website is through PayPal. Institutions are billed according to need.

I am always buying interesting books, individually and as a collection, in my field of interest.

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Featured Items


OBJETOS

OBJETOS
Plaza, Julio; Augusto de Campos
Price: US $2500.00
Julio Pacello/Cesar, São Paulo, Brazil

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First Edition

Red, yellow and blue cloth portfolio, in matching cloth slipcase. Portfolio of 13 card folders consisting of "Objetos": "serigraphias orig... 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





GEOGRAPHY III

GEOGRAPHY III
Bishop, Elizabeth
Price: US $2000.00
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, New York

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First Edition

Thin 8vo.; brown cloth, stamped in gilt in dust jacket. Near fine in an about fine dust jacket. Inscribed on the title page: "With all best wish... Details





THE VERMONT NOTEBOOK

THE VERMONT NOTEBOOK
Ashbery, John, and Joe Brainard
Price: US $275.00
Black Sparrow Press, Los Angeles

Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Cloth-backed illustrated paper-covered boards; 8vo. Signed edition, number 74 of 250 copies, and signed by both Joe Brainard and John Ashbery. Top edg... Details





out of the west
Everson, William; Gary Snyer; Philip Levine; Clayton Eshleman & Jerome Rothenberg
Price: US $65.00
Lord John Press, Northridge

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

Cloth-backed boards, issued without dust wrapper. Large 8vo. One of 350 copies, signed by all five poets. Fine, tight unused copy, and an attractive ... Details