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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 PayPal (most credit cards, through the shopping cart on this site or via an electronic invoice), money orders or checks. Libraries 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


SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY

SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY
Masters, Edgar Lee
Price: US $2000.00
Macmillan, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

First issue. Original blue-green decorative cloth, gilt-lettered in very scarce dust jacket. A beautiful copy of the book. Several tiny chips and tear... Details





NEITHER FAR OUT NOR IN DEEP

NEITHER FAR OUT NOR IN DEEP
Frost, Robert
Price: US $135.00
Spiral Press, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Separate Edition

Stitched wrappers. Christmas card, one of 1235 copies printed, this being one of 450 with the Elinor and Robert Frost imprint. Crane B3. As always the... Details





Oh, Do You Remember
Creeley, Robert
Price: US $25.00
Cuneiform Press, Austin

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Separate Edition

Illustrated broadside; approx. 14 x 18 inches. Letterpress printed broadside signed in pencil by Robert Creeley.The poem written for poet and pal Ed D... 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





RIPRAP
Snyder, Gary
Price: US $850.00
Origin Press, Ashland, MA

Book Condition: Good in Wraps
Edition: First edition

The first printing of Snyder's first book, in patterned blue paper wrappers, a printed label, and string-bound in the Japanese style. Signed by G... 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