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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


THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU

THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THE MOON SAYS I LOVE YOU
Stanford, Frank
Price: US $950.00
Lost Roads/Mill Mountain, Fayetteville

Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First edition

Photographic wrappers, red lettering; thick 8vo. A 542 page epic, begun by the poet when he was a teenager, by the founder along with C. D. Wright of ... Details





Late Afternoon:

Late Afternoon:
Hecht, Anthony [Mark Strand]
Price: US $450.00
Privately Printed, n.p.

Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Separate Printing

Poetry broadside; 3 3/4 x 9 5/8 tipped onto iridescent paper (as issued?). One of only 14 numbered copies printed for guests at a dinner party at the ... Details





POEMS

POEMS
Auden, W. H.
Price: US $500.00
Privately Printed, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK

Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Thus

Facsimile of Auden's first book in green printed folder, created for the Ilkley Literary Festival. A special copy: inscribed: To Gabriel [Carritt)... Details





The Garden

The Garden
Strand, Mark
Price: US $100.00
Privately Printed, n.p.

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Poetry broadside printed in two colors; approx. 6 x 9 inches. One of 15 copies printed for Stuart Wright, publisher of Palaemon Press, and Mark Strand... Details





BIM VOLUME THREE, NUMBER TWELVE

BIM VOLUME THREE, NUMBER TWELVE
Walcott, Derek
Price: US $275.00
The Young Men's Progressive Club, St. Michaels, Barbados

Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First edition

Blue printed stapled wrappers; small 8vo. Pp. 273-360. Two poems by the precocious Derek Walcott "The Testament of Poverty" and "Letter to... Details