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Literary Firsts & Poetry

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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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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





The Loose Box

The Loose Box
Heaney, Seamus
Price: US $450.00
Parnassus, New York

Book Condition: As new
Edition: First edition

Single folio sheet folded twice to form four printed pages. One 19 copies signed the colophon in the poet's hand: "8/19 Artists copies Seamus ... Details





FIASCO HALL

FIASCO HALL
Hawkes, John (as J. C. B. Hawkes Jr.)
Price: US $2500.00
Privately Printed, Cambridge, Ma

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

Card covers stapled into blue wrappers; small 4to. 14 pp. First edition of the author's scarce first book, one of only approximately 100 printed (... Details





THE BLOOD OF ADONIS

THE BLOOD OF ADONIS
Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said); Samuel Hazo (trans.)
Price: US $850.00
The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Red cloth in dust jacket; 8vo. Uncommon cloth issue of the Syrian-born poet's first book published in the US. Signed by Adonis on the title page. ... Details





ZINKY BOYS

ZINKY BOYS
Alexievich, Svetlana
Price: US $350.00
Norton, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Cloth-backed boards in dust jacket; 8vo. 197 pp. The first book published in the US by the Byelorussian Nobel Prize-winning author for 2015. A groundb... Details





Samore Gallery Press Releaae
Samore, Samuel W.
Price: US $100.00
self-published, San Francisco

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

Single 8 1/2" x 11" photocopied on recto only sheet on pink paper. The first of at least three issues (May & June 1974, April 1975) each signe... 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





HISTORY OF DESIRE

HISTORY OF DESIRE
Hoagland, Tony
Price: US $550.00
Moon Pony Press, Tucson

Book Condition: Good +
Edition: First edition

Tall illustrated wrappers; 27 pp. A chapbook including the title poem from the poet's first regularly published book Sweet Ruin, not published unt... Details





JOHN MARTIN'S BOOK

JOHN MARTIN'S BOOK
Wilbur, Richard; Helen Waldo & John Martin (editors)
Price: US $350.00
John Martin's House, New York

Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First edition

Illustrated wrappers; 4to. A handsomely produced magazine for children aged 5-8, which lasted for somewhat over 20 years, and had some distinguished c... Details





HOWL, For Carl Solomon

HOWL, For Carl Solomon
Ginsberg, Allen
Price: US $6500.00
Gotham Book Mart, New York

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition, second issue, unauthorized

3 2 leaves, printed on rectos only in purple ink: [1] title, [2] dedication to Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Lucien Carr. The T... Details





THE COMPLEAT MISTER INFINITY

THE COMPLEAT MISTER INFINITY
Spiegelman, Art
Price: US $150.00
San Francisco Comic Book Co., San Francisco

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

10 pp., oblong stapled. An early minicomic, reportedly printed on a möbius strip; printed by the same publisher (a comic bookstore) in the same year a... Details