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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


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





Correspondence to William Benton

Correspondence to William Benton
Wiliams, Jonathan
Price: US $150.00
Jargon, Highlands, NC

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

Four signed items of correspondence with writer Bill Benton, with an additional two sheet printed illustarted itinerary "from TM and JW from April... 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





Ulysses' Bow

Ulysses' Bow
MacDiarmid, Hugh
Price: US $600.00
Tragara Press, Edinburgh

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

Single leaf (signed broadside) laid in to a blue cloth folding slipcase, with printed paper label/colophon. Single leaf signed by Hugh MacDiarmid.  On... Details