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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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The Quack Dentist

The Quack Dentist
Stallings, A. E.
Price: US $35.00
Tower Poetry, Christ Church, Oxford

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Sewn printed wrappers; 8vo. [8 pp.] Number 5 in a series of pamphlets of poems commissioned each to respond to a painting from the Picture Gallery of ... Details





The Dainty Monsters

The Dainty Monsters
Ondaatje, Michael
Price: US $1000.00
Coach House Press, Toronto

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition

Brown cloth in dust jacket; 8vo. 77 pp. Inscribed with quite an attractive signature by the poet on the title page; additionally laid in is the rare b... Details





THE PHASE AFTER HISTORY

THE PHASE AFTER HISTORY
Graham, Jorie
Price: US $200.00
The Academy of American Poets, [New York]

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Stapled wrappers in blue paper covers with paper label; small 8vo. [10 pp.] One of 200 copies "for friends of the The Academy of American Poets... Details





RED WAGON

RED WAGON
Berrigan, Ted
Price: US $400.00
The Yellow Press, Chicago

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Red cloth, gold stamped in dust jacket. On of 26 signed and lettered copies with a holograph poem. This is letter "P", with a poem reading ... Details





THE MADISON POEMS OF D. A. LEVY

THE MADISON POEMS OF D. A. LEVY
Levy, D. A.
Price: US $350.00
Quixote, Madison, WI

Book Condition: Very good -
Edition: First edition

Side stapled mimeograph sheets; with front cover consisting of a collage by Levy promoting MC5 (a broadside poster), back cover also a photo collage/a... Details





SUNRISE IN SUBURBIA

SUNRISE IN SUBURBIA
Ashbery, John
Price: US $600.00
The Phoenix Book Shop, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Sewn card covers in decorated wrappers, with paper label; oblong 12mo. Letter B of 26 copies (of 126 total) signed by the author. Additionally inscrib... Details





LAND OF UNLIKENESS

LAND OF UNLIKENESS
Lowell, Robert
Price: US $3500.00
Cummington Press, Cummington

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First edition

8vo. Original blue paper boards with red stamping, in unprinted tissue jacket. One of 224 copies (of 250 total) printed. Introduction by Allen Tate. T... Details





STAGE-DUO

STAGE-DUO
Waldman, Anne; Kenward Elmslie; Joe Brainard
Price: US $200.00
Rocky Ledge Cottage Editions, Cherry Valley, NY

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition

Single sheet, card stock, folded to 8 1/2 x 11 inches; 4pp. "Written for the occasion of a reading by Anne Waldman & Kenward Elmslie at the Savoy ... Details