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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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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 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 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 $500.00
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





A Useless Death

A Useless Death
Smith, Patti
Price: US $1500.00
Gotham Book Mart, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition

Stapled pictorial wraps; small 8vo. [4] pp. A single poem signed by Smith. Copy number 23 in a signed and numbered edition of 300. A very near fine co... 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





THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR INCLUDING IDEAS OF ORDER

THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR INCLUDING IDEAS OF ORDER
Stevens, Wallace
Price: US $300.00
Knopf, New York

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition

First edition of this combined volume. Green cloth in dust jacket; 8vo. 185 pp. One of 2000 copies. Near fine in a very pretty example of the jacket; ... Details





THE MAKING OF THE AMERICANS

THE MAKING OF THE AMERICANS
Stein, Gertude
Price: US $200.00
Something Else Press, New York

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Thus

Cream cloth in dust jacket; large 8vo. 925 pp. This edition was the first published in the US: the "Complete Version" of Gertrude Stein's ... Details





IN A GREEN NIGHT (first edition and proof)

IN A GREEN NIGHT (first edition and proof)
Walcott, Derek
Price: US $2500.00
Jonathan Cape, London

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition

Cloth-backed patterned boards in dust jacket; small 8vo. 78 pp., with the uncorrected proof in patterned wraps and dust jacket, both handsomely inscri... Details





WITT

WITT
Smith, Patti
Price: US $2250.00
Gotham Book Mart, New York

Book Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition

Black cloth with pictorial paper cover label; small 8vo. 45 pp. Copy no. 62 of 100. Contains 22 poems, including "Dream Of Rimbaud", "Rape... Details





Where

Where
Snyder, Gary
Price: US $65.00
Hit & Run Press, Berkeley

Book Condition: As new
Edition: First edition

Illustrated broadside approx. 9 x 13 imches. Art work by Davis Te Selle; design by Colored Horse Studio; letterpress printed using Spectrum type on BF... Details





Hay for the Horses

Hay for the Horses
Snyder, Gary
Price: US $95.00
Hit & Run Press, Berkeley

Book Condition: As new
Edition: First Separate Printing

Illustrated broadside approx. 9 x 13 imches. Art work by Davis Te Selle; design by Colored Horse Studio; letterpress printed using Berthold Baskervill... 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