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    The Good Lord Bird by McBride, James

    New York: Riverhead Books, 2013. Novel about a slave boy who is forced to run off with aboloitionist John Brown. National Book Award winner, with embossed seal stuck to front of jacket. Fifth printing, SIGNED by the author on the title page. Light wear to book, tiny stains; faint tiny stains to jacket. Text clean.. Signed by Author. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo.



    John Adams by McCullough, David

    New York: Simon & Schuster. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2001. First Edition; Twelfth Printing. 1/4 Cloth. 0684813637 . A handsome first edition/Twelfth printing in Near Fine condition with soiled page edges in Very Good+ condition with moderate edgewear; .



    Cien Años de Soledad by García Márquez, Gabriel

    Bogotá: Círculo de Lectores, 1980. Later printing of this influential novel of a family's rise & fall, a cornerstone of Latin American literature. Text in Spanish. Blue hardcover, red & white titling. Edges show some rubbing; jacket lightly tanned & chipped; page edges lightly spotted, scratch to fore-edge, paper tanned. Text clean, [360] pages, chronology. Text in Spanish.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Octavo.



    Guard of Honor (First Edition) by Cozzens, James Gould

    New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1948. First Edition. First Edition. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. About Fine and unread in a Very Good, price clipped, first state dust jacket. Jacket has a handful of cello tape repairs, visible only at the verso, with light wear at the spine ends and corners, and light toning to the spine.



    The Drowning Girl: A Memor by Kiernan, Caitlín R

    Centipede Press, 2014. First hardcover edition of the award-winning (Tiptree & Stoker) supernatural novel. SIGNED by author, both illustrators, and Elizabeth Hand, who wrote the introduction; number 199 of only 300 printed. Stout hardcover, full black silk cloth, gilt titling, full-color plate on front; no jacket, as issued. Near fine in cloth slipcase showing faint wear & a couple of small stains. Text clean; [376] pages + tipped-in signature leaf.. Signed by Author & Illustrator. First Hardcover Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Michael Zulli & Matthew Jaffee. 6¾" by 11¼".



    A Death in the Family (First Edition) by Agee, James

    New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1956. First Edition. First Edition. First issue, with the requisite blue title page and "Walking" on the first line of page 80. Small owner bookplate to the top right corner of the front endpaper. Agee's final novel, published posthumously, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Near Fine in an unclipped Very Good plus dust jacket. Topstain and extremities faded. Jacket has toning to the spine and flap folds, with a few short closed tears and light rubbing at the spine ends and corners. A tight, attractive copy. Ahearn APG 006b.




    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Some light spotting to the cloth. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper, with a great inscription. Tenth printing of Michener's first book, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author to the actor who created the role of Capt. George Brackett in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical: "To Martin Wolfson,/In a character that does/not appear in this book, you/catch the precise & wonderful/spirit of what I was trying to/do. I have been deeply impressed/by your art & your sympathetic/understanding. It's been great/fun knowing you & watching your/performances./Your admirer, /James A. Michener." Michener's inscription takes up most of the front endpaper, but just above it is another inscription to Wolfson that we surmise is by the actor William Tabbert who played Lieutenant Joe Cable in the original production and who shared several scenes with Wolfson: "To Martin/In appreciation of his/splendid performance which/added much strength and/reality to the whole production/from his friend/Bill." SOUTH PACIFIC, the musical, won its own Pulitzer Prize, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and nine Tony Awards. Its memorable hits include "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'I,"There is Nothing Like a Dame," "I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy," and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair." It is rare to find copies of this book inscribed by Michener to original cast members of this historic American musical.



    Years of Grace (Signed Hardcover) by Barnes, Margaret Ayer

    Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1931. Later printing. Jacket front panel and copyright page both state "15th Printing." SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. Winner of the 1931 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Barnes also wrote "Dishonored Lady," a play twice adapted to film. Beginning in the 1890s, the story follows an upper-middle class girl from youth to adulthood, struggling within a changing society and and the heroine's efforts to uphold conventional morality. Very Good plus in an example of the scarce dust jacket. Light bumps to the extremities, and light rubbing to the spine text. Jacket front spine fold professionally repaired at the verso, with several tiny closed tears and chips at the extremities. Still, a fresh, attractive copy of a title seldom found signed.



    Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer (First Edition, inscribed to film director and producer Tony Bill) by Millhauser, Steven

    New York: Crown Publishers, 1996. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page: "To Tony Bill / With warm good wishes / Steven Millhauser / June 26, 1997." Laid in is a "With Compliments" card from the publishers. Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. From the collection of Oscar-winning director and producer Tony Bill, whose credits include "The Sting" (1973, producer), "Soldier in the Rain" (1963, actor), "Shampoo" (1975, actor), and "Five Corners" (1987, director-producer). Foxing to the page edges, else Near Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket.



    House Made of Dawn (First Edition) by Momaday, N. Scott

    New York: Harper and Row, 1968. First Edition. First Edition, in a first issue unclipped dust jacket. Basis for the 1987 Richardson Morse film, written for the screen by Momaday, and starring Larry Littlebird, Judith Doty, Jay Verela, and Mesa Bird. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A very bright, Fine, and unread copy in a Fine dust jacket. Uncommon in this condition.



    His Family (First Edition) by Poole, Ernest

    New York: Macmillan, 1917. First Edition. First Edition. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Very Good, with an owner inscription to the front endpaper. Lacking the rear endpaper, slightly cocked, and with light foxing to the page edges.



    The Stone Diaries (First UK Edition) by Shields, Carol

    London: Fourth Estate, 1993. First UK Edition, preceding the American edition. Pulitzer Prize winner, as well as winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Prize, and Canada's Governor General's Award. As well as the other awards, it was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The first time a book was in contention for both the Pulitzer and Booker Prize, as a result of Shields' dual US/Canadian citizenship. Just about Fine and unread in a Near Fine dust jacket. Light scuffing to the rear jacket panel, else about Fine. An attractive copy.




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1962. Hardcover. Small stain on the front pastedown from a previous bookplate. About Fine in a lightly soiled, Near Fine slipcase. Jean Charlot. Tall octavo (6-3/4" x 10-7/8") bound in natural buckram with a silhouette frieze of the Bridge's doomed pedestrians stamped in black on both covers, backed in fine imported black morocco leather. Introduction by Granville Hicks. Illustrated with 16 full-color lithographs drawn directly on the plates by Jean Charlot and printed in seven colors. Copy #355 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.



    The Good Earth (First Edition) by Buck, Pearl S

    New York: John Day, 1931. First Edition. First Edition. First issue with "flees" on page 100, and "John Day Publishing Company" on the copyright page. Lacking the scarce dust jacket. Basis for the 1937 film starring Paul Muni and Luise Rainer, who won an Academy Award for her role, and directed by Sidney Franklin. Buck won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Good Earth" in 1932, and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. Some light scuffing and an owner bookplate to the front endpaper, else Near Fine.



    Collected Poems 1948-1984 by Walcott, Derek

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005. Collects most of the poetry found in the Nobel Prize-winner's seven collections, as selected by him, and the complete vtext of the long poem 'Another Life'. INSCRIBED by Walcott on the title page: "to Kelly \ best \ Derek Walcott \ 2005". Stout paperback, 20th printing, circa 2005. Hint of edgewear, near fine. Text clean; [12], [516] pages; index of titles, Walcott bibliography.. Later Printing. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. 6" by 8½".



    The Collected Stories of Peter Taylor (Signed First Edition) by Taylor, Peter

    New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux [FSG], 1969. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Taylor in 1970 on the half-title page: "Peter Taylor / Charlottesville / May 1, 1970." From the author of "A Summons to Memphis," and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Top board edges slightly faded, with a few tiny splashes to the top page edges, spine ends lightly bumped. Jacket lightly toned overall, with light foxing, and tiny closed tears at the edges.



    The Executioner's Song (Signed First Edition) by Mailer, Norman

    Boston: Little, Brown, 1979. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the half title page: "To --- --- / for his collection / Norman Mailer / Oct. '91." A presentable copy. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and basis for the superb television film about the life of Gary Gilmore, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Christine Lahti and Roseanne Arquette. Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Light foxing to the front page edge. Jacket lightly edgeworn, with two short closed tears and accompanying crease to the crown, and light foxing to the verso.



    His Family (First Edition) by Poole, Ernest

    New York: Macmillan, 1917. First Edition. First Edition. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Ex-library copy, with only a few of the defects usually associated with such copies. Very Good plus, with circulation slip to the front pastedown, and with a few light splashes to the boards. Rear panel and flap of the scarce dust jacket present, with cello tape to a few closed tears at the verso, and with much of the front flap pasted down to the front endpaper. Uncommon in any condition, let alone so sharp.



    The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After by Bok, Edward W. edited by W. David Lewis

    Chicago: Donnelley & Sons Lakeside Press, 2000 reissue. 459pp. illus. t.e.g. brown cloth 16mo: Fine/no dj. A high quality Lakeside Classics reissue of the Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography (1921) of the rags-to-riches magazine publisher and writer Bok (1863-1930) who gave American English the term "living room."



    The Caine Mutiny by Wouk, Herman

    New York: Doubleday, 1952. First illustrated edition (so stated) of this classic of neurosis & mutiny, SIGNED by Wouk on a tipped-in leaf. A best-seller upon first publication the year before, this novel, based partly on the author's own wartime experiences, won the Pulitzer Prize and became the basis of a film starring Humphrey Bogart and a play depicting the trial sequence adapted by Wouk. Hardcover, full navy cloth, titled in blue& silver. Light wear to book, one corner bumped, light tanning to endsheets; jacket shows heavy chipping to the upper edge, mostly to the front panel & spine, price intact. Text clean; xiv, [2], 494 pages; map endsheets, four double-page full color illustrations, as called for.. First Edition Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Illus. by Lawrence Beall Smith. Large Octavo.



    Death of a Salesman (First Edition) by Miller, Arthur

    New York: Viking Press, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. First issue dust jacket, with a price of $2.50 on the front flap and a photograph of the author on the rear flap. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a classic American drama and basis for a number of film and television versions with, among others, Fredric March, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Dustin Hoffman and Brian Dennehy playing the role of failed salesman Willy Loman. Jacket design by Joseph Hirsch. Owner name at the top of the front endpaper, else about Fine with a lovely, deep brown topstain, in a Very Good jacket that shows no loss, but rubbing at the folds and extremities, and light fray at the crown. A very presentable copy overall.




    New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. The book is slightly cocked. The dustwrapper has mild chipping to the spine tips and the upper front corner. Near Fine in a Very Good dustwrapper. First Trade Edition, with title page printed in green and black. Preceded by the "preliminary issue" of 21 copies and the London edition by a few days. Illustrated by Amy Drevenstedt. Winner of Wilder's first of three Pulitzer Prizes, this copy is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page to "Dr. Samuel Rosenfeld/with the regards of/Thornton Wilder" and dated "New Hope, Penn./July 1948."



    The Fixer (Original screenplay for the 1968 film) by Frankenheimer, John (director); Dalton Trumbo (screenwriter); Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith (starring)

    Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1967. Draft script for the 1968 British film. Based on Bernard Malamud's 1966 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel. Set in Czarist Russia, Frankeheimer's adaptation is a brutal realization of Malamud's novel, wherein a poor Jew named Yakov Bok assumes the identity of a Gentile after moving from the country to Kiev, in order to secure a job working for a drunken anti-Semite. When Bok is wrongfully accused of murder, he must go to prison to avoid stigmatizing the entire Jewish community. Alan Bates was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Bok. By 1960, the blacklisted Trumbo (one of the Hollywood Ten) began to receive credit for his work in Hollywood, after serving time in a federal penitentiary for his conviction in the House Un-American Committee hearings to impugn possible Communists in the US. Shot on location in Hungary. Light blue titled wrappers, dated September 7, 1967, with a credit for screenwriter Trumbo. 138 leaves, with least leaf of text numbered 129. Mechanically and photographically reproduced, dated variously between 9/6/67 and 9/7/67, with a revision page dated 8/7/67. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads. Rear wrapper now encapsulated in mylar.

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