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The Serpents of Paradise: A Reader

By: Abbey, Edward; Macrae, John

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Henry, Holt and Company: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2284473

ISBN: 0805031324

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Remainder mark. 1995 Hard Cover. xii, 400. Collects the best and most inflammatory writings of the late naturalist, environmentalist, and libertarian, a former National Park ranger and the author of Desert Solitaire, The Journey Home, and other works. This book is different from any other Edward Abbey book. It includes essays, travel pieces and fictions to reveal Ed's life directly, in his own words. The selections gathered here are arranged chronologicall... View more info

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Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays

By: Acocella, Joan

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Pantheon: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2207082

Condition: Very Good


Small tear to upper rear jacket. 2007 Hard Cover. From one of our most admired cultural critics (“A marvelous, canny writer”––Terry Castle, London Review of Books), thirty-one essays on some of the most influential artists of our time––writers, dancers, choreographers, sculptors––and two saints of all time, Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene. Among the people discussed: Italo Svevo, Stefan Zweig, Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Yourcenar, Joseph Roth, Vaslav ... View more info

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Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams, During the Revolution, with a Memoir of Mrs. Adams

By: Adams, Charles Francis

Price: $125.00  $100.00

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin / Riverside Press: 1875

Seller ID: 2278326

Condition: Near Fine


Bookplate of William Whitman on front endpaper, with a couple ink notations that appear to reference his personal library's organizational system. 1875 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xxxii, 424 pp. 8vo. Engraved frontispiece of Abigail Adams. Transcriptions of 284 letters between future President John Adams and his wife Abigail, written during the American Revolution, with a brief biographical sketch of Abigail. Index follows text. View more info

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Letters of James Agee to Father Flye

By: Agee, James

Price: $13.50  $10.80

Publisher: George Braziller: 1962

Edition: 3rd Printing

Seller ID: 2266778

Condition: Very Good


Third printing. Jacket spine-head and spine-base lightly rubbed, front jacket flap creased. A few faint spots along top edge of boards. 1962 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 235 pp. The present edition amounts to ninety some letters written over a period of thirty years to an Episcopalain priest who was not only the author's oldest friend, but, in a way, his foster father. James Rufus Agee (/?e?d?i?/ AY-jee; November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) wa... View more info

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A Hilltop on the Marne: Being Letters Written June 3 - September 8, 1914

By: Aldrich, Mildred

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap: 1918

Edition: Reissue

Seller ID: 2266164

Condition: Very Good


No jacket, endpapers faintly toned, pencil name on second blank. 1918 Hard Cover. 187 pp. Illustrated with reproductions of photographs. Mildred Aldrich (November 16, 1853[1] – February 19, 1928) was an American journalist and writer. Aldrich moved to Huiry, near Paris, in 1914, only months before the outbreak of the First World War.[2] Her house there overlooked the Marne river valley, and her experiences during the First Battle of the Marne, as detailed in her letter... View more info

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CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

By: Alter, Cathy

Price: $6.00  $4.80

Publisher: William Morrow: 2016

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2206984

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. An exceptional copy. 2016 Hard Cover. A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and mystery that is our first celebrity crush. View more info

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Something to Declare: Essays

By: Alvarez, Julia

Price: $20.00  $16.00

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200751

ISBN: 1565121937

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Near fine.Near Fine. 1998 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. x, 300 pp. In her first book of nonfiction, Julia Alvarez takes us behind the scenes and shares the lessons she's learned on her way to becoming an internationally acclaimed novelist. In 1960, when Alvarez was ten years old, her family fled the Dominican Republic. Her father participated in a failed coup attempt against the dictator Raf... View more info

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To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

By: Ambrose, Stephen E.

Price: $6.00  $4.80

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: 2003

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2268632

ISBN: 0743252128

Condition: Near Fine


First printing. A very nice copy. 2003 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xvi, 265 pp. Completed shortly before Ambrose's untimely death, To America is a very personal look at our nation's history through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most influential historians. Ambrose roams the country's history, praising the men and women who made it exceptional. He considers Jefferson and Washington, who were progressive thinkers (while livin... View more info

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Letters of Sherwood Anderson

By: Anderson, Sherwood; Jones, Howard Mumford; Rideout, Walter B.

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2288490

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Half-inch by one-inch chip to jacket spine head, one and a half inch chip to top edge of rear jacket panel, one and a half inch tear to front jacket flap hinge, front jacket flap price-clipped. 1953 Hard Cover. xxv, 479 pp. From libraries, collections and private individuals he has obtained the great body of Sherwood Anderson correspondence from 1916 to shortly before Anderson's death in 1941. Four hundred and one of the most important, characteristic and ... View more info

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The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays

By: Auden, W.H.

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: Random House: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2287392

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket spine toned, a few chips to jacket edges, light stain on front jacket panel. Page ridge lightly foxed. 1962 Hard Cover. vii, 527 pp. The Dyer's Hand and other essays is a prose book by W. H. Auden, published in 1962 in the US by Random House and in the UK the following year by Faber & Faber. The book contains a selection of essays, reviews, and collections of aphorisms and notes written by Auden from the early 1950s to 1962. Many items were not prev... View more info

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Selected Journals and Other Writings (Penguin Nature Classics)

By: Audubon, John James; Forkner, Ben

Price: $9.00  $7.20

Publisher: Penguin Books: 1996

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2195122

Condition: Very Good


First printing. Edges rubbed, pages toned. 1996 Trade Paperback. xliii, 573 pp. The fist one-volume selection of non-ornithological writings from one of America's premier naturalists and painters. Gathered here are the fruits of his [Audubon's] literary talent: journals, letters, bird biographies, a memoir of his early years, and stories of the American frontier.... His enormous efforts resulted in the finest collection of American birds ever painted by a single individu... View more info

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The Essayes or Counsels Civill & Moral of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount Saint Alban (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

By: Bacon, Francis; Morley, Christopher; Rosenbach, A.S.W.

Price: $35.00  $28.00

Publisher: The Easton Press: 1980

Seller ID: 2285627

Condition: Very Good


Minor loss of gilt from front board. 1980 Full-Leather. ix, [3], 190 pp. Tall 8vo. Brown full leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. Introductions by Christopher Morley and A.S.W. Rosenbach. Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount of St. Alban, KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.... View more info

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Essays on the Formation and Publication of Opinions, the Pursuit of Truth, and On Other Subjects.

By: Bailey, Samuel

Price: $30.00  $24.00

Publisher: Ticknor and Fields: 1854

Seller ID: 2204495

Condition: Very Good


No jacket, top edges of a few pages stained. 1854 Hard Cover. xii, 422, [4] pp. Samuel Bailey (5 July 1791 – 18 January 1870) was a British philosopher and writer.His first work, Essays on the Formation and Publication of Opinions, published anonymously in 1821, attracted more attention than any of his other writings. A sequel to it appeared in 1829, Essays on the Pursuit of Truth. Between these two were Questions in Political Economy, Politics, Morals, &c. (1823), an... View more info

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The Friday Book: Essays and Other Nonfiction

By: Barth, John

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2281613

ISBN: 0399129979

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Jacket very faintly toned. Top page ridge very faintly foxed. 1984 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xx, 281 pp. The distinguished author speculates on the future of literature and the literature of the future, looks back upon his own novels, and comments upon various aspects of writing. View more info

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Deceiving to Convey Truth

By: Beattie, Ann

Price: $35.00  $28.00

Publisher: Harbourfront Reading Series: 1997

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2200923

Condition: Near Fine


Signed by author without inscription. #48 of 150 signed, numbered copies, from a total edition of 550. Faint smudge to rear wrapper. 1997 Stapled Binding. We have more books available by this author!. 25 pp. Ann Beattie discusses what it is to be a writer, analyzing her own writings and the writings of others.Keywords: ANN BEATTIE DECEIVING TO CONVEY TRUTH AMERICAN LITERATURE ESSAYS LITERARY CRITICSIM BIOGRAPHY View more info

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Secrets of Marie Antoinette: A Collection of Letters

By: Bernier, Olivier

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: Fromm International: 1986

Seller ID: 2285683

ISBN: 0880640642

Condition: Near Fine


Spine base lightly rubbed, very faint pink stain on top page ridge. 1986 Trade Paperback. 326 pp. This fascinating and poignant collection of letters between Marie Antoinette, the doomed dauphine and future Queen of France, and her mother, Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, provide a revealing portrait of the legendary queen's tragic life and the age in which she lived. Beginning in 1770 when the young princess departed for France and... View more info

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Stoneposts in the Sunset

By: Berry, Romeyn

Price: $12.00  $9.60

Publisher: Century House: 1950

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2062121

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Inscribed without attribution and signed by author ('with every good wish, Romeyn Berry') on title page. Corners a bit rubbed, faint stain to spine base. 1950 Hard Cover. 96 pp. 8vo. A collection of short pieces written by an American sports administrator and author who attended Cornell University to study law, practiced in New York City, fought in World War I, and returned to Cornell to become involved in their sports program. He was also the head of seve... View more info

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American Poetry: Wildness and Domesticity

By: Bly, Robert

Price: $6.00  $4.80

Publisher: Harper & Row: 1990

Seller ID: 2277464

ISBN: 0060162651

Condition: Good


Light stain to base of rear jacket panel. Page ridges very faintly foxed, ink names on front endpaper, half-title page clipped, some ink marks in text. 1990 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. viii, 341 pp. Essays discuss issues in modern poetry, and look at the works of James Wright, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, W.S. Merwin, Thomas McGrath, Robert Lowell, James Dickey, Galway Kinnell, and Donald Hall. View more info

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How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books

By: Bodger, Joan

Price: $18.00  $14.40

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart: 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2286771

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. An excellent copy. 1999 Hard Cover. xiv, 249 pp. Over forty years ago, Joan Bodger, her husband, and two children went to Britain on a very special family quest. They were seeking the world that they knew and loved through children’s books. In Winnie-the-Pooh Country, Mrs. Milne showed them the way to “that enchanted place on the top of the Forest [where] a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” In Edinburgh they stood outside Robert Louis ... View more info

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Russian Coronation 1896: The Letters of Kate Koon (Bovey) from the Last Russian Coronation

By: Bovey, Kate Koon

Price: $150.00  $120.00

Publisher: Privately Printed: 1942

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2285035

Condition: Very Good


Inscribed and signed by Kate Koon Bovey on front flyleaf ('To Juliene Bryan, I am delighted to send you this book, Kate Koon Bovey'). Boards lightly stained and faded, interior excellent. 1942 Large Hardcover. 50 pp. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. A privately printed collection of letters written by Bovey to her parents from Moscow, providing a firsthand account of the coronation of Czar Nicholas II. View more info

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Copy: Today's Better Fiction, Volume 1, No. 1, Spring 1950

By: Bradbury, Ray; Crossen, Ken; Moholy-Nagy, Sybil; Alan, Louis; Siry, Peter; Boutell, Cleve; Toron, Steve; Rider, Ernest; Spaulding, Leonard; Longstreet, Stephen; Stebel, Sid L.; Edwards, Harvey L.; Burton, Russ J.; Garfinkle, Louis A.; Lubin, Edward; Mori

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: The Bards: 1950

Seller ID: 2262789

Condition: Very Good


Edges lightly rubbed. 1950 Stapled Binding. 92 pp. Stapled binding. Ads precede and follow text. A mid-twentieth century collection of stories, including an early appearance by Ray Bradbury: he published stories in various magazines and journals beginning in 1938; but Fahrenheit 451, his first book not compiled from previously published stories, was not released until 1953 (The Martian Chronicles was a fix-up novel cobbled together from earlier stories, while Fahrenheit ... View more info

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October Farm: From the Concord Journals and Diaries of William Brewster

By: Brewster, William; Barbour, T.; French, Daniel Chester

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: Harvard University Press: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2280917

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Lacks jacket. Boards lightly rubbed with light stain on back corner. 1937 Hard Cover. 297 pp. Black and white photographs. A transcription of journals and diaries by the early American settler, with a foreword by T. Barbour and an introduction by Daniel Chester French. 'October Farm' was the name that William Brewster, one of the greatest American ornithologists, gave to his beautiful estate in Concord, Massachusetts. We have transferred the name to this d... View more info

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Vectors and Smoothable Curves: Collected Essays

By: Bronk, William

Price: $15.00  $12.00

Publisher: North Point Press: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2278300

ISBN: 0865471258

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Small tear to jacket, lightly rubbed. 1986 Hard Cover. A collection of essays from the world-famous poet. View more info

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In Search of Mind: Essays in Autobiography (The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series)

By: Bruner, Jerome

Price: $7.00  $5.60

Publisher: Harper & Row: 1983

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC)

Seller ID: 2288033

ISBN: 0063370352

Condition: Very Good


Jacket spine head and spine base rubbed, jacket flaps lightly toned. Address labels on front endpapers, owner's stamp on front and rear endpapers, minor highlighting. 1983 Hard Cover. xii, 306 pp. The eminent psychologist reflects on the course of his work, examines the development of the study of psychology and his substantial contributions to its growth, and provides a glimpse of himself as thinker, teacher, and student of the mind. View more info

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In Search of Mind: Essays in Autobiography (The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series)

By: Bruner, Jerome

Price: $6.00  $4.80

Publisher: Harper & Row: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2288034

ISBN: 0060151919

Condition: Very Good


First edition. Half-inch by half-inch chip to jacket spine base, jacket edges rubbed, front jacket flap price-clipped. 1983 Hard Cover. xii, 306 pp. The eminent psychologist reflects on the course of his work, examines the development of the study of psychology and his substantial contributions to its growth, and provides a glimpse of himself as thinker, teacher, and student of the mind. View more info

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On Cats

By: Bukowski, Charles; Debritto, Abel

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Ecco: 2015

Edition: 2nd Printing

Seller ID: 2284280

ISBN: 0062395998

Condition: Fine


Second printing. A fine copy. 2015 Hard Cover. 118 pp. A raw and tenderly funny look at the human-cat relationship, from one of our most treasured and transgressive writers. Felines touched a vulnerable spot in Charles Bukowski’s crusty soul. For the writer, there was something majestic and elemental about these inscrutable creatures he admired, sentient beings whose searing gaze could penetrate deep into our being. Bukowski considered cats to be unique forces of natur... View more info

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Passions of the Mind: Selected Writings

By: Byatt, A.S.

Price: $25.00  $20.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2270822

ISBN: 0701138475

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Jacket spine head and spine base lightly bumped. Pages moderately toned due to the type of paper used by the publisher. 1991 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. x, 346 pp. Whether she is writing about George Eliot or Sylvia Plath; Victorian spiritual malaise or Toni Morrison; mythic strands in the novels of Iris Murdoch and Saul Bellow; politics behind the popularity of Barbara Pym or the ambition... View more info

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Portraits in Fiction

By: Byatt, A.S.

Price: $30.00  $24.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by author

Seller ID: 2271605

ISBN: 0701173106

Condition: Near Fine


First edition. Signed by author without inscription. Pages very faintly toned. 2001 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. ix, 101 pp. A remarkable, sumptuously illustrated exploration of the links between fiction, writers of fiction and portraits -- by the acclaimed Booker Prize winner. Portraits seem the opposite of fiction, fixed in time and space, not running with the curve of a story or a life. Yet since the birth of the novel, writers have been f... View more info

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Resistance, Rebellion, and Death: Essays

By: Camus, Albert

Price: $8.00  $6.40

Publisher: Vintage: 1995

Edition: 1st Printing

Seller ID: 2286470

ISBN: 0679764011

Condition: Very Good


1st printing. Faint edge wear. 1995 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. In the speech he gave upon accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Albert Camus said that a writer cannot serve today those who make history; he must serve those who are subject to it. And in these twenty-three political essays, he demonstrates his commitment to history's victims, from the fallen maquis of the French Resistance to the casualties of the Cold War. View more info

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Lyrical and Critical Essays

By: Camus, Albert; Thody, Philip; Kennedy, Ellen Conroy

Price: $10.00  $8.00

Publisher: Vintage: 1970

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 2286794

ISBN: 0394708520

Condition: Near Fine


Reprint. An exceptional copy. 1970 Mass Market Paperback. A collection of essays focusing on the early writings of Camus, edited by Philip Thody and translated by Ellen Conroy Kennedy. Here now, for the first time in a complete English translation, we have Camus’s three little volumes of essays, plus a selection of his critical comments on literature and his own place in it. As might be expected, the main interest of these writings is that they illuminate new facets of... View more info