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Archive for May, 2009

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. FIRST GERMAN EDITION of The Water Method Man by John Irving ( Die Wilde Geschichte Vom Wassertrinker ). INSCRIBED BY JOHN IRVING on the titlepage “For a German Reader”. A HAND SIGNED LETTER by John Irving composed on his original letterhead chastising the recipient about the cost of stamps, and long lines at the post office, etc. Dust jacket cover illustration by Edward Gorey. Text in German. Minor damp staining to upper edge of blue cloth boards. Some minor edge wear, otherwise very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 18410
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The Water Method Man
Irving, John

ISBN: 3257018312
Publisher: Diogenes
Publication Date: 1989
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author
Edition: First German Edition

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Christian Dior was arguably the most important fashion designer of the twentieth century. One of a handful of designers who dominated 20th century fashion along with Coco Chanel, Paul Poiret & Yves Saint Laurent. His career was launched in 1947 with his very first collection, in which he introduced the “New Look“. Featuring rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and very full skirt, the New Look celebrated ultra-femininity and opulence. After years of military and civilian uniforms, sartorial restrictions and shortages, Dior offered not merely a new look but a new outlook. While the House of Dior is still a thriving business today, Dior’s untimely death in 1957 left the fashion world without a great dictator of style. Christian Dior designed under his own name for only a decade, but his influence will be felt for many years to come.

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Hard bound first printing with dust jacket.
INSCRIBED BY CHRISTIAN DIOR!
(and signed with his customary “Tian Dior” )

Description: Subtitle “As told to Elie Rabourdin and Alice Sheppard”. Translated from the French by Eugenia Shepard. A personal account of his rise within the fasion world, starting in the mid 1930’s as editor of Figaro, through the opening of his Parirs salon in 1947. B/W photos of Author and Fashions of the day. 112 pages. Minor rubbing to edges of boards and slight sunning to spine edge. Minor chipping to spine edges of dust jacket, and one tear to front, otherwise very good. A RARE COPY – inscribed by one of the most influential designers of the last century!

Bookseller Inventory # 19326

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Talking About Fashion
Dior, Christian

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York
Publication Date: 1953
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U. S. Edition

p1050484848c_18363_1p1050487One of the most beautiful books on salmon fishing. First published in 1888 by David Douglas Edinburgh, and printed by T & A Constable. Here reprinted by the Angler’s & Shooters Press with a signed frontispiece, and beautifuly bound in full blue leather and gilt, with marbled end pages & un-cut page edges. The Restigouche River is known as one of the best salmon-fishing rivers in the world. Originating in the mountains of western New Brunswick, the Ristigouche River flows in a north-easterly direction to the Bay of Chaleur, dividing the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick in its final 40 miles. Bright salmon begin entering the river in mid-May. From this time through the month of June, the average fish taken is 18 pounds with better than 10% over 30 pounds. These are magnificently conditioned and incredibly strong fish. It is quality fishing at its very best. American fishing enthusiast Dean Sage (1841-1902) starts with the geography and history of the Restigouche before dealing with the habits of the salmon and the history of fishing clubs, while entertaining the reader with many interesting fishing stories throughout.

Description: Angler’s and Shoters Press, Goshen Connecticut, 1973. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Pleissner, Ogden & DeFeo, Charles (illustrator). First Thus. Hard bound limited edition #40 of 250 printed copies. Bound in full blue leather with ornate gilt tooling on covers & spine. Gilt topstain and silk ribbion bookmark. Beautiful hand made marbled endpages. Signed by both editors, and artist, Charles Defoe, who did the frontispiece. personal One small bump to lower edge of blue laether board, otherwise flawless.

Bookseller Inventory # 17649

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The Ristigouche and It’s Salmon Fishing
Sage, Dean

Publisher: Angler’s and Shoters Press, Goshen Connecticut
Publication Date: 1973
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Pleissner, Ogden & DeFeo, Charles
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Edition: First Edition Thus

CapoteTruman Capote reached a pinnacle that many writer’s dream of but few ever ascend. No one quite climbed to that summit like Capote did. The extravagant and outrageous lifestyle of flamboyance may be dim among today’s own breed of celebrity, but 50 years ago it was a beacon in the bight life of high society and American Letters. He was a mainstay of the New York social scene, an a noted Hampton’s regular. To celebrate his rise to the top of high society in 1966 Capote hosted what would become known as the famous Black and White Ball, a virtual “who’s who” of the day. Capote’s natural talent for weaving truth with fiction and his unflinching descriptions of his friends soon led to his rapid descent in popularity within the very social circles he had worked so hard to adopt. This rejection led to his increased drinking and drug use. His lack of continued sobriety in later years was matched only by his lack of work. Capote became more of a recluse and his last work, Answered Prayers (where he offended many of his friends) was published only after his death. Truman Capote died on August 25, 1984, but his presence remains alive in the 21st century, even among today’s celebrated caricatures.

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Description: Hard bound with dust jacket in custom 1/4 leather & cloth clamshell box. SIGNED ON THE FRONT FREE ENDPAGE BY TRUMAN CAPOTE. Stated first printing. Some minor wear to unclipped dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. The first of Truman Capote’s own “favorites” from among his works. Mustard cloth boards. Mylar-covered dust jacket (which shows $5.95 price and 2/63 date at bottom of front fold) Beautiful 1/4 leather clam shell box with gilt title on spine edge, shows only the most minoer edge wear. A rare signed copy!.

Bookseller Inventory # 19093

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Selected Writings of Truman Capote
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Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1963
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
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Description: Hard bound limited edition HAND SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY TRUMAN CAPOTE. Near Fine without dust wrapper in publishers slipcase, as issued. A wonderful collection of some of Capote’s best essays. Copy #148 of 350 printed copies. A near fine copy in like slipcase, scarce!.
Bookseller Inventory # 19094
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Music for Chameleons
Capote, Truman
ISBN: 0394514645
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1980
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound with price clipped dust jacket. SIGNED BY BEN SHAHN on the front free endpage. Some wear to dust jacket and cloth boards. Minor chipping to spine edges and corners of dust jacket, otherwse very good.

Bookseller Inventory # 16300

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Ounce Dice Trice
Reid, Alastair and Shahn, Ben

Publisher: Atlantic – Little , Brown
Publication Date: 1958
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition:Good
Signed: Signed
Edition: First Edition

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Description: Hard bound first printing with unclipped dust jacket. Inscribed by John Irving ” Happy Birthday Al – John Irving”. Hand signed letter ( in which he discusses coaching, and wrestling ) and a picture of Brendan Irving ( just after he won the class “A” title) laid in. Some minor wear to dust jacket, otherwise very good. A very nice presentation copy.

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Bookseller Inventory # 17252

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A Prayer for Owen Meany
Irving, John

ISBN 10: 0688077080
ISBN 13: 9780688077082
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 1989
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author
Edition: First Edition

Description: FIRST U.K. Edition, hard bound with dust jacket. A nice copy with only the most minor edge wear. RARE!.

Bookseller Inventory # 16643

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ISBN: 0257667997
Publisher: Jenkins, London
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. #1818 in a limited printing of 2000 copies. Foreword by Peter Beard. A very nice copy, bright and clean. Now out of print, and sought after.

Bookseller Inventory # 19352

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Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures
Beale, Eva Marie

Publisher: Verlhac Editions, Paris
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition

Description: Hard bound first printing with dust jacket. The first full length study on the Theater work of Robert Wilson. Profusely illustrated. 240 pages. A pristine copy, bright and clean. Rare and sought after!.

Bookseller Inventory # 19211

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Robert Wilson
Quadri, Franco; Stearns, Robert & Bertoni, Franco

ISBN: 084782103X
Publisher: Rizzoli, New York
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
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