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T. S. Eliot was arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century. He was also a well respected social critic and playwright. When T. S. Eliot died, wrote Robert Giroux, “the world became a lesser place.” Certainly the most imposing poet of his time, Eliot was revered by Igor Stravinsky “not only as a great sorcerer of words but as the very key keeper of the language.” For Alfred Kazin he was “the mana known as ‘T. S. Eliot,’ the model poet of our time, the most cited poet and incarnation of literary correctness in the English-speaking world.” Northrop Frye simply states: “A thorough knowledge of Eliot is compulsory for anyone interested in contemporary literature. Whether he is liked or disliked is of no importance, but he must be read.”

Description: First U.K. Edition. Hard bound with dust jacket. Some minor wear to dust jacket and one very small closed tear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.  An Eliot drama written about Thomas A. Becket (the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162, until he was assassinated in 1170 as a result of his conflicts with King Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church).

Bookseller Inventory # 30048


Murder in the Cathedral
Eliot, T. S.

Publisher: Faber and Faber, London
Publication Date: 1935
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First U.K. Edition

Franz Kafka was an influential German-language author regarded as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term “Kafkaesque” has entered the English language to describe his unique style. Kafka was born in a middle class, German-speaking, Jewish family, in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He wrote his novels in German while working for an insurance company there. The Trial is his best known work, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote and inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither to him or the reader.

Description: Hard bound in dust jacket. First printing of the First U.S. Edition. Illustrated by Georg Salter. First published in German in 1925, the year following Kafka’s death, by his literary executor and against Kafka’s express wish that all his remaining papers be burned. This title would become one of the author’s most famous works and one partially responsible for turning the author’s name into an adjective. This copy shows some minor edge wear to boards, and slight age toning to end pages. The dust jacket shows a few very small tears, some wear and rubbing, otherwise a near fine copy, with interior clean and binding tight. A rare and sought after book, now considered to be a modern classic.

Bookseller Inventory #30047


The Trial
Kafka, Franz

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1937
Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Printing of the First American Edition

The Maidstone Club is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the United States. Set against the Atlantic Ocean in the posh town of East Hampton, it boasts a private beach, pool, tennis house, and club house. The Club derives its name from the original name for East Hampton. Maidstone was founded as a nine hole course in 1891 and expanded to eighteen holes in 1899. The golf course was originally designed by William H. Tucker and is one of the first golf courses in the United States.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION printed by Pace Press for the members of the Maidstone Club, September 1941. LIMITED EDITION #13 of 500 printed copies. Personal copy SIGNED BY JAMES B. SKIDMORE (photo page 79) the acting secretary of the club in 1940. An extensive overview of the club from the founding families to the club’s Golden Jubilee. Illustrated with b&w photographs. This book was also printed in a facsimile edition in 1991 as part of a two volume set. Some wear to boards and sunning to edges. Corners bumped and spine edges worn. Some foxing to end pages, otherwise very good with interior clean and binding still strong. This is not the reprint, but the true first edition. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 25707


Fifty Years Of The Maidstone Club
Rattray, Jeanette Edwards

Publisher: The Maidstone Club, Pace Press
Publication Date: 1941
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As Issued
Signed: Signed by James B. Skidmore
Edition: 1st Edition


JOSEF_KOUDELKA_GYPSIESJosef Koudelka, a nomad at heart has wandered around Europe with his 35mm Leica and little else. He was born in the Czech Republic, and made his first photographs there while a student in the 1950s. In the 196os he lived with and photographed the Gypsies of Slovakia, and later Romania, photographing them with an intimacy only gained through their total acceptance of him as one of their own. He returned to Czechoslovakia just two days before the Soviet invasion in August of 1968. He witnessed and recorded the military forces as they invaded Prague. Koudelka’s negatives were smuggled out of Prague into the hands of the Magnum agency, and were published anonymously under the initials P. P. (Prague Photographer) for fear of reprisal to him and his family. His pictures of the events became dramatic international symbols, and in 1969 the “anonymous Czech photographer” was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal for photographs requiring exceptional courage. Koudelka left Czechoslovakia for political asylum in 1970 and shortly thereafter joined The Magnum Agency. He remains an ever elusive figure who rarely attends events or signings, preferring to remain as he has always been… perpetually in motion.

Description: INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY JOSEF KOUDELKA on the title page ” to Jonas from Josef Koudelka”. Hard bound first printing with dust jacket. Koudelka’s first book, the work that sealed Koudelka’s reputation featuring 60 powerful black-and-white photogravure plates. This is the French edition of the book published simultaneously by Aperture under the title “Gypsies “. Foreword by Robert Delpire, and text by Willy Guy. Translated to French by Diane de Margerie. Some wear to corners and edges of dust jacket, and one small closed tear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 25015

Koudelka Gitans La Fin Du Voyage


Gitans La Fin Du Voyage (Gypsies)
Koudelka, Josef

Gitans La Fin Du Voyage SignedEnglish Title: Gypsies; The Journey’s End
Publisher: Delpire Editeur
Publication Date: 1975
Edition: First French edition
Book Condition:   Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)


James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet. He is considered to be one of the most influential modernist writers of the first part of the 20th century. He will be best remembered for his ground breaking novel Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. His fictional universe does not extend beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there; Ulysses in particular is set with precision in the streets and alleyways of the city.

Description: Hard bound in original brown cloth with gilt top edge, lettering and decorations to spine and front board. Limited Edition of 800 printed copies, signed by the author, James Joyce on the limitation page! Copy #154 in a hand numbered edition. Preface by Padraic Colum. This copy shows only the most minor shelf wear only. An early published chapter from Joyce’s famous “work in progress” that would later become Finnegan’s Wake. Very Rare!

Bookseller Inventory # 30034


Anna Livia Plurabelle
Joyce, James

Publisher: Crosby Gaige, New York
Publication Date: 1928
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition:
Dust Jacket Condition:
No jacket
First Edition
Signed: Signed and numbered by James Joyce

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