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1 (Longstreet, Stephen). Weiner, Henri CRIME ON THE CUFF
New York: William Morrow & Co., 1936. First edition. In black boards lettered in red to front cover, with titles and silhouette device to spine; illustrated dust jacket. Hardcover. Several splashes of bleaching to top-edge coloring, former owner's signature to front free endpaper, else a near fine copy ; in dust jacket with pale dampstaining to the edges, short edge tears and signficant associated creasing, a few tiny nicks. 
Longstreet's debut and the only mystery published under his real name introduces one-armed sleuth John Brass, former Secret Service man who is also a popular cartoonist, creator of the comic strip, "Georgie the G-Man." Aka: THE CASE OF THE SEVERED SKULL. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 (Nader, Ralph). McCarry, Charles CITIZEN NADER
New York: Saturday Review Press, (1972). 0841501637 / 9780841501638 First edition. Hardcover. Pages mildly age-toned, else fine in the second issue dust jacket that shows some fading to the spine panel. 
A biography of consumer advocate Ralph Nader. The espionage author's first book. Second issue dust jacket with the Saturday Review Book Club statement on the lower corner of the front flap. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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3 (Sherlockiana). Dibdin, Michael THE LAST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY
New York: Pantheon Books, (1978). 0394500652 / 9780394500652 First U.S. edition, first printing: Review copy, with the publisher's slip laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
In his first book, Michael Dibdin pits the sleuth of Baker Street against the Butcher of Whitechapel--the archfiend Jack the Ripper. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 (Sherlockiana). Williams, Gerard DR. MORTIMER AND THE ALDGATE MYSTERY
New York: St. Martin's Press, (2001). 031226920X / 9780312269203 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
This first novel depicts a realistic Victorian society in a tale of intrigue featuring Dr. James Moriarty and his friend Dr. Watson who investigate the reasons for a beautiful woman being held in captivity. Williams is a pseudonym of Gary Newman. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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5 (Tennyson, Lord Alfred). Two Brothers POEMS
London: Macmillan and Co., 1893. Second edition, trade issue. Hardcover. Short, clean tear to the upper edge of the title-page, from careless opening, mild foxing to the endsheets, else fine with uncut leaves, in green cloth with gilt-embossed spine titles. 12mo. 250 pages. 
Facsimile edition of a collection of poems, first published in 1827, by the two brothers Alfred and Charles Tennyson. This edition adds five poems left out of the 1827 edition. Alfred Tennyson's anonymously published first book in a superb copy. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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6 Aaron, Chester BETTER THAN LAUGHTER
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., (1972). 015206950X / 9780152069506 First edition, first printing. Inscribed, dated and SIGNED by the author to the front free endsheet. Hardcover. Soiling and mild stain to page edges, else near fine in bright green cloth; in an age-darkened, lightly edge-worn, illustrated dust jacket, showing a few tiny nicks. Wraparound jacket art by Hope Meryman. 
"The strength...lies in the interaction between Allan and Sam, two young boys escaping their expensive suburban California life, and Horace Butright, an aging county dump caretaker, who reconstructs the past from discarded, broken objects."--PW. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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7 Aaron, Chester BETTER THAN LAUGHTER
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., (1972). 015206950X / 9780152069506 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Paper-clip indentation to front free endsheet, else about fine, in green cloth; in a soiled, stained, age-toned, and edge-nicked dust jacket with a closed edge tear at front flap fold. Wraparound jacket art by Hope Meryman. 
Aaron's first book for children is a "brave, unorthodox and brutal final comment on parental indifference....talk about breaking the mold in teen-age literature."--San Francisco Chronicle. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Abel, Kenneth BAIT
New York: Delacorte Press, (1994). 0385311907 / 9780385311908 First Edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
"BAIT is a solid debut, a tough-minded, intelligent, complex novel with strong characters and a firm grasp of the way the world really works."--Donald E. Westlake. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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9 Abella, Alex THE KILLING OF THE SAINTS
New York: Crown Publisher, Inc., (1991). First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The use of melting pot city languages help make this Cuban-American hardboiled thriller realistically up to date. The author's debut novel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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10 Abruquah, J.W. THE CATECHIST
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, (1965). B0007J0LDU First edition, first printing. Mild offsetting to endsheets, ownership name and date to front endsheet, else fine, in bright, orange-red cloth with gilt spine titling; in an age-toned, and lightly edgeworn, near fine illustrated dust jacket. 
Abruquah broke into the literary market of 1960s Ghana with this autobiographical first novel, an account of the narrow religious environment into which he was born. (Douglas Killam and Ruth Rowe). With an introduction by Elspeth Huxley. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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11 Adcock, Thomas Larry PRECINCT 19
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1984 0385184530 / 9780385184533 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Adcock, then a Manhattan police reporter, tagged along with the 179 cops of New York City's 19th Precinct for a year to portray a vivid and accurate behind-the-scenes view of a high-pressure police station. First book by the Edgar Award-winning author. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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12 Aellen, Richard RED EYE
New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc., (1988). First edition. Hardcover. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 
The author's first novel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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13 Aellen, Richard RED EYE
New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc., (1988). 1556110820 / 9781556110825 First edition: Uncorrected Proof. Proof. A near fine copy in rubbed wraps. 
Two brothers, both unaware of the other's existence, one a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, the other a professional assassin, experience a mysterious psychic connection that has treasonous Soviet leaders plotting to kill the Premier and frame the U.S. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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REMEMBER VALERIE MARCH, Albert, Katherine
14 Albert, Katherine REMEMBER VALERIE MARCH
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1939). B0006AOJFG First edition, first printing. Mauve cloth with black lettering against cream title ovals to front and spine, grey-black upper page edge tint; jacket. Hardcover. Fine, a beautiful, fresh, virtually as-new example; in a very good jacket, rubbed and with some separation at the folds, a bit darkened, nicked at spine ends. Publisher's response card laid in. 
Albert was "a minor Hollywood actress who was obviously well acquainted with the local scene."--Anthony Slide. "A good reflection of an unrestrained element in Hollywood life."--R.G. Doyle, quoted in Slide. Scarce Hollywood novel! 
Price: 125.00 USD
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15 Albert, Neil THE JANUARY CORPSE
New York: Walker and Company, (1991). 0802732062 / 9780802732064 Third printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The author's first novel. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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16 Aldridge, John W. THE PARTY AT CRANTON
New York: David McKay Company, Inc., (1960). First edition. Hardcover. Foxing to page edges, spotting to spine and very faintly to front and rear covers, else a very good plus copy in green cloth; in a dust jacket with minor fading to spine panel and age-toning to flaps. Jacket designed by Larry Lurin. 
SIGNED by the author to the front free endpaper with inscription, "For...with warmest and most affectionate wishes--Jack" and dated "June 14, 1960." Aldridge's first novel takes place at a faculty party at an American university. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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17 Alexander, Lloyd; illustrated by Peggy Bacon MY FIVE TIGERS: The Cats in My Life
London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, (1956). First U.K. edition. Hardcover. Hint of offsetting to endsheets, discreet, cat-themed bookplate to front pastedown, else near fine, in teal cloth with silver spine lettering; in a dust jacket that is faintly spotted, mildly age-toned, and shows light edgewear, especially to spine ends. 
Alexander's debut is an enchanting autobiographial account of how the future author of TIME CAT and THE CAT WHO WISHED TO BE A MAN (not to mention the Prydain Chronicles) became a confirmed cat-lover. With the incomparable illustrations of Peggy Bacon. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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18 Alexander, Tasha AND ONLY TO DECEIVE
(New York, N.Y.): William Morrow/An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishe (2005). 0060756713 / 9780060756710 First edition, SECOND printing. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A debut mystery of historical suspense set in Victorian England, with a meticulously researched setting and a complex plot that involves stolen antiques, betrayal and murder. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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19 Allen, Woody DON'T DRINK THE WATER
New York: Random House, (1967). B0006BSWBW Book Club edition. Hardcover. Discreet bookplate to the front pastedown endpaper, else fine; in a very nearly fine, mildly age-toned illustrated dust jacket. 
First book by the three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. This play has seen numerous successful runs on both big and small stages and has been filmed twice. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 Allman, Paul Limbert OTIS: On the Occasion of His Foray into the Wilderness of Civilization
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1994). 0312105193 / 9780312105198 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine; in a near fine dust jacket 
"...OTIS is a wonderful first novel by a writer I'm going to keep a sharp lookout for."--Robert Olen Butler. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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