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1 (Austen, Jane). Aldington, Richard JANE AUSTEN
Pasadena, California: The Ampersand Press, 1948. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in black cloth with paste-on, illustrated title label to front cover; in white tissue dustwrapper. 
The pioneering imagist poet and critic here proffers an even-handed, elegant, penetrating, assessment of the novelist which is admiring, but not gushing. 16 pages. Very appealing fine press production from Ampersand. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 (Blake, William). Grant, John E., editor DISCUSSIONS OF WILLIAM BLAKE
Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, (1961). First edition. Trade Paperback. A near fine copy in illustrated wraps. 
A collection of essays by various critics, edited with an introduction by John E. Grant, from the Discussions of Literature series. Tall trade paperback. 114 pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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3 (Burroughs, John). Barrus, Clara, M.D. JOHN BURROUGHS: Boy and Man
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920. First edition, first printing. In green cloth with gilt spine titles. Hardcover. Bumping to lower corner tips and lower text block (quite substantial to rear corner), very mild wear at the extremities, 1920-dated gift inscription to front endsheet, shallow scoring to lower page edges, thus very good; no dust jacket. 
Biography of the pioneering American naturalist and nature writer. Title-page of this copy SIGNED by Burroughs and by author Barrus. With illustrations from photographs and coloured plates. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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4 (De Quincey, Thomas). Whale, John C. THOMAS DEQUINCEY'S RELUCTANT AUTOBIOGRAPHY
London & Sydney: Croom Helm, (1984). 070993615X / 9780709936152 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in black textured boards with gilt titles and devices to the spine; in a fine dust jacket. 
A critical study analyzing the techniques of De Quincey's literary artistry and the journalistic approach De Quincey uses to present his autobiographical experience. 245 pages; conclusion; select biography; and index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 (Dodge, Mary Abigail) as Gail Hamilton WOOL-GATHERING
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Original purple cloth, gilt spine titles and decoration, bevelled covers, brown-coated endpapers, all edges stained red. Spine faded to brown, minor wear to the crown of the spine, else near fine and quite likely unread. Octavo. 335 pages. 
A collection of essays by the American writer, who wrote under the pseudonym of Gail Hamilton, noted for her wit and promotion of equality of education and occupation for women. Her essays were best known for their harshness to men. BAL 4715. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 (Emerson, Ralph Waldo). Konvitz, Milton R., editor THE RECOGNITION OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON: Selected Criticism Since 1837
Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, (1972). 0472085085 / 9780472085088 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in green linen with gilt titles to the spine; in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. 
A collection of chronologically arranged criticism by a wide spectrum of notably original thinkers such as: Thomas Carlyle, Walt Whitman, Matthew Arnold, Henry James, D.H. Lawrence, Lewis Mumford, James Truslow Adams, etc. 224 pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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7 (Fitzgerald, F. Scott; Hemingway, Ernest; Lewis, Sinclair). Anonymous editor THE GREAT AMERICAN PARADE
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1935. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Neat ownership signature to the top of the front endpaper, else a fine copy in red cloth with spine titles gilt; in a very lightly shelfworn dust jacket with three faint vertical creases, from folding. Octavo. 611 pages. 
Nearly 50 modern American authors are represented in this all-star collection: Caldwell, Cather, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald (episode from GATSBY), Frost, Hemingway, Jeffers, Lardner, Sinclair Lewis, Lindbergh, Parker, Saroyan, Wolfe, et alia. Scarce in dj. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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8 (Hammett, Dashiell). Stewart, Donald Ogden; editor FIGHTING WORDS
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1940). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A near fine copy in black cloth with gilt spine titles (slightly tarnished and rubbed); lacking the dust jacket. 
Presentation copy with a dated (1940) inscription, SIGNED by the editor--the blacklisted American author and screenwriter (The Philadelphia Story). Advice on writing with contributions by Hammett, Langston Hughes, Albert Maltz, Dorothy Parker, et al. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 (Jones, Leroi). Baraka, Imamu Amiri KAWAIDA STUDIES: The New Nationalism
Chicago, Illinois: Third World Press, (1972) First edition, first printing: Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Very nearly fine in illustrated yellow and brown stapled wraps with titles printed in black. 55 pages of essays that are direct interpretations of the doctrine (political philosophy and religion) of Kawaida, the formal teachings of Maulana Karenga. 
Baraka is an American dramatist, poet and novelist, who has explored the experience and anger of African-Americans. In the 1960s, his works became progressively more radical and involved with issues of racial and national identity. An elusive title. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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10 (Montaigne, Michel de). Regosin, Richard L. THE MATTER OF MY BOOK: Montaigne's Essais as the Book of the Self
Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, (1977). 0520034767 / 9780520034761 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in bright green cloth with black spine titles; in a price-clipped, else fine dust jacket. [275] pages, including Notes, Bibliography, Index, Index of Essays. 
Analyzes the complex relationship between Montaigne's "self" and the formal characteristics of the essays. Form, subjectivity, and history are considered as part of a dynamic and multi-layered textual system. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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11 (Sherlockiana). Hall, Trevor H. SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HIS CREATOR
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1978). 0312717180 / 9780312717186 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Octavo. 155 pages; indexes. 
Collection of eight Sherlockian essays by the "most elegant exponent" of the Higher Criticism of the literature of Baker Street. The chapters examine: Moriarty, Sigmund Freud, chemistry, Yorkshire, T.S. Eliot, Arsene Lupin, origin of SH, spiritualism. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 (Teggart, Frederick J.) Dangberg, Grace A GUIDE TO THE LIFE AND WORKS OF FREDERICK J. TEGGART
(Reno, Nevada): The Grace Dangberg Foundation, (1983). 0913205001 / 9780913205006 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in blue cloth, titles and rules gilt; in a near fine dust jacket with two very short edge tears. Quarto. 568 pages; index. Contains a color fold-out map of Eurasia, first century A.D, photos, and figures. 
Teggart, librarian and educator, was instrumental in moving the Bancroft Library to Berkeley after the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, becoming the honorary custodian and eventually curator of the library, serving until 1916. Articles, reviews, etc. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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13 (Thompson, E.P.). Rule, John & Malcolmson, Robert, editors PROTEST AND SURVIVAL: Essays for E.P. Thompson
(London): (The Merlin Press), (1993). 156584114X / 9781565841147 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a photo-pictorial dust jacket. 423 pages, select bibliography, and a list of contributors. 
A collection of essays by important English and American historians which examines the work of Thompson and serves as an evaluation of his influence and a tribute to his remarkable career. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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14 (Woolf, Virginia). Woodring, Carl VIRGINIA WOOLF
New York & London: Columbia University Press, 1966. First edition. Volume 18 in the Columbia Essays on Modern Writers series. Chapbook. Creases to the front cover, else a near fine copy in illustrated stapled wraps that are lightly age-toned. 47 pages, selected bibliography. 
Woodring, a Professor of English at Columbia University, offers a biographical overview and a detailed reading of Woolf's major works in this chapbook essay which includes a comparison with contemporaries. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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15 Ackroyd, Peter THE COLLECTION
London: Chatto & Windus, (2001) 0701173009 / 9780701173005 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
An anthology of the novelist and biographer's journalism, reviews, lectures, short stories and miscellaneous writings; gathered from The Spectator, 1973-1987; from the Sunday Times and The Times, 1981-2001; and elsewhere. 465 pages, indexed. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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16 Asimov, Isaac COUNTING THE EONS
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1983. First edition. Hardcover. Remainder spray on lower page edges, a crease along front and rear covers, else very good in dust jacket with edge tears. 
17 essays on everything from sub-atomic particles to Milton. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 Atwood, Margaret STRANGE THINGS: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature
Oxford: Clarendon Press, (1995). 0198119763 / 9780198119760 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Margaret Atwood turns to the literary imagination of her native land, as she explores the mystique of the Canadian North and its impact on the work of writers such as Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, and Michael Ondaatje. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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18 Baldwin, James THE DEVIL FINDS WORK
New York: The Dial Press, 1976. 0803719167 / 9780803719163 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, unread in maroon boards; in a fine illustrated dust jacket. 122 pages. 
Baldwin reacts to films he has seen in his life, from childhood memories watching Joan Crawford in Harlem, to provocative interpretations of the biggest hits of the sixties and seventies. He asks us to confront what the films reveal about our culture. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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19 Barr, Nevada SEEKING ENLIGHTENMENT...HAT BY HAT: A Skeptic's Path To Religion
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2003. 03399150579 First edition, first printing: Uncorrected manuscript [proof] for limited distribution. Proof. Fine, unread in illustrated wraps. 
The Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author of the environmental mysteries featuring Anna Pigeon offers her personal journal in a quest for spiritual truth. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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20 Beerbohm, Max AND EVEN NOW
London: William Heinemann, 1920. First edition. Hardcover. Very good only, with offsetting to the endsheets, fading (especially to spine) and soiling to covers, corner tips lightly bumped; in printed dust jacket that is edgeworn and tanned (especially to spine) and that has a diamond cut-out to lower spine panel. 
Essays penned between 1910 and 1920 by the premiere wit of his generation. Some true gems here, such as a piece on invented novels that appear in novels (!), and a deeply moving memoir of "William and Mary"--the incomparable Max in quite a different key. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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