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The Fool's Progress, Abbey, Edward
1 Abbey, Edward The Fool's Progress
New York Henry Holt 1988 0-8050-0921-3 / 9780805009217 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
Near fine, tight book with minor bump to upper right tip, in near fine Brodarted dust jacket, small crease in upper right front corner. First edition, first printing. First-state dust jacket with uncorrected errors on both front and back flaps: "mist" for "myth" and "Mickey" for "Becky." 485 pp. Gold boards with black cloth spine, gold lettering. An Edward Abbey kind of novel. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Swallow and the Tom Cat, Amado, Jorge
2 Amado, Jorge The Swallow and the Tom Cat
New York Delacorte Press 1982 0-440-08325-7 / 9780440083252 First American Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Remainder 
Near fine book in near fine Brodarted dust jacket. First American edition. Top edge of DJ flaps browning. Light remainder spray on bottom of text block. 96 pp., translated from the Portuguese by Barbara Shelby Merello, wonderful illustrations by Carybe. We specialize in Latin American literature in translation. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Dom Casmurro, Assis, Machado De
3 Assis, Machado De Dom Casmurro
New York Noonday Press 1953 First American Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
Near fine book in very good plus mylared dust jacket. First American edition. Light foxing, else fine. Small tear on bottom of dust jacket near spine. Translated from the Portuguese by Helen Caldwell. 283 pp. 8vo. Widely considered to be Machado's greatest novel. We specialize in Latin American literature in translation. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Epitaph of a Small Winner, Assis, Machado De
4 Assis, Machado De Epitaph of a Small Winner
New York Noonday Press 1952 First American Hard Cover Very Good Good Frisch, Shari 
Very good in good dust jacket. First American edition. Foxing and interesting Brazilian book store sticker on front paste down, water stain at top of spine and spine slightly bumped. Dust jacket price clipped, somewhat worn and tears on top spine and lower front. Manufactured by American Book-Stratford Press, Inc., New York. 223 pp. 8vo. Translated from the Portuguese by William L. Grossman. A posthumous memoir, tells the story of Braz Cubas (now dead). We specialize in Latin American literature in translation. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Esau & Jacob, Assis, Machado De
5 Assis, Machado De Esau & Jacob
Berkeley University of California Press 1965 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good Near Fine Ex-Library 
Very good copy ex-library with usual glue patches and stamps, tight copy. Near fine mylared dust jacket with only a little rubbing in spots on the cover. Green cloth boards with gold lettering on spine. Two one-inch tape marks on back cover of book, two one-inch pieces of tape still on front cover of book. 287 pp. This is the last novel by Machado de Assis, translated by Helen Caldwell. We specialize in Latin American literature in translation. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Heritage of Quincas Borba, Assis, Machado De
6 Assis, Machado De The Heritage of Quincas Borba
London W. H. Allen 1954 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
Very good copy of first edition in good mylared dust jacket. Closed split at top of spine of book, tight text block. Water stain on back board, back dust jacket and pages. Translated from the Portuguese by Clotilde Wilson. 255 pp. 8vo. Red boards with gold lettering on spine. We specialize in Latin American literature in translation. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Great Pretender, Atlas, James
7 Atlas, James The Great Pretender
New York Atheneum 1986 0-689-11800-7 / 9780689118005 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Fine copy of first edition in fine Brodarted dust jacket. Dark orange paper boards with black cloth binding, copper lettering on spine and cover. 277 pp. The author's first novel. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Historic Central City, Bancroft, Caroline
8 Bancroft, Caroline Historic Central City
Denver, CO Bancroft Booklets 1960 First Edition Wraps Near Fine 
Near fine copy of fifth printing. Top of spine slightly bumped, covers slightly rubbed. Burnt orange wraps, 48 pp., lots of wonderful photos and maps. Presents the history of this gold rush area. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Letters, Barth, John
9 Barth, John Letters
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1979 399-12425-X First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
Fine copy in very good Brodarted dust jacket. First printing of the first trade edition in a fine Brodarted dust jacket. The dust jacket puzzles us. It has a 1/2" closed tear to the head of the spine, and is rubbed slightly at corners and edges, all normal wear for a large book of this age. But, there are score marks that originated from the inside of the dust jacket! There are four of these, one on each major DJ surface, very light at bottom, becoming more pronounced as the score line proceeds to the top. We believe that this was a production problem, but you need to know of these defects. The book is unread. It has gray paper boards with wide, black cloth binding, silver lettering on spine, 772 pp. There is some faint binding glue shadow on the back board, the top and bottom edges are sunned a little. Once this copy left the factory, it was carefully handled. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, Barth, John
10 Barth, John The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
Boston Little, Brown and Company 1991 0-316-08251-1 / 9780316082518 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
Near fine copy of first printing of stated first edition in near fine Brodarted dust jacket. Book has jade paper boards with black binding, gold lettering on spine. Small ink mark inside back board. Small closed tear to upper left front dust jacket. Jade endpapers, 573 pp. Head and tail of spine bumped, slight circular moisture stains on cover. Author is a National Book Award winner (fiction). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Runner's Literary Companion, Battista, Garth (Editor)
11 Battista, Garth (Editor) The Runner's Literary Companion
New York Breakaway Books 1995 1-55821-335-X / 9781558213357 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Fine copy, unread and as new, of second printing in fine Brodarted dust jacket. Book has light gray paper boards with black cloth binding, silver lettering to spine, silver design on cover. 324 pp. The book is fine, though there is a bubble on the back pastedown from manufacturing process. This is an inspirational compilation of stories and poems about running. We are runners and we specialize in books about running. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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12 Beattie, Ann Another You
New York Knopf 1995 0-679-40078-8 / 9780679400783 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
Near fine stated first edition copy in near fine mylared dust jacket. Water stain on lower left front board and bottom of spine. Dust jacket slightly rubbed. Black paper boards with black cloth binding, gold lettering on spine. 323 pp. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Dean's December, Bellow, Saul
13 Bellow, Saul The Dean's December
New York Harper & Row 1982 0-06-014849-7 / 9780060148492 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
Near fine first edition, first printing in very good plus Brodarted dust jacket. 312 pp. Bottom tips of board slightly bumped, some rubbing on cover of front board. The dust jacket is sunned, bottom corners slightly bumped, some rubbing. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Beast, Benchley, Peter
14 Benchley, Peter Beast
New York Random House 1991 0-679-40355-8 / 9780679403555 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
Near fine copy of first printing of first edition by author of Jaws in near fine Brodarted dust jacket. Book has slight spine slant. Front and back flaps of dust jacket have slight crimping to two corners. 350 pp. White boards, black cloth spine with silver lettering. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Deep, Benchley, Peter
15 Benchley, Peter The Deep
New York Doubleday & Company 1976 0-385-04742-8 / 9780385047425 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
Very good copy of stated first edition by author of Jaws in very good mylared dust jacket. Dark green cloth boards, black cloth spine with gold lettering on spine and cover. Book spine cocked, corners, head and foot bands bumped, marking on FFEP. Dust jacket sunned and worn at corners. 301 pp. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Island, Benchley, Peter
16 Benchley, Peter The Island
Garden City Doubleday & Company 1979 0-385-13172-0 / 9780385131728 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good Plus 
Fine copy of stated first edition in very good plus Brodarted dust jacket. Dust jacket is rubbed at jacket folds, rubbed at corners, bumped and chipped a little at head and tail of spine and has two dings to back cover, a very thin line scrape across the front cover. Book has orange paper boards with green cloth binding, gold lettering to spine. 302 pp. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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White Shark, Benchley, Peter
17 Benchley, Peter White Shark
New York Random House 1994 0-679-40356-6 / 9780679403562 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Fine copy of stated first edition by author of Jaws in fine Brodarted dust jacket. Green paper boards with white cloth binding, red lettering on spine, red design on cover. 324 pp. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Running Tide, Benoit, Joan
18 Benoit, Joan Running Tide
New York Knopf 1987 0-394-55457-4 / 9780394554570 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 
Near fine copy of stated first edition in fine Brodarted dust jacket. Slight spine slant to book, else fine. Red paper boards with yellow cloth binding, gold lettering on spine and cover. 213 pp. Autobiographical work by 1984 Olympic Marathon winner Joan Benoit-Samuelson, great story with lots of photos. We are runners and we specialize in books about running. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 Berg, Elizabeth Joy School
New York Random House 1997 0-679-44943-4 / 9780679449430 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
Fine copy of first edition first printing in fine pictorial Brodarted dust jacket. Tan paper boards with brown cloth binding, gold lettering on spine. Tan end papers, 208 pp. By bestselling novelist. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Excalibur Disaster, Bickham, Jack M.
20 Bickham, Jack M. The Excalibur Disaster
Garden City Doubleday & Company 1978 0-385-14169-6 / 9780385141697 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
Fine copy of the first printing of the stated first edition in a near fine Brodarted dust jacket. Dust jacket is sunned a little and has a 1/4" closed tear at the head of the spine. Book has dark gray paper boards with a black cloth binding, silver lettering on spine, 449 pp. Author taught creative writing at the University of Oklahoma. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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