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Library inventory as of October 17, 2020

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First Edition
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Carl Sandburg
Remembrance Rock
signed first edition
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1948. First edition. Cloth. Fine/very good. Two volume set. Dark blue buckram bindings in fragile glassine wrappers and housed in the original hard slipcase with publisher’s paper label. 532 and 537 pages, respectively. SIGNED by the author on the limitation page in Volume I. Printed on quality rag paper. Both volumes in immaculate fine condition. The
fragile cello wrappers are present, but there are large chips to both volumes near the spine crown. Slipcase is just lightly worn. Nice set of the correct first edition of this title. Heavy item. Additional shipping costs may apply.


James Baldwin
Go tell it to a mountain
signed first edition Franklin Library
Franklin, Penn, 1979. Full-Leather. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition Thus Limited. Fine, Limited, Delux full leather, raised bands, Signed
“Go Tell It on the Mountain is considered to be James Baldwin’s greatest novel. Like much of Baldwin’s writing, it draws heavily on his own intense childhood experiences with religious doubt, racism, sexual ambivalence, and a complex relationship with a difficult father. The entire book takes place on the fourteenth birthday of John Grimes, the son of a fire-and-brimstone revivalist preacher, who finds himself increasingly alienated from his bitter, authoritarian father, his religious faith, and his community. Baldwin treats the young man’s battle with choices, ’flesh or spirit, community or individualism, conversion or heresy. with masterful sensitivity and insight.”

Bruce Chatwin
The Songlines
signed first edition Franklin Library
Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1987. First American Edition. Hardcover. Decorated leather. Illustrated with two color plates. Limited and true First American Edition SIGNED by the author and with a special introduction by him not included in the trade edition. An exploration of Aboriginal culture in the outback of Central Australia following the “songlines” or “footsteps of the ancestors.” One of the more beautiful Franklin Library books with decorative Australian Aboriginal motifs gracing the covers. ___________
Toni Morrison
A Mercy
signed first edition
New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket. 2008. First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. 1/4 Cloth. 0307264238 . A stunning first US edition/first printing in Very Fine condition in alike dust jacket, SIGNED by AUTHOR and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison on the title page. The US edition was published the month after the UK edition; Nobel Prize Laureate Toni Morrison’s revealing tragedy set in the 1680s, when slave trade was still in its infancy. It is the story of Florence, beginning with here mother, a slave at a plantation in Maryland offers her up to a relatively humane Northern farmer, Jacob, as debt payment from their owner ; 167, [1] pages .

Pearl S Buck
China as I see it
signed first edition
New York: John Day, 1970. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket. Bound in full tan cloth. Both the spine and the decorative front board are stamped in gilt. Octavo. 305pps. A special limitation page reads: ‘Of this special edition of China As I See It 3,000 copies have been retained by the author for presentation’. This copy is not numbered, but is SIGNED by the author. An excellent, collector’s-quality copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. The pages are immaculate; no reading wear and no previous ownership markings. The dustjacket, glossy in a mylar sleeve, has light rubbing wear — particularly at the tips and the spine-ends; no chips, soiling, or tears. The original price (7.95) is intact. A beautiful copy of a scarce issue. “.With Communist control of China in its third decade, Pearl Buck takes a long view of a country that measures its history by millennia. ‘China As I See It’ is made up of a selection of Pearl Buck’s writings and speeches beginning in the 1930’s, with a long final chapter newly written to summarize the Communist take-over, its background and its consequences.” Purchase with confidence: all books, gradings, and descriptions are rendered the care of a genuine bibliophile. Satisfaction guaranteed or all costs you’ve incurred will be promptly refunded. Thanks for your interest in Nooks Of Books. To assist with your decision, photos can be emailed upon request.. SIGNED by the Author. Limited First Edition. Cloth.


Lawrence Durrell
signed first edition Franklin Library
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1980 Fine; see scans and description. Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1980. Signed, Limited Edition. Signed by Lawrence Durrell. First Edition Thus. Includes the rather scarce 22-page “Notes from the Editors”. color illustrations – by David Palladini. All Edges Gilt, in a limited signed edition of Durrell’s famous 1957 first novel, the first in his Alexandria Quarter tetralogy, and a story which has inspired ‘an almost religious devotion among readers and critics alike’. With the author’s ‘A Special Message to Subscribers from Lawrence Durrell’, written in 1980 for this limited edition,the separate ‘Notes from the Editors’.