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Avenging Angel, Appiah, Kwame Anthony
1 Appiah, Kwame Anthony Avenging Angel
NY St. Martin's Press 1991 0312058179 / 9780312058173 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed, else a clean, tight copy. 
The author's first novel about a secret society at Cambridge University. Author photo on rear jacket flap. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 207 pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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You Lost Me There, Baldwin, Rosecrans
2 Baldwin, Rosecrans You Lost Me There
NY Riverhead 2010 1594487634 / 9781594487637 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Inscribed by the author on the title page. Author photo on rear jacket flap. Jacket art by Joel Holland. The author's first novel, about an Alzheimer's research scientist who lives on Mount Desert Island in Maine and finds interesting revelations about his marriage from his dead wife's journal. ; 296 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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In Such Dark Places, Caldwell, Joseph
3 Caldwell, Joseph In Such Dark Places
Farrar Straus & Giroux 1978 0374176485 / 9780374176488 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket scuffed, fore-edges and page bottoms foxed and stamped "Property of Riverest", sticker ghost on front free endpaper. 
The author's 1st novel. Jacket art by Antonio Frasconi. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 229 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Bodies of Water, Cash, Roseanne
4 Cash, Roseanne Bodies of Water
NY Hyperion 1996 0786860839 / 9780786860838 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed, else a clean, tight copy. Signed by Author
Inscribed by the country musician on the title page. Nine short stories in this debut book by the Grammy Award-winning artist and songwriter. Author photo on rear jacket panel. ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 133 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Beans of Egypt, Maine, Chute, Carolyn
5 Chute, Carolyn The Beans of Egypt, Maine
NY Ticknor & Fields 1985 0899193625 / 9780899193625 Later Printing Softcover Good with no dust jacket; Spine creased, cocked and cracked, owner name on front free endpaper. Signed by Author
Inscribed by the author on the title page with x's and o's. The author's acclaimed first book. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 215 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 14.00 USD
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The Viceroy's Captain, Conway, Anthony
6 Conway, Anthony The Viceroy's Captain
London Hodder & Stoughton 2000 0340768568 / 9780340768563 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed. 
The author's first novel, an historical tale set in I925 on India's North West frontier. Ev; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 340 pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Variations, Donatich, John
7 Donatich, John The Variations
NY Henry Holt and Company 2012 0805094385 / 9780805094381 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Warmly inscribed by the author on the title page. The author's first novel. ; 2709 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Circles of Confusion, Henry, April
8 Henry, April Circles of Confusion
NY Harpercollins 1999 0060192046 / 9780060192044 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by the author on the title page. The author's first novel, a mystery featuring Portland, Oregon vanity license plate application approver Claire Montrose, whose life turns around after an elderly aunt dies and leaves her a trailer full of junk and one gorgeous painting. Author photo on rear jacket flap. ; 274 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Cat Man, Hoagland, Edward
9 Hoagland, Edward Cat Man
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1956 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Boards rubbed, toning to front endpapers, jacket lightly tattered. 
Tan cloth binding. Author photo on rear jacket panel. Library of Congress number 55-8877. The author's first book and winner of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Hoagland is most well known for his essays, but this book is a novel based on his job as a big cats handler at a circus. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 310 pages 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Firedrake, Holland, Cecelia
10 Holland, Cecelia The Firedrake
NY Atheneum 1966 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Slightly cocked, jacket rubbed. 
Author photo on rear jacket flap. Library of Congress number 66-11393. The prolific author's first book, a novel about William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings, written from the perspective of an itinerant Irish knight who participates in the Norman invasion of England. ; 243 pages 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Los Alamos, Kanon, Joseph
11 Kanon, Joseph Los Alamos
NY Broadway Books 1997 0553062247 / 9780553062243 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly rubbed. 
An Edgar Award winning mystery set in 1945 at the Manhattan Project site in New Mexico. The author's first novel. ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 403 pages 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Take-Out City, Lawrence, Cynthia
12 Lawrence, Cynthia Take-Out City
NY Carroll & Graf 1993 0881849421 / 9780881849424 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
The author's first book, a novel about a Los Angeles caterer who suspects her neighbor may be murdering folks that irritate her. Jacket art by Don and Wilma Ervin. Author photo on rear jacket flap. ; 249 pages 
Price: 8.00 USD
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A Picture of Her Tombstone, Lipinski, Thomas
13 Lipinski, Thomas A Picture of Her Tombstone
NY St. Martins Press 1996 0312143907 / 9780312143909 Second Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed, else a clean, tight copy. 
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; 234 pages 
Price: 8.00 USD
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A Quick Kiss of Redemption and Other Stories, Means, David
14 Means, David A Quick Kiss of Redemption and Other Stories
NY William Morrow & Co 1991 0688094597 / 9780688094591 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
The author's first book, a collection of fourteen short stories by the critically acclaimed author and winner of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Newspaper clipping laid in with photo of Means and his two toddler twins accompanying article about stay at home fathers. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 192 pages 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Ebb of the River, Mears, Richard C.
15 Mears, Richard C. Ebb of the River
NY Wyndham Books 1980 0671610325 / 9780671610326 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Seismographically signed by the author on the title page. The author's first novel, a fictional memoir of growing up on the Patuxent River in Maryland. ; 207 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Amerloque:  A Novel, Miller, Richard
16 Miller, Richard Amerloque: A Novel
NY Crown Publishers 1966 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed and soiled. 
Striking jacket art by William Plummer. The author's first novel, set in exotic Casablanca. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 247 pages 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Devil in a Blue Dress, Mosley, Walter
17 Mosley, Walter Devil in a Blue Dress
NY W. W. Norton and Company 1990 0393028542 / 9780393028546 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by the author on the title page. The author's first book and first mystery in his hardboiled series set in 1940s Los Angeles featuring Easy Rawlins, an African-American World War II veteran, who decides to earn some money after being laid off from his factory job investigating the whereabouts of a blonde bombshell and jazz aficionado. Winner of the 1991 Shamus Award. The book was later made into a 1995 film of the same name featuring Denzel Washington in the title role. ; Easy Rawlins Mysteries; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 219 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 70.00 USD
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Dies Irae, Spinell, Ruby
18 Spinell, Ruby Dies Irae
Sag Harbor, NY Permanent Press 1990 1877946001 / 9781877946004 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
The author's first novel, about a cloistered nun who receives a grisly gift of three severed hands and three feet. Author photo on rear jacket panel. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 208 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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If Morning Ever Comes, Tyler, Anne
19 Tyler, Anne If Morning Ever Comes
NY Alfred A. Knopf 1964 0394430018 / 9780394430010 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket; Jacket flaps glued to endpapers, library stamps and labels on front and rear endpapers, library markings on title page, slightly cocked, jacket fairly bright and unblemished, but for a small (1/2 ") tear at top corner of front jacket panel. Boards rubbed along bottoms, top corner of rear boards bumped, page tops and bottoms, soiled. $4.95 price at top corner of front jacket flap, 10/64 at lower corner of front jacket flap. 
Quarter bound black cloth with grey boards. Orange topstain. The marvelous Anne Tyler's first book. Author photo of the impossibly-young Tyler with Sixties hairdo on rear cover. Jacket design, typography and binding by Ward Ritchie. ; Ex-Library; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Price: 25.00 USD
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