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Collection of 13 Signed Manuscript Poems
N.p. [Greenwich Village]: Ca. 1940s-1950s. A fixture of Greenwich Village bohemian life from the Twenties through the early Fifties, the Mississippi-born poet Maxwell Bodenheim (1982-1954) published more than 20 volumes of verse and fiction, including such well-regarded jazz-age novels as Replenishing Jessica (1925) Georgie May (1928) and Naked on Roller...
[Item #25591]
Price: $1,500.00
 
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The King of Spain: A Book of Poems
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo; dark brown silk-finish cloth, with light blue title labels printed in brown applied to spine and front panel; dustjacket; 63pp. Fading to spine label, with evidence of small, oblong bookplate removed from front pastedown; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped...
[Item #20278]
Price: $150.00
 
The King of Spain: A Book of Poems
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Dictionnaire Intuitif. Introduction de Charles-Albert Cingria
Aix-en-Provence: Suzie David Imprimeur, 1954. First Edition. Guevara, a Chilean-born painter, poet and playboy, was loosely affiliated with the Bloomsbury set and with Nancy Cunard's Hours Press. Aside from one poem (published by Cunard), this appears to be Guevara's only published literary work. Most of his painted oeuvre (which was...
[Item #16064]
Price: $120.00
 
Dictionnaire Intuitif. Introduction de Charles-Albert Cingria
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City Block [Limited Edition]
Darien, CT: Waldo Frank, 1922. First, Limited Edition. Frank's kaleidoscopic, loosely-structured fictional portrait of a New York neighborhood, constructed as a series of interrelated short-stories. A sadly overlooked New York novel by one of the more intriguing members of the Greenwich Village left-wing intelligentsia of the Teens and Twenties. HANNA...
[Item #25637]
Price: $50.00
 
City Block [Limited Edition]
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Count Bruga
New York: Horace Liveright, 1926. First Edition. Satirical novel of Geenwich Village bohemian life; the title character is loosely based on Hecht's friend, the poet Max Bodenheim. Octavo. Canary-yellow pictorial cloth; red top-stain; 319pp. Tight, bright copy, cloth lightly dusted; Very Good. Lacking the jacket.
[Item #20033]
Price: $25.00
 
Count Bruga
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John Reed: The Making of a Revolutionary
New York: Macmillan Company, 1936. Later Printing. Octavo. Cloth boards; no jacket; 445pp; frontispiece; includes bibliography. Light edge wear; else clean copy in very good condition.
[Item #15983]
Price: $35.00
 
John Reed: The Making of a Revolutionary
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Old and New Duck Butter Poems [Inscribed Copy]
Paris: Hand Shake Editions, N.d. [ca 1985]. Expanded, undated edition of this late collection of poems by Joans, with numerous cut-and-paste illustrations throughout. The African-American poet, painter and musician Ted Joans (1928-2003) came to prominence on the surrealist fringe of the Beat-Jazz scene of Greenwich Village in the 1950s; in...
[Item #25852]
Price: $250.00
 
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Golden Sardine (Pocket Poets Series Number Twenty One)
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1969. Second Printing. Square 12mo. Pictorial card wrappers; 81pp. Fine, apparently unread copy.
[Item #17843]
Price: $25.00
 
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The Santa Fean: A National Monthly. Vol I, no. 2 (August, 1940)
Santa Fe: The Santa Fean, 1940. First Edition. Short-lived periodical geared to Santa Fe's bohemian arts community. Publication ceased in Spring, 1942. This issue with literary contributions by Ina Sizer Cassidy, Madeline Gwynne, John L. Sinclair, Alfred Morang, and others. Cover illustration from a woodblock by Willard F. Clark; one...
[Item #20221]
Price: $50.00
 
The Santa Fean: A National Monthly. Vol I, no. 2 (August, 1940)
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The Wild Party. With an Introduction by Louis Untermeyer. Decorations by Steele Savage
New York: The Citadel Press, 1949. Reprint. Somewhat uncommon edition of March's classic narrative poem chronicling the adventures of Burrs and Queenie, a pair of jazz-age swells. Text illustrations in black and white by Steele Savage; the dustjacket art is unattributed, obviously later, and lurid in suitable proportion to the...
[Item #14307]
Price: $125.00
 
The Wild Party. With an Introduction by Louis Untermeyer. Decorations by Steele Savage
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Enjoyment of Living
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1948. First Edition. Inscribed by Eastman to his college roommate Ralph Erskine: "For Ralph, my poet-brother, from Max," dated in year of publication. Also laid in is a TLS on Eastman's letterhead to Ralph [Erskine] in Tryon, North Carolina, thanking him for a visit and...
[Item #11989]
Price: $650.00
 
Enjoyment of Living
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Two Worlds. A Literary Quarterly Devoted to the Increase of the Gaiety of Nations. Vol 2, no. 7 (March 1927)
New York: "at the sign of the Mocki-Grisball" 1927. First Edition. Like much else in Roth's canon, Two Worlds, his bohemian literary journal, was characterized by a tendency toward the mildly iniquitous, with special attention to material that just skirted the sensibilities of the censors. It was also an occasional...
[Item #25707]
Price: $40.00
 
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Screed
Ellensburg Beach: Vagabond, 1981. First Edition. Brown cloth (hardcover); 244pp. Fine copy, signed by author on half-title; in unworn dustjacket with small (ca. 1") stain to bottom front panel. Scarce in cloth.
[Item #4943]
Price: $30.00
 
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Shig's Review no. 34. Special Issue Announcing an Open Reading for Bob Kaufman. 7 to 9pm, Thursday, 23 January 1986
San Francisco: Shigspeer Press, 1986. First Edition. Special issue of Shig's irregular newsletter, announcing a memorial reading for legendary San Francisco poet Bob Kaufman (1925-1986), who had died the week previous. Contents primarily portraits of Kaufman, accompanied with reproductions of several of his poems in manuscript. Shigeyoshi Murao (d. 1999)...
[Item #13436]
Price: $85.00
 
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The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1933. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (22cm); blue-gray cloth, with titling stamped in silver on spine and front panel; gray topstain; dustjacket; 311pp; illus. Base of spine gently nudged, with some light rubbing to cloth at the crown; very Near Fine. Dustjacket is lighty...
[Item #17612]
Price: $1,000.00
 
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May Days: An Anthology of Masses - Liberator Verse, 1912-1924.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First Edition. Major anthology of left-wing verse, chosen from the pages of The Masses and its successor publication The Liberator. Contributors include a long roster of major left-wing authors of the period: John Reed, Max Eastman, Louis Ginsberg, James Rorty, Max Bodenheim, Arturo Giovannitti...
[Item #25871]
Price: $450.00
 
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Peter Whiffle: His Life and Works
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922. First Edition. Octavo. Linen-backed, batik-decorated boards; paper spine label; black top-stain; dustwrapper; 247pp. Nice, tight copy, just lightly faded at board extremities, in the scarce original dustwrapper, unclipped but mildly eroded at spine ends and with gentle soil at flap-folds; still easily Very Good...
[Item #25481]
Price: $200.00
 
Peter Whiffle: His Life and Works
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Women as World Builders: Studies in Modern Feminism
New York: Forbes & Co. 1913. First Edition. Dell's uncommon first book, of which fewer than a thousand copies were reputedly printed. Includes profiles of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Emmeline Pankhurst, Jane Addams, Emma Goldman, and others. The usual binding of green, gilt-blocked cloth is regularly seen, but we have never...
[Item #16306]
Price: $125.00
 
Women as World Builders: Studies in Modern Feminism