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The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

1906 - Doubleday, New York - First Edition
‘Pierces the thickest skull and most leathery heart.’ - Winston Churchill

A fine example of the first edition, with none of the usual rubbing and loss to the white lettering, or foxing to the pages that is usually encountered.

‘The brutally grim story of a Slavic family who emigrates to America,
The Jungle tells of their rapid and inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and social and economic despair.

‘Sinclair's nightmarish narrative of the immigrant Rudken family instigated a series of legislative measures that were highly successful. His lurid scenes of a meat packing industry that ground both rates and fingers into sausage aroused the middle class to demand sanitary conditions for food preparation.

Yet far less effective by comparison was his severe indictment of the working conditions that regularly reduced laborers to impoverished insanity. As Sinclair later wryly observed, “
I aimed for the heart and hit the stomach of America”.’ – Emory Elliot, The Columbia Literary History of the United States. 
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Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West - Wallace Stegner, Bernard DeVoto

1954 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
A fine first edition of Wallace Stegner’s epic work, with an introduction by Bernard DeVoto.

With a large folding panoramic frontispiece painting of the Grand Canyon by William H. Holmes, and illustrated throughout from engravings, paintings, sketches, maps, and photographs.

Stegner recounts the successes and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest.

‘This book goes far beyond biography, into the nature and soul of the American West. It is Stegner at his best, assaying an entire era of our history, packing his pages with insights as shrewd as his prose.’ – Ivan Doig.

‘Wallace Stegner ... has summarized the frontier story and interpreted it as only one who was a part of it could do. The result is a memorable and rewarding book.’ – Hal Borland,
New York Times Book Review. 
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The Pawnbroker - Edward Lewis Wallant

1961 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A sharp copy of Edward Lewis Wallant’s hauntingly powerful novel, and his last book to be published during his lifetime. It tells the story of Sol Nazerman, a Harlem pawnshop owner, tormented by his bleak memories of Nazi concentration camps, and weary of the pitiful procession of customers who drift in and out of his store.

Wallant has been hailed as one of the great post-war, Jewish American writers, alongside Bellow, Malamud, and Roth.
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Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman

1900 - David McKay, Philadelphia - First Edition Thus
A finely bound collection of Whitman’s Poems, which includes those poems that were dropped from the different editions, as well as notes to compare the many changes made to the poems by Whitman over the course of their various publications. With engraved portrait frontispiece, numerous illustrations and facsimiles, and an introduction by David McKay, who became Whitman’s publisher after ‘Leaves of Grass’ was declared obscene literature in 1882.

In 1855 Walt Whitman published his first collection of poetry,
Leaves of Grass. The volume received great praise from leading Transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. This encouraged what would become a lifelong project as Whitman expanded and rewrote the volume until his death in 1892. Whitman's innovative use of free verse and the quotidian achieved his aim of reaching out to the everyday American. 
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The Caine Mutiny: A Novel of World War II - Herman Wouk

1951 - Doubleday & Company, Garden City - First Edition, in First Issue Dust Jacket
‘Get this through your thick Reserve head, the heat is on. I'll be the guy everybody will hate. That's okay. I'm the exec of this ship, and I'll carry out my orders, do you hear?’ – second Commander Queeg steps on board...

First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize winning work of fiction which grew out of his experiences aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific in World War II. The basis for the 1954 film starring Humphrey Bogart and José Ferrer, nominated for seven Oscars.

Uncommon with the first issue dust jacket in such nice condition.

‘The Caine Mutiny is one of the greatest novels ever written about a dysfunctional workplace.’ -
The Daily Beast, 2013. 
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Price HK$ 13,000

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