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The Trilogy of Desire: The Financier; The Titan; The Stoic. - Theodore Dreiser

1912 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Editions, first printings [October & K-M to copyright page of The Financier]
‘It is Mr. Dreiser's constant probing of the intertwined needs for money, art, glory, sex and so much else that makes "The Financier" the greatest of all American business novels.’ - The Wall Street Journal, 2012.

First editions Dreiser’s
Trilogy of Desire, also known as The Cowperwood Trilogy, telling the life story of Charles T. Yerkes, renamed Algernon Cowperwood by Dreiser, a Philadelphia securities manipulator and streetcar magnate. The Financier, in scarce and unrestored dust jacket

‘Dreiser laboriously researched the business practices and personal exploits of real-life robber baron Charles Yerkes to narrate Frank Algernon Cowperwood's early career in
The Financier, which explores the unscrupulous world of finance from the Civil War through the panic incited by the 1871 Chicago fire.’ (University of Illinois). Despite claiming complete ignorance about finance and an inability to make money, Dreiser presents a technical masterpiece. 
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Ferrol Bond - John Easton

1933 - G. P. Putnam's Sons, London & New York - First Edition
Bright and sharp first edition of this Anglo-Indian Secret Service novel, by John Easton who travelled extensively through Tibet and along the Indo-Chinese frontier in the 1920’s.

‘Richard Hawke, a retired Indian civilian, is worried about the situation in India, especially on account of the terrorist campaign in his old Province. Suddenly he glimpses in London a mart whom he had thought he had killed in India twenty-live years previously ; at the same time he gets information that leads him to suspect that revolvers are being smuggled from England into India. Investigations in England finally lead him to return to India, where a series of exciting adventures in the Secret Service leads to the un-masking of the smugglers and their plan and the stamping out of the terrorists. ‘ – from the dust jacket.
 
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The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

1987 - The Mysterious Press, New York - First Edition
Based on the most notorious murder case in Hollywood. On January 15, 1947, the torture-ravished body of a beautiful young woman is found in a vacant Los Angeles lot. The victim, raven-haired 22-year-old actress Elizabeth Short, makes headlines as the ‘Black Dahlia’ and so begins the greatest manhunt in California history.

‘A mesmerising study of the psycho-sexual obsession ... extraordinarily well written’ –
The Times.

The first in what became Ellroy’s ‘L.A. Quartet’ (the others being
The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz). 
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Oblique Strategies – SIGNED - Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt

1975Number 48 of 500 limited sets
‘Abandon normal instruments; Breathe more deeply; Consider different fading systems; Discard an axiom; (Organic) Machinery; Mute and continue...’

Just a few of the wonderfully creative and abstract instructions from Brian Eno’s dadaist mind game for music production, the original Oblique Strategies card deck, with ‘over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas’, created by Eno and his friend, artist Peter Schmidt.

A complete set of the scarce ‘Edition 1’, number 48 only 500, signed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, and housed in the original black box. A further two editions each were printed before the death of Peter Schmidt (1978 and 1979).

Oblique Strategies is most frequently associated with bands Eno produced during his mid to late 70s creative high point, including Talking Heads and Berlin-trilogy era Bowie. 
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The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

1993 - Farrar Straus Giroux, New York - First edition
‘A piercing first novel . . . lyrical and portentous.’ – The New York Times

The Virgin Suicides
announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters, beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighbourhood boys, commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. 
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The Wild Palms - William Faulkner

1939 - Chatto & Windus, London - First English Edition [same year as the First American Edition]
A combination of two interwoven stories, The Wild Palms and Old Man. Later published as If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem.

‘In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed wiht fatal injuries of the spirit.’ [from a later edition]
 
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Light in August - William Faulkner

1932 - Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, New York - First Edition, First Printing, First Issue
A superb first edition of Faulkner's seventh novel, an exploration of the lasting effects of racism and misogyny, one of four of his novels consistently ranked among the best of the twentieth century.

‘One of William Faulkner’s most admired and accessible novels,
Light in August reveals the great American author at the height of his powers. Lena Grove’s resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkner’s most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry.’ - Penguin Classics. 
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Intruder in the Dust - William Faulkner

1948 - Random House, New York - First Edition
William Faulkner’s savage tale of racial injustice in a sleepy southern town, this engrossing murder mystery follows the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a black man wrongly accused of the murder of a white man. Confronted with the threat of lynching, Lucas – aided by a white lawyer and his young nephew – sets out to prove his innocence.

First edition in the beautiful jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.

A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone of crime and detective fiction, as named by Howard Haycraft and Ellery Queen on their definitive list of mystery novels.
 
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