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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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1938 - Victor Gollancz Limited, London - First Edition
‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.’

A superb copy – in the uncommon, fragile, unrestored dust jacket – of this iconic gothic mystery. Part of Queen's Quorum, and a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone mystery.

Considered du Maurier’s finest work, the novel is narrated by the second Mrs de Winters, the naive second wife of wealthy widower, Maxim de Winter, owner of the renowned estate, Manderley. As the story unfolds, the second Mrs de Winter increasingly finds herself haunted by her glamorous predecessor, Rebecca, and tormented by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, subsequently leading her to uncover an unexpected tragedy...
 
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The Dud Avocado - Elaine Dundy

1958 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition
‘Take one zippy, curious, 21-year-old American named Sally Jay, just out of college. Drop her in the middle of Paris’ Left Bank. Add an Italian diplomat, an American theatrical director, a couple of painters and a white slave trader. Mix until all bubbles. The result: a delightful few hours of sparkling reading entertainment. Summing up: Froth and frolic’ – Newsweek

A bright copy – in the elusive dust jacket – of Elaine Dundy’s 1950s cult novel, the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris, hell-bent on living.
 
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American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

1998 - Picador, London - First Hardcover Edition
A bright, sharp copy of the coveted first hardcover edition of Bret Easton Ellis’ shockingly violent black comedy, published by Picador in the UK after the original American publishers, Simon and Schuster, cancelled their publication due to the novel’s controversial content.

Set in trendy 1980s Manhattan, young, handsome, and well-educated investment banker Patrick Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day, but by night, expresses his true self through illogical and gratuitous torture and murder.
 
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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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Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets - George Eyre-Todd (Editor)

1891 -1896 - William Hodge, Glasgow - First Editions
Six works finely bound in seven volumes, of this first and still comprehensive collection of the Scottish poets, combined with Eyre-Todd’s biographical details for each poet, and historic notes, glossary and essays. Which on publication the Spectator praised as ‘a useful and indeed a valuable contribution to the history of Scottish literature’.

The six works are - The Early Scottish Poetry, [1891]; Medieval Scottish Poetry, [1892]; Scottish Poetry of the Sixteenth Century, [1892]; Scottish Ballad Poetry, [1893]; Scottish Poetry of the Seventeenth Century, [1895]; Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century (two volumes) [1896].

Amongst the numerous poets included are - Thomas the Rhymer, John Barbour, James Beattie, Robert Burns, William Falconer, Sir David Murray, Alexander Scott, Androw of Wyntoun, Henry the Minstrel, Henry (the Minstrel), King James the First, Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, and Gavin Douglas.

This collection presents the best works of about one hundred Scottish poets, from the earliest times up until the nineteenth century. The poems are carefully selected and reproduced from the best editions. Arranged by period and genre, each volume contains an historical introduction, and biographical details are given for all poets. In addition, historical notes are supplied for relevant poems and a selective glossary is provided. Combining the poems of nobility, men and women of the Scottish Enlightenment, plus historical, legendary, and romantic ballads, these attractively presented volumes form a comprehensive reference library for those both new to, and familiar with, Scottish poetry. - from the introduction to the 1997 Routledge reprint.
 
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Young Lonigan: A Boyhood in Chicago Streets - James T. Farrell

1932 - The Vanguard Press, New York - First Edition
‘An American classic in the vein of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the first book of James T. Farrell’s powerful Studs Lonigan trilogy covers five months of the young Lonigan’s life on the streets of 1916 Chicago , when he is sixteen years old. In this relentlessly naturalistic yet richly complex portrait, Studs is carried along by his swaggering and short-sighted companions, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background toward a fate that he resists yet cannot escape.’ (from a later edition).

‘Combines a gift for blending an Irish sense of malaise and disinheritance with a very American command of grit, determination and even, at times, a grim sort of humor.’ –
Wall Street Journal.

Note, even at the time of publication the publisher’s considered it necessary to print the following disclaimer on the dust jacket ‘
This novel is issued in a special edition, the sale of which is limited to physicians, surgeons, psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, social workers, teachers and other persons having a professional interest in the psychology of adolescence’. 
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