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firsteditionbookblog · 6 days ago
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Pleased to add another George Scarbrough book to the collection. “Invitation to Kim” was a finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The East Tennessee native produced three books between 1949-1956, which each contain some of the finest southern poetry I’ve read. “Invitation to Kim” is part of his later work and was published in 1989. I have posted his poem “Postcard Woodcut” here for a sampling of his work. Thank you to @thebookeddy for this copy, signed and inscribed in Fine condition. A rare hardback copy. #georgescarbrough #invitationtokim #pulitzerprize #irispress #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia #appalachianpoetry https://www.instagram.com/p/CP9OU7FsEzw/?utm_medium=tumblr
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firsteditionbookblog · 16 days ago
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“Our Southern Highlanders” is often cited as showing an intimate portrait into life in the Great Smoky Mountains prior to the local’s removal for the creation of the national park. While Horace Kephart may have been a ne’er do well in his personal life, his photography and stories have helped preserve some of the traditional life prior to the arrival of electricity throughout much of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It is a fascinating read even if he does romanticize the hardships of those around him. I hiked up Hazel Creek a couple weeks back and thought of him and his cabin. Some local spots still bear his name. Very Good, true 1913 first edition. #horacekephart #oursouthernhighlanders #kephart #gsmnp #greatsmokymountains #hazelcreek #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia #appalachianpoetry (at Great Smoky Mountains National Park) https://www.instagram.com/p/CPitEDPszB9/?utm_medium=tumblr
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firsteditionbookblog · 17 days ago
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Maurice Manning is slowly becoming a favorite of mine, and I think his language reminds me a bit of Berry. Very clear images. Check out his short poem “A Study of Heft” I’ve posted at the end. His book “The Common Man” was a runner up for the Pulitzer, and I think “A Companion For Owls” is nearly as good. Thank you to @blackswanbooks.lex for this copy. Fine condition, hardback, signed. Fine jacket. #mauricemanning #acompanionforowls #thecommonman #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia #appalachianpoetry https://www.instagram.com/p/CPf_J1WMWrL/?utm_medium=tumblr
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firsteditionbookblog · 27 days ago
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Here is Jesse Graves’ new book “Merciful Days.” He is a writer that has become something of a favorite of mine, especially after reading his previous book “Specter Mountain.” This one seems to deal more directly with his own history in East Tennessee, with his mother and other family members making regular appearances in the collection. I’ve attached his poem “The Edges of Cornfields at Dusk.” Pleased to have this inscribed copy in Fine condition. #jessegraves #mercifuldays #theedgesofcornfieldsatdusk #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia #appalachianpoetry #poetry https://www.instagram.com/p/CPGUfNPpEL5/?utm_medium=tumblr
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firsteditionbookblog · 2 months ago
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“Be calm and strong, old man.” Everyone gets lucky now and then. This fell into my lap a few years back and I feel a little bit like a dragon sitting on a pile of paper treasure. I still get gitty when I pull it out. This is the galley proofs for Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” which was eventually used to publish his masterpiece novella in Life Magazine. They are a little over two feet in length and are comprised of 16 individual sheets stapled into a bundle. Produced on low quality paper, they seem to become more brittle each year, so I don’t pull them out very often. I saw that a new documentary came out on Ernie, so I thought this would be fun to share. I’m unsure what minor edits came after these were produced, and I’d be interested in learning about them if anyone has more information. As far as I can tell, there was only one galley run prior to first publication. These have the usually cracking at the first fold, yet all the sheets remain in tact. Most have split through several sheets deep, so these remain in surprisingly good shape in comparison. #ernesthemingway #theoldmanandthesea #oldmanandthesea #hemingway #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #pulitzerprize #kenburns #americanliterature #cuba https://www.instagram.com/p/CNu3AhRMFvD/?igshid=7pze14qm8hob
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firsteditionbookblog · 2 months ago
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I found a few more book I’m willing to part with. Seems like every couple years I go through another round of purging from the collection. I haven’t found many similar copies to this republication of Pearl Buck’s “The Good Earth.” The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932, and has remained in print almost ever since. This copy seems to have been printed in 1931 just after the first edition. I thought the front cover was an especially interesting photograph with the oxen. Anyone more familiar with this edition? While the back of the jacket has a list of books as advertising, the back flap contains an interesting blurb for Hemingway too. Overall Very Good+ jacket covering a Very Good+ book. The book does have a neat owner’s signature, but otherwise tight and seems almost unread. Some age spots as typical of 90 year old books. Unsure how to price so I’ll say $120. Contact for more details and pictures. #pearlbuck #thegoodearth #pulitzerprize #rarebooks #bookstagram #americanliterature #china #shelfie #bookcollector #bookcollecting #modernfirsts #hemingway #ernesthemingway https://www.instagram.com/p/CNcq2FTMKZr/?igshid=12vzo9ns887cq
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firsteditionbookblog · 2 months ago
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A close friend of mine will soon defend his thesis on the poetry of George Scarbrough. I figured that would make a good excuse to post this copy of “Tellico Blue,” Scarbrough’s first book, part of a run limited to 350. He published in many of the best journals of his day before finishing as a finalist for the Pulitzer for “Under the Lemon Tree.” A fine poet from Polk County, Tennessee. I remember purchasing an editorial copy of this as a much younger man. At the time, I spent many days each summer fly fishing on the Tellico River. I purchased the book for title alone then never read it. Imagine my surprise a decade later when I rediscovered the book, by an author I now know and study! Very Good+ jacket is perhaps the best I have seen. Book is in Fine condition, signed and dated in the year of publication. Good luck my friend! #georgescarbrough #tellicoblue #tellicoriver #polkcountytn #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia #appalachianpoetry https://www.instagram.com/p/CMqS1Q6JtHg/?igshid=jqcr0eegsh88
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firsteditionbookblog · 3 months ago
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This has become a favorite book of mine over the past few months. Something about it’s density of language? Wilderness poetry is a soft spot for me as well. Coauthored no less, which seems especially difficult in poetry. Specter Mountain, Jesse Graves and William Wright. Signed and inscribed, Fine. #jessegraves #williamwright #spectermountain #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia #appalachianpoetry https://www.instagram.com/p/CMTVloeHVcl/?igshid=rj9uevajxrnt
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firsteditionbookblog · 5 months ago
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Wow. Glad to have a mom who feeds my book habit, and with such a rare copy too! This is a first edition of George Scarbrough’s second book, “The Course is Upward” and the title is taken from the first poem (pictured). One of the South’s unsung giants of poetry, Scarbrough was raised by a tenet farmer around Polk County TN before moving to Oak Ridge just outside Knoxville. Pleased to find a jacket in such good condition as well, as the only others I’ve seen were in much worse shape. I’ve also seen that @jamesdickeyreview has begun republishing Scarbrough’s poems as well, and I’m glad to see his work getting some extra attention. First edition, Fine book in Very Good jacket. . . . . . #georgescarbrough #thecourseisupward #tellicoblue #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia #appalachianpoetry https://www.instagram.com/p/CJmS16AJwdU/?igshid=58rzfiplup5u
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firsteditionbookblog · 5 months ago
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I got the chance to visit @kensandersbooks a couple weeks ago in Salt Lake City. In many ways it is a great shop with lots of fun digging. I found this first edition of Andrew Lytle’s novel “The Velvet Horn” in a nice jacket. Great shop and I’m glad to begin reading this over break. Such classic looking cover art as well. First edition, Very Good- with a price clipped DJ. Crisp. . . . . #kensanders #kensandersrarebooks #andrewlytle #thevelvethorn #fugativepoets #southernagrarians #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #sewanee #sewaneereview (at Ken Sanders Rare Books) https://www.instagram.com/p/CJRZVGHJimM/?igshid=pd1dzgpjcsso
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firsteditionbookblog · 6 months ago
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A classic. “Winesburg, Ohio” by Sherwood Anderson. First Edition. #sherwoodanderson #winseburgohio #modernfirsteditions #modernfirsts #rarebooks #bookcollecting #bookcollector #bookcollection #bookstagram #shelfie #bibliophile #finebooks #signedbooks #americanliterature #shortstory #faulkner #hemingway #steinbeck https://www.instagram.com/p/CIgGl3BJVS9/?igshid=ylc4s35ve4q3
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firsteditionbookblog · 7 months ago
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Visited Commonwealth Books in Boston yesterday and picked this up. First edition, first printing of an early Wendell Berry collection “Clearing.” Though I have spent more time with his essays, I agree with a discrimination I once heard of him: A poet of clarity. In this collection, he offers that clarity with intention. First/First, fine book in Very Good-jacket. . . . . . . #commonwealthbooks #boston #wendellberry #clearing #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia (at Commonwealth Books) https://www.instagram.com/p/CGxuOeUp1AU/?igshid=jpn0xf73a3js
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firsteditionbookblog · 7 months ago
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Stopped by Brattle Book Shop in Boston today. Great weather and fine books! . . . . . #brattlebookshop #boston #modernpoetry #modernfirsteditions #modernfirsts #rarebooks #bookcollecting #bookcollector #bookcollection #bookstagram #shelfie #bibliophile #finebooks #signedbooks #americanliterature (at Brattle Book Shop) https://www.instagram.com/p/CGvDKUlphVd/?igshid=y4txg20nlcby
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firsteditionbookblog · 8 months ago
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This arrived in the mail today, Matthew Winberley’s first complete work of poetry. Those familiar with his work have all signaled their admiration for the Western Carolina poet. Looking forward to digging in. Anyone else read this work yet? . . . . . . #matthewwimberley #allthegreatterritories #wimberley #leesmcrae #leesmcraecollege #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CGDbAlzJ98N/?igshid=ltdv2te5ng9u
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firsteditionbookblog · 8 months ago
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The (possible?) Hemingway you haven’t read. This is Hokum, a play which has been suggested as a lost Hemingway work. Anyone read this work? Fine condition, first edition, Review copy (stated). Unread. $60. . . . . . #hokum #hemingway #ernesthemingway #firstedition #rarebooks #bookcollecting #bookcollector #bookcollection #americanliterature #lostgeneration #modernfirsts #firsteditionbooks #bookstagram #bookhunting #bibliophile #bibliophiles #shelfie #bookporn #collectablebooks https://www.instagram.com/p/CF7p8rRpdCV/?igshid=1nmuba32jyv3c
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firsteditionbookblog · 8 months ago
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Perhaps the southern mountains most preeminent literary voice, Ron Rash’s novels, stories,and poems have again put Appalachian storytelling into the forefront of American literature. Laughing, he once joked that the French care more about this region than New York, and I suspect he’s right. One Foot in Eden, first edition, fine condition, flat signed. . . . . . . . . #ronrash #onefootineden #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CFm5hR-JEjE/?igshid=1vywd5ulq2s8i
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firsteditionbookblog · 8 months ago
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I’ve taught Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” several times and I’m always shocked how tightly written it is. Environmental concerns, race relations, gender roles, colonialism, place theory, untrustworthy narrator, and the list goes on. Powerful and succinct. Really a classic. I’m offering this copy up for sale. Limited Editions Club. Appears to be unopened and unread, though it lacks the black slipcase. Near fine condition, sheep’s vellum spine. Signed by Robert Shore, numbered 335 of 1000. $200. Message me for more details. . . . . . . #josephconrad #heartofdarkness #limitededitionsclub #firstedition #rarebooks #bookcollecting #bookcollector #bookcollection #americanliterature #britishliterature #polishliterature #modernfirsts #firsteditionbooks #bookstagram #bookhunting #bibliophile #bibliophiles #shelfie #bookporn #collectablebooks https://www.instagram.com/p/CFiMjUqpIWM/?igshid=139wb80dp7w16
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firsteditionbookblog · 9 months ago
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Though I don’t usually sell books on Instagram, this Grosset and Dunlap edition of “The Catcher in the Rye” is looking for a new home. Slight loosening to front board but overall tight. You can see the price clipped DJ, with a small loss on the bottom of the spine in the pictures. Color remains strong on the classic cover. Pm for more details, $45. . . . . . . #jdsalinger #thecatcherintherye #grossetanddunlap #firstedition #rarebooks #modernfirsteditions #modernfirsts #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bookstagram #bibliophile #cultclassic #cultclassics https://www.instagram.com/p/CFIWYE5pVuE/?igshid=u8tlzwrdtcu8
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firsteditionbookblog · 10 months ago
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This was on my (unaccomplished) reading list thanks to Chan Gordon at @captainsbookshelf. Though not all of these works are from the mountain region, it seems that many of these early playwrites reflect an appreciation for land and lineage. “When Witches Ride” almost felt like a Yeatsian single act play. It also includes a Thomas Wolfe work. Good reading and something I’ll come back to when school lets out. Fine condition Review copy of the first edition. This is not the rare first or second collection, but the collected edition in 1923. . . . . . . . #carolinafolkplays #drama #thomaswolfe #paulgreen #wilburstout #appalachiandrama #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollection #bookcollecting #bookcollection #bibliophile #bookporn #bookhunting #bookstagram #modernfirsts #modernfirsteditions #finebooks #signedbooks #shelfie #southernliterature #southernlit #tennessee #appalachianlit #appalachianliterature #kentucky #northcarolina #virginia #westvirginia https://www.instagram.com/p/CD9wFxmpsbB/?igshid=a7rfqfdr2kcn
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firsteditionbookblog · 10 months ago
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I suppose the opening of this novel reflects how many feel about 2020; we’ve come “a fur piece.” Who all has read this? This is my favorite Faulkner novel, and though it is missing the classic dust jacket I am still glad to have a first of this giant. I think it is one of his most approachable pieces, and the battle with puritanism always rings as a true depiction of many small towns in the south. Keep a watch out in the coming days for that “peculiar quality of light in August.” It’s got the gold star.. First printing, first edition, Very good with a couple slight bumps. . . . . . . . #williamfaulkner #lightinaugust #firstedition #rarebook #rarebooks #mississippi #southernlit #faulkner #bookhunting #bookstagram #bookcollecting #bookcollector #americanliterature https://www.instagram.com/p/CD1PCwTJZjv/?igshid=1wdi7kbs3tf1k
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