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The Modern First is a motorcycle bookstore in a moped world. Titles in literature, poetry, philosophy, history, art, science, and the occult.

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Thomas Merton - The Seven Storey Mountain •••
New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1948. Most likely this is a later printing of the first edition (lacking, as it does, the photographic caption on rear panel, copyright statement, and white cloth boards characterizing the first edition; the book club edition hypothesis meanwhile seems unlikely since a) there is no blindstamp, and b) book still bears sticker of its (nonresale) trade shop of origin). Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth binding. 429 pp. Very good condition. Gift inscription in ink on front free endpaper; no other markings. Light wear to textblock edges. (Apparently price-clipped) dust jacket is a bit chipped at forecorners and spinetips, hosts aforementioned bookstore sticker on lower front flap.
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James Baldwin - The Book Lover: A Guide to the Best Reading •••
Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Company, 1894. This edition,1898. Hardcover. 12mo. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering, illustration, and topstain. 222pp., including index. Poor condition. No dust jacket. Binding is slightly rolled with minor separation of textblock from spine. Rumpling to front and rear covers. Rubbing/foxing to front/rear covers. Wear to edges and upper/lower spine of boards. Previous owner inscription to front, inner board. Previous bookstore price in pencil to upper edge of front endpaper. Rumpling to rear, inner board. Creasing to lower corners of several pages at rear of text. Fragile rear hinge. Some creasing, toning, and discoloration to inner boards/pages of text block.
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Rudolfo A. Anaya - Bless Me Ultima •••
Berkeley: Quinto Sol Publications, 1972. Fourth printing (1975) of the trade paperback. Softcover wraps. 8vo. 248 pp. Fair condition. Covers are edge-worn and suffer patchy surface excoriation. Former owner's stamp on flyleaf; name in blue ink along textblock fore-edge along with a small ink notation of the date on the upper margin of page 4. No other markings to text.
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William S. Burroughs - Nova Express
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New York: Grove Press, 1964. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Small octavo. Red cloth binding. 187 pp. Good condition. Light wear to edges of boards, textblock. Thrift-store price marked on upper forecorner of front free endpaper in red grease pencil. No other markings. Dust jacket is almost good with some edge-wear, patches of surface-excoriation, sun fading to spine-lettering, and a closed tear along the upper front edge (it's better than it sounds, or as Mark Twain might say, better than it looks).
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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Complete Writings, in one volume
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New York: Wm H. Wise & Co, 1929 (first published in 1888). Single-volume edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth binding with blindstamped lettering and cover decoration. Green topstain. Thumb-index notches on textblock fore-edge, by category. 1435 pp. Good condition; no dust jacket. Scuffing to covers along joints and edges; closed 5cm tear along exterior joint. Clean interior.
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George MacDonald Fraser - The Hollywood History of the World: From One Million Years B.C. to Apocalypse Now •••
New York: Beech Tree Books/William Morrow, 1988. First American edition, first printing. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth binding. 268 pp. Profusely illustrated and printed on alkaline paper. Near fine condition. Very slight wear along edges of boards and textblock; clean interior. Dust jacket is very nearly perfect.
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Eldridge Cleaver - Soul on Ice
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New York: McGraw-Hill/Ramparts Books, 1968. First edition, seventh printing. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth binding. 210 pp. Introduction by Maxwell Geismar. Good condition. Slight scuffing to top and bottom edge of boards. Former owner's name in black ink along top edge of front free endpaper. Otherwise clean. A few small chips to dust jacket at spine tips and forecorners but still in very good condition.
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Paramahansa Yogananda - Autobiography of a Yogi •••
Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1969. Tenth edition (first edition printed in 1946.) Hardcover. 8vo. Turquoise blue boards with gilt lettering. 514 pp. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Preface by W. Y. Evans-Wentz (author of The Tibetan Book of the Dead). Good condition. Light wear along edges of textblock, covers. Former owner's name in ink on upper forecorner of front free endpaper. Dust jacket is edge-worn, has several small open tears along periphery and scattered patches of surface excoriation but still in about good condition.
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Tom Wolfe - The Purple Decades: A Reader •••
New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1982. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 8vo. Purple cloth binding. 396 pp. Introduction by Joe Bellamy. Good condition. Light wear along edges of boards, textblock. Clean pages. Dust jacket is a bit dullened, rimpled along extreme upper edge, and has a small closed tear along lower rear edge (1cm or so--see photos). The Purple Decades is a sort of "greatest hits" compendium of Wolfe's work, with selections pulled from Wolfe's various non-fiction publications.
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