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Fine Literature & Fine Books
Poetry from the collection of Larry Rafferty,
founder of hit & run press of Berkeley
Miniature Books
Over 700 lots of important literature spanning four centuries, with additional fine books in a variety of fields.  Of prime interest is the poetry collection of Larry Rafferty, featuring numerous key works by some of the most important figures in twentieth century poetry, many of them signed or inscribed by the authors. The poets represented include John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, Weldon Kees, Frank O’Hara, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and others. Also in the auction are eight plays by William Shakespeare from the second folio, 1632; first editions by Henry David Thoreau including Walden; large collections of John Steinbeck and Mark Twain; plus Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, John Le Carré, H.P. Lovecraft, Cormac McCarthy, John Updike, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse, and others. Fine books include early printings of books from the Bible; illustrated books; finely bound books; fine press books; and more. Finally, there is a large number of charming miniature books from a variety of modern presses.
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We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS Priority Mail. We do NOT ship USPS Media Mail under any circumstances.For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

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