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80. DELILLO, Don. The Day Room. NY: Knopf, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of his first play, in which the figure and ground of unreality and reality repeatedly reverse. Originally published in American Theater in 1986. Small edge tear to upper edge front cover; else fine in wrappers.
81. -. Another copy. A couple spots to rear cover; near fine in wrappers with publicity sheet stapled inside the front cover.
82. DELILLO, Don. Mansei. Berkeley: Black Oak Books/Okeanos Press, 1991. An attractive broadside printing an excerpt from Mao II and issued on the occasion of a reading by the author at Black Oak Books. 7 3/8" x 12 3/4". Although not called for, this copy is signed by the author. Fine.
83. DEXTER, Colin. The Remorseful Day. NY: Crown (1999). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of the final Inspector Morse novel, the last installment of one of the most highly praised mystery series of all time. Fine in wrappers.
84. DICK, Philip K. Solar Lottery. NY: Ace (1955). The first book, a paperback original, by one of the most innovative science fiction writers of his time, author of the novel on which Blade Runner was based. Inscribed by the author to award-winning science fiction writer, Tim Powers. Bound together with Leigh Brackett's The Big Jump. A fine copy and an excellent association -- Powers and Dick were very close during the last decade of Dick's life, even being roommates for a time, and Powers has, fittingly, twice won the science fiction award named after Dick -- the Philip K. Dick Award, given for the best science fiction novel published as a paperback original. An exceptional copy.
85. DICK, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. NY: Putnam (1962). Winner of the 1963 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of the year. An "alternate history" tale in which Germany and Japan have won the Second World War. David Pringle, in Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels, says that "it is probably Dick's best work, and the most memorable alternative world tale...ever written." A couple tiny nicks to the boards; still a fine copy in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket with a small white abrasion on the white spine. A nice copy of one of the high spots of modern science fiction.
86. DICK, Philip K. Typed Letter Signed. December 23, 1974. Three pages, to Paul Williams, later executor of Dick's estate, in which Dick gives evidence to support his growing theory that he is the reincarnation of Empedocles, recounts his suspicions that the CIA was responsible for a break-in at his house, and indirectly confesses to a nursery school penchant for refusing to take naps. With holograph notes and postscripts and a newspaper clipping about a CIA break-in campaign. A heartfelt and revealing letter, giving a view of Dick's ongoing concerns and his passionate, almost desperate effort at understanding and self-knowledge, which infused all of his science fiction writings. Folded in thirds for mailing; near fine. Signed "Phil."
87. DICK, Philip K. and ZELAZNY, Roger. Deus Irae. Garden City: Doubleday, 1976. The "Final Galley Proof," consisting of 62 long galley sheets of this novel co-authored by Zelazny. Deus Irae was written between 1967 and 1975, with Zelazny and Dick collaborating mostly by mail. Zelazny had won the Hugo Award in 1967 for Lord of Light, a science fiction novel with threads of Buddhist philosophy woven through it. Dick had expressed admiration for the novel, and when his first collaborator, author Ted White, backed off the project, he began working with Zelazny. The setting is post-nuclear holocaust, and the theme is the pilgrimage of an armless and legless artist, his vision quest. The novel incorporates elements of two earlier stories by Dick, as well as bearing a resemblance to Dr. Bloodmoney. It is most notable, however, as the only collaboration between these two award-winning science fiction writers. With 15 ink corrections and changes in Dick's hand. Together with the "Page proof," 64 galley sheets, with copy editors' markings. Folded, otherwise fine. A unique set:
88. DICK, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Garden City: Doubleday, 1977. Long galley sheets for the first edition of this drug novel that has been compared to the writings of William S. Burroughs, in which a narcotics agent has a double life as an addict. Dick's portrayal of the lasting effects of drug use are widely seen as a cautionary comment on the drug culture of the Sixties and Seventies, as well as on his own experimentation with drugs. Two sets of galleys -- one heavily marked by the publisher with final corrections to the text and typesetting, and the other unmarked and identified as the "Foundry Proof." Unique. Folded; overall near fine.
89. DICK, Philip K. "The Tagore Letter." September 23, 1981. A two page photocopy of a letter addressed to Edmund Meskys, editor of Niekas, in which Dick divulges that his alter ego, Horselover Fat, has had a vision of the new savior, "Tagore something," who lives in Sri Lanka and who takes upon his body the sins of man against the ecosystem: "He who wounds the ecosphere literally wounds God." Dick reportedly sent copies of this letter to 84 people, and it has become one of the legendary unpublished writings in the Dick canon. This copy is signed by Dick. Folded; else fine.
90. DICK, Philip K. "Hey, Dumb Little Girls." Undated. Ribbon copy typescript of a 65-line poem that appeared posthumously in The Dark-Haired Girl (Ziesing, 1988). With three small ink corrections in Dick's hand. Dick was well-known for his womanizing -- his numerous marriages and love affairs -- and this is a lament to a lost, indifferent love. Few of his poems, or attempts at poetry, have been published or survive. Two leaves, edge-darkened; near fine.
91. DICK, Philip K. "Fog." Undated. Carbon copy typescript of a seven line poem. Signed "Phil Dick." Again, any original writing by Dick, especially poetry, is extremely scarce. Folded; else fine.
92. DICK, Philip K. and POWERS, Tim. Parody of The Anubis Gate. Undated. One page, ribbon copy, from Powers' award-winning novel, The Anubis Gate. The first 14 lines are Powers' own text (page 241 of the published book) and the last 13 lines were typed by Dick in a parodying continuation of the story. Across the top, in Powers' hand, is a note explaining that Dick typed when Powers went for beer. The Anubis Gate won the Philip K. Dick Award for 1983, as the best original paperback published in the science fiction field the prior year. It has also been chosen as among the 100 best fantasy novels, and 100 best horror novels, of all time, and was the book that established Powers' reputation as a writer. This page, which of course was never published, is a humorous invention, and an indication of the closeness between the two writers.
93. DILLARD, Annie. "I was running down the Penn Avenue sidewalk..." (n.p.): (Kepler's Books) (1992). A broadside excerpt by the author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek from her autobiographical volume An American Childhood, printed as a New Year's gift. 9" x 6". Fine.
94. DRABBLE, Margaret. "Stepping Westward: A Topographical Tale." 1994. A fifteen page dot-matrix typescript of a story that Drabble read to the Wordsworth Society in London and which is scheduled for publication in her 2000 collection, The Long Story. Signed by the author with a copyright notice on the final page and warmly inscribed by the author on the first page to a university to which Drabble donated the typescript as a fundraiser for their Visiting Writers Program. A fine copy of this typescript, which precedes the story's publication by six years.
95. DUBUS, Andre. Adultery and Other Choices. Boston: Godine (1977). The uncorrected proof copy of the third book and second collection of short fiction by this writer who was considered a master of the form, a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in the 1980s. His collection Dancing After Hours was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Spine faded, else fine in wrappers.