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72. CANIN, Ethan. Blue River. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. His second book, first novel. Signed by the author. Unsuccessfully erased remainder mark lower page edges; else fine in a fine dust jacket. Canin's first book, Emperor of the Air, won a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award, and Canin was selected by Granta magazine as one of the 20 best young American authors.
73. CANIN, Ethan. The Palace Thief. NY: Random House (1994). His third book, a collection of novellas. Cursorily signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the gold lettering.
74. CARROLL, Jim. The Basketball Diaries. (Bolinas): (Tombouctou) (1978). The author's classic memoir of coming of age in the New York drug culture of the late 1960s, about which a Jack Kerouac blurb said: "at 13 years of age, Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today." One of the defining memoirs of the 1960s, later made into a well-received movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Only issued in wrappers, this is the issue with silver lettering. A bit of spine creasing and rubbing to folds; near fine.
75. CARVER, Raymond. At Night the Salmon Move. Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1976. Carver's third collection of poems, and his second book to be issued by Capra. There were two issues: a signed limited hardcover issue of 100 copies and a wrappered issue with no limitation stated; William Stull, the bibliographer, quotes the publisher as indicating that 1000 copies were issued. This is the wrappered issue. Signed by the author. Fine.
76. CARVER, Raymond. Cathedral. NY: Knopf, 1983. The uncorrected proof copy of his third collection of stories to be published by a major trade publisher, and a major literary event that confirmed Carver's preeminent place among American short story writers of the day and signaled a full-fledged resuscitation of the short story in American literature. Signed by the author. Very near fine in wrappers.
77. CARVER, Raymond. Fires. Essays, Poems and Stories. NY: Vintage (1984). First thus, a paperback reprint of Carver's 1983 retrospective collection, but adding a Paris Review interview. Inscribed by the author in 1987 in Sacramento to a former student of his from the 1960s, when Carver taught at Sacramento State College and published his first book, Near Klamath. Near fine in wrappers.
78. CARVER, Raymond. Those Days. Elmwood: Raven Editions, 1987. A limited edition of several early, previously unpublished pieces by Carver. Edited by William Stull, Carver's bibliographer, and with an afterword by him. Of a total edition of 140 copies printed by Carol Blinn at Warwick Press, this is one of 100 numbered copies in marbled self-wrappers. Signed by the author. Fine.
79. CARVER, Raymond. Autograph Postcard Signed. May 1, 1987. Several sentences of thanks and well-wishing, and apologies for a delayed response caused by having been in Europe. Fine.
80. CARVER, Raymond. Photographs. Undated. c. 1987. Six color photographs, 3" x 5", of Carver at a private gathering with friends in Sacramento, including poet Dennis Schmitz and his wife and several of their mutual friends. Carver's first published poems were in the literary magazine at Sacramento State, which also published Schmitz. Ten negatives are included; the four not included in printed version here also show Carver. Fine.
81. (CATHER, Willa). MILMINE, Georgine. The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science. NY: Doubleday Page (1909). An early work by Cather, which she edited and largely rewrote when she had just started work at McClure's magazine and this biography was submitted for serial publication. Although there is scholarly dispute about the exact extent of Cather's efforts on this work, and she herself preferred to minimize her involvement with it in later years, the consensus is that she is largely responsible for the writing that appeared in the serial, and that the journalistic style of it was her own. Reportedly, the copyright to this title was later purchased by a friend of Christian Science and the plates from which the book was printed were destroyed, making this volume, according to a Mary Baker Eddy bibliography, "exceedingly rare." Some instances of pencil underlining in text. Owner signature and blindstamp front flyleaf, bookplate front pastedown. Rear hinge cracked; edge wear to cloth, particularly at the spine extremities. Still a solid, better than good copy of an exceedingly uncommon book.
82. COCTEAU, Jean. The Eagle Has Two Heads. (London): Vision Press, 1947. The first English language edition of this play, which didn't appear in the U.S. until 1962, in a different translation. This edition was translated and adapted by Ronald Duncan, who also did The Typewriter, in 1946. Cocteau was one of the most important French avant garde poets of the Twenties and Thirties -- a close friend of such writers as Blaise Cendrars and Max Jacob, and such artists as Picasso, Chirico and Dufy. This copy is signed by Cocteau: "Souvenir de Jean Cocteau/ 1949/ New York." Dampstaining to cloth and endpages around the spine base; very good in a good, internally dampstained dust jacket with several corner chips.
83. COETZEE, J.M. Age of Iron. NY: Random House (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this novel by the only author to win the Booker Prize twice. Very near fine in wrappers.
84. CONNELL, Evan S., Jr. The Anatomy Lesson and Other Stories. NY: Viking, 1957. The author's first book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Connell is most known for his first novel, Mrs. Bridge (and its sequel, Mr. Bridge); his novel of the collecting obsession, The Connoisseur; his controversial novel, Diary of a Rapist -- which anticipated such later, equally controversial efforts as Gordon Lish's Dear Mr. Capote and Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho; and for Son of the Morning Star, a nonfiction examination of the Custer myth and the battle of Little Bighorn. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket, only slightly faded on the spine.
85. CONNELL, Evan S. Typed Note Signed. January 22 (1996). A brief note agreeing to sign a book. Signed by the author. Folded in third for mailing; fine, with envelope.
86. CONNELLY, Michael. The Black Echo. Boston: Little Brown (1992). The advance reading copy of his well-received first novel, which introduced LAPD detective Hieronymous Bosch and won the Edgar Award for best first mystery. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
87. CONROY, Pat. The Water is Wide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972. The second book by the author of The Boo, The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, among others. Nonfiction, an account of the author's experience as a teacher on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, with a class of students who, although ostensibly in the fifth through eighth grades, were in the earliest stages of their education, and largely illiterate. Like the author's later novels, this too was made into a well-received film, here with the title Conrack. This copy belonged to film critic Pauline Kael, longtime writer for The New Yorker, and bears her pencilled annotations in the margins, on the flyleaf, on the jacket flaps and rear panel. Trace dampstaining to spine cloth; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with light edge wear. A nice association copy, being a book-made-into-film from the library of the preeminent film critic of her time.
88. COOLEY, Martha. The Archivist. Boston: Little, Brown (1998). The advance reading copy of her first novel, about an archivist whose responsibilities for sequestered T.S. Eliot letters begin to conflict with his personal responsibilities. Fine in wrappers.
89. CRACE, Jim. Continent. London: Heinemann, 1986. His first book, a collection of related stories that won the Whitbread Prize, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Crace creates, in this volume, an imaginary continent -- the location in which all the stories take place, and the only link they have with one another. Small bump to top board edges; near fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket with the promotional sticker, "You can afford to make the journey."
90. CREWS, Harry. This Thing Don't Lead to Heaven. NY: Morrow, 1970. His third book. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For ____/ Who has gathered with/ us at the river, all/ affection/ Harry." Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
91. CREWS, Judson. The Southern Temper. Waco: Motive, 1946. Influential essay by this poet and critic, who was an early and longtime friend of Henry Miller and various other literary and artistic figures. Inscribed by the author in 1952 to Mary Shore, a painter and friend of Charles Olson. Near fine in stapled wrappers and very good, dampstained dust jacket with two small holes on the rear panel.
92. CROWLEY, John. Love and Sleep. NY: Bantam (1994). The second book in the ambitious tetralogy that began with Aegypt, which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and was selected as one of David Pringle's 100 best fantasy novels of all time. This title was also a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Crowley is also the author of the Little, Big, which won the World Fantasy Award and was also chosen as one of Pringle's 100 best. One of his other novels, Engine Summer, was selected by Pringle for his list of the 100 best science fiction novels ever, and three of his six novels were chosen by Yale literary critic Harold Bloom for his controversial list of the works comprising "the Western canon." An important author who is still relatively little-known outside the field of science fiction and fantasy, except among the cognoscenti of contemporary literature. The third volume in the tetralogy, Daemonomania, is due out later this year. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
93. CUNNINGHAM, Michael. The Hours. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1998). The advance reading copy of the author's highly praised fourth book, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, a rare literary "double." Fine in wrappers.