Catalog 110, D

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114.DELILLO, Don. Americana. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. A review copy of DeLillo's first book. Inscribed by the author with the somewhat cryptic inscription "From Canadian Customs!" A bit of fading to the blue endpages, as is typical with this title; still a fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket, with review slip, author photo and publicity blurb laid in. As nice a copy as one could hope for, in terms of condition, inscription and its being an advance issue.

115.-. Another copy. Same edge fading to endpapers and a bit of fading to the top stain; else fine in a very good dust jacket with a long closed edge tear and some rubbing to the spine.

116.-. Same title, the first Penguin paperback edition, issued after the success of his novel Libra. (NY): Viking Penguin (1989). Inscribed by the author to a "Great Pal!" With a "compliments of the author" card laid in. Dust-soiled rear panel; thus near fine. A nice inscription from DeLillo, who seems not to sign books much, let alone inscribe them effusively.

117.DELILLO, Don. End Zone. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972. A review copy of his second novel. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine unrubbed, unworn dust jacket with one infinitesimal corner tear. With review slip, author photo and publicity blurb laid in. A beautiful copy of what is probably the toughest DeLillo book to find in fine condition, and, again, with a warm inscription ("Best ever - ") and the additional cachet of being an advance copy.

118.DELILLO, Don. Great Jones Street. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. A review copy of his third novel. Inscribed by the author in 1976. Fine in a fine dust jacket with review slip, author photo and publicity blurb laid in. Like the above title, this is a book whose dust jacket shows wear readily and is therefore very difficult to find in fine condition. Again, a copy that has all the earmarks of being, in effect, "the best possible copy" of this title.

119.-. Same title. The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author. Again, with review slip, author photo and publicity blurb laid in. Two paper clip imprints on front cover, still very near fine in wrappers. A very scarce proof, especially in fine condition, with the promotional material, and inscribed.

120.DELILLO, Don. Ratner's Star. NY: Knopf, 1976. A review copy of his fourth novel, which uses the framework of a boy genius decoding a signal sent from a star to examine issues of information: DeLillo's personal favorite of his first six books. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

121.-. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in tall wrappers.

122.DELILLO, Don. Players. NY: Knopf, 1977. His fifth novel. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

123.DeLILLO, Don. Running Dog. NY: Knopf, 1978. His sixth novel, signed and additionally inscribed by the author "To ____/ the soft underbelly/ of the American/ book business." Fine in a fine dust jacket.

124.-. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in tall wrappers.

125.DELILLO, Don. "BIRDWELL, Cleo." Amazons. NY: HRW (1980). A pseudonymous fictional memoir of the first woman to play in the National Hockey League. DeLillo's name is printed nowhere on the book, but the text features Murray Jay Siskind, a character who recurs in White Noise. This copy is inscribed by the author: "To ____/ In Harold Brodky's [sic]/ Batmobile/ Don!" Paper clip imprint to several text pages; else fine in a near fine dust jacket that also bears a clip imprint, probably from the attachment of an editor's business card, now laid in. One of DeLillo's least common books to find signed.

126.DELILLO, Don. The Names. NY: Knopf, 1982. Classic DeLillo, a novel that throws into sharp relief the individual, the family, and language, amid the vagaries of international events. This copy bears a brief note of transmittal from an editor, and is inscribed by the author in 1992. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

127.-. Another copy. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

128.DELILLO, Don. White Noise. (NY): Viking (1985). DeLillo's National Book Award-winning novel, in which characters search for safety amid love, family, and the modern technologies that are carriers of both comfort and death. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the slightest bit of edge-toning. With a printed "compliments of the author" card laid in.

129.DELILLO, Don. The Day Room. NY: Knopf, 1987. DeLillo's first produced play, in which the figure and ground of unreality and reality repeatedly reverse. Originally published in American Theater in 1986. Inscribed by the author: "To ____/ Brooklyn forever!/ Don DeLillo." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Considerably less common than his novels, especially signed.

130.DELILLO, Don. Libra. (NY): Viking (1988). His highly praised novel of the events leading up to the Kennedy assassination, and the second of his first nine novels (published under his name) to be nominated for the National Book Award. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with none of the typical spine fading, and rare thus.

131.DELILLO, Don. Mao II. (NY): Viking (1991). Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. A novel of the interacting forces of crowds and terrorists, individuals and novelists. Inscribed by the author to "my buddy." Fine in a fine dust jacket. With a "compliments of the author" card laid in.

132.DELILLO, Don. Underworld. (NY): Scribner (1997). His masterwork, and his third National Book Award nomination. Winner of the William Dean Howells Award for the best work of fiction published in the U.S. over the last five years. Inscribed by the author: "To ___ ___/ Master reader and old pal./ And thanks/ for the chinese menu./ Don DeLillo." Fine in a fine dust jacket.

133.-. Same title, an advance excerpt of the British edition, running 60 pages. (n.p.): Picador (1998). Fine in wrappers.

134.-. Another copy. Slight corner bump, else fine in wrappers.

135.(DELILLO, Don). "The Engineer of Moonlight" in Cornell Review 5. (Ithaca): (Cornell University) (1979). DeLillo's first play, never produced nor published in book form. He has since gone on to write two other works for the stage, The Day Room and Valparaiso. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in wrappers.

136.(DELILLO, Don). Anything Can Happen. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press (1983). Interviews with fifteen American novelists including Don DeLillo, Tim O'Brien, John Irving, Stanley Elkin, Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow, William Gass, Donald Barthelme and others. This copy has a full-page inscription by DeLillo: "To ___ ___/ This is a chain book. It has/ been around the world 27 times./ It has brought good luck,/ wealth & improbable sexual/ success to everyone who has/ read it cover to cover, made/ 60 copies, and sent 3 copies/ to each of 20 friends./ Failure to maintain the chain/ has traditionally brought death/ to the transgressor, his family/ and his dog./ Good luck./ Don DeLillo." A great inscription by a novelist who writes on the line between community and conspiracy. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

137.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.

138.DONLEAVY, J.P. Meet My Maker the Mad Molecule. Boston: Little Brown/Atlantic Monthly Press (1964). A review copy of Donleavy's first book of stories, with the reviewer's marginal marks in the text and draft paragraphs on the front endpages, where there is also an ownership label. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An uncommon title.

139.DRURY, Tom. The End of Vandalism. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Drury's first book, which won him recognition as one of Granta's top 20 young American novelists. Inscribed by the author to Annie Dillard, who provides a jacket blurb on the rear panel. Near fine (read) in a near fine dust jacket, with a "Compliments of the Author" card laid in as a bookmark at page 222.

140.DUFRESNE, John. The Way that Water Enters Stone. NY: Norton (1991). His first book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with blurbs by Rick Bass, Lee K. Abbott, James W. Hall, Lewis Nordan and others.

141.DUFRESNE, John. Louisiana Power and Light. NY: Norton (1994). His highly praised second book, first novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

142.DURRELL, Lawrence. The Black Book. NY: Dutton, 1960. A review copy, so stamped on the front flap. Fine in a very good, rubbed dust jacket (particularly along the spine), with a few small tears.

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