Catalog 113, C

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75. CANTY, Kevin. A Stranger in this World. NY: Doubleday (1994). His first book, a highly praised collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with blurbs by Harry Crews, Ann Beattie, Padgett Powell and Joy Williams.

76. CAREY, Peter. War Crimes. (Queensland): University of Queensland Press (1979). His second book, a collection of stories. Inscribed by the author. Recipient's signature on front flyleaf; near fine in a near fine, spine- and edge-faded dust jacket. Uncommon.

77. CAREY, Peter. The Fat Man in History. London: Faber & Faber (1980). First thus: the first British edition of this collection of stories, some of which appeared in the collection War Crimes, which was not published outside of his native Australia, and the others of which are from his first book, which was published in Australia with this same title in 1974. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

78. CAREY, Peter. Illywhacker. (Queensland): University of Queensland Press (1985). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition of the fourth book, second novel, by the author of the Booker Prize-winning Oscar and Lucinda. This is a massive novel (600 pages) that focuses on an old Australian con man. Short-listed for the Booker Prize and winner of the Victorian Premier's Award, the Age Book of the Year, the NBC Award for Australian Literature, and the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award; a major literary accomplishment and one of the most important books in recent Australian literature. Signed by the author. Acidifying pages, rubbing and creasing to spine; near fine in wrappers.

79. CAREY, Peter. The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith. (Queensland): University of Queensland Press (1994). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition. Signed by the author. Corner crease to front cover; near fine in wrappers. Carey has won the Miles Franklin Award, the most prestigious literary award in Australia, three times. This book was considered a contender for the Booker Prize and it was a minor literary scandal when it wasn't even shortlisted for the prize.

80. CAREY, Peter. True History of the Kelly Gang. (Queensland): University of Queensland Press (2000). His latest book, a highly praised fictional re-imagining of the life of Australia's most famous outlaw, a 19th century legend and something of a 20th century cultural hero. This is the hardcover issue, which had a small first printing and was attractively bound in quarter leather. Signed by the author. A fine copy in a fine glassine dust jacket, as issued.

81. 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. Only issued in wrappers, this is the issue with silver lettering. Address and phone number on rear blank; moderate edge and spine creasing; still about near fine.

82. (CARVER, Raymond). The Best American Short Stories 1967. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967. Carver's first book appearance, "Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?," the story that became the title story of his first collection almost a decade later. Other contributors include Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Henry Roth, Kay Boyle, Brian Moore, and Ethan Ayer, who has inscribed the front flyleaf. A couple pencil notes in the MacDonald Harris story; foxing to top edge; page signatures acidifying; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with a couple of small edge chips. A surprisingly uncommon volume in this usually fairly common series.

83. (CARVER, Raymond). American Short Story Masterpieces. NY: Delacorte Press, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks and introduced by Carver, who also contributes the story "Fever." Other writers include Richard Ford, Richard Brautigan, Joyce Carol Oates, Jayne Anne Phillips, David Quammen, Philip Roth, James Salter, John Updike, Tobias Wolff, Joy Williams, Grace Paley, Andre Dubus, Evan Connell, and many others. Vertical crease to front cover; near fine in wrappers.

84. CHILD, Lee. Killing Floor. NY: Putnam (1997). His first novel, a thriller, winner of both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Laid in is a typed letter signed by the author.

85. CHILD, Lee. Tripwire. NY: Putnam (1999). The author's third crime novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Laid in is a typed letter signed by the author.

86. COEL, Margaret. The Spirit Woman. NY: Berkley Prime Crime (2000). The latest book in her well-received mystery series featuring Arapaho Indian lawyer Vicky Holden. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

87. COLLINS, Jess. Painting. 1952. An original oil painting by the artist usually known simply by his first name, Jess, and who was closely associated with the Beat poets of the San Francisco renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s. Jess illustrated many of the small press publications by such presses as the White Rabbit Press and by such authors as Robert Duncan, Helen Adam, and others. He was also known for his collages, which illustrated a number of the small literary magazines of the period. Abstract, in predominantly green, white, yellow, peach, rose, red and black. Approximately 5" x 12 1/4. Matted and framed to 7 1/2" x 15". Signed by Jess on the matte. Fine. Original artwork by Jess is extremely uncommon and seldom comes on the market.

88. COLLINS, Jess. Collage. Undated. Idyllic forest scene, printed on heavy stock, with flora and fauna added in sticker form by Jess. Inscribed (but not signed) by Jess: "For Pauline [Kael]" in large letters among the evergreens. Approximately 21" x 16 1/4" matted to 25" x 20". One very subtle vertical crease; else fine. Kael was a close friend of Jess, Robert Duncan (a classmate of hers at the University of California in the 1940s) and others of the San Francisco artistic scene of the 1950s. This piece was given to her by Jess, wrapped around another artwork by him; according to Kael, she liked the wrapping more than the enclosed piece, which she returned to Jess, and she had this mounted and, for a time, framed and displayed. An original work by Jess, albeit only in the inscription and the stickers, and a good association.

89. CONNELL, Evan S. The Alchymist's Journal. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1991. A highly praised historical novel by the author of Mrs. Bridge and Son of the Morning Star, among others. Signed by the author in Santa Fe in 1996. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

90. CONNELLY, Michael. The Concrete Blonde. Boston: Little Brown (1994). The third novel featuring Detective Hieronymous ("Harry") Bosch of the LAPD. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

91. CONNELLY, Michael. A Darkness More than Night. New Orleans: B.E. Trice, 2000. A limited edition of Connelly's latest novel, which features Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb, the protagonist of Connelly's novel Blood Work. One of 400 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in slipcase.

92. -. Same title, the deluxe issue. One of 100 numbered copies quarterbound in leather and signed by the author. Fine in slipcase.

93. CONROY, Pat. The Boo. Atlanta: Old New York Book Shop [2000]. The thirtieth anniversary edition of Conroy's first book, a work of nonfiction about Lt. Col. Nugent Courvoisie -- an admired and controversial teacher that the author had when he attended The Citadel, a private military college, during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam war. One of 500 copies signed by Pat Conroy and Lt. Col. T.N. Courvoisie, "The Boo" on a leaf tipped in to the 1996 edition and with a new "30th anniversary edition" dust jacket picturing both The Boo and the author. Conroy and Courvoisie were at The Citadel on October 20, 2000 to receive honorary doctorates from the college. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

94. CORTAZAR, Julio. End of the Game. NY: Pantheon (1967). The first American edition of a collection of stories originally published in 1956 in Mexico. Contains the story "Blow-up" -- the basis for the 1966 film by Antonioni and an example of the link between the European avant garde cinema of the 1960s and the Latin American literature of the same period. Near fine in a spine-faded, else near fine dust jacket. His scarcest publication in this country.

95. CRAIS, Robert. Sunset Express. NY: Hyperion (1996). An Elvis Cole mystery by this award-winning writer, who has also written for such TV shows as "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues." Signed by the author. Fine in dust jacket.

96. CRICHTON, Michael. The Terminal Man. NY: Knopf, 1972. Second printing of this novel of the intersection of science and ethics, in which the brain of a violent criminal is connected to a computer to regulate his behavior. Basis for the 1974 movie starring George Segal. Inscribed by the author to film critic Pauline Kael, with an autograph note signed affixed to the front panel that reads, "It may not be better than Dealing but at least it's more representative." A great movie association copy of a book by an author who has had a hand in three of the top 25 grossing films of all time (the 1972 movie Dealing, co-written with his brother Douglas and based on their pseudonymously co-written novel, not among these). Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny chip at the upper rear spine fold.

97. CRUMB, Robert. Note. Tuesday April 10, 1962. A 22 page typed letter signed ("RC"), handbound in book form with a full color original R. Crumb pictorial cover. Written to Marty Pahls, and touching on travel, women, sex (lack thereof), love (lack thereof), material possessions, Salinger, Kerouac, Freud, God, Faust, Disney, philosophy, civilization, education, freedom, reasons to live, reasons not to live, the frustration and guilt inherent in having a greatness complex, the social pressure on the individual, music, television, movies, and finally, his work. Published in the 1998 collection Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me. Near fine in a custom folding chemise and slipcase. An astonishing letter, virtually a Crumb autobiography, and a beautiful original color artwork as its cover. Although the contents of the letter were published, the cover has not been reproduced, to the best of our knowledge.

98. CUMMINGS, E.E. Tulips and Chimneys. NY: Thomas Seltzer, 1923. The author's second book and first volume of poetry, which established his unique poetic voice and hinted at the unusual typography that would become one of his hallmarks in later years. Signed by the author. Spine-darkened, with modest wear to board edges and slight fraying at the spine crown; still about near fine, lacking the rare dust jacket, the front panel and flap copy of which are tipped to the rear endpages. An uncommon book, and rare signed.

99. CUMMINGS, E.E. Is 5. NY: Boni & Liveright, 1926. His fourth collection of poems, which recapitulates the themes of his earlier collections and introduces a satiric edge and a political awareness that would become an important part of his poetry henceforth. This is the limited edition, one of only 77 numbered copies signed by the author. Owner name front flyleaf; fading to spine; near fine in a near fine, professionally restored slipcase with a light abrasion on the rear panel. The book and the slipcase are housed together in a custom quarter leather clamshell case.

100. CUMMINGS, E.E. Christmas Tree. (NY): (n.p.) (1928). A single poem, printed in green text, one horizontal stanza to a page. This copy is inscribed by Cummings to noted composer David Diamond: "For David Diamond/ with the author's compliments/ October 16, 1936." Diamond, a student of Stravinsky and one of the most honored American composers of the 20th century, began his career in the spring of 1936 with a commission to compose the music for the ballet TOM -- a scenario by E.E. Cummings based on Uncle Tom's Cabin. Edge-sunning to boards; near fine, lacking the plain glassine dust jacket. An outstanding association between one of the most important American poets of the 20th century and one of the country's greatest composers.

101. CUMMINGS, E.E. No Thanks. (NY): (Golden Eagle Press) (1935). One of 900 copies of the trade edition, of a total edition of 999, this copy signed by the author. Faintly spine-tanned; near fine, lacking the dust jacket. An uncommon title, especially signed.

102. CUMMINGS, E.E. 50 Poems. NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce (1940). A limited edition of his first poetry collection in three years, one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Light sunning and foxing; near fine, lacking the original plain glassine dust jacket, in a slightly sunned slipcase. With the publisher's card laid in indicating that all of these poems are appearing in book form for the first time, and that the edition was limited to those ordered by subscribers. A nice copy, with a scarce piece of publisher's ephemera.

103. CUMMINGS, E.E. 95 Poems. NY: Harcourt Brace (1958). The trade edition of this collection, inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in a very good, internally tape-repaired dust jacket.

104. CUMMINGS, E.E. 16 Poèmes Enfantins. NY: Marion Press, 1962. Poems selected by Cummings from two earlier volumes. 500 copies printed. This copy is inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Edge-sunned, light overall handling; near fine in stapled wrappers.

105. CURRIE, Ellen. Moses Supposes. NY: Simon & Schuster (1994). Her well-received second book, and first collection of stories, which were written and published over a span of more than 35 years. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

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