Catalog 117, C

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71. CALVINO, Italo. Mr. Palomar. San Diego: HBJ (1985). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this short novel. Fine in wrappers.

72. -. Another copy. Editorial notation front cover; near fine in wrappers.

73. CALVINO, Italo. Six Memos for the Next Millennium. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of lectures Calvino was to deliver at Harvard in 1985-86. He died just before leaving for the U.S. The sixth "memo" or lecture had been worked out, reportedly, but not written, so only five are included in this posthumous collection. Fine in wrappers. Proof copies from university presses tend to be done in smaller quantities than those done by mainstream commercial publishers.

74. CALVINO, Italo. Numbers in the Dark. NY: Pantheon (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this posthumous collection of stories, many of them previously unpublished. Fine in wrappers, with a Pantheon publicity manager's card stapled to the front cover.

75. -. Another copy, without the business card. Fine.

76. (CAMUS, Albert). Chamfort. Maximes et Anecdotes. Monaco: 1944. The second volume in Chamfort's "Incidences" collection, with an introduction by Albert Camus, Nobel Prize winner, author of The Stranger, and one of the leading figures of the Existentialist movement. An early publication by Camus: L'Etranger was published in 1942, and during the war Camus was one of the pre-eminent writers among the French resistance and the editor of Combat, an important underground newspaper. Most of his well-known writings, other than L'Etranger, were published after the war ended in 1945. One of 2000 numbered copies, of a total edition of 2060; this copy is inscribed by Camus. Bookplate quoting Paul Valéry on flyleaf; light creasing to spine; else fine in French wrappers.

77. CANETTI, Elias. Crowds and Power. London: Gollancz, 1962. The first English edition of this important volume on mass psychology by the author of Auto-Da-Fe, and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for literature. Modest overall handling; a near fine copy in a very good, possibly smoke-darkened dust jacket with several small edge chips.

78. CAPOTE, Truman. The Grass Harp. A Play. (NY): Random House (1952). The scarce play version of Capote's second novel, reportedly published in an edition of only 500 copies. This is a review copy, with review slip laid in. Very subtle sunning to cloth; else fine in an edge- and spine-tanned dust jacket, about near fine. A very attractive copy of one of the scarcest of Capote's early works.

79. CAREY, Peter. Illywhacker. NY: Harper & Row (1985). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American 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. Fine in wrappers.

80. CAREY, Peter. True History of the Kelly Gang. NY: Knopf, 2001. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of 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. Small corner bump, else fine in wrappers.

The following selection of Caribbean literature is from the library of poet Barbara Howes, who edited one of the first anthologies of the literature of that region to appear in the U.S., From the Green Antilles, published by Macmillan in 1966. Some of the volumes bear her bookplate while others are inscribed to her. Howes had been the co-editor of the little magazine Chimera in the late 1940s, with Ximena de Angulo -- the daughter of Jamie de Angulo and Cary Baynes, a prominent Jungian psychologist who is most well-known today for having been the co-translator of the Wilhelm-Baynes translation of the Chinese classic, the I Ching. Under their joint editorship the magazine shifted its focus away from undiscovered English and American writers to writers and thinkers in the avant garde from a wide variety of cultural milieus, and Howes became close with a number of the Surrealists, as well as a number of Latin American authors who were little known outside their own countries and did not find a wide audience in the U.S. for another two decades. Her literary friendships and connections to Jungians -- who were developing theories about myths and the collective unconscious that transcended cultural boundaries -- led her to explore various literatures, including African and Caribbean, that were little-recognized by the mainstream literary world in Britain and the U.S., and her various writer friends would point her in the direction of new authors to read, etc. One of the upshots of this was the collection From the Green Antilles; another was that, over the years, the bonds formed in these joint literary undertakings were strong and deep, and several of the inscribed volumes herein attest to long-lasting relationships between Howes and the authors whose work she helped expose to a much wider readership than they had ever had before.

81. (Caribbean Literature). FRASER, Fitzroy. Wounds in the Flesh. London: Hutchinson/New Authors Limited (1962). The author's first novel. Near fine in a very good, rubbed dust jacket with a short edge tear. With a bookstore sticker from a Barbados bookstore on the front pastedown.

82. (Caribbean Literature). GLISSANT, Edouard. The Ripening. NY: George Braziller, 1959. The first American edition. Bookplate of Barbara Howes and William Jay Smith front pastedown; erasure front flyleaf; near fine in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket with modest edge wear.

83. (Caribbean Literature). LAMMING, George. Of Age and Innocence. London: Michael Joseph (1958). The third book by the author of In the Castle of My Skin. Signed by the author. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with several edge tears and slightly faded spine lettering.

84. (Caribbean Literature). SAINT AUDE, Magloire. Parias. (Port-au-Prince): (Imprimerie de l'Etat) (1949). A small volume by this important Haitian surrealist poet. Howes/Smith bookplate detached from front pastedown; pencilled underlinings by Howes in text; boards and cloth sunned; a very good copy, without dust jacket. A very scarce Haitian imprint.

85. (Caribbean Literature). SAINT AUDE, Magloire. Veillé. (Port-au-Prince): (Imprimerie Renelle) (1956). A small, hand-printed volume with a cover illustration and frontispiece by Milo Rigaud. Signed by the author on the first blank. Sunned; near fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. Scarce.

86. -. Another copy. With a full page inscription by the author to Barbara Howes in 1964 and additionally signed by the author on the cover. Stitching absent; staining and creasing to covers; a good copy in wrappers, with handmade wraparound band addressed to the recipient in the author's hand. An excellent inscription and literary association.

87. (Caribbean Literature). SALKEY, Andrew. A Quality of Violence. London: Hutchinson/New Authors Limited (1959). First book by this important Jamaican author. Foxing to page edges and endpages; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of foxing and an edge tear at the upper front spine fold.

88. (Caribbean Literature). SELVON, Samuel. Turn Again Tiger. NY: St. Martin's (1959). Bookplate of Howes and Smith front pastedown; foxing to endpages; fading to spine cloth; very good in a lightly edgeworn dust jacket.

89. (Caribbean Literature). SELVON, Samuel. Ways of Sunlight. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1961. Second printing of a collection of stories first published in 1959. Howes/Smith bookplate front pastedown; several pencilled marks in text; foxing to page edge and endpages; very good in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket.

90. (Caribbean Literature). THOBY-MARCELIN, Philippe and MARCELIN, Pierre. Canapé-Vert. NY: Farrar & Rinehart (1944). A novel of Haiti by these two Haitian brothers, which won a prize in the Second Latin American literature contest sponsored by Farrar & Rinehart. With the Howes/Smith bookplate on the front pastedown, and inscribed by Thoby-Marcelin to Barbara Howes in 1971. Fine in a good, price-clipped dust jacket threatening to split at the flap folds. An important and uncommon book, and especially scarce signed.

91. (Caribbean Literature). THOBY-MARCELIN, Philippe and MARCELIN, Pierre. The Beast of the Haitian Hills. NY: Rinehart & Co. (1946). Probably their most well-known book. Inscribed by Thoby-Marcelin to Barbara Howes in 1971, with the Howes/Smith bookplate front pastedown. Fine in a very near fine, spine-dulled dust jacket with several small edge tears. A very nice copy of this book, and very scarce signed.

92. (Caribbean Literature). THOBY-MARCELIN, Philippe and MARCELIN, Pierre. The Pencil of God. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1951. Inscribed by Thoby-Marcelin in 1971. Howes/Smith bookplate front pastedown, causing offsetting to flyleaf at inscription. Howes' pencilled markings in text; spine cloth faded; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several small edge chips. Introduction by Edmund Wilson.

93. CARRIER, Scott. Running after Antelope. Washington: Counterpoint (2001). The author's first book, a collection of unusual, idiosyncratic essays. Carrier is most well-known as a producer and contributor to National Public Radio, in particular "All Things Considered" and "This American Life." Several of these pieces first appeared on NPR; others were published in Esquire and Harper's. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

94. CARROLL, Jim. Living at the Movies. NY: Grossman, 1973. The uncorrected proof copy of the first book to be published by an "above-ground" publisher by this poet who was prominent in the New York City counterculture in the late Sixties. Carroll was already something of a legend before he was 18, and he had received glowing praise from even such a literary luminary as Jack Kerouac, who wrote "at 13 years of age, Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today." He was part of the social milieu that included performers like Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and poets such as Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett and others. It was a cultural scene heavily defined by drugs and rock 'n' roll, and Carroll's writings comprise one of the great coming-of-age documents of the drug culture. He is now perhaps best-known as a rock musician, leader of the Jim Carroll Band. This is an important volume by one of the defining voices of the Sixties. A scarce book in its trade edition, it is much more so in proof format. Light diagonal crease to upper corner of front cover; else fine in wrappers.

95. CARVER, Raymond. Those Days. Elmwood: Raven Editions, 1987. A collection of early pieces by Carver written prior to the publication of his first book, Near Klamath. William Stull turned these up in the course of bibliographic research, and he edited them and provided notes and an Afterword. Carver himself wrote an introduction. Perhaps the most attractive of the many limited editions that Carver did: designed and printed by Carol Blinn of Warwick Press; the marbled paper was done by Faith Harrison. There were three issues, two of which were offered for sale: 100 numbered copies in wrappers, 26 lettered copies in marbled paper boards; 14 "presentation" copies, bound in quarter-leather and marbled paper boards were hors commerce. This is copy "A" of 26 lettered copies, from the publisher's own library, signed by Carver. Fine.

96. CARVER, Raymond. Call If You Need Me. NY: Vintage (2001). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of previously uncollected fiction and other prose. Edited by William Stull and with an introduction by Tess Gallagher. Fine in wrappers.

97. CHANDLER, Raymond. The Raymond Chandler Papers. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (2000). The advance reading copy of this collection of selected letters and nonfiction, 1909-1959. Fine in wrappers.

98. CLAMPITT, Amy. Multitudes, Multitudes. NY: Washington Street Press (1973). Her first book, published a decade before her acclaimed first "full-length" collection, The Kingfisher. Fine in stapled wrappers; a beautiful copy of a scarce, early, fragile book.

99. (COCTEAU, Jean). WILLIAMS, Tennessee. Un Tramway Nommé Désir. [Paris]: Bordas, 1949. The first French edition of A Streetcar Named Desire, adapted, illustrated and introduced by Jean Cocteau; translated by Paule de Beaumont. Of a total edition of 900 copies, this is No. 16 of 100 numbered copies on vélin "a la forme pur chiffon BKF Rives." This copy is signed by Cocteau, who provides a three-page introduction and four full-page black and white lithographs as well as the cover design. Additionally inscribed by the translator and by Arletty, the actress who played Blanche in the French production. Spine-faded, hinges cracked between gatherings; a very good copy in French wrappers.

100. CONNELL, Evan S. The Aztec Treasure House. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint (2001). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of new and selected essays. Slight scuff to foredge; still fine in wrappers.

101. CONRAD, Joseph. An Outcast of the Islands. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1907. A later edition of his second novel, first published in 1896. Signed by the author. Mild foxing to endpages; one foredge tear; a couple tiny scuffs to cloth; near fine, without dust jacket, in custom clamshell box. A very attractive copy, with the gilt on the spine and front cover still bright. Signed copies of Conrad's early books, pre-1910, are extremely scarce.

102. CREWS, Harry. Typescript for On Being a Southerner. (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). Original ribbon-copy typescript. Five pages, an apparently unpublished essay, or talk, on the subject of the stereotypes associated with the South versus its actual diversity, and a homage to the values that are shared by Southerners. Inscribed at the end of the text by Crews: "To ____,/ In honor of/ Charleston and the deep/ South./ Best/ Harry Crews." Fine. We have seen no other manuscript material by Crews offered for sale in the past.

103. CUNNINGHAM, J.V. To What Strangers, What Welcome. Denver: Alan Swallow (1964). Printed in an edition of approximately 1000 copies. Inscribed by the author and dated 1966. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers.

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