Catalog 124, C

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67. CAPOTE, Truman. In Cold Blood. NY: Random House (1965). The advance reading copy of his most famous book, a bestseller that redefined the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction and helped define the New Journalism of the 1960s. Crease to front flyleaf; stain to front cover; tanning and creasing to spine; very good in wrappers.

68. CARRUTH, Hayden. Correspondence Archive. 1978-1980. Sixteen typed notes signed and eleven autograph notes signed, all written in his capacity as a reader for Harper's and transmitting poetry by others to Harper's for publication, specifying the rate ($2/word; $3/word) that each author should be paid. Although the poetry is not present, some of the poets Carruth has accepted include Robert Bly, Jim Wright, David Ignatow, Joseph Brodsky and Galway Kinnell. His notes frequently offer a brief opinion on the work or the poet in question. Some mention literary matters such as his editing of the work transmitted or other writerly burdens such as deadlines and luncheons. A handful touch on personal matters: the health of his mother; new living accommodations; the weather; immediate contingencies ("I'm trying to roast a chicken;" "My typewriter is busted"). One particularly moving note expresses his feelings on the declining health of Jim Wright. Nearly all the notes are written on Harper's letterhead or notepaper and bear both mailing folds and the publisher's annotations indicating routing and payment information. More than half are signed "Hayden;" others with the initial "H;" one is signed in full. The lot is generally fine.

69. CARVER, Raymond. Ultramarine. NY: Random House (1986). His second collection of poems to be published by Random House. Inscribed by Carver to his daughter: "For my daughter, Christine -/ with my love always./ Dad/ January 1987/ Port Angeles." Underneath, in a child's hand, the words: "To Windy/ from/ Grampa/ Ray." This copy is also signed by Carver on the title page. Two ink words on the rear pastedown; otherwise a near fine copy in a good, edge-chipped dust jacket. A nice family association copy, especially as Carver's family played such an important role in his writings.

70. CASEY, John. An American Romance. NY: Atheneum, 1977. His highly praised first book, which was called by The New York Times Book Review "the best novel of the year." Inscribed by the author "For ____ ____ -- / This one has nothing to do/ with either Wesleyan or Block Island -- / John," and additionally signed in full under the author's printed name on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

71. CASEY, John. Spartina. NY: Knopf, 1989. His third book, winner of the National Book Award. Inscribed by the author "For ____ ____ -- / who plays an important,/ if indirect, role in the communal enterprise &/ happiness -- / John Casey." Fine in a fine dust jacket.

72. CASEY, John. Supper at the Black Pearl. Northridge: Lord John Press, 1995. Of a total edition of 276 copies, this is one of 250 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

73. -. Same title. One of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase.

74. CATHER, Willa. A Lost Lady. NY: Knopf, 1923. The limited edition of one of Cather's classic novels of life on the Great Plains. Critics and reviewers have called Marian Forrester, the protagonist of the novel, one of Cather's most subtly drawn and memorable characters. One of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Faint sunning to boards; a fine copy in a tattered glassine dustwrapper and very good slipcase, slightly edgeworn and split at one seam. With the publisher's extra spine label still tipped in at the rear endpaper. A very nice copy of one of the limited editions done before she attained such wide popularity that the deluxe editions of her books had printings of 600 or more copies. Very scarce with the original glassine (in any condition) and with the fragile slipcase.

75. CHABON, Michael. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. NY: Morrow (1988). The well-received first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

76. CHABON, Michael. Wonder Boys. NY: Villard Books, 1995. His third book, second novel, basis for the highly acclaimed film. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

77. CHANDLER, Raymond. The Long Goodbye. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. The first American edition of this Philip Marlowe novel. Mottling to front board edge; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a small gutter tear and upper spine fold tear on the front panel, and a longer tear at the bottom edge.

78. CHEEVER, John. Some People, Places & Things That Will Not Appear in My Next Novel. NY: Harper & Brothers (1961). A story collection and one of his scarcer titles. Rubbing to lower board edge; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small spot on the front panel.

79. CHEEVER, John. The Brigadier and the Golf Widow. NY: Harper & Row (1964). A collection of stories. The year after publishing this collection, Cheever received the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the most distinguished fiction to appear in a five-year period -- during which he published this book as well as The Wapshot Scandal and another story collection. Spine crown sunned; else fine in a near fine jacket sunned on the rear panel.

80. CHEEVER, John. Homage to Shakespeare. Stevenson: Country Squires (1968). An attractive limited edition of this essay, which first appeared in Story magazine. One of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

81. CHEEVER, John. The World of Apples. NY: Knopf, 1973. A collection of stories. Fine in a near fine, mildly sunned dust jacket creased on the front flap.

82. -. Same title, the first British edition. London: Jonathan Cape (1974). Fine in a fine dust jacket. Considerably scarcer than the U.S. edition.

83. CHEEVER, John. The Stories of John Cheever. NY: Knopf, 1978. A massive volume, which includes all the stories from five of his six previous collections (The Way Some People Live being the exception) as well as four stories that had never previously appeared in book form. Its publication was the literary event of the season, and the collection won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a nick at the heel. A nice copy of an important collection by one of the masters of the American short story.

84. -. Same title, the first British edition. London: Jonathan Cape (1979). Fingerprint shadows to boards; else fine in a mildly spine-faded dust jacket.

85. CHEEVER, John. The Leaves, the Lion Fish and The Bear. Los Angeles: Sylvester & Orphanos, 1980. A single story, published as a limited edition. Of a total edition of 330 copies, this is one of 300 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

86. CHEEVER, John. The Uncollected Stories of John Cheever, 1930-1981. (Chicago): Academy Chicago Publishers (1988). An advance reading excerpt consisting of three stories from the collection, which was ultimately never published as a result of objections from the Cheever family. Fine in stapled wrappers with the label "this sampler is not authorized by the family of John Cheever."

87. (CHEEVER, John). "Summer Remembered" in Story, Vol. XI, No. 60. NY: Story Magazine, Inc., 1937. An early story appearance by Cheever, preceding his first book by six years. Near fine in wrappers.

88. CHESTER, Alfred. Jamie is My Heart's Desire. NY: Vanguard Press (n.d.). The first American edition of the first novel by this expatriate author who was part of the Paris literary scene in the 1950s and then lived in Morocco in the early 1960s while Paul and Jane Bowles were there. His fiction was associated with the avant garde but he was most well-known for his criticism in this country. Fine in a near fine, mildly edge-sunned, mildly edgeworn dust jacket.

89. CHESTER, Alfred. The Exquisite Corpse. NY: Simon & Schuster (1967). His second novel, an experimental work with surrealist influences and something of an underground classic as a landmark of gay literature. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

90. CHILD, Lee. Killing Floor. NY: Putnam (1997). His first novel, a thriller introducing Jack Reacher. Winner of both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award and a finalist for the Dilys and Macavity Awards, a notable debut. Fine in a fine dust jacket. The U.S. edition precedes the British.

91. CHILD, Lee. Die Trying. (London): Bantam (1998). The hardcover issue of the second Jack Reacher thriller, by the author of Killing Floor. The U.K. edition is the true first. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

92. COLEGATE, Isabel. The Shooting Party. NY: Viking (1981). The uncorrected proof copy of this novel set on an English country estate during the years leading up to World War I. Later made into an award-winning movie. Fine in wrappers.

93. COLEGATE, Isabel. Deceits of Time. London: Hamish Hamilton (1988). Fine in a fine dust jacket.

94. -. Same title, the limited edition. (London): London Limited Editions (1988). One of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in glassine dustwrapper.

95. COLLINS, Billy. Sailing Alone Around the Room. NY: Random House (2001). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of poems by the latest U.S. Poet Laureate. Fine in wrappers.

96. CONRAD, Joseph. Typhoon and Other Stories. London: Heinemann, 1903. First edition, first issue of this collection of four long stories. One of 1500 copies with the domestic title page and half-title. Owner name in pencil on flyleaf; mild offsetting to endpages; thin black strip lower edges; a crisp, near fine copy.

97. COOVER, Robert. The Universal Baseball Association, Inc. NY: Random House (1968). His second novel, a satirical fantasy about an accountant who invents an imaginary baseball league that he owns, and whose every action he controls with a throw of the dice. Faint edge-sunning to boards; still fine in a mildly spine-faded dust jacket.

98. -. Same title, the first British edition. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1970. This edition has a glossary not in the American edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket corner-clipped (not price-clipped) on the rear flap.

99. COOVER, Robert. A Theological Position. NY: Dutton, 1972. The hardcover issue of this collection of four plays. Small stray ink mark on front free endpaper, otherwise fine in a near fine dust jacket with a hint of wrinkling at the heel of the spine. Probably Coover's scarcest trade edition.

100. COOVER, Robert. After Lazarus. Bloomfield Hills/Columbia: Bruccoli Clark (1980). Of a total edition of 500 numbered copies, this is one of 450 arabic-numeraled copies signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

101. COOVER, Robert. Spanking the Maid. NY: Grove Press (1982). The hardcover issue of the first trade edition of this short novel. The trade edition was published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback, with most copies being issued in the paperback format and the hardcover becoming, over the years, quite scarce. Pages acidifying as usual; else fine in a fine dust jacket.

102. COOVER, Robert. In Bed One Night and Other Brief Encounters. Providence: Burning Deck (1983). The hardcover issue: one of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with publisher's prospectus laid in.

103. CREWS, Harry. Two by Crews. Northridge: Lord John, 1984. A limited edition by the author of The Gospel Singer and The Gypsy's Curse, among others. Of a total edition of 226 copies, this is one of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Faint spine fade and slight loss to gilt lettering; still very near fine without dust jacket, as issued.

104. CREWS, Harry. Madonna at Ringside. Northridge: Lord John, 1991. Of a total edition of 301 copies, this is one of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

105. -. Same title. One of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Bound in quarter leather and marbled paper boards. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

106. CRUMLEY, James. The Last Good Kiss. NY: Random House (1978). His third book, second mystery, written in hardboiled style but with a comic edge that predates such popular contemporary novelists as Carl Hiaasen. Remainder mark; else fine in a fine dust jacket.

107. CRUMLEY, James. Dancing Bear. NY: Random House (1983). His third mystery, fourth book. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine, mildly sunned dust jacket.

108. CRUMLEY, James. The Muddy Fork. Northridge: Lord John, 1984. A single story, part of a work-in-progress. Of a total edition of 250, this is one of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

109. -. Same title. One of 50 numbered deluxe copies signed by the author, bound in quarter leather and marbled paper boards. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

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