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17. BALLARD, J.G. Crash. NY: FSG (1973). The first American edition of what many consider to be Ballard's masterwork, and which is one of Pringle's 100 best science fiction novels. A dark tale of violence born out of the upheavals of the 1960s, it was filmed in 1997 by David Cronenberg, who also filmed William Burroughs' Naked Lunch. The movie was a hit at Cannes, was banned in Britain for a time, and its release in the U.S. was reportedly delayed by Ted Turner because of the disturbing subject matter. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine, mildly edge-sunned dust jacket.
18. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition. Signed by the author. Corner crease to front flap; short tear at mid-spine; paperclip indentation front cover; about near fine in wrappers. Laid in is a photocopy of a letter from Ballard to David Cronenberg effusing over Cronenberg's film adaptation of Crash. An extremely uncommon proof, and an interesting look at the author's reaction to the film made from his book.
19. BALLARD, J.G. Concrete Island. (n.p.): (n.p.) (n.d.). Photocopied typescript. An early photocopy, which reproduces authorial corrections on a number of pages, and was presumably circulated well in advance of the book's publication in 1974. We know of no similar Ballard manuscript appearing on the market; the author, when he signed this, said he hadn't seen one of these since before the book was published. Signed by the author on the title page. 242 double-spaced pages. Fine.
20. BALLARD, J.G. High-Rise. NY: HRW (1975). The first American edition of this "technological horror story" of the near future -- another one of Pringle's hundred best science fiction novels. Signed by the author. Slight splaying to front board; else fine in a near fine dust jacket.
21. BALLARD, J.G. The Unlimited Dream Company. NY: HRW (1979). An apocalyptic novel that some consider his best book -- a Burgess 99 title, runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and one of Pringle's hundred best fantasy novels. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
22. BALLARD, J.G. The Day of Creation. London: Gollancz, 1987. Another of his novels chosen as one of Pringle's hundred best fantasy novels. Signed by the author. Tiny spot lower page edges; still fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a nick at the front flap fold.
23. -. Same title, the first American edition. NY: FSG (1988). Signed by the author. Mild splaying to covers; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
24. BALLARD, J.G. The Kindness of Women. NY: FSG (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of this book that is something of a sequel to Empire of the Sun, and which straddles the lines between autobiography and fiction. Fine in wrappers.
25. BARRETT, Andrea. Servants of the Map. NY: Norton (2002). A collection of stories by the author of the National Book Award-winning Ship Fever. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
26. BASBANES, Nicholas. Among the Gently Mad. NY: Henry Holt (2002). The latest book to chronicle the world of rare books and book collecting, by the author of A Gentle Madness and Patience & Fortitude. Subtitled "Perspectives and Strategies for the Book Hunter in the Twenty-first Century," the book contains numerous anecdotes but is at the same time more of a guide to navigating the contemporary rare book world than his earlier volumes were. As such, it is truly the first guide to book collecting for the 21st century, and the first to take note of, and attempt to put into context, the impact of the internet on book collecting, and collecting in all fields. There is a selected bibliography as well as an interesting appendix that shows the change in values of certain books from 1980 to the present. Signed by the author. Mr. Basbanes signed a number of copies of his book as a benefit for the ABAA Benevolent Fund. We figure one good turn deserves another, and will follow Mr. Basbanes' example and donate our profits from the sale of this title to the Benevolent Fund -- a fund set up to aid booksellers in need, whether ABAA members or not. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
27. -. Another copy. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
28. BASS, Rick. Waterfall. Salt Lake City: Ken Sanders, 2003. A broadside poem, printed on the occasion of the opening of the new Salt Lake City Library. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. 12" x 19". Fine.
29. BELLOW, Saul. Herzog. NY: Viking (1964). The Nobel Prize winner's second National Book Award winner. Inscribed by the author to the former President of Dartmouth College. Recipient's signature on flyleaf, dated in 1964. A little fading to top stain; else fine in a very good, lightly chipped and spine-tanned dust jacket heavily rubbed at the folds. In custom slipcase. An uncommon book signed or inscribed, and a nice association.
30. -. Same title, later printing. NY: Viking (1976). The nineteenth printing, issued the year Bellow won the Nobel Prize, with an acknowledgement of the prize on the front panel of the dust jacket. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with one creased edge tear at the lower front edge.
31. BELLOW, Saul. Dangling Man. NY: Vanguard Press [c. 1964]. The third printing of his first book, originally published in 1944 and here issued after the success of Herzog. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A very nice copy, and a much nicer edition than the original, which was issued under wartime conditions, with the attendant production limitations.
32. BELLOW, Saul. The Victim. NY: Vanguard Press [c. 1964]. The third printing of his second book, first published in 1947 and here issued after the success of Herzog. Signed by the author. Fine in a very good, spine-tanned and price-clipped dust jacket with a small sticker removal abrasion on the front panel. In custom slipcase.
33. BELLOW, Saul. Seize the Day. NY: Viking Press (1968). The ninth printing of his fourth book, first published in 1956. This is the Viking Compass edition, issued in a smaller format than the original. Three short stories and a one-act play; a finalist for the National Book Award. Signed by the author. Fine in a very slightly spine-tanned dust jacket.
34. BELLOW, Saul. Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories. NY: Viking Press (1968). Second printing of this collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket.
35. BELLOW, Saul. Mr. Sammler's Planet. NY: Viking (1970). The third of Bellow's novels to win the National Book Award. Signed by the author. Trace sunning to cloth at crown; still fine in a very near fine, mildly spine-tanned dust jacket. In custom slipcase. A nice copy of one of his most important novels.
36. BELLOW, Saul. Henderson the Rain King. NY: Viking Press (1971). The tenth printing of his fourth novel, fifth book, first published in 1959. Nominated for the National Book Award and #21 on the Modern Library's list of the top 100 Novels of the Century. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.
37. BELLOW, Saul. Humboldt's Gift. NY: Viking (1975). His eighth novel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the title published just before he received the Nobel Prize. Also nominated for the National Book Award. A poorly manufactured volume, which is perfectbound and uses cheap paper, making attractive copies of this title much scarcer than one would expect. Signed by the author. Cloth extremities mildly darkened, possibly from binder's glue; thus near fine in a fine dust jacket. A very nice copy of a book seldom found in this condition, especially signed.
38. BELLOW, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March. NY: Viking Press (1976). The seventh printing of his third book and the first of his three National Book Award winners. First published in 1953, this printing was done in 1976 after Bellow won the Nobel Prize, which is indicated on the front panel of the dust jacket. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
39. BELLOW, Saul. To Jerusalem and Back. NY: Viking (1976). Bellow's first book of nonfiction, a personal account of the author's visit to Israel in 1975, published the year he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Signed by the author. Flaps previously affixed to pastedowns, with glue stains on both the flaps and the endpages; about near fine in like dust jacket.
40. BELLOW, Saul. A Silver Dish. NY: Albondocani, 1979. His first signed limited edition, a story that first appeared in The New Yorker. Of a total edition of 326, this is one of 300 numbered copies signed by the author. Upper inner corners rippled from dampstaining, affecting aesthetics but neither text nor tightness; very good in original acetate dust jacket.
41. BELLOW, Saul. The Dean's December. NY: Harper & Row (1982). His ninth novel, and the first to be published after he won the Nobel Prize. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
42. BELLOW, Saul. Him with His Foot in His Mouth. NY: Harper & Row (1984). A collection of short fiction. Signed by the author. Dampstaining to crown; near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
43. BELLOW, Saul. More Die of Heartbreak. NY: Morrow (1987). A novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
44. BERGER, Thomas. Little Big Man. NY: Dial, 1964. His third and most famous novel, a tragicomic history of the American West, which was immortalized on film. Winner of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters -- given for a work that, while not being a commercial success, is nonetheless a substantial literary achievement. This copy is warmly inscribed by the author to novelist James Jones in Paris in 1965, with an additional full-page inscription from 1994 which recounts the circumstances of the earlier inscription. A wonderful association copy between two of the most prominent post-war American novelists: Jones was the author of From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line, two of the classic literary novels of World War II. Berger's first two novels, decidedly more experimental than Jones's, were set in post-War occupied Europe. Concavity to spine; near fine in a very good, rubbed and previously dampened dust jacket.
45. BLAKE, James Carlos. Red Grass River. NY: Avon Books (1998). A novel of a crime family in south Florida at the turn of the century, by the author of the award-winning In the Rogue Blood. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
46. BLAKE, James Carlos. Wildwood Boys. NY: Morrow (2000). Another historical novel, this one set in Kansas and Missouri on the eve of, and during, the Civil War. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
47. BORGES, Jorge Luis. Antología Personal. Buenos Aires: Sur (1961). Borges' own selection from among his writings, issued by a publisher that he and his literary circle had helped found some 30 years earlier and by this time was one of the leading publishers of literary work in Latin America. Signed by the author. Light edge-sunning and top edge foxing, with small bump to crown; a near fine copy in wrappers, in a near fine dust jacket with several small edge tears. A nice copy of an important work, published the year before Borges' first book in English was issued. This collection became the third of Borges' volumes to be published in English a few years later. Uncommon in this condition, and especially scarce signed by Borges, who was nearly completely blind by this time.
48. BOWDEN, Charles. Lies in the Desert. Salt Lake City: Ken Sanders, 2003. A broadside with an illustration by Eddington & Makov, published in commemoration of the opening of the new Salt Lake City Library in February 2003. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. 8 1/2" x 11". Fine.
49. BOWLES, Paul. Concerto for Two Pianos, Winds and Percussion. (n.p.): Columbia, 1950. A 7-inch "long playing microgroove nonbreakable record," featuring pianists Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale, with additional winds and percussion including milk bottle and cigar box. The work was commissioned by Gold and Fizdale and first performed in 1948. Issued here with two works by Darius Milhaud on the B side. The record album has a short scratch to the Milhaud side and is otherwise fine in a very good sleeve split open along the bottom edge. Two columns of notes on Bowles by Morris Hastings printed on the verso. An early example of the 33 RPM LP format, and a rare Bowles recording.
50. -. Same title. Santa Fe: Soundings Press, 1989. First thus, a revised, restored edition of the full score and the first time it was formally published in book form: the previous version had been a mimeograph of the score as Bowles originally wrote it in 1947. Fine in wrappers and quite scarce. Bowles's only major, full-length composition, issued on a long-playing record in 1950.
51. BOWLES, Paul. Let it Come Down. NY: Random House (1952). The first American edition of his second novel which, like his first, is a tale of expatriate North Americans in North Africa. Inscribed by the author to the editor of City Lights books: "for Bob Sharrard/ It will be rain tonight./ And very likely tomorrow/ night as well. (In Casablanca,/ God forbid.) Best/ Paul B./ 26/IX/87/ Tangier." City Lights published Bowles' collection of North African tales, A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard, in 1962 -- long before Sharrard joined the firm -- but the book became one of the publisher's perennial bestselling titles, staying in print for decades, and Bowles' relationship with City Lights continued throughout his life. A nice association copy, and nice inscription. Trade editions signed by Bowles are quite uncommon, as he tended to stay in North Africa and thus was not easily available for signing books. Tips rubbed; very near fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket with shallow chipping at the crown and small stains on verso.
52. BOWLES, Paul. The Spider's House. NY: Random House (1955). His third novel, about a group of Westerners adrift in the alien culture of Morocco, a subject he explored repeatedly and to great effect. Inscribed by the author: "For Bob Sharrard./ Next time stay longer./ Paul Bowles/ Tangier/ I/VI/86." Again, a nice association, inscribed to the editor of City Lights books, publisher of Bowles' A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard and, during the 1980s, a number of his translations of North African and Central American writers. Fine in a very good dust jacket with very light wear but for a closed, internally tape-repaired jagged edge tear at the lower front corner.
53. BOWLES, Paul. The Hours After Noon. London: Heinemann (1959). His second collection of stories, never published here, in part because Bowles was afraid of the reaction that one of the stories -- about a black housekeeper -- would engender in the racially sensitive U.S. Inscribed by the author in 1968 "For Angus/ anticipating number two/ best, Paul/ Tangier/ 31/iii/68." The recipient was likely the legendary poet/musician Angus McLise, one of the founding members of the Velvet Underground and a mutual friend of Bowles and underground poet and publisher Ira Cohen. Cohen had recorded Bowles' Jilala Tance music in his house in Tangier in the early 1960s, and later he and McLise collaborated on a film, Invasion of the Thunderbold Pagoda, released in 1968. Cohen published both Bowles and McLise in his Kathmandu-based small press, Bardo Matrix. Pages foxed; about near fine in a near fine dust jacket foxed mostly on verso and with bumping at the spine ends. A nice association between Bowles and one of the legendary figures of the 1960s counterculture underground.
54. BOWLES, Paul. The Stories of Paul Bowles. (NY): Ecco Press (2001). The uncorrected proof copy of this posthumous collection of stories, with an introduction by Robert Stone. Small bump to top edge; very near fine in wrappers.
55. (BOWLES, Paul). Conversations with Paul Bowles. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi (1993). The uncommon hardcover issue of this collection of interviews. Signed by Bowles on the title page and additionally inscribed by Bowles: "Bob - from/ Paul Bowles/ 21/v/94" above his 1971 interview with Oliver Evans. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A scarce book, especially so signed.
56. BOYD, William. Any Human Heart. (London): Hamish Hamilton (2002). The hardcover issue of this novel by the author of A Good Man in Africa, among others. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
57. BOYLE, T.C. The Fog Man. (NY): (Penguin) (1994). Promotional pamphlet printing this one story from Boyle's collection Without A Hero. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. A scarce, ephemeral piece, and uncommon signed.
58. BRAND, Millen. The Outward Room. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1937. An advance review copy of the author's first novel. This is the second state, which carries a blurb by Sinclair Lewis on the advance jacket, excerpted in a letter by the publisher explaining that the first 24 pages are tipped in, reflecting changes suggested by Lewis. Spine-cocked; board edges sunned; a very good copy in a very good, dusty dust jacket with modest edge wear. An uncommon format.
59. BURROUGHS, William S. Nothing Here Now But the Recordings. (n.p.): Industrial Records, 1981. LP recording of tape recorder experiments primarily from the early 1960s; one of 3000 copies pressed. Together with a contract dated May 23, 1985 between Industrial Records, Burroughs, and Giono Poetry Systems for GPS to release the record in the U.S. Three pages, signed by Burroughs and by John Giono, but never signed by an Industrial Records representative. The record remained unreleased in the U.S. All elements very near fine. An uncommon record, and a unique document of the effort, ultimately unsuccessful, to get it released here.
60. (BURROUGHS, William S.). BOWLES, Paul and CHOUKRI, Mohamed. Jean Genet in Tangier. NY: Ecco (1974). An introduction by Burroughs to this translation by Bowles of Choukri's portrait of Genet. Signed by Burroughs at the end of his introduction. Fine in a fine dust jacket.