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355. SALINGER, J.D. Nine Stories. Boston: Little Brown (1953). Later printing of Salinger's second book and first collection of short fiction, which some consider even more accomplished than his landmark novel The Catcher in the Rye, and which was issued in an edition only half as large (5000 copies vs. 10,000 for Catcher). These stories helped establish Salinger permanently in the pantheon of American postwar writers, and his continued publication of short stories in The New Yorker over the next decade cemented his reputation. Name stamped to front flyleaf and offsetting there; near fine in a very good, spine-dulled dust jacket with modest rubbing and edge creasing.
356. SALINGER, J.D. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction. Boston: Little Brown (1963). Salinger's fourth and last book, two long stories of the Glass family. This is the third issue, with the dedication page tipped in after the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with fading and rubbing to the spine.
357. SALTER, James. Light Years. NY: Random House (1975). A highly praised novel that some consider his best book. Inscribed by the author. Laid in is an autograph note signed, in part: "We're just settling in for the winter here, all snug and disorganized/ Yours ever,/ Jim." Edge-sunning to boards; else fine in a near fine dust jacket creased at the spine and spine folds.
358. SCHULBERG, Budd. The Harder They Fall. NY: Random House (1947). The second novel by the author of What Makes Sammy Run? Widely considered one of the great boxing novels ever written, and later the basis for a Humphrey Bogart movie, his last film. Inscribed by Schulberg in 1991: "For ___ ___,/ with my admiration,/ and warmest wishes." Very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket; a beautiful copy of this book and seldom found thus.
359. SENDAK, Maurice. Dear Mili. NY: FSG (1988). The first publication of a newly discovered fairy tale from Grimm, illustrated by Sendak. Warmly inscribed by Sendak ("with my best wishes!") in 1991. Quarto; stray pen mark to foredge; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
360. (SENDAK, Maurice). JARRELL, Randall. The Bat-Poet. NY: Macmillan (1966). Fifth printing of this 1964 children's book by Jarrell, with illustrations by Sendak. Inscribed by Sendak in 1991, "with pleasure!" Staining to top edge; near fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket with an internally tape-mended gutter tear.
361. (SENDAK, Maurice). SINGER, Isaac Bashevis. Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories. (NY): Harper & Row (1966). Later printing of Singer's first children's book, with illustrations by Sendak. Inscribed by Sendak in 1991. Owner name on verso of front flyleaf; foredge staining; else near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with rubbing to the spine folds and wear at the ends.
362. (SENDAK, Maurice). JARRELL, Randall. Fly By Night. NY: FSG (1976). A posthumously published children's book by Jarrell, illustrated by Sendak. Inscribed by Sendak in 1991. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
363. (SEUSS, Dr.). LATHEM, Edward Connery. Who's Who and What's What in the Books of Dr. Seuss. Hanover: Dartmouth, 2000. A Seuss lexicon, published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisel's graduation from Dartmouth. Bump ("among the words featured for use as part of a phrase or sentence -- in Hop on Pop;" also "BUMP, Sound made by the arrival of the Cat -- in The Cat in the Hat") to upper outer page corners; else fine, without dust jacket, as issued.
364. SEXTON, Anne. Live or Die. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1960. Her third collection of poems. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Sexton's intimate, autobiographical writing opened up new possibilities of self-examination and self-expression for a generation of women -- both writers and readers -- coming of age in the Sixties. Her suicide in 1974 came to be viewed in retrospect, like Sylvia Plath's, as both a political act and a reflection of the urgency and authenticity of her artistic impulse. Large owner bookplate front flyleaf; foxing to pastedown; still a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket.
365. SEXTON, Anne. Transformations. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. Slight corner bump; still fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a small faint stain on the front flap. Preface by Kurt Vonnegut.
366. SEXTON, Anne. The Book of Folly. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972. Her sixth book of poems. Fine in a very good, spine-faded and price-clipped dust jacket with light edge wear and internal tape-strengthening at the crown.
367. SEXTON, Anne. The Death Notebooks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974. The last book published in her lifetime. Sexton was divorced the year this book was published and later that year committed suicide. Foredge foxing, else fine in a near fine dust jacket with slight stray pen lines on the rear panel.
368. SEXTON, Anne. The Awful Rowing Toward God. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975. A posthumous collection. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a little foxing at the flap folds.
369. SHAW, Irwin. Act of Faith and Other Stories. NY: Random House (1946). An early collection by the author of The Young Lions, among others. Light offsetting to endpapers; else fine in a mildly spine-tanned dust jacket with unnecessary tape-strengthening on the verso of the spine crown.
370. SHAW, Irwin. Voices of a Summer Day. NY: Delacorte (1965). A novel. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
371. SHAW, Irwin. Evening in Byzantium. NY: Delacorte (1973). A novel of a Hollywood producer, written just after Rich Man, Poor Man, which was made into a television miniseries. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
372. SMILEY, Jane. Barn Blind. NY: Harper & Row (1980). The first book by the highly-regarded author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Thousand Acres. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
373. -. Same title. The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers with very slight spine fading. An unusual, square format proof, and a scarce state of an important first book.
374. SMILEY, Jane. Duplicate Keys. NY: Knopf, 1984. Her third novel. Inscribed by the author in Key West, in 1990. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a light vertical stripe of offsetting on the rear panel.
375. SMILEY, Jane. The Age of Grief. NY: Knopf, 1987. Her fourth book, a collection of stories and a novella that sold fewer than 6000 copies. Two of the stories were O. Henry prize winners. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
376. SMILEY, Jane. A Thousand Acres. NY: Knopf, 1991. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
377. SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr I. The First Circle. NY: Harper & Row (1968). A novel of the last years of Stalin's reign in Russia, and the most ambitious and most important book published by Solzhenitsyn, later a Nobel Prize winner, prior to The Gulag Archipelago. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a couple of internally tape-mended edge tears. A very nice copy. Books signed by the reclusive Russian author are uncommon.
378. SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr I. The Nobel Lecture on Literature. NY: Harper & Row (1972). The first American edition of Solzhenitsyn's famous speech delivered to the Swedish Academy, widely considered one of the most stirring and profound of all the Nobel acceptances speeches. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket. Earlier in 1972, a slightly different version of the text appeared in two issues of The New York Times. Rare signed.
379. SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr I. Letter to the Soviet Leaders. NY: Harper & Row (1974). Second printing of the first American edition. The text of a secret letter Solzhenitsyn sent to the Soviet leaders on September 5, 1973, outlining the prospects of his country, and the Western democracies, over the next ten to thirty years. Only after he was expelled from the Soviet Union, following the publication of The Gulag Archipelago, did he allow it to be published in the West. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine, mildly spine-sunned jacket.
380. SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr I. A World Split Apart. NY: Harper & Row (1979). The text of Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Commencement Address given at Harvard University, a controversial and scathing critique of the moral lassitude of the West. Inscribed by the author. A bilingual edition: this is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Very near fine.
381. SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr I. The Oak and the Calf. NY: Harper & Row (1980). The first American edition of this memoir which is, in addition, an indictment of the Soviet rule in Russia. Inscribed by the author in 1991. Short tear at crown; else fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket.
382. SOLZHENITSYN, Alexander. Three Plays. NY: FSG (1986). The first American edition of this uncommon title, collecting "Victory Celebrations," "Prisoners" and "The Love-Girl and the Innocent," three plays the author originally wrote in the 1950s. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
383. SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr. August 1914: The Red Wheel/Knot I. NY: FSG (1989). The first American edition of this completely revised version of the novel by the same name that was published in 1972. After Solzhenitsyn's expulsion from Russia, he came to the U.S. and, drawing on massive records available at the Hoover Institution and elsewhere, completely revised his novel of the first great Russian battle of World War I. The new version is almost double the length of the original, and was intended to be the first volume in a sequence collectively entitled "The Red Wheel" and focusing on several turning points of the war and the events leading up to the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. The second book in the sequence was published in 1999, after Solzhenitsyn had returned to Russia. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
384. SONTAG, Susan. The Benefactor. NY: FS&C (1963). The first book, a novel, by this writer and intellectual who has become more noted, over the years, for her essays and criticism. Signed by the author. Pastedowns faded; else fine in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket with a bit of staining to the rear panel and internal tape-strengthening at the crown.
385. SONTAG, Susan. A Susan Sontag Reader. NY: FSG (1982). Signed by Sontag and by Elizabeth Hardwick, who provides the introduction. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a gutter tear on the rear panel. Erratum slip laid in.
386. SPIEGELMAN, Art. Maus I and II. NY: Pantheon (1991). First thus, a two-volume hardcover edition, slipcased together, of the two Maus books, the first volume of which won the Pulitzer Prize when originally published in 1986. A one-volume edition was issued in 1997. Fine in fine dust jackets, in a pictorial slipcase.
387. STEADMAN, Ralph. The Dogs Bodies Portfolio. [Lexington]: Petro III Graphics, 2000. One of only 70 copies of this portfolio containing the book Dogs Bodies, originally published in London by Abelard-Schumann in 1970. Fine in stapled wrappers; and an original two-color silkscreen, "Ink Hound," 8 1/2" x 9 7/8". The silkscreen uses a larger version of the image on the title page of the book -- a crazed dog -- embellished with additional color. Each is signed by Steadman. Fine. Housed in a folding cloth binder, decorated by Steadman, with silk ribbon tie.
388. STEADMAN, Ralph. Red Shark. (Tucson): Sylph Publications, 2003. A wild story about Hunter Thompson's restored 1970s Chevy, nicknamed Red Shark. Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Steadman. Sylph Chapbook Number 3, printed in a total edition of 140 copies, of which 26 are lettered and housed in custom clamshell boxes and 114 copies are numbered 1-100 (with 14 copies out-of-series). This is one of 100 numbered copies signed by Ralph and Anna Steadman and by Joe Petro of Petro III Graphics, who hand-printed the cover. Also signed by Kurt Vonnegut, who provides an epigraph: "Hunter is crazy as a bedbug." Half-bound in red/blue Asahi-World cloth and hand-made marbled paper. Fine, list price.
389. -. Same title, one of 26 lettered copies signed by Ralph and Anna Steadman and Joe Petro and Kurt Vonnegut who, on this copy (and all copies A-K, i.e. the first 11 copies only) also provides a self-caricature. This copy also has a full page drawing by Steadman of Thompson. Fine in a fine clamshell box of full red/blue Asahi-World cloth and hand-made kozo paper.
390. STEGNER, Wallace. On the Teaching of Creative Writing. (Hanover): University Press of New England (1988). A small volume printing questions and answers from the discussion portions of a series of talks Stegner gave at Dartmouth College in 1980. Stegner not only reinvigorated and helped define the writing of the American West, he also, as an editor and particularly as the head of the Writing Workshop at Stanford University, helped educate a whole generation of writers whose books carried on and expanded that tradition, including Wendell Berry, Larry McMurtry, Ken Kesey and others. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.
391. STOPPARD, Tom. Is It True What They Say About Shakespeare? Oxford: International Shakespeare Association, 1982. The International Shakespeare Association's Occasional Paper No. 2, printing a lecture delivered by Stoppard at the annual meeting of the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft West, in Hamburg, in April, 1980. Corner crease rear cover; near fine in stapled wrappers. With the Association's newsletter laid in. Uncommon.
392. STOPPARD, Tom. The Television Plays, 1965-1984. London: Faber and Faber (1993). The uncommon hardcover issue of this collection of six plays for television. Fine in a fine dust jacket with two tiny edge nicks.
393. SWIFT, Graham. Learning to Swim and Other Stories. NY: Poseidon Press (1985). The first American edition of his third book, published here only after the success of Waterland. Inscribed by the author in 1990. Remainder stripe bottom page edges; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one slight corner bump.