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113. HARRISON, Jim. Warlock. (NY): Delacorte/Lawrence (1981). A comic novel, about which Time magazine wrote "If Henry Miller, S.J. Perelman and Walt Whitman had holed up in a Michigan roadhouse to concoct a mystery yarn, the resulting melange of cosmic erotica, snappish humor and hirsute lyricism might resemble Warlock." Mild sunning to boards; very near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice copy of this novel, which has a Russell Chatham painting for the dust jacket image, as has been typical of many of Harrison's books.
114. HARRISON, Jim. The Woman Lit By Fireflies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1990. A collection of three novellas. Signed by the author. Page edge foxing; near fine in a fine dust jacket.
115. HARRISON, Jim. The Beast God Forgot to Invent. NY: Atlantic Monthly (2000). Another collection of three novellas. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
116. HARRISON, Jim. The Boy Who Ran to the Woods. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (2000). Harrison's first book for children, a moving story illustrated by Tom Pohrt, who did the pictures for Barry Lopez's Crow and Weasel, among other works. Signed by Harrison. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
117. HARRISON, Jim. Off to the Side. NY: Atlantic Monthly (2002). A memoir. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
118. (HAZZARD, Shirley). VIVANTE, Elena. Paintings. West Chazy: Studio Press, 1995. A book of paintings by Vivante, an Italian artist, introduced by Hazzard and inscribed by her in the year of publication: "For dear ___, dear ___ -- / These paintings of another/ precious friend -- with the/ love of the Humble Introducer/ Shirley." Hazzard's recent novel, The Great Fire, won the National Book Award. Only issued in wrappers; erasures to title page; else fine. Scarce.
119. HEGI, Ursula. Salt Dancers. NY: Simon & Schuster (1995). A novel by the author of Stones From the River, among others. Signed by the author in 1998. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
120. HELLER, Zoë. Notes on a Scandal. (London): Viking (2003). The advance reading copy of her second book, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Agency stamp on first prelim, otherwise fine in wrappers.
121. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. In Our Time. Paris: Three Mountains Press, 1924. Hemingway's second book, published, as was his first, in Paris, before he ever had a book published in the U.S. Hemingway's book was the sixth and last in the "Inquest" series published by the Three Mountains Press; the titles were chosen by Ezra Pound, and were presented as an "inquest into the state of contemporary English prose." Hemingway's stories were 18 untitled chapters, many of them a single paragraph, and it was on the basis of reading this book that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to Maxwell Perkins, Fitzgerald's editor at Scribner's, and encouraged him to "look him up right away," adding that "he's the real thing." Perkins later became Hemingway's editor, although the path was somewhat circuitous and when an expanded In Our Time was published in the U.S. in 1925, Boni & Liveright were the publishers, not Scribner's. One of 170 numbered copies, making it the scarcest of Hemingway's titles: Three Stories and Ten Poems, his first book, had had 300 copies printed. Bookplate front pastedown -- a Ralph Fletcher Seymour image imprinted for Helen Hamilton; offsetting to endpages from the binder's glue, as usual, and splaying to boards, also as usual: the book was produced by a wealthy, but amateur, printer, and copies that have survived the eighty years since publication tend to show these particular signs of wear and/or faulty craftsmanship; mild rubbing to spine. Overall, a near fine copy, considerably more attractive than many that have appeared on the market in recent years. In a custom clamshell box.
122. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. NY: Scribner, 1926. The first edition, second issue, with "stoppped" corrected on page 181. The total first printing of this novel was 5090 copies, comprising both the first and second issues; it is unknown how many copies there were of each. Hemingway's breakthrough book, which established him as a major author, conveyed the disillusionment of the American and British expatriates in Europe after the First World War; and the Gertrude Stein comment that he used as an epigraph -- "You are all a lost generation" -- stuck: his book came to be viewed as the one that defined and embodied the Lost Generation. Minor general handling to boards; near fine, lacking the dust jacket.
123. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. NY: Scribner, 1929. The limited edition of Hemingway's second great novel, after The Sun Also Rises. A Connolly 100 title and a book that has been called the greatest war novel of all time, although only a small part of it has to do directly with the war. After the critical acclaim and commercial success of The Sun Also Rises, which went through 10 printings by 1929, Hemingway, together with F. Scott Fitzgerald, was widely seen as the leading spokesman for the "Lost Generation" of American expatriate writers in the years following World War I. His novels and stories captured and defined that experience in a way that has helped shape all views of it since. A Farewell to Arms was, by far, his most commercially successful book to date, and its success overshadowed everything he was to write for the next decade or more. With this novel Hemingway, in effect, created a legacy that he himself was unable to live up to until much later, with the publication of The Old Man and the Sea, the book that is generally credited with his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. One of 510 numbered copies signed by the author. A little bit of sunning to boards; else fine in the original acetate (torn) and the publisher's fragile slipcase, repaired along the joints. Hemingway's only signed limited edition, an attractive production, and an especially well-preserved copy.
124. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing. NY: Scribner, 1933. Hemingway's third collection of stories, published at the height of his acclaim, and including the first book appearance of the classic "A Clean Well-Lighted Place," among others. Handling apparent to boards; modest insect damage to joints; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket.
125. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. London: Jonathan Cape (1952). The first British edition of the last of Hemingway's books published in his lifetime, a novella that won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and earned him, two years later, the Nobel Prize for literature. A short novel that has been characterized as a fable, it deals with a Cuban fisherman's struggles to land a giant marlin that he has hooked, and reflects Hemingway's concern for life as a struggle of man against nature, including his own nature. Bookplate removal front pastedown; a near fine copy in a very good, spine-dulled dust jacket with modest edge wear and rubbing at the folds.
126. HILLYER, Robert Silliman. The Coming Forth By Day. Boston: Brimmer, 1923. A collection of poems excerpted from the Egyptian Book of the Dead by Hillyer, a poet known for his sonnets, together with an essay by him on the Egyptian Religion. Inscribed by the author and additionally inscribed by the publisher, Winifred Virginia Jackson, herself an amateur poet, a collaborator with H.P. Lovecraft, and Lovecraft's onetime romantic interest. A notable copy for the two inscriptions: the recipient was Jackson's aunt. Offsetting to one page from bookmark. A near fine copy in pictorial boards.
127. HOLMES, Clellon. Go. NY: Scribner, 1952. His first book and widely considered the first novel of the "Beat generation," predating Jack Kerouac's On the Road by 5 years. Holmes's book deals with a "group of young people whose lives are frenetic and...are driven by a craving for excess. Their long nights involve liquor and marijuana, with the beat of bebop in the background." A seminal novel of postwar American youth, which helped set the parameters of rebellion and cultural revolt over the next twenty years. Foxing to page edges and endpages; dampstain front board; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket.
128. HOMES, A.M. The End of Alice. NY: Scribner (1996). Her controversial third novel, written from the point of view of a pedophile serving his twenty-third year in jail for a brutal murder of a young girl. Signed by the author. Small chip to the upper margin of the last three pages; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
129. HONGO, Garrett. The River of Heaven. NY: Knopf, 1996. Later printing of the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1987. Inscribed by the author to another poet in 1998. Near fine in wrappers.
130. HUGHES, Langston. Simple Speaks His Mind. (NY): Simon & Schuster (1950). The hardcover issue of this collection of stories by one of the key figures of the Harlem Renaissance and a leading black writer for a generation longer. Inscribed by the author to Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize, and her husband, Henry Blakely: "For Henry and/ Gwen -- on/ another happy/ meeting on/ the day of our/ two parties -- / Sincerely,/ Langston." A bit of mottling to boards; darkening to spine; light fraying to corners; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. An excellent association copy, linking two of the preeminent black writers of the 20th century.
131. HUGHES, Langston. Autograph Letter Signed. September 18, 1956. Handwritten letter to Gwendolyn Brooks, written in the margins of a carbon typescript of Hughes' "Current Biographical Notes." In part: "From this you can see I've been BUSY. And just finished a little novel about the length of yours (I hope half as good). It's about gospel churches & the rocket invasion therein." Hughes also points out that Brooks is mentioned in his A Pictorial History of the American Negro. Initialed by Hughes (twice). Folded in thirds for mailing; fine, with envelope.
132. HUGHES, Langston. Typed Letter Signed. October 4, 1956. A full-page letter on 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" personal stationery. In part: "Just a few days ago your charming little book of poems for boys and girls came from the publishers and today comes your very nice note, so this must be my GWENDOLYN BROOKS WEEK." Hughes also speculates on the $6 cost of his then-forthcoming book I Wonder As I Wander, "a price which prohibits me from buying even one copy. Books are getting too high for authors to purchase anymore." In the closing paragraph, Hughes reminisces: "I shall never forget that wonderful party you gave when you really lived in the heart of Bronzeville. I am just about the only living Negro writer who still lives in the heart of Harlem." Signed "Langston." Folded in thirds for mailing; fine, with envelope.
133. HUGHES, Langston. "Books as Christmas Gifts of a Community Nature." . A three-page carbon typescript of an article Hughes wrote for the Chicago Defender advocating the donation of books by and about Afro-Americans to local schools and libraries. Inscribed by the author: "Hey, now! Christmas again! Langston." Mailed to Gwendolyn Brooks, whose book Bronzeville Boys and Girls is mentioned in the text. Folded in thirds for mailing; stapled; one corner crease; else fine, with envelope.
134. HUGHES, Langston. "Remarks by Langston Hughes in Acceptance of 45th Springarn Medal." Minneapolis: NAACP, 1960. The text of Hughes's acceptance speech delivered at the 51st Annual Convention of the NAACP on June 26, 1960, and defending and honoring the continuing place for Negro writing in America. One sheet, printed on two sides. Inscribed by Hughes across the top: "For Gwendolyn [Brooks] -- whose writing contains so much of us. -- Langston." Together with the text of Arthur Springarn's remarks upon presenting the award. Folded in thirds for mailing; fine, with envelope addressed to Brooks.
135. HUGHES, Langston. "Spotlight on the Up-And-Coming." 1960. Page one of an article Hughes wrote for the Chicago Defender, in which he reviews some of his prior prescient predictions for talented newcomers (Gwendolyn Brooks, Sidney Poitier, Eartha Kitt) and goes on to predict great things for Quincy Jones, and presumably others although only one page is included here, apparently as intended, with "Con't etc." written across the bottom. Inscribed by Hughes to Gwendolyn Brooks and dated 10/5/60. Carbon typescript, folded in thirds for mailing; fine with envelope.
136. HUGHES, Langston. Holiday Card. Undated. Simple holiday card with duck hunting theme. Signed "Langston." Near fine, without envelope.
137. (HUGHES, Langston). BROOKS, Gwendolyn. Honors to Langston Hughes In Memorium. Chicago: Columbia College, 1967. A commencement program printing tributes to Hughes by Gwendolyn Brooks and by Ron Fair. Hughes was supposed to have been honored at the Columbia College Commencement on June 9, 1967 but died on May 22. Brooks and Fair prepared tributes for the program as a result. Sunned and foxed along the edges and folds; text unaffected. Folded once; about very good. An uncommon Brooks item.
138. HUGO, Victor. The Man Who Laughs. NY: D. Appleton, 1869. The first American edition of this novel set in 17th century England by the author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among many other works. Owner name and date (Sept. 1869) to flyleaf; dampstain to front board; general rubbing and some fraying to the spine ends; a very good copy without dust jacket.
139. (HUXLEY, Aldous). CAMUS, Albert. L'Etranger. (n.p.): Gallimard (1942). Fifteenth edition of Camus' classic novel, first published in 1942 in occupied France. This was Aldous Huxley's copy, and is signed by Huxley on the first blank. Pages darkening with age. Rebound in three quarter leather and marbled paper boards. Fine.