Catalog 133, A

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1. ANAYA, Rudolfo A. Bless Me, Ultima. (Berkeley): Quinto Sol, 1975. The author's first book, a seminal work of Chicano literature. Winner of the Second Annual Premio Quinto Sol literary award for 1971. Previous owner's handmade bookplate; very good in wrappers.

2. (Anthology). The American Caravan. NY: Macauley (1927). "A Yearboook of American Literature," with co-editors Van Wyck Brooks and Lewis Mumford. Contributions by Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill, Hart Crane, Louise Bogan, Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, Carl Rakosi and many others. Owner name front flyleaf; text block shaken; spine and spine gilt faded; very good, lacking the dust jacket.

3. (Anthology). New Directions 1939. Norfolk: New Directions (1939). An anthology devoted to significant trends in contemporary writing and including Henry Miller (an excerpt from Tropic of Capricorn, which was not published in this country until more than two decades later), Kenneth Patchen, Federico Garcia Lorca, Elizabeth Bishop, Dylan Thomas, Harry Levin on James Joyce, and others. Owner name and pencilled notes; mild foxing; dampstained board edges; insect holes to front joint; a good copy in a good, heavily spine-washed dust jacket.

4. (Anthology). New World Writing 7. (NY): New American Library (1955). Collects Kerouac (writing as "Jean Louis") on "Jazz of the Beat Generation," a prepublication excerpt from On the Road; also collects Joseph Heller's "Catch-18," a prepublication excerpt from Catch-22. Covers splaying; spine and edge-sunning; very good in wrappers.

5. (Anthology). Wonders. Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All. NY: Summit (1980). Creations for children by 147 authors, including Ann Beattie, Paul Bowles, John Irving, Ken Kesey, Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Willie Morris, Grace Paley, Tom Robbins, Irwin Shaw, Patti Smith, and many others. Most of the contributions had not been published in book form previously. Owner's blindstamp on flyleaf and half-title; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with short tears at the crown.

6. (Anthology). The Great American Writers' Cookbook. Oxford: Yoknapatawpha Press (1981). Edited by Dean Faulkner Wells and with an introduction by Craig Claiborne, food critic for The New York Times. A collection of recipes from 175 writers including Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, John Cheever, Harry Crews, Joan Didion, E.L. Doctorow, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Gardner, Allen Ginsberg, Winston Groom, Donald Hall, John Hawkes, Ernest Hemingway, James Jones, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, Thomas McGuane, John McPhee, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Walker Percy, Reynolds Price, Tom Robbins, Michael Shaara, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Hunter Thompson, Eudora Welty, Tom Wolfe, and many others. Several writers, including Joseph Heller and Charles Portis, contribute excuses. An interesting collection of recipes and also a useful reference, in that it contains facsimile signatures of each of the contributors. This copy is signed by the editor. Fine in ringbound cardstock covers.

7. (Anthology). After Yesterday's Crash. The Avant-Pop Anthology. (n.p.): Penguin (1995). Fiction by Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Steve Erickson, William Gibson, Tom Robbins, William Vollmann, David Foster Wallace, and many others. Faint corner crease; else fine in wrappers.

8. ARIAS, Arturo. Sopa de Caracol. (Guatemala): Alfaguara/(Santillana) (2002). The first edition, only issued in wrappers, of this novel by a two-time winner of the Casa de las Americas award, and the co-writer of the screenplay of El Norte. Inscribed by the author in 2003. Fine.

9. ARIAS, Arturo. Rattlesnake. (Willimantic): Curbstone Press (2003). The first edition of this spy novel set in contemporary Guatemala. Signed by the author and both translators, Seán Higgins and Jill Robbins. Only issued in wrappers; tiny nick at crown; still fine.

10. (Architecture). WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. A New House by Frank Lloyd Wright. NY: Museum of Modern Art, 1938. Catalog, with an introduction by Wright. One of 3000 copies printed. Foxing to rear cover, endpages and margins; about near fine in stapled wrappers with wraparound band laid in. MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, was founded in 1929, and its early publications have become classics in the field of modern art and architecture.

11. (Art). New Horizons in American Art. NY: Museum of Modern Art, 1936. 3000 copies printed. An overview of contemporary American art with particular reference to the recently established Federal Art Project, a Depression-era effort to put artists to work and, at the same time, to reestablish the connection between art and the everyday lives of American people. Holger Cahill, the director of the Federal Art Project, provides a lengthy introduction. Foxing to text and cloth; very good in a good dust jacket that is sunned and rubbed along the spine, with a chip at the spine base.

12. (Art). BARR, Alfred H. Cubism and Abstract Art. NY: Museum of Modern Art (1936). The catalogue for an exhibition assembled by Barr, surveying abstract art of the past half century, with an emphasis on the European movements in painting, sculpture, industrial art, etc. A landmark exhibition, the first in a series of five exhibitions that MoMA devoted to the principal movements in modern art. Foxing to rear cover, endpages and margins; about near fine in a very good dust jacket with one pending corner chip and fading and dampstaining to the spine; a sound copy, in the uncommon jacket. One of 3000 copies printed. With errata slip laid in.

13. (Art). John Marin. (NY): Museum of Modern Art, 1936. The catalog of the retrospective exhibition of the artist's work, assembled by Alfred Steiglitz, his friend and patron. With six color illustrations and numerous black and white reproductions of his paintings. 2500 copies printed. An important exhibition of one of the most important modern American artists. Near fine in a foxed, near fine dust jacket and a glassine wrapper split along the spine; uncommon in such condition, especially with the glassine wrapper preserved at all.

14. (Art). Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism. NY: Museum of Modern Art, 1936. Edited by Alfred H. Barr, this is the catalog of the second of five exhibitions presented at MoMA from 1936-1943 documenting the major movements in modern art. The dust jacket photograph is by Man Ray; the title page design is by Hans Arp. An introductory essay puts Dada and surrealism in their historical context; an important volume. One of 3000 copies printed. Foxing to covers and endpages; very good in a very good dust jacket chipped at the crown.

15. (Art). Modern Painters and Sculptors as Illustrators. NY: Museum of Modern Art (1936). Introduction by Monroe Wheeler. A survey of major artists -- Chagall, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, and others -- as illustrators. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with sunning, staining and chipping to the spine. Uncommon in dust jacket at all.

16. (Art). The Bulletin of the Museum of Modern Art, Vol. 4, Nos. 1-4. (NY): Museum of Modern Art, 1936-1937. Three issues (vols. 2-3 are a double issue): one on John Marin; one on Dada and Surrealism with essays by George Hugnet; and one on Work and Progress of the Film Library. Near fine in stapled wrappers.

17. (Art). NEWHALL, Beaumont. Photography, 1839-1937. NY: Museum of Modern Art (1937). The first edition of what became Newhall's classic book on photography. Newhall's "introduction" comprises approximately half the book, with plates making up the other half. One of 3000 copies printed. Foxing to outer pages; cloth mottled; a good copy in a very good, edge-sunned dust jacket with light edge-chipping. An important book, and uncommon in jacket.

18. (Art). Dear Theo. The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1937. An autobiography in letters to the painter's brother, edited by novelist Irving Stone. Pencilled owner signature to flyleaf; foxing to top edge; darkening to hinges; very good in a good, spine-faded and dampstained dust jacket with slight edge wear. Again, uncommon in jacket.

19. (Art). POORE, Charles. Goya. NY: Scribner, 1938. A biography of the great Spanish painter, completed at the time of the Spanish Civil War. Small numbers stamped to rear flyleaf; foxing to endpages; spine sunned through the jacket; a very good copy in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket.

20. AUSTEN, Jane; BRONTÉ, Charlotte; ELIOT, George. The Bookman Portfolio. (Wealdstone): (Cranford Press), 1905. An early example of the annual portfolio that Hodder & Stoughton included with the Christmas issue of The Bookman. This volume reproduces portraits of the three women authors, tipped one to a sheet and laid into printed folder. Austen's and Bronté's are in color; Eliot's is in black & white. 8" x 12 3/4". One slight crease and tear to lower folder; still fine.

21. (AUSTER, Paul). DUPIN, Jacques. Fits and Starts. Selected Poems of Jacques Dupin. (Weston): Living Hand (1974). Translations by Auster of "one of the major poets to have emerged in France since the generation of René Char." Published as Living Hand 2, the second volume of a series of chapbooks, which Auster himself published. Printed in an edition of 1000 copies, this copy, like most (all?), unnumbered. With Auster's forged signature (inked through): "Paul Auster/ on the train." Otherwise fine in self-wrappers.

22. (AUSTER, Paul). DU BOUCHET, André. The Uninhabited. (NY): Living Hand (1976). Translations by Auster with an introduction by him, published as Living Hand 7, Auster's own literary magazine. One of 500 numbered copies. Again forged with Auster's signature (inked through): "Paul Auster/ on the train." Otherwise fine in self-wrappers.

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