Catalog 135, D-F
89. DEIGHTON, Len. An Expensive Place to Die. London: Jonathan Cape (1967). His fourth book. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a 2" closed tear on the front panel. Laid in is the dossier of "top secret" documents delineating political events leading up to the start of the novel.
90. DEIGHTON, Len. Only When I Larf. London: Michael Joseph (1968). The first British edition of this uncommon book that was originally privately printed for the author in an edition of 150 copies and then published in a trade edition simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. Basis for the 1968 film with Richard Attenborough and David Hemmings. Owner name abraded from front flyleaf; covers slightly splayed; very good in a very good dust jacket with light edge wear and some faint staining around the base of the spine.
91. -. Same title, the first British paperback edition. London: Sphere Books (1968). Tape shadows on summary pages; spine-creased; very good in wrappers. The paperback edition has a movie tie-in photograph and blurb on the rear cover.
92. DEIGHTON, Len. Spy Story. NY: HBJ (1974). The first American edition of this spy novel that was highly praised for its authenticity; basis for the 1976 film. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.
93. DEIGHTON, Len. London Match. NY: Knopf, 1985. The first American edition of the third book in a spy trilogy that took their titles from tennis -- Berlin Game, Mexico Set, London Match. Faint handling to boards; very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket.
94. -. Another copy. A review copy, with review slip and promotional card laid in. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
95. (DEIGHTON, Len). Len Deighton's London Dossier. London: Jonathan Cape (1967). A guidebook to the city, compiled by Deighton, who also contributes every other chapter. This is the hardcover issue: fine in a fine dust jacket.
96. -. Same title, the simultaneous paperback issue. (Middlesex): Penguin (1967). A bit of edge-darkening to pages and slight rubbing to the folds; near fine in wrappers.
97. DICK, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. NY: Putnam (1962). Winner of the 1963 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of the year. An "alternate history" tale in which Germany and Japan have won the Second World War. David Pringle, in Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels, says that "it is probably Dick's best work, and the most memorable alternative world tale...ever written." Minor foxing to boards and endpapers; near fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket.
98. DUNNING, John. Deadline. Huntington Beach: Cahill Publishing, 1995. The publisher's archive for the reissue of this early novel by the author of the popular Cliff Janeway series of bibliomysteries. Included here are the typeset 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of Dunning's introduction (8 pp. of text plus the title and copyright pages); a shooting copy of the paperback; a black and white photo of Dunning for the back flap of the dust jacket; and a copy of The Torch Passes, second printing, signed by Dunning -- a copy of which was included with each of the 200 limited copies of Deadline. Also included is the original and controversial dust jacket art: an airbrush painting, 30" x 20", by Regan Mendenhall, in blood purples, reds, yellows and blacks, depicting the nude body of a young girl consumed in flame on the right (front) panel and an Amish twilight silhouette on the left (rear) panel. With the exception of the paperback, which was disassembled for shooting purposes, all elements are fine. A unique archive by the author of Booked to Die, among others.
99. EHRLICH, Gretel. Geode/Rock Body. Santa Barbara: Capricorn Press, 1970. The first book by the author of The Solace of Open Spaces and Heart Mountain, among others, a collection of poems. This is one of 550 copies of the issue in wrappers, of a total edition of 600 copies. Fine.
100. EHRLICH, Gretel. "To rise above treeline is to go above thought..." Berkeley: Black Oak Books, 1991. A broadside excerpt from Islands, the Universe, Home printed on the occasion of a reading by the author. 6 1/2" x 13". Faint crease to upper margin; else fine.
101. EHRLICH, Gretel. The Future of Ice. NY: Pantheon (2004). Subtitled "A Journey into Cold," this book collects Ehrlich's thoughts as she travels from Tierra del Fuego, to Wyoming, to the Spitsbergen archipelago in search of winter and in search of answers to what will happen to us if we are "deseasoned" by climate change and winter ends. Signed by the author. A powerful and poetic take on global warming, grounded in science but with an eye to the human, cultural and other costs that are easily overlooked in the scientific debate. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
102. FAULKNER, William. Le Bruit et la Fureur. Paris: Gallimard (1938). The first French edition of The Sound and the Fury, originally published in English in 1929. This is one of an unspecified number of review copies, designated "S.P." on the rear panel and title page, and thus probably one of the author's copies, sent to him by the publisher. Inscribed by the author on the first blank: "A Madame Ilsley/ avec des souvenances sinceres de Jill et moi/ William Faulkner" -- roughly translated, "To Madame Ilsley, with fond remembrance from Jill and me." Jill was Faulkner's daughter, and their relationship over the years was quite close; she traveled with him to Stockholm when he received the Nobel Prize, and he took her to Paris afterward. She also typed his manuscripts for him at one time, and they often went sailing together. Faint name (Leonard Bright) on front cover, with comparably faint coffee cup ring; "Greece" written on rear cover; slight spine slant and shelf wear and a shallow dampstain at the lower corner; still about near fine in wrappers. One of Faulkner's greatest works, the first of his Yoknapatawpha novels, by which his reputation and his permanent place in the history of American literature was earned. Despite signing thousands of sheets for limited editions, Faulkner was extremely reluctant to inscribe books and rarely did so. Thus it is not only unusual to find this French edition of what many consider to be his greatest book inscribed, but especially unusual in that the inscription presents it on behalf of not only himself but his daughter. We have not seen a similar Faulkner presentation offered for sale.
103. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Apprentice Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1909-1917. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press (1965). Fifteen early works by Fitzgerald, edited and introduced by John Kuehl. Inscribed by Kuehl and with an invitation to a luncheon at which Kuehl is speaking laid in. Small newsprint publication announcement tipped to front pastedown; fine in a near fine dust jacket with slight edge wear and fading to the spine lettering.
104. FOWLES, John. The Magus. London: Jonathan Cape (1966). Fowles' second novel, a near-fantasy set on a Greek island and involving a young expatriate Englishman who is drawn into the fantastic designs of a self-styled psychic. Small bookstore stamp on lower pastedown; two small spots to top stain; else a fine copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with a few closed edge tears, one internally tape-repaired. Basis for the 1968 movie with Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine, for which Fowles wrote the screenplay, and which developed a cult following in the 60s despite mediocre reviews from mainstream film critics.
105. FRAZIER, Charles. Cold Mountain. NY: Atlantic Monthly (1997). His first book, a Civil War novel and a publishing phenomenon: after a modest 25,000 copy first printing, the book went into dozens of additional printings, eventually selling more than a million copies in hardcover and winning the National Book Award -- a rare combination of literary and commercial success for any work of fiction, let alone a first novel. Inscribed by the author to the daughter of a well-known writer. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with the John Berendt blurb attached on a label to the front panel (not exactly an issue point, as some copies had this affixed on publication day, while others didn't).
106. -. Same title, the advance reading copy (identified by the publisher as an "uncorrected manuscript"). The first printing of the trade edition was 25,000 copies; the advance copy is considerably scarcer. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
107. FURMAN, Alfred Antoine. Atahualpa the Last of the Incas. NY: Lathrop C. Harper, 1930. The limited edition of this play in verse. One of 145 numbered copies signed by the author. Additionally inscribed by the author to Daniel Frohman on the front flyleaf; Frohman was a theatrical manager and the brother of Charles Frohman, who was considered the foremost theatrical manager of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fine in a good dust jacket with a couple corner chips and a larger, creased chip pending at the upper front panel.