Catalog 142, G-J

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88. GADDIS, William. JR. NY: Knopf, 1975. First edition, the issue in wrappers, of Gaddis's second book, and his first to win the National Book Award. This copy is inscribed by the author to Kaylie Jones, the daughter of novelist James Jones, "with affectionate best wishes & great hopes" and dated in 1981. Kaylie Jones became a writer herself, publishing her first novel in 1986 and several more books since then. Without knowing the specific context of the inscription, it's easy to imagine that Gaddis's "great hopes" for her related to her future as a writer. A nice inscription and a nice association copy. Light fading and creasing to spine; near fine.

89. GARDNER, John. A Child's Bestiary. NY: Knopf (1977). Advance copy, for in-house use, of this whimsical book for children, done with the assistance of Gardner's own children, who contributed poems and illustrations to the final work. This advance copy has text only; photocopied sheets, printed on rectos only, with a hand-corrected page of sale points for the publisher's reps and a hand-lettered cover page. Stapled in upper left corner; foxing to cover sheet; else near fine. Scarce, possibly unique.

90. (GARRETT, George). Botteghe Oscure Reader. Middletown: Wesleyan (1974). Garrett edited this collection from the European literary magazine; contributors include David Ignatow, Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell, Conrad Aiken, Staney Kunitz, Carolyn Kizer, Robert Penn Warren and many others. Inscribed by Garrett "with love & all best wishes." Small owner name front flyleaf; else fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket with a closed creased tear at the base.

91. GIFFORD, Barry. Baby Cat-Face. NY: Harcourt Brace (1995). A novel by the author of Wild at Heart, among many other books. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

92. GILCHRIST, Ellen. Riding Out the Tropical Depression. New Orleans: Faust Publishing, 1986. Selected poems, published in an attractive limited edition. Thin quarto. One of 300 numbered copies, of a total edition of 350. Signed by the author. A fine copy, without dust jacket, as issued.

93. GINSBERG, Allen. Kaddish and Other Poems. (San Francisco): City Lights (1963). Later printing of this book in City Lights' Pocket Poets series, first issued in 1961. Includes Ginsberg's classic poems on psychedelics -- "Laughing Gas," (dedicated to Gary Snyder), "Mescaline" and "Lysergic Acid." This copy is inscribed by Ginsberg in 1975 with the added exhortation "Keep on Breathing!" Tape shadows to first and last pages; near fine in wrappers.

94. GOODMAN, Paul. Homespun of Oatmeal Gray. NY: Random House/Vintage (1970). Uncorrected galley proofs of this collection of poems by the well-known writer and social critic. Tall, ringbound sheets, with two title pages -- for the simultaneous hardbound and softbound editions of the book. Very good. Scarce.

95. GRUMBACH, Doris. Lord, I Have No Courage. Worcester: Venerini Publications (1964). Her third book, and first for young readers, presenting the life story of Rosa Venerini, who established a school for women in the early 18th century. Owner name; near fine in printed wrappers. According to the Ahearn Price Guide, about 500 copies were produced with a heavy cardboard cover; further according to the Ahearns, they had not seen a copy and this description came from the author, who more recently confirmed that there was no issue in boards. Grumbach also added that this was a project undertaken for money and not a book she views with affection today. Rare: this is the first copy we have seen or heard of appearing on the market.

96. HALL, Donald. A Roof of Tiger Lilies. NY: Viking Press (1964). The author's third major collection of poems. His first, Exiles and Marriages, had won the National Book Award and the Lamont Poetry Award. Signed by the author. Trace foredge foxing; still fine in a near fine dust jacket. Hall was recently named the U.S. Poet Laureate. An attractive copy of an early title.

97. HALL, Donald. Here at Eagle Pond. NY: Ticknor & Fields, 1990. An attractive volume of essays about living on the New Hampshire farm that he and his wife moved to in 1975, with woodcut illustrations by Thomas Nason. Signed by the author. Fine in a mildly edge-sunned slipcase.

98. HANNAH, Barry. Hey Jack! NY: Dutton (1987). A short novel by the author of Geronimo Rex and Airships, among others. A Larry McMurtry blurb calls Hannah the best Southern writer since Flannery O'Connor. Signed by the author. Fine in a mildly spine-faded, else fine dust jacket.

99. HANNAH, Barry. High Lonesome. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (1996). A collection of short stories. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

100. HARINGTON, Donald. The Cherry Pit. NY: Random House (1965). A review copy of the first novel by this Arkansas writer who has been called "America's greatest unknown writer." This story is set in Little Rock, where the author grew up. Most of his later novels have been set in the fictional Arkansas town of Stay More, based on Drakes Creek, where Harington spent his summers as a child. Signed by the author. Faint foredge foxing; slightly cocked; near fine in a fine dust jacket, with publisher's review slip laid in. An uncommon first novel, especially as a review copy and signed.

101. HARRISON, Jim. Julip. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. A collection of three novellas. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

102. HARRISON, Jim. The Summer He Didn't Die. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (2005). The advance reading copy of this recent collection of three novellas. Fine in wrappers.

103. (HARRISON, Jim). "Locations" in Stony Brook 1/2. (Stony Brook): Stony Brook Poetics Foundation, 1968. The first issue of this literary magazine, a double issue. An early appearance by Harrison, after his first book but apparently preceding his second. Signed by Harrison. Other contributors include Gary Snyder, James Tate, Allen Ginsberg, Edward Dahlberg, Charles Olson, Ezra Pound, and many more. Only issued in wrappers. Reading crease to spine; spine and edge-sunned; near fine.

104. HEINLEIN, Robert A. Double Star. Garden City: Doubleday, 1956. The first of Heinlein's four books to win the Hugo Award for best novel, science fiction's most coveted prize. Offsetting to the endpages and foxing to the page edges; boards a bit mottled; a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with modest foxing to the rear panel, a bit of rubbing to the front spine fold and several short edge tears. Despite the flaws, an appealing copy overall; better than it sounds. An important book in the Heinlein canon, and like many of the Doubleday books of that era, a cheaply printed and bound volume that seldom turns up in fine condition.

105. HEINLEIN, Robert A. Time for the Stars. NY: Scribner (1956). Cloth mottled around the spine; else very good in a crisp, near fine dust jacket with one edge tear.

106. HEINLEIN, Robert A. The Door into Summer. Garden City: Doubleday, 1957. Foxing to endpages; near fine in a near fine, spine-faded dust jacket foxed on the flaps and the verso. One of Pringle's 100 best science fiction novels. Heinlein, winner of a Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, had three books listed in Pringle's top 100, and two more listed in his volume of the top 100 fantasy novels.

107. HIGGINS, Aidan. Balcony of Europe. (NY): Delacorte (1973). The author's magnum opus, compared before publication to the work of Joyce and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. This is an advance review copy of the first American trade edition. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

108. HILLERMAN, Tony. Dance Hall of the Dead. NY: Harper & Row (1973). Hillerman's third novel, and second mystery featuring Navajo tribal detective Joe Leaphorn. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel of the Year. Hillerman's success reinvigorated the detective form and opened it to a new generation of writers featuring detectives who not only plied their trades in different locations but brought to their jobs a much wider variety of qualifications than the tough-but-sensitive he-man types of earlier years. Owner name to front flyleaf; erasure to half-title; thin spotting to lower page edges; thus near fine in a near fine dust jacket with trace wear to the spine.

109. (HOMES, A.M.). Pure Fiction. (NY): Weisbach/(Morrow), 1999. An advance excerpt from Homes' Music for Torching, together with an interview with Homes, a review, and praise for her earlier books. Also includes excerpts of work by Amanda Davis, Scott Lasser and Dale Peck. Fine in stapled wrappers, with accompanying CD, all housed in publisher's tri-fold folder. A highly unusual, multimedia publisher's promotional item.

110. HOPE, Anthony. Dolly Dialogues. London: Westminster Gazette, 1896. A collection of sketches that first appeared in the Westminster Gazette in 1894, the same year his hugely successful novel The Prisoner of Zenda was published. Inscribed by the author on the half-title. Descriptive label front pastedown; previous owner name and date ("Xmas/96") front flyleaf. Cloth worn at spine extremities, and several contact marks to front board; overall very good, without dustwrapper.

111. HOUSMAN, A.E. Autograph Letter Signed. 1925. Two small pages, dated April 30, giving the recipient permission to reprint four of his poems in an upcoming anthology and informing him that A Shropshire Lad is not in copyright in the U.S. and thus the recipient does not need the author's permission to print poems from that volume. An interesting historical note, from the author of one of the classics of British poetry, who was fairly reclusive during his lifetime. Folded in half, presumably for mailing, with an additional corner crease; near fine.

112. HUGO, Richard. What Thou Lovest Well, Remains American. NY: Norton (1975). A review copy of this collection of poems of the American West, by a Montana poet whose poetry was twice nominated for the National Book Award, and who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in two different genres -- fiction and poetry. Hugo also became editor of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series a few years after this book was published. This copy is inscribed by the author. Hugo's signature is uncommon. Spine-slant; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small tear at the upper rear spine fold, with publisher's review slip laid in.

113. IRVING, John. Setting Free the Bears. NY: Random House (1968). The first book by the author of such bestsellers as The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany, among others. Unlike his later books which, after Garp, sold literally hundreds of thousand of copies -- millions, if one includes the paperback sales -- this book sold slightly over 6000 copies in two printings. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A very nice copy of a book that is uncommon signed.

114. IRVING, John. The World According to Garp. NY: Dutton (1978). His fourth novel and breakthrough book, which went into numerous printings, became a multi-million copy bestseller and a National Book Award winner in its paperback release. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with one closed edge tear, a nick to the gutter and a faint crease at the lower edge.

115. -. Another copy. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with the spine of both the cloth and the jacket mildly sunned.

116. JUNGER, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm. NY: Norton (1997). Nonfiction, an account of the loss of a fishing boat in a 1991 storm, and a surprise bestseller that went into many printings and earned its young author a remarkable degree of literary celebrity (not to mention, apparently, a great deal of money: reports had him living in a small, unfurnished apartment at the time of publication and becoming a millionaire, or thereabouts, shortly thereafter). One of the most talked-about, and probably read, books of the year. Inscribed by the author in Provincetown in the year of publication. Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

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