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89. HAUPTMAN, Terry. Rattle. (Tulsa): (Cardinal Press) (1982). A collection of poetry, illustrated by Hauptman and with an introduction by Meridel LeSueur. Inscribed by the author to the poet Jay Wright: "Listen to this hiss and roar -- undulating fury of the dance." Only issued in wrappers; fine.
90. HEGGEN, Thomas. Mister Roberts. London: Nicholson & Watson (1948). The first British edition of this 1946 novel that became a bestseller and was the basis for the award-winning 1955 John Ford movie. Foxing to page edges; small tears at spine base; still near fine in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with internally tape-mended edge wear. Although later than the American edition, the British edition appears to be considerably more scarce.
91. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. NY: Scribner's, 1926. Hemingway's first major novel and, along with F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby which had been published a year earlier, one of the greatest novels of the Lost Generation. Prior to this book, Hemingway had only published short stories and a few poems, and one short novel (The Torrents of Spring) that mocked Sherwood Anderson and in retrospect appears to scholars to have been designed to get him out of his contractual obligations to Boni and Liveright. With this book he set the standard against which he would be measured for the rest of his life. Because he was a young and relatively unknown writer at the time this was published, the first printing was only 5090 copies (three years later, A Farewell to Arms was published with a first printing of 31,050 copies). This is the first issue of the first printing, with the misprint ("stoppped") on page 181 line 26, in the first issue dust jacket with the misprint on the front panel ("In Our Times" vs. "In Our Time"). Two small, attractive bookplates on the front pastedown; near fine in a very good, spine-darkened dust jacket with a few small chips and edge tears. A very attractive and presentable copy of one of the high spots of 20th century literature, seldom found in dust jacket at all and even less often in an unrestored dust jacket in collectible condition. The Annette Campbell-White copy brought $120,000 at Sotheby's in 2007.
92. (HEMINGWAY, Ernest). HEMINGWAY, Hilary and LINDSAY, Jeffrey. Hunting with Hemingway. NY: Riverhead Books, 2000. The advance reading copy. Ernest Hemingway's niece transcribes a cassette tape of hunting stories told by her father Leicester, Hemingway's younger brother and hunting buddy, and she interjects her responses to learning more about a father who, like his brother, committed suicide. Fine in wrappers.
93. HEMPEL, Amy. The Collected Stories. NY: Scribner (2006). Collects Hempel's four previous story collections, with an introduction by Rick Moody. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon in the first printing.
94. HOFFMAN, Alice. The River King. NY: Putnam (2000). Two copies of the advance reading copy of this novel. The first issue is shot from typescript and bears textual differences (as well as a different cover) from the later, typeset issue. Small bump to crown on the first issue; else both are fine in wrappers. For the two:
95. (Irish Literature). O'CONNOR, Frank. A Short History of Irish Literature. NY: Putnam (1967). An advance reading copy of this survey of Irish writing over the course of 1000 years, by the acclaimed Irish short story writer. Bound in plain blue wrappers and laid into a proof dust jacket. Ownership signature of a poet on the half-title and a few penciled check marks in the margins; near fine in a very good, edgeworn proof dust jacket. An uncommon format.
96. 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. Spine slightly cocked; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with barely perceptible dampstaining to an upper corner. A very attractive copy of an important first book.
97. -. Another copy. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with some modest mottling to verso, a corner crease to the rear flap and a small price sticker over the original price on the front flap.
98. IRVING, John. The World According to Garp. NY: Dutton (1978). His fourth novel, and his breakthrough book, which went into numerous printings, became a multi-million copy bestseller and a National Book Award winner in its paperback release. Basis for the well-received movie. The first printing of Garp was 35,000 copies -- far larger than any of Irving's previous novels but far short of any of the books that came later: his next novel, The Hotel New Hampshire, had a 100,000 copy first printing and since then all his books have had first printings well into six figures. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A difficult book to find in fine condition: copies seem to have been handled and read, and generally show substantial wear. Very few copies that are both fine and also signed by the author have turned up on the market in recent years.
99. -. Same title. The advance reading copy. Irving switched publishers for this book, and his new publisher decided to promote the novel heavily. After issuing two sets of proofs in small numbers for early readers and reviewers, Dutton printed this advance reading copy for wide distribution to the book trade. It worked in bringing attention to Irving's novel, which became a bestseller, and secured Irving's reputation as a major American novelist. The publisher's marketing efforts -- including creating this advance copy -- played no small part in this transformation. A bit of darkening to the spine fold from binder's glue; else fine in wrappers, with custom chemise and slipcase. One of the most well-preserved examples of this advance reading copy that we have seen.
100. -. Another copy of the advance reading copy. Signed by Irving. Slight sunning to spine lettering; else fine in wrappers. Again, quite a nice copy, albeit with some of the typically present spine-fading. Very uncommon signed.
101. IRVING, John. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed. (London): Bloomsbury (1993). The first British edition (and true first edition, though possibly simultaneous with the Canadian edition) of his first collection of short pieces, preceding the expanded American edition that was published in 1996. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Very uncommon signed.
102. IRVING, John. The Cider House Rules: A Screenplay. (London): Bloomsbury (2000). The first British edition of Irving's Academy Award-winning screenplay, only issued in wrappers (in both the UK and US). This copy is signed by the author. Sticker on the front cover announcing it as the Oscar winner. Fine in wrappers. An uncommon edition, and extremely scarce signed.
103. (IRVING, John). Chaos, Vol. II, Nos. 1 and 2. [Durham]: United Protestant Association/UNH, 1964-1965. Two issues of a literary magazine published by the United Protestant Association for the University of New Hampshire campus community. The first issue is dated November, 1964 and the second April, 1965. Irving contributes a story, "A Part of the Island," and a poem, "First Fear," to the earlier issue and a story, "A Winter Branch," to the later issue. Irving was an undergraduate when these issues were published; he graduated from UNH in 1965. The contributions from the first issue are the earliest known published writings by Irving, preceding what is generally considered his first publication by a year: the story in the second issue, "A Winter Branch," was republished in Redbook magazine in November, 1965, and it has been widely thought of as Irving's first publication. Both issues bear a small owner signature: the first has some mild sunning and creasing and is near fine in stapled wrappers; the second just some mild sunning, also near fine. We have never seen either issue before, and only heard of them for the first time recently. Their production values -- mimeographed sheets bound in stapled wrappers -- suggest that very few copies would have been done, and it does not seem surprising that few, if any, others have survived. For both:
104. JONG, Erica. Loveroot. [NY]: [HRW], 1975. A personalized advance copy of her third collection of poetry. Photocopied pages shot from an uncorrected proof copy, warmly inscribed by the author, and with one poem, "Advice to Myself After Losing My Wallet," crossed out, apparently by Jong. Together with an autograph note signed, on personal stationery, transmitting the sheets and thanking the recipient for some Nabokov books. All items fine in a torn, hand-addressed, postage due envelope. An interesting item from the author of the landmark novel Fear of Flying.