All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
(Salt Lake City), (Dream Garden), (1982). The second of the Wilderness calendars, with text by Abbey, Tom McGuane, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ann Zwinger, Lawrence Clark Powell, Wallace Stegner, Barry Lopez, Frank Waters, William Eastlake, John Nichols, and others, as well as work by a number of prominent photographers. Each day is annotated with a quote, a birthday, or an anniversary of a notable event, most pertaining to the West and its history and natural history. A virtual Who's Who of writers and photographers of the West, a number of them, including Abbey, having since passed away. This copy has been signed by Abbey (on the page of the month of May) and Powell, and by photographers John Telford, Tom Till, and Chris Wangsgard. Uncommon signed by Abbey, whose work inspired the series of calendars: copyright violators are warned that they will face "the wrath of the Monkey Wrench Gang," Abbey's famous fictional group of eco-activists. Near fine. [#031785] SOLD
(Toronto), Rumour Publications, (1978). The first edition of this collection of postmodern erotic fiction, with illustrations by Robert Kushner (although the copyright page states "Artwork by Simon Moor"). An early volume in Acker's oeuvre: most of her writings around this time were self-published and sold by the author herself, often by subscription. Signed by Acker. Trace edge rubbing; very near fine in wrappers. Uncommon, especially signed. [#031652] SOLD
London, Aloes Books, 1984. "A Series of Invocations Because Nothing Else Works." Signed by the author on the front cover. Sunning to the spine; near fine in stapled wrappers. Laid in is an autograph note signed: "Dear ---/ I'm getting my hair white and it's taking forever - So I might be 10 minutes late. Please wait and my huge apologies - Kathy." The note is folded in half and hand-addressed: "To ---- ---- From Kathy Acker" on the front. Early, uncommon work by Acker, published by a small U.K. press perhaps most famous for the Thomas Pynchon piracies it published in the 1970s and early 1980s. [#031651] SOLD
London, Doubleday, (2006). The second of her acclaimed mystery novels featuring Jackson Brodie, which have pushed the boundaries of the genre. Signed (initialed) by the author. With two dust jackets, both the normal trade edition dust jacket and a variant that lacks a price on the front flap: we would declare this the export edition jacket but for two other changes: the heading "Case Histories" on the rear panel is in a variant typeface, and the front flap copy runs three more lines (owing to line breaks, rather than variant text). Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year Award and her 2013 alternate-histories novel, Life After Life, also earned her significant acclaim far outside of the mystery genre, both in the U.K. and in the U.S., and itself won several awards. Fine, in two fine dust jackets. [#031653] $200
NY, Putnam, (1979). An elaborately constructed epistolary novel. Inscribed by the author in the month prior to publication: "For Bill and Jean, two main characters in our family alphabet. Love, Jack. 9/79." The recipients were poet Bill Sylvester and his wife Jean, who got to know Barth and became close friends with him in the 1960s when both Sylvester and Barth were teaching at SUNY Buffalo. A nice literary and personal association copy. Barth won the National Book Award in 1973, and was one of the most acclaimed American writers for two decades, representing the "postmodern" school of fiction, in contrast to the "realistic" school. Novelist John Gardner's polemic, On Moral Fiction, famously took Barth and his cohort to task for writing fiction that focused on the process more than the content, thus abandoning the moral dimension and power of Art, in Gardner's view. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light edge wear, fading to the spine letters, and a bit of dampstaining visible on the verso of the spine. [#028148] $150
Boston, Little Brown, (1991). Postmodern fiction meets Magical Realism, in a novel that takes place both in the contemporary world and in the ancient mythical realm of Sinbad and Scheherazade. Inscribed by the author: "For Bill & Jean, old shipmates, affectionately, Jack. 2/91." Inscribed to poet Bill Sylvester and his wife; a good personal and literary association. Slight spine slant and a small spine bump; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with an edge tear at the upper rear spine fold. [#028151] $100
Boston, Little Brown, (1995). Inscribed by Barth to literary critic Leslie Fiedler and his wife, longtime friends and colleagues: "For Leslie & Sally, on with the story, Jack." Fine in a fine dust jacket. A nice association copy between an important novelist and an important critic of the postwar period. [#028152] SOLD
Bearsville, Retort, 1942. A seven page story by Bellow in this left-leaning journal of "Social Philosophy and the Arts." An early appearance by "S.G. Bellow," preceding his first novel, which is erroneously listed in the contributors' notes as being published by Colt Press (Dangling Man was actually published two years later by Vanguard). This issue also contains a poem by Robert Lowry and another by Sheila Alexander in response to a news item that Nazi food rations contain Benzedrine sulphate and marijuana. A couple of pencil marks in text, though not in the Bellow piece. Sunned and dusty stapled wrappers, with shallow vertical crease. A very good copy. Uncommon wartime publication and a very early Bellow piece. [#031654] SOLD
BERRY, Wendell and DUNCAN, David James
(Great Barrington), Orion Society, (2003). The third volume in the Orion Society's New Patriotism series. Includes Berry's "A Citizen's Response to the National Security Strategy of the United States of America" and Duncan's "When Compassion Becomes Dissent." This is a complimentary copy, sent to Peter Matthiessen, who served on the Advisory Board of the Orion Society. Only issued in wrappers. Fine. With promotional letter laid in, with the added note, "Hi Peter!" [#031655] SOLD
(n.p.), (n.p.), c. 1964. Bradbury's 17-minute script for the attraction known as "The American Journey" at the 1964 World's Fair, for which twelve moving grandstands holding 55 people each set off at 80 second intervals past 120 screens to create an immersion in America's historical heritage and projected Space Age future. The narration was by John McIntyre of television's Wagon Train fame. This copy is signed by Bradbury on the front cover. Textual differences exist between this version and the version published on the New York World's Fair website. Approximately 20 pages, bradbound in blue covers. Near fine. No copies found in WorldCat, a rather astonishing fact for a writer as prominent and prolific as Bradbury and a cultural event as enormous as the 1964 World's Fair. [#031658] SOLD
(n.p.), (n.p.), [c. 1972]. "A Musical Book by Ray Bradbury" with music by William Goldenberg and lyrics by Larry Alexander, and additional lyrics by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury's script for the musical adaptation of his 1957 novel. Signed by Bradbury on the front cover. Staged in January, 1972 at California State College. 112 pages, bradbound in yellow illustrated covers. Light creasing and toning; near fine. OCLC lists only two copies held in libraries, at Cal State Northridge and the University of Texas. A Lloyd Currey catalog reported that 35 to 40 copies were prepared for Bradbury in 1973, but the play remains unpublished. Uncommon. [#031657] SOLD
San Francisco, Four Seasons, 1967. The true first edition of Brautigan's breakthrough book, which established his unique writing style and sensibility and for the first time earned him a wide audience. Issued as "Writing 14" in the Four Seasons Foundation publishing series and preceding the Delta edition. Don Allen of Four Seasons picked up Trout Fishing after Grove Press dumped Brautigan when A Confederate General from Big Sur failed to meet sales expectations when it was published in 1964. With virtually no advertising or promotion, Trout Fishing went through multiple printings, sold 35,000 copies -- an unheard of number for any Four Seasons Foundation publication -- and made Brautigan one of the key writers of his generation. The book has sold two million copies in all its editions. The first edition of Trout Fishing is one of the most elusive of the key books of the 1960s. Reportedly its first printing was, like several other Four Seasons Foundation books, 1000 copies (2000 has also been stated); but copies of Trout Fishing turn up with markedly less frequency than his other Four Seasons Foundation titles, In Watermelon Sugar and The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster: currently, one online site has listings for 14 copies of the Four Seasons edition of Watermelon and 20 copies of The Pill; the only copies of Trout Fishing listed are third and fourth printings or heavily worn ex-library copies. Often when copies do turn up, their condition is poor from having been read and re-read and, often, passed around. We could find records of only four copies appearing at auction, and three of those copies had pages detached. This copy has a coffee stain on the rear cover, light reading creases to the spine, and pages 9-18 detached. A good copy in wrappers only, but an extraordinary rarity in the first printing. [#031656] SOLD
Detroit, Broadside Press, (1969-1974). Twenty-six titles from the Broadside Press, founded by Dudley Randall in 1965 to publish African-American writers who had been largely overlooked by mainstream (read: white) publishers. All titles are first printings, with 17 being review copies, as follows:
- RANDALL, Dudley, editor. Black Poetry. 1969. The subtitle to this volume is "A Supplement to Anthologies Which Exclude Black Poets," a succinct characterization of the mission statement of the press.
- EMANUEL, James. Panther Man. 1970.
- JEFFERS, Lance. My Blackness is the Beauty of This Land. 1970.
- RANDALL, James, Jr. Don't Ask Me Who I Am. 1970.
- BROOKS, Gwendolyn. Aloneness. 1971.
- HODGES, Frenchy Jolene. Black Wisdom. 1971. Review copy.
- LONG, Doughty. Song for Nia. 1971. Review copy.
- LONG, Doughty. Black Love, Black Hope. 1971.
- NICHOLES, Marion. Life Styles. 1971. Review copy.
- ALHAMISI, Ahmed. Holy Ghosts. 1972. Review copy. Perfectbound.
- AUBERT, Alvin. Against the Blues. 1972. Review copy.
- BOZE, Arthur. Black Words. 1972. Review copy.
- CANNON, C.E. St. Nigger. 1972. Review copy.
- GAYLE, Addison, Jr. Claude McKay: The Black Poet at War. 1972. Review copy.
- LOMAX, Pearl Cleage. We Don't Need No Music. 1972. Review copy.
- PFISTER, Arthur. Beer Cans, Bullets, Things & Pieces. 1972. Review copy. Introduction by Imamu Amiri Baraka.
- THIGPEN, William A. Down Nigger Paved Streets. 1972. Review copy.
- WITHERSPOON, Jill, editor. The Broadside Annual 1972. Review copy.
- WOLDE, Habte. Enough to Die For. 1972. Review copy, with both review slip (which gives the publication date as March, 1973) and author bio laid in.
- BOYER, Jill Witherspoon, editor. The Broadside Annual 1973.
- RANDALL, James. Cities and Other Disasters. 1973. Review copy.
- WALKER, Margaret. October Journey. 1973. Review copy.
- BARLOW, George. Gabriel. 1974. Perfectbound.
- BELL, Bernard W. The Folk Roots of Contemporary Afro-American Poetry. 1974. Perfectbound.
- DRAFTS, C. Gene. Bloodwhispers/Blacksongs. 1974. Review copy, with both review slip and author bio laid in.
- TISDALE, Celes, editor. Betcha Ain't. Poems from Attica. 1974. Review copy.
NY, QCC Art Gallery, (2010). The catalog of an exhibition of Budnik's Civil Rights-era photographs. Inscribed by Budnik to the author Peter Matthiessen and his wife, "with all loving wishes and Peace to infinity." A bit of soiling on the rear cover; near fine in self-wrappers. Together with a copy of Theos Bernard's Penthouse of the Gods [Scribner's, 1939; heavily mottled and lacking dust jacket, front flyleaf excised], with Budnik's ownership signature and an undated autograph note signed laid in to Matthiessen, ("Here's 'that' book - rather amazing story"), saying he's headed to South America, and commenting on the death of what appears to be a mutual friend. Written on the back of a promotional card for a Book Search service; fine. Budnik's photography book is surprisingly uncommon; no other copy is listed online. [#031661] $350
[Cleveland], (7 Flowers Press), (1966). A Bukowski rarity, published by D.A. Levy and Jim Lowell in an edition of 103 copies, and then mostly seized by the Cleveland police during the raid on Lowell's Asphodel Bookshop under the charge of possessing and selling obscene materials. Only about 40 copies were thought to have survived, and about half that number now exist in institutional libraries. A small chapbook with linoleum cut illustrations by Paula Marie Savarino. Stapled pages (some double leaves as some pages were made from trimmed envelopes), bound into green wrappers. Blended dampstaining to the covers, with some bleeding onto the margins of the first and final pages: inner pages and text unscathed. A very good copy. Only two copies of this title have appeared at auction going back at least to 1975; it is quite possibly the scarcest of Al Fogel's "Top 20 Bukowski Rarities." This is the first copy we have handled in 35 years of issuing catalogs of modern first editions. [#031660] SOLD
Santa Rosa, Black Sparrow, 1989. Copy No. 48 of 150 hardbound copies with an original signed print by Bukowski. Also signed by Bukowski on the colophon, with an added self-caricature, with bottle. A fine copy in a mildly rubbed, near fine, original acetate dust jacket. [#031663] SOLD
1992. An unpublished typescript poem by Bukowski, 3 stanzas; signed by the author and dated 5-11-92 in his hand. Computer printout, with his full name and address printed at the top. Bukowski typescripts turn up from time to time, but increasingly seldom, and it is uncommon to encounter a completed but unpublished poem. Fine. [#031779] SOLD
Ontario, LPGE, [c. 1970s]. Promotional poster for the Canadian edition of Women, with a photo of Bukowski and Georgia Peckham-Krellner, with each holding an open beer and a burning cigarette; the photo is credited to Ulvis Alberts and Joan Levine. The Canadian "edition" was the same as the American Black Sparrow edition, repriced in Canadian dollars, as indicated on the poster. 17-1/2" x 25". Folded in fourths, else fine. A scarce ephemeral piece from a relatively small market: it's doubtful more than a handful of these were produced. [#031666] SOLD
(BUKOWSKI, Charles). CRUMB, R.
[c. 1983]. Printed portrait of Bukowski by Crumb, a color version of which was used as the cover to the 1983 Black Sparrow edition of Bukowski's Bring Me Your Love. One sheet, folded to make four 8-1/2" x 11-1/4" pages; all but the cover page with the portrait are blank. Lower corner crease to front cover; several small stains, mostly on the three blank pages. Presumably some sort of production proof for the Black Sparrow edition. Near fine. [#031662] $150
Boston, Small, Maynard, 1902. One of 350 copies printed on large paper, this being the presumed dedication copy: inscribed by Burroughs "To Dr. Clara Barrus/ whose kind surgery and skillful midwifery helped bring this little Life into the world/ John Burroughs/ Aug. 29th 1902." Barrus met Burroughs in 1901 when she was a practicing physician and, though nearly half his age, for two decades she was his friend, secretary, traveling companion, (presumed mistress), and later his biographer and literary executor. John James Audubon is dedicated "To C.B.," the use of initials being the type of thing one does when married to someone else. Both the inscription, the dedication, and the fact that the Clara Barrus archives at Vassar include Barrus's notes and criticisms on this volume support the idea that Barrus played some part in producing this work. That role is made a bit amorphous by an asterisk in the inscription at "midwifery" that has been appended as "houghmangie" (this in an unknown hand). The word "houghmangie" is unknown to us, but "houghmagandie" is Scottish slang for sexual intercourse, usually outside of marriage. Two penciled corrections in text, apparently in Barrus' hand. Two facing pages with offsetting, several paper clip shadows, and one maple leaf laid in. Inscription page loose; spine label worn; still a very good copy, lacking a dust jacket. Burroughs on Audubon -- two of the giants of American natural history -- and perhaps the best possible copy. [#031667] SOLD
(n.p.), (n.p.), [c. 1910-1921]. A printed manuscript poem by Burroughs, his most famous, first published in Knickerbocker magazine in 1863, when Burroughs was 25; anthologized in Whittier's Songs of Three Centuries in 1875. At that time the poem had seven stanzas; over the years the weakest stanza (the sixth of seven) was dropped (by an unknown editor). "Waiting" appeared as the preface to Burroughs' Light of Day in 1900 with six stanzas, but even so the fifth stanza continued to trouble him. According to the Clara Barrus biography Our Friend John Burroughs, published in 1914, "a few years ago" Burroughs occasionally substituted a new fifth stanza, beginning, "The law of love binds every heart..." (Later renditions have this line reading "The law of love threads every heart.) But that too failed to satisfy him, and future renditions would have the original six (of seven) stanzas. This broadside has the six stanzas, with the short-lived "binds every heart" fifth stanza; it is printed in Burroughs' holograph, with an original water color of tree branches, and it is inscribed by Burroughs, for Barnard C. Connelly, and dated Feb. 9, 1921, the month before Burroughs' death. 7" x 9-3/4", bevel-edged on three sides; previously framed and sunned over most of the page; staining to two margins, touching only the date. A very good copy. Although Burroughs wrote "considerable poetry as a young man" (his words, from John Burroughs Talks), "a time came when I wrote no more poetry and destroyed most of what I had done previously...I am practically a man of a single poem." We have found reference to a smaller (4-1/2" x 6") leaflet of this poem being done earlier, by Alfred Bartlett, but have found no record of the printing history of this variation. [#031668] SOLD
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1996). Her first book, a collection of her "Sex and the City" columns for The New York Observer, which humorously recounted her own and her friends' dating experiences. Later adapted into a popular and long-running television series. As a first book, this reportedly had a modest first printing of 5000 copies; the (later) TV series is what catapulted the book and its author to fame and celebrity. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031669] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1959). An early American publication of one of the most inventive Italian writers of the postwar period. This copy is inscribed by Calvino to Susan Cheever: "For Susan and for the trees of her country/ Italo Calvino/ 27 March 1960." Calvino spent six months in the U.S. from 1959-1960, most of it in New York. Susan Cheever would have been 16 at the time of this inscription, presumably living with her family in Westchester, where her father, John Cheever, was writing stories about Italy for The New Yorker. The Cheevers had spent 1957 in Italy. Foxing to endpages; very good in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket with tiny corner chips. Calvino inscriptions are uncommon, and good literary association copies like this one are extremely scarce. [#031670] $2,000
(CARSON, Rachel) MATTHIESSEN, Peter
[c. 2000]. In 2000, Peter Matthiessen provided a 13-page introduction to a new edition of Carson's 1962 environmental classic, Silent Spring, tracing her career as both a writer and an activist and alluding to parallels with his own career (not least of which, though he doesn't mention it, is that both writers won both the National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal). This archive of seven books includes that edition of Silent Spring [London, Folio Society, 2000], which is fine in a fine slipcase, and six books on Carson from Matthiessen's own library, two of which seem to have been used by Matthiessen as partial source material, as follows:
- Brooks, Paul. Rachel Carson: The Writer at Work. San Francisco: Sierra Club (1989). Heavily annotated by Matthiessen throughout, most often with underlinings and asterisks and arrows and question marks, but also with marginal notes, beginning in the preface, which starts: "Rachel Carson was a very private person," to which Matthiessen has added, "but not humorless, see Everglades." The Everglades passage he refers to occurs on page 83, apparently indicating nonlinear or multiple readings of the text. Very good in wrappers. Laid in is a 2006 article by Rebecca Solnit about the three separate revolutions begun in the early 1960s by Carson, Betty Friedan and June Jacobs.
- Lear, Linda. Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson. Boston: Beacon Press (1998). With Matthiessen's underlinings, almost entirely in the first quarter of the book, in the introduction that speaks of Carson's character, and about up to the publication of her second book, The Sea Around Us. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A Peter Matthiessen bookplate was added to the front pastedown posthumously.
- Lear, Linda. Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature. NY: Owl Books (1998). Near fine in wrappers.
- People of the Century. (NY): Simon and Schuster (1999). Carson was one of the 100 Time/CBS News People of the Century, and Matthiessen wrote the 6-page essay on her, which served as an early draft for his Silent Spring introduction. This is Matthiessen's copy, with his check mark in the Contents, and his small change to the wording of one sentence as published. A note to Matthiessen from the editor is laid in. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
- Matthiessen, Peter, ed. Courage for the Earth. Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Mariner (2007). Again, Matthiessen's own copy of this volume that he edited and for which he provided an 18-page introduction. This introduction is a re-worked and updated version of his 2000 introduction for the Silent Spring edition above, to which he has added an Editor's Note that stresses both Carson's courage as a scientist and her talents as a writer. Near fine in wrappers.
- Souder, William. On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. NY: Crown (2012). An advance copy in the form of tapebound sheets, with an acetate cover. Fine.
Syracuse, Syracuse University, (1980). Selected and with a two-page foreword by Carver. A small pamphlet issued in an edition of 300 copies; this copy is unnumbered. Previous owner name; covers mildly dusty. Near fine in stapled wrappers. A scarce item. [#031553] SOLD
NY, Random House, (2000). The uncorrected proof copy of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about an artist who escapes from Nazi-occupied Prague and becomes involved in the Golden Age of comic books as World War II unfolds in the background. Signed by the author, with the drawing of a key. With the bookplate of the author's literary agency inside the front cover. Gentle corner creasing to some rear pages; near fine in wrappers. [#031671] SOLD
London/NY, Jonathan Cape/Summit, 1977/1978. A hardcover advance proof copy of the American edition of Chatwin's first book, created from a first British edition, with the addition of a U.S. proof dust jacket, featuring quotes from British publications (including Paul Theroux, writing for the London Times). The British trade edition has had its free endpages excised and pasted over the pictorial pastedowns; and the photographs that graced the text of the British edition have also been excised, in keeping with the appearance of the American edition. This copy was obviously sent out and used for review: reviewer's marks and comments in text, and the blank jacket flaps have been filled with the reviewer's notes. The book, apart from the intended excisions and notes, is fine; the proof jacket (again, apart from the reviewer notes), is spine and edge-sunned, with the title and author handwritten on the spine, largely faded; overall near fine. An uncommon issue, presumably done prior to the issuance of an American proof copy and different from the U.K. first edition in ways that parallel the eventual U.S. edition (and U.S. proof). [#031672] $750
NY, Knopf, 1978. A massive volume, which includes all the stories from five of his six previous collections (The Way Some People Live -- his first book, which he declined to reprint during his lifetime -- being the exception) as well as four stories that had never previously appeared in book form. Inscribed by Cheever to John Irving in 1978, in the week prior to publication: "To John Irving and green pasta, Monday night football in Iowa City and a very generous review." Irving has said in an interview with The Paris Review that he and Cheever "were in a particularly ritualized habit of watching Monday Night Football together while eating homemade pasta" while at Iowa. Irving's review of The Stories of John Cheever had been published in The Saturday Review the previous month. In it, Irving says, "There is not only the wonder of finishing one good story after another, there is that cumulative weight, that sense of deepening, that I have formerly associated only with the consecutiveness of a true (and truly narrative) novel...John Cheever is the best storyteller living; he practices what he preaches better than any of us, and we believe him when he writes, 'We can cherish nothing less than our random understanding of death and the earth-shaking love that draws us to one another.'" Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize (for which, ironically, it beat out Irving's own The World According to Garp). Both The Stories of John Cheever and The World According to Garp won National Book Awards when published in paperback: Garp in 1980 and Stories in 1981. A little play to the text block; a near fine copy in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with a small chip at the crown. Card of Knopf publicity director laid in. A wonderful association copy of a landmark volume. [#031673] SOLD
London, Secker & Warburg, (1982). The first British edition of his first book, originally published in South Africa in 1974 and issued in the U.K. after the critical success of In the Heart of the Country and Waiting for the Barbarians. Two novellas, one of which deals with a researcher investigating the effectiveness of U.S. propaganda and psychological warfare in Vietnam. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with slight edge wear. [#031674] SOLD
(n.p.), University of Cape Town, (1985). Text of Coetzee's "Inaugural Lecture," delivered at the University of Cape Town on October 3, 1984. Printed as New Series No. 94. Six pages. The 1984 date of the lecture is printed on the front cover; the copyright date of the pamphlet (1985) is printed on page 6. Fine in stapled wrappers. Uncommon. [#031675] SOLD