Catalog 165

All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

(n.p.), Viking, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition. Fine in wrappers. [#031676] $35
(NY), Viking, (1994). The first American edition. Signed by Coetzee for the poet Alfred Corn and dated October 26, 1994 in St. Louis. Beneath Coetzee's dated and located signature, Corn has written: "John Coetzee kindly inscribed this book to me during an international writer's conference at Washington University, devoted to the topic 'The Writer and Religion' in October 1994. Of course I value Coetzee as one of the greatest fiction writers of our time. Alfred Corn." Corn was a visiting professor at Washington University at the time of the conference. A bit of spotting to the spine cloth, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Coetzee's signature is uncommon; the association is unique. [#031677] $400
Rondebosch, University of Cape Town, 1983. Thirteen page article. Note that the cover gives this a 1982 date; the copyright page states 1983. Two upper corners bumped; near fine in wrappers. [#031678] SOLD
Rondebosch, University of Cape Town, 1986. A review by Coetzee of Breyten Breytenbach's The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, reprinted from The New Republic, 1985. Four pages. Note that the cover gives this issue a 1985 date; the copyright page states 1986. Upper corner bump; near fine in wrappers. [#031679] SOLD
NY, Random House, (2015). The advance reading copy of this extravagantly praised, massive novel of an internet-era ghost writer, which has drawn comparisons to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace. As is the case with most contemporary novels, the number of advance copies that circulate in printed form seems to have dropped significantly from pre-digital times. As this is written, this is the only advance copy of this title currently being offered for sale. Fine in wrappers. [#031699] SOLD
Garden City, Doubleday, 1946. First thus, with illustrations by Salvadore Dali. This copy is signed by Dali with an original drawing on the half title: two figures gazing past the horizon at a crescent moon, dated in the year of publication. Joints well rubbed and backstrip splitting; just a good copy in a fair slipcase, but an attractive sketch. [#031680] SOLD
NY, Pantheon, (2015). The uncorrected proof copy of the first volume in his projected 27 volume series, to be released at the pace of 2-3 volumes per year. In Volume 1, a 12 year-old epileptic girl sets out to get a dog and finds a kitten, an event foreshadowed as world-changing in the promotional copy. 880 pages, with his characteristic use of design and typeface. Danielewski had a bestseller with House of Leaves and a National Book Award nomination with Only Revolutions. A very small spine abrasion has taken out the "w" in the author's name; else fine in pink wrappers. The earliest issue of what promises to be an unprecedented series in modern American literature. [#031681] SOLD
NY, Touchstone, (2000). Inscribed by DeLillo to the poet Mark Strand, with "all respect." This is the first paperback edition of DeLillo's third play (although only his second produced and published in book form). Fine in wrappers. A nice association copy between a National Book Award-winning author, DeLillo, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, Strand. [#028904] SOLD
NY, Riverhead, 2012. The advance reading copy of the Pulitzer Prize winner's third book, second story collection. Labeled "Uncorrected Proof for Limited Distribution," and in pictorial wrappers. Like the true uncorrected proof in plain printed wrappers, this advance reading copy is uncommon: there was an advance reading excerpt printing a single story that we've seen slightly more often. Fine. [#031683] $80
(NY), HarperCollins, (1992). Her first novel, set in the Pacific Northwest of the nineteenth century. Inscribed by Dillard to Peter Matthiessen and his wife: "For Maria and Peter Matthiessen, with best wishes (and much admiration for the author of Far Tortuga, especially), from your nephew John Matthiessen and from Annie Dillard/ September 1993/ Middletown, CT." Small bump to upper board edge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031684] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1985). The publisher's presentation edition of Doctorow's National Book Award-winning novel. Leatherbound, using sheets of the first edition. Signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. Top edge gilt, silk ribbon marker bound in. Never issued for sale, presentation editions like this are usually prepared by the publisher for a small handful of people associated with the creation of the book. They seldom appear on the market. Trace rubbing to corners; else fine. [#914643] SOLD
Cambridge, Harvard, 1963. Includes Albert Hoffmann's "The Active Principles of the Seeds of Rivea Corymbosa and Ipomoea Violacea," which in part recounts his discovery of LSD twenty years earlier. Also includes R. Gordon Wasson's "Notes of the Present Status of Ololiuhqui and the Other Hallucinogens of Mexico." A landmark pair of publications in both the development of contemporary knowledge of psychoactive drugs and, not incidentally, in their availability to the 1960s counterculture and its use of psychedelics. Wasson's account elaborates on his earlier writings on psychedelic drug use among the ancient Aztecs and contemporary Mazatecs in religious rituals, and Hoffmann's paper describes his analysis of the chemical structure of the hallucinogen, which enabled it to be extracted and synthesized. Mild edge darkening near the spine; near fine in stapled wrappers. Dated November 22, 1963 -- the day of President Kennedy's assassination. [#031687] SOLD
Undated. Original ink and watercolor image, signed by the artist. Additionally inscribed by Dzama (in French): "the proud bear their heavy burdens." Below the line (title?) "cloud tells of his fate," a similar line is written, in French: "cloud tells his cruel story." Two clouds (albeit with Dzama's snowmen buttons), each being borne by a small naked figure past a wolf (in a dress) and a pipe-smoking human shaking one of the cloud's hands. 8-1/2" x 10-1/2". Fine. [#031773] SOLD
2012. An ink and watercolor portrait by Feiffer of his friend, the author Peter Matthiessen, cast in a decidedly Fred Astaire-like pose. Signed by Feiffer in 2012. Additionally inscribed by Feiffer: "For Peter -- on his birthday - Dance on! -- Jules." Matthiessen would have been 85. 14-1/2" x 17". Tiny marginal stain lower edge and some light creasing in the white space. Near fine, in a hand-addressed envelope. [#031774] SOLD
NY, Barer Literary, [c. 2007]. Velobound typescript of his first novel, apparently produced by his literary agency. 389 double-spaced, double-sided pages, photo-reduced to 6-1/4" x 9" and given an acetate cover. A finalist for the National Book Award. His third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Dampstaining to rear cover and part of the last few pages. Casual comparison with the published book reveals substantial textual variations between the two: a full paragraph has been removed from the beginning of the second section of the book, "Returns and Departures," and the final paragraph of the novel has been completely rewritten. A glimpse at the evolution of one of the most highly praised debut novels of the year, by an author whose writings have continued to fulfill the promise of this first book. Near fine. [#031685] SOLD
NY, Little Brown, (2007). The advance reading copy of his first novel. A finalist for the National Book Award. His third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Inscribed by the author in 2008. One page corner turned; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in the advance issue, especially signed. [#031686] $200
Self-Published, 1943. The story that became the film It's a Wonderful Life. Van Doren Stern wrote the story in 1939; unable to get it published, he had it privately printed as a chapbook, in an edition of 200, as a gift for his friends at Christmas, in 1943. Signed by the author. Initially purchased by RKO Pictures as a vehicle for Cary Grant, The Greatest Gift went through three unsatisfactory scripts before being shelved by RKO and then sold to Frank Capra's production company. Capra's 1946 movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, but won only the Technical Achievement Award for the simulation of falling snow. A 19-page story, featuring George Pratt (Bailey in the film), Clarence, Mary, and George's (deceased) brother. Remarkable for how much of the familiar feeling of the film is conveyed in the short story, and equally remarkable how true the film stayed to the intent of the story. Handling apparent to covers, else near fine in stapled wrappers. There was a book publication in 1944, and a later publication at the Capra film, but the original edition is extremely scarce: the two primary online auction records show no copy appearing at auction as far back as their records go (the 1970s); OCLC WorldCat identifies only 7 libraries as holding a copy of the original edition. [#031690] SOLD
[c. 2008]. A very short, autobiographical story by Foer about his then-wife, Nicole Krauss, and he adopting a stray puppy they named George (after George Plimpton, who died that same week). Typed by Foer on a 6" x 4" card and placed in a clear plastic case of the same size, back to back with a photograph of the puppy George. "02/16/08" is written on the outside of the box. Signed by Foer on the back of the story, with the sentiment, "Wishing you happy times." Part of the plastic clasp of the box is broken, so the box doesn't snap closed, else all elements fine. An interesting work by an author whose first published book, A Convergence of Birds, was inspired by the artist Joseph Cornell and his boxed artworks. [#031780] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2006. The uncorrected proof copy (not the far more common advance reading copy) of the third book in Ford's four-book series featuring Frank Bascombe; the preceding book, Independence Day, won the Pulitzer Prize. Four pages marked in the text, with the final page listing three of these marked pages. The reader (reviewer?) appeared most interested in Ford's stated parallels between novelists and realtors. Cocked, with several stains to the light green wrappers. A very good copy of a scarce proof. [#031691] SOLD
Heerlen, Uitgererij, (1980). A bilingual edition (English/Dutch), with translation by Simon Vinkenoog. One of 1000 copies, of which 100 numbered copies were signed by the author and the translator; this copy is unnumbered but is signed by Ginsberg in 1981. Plutonian Ode was privately printed in 1978; the City Lights edition was published in 1982. Mild edge rubbing and slight splaying to the front cover; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#031688] $250
NY, Norton, (1968). Harrison's second collection of poetry. Inscribed by the author: "To Peter Matthiessen/ Jim Harrison." Harrison and Matthiessen began their friendship around this time, and remained close friends until Matthiessen's death in 2015: the Peter Matthiessen archive probably has more letters from Harrison in it than from any other individual, writer or otherwise. This is the issue in wrappers; near fine. [#031692] SOLD
Fremont, Sumac, (1973). Another early collection of poems by Harrison, published by the press that grew out of the literary magazine that he and Dan Gerber had co-founded, Sumac. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen: "To Peter/ the finished book - hoping to hear from you/ Jim Harrison." Harrison had sent Matthiessen unbound sheets of the poems while the book was in progress, which the inscription alludes to. Very good in wrappers. [#031693] SOLD
NY, Dutton, (1988). A novel told from the point of view of a pioneer woman and by consensus one of Harrison's best books, which effectively put the lie to the stereotype of him as a writer of testosterone-laced macho male fantasies and firmly established him as a writer of enormous sensitivity and vision. Inscribed by Harrison to Peter Matthiessen and his wife: "To Maria & Peter/ with my deepest admiration & regard/ from Jim [doodled self caricature]/ 4/88." Mild splaying to boards; near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#031694] SOLD
(Port Townsend), Copper Canyon, (2000). The first paperback edition of these new and collected poems. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen: "To my friend Peter/ from Jim [with doodled self-caricature]." Near fine in wrappers. [#031695] SOLD
Tucson, Rio Nuevo, (2007). Photographs of wildlife taken by remote sensor cameras along the U.S.-Mexico border. Laid in is an autograph note signed by Harrison to Peter [Matthiessen]: "Dear Peter, Here is some wonderful local color, another reason to live here besides birds! Jim." Harrison lives in Patagonia, Arizona. Folded in thirds; on Harrison's Brown Dog production fax stationery. Small smudge; near fine. The book is fine in wrappers. [#031696] SOLD
Mamaroneck, Appel, 1997. The 25th anniversary edition of his first book, widely considered the first novel of the "Beat generation," the original predating Jack Kerouac's On the Road by 5 years. Signed by Holmes, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Herbert Huncke and with a rambling two-page inscription by Peter Orlovsky. Holmes's book deals with a "group of young people whose lives are frenetic and...are driven by a craving for excess. Their long nights involve liquor and marijuana, with the beat of bebop in the background." A seminal novel of postwar American youth, which helped set the parameters of rebellion and cultural revolt over the next twenty years. Trace shelf wear, still a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of rubbing to the spine and one internally mended edge tear on the lower rear panel. A unique copy, signed by a number of the key figures of the Beat movement, all of them now gone. [#031697] SOLD
(NY), (Viking), (1973). The hardcover issue of this collection of shorter pieces, spanning the years of the Sixties, when Kesey's activities moved far from the strictly literary path he had been on when he wrote his first two novels. Signed by the author. Heavily illustrated with sketches by Kesey, photographs, etc. Introduction by playwright Arthur Miller. Small stain on half title (perhaps from the gold pen Kesey used for signing), else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031700] SOLD
(NY), Viking, (1990). An account of Kesey's famous bus trip with the Merry Pranksters in 1964, written in the form of an imaginary "trial" of the spirit of Neal Cassady -- holy fool and avatar or con man extraordinaire? Cassady was the driver of the bus, and a charismatic figure who inspired and sometimes intimidated the mostly younger people who surrounded him. He had been Jack Kerouac's sidekick on the journey that inspired Kerouac's novel On The Road, and was thus already a legend by the time of the bus trip. Small quarto, multi-colored pages, heavily illustrated with photographs including many of Cassady, and a "flip-book" moving picture of Cassady at the lower corner of the pages. Signed by Kesey. Upper outer corner bumped, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031701] SOLD
(NY), Viking, (1994). Co-written with his friend and former Merry Prankster, Ken Babbs. A humorous, well-received novel of a black cowboy and rodeo star at the turn of the century, based on a true story, and combining history, humor, legend and contemporary political and ethical awareness, somewhat in the manner of Larry McMurtry's novels of the Old West, such as Lonesome Dove. Signed by both Kesey and Babbs. Kesey has added, in multi-colored capital letters: "FOR THE VICTORS." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031702] SOLD
(NY), Penguin, (1990). A collaborative novel written by Kesey and the students in his writing class at the University of Oregon. The "author's" name is "U[niversity of] O[regon] Novel," backwards. Kesey wrote an introduction explaining the process of writing the novel, and he participated in the creation of the novel, as did his students. An iconoclastic project, not surprisingly. Signed by Kesey as "O.U. Levon/ *Ken Kesey & another dozen." Age-toning to pages, near fine in wrappers. [#031703] SOLD
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