All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Scribner, (2006). The uncorrected proof copy of this apocalyptic novel that posits that a signal sent out over the global cell phone network turns all the cell phone users into mindless, vicious killers, precipitating the end of civilization. Inscribed by King to author John Irving and his family: "For John and all the Irvings - -- with all the best -- CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Steve King/ 12/22/05." King's inscription alludes to the Verizon cell phone ads that asked "Can you hear me now?" which is also one of the epigraphs for the book. An excellent association coy between two of the most popular American writers of the last 40 years, both of them New Englanders, although different in most other ways. An uncommon proof, and Stephen King association copies are extremely scarce. Near fine in wrappers. [#031704] SOLD
NY, Scribner, (2008). King's fifth collection of short fiction, and his first in six years. King had just edited Best American Short Stories 2007 and he said the process of reading hundreds of stories for that anthology rekindled his interest in writing stories, and he produced the ones in this collection. Inscribed by King to John Irving and his wife: "For John and Janet Irving - Stories for a winter night - Stephen King/ 12/10/08/ I miss you guys!" A bit of handling evident to boards; near fine in a fine dust jacket. A remarkable association copy between two highly popular, and highly literary, writers. [#031705] SOLD
(NY), HarperCollins, (2007). Nonfiction by the prolific and bestselling author of The Bean Trees and The Poisonwood Bible, among others: a narrative of her family's quest to spend a year eating local food. This lot includes the advance reading copy (marked "uncorrected proof"); the advance excerpt, printing the first chapter, "Called Home"; and a photocopied typescript of the book: 477 unbound pages, double-spaced and double-sided, printed out in varying fonts, as is the published version (although not the same fonts), but exhibiting textual variations from the final text. The typescript was presumably issued in very small quantities: this copy was sent to the nonfiction buyer for one of the two largest retail book chains in the U.S. at the time of publication. One tiny corner crease to the rear cover of the ARC; else fine in wrappers; the excerpt is fine in stapled wrappers; the typescript is fine. [#031784] SOLD
NY, Amulet Books, (2007). Both the first edition and the advance reading copy (marked "uncorrected proof") of the first book in the Wimpy Kid series, now at nine books (and counting) and three films (and counting), with 150 million books in print. The ninth book in the series was the second bestselling book of 2014, despite only being published in November; it sold more than 1.5 million copies in less than two months. Overall, the series has sales figures that outshine those of any other in recent years outside of the Harry Potter series. Kinney, a self-described failed cartoonist, spent eight years writing his novel in cartoons as a satiric nostalgic piece for adults; he was discovered at a comic book convention by an editor from Abrams books (of which Amulet is an imprint) who told Kinney his book was about to become a kids' book. The book is fine in pictorial boards, but for a thumb-sized corner chip on page 125, now laid in. The advance reading copy is fine in wrappers, and lays out the marketing plan for "Ages 8 and up." The first printing of the first book in this popular series is very uncommon now; the advance prepublication issue is even more so. No copies of either issue are currently listed online, and we have not seen any listed since we have been checking, more or less for the past year. Very scarce early issues of a first book, when the publisher had no inkling that the book would succeed, let alone provide an ongoing series of bestsellers. [#031706] SOLD
(KRAKAUER, Jon). ALBANOV, Valerian
[NY], [Modern Library], . An advance copy of the first English-language edition of Albanov's 1917 account of being one of two survivors of the ill-fated Brusilov Expedition of 1912, which attempted to chart an Arctic route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. After the ship had been locked in polar ice for eighteen months, Albanov, the navigator and 13 others set out by sledge and kayak on a four-month quest to find civilization. Only he and one companion survived; the ship has never been found. This edition has a preface by Krakauer, which is included in this advance copy in typescript form. Together with a laid in two-page promotional letter, signed by both Krakauer and the publisher. 8-1/2" x 11" tapebound sheets with an acetate cover. Fine. [#031707] SOLD
Toronto/Montreal, McClelland & Stewart, (1965). The first Canadian edition, published five years after the American edition, a huge bestseller that had sold five million copies before this edition came out, in addition to having won the Pulitzer Prize and having been made into an Academy Award-winning movie. This edition was intended to be used as a textbook and has 15 pages of questions for study at the back of the book. Small ink price on the front pastedown and a 1" strip cut from the top of the front flyleaf, likely excising an owner name. Modest foxing to page edges and end pages; trace corner wear. Still about near fine in pictorial boards, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. Uncommon in collectable condition. [#031650] SOLD
LEOPOLD, Aldo and JONES, Sara Elizabeth
Madison, University of Wisconsin, 1947. The first separate appearance; reprinted from Ecological Monographs, January, 1947. 40 pages of phenological records and reporting covering a decade of wild plants, birds, and mammals of the region. Leopold died in 1948, and A Sand County Almanac was published posthumously in 1949. The first paragraph of the introduction of this title is (with one change) the first paragraph of the "January Thaw" section of A Sand County Almanac. Bound in blue buckram, this copy is from the library of Joe Hickey, author of A Guide to Bird Watching, who met Leopold in 1941; took over Leopold's teaching duties in Wisconsin's Department of Game Management upon Leopold's death; and helped to organize the posthumous publication of A Sand County Almanac. Rubbing to boards; offsetting to front pastedown from a 1980 newspaper article laid in (presumably by Hickey) about the historic dates (1852 on) when Wisconsin's lakes close (i.e. ice over). A very good copy, without dust jacket. Scarce. [#031708] $450
[Bloomington], Brown Trout Press, (1997). A limited edition miniature fine press book. One of 75 copies, signed by the printer, Paul Brown. The paper is Johannot; the type was handset in News Gothic; and the images were printed with photopolymer plates (plus one U.S. postage stamp featuring the California condor, which had become extinct in the wild in 1987). In A Sand County Almanac, Leopold wrote "To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." The text as printed here, and attributed to Leopold, is "The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts." This later version was crafted by biologist and ecologist Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 book The Population Bomb, writing in a 1971 Saturday Review article and quoting (or eloquently misquoting) Leopold. 3" x 2-1/4". Fine. A copy of the Saturday Review is included. [#031709] SOLD
"The American Game Policy in a Nutshell" in Transactions of the Seventeenth American Game Conference
Washington, DC, American Game Association, 1930. Leopold was Chairman of the American Game Policy Committee, and here he makes an impassioned plea for action over inaction, even amid opposing opinions on how to proceed. Three pages by Leopold, in just over 300 pages. An early appearance in print for Leopold, preceding his first book, the 1931 Report on a Game Survey of the North Central States, published by the American Game Association. "Property of M. Brown" declared three times, including the front cover. Minor staining and small abrasions; a very good copy in wrappers. [#031710] SOLD
(Milwaukee), The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, 1947. A 42-page booklet serving as a "Memorial to the Passenger Pigeon," on the occasion of the last passenger pigeon killed in Wisconsin and the unveiling of a monument to the species. Leopold is one of four contributors. Collected, in different form, in A Sand County Almanac. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#031711] SOLD
Milwaukee, 49th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, 1987. Copy 829 of 1000 numbered copies, issued on the centennial of Leopold's birth. Leopold's profile in relief on the front; on the back is the "colophon," as well as the Leopold quote from A Sand County Almanac: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." An elaborate and well-crafted production. Fine. [#031712] SOLD
LIGHTMAN, Alan Paige
(Princeton), (Self-Published), (1970). The author's first book, poems written over the preceding five years and collected by him during his senior year at Princeton. Arranged in three sections: "Time-like," "Space-like," and "In-between," and as such evidence of his early interest in combining his studies of literature and of physics -- preceding his acclaimed book Einstein's Dreams by nearly a quarter century. 83 pages, including a two-page Foreward [sic] by the author. Photocopied typescript, printed on rectos only; hardbound with author and title gilt-stamped on the cover. Covers mildly splayed; near fine. No copies listed in OCLC WorldCat. [#031713] SOLD
LIGHTMAN, Alan P.
(Boston), (Self-Published), . A dedication copy of this self-published collection of poems and stories. Dedicated "to my parents, to my brothers, to my friends, and to Jean," this copy is inscribed by Lightman to his parents: "Dear Mother and Dad, Turning thirty has been agony, but expressing myself has made it a little easier. There's a lot of me in this book, and it's a joy to share it with you. Love, Alan/ 10/20/78." Apparently a computer printout, rectos only, on various paper stocks, and at least one holograph correction. 56 pages; hardbound by A.M. Sulkin Company a custom and short-run bookbinder in Boston, MA. Author and title gilt-stamped on the front cover, along with his parents' names: "Dick and Jeanne." A fine copy. The original ribbon copy typescript of one additional poem, "Sonnet 4," folded and laid in. No copies listed in OCLC. [#031714] SOLD
LIGHTNIN' ROD [Jalal Mansur Nuriddin]
NY, Harmony, (1973). The book publication of Nuriddin's landmark album of the same title, issued in 1973 and considered one of the seminal works of hip-hop music. Nuriddin was a founding member of The Last Poets, a group of poets and musicians that evolved from the Harlem Writers Workshop in the 1960s and achieved a substantial underground following. In this volume, the lyrics of the songs are printed as poems, with illustrations by Ralph Saunders. The album release featured Tina Turner, Billy Preston, and Kool and the Gang, among others. Mild rubbing to covers; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon volume; no copies currently listed for sale online. [#031716] SOLD
MANGELSEN, Thomas D.
(Omaha), (Images of Nature), (2007). The limited edition of Mangelsen's extraordinary book of 115 panoramic images, chosen from a library of 20,000 images spanning 20 years. With an introduction by Jane Goodall. Copy 63 of 500 clothbound copies, signed by Mangelsen, with a signed and numbered giclee print, also number 63 of 500, of two lions in Tanzania, laid in. Additionally, this copy is inscribed by Mangelsen to the author Peter [Matthiessen]: "To Peter -- With fond memories of an evening with you and talking over a glass of wine at my cabin in Moore in 2000/2001, a much too brief encounter. Hope our paths cross again soon -- With love, Tom Mangelsen/ 2013 Oct 21." Horizontally bound folio, 19" x 11". Fine in blindstamped cloth with a photo laid onto the front cover, without dust jacket as issued, in a fine clamshell case, with publisher's original shipping box. Mangelsen was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature's Best Photography; his photograph Polar Dance, of two "dancing" polar bears, was selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time. A beautiful book, a stunning production, and an outstanding association copy. While copies of the trade edition, and the 2010 reprint, can be found online, we could locate no copies of the limited edition for sale or having been sold at auction. [#031717] $2,500
MASON, Bobbie Ann
NY, Harper & Row, (1982). A small archive of publishing materials for Mason's third book and first work of fiction, including:
- The "Author's Galleys." 247 typeset pages, reproducing copyeditor's corrections and with Mason's holograph corrections, mostly in the later stories. Many of her changes correct errors, but some show small rewrites. Loose sheets; near fine.
- "Author's notes to Copyeditors," a two-page computer printout of nearly two dozen justifications for changes Mason does not want made (defending "goosebumps," "St. Louis," "youngun," "golly-bill," etc., with such explanations as: "Tears don't really fall, they run down the face and neck onto the breasts. This is perfectly possible while lying down." Also present are a handful of small handwritten notes (by editors) that appear to be tracking such things as proper names, trademarks, contractions, and copyrights.
- A typed letter signed by Mason to Ted Solotaroff at Harper & Row, dated April 8, 1982, apologizing for sounding snippy and impersonal in her notes to the copyeditors and for being "a little fussy" about a few of her preferences. There is also a paragraph defending "Bombay chicken" as a recipe, as opposed to "Bombay duck." She also, apparently referring to proposed jacket copy, changes K-Mart managers to clerks; says she's not sure the collection has any college-educated divorcees; and says, "I don't recall any story about two bored housewives on a joyride to Nashville." Fine, on personal stationery.
- The uncorrected proof copy. In two of the stories, small textual differences exist between this proof and the published book. (In all but one instance that we found, Mason attempted to correct these "errors" in her page proofs.) Fine in wrappers.
- Folded and gathered sheets, i.e. unbound page signatures of the finished book. Mild foxing to half title; else fine.
- The first edition. Inscribed by the author in the month prior to publication: "To Dorian/ With appreciation, Bobbie Ann Mason/ Oct. 5-82." Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some ink added to cover the rubbing to the spine.
NY, Random House, (1965). His fourth novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1966 and filmed nearly thirty years later. This copy is inscribed by Matthiessen to his parents: "For Mom & Dad/ Much love/ Pete." A tale of various Americans with widely divergent aims whose actions all have unintended effects on a tribe of Stone Age Amazonian Indians. This was the first novel to incorporate one of the themes that dominated Matthiessen's writings, both fiction and nonfiction, for the next 50 years -- the environmental and cultural costs of Western colonial hegemony. Foxing to page edges and endpages, staining to boards; at best a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#031719] SOLD
NY, Viking, (1983). An author's copy of his controversial and suppressed book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early Seventies at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier being imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that Matthiessen describes as rife with government malfeasance. Matthiessen, his publisher, and even some bookstores who had stocked the book were the targets of lawsuits brought by two government officials who claimed they were slandered by the hard-hitting book, which made no bones about its advocacy of the Indians' case. Until a landmark Supreme Court decision upholding Matthiessen's (and Viking's) First Amendment rights, the book was shelved with remaining copies of it being pulped; paperback publication, as well as foreign publication, were blocked for nearly a decade. A significant volume, both for the incendiary nature of its content, as well as the First Amendment battle surrounding its publication and suppression. This copy is from Matthiessen's own library. A little Long Island foxing in evidence; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Letter of provenance available. [#031447] $150
(n.p.), (n.d.), (1983). A samizdat edition of his controversial and suppressed book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early Seventies at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier being imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that Matthiessen describes as rife with government malfeasance. Matthiessen, his publisher, and even some bookstores who had stocked the book were the targets of lawsuits brought by two government officials who claimed they were slandered by the hard-hitting book, which made no bones about its advocacy of the Indians' case. Until a landmark Supreme Court decision upholding Matthiessen's (and Viking's) First Amendment rights, the book was shelved with remaining copies of it being pulped; paperback publication, as well as foreign publication, were blocked for nearly a decade. A significant volume, both for the incendiary nature of its content, as well as the First Amendment battle surrounding its publication and suppression. Pirated during the nine years that the book was unavailable through normal channels. Plain white printed wrappers, with just the title and author indicated; comb-bound in an acetate cover. This copy is from the library of Peter Matthiessen. A significant edition of an important book in the history of First Amendment cases. Fine. [#031783] $1,000
On Sale: $700
On Sale: $700
MATTHIESSEN, Peter and BATEMAN, Robert
NY, North Point, 2001. The Birds of Heaven is Matthiessen's account of his journeys in search of the fifteen species of cranes, illustrated with paintings and drawings by Robert Bateman, a close friend of Matthiessen's. This small archive includes research materials as well as Matthiessen's own marked copy of the uncorrected proof of the published book; his copy of the U.K. edition; samples of Robert Bateman's artwork; and a Bateman-Matthiessen association copy (of another title), as follows:
- Matthiessen, Peter. The Birds of Heaven. NY: North Point Press (2001). As mentioned, Matthiessen's own copy of the uncorrected proof. Several passages marked in Matthiessen's hand. Although there are apparently some textual differences between the proof and the published version, these markings seem to be for a reading by Matthiessen, with his outline for the reading written on the last blank. Obviously a used copy, with some staining to the covers.
- Matthiessen, Peter. The Birds of Heaven. London: Harvill (2002). Matthiessen's own copy of the first British edition, with 20 pages of color reproductions of Bateman's paintings. Minor mottling to spine cloth; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket.
- Britton, Dorothy and Hayashida, Tsuneo. The Japanese Crane. Bird of Happiness. Tokyo: Kodansha (1981). Predominantly a picture book, with Matthiessen's underlinings and markings. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Gift card laid in, announcing the book as a belated wedding gift.
- Scott, Dorothy Hayward. A Flight of Cranes. (Exeter): Denvill Press (1990). Stories, poems, and "Cranes of the World," published as a fundraiser for the International Crane Foundation. With Matthiessen's underlinings and markings. Four pages of prelims detached and laid in.
- Schoff, Gretchen Holstein. Reflections: The Story of Cranes. (Baraboo): International Crane Foundation (1991). Inscribed by the author, though not to Matthiessen. With Matthiessen's notes covering the title page, for the most part a listing of which cranes can be found where, when. Stapled wrappers. Laid in is a 12" feather.
- Meine, Curt D. and Archibald, George W. The Cranes. (Gland): IUCN (1996). A 300-page survey and conservation plan. Archibald would later provide a foreword for The Birds of Heaven. Laid in are three issues of The Bugle, the newsletter of the International Crane Foundation, from 2000 and 2001, the earliest issue with Matthiessen's underlinings and notations; an article on bar-headed geese; a copy of an article on cranes in Korea's demilitarized zone; a photocopy of a fax making a few corrections to Matthiessen's chapter on the Australian Outback; two separate faxes with evolutionary crane family trees; a map of Cranes in the Eastern Hemisphere, with Matthiessen's penning of a question about Zalong Nature Preserve; and a 1996 letter from the International Crane Foundation, conveying the survey and conservation plan and setting up an Internet Directory of Crane Experts.
- Leopold, Aldo and Meine, Curt. Marshland Elegy. Madison: Wisconsin Center for the Book (1999). First thus, with an interpretive essay by Curt Meine. Inscribed by Meine to Matthiessen, "in appreciation of all your work and words on behalf of cranes, and all other wild things and wild places." Oblong stapled wrappers. Many passages in the Leopold section marked by Matthiessen; one marked "book epigraph," but a different passage than this was used, as the epigraph to the foreword to Birds of Heaven provided by George Archibald and James Harris of the International Crane Federation.
- More than two dozen printouts of paintings of cranes by Bateman, and two accompanying 2001 emails (from a Bateman representative to the printer?) explaining that the paintings are not yet finished, and that the scans yielded more contrast than Bateman's paintings.
- Bateman, Robert. Birds. (Toronto): Penguin (2002). Paintings of birds (including cranes) by Bateman and with a foreword by Matthiessen, issued the year following their collaboration on Birds of Heaven. Inscribed by Bateman to Matthiessen and his wife, with warms wishes and with thanks to Peter "for your words and for our shared moments with birds!" Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
MATTHIESSEN, Peter and BATEMAN, Birgit Freybe
Washington, DC, National Geographic, (2003). A small archive pertaining to Matthiessen's book recounting two voyages to Antarctica, one from Tierra del Fuego and one from Tasmania, with photographs by Bateman. In addition to a first edition from Matthiessen's library, the archive consists of three items: the first is Matthiessen's own working copy of the book, with hundreds of corrections and rewrites in Matthiessen's hand, making this copy of the book seem more like a copy of the author's galleys. On the front flyleaf, Matthiessen has written "Work Copy/ See Continuing Mistakes!" And while there are plenty of corrected mistakes, the author has also taken this opportunity to better his prose for a later printing or edition. His copious emendations even extend to the footnotes, where there is a citing for his quote from Blue Meridian regarding the increase in whale products as the number of whales decline, that "Nothing is wasted but the whale itself." Matthiessen has changed the footnoted phrase that the quote is found "in other whale texts without attribution" to "plagiarized elsewhere." The pattern throughout the text seems to be toward words or phrases of greater specificity. A very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. Laid in is a photocopy of an email from David Quammen providing a paragraph of praise as publicity, which was in fact used on the dust jacket of the published book. The next item is a photo album of Tasmania, compiled by the book's photographer, Birgit Freybe Bateman, who also appears in the text of the book as one of Matthiessen's travel companions (along with her husband, Robert Bateman) and who, with her husband, is one of four dedicatees of End of the Earth. More than 50 photographs, most labeled, and inscribed by Bateman to Matthiessen on his birthday in 2004: "Try not to lose this one, Pete - l, BJB." Covers slightly splayed, else fine. Lastly, from 2006, is a card from Bateman to Matthiessen, constructed with a Bateman photograph, and signed by Bateman: "These might be of interest to you." Laid in are a half dozen snapshots taken by Bateman, mostly of, apparently, Texas: two feature Matthiessen. [#031722] SOLD
NY, Delacorte, (1971). A novel by McClure, one of the key figures of the Beat movement, known more as a poet and playwright than a novelist, and author of the acclaimed play The Beard. Inscribed by McClure to Peter Matthiessen, "For Peter Matthiessen, naturalist & prose poet, with admiration, Michael." Minor foxing to page edges and endpages; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the edges and folds. A good literary association. [#028467] $150
Worcester, Metacom, 1983. The first book publication of this piece by a writer whose early work in The New Yorker was largely responsible for creating the field of literary journalism and creative nonfiction. This piece first appeared in The New Yorker and was eventually reprinted in the 1985 collection, Table of Contents. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is copy number 77 of 150 numbered copies, signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched marbled paper self-wrappers. Quite scarce these days. [#031725] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2010. The advance reading copy of this novel by the author of The Good Mother and Inventing the Abbotts, among others. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#028472] $45
MORRISON, Toni and Slade
NY, Scribner/Simon & Schuster, (2003). A children's book, written by Morrison and her son, Slade, and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre. This is the second book in the Morrisons' Who's Got Game? series. Signed by Morrison on the front flyleaf. Very small label removal shadow there, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031727] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2015. Her most recent novel, published to substantial critical acclaim. Signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a "Signed First Edition" label on the front cover. [#031728] SOLD
DORRIS, Michael and ERDRICH, Louise
[Northridge], [Lord John Press], [1988-1997]. The publisher's correspondence archive of the limited edition of this travel essay co-written by Dorris and Erdrich, and illustrated with drawings by Erdrich. The archive begins in 1988, years before the 1991 publication date of Route 2, with a typed letter signed by Dorris, to the publisher, Herb Yellin, suggesting the concept for the book as an alternative to Yellin's suggestion of "inter-interviews," (perhaps Dorris and Erdrich interviewing each other), which Dorris found "a bit incestuous." A second typed letter signed by Dorris follows, transmitting the articles (not included) on which the book would be based, with Yellin's draft of a reply as well as a retained copy of the actual response. The Agreement to publish the limited edition follows, dated October 24, 1988, signed by Erdrich, Dorris, and Yellin. A few days later, Dorris sends an autograph postcard signed (signing for himself and Erdrich) to Yellin, thanking him for the gift of some books (likely other Lord John Press titles). In early November of 1989, Dorris sends a typed letter signed to Yellin pointing out that it's been a year since the contract was signed, updating him on the Erdrich/Dorris year that has passed (a new book each and child #6), and wishing to move the Route 2 project along (and get paid). An end-of-the-month autograph letter signed by Dorris transmits a selection of photos taken by Jerry Bauer, one of which, an 8" x 9-1/2" black and white of Dorris and Erdrich, is included. Dorris also notes that they will send along a "revised & expanded" Route 2 in the new year. It's not until July of 1990 that Dorris sends a typed letter signed transmitting the new version (not included) explaining that it had to wait until the new book (likely The Crown of Columbus), was finished, but that he and Erdrich are heading back out on the road again and Louise may "(or may not!)" be able to provide additional drawings for the project. In December of 1990, Dorris sends a typed letter signed commiserating with Yellin's family health problems, sharing that his own son is about to have a second round of brain surgery. He also transmits the corrected galleys (included) for Route 2. The galleys, 8" x 17" run 13 pages, plus cover page, and have several penciled corrections. An autograph postcard signed by Dorris from three days later says he hopes the galleys were received. Two canceled checks, one to Erdrich, one to Dorris, (stamped not signed), dated March 21, 1991, and in the amount of $500 each are included. In June, Dorris sends Yellin a typed letter signed complimenting him extensively on the craftsmanship of the author copies he and Erdrich had received. An autograph postcard signed by Dorris from the end of the year finds him providing information needed for tax purposes and inquiring how the book had done. In an undated autograph letter signed, c. 1993 and written on a note from Yellin, Dorris thanks Yellin for his (unspecified) contribution and encloses three books as an additional thank you. Also in 1993, there is a License Agreement between Lord John Press and HarperCollins, for Lord John's limited edition of Erdrich's Bingo Palace. From 1997, there are six color photographs of Erdrich at a reading/signing. From 2004, there is included an email to Yellin from a person unknown to us that praises Dorris and is exceedingly unflattering to Erdrich; Yellin's response is cordial and diplomatic. Also included, from the active years of the production of Route 2, are three years (1988, 1989, 1990) of year-end/holiday postcards with family images, all signed by Dorris on behalf of both himself and Erdrich (1990 has two copies of the same card). In this archive of 16 signed items by Dorris, Erdrich's signature appears only on the Route 2 contract and on an undated (and possibly unpublished) 7-line holograph poem signed in full, "Louise Erdrich," titled at the end, "Messengers." Other than the usual mailing folds and some offsetting to Dorris' second letter, the archive is near fine or better. [#031729] SOLD
NY, Doubleday, Doran, 1940. Nonfiction by this writer of Choctaw descent, who is best-known for his mystery novels set in Mexico. Downing wrote nine mysteries between 1933 and 1941, with quite favorable responses, and this one book of nonfiction, which was his attempt to branch out from the mystery field. After 1941, not yet 40 years old, Downing gave up writing and retired from the University of Oklahoma and returned to his home town of Atoka, Oklahoma and taught high school. Later he taught the Choctaw language at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Mild foxing to endpages; near fine in a very good, slightly foxed dust jacket with some tape-strengthening on the verso, very shallow edge wear, and fading to the red stripe on the spine. [#031730] $150
(Tulsa), (Hadassah Press), 1981. An early book by this author of Cherokee descent, a collection of poetry and prose fragments. Glancy's first several publications were chapbooks that she published herself, first as the Hadassah Press, and then as the MyrtleWood Press: Hadassah is the Hebrew word for Myrtle, the author's grandmother's name. Published the same year as Drystalks of the Moon, Clearing Ghostlaw's Field would be either her second or third book, by our estimations. Tiny tap to spine base; small faint stain lower front cover; very slight offsetting to endpages. Near fine in stapled wrappers. OCLC locates only two copies, at the Universities of Kansas and South Dakota. We have never seen another copy. [#031731] SOLD
(Tulsa), (Hadassah Press), (1981). An early book by Glancy, a collection of poetry and prose fragments published by her own Hadassah Press. Her follow-up title, What Do People Do West of the Mississippi?, is listed as another title by Hadassah Press, although it wasn't published until the following year, by MyrtleWood Press. Signed by the author. Very near fine in wrappers. Scarce: this is the only the third copy we've seen, and the first signed copy. [#031732] SOLD