Catalog 165

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

Chicago, University of Chicago Press, (1945). Second printing of his third book, and first since his novel Sundown, published in 1934. This title is a memoir of growing up in Osage country. Inscribed by the author: "Pawhuska, Oklahoma. August 17, 1944. For ___ ___ with special pleasure and with deep appreciation of his interest. Inspired by the donor, my young friend ___ ___. John Joseph Mathews." Pawhuska was the author's home town, and thus the setting for much of this book. Mathews' first book, Wah'Kon-Tah, a history of the Osage tribe and its engagement with the white man, was a Book of the Month Club selection in 1929. This title was reissued by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1981. Small date stamp to copyright page; light wear to boards; a near fine copy in a near fine, lightly edgeworn dust jacket. [#028487] $250
(Lockport, NY), (Union Printing), (1884). "Copyrighted December 6th, 1883." Scarce in any edition, but more commonly seen printed in 1884 in St. Catharine's, Ontario, by Journal Printing Co. 56 pages; text fine. String-tied wrappers, with multiple small edge chips to the front cover; pictorial front cover present, rear cover absent, thus only a good copy. [#031734] $150
Kansas City, BkMk, (1975). Seventeen poems by Russell, under the title "A Great Chief," part of the series of books he wrote under the umbrella title of Indian Thoughts. The other poets featured are Frank Higgins and Gordon Osing. Slight staining to rear cover; near fine in wrappers. Unmarked, but from the library of Native American author, performer, and publisher Joseph Bruchac. [#031735] $45
London, Jonathan Cape, (1999). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#031736] $100
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1946. The dedicatee's copy of this anthology, which is dedicated to and signed by Ann Petry, whose story "Like a Winding Sheet" has its first book appearance in this volume, after its appearance in the NAACP publication The Crisis. 1946 was also the year Petry's first novel, The Street, was published, winning a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, and selling more than a million copies. Signed by Petry, first in pencil, now fading, and at a later point, over that, in pen. There are three edge-sunned slips of paper serving as bookmarks laid in (presumably by Petry): on the page with Petry's biographical note, on the page listing "Like a Winding Sheet" in the year's Roll of Honor, and on the page listing that story and "Olaf and His Girl Friend" in the Index of Distinctive Stories. Small Connecticut book store stamp rear pastedown. The book is foxed but otherwise near fine, in a very good, sunned and edge-chipped dust jacket. Other authors appearing in this volume include Vladimir Nabokov, Peter Taylor, Ray Bradbury, Elizabeth Hardwick, and many others. No mention is made in the text as to how Petry earned the dedication (which in other years of the series did not necessarily go to one of the anthologized authors). A unique contributor's copy of this collection, and probably as close to being the dedication copy as there was. [#031737] SOLD
NY, Simon & Schuster, 1955. A Roth 101 title. Photographs by DeCarava; text by Hughes. With an autograph postcard signed by DeCarava, dated in 1982, thanking the recipient for her "lovely and generous" letter. The image on the postcard is one by DeCarava. The card is fine, laid into a very good copy of the wrappered issue of the book, which has a spine lean and rubbing to the joints. Together with the recipient's copy (with her bookplate, also dated 1982) of Roy DeCarava: Photographs, the exhibition catalog from a 1975 show at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts. Near fine in stapled wrappers. Laid into this are a press release and a promotional card for a 1982 show at the Witkin Gallery in New York. DeCarava was an African-American photographer from Harlem whose work was immortalized in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1996. [#031738] $1,250
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1996. Photographs of authors, artists, musicians and politicians, from the last quarter of the 20th century, emphasizing "individuals whose lives and works nourish America's historic dream of freedom, justice and human decency... [and] are not afraid of controversy or challenging the status quo." Subjects of the photographs tend to be from the counterculture or the artistic fringes rather than the mainstream, although a number of them such as novelist Kurt Vonnegut, naturalist and writer Peter Matthiessen, and environmentalist David Brower, became important forces in the mainstream culture. Many of the key figures of the Beat generation are included, and a large number of artistic and musical innovators as well. This copy is signed by a number of the subjects of the photographs, including Timothy Leary, Toni Morrison, David Byrne, and by Douglas Brinkley, who provides an introduction. In addition, signed three times by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (once with "Fear Shock & Awe! 2003" and once with "Fear Bush/2003"); signed twice by counterculture icon Ken Kesey; and also signed by folk music legend Joan Baez. Corners slightly tapped, else fine in a fine dust jacket. A unique copy. [#031739] $2,500
[Berkeley], Maidu Press, [c. 1973]. "A Maidu Free Poem" broadside of the title poem of Piercy's 1973 collection. This version has one small change from the book version published in 1973 (there were several more changes in later versions). The edition of this broadside is unstated, but the broadside is marked as "1/ ." The only other Maidu Free Poems we are aware of are a 1971 Gary Snyder broadside, "Swimming Naked in the Yuba River," and "I Saw the Green Yuba Flow" by Franco Beltrametti. The Snyder was done in an edition of 200 copies; OCLC records two copies of the Beltrametti. The Maidu Press was the creation of two of Snyder's neighbors and friends, Steve Sanfield and Dale Pendell, both of them poets living on the San Juan Ridge, as Snyder was. This broadside reproduces calligraphy by Snyder, according to the Snyder bibliography. The presence of a blacked out mistake in the last line of the first stanza and the backward limitation (the copy number specified but not the number of copies, rather than vice versa) combine to suggest this is a trial copy or an unused or proof copy. We have no evidence that the edition was ever done: the Piercy bibliography lists no Maidu Press publication and OCLC shows no copies being held in institutional libraries. A scarce, virtually unknown collaboration between Piercy and Snyder, both of them major American poets of the postwar era, and both associated with the counterculture of the 1960s and beyond. 8-1/2" x 11", on heavy orange paper. Fine. [#031740] SOLD
NY, Viking, 1955. Plimpton's first regularly published book, a children's book, illustrated by William Pene du Bois and dedicated to Peter Matthiessen and his first wife and their son. This copy is a dedication copy: inscribed by the illustrator "Billy" Pene du Bois to Peter Matthiessen et al, with an extra drawing of an angry rabbit on the half-title, with rough seas in the background, linking it to the dedication page, and captioning it "Damn Weather." Spine slanted; a very good copy in a good, handled dust jacket, with a chip at the lower outer corner. From Peter Matthiessen's library, and both a dedication copy of the book and a notable association copy: Plimpton was the first editor-in-chief of The Paris Review, which Matthiessen co-founded in 1953; the artist was part of their Paris expatriate circle; they all remained lifelong friends. [#031741] SOLD
NY, Harper & Row, (1968). Plimpton's foray into the world of golf; he virtually invented the genre of participatory sports journalism, writing books prior to this that recounted his pitching in a major league baseball exhibition game (Out of My League) and playing in an intrasquad scrimmage with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (Paper Lion). Inscribed by Plimpton to friend and fellow author Peter Matthiessen on a tipped-in leaf: "For Peter/ with best wishes/ George." Matthiessen had been a founder (along with the CIA, it later turned out) of The Paris Review; in 1953, he hired Plimpton as editor-in-chief. Dampstaining to rear board; a very good copy in a good dust jacket with corresponding dampstaining. Erratum slip laid in. [#031742] SOLD
NY, Putnam's, (1977). Another of Plimpton's participatory sports books, this one recounting his boxing match with light heavyweight champion Archie Moore. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "For Peter -- a most valued friend and -- one must add -- a most formidable, if retiring, member of the famous Stillman's Gym quadrille..." Matthiessen is mentioned twice in the text, once for presenting Plimpton with the tibia of an Arctic Hare for luck prior to a fight, and once recounting a dream he had in which he and Plimpton were facing an aquatic lion. Cocked, with minor foxing; a very good copy in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket. [#031743] SOLD
NY, Putnam's, (1977). A working copy of the uncorrected proof, with more than a half dozen of Plimpton's photocopied inserts stapled to existing pages, notations where the inserts occur, and a renumbering of chapters after Chapter 17 is broken in two. "Zeroxes [sic] of Plimpton corrections attached" written on front cover. Handling apparent to covers; reading creases to spine; very good in wrappers. An interesting glimpse of both the work-in-progress and the publication methodology of the 1970s: an artifact of a now long-gone era. [#031745] $500
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2000). A humorous epistolary mystery about a missing pet-problem advice columnist. Illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren. Inscribed by Plimpton to the author Robert Stone and his wife: "For the Stones/ very best to you both/ George." A good literary association. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#028508] $150
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1974. The uncorrected proof copy of his well-received first book, the basis for the Philip Kaufman film. Inscribed by the author: "To ___/ may all your Xmases be white. Richard Price." Dated January 24, 1976. Fine in wrappers with a promotional sheet stapled to the first blank. [#028010] $750
Philadelphia, Lippincott, (1966). Pynchon's second novel, winner of the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the most overtly political, and paranoid, of Pynchon's novels. Chosen by David Pringle as one of the hundred best novels of Modern Fantasy. This copy is signed by Pynchon, done as a gift for a film student from Manhattan Beach during the time Pynchon was writing Gravity's Rainbow. The two worked together on some unrealized film projects, parts of which made their way into the novels Vineland and Inherent Vice. Minor bowing to boards, sunning to board edges and foxing to spine cloth; a very good copy in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear to the spine extremities. Pynchon's signature is one of the most elusive of all 20th century American authors, especially on copies of his first three books. A nice copy with good provenance. [#031746] SOLD
(London), Orion, (2005). Second printing of the hardcover edition of the seventh novel and eighth book in the author's highly acclaimed Inspector Rebus series, set in Edinburgh, Scotland. This copy is inscribed by the author: "Jerry, Thanx for the review! Cheers, Ian." We don't know who Jerry is/was or where his review appeared, but Rankin seems familiar enough to have signed with just his first name. Fine in a fine dust jacket. The Rebus novels were still being published simultaneously in hardcover and softcover at this time, and the hardcover editions were relatively small. A beautiful copy, with a nice inscription. [#028036] SOLD
A Tiffany & Co. silver pen with Raphaelson's engraved initials. With the original Tiffany pouch and box, on which is written "Samson Raphaelson's pen" in the hand of Raphaelson's widow, Dorshka. Provenance: the estate of Pauline Kael. Together with a letter from Dorshka Raphaelson to Kael, in 1984, transmitting to her an afghan (not now present) in which "Rafe often dozed, pen in hand, sitting up on his bed, wrapped in his afghan, writing." Bit of tarnish to the pen and foxing to the box; near fine. Raphaelson wrote the 1925 play The Jazz Singer, based on his 1920 story, "The Day of Atonement." Although he did not write the screenplay for The Jazz Singer, he did have a long and successful film career, most notably writing the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's 1941 film Suspicion. [#031747] $850
NY, Holt, 1917. Raphaelson's copy, signed by Raphaelson on the front flyleaf and with his bookplate on the front pastedown: both the signature and the bookplate use his early name "Sampson Raphaelson." Penciled marginal notes in text, presumably Raphaelson's. From the library of Pauline Kael, presumably via Dorshka Raphaelson. Kael wrote the introduction to a collection of three of Raphaelson's screenplays that was published the year he died, in which she wrote that "Raphaelson took the giddiest inspirations and then polished his dialogue until it had the gleam of appliqued butterfly wings on a Ziegfield girl's toque, but the skeletal strength of his screenplays was what made it possible for the ideas and the words to take flight." In 1977, Raphaelson received the Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America. A good copy, lacking the dust jacket, with exceptional provenance, and from a time in his life preceding his first book and the shortening of his first name to its familiar spelling. [#031748] $350
NY, Grove Press, (1955). Poetry, issued in a lettered edition of 26 copies and a numbered edition of 250 copies: this is a presentation copy (designated as "s.c. 3 for Nancy"), signed by the author and, as with the lettered issue, with an original drawing by Irene Rice Pereira, the author's wife, signed by the artist as frontispiece. It can be assumed that the presentation copies ("s.c" -- "special copy"?) were even more limited than the lettered copies, as is almost always the case in the issuance of limited editions such as this. A fine copy in a professionally restored dust jacket. Laid in is an autograph holiday card addressed to Nancy and her partner and signed by Reavey for himself and Irene, with an image by Pereira from the collection of the Whitney Museum. A significant volume, with an original work of art by a distinguished American abstract artist: Pereira's work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among many others. [#014615] $1,500
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2014). The advance reading copy of this novel by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead; this novel, also set in the town of Gilead, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Slight splay to cover; else fine in wrappers, with publisher's promotional pages laid in. Like a number of other ARCs of recent years, this appears to have been done in minuscule quantities; we have seen very few of them on the market. [#031753] $125
Chicago, Third World Press, (1969). Second printing of the second book by one of the founders of the Third World Press. Inscribed by Rodgers to Joe [Bruchac]: "Best wishes to Joe./ Carolyn M. Rodgers." The Third World Press is a black-owned press founded in 1967; Bruchac was the founder of the Greenfield Review Press, a multicultural publisher that issued its first book in 1971. Spine-sunned; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#031749] SOLD
Cleveland, World, 1960. By many accounts, the best biography of a bookseller and one of the best books on the antiquarian book trade ever written. John Fleming was for a generation the dean of American antiquarian booksellers, as A.S.W. Rosenbach had been before him. Fleming began working for Rosenbach as a clerk, and eventually worked his way up to being vice-president of the firm; Rosenbach was both his patron and mentor. This copy is inscribed by Fleming to Rosenbach's longtime assistant: "To Jerome E. Brooks. My first friend in the Book World. John Fleming." Brooks has 14 citings in the index, to which he has added, in pencil, a 15th; however, in this copy, Brooks has an even greater presence, having marked or enthusiastically annotated the text more than 100 times, providing either wordless comment by his emphasis, or emphatically correcting the facts (or the myth) about Rosenbach. Rosenbach's clients had been the most avid, and richest, book collectors of their day, and they built many of what are now the most famous institutional collections of rare books and manuscripts. Fleming continued the tradition after Rosenbach died, and became a mentor to another generation of booksellers. Obviously a well-read copy, but still very good, in a good dust jacket chipped at the crown, with splitting to the folds and evidence of aged tape-strengthening on verso. A unique copy, historically interesting, and in many places an addition to the historical record. [#031752] SOLD
NY, Carroll & Graf, (1994). A volume in Sallis's acclaimed Lew Griffin series of detective novels, featuring an African-American detective in New Orleans. Signed by Sallis on the title page, and inscribed on the dedication page to another mystery writer: "To Bob, again? Again. And again with much love. Jim/ New Orleans/ Sept 94." The recipient was Robert Skinner, himself the author of a highly praised mystery series set in New Orleans, featuring Wesley Farrell, a mixed blood Creole, during the 1930s and 40s. Both Skinner and Farrell have written nonfiction books about black novelist Chester Himes, whose series of Harlem detective novels in the 1950s and 60s paved the way for the use of the mystery genre to explore issues of racism and prejudice. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and a good association between two notable writers. [#028063] $80
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, (1977). Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "with fond memories of a wonderful journey." Matthiessen is mentioned in the Acknowledgments as "a stimulating companion during our journey to northern Nepal to study bharal" presumably the journey referenced in the inscription. With Matthiessen's notations (mostly underlinings) in the opening chapters on the Himalayan Region, and later in the section on the snow leopard. Matthiessen's National Book Award-winning book, The Snow Leopard, recounted this trip as well, with Schaller as his companion. Slight mustiness, from living near the ocean. Boards bowed, with a ripple to the front cloth; very good in a very good dust jacket. [#031750] SOLD
NY, Viking, (1980). Second printing. Inscribed by Schaller to Peter Matthiessen, "with gratitude for all your contributions to this book." Laid in is an autograph letter signed from Schaller to Matthiessen conveying the book and explaining its delay, and also adding that he is enclosing a rock (not included here) for Matthiessen's meditation room that he picked up in Potala (Lhasa) where a prayer wall once stood. Matthiessen is Schaller's travel companion in the chapter of the book entitled "Journey to Crystal Mountain," territory Matthiessen covered in his book The Snow Leopard. Foxing to the boards and the edges of the text block; a good copy in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket. The letter is near fine. [#031751] SOLD
NY, Delacorte, (1970). An early book attempting to understand scientology and address the question of whether it was a legitimate religion that encompassed a new understanding of the Self or if it was a scam put together by one-time science fiction and fantasy author L. Ron Hubbard to hoodwink the credulous. Inscribed by Malko to film critic Pauline Kael: "For Pauline, with deep appreciation/ George/ Oct. 1971." A thought-provoking presentation, given the extent to which advocates of scientology seem to proliferate in the film business. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the corners and spine extremities. [#028801] SOLD
NY, Little Brown, (2013). The advance reading copy of this collection of "essays, etc." that debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Fine in wrappers. Like other contemporary advance reading copies, this appears to have been issued in very small numbers, with few having turned up on the market. [#031754] $70
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NY, Shamal Books, (1976-1978). Four of the first six titles published by Shamal Books, a publishing company founded by the Nuyorican poet, historian, and community activist Louis Reyes Rivera and his wife, Barbara Killens Rivera, daughter of African American novelist John Oliver Killens. Reyes was a key figure in the CUNY movement, a grass roots effort to make the City University of New York more responsive to minorities and the poor. Titles include: Poets in Motion, an anthology edited by Louis Reyes Rivera; Who Pays the Cost by Rivera; Nubiana Vol. I by B.J. Ashanti; and Nom Nomm Nommo by Zizwe Omowale-Wa-Ngafua. The latter is perfectbound; the others are in stapled wrappers; each is very near fine. Early books from a press that published for another two decades; an obituary of Reyes said he edited, translated or published over 200 books in his lifetime, many of them by Caribbean, African or African-American writers. [#031755] $200
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 2007. A memoir of childhood polio by this highly regarded novelist. Inscribed by Shreve to the author Robert Stone and his wife: "To my dear friends Bob and Janice with all love." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with the lamination peeling at one corner. [#028543] $70
NY, Penguin Press, 2012. The advance reading copy of the unlikely bestseller about statistics, probability, and predictions. Silver correctly predicted the Presidential winner in 49 of 50 states (and 35 of 35 Senate seats) in the 2008 elections, and in 50 of 50 states in the 2012 elections (with 31 of 33 Senate races). Textual differences exist between this and the published text (but we'd leave it to Silver to say if they're significant): the first and last chapters were re-titled in the published version, in addition to changes in the text itself. Fine in wrappers. Printed advance copies seem to have more or less gone the way of the Dodo in American publishing -- i.e., they're virtually extinct: no copies of this advance issue are listed online at the time of this writing, and this is the only copy we have seen so far. [#031756] SOLD
E-list: From the Library of Peter Matthiessen