Catalog 165

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

(Minneapolis), Milkweed Editions, (1995). A memoir recounting the author's first years after arriving in Montana in the early 1960s. Inscribed by the author: "For Steve [Krauzer] and Dorrit - At last, not only a room, but a book of my own - with love & respect & all the other good things old friends share -- Annick Smith." A nice association copy. Smith was co-editor with William Kittredge of the landmark Montana anthology The Last Best Place; Krauzer was a Missoula, Montana writer who collaborated with Kittredge on a number of novels as well as other work. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#028073] $60
(San Francisco), (Four Seasons Foundation), (1963-1964). Three broadsides: Gary Snyder's Nanao Knows, Lew Welch's Step Out Onto the Planet, and Philip Whalen's Three Mornings. [McNeil A7.] Each reproduced by photo-offset from the author's own calligraphy and printed in an edition of 300 copies on the occasion of a reading by the three poets at Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, June 12, 1964. Each broadside is signed by its author. Snyder, Welch and Whalen first met when they attended Reed College, a progressive school in Oregon; the friends later became three of the most influential poets of the Beat generation. Don Carpenter, a friend of Richard Brautigan and an important figure in the Bay Area literary scene, organized the Free Way Reading with the three poets; Don Allen, another key figure in the Bay Area literary scene -- his nascent publishing company, the Four Seasons Foundation, would later publish both Snyder and Brautigan -- printed the broadsides to commemorate the reading. An important occasion, linking three key poets of their time. Welch disappeared in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1971; Snyder found a suicide note at his camp, but no body was ever found and his fate remains one of the mysteries of that time. Each broadside is 9-1/2" x 12-1/2", with a mild edge crease in the left margin that would disappear with framing; near fine. A nice set. [#031781] $1,000
NY, Harper & Brothers, (1949). The second book by this artist who is perhaps most famous as a New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist: his "View of the World from 9th Avenue" became an iconic and satirical comment on New Yorkers' self-centered view of their place in the world. This book comprises about 300 Steinberg drawings, most published here for the first time. Between the publication of his first book and this one, Steinberg had been selected for the prestigious show "Fourteen Americans" at the Museum of Modern Art, along with such artists as Robert Motherwell, Ahile Gorky, I. Rice Pereira, and others: it is considered to have been the show that "proclaimed the arrival of Abstract Expressionism" in 1946. This copy is inscribed by Steinberg to Peter Matthiessen, "with affectionate greetings" and dated December 25, 1985. Another name in pencil on half title; sunning and staining to illustrated boards; a good copy, lacking the dust jacket but with the front and back jacket flaps laid in. A nice association copy between a notable artist and a notable writer. [#031782] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1967. His first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Made into a not particularly successful film, WUSA, with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. A Hall of Mirrors captured the toxic mix of religion, politics, demagoguery and hypocrisy in a way that should have seemed dated by now but instead only seems to be more pertinent to understanding our national political process than ever. Signed by the author. Slight spine lean and shelf wear; near fine in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket including a chip at the upper outer rear corner. [#031760] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of his fourth novel, a look at the underside of the Hollywood mystique. Inscribed by Stone to Denis [Johnson] and his wife: "For Denis & Lucinda/ with admiration and respect -- my deepest esteem/ Robert Stone." Some dustiness and rubbing to the covers; very good in wrappers, in custom folding chemise and slipcase. A nice association between two writers who each won the National Book Award for a Vietnam-themed novel (Stone, Dog Soldiers, 1974; Johnson, Tree of Smoke, 2007), each of whose work has been at times compared to the other's. [#028552] $750
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. The advance reading copy of his last novel, which was published to generally excellent reviews: the main critique seemed to be that it wasn't as massive or portentous as critics had come to expect from Robert Stone. It uses the form of a police procedural -- the inquiry into a college student's accidental death -- to inquire about larger issues of faith, love and accountability, as well as madness and the ability to deceive oneself. Fine in wrappers. The advance reading copy has turned up on the market very seldom; we've only seen a couple offered for sale, where in the past there would have been dozens of such copies showing up in the aftermarket -- once again an indication that publishers are cutting back on such productions, often replacing some part of their function with digital offerings. [#031759] $125
NY, Knopf, 2012. The advance reading copy of her acclaimed and bestselling memoir, Wild, which was made into a well-received film. Inscribed by the author: "To ___, So lovely to meet you in Denver. Best of luck to you with your novel. OX/ Cheryl Strayed/ Oct. 1, 2011" -- i.e., five months prior to the book's March, 2012 publication date. Fine in wrappers. The promotional information on the rear cover lists a 9-city author tour (including Denver) and a 100,000 copy first printing. Fine in wrappers. [#031758] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1979). The Special Edition prepared for presentation to the friends of the author and the publisher. Winner of the National Book Award and the basis for the film for which Meryl Streep won her first Academy Award for Best Actress. Issued unsigned, bound in blue cloth as opposed to the brown cloth of the trade edition, with a glassine dustwrapper. This copy has some mild spine and edge sunning; near fine in the very good original glassine. [#031761] $70
Burbank, Hollywood Pictures, (n.d.)[1993]. The press book for the film adaptation of Tan's bestselling first novel, for which Tan co-wrote the screenplay. Printed cardstock folder containing five 8" x 10" glossy pages with 18 images and a 43-page booklet with production information and biographies of cast and crew. Tan is represented with a bio and also in the "Origins of the Project" section, in which she is quoted on her initial feelings of reluctance, which were overcome by meeting director Wayne Wang; her thoughts on meeting co-writer Ronald Bass, whose idea it was to have Tan join him in crafting the screenplay; and her impression that her lack of experience in filmmaking worked to her favor. The photos and booklet are fine, in a near fine folder. Also laid in is a handwritten, graded essay on the book from a school in Hong Kong. Uncommon, and an informative look at Tan's experience with Hollywood, providing information and perspective that does not appear elsewhere. [#031762] SOLD
Santa Barbara, Neville, 1991. Thompson's first limited edition: a collection of three short pieces by Thompson, along with a half-mad letter to the publisher that serves as introduction to the volume. Published in an edition of 326 copies, this is a printer's copy, bound, but without colophon or signature. Fine without dust jacket, as issued. The only such copy we have seen of this title. [#031763] SOLD
Santa Barbara, Neville, 1991. Thompson's first limited edition: a collection of three short pieces by Thompson, along with a half-mad letter to the publisher that serves as introduction to the volume. Published in an edition of 326 copies, this is a set of folded and gathered sheets (F&Gs). Unbound signatures with pages uncut; also without colophon. Fine. The only such copy of this title that we have seen. [#031764] SOLD
(Louisville), Athenaeum Literary Association, 1955. The publication of the "literary association" of several Louisville, KY, high schools, which was in effect a social club -- and drinking club -- for the sons of the wealthy elite of the city. Thompson was accepted to the club as a freshman and developed a reputation as an extreme prankster: his "rushes" for the new recruits were the most outlandish of any member, and his own exploits constantly pushed at and past the accepted norms for the members. Thompson was 17 at the time of publication and a senior at Louisville Male High School. Signed (at a later date) by Thompson on the tissue guard preceding the page with the association's seal. Thompson is listed as an Associate Editor on the masthead and is later referred to as the Censor. He contributes an essay, "Open Letter to the Youth of Our Nation," that was the Third Prize Essay in the Nettleroth Contest, and which begins, "Young people of America, awake from your slumber of indolence and harken to the call of the future! Do you realize that you are rapidly becoming a doomed generation?" The essay, credited to Thompson, is signed within the text, "John J. Righteous-Hypocrite." His other contribution -- an essay entitled "Security" -- is even more scathing, and it sets the stage for the posture that Thompson took throughout his life: it begins by asking the question of whether security "is a utopian goal or is it another word for rut?" And it ends with another question, asking "who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on the shore and merely existed?" There is also a photograph of Thompson in the annual, and his mother's name is included on the "Family Page." Thompson was expelled from the ALA shortly after this was published: he was involved in a robbery with two friends; the friends' wealthy parents got the other two off the hook but Thompson's father had died and his mother had no pull; he served 30 days in jail and was not allowed to take final exams or graduate from his high school when he got out. He left Louisville and joined the Air Force. Exceedingly scarce: we have never seen another copy for sale, or anywhere, for that matter. When the collector who own this brought it to Thompson to get it signed, Hunter tried to buy it from him as he did not have a copy himself. Thompson made him promise to offer it to him first if he ever did sell it. Thompson died before the collector decided to part with it. We can find no evidence that Thompson contributed to any earlier issue of this publication; there is only one copy (possibly) in an institutional library: the University of Kentucky holds a publication called "The Anthenaea" which may be a later name for the Spectator, and may include this issue, although that is not clear from their catalog listing. Without doubt the rarest publication in Hunter Thompson's body of work; the earliest; and one that foreshadows in clear terms the path he would take in his life over the coming decades -- that of an outsider, challenging the rules and norms, and defying authorities and the status quo, with passion, anger, and humor. Previous owner name, fading to spine, abrasion to front cover; still about very good in wrappers. [#031757] SOLD
(Evanston), (Greenleaf Publishing), 1961. A 3-page article by Thompson, preceding his first book by six years, in this magazine "designed for men." Other contributors to this Playboy-wannabe include Alfred Bester and Robert Bloch, and there is an article about Ray Bradbury by William F. Nolan. Rear corner crease; near fine in stapled wrappers. An extremely early appearance in print for Thompson, and an impressive array of genre and "pulp" writers included in a "girly" magazine. [#031765] SOLD
(NY), Scanlan's, 1970-1971. A complete run of the magazine edited by Warren Hinckle III and Sidney Zion, and featuring several articles by Hunter Thompson, including: "The Temptations of Jean-Claude Killy" (No. 1); "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," with illustrations by Ralph Steadman (No. 4); "Nixon and the Bums," (unattributed, but illustrated by Steadman) and "The Police Chief" by the pseudonymous Raoul Duke (No. 7); and "The Aspen Wallposter" (No. 8). Issue No. 8 is tapebound at the spine; else the lot is near fine. Scanlan's was a short-lived monthly magazine with an anti-government bent at the height of the polarization that existed in the U.S. after a decade of assassinations, race riots, the Vietnam war, and the protests against that war that culminated in the riots in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention and the subsequent "Days of Rage." Richard Nixon, as President, took an interest in the magazine after it depicted him with a number of business leaders, and captioned the photo with the "war crimes" each was responsible for. Printers boycotted the magazine for its anti-American political posture and the final issue had to be printed in Canada. [#031766] SOLD
(Aspen/Frisco), (various), 2005. Local coverage of Thompson's suicide, spanning three issues of the Aspen Daily/Sunday News (February 22, 24, 27); two issues of The Aspen Times (February 21, 23); and one issue of Mountain Gazette (March). Thompson killed himself on February 20. Approximately 20 articles in the six issues. Included: "Seminal Gonzo Journalist Kills Himself," "A Totally Unclassifiable Life," "Hunter Thompson Death Feeds Frenzy for Merchandise," "Hunter S. Thompson's Local Legacy [editorial]," "Hunter's Kitchen," "Thompson's Death Marks the Passing of a Literary Era," "Canon Roars for Hunter S. Thompson," "We Will Miss You Hunter S. Thompson [commentary]," "Hunter, What Were You Thinking? [commentary]," "The Origin of Fear and Loathing," "Friend: Thompson Wasn't One to Die in Hospital," "Thompson Probably Planned Suicide Well in Advance, Family Spokesman Says," "HST's Influence on Aspen Profound," "Aug, 19, 1996: Hunter's Issue," "Hunter S. Thompson Blast-Off Cannon Contest Under Way," "HST Was, After All, a Professional," "Dr. Gonzo's Final Dispatch," "RIP, HST," "Genius, Friend, Good Neighbor," "Disclaimer," roughly a dozen letters to the editor, and a bibliography. Tabloid style papers; near fine or better. A collection that would be difficult to assemble today. [#031767] $450
Munich, Ziegelbrenner, 1919. The first book by the author who later became known as "B. Traven" and wrote such novels as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Death Ship under that pseudonym. Marut was a German anarchist who started a publication in 1917 called Der Ziegelbrenner (The Brick Burner), for which he wrote a number of articles. In 1919, the press issued this book by Marut. The journal continued publishing until 1921; Marut left for Mexico in 1925, where he adopted his pseudonym and wrote a series of novels, including the above-mentioned ones. Later, in the 1940s, when The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was being filmed, Marut may have posed as B. Traven's agent, "Hal Croves," in order to have access to, and input into, the film. Contemporary owner signature in pencil on the half-title; covers chipped; a very good copy of a rare and fragile book. Scarce: while occasional issues of Der Ziegelbrenner turn up, we have never seen another copy of this title. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box. [#031744] SOLD
(Middlesex), (Penguin Books), (1980). The first British edition of this collection of related stories that was published as a paperback original in the U.S. with the title Too Far to Go. Signed by Updike. Seven of the stories had never been collected in book form prior to the U.S. publication. Introduction by Updike. Made into a movie for television. Mild age-toning to pages and slight creasing to rear cover; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon signed. [#031768] SOLD
(NY), (Lerner-Heller), (1973). A monograph of this Lithuanian artist, his various works representing a political statement that links Vietnam with the destruction of Pompeii. Inscribed by Baranik: "Dear ____, with disagreement as well as agreement - but above all, with love and respect./ Rudolf." Covers rubbed, with one lower rear corner crease; near fine in wrappers. [#028586] SOLD
(Vietnam War)
NY, Macmillan, (1967). "The military adventure we are pursuing with such heat and skill and ferocity against a broken people is an abominable crime against humanity." Powerful polemic by this activist Jesuit priest. Signed by the author. Bookplate front pastedown; sunning to board edges, near fine in a near fine, partially price-clipped dust jacket. [#028588] SOLD
(Vietnam War)
NY, Putnam, (1976). A nonfiction work that was made into a television miniseries. Friendly Fire chronicles the radicalization of a patriotic Midwestern family after their son is killed by "friendly" (i.e., U.S.) fire and they try to get the details from a balky government seemingly more interested in protecting those responsible, but still living, than in honoring the dead. An important book, which chronicles the process by which opposition to the war filtered from the "radical fringes" of society into the middle class mainstream. Signed by the author in 1996. Fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with an internally mended edge tear. [#028599] SOLD
(Vietnam War)
NY, Norton, (1984). Sequel to The Killing Zone, which told the story of a young infantry lieutenant who won several medals in Vietnam and was severely injured, losing a limb. This title follows him on his return home. Warmly inscribed by the author in the month after publication on the front flyleaf, and by the author's wife on the verso. Recipient's signature front pastedown; near fine in a very good dust jacket with sunning to the spine lettering, a couple small edge tears and a stain to the upper rear flap. [#028620] SOLD
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1972). The uncorrected proof copy of Ellsberg's account of his release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 to the New York Times, an illegal act of civil disobedience for which he was charged with a number of felonies under the Espionage Act of 1917 and became a target of President Richard Nixon; Ellsberg was acquitted a year after this book came out because of government malfeasance in the case against him. These are historical papers, heavily colored by the author's personal experience as a participant in, and an observer and critic of, policy making regarding the U.S. role in Southeast Asia. Realizing, as a result of his work for the RAND Corporation, a policy "think tank," that the government had secretly engaged in an ongoing series of illegal and immoral acts in the conduct of the Vietnam war, Ellsberg first copied 7000 pages of documents and gave them to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When no action resulted from that, he gave the papers to the Times, precipitating a scandal and his own arrest. Such whistle blowers as Julian Assange of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who exposed the widespread secret data collection done by that agency, have followed in Ellsberg's footsteps. This copy is signed by the author on the front cover. Tall, fragile, padbound proofs; rear cover present but detached; front cover detaching; thus a good copy. [#028629] $350
(NY), Avon, (1976). Poems, written as epitaphs to the dead of an imaginary company. Simple, direct, and moving. Published as a paperback original by the most literary of the mass-market publishers, and later reprinted in a trade paperback by Permanent Press. Several of the poems were included in the anthology Unaccustomed Mercy, but the complete text is difficult to find in any edition and scarce in the true first. This copy is inscribed by Floyd to the poet Ai, winner of the National Book Award. Slight edge and corner rubbing; near fine in wrappers. One of the books on our list of the 25 Best Book on the Vietnam War. [#028636] SOLD
(Vietnam War)
NY, McKay, (1966). An early novel about the war, by a journeyman writer who later became well-known for several bestselling thrillers, including The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. John Newman's bibliography (Vietnam War Literature, second edition, 1988) lists only five books about American troops in Vietnam prior to 1966: two paperbacks, two vanity press titles, and Robin Moore's The Green Berets. This title is listed as Newman 11. Signed by the author in 1989. Small bump to spine base, else fine in a very good dust jacket with dampstaining visible on verso. [#028638] SOLD
NY, Holt, (1993). His fourth novel, about a Vietnam vet who owns a bar in Bangkok, and which treats the MIA issue at some length. Inscribed by Karlin to the author Robert Stone, "with admiration," a nice association: Stone's Vietnam-related novel Dog Soldiers won the National Book Award. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a vertical crease to the front flap. [#028660] $125
(Vietnam War)
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, (1968). The first American edition. US was a collective theater presentation about the war in Vietnam. Inscribed by Kustow in 1974. Small crown bump, else fine, in a rubbed, very good dust jacket with a small chip to the crown and the numbers "1/29" written on the front flap and "2/11" on the front panel. The book was released simultaneously in hardcover and softcover; the hardcover issue is considerably scarcer than the soft. [#028666] SOLD
(Vietnam War)
NY, Public Affairs, (1999). A dialogue between McNamara, James G. Blight, Robert K. Brigham, Thomas J. Biersteker and Col. Herbert Y. Schandler about Vietnam and the lessons to be learned from it. McNamara is listed as the primary author; he was Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson when the Vietnam war was escalated from a small scale advisory effort to a full-fledged war, which went on for a decade and became, by some accounts, the first war the United States ever lost. McNamara wrote a memoir, published in the 1990s prior to this book, in which he repudiated his decisions and actions as Secretary of Defense, and acknowledged he had been wrong and that the war was a mistake -- a position that stirred controversy from virtually every corner. This copy is signed by all five participants (inscribed by Schandler). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#028679] SOLD
NY, Dial, 1972. A novel of a family with one adopted son, who serves in the Peace Corps in the years before the escalation in Vietnam, and another son who is killed in Vietnam. Inscribed by the author in 1996: "For ____ ____/ for reminding me that/ I was once young/ enough to write this/ funny little book --/ The most fun I've/ ever had -- / Warmest regards/ Jim Morrison." Fine in a near fine, spine and edge-sunned dust jacket with a couple of tiny edge tears. Laid in is a photograph of the Morrison family, annotated on the verso by Morrison. [#028684] $60
(Vietnam War)
NY, Random House, (1971). The account of a "mutiny" at sea off the coast of Vietnam in 1966, in which a tyrannical Navy commander was relieved of his command after a series of arbitrary and capricious actions. Inscribed by Sheehan, who was the UPI bureau chief in Saigon from 1962-64 and later covered the war for The New York Times, in addition to providing the Times with the Pentagon Papers. Sheehan's next book, A Bright Shining Lie, also about the Vietnam War, won the Pulitzer Prize. Minor foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with wear at the corners and crown. [#028701] SOLD
1986-1987. A collection of letters from Waters, mostly to his literary agent, Joan Daves, as well as related ancillary materials showing Waters at work in the after-market for his writing, with opportunities for later editions and film versions. Waters wrote primarily about the American Southwest, in particular the Native American experience. His father was part Cheyenne. The first typed letter signed is from Waters to his agent, Joan Daves, dated August 24, 1986 and concerns Lesley Ann Warren's interest in optioning the film rights to The Woman at Otowi Crossing and the contract for publication of a hardcover, illustrated edition of The Man Who Killed the Deer. It is stapled to a copy of the contract, with numerous marginal corrections and a retained copy of Daves' reply, agreeing with Waters that the intended publisher (Gibbs Smith) had overreached in the contract. An included exchange between Daves and Gibbs Smith posits a simpler agreement, while a retained carbon shows Daves reaching out to Ohio University Press to confirm they had no claim to hardcover rights. The second typed letter signed is from Waters to Keith Sabin, in Daves' absence, and is dated September 29, 1986 and describes the purchasing history of Flight from Fiesta and the current unwelcome "blitz" he, Waters, is undergoing from Ritz Productions regarding theatrical rights. Waters encloses an initialed copy of the letter he wrote to Ritz Productions redirecting their overtures to Daves upon her return from Europe. Both of these letters are stapled together with retained copies of both Sabin's and Daves' replies, as well as a retained copy of an earlier letter from Sabin to Waters saying they had been approached by Ritz and the initial contact letter from Ritz with an unsigned agreement for Right of First Refusal. Also included is a letter from Fiesta publisher Clark Kimball to Daves recommending the production company. The fourth typed letter signed, from Waters to Daves, dated April 29, 1987, again describes the publishing history of Flight from Fiesta and informs Daves that the publisher, Clark Kimball, has been approached by CBS-Columbia regarding film rights, and he includes Kimball's letter. Attached are the retained copies of letters from Daves to both Waters and Kimball, admonishing all that Kimball has no role in film rights for the title, and a later letter from Kimball acquiesces. The fifth typed letter signed, from Waters to Daves (August 3, 1987), delineates an additional inquiry regarding a film option for Flight from Fiesta and several leads on optioning The Woman at Otowi Crossing should Lesley Ann Warren's option expire. Waters takes Daves to task for not responding to offers already presented, for not keeping him informed, and for being about to depart for Europe leaving him without representation: "I don't like to end our agent-client relationship after so many years, but if the overload of work at this crucial time is too much for you, I don't see any alternative." A copy of a letter to Waters at about this point from Alton Walpole shows one of the interested parties facing obstacles bringing Otowi Crossing to the screen. Also, a letter to Daves from The University of Nevada thanks Daves for sending financials on Ohio University Press's Frank Waters: A Retrospective Anthology (included), but bemoans how infrequent the agent's communiques have become. However, the Daves-Waters agent-client relationship was ongoing in October: in the sixth typed letter signed in this archive, Waters informs Daves of yet another inquiry for Flight from Fiesta and asks her advice about payment on an opportunity he has to write the text for a book of photographs to be published by Arizona Highways (likely Eternal Desert, published in 1990). As mentioned, many of the letters are stapled; most are folded for mailing; in some instances they bear the agency's routing marks or highlighting. The lot as a whole is near fine. [#031770] $1,250
E-list: From the Library of Peter Matthiessen