Catalog 165

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

156.
NY, Crown, (2014). The advance reading copy of the novel that Weir initially self-published as an e-book, making this the first "physical" edition of a book that previously existed only in digital -- virtual -- format. Scarce; we've only seen this one copy. Fine in wrappers. Together with the slightly more common advance U.K. edition [Del Rey (2014)]. The U.S. edition lists the publishing history as a 2011 e-book; the U.K. edition claims it was published on Amazon in 2012. This 2014 edition became a New York Times bestseller and is being released as a Ridley Scott film in 2015, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. [#031771] SOLD
157.
NY, Putnam, (2010). A mystery novel in the Doc Ford series, featuring a marine biologist living on the Florida Gulf coast. Inscribed by White to fellow author and friend, Peter Matthiessen, in the month of publication: "For Peter M./ My dear traveling partner and brother by another mother." Foxing to edges of text block, boards mildly splayed; very good in a near fine dust jacket. A wonderful inscription and association copy. [#031772] $350
158.
(n.p.), The Nature Conservancy, 1993. One of 500 copies of this collection of three essays: Williams' essay plus "The Adirondack Mountains, New York" by Bill McKibben and "The San Pedro River, Arizona" by William Least Heat-Moon. Handsewn in saddle-stitched handmade papers. A fine copy. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. [#031775] SOLD
159.
(Elgin), David C. Cook, (1960). A "Sunday School Weekly" in comic book form, with inspirational Christian stories and messages for children and teens. The cover story on this issue is "'Zamp,' The Thrilling Story of Louis Zamperini, Who Found God the Hard Way." Zamperini's memoir, Devil at My Heels, about his experiences as an Olympic distance runner, World War II POW, and Christian speaker, was published in 1956. This serialization was the first appearance of the story for a younger audience. It is unknown to us how many issues the story ran, but this issue, which is apparently the only one where the story gets the cover, covers part of Zamperini's youth, from running away to his early running career. Zamperini's story became modern day legend when Laura Hillenbrand wrote his bestselling biography, Unbroken, in 2010; and Angelina Jolie turned the book into film in 2014. Also in 2014, Hillenbrand released a young adult version of her book, nearly 55 years after this attempt to bring the story to a younger audience. One punch hole in the left margin; near fine in wrappers. [#031776] SOLD
160.
(Elgin), David C. Cook, (1960). A "Sunday School Weekly" in comic book form, with inspirational Christian stories and messages for children and teens. The cover story on this issue is "'Zamp,' The Thrilling Story of Louis Zamperini, Who Found God the Hard Way." Zamperini's memoir, Devil at My Heels, about his experiences as an Olympic distance runner, World War II POW, and Christian speaker, was published in 1956. This serialization was the first appearance of the story for a younger audience. It is unknown to us how many issues the story ran, but this issue, which is apparently the only one where the story gets the cover, covers part of Zamperini's youth, from running away to his early running career. Zamperini's story became modern day legend when Laura Hillenbrand wrote his bestselling biography, Unbroken, in 2010; and Angelina Jolie turned the book into film in 2014. Also in 2014, Hillenbrand released a young adult version of her book, nearly 55 years after this attempt to bring the story to a younger audience. Marginal foxing, mostly on the front cover; very good in wrappers. [#031777] $45
E-list: From the Library of Peter Matthiessen