Catalog 166

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

1.
(Jersey City), (Body Beautiful), (1957). A men's magazine, one of the many that sprang up in the wake of the success of Playboy, which had been launched in 1953. This is the third issue of Jem and has a one-liner by Woody Allen, on page 47. An early appearance in print by Allen, from the time (age 21) when he was writing for television (The Ed Sullivan Show; The Tonight Show), and preceding even his stand-up career. His first film wasn't released until years later; his first book wasn't published until a decade later. This issue also includes a (clothed) Tina Louise layout, from the pre-Ginger era. Near fine. [#029430] SOLD
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(n.p.), (Viking), (1970). The uncorrected proof copy of his second book, a collection of essays from The New Yorker. Angell, a former fiction editor at The New Yorker, is also considered one of the best writers ever on baseball -- his books The Summer Game and Five Seasons are universally viewed as classics. His baseball reporting for The New Yorker elevated the genre of sportswriting to the realm of true literature, in many critics' and readers' opinions. He received the first ever PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2011. Near fine in wrappers, with a small "45" on the front cover, presumably the copy number. [#029902] $100
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(Anthology)
NY, Viking, 1980. A collection of previously unpublished stories of suspense and horror, edited by Kirby McCauley. A landmark volume in the history of the Modern Horror genre, assembled as Stephen King was just becoming a bestselling author after five novels that would eventually be seen as classics but at the time had sold little and garnered limited serious critical attention. This anthology attempted to put the new horror writers, including King, into a context and tradition that was much broader than the genre, and more readily considered to be "literary." Thus, in addition to King and such upcoming young writers as T.E.D. Klein, Gene Wolfe and Ramsey Campbell, the collection includes such mainstream writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Davis Grubb and Isaac Bashevis Singer, and such well-established genre writers as Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon and Robert Bloch. This copy is signed or inscribed by fifteen writers, including King, Bloch, Richard Matheson, Joe Haldeman, Gahan Wilson, Campbell, Wolfe, Richard Christian Matheson, Dennis Etchison, Karl Edward Wagner, Manly Wade Wellman, Edward Bryant, Charles L. Grant, and the editor, Kirby McCauley. With the ownership signature of fellow horror writer Stanley Wiater, and with Wiater's Gahan Wilson-designed bookplate on the verso of the front flyleaf. Stephen King's contribution is "The Mist," a 130+ page novella that was nominated for a World Fantasy Award and a Locus Award. It was collected five years later in Skeleton Crew. Light ink stains throughout the first several pages of the introduction, not obscuring any text; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the corners. A unique copy of a seminal collection that helped define the genre. [#032269] SOLD
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(Anthology)
Baltimore, Cemetery Dance, 1998. A "Publisher's Copy" (PC) of the limited edition (400 copies) of this selection of the best stories from the first 25 issues of Cemetery Dance magazine, which began publication in 1988. Specializing in horror and dark fantasy, the magazine won the World Fantasy Award in 1990 and 1992 and began publishing books in 1992; the publication house won the World Fantasy Award again in 1999. Nearly 800 pages long, this collection is a virtual Who's Who of the horror and dark fantasy field, and this limited edition is signed by more than 60 authors, including King, Matheson, Campbell, Lansdale, Laymon, Koontz, Ray Garton, Ed Gorman, Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Bill Pronzini, Poppy Z. Brite, Douglas Clegg, the publication's founder Richard Chizmar and many more. Bookplate of another horror author on the front flyleaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket and slipcase. [#032263] SOLD
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(Anthology)
(Abingdon), Cemetery Dance, 1999. A "Publisher's Copy" (PC) of the limited edition (26 copies) of this collection of original stories by the science fiction and dark fantasy writers who came to be known as the "California School," including Bradbury, Matheson, Beaumont, Nolan, Charles E. Fritch, Ray Russell, Jerry Sohl, John Tomerlin, and George Clayton Johnson, with additional classics by Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, and Chad Oliver. Signed by Bradbury, Matheson, Ellison, Nolan, Tomerlin, Sohl, Fritch, and others. Stamp of another author front flyleaf; fine in a fine dust jacket, in the publisher's printed tray case. [#032264] $650
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NY, Norton, 1971. Winner of the 1972 John Burroughs Medal, for a distinguished book of natural history. Examines thirty years of life in and the premature death (in 1958) of a tract of land on Long Island, once owned by a family named Lord. Inscribed by Arbib: "To ___ ___/ who knows by word and deed the value of wild lands. With sincere appreciation. Robert Arbib/ June 20, 1977." The recipient had recently donated a substantial piece of property to the Westchester County Marshlands Conservancy. Small owner label (apparently over another name) on the front flyleaf; near fine in a very good, modestly rubbed and spine-faded dust jacket internally tape-strengthened at the spine base. Other winners of the John Burroughs Medal have included Rachel Carson, John McPhee, Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez, Aldo Leopold, etc. [#032703] SOLD
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Santa Barbara, Cadmus Editions, 1981. The limited edition of this 2 LP set of Bowles' reading four stories. This is copy #29 of only 100 copies signed by Bowles on the inserted sheet that serves as both introduction and colophon. Erratum sheet present declaring the reversal of labels for side one and side two. Fine in a near fine cloth sleeve, with a bit of darkening to the upper edge, likely from the glue that, by design, adheres the two sides of the sleeve. Quite scarce, in our experience. [#032633] SOLD
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(Colorado Springs), Gauntlet, (2006). A collection of the fictions that Bradbury wrote in the nine years prior to his classic novel of 1953, all of which contained some seeds or ideas that later composed the famous novel. Some of these stories have been reprinted many times, some only published once, and others were unpublished prior to this volume. A "Publisher's Copy" (PC) of the limited edition (750 copies) of Match to Flame, signed by Bradbury. Slight corner taps, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Issued together with The Dragon Who Ate His Tail, which here has the ownership stamp of another author inside the front cover and slight corner taps; very near fine in wrappers. [#032262] $500
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(NY), Penguin, (1988). First thus, a Penguin softcover published a year after the original Viking hardcover edition, with a new preface by Brand. Inscribed by Brand to poet Gary Snyder in 1990: "For Gary...another door into the Great Library. - Stewart." And with Gary Snyder's ownership signature (and the year 40090, dating the modern era from its archaic origins). Snyder is quoted in the text, in a section entitled "Communication Ecologists." Brand, a former Merry Prankster on Ken Kesey's legendary bus, founded the Whole Earth Catalog in the 1960s, and in the early 1970s wrote one of the first books on computer culture after visiting MIT, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the place where, over a decade later, the Graphic User Interface -- aka Apple's Macintosh interface and later Microsoft's Windows -- was developed. Very light general wear; near fine. A nice association copy between two counterculture figures whose paths could not have been more different but who nonetheless have shared a great deal in terms of their philosophical orientation. [#032634] SOLD
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(n.p.), Quackerdale, [ca. 1968 or later]. A Brautigan poetry collection, apparently pirated, "published" by "Elmer Quackerdale." 33 Brautigan poems and an epigraph from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America was published in 1967 and quickly became an underground bestseller, going into multiple printings - his first book to do so - and encouraging his publisher to issue his next book, In Watermelon Sugar, the following year. By this time, however, Brautigan's collections of poems that had been published in the late 1950s and early 1960s were long out-of-print and this collection reprints a number of those as well as several more recent poems. We have never seen this collection before, and can find no record of its existence: there is no mention of it online at brautigan.net, a clearinghouse for information on the poet, and OCLC has no listings for it. It is possible it is a one-off, unique item, but the typesetting and the fictitious publisher name both suggest that it is an unrecorded piracy, circa late 1960s or 1970, designed to bring together a number of Brautigan's hard-to-find poems along with some of his recent and iconic ones, such as "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace." Printed on unbound gold sheets, a single poem per page, folded to make a booklet roughly 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". Slight creasing to the rear cover; very near fine. [#032702] SOLD
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(Los Angeles), (Black Sparrow), (1967). The first book of Bukowski's to be published by Black Sparrow Press, which had been started the year before by John Martin to publish Bukowski and other "literary outsiders." Martin is credited with encouraging Bukowski to give up his job at the Post Office in 1969 and become a full-time writer. This is copy No. 93 of 96 numbered copies, of a total edition of 99 copies, signed by Bukowski; one of the smallest limitations of a Bukowski title. The cover states "2 by Bukowski"; the title page states "Charles Bukowski/2 Poems." The poems are "Family, Family" and "A Little Atomic Bomb." Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. An early rarity both for the author and for the press that became his primary publisher for the rest of his life. [#032270] SOLD
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New Orleans, Loujon Press, 1963. The third issue of this influential small magazine, which began as a letterpress production in the early 1960s and published a virtual Who's Who of underground and avant garde writers, many of whom reached their first substantial readership via this magazine. This issue features Bukowski as "Outsider of the Year." Contributors include Bukowski, Kenneth Patchen, Gary Snyder, William Burroughs, Henry Miller, Robert Creeley, and many others. A near fine copy in printed wrappers. [#032271] SOLD
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1921. Tall, stringbound chapbook printing the readings and remembrances from Burroughs' funeral services held at Riverby and at the graveside. 24 pages, printing Biblical passages; poetry by Emerson, Wordsworth, and others; a selection by Earl W. Williams that, according to the chapbook, was, several years earlier, deemed appropriate for the occasion by Burroughs himself; "Selections from the Earliest and Latest Writings of John Burroughs," including the poem "Waiting" and excerpts from "Accepting the Universe"; poems for Burroughs by Charles Buxton Going, Edwin Markham, May Morgan, and Jean Dwight Franklin; and two tipped-in images: one of Burroughs in "The Nest" at Riverby, and one of C.S. Pietro's sculpture of Burroughs, entitled "The Seer." Ownership signature, in pencil, of Elspeth A. Edington. Minor wear and creasing to yapped edges; covers splitting at lower spine; very good in wrappers. Uncommon. [#032694] SOLD
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1982. Two notes, both on "Note-O-Gram" paper, one handwritten and one typed, each to John Crelan, director of an annual Bloomsday celebration in the U.S., and saying he will be out of the country and unable to participate. The first adds, "Wish 4th annual Bloomsday and you well." Both fine, with Cage's own letterhead envelopes. Cage was one of the leading figures of the 20th century avant garde, as a composer, artist, and writer, particularly on music and music theory, and material signed by him, outside of a few signed limited editions, seldom shows up on the market. [#032636] $400
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NY, Random House, 1998. An advance copy in the form of a bound photocopied typescript. 467 pages, double-spaced and double-sided, with the title header "Orno & Marshall" and the date header "11/4/97," and significant textual variations between this and the published text. Sent by a Random House editor to Peter Matthiessen, hoping for a publicity comment. An additional handwritten letter is laid in, from John [Sterling?] to Matthiessen's wife, expressing happiness that the Matthiessens will be coming to Sun Valley [likely the Writers Conference]: "It will be a social zoo, of course, but we will have one another (and Mark Salzman's humor) as comfort." Tapebound, with an acetate cover; near fine. An early -- and at this point possibly unique -- version of the second novel by Canin, with distinguished provenance. [#032272] $250
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(Stone Harbor), Meadow Run Press, (1995). A fishing guide's account of six weeks he spent in the Marquesa Keys, west of Key West, isolated from civilization, fishing for tarpon and permit, and reflecting on fish, fishing, and the natural world. The first printing: one of 1500 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase, with promotional postcard laid in. With a letter from the publisher dated January 23, 1995, transmitting the book to author Peter Matthiessen on behalf of Cardenas. The book sold out prior to publication; this issue precedes the deluxe edition. [#032273] SOLD
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Washington, D.C., Fish and Wildlife Service, 1947. Issued as Conservation in Action No. 2, a 14-page illustrated booklet written by Carson. Uncommon; only the second copy we've handled. Light creasing and spotting to cover; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#032637] $350
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Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1962. An offprint from Silent Spring, printing Chapter 9 (pp. 129-152, plus footnotes). "Distributed as a public service by the National Wildlife Federation." Corner crease to one inner page, else fine in stapled wrappers. A scarce, ephemeral publication; we could find no listing for this in OCLC. Carson was posthumously inducted into the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Hall of Fame. [#032638] $375
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(Washington, D.C.), (American Nature Association), 1939. A 3-page article in which Carson argues that starlings, introduced to the U.S. nearly 50 years prior, are more than earning their keep. Eugene Scheiffelin, head of the American Acclimatization Society, introduced two flocks into Central Park, one in 1890 and one in 1891; his motive (not mentioned by Carson) was a desire to import every bird ever mentioned in a work by Shakespeare (starlings had been mentioned once, in Henry IV.) This issue (June-July) is here bound together with the issues for the remainder of 1939, in a hand-lettered university library binding (with "discard" stamp inside the front cover and a circulation pocket at rear). The Carson issue is fine; the binding has a corner bump and is very good. A scarce Carson appearance. [#029061] $275
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Porthenys, [Self-Published?], 1988. Copy #58 of 100. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen and with a typed letter signed laid in: "I found this one copy of this tiny book, and I thought to send it to you the night before our departure for the old world (well it's all old and new isn't it?). I hear that you had a similar experience to what these little poems speak out from..." Chaskey continues in the letter with more personal news. More than 100 words. Poet-farmer Chaskey was the longtime head of Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, New York, in eastern Long Island, and is considered "the spiritual father of the community farming movement." His first full-length book, the influential This Common Ground, was published in 2005; this chapbook precedes that book by nearly two decades. Near fine in self-wrappers. [#032274] $200
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NY, Ticknor & Fields, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a novel of a backwoods Maine family which was both critically acclaimed and a surprise bestseller. With a long inscription from Chute to fellow Ticknor & Fields author Madison Smartt Bell, whose novel Waiting for the End of the World was published the same year. "For Madison & Beth [Bell's wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires] - fellow writers waiting for the end of the world. xoxox Carolyn/ May 6, 85/ [Publisher's name circled] Publishers of Dickens, Longfellow, Bell, Chute and others. May you have your dream house soon! A RAT-less one." With Madison Smart Bell's ownership signature. Further inscribed by Chute, eight years later, to famed [and later, murdered] book collector Rolland Comstock: "So, how did you get Madison and Beth's copy? They are my friends! Madison, a better novelist than me. Beth, a super poet. They have their house now. And a baby girl." Faint crease to front cover, likely from so much inscribing; near fine in wrappers. Laid in is a folded five-page press release from Ticknor & Fields, the text of which is a transcription of excerpts of the highly entertaining correspondence Chute sent to her editor during the pre-publication process. A wonderful, unique association copy. [#032639] $500
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NY, Scout Press, (2015). The advance reading copy of Clegg's first novel and the first book from Scout Press. Longlisted for the National Book Award and the Booker Prize. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon: we find no U.S. advance copy currently listed online, and one U.K. copy; printed proofs and galleys are tending to be much scarcer, and receive much more limited distribution, than was the case in years past -- and even then they were scarce relative to the published editions. [#032277] $125
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Self-Published, [ca. 1980s]. A collection of 12 poems, velobound, in gold-stamped plastic covers, by a writer who was closely involved with the San Francisco Bay Area literary scene for decades. Herbert Gold was one of the many writers who made his home in the Bay Area during that time, and this collection includes one poem titled after each of Gold's books of fiction up until 1980 (with one book un-poemed). Near fine. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Unusual, highly uncommon artifact of one of the great literary centers of postwar America. [#032278] $150
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Self-Published, [ca. 1980s]. A collection of 14 poems, each poem titled with Connell's book titles, "selected and edited by Ruth Costello," although no other author is given. With a foreword by novelist Anne Lamott, the adoptive daughter of one of Costello's close friends, Mary Turnbull, a "literary champion and patron of the arts," and later a longtime bookstore owner in Marin County. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Near fine. Laid in is a printout of a 1985 Costello poem, "For Lama Anagarika Govinda," with a note in Matthiessen's hand on the verso. [#032279] $150
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NY, Talese/Doubleday, (2007). The advance reading copy of Crace's novel: this copy was used by John Crowley for review purposes and bears his markings in the text and three pages of notes in the prelims, in Crowley's calligraphic hand. Crowley's review appeared in the Washington Post. There is also a blurb by Crowley (about Crace's Being Dead) printed on the rear cover of this advance reading copy. Near fine in wrappers. [#029299] $150
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1988. Original unpublished, unique ink rendering of Bukowski, signed by Crumb and dated '88. Crumb worked with Bukowski several times in the 1980s, illustrating two short books, Bring Me Your Love and There's No Business, that were published by John Martin's Black Sparrow Press. Around the same time, Crumb produced three writers' portraits - Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs - for a series of posters (and later t-shirts) entitled "Meet the Beats," published by Water Row press. This portrait of Bukowski was reported to its previous owner as having been prepared for a second round of author portrait posters, but was never used. Crumb published many images of Bukowski over the years, but we can find no evidence that this one -- the most "formal" portrait we have seen of Bukowski by Crumb -- was ever published. 11" x 14" (presumably, standard sketchbook size), now framed to 12-1/2" x 15-1/4". Fine. A unique work of art linking the preeminent underground cartoonist with one of the preeminent writers of his time, whose work provided a link between the Beat generation and the 1960s counterculture and beyond. [#032695] SOLD
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Boston, Little Brown, (1967). His first book, a novel of contemporary cowboy life that was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best novels of the year. Inscribed by Decker to Wallace Stegner's son, the writer Page Stegner and his first wife, Marion: "For Page and Marion/ with the hope that it won't offend their Aesthetics or drive them over the Edge/ Bill." Two of Page Stegner's books were titled The Edge and Escape into Aesthetics, hence the wording of the inscription. A nice association copy of a highly regarded Western novel. Decker went on to become an editor at several publishing houses, and edited such writers as Ernest Gaines, Larry McMurtry and Wallace Stegner himself. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small stains to the spine and rear panel, which also sports a very supportive blurb by Wallace Stegner, part of which is also reproduced on the front panel. [#032704] SOLD
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1980, 1982. Two letters from Dickey to John Crelan, director of the Boston-based cultural organization Arts and Society. The first (1980) says he may be willing to do a reading; the second says that his teaching schedule only permits local (South Carolina) appearances. Foxing to the first letter; near fine. The second letter is fine, with envelope. [#032641] $200
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London, Peters Fraser and Dunlop, 1990. Stoppard's "Revised First Draft" screenplay for the film based on Doctorow's novel, released in theaters in 1991, directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Willis, Loren Dean, and Nicole Kidman. Included is a Paramount Pictures internal memo from the year before, summarizing the novel and weighing the challenges of bringing it to the screen, and concluding, "Despite the difficulties here, if a way can be found to bring Billy's journey to the screen with even some of its force and vision intact, this could make a compelling, classy, big film." Paramount, however, ultimately passed on the idea: the film was released, with a Stoppard screenplay, by Touchstone Pictures. The memo is stapled once and folded once; near fine, laid into the screenplay, which is bradbound in plain blue cardstock covers with a small abrasion on the front and a wrinkled corner on the back; near fine. The title is written on the spine and foredge. An interesting look at Hollywood's take on a classic literary novel, and a look at an early version of the film: difficulties in adapting the material to the screen -- as suggested in the Paramount memo -- led to changes in the storyline that caused Doctorow to distance himself from the film, and presumably contributed to the film's relatively poor critical reception and commercial success. Uncommon. [#032280] $650
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(n.p.), Tangram, (2013). A collection of seven-syllable poems. One of 200 copies in saddle-stitched self-wrappers. Dodge is a novelist and poet, and author of Fup, Not Fade Away, and Stone Junction, among others. Small spot to rear cover, else fine. Laid is to this copy is a letter from the publisher, Jerry Reddan, to Peter [Matthiessen] transmitting the copy and saying that Dodge's health and teaching commitments had delayed the title for about 7 years. Uncommon. [#032281] $250
E-list: From the Library of Peter Matthiessen