All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
THOMPSON, Hunter S. and STEADMAN, Ralph
Woody Creek/Loose Valley/Blue Grass/High Desert, Gonzo International/Steam Press/Petro III Graphics/Sylph Publications, (2004). A limited edition of an early, previously unpublished story by Thompson, with 13 illustrations by Steadman. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is Copy Number 3 of 150 numbered copies signed in full by Thompson and Steadman. Quarterbound in black Asahi cloth with illustrated panels and leather spine label stamped in gold. Fine. [#032328] SOLD
(THOMPSON, Hunter S.). WATKINS, Daniel Joseph
(Aspen), (Meat Process Press), (2015). The definitive coffee table book on Thompson's campaign for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, in 1970 -- a moment in the history of the 1960s counterculture unlike any other. This comprehensive look at that moment reproduces hundreds of articles, flyers, posters, photographs, artwork and other documents of that time, along with text that provides historical context, and numerous quotes of Thompson from a variety of sources. Signed by the author, Daniel Joseph Watkins. Foreword and afterword by Bob Braudis; edited by Ajax Phillips. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032680] SOLD
1979, 1980. Four letters from Thomson, widely considered one of the most important and influential American composers and music critics of the 20th century. Written to John Crelan, founder and director of the cultural organization Arts and Society. The first informs Crelan that he has set to music for solo voice work by the poets Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, Max Jacob, and Georges Hugnet, and that he also has three full length operas (two featuring work by Stein and one featuring work by Jack Larson), and further that he finds Crelan's suggestion of a concert in Boston involving his work "most agreeable." The second letter confirms the date and venue and inquires about payment if there is to be a radio or television broadcast. The third and fourth continue to speak of the types of travel arrangements that were necessary in the era when one might need to send a postcard to a hotel should the timing of an appointment change. All letters fine, with mailing envelopes included. [#032679] $400
NY, Random House, (1970). Two volumes: both a review copy of the first edition and the uncorrected proof copy of Toffler's massively successful book naming the disorientation caused by the accelerated pace of cultural and technological change. The first edition has some mild edge-foxing and is near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a shallow crease to the rear panel. Folded in fourths and laid in are three different 2-legal-page press releases: "Future Shock May Be Key Disease of Tomorrow," "Movement for 'Responsible Technology' Needed to Combat Future Shock," and "To Prevent Future Shock, Schools Must Teach About Tomorrow." From the first: "When people complain they can't cope, what is it they can't cope with?" From the second: "... technological questions can no longer be answered in technological terms alone. 'They are political questions...we need a machinery for screening machines.'" From the third: "Today events are moving so swiftly that only another [post-John Dewey] radical shift in our 'time-bias' can save our children. The schools must develop future-consciousness." Together with the uncorrected proof copy, which is a tall, fragile, pad-bound proof, the text block of which seems perfectly fine, but the covers and spine have some staining and insect damage, and the covers are likely to detach in time. Because of the fragile nature of the proof, only a cursory search was made for textual variations from the published version, which revealed only that the Acknowledgements were moved from front to rear (and the spelling changed) and a change was made to the book's dedication. Uncommon advance states of one of the bestselling books of its time, and a book whose title became a part of the vernacular. [#032329] $1,500
TOOLE, John Kennedy
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1980. Signed by Walker Percy. A posthumously published novel that was the first work of fiction published by the LSU Press: and which had a very small first printing (reportedly 2500 copies), Initially the book was rejected by dozens of publishers and the author committed suicide in 1969. Years later the author's mother brought the manuscript to Walker Percy, insisting that he read it. Percy overcame his initial hesitations and championed the book, arranging for its publication and contributing an introduction. Excellent reviews and word of mouth led to its becoming a best-seller, and it won the Pulitzer Prize. One tiny foredge spot, else a fine and tight copy (the boards tend to splay on most copies) in a very near fine, first issue dust jacket with only trace wear to the corners and a hint of rubbing near the spine crown. A high spot of American fiction over the last half century. [#032691] SOLD
March 11 . A typed letter signed by Tyler, responding to a woman who had written to her, apparently after reading Tyler's article "Please Don't Call It Persia" in The New York Times Book Review, in which Tyler reviewed three Iranian novels, including Identity Card by F.M. Esfandiary. In part: "You are the first person I've ever heard of who's read Identity Card. I was beginning to think it was a figment of my imagination. (There's only one copy in the state of Maryland, which I go to enormous lengths to relocate every few years.)" She also mentions that she has heard from someone who knew Esfandiary personally and that "Esfandiary says he'll never write another novel, which makes me sad." Tyler also relates to her correspondent's tendency to follow impulses, saying that she herself, at 37, is just entering that stage and is "a little amateurish about it so far but trying hard." Lastly she says she will save the recipient's address, but that she hadn't been in New York since she was pregnant with her first child, "now 13." Folded in sixths for mailing. Fine. A warm response by the author to a seemingly intelligent and supportive letter from a fan. [#032692] $125
New Delhi, Consulate General of the Republic of Vietnam, (n.d.). A collection of contemporary essays on South Vietnam, by Indian authors. Stamped "with the Compliments of the Consulate General of the Republic of Viet-Nam in India." An interesting publication from the interim period between the end of the French war and the beginning of the unrest which led to the overthrow of Diem. With photographs of Diem and Madame Nhu, and much optimistic coverage of the current situation. "Library of Congress Surplus Duplicate" stamp on front cover. Small ink scribble to flyleaf; one hole punch to rear cover; lower spine split. Very good in wrappers. An uncommon item: OCLC locates only 12 copies worldwide, variously dated 1957, 1958, or 1959. [#029822] SOLD
(n.p.), Ramparts Magazine, 1965. "A Special Ramparts report." Four views of the war, with an introductory essay on "the Vietnam Lobby." One of the earliest widely distributed critiques of the American efforts in Vietnam and, according to the Editors' introduction, the first to question the basis for the war as opposed to the practicalities of strategy and policy. Ramparts was founded in 1962, was associated with the New Left, and became one of the vanguard critics of established American politics and policy during the 1960s and early 1970s. A number of its staff members became important political and cultural figures in the coming years, including Eldridge Cleaver who joined the Black Panthers, and Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason, who founded Rolling Stone magazine. Sunned, with a few small stains and with spine splitting; about very good in wrappers. [#029851] SOLD
(Los Angeles), Documentary Productions, (1966). A Long-Playing (LP) record documenting, in sound, the experience of "the American Fighting Man" in Vietnam. The contents of the LP include a narrative and sounds of the soldier's experience in Vietnam in 1966, from arrival on jet transport and troopship, training sounds, sounds of artillery and jungle patrol, sniper rounds, mortar attack and artillery response, Vietnamese children, downtown Saigon, etc.; covers the ground war, air war and river war, and the propaganda war with radio excerpts from Armed Forces Radio, Radio Hanoi, and Radio Peking. An unusual, intense and ambitious production, and the only one of its kind we have encountered. It was apparently sold in Vietnam at the time of production; it's not clear if it was also distributed in the U.S. Includes sixteen pages of text and photos inside the fold-out front cover and a Vietnam conflict map folded into the sleeve. The record album and the map are fine; the sleeve is rubbed; near fine. [#029848] SOLD
NY, Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, 1967. A broadside of a letter to the editor first printed in the Akron Beacon Journal on March 27, 1967. "A G.I.'s Dad" wrote to the Journal with tales of atrocity excerpted from his son's letter home. The father's preface to the letter explains that his son enlisted in the Army and asked to be sent to Vietnam because he backed the government's strong policy toward the war. The harrowing and horrifying tale that follows -- beginning with "Dear Mom and Dad: Today we went on a mission and I'm not very proud of myself, my friends or my country..." -- is a classic case of the kind of experience that radicalized the American middle class against the war, not to mention helping to create a generation of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Folded in thirds; worn at the edges and folds and foxed on the verso; a good copy. OCLC locates one copy printed by a different antiwar group than this one, and no copies of this issue. [#029836] $125
(NY), (Guardian), (1969). A special supplement on U.S. genocide in Vietnam, published by The Guardian newsweekly, the largest independent radical weekly in the U.S. at that time. Eight pages, with a long piece on the My Lai (Song My) massacre by the controversial radical newsman Wilfred Burchett; a commentary on Song My by the Vietnamese Provisional Revolutionary Government, which was engaging in peace negotiations with the U.S. in Paris at the time; an excerpt from a 1967 statement "On Genocide" by French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre; a piece on the massacre by Donald Duncan, a former U.S. Green Beret, and more. Newsprint, with small corner chips; near fine. Powerful anti-American and antiwar polemic. Uncommon: OCLC lists three copies. [#029831] $150
(Corinth), (Black Mountain Press), (1969). A broadside printing an article from The Nation on the use of "loaded" language and terms by the mainstream U.S. media during the Vietnam war, and providing counter-examples to the standard usage that illustrate the heavy-handedness and distortion implicit in the conventional terms. An uncommon broadside; we could find no copies on OCLC or listed online. This incarnation of "Black Mountain Press" -- which presumably borrowed its name from the famous artists' college and press of the 1950s -- seems to have existed for only a few years, primarily issuing pamphlets reprinting anti-war works that had appeared elsewhere originally. 8-1/2" x 11". Fine. [#029824] SOLD
NY, Workman, (1970). Elaborate parody prospectus, offering shares in the Vietnam war and suggesting what a good investment such shares would be: "The Company's advertising is carried on domestically by its Chief Executive Officer on network television at prime time, free of charge...Since statements made by the management are not subjct [sic] to standards of truth imposed on other advertisers...the Company believes that it will always be able to obtain its objectives through advertising and public relations campaign." Other sections detail the "Risk Factors": "The Company has been actively engaged in business for over six years and operations to date have not been profitable." A thorough parody, tinged with the cynicism and bitterness that characterized the polarized debate on the war at that point in time. 16 pages; folded once vertically, by design; the word "Read" in pencil on the front; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#029842] SOLD
ROWE, Major James N.
Boston, Little Brown, (1971). One of the early P.O.W. accounts, written by a Special Forces Major who was captured by the Viet Cong in 1963 and escaped five years later. Signed by the author. Additionally, this copy is inscribed and annotated by Elizabeth Starkey, a nurse at the 24th Evac. Hospital in Long Binh where Rowe was taken, identified in the text by Rowe as "my special benefactress, a nurse lieutenant colonel." About a dozen pages of the text tell of Rowe's stay at the hospital, and about half of those pages are annotated by Starkey. Inscribed by Starkey on the first blank, with a long paragraph telling her story, in part: "One does not forget Major Rowe once having met him -- a man of great inner strength." A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with some internal tape-mending. A unique, noteworthy and informative copy of this P.O.W. account; Rowe was later responsible for helping to develop the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) course for American military Special Forces. He was assassinated in 1989 in the Philippines where he was working on counter-insurgency. [#032330] SOLD
Philadelphia, Friends Peace Committee, 1971. A handbook for training high school students in nonviolent protest and activism, including instructions for setting up courses, discussion of methods, evaluating courses and results, etc. Includes a bibliography of readings on nonviolence. Photocopied typescript, printed on three-hole punched paper; owner name and corner crease to front cover; sunning to rear cover; otherwise near fine in stapled pictorial wrappers. Uncommon ephemeral production from a time when antiwar protests, and other protests, had become so commonplace as to warrant training courses for the high school students likely to be involved in such actions. 48 pages, printed on a single side of each sheet. [#029889] SOLD
Chicago, Grace Lutheran Church, 1971. Handbill announcement for a meeting, together with a 3-page reprint of the Joan Baez article on pacifism, "What Would You Do If?" from her book Daybreak. The handbill announces the date and time of the meeting and also the subjects on the agenda. The Baez reprint comprises a dialogue between a self-proclaimed pacifist and an inquisitor who creates hypothetical scenarios to challenge the pacifist's moral stance. Three pages total, folded in half; minor edge sunning and edge wear; very good. Scarce antiwar ephemera. [#029827] SOLD
SMITH, John Russell
[Various places], [ca. 1972-1985]. An archive of materials showing the development of the understanding and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the first decade after the end of the Vietnam war: when the symptoms of the syndrome were first becoming evident, often with a considerable delay between the end of the veteran's service in Vietnam and the appearance of such symptoms, Compiled by John Russell Smith, a Marine Vietnam veteran who was one of the early researchers into PTSD and later earned a Masters degree in clinical psychology from Duke University, the archive consists of Smith's research materials; diagnostic and clinical tools developed for identifying PTSD; original papers by Smith and others on issues involved with Vietnam service and PTSD, including Smith's testimony before Congress on the subject; and treatment notes, including group therapy ("rap group") accounts and other clinical papers. Smith served as a consultant to the US Army's drug education program in the US, Southeast Asia and Europe, and was a delegate of the Catholic Commission of Inquiry. He organized a construction company to train veterans with bad discharges in construction skills and ran a prison program for Vietnam veterans leaving the New York state prison system. In 1974 he was elected Director of the Vietnam Era Veteran National Resource Project charged with coordinating, funding and promoting 400 local veteran self-help projects. From 1975 to 1980 he served as consultant to the American Psychiatric Association in drafting the category on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in its new Diagnostic Manual. By 1981, when he testified before Congress, Smith had been working on these issues for a dozen years. He became the first Director of the National Veterans Administration Stress Center in Cleveland and later expanded his work to include treating first responders, including the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The archive is a revealing look at the development of a methodology for addressing a catastrophic psychological syndrome that appeared in the aftermath of what was, up to that point, the longest war in American history, the first war that America "lost," and a war that polarized the nation for a generation or more, taking a particularly great toll on those who served in it. Of particular interest in the archive are a carbon transcript of a discussion between several researchers, including Smith, on the establishment of a task force for defining catastrophic stress reactions, and a heavily edited draft of a paper by two of them -- Smith and Chaim Shatan, an MD who specialized in Vietnam veterans' postwar psychological problems -- that emerged from their study. Also included: a four-volume training manual for Operation Outreach, a Veterans Administration program for treating PTSD in Vietnam vets; research materials Smith found relating PTSD to earlier wars' problems of "shell shock" and "combat fatigue" and the military's treatment strategies for them over the previous 50 years; the author's military records, as well as a number of plaques he earned for his work; and the books he collected or were given to him. An inventory is available. A seminal archive by one of the early and important researchers in the field, and one of the only ones who served in Vietnam. [#032712] SOLD
Piscataway, (Self-Published), 1995. One of 15 self-published copies of the second edition of these poems by a Vietnam vet heavily influenced by Asian culture. First published in 1972 in an edition of 225. Fine in stapled wrappers, with an autograph note signed by the author laid in. [#029833] SOLD
PATTERSON, Charles F.
Livermore/Rockbridge Baths, Signal Tree Publications, (2002). Poetry about the war written by a Marine veteran and published by a small press that specializes in military-related books. Bump to crown; else fine in like dust jacket. Uncommon. OCLC identifies 16 libraries holding copies. [#029843] SOLD
(n.p.), (Self-published), 2005. Seventeen poems by Vonnegut, computer printed, ringbound, and signed by Vonnegut on the front cover in blue pen, dated 5/26/05. Vonnegut made velobound photocopies of this collection for friends, but this is apparently the original copy he made: the only other one we have seen reproduced the signature and date on the front cover, whereas this signature and date are original. The poems herein were published, individually and in pairs, in issues of the Cornell Daily Sun beginning in October, 2005. They have not been published or collected elsewhere, other than this production that Vonnegut himself did. As it is, unique, and more of a typescript than an edition: the copies made from this one would constitute the edition. Fine. [#032681] SOLD
(n.p.), (Impress), (2012). A collection of more than thirty of the 145 drawings Vonnegut completed in the 1980s. Inscribed by the publisher, Hans Teensma, to Peter [Matthiessen]: "Since meeting Kurt at your house, this is a special gift to you." Also signed by Teensma in the rear of the book. Tall, thin quarto: 9-1/2" x 12-1/2". Splaying to covers, else fine. Scarce, virtually unknown publication; a different volume with the same title was published in 2014. [#032331] SOLD
(WARHOL, Andy). BERRIGAN, Ted, ed.
New York, Lorenz Gude & Ted Berrigan, 1963. The fourth issue of this mimeographed poetry journal, this issue being devoted to the work of poet Edwin Denby, with contributions by him as well as pieces about his work by Berrigan, Frank O'Hara and John Wieners. It is most famous at this point for the cover, which "was designed by Andy Warhol from photographs of poets Edwin Denby and Gerard Malanga." Warhol took a number of Polaroid photographs of Denby and Malanga and then created a silk screen from them for the covers. The clarity and resolution of the images vary from copy to copy of the production, either as a result of the screen getting clogged by re-use or as a result of deliberate manipulation by Warhol; in this copy, the images on the front are clearly two individuals but the resolution is limited and the image presents almost as an abstraction; the rear cover, which is a shot of the two poets kissing, is in this copy virtually entirely abstract. An early and important Warhol production: this is the first known instance of Warhol using Polaroid photographs for making silkscreen images, a practice he came back to later and became his standard approach for portraits. Some edge wear to the covers and the spine, and a tear at the base of the spine; overall very good in stapled wrappers. [#032338] $6,500
WATTS, Alan W.
(NY), Pantheon, (1951). An interpretation for Western readers of Eastern thought and the implications of the mystical experience, by the foremost exponent of Zen and Oriental philosophy in the West for the better part of the century. Signed by the author. Watts's writings about Zen and other Eastern religions date back to the Thirties, and he became an important figure to the Beat movement and later the counterculture as the most accessible purveyor of information about those philosophies and disciplines -- an enormously important role for a generation that was experimenting with altered states of consciousness. These days, when the New Age movement has made every spiritual discipline commonplace, it is hard to imagine a time when information about these ideas and practices was hard to come by and, when found, was more likely to be couched in the analytical terminology of an outsider examining an alien subject than grounded in cultural sensitivity and respect for the human values being represented. Watts's writings helped break down the barriers between East and West and usher in a new level of awareness both about foreign cultures and about universal human truths. Near fine in a good, fragile dust jacket that is spine faded and chipped at the corners and spine extremities and separated at the front fold. With a gift note tipped to the rear free endpaper. Watts's signature is uncommon, particularly from the period before he became an icon and celebrity. [#032332] SOLD
NY, Covici Friede, (1934). The third book by the author of Miss Lonelyhearts and the classic Hollywood novel The Day of the Locust. This is West's sister's copy, with her ownership signature, "Laura Weinstein," on the front flyleaf. West dedicated this copy to his college friend, the comic writer S.J. Perelman, who married Laura in 1929; she was Perelman's co-writer on several screenplays, including Around the World in Eighty Days and two Marx Brothers films, among others; she would later be the dedicatee of West's The Day of the Locust. Nathanael West was born "Nathan Weinstein." Although his sister, Lorraine Weinstein, would later change her name to Laura West and then to Laura Perelman, this book and other of her brother's books that came out of S.J. Perelman's library (and are now in the Special Collections of Brown University) were signed as "Laura Weinstein." Modest foxing to boards, endpages and page edges; a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with a bit of sunning on and near the spine and a few very small edge chips. A much nicer than usual copy of this novel and a unique family association copy as well as being owned by the wife of the dedicatee; one of the best copies imaginable. In a custom clamshell case. [#032700] SOLD
WHARTON, Edith and PARRISH, Maxfield
NY, Century, 1904. The first and only edition of this nonfiction volume, heavily illustrated with photographs, drawings, and 26 full-color plates by Maxfield Parrish. This copy has a three-page autograph letter signed from Edith Wharton tipped in, written to Mrs. Sage, who, along with her husband, were friends of Maxfield Parrish and collectors of his paintings. Wharton's letter is a gracious response: apparently Mrs. Sage had indicated that Wharton's book had been a great help to her and that she was sending Wharton a Piranesi etching of Villa d'Este as a thank you. Also tipped-in is a two-page autograph letter signed from Parrish, written in his elegant, calligraphic hand, and referring to four of his paintings from the Eugene Field children's book, Poems of Childhood, that the Sages own and that Scribner's wanted permission to reproduce. The Field book was the first publication in which Parrish's paintings were reproduced in full color. One of the paintings mentioned, Wynken, Blynken and Nod, sold recently at Sotheby's for $845,000. This copy of Italian Villas and Their Gardens has been extra-illustrated, presumably by Mrs. Sage, with images of various Italian villas, including a large image of Villa d'Este on the front free endpaper and another on the verso of the Parrish illustration of it in the body of the text. The owner's small, tasteful bookplate adorns the front pastedown. A unique copy of this beautiful book, with a history of personal connections to the author and illustrator and subject matter. [#026911] SOLD
(WHITE, E.B.). KINKEAD, Eugene
NY, Knopf, 1955. White provides a foreword to this book about three Russian-born scientists: an arachnologist, an embryologist, and a microbiologist. Three pages, beginning: "The egg! The spider! The protozoan! Promise of life, web of life, life invisible to the naked eye..." Mild offsetting to rear endpages; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with trace fading to the red on the spine. Not an uncommon book, but difficult to find in nice condition. [#029620] $100
NY, Penguin, 2005. A well-received coming of age memoir by an editor of McSweeney's Quarterly, who grew up in a super-rich, socially elite family in San Francisco and then traveled the world with his mother after his parents' divorce having a range of experiences of the sort only available to the upper echelon of society, and largely unintelligible to the young boy. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket rubbed at the edges and the folds. [#032682] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1979). Folded and gathered sheets (f&gs) of Wolff's acclaimed memoir of his (and his brother Tobias') father. A Pulitzer prize finalist, and a book that reinvigorated the genre of personal memoir, foregoing the standard conventions and developing the narrative arc of an extravagant picaresque novel. Wolff has written a number of other acclaimed books, but The Duke of Deception is perhaps his most influential in the way that it opened up the genre to a new level of candidness. Noted memoirist Mary Karr, author of the award-winning memoir The Liar's Club, was so stunned and moved by Wolff's book when she read it in high school that she tried to get her school to bring him in for a reading and talk. Mild foxing to foredge and top edge; near fine. A scarce format of an important book: f&g's are usually only done in a handful of copies. [#032683] SOLD