All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
(Toronto), Lester & Orpen Dennys, (1989). The first Canadian edition of what may be Irving's best-loved book (a substantial claim for a book by the author of The World According to Garp), a part of which was the basis for the movie Simon Birch. Published simultaneously with the first U.S. trade edition, but in much smaller numbers. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket [#032785] SOLD
(n.p.), (n.p.), [ca. 1997-98]. An advance issue consisting of velobound, double-sided typescript. 743 pages. A very uncommon format -- we've seen this typescript once before, but in a different type of binding. It appears to predate any publisher's production of this title; the earlier copy we had seen had been sent to a U.K. reader whose blurb appeared on the U.K. advance reading copy. Velo binding cracked at the front, missing the bottom third; otherwise near fine. [#032786] $450
Toronto, Knopf Canada, (2001). The uncorrected proof copy of the first Canadian edition. Inscribed by Irving on the title page. Fine in wrappers, with the dust jacket art bound in. An uncommon proof copy, and especially scarce signed; we've never seen another one. [#029483] $450
(Putney), Year of Dog Press, 1972. A very early Irving appearance, a poem, in one of 650 numbered copies of this attractively printed and bound anthology. This is Copy No. 83. Signed by printers and designers Georgia Gojmerac and Kelly Lee. Robert Bly also contributes, among many others. Fine in a fine dust jacket that is adhered to the rear board, possibly by design. [#032788] $150
Springfield, Springfield High School, 1952. High school yearbook, from Kesey's junior year in school. Inscribed by Kesey to fellow junior Frances McGinnis in red colored pencil: "Fran, I sure will miss your tight sweaters and sexy glances from english. Ken Kesey [with a sketch of a rabbit coming out of a top hat]." In addition to his junior class picture, Kesey is pictured on the football team, the wrestling team (three times), in the National Thespian Society, and as a member of Varsity S (in charge of "keeping order at school sponsored activities and generally upholding the school's reputation"). The senior class size was 194 students, which suggests the total number of copies of the yearbook might have been about twice that, around 400. A couple dozen other inscriptions, some rubbing to the corners of the padded covers; near fine. [#029113] SOLD
Springfield, Springfield High School, 1953. High school yearbook, from Kesey's senior year. Inscribed by Ken Kesey to junior Stephen Morrison: "To a friend from a friend all the luck in the world. '53. Ken." Kesey is pictured in a number of places in the yearbook: as a member of the Senior Council; as "social promotor" [sic; also prescient, given Kesey's later cultural role]; in his senior picture; as "most talented"; in the Debate Club; in the Varsity "S" club for lettermen promoting the betterment of athletics; performing (shirtless) in the play "Submerged" (Kesey is mentioned but not pictured as a member of the Thespians); as crowned the king of the "Frosty Fantasies" annual winter party; in the student body play "Dear Ruth"; as court nominee at the P.E. Festival; as a Senior player for Varsity football and in the team picture (Kesey played "outstanding ball in the Miller line, [and] gained a berth on the All-District second team"); on the wrestling squad (more shirtlessness); and lastly as a senior on the wrestling squad, with the caption, "Ken Kesey, the 'Hooded Terror,' was perhaps just what the name indicates. Ken took third in District 6, first in Big Six, and third in State. He won 17 out of 20 matches during the season and wrestles in the 178 class." As this was Morrison's yearbook, it is has the customary hundred or so inscriptions from friends in addition to Kesey. Padded covers are rubbed, particularly at the corners. Still, a very good copy, and extremely uncommon to find signed by Kesey: with a senior class of less than 200 students and six decades having passed since their graduation, the number that will have survived this long is probably very small. [#028934] SOLD
(n.p.), University of Oregon, 1954-1957. Four volumes: Kesey's college yearbooks for his four years at the University of Oregon, where he would later teach a graduate writing course, and where his archive resides. In Oregana '54, Kesey is pictured as a member of Stizer Hall, as a member of the freshman wrestling team, and at the WRA Festival. Rubbing to the edges; very good. Oregana '55 pictures Kesey as a member of Skull and Dagger, in the shadows of a stage production, and as a member of Beta Theta Pi. Some foxing and mustiness; very good. In Oregana '56, Kesey is pictured as a member of the Druids (an organization of the most outstanding men in the junior class); a member of the Order of the O (charged with enforcing campus traditions); a columnist for the Oregon Daily Emerald; a cast member of Macbeth; a member of Beta Theta Pi (a mark on this page reverses the names of two rows of men); and a member of the wrestling team. Minor foxing to covers; near fine. Lastly, his senior yearbook (Oregana '57), shows Kesey as a member of the wrestling team and as a narrator in a "Vodvil" skit. A few stains to rear endpages, some rubbing to covers; very good. [#027164] SOLD
(KING, Martin Luther, Jr.)
JOHNSON, Charles and ADELMAN, Bob
(New York), Viking, (2000). King's story told in the words of National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson, and illustrated with photographs compiled by Adelman, many of them his own images. This copy is inscribed by Johnson to another writer, "with deepest admiration for one of America's finest literary treasures," dated in January 2001, and signed "Chuck." A nice association copy of a powerful and impressive book. Quarto; fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029249] $850
Garden City, Doubleday, 1975. A later printing of his second novel, with the Q41 code on page 439. Inscribed by King in 1980 to the horror writer Stanley Wiater: "For Stanley - With good wishes and much respect. Keep writing; you're good, and will crack through. Best, Stephen King 11/1/80." Earlier in the year King had picked a story by Wiater as the winner of a Boston Phoenix short story contest (see below). As a writer, editor, interviewer and anthologist, Wiater has won the Horror Writers of America's Bram Stoker Award three times. Wiater's Gahan Wilson-designed bookplate on the front pastedown, the only bookplate Wilson ever designed; foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a very good, third issue ($7.95, "Father Callahan") dust jacket with shallow wear to the spine extremities. A nice association copy of an early edition of an early King novel. [#028936] $2,500
1980. April 13, 1980. A one-page letter to Stanley Wiater, a writer whose story, "The Toucher," King had just chosen as winner of the Boston Phoenix short story contest. In his typical self-deprecating way, King writes "You'll notice that I haven't said 'you've won.' I'm a cautious bastard. But it is my understanding that I'm the final judge and so I imagine you have. Just save the celebration until you get notification from the Boston Phoenix." He goes on to say that the story was very good and "reminded me a little of the work of Davis Grubb" and says "it might be published in one of the mystery magazines, if not for the sexual overtones. As you probably know those magazines are usually favored by blue-haired old ladies and they are not into sex." A nice letter from an early point in King's career, just prior to his breakout success. With a color photocopy of the story from the Phoenix. [#032789] SOLD
(Orono), (University of Maine), (1970). Vol. 78, No. 15, January 15, 1970. An issue of the University of Maine's student newspaper from Stephen King's senior year at the university. King is listed on the masthead as a "Columnist" and his column, "king's garbage truck," is included in this issue. Also, the cover illustration is a now-famous photograph of a long-haired Stephen King with a crazed expression on his face, a double-barreled shotgun pointed at the reader, and the caption exhortation "Study, Dammit!!" This is identified as "a public service poster from the makers of: the maine campus." King's column, interestingly, purports to be his Last Will and Testament (a not-unusual conceit for graduating seniors) and among his bequests are the following: "To Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, and John Updike, I bequeath the hope that they will eventually learn to write like me" and "To all my friends with long hair, weird clothes, and strange jewelry, I bequeath the reminder that all of that doesn't mean a damn thing if you don't grow it on the inside as well." Many others are included, almost all of them giving insight into King's values during these formative years. 11-1/2" x 17", 12 pages, printed on newsprint. Lower edge ragged and missing some paper, not affecting any text. Very good. An extremely early Stephen King appearance in print and possibly the first published photograph of him - certainly the first time his image appeared on a "poster." Very scarce. [#032790] SOLD
(Orono), (University of Maine), (1970). Vol. 78, No. 28, April 7 [sic], 1970. "Steve King," as he was known at the time, contributes another installment of his column, a freewheeling essay that is part personal reflection, part social commentary, and part history. It begins "Well, this is almost it - the garbage truck is almost out of gas. Barring accident, death or insanity, I expect to graduate in a few weeks, so the garbage truck has just about rolled its last mile - three or four columns and that will be it...," leading into a reflection of his life and times up to 1962. The two cover stories of this issue are about protests against the Vietnam war, including the shooting deaths of four Kent State University students at an antiwar protest earlier in the week. (The shootings were on May 4, 1970, indicating the date of this issue is erroneous.) 11-1/2" x 17", 12 pages, printed on newsprint. Very good. Scarce. [#032791] SOLD
(Orono), (University of Maine), (1970). Vol. 78, No. 2, June 18, 1970. Second installment, of eight, of this early, still uncollected short story printed in the summer version of the University of Maine campus newspaper from June to August of 1970. 11-1/2" x 17", 8 pages, printed on newsprint. Very good. Uncommon. [#032792] SOLD
Bangor, Castle Rock, (1985-1989). A complete run, less one issue -- Volume 1, Number 8 -- of the Stephen King Newsletter, which published news about Stephen King and his writing, writings by King himself -- including some of his fiction, such as Dolan's Cadillac, long before it came out in book form and such unpublished writings as, in one issue, a detailed and annotated list of King's 10 favorite movies -- as well as King-related material by others. The first four issues were mimeographed on 8-1/2" x 11" paper; the rest were typeset in tabloid format on newsprint. This set belonged to a horror writer who has contributions in some of the issues. The first two issues also include typewritten notes to him from Stephanie Leonard, King's secretary. All but the first four issues are folded for mailing; most have mailing labels, or glue marks where the labels have fallen off. In all, a very good, near-complete contributor's set of this newsletter. [#032793] SOLD
NY, Penguin, 2014. The advance reading copy of Klay's first book, a collection of short stories about Iraq and Afghanistan that won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award for the best first book in any genre. Fine in wrappers, with promotional front flap featuring blurbs by Ben Fountain, Karen Russell, Nathan Englander, Anthony Swofford, Colum McCann and Siobhan Fallon. [#032794] $45
KOONTZ, Dean R. as COFFEY, Brian
Garden City, Doubleday, 1980. One of the dedication copies of this pseudonymous work by the horror/thriller master. Inscribed by Koontz to Mary Ann Prencevic, one of the dedicatees: To Mary Ann, if you'll look ahead to the dedication page, you'll see that my pleasure in having you for a friend is set in cold type for everyone to see. Love, Brian Coffey alias Dean R. Koontz." Koontz is now one of the best-known and best-selling horror and thriller writers after Stephen King, but in 1980 he was much less well-known and had published most of his previous works only in paperback, many of them pseudonymously. This is a relatively early hardcover from Koontz, dating from before the days of his fame and celebrity. Small repaired scuff on the rear pastedown, lower corner bump; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the spine extremities. Scarce: dedication copies seldom turn up on the market, especially by so popular an author as Koontz. [#032795] $1,500
KOONTZ, Dean R.
NY, Putnam's, (1988). One of his first books to be published by a mainstream publisher -- after selling some 40 million books worldwide that were done by paperback or specialty publishers. Inscribed by Koontz with a warm personal inscription: "To ___ - This tale of a guardian angel with a dark side - from a writer with no dark side of his own. (Did you buy that)? As ever, Dean R. Koontz," with a drawing of a lightning bolt above the signature. Together with an autograph letter signed, one full page, transmitting the book and then commenting on a number of things: "When I wrote it, I worried that it was too complicated and wild for the broader mainstream audience. Putnam's was certain of that! But it turns out to be right down their alley, with almost 200,000 in print after only five weeks, which is further proof that publishers often underestimate the reading public's IQ." He also compliments the recipient on a "terrific interview with [Whitley] Strieber" in a recent magazine: "His answers were astonishing at times and perhaps unintentionally illuminating. Great stuff." Signed "Dean." Owner bookplate (designed by fantasy artist Gahan Wilson) on the front flyleaf, otherwise fine in a fine dust jacket; the letter is also fine. [#032796] SOLD
(Northampton), (Gehenna Press), (1974). A limited edition produced by Leonard Baskin's fine press, with illustrations by Baskin -- a portrait of the poet on the title page and an illustration on the colophon. Printed on Amatruda, an Italian hand-made paper, by Harold McGrath. This is copy number 20 of 150 total copies. Signed by Stanley Kunitz. Bound in half vellum and decorated-paper over boards. A couple of light, small, stray marks to the boards. Still fine, without dust jacket, as issued. With a Spring 1975 Gehenna Press catalog laid in. [#032797] SOLD
LE CARRÉ, John
(NY), Viking, (2016). The advance reading copy of this memoir by the writer who brought unprecedented realism to the spy novel during the Cold War, and turned espionage into a metaphor for modern life. In keeping with the trend in publishing to cut back on printed and bound advance copies -- substituting the use of social media and other digital efforts for some of the uses that "galleys" were formerly put to -- this is the only copy of the advance issue that we have seen so far. Fine in wrappers. [#032798] SOLD
NY, Grove, Bloomsbury, (1997-2001). A collection of the early works by the pseudonymous "J.T. Leroy" -- Jeremiah "Terminator" Leroy -- who was supposed to be a young male from California and who turned out to be the writing persona of a female author, Laura Albert, in one of the more controversial literary hoaxes of recent years. "Terminator" first came to literary attention in the Grove Press anthology Close to the Bone: Memoirs of Hurt, Rage and Desire, published in 1997. In this purported memoir, the male teenager dresses in drag and seduces his abusive mother's boyfriend. The transgressive subject matter of his writings and his extreme youthfulness contributed to Leroy becoming a literary sensation. Requests for personal appearances and readings led to Savannah Knoop, the half-sister of Albert's partner, Geoffrey Knoop, traveling to events and posing as Leroy. The hoax unraveled in late 2005, and the case reached a level of controversy uncommon for literary pseudonyms when a film company sued Albert for fraud for signing a contract using her pseudonym and refusing to cooperate on the revised version of the film they wanted to make when the real identity of "Leroy" became known. This collection includes seven items, all of them signed by the "author," although, in fact, these would have been signed by Savannah Knoop prior to one of her appearances as Leroy; in this case the appearance was to have been at the Brooklyn McSweeney's Store, and when she saw how many books had been left for her to sign -- and knowing the intimacy of the venue and how much close contact there would be with the audience -- she signed the books, canceled the reading, and left. The collection is as follows:
- Close to the Bone. NY: Grove (1997). An anthology edited by Laurie Stone and including the first appearance in print of "Leroy," known here as "Terminator," reported to be 16 years old. Signed by the author in the Table of Contents. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
- Same title, the advance reading copy. Signed by the author in the Table of Contents. Fine in wrappers.
- Sarah. (NY): Bloomsbury (2000). His first novel. Fine in illustrated boards without dust jacket, as issued. Signed by the author. Blurbs by Chuck Palahniuk, Mary Gaitskill, Suzanne Vega, Dennis Cooper, Joelf Rose, Lewis Nordan, and others.
- Same title, the advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
- Same title, first softcover edition (2001). Signed by the author. Same blurbs as the hardcover edition, plus review excerpts from the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Style, The Guardian, and others.
- Meteors. (NY): Bloomsbury (2001). An advance excerpt from his then-forthcoming second book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Small red stamp on front cover, otherwise fine.
- The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. (NY) Bloomsbury (2001). His second book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Review copy, fine in a fine dust jacket with promotional material laid in.
1966. Vietnam-themed woodcut by the Austrian artist. Signed, and also inscribed to another artist, Greta Hornung (here "Gretel H") by Leskoschek, and dated 1966. Leskoschek emigrated to Brazil after the rise of Nazism and became an important and influential figure in that country's artistic and graphic design community. He returned to Austria after the Second World War ended. During the Vietnam conflict, Austria was a neutral country and a channel for negotiations. 4" x 5-1/4" image on 8-1/4" x 11" paper. Fine. [#029835] SOLD
NY, Norton, (2010). Inscribed first edition of the author's scathing analysis of the factors that combined to create what we now call "The Great Recession." Lewis, the author of Moneyball and Liar's Poker, is the most accessible and among the most knowledgeable writers on financial subjects in this country, and his delineation of the events behind the financial collapse of 2008 led to this book first becoming a bestseller, in spite of its rather abstruse subject matter, and later the basis of a well-received, star-laden (Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale) movie. Copies of the first edition are somewhat uncommon; signed copies are decidedly so. Tiny corner taps and a small smudge on the front board; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032800] SOLD
NY, Scribner, (1988). A collection of essays on "the bond between mankind and the land and man's heartbreaking betrayal of [it]." Inscribed by Lopez to a fellow writer in the field, "your support has made my road easier, my life richer - in simple gratitude" and signed "Barry." Dated in Lopez's home town, in February of the year of publication. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a short snag at the front spine fold. A very nice inscription and association. [#029938] $350
NY, Knopf, 1994. A collection of stories, the third in a trilogy that began with Desert Notes and continued with River Notes. This copy was sent by Lopez in the month of publication to William Rueckert, literary critic, coiner of the term "ecocriticism," and the author of "Barry Lopez and the Search for a Dignified and Honorable Relationship with Nature," which appeared in the North Dakota Quarterly in 1991. With a typed letter signed from Lopez to Rueckert conveying the book, in part: "You were so insightful about River Notes, I thought you would want to see the book, though I know you've moved on to other things." The letter is approximately 125 words, folded in fourths to fit into the book, else fine. The book has Rueckert's signature on the front pastedown under the flap, and is otherwise fine in a fine dust jacket with a corner crease to the front flap. In its early conceptualization, the trilogy was going to include Desert Notes, River Notes and Animal Notes. Animal Notes was never written: Lopez turned his inspiration for Animal Notes into the groundbreaking nonfiction work Of Wolves and Men, and Field Notes then completed the sequence. [#029327] $150
(Red Wing), (Red Dragonfly Press), (2007). A chapbook documenting a week of despair during which Lopez visited Auschwitz after the launch of the French edition of his book Resistance. First published in the French paper Liberation as "Une phrase de Primo Levi." One of 350 numbered copies, the first 90 of which were signed by Lopez and the artist, Carol Inderieden. This is Copy 40. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#029330] SOLD
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 2010. The advance reading copy of Machart's well-received first novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers, with a cover blurb by Tim O'Brien. [#032801] $70
(MAILER, Norman and PLIMPTON, George)
(NY), (92nd St. Y), (2002). The program and calendar for the January 2002 readings at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y, laid into which is an overview of the scheduled performance of Zelda, Scott and Ernest: A Theatrical Adaptation, which is signed by Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Norris Church Mailer and Tony Quinn. George Plimpton developed the project, based on Hemingway's and Fitzgerald's letters, and writer Terry Quinn helped and suggested adding Zelda Fitzgerald to the production. Mailer played Hemingway; Plimpton played Fitzgerald, and Norris Church Mailer, Mailer's sixth wife, played Zelda. The show had just one appearance at the "Y," followed by sporadic performances elsewhere for a time, including Vermont, Provincetown and Europe. An uncommon, if not unique artifact, of a rare Norman Mailer acting performance. Both the program and the broadsheet are fine. [#032802] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1971). A nonfiction account of an expedition in search of the Great White Shark, for a television documentary. Illustrated with color photographs from the film production. Inscribed by Matthiessen to George Meredith, likely the renowned collector and advertising executive who, like Matthiessen, made his home in eastern Long Island. Some edge foxing and three letters written on the lower edge of the text block; near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#032803] SOLD
(Paris), (Lecram Servant), . A small, early volume by Miller, self-published with money he earned from Tropic of Cancer, according to the bibliography. Shifreen & Jackson A10a. "By Henry Miller" penned on the first blank by the author, also according to the bibliographers. Shifreen & Jackson's comment on the first and second editions: "Miller's name is signed in The First Edition but printed in [the] Second." There is no printed author name in this volume. Roughly 15 pages of text by Miller, intent on soliciting 25 francs a week to send Alfred Perles to Ibiza to finish a novel. Slight surface soiling; very near fine in stapled wrappers. Approximately 3-3/4" x 5". Because of its size and fragility, one of Miller's scarcest "A" items. [#017150] $3,500
(MILLER, Henry). GIONO, Jean
NY, Viking, 1946. The first American edition of this novel by Giono, a writer whom Miller had come to admire while in France and whom he had long worked to get published in the U.S. Inscribed by Miller to his muse and former wife, June: "For June/ from/ Henry, Lepska & Val/ Xmas 1947." Lepska was Janina Martha Lepska Miller, Henry's third wife, and Val was their two year-old daughter. Henry and June had not been in regular touch for several years at this point, but she had recently contacted him and was destitute. He arranged for a friend to send her some money (he was still broke in the U.S.; his books had sold well in France and he had a substantial amount of money there but no way, under postwar regulations, to get it out of the country). His renewed contact with June, however, sparked his getting back to work on the Rosy Crucifixion, which he saw as his masterpiece-to-be, but which had been languishing. The part he was about to embark on -- dealing with his time with June and Jean Kronski -- was full of painful memories that Miller would have to relive in order to write it. The contact with June -- with whom he maintained contact thereafter -- allowed him to revisit that time and those experiences, and to finally bring to fruition the long-contemplated work. The cloth is heavily and unevenly faded; corners bumped; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. An excellent association copy, representing numerous strands of Miller's life over the prior two decades. [#012914] $1,500