Catalog 167

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

122.
(n.p.), (n.p.), [2002]. A 25-page script for Moody's radio play, about an art student obsessed with the rotating cubical sculpture in New York City's Astor Place entitled Alamo but commonly known as "the cube." The play first appeared in Paris Review 162, but it was performed as part of WNYC's public radio show, "The Next Big Thing." This script for the performance belonged to Tony Award-winning actor and "Wilson" of television's House, Robert Sean Leonard, who here played the main character, Irv Paley. Leonard's holograph markings and comments appear in the text, i.e., a working copy of the script. Together with a program for the performance listing the cast members and other principals, and a two-page interview with the sculptor of "Alamo," Tony Rosenthal who, among other things, explains where the sculpture got its name. Among the other cast members is Peter Dinklage, currently of Game of Thrones fame. George Plimpton is credited with "Stage Directions" an Moody as Playwright. The place of the performance is not identified, but it would appear that this performance was the one that was recorded for radio play on WNYC in 2002: apparently it was performed again on WNYC in 2004, with a different cast; the later cast included Miranda July and Ethan Hawke. The script is a computer printout on three hole-punched sheets, one sheet of which is recycled from another script, in a plastic binder. Near fine. A unique copy of a rare printed version of an uncommon work by Moody. [#032804] $750
123.
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, [ca. 1917]. The Writings of John Muir was published over several years as a ten-volume set. This publisher's dummy, in green cloth, with gilt lettering, has the author name and publisher on the front cover; uses a "Writings of John Muir" cover as a front pastedown; with a Sierra Edition Vol. VI and Vol. I spine as a front flap, in two styles: gilt on cloth, and black leather label stamped in gilt; the title page is from a 1917 edition of The Story of My Boy-Hood and Youth. The dummy includes portions of a least five of the first six volumes, and approximately two dozen illustrations, including a frontispiece of Muir. The rear pastedown is an example of the three quarter leather binding with marbled paper boards. Offsetting to the endpages, wear to the covers and edges; only a very good copy, but an interesting amalgam, conveying a great deal of information about the forthcoming project in a very small volume that could be easily carried and shown to prospective purchasers. [#032805] SOLD
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NY, Vanguard, (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the Nobel Prize winner's first novel, published two years after its appearance in the U.K. Naipaul is a Trinidadian author of Indian descent, one of the giants of contemporary English literature, and one of the most astute, if acerbic, Western commentators on Third World issues. Spine and a bit of the lower rear edge darkened, apparently from binder's glue rather than sun; some light dustiness to covers and a few gentle turns to page corners; very good in wrappers. An exceedingly scarce proof, by all appearances produced from the text block of the U.K. edition, bound in plain blue wrappers, with the U.S. publisher's label affixed to the front cover. This proof dates from the period when proofs were not routinely produced, which explains the use of the U.K. edition as an "American proof." Bound proofs in that era were little-known publishing artifacts, and were seldom saved, let alone filtered into the rare book market. We've only ever seen one other copy. [#028479] $2,500
125.
(Native American)
(Tucson), ArtsReach, (1995). A collection of work by students in the ArtsReach Imaginative Writing Program, which was for Indian students from the second grade up. Annual anthologies were produced every year from 1989 to 2004. Each issue was edited by a well-known Native American writer, in this case Sherman Alexie, who also provides an introduction. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#032806] $20
126.
(Native American)
(Tucson), ArtsReach, (1991-1995). Three issues of this annual collection of work by students in the ArtsReach writing program. Volume III (1991) is edited and introduced by Momaday; Vol. IV (1992/93) is edited and introduced by Silko; and Vol. VI (1994/95) is edited and introduced by Alexie. Each issue is fine in stapled wrappers. The Momaday issue has a front cover illustration by Leonard Chana, and is signed by Chana. [#032807] $70
127.
(Native American)
DeKalb, Cedar Creek Press, 1980. The wrappered edition of the first book, a collection of poems, by this writer of Choctaw-English-Welsh descent. Signed by the author on the title page and additionally inscribed by him in 1984 to a well-known writer, editor and collector of Western and Native American literature. A hint of sunning; still fine. An uncommon title in any issue -- OCLC locates only 10 copies -- especially scarce signed and as an association copy. [#032808] SOLD
128.
(Native American)
NY, Doubleday, Doran, 1940. Nonfiction by this writer of Choctaw descent, who is best-known for his mystery novels set in Mexico. Downing wrote nine mysteries between 1933 and 1941, with quite favorable responses, and this one book of nonfiction, which was his attempt to branch out from the mystery field. After 1941, not yet 40 years old, Downing gave up writing and retired from the University of Oklahoma and returned to his home town of Atoka, Oklahoma and taught high school. Later he taught the Choctaw language at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A very near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with modest edge wear, one internal tape mend, and fading to the red stripe on the spine. An attractive copy. [#032809] $125
129.
(Native American)
(NY), HarperCollins, (2003). The advance reading copy of this collection of selected and new poems, her first poetry collection in 14 years. Signed by the author. Erdrich is best-known as a novelist: her first novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984; her novel The Round House won the 2012 National Book Award. One shallow corner crease, else fine in wrappers. An uncommon advance issue, and a scarce title signed in any issue or format. [#032810] $125
130.
NY, Aardvark Press, (1960). Signed by the author. Apparently the fourth collection of poems by this Mohawk poet, who has also over the years become an important figure as a publisher -- particularly as a publisher of relatively unknown Native American writers -- as well as casting a high profile as both a Native American writer himself and as a gay writer. Near fine in self-wrappers. Scarce: we've only seen this title a small handful of times, and never signed. Kenny died earlier this year. [#032811] SOLD
131.
(Native American)
NY, Morrow, 1932. The autobiography of Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux holy man, as told to Neihardt, a poet with a long knowledge of, and strong sympathy for, the Plains Indian cultures. A seminal book: the paperback edition, circulating on college campuses in the 1960s, helped re-ignite interest in Native American cultures among non-Natives. Illustrations by Standing Bear, a Minneconjou Sioux and longtime friend of Black Elk. This copy belonged to the artist Irvin "Shorty" Shope and is inscribed to Shope by his wife in 1945, using Shope's Blackfoot name, "Maquea - stumick," or "Wolf Bull." Shope, a cowboy artist who was adopted into the Blackfoot tribe, painted a number of portraits of Native American leaders over the years. Later inscribed by Shope's son to his own daughter. Foxing to top edge and offsetting to endpages; a near fine copy in a fair, price-clipped dust jacket: the majority of the jacket is present, albeit in large pieces, with the spine subtitle (the Life Story of an Oglala Sioux) laid in. Rare in any dust jacket. [#027442] SOLD
132.
NY, D. Appleton, 1925. The Cherokee author's first book and, with D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded, one of the two most important debuts of modern Native American writers. This one, however, preceding McNickle's book as it does by over a decade, may rightfully be called the first Native American novel of the modern era. Signed by Oskison. A small amount of foxing to the book, and some general, modest signs of wear to the cloth; a very good copy, lacking the scarce dust jacket. A landmark volume, seldom encountered at all, let alone signed. [#028491] $1,250
133.
(Native American)
(n.p.), (n.p.), [ca. 1976]. Mixed carbon typescript and photocopy typescript, with an occasional ribbon copy sheet, of the author's first novel, published in 1977, one of the highlights of the "Native American Renaissance." The sheets are held in a black spring-loaded thesis binder, and a four-page autograph letter signed from the author explains that the black binder copy of the manuscript served as a talisman for her, to ward off danger -- the danger being that she would be unable to get to do her writing, and would "end up a housewife." Later in the note she says, "The black binder contains only a xerox of CEREMONY, but it is the best evidence I have of what my ideas for CEREMONY were." The note also recounts a little-known (unknown?) circumstance of the publication of Ceremony, in which Richard Seaver, the editor and publisher, decided to change the ending, without Silko's knowledge, something she only discovered when she saw the galleys for the book. Silko calls this copy of the manuscript a "talisman" and an "amulet" and says it "isn't very interesting otherwise." However, by our count it comprises 325 pages, of which 93 have original holograph edits to them -- sometimes small, other times quite significant, including a four page section marked to be cut -- while another 105 pages reproduce holograph changes in the manuscript. So nearly 2/3 of the pages show changes, and the text clearly differs notably from the published book. A unique copy of one of the most important Native American novels of the 20th century, whose publication and critical reception helped open the way for a generation of Native writers to be published and have their voices heard. Her holograph ownership name, "Leslie Marmon Silko," inside the front cover. The black binder is dusty; some of the paper has yellowed with age; overall very good. [#032812] SOLD
134.
Los Angeles, 20th Century Fox, 1940. The revised shooting final screenplay, dated December 15, 1939, although with 24 pages of colored inserts dating from January and February, 1940. Machine stamped "copy #1," belonging to the producer Darryl F. Zanuck. This was one of the two screenplays that O'Hara worked on from September to December 1939 and shared screenplay credits for, in this case with Karl Tunberg and Don Ettlinger. The movie was produced by Zanuck, and starred Vera Zorina, Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre. Quarto; mimeographed pages with blue revision sheets inserted. Near fine in printed studio wrappers. Rare. [#025153] $2,000
135.
(NY), Delacorte Press, (1974). Both a review copy and an uncorrected proof copy of her first novel, begun in 1932 -- a chapter of it was published in the Partisan Review in 1934 -- and set aside for 40 years while the author raised her four daughters, engaged in political activism, and published Tell Me A Riddle, a collection of three short stories and an O'Henry Award-winning novella. The uncorrected proof copy is inscribed by the author to noted bookseller Burt Britton: "Dear Burt - I am sorry you have this - I am sorry I could not prevent this edition with its changes made by an impertinent copy editor, and a publisher who refused to print corrections to original copy, and all the changes and revisions I felt necessary after seeing these proofs. The paperback is right. Tillie." Olsen has also signed her name in full on the same page; written an illegible note ("genuine .... smear") on the front cover, which she has initialed; corrected the publication date on the information sheet on the inside front cover; and added "and an unnamed copyeditor" to the author credit. A hint of spine sunning, else fine in wrappers. Together with a review copy of the first edition, signed by Olsen on the title page, and inscribed by her under the front flap: "For Burt Britton, Book Lover - See note in uncorrected page proof. Thank you for caring for this anyway. Tillie Olsen 1976." Fine in a very near fine, mildly spine-sunned dust jacket, with review slip laid in. Books inscribed by Olsen -- whose handwriting is so tiny as to be almost unreadable -- are uncommon. The proof and the book are housed together in a custom clamshell case. [#028867] SOLD
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Garden City, Doubleday, 1959. A wonderful association copy of her first book, a collection of stories, by a writer who helped define the role of women and politics in contemporary literature: engaged without being didactic, Paley focused on both the ordinariness and the wonder of everyday life. Inscribed by Paley to Jean Stafford and her third husband, the journalist A.J. Liebling: "To Jean & Joe -- Grace Paley." Like Paley, Stafford's greatest medium was the short story: her Collected Stories won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. Paley's Collected Stories, which included stories from this title, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, 25 years later. Offsetting to the endpages; near fine in a very good dust jacket with spotting to the rear panel and rubbing to the folds. [#029162] $750
137.
(The Paris Review)
(Paris), (The Paris Review), (1952-1970). A complete run of the first 50 issues of the groundbreaking literary journal started by Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton and Harold Humes, which introduced a large number of the most highly respected 20th century writers to their first readers, including Philip Roth, V.S. Naipaul, Adrienne Rich, and others. Jack Kerouac's first excerpt from On the Road was published within, as was Beckett's Molloy and the first pieces from Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries. The "Writers at Work" series of interviews included was another unparalleled feature and included talks with such writers as William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, William Burroughs, Joan Didion, and others. The first four issues are signed by one or more of the founders: Issues 1 & 2 by Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton, and issues 3 & 4 by Plimpton alone. Consecutive runs of the early issues, which included so many notable debuts, are difficult to assemble these days, let alone with the early copies signed by the founders, who are now deceased. One of the influential literary journals of the postwar years. All issues are in very good or better condition. [#032813] SOLD
138.
Boston, Little Brown, (1997). Inscribed by Pelecanos to the writer Kent Anderson, "with anticipation." King Suckerman is the sixth book by Pelecanos, who would, in the following decade, become a writer for HBO's The Wire. While it's not clear what the anticipation in the inscription refers to, the timing suggests it may be that Pelecanos was looking forward to the release of Anderson's novel Night Dogs, which had been published in a small press edition a year earlier, and would be published by Bantam the following year. In an interview on Pelecanos' website, he calls Night Dogs "hands-down the best cop novel ever written." A nice association copy. Minor spotting lower board edge; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029409] $250
139.
London, Heinemann, (1960). A review copy of the true first edition of her first book, issued in an edition of only 500 copies, and the only collection of her poetry published in her lifetime -- by a writer who is nonetheless universally considered among the most influential poets of the postwar era. Her only other book published before she committed suicide was the autobiographical novel The Bell Jar. This copy of The Colossus belonged to literary critic A.E. Dyson and was used for his extensive and ardently positive 4-page review in Critical Quarterly, the publication he co-founded. Dyson's notes run throughout the text of the book, on to both rear endpages, and across both jacket flaps. Perhaps more than 500 of Dyson's words in the text -- almost every page has marks and comments, sometimes extensive ones -- which became a more than 1000-word review. The review concluded that the book "establishes Miss Plath among the best of the poets now claiming our attention; the most compelling feminine voice, certainly..." For a writer who was living and writing in the shadow of her more famous husband, the poet Ted Hughes, who was acquainted with such figures as T.S. Eliot and others, Dyson's review helped to convey to Plath that she too could be recognized on her own terms as a worthy poet. A copy of the Summer 1961 Critical Quarterly with the review is included; it also features two additional, previously unpublished, Plath poems. Dyson first encountered Plath the year before, when she submitted a poem called "Snake" (later "Medallion") to a Critical Quarterly competition, which she won, the judges being Philip Larkin, C.B. Cox, and Dyson himself. Minor foxing to the top edge, with a slight spine slant and two foredge bumps; near fine in a very good dust jacket with rubbing to the joints, very small edge chips, and some staining and darkening that is mostly visible on the rear panel. A noteworthy copy of an important and uncommon first book. [#032814] SOLD
140.
London, Faber and Faber, (1979). Signed by Priest, and with an autograph letter signed by Priest to John Fowles laid in, saying Faber was intending to send him a copy but Priest feared it would be misconstrued as a review solicitation, given the strong review Fowles had given a previous book [A Dream of Wessex], so Priest was sending a copy along himself so that it be received only as "inadequate appreciation for a lot of kind encouragement. You do not even have to read it! (However, if you have the time to glance through "The Negation" you might discover a fingerprint I put in for you....)" One may infer Priest means a metaphorical fingerprint, as no actual fingerprint is in evidence. An Infinite Summer is a collection of stories, including the first of his stories to feature the Dream Archipelago, which appears in a number of his works. Priest has won the James Tait Black Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the British Science Fiction Association's award for Best Novel four times. The book is fine in a fine dust jacket, with Fowles' blindstamp on the front flyleaf; the letter is folded to fit in the book, else fine. Fowles, in his A Dream of Wessex review, had called Priest "one of our most gifted young writers of science fiction...I think not only H.G. Wells but Thomas Hardy himself would have enjoyed and approved of it." A nice literary association copy between two highly regarded British writers. [#029605] $450
141.
(Psychedelics)
Santa Fe, San Vicente Foundation, [ca. 1949]. Ten page typescript on peyote use among Indians of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, including the Huichol, Tarahumara, Comanche, Kiowa and Arapaho tribes, among others. Noted as San Vicente Foundation Publication No. 2 and undated, but apparently dating from around 1949: Publication No. 1 was in December, 1948. Underhill's first book, Autobiography of a Papago Woman, was published in 1936 while she was working on her Ph.D. After she received her degree she worked for the U.S. government on issues related to Indian education, and she became one of the most prominent anthropologists on the subject of southwestern U.S. Indian tribes and cultures. This appears to be the typescript of Underhill's piece, prepared for publication, rather than the published version, which ran to 14 pages and had the bibliographic references on a separate sheet. That itself is a scarce publication: OCLC locates only 3 copies. This, presumably, is unique. Two side staples, minor edge wear and age toning; still about near fine. [#032815] SOLD
142.
(Psychedelics)
Minneapolis, Neurology, 1955. An offprint from the May 1955 issue of Neurology by a medical doctor who was a founder and president of the American Academy of Neurology and a president of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Inscribed by the author: "To W K Sherwood/ c my sincere compliments/ Howard D. Fabing." An early paper on the use of LSD in clinical applications, and treatment of side effects. LSD's psychedelic properties were inadvertently discovered in 1943, by Albert Hofmann, who had first synthesized the drug in 1938 from ergot, a fungus. In the 1950s its possibilities as a therapeutic tool, a chemical weapon, and a means of mind control were all being studied, among other uses. Fabing's paper deals with treating the side effect of psychosis, known to be a risk with the use of LSD and other psychedelics. In addition to his scientific publications, Fabing also wrote a number of articles for Harper's magazine, on psychedelic mushrooms, the treatment of epilepsy, and other subjects. 10 pages, side-stapled. Light staining to covers, else near fine. [#032816] SOLD
143.
(Psychedelics)
NY, Self-Published, (1959). Issue #8 of Green's self-published newspaper, Newspaper, which he founded to extol the writing of William Gaddis, whose first novel appeared in 1955 and was dismissed by critics: "jack green" (a pseudonym) created "newspaper," and wrote as a literary critic, praising Gaddis' work, and his efforts are believed to have been the spur for the new edition of The Recognitions published in 1962. Gaddis' novel eventually made Time magazine's list of the 100 best novels from 1923 to 2005. This issue of newspaper has a 7-page cover story by Green (out of 8 total pages) on his experience with peyote, one of the few times he focused the paper on a subject other than literature, especially Gaddis. Legal-sized paper, mimeographed, one staple, age-toned, folded in half. A landmark issue of a culturally important and influential underground publication. A very good copy. [#032817] SOLD
144.
(Psychedelics)
1966. Four page statement (two sides of two pages), arguing against the standard I.Q. test as a relevant measure of consciousness expansion under the effects of LSD and for a religious exemption for his psychedelic church from laws prohibiting its use, on the order of the exemption for Native Americans' use of peyote, with a brief detour to state that the members of the Neo-American Church regard Timothy Leary "with the same special love and respect as was reserved by the early Christians for Jesus..." Before 1966, LSD was legal, was legitimately produced by pharmaceutical companies, and was used legally in clinical research and, to some extent, in therapies and in clinical experiments. However, its use was beginning to penetrate the culture at large, first among "beatniks" and their cultural descendants, who were not yet called a "counterculture." Different states began to pass laws against its use, including California, where Ken Kesey's "acid tests" had drawn relatively large numbers of people to try it publicly, and New York, where Timothy Leary had created a haven for its use on his estate in Millbrook. Photo-reproduction, some edge-sunning; near fine, with a corner staple. [#032818] SOLD
145.
(Psychedelics)
Berkeley/San Francisco, University of California Extension, 1966. A small grouping of items related to the LSD Conference, including the advance program and application for enrollment, which is stamped with a change of location, to San Francisco, from, apparently, Berkeley; the day-by-day agenda of the six-day event; a proposed 6-page declaration of basic agreements circulated to participants for their input in order to help guide what, these days, would be called the "media spin"; a 2-page abstract of Sterling Bunnell's paper on the "Pharmacology of Hallucinogenic Drugs"; an 8-page paper (plus tables and graphs) on "LSD and the Dying Patient" by Eric Kast, who was not available to present his paper in person (a discussion on it was led by Sidney Cohen); a mimeographed list of nine films relating to psychedelic drugs which were shown (twice) on the fifth evening; an 8-page collection of 17 short bios of participants, including Timothy Leary, Abram Hoffer and Richard Blum; a preliminary 6-day agenda, which initially combined the program with brief biographical notes; and a 4-page bibliography of "Books on LSD-Type Drugs." Documentation of one of the early efforts to bring LSD use into mainstream acceptance by giving a coherent scientific veneer to the discussions and arguments over its uses. Again, this was in part a response to the fact that states were beginning to put in place obstacles to acquiring and using LSD, turning it into an outlaw drug. The lot is fine. [#032819] SOLD
146.
(Psychedelics)
San Francisco, University of California Medical Center/Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic, (1967-1969). The first four issues of this journal (Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 2; Vol. 2, Nos. 1 and 2), each edited by David E. Smith, M.D., medical director of the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic. The first issue has a number of lengthy, scholarly articles on "Psychedelic Drugs and the Law" and includes a bibliography as well as a glossary. The second volume, "Psychedelic Drugs and Religion," includes pieces by Timothy Leary, Meher Baba, among others. The third volume focuses at length on marijuana -- pharmacology, patterns of use, legislation, etc. The fourth volume is a review of amphetamine abuse. The first issue is a sixth printing, revised; the other issues are first printings. Each is a quarto; three are tapebound; three state "belongs to 409 office" on the cover. An interesting journal, for both its pharmacological and its sociological content: each issue contains various case histories taken from the Haight-Ashbury community of the late Sixties, and the experiences of those staffing the Medical Clinic, in addition to more general scientific and legal information. The journal still exists, under the name The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. There is a bit of light sunning and surface soiling; the cloth tape on the bindings is slightly frayed; a near fine set. [#032820] SOLD
147.
(Psychedelics)
San Francisco, University of California Medical Center/Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic/STASH, (1967-1971). The first six issues of this journal (Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 2; Vol. 2, Nos. 1 and 2; Vol. 3, Nos. 1 and 2), each edited by David E. Smith, M.D., medical director of the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic. The first issue has a number of lengthy, scholarly articles on "Psychedelic Drugs and the Law" and includes a bibliography as well as a glossary. The second volume, "Psychedelic Drugs and Religion," includes pieces by Timothy Leary, Meher Baba, among others. The third volume focuses at length on marijuana -- pharmacology, patterns of use, legislation, etc. The fourth volume is a review of amphetamine abuse; the fifth volume focuses on LSD; and the sixth volume on "Drug Abuse - 1971." The first issue is a sixth printing, revised; the fourth issue is a second printing; all other issues are first printings. Each is a quarto; one is tapebound. There is a small spot on the cover of the fourth issue; the set is near fine. [#032821] SOLD
148.
(Psychedelics)
Westbury, PJB Publications, (1975). A review copy of this massive reference work: "For Review/ 29.75" written in pen on the title page; "M.D. Publications" stamped on the front flyleaf and their address stamps on the top edge. The spine of the dust jacket has a list of "collaborating authors" that includes Albert Hofmann, Harold Abramson, Jack Peter Green, and others. Glue patch rear pastedown; a very bulky book, 950+ pages, still near fine in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket with a large but light stain to the upper front edge, and some glue offsetting to the rear flap. Publisher's promotional flyer laid in. [#032822] SOLD
149.
(Psychedelics)
NY, John Wiley and Sons, (1975). Medical/scientific study of hallucinations edited by two UCLA professors, one of them the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, the other a professor in the Department of Psychology. With a number of color images by David Sheridan and Yando (Hildebrando de Rios), a Peruvian artist who was the son of a Peruvian ayahuasca healer; the images attempt to represent various hallucinations including the visual imagery induced by different drugs, such as marihuana and LSD. Creasing to prelims, tap to spine base; a very good copy in a very good dust jacket. [#032823] SOLD
150.
NY, Viking, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of Pynchon's landmark third novel, winner of the National Book Award as well as the William Dean Howells Medal for the best work of fiction by an American over a five-year span. Gravity's Rainbow became the benchmark for postmodern American fiction upon publication and secured its mysterious and reclusive author's place in the postwar American literary pantheon. Pynchon's identity and whereabouts have consistently remained elusive, and his publications have increasingly tended to be well-guarded secrets up to the moment of publication. For a number of years it was reported that no proofs of Gravity's Rainbow had been done, with Viking itself reportedly having confirmed that; however, in recent decades a number of examples of this massive (760 pages) proof have shown up on the market. Approximately 15 pages marked in the margin, possibly by a reviewer: half in blue pen, half in pink crayon. An additional page marked directly on the text by a far younger reviewer/critic, in purple crayon. Tiny tear near the spine base; spine a bit sunned, obviously read; still a very good copy in wrappers. [#025162] SOLD
152.
(Portland), Tin House Books, (2006). The first issue, with the original title, before Viking, Pynchon's publisher, forced a recall and a retitling to Pictures Showing What Happens On Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. 760 pages of pictures, each page, well, showing what happens on each page of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. The second issue had a new title label affixed to the front cover; there was also a hardcover issue that was re-titled by way of a slipcase. This, the issue in wrappers, is not only the first issue but is also signed by both Zak Smith and by Steve Erickson, who provides the introduction. Smith's images were shown at the Whitney Museum in 2004 and are now in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Uncommon first issue of a landmark creative imagining of Pynchon's magnum opus, one of the most highly praised and enigmatic books in American literature. A fine copy. [#032824] SOLD
E-list: From the Library of Peter Matthiessen