All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Anchor, 1997. Annual short story collection, only issued in wrappers. The judges this year were Louise Erdrich, Thom Jones, and David Foster Wallace. Includes stories by George Saunders, Andre Dubus, Mary Gaitskill and others, and is signed at their contributions by Rick Moody ("Demonology") and by Arthur Bradfield ("Catface"). Bradfield has added, "This was my first real break!" Slight age-toning to pages, else fine in wrappers. [#032849] $70
(Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (2000). The first edition (Canadian) of her Booker Prize-winning novel. Inscribed by Atwood to her long-time friend and sometimes mentor, the lesbian novelist Jane Rule: "For Jane -- warm thoughts & love -- Peggy A." From the library of Jane Rule. Rule, author of Desert of the Heart, among others, was born in America but moved to Canada in the 1950s to work at the University of British Columbia, where Atwood taught in 1965. According to Atwood, it was Rule who first advised her to get an agent. The two remained friends over the next four decades; Rule died in 2007. Fine in a fine dust jacket. An excellent association copy between the internationally acclaimed feminist novelist Atwood and the pioneering lesbian feminist Rule. [#032850] SOLD
London, Jonathan Cape, (1973). According to Ballard, "the first pornographic novel about technology"; one of Pringle's 100 best science fiction novels; filmed in 1997 by David Cronenberg. This copy is inscribed by Ballard to Christopher Evans, National Physical Laboratory psychologist, computer scientist, author of science writings, editor of science fiction anthologies, and, citing Ballard's autobiography, "the closest friend I have made in my life. In appearance he resembled Vaughan, the auto-destructive hero of my novel Crash, though he himself was nothing like that deranged figure....I was sitting in his office in the early 1970s when something in the waste basket beside his desk caught my eye...Seeing my eyes light up, Chris offered to send me the contents of his waste basket from then on. Every week a huge envelope arrived, packed with handouts, brochures, research papers and annual reports from university labs and psychiatric institutions, a cornucopia of fascinating material that fired my imagination." In 1969, Ballard published a story in the form of a computer printout (likely in collaboration with Evans) entitled "How Dr. Christopher Evans Landed on the Moon," noting columns of altitude, fuel use, and velocity of descent. According to an article in The Sunday Mirror, in 1968, Ballard, Evans, and the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi were planning a play entitled Crash, with "all the horror and realism of an actual road smash," and including "a meta-commentary narrated by Evans." The play never happened, but the book, here, is inscribed, "Chris, All the best. Jim, and includes, stapled beneath the inscription, a black and white snapshot of Ballard, with the handwritten caption "Photo of J G Ballard by Chris Evans." Splaying to boards; foxing, mostly to the endpages and pages edges; rust and offsetting from the stapled photograph; a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with minor fading and modest edge wear and creasing to the lamination. There is no printed dedication in the book and therefore no possible "dedication copy" of it, so this may well be the best possible association copy of Ballard's most famous and highly acclaimed novel. [#032851] SOLD
Northwood Narrows, Lillabulero Press, 1969. His first solo-authored book, a poetry collection issued as Lillabulero Poetry Pamphlet Number 7. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#911304] $500
(Sacramento), (Sacramento Poetry Center), (1985). An anthology of Sacramento poets, co-edited and signed by Blazek. Also signed by co-editor Ann Menebroker, also a poet -- associated with the "Meat Poets" school of poetry, whose most famous exponent was Charles Bukowski -- and, like Blazek, she is one of the contributors to this anthology. Light cover creasing; near fine in wrappers. [#032852] SOLD
BONTEMPS, Arna and CONROY, Jack
Garden City, Doubleday, Doran, 1945. Inscribed by the authors to poet and all-around rogue Max [Bodenheim], "the King of Greenwich Village." A June 13, 1945 inscription from Bontemps reads, "To Max - the kind of friend that sustains the weary traveler seeking a city - with warm regards and deep appreciation - Arna." To which Conroy has added, "& Jack/ who makes Max's pleasant joint his headquarters." A wonderful triple association, between one of the key figures of the Harlem Renaissance (Bontemps), one of the most highly regarded of the "proletarian writers" of the 1930s (Conroy), and the "king" of the Greenwich Village bohemians, and linking the three social movements they represented. A history of African-American migration in the United States; an updated edition was published in 1966 as Anyplace But Here. The inscription is on the front flyleaf; there is a small foredge tear on the half title. Minor edge wear to boards; a near fine copy, in a supplied, very good dust jacket with several small edge chips and one at mid-spine. [#032853] $850
NY, Random House, (2011). The advance reading copy of the Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur Grant-winning author's National Book Award winner, subtitled "Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity." Signed by the author. Also selected as one of the 10 best books of the year in all categories by the New York Times. This advance copy has a "Conversation with the Author" that we don't believe to have been in the first edition. Erasure on front cover (publication date?) otherwise fine in wrappers. Uncommon in the prepublication issue, especially signed. [#032924] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2001. The uncorrected proof copy of the author's first book, a highly praised collection of stories. Signed by the author. Faint spot on the front cover, else fine in wrappers. Blurbs by Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, and others. [#032854] SOLD
(BUKOWSKI, Charles). KING, Linda
(n.p.), FreeThought Publications, (2000). FreeThought Flyer #10, but Number 1 in the "Me and Bukowski" series. This is stamped "Photographer's Copy" and is on blue cardstock, apparently a variant, as we believe the typical color is cream. Signed by King and by Michael Montfort, the photographer. One sheet, folded to make four pages; the cover has a photograph of Bukowski and King; the inner pages feature a 1974 poem by King about going out dancing even if it means it will cause Bukowski to drink. Fine. [#032855] SOLD
1961. Unrecorded mimeograph typescript of a speech Burroughs gave at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, September, 1961, in New York City. Five pages, including personal and anecdotal experiences, arguing against the broad category of "narcotics" for both addictive sedatives and non-addicting consciousness expanding drugs. Together with a 1964 issue of Evergreen Review in which the speech is printed, with textual variations, including a change in the title, with "consciousness expanding" replacing "hallucigen." The talk/essay was included in two anthologies of writings about drugs, but the Maynard and Miles bibliography lists no separate printing of it, and this mimeograph would appear to be contemporary with the talk in 1961, making it several years earlier than any of the other appearances in print. Also, the term "halucigen" dates it as being prior to the point at which the term "hallucinogen" was settled on as the consensus descriptor. The magazine has a detached text block; the speech is stapled in an upper corner and fine. An unrecorded Burroughs typescript on one of the subjects that was most deeply embedded in his works. [#032856] $2,750
BURROUGHS, William S.
NY, Grove Press, (1978). A later printing of Grove's Evergreen Black Cat edition, first issued in 1966 when the obscenity ban against it was overturned. Inscribed by Burroughs to Peter Whitmer in Lawrence, Kansas, May 22, 1984, "with all best wishes on a memorable visit." Whitmer's notes on the inner covers and a handful of pages: he used this copy when writing his own book, Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America, which was published in 1987. Burroughs was one of the seven. Spine creased, corner chip to front cover; very good in wrappers. [#032857] $500
BURROUGHS, William S.
NY, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, (1983). The second volume of the trilogy that includes Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands. This copy is inscribed by Burroughs to Peter Whitmer, "wishing every success on his Leary biography." Dated May 22, 1984, in Lawrence, Kansas. Whitmer is the author of Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America; Burroughs and Leary were two of the seven. In his book, Whitmer recounts Burroughs grabbing this copy of The Place of Dead Roads from him during the interview and reading from page 128. Whitmer's notes on the rear pastedown and perhaps a dozen pages. Spine slanted and slight foxing to pages edges; near fine, lacking the dust jacket. [#032858] $500
(BURROUGHS, William S.). BOCKRIS, Victor
NY, (Privately Published), 1979. Of a total edition of 50 copies, this is one of 25 unnumbered copies reserved for friends, and, although not issued as a signed edition, is inscribed by Burroughs to Bob Wilson, proprietor of the Phoenix Book Shop in New York City, a longtime hangout for the Beat writers and one of the small number of stores that promoted their work from early on. A fetchscrift for Burroughs, in his 65th year, compiled from the file drawers Bockris kept on Burroughs from 1973-1979, when Bockris worked at Andy Warhol's Factory and was in close, regular contact with Burroughs. A green plastic binder full of Bockris' photocopied typescripts and published interviews with Burroughs; photographs of Burroughs and at least one letter from him. A fine copy, in a fair, fragile, pictorial dust jacket, chipped at the edges and folds. A fine association copy between one of the Big Three Beat writers and one of the booksellers most noted for appreciating and promoting them, from the early 1950s until the store's closing in the late 1980s. We can find no record of a copy of this volume appearing at auction, and no copies are currently listed online. WorldCat lists 13 copies - a remarkable percentage of the 50 that were created, although it is not evident that any of the institutionalized copies are signed, let alone represent such a significant association, embodying a key element of the literary history of the Beats and their works. [#032859] SOLD
NY, Viking, 1933. His second full-length novel, with themes of union-busting, gold, murder, and sex, which was censored in New York and led to the author's arrest and prosecution on obscenity charges. Tiny bookstore label rear pastedown from the Gotham Book Mart and small rectangle of offsetting to front flyleaf; still a fine copy in a fine dust jacket, with just minuscule corner nicks. A beautiful copy, doubtless one of the finest, if not the finest copy extant. [#911018] SOLD
NY, Chamberlain Bros., 2005. In May, 1970, years before he published A Rumor of War, Caputo, then a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, was sent to the Kent State University campus to cover a student uprising -- one that culminated in the killing of four students and wounding of nine others when fired upon by the National Guard troops that had been called in to quell the uprising. Caputo provides a historical overview, recalls his own experience, and reports on the follow-up to the shootings. This copy is signed by Caputo. Tiny owner stamp on front flyleaf, and slight corner taps; very near fine in a fine dust jacket. Bound in is a DVD of the Emmy Award-winning documentary Kent State: The Day the War Came Home. A relatively little-known volume by the author of one of the great personal accounts of the Vietnam War, and uncommon signed. [#032860] SOLD
(n.p.), Laura A. Mendoza, . A broadside poem, issued in an edition of 150 copies, of which 75 were numbered and signed (and 35 were signed yet unnumbered). This is copy No. 75/75, and is signed by Carroll. Carroll died in 2009; this was the last work of his published in his lifetime, and this is ostensibly the last copy of it. OCLC lists only one copy in an institutional library, a remarkably small number for the author of the classic work of coming of age in the Sixties, The Basketball Diaries. 7-1/2" x 15". Fine. [#032861] SOLD
NY, Bright Lights Studio, 1968. A low budget poetry collection, produced by photocopy, printed on rectos only, with work by Carroll, Ted Berrigan, Lewis Warsh, Bernadette Mayer, Anne Waldman, Ron Padgett, and others. 8-1/2" x 11", side-stapled; no rear cover (as issued?). Smudges to front cover; a very good copy. [#032862] $150
1980. Publicity poster for a one-night engagement featuring Jim Carroll and Eileen Myles, at the Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. Signed by Carroll. Together with a copy of the weekly newspaper Day & Night, with a cover article on Carroll, and an interview that says he is playing area clubs while awaiting the release of his album, Catholic Boy. Carroll's The Basketball Diaries had been published in 1978. The poster has a strip of tape top center; else both items are near fine. [#032863] $100
NY, Blast, (1993). The hardcover issue of this collection of Cassady's letters from prison, 1958-60. Cassady was sentenced to five years in San Quentin for selling three marijuana cigarettes to an undercover agent. This collection of letters bridges the gap between his days with Kerouac and the Beats in the late '40s and early '50s and his period as a counterculture icon in the early and mid-'60s. Inscribed by both Carolyn Cassady and John Cassady, Neal's wife and son. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Laid in is a program from a 2001 marathon Kerouac reading, and a postcard of Kerouac with Cassady, from a photograph by Carolyn, that is signed by Carolyn Cassady. An uncommon edition of Neal Cassady's writings: the hardcover issue was reportedly limited to 250 copies. Scarce signed by his family members. [#032864] SOLD
Oslo, Tiden, (1973). The hardcover issue of the first Norwegian edition of the landmark second novel by the Canadian poet-folksinger, first published in 1966 in the U.S. and one of the key books of the 1960s. Inscribed by Cohen to Greg Gatenby, director of Toronto's annual International Festival of Authors and thus a nice association of Canadian literary figures. With Gatenby's signature dated 1996. Fine in a very good dust jacket with shallow edge wear. Signed copies of Beautiful Losers, in any language, are uncommon. Cohen, one of Canada's leading writers and singers, died in November 2016 at the age of 82. His 14th and final album had been released a month earlier. [#029913] $750
London, Heinemann, (1967). The dedication copy. Inscribed by Coward to the dedicatee of the book, Diana Cooper: "Darling Diana/ I can't add too much to the above [the printed dedication reads 'For Diana with my love'] except that it comes from the heart/ Noel." Bookplate of Duff Cooper taped to the front pastedown, although Duff had died in 1954 and by this point Diana was, as his widow, the Dowager Viscountess Norwich. This is a book of verse by the acclaimed playwright, composer, director, and actor. According to his introduction, Coward "automatically enjoyed verse as a means of gay communication with my intimates ever since I can remember." Spine faded; a near fine copy in a supplied, near fine dust jacket. [#032865] SOLD
DICK, Philip K.
1975. A letter dated January 27, 1975 and written to Paul [presumably Paul Williams, Dick's close friend and eventual biographer] transmitting chapter one of Confessions [of a Crap Artist] (not included here) and, included here, two pages of "theological ramblings" related to Dick's "beginning to fashion a scientific theory about [his] theological experiences..." The letter covers a bit about the retrograde forces such as tachyons bleeding back at Earth due to the weakening field of time; one of the two pages of notes considers humans' (and Dick's) roles as avatars, with knowledge received from the Holy Spirit; the other page considers our inability to recognize God and postulates a "SF novel: Hefestus as VALIS" -- a very early mention of the acronym Dick developed for the "Vast Active Living Intelligence System" that he considered to be the nature of reality and the universe, after his psychological/religious epiphanies that he experienced in February and March of 1974. The theological writings are from the early pages of what came to be known as his Exegesis, which, by the time of his death in 1982, had reached over 8000 pages of religious and metaphysical insight and speculation. The letter, signed by Dick, runs about 225 words; the theological musings about 950 words. Near fine. [#032866] $4,500
DICK, Philip K.
1980. Long galley sheets for Dick's novel VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System), with two typed letters signed to Alan Ryan, fellow science fiction writer and editor of the religiously-themed speculative fiction anthology Perpetual Light. Both letters are dated March 13, 1980, with one being for private reading, thanking Ryan for his review of Dick's The Golden Man and discussing VALIS; the second being for Ryan to show to others, espousing enthusiasm for his planned anthology. The VALIS galley sheets for this 1981 Bantam paperback original are dated 6-23-80: approximately 68 sheets of 25" in length, age-toned with minimal edge wear, in a custom folding chemise and slipcase. Casual inspection revealed one textual difference from the published version. Near fine; the letters are folded in thirds, else fine. Also laid in is a very good copy of the proof of the Bantam covers, which differs from the final version by virtue of the absence of the Bantam logo on the front cover. A very scarce issue of the book that would become the capstone to Dick's literary career. Long galleys such as these are seldom produced in more than a couple of copies, and very seldom turn up for books that were issued as paperback originals. It's ironic that Dick's culminating novel, which transcends science fiction's usual boundaries, would be issued as a paperback original: Dick had so many books issued as paperback originals in the 1950s and 60s, before his books came to be regularly published in hardcover, that the Science Fiction Writers of America named an award after him, the Philip K. Dick Award, for the best SF novel issued as a paperback original. Dick spent the last several years of his life striving for recognition as more than a science fiction writer, and VALIS could have been that break-out novel, had it not reverted him to his former identity as a writer of paperback originals. A rare issue of a major Dick novel, along with two very revealing letters to a fellow writer and colleague. As far as we can tell, unique. [#032867] $16,500
Boston, Godine, (1986). A collection of four novellas and two stories by one of the writers who helped to resurrect the short story as a literary form in America in the 1970s and 80s. This copy is inscribed by Dubus to Kurt Vonnegut: "For Kurt/ with gratitude to my old neighbor and with my deep love -/ Andre/ 1 February 1987." Additionally signed in full on the title page. Laid in is a carbon receipt for travel on the Eastern Airlines Shuttle on February 5th, signed by Vonnegut. Also laid in is a silent auction bidding form for two round trip tickets on Pan Am Airlines, to benefit The Friends of Andre Dubus Literary Series. Dubus was severely injured when he went to the aid of a disabled motorist and was himself hit by a car, causing him to lose one leg and the use of his other. A number of writer friends, spearheaded by Vonnegut, John Updike and several others, arranged a series of literary events to benefit Dubus and help offset his medical bills. Dubus and Vonnegut had gotten to know each other decades earlier, in the 1960s, at the Iowa Writers Workshop, where Vonnegut was teaching and Dubus was a student, at time Dubus refers to when he mentions his "old neighbor." An excellent association copy between two of the most highly regarded American writers of the second half of the 20th century. A fine copy in a good dust jacket, with several jagged tears. [#032868] $1,250
NY, Knopf, 1996. His final collection of stories, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. This copy is inscribed to Kurt Vonnegut: "For Kurt/ old friend, soldier, with my love/ Andre/ 27 March 96." An excellent association. Dubus's calling Vonnegut "soldier" is telling: Dubus enlisted in the Marines in 1958 and spent six years in the military, and his service remained important to him throughout his life, helping to define his moral universe. Vonnegut's time as a soldier, specifically as a POW in WWII, obviously informed his own moral universe, as well as his masterwork, Slaughterhouse-Five. Dancing After Hours was Dubus's last book of fiction before he died in 1999. Small smudge to the foredge, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. On the rear panel, Vonnegut has written the phone number and an abbreviated address for the Indian Mountain School in Connecticut, where his daughter Lily was a student. He has also laid in a bank receipt as a bookmark. [#032869] $1,000
DUNCAN, David James
San Francisco, Sierra Club, (2001). Essays by the author of The River Why and The Brothers K, among others. Signed by the author, and with a full-page typed letter signed by Duncan to Peter Matthiessen laid in, dated December 12, 2001. Duncan thanks Matthiessen for sending his book Birds of Heaven, saying, "The PM books I've received the past four years outnumber and outweigh the trout to which I managed to lead you in the years preceding." There is more about fishing, Mormonism, book awards, Tiger Woods, making a living as a writer, and praise for Matthiessen. In a holograph postscript, Duncan tells Matthiessen where he appears in Duncan's book: one citing is in the Acknowledgements; the other is a passage in which Duncan talks about witnessing Matthiessen "frenzied." The latter page corner is turned. The book is near fine in a near fine dust jacket; the letter is folded, else fine. [#032468] SOLD
Undated. An 8" x 10" black-and-white glossy photo of the Nobel Laureate, taken during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in late 1975 or early 1976, with Allen Ginsberg in the foreground. Ginsberg was on the tour for most of the 1975 dates but seldom performed his readings or recitations; he did typically join Dylan and others for the finale of Dylan's set, a performance of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." Signed by Dylan. Signature in blue ink across the dark shadows on his face, not readily apparent. Fine. A nice memento of a legendary musical odyssey and, with Dylan's barely visible signature, perhaps another indication of the performer's famous ambivalence toward fame as well as toward his audiences, including the person for whom he autographed this photo. [#029870] $2,500
Burbank, Warner Brothers, 1985. Ellison's unproduced teleplay for the final part of his four-part sequence that began with "Eggsucker," "A Boy and His Dog," and "Run, Spot, Run." These first three parts were published in a graphic novel (adapted by Richard Corben), called Vic and Blood. Ellison wrote the concluding part in this screenplay form, intending to novelize it later. That didn't happen, and, on his website, Ellison makes a point of saying that authors have the right to destroy unfinished work and, further, "I am determined that...there will be no publication of, say Blood's a Rover by Harlan Ellison and Frederick Pohl, or Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg, or Harlan Ellison and David Drake...or whoever that season's 'completer' might be." This screenplay thus apparently represents the only form of the conclusion of Ellison's Vic and Blood cycle. Ellison, now an elder of the science fiction world, was one of the young instigators of the New Wave in science fiction in the 1960s, which elevated the genre from space operas and shoot-em-outs into a progressive, often experimental, literary form. An unpublished and unproduced script from the multiple award-winning writer is extremely unusual to encounter in the market, especially one that builds on and completes one of his most famous works. Bradbound in light green covers, with the title written on the spine; near fine. [#032870] SOLD
London, Collins, (1961). The first British edition of this collection of cartoons by the Pulitzer Prize-winning satirist. Inscribed by the author to a close friend and writer: "To P____/ several more shrunken heads for your collection -- Best -- Jules & Judy." Judy was Feiffer's first wife. Musty; very good in a very good dust jacket with a bit of fading and a few edge tears. A nice association copy. [#032471] $350
Undated. An anatomical sketch by Feitelson, working on a male form, with a rocking chair on the verso. 4-1/2" x 8". Unsigned, but accompanied by a signed copy of the magazine Minotaure from 1933. The sketch shows some light green watercolor on the page and is near fine; the magazine has endured some unsuccessful attempts at reinforcing with a tape binding; the covers are detached. The signature, "Property of Lorser Feitelson," appears on the upper edge of the front cover. Feitelson was one of the founders of what came to be called the Los Angeles School of painting, a post-surrealist style that developed into what became the "Hard Edge" style of abstraction. This drawing exhibits a classical approach to draftsmanship. The issue of Minotaure is number 3-4, and features writing by Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, and others; photographs by Man Ray and Brassai, among others; and artwork by Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Dali, among others. A glimpse of the artist's work, and a well-used example of a key surrealist publication, that provides some context for the artwork. [#032871] $1,500