All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Norton, (1986). Subtitled "The Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey," this follows in the tradition of Plimpton's earlier books Paper Lion and Out of My League, among others, wherein Plimpton enters the world of professional athletes as a participant rather than a spectator, and writes about the experience of the sport and the culture from the inside. An association copy: inscribed by Plimpton to his long-time friend and former colleague at The Paris Review, Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife, "with love." Modest foxing; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032513] $750
London, Bodley Head, (2012). The first British edition. A highly praised book, on many "Best of the Year" lists, it also led to Quammen's publishing books in the past several years on the origins of AIDS and the Ebola virus. An association copy: warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], " -- If I have a literary older brother, it's you. Deep thanks for your inspiration and your friendship." Dated in the year of publication. Matthiessen has clipped and laid in Quammen's return address. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032518] $350
"RAMONE, Dee Dee" (aka Douglas Glen Colvin)
NY, Thunder's Mouth Press, (2001). A novel by one of the founding members of the legendary punk rock band The Ramones. Dee Dee was the bassist and chief songwriter for the band, and here writes a novel about moving into the Chelsea Hotel in New York, in the room where Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend Nancy. Dee Dee is tormented by the ghosts of his dead punk friends, and then the Devil joins in the fray. Signed by the author on June 16. No year given, but obviously signed in the year of publication: Dee Dee died of a heroin overdose prior to June 16 of the following year. Fine in wrappers. Scarce: items signed by any of the Ramones, especially Dee Dee, who had two books to his credit, are very uncommon in the marketplace. [#032903] SOLD
NY, Clarkson N. Potter, (1979). The limited edition of this combination memoir/monograph by the artist who is considered the Godfather of Pop Art. Written with Carol Brightman, who provides an introduction. John Ashbery provides a Foreword. This is copy No. 132 of 200 copies signed by Rivers. With over 300 illustrations by Rivers, 70 in color including a tipped-in color frontispiece. 12" x 14". A shade of darkening to textured cloth and mild bowing to boards; near fine without dust jacket, as issued. [#032904] $500
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of this novel which was the first time Roth used his own name for the main character of a novel. He did it again in Operation Shylock and The Plot Against America, both books that accumulated multiple awards and award nominations. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. This is the only signed copy we have seen. [#911964] $375
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and the Chamber of Secrets, and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the Goblet of Fire, and the Order of the Phoenix, and the Half-Blood Prince, and the Deathly Hallows
London, Bloomsbury, 1999-2007. The first printings of the deluxe editions of the (at the time) full Harry Potter series. Clothbound with pictorial onlays, all edges gilt; fine without dust jackets, as issued. The Azkaban, which was the first volume published in a British deluxe edition (Philosopher's Stone and Chamber being issued in a deluxe edition retroactively) had the smallest printing, (reportedly 7000 copies) and names "Joanne Rowling" rather than "J.K. Rowling" on the copyright page. Here together with the collector's edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard [London: Children's High Level Group, 2008]. The leatherbound Beedle is in a drawstring bag, which, with ten illustrations by Rowling, are housed together in a large box made to look like a textbook, which is contained in the publisher's sleeve. Also included is the Sotheby's catalog for the auction of one of seven copies of the manuscript of Beedle the Bard, with an introduction by Rowling. Since the time of the last deluxe edition's release, the Harry Potter franchise has expanded with the completion of the 8-film series (with an additional three-movie prequel having debuted in 2016); original Rowling content on the Pottermore website; two Wizarding World theme parks; and a two-part stage play sequel (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), which premiered in London, the script of which was released as the eighth book in the series. [#027817] $3,500
SALTER, James and Kay
NY, Knopf, 2006. The uncorrected proof copy, with an autograph note from Kay and Jim Salter to their friends, Peter and Maria [Matthiessen] laid in, in part, "After all these years of talking about it..." and "With thoughts of so many shared meals, past and future." Matthiessen is mentioned on page 76, stopping by with a bluefish he'd caught an hour earlier surf-casting in the Atlantic. With corrections to the text inside the front cover and on the pages cited there in an unidentified hand. The book is well-thumbed and suffers from some dampening; a good copy in wrappers. A nice association copy. [#032522] SOLD
SELBY, Hubert, Jr.
1973-1979. Eleven typed letters signed; one typescript biographical statement; an 8-page hand-corrected typescript of a short story; and an autograph letter signed from Selby's wife, all addressed to Selby's friend, journalist John S. Friedman, who first met Selby after inviting him to speak to his CUNY English class and who later interviewed him for The Village Voice. The earliest piece of writing here (August 24, 1973) is the two-page biographical statement, which is un-addressed. Written in essay form it recounts Selby's near-death experience with tuberculosis in his 20s and how that led to his writing obsession, despite his having "no idea for a story," and his six years of locking himself in his bedroom after work to write Last Exit to Brooklyn. The letters, written 1974-1981 and spanning three addresses (Los Angeles, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut), cover themes such as working on his novel The Demon (unnamed in the letter), but featuring Harry White, "who loved to fuck," while simultaneously working on a play about salvation and a television movie, for Stanley Kramer, about the third Commandment (remembering the Sabbath); finishing his addiction novel Requiem for a Dream, which opens with the protagonist locking his mother in the closet ("Naturally it takes place in the Bronx. Where else could that happen?"); family; money; politics; the quest to turn his writing into film; and his health. The 8-page short story typescript included here is "A Little Respect," a manic 1978 take on a parent believing his son's (television) screen time is detrimental to his social skills. Lastly, there is an undated letter to Friedman from Selby's wife, informing Friedman of Selby's hospitalization with pneumonia. In all, roughly 20 full pages of text by Selby during a time in his life dedicated to work and family. Selby's novel Last Exit to Brooklyn was one of the taboo-smashing works of fiction published by Barney Rosset's Grove Press in the 1960s, alongside such books as William Burroughs' Naked Lunch and the long-suppressed Tropic novels of Henry Miller. Its frank depiction of drug use, homosexuality and violence made it a pivotal work of transgressive fiction. Pages folded for mailing; near fine. [#032905] $3,500
Gold and the Sun. An Account of Experiments Conducted in Connection with the Total Eclipse of the Sun of 20th May, 1947
Edge, Stroud [UK], Kolisko Archive, 1947. Beginning in the early 1920s, and reportedly working on a suggestion by Rudolf Steiner, Lili Kolisko devised a technique she called "Capillary Dynamolysis" to assess food quality, from an anthroposophical perspective. She later applied her technique to investigate the effects of astronomical bodies on planetary metals: first during a total solar eclipse in Asia Minor in 1936 (building on work done in Germany in 1927), and here, during a total solar eclipse that was "visible" in the Southern Hemisphere, but which was detected by Kolisko's Capillary Dynamolysis in England. 24 page booklet of textual description, in stapled wrappers; with 22 loose pages/plates of photographic reproductions of her experiments with 1% solutions of gold chloride, and with 1% solutions of gold chloride in combination with 1% solutions of silver nitrate, copper sulphate, iron sulphate, tin chloride, or lead nitrate. Seminal scientific work, aiming to provide the basis for scientific understanding of metaphysics and spirituality and, in particular, the notion of correspondences between heavenly bodies and earthly effects. The text and the photographs are near fine, laid into a very good publisher's cardstock chemise. [#032928] $450
STEARNS, Harold; FORD, Hugh; BOYLE, Kay
Sutton West & Santa Barbara, Paget Press, (1984). The limited edition, this being Copy "Y" of 26 lettered copies, signed by Kay Boyle, who provides a preface, and signed by Hugh Ford, who edited and introduces the volume. Additionally, this copy is inscribed by Ford, in 1987, "For Ruth, with appreciative and affectionate regards and thanks." Memoir of a journalist in Paris and New York in the 1920s and 30s, especially among the expatriate community that comprised the Literary Bohemia of the time. Stearns was, among other things, reportedly the person who convinced Horace Liveright to publish Ernest Hemingway's story collection In Our Time, which was Hemingway's first book to be published in the U.S. A fine copy in a near fine, original acetate dustwrapper. Note that the lettered limited editions were issued with "an original piece from the library of Howard Stearns," and that is absent here. [#032906] SOLD
London, Bodley Head, (1968). The first British edition of his first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Signed by the author. A very uncommon edition, with a single printing estimated to have been 1000 copies. This edition reprints a glowing blurb by Wallace Stegner, Stone's teacher at the Stanford Writing Workshop, with a humorous misprint: instead of printing that "Stone writes like ... someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars," this edition has Stegner saying that Stone was "scraping his shoes on the stairs" -- a very different image, to be sure. Basis for a film, WUSA (the call letters of the right-wing radio station that figures prominently in the book), starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. A fine copy in a slightly spine-tanned dust jacket, else fine. A very nice copy, and uncommon signed. [#914686] $750
(n.p.), Blue Moon Press, 2011. Copy number 5 of 50 copies, signed by the designer and printer, Jim Lee. A broadside printing Swist's poem, which first appeared in an online edition of Lady Jane's Miscellany. 17" x 11", nicely matted and framed to 22-1/2" x 17". Fine. [#032907] $100
[Bennington], [Madi Horstman], 1988. A 30-page story (small pages) by Tartt, issued as Issue #1 of Madi's Mail Club, published by a former fellow student of Tartt's at Bennington College in 1988, in a series that ran at least nine issues. Scarce: this copy reportedly belonged to Jonathan Lethem, although Tartt graduated from Bennington in 1986, and Lethem had dropped out several years before that. 2-3/4" x 4-1/4", red pages, side-stapled. Fine. The only copy we've ever seen or heard of being offered; precedes Tartt's first novel, The Secret History, by several years. [#032908] SOLD
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
NY, Summit/Rolling Stone, (1979). Second printing of the first collection of Thompson's short pieces for magazines. Inscribed by Thompson to his biographer, Pete [Whitmer] and his wife, Candace, "with many thanks for the heroin, H.S. Thompson/ Ramrod Key/ 6/21/83." Whitmer's unauthorized biography of Thompson, When the Going Gets Weird, was published in 1993. This is a working copy, heavily marked by Whitmer, with his notes on the endpages and in the text, and with one 20-page section excised, marked, stapled and laid back in. As such, a good copy in a good, edgeworn dust jacket. Remarkable provenance, and a glimpse of the biographer tackling his subject. [#032910] SOLD
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
(London), Bloomsbury, (1998). The advance reading copy of the British paperback edition (one year after the American and British hardcovers). Fine in wrappers. Uncommon advance copy. [#032911] $150
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
NY, Summit Books, (1988). Gonzo Papers Vol. 2. Subtitled "Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s," comprising short essays on events -- including much on the presidential campaigns -- from late 1985 to early 1988. Inscribed by Thompson: "To ___/ I'll never forget Aspen -- / Hunter." Faint foredge stain, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032912] SOLD
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
(London), Picador/Pan, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Vol. 3 of the Gonzo Papers. Wrappers slightly stained and creased; very good. Uncommon advance edition; this is the first copy we've seen. [#032913] $150
(THOMPSON, Hunter S.)
(Moorebank), Black Swan/(Transworld), (1996). A sampler, distributed free, in Australia, printing excerpts of upcoming Black Swan books. Better Than Sex was published in the U.S. in 1994. This is presumably its first appearance in print in Australia. 10 pages devoted to Thompson here; age-toning to pages; near fine in wrappers. [#032914] SOLD
(THOMPSON, Hunter S.). TORREY, Beff and SIMONSON, Kevin, eds
Jackson, University Press of Mississippi, (2008). Thompson's biographer's (Peter O. Whitmer's) copy, signed by Whitmer, with the added annotation, "Hunter: You always did have a favorite calibre, yes? [with a drawing of a hangman]." Whitmer's 1984 piece "Hunter Thompson: Still Crazy After All These Years?" is included in the collection. Laid in are the galley sheets for the piece, initialed by Whitmer. Five ownership stamps of Whitmer on the half-title page; fine in wrappers. [#032915] SOLD
(n.p.), [United Services Organization], 1970. Collection of materials related to Bob Hope's 1970 U.S.O. tour in Southeast Asia. Touring with Hope were singers Lola Falana, Gloria Loring, and Bobbi Martin; Miss World Jennifer Hosten; baseball player Johnny Bench; and members of the singing and dancing troupe The Golddiggers (originally of The Dean Martin Show fame) and their quartet subset The Dingaling Sisters. These materials belonged to Tara Leigh, a member of both the Golddiggers and the Dingalings (and later of General Hospital fame). Included, within two official "Operation Holly" cardstock folders, are fifteen 8" x 10" black and white publicity photos of the tour; a welcome note to Leigh from the Department of the Air Force and the Don Muang (Thailand) Herald (a copy of which, announcing the arrival of the tour, is attached); a U.S. Naval Forces primer on operations in Vietnam; an issue of Americal, Fall 1970; the Summer 1970 issue of Tour 365, "For Soldiers Going Home"; informational booklets on Commander Carrier Division Two, Attack Carrier Air Wing One, and the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy; and a one-page primer on Da Nang, on Operation Holly stationery, with the heading "Today our destination is: Freedom Hill, Da Nang." A third folder, marked "U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CVA-67," seems to have been used by Leigh as a personal scrapbook and holds a half dozen personal publicity stills; four snapshots of her as a Dingaling, three with Dean Martin; a handful of clippings from papers or magazines in which she appeared; the mimeographed berth assignments for the 1970 Bob Hope Show Troupe aboard the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CVA-67, with a list of the ship's services; and lastly, The Bob Hope Christmas Show souvenir program. Except for one of the magazines with an article on The Dingalings, the contents are near fine; the oversized folders are edgeworn and very good. An inside look at an entertainment tour in support of the troops stationed, and fighting, in Vietnam at a time when the polarization in the U.S. about the war was reaching its zenith in the aftermath of the killings of four student antiwar protesters during a demonstration at Kent State University. [#032916] SOLD
NICHOLAS, John R.
(Harleysville), Harper House Books, (1991). A late entry to the literature of the Vietnam War. The cover proclaims, "At last! The Vietnam experience as it really was." The copyright page declares the characters and incidents portrayed to be fictitious. Inscribed by the author in 2008, "___ ___, Hope you enjoy my story." Mild cover splaying, else fine in wrappers. [#032917] SOLD
(n.p.), [Self-Published], 2003. One of 12 copies of this compilation, made by the author, of his six contributions to In These Times, from February 17 to June 9, 2003, including his four "Dear Mr. Vonnegut" columns. Fourteen photocopied pages (including covers), assembled by Kurt Vonnegut, signed by him on the first page prior to photocopying and signed in full with self-caricature on the rear cover after assembly. According to Vonnegut, one of only 12 copies he made. Spiralbound with acetate cover; fine. With hand-addressed mailing envelope. One of the scarcest "editions" in Vonnegut's canon. [#029370] SOLD
Cardiff/Dunedin, Second Aeon/Caveman, 1973. The dedication copy of this collection of poems, inscribed by Wantling to fellow poet Walter Lowenfels in January, 1974: "For Walter, like it is p. 9...Love, Bill." The printed dedication, on page 9, reads, "Hang on in Walter Lowenfels. What are we gonna do when you're gone? How we gonna handle that mess?" (Ironically Wantling died several months later, at age 40; Lowenfels died in 1976 at age 89.) Wantling spent five years in San Quentin for forgery and possession of narcotics before graduating from and then teaching at Illinois State University. Faint foxing to rear cover; near fine in wrappers. [#032918] $250
NY, Doubleday, (2016). Winner of the National Book Award. One of an unspecified number of copies signed by the author on a publisher's tipped-in leaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a "Signed First Edition" label affixed. [#032919] SOLD
(WHITEHEAD, Colson). REES, David
Brooklyn, Soft Skull Press, 2002. A 3-page introduction by Whitehead to this collection of David Rees's George W. Bush-era comic strips. Signed by Rees and by Whitehead, who won a MacArthur Award the year this book was published and the National Book Award in 2016 for The Underground Railroad. Fine in oblong wrappers. [#032920] $200
NY, St. Martin's, (1985). The second of his acclaimed Hoke Moseley crime novels. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine, mildly spine-sunned dust jacket with trace rubbing to the flap folds. A very nice copy, scarce signed. [#913495] $850
(n.p.), (n.p.), (n.d.). A black and white photograph of Williams with Cheryl Crawford, who produced Williams' plays The Rose Tattoo and Sweet Bird of Youth. Crawford was one of the key figures in American theater over the course of a career lasting more than five decades: in 1931 she co-founded the Group Theater with Harold Clurman and Lee Strasberg, and she directed its first commercial success, Men in White, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1946 she was a co-founder of the American Repertory Theater and in 1947 a co-founder of the Actors' Studio, which trained such actors as Marlon Brando, James Dean, Jane Fonda, and others. She was also important in the early careers of such actors as Ethel Barrymore, Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, and others. 12-1/2" x 9-1/2". Fine, mounted to display board that shows some handling and wear. From the estate of Cheryl Crawford. [#027156] SOLD
NY, FSG, (1980). The uncorrected proof copy of Wolfe's collection of short pieces and cartoons about, and caricatures of, the 1970s. Inscribed by the author on the front cover. 8-1/2" x 11" padbound proof, and thus fragile and scarce. Near fine in wrappers. [#032921] SOLD
NY, Ecco Press, (1984). An association copy of his third book, a novella, about three paratroopers waiting to be shipped to Vietnam. Warmly inscribed to Andre Dubus and his wife: "For my dear friends Andre and Peggy, on the occasion of the annual Dubus-Wolff cut-up, foot-stomp, and blue-fish slaughter - may their finny souls swim in peace. Until next time, Love, Toby/ Bradford, August 19, 1984." Bradford would be Bradford College, where Dubus taught. In addition to being masters of the short story and memoir, Wolff and Dubus, relatively early in their friendship at the time of this inscription, were close friends through their lives, until Dubus' death in 1999. Wolff provided the introduction to Dubus' 1991 collection Broken Vessels. Dubus would review this book, The Barracks Thief, in September, 1989 in the periodical America; in part: "If words on paper could make sounds, you would hear me shouting now, urging you to read this book." Winner of the PEN Faulkner Award. A bit of dampstaining to the lower front board; near fine in a dust jacket with some dampstaining to the verso, thus very good. A wonderful literary association. [#032922] SOLD
Boston, Little Brown, (1961). His influential first novel, made into a well-received film almost fifty years after the book's publication. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, to Paul Cubeta, assistant director of Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, (which Yates attended in 1960 and again in 1962, where he had a legendary mental breakdown): "For Paul Cubeta - who makes everything go and keeps everything quiet. With more gratitude than he can possibly use and more respect than he will ever believe./ Dick Yates/ 8/30/61." A heartfelt association copy of one of the most acclaimed first novels of its era. Yates went on to teach at the Iowa Writers Workshop; later, in New Hampshire, he was effectively the "dean" of New England writers -- a model and mentor to John Irving, Andre Dubus, and others. Foxing and staining to page edges, otherwise a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with one edge chip and some blended staining to the spine. [#032923] $4,500
KUPFERBERG, Tuli; KENNEDY, Pagan; KOSSY, Donna (ed.)
San Francisco/Allston, Out-of-Kontrol Data Korporation, 1984-1988. A complete run of this 1980s 'zine edited by Donna Kossy. Each issue runs 20-32 pages, with a color photocopy collage cover by Kossy, and is dedicated to a single theme: technology; kooks, Japan; crime; food and drugs; sex; generic ("I have run out of reasonable themes for the moment"); kooks II; youth; cars; the last issue. Kossy abandoned False Positive to focus on her spin-off 'zine Kooks, her book Kooks, and her online Kooks Museum. Repeat contributors include Tuli Kupferberg and Pagan Kennedy. Laid into Issue 9 is an 8-page stapled photocopied chapbook by Kennedy called "The Green Girl (A Children's Polemic"). Laid into Issue 10 is a folded photocopied collage broadside on car care, apparently by Kossy. The full run is very near fine in stapled wrappers. [#032929] SOLD