Catalog 169

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

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NY, Random House, 1939. A review copy of Faulkner's elaborately structured novel, which consists of two distinct stories presented in alternating chapters. The rare review slip, in addition to title, author, price, and publication date, carries a 100+ word synopsis of the novel's themes, in language that differs from that of the jacket copy, and concludes that The Wild Palms is "the most absorbing tale that the author has ever told." The binding is the first state, with the front and spine stamped in gold and green. But for tape shadows to the edges of the boards, a near fine copy in a good dust jacket with the edge tape-strengthened on the verso but still vulnerable with wear and tears at the folds. Very uncommon as a review copy, and a rare glimpse of the marketing of the novel in its own day. [#033165] $750
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(Paris), (1950-1959). Five issues of Art D'aujourd'hui (1950-1954) and eight issues of L'Oeill (1955-1959). Nonconsecutive issues, with Feitelson's markings throughout and his name written on a 1954 issue of Art D'aujourd'hui. 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. The first issue here of AD is without a rear cover and has detaching pages. At least one issue has an excision by Feitelson to a page. Overall the lot is very good. Together with Feitelson's copy of The Forum Exhibition of Modern American Painters (NY: 1916) that had been inscribed to him, although only "To Lorser" is now legible; a very good copy with a chipped jacket protector affixed to it. [#033010] $1,300
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Storrs, University of Connecticut, 1976. Inscribed by the author to the poet Edward Hyland "who's got the goods!" in 1978. Rubbing to the covers near the spine; else near fine in wrappers. A nice association copy between the Gloucester poet and Hyland, the poet from Manchester, who was one of the youngest writers to attend Breadloaf when he was 17 years old. [#033166] $75
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(Film)
(n.p.), Franton/United Artists, 1961. Dialogue continuity script for this 1961 movie directed by Frank Capra, his final film, with a screenplay by Hal Kanter and Harry Tugend. Peter Falk was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and Ann-Margaret made her film debut. 85 loose sheets, previously stapled at the top. Mimeographed, on legal size paper; the mimeograph method of reproduction suggests that only a small number of these were done. Very slight toning and edge foxing; near fine. [#033011] $175
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(Victoria), McPhee Gribble, (1994). The true first (Australian) edition of his first novel, which was short-listed for the Miles Franklin award and won several other prizes. Signed by the author. Only issued in wrappers. Age-toning to inner covers and page edges; near fine in wrappers. Scarce: it was a couple of years before this was reprinted anywhere else. [#033167] SOLD
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(Sydney), Picador, (2001). The true first (Australian) edition A fictionalized account of an Australian convict, illustrated with the actual convict's paintings of fish. Short-listed for the Miles Franklin award and winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, among other honors. Signed by the author. Very slight corner tap; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033168] SOLD
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(North Sydney), Knopf, (2008). The true first (Australian) edition of this novel by the winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This book won the Western Australia Premiers Prize and the Queensland Premiers Prize. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just some slight nicks to the top edge. [#033169] SOLD
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(North Sydney), Knopf, 2013. The uncommon true first (Australian) edition of the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, a highly praised novel that moves between contemporary Australia and a 1943 Japanese POW camp in southeast Asia. This copy is signed by the author in 2014. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with some softness to the edges. Small first printing, and very few were signed. [#033170] SOLD
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NY, Knopf, 2014. The first American edition. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033171] SOLD
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NY, Knopf, 2014. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition. Signed by the author. Tiny nick to rear joint; else fine in wrappers. [#033172] $250
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Detroit, Henry Ford, 1914. Ford provides the foreword to this pamphlet published by him; it is addressed, "To My Friend, the American Boy," and begins with a story of being in discussion with Thomas Edison and John Burroughs about the evils of smoking cigarettes. Burroughs' name doesn't reappear, but Edison's portrait provides a frontispiece, along with a reproduction of a brief letter by him explaining the science behind the harm cigarettes cause. There follows a two-page rebuttal, so to speak, by the President of the American Tobacco Company, followed by a dozen pages of counterpoint apparently compiled by Ford's secretary and covering the effects of cigarettes on the brain, the heart, athleticism, efficiency, morality, and the soul, among other things. 22 pages, stapled pictorial wrappers. Small ink stamp on flyleaf, and what looks like a partial erasure of same on the front cover. Near fine. Over the next two years, Ford published three more volumes of this Case, but the original, Volume 1, is extremely scarce: OCLC locates only one copy. [#033012] $750
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Garden City, Doubleday, Doran (1930). A vision of economic theory from nearly a century ago, in many ways still unfortunately relevant. From the rear cover: " ...Wages can be expected to increase in the future at an even more rapid rate -- provided the leaders of industry actually lead. If wages to not continue to increase, the fault will be a human one -- it will be due to a lack of intelligence." Written with Samuel Crowther, with whom Ford authored two previous books. Owing to the preservation of the rare dust jacket, the book is fine. The jacket itself is very good, with several shallow edge chips and some fading to the spine. Uncommon in dust jacket. [#033013] $350
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(Santafé de Bogotá), Editorial Norma, (1997). The thirtieth anniversary edition of the Nobel Prize winner's masterwork, one of the most important novels of the 20th century, which introduced "magical realism" to a wide audience and helped bring the boom in Latin American literature to this country when it was published in the U.S. in 1970. At the end of the 1970s this book was voted by the editors of The New York Times Book Review to be not only the best book published in the previous ten years but the one most likely to still be read and to still be important one hundred years hence. Copy #XLV of 100 Roman-numeraled copies signed by the author. Bound in full leather with raised spine bands. Fine in slipcase, still shrinkwrapped. A true high spot of twentieth century world literature, an uncommon signature (Garcia Marquez limited his travels to the U.S. after a State Department ban imposed on him because of his friendship with then-Cuban leader Fidel Castro), and a rare edition of one of the defining books of the century: the only signed limited edition of this title. [#033014] $5,000
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NY, Random House, 1935. Composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, and libretto by Heyward. This is the limited edition: one of 250 numbered copies in full red morocco. Signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and by Rouben Mamoulian, director of the 1935 Broadway premiere. Near fine (labels missing, as is often the case), in a very good, original straw-covered slipcase. An attractive copy, with the spine slightly darkened but the hinges strong and the slipcase with some wear but still very good, and uncommon thus. With two metal die stamps to recreate the two spine labels. [#033173] $5,000
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NY, Scribner, (2011). A memoir by the former congresswoman, who was badly injured in an assassination attempt that resulted in six others' deaths, one of the increasingly numerous examples of political polarization in the U.S. turning into deadly violence. Co-written with her husband, a former astronaut. Signed by both Giffords and Kelly. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Copies signed by Giffords are considerably more uncommon than those her husband signed. [#033015] $225
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NY, Self-Published, (1957-1979). A complete run 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 of Christopher Carlisle Reid) 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. Green published 17 issues of Newspaper from 1957-1966, at which point he closed Newspaper and refunded his subscribers, only to resurface in 1979 with issue #18, and then cease publication once again. This is a complete run: issues #1-17, on poor quality legal-sized paper with text on both sides, originally stapled in the upper left corner (staples now removed on all but one issue). The final issue is a small format, on better paper. Together with a 1966 list of the back issues and their prices, and a note from "jack green" (signed in type), dated 8/29/66 saying "im [sic] closing newspaper ive changed away from that kind of writing, or perhaps ive just run out of gas." With a calculation of the refund owed the subscriber. Over the course of publication, Green had branched out beyond Gaddis to cover other writers such as Joyce and Faulkner, and other topics such as voting and peyote (not simultaneously), William Reich, and insurance. One issue had two illustrations tipped onto the front page: one is detached, one is now missing. Underlinings in one issue; all but the final issue are heavily acidified; else a near fine set. Surprisingly, given its impact on the critical reception of William Gaddis' first novel -- and by extension on Gaddis himself and his overall body of work -- we could find no indication in OCLC that any institution holds a complete collection. [#033174] $3,500
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(Mt. Horeb, WI), Perishable Press, (1988). Hamady's Interminable Gabberjabb series, begun in 1973 and comprising eight books by its end in 2005, is considered to have "changed the face of contemporary book arts in the United States" (Univ. of Arizona Poetry Center). This, the sixth book in the series, was published seven years after the fifth, and the limitation was reduced for this book from 200 to 125 copies. An eclectic and elaborate production: attempting to "read" the book sequentially involves carefully discovering how each page or gathering "works" and discovering the surprises the book has in store. This is copy number 87, date-stamped December 7, 1988. Signed by Hamady, his assistant Kent Kasuboske, and the binder Marta Gomez. Additionally annotated by Hamady on December 8: "Fore edged and embellished yesterday wrappered today by WH (sunny but cold 20 degrees)(F)." Fine. [#033017] $5,000
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Boston, Beacon Press, (1995). A memoir by this nature writer, winner of the 1964 John Burroughs Medal for The Great Beach. Inscribed by Hay to Peter Matthiessen, who won the 1982 John Burroughs Medal for Sand Rivers. Matthiessen has provided a jacket blurb for this book: "John Hay is one of our very best essayists on the natural world." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Together with Matthiessen's copy of Hays' The Immortal Wilderness [NY: Norton, 1987], which has Matthiessen's markings in about a dozen places, mostly in the preface. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032479] SOLD
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NY, Random House, (1940). A book about Helen Hayes's life and work, authored by her mother, and written in the form of letters to her grand-daughter, Hayes' daughter Mary, when Mary was nine years old: it ends by passing the torch to Mary to be standing in the wings for all of Hayes' future exits. Sadly, both Helen and Catherine outlived Mary, who died from polio at 19. This copy is inscribed by Helen Hayes. Small bookplate under the front flap; foxing to the endpages; a very good copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#033018] $125
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NY, Knopf, 1968. The second book, a play, by the author of Catch-22. Inscribed by Heller to Dick Seader, the General Manager of the play's Broadway debut, in the month of publication and two months prior to opening night: "To Dick Seader, with thanks and very high hopes -- for all of us. Joe Heller 8/15/68." After an initial production by the Repertory Company of the Yale Drama School, the play moved to the Ambassador Theater on Broadway, to open on October 16: it ran for 85 performances. Mild offsetting on the inscription page; greater offsetting on verso. Near fine in a very good, spine and edge-tanned dust jacket with a bit of dampstaining on the verso, at the lower spine. A nice association, and an early inscription. [#033175] $575
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NY, Harcourt Brace, (1961). His first novel, which deals with colonial oppression in the author's native Trinidad. Inscribed by the author in 1963 to Max Delson, lawyer and Socialist Party leader, with "enduring esteem." Hercules came to New York in the 1940s where his father, an anticolonial revolutionary in Trinidad, had sought asylum after fleeing Trinidad. Frank became associated with the black nationalist movement in the U.S. as well as other progressive and left-wing causes. His second novel dealt with interracial marriage, and he wrote a book of nonfiction, American Society and the Black Revolution. The recipient was a lawyer who specialized in labor issues and was also a member of the executive committee of the Socialist Party. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association copy, and a good, early inscription. [#033176] $200
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Clayton, Save the River, (1982). A publication of Save the River, an organization dedicated to defending the St. Lawrence Seaway, co-founded by Hoffman while living under the alias Barry Freed to evade prosecution on cocaine charges. Hoffman had been a political activist, founding member of the Yippies (Youth International Party), and Chicago 7 defendant, prior to going "underground" and living as Freed. He did not refrain from activism under his pseudonym, and became involved in local causes such as this. An 8-page booklet of detailed, reasoned arguments, catchy slogans, and a couple of simplistic illustrations. Signed by Hoffman as "Barry Freed" on the front cover. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#033019] $450
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NY, Scribner, 1952. His first book, widely considered the first novel of the "Beat generation," predating Jack Kerouac's On the Road by 5 years. Holmes's book deals with a "group of young people whose lives are frenetic and...are driven by a craving for excess. Their long nights involve liquor and marijuana, with the beat of bebop in the background." Inscribed by the author in July, 1975: "For Paul - at the beginning of what I feel will be a friendship -- all the best - John." Also signed in full as "John Clellon Holmes" at the bottom of the page. A very near fine copy with very slight fraying to the spine extremities, in a very good dust jacket with a couple small edge chips, a bit of tanning to the spine, and fragile folds. A seminal novel of postwar American youth, which helped set the parameters of rebellion and cultural revolt over the next twenty years. [#033177] $1,500
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(n.p.), Garp Enterprises/Radio-Telegraphic Company, 1991. A very early draft of the screenplay that won Irving an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, based on his sixth novel. Signed by Irving. This is the earliest copy of the script we have seen: the film was released in 1999; this version is dated "June 14, 1991, Revised." Hand-numbered "42." There are substantial textual differences between this early version and the final version. 130 pages, stringbound, with one remaining brad. Foxing to pages; near fine. A glimpse of an award-winning script as a work in progress. [#029480] $3,500
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Los Angeles, Black Sparrow, 1971. Published by Black Sparrow for Odyssia Gallery in New York City in conjunction with an exhibition of oil paintings by Jess held in May-June 1971. Jess's artwork is reproduced in this volume but only in black-and-white. Copy No. 197 of 250 copies signed by Jess and by Robert Duncan, who provides the introduction. A hint of edge-sunning, else fine in a near fine, original acetate dustwrapper with a small chip at the crown. [#033021] $250
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Iowa City, Stone Wall Press, (1969). Johnson's first book, a poetry collection published in an edition of 260 copies. Although not issued as a signed limited edition, this copy is signed by Johnson (using two pens, apparently the first one was failing). Label removal abrasions to front endpages and sticker removal mark on front cover. Sunning to the edges and spine; a very good copy, without dust jacket, as issued. Laid in is an announcement for a 2008 reading by Johnson and others, presumably the event where the signature was obtained. A scarce first book -- preceding his second by over a decade -- by a writer best known these days for his fiction, winning the National Book Award for his 2007 novel Tree of Smoke. [#029391] $650
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Zurich, Rascher & Cie., 1919. The first German edition of Joyce's play Exiles and the first of his works to be published in translation in any language. One of 600 copies printed: Joyce was living in Zurich at the time and he paid for the publication of this book out of his own pocket. This copy is inscribed by the author: "To J.R. [sic] Watson, Jun / with grateful regards / James Joyce / 8. ix. 1919." J.S. Watson, Jr. was at the time the co-owner of the modernist literary journal The Dial, which he bought from Martyn Johnson with his friend and fellow Harvard graduate, Scofield Thayer. Watson became president of the magazine and Thayer became its editor. The "grateful regards" refers to a gift of $300 that Watson had sent Joyce earlier in the year at the urging of Thayer, who had himself sent Joyce $700. These sums bailed Joyce out of dire financial straits, allowed him to settle a court case against him, and helped him support the theater group that he had associated with in Zurich, the English Players. In 1920 The Dial published a piece by Joyce, and in 1921 Thayer was one of his most ardent and influential supporters in the censorship case in New York against Ulysses and its publication in the Little Review. A notable association copy of Joyce's first translation. Slocum & Cahoon D44. Pages browned and acidified, and covers strengthened at all the edges and spine with tape, with a hole cut in the spine for the title to show through. The first blank, on which the inscription appears, is also strengthened at the edges with tape. Fragile, and a candidate for de-acidification, but a significant association copy from a critical point in Joyce's life and career. [#029930] $10,000
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(Stockholm), Imaginary Worlds, (2001). Keene's virtually unfindable first book, a collection of stories published by a short-lived specialty press in Sweden, whose books were printed in quantities measured in the hundreds. Warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Keene has since gone on to win two Bram Stoker awards, including one for his first novel in 2003, The Rising, an early novel in the zombie craze that has pervaded pop culture in recent years. Bookplate of the recipient, another author, on the front flyleaf. A couple of small spots to the cloth; near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a couple of tiny nicks along the folds. Laid in is the brochure for Keene's instructional program on Guerilla Marketing. Scarce. [#030739] $850
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(Westland), Land of Enchantment, (1983). Inscribed by King to his editor at Doubleday, Samuel Vaughan: "For Sam - Thanks for making something that could have been so hard so easy - and so successful. Quite a fall, huh? Your friend, Steve King/ 11/30/83." Vaughan had edited King's Pet Sematary, which had been published on 11/14/83 with a first printing announced as 500,000 copies. Cycle of the Werewolf is a single story by King, issued with illustrations by Berni Wrightson, who had collaborated with King on Creepshow. There was a signed limited edition of 250 copies; the trade edition, this one, had 7500 copies -- a tiny fraction of the numbers for Pet Sematary and King's other trade publications at that time. While the limited edition is scarcer in sheer numbers, our experience is that genuine Stephen King association copies are much rarer than his signed limiteds. Slight corner taps, else fine in a near fine dust jacket with one very small edge chip and some minor edge wear. [#033023] $2,500
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(n.p.), Well-Defended Press, 1990. A spoof on corporate reports, with contributions by a number of Canadian writers including Kinsella, Ann Knight, Spider Robinson, and others. Kinsella contributes "An excerpt from my essay, Treacherous Snivelling and Other Dangerous Trends in Contemporary U.S. Poetry." Also includes a poem (in Latin) by "Silas Ermineskin," a Kinsella alter-ego and one of the central characters in a number of Kinsella's highly praised Indian stories. Ermineskin's contribution is signed by "Ermineskin," somewhat illegibly. Also signed by Kinsella, Knight, Robinson and five others, presumably all the contributors, although the use of pseudonyms on the contributions makes it impossible to determine, from internal evidence alone, if this is the case. Folded sheets, with plain card-stock covers: apparently a home-made production by someone with a copier, a laser printer, and the friendship of a number of Canadian literary figures. Although the limitation is not stated, and the production methods did not preclude creation of more copies, we are told that there were 30 copies done. 24 pages, folded sheets in cardstock covers. OCLC locates only one copy, in the Canadian national archives. Fine. [#029934] $750
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