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127. ELIOT, T.S. Four Quartets. London: Faber & Faber (1944). The first British edition of this important collection, the individual poems of which were originally published separately in England in 1941-42 and then collected in the U.S. in 1943--in an edition that was, because of a printing error, mostly destroyed. These were the first of Eliot's poems to reach a wide audience, and are considered the culminating expression of his religious sensibility: they were written during the dark, early years of World War II and reflect, in four short, accessible poems that draw heavily on English history, on large philosophical questions of time and permanence. This copy is inscribed by Geoffrey Faber, the publisher in 1946. Offsetting to rear free endpaper, boards bowed; thus only very good in a good, spine-tanned dust jacket with a 3" vertical split down from the spine crown.
128. ELIOT, T. S. The Wasteland. NY: Harcourt Brace (1971). A facsimile and transcript of the original drafts, including the annotations by Ezra Pound. This is an attractive limited edition: a clothbound quarto, one of 250 numbered copies, in a cloth slipcase. Fine.
129. ERDRICH, Louise. Love Medicine. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1984). Her first novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Award for Best Novel of the Year. Critical acclaim for this novel was instantaneous and unanimous, and it was reprinted several times quickly. Love Medicine was the first in a sequence of novels that is ongoing and has, to date, included four books. Her success with this series, each volume of which has had a larger first printing than the previous one, has helped pave the way for the publication of other Native American woman writers, such as Linda Hogan and Susan Power. Like other Native American writing, Erdrich's writing is infused with a sense of myth derived from American Indian traditions even as it uses the Western forms of poetry and the novel to contain and shape the images. Inscribed by the author in 1986: "To ____/ with thanks to an/ ideal reader." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace wear to the crown.
130. ERICKSON, Steve. Arc d'X. NY: Poseidon (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of the fifth novel by the author of Rubicon Beach, and others. Fine in white glossy wrappers.
131. EVERSON, William. "Brother Antoninus." The Crooked Lines of God. (Detroit): Univ. of Detroit Press, 1959. A collection of poetry by Everson, who also designed the book, the binding, and the jacket; selected the typeface; and did the printing. The edition was 1000 copies, of which this is a review copy, with a promotional letter laid in by the Director of the Press. The first book in the Contemporary Poets Series. This copy is signed by the author as "Brother Antoninus." Oblong quarto, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
132. EVERSON, William. "Brother Antonius." The Rose of Solitude. Garden City: Doubleday, 1967. A sequence of love poems, and a spiritual autobiography. This is an advance review copy and is signed by the author as "William Everson." Owner name front flyleaf; fine in a dust jacket that is missing a piece from the rear panel, and has a tear at the top of the rear flap fold--thus only good. Jacket photo by Thomas Merton.
133. EVERSON, William. Man-Fate. (NY): New Directions (1974). The hardcover edition of Everson's first collection after leaving the Dominican order and the name Brother Antonius. The book is subtitled "The Swan Song of Brother Antoninus." Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.
134. EVERSON, William. The Mate-Flight of Eagles. (Newcastle): Blue Oak Press, 1977. The limited edition. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
135. FAULKNER, William. A Rose for Emily and Other Stories. NY: Editions for the Armed Services, (1945). Armed Services edition, the only edition of this title. These books, printed during World War II, were generally cheap reprints of previously published titles, and bore a photograph of the original hardcover on the front wrapper. In this case, the photograph is of a non-existent Faulkner title. Approximately 5 1/2" x 4". Much creasing to the covers; very good in wrappers.
136. FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence. Back Roads to Far Towns After Bash . (n.p.): (n.p.), 1970. A small privately printed volume of poems and drawings by Ferlinghetti, done in an edition of "a few copies for friends of the author." Very mild spine-sunning; fine in stapled wrappers.
137. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. (n.p.): Limited Editions Club (1980). One of 2000 copies, illustrated by Fred Meyer and introduced by Charles Scribner III. Fine in a very slightly scuffed slipcase. Signed by the illustrator.
138. FOOTE, Horton. Courtship, Valentine's Day and 1918. NY: Grove Press, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of these three plays from The Orphans' Home Cycle. With an introduction by Reynolds Price. Signed by Foote and inscribed by Ken Harrison, who directed 1918 and Valentine's Day. Foote won an Academy Award and a Screen Guild Writers' Award for his screenplay of To Kill a Mockingbird. His signature is somewhat uncommon. Moderate sunning and creasing to covers; still about near fine.
139. FORD, G.M. Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? NY: Walker (1995). Highly praised, humorous first mystery, introducing Leo Waterman. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
140. FORD, Richard. Independence Day. NY: Knopf, 1995. His latest novel, a sequel to The Sportswriter, and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, a rare literary "double." This novel follows the main character of The Sportswriter, Frank Bascombe, after he has divorced and become a real estate agent. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author. This is the first issue, with the word "with" missing from line 21 on page 289.
141. -. Same title. This is the advance reading copy in printed wrappers, signed by the author. Fine in publisher's card-stock slipcase, still shrink-wrapped. A relatively scarce promotional issue.
142. FORD, Richard. Women with Men. NY: Knopf, 1997. The first trade edition. Fine in jacket and signed by the author. In our experience, a relatively scarce book signed, as the author seems not to have done the standard promotional tour, with the readings and signings around the country that one might have expected.
143. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. A surprisingly small number of proofs seem to have been done, at least for a writer of Ford's stature, and few have shown up on the market. This is the first issue, with text on the last page or two that differs from the final version. Fine in wrappers.
144. -. Same title, the first British edition (London: Harville 1997). Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
145. -. Same title, the limited edition (New Orleans: B.E. Trice, 1997). Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Clothbound; fine in a fine slipcase. At the list price.
146. FRAZIER, Charles. Cold Mountain. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (1997). The limited edition of this Civil War novel that became a word-of-mouth bestseller and the publishing phenomenon of the year. Winner of the National Book Award. The first printing of the trade edition was 25,000 copies, and there are now over 1.3 million copies in print; this limited edition was done in a printing of 500 numbered copies signed by the author, none of which were for sale: they were given to booksellers around the country who had contributed to the success of the novel as an expression of gratitude on the part of the publisher. Bound in full cloth, stamped in black and gold, simulating a portion of the dust jacket design, with a silk ribbon marker bound in. Fine in a fine slipcase.
147. -. Same title, the advance reading copy of the trade edition (identified by the publisher as an "uncorrected manuscript"). An early, pre-publication state of the critically acclaimed bestseller. Fine in wrappers.
148. FRIEDMAN, Kinky. Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover. (NY): Simon & Schuster (1996). Another comic mystery by the onetime country singer. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.
149. -. Same title, the advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author.
150. GADDIS, William. Carpenter's Gothic. (NY): Viking (1985). The uncorrected proof copy of his third novel, the shortest and most accessible of his books. Two of Gaddis' four books have won the National Book Award, and a third title, The Recognitions, is considered a postwar classic. Corner crease to rear cover and the indentation, but not the stain, of a cup ring on the front cover; still near fine in wrappers.
151. GAINES, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying. NY: Knopf, 1993. Uncorrected proof copy of this book by the author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, among others. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Tiny nick to front cover and closed tear at crown; near fine in wrappers.
152. -. Same title, the advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers, in publisher's card-stock slipcase. Signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. These copies were issued by the publisher for promotional purposes and were never offered for sale.
153. GALLAGHER, Tess. The Lover of Horses. NY: Harper & Row (1986). Her first collection of stories. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
154. -. Same title, the second paperback edition (Minnesota: Graywolf, 1992). Inscribed by the author in 1997 and signed by Alfredo Arreguin, the artist who painted the picture used on the front cover. Fine in wrappers.
155. GALLANT, Mavis. The Other Paris. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956. The true first edition of her first book, a collection of stories, mostly from The New Yorker. A fine copy in a very good, rubbed dust jacket with one small chip.
156. GASS, William H. The Tunnel. NY: Knopf, 1995. Uncorrected proof copy of the massive novel by the author of Omensetter's Luck, among others. His first novel in over twenty years, and reportedly 30 years in the writing. Fine in wrappers.
157. GIFFORD, Barry. Baby Cat-Face. NY: Harcourt Brace (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of this novel by the author of Wild at Heart, among others. The characters from that book, Sailor and Lula, make a cameo appearance in this one. Fine in wrappers.
158. GINSBERG, Allen. Airplane Dreams: Compositions from Journals. Toronto: Anansi, 1968. The issue in wrappers of the correct first edition of this collection of poems, published in Canada by a small antiwar publisher, in defiance of U.S. copyright law. The political nature of so much of Ginsberg's writing is nowhere more apparent than in this collection. Signed by the author. Near fine, with publisher's explanation card and erratum slip laid in. Also laid in is a partial page from the Times Literary Supplement from November 6, 1959, on which is printed Ginsberg's "Death to Van Gogh's Ear."
159. GINSBERG, Allen. Journals Mid-Fifties, 1954-1958. (NY): HarperCollins (1995). The limited edition of this volume of his journals from a key period in the Beat movement, which saw the first reading and publication of Howl, as well as the publication of Jack Kerouac's novels, On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and others. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in slipcase.
160. GOLDEN, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha. NY: Knopf, 1997. The advance reading copy of this highly praised first novel, written from the point of view of a young geisha. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
161. (Golf). MURPHY, Michael. Golf in the Kingdom. NY: Viking (1972). New age classic that arose out of the self-improvement movement at Esalen in the early Seventies, which focuses on the game of golf to make its points about the way we view the world and ourselves in it. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
162. GORDIMER, Nadine. The Conservationist. London: Cape (1974). The first British edition of this South African Nobel Prize winner's Booker Prize-winning novel. Foxing to page edges; near fine in a near fine, very slightly spine-faded dust jacket.
163. GOULD, Stephen Jay. Dinosaur in a Haystack. NY: Harmony (1995). Natural history from one of the leading popularizes of the field in recent years. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
164. GRISHAM, John. The Pelican Brief. NY: Doubleday (1992). The uncorrected proof copy of Grisham's third novel, basis for the well-received movie. The enormous success of Grisham's books has been one of the most astonishing publishing phenomena of recent years. He has gone from a complete unknown to a "brand name" author as fast as any author we can remember and his books are now huge bestsellers upon publication. This is a limited edition of the proof; one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Light stain to the bottom edge of the front cover; near fine in wrappers.
165. GRISHAM, John. The Runaway Jury. NY: Doubleday (1996). Another courtroom thriller. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.