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109. EASTLAKE, William. Portrait of an Artist with 26 Horses. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1963. The third book in his New Mexico trilogy. Inscribed by the author. Faint spotting to foredge; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with minuscule corner chips to the unlaminated jacket.
110. EDGERTON, Clyde. Raney. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1985. The author's elusive first book, one of the early literary debuts from this influential Southern press. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front flyleaf. Small patch of white-out on the flyleaf, else fine in a fine dust jacket.
111. ELLROY, James. My Dark Places. NY: Knopf, 1996. Advance reading copy of this memoir by the author of L. A. Confidential, among others, centering on the murder of the author's mother when he was a young boy. Fine in wrappers.
112. ELMAN, Richard M. A Coat for the Tsar. (n.p.): University of Texas Press (1958). His elusive first book, a short novel set in the Jewish ghetto of Brest-Litovsk during the Russo-Japanese war. Inscribed by the author on the dedication page in 1974, a lengthy and revealing inscription of 16-year-later thoughts about the dedication and the book. Trace rubbing to tips; else fine in a very good dust jacket with one chip and modest edgewear. Uncommon.
113. ELMAN, Richard M. The 28th Day of Elul. NY: Scribner (1967). A review copy, but a second printing, of his first full-length novel. Inscribed by the author in 1974: "I put in over 4 years on this one and find I still like it a lot...". Small amount of dampstaining to lower rear corner; near fine in a similar dust jacket.
114. ELMAN, Richard M. Lilo's Diary. NY: Scribner (1968). A review copy of the second book in the Holocaust trilogy, which began with The 28th Day of Elul. Inscribed by the author in 1974. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip and author photo laid in.
115. ELMAN, Richard M. The Reckoning. NY: Scribner (1969). A review copy of the conclusion of the trilogy. Inscribed by the author in 1974. Trace stain to a lower board edge; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
116. -. Same title, the advance reading copy. Inscribed by the author in 1974. Edge-sunning and slight general wear to cover; very good in wrappers.
117. ELMAN, Richard M. An Education in Blood. NY: Scribner (1971). A review copy of what may be his most well-known novel. Inscribed by the author in 1974. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
118. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author in 1974, with a footnote referencing a poem in the text. Several page corners turned; spine creased from reading; about near fine in wrappers.
119. ELMAN, Richard. Uptight with the Stones. NY: Scribner (1973). A review copy of what may be the author's least-known book: Elman, a literary novelist and social commentator well into his 30's, traveled with the Rolling Stones on their tour of the U.S. in 1972, and reported on the experience in this short book, which is essentially a personal essay. Small, thin quarto, illustrated with photographs. Signed by the author in 1974. Minor edge sunning to rear board; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
120. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author in 1974, in part: "I wrote this book for money..." Quarto sheets; tapebound in cardstock covers with a typed label on the front cover giving the title and nothing else: clearly, a proof that would have been produced in tiny quantities. Very good.
121. (ELMAN, Richard.) "SPYKER, John Howland." Little Lives. NY: Grosset and Dunlap (1978). A well-received novel of small-town life in upstate New York that was written under a pseudonym, according to published reports at the time of publication, because of the author's prior lack of commercial success with his books, despite quite good critical reviews. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication using both names. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
122. ERDRICH, Louise. Jacklight. NY: Holt Rinehart Winston (1984). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a collection of poetry that was only issued in wrappers. According to a letter she wrote shortly after publication, the book was declined by 19 publishers before Holt Rinehart Winston decided to give it a chance, together with her first novel, Love Medicine. This is a near fine copy with one corner crease and a tanned spine on which the author and title are handwritten. Publicity sheet laid in. An extremely scarce proof: we have not seen a copy offered for sale since the book was new. Erdrich has since become one of the most highly respected of contemporary American novelists, and her books are bestsellers upon publication, with six-figure first printings.
123. ERDRICH, Louise. The Bingo Palace. (NY): HarperCollins (1994). The uncorrected proof copy of the fourth novel in her series that began with Love Medicine. Erdrich has established a perspective that draws on Native American culture from mystical and spiritual elements to clan relationships, oral traditions and storytelling techniques to create a unique contemporary voice. Spine-faded; near fine in wrappers.
124. EXLEY, Frederick. Last Notes from Home. NY: Random House (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of Exley's third and last book, in the sequence of fictionalized memoirs that began with A Fan's Notes. Minor dampstaining and small abrasions; about near fine in wrappers.
125. FAULKNER, William. Intruder in the Dust. NY: Random House (1948). By most accounts, this novel which deals with the legacy of black-white relations in the South was the book that cinched the Nobel Prize for him, which he won in 1949. Very slight flaking to the spine gilt; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace rubbing: bright, crisp and nearly flawless which is extremely unusual for this title, the soft paper jacket having a tendency to fray and show wear readily. A very nice copy of an important book. (See cover illustration.)
126. FIELDING, Helen. Bridget Jones's Diary. (NY): Viking (1998). The first American edition of last season's most surprising publishing phenomenon a fictionalized diary of a contemporary British thirty-something that started as a newspaper column and, because of its hilarious combination of the protagonist's self-awareness and self-delusion, gained a passionate following resulting in this book. It was the number one bestseller in England for over six months and vaulted its author to a degree of literary celebrity that few authors achieve in an entire career. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
127. -. Same title, the advance reading copy (identified by the publisher as "Advance Uncorrected Proofs"). The advance copy contains two pages of testimonials about the book (fictionalized?), written in the terse, telegraphic style of Jones's diary entries, many of them quite funny in their own right. Fine in wrappers.
128. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. NY: Bantam (1946). Third printing of the Bantam paperback edition, which was the first paperback edition offered for sale of this title (there was an Armed Services Edition that was distributed outside of the normal book trade). The third printing was done in March of 1946, and in 1949 Bantam added a dust jacket, with an illustration showing Alan Ladd in a scene from the Paramount movie. This was the first and probably the only printing issued in dust jacket. For a time, Bantam issued dust jackets for its paperbacks, generally to reinvigorate sales of slow-moving titles. That this copy bears a jacket added in 1949, three years after the book's most recent printing and two years before it would be reprinted again, supports this idea. The jacket art differs dramatically from the cover art. This is a near fine copy in a good dust jacket, which is internally tape-repaired along a splitting fold, but which externally shows only moderate edgewear. Exceedingly scarce: of the two dozen Bantam titles that were every issued in dust jacket all of which are extremely uncommon Gatsby is reportedly one of the three scarcest.
129. FORD, Richard. The Sportswriter. NY: Vintage (1986). His third novel, a paperback original, and his "breakthrough" book. Publication as a paperback original in the Vintage Contemporaries series brought Ford a readership ten times as large as the book would have had in hardcover; and his obvious talent lent credibility to what was at that time a fledgling paperback series and, in reality, a publishing experiment. Red spot to foredge; near fine in wrappers.
130. -. Same title, an advance reading excerpt. 22 pages excerpting a thread that runs through about 200 pages of the finished book. With textual variations from the published version that go beyond those necessary for the abridgement to make sense, including two paragraphs in the excerpt that don't seem to appear in the final book. Portions of this novel were published in Esquire prior to publication; it is unknown what resemblance this story bears, if any, to those excerpts, but it is safe to say that this is the only appearance in book form of this version of the text. Together with a copy of the first edition for comparison purposes. The book is very good in wrappers; the excerpt fine in stapled pictorial wrappers.
131. FORD, Richard. Wildlife. NY: Vintage (1991). First paperback edition of his fifth book, a novel in the Vintage Contemporaries series. A fine copy, signed by the author.
132. FORD, Richard. Independence Day. NY: Knopf, 1995. His most recent 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. This is the advance reading copy in printed wrappers, signed by the author. Fine in the publisher's cardstock slipcase, still shrink-wrapped.
133. (FORD, Richard). "A Girl's Feelings" in Edge. Christchurch, NZ: The Edge Press (1971). The first issue of this literary magazine, and Ford's second appearance in print: the only previous publication listed for him is Intro #3, an anthology of college students' writing published in 1970, while he was an undergraduate at the University of California. Signed by the editor, D.S. Long. Slightly rubbed; near fine in stapled wrappers. It's easy to imagine that this short-lived literary periodical, published in New Zealand, may be one of the most elusive of Ford's appearances in print.
134. FOWLES, John. A Maggot. Boston: Little Brown (1985). The limited edition of this novel by the author of The Collector and The French Lieutenant's Woman, among others. Of a total edition of 360 copies, this is one of 350 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy number 4. Fine in slipcase.
135. FOWLES, John. Wormholes. NY: Henry Holt (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of his new book, a collection of essays and occasional writings. Fine in wrappers.
136. -. Same title, the limited edition. Of a total edition of 165 copies, this is one of 15 roman-numeraled copies not offered for sale but reserved for the use of the publisher. Signed by the author. Clothbound; fine in fine cloth slipcase, in publisher's cardstock folding box.
137. (FOWLES, John). AUBREY, John. Monumenta Britannica. Boston: Little Brown (1981). A limited edition of this massive study of British antiquities, written toward the end of the 17th century, here edited by Fowles and with an introduction by him. One of 250 numbered copies signed by Fowles. Large quarto, clothbound; fine in slipcase.
138. GADDIS, William. The Recognitions. NY: Harcourt Brace (1955). The advance reading copy of his landmark first novel, which was largely disdained by critics upon publication but later, primarily through the efforts of the publisher of a small, "underground" journal in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gained a critical reconsideration, with the new consensus being that it was one of the most impressive American novels of the postwar era. Two of Gaddis' three later novels went on to win the National Book Award. Mildly spine-sunned but otherwise fine in wrappers. An exceptionally nice copy of this bulky, fragile volume.
139. GALLANT, Mavis. Across the Bridge. NY: Random House (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this collection of stories, published simultaneously with the Canadian edition. Gallant, an expatriate Canadian who has lived in Paris for the past several decades, is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. Fine in wrappers.
140. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera. (Bogotá): Editorial La Oveja Negra (1985). Special limited edition of this title, done as a charitable effort to benefit the victims of Colombian mudslides. Apparently bound from the sheets of the deluxe trade edition. One of 1000 unnumbered copies with a tipped-in leaf signed by the author and notarized. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Books signed by the author are relatively uncommon in this country.
141. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. Of Love and Other Demons. NY: Knopf, 1995. Hardcover advance copy. An attractive production, in unstamped illustrated boards that differ from the published binding. Fine in publisher's sealed paper sheath black paper with white text and a peekaboo hole through to the illustrated binding. One of the more unusual advance copies of recent years.
142. GASS, William. Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas. NY: Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy. A collection of novellas. The author's previous book, Finding a Form, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. Fine in wrappers.
143. (GINSBERG, Allen). "Meditation and Poetics" in Spiritual Quests. The Art and Craft of Religious Writing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of six talks given at The New York Public Library by Allen Ginsberg, Mary Gordon, Hugh Nissenson, Frederick Buechner, David Bradley and Jaroslav Pelikan. Edited by William Zinsser. An uncommon Ginsberg appearance. Near fine in wrappers.
144. GODSHALK, C.S. Kalimantaan. NY: Henry Holt (1998). The advance reading copy of this highly praised first novel which recounts the British colonization of Borneo, largely from the perspective of the women who accompanied the explorers, businessmen, generals and missionaries in the early years of the colony. Interweaves historical events and characters (the protagonist of the novel was the man on whom Conrad loosely based the story of Lord Jim) with a dramatic tale grounded in the author's own experiences living in Southeast Asia. Fine in wrappers.
145. 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, which became a surprise bestseller, staying on the bestseller lists for over a year. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
146. GOLDMAN, William. Soldier in the Rain. NY: Atheneum, 1960. The third book by the author of The Princess Bride, among others. This book is set during the Korean War. Very near fine in a rubbed, price-clipped dust jacket; near fine. Inscribed by the author.
147. GOODMAN, Allegra. The Family Markowitz. NY: FSG (1996). The uncorrected proof copy of her second book, a collection of related stories, many of which appeared in The New Yorker. Very slight, shallow edge creasing; still fine in wrappers.
148. GOODMAN, Allegra. Kaaterskill Falls. (NY): Dial (1998). The advance reading copy of her first novel. Fine in wrappers. A National Book Award finalist.
149. GORDIMER, Nadine. A Sport of Nature. NY: Knopf, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this novel by the South African Nobel Prize winner, this being the issue in white wrappers. Fine.
150. GRAFTON, Sue. N is for Noose. NY: Holt (1998), The uncorrected proof copy of the 14th book in her award-winning detective series featuring Kinsey Millhone. Fine in wrappers.
151. GREENE, Graham. Collected Essays. London: Bodley Head (1969). First publication of this collection. Fine, lacking the dust jacket. With an inscription by the author to a former lover on a small card tipped to the front flyleaf.
152. HARRISON, Jim. Farmer. NY: Viking (1976). Harrison's third novel. Signed by the author on the title page, with a small self-caricature by him there. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
153. HARRISON, Jim. After Ikky. Boston: Shambala, 1996. A small volume of poetry, issued simultaneously in paperback and in a cloth edition reported variously as either 500 or 1000 copies. This is the hardcover edition, and whatever its actual print run, it is many, many times scarcer than any of Harrison's other recent trade editions, which tend to have print runs in the range of 35,000-50,000. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.
154. HARRISON, Jim. The Road Home. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of his most recent novel, just published to excellent reviews. Fine in wrappers.
155. HEANEY, Seamus. Opened Ground. Selected Poems, 1966-1996. NY: FSG (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection by the Irish Nobel Prize winner. Two tiny nicks at rear spine fold; else fine in wrappers.
156. HEINLEIN, Robert A. Double Star. Garden City: Doubleday, 1956. The first of Heinlein's four books to win the Hugo Award for best novel, science fiction's most coveted prize. Trace rubbing to the boards at the base; still a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with slight edgewear. An exceptionally nice copy of one of the cheaply produced Doubleday books of that era.
157. HEINLEIN, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. NY: Putnam (1961). Heinlein's third novel to win the Hugo Award, a book which heavily influenced the Counterculture of the 1960s and, as such, is one of the very small handful of science fiction novels to have such an impact outside the field. The first edition of this landmark book is very scarce, and the unlaminated dust jacket is quite prone to wear. This is a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with rubbing to the folds and moderate edgewear, including a small, replaced chip at the spine base.
158. HERSEY, John. Antonietta. NY: Knopf, 1991. The advance reading copy of a novel told from the point of view of a Stradivarius violin. One light corner bump; else fine in wrappers, in a slightly worn publisher's cardstock box. Signed by the author.
159. HIJUELOS, Oscar. Mr. Ives' Christmas. (NY): HarperCollins (1995). An advance preview edition of the fourth book by this Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a novel of a man coming to terms with the death of his son. The copyright page would lead one to believe this issue was bound from sheets of the second printing; reportedly this is an error and the text does indeed precede the first printing and includes textual differences from the final published version. Clothbound, in a decorative cardboard slipcase resembling a gift-wrapped box. A fine copy, signed by the author on a tipped-in bookplate.
160. HOFFMAN, Alice. Practical Magic. NY: Putnam (1995). The advance reading copy of this novel, the basis for the recently released movie of the same name. Signed by the author. Tape remnants on front cover; near fine in wrappers.
161. HOUSTON, Pam. Waltzing the Cat. NY: Norton (1998). The advance reading copy of the second book by the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling Cowboys Are My Weakness. Fine in wrappers.