Vietnam and The Sixties, Vietnam 1
1. ABBOTT, Lee K. The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting. Cedar Falls, IA: North American Review, 1980. The author's first book, a short story collection which includes the much-anthologized "The Viet Cong Love of Sergeant Donnie T. Bobo." This is the uncommon hardcover issue and is signed by the author. Fine in fine dust jacket.
3. (African-American Experience). JOHNSON, Thomas A. The U.S. Negro in Vietnam. [NY]: (New York Times) (1968). An offprint of the New York Times series that ran on April 29 and 30 and May 1, 1968, based on the author's research and experience in Vietnam from December, 1967 to March, 1968 i.e., during the Tet Offensive of 1968, the turning point of the war. Some minor edge soiling; near fine in stapled wrappers with pictorial cover.
4. (ALGREN, Nelson). SCHULTZ, George F. Vietnamese Legends. Rutland: Tuttle (1968). Fifth printing. Nelson Algren's copy, bearing his ownership signature and Saigon address, dated in 1969. Fine in very good dust jacket with several edge tears.
5. (American Friends Service Committee). Peace in Vietnam. A New Approach in Southeast Asia. NY: Hill and Wang (1966). A report prepared for the Quaker organization The American Friends Service Committee discussing how peace could be reached in Vietnam. This is the issue in wrappers. Slight rubbing at spine fold; else fine.
6. -. Same title, the second printing, also in April of 1966. Fine.
7. ANDERSON, Robert A. Cooks & Bakers. NY: Avon (1982). Paperback original, a first novel of the war, a grunt's-eye-view of Marines fighting a war they don't want. Fine in wrappers.
8. ANDERSON, Robert A. Service for the Dead. NY: Arbor (1986). A novel of the war told from the perspective of a wounded vet having dreams and flashbacks after returning home. Stains to upper outer edges of last thirty pages, not affecting text; near fine in fine dust jacket.
9. (Anthology). Ramparts Vietnam Primer. (San Francisco): (Ramparts) (1966). A compilation of Ramparts articles by Bernard Fall, Donald Duncan, Robert Scheer, Warren Hinckle and Marcus Raskin. An important collection of anti-war pieces, written from the authoritative perspective of some of the most informed observers and participants in the war. A touch of wear at spine; else fine in wrappers.
10. (Anthology). Boondock Bards. (Tokyo): (Pacific Stars and Stripes) (1968). Collection of poems written by American servicemen serving in Vietnam. Small, fragile hardcover volume; very good in very good dust jacket. An uncommon collection.
11. (Anthology). Between Two Fires: The Unheard Voices of Vietnam. NY: Praeger (1970). Edited by Ly Qui Chung, with an introduction by Frances Fitzgerald. Firsthand stories by Vietnamese victims of the war, with an introduction to each piece by Arthur Dommen, Saigon correspondent for the L.A. Times. This is the simultaneously issued paperback edition; slight rubbing; still fine in wrappers.
12. (Anthology). Winning Hearts and Minds. Brooklyn: 1st Casualty (1972). One of the very early, important collections of poetry about the war by Vietnam vets, published by a small press that was started by vets. An important volume, which introduced such writers as W.D. Ehrhart, Michael Casey and Gustav Hasford, among others. Two marginal ink lines in introduction; else fine in wrappers.
13. -. Same title, the reissue (NY: McGraw-Hill, n.d.). Inscribed by Michael Uhl, one of the contributors. This is the issue in wrappers. Foxing to page edges; near fine.
14. (Anthology). Vietnam Anthology: American War Literature. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press (1987). An excellent introduction to the literature of the war, compiled by Nancy Anisfield, a professor who teaches a course in the subject. This is the clothbound issue; fine in a fine dust jacket.
15. -. Same title; the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Cover splayed; else fine.
16. (Anthology). Radical Visions. Athens: U. of Georgia Press (1993). Poetry by Vietnam veterans; edited by Vince Gotera. This is the uncorrected proof copy in the form of ringbound long, oblong galley sheets, printed on rectos only. Fine in plain cardstock covers.
17. (Apocalypse Now). MILIUS, John and COPPOLA, Francis Ford. Screenplay for Apocalypse Now. LA: Coppola Cinema Seven/Samuel Goldwyn Studios, December 3, 1975. Photocopied screenplay of this award-winning movie, perhaps the most ambitious Vietnam film yet made. 8 1/2" x 11" sheets; claspbound; fine in very near fine cardstock covers lightly worn where they overhang the pages. A vastly different version of this movie than was finally released, with a dramatically different opening sequence and many scenes and much dialogue that were changed or removed from the later version. Apocalypse Now won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as a work-in-progressthe first time an unfinished work had been given an award at Cannes. Coppola continued to edit and revise right up to, and after, opening daya process that nearly bankrupted his studio but which indicated that degree of commitment, some might say obsession, he attached to the project. As it stands, while there have been numerous Vietnam films of high quality in recent years, none has surpassed this for pure cinematic accomplishment -- some of the scenes are so vivid as to be etched forever in viewers' minds -- or artistic reach, with its echoes of Conrad's Heart of Darkness transposed to a contemporary setting. A landmark film.
North Vietnamese/Viet Cong "Trench Art" from the War Era
18. (Art). We are pleased to be able to offer a series of art works from Vietnam from the war era, in particular the years 1971-1973. These workssometimes called "trench art" and executed by artists while they were at the front rather than after they returned to a studiowere commissioned to record the lives of the soldiers and to provide inspirational models in the tradition of socialist realism, and have remained in Vietnam until recently. They were done by accomplished artistsmost of them academy-trained in the French style with their own personal, idiosyncratic stylesand were executed in a variety of mediawatercolor, ink wash, pencil, woodcut. At the moment, we have ten examples, primarily by two artists. Subjects include: a group of soldiers around a captured U.S. helicopter; several pictures of female troops, shooting or guarding a base camp; a woodcut of a woman instructing others in shooting; a river scene with camoflauged soldiers in a boat; a field hospital; soldiers at rest at base; a sniper in the woods; a peasant militia man guarding his village. Typical size is approximately 10" x 15" on white or tinted stock or, in one case, newsprint. These are unique, original artworks, prepared under conditions of war with limited materials and preserved for over two decades in Vietnam, where the climate is notably harsh on works on paper. Artwork of this sort, which is available now because of the opening of the trade window between Vietnam and the West, will not have survived in any great quantities, and the supply that exists now is likely to be exhausted soon, one would expect. So, for a limited time there is the possibility of gathering examples of this art and preserving them for posterity. We are happy to send color reproductions to anyone interested in further information at a cost of $5.00 for each print requested, deductible from the purchase price. Prices range from $500-$750, matted but not framed. For a small additional fee we can arrange for attractive framing. Additional information on request.
19. ATKINSON, Rick. The Long Gray Line. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. Follows members of the West Point class of '66 through their various journeys, many of which had to do with Vietnam. Fine in fine dust jacket.
20. BABER, Asa. The Land of a Million Elephants. NY: Morrow, 1970. The author's first book, set in a mythical Southeast Asian country during the Vietnam war. This is a fine copy in fine dust jacket. An excellent copy of a book that has become quite scarce in recent years.
21. -. Another copy, this being an ex-library copy, with the usual stamps, tape marks, and abrasions. About very good in like jacket.
22. BAKER, Mark. NAM. The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There. NY: Morrow, 1981. An "oral history" of the war made more powerful by the anonymity of the contributors. Reprinted many times, the first edition is scarce. Harry Crews blurb. Spine-creased; near fine in fine dust jacket.
23. -. Another copy. Owner name on half-title; two instances of marginal marking. Covers and jacket mildly soiled; very good in jacket.
24. BALABAN, John. Remembering Heaven's Face. NY: Poseidon (1991). An account by a Conscientious Objector who served in Vietnam as a civilian and 17 years later returned to view the aftereffects of the war. Balaban is an award-winning poet, translator of Vietnamese folk poetry, and novelist (Coming Down Again). Fine in fine dust jacket.
25. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Sticker removal mark front cover; else fine in wrappers.
26. BANCOFF, Carl. A Forgotten Man. Ardmore: Seth Press, 1987. A first novel, of a doctor in Vietnam; the author himself served as a flight surgeon there. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Address stamp front pastedown; else fine in fine dust jacket.
27. BARR, John. The War Zone. Easthampton: Warwick, 1989. A collection of poems written by a veteran. Of a total edition of 500 copies, this is one of 50 numbered copies signed by the author. Printed letterpress by Carol Blinn, one of the foremost fine press printers in the country; the paste paper was created by Sarah Creighton, also a highly regarded printer/binder, who also bound the hardcover copies. A beautiful production of a powerful book of poems.
28. BAUSCH, Robert. On the Way Home. NY: St. Martin's (1982). The author's first novel, of a soldier's escape from a POW camp and his return home. Together with a typed letter signed, responding gratefully to a reader's letter. The letter, on Northern Virginia Community College Stationery, is folded in thirds for mailing; else fine and includes the mailing envelope. The book is fine in a spine-faded, else fine dust jacket.
29. -. Another copy of the book. Fine in very good dust jacket.
30. BEIDLER, Philip D. American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam. Athens, GA: U. of Georgia (1982). A seminal book on the literature of the war. Fine in spine-faded, else fine dust jacket.
31. BEIDLER, Philip D. Re-Writing America. Athens: U. of Georgia Press (1991). Advance review copy. The author's second book on Vietnam literature, sub-titled "Vietnam Authors in Their Generation." Fine in fine dust jacket.
32. BLACKER, Irwin R. Search and Destroy. NY: Random House (1966). An early, wartime novel of a covert mission into North Vietnam. Fine in about near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with several small spots of edgewear.
33. BOWEN, Kevin. Playing Basketball with the Viet Cong. (Willimantic): Curbstone (1994). Poetry by the director of the William Joiner Center, which specializes in the history and literature of the Vietnam experience. Only published in wrappers. Fine, and signed by the author. Introduction by Carolyn Forché. Blurb by Tim O'Brien.
34. (BOYLE, Kay). Twowindows Folio II. (n.p.): (Twowindows) (1968). A collection of broadside poems laid into a folding folio, by poets Kay Boyle, William Dickey, Don Gray, Sy Kahn, James Liddy, and Maurice McDonald. Boyle's poem is called "The Lost Dogs of Phnom Penh" and is directly related to the war. A fine set in near fine folder.
35. BREDES, Don. Muldoon. NY: Holt Rinehart Winston (1989). Coming of age novel set in 1969, with the Vietnam war as a backdrop. Owner label front pastedown; else fine in fine dust jacket.
36. BROWN, Larry. Dirty Work. Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 1989. The author's second book, a well-received novel of the war. Fine in fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
37. BROWNE, Corinne. Body Count. NY: Stein & Day (1973). A nonfiction account of veterans recuperating from Vietnam in a hospital ward for amputees near San Francisco Bay. Inscribed by the author and also inscribed by several characters in the book, including the Chaplain, an important and ongoing presence. Very good in dust jacket. An uncommon book.