E-list # 137
Santa Barbara, Capra Press, . Two sets of galley sheets, one bound and one unbound, for the small Capra volume, Confessions of a Barbarian, which was an advance excerpt of the book later published as The Fool's Progress. Two sets of sheets, each on legal-sized paper and printed on rectos only. 42 pages, including the "Editor's Introduction" in which Abbey recounts his first meeting with "Henry Lightcap," the narrator of the novel. The first set of sheets, unbound, has the alternate titles "Festival of Fools" and "A Fool's Progress" written at the top, with a question mark, and "read by E. Abbey 2/86" written across the bottom. The second set, comb-bound at the top, includes a pictorial cover and the text of "Red Knife Valley" by Jack Curtis, which was bound back-to-back with the Abbey piece in the finished book. This second set is marked as having been read by E. Abbey on 3/4/86. Both versions have been copy-edited. On several pages in the unbound version, Abbey has served as his own copy editor: on page 24 in the first version Abbey himself writes: "two pages of typescript missing here," and signs the comment, "EA." The two pages of heavily corrected (photocopied) typescript are inserted into the second version. And on page 29 of the first version, under the typeset message "NOTE! Manuscript pages 46 & 47 need to be inserted here. I did not receive them," Abbey again interjects: "Yes you did," and initials there, "EA." These additional two photocopied and corrected "missing" pages are also laid into the second version. In a few other places Abbey has corrected typos, although without signing his edits, and he has used the verso of one sheet to make a note, presumably to himself, apparently about a sizable bank deposit. Both sets of galleys are fine and laid into one custom clamshell case. A unique, working copy of one of Abbey's last books: he died shortly after the full-length version of The Fool's Progress was published. Working copies of his books and papers seldom appear in the marketplace; most have been sold or donated to institutions. [#032730] $1,500
NY, St. Martin's, (1990). A Voice Crying in the Wilderness was ostensibly the first trade edition of the posthumously published 1989 Rydal Press limited edition Vox Clamantis in Deserto, but retitled and re-edited and with slightly different content, and with illustrations by Andrew Rush, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness is a separate Abbey "A" item. The archive includes:
- the first draft contract between St. Martin's Press and Rydal Press for this edition, with emendations.
- 81 page photocopied typescript, heavily copyedited.
- a clean set of galley sheets, approximately 66 pages.
- "master" galleys, heavily copyedited.
- "master" page proofs dated January 12, 1990, heavily copyedited.
- a second pass of the page proofs, undated, correcting errors caught in the first set, but still imperfect.
- a "master" set of revised proofs, dated January 26, 1990, also copyedited.
- eight additional "master" proof sheets correcting the errors remaining in the third set of page proofs.
- heavily copyedited copy of the page featuring "Other Works By Edward Abbey."
- blue proof of the title page.
- composition specification sheet.
- the mock up of the endpapers, featuring Andrew Rush art work.
- a letter from St. Martin's to Clark Kimball of The Rydal Press, enclosing "some production materials" from the book they are "quite pleased to be printing. The materials include a mockup of the title page and two separate mockups of a single text page, each featuring a "blind men and the elephant" illustration by Rush, one of which is inscribed by Rush: "AR for CK."
- an Andrew Rush biographical flyer, and
- an autograph letter signed by Rush to Clark Kimball, in part transmitting a drawing that Kimball liked (not included here, but perhaps an original of the "blind men" drawing mentioned above). The letter is in a self-made Rush notecard, and the drawing tipped to the front cover is present but detached.
NY, Knopf, 1974. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel by the Japanese author of Woman in the Dunes, among others. Near fine in tall wrappers. [#019402] $100
London, Heinemann, (1966). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of his fourth book, a satirical novel about political corruption in Nigeria, by one of the foremost African men of letters of the 20th century, author of Things Fall Apart -- reportedly the most widely-read African novel of all time, and certainly one of the most highly regarded. Achebe was the winner of the 2007 Man Booker International Prize, among many other honors and awards over a 50+-year writing career. Signed by Achebe. Faint spine-tanning, a few spots to lower edge of text block, and tiny corner creases; very good in wrappers. A Burgess 99 title, and an uncommon proof, especially signed. [#029622] $350
NY, Random House, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of this examination of human nature as it relates to the five senses, with frequent detours across the lines between nature and culture. Ackerman developed her literary reputation as an award-winning poet and later became a staff writer for The New Yorker. This volume of nonfiction was her first to gain wide critical acclaim and commercial success. Near fine in wrappers. [#015039] $50
NY, Atlantic Monthly Press, (1996). The advance reading copy of his second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912195] $60
London, Secker & Warburg, (1997). The uncorrected proof copy of the British edition of his second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. Note: number line begins with "2". [#912194] $60
NY, Grove Press, (2003). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912215] $70
Brooklyn, Hanging Loose, (2003). The advance reading copy of the screenplay based on Alexie's first book of stories and prose poems, which was published in 1992. Alexie also directed the film, which won a number of film festival awards, including the Jury Award at the Durango Film Festival and two Grand Jury Awards at the L.A. Outfest. The book also includes a two-page introduction by Alexie, a section of scenes that did not appear in the film, short personal pieces by a number of the actors, photographs of the production, complete film credits and an essay about Alexie's filmmaking by Brian Miller. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912223] $100
Brooklyn, Hanging Loose Press, (1996). The uncorrected proof copy. A collection of poems and prose poems. Fine in wrappers. [#912231] $100
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2000). The advance reading copy, marked "uncorrected proof" by the publisher, of this collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912234] $80
(NY), Dutton, (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of this narrative work based on a performance piece that Allison wrote and performed after the success of Bastard Out of Carolina, her first novel. Together with the photocopied typescript, which reproduces numerous changes and corrections, presumably authorial, including the excision of several long paragraphs, still visible. Edge tears to the cover sheet; otherwise fine. The proof copy is fine in wrappers. Allison's first novel was highly praised, and controversial. It was adapted for a television miniseries which won an Emmy award and was nominated for several others, but was for a time banned in Canada because of the controversial subject matter. [#013485] $250
NY, Random House, 1975. The uncorrected proof copy of the American edition of this novel by the poet and critic most well-known for his study of suicide by authors, The Savage God, which focused on Sylvia Plath and was a seminal, and controversial, work about her and her relationship with her husband, the poet Ted Hughes. Fine in wrappers and inscribed by the author nearly two months prior to publication. Laid into this copy is a photocopy of the galley proof of a poem by Alvarez, also inscribed by the author. Edges of the folded sheet tattered where they protrude from the book; very good. [#004936] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2008. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of Amis' collection of essays and two stories focused on the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and their aftermath. Fine in wrappers. Oddly uncommon in an advance issue. [#027169] $70
(n.p.), (Viking), (1970). The uncorrected proof copy of his second book, a collection of essays from The New Yorker. Angell, a former fiction editor at The New Yorker, is also considered one of the best writers ever on baseball -- his books The Summer Game and Five Seasons are universally viewed as classics. His baseball reporting for The New Yorker elevated the genre of sportswriting to the realm of true literature, in many critics' and readers' opinions. He received the first ever PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2011. Near fine in wrappers, with a small "45" on the front cover, presumably the copy number. [#029902] $100
Garden City, Doubleday, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the year's O. Henry Award winners, with first prize awarded to Alice Walker. Other contributors include Bobbie Ann Mason, Alice Adams, Gordon Lish, Peter Cameron, Deborah Eisenberg, Stuart Dybek, Ward Just, and Joyce Carol Oates, who earned a "special award for continuing achievement," even then. Near fine in wrappers. [#014350] $50
London, Heinemann, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of his first novel. Tiny creases to spine from binder's glue; still fine in wrappers. [#914720] $70
(NY), Viking, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of his first novel, which received considerable praise and helped get him selected as one of The New Yorker magazine's "20 best young American writers." Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914718] $100
NY, Knopf, 2000. The uncorrected proof copy of his third novel. Signed by the author in March 20, 2000, the month after publication. Two small dents to front cover; very near fine in wrappers. [#914727] $60
ARNOW, Harriette Simpson
NY, Knopf, 1974. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel of the American Revolution by the author of The Dollmaker, as well as several highly praised books of nonfiction on Kentucky and the Cumberland Valley. This novel is a fictional counterpart to her nonfiction history The Flowering of the Cumberland, published in 1963. Small date written at top spine; small crease mid-spine and mild spotting to rear cover; about near fine in tall wrappers. The critical and commercial success of The Dollmaker -- it was a runner-up for the National Book Award, which was won that year by William Faulkner -- made Arnow an iconic figure as female novelist, and her strong, and strong-willed, female characters caused her to be identified in later years as something of a proto-feminist writer. [#028849] $150
NY, Henry Holt, (2002). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911292] $60
(London), Chatto & Windus, (2002). The advance reading copy of the first British edition of this novel whose span of time is the time is takes the narrator to use a box of matches. Fine in wrappers. Together with a Chatto & Windus promotional book of matches with the author and title (and the pet duck) printed on the front cover. All matches present; fine. A bit of promotional cost-saving involved perhaps, as the novel turns on a box of matches rather than a book, though to be fair the first one or two matches in the story are taken from a book, but that was near empty at the start of the tale, hence the box. In any event, an uncommon Nicholson Baker promotional item (that can not be mailed internationally nor by air domestically). [#031329] $70
(London), (Granta Books), (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Baker's third book, nonfiction, a personal essay and analysis of the effect that the writings of John Updike have had on the author. A unique portrait in ideas more than a criticism of Updike, nonetheless a serious meditation on Updike's work and a self-examination of Baker's own thoughts on writing. Sticker residue to spine; corner crease to front cover; near fine in wrappers. An innovative approach to literary analysis, and an important addition to the overall canon of writings on Updike. Scarce in proof form. [#029909] $70
(n.p.), Viking, (1985). The uncorrected proof copy. A well-received collection of stories, which was the author's first book from a major trade publisher, after a couple of poetry chapbooks and a story collection from a university press. Fine in wrappers. In our experience, quite an uncommon proof. [#004980] $100
NY, Viking, (1964). An advance copy, in the form of comb-bound galleys, of the Nobel Prize winner's second National Book Award winner (of three). Signed by Bellow in 1968, with the comment "long time, no see" -- presumably an indication that, even at that early date, the proof was already extremely scarce. The text of this book was changed while the book was still in galleys, and approximately two dozen pages have new text pasted over the originals. There are also several hand corrections to both new and old pages, and a couple of marginal comments (e.g. "Moses Herzog as demented artist"). Even with the added pages of text and the corrections, variations still exist between this version and the final published text. 10" x 5-1/4" galleys, comb-bound in printed yellow cardstock covers; a bit handled and creased; very good. Scarce: we know of only two other copies of this proof surfacing over the years. A bibliographically significant copy of a key work by an American Nobel Prize winner. [#027540] $9,500
(n.p.), Viking, (2000). The uncorrected proof copy, with textual variations between this and the published text. Fine in wrappers. [#914780] $60
Berkeley, North Point, 1982. Bound galleys of this collection of stories that was published as a paperback original. 8-1/2" x 14", printed on rectos only. Velobound; very near fine. An uncommon format for a proof. [#022660] $60
San Francisco, North Point, 1984. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel by the author of The Stone Boy (made into a well-received film with Robert Duvall) and The Infinite Passion of Expectation, among others. Her story collection, Women in Their Beds, published in 1997, won the PEN Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Reviewer's notes (Alan Cheuse's?) on rear blank. Near fine in wrappers and proof dust jacket. [#015474] $60
Berkeley, North Point, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of this essay collection reported to have had a first printing of only 900-1000 copies. Slightly dusty, else fine in wrappers. [#032742] $70
[NY], Farrar, Straus & Giroux, . Galley proof for the jacket copy of Bishop's second volume of collected poems. Her earlier volume, published in 1969, won the National Book Award. One long page, approximately 23" x 6-3/4", folded in fourths; near fine. [#015485] $70
NY, Tor, (1993). Inscribed by the author. Recipient's bookplate front flyleaf; fine in a near fine dust jacket. Together with the uncorrected proof copy, which is near fine in wrappers. [#030467] $60
Los Angeles/Columbia, Underwood-Miller, 1987. The uncorrected proof copies, three volumes. Owner bookplate in each volume, a hint of sunning to the spines, else each is fine in wrappers. Price for the set. [#030459] $100
London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1962. The uncorrected proof copy of the sequel to his highly acclaimed first novel, Room at the Top, both of which were turned into films. Spine faded and creased from glue; covers and pages mildly edge-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#025042] $70
BROWN, John Gregory
(NY), (Houghton Mifflin), (1994). The uncorrected proof copy. This is shot from manuscript, rather than having been typeset -- a format which typically suggests small distribution -- and is considerably scarcer than the glossy advance reading copy of this title that was issued. Fine in wrappers. [#019422] $70
Chapel Hill, Algonquin, 1990. The uncorrected proof copy of the third book by the author of Facing the Music and Dirty Work, a collection of stories that became the basis for a 2001 movie with Arliss Howard and Debra Winger. Inscribed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#027552] $70
Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books, 2001. An advance reading excerpt from his second book of nonfiction. One chapter from the then-forthcoming book. Signed by Brown. Fine in stapled wrappers and original envelope. [#912275] $80
Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books, 1988. An advance reading excerpt from his first book, featuring only the title story. Brown, from Mississippi, was the first writer to twice win the Southern Book Award, the major literary award given out by the Southern Book Critics Circle. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912280] $100
Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books, 1991. The uncorrected proof copy of his fourth book, second novel. Faint crease near the front spine fold; still fine in wrappers. [#912290] $60
Garden City, Doubleday, 1974. The uncorrected proof copy of her first book of fiction, a collection of stories. Publisher's informational sheet present but detached from front cover, leaving glue residue there. Mild creasing to rear cover; still near fine in tall, white wrappers. Uncommon format. There was also a comb bound issue in red wrappers. [#005660] $150
Garden City, Doubleday, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of her third book and first novel. Warmly and effusively inscribed by the author two months prior to publication: "____/ How Gerda would love you/ (for your enthusiasm, your vigorous/ devotion)! Whether or not you'd/ want to be loved by Gerda is/ another story)./ But for now I, who made/ Gerda, love you. I hope that's/ sufficient.../ Rosellen." Partial title written on the lower page edges; glue residue showing on front label; very near fine in tall wrappers. A scarce proof, and a nice inscription. [#008060] $200
(BUKOWSKI, Charles). CRUMB, R.
[c. 1983]. Printed portrait of Bukowski by Crumb, a color version of which was used as the cover to the 1983 Black Sparrow edition of Bukowski's Bring Me Your Love. One sheet, folded to make four 8-1/2" x 11-1/4" pages; all but the cover page with the portrait are blank. Lower corner crease to front cover; several small stains, mostly on the three blank pages. Presumably some sort of production proof for the Black Sparrow edition. Near fine. [#031662] $150
NY, Random House, 1998. An advance copy in the form of a bound photocopied typescript. 467 pages, double-spaced and double-sided, with the title header "Orno & Marshall" and the date header "11/4/97," and significant textual variations between this and the published text. Sent by a Random House editor to Peter Matthiessen, hoping for a publicity comment. An additional handwritten letter is laid in, from John [Sterling?] to Matthiessen's wife, expressing happiness that the Matthiessens will be coming to Sun Valley [likely the Writers Conference]: "It will be a social zoo, of course, but we will have one another (and Mark Salzman's humor) as comfort." Tapebound, with an acetate cover; near fine. An early -- and at this point possibly unique -- version of the second novel by Canin, with distinguished provenance. [#032272] $250
[Boston], (Houghton Mifflin), (n.d.)[1987-1988]. An advance offprint of one story from Canin's first book, Emperor of the Air, which won a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Fine in stapled wrappers. Uncommon. [#911416] $100
NY, Harper & Row, (1988). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of his Booker Prize-winning novel; the American edition contained a chapter that did not appear in the earlier British or Australian editions. Inscribed by the author in 1995 to Greg Gatenby, the director of a Toronto literary festival: "For Greg - Some more ephemera. Peter Carey/ Toronto/ 21/2/95." With Gatenby's signature as well. Very near fine in wrappers. [#029817] $100
(Queensland), University of Queensland Press, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition (Australian) of Carey's first Booker Prize-winning novel. Signed by the author. Based on the size of the Australian publishing industry, as compared to that of the UK and the US, the original Australian first editions of Carey's books, especially those published by University of Queensland, a relatively small Australian publisher, are relatively uncommon. Proofs, because of their much more limited quantities to begin with, are even more scarce. Despite our focusing on proofs as a specialty, we've only handled the proof of this edition once previously, and have never handled a signed copy before. Vertical spine creasing; age-toning to pages; very good in wrappers. [#032747] $1,250
(Queensland), University of Queensland Press, (2000). The advance reading copy of the true first edition of Carey's second Booker Prize winner, a fictional re-imagining of the life of Australia's most famous outlaw. Inscribed by the author. Light bumps to the front corners and mild rubbing; near fine in wrappers. An extremely uncommon advance issue: we have never seen another copy, nor have we found any auction listings for it. In addition to winning the Booker, it also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best overall book of the year, the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book of the year, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Courier Mail Book of the Year, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and numerous others. A modern classic, and an exceptionally scarce state of it, especially so signed. [#030105] $1,000
(n.p.), Delacorte, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of Carter's most famous book, which its publisher originally identified as "a true story" while it identified the author as a "part-blood Cherokee who is Storyteller in Council to the Cherokee Nations." A dozen years after its initial publication, The Education of Little Tree was chosen by independent booksellers as the book they most liked to sell and it became a word-of-mouth bestseller in a paperback edition published by the University of New Mexico Press. Later, Carter was discovered to be a white man from Alabama who had worked for right-wing politician George Wallace, writing racist propaganda. Carter may have written racist tracts for George Wallace, but in The Education of Little Tree he endorsed humanist values of a high order, which he ascribed to Native American traditions -- respect for the land and one's family, honoring one's elders, promoting generosity and good faith, abhorring hypocrisy and brutality. Even as fiction, The Education of Little Tree raises serious and difficult questions, but it has been taken by many as strongly promoting a healthy sensitivity to, and respect for, Native American traditions and perspectives. In some circles, the question of the book's authenticity is today less of an issue than that of its sentimentality. "Little Tree" handwritten on spine; paperclip imprint top edge of front cover; near fine in tall wrappers. Extremely scarce: this is the only copy of the proof we've ever seen, and it dates from an era when, first, proofs were less widely distributed than they later came to be and, second, they were less likely to be viewed as collectibles and filtered into the rare book market, and more likely to simply be discarded after use. [#025387] $750
London, Collins Harvill, 1989. The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of these posthumously published poems, many of them quite moving, and addressing his impending death quite straightforwardly, even bluntly, in his characteristic, plain-spoken manner. With an introduction by Tess Gallagher. Corner crease to front cover; near fine in wrappers. [#012741] $80
NY, Knopf, 1983. The uncorrected proof copy of his third collection of stories to be published by a major trade publisher, and a major literary event that confirmed Carver's preeminent place among American short story writers of the day, and signaled a full-fledged resuscitation of the short story in American literature. Signed by the author. In addition, Carver has made a change to the text in the last paragraph of the story "Careful" and initialed and dated the change on May 30, 1983. The changed text was incorporated into the published version of the story, so this was apparently a working copy of the proof. Fine in wrappers with a tinge of spine sunning. [#032754] $1,750
Concord, Ewert, 1986. A collection of poems. Of a total edition of 136, this is one of 10 sets of advance sheets prepared by the publisher. Twelve 9" x 12" double flat gatherings printed on the rectos only, laid into a gray folding cardstock case, with a card laid in presenting the sheets with compliments, indicating the limitation, and signed by the publisher. A fine set of this rare advance issue. [#012110] $350
London, Collins Harvill, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of a collection of seven stories for which there is no comparable U.S. edition. Five of the stories appeared in Where I'm Calling From -- copyright problems reportedly kept the publisher from reissuing the other stories included in that collection. Tiny, shiny spot to front cover; else fine in wrappers. [#912320] $175
Concord, Ewert, 1987. The first publication of this story. One of 12 advance copies, signed by the publisher, William Ewert, but not by Carver. Fine in wrappers. [#912329] $325
NY, Random House, (1986). The uncorrected proof copy of his second major collection of poems. Near fine in wrappers. [#011391] $100
NY, Knopf, 1981. The uncorrected proof copy of Carver's second major story collection, and his first significant commercial success: the first of his books to be published by a mainstream literary publishing house, Knopf, and the first to go into multiple printings immediately after publication. Carver's relentless paring away of the excess in his stories, which earned him the label "minimalist" -- a designation he stridently rejected throughout his career -- is evident in this collection: two of the stories had been published earlier, in the collection Furious Seasons, but here are shorter and more spare (one of them also having been re-titled). Reproduces Carver's holograph corrections to the text, including a number of small word changes, excisions, and in one case the addition of a line to the end of a story. Signed by Carver. A remarkable glimpse of the stories as works-in-progress, up to and even after they had been typeset for publication. Several small spots to the covers; near fine in wrappers. [#032753] $1,500
NY, Atlantic Monthly, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of the trade edition, which was preceded by the Franklin Library edition. Where I'm Calling From is the definitive collection of Carver's fiction, published just before he died and containing therefore the "final" versions of many of his most important and frequently anthologized stories, as well as seven stories previously uncollected. Fine in wrappers. [#912358] $175
Boston, Little Brown/Back Bay, (2003). Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. Together with the advance reading copy, also fine in wrappers. With 11 pages of promotional material, including an author interview, laid in. [#915978] $65
NY, Atheneum, 1977. Uncorrected proof copy of his highly praised first book, which was called by The New York Times Book Review "the best novel of the year." Casey's third book, Spartina, won the National Book Award. Erasure abrasion on front cover, and a small surface gouge on (blank) rear panel; otherwise fine. An auspicious debut. [#006300] $100
NY, Knopf, 1979. Uncorrected proof copy of his second book, a highly praised collection of stories. Laid in are two pages of publisher's promotional material, with review excerpts from Casey's first novel, including a John Irving blurb. Fine in tall wrappers, with a label pasted over bottom edge of pages. [#005033] $100
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of Castaneda's fourth book in the influential series that began with The Teachings of Don Juan. Castaneda's books were published as nonfiction -- first person accounts of his extraordinary experiences with a Yaqui Indian shaman in Sonora, in northern Mexico. Later they were shown to have been largely or wholly fictional accounts derived from the author's readings and, presumably, his own use of hallucinogenic drugs similar to the ones he ascribes to Don Juan. Notwithstanding their fictional nature, they were and continue to be influential for having initiated a dialogue not only about cultural authenticity but also about the coherence of spiritual and mystical traditions in Native American and Mesoamerican cultures; in effect the books comprised, at the least, a critique of the cultural bias in traditional anthropology and helped usher in a new degree of critical thinking about such issues, a new sensitivity to cultural diversity grounded in that critical thinking, and also what became known as the New Age movement. Padbound proof; fine in tall wrappers. Scarce. [#019794] $300
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1981). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#020167] $70
NY, Viking, (1969). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Several penciled notes by a reviewer, and corresponding page corners turned. Near fine in wrappers. [#031228] $150
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author. Fine in tall wrappers. [#031233] $70
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1971). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Tall, comb-bound galley sheets. Edge-tanned, else fine. [#031230] $150
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Near fine in tall wrappers. With a "Special Note" from the publisher laid in explaining that the proof lacks many of the design features of the published text, which took the form of a literary quarterly. [#031231] $100
NY, Harper & Row, (1983). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book of fiction, for which she won the PEN/Hemingway Award. This copy is inscribed by Chase to one of the judges for the Award. Laid in is an invitation to the award ceremony. One spot rear cover; else fine in wrappers. A nice association copy of a well-received first novel. [#021852] $100
NY, Random House, (1974). Uncorrected proof copy of this collection of poetry, her first book. Signed by the author. Publisher's ink comments crossed out in pencil on front cover; else near fine in tall wrappers. [#001343] $70
London/NY, Jonathan Cape/Summit, 1977/1978. A hardcover advance proof copy of the American edition of Chatwin's first book, created from a first British edition, with the addition of a U.S. proof dust jacket, featuring quotes from British publications (including Paul Theroux, writing for the London Times). The British trade edition has had its free endpages excised and pasted over the pictorial pastedowns; and the photographs that graced the text of the British edition have also been excised, in keeping with the appearance of the American edition. This copy was obviously sent out and used for review: reviewer's marks and comments in text, and the blank jacket flaps have been filled with the reviewer's notes. The book, apart from the intended excisions and notes, is fine; the proof jacket (again, apart from the reviewer notes), is spine and edge-sunned, with the title and author handwritten on the spine, largely faded; overall near fine. An uncommon issue, presumably done prior to the issuance of an American proof copy and different from the U.K. first edition in ways that parallel the eventual U.S. edition (and U.S. proof). [#031672] $750
NY, Viking, (1983). The uncorrected proof of the American edition. His third book, and his first novel. Winner of the Whitbread Prize. Fine in wrappers. [#026512] $70
London, Jonathan Cape, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy. By general consensus, Chatwin's best book -- a "novel of ideas," as the publisher puts it, of Australian aborigines, and the questions about man that arise from the vast gulf that separates the culture of contemporary, Western civilized man from that of the wandering tribes of Australia, whose "dream tracks" or "songlines" delineate both a physical and a psychic geography. Production crease near front joint; else fine in wrappers. [#026516] $200
NY, Ticknor & Fields, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a novel of a backwoods Maine family which was both critically acclaimed and a surprise bestseller. With a long inscription from Chute to fellow Ticknor & Fields author Madison Smartt Bell, whose novel Waiting for the End of the World was published the same year. "For Madison & Beth [Bell's wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires] - fellow writers waiting for the end of the world. xoxox Carolyn/ May 6, 85/ [Publisher's name circled] Publishers of Dickens, Longfellow, Bell, Chute and others. May you have your dream house soon! A RAT-less one." With Madison Smart Bell's ownership signature. Further inscribed by Chute, eight years later, to famed [and later, murdered] book collector Rolland Comstock: "So, how did you get Madison and Beth's copy? They are my friends! Madison, a better novelist than me. Beth, a super poet. They have their house now. And a baby girl." Faint crease to front cover, likely from so much inscribing; near fine in wrappers. Laid in is a folded five-page press release from Ticknor & Fields, the text of which is a transcription of excerpts of the highly entertaining correspondence Chute sent to her editor during the pre-publication process. A wonderful, unique association copy. [#032639] $500
NY, Scout Press, (2015). The advance reading copy of Clegg's first novel and the first book from Scout Press. Longlisted for the National Book Award and the Booker Prize. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon: we find no U.S. advance copy currently listed online, and one U.K. copy; printed proofs and galleys are tending to be much scarcer, and receive much more limited distribution, than was the case in years past -- and even then they were scarce relative to the published editions. [#032277] $125
(London), Orion, (2005). A limited edition advance reading copy, one of only 120 numbered copies. Given that the first trade printings of this novel in the U.S. and the U.K. were likely huge, this is doubtless the scarcest issue of this novel. Fine in wrappers. [#914445] $100
NY, Doubleday/Talese, (1995). An advance copy in the form of velobound photocopied sheets. Signed by the author. Fine. [#911461] $200
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1986. The advance reading copy of his fifth book, third novel, which was made into a well-received movie. Signed by the author. Slight bump to spine; else fine in wrappers. [#911458] $200
Saint Paul, Coffee House Press, 1987. Comb-bound galley sheets of this small press production, a book of poetry by the founding editor of the influential literary magazine Origin. Long sheets printed on rectos only, laid into a labeled folder along with promotional material. Fine. Uncommon. [#027585] $70
NY, Harper & Row, (1987). The uncorrected proof of the first American edition of his first book, a collection of related stories that won the Whitbread Prize, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. An auspicious debut. Fine in wrappers. [#014779] $100
NY, Harper & Row, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of this novel about a boxer, which combines the toughness and sweetness, as well as the humor, that Crews was known for. This is the first issue, shot from typescript and paginated to 382. Fine in yellow wrappers. [#005066] $150
NY, Bantam, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy of the first book in an ambitious tetralogy that also includes Love and Sleep, Daemonomania, and Endless Things. Signed by the author. Crowley's first book after the World Fantasy Award-winning Little, Big, this was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and was selected as one of David Pringle's 100 best fantasy novels of all time. According to Crowley, there were textual differences between this proof and the final published book. Near fine in wrappers. [#020178] $200
(NY), Morrow, (2002). The advance reading copy of this mainstream novel set at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, by the author of a number of highly praised, award-winning fantasy novels, including the classic Little, Big. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#023184] $60
(CROWLEY, John). CRACE, Jim
NY, Talese/Doubleday, (2007). The advance reading copy of Crace's novel: this copy was used by John Crowley for review purposes and bears his markings in the text and three pages of notes in the prelims, in Crowley's calligraphic hand. Crowley's review appeared in the Washington Post. There is also a blurb by Crowley (about Crace's Being Dead) printed on the rear cover of this advance reading copy. Near fine in wrappers. [#029299] $150
(NY), Soho, (1995). An advance reading excerpt from her second book, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Prints the first chapter. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912397] $60
NY, Wallace Literary Agency, (2006). A photocopied typescript of DeLillo's 2007 "9/11" novel. 398 hand-numbered, double-spaced pages, albeit with one page numbered as though ten pages ("189-199"). DeLillo is known to use an actual typewriter, so "photocopied typescript" does apply, rather than computer printout. At least three pages (45, 46, 54) are supplied twice, the duplicates having been faxed (with the name of the literary agency and the 2006 date in bottom margin): these pages show revisions. Multiple, small (photocopied) hand-corrections throughout. And at least one page (apart from the duplicate pages mentioned) showing text that differs from the published version. Loose sheets, with the title page on heavier paper stock and with the stamp of the Wallace Literary Agency. Near fine. A rare view of a DeLillo novel as a work-in-progress. DeLillo was given a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2015 -- in effect a National Book Award for lifetime achievement. [#032760] $500
(London), Macmillan/Picador, (2001). The advance reading copy of the British edition. With the publisher's bookplate signed by the author laid in. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon with signature. [#018576] $125
NY, Knopf, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of his first play, in which the figure and ground of unreality and reality repeatedly reverse. Originally published in American Theater in 1986. Small edge tear to upper edge front cover; else fine in wrappers. [#004577] $55
NY, Atlantic Monthly Press, (2006). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of her second novel, winner of the Booker Prize. Published in the U.S. almost eight months prior to its publication in the U.K. Fine in wrappers. [#026227] $70
DEW, Robb Forman
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1981). A unique set of publisher's materials for her well-received first novel, winner of the short-lived National Book Award for best first novel. Printer's blues; two sets of long galley sheets; three copies of the dust jacket (folded flat); mock-up of binding. One jacket creased; else all items fine. Presumably this would have been the only such set generated, for the publisher's own internal use. [#019676] $200
NY, Riverhead, 2012. The advance reading copy of the Pulitzer Prize winner's third book, second story collection. Labeled "Uncorrected Proof for Limited Distribution," and in pictorial wrappers. Like the true uncorrected proof in plain printed wrappers, this advance reading copy is uncommon: there was an advance reading excerpt printing a single story that we've seen slightly more often. Fine. [#031683] $80
NY, Knopf, 1983. The uncorrected proof copy of the author's well-received first book, a novel. Dickinson received a notable degree of celebrity when the New Yorker profiled him as the prototypical "starving writer"--documenting the difficulties and exigencies of the writing life, even for a writer as critically acclaimed as Dickinson. Fine in wrappers. [#013165] $60
DICK, Philip K.
1980. Long galley sheets for Dick's novel VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System), with two typed letters signed to Alan Ryan, fellow science fiction writer and editor of the religiously-themed speculative fiction anthology Perpetual Light. Both letters are dated March 13, 1980, with one being for private reading, thanking Ryan for his review of Dick's The Golden Man and discussing VALIS; the second being for Ryan to show to others, espousing enthusiasm for his planned anthology. The VALIS galley sheets for this 1981 Bantam paperback original are dated 6-23-80: approximately 68 sheets of 25" in length, age-toned with minimal edge wear, in a custom folding chemise and slipcase. Casual inspection revealed one textual difference from the published version. Near fine; the letters are folded in thirds, else fine. Also laid in is a very good copy of the proof of the Bantam covers, which differs from the final version by virtue of the absence of the Bantam logo on the front cover. A very scarce issue of the book that would become the capstone to Dick's literary career. Long galleys such as these are seldom produced in more than a couple of copies, and very seldom turn up for books that were issued as paperback originals. It's ironic that Dick's culminating novel, which transcends science fiction's usual boundaries, would be issued as a paperback original: Dick had so many books issued as paperback originals in the 1950s and 60s, before his books came to be regularly published in hardcover, that the Science Fiction Writers of America named an award after him, the Philip K. Dick Award, for the best SF novel issued as a paperback original. Dick spent the last several years of his life striving for recognition as more than a science fiction writer, and VALIS could have been that break-out novel, had it not reverted him to his former identity as a writer of paperback originals. A rare issue of a major Dick novel, along with two very revealing letters to a fellow writer and colleague. As far as we can tell, unique. [#032867] $16,500
Los Angeles, Ziegler Associates, [ca. 1983]. Photocopied typescript of Didion's 1984 novel, with significant textual differences from the published book. An early typescript, reproducing some editorial annotations and her agent's stamp, with no publication information provided. Democracy was Didion's first novel in seven years, with two books of nonfiction in between. A post-Vietnam story involving the CIA, it could be seen as a fictional counterpart to her 1983 nonfiction book, Salvador: both tracked the underside of American involvement in Third World conflicts. Democracy was praised for its reportorial accuracy -- something Didion had cultivated in her nonfiction pieces -- but Didion challenged fictional convention by introducing herself as the narrator, the storyteller, and giving the novel a self-consciousness and reflectiveness more often found in her nonfiction than her fiction. 8-1/2" x 11" three-hole punched sheets; light green cardstock covers with title and author handwritten on the front cover; title written on bottom page edges; bound with two brass brads; near fine. An unusual, early state of a major novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of her era, winner of a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2007. [#032761] $500
NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1978). The author's own set of page proofs of his first publication for the general book trade. Signed and titled by Doig on the dedication page (the first sheet present) and with several corrections in his hand. Numbered to 314 pages, printed on rectos only; roughly 7" x 9" sheets, in a 3-ring binder. With a signed letter of provenance from Doig, on his stationery, attesting to the set as being from his archives and with his corrections. A memoir of growing up in Montana with his father and grandmother, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind was voted one of the five best books ever written on Montana; winner of the Christopher Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Doig received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association. Tape to copyright page and a few paper clips scattered throughout; else a fine set. A unique copy of a modern classic, with impeccable provenance. [#030111] $2,500
NY, Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of his last book, his second collection of essays. Dubus was best known as a short story writer, and his last collection of stories was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. He won the Rea Award for the Short Story in 1991 and a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1988. He is the father of the acclaimed novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#021063] $150
NY, Norton, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of his first book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#912476] $225
NY, Scribner, (1995). The second Cliff Janeway bibliomystery. The later issue advance reading copy, in glossy wrappers, with text and an author photo on the rear cover. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#025997] $60
NY, Harper & Brothers, (1956). Bound galleys of Eastlake's first book, the first novel in what became (with The Bronc People and Portrait of an Artist with Twenty-Six Horses) his Bowman Family Trilogy. This copy was sent to Paul Bowles: a letter laid in from an editor at Harper's announces the book and solicits comments from Bowles. 6-1/2" x 11-7/16", printed on rectos only and perfectbound in plain wrappers with a label partially removed from the front cover. In a custom clamshell case. A very near fine copy of a scarce proof, dating from an era in which the production of bound proof copies was the exception, not the norm: this is the only copy we've ever seen. With notable provenance, having come from Paul Bowles's library, and with textual differences from the published book. [#016192] $1,500
(NY/San Francisco), Knopf/McSweeney's, 2013. The uncorrected proof copy of Eggers' foray to the dark side of the internet and a 21st century company modeled on several of the current internet giants. Eggers, a hero of the contemporary, here looks askance at the price we have paid for allowing ourselves to be redefined by the technologies we use. Uncommon: while the first trade printing is announced on the cover of this proof as being 200,000 copies, this is the only proof we have seen of it: publishers in recent years have cut back on the number of advance copies they print, preferring to fill some of the functions of advance issues with digital editions. Printed advance copies, which were always scarce in relation to the published trade edition, are even more so today. Fine in printed white wrappers, with the cover art bound in. [#030716] $200
(San Francisco), (McSweeney's), (2006). The advance reading copy of this highly praised "nonfiction novel" based on the life story of Deng, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys," as told to Eggers, the author of the acclaimed memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and creator of McSweeney's, the highly regarded literary journal and publisher. With different cover art from the published book and with blurbs by Khaled Hosseini, Philip Gourevitch and John Prendergast on the rear panel. Uncommon in the proof form: McSweeney's is a decidedly small press, with little in the way of marketing dollars: its best advertising tends to be the "buzz" created by its publications, and this book exemplified the process, reaching #25 on The New York Times bestseller list without the benefit of much in the way of advertising or promotional clout. A powerful novelization of a Sudanese survivor's story, which Eggers later followed with Zeitoun, an account of a post-Katrina family in a New Orleans lacking in civil liberties. This is the only advance copy we have encountered. Slight splaying to covers; else fine in wrappers. [#027358] $450
(London), Picador, (1998). An advance reading excerpt of the first British edition (and first English-language edition) of this first novel which, after being rejected by some 70 U.S. publishers, was published in France in a French translation. From there, world English rights were sold to Picador, who published the novel to substantial praise, with reviewers comparing the writing to Thomas Pynchon's and the book's publishing history to that of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces (which, sadly, would also come to include the author's suicide). After the book's success in England, it was finally published in the U.S. This advance excerpt has 19 pages of text, from two different sections of the book, and while no major textual differences were noted, there is a change in the first sentence, which here begins, "Baker High's fall term....", and in the published version becomes "Holborn High's fall term..." Very near fine in stapled wrappers. [#032643] $150
NY, Grove, (2002). The advance reading copy of the second book by the author of the highly praised Lord of the Barnyard, who committed suicide in May, 2005. This copy is signed by Egolf. Fine in wrappers. [#914920] $300
NY, Pantheon, 2013. The uncorrected proof copy of this book written in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the coast of Japan and destroyed a nuclear reactor, causing untold damage to the neighboring land and sea. With a letter laid in to a well-known writer from the Editorial Director, soliciting a comment for the book. Fine in wrappers. [#031383] $100
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