E-list # 137

Advance Copies

(NY), Delacorte Press, (1985). The uncorrected proof copy. Faint pink spot to cover; else fine in wrappers. [#020544] SOLD
London, Jonathan Cape, (1997). The advance reading copy of the first British edition. Fine in wrappers. [#011047] $70
NY, Putnam, (1997). The advance reading copy of this novel in which Vonnegut and his fictional alter-ego, Kilgore Trout, each touch on stories they would have liked to have told and, in doing so, tell another, about the whole in life being the sum of the parts one attends to. Fine in wrappers. [#007237] $70
(Ann Arbor), State Street Press, (2007). The advance reading copy of an unpublished book about Vonnegut, with illustrations by Vonnegut and an original frontispiece by Ralph Steadman. Together with a photocopy of Brinkley's original typescript, with textual differences from the printed version. In 2006, Brinkley published a profile of Vonnegut in Rolling Stone; in 2007, after Vonnegut's death, Borders (State Street Press) asked Brinkley if he had a longer, un-edited version of the article that could be used as a tribute book. The 53-page typescript included here, entitled Choking the Broomhandle, became the 93-page advance reading copy of the book Apocalypse Blues before the project was ended, for reasons unknown to us. The typescript has some editorial changes in an unknown hand and is near fine; the advance reading copy is fine in wrappers. [#029545] SOLD
(NY), Delacorte Press, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of this novel that was Vonnegut's fiftieth birthday present to himself and his characters: in the book Vonnegut grants many of his previous characters their freedom (most notably Kilgore Trout who, unable to make it on the outside, returns in later books). Tall sheets, bound in green wrappers. A few strips of sunning and a corner crease on the rear cover. Near fine. [#031536] SOLD
Garden City, Doubleday, 1976. The uncorrected proof copy of an account of the making of the popular TV soap opera, All My Children, and because of the popularity of the show one of Wakefield's best-loved books, albeit not one of his most well-known in the literary community. Inscribed by the author. Glue shadows on the front cover from a removed label (laid in); near fine in tall wrappers. [#013027] $100
NY, Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in edge-sunned tall wrappers. Uncommon. [#013025] $100
NY, Dial, (1978). The uncorrected proof copy of her third poetry collection, and the book preceding her Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novel The Color Purple. Cardstock covers bound with a black tape spine, a format that suggests few were created. Slightly dusty with a small rear corner crease; else fine. [#020063] $750
NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1988). Uncorrected proof copy of this collection of short prose pieces, with publisher's annotations ("Press Copy," etc.) on the front cover and first blank. This is the first state proof, with thicker, less crisp lettering on the spine. Fine. [#005580] $55
Boston, Little Brown, (1997). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of essays and other short pieces. Textual variations exist between this and the published version. The piece "Joseph Frank's Dostoevsky" only appears in the proof; it was later published in Consider the Lobster. Tiny spine tap, else fine in wrappers. [#028875] SOLD
NY, Dial, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author in 1978. Fine in wrappers. [#000355] $70
NY, Viking, (1963). The uncorrected proof copy in comb-bound printed cardstock covers of this landmark volume relating the worldview of the Hopis, as compiled by Waters from the tales of thirty Hopi elders. A matter of some controversy in later years -- some people questioned the authenticity of the material or the qualifications of those who provided it -- this book nonetheless was profoundly influential in the Sixties, as another of the seminal volumes bringing some version of a Native American perspective and ethos to the mainstream society: this was a counterculture classic and a staple on college campuses in the late Sixties and early Seventies, thus contributing to the general push toward a more multicultural society. Waters' father was reportedly part Cheyenne, and Waters was an ardent admirer of, and advocate for, the values of Native American culture. A bit of corner creasing and dust soiling to covers; near fine. [#002732] $1,250
NY, Harper & Row, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel. Pages reproduce copy editor's corrections. Very good in wrappers. [#003284] $150
NY, Norton, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by Welch to another writer, "with good memories of good times." A read copy: spine slanted, with a small tear at the spine base and uneven sunning; very good in wrappers. Scarce signed, and a nice association copy. [#027078] $175
NY, Harper & Row, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of his landmark first novel, which Reynolds Price called "a nearly flawless novel about human life." One of the key Native American novels of the postwar period, and the third book in the Harper & Row Native American Publishing Program. Spine slanted and faded, with title written on spine by hand. Very good in wrappers. In our experience, a scarce proof. [#030014] $300
NY, Norton, (1994). The advance reading copy of Welch's first book of nonfiction, a retelling and reimagining of the Custer myth and the Battle of Little Bighorn, from the Indian perspective. Stekler is a documentary filmmaker, and he and Welch collaborated on the script for "The Last Stand," which was nominated for an Emmy Award. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#025822] $60
London, Secker & Warburg, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of his first novel, acclaimed upon publication and later the basis for the phenomenally successful movie that became a cultural milestone of the 1990s. The first edition of this book is scarce -- preceding the movie and its associated cultural uproar by a couple of years, it was issued in a hardcover edition reported at only 600 copies; the proof is many times scarcer; we have seen it only a handful of times. This copy is signed by Welsh. Shallow corner creases; very near fine in wrappers. [#911191] $3,500
London, Cape, (1979). The proof of the British edition of the author's pseudonymous first book, which won the National Book Award for best first novel. Fine in a near fine proof dust jacket. [#014331] $100
NY, Harper & Row, (1981). The uncorrected proof of this compilation of pieces, many of them never collected before. White was a longtime writer for The New Yorker, and his intelligent, humane and understated essays helped define that magazine's literary style over more than three decades, setting it apart from the other mass-circulation journals of its time. Fine in wrappers. [#016069] $70
NY, Putnam's, (2009). The advance reading copy of this mystery novel in the Doc Ford series. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen: "For Capt. Peter Matthiessen, my friend and spiritual advisor, who will understand why I signed this: In the Spirit of Geronimo!" Dated two months prior to publication. Small abrasion front cover; very good in wrappers. [#032542] $550
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1982. The author's copy of the galley sheets of this fantasy novel, with her holograph corrections throughout. Mostly small changes, which were then reviewed by a copyeditor. With a notation on the front page that the corrections had been transferred to the master. Printed on rectos only, on cheap proofing paper, 12-1/2" x 9-1/2", folded once. Modest edge wear, but overall very good. A unique item. Together with a copy of the first edition. Wilhelm's 1976 novel, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, was a Nebula Award nominee and won the 1977 Hugo Award; her 1979 novel, Juniper Time, is one of David Pringle's hundred best science fiction novels. [#027784] $450
NY, Scribner, (1996). An advance reading excerpt printing two of the ten chapters from Quammen's ground-breaking volume focusing on "island biogeography in an age of extinction." This copy is signed by fellow author Terry Tempest Williams, who has added the note "For Comment." Dampstaining to lower edges, not affecting text; near fine in wrappers. [#015375] $70
Garden City, Doubleday, 1985, 1986. Two states of the uncorrected proof copy. The first is shot from typescript and reproduces extensive holograph corrections, and leaves visible a substantial amount of text that was excised from the finished book. Foxing to spine and edges of text block; very good in wrappers, with praise for Williams' previous books on the back cover. The second state is typeset. Sunning to spine and staining to covers; good in wrappers, with blurbs about this Williams title by John Irving (a longtime friend), Carolyn Chute, and others on rear cover. Williams won the National Book Award in 1975 for his novel The Hair of Harold Roux. [#028878] $100
NY, Harper & Row, (1975). The uncorrected proof copy of his third suspense novel set in Vietnam, and the least common of the author's novels. Fine in wrappers. [#014684] $100
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1981). The uncorrected proof copy of this critique of modern architecture, in the same vein as the author's assault on Modern Art in The Painted Word. Publicity information stapled inside the front cover; else fine in wrappers. [#013887] $70
(n.p.), (Farrar Straus Giroux), (1973). The printer's sample pages. One sheet, folded in half, printing three pages of text, numbered pp. 3, 56-57, but with contiguous text; the fourth page lists type and setup specifications. Fine. Unusual publisher's ephemera of a sort that seldom reaches the market. [#013464] $70
NY, Knopf, 2004. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel, billed as his first, discounting Ugly Rumours, which was published in London in 1975. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#915728] $100
NY, Knopf, 1996. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of short fiction. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. Wolff's novella, The Barracks Thief, won the PEN/Faulkner Award. His memoir, This Boy's Life, was made into an award-winning movie. [#021396] $80
San Diego, Harvest/HBJ, (1985). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition. Fine in wrappers. [#018806] $70
(NY), Delacorte, (1984). The uncorrected proof copy of his next-to-last novel. Uncommon, especially compared to the proof of his preceding novel, Liars in Love. Tiny numbers in the upper corner of about a half dozen pages throughout the book seem to be marking some kind of countdown (+:22, -2:00, -1:50, -1:30, -1:20, -1:00). The number 10 is written on the spine crown; handling apparent to covers, otherwise a near fine copy in wrappers. [#032840] $100
NY, Coward McCann Geoghegan, (1975). The uncorrected proof copy of this account of the disappearance of two journalists, Sean Flynn -- son of swashbuckling movie star Errol Flynn -- and Dana Stone, written by a friend who was also a journalist. "Received" date stamp first blank; near fine in wrappers. The nonfiction analogue to the Jean Larteguy novel, Presumed Dead. [#028718] $70
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