Timothy McSweeney's Early Tendencies: An Archive
[ca. 1999-2003]. Books, magazines, journals, photographs, artifacts, props, and ephemera focused on the people and events of the company's first retail storefront, called "Store," in Brooklyn, NY., ca. 1999-2003. Assembled by the unofficial house photographer (there was also a house band and a house artist), the collection chronicles one of the underdocumented efforts of the company -- its earliest venture into the public realm, as a meeting place, an art space, a venue for education, and a veritable walk-in closet of McSweeney's philosophy. Among the individuals featured: Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, George Saunders, Haruki Murakami, Neal Pollack, Lydia Davis, David Byrne, Thurston Moore, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, A.M. Homes, Marcel Dzama, Nick Hornby, William Vollmann, and many others. Some of the highlights of the archive include the first 12 issues of McSweeney's journal, signed by dozens of the contributors; proof copies and trade editions of Lydia Davis' Samuel Johnson is Indignant, signed by her and by David Byrne, who did the cover art; Marcel Dzama's first appearance in print; four variant advance copies of Dave Eggers' first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, all signed by him, one with the comment "Lies All Lies"; a collection of Might magazine, the precursor to McSweeney's; original photo collage of the interior of Store, which appeared in The Art of McSweeney's; various stickers, signs and a shopping bag from the Store; photos of visitors and performers, some published, others not; and much more. The original Store closed in 2003 and a later retail outlet was opened elsewhere in Brooklyn a year later, as well as a store in San Francisco that gave birth to the McSweeney's nonprofit literacy ventures 826 Valencia and 826NYC. The original Store, however, which contained the seed elements for the later ventures, remains little documented outside of this archive. A rare piece of literary history, which helped define our literary era. An inventory is available. [#032701] $30,000

All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.