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Cape Town, University of Cape Town, 1958. Early publications by Coetzee, dating from two years before he received his undergraduate degree. Coetzee contributes three pieces to this assemblage: "The Love Song...," "Procula to Pilate," and "Attic." A 67-page stapled mimeograph production, collected by R.G. [Robert Gay] Howarth, whom Coetzee mentions in his fictionalized autobiography, Youth. Signed by Coetzee on the front cover. Light foxing, small foredge tear to front cover; near fine, and housed in a custom clamshell case, with the spine label titled "Attic/A Literary Miscellany." We have never seen nor heard of another copy of this; the format alone suggests that a very small number would have been done, and doubtless few have survived. Exceedingly scarce early writing by a Nobel Prize-winning author. [#031360] $3,500
(NY), Viking, (1994). The first American edition. Signed by Coetzee for the poet Alfred Corn and dated October 26, 1994 in St. Louis. Beneath Coetzee's dated and located signature, Corn has written: "John Coetzee kindly inscribed this book to me during an international writer's conference at Washington University, devoted to the topic 'The Writer and Religion' in October 1994. Of course I value Coetzee as one of the greatest fiction writers of our time. Alfred Corn." Corn was a visiting professor at Washington University at the time of the conference. A bit of spotting to the spine cloth, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Coetzee's signature is uncommon; the association is unique. [#031677] $400
(NY), Viking, (1997). The first American edition of this fictionalized autobiography of Coetzee's childhood growing up in South Africa; the first volume of a trilogy, which later included Youth and Summertime. Inscribed by the author. Recipient's signature on half title; fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029456] $275
(Toronto), Stoddard, (1986). A review copy of the first Canadian edition. Signed by the author on the front flyleaf. Owner signature on flyleaf as well, along with the stamp, "Review Copy - Not for Resale." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with lamination peeling at the top edge of the front panel. Review slip laid in. This book was criticized by some at publication for not being as overtly political and engaged as his two previous books, which had been focused on the politics of racial discrimination in an unnamed African country very clearly based on South Africa. [#029452] $250
London, Secker & Warburg, (1983). The first British edition of the first Booker Prize-winning novel by the South African Nobel Prize-winning author. Tap to spine crown; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912381] $175
London, Secker & Warburg, (2003). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912379] $100
London, Secker & Warburg, (2001). Essays, mostly on literary subjects, including Robinson Crusoe, which formed the basis for Coetzee's novel, Foe, as well as Kafka, Musil, Borges, Rushdie, Harry Mulisch's The Discovery of Heaven, South African writers including Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, Alan Paton and others, and other topics. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031562] $70
Princeton, Princeton University Press, (2005). An advance reading copy of the first paperback edition of this bilingual (Dutch/English) collection of poetry from the Netherlands, first published in hardcover in 2003. Translated and introduced by Coetzee. Faint paperclip imprint upper front cover; still fine in wrappers. [#031565] $45
NY, Harper & Row, (1977). The first American edition of his second book and first novel. This was his first book to tackle head on the political antagonisms between the colonizer and colonized, in particular in his native South Africa, where the tensions were exacerbated by racism. He has returned to these themes repeatedly, and has won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as winning the Booker Prize twice. This book was made into the film Dust in 1985, directed by Marion Hansel, which won two awards at the Venice Film Festival that year. 1/2" tear to spine cloth at crown; thus near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031554] $40
London, Secker & Warburg, (2002). Typical toning to pages, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031563] $40
London, Secker & Warburg, (2002). The advance reading copy, marked "Uncorrected Proof." Slightest splaying to front cover, else fine in pictorial wrappers. [#031564] $40
(n.p.), Viking, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition. Fine in wrappers. [#031676] $35
NY, Random House, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this novel of apartheid in South Africa, which was the Sunday Express Book of the Year. Fine in wrappers. [#031558] $20
London, Secker & Warburg, (1999). His second Booker Prize-winning novel. Coetzee also won the Booker Prize in 1982 for The Life and Times of Michael K. This is the second issue, printed by Clays, in a second issue dust jacket (with the Booker Prize notation). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031559] $20
London, Secker & Warburg, (2003). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031566] $20
(NY), Viking, (1987). The first American edition. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031557] $20
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