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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
(Brooklyn), McSweeney's, (2001). Two advance states of this collection of stories: unbound photocopied galleys, 201 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11", printed on rectos only, fine but for a near fine cover sheet; and velobound 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, now including the cover art by David Byrne, fine. [#032971] $500
(San Diego), John Cheney, 1982. A journal of experimental prose, which includes several pieces by Davis: "Television"; "How W.H. Auden Spends the Night in a Friend's House"; and an excerpt "from The Cottages." Also includes pieces by John Cheney, Mark Cheney, Melvyn Freilicher, Bill Luoma and Rose Anne Raphael. Uncommon avant garde zine, with notes on contributors identifying Davis as a "harpsichordist in the court of Frederick the Great, where for the past 28 years her principle duty has been to accompany the monarch's performances on the flute." Also includes editor's commentary on other "New (Competing) SD Magazines." Stapled sheets. Fine. [#030707] $150
[San Diego], John Cheney, 1983. A double issue, bound back to back. Includes (in issue No. 3) a two-page story by Davis that was collected, much revised, in Break It Down in 1986. In the story the narrator has dinner with her ex-husband and his new wife. (Davis and Paul Auster divorced in 1977; in 1981 Auster married Siri Hustvedt.) Also includes Kathy Acker's "Narrative Breakdown for Carla Harryman." Laid in is a typed letter signed by the editor, Don Cheney, from August, 1983, in which he submits three works (not included) for consideration in Magazine. Several small spine tears; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#030710] $150
La Jolla, Melvyn Freilicher, 1983. A San Diego-area experimental prose zine, which includes Davis' two-part "The Cottages" (part 1 of which first appeared in John Cheney's Literary Magazine) and the nine-part "Extracts from a Life." Also includes Kathy Acker's "My Death by Pier Paolo Pasolini." A fairly early appearance by this winner of the Man Booker International Prize and also a winner of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," among many other awards and prizes. Near fine in wrappers. [#030708] $125