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(n.p.), (Grenfell Press), (1999). One of 35 numbered copies of the first book publication of this story that first appeared in the New Yorker. An elaborate and elegant production by one of the premier fine presses in the country, with seven etchings by artist Jane Kent. Signed by Ford and Kent. This is copy number 21. Unbound folios, 10-1/4" x 15-1/2", laid into the publisher's clamshell case, which was made by Claudia Cohen, with tissue guard protecting each of the etchings. Fine. At the publisher's price. [#911206] $5,000
Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1988. A limited edition of this essay, a shorter version of which had appeared in Harper's. Issued in a total edition of 140 copies, of which only 40 were hardbound: 26 lettered copies and 14 presentation copies. This is number 10 of 14 presentation copies signed by the author, with a frontispiece by noted artist Russell Chatham, hand-shaded and signed by Chatham as well. Designed and printed letterpress by Carol Blinn at Warwick Press. Hand-bound in quarter leather and decorated paste paper over boards. A fine copy of a beautiful production. [#911170] $2,000
Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1988. One of only 14 presentation copies of this roughly 10,000 word essay on the arc of Ford's mother's life and their relationship, a shorter version of which had appeared in Harper's. Issued in a total edition of 140 copies, only 40 of which were hardbound: 26 lettered copies and 14 presentation copies. This, Copy No. 3 of the 14 presentation copies, is signed by Ford, and with a frontispiece by noted artist Russell Chatham, hand-shaded and signed by Chatham as well. Although not called for, this copy is signed twice by Ford, once on the colophon and once on the half-title. Designed and printed letterpress by Carol Blinn at Warwick Press. Hand-bound in quarter leather and decorated paste paper over boards. Nearly imperceptible bowing to boards; very near fine. [#028916] $2,000
Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1988. A limited edition of this essay, a shorter version of which had appeared in Harper's. Issued in a total edition of 140 copies, of which only 40 were hardbound and, of those 40, only 26 were offered for sale. This is copy 'G' of 26 lettered copies signed by the author, with a frontispiece by noted artist Russell Chatham, hand-shaded and signed by Chatham as well. Designed and printed letterpress by Carol Blinn at Warwick Press. A fine copy of a beautiful production, with publisher's prospectus laid in. [#914652] $1,250
(n.p.), (n.p.), 1988. A 120-page screenplay by Ford for a 1991 film adaptation he did from stories in his collection Rock Springs. The film was directed by Michael Fields and starred Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, Sam Shepard and Valerie Perrine. Apparently a later generation photocopy, as the text is less sharp; also the rectos of the pages tend to stick to the versos of the pages preceding. This copy is signed by the author. Near fine, in maroon binder. [#911203] $1,000
(n.p.), (n.p.), 1988. A 120-page screenplay by Ford for a 1991 film adaptation he did from stories in his collection Rock Springs. Signed by Ford. An unknown number of copies were produced; Ford signed seven of them at a reading in 1990. Photo-reproduced sheets on 3-hole paper. In this copy, page 120 was typed on a different typewriter than the first 119 pages. A fine copy, bound in a flexible blue binder. The film was directed by Michael Fields and starred Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, Sam Shepard and Valerie Perrine. [#911202] $1,000
London, Harvill, (1995). An advance copy of the first British edition of Ford's Pulitzer Prize- and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, with printed text on the front cover that indicates that the "text is not the final version," and, in fact, this text does seem to be an earlier state than that of not only the British trade edition but the U.S. edition as well. The text does seem to match that of the British advance reading copy. Approximately 8-3/8" x 11-3/4" tapebound sheets in printed cardstock covers. Signed by Ford. Photoreproduced name on the front cover; dusty rear cover; else fine. An uncommon view of an earlier state of the text of the second book in his Frank Bascombe series, which now runs to four volumes. The photocopied name on the front cover, together with the style of binding, give an indication that the proof was likely one of a very small number, hand-produced by the publisher in-house rather than printed and bound by a full-fledged printer, which would have been done in larger quantities. [#911204] $1,000
Derry/Ridgewood, Babcock & Koontz, (1987). Ford's first limited edition and the first and only separate appearance of this story, which was originally published in Esquire and later collected in Rock Springs. Of a total edition of 240 copies, this is copy "IV" of 40 hardcover, Roman-numeraled copies signed by the author. Fine. [#914963] $500
NY, Vintage, (1986). The uncorrected proof copy of his breakthrough book, the first in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Bascombe series. Signed by the author. Published as a paperback original: proofs in the Vintage Contemporaries series seem to have been done in much smaller quantities than those of their counterparts slated for hardcover publication, and seem to have received much more limited distribution: many review venues -- including newspapers and magazines -- have policies precluding the reviewing of paperback publications. Buckle to front spine fold, possibly from binding; very near fine in wrappers. Review slip laid in, asking the reader to disregard "large, unnumbered spaces" on more than a dozen pages, which "will not appear in the finished book." Scarce signed. [#914961] $500
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1981. A review copy of his second novel, a hard-boiled thriller involving American expatriates in Mexico. Signed by the author. Partly because of the weak construction at the rear hinge, which tends to crack, this title has become harder to locate, particularly in fine condition, than his first book. This copy has just a hint of the start of a crack at the lower rear joint and is otherwise fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny, closed edge tear at the heel. With publisher's review slip laid in. [#024053] $500
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1981. His second novel, a hard-boiled thriller involving American expatriates in Mexico. Signed by the author. Partly because of the weak construction at the rear hinge, which tends to crack, this title has become harder to locate, particularly in fine condition, than his first book. This is a fine copy in a fine dust jacket that is folded a bit offcenter such that the spine lettering rounds the front joint. [#912556] $500
Christchurch, NZ, The Edge Press, (1971). The premiere issue of this literary magazine, notable for Richard Ford's second appearance in print. Signed by Ford. It's easy to imagine that this short-lived literary periodical, published in New Zealand, may turn out to be one of the most elusive of Ford's appearances. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912520] $475
(New Orleans), (B.E. Trice), (1997). The limited edition and the true first edition of this collection of three novellas. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is copy "E" of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#912567] $300
University, University of Mississippi, 1992. A catalogue of an exhibition of British editions of Mississippi fiction, for which Ford contributes a 3-page essay recounting his first trip to England, for readings given with Tobias Wolff, Elizabeth Tallent and Raymond Carver. The first reading got him heckled by one of the three audience members; the second reading got him a British publisher. Of a total edition of 500 copies, this is one of 50 numbered copies signed by Ford. Fine in stapled wrappers. An uncommon Ford "B" item. [#914988] $225
(New Orleans), (B.E. Trice), (1997). The limited edition and the true first edition of this collection of three novellas. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is number 60 of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Clothbound; fine in a fine slipcase. [#912566] $225
1987. July 20, 1987. Ford writes, presumably to a publisher, declining to offer unspecified praise (review or book blurb) for another writer's book, despite having "some genuine admiration for it" and admitting that "he's a nice writer of sentences." At the same time, Ford gets in a pitch for Richard Bausch's book Spirits. Folded for mailing, else fine. [#912557] $175
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1990). The limited edition. One of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#914965] $175
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (1996). Photographs of boxers by Charles Hoff, with essays on boxing (by James Baldwin, A.J. Liebling, and others) selected by Richard Ford and with an introduction ("In the Face") by Ford. Signed by Ford. Quarto; fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912546] $150
London, Harvill Press, (1995). The first British edition of the second book in Ford's three-book Bascombe sequence. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Signed by the author. Light lower corner taps, else fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#028424] $125
Derry/Ridgewood, Babcock & Koontz, (1987). Ford's first limited edition and the first and only separate appearance of this story, which was originally published in Esquire and later collected in Rock Springs. Of a total edition of 240 copies, this is copy 5 of 200 numbered copies in wrappers signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#912529] $100
NY, Vintage Books, (2004). A selection of Ford's previously published work. Only issued in wrappers. Signed by the author. Fine. [#912559] $100
(NY), (Smart American), 1990. An excerpt from his novel. Signed by Ford at his contribution. Fine. [#914987] $100
(n.p.), Hemdale Films, 1991. A promotional broadside for a film adaptation Ford did from stories in his collection Rock Springs: "The road thriller that takes you over the edge." Directed by Michael Fields; the broadside pictures stars Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor and Sam Shepard. 27" x 39". Rolled; else fine. [#915760] $80
London, Harvill Press, (2001). The first separate appearance of this story, which first appeared in The New Yorker and is here published as an advance reading excerpt from the collection A Multitude of Sins, with small textual variations from the final, published version. No comparable U.S. issue. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#914980] $80
(San Francisco), Banana Republic, 1988. The inaugural issue of a travel magazine sponsored by Banana Republic. Ford contributes a reminiscence of Little Rock, Arkansas, in the Fifties. Signed by Ford at his contribution. Fine. [#912527] $70
NY, Knopf, 2002. The uncorrected proof of the first American edition of this collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912523] $70
(NY), (Newsweek), 1981. An essay about major league ballparks. Signed by Ford. Fine. [#914985] $70
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1987). An advance reading excerpt from his fourth book, first collection of stories. Warmly inscribed by the author: "For ___. With great gratitude to you. And with the happy memories of seeing you again. Richard. Portland. June 30, 1995[?]." Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912543] $70
(London), Flamingo, (1995). First thus, a British paperback edition of his 1986 novel, "Not for resale. Available only with the July/August issue of Esquire." Fine in wrappers. [#914962] $70
London, Harvill Press, (2001). The first separate appearance of this story, which first appeared in The New Yorker and is here published as an advance reading excerpt from the collection A Multitude of Sins, with small textual variations from the final, published version. No comparable U.S. issue. Signed by the author. Mild crease to the rear cover near the spine; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#914981] $70
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