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

(n.p.), Garp Enterprises/Radio-Telegraphic Company, 1991. Screenplay by Irving, based on his sixth novel, and winner of the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. This is the earliest copy of the script we have seen; the film was released in 1999. This Dated "June 14, 1991, Revised." Hand-numbered "42." Signed by Irving. 130 pages, stringbound, with one remaining brad. Foxing to pages; near fine. There are substantial textual differences between this early version and the final version. A glimpse of an award-winning script as a work in progress. [#029480] $3,500

NY, Random House, (1968). The first book by the author of such bestsellers as The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany, among others. Unlike his later books which, after Garp, sold literally hundreds of thousand of copies -- millions, if one includes the paperback sales -- this book sold slightly over 6000 copies in two printings. Very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with some modest mottling to verso, a corner crease to the rear flap and a small price sticker over the original price on the front flap. [#027375] $1,500

(London), Bloomsbury, (1996). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of this title, which was incorporated into the U.S. edition of Trying to Save Piggy Sneed and had no separate U.S. printing. Inscribed by Irving. Fine in a near fine, proof dust jacket, worn where it overlays the proof, with the price of £13.99 (later lowered to £9.99). An uncommon proof (the British trade edition would have had a proportionally smaller printing than a U.S. one would have had, and the proof equally so), especially with the proof jacket, and even more so signed by Irving. This is the first signed copy of it we have handled. [#029482] $1,000

NY, Dutton, (1978). The second issue of the uncorrected proof copy, in tall green wrappers. Erasures and label removal shadow on the front cover; small label affixed to spine; near fine. Not as scarce as the mustard-colored proof, but many times scarcer than the white advance reading copy. [#032782] $1,000

NY, Dutton, (1978). The advance reading copy of his fourth novel and breakthrough book, which went into numerous printings, became a multi-million copy bestseller and a National Book Award winner in its paperback release. The first printing of Garp was reported at 35,000 copies; none of Irving's previous books had sold even 5,000 copies, with one of them having had sales under 2000. Irving switched publishers for this book, and his new publisher decided to promote the novel heavily. After issuing two sets of proofs in small numbers for early readers and reviewers, Dutton printed this advance reading copy for wide distribution to the book trade. It worked in bringing attention to Irving's novel, which became a bestseller; since then, Irving's books have had six-figure first printings and his reputation as a major American novelist is secure. The publisher's risk, in producing such a large first printing, and their marketing efforts -- including creating this advance copy -- played no small part in this transformation. This copy is signed by the author. Spine creased and faded; light spotting; near fine in wrappers. [#023441] $900

NY, Dutton, (1978). The advance reading copy of his fourth novel and breakthrough book, which went into numerous printings, became a multi-million copy bestseller and a National Book Award winner in its paperback release. The first printing of Garp was reported at 35,000 copies; none of Irving's previous books had sold even 5,000 copies, with one of them having had sales under 2000. Irving switched publishers for this book, and his new publisher decided to promote the novel heavily. After issuing two sets of proofs in small numbers for early readers and reviewers, Dutton printed this advance reading copy for wide distribution to the book trade. It worked in bringing attention to Irving's novel, which became a bestseller; since then, Irving's books have had six-figure first printings and his reputation as a major American novelist is secure. The publisher's risk, in producing such a large first printing, and their marketing efforts -- including creating this advance copy -- played no small part in this transformation. This copy is signed by the author. Spine cocked and creased, with staining to covers; about very good in wrappers. [#023819] $850

NY, Random House, (1972). The uncorrected proof copy of Irving's second book. Spine slightly faded, with a short thin "skid mark" on the rear cover; near fine in wrappers. A very uncommon proof, preceding his breakthrough novel, The World According to Garp, by six years, and dating from a period when proofs were not commonly collected, so few will likely have survived. This is the earliest John Irving proof we've seen. [#032779] $750

(n.p.), Burbank Studios, 1980. Tesich's second draft screenplay (September, 1980) for the film based on Irving's novel. 149 pages, bradbound in studio wrappers; "Garp" written on spine; near fine. Together with a "Confidential" 8-page synopsis of Tesich's January, 1981 final draft by story analyst Thomas Craig, dated 2/27/81: 7-pages of synopsis; 1 page of comment on how the final draft differs from the second draft that is included here. The final draft referred to by the synopsis and commentary was 10 pages shorter than this second draft. [#029486] $750

(n.p.), (n.p.), 2000. An early, tapebound typescript of this novel that was published in July, 2001. No publisher indicated, suggesting this was an early agent's copy, or some other kind of copy prepared prior to the publisher issuing any version of it. Double-spaced, double-sided, 507 pages. "Revised: December 11, 2000" printed on the blue front cover/title page. Textual differences exist between this and the published text, beginning with a different table of contents and including changes in the Acknowledgments section of the book. We are aware of another state of this draft that was comb-bound, which was issued by Knopf/Canada. Fine. [#032787] $500

(n.p.), (n.p.), [ca. 1997-98]. An advance issue consisting of velobound, double-sided typescript. 743 pages. A very uncommon format -- we've seen this typescript once before, but in a different type of binding. It appears to predate any publisher's production of this title; the earlier copy we had seen had been sent to a U.K. reader whose blurb appeared on the U.K. advance reading copy. Velo binding cracked at the front, missing the bottom third; otherwise near fine. [#032786] $450

Toronto, Knopf Canada, (2001). The uncorrected proof copy of the first Canadian edition. Inscribed by Irving on the title page. Fine in wrappers, with the dust jacket art bound in. An uncommon proof copy, and especially scarce signed; we've never seen another one. [#029483] $450

(n.p.), (n.p.), 2000. An early, tapebound typescript of this novel that was published in July, 2001. No publisher indicated, suggesting this was an early agent's copy, or some other kind of copy prepared prior to the publisher issuing any version of it. Double-spaced, double-sided, 507 pages. "Revised: December 11, 2000" printed on the white front cover/title page. Textual differences exist between this and the published text, beginning with a different table of contents and including changes in the Acknowledgments section of the book. We are aware of another state of this draft that was comb-bound, which was issued by Knopf/Canada. Very near fine. [#030737] $450

NY, Simon & Schuster, (2012). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author on the title page. Scarce signed even in the trade edition: Irving did not do any signings on his author tour promoting the novel, explaining that he was no longer willing to sign books at readings per his doctor's warnings, as it would hinder his ability to write his manuscripts by hand, as he prefers to do. He did sign a handful of copies of the trade edition at his local bookstore; and he signed some number of bookplates as able. We have seen only one other signed advance copy. Fine in self-wrappers. [#032878] $350

NY, Random House, (1972). His second book, which, like his first, sold about 6000 copies. A touch of sunning to the spine crown; still a fine copy in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket with a hint of shelf wear at the crown. [#911590] $350

NY, Random House AudioBooks, 2001. The audiobook. The unabridged novel, on seven cassette tapes, read by Jason Culp. Fine in a fine carton, which has been signed by Irving. [#023858] $250

(Putney), Year of Dog Press, 1972. A very early Irving appearance, a poem, in one of 650 numbered copies of this attractively printed and bound anthology. This is Copy No. 83. Signed by printers and designers Georgia Gojmerac and Kelly Lee. Robert Bly also contributes, among many others. Fine in a fine dust jacket that is adhered to the rear board, possibly by design. [#032788] $150

(n.p.), Miramax, (n.d.). The UK pressbook for the film made from his sixth novel, for which Irving wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay. 70+ pages, most of it an in-depth look at the making of the movie. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#023831] $150

NY, Random House, (2001). Signed by the author. Irving, who has been reluctant to sign books in recent years, did a very small number of readings from this book at which he signed copies. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911624] $150

NY, Random House, (1980). After the extraordinary critical and commercial success of The World According to Garp, Random House reissued Irving's first three novels (Setting Free the Bears, The Water-Method Man and The 158-Pound Marriage), all of which were out of print at that time, in one volume. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911595] $100

NY, Random House, (1994). The uncorrected proof copy, lacking the first page, which contained the publisher's text describing the book and, very briefly, the author, and was excised from most copies, reportedly at the author's request. From the library of author Peter Matthiessen, bearing his notes only on the final page: "Harada Roshi/ 'world is full of dread'/ huge clean wind." Foxed; very good in wrappers. [#032257] $70

(London), Bloomsbury, (1993). The first British edition (and true first edition, though possibly simultaneous with the Canadian edition) of his first collection of short pieces, preceding the expanded American edition that was published in 1996. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911607] $70

NY, Random House, (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of the American trade edition. Printer's mark ("5/") to spine; else fine in wrappers. [#911619] $60

NY, Random House, (2005). The uncorrected proof copy. Shallow spine dent; else fine in wrappers. [#911627] $60

London, Bloomsbury, (1999). The first British edition of Irving's account of his career involvement with the movies, from thirteen years of working on the screenplay for The Cider House Rules (for which he won an Oscar) to trying, unsuccessfully, to get his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, made into a film. Precedes the American edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911621] $45

NY, Arcade, (1996). An advance reading excerpt from the American edition, including the title essay and one work of fiction. The contents page lists a slated essay on Kurt Vonnegut that did not appear in the final volume. Fine in wrappers. [#911613] $45

(London), Bloomsbury, (1996). The first British edition of this title, which was incorporated into the U.S. edition of Trying to Save Piggy Sneed and has had no separate U.S. printing in hardcover; it was released as a paperback in the U.S. in 2002. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911612] $40

NY, Random House, (1998). The advance reading copy of the first American edition. Fine in pictorial wrappers. [#010873] $35

NY, Random House, (1999). Irving's account of his career involvement with the movies, from thirteen years of working on the screenplay for The Cider House Rules (for which he won an Oscar) to trying, unsuccessfully, to get his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, made into a film. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911622] $20

NY, Arcade, (1996). The first American edition of his first collection of short pieces. Expanded from the British edition, which was published in 1993. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911614] $20

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