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NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1965). The first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a profile of former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley done at the time when Bradley was a Princeton basketball player and Rhodes scholar. A portion of this book first appeared as a "Profile" in The New Yorker, where McPhee's prose in the 1960s and 1970s helped elevate nonfiction writing to the realm of literary art. Owner name and date (1965) front flyleaf; near fine in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket with a small chip threatening at the upper front edge. Signed by the author on the title page. [#024901] $750
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1981). The first of McPhee's books on geology, which eventually led to his winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for Annals of the Former World, which included the text of this book plus four others. The text of Basin and Range book was initially published in The New Yorker, and this copy is inscribed by McPhee to long-time New Yorker fact checker Sara Lippincott: "For Sara Lippincott - I will forever be grateful to you for the amount of yourself you put into this piece of work, and I can think of no better way to describe what you have done than to borrow a phrase from something you said in November: '...you mean, when it moves, it doesn't rattle.' Yes, that's it - not to mention the pleasure of the daily dialogue. Thank you, Sara./ John." In 2009, McPhee wrote a piece for The New Yorker about Lippincott and the magazine's fact checkers, titled, "Checkpoints: Fact-checkers do it a tick at a time." On page 51 of this book, Lippincott is still apparently fact-checking: a check mark appears in the margin. A near fine copy in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket with one small chip and another edge tear. In addition to the inscription, signed in full by McPhee on the title page. [#033053] $475
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1975). Second printing of this collection of short pieces. Inscribed by the author at Christmas, 1983, on behalf of a friend and "running mate" of McPhee's. Fine in a fine dust jacket and, because of its perfectbound construction, uncommon in this condition. [#026323] $150
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1986). The third of McPhee's geology books, later incorporated into the compendium of his geological writings, published as Annals of the Former World, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Signed by the author on the half-title page. Mild foxing, near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace shelf wear. [#032662] $150
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1966). McPhee's second book, a portrait of Frank L. Boyden, the longtime Headmaster of Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, where McPhee was a student during Boyden's tenure. Second printing. Inscribed by McPhee to the collector Arthur Rippey, "with warm regards." Rippey's bookplate front pastedown. Offsetting to front flyleaf; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#024903] $125
(n.p.), (Farrar Straus Giroux), (n.d.)[1968]. Printer's sample pages. One 10-3/4" x 8" sheet, printed on both sides to make four pages, with the text of pp. 99-101 on three of them and the detailed specifications on type and setup on the fourth. Fine. Uncommon production materials for an early McPhee book from the 1960s. [#013294] $100
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1970). McPhee's seventh book, in which he returns to the land of the Scottish clan from which he is descended. Gift inscription on the verso of the half title; else fine in a near fine, mildly spine-faded, price-clipped dust jacket. [#028114] $45
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1970). McPhee's seventh book, in which he returns to the land of the Scottish clan from which he is descended. Owner name to front flyleaf; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with creases to the lamination. [#028113] $45
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1970). McPhee's seventh book, in which he returns to the land of the Scottish clan from which he is descended. Trace foxing to page edges; light corner taps; near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#024916] $45
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1990). A long piece on the Merchant Marine which, like most of his writings, first appeared in The New Yorker. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#028125] $20
NY, Ballantine, (1975). The first Ballantine paperback edition. A lengthy profile of Theodore Taylor, a nuclear physicist who spent years working on an eventually-aborted project to develop a spaceship powered by exploding atomic bombs. In later years he became an expert in preventing the "diversion" of nuclear materials to help limit nuclear proliferation. McPhee's explication of the concepts of nuclear physics necessary to tell this story is remarkable. Tiny bump at mid spine; still fine. [#020850] $20
NY, Ballantine, (1976). The first Ballantine paperback edition. A nonfiction account of a serious, but flawed, attempt to create a new kind of aircraft -- a combination airplane and lighter-than-air airship. An intriguing subject elucidated by McPhee's crystal-clear prose. Fine. [#020848] $20
NY, Viking Press, (1972). Photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Very Good in Good (edge-worn, closed tears, chipped) DJ. [#706604] $20
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