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Los Angeles, 20th Century Fox, 1940. The revised shooting final screenplay, dated December 15, 1939, although with 24 pages of colored inserts dating from January and February, 1940. Machine stamped "copy #1," belonging to the producer Darryl F. Zanuck. This was one of the two screenplays that O'Hara worked on from September to December 1939 and shared screenplay credits for, in this case with Karl Tunberg and Don Ettlinger. The movie was produced by Zanuck, and starred Vera Zorina, Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre. Quarto; mimeographed pages with blue revision sheets inserted. Near fine in printed studio wrappers. Rare. [#025153] $2,000
1996. Typescripts of O'Nan's screenplay based on Tim O'Brien's National Book Award-winning Vietnam novel. Two clean copies, each signed by O'Nan on the title page. 126 pages each, and in a Kinko's box that is hand-labeled "Going After Cacciato/ 27 August 96/ Original - Top/ Copy - Bottom." The screenplays are fine; the box has two broken corners. This same year, O'Brien provided a jacket blurb for O'Nan's highly regarded Vietnam novel The Names of the Dead. Several years back it was rumored that Cacciato would be filmed, with Nick Cassevetes as director, and with a different screenwriter. For now, we have only O'Nan's vision. [#029952] $1,750
NY, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1945). An uncommon book by the author of Butterfield 8 and Appointment in Samarra, among others. Inscribed by the author to WEAF radio personality Mary Margaret McBride in the year of publication: "To Mary Margaret/ and how are your/ taste-buds?/ Sincerely/ John O'Hara/ WEAF/ 20 March 1945." Books inscribed by O'Hara are uncommon, although later in his career he did a number of signed limited editions. A fragile book, cheaply produced under wartime conditions, this is a very attractive copy. Some spotting to rear board and fading to spine cloth; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of small, internally tape-mended edge tears. [#016359] $1,250
[Santa Barbara], Neville, [1980]. The galley sheets of O'Brien's first limited edition, which contains an introduction and a chapter that was excised from Going After Cacciato and later appeared, in a much reworked version, in The Things They Carried. O'Brien won the National Book Award for Going After Cacciato, a magical-realist novel of the Vietnam war, while The Things They Carried is widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best, of the literary works to have come out of that war and has become part of the canon, by virtue of its inclusion in both high school and college literary reading lists. Eight long galley sheets, plus one duplicate. 7-1/2" x 19". Signed by O'Brien. Fine. Bibliographically interesting in that the galleys contain the typesetting for all the versions of the colophon, thus indicating all those for whom special copies of the publication were created. [#030132] $750
Edinburgh, Salamander Press, (1984). His first book, a work of criticism that focuses on "the influence of scientific thought on Conrad's fiction," and is an outgrowth of his thesis "Changing Scientific Concepts of Nature in the English Novel, 1850-1920." Inscribed by the author: "To ___, who is loved by all the girls in the office, with a big hug from Redmond. October, 1997." Recipient's name front flyleaf; fine in a near fine dust jacket with wear at the spine extremities. A nice inscription in an uncommon first book. [#029528] $350
(Milan), Leonardo, (1990, 1991, 1992). Three Italian editions of his fifth book, a collection of related stories that was first published in 1990. Each is signed by the author. The first edition is fine in a near fine dust jacket; the second edition is fine in a very good dust jacket with dampstaining to the crown; the third edition is fine in a fine dust jacket. [#019575] $300
NY, Broadway Books, (1998). The uncorrected proof copy, in white wrappers. Much scarcer than the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. [#911810] $175
NY, Viking, (1976). Large folio of 108 color plates, with text by the artist. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. A fine copy in a near fine, first state dust jacket, with the initial price ("$60 until December 31, 1976") still intact on the front flap. [#032135] $175
The first Japanese edition, issued in two volumes, each fine in fine dust jacket with publisher's wraparound band torn and laid in to Volume II. Signed by the author. [#019570] $150
Franklin Center, Franklin Library, 1998. The Franklin Library edition. A leatherbound limited edition, with an introduction written especially for this edition that keeps us from calling this title a departure for O'Brien: "Though I am known as a 'Vietnam writer' -- whatever that may be -- I have always pegged myself more as a 'love writer,' and in that regard Tomcat in Love is no departure at all." Signed by the author. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#911811] $150
NY, Doubleday, (1994). The advance reading copy of his second book, first novel. Winner of the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel. Inscribed by the author: "For ___, this cold, cold book. Stay warm!" Fine in wrappers. [#030018] $150
Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, (1993). His first book, a collection of short stories that won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which was selected that year by Tobias Wolff. Three years later Wolff was one of the judges for Granta magazine in selecting the "20 Best Young American Authors," and O'Nan was among those selected. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#030017] $125
Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, (1987). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916622] $100
Paris, Plon, (1992). A later French edition -- 1993, the year the title won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the French award for the best foreign book of the year. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author. [#019580] $100
(Milan), A Vallardi, (1987). The first Italian edition of The Nuclear Age. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with outwardly imperceptible dampstaining. [#019572] $100
NY, Knopf, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of O'Brien's fourth novel, about a man compelled to dig a bomb shelter in his back yard to protect his family even if it means losing them in the process. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911797] $100
The first Japanese edition. Fine in wrappers, with publisher's wraparound band. Signed by the author. [#019574] $100
NY, Knopf, 1985. O'Brien's fourth novel, about a man compelled to dig a bomb shelter in his back yard to protect his family even if it means losing them in the process. Signed by the author with the added phrase from the book, in quotes: "It's love I want. Worship." Remainder stripe; else fine in a near fine, spine-faded dust jacket. [#025152] $100
NY, Knopf, 1993. The uncorrected proof copy. One of the most highly praised first novels of the year, a black comedy of the peacetime army that was compared to Catch-22 and "Sergeant Bilko on scag." O'Connor was chosen, on the strength of this volume, as one of the Granta 20. Fine in wrappers. [#914241] $100
NY, Doubleday, (1994). His second book, first novel. Winner of the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911822] $100
(Los Angeles), (n.p.), (1940). A novel, co-written by a Chippewa author, that attempts to "depict the life of the Chippewa Indian of many years ago." The preface goes on to say that, "although the story itself is fictional, some of its incidents are actual happenings." Signed by both authors. Bookplate front pastedown; small hole front flyleaf; thin cracking to joint; still a near fine copy, without dust jacket. [#025406] $80
Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, (1993). His first book, a collection of short stories that won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which was selected that year by Tobias Wolff. Three years later Wolff was one of the judges for Granta magazine in selecting the "20 Best Young American Authors" and O'Nan was among those selected. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911821] $80
(Los Angeles), (n.p.), (1940). A novel, co-written by a Chippewa author, that attempts to "depict the life of the Chippewa Indian of many years ago." The preface goes on to say that, "although the story itself is fictional, some of its incidents are actual happenings." Signed by both authors. Small label partially removed from front flyleaf; splaying to boards; thin cracking to joint and a bit of insect nibbling to front board edge. [#025407] $70
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Berkeley, And/Or Press, 1976. The pseudonymous first book by Terence McKenna, co-written with his brother. McKenna later became one of the outspoken continuing advocates of the use and benefits of psychedelic drugs, psilocybin in particular, and was called the "Copernicus of consciousness" by the Village Voice. Near fine in wrappers. [#032611] $70
NY, Norton, (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this nonfiction overview of life in the 18th century British navy, intended in part as a companion volume to his Aubrey/Maturin series. Small thin quarto, heavily illustrated (although the proof reproductions are of poor quality). One slight corner crease; else fine in wrappers. [#014909] $70
(NY), Scribner, (2004). The two writers' account of the Boston Red Sox championship season of 2004. King and O'Nan, both longtime and long-suffering Red Sox fans, decided at the beginning of the season to collaborate on a book about the Red Sox season. As VIP fans, the two had more access to the players than usual, and their account is lively and engaging; that the Sox broke an 86 year-long "curse" to win the World Series that year couldn't have been better scripted. Signed by O'Nan. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915454] $70
(n.p.), Barnes & Noble, 2000. A broadside excerpt from Wild Decembers. On of 300 numbered copies signed by the author. 12-3/4" x 18-1/2". Fine. [#911792] $60
NY, Knopf, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of his fourth novel, about a man compelled to dig a bomb shelter in his back yard to protect his family even if it means losing them in the process. Paperclip mark inside front cover; publicity material laid in that was previously stapled to front cover; near fine in wrappers. [#020469] $60
(London), Flamingo, (2002). The advance reading copy of the British edition. Fine in wrappers. [#911820] $45
(n.p.), Noble Swine Press, (2009). Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]. Fine in wrappers. [#032136] $45
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