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

Boston, Little Brown, (1984). One of two leatherbound copies prepared by the publisher, one of which went to Pynchon; this one belonged to Pynchon's editor, Ray Roberts. Small bookplate of Ray Roberts on the pastedown, and a letterhead note card identifying the issue laid in. Fine. This collection of stories featured a new introduction by Pynchon. [#028516] $6,500
NY, Henry Holt, (1997). The uncorrected proof copy in plain blue wrappers (not to be confused with the two more common variants of the beige advance reading copy, of which there were reportedly 500 copies each). This is the first issue blue proof, which leaves out the ampersand from "Mason & Dixon" on the title page. With significant textual variations from both the advance reading copy and the printed book, and as such the most significant printed variant of any Pynchon work ever to appear -- the only one to contain a significantly earlier version of the text than that which was finally published in book form. While the textual variations in the advance reading copy were minor, and could easily have been the work of a copy editor, those evident in this proof would have to have involved Pynchon's assent and his rewriting. We have been told that virtually the entire edition of these proofs was destroyed. Small, faint spot on the front cover, otherwise fine in wrappers. [#033040] $4,500
NY, Henry Holt, (1997). The second issue uncorrected proof, in blue wrappers, with a tipped-in title page that adds the ampersand missing in the first issue, but retaining the textual differences from the advance reading copy and the published book. Fine in wrappers. [#033041] $1,500
Philadelphia, Lippincott, (1963). The advance reading copy of his first book, winner of the Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year. With elaborate inventiveness, labyrinthine plots and a sometimes paranoid comic sense, Pynchon became the postmodern standard against whom all writers since have been measured. Each of his first three novels won one or more of the major literary awards given out in this country. Some cover creasing; spine creased from binder's glue and somewhat sunned; a very good copy in wrappers. [#024611] $1,250
London, Cape, (1967). The first British edition of his second novel, winner of the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the most overtly political, and paranoid, of Pynchon's novels. Chosen by David Pringle as one of the hundred best novels of Modern Fantasy. For some reason, this seems to be the scarcest of the British editions of Pynchon's books. Foxing to page edges and a couple tiny spots to spine cloth; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with trace foxing on verso and dust soiling on the rear flap at the top and bottom edges and along the fold. [#914675] $850
Philadelphia, Lippincott, (1966). Pynchon's second novel, winner of the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the most overtly political, and paranoid, of Pynchon's novels. Chosen by David Pringle as one of the hundred best novels of Modern Fantasy. Edge-sunning to boards; near fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#915473] $675
NY, (American Academy of Arts and Letters), 1976. Prints Pynchon's letter declining the William Dean Howells Medal for Gravity's Rainbow, in part, "The Howells Medal is a great honor, and, being gold, probably a good hedge against inflation too. But I don't want it." The letter appears in the text of William Styron's speech presenting Pynchon with the award, which is given for the most distinguished fiction published in the U.S. in a five year period. Also includes William Gaddis' acceptance of the National Book Award for J.R. and a Norman Mailer speech on writing and writers. This copy is signed by Styron, Gaddis, Mailer and William Gass, who received one of many Arts and Letters Award of $3000. Small stains to front endpapers, "beetlejuice...complements [sic] of Mr. Gaddis..." according to a note laid in by the previous owner. Otherwise fine in wrappers. Mead B23. [#033195] $450
London, Jonathan Cape, (2009). The advance reading copy of the first British edition of Pynchon's take on the hardboiled American detective novel. Basis for a Hollywood movie -- not surprisingly, the first of Pynchon's books to be adapted to the screen -- but it received mixed reviews: it's hard to imagine that a Pynchon book could ever be directly translated to film and be as coherent (if that's the right word) as the book. Fine in wrappers. [#033194] $375
Normal, Dalkey Archive Press, (1994). "Critical Takes on Pynchon's Novel," edited by Donald Greiner, Geoffrey Green and Larry McCaffrey. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine. [#915495] $175
NY/Richmond, Australia, spinART Records/Shock Records, (1995). A CD, for which Pynchon provided liner notes. Pynchon has published little outside of his novels, and this piece, approximately 500 words, is a notable appearance in print by the reclusive author. Included is a photocopy of a magazine article that explains Pynchon's appearance. Fine. [#912712] $70
(Westminster), (Mouldwarp), (1983). The first printing of this piracy, which reprints an article Pynchon originally wrote for The New York Times Magazine, shortly after the riots in Watts. Fine in red stapled wrappers. [#912701] $60
London, Aloes, (1976). A piracy, the first separate appearance of an early story, originally published in 1959. One of the most complex bibliographically of the Pynchon piracies, Mead lists 4 variants, but more have been documented. This copy has no cross next to the man's hip and a double cross above the "P" in Pynchon, with the two crosses almost congruent. Mead C1a(2). Fine in stapled wrappers. [#915474] $45
NY, Henry Holt, (1997). Small stray pen mark to foredge (not a remainder mark); else fine in a fine paper dust jacket and printed acetate dust jacket. [#915487] $20
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