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(NY), Viking, (1972). An alphabet book, featuring pictures by Leonard Baskin and words by his wife, Lisa, and his children, Tobias and Hosea. Calligraphically inscribed: "For Pete & Oriole [Farb]/ with the affectionate regard of Lisa & Leonard. 1972." Also signed by Tobias and Hosea Baskin, (then 3 or 4 years old). Fine in a very good dust jacket with a bit of sunning and a couple short edge tears. Although Leonard Baskin was known to be generous with his signatures, this is doubtless uncommon signed by the three, especially with contemporary signatures. Winner of the Caldecott Medal. [#032740] SOLD
1933. 23 pages, carbon typescript, with approximately three dozen changes made in Cain's hand, and more than a dozen additional small variations between this text and the published version. Published in American Mercury in November 1933, "Tribute to a Hero," is an autobiographical piece about the Cain family following the father's 1903 job change from St. John's College at Annapolis to Washington College at Chestertown, MD, and the culture shock that ensued from this move to a "hick place" from one of "smartness, competence, and class," a state of affairs that was partially redeemed by the actions of "a great man" (with an assist from Cain's father) on the occasion of a Washington College-Maryland Agricultural College football game. Published the year before his first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (and following Our Government in 1930, nonfiction based on Cain's column for New York World). Called "one of Cain's finest essays" by David Madden in James M. Cain: Hard-Boiled Mythmaker. Carbon paper a bit yellowed, some pencil rubbing, not affecting text; near fine. An early manuscript of a boyhood epiphany by a writer who gained a place in the literary pantheon for his famous first novel, which is still considered one of the high spots of American hard-boiled fiction. [#029577] $2,500
(Queensland), University of Queensland Press, (2000). The advance reading copy of the true first edition of Carey's second Booker Prize winner, a fictional re-imagining of the life of Australia's most famous outlaw. Inscribed by the author. Light bumps to the front corners and mild rubbing; near fine in wrappers. An extremely uncommon advance issue: we have never seen another copy, nor have we found any auction listings for it. In addition to winning the Booker, it also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best overall book of the year, the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book of the year, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Courier Mail Book of the Year, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and numerous others. A modern classic, and an exceptionally scarce state of it, especially so signed. [#030105] $1,000
(London), London Limited Editions, (1987). A limited edition of Chatwin's best book -- a "novel of ideas," as the publisher puts it, of Australian aborigines, and of the questions about man that arise from the vast gulf that separates the culture of contemporary, Western civilized man from that of the wandering tribes of Australia, whose "dream tracks" or "songlines" delineate both a physical and a psychic geography. Number 104 of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Mild top edge foxing; else fine in a near fine, original glassine dustwrapper. Scarce. [#026517] $500
Los Angeles, Ziegler Associates, [ca. 1983]. Photocopied typescript of Didion's 1984 novel, with significant textual differences from the published book. An early typescript, reproducing some editorial annotations and her agent's stamp, with no publication information provided. Democracy was Didion's first novel in seven years, with two books of nonfiction in between. A post-Vietnam story involving the CIA, it could be seen as a fictional counterpart to her 1983 nonfiction book, Salvador: both tracked the underside of American involvement in Third World conflicts. Democracy was praised for its reportorial accuracy -- something Didion had cultivated in her nonfiction pieces -- but Didion challenged fictional convention by introducing herself as the narrator, the storyteller, and giving the novel a self-consciousness and reflectiveness more often found in her nonfiction than her fiction. 8-1/2" x 11" three-hole punched sheets; light green cardstock covers with title and author handwritten on the front cover; title written on bottom page edges; bound with two brass brads; near fine. An unusual, early state of a major novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of her era, winner of a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2007. [#032761] $500
[c. 1990]. Two typescript drafts of Edgerton's fourth novel. One draft is warmly inscribed by Edgerton to Dudley Jahnke "with greatest appreciation for your help in the book business -- and music business -- and all else" and dated "28 March 90." Killer Diller deals with a struggling musician who forms the Killer Diller Blues Band, thus the reference to Jahnke's help with the "music business." Comb-bound in cardstock covers and titled in Edgerton's hand. This draft reproduces a number of the author's changes, which are especially heavy at the beginning of the book. A note in Edgerton's hand on the first page states that "The copy gets cleaner in a few pages." Near fine. The other draft, approximately 250 loose photocopied sheets from a dot matrix printer original, reproduces heavy editing by "SR," with SR's title page. This draft differs substantially from the bound draft, and the opening of the book [at least] is entirely different. Fine. Together with an envelope, hand-addressed by Edgerton to Dudley Jahnke, the recipient of both drafts. The novel, in a form that varies from both drafts above, was published by Algonquin Books in 1991. It was the basis for a limited release film in 2004 which won an award at the Heartland Film Festival. Edgerton, in addition to being a Guggenheim Fellow, has won the North Carolina Award for Literature. An interesting look at a work-in-progress by an important North Carolina author. [#027598] $1,750
(Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of the first edition of her most famous book, a short, haunting novel of a woman in the Canadian wilderness who develops an intimate relationship with a wild bear. The book became a feminist classic for its depiction of a woman strong enough and independent enough to carve out her own destiny irrespective of societal expectations and taboos. Near fine in wrappers. [#011434] $70
(Newcastle), Blue Oak Press, 1977. The limited edition. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#006917] $125
(n.p), (n.p), (n.d.). Farrell's typescript pages (pp. 4, 5, 11) for what appears to be an introduction to a work by or about Dreiser. Reportedly, this was from an introduction to a Collier Books edition of Sister Carrie, but we have been unable to verify that such an edition existed. It is not from the 1975 Sagamore Press edition (which does have a Farrell introduction). Nor, as best as we can tell, is it from Farrell's introduction to The Best Short Stories of Theodore Dreiser, nor the 1955 volume The Stature of Theodore Dreiser, nor the 1962 volume Theodore Dreiser. What it is: three pages of text (two ribbon copy; one carbon copy), with holograph corrections, with an additional two pages (p. 11, p. 12) of notes/inserts, in manuscript. It is verifiable as Farrell's by the fact that in the text he quotes from letters to himself from H.L. Mencken, about Dreiser. The manuscript pages are darkened; page 11 has some offsetting; near fine. Farrell wrote about Sister Carrie repeatedly in his career, including a piece for the New York Times Book Review in 1943. Dreiser's book claimed the #33 spot on the Modern Library's list of Books of the Century, four spots behind Farrell's Lonigan Trilogy. [#012793] $300
NY, Viking, (1980). Uncorrected proof copy. A collection of stories. Mildly spine-sunned; else fine in wrappers. [#000929] $35
NY, Hyperion, (1998). The second novel by the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#014491] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1966. An early, influential novel by a veteran journalist, one of the first to attempt to get at the "truth" of Vietnam by telling a fictional tale. The top edges of the boards are heavily abraded; very good in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket with minor wear at the edges and corners. [#010028] $20
Garden City, Doubleday, 1972. Himes's autobiography, inscribed to Ossie Davis, who co-wrote and directed the 1970 film Cotton Comes to Harlem, based on Himes's novel of the same name. Inscribed: "For Ossie Davis, Salut et Fraternite/ Chester Himes." Himes's series of hard-boiled crime novels featuring Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson used the genre to explore and reveal little-known aspects of the black culture of postwar Harlem in much the same way that Walter Mosley's novels have done for the black subculture of postwar Los Angeles. Because Himes lived most of his adult life in France, books signed by him are relatively uncommon. Significant association copies of books by Himes are genuinely rare. Here offered together with an original photograph of Davis on the set of the film, with actors Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques. The book is stamped "Property of Ossie & Ruby Davis" on the first blank, below the inscription; a near fine copy in a supplied, near fine dust jacket. The 5-1/2" x 7" silver gelatin print of Davis by John Rodriguez is dated 8/1969 and is matted and framed. [#032877] $1,250
(NY), Morris Gallery, 1955. Unbound, untrimmed sheets of his second book. 500 copies were printed but many copies remained unbound and, like this copy, unnumbered. Although not called for in the edition, this copy is signed by the author. Fine. [#018933] $100
Boston, Twayne, (1981). One of the dedication copies of this critical study of Jones's fiction. Inscribed by Giles to Jones's widow, Gloria, and their children, Kaylie and Jamie: "In the hope that this reveals my respect and admiration for Jim and my affection for you." The book is dedicated to "Three Beautiful People: Wanda, Morgan, and Kaylie." Kaylie Jones is mentioned in Giles's Acknowledgments for her "rare kind of courage in talking about her father and taking me to places on the Island that evoked him because they had been special to him. She also took me to James Jones's grave." From the library of Peter Matthiessen; Jones and Matthiessen were friends, and lived nearby each other in eastern Long Island. Boards foxed; a very good copy, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. [#032297] $250
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1966. A review copy of the poet's first, and only, novel. Inscribed by the author in 1995. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny tear at the spine base. [#021576] $100
(Toronto), HarperCollins, (1994). A collection of Indian stories featuring Frank Fencepost and Silas Ermineskin, protagonists of several earlier volumes of Kinsella's humorous tales. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029803] SOLD
(Hampton), Hampton House, 1971. Antiwar poetry illustrated by photographs from Wide World Photos of Vietnam war victims. Fine in stapled wrappers. Polemical, damning poetry ("...we who damn/and desecrate our country's name/with other patriots' blood...") Uncommon. [#010361] $40
Kansas City, Sheed McMeel, (1978). His second book, a retelling of Native American tales of Coyote the Trickster, subtitled "Coyote Builds North America." Lopez revivifies the tales, restoring their humor and vitality, and thus their power to affect the contemporary reader, rather than recounting them in the dry manner of an anthropologist dissecting a "subject." Signed by the author. Very slight bowing to boards; still fine in a near fine dust jacket worn at the lower edge and spine extremities and lightly rubbed on the spine. [#027034] $400
[Berkeley], Tangram Press, 2005. An attractively produced limited edition of a story that first appeared in Seneca Review. According to the colophon, one of 165 saddle-stitched copies in wrappers; there was also a hardcover lettered edition of 26, done by artist book publisher Charles Hobson, who also contributed two tipped-in color illustrations to this edition. With an autograph letter signed by the publisher, Jerry Reddan, to Peter [Matthiessen] laid in, conveying both this Lopez title and the included broadside Haibun by Keith Kumasen Abbott. Both the Abbott broadside and the Lopez book are near fine. [#032497] $300
Springfield, Edge, 2002. Near fine in wrappers. [#031016] $20
(Winston-Salem), Jackpine Press, (1977). Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "Peter, my friend, these poems are from my mis-spent youth. Which is, I fear, ongoing." Near fine in wrappers. [#032101] $45
(NY), HarperCollins, (1994). Inscribed by McNamer to fellow author Steve [Krauzer] and his wife. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#027812] $40
[n.p.], [ca. 1972-1980]. The manuscript drafts and galleys for Craig Nova's first three novels -- Turkey Hash, which won the Harper Saxton Prize; The Geek, which William Gass compared favorably to John Hawkes, and Hawkes compared favorably to Celine; and Incandescence, a noir fiction that John Irving called "the funniest and saddest good novel in recent times," and "the best novel about someone 'on the lam' since Donleavy's The Ginger Man." Nova has more recently been praised for a series of highly literary thrillers, but his early novels were more extravagant, highly praised for their inventiveness, their humor, and their darkness. This collection of manuscripts includes multiple drafts of the manuscripts of each book -- including several drafts of Incandescence with its original title of Mungo -- as well as multiple sets of edited galley proofs. In addition, copies of all three books are included: the copy of The Geek is inscribed by the author to legendary book collector Carter Burden, in whose collection these manuscripts resided. A detailed list available on request; all items near fine or better. [#032709] $15,000
St. Paul, Bookslinger Editions, 1981. An attractive limited edition of this story, one of 150 numbered copies. Signed by the author and additionally inscribed to Seymour Lawrence: "For the heroic Uncle Sam,/ intrepid publisher --/ love, JA." Clothbound without dust jacket; spine-sunned; near fine. [#004290] $375
(n.p.), (n.p.), 1998. Rigby's hand-corrected typescript of his book on horror cinema in Britain, later published, in 2002, by Reynolds & Hearn. A massive typescript, more than 300 small-type pages, with approximately another 100 pages of appendices. A working copy, heavily revised, and with taped-in sections (which are now separating and so some are laid in). Comb-bound; near fine. A unique copy of this book on British cinema. [#029470] $375
Washington, Library of Congress, 1992. Collects the talks given by the three winners of the 1991 National Book Awards: Rush, Philip Levine, and Orlando Patterson. Signed by Rush. Fine in wrappers. [#025174] $80
NY, Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of this book by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres, among others. Fine in wrappers. [#009501] $20
No date. A brochure from The Suffolk County Whaling Museum of Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY, printing the article "The Sag Harbor Whalers" by Clother Hathaway Vaughn. Signed by Steinbeck, who lived in Sag Harbor from 1955 until his death in 1968. A larger than usual Steinbeck signature, perhaps of the variety occasioned by someone asking for "an autograph" on a randomly available surface, as opposed to a more formal signing of one's work. 4" x 9" trifold brochure, now tipped to black cardstock. Fine. A nice memento connecting Steinbeck to his longtime, and last, home. [#030140] $750
NY, Knopf, 1977. A collection of stories by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Inscribed by the author in Memphis in the month of publication. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with one edge tear. [#023087] $150
NY, Farrar & Rinehart, (1944). A novel of Haiti by these two Haitian brothers, which won a prize in the Second Latin American literature contest sponsored by Farrar & Rinehart. Inscribed by Thoby-Marcelin to Barbara Howes in 1971. Poet Barbara Howes edited From the Green Antilles, one of the first anthologies of Caribbean literature to appear in the U.S., in 1966. She was married to the poet William Jay Smith. This book has the Howes/Smith bookplate on the front pastedown. Translated by Edward Larocque Tinker, who designed and illustrated the book, and who provides an introduction to it entitled "Haitian Background," explaining both the history and the metaphysics of Haitian religious beliefs. Fine in a good, price-clipped dust jacket threatening to split at the flap folds. An important book, and especially scarce signed. [#018565] $450
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1981). The uncorrected proof copy of this short novel about a failed actor, by the author of Beyond the Bedroom Wall and What I'm Going to Do, I Think, among others. Publicity information stapled inside front cover; fine in wrappers. [#017954] $20
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