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2. -. Another copy. Also one of the self-made limited edition, and signed by the author, but the transcribed poem bears one word change from the printed version. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
3. ALBERTI, Rafael. Pleamar [1942-1944]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Losada (1944). First Argentinean edition of this collection of poems by one of Spain's greatest poets, considered the equal of Lorca. Rebound in cloth with leather spine label and original wrappers bound in. This copy is signed by Alberti and his wife, María Teresa León, and also by Chilean Nobel prize winner, Pablo Neruda. A wonderful set of literary associations. Fine.
4. ALBERTI, Rafael. Selected Poems. (NY): New Directions (1944). Spanish poetry, with a critical introduction by the translator. This is the hardcover edition of a volume in the New Directions Poet of the Year series. A near fine copy in a very good, spine-darkened (stained?), price-clipped dust jacket.
5. ALBERTI, Rafael. Imagen Primera de...(1940-1944). Buenos Aires: Editorial Losada (1945). First Argentinean edition of this collection of critical appreciations of important, mainly Spanish, authors. Acidic pages darkening and mildly and narrowly stained across top edge. Still about near fine in wrappers and dust jacket, and inscribed by the author in 1946.
6. ALEGRÍA, CÍRO. The Golden Serpent. NY: Farrar & Rinehart (1943). The first American edition of the Peruvian author's prize-winning first novel, although his second book to be published in English. Mild foxing to page edges; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with some loss of crispness to the edges. A very nice copy of a cheaply produced wartime book.
7. ALEXIE, Sherman. First Indian On The Moon. NY: (Hanging Loose Press) (1993). A review copy of the fourth collection of stories, poems and prose poems by this Native American author who was chosen as one of Granta magazine's 20 best young American authors. This is the hardcover issue, reportedly done in an edition of only 500 copies and out of print now since the year of publication. Fine without jacket, as issued. A scarce volume, especially in an advance issue.
8. ALLEN, Woody. Autographed Photo. Undated, c. 1980. 8" x 10". Black and white photograph of Allen slouching and smirking, sporting trademark clothing: corduroy pants, tweed jacket over plaid shirt over t-shirt. Inscribed with "Best Wishes" by Allen, whose signature is moderately uncommon. Fine.
9. ALLEN, Woody. The Woody Allen Reader. NY: Knopf, 1993. Excerpts from Allen's films, books, and record albums, arranged thematically by the editor, Linda Sunshine. Quarto; heavily illustrated with photographs in color and black and white. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a bookplate signed by Allen laid in.
10. ALLISON, Dorothy. Two or Three Things I Know For Sure. (NY): Dutton (1995). The uncorrected proof copy. A narrative work that is based on a performance piece that Allison wrote and performed after the success of Bastard Out of Carolina. Together with the photocopied typescript, reproducing numerous changes and corrections, presumably authorial, including the excision of several long paragraphs, still visible. Edge tears to the cover sheet; otherwise both items are fine.
11. AMIS, Martin. Heavy Water and Other Stories. (NY): (Harmony Books) (1999). The advance reading copy of the first American edition. Fiction pieces from the last twenty years, including two previously unpublished pieces and the title story, previously unpublished in the U.S. Fine in wrappers, with publisher's promotional sheet laid in.
12. ANDERSON, Kent. Liquor, Guns & Ammo. (Tucson): (Dennis McMillan), 1998. The trade edition of this collection of short pieces by the author of the critically acclaimed Sympathy for the Devil and Night Dogs. Includes unpublished sections from both those novels, as well as various nonfiction pieces, a screenplay, and notes from a novel-in-progress. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.
13. (Anthology). Portfolio I-IV. (Washington, DC/Paris): Black Sun Press, 1945-46. The first four issues of this folio "magazine," assemblages of broadside pieces, both literary and visual, edited by Caresse Crosby. The first issue includes work by Henry Miller, Kay Boyle, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alex Comfort, Romare Bearden, and Harry Crosby, among others. The broadsides are fine, and laid into string-tied, spiral bound boards. This volume and the others are additionally laid into folding paper portfolio envelopes; the condition of the envelopes is fragile at best. Portfolio II contains pieces by Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Robert Lowell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and reproductions of work by Picasso and Matisse and Giacometti. Henry Miller continues on as editorial advisor. The condition of the pages in this volume is inconsistent: varying paper stocks have acidified and foxed at different rates, the only flaw. Laid into a paper portfolio and, again, into the original folding envelope. Portfolio III contributors include Charles Bukowski, Harry Crosby, Henry Miller, Jean Paul Sartre, Kay Boyle, Jean Genet, Garcia Lorca, Stephen Spender, Kenneth Rexroth, and others. Bukowski's piece, "20 Tanks from Kasseldown," represents a very early appearance in print for him and his first "separate" publication. The items are near fine to fine, folded into a very good portfolio, and folding envelope. Portfolio IV is devoted to Italian writers and artists, including Alberto Moravia and Elio Vittorini. Henry Miller edits "in absentia." The folder and envelope of this volume are scorched on one edge; the pieces remain fine. An interesting production, which began during the war and continued for two more issues after these, into 1948. For the four:
14. (Anthology). Prize Stories 1963. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1963. The annual collection of the O. Henry Award winners; first prize awarded to Flannery O'Connor. With additional stories by Terry Southern, Jessamyn West, William Saroyan and Joyce Carol Oates, among others. Oates's appearance precedes her first book. Owner name; near fine in a very good, spine-faded and price-clipped dust jacket.
15. (Anthology). The New Fiction. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of interviews with a number of the most influential writers of a generation: Kurt Vonnegut, Donald Barthelme, John Barth, Joyce Carol Oates, William Gass, John Gardner, Jerzy Kosinski, Susan Sontag, Tom Wolfe, John Hawkes, Ronald Sukenik and Ishmael Reed. Near fine in wrappers. The front cover gives the publication date as January, 1975. An important volume, and quite scarce, especially in proof form.
16. (Anthology). Prize Stories 1986. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the year's O. Henry Award winners, with first prize awarded to Alice Walker. Other contributors include Bobbie Ann Mason, Alice Adams, Gordon Lish, Peter Cameron, Deborah Eisenberg, Stuart Dybek, Ward Just, and Joyce Carol Oates, who earns a "special award for continuing achievement." Very slight nicking and creasing to spine; else fine in wrappers.
17. (Anthology). Alive and Writing. Interviews with American Authors of the 1980's. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press (1987). Conducted and edited by Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory. Interviewees include Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, Tom Robbins, Ursula LeGuin, Thomas McGuane, William Kennedy, Edmund White, Barry Hannah, Russell Hoban, and others. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
18. (Anthology). New American Short Stories. New York and Scarborough: New American Library (1987). Writers have selected their own contributions and provide original comments about the story selected. This is the hardcover issue. With work by Raymond Carver, T.C. Boyle, Richard Ford, John Updike, John Edgar Wideman, Ann Beattie, Alice Munro, Amy Hempel, Joy Williams, Jayne Anne Phillips, and others. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
19. (Anthology). The Best American Essays 1988. NY: Ticknor & Fields, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of this selection edited and introduced by Annie Dillard. With work by William Kittredge, Elizabeth Hardwick, Paul Horgan, Charles Simic, Mary Lee Settle, James McConkey, and others. Near fine in wrappers.
20. (Anthology). The Pushcart Prize XIV. (Wainscott): Pushcart Press, (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of this anthology of selections from the previous year's small press publications. Introduced by Tess Gallagher and dedicated to the memory of Raymond Carver. With stories by Paul Bowles, Julian Barnes, Charles Baxter, Lydia Davis, Kristina McGrath, Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Hoagland, and many others. A few light pencil check marks in the table of contents, still near fine in wrappers.
21. (Anthology). The Uncommon Touch. Stanford: Stanford Alumni Association (1989). A collection of previously published fiction and poetry by participants in the Stanford Writing Workshop, including Robert Stone, Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, Raymond Carver, Alice Hoffman, Ken Kesey, William Kittredge, Thomas McGuane, Larry McMurtry, N. Scott Momaday, Scott Turow, Tobias Wolff, and many others. Most of the pieces are excerpts from larger works, and contain a short, previously unpublished introduction by the author about the selection. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine.
22. (Anthology). Face to Face. Houston: Rice University (1993). Interviews with novelists Robert Stone, Cristina Garcia, Jamaica Kincaid, Hubert Selby, Jr., Marilynne Robinson, Max Apple, Ron Hansen, Kazuo Ishiguro and Greg Bear. The hardcover issue of this title was limited to 598 copies, according to the publisher (there was a simultaneous softcover publication, which received wider distribution). Fine in a fine dust jacket.
23. (Anthology). Playboy Stories. (NY): Dutton (1993, 1994). The uncorrected proof copy of this selection of short fiction published by Playboy over a forty year period. (The copyright page gives the publication date as January, 1993; the cover, January, 1994). Included are works by the century's leading practitioners of the form, including: John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Shirley Jackson, Andre Dubus, John Updike, John Irving, T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Theroux, Thomas McGuane, Joseph Heller, Jack Kerouac, Vladimir Nabokov, and many others. Each story has a short introduction by the editor, putting the story in context. Near fine in wrappers, with promotional sheet laid in.
24. (Anthology). Edward Hopper and the American Imagination. NY: Whitney Museum of American Art/Norton (1995). Two separate advance states of this anthology of previously published writings in which some influence of Hopper is reflected, if only in "glimpses of private lives of quiet despair lived within the public arena." Authors include Paul Auster, Ann Beattie, James Salter, Norman Mailer, William Kennedy, Walter Mosley, Grace Paley, Leonard Michaels, Galway Kinnell, Tess Gallagher, and others. Ringbound galley sheets, 8 1/2" x 11". printed on rectos only, with a picture of the cover art laid in. Together with the unbound signatures. One edge tear on the title page of the signatures; otherwise both items fine. Two very scarce pre-publication states of this publication, which includes contibutions by a number of notable contemporary American authors.
25. (Anthology). God: Stories. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of a collection edited by C. Michael Curtis. Thirty stories on the subject of faith by writers such as John Updike, Andre Dubus, Bernard Malamud, Louise Erdrich, Alice Munro, Flannery O'Connor, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, Eudora Welty and Tobias Wolff. While all of the stories had been previously published, a number of them appear to enjoy their first book publication in this volume (Wolff, Erdrich, and others). Fine in wrappers.
26. (Anthology). Letters to a Fiction Writer. NY: Norton (1999). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection edited and introduced by Frederick Busch. Letters to aspiring writers from Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, William Faulkner, Andre Dubus, John Gardner, Joyce Carol Oates, Reynolds Price, John Updike, James Welch, Tobias Wolff, and many others. Most of the letters are published here for the first time. Fine in wrappers.
27. ARIAS, Ron. The Road to Tamazunchale. Reno: West Coast Poetry Review, 1975. The author's first book, an early, key volume of the emerging field of Chicano literature. Fine in stapled wrappers.
28. ASHBERY, John. Three Madrigals. (NY): (Poet's Press) (1968). An early limited edition by this poet who has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and a host of other prizes. Reproduces in facsimile the manuscript of a poem from 1958. This is one of 150 numbered copies, of a total edition of 162 copies, signed by the author. This copy is additionally inscribed by Ashbery in 1976. Fine in stapled wrappers.
29. ASHBERY, John. Sunrise in Suburbia. (Cambridge): (Ferguson Press) (1968). Another early limited edition, this one with an even smaller limitation: one of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. This copy is additionally inscribed by Ashbery in 1975. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers and a dust wrapper with a tiny edge tear at the crown.
30. ASHBERY, John. Girls on the Run. NY: FSG (1999). The uncorrected proof copy of this single poem based loosely on the works of "outsider" artist, Henry Darger, and just published in April. Fine in wrappers, with promotional material laid in.
31. ASHBERY, John. Who Knows What Constitutes a Life. Calais: Z Press, 1999. Limited edition of this poem by Ashbery, with a tipped-in illustration by Elizabeth Murray. This is one of 200 copies in wrappers, of a total edition of 226. A fine copy, at the list price:
32. ASTURIAS, Miguel Angel. Viento Fuerte. Guatemala: Editorial del Ministerio de Educacion Publica (1950). The true first edition of the first volume of his "Banana Republic Trilogy" -- a fictional treatment of the foreign control of the Central American banana industry; published in small quantities in the author's native Guatemala and the most difficult title in the trilogy, which was not published in an English translation until almost 20 years later -- the year he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pages browning with age; spine-creased and faded; else very good in lightly foxed wrappers. A nice copy of this fragile, important and very scarce book.
33. ASTURIAS, Miguel Angel. El Papa Verde. Buenos Aires: Losada (1954). First edition of the second novel in his Banana Republic Trilogy, an important series of political novels which was largely responsible for his being awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1966. Asturias won the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year. After the CIA-backed overthrow of Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz in 1954, Asturias lived for a number of years in Buenos Aires, where his next several books were published. Spine-creased, and mildly darkened and rubbed; still about near fine in illustrated self-wraps.
34. ASTURIAS, Miguel Angel. Los Ojos de Los Enterrados. Buenos Aires: Losada (1960). The first edition of the final installment of Asturias' Banana Republic Trilogy. An attractive, very good copy in illustrated self-wraps.
35. ATWOOD, Margaret. Alias Grace. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1996. An early, bound photocopied typescript of this novel, dating from about nine months prior to publication. 518 double-spaced pages; ringbound in plain cardstock covers. Also bound in is a cover sheet on the publisher's letterhead identifying this as an advance copy and requesting that no copies be made from it, that discussion of the novel be kept to a minimum, and that this copy be destroyed. The top edge of this page is worn; the item is otherwise fine. Very scarce.
36. AUCHINCLOSS, Louis. The Anniversary and Other Stories. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories by the author of more than 50 books of fiction and nonfiction and the current President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Fine in wrappers.
37. AUSTER, Paul. Timbuktu. NY: Henry Holt (1999). The advance reading copy of this novel, slated for publication in May, 1999. Fine in wrappers.