Catalog 117, D-F

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104. DELILLO, Don. Ratner's Star. NY: Knopf, 1976. His fourth novel, which uses the framework of a boy genius decoding a signal sent from a star to examine issues of information: DeLillo's personal favorite of his first six books. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a tiny nick at an upper corner of the spine crown.

105. DELILLO, Don. The Body Artist. (London): Picador (2001). The advance reading copy of the first British edition. Fine in wrappers.

106. DE QUEIROZ, Rachel. The Three Marias. Austin: University of Texas Press (1963). The first American edition and the first book to be translated into English by one of the most important Brazilian writers of the last century. First published in Portuguese in 1939, this study of three women has become something of a contemporary feminist classic for its portrayal of the characters' strength and, in particular, their willingness to defy social convention to pursue what is right. Fine in a near fine, spine-tanned, price-clipped dust jacket. An uncommon book and an early entry in the University of Texas Press's Pan-American Series.

107. DE VRIES, Peter. But Who Wakes the Bugler? Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1940. The first book by this longtime New Yorker humorist. Warmly inscribed by the author, "recalling a most delightful and all too brief vacation," and signed "Peter." Top stain faded; near fine in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket chipped at the extremities. The book and jacket are illustrated by Charles Addams, who later gained fame as creator of "The Addams Family"; this is a very early appearance of his artwork.

108. DEXTER, Colin. The Dead of Jericho. (London): Macmillan (1981). The uncorrected proof copy of the fifth book in the author's highly acclaimed Inspector Morse series. Very near fine in plain white, faintly soiled wrappers, and signed by the author on the title page. A scarce book in the trade edition, and an extremely scarce proof.

109. DICK, Philip K. Now Wait for Last Year. Garden City: Doubleday, 1966. Written the year after Dick won the Hugo for The Man in the High Castle, this is a novel of a benign future dictatorship on earth, fighting to avert an alien takeover. The plot involves a time travel-inducing drug, "JJ 180," which later became the name of a punk rock band in the Seventies -- one of the many ways in which Dick's writings have worked their way into the youth subculture over the years. Signed by the author. Owner name (a relative of Dick's) under front flap; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket.

110. DICK, Philip K. Autograph Note Unsigned. Undated. c. 1972. A single sheet on which Dick has written two drafts of a statement in German, designed to help his best friend, novelist Tim Powers, speak to a girl he was dating. The sentence Dick drafted has Powers inquiring as to how much it would cost to sleep with her. Folded four times.

111. DICK, Philip K. Signed Check. May 5, 1976. A check for $50, made out to Dick by Tim Powers. Signed by Powers on the front and signed by Dick on the back, with "For deposit only." Used by Dick to open an independent checking account when separating from his fifth wife. Canceled stamp on front, not affecting signatures; fine.

112. DICK, Philip K. The Best of Philip K. Dick. NY: Ballantine (1977). The galley sheets for this collection of stories, published as a paperback original. 147 pages with four (minor) corrections in the author's hand. Some darkening at margins, galley 5 torn; near fine. Together with a proof of the book's cover. Unique.

113. DICK, Philip K. and POWERS, Tim. Postscript. September, 1981. A photocopy of a Tim Powers cover letter that accompanied a story submission, with an original, ribbon-copy typescript postscript by Dick, in which Dick lewdly undermines Powers' credibility. "PKD added the P.S." written beneath, in Powers' hand. Fine.

114. DOIG, Ivan. Early Forestry Research. A History of the Pacific Northwest Forest & Range Experiment Station, 1925-1975. (n.p.): (Forest Service) (1977). Doig's fourth book, preceding the award-winning This House of Sky by a year. A fine copy in stapled wrappers. Scarce; we've never had a copy of it before.

115. DORRIS, Michael. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water. NY: Henry Holt (1987). His highly praised first novel. Dorris was a professor at Dartmouth College and responsible for starting the Native American Studies Program there and was of Irish, French and Modoc Indian descent himself. He was married to writer Louise Erdrich, also part-Native American, and the two co-wrote several books; they claimed in interviews to have collaborated on all their books, including her bestselling and award-winning novels as well as this book and Dorris' book of nonfiction, The Broken Cord, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. This copy is twice inscribed to Kay Boyle, once "with deep respect and admiration and warm regards" in 1987, and again "in continuing friendship and appreciation" in 1989. Together with a holiday postcard signed "Louise and Michael" in the hand of Louise Erdrich (the book's dedicatee); and a typed letter signed and an autograph letter signed from Dorris, the latter reading, in part: "...if Louise and I had to choose, out of all literary figures, with whom we might connect through our writing, it would have been you. We are admirers of your work and your life..." Also included is a typed note to Boyle from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters regarding her having brought the book to their attention. A very fine association: Boyle was long considered one of the most politically conscious and politically active of American writers, and her support of young ethnic writers who were, at least early in their careers, outside the mainstream of American writing is indicative of that. An exceptional association copy. Fine in fine dust jacket.

116. EARLEY, Tony. Jim the Boy. Boston: Little Brown (2000). The advance reading copy of the second book, first novel, by this author selected as a member of both the Granta 20 and the New Yorker 20. Fine in wrappers.

117. EARLEY, Tony. Somehow Form a Family. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2001. The advance reading copy of his third book, a collection of previously published personal essays, with a new introduction by Earley on the genre of creative nonfiction. Fine in wrappers.

118. ELIOT, T.S. Four Quartets. London: Faber & Faber (1944). The first British edition of this important collection, the individual poems of which were originally published separately in England in 1941-42 and then collected in the U.S. in 1943 -- in an edition that was, because of a printing error, mostly destroyed. These were the first of Eliot's poems to reach a wide audience and are considered the culminating expression of his religious sensibility: they were written during the dark, early years of World War II and reflect, in four short, accessible poems that draw heavily on English history, on large philosophical questions of time and permanence. Owner name on front pastedown; a bit of fading to the cloth, but none of the usual bowing to the boards; near fine in a spine-tanned dust jacket with several tiny closed tears and edge chips; about near fine. A very nice copy of a cheaply made wartime book, produced under the severe restrictions on paper use that were in effect in England during the Second World War. A Connolly 100 title.

119. ELLISON, Ralph. Living with Music. NY: Modern Library (2001). The uncorrected proof copy of this posthumous compilation of Ellison's writing on jazz. Ellison is most well-known as the author of Invisible Man, a classic of African-American literature. He was also, however, a trumpet player and a writer on jazz, having published profiles of leading jazz musicians and numerous essays on the subject, as well as incorporating it into his fiction. Fine in wrappers.

120. ELLROY, James. The Cold Six Thousand. NY: Knopf, 2001. The proof copy of his most recent novel, another over-the-top and dark take on the JFK assassination and the conspiracies that have woven through American life during the Sixties and beyond. A bulky proof, with slight edge creasing; still about fine in wrappers.

121. EPHRON, Nora. Crazy Salad. NY: Knopf, 1975. Humorous essays by a noted columnist. Inscribed by the author, with doodles. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

122. FARIÑA, Richard. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me. NY: Random House (1966). His first and only novel, a high spot of the literature of the Sixties. Fariña's protagonist, the pot-smoking rebel Gnossos Pappadopoulis, was the embodiment of hip, bridging the gap from the Beat movement of the 1950s to the counterculture of the 1960s. Fariña was involved in the music scene of the early Sixties: with his wife, Mimi -- Joan Baez's sister -- he was a major figure in the folk-rock music that was closely tied to the youth and social protest movements of that time -- the civil rights and anti-war movements -- which led directly to the large-scale social protest of the later years of the decade, and the hippie movement which embraced that social protest and transformed it into a cultural movement affecting everything from the arts to agriculture. Fariña was killed in a motorcycle accident on the way to a book signing just after the novel was published, an event that firmly entrenched both the book and its author in the mythology of the Sixties. Fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket with a short tear at the crown.

123. FIELDING, Helen. Cause Celeb. (London): Picador (1994). The uncorrected proof copy of the first book by the author of Bridget Jones's Diary. This title was not published in the U.S. until 2001. Near fine in wrappers and jacket; scarce.

124. FINCH, Robert. The Primal Place. NY: Norton (1983). Uncorrected proof of his second book, a collection of essays focusing, as did his first, on the people and land of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. "P.C." (Press Copy) markings; fine in wrappers.

125. FOWLES, John. The Magus. London: Cape (1966). Fowles' second novel, a near-fantasy set on a Greek island and involving a young expatriate Englishman who is drawn into the fantastic designs of a self-styled psychic. Inscribed by the author. A bit of blended staining to boards; near fine in a very good dust jacket with some surface creasing and minor edge wear.

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