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30. CANIN, Ethan. Blue River. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. The advance reading copy of his second book, first novel. Fine in wrappers.
31. CANIN, Ethan. For Kings and Planets. NY: Random House (1998). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
32. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Fine in plain printed wrappers, reproducing the Random House logo, and much scarcer than the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers.
33. CANIN, Ethan. Carry Me Across the Water. NY: Random House (2001). Signed by the author and dated in the month of publication. Light bumping at lower tips; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
34. CANTY, Kevin. Into the Great Wide Open. NY: Doubleday (1996). His second book, first novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
35. CAREY, Peter. The Fat Man in History. (St. Lucia): University of Queensland Press (1974). The true first edition of Carey's first book, not to be confused with the British edition published six years later with the same title but which also included stories from his second collection, War Crimes. This is the scarce hardcover issue, which was intended primarily for the library market, was issued with a very small printing, and is one of the scarcest first books of recent years. Carey's most recent novel, The True History of the Kelly Gang, won the Booker Prize, making Carey only the second author, along with South African J.M. Coetzee, to win Britain's most prestigious literary award twice. Signed by the author. Faint browning to the edges of the pages and tiny foredge bumps; very near fine in like dust jacket with minute corner wear. A beautiful copy of an extremely uncommon book.
36. CAREY, Peter. War Crimes. (St. Lucia): University of Queensland Press (1979). The first edition of his uncommon second book, again a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Soft abrasion to rear corner cloth; else fine in a near fine, spine-faded dust jacket with one edge tear.
37. CAREY, Peter. Bliss. (St. Lucia): University of Queensland Press (1981). The first edition of his third book, first novel, basis for the 1985 movie of the same name. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine, silver foil dust jacket. A very nice copy of another uncommon title.
38. -. Same title, the screenplay. Sydney: Window III Productions, 1983. Photocopied sheets, with blue alteration sheets dated 3/8/84. Signed by Carey, who shares screenplay credit with Ray Lawrence. In addition to the signature, Carey has also signed the change he makes moving his name to precede Lawrence's name. Bliss won three awards from the Australian Film Institute -- that country's equivalent to the U.S. Oscars -- for Best Film, Best Director (Ray Lawrence), and Best Screenplay (Lawrence and Carey). When the film was originally shown at Cannes, it was 135 minutes long and received mixed reviews; Carey and Lawrence then cut and changed a substantial amount of it, leaving it at 110 minutes long and modified in a number of significant ways. This script reflects part of the process of refining the film from its original, not-particularly-successful version to the final version that not only won three major AFI awards but was also nominated for ten others. Edge-sunning; else fine, bound in plain wrappers. Extremely scarce.
39. CAREY, Peter. The Tax Inspector. (St. Lucia): University of Queensland Press (1991). The true first edition of this novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a slightly spine-sunned, else fine dust jacket.
40. CAREY, Peter. The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith. (St. Lucia): University of Queensland Press (1994). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition. Carey has won the Miles Franklin Award, the most prestigious literary award in Australia, three times as well as winning the Booker Prize twice. This book was considered a contender for the Booker Prize and it was a minor literary scandal when it wasn't even shortlisted. Fine in wrappers.
41. CAREY, Peter. A Letter to Our Son. (St. Lucia): University of Queensland Press (1994). A small volume printing a piece that originally appeared in Granta. This is its first separate publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
42. -. Another copy. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
43. CAREY, Peter. 30 Days in Sydney. (London): Bloomsbury (2001). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with erratum slip laid in.
44. CARSON, Rachel. Of Man and the Stream of Time. Claremont: Scripps College, 1962. A commencement address, published as the entire Volume 36, No. 4 of the Scripps College Bulletin. The address was delivered on June 12, 1962, the week the text of the first installment of Silent Spring was published in The New Yorker. "So nature does indeed need protection from man; but man, too, needs protection from his own acts, for he is part of the living world. His war against nature is inevitably a war against himself." Faint crease and scratch to front cover; very near fine in stapled wrappers.
45. CARVER, Raymond. Where Water Comes Together with Other Water. NY: Random House (1985). Carver's first collection of poetry to be published by a New York publisher -- 17 years after his first book, and only after he had had three highly praised collections of stories published. Winner of the prestigious Levinson prize from Poetry magazine. Inscribed by Carver to the son of his doctor: "For Dan Addison/ with kind regards, Ray Carver/ May 16, 1986/ Port Angeles." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a note of provenance from Addison laid in, stating that Ray and Tess [Gallagher] were close family friends and that his father diagnosed Carver's cancer, which surfaced in 1987.
46. CARVER, Raymond. Ultramarine. NY: Random House (1986). His second collection of poems to be published by Random House. Again inscribed by Carver to the son of his doctor: "For Dan Addison/ with my good wishes/ Ray Carver/ 11-25-86/ Port Angeles." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a note of provenance from Addison laid in.
47. CHABON, Michael. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. NY: Morrow (1988). The advance reading copy of the well-received first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Fine in wrappers.
48. COLFER, Eoin. Artemis Fowl. (London): Viking (2001). Highly praised fantasy novel, the first in a proposed trilogy, which is being compared to the Harry Potter books and has been optioned for the movies. The first printing sold out shortly after publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
49. CONNELLY, Michael. The Black Echo. Boston: Little, Brown (1992). The author's well-received first novel, which introduced LAPD detective Hieronymous Bosch, and won the Edgar Award for best first mystery. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
50. CONSTANTINE, K.C. Blood Mud. (NY): Mysterious Press (1999). A mystery novel featuring Mario Balzic, in a series that has been praised for the gritty authenticity of its depiction of the working class town of Rocksburg, Pennsylvania. Signed by the pseudonymous author, using his pseudonym. Books signed by "Constantine" are relatively uncommon and until recently the author's true identity was a remarkably well-kept secret. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
51. COOVER, Robert. Spanking the Maid. NY: Grove Press (1982). The hardcover issue of the first trade edition of this short novel, signed by the author. The trade edition was published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback, with most copies being issued in the paperback format and the hardcover becoming, over the years, quite scarce. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
52. CORCORAN, Tom. The Mango Opera. NY: St. Martin's (1998). The first of the author's mysteries, set in Key West and featuring Alex Rutledge, free-lance photographer. Corcoran himself is a longtime Key West resident and a photographer whose photos have appeared on the covers of seven Jimmy Buffett albums. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
53. CRACE, Jim. Continent. London: Heinemann, 1986. His first book, a collection of related stories that won the Whitbread Prize, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the promotional sticker, "You can afford to make the journey."
54. CROWLEY, John. Beasts. Garden City: Doubleday, 1976. The second book by the author of Little, Big, which won the World Fantasy Award and was selected as one of David Pringle's 100 best fantasy novels of all time. One of his other novels, Engine Summer, was selected by Pringle for his list of the 100 best science fiction novels ever, and three of his six novels were chosen by Yale literary critic Harold Bloom for his controversial list of the works comprising "the Western canon." An important author who is still relatively little-known outside the fields of science fiction and fantasy, except among the cognoscenti of contemporary literature. Signed by the author. Remainder speckling bottom page edges; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
55. -. Another copy. Signed by the author. Remainder speckling bottom page edges and a very slight bump to the spine base; else fine in like dust jacket.
56. CROWLEY, John. Daemonomania. Norwalk: Easton Press (2000). The limited edition of the third book in the ambitious tetralogy that began with Aegypt, which was selected as one of David Pringle's 100 best fantasy novels of all time. Both Aegypt and the second volume of the tetralogy, Love and Sleep, were nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Issued in an edition of 1000 numbered copies, this is an out of series author's copy signed by Crowley. Leatherbound, all edges gilt, with a silk ribbon marker bound in. Fine.
57. DELILLO, Don. Libra. (n.p.): Viking (1988). The advance reading copy of his novel of the events leading up to the Kennedy assassination. Nominated for the National Book Award. Warmly inscribed by the author. Page corners slightly splayed from reading; near fine in wrappers.
58. DELILLO, Don. The Body Artist. NY: Scribner (2001). A novella. Signed by the author on the title page, as opposed to a number of copies of this title that were issued with the author's signature on a tipped-in leaf. Fine in dust jacket.
59. -. Same title. (London): Picador (2001). The advance reading copy of the first British edition. With a publisher's bookplate signed by the author laid in. Fine in wrappers.
60. (DELILLO, Don). "Pafko at the Wall" in Harper's, Vol. 285, No. 1709. NY: Harper's Magazine, 1992. A novella that, five years later, became the fifty-page prologue to Underworld and in 2001 morphed again into a 96-page book of its own. Substantive textual variations from the version published in Underworld, in effect allowing a look at an earlier draft of the work. Fine in stapled wrappers.
61. DE MILLE, Nelson. By the Rivers of Babylon. NY: HBJ (1978). The first hardcover book by the bestselling thriller writer. Rubbed spot to the front edge of one board; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
62. DUBUS, Andre. Dancing After Hours. NY: Knopf, 1996. An advance reading excerpt, consisting of three stories from the published collection. Fine in wrappers.
63. (DUBUS, Andre). "First Books" in Authors' Firsts. A Catalog. Hadley: Ken Lopez Bookseller, 1997. Dubus provides the introduction to this catalog of authors' first books. The essay was later reprinted in a collection published by Knopf. Heavy creasing at the front spine fold; near fine in wrappers.
64. DUBUS, Andre, III. Bluesman. Boston: Faber and Faber (1993). His second book, first novel. Signed by the author. Dubus's novel House of Sand and Fog was an Oprah Winfrey selection, a notable fact in light of the recent Jonathan Franzen controversy regarding Oprah's tendency to select female writers and/or middlebrow, rather than highly literary, fiction. Fine in a fine dust jacket.