Catalog 121, C

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65. CAREY, Peter. The Tax Inspector. London: Faber and Faber (1991). The first British edition of this novel by the Australian author of Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang, among others. Signed by the author. Upper corner and spine base very slightly bumped, thus near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

66. -. Same title. Franklin Center: Franklin Library (1991). The limited American edition of this novel, first published in Australia. Signed by Carey, and with an special introduction by him in which he attempts to draw a clear delineation between author and character. Leatherbound, all edges gilt, with a silk ribbon marker bound in. Fine.

67. CARRIER, Scott. Running after Antelope. Washington: Counterpoint (2001). The author's first book, a collection of unusual, idiosyncratic essays. Carrier is most well-known as a producer and contributor to National Public Radio, in particular "All Things Considered" and "This American Life." Several of these pieces first appeared on NPR; others were published in Esquire and Harper's. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

68. CARROLL, Jim. The Basketball Diaries. (Bolinas): (Tombouctou) (1978). The author's classic memoir of coming of age in the New York drug culture of the late 1960s, about which a Jack Kerouac blurb said: "at 13 years of age, Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today." Only issued in wrappers, this is the issue with silver lettering, which we have been told comprised some sort of "limited edition," although the original printed price on the book is the same as that of the issue with white lettering -- $4.00. Light creasing; near fine.

69. CARVER, Raymond and GALLAGHER, Tess. Dostoevsky. A Screenplay. (Santa Barbara): Capra Press, 1985. Published in Capra's "Back-to-Back" series, this screenplay was bound together with "King Dog" by Ursula LeGuin. It remains Carver's only formally published screenplay, although William Stull's Carver checklist lists three others that he wrote. Only issued in wrappers, this is one of 200 copies signed by the authors on a tipped-in sheet. LeGuin has also signed her half of the book. Fine.

70. CARVER, Raymond. Music. (Concord): (Ewert) (1985). A single poem on a single sheet, folded twice and sewn into wrappers. Of a total edition of 136, this is one of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Fine.

71. CARVER, Raymond. Early for the Dance. Concord: William B. Ewert, 1986. A Ewert production. Of a total edition of 136, this is one of 36 Roman-numeraled copies, the entire hardcover edition. Signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

72. CARVER, Raymond. Where I'm Calling From. Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1988. The correct first edition of this title, preceding the trade edition. Leatherbound; page edges gilt; with a silk ribbon marker bound in. An attractive edition in the Franklin Library's "Signed First Edition" series, with an interesting introduction by Carver which does not appear anywhere else. Signed by the author. Because Carver died shortly after the publication of this collection, signed copies of this title are uncommon, other than the Franklin Library edition. Carver prepared this volume knowing that he was dying of lung cancer, and many of these stories, although they had been published previously, were revised for this edition and stand as his definitive versions of them. Fine.

73. CARVER, Raymond. A New Path to the Waterfall. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press (1989). A posthumously published collection of poems, many of them addressing his impending death quite straightforwardly, even bluntly, in his characteristic, plain-spoken manner. With an introduction by Tess Gallagher, his longtime companion. One of 200 numbered copies signed by Tess Gallagher, who wrote the introduction. Bound in full blue cloth stamped in gold, in red cloth slipcase. Fine.

74. -. Another copy. Flaking to the spine lettering; else fine in a fine slipcase.

75. CHABON, Michael. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. NY: Morrow (1988). The well-received first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Pen marks rear flyleaf; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with dampstaining to the verso of the spine crown.

76. CHATWIN, Bruce. The Songlines. London: Cape (1987). The uncorrected proof copy of Chatwin's fourth book, and by general consensus his best -- a "novel of ideas," as the publisher puts it, of Australian aborigines, and 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. Mild rubbing to spine; else a very fine copy of a scarce proof.

77. -. Same title. Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1986. The correct first American edition, published by the Franklin Library for subscribers as part of their Signed First Editions series. An attractively designed book, in black leather stamped in brown and gold, in a pattern suggestive of the Australian aborigines' "songlines" that give the book its title. With a special introduction by Chatwin for this edition, which does not appear anywhere else. Signed by the author. Chatwin's signature is uncommon; reclusive while alive, he died three years after the publication of this book, at the age of 49. Fine.

78. CHILD, Lee. Killing Floor. NY: Putnam (1997). His first novel, winner of both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in dust jacket. Laid in is a typed letter signed by the author.

79. CHILD, Lee. Tripwire. NY: Putnam (1999). The author's third crime novel, again featuring Jack Reacher. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Laid in is a typed letter signed by the author.

80. CONROY, Pat. Beach Music. NY: Doubleday/Talese (1995). The fourth novel, sixth book, by the author of The Great Santini and Prince of Tides, among others. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

81. COOK, Thomas H. The Chatham School Affair. NY: Bantam Books (1996). Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel of the year. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

82. COOVER, Robert. The Origin of the Brunists. NY: Putnam (1966). The advance reading copy of the author's first book, winner of the Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year. Plain white wrappers with publisher's letter printed as cover text. Covers sunned; split along the front spine fold; very good in wrappers. A scarce advance copy of an important first book.

83. CROWLEY, John. Beasts. Garden City: Doubleday, 1975. Second book by the author of Little, Big, as well as the recently published The Translator. Crowley's novel Engine Summer was selected for David Pringle's list of the 100 best science fiction novels, and Little, Big was selected for Pringle's list of the 100 best fantasy novels. Three of Crowley's books were chosen for Harold Bloom's list of the important works comprising "the Western canon." Signed by the author. Light foxing to top edge; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a "File Copy" label folded over the lower spine.

84. CROWLEY, John. Novelty. NY: Doubleday (1989). A collection of short fiction, including the novella "Great Work of Time," which won a World Fantasy Award. This is the uncommon hardcover issue; there was also a much more widely distributed simultaneous softcover. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

85. CRUMLEY, James. The Last Good Kiss. NY: Random House (1978). His third book, second mystery, written in hardboiled style but with a comic edge that predates such popular contemporary novelists as Carl Hiaasen. Remainder mark; else fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.

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