Catalog 123, D-F

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79. DAVIES, Robertson. Fifth Business. Toronto: Macmillan (1970). The first book in his acclaimed Deptford trilogy. This is the second state, with the corrected table of contents: a fine copy in a near fine, first issue dust jacket slightly worn at the spine extremities.

80. DAVIES, Robertson. The Manticore. Toronto: Macmillan (1972). The second book in the Deptford trilogy. Several prices written on the title page; faint foxing to lower page edges; near fine in a near fine, second issue dust jacket with light wear to the spine extremities.

81. -. Same title, the first American edition. NY: Viking (1972). Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear at the rear flap fold.

82. DAVIES, Robertson. World of Wonders. NY: Viking (1976). The first American edition of the third book in the Deptford trilogy. Fine in a near fine, mildly spine-faded dust jacket with a small lamination crease on the rear panel, but still a very attractive copy.

83. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication. Wavy rear panel; near fine in wrappers.

84. -. Same title, the first British edition. London: W.H. Allen (1977). Fine in a fine dust jacket.

85. DAVIES, Robertson. The Deptford Trilogy. Toronto: Macmillan (1987). First thus, the first combined hardcover edition of Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

86. DAVIES, Robertson. The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks. (NY): Viking (1986). The first American edition, which combines The Diary, The Table Talk and A Garland of Miscellanea and adds and introduction and notes by the author. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

87. DAY-LEWIS, Cecil as BLAKE, Nicholas. The Beast Must Die. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1938. The first American edition of this novel, a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title. A bit of glue-darkening to the hinges and joints; light corner bumps and a vertical crease to the spine; about near fine, lacking the dust jacket.

88. DELANY, Samuel R. The Jewels of Aptor. London: Gollancz, 1968. The first British edition of his first book, and the first hardcover edition, originally published in paperback in 1962. Delany's early writing career was influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, and his novels served as platforms for exploring, and expounding upon, the issues raised by the use of hallucinogenic drugs and the unfettering of sexuality that took place in the Sixties. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a new price sticker on the front flap.

89. DELANY, Samuel R. Nova. Garden City: Doubleday, 1968. A novel that was a nominee for the 1969 Hugo Award and was chosen as one of Pringle's 100 Best Science Fiction Novels. Smudging to boards; near fine in a bright, unfaded, very good dust jacket with light edge wear at the extremities of the spine and a corner stain on the lower rear panel.

90. DICK, Philip K. Solar Lottery. NY: Ace (1955). The first book, a paperback original, by one of the most innovative science fiction writers of his time, the author of the novel on which the film Blade Runner was based and the winner of virtually every major award in the field of science fiction over the course of his career. Because so many of Dick's books were published as paperback originals, an award was ultimately named after him, for the best original paperback published in a given year. Signed by the author. An Ace Double, bound together with Leigh Brackett's The Big Jump. Light rubbing at the spine fold, else fine: a very sharp, crisp copy of an important first book, seldom found signed.

91. DIDION, Joan. Play It As It Lays. NY: FSG (1970). Her third book, second novel, basis for the 1972 movie for which she and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, wrote the screenplay. Faint top stain foxing; else fine in a fine dust jacket.

92. DINESEN, Isak. Winter's Tales. (NY): Random House (1942). The first American edition, apparently used as a Canadian review copy, with Macmillan Company of Canada review slip laid in. Edge-sunned; near fine in a very good, spine-darkened and price-clipped dust jacket.

93. DOCTOROW, E.L. Ragtime. NY: Random House (1975). His fourth book, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the basis for a highly successful film. A historical novel of America at the beginning of the twentieth century, peopled with such characters as Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J.P. Morgan, Theodore Dreiser and others. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with one short edge tear and creasing to the flaps.

94. DOCTOROW, E.L. Loon Lake. NY: Random House (1980). The limited edition of his fifth novel, a National Book Award nominee. One of 350 numbered copies signed by the author. Slight fading to spine cloth; still fine in a fine acetate dust jacket and publisher's slipcase.

95. DONLEAVY, J.P. The Ginger Man. NY: Random House (1961). The play version of Donleavy's first book, which was published in Paris in 1955 in the Traveller's Companion series, a publishing choice by maverick publisher Maurice Girodias which later cost him his entire company, when Donleavy finally won a 25-year long lawsuit resulting from Girodias marketing his novel as part of a pornography series. This version contains an introduction by Donleavy about the play closing in Dublin when Donleavy and the director refused to make it less offensive to the Dublin audience. Fine in a near fine, lightly spine-tanned, price-clipped dust jacket.

96. DONLEAVY, J.P. Fairy Tales of New York. NY: Random House (1961). His second play. Fine in a near fine, spine-darkened dust jacket with a short tear at the upper rear spine fold and an owner name on the front flap.

97. DONLEAVY, J.P. A Singular Man. Boston: Little Brown (1963). His second novel. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

98. DORN, Ed. Recollections of Gran Apachería. San Francisco: Turtle Island Foundation, 1974. Poetry. Near fine in stapled pictorial wrappers.

99. 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. Fine in fine jacket.

100. -. Same title, the advance reading copy. With a letter laid in from the publisher to Susan Sontag, soliciting comment. Fine in wrappers.

101. DOS PASSOS, John. Manhattan Transfer. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1925. A novel of New York by the author of the U.S.A. trilogy, and a book that Sinclair Lewis, when he reviewed it in 1925, called a "great book" and one that for the first time in fiction captured the panorama of the life of Manhattan, from the wealthy power brokers to the homeless people in the streets. Spine label chipped, board edges rubbed; about near fine in pictorial boards, lacking the dust jacket.

102. DOS PASSOS, John. The Best Times. (NY): New American Library (1966). An "informal memoir" that touches on the author's wide travels, his literary friendships with Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and others, etc. Fine in a dust jacket with a small chip at the spine base, a couple closed edge tears, and a few spots on the spine; still about near fine.

103. DOS PASSOS, John. The Fourteenth Chronicle. (n.p.): Gambit (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of this posthumously published collection of letters and diary entries. Fine in wrappers.

104. DRABBLE, Margaret. Jerusalem the Golden. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1967). Her fourth novel, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with several short edge tears.

105. -. Same title, the first American edition. NY: Morrow, 1967. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with slight edge wear and an offcenter fold.

106. DRABBLE, Margaret. The Waterfall. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1969). Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with, possibly, a bit of tanning to the spine base.

107. DUBUS, Andre. The Lieutenant. NY: Dial, 1967. His uncommon first book and only novel, a story of the peacetime military and the challenges to manhood and honor that its rigid code of morals creates. Dubus said that after he wrote this novel someone introduced him to Chekhov's stories, and he threw away the manuscript of his next novel and began writing short fiction -- of which he became one of our most acclaimed and accomplished practitioners. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with several short, closed edge tears and a sticker shadow on the front flap. A very nice copy of a book that seldom turns up thus.

108. DUBUS, Andre. The Times Are Never So Bad. Boston: Godine (1983). A novella and eight short stories. Faint page edge foxing; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with modest edge wear, including a small chip at the spine base, and with a gutter nick on the rear panel.

109. DURRELL, Lawrence. Esprit de Corps. London: Faber and Faber (1957). Owner name and offsetting to flyleaf; bowing to boards; near fine in a spine-sunned dust jacket with wear to the crown, also near fine but for several words written in the upper corner of the front panel.

110. ELIOT, T.S. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. (NY): Harcourt, Brace (1939). A review copy (so stamped on the front flyleaf) of the first American edition, which had a first printing of only 2000 copies. Small owner label front pastedown; fine in a near fine, mildly spine-darkened dust jacket with a small tear at the crown. A nice copy, and scarce as a review copy.

111. ELLIS, Bret Easton. Less Than Zero. NY: Simon & Schuster (1985). His first book, which, together with Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City, helped define the literary "Brat Pack" of the 1980s -- considered the representative voices of a new generation. Ellis' nihilistic novel was softened for the screen, reportedly in order to get an "R" rating, which according to critics robbed the movie of some of the book's power. Fine in a fine dust jacket with trace wear at the crown.

112. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers.

113. ELLISON, Harlan. Approaching Oblivion. NY: Walker and Company, 1974. A collection of short stories, with an introduction by Michael Crichton. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

114. ELLROY, James. Blood on the Moon. NY: Mysterious Press (1984). His third novel and the first to be published in hardcover. Noir fiction by a contemporary master of the genre. Remainder stripe; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with one short edge tear and fading to the red spine lettering.

115. ERDRICH, Louise. Love Medicine. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1984). Her first novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Award for Best Novel of the Year. Critical acclaim for this novel was instantaneous and unanimous, and it was reprinted several times quickly. Love Medicine was the first in an ongoing sequence of novels. Her success with this series, each volume of which has had a larger first printing than the previous one, has helped pave the way for the publication of other Native American woman writers, such as Linda Hogan and Susan Power. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

116. ERDRICH, Louise. The Beet Queen. NY: Henry Holt (1986). Fine in a fine dust jacket.

117. -. Another copy. Owner name in pencil; else fine in a fine dust jacket.

118. -. Same title. The advance reading copy in printed wrappers. The success of the author's first novel, Love Medicine, prompted her publisher to have a larger first printing for this title -- reported to be 35,000 copies -- and to promote the book aggressively. Consequently, an advance reading copy in wrappers was rushed to press as a promotional giveaway for the American Booksellers Association's annual convention. The author was still in the process of making the last revisions to the novel, and so the text of this advance copy varies from that of the final published book. Fine in wrappers.

119. -. Another copy. Near fine in wrappers.

120. FARRELL, James T. No Star is Lost. NY: Vanguard (1938). Inscribed by the author and signed "Affectionately, Jim Farrell." Offsetting to pastedowns; handling to cloth and darkening to spine, with a small tear at the crown; very good, lacking the dust jacket.

121. FARRELL, James T. Father and Son. NY: Vanguard (1940). Errata slip tipped to half title; fine in a very good dust jacket with a bit of spine darkening and edge wear and a small open tear at mid spine.

122. FARRELL, James T. The League of Frightened Philistines. NY: Vanguard (1945). Several page corners inadvertently turned; else fine in a near fine, dusty dust jacket with one small corner tear. A nice crisp copy of this title.

123. FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence. A Coney Island of the Mind. (NY): New Directions (1958) [1968]. The first U.S. hardcover edition of this poetry collection by one of the preeminent Beat poets, and the proprietor of City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, which was a mecca for the young Beat generation writers in the Fifties. Slight spine sunning; else fine in a rubbed, near fine slipcase.

124. FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence and PETERS, Nancy J. Literary San Francisco. San Francisco: City Lights and Harper & Row (1980). An overview, in words and pictures, of San Francisco writers from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century, written by Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights bookstore and publishing company and Peters, the co-director and editor of the City Lights publishing company. Inscribed by the authors. Quarto. Slight dampstaining to lower outer tip; else fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

125. FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. NY: Scribner, 1951. The first edition, first issue, with "Malcolm" misspelled as "Malcom" on the spine of the book. Twenty-eight stories, ten of which were previously uncollected. Selected and introduced by Malcolm Cowley. Spine crown bumped, near fine in a very good, rubbed and price-clipped dust jacket with shallow chipping at the crown.

126. FORD, Richard. Independence Day. NY: Knopf, 1995. A sequel to Ford's third novel, The Sportswriter, and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, a rare literary double. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

127. FORSTER, E.M. The Collected Tales of E.M. Forster. NY: Knopf, 1947. Light bowing to boards; else fine in a near fine dust jacket.

128. FOWLES, John. The Ebony Tower. London: Jonathan Cape (1974). A collection of novellas. Fine in a dust jacket with one edge tear and rubbing at the edges and folds; about near fine.

129. FOWLES, John. A Maggot. London: Jonathan Cape (1985). The limited edition of this novel by the author of The Collector and The French Lieutenant's Woman, among others. One of 500 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in glassine dustwrapper.

130. FRANZEN, Jonathan. The Twenty-Seventh City. NY: FSG (1988). The ambitious first book by the author of the National Book Award-winning The Corrections. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

131. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Small stray ink mark to spine; else fine in wrappers. Very scarce: because of the more widely distributed advance reading copy of this title, it appears that very few proofs were prepared

132. -. Same title, the advance reading copy. Very near fine in wrappers.

133. FRANZEN, Jonathan. Strong Motion. NY: FSG (1992). The second book by the author of The Corrections. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the author's name in blue on the spine.

134. -. Another copy. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the author's name in green on the spine.

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