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123. DE BERNIÈRES, Louis. Corelli's Mandolin. NY: Pantheon (1994). The advance reading copy of the first American edition. Signed by the author and dated in the year of publication. Very slight corner bumping; else fine in wrappers and the publisher's cardstock slipcase.
124. DE HAVEN, Tom. Freaks' Amour. NY: Morrow, 1979. The uncorrected proof copy of this humorous first book, which became something of a cult novel; published as Morrow's first paperback original, in addition to having had a small hardcover printing. Fine in wrappers, with publisher's letter laid in.
125. DEANE, Seamus. Reading in the Dark. NY: Knopf, 1997. The advance reading copy (marked "Uncorrected Proof") of the first American edition of this highly praised novel of coming of age in Ireland in the 1940's and 1950's. Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and short-listed for the Booker Prize. Signed by the author. Shallow staining to the top edges; near fine in wrappers.
126. DEE, Jonathan. The Liberty Campaign. NY: Doubleday (1993). The advance reading copy of his second novel. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author.
127. DELILLO, Don. The Names. NY: Knopf, 1982. The uncorrected proof copy. Classic DeLillo, a novel that throws into sharp relief the individual, the family, and language, amid the vagaries of international events. Cocked; spine-faded; corner creased, with a couple dozen marginal lines. Very good in wrappers, with publicity information stapled inside the front cover.
128. 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.
129. DELILLO, Don. Underworld. (NY): Scribner (1997). The advance reading copy of this novel by the National Book Award-winning author of White Noise and Libra; this novel was also nominated for the National Book Award. A massive book, which received extraordinary reviews from every quarter, more than living up to its publisher's hype, and confirming DeLillo at the front rank of contemporary American writers. There were reportedly 300 copies done of this advance issue, a small number for such a major book. Fine in wrappers.
130. -. Another copy. Slight crease to rear panel and tiny bump to spine base; near fine in wrappers.
131. -. Same title. (n.p.): Picador (1998). An advance reading copy of the first British edition. Very slight corner crease to rear cover; else fine in wrappers.
132. DELILLO, Don. The Body Artist. NY: Scribner (2001). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers.
133. -. 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.
134. DICK, Philip K. The Golden Man. (NY): Berkley (1980). The uncorrected proof copy of this paperback original. A collection of stories that Dick helped select, and for which he wrote an introduction and "story notes." Dick was perhaps the most avant garde science fiction writer of his time, and many of his stories and novels have been translated to the screen (and continue to be), with their relevance even more apparent than in his own time. Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report are only some of the films that have been made from Dick's writings. He was the only author to have five books listed in Pringle's list of the 100 best science fiction novels. Near fine in edge-sunned wrappers. An extremely scarce proof: proofs are generally done in much smaller quantities for paperback novels than for hardcovers; the ones that we have seen for which we have been able to get reasonably reliable numbers have been done in print runs of fewer than two dozen copies, and it's reasonable to suppose that this title conforms to that pattern; we have only seen one other copy of it.
135. DICK, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. (NY): (Simon & Schuster) (1982). The uncorrected proof copy of the final book in the Valis trilogy. Fine in wrappers.
136. DICK, Philip K. Mary and the Giant. NY: Arbor (1987). The uncorrected proof copy. A novel originally written in the Fifties and published posthumously. Laid in is a letter to science fiction author Tim Powers, a long-time friend of Dick and multiple winner of the Philip K. Dick award among his other honors, requesting a blurb. Spine-faded; else near fine in wrappers.
137. (DICK, Philip K.). WILLIAMS, Paul. Only Apparently Real. The World of Philip K. Dick. NY: Arbor House (1986). The uncorrected proof copy of this memoir of Dick, written by a longtime friend, which also prints interviews with Dick and letters between him and Williams for the first time. This was novelist Tim Powers' copy, sent to him for comment or review, with a letter laid in from the publisher. Fine in wrappers.
138. DICKINSON, Charles. Waltz in Marathon. NY: Knopf, 1983. The uncorrected proof copy of the author's well-received first book, a novel. Dickinson received a notable degree of celebrity when the New Yorker profiled him as the prototypical "starving writer," documenting the difficulties and exigencies of the writing life, even for a writer as critically acclaimed as Dickinson. Fine in wrappers.
139. DIDION, Joan. A Book of Common Prayer. NY: Simon & Schuster (1977). The uncorrected proof copy of her highly praised third novel, of corruption and decadence in post-Vietnam America and Central America, a book which helped lay the groundwork for her later powerful exploration of the war in El Salvador. Tall padbound wrappers. Covers edge-sunned; else near fine. A fragile format; scarce.
140. DIDION, Joan. The White Album. NY: Simon & Schuster (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of her second collection of essays, her first since Slouching Toward Bethlehem and following up on, and expanding, that volume's chronicling of the dissolution of American moral culture in the late 1960s and beyond. Like the Beatles album from which this volume took its title, this collection is now considered something of a classic, with essays that may not have had quite the impact of some of her earlier pieces but have had "legs" -- i.e., a certain kind of timelessness in a way that some of her previous writings may not have. Near fine in wrappers.
141. DONOSO, Jose. The Obscene Bird of Night. NY: Knopf, 1973. The uncorrected proof copy of what is widely considered the magnum opus of this Chilean author. With a lengthy inscription by the author covering most of both sides of the half-title page, and reading in part: "This is a secret, but this is not the book as I wrote it. The Spanish is about 50 p.p. longer..." and with further remarks on the cutting of the book for American publication. Price and publication date written on front cover; slight spine-fading; else fine in wrappers with review material laid in. Donoso wrote an important critical study of the "boom" in Latin American literature, of which he himself was a critical element. Donoso's collection of novellas, Sacred Families, was the basis for Luis Buñuel's classic film, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, linking the Latin American boom with European avant garde filmmaking in much the same way that Julio Cortazar's story "Blow-Up" provided the basis for the classic Michelangelo Antonioni film. A scarce proof of an important novel, and a significant inscription.
142. DONOSO, Jose. The Garden Next Door. NY: Grove (1992). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this novel by the author of The Obscene Bird of Night. Donoso's first novel published in the U.S., Coronation, won the Faulkner Foundation award in 1962, a prize later given to such writers as Thomas Pynchon (V., 1963), Cormac McCarthy (The Orchard Keeper, 1965) and Robert Stone (A Hall of Mirrors, 1967). Fine in wrappers, and signed by the author in the year of publication.
143. DORRIS, Michael and ERDRICH, Louise. The Crown of Columbus. (NY): HarperCollins (1991). The advance reading copy of this collaborative novel written for the quincentenary of Columbus' expedition to America. Taking two bestselling and award-winning authors and having them jointly write a book made this one of the most highly promoted publishing events of the season, with an announced first printing of 150,000 copies and a huge marketing campaign. Fine in wrappers and signed by Erdrich and Dorris.
144. DOUGLAS, Ellen. The Rock Cried Out. NY: HBJ (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of the fifth novel by this Mississippi writer. Her book, Apostles of Light, was a National Book Award finalist in 1973. This is a story set in Mississippi in the early years of the Civil Rights movement. With a letter from the senior editor at Harcourt laid in to Pauline Kael, longtime film critic for The New Yorker, suggesting the novel has film possibilities. A bit of smudging and spine-fading; near fine in wrappers.
145. DOWELL, Coleman. Island People. (NY): New Directions (1976). Folded and gathered sheets: the stringbound signatures of the book, issued as an advance review copy. Island People is widely considered Dowell's masterpiece, and was praised by such writers (and friends of Dowell) as Tennessee Williams, Walter Abish and Gilbert Sorrentino. While receiving substantial critical praise for his writing, Dowell never received the popular acclaim he sought, and he committed suicide in 1985 at the age of 60. Inscribed by the author on the (blank) front cover more than three months prior to the date of publication. An extremely scarce state of the book. Near fine.
146. DUBUS, Andre. Adultery and Other Choices. Boston: Godine (1977). The uncorrected proof copy of the third book and second collection of short fiction by this writer who was considered a master of the form, and who was a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in the 1980s. Spine-faded, else fine in wrappers. A scarce proof: Godine, being a relatively small trade publisher, tended to issue proofs in smaller quantities than the major New York publishing houses.
147. DUBUS, Andre. We Don't Live Here Anymore. NY: Crown (1984). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of his novellas, all previously published in other collections together with short stories. Wrappers slightly dust-soiled, but still about fine, with publisher's publicity material laid in. Signed by the author.
148. DUBUS, Andre. Dancing After Hours. NY: Knopf, 1996. The uncorrected proof copy of his last collection of stories, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In plain printed wrappers, and far more scarce than the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers which is sometimes identified as a proof. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
149. -. Another copy. Signed by the author. Cover smudge; near fine in wrappers.
150. -. Same title. The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers and publisher's cardstock slipcase, which has a small corner tear.
151. DUBUS, Andre. Meditations from a Movable Chair. NY: Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of his last book, a collection of essays. Signed by the author. Dubus died in 1999 of a heart attack, widely thought to be a result of the accident in 1986 in which he lost a leg after he came to the aid of an injured motorist on a highway and was hit by a car. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon signed.
152. DUBUS, Andre III. The Cage Keeper and Other Stories. NY: Dutton (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of his first book, a well-received collection of stories. His book, House of Sand and Fog, was a finalist for the National Book Award, as well as a selection of Oprah Winfrey's book club. A strip of bleeding from the cover at the lower edge of the half-title; otherwise fine in wrappers.
153. -. Another copy. Small tear at base of spine, otherwise fine in wrappers with proposed publication date written in pencil on the front cover.
154. DURRELL, Lawrence. Clea. London: Faber and Faber (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the concluding volume of the "Alexandria Quartet," the author's undisputed masterwork. Near fine in wrappers. Proofs of this vintage seldom turn up, especially in collectible condition.