Catalog 135, C

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53. CARROLL, Paul. The Luke Poems. Chicago: Big Table (1971). The simultaneous wrappered edition of this book of poems written in celebration of the birth of his first child. Inscribed by the author to Australian poet and literary editor Thomas Shapcott. Near fine.

54. CARSON, Rachel. Mountains in the Sea. Chicago: Science Research Institute (1962). The SRA Pilot Library edition and the first separate appearance of this excerpt from The Sea Around Us (Young Reader Edition), here adapted by Anne Terry White and illustrated by William De J. Rutherfoord. 32 pages; very near fine in stapled wrappers. An uncommon Carson item.

55. CARTER, Angela. Typescript. [August 1985]. Five pages, ribbon copy typescript with numerous holograph corrections and changes, using the subject of collectible antique dolls as the basis for an essay on the indoctrination of the female gender role. Carter was one of the most notable practitioners of magical realism in English, and her work helped create and define the genre of feminist science fiction and fantasy. The manuscript is together with an autograph note signed transmitting the article. Each of these is folded in half for mailing; else fine, with envelope. Also together with a typed note signed from July reconfirming that the article is underway; a typed letter signed from October agreeing to changes and sending a gift of a book of hers that had not been published in the U.S.; and an autograph postcard signed from April 1986 expressing pleasure at the published version. The postcard concludes, "Am doing my taxes -- / Love, A." The letters are folded, else fine; they and the postcard have mailing envelopes. Manuscript or autograph material by Carter, the author of The Magic Toyshop (John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Several Perceptions (Somerset Maugham Prize), Nights at the Circus (James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and The Sadeian Woman, among others, is uncommon.

56. CHATWIN, Bruce. In Patagonia. NY: Summit Books (1978). The first American edition of his first book, an idiosyncratic nonfiction account of the author's journey to Patagonia -- with historical vignettes interspersed with personal accounts -- which put the author at the forefront of contemporary travel writers. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. Small sticker shadow front flyleaf; else fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

57. CHATWIN, Bruce. The Viceroy of Ouidah. London: Jonathan Cape (1980). His second book, a bizarre account of a nineteenth century Brazilian slave trader and his family. A historical account reimagined by the author and written as though fiction. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

58. -. Same title, the first American edition. NY: Summit Books (1980). Remainder mark; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny edge nick.

59. CHATWIN, Bruce. On the Black Hill. London: Jonathan Cape (1982). His third book, and his first novel. Winner of the Whitbread Prize. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny, internally tape-mended edge nick at the lower rear flap fold.

60. -. Same title, the first American edition. NY: Viking (1983). Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small stain at the lower spine.

61. CHATWIN, Bruce and THEROUX, Paul. Patagonia Revisited. (Sailsbury): Michael Russell (1985). The limited edition of this small volume, a collaborative effort by two writers who had each written highly praised books on their travels in Patagonia -- Chatwin's In Patagonia and Theroux's The Old Patagonian Express. One of 250 numbered copies signed by both authors. Chatwin died at a young age and books signed by him are relatively uncommon. An interesting collaboration between two authors whose travel books reinvigorated the field of travel literature, giving it a modern, postcolonial perspective. Fine in a glassine dust jacket with slight edge wear.

62. -. Same title, the first American edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

63. CHATWIN, Bruce. The Songlines. London: Jonathan Cape (1987). 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 edge-darkening to pages; else fine in a fine dust jacket.

64. CHATWIN, Bruce. The Attractions of France. (London): Colophon Press, 1993. A posthumously published limited edition of a story by Chatwin found in his papers after his death. Of a total edition of 211 copies, this is one of 175 copies in saddle-stitched wrappers. Fine.

65. CHATWIN, Bruce. The Morality of Things. (Francestown): Typographeum, 1993. A posthumously published limited edition of a talk Chatwin gave at a charity auction in 1973. One of 175 copies printed, an edition that sold out very soon after publication. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued.

66. CHATWIN, Bruce. Photographs and Notebooks. London: Jonathan Cape (1993). Oblong quarto, reproducing the text of portions of Chatwin's travel journals and a number of his photographs, both in color and black and white, most of which had never been published before. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A stunning book.

67. CHATWIN, Bruce. Far Journeys. (NY): Viking (1993). The first American edition of Photographs and Notebooks, with a different title and a different photograph illustrating the dust jacket. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

68. CHATWIN, Bruce. Anatomy of Restlessness. (NY): Viking (1996). The first American edition of this collection of "previously neglected or unpublished pieces." Tiny spot lower foredge; else fine in a fine dust jacket.

69. CHATWIN, Bruce. Winding Paths. London: Jonathan Cape (1999). Photographs by Chatwin, a different and larger selection than that earlier published in Photographs and Notebooks, with an introduction by Roberto Calasso and excerpts from Chatwin's writings. Quarto; wrappers; there was no hardcover edition. Fine.

70. (CHATWIN, Bruce). LEVI, Peter. The Light Garden of the Angel King. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill (1972). The first American edition of this book of travels in Afghanistan. Chatwin accompanied the author, is referred to extensively in the text, and took the photographs that illustrate the book. Precedes Chatwin's first book by five years, indicating that his career as an accomplished photographer predated that as an author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light edge wear.

71. (CHATWIN, Bruce). HODGKIN, Howard. Indian Leaves. (London/NY): Petersburg Press (1982). Paintings by Hodgkin, introduced by Chatwin, and with an afterword by the artist. Heavily illustrated with color prints of the paintings. Trace edge rubbing; very near fine in self-wrappers. No hardcover edition was done.

72. (CHATWIN, Bruce). MURRAY, Nicholas. Bruce Chatwin. (Mid Glamorgan)/Chester Springs: Seren Books/Dufour Editions (1993). A review copy of the first critical study of Chatwin, consisting of the British first edition with American publication information inserted on labels, and review material laid in. Tiny scrape front pastedown; still fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

73. (CHATWIN, Bruce). CLAPP, Susannah. With Chatwin. London: Jonathan Cape (1997). A biography of Chatwin by a friend who was also his first editor. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

74. -. Same title, the first American edition. NY: Knopf, 1997. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

75. (CHATWIN, Bruce). SHAKESPEARE, Nicholas. Bruce Chatwin. NY: Doubleday (2000). A full length biography that won the Whitbread Book of the Year in the Biography category. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a faint abrasion on the rear panel.

76. CHEEVER, John. The Wapshot Chronicle. London: Victor Gollancz, 1957. The first British edition of his third book and first novel, winner of the National Book Award. Slight edge foxing; else fine in a near fine, spine sunned dust jacket.

77. CHESTERTON, G.K. The Man Who Was Thursday. NY: Boni & Liveright (1919). Modern Library reprint of Chesterton's mystery novel of anarchists in turn-of-the-century London, a novel that predates and anticipates his acclaimed Father Brown mystery series. This copy has a gift inscription from 1919, a small ownership stamp, and an embossed stamp from the bookstore where it was purchased, and is signed by Chesterton. Wear to lower corner and foredge of front cover, otherwise very good.

78. CLAMPITT, Amy. What the Light was Like. NY: Knopf, 1985. The second full-length collection of poems by the author of The Kingfisher. Published in the Knopf Poetry Series. This is the wrappered edition and is signed by the author. Ownership names of two noted Australian writers front flyleaf; near fine in wrappers. A nice association copy, and books signed by Clampitt are somewhat uncommon.

79. CLARKE, Susanna. "The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse" in A Fall of Stardust. (Abingdon): Green Man Press (1999). Two chapbooks, one by Clarke and another ("Wall: A Prologue") by Neil Gaiman, together with 29 works of art (28 color, one black & white) by 30 artists. All laid into a portfolio with artwork by Charles Vess. This production was conceived as a fundraiser for Vess's wife, who had suffered a spinal injury in a car accident. The story by Clarke precedes her success with Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by five years and, as it is in stapled wrappers, is apparently her first separate publication. This copy is signed by Clarke. The contents of the portfolio have a very slight upper spine bump and are otherwise fine. The portfolio itself is signed by Vess.

80. (Comic Books). Comic Book Rebels. (Grass Valley): Underwood Books (1997). "Conversations with the creators of the new comics" by Stanley Wiater and Stephen R. Bissette. Wiater is a three-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, and this is one of the first attempts to put the "new comics" in historical context. Not surprisingly, one of the interviewees was Will Eisner, who recently died, and who is credited with creating the modern "graphic novel." In the 1940s he created "The Spirit," a hero with no superpowers, and the editors of this volume call him the first "comic book rebel." Other contributors include Hugo Award-winning artist and writer Neil Gaiman, Harvey Pekar, Rick Veitch, and others. This is the deluxe limited edition, one of 750 numbered copies signed by Wiater and Bissette and by comic book writers Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Dave McKean and Dave Sim. Fine in a fine slipcase.

81. CONRAD, Joseph. Lord Jim. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1900. A novel of a young man at sea, widely considered one of Conrad's greatest books, and one of the several masterpieces that assured his place in the literary pantheon. A Modern Library book of the century. The first edition was 2893 copies, of which 788 were the colonial issue. Trace rubbing to the joints; a very near fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. A very nice copy, looking as fresh and unworn as we have ever seen this title.

82. CONRAD, Joseph. Youth. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902. First edition, first issue, of the collection that contains "Heart of Darkness," probably Conrad's most well-known and most often collected story. There were 3150 copies printed, of which 625 were for colonial issue. Conrad said that "Youth" and "Heart of Darkness" were the first two of his stories to attract attention in a wider sphere, both of them being autobiographical. "Heart of Darkness," which was not published separately in Conrad's lifetime, was selected as one of the Modern Library books of the century. This copy has slight foxing to the page edges, otherwise very near fine. With the bookplate of noted Cambridge musicologist, Edward Joseph Dent, a longtime friend of E.M. Forster and the basis for one of Forster's characters in the novel Where Angels Fear to Tread. A distinguished provenance.

83. CONRAD, Joseph. Nostromo. London: Harper and Bros., 1904. One of four of Conrad's books to make it on to the Modern Library's list of the greatest 100 books of the last century. No other author was as well-represented. The first printing was 3000 copies, of which 1000 were for the colonial market. Mild foxing to top edge and trace rubbing to the joints; again, a very near fine copy, lacking the dust jacket and, again, probably the finest copy we have seen.

84. CONRAD, Joseph. Within the Tides. London & Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1915. A collection of four long stories, "The Planter of Malata," "The Partner," "The Inn of the Two Witches" and "Because of the Dollars." The first few leaves are loosening from the hinge, otherwise a very good copy with a mildly faded spine. Inscribed by the author with a quote from one of the stories on the front free endpaper: ".... all sorts of courage, except/ the courage to run away./ p. 48 (Planter of Malata)/ Joseph Conrad." Very uncommon signed, particularly with such a characteristic, "Conrad-ian" quote.

85. CONRAD, Joseph. Victory. London: Methuen (1915). First U.K. edition, second issue, without the comma in the publisher's street address on the title page. The U.K. edition was published six months after the American edition, and it contains a two-page prefatory "Author's Note" not in the earlier edition. This copy is inscribed by the author in the year of publication to Sir Hugh and Lady Clifford, "affectionately," and signed by the author. Sir Hugh Clifford was a colonial Governor in Ghana, Nigeria, Ceylon and the Malay States including Borneo for nearly 20 years and got to know Conrad well: Conrad dedicated his volume, Chance, published a year earlier "To Sir Hugh Clifford, K.C.M.G., whose steadfast friendship is responsible for the existence of these pages." A very nice association copy.

86. CORNISH, Sam. Generations. (n.p.): Beacon Press (1971). The first regularly published book by this African American poet, inscribed by Cornish to Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a dampstained spine. Cornish's inscription is unsigned, but there is a retained return address in his hand. An excellent association copy between two important black writers.

87. CUMMINGS, E.E. Tulips & Chimneys. Mount Vernon: Golden Eagle Press, 1937. The "archetype edition of the original ms 1922," which contains all of the poems in Cummings' first book, also entitled Tulips and Chimneys, plus 84 more poems that were in the original manuscript but not included in the published volume. Of 629 numbered copies, this is one of 481 in a "special binding" of vellum spine stamped in green and green paper boards. Although not called for, this copy is inscribed by the author: "E E Cummings wishes Paul Nordoff good luck." The recipient is likely the pianist and composer Paul Nordoff, who was also credited with developing Creative Music Therapy in the 1950s and 60s. Title partially rubbed from spine, which is a bit darkened; near fine, without dust jacket.

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