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37. 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 novels Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang each won the Booker Prize, making Carey only the second author, with South African J.M. Coetzee, to win Britain's most prestigious literary award twice. Signed by Carey. Faint browning to the edges of the pages; else a fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket with minute corner wear. A beautiful copy of an extremely uncommon book.
38. CARRUTH, Hayden. The Crow and the Heart. NY: Macmillan, 1959. The first book, only issued in wrappers, by a writer who later became the Poet Laureate of the U.S. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For Dolly and Tom/ with love -- / Hayden/ Pleasantville/ Oct. 7, 1959." A few pencilled notations in text, including an annotation to the dedication page; spine-rolled; mild rubbing and edge-foxing; very good in wrappers.
39. CARVER, Raymond. For Tess. Concord: William B. Ewert, 1984. The second Carver-Ewert collaboration, a much more elaborate production than the first (My Crow). This is a 14" x 20" broadside, produced by Claire Van Vliet using a "paper landscape" approach -- different colors and textures of paper are combined to create the effect of a landscape painting. Carver's touching poem -- a reflection on death and, by contrast, living -- is dedicated to Tess Gallagher. One of 125 numbered copies signed by the author and Claire Van Vliet. A beautiful production. Rolled, else fine.
40. CARVER, Raymond. The Stories of Raymond Carver. (London): Picador/Pan (1985). A review copy of the first publication in Great Britain of Carver's collected fiction, this being a volume with no U.S. equivalent, and including all three of his major collections: Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?; What We Talk About When We Talk About Love; and Cathedral. Only issued in wrappers. This copy is inscribed by the author on the title page to an editor at Picador: "For ___, from Ray Carver with good wishes - London!" Recipient's name in pencil on biographical page; mild age toning to page edges; still fine in wrappers. With publisher's photocopied promotional sheet laid in.
41. CARVER, Raymond. The Toes. Concord: Ewert, 1988. A limited edition that was in preparation for private distribution as a 1988 holiday greeting when Carver died, on August 2, 1988. The edition was completed but, unlike the earlier projects, there was no signed issue of it. There were 136 copies done, of which 36 were bound in wrappers. This is a full set of prepublication trial versions: four versions, prepared on July 28, 1988, with a note from the publisher identifying the different states and noting that five sets were "pulled" -- i.e. created -- of the trial versions. Fine.
42. COELHO, Paulo. The Alchemist. (NY): HarperSanFrancisco (1993). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of this internationally bestselling fable by a popular Brazilian writer. Although the book has reportedly sold 65 million copies worldwide and the first American edition was announced as being 50,000 copies, firsts are quite hard to come by and advance copies are remarkably uncommon. A film is reportedly in production. Small crown bump; very near fine in illustrated self-wrappers, with the author's name misspelled "Coehlo" on the front cover. The copyright page states "This is a preprint edition, not for sale. The hardcover edition will be published in May, 1993." Presumably thus one of the earliest copies of this title to appear in English.
43. (COETZEE, J.M.). KOPLAND, Rutger. Memories of the Unknown. London: Harvill Press (2001). First thus, a bilingual edition of Kopland's poetry, translated from the Dutch by James Brockway. With a foreword by Coetzee, about observation, memory, and death. This copy is signed by Coetzee. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Very uncommon signed by the Nobel Prize winner.
44. CREELEY, Robert. Have a Heart. (Boise): Limberlost Press, 1990. A short collection of poems by this Black Mountain poet, published by a small Boise, Idaho fine press on the occasion of the poet's visit to Boise. One of 200 copies, of a total edition of 226. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers.
45. DARWIN, Charles. Selected Works. NY: D. Appleton, 1893-1904. The Authorized Edition and first collected edition of his works. Fifteen volumes: Life and Letters, with photographic frontispiece; Habits of Climbing Plants; Geological Observations; Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms; Movement in Plants; Insectivorous Plants; Animals and Plants (2 volumes); Coral Reefs; Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom; The Origin of the Species; The Voyage of the Beagle; The Descent of Man; Fertilisation of Orchids by Insects; Forms of Flowers on Plants. Darwin's writings had had tremendous impact on both the scientific world and popular thought ever since the publication of On the Origins of Species in 1859, but it was more than a decade after his death before a publisher thought to produce a uniform edition of his collected work. Three quarter leather and marbled boards; gilt top edge. The drying of the leather has resulted in rubbing to the spine bands; corners, joints and foredges; in all, still a very good set.
46. DeMARINIS, Rick. Jack & Jill. NY: Dutton (1979). The fourth book, two novellas and a short story, by this Montana writer who has written more than 15 books in a 35-year career, and is one of the writers who helped make Montana one of the epicenters of contemporary American literature. DeMarinis has received numerous awards for his writing, including two NEA fellowships, the Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Drue Heinz Prize for short fiction, and others. This copy is inscribed by the author to Steve [Krauzer], another Missoula, Montana writer: "for Steve, much luck & success & other good things -- Rick." A little sunning to spine heel; else fine in a near fine dust jacket. A good association.
47. DeMARINIS, Rick. The Burning Women of Far Cry. NY: Arbor House (1986). An unusual, genre-bending novel by a writer who is known for stepping outside the boundaries of the conventional: this book has elements of noir fiction, magical realism and science fiction. DeMarinis has never achieved the commercial success of some of his good friends and fellow Montana authors such as James Crumley and James Lee Burke, a fact the author attributes in part to his resistance to sticking within one genre. Signed by DeMarinis and additionally inscribed: "for Steve [Krauzer], another writing citizen from Far Cry -- good luck, Your friend, Rick." Fine in a fine dust jacket.
48. DeMARINIS, Rick. Under the Wheat. (Pittsburgh): University of Pittsburgh Press (1986). A collection of stories, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize -- one of the most prestigious awards for short fiction given in this country. Signed by DeMarinis and additionally inscribed: "for Steve [Krauzer] with best wishes for continued great success, Your friend, Rick." Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
49. DÍAZ, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. NY: Riverhead Books, 2007. The advance reading copy of his second book, first novel. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. With textual variations between this and the published text. Fine in wrappers. A surprisingly scarce advance copy, perhaps because of the textual changes.
50. DIDION, Joan and DUNNE, John Gregory. Play It As It Lays. NY/Los Angeles: F.P. Films/The Play It Company, 1971 (1972). The screenplay of Didion's third book, second novel. Mimeographed filmscript, dated November 1971, with pink and blue revision pages laid in from December 1971 and January 1972. The second screenplay that Didion worked on with her husband Dunne, after the success of their collaboration on The Panic in Needle Park. Frank Perry directed the film, which starred Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Didion and Dunne later collaborated on A Star is Born and on the film adaptation of Dunne's own novel True Confessions. This is an original script, dating from the time when they were reproduced by mimeograph machine -- a self-limiting process in a way that photocopying is not. 3-hole punched and claspbound in gold covers with printed title. Near fine, in custom slipcase. Scarce.
51. DOCTOROW, E.L. Ragtime. NY: Random House (1975). His fourth book, 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. Winner of the first National Book Critics Circle Award to be given and the basis for a highly successful film. This is the publisher's presentation edition, as stated on the colophon: "This special edition has been prepared for presentation to the friends of the author and the publisher." Inscribed by Doctorow to his editor at Random House: "To Bert Krantz with love and admiration. Ed Doctorow." Laid in is a typed letter signed from Doctorow to Krantz, in which the author expresses his gratitude to Krantz for the loving concentration Krantz brought to this book, and to his first book, Welcome to Hard Times, as well. More than 100 words, plus a holograph postscript. Folded in thirds, else fine. The book is spine-tanned, with some loss to the gilt there: near fine in a lightly edge-sunned slipcase. A wonderful association copy of this important novel, which embodies a small bit of literary history.
52. DOIG, Ivan. Winter Brothers. NY: HBJ (1980). A dedication copy of his second book, a history and memoir. Inscribed by Doig to Steve Krauzer, one of the dedicatees of the book: "For Steve Krauzer, in thanks for your part in putting together the TriQ [TriQuarterly] western issue -- and all good luck to the Roundtree [sic] tales. Ivan Doig." The printed dedication of this volume reads to "the Missoula Gang," and includes Krauzer, James Crumley, Rick DeMarinis, Richard Hugo, William Kittredge, Norman Maclean, James Welch, Annick Smith and 18 others. Fine in a near fine, mildly spine-sunned dust jacket. A clipped review of the book from the New York Times Book Review is laid in.
53. DOIG, Ivan. Dancing at the Rascal Fair. NY: Atheneum, 1987. His fifth book, and the second novel in his McCaskill trilogy, which chronicles the settlement and development of the state of Montana. This volume spans three decades from 1889, when Montana became a state, to the 1920s. Inscribed by Doig: "For Steve [Krauzer] another word guy/ with all good wishes/ Ivan Doig/ Fact & Fiction/ Sept. 29, 1987." A good association copy. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
54. DYLAN, Bob. From Tarantula. (n.p.): (n.p.)(n.d)[c. 1971]. A broadside excerpt from Tarantula, which was published by Macmillan in 1971. Begins with the book's first lines and presumably was issued in conjunction with, or in anticipation of, the book's publication. Nine lines, beginning, "aretha - known in gallup as number 69." 5 1/8" x 7 1/2". States "FREE" at the bottom. Little known Dylan ephemera. Fine.
55. (ELIOT, T.S.). "The Wasteland" in The Dial, Vol. LXXIII, No. 5. (NY): The Dial, 1922. The first American appearance of Eliot's landmark poem, considered by many the single most important poem of the 20th century. Precedes all book publications. Library stamps on cover and perhaps a half dozen pages, including the first page of the Eliot piece; foxing to one page margin; shallow corner chipping to front cover; rear cover detached but present; some spine letters missing; signatures clean and tight. A good copy in wrappers.
56. -. Another copy. Rebound, without advertisements or rear cover, in gilt-stamped red quarter leather and black cloth and slipcase. Slight offsetting on first page of text from frontispiece and a repaired tear on frontispiece page; owner blindstamp to cover. Near fine. An attractive presentation of this major poem.
57. ESHLEMAN, Clayton. A Shade of Paden. Hopewell: Pied Oxen Printers, 2006. A long poem by Eshleman in memory of his longtime close friend, the artist Bill Paden, who died in 2004. Of a total edition of 50 copies, this is one of 15 numbered copies reserved for the poet and the printer, David Sellers. Signed by Eshleman and Sellers. With a Hanga woodcut frontispiece signed by Bill Paden and numbered as one of 100 copies but according to the colophon, no more than 30 were completed before Paden's death. A fine copy.
58. ESHLEMAN, Clayton and HEEBNER, Mary. Deep Thermal. Santa Barbara: Simplemente Maria Press, 2007. A suite of six numbered pigment prints signed by Heebner, with poetic responses to the images by Eshleman. An unusual collaboration: the two shared an interest in the cave art of the Upper Paleolithic period as well as other interests, including the poetry of Pablo Neruda, and they developed a correspondence that included not only letters but images and art. Eshleman used one of the images for the cover of one of his books of poetry. One of 26 numbered copies signed by the author and the artist. 13" x 17" broadside sheets, laid into portfolio. Fine.