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85. MACLEISH, Archibald. "Inscription for American Dead in France." Undated, ca. 1917-18. Original unpublished manuscript poem by MacLeish, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the National Book Award, Librarian of Congress who established the position of national Poet Laureate and, late in his life, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award given to a civilian in the United States. This poem was written while he was serving in the military in France during World War I, and sent back to his mother from there. Archibald, along with his brothers Norman and Kenneth, enlisted in the military within a few months of the U.S. entering the war in April, 1917. He served as an ambulance driver and later as an artillery officer. He had already begun to establish himself as a poet -- he had had poems published in the Yale Literary Magazine as an undergraduate and his first book of poetry, Tower of Ivory, was published in 1917**but this is an unpublished, previously unknown, and very early poem written from the combat zone in France, and signed 2nd Lt Archibald MacLeish. Previously folded, now matted and framed to 8 1/4" x 10 1/4". Fine. An early poem that touches on themes of death and the American aspirations in the war. From the estate of Norman MacLeish. Unique.
86. MACLEISH, Archibald. Typescript of a Poem for Amy Lowell. ca. 1925. Typescript of a 32-line poem written by MacLeish after Lowell's death in 1925, recollecting a dinner with her. Framed together with the version published in Atlantic Monthly in January, 1926 (notated as such by hand across the top of the published version). The poem changed so much in between that it is less of a re-working than a separate poem on the same subject. MacLeish wrote this poem during the time he and his wife were living in Paris as part of the literary expatriate community that Gertrude Stein named "the Lost Generation" and included Stein herself, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Djuna Barnes, Sherwood Anderson, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, and others. An interesting look at two dramatically different versions of a poem about another literary figure by a major American writer, written at a time and place of great creative ferment. Lowell had been famous for not only her poetry but for her feud with Ezra Pound, who had disparagingly called her version of Imagist poetry "Amygist." The early draft of the poem alludes to that conflict; the published version does not. Framed to 15 2/4" x 13 1/2". The typescript had been folded prior to framing; near fine. From the estate of Norman MacLeish, Archibald's brother.
87. (MACLEISH, Archibald and Family). A Group of Privately Printed MacLeish Family Publications and Other Archival Materials. First, Kenneth. [Chicago: Privately Printed, 1919]. A collection of posthumously published letters home, written by Archibald MacLeish's brother Kenneth during World War I and compiled by their mother, Martha MacLeish. Together with biographies of each of MacLeish's parents: Andrew MacLeish, 1838-1928 [Chicago: Privately Printed, 1929] and Martha Hillard MacLeish, 1856-1947 [(n.p.): Privately Printed, 1949]. Archibald wrote the foreword to the latter volume. The biography of Andrew has a gift inscription. All three volumes are at least very good, without dust jackets, as issued. Kenneth bears the ownership name of Ruth Shackford [?]. Kenneth was assembled by Martha as a tribute to her son who was a pilot attached to the RAF and killed in the war. Kenneth was shot down in 1918 and was listed as missing for several months before his plane and body were found. Included here is a full page letter from Kenneth from Paris, written in December 1917, preparing his family for the eventuality of his death: "It isn't a question of when we die. It's how....Don't pray that I'll never be in danger. Pray that I'll meet it as your son should." The letter is tucked inside a studio folder with a photograph of Norman MacLeish, brother of Kenneth and Archibald. Also included is a four page letter from the American Red Cross to Norman detailing the attempts to locate Kenneth during the four month period between October 1918 and February 1919. Also included is a 1920 letter from Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy, written in response to having received a copy of the book, Kenneth. It ends with the sentiment: "I was happy to name one of our destroyers after him. It is a name that will live." Laid into the copy of Kenneth included here is the announcement of the naming of the MacLeish. The biographies of Andrew and Martha were also privately printed, for family members and friends of the family. The MacLeishes were one of the wealthy, educated, elite American families at the turn of the century and through the first half of the 20th century. Andrew was a co-founder, with John D. Rockefeller, of the University of Chicago. All of these items are from the estate of Norman MacLeish, Archibald's brother.
88. MARTEL, Yann. What is Stephen Harper Reading? (Toronto): Vintage Canada (2009). Every two weeks since 2007, Yann Martel, author of the Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi, has sent Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a book to read, with an accompanying letter. To date, Martel has sent him over 100 books. The first 55 letters are collected in this volume, which is the first English language edition (there was also a French language edition). Martel provides an introduction describing the genesis of the idea and its importance to him. Each of Martel's letters amounts to a book review, often with a political lesson. Also included are the two responses received from Harper's office, neither of which addressed the content of the books or the letters. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
89. MARTEL, Yann. "Fellow Citizens! Large Monkey of Surly Disposition..." Seattle: School of Visual Concepts, 2010. A limited edition broadside, itself quoting a poster describing the howler monkey Virgil, from Martel's novel Beatrice and Virgil. Printed letterpress, on the occasion of a reading by the author. 14" x 18". Signed by Martel. Together with a copy of Beatrice and Virgil [NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2010], also signed by the author, April 17, 2010. The book is fine in a fine dust jacket; the broadside is rolled, else fine. An interesting and attractive visual re-interpretation of a poster shown in the book. Scarce.
90. MARTIN, George R.R. A Game of Thrones. (London): Voyager/HarperCollins (1996). A special preview edition of the first British edition of Book One of Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Prints the opening chapters (123 pages) and was offered for sale for 99p. This copy is signed by Martin. Hint of a lower corner crease to rear cover; else fine in wrappers. The British edition had an earlier publication date than the U.S. edition, and this advance copy predates the U.K. publication. Early copies of the U.S. edition that were given out at the annual booksellers convention may predate this. In any case, it is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, version of this book to be presented to the public. The full book, when published, won the Locus Award for best novel of the year and was a nominee for the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. Fifteen years after its original publication, a television miniseries based on the book was a huge commercial and critical success, earning 13 Emmy nominations, and winning two. It also caused the reissued book to climb to No. 1 on the bestseller list for the first time. A very early issue of a major fantasy novel. Scarce, especially signed.
91. MATHESON, Richard. Hell House. NY: Viking (1971). A novel of a haunted house in Maine, by the author of Bid Time Return, among others. Filmed as The Legend of Hell House, with Matheson writing the screenplay. Inscribed by Matheson to horror writer Stanley Wiater. Wiater's bookplate front pastedown; multiple small stains to about twenty inner pages; thus a very good copy in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with some creasing to the front flap. A nice association copy of an important modern horror novel.
92. MATTHIESSEN, Peter. The Tree Where Man Was Born. NY: Dutton, 1972. A nonfiction book about Africa, with text by Matthiessen and photographs by Eliot Porter (whose contribution to the book is given its own, separate title**The African Experience). Inscribed by Matthiessen to his parents, "with much love" and signed "Pete." An excellent family association copy. This is the correct first edition, in brown cloth, in the first issue dust jacket with both the $17.50 price and the introductory $14.95 price, good until October 25, 1972. After the date mentioned, the first issue jackets were clipped so that only the higher price showed; later jackets were unclipped and only had the higher price. Foxing to endpages and prelims; thus very good in a near fine dust jacket with wear at the corners.
93. -. Another copy. Inscribed by Matthiessen to Truman Capote: "For Truman C. from Peter M. with warmest regards." Also signed in full by Matthiessen on the front pastedown and with a "From the Library of Truman Capote" stamp on the front flyleaf. Again, the correct first edition, in brown cloth and with two prices on the front flap. An excellent literary association copy between two of the foremost American writers of their generation, each of whom made a home at the eastern end of Long Island. Fine in a fine dust jacket with a tiny nick at the crown.
94. MATTHIESSEN, Peter. Men's Lives. The Surfmen and Paymen of the South Fork. NY: Random House (1986). A volume about the fishermen of eastern Long Island and a way of life that, in the late stages of the 20th century, appeared to be irretrievably dying away. Matthiessen has spent much of his life on eastern Long Island, and once ran a charter fishing boat off the island in addition to having worked for three years with commercial fishermen, so this sympathetic portrait is written from the perspective of one who, at least for period of a time, shared the life described. Quarto, heavily illustrated with photographs, both historical and contemporary. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
95. MATTHIESSEN, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. NY: Viking (1991). The first printing of the 1991 reissue of Matthiessen's controversial and suppressed 1983 book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early Seventies at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that as Matthiessen describes it was rife with government malfeasance. Matthiessen, his publisher, and even some bookstores who had stocked the book in 1983 were the targets of lawsuits brought by two government officials who claimed they were slandered by the hard-hitting book, which made no bones about its advocacy of the Indians' case. Until a landmark Supreme Court decision upholding Matthiessen's (and Viking's) First Amendment rights eight years later, the book was shelved, with remaining copies of it being pulped; paperback publication, as well as foreign publication, were blocked for nearly a decade. This issue contains a 24-page epilogue that does not appear in the original edition, documenting the new evidence that AIM activist Leonard Peltier was railroaded in his conviction for the deaths of the two FBI agents, and an afterword by legendary trial lawyer Martin Garbus, one of the country's foremost First Amendment lawyers and the lawyer who defended Viking and Matthiessen in the lawsuits filed against them. Inscribed by Matthiessen to his father prior to publication: "For Dad - The first copy of the new edition (out next month) - don't read it, whatever you do! Much love/ Peter/ Sanibel/ April, 1991." Corners bumped, particularly the upper front corner; minor foxing to top edge; a very good copy in a near fine dust jacket with small corner chips. An excellent family association copy, with a fine, humorous-but-telling inscription, penned at the time the author's landmark work was finally allowed to reach an audience.
96. McCARTHY, Cormac. Suttree. NY: Random House (1979). His fourth book, which many considered his best, at least until the Border Trilogy, and then The Road (and some even still). Reviewed in Esquire by Geoffrey Wolff to whom this copy belonged. Wolff is himself a highly regarded novelist as well as the author of biographies of Harry Crosby and John O'Hara, among others, that have been highly praised. With Wolff's underlinings and marginal comments throughout, some of praise, but also a large number of critical comments. An interesting look at a careful reading of the book by an accomplished writer and reviewer. Mottling to spine cloth; near fine, lacking the dust jacket.
97. McCARTHY, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses. NY: Knopf, 1991. A 1991 advance copy of the first volume of the Border Trilogy, a landmark novel, published in 1992, that won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and propelled its author to "instant" literary celebrity**after a quarter century of writing well-received literary novels in relative obscurity. 8 1/2" x 11" bound galleys. The cover sheet is a printed letter from Sonny Mehta at Knopf dated November 20, 1991 and addressed "Dear Bookseller," calling All the Pretty Horses "Cormac's break-through" and "an extraordinary event in American fiction." Mehta continued to promote the novel, issuing regular proofs as well as a collectible boxed advance copy that McCarthy signed, and succeeded in bringing the book and its author the kind of attention that had previously eluded him: All the Pretty Horses sold several times more hardcover copies than all five of McCarthy's previous books combined, and then went on to win the awards mentioned earlier. Covers of cardstock and acetate; a bit of rubbing to the cardstock edges, else fine.
98. McMURTRY, Larry. Typescripts of Two Speeches: "The Ten Questions I've Been Asked Most Often Since Becoming a Published Writer" and "The Questions a Writer Gets," with an Autograph Letter Signed. 1962, 1964. A small archive comprising two unpublished, corrected speech typescripts by Larry McMurtry**including the first speech he ever gave**and one letter written by him about one of the manuscripts. "The Ten Questions I've Been Asked Most Often Since Becoming a Published Writer," was McMurtry's first speech ever; it was delivered in Houston during National Library Week, 1962, the year after his first novel, Horseman, Pass By, was published. The speech is 17 pages long typed on yellow second-sheets, with holograph corrections by the author on all but two pages. The second speech, "The Questions a Writer Gets Asked," is a 10-page (one page missing, explained below) reworking of the 1962 speech, given in 1964 also in Houston, also typed on yellow second-sheets, with a few ink corrections in McMurtry's hand.
In "The Ten Questions...," McMurtry first lauds access to books, in part: "I am in favor of seeing them collected in as many places and in as large & as conglomerate quantities as possible...few things connected with the life of the imagination are more discouraging than not being able to lay hands immediately on the books to which the one you are reading naturally leads." He then launches into the "ten" questions, although he stops enumerating after two and many of the questions become compound questions. McMurtry discusses books and reading; how he chooses titles; scenarios that occur in his books; and what his books**such as his first book, Horsemen Pass By (1961)**are about.
The speech is interesting in that McMurtry speaks of the richness of his childhood home, but notes that "those riches do not include great libraries." In light of his remarks about the desirability of "conglomerate quantities" of books, McMurtry's later decision to buy up much of the downtown area of his old home town, Archer City, Texas, and essentially turn it into a giant bookstore, seems foreordained, or at least to reflect a desire and set of values he had held since a very young age.
"The Questions a Writer Gets," a speech delivered two years later, is essentially an edited version of the above, with the addition of several remarks about movies, given that Horseman, Pass By had been made into the film Hud, starring Paul Newman. In part: "Since [the film], I have not been asked any questions about my books at all -- only questions about the movie. This is okay with me & I would be ungrateful if it weren't: not everyone is allowed the strange experience of living well for two years essentially off Paul Newman's eyes." Together with an autograph letter signed, circa 1964, explaining, "Page 2 of this draft is missing because I chewed it up. Often when revising I chew up revised pages once I'm done with them it's cheaper than chewing gum and I did that to page 2 before I remembered I was going to give it to you." (Eventually, his pages would come to be worth more than gum.)
Several small edge chips to the material; as a whole near fine, with hand-addressed mailing envelope included. All items individually sleeved in a 3-ring binder, which is inserted into a custom slipcase.
McMurtry's manuscripts have been institutionalized over the years, first at the University of Houston and later at Rice University, also in Houston, and manuscript material by him thus seldom comes on the market. This is the first substantial manuscript material we have seen or handled, and it is both unpublished and represents a landmark in his career: his first public speech, with content that sheds significant light on some of his later activities. He has doubtless delivered dozens, if not hundreds, of speeches since becoming not only a bestselling author but a mainstay of contemporary American literature, as well as an Oscar-winning screenwriter, but this one is nonetheless a notable landmark in his career.
99. McMURTRY, Larry. Moving On. NY: Simon & Schuster (1970). His massive fourth novel. Warmly inscribed by the author: "For ______ --/ a little domestic/ tale for winter/ evenings/ Love/ Larry." Corners lightly tapped, mild foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some fading to the red spine letters. A nice copy of this bulky book, and without the remainder markings common on this title.
100. McMURTRY, Larry. Anything for Billy Corrected Typescript, Notes, and Typed Letter Signed. [NY]: [Simon & Schuster][c. 1987]. The first 36 pages of McMurtry's 1988 novel, a volume in his ongoing effort to re-mythologize the American West by turning some of the more popular and misleading myths on their heads, and replacing them with versions which lend themselves to a greater understanding and insight than the simplistic cowboys-and-Indians tales fed to earlier generations. This volume focuses on the legend of Billy the Kid. Typed directly on yellow "second sheets," and bearing McMurtry's holograph corrections on all but one page of text. Together with two handwritten pages of possible titles and place names. McMurtry donated these materials to the Texas State Historical Association auction. Included here is a typed letter signed by McMurtry from January 1988 transmitting the pages to Debbie Brothers for the auction. In great part: "My only preparation for novel writing is a list of titles, a list of characters, and a list of place names, some of which I use some of which I don't. Here are said lists for Anything for Billy, likely out fall 88. I also include the first 36 pp of the mss -- I decided reluctantly to abandon my beloved yellow second-sheets because they copy so poorly and now I need copi-worthy texts to disperse to agents, translators, etc." Comparison of the typescript with the published book reveals that the holograph changes were incorporated into the final text, but there were additional changes between this manuscript draft and publication, both additions to the text of the typescript and deletions from it. All items individually sleeved in a 3-ring binder, which is inserted into a custom slipcase. Fine. Again, because McMurtry's manuscripts generally go directly to institutions, they seldom appear in the marketplace. This exception, created by his donation to a benefit auction, sheds revealing light on his approach to his writing, and also includes some interesting and colorful names and places that ultimately were never included in the novel and thus never published. A unique glimpse of an important American writer at work. A copy of the published book can be supplied with the typescript, if desired.
101. McPHEE, John. A Sense of Where You Are. NY: FSG (1965). The first book by this Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a profile of former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley done at the time when Bradley was a Princeton basketball player and Rhodes scholar. A portion of this book first appeared as a "Profile" in The New Yorker, where McPhee's prose in the 1960s and 1970s helped elevate nonfiction writing to the realm of literary art. Inscribed by the author. Recipient's name in pencil on the front flyleaf. Light foxing to edge of text block; a very near fine copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with some minor foxing and a small edge chip, but far less fading to the spine than is usually encountered.
102. McPHEE, John. Printer's Sample Pages for A Roomful of Hovings. (n.p.): (FSG)(n.d.). Printer's sample pages. One 10 3/4" x 8" sheet, printed on both sides to make four pages, with the text of pp. 99-101 on three of them and the detailed specifications on type and setup on the fourth. Fine. Uncommon production materials for an early McPhee book from the 1960s.
103. McPHEE, John. The Pine Barrens. NY: FSG (1968). His fourth book, and a classic of this kind of reporting: McPhee covers history, natural history, and biography, and in so doing reveals in depth a previously all-but-hidden corner of the world, a wilderness in the heart of the eastern Boston-Richmond megalopolis that occupies one-quarter of the state of New Jersey and is as large as Grand Canyon National Park. Inscribed by the author: "For ___ ___, who describes himself as 'a lover of New Jersey.' Me, too. John McPhee." Fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with a hint of shelf wear. McPhee was born in Princeton and has called New Jersey home for most of his life. A nice inscription.
104. McPHEE, John. Basin and Range and Autograph Letter Signed. NY: FSG (1981). Basin and Range was the first of his books on geology, which eventually led to his winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for his compilation Annals of the Former World, which included the text of this book. This copy belonged to Joe La Rocca, author of the 2003 book Alaska Agonistes: How Big Oil Bought Alaska, and has his name and is dated 1982 in Juneau, Alaska. Laid in is a 1995 autograph letter signed from McPhee to La Rocca, in part: "Dear Joe/ Good to hear from you and to learn of the book as well. I wish I could say yes but the pressure of uncompleted work just does not allow me to add anything. (Teaching takes a wad of time out of the year.) Except for the fact that twenty years have passed, not much is different with me. I was just beginning as a writing teacher then, now I'm graybearded. I'm still doing my pieces, but they take longer..." More than 100 words, on Princeton University stationery. Folded, with slight edge crease and one tiny nick; near fine. The book is near fine in a very good, spine faded dust jacket. The twenty year prior time period McPhee refers to approximately corresponds to the 1977 publication of his own book on Alaska, Coming Into the Country.
105. McPHEE, John. Autograph Letter Signed. January, 1983. Two paragraphs, approximately 75 words, on Princeton University stationery, in which McPhee, after cautioning the recipient about mail-order writing schools, offers his own alternative, in part: "The best school of writing is writing. Writing teaches you. Writing begets writing..." Signed by the author. Folded for mailing, else fine. Written the year In Suspect Terrain was published, the companion to Basin and Range.
106. McPHEE, John. La Place de la Concorde Suisse. NY: FSG (1984). The uncorrected proof copy of this book that began as a study of the Swiss Army knife and ended up being a study of the Swiss Army; as usual, a fascinating exploration by McPhee of what might otherwise be considered a mundane or boring subject. McPhee's books, by delving so thoroughly into their subjects and the people involved with them, end up seeming like windows into a world where nothing is commonplace or uninteresting, except perhaps our own ignorance of the wonders all around us at all times. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers.
107. McPHEE, John. Outcroppings. Salt Lake: Peregrine/Gibbs Smith (1988). Photographs of the West and Southwest by Tom Till, one of the premier nature photographers working in the U.S. today, accompanied by selections of McPhee's writings. A notable collaboration: McPhee's writings on nature in the late 1960s and early 1970s**including The Pine Barrens, Encounters with the Archdruid, and others**helped instigate a flood of important books on ecology, natural history, and the environment. This was an early publication for Till, who has since set a standard in nature photography against which others' work is measured, and other photographers measure themselves. Like Eliot Porter before him, Till has effectively conveyed the idea that Nature itself is a "work of art," and helped turn that radical idea into a truism. With a five page introduction by McPhee for this volume, explaining why he writes about the West. Signed by McPhee and Till. Quarto. Fine in a fine dust jacket with both printed prices intact (the book was to sell for $29.95 in 1988; $34.95 thereafter).
108. McPHEE, John. Irons in the Fire. NY: FSG (1997). A collection of pieces from The New Yorker, the title piece of which derives from McPhee spending time with the Nevada Brand Inspector. Inscribed by McPhee at Christmas 2001, using both his name and his personal "brand" as signature, with the direction for the recipient to refer to both the front binding and the copyright page. The front binding has the printed brand; the copyright page credits Ellie Wyeth Fox for creating the brand for McPhee: its title is "Lazy J Over Running M Combined." Fine in a fine dust jacket.
109. McPHEE, John. Annals of the Former World. NY: FSG (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of this massive volume, a geological history of North America, which won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1999. A 20+ year project, it comprises four books published during those years**Basin and Range, In Suspect Terrain, Rising From the Plains and Assembling California**plus a new piece entitled Crossing the Craton. In addition, McPhee wrote "A Narrative Table of Contents" for this volume, in which he explained the project. McPhee has long been considered one of our finest writers of narrative nonfiction on any subject, but geology has come to be his signature theme, and this collection is clearly his magnum opus, the longest sustained exploration of any subject that he has undertaken, and probably the longest sustained writing on geology, earth's history and geological time ever attempted for a lay audience. Even with the lucidity of McPhee's prose, it is a difficult subject to wrap the mind around because of the enormous spans of time involved, but occasionally in McPhee's hands the history and evolution of the earth takes on the some of the character of a symphony**constantly changing but with underlying and ongoing themes and characteristics, and an extraordinary harmoniousness. A remarkable accomplishment, which vindicates the notion**put forth by McPhee and other "New Journalists" in the 1960s**that nonfiction could be elevated to the stature of Literature, with elegant form and structure, and soaring and transcendent meaning. Near fine in wrappers.
110. McPHERSON, James Alan. Hue and Cry. London: Macmillan (1969). The first British edition of this African-American author's first book, a collection of stories that defied the mold of late 1960s black writing by refusing to yield to the easy temptation to substitute political diatribe for literary accomplishment and postured anger for real, human feelings. McPherson's second collection, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer Prize and together these two volumes stand as high spots of African-American writing of the postwar era. Fine in a very near fine, mildly dusty, price-clipped dust jacket The U.K. edition of this collection is scarce.
111. MILLER, Henry. Black Spring. Paris: Obelisk Press (1936). Miller's second regularly published book, one of 1000 copies printed by the Obelisk Press, which had published Tropic of Cancer. This title consists of ten autobiographical stories and, again like Tropic of Cancer, its publication was suppressed in the U.S. for many years after its original publication in France. A hint of spine creasing, with trace rubbing to the spine folds; a very near fine copy in self-wrappers and quite uncommon thus: the Obelisk Press publications were produced using a soft, pulpy paper that wears easily. This is a remarkably nice copy. In custom clamshell case.
112. MILNE, A.A. The Hums of Pooh. London: Methuen & Co., (1929). Words by A.A. Milne (and Pooh); drawings by E.H. Shepard; music by H. Fraser-Simson; additional lyric by Eeyore. This is the limited edition, one of 100 numbered copies signed by Milne, Shepard and Fraser-Simson. An extremely scarce, early Winnie-the-Pooh limited edition, tied for the smallest limitation of any of the Pooh books (along with the rare When We Were Very Young limited). Auction records show only one copy of this title appearing at auction in the past 30 years, in 1987. Some offsetting to endpages; light wear to corners and a bit of foredge sunning. Near fine in boards and cloth spine, with paper label and without jacket: the unsigned trade edition had a jacket; there is no indication that was true for the limited. A Milne/Pooh "stopper."
113. MORRISON, Jim. The Lords and the New Creatures. NY: Simon & Schuster (1970). Morrison's only full-size book of poetry published during his lifetime, printing the contents of two privately printed limited editions he issued in very small quantities. Two tiny bumps to top board edge; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with slight edge wear. An attractive copy of this collection by the rock star.
114. MORTENSON, Greg and RELIN, David Oliver. Three Cups of Tea. (NY): (Viking)(2006). The first edition of this account of a young Westerner who, in response to kindnesses bestowed on him when he was lost in Pakistan after an unsuccessful ascent of K2, vowed to return to that village and build a school**a project that led to his founding the Central Asia Institute and to an ongoing effort that has resulted to date in the building of, reportedly, more than 140 schools (mostly for girls) in impoverished regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to Mortenson's repeatedly being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The hardcover edition had a subtitle that the author did not want and that was changed, at his insistence, on later editions. The book became a bestseller in paperback and was on The New York Times Book Review bestseller list for more than four years. It was also adapted to a version for young adults and one for children. A moving account of one man's commitment to changing the world for the better, and a remarkable story of a book that began in obscurity and became first a cultural touchstone**required reading for U.S. (and other) military leaders, as well as inspiring reading for millions of others, over four million copies having been sold, in more than 40 countries**and, then, a cultural cliché, when it was revealed first by author Jon Krakauer and later 60 Minutes that Mortenson and Relin had taken liberties with the telling of the story, and in Mortenson's case, possible liberties with his financial relationship to the Central Asia Institute. Scarce in the first printing. Two tiny corner taps, else fine in a fine dust jacket.
115. MURPHY, Michael E. Friends of Frobisher. Chicago: Harvester-Hall, 1964. The earliest publication we have seen by Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom, among a number of other books, both fiction and nonfiction. Murphy was one of the co-founders of Esalen Institute and a key figure in the human potential movement that grew from it. One of 500 copies. Fine in stapled wrappers.