Catalog 166

All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

NY, Random House, (1975). The personal journals of one of the leading Washington political writers, kept during the months that the Watergate scandal was unfolding, leading up to the resignation of President Nixon. As a Watergate history it was eventually overshadowed by Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men, but this book retains the immediacy of those days and those developments, recorded in real time. Inscribed by the author to a well-known New York philanthropist: "For ___ ___, With warm personal best wishes - Elizabeth Drew." Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of small edge chips. An uncommon book signed. [#032642] $175
(London), Picador, (1998). An advance reading excerpt of the first British edition (and first English-language edition) of this first novel which, after being rejected by some 70 U.S. publishers, was published in France in a French translation. From there, world English rights were sold to Picador, who published the novel to substantial praise, with reviewers comparing the writing to Thomas Pynchon's and the book's publishing history to that of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces (which, sadly, would also come to include the author's suicide). After the book's success in England, it was finally published in the U.S. This advance excerpt has 19 pages of text, from two different sections of the book, and while no major textual differences were noted, there is a change in the first sentence, which here begins, "Baker High's fall term....", and in the published version becomes "Holborn High's fall term..." Very near fine in stapled wrappers. [#032643] $150
NY, Stackpole, (1939). The second book in his semi-autobiographical "Bandini quartet," based on the author's life and experiences in Depression-era Los Angeles. Made into a film in 2006 by Robert Towne, who reportedly called it the best novel ever written about Los Angeles. The film starred Colin Farrell, Selma Hayek and Donald Sutherland. Inscribed by Fante in the year of publication to the collector (and bibliographer of Christopher Morley) Henry Tatnall Brown, Jr., "with the hope that he likes my book," and dated November 14, 1939, apparently at a promotional event for the book. Brown's bookplate front pastedown, slight offsetting from the bookplate; else a fine copy in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket with very light edge wear. A very nice copy of Fante's most famous and acclaimed book, seldom found with a notable association. [#032698] $8,500
NY, Random House, (1957). The second book in Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy, this being the first issue, in red cloth with threaded gray endpapers, in the second issue dust jacket without the "5/57" on the front flap. Signed in full by Faulkner on the title page and additionally inscribed by the author: "For Miss Adeliade [sic] & Chuck Miller/ With love/ Bill Faulkner" on the half title. Very near fine, with a tiny tear at the crown, in a near fine dust jacket with mild foxing at the flap folds and on the verso. A very attractive copy of his first novel after winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award in 1955 for A Fable. Faulkner signatures or inscriptions in trade editions are notoriously uncommon: although he did a number of signed limited editions, Faulkner was famously prickly about being asked to sign books, and often declined to do so. [#032699] $12,500
London, Blazer Films, 1967. Fowles' screenplay for the 1968 film of his second novel, set on a Greek island and involving a young expatriate Englishman who is drawn into the fantastic designs of a self-styled psychic. The film, with Anthony Quinn, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen and Anna Karina, gained a cult following in the Sixties. The cast included two of the best-known male leads of their time (Quinn & Caine), an up-and-coming young actress who had been nominated for a "Most Promising Newcomer" Golden Globe two years earlier (Bergen), and Anna Karina, a staple in the films of French avant garde director Jean-Luc Godard. The director was Guy Green, a former cinematographer, and while the material may have been a bit much for Green, whose previous movies had been more straightforward than the partly fantastic plot that Fowles' novel presented him with, the film was nominated for a British Academy award for cinematography. This script bears the name of David Harcourt and has revision sheets dated September 4, 7 and 12, and November 25, 1967. Harcourt is listed as a camera operator on a production schedule (laid in) dated August 15, 1967. Also laid in is the shooting schedule for November 11. These sheets are torn and sunned, but the script itself is near fine and claspbound in very good red covers. An early piece of writing by Fowles and likely the scarcest item in his bibliography. It is Fowles' only screenplay to have been produced, and we have never heard of another copy turning up. [#021498] $4,500
On Sale: $3,375
NY, D. Appleton-Century, 1936. A novel of "mysterious, exotic French Indo-China" in which "the weird and mysterious working of the Orient descend with harrowing developments... upon all the members of the [archaeological] expedition" that drives the story. Gibbs was a popular novelist of his time; his first book was published in 1901. Small owner stamp front flyleaf; spine lean and trace rubbing to spine extremities; still near fine in a very good, mildly faded and rubbed dust jacket with minor edge wear. Novels set in southeast Asia from this time period are uncommon. This title appears to be especially scarce in its dust jacket. [#029832] $275
San Francisco, Sound City Productions, [1966]. The first recording by the Grateful Dead, who, up until a month earlier, had been known as The Warlocks. A 7" 33 RPM promotional record, labeled "For Radio Play Only, Not for Sale," with excerpts from the Acid Test album that Sound City was producing. The recording was made at the Sound City studio which was the site of the seventh Acid Test: the Acid Tests were communal events/happenings that Kesey and others had developed that were open to the public and at which LSD -- aka "acid," which was still legal in California at the time -- was distributed to the attendees. The Sound City Acid Test, because it took place in a recording studio, was more of a private event than earlier, or later, Acid Tests. It was also the last one Kesey himself participated in. He had been arrested for marijuana possession for the second time two weeks earlier, and had had to show up in disguise at the sixth Acid Test a week earlier at Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, in order to avoid reporters and the police. Within a week of the Sound City Acid Test, with his court case pending, Kesey left the country and went into hiding in Mexico. The Grateful Dead had been the house band for the Acid Tests since they began in 1965, but under their earlier name of The Warlocks. By December 1965 they were starting to use their new name, and at the Acid Tests in January they were being billed as The Grateful Dead. This is the first time they were recorded as the Dead in a recording made for general release. The promo record was issued in March, 1966, and preceded the full length album released later that month. The only earlier recordings of the Grateful Dead are private ones that have made it into circulation as bootlegs or survive in their archives; this, and the Acid Test album from which it was excerpted, were not only intended for public release but were also covered by "a couple of radio stations and a photographer for Look magazine" according to the Sound City press release, although the Look article apparently never appeared. "The purpose of the recording was to produce an album of unusual sounds, mental manipulations of the sometimes considered genius of Mr. Kesey and his cohorts during the actual happenings of a 'sugar' [i.e., LSD] party. The results are different to say the least..." The Acid Test album itself is quite scarce; it was re-released in the 1980s in a limited edition. This promotional giveaway record is exceedingly uncommon, and a landmark for one of the most influential and long-lasting rock and roll bands to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area of the 1960s. The Grateful Dead went on to a 30-year career and became the most popular improvisational "jam band" of its time, triggering any number of similar jamming, touring bands in its wake, and capturing an essence of the hippie counterculture that has lived on long after its historical moment passed. Fine, in a plain white sleeve. A scarce recording from the San Francisco counter-culture, and a seminal recording of one of the great rock bands of all time. [#032693] SOLD
NY, Riverhead, 2015. The advance reading copy of this novel that was a finalist for the National Book Award and perhaps the most talked-about book of the year, landing, according to the Wall Street Journal, on more best-of-the-year lists than any other title. Amazon named it its Book of the Year, and President Obama famously commented that he liked it more than any other book he'd read in the past year. Fine in wrappers. As has become the norm, physical advance reading copies are scarce these days, with much of their promotional function being taken up by digital materials of one sort or another. [#032645] SOLD
London, Heinemann, (2015). The advance reading copy of the British edition of this novel that was a finalist for the National Book Award and perhaps the most talked-about book of the year, landing, according to the Wall Street Journal, on more best-of-the-year lists than any other title. named it its Book of the Year, and President Obama famously commented that he liked it more than any other book he'd read in the past year. Fine in wrappers. Apparently uncommon; this is the only copy we've seen to date. [#032646] $125
NY, Sloane, (1947). The first in his series of historical novels about the settling of the American west in the 19th century. The second book in the series, The Way West, won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This book was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1948, is one of Jeff Dykes's "Western High Spots," and was the basis for the 1952 Howard Hawks movie starring Kirk Douglas that was nominated for two Academy Awards. Inscribed in Lexington, Kentucky in the year of publication to fellow Lexington residents: "For Elizabeth and Virgil [Steed], with the best of wishes," and signed "Bud Guthrie." Guthrie spent 22 years as a reporter and editor for the Lexington Leader, before moving back to Montana shortly after The Way West was published. Moderate dampstaining to cloth, with loss to the spine lettering; very good in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with small, internally tape-reinforced edge chips. [#032705] $575
NY, Knopf, 2015. The advance reading copy of Hallberg's 900+ page novel of 1970s New York: his first novel, which brought the author a nearly $2 million dollar advance and saw the film rights sold prior to publication. The advance copy has a letter from the publisher bound in dated March 2015; the book was published in October 2015, and received wide critical praise. The advance reading copy is scarce. Fine in self-wrappers. [#032282] $125
Princeton, Contemporary Poetry Press, (2013). First published in 1980, this is a new edition, with a foreword by Carlos Fuentes. This copy is inscribed by the author to the Chinese poet Bei Dao: "For the great poet Bei Dao -- on a wonderful meeting and in memory of [?], Mahmoud Darwish, Ramallah and freedom and justice." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a typescript copy of Hamod's poem "Sabra/Shatilla: In Sorrow," which does not appear in the collection. [#032647] $150
(n.p.), Sumac Press, [ca. 1971]. Broadside poem, 6" x 9", memorializing Yesenin, and dedicated "to D.G.," Harrison's co-founder of Sumac, Dan Gerber. This is the first poem in Harrison's collection Letters to Yesenin. One of 33 copies only according to Harrison, although Gerber has put the number between 80 and 100 copies; still, one of the rarest Harrison "A" items. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen, a longtime friend of Harrison. And together with Dan Gerber's own Sumac Press broadside, Sources. The Gerber broadside, also 6" x 9", has a little edge-foxing, otherwise both items are fine. [#032283] $850
(NY), Delacorte, [1979]. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of the three novellas Legends of the Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name. The title novella is the basis for the well-received film. This is the second issue proof in red wrappers; there were reportedly about ten copies of the first issue proof, in tape-bound white wrappers. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. A scarce proof, even as the second issue. [#032284] SOLD
[Tucson], New Michigan Press, 2007. A broadside, printing a previously unpublished poem by Harrison, on the occasion of his visit to Grand Valley State University, the Michigan institution that had recently acquired his literary archive. This is copy No. 129 of 500 copies and although not stated to be a signed edition, this copy is signed by the author. 10-1/4" x 6-7/8". Fine. While a limitation of 500 copies for a broadside seems to be a relatively large one, no copies of this are recorded in OCLC and we suspect it got very limited distribution in the Allendale, Michigan, area. [#032684] SOLD
NY, Grove, (2011). The advance reading copy of Harrison's take on the detective story, a "faux mystery" as the published version indicates, although that phrase is nowhere present in this edition. A "black-comic detective novel" reminiscent of the books of James Crumley, it features Detective Sunderson and his 16 year-old sidekick. A follow-up novel in the series was published in 2015. Fine in pictorial wrappers (marked "Uncorrected Proof" by the publisher). An uncommon advance issue. [#029315] SOLD
NY, Grove, (2015). The advance reading copy (marked "Uncorrected Proof") of his follow-up to The Great Leader: a Detective Sunderson novel, a highly praised comic send-up of the detective novel, the first such genre fiction in Harrison's long and prolific writing career. Fine in wrappers, and uncommon. [#032285] SOLD
Undated. A one-page reproduction of typescript by the Irish Nobel Prize winner, inscribed by Heaney at the bottom of the page. One stanza (the fifth) from his poem "Clearances," first published in 1986 and collected in The Haw Lantern in 1988. Photocopy, with a photocopied change by hand made to the last line, from "Inscribed with love in sheets she'd sewn from flour sacks," to "Inscribed in sheets she'd sewn from ripped-out flour sacks," the published version. Inscribed by Heaney to John Crelan: "John - Sorry this took so long to get to you. Seamus." Mat tape to upper corners; inscription slightly faded; near fine. [#032648] $400
2010. More than 100 words, written across both sides of the inside of a notecard depicting "A Parliament of Foxes." Written to John [Crelan], commiserating over the death of a mutual friend, David O'Docherty, an Irish painter and traditional musician who had died while swimming off Martha's Vineyard a few days earlier. Heaney mentions that earlier in the year he had given a talk about Thomas Flanagan, the Irish novelist and academic, and that Flanagan used to rent the O'Docherty home as a summer place in the early 1970s, and that he -- Heaney -- had visited there, knew the man's father, and thus had a sense of not only O'Docherty but of his kin and hearth. He also offers Crelan kind words about Crelan's ongoing Bloomsday productions. Fine, with hand-addressed envelope. A glimpse of the closely knit nature of the Irish literary and artistic community. [#032649] SOLD
NY, Random House, (2010). The advance reading copy of her second bestseller (after Seabiscuit) and her second book to be turned into a film. This one recounts the story of Louis Zamperini, Olympian (in Berlin) and then a P.O.W. in World War II. Casual examination reveals a couple small changes between this version and the finished version: the addition of a footnote on page 72, regarding "dive-bombing," and the reversal of the direction of the airplane on the spine. A couple of tiny creases to the covers; very near fine in wrappers. [#032287] SOLD
(n.p.), (n.p.), (n.d.). Bound typescript of what seems to be an unpublished novel, by a writer who specializes in murder mysteries set among the wealthy and whose mother, the actress Joan Alexander, was reportedly swindled out of $60 million by her financial adviser. Hitchcock's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award. Her books chronicle the lives of the New York social elite, typically set in the Upper East Side and in the Hamptons on Long Island. Double-spaced, single-sided, 223 pages. Labeled "First Draft." Comb-bound in plain navy plastic covers. In an envelope address to Peter Matthiessen (but the return address is not Hitchcock's). Several penciled notations in the text in what appears to be Matthiessen's hand, confined to the first handful of pages; fine. [#032288] $150
[1976]. A 6-page ribbon-copy typescript (here untitled) of a story about his 22-year friendship with "Lucky Nellie," a mythical sea creature with parallels to the Loch Ness Monster, and their shared tales of lives as fugitives. With the name and address of the recipient typed as a header. Written by Hoffman, one of the leading activists of the 1960s counterculture, while he was living underground, having jumped bail after his conviction on drug charges. Unsigned, but beginning, "Hi, this is Abbie...." Published in Oui magazine in December 1976 as "Loch Ness Nellie Calls on Me: Two Fugitives Issue a Communique, a fable by Abbie Hoffman," and later, with textual variations, in Square Dancing in the Ice Age, a collection of his underground writings, as "In Search of Loch Ness Nellie." Stapled in the upper left hand corner, final page detached. "File: Abbie Hoffman" written in pencil in the upper margin. Near fine. Manuscript material by Hoffman is uncommon. [#032289] $1,000
[ca. 1976]. Photocopied typescript, reproducing copy-editor's corrections, of Hoffman's response to Timothy Leary's article about his encounter with Charles Manson in Folsom Prison for Oui magazine, in the August 1976 issue. Hoffman relies on his studies of psychology at Brandeis and the University of California, with, among others, Abraham Maslow, to discredit what was apparently Leary's take on the Manson murders, i.e., that brainwashing had played a large part. Hoffman also criticizes Leary for grandstanding -- something he himself was frequently accused of. The split between the two icons of the counterculture is especially noteworthy in light of their shared history: both were credited with being co-founders of the Youth International Party in the 1960s -- the Yippies -- and Leary testified on Hoffman's behalf in the Chicago Seven trial. Four pages. Not published, as best we can tell. "File: Abbie Hoffman" written in pencil at top. Corner stapled; near fine. Among the photocopied changes, the above title is crossed out. [#032290] SOLD
[ca. 1976]. A handwritten letter from Hoffman to the editor of Oui Magazine, bringing him up to speed on what has been and what will be submitted, wondering about how payment works, saying he's trying to work out a schedule to cover the inauguration [of President Carter], amid "all the security hassles," and mostly, submitting the caption of a sex-themed cartoon, which he emphatically states he does not want his name attached to (likely for the above-mentioned security reasons). Two other jokes by Hoffman are included here on a separate half-page of paper. The lot is unsigned, but the references within and the provenance all support Hoffman's authorship. Also included here is a letter to the same editor, Mark Zussman, from Hoffman's agent, from 1977, submitting Hoffman's completed piece on the inauguration (not present). The letter is fine, the half-page of jokes has some moderate staining and is very good. [#032292] SOLD
1977. A letter addressed to the editor of Oui Magazine, informing him that he'll be sending along an interview entitled "Confessions of a Gin Rummy Hustler," and that under no circumstances is it to be published using "my AH name," suggesting instead that it be published under the name "Ben Wallace," in order to avoid "a load of problems." Hoffman asks the editor for assignments, particularly European ones, as "I'd love to leave the country for a few months. I just got fired again." He says he wanted to get to Japan to cover the Save the Whales Rock Concert, but "the arrangements proved too costly," and suggests the possibility of an article on "Chicago - 10 years after," to appear in 1978 (ten years after the Chicago Seven trials, rising out of various charges related to protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention). More than 200 words, running a full legal page, with a few lines on the verso. His sign off reads, "Can you spare a buck for a cup of coffee?" Signed by Hoffman as "Howie," with a smiley face. Folded in fourths for mailing; minor edge wear; very good. Mailing envelope included. [#032293] SOLD
Undated. 7-page typescript -- photocopied? -- beginning, "It's only proper to begin a television column with a short word from our sponsor," with the remainder of the article being a diatribe against advertising ("Unfortunately Mrs. Robinson we do know what became of Joe DiMaggio") and unchecked consumerism. Humorous, angry critique of insidious advertising techniques and excessive television watching, and an endorsement of the recently published book, Subliminal Seduction, a purported expose of the advertising industry and its use of imagery to influence viewers below the level of conscious awareness. A characteristic Hoffman criticism of the status quo in bourgeois American society, of the sort that fueled his political writings and his celebrity standing in the counterculture. Signed (in type) with Hoffman's pen name, "B. Wallace." Holograph corrections in an unknown hand; marginal staining; folded in thirds; very good. Unpublished, as best we can tell. [#032294] SOLD
[ca. 1978-1982]. Undated, ca. 1978-1982. 21-page typescript of a section of Hoffman's 1982 book, Square Dancing in the Ice Age, representing about 14 pages of the published book. Seven pages here are photocopied or at least on heavier paper than the onionskin typescript, but most of those, as well as most of the original onionskin pages, have numerous corrections in Hoffman's hand and in another, unknown, hand. Most of these changes were made prior to publication, and still this version has textual differences from the published version. Large paperclip marks on the first page, otherwise very near fine. A substantial manuscript from one of the key counterculture figures of the 1960s. [#032295] SOLD
[NY], [Scribner], [1951]. An advance copy of Jones's first book, winner of the National Book Award and the basis for a film that won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 860 sheets, string-bound, printed on rectos only, and seemingly arbitrarily divided into three sections. Casual inspection reveals a couple slight textual differences from the published book. Together with a (secretarially) typed letter signed by Jones, dated in Paris in 1963, conveying a signed book (not included here) to a fan in Dublin, apologizing for the delay, "but I've been working hard." The sheets are fragile at the edges and have professional restoration to the first several pages, but are near fine and preserved in a custom folding chemise and slipcase; cover sheet has several faded numbers marked on it in pencil; the letter is fine, folded in fourths, and laid in. Included here for comparison to the sheets is an early printing of the book, in a dust jacket mentioning "the superb Columbia Pictures production." This is the only such proof copy we have seen of this title, one of the most famous novels of World War Two, one of the earliest winners of the National Book Award, and a selection of the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. [#032296] SOLD
Boston, Twayne, (1981). One of the dedication copies of this critical study of Jones's fiction. Inscribed by Giles to Jones's widow, Gloria, and their children, Kaylie and Jamie: "In the hope that this reveals my respect and admiration for Jim and my affection for you." The book is dedicated to "Three Beautiful People: Wanda, Morgan, and Kaylie." Kaylie Jones is mentioned in Giles's Acknowledgments for her "rare kind of courage in talking about her father and taking me to places on the Island that evoked him because they had been special to him. She also took me to James Jones's grave." From the library of Peter Matthiessen; Jones and Matthiessen were friends, and lived nearby each other in eastern Long Island. Boards foxed; a very good copy, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. [#032297] $250
Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1987). The first book, a collection of poetry in the Wesleyan New Poets series, by the author of the acclaimed memoirs, The Liars' Club and its sequels, and the recently published nonfiction, The Art of Memoir. This collection precedes her first memoir by eight years. This is the hardcover issue. Inscribed by the author to another writer in 1988: "For ___ -- with apologies for insults, memories of a lovely meal, & hopes for more." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with faint edge creasing to the rear panel. Uncommon in hardcover, especially signed and as an association copy. [#032298] $500
E-list: William S. Burroughs New Arrivals