Catalog 166

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

July, 1968. A long, warm autograph letter signed from Kennedy to Williams, written in the month following Robert Kennedy's assassination, and apparently replying to a letter written prior to that event, in which Williams had asked if he may dedicate a play to her, and apparently also asking if his being for Robert Kennedy might cost RFK more votes than it would gain him. Kennedy calms Williams on both counts. In part: "All your life you may dedicate to me whatever tiny scrap of paper or huge play you wish. It would be an honor -- and a gift that would always almost bring tears...You know that I will always think that anything you do is noble -- and my husband and brother-in-law thought that too." Signed, "I'll always be your friend. Love, Jackie." Just shy of 200 words, running two sides of one sheet of blue Kennedy stationery, with the Kennedy coat of arms embossed in white at the top. With a hand-addressed mailing envelope included, addressed to Williams in Key West, signed "Jacqueline Kennedy," (unfortunately in the corner under the postmark), with the hand-written return address of Hyannis Port on the verso. Several faint stains to both the letter and the envelope, not affecting legibility. A touching letter, revealing both the gracefulness for which she was well-known throughout her life, and also her literary sensibility as an admirer of Williams and his writing. Near fine, in an 11-1/2" x 9" double-sided frame. [#032299] SOLD
NY, Doubleday, (1995). A compilation of tributes to Kennedy in her role as an editor, by some of her writers, including Louis Auchincloss, George Plimpton, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and others. Laid in is a business card inscribed by the publisher, Nan Talese, to the wife of Peter Matthiessen, saying it was good to see them both. Also laid in is a printed card stating that "Doubleday would like you to have this special tribute honoring the publishing career of our beloved colleague and friend Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis." The Doubleday card is foxed; the book has a hint of foxing on the half-title but is still very near fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#032300] SOLD
Washington, D.C., President's Council on Physical Fitness, (1964). The President's Council on (originally) Youth Fitness was established under Eisenhower, but languished there (mostly under Vice President Nixon) until the Kennedy administration, where fitness gained emphasis as part of Kennedy's "New Frontier." Kennedy went so far as to try to reprise Theodore Roosevelt's directive that Marines be able to walk 50 miles in a set time (often reported as 20 hours), an idea that became a bit of a fad, with walkers including then Attorney General Robert Kennedy. This booklet, Vim: A Complete Exercise Plan for Girls 12 to 18 (there was a corresponding booklet, Vigor, for boys) was issued in 1964 under Lyndon Johnson, but concludes with a posthumous message from President Kennedy "prepared especially for this book in November, 1963." Five paragraphs, with sentiments such as "Each of you must accept -- now and for the rest of your lives -- responsibility for your own fitness in the great national effort to build a stronger and more vigorous America." A glimpse at a singular moment in American history, and an issue that has continued to confound the nation and its policy makers. 24 pages, stapled spine, this copy with a small tear and tape repair and a bit of edge darkening; a good copy. [#032652] SOLD
(n.p.), Viking, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of short pieces, both fiction and nonfiction -- the fiction often being thinly disguised nonfiction, with just the names of characters changed; the nonfiction, on the other hand, often lapses into stories of imaginary characters: Kesey was a consummate storyteller, and twice found himself unable to conclude a "simple" journalistic assignment for Running magazine without inventing a fictional story arc to contain his description of events. Demon Box shows both the inventive writing style of Kesey's superb first two novels and the recalcitrant and rebellious attitude of Kesey's iconic counterculture persona. At this point, he had still not written a novel -- or at least published one -- since Sometimes a Great Notion in 1964, which coincided with his famous cross-country trip with the Merry Pranksters in the school bus named "Furthur." Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#032655] SOLD
(Chula Vista), Main Frame Press, 2012. A review copy of this memoir of KFAT, a radio station with eclectic musical programming near Santa Cruz, California, in the late 1970s and early 1980s where, according to the author, "Americana music" was born, by virtue of the wide-ranging tastes of the individuals running the station. This copy has an autograph note signed by Klein laid in, addressed "Editor," and serving as review slip. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032656] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1976. The uncorrected proof copy of the revised second edition of his first book, here with a new introduction (titled "Afterward") by the author. Signed by Kosinski on the title page, and additionally inscribed by him on the first blank: "For ___ and ___ - ten years after,/ affectionately, Jerzy/ Feb 1976." Light bump to spine base, else fine in wrappers. His powerful -- and later controversial -- first novel, of the Holocaust. Part of the controversy around this book stemmed from Kosinski's originally implying that it was an autobiographical novel, and the experiences of the main character -- a gypsy child wandering around Eastern Europe during the war -- were based on his own experiences. After publication he refrained from making such claims publicly, but even in the new introduction here, ten years after the original publication, he strongly implies that his childhood experiences in the war were of the devastating variety that the book's protagonist underwent. The Painted Bird, despite all the controversy surrounding it, was named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the top 100 novels from 1923-2005. Kosinski, hounded by controversy and scandal, committed suicide in 1991 at the age of 57. An uncommon proof, especially warmly inscribed. [#032301] SOLD
(Milwaukee), (Gunrunner Press), (1968). Poetry by the legendary figure of the Cleveland underground and counterculture, author of The North American Book of the Dead, among others. Levy was a writer and, with bookseller Jim Lowell of the Asphodel Bookshop, a publisher and distributor of his own and others' writings. An outspoken anti-establishment writer, he committed suicide at the age of 26. This is the uncommon first edition of this title, one of 300 copies printed, although it appears scarcer than that: most of Levy's books were printed in Cleveland, and this one seems to have not survived in the quantities that some of the others, even with smaller limitations, did. It was later reprinted in 1974 and again in 1988 and in a bilingual French-English edition in 2011, with all of the later editions being more readily available than this first edition. Mild edge sunning, else fine in stapled wrappers. [#032302] $500
NY, Norton, (1989). The first book, about Salomon Brothers and mortgage-backed bonds, by the author of Moneyball, The Blindside, Flash Boys, and The Big Short, among others. Lewis worked at Salomon Brothers for a time, the experience that fueled this well-received, and hilarious, book. Years later, when he wrote The Big Short, he commented on how naive he had been -- as had those who read and reviewed this book -- to have considered what he had experienced at Salomon as extreme or unusual; mostly, he said, those years looked like small-time play compared to the banking practices of the early 2000s. Different paper stocks used in production, resulting in three quarters of the pages being mildly age-toned; otherwise a fine copy in a fine dust jacket with a slight push at the crown. Lewis has become a bestselling author but his first book is scarce in the first printing. A very nice copy of a now-uncommon book. [#032658] SOLD
NY, Grove Press, (1982). Collaborative book by two of the foremost women of the punk rock movement, signed by both authors at the publication party, the event signified by a "Date Due November 2, 1982" stamp next to a Halloween sticker. An early publication for both: Lunch had only had two albums by that time; the Boston Phoenix later called her "one of the 10 most influential performers of the 1980s." Cervenka was the singer and co-founder of the highly regarded Los Angeles band, X, which at the time had only produced three albums. Fine in wrappers. [#032659] SOLD
NY, FSG, (1966). His fourth novel, which deals with anti-Semitism in Tsarist Russia, and which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Inscribed by Malamud: "For Katharine and Mike/ old good friends/ Bern." The authors Michael Seide and Katharine Shattuck were long-time friends of Malamud's, with Malamud having gone so far as to call Seide an "influence" on him. It was Seide who indirectly found Malamud his agent: Seide was Henry Volkening's (of Russell and Volkening) first client, but when Seide recommended Volkening to Malamud and Malamud called the agency, Diarmuid Russell answered the phone, and Russell would remain Malamud's agent throughout his career. Seide wrote The Common Thread in 1944, and then didn't publish another book for nearly forty years. When his book The Common Wilderness was finally released, Malamud was there to blurb it, as "an original, energetic, language wrought, imaginative work by a daring writer." A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with mild fading to the spine lettering and a bit of wear to the crown. An excellent association copy of a multiple award-winning novel. [#032706] $750
NY, FSG, (1969). A novel in the form of six related short stories, three of which had appeared in earlier collections of his, two of which were uncollected, and one of which was previously unpublished. Inscribed by Malamud, "For Mike and Katharine/ With love/ Bern," presumably his long-time friends Michael Seide and his wife. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032707] $350
NY, FSG, (1971). Inscribed by Malamud, "For Catharine and Mike/ With love going on and on / Bern," presumably his long-time friends Mike Seide and his wife, Katharine Shattuck, despite the misspelling of Katharine: these books were acquired with two others that had the correct spelling. Oddly, in Malamud's daughter's memoir My Father is a Book, Shattuck's name is also spelled as "Catherine." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with fading to the spine lettering and wear to the crown. [#032708] SOLD
Calcutta, H.C. Gangooly, (1912). Small volume comprising several essays on medicinal and psychoactive plants by an Indian physician. A printed label on the half title reads: "Graciously accepted & Read with interest by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales." Sections on hemp, ganja, hasheesh, and more, all first appearing in Indian Agriculturist. Green cloth binding has some wear and fraying, especially at the extremities; a very good copy and apparently uncommon: OCLC lists only one copy held, that being at the British Library. [#032305] $750
On Sale: $525
NY, Academic Press, (1973). An academic study of marijuana and its effects, and an attempt to bring study of the drug up to date at a time when its use was becoming widespread in Western societies. Exhaustive chemical analysis, and a survey of the clinical studies of the drug's effects on humans and animals, with questions about its long-term effects. Mottling to cloth; very good in a very good dust jacket. [#032306] SOLD
Berkeley, Quick American Publishing & And/Or Press, (1984). How to make "Hi-Brew" beer, "as told to Ed Rosenthal by U.B." General instructions for making beer with marijuana, and several variant recipes, along with a brewer's log. Fine in wrappers, with labels and stickers intact. OCLC locates only 11 copies, including two entries each for the Drug Enforcement Administration Library and the U.S. Patent Office, and one library in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the U.S. the only academic libraries that hold copies are at Harvard, the Boston Public Library, and two libraries in the University of California system. [#032307] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1961. A novel set in France in the aftermath of World War II. Inscribed by Maxwell to Pulitzer Prize winning author Oliver La Farge, and his wife, Consuelo: "For Oliver and Consuelo -- with love - Bill." Dated March, 1961. Maxwell wrote the foreword to La Farge's 1965 collection The Door in the Wall. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a slight loss of crispness to the spine extremities. A good literary association copy. [#032689] SOLD
Beverly Hills, Nick Wechsler Productions/Dimension Films, 2008. A copy of Joe Penhall's screenplay, "Yellow Draft Version 1," dated 02.26.08; 112 pages on yellow paper; bradbound: an early version of the screenplay of the well-received film based on McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, differing from the final version in a number of particulars -- the placement of certain scenes and pieces of dialogue, and changes in the dialogue and screen direction. Together with a 20-page interview with Viggo Mortenson, the film's star, and a 15-page interview with director John Hillcoat. Each of these has been computer highlighted in color for ease of reading. Also together with 25 pages of production notes, in which Mortenson, Hillcoat, and others share their experiences bringing the book to the screen. Also one computer printout of a film poster, and a certificate of authenticity that was provided by publicist Noe Gold, who was hired by the Weinstein Company, the film's distributor, to write the production notes. Mortenson's interview has a bit of corner creasing; otherwise all elements are fine. A scarce look behind the scenes of a highly regarded film based on an even more highly regarded book: Mortenson, in particular, gives a very interesting account of his contact with McCarthy before and during the filming. Very uncommon. [#032660] $750
London, David Fickling, 2003. A promotional postcard for Haddon's Whitbread Award winning book, which was released simultaneously in an edition for adults by Jonathan Cape and for children by David Fickling. Fickling issued a set of promotional postcards with Volkswagens of varying colors (of significance to the protagonist): three of the five cards featured author quotes; one had a quote from the publisher; one had a quote from the book. McEwan's card reads: "A superb achievement...a wise and bleakly funny writer with rare gifts of empathy." The other two authors quoted in this set of five are Arthur Golden and Oliver Sacks. In addition to the Whitbread, the book won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Fine. [#029978] $70
Portland, Press-22, (1981). McPhee's first signed limited edition and his only "book" of fiction, a story that was originally published in magazine form in 1961, four years before his first book. Published here with a new "Author's Note" by McPhee about his youthful writings. Of a total edition of 250 copies, this is Copy No. 26 of 200 numbered copies in cloth and marbled paper boards, issued without a slipcase. Signed by the author. Fine. Scarce. [#032661] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1986). The third of McPhee's geology books, later incorporated into the compendium of his geological writings, published as Annals of the Former World, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Signed by the author on the half-title page. Mild foxing, near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace shelf wear. [#032662] $150
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1998). McPhee's Pulitzer Prize-winning geological history of North America. A massive volume, and 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. This copy is signed by the author. 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. In addition to McPhee's signature opposite the title page, this copy has, on the half title, the signature of 1987 Nobel Prize winning chemist Donald J. Cram (here "D.J. Cram"), who was a professor at UCLA for more than three decades (and an avid surfer); Cram would have been 79 at the time of this volume's publication. A bit of shelf wear to the lower edges of the cloth; slight spine lean; a very near fine copy in a fine dust jacket. One of McPhee's least common books to find signed, an award winner, and of particularly notable and interesting provenance. [#032309] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1971). An uncorrected proof copy of the bestselling novelist's relatively little-known nonfiction account of the events leading up to the shooting deaths of four Kent State University students by National Guardsmen called out to quell the antiwar demonstrations against the recent U.S. "incursion" into nominally neutral, neighboring Cambodia in the spring of 1970. Nine other students were wounded. It was the culmination of the increasing polarization around the Vietnam war that had occurred through the 1960s, and Michener's account was an attempt to examine it without the bias that the antagonistic parties -- youthful protesters vs. government/Establishment -- brought to the subject. Tall sheets, comb-bound. Pencil date and annotation to front cover, and ink publication date and proposed price on the first leaf. Overall near fine, and scarce. We've never had a copy of this before. [#032696] SOLD
(NY), (Viking), (2006). Two volumes: signed copies of both the advance reading copy and the first edition. The first edition is signed by Mortenson; the advance reading copy is signed by both Mortenson and David Relin. Textual differences exist between the advance copy and the first edition. An inspirational, then infamous, account of Mortenson's quest to build schools in Pakistan (and later Afghanistan) in response to kindnesses bestowed on him by locals while he was lost in Pakistan after an unsuccessful ascent of K2, a quest that led to his founding the Central Asia Institute and to a still-ongoing effort that has resulted, to date, in the building of more than 190 schools. The hardcover edition sold only 20,000 copies; the paperback sold over four million copies in more than 40 countries and stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for more than four years, until, in 2011, author Jon Krakauer revealed on 60 Minutes that Mortenson and Relin had taken liberties with the narrative and, in Mortenson's case, liberties with his financial relationship to the Central Asia Institute. The book is uncommon in the first printing, and with the original subtitle which referred to terrorism rather than to peace. This is the only copy of the advance reading copy we have seen. The first edition is signed by Mortenson, who has added the word "Peace!" The advance reading copy is signed by Mortenson and by Relin, who at one point claimed sole authorship of the book, saying it was published with Mortenson as co-author over his objections. Relin committed suicide the year after the controversy broke. The advance reading copy has a mild corner tap and slight cover splaying and is very near fine. The first edition is fine in a fine dust jacket, with a ticket and a program for a Mortenson reading (of the sequel, Stones Into Schools) laid in. Each book has a custom clamshell case. A bestselling story of a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated attempt to achieve peace through education, flawed only by being more inspirational than true. [#032663] $600
(London), Deutsch, (1975). A novel set in an unidentified post-colonial Caribbean island, based on the author's native Trinidad, which the New York Times Book Review called the best novel of the year, and which was the Nobel Prize winner's "breakthrough" book in terms of his dealing with political, social, and personal issues in a critical, fully mature, and nuanced way: no one else was writing about these kinds of ethnically-driven political and social issues with the personal experience, insight, critical capacity and articulateness of Naipaul up to that time, wherein every cultural assumption was called into question and subject to critical scrutiny, and neither the status quo nor its politically correct inverse was allowed to go unexamined and unremarked upon. This is the uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, issued in the UK and dated the 21st of February, 1975. Spine slanted, and title and author written on the spine in red ink. A near fine copy of an extremely uncommon proof of a milestone book in the author's career, which may be seen as putting him fully onto the trajectory that led to the Nobel. [#032697] $550
(Native American)
(NY), Macmillan, (1970). The galley sheets of this powerful polemic by the best-known spokesman for Native American causes to emerge in the late Sixties. His second book, after the highly praised Custer Died for Your Sins, and one of the early books of what has come to be called the Native American Renaissance. Roughly 60 7-1/2" x 12" sheets, printed on rectos only. String-tied (shoelace, to be specific) at the top, in blue cardstock covers printing only the title and publisher (no author). The rear cover has a partially removed label. Near fine. The galley's lack the book's appendix; casual inspection revealed only the change in the recurring spelling of one name (Foreman became Forman). Exceedingly scarce: the format suggests that only a tiny handful would have been produced, each of them assembled by hand. [#032664] $300
(Native American)
Dayton/Celina, [Self-Published], 1974. A magazine of American Indian Science Fiction. Strete, a Native American writer of Cherokee descent, serves as editor, illustrator and major contributor. Included here are the first two issues and the final issue (undated), #6. The first issue contains four pieces by Strete (out of 8, total), and is 27 xeroxed pages, printed on rectos only and side stapled; the second issue is 30 pages, but double-sided, and includes three pieces by Strete, out of five. Issue #6 has been photo-reduced to a smaller format; Craig serves as editor and includes a goodbye notice, in part: "Illness. This is the last issue. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE EARNED IT. Hatred for the bad guys." Again side-stapled. Issue #2 has a penciled word across the front cover; the lot is easily near fine. Very early, self-published works by Strete, preceding his first book. His works show the same melding of Native American culture and myth with straightforward science fiction and fantasy that Jorge Luis Borges called, in the introduction to one of Strete's books, "a collection of small nightmares of great consequence." Uncommon: we have only handled one issue of this zine before. OCLC lists only six institutions with holdings of this title, most of them partial runs as this is. [#032665] SOLD
(Native American Art)
1977. Original art by the self-taught Blackfoot artist Melvin Tailfeathers, purchased directly from the artist by a couple who lived in Browning, Montana, on the Blackfoot Reservation, in the 1970s. Tailfeathers, in addition to being a cartoonist for the Glacier Reporter, was the illustrator of eight volumes of the 140 stories in the Indian Reading Series that was published by the Northwest Regional Educational Library, with funding from the National Institute of Education, from 1972-1983. The images offered here are, like his illustrations, of traditional Blackfoot scenes, but rendered with a seriousness that his children's book illustrations are at some pains to soften, and done without any of the cartoonist's style that helped make the book illustrations as welcoming and accessible as they are. A very detailed ink drawing of a Native American woman sitting on the ground slicing meat for strips of jerky after scraping a skin that is depicted being stretched on a drying frame outside of two tipis, and set against a mountainous background. 12" x 8", matted and framed to 17-1/2" x 14". Signed by Tailfeathers and dated 1977. Fine. [#032311] SOLD
(Native American Art)
1977. Original art by the self-taught Blackfoot artist Melvin Tailfeathers, purchased directly from the artist by a couple who lived in Browning, Montana, on the Blackfoot Reservation, in the 1970s. An ink drawing of a Native American man on horseback and holding a spear, as though on lookout. Small butte in the background. 10-1/2" x 8-1/2", matted and framed to 17-1/2" x 14". Signed by Tailfeathers and dated 1977. Fine. [#032336] SOLD
(Native American Art)
1977. Original art by the self-taught Blackfoot artist Melvin Tailfeathers, purchased directly from the artist by a couple who lived in Browning, Montana, on the Blackfoot Reservation, in the 1970s. A pencil, and possibly charcoal, rendering of a Native American man, with spear, seated on a hill next to his horse. Matted in an oval 13" wide and framed to 18" x 15". Signed by Tailfeathers. Any date has been obscured by the matting, but ca. 1977. The artwork is fine; the frame has several small nicks. [#032337] SOLD
(n.p.), Imprenta Nacional de Cuba, 1960. The true first edition of this collection of poems, published in Cuba when Neruda visited the island to celebrate the success of the Communist revolution. Neruda had been radicalized in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, where he had succeeded Gabriela Mistral as the Chilean consul in Madrid. Afterward, in addition to being a poet and diplomat, he became an outspoken supporter of leftist causes; at one point, before the Party was outlawed, he had served in the Chilean Senate as a member of the Communist Party. These poems are focused on oppression and revolution in the Caribbean -- Cuba most especially and Puerto Rico as well -- and elsewhere in Latin America. A coda to the collection is a poem written from the perspective of the year 2000, looking back on the revolutionaries of the Sierra Maestra. On Neruda's visit to Cuba in 1960, when he sought to visit the Cuban countryside, he was accompanied by a young Cuban speleologist, Manuel Rivero de la Calle, as his guide. This copy is inscribed by the author to Rivero de la Calle in the year of publication: "To Manuel Rivero de la Calle, in testimony of friendship to you and to the struggle, Pablo Neruda, 1960, Pinar del Rio (A Manuel Rivero de la Calle, testimonio de amistad a ud. y a lucha)." The recipient later wrote an essay on Neruda as a poet and naturalist, and he went on to become a university professor and one of the most respected anthropologists in the country, an expert on the pre-Columbian art and architecture of Cuba. Mild foxing to pages; multiple dampstains to boards; tiny pencil annotations on cover; a good copy. Becco 152. Not an especially scarce edition: 25,000 copies were published in honor of the great poet's third visit to the island, but a falling out with Fidel Castro, partly on the basis of one of the poems in this collection, led to Neruda's denunciation by Cuban artists and intellectuals in 1966. The book has never been reprinted in Cuba, and despite its being a celebration of the revolution it is reportedly never even mentioned in Cuba, and it is likely that few copies survived there after Neruda was publicly shunned. Very few signed copies of this Cuban first edition have shown up on the market, and this one has particularly interesting provenance, coming from Neruda's young guide to the island at a time when Neruda was one of the most prominent advocates and supporters of the Cuban Revolution in the western world. [#032666] SOLD
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