Catalog 166

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

[n.p.], [ca. 1972-1980]. The manuscript drafts and galleys for Craig Nova's first three novels -- Turkey Hash, which won the Harper Saxton Prize; The Geek, which William Gass compared favorably to John Hawkes, and Hawkes compared favorably to Celine; and Incandescence, a noir fiction that John Irving called "the funniest and saddest good novel in recent times," and "the best novel about someone 'on the lam' since Donleavy's The Ginger Man." Nova has more recently been praised for a series of highly literary thrillers, but his early novels were more extravagant, highly praised for their inventiveness, their humor, and their darkness. This collection of manuscripts includes multiple drafts of the manuscripts of each book -- including several drafts of Incandescence with its original title of Mungo -- as well as multiple sets of edited galley proofs. A detailed list is available on request; all items are near fine or better. [#032709] $15,000
Detroit, George S. Davis, (1889). The first American edition, which prints only a part of one chapter of the original German edition -- the portion that deals with treatment and therapy. Erlenmeyer was a physician, neurologist and psychiatrist, and he also wrote books on treating epilepsy and on reorganizing the German asylum system. A chapter in this volume debunks the apparently widespread notion that cocaine was useful in treating morphine addiction, and concludes that "the last state [cocaine abuse] is often worse than the first." The German pharmaceutical company Bayer developed two "wonder drugs" in the early 1890s, in an attempt to avoid the addiction problem that came with morphine use -- aspirin and heroin. It was only later that the addictive properties of the latter were recognized. An uncommon book: no copies appear in U.S. auction records going back over 35 years; OCLC lists 23 libraries worldwide that hold copies. Spine sunned, boards rubbed; very good. [#029864] SOLD
NY, Norton, (1999). The advance reading copy of the third book by the author of Fight Club, among others. This title was issued as a trade paperback original -- no hardcover done in the first edition -- and proofs of such books are typically more uncommon than proofs of hardcover books. This copy is signed by the author. Two nicks to the lower edge of the front cover; near fine in wrappers. A scarce proof, especially signed. [#032668] SOLD
Redruth, Cornwall, U.K., Books and Things/Red Crab Design, [ca. 1972]. A broadside poem in tribute to Miriam and Kenneth Patchen. Number 5 in the Posterpoem series. Approximately 20" x 30". Unevenly folded in 16ths for mailing, and with minor edge wear; near fine. This copy is in an edgeworn envelope addressed to an employee of the St. Mary's University Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Uncommon: OCLC lists only one copy as being held in libraries worldwide. [#029877] $375
(Peace Corps)
(Rabat), (n.p.), 1970. A bibliography of the Peace Corps TEFL Library in Rabat, Morocco as of September, 1970. Each entry is briefly annotated. Categories include: Language and Culture; Linguistics; Methods; Reference Grammar; Grammar Textbooks; Drill Books; Composition; Reading; Pronunciation; Conversation Dialogues, Vocabulary and Idioms; and Games and Songs. Photocopied typescript, 21 pages, printed on rectos only; lightly sunned and corner creased, staple failing; very good. A glimpse of the ground-level workings of one of the signature government programs introduced by the Kennedy administration in the 1960s. [#029890] $70
(Studio City), (Cheshire Cat), (2007). Large format book of photographs of rock stars, mostly from 1974-1979, who have since died. Mostly performance photos but also backstage and casual shots. The roster of stars is a virtual Who's Who of rock and roll from that era, and includes Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, Marc Bolan, Mike Bloomfield, John Fahey, Lowell George, George Harrison, and many others. Inscribed by Chesher: "Mo - Thanks for getting naked with me! xo Deborah." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few surface scratches. [#032669] $100
(NY), Atlantic Monthly Press, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of the first book by the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, The Botany of Desire, and Cooked. Here titled The Idea of a Garden; published as Second Nature: A Gardener's Education. Selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of its 75 Great American Garden Books. This proof is shot from typescript and reproduces holograph page numbers. Mild wrinkling to a couple of pages, apparently in production; fading to spine; near fine in wrappers. The earliest appearance in print of any book-length work by this author whose writings have become instant bestsellers and touchstones for our times. Scarce. [#029955] $250
[London], (Sceptre), (2012). Two volumes: the first and second issue uncorrected proof copies of the true first (British) edition of Powers' highly praised first novel: winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Guardian Book Prize, a finalist for the National Book Award, and one of The New York Times ten best books of the year. The first issue proof is shot from photo-reduced typescript, bound in light yellow wrappers with three blurbs on the rear panel, by Colm Toibin, Chris Cleave, and Philipp Meyer. Faint handling apparent to covers; very near fine in wrappers. The second issue proof is typeset, bound in medium yellow wrappers with a photo of the author on the inside front cover, two blurbs on the front cover and only one blurb (by Philipp Meyer) on the rear cover. Fine in wrappers, with publicity sheet laid in. [#032685] $350
Garden City, Doubleday, 1970. A complimentary copy, with a Doubleday "Compliments of" card laid in signed by the author. A collection of concrete poetry, about which Richard Kostelanetz wrote in 1973: "Only one one-man collection of visual poetry... has ever been commercially published in the United States, even though 'concrete' is reportedly 'faddish'; and since that single book, N.H. Pritchard's The Matrix (1970), was neither reviewed nor touted, it seemed unlikely that any others would ever appear -- another example of how the rule of precedent in literary commerce produces de facto censorship." Dust jacket blurb by Allen Ginsberg, among others. Modest glue bleed to the hinges, light corner tap; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032670] $150
NY, Penguin Press, 2009. The advance reading copy, issued in very limited quantities to sales reps and reviewers. Book review editor's name and affiliation on title page, as is rumored to be the case on all copies, so that any pre-publication abuses could be traced. Light wear and crease to foredge of covers; thus near fine in wrappers. Extremely scarce; we have only handled one other copy, even though we have had the also-very-scarce advance issue of Against the Day multiple times. It's possible that this is the scarcer of the two, as it was treated almost more as a novelty -- Pynchon's take on the Hard-Boiled American Detective Novel -- rather than a full-fledged literary event, as his major novels tend to be. Basis for a Hollywood movie -- not surprisingly, the first of Pynchon's books to be adapted to the screen -- but it received mixed reviews: it's hard to imagine that a Pynchon book could ever be directly translated to film and be as coherent (if that's the right word) as the book. A contemporary rarity. [#032710] SOLD
Normal, Dalkey Archive Press, (1994). The hardcover issue of these "Critical Takes on Pynchon's Novel," edited by Donald Greiner, Geoffrey Green and Larry McCaffrey. Vineland was Pynchon's first novel in 17 years, and his first since Gravity's Rainbow, making it one of the most anticipated books in recent American writing, and the subject of considerable controversy as to whether it "lived up to" its predecessor. Here, a number of scholars and critics tackle that and other questions. There was a simultaneous issue in wrappers; the hardcover issue is much less common. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029345] SOLD
1988. Rice's own "bible-script" for a film "based on material in the novels Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned," and is apparently named for the protagonist of all three novels rather than the title of the series' second book. This precedes the release of the film Interview with the Vampire (for which Rice wrote the screenplay) by six years. Development of a new version of The Vampire Lestat followed the success of that first film, but went nowhere and the film rights reverted to the author. A film of The Queen of the Damned followed in 2002, for which Rice did not write the screenplay and which contained many elements of The Vampire Lestat: neither Rice nor the critics approved of the sequel. This "bible-script" of Rice's seems destined to remain the series' missing link. Included here, in addition to Rice's 185 page script, are her list of "main characters, with notes on appearance" (2 pages); her 12-page treatment of a Queen of the Damned film; and one page on the "virtually endless" possibilities for more films (probably correct, as the 11th book in the series was published in 2014). Three hole-punched; mechanically reproduced sheets bound with two brads; title and date written on spine. Printed on rectos only with the header changing from "Rice/Vampires" to "Vampire/Rice" to "Vampire Chronicles." Small tears to the last page at the upper brad; near fine. A rare original work by Rice related to her most famous series of books, which rekindled the use of vampires in literature and the arts as stand-ins for human desire -- a trend that has persisted to the point that it is now a pervasive part of contemporary popular culture. We have been unable to find any record of another copy of this work appearing in the market, nor any evidence of it in institutional collections. [#032671] $3,500
[1962]. September 8, [1962]. A brief typed note signed: "Dear Mrs. Micou: Thank you for your kind note. I'm glad that you liked the book, and that you thought to write to tell me. Sincerely, Philip Roth." Although not stated, this note was written in 1962, and the book in question was Roth's first full-length novel, Letting Go. More than 50 years after this letter, Ann McKinstry Micou received her doctorate from Drew University with a dissertation on the power of place in the New Jersey fiction of Philip Roth, Richard Ford, and Junot Diaz. On paper that has been clipped down to 5" x 5", folded at the upper and lower margins. Mildly age-toned; near fine. [#032687] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1969). His landmark fourth book, a comic novel and one of the defining volumes of its time. Inscribed by the author in the month of publication to the photographer Naomi Savage and her husband, the artist David Savage. Naomi Savage, who was Man Ray's niece and apprenticed with him early in her career, had a photo shoot with Roth during or prior to 1968 that produced one of the most iconic (and most reproduced) photographs of the author. A bit of offsetting to the endpages and between pages 200-201; small spot to topstain; near fine in a very near fine, corner-clipped but not price-clipped dust jacket with the slightest wear to the spine extremities. Roth has come to be considered one of the great American novelists of the 20th century: in the 1990s he won virtually every major literary prize given in this country. Association copies of his books, especially his earlier books, seldom appear on the market. [#032672] SOLD
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1993). Harold Bloom's copy of the uncorrected proof copy of Roth's novel, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and Time magazine's Book of the Year; also voted one of the best works of American fiction in a quarter century in a New York Times Book Review survey. Bloom is perhaps most famous for his controversial book The Western Canon, which argued against "the Balkanization of literary studies" and presented an exhaustive list of what he considered to comprise the canon. Six Philip Roth books made it onto Bloom's list, including this title. With a typed note signed by Roth, from two years prior, laid in, in which Roth raves to Bloom about Douglas Hobbie's first novel, Boomfell. The note is folded, else fine. The proof has Bloom's notations on the front cover and summary page; handling apparent to covers; very good in wrappers. A good association copy between one of the leading novelists of his time and one of the leading critics of the day. [#032317] $1,500
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Literary critic Harold Bloom's copy of the advance reading copy of Roth's "alternate history" novel, which imagines a pro-Nazi Charles Lindbergh defeating Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. With Harold Bloom's signature. Age-toning to pages; near fine in wrappers. [#032316] SOLD
(n.p.), (n.p.), [ca. 1997]. Tapebound typescript of this Booker Prize-winning first novel. 248 pages, 8-1/2" x 11", bound in printed light green cardstock covers, and shot from word-processed sheets rather than typeset ones. No indication of publisher (which, in the U.S., was Random House). After the considerable success of this book in England, where it was reprinted numerous times, Random House decided to do a glossy advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers. Consequently, few copies of the standard proof were done. We are aware of another, "in-house" state of the advance copy, which, if we remember correctly, was also 8-1/2" x 11" tapebound sheets, but typeset and in blue covers and listing the publisher on the inner pages. Uncommon; we've never seen this issue of the book before. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Near fine. [#032318] $500
(n.p.), (Klean Karma Press), 2002. A 15-page chapbook printing Roy's address, given during the months leading up to the Second Iraq War, and questioning the U.S. government's thinking and rhetoric on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and the War on Terror in general. Signed by Roy, apparently at a reading in 2014, according to a print-out laid in. Fine in stapled wrappers, with one duplicate leaf of the text laid in for unknown reasons. Uncommon. An attractive chapbook, but the production values have the appearance of a homemade production or a bootleg: we can't find anything more out about the book or the publisher. OCLC locates only one copy. [#032319] SOLD
(Farmworkers Movement)
1979. An apparently unpublished compilation of the voices of the Farmworkers Movement, edited by Rudge, peace activist and poet (who, in her later years, was the poet laureate of Alameda, CA). Signed by Rudge at the end of her foreword to the volume. Perhaps a hundred voices, providing narratives, poems, songs, "documentary," and photographs (in photocopy). Hundreds of pages, assembled photocopies of varying quality, but with many holograph corrections and emendations, in what appears to be the authors' and the editor's hand. Velobound in brown vinyl covers. Several pages are adhered, possibly due to the use of Whiteout. Several pages missed the binding and are thus laid in. Also laid in is the obituary of one of the contributors, as well as several ephemeral pieces from the Movement: a printed Thanksgiving letter from Cesar Chavez, 1969, commemorating the fifth Thanksgiving of the farm workers' struggle; El Malcriado, "The Voice of the Farm Worker" newsletter for both November and December, 1969; The Picket Line, July 18, 1975; "The Children of Delano invite you to meet with Cesar E. Chavez" [1969] -- a one-page legal-size handbill promoting an event sponsored by the UFWOC [United Farm Workers Organizing Committee] Defense Fund Committee. These last two pieces are sunned and folded, otherwise the ephemeral items are near fine, as is the typescript itself. A unique document of one of the major social justice movements of the 1960s and 70s, which touched on contemporary racial issues and anticipated present day issues of immigration, citizenship, and undocumented workers. Here the voices of the people themselves prevail, rather than those of analysts or policy makers. [#032673] SOLD
London, Hamish Hamilton, (1994). First thus, the first printing of the first British edition with the original American text intact, most notably ending the four-decade long wait for the inclusion of the word "fuck." A little-known publishing breakthrough, with regard to the original text of one of the most famous, most reprinted, and most widely read American novels of the last half of the 20th century. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace edge wear. [#032690] SOLD
(Santa Claus)
(1956, 1968). In 1897, eight year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, asking, in part, "Papa says, 'If you see it in The Sun it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" The reply of Editor Francis P. Church read, in small part, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias...." Church's response became the most reprinted English language newspaper editorial in history. When Virginia O'Hanlon died, in 1971, friends formed a press to publish the editorial and its back story as a children's book; in 1974, the book became an Emmy Award-winning animated television special; and, in 2009, it became a CGI animated television special entitled simply, "Yes Virginia." The items offered here all predate the story's book and animation fame, and include the typescript of a 1956 television appearance by O'Hanlon, a Sun broadside of the editorial, and Two Christmas Classics, which is likely the editorial's first appearance in book form, in 1968. The lot is as follows: 1. The 3-page typescript of a 1956 segment of the television show The Children's Hour, hosted by Ed Herlihy, with guest appearances in this episode by Santa Claus and by Virginia O'Hanlon, who would have been in her late 60s. In it, Santa asks Herlihy if there really is a Virginia, and Herlihy introduces "Dr. Laura Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas," using her married name (kept after her divorce), acknowledging her doctorate (from her career as an educator), and revealing that "Virginia" was actually her middle name. Herlihy then recounts the story of the editorial, and O'Hanlon is given unscripted time to talk about events since, followed with her own reading of Francis P. Church's famous response to her younger self. These pages are stapled to: 2. An undated New York World Telegram/The Sun broadside of the full editorial, entitled "Is There a Santa Claus?," and adding a paragraph at the bottom on "How Editorial Happened to Be Written." 3. A cover letter is included, written on New York World Telegram letterhead and dated October 21, 1956, from a former employee of the paper to "Miss Clements" (Alice Clements, producer of The Children's Hour), saying that he is acquainted with O'Hanlon and feels he can convince her to appear on the show, adding, "Each and every year during the month of December I was shocked by the nation-wide demand for reprints of the Virginia O'Hanlon story." These three items are folded in half, and the corner staple is rusted; they are otherwise near fine. 4. Together with the chapbook Two Christmas Classics, issued by Columbia University Press, ca. 1968, and printing both Church's editorial and Clement Clarke Moore's A Visit from Saint Nicholas ("Twas the night before Christmas") as a holiday keepsake, as both Church and Moore were graduates of Columbia College. (Coincidentally, O'Hanlon received her Masters Degree from Columbia.) The chapbook also prints brief, anonymous, introductions to each. Approximately 4-3/4" x 6-1/2", edge-sunning to the front cover; near fine in stapled wrappers, with a holiday greeting laid in that is signed by Carl B. Hansen, of Columbia University Press. A relatively early grouping of items in the enduring legacy of one child's curiosity and Church's timeless response embodying the meaning of Christmas. [#032276] $2,000
1976. A one-paragraph letter, on Village Voice stationery, saying he can not recommend The Good Soldier Schweik in his column as he hasn't seen it, though he would like to and, despite not having seen it, goes on to say "It is the quintessential German story about the absurd worship of uniforms, and I think it should be shown for its sociological interest." Sarris was the longtime film critic for the Voice and was a key proponent of the auteur theory of filmmaking and film criticism. Folded in thirds for mailing; fine, with envelope. [#032675] $100
[Self-Published], 2001. A self-published artist's book, of a story that takes place over the last 91 minutes of one August day in 2001. Text and illustrations by Savage. Signed: "Artist's Proof 2001, CHS" on the final page. Ring-bound, with rubbed acetate covers; else fine. This material inspired a dance piece by Jennifer Chin, although we have found no evidence of its having been formally published nor listings for it in OCLC. [#032676] $200
New York, Knopf, 1991. Her breakthrough book, a novel of an Iowa farm family which won the Pulitzer Prize. Inscribed by Smiley to Ivan Doig, "with admiration and best wishes." Doig was an award-winning Montana novelist, memoirist, and journalist. His first book, This House of Sky, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and is considered a contemporary classic of the American West. A good literary association copy. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032688] SOLD
NY, Simon & Schuster, (2001). Essays by historians about historical novels, with (in most instances) responses by the novelists. This copy is signed by Smiley, who responds to "The Historical Imagination of A Thousand Acres" by John Mack Faragher. Otherwise unpublished thoughts by Smiley on her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, in part: "I have always felt somewhat removed from my most famous novel," which, for the record, she does not consider a historical novel. Upper corners tapped, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Also includes original pieces by Don DeLillo, Tim O'Brien, John Updike, Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, William Kennedy, and others. [#032320] $150
(NY), Ecco/HarperCollins, (2010). The uncorrected proof copy of Smith's National Book Award-winning memoir of her pre-fame life with Robert Mapplethorpe, with textual differences from the published version. One of the most highly regarded memoirs to come out of the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s. This copy is signed by the author. Trace rubbing to the spine lettering; still fine in wrappers. An uncommon proof, especially signed. [#030138] $500
(Sports and Fitness)
1964. May 15, 1964. Hall of Famer Musial ("Stan the Man") played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 to 1963 (minus one year in the Navy); in February, 1964, he began a three-year term as Consultant to the President on Physical Fitness, under President Lyndon Johnson. This (form) letter, written on White House stationery, addressed to the Public Relations Director of the L.A. Dodgers, and signed by Musial as "Stan," asks for help, "since we don't have funds for advertising" in publicizing "two new books -- Vim for girls, Vigor for boys -- which explain how important [exercise] can be to their future." Included here are copies of Vim and Vigor, "A Complete Exercise Plan for Girls/Boys 12 to 18." [Washington, D.C.: President's Council on Physical Fitness, 1964]. Each is 24 pages, leading off with a Presidential Message from Johnson and concluding with a message from President Kennedy "prepared especially for this book in November, 1963." The 50+ year old advice is surprisingly current, and the advice across the two genders is surprisingly balanced. The letter is fine; the booklets are very good (Vim) and near fine (Vigor) in stapled wrappers. An example of the youthful President Kennedy's foresight in his emphasis on physical fitness, and the subsequent President taking up the mantle to continue his effort with the help of one of the athletic superstars of the day. [#032322] $750
Springfield, Stevenson Campaign Headquarters, 1952. The transcriptions of 56 speeches given by Stevenson during the Presidential election season of 1952, beginning with his welcoming address to the Democratic National Convention on July 21, when he was speaking as Governor of the host state of Illinois and before he was drafted as the Democratic Party's Presidential candidate. The second speech here begins: "I accept your nomination and your program. I should have preferred to hear those words uttered by a stronger, wiser, better man than myself." 54 more speeches follow, all issued as news releases and most on Stevenson Campaign Headquarters letterhead. The final speech was given on November 1 (Election Day was November 4). Stevenson lost to Eisenhower, winning 44% of the popular vote but carrying only 9 states. A chronological record of Stevenson's entire first run for President: each release runs 3-10 pages, so hundreds of pages of Presidential politics from a half century ago, with equal opportunity to note how much things have changed and how much they have not. Photo-reproduced legal-sized sheets; minor edge wear; a few pages detached from corner staples; large coffee ring on the first page of the second news release. In all, a near fine lot, representing these speeches' first appearance in printed form. A number of them were published in book form by Random House prior to the 1952 election, with a Foreword by John Steinbeck. [#032678] $1,500
NY, Greenberg/Corwin, (1950). The first novel by this science fiction writer who was an influence on the New Wave of young science fiction writers of the 1960s, and was admired by such writers as William Burroughs and Kurt Vonnegut. Sturgeon's second novel, More Than Human, posited a change in consciousness as the next step in the evolution of human beings, an idea that fit well with the drug experimentation among the counterculture of the Sixties. Inscribed by the author in 1975, with "my warmest regards." Slight sunning to board edges and tanning to endpages; near fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket. With reader response card laid in. [#032325] SOLD
(Minneapolis/St. Paul), Rune Press/Minnesota Science Fiction Society, (1979). Three stories by Sturgeon, plus a 30+ page bibliography. A limited edition. Of a total edition of 750 copies, this is number 337 of 700 numbered copies. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine, very slightly sunned dust jacket. [#032326] $70
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