Catalog 167

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

1981. An airmail note, written from Oxford, declining an engagement on the grounds that he will be out of the country. Ellmann, one of the leading literary critics of his time, was a Joyce scholar; the recipient of the note directed a Bloomsday festival on Martha's Vineyard for over 35 years, among other Joyce-related activities. Jagged marginal tears from opening, else near fine. [#032644] $70
Hopewell, Pied Oxen Printers, 2006. A long poem by Eshleman in memory of his longtime friend, the artist Bill Paden, who died in 2004. Of a total edition of 50 copies, this is one of 15 numbered copies reserved for the poet and for the printer, David Sellers. Signed by Eshleman and Sellers. With a Hanga woodcut frontispiece signed by Bill Paden and numbered as one of 100 copies but, according to the colophon, no more than 30 were completed before Paden's death. A fine copy, from the library of author Clayton Eshleman. Letter of provenance available. [#027889] $1,000
NY, Harper & Row, (1964). A classic of children's literature, written, illustrated, and signed by Fitzhugh. The story of an unapologetic, unreformed tomboy/writer/spy, written by a lesbian, was a much-banned, but even more adored, breakthrough book of the 1960s. Criticized by some at the time of publication for its protagonist's attitude and sassiness, it is safe to say that the irreverence that Harriet exemplified became normalized in the 1960s and 1970s and now the book reads as an updated take on the unfettered honesty of children, akin to the child in Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Emperor's New Clothes." School Library Journal named it #17 on its list of all-time best children's novels in 2012, and Time Out New York Kids ranked it #12 on its list of "The 50 Best Books for Kids." Slight toning to boards and a crimp to the crown; very near fine in illustrated boards and a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with a small stain and price sticker on the rear panel, a shallow chip to the crown, and some fading to the orange title block on the spine. A very nice copy of a children's classic, seldom found in the first edition at all and especially scarce signed. [#032767] SOLD
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2004). First edition thus: Malamud's Pulitzer and National Book Award winning novel, here with a new introduction by Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer's subject is the difference between a good book and a great one. Signed by Foer on the title page, where he has added "Introduced by" between the title and his signature. Only issued in wrappers, this copy has a tiny indent and slight splaying to the front cover; very near fine. From the collection of Greg Gatenby, the director of an annual Toronto literary festival, and with Gatenby's signature as well. Scarce in the first printing and signed. [#029923] SOLD
London, Harvill, (1995). An advance copy of the first British edition of Ford's Pulitzer Prize- and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, with printed text on the front cover that indicates that the "text is not the final version," and, in fact, this text does seem to be an earlier state than that of not only the British trade edition but the U.S. edition as well. The text does seem to match that of the British advance reading copy. Approximately 8-3/8" x 11-3/4" tapebound sheets in printed cardstock covers. Signed by Ford. Photoreproduced name on the front cover; dusty rear cover; else fine. An uncommon view of an earlier state of the text of the second book in his Frank Bascombe series, which now runs to four volumes. The photocopied name on the front cover, together with the style of binding, give an indication that the proof was likely one of a very small number, hand-produced by the publisher in-house rather than printed and bound by a full-fledged printer, which would have been done in larger quantities. [#911204] $1,000
(n.p.), (Grenfell Press), (1999). One of 35 numbered copies of the first book publication of this story that first appeared in the New Yorker. An elaborate and elegant production by one of the premier fine presses in the country, with seven etchings by artist Jane Kent. Signed by Ford and Kent. This is copy number 21. Unbound folios, 10-1/4" x 15-1/2", laid into the publisher's clamshell case, which was made by Claudia Cohen, with tissue guard protecting each of the etchings. Fine. At the publisher's price. [#911206] $5,000
(Amherst), The University of Massachusetts Press, 1971. The poet's autobiography. Inscribed by the author to anthropologist and ecologist Peter Farb and his wife, artist Oriole Farb [later Feshbach]. With a 1973 typed note signed laid in to Peter, thanking him for the "striking photographic study" and saying how much he enjoyed the chat with him and Oriole and Stanley Kunitz. Also laid in are: a 1973 New York Times clipping about Francis; a review of two of Francis' books, including this one, from Harpers Monthly; and an offprint of Francis' "The Satirical Rogue Returns" from the Spring 1970 Virginia Quarterly Review. The offprint is folded vertically; the book is fine in a very good dust jacket with only mild sunning and edge wear. A nice association copy with some interesting ephemera. [#032768] SOLD
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2001). An advance audio excerpt from his then-forthcoming novel The Corrections, along with excerpts of ten other books in FSG's Fall 2001 line-up. Cassette tape, signed by Franzen on a small label affixed to the printed cardstock sleeve. Fine. The Corrections won the National Book Award and is consistently cited as one of the top books of the 21st century's "new canon." An unusual advance issue for a literary novel, and likely the only signed copy. [#029924] $125
London, Cape, (1977). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Garcia Marquez's first novel after the worldwide success of One Hundred Years of Solitude. An ambitious, experimental novel: 269 pages in six chapters, each of which is a single paragraph of extended sentences, with each of the chapters a retelling of the story of the power held by his fictional dictator. This copy is inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Para ____ Con todo mi afecto, Gabriel, 2001." Very modest dust soiling to covers; near fine in wrappers. An uncommon proof and especially so signed. [#027204] $1,250
Mexico, Ediciones del Equilibrista, 1990. A limited edition of Garcia Marquez's imagining of the last days of South American liberator Simon Bolivar. Of 1000 copies total, this is one of 250 copies published and distributed in Mexico. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#914663] SOLD
[St. Louis], John Burroughs School, 1925. Poetry by the future novelist, journalist, and war correspondent (and third wife of Ernest Hemingway). Six poems, or stanzas, or "bits of glass," written during what would have been Gellhorn's senior year at the John Burroughs School, a decade before she met Hemingway and the two traveled to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War together, beginning for Gellhorn more than half a century of covering wars and conflicts around the globe. A bit of corner staining to inner pages and smudges to covers; near fine in wrappers. Gellhorn also contributes, anonymously, to the section called the "Attic"; is listed on the Board of Editors; and contributes to the Editorials section done by members of the Board. Early appearances in print by a groundbreaking female journalist. [#032769] SOLD
(Northampton), (Gehenna Press), 1968. A scroll book by the noted sculptor, in the form of a 12' long handprinted color woodcut, carved from a single plank and printed on Japanese paper at Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press. Commissioned in 1968, this is Copy number 1 of 75 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. A fanciful piece, "Some elephants they met and danced," is reminiscent of her stated sculptural theme, "the moving group." Gillen has done commissioned installations for such institutions as Lincoln Center, the Tibor de Nagy collection, and the Museum of Modern Art. The proof for this scroll book is in the collection of MOMA, NY. 12' x 11". Scarce: OCLC locates only one copy, in the Brooklyn Museum. Rolled; fine. [#014818] $1,500
1961. Postmarked February 8, 1961. Written to Dick Seaver at Grove Press, telling him that he sent 19 "pix" of Burroughs to John Fles for an Esquire article. Signed in type by Ginsberg ("Allen"), after which he adds suggestions for obtaining images of a Tibetan Ghost Trap and an elephant mandala from Stanford professor Frederick Spiegelberg to go with his "LSD poem" that Barney [Rosset] has accepted. In a 1966 Paris Review interview, Ginsberg expounded at some length on the mandala imagery referred to in this card, including the Tibetan mandalas of Professor Spiegelberg. Postal marks across top half of text, not affecting legibility; near fine. [#029386] SOLD
NY, Bellevue Literary Press, (2009). The advance reading copy (marked "Uncorrected Proofs") of his first novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Blurbs by fellow Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson, Booker Prize winner Barry Unsworth, and Elizabeth McCracken. A read copy: spine slanted; corner creases to several pages; small spot to bottom edge of text block; still near fine in wrappers. A smaller format than most proofs and ARCs, suggesting, once again, that in this digital era fewer printed advance reading copies are being done and old formats are being abandoned. This is the only advance copy of this title we have seen. [#032770] SOLD
Culver City, Sony/Red Wagon/Columbia Pictures, 1993. Two variant screenplays for the 1994 romantic horror film written by Harrison, Wesley Strick and (uncredited) Elaine May; directed by Mike Nichols; and starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Christopher Plummer, Eileen Atkins, Allison Janney, David Hyde Pierce, Ron Rifkin, and Kate Nelligan, among others. (Despite the title, the movie is not related to Harrison's first novel, also titled Wolf; this is a werewolf story, whereas Harrison's book was what he called "a false memoir.") The earlier script is 114 pages, credited to Harrison and with revisions noted by Wesley Strick on October 6, 1992 and by Elaine May on November 21, 1992. Each page of the script is dated 11/21, and about half the pages are rubber-stamped in red, "WOL5038." Three-hole punched sheets bound with two brads, in a black spring-loaded binder; near fine. The second script has an orange title page that states "Revised March 30, 1993," after repeating the Strick and May revision dates. Each page of the script is dated 3-30-93. Bradbound in glossy Red Wagon Production wrappers, which show some handling; near fine. Together with the Columbia Pictures press kit: a folder containing one black and white image of a fanged Nicholson in bed with a sleeping Michelle Pfeiffer and an 18-page press release, in which Harrison talks about the genesis for the film, "a modest attack of lycanthropy (the delusion one has become a wolf)...[that] lasted about twenty minutes. My dog didn't forgive me for a week..." The release also contains bios of the principals, including Harrison, whose paragraph features a quote from Nicholson on what makes Harrison a great writer. Wolf won Harrison and Strick a Saturn Award for Best Writing, given out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The press kit and its contents are foxed; near fine. Very uncommon work by Harrison, one of the most highly regarded novelists of his generation, who died earlier this year. OCLC locates only 4 copies of the 11/21 revision and only one copy of the 3/30 revision. [#032771] SOLD
NY, Harper & Row, (1971). Hillerman's second book, a mystery set among political reporters in a fictional state capitol; Hillerman himself had been, according to the publisher, "a longtime political reporter." This is one of his only mysteries that is not a Navajo tale. Inscribed by the author to a Harper & Row sales rep: "To ___ _______ again - In hopes he can have similar success unloading this one, Regards, Tony Hillerman." Hillerman's first book, The Blessing Way, was published in 1970 and although he was a completely unknown author and the book had an unusual subject matter for the time -- a murder mystery set on an Indian reservation, and involving an Indian policeman as its protagonist -- it had sold well enough to go into at least five printings in the first year and be resold for a paperback edition. Clearly Hillerman was hoping for similar success here, although it would be more than a decade before he experienced much in the way of additional commercial success for his novels. Slight spine lean; very near fine in a near fine, mildly spine and edge-sunned dust jacket with slight wear to the spine extremities. [#028924] $1,500
NY, Random House, (1979). A personal account of the author's travels to the Sudan. Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Signed by the author. John Updike called Hoagland, who was his classmate at Harvard, "the best essayist of my generation." These essays and travel pieces combine the author's affinity for the natural world with an eye for detail that illuminates the very foreign, to him, societies and peoples he encounters. Very slight foxing to the top edge and mild cover splaying; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032772] SOLD
Helena/Guilford, Lyons Press, (2014). The updated, expanded, signed edition of Hoagland's selected essays, spanning nearly 50 years, with a foreword by Gretel Ehrlich. Signed by Hoagland. A lifetime of glowing praise on the dust jacket from John Updike, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Edward Abbey, Annie Proulx, Annie Dillard, and Joyce Carol Oates. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with one short, closed edge tear. With a "Signed by the Author" label on the front panel, as issued. [#032773] SOLD
Helena/Guilford, Lyons Press, (2014). The updated, expanded, signed edition of Hoagland's selected essays, spanning nearly 50 years, with a foreword by Gretel Ehrlich. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a strip of dampstaining visible only on the verso. With a "Signed by the Author" label on the front panel, as issued. [#032774] SOLD
Helena/Guilford, Lyons Press, (2014). The updated, expanded, signed edition of Hoagland's selected essays, spanning nearly 50 years, with a foreword by Gretel Ehrlich. Signed by the author. Pages previously dampened; very good in a very good dust jacket with dampstaining on the verso. With a "Signed by the Author" label on the front panel, as issued. [#032775] $60
(Cazadero), (Sudden Oak Books), (2015). The first hardcover edition of this novel that was published in hardcover, in paperback, and as an app. The hardcover is a slipcased edition of two volumes, "Snacks" and "News," meant to be read in alternating chapters and with illustrations by Ian Huebert that combine across the two volumes to make a larger picture. Although not called for, each volume is signed by the author. Horowitz was a managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney's. Fine copies, without dust jackets, as issued, in a fine slipcase. [#032650] $70
(n.p.), (n.p.), (n.d.). The original ribbon-copy typescript of page 22 from the Solomon Kane story, "The Blue Flame of Vengeance," also known as "Blades of the Brotherhood." The collector from whom we purchased this item explained its provenance as the following: in the early 1970s, when Chuck Miller was trying to raise money in order for him and Tim Underwood to start their specialty science fiction and fantasy publishing company Underwood/Miller Books, Miller took a 31-page Robert E. Howard manuscript and sold the pages separately, for $50 apiece; the first page, with the story title and the author's name and the only holograph change to the text, was $100. Howard created Conan the Barbarian and is widely credited with having invented the sword-and-sorcery subgenre of the fantasy genre. He committed suicide at the age of 30 in 1936, and original material by Howard is rare in the market. One 8-1/2" x 11" sheet, with a photocopy of the original entire 31-page typescript; near fine. [#032776] $750
Sauk City, Arkham House, 1946. The first book published by Arkham House, a specialist fantasy press founded by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei and named after the fictional New England city where most of H.P. Lovecraft's writings take place. Arkham House set out to publish Lovecraft in hardcover and also to promote other fantasy writers who had been overlooked by mainstream publishers, including Robert E. Howard. None of Howard's stories had ever been published in book form during his lifetime. This collection features a number of Howard's now-iconic characters, including Conan, King Kull, Brak Mak Morn, and Solomon Kane. It also includes an appreciation of Howard by H.P. Lovecraft. One of 3004 copies. Some markings to covers; "Please Return" inked on the front flyleaf, above a tasteful bookplate; very good in a very good, Hannes Bok-designed dust jacket. [#032777] SOLD
Sauk City, Arkham House, 1963. The first book publication of 15 of Howard's stories, in a variety of genres -- sword-and-sorcery, horror, Western, etc. Published in an edition of 2029 copies. Bookplate on the front flyleaf; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small address label on the front flap. [#032778] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1972). The uncorrected proof copy of Irving's second book. Spine slightly faded, with a short thin "skid mark" on the rear cover; near fine in wrappers. A very uncommon proof, preceding his breakthrough novel, The World According to Garp, by six years, and dating from a period when proofs were not commonly collected, so few will likely have survived. This is the earliest John Irving proof we've seen. [#032779] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of the third novel by the author of The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany, among others. A few light marginal pencil markings in the text, and the page numbers of them written on the inside rear cover; apparently a reviewer's notes. Spine slant, and paperclip imprint on the front cover; else fine in wrappers. A scarce proof, predating the era in which proofs have routinely been collected, and offered for sale in the rare book market. Few copies of this proof have ever turned up on the market, to the best of our knowledge. [#032780] SOLD
NY, Dutton, (1978). The first issue uncorrected proof copy, in mustard-colored wrappers. The promotional sheet laid into the proof begins: "We invite you to read one of the finest novels Dutton has ever published," a view that the critical and commercial success of Garp seems to have borne out. Because there was a widely distributed advance reading copy (reported to have been printed in an edition of 1500 copies -- a huge number, in those days, for a literary novel), copies of the proof, which is earlier than the ARC, are extremely scarce. There was also a later issue proof, in green wrappers. This is the earliest printed version of one of the landmark novels of the 1970s. Fine. [#032781] SOLD
NY, Dutton, (1978). The second issue of the uncorrected proof copy, in tall green wrappers. Erasures and label removal shadow on the front cover; small label affixed to spine; near fine. Not as scarce as the mustard-colored proof, but many times scarcer than the white advance reading copy. [#032782] $1,000
NY, Morrow, (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of the trade edition of what may be Irving's best-loved book (a substantial claim for a book by the author of The World According to Garp), a part of which was the basis for the movie Simon Birch. Fine in wrappers. [#032783] SOLD
NY, Morrow, (1989). The trade publisher's limited edition of what may be Irving's best-loved book (a substantial claim for a book by the author of The World According to Garp), a part of which was the basis for the movie Simon Birch. Copy No. 127 of 250 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in an acetate dustwrapper and slipcase, and still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap. There was also a Franklin Library edition, which preceded the publisher's editions -- and was, in effect, a subscription book club edition -- and a signed limited edition of 795 copies produced by the Book of the Month Club, but this edition is the scarcest of them and, by virtue of being the publisher's limited edition, the most desirable. [#032784] SOLD
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