Catalog 168

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

[Eugene], University of Oregon, 1954-57. Four volumes: Kesey's college yearbooks for his four years at the University of Oregon, where he would later teach a graduate writing course, and where his archive resides. In Oregana '54, Kesey is pictured as a member of Stizer Hall, as a member of the freshman wrestling team, and at the WRA Festival. Rubbing to the edges; very good. Oregana '55 pictures Kesey as a member of Skull and Dagger, in the shadows of a stage production, and as a member of Beta Theta Pi. Some foxing and mustiness; very good. In Oregana '56, Kesey is pictured as a member of the Druids (an organization of the most outstanding men in the junior class); a member of the Order of the O (charged with enforcing campus traditions); a columnist for the Oregon Daily Emerald; a cast member of Macbeth; a member of Beta Theta Pi (a mark on this page reverses the names of two rows of men); and a member of the wrestling team. Minor foxing to covers; near fine. Lastly, his senior yearbook (Oregana '57), shows Kesey as a member of the wrestling team and as a narrator in a "Vodvil" skit. It's uncommon to encounter a complete set of these yearbooks; we've had such a set only once before. A few stains to rear endpages, some rubbing to covers; overall very good. [#032927] $1,750
NY, HBO/Cannon Video, (n.d). The 1975 Academy Award-winning movie based on Kesey's novel, in VHS format. Signed by Kesey on the case, over the picture of Jack Nicholson, who himself won an Academy Award for the lead role. The placement of the signature may have been a statement on Kesey's part: he was known to have strongly opposed the casting of Nicholson as McMurphy (thinking a more physically imposing actor, such as Gene Hackman, would have been more appropriate), and he reportedly considered having his own name taken off the movie in protest. Kesey's son, Zane, said that this was the only copy of the movie he had ever heard of being signed by his father, because of how thoroughly unhappy he was with the film. Fine in a very good, rubbed case, with a small sticker removal abrasion. [#028935] $750
Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, (1992). A review copy of this collection of critical pieces on Kesey's masterwork, including one piece on the film adaptation as well as a comic strip parody from Mad magazine. Edited and with an introduction by Searles. Hardcover, with review slip laid in; fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#032883] SOLD
(NY), Penguin Books, (2003). The advance reading copy of this posthumous tribute to Kesey, edited by Ed McClanahan and with a foreword by Gus Van Sant. Contributions by Robert Stone, Larry McMurtry, Hunter Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Paul Krassner, Bill Walton, Ken Babbs, Wendell Berry, Gurney Norman, Robert Hunter, and many others. Also two contributions by Kesey. Fine in wrappers, with promotional material laid in. [#032884] SOLD
Last Chance Gulch, Hormone Derange Editions, 1992. A broadside by Kittredge, on the topic of a cross-species sexually suggestive Native American rattle that was found in the 1880's and currently resides at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; the text appears, with small variations, in the introduction to his book The Nature of Generosity, published in 2000. A scarce, interesting, and attractive production. One of 100 copies, signed by the author. Matted and framed to 12" x 20". Fine. [#032885] SOLD
Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall, (1970). Memoir by the middleweight boxer which was made into an acclaimed 1980 movie by Martin Scorcese starring Robert De Niro as La Motta. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, including De Niro for Best Actor. This copy is signed by the author. A somewhat uncommon book, having been issued by a publisher better-known for textbooks than for general trade publications. Mild splaying to boards; near fine in a very good, moderately edgeworn dust jacket. Scarce signed, especially in jacket. [#032886] SOLD
NY, Delacorte, (1977). The dedication copy of this mystery. Inscribed by Leonard on the dedication page in the month before publication: "For son Peter Leonard with love, Elmore Leonard 5/77." The printed dedication reads simply, "For Peter." Peter Leonard would have been about 25 when this book was published; he wouldn't become a crime novelist himself for another 25 years. When Elmore Leonard died, in 2013, Peter first considered finishing his father's final novel, to be called Blue Dreams, but has reportedly abandoned that idea in favor of writing his own Raylan Givens novel as a tribute to his father, one that would bring Givens to Detroit. An early Leonard mystery, before he had firmly established his reputation as a mystery writer (his early novels were Westerns; his early mysteries were issued as paperback originals), and thus before his books were bestsellers upon publication, with large first printings. Slight spine lean and offsetting to the front boards; a very good copy in a very good dust jacket albeit with a little staining to the front flap fold and a long closed tear at the rear spine fold. The best possible association. [#032887] SOLD
NY, Atheneum, 1979. Signed by Levine in full on the title page, and with a full-page inscription from Levine to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife on the half title, in which Levine describes a film version entitled 7 Years from Long Island, in which he plays a shellfish terrorizing Long Island, kissed by Matthiessen's wife, transformed into a Columbia professor with tenure, but then beaten to death by Peter with his National Book Award. 75 words of short-short fiction by Levine, and an association copy, and without doubt the best Philip Levine inscription we've ever handled, or even seen. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#032495] SOLD
[NY], Doubleday, Doran, [1935]. An advance excerpt of Lewis' potentially prescient political novel, printing the first three chapters. 32 pages. A very good copy in stapled, glossy wrappers with promotional text on both covers. Scarce, ephemeral advance publication. [#032888] SOLD
1981-1983. Lopez's Crow and Weasel, a fable in the style of North American Indian tales, with beautiful water color illustrations by Tom Pohrt, was published by North Point Press in 1990. This archive predates publication by 7-9 years, and represents a path not taken, documenting the guidance of Lopez, the painstaking work by Pohrt, and the over-arching influence of designer Joel Schick, who amassed this collection during the collaboration, but who did not ultimately serve as the book's designer. According to Lopez, worked stopped on this title in 1983 and began again in 1989, by which time David Bullen had replaced Schick as the designer. Much of the groundwork for the finished product remains visible however, in over 60 pages of text and images, including three signed letters from Lopez to Schick; three copies of letters from Lopez to Pohrt; 6-1/2 (one page missing) letters from Pohrt to Schick; nine retained copies of letters from Schick to Pohrt, Lopez, or both; one retained letter from Schick to Lopez's agent, Peter Schultz; and approximately 15 pages of sketches by Pohrt. Included are meticulously detailed discussions on how to involve the reader; how to anthropomorphize the characters; the characters' motivations at the points of illustration; the overall aesthetic of the book; the smoothing over of the personalities collaborating; etc., all carried out via the primitive means of type, pen, and postal service. As just one example, of Schick writing to Pohrt: "You give up a lot in order to avoid drawing that fore-shortened muzzle and the farther eye. An aspect of composition that we should probably not discuss in front of Barry. Better that our motives always be pure, or at least seem to be, even if misguided...Barry's note about the horse concerned about himself may be handled by facing him away from the action, and toward the edge of the book...Back Cover: No Dead Things!..." Again, when the book was published, in 1990, David Bullen was named as designer. However, included here is a copy of the first edition, (second state, without the gold stamping on the front cover that was removed by request of the second designer, Bullen), inscribed by Lopez to Schick, "with gratitude and affection, and a sense of delight in our long friendship." It's worth noting that Schick was Lopez's designer on his 1979 John Burroughs Medal winning book, Of Wolves and Men. All items fine. [#032889] SOLD
(Lexington), University Press of Kentucky, (1990). An essay on the ongoing consequences of the Spanish "conquest" of the New World and the need to rediscover the land the Spaniards "discovered." Warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "respectful bow, abrazos fuertes." Laid in is a typed letter signed from Lopez to Matthiessen, dated in 1991, thanking Matthiessen for sending his book African Silences and sending this book in return: "As I grow older, or see more of this ravaged Earth, I find my voice less tempered." Folded, else fine. The book is near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032496] SOLD
(Queensland), University of Queensland Press, (1975). The correct first edition (Australian) of his first novel, a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in Brisbane in the 1940s and '50s. Signed by the author in 1987. A bit of shelf wear to the lower board edges, else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with mild fading to the spine. A scarce book, especially in such condition and signed. [#917041] $750
Newark, Wildside Press, 1991. A limited edition, and the only hardcover edition, of this novella that first appeared in Analog magazine. Of a total edition of 276 copies, this is one of 26 lettered copies signed by McCaffrey and by Pat Morrissey, who provides the illustrations. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued, with silk ribbon marker bound in. An uncommon book by one of the most important fantasy and science fiction writers of the latter half of the 20th century; her first story in the Dragonriders of Pern sequence won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 2005 she was named the 22nd Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. [#027241] SOLD
NY, Henry Holt, (2008). Two items: first, the first edition, a paperback original, of this collection of essays by the author of The End of Nature, among others. With a new introduction by the author. Signed by McKibben. And second: the uncorrected proof copy, dated 2007, and including six essays that were not included in the finished book. An announcement of the expected change in contents is affixed to the front cover, as is a label announcing a 2008 publication date. In addition to the presence of these six essays, the proof differs from the published text at least by small changes in the titles of a few of the essays. McKibben's The End of Nature, published in 1989, was the first book for general audiences on the science of global warming and climate change. McKibben has since become one of the most outspoken and visible activists against climate change, founding the organization, which is now active in nearly 200 countries. The proof copy of this collection is fine in wrappers; the book has a small owner name and date on the flyleaf; otherwise it is also fine in wrappers. An uncommon proof, and also a book that is uncommon signed. [#032890] $300
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1977). Second printing. Inscribed by the author to Frank Taplin, long time trustee of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, based in Princeton, NJ. McPhee's book, subtitled "A Journey into the Awesome and Alarming World of Theodore B. Taylor," is a lengthy profile of Taylor, a nuclear physicist who foresaw a future of small nuclear bombs homemade by individuals. In later years Taylor became an expert in preventing the "diversion" of nuclear materials to help limit nuclear proliferation. Very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#032891] SOLD
[Point Reyes Station], Point Reyes Books, 2011. A broadside printed on the occasion of a reading by the then Poet Laureate of the U.S., from Merwin's collection, The Shadow of Sirius, published in 2009. With a 2010 illustration by Eric Karpeles entitled "Called back." 9" x 14"; two corner creases; near fine. [#032892] SOLD
NY, Penguin Books, (2002). First thus, with a foreword by Richard Eyre, the longtime Director of the Royal National Theatre in England and the director of the production of this play that was then running on Broadway. Signed by Miller. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032893] SOLD
Norfolk, New Directions, (1939). Miller's first book to be published in the U.S., after the acclaim that his earlier books -- Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring -- had achieved in Paris. One of 2000 copies printed, this copy is a review copy (so stamped on the front flyleaf, with a publication date). Inscribed by Miller to Roger Richards, a legendary New York bookseller whose store, Greenwich Books, was a hangout for many of the Beat writers including Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Ginsberg and Burroughs, and even Carl Solomon. Richards also published one of the last things Miller wrote, a 1978 chapbook called Love Between the Sexes, issued in an edition of 276 copies. This was one of the early books published by New Directions, which had been founded in 1936. Darkening to endpages and spine cloth, a very good copy of the first issue in a very good, first issue dust jacket with several small edge chips and two small contemporary reviews taped to the front flap. Very uncommon as an advance copy, and an excellent association copy. [#032894] $1,500
Paris, Grasset, 1956. Rilke's poetry, inscribed to Doris Dana, Gabriela Mistral's longtime companion and translator, from Marie-Lise Gazarian-Gautier: "A mon amie Doris de la Nina Azul/ avril 1960." "La Nina Azul," Gazarian-Gautier, was a biographer and protege of Mistral. Together with a second printing of the paperback edition of Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral, which Dana translated. Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and only the fifth woman to receive the prize. The pages of the Rilke are uncut and age-toned; else both books are fine in wrappers. An interesting association copy between two of the women closest to the Nobel Prize winner Mistral. [#032895] $250
NY, Knopf, 1974. The Nobel Laureate's second novel, which uses the theme of the friendship between two African-American women to explore issues of race, conformity and expectations within the black community, and within the larger white society. Inscribed by Morrison in 1978 to author, historian, and English professor Saunders Redding and his wife: "To the Reddings from Toni Morrison. Warmest regards and my very best wishes." With Saunders' signature on the title page. Saunders Redding was a pioneering critic of African-American literature and is believed to have been the first African-American to teach at an Ivy League university, when he was a visiting professor at his alma mater, Brown University, in 1949. He wrote a number of books focusing on African-American literature and history, and in the 1970s he was a member of the influential Haverford Group -- an informal think tank of accomplished African-American men who met to strategize about ways to defeat segregation and racism. An extraordinary association copy between the Nobel Prize winner Morrison and one of her most accomplished African-American literary forebears. Fine in a fine dust jacket but for two tiny edge tears on the back panel. In custom clamshell case. [#032896] SOLD
(Native American)
NY, Vantage Press, (1977). A self-made review copy of the first book by this Crow Creek Sioux author: a collection of stories and poems published by a so-called "vanity press." Vanity press books from this era often received no distribution from their publishers at all, and were eventually pulped; often the only copies that circulated were the ones the author distributed. Vantage Press, which published this book, was one of the oldest vanity presses in the U.S.; it lost a class action lawsuit filed by its authors when a judge determined that its claim to be an actual publisher was fraudulent, and the press did not promote or distribute copies of the authors' books. Cook-Lynn has taken matters into her own hands with this copy, writing "Review Copy" on the flyleaf and including an autograph letter signed, on Eastern Washington State College stationery, dated August, 1977, and addressed "Sirs." She states that she is enclosing a review copy, which she hopes they "find interesting," and adds "Since I am not sure about promotion & distribution, I must refer your inquiries to Vantage Press, N.Y.C. - But will be glad to answer any queries on other related topics." Signed "Liz Cook." Cook-Lynn is the author of The Power of Horses and From the River's Edge, among others, and is one of the most highly praised and frequently anthologized Native American writers working today. She has written a novel, Aurelia: A Crow Creek Trilogy, and co-authored The Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty. The letter is folded in thirds and a bit creased and sunned on the edges; near fine. The book is fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by two Native American artists, Sam Leader Charge and his wife, Sonny Tuttle. An uncommon book in the original edition, and a rare glimpse of the author's literary beginnings and her efforts to find an audience for her work. [#032897] SOLD
(Native American)
(NY), HarperCollins, (2016). The advance reading copy (marked "Uncorrected Proof" by the publisher) of the fifth book in the Birchbark House series, which includes a National Book Award finalist and two winners of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Pen-point sized indentation to cover and first few pages, else fine in wrappers. Scarce as an advance issue. [#032898] SOLD
(Native American)
NY, George H. Doran, (1915). Inscribed by the author. An autobiographical conversion tale: from Indian warrior to Presbyterian minister. The author's mother was Osage; his father a trapper; and he was raised by Kiowas after being captured during a raid. Griffis grew up as an Indian during the most volatile period of Indian-white relations in American history; he was captured a second time by George Armstrong Custer during the battle of the Washita in 1868. The inscription reads: To Me Pal [Tal?] Ruth, from [on behalf of] Henry/ Redpath, Chautauqua circuit, July 2nd, 1915/ Chief Tahan." 1915 was the height of the "circuit Chautauqua," with some 12,000 communities hosting Chautauquas, with lecturers and performers hired by Chautauqua agencies, and foremost among these was the Redpath Agency in Iowa. Introduction by the famous Seneca archaeologist, Arthur C. Parker. Fading to the spine cloth, black line on the rear board, rubbing to the edges and joints; a very good copy, without dust jacket. An early memoir by a writer of Native American descent, seldom encountered signed. [#032899] $450
(Native American)
Marvin, Blue Cloud Quarterly Press, 1985. Three short stories and a preface by Kenny, a Mohawk poet who also, for a time, ran Strawberry Press, a small press that specialized in publishing works by Native American writers. Signed by the author. Mild edge sunning; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#032900] SOLD
(St. Cloud), (Privately Printed), 1962. Haiku poems by Vizenor, with illustrations by his wife Judith. A very early book by this Anishinaabe writer and scholar, a key writer of the "Native American renaissance" and one of the "Four American Indian Literary Masters" identified by critic Alan R. Velie in his influential volume of that title. Near fine in tall, thin stapled wrappers. Very uncommon early work; we have seen reference to only two prior works by Vizenor, in 1960 and 1961. [#032901] SOLD
Portland, Press-22, (1981). The only separate publication of O'Brien's poetry. One of 26 lettered copies, the entire hardcover edition, signed by the author. Prints O'Brien's four stanza (five page) poem, "The Balance of Power," ["...The balance of power,/ our own,/ the world's/ Grows ever fragile."], an excerpt from O'Brien's work-in-progress at the time, which appears, much changed, in Chapter 4 of the finished novel, The Nuclear Age. This is Copy "G" and is fine in a fine dust jacket. [#004792] SOLD
(Castle Rock), Bella Luna, (1992). Copyedited typeset sheets for an apparently never-produced limited edition of Offutt's first book, a collection of stories published in 1992 as a paperback original in the Vintage Contemporaries series. One full set (140 pages) and five partial sets (approximately 270 pages). With copyeditor's marks throughout. 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, printed on rectos only. A few marks where rubber bands once lay; near fine, in manuscript box. Offutt's book received high praise from critics; on the strength of it and his 1993 memoir, The Same River Twice, he was named one of the "20 best young American writers" by Granta magazine. Presumably unique. [#915763] $750
NY, Knopf, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of his highly praised novel set in the aftermath of World War I, the novel that immediately preceded his award-winning The English Patient, and the first of his novels to be published by Knopf in the U.S., which earned him a larger audience in this country than he had had previously. Written on the back cover, in pencil, is a 125 word review of the book by Maxine Hong Kingston, signed by Kingston. This blurb appeared on the Picador edition of In the Skin of a Lion; the Knopf edition featured a blurb of hers for Ondaatje's Running in the Family. Newspaper review laid in, causing offsetting; some spotting and sunning, a short tear at the spine base. A very good copy in wrappers. [#032902] SOLD
Baden, Jonathan Williams, 1953. Poet John Ciardi's copy of Patchen's book, with Ciardi's ownership signature and address stamp and with a few underlinings and a marginal notation in the early pages of the text, presumably made by Ciardi. This is the issue in wrappers, not identified by the bibliographer, and one of 450 copies. With a plain bookmark laid in from the Saturday Review, where Ciardi worked as poetry editor. Near fine in self-wrappers. [#001810] $450
NY, Norton, (1986). Subtitled "The Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey," this follows in the tradition of Plimpton's earlier books Paper Lion and Out of My League, among others, wherein Plimpton enters the world of professional athletes as a participant rather than a spectator, and writes about the experience of the sport and the culture from the inside. An association copy: inscribed by Plimpton to his long-time friend and former colleague at The Paris Review, Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife, "with love." Modest foxing; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032513] SOLD
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