skip to main content

Catalog 169

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

click for a larger image of item #29011, Bulls of Iberia (n.p.), King Ranch Edition, 1972. The limited edition. Copy 54 of 1000 (or, likely, fewer) numbered copies produced for the King Ranch, at the time reputed to be the largest ranch in the world, and signed by the author. Additionally, this copy is inscribed by Vavra to the writer Peter Matthiessen: "For Peter - who at one time was also under the spell of the bulls of Iberia. Thanks again for your help with my new book. It would be great to have you at the ranch - imagine the ¡oles¡. All best/ Robert/ April 23, 1996." Foreword by James A. Michener. Clothbound; mild spine fade; else fine in a near fine slipcase with several lamination creases to the pictorial covers. The copyright page has blacked out information covered with a pasted-on label, suggesting this edition was made up of copies from the Seville, Spain edition which, although identified as a signed limited issue was not signed. It is doubtful that there were actually 1000 copies of this edition produced, or distributed: the book seems to be fairly scarce. A nice association copy. [#029011] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33050, Cutting for Stone NY, Knopf, 2009. The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author "For ____ - with great pleasure in meeting you after reading your blog! My best wishes, Abraham Verghese 2/11/09," the month of publication. Cutting for Stone was well-received, a bestseller, and made numerous "Best of" lists. The proof is uncommon, not to be confused with the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers. Near fine in wrappers. [#033050] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33199, The Fortunate Traveller NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1981). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of poetry by Walcott, a West Indian author of poetry and plays who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. This copy is inscribed by Walcott to the poet Mark Strand: "To Mark - continuing strength/ Derek." With Strand's ownership signature beneath. One of the poems in this collection, "Piano Practice" is individually dedicated to Strand. It is printed here in the proof as it appeared in The Kenyon Review in 1980, but changes were made between this and the published version, and laid in here are two photocopies of the proof version showing two versions of Walcott's revisions (in the hand of a copy editor?). The photocopies are stapled and folded in thirds; the proof is near fine in wrappers. Strand was Poet Laureate of the U.S. the year Walcott won his Nobel Prize; Strand also won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999, for his collection Blizzard of One, which contained the poem "The View," dedicated to Walcott. A superb literary association between two of the preeminent poets of the 20th century. [#033199] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33200, Man of La Mancha. A Musical Play NY, Random House, (1966). An extra-annotated copy: inscribed by Wasserman, "To --- ---, a fellow quixotick -- with appreciation, Dale Wasserman, in 1968. Wasserman, who had had success on Broadway with an adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1963, wrote the book for Man of La Mancha which opened off Broadway in 1965 and moved to Broadway in 1966, where it won the Tony Award for best musical. Tipped into this copy is a plethora of Quixotic ephemera, as well as four typed letters signed from Wasserman. There is also a photo of a Cervantes-themed bracelet, which the recipient had sent to Wasserman, and which Wasserman mounted and photographed. The four letters span 1968-1969. In one, Wasserman notes: "It amuses me, the way The Impossible Dream has swept the world, gone into so many languages and been put to so many uses. For most often it's used wrongly, in a perversion of its meaning..." The owner has rather compulsively annotated not only the text of the book, and the added articles, reviews, and illustrations; he has also annotated Wasserman's letters. Binding broken from all the ephemera laid in. Thus a good copy, with the dust jacket absent but the jacket flaps preserved and pasted to the endpages. A unique copy. [#033200] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33201, Essays of E.B. White NY, Harper & Row, (1977). A collection of essays spanning his career, with a foreword written expressly for this volume. Inscribed by the author to a neighbor in Maine: "For ____/ with love from/ Andy." ("Andy" being White's nickname, from college.) Boards mildly splayed and light foxing to page edges; near fine in a very good dust jacket with an externally tape-repaired tear at the lower outer corner of the rear panel. [#033201] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33051, Two by Two Easthampton, Warwick Press, 2000. A limited edition chapbook printing two poems, one each by Wilbur and Hall, in celebration of a joint reading by the poets in 2000. Copy No. 89 of 140 copies, signed by Wilbur and Hall and also signed by Jack Kelleher, who organized the reading, and by Carol Blinn, the book's designer. The poems are "The Beautiful Horses" by Hall and "Crow's Nests" by Wilbur. Handsewn in wrappers. Fine, with publisher's envelope. [#033051] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #32544, Autograph Letter Signed and Pieces of White Shell NY, Scribner, (1984). An autograph letter signed to Peter Matthiessen, written in 1989 and addressed, "Dearest Peter," asking if he would sign her copy of The Snow Leopard, which she has been rereading and adding, "It is a gift to meet you, to have shared these two evenings in Jackson Hole. Bless you. You inspire me." Folded in thirds; fine. Laid into Matthiessen's copy of Williams' first solo book, Pieces of White Shell, which won the Southwestern Book Award. Modestly foxed; a near fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#032544] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #32547, Typed Letter Signed and Poppa John NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1981). The book is inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] in 1982, and with a full-page typed letter signed laid in, which discusses both Matthiessen's writing and his own, including Poppa John, "a recent whipping boy for the Eastern press..." Letter folded, with some small stains. The book is near fine in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket, with one edge tear to the upper rear panel. [#032547] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #23688, Monday or Tuesday NY, Harcourt Brace, 1921. The first American edition of this early collection of short fiction, in which Woolf explores the stream of consciousness technique that she used to great effect in later novels. One of only 1500 copies, this copy in the black cloth binding. Slight foxing to cloth; near fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket, professionally, preemptively strengthened on the verso along the folds. A beautiful copy; easily the most attractive one we've seen. [#023688] SOLD
For notifications of our sale lists, new arrivals, new catalogs, or other e-lists, subscribe to our email list:

Note: Your email will not be shared and will only be used for announcements.