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Catalog 170

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

click for a larger image of item #33457, Father Death Blues Aarhus, Denmark, Grafisk Værksted, 1983. Broadside in English and Danish of Ginsberg's poem, translated "rather freely" by Dan Turell. This is Copy 31 of 100 copies and is signed by Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Steven Taylor, who provided a dozen bars of musical notation. Quite uncommon apparently, even more so than the small limitation would suggest: OCLC locates only one copy worldwide, at the University of North Carolina; an examination of the finding aid for the Allen Ginsberg papers at Stanford University finds the manuscript of the poem but no copy of this broadside. 23-1/2" x 17-1/2". Rolled, else fine. [#033457] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33266, The Dream of the Unified Field. Selected Poems 1974-1994 (Hopewell), Ecco Press, (1995). Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Inscribed by Graham to James Tate, with "all my love." From James Tate's library, and with Tate's ownership signature. A nice literary association copy between two Pulitzer Prize-winning poets. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033266] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33387, The Shadow That Scares Me Garden City, Doubleday, 1968. A collection of pieces by the comedian and activist, edited by James R. McGraw. This copy is inscribed by Gregory to the singer Carmen McRae. Gregory and McRae shared a billing at the Village Gate in Greenwich Village with John Coltrane in 1964, and in 1965 the three shared a monthlong bill there. Rare signed, and an excellent association. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with several edge chips and one edge tear. [#033387] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33458, Green Hills of Africa NY, Scribner, (1935). His second book of nonfiction, an account of a month-long hunting trip to Africa which he wrote "to see whether the shape of a country and the pattern of a month's action can, if truly presented, compete with a work of the imagination." Heavy sunning to the cloth as is typical with this title; small tear at the crown; a very good copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several edge tears and the usual fading to the green block on the spine. [#033458] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33502, The Old Man and the Sea NY, Scribner's, 1955. Later, Nobel Prize edition of the last book published in Hemingway’s lifetime, inscribed by the author: “To Keith Wolf/ hoping he’s never/ nervous in the service/ best always/ Ernest Hemingway.” The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953 and helped earn Hemingway the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. A short novel that has been characterized as a fable, it deals with a Cuban fisherman's struggles to land a giant marlin that he has hooked, and reflects Hemingway's concern for life as a struggle of man against nature, including his own nature. By the time of the publication of The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway's literary star had seemingly fallen: his previous novel, Across the River and Into the Trees, had been soundly panned by critics, who called it a poor parody of Hemingway's earlier writings. By the 1950s, his physical health was declining as well, and he seldom ventured into the public limelight anymore, as he had been so accustomed to doing in previous decades. As a result, this title -- one of the high spots in the Hemingway canon -- seldom turns up signed or inscribed, in comparison to many of his earlier books. Keith Wolf was the brother of Jacob “Jake” Wolf, a writer who was an expert on the life of Hemingway and reviewed Hemingway’s books and books about him for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jake Wolf visited Hemingway with a friend at Finca Vigia in Cuba in 1957, which is probably where he got this book inscribed for his brother. A very good copy in the Nobel Prize dust jacket (supplied) which is near fine, with light wear at the bottom of the rear panel. A handsome copy of one of Hemingway's most important works. Six years after this edition was published, Hemingway, suffering from failing health, committed suicide. He never finished any of the other writing projects he was working on over the last decade of his life. [#033502] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33212, Speaking Truth to Power NY, Doubleday, (1997). A memoir by the woman whose testimony during the Senate hearings for Clarence Thomas's appointment as a Supreme Court Justice shocked the Congress, earned her widespread vilification, and can now be looked back on as an early antecedent to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that are disrupting the powers-that-be in the U.S. and elsewhere, in virtually every field. A landmark work. Signed by the author. Trace foxing to top edge, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033212] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33459, Cat Man Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1956. His first book, winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. 1956 ownership signature of "R. [Richard] Ovey" and inscribed by Hoagland to Ovey's wife, Elizabeth Danforth Ovey, but apparently returned to Hoagland at some point, as this copy is from Hoagland's personal library. A novel of a circus roustabout, based in part on the author's two summers spent as a cat man with a traveling circus. Three titles on the list of Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award winners have pencil marks next to them. Offsetting to endpages and crease to spine; a very good copy in very good dust jacket. An auspicious debut to a long and fruitful literary career, and an uncommon book signed. [#033459] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33460, The Circle Home NY, Thomas Y. Crowell, (1960). A specially-bound author's copy. Three quarter leather, raised bands, gilt stamped, marbled endpapers. Probably a unique copy made for Hoagland by the publisher, or one of a couple of copies created by the publisher for the author and publisher -- a somewhat widespread tradition in American publishing in that era. Front cover fully detached, and in need of repair to be functional; leather somewhat mottled. A 1964 newspaper clipping about the 31-year-old Hoagland receiving two literary grants is laid in. From the author's library. [#033460] $450
click for a larger image of item #33461, The Circle Home NY, Thomas Y. Crowell, (1960). Signed by Hoagland and from the author's own library. His second novel, about a down and out boxer in the 1950s, set in New York City and Boston. Slight push to the spine, some edge foxing. A very good copy in a very good, modestly rubbed dust jacket with a few closed edge tears. Hoagland's signature is a recent one, dating from after he became fully blind, so it is done from feel alone and is quite shaky. [#033461] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33462, The Peacock's Tail NY, McGraw-Hill, (1965). A specially-bound author's copy of his third book. Three quarter leather, five raised bands, gilt stamped, marbled endpapers, inscribed by Hoagland to his mother: "For Mother with love from Ted." Two bookplates and a book review tipped in, presumably by Hoagland's mother. A bit of mottling to the boards; near fine, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. In all likelihood, a unique copy, created for the author by his publisher. From the author's library. [#033462] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33463, The Peacock's Tail NY, McGraw-Hill, (1965). The first trade edition of the author's third book, from the author's own library and signed by him. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033463] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33464, The Courage of Turtles NY, Random House, (1970). His first collection of essays. Signed by Hoagland and from the author's own library. This was the book that caused John Updike -- a classmate of Hoagland's at Harvard in the 1950s -- to call Hoagland the finest essayist of his generation. Hoagland had two other collections of essays in the 1970s -- Red Wolves and Black Bears and Walking the Dead Diamond River -- that not only confirmed Updike's judgment about Hoagland's essay-writing but also elevated him into the front rank of writers of natural history and the environment, at a time when such writers as Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez and Edward Abbey were making their marks in that field. Moderate foxing; a very good copy in a very good, internally foxed, spine-faded dust jacket. [#033464] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33465, Paperbacks NY, Ballantine, (1972-. Four first paperback printings from the author's own library, each signed by Hoagland: Notes from the Century Before (Ballantine, 1972); Cat Man (Ballantine, 1973); The Courage of Turtles (Warner, 1974); and The Circle Home (Avon, 1977). A bit of foxing and toning, but a near fine set. [#033465] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33466, Red Wolves and Black Bears NY, Random House, (1976). A collection of essays. Signed by Hoagland and from the author's own library. Edges foxed and some offsetting on the endpapers; near fine in a near fine, spine-faded dust jacket. [#033466] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33467, Heart's Desire London, Collins Harvill, (1991). The first British paperback edition of this "best of" collection of essays spanning twenty years. Signed by Hoagland and from the author's own library. Blurbs and/or review excerpts by John Updike, Philip Roth, Benedict Kiely and others. Edge-foxed; near fine in wrappers. [#033467] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33468, Compass Points NY, Pantheon Books, (2001). The advance reading copy of this collection of reminiscences. Signed by Hoagland. Fine in wrappers and publisher's cardstock slipcase. From the author's own library. [#033468] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33469, Compass Points NY, Pantheon Books, (2001). A collection of reminiscences, subtitled "How I Lived." Signed by Hoagland and from the author's own library. Very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. Jacket blurbs by Annie Proulx, Alfred Kazin, Guy Davenport, Robert Stone, and Philip Roth. [#033469] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33219, Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid NY, Basic Books, (1979). A massive book that became an unlikely bestseller, linking the mathematician Kurt Godel, the visual artist M.C. Escher, and the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and finding symmetries and connections in their works that shed light on cognition, systems, and meaning itself. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication to Arthur Levenson, a mathematician and cryptographer who worked on the German Enigma code during WWII; Levenson was also an early supporter of the Washington Bach Consort. Mild foxing to the edges of text block; near fine in a very good dust jacket, with the usual fading from peach to pale yellow, especially on the spine. Uncommon signed. According to online inventories at Stanford, Levenson had corresponded this same year with Hofstadter's father, Robert, who was a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics. An interesting association copy of a book that became a cultural touchstone. [#033219] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33470, Brave New World Garden City, Doubleday Doran, 1932. Huxley's masterpiece, his bleak and despairing vision of a future society. This is the limited edition of the first American edition: Copy No. 237 of 250 copies signed by the author. One of the great novels of the 20th century, whose title -- taken from Shakespeare -- has become a part of the language, signifying not just dramatic change but the tendency toward loss of meaning that can be a byproduct of social change. A fine copy in a fair, sunned and broken slipcase that has done its job protecting the book. [#033470] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33471, The Night Man NY, New American Library/Onyx, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of this paperback original, by this science fiction and horror novelist who was friends with Philip K. Dick and has, among other things, written three novelistic sequels to Blade Runner, the film based on Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Jeter is also credited with coining the term "steampunk," to describe alternate history novels, such as his own Morlock Night that were more Victorian than cyber in nature. Letter to reviewer and relevant page from Onyx catalog laid in. Near fine in wrappers. Proof copies of paperback originals are generally done in very small quantities. [#033471] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33344, A Different Drummer NY, Anchor/Doubleday, 1990. The uncorrected proof copy of the reissue of his highly praised first book. Publication date written on front cover; fine in wrappers. The published book had a foreword by David Bradley, the African American author of South Street and The Chaneysville Incident, which is announced here but not yet included. This book, and its author, were the subjects of a recent article in The New Yorker, touting the novel as an undiscovered classic and the author as a unique voice in African American writing. [#033344] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33345, The Free You, Vol. 4, No. 2 Menlo Park, Midpeninsula Free University, 1970. The Free You was the magazine of the Midpeninsula Free University, on the San Francisco peninsula, one of the 1960s' early experiments in alternative education, and an outgrowth of the countercultural movement that started at Kesey's Perry Lane home, on the border between Stanford and Menlo Park. This issue contains "Exercises in Creation" by Kesey, "pirated from Ken Kesey's Mexico Journals," which were written while he was a fugitive from a drug bust; the pieces were later published in Kesey's Garage Sale. This issue includes a "Special Supplement: History of Midpeninsula Land Use," an early model for grassroots activism in the San Francisco Bay Area that helped preserve a substantial amount of coastal lands in northern California from the rampant development that was underway at the time. Edited by Fred Nelson and Ed McClanahan, who was a classmate of Kesey's at Stanford, in Wallace Stegner's Writing Workshop. Slight edge wear and minor staining to foredge; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033345] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33346, The Last Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog (Menlo Park), (Whole Earth Catalog), (1971). Kesey co-edited this supplement and contributed "The Bible," "The I Ching," and "Tools from my Chest," some of the tools being Dope, Lord Buckley, Ashley Automatics, Larry McMurtry, Wendell Berry, Ginseng, William Faulkner, Woody Guthrie, The Grateful Dead and more. The cover bears R. Crumb's interpretation of "The Last Supper." Inscribed by Kesey on the front cover. One of the culminating volumes of the 1960s counterculture. Scarce signed. Pages browned; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033346] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33472, Demon Box (NY), Viking, (1986). A review copy of this collection of short pieces, both fiction and nonfiction. Signed by Kesey. Trace top edge foxing and slight edge bump; else fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip laid in. [#033472] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33205, Bare Bones. Conversations on Terror with Stephen King Los Angeles/Columbia, Underwood-Miller, 1988. The deluxe edition of this compendium of interviews with Stephen King, 1979-1987. Edited by Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller. One of 52 copies of the deluxe edition (of 1152 copies total); this is copy "CC." Half-bound in leather. With the bookplate of contributor Stanley Wiater on the front flyleaf. Wiater has two contributions -- an interview with King on the set of Maximun Overdrive, the first and only film King directed, and a joint interview with King and Peter Straub at the 1979 World Fantasy Convention, in Providence, Rhode Island. Fine. [#033205] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33204, The Girl Next Door Woodstock, Overlook Connection Press, (1996). A limited edition of this horror novel by Ketchum, loosely based on events in a notorious murder case in 1965 and made into a film in 2007. With an 11-page introduction by Stephen King that did not appear in the trade edition, as well as several Afterwords, and an interview with Ketchum by Stanley Wiater about the writing of the book. This copy is signed by Ketchum, King, Wiater, Christopher Golden, Lucy Taylor, Edward Lee, Philip Nutman and Neal McPheeters. There were 500 numbered copies and 52 lettered copies; this is a contributor's copy, marked "SW2," from the library of Stanley Wiater, with his bookplate on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket and fine slipcase. [#033204] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33474, M.I.A. Hunter #3, 4, 7 (NY), Jove/Berkeley, 1985, 1987. Three volumes: the third, fourth, and seventh (Hanoi Deathgrip, Mountain Massacre, and Stone) in this pseudonymous series. These were the only three books in the series written by Lansdale. Other writers contributed to the series, using the same pseudonym. Stamp of another author inside the front covers; age toning to pages; minor foxing. Unread; very good in wrappers. [#033474] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33473, The Drive In and The Drive In 2 NY, Bantam, 1988, 1989. A limited edition paperback of Lansdale's The Drive In: Copy No. 50 of 200 numbered copies, signed by the author for The Overlook Connection, a science fiction, fantasy and horror bookstore and press. Together with the sequel. Both books have the stamp of another author inside the front cover, toning to the pages and foxing to the edges and endpages; the first book has a small nick at the crown. Unread copies; very good in wrappers. A little-known edition, it seems, and signed, numbered mass market paperback editions are clearly quite uncommon. [#033473] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33475, To Kill a Mockingbird Philadelphia, Lippincott, (1960). A classic of 20th century literature, a bestseller upon publication, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, basis for one of the greatest films of the century, and all from a first novel with a first printing estimated at only 5000 copies. Very slight spine slant and sunning; a very nice, near fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#033475] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33476, Behind the Scenes of Psycho NY, Harmony, (1995). The advance reading copy (marked "uncorrected proof") of Leigh's account of the making of Hitchcock's masterpiece, written with the assistance of Nickens, who has written a number of biographies of Hollywood stars. Illustrated with photos from the movie and from the making of it. Despite dying approximately 20 minutes into the film and having a body double for the death scene, Leigh received an Academy Award nomination for her role. Stamp of another author on the half-title; fine in wrappers. [#033476] SOLD
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