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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 #33360, What I'm Going To Do, I Think NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1969). The advance reading copy of his highly praised first novel, which went into numerous printings immediately after publication and which won the William Faulkner Foundation Award. This copy is inscribed (by the publisher?), "For John & Joan [Didion] Dunne." Woiwode and Didion were judges together for the 1972 National Book Awards. Spine creasing and a heavy front cover crease; minor foxing to the edges of the text block; good in wrappers. [#033360] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33402, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1968). Wolfe's ground-breaking account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and their bus trip across the country, arguably the epitome of the "New Journalism" that Wolfe helped to bring about in the Sixties; it was called at the time "the most penetrating piece of writing yet done on the ethos and dynamics of the hippie," and it remains a classic of the time: the most definitive, sympathetic and insightful account of the seminal events of the 1960s counterculture -- the cross-country bus trip and the LSD-fueled gatherings -- "acid tests" -- that defined the Bay Area counterculture community in the mid-1960s, when LSD was still legal. This copy is inscribed by Wolfe, signed by Ken Babbs, Ed McClanahan, and Mountain Girl -- all of them among the original Pranksters -- and stamped and fingerprinted by Kesey, both on the front flyleaf and the front cover. With a photo of Kesey on the bus and a page of his handwritten notes, including Timothy Leary's phone number. Some spots and handling apparent; a near fine copy in a near fine, mildly edgeworn dust jacket, in a custom clamshell case. A unique copy of a modern classic, which mythologized the beginnings of the hippie movement and became the origin story of the 1960s counterculture (despite what many of the participants would say about Wolfe's being extremely free with the "facts" he recounted). [#033402] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33500, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and Autograph Letter Signed NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1968). Wolfe's masterwork of 1960s "new journalism." Laid in is an autograph letter signed from Tom Wolfe to John Gillan Brunini, who, in addition to many other positions, held the post of executive secretary of the Lotos Club: Wolfe's letter is an effusive thank you for having been presented with a Lotos Club Medal. A full-length portrait of Wolfe hangs in the Lotos Club lobby. The letter has a spot on the verso and is folded in thirds; else fine. The book is near fine in a very good dust jacket with several spots and short edge tears along the joints. [#033500] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33361, The Waves London, Hogarth Press, 1931. Uneven fading to violet cloth; corners bumped; small Lilly Library discard label rear pastedown. A very good copy in the Vanessa Bell-designed dust jacket, which is chipped at the corners and extremities, including the bottom inch of the spine losing the publisher's name, and extremely fragile at the folds: good only. Still, an affordable first edition in dust jacket of her most experimental book. [#033361] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33362, The Years London, Hogarth Press, 1937. Dampstaining to cloth and the outer upper corner of the text block; foxing to endpages; a good copy in a good, spine-stained and darkened Vanessa Bell dust jacket that is edge-chipped and fragile at the folds. [#033362] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33364, A Haunted House and Other Stories London, Hogarth Press, 1943. A posthumously published collection of short stories, six of which are published here for the first time. A small wartime volume, printed on cheap paper and in a thin binding. Acidification to pages; a very good copy in a fair Vanessa Bell dust jacket, now in two parts and with only half the spine present. Name and address written in pencil on rear panel. [#033364] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33365, The Moment and Other Essays London, Hogarth Press, 1947. A posthumous collection of essays. Marginal pencil marks to a few pages of text; near fine in a very good, spine-darkened Vanessa Bell-designed dust jacket with a couple small stains and edge chips. A respectable copy of a fragile book, manufactured during the early postwar years, that readily shows damage or wear. [#033365] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33367, Granite & Rainbow London, Hogarth Press, 1958. Woolf's essays on the art of fiction and biography. Pages acidifying, small corner bump; dampstaining to rear board; a good copy in a good, spine-tanned Vanessa Bell-designed dust jacket exhibiting some of the same dampstaining on the rear panel. [#033367] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33316, Appalachia NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1998). A poetry collection. From the library of James Tate. Inscribed by Wright to Jim [Tate] and Dara [Wier]. Also signed by Wright on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 1999 newspaper clipping about Wright laid in. [#033316] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33317, Negative Blue NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2000). Collects Chickamauga, Black Zodiac, Appalachia, and a number of new poems. Inscribed by Wright to Jim [Tate] and Dara [Wier], "with all love and affection." Also signed by Wright on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033317] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33318, Buffalo Yoga NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2004). Inscribed by the author to James Tate: "For Jim, dearest friend, from CW, down in the shadow of the Blue Ridge." From Tate's library. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033318] SOLD
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