All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
(ATWOOD, Margaret) LAM, Victor, M.S. and LEE, Colin, M.D.
[Toronto], Doubleday Canada, (2006). A practical guide for preventing and surviving pandemics, with a foreword by Atwood, whose 2003 book launch for her novel Oryx and Crake, in which many people are killed by a swiftly-spreading virus, was canceled due to the (first) SARS outbreak. Fine in wrappers. [#034779] SOLD
London, BBC/Penguin, (1972). Berger's influential art text, based on the BBC's series of the same name, which popularized the deconstruction of art and advertising, particularly as applied to the ways that women are seen, and are subjected to what would later come to be called (by Laura Mulvey) "the male gaze," i.e., "...Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves." Ubiquitous in reprints; the true first is exceedingly scarce. Small owner name on title page; minor age toning; near fine in wrappers. No hardcover edition was done until the U.S. edition a year later. [#034712] $750
NY, Harper/Crowell, (1941/1958). Two volumes: Buckmaster's original volume on the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement, and her later volume, written for young adults. The later volume is inscribed by Buckmaster. Let My People Go is a near fine copy in a very good, mildly spine-sunned and edgeworn dust jacket, with a blurb by Richard Wright. Flight to Freedom is fine in a very good, lightly rubbed and edgeworn jacket. [#034691] $225
BURROUGHS, William and GYSIN, Brion
(San Francisco), Auerhahn, 1960. Signed by Burroughs. Although indicated as his fourth book in the estimable Burroughs bibliography by Maynard and Miles, recent scholarship has concluded that this was in fact his third book. This is a collaboration with his longtime friend, Brion Gysin. Printed by Dave Haselwood, who later reissued this title under his own imprint in 1967. This edition is estimated by the bibliographer at 1000 copies. Covers and four illustrations by Gysin. Some light staining to covers; very good in wrappers. [#034777] $750
NY, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, . The uncorrected proof copy of this novel, by the author of Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre, among others. Inscribed by Caldwell to Stuart Wright, a publisher, bibliographer, and Caldwell collector. This "novel of guerrilla warfare in Russia," was written after Caldwell's time as a foreign correspondent in Ukraine. 283 pages, printed on rectos only; string-tied in plain wrappers, with the title hand-written (faintly) on the cover. Mild foxing to page edges and slight dustiness to covers; still near fine. An unusual format for a proof, and probably issued in very small numbers -- a couple of dozen copies seems like the upper end estimate for this wartime printing. [#034764] $450
STEWART, Trenton Lee
NY, Little Brown, (2007). This is an advance reading copy of the first book in the award-winning series. (The third sequel was released in 2019; a prequel appeared in 2012.) A screen version of this story of four gifted children fighting evil (with adult supervision) is scheduled for 2021, on Disney+. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon as an advance issue. [#034769] $125
FIROR, John and JACOBSEN, Judith
New Haven, Yale University Press, (2002). Firor and Jacobsen argue that a sustainable world depends on reining in both the warming of the planet and overpopulation. Inscribed by the authors to a scientist involved with sustainable agriculture. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034770] SOLD
NY, Bloomsbury, (2009). The first book by Hansen, who has been trying to get the world's attention on global warming and climate change since the 1980s, even testifying before Congress in 1988. Coming two decades later, this book is subtitled, "The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Change to Save Humanity." Hansen appeared on 60 Minutes in October, 2020, saying that as bad as things are now (wildfires, flooding, hurricanes), the worst consequences will appear with the permanent changes -- rising sea levels and mass extinctions -- and with the ultimate damage dependent on how abruptly we can stop increasing the warmth of our planet. This copy is inscribed by Hansen. Laid in is a ticket to Hansen's 2010 lecture at the Chabot Space & Science Center. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034765] SOLD
NY, Basic Books, (2009). Decades after proposing the notion of "Gaia," (broadly, that all of life on Earth exists as a self-regulating super organism), Lovelock issues this "Final Warning" in the face of unprecedented increases in global temperatures. Signed by Lovelock. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034768] SOLD
NY, Riverhead Books, 2018. Innocuously billed as a "Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler" (in the past), but also, perhaps more usefully, "all the information you need to rebuild civilization" (in the future). Topics include food, water, fire, navigation, language, numbers, medicine, power, bikes, boats, beer, birth control, art, music, flight, philosophy, chemistry, and computers, to name a few. Part tongue in cheek, but also tongue and groove: a useful compendium of some of the things we'll lose if we lose everything. Signed by the author, with an added heart. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034620] SOLD
SCHWEIGER, Larry J.
Golden, Fulcrum, (2009). A call to action on climate change, by the president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. With an introduction by Theodore Roosevelt IV. Inscribed by both Schweiger and Roosevelt to "Marian" with thanks for many years of leadership in environmental concerns (Schweiger) and for being an inspiration (Roosevelt). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034721] SOLD
SMITH, Laurence C.
(NY), Dutton, (2010). Smith examines four forces shaping the future of the northern hemisphere: climate change, natural resource demand, globalization, and demographic trends. Inscribed by the author to biochemist K. Nagendra Nath Reddy. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a blurb by Jared Diamond. [#034722] SOLD
NY, St. Martin's, (2013). "A Journey Across America's Vanishing Glaciers." White focuses on the alpine glaciers of the Rocky Mountains and on Glacier National Park in Montana, once home to 150 glaciers, now down to 25, with consequences for drinking water reserves, irrigation, hydroelectric power, wildlife, and fire risk. Warmly inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Bill McKibben and Ed Viesturs, among others. [#034723] SOLD
YEOMANS, Allan J.
Australia, Keyline Publishing, (2005). Yeomans began his warnings about global warming in the 1980s. In 1990, the Australian was invited to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California for a conference on the future of agriculture in the U.S. There, Yeomans proposed his concept of sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide via the enhancement of soil fertility. This copy of Priority One is inscribed by the author to the soil scientist Bill Liebhardt in 2009, "Yes, it's been a long time since Esalen." Two tiny foredge spots, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Laid in is a broadside, also signed by Yeomans, entitled "How We Fix Global Warming" in four steps. Fine. [#034724] SOLD
NY, 1888. The Democratic Party Platform, as adopted in St. Louis on June 7, 1888 (and reaffirming and restating that adopted in Chicago four years earlier). In 1888, Grover Cleveland was running for re-election, against the Republican Benjamin Harrison. Cleveland won the popular vote, but lost in the Electoral College, in part due to Republicans buying votes in Indiana. (Cleveland would, however, win a rematch, in 1892.) This pamphlet puts forth the ideals of the Democratic Party at the time, including: childhood education; the rights of organized labor; the separation of church and state; the equality of all citizens without regard to race or color; the reform of unjust tax laws that unduly enrich the few; the end of the sale of public lands to benefit corporations rather than settlers; the reigning in of tariffs; the admission of Washington, Montana, Dakota and New Mexico into the Union; and supporting the blessings of self-government and civil and religious liberty for all nations. The platform reaffirms the rights of native and naturalized citizens, but takes a hard line against the importation of "unfit" foreign labor. One sheet, folded to create a 12 page pamphlet, 3 3/8" x 5 3/4". Foxed, and fragile; about very good. Only two copies located in OCLC, at NYPL and Pittsburgh State University. [#034697] $1,000
Chicago, Open Court Publishing Company, 1925. The inaugural lecture in the Paul Carus Foundation Lecture Series, an ongoing series in which lectures are presented over three consecutive days in prominent sessions at a divisional meeting of the American Philosophical Association. John Dewey was a philosopher, psychologist and educator who was one of the founders of the pragmatism school of philosophy and was called by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy "arguably the most prominent American intellectual for the first half of the twentieth century." He founded the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1896 to test his educational ideas; he became President of the American Philosophical Association in 1905; he was one of the founders of the New School for Social Research in 1919; and he was a member of the first Board of Directors of Hull House, among many other projects and accomplishments. His ideas helped shape the founding of Bennington College and Goddard College, and later Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which for a time became the nexus of the arts and education in the U.S. Experience and Nature is considered his most metaphysical book and, as such, his most important in tying together all of his ideas of philosophy and psychology and grounding them in nature and a model of how the human being grows and learns. Owner name of Robert Rothman, and several marginal marks in the text. A very good copy with some handling and spotting to the brown cloth, particularly on the spine. Uncommon in the first printing. [#034725] $375
NY, Horace Liveright, (1929). The first volume in the Kappa Delta Pi Lecture Series, in which Dewey argues for education to be a disciplined and evolving science. Owner name of Theodore F. Lentz, Jr. on the front flyleaf, and together with Lentz's own book, An Experimental Method for the Discovery and Development of Tests of Character [NY: Columbia University, 1925]. Lentz's book has a date stamp on the rear cover and a few small edge tears; very good in wrappers. Dewey's book has a bookplate (not Lentz's) on the front pastedown and several small, penciled marginal marks; near fine in a very good dust jacket with tiny edge chips and one small, internally tape-mended edge tear. [#034726] $450
DEWEY, John and Evelyn
NY, Dutton, (1915). "The schools of yesterday that were designed to meet yesterday's needs do not fit with the requirements of to-day." Dewey and his daughter Evelyn visit schools that are rising to the challenge, the "schools of to-morrow." These were the schools that approached education as being derived from experience and experiment, as opposed to being delivered to children by outside agencies. Small owner name on the front pastedown under flap; a near fine copy of this book, protected by a very good, edge-chipped dust jacket. Another name appears on the jacket (twice), in pencil. One of Dewey's key books pertaining to his theories of education, and scarce in the original dust jacket. [#034727] $1,250
NY, Pantheon, (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of Ehrenreich's examination of the American middle class and its rightward drift in the latter part of the 20th century. This copy was used for review, with markings throughout and with notes written on the back of a review slip, laid in. A Post-It on the review slip reads, "Amy, Review due 5/17. Thanks. Jeff Z." (The book was published in August and 8/17 is written in pencil on the lower edge of the text block). In addition to the review markings, there is a bit of dampstaining to the lower corner. Near fine in wrappers. This title was reissued in 2020 by Twelve Books, as still relevant. [#034698] $100
ULLMAN, J.R. [James Ramsey]
(n.p.), J.P. Lippincott, (1964). An uncorrected proof, from galleys, of the official account of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, led by Norman Dyhrenfurth, which put the first American -- Jim Whittaker -- on the summit (with Sherpa Nawang Gombu), via the South Col route pioneered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. This expedition also saw the first ascent via the West Ridge, by Will Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein. The expedition included 19 Americans, 37 Sherpas, and 907 porters and cost $400,000, as well as the life of John Breitenbach. Ullman was the official historian on the expedition, despite health problems keeping him in Kathmandu. This proof is 401 pages, printed on rectos only, with a typescript table of contents, in blue cardstock covers, further bradbound into brown covers with a typed title and author label applied. Each chapter and appendix has a hand-numbered tab. The appendices (labeled "Components") are written in part by expedition members, including Whittaker, Dyhrenfurth, and Hornbein, and cover all the facets of the climb, from cinematography and finances to glaciology and oxygen. This copy was apparently used by Woodrow W. Sayre for review in the New York Times, based on comments on both style and substance written throughout the text, as well as on two-full pages of a draft review on the verso of pages 291 and 292, that all correspond well to the published review. Sayre, a philosophy professor, had led a four-man, privately financed expedition to Everest in 1962, which was only the 13th attempt at the summit in history, and the first attempt without bottled oxygen: the team reached 25,500 feet. It's possible that Sayre added the outer covers and the tabs to this proof. The first "component" tab is near detachment; the outer covers are lose and worn. In all, a near fine proof in what appears to be a very good, homemade cover. A notable association copy of a rarity in mountaineering history. [#034652] SOLD
London, Secker & Warburg/Faber and Faber, (1966, 1967, 1977). Three of Figes's early novels, each inscribed by Figes to her parents. Her unaccountably scarce first novel, Equinox, is inscribed "To Mummy & Daddy with all my love/ Eva" and is very near fine, in a supplied, very good but edgeworn dust jacket. Her second novel, Winter Journey, is inscribed: "To my parents with love and gratitude/ Eva." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Nelly's Version is unsigned but is inscribed "To Mummy with love/ July 1977" (Figes's father having passed away in 1973). Oddly, the rear flyleaf has been excised; otherwise the book presents as near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Exceptional association copies by one of the key feminist writers of the 1960s and 70s. [#034728] $750
NY, Simon and Schuster, (1953). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of her second book to be published outside of South Africa, and first novel. Published with the title The Lying Days, but here bearing the title Believe the Heart, which is crossed out on the cover, and replaced with only "A Novel." The cover also has "Gardimer" hand-corrected to "Gordimer." Gordimer had a short story with this title published in Mademoiselle magazine in October, 1953, two months after this novel was published, but we can find no other record of this book having this title: the Gordimer papers at the Lilly Library do not list it and there are no listings we could find in OCLC. Tall (7" x 12"), stringbound galleys, printed on rectos only, with a back cover of cardboard. Foxing to page edges; otherwise near fine. Gordimer received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. A rare issue of a first novel by a Nobel Prize winner. [#034618] $1,750
COOPER, Martha and CHALFANT, Henry
NY, Owl/Holt Rinehart Winston, (1984). One of the first books on graffiti, one of the four pillars of the hip hop movement -- graffiti, rap, breakdancing/breaking, and deejaying or turntabling. 1984 was a breakthrough year in publications on these subjects, and this is the earliest book by a major trade publisher to focus on graffiti art, primarily but not exclusively on subway cars. The two photographers who made this book pursued their subjects for years, taking hundreds of photos, sometimes of artworks that were erased by the Transit Authority before they ever left a trainyard. The two had distinct styles, one a photo-journalistic style, the other a more artistic, composition-oriented style. They also introduced many of the "writers" in their book, some of whom have come to be seen as major artists of their time, and founders of hip hop culture: one of them, Futura 2000 in his early years and now just Futura, recently sued The North Face clothing company for stealing his tag for the logo of their line of clothing called FutureLight. Futura became known as one of the "Subway School" of artists, along with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Kenny Scharf. Cooper was a documentary photographer focusing on graffiti and breakdancing from the late 1970s and early 1980s; she did the photography for dance critic Sally Banes' landmark article on breaking in 1981, published on the cover of the Village Voice; and she has said "as far as I know my photos are the earliest documentation of b-boying" [i.e., break boying, hip hop artists]. Chalfant likewise spent years tracking down graffiti artists and photographing their works, even developing a four-image sequence that could get an entire subway car, and its art, into a single frame. An early book on a culture-changing art movement. Small owner inscription first page, otherwise fine in wrappers and uncommon thus. [#034788] $575
NY, Random House, (1969). The uncorrected proof copy of this unusual volume of nonfiction -- an extended essay on "An Approach to the Engineering of Man's Divinity," written by a novelist (The Revelations of Doctor Modesto, among others) who was a friend of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, as well as of Edward Abbey and William Eastlake. He was the model for Hal Hingham, who was visited by Kerouac's and Cassady's alter-egos in On the Road. As both a writer and a firm believer in the power of mind over body (he was also a friend of Timothy Leary), Harrington provides an unusual link between the writers of the Beat Generation, with their explorations of alternate states of consciousness, and the nature writers of the American Southwest that emerged in the 1960s. Inscribed by the author: "____, I think this is my/ best,/ Alan Harrington/ Tucson, February '76." Harrington has also re-written the second sentence of the book by hand. Bound galleys printed on rectos only. 7 1/2" x 11 3/4". Comb-bound. Front cover separating at lower rings; near fine. [#017827] $500
BECKMAN, Janette and ADLER, B
NY, St. Martins, (1991). "Portraits and Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers," photographed by Beckman and with text by Adler. Foreword by Dr. Dre and Ed Lover. Although Beckman calls herself a documentary photographer, and she has specialized in hip hop and punk cultures, this is the first book of portraits of the young stars of rap music -- photographed as celebrities and stars. Uncommon in the market, and a significant book from a moment in time when rap music was just making it into the mainstream, and its first generation were coming to be seen be treated as stars by the mainstream culture. Slight edge-sunning to the inner rear cover, else fine in wrappers. [#034791] SOLD
CAMPBELL, Luther and Miller, John R.
Kingston, Kingston Publishers, (1992). "The Uncensored Story of Luther Campbell of the 2 Live Crew." Campbell's autobiography which deals, to a great degree, with the obscenity case brought against him and the Two Live Crew for their lyrics on an album with the same name as this book. When the album was declared obscene and illegal to sell, Campbell and two others were arrested after performing songs from the album at a club in Florida. They were acquitted in their court case after Henry Louis Gates, Jr., among others, spoke on behalf of their lyrics. This book was published in Kingston, Jamaica, with a "Parental Advisory" notice on its cover, because it was thought that it might not be publishable by an American publisher. When it was published in America, after the trial and appeal had ended, it became a bestseller, but the Jamaican edition, which is the true first, is quite scarce. OCLC lists only 6 copies of the Kingston edition. Light wear to spine and corners; near fine in wrappers. [#034789] $1,500
NY, Pantheon Books, (1990). Edited by George for the National Urban League, this book recounts efforts by rappers and the music industry to stop violence at concerts and in their communities. At a time when gangsta rap was evolving, "The Stop the Violence Movement" attempted to take on issues such as black-on-black crime, to counter the growing violence of the lyrics of gangsta rap. Nelson George, a music and culture critic and a filmmaker, helped assemble this book, which asked many of the stars of the rap music world to contribute their thoughts on these subjects. A notable book from a particularly fraught moment, as rap music evolved into a major cultural force, nationally and worldwide. Very near fine in wrappers. [#034792] SOLD
GEORGE, Nelson; BANES, Sally; FLINKER, Susan; ROMANOWSKI, Patty
NY, Random House, (1985). A "definitive guide to the music, the fashion, the art and the dance of hip hop," the first such book written from within the culture. Nelson George was writer, critic, and filmmaker who, the year after this book was published, helped finance Spike Lee's first film, She's Gotta Have It. Included in this book is a piece by dance critic and historian Sally Banes, on breaking; Banes wrote the first major news article on breaking for the Village Voice: "Physical Graffiti: Breaking is Hard to Do." Trace edge wear, else fine in wrappers. Hard to find, especially in this condition. [#034790] SOLD
Chicago, Contemporary Books, (1984). An early volume on rap music, which includes a history of the form ("How It All Began"), a rapper's dictionary, and various "how to" chapters. One of the earliest volumes on rap or hip-hop: few books appear on either of these subjects prior to 1984. A seminal volume on what became a global musical phenomenon. 64 pages. Small scuff and smudge on inside front cover; minor wear. Near fine in stapled wrappers. Scarce. [#034729] SOLD
Cresskill, Sharon Starbook, (1984). A how-to guide, with historical context, including its relationship to African dance, illustrated with photographs and guides to specific moves. Includes warm-ups and safety tips, break instructions, and a chapter on fashion. One of the earliest books on one of the four main pillars of hip hop culture. Breaking has been announced as an Olympic sport for the 2024 Olympics. Rubbing to the spine; near fine in wrappers. [#034774] SOLD
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