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Catalog 172

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

(Hip Hop)
click for a larger image of item #34793, Breakdancing, with LP NY, Avon Books, (1984). An illustrated how-to guide, with accompanying soundtrack in the form of a Columbia Records LP, which is also titled Breakdancing. The inner record sleeve reproduces the visual movement lessons from the Avon book, and the record is described as "An Original Personal Records Compilation based on the Avon book Breakdancing. The book is near fine in stapled wrappers; the LP is presumably fine, in a very good sleeve. The book is uncommon, the record considerably more so. [#034793] SOLD
(Hip Hop)
click for a larger image of item #34773, Breakdance! Chicago, Contemporary Books, (1984). An illustrated, stepwise, how-to guide, featuring spinning, the moonwalk, the electric boogie, etc., plus a history of the art and a dictionary of terms. Again, an early book on breaking, which is one of the pillars of hip hop. Near fine in oblong wrappers, with a flip-book montage in the lower corner. [#034773] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34786, John Crowe's Devil NY, Akashic Books, (2005). The first book by the author of the Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings and the National Book Award finalist Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Signed by the author. One of the most elusive and highly praised first books by a 21st century author who has achieved wide acclaim and numerous awards with his later books. Kaylie Jones compares this title to early Toni Morrison, Jessica Hagedorn, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Akashic Books is a small, Brooklyn-based independent publisher and it's likely the first printing was quite small. Certainly, now, many years after publication, signed first printings are notably hard to find. Age-tanning to pages; crown gently tapped; still a very near fine copy in a fine dust jacket. [#034786] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #34772, Columbia Review, Winter 1975 NY, Columbia University, (1975). Two poems by Jarmusch: "Nature Mort" and "Five Bagatelles." Rubbing to the spine folds; else near fine in wrappers. [#034772] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34775, Doctor Sax NY, Grove, (1959). An advance copy, in the form of unbound signatures ("F&Gs" -- folded and gathered sheets), of one of Kerouac's scarcest trade publications. This copy has a handful of reviewer's marks in the text, which seem to correlate with the frequently scathing review given to the book by David Dempsey in the New York Times on May 3, 1959. Eight signatures total, stamped "RECEIVED/Mar 31 1959/Grove Press, Inc." on the front cover. Paper clip imprint to top edge; else a fine set. We have previously heard of only two copies of the bound proof appearing on the market over the years, no set of f&g's, and no copy of either appeared in the Walter Reuben collection catalogued by Bradford Morrow. One of the scarcest Kerouac items we have handled. [#034775] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34608, The Stephen King Universe Baltimore, Cemetery Dance Publications, 2001. The lettered limited edition of this "guide to the worlds of Stephen King," written by Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, and Hank Wagner. Of 52 copies, this is designated "PC" and as an "Author's Copy," and is from Wiater's library. Signed by Wiater, Golden and Wagner. White leather stamped in black, with silk ribbon marker; fine in a fine dust jacket and fine dark blue leather tray case. [#034608] $650
click for a larger image of item #34701, Mermaids in the Basement and Harping On Port Townsend, Copper Canyon Press, 1984, 1996. Two poetry collections by Kizer, each inscribed by Kizer to fellow poet and friend Denise Levertov. The earlier inscription reads, under the subtitle "Poems for Women": "especially for Denise, with love from Carolyn/ Berkeley/ Nov. '84." The later inscription reads: "for beloved Denise, the best woman I know, Love, Carolyn/ Christmas 1996." Kizer has actually written "the best" twice, and crossed one out. Laid into this copy is a photocopied typescript draft of one of her included poems, "On a Line from Valery (The Gulf War)," which bears marked differences from the poem as published, including a change in title. Mermaids in the Basement is the simultaneous softcover issue; Harping On is also softcover, but preceded the hardcover by a few months. Each is fine in wrappers. A small glimpse of the long friendship between the two contemporaries and colleagues. [#034701] $300
click for a larger image of item #34640, Interpersonal Diagnosis of Personality NY, Ronald Press, (1957). A review copy of Leary's first regularly published book, written while he was Director of Psychology Research at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland, California. The book was voted the best book on psychotherapy in 1957 by the American Psychological Association. Among other things, Leary's book argued that "individual character functions as an inextricable part of a larger social network," an insight that was later crucial in his experiments with the use of psychedelic drugs in psychological treatment, and also with his non-academic experiments with such drugs. The accolades Leary received after publication led directly to his being offered a teaching position at Harvard, where he taught from 1959-1963, before leaving to pursue an iconoclastic path as an avatar of the counterculture in the 1960s, and as a prominent advocate of the use of psychedelic drugs for insight. This copy belonged to psychologist Will Schutz and bears his owner name, as well as several dozen marginal comments in the text, presumably also by Schutz. Bears two stamps and the spine label of the Esalen Institute, where Schutz practiced from 1967-1973. Review slip and stamp front pastedown. Front hinge cracking; cloth, foredge, and top edge stained. A good copy only, but an excellent association and provenance. [#034640] $1,250
click for a larger image of item #34730, Swag NY, Delacorte, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of the second of Leonard's mysteries published by Delacorte in the mid-'70's, just before he gained wide recognition and popularity. Issued in tall padbound wrappers: the front wrapper has been removed, and a page of reviews taped to the first leaf serves as cover. Signed by Leonard on the title page. But for the absent cover (which may have been by design, to draw attention to the reviews), near fine in tall, pad-bound wrappers. An unusual and fragile format of one of the books that helped launch Leonard into the top tier of American crime fiction writers. [#034730] $1,250
(Little Review)
click for a larger image of item #34780, The Little Review, January-March, 1921 NY/London, Little Review, 1921. This issue contains "Ulysses in Court," by Margaret Anderson, as well as contributions by Djuna Barnes, Mary Butts, Sherwood Anderson, Louis Aragon, and others, as well as the "Dada Manifesto." The key Modernist journal of the first half of the 20th century; increasingly scarce. Dampstaining to the edges of the covers and in the margins of part of the text; a good copy in wrappers. [#034780] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34702, Apologia Eugene, Lone Goose, 1997. One of 16 participant's copies of this limited edition of an essay from Crossing Open Ground, which was later issued in a trade edition by the University of Georgia Press. Here issued with twenty-three 11-3/4" x 11" woodblock images by Robin Eschner, hinged in a continuous presentation almost 22 feet long, encompassing the text. An elaborate production, involving a number of individuals prominent in the book arts, in addition to Lopez and Eschner: Charles Hobson, the designer, whose work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Art, among others; Sandy Tilcock, the publisher and boxmaker; Susan Acker, the letterpress printer; Nora Pauwells, the relief edition printer; and John DeMerritt, the binder, who is President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Of a total edition of 66 copies, this is Copy L of 16 lettered copies signed by Lopez and Eschner and including a unique tire-tread print from Lopez's Toyota 4-Runner, the vehicle used in the journey from Oregon to Indiana that is described in the story. Fine, in a clamshell box. [#034702] $3,500
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #34642, From the Belly of the Shark NY, Vintage Books, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of this anthology of poetry by Native Americans, including Eskimos, Hawaiians, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Edited and introduced by poet Walter Lowenfels, with additional introductions by Simon Ortiz and Gloria Truvido. Other contributors include James Welch, Joseph Bruchac, Gerald Vizenor, Robert J. Conley, Duane Niatum, Gladys Cardiff, and Besmilr Brigham, among many others. Published as a paperback original, even the first edition is uncommon. An early proof in what became the "Native American Renaissance," presenting a multicultural view of American literature. This copy, though unmarked, is from Lowenfels' estate. Minor edge sunning; near fine in wrappers. [#034642] $200
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #34644, Voices of the Rainbow NY, Viking, (1975). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of "contemporary poetry by American Indians." Edited by Kenneth Rosen, this was the companion volume to the fiction anthology The Man to Send Rain Clouds published a year earlier. Contributors include Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Anna Walters, Lance Henson, Peter Blue Cloud, Ray Young Bear, Janet Campbell Hale, Roberta Hill, Ramona Wilson, Anita Endrezze-Probst, and others. Owner names on flyleaf -- poet, novelist and playwright Irving Benig and his wife, Barbara; fine in wrappers. A key book of Native American literature, and an uncommon proof. [#034644] $150
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #34731, Poems Born in the Wind (n.p.), (Self-Published), 1960. Vizenor's scarce first book: a small book of poetry, privately printed. Signed by the author. Vizenor, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa tribe, is a writer, scholar and activist whose work reenvisions and redefines the history of Native American culture and its role in the history of the United States, often using postmodern techniques, unconventional vocabulary, and humor, among other things. In addition to poetry -- including haiku -- he has written some 30 works of fiction and nonfiction, always seeking to redefine the Native American experience on its own terms, not those of a conquering and occupying society. In doing so he has become one of the most respected and most influential voices among Native American writers. Twelve unnumbered pages, in green stapled wrappers. Light cup ring on the front cover; spine and edge-toning; telephone number in pencil on rear cover. Still a very good copy. 4 copies listed in OCLC: this is the first copy of this title we've handled. [#034731] $1,500
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #34781, The Old Park Sleepers (Minneapolis), (Obercraft Printing Co.), 1961. A single poem by Vizenor, in this 8-page pamphlet, which is, as far as we can tell, the first book by this poet, novelist, essayist and critic who is of Chippewa descent and a key figure in the so-called Native American renaissance that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. OCLC locates only 4 copies. Stapled wrappers, with some wear evident to the covers. Still a very good copy. [#034781] $1,500
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #34623, Escorts to White Earth (Minneapolis), Four Winds, 1968. A celebration of 100 years of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Compiled, edited and introduced by Vizenor. Shot from typescript; only issued in wrappers. Creasing to spine, tiny tear to crown; a very good copy. An early, uncommon work by Vizenor, and one of his first books to deal with Native subject matter, after publishing several collections of haiku. [#034623] $375
click for a larger image of item #34771, In Praise of Walking London, Fifield/The Simple Life Press, 1905. A compendium of pieces on walking by four authors: John Burroughs ("The Exhilarations of the Road"); Henry David Thoreau ("Walking, and The Wild"); Walt Whitman ("The Song of the Open Road"); and William Hazlitt ("On Going a Journey"). Two or three instances of penciled marginal notes; modest edge foxing; a very good copy in wrappers, with yapped edges. Issued as No. 20 in Fifield's Simple Life Series. A nice copy of a fragile book. OCLC lists 15 copies, of which 5 are outside the U.S. [#034771] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34783, Theodore Roosevelt NY, Century Association, 1919. A compilation of five memorial addresses and two letters delivered to the Century Association in New York in February, 1919, the month following Roosevelt's death. Burroughs' contribution is a six-page letter honoring Roosevelt's character and his skills as a naturalist, and the friendship between the two. This letter was first published as an essay in the magazine Natural History. Hardbound, without dust jacket (as issued?). Some spotting to boards and foxing to endpages; a very good copy. [#034783] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34782, The Rolling Earth Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1912. Burroughs provides an 8-page introduction to this collection of "Outdoor Scenes and Thoughts From the Writings of Walt Whitman," as compiled by Waldo R. Browne. Says Burroughs, in part,"As a poet he did not specialize upon flowers or birds or scenery, or any of the mere prettiness of nature, but he thought of wholes, he tried himself by wholes, he emulated the insouciance, the impartiality, the mass movements of the earth." Owner name and date (1912) front flyleaf; bookplate cleanly removed from front pastedown; mild spotting and wear to covers; still a very good copy, without dust jacket. Uncommon in the original edition. [#034782] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34733, Under the Sea-Wind NY, Simon & Schuster, 1941. Her uncommon first book, published ten years before her second and twenty years before Silent Spring. Under the Sea-Wind, was released in 1941, unfortunately just weeks prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As a result of the war, the book did not sell well, and Carson's next book wasn't published for another decade. After the success of The Sea Around Us in 1951, Oxford University Press reissued this title and it became a bestseller and a Book of the Month Club selection, paving the way for Carson to have enough clout within the publishing world to bring her classic, Silent Spring, into print a decade later. Owner name stamp and address on the front pastedown under flap; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with shallow edge wear and minor foxing on the verso. Scarce in the original edition and in dust jacket. [#034733] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34647, Flight Into Sunshine NY, Macmillan, 1948. Winner of the 1949 John Burroughs Medal. "Bird Experiences in Florida," with text by Helen G. Cruickshank and photographs by the author's husband, Allan D. Cruickshank, who was the official photographer of the National Audubon Society. This copy is signed by both Cruickshanks. Allan has added "Dum Vivimus Vivamus" ("While we live, let us live") below his signature. A fine copy in a very good, unevenly faded, price-clipped dust jacket with moderate edge wear. [#034647] $300
click for a larger image of item #34709, In Time of Swallows and Autograph Letter Signed NY, Devin-Adair, 1951. A collection of 52 bird poems by the Cleveland author, each illustrated with a drawing by William E. Scheele. This copy is inscribed by Goodman to the publisher, Devin Garrity: "with warmest thanks and appreciation. May your faith be justified." Additionally inscribed by Scheele: "You had fine courage to do it," with a drawing of a pileated woodpecker under his signature. Laid in is an autograph letter signed from Goodman to Garrity, dated in 1959, in which she responds to his request for her poetry (one typescript page with two sonnets and the poem "Fate" included here) and alludes to sonnets she has written but would be afraid to publish. Devin-Adair did publish a collection of her poetry, Verge of Eden, in 1962. Also laid in is a prospectus for In Time of Swallows. Offsetting to front endpages and table of contents where inserts lay, otherwise near fine in a spine-tanned, mildly rubbed, very good dust jacket. [#034709] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34736, The Upside of Down (Toronto), Knopf Canada, (2006). Subtitled "Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization," this title falls squarely into 21st century nature writing, after all the alarms sounded in the latter decades of the 20th century went unheeded. Homer-Dixon examines the connections between global warming, energy scarcity, and economic imbalances and attempts to find hope in the resilience of human and natural systems. Signed by the author, who won the Governor General's Award for The Ingenuity Gap. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034736] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34785, The Nature Singer Morgan Hill, Pacific Science Press, 1929. The limited edition of Kellogg's autobiography. Charles Kellogg was a man who could communicate with birds, insects and animals, and reportedly extinguish fire with his voice. He was also an ardent defender of California's redwoods, driving about the country in the "Travel Log," a mobile home crafted from a redwood tree, to raise awareness of the need to protect the redwood forests. Although Kellogg made a living on the vaudeville circuit, he considered himself a naturalist: he counted among his friends John Burroughs and John Muir, and he used his act to share his love of the outdoors. This is copy No. 520 of 1000 copies, signed by the author. Laid in is an autograph note signed by Kellogg, dated January 24, 1930, transmitting this book and requesting payment should the recipient decide to keep it. Spotting to the green cloth; a very good copy, in a poor, fragile, and exceedingly scarce dust jacket, with some tape repairs attempted and some tears and chips untended. The note is written on the same glassine paper from which the dust jacket was made. Kellogg's Travel Log is on display at the visitor Center at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. [#034785] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34738, A Guide to the End of the World (NY), Oxford University Press, (2002). The volcanologist puts in perspective "everything you never wanted to know" about the ways nature can kill us all -- fire, ice, earthquakes, volcanoes, asteroids (most everything but viruses). A lesson in climatological and geological fragility. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034738] $75
click for a larger image of item #34740, Falter NY, Henry Holt, (2019). Thirty years after his seminal 1989 book The End of Nature, McKibben offers this update on climate change as well as on the technological changes and the ideologies at work that threaten "not only our planet but our humanity." Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#034740] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34741, The Control of Nature NY, Farrar Straus, (1989). Three long essays linked by their each reflecting some aspect of man's struggle to control nature. Winner of the John Burroughs Medal. Inscribed by the author in 2013. An early entry in the contemporary "Man vs. Nature" category, from a time when it seems nature was just getting warmed up. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034741] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34710, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places Boston, Beacon Press, 1994. An exploration of how, and when, bonds to the land are formed. Nabhan and Trimble, both naturalists and both fathers, alternate chapters in this book, which has an introduction by noted child psychiatrist Robert Coles. Signed by Nabhan. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034710] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34767, Who's Poisoning America? San Francisco, Sierra Club, (1981). A collection calling out corporate polluters, featuring seven cases of "chemical violence." Edited by Nader, Ronald Brownstein, and John Richard. Signed by Nader, who contributes the concluding chapter, "We Are Not Helpless." Books signed by Nader are typically not that uncommon, but this one, published by the Sierra Club, is scarce signed. Erasure front flyleaf; very near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034767] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34650, All That We Share NY, The New Press, (2010). A former editor of the Utne Reader explains "how to save the economy, the environment, the internet, democracy, our communities, and everything else that belongs to all of us" by way of acknowledging shared ownership and shared responsibility. Dozens of short articles written by more than two dozen authors, with illustrations and a resource guide, and featuring an introduction by Bill McKibben. Inscribed by Walljasper, with the exhortation "Viva la Commons!" Fine in wrappers. [#034650] $100
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