All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
WATTS, May Theilgaard
NY, Macmillan, 1957. An early classic of ecology, this copy is signed by the author, with the added comment, "With best wishes for good reading on the land." The author later returned to the subject with Reading the Landscape of Europe (1971) and Reading the Landscape of America (1975). Near fine in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with minor edge wear. By all appearances, her first book, and uncommon signed. [#034766] SOLD
NY, Dunne/St. Martin's, (2007). Weisman shows us our impact on the planet by looking at "the world without us." Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034744] SOLD
(various), (various), (2004-2012). Four books that prove we had been warned. All are signed by their authors.
- MARKEL, Howard. When Germs Travel. NY: Pantheon (2004). Subtitled: "Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed." Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
- LAM, Vincent and LEE Colin. The Flu Pandemic and You. Doubleday Canada (2006). A practical guide for preventing and surviving pandemics, with a foreword by Margaret Atwood. Signed by Lam. Near fine in wrappers.
- NIKIFORUK, Andrew. Pandemonium. (Toronto): Viking Canada (2006). Subtitled: "Bird Flu, Mad Cow Disease, and Other Biological Plagues of the 21st Century." Inscribed by the author. Thin stain to front board; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
- QUAMMEN, David. Spillover. NY: Norton (2012). Subtitled: "Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic." Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Moscow, State Art Publishers, 1939. The architecture and culture of Moscow, as photographed by Rodchenko for the Soviet Pavilion at the 1939 New York's World's Fair. Two five-panel accordion photographic foldouts tipped in at rear. Spine ends rubbed; near fine in ribbed boards, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. [#034711] $600
Cincinnati, Multimedia Program Productions, 1980. A 21-page transcript of Ayn Rand's appearance on the Phil Donahue Show, filmed in Chicago on April 29, 1980. Topics covered include the distribution of wealth, the welfare state, capitalism, obligation, gratitude, altruism, atheism, and Charlie's Angels. Rand died less than a year after this interview, as someone has noted in pencil on the last page of text. Half page of seemingly unrelated notes on the (otherwise blank) rear cover; the front cover/first page of text has a coffee stain and is split all along the horizontal fold. The inner pages are intact, but owing to the fragile state of the covers, this is only a good copy in stapled wrappers, but it is a rare Rand publication. [#034747] $300
Cleveland, Renegade Press, 1964. An early work by Randall. One of 100 copies, with prints by Cathy Crayton. Dust soiling to covers; otherwise near fine in stapled wrappers. Randall, in addition to being a poet, co-founded El Corno Emplumado, a bilingual literary journal in Mexico that featured new writing from the Americas and elsewhere, until it was forced to close by the Mexican government after Randall's outspoken support of the Mexican student movement in 1968, and her criticism of the Mexican government's violent and deadly response to it. This booklet was printed several years before those events by d. a. levy's underground press in Cleveland. Uncommon. [#034784] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1976. His irrepressible second novel. Inscribed by Robbins: "To Paul, with 'eternal' gratitude for introducing me to the Clock People. Your friend, Tom Robbins." Paul Dorpat, who is the first person acknowledged in Robbins' Author's Note for the book, was a co-founder with Robbins and others of Seattle's first underground newspaper, Helix; and an issue of the paper featured a story about The Great Clock and the legend of the Eternity of Joy, the text of which parallels Chapter 59 of Cowgirls (in addition to "the clockworks" playing a larger role in the novel as a whole). A dozen or so ink and pencil notes in the text, presumably by Dorpat. Apart from the annotations and a bit of spotting to the boards, this is a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with a chip at the upper rear spine fold. One of the best possible association copies of this beloved novel. [#034749] $1,500
[NY], [Knopf], . The author's copy, leatherbound and presented to Stone by the Book of the Month Club. Printed from second printing (before publication) Knopf sheets. Bound in full red leather (stamped with the BOMC logo in gold on the front cover), with marbled endpapers, gilt top edge, and silk ribbon marker. A Flag for Sunrise was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN Faulkner Award, and a main selection of the Book of the Month Club. From the author's library. Fine, in a leather-tipped cloth slipcase. This is the only such author's copy issued by BOMC that we have seen or heard of. A handsome production. [#034630] $750
(NY), (Dancey-Davis Press), [ca. 1923]. Lavishly illustrated, 32-page account of Nikita Balieff's Chauve-Souris, aka Moscow's "Bat Theatre," its history, worldwide success, and first tour of America, in 1922, under the direction of F. Ray Comstock and Morris Gest. Centerfold by Ralph Barton depicts a Broadway audience of American luminaries, a virtual Who's Who of Americans in the performing arts in the 1920s. Tanning apparent on rear cover; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034776] $250
NY, Simon and Schuster, 1952. The uncorrected proof copy, in the form of stringbound galleys, of this "Dastard's Handbook to Fame and Fortune," a bestselling satire based on Mead's rise from the mailroom to a vice presidency at the advertising agency Benton and Bowles. Adapted by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows into the musical that would have three runs on Broadway, over four decades, with more than 2400 performances, earning nine Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical in its first run, 1961-1965, when it also won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Also the basis for the 1967 film. This proof has textual differences from the published book on, at least, the final page. Also, the cover has "Sheperd" hand-corrected to "Shepherd," as well as editorial notations. Tall (7" x 12"), stringbound galleys, printed on rectos only, with a back cover of cardboard. Small corner chip and a corner crease to the front cover; stray pen marks there; still near fine. Rare. [#034619] $850
Statement in Joint Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and Labor (House of Representatives)
Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1978. Roughly 800 words of Updike's in this nearly 1000 page tome. In part: "I love my Government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone. My personal ambition has been simply to live by the work of my pen. This is not a very fastidious ambition. If I were aware of large amounts of Federal money available to purveyors of the written words I would attempt to gain access to it and hope to please the administrators of this fund as I hope to please magazine editors and bookbuyers. But I would rather have as my patron a host of anonymous citizens digging into their own pockets for the price of a book..." Modest cover creasing; small joint tear; date stamped to cover. Near fine in wrappers. An interesting and uncommon Updike piece. [#034751] $500
NY, Random House, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of his landmark volume, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Inscribed by the author in the month of publication: "To Al Sanoff, with thanks and best wishes for success in his own work. Cheers, Neil Sheehan." Sheehan, author of The Arnheiter Affair and one of The New York Times reporters who worked on the publication of The Pentagon Papers, found in American officer/advisor John Paul Vann a cipher: through the convoluted turns of Vann's biography one can decipher the maze of American policy during the Vietnam era. An essential volume on the war. This proof copy is near fine in wrappers. [#034763] $500
(STONE, Robert). HERR, Michael
NY, Knopf/Everyman's Library, (2009). First thus, with a five-page introduction by Robert Stone. This edition also has an introductory chronology of Herr's life and times that doesn't appear in the original edition. Dispatches is the most acclaimed work of reporting of the Vietnam War and was the only book to be reprinted in its entirety in the Library of America's Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969-1975. Stone admired Dispatches: Herr's time in Vietnam partly coincided with his own, and no other reporter captured the time, place and ambiance the way Herr did -- mostly by letting the voices of the participants tell their stories. Stone reviewed the book for The Chicago Tribune, and an excerpt of his review appeared in later editions as a blurb. Light spotting to front cloth, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034778] $75
WESTLAKE, Donald E.
NY, Random House, (1966). Inscribed by the author: "Roger, Let this be a lesson to you. Don." An early novel by Westlake who, under a variety of pseudonyms, reshaped the landscape of American crime fiction, from hard-boiled noir to comic caper novels, including multiple series as well as standalone books. Minor wear and edge-sunning to boards; very good in a near fine, lightly edgeworn dust jacket. [#034752] SOLD
WESTLAKE, Donald E.
NY, Random House, (1969). Inscribed by the author: "Byrne & George, What I want to know is who stole that ex-husband sailor? Don." In addition to three Edgar Awards -- in three different categories -- Westlake was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, the highest honor award by the group. A bit of mottling at the cloth edges; else near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034753] SOLD
WESTLAKE, Donald E.
NY, Evans, (1972). Inscribed by the author: "For Byrne & George -- Fellow passengers in the avalanche -- Don." Another caper novel by Westlake, whose writing set the stage for later novelists like Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. Mild age-toning to pages; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a bit of dampstaining on the verso and minor edge wear. [#034754] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1950. From the front cover: "The 'mechanical brain' and similar machines can destroy human values or enable us to realize them as never before." One of the seminal books of the cyber age, the book serves as an early warning system, written for the layman, after Wiener's earlier book, Cybernetics, or Control and Communication in the Animal and Machine. A near fine copy in a very good, mildly rubbed dust jacket with several tiny chips and a few longer, closed edge tears. [#034621] $500
London, Faber and Faber, (1970). "But woman is taught to desire not what her mother desired for herself, but what her father and all men find desirable in a woman." Inscribed by Figes to her parents: "To Mummy & Daddy with love/ Eva/ 23rd May 1970." This was Figes's first book of nonfiction, a feminist classic published the same year as Greer's The Female Eunuch and Millet's Sexual Politics. Spine- and edge-sunned; a near fine copy, in a supplied, near fine dust jacket. [#034714] $1,000
GIFFORDS, Gabrielle & KELLY, Mark
NY, Scribner, (2011). A memoir by the former congresswoman, who was badly injured in an assassination attempt that resulted in six others' deaths, in one of the increasingly numerous examples of political polarization in the U.S. turning into deadly violence. Co-written with her husband, a former astronaut, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Signed by both Giffords and Kelly. Copies signed by both authors are considerably more uncommon than those signed by just Kelly. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034756] $225
(London), MacGibbon & Kee, (1970). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition (British) of one of the defining books of the second feminist wave, an international bestseller that called out sexual oppression, the idealized female image, domestic servitude, and patriarchal condescension. Greer famously hoped her book would "quickly date and disappear," but much of it is still relevant to the struggles of the fourth (and counting) feminist wave. The plain brown wrappers have some creasing, and there's a small coffee stain on the title label; still near fine. Extremely scarce as a proof. [#034655] $1,000
NY, Crown, (1965). The autobiography of "the most renowned woman sculptor of modern times," creator of the Races of Mankind exhibit, commissioned by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in the early 1930s to be "the finest racial portraiture the world as ever seen." Hoffman, who had studied for four years with Auguste Rodin, traveled the world for five years to create the 104 bronze and marble sculptures for the Hall of Man: the exhibit continued for 30 years before being dismantled in the 1960s. A retrospective was done several years ago, while emphasizing the ensuing changes to our scientific and cultural conceptions of race. This copy is inscribed by Hoffman. Staining to the edges of the text block, thus only a very good copy, in a very good, modestly edgeworn dust jacket. Hoffman was also known for her sculptures of dancers, particularly Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova, and for her relief work in the Balkans after World War I. [#034656] $300
(NY), Free Press, (1999). A book on media literacy, explaining the ways women are targeted as consumers, by one of the creators of the documentary film series Killing Us Softly. Signed by the author and dated prior to publication. Later released with the title Can't Buy My Love. Kilbourne was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2015. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with a blurb by Maya Angelou. [#034616] $250
NY, Harper, 1871. Lewis, a temperance leader and early advocate for physical fitness training, developed an exercise system in 1860 and held classes in and near Boston for men, women and children. In this book he uses anecdotes to bemoan the (often learned) weaknesses of women and girls and suggests remedies, such as sun and exercise. Ads for his services and products at the rear. Faint penciled owner name in two places. Mild page foxing and rubbing to green cloth; still about near fine, without dust jacket. [#034757] $150
NY, Knopf, 1959. "The disarmingly personal story of a woman's adventures in a man's country," this is Parton's account of five years in India, as staff correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and wife of the Times of London correspondent there. This copy is warmly inscribed by the author. A near fine copy in a good dust jacket, close to separating at the rear flap fold. [#034657] $175
SANDLER, Bernice Resnick
(Washington, D.C.), National Association for Women in Education, (1996). An exploration of gendered experiences in the classroom, from nearly every conceivable angle. This is a follow-up to the 1982 report The Classroom Climate. Co-authored by Sandler, with Lisa A. Silverberg and Roberta M. Hall. This copy is inscribed by Sandler: "To Carol - keep up the good work." Near fine in wrappers. [#034716] $100
NY, Free Press, (2010). Traister's first book, about "the election that changed everything for American women," (until it didn't). To be clear, this is about the 2008 election: when the female players included Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Edwards, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Signed by the author, with an added, "Here's to a brighter future." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a small nick at the crown. [#034659] $125
(Littleton), [Self-Published], 1965. From the author of Give Me the Hills, an early advocate of "manless climbing," and a climber on the first all-female ascents of the Matterhorn and the Grepon, among many other accomplishments, this is a rare pamphlet documenting a night and day spent lost, with Louise Baldwin, while on a descent from Elephant Mountain, a trailless peak on the list of New England's Hundred Highest. Told with humor, self-awareness, and the wisdom of a then-67 year-old mountaineer. Small 20-page pamphlet, with photo, and with one illustration (by Mary Ogden Abbott). Only one copy in OCLC, at the University of Maine's Fogler Library. Mildly sunned near the stapled spine; else fine. Offered together with Underhill's strikingly illustrated article "Manless Alpine Climbing" in the August, 1934 issue of National Geographic. [#034622] SOLD
NY, Random House, (2018). The advance reading copy of her bestselling memoir of her journey from her isolated survivalist upbringing in Idaho to Harvard and Cambridge. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon in an advance issue. [#034759] $100
WOODS, Marie ["May"]
(Iowa Falls), (General Publishing and Binding), (1970). A self-published memoir by an Iowa woman, written as a widow, after a lifetime of teaching children. 108 pages of double-spaced typescript, comb-bound in printed cardstock covers. This copy is inscribed by the author: "To my friends the Murphy's. I can think of no family that I admire more." A glimpse of life in the midwest, over a time of enormous changes. Near fine. No copies found in OCLC. [#034787] SOLD
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