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Catalog 173

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

click for a larger image of item #34929, Intruder in the Dust NY, Random House, (1948). By most accounts, this novel -- which deals with the legacy of black-white relations in the South -- was the book that cinched the Nobel Prize for him, which he won in 1949. Some fading to the top stain, else a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with slight rubbing to the edges and folds. [#034929] $450
click for a larger image of item #34930, Mosquitoes [Moustiques] (Paris), Les Editions des Minuit, 1948. The first French edition of his second novel, first published in 1927. Of a total edition of 200 copies, this is Copy No. 27 of 50 copies printed "sur velin superieur." Pages uncut; a fine copy, in a near fine, French-folded glassine dustwrapper. An extremely small limitation for a Faulkner novel; the 1/50 issue is very scarce in the market. [#034930] $750
click for a larger image of item #34941, The Mansion NY, Random House, (1959). The limited edition of the third volume in his Snopes trilogy. Copy No. 91 of 500 copies signed by the author. This title was a National Book Award finalist in 1960. A fine copy in a near fine, original acetate dustwrapper with a few tiny chips and tears. A very nice copy. [#034941] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #34942, The Mansion NY, Random House, (1959). The first trade edition of the final book in Faulkner's Snopes trilogy. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with light edge wear and fading to the spine lettering. A Burgess 99 title. [#034942] $500
click for a larger image of item #34948, The Sound and the Fury (n.p.), Twentieth Century Fox, 1957. The "Final Script" of the screenplay adaptation of Faulkner's novel. The movie starred Yul Brynner and Joanne Woodward. 150 pages. Wear to the yapped covers, and fragile along the spine. Stamped as copy "32." A very good copy, now protected by a custom clamshell case. [#034948] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #35005, More about All About Eve NY, Random House, [1972]. The uncorrected proof copy of just the "colloquy" between Mankiewicz and Carey, which preceded the screenplay in the published book. This copy has the signature of legendary editor and publisher Nan Talese on the front cover, with what appear to be her markings in the text and two pages of her notes, corresponding to those markings, laid in. More than 70 pages of backstory on the film All About Eve, which earned an unprecedented 14 Academy Award nominations, winning six, including two for Mankiewicz, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best Picture. It remains the only film to have ever received four female acting nominations: two for Best Actress (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter) and two for Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter and Celeste Holm). All About Eve was ranked sixteenth on AFI's 1998 list of the 100 best American films. The proof is very good in tall wrappers. [#035005] $200
On Sale: $130
click for a larger image of item #911206, Privacy (n.p.), (Grenfell Press), (1999). A fine press limited edition: one of 35 copies of the first book publication of this story, which first appeared in the New Yorker and was later published in Ford's collection A Multitude of Sins, with several small changes to this text. An elaborate and elegant production by one of the premier fine presses in the country, with seven etchings by artist Jane Kent. This is Copy No. 21 of 35 copies, and is signed by both Ford and Kent. Unbound folios, 10-1/4" x 15-1/2", with tissue guards protecting each of the etchings, and all laid into the publisher's clamshell case, which was made by Claudia Cohen. A fine copy, offered at the publisher's price. [#911206] $5,000
click for a larger image of item #35297, Owls Do Cry NY, Braziller, 1960. The first American edition of the New Zealander's first novel. A hint of foredge foxing; top stain still deep red. Very near fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket (new $3.75 price stamped on flap), with shallow edge wear at the crown. [#035297] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35146, Woman and Nature. The Roaring Inside Her NY, Harper& Row, (1978). An early ecofeminist tract, born from the observation that the patriarchal subjugation of women paralleled the patriarchal subjugation of nature. Signed by the author. With the ownership signature of environmental philosopher Gail Stenstad. Small inked-out spot on front pastedown; sunning to edges of text block, with light foxing to top edge; a very good copy in a very good, spine and edge-sunned dust jacket. Her first book of nonfiction, and very uncommon signed. [#035146] $250
click for a larger image of item #35298, Steppenwolf NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, [1970]. The uncorrected proof copy of a Holt reissue of one of Hesse's most popular novels, first published in the U.S. in 1929. An unusual format for a reissue: a comb-bound proof, in proof dust jacket. Retains a 1961 date on the copyright page, and the 1961 "Author's Note," but adds a publisher's label on the first page giving a release date of September 10, 1970, and a summary page stating the title will be released along with a reissue of Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. This is a fine proof, in a near fine proof dust jacket, with no text on the jacket flaps, and with the design by David Holzman. Hesse won the Nobel Prize in 1946 and, remarkably, his books gained a new life with the psychedelic-fueled counterculture of the 1960s. In the U.S., a number of his novels were brought back into print, sometimes in new translations, and mostly re-branded with similar dust jackets by Holzman. Uncommon. [#035298] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35010, Collection [NJ/NY], [Prentice Hall/Henry Holt], [1973-1989]. Four books by Key, beginning with his revelatory volume Subliminal Seduction [Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1973], which managed to convince a wide swath of 1970s America that it was being manipulated by sexual words and imagery deviously distributed, including within the images of ice cubes in magazine liquor advertisements, among many other places. From there, Key published Media Sexploitation [Prentice-Hall, 1976]; The Clam-Plate Orgy [Prentice-Hall, 1980]; and The Age of Manipulation [NY: Henry Holt, 1989], all variations on the theme of how the media consciously manipulate consumers' subconscious thoughts and behaviors. The first volume has an introduction by Marshall McLuhan, a colleague and friend of Key. Key's thesis was proposed as a corrective to the primary emphasis placed on Marketing by 20th century business culture -- that is, on the need to persuade consumers to select a given product out of an array of options. If the details he cited as examples were not always correct, there was no question that the use of marketing techniques had often crossed ethical lines and been exploitative, as it often continues to be. The first two titles are price-clipped; Media Sexploitation is very good in a very good dust jacket; the three other titles are near fine in near fine dust jackets. [#035010] $1,200
click for a larger image of item #35299, Macho Meditations NY, Avon Books, (1997). Short bursts of "wisdom." This copy is inscribed by the author, Dan Klein, aka "Reggie" to Pauline Kael. Klein is perhaps better known as the author of the 2006 book Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar. He and Kael were neighbors in Great Barrington, MA. A small paperback. Mild spine creasing; near fine. [#035299] $125
click for a larger image of item #35012, Diana. A Strange Autobiography NY, Citadel Press, (1939). Pseudonymously published lesbian autobiography, the "first explicitly lesbian autobiography where the two women end up happily together," according to author Lillian Faderman. Published with an introduction by Victor Robinson, M.D. Rummell's identity was revealed seven decades after the book's publication in an episode of PBS's "History Detectives." Fine in a very good dust jacket with shallow edge chipping. [#035012] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35104, Emergence, collection NY, Crown, (1977). A pseudonymously published autobiography of a former nun who transitioned from female to male in his 30s. Lower corners bumped; near fine in a very good dust jacket with several small edge chips. Offered here together with the second printing (also Crown, 1977), which is modestly foxed, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which adds jacket blurbs not present on the first printing; the first Canadian paperback edition (NAL/Signet, 1979, printed from U.S. sheets), which has an owner name and is very good in spine-creased wrappers, with a cover photo of "Mario" (real name: Angelo Tornabene) that does not appear in the earlier editions; and the first French edition (Trevise, 1981), which is dampstained, a good copy at best, but with two additional "after" photos not in previous editions. Essentially, the complete publication history of a landmark LGBTQ title: male-to-female transitions are, at this point, not exceptionally scarce, but female-to-male transitions still have little documentation. Quite uncommon: no copies for sale in the U.S. or U.K. at the time of this writing, in any edition. [#035104] $2,750
click for a larger image of item #35013, Why Can't Sharon Kowalski Come Home? San Francisco, Spinsters/Aunt Lute, (1988). In 1983, Karen Thompson's life partner, Sharon Kowalski, was injured by a drunk driver and left unable to move and only minimally able to communicate. Kowalski's father was appointed sole guardian and contrary to his daughter's wishes, he denied Thompson all visitation rights. This is the story behind the 8-year legal battle that Thompson waged to bring Kowalski home, in what became a landmark case for both the gay rights movement and the disability rights movement. Inscribed by Thompson: "___, Thanks for your support for Sharon & me." Near fine in wrappers. [#035013] $100
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35108, Search for Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982 Lewiston, Edwin Mellen Press, (1995). The uncommon first edition of this memoir and biography, by Dick's third wife, published by a small scholarly press located in upstate New York and Wales. The book was later revised with new information, and published in the U.K. in 2009 and the U.S. in 2010. Hardcover, but apparently issued without dust jacket. Binder's glue showing through endpapers, else fine. Quite scarce: no copies for sale online. [#035108] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35109, Emily Dickinson: Friend and Neighbor Boston, Little Brown, 1930. A biography of Dickinson published a century after her birth, and written by a child-neighbor of "Miss Emily." Jenkins also spoke that year at the first public observance of the centenary of Dickinson's birth, held in Amherst, MA. Near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with shallow edge wear and what may be a sticker shadow on the upper front corner. Uncommon. [#035109] $250
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35110, The Life of Graham Greene, Volume II: 1939-1955 (NY), Viking, (1995). This copy is inscribed by Sherry to the author Peter Matthiessen "in admiration," in 1998. Mild splaying to boards, and crease to rear free endpaper; near fine in a fine dust jacket. A nice association. [#035110] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35300, Small Collection various, various, (1939-1959). A small collection of four works about Joyce, from the library of Horace Middleton, who collaborated with Phil Phillips on critical studies of Joyce. (Phillips' archive is at the Rosenbach Museum.) Offered here are four books that have been heavily annotated by Middleton. Each bears Middleton's ownership signature, one adding "from PP [presumably Phillips], Nov. 1959." Included are first editions of James Joyce by Herbert Gorman (1939); James Joyce by Harry Levin (1941); James Joyce by Richard Ellmann (1959); and Letters of James Joyce edited by Stuart Gilbert (1957). All bear Middleton's comments and corrections in the text, but for the Ellmann (the book gifted from PP), which escaped scrutiny. The books, on average, are near fine; the jackets are fair, or (in the case of the Gorman) missing. [#035300] $400
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35302, The Private Melville University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press, (1993). A biography of Melville, this copy from the library of Pauline Kael and inscribed to her (not by the author, who died prior to publication): "For Pauline: A book by a Melvillian to a Melvillian about Melville. I hope you enjoy." Kael once wrote (in regard to the film adaptation of Billy Budd), that Melville is "our greatest writer because he is the American primitive struggling to say more than he knows how to say, struggling to say more than he knows.” Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a review of a 1997 Melville biography laid in, which has one passage marked, presumably by Kael. [#035302] $125
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35303, At the Top of Their Game (Piscataway), Winchester Press/Nick Lyons Books, (1983). A collection of articles written by Boyle for Sports Illustrated, including "An Absence of Wood Nymphs," about his going butterfly hunting with Nabokov. This copy is signed by Boyle: "Robert H. Boyle/ who's coming unglued like this book/ VN p. 123/ the full text." The book is indeed coming unglued, but laid into it is a 1998 signed fax from Brian Boyd to Boyle: Boyd was the author of Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years, Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years; and Nabokov's Butterflies, among several other Nabokov titles. The full-page fax is faded and difficult to make out in places; the middle third of the Boyle book is detached. [#035303] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35304, City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara NY, Knopf, 1993. Inscribed by the author to Virginia [Spencer Carr], biographer of Paul Bowles, Carson McCullers, and John Dos Passos. This is the definitive biography of O'Hara, who was at the heart of the "New York poets" in the 1950s and '60s. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035304] $125
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35111, Great Writers in 90 Minutes, Volumes 1-6 Chicago, Ivan R. Dee, (2004-2005). The advance reading copies of the first six books in Strathern's Great Writers in 90 Minutes series (following his Philosophers in 90 Minutes series). The first three titles, published in 2004, are: Kafka in 90 Minutes; Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes; and Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes. The second three titles, published in 2005, are: Beckett in 90 Minutes; D.H. Lawrence in 90 Minutes; and Nabokov in 90 Minutes. The series was slated to include approximately two dozen authors at completion. All six titles included here are near fine or better in wrappers. Publisher's introductory letter laid in. [#035111] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35306, Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf NY, Oxford University Press, 1978. Warmly inscribed by Rose to film critic Pauline Kael in 1981. A short biography of Woolf, emphasizing her feminism: the author wrote "I view Woolf's feminism as the crux of her emotional as well as her intellectual life. She was the most ingratiating and, in some ways, the most sophisticated spokesman that feminism has ever had." With an autograph note signed from Rose to Kael laid in. Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035306] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35112, The John McPhee Reader NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1976). The hardcover issue of this collection that was issued simultaneously as a Vintage paperback. Collects sections from McPhee's first dozen books, along with an introduction by William Howarth and a checklist of McPhee's writings, which includes a number of unattributed "Talk of the Town" pieces from The New Yorker. Faint offsetting to the endpages; else fine in a fine dust jacket. A very nice copy of an uncommon McPhee title to find in hardcover, and an important title for McPhee collectors in the bibliographic information that it contains. It has been many years since we last had a copy of this book, and not for lack of looking. [#035112] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35309, Basin and Range NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1981). The first of McPhee's books on geology, which eventually led to his winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for Annals of the Former World, which included the text of this book plus four others. Inscribed by McPhee on the half-title: "For Dr. Dale Brett/ gratefully, from Michael Black/ and with regards, too, from/ John McPhee." Owner's embossed stamp on first blank, otherwise fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with a bit of wear at the spine crown. [#035309] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35113, No Ordinary Land. Encounters in a Changing Environment (NY), Aperture, 1998. Photographs taken by Laura McPhee and Virginia Beahan, using a fifty-pound, 40 year-old Deardorff camera. The photographs illustrate the ways in which people interact with the landscapes around them, and the images are striking, often startling, in their content, while the camera used gives them a degree of vividness and detail that seems almost preternatural. The New York Times called their work "intriguingly off-kilter." This copy has been signed by McPhee and Beahan. A letter transmitting the book is laid in, on the stationery of the Laurence Miller Gallery, where some of the photos were exhibited in 1998. Six-page afterword by John McPhee (Laura's father); introduction by Rebecca Solnit; epigraph from Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams. Oblong quarto; fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035113] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35116, Cache Fourche (Tulsa), (Hadassah Press), (1981). An early book, a collection of poetry, by this author of Cherokee descent. Glancy's first several publications were chapbooks that she published herself, first as the Hadassah Press, and then as the MyrtleWood Press: Hadassah is the Hebrew word for Myrtle, the author's grandmother's name. This title was published the same year as Drystalks of the Moon and Clearing Ghostlaw's Field: only one book, Traveling On, preceded, in 1980. OCLC locates only one copy of Cache Fourche, and this is the first time we have encountered this title. Trace spotting to covers; a very near fine copy in stapled wrappers. Extremely scarce, both in the market and in library holdings. [#035116] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35019, The Wokosani Road NY, Exposition Press, (1963). A vanity press novel of a half-blood Apache who, after World War II, gets involved in a murder. Subtitled "a novel of Indian lore in the Southwest." Like his main character, the author is half-Apache. Blindstamp and signature of previous owner, near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several short, open edge tears. [#035019] $100
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35021, My Father, Jim Thorpe (n.p.), (n.p.), 1979. A treatment script for an unproduced television film about Thorpe, co-written by Thorpe's daughter, Grace. Thorpe was the first Native American to win a gold medal for the U.S. at the Olympics (in 1912). Thorpe won gold for both the pentathlon and decathlon -- being acclaimed for those wins as "the greatest athlete in the world." He was stripped of the medals when it was learned that he had briefly played semi-professional baseball in the years prior; the medals were reinstated posthumously. Following his Olympic career, Thorpe played six seasons of professional baseball and six seasons of pro football. 19 pages, rectos only; comb-bound with acetate cover. Near fine. [#035021] $250
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