All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
(HOWE, Julia Ward)
(Boston), (Boston Authors Club), 1905. Approximately sixty members of the Boston Authors Club (of which Howe was President), contribute brief poems to honor her on her 86th birthday. Howe herself contributes a two-page poetic reply. 225 copies printed; six copies in OCLC. Very near fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#035321] SOLD
(Baltimore/San Antonio), [Sybil Press], . A limited edition broadside of an illustration from Lucyshyn's collection Geoffrey Tungsten's Grievesome River. Copy No. 9 of 15 numbered copies. This copy is signed by Lucyshyn and also inscribed "For Dara [Wier]!" Additionally signed by the bookmaker/printer Jillian G. Gomez. 11" x 15", silkscreen on paper. Fine. No copies in OCLC. [#035322] $150
NY, Sunbury Press, (1975). Her first book, a self-illustrated poetry collection. One of the earlier volumes published by Virginia Scott's feminist press, which operated out of the Bronx from 1973-1986. Inscribed by the author in 1976: "For Frank/ who finds joy among books. With love/ Joan." Fine in stapled wrappers. [#035323] SOLD
New Rochelle, Elizabeth Press, (1968). Inscribed by Randall to the British playwright Arnold Wesker in 1968: "For Arnold - w/all good wishes, Margaret/ 5.68." 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 government's violent and deadly response to it. This is a fine copy in a very good dust jacket marred by a coffee stain near the lower spine, mostly on the rear panel. [#035324] $100
Detroit, Broadside Press, (1971). First edition of an early publication by this African-American poet, "poems for young brothas and sistuhs." This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine. [#035325] $125
(n.p.), Pilot Books, (n.d.). Copy No. 7 of 200 numbered copies of this single poem by Shine, illustrated by Kathranne Knight, and designed, typeset, and handbound by Betsy Wheeler "for the first season of Pilot Books." This copy is inscribed by Shine to Dara [Wier] and Jim [James Tate], "with love and gratitude for your friendship and your poems." A nice association. Accordion style binding, string-bound with a vertical orientation. Very slight corner bends; still fine. Two copies found in OCLC. [#035041] $125
New York, Amok Press, (1987-1989). A complete run of the books published by Adam Parfrey's Amok Press, his first publishing imprint, a transgressive effort intended to provoke readers and critics. Its first publication was the only novel by Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler's propaganda minister. Eight titles, ten volumes, as follows:
- GOEBBELS, Joseph. Michael. 1987. Goebbels' novel, originally written in 1923 and first published, in German, in 1929. This is the first and only edition in English, although the book had gone through 17 editions in German by the end of World War II. Translated by Joachim Neugroschel. A handful of marginal markings; several small post-it place-holders inserted. Near fine in wrappers. No other copies of this title are listed online.
- PARFREY, Adam, editor. Apocalypse Culture. 1987. An anthology of short pieces on a number of controversial, even taboo, subjects. Near fine in wrappers. Together with a later printing of the expanded and revised edition, done by Feral House -- Parfrey's second publishing venture (its motto was "Refuses to Be Domesticated") -- which includes a preface by Parfrey that is not in the original edition, and which is signed by Parfrey in 2002. Very good in wrappers.
- BLACK, Jack. You Can't Win. 1988. First thus. Black's 1926 autobiography, with a new introduction by William Burroughs, who said he first read it in 1926, and used characters and scenes from it in his own work fifty years later. Near fine in wrappers.
- GORDON, Mel. The Grand Guignol. 1988. Near fine in wrappers. The first history of the Paris "Theatre of Fear and Terror." Heavily illustrated quarto.
- KEEL, John A. Disneyland of the Gods. 1988. Fine in wrappers. A book on various paranormal and unexplained events and phenomena, by a noted UFOlogist. Blurb by Robert Anton Wilson.
- REITMAN, Ben L. Boxcar Bertha. 1988. An autobiography, as told to Reitman, originally published in 1937 as Sister of the Road. A rare look at hoboes, anarchists, hopping freight trains, and the underbelly of society from the point of view of a woman. Introduction by Kathy Acker. Near fine in wrappers. Together with the BOMC hardcover edition, which is fine in a near fine dust jacket.
- SCHRECK, Nikolas, editor. The Manson File. 1988. A compendium of writings, drawings, and photographs by Charles Manson and friends and followers, published 20 years after the Manson murders in Hollywood. With a blurb by Lynette ("Squeaky") Fromme, one of his followers. Near fine in wrappers.
- BLACK, Bob and PARFREY, Adam, editors. Rants and Incendiary Tracts. 1989. "Voices of Desperate Illumination, 1558-Present." Short pieces by a variety of writers, from Jean Paul Marat to Timothy Leary. Near fine in wrappers.
NY, Grosset & Dunlap/Workman Publishing, (1969). The first rock encyclopedia, more than 600 pages, with over 1200 entries on rock stars, and discographies with more than 22000 entries. Spine creased from the bulk; else a fine copy in a very good dust jacket chipped at the crown. The first edition is quite scarce: it was reprinted by G&D/Workman at least twice, and then reissued by Putnam, a much larger publisher, in 1971, and numerous times after that. [#035136] $300
ca. 1950s. Both the ribbon copy typescript and the carbon typescript of this 34-page interview with Eleanor Roosevelt, apparently by Gerald Kean, as stapled to the original typescript is a photocopied note that reads, "To Gerald Kean/ with good wishes/ Eleanor Roosevelt." The typescript is headed "Chapter Two/ Eleanor Roosevelt," as though intended for book publication. A wide-ranging interview, which begins inconsequentially with questions about fashion ("I am not a very good person to ask...") and food ("I am not really a connoisseur in food..."), and then moves on to reading, the movies and the theater; ER's childhood; Teddy Roosevelt and the Democratic/Republican split in the Roosevelt family; her very first encounters with FDR; the effects of his having polio; the beginnings of his political career; her adjustments to life in the White House; the visits of Winston Churchill, and of the King and Queen of England, and Queen Wilhelmina, and of Alexander Woollcott; the tragedies of war, and of refugees; her response to those holding opposing views from hers and FDR's; her advice for young parents on raising children in an increasingly dangerous world; the need for the United Nations, and her roles as Chair of the Human Rights Commission and later (from 1953-on) with the American Association for the UN; a prescient couple of pages on the Russians and the prospect for world peace; and, lastly, her greatest aspiration: "To be useful for as long as possible." Gerald Kean was a Director at United Nations Radio; in 1951 Kean and Pierre Crenesse put together an LP tribute to Paris with musicians and leading figures of the day, including Eleanor Roosevelt; however, as best as we can tell, this interview is unpublished. The ribbon copy typescript is fine; the carbon, being on thinner paper, is near fine. [#035147] $4,500
NY, ACE, (1970). An ACE paperback original, the second novel by this feminist sci-fi author who won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award, among others. This copy is signed by Russ, and uncommon thus. Very minor age-toning to pages; else fine. The publisher touts this as "The First Major SF Novel of the 1970's," and while that may be debatable there is no question that Russ hit the Science Fiction field like a whirlwind, challenging male supremacy and the outdated attitudes that came with it, and engendering enormous controversy for a time. She became a major figure, perhaps the major figure, in opening up science fiction writing to women and other marginalized peoples. [#035328] $150
PATRICK, George Z.
NY/Chicago, Pitman, (1938). An explication of 350 Russian word roots. Inscribed by the author in 1938, to Mrs. Kathleen Barnes (possibly of the Institute of Pacific Relations). Patrick was, at the time, an Associate Professor of Russian at the University of California, Berkeley; he eventually chaired the Department of Slavic Languages. Spotting to top edge and mild dampstaining to lower board edges; near fine in a very good, somewhat stained and darkened dust jacket. [#035137] $250
Berkeley, North Point, . Advance uncorrected page proofs, in the form of 8-1/2" x 11" photocopied typeset sheets, numbered ii-v and 1-157, printed on rectos only, and housed in a black 3-ring binder with a typed label and a 1987 date (the book was published in 1988). Copyeditor's corrections and queries reproduced throughout, most notably on the title page: "There is no story named 'Dusk' in the book. Does this matter?" Apparently it did matter: the story included here entitled "Fields at Dusk" was changed to "Dusk" prior to publication. The sheets are fine in a near fine binder with an edgeworn title label applied. This collection won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award. [#035138] $250
(London), Hamish Hamilton, (2013). The first separate publication of this story that first appeared in The New Yorker. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. An uncommon little volume and scarce signed. [#035141] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1950. Second printing before publication of the first book by the legendary sportswriter. Signed by Red Smith. With illustrations by Willard Mullin. Foxing to endpages; a very good copy in a fair, edge-chipped dust jacket, nearly split at the front flap fold. Uncommon, especially in dust jacket, and even more so signed. [#035330] $150
(STONE, Robert). BELL, Madison Smartt
NY, Doubleday, (2020). The advance reading copy of Bell's biography of Stone. Although not marked as such, this copy belonged to the critic William H. Pritchard and has his scattered marginal notations in the text and a list of page numbers and notes on the final page. Pritchard had reviewed Stone's Children of Light for The Threepenny Review and Outerbridge Reach for The New York Times. Stone finished his novel Dog Soldiers while living in Pritchard's house in Amherst, MA, while the Pritchards were abroad for a year (p. 160). Pritchard's review of this book appeared in The Hopkins Review. Stray pen mark lower edge of text block; mild corner creasing; near fine in wrappers. [#035331] $100
NY, Vincent Astor Gallery, 1985. An exhibition catalog, celebrating the nine years (1958-1967) of the coffee shop and Off-Off-Broadway theater Caffe Cino. The place began as a coffee shop that was friendly to gays, at a time when few places were; within a couple of years, the people frequenting it began to include poets and artists and playwrights, and it is generally credited with being the birthplace of Off Off Broadway theater -- for which it won an Obie in 1965 -- as well as the birthplace of gay theater, at a time when producing gay-themed drama was illegal. Includes a 5-page list of the plays performed at the theater, arranged by playwright. The exhibition was at Lincoln Center in 1985 and the program/catalog for it is very scarce: OCLC shows only one library holding a copy of it. A fine copy in stapled wrappers. [#035142] $650
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
(n.p.) [Aspen], (n.p.), (1971). Typed manuscript, seven pages, ribbon copy, with Hunter Thompson's changes, corrections and revisions throughout. When the Aspen Illustrated News, the underground newspaper of Aspen, Colorado, folded in February of 1970, Hunter Thompson and an artist named Tom Benton collaborated to create a new publication -- Aspen Wallposter -- a large-format single sheet with Benton's graphic artwork on one side and Thompson's political writings on the other. After five posters were issued, Thompson and Benton could not find a printer for number 6 and sent it to Canada for printing; after the printing was finished, the entire run was confiscated by Canadian authorities and other individuals supposedly representing the American FBI. Thompson's manuscript here appeared, with some changes, on the back of Wallposter #7, explaining why there had been no number 6, and also introducing a proposal to expose "Treacherous Drug Dealers" -- or "doxing" them as it might be called today. The final paragraph of this typescript does not appear in the published version at all: it was to have exposed a second "treacherous" drug dealer but was cut from the final publication. Thompson manuscripts are very scarce and ones such as this, dating from the time of his abortive run for Sheriff in Aspen (the subject of Wallposter #5) are especially so, predating Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and showing Thompson practicing what would be called "gonzo journalism" at a time before he had become a celebrity. All sheets at least very good. [#035045] $8,500
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
NY, Summit Books, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of the second volume of Thompson's Gonzo Papers. Subtitled "Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s," comprising short essays on events -- including much on the presidential campaigns -- from late 1985 to early 1988. An alternate subtitle is blacked out on the rear cover: "Two Years in Limbo: A Weekly Diary on the Death of the American Dream in the Eighties...Farewell to John Wayne, Hello to the Fat Man...Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll in a World They Never Knew." This subtitle is also covered over with a label on both the front cover and the title page. Laid in, on San Jose Mercury News letterhead is a note to a reviewer: "Dear Tom [Clark] - I'm glad you can do this. I'm very curious what you make of it. $150. Up to 1200 words. 5/16 deadline. Best - Caroline." Tom Clark was a noted poet and biographer (Kerouac, Olson, Creeley, Dorn, etc.). His review was titled "Bashing the Swine: Hunter S. Thompson Trashes Venality, Greed and Hotel Rooms." Near fine in wrappers. [#035046] $250
NY, Donald I. Fine, (1988). Edited and introduced by Robert Polito and Michael McCauley. This copy is inscribed by Polito to the National Book Award-winning poet Ai (Florence Anthony): "For Ai -- doyenne of the dramatic monologue, with admiration & love -- Robert/ St. Patrick's Day/ 1988." Fine in a lightly rubbed, very near fine dust jacket. A nice, albeit unexpected, association. [#035334] $150
NY, Jordan-Volpe Gallery, 1981. Elaborate catalog for an exhibit of art by the Martin Brothers: Robert Wallace, Walter Frazier, Edwin Bruce, and Charles. One of 500 numbered copies, this being Copy No. 55. 57 pages of text and six color plates, all loosely laid into a pictorial cardstock folder. Contents fine; folder only very good. Lacking the publisher's box. [#035335] $200
Garden City, Doubleday, 1978. Her surprisingly scarce second novel. After a well-received first book, State of Grace, this book received a scathing review in the New York Times, which reportedly killed its sales and its chances for critical recognition. Some redemption occurred in 2018 when a 40th anniversary edition was published, and it was universally recognized as a classic. The original Times reviewer, Anatole Broyard, had passed away in 1990. A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket, with wear at the folds and edges. [#035336] $150
Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1940-1941. The first three issues in a series that ran for 20+ issues from 1940-1944, beginning with Effective Industrial Use of Women in the Defense Program; Lifting Heavy Weights in Defense Industries; and Safety Clothing for Women in Industry. These issues cover safety, sanitation, pregnancy, collective bargaining, differences in physique from men, existing State regulations for weight lifting, functional fashion, a survey of the work women did in the prior World War, and many other topics, such as wages: "Rates should be based on occupation and not on sex or race of the worker." (Special Bulletin No. 1, page 19.) The first two issues are fine in stapled wrappers; the third issue has information in German crossed out on two pages and the notation "621" twice on the front cover; near fine. Frances Perkins was FDR's Secretary of Labor and her name is printed on the title pages, along with Mary Anderson, Director of the Women's Bureau. An informative look at governmental efforts to prepare for women entering into manufacturing and other industries, in anticipation of American males being called into the military. [#035143] $225
(San Francisco), Third World Communications, 1972. Edited by Janice Mirikitani, this anthology brought together work by "Third World people of Asia, Africa, and the Original America," including "A Scarlet Woman" by Ntozake Shange and "Custer Lives in Humboldt County" by Janet Campbell Hale, both being appearances prior to the authors' first books. Gift inscription on half title; corner crease to front cover and foxing to both covers; very good in wrappers. 30 copies in OCLC. A landmark volume, and very scarce now. [#035338] SOLD
(NY), (Supersisters), (1979). A complete set of 72 Supersisters trading cards, issued in 1979 as counterpoint to an arena of overwhelmingly male representation. In 1978, sisters Lois Rich and Barbara Egerman wrote to nearly 500 prominent women of the time: the first 72 to respond were included, and the cards are numbered in the order responses were received. The issued set includes American actors, activists, artists, athletes, authors, aviators, journalists, musicians, politicians, and business executives. It is notably short on scientists, but for Margaret Mead, who passed away in 1978 and is the only woman included posthumously. Though arguably more fascinating for those names that have since faded from mind, some of the more recognizable names include Gloria Steinem, Katharine Graham, Bella Abzug, Meredith Monk, Helen Thomas, Helen Reddy, and Helen Hayes. The roster is nearly 90% white, but minority representation includes Sonia Manzano, Rosa Parks, Barbara Gardner Proctor, Ruby Dee, Miki Gorman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leslie Uggams, Shirley Chisholm, and Ntozake Shange. Photos on the front; biographical statements, accomplishments, and occasional quotes on the verso -- all provided by the respondents. 72 cards, plus a colophon noting that each woman had given permission for her inclusion in the series. There is an edge-stain to one side that does not extend onto the card faces; a near fine set, lacking the plastic case. Three copies located in OCLC. [#035144] SOLD
SHERR, Lynn and KAZICKAS, Jurate
(NY), Universe Books, (1970). The first issue of this calendar that also serves as a manual of feminism, with weekly dates on the rectos, and quotes, statistics, images, inspirations, and survival tips on the versos. Not initially intended to be the start of a series but then running through at least 1977 (after skipping 1972). Co-authored by Lynn Sherr, better known as a correspondent for the ABC news magazine 20/20. The appendix is a "Survival Handbook," which among other things includes a list of future female firsts to be filled in (final line: "first female U.S. President). Several paper clip marks in text; writing only on the title page: underlining there as well as the inscription, "To woman from girl/ 1970." Comb-bound; near fine in cardstock covers. [#035343] SOLD
SOMERS, Florence A.
NY, A.S. Barnes, 1930. Somers was the Associate Director of the Sargent School of Physical Education of Boston University's School of Education, and later the the principal of The Margaret Eaton School in Toronto and the first female president of the Canadian Physical Education Association (CPEA). This book takes on the controversial concept of women's athletics and breaks it down into the objectives (why participate in athletics); the physiological factors (those special considerations of the female); the historical trends; and how to safely navigate a future where we may "largely disregard sex differences and build athletic programs on individual differences..." This copy is apparently signed by the author, by way of her ownership signature on the front pastedown: "Miss F. Somers/ Dennis Mass." Additional owner signature (in Toronto) on front flyleaf. A near fine copy, without dust jacket. [#035344] $375
(Greenwich), (Dial Publishing), 1923. Contains "Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street," which was published in book form, as the opening of Mrs Dalloway, in 1925, with notable changes. Here, the first line reads: “Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the gloves herself.” Of course, she famously buys flowers. Small spot to front cover; a very near fine copy in wrappers. [#035052] SOLD
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