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Catalog 174

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

(Russian Art)
click for a larger image of item #35890, Untitled Road Scene 1988. Ink and watercolor by a Russian, Soviet-era artist. 5-1/2" x 5". Signed by the artist, in Cyrillic, on the verso. Fine. [#035890] $300
click for a larger image of item #35616, The Kit Book for Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Chicago, Consolidated Book Publishers, (1942). Salinger's first book appearance, this being the first issue (1942), the state without the head and toe bands. Rubbing to the front cover and several abrasions or scrapes to the spine; a good copy in a very good, later issue mailing box, being the red, pink, and navy issue, listing 96 cartoons. [#035616] $2,000
click for a larger image of item #35617, The Catcher in the Rye Boston, Little, Brown, 1951. The second printing (July, 1951; same month as the first printing) of Salinger's classic first book, which stands as one of the great fictional accomplishments of 20th century American literature. Small strips of black tape attached to black boards, possibly from a previous jacket protector; still a near fine copy in a very good, supplied, early printing dust jacket with small chips at the corners and spine ends, a small blended stain at the spine base, and a light, illegible pencil note on an upper corner of the rear panel. A very presentable early printing, with a dust jacket from a similar early printing, being the correct height and with the Lotte Jacobi photograph of Salinger on the rear panel of the jacket. [#035617] $1,250
click for a larger image of item #35618, The Catcher in the Rye [Boston], [Little, Brown], [1951]. The Book of the Month Club edition of Salinger's classic first book. Includes the now-uncommon Clifton Fadiman promotional pamphlet, reprinted from the Book-of-the-Month Club News, and with two line drawing illustrations of passages from the book. Salinger was notoriously touchy about images of his writings, and he forced the paperback publisher to change its original cover that showed Holden Caulfield carrying a suitcase to the now-famous plain-text-on-a-red-background, so it is unusual to see visual images of Salinger's text. A fine copy in a bright, very good dust jacket with a small, internally tape-mended chip at the crown. [#035618] $1,000
click for a larger image of item #35619, The Seven Ages of Man: A Series of Seven Reproductions from Original Photographs London, Cassell & Company, 1894. Reproductions of seven photographs depicting the "seven ages" of life as described in Shakespeare's As You Like It. There were earlier volumes published on this same theme, but this may be the first publication to use photographs (rather than engravings). Disbound, with contemporary gift inscription. A fair copy, with all plates and both covers present; large lower corner chip to the front cover and some marginal insect damage, not affecting the photographs. Five copies found in OCLC. [#035619] $175
(Shakespeare/Baconian Theory)
click for a larger image of item #35687, Is It Shakespeare's Confession? Washington, D.C., A.S. Witherbee, 1887. A 20-page pamphlet dedicated to proving that the epitaph on Shakespeare's gravestone contains the sentence (via cryptogram) "Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays." One name (Ignatius Donnelly) underlined in the introduction. Covers dust-soiled; else near fine in self-wrappers, with a fold-out of the epitaph tipped-in. No copies in OCLC. [#035687] $200
click for a larger image of item #35891, Whole Earth Catalog, 9 issues (Menlo Park), (Portola), (1969-1971). Nine of the first 14 issues of the Catalog, all first printings, beginning with The Difficult But Possible Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog, January 1969; then the The Difficult But Possible Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog, September1969; the $1 Whole Earth Catalog (formerly known as the Difficult But Possible Supplement--name changed to appease the USPS) for January 1970 and March 1970; the Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools, Spring 1970; the $1 Whole Earth Catalog for July 1970 and September 1970; the Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools, Fall 1970; and lastly, the $1 Whole Earth Catalog, January 1971. The January 1969 and both Access to Tools catalogs have spine tears; mild age toning throughout; otherwise the lot is near fine. Included is a printed, unmailed postcard explaining that the last issue came out in July, 1971 and listing which back issues are available. [#035891] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35892, Domebook One Los Gatos, Pacific Dome, 1970. A first printing of Domebook One: an instruction manual for the construction of geodesic domes. Domebook One "was put together in 14 days at the Whole Earth Catalog production garage." 11" x 14-1/2". A counterculture how-to, inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog and adopting a similar, oversize softcover, format. Cup ring and sunning to front cover; wear to spine; very good in wrappers. Together with a third edition of Domebook Two (1974). [#035892] $250
click for a larger image of item #35565, Be Here Now (San Cristobal), (Lama Foundation), (1975). A later printing of Alpert's enormously popular autobiography and guidebook to enlightenment, first published in 1970 in a different form in an edition of 300 copies under the title From Bindu to Ojas. While others before Alpert -- notably Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts -- had laid the groundwork for understanding principles of Eastern religions in terms familiar to Westerners and also describing the psychedelic drug experience in the terms of mystical religious experience, Alpert's book was a bestseller, being reprinted numerous times, selling hundreds of thousands of copies, and fostering what has come to be known as the "New Age" movement. This copy is inscribed "in love" by the author. Laid in is a ticket and program for Ram Dass's "Cultivating the Heart of Compassion" tour, during which this copy was presumably signed, on November 9, 1986. Rubbing and creasing to the covers; dampstaining to the page edges; a good copy in wrappers. [#035565] $750
click for a larger image of item #35893, Summer of Love: Haight-Ashbury At Its Highest Millbrae, Celestial Arts, (1980). Signed by Ken Kesey in 1987. A photographic tour of the high point of the Haight-Ashbury hippie community, from November 1965 to January 1967. The Summer of Love is usually spoken of as being the summer of 1967, with the era defined by its beginning at the Human Be-In in January, 1967. For this book -- and generally for the denizens of Haight-Ashbury during this period -- the Human Be-In represents the end of that community, and the beginning of its being overrun by commercialism and drowned by fame and notoriety. Ken Kesey, whose Trips Festival and Acid Tests defined the era, makes approximately a dozen appearances: text and photos by Anthony; foreword by Michael McClure. Near fine in wrappers. [#035893] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35894, The Great Hippie Hoax NY, Award Books, (1968). "A scalding indictment of the phoney movement that has trapped thousands of teenagers." Exploitation magazine-format book, heavily illustrated with "photographs from the notorious Haight-Ashbury photographer who lived among the hippies." Includes 11 separate articles/"indictments," purportedly by different authors, plus "A Report to the People," an editorial on the "national crisis," and a glossary of "psychedelic slanguage." "Stripping the petals off the Flower Children reveals them to be floundering in a cesspool of sex, half-crazed with weird drugs, parasitic, selfish, diseased and above all -- coldly calculating!" Minor edge foxing; near fine in stapled wrappers. Scarce: no copies listed online at the time of this writing; OCLC lists only 8 copies. [#035894] $300
click for a larger image of item #35895, Three Worlds, Three Realms, Six Roads Marlboro, Griffin Press, (1966)[1968]. A limited edition printing one section of Mountains & Rivers Without End. One of 200 copies, published in May, 1968. Entry A19 in Katherine McNeil's Snyder bibliography, which states that the 1966 copyright date refers to the poem's first publication in Poetry), and that the item's colophon erroneously describes the poem as six, rather than one, section of Mountains & Rivers Without End. Contents: Things to do around Seattle; Things to do around Portland; Things to do around a lookout; Things to do around San Francisco; Things to do around a ship at sea; Things to do around Kyoto. Nicely illustrated by Ken McCullough. Faint sunning to rear panel; very near fine in wrappers. Scarce. [#035895] $375
click for a larger image of item #35688, Dix Portraits Paris, Editions de la Montagne, (1930). A bilingual edition, one of 400 numbered copies of a total edition of 502. Pages uncut. Ten verbal portraits, in poetry and prose, of Picasso, Erik Satie, and the two translators of this volume, George Hugnet and Virgil Thomson, among others. Near fine in French-folded self-wrappers and very good original glassine. [#035688] $500
click for a larger image of item #35623, Generation of Swine NY, Summit Books, (1988). Gonzo Papers Vol. 2, subtitled "Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s" and comprising short essays on events from a column Thompson had in the San Francisco Examiner -- including much on the presidential campaigns -- from late 1985 to early 1988. Inscribed by Thompson: "Jay/ Here's this - Maybe you can learn something from it. Good luck. HST." Dated by Thompson at Owl Farm on June 16, 1988. A few tiny spots to the lower edge of the text block; still fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#035623] $4,500
click for a larger image of item #35624, Tunnel Through the Deeps NY, Putnam's, 1972. Inscribed by Harrison to James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon) as "Tip," as "he" preferred to be called: "A book, with all fondness, for Tip - May it cheer him up & make him forgive my acting like a horse's ass - Harry/ San Diego 72." Alice Sheldon broke gender barriers in the science fiction field (and won both Hugo and Nebula Awards) writing as James Tiptree, Jr. For the first decade (1967-1977), the author's true gender was unknown. Harrison contributed to Tiptree's early success, offering feedback on stories, buying several for the series Nova, and including some in a series of "year's best" anthologies. According to the excellent Tiptree biography by Julie Phillips, in the year of this inscription, Harrison (who did not know Tiptree's true identity) had sent a letter to Tiptree urging him to show his face: "Really, it has to be done sooner or later and you'd be a better Tip for it." Tiptree typed up a long response, saying, in part, "WILL YOU LAY OFF?...You've been a great friend...I know from experience what I need: to get in a hole away from everything and everybody...The last time pals tried to cheer me up I ended sitting around with my .38 in my mouth..." He ended his letter to Harrison, "Yours for the ultimate horselaugh." [Phillips, Julie. James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon] The two did continue their friendship in correspondence, but Harrison was not, as Tiptree had promised in that same letter, the first person to know when he went public as Sheldon. This novel by Harrison (who also wrote Make Room! Make Room!, which became the film Soylent Green) is near fine in a near fine, internally foxed dust jacket. It should be noted that we have no substantiating provenance tracing "Tip" to Tiptree, only very reasonable conjecture. [#035624] $450
click for a larger image of item #35898, Cutting for Stone NY, Knopf, 2009. The advance reading copy of the first novel by the Ethiopian-born physician and author of My Own Country: A Doctor's Story. Cutting for Stone was one of the most highly praised books of the year; the paperback edition stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. The author received a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2015. Hint of a crown bump; slight glue residue lower rear cover; still very near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in the advance issue. [#035898] $150
(Vietnam War)
click for a larger image of item #35691, Friendly Fire (n.p.), (Marble Arch), (1979). Dialogue continuity script for Kanin's television screenplay based on C.D.B. Bryan's 1976 nonfiction book. Friendly Fire chronicles the radicalization of a patriotic Midwestern family after their son is killed by "friendly" (i.e., U.S.) fire, and they try to get the details from a balky government, seemingly more interested in protecting those responsible than in honoring the dead. An important book, and film, for depicting the tide of mainstream political opinion in the U.S. turning against the war effort in Vietnam. Claspbound photocopied sheets; first page creased, otherwise near fine. [#035691] $175
click for a larger image of item #35626, One Man's Meat NY, Harper & Brothers, (1942). A collection of White's short, inimitable essays -- most from his column in Harper's and a few from The New Yorker. White provides a new foreword, which puts his short and thoughtful essays into the context of the then-ongoing Second World War. This is one of an unspecified number of copies signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. Offsetting pp. 12-13 from a prior bookmark; rubbing to edges, with the front hinge starting. An uncommon issue of a classic book of essays by White, perhaps the most highly regarded American essayist and the writer whose voice was the most critical in defining the urbane humanism that characterized The New Yorker, setting the tone for the best of American literature in the 20th century. A very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#035626] $1,250
click for a larger image of item #35627, The Second Tree from the Corner NY, Harper & Brothers, (1954). The limited edition of this collection of essays, stories and poems by the quintessential New Yorker writer and also the author of such children's classics as Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. One of 500 copies signed (initialed) by White for presentation to friends of the author and publisher. Sunning to spine ends; near fine in a very good dust jacket with light chipping at the spine extremities and rubbing to the folds. [#035627] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35628, The Points of My Compass NY, Harper & Row, (1962). A collection of White's essays, written in the form of letters to The New Yorker. One of an unspecified number of copies with a tipped-in leaf making it a presentation copy issued as a gift from The New Yorker in October, 1962, the month of publication. Trace sunning to top board edges, still a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear at the upper rear panel. [#035628] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35900, Hey, I'm Alive! NY, McGraw-Hill, (1964). Klaben's story of surviving 49 days in the Alaskan wilderness, along with her under-trained pilot Ralph Flores, following their 1963 plane crash enroute to California from Fairbanks. Klaben had traveled to Alaska by car in 1962 after responding to an ad in the New York Times placed by Sue Beehler, who was looking for a companion for the ride. This copy is inscribed by Klaben to Beehler: "For Sue/ without you I never would have had this great adventure/ Best love, Helen Klaben Kahn." With Beehler's 1964 ownership signature and address label, and with her annotations in the text. The inscription dates from 2004, and Beehler (now Johnston) has added "40 yrs later in SF CA." The date of the inscription (10/7/04) corresponds to that on a small label on the rear flyleaf on which Beehler has written "Helen Kahn/Legion of Honor/SF CA." A Canadian Star Weekly article about Klaben is laid in. The 1975 television movie starred Sally Struthers as Klaben and Ed Asner as the pilot. Abrasion to the lower spine; slightly cocked; a very good copy, in a supplied, very good dust jacket. The best possible association copy. [#035900] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35901, Lollipop Lounge (NY), (Billboard Books), (2004). The advance reading copy of this memoir by the lead singer of Goldie and the Gingerbreads, the first all-female band signed to a major label (Atlantic) and who opened for the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds, among others. Ravan also fronted Ten Wheel Drive, an early psychedelic jazz fusion band, and was the first female producer hired by a major record label. She was often compared to Janis Joplin, and was the prototype female rock star, predating Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Blondie, and Courtney Love. Inscribed by Ravan: "Dear Lee -- what would I do without you? Genya Ravan." Fine in wrappers. Uncommon in an advance issue, and especially scarce signed. [#035901] $250
click for a larger image of item #35837, The New Statesman and Nation (London), New Statesman, 1933. October 28, 1933 issue. Woolf contributes a >600-word letter to the editor titled "The Protection of Privacy," in which she takes photographers to task for besieging celebrities and proposes a Society for the Protection of Privacy. Edge wear and edge-sunning; library discard stamp; one staple loose; pencil name. A very good copy. [#035837] $100
click for a larger image of item #35902, Smurfs in Hell, Vols. 1-3 (Boise), Freeloader Press, 1986-1987. The first three issues of Carr's self-published 1980s zine, a humorous post-punk counterculture political publication. Vol. 2 has some foxing and surface soiling to covers; near fine. Vols. 1 and 3 are fine. All three are xeroxed and velobound. OCLC shows only 8 libraries holding copies. [#035902] $750
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