Catalog 92, D-G
118. DE BERNIÉRES, Louis. Corelli's Mandolin. NY: Pantheon (1994). Advance reading copy of the American edition of his most recent book, published to enormous critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Fine in wrappers and publisher's slipcase, and signed by the author.
119. DeLILLO, Don. Underworld. [Hollywood: Paramount, 1997]. The photocopied typescript of the most recent DeLillo novel, submitted for motion picture consideration prior to publication, and prior to the creation of bound uncorrected proofs. 8 1/2" x 11". 1414 pages, claspbound in six sections, in cardstock covers bearing the name of the production company. The text is double-spaced, printed on rectos only, and reproduces several small holograph corrections. Title and author written on spines; fine. DeLillo's new novel, which reportedly runs to 800 pages in the published edition, has been causing a considerable word-of-mouth stir prior to publication, and has been said to be far more ambitious and more accomplished than any of his earlier work--a substantial comment for one who has won the National Book Award and has been considered, for years, one of the preeminent American novelists. This is an extremely early state of the book, and the unwieldiness of the six-volume format would suggest that very few copies would have been done thus.
120. DEXTER, Pete. The Paperboy. NY: Random House (1995). A highly acclaimed novel by the author of the National Book Award-winning Paris Trout, God's Pocket, and others. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
121. DICK, Philip K. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Garden City: Doubleday, 1974. Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for 1975 and also nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Slight corner bumps; else fine in a fine dust jacket, again with trace wear at the corners. Without the remainder spray that is usually found on this title.
122. DINESEN, Isak. Winter's Tales. (NY): Random House (1942). The third book published in this country by the Danish author of Out of Africa. Spotting and fading to top stain, foredge unevenly guillotined; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with some spine-darkening and edgewear to the crown. For all its small flaws, overall an attractive copy in a bright, multicolored pictorial dust jacket.
123. (DOIG, Ivan). The Streets We Have Come Down. Rochelle Park: Hayden Book Co. (1975). Doig serves as the editor and compiler of this collection of writings about the modern city; he also contributes the foreword and an essay, "Street of Dreams, Street of Life." His second book, following News: A Consumer's Guide, which was co-authored with his wife. Only issued in wrappers, this is a near fine copy. Authors include Joan Didion, James Baldwin, Mike Royko, Alvin Toffler, Robert Coates, Loren Eiseley, Lewis Mumford, Henry Roth, James Tate, Tom Wolfe, and many others. Doig's first trade publication, This House of Sky, was published three years later and won numerous awards, including being a finalist for the National Book Award. A very scarce, early item by one of the most highly praised of contemporary Western writers.
124. DONLEAVY, J.P. The Ginger Man. Paris: Olympia (1955). The author's first book. No. 7 in the Traveller's Companion series, a publishing choice by maverick publisher Maurice Girodias (who published Lolita and Naked Lunch, among others) that later cost him his entire company, when Donleavy finally won a quarter-century long suit resulting from Girodias marketing his novel as part of a pornography series. This copy is inscribed by Donleavy to publisher Seymour Lawrence in October of 1963. Wrappers liberally creased and detaching at spine, with chips at the extremities; only good. However, an excellent association copy: Seymour Lawrence published the first unexpurgated American edition of The Ginger Man in 1965. A bowdlerized version of it had been published in the U.S. in 1958, but Lawrence was directly responsible for bringing to the American public for the first time the original version of the author's work, which has since come to be considered a modern classic.
125. DONLEAVY, J.P. A Singular Man. London: Bodley Head (1965). The play adaptation of Donleavy's second novel, inscribed by the author to Seymour Lawrence on the fourth of July 1965, with good wishes, and signed "Mike Donleavy." The "Mike" is printed, in Donleavy's hand; the rest of the inscription and signature is in cursive, also in Donleavy's hand. Very near fine in a mildly spine-tanned dust jacket. An attractive copy of an uncommon book and, again, an excellent literary association.
126. DONLEAVY, J.P. Leila. Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1983. Limited first edition, leatherbound, gold-stamped, with marbled endpapers. Precedes the trade edition. With a special introduction by the author, which does not appear elsewhere. A fine copy, signed by the author.
127. DUBUS, Andre. Separate Flights. Boston: Godine (1975). His second book, the first collection of the short fiction for which he has won a considerable reputation. Winner of a Boston Globe award for fiction. Mottling to cloth; very good in a dust jacket split at the lower front flap fold and with other minor edgewear.
128. DUBUS, Andre. Finding a Girl in America. Boston: Godine (1977). His fourth book, third collection of short fiction. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a short horizontal tear across the rear flap fold. Dubus's most recent story collection was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
129. DUBUS, Andre. Dancing After Hours. NY: Knopf, 1996. The advance reading copy of his latest collection of stories--his first in over a decade--published to enormous critical acclaim and, for the first time, widespread public recognition and commercial success. Fine in wrappers and publisher's cardstock slipcase. Signed by the author.
130. DUFRESNE, John. Louisiana Power and Light. NY: Norton (1994). His highly praised second book, first novel. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
131. DUNCAN, Robert. Poems 1948-49. (n.p.): Berkeley Miscellany Editions (n.d.). Stapled signatures bound in wrappers. Fragile: splitting at the folds and with a small chip at the spine base. Additionally, the front cover has a very long tear extending from the edge through about 2/3 of the height of the cover, and is externally tape repaired with three aging pieces of tape; thus only a good copy. A scarce book, and repairable.
132. DUNCAN, Robert. The Years as Catches. Berkeley: Oyez, 1966. A collection of poetry, this being one of 1800 copies in wrappers, of 2000 total. Spine crease, else fine in wrappers.
133. DUNCAN, Robert. The Truth & Life of Myth. Fremont: Sumac Press (1973). First trade edition of this "Essay in Essential Autobiography," which was first published as a limited edition in 1968. Fine in wrappers.
134. (EARHART, Amelia). GILROY, Shirley Dobson. Amelia. Pilot in Pearls. McLean: Link Press, 1985. A compilation of tributes to Earhart, both as a pilot and a person, and in several media. Also includes a biographical portrait and numerous photographs. Signed by Gilroy, and with the author's business card laid in. Quarto; fine in a spine-faded, near fine dust jacket.
135. EHRLICH, Gretel. The Solace of Open Spaces. (NY): Viking (1985). Her first book of prose, a collection of related essays on the contemporary West and the natural world, in particular the author's adopted home state of Wyoming. Blurbs by Edward Abbey, Ivan Doig, Annie Dillard, Edward Hoagland and Tracy Kidder. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a short closed gutter tear on the rear panel. A nice copy of a highly praised book that has become somewhat scarce recently. Signed by the author.
136. ELLISON, Ralph. Flying Home and Other Stories. NY: Random House (1996). Uncorrected proof copy of this posthumously published collection by the author of Invisible Man. Fine in wrappers.
137. FORD, Richard. The Sportswriter. NY: Vintage (1986). The first edition of his third novel, a paperback original, and his "breakthrough" book. Publication as a paperback original in the Vintage Contemporaries series brought Ford a readership ten times as large as the book would have had in hardcover; and his obvious talent lent credibility to what was at that time a fledgling paperback series and, in reality, a publishing experiment. Near fine in wrappers and signed by the author.
138. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Covers evenly dust-soiled; possibly re-glued at front hinge; near fine in wrappers. A very scarce proof: proofs in the Vintage Contemporaries series seem to have been done in smaller quantities than their counterparts slated for hardcover publication, and to have received much more limited distribution.
139. FORD, Richard. From The Sportswriter. (n.p.): Oxford/Salt-Works, 1986. A broadside excerpt from The Sportswriter. 8 1/2" x 11". One of 129 numbered copies signed by the author. One of the scarcer items in the Ford ouevre, having been done both in a small edition and in a somewhat out of the way location, with most copies not making it into the book collecting mainstream. Fine.
140. FORD, Richard. Rock Springs. NY: Atlantic Monthly (1987). His fourth book, first collection of stories. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
141. FORD, Richard. Wildlife. NY: Atlantic Monthly (1990). The trade edition of his fifth book, a novel, signed by the author in the month of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
142. FORD, Richard. Independence Day. NY: Knopf, 1995. His most recent novel, a sequel to The Sportswriter, and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, a rare literary "double." This novel follows the main character of The Sportswriter, Frank Bascombe, after he has divorced and become a real estate agent. This is the advance reading copy in printed wrappers, signed by the author. Fine in publisher's card-stock slipcase, still shrink-wrapped. A relatively scarce promotional issue.
143. -. Another copy, without the shrinkwrap and with one corner bump. Near fine in a near fine slipcase.
144. -. Same title, the unsigned, unboxed advance reading copy. Fine.
145. -. Another copy of the unsigned, unboxed advance reading copy, except this copy has been signed by the author. Near fine in wrappers.
146. FORD, Richard. Women with Men. NY: Knopf, 1997. The first trade edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author. In our experience, a scarce book signed, as the author seems not to have done the standard promotional tour, with readings and signings around the country that one might have expected.
147. -. Same title, the limited edition (New Orleans: B.E. Trice, 1997). Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Clothbound; fine in a fine slipcase.
148. FRANZEN, Jonathan. Strong Motion. NY: FSG (1992). The second book by the author of The Twenty-Seventh City, and one of the Granta 20. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author. Considerably scarcer than his first book, it would appear.
149. FRAZIER, Charles. Cold Mountain. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (1997). Well-received Civil War novel that has become a word-of-mouth bestseller and the publishing phenomenon of the year. From a modest first printing of 25,000 copies in June, there have been a total of 11 printings and 498,000 copies of the book in print at the time of this writing. It reached #1 on the bestseller lists of The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly--a rare occurrence for a literary novel, let alone a first novel, in these days of mega-blockbusters with first printings numbering sometimes in seven figures. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
150. GARDNER, John. The Wreckage of Agathon. NY: Harper & Row (1970). Gardner's second novel, after The Resurrection and preceding his more well-known Grendel. Dust jacket blurbs by Stanley Elkin and, notably, William Gass, with whom Gardner had a prominent and public dispute in later years over Gardner's concept of "moral fiction" and the responsibilities that entailed for contemporary authors. Gass became the spokesman for the other side of the issue--arguing that constraining fiction to the requirements of a particular morality was a counterproductive throwback to earlier days when Art was supposed to serve a recognized higher authority and became thereby little more than official propaganda. However, Gass and Gardner had a long-standing relationship and were quite good friends, notwithstanding the public split over this issue. Gass's presence giving a support notice on this book provides a footnote to the more public quarrel the men had later over a not insignificant question, which still incites controversy. This is a review copy and is inscribed by the author in 1978. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.
151. GINSBERG, Allen. First Blues. Rags, Ballads & Harmonium Songs 1971-74. (NY): Full Court Press (1975). The simultaneous hardcover edition of this collection of pieces, this being one of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
152. GINSBERG, Allen. Poems All Over the Place, Mostly 'Seventies. (Cherry Valley): Cherry Valley Editions, 1978. A collection of previously uncollected poems, with an autobiographical afterword. Signed by the author. Light sunning; else fine in wrappers.
153. GOLD, Ivan. Sams in a Dry Season. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1990. Gold's third book, and first in over two decades. This is the publisher's copy, bound in full leather, with raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. One of probably only two copies--one for the author and one for the publisher. Fine.
154. GOLDING, William. Lord of the Flies. NY: Coward-McCann, 1955. First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author's landmark first book, which has been made into two different movies and which exerted a powerful influence on a generation. Light foxing to the top edge and sunning to the spine base; near fine in a dust jacket with a small chip near the crown and a bit of splitting to the lower spine folds; still about near fine. An attractive copy of a contemporary classic.
155. GUTERSON, David. Snow Falling on Cedars. NY: Harcourt Brace (1994). The uncorrected proof copy of his first novel, a well-written and touching story of a murder trial on an island in Puget Sound in the aftermath of World War II. The evocative prose gently captures an era and the conflicting sensibilities of the island's Japanese-American community and its white, patriotic fishermen. On the basis of this book, Guterson was included on the list of Granta's 20 best young American writers. Winner of the PEN Faulkner Award. Near fine in wrappers. In our experience, a very scarce proof.