Catalog 92, A

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1. ABBEY, Edward. Jonathan Troy. NY: Dodd, Mead (1954). Abbey's first book, published when he was 27 and never allowed by the author to be reprinted. "Jonathan Troy" was a nom de plume that Abbey used in writing for his college literary journal and the subject of this novel--a young firebrand who is, underneath, "morbidly romantic"--suggests a certain amount of youthful posturing on Abbey's part. However, the elements of Troy's character--his fierce independence manifesting itself in a disdain for authority and for others' opinions along with a finely tuned literary poetic sense--strongly suggest the elements that would combine in later years to make Abbey's sensibility so potent and unique in such works as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang. As an unsentimental ecologist, and one of the instigating figures in the radical environmental movement, Abbey helped dictate both the agenda and the terms of the debate for questions of development and exploitation versus preservation and conservation, both in the Southwest and, by extension, elsewhere throughout the country. This is a very near fine copy, with shelfwear only at the spine base, in a very good dust jacket with a few internally repaired edge tears and chips. Warmly inscribed by the author in 1982 to a collector, thanking him for his work (i.e., collecting and preserving the body of Abbey's writing, at a time before Abbey was as heavily collected as he later came to be). An exceptional, revealing inscription by one of the most important Southwestern writers of the last 50 years, and an attractive copy of a very scarce first book.

2. ABBEY, Edward. Fire on the Mountain. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1963. The first British edition of Abbey's third novel, his second to be published in England. Cocked, page edges foxed; a very good copy in a very good, foxed and price-clipped dust jacket. A scarce edition of the first of Abbey's books to deal explicitly with an environmental theme.

3. (ABBEY, Edward). FOREMAN, Dave. Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching. Tucson: Earth First! Books, 1985. Nonfiction by a longtime environmental activist who was a longtime friend of Abbey and involved with him in the Earth First! environmental group. Includes the preface "Forward!" by Abbey. Only issued in wrappers, this is the first state, with the photograph on page 47 upside down. Rubbing to covers; near fine.

4. ADAMS, Alice. Careless Love. (NY): New American Library (1966). Her first book. Former owner's purchase notation on front flyleaf. Other than that historical tidbit, a near fine copy in a very good white dust jacket with some foxing at the edges and spine. An uncommon first book.

5. AI. Cruelty. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. The hardcover issue of the author's highly praised first collection of poems. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

6. AI. Killing Floor. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979. Her second collection, the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1978 of the Academy of American Poets. This is the issue in wrappers, and is inscribed by the author, with a drawing, "Zapata's Horse." Fine.

7. ALBEE, Edward. The Wounding: An Essay on Education. Charleston: Mountain State Press (1981). A special edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this is one of 200 copies in wrappers, numbered and signed by the author. The book is fine; the signature only bears evidence of water droplets.

8. ALEXIE, Sherman. Old Shirts And New Skins. Los Angeles: American Indian Studies Center (1993). Third collection of poems and prose poems by this Native American writer, who was selected as one of the "Granta 20 Best Young American Authors." With illustrations by Elizabeth Woody. Blurbs by Linda Hogan and Simon Ortiz. Only issued in wrappers; this is the issue measuring 7 1/16" x 10". Fine.

9. ALEXIE, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press (1993). His first collection of stories to be published by a major trade publisher; winner of a special citation for the PEN/Hemingway Award as well as the winner of the 1994 Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writers' Award. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.

10. ALLEN, Woody. Play It Again, Sam. NY: Random House (1969). His second and final play, in which Allen's character uses the ghost of Bogart as mentor. First performed in 1969 with a cast that included Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts. Later made into a film. Acidic pages browning with age, as usual for this title, otherwise fine in a very near fine dust jacket and signed by the author. An uncommon volume, and Allen's signature is quite uncommon.

11. ALLEN, Woody. Getting Even. NY: Random House (1971). His first collection, containing unpublished and published pieces, the latter primarily from The New Yorker. Very near fine in like dust jacket and signed by the author. A very nice copy of a book that shows wear easily and, again, is uncommon signed.

12. ALLEN, Woody. Without Feathers. NY: Random House (1975). His second collection. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author. An immaculate copy.

13. ANDERSON, Kent. Sympathy for the Devil. Garden City: Doubleday, 1987. The advance reading copy of the well-received first novel by the author of the highly acclaimed Night Dogs. A powerful and well-written novel about the Special Forces in Vietnam, with whom the author served, which confronts the violence of the war head-on and explores an individual's capacity for tolerating, and committing, brutality that in any other context would be unthinkable and inhuman. One of the best novels of the war in its lucid portrayal of the devastating effects of the war on even so elite a group as this and, as such, a powerful antiwar statement without the usual postures and attitudes that are normally associated with an antiwar message. Shot from typescript, this advance reading copy reproduces numerous holograph corrections and includes several dramatic scenes that were deleted from the final published version. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author.

14. ANDERSON, Kent. Night Dogs. (Tucson): Dennis McMillan, 1996. The long-awaited second novel by the author of Sympathy for the Devil. One of the year's most sought-after books: the small first printing (1900 copies) was quickly exhausted and the book has not been reprinted. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.

15. (Anthology). Giant Talk. NY: Random House (1975). An anthology of Third World writings, co-edited and inscribed by Quincy Troupe. Among the hundreds of contributors are Derek Walcott, Toni Cade Bambara, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Wole Soyinka, Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison, Chinua Achebe, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Ernest Gaines, JosÉ Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, James Welch, Ray A. Youngbear, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nikki Giovanni and Toni Morrison. An important anthology, the publication of which helped to enable the current movement toward multicultural studies. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

16. (Anthology). At the Field's End. Seattle: Madrona (1977). Nicholas O'Connell interviews 20 Pacific Northwest writers including Norman Maclean, Barry Lopez, Tom Robbins, Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher, Gary Snyder, Marilynne Robinson, James Welch, Ivan Doig, Carolyn Kizer, Ursula K. LeGuin and others. This is the hardcover issue; fine in a fine dust jacket.

17. (Anthology). TQ20. (Wainscott): Pushcart (1985). Huge anthology which was also published as the Twentieth Anniversary issue of TriQuarterly magazine. This is the scarce hardcover issue, published by the Pushcart Press. Contributors include Brautigan, García MÁrquez, Stanley Elkin, Kerouac, Silko, Nabokov, Carver, Wolff, Robert Stone, Richard Ford, Thomas McGuane, and many, many others. In our experience, an extremely scarce anthology in the hardcover issue. This copy is signed by Richard Ford, David Quammen, Carlos Fuentes, David Wagoner and Tobias Wolff. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

18. (Anthology). Testimony. Writers of the West Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness. (Minneapolis): (Milkweed) (1996). Compiled and signed by Terry Tempest Williams and Stephen Trimble. With work by Rick Bass, William Kittredge, Barry Lopez, John McPhee, N. Scott Momaday, and Terry Tempest Williams, among others. Only issued in wrappers. Fine.

19. ASHBERY, John. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. NY: Viking (1975). Poetry, winner of the National Book Award. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

20. AUSTER, Paul. The Invention of Solitude. NY: Sun (1982). The first full-length work of prose by the author of the New York Trilogy, among others. Fine in wrappers (no hardcover edition was done), and signed by the author.

21. AUSTER, Paul. "BENJAMIN, Paul." Squeeze Play. (NY): Avon (1984). The first Avon edition of this pseudonymous baseball novel. First published by Alpha-Omega Books in 1982. Fine in wrappers.

22. AUSTER, Paul. Ghosts. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press (1986). The second volume of Auster's acclaimed New York Trilogy, the first book of which--City of Glass--was a surprise nominee for an Edgar Award for best mystery of the year. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.

23. AUSTER, Paul. Smoke and Blue in the Face. NY: Hyperion (1995). A paperback original, printing text by Auster for the two Wayne Wang movies, plus the short story that inspired Smoke, an interview, and the actors' notes for Blue in the Face along with Auster's commentaries. Fine in wrappers and signed by Auster.

24. AUSTER, Paul. The Art of Hunger. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press (1992). The limited edition of this collection of essays, interviews and prefaces. One of 300 numbered copies. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.

25. (AUSTER, Paul). Joan Miró: Selected Writings and Interviews. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1986. Translations from the Spanish and Catalan by Patricia Mathews; translations from the French by Auster. Drenttel C22. An uncommon title by a publisher that is known for specialty publications rather than mainstream trade books. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

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