Catalog 95, C-F
58. CARVER, Raymond and GALLAGHER, Tess. Dostoevsky. A Screenplay. (Santa Barbara): Capra Press, 1985. Published in Capra's "Back-to-Back" series, this screenplay was bound together with "King Dog" by Ursula LeGuin. It remains Carver's only formally published screenplay, although William Stull's Carver checklist lists three others that he wrote. Only issued in wrappers, this is one of 200 copies signed by the authors on a tipped-in sheet. LeGuin has also signed her half of the book. Fine.
59. CARVER, Raymond. Carnations. A Play in One Act. (Vineburg, CA): Engdahl Typography (1993). Edited and with an Afterword by Carver's bibliographer, William Stull, and with an Introduction by Richard Cortez Day. Of a total edition of 200 copies, this is the deluxe edition, one of 26 lettered copies quarterbound in leather and black cloth, with marbled endpapers and gilt spine lettering. A beautiful edition of a previously unpublished Carver play. Spine a bit sunned; else fine in black cloth slipcase.
60. CHEEVER, John. The Enormous Radio and Other Stories. NY: Funk & Wagnalls, 1953. Cheever's second book, a collection of his stories from The New Yorker, published a decade after his first book. Funk and Wagnalls was primarily a publisher of reference books--dictionaries, in particular--and not literature, and this book probably did not receive the kind of distribution that his later books, published by more literary houses, did. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny corner chip and a small closed edge tear.
61. -. Same title. (NY: Harper Colophon Books, 1965). First thus. A collection that includes all the stories from the 1953 collection of the same name, plus three of the stories from Cheever's first book, The Way Some People Live, which was never reprinted. Only issued in wrappers. Read and rubbed; very good. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only reappearance of any of the stories from Cheever's first book, as he did not allow them to be reprinted or the book to be reissued. A scarce and bibliographically significant paperback.
62. CHEEVER, John. Falconer. NY: Knopf, 1977. His tenth book, but only his fourth novel. Falconer was highly acclaimed as "a great American novel" when first published, and was reprinted many times shortly after publication. Cheever's first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the National Book Award. The book that followed this one--The Stories of John Cheever--won the Pulitzer Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
63. CLAMPITT, Amy. What the Light was Like. NY: Knopf, 1985. The second full-length collection of poems by the author of The Kingfisher. Published in the Knopf Poetry Series. Boards splayed; thus near fine in a near fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
64. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers.
65. CLARK, Eleanor. Autograph Postcard Signed. September 28, 1980. A note written on a "Mrs. Robert Penn Warren" postcard and referring to her correspondent's comments about Clark's novel Gloria Mundi--in part, "most of my people are 99% invented..." Signed "E.C." Fine.
66. CONNELL, Evan S., Jr. The Diary of a Rapist. NY: Simon & Schuster (1966). A controversial novel written from the perspective of a rapist and, as such, anticipating later novels using this approach by such writers as Gordon Lish (Dear Mr. Capote) and Brett Easton Ellis. Connell is the author of Mrs. Bridge, Mr. Bridge, and Son of the Morning Star, among others. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A somewhat uncommon signature.
67. CONROY, Pat. Beach Music. NY: Doubleday/Talese (1995). The most recent novel by the author of The Great Santini, Prince of Tides, and others, published with a huge first printing that shot it to the top of the bestseller lists immediately. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
68. COWLEY, Malcolm. Three Autograph Notes Signed, One Typed Note Signed. 1982-1985. The first note transmits something to be cut from the page: it was, leaving only half a page and the signature. The second note, a postcard, agrees to the signing of a book. The third (typed) note, conveys pleasure at having seen the recipient; and the third note (postcard) entreats the recipient to continue yoga, although "I can't anymore." In postscript: "Women are spryer. The alcoholics among them live much longer than alcoholic men." Cowley was the most important literary critic of his generation: his volume, Exile's Return, was an important social and literary history of the expatriate generation of American writers after World War I, including Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, and others. His critical edition of William Faulkner's works, The Portable Faulkner, published in 1946, is widely credited with reviving Faulkner's reputation in the postwar period, ultimately leading to Faulkner's winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. The notes on paper are folded; the lot is near fine or better.
69. CREWS, Harry. Naked in Garden Hills. NY: Morrow, 1969. The correct first edition of Crews's second book, without the dots on the copyright page, and in the first issue dust jacket, which has reviews of The Gospel Singer on the rear panel. Light shelfwear to cloth; near fine in a very good dust jacket with several unobtrusive edge tears.
70. CRUMLEY, James. The Last Good Kiss. NY: Random House (1978). His third book, second mystery, written in hardboiled style but with a comic edge that predates such popular contemporary novelists as Carl Hiaasen, and which has an opening line to rival Melville: "When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon." Remainder mark; else fine in a near fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
71. DAVIS, Kathryn. The Girl Who Trod On a Loaf. NY: Knopf, 1993. The author's highly praised second novel, after the Kafka Prize-winning Labrador. This copy has been inscribed by the author in the year of publication to a well-known writer, whom she calls "inspiration and mentor." Fine in a fine dust jacket. A nice association copy. Davis' third novel has just been published to substantial critical acclaim.
72. DELILLO, Don. Americana. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. His first book, now quite scarce. Owner name in pencil on half title; still a very near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with modest shelfwear and two hidden flaws: the verso of the dust jacket bears a small pink stain and a library stamp, neither visible when the book is jacketed. An attractive copy of the elusive first book by the author of one of last year's literary milestones, Underworld.
73. DELILLO, Don. "BIRDWELL, Cleo." Amazons. NY: HRW (1980). The advance reading copy of this pseudonymously published "memoir" purporting to have been written by the first woman to play in the National Hockey League. Wrappers a bit soiled, with a crease on the front cover; very good.
74. DELILLO, Don. White Noise. (NY): Viking (1985). His only National Book Award winner to date, out of three nominations. Slight edge-sunning; very near fine in like dust jacket.
75. DELILLO, Don. The Day Room. NY: Knopf, 1987. The trade edition of DeLillo's first play, in which the figure and ground of unreality and reality repeatedly reverse. Originally published in American Theater in 1986. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.
76. -. Same title, the first published appearance, in American Theater, Vol. 3, No. 6. (NY: Theatre Communications Group, 1986). The complete text of the play in a "special pull-out section." Twelve pages, stapled into the centerfold. One light cover crease; else fine in wrappers.
77. DELILLO, Don. Libra. (n.p.): Viking (1988). The advance reading copy of his ambitious and highly praised novel of the events leading up to the Kennedy assassination. Nominated for the National Book Award. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author.
78. -. Same title, the trade edition. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a minimum of the spine-fading that is endemic to this title.
79. DELILLO, Don. Underworld. (NY): Scribner (1997). His most recent novel, his thirteenth book, and his third to be nominated for The National Book Award (along with Libra and White Noise). A massive book, which received extraordinary reviews from every quarter, more than living up to its publisher's hype, and confirming DeLillo at the front rank of contemporary American writers. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.
80. -. Same title, the first British edition (London: Picador, 1998). Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
81. DICK, Philip K. The World Jones Made. NY: Ace (1956). The second novel, like his first a paperback original, by this highly regarded and visionary science fiction author. Bound together with Margaret St. Clair's Agent of the Unknown, and previous owner name on the inside front cover of that half. Otherwise a near fine copy in wrappers.
82. -. Same title, the first hardcover edition (Boston: Gregg Press, 1979). Reissued with a new critical introduction by Glenn Chang. This copy is from the library of science fiction novelist Tim Powers, a longtime friend of Dick, and is signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.
83. DICK, Philip K. Time Out of Joint. Philadelphia: Lippincott (1959). Dick's first hardcover book in this country, and one of Pringle's hundred best science fiction novels--the earliest of the six novels by Dick that made Pringle's list. Pringle called this story of a man whose mind is capable of transporting him to a world where appearance and reality change places "a nightmare which may have seemed far-fetched in 1959, but which now strikes us as strangely truthful." The theme is similar to Dick's later writings, which were influenced by his experiences with psychedelic and other drugs, and which led him to believe that his vision and insights were the result of a vast network of universal trans-human intelligence to which he, sometimes unwillingly, had access. A cheaply-made book, this copy has shelfwear at the extremities of the spine and the lower corners; a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. An important and uncommon book, particularly scarce in nice condition.
84. DOCTOROW, E.L. Lives of the Poets. NY: Random House (1984). The limited edition of his award-winning collection of six stories and a novella. Signed by the author. Fine in slightly dusty slipcase.
85. DONLEAVY, J.P. The History of the Ginger Man. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1994. The advance reading copy of this memoir of the author's writing of his classic, and the 25 year-long court case that resulted from its being published by maverick publisher Maurice Girodias in his Olympia Press series of near-pornography. The ironies of this suit and its outcome--Donleavy ended up the owner of Olympia and all its copyrights--are numerous: the book is Donleavy's most famous, and most likely to last; Girodias's series is remembered not for the pornography that so offended Donleavy, but rather for the otherwise-untouchable books he published of great literary merit which have since also become classics: Lolita, The Naked Lunch, Beckett's Molloy, Gregory Corso's American Express, Chester Himes's Pinktoes. Fine in wrappers.
86. DONOSO, José. The Boom in Spanish American Literature. NY: Columbia U. Press/Center for Inter-American Relations, 1977. A short volume by this Chilean novelist, which has come to be considered the key work in defining and explaining the Latin American literature of the 1960s and '70s, including such writers as Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges, and others. This is the issue in wrappers. Near fine.
87. DRURY, Tom. The End of Vandalism. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Advance reading copy of his first book, which won him recognition as one of Granta's top 20 young American novelists. Fine in wrappers.
88. -. Another copy. Heavy crease to rear cover and last twenty pages; else near fine in wrappers.
89. DUFRESNE, John. Well Enough Alone. Candia: John LeBow, 1996. Limited edition consisting of two stories and thirteen poems, by the author of The Way That Water Enters Stone. Of a total edition of 476 copies, this is one of 150 numbered copies in wrappers, signed by the author. Fine.
90. EHRLICH, Gretel. Wyoming Stories. [Santa Barbara]: Capra Press (1986). Corrected galley sheets for this collection of related stories that was published as part of a Capra Back-to-Back volume with City Stories by Edward Hoagland (see below). Thirty-five pages, 8 1/2" x 14". Printed on rectos only, with Ehrlich's holograph corrections on nearly ever page (over 70 in all) and signed by her: "Read by Gretel Ehrlich 2/5/86." Light edgewear to first (contents) page; else fine. Ehrlich's changes range from punctuation and spacing to whole phrases and sentences changed or deleted. A nice view of a work-in-progress, with the author's earlier versions of the text visible throughout. Ehrlich is the author of The Solace of Open Spaces, among others, and her writings have helped redefine the place of women in contemporary Western American literature.
91. ELLISON, Harlan. Slippage. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. The advance reading copy of this collection of previously uncollected pieces, including an award-winning novella. Near fine in wrappers.
92. -. Same title. Bound 8 1/2" x 11" sheets. Ringbound in yellow cardstock covers; fine. An early, uncommon format, probably intended for in-house use.
93. ERDRICH, Louise. Love Medicine. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1984). Her first novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Award for Best Novel of the Year. Critical acclaim for this novel was instantaneous and unanimous, and it was reprinted several times quickly. Love Medicine was the first in a sequence of novels that is ongoing and has, to date, included four books. Her success with this series, each volume of which has had a larger first printing than the previous one, has helped pave the way for the publication of other Native American woman writers, such as Linda Hogan and Susan Power. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
94. -. Another copy. Slight foxing to page edges; very near fine in a fine dust jacket.
95. EVERSON, William. "Brother Antonius." The Hazards of Holiness. Garden City: Doubleday (1962). Later printing of this collection of poems by Everson, written while he was still a Dominican lay brother. Signed by the author in 1968. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
96. EVERSON, William. "Brother Antonius." A Canticle to the Waterbirds. Berkeley: Eizo, 1968. A poem by Everson, with photographs by Allen Say, and an introduction by Everson explaining the genesis of the poem. Of a total edition of 2200 copies, this is one of 200 hardbound copies, numbered and signed by the author and the photographer. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued.
97. EVERSON, William. "Brother Antonius." The Residual Years. (NY): New Directions (1968). Expanded edition of this collection originally issued in 1948. This is the issue in wrappers. Signed by the author. Near fine.
98. FARR, Judith. I Never Came to You in White. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. The advance reading copy of this novel based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson. Fine in wrappers.
99. FAULKNER, William. Light in August. (NY): Smith & Haas (1932). A Yoknapatawpha County novel that is considered his "most penetrating and dramatic analysis of contemporary Southern society." Lacking the original glassine outer jacket but a near fine copy in a near fine, modestly spine-faded dust jacket with very light edgewear, particularly at the crown. An attractive copy of one of the most important works by the Nobel Prize-winning author, and one of the high spots of twentieth century American literature.
100. FAULKNER, William. Doctor Martino. NY: Smith & Haas, 1934. Faulkner's second collection of stories. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with the slightest trace of wear at the spine crown--a beautiful copy. In custom folding chemise and quarter leather slipcase, stamped in gilt. Attractive copies of the trade edition of this title are remarkably uncommon.
101. FAULKNER, William. The Wild Palms. NY: Random House, 1939. The first trade edition of this elaborately structured novel, which consists of two distinct stories presented in alternating chapters. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of tanning to the spine, a small chip at the crown, and a couple of short, closed tears. In all, an attractive copy, in a custom quarter leather slipcase and chemise.
102. FAULKNER, William. The Hamlet. NY: Random House, 1940. The first book in the Snopes trilogy, a Yoknapatawpha County sequence which is considered one of Faulkner's great accomplishments. One small water spot to top stain but still a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with very light edgewear; internally tape-strengthened at the crown. By far the scarcest of the Snopes novels, the other two of which were written in the 1950s, after he had won the Nobel Prize, and had first printings much larger than this title did.
103. FAULKNER, William. 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. The usual flaking to the spine gilt; else fine in a dust jacket that is very slightly age-tanned and has a small hole on the front flap fold but is otherwise bright, crisp and nearly flawless--which is extremely unusual for this title, the soft paper jacket having a tendency to fray and show wear readily. A beautiful copy of an important book.
104. (FAULKNER, William). Acceptance Speech in Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Second Series, No. 13. NY: AAAL, 1963. Text of the 1962 acceptance speech by Faulkner for the Academy's Gold Medal for Fiction, and the presentation made to him by Eudora Welty. Also included in this issue is Aldous Huxley's Blashfield Address, "Utopias, Positive and Negative." Faulkner died later that year; his last novel, The Reivers, published in 1962, won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the second time he won that award. Fine in wrappers.
105. FELDMAN, Irving. Works and Days and Other Poems. Boston: Little Brown (1961). The first book by this poet who later had two National Book Award finalists. Signed and additionally inscribed by the author in 1976. Minor offsetting to endpages; else fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket.
106. FELDMAN, Irving. The Pripet Marshes and Other Poems. NY: Viking (1965). His second book, nominated for the National Book Award. Signed and additionally inscribed by the author in 1976. Fine in a near fine, spine- and edge-sunned dust jacket.
107. FERBER, Edna. Giant. Garden City: Doubleday, 1952. A novel of Texas in the postwar period by this Pulitzer Prize-winning author. It was later made into an award-winning movie with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a short tear at the lower front spine fold, a longer tear at the flap fold, and a small piece missing from the upper corner of the rear flap (not affecting text).
108. (FITZGERALD, F. Scott). Dear Scott/Dear Max. The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence. NY: Scribner (1971). The uncorrected proof copy of this compilation of letters between F. Scott Fitzgerald and his editor at Scribner's, the legendary Maxwell Perkins, whose efforts on behalf of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, among others, helped those writers reach the pinnacle of American literature in the 1920s and 1930s. Edited by John Kuehl and Jackson Bryer. Tapebound 8 1/2" x 11" sheets, photoreproduced from galleys--a very uncommon format and likely extremely scarce. Cocked and sunned, with some wear to the tape spine; very good in wrappers.
109. FITZGERALD, Penelope. The Blue Flower. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the most recent novel by this Booker Prize-winning author. Published here as a trade paperback, to extraordinary reviews. Three of Fitzgerald's novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and another one won the prize. Fine in wrappers.
110. FITZGERALD, Penelope. The Bookshop. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books (1997). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of Fitzgerald's novel, short-listed for the Booker Prize in England in 1978. Published here as a trade paperback. Fine in wrappers.
111. FLOKOS, Nicholas. Nike. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Tapebound advance copy, consisting of 8 1/2" x 11" sheets reproducing word-processed typescript; a very early state of the book. Fine.
112. FORD, Richard. The Sportswriter. NY: Vintage (1986). A review copy 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. Ford's sequel to this novel, Independence Day, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Trace foxing to top edge; else fine in wrappers, with review slip and promotional material laid in. Very scarce in any advance issue.
113. 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.
114. FORD, Richard. Women with Men. NY: Knopf, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of his latest book and first collection of stories. A surprisingly small number of proofs seem to have been done, at least for a writer of Ford's stature, and few have shown up on the market. This is apparently the final issue, with text on the last two pages that matches that of the published book. Fine in wrappers.
115. -. Another copy. Near fine in wrappers.
116. FOWLES, John. Behind The Magus. (London): Colophon Press, 1994. Of a total edition of 232 copies, this is one of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Seventeen pages of autobiographical text, covering the circumstances behind The Magus. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers, with the publisher's prospectus laid in.