Catalog 97, C-D
Two Volumes Inscribed by Camus
49. CAMUS, Albert. L'Homme Révolté. (Paris): Gallimard (1951). A review copy, on ordinary paper, of this treatise on the revolutionary or rebellious mentality, by the author of The Stranger and The Plague, among other influential volumes in the postwar era. Inscribed by Camus: "a _ ___/ en bien cordial hommage/ Albert Camus." Small bump to lower rear corner; light overall browning of (uncut) pages; else fine in wrappers in original glassine. A beautiful, near pristine copy of one of Camus' major titles, and the one that was most responsible for his now-famous break with Sartre.
50. CAMUS, Albert. Les Esprits. (Paris): Gallimard (1953). Larivey's comedy, adapted and with a preface by Camus. This is one of 200 copies hors commerce, printed on alfama Marais. A fine, uncut copy in wrappers, in the original glassine. Inscribed by Camus to Charles Nissar, who played the role of Hilaire in the first production of the play: á Charles Nissar/ pour le remercier de son talent,/ et de sa gentillesse/ avec l'amical souvenir/ d'Albert Camus." A wonderful association copy.
51. CARPENTIER, Alejo. El Siglo de las Luces. Mexico City: Compania General de Ediciones (1962). First edition of this novel which was translated as Explosion in a Cathedral -- an ambitious attempt to view the effects of the French Revolution on the Caribbean as a whole -- in particular exploring the transition of the revolutionary independence movements into autocratic dictatorships, a subject of profound significance throughout Latin American history and literature. Very near fine in self-wraps with slight creasing to the spine and a light patch of soiling to the rear cover.
A Small Collection of Jim Carroll Items
52. CARROLL, Jim. 4 Ups and 1 Down. (NY): Angel Hair Books (1970). Second book by the author of The Basketball Diaries. One of 300 copies, mimeographed, in stapled wrappers. 8 1/2" x 11" sheets, with a photographic cover. An early book by the author of The Basketball Diaries, one of the important personal accounts of coming of age in the Sixties. Very good in wrappers.
53. CARROLL, Jim. Living at the Movies. NY: Grossman, 1973. The first book to be published by an "above-ground" publisher by this poet who was prominent in the New York City counterculture in the late Sixties. Carroll was already something of a legend before he was 18, and had received glowing praise from even such a literary luminary as Jack Kerouac. He was part of the social milieu that included performers like Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and poets such as Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett and others. It was a cultural scene heavily defined by drugs and rock 'n' roll, and Carroll's writings comprise one of the great coming-of-age documents of the drug culture. He is now perhaps best-known as a rock musician, leader of the Jim Carroll Band. This is an important volume by one of the defining voices of the Sixties. This is the hardcover issue; there was also a simultaneous paperback. Fine in near fine dust jacket with a 1" closed tear to the rear panel. Signed by the author.
54. CARROLL, Jim. The Basketball Diaries. (Bolinas): (Tombouctou) (1978). The author's classic memoir of coming of age in the New York drug culture of the late 1960s, about which a Jack Kerouac blurb said: "at 13 years of age, Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today." Only issued in wrappers. One of the defining memoirs of the 1960s, later made into a well-received movie starring current teen heart throb Leonardo DiCaprio.
55. CARROLL, Jim. The Book of Nods. (NY): Viking (1986). First collection of poetry in almost a decade by the author of The Basketball Diaries. This is the very scarce hardcover edition: within three weeks of publication, the publisher was sold out of this edition and did not reprint it. Most copies were published in softcover by Penguin. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.
56. CARROLL, Jim. Forced Entries. NY: Penguin (1987). Only issued in wrappers. A fine copy.
CARROLL, Jim. See also Broadsides, at end of Catalog.
57. CARVER, Raymond. At Night the Salmon Move. Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1976. Carver's third collection of poems, and his second book to be issued by Capra. There were two issues: a signed limited hardcover issue of 100 copies and a wrappered issue with no limitation stated; William Stull, the bibliographer, quotes the publisher as indicating that 1000 copies were issued. This is the wrappered issue. Signed by the author. Fine.
58. CARVER, Raymond. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. NY: Knopf, 1981. Carver's second major story collection and his first commercial success -- i.e., his first to be reprinted a number of times right after publication. Mild edge-sunning to boards; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
59. CARVER, Raymond. Cathedral. NY: Knopf, 1983. His third collection of stories to be published by a major trade publisher, and a major literary event that confirmed Carver's preeminent place among American short story writers of the day, and signaled a full-fledged resuscitation of the short story in American literature. Mild edge-sunning to boards; else fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket.
60. CARVER, Ray. Autograph Postcard Signed. June 22, 1985. Addressed to his brother, James. Carver gives James his new address and phone number and details of their mother's travel plans. The address and a few words are smudged; the closing "Love, Ray" is clear; near fine.
61. CARVER, Raymond. Where I'm Calling From. NY: Atlantic Monthly, 1989. The first trade edition of this definitive collection of his short fiction, containing stories from earlier collections, many of them in revised versions here, plus seven previously uncollected stories. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
62. CARVER, Raymond. All of Us. NY: Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the first collected edition of his poetry. Edited and with a preface by William Stull and an introduction by Tess Gallagher. Originally published in the U.K. in 1996. Fine in wrappers.
63. (CARVER, Raymond). GALLAGHER, Tess. Correspondence. June, 1991 - July 1992. One autograph letter signed and six typed letters signed; eleven pages total; all addressed to her mother-in-law, Ella Carver, and all written following Carver's death. Gallagher is writing and teaching at this time and some of the text concerns the trials thereof. Other topics include the weather; news of Carver's son; the health and doings of various family members; and mentions of Carver in connection with various holidays as they go by: his and Tess's wedding anniversary, his birthday, and Christmas. The most moving moments are Gallagher's reflections on missing Ray's presence in ordinary days. The letters are folded for mailing; the ALS has a few spots; one TLS has "Keep/ Tess's Letters" written on the verso. Otherwise the lot is fine. For all:
64. (CARVER, Raymond). MAXWELL, Mark. nixoncarver. NY: St. Martin's (1998). The advance reading copy of the author's first book, a fictional meditation on the meeting and friendship of Raymond Carver and Richard Nixon. Fine in wrappers.
CARVER, Raymond. Also see Broadsides, at end of Catalog.
65. CASTANEDA, Carlos. Tales of Power. (n.p.): (n.p.), 1974. The bound photocopied typescript of Castaneda's fourth book in the remarkable "don Juan" series, with a handwritten statement of limitation: "Copy 26 of 53/ May 1974." An early, scarce prepublication state of the book, with at least small textual changes from the published version throughout. This copy is inscribed by the author: "To ____/ with best wishes/ Carlos." 8½ x 11 sheets, with a faint (agent?) stamp on the title page; modest wear; about near fine in illustrated, velobound, cardstock covers. Together with a copy of the first edition (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1974), which is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books signed by Castaneda are extremely uncommon.
66. CHOPIN, Kate. The Awakening. Chicago & NY: Herbert S. Stone, 1899. A novel that explores a married woman's emotional and sexual awakening, which unhinges her from her placid and staid bourgeois life. The resolution -- the protagonist's suicide by swimming out from shore and not turning back -- was mirrored a generation later in the actual suicide of Virginia Woolf who, like Chopin's heroine, was known for her strong-willed attempts to forge her own identity as well as for her challenging of contemporary sexual taboos. The Awakening is thus considered the first modern "feminist" novel, and it received a resurgence in popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it was brought into the canon on college campuses. For Chopin, the recognition she garnered for this book was neither positive nor welcome. The controversy and the critical ill will that the book engendered upon publication ended her writing career altogether: although she had been a moderately successful author previously, she never published another volume after The Awakening. This is an ex-library copy, marked by a large bookplate and a small stamp, both on the front pastedown. There is a penciled owner name and date (1899) on the front flyleaf and additional library stamps on the first page of the text. The spine cloth is very lightly sunned and bears faint traces of a label removal at midspine. Apart from these flaws, this is a tight, bright copy; because of the flaws, only a very good copy, without dustwrapper, of a modern classic, and an exceedingly scarce book in attractive condition.
67. CLIFF, Michelle. The Store of a Million Items. Boston/NY: Houghton Mifflin/Mariner, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories by this Caribbean-American writer. Fine in wrappers.
68. (Clocktower Press). A Complete Run. (Orkney): Clocktower Press (1990-1996). Ten volumes from this important and influential Scottish small press. Includes Booklet number 5, Past Tense by Irvine Welsh, the first book by the author of Trainspotting, published in an edition of 300 copies. The stories in Past Tense were later incorporated into Trainspotting. Welsh also appears in Booklets 6 and 8, which had limitations of 500 and 300, respectively. Other authors featured in this series include Janice Galloway, Booker Prize winner James Kelman, Duncan McLean, John Aberdein, David Crystal, Brent Hodgson, Alison Kermack, James Meek, and others. Volumes 2, 4 and 10 are signed by McLean, Kermack and Aberdein, respectively. There was one Clocktower card, by Duncan McLean, issued in 1994 in an edition of 25 which is not included. An important collection, and one that would be difficult to assemble from scratch at this point. All volumes are fine in stapled wrappers. For the set:
69. COE, Jonathan. The House of Sleep. NY: Knopf, 1998. The first American edition of the most recent book by the author of The Winshaw Legacy, which won Britain's John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
70. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers.
71. CONROY, Pat. The Great Santini. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976. The author's third book, first novel, which was made into a well-received movie starring Robert Duvall. First printings of Conroy's recent books have numbered in the hundreds of thousands of copies, but this had a considerably smaller print run. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author. A nice copy of an early book by one of the small number of authors who have combined great commercial success with substantial critical acclaim.
72. CONROY, Pat. The Lords of Discipline. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980. His second novel. Although this had a fairly large first printing, Conroy's popularity is such that copies have become somewhat scarce in recent years. Like The Great Santini and later The Prince of Tides, this was made into a well-received film. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.
73. CONROY, Pat. Beach Music. NY: Doubleday/Talese (1995). His fourth novel, sixth book. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
74. CORTÁZAR, Julio. Nicaraguan Sketches. NY: Norton (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of this posthumously published collection of sketches and essays by the Argentine author, written between 1976 and 1983 and chronicling the changes in Nicaragua from the fall of Somoza through the rise of the Sandinistas and then the U.S.-sponsored war. Fine in wrappers.
75. CREWS, Harry. The Gospel Singer. NY: Morrow, 1968. His uncommon first novel. This copy has the usual discoloration to the endpages, and a waterstain to the lower outer corner of the rear board, bleeding onto the jacket, the jacket flap and the lower foredge of the pages. An attractive but flawed copy, very good in a very good dust jacket, but an association copy of the first rank: inscribed by the author to Korean novelist Richard E. Kim, whose blurb is prominently placed on the front flap of the dust jacket. Kim was the author of The Martyred, one of the most highly praised novels of the Korean War and was, at the time this book was published, a far more well-known writer than Crews -- a situation that has reversed since then. The Gospel Singer had a first printing of only 4000 copies, the smallest printing of any of his trade editions; while signed copies turn up with some regularity, association copies are very scarce.
76. CREWS, Harry. Where Does One Go When There's No Place Left To Go? Los Angeles: Blood and Guts Press, 1998. A limited edition of this novella in which Crews meets a number of the characters from his earlier novels. First U.S. book publication (it was included in a British edition of The Gospel Singer a couple of years ago). This is one of 400 numbered copies signed by the author. There was also a lettered edition of 26 copies. Dust jacket art by Ralph Steadman. Fine in a fine dust jacket. At the published price:
77. DAVENPORT, Guy. Twelve Stories. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint (1997). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories culled from his earlier, now out of print, collections. With a previously unpublished postscript by the author. Front cover splayed; else fine in wrappers.
78. DELILLO, Don. Great Jones Street. (London): Deutsch (1974). The first British edition of his third novel. This is the hardcover edition; there was a simultaneous wrappered edition published in the U.K. by Wildwood House. Dusty top edge; else fine in a fine dust jacket with a tiny bit of rubbing to one corner. A very scarce edition: this is the first copy we've had.
79. DELILLO, Don. The Names. NY: Knopf, 1982. A quintessential DeLillo novel, which throws into sharp relief the individual, the family, and language, amid the vagaries of international events. A few spots to the top page edges; else fine in a fine dust jacket.
DELILLO, Don. See Broadsides, at end of Catalog.
80. (DICK, Philip K.). LEVACK, Daniel J.H. PKD. A Philip K. Dick Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller, 1980. The uncorrected proof copy of this bibliography. Inscribed by Dick in 1981 to novelist Tim Powers and his wife, Serena, "my two best friends." Fine in a vinyl binder. The numbering of the items in this proof differs from that of the final published version. It is likely that only a very small handful were done, and this is an excellent association copy.
81. (DICK, Philip K.). WILLIAMS, Paul. Only Apparently Real. The World of Philip K. Dick. NY: Arbor House (1986). The uncorrected proof copy of this memoir of Dick, written by a longtime friend. This was novelist Tim Powers' copy, sent to him for comment or review, with a letter laid in from the publisher. Fine in wrappers.
82. DILLARD, Annie. Holy the Firm. NY: Harper & Row (1977). A small book of poetic meditations on subjects both physical and metaphysical, by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim At Tinker Creek, and her first book to be published after that award. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
83. DILWORTH, Sharon. The Long White. Iowa City: Univ. of Iowa Press (1988). The author's first book, a collection of stories that won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, selected that year by Robert Stone. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a jacket blurb by Stone.
84. DIXON, Stephen. No Relief. Ann Arbor: Street Fiction Press (1976). The author's first book, a novel, which was only issued in wrappers. A fine copy, warmly inscribed by the author.
85. DIXON, Stephen. Too Late. NY: Harper & Row (1978). His third book, and first to be published in hardcover. This copy is, again, warmly inscribed by the author, and signed "Steve," in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
86. DONOSO, José. The Garden Next Door. NY: Grove (1992). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this novel by the author of The Obscene Bird of Night. Donoso's first novel published in the U.S., Coronation, won the Faulkner Foundation award in 1962, a prize later given to such writers as Thomas Pynchon (V, 1963), Cormac McCarthy (The Orchard Keeper, 1965) and Robert Stone (A Hall of Mirrors, 1967). Fine in wrappers, and signed by the author in the year of publication.
87. DORRIS, Michael. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water. NY: Henry Holt (1987). His highly praised first novel. Dorris was a professor at Dartmouth College and was of Irish, French and Modoc descent. He was married to writer Louise Erdrich, and the two co-wrote several books, and claimed in interviews to have collaborated on all their books, including her bestselling and award-winning novels. This, his first novel, was published to excellent reviews and his book of nonfiction, The Broken Cord, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Fine in dust jacket.
88. DORRIS, Michael. The Benchmark. NY: Henry Holt (1993). One story from the collection Working Men, issued as a promotional giveaway in advance of publication. This is one of 26 copies hand-lettered and signed by the author, a limited issue of this book of which we had been unaware before seeing this copy. Clothbound; fine without dust jacket, as issued. An unusual and attractive format for a prepublication excerpt, and an uncommon issue.
89. DUBUS, Andre. The Lieutenant. NY: Dial, 1967. The author's uncommon first book, and his only novel -- a military tale not unlike William Styron's The Long March -- a story of the peacetime military and the challenges to manhood and honor that its rigid code of morals creates. Dubus has been quoted as saying that after he wrote this novel someone introduced him to Chekhov's short stories, and he threw away the manuscript of what was to be his next novel and began writing short fiction -- of which he is now one of our most acclaimed and accomplished practitioners. This is a fine copy in a dust jacket with several internally tape-mended edge tears and a tape shadow and two faint red strips to the front panel; about very good.
90. DUBUS, Andre. Finding a Girl in America. Boston: Godine (1977). The third collection of short fiction by the author of Dancing After Hours. Lengthily and warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Slight corner bumping; else fine in like dust jacket. A very nice copy.
91. DUFRESNE, John. Love Warps the Mind a Little. NY: Norton (1997). The most recent novel by the author of Louisiana Power and Light and The Way That Water Enters Stone. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.
DUFRESNE, John. See Broadsides, at end of Catalog.