Catalog 97, E-H

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92. ELLROY, James. Because the Night. NY: Mysterious Press (1984). The uncorrected proof copy of the second hardcover mystery, by the author of L.A. Confidential, American Tabloid, and others. This title is one of Ellroy's scarcest trade editions, and is much scarcer still in proof form. Light (label?) shadow along lower edge of front cover; near fine in wrappers.

93. FEIFFER, Jules. Sick Sick Sick. NY: McGraw-Hill (1958). His first book, a collection of his Village Voice cartoons, which was only issued in wrappers. This copy is inscribed by the author with the admonition: "My first book. Treat it gently." Spine chipped 1/2" at base, otherwise very good in wrappers.

94. FEIFFER, Jules. The Explainers. NY: McGraw-Hill (1960). A review copy of his third book, again a collection of cartoons, from the Village Voice, Playboy, and the London Observer. Inscribed by Feiffer. Very good in wrappers, with publisher's review slip laid in.

95. FEIFFER, Jules. Tantrum. NY: Knopf, 1979. A "novel" in the form of cartoons. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, with a full page drawing of the protagonist on the front free endpaper. Oblong quarto; fine in a fine dust jacket.

96. FISHER, M.F.K. Here Let Us Feast. Berkeley: North Point, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the reissue of this collection, first published in 1946 and revised by the author for this publication. Two exceedingly tiny nicks to wrappers; still fine.

A Collection of Richard Ford, Signed

97. FORD, Richard. A Piece of My Heart. New York: Harper & Row (1976). The first book by the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Independence Day. Signed by the author in 1990. Fine in a fine dust jacket with one tiny, closed gutter nick on the front panel. A very attractive copy of a first book that is now quite scarce, especially in this condition.

98. FORD, Richard. The Ultimate Good Luck. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981. The author's second novel, a hard-boiled thriller involving American expatriates in Mexico. This title has come to be harder to locate, particularly in fine condition, than his first book. This copy has a hint of the cracking of the rear hinge that is endemic to this title, otherwise fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author. A virtually pristine copy.

99. FORD, Richard. The Sportswriter. NY: Vintage (1986). 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. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author. A very nice copy of a paperback that seldom shows up in fine condition these days.

100. FORD, Richard. Rock Springs. NY: Atlantic Monthly (1987). His fourth book, and first collection of stories. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

101. FORD, Richard. Wildlife. NY: Atlantic Monthly (1990). The trade edition of his fifth book, a novel, signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

102. 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. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author.

103. FORD, Richard. Women with Men. (New Orleans): (B.E. Trice) (1997). A limited edition and the true first edition of his most recent book, a collection of three novellas. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Clothbound; fine in a fine slipcase.

104. (FRANK, Anne). LEVIN, Meyer. The Diary of Anne Frank. (Herzlia on Sea, Israel): (Self-Published) (n.d.)[1966 or later]. Levin's play, "the original stage version" of The Diary of Anne Frank, published by the author "for literary discussion" after more than fourteen years in which production of this adaptation was blocked by Frank's father. Includes an introduction by Levin explaining the circumstances of suppression. Fine in wrappers, with a slip tipped to the front cover identifying it as a suppressed edition.

105. FRASER, George MacDonald. Black Ajax. NY: Carroll & Graf (1998). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of this new novel by the author of the acclaimed "Flashman" series. Fine in wrappers.

106. FROST, Robert. Collected Poems of Robert Frost. NY: Henry Holt, 1939. A collection that reprints the poems from Frost's first six major books, along with a new preface by the author. Frost was perhaps the most celebrated American poet of the twentieth century, a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. This copy is fine in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket with several small edge chips. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication.

107. FROST, Robert. Steeple Bush. NY: Henry Holt, 1947. Rubbing to the tips of the spine extremities; very near fine in a near fine, spine-tanned and price-clipped dust jacket with one short, closed edge tear.

108. GADDIS, William. A Frolic of His Own. NY: Poseidon Press (1994). The uncorrected proof copy of his fourth novel and his second National Book Award winner. Near fine in wrappers.

109. GAINES, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying. NY: Knopf, 1993. Uncorrected proof copy of this book by the author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, among others. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Tiny nick to front cover; fine in wrappers.

110. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. La Hojarasca. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana (1969). Reissue of his first book, first published in this country in 1972 as Leaf Storm. Very good in wrappers.

111. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. El Otoño del Patriarca. (Barcelona): Plaza y Janes (1975). The first edition. Light splaying to boards; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with the publisher's wraparound band ("La tan esperada novela del autor de Cien Años de Soledad") present. Signed by the author. An important, experimental novel, the author's first after the international success of One Hundred Years of Solitude, and exceedingly scarce signed.

      -. Another copy, unsigned. A strip of glue residue on the front flyleaf; near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

112. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. In Evil Hour. NY: Harper & Row (1979). The first American edition of this short novella originally published in Spanish in the early Sixties. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Sticker shadow front pastedown; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

113. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. "El Olor de la Guayaba." Bogota: Oveja Negra (1982). First edition, Colombian issue. Reminiscences in the form of transcribed conversations with Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza. No comparable U.S. edition of this title exists, to our knowledge. Inscribed by the author in 1992.

114. -. Same title, unsigned. Minor spotting and creasing; very good in wrappers.

115. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. The Doom of Damocles. (Costa Rica): Editorial Universidad para la Paz (1986). The transcript of a talk the author gave at a Latin American summit meeting on world peace. One of 1000 copies in stapled wrappers, this being the issue in blue wrappers. A very scarce item: the author's trade publications typically command print runs in the hundreds of thousands, occasionally over a million. Fine.

116. GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. News of a Kidnapping. NY: Knopf, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the first full-length work of nonfiction by the Colombian Nobel Prize winner. One small corner tear; else fine in wrappers.

Two John Gardner Association Copies

117. GARDNER, John. The Poetry of Chaucer. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U. Press (1977). A scholarly study of Chaucer -- Gardner's specialty was as a medievalist -- published to complement his biography, The Life and Times of Chaucer, which was published by Knopf a week later. This title, done by a university press, had a very small first printing -- reported by the bibliographer to be 1819 copies. Fine in a near fine dust jacket and warmly inscribed by the author to a well-known writer and his wife: "To ____ and ____/ awarded on the basis/ of need/ with love/ John Gardner." A nice association copy.

118. GARDNER, John. Vlemk the Box-Painter. Northridge: Lord John Press, 1979. The trade edition of this novella. Again, inscribed by the author to another writer and his wife "with love." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a couple of short edge tears. While Gardner's signature is not especially uncommon, legitimate association copies are quite scarce.

      GARDNER, John. See Broadsides, at end of Catalog.

119. GASS, William. Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas. NY: Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of his forthcoming book, a collection of novellas due out in September, 1998. Fine in wrappers.

120. GINSBERG, Allen. Journals Mid-Fifties, 1954-1958. (NY): HarperCollins (1995). The limited edition of this volume of his journals from a key period in the Beat movement, which saw the first reading and publication of Howl, as well as the publication of Jack Kerouac's novels, On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and others. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in slipcase.

121. (GINSBERG, Allen). "Meditation and Poetics" in Spiritual Quests. The Art and Craft of Religious Writing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of six talks given at The New York Public Library by Allen Ginsberg, Mary Gordon, Hugh Nissenson, Frederick Buechner, David Bradley and Jaroslav Pelikan. Edited by William Zinsser. An uncommon Ginsberg appearance. Fine in wrappers.

      GINSBERG, Allen. See Broadsides, at end of Catalog.

122. GOLDING, William. The Pyramid. London: Faber & Faber (1967). The sixth novel, eighth book, by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Lord of the Flies. Signed by the author. Very near fine in like dust jacket. Golding's signature is somewhat uncommon.

123. GORDIMER, Nadine. A Soldier's Embrace. London: Cape (1980). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of this collection of stories by the South African Nobel Prize winner. Signed by the author in 1998. Abrasion to half title (from a binding flaw, it would appear); near fine in wrappers.

124. GORDIMER, Nadine. The House Gun. (London): Bloomsbury (1998). The first British edition of her most recent novel. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by the author.

125. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. A couple small spots; near fine in wrappers, with publisher's promotional sheets laid in.

126. GREENE, Graham. The Quiet American. NY: Viking, 1956. The first American edition of one of the first novels to explore the American involvement in Vietnam and the theme, so often repeated later, of good intentions gone awry. Based on actual characters and events -- with an American protagonist modeled after Col. Edward Lansdale, the CIA operative who has been called "the attending physician at the birth of South Vietnam." Fine in a very good dust jacket with light chipping at the corners and extremities.

Barry Hannah's First Two Books, Inscribed

127. HANNAH, Barry. Geronimo Rex. NY: Viking (1972). His first book, a novel. This is the correct first issue with ochre top edge stain; a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author: "____/ Dig it. It's a/ young one but/ sometimes good -- / Yr friend./ Barry."

128. HANNAH, Barry. Nightwatchmen. NY: Viking (1973). His second and, according to many, scarcest book. Trace sunning to the edges of the cloth; else fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author.

129. HARR, Jonathan. A Civil Action. NY: Random House (1995). The advance reading copy of his acclaimed National Book Award winner, which went into numerous printings and is being made into a movie. One light corner bump; else fine in wrappers. The first edition itself is quite scarce these days; the advance issue even more so.

130. HARRISON, Jim. Letters to Yesenin. Fremont: Sumac (1973). The very scarce hardcover edition of this title, probably Harrison's most elusive book. Of a total edition of 126 hardcovers (there were 1000 copies in wrappers), this is one of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. Tiny abrasion to half title; else fine in a fine dust jacket with minuscule rubbing at the crown. A very attractive copy of a book that is a "stopper" for many Harrison collections.

131. HARRISON, Jim. Farmer. NY: Viking (1976). Harrison's third novel. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, with a full page self-caricature. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a small nick on the front panel.

132. HARRISON, Jim. Legends of the Fall, Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Name. (NY): Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence (1979). The three-volume limited edition of this collection of novellas, Harrison's first book published by legendary editor and publisher, Seymour Lawrence. Reportedly, prior to his meeting Lawrence, Harrison had been unable to get the collection published, being told several times that a collection of novellas wouldn't sell. Lawrence, on the other hand, loved the book, took it and published it, the result being that it sold more copies than all of his other books put together, according to Harrison. Lawrence decided to not only publish a trade edition but to do a signed limited edition in three volumes, with a volume for each novella, and to also publish a separate trade edition in three volumes as well -- an unusual move indicative of his innovative and creative approach to publishing. Since then, two of the novellas have been made into major movies, and Harrison has become a literary celebrity. This is the limited edition: of 250 numbered copies, this is copy #6 and is signed by the author in the first volume. Fine copies, in a slipcase with a couple of small spots on the bottom edge. A remarkably scarce book and a key work in Harrison's literary career.

      HARRISON, Jim. See Broadsides, at end of Catalog.

133. HASFORD, Gustav. The Short-Timers. NY: Harper & Row (1979). His first book, a novel that was made into the landmark movie Full Metal Jacket by Stanley Kubrick. A short, grim book, it has been called one of the most powerful to come out of the Vietnam War, and the movie was equally stunning in its portrayal of the brutalization of the recruits who were being sent to war, both before they went and after they arrived. Stamped on the title page "Dec 15, 1978" (a pre-publication date); else fine in a near fine dust jacket with light edgewear and sticker residue on the front panel.

134. HEINEMANN, Larry. Paco's Story. NY: FSG (1986). The author's second novel, about a badly maimed Vietnam vet who is the only survivor of a vicious firefight, and his life after returning from the war. Surprise winner of the National Book Award. Inscribed by the author: "To ____ ____ -/ I wish you every good/ thing in my heart." Fine in a fine dust jacket.

135. HOFFMAN, Alice. Property Of. NY: FSG (1977). Her highly praised first book, a novel of teenage gangs that is now somewhat scarce. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author in 1979.

136. HOFFMAN, Alice. The Drowning Season. NY: Dutton (1979). Her uncommon second book. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by John Irving and Richard Price.

137. -. Same title, the uncorrected proof copy. Warmly inscribed by the author. Slightly dusty; else fine in wrappers.

138. HORNBY, Nick. About a Boy. NY: Riverhead, 1998. The advance reading copy of this new novel by the author of High Fidelity. Fine in wrappers.

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