E-list # 110
From the Library of Peter Matthiessen
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). PEACOCK, Andrea
Boulder, Johnson Books, (2003). An investigative account of an egregious case of environmental degradation and the poisoning of thousands of workers by the W.R. Grace Corporation in Libby, Montana, the site of a vermiculite mine that was heavily tainted with asbestos. From the library of Peter Matthiessen. With a two-paragraph blurb of advance praise from Matthiessen, and with a letter from the publisher laid in expressing gratitude and conveying that "of all the copies we sent out, your response [meant] the most to [Peacock]." Fine in wrappers. [#032439] $125
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). TURNER, Frederick
NY, Counterpoint, (2003). A novel of the jazz age, the author's first work of fiction. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], "whose early enthusiasm for this came at a very good time for its author." Matthiessen's blurb for the book appears on the rear panel: "....many moving and exciting episodes and wonderful period detail." Other blurbs from Jim Harrison, Paul Winter, and W.S. Merwin. Bump to rear foredge of board; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032440] $100
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). LEWIS, Brad Alan
(Santa Ana), Shark Press, (2004). Adventures on the John Muir Trail; with a pseudo-blurb by Matthiessen on the rear cover: "How did you get this number?" to go along with blurbs by "Happy Shoppy Bear" -- a taxidermied bear -- and John Muir "(via seance)." Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "Thanks for endless inspiration." Fine in wrappers. [#032441] SOLD
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). SCHWARTZ, John Burnam
NY, Talese/Doubleday, (2008). His fourth novel. Warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] who has provided a blurb for the dust jacket, calling the book "fascinating and moving" and "a rare novel, wonderfully researched and beautifully written." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032442] $100
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). ALDRICH, Nelson W., Jr. (ed.)
NY, Random House, (2009). An oral biography of George Plimpton, in the words of his friends, relatives, and others. First printing of the paperback edition. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen, who has more than two dozen appearances in the text and in photographs. Near fine in wrappers. [#032443] $40
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). SAFINA, Carl
NY, Holt/Macrae, (2010/2011). A year in the life of a naturalist / marine biologist. Winner of the Orion Book Award for 2012. Near fine in a fine dust jacket, with a Peter Matthiessen blurb on the rear panel. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Together with the advance reading copy, without the Matthiessen blurb, but with a signed note from the publisher, John Macrae, to Matthiessen laid in. Fine in wrappers. Also together with a copy of SGI Quarterly, a Buddhist journal, April, 2010, with an interview with Safina and an inscribed Post-It note from Safina to Matthiessen on the front cover: "Peter - Buddhism and the sea - right up your alley. Best, Carl." [#032444] $350
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). SEAVER, Richard
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2012). Seaver's memoir, focusing on Paris in the '50s and New York in the '60s, where he was a groundbreaking publisher and one of the key figures in promoting the writings of such avant garde authors as Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, and in overturning decades of literary censorship by publishing, with Barney Rosset of Grove Press, such previously banned writers as D.H. Lawrence and Henry Miller. Posthumously published and edited by Seaver's wife, Jeannette. Inscribed by Jeannette Seaver to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife: "Your friendship is so precious to me." Matthiessen appears twice in the text and has provided a blurb for the back of the dust jacket. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032445] $200
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). STYRON, Rose, editor
NY, Random House, (2012). The uncorrected proof copy. With an autograph note signed from Rose Styron to Peter [Matthiessen] laid in, conveying the proof and hoping for a blurb. Matthiessen appears repeatedly in the text, although he is more often mentioned in letters than the recipient of letters, because those Styron was closest to, "like Peter Matthiessen" (according to the introduction), Styron saw or phoned so frequently. Matthiessen and Styron were friends for over 50 years, beginning in Paris in the early 1950s. Near fine in wrappers. [#032446] SOLD
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). ZUCKERMAN, Peter and PADOAN, Amanda
NY, Norton, (2012). From the library of Peter Matthiessen, who provided a blurb for the back of the dust jacket, in part: "...credit is at long last given to those who deserve it most." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a crimp to the crown. [#032447] $100
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). SCHALLER, George B.
Washington, DC, Island Press, 2012. The advance reading copy of this account of Schaller's 30 years of work in Tibet. From the library of Peter Matthiessen, and with a letter from an editorial assistant at Island Press to Matthiessen laid in, soliciting comment. Matthiessen appears twice in the text, and given that the book is dedicated "For my companions on these many journeys into the wild," Matthiessen would have been one of the book's dedicatees. Near fine in wrappers. [#032448] SOLD
(MATTHIESSEN, Peter). STEIN, Lorin
NY, The Paris Review, 2014. The Spring 2014 issue of The Paris Review, with an autograph note signed from Stein, the editor, to Matthiessen laid in: "Dear Peter, Neil Olson passed along your kind words about our recent issues. Thank you. They mean the world to me. In the front of the magazine you'll see an ad for your book [In Paradise] - I can't wait to read it. Warm regards, Lorin." Matthiessen passed away in April, 2014. Fine in wrappers. [#032449] SOLD
Research material from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Approximately 50 titles related to Matthiessen's life as a birder, including regional guides, field guides, birders' checklists and more -- a working library, as opposed to a collection of books about birds. Matthiessen wrote two books explicitly about birds: The Shorebirds of North America (later republished as The Wind Birds) and The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes, an examination of all of the known varieties of cranes, their various habitats, and their intersection with human activities through the ages, and their prospects for survival in our age. But birds also cast a high profile in many of Matthiessen's other books, and this library shows that: even as he was traveling to research books on completely different subjects, he was also traveling as a birder -- someone acutely conscious of the birds inhabiting the places he visited. In The Birds of Heaven, he makes the case that the birds' fates are closely entangled with our own, and offers a perspective on the birds that can be generalized as an attitude of respect for all creatures and of humility in a world that is much more than just human. Many, if not most, of the books in this group are marked up by Matthiessen; some show the wear and tear of having been carried with him. A unique glimpse at the fieldwork of an important American author, and a useful research library on the birds of the world. A detailed list is available on request. [#032450] SOLD
Research material from the library of Peter Matthiessen. More than two dozen titles related to Matthiessen's quest for his own book about Bigfoot -- a quest he never completed but that led to several of his most important books. Around 1970, Matthiessen began work on a novel involving the Seminole Indians of Florida and the Bigfoot legends that had persisted there. Soon the project morphed into a nonfiction project, but Matthiessen's research into the subject led to much more immediate issues of contemporary Indian tribes and he began working on the book that became Indian Country. That book, in turn, led to one story that was so dramatic, and so urgent, that he shelved Indian Country for the time being and wrote In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. Later, after both Crazy Horse and Indian Country had been published, he revisited the Bigfoot project. At that point he found that Bigfoot legends were related to "Big Man" legends that also exist in many disparate cultures -- Paul Bunyan being one of the North American manifestations. The Big Man legends led him directly to one "Big Man" who had an undeniable historical reality but had been buried in myths and legends over time -- Edgar J. Watson, a Florida developer, entrepreneur, sugar cane magnate, and likely murderer, who was set upon by his friends and neighbors and killed for his multitude of crimes and aggressions against all and sundry. The story became Killing Mr. Watson and, later, Shadow Country, which is widely considered his fiction masterpiece. And still, Matthiessen kept his possible Bigfoot project alive, collecting and reading books on the subject, attending conferences and meetings of fringe societies of believers and witnesses, but never succeeding in discovering the book he wanted, maybe even felt he needed, to write. Still, several of his greatest books were, in some part, byproducts of his interest in Bigfoot and his conviction that it was a story that needed telling. Books in this group span a number of years, and many have markings by Matthiessen in the text. A detailed list is available on request. [#032451] SOLD
Research material from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Matthiessen's connection to Florida as a writer goes back well before the Mr. Watson trilogy that he began writing in the 1980s. In 1970 the Sierra Club published a photography book on the Everglades using text from Matthiessen's earlier books. At that time he also began a project based on Seminole history and legends. Later, the Watson trilogy and eventually Shadow Country took up a large portion of nearly two decades. Roughly 20 titles. Many of these book are research materials for the Watson books; others are more general history or natural history. All books are first printings unless otherwise stated:
- BRIGGS, Betty Savidge. Cracker in the Glades. A Portrait of Robert Storter, Fisherman, and His Family. Apparently privately-published, 1980. Three copies: One copy with a small notation in family tree. The second copy is signed by Robert Storter. Heavily marked in pen, pencil and highlighter, with stars and question marks in margins. The third copy is also signed by Storter and includes a two-page autograph letter signed by Briggs to Matthiessen, recounting Matthiessen's interaction with the book's subject (apparently Briggs' grandfather). Also laid in is a Tampa Bay Life article by Briggs entitled "The Migrant Stream."
- CAULFIELD, Patricia and MATTHIESSEN, Peter. Everglades. NY: Sierra Club/Ballantine (1971). Photographs by Caulfield accompany selections from published and unpublished work by Matthiessen. Edited by Paul Brooks. With a non-authorial gift inscription (publisher?) to Matthiessen. Pages paperclipped and passages marked (some with stars or question marks) in highlighter and pen. List of page numbers on rear blank. Softcover.
- COUNCIL, Clyde C. Suwannee Country. Sarasota: J&G Printing, 1976. A canoeing, boating and recreational guide. Passages marked in pen. Top-bound; softcover.
- CUSHING, Frank Hamilton. Exploration of Ancient Key Dwellers' Remains on the Gulf Coast of Florida, a volume in the Antiquities of the New World series. NY: AMS Press, 1973. Many passages marked in pen, with a handful of annotations. Hardcover, no dust jacket.
- DOUGLAS, Marjorie Stoneman. The Everglades. River of Grass. Miami: Banyan Books (1978). Reprint edition. Passages marked (some with stars or question marks) in highlighter and pen. Hardcover, lacking dust jacket.
- DRAGO, Harry Sinclair. Outlaws on Horseback. NY: Dodd, Mead (1964). Photocopied excerpt only, Chapter 16, "Beyond Reasonable Doubt," with mention of Edward J. Watson. Passages marked in pen and pencil, with question marks in the margins.
- FOSTER, Stephen. Immortal Melodies. CBS Robbins Catalog, 1967. Reissue. First song is Florida's state song, "Old Folks at Home." Stapled wrappers.
- GRISMER, Karl H. The Story of Fort Myers. Fort Myers Beach: Island Press, 1982. A facsimile reproduction of the 1949 edition. Heavily marked in highlighter and pencil. A few notations inside the rear cover. Softcover.
- LAMME, Vernon. Florida Lore Not Found in History Books! Boynton Beach: Star Publishing, 1973. Softcover.
- LANGLEY, Joan and Wright. Old Key West in 3-D. (Key West): (Langley Press)(1986). A comb-bound booklet reproducing stereographs from the turn of the last century. Plastic viewers included.
- McIVER, Stuart. True Tales of the Everglades. Miami: Florida Flair Books (1994). Later printing. Heavily marked in two pens, with a handful of annotations. Stapled wrappers.
- McIVER, Stuart B. Death in the Everglades. Gainesville: University Press of Florida (2003). Passages marked (some starred) with pen. Hardcover with dust jacket.
- SCHELL, Rolfe. 1000 Years on Mound Key. Fort Myers Beach: Island Press (1968). Revised edition. One pencilled marginal note. Stapled wrappers.
- TEBEAU, Charlton W. Man in the Everglades. Coral Gables: University of Miami Press (1976). Later printing of the revised edition. Heavily marked in pen, pencil and highlighter, with stars and question marks in margins. Softcover.
- TEBEAU, Charlton W. The Story of the Chokoloskee Bay Country. Miami: Banyan (1977). Second printing. Passages marked in pen and pencil; numerous marginal notes. Softcover.
- WARNKE, James R. Ghost Towns of Florida. Boynton Beach: Star Publishing (1971). Third printing. Multiple instances of underlining in pencil and colored pencil. A list of numbers on rear cover. Softcover.
- WASHINGTON, Ray. Cracker Florida. Miami: Banyan (1983). Softcover.
- WILLIAMS, Joy. The Florida Keys. NY: Random House (1988). Revised edition. Softcover.
- West of Key West. (Mechanicsburg): Stackpole (1996). Anthology. Hardcover with dust jacket.
ALI, Agha Shahid
Tucson, SUN/Gemini, 1987. Sun Lizard Chapbook #1. Poetry, one of 1000 copies. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "this walk through the yellow pages, one that should be much easier than his journey through the Himalayas." Sunning and foxing to covers; very good in wrappers. [#032453] SOLD
ALI, Agha Shahid
Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1987). A poetry collection in the Wesleyan New Poets Series. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "on whom I impose another journey through the Himalayas (considerably reduced in size), though not necessarily to find the snow leopard." Laid in is an autograph letter signed recounting the circumstances of their meeting and Matthiessen's inscribing a copy of The Snow Leopard for the author. Fine in wrappers. [#032454] SOLD
(Toronto), Knopf Canada, (2005). A retelling of the myth of Penelope and Odysseus. Inscribed by Atwood to Peter [Matthiessen]: "For Peter - A somewhat frivolous book - all best - Peggy A. 2006." Also signed in full - "Margaret Atwood" - on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket but for a corner crease to the front flap. [#032455] SOLD
London, Hogarth, (1988). Reprint: a British paperback edition. From the library of author Peter Matthiessen, and with a poem/passage written to him (in French) by an unknown (to us) "Julien." One page corner turned; crease to rear cover; very good in wrappers. [#032456] SOLD
(West Germany), World Uranium Hearing, 1992. Program for the World Uranium Hearing, founded by Biegert, and held in Salzburg in 1992, timed with the quincentennial of Columbus' landing in America. Bilingual program, English and Russian. With an autograph letter signed laid in from Biegert to Matthiessen, reminding him that he is looking for "world renowned authors from all continents who will be the reporters at the World Uranium Hearing." Also laid in is a folded 11-3/4" x 19-1/2" poster publicizing the event, with the heading, "The Death That Creeps From the Earth." The program is near fine in stapled wrappers, with Biegert's address written on the front in Matthiessen's hand, along with "Contact: K. Vonn/ John I./ Robt Hughes/ W. Merwin" -- presumably referring to Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, Robert Hughes, and W.S. Merwin, all of them good friends of Matthiessen as well as "world renowned authors" who might be enlisted to support this event. [#032457] $250
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1995). An autobiography by the longtime executive editor of the Washington Post, whose tenure saw the Post challenge the U.S. government over publication of the Pentagon Papers and who also oversaw the investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon's resigning the U.S. Presidency. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "Peter/ In friendship and respect/ Ben Bradlee." Bradlee's and Matthiessen's friendship dated back to the postwar years in Paris in the early 1950s. Foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Review of the book laid in. [#032458] SOLD
BROWN, Lester R.
NY, Norton, (2008). The advance reading copy of the revised edition. With a sticky note tipped in inscribing the book to Peter [Matthiessen] in 2007: "Hi Peter/ Thought you might like an advance copy/ Cheers/ Les Brown." With Matthiessen's markings and notes in the preface and first chapter. Well-worn, with dampstained upper corners. A good copy. [#032459] $150
NY, Pantheon, (1964). Winner of the 1965 National Book Award for Arts and Letters. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife, "with love & thanks" in 1965. A good association copy: Matthiessen would win his first National Book Award the following year, for At Play in the Fields of the Lord. Clark was married to Robert Penn Warren, himself a National Book Award winner, at the time she published this book. Very good in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket. [#032460] $250
(n.p.), Stuart Wright, 1984. An account of 13 days in the Sahara. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "For Peter/ all friendly greetings/ Eleanor/ Xmas 1984." Cloth heavily foxed; a very good copy in a near fine dust jacket with one small, creased edge tear and some fading to the spine lettering. [#032461] $100
(Toronto), Anansi, (2009). Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], "with all respect and gratitude." Matthiessen is quoted in the book: "Anyone who thinks they alone can change the world is both wrong and dangerous." Fine in wrappers. Bookplate stating "From the library of Peter Matthiessen" has been added inside the front cover. [#032462] SOLD
(NY), Simon & Schuster, (1996). Second printing. Davis's classic account of his own trip to the Amazon studying and collecting medicinal and psychedelic plants, and also a history of the decades his mentor, the legendary botanist Richard Evans Schultes, spent living in the Amazon and studying botany both by his own experiments and discoveries and also by finding and learning from native shamans. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen. With a typed letter signed from Davis to Matthiessen laid in, mostly relaying environmental victories in the Cassiar Mountains of British Columbia. The letter is folded, else fine. The book is lightly foxed on the edges of the text block; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032463] $175
DE LA VALDÉNE, Guy
NY, Atlantic Monthly Press, (1995). A memoir by a hunter, sportsman and gourmet cook, with an introduction by Jim Harrison. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "You are always welcome." Small stain to crown; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with one tiny edge tear. [#032464] SOLD
Paris, Fayard, (1957). Memoir of Youki Desnos, muse and partner of the French surrealist poet Robert Desnos in the 1940s and, earlier, Japanese artist Tsugouharu Foujita, who was one of the toasts of Paris in the 1920s. The memoir has illustrations by both. With a lengthy inscription by the author to Peter Matthiessen ("de la part de Patsy" -- on behalf of his then-wife Patsy Southgate), with a drawing of a female, presumably Patsy, and presumably by the author. Moderate foxing; very good in wrappers. [#032465] SOLD
(NY), HarperCollins, (1992). Her first novel, set in the Pacific Northwest of the nineteenth century. Inscribed by Dillard to Peter Matthiessen and his wife: "For Maria and Peter Matthiessen, with best wishes (and much admiration for the author of Far Tortuga, especially), from your nephew John Matthiessen and from Annie Dillard/ September 1993/ Middletown, CT." Small bump to upper board edge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031684] SOLD
(Toronto), Penguin, (2002). First Canadian paperback edition. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen: "For Peter Matthiessen, mon semblable, mon frere, thou swell -- Love, Annie." Dillard quotes Baudelaire [my fellow, my brother] and then apparently ad libs. One passage marked in the text, presumably by Matthiessen. Mild foxing; near fine in wrappers. A wonderful association between two award-winning writers, who have sometimes been pigeon-holed as nature writers but who clearly transcended the genre. [#032466] SOLD
NY, Grove, (2002). Poems and short prose by the author of Fup and Stone Junction, among others. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], "whose essays and fiction have inspired and encouraged me for three decades." Fine in wrappers. Laid in is a long letter to Matthiessen from the book's designer, Jerry Reddan, transmitting the book, trying to make arrangements to do an edition of Matthiessen's work, and reporting on the death of Philip Whalen. [#032467] SOLD
DUNCAN, David James
San Francisco, Sierra Club, (2001). Essays by the author of The River Why and The Brothers K, among others. Signed by the author, and with a full-page typed letter signed by Duncan to Peter Matthiessen laid in, dated December 12, 2001. Duncan thanks Matthiessen for sending his book Birds of Heaven, saying, "The PM books I've received the past four years outnumber and outweigh the trout to which I managed to lead you in the years preceding." There is more about fishing, Mormonism, book awards, Tiger Woods, making a living as a writer, and praise for Matthiessen. In a holograph postscript, Duncan tells Matthiessen where he appears in Duncan's book: one citing is in the Acknowledgements; the other is a passage in which Duncan talks about witnessing Matthiessen "frenzied." The latter page corner is turned. The book is near fine in a near fine dust jacket; the letter is folded, else fine. [#032468] SOLD
(NY), (Sagapress), (1997). A memoir by Peter Matthiessen's father-in-law, inscribed by and with a letter from Eckhart to Matthiessen. The book is introduced by (and was apparently produced by) Matthiessen's wife, Maria Eckhardt (the discrepancy in spelling is explained in the introduction) Matthiessen. Fine in wrappers, which were designed by Paul Davis. [#032469] SOLD
Oxford, Yoknapatawpha Press, (1978). A book of photographs of the Faulkner family and Oxford, Mississippi, by an Oxford photographer who specialized in documenting the family's history, as well as the town and Ole Miss, the university in Oxford. Edited by Lawrence Wells (husband of Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of William Faulkner) and inscribed to Peter Matthiessen: "We think you and Pappy would have gotten along just fine. He would have admired you not just as a writer, but as a man. Larry and Dean Wells/ Oxford, Miss. March 6, 1986." Foxed; a very good copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. A nice connection between two great American writers whose careers overlapped but don't seem to have intersected. [#032470] SOLD
London, Collins, (1961). The first British edition of this collection of cartoons by the Pulitzer Prize-winning satirist. Inscribed by the author to a close friend and writer: "To P____/ several more shrunken heads for your collection -- Best -- Jules & Judy." Judy was Feiffer's first wife. Musty; very good in a very good dust jacket with a bit of fading and a few edge tears. A nice association copy. [#032471] $350
(NY), Akashic, (2012). Feiffer contributes a six-page graphic story to this collection of short noir fiction set on Long Island. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] on his birthday in 2012. Fine in wrappers. [#032472] SOLD
(Berkeley), (Crooked Cloud), (1997). A chapbook collection, one of 500 copies. This copy is inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], with the author's address written in Matthiessen's hand at the bottom of the page. Fine in stapled wrappers. Fields died in 1999. [#032473] SOLD
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1997. A collection of new and selected poems. Signed by Gibson on the title page; inscribed by Gibson to Peter Matthiessen on the half title; and with an additional, long thank you to Matthiessen on the Acknowledgements page, where Matthiessen is also thanked in print. A Matthiessen blurb appears on the dust jacket. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032474] SOLD
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2003. A collection of poems by an award-winning poet. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, whom Gibson acknowledges as "the genius behind" one of the included poems, "Beginner's Mind." Laid in is a 2013 Christmas greeting from Gibson, in the form of a poem written by her husband, David McKain. She has added an autograph note signed across the bottom of the page. The book is near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with Matthiessen's blurb for her earlier book on the rear panel. [#032475] SOLD
NY, Morrow, (1987). Later printing of this novel by the bestselling novelist and three-time National Book Award finalist. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "Asheville/ April 8 1989/ Peter/ A pleasure to meet an illuminator/ in admiration/ Gail Godwin." Foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032476] $100
NY, Knopf, 1985. A collection of stories. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "with best regards," and dated in 1986. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small bookstore label on the front flap. [#032477] SOLD
NY, Vintage, (1985). The first Vintage Contemporaries edition. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen: "Hope you enjoy these." Dated in 1986. Small bookstore label inside the front cover. Foxing to top edge; near fine in wrappers. [#032478] SOLD
Boston, Beacon Press, (1995). A memoir by this nature writer, winner of the 1964 John Burroughs Medal for The Great Beach. Inscribed by Hay to Peter Matthiessen, who won the 1982 John Burroughs Medal for Sand Rivers. Matthiessen has provided a jacket blurb for this book: "John Hay is one of our very best essayists on the natural world." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Together with Matthiessen's copy of Hays' The Immortal Wilderness [NY: Norton, 1987], which has Matthiessen's markings in about a dozen places, mostly in the preface. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032479] SOLD
Boston, Little Brown, 1952. Later printing of this play by Hellman. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "For Peter, on his birthday, with affection, respect & other nice things/ Lillian/ 1963." Near fine in a good dust jacket. [#032480] $300
(Kalamazoo), Westigan Review Press, 1979. Poetry chapbook. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "With thanks for pointing out to me the mountains behind my house." Near fine in saddle-stitched self-wrappers. Laid in is an additional photocopy of a typescript of a poem, "Tomales Bay, November 28, 1980," with one holograph correction. [#032481] $70
East Hampton, Chopin Press, 2013. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]. Holden accompanied Matthiessen on one of his Auschwitz retreats, about which Matthiessen wrote in his last book, In Paradise. This is Holden's first novel, about the children of Holocaust survivors, and was self-published. Fine in wrappers. [#032482] $125
Chelsea, Chelsea Green Publishing, (1986). Photographs and text by Hubbard, with a jacket blurb by Matthiessen. Inscribed by Hubbard to Matthiessen, and with a two-page typed letter signed laid in, dated in 2000, saying how good it was to finally meet Matthiessen and offering his services as a photographer in the future. Small coffee stain to upper margin of prelims; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Also laid in are an invitation to a Hubbard exhibit and an announcement of a 1994 book, Faces of Wisdom; the announcement also has a Matthiessen blurb. [#032483] $150
NY, Random House, (1959). The second book by one of the co-founders, with Peter Matthiessen, of The Paris Review. Inscribed by Humes to Matthiessen: "For Peter - father of this modern novelist -- with fondest regards. H.L. Humes/ Sept. 16, 1959/ New York." Humes and Matthiessen had had a noted falling out in the early days of the Review, but appear to have put it behind them by this time. By the year of this inscription, Matthiessen had had two novels published and was publishing his first book of nonfiction, Wildlife in America. Foxed and musty; very good in a very good dust jacket. A notable association copy. [#032484] SOLD
JACKSON, Jon A.
NY, Random House, (1977). A mystery novel in the Detective Sergeant Mulheisen series, by the Montana author. Inscribed by Jackson to Peter Matthiessen: "Something to read on the stage. Come out and fish some more." Matthiessen visited Montana numerous times on fishing trips with Jim Harrison and others; presumably the "stage" Jackson mentions is short for "stage coach," meaning the plane he would take from the east coast. Foxed; very good in a very good, internally foxed dust jacket, rubbed at the rear spine fold. [#032485] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1971. A collection of poems by the National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. This is the issue in wrappers. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] in the year of publication. Spine-faded, with rubbing to covers; very good in wrappers. [#032486] $300
NY, Random House, (1996). Inscribed by Krementz to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife, in the year of publication, "with much love." In Krementz's collection of photographs of writers at their desks, with their accompanying sentences about their writing habits, Matthiessen is pictured at his desk in Sagaponack in 1995. Someone has added in the place and date of Philip Roth's photograph [NYC 1971], which was omitted from the printed page. Light foxing; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032487] SOLD
NY, Anchor, (1995). Later printing of the paperback reprint. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife in 1996, "with love and thanks" and signed "Annie Lamott." Near fine in wrappers. [#032488] SOLD
(n.p.), Seymour Lawrence, (1990). A collection of tributes to Lawrence in honor of his 25 years with his own publishing imprint. At the time, he was publishing with Houghton Mifflin, which sponsored this celebration. With words from writers he had published, including Rick Bass, Thomas Berger, Frank Conroy, J.P. Donleavy, Barry Hannah, Jim Harrison, Mark Helprin, Thomas McGuane, Susan Minot, Tim O'Brien, Tillie Olsen, Jayne Anne Phillips, Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Yates, and many others. Inscribed by Lawrence to Peter [Matthiessen], "with admiration." Unevenly sunned; near fine without dust jacket, as issued. [#032489] $350
(Santa Barbara), Unicorn Press, (1971). Poetry chapbook by this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who later became Poet Laureate of the U.S. One of 500 copies in wrappers, of a total edition of 750. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]. Foxed, musty; very good in wrappers and a very good dust jacket. [#032490] $350
NY, Atheneum, (1972). An early collection of poems, only issued in softcover. Signed by the author in full on the title page and additionally inscribed by Levine to Peter [Matthiessen] on the half title: "For my friend Peter -- one of the great spirits of this place. With thanks & love, Phil." Foxed and a bit creased; very good in wrappers. Levine's address has been added to his biographical statement, likely in Matthiessen's hand. [#032491] $450
NY, Atheneum, 1974. A poetry collection that was only issued in softcover. Signed by the author in full on the title page and additionally inscribed to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife. Covers creased; spine lettering faded; very good in wrappers. [#032492] $400
(Oakland), Cloud Marauder, 1976. Second, expanded edition of his first book, originally published in 1963. Only issued in wrappers. Signed by the author in full on the title page and inscribed to Peter [Matthiessen] on the half title: "For Peter who has been everywhere -- Here is a book that goes nowhere. Love, Phil." Mildly foxed and faded; very good in wrappers. [#032493] $650
NY, Atheneum, 1976. First trade edition, after a limited edition published by the Windhover Press in 1976. Signed by the author in full on the title page and inscribed to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife on the flyleaf: "For Peter and - alas - Maria, who isn't here. With love, Phil." Date and location given as "Feb. 16, 77 Laguna the Mind-less." Near fine in wrappers. [#032494] $450
NY, Atheneum, 1979. Signed by Levine in full on the title page, and with a full-page inscription from Levine to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife on the half title, in which Levine describes a film version entitled 7 Years from Long Island, in which he plays a shellfish terrorizing Long Island, kissed by Matthiessen's wife, transformed into a Columbia professor with tenure, but then beaten to death by Peter with his National Book Award. 75 words of short-short fiction by Levine, and an association copy, and without doubt the best Philip Levine inscription we've ever handled, or even seen. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#032495] SOLD
NY, Scribner, (1988). A collection of essays on "the bond between mankind and the land and man's heartbreaking betrayal of [it]." Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "with gratitude for the illumination you offer, with great respect for your testimony." Dated in the year of publication. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029259] $750
(Lexington), University Press of Kentucky, (1990). An essay on the ongoing consequences of the Spanish "conquest" of the New World and the need to rediscover the land the Spaniards "discovered." Warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "respectful bow, abrazos fuertes." Laid in is a typed letter signed from Lopez to Matthiessen, dated in 1991, thanking Matthiessen for sending his book African Silences and sending this book in return: "As I grow older, or see more of this ravaged Earth, I find my voice less tempered." Folded, else fine. The book is near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032496] SOLD
[Berkeley], Tangram Press, 2005. An attractively produced limited edition of a story that first appeared in Seneca Review. According to the colophon, one of 165 saddle-stitched copies in wrappers; there was also a hardcover lettered edition of 26, done by artist book publisher Charles Hobson, who also contributed two tipped-in color illustrations to this edition. With an autograph letter signed by the publisher, Jerry Reddan, to Peter [Matthiessen] laid in, conveying both this Lopez title and the included broadside Haibun by Keith Kumasen Abbott. Both the Abbott broadside and the Lopez book are near fine. [#032497] $300
(LORD, Sheridan). GUSSOW, Alan
(NY), (Saturday Review Press/Friends of the Earth), (1971). Large quarto, in a series edited by David Brower that he had started when he was head of the Sierra Club and which he continued when he left and formed Friends of the Earth. The work and statements of approximately 60 artists, including Lord, who has inscribed this copy to Peter [Matthiessen], "the first naturalist of us all with gratitude and appreciation down through the years." Lord's painting is of Sagaponack, Long Island, where both he and Matthiessen lived. Musty, else a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with a small upper edge chip. [#032498] $375
San Francisco, Sierra Club Books, (1991). Social criticism arguing that "technology worship, economic expansion, and commodity accumulation have brought social disorder and global environmental devastation," and citing native peoples -- who are frequently the primary victims of these activities -- as providing a model for resisting such destruction and an alternative to creating it. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "with admiration and appreciation." Matthiessen is mentioned on page 5 of the text. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032499] $175
MANGELSEN, Thomas D.
(Omaha), (Images of Nature), (2007). The limited edition of Mangelsen's extraordinary book of 115 panoramic images, chosen from a library of 20,000 images spanning 20 years. With an introduction by Jane Goodall. Copy 63 of 500 clothbound copies, signed by Mangelsen, with a signed and numbered giclee print, also number 63 of 500, of two lions in Tanzania, laid in. Additionally, this copy is inscribed by Mangelsen to the author Peter [Matthiessen]: "To Peter -- With fond memories of an evening with you and talking over a glass of wine at my cabin in Moore in 2000/2001, a much too brief encounter. Hope our paths cross again soon -- With love, Tom Mangelsen/ 2013 Oct 21." Horizontally bound folio, 19" x 11". Fine in blindstamped cloth with a photo laid onto the front cover, without dust jacket as issued, in a fine clamshell case, with publisher's original shipping box. Mangelsen was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature's Best Photography; his photograph Polar Dance, of two "dancing" polar bears, was selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time. A beautiful book, a stunning production, and an outstanding association copy. While copies of the trade edition, and the 2010 reprint, can be found online, we could locate no copies of the limited edition for sale or having been sold at auction. [#031717] SOLD
NY, Doubleday, (1995). The author's first novel. With a long inscription from McCown to Peter Matthiessen, who provided a jacket blurb for the book. "For Peter Matthiessen, a kind spirit and a valued friend -- Here's one hope: we'll sit together in a back yard, in chilly sunshine, and smile about the good places we've been. Maybe have a beer, as well. Pet a cat, listen to noisy school-kids playing in a nearby block. You're always welcome at our house." McCown's address written on rear flap. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032500] $125
NY, Atheneum, 1977. Later printing of this collection of poems. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife, longtime friends of Merwin, and signed "Bill." An excellent association copy. Near fine in wrappers. [#032501] SOLD
(MERWIN, W.S.). CHAMFORT
San Francisco, North Point Press, 1984. Selected writings of Chamfort, translated and introduced by Merwin. Inscribed by Merwin to Peter Matthiessen and his wife. With a half dozen or so maxims by Chamfort marked with asterisks by Matthiessen. Near fine in self-wrappers. [#032503] SOLD
Oxford, Yoknapatawpha Press, (1981). A collection of essays by the author of North Toward Home, among others. Morris became the youngest editor at Harper's magazine in 1963 and later moved to Bridgehampton, New York, where he developed close friendships with many of the writers living in eastern Long Island, including Matthiessen, William Styron, and James Jones, about whom he later wrote a book. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] in Oxford in the year of publication: "To Matthews, With affection and esteem, Your friend, Willie." Minor foxing; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032504] SOLD
NY, Vintage, (1997). The first printing of the Vintage International edition of this novel of a jazz band in the Swing era, by an African-American novelist who is also a leading historian of the blues and jazz. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], "who begins and ends with fundamentals." Near fine in wrappers. [#032505] $100
(Thetford), Self-Published, (2001). The uncorrected proof copy, published by Nichols himself in an edition of 100 copies. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen and with an autograph note signed laid in, written across the top of a photocopied letter to friends about the writing of the work. This proof covers "Part One - Revised" and "Beginning Part Two." As best as we can tell, Simple Gifts remains unpublished. Nichols died in 2010. The Vermont author was a neighbor and friend of Grace Paley and of Peter Schumann, the founder and director of the Bread and Puppet Theater. The letter is folded and near fine; the proof is fine in wrappers. [#032506] $250
Santa Barbara, Ross-Erikson, (1982). First thus, second edition, but first expanded edition of this collection of Swampy Cree Indian narrative poems, purportedly translated by Norman: an analysis in the International Journal of American Linguistics, however, concluded rather that it was a "creative work of its purported translator, based on authentic sources." Inscribed by Norman to Peter [Matthiessen] and family. Laid in is an autograph letter signed that begins, "I can't believe they spelled your name wrong on the back cover!" There is, in fact, a Matthiessen blurb on the rear cover, with the misspelling "Mattheissen." Near fine in wrappers. [#032507] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1994). A novel. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife in the year of publication. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032508] SOLD
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 2013. A memoir. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Matthiessen's name appears in the text only in reference to a well driller who, in "weathered handsomeness" bears Matthiessen an uncanny resemblance. [#032509] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1990). Warmly inscribed by the author in 1994: "Dearest ___: I love to think of this book in your house because you have made me so welcome here. Bless you. Edna." Slightly foxed; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032510] SOLD
Petrolia, CounterPunch, 2013. Subtitled "A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans, and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene." Doug Peacock was the model for Hayduke, the key character in Edward Abbey's novel The Monkey Wrench Gang and is the author of Grizzly Years, an account of the time he spent in Montana tracking and filming grizzlies in the years after he returned from Vietnam. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], "with deepest respect and love." Fine in wrappers. [#032511] SOLD
PLIMPTON, George and PENE DU BOIS, William
NY, Viking, 1955. Plimpton's first regularly published book, a children's book, illustrated by William Pene du Bois and dedicated to Peter Matthiessen and his first wife and their son. This copy is a dedication copy: inscribed by the illustrator "Billy" Pene du Bois to Peter Matthiessen et al, with an extra drawing of an angry rabbit on the half-title, with rough seas in the background, linking it to the dedication page, and captioning it "Damn Weather." Spine slanted; a very good copy in a good, handled dust jacket, with a chip at the lower outer corner. From Peter Matthiessen's library, and both a dedication copy of the book and a notable association copy: Plimpton was the first editor-in-chief of The Paris Review, which Matthiessen co-founded in 1953; the artist was part of their Paris expatriate circle; they all remained lifelong friends. [#031741] SOLD
Garden City, Doubleday, 1984. A heavily illustrated history of fireworks, and the traditions and uses associated with them around the world. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife, "great pyrotechnicians both! and with dozens of aerial extravaganzas each...love - George." Minor foxing; bowing to boards; very good in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket. [#032512] $650
NY, Norton, (1986). Subtitled "The Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey," this follows in the tradition of Plimpton's earlier books Paper Lion and Out of My League, among others, wherein Plimpton enters the world of professional athletes as a participant rather than a spectator, and writes about the experience of the sport and the culture from the inside. An association copy: inscribed by Plimpton to his long-time friend and former colleague at The Paris Review, Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife, "with love." Modest foxing; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032513] SOLD
NY, Norton, (1987). Second printing of Plimpton's first novel, which is an expanded version of a story he published in Sports Illustrated magazine in an April Fool's Day issue, purporting to be nonfiction about a young superstar baseball pitcher who could throw a ball nearly twice as fast as any pitcher in the major leagues or in history. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], "with admiration and affection." Matthiessen is mentioned in the acknowledgements as having given Plimpton help with Siddhartha Finch's Buddhist religious background. Slight foxing; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032514] $450
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2000). An epistolary mystery about a missing pet problem advice columnist. Illustrated by Edward Koren. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife; signed, "love, George, with an added "Happy New Year!!" Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032515] $450
Undated. An Artist's Proof ("AP") of a drawing by Prosek. Signed by the artist. From the library of Peter Matthiessen, who had provided the foreword to Prosek's book Ocean Fishes. 8" x 11". Fine. [#032516] $550
(Saint Paul), Graywolf, (1988). A collection of short fiction by a writer who is now best-known for his writings in science and natural history, including Song of the Dodo, which won a John Burroughs Medal, and Spillover, which tracked contagious diseases that pass from animals to humans. Warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]. Near fine in wrappers. [#032517] $350
London, Bodley Head, (2012). The first British edition. A highly praised book, on many "Best of the Year" lists, it also led to Quammen's publishing books in the past several years on the origins of AIDS and the Ebola virus. An association copy: warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], " -- If I have a literary older brother, it's you. Deep thanks for your inspiration and your friendship." Dated in the year of publication. Matthiessen has clipped and laid in Quammen's return address. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032518] $350
(Camden), Down East Books, (1997). A book of photographs of the Maine coast and its environs, by the photographer for the Wyeth family; Betsy and Andrew Wyeth provide an Afterword. Inscribed by Ralston to Peter Matthiessen]: "with my deepest respect and appreciation for the inspiration which helped chart this odyssey." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032519] $350
Washington, DC, Counterpoint, (1997). The first printing of the reissue of his first novel, about a Korean War fighter pilot who is trying to "chalk up enough kills [against Soviet aircraft] to become an ace." Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] in the year of publication: in part, "...your backhand is invincible, your forehand is a killer, you have all the qualities of an ace -- ..." Signed, "[heart] Jim." Matthiessen provides a blurb for the dust jacket. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032521] SOLD
SALTER, James and Kay
NY, Knopf, 2006. The uncorrected proof copy, with an autograph note from Kay and Jim Salter to their friends, Peter and Maria [Matthiessen] laid in, in part, "After all these years of talking about it..." and "With thoughts of so many shared meals, past and future." Matthiessen is mentioned on page 76, stopping by with a bluefish he'd caught an hour earlier surf-casting in the Atlantic. With corrections to the text inside the front cover and on the pages cited there in an unidentified hand. The book is well-thumbed and suffers from some dampening; a good copy in wrappers. A nice association copy. [#032522] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2008. A collection of poems, warmly inscribed to Peter and Maria Matthiessen. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032523] $100
(NY), New Directions, (1968). Later printing of the issue in wrappers. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen in 1988, at Kitkitdizze, Snyder's home. Very good in wrappers. [#032524] SOLD
San Francisco, Four Seasons, 1969. Second edition, a poetry collection that reprints the contents of his first book, Riprap, as well as some poems that had previously not been collected. This edition adds a frontispiece photo of Snyder from 1953 and a Japanese woodcut illustration. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, at Kitkitdizze, and dated "6.vi.40088," based on Snyder's contention that the modern Epoch began 40,000 years ago with the first cave paintings and the Magdalenia carvings. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#032525] SOLD
(NY), New Directions, (1970). First trade edition of this title, the issue in wrappers. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, at Kitkitdizze, and dated "6.vi.40088." Lamination peeling; very good in wrappers. [#032526] SOLD
(NY), New Directions, (1980). Later printing. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], at Kitkitdizze on "6.vi.40088." Near fine in wrappers. [#032527] $150
San Francisco, Grey Fox Press, (1983). Prose, an account of the author's travels through India twenty years earlier, illustrated with photographs from the trip. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen in 1988, at Kitkitdizze. Spine and edge-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#032528] SOLD
San Francisco, North Point, 1983. Later printing. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], at Kitkitdizze. Fine in wrappers. [#032529] SOLD
Washington, DC, Counterpoint, (1996). Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen in the year of publication, with the sentiment "billions of beings see the morning star and all become Buddhas." Fine in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket. [#032530] SOLD
(SOUTHERN, Terry). SIMON, Noel and GEROUDET, Paul
NY, World Publishing, (1970). "The Natural History of Animals in Danger of Extinction." Fine in a near fine dust jacket and original cardboard slipcase, which is inscribed by Terry Southern to Peter Matthiessen: "Dear Pete - Spotted this tome en passant so to speak, and thought 'what the heck, that looks very much like the great Math's bag!', so I snapped one up (that's the kind of guy I am, Pete, just snapped it right up) and am sending it along in hopes you may groove on it. Some boss-pix. Best, yr. T." A fine Terry Southern letter on a cardboard slipcase of a gift, and an indication of the friendship between the two, which is not as widely known as some of Matthiessen's other literary friendships. [#032531] $1,250
NY, Harper & Brothers, (1949). The second book by this artist who is perhaps most famous as a New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist: his "View of the World from 9th Avenue" became an iconic and satirical comment on New Yorkers' self-centered view of their place in the world. This book comprises about 300 Steinberg drawings, most published here for the first time. Between the publication of his first book and this one, Steinberg had been selected for the prestigious show "Fourteen Americans" at the Museum of Modern Art, along with such artists as Robert Motherwell, Ahile Gorky, I. Rice Pereira, and others: it is considered to have been the show that "proclaimed the arrival of Abstract Expressionism" in 1946. This copy is inscribed by Steinberg to Peter Matthiessen, "with affectionate greetings" and dated December 25, 1985. Another name in pencil on half title; sunning and staining to illustrated boards; a good copy, lacking the dust jacket but with the front and back jacket flaps laid in. A nice association copy between a notable artist and a notable writer. [#031782] SOLD
NY, Atheneum, 1970. A collection of poems that was only issued in softcover. Warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]. Near fine in wrappers. [#032532] SOLD
TERRY, Bill; BATES, Rosemary; BATEMAN, Robert and Birgit Freybe
(n.p.), (Touchwood), (2013). Square octavo. Photography and text focusing on 11 gardeners and their gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Inscribed by the authors, Terry and Bates, to Peter and Maria [Matthiessen]. Additionally inscribed to the Matthiessens by the Batemans, who are the subjects of one of the book's chapters and longtime friends of the Matthiessens. Birgit's photographs illustrated one of Peter's books, and Bateman's paintings appeared in others. Also laid in is a photo from the Bateman Centre Gift Shop, showing a shelf displaying Matthiessen's books for sale. Fine in self-wrappers. A nice double association. [#032533] $450
London, Collins, (1980). Second printing. Quarto, a heavily illustrated memoir of years of traveling in remote places by a British adventurer. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "with every good wish." Slight offsetting to front flyleaf; fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032534] SOLD
NY, Viking, (1974). Second printing of this groundbreaking collection of essays that created a blueprint for linking science writing and literature. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife in 1982, and with Matthiessen's markings in the first two dozen pages. Spine-stained; very good in a very good dust jacket. Laid in is the 1994 program for Thomas's memorial service. [#032535] $200
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