E-list # 143

New Arrivals

Los Angeles, Self-Published, 1942. A highly charged self-published novel of race relations, the author's first book. "Review Copy," as noted on the front cover. Modest sunning and handling; about near fine in printed white wrappers. Offsetting to pp. 14-15 where the review by P.A. Malone (still present) was laid in, which calls it a "much-needed publication" and declares that "this work may go down in history as a great social document -- to rank side by side with the works of the world's great masters." [#033020] SOLD
NY, Persea Books, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of this multicultural anthology of American fiction of the 20th century. More than three dozen contributors: signed by contributors Bharati Mukherjee, Sandra Cisneros, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gish Jen, Richard Bausch, Oscar Hijuelos and Helena Maria Viramontes. Fine in wrappers. [#032999] $175
Buenos Aires, Sur, (1937). Borges' translation of Woolf's 1928 epic transgender classic. Sur's founder, Victoria Ocampo, had found a friend and kindred spirit in Woolf and had Borges translate several of Woolf's works for publication, even before Sur published Borges' own works (El Jardin de Senderos Que Se Bifurcan in 1942 and Ficciones in 1944). This copy is signed by Borges on the title page. From the library of Donald Yates, Borges' translator and longtime friend. Pages browned; first blank detached; cocked, with wear to edges and joints. A very good copy in wrappers, with distinguished provenance. Uncommon, especially signed, and particularly with a good literary association. [#033000] SOLD
(Chicago), (Literary Times-Cyfoeth), 1965. "Overlooked" poems by Bukowski: a self-selected collection of thirteen poems published in magazines but never previously collected in book form. With a "foreward" [sic] by the author. One of 500 copies, Bukowski's only self-published book. Stapled wrappers; near fine. [#033001] SOLD
Cambridge, Harvard, (1933). The freshman yearbook for Burroughs' class. Includes a photograph of William Seward Burroughs at 19 years old. One of Burroughs' classmates was James Laughlin, who founded New Directions publishing company in 1936 -- each of the two playing important but disparate roles in shaping the American literature of the next half century. Rubbing to joints; play in the binding; owner name front flyleaf and a few pencil check marks next to some photos. A very good copy. [#033002] SOLD
Baltimore, Friends of the Land, 1951. Five pages of text by Carson, reprinted from the second half of the chapter "The Birth of an Island" from The Sea Around Us. There is also a three-page review of the book, which The Land names as its Top Choice from the current publishing season of books on the relationship of Man and the Land: The Sea Around Us went on to win the National Book Award and a John Burroughs Medal; the documentary based on the book won the Academy Award. Spine rolled; light vertical creasing to cover and several pages; one penciled check mark next to the date on the cover; very good. [#033003] SOLD
Baltimore, Friends of the Land, 1951. Five pages of text by Carson, reprinted from the second half of the chapter "The Birth of an Island" from The Sea Around Us. There is also a three-page review of the book, which The Land names as its Top Choice from the current publishing season of books on the relationship of Man and the Land: The Sea Around Us went on to win the National Book Award and a John Burroughs Medal; the documentary based on the book won the Academy Award. Spine rolled and nicked; a few water spots to dulled covers; still very good in wrappers. [#033004] $85
NY, Simon and Schuster, (2014). A book by the former President of the U.S. focused on the systematic discrimination against, and oppression of, women and girls around the world. Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, long after his term as POTUS. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033005] SOLD
1950. Written to the editor of the San Francisco literary magazine Gryphon, in its first year of publication, poetically requesting advance proofs, prompt publication, and retained copyright. The last line reads: "? If so, please let me know. Good luck anyhow." Signed, "E.E. Cummings." Cummings has also handwritten his Patchin Place, NY City return address on the front. Water droplets to the return address; a tape shadow across the text; otherwise near fine. The Fall 1950 issue, Gryphon 2, did feature a Cummings poem, entitled "Poem." [#033006] $375
NY, Painters and Sculptors Gallery, 1932. Small flyer (one sheet, folded to make four pages) for a show that ran the month of December, 1932. An entertaining biography of Cummings covers most of the inner pages, bearing the notation "from Anthropos or the Future of Art." Anthropos, a one-act play by Cummings, was not published as a book until 1944, but the play did appear, in 1930, in Whither Whither, or After Sex What? The brief biography ends by reporting that Cummings "was buried alive in Harvard (1912-15)." A bit of top edge creasing; one horizontal fold; very good. [#033007] $200
(Brooklyn), McSweeney's, (2001). Two advance copies of this collection of stories: one advance copy in the form of velobound 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, printed on rectos only. Signed on the front cover by Davis and also signed by David Byrne, who provided the front cover photo. Fine. Together with a copy of the first edition signed by Davis on the title page as well as on the half title, where she has added "with trumpets" and "9-24-01," the week prior to publication. Fine in a fine, first state dust jacket that is signed by David Byrne on the rear flap above his photo credit. Davis has been a MacArthur Fellow; a finalist for the National Book Award; and in 2013 she won the Man Booker International Prize. Byrne, the polymath founder and lead singer of the band Talking Heads, has won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Golden Globe, and was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; his career has included film, photography, fiction and nonfiction, in addition to music. [#032972] SOLD
ca. 1965. The first draft typescript of Dick's story "Faith of Our Fathers," published in 1967 in the collection Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison. 39 pages, on onion skin paper, with Dick's holograph corrections throughout. Together with both the manuscript page and the carbon of page 43, representing the final page of Dick's second draft (which was longer than the first draft after emendations). Nearly 100 changes evident in Dick's hand, plus his handwritten insertion of the title after the typing. Dick would change the ending once again prior to publication. This manuscript, and the additional sheets, were given to Ray Nelson by Dick during their collaboration on The Ganymede Takeover in 1966. In 1986, Nelson gave the pages to Dick's widow, Anne Dick. That mailing envelope is included. Several years later, Anne Dick gifted the manuscript to PKD scholar Sam Umland, from whom it came to us. Anne Dick's autograph note signed to Umland is included. All items, except the mailing envelope from Nelson to Anne Dick, are fine. "Faith of Our Fathers" was nominated for the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Since his untimely death at age 53 in 1982, Philip K. Dick has gained the reputation he sought throughout his life -- that of a writer who transcended the science fiction genre. His works are seen as social commentary as much as genre fiction, and his struggles with drugs and with altered states of consciousness -- to the point where reality itself was in question -- have been seen as metaphors for the predicament of humanity in the modern era: alienated, deceived by our leaders and our politics and our religions, and grasping for some measure of understanding in a hall of mirrors. Many of Dick's manuscripts have been institutionalized, and manuscript material by him seldom shows up on the market. [#033008] $17,500
1978. A full-page typed letter signed from Dick to Hazel Pierce, author of the Philip K. Dick Starmont Reader's Guide (1982), in which Dick directs her how to get permission to quote from his work; agrees to meet with her; confesses the project appeals to his vanity; and divulges that a speech of his to which she apparently has access was intended for a French audience, and "When I write something for France, or am interviewed by the French, I always make startling claims which I can't back up, knowing that French scholarship does not require the empirical validation of the Anglo-Saxon world's methodology." Included is the original mailing envelope: Dick has written his phone number on the back. Pierce's reply is included, in which she sent Dick a 3-page chronology of his life for correction and an additional page of 14 questions for him to answer, in a fill-in-the-blank style. Dick's handwritten corrections and responses, approximately 30, are included. For example, he fills in the last names of his wives, some significant dates, answers that the Western writer Will Cook was an influence on his writing, and notes that his work in progress is "VALIS." This chronology was included in Pierce's guide, which was published shortly after Dick's death. The letter appeared in Dick's Selected Letters. Stray pen mark on the text of Dick's letter; mailing folds and mild age-toning; otherwise the lot is fine. A notable piece of what might be called Dick-iana. Unique. [#033009] $5,000
(Paris), (1950-1959). Five issues of Art D'aujourd'hui (1950-1954) and eight issues of L'Oeill (1955-1959). Nonconsecutive issues, with Feitelson's markings throughout and his name written on a 1954 issue of Art D'aujourd'hui. Feitelson was one of the founders of what came to be called the Los Angeles School of painting, a post-surrealist style that developed into what became the "Hard Edge" style of abstraction. The first issue here of AD is without a rear cover and has detaching pages. At least one issue has an excision by Feitelson to a page. Overall the lot is very good. Together with Feitelson's copy of The Forum Exhibition of Modern American Painters (NY: 1916) that had been inscribed to him, although only "To Lorser" is now legible; a very good copy with a chipped jacket protector affixed to it. [#033010] $1,300
(n.p.), Franton/United Artists, 1961. Dialogue continuity script for this 1961 movie directed by Frank Capra, his final film, with a screenplay by Hal Kanter and Harry Tugend. Peter Falk was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and Ann-Margaret made her film debut. 85 loose sheets, previously stapled at the top. Mimeographed, on legal size paper; the mimeograph method of reproduction suggests that only a small number of these were done. Very slight toning and edge foxing; near fine. [#033011] SOLD
Detroit, Henry Ford, 1914. Ford provides the foreword to this pamphlet published by him; it is addressed, "To My Friend, the American Boy," and begins with a story of being in discussion with Thomas Edison and John Burroughs about the evils of smoking cigarettes. Burroughs' name doesn't reappear, but Edison's portrait provides a frontispiece, along with a reproduction of a brief letter by him explaining the science behind the harm cigarettes cause. There follows a two-page rebuttal, so to speak, by the President of the American Tobacco Company, followed by a dozen pages of counterpoint apparently compiled by Ford's secretary and covering the effects of cigarettes on the brain, the heart, athleticism, efficiency, morality, and the soul, among other things. 22 pages, stapled pictorial wrappers. Small ink stamp on flyleaf, and what looks like a partial erasure of same on the front cover. Near fine. Over the next two years, Ford published three more volumes of this Case, but the original, Volume 1, is extremely scarce: OCLC locates only one copy. [#033012] SOLD
Garden City, Doubleday, Doran, (1930). A vision of economic theory from nearly a century ago, in many ways still unfortunately relevant. From the rear cover: " ...Wages can be expected to increase in the future at an even more rapid rate -- provided the leaders of industry actually lead. If wages to not continue to increase, the fault will be a human one -- it will be due to a lack of intelligence." Written with Samuel Crowther, with whom Ford authored two previous books. Owing to the preservation of the rare dust jacket, the book is fine. The jacket itself is very good, with several shallow edge chips and some fading to the spine. Uncommon in dust jacket. [#033013] SOLD
(Santafé de Bogotá), Editorial Norma, (1997). The thirtieth anniversary edition of the Nobel Prize winner's masterwork, one of the most important novels of the 20th century, which introduced "magical realism" to a wide audience and helped bring the boom in Latin American literature to this country when it was published in the U.S. in 1970. At the end of the 1970s this book was voted by the editors of The New York Times Book Review to be not only the best book published in the previous ten years but the one most likely to still be read and to still be important one hundred years hence. Copy #XLV of 100 Roman-numeraled copies signed by the author. Bound in full leather with raised spine bands. Fine in slipcase, still shrinkwrapped. A true high spot of twentieth century world literature, an uncommon signature (Garcia Marquez limited his travels to the U.S. after a State Department ban imposed on him because of his friendship with then-Cuban leader Fidel Castro), and a rare edition of one of the defining books of the century: the only signed limited edition of this title. [#033014] ON HOLD
NY, Scribner, (2011). A memoir by the former congresswoman, who was badly injured in an assassination attempt that resulted in six others' deaths, one of the increasingly numerous examples of political polarization in the U.S. turning into deadly violence. Co-written with her husband, a former astronaut. Signed by both Giffords and Kelly. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Copies signed by Giffords are considerably more uncommon than those her husband signed. [#033015] $225
(London), Bloomsbury, (2007). Nonfiction, about Ann Hathaway Shakespeare, by the author of the 1970 feminist manifesto The Female Eunuch. Inscribed by Greer to Marilyn French, author of the 1977 bestselling feminist novel The Women's Room: "For Marilyn French, in the hope, wish, belief that she will find it inspiriting, [winged heart]/ Germaine Greer." French and Greer were friends, and French reviewed this book for Publisher's Weekly, defending it against the "hysterical responses of some British critics," who seemed to find it heretical that Greer suggested Ann Shakespeare may have paid to have Shakespeare's plays printed after his death. A nice glimpse at the ongoing struggle from the front lines of feminism, decades later; and an excellent association copy. Mild age-toning to pages and slight corner taps, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033016] SOLD
(Mt. Horeb, WI), Perishable Press, (1988). Hamady's Interminable Gabberjabb series, begun in 1973 and comprising eight books by its end in 2005, is considered to have "changed the face of contemporary book arts in the United States" (Univ. of Arizona Poetry Center). This, the sixth book in the series, was published seven years after the fifth, and the limitation was reduced for this book from 200 to 125 copies. An eclectic and elaborate production: attempting to "read" the book sequentially involves carefully discovering how each page or gathering "works" and discovering the surprises the book has in store. This is copy number 87, date-stamped December 7, 1988. Signed by Hamady, his assistant Kent Kasuboske, and the binder Marta Gomez. Additionally annotated by Hamady on December 8: "Fore edged and embellished yesterday wrappered today by WH (sunny but cold 20 degrees)(F)." Fine. [#033017] $5,000
NY, Random House, (1940). A book about Helen Hayes's life and work, authored by her mother, and written in the form of letters to her grand-daughter, Hayes' daughter Mary, when Mary was nine years old: it ends by passing the torch to Mary to be standing in the wings for all of Hayes' future exits. Sadly, both Helen and Catherine outlived Mary, who died from polio at 19. This copy is inscribed by Helen Hayes. Small bookplate under the front flap; foxing to the endpages; a very good copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#033018] $125
Clayton, Save the River, (1982). A publication of Save the River, an organization dedicated to defending the St. Lawrence Seaway, co-founded by Hoffman while living under the alias Barry Freed to evade prosecution on cocaine charges. Hoffman had been a political activist, founding member of the Yippies (Youth International Party), and Chicago 7 defendant, prior to going "underground" and living as Freed. He did not refrain from activism under his pseudonym, and became involved in local causes such as this. An 8-page booklet of detailed, reasoned arguments, catchy slogans, and a couple of simplistic illustrations. Signed by Hoffman as "Barry Freed" on the front cover. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#033019] $450
1999-2006. Letters and cards sent by Irving to legendary editor and publisher Dick Seaver and his wife Jeanette. Seaver spent a dozen trailblazing years at Grove Press before working at Viking, and then Holt, Rinehart Winston, before founding and running Arcade Publishing for two decades beginning in 1988. Arcade published Irving's collection Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, in 1996. When Seaver died in 2009, Irving wrote a piece for NPR in which he recounts the times spent with Seaver and his wife and their collective bond over food and books, concluding: "Some publishers are writers' good friends; this one was also a constant inspiration." This collection of letters reflects all of that and more, beginning, in 1999, with a typed letter signed by Irving, first referencing an enclosed photo of his son and then continuing with his views on the play versions of his novel Cider House Rules, in which Irving had no creative role as he himself had been working on the screenplay. Later in 1999, Irving sends an autograph postcard signed (the front of which depicts a 1988 image of Irving) announcing the birth of his first grandchild. There follows an autograph holiday card signed. In January of 2000, Irving sends the Seaver an autograph postcard signed thanking them for their kind words about the film version of Cider House, which had been nominated for seven Academy Awards and two Golden Globes, saying "See other side for an indication of my feelings about the Golden Globes and the Oscars." (The other side depicts George Luks' painting "The Wrestlers.") In March, Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2004, Irving sends an autograph postcard signed to Jeanette thanking her for a cookbook, saying he had been feeling "repetitive in the kitchen" and making a joke about Vermont and roasted squirrels. There's a 2006 retained letter from Seaver to Irving complimenting him on his most recent novel, Until I Find You. Lastly, in a typed letter signed, dated October 3, 2006, he sends news of his family, including his three sons, his mother-in-law, two brothers and a sister that he'd first met just five years prior, and his dog. He talks of working on his twelfth novel (Last Night in Twisted River) which he had set aside as he wrote screenplay adaptations for A Son of the Circus and The Fourth Hand (unproduced as of this writing). And he writes of the "gratifying experience" of his novel Until I Find You: " years in the making. Its reception in Europe, especially in those countries where so much of it is set, has been rewarding -- and in Germany, in Spain, even in Italy. It was just now published in France..." There is more here, but he concludes with "Everyone is fine, although my hatred of Republicans is becoming unhinged...[anecdote, circa 2006, follows]." Six pieces of Irving correspondence to a close friend and colleague. Mailing folds; else all items are fine. [#033052] SOLD
Los Angeles, Black Sparrow, 1971. Published by Black Sparrow for Odyssia Gallery in New York City in conjunction with an exhibition of oil paintings by Jess held in May-June 1971. Jess's artwork is reproduced in this volume but only in black-and-white. Copy No. 197 of 250 copies signed by Jess and by Robert Duncan, who provides the introduction. A hint of edge-sunning, else fine in a near fine, original acetate dustwrapper with a small chip at the crown. [#033021] SOLD
London, Faber and Faber, (1993). The first British edition of what has come to be considered Johnson's signature work, even more than his National Book Award-winning novel, Tree of Smoke. A critically successful film adaptation in 2000 probably helped this relatively little-known collection of related stories gain a larger audience than it might have otherwise. Signed by the author. Toning to pages, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033022] SOLD
(Westland), Land of Enchantment, (1983). Inscribed by King to his editor at Doubleday, Samuel Vaughan: "For Sam - Thanks for making something that could have been so hard so easy - and so successful. Quite a fall, huh? Your friend, Steve King/ 11/30/83." Vaughan had edited King's Pet Sematary, which had been published on 11/14/83 with a first printing announced as 500,000 copies. Cycle of the Werewolf is a single story by King, issued with illustrations by Berni Wrightson, who had collaborated with King on Creepshow. There was a signed limited edition of 250 copies; the trade edition, this one, had 7500 copies -- a tiny fraction of the numbers for Pet Sematary and King's other trade publications at that time. While the limited edition is scarcer in sheer numbers, our experience is that genuine Stephen King association copies are much rarer than his signed limiteds. Slight corner taps, else fine in a near fine dust jacket with one very small edge chip and some minor edge wear. [#033023] $2,500
June 25, 1980. A response by Le Carre to an apparent letter of support from a reader, in which he shares news of the upcoming BBC series "we are making" of "Smiley's People," and expresses his pleasure that Sir Alec Guinness will once again play Smiley. He also expresses hope that at least one of his sons chooses a writing career, "but it's a hard life, believe it or not, and letters like yours make it a lot easier!" Signed in full, as John Le Carre. Offered here with a photo of Alec Guinness as Smiley, inscribed by Guinness, albeit to another recipient, in 1982. The letter is folded in eighths; near fine. [#033024] SOLD
Philadelphia & New York, Lippincott, (1960). A classic of 20th century literature, a bestseller upon publication, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, basis for one of the greatest films of the century, and all from a first novel with a first printing estimated at only 5000 copies. This copy is inscribed by the author, "To Sheldon with my love, Harper Lee." Based on the included correspondence from Lee to Sheldon Reid, the inscription was likely made in 1992. In a November 3, 1992 typed letter signed, Lee tells Reid his mailing has only just reached her. She discusses his health and her own, and bemoans Monroeville's being "100 miles in any direction from a dress shop and a bookstore. So much for fashion and culture. H.L. Mencken would feel right at home here--it is still the Sahara of the Bozart." More strikingly, Lee tells Reid, "...I'm appalled by the activities of the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Restoration of the Old Courthouse in Monroeville, and deplore the use of Mockingbird and my name." Quoting, apparently, the Committee, "One thing we want to avoid is any exploitation of the book...," and then remarking "is exactly the opposite of what they've done." Immediately, in the next paragraph, Lee continues, "But Selma has reached the low of lows: the most shameful event in the history of Alabama took place at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Selling pieces of the True Cross would be in better taste." The letter's timing would have coincided with the organizing for Selma's first annual "Bridge Crossing Jubilee" in March, 1993. This first letter is a full page (6" x 8-1/2") and is signed, "With love, Nelle." Nelle Harper Lee was Lee's full name. Folded for mailing; fine. Envelope included. The next handwritten note (unsigned), dated November 10th, likely accompanied the inscribed book: "Your friends might think you're crazy, but don't worry -- it'll never decrease in value!" Apparently, Reid had purchased this first edition to send to Lee to sign, as the front flyleaf has a penciled bookseller notation that states, "two hundred dollars FIRM (an autographed copy sold about two years ago for $600)." Pink notepaper, one mild corner crease, else fine. The third piece of correspondence is a notecard, again signed "Nelle," and with an autograph letter, dated December 16, 1992, filling the left inside of the card. Most of this is a belated (she had mislaid his address) and heartfelt thank you for flowers sent (possibly in response to receiving the inscribed book), in part: "...gallant you are -- a gentleman in this day and age is so rare that it's a cause of wonderment. Thank you again, and love!" Fine, with envelope. Sheldon Reid lived in Birmingham AL, approximately 150 miles from Lee's Monroeville; we have been unable to ascertain the relationship between the two friends. The first edition Reid purchased for Lee to sign had a previous owner name, apparently that of Lillian Sharpley, sister of Frances Sharpley who was married to Charles Grayson Summersell, as there is also a "Summersell" stamp on the title page. The book, with stamp, owner name, and bookseller notation, has mild bowing to the boards and foxing to the spine cloth: a very good copy in a restored (backing added, one lower chip restored, edge color added), price-clipped dust jacket, where the green has faded to nearly blue and the brown has faded to nearly green, rather akin to the usual image, at dusk. A rare signed first edition of Mockingbird in dust jacket, with correspondence that both documents the cordial relationship between Lee and Reid and also shows Lee to be actively engaged in contemporary events and with a sharp, critical mind and even, one might say, a dark sense of humor, as evidenced by her comment referring to the True Cross. [#033025] SOLD
Cleveland, 7 Flower Press, 1966. Probably the best-known book by the quintessential hippie-poet of the 1960s, a key figure in the Cleveland, Ohio underground and a writer whose suicide at a young age ensured him a kind of literary immortality that probably would have surprised him. This is the first 7 Flower Press edition and is greatly expanded from the self-published edition Levy did a year earlier, which included only Parts I and II; this edition goes through Part V and, according to Levy has "72 million revisions" in the previously published parts. A mimeographed edition, done in a print run of 210 copies "for friends and editors I want to confuse." Also noted is that a few copies will be for sale at the Asphodel Bookshop, the legendary Cleveland store that Jim Lowell owned, which became the epicenter for underground poetry in the 1960s and beyond. Stapled wrappers with glued-on overlay cover with original painting, each copy being slightly different from the rest; mild toning to pages; very near fine. An uncommon book, and a key poetry title of the Sixties. [#033026] SOLD
NY/Engelwood Cliffs, Grand Central/Prentice-Hall, (2017/1977). Jenner's first book as Bruce and first book as Caitlyn, each signed by the author. A forty year span separates the publication dates: Decathlon Challenge was published the year after Jenner won the Olympic Gold Medal for the decathlon at the Montreal Summer Games. It is inscribed by the author: "To Ken/ Dream Big/ Work Hard/ Bruce Jenner." In the text, Jenner writes, "You've got to be ready to be great. I know that may sound silly, but it's true. Being on the threshold of doing something that you've always dreamed of doing is a very scary experience." This sentiment played out on an even greater scale decades later when Jenner became one of the most famous openly transgender women in the world. The Secrets of My Life is signed by the author on a publisher's tipped-in leaf and includes a photo of Jenner with a copy of the book and a listing for the event where the book was first purchased. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Decathlon Challenge is fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#033027] SOLD
Eugene, Lone Goose Press, (1992). A limited edition of a single piece by Lopez, from Crossing Open Ground, about igniting and retaining wonder in the natural world. Copy 58 of 75 numbered copies signed by the author and the artist, Margaret Prentice, who provides several relief print illustrations to the text. An elegant production: handset and printed on handmade papers made by Prentice, using dyes made from colored plant pulp to evoke the woods to which the essay refers. Handbound into attractive wrappers, also made by Prentice, with a fern image on the cover, the whole laid into a folding clamshell box. Printed and bound by Sandy Tilcock, who also made the box. Fine. [#033028] $2,000
Eugene, Lone Goose Press, 1997. A limited edition of an essay from Crossing Open Ground, which was, after this edition, issued in a trade edition by the University of Georgia Press. Here issued with twenty-three 11-3/4" x 11" woodblock images by Robin Eschner, hinged in a continuous presentation almost 22 feet long, encompassing the text. An elaborate production, involving a number of individuals prominent in the book arts, in addition to Lopez and Eschner: Charles Hobson, the designer, whose work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Art, among others; Sandy Tilcock, the publisher and boxmaker; Susan Acker, the letterpress printer; Nora Pauwells, the relief edition printer; and John DeMerritt, the binder, who is President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Of a total edition of 66 copies, this is Copy No. 20, one of 50 numbered copies signed by Lopez and including a unique tire-tread print from Lopez's Toyota 4-Runner, the vehicle used in the journey from Oregon to Indiana that is described in the story. Fine, in a clamshell box. [#033029] $2,500
(Minnesota), Red Dragonfly Press, 2003. A fine press edition printing one story from Iron Horse Magazine, about the intrinsic rewards of a good day's work. Letterpress printed on handmade Japanese paper, with a title page woodcut by Gary Young. This is the deluxe issue, printed on Barcham Green handmade paper and bound in cloth and boards. Copy No. 18 of 36 numbered copies signed by the author. An additional 240 copies were issued unsigned, in wrappers. A couple small spots to rear cloth, else fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033030] $400
NY, Rinehart, (1948). Mailer's first book, one of the great novels of World War II, and one of the top hundred classics of the last century. Inscribed by Mailer to his daughter and son-in-law: "To Peter and Danielle with all my love/ Dad/ Dec '05." Danielle Mailer, the daughter of Mailer and his second wife, would have been 48 at the time of this inscription and would not have yet been born at the time of publication. This copy is a later printing, but retroactively made into a first edition by the author: Mailer has added the required Rinehart seal to the copyright page and handwritten, "Hereby declared a first edition/ NM." A receipt for the book has been laid in, now faded but for the $4.08 total, but it too is annotated by the author: "Original sales tag/ NM." Additionally, signed by Danielle Mailer on the front flyleaf. A few inadvertent page corners turned, the usual rubbing to the edges and joints; a very good copy in a supplied, spine-tanned, moderately edge-chipped dust jacket. As fine an association copy as one could ask for. [#033031] SOLD
Burbank, Lorimar, 1974. Matheson's teleplay based on his short story. This is the second draft, dated April 23, 1974, with revision pages bound in for multiple dates in May and June. Claspbound, and stamped as being from the library of Bram Stoker Award winner Stanley Wiater, and with Wiater's signature on the front cover. Wiater was a friend of Matheson, and co-edited The Richard Matheson Companion, as well as being the editor of Matheson's two-volume Twilight Zone Scripts and his two-volume Collected Stories. Cover chipped at the upper clasp, otherwise near fine. An uncommon teleplay, and a notable association copy. [#033032] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1981). The first of McPhee's books on geology, which eventually led to his winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for Annals of the Former World, which included the text of this book plus four others. The text of Basin and Range book was initially published in The New Yorker, and this copy is inscribed by McPhee to long-time New Yorker fact checker Sara Lippincott: "For Sara Lippincott - I will forever be grateful to you for the amount of yourself you put into this piece of work, and I can think of no better way to describe what you have done than to borrow a phrase from something you said in November: ' mean, when it moves, it doesn't rattle.' Yes, that's it - not to mention the pleasure of the daily dialogue. Thank you, Sara./ John." In 2009, McPhee wrote a piece for The New Yorker about Lippincott and the magazine's fact checkers, titled, "Checkpoints: Fact-checkers do it a tick at a time." On page 51 of this book, Lippincott is apparently still at work: a check mark appears in the margin. A near fine copy in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket with one small chip and another edge tear. In addition to the inscription, signed in full by McPhee on the title page. [#033053] SOLD
(Brooklyn), (McSweeney's), 1998. The first volume of Dave Eggers' literary journal, which reportedly included only materials that had already been rejected by other publications. This copy is signed by Eggers ("Thank you/ D.E."), David Foster Wallace (on the dedication page), Rick Moody, Neal Pollack, Sarah Vowell, Arthur Bradford, and Todd Pruzan. McSweeney's went on to be one of the most influential publishing companies of the first decade of the 21st century: in addition to publishing the journal McSweeney's, with its innovative formats and content, it became a book publisher, introducing new writers and publishing new work by a number of already well-regarded writers. Light use; near fine in wrappers. Extremely scarce signed by all these writers. [#032944] SOLD
(Brooklyn), (McSweeney's), (1999). The third issue of the journal, which deliberately set out to flout the conventions of traditional literary journals, among its other pursuits. This issue includes a long essay on the copyright page, a short short story on the spine by David Foster Wallace, three fold-out illustrations to the printed pieces, and other divergences from literary and journalistic norms. This copy is signed by Eggers, David Foster Wallace (on the spine), Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Sarah Vowell, Judy Budnitz, Arthur Bradford, Colleen Werthmann, Paul Collins, Paul Maliszewski, and Lawrence Wechsler. Light use; near fine in wrappers. Again, a rarity with all these signatures, particularly Wallace's; perhaps unique -- at the least we've seen no other such copy. [#032946] SOLD
(Might magazine)
(San Francisco), (Gigantic Publishing), (1994-1997). Eleven of the first 16 issues of Dave Eggers' first foray into periodicals, prior to launching Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. These back issues were sold as a set, from McSweeney's first Brooklyn store, called "Store," with an included serious/humorous fact sheet entitled "Rules for Buyers of These Old Magazines." Among other things, the buyer of a set was instructed to write a check to The Fresh Air Fund, a New York charity that brings low-income urban children to outdoor experiences in the country. This seems to have been the first McSweeney's effort to have its literary publishing venture also serve an activist, socially conscious purpose; later the 826 Valencia and 826NYC literacy efforts extended and amplified this impulse. Issues of Might are uncommon now, and runs of the magazine are extremely scarce. The magazines and the rules are fine; the ziplock bag is tattered. [#032992] SOLD
London, Chatto & Windus, (1994). The first British edition of this collection of stories. Inscribed by the author to a well-known Canadian professor and scholar, and winner of the Hubbell Medal from the American Library Association for distinguished contribution to American literary scholarship. Mild age-toning to pages; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with tiny corner chips and faint foxing on verso. A nice association copy. [#033033] SOLD
(Native American)
Urbana, University of Illinois, (1982). The hardcover issue of this collection of poems by a writer of Choctaw descent. Inscribed by the author in 1986: "For ___ ___, who accepted the challenge and tried to find my first two books! In friendship, Jim Barnes." Additionally signed by Barnes on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with one tiny edge tear. [#033034] SOLD
(Native American)
(Buffalo), (Swift Kick), (1988). Issued as Swift Kick #7/8. An uncommon collection of poetry, with artwork by Peter Jemison, a Seneca artist. This copy is inscribed by Kenny in 1998: "Mike - Sana gifted me with a copy of your book, so I thought this might be [illegible] as a return gift. Thanks/ Maurice Kenny." Very near fine in wrappers. [#033035] SOLD
(Native American)
San Francisco, Taurean Horn Press, 1976. Poetry, prose and artwork by Sanchez, an artist of Laguna Pueblo descent, published as Mini-Taur Series #1, handprinted in multiple colors -- an early publication of this small press that has largely focused on works by women, especially African-American and Native American women. Marginal dampstaining to last leaf/rear cover; otherwise near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033036] SOLD
San Francisco, Auerhahn Society, 1965. An attractively printed and bound limited edition of this collection of essays which includes "Projective Verse" and the title piece, one of his most important essays, among many others. One of 250 copies printed by Andrew Hoyem for the Auerhahn Press. Mild bowing, small foredge bump; near fine, with a supplied acetate dustwrapper in lieu of the original unprinted paper jacket. [#033037] $250
(Physical Fitness/Natural Movement)
Paris, Vuibert at Nony, (1909). The first edition (1909) of this dense, 508 page, illustrated tome by the French naval officer who developed the Natural Method of training that led to the development of the parcours du combatant (military obstacle course). Both the method and the courses fueled the compulsions of a Vietnamese-French orphan turned Paris fire fighter named Raymond Belle, whose legendary physical prowess inspired his son, David Belle, to turn the methods of "parcours" into parkour, which is undergoing a renaissance more than a century after Hebert's insistence that training be fully functional and involve walking, running, jumping, climbing, lifting, throwing, swimming, balance, and techniques for defense and rescue. As best as we can tell, this was Hebert's first book, and it was followed by a series of volumes on the Natural Method. Here presented in original wrappers, foxed at the edges, pages uncut, and for all practical purposes already separated at the spine into five signatures: a possible candidate for rebinding. [#033038] $750
(n.p.), Stringbook Production, (1963). The dialogue continuity script for Pinter's 1963 film adaptation of a 1948 novel by Robin Maugham. The title page lists no screenwriter, but Pinter is named on page 3 ("Screenplay by Harold Pinter") in the credits to appear on screen. A British film, this was Pinter's first collaboration with director Joseph Losey, and it earned Pinter a BAFTA nomination for best screenplay. The screenplay also won the New York Film Critics Award for the best screenplay of the year. 8" x 13", claspbound in pink covers; near fine. [#033039] $250
NY, Henry Holt, (1997). The uncorrected proof copy in plain blue wrappers (not to be confused with the two more common variants of the beige advance reading copy, of which there were reportedly 500 copies each). This is the first issue blue proof, which leaves out the ampersand from "Mason & Dixon" on the title page. With significant textual variations from both the advance reading copy and the printed book, and as such the most significant printed variant of any Pynchon work ever to appear -- the only one to contain a significantly earlier version of the text than that which was finally published in book form. While the textual variations in the advance reading copy were minor, and could easily have been the work of a copy editor, those evident in this proof would have to have involved Pynchon's assent and his rewriting. We have been told that virtually the entire edition of these proofs was destroyed. Small, faint spot on the front cover, otherwise fine in wrappers. [#033040] SOLD
NY, Henry Holt, (1997). The uncorrected proof copy in plain blue wrappers (not to be confused with the two more common variants of the beige advance reading copy, of which there were reportedly 500 copies each). This is the second issue blue proof, with a tipped-in title page that adds the ampersand missing from the "Mason & Dixon" in the first issue. These blue proofs had significant textual variations from both the advance reading copy and the printed book, and as such this is the most significant printed variant of any Pynchon work ever to appear -- the only one to contain a significantly earlier version of the text than that which was finally published in book form. While the textual variations in the beige advance reading copies were minor, and could easily have been the work of a copy editor, those evident in this proof would have to have involved Pynchon's assent and his rewriting. We have been told that virtually the entire edition of these proofs was destroyed. Fine in wrappers. [#033041] $1,500
(n.p.), (n.p.), [c. 1974]. An unauthorized, bootleg compilation of Salinger's previously published but uncollected short stories, in two volumes. This is a later issue, with both volumes perfectbound in illustrated wrappers and without the story "Go See Eddie" in the second volume. Salinger initiated a lawsuit to suppress this publication, which was successful, although the settlement acknowledged the legitimacy, after a certain period of time, of single, used copies of the collection being sold. Small spot to the cover of Volume 1; near fine. [#033043] SOLD
(NY), (Ed Sanders), (1964). A deliberately provocative mimeographed journal, at first emphasizing poetry and later expanding to include other writing, Fuck You was dedicated to free expression, especially defying the taboos around sex and drugs, and advocating free sex and the use of psychedelics long before those were picked up by the more widespread countercultural movements of the late Sixties. Sanders and his collaborators served as a bridge between the Beat generation of the Fifties and the later counterculture -- the latter building on the breakthroughs initiated by the former. Contributors to this issue include Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Norman Mailer, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Paul Blackburn, Carl Solomon, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, Gregory Corso and many others. Stapled sheets. Title page corner-clipped, mild foxing; near fine. [#033044] $500
NY, Fuck You/(Fug Press), (1964). A one-off magazine/anthology which, like Fuck You, was designed to press the limits of free speech, particularly with regard to literary works with sexual content. Contributors include Ed Sanders, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett and others. According to the (specious) colophon, this is one of 400 copies of the trade edition. Stapled sheets. Title page corner clipped; near fine. [#033045] $275
San Francisco, City Lights Books, (1990). Solnit explores the cultural contributions of six California artists from the Beat era: Wallace Berman, Jess, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, and George Herms. Inscribed by Solnit. An early book by Solnit, who writes as a historian, cultural critic, wide-ranging intellectual, and political activist, and has as a result become one of the most highly respected voices of the current era, continually bringing fresh and surprising perspectives to difficult, longstanding questions and issues. Foreword by Bill Berkson. Strip of sunning on the rear cover near the spine, else fine in wrappers. [#033046] $300
NY, Warner Books, (2004). Sixth printing of this satirical compendium by the creators of The Daily Show. Written by Stewart and the staff of The Daily Show, and edited by Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum. Signed by Jon Stewart, Karlin, and Javerbaum, and by contributors Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert -- an impressive array of comedic talent and political commentators. Mild rubbing to pictorial boards, else fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033047] SOLD
(London), Picador, (2004). The first edition of this highly praised memoir of traveling by foot across Afghanistan in 2002, just after the fall of the Taliban. Stewart's book won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and was selected by the New York Times as one of its 10 best books of the year, in all categories. A bestseller when it was reprinted in paperback, the hardcover edition is scarce and the first printing virtually unknown; one suspects that the majority of them went to libraries as they seldom appear on the market. Faint top edge foxing; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033048] SOLD
NY, Random House, 2008. An advance copy in the form of tapebound 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, with publisher's cover art beneath acetate cover. With textual differences between this and the published version. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Advance copies, in any format, are uncommon. Fine. [#033049] SOLD
(Superheroes Archive)
1986-1993. An archive of over 400 items pertaining to the Ninja Turtles, including original manuscripts for comic strips, newspapers, photographs, and artwork. From the collection of Bram Stoker Award winning horror writer Stanley Wiater, who was hired in the early 1990s by Mirage Studios (the studio of TMNT creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman) to write original comic book scripts, published by Archie Comics. Wiater also wrote some of the storyline for the daily newspaper comic strip, illustrated by Dan Berger, that appeared in roughly 450 newspapers. He then authored The Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Treasury: the research and materials from that project are included in this archive. Highlights include: the original typewritten scripts for ten TMNT comic strips; over 50 original daily comic strips; over 200 photographs of models for the characters, action figures, and comic book covers; the manuscript, proposal and notes for the Treasury; correspondence between the series writers and artists; contracts and agreements; proposals for branding campaigns; character guidelines; and storyline development pitches. A more detailed inventory is available on request. [#033054] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 2009. The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author "For ____ - with great pleasure in meeting you after reading your blog! My best wishes, Abraham Verghese 2/11/09," the month of publication. Cutting for Stone was well-received, a bestseller, and made numerous "Best of" lists. The proof is uncommon, not to be confused with the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers. Near fine in wrappers. [#033050] $150
Easthampton, Warwick Press, 2000. A limited edition chapbook printing two poems, one each by Wilbur and Hall, in celebration of a joint reading by the poets in 2000. Copy No. 89 of 140 copies, signed by Wilbur and Hall and also signed by Jack Kelleher, who organized the reading, and by Carol Blinn, the book's designer. The poems are "The Beautiful Horses" by Hall and "Crow's Nests" by Wilbur. Handsewn in wrappers. Fine, with publisher's envelope. [#033051] SOLD
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