E-list # 147

Year-End Clearance

NY, Olympia Press, (1969). Advance review copy of the author's scarce first book, a cross between erotica and the experimental fiction for which he would gain a considerable reputation several years later as one of the mainstays of the Fiction Collective. Near fine in slightly rubbed, price-clipped dust jacket. [#006478] $80
Beverly Hills, Glencoe Press, (1971). A textbook anthology collecting African-American writings from 1760 to the 1970s. Inscribed by Clarence Major, one of the contributors, in the year of publication. Contemporary contributors include Eldridge Cleaver, Nikki Giovanni, LeRoi Jones, Calvin Hernton, and Malcolm X. Near fine in wrappers. [#012895] SOLD
NY, Hill & Wang, (1970). "An anthology of New Black Poetry." This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers and is inscribed by Clarence Major (in pencil): "peace & struggle! always!" Other contributors include Sonia Sanchez, Sam Cornish, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, Al Young, and others. Covers rubbed; near fine. [#012892] SOLD
[NY], Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [1979]. Printing the front cover and spine only, with the title in a pale green that was later changed to yellow. Folded flat; else fine. [#019699] $25
[NY], Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [1979]. A proof copy of the dust jacket (jacket only, no book) for this Malamud novel, printing the front cover and spine only, with the title in a pale green that was later changed to yellow. Together with a copy of the finished jacket, with the yellow lettering, author photo and flap text. Each folded flat, else fine. [#019698] $50
[c.1940's]. 5-3/4" x 4-3/4". A Christmas card from the noted black activist, written long before he converted to Islam and became the most outspoken and militant agitator for black civil rights in the early 1960s. Malcolm X's incendiary rhetoric in the early years of the Civil Rights Movement helped polarize the country around issues of race and also helped open the way for civil and legal reforms on an unprecedented scale. This card has a sleigh scene on the front and a standard Christmas and New Year's greeting inside. Signed in full as "Malcolm Little," with the additional sentiment, in holograph: "I hope you haven't forgotten me." Folded once, apparently to fit into a square envelope (not present). Very slight general wear; still near fine. Autograph material by Malcolm X is extremely scarce, particularly such an early example as this, preceding as it does his notoriety. [#006735] SOLD
NY, Ticknor & Fields, 1991. The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel, which fictionalizes May 24, 1962 and Scott Carpenter's space flight. Faint spotting; else fine in wrappers. [#017880] $20
(NY), The Free Press, (1999). The uncorrected proof copy. A collection of essays, many previously published, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and noted filmmaker. Minor wrinkling to rear cover; near fine in wrappers. [#013726] $20
Washington, D.C., Decatur House Press, (1976). Her first book, published in an edition of 1000 copies in wrappers. Markus later won a Houghton Mifflin Fellowship for her novella Uncle. Light rubbing to glossy silver wrappers; else fine. Signed by the author. [#006482] $25
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1978. Her third book, a novella. Winner of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Fine in a fine dust jacket and inscribed by the author in the month of publication. [#007513] $20
1989. June and July, 1989. Written to an editor at Art & Antiques magazine. In the earlier, electronically transmitted letter, Martin says he is "extremely flattered and impressed with myself that I appear on your 100 collectors list. However, being on the list has caused me nothing but grief and I would prefer to slink back into the lower profile I had 'pre-List'..." The second note: "You're right about HG. That was the first worst mistake I ever made in my life." Martin's film credits include The Jerk, All of Me, Three Amigos, Roxanne, Father of the Bride, and others; he is frequently either the screenwriter or the executive producer as well as the star. Both letters capture, albeit briefly, an articulate and courteous grace, even mid-complaint. Folded; else fine, with envelopes. [#014158] $250
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1978). The first book by the author of Mary Reilly and the The Great Divorce. Near fine in a dust jacket that has some slight overall soiling and a bit of wear to the spine extremities. [#005907] $20
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1988. Uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories. One of the stories is laid in in the form of stapled, photocopied tearsheets. Fine in wrappers, and signed by the author. [#005909] $25
San Francisco, North Point, 1986. The first book by this author whose genius seems to be in portraying not only the external forces that dissolve bonds between people but the internal forces, the acts of will and love and creativity, that can hold them together. Fine in fine dust jacket and signed by the author. [#006487] $20
London, Hamish Hamilton, (1981). The first edition of her first novel. Fine in a mildly spine-faded, price-clipped dust jacket. Inscribed by the author. [#005913] $20
NY, Putnam, (1991). First American edition of the author's first novel. Fine in fine dust jacket and signed by the author. [#011173] $20
NY, Bantam, (1986). The first attempt, it would seem, at making Vietnam war poetry into a mass market item -- the announced first printing for this title being 35,000 copies. Boards slightly bowed; covers slightly mottled; very good in near fine dust jacket creased on the front flap. Inscribed by the author. [#010364] $25
NY, Longmans, Green, 1934. His second book, and only novel, a novel of the American Southwest. The first modern novel by an Indian writer to deal directly with questions of "Indianness," the alienation from culture and self provoked by white men's education, and the futile attempt to become assimilated into the dominant culture. This is a review copy, with slip laid in, and a pencilled note on front flyleaf asking that the book be reviewed. Mild spine-fading; a near fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#003097] $250
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, (1945). His third book, and first since his novel, Sundown, published in 1934. A memoir of growing up in Osage country. Covers soiled and previous owner's pencil inscription; overall about very good, lacking the dust jacket. [#003892] SOLD
Garden City, Doubleday, 1958. Includes "Travelin Man" by Matthiessen -- which was made into an award-winning Luis Bunuel film -- and "The Stone Boy" by Gina Berriault, later made into a powerful movie with Robert Duvall. Spine cocked; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with minor edgewear, particularly at the spine crown. A nice copy. [#015643] $20
NY, Harper & Brothers, (1954). The author's first novel, published just after he returned from Paris, where he helped found the Paris Review. This is the issue in blue cloth and black boards; the priority has not been determined so far. Signed by the author. The front flyleaf bears a small ink price and a penciled editorial comment: "A book by Mary Wheelwright's brother - Not too good, but light and interesting if you know him!" A touch of fading to the cloth at the crown; else fine in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket with light chipping to the extremities and corners and rubbing at the folds. [#014544] $500
NY, Viking, 1961. His fourth book, third novel, a tale of an outcast seaman on a World War II troop ship. Inscribed by Matthiessen to his brother-in-law, Kennett Love. Love's ownership signature on front flyleaf and a couple pencilled notes, apparently in his hand, on the rear pastedown. A near fine copy in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with a couple closed tears at mid-spine. A nice association copy. [#016306] $750
London, Heinemann, (1962). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of his third novel. Signed by the author. Matthiessen was one of the very few authors who has won the National Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. His novel after this one, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, a National Book Award nominee, represented a significant jump from this book in terms of literary accomplishment. The book prior to this, Wildlife in America, started him on the path toward becoming one of our most highly regarded writers of natural history. This short novel, a tale of the sea that is reminiscent of Conrad, dates from an early period in Matthiessen's career and is uncommon even in the U.S. trade edition. This is the only copy of the British proof we have handled. Spine-sunned, else fine in wrappers. [#015912] $750
NY, Viking, (1978). A memoir by Ward, with an essay by Matthiessen, himself one of the "children of Bladensfield." Near fine in an edgeworn dust jacket with internal dampstaining and tape repair, thus only good. [#013284] $25
NY, Knopf, 1995. The uncorrected proof copy of a collection of short fiction that spans his entire writing career -- over 50 years. In addition to his writing career, Maxwell was the fiction editor at The New Yorker for many years. Fine in wrappers. [#018960] $20
NY, Knopf, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel by the author of the bestselling A Year in Provence. Hint of a cover crease; still fine in wrappers. [#010894] $20
London, Faber & Faber, (1986). A personal account of the Khmer Rouge regime's efforts to remake Cambodian society in the aftermath of the Vietnam war, written by a refugee who lost 10 of his 13 family members in the first years after the Khmer Rouge takeover. Introduction by award-winning poet and Far East correspondent, James Fenton. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#010116] $20
(NY), HarperCollins, (1999). The advance reading copy of the first American edition. McCabe has twice been short-listed for the Booker Prize. Fine in wrappers. [#017505] $20
(NY), Dial Press, (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this novel by the Irish author of The Butcher Boy, among others. Fine in wrappers. [#017504] $25
NY, Delacorte, (1971). Illustrated with photographs from various productions. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. [#001709] $35
NY, Truck Press, 1978. Of a total edition of 1026 copies, this is one of only 100 hardcover copies numbered and signed by the author. Illustrated with fold-out photographs of the production of this play, taken by Stewart Brand. Minor dust-soiling to the edges, otherwise a fine copy of this attractive production. [#001721] $50
NY, Knopf, 1971. The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in tall, padbound wrappers. A fragile format; it is unlikely that more than a handful can have survived. [#005326] $475
NY, Harcourt Brace World, (1966). The uncorrected proof copy of his uncommon first book. Title on spine in marker; very good in wrappers. [#006670] $150
NY, Knopf, 1974. The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#005327] $375
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (1994). Her second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Robert Boswell and Diane Johnson. [#011946] $20
(London), Viking, (1996). The uncorrected proof of the first edition of his fourth novel, which received excellent reviews and, as a result, had a 75,000 copy first printing when it was published in the U.S. -- a remarkable number for a literary work. Spine slanted and creased; near fine in wrappers. [#014561] SOLD
[NY], [Farrar, Straus & Giroux], [1980]. A proof dust jacket (jacket only, no book) for this collection of essays on sports such as such as hunting and fishing. Front panel and spine printed only; flaps and back panel blank. Differs from the published version in that the spine here is beige rather than white and the title is outlined in green rather than blue. Folded at the rear spine fold; else fine. [#019700] $25
Dublin, Seafront Press, 1972. One of 300 copies. This copy inscribed by the author to poet John Hollander in 1974. Hollander was twice nominated for the National Book Award, in 1973 and 1974. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#001731] $25
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1989). The uncorrected proof copy. Pink spots along bottom edge; else fine in wrappers. [#011550] SOLD
Greenwich, NY Graphic Society, (1965). A novel for young adults. Reportedly, this was ghostwritten by McMurtry for Ophelia Ray, although there has been some question raised about that. In any case, McMurtry worked on a version of this book before it was published. This is the second issue. Fine in a fine, white dust jacket. [#011553] $80
(Ottawa), (U.S. Information Service), (1965). The text of McNamara's statement, "The Tasks of Defense," before the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 4, 1965, printed together with Rusk's statement, "The Task of Diplomacy," from the day before. Titles and authors' names are underlined in red pencil in a couple of places; otherwise very good in stapled wrappers. An early, official commentary on the war. [#010130] $80
NY, Oxford, 1973. A revised and much-expanded version of his earlier work, Indian Tribes of the United States. Fine in dust jacket. [#003112] $25
(n.p.), (Farrar Straus Giroux), (n.d.)[1968]. Printer's sample pages. One 10-3/4" x 8" sheet, printed on both sides to make four pages, with the text of pp. 99-101 on three of them and the detailed specifications on type and setup on the fourth. Fine. Uncommon production materials for an early McPhee book from the 1960s. [#013294] $80
(NY), Simon & Schuster, (1999). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of autobiographical essays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Elbow Room. Fine in wrappers. [#017530] $25
London, Macmillan, (1969). The first British edition of this African-American author's first book, a collection of stories that defied the mold of late 1960s black writing by refusing to yield to the easy temptation to substitute political diatribe for literary accomplishment and postured anger for real, human feelings. McPherson's second collection, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer Prize and together these two volumes stand as high spots of African-American writing of the postwar era. Fine in a very near fine, mildly dusty, price-clipped dust jacket The U.K. edition of this collection is scarce. [#006508] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of this compendium of pieces on railroads, a number of them written by McPherson, who had originally contracted to write a whole book on the subject, a project which evolved into this one, not altogether to the author's liking, according to his later comments. A small quarto, heavily illustrated, somewhat uncommon now even in the trade edition and scarce in proof form. Fine in wrappers. Published the year before Elbow Room. [#001068] $250
NY, Knopf, 1996. The uncorrected proof copy of her first book. Dampstaining to rear cover; near fine in beige wrappers, an earlier and considerably scarcer state of the book than the more common issue in blue wrappers. [#012372] $20
NY, Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of his book, a narrative in the form of a single long poem. Nick to top edge of pages; still fine in wrappers. [#012906] $20
NY, Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of this narrative in the form of a single long poem. Fine in wrappers. [#012373] $20
NY, Random House, (1970). The author's first novel, inscribed by him in the month after publication to another writer and his wife "with warmest regards -- and acute envy for their current year in southern France." Near fine in near fine dust jacket. [#006510] SOLD
Undated. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". A short note to another writer, noting that he has received his book, is currently reading it, and has tried to find someone to review it and "will do whatever I can to make sure your work is noticed and appreciated." Folded in thirds for mailing; fine. [#012907] $20
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1975). Advance review copy (with Canadian review slip) of his second book, a collection of stories that was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the six best works of fiction published that year. Boards edge-sunned; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#008226] $25
NY, Random House, (1994). The publisher's limited edition of this title, preceded by the Franklin Library edition, but presumably done in much smaller quantities than that edition. One of 500 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#014568] $50
NY, Harry Herschkowitz, 1946. Includes the four-page "Letter from Henry Miller to Stefan Schimanski." Pages acidifying; chipping to corners; extremely fragile, especially along the spine, but good in wrappers, and remarkable for having been preserved this well. [#017210] $50
(Puerto Rico), Carrefour, (1939). Letters between Michael Fraenkel and Henry Miller. This is the trade edition: one of 475 copies. A fine copy in wrappers. A beautiful copy of this book published by one of the most important avant garde presses of the 20th century, which was founded by Fraenkel and American poet Walter Lowenfels, who introduced Fraenkel to Miller. Miller, Fraenkel and Lowenfels formed what has come to be known as the "Triumvirate of Death," because so much of their writing -- and that published by Carrefour -- focused on the theme of the spiritual death of Western Man. [#017158] $300
(Seattle), (A. Wilbur Stevens), 1944. Miller contributes "Day in the Park," a fragment from Air-Conditioned Nightmare. "Sample Copy" stamped on rear cover and written in pencil on front cover; fine in stapled wrappers. [#017208] $50
(Bordeaux), (Tour de Feu), (1955). A French literary magazine; this issue focuses on Miller, with writing (in French) both by him and about him. Miller's early writings, including Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, were published in France decades before they were permitted in the U.S., and he thus received significantly more critical attention in France than in the U.S. until the 1960s. Pages uncut; near fine in wrappers. [#017216] $80
(Milano), (All Insegna del Pesce D'oro), (1962). The first Italian edition of Obscenity and the Law of Reflection, a volume first published in 1945 at the Alicat Book Shop. One of 2000 numbered copies, with 30 pages of photographs not in the original volume. Approximately 3 3/4" x 5". Fine in wrappers, with dust jacket, and wraparound band. [#017195] $50
Waco, Motive, 1946. The second edition, printed the same month as the limited edition. Stapled wrappers, fine, laid into a spine-sunned, else fine dust wrapper. [#017168] $30
Michigan City, Fridtjof-Karla, (1959). The third edition. Fine in wrappers, laid into a fine dust jacket. With the forged signature "Your friend, Henry Miller" that the bibliographer notes has turned up on all copies examined. [#017169] $40
Undated. A color photograph of Eve, Miller's fourth wife. Eve is creating an Oriental mudra with her hands, in front of a mosaic of the same design, which is surrounded by various symbols, some appearing to be Sanskrit. The photo, 4-1/4" x 4-3/4", is fine. Previously mounted into a photography studio folder behind a mat on which Eve's name is written (in Miller's hand?). These elements are present, but detached. [#012923] $350
Buenos Aires, Santiago Rueda, (1960). The first Argentine edition of Tropic of Capricorn. A very good copy in self-wrappers, inexpertly tape-repaired at the hinges and folds. [#017180] $50
(London), Turret Books, (1971). The limited issue of the fourth edition, first British edition. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Miller and Alfred Perles, who provides an epilogue. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with announcement of publication laid in. [#017152] $300
(Paris), (Lecram Servant), [1935]. A small, early volume by Miller, self-published with money he earned from Tropic of Cancer, according to the bibliography. Shifreen & Jackson A10a. "By Henry Miller" penned on the first blank by the author, also according to the bibliographers. Shifreen & Jackson's comment on the first and second editions: "Miller's name is signed in The First Edition but printed in [the] Second." There is no printed author name in this volume. Roughly 15 pages of text by Miller, intent on soliciting 25 francs a week to send Alfred Perles to Ibiza to finish a novel. Slight surface soiling; very near fine in stapled wrappers. Approximately 3-3/4" x 5". Because of its size and fragility, one of Miller's scarcest "A" items. [#017150] $3,500
(Pittsburgh), University of Pittsburgh Press, (1961). A critical work on the meaning of exile to Miller and its effect on him. Inscribed by Baxter to Miller's muse and second wife, June, in the year of publication: "For June/ who deserves a book about her/ with gratitude and much affection. Annette." Laid in is an autograph letter signed by Baxter from the preceding Christmas season, thanking June for a gift, updating her on the progress of the book, and adding "Will let you know when we hear from him [Henry]." The letter is folded in half and lightly edgeworn where it overhangs the book; the book is mildly sunned and spine-creased, with a small nick at the crown and small abrasions; both items about near fine. [#012919] $750
(Paris), (Point du Jour), (1949). Poetry by the French photographer, with an introduction by Miller. One of 2061 numbered copies. Pages uncut; fine in wrappers. [#017215] $150
Paris, France-Edition, (1924). Inscribed by Miller to Emil Schnelluck, one of his oldest friends and one of only a handful who stayed close to Miller through the enormous changes in his life after he met June Mansfield and left his previous existence behind in almost every respect. Schnelluck had been to Europe long before Miller had, and he used to recount to Miller his memories of his visits there, which Miller eagerly soaked up. Now Miller, in Paris for the second time in October, 1930, relays this book to his friend, with a recommendation that it is "fairly easy to read and quite entertaining. Try it!" He also recounts seeing "a peach of a Huysmans yesterday on Blvd Raspail called 'Croquis de Paris.' So much to buy -- so much -- if one only had the dough!" A wonderful inscription to one of his best friends, focused on Paris and books, not to mention poverty -- the important early themes of Miller's literary life. Wrappers are missing and the inscription is on the half-title which is the first page here. Page detached from the rest of the text; extremely brittle, acidifying pages. The condition is fair, and with a risk of deterioration. Miller's underlinings and comments in the text. An excellent personal association. [#012912] $1,000
NY, Viking, 1946. The first American edition of this novel by Giono, a writer whom Miller had come to admire while in France and whom he had long worked to get published in the U.S. Inscribed by Miller to his muse and former wife, June: "For June/ from/ Henry, Lepska & Val/ Xmas 1947." Lepska was Janina Martha Lepska Miller, Henry's third wife, and Val was their two year-old daughter. Henry and June had not been in regular touch for several years at this point, but she had recently contacted him and was destitute. He arranged for a friend to send her some money (he was still broke in the U.S.; his books had sold well in France and he had a substantial amount of money there but no way, under postwar regulations, to get it out of the country). His renewed contact with June, however, sparked his getting back to work on the Rosy Crucifixion, which he saw as his masterpiece-to-be, but which had been languishing. The part he was about to embark on -- dealing with his time with June and Jean Kronski -- was full of painful memories that Miller would have to relive in order to write it. The contact with June -- with whom he maintained contact thereafter -- allowed him to revisit that time and those experiences, and to finally bring to fruition the long-contemplated work. The cloth is heavily and unevenly faded; corners bumped; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. An excellent association copy, representing numerous strands of Miller's life over the prior two decades. [#012914] $1,500
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, (1968). A volume of correspondence between Miller and Gordon, triggered by Miller's having read in manuscript a volume of criticism by Gordon, and objecting to Gordon's interpretations of a number of elements of Miller's work. This copy is inscribed by Gordon to June: "To June, Hope you enjoy this. Best regards. Bill Gordon." Fine in a very good, rubbed and edgeworn dust jacket. [#012921] $350
NY, Crown, (1996). The uncorrected proof copy of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Fine in wrappers. [#004243] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1977. The uncorrected proof copy of the second novel by the author of Edwin Mullhouse and the Pulitzer Prize winner, Martin Dressler. Small crack in wrapper at the lower spine; light overall dust soiling; near fine in tall wrappers. [#008233] $60
On Sale: $30
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1982). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this collection of essays by the Nobel Prize winner. Fine in tall wrappers. [#017905] $50
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a novel. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front cover: "_____ -/ Wise little book to fall/ into such good hands/ From/ Grace." Near fine in tall, padbound wrappers; a scarce and fragile format. [#008235] SOLD
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1974). Her first book, a novel. Warmly inscribed by the author in 1976: "For ____/ a dream in which one/ knows one is dreaming but/ still can't wake up -/ You've been here too?/ Grace/ (A. G. Mojtabai)." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#006518] $80
(Dublin), Dolmen Press, (1978). The trade edition in wrappers of this collection. Signed by the author and inscribed: "The songs of love,/ both sad & gay;/ John Montague." A few spots to cover; near fine in wrappers. [#016345] $150
(Willimantic), Curbstone Press, (1995). Poetry, translated by Victor Perera. The poems express the traditional values of Mayan culture and reveal the Guatemalan government's attempt to destroy the indigenous people. Montejo fled from Guatemala when his brother was killed by soldiers and his own name appeared on a death squad list. Only issued in wrappers. Fine, and signed by the author. [#016761] $20
(Willimantic), Curbstone Press, (1992). The first paperback edition. Mayan stories collected by an author who is half-Mayan and grew up in Jacaltenango, Guatemala, where these stories originated. This collection was called by Joseph Bruchac "easily the best and the most authentic collection encountered from Central American native traditions." Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#016760] SOLD
NY, Grove Press, (2001). The author's second collection of poems. Warmly inscribed by the author to another writer ("her favorite dinner date") in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. [#019701] $50
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Her first book, winner of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Warmly inscribed by the author to "one of the few great men of medicine of the Twentieth Century..." Slight foxing to cloth; near fine in a heavily foxed, very good jacket with a couple of closed edge tears. A Southern novel, compared by the publisher to Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood and Carson McCullers's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Long Walker Percy blurb on rear dust jacket flap. An uncommon book signed or inscribed. [#006526] $80
Boston, Godine, (1979). Her first book, a collection of stories that won an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the half-title, and additionally signed by her in 1991 on the title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket bumped at spine crown. Tim O'Brien and Joyce Carol Oates blurbs, among others. [#006529] $25
Boston, Godine, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a collection of stories that won an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Spine and lower rear panel abraded from label removal; still about near fine in wrappers. Signed by the author. [#006530] $125
NY, Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of this novel by the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved, among others. Published to near-universal praise, with the first printing of the trade edition announced as 400,000 copies. Fine in wrappers. [#011965] $20
NY, Harper & Row, (1986). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers. [#015677] $25
(NY), (Harper & Row), (1971). Long galley sheets of this novel, with copyediting/proofreading marks throughout. Folded once, otherwise fine. Scarce. [#011565] $80
NY, Reynal & Hitchcock, (1946). The author's first book, a collection of poems. This copy is marked "File Copy" on the flyleaf, title page and top page edges. Very good in a fair dust jacket with one long, internally-repaired edge tear. [#004773] $20
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San Francisco, [1966]. In performance at the Avalon Ballroom, with Quicksilver Messenger Service, July 28-30, 1966. Produced by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, this handbill corresponds to the poster in Art of Rock, #FD18, although the colors are different and the writing is clearer than that reproduced in the book. Red and orange on white. 8-1/2" x 11". A half dozen small tape shadows. Near fine. [#009525] $225
Chicago, Harvester-Hall, 1964. The earliest publication we have seen by Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom, among a number of other books, both fiction and nonfiction. Murphy was one of the co-founders of Esalen Institute and a key figure in the human potential movement that grew from it. One of 500 copies. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#009648] $125
[Boston/NY], [Houghton Mifflin], [1997]. Comb-bound photocopied typescript of his first novel, set in Indochina in the 1940s, and based in part on the author's family history. 274 pages, double-spaced and double-sided. No publication information. In yellow cardstock covers with the early title Tian's Music. Fine. [#010156] $40
NY, McGraw-Hill, (1971). Minor mottling to upper boards; near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#015685] $20
NY, Macmillan, (1964). The first American edition of his fifth book of fiction. Small spot to foredge; else fine in a very good, internally tape-repaired and price-clipped dust jacket. An attractive copy of one of his early novels. [#016355] $60
NY, Macmillan, 1963. The first American edition of his first book on the Caribbean, where he was born. This was Naipaul's first book of nonfiction and, for all the critical acclaim that his fiction has received, it is probably as an observer of Western, Eastern and colonial societies, as reflected in his nonfiction and essays, that Naipaul has gained the stature he is accorded as a literate observer and commentator on contemporary social issues. Mild sunning to top edges; else fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with moderate wear at and near both spine extremities. [#011574] $125
(London), Andre Deutsch, (1960). Second printing of the first book by this Trinidadian author of Indian descent, who has come to be regarded as one of the giants of contemporary English literature, and the most astute, if acerbic, Western commentator on Third World issues. Naipaul won the Booker Prize for his collection In a Free State and has won numerous other literary awards over the course of his 40-year writing career. Bookplate of poets Barbara Howes and William Jay Smith front pastedown; foxing to endpages and page edges; pencilled marginal markings; spine slant; very good in a near fine, second impression dust jacket with a vertical fold at the spine. [#018689] $125
NY, Macmillan, 1926. A collection of stories of Indian life and culture, including several that feature a trickster figure--a social outcast whose exploits have a cosmic, other-worldly dimension as well as a practical one. Near fine copy, with the front panel and flap of the original dust jacket laid in. [#003780] $50
Boston, Atlantic/Little Brown, (1954). A novel. One corner bumped; else near fine in a very good, rubbed dust jacket. [#001765] $20
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1972). The uncorrected proof copy of this long poem based on the life and death of a Chilean highwayman in California in the 1850s. Bilingual edition. Near fine in tall wrappers, with a near fine copy of the dust jacket. [#019261] $125
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1969). A review copy of his third book, a collection of stories and a novella, again set in the ghettos of New York City. The title novella won the Transatlantic Review Novella Award and is the story of a baseball player, continuing the author's propensity for using sports as a metaphor for, and a window onto, the problems of the larger society. Inscribed by the author in 1976. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a bit of fading to the spine title. [#012938] $50
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1968. A review copy of his second book which, like his first, is set in the urban ghettos of New York City. Inscribed by the author in 1976. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace wear at the crown, with review slip laid in. [#012937] $80
NY, Dutton, 1970. Folded and gathered sheets of his fourth book and first of nonfiction, a memoir of his political awakening in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which led to an active involvement in the Civil Rights movement and the movement against the war in Vietnam. Inscribed by the author in 1976. Fine, partially stapled into a very good dust jacket. Neugeboren has more recently written more nonfiction, recounting his brother's battle with mental illness and his own experience of open heart surgery: both received extensive critical praise. [#012941] $125
(Greenfield), (Greenfield Review), (1973). Inscribed by the author to poet Richard Eberhart and his wife in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. A nice literary association. [#003632] $225
(Greenfield), (Greenfield Review), (1973). A collection of poems. Slight spine-sunning; else fine in stapled wrappers. Cover illustration by Wendy Rose. An early book by one of the more important Native American poets to come to prominence in the renaissance of American Indian literature that took place in the Seventies. [#002557] SOLD
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