E-list # 161
NY, Simon & Schuster, (2005). The first novel by this acclaimed hardboiled mystery writer, who has upended a traditionally male genre with a series of female protagonists. Signed by the author. Abbott's first book was a nonfiction study of white masculinity in hardboiled fiction and film noir. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a tiny edge tear at the upper front flap fold. [#033600] SOLD
(BARTH, John). KLINGEL, Gilbert
NY, Dodd, Mead, (1951). John Barth's copy of this scarce John Burroughs Medal-winning account of the Chesapeake Bay. Signed by Barth and with his address stamp on the front flyleaf. Laid in is a 1954 typed letter signed from Klingel to Barth, thanking Barth for the letter he had written to Klingel about the book and telling Barth to "Please feel free to use any material in the way of information you wish." Klingel adds a long paragraph weighing the merits of various specific coastal regions against Barth's (here unstated) needs. Barth's first novel, The Floating Opera, was published in 1956 and featured a fictionalized version of The James Adams Floating Theatre, which toured the Chesapeake Bay from 1914 to 1941. One page is flagged with a turned corner; several pages have a bit of extra paper due to a production flaw. Spotting to top stain; a very good copy in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several small edge chips and a strip of dampstaining at the lower rear edge. The letter is folded in sixths and near fine. Apparent source material for Barth's first book, signed, and with the accompanying rare signature of a John Burroughs Medal-winning author. [#033601] SOLD
Taunton, MA, 1803. The handwritten court documents for a paternity/child support case in Massachusetts in 1803, filed on behalf of a girl who (as best as we can tell) would have been 11 years-old at the time of "begetting," against a man of (we believe) 19. Two pages: the first is the complaint made by Attorney [Nicholas] Tillinghast on behalf of Sally White, in part: "Complains Sally White of Taunton aforesaid Singlewoman that at about the last of May or the first of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two, she was begotten with child by Charles Baylies of Dighton is a County Labourer and the same child has since been born alive and is a Bastard, wherefore she prays This Hon. Court to examine this complaint and to adjudge the said Charles to be the reputed father...." The Court's examination of Sarah White, taken under Oath, follows, recording White's answers to five questions: 1. Are you with Child of a Bastard? Yes. 2. Who is the Father of the Child? Charles Baylies of Dighton. 3. Where did he beget you with child? At my father's house. 4. About what time did he beget you with child? About the last of last May, or some time in the beginning of June. 5. Upon the Oath you are about to take, have you any Doubt about Charles Baylies being the Father of the Child. No. The document is then signed by Sally White. Bastardy Law in Massachusetts at the time was designed only to relieve the State of the burden of the child, rather than as an arm of punishment for acts of fornication (or of rape, although age of consent in Massachusetts at the time was 10 years old). If we are correct about the participants, both Baylies and White would marry others: she would bear seven additional children, and die at the age of 32. Two pages, approximately 6" x 8", previously folded together as a docket and labeled with White's name and complaint on the outside. The attorney's statement is edge-torn at two folds; else both papers are near fine. [#033602] $750
Baltimore, Fortkamp, (1989). Inscribed by the author, "for Gabriel." A series of essays on AIDS and the AIDS epidemic by the noted Jesuit priest and social activist. Laid in is the program for a 1990 prayer service -- "An Interfaith Service To Pray For Healing The Wounds Of AIDS" -- at which Berrigan was the speaker. Edge-rubbed; near fine in wrappers. [#033603] SOLD
London, The Fabian Society, 1889. Inscribed by contributor Annie Besant to her son, (Arthur) Digby Besant (twice) in April, 1890. With Digby Besant's ownership signature and bookplate. The volume was edited by George Bernard Shaw. Besant's contribution is titled "Industry Under Socialism." Besant was a socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, and an early supporter of, and speaker for, the Fabian Society. In 1890, the year she gave her son this book, she met Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society; after Blavatsky's death in 1891, Besant became one of the leaders and key figures in the theosophical movement, which eventually split into several factions, and also led to the Anthroposophy movement, when Rudolph Steiner, another leader in the Theosophical Society, broke away from it. Spine and covers darkened, with wear to the joints; a good copy, and a unique family association copy. Books signed by Besant, one of the most prominent female activists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, are uncommon. [#033604] $850
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1922. Posthumously published writings by Burroughs on Emerson and Thoreau, as well as on Darwin, and on death. Preface by Clara Barrus, who was Burroughs' companion, biographer, and literary executor. This copy is signed by Barrus, who has added, "The material which went into this volume was worked on by its author during the last months of his life." Laid in is an illustrated prospectus for Barrus' slide lectures (two) and parlor talks (three) about aspects of Burroughs' life. A single sheet, folded in thirds to make six pages. The prospectus has some small stains, but is otherwise near fine. The book is near fine in a near fine dust jacket with very small edge chips. Both have the ownership signature (in the book, on a bookplate) of Theodore C. Corlis. Corlis and his wife Blanche were both osteopathic physicians outside of Rochester, NY; Barrus herself had, in earlier decades, been an M.D. practicing in upstate NY. Rare signed, and in jacket, and with the prospectus. [#033514] SOLD
(BURROUGHS, John). WHITE, Gilbert
NY, D. Appleton, 1895. First thus. A two-volume edition of White's 1789 classic of natural history, with a new introduction by John Burroughs and with photographs by Clifton Johnson. Signed by Burroughs at the end of his introduction, which runs approximately 15 pages. A penciled note on the first blank reads, "Introduction was signed by Burroughs Dec. 11, 1913./ A.H. Pratt." Pratt traveled to Burroughs' "Slabsides" house for the purpose of capturing the man in "moving pictures." He was later invited to visit Burroughs at his summer home, Woodchuck Lodge. Bookplate (of Franklin S. Terry) on each pastedown. Prelims pulling in the first volume. Top edges gilt. Very good copies. Together with a copy of The Outlook (January 27, 1915) in which Pratt's account of visiting Burroughs appears. Spine crown chipped; good in wrappers. [#033516] SOLD
SIMPSON, Sir George C.
London, Linnean Society, 1940. An offprint from the April, 1940 Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. A 30-page article in which Simpson, who was President of the Royal Meteorological Society, first acknowledges that climate change is the purview of geology rather than meteorology, and then examines three theories for climate change: the redistribution of land and water; changes in the Earth's orbit; and changes in solar radiation. Written right at the cusp of change in the mechanism for global warming, when the build up of greenhouse gases from the Industrial Revolution was just reaching the tipping point where they would become a driving force in climate change, overtaking the previous, seemingly random, fluctuations in global temperatures. Bound in wrappers; small tear at upper spine; edge-sunned; very good. One listing found in OCLC. [#033605] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1989). McKibben's landmark book, the first nonfiction book on the subject of climate change to reach a general audience, and one of the early entries in what could be considered the third epoch of the field of Natural History: if one counts as the first, up through much of the 1800s, the time when naturalists found God in the world; the second being the post-Darwinian era of naturalists finding pleasure in the world; and the third, current era, of naturalists sounding the alarm over our destruction of the world. Signed by McKibben, and oddly scarce thus. McKibben once said that at the time of publication the total number of books written about global warming could fit in a single box. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033523] SOLD
(NY), Bloomsbury, (2006). An early entry in the now ongoing deluge of books on climate change, this book grew out of Kolbert's three-part New Yorker essay on the subject, written at a time when it was still believed that sounding the alarm would lead to action. Signed by the author. Fine but for a turned page corner, in a near fine, mildly toned dust jacket. Advance praise: "Reading Field Notes from a Catastrophe during the 2005 hurricane season is what it must have been like to read Silent Spring forty years ago." Uncommon signed. [#033606] SOLD
Washington DC, National Geographic, (2008). The first American edition and apparently the first hardcover edition. Inscribed by the author. The six main chapters of the book describe the planet as it continues to warm, one degree Celsius per chapter: an act of research by Lynas rather than imagination, where possible. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033607] SOLD
BROWN, Lester R.
NY, Norton, (2008). The advance reading copy of the revised and expanded edition (following Plan B and Plan B 2.0 in 2003 and 2006, respectively). This copy has a sticky note tipped in on which Brown has inscribed the book to Peter [Matthiessen] in 2007, prior to publication: "Hi Peter/ Thought you might like an advance copy/ Cheers/ Les Brown." With Peter Matthiessen's underlinings and notations in the preface and the first chapter. By this time, Matthiessen himself had been publicizing climate change for a half century: his book Wildlife in America was published in 1959. Well-worn, with dampstained upper corners. A good copy in wrappers. [#032459] $115
NY, Henry Holt/Times Books, (2010). Twenty years after the warnings in his book The End of Nature went unheeded, McKibben writes about our current best responses to the ensuing tragedy. Inscribed by McKibben to a fellow activist: "For _______, We need your help at 350.org!/ Bill." 350.org is the organization founded by McKibben with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350ppm. With the recipient's ownership signature dated in the month of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Rebecca Solnit, Barbara Kingsolver, Alan Weisman, Tim Flannery, and James E. Hansen. The spelling of the title (the extra "a" in Earth) is meant to reflect a small yet fundamental change in the planet. [#033608] SOLD
NY, Simon & Schuster, (2015). Written ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Rivlin's book does not push the link between climate change and hurricanes, but does describe a possible future by way of examining the recent past: Katrina was just a part of the record-breaking hurricane season of 2005. Signed by the author. Additional, partial, gift inscription on the front flyleaf; minor corner taps. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small ink mark on the front panel. Uncommon signed. [#033609] SOLD
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, (2016). Inscribed by the author in the year of publication. The Indian novelist explores our failure to act on climate change as being primarily a failure of imagination: Ghosh posits that fiction is the medium best suited for comprehending the scale and violence of climate change, before ultimately grappling with the subject as a society. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033610] SOLD
(NY), Berkley, (1962). Ballard's first book, a paperback original published in the U.S. prior to its publication anywhere else, that Ballard later omitted from lists of his works, calling it "a piece of hackwork." Signed by the author. Cover copy: "London and New York reduced to rubble as nature goes mad..." Opening line: "The dust came first." One of the founding texts of the genre of contemporary climate fiction, written at a time when the theme still felt somewhat safely speculative. Ballard became one of the most respected novelists to begin publishing in the 1960s, bridging the gap between the Beats and counterculture and the science fiction genre, and then later winning the Booker Prize -- the U.K.'s most prestigious literary prize -- for his autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun. Mild, even toning to pages; trace rubbing to edges; near fine. A landmark book, and extremely uncommon signed. [#033611] SOLD
London, Gollancz, 1962. The uncorrected proof copy of Ballard's second book, which he later called his "first novel" after disavowing The Wind From Nowhere as "a piece of hackwork." Signed on the title page by Ballard. In this novel, global warming has rendered most of Earth uninhabitable, making The Drowned World not only one of the great works of dystopian fiction, but one of the earliest works of climate fiction. Tapebound, in unprinted wrappers; spine slant to text block; near fine in a near fine, mildly spine- and edge-tanned proof dust jacket with a "0/0" price on the front flap. Scarce: we have never seen another proof copy of this, nor any earlier Ballard proof (i.e., of The Wind From Nowhere), and can find no indication of institutional holdings in OCLC, nor any auction records for a proof copy. A rare, perhaps at this point, unique, state of a seminal novel in a genre that is only now melding into the field of mainstream literature, outside of the genre of speculative science fiction. [#033324] $7,500
NY, Four Walls Eight Windows, (1993). The advance reading copy of this 1993 novel set in 2024-2027 amid a landscape of global warming and social inequality. Fellow writer Paul Di Filippo's ownership label on half title. Di Filippo reviewed the book for Asimov's Science Fiction. Butler, as a black woman writing science fiction that included some of the most highly praised novels of their era, was instrumental in opening the genre to perspectives that had been largely excluded previously. Corner crease front cover; near fine in wrappers. Advance copies of this novel are extremely uncommon. [#033612] SOLD
SMITH, Michael Farris
NY, Simon & Schuster, (2013). Two volumes: both a first edition, inscribed by the author and the advance reading copy of this novel that posits an unending series of major hurricanes resulting in the southern portion of the U.S., along the Gulf of Mexico, being abandoned by the U.S. government. The Category 5 hurricanes that hit the Caribbean in close succession in 2017 gave this fictional premise a reality that its author probably never conceived during the writing of this novel. The advance copy is very near fine in wrappers; the book and jacket have a tiny tear at the spine crown, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Both volumes carry advance praise from James Lee Burke. [#033613] SOLD
NY, Grove, (2017). Two volumes: both the advance reading copy of the first U.S. edition and the first U.S. edition, each with its own review material laid in (both of which include a copy of Hunter's article on climate fiction written for the Times Literary Supplement). A woman gives birth and days later is forced to leave her home when London is submerged by flood waters: Hunter "traces the remarkably thin line that can separate a citizen from a refugee," asking, "when the worst happens, what is left? How does life go on?" This is the title's "the end we start from." The book is fine in a fine dust jacket; the review material folded and laid in. The advance copy, which has a different cover illustration, is fine in wrappers; the review material is edge-creased. Advance copies with substantive promotional material are both uncommon and, we think, bibliographically significant. [#033614] SOLD
ROBINSON, Kim Stanley
(NY), Orbit, (2017). The advance reading copy of this novel in which rising sea levels have made New York the new Venice. Signed by Robinson on October 28, 2016, five months prior to publication. Climate fiction had once been consigned to the science fiction genre; recently it has begun to be an element of mainstream fiction. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon in this advance issue, especially signed and at such an early date. [#033615] SOLD
NY, Berkley Prime Crime, (1996). The second of the author's well-received mysteries set in the contemporary West among the Arapaho Indians, and featuring Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley, a Jesuit priest at a mission on the reservation. Signed by the author in the month of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a Ghost Walker bookmark laid in. [#033616] $65
NY, (Pynson), 1936. New Series, Volume 1, No. 3. A near fine copy in a preserved, if darkened, glassine dustwrapper. [#033617] $75
WIATER, Stanley and BISSETTE, Stephen R.
(Grass Valley), Underwood, (1997). "Conversations with the creators of the new comics," i.e. interviews with them by Wiater and Bissette. Wiater is a three-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, and this is one of the first attempts to put the "new comics" in historical context. This is the deluxe limited edition, one of 750 copies, and is signed by Wiater and by Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Dave McKean and Dave Sim. Other interviewees include Denis Kitchen, Harvey Pekar, Rick Veitch, Frank Miller, Howard Cruse, Colleen Doran, and many others. Samples of their comic art accompany each of the interviews. From the library of Stanley Wiater; letter of provenance available. Fine in a near fine slipcase. [#033618] SOLD
London, Allen & Unwin, (1942). Sir Huxley's treatise on evolutionary biology, published to reverse the "eclipse of Darwinism" that had taken hold in the early 20th century as multiple theories competed for dominance against natural selection. Published to wartime standards, this is a near fine copy in a near fine, spine-darkened dust jacket. A remarkably well-preserved example of this title. [#033619] SOLD
London, British Museum of Natural History, 1968. Vol. 3, No. 6 of the Bulletin of the British Museum's Historical Series, printing the notes and summary that Darwin recorded while observing the flight routes of male humble bees, with his children, between 1854 and 1861. The summary was discovered, translated into German, and published in 1886; later published in English in 1965 (according to the introduction to this piece, by R.B. Freeman). This seems to be the first published version of Darwin's notes. Signed by Richard Freeman on the front cover, with the notation: "Part of this is a Darwin 'first' so you may like to have it/ I have sent one to Down House." Down House is the former home of Charles Darwin and his family. Very mild discoloration to covers; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033620] SOLD
NY, Harper & Row, (1977). A small book of poetic meditations on the problem of pain and on how a just God would allow "natural evil" to occur in the world. This copy is inscribed by Dillard to the writer Richard Adams, author of Watership Down and his wife in the year of publication: "For Richard and Elizabeth Adams, with very best and warmest of fond wishes/ Annie Dillard/ Bellingham Washington/ Nov. 21, 1977." Adams had written the introduction to the British edition of Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in 1975, and a copy of that edition is included here. Offsetting to the boards from the dust jacket, mild foredge foxing; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033621] SOLD
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
NY, Scribner, 1922. Later printing of his first book, an autobiographical novel of youthful ideals and disillusion that helped define the jazz age and perfectly captured the tenor of postwar America, becoming both a critical success and a huge bestseller, going through fourteen printings in the first two years. This is the 14th printing, one of 970 copies: the first printing, in 1920, was only 3000 copies. Modest wear and handling apparent to boards; slight spine lean; a very good copy, lacking the rare dust jacket. [#033622] $125
London, Jonathan Cape, (1956). His fourth James Bond novel. Shallow dampstaining evident on lower boards; near fine in a very good dust jacket with minor rubbing to the edges and the folds and a small architectural drawing on the verso. In a custom, quarter leather clamshell case. [#033623] $2,500
London, Jonathan Cape, (1965). His final novel, completed by Kingsley Amis, and published after Fleming's death. Second issue, as usual, without the gun on the front board. Owner name stamp on front pastedown; faint dampstain to lower foredge and lower boards; very good in a very good dust jacket with dampstaining predominantly evident on verso. [#033624] $450
(n.p.), (n.p.), [ca.1962]. Two pages (both sides of one sheet) of handwritten notes by Ginsberg that begin: "Stotras to Kali....form of this poem is modelled on Sanskrit 'Hymns to the Goddess' translated by Arthur Avalon...." References to Indian Journals (where "Notes to Stotras for Kali" appeared) and to p. 26 in the proofs. An additional half dozen or more attempts to express something in French (most crossed out, but still legible). Folded in fourths; near fine. A glimpse of Ginsberg's process, and the range of his influences. [#033625] SOLD
(NY), Warner Books, (1999). The spiritual journey of a scientist. This copy is inscribed by Goodall to fellow scientist Oliver Sacks, "with great respect. Together we can make the world a better place for ALL." Sacks is mentioned in Goodall's introduction to this book: she had written to him about her lifelong struggle with face blindness (prosopagnosia) and she wanted to know if he had heard of the condition -- only to find out that Sacks himself had the same condition. A few page corners softly turned, else fine in a fine dust jacket with a small "See it on PBS" sticker on the front cover. [#033626] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (2000). Second printing of this autobiography in letters, this being "the early years," through 1966. Inscribed by Goodall to Oliver Sacks: "For Oliver - With great respect and admiration to one who has unlocked so many of the deep secrets & mysteries of the human mind with so much passion and so much compassion. With love/ Jane." Sacks shared with Goodall the condition of prosopagnosia, or face blindness, a condition that made it difficult for Goodall to recognize the many people she met in her worldwide travels. (It also made it harder for her to recognize the chimpanzees that she studied.) Fine in a fine dust jacket, with the business card of Goodall's executive assistant at the Goodall Institute laid in. [#033627] SOLD
(NY), Warner Books, (2005). Published before Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma or Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals or the Hartwigs' It Starts With Food, Goodall's book makes the case for mindful, and ethical, farming and eating. This copy is inscribed by Goodall, on a janegoodall.org bookplate, to Oliver Sacks: "For Oliver/ We must change this. With love/ Jane." Age toned pages, crown tapped; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033628] SOLD
[Havana], (INRA/MINFAR), . The manual of guerrilla warfare, written in the aftermath of the successful Cuban revolution, by Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the second in command to Fidel Castro during the revolution and a key figure afterward both in Cuba and around the world, as a symbol of revolutionary fervor. Inscribed by the author to what appears to be Karel or Karol Zachar; we have not identified the individual, but the name is a Czech name and Guevara had traveled to Czechoslovakia and other Eastern bloc countries at the end of 1960 to establish economic ties between Cuba and the Communist countries of eastern Europe, and one reasonable guess would be that he gifted a copy of his book when it was published to one of the people he met on that trip, or perhaps on his second trip, in 1966. Scattered spotting to rear cover and spine crown; near fine in wrappers -- an exceptionally nice copy of this cheaply produced book, usually found in quite worn condition. Very scarce signed or inscribed. In (stained) custom clamshell case. [#033629] SOLD
HASKELL, David George
(NY), Viking, (2012). Haskell observes a square meter in Tennessee over the course of a year. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Lightly bumped, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny crown nick. Haskell's 2017 book The Songs of Trees won the John Burroughs Medal. [#033630] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1989). Selected prose, 1978-1987. Signed by Heaney in May, 1990, and with the ownership signature of James Tate. Foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a fine dust jacket. A nice association. [#033631] SOLD
MY, Norton, (1980). A review copy of the hardcover issue. With the ownership signature of James Tate. Fine in a fine dust jacket with review slip and author photo laid in. [#033632] $125
(MUIR, John). WADE, Mary H.
Boston, Little Brown, 1916. Profiles of seven immigrants and their contributions to America. John Muir leads the book off; additional chapters on Jacob Riis, Mary Antin, Edward Alfred Steiner, Carl Schurz, Nathan Straus, and Joseph Pulitzer. Owner name on front flyleaf, and a few notations in the chapter on Steiner; mild edge foxing; a near fine copy, without dust jacket. The cover illustration shows three children on board a ship, pointing to the Statue of Liberty as they arrive in New York harbor, an uplifting image and a sharp contrast to the present-day characterization of immigration and immigrants to the U.S. [#033633] $45
NY, George H. Doran, (1920). A book on immigration, economics, and race relations by a woman who was known for her work on immigration, women's rights, and prison reform. By the time this book was published, Kellor, who had her law degree, had been secretary and treasurer of the New York State Immigration Commission; chief investigator for the Bureau of Industries and Immigration of New York State; managing director of the North American Civic League for Immigrants; and director of the National Americanization Committee. This copy is inscribed by Kellor to Joseph Mayper, "with appreciation and gratitude for many years [?] of cooperation with work for the unforsaken [?] and for the pleasure of a happy association together." Mayper was the editor for Kellor's Immigrants in America Review. Spine-dulled, slight wear to corners, would be near fine but for the clean separation of the text block from the boards, thus only a fair copy, but an excellent association copy and a scarce signature. [#033634] SOLD
Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1967). Inscribed by Justice to James Tate: "This copy is for JIM TATE who has honed his own edge/ Don Justice/ March 1967." Tate's first book, The Lost Pilot was published the same year in the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series. One change made to the text on p. 21, apparently in Justice's hand. Near fine in a very good, rubbed, and internally foxed dust jacket. An excellent association. [#033635] SOLD
Bronxville, Sarah Lawrence College, 1943. Two poems by Kizer, "So Speak" and ""I Dreamed I Was Saint Augustine," in this publication by the English Department of Sarah Lawrence College, designated as being "For Classroom Use." Kizer would have been a 17 year-old sophomore at the time: three months later she would have a poem ("When You Are Distant") published in The New Yorker. Her first book was not published until 16 years later. Modest spotting and sunning; very good in stapled wrappers. Uncommon. [#033636] SOLD
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1974). The author's own copy of this book of cultural and literary criticism. Signed by Krim prior to publication, with a Village Voice ad tipped in, beneath a quotation from Sir Kenneth Clark that is handwritten by Krim, and with more than two dozen pages marked by Krim with changes or corrections, beginning with a re-ordering of the pieces in the Table of Contents. Krim was one of the preeminent essayists of his time, writing about the Beats, the New York cultural scene in the 1950s, the counterculture, and more. This volume has blurbs or review excerpts by James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, William Styron, John Clellon Homes, Dan Wakefield, and others. Laid in is an obituary for Big Joe Turner, who is featured in a chapter in the book. Handled: a good copy in a good dust jacket. Unique. [#033637] SOLD
(Dayton), McCall's, 1961. Lee, writing the year she won the Pulitzer Prize for To Kill a Mockingbird, tells the story of the act of love from two friends [Michael and Joy Brown] that had given her the freedom to quit her job working for an airline in New York City and to write for one year -- or, as she puts it, "a full, fair chance at a new life." Wear to the spine and edges of the covers; very good. Other than her famous first novel, Harper Lee's appearances in print over the years have been few and far between. [#033638] SOLD
NY, Holt Rinehart, (1984). A novel by the African-American writer and photographer, a former civil rights activist in the 1960s. Inscribed by Lester to poet James Tate: "To Jim - Fellow worker in the vineyard. Love, Julius." From the estate of James Tate. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033639] SOLD
NY, Harcourt Brace, (1984). The first book by the author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, among others. Inscribed by the author to his father: "For Dad -- who managed to raise a bunch of smart-ass babyheads into pretty nice humans -- Good work & much love, Jonathan." (Lethem's parents were divorced; his mother died when he was just 13.) Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033640] SOLD
MACFARLANE, Robert and MORRIS, Jackie
UK, Penguin/Random House, (2017). In 2007, the Oxford Junior Dictionary removed more than 100 words having to do with the natural world to make way for "celebrity," "broadband," "database," "blog," and the like. Gone were the dandelions, otters, leopards, tulips, violets, acorns, ferns, larks, willows, etc. Macfarlane and Morris brought some of the words back in this beautiful and evocative book. Signed by Macfarlane. A cultural critique masquerading as a children's book. Large hardcover, issued without dust jacket. Fine. Uncommon signed. [#033641] SOLD
NY, Scribner's, (1957). Warmly inscribed by the author, in French, to Doris Dana, "To our very dear friend Doris with our most tender wishes," in 1958. In addition to being Maritain's close friend, Dana was a friend of Thomas Merton, and the friend and editor of Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Offsetting to endpages and dampstaining to foredge and covers; a fair copy in a fair, dampstained dust jacket now adhered to the book. [#033642] $175
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset and SCHWABE, Randolph
Garden City, Doubleday Doran, 1936. The American limited edition of Maugham's classic, illustrated by Randolph Schwabe. Copy No. 234 of 751 copies, signed by both Maugham and Schwabe. Spine darkened, and overall tanning to the cloth; very good, lacking the original slipcase. [#033643] SOLD
MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent
NY, Harper & Brothers, (1937). A limited edition of this narrative poem by Millay, in the form of a play, reconstructed by the author after the original manuscript burned in a hotel fire. This is Copy No. 303 of an edition of 615, and it is signed by the author. Trace foxing to the board edges and spine cloth; a very good copy in a very good, edge-sunned slipcase with a 2" crack along an upper joint. [#033644] SOLD
1958. An autograph letter signed from Miller to editor and publisher Pascal (Pat) Covici, regarding R.K. Narayan's book The Guide. A full page, plus one margin, of Miller's writing in pencil, praising Narayan's book and asking about others. Two passages are bracketed in red, presumably by Covici, and marked "excerpt." In the second of these, Miller writes, "I was amazed that a man of his world could exhibit such a modern technique. To boot, he's a born story teller. With a fine sense of the tragi-comic." Dated in Big Sur, 6/13/58. Another hand has added, "File H. Miller." Browned, else fine. Good literary content. [#033645] $500
(n.p.), [Nike], . A privately printed volume to accompany a 2005 traveling exhibition at which Nike screened the documentary "Ginga: The Soul of Brasilian Football," assembled by and featuring the artwork of Os Gemeos, twin brother street artists from Brazil -- aka Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. Color book of drawings and photographs, with many color pages left blank for additional art or text, in a sewn binding. Fine, housed in a fine slipcase with cut-out windows. Very uncommon: apparently the book was never formally published or distributed, outside of the traveling exhibition; we could locate no citation for it in OCLC. [#033646] SOLD
Denver, Self-Published, 1903. A self-published volume on the history and the qualities of the Navajo and of Navajo weaving, well-illustrated with black and white and color plates of blankets from the author's collection. This copy is inscribed by the author, Uriah Hollister, to his brother, Warren Hollister, in Denver, in the year of publication. Laid in is a postcard announcement on a talk to be given by the author at the Colorado Academy of Science on the subject, "Navajo Blankets, Their History and Symbolism," as well as a small square sample of "old bayeta," a square of Navajo weaving, in an envelope labeled as such, with the added notation "See Page 103," signed by Fanny Hollister Moore. Some general foxing throughout, with uneven wear to the cloth covers. One color plate loose, and some soiling and wear to covers; overall a good copy, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033647] $250
NY, Harper & Row, (1979). The second novel by the acclaimed poet and novelist, who was one of the key figures in the first wave of what has been called the Native American Renaissance. Inscribed by Welch to award-winning poet James Tate and his wife: "For Jim and Lisa/ Here's a scary one for you, Love, Jim." Foxing to the edge of the text block, handled; about near fine in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket. A good association between two of the most highly regarded writers of their era. From the estate of James Tate. [#033648] $250
KEARTON, Richard and Cherry
London, Cassell and Company, 1897. "Being the adventures and observations of a field naturalist and an animal photographer." Text by Richard Kearton; 180 photographs by Cherry Kearton. Inscribed by Richard Kearton, and further signed by Cherry Kearton, in the year of publication, to J. Farlow Wilson, Esq., who was the manager of the Cassell and Company publishing house. The Kearton brothers collaborated on numerous volumes of natural history, and Cherry Kearton was a pioneer of photographing wildlife in their natural habitats, including being credited with taking the first photograph of a birds' nest with eggs, in 1892. This volume recounts their travels around England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and also goes into some detail about their methods: the gilt cover illustration shows Cherry rappelling off a cliff carrying a large camera and tripod on his back, as seagulls fly below him. Top edge gilt; spine- and edge-sunned; foxing to endpages and prelims; a very good copy. By all appearances, the first edition of this title is very scarce: it is often cited as an 1898 publication, even though the date on the title page is 1897 and this copy is inscribed in 1897. A landmark volume in natural history and wildlife photography, and a fine association copy, being inscribed to the publisher. [#033519] $1,000
Garden City, Doubleday Doran, 1928. Inscribed by the author at Christmas in the year of publication: "To Somebody the Kewpies love/ from all the band, including Dr. Goldwater and Rose O'Neill." Creator of the Kewpie comic strip, and the inventor of the Kewpie doll, O'Neill was also the first published female cartoonist in the U.S. and active in the women's suffrage movement. Small (original) price stamp rear flyleaf, slight play in text block, and light crown wear; a very good copy in a good, edge-chipped dust jacket with some tearing at mid-spine. With a letter of provenance from a descendant of Dr. Goldwater. Uncommon signed and in dust jacket. [#033649] $1,500
ONDAATJE, Michael; SCHANILEC, Gaylord; SEE, Anik
(n.p.), Midnight Paper Sales/Fox Run Press, 2004. An excerpt from Ondaatje's novel Anil's Ghost, printed in an edition of 200 copies as a benefit for Sri Lankan tsunami victims. "Arranged" by Ondaatje, Schanilec and See from Ondaatje's text and an image inspired by a drawing by Anicka Schanilec. Signed by Ondaatje, Schanilec, and See. One sheet folded to make four pages. 7" x 3-1/2". Fine. An elegant and uncommon item. [#033524] $300
NY, St. Martin's Minotaur, (2006). The first American edition of the author's first book, and the first novel in her highly regarded mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in the tiny village of Three Pines, in Quebec. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033650] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2008). A novel that follows a parallel story to the one in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gilead: the events are from the same place and time but from another character's perspective. Signed by Robinson. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033651] $75
Norfolk, Crippen & Landru, 1998. The limited edition. Copy No. 20 of 250 copies signed by the author and with a typescript page from one of the stories tipped to the rear pastedown. This copy has page 22 of "Anna Said," which has marked differences from the published version. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a tiny scrape to the rear panel. [#033652] $100
Brighton, Unicorn, 1967. Translation of an Aztec myth/song, rendered into Spanish verse in the 16th century and then adapted into Spanish prose, from which this translation was done. Of a total edition of 426 copies, this is Letter X of 26 lettered copies, signed by Rothenberg and by Tony Bennett, who designed the cover. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033535] $175
St. Louis, MO, Singing Bone Press, 1975. A journal within a small, 4" x 3" x 1" matchbox style box. Contents include a vertical accordion-folded book, several cards with illustrations, a folding map of the Five Nations, two seeds, some fur and a stalk/ribbon. Rothenberg spent two years living on a Seneca reservation in the 1970s. An uncommon, fragile, ephemeral work. Near fine. [#033544] $350
CHURCH, Francis P.
(various), (various), (1956, 1968). In 1897, eight year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, asking, in part, "Papa says, 'If you see it in The Sun it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" The reply of Editor Francis P. Church read, in small part, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias...." Church's response became the most reprinted English language newspaper editorial in history. When Virginia O'Hanlon died, in 1971, friends formed a press to publish the editorial and its back story as a children's book; in 1974, the book became an Emmy Award-winning animated television special; and, in 2009, it became a CGI animated television special entitled simply, "Yes Virginia." The items offered here all predate the story's book and animation fame, and include the typescript of a 1956 television appearance by O'Hanlon, a Sun broadside of the editorial, and Two Christmas Classics, which is likely the editorial's first appearance in book form, in 1968. The lot is as follows: 1. The 3-page typescript of a 1956 segment of the television show The Children's Hour, hosted by Ed Herlihy, with guest appearances in this episode by Santa Claus and by Virginia O'Hanlon, who would have been in her late 60s. In it, Santa asks Herlihy if there really is a Virginia, and Herlihy introduces "Dr. Laura Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas," using her married name (kept after her divorce), acknowledging her doctorate (from her career as an educator), and revealing that "Virginia" was actually her middle name. Herlihy then recounts the story of the editorial, and O'Hanlon is given unscripted time to talk about events since, followed by her own reading of Francis P. Church's famous response to her younger self. These pages are stapled to: 2. An undated New York World Telegram/The Sun broadside of the full editorial, entitled "Is There a Santa Claus?," and adding a paragraph at the bottom on "How Editorial Happened to Be Written." 3. A cover letter is included, written on New York World Telegram letterhead and dated October 21, 1956, from a former employee of the paper to "Miss Clements" (Alice Clements, producer of The Children's Hour), saying that he is acquainted with O'Hanlon and feels he can convince her to appear on the show, adding, "Each and every year during the month of December I was shocked by the nation-wide demand for reprints of the Virginia O'Hanlon story." These three items are folded in half, and the corner staple is rusted; they are otherwise near fine. 4. Together with the chapbook Two Christmas Classics, issued by Columbia University Press, ca. 1968, and printing both Church's editorial and Clement Clarke Moore's A Visit from Saint Nicholas ("Twas the night before Christmas") as a holiday keepsake, as both Church and Moore were graduates of Columbia College. (Coincidentally, O'Hanlon received her Masters Degree from Columbia.) The chapbook also prints brief, anonymous, introductions to each. Approximately 4-3/4" x 6-1/2", edge-sunning to the front cover; near fine in stapled wrappers, with a holiday greeting laid in that is signed by Carl B. Hansen, of Columbia University Press. A relatively early grouping of items in the enduring legacy of one child's curiosity and Church's timeless response embodying the meaning of Christmas. [#032276] $2,000
NY, Various, (1958-1967). The first four books by Southern -- creator of Dr. Strangelove and screenwriter of Easy Rider -- each inscribed by him to his friend, the bandleader, composer, and musician Artie Shaw. Flash and Filigree (NY: Coward McCann, 1958; the scarce first issue) is inscribed "To Artie and Casey with love and all best wishes/ Terry S." Laid in is an autograph note signed to Artie from Terry. The Magic Christian (NY: Random House, 1960) is inscribed "To Artie and Casey with love and best wishes for much happiness. Terry." Candy (NY: Putnam, 1964 -- first thus, and first hardcover edition) is inscribed "To Artie and Case, with love and kisses (your so-called 'soul' or 'french' kiss, natch!) / Terry." Red Dirt Marijuana (NY: New American Library, 1967) is inscribed: "To Art/ with all best, Terry." The books are near fine or better in near fine or better dust jackets; each with its own, matching, custom clamshell case. [#033653] $12,500
Amherst, Shanachie Press, 1980. A limited edition of a poem by Tate which first appeared in The New American Poetry Review. Of a total intended edition of 135 copies, this is Copy "F" of ten lettered copies reserved for the author and the artist, Stephen Riley, and signed by both of them. With etchings and engravings by Riley, each of these lettered and signed by the artist. Riley was a promising artist in the 1970s known for his fantasy illustrations, here accompanying Tate's surrealist poetry. Reportedly, most of the intended edition was never printed, and it's possible that only the 10 author's and artist's copies and 25 Roman-numeraled copies were actually produced. Loose sheets, 11-1/4" x 15", fine, laid into a near fine slipcase. An attractive fine press production, and one of the rarest pieces by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning poet. [#033654] $2,500
(THOMPSON, Hunter S.)
(n.p.), The People Who Bring You Rolling Stone, ca. 1972. A publication by the staff of Rolling Stone, possibly the only issue. Twelve pages total, with one page, "The Sports Desk," by Hunter Thompson, under various monikers, in which he writes and responds to himself acerbically. Inscription across the front cover, to Rusty Rhodes, from Lila: Rusty seems to have won the Giggle Award for the month; Lila is presumably Lila Hughes, who appears to have been the receptionist at Rolling Stone; at least her desk is positioned by the entry, as shown on a floor plan of the office. An irreverent publication -- partly a spoof and partly defining the corporate culture, from the days when the magazine and its book publishing arm, Straight Arrow Books, were small startups in a nondescript San Francisco office. OCLC shows no sign of any institutions holding copies. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#033655] SOLD
(THOREAU, Henry David). HARDING, Walter
(Albany), State University of New York Press, (1964). The dedication copy of this collection of papers delivered in New York City on May 5 and 6, 1962, under the sponsorship of the Thoreau Society and under the leadership of Professor Lewis Leary of Columbia University, then President of the Thoreau Society. Edited and introduced by Walter Harding, and inscribed by Harding to Leary, to whom the book is dedicated. Ten contributions mark the 100th anniversary of Thoreau's death on May 6, 1862. Foxing to page edges and endpages; near fine in a near fine, but foxed dust jacket. [#033656] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1971-1990. A collection of eleven of Updike's limited editions issued by his trade publisher, Knopf. Most had a limitation of only 350 copies, and each one is signed by Updike. As follows:
- Rabbit Redux, 1971. Copy No. 337. Fine in an acetate dustwrapper and fine slipcase. National Book Award nominee; the first of the "Rabbit" books to be issued in a signed, limited format; the second of Updike's novels to be issued in this format.
- Picked-Up Pieces, 1975. Copy No. 36 of 250. Essays and nonfiction. Near fine in a fine dust jacket and near fine slipcase. Smallest limitation of any Knopf title.
- Marry Me, 1976. Copy No. 216 of 300. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket and fine slipcase. Smallest limitation of any of his Knopf books of fiction.
- The Coup, 1978. Copy No. 211. Fine in fine dust jacket and fine slipcase.
- Problems, 1979. Copy No. 104. Fine in a fine dust jacket and near fine slipcase.
- Rabbit is Rich, 1981. Copy No. 255. Near fine in a fine dust jacket and near fine slipcase. National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner.
- Bech is Back, 1982. Copy No. 349 of 500 copies. Fine in a fine dust jacket and slipcase.
- S., 1988. Copy No. 248. Fine in a near fine acetate dustwrapper and fine slipcase.
- Just Looking, 1989. Art criticism. Fine in a fine slipcase, still shrinkwrapped.
- Self-Consciousness, 1989. Copy No. 90. Memoirs. Fine in an acetate dustwrapper and fine slipcase.
- Rabbit at Rest, 1990. Unnumbered, but signed and inscribed. An out-of-series copy, apparently inscribed by Updike as a benefit for St. John's parish; thus likely an author's copy of the edition. Fine in an acetate dustwrapper and very near fine slipcase.
VAN DOREN STERN, Philip
(NY), Philip C. Duschnes, 1946. An updating of the Christ tale for the atomic age, by the noted historian and author of The Greatest Gift, which was the basis for the film It's a Wonderful Life. One of 650 copies printed, this copy is signed by the author and dated Christmas, 1946. Owner name in pencil inside the front cover. Stapled wrappers now split at spine and unprofessionally tape-bound, thus a good copy. Uncommon signed. [#031769] $250
London, ON, London Novelty, 1943. A wooden game, playing on the popularity of Churchill, during World War II. "Knowledge is power/ strategy is essential/ improve yours with Churchill Checkers." "Chequers" was also the name of the British Prime Minister's country residence. The board is 4-3/4" x 3-3/4" and oddly flask-shaped with the addition of the cork that holds the game pieces inside (13 of the original 20 stick pieces are present). Primarily a game for two players; there is also a solitaire option. Folded directions for play are included. Bit of rubbing to the board; near fine in a near fine mailing box, with the top flap absent. This is a beige box; there was another issue box, printed in red with Churchill's visage: we believe this to be the first issue, based on the words "Patent Applied For" being stamped on this instruction sheet, whereas the same words are printed on the instruction sheet associated with the red box. A novel, ephemeral production of the Second World War. [#033658] SOLD
Indianapolis, Bobb Merrill, (1971). Max's Kansas City was an artists' and writers' bar in New York's East Village that expanded into a music performance space ("Upstairs at Max's Kansas City"), hosting early punk musicians (The Ramones, Blondie, Sid Vicious) and other performers little known at the time (Bruce Springsteen, The Wailers' first performance in the U.S., etc.) through the 70s and into the 80s. This group of stories, written by the manager of Max's uptown location, covers the first several years of the bar. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For Gil - It's been too many years - we ought to try to see each other/ As ever - Tony Weinberger." Fine in a near fine, edge-rubbed dust jacket. [#033659] SOLD
(WHITE, E.B.). HUDSON, W.H.
NY, Knopf, 1922. Third printing of these short stories of the exotic Argentine wilderness of a half century earlier. From the library of E.B. White with "May 1925 / Elwyn Brooks White" written in pencil in his wife's hand. White would have been 25 at the time. Hudson was a British author and naturalist living in Argentina, who spent his childhood roaming the Pampas studying plant and animal life. He later incorporated this background into his exotic romance novels set in the relatively untamed South American wilderness of the 19th century, of which Green Mansions is the most famous. General handling and rubbing in evidence; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#033660] $200
(WHITE, E.B.) THOREAU, Henry David
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1899, 1904. The two-volume edition with illustrations by Amelia M. Watson. Unmarked, but from the library of E.B. White. These are later printings, with 1904 and 1899 dates on the title pages, respectively, in Roman numerals. Contemporary half leather binding, over marbled boards, top edge gilt. Rubbing to joints; near fine. An attractive copy of this edition, with distinguished provenance: E.B. White was a great fan of Thoreau, and even wrote an introduction to a 1964 edition of Walden, an essay entitled "Walden -- A Young Man in Search of Himself." Letter of provenance available. [#033525] SOLD
(WHITE, E.B.) THOREAU, Henry David
NY, Thomas Y. Crowell, (1913). A 30-page biographical sketch of Thoreau by Emerson serves as preface; more than 30 photographs by Clifton Johnson illustrate the text. Unmarked, but from the library of E.B. White, the author, essayist and longtime New Yorker editor, who was a great admirer of Thoreau. Cloth worn at corners; scattered foxing throughout and a bit of staining at the hinges from the binder's glue; very good, without dust jacket. Letter of provenance available. [#033526] SOLD
(WHITE, E.B.) THOREAU, Henry David
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (1964). First thus: reissued in the Riverside Literary Series, with an introduction by E.B. White and, while not marked as such, this was E.B. White's own copy. Offered together with three other Walden-themed books from White's library: Walden Revisited by George F. Whicher, which is signed by White in 1945; Discovery at Walden by Roland Wells Robbins, inscribed by Robbins to White in 1947; and Index to Walden by Joseph Jones, inscribed by Jones to White in 1955. Four books on Walden from the library of E.B. White, who was a more powerful figure in the history of the environmental movement than most people realize: in 1958, it was White, in his position at the New Yorker, who was approached by Rachel Carson with the suggestion that he, White, cover the story of lawsuits filed in opposition to aerial sprayings of insecticide. White re-assigned the story back to Carson (later saying that he didn't "know a chlorinated hydrocarbon from a squash bug"), forwarding her letter to editor William Shawn. Carson's work on the subject, Silent Spring was serialized in the New Yorker in 1962, prior to its book publication. Condition, in the order listed above: fine without dust jacket, as issued; near fine, lacking the dust jacket; very good in a very good dust jacket; and very good in stapled wrappers. In 1953, White wrote of Walden in the New Yorker: "Every man, I think, reads one book in his life, and this one is mine." [#033527] SOLD
London, Longmans Green, 1930. A limited edition, this being copy No. 198 of 260 copies. Signed by the author. Spine-tanned, with a bit of sunning and splaying to boards; a very good copy. [#033661] SOLD
Garden City, Doubleday/Paris Review, 1973. Her first book, a novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Remainder spray to bottom edge and a small blank label front pastedown. Very good in a very good dust jacket with fading to the spine lettering and modest edge wear. Surprisingly uncommon in the hardcover trade edition; several of the Paris Review editions published by Doubleday during this period have become hard to find. [#033662] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus, (1968). Wolfe's masterwork of 1960s new journalism, a you-are-there recounting of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters on their trip across America in the psychedelic bus, Further (or Furthur), and the subsequent birth of the hippie counterculture, the rites of passage that were the Acid Tests, Kesey's escape to Mexico as a fugitive from a drug bust, and more -- a sort of Origin Myth of hippiedom and of much of the social change that evolved out of that movement. Wolfe put the story together years after the fact by interviewing participants and writing in a kind of hip vernacular intended to reflect the mindset of the original participants. Many, including Kesey, have taken him to task for liberties he took in writing the story, or for flat-out errors, but it remains a defining book of its time, and still the best effort to capture that moment and those people. This copy has a printout of two paragraphs from the book that the owner of it sent to Tom Wolfe and asked him to autograph. Wolfe obliged, and inscribed the sheet to the book's owner. A well-read copy -- the white cloth somewhat soiled, some soiling to the pages -- but overall about very good, in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. Signed copies of this title are becoming both scarce and expensive, and while this book is not signed, the signed sheet is a unique element that connects this copy directly to the author. [#033663] SOLD
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