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click for a larger image of item #14343, English Music NY, Knopf, 1992. The advance reading copy of the first American edition of this novel by the award-winning author of Chatterton, Hawksmoor, and others. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers and publisher's cardstock slipcase. [#014343] $20
NY, Atlantic Monthly Press, (1996). The advance reading copy of Alexie's second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#025271] SOLD
London, Secker & Warburg, (1997). The uncorrected proof copy of the British edition of his second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. Note: number line begins with "2". [#912194] $60
NY, Atlantic Monthly Press, (1995). The advance reading copy of his first novel. Signed by the author. Slight tap to crown, still very near fine in wrappers. [#912208] $45
NY, Grove Press, (2003). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912215] $70
Brooklyn, Hanging Loose, (2003). The advance reading copy of the screenplay based on Alexie's first book of stories and prose poems, which was published in 1992. Alexie also directed the film, which won a number of film festival awards, including the Jury Award at the Durango Film Festival and two Grand Jury Awards at the L.A. Outfest. The book also includes a two-page introduction by Alexie, a section of scenes that did not appear in the film, short personal pieces by a number of the actors, photographs of the production, complete film credits and an essay about Alexie's filmmaking by Brian Miller. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912223] $100
NY, Atlantic Monthly Press, (1993). The advance reading copy of his first collection of stories to be published by a major trade publisher. Winner of a special citation for the PEN/Hemingway Award as well as the winner of the 1994 Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writers' Award. On the strength of this collection, Alexie was chosen as one of Granta magazine's 20 Best Young American Authors; he was also selected to The New Yorker 20. Stories from this collection were the basis of the film Smoke Signals, which won an award at the Sundance Festival, among many others. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912226] $40
click for a larger image of item #25276, The Toughest Indian in the World NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2000). The advance reading copy, marked "uncorrected proof" by the publisher, of this collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#025276] $45
NY, Grove Press, (2001). The advance reading copy of the first paperback edition of this collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912235] $30
[NY], Harmony, (1995). The advance reading copy of the first American edition. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#020991] SOLD
(NY), Miramax/Hyperion, [2003]. An advance reading excerpt of the first American edition, printing Chapter One. Signed by Amis. This novel was the subject of considerable controversy when it was given a prominent, scathing and, many thought, over-the-top review in the British press upon publication, which was followed by a similar review in The New York Times when the book was published here. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#915802] $19
(Anthology)
click for a larger image of item #32999, Imagining America. Stories from the Promised Land 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
(NY), Viking, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of his first novel, which received considerable praise and helped get him selected as one of The New Yorker magazine's "20 best young American writers." Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914718] $100
NY, Knopf, 2000. The uncorrected proof copy of his third novel. Signed by the author in March 20, 2000, the month after publication. Two small dents to front cover; very near fine in wrappers. [#914727] $60
NY, Henry Holt, (2002). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911292] $60
click for a larger image of item #29626, Pure NY, Grand Central Publishing, (2012). The advance reading copy of the first book of a dystopian trilogy for young adults, in which detonations have fused humans to animals and objects, except for those living in the Dome. Film rights have already been sold, and the marketing seems to aim to position this series alongside The Hunger Games trilogy and the Twilight series and similar bestselling and critically well-received young adult books. A blurb from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler calls it "the most extraordinary coming-of-age novel I've ever read." This copy is signed by Baggott. Spine creases; a read copy. Very good in wrappers. A somewhat uncommon advance copy, and scarce signed. [#029626] $25
(Climate Fiction)
click for a larger image of item #33324, The Drowned World 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, Harper & Row, 1989. The advance reading copy. Inscribed by the author. Bumped at spine crown; near fine in wrappers. [#013922] $20
(NY), HarperCollins, (2000). The uncorrected proof copy. Six previously uncollected stories; 22 previously collected stories, here revised; and three unpublished stories. With an introduction and an Author's Note by Banks. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911323] $45
(NY), (Dell), (1988). The advance reading copy of her first book, which was published as a Delta paperback original. Signed by the author. Trace rubbing at folds, near fine in wrappers. Prepublication copies of books that are published in softcover are generally uncommon. [#914745] $45
NY, Del Rey/Ballantine, (1986/1987). The uncorrected proof copy of the third fantasy novel by the author of the 1968 classic The Last Unicorn. Signed by the author. Some edge sunning and minor surface staining; very good in wrappers. Copyright page reproduces a hand correction that changed publication from September 1986 to January 1987. [#029627] SOLD
NY, Penguin Press, 2005. The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912927] $40
(NY), Soho Press, (1996). The advance reading copy of his third book, second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#022857] $20
NY, Atheneum, 1982. The uncorrected proof copy of the author's first novel. Signed. Near fine in wrappers. [#010439] $20
NY, Doubleday, (1996). The advance reading copy of this updated look at myths and misconceptions about contemporary Indian tribes and tribal life, with an emphasis on changes that are taking place on reservations, largely beyond the view of white America. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author. [#016528] $20
NY, Knopf, 2001. The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Small sticker shadow front cover; else fine in wrappers. [#912959] $45
Chapel Hill, Algonquin, 1990. The uncorrected proof copy of the third book by the author of Facing the Music and Dirty Work, a collection of stories that became the basis for a 2001 movie with Arliss Howard and Debra Winger. Inscribed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#027552] SOLD
Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books, 2001. An advance reading excerpt from his second book of nonfiction. One chapter from the then-forthcoming book. Signed by Brown. Fine in stapled wrappers and original envelope. [#912275] $80
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #32459, Plan B 3.0.: Mobilizing to Save Civilization 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, Harmony Books, (1997). The advance reading copy of this novel. Busch was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, and for the National Book Critics Circle Award once. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#000847] $20
NY, Harper & Row, (1988). The advance reading copy of the first American edition of his Booker Prize-winning novel; the American edition contained a chapter that did not appear in the earlier British or Australian editions. Inscribed by the author in 1995 to Greg Gatenby, the director of a Toronto literary festival: "For Greg - Some more ephemera. Peter Carey/ Toronto/ 21/2/95." With Gatenby's signature as well. Very near fine in wrappers. [#029817] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #32747, Oscar and Lucinda (Queensland), University of Queensland Press, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition (Australian) of Carey's first Booker Prize-winning novel. Signed by the author. Based on the size of the Australian publishing industry, as compared to that of the UK and the US, the original Australian first editions of Carey's books, especially those published by University of Queensland, a relatively small Australian publisher, are relatively uncommon. Proofs, because of their much more limited quantities to begin with, are even more scarce. Despite our focusing on proofs as a specialty, we've only handled the proof of this edition once previously, and have never handled a signed copy before. Vertical spine creasing; age-toning to pages; very good in wrappers. [#032747] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #32754, Cathedral NY, Knopf, 1983. The uncorrected proof copy of his third collection of stories to be published by a major trade publisher, and a major literary event that confirmed Carver's preeminent place among American short story writers of the day, and signaled a full-fledged resuscitation of the short story in American literature. Signed by the author. In addition, Carver has made a change to the text in the last paragraph of the story "Careful" and initialed and dated the change on May 30, 1983. The changed text was incorporated into the published version of the story, so this was apparently a working copy of the proof. Fine in wrappers with a tinge of spine sunning. [#032754] $1,750
Boston, Little Brown/Back Bay, (2003). Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. Together with the advance reading copy, also fine in wrappers. With 11 pages of promotional material, including an author interview, laid in. [#915978] $65
NY, Viking, (1969). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Several penciled notes by a reviewer, and corresponding page corners turned. Near fine in wrappers. [#031228] SOLD
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author. Fine in tall wrappers. [#031233] SOLD
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1971). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Tall, comb-bound galley sheets. Edge-tanned, else fine. [#031230] $115
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Near fine in tall wrappers. With a "Special Note" from the publisher laid in explaining that the proof lacks many of the design features of the published text, which took the form of a literary quarterly. [#031231] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #21852, During the Reign of the Queen of Persia NY, Harper & Row, (1983). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book of fiction, for which she won the PEN/Hemingway Award. This copy is inscribed by Chase to one of the judges for the Award. Laid in is an invitation to the award ceremony. One spot rear cover; else fine in wrappers. A nice association copy of a well-received first novel. [#021852] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1974). Uncorrected proof copy of this collection of poetry, her first book. Signed by the author. Publisher's ink comments crossed out in pencil on front cover; else near fine in tall wrappers. [#001343] $40
NY, Morrow/HarperCollins, (2002). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author in the month of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915987] $30
NY, Putnam, (2001). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#913844] $19
NY, Doubleday/Talese, (1995). An advance copy in the form of velobound photocopied sheets. Signed by the author. Fine. [#911461] $200
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1986. The advance reading copy of his fifth book, third novel, which was made into a well-received movie. Signed by the author. Slight bump to spine; else fine in wrappers. [#911458] $200
click for a larger image of item #20178, Aegypt NY, Bantam, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy of the first book in an ambitious tetralogy that also includes Love and Sleep, Daemonomania, and Endless Things. Signed by the author. Crowley's first book after the World Fantasy Award-winning Little, Big, this was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and was selected as one of David Pringle's 100 best fantasy novels of all time. According to Crowley, there were textual differences between this proof and the final published book. Near fine in wrappers. [#020178] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #911475, The Mexican Tree Duck (NY), Mysterious, (1993). The advance reading copy of this mystery featuring C.W. Sughrue, a sequel to The Last Good Kiss. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911475] SOLD
(NY), Soho, (1995). An advance reading excerpt from her second book, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Prints the first chapter. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912397] $60
NY, Knopf, 1997. The advance reading copy, (marked "Uncorrected Proof") of the first American edition of this highly praised novel of coming of age in Ireland in the 1940's and 1950's. Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and short-listed for the Booker Prize. Signed by the author. Shallow staining to the top edges; near fine in wrappers. [#021048] $20
click for a larger image of item #4569, The Liberty Campaign NY, Doubleday, (1993). The advance reading copy of his second novel. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author. [#004569] $20
(London), Macmillan/Picador, (2001). The advance reading copy of the British edition. With the publisher's bookplate signed by the author laid in. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon with signature. [#018576] SOLD
(n.p.), [Basic/Perseus], (2001). An advance reading excerpt, bound back-to-back with an excerpt of Christopher Hitchens' Letters to a Young Contrarian. Inscribed by Dershowitz. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#916080] $45
click for a larger image of item #32867, Galley Sheets for VALIS, with Typed Letters Signed 1980. Long galley sheets for Dick's novel VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System), with two typed letters signed to Alan Ryan, fellow science fiction writer and editor of the religiously-themed speculative fiction anthology Perpetual Light. Both letters are dated March 13, 1980, with one being for private reading, thanking Ryan for his review of Dick's The Golden Man and discussing VALIS; the second being for Ryan to show to others, espousing enthusiasm for his planned anthology. The VALIS galley sheets for this 1981 Bantam paperback original are dated 6-23-80: approximately 68 sheets of 25" in length, age-toned with minimal edge wear, in a custom folding chemise and slipcase. Casual inspection revealed one textual difference from the published version. Near fine; the letters are folded in thirds, else fine. Also laid in is a very good copy of the proof of the Bantam covers, which differs from the final version by virtue of the absence of the Bantam logo on the front cover. A very scarce issue of the book that would become the capstone to Dick's literary career. Long galleys such as these are seldom produced in more than a couple of copies, and very seldom turn up for books that were issued as paperback originals. It's ironic that Dick's culminating novel, which transcends science fiction's usual boundaries, would be issued as a paperback original: Dick had so many books issued as paperback originals in the 1950s and 60s, before his books came to be regularly published in hardcover, that the Science Fiction Writers of America named an award after him, the Philip K. Dick Award, for the best SF novel issued as a paperback original. Dick spent the last several years of his life striving for recognition as more than a science fiction writer, and VALIS could have been that break-out novel, had it not reverted him to his former identity as a writer of paperback originals. A rare issue of a major Dick novel, along with two very revealing letters to a fellow writer and colleague. As far as we can tell, unique. [#032867] $16,500
click for a larger image of item #30111, This House of Sky [NY], [HBJ], [(1978)]. Ivan Doig's own set of page proofs of his first publication for the general book trade. Signed and titled by Doig on the dedication page (the first sheet present) and with several corrections in his hand. Numbered to 314 pages, printed on rectos only; roughly 7" x 9" sheets, in a 3-ring binder. With a signed letter of provenance from Doig, on his stationery, attesting to the set as being from his archives and with his corrections. A memoir of growing up in Montana with his father and grandmother, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind was voted one of the five best books ever written on Montana; it won the Christopher Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Doig also received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association. Tape to copyright page and a few paper clips scattered throughout; else a fine set. A unique copy of a modern classic, with impeccable provenance. [#030111] $2,500
On Sale: $1,875
click for a larger image of item #33374, Safer (NY), Delacorte, (2009). Both the advance reading copy and the first edition, each signed by the author, one of the most highly regarded of the current crop of hardboiled and neo-noir writers, along with such writers as Megan Abbott and Duane Swierczynski and some others, who have been breathing new life into the genre in recent years. The book is fine in a fine dust jacket; the advance copy is near fine in wrappers. [#033374] $125
click for a larger image of item #26236, Dancing After Hours NY, Knopf, 1996. The advance reading copy of a collection of stories that was published to enormous critical acclaim and, for the first time, widespread public recognition and commercial success. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers and very near fine publisher's cardstock slipcase. [#026236] $20
click for a larger image of item #21063, Meditations from a Movable Chair NY, Knopf, 1998. The uncorrected proof copy of his last book, his second collection of essays. Dubus was best known as a short story writer, and his last collection of stories was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. He won the Rea Award for the Short Story in 1991 and a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1988. He is the father of the acclaimed novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#021063] $115
click for a larger image of item #33259, Selected Stories Boston, Godine, (1988). An uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories by the late master of the form. This is presumably the first issue proof, in yellow wrappers, without reviewer blurbs, and erroneously featuring the 13 stories not indicated as being part of the "ten tales for reviewers" that are promised on the front cover and asterisked in the Table of Contents. Signed by Dubus. Fine in wrappers. [#033259] $125
click for a larger image of item #33258, Selected Stories Boston, Godine, (1988). An uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories by the late master of the form. Featuring "ten tales for reviewers" out of the 23 stories that appeared in the published book. Signed by Dubus. Foxing to the front edges; near fine in cream wrappers, with blurbs by reviewers, including John Updike, on the rear cover. This is likely the second issue proof, as there was another issue that erroneously featured the 13 stories omitted from this version. [#033258] $125
click for a larger image of item #33260, Selected Stories London, Godine, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition, and the first proof to contain the full complement of all 23 stories: the U.S. proof was intended to be issued with only ten of the stories; was mistakenly issued with the "left out" 13; and then re-issued with the intended 10. Signed by Dubus. Foxing near the spine; near fine in wrappers. [#033260] $250
NY, Norton, (2001). The advance reading copy of this novel, by the author of Louisiana Power and Light. The trade edition was published in February, 2002. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914909] $40
NY, Norton, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of his first book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#912476] $225
NY, Scribner, (1995). The second Cliff Janeway bibliomystery. The later issue advance reading copy, in glossy wrappers, with text and an author photo on the rear cover. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#025997] $30
Chapel Hill, Algonquin, 2003. The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#916153] $19
NY, Grove, (2002). The advance reading copy of the second book by the author of the highly praised Lord of the Barnyard, who committed suicide in May, 2005. This copy is signed by Egolf. Fine in wrappers. [#914920] $300
London, Fourth Estate, (2000). The uncorrected proof copy of this paperback original. Signed by the author, with a drawing of a cactus. Fine in glossy printed, nonpictorial wrappers. [#916158] $50
NY, Stein and Day, (1975). Advance uncorrected proof. This copy corrected by the author and inscribed with a drawing in the year of publication. Very Good in wrappers. [#702115] $20
click for a larger image of item #1425, The Orchid Stories Garden City, Doubleday, 1973. The uncorrected proof copy of this large collection of stories and prose poems, in the form of tall, bound galley sheets printed on rectos only. Stamped "Final Galley." A number of the galley pages are loose but all are present. Near fine in wrappers and signed by the author. Scarce, fragile format. [#001425] $60
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2001). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#913965] $19
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #32810, Original Fire (NY), HarperCollins, (2003). The advance reading copy of this collection of selected and new poems, her first poetry collection in 14 years. Signed by the author. Erdrich is best-known as a novelist: her first novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984; her novel The Round House won the 2012 National Book Award. One shallow corner crease, else fine in wrappers. An uncommon advance issue, and a scarce title signed in any issue or format. [#032810] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #29699, Shadow Tag (NY), Harper, (2010). The advance reading copy of this novel. Signed by the author. Fine in self-wrappers, with a copy of the flyer from a book signing laid in. [#029699] SOLD
(NY), HarperCollins, (2005). The advance reading copy of this sequel to The Birchbark House, a children's novel by the award-winning author of Love Medicine and other novels. Erdrich, an enrolled member of the Chippewa tribe, is one of the most successful and acclaimed authors of the "second wave" of the Native American Renaissance. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon advance copy, especially scarce signed. [#029523] SOLD
NY, Bantam, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. A few spots to rear panel, else fine in wrappers. [#914482] $19
click for a larger image of item #31686, Then We Came to the End NY, Little Brown, (2007). The advance reading copy of his first novel. A finalist for the National Book Award. His third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Inscribed by the author in 2008. One page corner turned; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in the advance issue, especially signed. [#031686] $150
(London), Hodder & Stoughton, (2003). The limited advance reading copy. One of 50 numbered copies Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers, with promotional postcard laid in. Also included is the four page flyer announcing the book, the trade paperback, and the offer of one of 50 limited edition advance copies. Also includes a glossary for getting up to speed in the series. [#912500] $100
click for a larger image of item #31386, Wanting (North Sydney), Knopf, (2008). The advance reading copy of the true first (Australian) edition of this novel by the winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Inscribed by the author in Tasmania in 2008 to Peter[Matthiessen], "who led me to the spirit of Rilke, and much else besides -- warm wishes. Richard Flanagan." Several notations by Matthiessen in text; near fine in wrappers. An uncommon advance copy and an excellent association copy. [#031386] SOLD
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Tapebound advance copy, consisting of 8 1/2" x 11" sheets reproducing word-processed typescript; a very early state of the book. Fine. Laid in is a typed letter signed by the author. [#008119] $20
(NY), Distributed Art Publishers, (2001). The uncorrected proof copy. A collection of original writings inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell and edited by Foer. Contributors include Barry Lopez, Rick Moody, Howard Norman, Diane Ackerman, Siri Hustvedt, Lydia Davis, Robert Coover, Bradford Morrow, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul West, Joanna Scott and others, including Foer, who contributes both a chapter and the introduction. Signed by Foer. Small heel bump; else fine in wrappers. The proof does not include the photographs of Cornell's work. [#912506] $275
(London), Hamish Hamilton, (2002). The advance reading copy of the first British edition of his first novel, one of the most highly praised literary debuts of the year -- named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and winner of the Guardian First Book Prize, among other literary awards. A film adaptation, done by Liev Schreiber, won the Laterna Magica Prize at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Signed by the author. Covers lightly rubbed, else fine in wrappers. [#912510] $100
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2002. The advance reading copy of his first novel, one of the most highly praised literary debuts of the year -- named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and winner of the Guardian First Book Prize, among other literary awards. A film adaptation, done by Liev Schreiber, won the Laterna Magica Prize at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Signed by the author. In the first issue, red and cream wrappers. Slight splaying to front cover; near fine. [#029309] SOLD
(London), Hamish Hamilton, (2005). The advance reading copy of the British edition, printed from sheets of the American advance edition, with British covers. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912516] $100
NY, Knopf, 2002. The uncorrected proof of the first American edition of this collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912523] $70
NY, Knopf, 2002. The advance reading copy of the first American edition. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912524] $40
click for a larger image of item #911204, Independence Day London, Harvill, (1995). An advance copy of the first British edition of Ford's Pulitzer Prize- and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, with printed text on the front cover that indicates that the "text is not the final version," and, in fact, this text does seem to be an earlier state than that of not only the British trade edition but the U.S. edition as well. The text does seem to match that of the British advance reading copy. Approximately 8-3/8" x 11-3/4" tapebound sheets in printed cardstock covers. Signed by Ford. Photoreproduced name on the front cover; dusty rear cover; else fine. An uncommon view of an earlier state of the text of the second book in his Frank Bascombe series, which now runs to four volumes. The photocopied name on the front cover, together with the style of binding, give an indication that the proof was likely one of a very small number, hand-produced by the publisher in-house rather than printed and bound by a full-fledged printer, which would have been done in larger quantities. [#911204] $1,000
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1987). An advance reading excerpt from his fourth book, first collection of stories. Warmly inscribed by the author: "For ___. With great gratitude to you. And with the happy memories of seeing you again. Richard. Portland. June 30, 1995[?]." Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912543] $70
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1987). An advance reading excerpt from his fourth book, first collection of stories. Prints the story "Children," which was changed significantly by the author prior to the publication of the book, making this the only appearance of this version of the story. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#912542] $45
click for a larger image of item #914961, The Sportswriter NY, Vintage, (1986). The uncorrected proof copy of his breakthrough book, the first in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Bascombe series. Signed by the author. Published as a paperback original: proofs in the Vintage Contemporaries series seem to have been done in much smaller quantities than those of their counterparts slated for hardcover publication, and seem to have received much more limited distribution: many review venues -- including newspapers and magazines -- have policies precluding the reviewing of paperback publications. Buckle to front spine fold, possibly from binding; very near fine in wrappers. Review slip laid in, asking the reader to disregard "large, unnumbered spaces" on more than a dozen pages, which "will not appear in the finished book." Scarce signed. [#914961] $500
London, Harvill Press, (2001). The first separate appearance of this story, which first appeared in The New Yorker and is here published as an advance reading excerpt from the collection A Multitude of Sins, with small textual variations from the final, published version. No comparable U.S. issue. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#914980] SOLD
[NY], Vintage Contemporaries, [1991]. An advance reading excerpt of the first U.S. paperback edition of his fifth book, a novel. Signed by the author. One sheet, eight pages, accordion folded. Fine. [#912564] SOLD
NY, Knopf, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy of the first trade edition of this collection of three novellas. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914975] $70
click for a larger image of item #29924, "The Corrections" in The World of FSG NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2001). An advance audio excerpt from his then-forthcoming novel The Corrections, along with excerpts of ten other books in FSG's Fall 2001 line-up. Cassette tape, signed by Franzen on a small label affixed to the printed cardstock sleeve. Fine. The Corrections won the National Book Award and is consistently cited as one of the top books of the 21st century's "new canon." An unusual advance issue for a literary novel, and likely the only signed copy. [#029924] $125
NY, Random House, (2006). The advance reading copy of the second novel by the author of the National Book Award-winning Cold Mountain, which was one of the publishing phenomena of the decade -- a first novel by an unknown young writer that went on to sell over 4 million copies. That helped earn Frazier a reported $8 million+ for this novel, one of the highest dollar figures ever for a literary novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912586] $45
(NY), Ecco, (2003). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Slight rubbing on spine, else fine in wrappers. [#913995] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #27204, The Autumn of the Patriarch London, Cape, (1977). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Garcia Marquez's first novel after the worldwide success of One Hundred Years of Solitude. An ambitious, experimental novel: 269 pages in six chapters, each of which is a single paragraph of extended sentences, with each of the chapters a retelling of the story of the power held by his fictional dictator. This copy is inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Para ____ Con todo mi afecto, Gabriel, 2001." Very modest dust soiling to covers; near fine in wrappers. An uncommon proof and especially so signed. [#027204] $1,250
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1988). Uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author. [#010601] $15
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914013] $70
NY, Dutton, (1979). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers and inscribed by the author "with... gratitude" in the month of publication. [#010631] $20
NY, Harcourt Brace, (1999). The advance reading copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#913590] $35
click for a larger image of item #1543, Street Fire NY, Viking, (1975). Uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author. Publication date written on front cover otherwise fine in wrappers. [#001543] $20
(NY), HarperCollins, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author to the writer Nicholas Delbanco: "To Nick, with pleasure in your pleasure and hope in your hope. Ron Hansen/ Bread Loaf, 1991." A couple tiny indents near spine; near fine in wrappers. A nice literary association copy. [#029659] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1995). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#915064] $45
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