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Flashback: 1960s

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
click for a larger image of item #28883, Lost in the Funhouse Garden City, Doubleday, 1968. Barth's innovative fifth book, his first that was not a novel. This is a collection of "fiction for print, tape, live voice." This copy belonged to the writer Geoffrey Wolff and bears his underlinings and marginal comments throughout, with a three point critique on the verso of the front flyleaf. Wolff reviewed books for Newsweek, The Washington Post and many other publications over the years, and tended to make his notes right in the books he read for review. An interesting glimpse at one writer's take on another writer's work, before filtering and shaping it into a review. Cloth mottled; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#028883] SOLD
(NY), MR Press, 1962. Poetry with a political edge by this activist poet, written during the volatile era of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Inscribed by Beecher to Will Inman, another poet known for his political and social activism: "For Will Inman/ a poet whose work I like./ John Beecher/ May 22, 1967." Owner name and phone on front flyleaf with inscription on half title; wear to cloth at corners; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with a couple small edge chips. A nice literary association copy. [#029630] $80
click for a larger image of item #23718, Findings (Iowa City), Prairie Press, 1969. His third collection of poems, which were written contemporaneously with the poems from his first two collections. An attractive edition, as usual from this highly regarded small press. This copy is inscribed by the book's designer, Carroll Coleman in 1975. Recipients' bookplate front pastedown; a bit of sunning to the spine and top couple inches of cloth on the front; near fine, without dust jacket. [#023718] SOLD
Cleveland, Century Books, (1968). Paperback original. Two titles: one for the cover; one for the title page. Subtitled: "Swinging Set's Newest Rage." Near fine. [#032598] $20
San Francisco, Open Skull Press, (1967). Edited by Blazek. Published correspondence between writers, several having to do with LSD (William Wantling), hippies (Charles Plymell), the counterculture and other drugs; most written to Blazek, two letters to Bukowski. Stains to cover, corners creased, read; very good in yellow and orange stapled wrappers. There was also an issue in reflective wrappers. [#028730] $20
(London), (Transatlantic Review), (1964). Includes "The Oven," translated by Bowles from the Moghrebi of Driss Ben Hamid Charhadi. Signed by Bowles in 1997 in Tangier, at his contribution. Title page detached and laid in; sunning to spine. Good in wrappers. [#031338] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33443, Trout Fishing in America; The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster; In Watermelon Sugar NY, Delacorte, (1969). A review copy of the first combined edition, and the first hardcover printing of Trout Fishing in America (the other two titles having appeared as hardcovers in signed limited editions). The text of each title is reproduced from the original editions, complete with title pages, copyright pages, etc. Spotting to the edges of the text block and lower corner of the final page; some rubbing to pictorial boards. Very good in a very good dust jacket with wear at the edges and folds, and a tiny burn mark on the front panel. [#033443] SOLD
(NY), (Time, Inc.), 1970. Five page article on Brautigan. Corner creasing and rubbing near the spine; very good. [#028731] $20
click for a larger image of item #25344, Agony Dance: death of the (Dancing Dolls Portland, Prensa de Lagar, 1969. The first book by this Mississippi poet of Choctaw descent. Originally named Bess Miller, she shortened her name to "besmilr," with no capital letters. Brigham was a student of Robert Duncan and a frequent poetic contributor to anthologies and literary magazines in the 1960s and 70s. This title was printed in an edition of 450 copies. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#025344] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33854, Roadless Area NY, Knopf, 1964. The 1965 John Burroughs Medal winner. An account of journeys Brooks took with his wife in the roadless areas of the U.S., including Alaska, as well as journeys in Africa. Signed by the author. Brooks, in addition to being a conservationist, was editor-in-chief at Houghton Mifflin and published Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, as well as later writing a literary biography of her, This House of Life. Blindstamp of previous owner on the front flyleaf. Dampstaining evident to front board; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several small spots to the front panel. With 67 pen-and-ink illustrations by the author. Uncommon signed, in the first printing. [#033854] $250
click for a larger image of item #27549, Debris NY, Atheneum, 1967. The author's first novel. Inscribed by Brower to George and Susan [Garrett]: "such good friends, for so long, this late thanks for helping keep me afloat, amidst the debris." A nice inscription, indicative once again of the influence Garrett had on a range of writers, and the supportiveness he showed them over the years. A little edge sunning to boards; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a poem by Brower, "To the Moirai Down the Table." Dot matrix printout, with title page; folded in fourths to fit in the book. [#027549] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #30102, Denver Verse 1970. A privately distributed assemblage of the poet's verse from 1967-1970. Brutus, an exiled South African poet-activist, who had spent time in the cell next to Nelson Mandela on Robben Island and was partly responsible for South Africa being banned from the 1964 Olympics -- a sanction that helped create the strategy that eventually defeated apartheid -- was a visiting lecturer in the English Department at the University of Denver in 1970, and he circulated these 25 poems as "something personal to give to the people who have been so kind to me here...But also there is an immediacy about some of my verse...I feel strongly just now that to justify my continuing to write verse, it needs to be doing something." [As quoted in a cover letter to this collection provided by Karen C. Chapman, editor, the previous year, of Dennis Brutus: Letters to Martha and Other Poems from a South African Prison]. In other words, these poems represent Brutus' attempt, even while in exile, to keep his poetry relevant, and to continue in his role as an activist and agitator. Inscribed by Brutus: "Bob & Elizabeth Richardson. In appreciation, sincerely, Dennis Brutus, March, 1970." Also dated and initialed by Brutus, "5.14 DB." Loose sheets, with the endsheets being stationery with the watermark of the University of Denver. Chapman's cover sheet also provides a biographical sketch of Brutus. Faint sunning to the pages; else fine, and in the original clear acetate folder. We can find no evidence of any other copy of this collection surviving; a virtually unique collection of typescript poetry by a major figure in both world poetry and, in particular, the anti-apartheid movement among South African artists. A literary footnote: Robert Richardson later married Annie Dillard, a relationship engendered by her writing him a fan letter regarding his 1986 book on Henry Thoreau. [#030102] $1,000
click for a larger image of item #31661, Marching to the Freedom Dream and Autograph Note Signed NY, QCC Art Gallery, (2010). The catalog of an exhibition of Budnik's Civil Rights-era photographs. Inscribed by Budnik to the author Peter Matthiessen and his wife, "with all loving wishes and Peace to infinity." A bit of soiling on the rear cover; near fine in self-wrappers. Together with a copy of Theos Bernard's Penthouse of the Gods [Scribner's, 1939; heavily mottled and lacking dust jacket, front flyleaf excised], with Budnik's ownership signature and an undated autograph note signed laid in to Matthiessen, ("Here's 'that' book - rather amazing story"), saying he's headed to South America, and commenting on the death of what appears to be a mutual friend. Written on the back of a promotional card for a Book Search service; fine. Budnik's photography book is surprisingly uncommon; no other copy is listed online. [#031661] $350
click for a larger image of item #24504, The Naked Lunch Paris, Olympia, (1959). The first issue of the first edition of his second book, a high spot of Beat and postwar American literature -- one of the three key volumes of the Beat movement, along with Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Published only in paperback in Paris by Maurice Girodias' important and risk-taking small press, in an edition of 5000 copies, three years before it could be published in the U.S. Signed by Burroughs in 1996. Uneven sunning and a bit of creasing to the covers; rubbing to the folds. A very good copy in a supplied, near fine dust jacket with a small chip at the crown. Burroughs signed this for a bookseller in Lawrence, Kansas, where he lived during the last years of his life. [#024504] $4,500
click for a larger image of item #32862, "Your Daughter" and "The Green Bus" in Reindeer NY, Bright Lights Studio, 1968. A low budget poetry collection, produced by photocopy, printed on rectos only, with work by Carroll, Ted Berrigan, Lewis Warsh, Bernadette Mayer, Anne Waldman, Ron Padgett, and others. 8-1/2" x 11", side-stapled; no rear cover (as issued?). Smudges to front cover; a very good copy. [#032862] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #913007, The Andromeda Strain NY, Knopf, 1969. The first hardcover book (under his own name) by the author of the hugely successful popular novels Jurassic Park and Rising Sun. Like both of those books, this was also the basis for a well-received movie which, although it did not enjoy the same extraordinary degree of commercial success as the aforementioned films, was nonetheless widely popular and one of the defining films of its time. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#913007] $250
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #32664, We Talk, You Listen (NY), Macmillan, (1970). The galley sheets of this powerful polemic by the best-known spokesman for Native American causes to emerge in the late Sixties. His second book, after the highly praised Custer Died for Your Sins, and one of the early books of what has come to be called the Native American Renaissance. Roughly 60 7-1/2" x 12" sheets, printed on rectos only. String-tied (shoelace, to be specific) at the top, in blue cardstock covers printing only the title and publisher (no author). The rear cover has a partially removed label. Near fine. The galley's lack the book's appendix; casual inspection revealed only the change in the recurring spelling of one name (Foreman became Forman). Exceedingly scarce: the format suggests that only a tiny handful would have been produced, each of them assembled by hand. [#032664] SOLD
(The Doors)
(NY), Delacorte, (1990). Covers splayed, with mild foxing to the edges of the text block. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031303] $20
click for a larger image of item #911167, The Lieutenant NY, Dial, 1967. His first book, and his only novel, a story of the peacetime military and the challenges to manhood and honor that its rigid code of morals creates. Dubus was once quoted as saying that after he wrote this novel someone introduced him to Chekhov's short stories, and he threw away the manuscript of what was to be his next novel and began writing short fiction -- to become one of our most acclaimed and accomplished practitioners. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with very mild shelf wear. [#911167] $1,000
click for a larger image of item #29870, Signed Photograph Undated. An 8" x 10" black-and-white glossy photo of the Nobel Laureate, taken during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in late 1975 or early 1976, with Allen Ginsberg in the foreground. Ginsberg was on the tour for most of the 1975 dates but seldom performed his readings or recitations; he did typically join Dylan and others for the finale of Dylan's set, a performance of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." Signed by Dylan. Signature in blue ink across the dark shadows on his face, not readily apparent. Fine. A nice memento of a legendary musical odyssey and, with Dylan's barely visible signature, perhaps another indication of the performer's famous ambivalence toward fame as well as toward his audiences, including the person for whom he autographed this photo. [#029870] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #26009, Geode/Rock Body Santa Barbara, Capricorn Press, 1970. The first book by the author of The Solace of Open Spaces and Heart Mountain, among others, a collection of poems. This is one of 550 copies of the issue in wrappers, of a total edition of 600 copies. Inscribed by the author in 1992. Mild edge-sunning; else fine. [#026009] $225
(NY), Caterpillar, (1967). Poems by Eshleman, issued as Caterpillar X. Copy 10 of 300 numbered copies. Not signed on the colophon, but inscribed by Eshleman to Alan Brilliant of Unicorn Press. Tapebound in tall cardstock covers. Some offsetting to title page around the address portion of mailing envelope that is laid in; near fine. [#028759] $40
click for a larger image of item #23413, A Fan's Notes NY, Harper & Row, (1968). A second printing of his first book, "a fictional memoir" and one of the defining books of the Sixties, which helped blur the line between fiction and nonfiction much the way the New Journalism of that era did. A finalist for the National Book Award, winner of both the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, for a work that, while not a commercial success, was nonetheless "a considerable literary achievement." Made into a movie in 1972, which was a finalist for the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival. While Exley's book was not a bestseller at the time, over the years it has remained in print, been brought out in a number of different editions, and is widely viewed as a classic of the 1960s. Signed by the author. Very slight spine slant; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a couple short tears at the crown. [#023413] $640
click for a larger image of item #16201, I Have the World London, Fortune Press, (1967). A volume of poetry by this Gloucester, MA, poet who was a longtime friend and sometime rival of poet Charles Olson, who directed a critical part of The Maximus Poems at Ferrini. Ferrini's response was a 30-page love poem, which was published as In the Arriving and which Olson later said was Ferrini's best book. Despite a rivalry that has been characterized as "brotherly," they remained close friends throughout Olson's life. Inscribed by the author: "____/ the heart of the book/ Vincent." The recipient's name was deliberately abraded by the recipient. Fine in a near fine, modestly edgeworn dust jacket. [#016201] $265
(Film)
click for a larger image of item #27360, Cinema Now (Cincinnati), (University of Cincinnati), (1968). The text of a symposium on American Underground Film, featuring John Cage, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Stan Vanderbeek, and moderated by Jim McGinniss, a University of Cincinnati film professor. A historic symposium that brought together four of the leading avant garde artists of the time, whose work still resonates. Small marginal notation and stain to one page; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#027360] $135
click for a larger image of item #33624, The Man with the Golden Gun 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
NY, Harper & Row, (1968). His first book published in this country, a collection of stories that combines the contents of El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba and Los Funerales de la Mama Grande. Fine in a very near fine, first state dust jacket with one closed edge tear. [#912596] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #914661, One Hundred Years of Solitude NY, Harper & Row, 1970. The first American edition of his masterwork, one of the most important novels of the century, which introduced magical realism to a wide audience and helped bring the boom in Latin American literature to this country. At the end of the 1970s this book was voted by the editors of The New York Times Book Review to be not only the best book published in the last ten years but the one most likely to still be read and still be important one hundred years hence. Garcia Marquez was awarded the Nobel Prize, among countless other literary awards. A fine copy in a second issue dust jacket that is very near fine, with just light shelf wear at the heel. [#914661] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #33456, Pit Bull NY, Dutton, 1967. The second novel by the author who is perhaps best-known for having written the screenplay for the film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, which won the first Hugo Award ever given to a film. Warmly inscribed by Geller to his in-laws in the year of publication. Stamp of another author on the front pastedown; spotting to edges; near fine in a rubbed, very good dust jacket. [#033456] $150
click for a larger image of item #17819, Butterflies Are Free NY, Random House, (1970). A review copy of this play, which was filmed in 1972, with Gershe writing the screenplay. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip laid in. The film version won an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and was nominated for several others. Although not indicated explicitly, this copy is from the library of noted film critic Pauline Kael. [#017819] $95
(Fort Edwards), (ZBS Foundation), (1972). A set of six LPs (long-playing records). With two booklets laid in, including an introduction and an interview (about chai) by Ram Dass and a poem by Allen Ginsberg. Contents fine; boxed rubbed, near fine. [#028746] $95
(Rock Lyrics)
NY, Bantam, 1969. The uncorrected proof copy of this paperback original. Commentary on the lyrics of seventy rock songs by Goldstein, who was a columnist for The Village Voice. Spine and edge-sunned; about near fine in tall wrappers, with review slip and press release laid in. The proof has a 1968 cover date; publication was February, 1969. [#028821] $45
click for a larger image of item #28435, Not for Publication London, Gollancz, 1965. A collection of stories by the South African Nobel Prize winner, her seventh book to be published outside her native country. The U.K. edition is the true first. Signed by the author. Tape shadows to endpages from previous jacket protector; thus only near fine in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with dampstaining to the lower edge and tape shadows to the flaps and verso. Small set of ink numbers to lower front flap. [#028435] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #24062, A Personal Country NY, Knopf, 1969. The first book by this west Texas author, a former bookseller and later a journalist, who is perhaps most well known (outside of Texas, at least) for his volume The Fifty Best Books of Texas. Nicely inscribed by the author: For ___ ____ - Who hereby gets this piece of our personal country - West Texas. A.C. Greene." Fine in a near fine dust jacket with slight spine fading and light wear to the crown. [#024062] $100
click for a larger image of item #33629, La Guerre de Guerrillas [Havana], (INRA/MINFAR), [1961]. 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
(Drugs)
Oxford, Pergamon, (1965). Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032602] $20
NY, Macmillan, (1963). A play, with a 58-page autobiographical preface. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For Bill Sloane,/ colleague at Bread Loaf -/ with good wishes." William Sloane was a longtime faculty member at the Bread Loaf writers' conference. After his death, a Bread Loaf Fellowship was instituted in his name. Faint foxing to top edge; else fine in a lightly spine-faded dust jacket with a couple small corner chips; still about near fine. [#016252] $135
click for a larger image of item #33019, More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Nuclear Waste Transports Clayton, Save the River, (1982). A publication of Save the River, an organization dedicated to defending the St. Lawrence Seaway, co-founded by Hoffman while living under the alias Barry Freed to evade prosecution on cocaine charges. Hoffman had been a political activist, founding member of the Yippies (Youth International Party), and Chicago 7 defendant, prior to going "underground" and living as Freed. He did not refrain from activism under his pseudonym, and became involved in local causes such as this. An 8-page booklet of detailed, reasoned arguments, catchy slogans, and a couple of simplistic illustrations. Signed by Hoffman as "Barry Freed" on the front cover. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#033019] $450
click for a larger image of item #29391, The Man Among the Seals Iowa City, Stone Wall Press, (1969). Johnson's first book, a poetry collection published in an edition of 260 copies. Although not issued as a signed limited edition, this copy is signed by Johnson (using two pens, apparently the first one was failing). Label removal abrasions to front endpages and sticker removal mark on front cover. Sunning to the edges and spine; a very good copy, without dust jacket, as issued. Laid in is an announcement for a 2008 reading by Johnson and others, presumably the event where the signature was obtained. A scarce first book -- preceding his second by over a decade -- by a writer best known these days for his fiction, winning the National Book Award for his 2007 novel Tree of Smoke. [#029391] $650
NY, Harcourt Brace World, (1965). Her first novel. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915192] $250
click for a larger image of item #27639, Promotional Material for "Sometimes a Great Notion," the Film (n.p.), Universal Pictures and Newman-Foreman Company, 1971. Ten page press kit showing the alternative graphics and layouts for the advertising for the movie based on Kesey's novel Sometimes a Great Notion. The film was directed by Paul Newman and starred Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick; it was nominated for two Academy Awards, and many consider it one of the last great performances of Fonda's career. 8-1/4" x 13-1/4". In the U.K., and in some later releases in the U.S., the film was titled "Never Give an Inch." This advertising pertains to the film's original release, with its original title. Stapled wrappers; fine. [#027639] $30
click for a larger image of item #31417, Sometimes a Great Notion Universal City, Universal Studios, 1970. Gay's screenplay based on Kesey's second novel, after One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but his first novel to be brought to the screen. The novel concerns the Stamper family, an independent, sometimes ornery group of Oregon loggers. The film was directed by Paul Newman and starred Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick, and it has fallen into undeserved obscurity: it was nominated for two Academy Awards and many consider it one of the last great performances of Fonda's career. This is labeled "Second Draft Screenplay," dated by hand February 10, 1970, with the name of legendary Hollywood editor Dede Allen written on the front cover (Allen is not credited on the film). Bradbound in studio wrappers; a bit dusty, but near fine. [#031417] $490
click for a larger image of item #21576, Black Light Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1966. A review copy of the poet's first, and only, novel. Inscribed by the author in 1995. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one tiny tear at the spine base. [#021576] $60
click for a larger image of item #6460, The Ungrateful Garden Bloomington, Indiana U. Press, (1961). The first regularly published book, a collection of poems, by a writer whose work is strongly associated with the Pacific Northwest and who later won the Pulitzer Prize. This is cloth issue, and is inscribed by the author to Oscar (Williams) "with love" in 1963. Williams is best-known as an anthologist but began by writing poetry: he won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1921. A nice association copy of an important first collection. In addition to the inscription on the front flyleaf, Kizer has also added her contact information on the rear flyleaf. Fine in a near fine, spine-faded, price-clipped dust jacket. [#006460] $150
(NY), New American Library, (1968). The uncorrected proof copy of this novel about an officer stripped of his rank in Vietnam for refusing to carry out his part in the war, who is given a chance to "redeem" himself by aiding in the torture of a prisoner. Signed by the author. Handling, sunning, and a few stains to covers; about very good in wrappers. An early novel of the war, which caused some controversy because it was not written by a veteran. [#031212] $20
click for a larger image of item #22972, Resumé and The Art of Self NY, Scientia-Factum, 1968. Kosinski's resume from 1970, the facts of which roughly correspond to to the biographical sketch at the rear of The Art of the Self, with the omission of his 1965 work Notes of the Author. Together with a copy of The Art of Self [NY, Scientia-Factum, 1968], a pamphlet containing short pieces relating to his National Book Award-winning novel Steps. Inscribed by the author. The pamphlet is edge-sunned; near fine in stapled wrappers. The resume is folded in thirds; edge-sunned with a small edge chip; near fine. A unique combination of items pertaining to Kosinski's writing career after the success of The Painted Bird and before the scandals that later plagued him after his celebrity, culminating in his suicide. [#022972] $750
click for a larger image of item #30748, Starseed San Francisco, Level Press, (c. 1973). A "transmission" by Leary from Folsom Prison, timed with the arrival of the comet Kohoutek. This is a photocopy of nine pages of typewritten text on five stapled pages. The last page reproduces a hand-drawn yin-yang symbol with eight trigrams around it and references one of the hexagrams of the I Ching -- none of which appeared in the published version of this book, which was done by the Level Press and issued as a booklet; this version presumably preceded. According to Leary's bibliographer and the woman who typed Leary's manuscripts for him, including Starseed, this could have been made from Leary's own typescripts (she would have corrected the typos, she said) and issued in small numbers prior to the formal publication. A similar process took place for Neurologic, which was published in late 1973 but had a stapled, prepublication issue done in May of that year that the bibliographer called a "trial issue." Starseed was formally published in September of 1973, and this version -- if what the principals say is correct -- would likely have been done sometime around the time that the Neurologic "trial copy" was done (Neurologic was formally published slightly later in the year than the Level Press Starseed). In any case, an extremely scarce variant of one of Leary's scarcer books, unseen by the bibliographer or by Leary's typist. Near fine. [#030748] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #31494, The Autobiography of Donovan, the Hurdy Gurdy Man NY, St. Martin's, (2005). The autobiography of the folk singer who, in the 1960s, was said to be the British answer to Bob Dylan. Signed by the author. Donovan -- he was known by the one name -- wrote some of the most popular and memorable songs of the 1960s, and was friends with the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Dylan, and others, including Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. Donovan wrote some of the lyrics for the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine"; he is credited with originating "Celtic rock"; and he was the first Western musician to play a sitar in a rock concert. After becoming a world-famous celebrity, he turned his back on the music industry and essentially disappeared from public view for nearly four decades. The publication of this book coincided with the issuing, on CD, of a career retrospective box set of music and videos. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031494] $190
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] $60
click for a larger image of item #32707, Pictures of Fidelman NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1969). A novel in the form of six related short stories, three of which had appeared in earlier collections of his, two of which were uncollected, and one of which was previously unpublished. Inscribed by Malamud, "For Mike and Katharine/ With love/ Bern," presumably his long-time friends Michael Seide and his wife. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032707] $265
(NY), Viking, (2003). Kesey's writing and art from his 1967 jail time. Introduced by and signed by Ed McClanahan. Lower corners tapped, small dent to lower front board; else fine in like dust jacket. [#028782] $35
(n.p.), Frontier Press, 1969. A single long poem, bound in fold-out stapled wrappers. One spot to the upper margin of the first page; else fine. From novelist Don Carpenter's library. [#019230] $20
click for a larger image of item #6670, A Smuggler's Bible NY, Harcourt Brace World, (1966). The uncorrected proof copy of his uncommon first book. Title on spine in marker; very good in wrappers. [#006670] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #10130, Why Vietnam (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] $60
click for a larger image of item #22058, Hue and Cry Boston, Little Brown, (1969). His 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. A lengthy blurb on the dust jacket from Ralph Ellison -- author of Invisible Man, perhaps the most acclaimed African-American novel of the 20th century -- lionizes McPherson for precisely this accomplishment, on its own terms, unaided by the winds of political correctness. Inscribed by the author "with affection and respect" and signed "James A. McPherson." Cloth a bit mottled; near fine in a good, heavily rubbed dust jacket with a couple of internal tape repairs. [#022058] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #12919, Henry Miller: Expatriate (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] $565
click for a larger image of item #12921, Writer & Critic 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] $265
click for a larger image of item #9648, Friends of Frobisher 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. Dampstain at lower corner of front cover, thus near fine in stapled wrappers. [#009648] $95
(Sports and Fitness)
click for a larger image of item #32322, Typed Letter Signed, with Vim and Vigor 1964. May 15, 1964. Hall of Famer Musial ("Stan the Man") played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 to 1963 (minus one year in the Navy); in February, 1964, he began a three-year term as Consultant to the President on Physical Fitness, under President Lyndon Johnson. This (form) letter, written on White House stationery, addressed to the Public Relations Director of the L.A. Dodgers, and signed by Musial as "Stan," asks for help, "since we don't have funds for advertising" in publicizing "two new books -- Vim for girls, Vigor for boys -- which explain how important [exercise] can be to their future." Included here are copies of Vim and Vigor, "A Complete Exercise Plan for Girls/Boys 12 to 18." [Washington, D.C.: President's Council on Physical Fitness, 1964]. Each is 24 pages, leading off with a Presidential Message from Johnson and concluding with a message from President Kennedy "prepared especially for this book in November, 1963." The 50+ year old advice is surprisingly current, and the advice across the two genders is surprisingly balanced. The letter is fine; the booklets are very good (Vim) and near fine (Vigor) in stapled wrappers. An example of the youthful President Kennedy's foresight in his emphasis on physical fitness, and the subsequent President taking up the mantle to continue his effort with the help of one of the athletic superstars of the day. [#032322] $565
click for a larger image of item #29885, Let Them Eat Promises. The Politics of Hunger in America Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, (1969). Inscribed by the author to Senator Ed Muskie: "with admiration for your commitment to public service." Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with faint foxing to the spine. [#029885] $40
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] SOLD
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] $95
NY, David McKay, (1965). His first novel. Foxing to endpages; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911783] $250
NY, Putnam, (1966). His uncommon second book. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace rubbing to the corners. [#911785] $175
(Washington), (United Citizens for Nixon-Agnew), [1968]. Audio excerpt from Nixon's August 8, 1968 Nomination Acceptance Speech, in the form of a 6" 33-1/3 rpm flexible record that is suitable for mailing. Never played, very near fine. A remarkable memento of an era. [#028814] $20
click for a larger image of item #33483, Logan's Run London, Gollancz, 1968. The first British edition of this science fiction novel that was made into a cult film in the 1970s, about a future world where humans' lives are ended when they reach 30 years of age. Also the basis for a short-lived television series, the year after the movie came out. Inscribed by William F. Nolan to the writer Stanley Wiater in 1984. Wiater's bookplate on the front flyleaf; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033483] $650
click for a larger image of item #33037, Human Universe and Other Essays San Francisco, Auerhahn Society, 1965. An attractively printed and bound limited edition of this collection of essays which includes "Projective Verse" and the title piece, one of his most important essays, among many others. One of 250 copies printed by Andrew Hoyem for the Auerhahn Press. Mild bowing, small foredge bump; near fine, with a supplied acetate dustwrapper in lieu of the original unprinted paper jacket. [#033037] $250
click for a larger image of item #29953, Four Poems (Rat Jelly) 1969. The photocopied typescript of four poems by Ondaatje that would be collected four years later in Rat Jelly. Given by Ondaatje to Greg Gatenby (later the director of Toronto's annual International Festival of Authors) in 1969 when Gatenby was Ondaatje's student. Includes "Rat Jelly," "Burning Hills" (2 pages), "Near Elginburg," and "Sullivan and the Iguana." All correspond to the versions published in 1973 except for one extra line in this earlier version of "Sullivan and the Iguana." One tiny hand-correction reproduced in "Burning Hills." Pages are folded once; some spotting to pages, mostly on versos, not affecting text. Near fine. Manuscript material from this early in Ondaatje's career is practically unknown in the market, and this group comes with impeccable provenance, only one step removed from the author. [#029953] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #31477, Trust (NY), New American Library, (1966). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, one of a handful of literary first novels published by NAL during the mid-60s, including John Gardner's The Resurrection and William Gass's Omensetter's Luck. Tall, comb-bound galley sheets. Laid in is a letter sent by editor David Segal to author John Barth, sending him "yet another first novel" and requesting "the pleasure of reading your opinion," as it appears Barth had made it clear that he would not be offering "a quotable quote." A noteworthy letter: Segal took over the newly founded hardcover publishing branch of New American Library, which previously had specialized in paperback publishing only -- notably the Signet and Mentor imprints, which reprinted classics and bestsellers. Segal immediately began publishing literary fiction by young, unknown writers, and in the course of a couple of years introduced William Gass, John Gardner, Michael Shaara, Alice Adams and Cynthia Ozick to the world, all of whom went on to become major American authors. It's a bit surprising that Barth would have been averse to providing a "quotable quote" for the likes of these, but apparently that was the case. This copy is signed by Barth on the first page and with his address stamp on the front cover. Ozick's name was left off the cover and has been added in ink. Mild sunning and curling to the covers; small tear at upper spine; about near fine. A very scarce proof of an important first book, and a copy with exceptionally interesting provenance. [#031477] $1,500
(Peace Corps)
click for a larger image of item #29890, Bibliography (Rabat), (n.p.), 1970. A bibliography of the Peace Corps TEFL Library in Rabat, Morocco as of September, 1970. Each entry is briefly annotated. Categories include: Language and Culture; Linguistics; Methods; Reference Grammar; Grammar Textbooks; Drill Books; Composition; Reading; Pronunciation; Conversation Dialogues, Vocabulary and Idioms; and Games and Songs. Photocopied typescript, 21 pages, printed on rectos only; lightly sunned and corner creased, staple failing; very good. A glimpse of the ground-level workings of one of the signature government programs introduced by the Kennedy administration in the 1960s. [#029890] $55
click for a larger image of item #28816, "The New Freedom": Corporate Capitalism NY, (Self-Published), 1961. One of 91 mimeographed copies, with woodcuts by John Ricklefs. Handbound in fiber-board. Spotting to covers, creasing to spine; very good. [#028816] $565
On Sale: $396
NY, Random House, (1967). The second book by the noted conservative commentator. This copy belonged to the writer Geoffrey Wolff and bears his underlinings and marginal comments throughout, as well as two full pages of notes on the front endpapers. Presumably Wolff reviewed the book; he has reviewed more than 400 books over the years, and typically marks the book as he reads it, in preparation for writing. We don't know where this review appeared, however. Cloth mottled; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with fading to the title lettering on the spine. [#028989] $60
(Political Convention)
(Washington, DC), (Young Citizens for Johnson), (n.d.). Program of the National Convention of Young Citizens for Johnson, to be held in August -- presumably 1964, the only year that Johnson ran for President. Listing Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, and Peter, Paul and Mary as participants, and Bill Moyers as Special Assistant to the President, among others. Written in ink are the name of two additions to the program: Joan Kennedy and Herbert Humphry [sic]. 6-1/2" x 8-1/2", once folded in eighths to pocket size; very good. [#009666] $20
click for a larger image of item #9667, The Age of Stoning NY, Stein and Day, (1971). A comic novel of the counterculture, written by a former Bread Loaf fellow. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#009667] $20
click for a larger image of item #31486, Children is All and Cracks (n.p.), (n.p.), 1961/1962. Mimeographed typescripts of two one-act plays, which were collected in his 1962 volume entitled Children is All. Inscribed by Purdy on the title page of Cracks to the poet Quentin Stevenson "with the sincere admiration of James" and additionally signed, James Purdy. Children is All (1961) runs 41 pages; Cracks (1962) runs 16 pages. Each is near fine; stapled in the upper left corner. Purdy was a controversial author whose works explored, among other things, gay themes at a time when this was taboo; his popularity and critical reception suffered as a result, but many of his more celebrated contemporaries considered him a genius and a great writer, among them being Tennessee Williams (who wrote a blurb for the book publication of Children is All); Edward Albee (who produced Purdy's play Malcolm); and Gore Vidal, who called him "an authentic American genius" and wrote in the New York Times article entitled "James Purdy: The Novelist as Outlaw" that "Some writers do not gain wide acceptance because their work is genuinely disturbing. Purdy is one of them." As best we can determine, OCLC lists only two copies of the former typescript and one of the latter in institutional collections. Another collection lists "photocopies" of these two plays, but these productions predate plain paper photocopying. Scarce works by a writer whom Jonathan Franzen called "one of the most undervalued and underread writers in America." [#031486] $1,500
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1967). Review copy. Signed by the author. Slight edge sunning; near fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip affixed to the flyleaf with a single piece of tape. [#030027] $60
click for a larger image of item #915473, The Crying of Lot 49 Philadelphia, Lippincott, (1966). Pynchon's second novel, winner of the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the most overtly political, and paranoid, of Pynchon's novels. Chosen by David Pringle as one of the hundred best novels of Modern Fantasy. Edge-sunning to boards; near fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#915473] $675
(Rock Handbill)
click for a larger image of item #8044, BLUE CHEER Denver, 1967. "Washday Detergent." A postcard for a performance of Blue Cheer and Superfine Dandelion in Denver on November 3rd and 4th, 1967. 5" x 7", done by Robert Fried. Art of Rock, #FD D-10. Fine. [#008044] $150
(Rock Handbill)
click for a larger image of item #9690, BLUE CHEER San Francisco, 1967. "Spirit of '67." Playing with Sopwith Camel, July 7th and 8th, 1967. Four color, with an Uncle Sam motif. 5" x 7". Corresponds to the poster depicted in Art of Rock, #2.149. This performance was at California Hall in San Francisco. Fine. [#009690] $190
(Rock Handbill)
click for a larger image of item #9525, DIDDLEY, Bo 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] $170
(Rock Handbill)
click for a larger image of item #10391, QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE San Pablo, [1967]. 5.5" x 8.5". An appearance by Quicksilver with Ophelia's Death on January 10, 1967, at Maple Hall in San Pablo, California. Black on green. One small ink mark, minor scuffing; near fine. [#010391] $170
click for a larger image of item #33534, Between 1960-1963 London, Fulcrum Press, (1967). Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clayton [Eshleman] & Caryl in 1979, "after between & with love." With Eshleman's ownership signature, dated in the year of publication. Near fine in wrappers. [#033534] $75
click for a larger image of item #33532, Ritual: A Book of Primitive Rites and Events NY, A Great Bear Pamphlet, 1966. Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clayton [Eshleman] & Caryl, "the pleasure of your company. Love/ Jerry. Postdated: 8/11/79." Near fine in stapled wrappers. A nice association: by the time of the inscription, Rothenberg and Eshleman had been friends for nearly two decades; both shared an interest not only in poetry but, in particular, in archiac poetry and ethnopoetics, such as those indigenous texts that formed the underpinnings for Rothenberg's adaptations in this volume. [#033532] $75
click for a larger image of item #33535, The Flight of Quetzalcoatl 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
click for a larger image of item #33533, The Gorky Poems Mexico, Corno Emplumado, 1966. A bilingual (English/Spanish) edition. Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clay [Clayton Eshleman] & Caryl in 1979, "con fuertes abrazos." With Eshleman's ownership signature, dated 1966. One of 1000 copies, published by poet Margaret Randall's bilingual small press in Mexico City, which was a key outlet for avant garde poetry in the 1960s, until it was forced to close down in 1969 after taking a stand in support of the 1968 Mexican Student Movement, which ended with the Tlatelolco massacre in October, 1968. Near fine in wrappers. [#033533] $75
click for a larger image of item #33531, Sightings/Lunes (NY), (Hawk's Well Press), (1964). Inscribed by Rothenberg in 1965 to Clay [Clayton Eshleman] and Barbara: "these poems for light and all." Two volumes in one: Sightings by Rothenberg and Lunes by Kelly, published by Rothenberg's small press. The glue has failed on the tipped-in drawings by Amy Mendelson; the drawings are now laid in; otherwise near fine in wrappers. Laid in is a small sheet printing instructions for reading "Sightings" by Rothenberg, and similar instructions for "Lunes" by Kelly on the verso. In addition there is an announcement of the 1965 birth of Rothenberg's son laid in. A nice association, with scarce ephemera laid in. [#033531] $125
click for a larger image of item #7163, The Great White Hope (n.p.), (Dial Press), (1968). The uncorrected proof copy of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Quarto, 8" x 11"; paper clip imprint to front cover and first few pages (clip still present); sunning to covers and the number 48 written in pencil on front; near fine. An uncommon format, suggesting that not many copies would have been done. [#007163] $190
NY, RCA, 1966. Long-playing record album of songs by the Special Forces Staff Sergeant who wrote and popularized the title song of the album. Eleven additional songs, including "I'm a Lucky One" (later the title of a book he wrote), "Salute to the Nurses," "Letter From Vietnam," and more. A monaural recording. Fine in a near fine sleeve. Presumably quite uncommon in such nice shape. [#010214] $40
click for a larger image of item #24185, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction Boston, Little Brown, (1963). Salinger's fourth and last book, two long stories of the Glass family. This is the third issue, with the dedication page tipped in after the title page. Spotting to top edge; boards mildly sunned and splayed; very good in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with a little wear to the spine. [#024185] $250
(Hippies)
Los Angeles, Sherbourne Press, (1971). Scarce novel of a hippie chick who upsets the life of a young, relatively straight man, and embroils him in a complicated and dangerous affair. By a small Los Angeles publisher known for its books aimed at the youth/ counterculture market. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#007821] $30
(Self-Help)
Syracuse, International Center for Self-Analysis, 1968. This issues deals with the Cleveland Yoga Convocation. Participant's name front cover and small stains; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#028825] $20
click for a larger image of item #27093, La Turista Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, (1968). The galley sheets of this early play by Shepard, his first two-act play. Laid in are the galleys of Elizabeth Hardwick's introduction, dated 1967; Hardwick had reviewed the play for the New York Review of Books. At the time Shepard wrote La Turista, he was a member of the counterculture rock band The Holy Modal Rounders, which had a cameo appearance in the film Easy Rider. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as test pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff; he won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for Buried Child, and he won eleven Obie awards and was nominated for two Tonys, for Buried Child and True West. He received the Gold Medal for Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992. Claspbound, printed on rectos only, front cover tanned and separating; rear cover has date and price and "DUPL NYPL." Front cover has the name of Paul Myers, curator of the Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library. Very good. A fragile and rare early state of this play by one of the most important playwrights of the latter half of the 20th century. The only copy of the proof we have seen. [#027093] $2,500
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1967). A novel. Signed by the author: "Greetings/ I.B. Singer." Fine in a very good dust jacket with several small edge tears and internal tape-strengthening at the spine. [#022535] $60
(Drugs)
NY, Oxford University Press, 1971. One sentence underlined; near fine in a good dust jacket with a jagged open tear on the front panel, affecting the letters of the author and title. [#032613] $20
(Drugs)
NY, Delta, (1972). First Delta printing. With drawings by R. Crumb. Near fine in wrappers. [#032614] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #914685, A Hall of Mirrors Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1967. A review copy of his first book, a novel of drifters in New Orleans in the early Sixties caught up in the web of a quasi-religious political machine. Winner of the William Faulkner Award for best first novel of the year as well as a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Signed by the author. Tiny lower corner bump and shelf wear to lower boards; else a fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing on the rear panel. Promotional author photo laid in, with incorrect publication date. Basis for a film, WUSA (the call letters of the right-wing radio station that figures prominently in the book), starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Anthony Perkins. [#914685] $1,000
(NY), Ecco/HarperCollins, (2007). From the author's own library and inscribed by Stone: "For Eleanor with love and blessings always/ Bob S." Additionally, Stone has added, by hand, the title Outerbridge Reach to his list of previous publications. Laid in is a 2007 note from an editor at Ecco, to Stone's wife, conveying materials Stone needs to approve. Prime Green was Stone's first book of nonfiction, a memoir focusing on the late 1950s and the 1960s, when Stone was closely involved with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. Lacking a book by Kesey himself on the subject, this is the best memoir to date of that time and some of its key figures. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033827] $175
NY, Random House, (1967). His controversial third novel, about a black slave uprising in the nineteenth century. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. One of an unspecified number of copies signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket with razor thin shelf wear to the lower edge. [#912844] $250
(KESEY, Ken)
(London), (London Magazine), (1969). A piece on Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Near fine in wrappers. [#028783] $20
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