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(New York), New Directions, (1975). His second book of fiction, his first major collection of stories. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#914402] $70
(Boise), Limberlost Press, 2005. Of a total edition of 850 copies, this is one of 750 copies in saddle-stitched wrappers. Fine. [#912176] $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
Toronto, Coach House Press, (1994). Signed by the author in 1998. Fine in self-wrappers. [#914407] $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
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (1993). Stories. Signed by the author in 1995.. Only issued in wrappers. Fine. [#915813] $19
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (1995). Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915814] $19
NY, Fiction Collective, 1975. The hardcover issue of his fourth book and first collection of stories. This was Banks' first hardcover publication: his previous fiction had been issued only in paperback, and two volumes of poetry were issued as chapbooks. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine, slightly rubbed dust jacket. [#911308] $175
NY, Counterpoint, (2003). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915830] $19
click for a larger image of item #32742, Home Economics Berkeley, North Point, 1987. The uncorrected proof copy of this essay collection reported to have had a first printing of only 900-1000 copies. Slightly dusty, else fine in wrappers. [#032742] $55
(NY), Soho Press, (1996). The advance reading copy of his third book, second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#022857] $20
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] $40
click for a larger image of item #16536, Indian Mountain and Other Poems Ithaca, Ithaca House, (1971). The second book, and first regularly published volume, by this writer of Abenaki descent, who has carved out a unique place in contemporary American Indian literature as a publisher, poet, novelist, anthologist, storyteller and chronicler of traditional stories. Warmly inscribed by the author to his grandmother: "For Grandma/ For her birthday./ July 4, 1972/ Love,/ Sonny." Joseph "Sonny" Bruchac was raised by his grandparents, and his grandmother influenced his early love of reading. Some staining to front cover and some rubbing and surface peeling there. Very good in wrappers. A nice association copy. [#016536] $375
Port Townsend, Copper Canyon Press, (1976). The first book, a collection of poems, by this writer who is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee tribe. This book won the Washington State Governor's First Book Award in 1976. Inscribed by the author to another Native American poet in 1977, "with great respect for your writing, your support of newer poets, and your inspiration as a Keeper of Tradition." Recipient's handmade bookplate on flyleaf; near fine in wrappers. [#025385] $60
(Minneapolis), Milkweed, (1994). Slight corner taps, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915974] $19
Chicago, Big Table, (1971). The simultaneous wrappered edition of this book of poems written in celebration of the birth of his first child. Inscribed by the author to Australian poet and literary editor Thomas Shapcott. Near fine. [#023737] $30
click for a larger image of item #33667, Those Days Elmood, Raven Editions, 1987. A collection of early pieces by Carver that were written prior to the publication of his first book, Near Klamath. William Stull turned these up in the course of bibliographic research, and he edited them and provided notes and an Afterword. Carver himself wrote an introduction. This is Copy No. 39 of 100 copies in wrappers, of a total edition of 140. Signed by Carver. Unmarked, but from the library of Robert Stone. [#033667] $450
click for a larger image of item #912354, Two Poems (Salisbury), Scarab, (1982). Carver's first limited edition after his first brush with commercial success. Of a total edition of 100 numbered copies, this is one of 25 copies that were reserved for the author's use. Signed by Carver. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#912354] $500
click for a larger image of item #914629, Winter Insomnia (Santa Cruz), (Kayak Books), (1970). The rare white issue of Carver's first regularly published book (after Near Klamath, published by the English Club of Sacramento State College). Kayak Books was a small but established publisher, which produced a literary magazine as well as issuing books of poetry. Winter Insomnia is a collection of poems, designed and printed by George Hitchcock and illustrated with prints by Robert McChesney. Issued in an attractive edition of 1000 copies, the overwhelming majority (perhaps more than 99%) were issued in yellow wrappers. William Stull's Carver checklist said that three copies were known in the white wrappers. Since that checklist was published, we have seen three more copies in white wrappers, including this one, bringing the total number of known copies to six. Without knowing exactly how many white copies there were, we can say with assurance that this issue is exceedingly scarce; we've seen dozens, if not hundreds, of the issue in yellow wrappers. This copy is inscribed by Carver: "For Rush - with good wishes. Ray Carver. 3-3-83." Spine and edge sunning to covers; near fine. [#914629] $3,000
Houston, Arte Publico Press, 1984. Inscribed by the author in 1986. Fine in wrappers. [#914438] $175
click for a larger image of item #32971, Samuel Johnson is Indignant (Brooklyn), McSweeney's, (2001). Two advance states of this collection of stories: unbound photocopied galleys, 201 sheets, 8-1/2" x 11", printed on rectos only, fine but for a near fine cover sheet; and velobound 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, now including the cover art by David Byrne, fine. [#032971] $500
On Sale: $325
click for a larger image of item #32973, I (San Francisco/Brooklyn), McSweeney's, (2002). Three items: the first edition, a 339 page photocopied typescript, and a 4-page promotional handout. The book is signed by both Dixon and by Daniel Clowes, who provided the cover art. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. The sheets are punched along the left margin, as though for velobinding. Printed on rectos only; fine. [#032973] $125
click for a larger image of item #32281, A Book of Ku (n.p.), Tangram, (2013). A collection of seven-syllable poems. One of 200 copies in saddle-stitched self-wrappers. Dodge is a novelist and poet, and author of Fup, Not Fade Away, and Stone Junction, among others. Small spot to rear cover, else fine. Laid is to this copy is a letter from the publisher, Jerry Reddan, to Peter [Matthiessen] transmitting the copy and saying that Dodge's health and teaching commitments had delayed the title for about 7 years. Uncommon. [#032281] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #26970, Piss-Fir Willie Poems (n.p.), Tangram, (1998). A suite of poems "offered as an homage to the vernacular of northcoast working people," plus an introduction. One of 200 copies. This copy is inscribed by Dodge to another writer and signed "Jim." Fine in saddle-stitched self-wrappers. Dodge is the author of the novels Not Fade Away and Stone Junction as well as the underground classic Fup, about a magical duck. A nice association copy of an attractive and uncommon small press production. [#026970] SOLD
Providence, Mason Press, (1989). A chapbook, with three stories by Drury. Number 135 of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#916121] SOLD
NY, Norton, (1991). Signed by the author and additionally inscribed to a well-known poet in the year of publication. The recipient has made a number of marginal markings on the contents page, otherwise fine in a fine dust jacket. A good association copy. [#013174] $60
click for a larger image of item #33672, Blessings Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1987. The first separate edition of this story by Dubus, expanded from its magazine publication back to its original length. An attractive limited edition, designed and printed by Carol Blinn of Warwick Press. Copy No. 34 of 60 numbered copies, of a total edition of 70 copies signed by the author. Unmarked, but from the library of Robert Stone. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033672] $500
New Orleans, Perdido Press, 1994. A trial edition, one of reportedly 10 copies printed by Edwin Blair of Perdido Press for John Dufresne and John LeBow, in preparation for a print run of 176 copies. This edition was never issued: John LeBow issued his own edition later that same year. A fine copy in saddle-stitched wrappers, and signed by Dufresne. With a 2003 letter of provenance laid in from the bookseller who first got the copy from Blain. A scarce, unpublished edition, much more elaborately designed and illustrated than the final published book. [#914646] $250
click for a larger image of item #32977, The Berlin Years (n.p.), (McSweeney's), (2006). A fundraiser for 826NYC. Thirty-two 9" x 13" reproductions of drawings by Dzama, in a cardstock folder on which is printed an introduction by Sarah Vowell and an interview with Dzama by Vowell. Issued together with a facsimile of one of Dzama's spiral notebooks, filled with text and art. Still shrink-wrapped. Fine. [#032977] $150
Chapel Hill, Mud Puppy Press, (1987). The first separate appearance of this story. A limited edition: one of 500 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#914477] $30
click for a larger image of item #32950, Original Art (n.p.), McSweeney's, (2000). A drawing by Eggers of a broken bird-like creature, executed on the previously blank dust jacket of Timothy McSweeney's Issue No. 5. Signed (initialed) by Eggers. Additionally initialed by Eggers in 2001 and signed by Lydia Davis, Susan Minot, Ben Greenman, Lawrence Weschler, Paul LaFarge, Ann Cummins, and Sarah Vowell Issue No. 5 was the first hardcover issue of Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and it was issued in three variant bindings and four variant dust jackets. This is the Ted Koppel binding with the previously blank white front. One tiny corner tap, else fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#032950] $1,000
click for a larger image of item #28219, The Country Between Us (Port Townsend), Copper Canyon, (1981). The limited edition, and the true first edition, of her second collection of poetry, the 1981 Lamont Poetry selection of the Academy of American Poets. Her first collection was published in the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series. This collection became the paradigm of "engaged" and activist poetry in the late '70s and early '80s. One of 200 copies signed by the author. Preceding the trade edition by several months. Fine. [#028219] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #911170, My Mother, In Memory Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1988. A limited edition of this essay, a shorter version of which had appeared in Harper's. Issued in a total edition of 140 copies, of which only 40 were hardbound: 26 lettered copies and 14 presentation copies. This is number 10 of 14 presentation copies signed by the author, with a frontispiece by noted artist Russell Chatham, hand-shaded and signed by Chatham as well. Designed and printed letterpress by Carol Blinn at Warwick Press. Hand-bound in quarter leather and decorated paste paper over boards. A fine copy of a beautiful production. [#911170] $2,000
click for a larger image of item #914652, My Mother, In Memory Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1988. A limited edition of this essay, a shorter version of which had appeared in Harper's. Issued in a total edition of 140 copies, of which only 40 were hardbound and, of those 40, only 26 were offered for sale. This is copy 'G' of 26 lettered copies signed by the author, with a frontispiece by noted artist Russell Chatham, hand-shaded and signed by Chatham as well. Designed and printed letterpress by Carol Blinn at Warwick Press. A fine copy of a beautiful production, with publisher's prospectus laid in. [#914652] $1,250
click for a larger image of item #911206, Privacy (n.p.), (Grenfell Press), (1999). One of 35 numbered copies of the first book publication of this story that first appeared in the New Yorker. An elaborate and elegant production by one of the premier fine presses in the country, with seven etchings by artist Jane Kent. Signed by Ford and Kent. This is copy number 21. Unbound folios, 10-1/4" x 15-1/2", laid into the publisher's clamshell case, which was made by Claudia Cohen, with tissue guard protecting each of the etchings. Fine. At the publisher's price. [#911206] $5,000
(Port Townsend), Graywolf Press, 1976. The poet's second book, this being the issue in wrappers, one of 1350 copies of a total edition of 1500. Inscribed by the author to another poet in 1981, with reference to "our days in Seattle," and signed with "Love." With the recipient's ownership signature. Fine in wrappers. A nice literary association. [#022701] $125
click for a larger image of item #33674, Moon Crossing Bridge (St. Paul), Graywolf, (1992). A collection of poetry, much of it reflecting on the death of her husband, Raymond Carver. Inscribed by Gallagher to Robert Stone: "For Bob -- many rivers & bridges, that one man we knew & loved -- Ray -- Love, Tess." Dated in Port Angeles, 6/2/92." Fine in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket with a closed gutter tear. [#033674] $150
(Hohenwold), (Book Source), (2000). A chapbook published as Oxford Series: Two. One of 500 numbered copies. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#913570] $200
(Hohenwold), (Book Source), (1999). A chapbook published as Oxford Series: One. Number 173 of 250 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#913569] $200
(Port Townsend), Copper Canyon Press, (1978). A collection of poems, one of 1000 copies in wrappers of a total edition of 1100 copies. Inscribed by the author to poet Linda Gregg. Fine. [#001482] $20
NY, Albondocani, 1988. A limited edition printing the previously unpublished "The Man Who Kicked Cancer's Ass" and "Some Blue Hills at Sundown," which appeared in The London Daily News in 1987. Of a total edition of 176 copies, this is one of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched self-wrappers. [#911576] $100
Evanston, TriQuarterly Press, (1995). A collection of fiction -- three stories and a novella. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#025491] $20
(Minneapolis), Milkweed Editions, (1989). Inscribed by Goedicke to fellow author Steve [Krauzer] and his wife. Fine in wrappers. [#027802] $20
NY, Norton, (1994). Poetry and prose poems. Inscribed by the author in the month of publication: "For ___ ____-/ you are part of/ these stories &/ songs/ with ongoing/ love,/ Joy Harjo/ 12/94." Fine in a fine dust jacket (not price-clipped, as most of the jackets were), with a black & white photo of the author and her daughter laid in. [#025523] SOLD
(Minneapolis), Milkweed Editions, (1997). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#914099] $19
(Minneapolis), Milkweed Editions, (1995). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#914095] $19
Lewiston, Confluence Press, (1977). A poetry chapbook, published in an edition of 300 copies. Inscribed by the author in 1978 to James and Lois Welch. Slight sunning to edges; near fine in self-wrappers. [#025535] $20
click for a larger image of item #32481, Snow Flowers (Kalamazoo), Westigan Review Press, 1979. Poetry chapbook. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "With thanks for pointing out to me the mountains behind my house." Near fine in saddle-stitched self-wrappers. Laid in is an additional photocopy of a typescript of a poem, "Tomales Bay, November 28, 1980," with one holograph correction. [#032481] $55
click for a larger image of item #32986, Songbook (San Francisco), (McSweeney's), (2002). Essays by Hornby about music and songs that have been important to him, illustrated by Marcel Dzama. Inscribed by the author. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued, with a CD bound in that has 11 of the songs mentioned. [#032986] $65
click for a larger image of item #23439, What Thou Lovest Well, Remains American NY, Norton, (1975). Poems of the American West, by a Montana poet whose poetry was twice nominated for the National Book Award, and who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in two different genres -- fiction and poetry. Hugo also became editor of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series a few years after this book was published. This copy is inscribed by the author to a Native American poet: "Fellow poet, [?] and may all you love well remain/ Dick." Hugo's signature is uncommon. Homemade bookplate of recipient front flyleaf; dust jacket panels clipped and pasted to boards and front flap pasted to front pastedown; fine, such as it is. [#023439] $135
(Minneapolis), Milkweed, (1998). The uncorrected proof copy. Fine in wrappers, with David Foster Wallace blurb on the front cover. [#913113] $19
click for a larger image of item #32988, Lemon (Brooklyn), McSweeney's, (2000). A collection of 11 items related to the playwright's first novel, as follows: two velobound proofs, one printed on rectos only, one double-sided and signed by Krauser; one copy of the book, unsigned, and with eight copies of the dust jacket (2 folded, 6 flat), each uniquely illustrated, annotated, and/or signed by Krauser (as was the entire print run). The eight annotated and illustrated jackets included here tell a bit of a story: the first one (dated 10/9/00 and labeled #1) features a regal character with a flag; the next five are dated 10/10 and are created on the flight from Reykjavik, Iceland (where the book was being printed and bound), during which Krauser has apparently noticed glaring errors in his proofs. One jacket reads: "Is it possible that my anxiety re THESE THOSE F*CKING TYPOES HOW COULD I MISS THEM is causing turbulence in this plane, to this plane, now? [to believe that would constitute or imply psychosis]...Hell in the Heavens." Next, a self portrait with: "If this plane crashes, the typos in my book won't seem as horrible." And then, a more wavering portrait with, "doodling seems to help - how?- me feel better about the typos TOO MANY TOO MANY OUCH!!! ALL MY MEGALOFAULT." There then follow two more doodled jackets from the same day, one is a bit of a carnival abstract, one is more of an inhabited landscape. Two more doodled proof jackets are wrapped around the book, one dated in November and one in December; the December one is a scrawl but bears the title; the November one seems more equanimous. The six flat jackets are all identified by the author as "printer's proofs" and have the publisher's trim markings and color guide present, and all are signed by Krauser. The two folded jackets are wrapped around the book and have the author's individual designs and dates but no signatures. All elements are fine. Needless to say, unique. [#032988] $500
click for a larger image of item #33949, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature (Minneapolis), Milkweed, (2016). A memoir by Lanham, in which the naturalist examines, among other things, what it is like to be himself a "rare bird," i.e. a black man in an overwhelmingly white field. Inscribed by the author: "To ____ - Thank you for loving the wild." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a cover blurb by Helen MacDonald. Uncommon signed. [#033949] $100
click for a larger image of item #32490, Pili's Wall (Santa Barbara), Unicorn Press, (1971). Poetry chapbook by this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who later became Poet Laureate of the U.S. One of 500 copies in wrappers, of a total edition of 750. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]. Foxed, musty; very good in wrappers and a very good dust jacket. [#032490] $265
click for a larger image of item #29935, Richard Yates, plus Interview Brooklyn, Melville House, (2010). The second novel by the author of the recent Taipei, published in softcover only, signed by Lin with a cross-shaped bug doodle, his bug doodle signature motif being not uncommon. Laid in is the publisher's "Rumpus" interview with Lin, asking about his writing process, his inspiration, his synopsis, and the book's autobiographical elements; the verso has tour dates and blurbs about earlier books. The interview is folded in half, and is inscribed by Lin and signed "tao." Also together with, for no concrete reason, a Snapfish postcard printout of Lin's 2008 image "Panda Crying for No Concrete Reason." A nice collection of materials by a writer who has been called "a Kafka for the iPhone generation." [#029935] $250
click for a larger image of item #33030, Pulling Wire (Minnesota), Red Dragonfly Press, 2003. A fine press edition printing one story from Iron Horse Magazine, about the intrinsic rewards of a good day's work. Letterpress printed on handmade Japanese paper, with a title page woodcut by Gary Young. This is the deluxe issue, printed on Barcham Green handmade paper and bound in cloth and boards. Copy No. 18 of 36 numbered copies signed by the author. An additional 240 copies were issued unsigned, in wrappers. A couple small spots to rear cloth, else fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033030] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #31471, Bobbie Lee. Indian Rebel (Toronto), Women's Press, (1990). First thus, with a new preface by the author. Signed by Maracle. The autobiography of a Canadian Native woman, recounting personal history and political radicalization. First published in 1975 by the Liberation Support Movement Press. This edition has a foreword by Jeannette Armstrong, Canadian Native writer and activist, and the grand-niece of Mourning Dove (aka Christine Quiinstasket), author of Co-Ge-We-A, The Half-Blood, and one of the earliest Native American women writers to be published. Scarce signed, in any edition. Near fine in wrappers. [#031471] $125
San Francisco, North Point, 1986. The first book by this author whose genius seems to be in portraying not only the external forces that dissolve bonds between people but the internal forces, the acts of will and love and creativity, that can hold them together. Fine in fine dust jacket and signed by the author. [#006487] $20
(n.p.), Frankfort Arts Foundation, (1984). A chapbook containing one story by each author. Mason's "Hunktown" first appeared in Atlantic Monthly. Copy 109 of 450 numbered copies signed by both authors. Fine in string-tied self-wrappers. [#915298] SOLD
Boston, Shambhala, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of these Zen journals spanning the years 1969-1982. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Very good in wrappers. [#032021] $40
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (1994). Her second novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Robert Boswell and Diane Johnson. [#011946] $20
San Francisco, Mercury House, (2001). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "with respect and admiration." Fine in wrappers. [#033755] $35
(McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)
click for a larger image of item #32959, Ephemera (Brooklyn), (McSweeney's), (various dates). Includes: a prepublication postcard announcement of the upcoming literary journal, addressed, stamped and mailed; three different subscription solicitations to Might magazine, the precursor to Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, in postcard form; a "Just Fred" album release sticker by Fred Schneider (who worked with Esther Bell, who made a short film about One Ring Zero); a Welcome letter, ca. 1998, with questions and answers, and an announcement of their website, among other things; the "Notes and Backgrounds" pamphlet from Issue #4; two copies of the red dust jacket from Issue #5; one copy of the Issue #5 severed arm jacket; and three copies of the Issue #5 head lesion dust jacket, each of these was arbitrarily priced at the McSweeney's Store. All items fine. [#032959] $200
(McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)
click for a larger image of item #32953, Timothy McSweeney's Very Intense Heated Passionate Battle/Embrace with They Might Be Giants (n.p.), McSweeney's, (2001). The sixth issue. Hardcover, issued with a CD by They Might Be Giants. Published in two variant bindings, this being the one reading "We Now Know Who" (the other read "Find Them and Convince Them"). With an initialed ink and crayon drawing of a strawberry, by Dave Eggers, on the first blank. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#032953] $350
Buffalo, White Pine Press, (2001). Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], with gratitude. Near fine in wrappers. [#032109] $20
click for a larger image of item #32894, The Cosmological Eye Norfolk, New Directions, (1939). Miller's first book to be published in the U.S., after the acclaim that his earlier books -- Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring -- had achieved in Paris. One of 2000 copies printed, this copy is a review copy (so stamped on the front flyleaf, with a publication date). Inscribed by Miller to Roger Richards, a legendary New York bookseller whose store, Greenwich Books, was a hangout for many of the Beat writers including Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Ginsberg and Burroughs, and even Carl Solomon. Richards also published one of the last things Miller wrote, a 1978 chapbook called Love Between the Sexes, issued in an edition of 276 copies. This was one of the early books published by New Directions, which had been founded in 1936. Darkening to endpages and spine cloth, a very good copy of the first issue in a very good, first issue dust jacket with several small edge chips and two small contemporary reviews taped to the front flap. Very uncommon as an advance copy, and an excellent association copy. [#032894] $1,500
Santa Monica, Danger Books, (1999). Virtually a novella in the form of a book dealer's catalog. Moody has created a hilarious and touching self-contained world where the values accorded to the items for sale (dollars) and the values inherent in them (significance, artistry, passion) are in running comic contrast. Moody has his tongue in his cheek but also his heart on his sleeve; many of the entries embody a sensitivity and tenderness surprising in such a send-up. An effective, even haunting riff on rare book catalogs. The trade edition consisted of 1000 copies in wrappers: 300 numbered and signed and 700 unsigned. This is the uncorrected proof copy. Apparently identical to the trade edition but with "Uncorrected Proof" printed on the front cover. Given the sophistication of the production and producers, probably a cleverly marketed print overrun rather than a true proof. Fine in wrappers and signed by Moody. [#911773] $40
San Francisco, Mercury House, (1992). A review copy of her first book, a collection of stories. Fine in a fine dust jacket with publisher's press release laid in. [#915403] $19
North Brookfield, Thistle Hill Press, 1978. "An Ecological Parable." One of 500 copies, signed by Neal and by Fritz Eichenberg, who provides a wood engraving, also signed, as illustration. The text and the illustration are in separate saddle-stitched wrappers; these are housed together in a slipcase. Very slight spine-sunning to wrappers, else fine; the slipcase is near fine. [#027445] $225
click for a larger image of item #3632, Taos Pueblo (Greenfield), (Greenfield Review), (1973). Inscribed by the author to poet Richard Eberhart and his wife in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. A nice literary association. [#003632] $225
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (2001). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911790] $30
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (1994). Inscribed by the author to Andre Dubus in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. [#916652] $75
click for a larger image of item #32994, The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature (Brooklyn), McSweeney's, (2000). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Together with a preview edition, on CD, of the 2002 Perennial/HarperCollins paperback edition. Includes five audio tracks (if one can trust anything about the sleeve copy, which also features a 1965 blurb by Allen Ginsberg about Pollack, who was born in 1970, and numerous other, shall we call them, "alternative facts" about the author). And also together with a promotional postcard for the 2002 edition: "Neil Pollack is a Sellout," and announcing the book is coming in March, "from Neil Pollack's New Corporate Masters." All items fine. [#032994] $100
(Minnesota), Milkweed Editions, (2002). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916709] $19
Normal, Dalkey Archive Press, (1994). "Critical Takes on Pynchon's Novel," edited by Donald Greiner, Geoffrey Green and Larry McCaffrey. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine. [#915495] $175
click for a larger image of item #33540, A Book of Testimony (Bolinas), Tree Books, 1971. A chapbook, one of 300 copies. Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clayton [Eshleman] & Caryl, "in the warm aura of Italian/Latino music - Los Angeles Saturday - love." Near fine in wrappers. [#033540] $75
(Greensboro), Unicorn Press, (1974). Poems from the "Poland 1931" sequence. Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clayton [Eshleman], "with admiration & thanks for the encouragements & challenge." Illustrated with posed photographs featuring Rothenberg and Kathy Acker, among others. One of 2000 copies in wrappers. Near fine. [#033542] $65
(NY), New Directions, (1974). The New Directions softcover issue of this title. Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clayton [Eshleman] & Caryl with "happy welcome home" and "abrazos." Near fine. [#033541] SOLD
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 #911247, His Mistress's Voice (Lewisburg), Press of Appletree Alley, 1995. A fine press limited edition of a story that first appeared in The Partisan Review in 1986. One of 195 numbered copies, signed by the author. An uncommon edition: although the stated limitation was 195, the press was selling unbound copies a couple of years after the initial publication date, suggesting that not all of the sets of sheets were bound. Fine in quarter leather, burgundy cloth boards, in a fine slipcase. The nicest edition done of one of Roth's works. [#911247] $950
West Hartford, Raven Editions, 2004. A limited edition of a single story. Of a total edition of 110 copies, this is copy 6 of 75 numbered copies signed by Salter and by Robert Dente, the artist. Fine in wrappers. [#915547] SOLD
(St. Paul), Graywolf, (1998). Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914294] $19
Colorado Springs, Gauntlet, 2005. A chapbook designed as a promotional piece for Gauntlet's As Timeless as Infinity, but with material "exclusive to this publication." This is the second chapbook in the series and shows two drafts of three scenes of the above Twilight Zone episode. Printed in an edition of 500 copies. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#031493] $115
Fairhope, Over the Transom, 2003. A chapbook. One of 333 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. Together with a CD of Sherman's live reading, also signed by the author. [#915570] $70
Sag Harbor, Permanent Press, (1993). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916853] $19
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (1998). A novel by the author of Wrinkles and The Belles Lettres Papers, among others. Inscribed by the author: "8/7/98/ For Pauline [Kael]/ with love/ Cheers/ [unsigned]." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#023069] $40
St. Paul, Graywolf Press, 1993. A separate appearance of the text of a talk given by Smiley at the Aspen Writers' Conference and collected in the anthology The True Subject: Writers on Life and Craft. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. A little-known Smiley "A" item. [#912777] $80
click for a larger image of item #915756, The Life of the Body Minneapolis, Coffee House Press/Espresso Editions, 1990. A story by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, with six linoleum cut illustrations by Susan Nees. Number 99 of 170 numbered copies signed by the author and artist. A couple small faint spots to spine cloth; else fine in boards and publisher's ribbon-tied plexiglass case. An attractive production. [#915756] $950
click for a larger image of item #28073, Homestead (Minneapolis), Milkweed Editions, (1995). A memoir recounting the author's first years after arriving in Montana in the early 1960s. Inscribed by the author: "For Steve [Krauzer] and Dorrit - At last, not only a room, but a book of my own - with love & respect & all the other good things old friends share -- Annick Smith." A nice association copy. Smith was co-editor with William Kittredge of the landmark Montana anthology The Last Best Place; Krauzer was a Missoula, Montana writer who collaborated with Kittredge on a number of novels as well as other work. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#028073] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33046, Secret Exhibition. Six California Artists of the Cold War Era San Francisco, City Lights Books, (1990). Solnit explores the cultural contributions of six California artists from the Beat era: Wallace Berman, Jess, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, and George Herms. Inscribed by Solnit. An early book by Solnit, who writes as a historian, cultural critic, wide-ranging intellectual, and political activist, and has as a result become one of the most highly respected voices of the current era, continually bringing fresh and surprising perspectives to difficult, longstanding questions and issues. Foreword by Bill Berkson. Strip of sunning on the rear cover near the spine, else fine in wrappers. [#033046] $300
(n.p.), Timberline Press, 2012. A fine press volume of poetry by this poet who is well known for his haiku and is a noted authority on the poet Robert Francis, who was a friend and mentor. Of a total edition of 120 copies, this is one of only 4 copies bound in boards on handmade cotton and linen rag paper. Fine in saddle-stitched boards, with colophon laid in. A beautiful production and a tiny limitation. [#030045] $60
click for a larger image of item #33654, If It Would All Please Hurry 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
click for a larger image of item #33489, The Early Guest (n.p.), Palaemon Press, (1982). "A sort of story, a sort of play, a sort of dream." Copy No. 30 of 100 copies offered for sale (of a total edition of 140), signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers and fine dust jacket. [#033489] $75
click for a larger image of item #10372, Tho Vietnam (Santa Barbara), (Unicorn Press), (1968). The second edition of these poems by a Vietnamese Buddhist who was one of the most prominent exponents of Buddhism to the West. Fine in brown wrappers. [#010372] $20
(Dublin), Tuskar Rock Press, (2010). A limited edition of a single story from Toibin's collection The Empty Family. Copy 17 of 50 Roman-numeraled copies bound in full leather and signed by the author. Published by the fine press that Toibin and his literary agent, Peter Straus, set up to publish fine collectible editions of modern literary works. A very handsome production. Fine in a fine cloth slipcase. [#031518] $500
click for a larger image of item #31520, Bath After Sailing (Stevenson), (Country Squire), (1968). A single poem, and his first book to be issued as a limited edition. Copy number 43 of 125 numbered copies signed by the author. The slightest hint of edge sunning; else fine in saddle-stitched cardstock covers. [#031520] $340
click for a larger image of item #31523, Couples: A Short Story Cambridge, Halty Ferguson, 1976. Of a total edition of 276 copies, this is copy number 16 of 250 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. This copy is also inscribed by Updike -- he has personalized the signature on the colophon in a different color ink -- and it includes a brief signed note by Updike on the prospectus, with a hand-addressed mailing envelope. By all appearances, Updike informed the collector of the existence of this edition by sending him a prospectus with a note saying "I thought you should be aware of this" and then the collector ordered the book and Updike personalized the signature for him. A mini-footnote to the relatively early years of Updike's being a highly collected author with numerous signed limited editions to his credit, with a glimpse of Updike's active involvement in helping a collector build his collection. [#031523] $375
click for a larger image of item #29420, Five Poems (Cleveland), Bits Press, (1980). Of a total edition of 185 copies, this is one of 135 numbered copies signed by the author (copy #184). Additionally inscribed by Updike: "For Sylvia & Cyril/ a not strictly appropriate but nevertheless heartfelt token of esteem and appreciation of hospitality received on July 6, 1981/ John." Some staining to foredge of cover, a bit of foxing to foredge of text block; near fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#029420] $285
click for a larger image of item #30849, On Meeting Authors Newburyport, Wickford Press, 1968. A limited edition of a humorous essay on encounters with (other) famous authors, which first appeared in the New York Times. Number 56 of 250 numbered copies. Issued unsigned, this copy is inscribed by the author in 1997: For ___ ___ and her fabulous collection/ Cheers, John Updike." One of Updike's earliest limited editions, done the same year as Bath After Sailing and The Angels. Although the limitation of this title is larger than either of those, we have encountered it just as infrequently. Faint sunning at the edge of the spine, else fine. [#030849] $1,500
Cleveland, Bits Press, (1988). A limited edition of six poems, one of which, "Munich," has its first appearance here. One of 120 unnumbered copies signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. Uncommon. [#030219] $150
(Warwickshire), Sixth Chamber Press, 1987. A limited edition of this story. Of a total edition of 201 copies, this is copy "N" of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Quarterbound in leather and marbled paper boards; fine in slipcase. An attractive production, uncommon in the lettered issue. [#911255] $450
Worcester, Metacom, 1980. Published as part of a series of chapbooks that included works by Ann Beattie, John McPhee and others, in addition to Updike. Of a total edition of 326 copies, this is copy number 31 of 300 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched marbled self-wrappers, with erratum sheet laid in correcting the colophon's statement of printer: apparently a portion of the print run was taken over by the Penmaen Press. [#030190] $95
click for a larger image of item #30861, Three Stories (NY/West Stockbridge/Prague), Thornwillow Press, 2002. One of the more attractive and lavishly produced limited editions in the Updike oeuvre. Three stories that appeared in the New Yorker ("Personal Archaeology," "Free," and "The Guardian") plus an Author's Note. Bound in full black leather with raised bands and gilt stamped spine; marbled endpapers; illustrated with tipped-in photographs; and laid into a velvet-lined black linen clamshell case. This is copy number 149 of 250 numbered copies, signed by Updike, by the photographer Mariana Cook, and by the designer Luke Ives Pontifell. This copy is additionally inscribed by Updike: "for some generous patron of the 2003 St. John's Fair/ with thanks, John Updike." Fine. [#030861] $1,750
NY, Albondocani, 1973. Copy number 115 of 250 numbered copies, of a total edition of 276 copies. Signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched marbled paper self wrappers. [#030174] $95
Minneapolis, Nodin Press, (1984). His sixth book of haiku. Inscribed by the author to Joe Bruchac. Mild sunning; near fine in wrappers. An excellent association copy. [#025797] $150
NY, Seven Stories Press, (1998). The advance reading copy of this memoir of life on the street, for which Vonnegut provides a foreword. Fine in wrappers. Uncommon. [#012489] $20
(Minneapolis), Milkweed Editions, (1995). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915680] $19
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #33886, The Whale and the Supercomputer. On the Northern Front of Climate Change NY, North Point Press, (2004). A report from the front lines of global warming, in Alaska, 15 years ago. Signed by the author. One very light corner tap; else fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#033886] $85
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