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More from the library of James Tate

click for a larger image of item #34371, 50 Mixed Tapes ca. 1980s. Approximately 50 "mixed tapes" (cassette tapes of various musical artists) made by the poet James Tate, and creatively titled: "Would Like to Hurt a Flea," "Bumflummux the Cackle Factory," "Mascara Tears," "Covered in Treetops," "The Foggy Nightgown," "Lemurs Never Lie,""Curiosity Delays," etc. Many have the artists, if not the songs, listed on the inserts. Condition not verified: presumably typical used cassette condition from the height of the era (i.e. 1980s). [#034371] SOLD
[Pittsburg], Porter Library Bulletin, ca. 1972. A bibliography of Tate's published writings in the first 10 years of his career, beginning when he was 19 years old. 17 pages, from within an issue of the Porter Library Bulletin from the Kansas State College of Pittsburg. 8-1/2" x 11" stapled sheets. Lacking the front cover, thus only a good copy, but from the author's estate. A useful reference to some hard-to-find and small press publications. [#034377] $45
(various). A collection of the books that Tate had in the working area of his desk when he passed away in 2015. Seventeen books total: a thesaurus and a book of quotations (each with flagged pages); three types of dictionaries; a book of names; a companion to literature; four guide books (three on plants and one on dogs); two history books; a book on Beethoven; an atlas; a guide to the UMass campus; and a Bible. Also the 1978 calendar of Kansas history. A dozen hardcovers; varying editions; used book condition, on average very good. [#034369] $350
click for a larger image of item #34370, Burial Flag for His Father [1944]. A U.S. flag, folded and mailed to Tate's mother, Betty J. Appleby, after the death of his father, Samuel Vincent Appleby, during a B-17 bombing mission in World War II. Tate (who would later take the surname of his stepfather) was less than a year old when his father died. His first major collection, which was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets when Tate was 23, was entitled The Lost Pilot. Original mailing box, with Betty's name and address, and Samuel's name and rank. Condition unverified: very likely in the box for more than 75 years. Free to a good home, or proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. [#034370] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34383, Constant Defender NY, Ecco Press, (1983). The issue in wrappers of this collection. This copy is from the author's library, and has his notes on nearly half of the book's 63 pages, some of them quite extensive, possibly for teaching the text. Near fine in wrappers. [#034383] SOLD
Providence, The Prose Poem, (n.d.) [1999]. A poetry postcard, printing "Denied Areas" by Tate. This copy is from the author's library. Published as a promo for Volume 8 of The Prose Poem: An International Journal. 6" x 9". Fine. [#034410] SOLD
Hanover, Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England, (1990). The hardcover issue of his tenth poetry collection. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034384] $45
(NY), Ecco, (2015). The uncommon advance reading copy of his seventeenth collection, marked as an uncorrected proof by the publisher, and with the publication date printed on the spine. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Small nick near the spine, else fine in wrappers. [#034385] SOLD
(Amherst), Verse Press, (2002). A short story collection. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034386] $35
click for a larger image of item #34378, Emily Dickinson Tarot Deck [North Amherst], Factory Hollow Press, ca. 2014. A tarot deck, with each suit beautifully designed by a different artist, and with words by Emily Dickinson. Unmarked, but this deck belonged to fellow Amherst poet James Tate. Fine, in linen pouch. [#034378] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34380, Freemason's Trowel Kansas City, Gate City Lodge, (n.d.). Decorative Mason's trowel, from the Gate City Lodge No. 522 in Kansas City, MO. Fine, in cardboard box, with instructions to "Please hang me in your living room for at least 30 days. This may give your friends an opportunity to appreciate me also." With tiny Mason's pin. From the estate of James Tate, a native of Kansas City. [#034380] $100
click for a larger image of item #34388, Hints to Pilgrims Amherst, University of Massachusetts Press, 1982. The revised edition of this collection that was originally published in 1971. This copy is from the author's library and has a consignment contract between Tate and AWP in St. Louis laid in. The contract is signed by Tate, twice, and dated April 7, 1983. The contract is folded in half; the book is fine in wrappers. [#034388] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34389, Hottentot Ossuary Cambridge, Temple Bar Bookshop, 1974. An early collection of poems, prose poems, and short stories. One of 1450 copies of the trade edition, of 1500 copies total. From the author's library, with a few markings in the story "St. Joe," including the instruction, "Scrap 1st 3 pages," and apparently giving the remaining pages of the story a new title: "As the Suburbs Age." Covers rubbed, thus very good in wrappers. [#034389] $125
(Montpelier), Vermont College, 2006. Issue #9, printing an interview with James Tate and Dara Wier, as well as several poems by the two poets. From Tate's library. Fine in wrappers. [#034414] SOLD
Louisville, Sarabande Books, (2003). A thin volume, in the Quarternote Chapbook Series. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#034390] $25
Louisville, Sarabande Books, (2003). Unmarked, but from the author's library. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034391] $20
click for a larger image of item #34413, Matrix Pittsburg, Kansas State College of Pittsburg, 1963, 1965. Two issues of this college literary magazine -- Vol. iii, No. 2 (1963) and Vol. 6, No. 2 (1965) -- each with poetry by Tate (one poem in the first issue; five in the second, one of which won an award). The 1963 issue is item B-1 in the author bibliography published in 1972; the 1965 issue is B-4. From the author's library. Covers rubbed; each is near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034413] $150
(NY), Ecco Press, (2001). His thirteenth poetry collection. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034394] $25
click for a larger image of item #34374, Nobody Goes to Visit the Insane Anymore (n.p.), Unicorn Press, 1971. An author's copy of this broadside poem issued as Unicorn Broadsheet Series II Number 4. One of 300 copies. Printed in green and black on heavy paper; 12" x 18". Near fine. From the author's estate. [#034374] $75
click for a larger image of item #34375, Poetry Cards (various). Four cards (three postcards, one notecard) each printing a poem by Tate. From the estate of the author. The postcards are "Dream of a Prose Poem" and "In a Motel on Lake Erie" (Some, no date) and "The Immortals" (Unicorn Press, 1970). The notecard prints "The Plaza" (Metacom Press, 1981, with a linoleum cut by Elaine Quick). Each is near fine or better. [#034375] $100
Minneapolis, Rain Taxi, 1999. Unmarked, but from the author's library. One of 300 copies. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#034396] $60
Minneapolis, Rain Taxi, 1999. Unmarked, but from the author's library. One of 300 copies. Small spot to cover; very near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034397] $40
Pittsburg, Kansas State College of Pittsburgh, 1974. A 6-page story for children by Tate in this double-issue of the college literary magazine. Tate, who also gets a full photo on the inside front cover, graduated from KSCP in 1965. Fine in stapled wrappers. From the estate of the author. [#034376] $75
Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1986). Unmarked, but from the author's library. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine. [#034398] $25
click for a larger image of item #34400, Return to the City of White Donkeys (NY), Ecco, (2004). From the author's library, and with a 2-1/2-page list of poem titles laid in, in the author's hand, the first page of which are titles from this volume. Also laid in is a flyer for a reading Tate gave with Matthew Zapruder in 2009; laid in at Tate's poem "The Kennedy Assassination." (Matthew Zapruder is the grandson of Abraham Zapruder, the man whose film of JFK's Dallas motorcade caught the moment when Kennedy was shot.) This copy is also inscribed by Tate, but obviously not given away. Bump along the top edge of the front cover, and short tear in the dust jacket there. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034400] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34399, Return to the City of White Donkeys (NY), Ecco, (2004). Signed by the author and from his own library. Spine ends pushed; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a snapshot of Tate and Dara Wier, dated 6/1/05. [#034399] $100
click for a larger image of item #34379, Rhymo Dominoes (n.p.), (n.p.), (n.d.). A children's game of dominoes, based on matching rhyming words. 24 tiles, plus two crossroad pieces. Lacking box and rules. From the estate of the poet James Tate. [#034379] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34401, Riven Doggeries (NY), Ecco Press, (1979). Two volumes from the author's library: both the hardcover and softcover issues. Laid into the softcover is a typed list of 27 (whittled to 25) poem titles from this volume, likely for a future collection. The softcover is near fine; the hardcover is fine in a spine-faded, very good dust jacket. [#034401] $125
(Manchester), Carcanet Press, (1997). The first British edition of his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, and his first British publication. From the author's library. First published in the U.S. in 1991: a later printing of the U.S. edition (Wesleyan University Press), also from the author's library, is included. Each is fine in wrappers. [#034405] $35
(Hopewell), Ecco Press, (1997). Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034406] $45
(Hopewell), Ecco Press, (1997). Unmarked, but from the author's library. Trace edge foxing, else fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034407] $40
(NY), Ecco / HarperCollins, (2012). Selected poems, 1990-2010. From the library of James Tate, and together with two self-made advance copies, in which Tate photocopied his selected poems from six published books to assemble this book. One advance copy is single-sided with a color cover; one is double-sided with a black and white cover: each has three poems that did not make it into the final version: "The Rules," "The Midnight Ride," and "Jan's Scary Novel." Also, "Ghost Soldiers" and "Abducted" are reversed. The advance copies are spiralbound and fine; the book is fine in self-wrappers. Unique. [#034381] SOLD
(NY), Ecco, (2008). Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#034387] $25
click for a larger image of item #34395, The Oblivion Ha-Ha Boston, Atlantic/Little Brown, (1970). The hardcover issue of the author's second collection of poems. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Together with the 1997 Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Classic edition, which is fine in wrappers and is also from Tate's library. [#034395] $100
click for a larger image of item #34403, The Route as Briefed (n.p.), (Self-Published), (ca.1990s). Not to be confused with the 1999 collection of the same name, this is only the title piece, tapebound in printed cardstock covers. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Uncommon. Fine. [#034403] $100
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, (1999). A prose collection, this being the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Fine. [#034402] SOLD
[Amherst], (Massachusetts Review), (1979). An offprint of 15 poems by Tate from the Massachusetts Review. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Thin strip of sunning at the spine; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#034404] $25
(Brockport), (SUNY Brockport), (1975). A program for two readings by two poets, on consecutive nights: James Tate with Gerard Malanga, and William Matthews with Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. Each poet has a photo, a bio, and a poem in the program. This copy is from the library of James Tate. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#034412] $45
click for a larger image of item #34382, The Zoo Club Minneapolis, Rain Taxi, 2011. From the author's library. And together with Tate's own photocopied typescript of the 22 poems, reproducing holograph corrections (mostly typos, yet with typos still apparent), and with one title change between the early version and the published version. The pages are clipped in the upper corner, else fine; the book is fine in wrappers. [#034382] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34373, Untitled Last Poem [Hadley], [Flying Object], 2015. A posthumously printed broadside of Tate's final poem, still in his typewriter when he died. "I sat at my desk and contemplated all that I had accomplished this year," followed by a list of things he had not done. Contains a typo ("theirty") that did not appear in the original. 9" x 14". Illustrated with the cover art of Tate's first book. Nicely framed. Fine. This copy is from the author's estate. [#034373] SOLD
Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1976). From the author's library: both the first and second editions. The first edition is a very good copy of the simultaneous issue in wrappers. The second edition (1981) is spine-faded and near fine in wrappers. [#034408] $65
click for a larger image of item #34409, Worshipful Company of Fletchers (Hopewell), Ecco Press, (1994). Both the first edition and the first paperback edition of his National Book Award-winning collection; each from the author's library. The hardcover is fine in a fine dust jacket but for a crease to the front flap. The softcover is near fine, and has a Post-It laid in, with three poem titles from the collection written in Tate's hand. [#034409] $125
(NY), Avon, (1956). First thus, an Avon paperback reprint edition from the mid-1960s. From the library of James Tate, and with Tate's signature. Mild sunning and corner creasing; very good in wrappers. [#034415] $30
NY, Random House, (1991). Inscribed by Conover to James Tate in the month prior to publication: "To Jim, The celebrities. The hot tubs. The Lycra. The legs inside the Lycra. You know; you were there. Ted. NYC/26 Nov. 91." Faint top edge foxing; very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#034416] SOLD
London, Faber and Faber, (1972). Second edition (first published in 1969). From the library of poet James Tate, and with Tate's signature. Fine in a fine, mildly spine-tanned dust jacket. [#034420] $45
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1979). The first American edition. From the library of poet James Tate, and with Tate's ownership signature on the flyleaf and scattered light pencil markings/notations in the text. Very faint edge foxing, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034419] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34418, Station Island London, Faber and Faber, (1984). The sixth book by the Nobel Prize-winning Irish author. This is the first issue, with no front free endpaper, and the half title being the first page inside the covers. From the library of poet James Tate, and with Tate's signature. Very faint edge foxing, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034418] $150
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1984). The first American edition of Heaney's translation of a medieval Irish poem. From the library of James Tate, and with James Tate's signature. Remainder mark to bottom edge. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with one long, internally tape-mended tear on the rear panel. [#034417] $25
NY, Harper & Row, (1971). The first American edition, with the signature of poet James Tate. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034422] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34421, Lupercal NY, Harper & Brothers, (1960). The first American edition, second state (page 5 unnumbered) of Hughes's second collection of poems. Signed by Hughes on the title page, and with the ownership signature of James Tate on the front flyleaf. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket with some internally tape-mended edge tears. [#034421] $300
NY, Harper & Row, (1979). The first American edition, with illustrations by Leonard Baskin. With the signature of James Tate. Foxing to the edges of the text block; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034423] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34424, Writing for Her Life: the Novelist Mildred Walker Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, (2003). A biography of novelist Mildred Walker, written by her daughter, Ripley Hugo, who was both the wife of poet Richard Hugo and a neighbor to poet and novelist James Welch and his wife Lois. This copy is inscribed by Ripley Hugo to the poets Dara Wier and James Tate: "For Dara, for Jim - I wish you an odd read, but someday to hear what you think of it. Hugs and kisses/ Ripley." Laid in is a note to Dara and Jim from Lois Welch: "For Dara & Jim - separate roofs, one heart. I trust you'll like this, perhaps because of Ripley's odd dedication. Much love, Lois." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A remarkable multiple literary association copy: Richard Hugo was a mentor to a generation of poets and other writers who came of age in the 1960s and 70s, including James Welch; the Welches were longtime friends with Tate and Wier. [#034424] $125
Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1965). The third printing of Justice's 1959 Lamont Poetry winner. With the ownership signature of James Tate. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#034426] $30
London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1967. The first British edition of this short novel by the poet. From the library of poet James Tate, and with Tate's ownership signature. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#034428] $45
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1982. From the library of poet James Tate, and with Tate's ownership signature. Foxing to the edges of the text block, near fine in a very good, mildly edgeworn dust jacket foxed on the verso. [#034427] $45
click for a larger image of item #34429, What a Kingdom It Was Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1960. Kinnell's first book. Signed by the author. From the library of poet James Tate, and with Tate's signature as well. Page 24 appears to be a cancel; fine in a fine dust jacket, and uncommon thus, especially signed, and as an association copy. [#034429] $375
(Berkeley), (Cloud Marauder), (1970). An early collection/collaboration. One of 700 copies printed, this copy being from the library of James Tate. Near fine in stapled wrappers. Uncommon now. [#034411] $85
(Brooklyn), Release Press, (1977). Unmarked, but from the library of James Tate. Faint foxing to the edges of the text block, else fine in wrappers. [#034393] $35
(Brooklyn), Release Press, (1977). Collaborative collection of stories, done in an edition of 1000 copies and only issued in wrappers. Unmarked, but from the library of James Tate. Fine. [#034392] $45
(NY), Lyons Press, (1999). From the library of James Tate, and with an autograph note signed from Nova to Tate laid in. The note is folded; the book is fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034430] SOLD
(Hopewell), Echo Press, (1992). A review copy. From the library of James Tate, and with James Tate's signature. Foxing to the endpages and the edges of the text block; near fine in a fine dust jacket, with the publisher's promotional sheet laid in. [#034431] $40
[Missoula], (n.p.), (2003). The program for the memorial service for James Welch, which featured speakers such as Jim Harrison, William Kittredge, Annick Smith, and Deidre McNamer. Two copies, from the estate of James Tate. With an autograph note signed from Lois Welch: "I promised these too, not to make you sad, but to remember. Love, Lois." Fine. [#034425] SOLD
NY, Pantheon, (1994). Inscribed by Wideman to James Tate and Dara Wier. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Laid in is an index card serving as a bookmark, with notes (in Tate's hand?): Russell Edson/ $1000/ and three dates. [#034433] $50
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (2001). A highly praised memoir by the African-American author -- a Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Fellow, among other awards and honors -- who is perhaps best known for the Homewood Trilogy. Inscribed by Wideman to James Tate. Front cover very slightly splayed; near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034435] $75
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Inscribed by Wideman to James Tate. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034434] $50
click for a larger image of item #34432, The Island Martinique Washington, DC, National Geographic, (2003). One of Wideman's least common books, presumably because National Geographic publications do not generally get the same kind of exposure and promotion in the retail book trade as do those of commercial presses. Inscribed by Wideman to James Tate (as "Jim," but from the estate of James Tate). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034432] $125
click for a larger image of item #34372, Mademoiselle Circe and Her Troupe (Circus) 1991. Malgorzata Leszczewska Wlodarska's cliche-verre print from Bruno Schulz's Book of Idolatry. Copy 287 of 300 copies, signed by the artist. Approximately 7" x 6". Matted and framed. Fine. Unmarked, but from the estate of James Tate. [#034372] $300
Grosse Pointe Farms, Marrick Press, (2010). Warmly inscribed by Wright to James Tate, "the Teacher," with recollections of learning how to read Tate's poetry, and with thanks and love. Small blended dampstain to the front cover; near fine in wrappers. [#034436] $50
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