E-list # 177
The Vietnam War, for many years, was known as "America’s longest war." More than 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam, and some 3 million Vietnamese were killed. The war was the central element of life for a generation of Americans, and opposition to it triggered a polarization in American society unprecedented since the Civil War -- one that echoes through the country today. The Vietnam War was fought by draftees and volunteers from (almost) all walks of life who were, as a group, one of the most highly educated -- and one of the most reluctant -- military forces ever, and the literature of the Vietnam War reflects all of that: recalcitrance, courage, humor, horror, doubt, and wisdom. These books are largely focused on the lives of the individuals in the war, not on the politics of it; they show the human face of war, and recount the human cost of it.
(ALGREN, Nelson). SCHULTZ, George F.
Rutland, Tuttle, (1968). Fifth printing. Nelson Algren's copy, bearing his ownership signature and Saigon address, dated in 1969. Algren, the winner of the first National Book Award ever given, for The Man With the Golden Arm, went to Vietnam as a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. His writings from there were collected in The Last Carousel, one of the last books published in his lifetime. Trace foxing; near fine in a very good, lightly edgeworn dust jacket with one 1-1/2" edge tear on the rear panel. [#034485] SOLD
Evanston, Northwestern University, 1979. Includes an excerpt from Anderson's then-forthcoming first novel. Signed by the author at his contribution. Very good in wrappers. [#030674] $60
c. 1987-1988. Anderson's own collection of reviews of his first book, the powerful Vietnam novel Sympathy for the Devil, together with articles by him and about him from about the same time period. Roughly 14 different pieces, all photocopies, but five of them have holographic comments by Anderson on them. Includes copies of both Gustav Hasford's and Harry Crews's submissions for publicity blurbs for Sympathy for the Devil. Anderson has annotated Hasford's with news of Hasford's subsequent memorial service, and signed the annotation in 1993. All items fine. [#031323] $250
NY, McGraw Hill, 1972. The wrappered reissue of one of the early, important collections of poetry by Vietnam vets, published by a small press that was started by vets. Later this title was picked up by a major New York publisher and reissued. An important volume, which introduced such writers as W.D. Ehrhart, Michael Casey and Gustav Hasford, among others. Inscribed by Michael Uhl. Very good in wrappers. [#010317] $20
NY, Crane, Russak & Company, (1977). Edited by Donaldson D. Frizzell and W. Scott Thompson, and with work by Frizzell, William Westmoreland, S.L.A. Marshall, Thomas C. Thayer, Edward Lansdale, and many others. This copy belonged to one of the editors and is signed "Property of Don Frizzell." Slight crown bump, else fine in a near fine dust jacket with a hint of spine fading and a little rubbing to the corners. [#028579] $20
[Washington, DC], [U.S. Air Force Lithograph Series], . Number 36 in the U.S. Airforce Lithograph Series. Two images of an American aviator with a stylized map of Vietnam between the two. In the image on the left, the flyer is in uniform; on the right he is dressed in the garb of a POW. "I am an American fighting man" are the first words to the Code of Conduct for the U.S. Fighting Man. Much of that code of conduct concerns what his behavior will be if he becomes a prisoner of war. Number 201 of 500 copies signed by the artist, Jay Ashurst. The artist's printed signature is on the lithograph; the numbered edition has the actual signature in addition. This copy is also signed by four high-profile Vietnam POWs: Brigadier General Robinson "Robbie" Risner, USAF; Colonel Carlyle "Smitty" Harris, USAF; Captain Eugene "Red" McDaniel, USN; and Colonel Warren "Bob" Lilly, USAF. All four were aviators who were shot down and captured and served long terms in North Vietnamese prisons -- three of them over seven years, the fourth just under six. Despite the relatively large limitation, we have found little evidence of copies being available; a copy such as this, signed by four prominent, high-ranking former POWs, is by all appearances exceedingly scarce. The provenance and the names of the POWs have been detailed on the verso. 16" x 20". Very small, shallow stain top margin, one nick along bottom edge, else fine, in original mailing envelope that now bears a bookseller's mailing label. [#031529] $565
NY, St. Martin's, (1970). A review copy of this book for young people on the animals of Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand and Malaysia. With an autograph note signed by Ayer taped to the front flyleaf, asking if the recipient had received a copy of the book. Also taped there is a review slip; a press release is laid in. Underlinings in text, presumably by the reviewer, along with two small pages of notes laid in. Musty; else near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An oddly timed book on the animals of the region, from a time when the U.S. was actively bombing North Vietnam and Laos, had invaded Cambodia 10 days prior to publication, and was conducting a full-scale war against South Vietnamese insurgents and the North Vietnam Army inside South Vietnam. [#034486] $75
NY, Morrow, 1981. An "oral history" of the war, made more powerful by the anonymity of the contributors. This is the Book Club edition, but with a long and powerful inscription from a vet to "my little son" telling him that by reading this book "you'll really know and feel what really happened there. This is the way it honestly & truthfully was. We were not goody-two-shoes as you are taught - we were mean - we had to be mean..." and much more. The inscription has been signed by the soldier, giving name, rank, serial number, and tour-of-duty information. A number of passages in the text have been circled and/or commented upon, presumably also by the father. Sliced along the rear joint; a good copy, lacking the dust jacket. Note: not signed by Baker, but with heartfelt annotations by a soldier, and a father, to a son. [#034487] $100
Ardmore, Seth Press, 1987. A first novel, of a doctor in Vietnam; the author himself served as a flight surgeon there. Inscribed by the author, with "Many thanks." Address stamped on front flyleaf; very good in a very good dust jacket. [#031183] $20
BEIDLER, Philip D.
Athens, University of Georgia Press, (1982). One of the first books to look at the literature of the Vietnam war. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "with best wishes," in 1984. Stone's novel Dog Soldiers receives about a half dozen pages of text in the book. A fine copy in a good, dampstained and edgeworn dust jacket. [#033694] $75
(Paris), [Self-Published], . Self-published book on the history of the 2nd Regiment of Paratroopers in the French Foreign Legion, including a timeline of their origins, their activities in the French Indochina War after the end of the Second World War, and foreword. Text in French, and heavily illustrated with photos, drawings, and color images. Inscribed by the author in 1986. Quarto; very good in wrappers. [#034488] $125
BENSON, George C.S.
Stanford, Hoover Institution Press, (1975). Inscribed by either the author or his wife, Mabel, with both names signed in one hand. Laid in are two articles about Benson, a 1979 press release about him, and his business card. In the late 1940s, George C. Benson was the founding president of Claremont College, after teaching at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and elsewhere for the previous 20 years. Beginning in 1969, Benson was a Pentagon official in the Nixon administration. This book, while not explicitly about Vietnam, is a critique of American society as having lost its ethical bearings and given in to moral relativism and "situation ethics" -- criticisms that had frequently been the basis for the anti-Vietnam War movement. Offsetting to front flyleaf; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034489] $100
Garden City, Doubleday, 1972. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Charles - [AMERICA IS HARD TO FIND] - let's make it less hard and better to find." Charles's owner name; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Berrigan was a Jesuit priest who became an antiwar activist. He was convicted of destroying draft board records as part of the "Catonsville 9" and served 18 months in prison, where he wrote this book. [#034490] SOLD
San Francisco, Early Stages Press, (1982). Epistolary novel of a young man drafted into the peacetime Army just before the Vietnam war begins in earnest. This is the hardcover edition, reportedly one of only 400 copies (there were also 4600 bound in softcover). Signed by the author. Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#031185] SOLD
San Francisco, Early Stages Press, (1982). Epistolary novel of a young man drafted into the peacetime Army just before the Vietnam War begins in earnest. Signed by the author. This is the hardcover edition, reportedly one of only 400 copies (there were 4600 copies in wrappers). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034491] SOLD
Garden City, Dial, 1984. Personal account by a woman who volunteered to work at the American Friends Service hospital in Quang Ngai in 1969 and who later, in 1980, returned to Southeast Asia to work with Vietnamese boat people in Malaysia. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For ___/ in hopes we can all continue to work together for peace." Near fine, lacking the dust jacket. [#034492] $15
BUTLER, Robert Olen
NY, Ballantine, (1983). The first Ballantine Books edition of the first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. Signed by the author. Paperback: very near fine. [#912988] $30
BUTLER, Robert Olen
NY, Knopf, 1985. His fourth book, a moving novel of the Vietnam war that bears the characteristics of a Grail quest, and was one of our choices as among the ten best literary works on the Vietnam war. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912991] SOLD
BUTLER, Robert Olen; CLARK, Tom
1982. A typed letter signed by Butler to poet Tom Clark, regarding Clark's review. In 1981, Butler, who would later win the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, published his first book, The Alleys of Eden. It was reviewed by Clark in the February 11, 1982 Los Angeles Times, with the headline "Vietnamization of a Deserter's Mind." On May 12, Butler wrote to Clark, saying, in part: "I have received twenty major reviews of the book but none of them was more sensitive or insightful than yours. The best literary criticism actually explains an author to himself. That's what your review did. I understand my own book better after reading your review and I want to thank you for that." The letter is signed "Bob Butler." Also included here is Clark's original, 3-page manuscript review, signed by Clark: "...Desertion, Butler seems to say, is an inevitable act, made necessary by the human state. Every small movement is an abandonment of the past, with death looming over everything as the greatest desertion of all..." Clark's review makes it clear that Butler's protagonist -- an Army intelligence officer who ends up deserting out of self-disgust over his involvement in the torture and death of a Viet Cong prisoner -- is an analogue for the larger society, which deserted both Vietnam and those who fought there, leaving both the Vietnamese and the veterans as "displaced persons," in both countries. Clark's review is penned on the back of copies from a book about Celine and folded in half; near fine. A photocopy of the published review is included. Butler's letter is folded for mailing; else fine in a near fine envelope. With a copy of Alleys of Eden [NY: Horizon (1981)], which is fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a short edge tear. An insightful review of one of the best novels to come out of the Vietnam war, and the author's appreciative response. [#024022] $1,500
NY, Walker, (1971). A novel of a young American lieutenant working with the Vietnamese in a remote village. Inscribed by the author. Very good copy in a good dust jacket which has had the upper portion of the rear flap cut. [#031191] $20
(Woodbridge), Viet Nam Generation & Burning Cities Press, (1994). White Noise Poetry Series #1, a volume of poems and short prose pieces about the Vietnam War, written by a Vietnam vet who declares that he "takes pride in having been, and continues to be, a Vietnam Veteran Against the War." VVAW was a group of veterans who banded together to express opposition to the war and later to hold a public investigation into atrocities and war crimes in Vietnam. Inscribed by the author, "I wish you peace." Owner name inside front cover; fine in wrappers, with glossary of names and terms laid in. Uncommon. [#029735] SOLD
DENTON, Jeremiah A., Jr.
Clover, Commission Press, (1976). A POW narrative which later became a classic, and something of a bestseller. Signed by the author inside the front cover. Denton was the POW who, in a televised interview from prison, blinked the word "torture" in Morse Code repeatedly during his interview -- the first confirmation that American prisoners were being tortured by their captors. He was the first off the airplane returning to America when the prisoners were freed. Many copies of this title were issued with an ink-stamped signature on the half-title. Rear cover shows stills from the NBC television movie. Near fine in wrappers. [#034493] SOLD
(n.p.), (Self-Published), (n.d.). Apparently self-published. Inscribed by the author/artist. Comb-bound oblong wrappers. A few spots to front cover; very good. [#031195] $20
NY, Doubleday, (1990). A sometimes-comic novel -- "Joseph Heller meets Joseph Conrad" -- of a Navy officer commanding a patrol boat in the Mekong River Delta. Inscribed by the author, and with a brief autograph note signed laid in. The author served in the Navy in Southeast Asia in the late 1960s. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034494] $45
FALL, Bernard B.
(Washington, D.C.), (Library of Congress), (1946). Facsimile edition of a French incunabulum in the Library of Congress, here with a presentation inscription from Fall dated September 1952 in Washington, D.C. Inscriptions by Fall, who spent most of his life in France and Southeast Asia, are uncommon. Covering the Indochina war and later the American war in Vietnam, Fall was one of the most experienced and influential Western correspondents in Vietnam. He was the first Western journalist to interview Ho Chi Minh after the partition of Vietnam. During the Vietnam War -- the "American war" -- he was a bridge between the "old Asia hands" covering the war and the "young Turks" -- like Michael Herr, Sean Flynn and Dana Stone, and Peter Arnett -- who brought a healthy skepticism to their beat, and backed it up with a willingness to take on the hardships of the grunts they were covering in order to get their stories. Fall himself was killed while on patrol with U.S. troops in 1967. Thin quarto; foxed endpages; cloth wavy and lifting from boards, an indication of having spent time in a humid environment. A good copy. [#034495] SOLD
London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1962. Warmly inscribed by the author to Jean Gilbert in 1967. Dusty top edge; spine roll; near fine in a very good dust jacket splitting at the front flap fold. Laid in is a typed letter signed from Fenn to Gilbert expressing gratitude for a very delightful evening in 1965. Folded in fourths; fine. [#028632] $115
GLASSER, Ronald J., M.D.
NY, Summit, (1985). First novel by the author of the nonfiction classic 365 Days. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "in hopes that you and your fellow Marines (the Band of Brothers) will never have to go through anything like this." Recipient's name on front flyleaf with inscription. Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#031203] $20
HARRIMAN, W. Averell
Garden City, Doubleday, (1971). A book on the Cold War by the former Ambassador to Russia under Roosevelt. Harriman, a statesman for over fifty years, was also Ambassador to Great Britain and Secretary of Commerce under Truman; Governor of New York; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President Kennedy; and later Chief Delegate for the U.S. at the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam. This copy is inscribed by Harriman to Robert Shaplen, longtime contributor to The New Yorker on Southeast Asia and the author of numerous books on the region and the war including The Lost Revolution, Time Out of Hand, and The Road From War. Inscribed: "For Bob Shaplen/ whose perception has helped me see the road more clearly/ With my thanks & warm regards/ Averell Harriman/ Dec. 1970," i.e., prior to publication. With Shaplen's ownership signature. An extraordinary association between two prominent figures in the history of Vietnam -- Shaplen the dean of the "old Asia hands" among the war correspondents covering Vietnam, Harriman the leading representative for the U.S. in the Paris Peace Talks, and a representative of two Presidents dealing with Vietnam. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034496] $350
KAMMHOLZ, Larry P.
(Oshkosh), (Starboard Publishing), (1990). "A Vietnam Medical-Military Adventure," the personal account of a doctor's year in Vietnam, in diary format. Heavily illustrated with his photographs, both black-and-white and color, plus evocative line drawings by Theodore William Gostas, identified as a "Combat Artist" and a POW in Vietnam, 1968-1973. This is an advance review copy, with a slip pasted to the inside front cover so indicating. Signed by the author. Quarto, softbound. Short crease to rear cover; near fine. [#010072] SOLD
NY, Holt, (1993). His fourth novel, about a Vietnam vet who owns a bar in Bangkok, and which treats the MIA issue at some length. Inscribed by Karlin to the author Robert Stone, "with admiration," a nice association: Stone's Vietnam-related novel Dog Soldiers won the National Book Award. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a vertical crease to the front flap. [#028660] $125
NY, S&S, (1985). A novel of Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge takeover. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031209] $20
(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] SOLD
LA FOUNTAINE, George
NY, Putnam's, 1986. A novel about a long-held POW suffering with PTSD, one of the earliest extensive fictional treatments of that affliction. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034497] SOLD
LAKE, Bruce R.
Haverhill, Almine, (1990). A personal account, being the memoirs of a Marine helicopter pilot, taken from his journals, letters home, and recollections 20 years later. Signed by the author. Only issued in wrappers. Foxing to the edges of the text block, near fine. [#034498] $75
LUCE, Don and SOMMER, John
Ithaca, Cornell University Press, (1969). A personal account by two volunteers who spent many years in Vietnam, learning the culture and the language, and who wrote this book in hope that it would help the Vietnamese voices to be heard in this country. Signed by Sommer, with "Best wishes." Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#031214] $20
Surrey, Sceptre, 1970. Subtitled "a funeral-song to America, for her negro dead in Vietnam." A rice-paper broadside, folded into wrappers. Of a total edition of 150 copies, this is number 50 of 50 numbered copies signed by the author on the wrapper. Fine in near fine wrappers, with a few light splatters on the rear cover. [#010363] SOLD
NY, Bantam, (1986). The first attempt, it would seem, at making Vietnam war poetry into a mass market item -- the announced first printing for this title being 35,000 copies. Boards slightly bowed; covers slightly mottled; very good in near fine dust jacket creased on the front flap. Inscribed by the author. [#010364] $20
NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1974). A mystery novel centering around an ex-Vietnam P.O.W. who commits suicide. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#031218] $40
(Willimantic), Curbstone Press, (1997). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with John Mulligan "author trading card" laid in. [#028685] $20
NY, Holt, (1987). A violent and controversial novel about a Vietnam vet. Signed by the author. Faint spot to foredge and rear board; still very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a minimal degree of fading to the spine. [#911787] SOLD
The first Japanese edition, issued in two volumes, each fine in fine dust jacket with publisher's wraparound band torn and laid in to Volume II. Signed by the author. [#019570] $115
(NY), Dell, (1979). First printing of the Dell paperback edition. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911795] SOLD
(Milan), Leonardo, (1990, 1991, 1992). Three Italian editions of his fifth book, a collection of related stories that was first published in 1990. Each is signed by the author. The first edition is fine in a near fine dust jacket; the second edition is fine in a very good dust jacket with dampstaining to the crown; the third edition is fine in a fine dust jacket. [#019575] SOLD
Paris, Plon, (1992). A later French edition -- 1993, the year the title won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the French award for the best foreign book of the year. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author. [#019580] $60
(O'BRIEN, Tim). O'NAN, Stewart
1996. Typescripts of O'Nan's screenplay based on Tim O'Brien's National Book Award-winning Vietnam novel. Two clean copies, each signed by O'Nan on the title page. 126 pages each, and in a Kinko's box that is hand-labeled "Going After Cacciato/ 27 August 96/ Original - Top/ Copy - Bottom." The screenplays are fine; the box has two broken corners. This same year, O'Brien provided a jacket blurb for O'Nan's highly regarded Vietnam novel The Names of the Dead. Several years back it was rumored that Cacciato would be filmed, with Nick Cassevetes as director, and with a different screenwriter. For now, we have only O'Nan's vision. [#029952] SOLD
NY, Doubleday, (1996). The advance reading copy of his third book, second novel, a Vietnam and post-Vietnam story. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911823] SOLD
NY, Doubleday, (1996). His third book, second novel, a Vietnam and post-Vietnam story. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911824] SOLD
PETRAKIS, Harry Mark
NY, David McKay, (1973). One of the main characters in this novel is a Vietnam vet, whose experiences give him a new perspective on his family. Inscribed by the author. Spine cocked, top edge foxed; very good in a very good dust jacket with some internally tape-mended edge tears. Two of the author's previous novels were National Book Award finalists, in 1966 and 1967. [#034499] SOLD
PETRAKIS, Harry Mark
NY, David McKay, (1973). One of the main characters in this novel is a Vietnam vet, whose experiences give him a new perspective on his family. Warmly inscribed by the author, "with love and admiration," in the year of publication. Spine cocked, dampstaining to boards and foredge; a good copy in a good dust jacket chipped at the spine base and stained on the verso. [#034500] $35
(Independence), Independence Press, (1974). A hardcover fourth printing of this POW narrative of an Air Force pilot shot down in 1967 who was a POW for nearly 6 years. Warmly inscribed by the author to ex-POW Richard Stratton: "Dedicated to one/ of my heroes,/ Dick Stratton/ Thanks for the/ guidance to a man in need./ My best always/ Charlie/ Plumb/ 11 Oct 1975." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. One of the best possible association copies of this title. [#034501] $350
(Independence), Independence Press, (1980). The twelfth printing of this POW narrative of an Air Force pilot shot down in 1967 who was a POW for nearly 6 years. Inscribed by the author. First published in 1973. Near fine in wrappers. [#034502] $45
RESTON, James, Jr.
NY, Norton, (1971). A novel of an Army intelligence officer who is forced by events to confront his beliefs and the question of loyalty. Not set in Vietnam, but a Vietnam-era novel of the military and the kinds of issues raised by the war. The author served in U.S. Army intelligence from 1965-1968, at the height of the war. Inscribed by the author: "For ___, With thanks for your help on this book, and for the good talk, good meals, etc." Dated February, 1971. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#034503] SOLD
ROBINSON, Edward L.
NY, Macmillan, (1972). A novel of an American intelligence agent in "a mythical Southeast Asian country not far from Vietnam." Owner name front endpaper followed by a lengthy inscription by the author to that owner: "With all best wishes for a happy retirement -- To _____ _____, fellow footsoldier in the endless battle against The System -- Cheers! Ed Robinson." The author worked in the Foreign Service in Vietnam, among other places. Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#034504] SOLD
NY, Atheneum, (1968). Inscribed by the author in the month of publication, "To Jack Kerouac/ my favorite writer." Russ was a Marine who served in Korea and went to Vietnam as a war correspondent. His book The Last Parallel is considered a classic account of the Korean War. We have no information as to whether this book ever made it to Jack Kerouac, or if the inscription is even serious; that being said, Russ came of age at the same time that Kerouac was making a huge impact on contemporary American writing, and Russ might very well have admired his work and been influenced by it. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034505] SOLD
NY, Viking, (1971). Calley's story of the My Lai massacre, as told to Sack. This copy is inscribed by Sack: "For Henry Robbins, as proof positive enough the unreal book is over and done with and I can get on to the real one. With warmest regards, John." Henry Robbins was a longtime publisher, who was known for spotting young literary talent and developing it. His authors included John Irving (The World According to Garp was "a Henry Robbins book") -- as well as Joan Didion and her husband, John Gregory Dunne. Offsetting to endpages and foxing to foredge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034506] $50
Nashville, Aurora, (1977). A novel of a Green Beret POW, by an author who served as a Green Beret medic in Vietnam, and is most well-known for having written and recorded the popular song "The Ballad of the Green Berets" in the 1960s. Signed by Sadler. Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#034507] SOLD
Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War as Told by Thirty-three American Soldiers Who Fought It.
NY, Random House, (1981). A powerful collection of autobiographical pieces by 33 Vietnam veterans, collected and assembled by Santoli. Inscribed by the author to poet Richard Eberhart: "who shared the honor of being recognized by our peers with me at the NY Quarterly Banquet." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket. Together with the uncorrected proof copy, which is fine in wrappers. [#034508] SOLD
SLOAN, James Park
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1971. Originally to have been titled A Small War -- about one man's small, private concerns until he is confronted with the need to make a decision about his actions, and take a stand. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine, slightly rubbed dust jacket with several small, closed edge tears. [#028705] SOLD
NY, Fiction, (1973). An excerpt from a novel-in-progress, which turned out to be Dog Soldiers. A bibliographically significant piece, in that this is the only place where Dog Soldiers is identified by the title Skydiver Devoured by Starving Birds. Signed by Stone. Also includes John Lennon, Donald Barthelme, Jerome Charyn, and others. Tall newsprint journal. Fine. [#914689] $125
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, (1974). The uncorrected proof copy of his second novel, winner of the National Book Award and one of the best novels to link the impact of the Vietnam war on American society in the Sixties to the dark side of that era -- the official corruption and the underside of the drug experiences of a generation. This is the second issue proof, in gold-brown wrappers with a publisher's letter to booksellers reproduced on the front cover. Signed by the author. Shallow creases to three corners; near fine in wrappers. [#912822] $500
[Boston], [Houghton Mifflin], . The photocopied typescript of Stone's second novel, winner of the National Book Award and one of the best novels to link the impact of the Vietnam war on American society in the Sixties to the dark side of that era -- the official corruption and the underside of the drug experiences of a generation. Bearing the [now crossed out] working title: Skydiver Devoured By Starving Birds. The title appears in a scene in the novel; it also appears in Stone's memoir, in an account of his time working for a tabloid newspaper where the writers were given headlines made up by other writers and had to create stories around them. The one time it appeared in print was in the excerpt from Dog Soldiers that appeared in the newsprint literary magazine, Fiction, in 1973. Stone's piece was called "Starving Birds" and at the end was identified as being from "Skydiver Devoured by Starving Birds." According to a 1987 letter of provenance, this copy was generated by the publisher and sent to the Book of the Month Club for early consideration for possible book club adoption. The pages bear, at the bottom, a torn Book of the Month Club filing sticker. 318 pages, plus cover sheet. The cover sheet and the letter of provenance are each signed by Robert Stone. The quality of the paper varies: several sheets have the blue tone of a mimeo. Near fine or better, in the bottom half of a manuscript box and the folding cardstock case of the Book of the Month Club, at this point more artifactual than protective. As far as we can tell, a unique copy of this award-winning novel, the basis for the highly regarded film Who'll Stop the Rain? [#033357] $1,500
STRETE, Craig Kee
NY, Greenwillow, (1978). His second book published in this country, a story for young adults about a group of young Native Americans, one of whom is drafted to Vietnam. This book was adapted as a play and performed by a touring Native American theater troupe. Inscribed by the author: "To the best looking librarian I've ever met/ Craig Kee Strete." A series of tiny indentations on rear board; near fine in a very good dust jacket with the same tiny dents on the rear panel and with a few modest edge tears. Scarce signed. [#025768] SOLD
NY, Crown, (1967). His first novel, one of the early novels of the Vietnam War, about a Special Forces strike into North Vietnam. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "in appreciation of some very interesting talks." The author served in Vietnam, commanding a unit of paratroopers; he won a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars during his service. Near fine in a good dust jacket, chipped at the crown. Uncommon signed. [#034509] SOLD
TRAN VAN DINH
NY, Vantage Press, (1965). A "vanity press" novel of the war by this Vietnamese writer, about a highly trained and educated South Vietnamese colonel who witnesses corruption and betrayals of the values he's fighting for. An important novel, both for its early date -- and the criticisms of the conduct of the war that it reflects at that time -- and for its Vietnamese perspective. Signed by the author in 1968. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#034510] SOLD
NY, Morrow, 1967. An early novel of the war and "the subtle violences of a cease-fire" in Vietnam, by a writer who had earlier written a book on the CIA, and was therefore presumably familiar with political intrigue. Inscribed by the author. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#034511] $100
NY, USO Public Relations, ca. 1970. Five press releases announcing upcoming USO Shows (in association with The Hollywood Overseas Committee) in Vietnam and Thailand. Featuring, and signed or inscribed by: Troy Donahue, Edie Scott, Herbert Scott, Betty Hall Jones, Lillian Lehman and the four "Blossoms of Spring," Robin Tyler, Pat Harrison, Se Se Abejon, Suzie Cappetta, and Carol White. Side-stapled press packets, with biographies of the cast members. Each is near fine or better. Uncommon ephemera from the war. [#034512] $150
Garden City, Doubleday, (1970). Animal folktales from Vietnam, told, illustrated, and signed by Vo-Dinh, a Vietnamese artist. Slightly musty; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#034513] $45
(Tucson), Ironwood Press, (1976). A collection of poems, several about the war. Weigl has won numerous awards for his poetry, much of which comes from his experience in the military in Vietnam. In his memoir, Weigl wrote "The war took away my life and gave me poetry in return." Signed by the author. Very good in stapled wrappers. [#034514] $50
WHITE, John A.
(Millbrae), [Self-Published], (1974). A self-published account of a group of Marine POWs in China, 1941-1945. Inscribed by the author to Richard Stratton: "To Commander Richard A. Stratton/ 'Ting hao' United States Naval officer/ with greatest admiration for his magnificent performance while a POW./ John A. White/ March 3, 1975." Stratton was a POW in North Vietnam for over 2250 days; during his time as a prisoner, in an event later known as "the Stratton incident," he shed light on the North Vietnamese use of torture to break the will of their prisoners. Front flyleaf has two strips of white-out above the inscription; the book is foxed and musty, with some dampstaining on the front free endpaper and the next few pages; still very good in a near fine, rubbed dust jacket. [#034515] $75
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