E-list # 182
NY, Harper & Row, (1989). An early book on contemporary climate change, published several months prior to Bill McKibben's seminal work, The End of Nature. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Previous owner's bookplate on the front flyleaf; fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#034637] SOLD
(NY), Dey St/Morrow, (2018). The chronicle of a year spent in the crabbing community of Tangier Island, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay, which may become the first town in the U.S. to fully succumb to a changing climate. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine, half-jacket (by design), apparently intended to signify rising water. [#034638] SOLD
Livingston, Clark City Press, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of short fiction and nonfiction. Crumley was a modern master of the hard-boiled detective genre, and this includes, among many other pieces originally intended for magazines, a beginning to his novel The Mexican Tree Duck, which was published a couple of years after this collection. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. Reproduces holograph corrections. An uncommon proof from a small Montana press. [#034639] SOLD
NY, Ronald Press, (1957). A review copy of Leary's first regularly published book, written while he was Director of Psychology Research at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland, California. The book was voted the best book on psychotherapy in 1957 by the American Psychological Association. Among other things, Leary's book argued that "individual character functions as an inextricable part of a larger social network," an insight that was later crucial in his experiments with the use of psychedelic drugs in psychological treatment, and also with his non-academic experiments with such drugs. The accolades Leary received after publication led directly to his being offered a teaching position at Harvard, where he taught from 1959-1963, before leaving to pursue an iconoclastic path as an avatar of the counterculture in the 1960s, and as a prominent advocate of the use of psychedelic drugs for insight. This copy belonged to psychologist Will Schutz and bears his owner name, as well as several dozen marginal comments in the text, presumably also by Schutz. Bears two stamps and the spine label of the Esalen Institute, where Schutz practiced from 1967-1973. Review slip and stamp front pastedown. Front hinge cracking; cloth, foredge, and top edge stained. A good copy only, but an excellent association and provenance. [#034640] $1,250
Garden City, Natural History Press/Doubleday, 1970. The uncorrected proof copy of the anthropologist's study of the generation gap, fifty years ago. Mead warns that as the rate of social and technological change increases to the point where children know their lives will not resemble their parents' lives, parents can no longer serve as role models for children; and as the rate of change increases further, parents will need to learn from their children. This text came from lectures by Mead at New York's Museum of Natural History. Sporadic underlinings by a reader or reviewer. Bound galleys, printed on rectos only. About very good in wrappers. Scarce, early format of a major book by one of the foremost anthropologists and thinkers of her time. [#034641] SOLD
(LOWENFELS, Walter, ed.)
NY, Vintage Books, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of this anthology of poetry by Native Americans, including Eskimos, Hawaiians, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Edited and introduced by poet Walter Lowenfels, with additional introductions by Simon Ortiz and Gloria Truvido. Other contributors include James Welch, Joseph Bruchac, Gerald Vizenor, Robert J. Conley, Duane Niatum, Gladys Cardiff, and Besmilr Brigham, among many others. Published as a paperback original, even the first edition is uncommon. An early proof in what became the "Native American Renaissance," presenting a multicultural view of American literature. This copy, though unmarked, is from Lowenfels' estate. Minor edge sunning; near fine in wrappers. [#034642] $200
MATHEWS, John Joseph
NY, Longmans, Green, 1934. His second book, and only novel, about the American Southwest. The first modern novel by a Native American writer to deal directly with questions of "Indianness," the alienation from culture and self provoked by white men's education, and the futile attempt to become assimilated into the dominant culture. Small numerical stamp on the rear flyleaf; removal abrasion on front pastedown; otherwise a near fine copy in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with several small edge chips and an open tear on the rear panel (not affecting author photo). [#034643] SOLD
(ROSEN, Kenneth, ed.)
NY, Viking, (1975). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of "contemporary poetry by American Indians." Edited by Kenneth Rosen, this was the companion volume to the fiction anthology The Man to Send Rain Clouds published a year earlier. Contributors include Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Anna Walters, Lance Henson, Peter Blue Cloud, Ray Young Bear, Janet Campbell Hale, Roberta Hill, Ramona Wilson, Anita Endrezze-Probst, and others. Owner names on flyleaf -- poet, novelist and playwright Irving Benig and his wife, Barbara; fine in wrappers. A key book of Native American literature, and an uncommon proof. [#034644] $150
NY, Devin-Adair, 1951-1961. Five titles (apparently the complete run) in Devin-Adair's American Naturalist Series, published over the course of a decade. Chronologically, the titles are:
- John Burroughs' America. 1951. Edited by Farida A. Wiley and illustrated by Francis Lee Jacques. Modest foxing; very good in a very good dust jacket.
- Ernest Thompson Seton's America. 1954. Edited by Wiley, with Seton's illustrations. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
- Theodore Roosevelt's America. 1955. Edited and inscribed by Wiley: "To Jo Kimball - with gratitude for all your help in the compilation of this book." (Josephine Kimball also gets a mention in the printed acknowledgments.) Bit of play in the binding; very good in a very good dust jacket. With illustrations by Ugo Mochi.
- John and William Bartram's America. 1957. Edited and inscribed by Helen G. Cruickshank in 1978. Cruickshank won the John Burroughs Medal for Flight into Sunshine in 1949. Illustrations by Francis Lee Jacques. Mild foxing; near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket.
- A Naturalist in Alaska, by Adolph Murie. 1961. This title was a break in the format, being by and about a living naturalist. Inscribed by Murie, in 1962: "To my Alaskan friend, Jack McPhee." Winner of the 1963 John Burroughs Medal. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With illustrations by Olaus J. Murie.
San Francisco, Sierra Club, 1977. A landmark collection of related essays on land use, exploring "the ecological crisis as a crisis of character," "the ecological crisis as a crisis of agriculture," and "the agricultural crisis as a crisis of culture." This is probably the most explicit of Berry's books elaborating the reasons for, and sources of, the agrarian values that he has extolled so passionately throughout his writings. Signed by the author. A near fine copy in a good, price-clipped dust jacket, chipped at the spine base and with tape mends on the verso. Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder blurbs. Uncommon in jacket and signed. [#034646] $350
CRUICKSHANK, Helen G.
NY, Macmillan, 1948. Winner of the 1949 John Burroughs Medal. "Bird Experiences in Florida," with text by Helen G. Cruickshank and photographs by the author's husband, Allan D. Cruickshank, who was the official photographer of the National Audubon Society. This copy is signed by both Cruickshanks. Allan has added "Dum Vivimus Vivamus" ("While we live, let us live") below his signature. A fine copy in a very good, unevenly faded, price-clipped dust jacket with moderate edge wear. [#034647] $300
EHRLICH, Paul R.
NY, Simon and Schuster, (1986). By the author of The Population Bomb, an explication of the interrelationship between animals (humans) and the environment. Inscribed by the author to LuEsther, "with much love and many thanks" in the year of publication. With an additional note from the author tipped to the title page, on the same date, thanking the recipient for her support and expanding on the acknowledgement that is printed on page 303: "Finally, I remain deeply in the debt of LuEsther, whose friendship has meant more to me than I could ever tell her." LuEsther Matz was a philanthropist who supported a number of artistic and environmental causes. In 1980, Dennis Murphy and Paul Ehrlich, working for the Center for Conservation Biology, named a butterfly after her -- Euphydryas editha luestherae. Mildly musty, but still near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With a cover blurb by Edward O. Wilson. A significant association copy. [#034648] SOLD
KIDNEY, Dorothy Boone
South Brunswick, A.S. Barnes, (1969). Kidney's book chronicles life with her husband, three seasons per year, in a one-room cabin on the remote Allagash River in western Maine, "far from the frantic, gadget-filled, pressurized trend of urbanized living," and "following the paths tramped by Henry Thoreau." Signed by the author and illustrated with photographs of and by her. Near fine in a very good, sunned dust jacket with modest edge wear. Uncommon signed. [#034649] $200
NY, The New Press, (2010). A former editor of the Utne Reader explains "how to save the economy, the environment, the internet, democracy, our communities, and everything else that belongs to all of us" by way of acknowledging shared ownership and shared responsibility. Dozens of short articles written by more than two dozen authors, with illustrations and a resource guide, and featuring an introduction by Bill McKibben. Inscribed by Walljasper, with the exhortation "Viva la Commons!" Fine in wrappers. [#034650] $100
WRIGHT, Bertha E.
London, Hatchards, 1872. A sequel to her Gleanings from Nature. Inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, in 1891. Wright describes creatures and their habitat to her niece and nephew, with moral lessons, for young people, derived from hawks and foxes and bees and eagles, etc., from a time when women were more likely to focus their nature studies on flowers, ferns and shells. With illustrations by the author. Discoloration at pages 110-111; rear hinge starting; scattered light spotting and rubbing; a very good copy. [#034651] $225
ULLMAN, J.R. [James Ramsey]
(n.p.), J.P. Lippincott, (1964). An uncorrected proof, from galleys, of the official account of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, led by Norman Dyhrenfurth, which put the first American -- Jim Whittaker -- on the summit (with Sherpa Nawang Gombu), via the South Col route pioneered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. This expedition also saw the first ascent via the West Ridge, by Will Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein. The expedition included 19 Americans, 37 Sherpas, and 907 porters and cost $400,000, as well as the life of John Breitenbach. Ullman was the official historian on the expedition, despite health problems keeping him in Kathmandu. This proof is 401 pages, printed on rectos only, with a typescript table of contents, in blue cardstock covers, further bradbound into brown covers with a typed title and author label applied. Each chapter and appendix has a hand-numbered tab. The appendices (labeled "Components") are written in part by expedition members, including Whittaker, Dyhrenfurth, and Hornbein, and cover all the facets of the climb, from cinematography and finances to glaciology and oxygen. This copy was apparently used by Woodrow W. Sayre for review in the New York Times, based on comments on both style and substance written throughout the text, as well as on two-full pages of a draft review on the verso of pages 291 and 292, that all correspond well to the published review. Sayre, a philosophy professor, had led a four-man, privately financed expedition to Everest in 1962, which was only the 13th attempt at the summit in history, and the first attempt without bottled oxygen: the team reached 25,500 feet. It's possible that Sayre added the outer covers and the tabs to this proof. The first "component" tab is near detachment; the outer covers are lose and worn. In all, a near fine proof in what appears to be a very good, homemade cover. A notable association copy of a rarity in mountaineering history. [#034652] $500
WILSON, Theodora Wilson
London, C.W. Daniel, 1916. A novel by the feminist and ardent pacifist, published the same year as her popular sci-fi novel The Last Weapon, which was confiscated and pulped for promoting peace. In 1934, Wilson was working on a film version of The Wrestlers (a novel about Christianity and Russian exiles in Siberia), and laid in here is a typed letter signed to actress Elizabeth [sic] Bergner conveying the novel along with five pages of filmscript covering "a few parts not in the novel." We can't find that a film version was ever made; Elisabeth Bergner was nominated for an Oscar the next year for her role in Escape Me Never. The author's holograph corrections (name change) appear throughout the script. The letter and filmscript pages are folded in half and edgeworn from overlaying the book. Rusted paperclip attached. The book has been rebound in blue cloth, using the original printed wrappers as cover and spine onlays. Subtitled "Man, Woman & Son" on the front cover, and "Father, Mother & Son" on the title page. A small bit of undocumented female film history. [#034653] $450
Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1951. The autobiography of the director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, from 1920-1944, "as told to Mary N. Winslow." This copy is signed, "Best Regards/ Mary Anderson." Anderson was a Swedish immigrant and a garment factory worker in Chicago who became the first U.S. government representative to the International Labor Organization and served under five presidents at the Department of Labor. A near fine copy in a good, edge-chipped dust jacket. Uncommon in the original edition, and especially so signed. [#034654] SOLD
(London), MacGibbon & Kee, (1970). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition (British) of one of the defining books of the second feminist wave, an international bestseller that called out sexual oppression, the idealized female image, domestic servitude, and patriarchal condescension. Greer famously hoped her book would "quickly date and disappear," but much of it is still relevant to the struggles of the fourth (and counting) feminist wave. The plain brown wrappers have some creasing, and there's a small coffee stain on the title label; still near fine. Extremely scarce as a proof. [#034655] $1,000
NY, Crown, (1965). The autobiography of "the most renowned woman sculptor of modern times," creator of the Races of Mankind exhibit, commissioned by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in the early 1930s to be "the finest racial portraiture the world as ever seen." Hoffman, who had studied for four years with Auguste Rodin, traveled the world for five years to create the 104 bronze and marble sculptures for the Hall of Man: the exhibit continued for 30 years before being dismantled in the 1960s. A retrospective was done several years ago, while emphasizing the ensuing changes to our scientific and cultural conceptions of race. This copy is inscribed by Hoffman. Staining to the edges of the text block, thus only a very good copy, in a very good, modestly edgeworn dust jacket. Hoffman was also known for her sculptures of dancers, particularly Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova, and for her relief work in the Balkans after World War I. [#034656] $300
NY, Knopf, 1959. "The disarmingly personal story of a woman's adventures in a man's country," this is Parton's account of five years in India, as staff correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and wife of the Times of London correspondent there. This copy is warmly inscribed by the author. A near fine copy in a good dust jacket, close to separating at the rear flap fold. [#034657] $175
NY, Scribner's, 1940. The autobiography of Blanche Oelrichs, one-time debutante turned poet and playwright (of Clair de Lune, among others) and actress, who took the name Michael Strange to distance her sometimes erotic work from her societal reputation. An ardent suffragist, Strange married and divorced three times (her second husband was John Barrymore) before partnering for the last decade of her life (1940-1950) with Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon. This copy is inscribed by Strange in the year of publication to Irma Wyckoff, secretary to editor Maxwell Perkins at Scribner's. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with rubbing to the edges. [#034658] SOLD
NY, Free Press, (2010). Traister's first book, about "the election that changed everything for American women," (until it didn't). To be clear, this is about the 2008 election: when the female players included Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Edwards, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Signed by the author, with an added, "Here's to a brighter future." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a small nick at the crown. [#034659] $125
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