E-list # 185
NY, Harper/Crowell, (1941/1958). Two volumes: Buckmaster's original volume on the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement, and her later volume, written for young adults. The later volume is inscribed by Buckmaster. Let My People Go is a near fine copy in a very good, midly spine-sunned and edgeworn dust jacket, with a blurb by Richard Wright. Flight to Freedom is fine in a very good, lightly rubbed and edgeworn jacket. [#034691] $225
(London), Michael Joseph, (1976). His only children's book, written for his nephew, Tejan. Baldwin created "a microcosm of his concern for our children and our future," with a "picture of New York as it looks to those who are black, poor and less than four feet high." Baldwin was living in France when he wrote it, and it was illustrated by Yoran Cazac, who had never seen Harlem and worked from photographs that Baldwin showed him. The British edition is the true first, preceding the U.S. edition published by Dial. Ahead of its time and considered "experimental," the title quickly went out of print; it was reissued by Duke University Press in 2018. Fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#034692] SOLD
BERNARD, Harold W., Jr.
Cambridge, Ballinger, (1980). "Before the end of the next four decades [i.e., 2020] .... the climate of the earth may be warmer than at any time in the past thousand years." An examination of the history of global warming, the state of the problem, and the hopes and fears for the mid-21st century. Inscribed by the author in the month of publication: "To Kerry -- thanks for your help on The Greenhouse Effect." Likely inscribed to Kerry H. Cook, who is named second in Bernard's Acknowledgments. An early title on the subject, preceding Bill McKibben's The End of Nature -- widely considered the first book for a general audience on global warming -- by nearly a decade. A good association copy. Fine, without dust jacket, possibly as issued. [#034693] SOLD
EDGERTON, Lynne T.
Washington, D.C., Island Press, (1991). A book on global warming and rising sea levels, by an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Inscribed by the author: "To Roger/ In anticipation of a wonderful working relationship and saving the Earth together." This is the hardcover edition, apparently considerably less common than the simultaneous softcover, and especially uncommon signed with a good inscription. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with the author's business cards laid in. [#034694] SOLD
NY, Scribner's, (1979). The first American edition, subtitled "The Climatic Threat of the 21st Century." (Originally published in Britain with the title The Climatic Threat.) Inscribed by the author, in pencil, on the front flyleaf. Gribbin, an astronomer, weighs in on natural climate cycles before introducing human effects on the weather. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with photos of the blizzard of '78 featured on the rear panel. [#034695] SOLD
LIFTON, Robert Jay
NY, New Press, (2017). The National Book Award-winning psychiatrist, known for his studies on the psychological effects of war and violence, turns his attention to climate change, following the 2015 Paris Accords (which the U.S. withdrew from), with the hope that action will follow the recognition that we are now the species in need of saving. Inscribed by the author, "For Carol/ Peace!" Carol has added her comments, in pencil, to the text; otherwise this is a fine copy in a fine dust jacket. The nonagenarian's signature is relatively uncommon. [#034696] SOLD
NY, 1888. The Democratic Party Platform, as adopted in St. Louis on June 7, 1888 (and reaffirming and restating that adopted in Chicago four years earlier). In 1888, Grover Cleveland was running for re-election, against the Republican Benjamin Harrison. Cleveland won the popular vote, but lost in the Electoral College, in part due to Republicans buying votes in Indiana. (Cleveland would, however, win a rematch, in 1892.) This pamphlet puts forth the ideals of the Democratic Party at the time, including: childhood education; the rights of organized labor; the separation of church and state; the equality of all citizens without regard to race or color; the reform of unjust tax laws that unduly enrich the few; the end of the sale of public lands to benefit corporations rather than settlers; the reigning in of tariffs; the admission of Washington, Montana, Dakota and New Mexico into the Union; and supporting the blessings of self-government and civil and religious liberty for all nations. The platform reaffirms the rights of native and naturalized citizens, but takes a hard line against the importation of "unfit" foreign labor. One sheet, folded to create a 12 page pamphlet, 3 3/8" x 5 3/4". Foxed, and fragile; about very good. Only two copies located in OCLC, at NYPL and Pittsburgh State University. [#034697] $1,000
NY, Pantheon, (1989). The uncorrected proof copy of Ehrenreich's examination of the American middle class and its rightward drift in the latter part of the 20th century. This copy was used for review, with markings throughout and with notes written on the back of a review slip, laid in. A Post-It on the review slip reads, "Amy, Review due 5/17. Thanks. Jeff Z." (The book was published in August and 8/17 is written in pencil on the lower edge of the text block). In addition to the review markings, there is a bit of dampstaining to the lower corner. Near fine in wrappers. This title was reissued in 2020 by Twelve Books, as still relevant. [#034698] $100
NY, Macmillan, 1909. A two-page autograph letter signed from Gale to "Major, dear," thanking the recipient for roses, apparently sent following a visit between the two the previous day. The letter is signed, "Faithfully yours/ Zona Gale." Written on the verso of part of a letter from "Major" to Gale and tipped to the front flyleaf of the book. From "Major's" letter, it appears that the recipient is Abby Baldwin Martin, author of History of the Newark Female Charitable Society and widow of New Jersey State Senator Augustus Martin; Martin explains the appellation "Major" was given to her by soldiers while doing relief work in Florida during the Spanish-American war. Gale, of course, was a Wisconsin novelist, short story writer and playwright, known for her "Friendship Village" stories and for the stage adaptation of her novel Miss Lulu Bett, for which she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Gale's letter reads, in part, "I owe you much, and, bright among the much, the visit yesterday." The book is near fine, without dust jacket; the letter, apparently from 1910 and tipped into the book, is also near fine. [#034699] SOLD
[NY], (Samuel R. Delany), (1967). Her first book, a collection of 17 poems published by her then-husband, the science fiction writer Samuel Delany. As best as we can tell, all but one of the poems ("Runner") were published in later collections. A homemade production: assembled by Delany, Hacker, and Harvey Caughlin. Delany took the cover photo; the cover lettering was done by artist Russell FitzGerald. The last poem has three holograph changes to the text, presumably in Hacker's or Delany's hand. Hacker's first regularly published book, Presentation Piece, was not published until seven years later: it won the National Book Award for Poetry. Together with 2019 email correspondence with Delany about the creation of the book and about his not having a copy of it, even though Hacker "wrote the eponymous poem about the two of us, shortly before we were married." According to Delany, there were only a small number of these assembled, and more than half of them were never distributed. 8 1/2" x 11" sheets. Side-stapled. Near fine. [#034700] SOLD
Port Townsend, Copper Canyon Press, 1984, 1996. Two poetry collections by Kizer, each inscribed by Kizer to fellow poet and friend Denise Levertov. The earlier inscription reads, under the subtitle "Poems for Women": "especially for Denise, with love from Carolyn/ Berkeley/ Nov. '84." The later inscription reads: "for beloved Denise, the best woman I know, Love, Carolyn/ Christmas 1996." Kizer has actually written "the best" twice, and crossed one out. Laid into this copy is a photocopied typescript draft of one of her included poems, "On a Line from Valery (The Gulf War)," which bears marked differences from the poem as published, including a change in title. Mermaids in the Basement is the simultaneous softcover issue; Harping On is also softcover, but preceded the hardcover by a few months. Each is fine in wrappers. A small glimpse of the long friendship between the two contemporaries and colleagues. [#034701] $300
Eugene, Lone Goose, 1997. One of 16 participant's copies of this limited edition of an essay from Crossing Open Ground, which was later issued in a trade edition by the University of Georgia Press. Here issued with twenty-three 11-3/4" x 11" woodblock images by Robin Eschner, hinged in a continuous presentation almost 22 feet long, encompassing the text. An elaborate production, involving a number of individuals prominent in the book arts, in addition to Lopez and Eschner: Charles Hobson, the designer, whose work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Art, among others; Sandy Tilcock, the publisher and boxmaker; Susan Acker, the letterpress printer; Nora Pauwells, the relief edition printer; and John DeMerritt, the binder, who is President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Of a total edition of 66 copies, this is Copy L of 16 lettered copies signed by Lopez and Eschner and including a unique tire-tread print from Lopez's Toyota 4-Runner, the vehicle used in the journey from Oregon to Indiana that is described in the story. Fine, in a clamshell box. [#034702] $3,500
Princeton, Princeton University Press, (2001). The hardcover issue of this collection of nonfiction co-edited by McPhee and with a preface by him that has not appeared elsewhere, explaining the origins of Princeton's focus on literary journalism. This anthology is ample evidence of the success of that focus, as it includes such writers as Jane Kramer, Jonathan Schell, Leslie Cockburn, Larry L. King, Richard Gilman, Victor Navasky, Jeremy Bernstein, Geoffrey Wolff, James Gleick, Gloria Emerson, and many more, all of whom passed through Princeton. Also includes McPhee's "Travels of the Rock" from his collection Irons in the Fire. Very slight bowing to boards; else a fine copy, without dust jacket, as issued. Uncommon in the hardcover first printing. [#034703] SOLD
NY, Garland, 1986. The definitive bibliography of the literary giant, offered here with 100 pages of the author's updates, in the form of 100 pages of Juliar's photocopied typescript, dated April, 1991. With a sticky note signed by Juilar attached. The book has one page corner turned and is otherwise fine, without dust jacket, as issued. The updates are near fine. [#034704] SOLD
(BURROUGHS, John). BARRUS, Clara.
Garden City, Doubleday, Page, 1920. A biography of Burroughs, published the year before he died, and written by Barrus, who, for two decades, was Burroughs' friend, secretary, traveling companion, (presumed mistress), and later his biographer and literary executor. The rear top edge and two corners of the jacket have been reclaimed by nature (insects, apparently); the text has several marginal marks in pencil and modest foxing to the endpages; in all, a very good copy in a good, and very scarce, dust jacket. [#034705] $300
CHEYNEY, E.G. and SCHANTZ-HANSEN, T.
Saint Paul, Webb Book Publishing Co., 1940. "The Story of Conservation in the United States" by a Professor and an Associate Professor of Forestry at the University of Minnesota, and with a searing foreword by Jay N. Darling, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist who founded the National Wildlife Federation in 1937. Inscribed: "To Lyman E. Wakefield/ I worked nearly a year and a half to get this book done, so want you to see it." The initials suggest the inscription is possibly from the publisher, Horace C. Klein, as opposed to one of the authors. Wakefield and Klein were both associated with Carleton College. Edge-stained cloth, very good, lacking the dust jacket. An urgent and timely book in the history of conservation in the U.S. [#034707] SOLD
GABRIELSON, Ira N.
NY, Macmillan, 1943. An in-depth look at the creation and administration of wildlife refuges in the U.S., by the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who was responsible for adding millions of acres to the National Wildlife Refuge System during his tenure. Inscribed by the author: "To Peggy/ an intelligent and helpful co-worker/ With my compliments." Very good in a good, edge-chipped and price-clipped dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs of wildlife and of the refuges and habitats. [#034708] SOLD
GOODMAN, Mae Winkler
NY, Devin-Adair, 1951. A collection of 52 bird poems by the Cleveland author, each illustrated with a drawing by William E. Scheele. This copy is inscribed by Goodman to the publisher, Devin Garrity: "with warmest thanks and appreciation. May your faith be justified." Additionally inscribed by Scheele: "You had fine courage to do it," with a drawing of a pileated woodpecker under his signature. Laid in is an autograph letter signed from Goodman to Garrity, dated in 1959, in which she responds to his request for her poetry (one typescript page with two sonnets and the poem "Fate" included here) and alludes to sonnets she has written but would be afraid to publish. Devin-Adair did publish a collection of her poetry, Verge of Eden, in 1962. Also laid in is a prospectus for In Time of Swallows. Offsetting to front endpages and table of contents where inserts lay, otherwise near fine in a spine-tanned, mildly rubbed, very good dust jacket. [#034709] $200
NABHAN, Gary and TRIMBLE, Stephen
Boston, Beacon Press, 1994. An exploration of how, and when, bonds to the land are formed. Nabhan and Trimble, both naturalists and both fathers, alternate chapters in this book, which has an introduction by noted child psychiatrist Robert Coles. Signed by Nabhan. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034710] $85
Moscow, State Art Publishers, 1939. The architecture and culture of Moscow, as photographed by Rodchenko for the Soviet Pavilion at the 1939 New York's World's Fair. Two five-panel accordion photographic foldouts tipped in at rear. Spine ends rubbed; near fine in ribbed boards, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. [#034711] $600
London, BBC/Penguin, (1972). Berger's influential art text, based on the BBC's series of the same name, which popularized the deconstruction of art and advertising, particularly as applied to the ways that women are seen, and are subjected to what would later come to be called (by Laura Mulvey) "the male gaze," i.e., "...Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves." Ubiquitous in reprints; the true first is exceedingly scarce. Small owner name on title page; minor age toning; near fine in wrappers. No hardcover edition was done until the U.S. edition a year later. [#034712] $750
EHRENREICH, Barbara and ENGLISH, Deidre
Oyster Bay, Glass Mountain, ca. 1971-2. An early book by Ehrenreich, feminist and activist, and author of Nickel and Dimed, This Land is Their Land and Natural Causes, among others; this is the first of her three collaborations with English. Issued as the first Glass Mountain Pamphlet, this "history of women healers" traces how health care became a male profession, in which, "Our subservience is reinforced by our ignorance, and our ignorance is enforced." This is the first edition, printed by Red Ink, and predating the Feminist Press edition of 1973. Near fine in stapled wrappers and with a Feminist Press rubber stamp on the rear cover. An early critique of the health care system from a feminist perspective by these two writers, whose two other books were also on issues of women and health. [#034713] SOLD
London, Faber and Faber, (1970). "But woman is taught to desire not what her mother desired for herself, but what her father and all men find desirable in a woman." Inscribed by Figes to her parents: "To Mummy & Daddy with love/ Eva/ 23rd May 1970." This was Figes's first book of nonfiction, a feminist classic published the same year as Greer's The Female Eunuch and Millet's Sexual Politics. Spine- and edge-sunned; a near fine copy, in a supplied, near fine dust jacket. [#034714] $1,000
ROGERS, Elizabeth Nourse
1940. A typed letter signed by Nourse, who served 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, beginning in 1925, when she became the sixth women elected to Congress (taking the seat of her deceased husband). Nourse was a sponsor of legislation creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS) and then the Women's Army Corps (WACs), as well as of the GI Bill. In this letter, written in 1940, Rogers shares the recipient's support for removing personal questions from the U.S. Census (at a time when proposed questions concerned income level and mortgage indebtedness and, for women, number of marriages). Rogers died in 1960, in the midst of her 19th Congressional campaign. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998. The recipient of the letter, Bertha H. Marshall, was, in 1940, and according to U.S. Census records, 72 years old and widowed. [#034715] SOLD
SANDLER, Bernice Resnick
(Washington, D.C.), National Association for Women in Education, (1996). An exploration of gendered experiences in the classroom, from nearly every conceivable angle. This is a follow-up to the 1982 report The Classroom Climate. Co-authored by Sandler, with Lisa A. Silverberg and Roberta M. Hall. This copy is inscribed by Sandler: "To Carol - keep up the good work." Near fine in wrappers. [#034716] $100
WINN, Mary Day
NY, Harcourt, Brace, (1931). "A shameless discussion of [the] autonomy of the American female," this is an early feminist tract celebrating female employment, purchasing power, visibility, independence, intelligence, education, and even spinsterhood. Inscribed by the author to the artist Edward H. Suydam, "from your future collaborator," and dated in March, 1931. Suydam would illustrate Winn's Macadam Trail, her 1931 book about making a loop of the United States by "motor coach." First edition, in red boards: near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket, with an unfaded spine. The rear flap advertises Woolf's A Room of Her Own. Scarce in jacket, and especially so as an association copy. [#034717] SOLD
NY, Riverhead Books, 2018. Innocuously billed as a "Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler" (in the past), but also, perhaps more usefully, "all the information you need to rebuild civilization" (in the future). Topics include food, water, fire, navigation, language, numbers, medicine, power, bikes, boats, beer, birth control, art, music, flight, philosophy, chemistry, and computers, to name a few. Part tongue in cheek, but also tongue and groove: a useful compendium of some of the things we'll lose if we lose everything. Signed by the author, with an added heart. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034620] $150
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