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click for a larger image of item #34851, Azores (n.p), (n.p), [2010]. A lavish production, featuring approximately 30 color photographs of Bourdain from his trip to the Azores, a trip that was also documented by the Travel Channel in 2009 as part of his show "No Reservations." Most all of the photographs are individually captioned by Bourdain, many with an added drawing or two, and the book is signed by Bourdain in March, 2010, with "Thanks for doing a good thing for a very worthy cause." The photos are approximately 8" x 12", on sheets that are about 17 3/4" x 11 1/2". Not a formal publication as far as we can tell -- i.e., no publisher indicated, nor any indication that there were other copies of this prepared, with or without captions. Bourdain's captions and illustrations are funny, expressive and often self-deprecating: on the title page he has drawn a self-portrait with carving knife, with an escaping fish, a turnip, a carrot, and the globe, as well as signing his name. Other captions and drawings are borderline hilarious, with the kind of candor that Bourdain showed in his television persona. A remarkable, unique book -- a testament to the much-loved chef and adventurer, whose suicide was widely mourned. Bound in full leather by James Currier of Rhode Island, with a fish hand-tooled into the front cover. Fine, in a fine cloth slipcase. [#034851] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34852, Gift of Laughter (n.p.), Pennsylvania Railroad, (1943). The first separate appearance of this story by the Nobel Prize winner, first published in The American Magazine, with the title "Mrs. Barclay's Christmas Present." This is one of a set of 15 titles published by the Pennsylvania Railroad for traveling members of the armed services in November, 1943. 3" x 4". Fine in stapled wrappers. Similar to, but smaller than and apparently scarcer than, the Armed Forces Editions one usually sees from the Second World War. [#034852] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34853, No Title (n.p.), (n.p.), (n.d.). Typescript of a poem ("no title"), with the first line, "the churning maggot escapes." Signed by Bukowski with added abstract doodle. Bukowski's mailing address at top; one tiny holograph correction; previously folded in thirds. Near fine. [#034853] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34854, Crucifix in a Deathhand NY, Lyle Stuart/Loujon Press, (1965). Designed and elaborately printed and bound in an edition of 3100 copies by Loujon Press: multi-colored, deckle-edge pages, in stiff pictorial wrappers. This copy is inscribed by Bukowski to Karl Shapiro: "For Karl Shapiro -- Kid, it's a hell of a hard game -- living, dying/ reading, bleeding, singing -- What the fuck -- it's hang and hold -- Hello,/ Charles Bukowski." With one of Bukowski's characteristic illustrations (self-caricature, bird, sun). Very slight spine-sunning and rubbing to the folds; else fine. An early publication by Bukowski and although not an especially uncommon title, an extremely uncommon item to find with a literary association such as this. [#034854] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34855, The Genius of the Crowd [Cleveland], (7 Flowers Press), (1966). A Bukowski rarity, published by D.A. Levy and Jim Lowell in an edition of 103 copies, and then mostly seized by the Cleveland police during the raid on Lowell's Asphodel Bookshop under the charge of possessing and selling obscene materials. Only about 40 copies were thought to have survived, and about half that number now exist in institutional libraries. A small chapbook with linoleum cut illustrations by Paula Marie Savarino. Stapled pages (some double leaves as some pages were made from trimmed envelopes), bound into green wrappers. This copy is signed by Bukowski. Creasing to the front cover and a small corner chip to the rear cover. A near fine copy. Five copies have appeared at auction over the past 50 years, and none has been signed; it is quite possibly the scarcest of Al Fogel's "Top 20 Bukowski Rarities." [#034855] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34856, Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8 Story Window (Berkeley/Glendale), (Litmus & Poetry X/Change), [1968]. A poetry chapbook. This copy is inscribed by Bukowski: "To Seamus Cooney -- well, hell, I haven't jumped. Charles Bukowski/ 3-6-71." Trace creasing near the spine; very near fine in wrappers. [#034856] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34857, A Rolling Poem (n.p.), (n.p.), [ca. 1970]. Two-page typescript of this poem. Signed by Bukowski with a tri-colored self-caricature. Two tiny holograph corrections to the text. Bukowski's mailing address at top. Stapled at upper corner; previously folded in thirds; near fine. [#034857] $1,750
click for a larger image of item #34858, The Word (n.p.), (n.p.), [ca. 1974]. Carbon typescript. Signed by Bukowski and dated 8-26-74. One emphatic holograph correction to the text. Mailing address at the top. Previously folded in half; near fine. [#034858] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34821, The Naked Lunch Paris, Olympia, (1959). Burroughs' second book, and the first under his own name, a high spot of Beat and postwar American literature and one of the three key volumes of the Beat movement, along with Kerouac's On the Road and Ginsberg's Howl. Published only in paperback in Paris by Maurice Girodias' important small press, in an edition of 5000 copies, three years before it could be published in the U.S., Naked Lunch was controversial for its explicit sexual content but, more importantly in the long run, it was an experiment in writing and perception, with shifting authorial voices and nonrealistic transpositions in time and place and perspective. This is the second issue of the first printing, with the New Franc price rubber-stamped over the original price: France switched to New Francs on January 1, 1960, which means this book hadn't sold at that time so the price was changed to reflect the new currency. Trace wear to joints, else a fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket with tiny nicks to the crown. In a custom clamshell case. A beautiful copy, and seldom found in this condition today. [#034821] $3,500
click for a larger image of item #34822, The Wild Boys London, Calder and Boyars, (1972). An advance copy of the British edition, in the form of folded and gathered sheets (f&g's), laid into a dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to Richard Aaron, "all the best wishes from the wild boys." A very scarce format -- typically no more than a half dozen or so sets of f &g's are produced -- and a nice association: Richard Aaron was the bookseller who arranged the sale of Burroughs' archive to Roberto Altmann of Lichtenstein. Fine, in a near fine dust jacket. [#034822] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34823, Junkie. Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict NY, Ace, (1953). Burroughs' pseudonymous first book, a paperback original bound back-to-back with Maurice Helbrant's Narcotic Agent. Inscribed by Burroughs in 1995: "For Charles Chambers [in pencil, and then in ink:]/ All best, William S Burroughs/ June 9, 1995." Junkie was a straightforward narrative of Burroughs' experiences with drugs; the publisher chose to release it couched in an anti-drug context, as a first person example of the horrors of drug use, and bound with a narcotic agent's memoir. Age-toning to pages, mild rubbing to the joints; near fine in wrappers. In a custom clamshell case. Maynard & Miles A1. The beginning of one of the most influential literary careers of the second half of the 20th century. [#034823] $3,000
click for a larger image of item #34859, The King in Yellow Chicago/NY, F. Tennyson Neely, 1895. A collection of stories that together comprise one of the classics of supernatural horror literature. This is the presumed first issue, in the binding with a salamander on the front cover, and with references to God and Christ that do not appear in the later issues and editions. Also, no inserted frontispiece; page 318 is blank; and the pages bulk 1.5 cm. H.P. Lovecraft read the book in 1927 and incorporated a number of elements of it into his stories of the Cthulhu Mythos. A beautiful copy, with almost none of the darkening to the spine that this title usually shows; very near fine, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. [#034859] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34860, Warnings (NY), Ecco, (2017). Clarke, head of counter-terrorism under three presidents and the special advisor for cybersecurity under G.W. Bush, has, with Eddy, taken a look back at the devastating consequences of unheeded warnings in the past (Fukushima, ISIS, the invasion of Kuwait, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 recession, etc.) and examines what warnings were then (in 2017) going unheeded. (Most obvious in hindsight: a possible pandemic; also the consequences of climate change, AI, gene editing, the internet of everything, etc.). This copy is signed by both authors. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034860] SOLD
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #34861, The Empathic Civilization NY, Tarcher/Penguin, (2009). Third printing. Signed by the author. Rifkin provides a sweeping history of the world through the lens of the rise of global consciousness, or "empathy," tracing how new energies and technologies have created advances in communication and culture, only to then elaborate on the empathy/entropy trade-off, with the "entropy" here being environmental degradation. A fresh perspective from a social thinker who has been re-envisioning the human project for more than 50 years. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and uncommon signed. [#034861] $100
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #34862, Climate Justice NY, Bloomsbury, (2018). The former President of Ireland and a UN Special Envoy on Climate Change focuses on those disproportionately affected by climate change and their grassroots responses. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a blurb by Barack Obama. [#034862] SOLD
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #34863, Rising. Dispatches from the New American Shore (Minneapolis), Milkweed Editions, 2018. Rush reports on the consequences of climate change for communities already living well within their reach: from Louisiana to New York City, to Maine, Florida, and California. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Terry Tempest Williams, Elizabeth Kolbert, Anne Fadiman, and Charles C. Mann. Uncommon signed. [#034863] SOLD
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #34864, The Right to Be Cold (Toronto), Allen Lane, (2015). An Inuk woman's account of not only the changes to the Arctic, but of how those environmental changes cause changes to Inuit culture and traditions, and why we need to view climate change as a human rights issue. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a bit of softening to the spine extremities. [#034864] SOLD
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #34865, The Next One Hundred Years NY, Bantam Books, (1990). A relatively early entry in the literature of climate change, published just one year after Bill McKibben's The End of Nature, and tracing the existence and implications of greenhouse gases and global warming. Inscribed by the author in 1995. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034865] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34866, Beautiful Losers NY, Viking, (1966). The first American edition -- reportedly preceding the Canadian edition -- of the landmark second novel by the Canadian poet-folksinger, one of the key books of the Sixties -- a "visionary counter-culture religious epic" in the words of one critic. In its paperback reprint edition, it was ubiquitous on college campuses and passed hand-to-hand by a generation that was finding itself increasingly alienated from the mainstream, dominant culture. Trace foxing to foredge, still a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the spine ends and a crease to the front flap fold. [#034866] $450
click for a larger image of item #34825, The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems Cambridge, Richard Brukenfeld, 1955. A collection of three dozen poems written in Cambridge, 1954-1955, several of which had seen previous publication in small periodicals, such as The Cambridge Review. Mild edge sunning and age-toning to covers and light damp-staining to lower corner of pages; small owner name in pencil on front cover; very good in stapled wrappers. A scarce book, printed in an edition of 500 copies, of which half were reportedly lost. [#034825] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34826, American Express Paris, The Olympia Press, 1961. A humorous autobiographical novel by the Beat poet, published in the Traveller's Companion series, which also published William Burroughs, J.P. Donleavy, Terry Southern, and others. With illustrations throughout by the author. This copy is signed by Corso, with the added words "grammar school book." First edition, second state with the "New Price" stamped on the rear cover. Olympia Press price list laid in. Fine in wrappers, in a near fine dust jacket. [#034826] $750
click for a larger image of item #34827, Le Fou Columbus, Golden Goose Press, 1952. His first book, poetry, written while he was living in Mallorca, Spain, before he attended and taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. One of 500 copies. Small owner name on the rear flap; near fine in wrappers. [#034827] $600
click for a larger image of item #34828, The Kind Act of Robert Creeley (Palma de Mallorca), Divers Press, 1953. The poet's second book, published by his own press in an edition estimated to be about 250 copies. Forged signature of Robert Creeley, now inked through, done by a well-known novelist. Softcover; near fine in a good, sunned and brittle dustwrapper, chipped and torn the length of the thin spine. [#034828] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34867, Hail Mary London, The Equinox, [1911]. Israel Regardie's copy of the third issue of Crowley's book of devotional verse, submitted anonymously to the Catholic publishers Burnes and Oates in 1908, who somehow overlooked its sexual undertones, and published it as Amphora. Crowley then published his own version, with an obscene epilogue. The original edition was withdrawn, and Crowley used the leftover sheets to publish this edition. This copy has the original front and rear wrappers but has been rebacked, a not uncommon condition for this cheaply made volume. Regardie, a British author and occultist, was for several years Crowley's secretary and later wrote a number of books on esoteric subjects. In the 1950s he experimented with LSD and other mind-altering drugs. Regardie's bookplate appears inside the front cover; an excellent association copy. With the restoration, a very good copy in wrappers, in a custom clamshell case. [#034867] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #34868, The Diary of a Drug Fiend NY, Dutton, (1923). Crowley's first novel, reportedly based on his own experiences as a drug user. Contemporary owner name and date to front flyleaf. Small spot to spine, light corner tap, and rear hinge starting; still a near fine copy, without dust jacket. [#034868] $850
click for a larger image of item #34869, Moonchild London, Mandrake Press, 1929. A novel by the occultist, which is in part a roman a clef -- with various of Crowley's contemporaries and acquaintances appearing in thinly disguised characters: William Butler Yeats as "Gates," for example, and Arthur Edward Waite as "Edwin Arthwait." In addition, Crowley uses the novel form as a vehicle for the exposition of his esoteric philosophy -- he was the head of an occult society at the time, and the novel describes an ongoing magical war between a white lodge and a black lodge -- and as an account of a magical operation involving the creation of a Homunculus, or Magical Child, through the harnessing of spiritual powers derived from the Sun and Moon, incarnating a human being conceived without sex. One of Crowley's proteges later attempted to perform this magical ritual to create a homunculus, in an experiment done in 1947, the year Crowley died. Crowley reportedly feared that his protege might actually succeed in tapping into forces much larger and more powerful than he realized, and unleash great harm on the world. The protege, Jack Parsons -- a rocket scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories during World War II -- worked on the experiment with L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, and was later killed in a mysterious explosion in his laboratory, which speculation over the years has suggested was related to his continuing attempt to perform the homunculus operation and invoke the powers that Crowley describes in this volume. Offsetting to the front flyleaf, faint edge foxing; a very near fine copy in a very good, strikingly illustrated dust jacket with a couple of small edge chips and modest spine sunning. A scarce book in the first edition, in jacket. [#034869] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34870, The Stratagem and Other Stories London, Mandrake Press, [1929]. A collection of three stories, issued in the series "Mandrake Booklets." Owner name, address, and 1930 date on the front flyleaf. Near fine in a very good, spine-darkened dust jacket. Rare: we find only one copy listed in OCLC WorldCat. [#034870] $750
click for a larger image of item #34871, Psychology NY, Harper & Brothers, (1887). His first book, published when he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan University and when, according to the author, psychology was just coming into its own, having attained "independent standing," rather than being an extension of logic, ethics, metaphysics and philosophy. Signed by Dewey on the front flyleaf, using an apparent symbolic notation of elevating the two "E's" of his last name (though the precise symbolism of this is unknown to us). Both the front and rear endpages have been covered in notes and doodles by G.E. McIlwain, presumably a student of Dewey's. Some notations in the text as well. Rear hinge cracked; a good copy, without dust jacket, probably as issued. An uncommon and notable first book, seldom found signed. [#034871] $4,500
click for a larger image of item #34829, This Kind of Bird Flies Backward (NY), (Totem Press), 1958. Her first book, with an introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Dampstaining, almost entirely contained to the covers; otherwise very good in stapled wrappers. Uncommon. No copies in the trade currently. [#034829] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34830, Pictures of the Gone World San Francisco, The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, (1955). Ferlinghetti's first book, and The Pocket Poets Series: Number One -- the first book in the long-lived and highly influential Pocket Poets series, published by Ferlinghetti out of his City Lights bookstore. One of 500 copies in wrappers. Bit of glue-darkening to the yellow wraparound cover label; near fine in wrappers. A nice copy of a landmark publication. [#034830] $750
click for a larger image of item #34872, Winter Journey and Nelly's Version London, Secker & Warburg/Faber and Faber, (1967, 1977). Two novels, each inscribed by Figes to her parents. Winter Journey, her second novel, is inscribed: "To my parents with love and gratitude/ Eva." Fine in a fine dust jacket. Nelly's Version is unsigned but is inscribed "To Mummy with love/ July 1977" (Figes's father having passed away in 1973). Oddly, the rear flyleaf has been excised; otherwise the book presents as near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Exceptional association copies by one of the key feminist writers of the 1960s and 70s. [#034872] $400
click for a larger image of item #34831, Kaddish and Other Poems (San Francisco), City Lights, (1969). Tenth printing, but inscribed by Ginsberg in 1970 to Gregory Corso, "who gave me P.B. Shelley." The unattributed epigraph on the title page of Kaddish is Shelley's: " —Die, If thou wouldst be with that which thou dost seek!" Here, Ginsberg has also added Shelley's name underneath. Dampstaining to rear cover that traverses the margins of the text, thus a good copy in wrappers. An excellent association copy. [#034831] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34873, Autograph Letter Signed 1936. A letter from Gus Bagnard to his brother Lyle and his wife, from Bermagui, Australia, written while traveling with Zane Grey. Brothers Gus and Lyle Bagnard were long-time friends of Grey, and they also worked as Grey's photographers and cameramen. This letter from Gus to his brother (after commenting on the physiques and personalities of various Australians and tourists) speaks of "Z.G.'s" fishing and work schedule, and describes how Grey's demeanor is more outgoing there than when he is in Oregon. Cameo appearances in the letter by Emil Morehardt and the actress Lillian Pertka. An interesting glimpse of Grey's fame and celebrity internationally, and a stark contrast to its expression at home in the U.S. A 6-page letter, written on two sides of two 6 1/2" x 10 1/4" pages. Folded for mailing; very good. Signed, "Lots of love, Gus." [#034873] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34874, Walkers NY, Dodd, Mead, (1923). Poetry, on the theme of walking, by this Oregon poet who lost the ability to walk in childhood and who observed passersby on a Portland sidewalk from an upper floor of her family's home by use of a mirror on a windowsill. This copy is signed by the author. This is her second book, and the last of her books published in her lifetime: she died the following year, at age 38. The Oregon Book Award for Poetry carries her name (along with that of William Stafford). Loss to the spine label; a near fine copy in a very good, supplied dust jacket with a faint red X and a small chip at the mid spine. [#034874] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34875, Escape from Camp 14 (NY), Viking, (2012). Signed by Harden and by the book's subject, Shin Dong-hyuk, who in 2005 escaped from the North Korean camp for political prisoners that he had been born into in 1982, and where he had witnessed the execution of his mother and brother. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Not surprisingly, uncommon signed. [#034875] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34876, Conan the Barbarian NY, Gnome, (1954). The sixth book in the classic sword-and-sorcery series, this being a prequel to the other books, comprising five short stories about Conan's early adventures. Pages edge-darkened, shelfwear to board edges; a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with mild rubbing and fading to the spine. A lovely copy of a classic that is increasingly hard to find in such condition. [#034876] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34832, The Evening Sun Turned Crimson Cherry Valley, Cherry Valley Editions, (1980). Inscribed by Huncke to his friends Arthur & Kit [Knight], publishers of a number of books by and about the Beat writers. A nice association. Heavy creasing to covers; very good in wrappers. [#034832] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34877, Last One In is a Rotten Egg NY, Harper & Row, (1969). A children's book about three friends, one of whom does not know how to swim. Unremarkable, but that one of the friends is Black, and it's 1969, which is the same year Mister Rogers felt he had to teach white America it was acceptable to share water with Black neighbors by placing his feet in a wading pool with Officer Clemmons. The fight for equal access to swimming pools and beaches had been won repeatedly by 1969, but as with voting, the theoretical right to pools, beaches and private clubs did not necessarily equate with actual access. Fingerprint on one inner page; else near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#034877] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34833, Golden Sardine (San Francisco), City Lights, (1967). Pocket Poets No. 21. Owner name, address and date inside the front cover; near fine in wrappers. A nice copy of this collection of poems by one of the few Black poets associated with the Beat movement. [#034833] $200
click for a larger image of item #34834, The Dharma Bums NY, Viking, 1958. A classic of Beat literature and Kerouac's best-loved book after On the Road. The Dharma Bums essentially continued the story begun in On the Road and introduced Japhy Ryder, "the number one Dharma Bum of them all," based on the Beat poet Gary Snyder. Tiny spot to rear board, still a fine copy in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket. [#034834] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34835, The Subterraneans NY, Grove, (1958). The limited edition of Kerouac's first novel to be published after the success of On the Road. This is Copy No. 99 of 100 numbered copies, quarterbound in brown cloth over boards, without dust jacket, as issued. Cursive "L" written on the recto of the rear blank. Edge-darkening to boards; a very good copy. Scarce: this issue of The Subterraneans seldom shows up on the market. [#034835] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34836, The Subterraneans NY, Grove, (1958). The hardcover trade edition of Kerouac's first novel to be published after the success of On the Road. A bit of glue bleeding at the front hinge, and handling apparent to the cloth covers. Still about near fine, without dust jacket, probably as issued: the dust jacket for The Subterraneans reliably shows up on advance copies -- review copies and f&g's -- with unprinted flaps, without a price, or with a rubber-stamped price on the front flap. The second printing shows up in dust jacket much more often, and it's likely that there were no dust jackets when the first printing was issued, so the few advance jackets that existed were pressed into service, and later the jackets were ready in time for the second printing. The published bibliographies to date do not address this issue, but in our experience a first printing in dust jacket that was not married to a jacket from another edition is one of the true Kerouac rarities. [#034836] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34837, Doctor Sax NY, Grove, (1959). The signed limited edition of this novel that is part of Kerouac's Duluoz saga, a multi-volume, semi-autobiographical account of his life and times. This is Copy F of 26 lettered copies, signed by the author. Some faint spotting to the front cover and top edge; near fine without dust jacket, as issued. The smallest limitation of any signed Kerouac edition, and extremely scarce: this is the first copy we've handled in 40 years of dealing with Beat literature and modern first editions. A very nice copy of a Kerouac rarity. [#034837] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34838, Visions of Cody (NY), (New Directions), (1959). A signed limited edition of this book of excerpts from Kerouac's work-in-progress, which was only published in its entirety after he died. This is Copy No. 738 of 750 numbered copies signed by Kerouac. Faint spine and edge-sunning, else a fine copy, lacking the original acetate dust jacket, but including the publisher's promotional slip. A beautiful copy of this book, seldom found in this condition. [#034838] $3,500
click for a larger image of item #34839, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest NY, Viking, (1962). Kesey's landmark first book, a pivotal novel of the literature of the Sixties, which helped to shape a generation's attitudes on issues of authority, power, madness and, finally, individuality. Inscribed by Kesey: "For Jason: It's getting so I can't install a single frigging component. Ken Kesey/ '82/ By the way, this is an original print...I was sued by this woman who said she was the Red Cross Nurse so I had to change her to The Public Relations. I think there were less than 1000 of these sold before the recall. KK." Kesey was wrong about the "1000" copies: the character of the nurse was rewritten sometime after the third hardcover printing, and later editions, including the mass market paperback and the "definitive" text in the Viking Critical Library Series, have the alternate, male character in her place. Apparently the terms of the settlement of the lawsuit included not publicizing it, and this is the only place we are aware of where Kesey recounted it in writing. (An irony: the woman who sued Kesey and his publisher was herself the subject of a similar lawsuit a dozen years later, when she wrote a novel about a California nude therapist and was sued by the model for her book's protagonist, despite her having changed the gender of the therapist.) This is a very good copy with some spotting to the spine and some fading to the top stain, in a near fine dust jacket with some green cloth bleed on the verso, but outwardly a beautiful copy but for a touch of the endemic fading to the spine. Now housed in a custom leather clamshell case. A bibliographically noteworthy copy, recording the little known changes to this book's original text. [#034839] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34840, Sailor Song (n.p.), Viking, (1992). The advance reading copy of Kesey's third novel, brightly inscribed by Kesey to Keith Abbott: "Write on!!!" Abbott was the faculty liaison for Kesey at Naropa in July 1994, when Kesey and his cast gave a performance of Kesey's play "Twister" at the Boulder Theater as part of a tribute to Allen Ginsberg that was organized by the university. Abbott's lecture “Twisting in the Wind: A Memoir of Ken Kesey at Naropa University 1994” was later presented at a Western Literature Association conference, in 2008. Abbott is also a poet, and he wrote a well-received memoir of Richard Brautigan. Fine in wrappers. [#034840] $375
click for a larger image of item #34878, The Political Scene NY, Henry Holt, 1919. "An Essay on the Victory of 1918" published a few months after the Armistice. Lippmann was one of the preeminent journalists in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century, and in the 1920s and '30s he conducted an ongoing philosophical debate with educational philosopher and psychologist John Dewey about the role of journalism in a democracy, and the question of whether the citizens of a democracy needed to be guided by knowledgeable elites or were able to provide their own guidance by consensus. The debate helped shape the vocabulary used for such discussions for decades, and its resonances can readily be found in today's political and philosophical arguments. Owner name and 1968 date on front flyleaf. Near fine, without dust jacket. No other copies online. [#034878] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34879, Liberty and the News NY, Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. The first book of his that tries to reconcile journalism and democracy, and set the stage for his debate with John Dewey. Surface wear and handling apparent to boards; a very good copy, without dust jacket. [#034879] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34880, The Phantom Public NY, Harcourt, Brace, (1925). A volume in his evolving argument about the need for experts and elites in a democracy, to guide the masses of people. In this book he mitigated his original argument by recognizing that experts and elites were typically outsiders to the fields and the problems they would comment on, so less useful as leaders than he originally argued. This brought him and John Dewey closer together. This copy is from the library of legendary Johns Hopkins professor Richard Macksey, the polymath who introduced Jacques Derrida and the Structuralists to America, and who was fluent in six languages and an expert in a variety of fields pertaining to the arts. Marginal foxing throughout, small abrasion to the front pastedown; about very good, lacking the dust jacket. [#034880] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34881, The New Imperative NY, Macmillan, 1935. A commentary on the New Deal and the question of whether it fundamentally revised the place of government in the lives of the citizens of a democracy. He argues that it did, but that the change came not from Roosevelt but earlier, from Herbert Hoover's attempt to take on the fallout from the stock market crash of 1929. Offsetting to endpages; near fine in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket. No copies online, and Lippmann's Wikipedia page mentions this title as a "pamphlet" with no mention of a hardcover edition. [#034881] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34882, The Good Society Boston, Little Brown, 1937. An overview, which he called "An Inquiry into the Principles of a Good Society," building on his work two decades earlier, and colored by the experience of the World War. A major social and philosophical work: this book redefined liberalism, and provided the outlines for what came to be called "neoliberalism." Owner name and date front pastedown, and scattered notes and underlinings in text; else a near fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. A very attractive copy. [#034882] $650
click for a larger image of item #34883, Writing for Life (Portland), (Literary Arts), (2011). A limited edition pamphlet printing a talk Lopez gave at the Literary Arts' Writers in Schools annual fundraiser, in Portland, OR, in 2010. This is Copy #433 of 1000 copies. Although issued unsigned, this copy has been inscribed by Lopez: "To Bryce -- very best wishes/ Barry Lopez." With his typical eloquence, Lopez addresses not how to teach writing but how the passion for writing (or perhaps for any endeavor) may be passed on; what it means to be a writer, a teacher, a student; and how the bonds between these (and between us) are made and fulfilled. Trace edge sunning, still fine in stapled wrappers. Lopez's return address is taped to the last blank, as though cut from a mailing envelope. More uncommon than its limitation would suggest. [#034883] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34887, Autograph Letter Signed, to Clark Ashton Smith September 27, 1922. Lovecraft's second letter to Smith, after receiving a welcome and apparently somewhat unexpected reply to his first, an unsolicited fan letter written the month prior. In this letter, Lovecraft praises Smith's "vision & perspective" as "genius" and bemoans the indifference of modern critics "to the grotesque, the cosmic, the fantastic, & the terrible" as a "mark of an immature civilisation." His praise of Smith's writing is effusive: "[B]elieve me when I repeat that every line is of the most poignant and singular power," and he lists a series of Smith's stories declaring that they "are authentic American classics, surpassed by nothing in our contemporary literature and equalled by little." He cites numerous writers who comprise a devoted following of Smith's writing; he praises Smith's drawings; and he even registers praise for the typography of Smith's self-published work. Lovecraft includes some of his own "prose attempts" (not present here). One can readily get the sense that Smith would have welcomed this appreciation: from an original fan letter the two went on to exchange 600 letters over the next 15 years, until Lovecraft died in 1937 at the age of 46. Two pages, written on both sides of one sheet. Folded in sixths. Near fine. Signed in full, "Most sincerely yrs -- HP Lovecraft." The formality of signing in full lasted for only the first 10 months of their correspondence, or for approximately 9 or 10 letters. [#034887] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34888, Autograph Letter Signed, to Clark Ashton Smith June 7, 1928. Lovecraft writes to Smith ("Dear CAS") during travels to New York, and speaks of the architecture of the boroughs and of his plans to head up the Hudson to visit Dwyer in the Catskills -- "I am certain I shall like Dwyer, who seems to have as delicate & Machen-like a sense of the mystery of landscape as anyone I know" -- before addressing literary matters and Smith's latest artistic pursuits as a painter. Lovecraft appears to be taking pains to praise Smith and his work, seemingly because he believes Smith should be getting more recognition for both his writing and his artwork. Signed "H P L." Two pages, written on both sides of one sheet. Folded in sixths. Fine, with hand-addressed mailing envelope, which is roughly torn, but which includes an added postscript by Lovecraft on the verso, which is not published in Schultz and Joshi. [#034888] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34884, Autograph Letter Signed, to Clark Ashton Smith April 14, 1929. Addressed to "My dear Klarkash-ton" and written by Lovecraft during a sojourn to New York, including time spent on Orton's "Odell Farm." Some commiserating with Smith's writing and publishing efforts, and talk of others' writings, but none so forceful as when Lovecraft speaks of Lord Dunsany's 'A Dreamer's Tales': " the fall of 1919, when I had never read anything of Dunsany's, though knowing of him by reputation.....The first paragraph arrested me as with an electric shock, & I had not read two pages before I became a Dunsany devotee for life. It was such a discovery as I shall never experience again, for I am too old for such emotional effects now." The letter is signed "H P L". Two pages, written on both sides of one sheet. Folded in thirds for mailing. Hand-addressed envelope included, with a postscript by Lovecraft written on the verso. Fine. [#034884] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34885, The Shadow Over Innsmouth Everett, Visionary Publishing Co., 1936. The only book of Lovecraft's published in his lifetime, one of 200 bound copies, of 400 printed. Rubbing to boards and buckling to spine, typical of this poorly manufactured book. Still at least a very good copy in a fine dust jacket, without the illustration. Reportedly the book was first issued without a jacket, and jackets were provided at a later date, including in some cases to the people who had bought unjacketed copies. Lovecraft was reportedly dismayed by the shoddy production of this edition, but as the only book of his writings issued in his lifetime, it has a certain pride of place: at least he got to see it. Laid in is the errata slip, with more than 30 corrections. [#034885] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34886, The Outsider and Others Sauk City, Arkham House, (1939). A posthumous collection of 36 stories and one essay published two years after Lovecraft's death by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, who founded Arkham House for the purpose of publishing Lovecraft. This was the first book published by the press, which went on to become the preeminent American publisher of horror, "weird fiction," and dark fantasy. Published in an edition of 1268 copies, this is widely considered the most important book published by the press, and it collects all of the author's stories that the editors could find -- only two of which, "The Shunned House" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," had been published in book form before -- as well as his seminal essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." A large, heavy book with an unlaminated dust jacket illustrated by Virgil Finaly, this title is hard to fine in nice condition. This copy belonged to the San Francisco journalist Stuart Morton Boland, fan, promoter, and friend to the "scifi" luminaries of the era, including Clark Ashton Smith, one of Lovecraft's closest friends during his short life. Boland's 1944 ownership signature and illustrations grace the front flyleaf. A bit of staining to the flyleaf, but this is a near fine or better copy in a very near fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear to the spine crown. [#034886] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34889, A Collection of Most Esteemed Pieces of Poetry London, Richardson and Urquhart, 1770. Lovecraft's copy of the second edition of this collection. Signed by Lovecraft: "HP Lovecraft, gent., his book, Providence Rd: Island/ April 27, 1929." Contemporary quarter leather and boards; covers detached; bookplate front pastedown; chip to title page. A fair copy. Laid in are two newspaper clippings: one is annotated, "For Mr. Lovecraft especially/ Sept. 23, 1936" and concerns the poet Job Durfree; the second is a photo of the Adams House at Harvard, with the notation, "I know who will go into ecstasy over this! And I don't blame you -- much! Went and saw it yesterday." [#034889] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34890, Blue City NY, Knopf, 1947. Millar's third novel. Written under his own name, before he established the "Macdonald" pseudonym under which his later books were published. Small spot to rear flyleaf, else a fine copy in a very good, modestly edge-worn dust jacket with light staining visible on the verso. [#034890] $200
click for a larger image of item #34891, Autograph Letters Signed 1923-1924. Three autograph letters signed by Machen, and one handwritten itinerary of suggested sights to be seen in the Welsh countryside, the setting for his novel The Hill of Dreams. Two of the letters are written to David Moss, of the Gotham Book Mart. The first, dated July 2, 1923, informs Moss that he, Machen, will call on Moss at the Regent Palace Hotel the following day. There then follow four sheets of the hotel's stationery on which Machen has written directions to various sites in London as well as to Twmbarlwm, Mynyddislwyn, and the Llanthewy Rectory. The second letter to Moss is dated January 15, 1924, and in it Machen thanks Moss and his wife for the gift of an H.L. Mencken volume, in part: "I have always taken a great interest in the American idiom, and Mencken has solved most of my riddles for me..." He then speaks of the re-publication of two of his volumes, including Fantastic Tales, and the appearance of some of his manuscript material at auction. Both of the Moss letters have their mailing envelopes included. The third letter, written on February 27, 1924 and addressed "Dear Sir," informs the recipient that "Ornaments of Jade" will be published by Knopf the next March, with a price of $4.50. Three Machen letters, each signed in full, and approximately 10 pages of autograph material on the 7 sheets. All pages folded but otherwise near fine. [#034891] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34892, Fantastic Tales or The Way to Attain Carbonnek, Privately Printed, 1923. Machen's translation of the 17th century French text Moyen de Parvenir by the poet and polymath Beroalde de Verville. Reprints his 1890 translation, with a new 8-page introduction, this being a limited edition: Copy No. 994 of 1050 numbered copies signed by the author. Machen was a writer of fantastic literature in the late 19th and early 20th century; had a great influence on the dark fantasy and horror published in the pulp magazines of the 1920s such as Weird Tales; and he was admired by such fantasy writers as Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long (as well as by Jorge Luis Borges, who called him a great writer). H. P. Lovecraft, in his essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature," called Machen one of the four "modern masters" of supernatural horror. Machen was also an occultist, and Aleister Crowley admired his writings. A fine copy, quarterbound in vellum, in a very good dustwrapper. A nice copy of this bulky book, usually found quite worn. [#034892] $350
click for a larger image of item #34893, Wise Child (n.p.), Pennsylvania Railroad, (1943). The first separate book appearance of this excerpt from West with the Night. This was one of a set of 15 titles published by the Pennsylvania Railroad for traveling members of the armed services, in November, 1943. An unusual Armed Forces variant edition, and quite uncommon by all appearances. 3" x 4". Fine in stapled wrappers. [#034893] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34894, The Art Lover San Francisco, North Point, 1990. Her second book, a novel with a narrative arc that changes course when the AIDS crisis claims a close friend of the author's. Inscribed by Maso to renowned choreographer Mark Morris: "For Mark Morris - in esteem once again (page 115). xx/ Carole Maso/ 1994." On page 115, Morris is listed as one of the shared interests of the protagonist/Maso and her father. An excellent association between two gay artists with a reputation for innovation. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with the typical fading to the spine. [#034894] $200
click for a larger image of item #34895, Ava (Normal), Dalkey Archive, 1993. Her third book, a novel constructed of the thoughts and memories in the mind of a dying woman. This copy is inscribed by Maso to choreographer Mark Morris: "For Mark Morris - with extravagant admiration. Yours in irresistible music, Carole Maso/ 1994." From page 78 of the text: Behemoth is danced in silence, and while it is a silence full of rhythms, the rhythms break off abruptly or disappear in long pauses." (Not unlike the text of Ava.) Behemoth was a 1990 dance piece created by Morris. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one closed edge tear. [#034895] $175
click for a larger image of item #34841, Passage Big Sur, Jonathan Williams, 1956. McClure's first book, published as Jargon 20, in an edition of 200 copies. Modest foxing to pages; near fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. Publisher's prospectus laid in, which includes an excerpt of a letter from William Carlos Williams to the publisher, Jonathan Williams, recounting that one of the poems, "For the Death of 100 Whales," "filled me with terror... It should be forced down the throats of polite poetry journals..." The prospectus also prints the poem in its entirety. A very nice copy, particularly with the ephemeral promotional piece laid in. [#034841] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34842, For Artaud (NY), (Totem Press), (1959). His second book, and third publication after a broadside. One of 750 copies. Age-toning to first and last leaf; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034842] $45
click for a larger image of item #34843, Dark Brown San Francisco, Auerhahn Press, 1961. An early collection of poetry, printed by Dave Haselwood and Andrew Hoyen at the Auerhahn Press. One of 725 copies in wrappers, of 750 total. This copy has the ownership signature of Frank O'Hara. Dampstaining to the rear cover and the lower margins of the last several pages, thus very good in wrappers. [#034843] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34844, Black Spring Paris, Obelisk Press, (1936). Miller's second regularly published book, one of 1000 copies printed by the Obelisk Press, which had published Tropic of Cancer. This title consists of ten autobiographical stories and, again like Tropic of Cancer, its publication was suppressed in the U.S. for many years after its original publication in France. Bump to spine base, with a trifle of cover creasing: Obelisk Press publications were produced using a soft, pulpy paper that wears easily, but this is a near fine copy in self-wrappers, in a custom folding chemise and slipcase. A very nice copy. [#034844] $1,000
click for a larger image of item #34845, Quiet Days in Clichy Paris, Olympia Press, 1958. Second printing of this novel first published in 1956. This book was a reworking of two stories Miller originally wrote on commission in 1940 for a collector of pornography (who reportedly found them "too poetic"). Illustrated with numerous photographs by Brassai. Softcover: fine in a very good dust jacket with moderate rubbing to the spine. [#034845] $300
click for a larger image of item #34846, Henry Miller - Between Heaven and Hell - A Symposium Big Sur, Emil White, 1961. A compendium of opinions pertaining to the censorship of Miller's works, edited by Emil White, and including two pieces -- letters -- by Miller. This copy is inscribed by Miller, "for Sydney from Henry" in 1972. This is the trade edition; near fine in wrappers. Publisher's prospectus laid in. [#034846] $300
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #34896, Two Autograph Letters Signed and Red Planet Earth, Vol. 1, Nos. 2, 4, 5, and 6. Dayton/Celina, [Self-Published], 1974. Four issues of this magazine of "American Indian Science Fiction," for which Strete, a Native American writer of Cherokee descent, serves as editor, illustrator and major contributor. Included here are the second issue and the final three issues. Issue #2 has three pieces by Strete, including "The Bleeding Man," a title later used for one of his collections and here a collaboration with Mark Horse. 30 double-sided xeroxed pages stapled at spine; fine. Issue #4 has three pieces by Strete, including "We Can't Kill All the White Men But How do We Know Until We Try." 38 double-sided pages, corner-stapled; fine. Issue #5 is signed by Strete and has three pieces by him. 20 xeroxed pages stapled at spine; fine. Issue #6 has been photo-reduced to a smaller format; Craig serves as editor and includes a goodbye notice, in part: "Illness. This is the last issue. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE EARNED IT. Hatred for the bad guys." Again side-stapled. Small stains to covers; near fine. Together with two autograph letters signed and additional autograph note signed written on the back of one of the envelopes. The letters are long, involved, economic and political: much of the correspondence has to do with the A.I.M. and Strete trying to get membership, as well as his attempts to fund Red Planet Earth . A handwritten postscript on one of the letters says, "Also Tiptree [James Tiptree, Jr.] wants to send money to A.I.M." The note Strete's written on the envelope reads in part: "As much chance of winning a Hugo as having one of our treaty's honored." The letters are folded for mailing; near fine. A little-known but substantial publication in an under-recognized field, put together by the leading exponent of the field, along with his original letters and other writing. [#034896] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34897, The Outermost House NY, Armed Services Edition, [1945]. First thus: the Armed Services Edition of Beston's 1928 classic, which became a beacon for the environmental movement, advocating a reorientation of the relationship between man and nature; its argument for the value of the natural world, in its own right, helped provide the basis for the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The text is printed in its entirety, without the illustrations by William Bradford, but with a 1943 introduction by Beston. Small owner name to title page; modest rubbing to covers; very good in wrappers. [#034897] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34898, A Handbook of the Trees of California San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, 1905. The scarce signed limited edition of this title by the Canadian-American botanist, who is credited with adding 340,000 specimens to the herbarium of the California Academy of Sciences between 1912 and 1949 (after having helped save nearly 1500 species from the fire of 1906 that destroyed the original building). This title too was also mostly lost in the fire that followed the earthquake of 1906: it was in the process of publication as an "Occasional Paper" of the California Academy of Sciences at the San Francisco printing firm of Edward Bosqui when the fire destroyed the plant. Eastwood, at her own expense, had had 500 copies specially bound for friends and a few had gone in the mail. This is Copy No. 68 of that mostly-destroyed edition. Signed by Eastwood. Owner name of "Jordan" on the front endpaper. [Possibly David S. Jordan, President of the CAS.] Original spine laid down on professionally restored spine, now in a lovely copy in a custom marbled paper and cloth slipcase. [#034898] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34899, Woodswoman NY, Dutton, (1976). Possible first printing of the first book in LaBastille's Woodswoman series, which chronicled four decades of living in a Vermont cabin that she built herself, inspired by Thoreau's Walden. Inscribed by the author: "To Dick Pendleton/ Merry Christmas! Anne LaBastille." Scarce signed, and just as scarce as a "first printing": it's possible that Dutton was experimenting with their indications of printings at about this time, and temporarily adopted the system used by Random House, of stating "First Edition" and adding a number line that begins with 2 (and then later dropping the "First Edition" to indicate subsequent printings). As evidence for this theory we point out that the number line appears to be centered (as it would not be had a "1" been dropped), as well as to the total lack (as far as we can tell) of copies that have a number line starting with 1. Minor foxing; a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with closed, jagged tears on the rear panel. [#034899] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34900, Whatever Happened to Ecology? San Francisco, Sierra Club, (1989). Her first book: a memoir by the woman whose public journey began with her 1969 commencement speech on population control at Mills College in California, followed by more than a decade of environmental activism with colleagues such as Stewart Brand and David Brower, before she became an ardent supporter of bioregionalism from her adopted home in northern Michigan. This copy is warmly inscribed by Mills at Orion Magazine's national nature conference Fire & Grit, in 1999. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034900] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34901, The Winter Beach NY, Morrow, 1966. The 1967 winner of the John Burroughs Medal. Signed by the author. An off-season exploration of the Atlantic coast from Maine to North Carolina, by camper van. Fine in a very good dust jacket with minor insect damage and edge-toning. [#034901] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34902, Ill Nature (NY), Lyons Press, (2001). Strident essays on the disconnect between humans (particularly American humans) and the rest of the natural world. Signed by the author and dated in April in the year of publication. This is the celebrated novelist's second book of nonfiction, following a book on the Florida Keys. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034902] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34847, The Undersea Mountain Denver, Alan Swallow, 1953. His first book, inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "For David & Rose, with love, Harold." An uncommon book by this poet who was a friend to Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, and lived in the Beat hotel with them and others in the early 1960s. Minor spotting to boards; near fine in a very good, tanned and spotted dust jacket. [#034847] $650
click for a larger image of item #34916, The Flu Pandemic and You [Toronto], Doubleday, (2006). A practical guide for preventing and surviving pandemics, with a foreword by Atwood, whose 2003 book launch for her novel Oryx and Crake, in which many people are killed by a swiftly-spreading virus, was canceled due to the (first) SARS outbreak. Signed by Vincent Lam. Fine in wrappers. [#034916] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34917, When Germs Travel NY, Pantheon, (2004). Markel examines six major epidemics in the U.S. in the 20th century, including tuberculosis, the Bubonic Plague, and AIDS. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication. "with great appreciation." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034917] $125
click for a larger image of item #34918, Pandemonium (Toronto), Viking Canada, 2006. "Bird Flu, Mad Cow Disease, and Other Biological Plagues of the 21st Century." Inscribed by the author. Thin stain to front board; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034918] $75
click for a larger image of item #34919, Spillover. Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic NY, Norton, (2012). From Quammen's website, ca. 2012: "The next big and murderous human pandemic ... will be caused by a new disease -- new to humans, anyway. The bug that’s responsible will be strange, unfamiliar, but it won’t come from outer space. Odds are that the killer pathogen -- most likely a virus -- will spill over into humans from a nonhuman animal." Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034919] $400
click for a larger image of item #34848, The Dark Kingdom NY, Harris & Givens, (1942). The painted issue of his fourth book: Copy No. 14 of 75 numbered copies with an original cover painted by Patchen. Signed by the author. Offsetting to the half-title page from previous label; toning to covers; near fine in wrappers, in the publisher's near fine slipcase. A very early painted edition. [#034848] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #34903, Ollie (n.p.), J. Faraone, 1987. An Oliver North paper doll. Drawn, printed, hand-cut, (i.e. "shredded"), and signed by Jim Faraone, founder of the International Fashion Doll Convention. A political statement, taking aim at National Security Council staff member Oliver North, who, with his secretary Fawn Hall, shredded documents that presumably would have implicated him in the Iran-Contra scandal (the selling of arms to Iran to fund Nicaraguan rebels). A reminder of simpler times in political corruption, when it sufficed to simply hide the truth, as opposed to fabricating new truths and then fighting for them. 8-1/2" x 11". Bottom edge shredded by design; fine. No copies listed in OCLC. [#034903] $200
click for a larger image of item #34904, Songs of the Doomed NY, Summit Books, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of Vol. 3 of Thompson's "Gonzo Papers," this one subtitled "More Notes on the Death of the American Dream." Form letter from the publicity director laid in saying last minute changes prevented bound galleys from being available, but that these proofs were being issued weeks prior to the books' availability. Near fine in wrappers. Apparently few of these proofs were produced and distributed; this title is much scarcer in an advance issue than any of the other Thompson titles from this period in his life. [#034904] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34905, The Killer Inside Me NY, Lion, (1952). A paperback original -- one of the classic noir novels of the postwar period. Printed information on the rear cover indicates that the publisher submitted this title for consideration for the National Book Award in 1952, the third year that award was given out. Thompson, as a pulp fiction writer, had no chance of being considered for the award, but his reputation today far outstrips that which he enjoyed in 1952. Spine slanted, creasing to covers, minor foxing to page edges. A very good copy. [#034905] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34906, Rabbit Redux NY, Knopf, 1971. The uncorrected proof copy of the second book in Updike's highly acclaimed Rabbit Angstrom series. This copy was used by review by Helen Weinberg, likely for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Several dozen underlinings and notations to text by Weinberg, with longer notes on the "rear" cover, which serves as the front cover as the publisher's label was applied incorrectly, upside down on the actual rear cover. Weinberg is also author of the 1970 book The New Novel in America. Her owner name appears above the publisher's label; there is a small chip to the "rear cover"; the spine is slanted. Overall a very good working copy of a scarce proof. [#034906] $750
(Vietnam War)
click for a larger image of item #34907, The Indian Hawk (n.p.), (n.p.), [1979]. The Prologue, Introduction, and Chapter One of his unpublished novel about an Indian warrior/Vietnam veteran fighting against a "syndicate of smuggling, drugs, and white slavery to avenge a beautiful pagan girl he once loved," here submitted as a movie script treatment, with a typed letter signed and 4-pages of back story for the "Indian Hawk." Set in Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong. Approximately 60 pages, all photocopy (but for the signature). The book chapters are velobound; the letter and protagonist profile are stapled to the front cover. Edge-creasing to the letter, else fine. [#034907] $200
click for a larger image of item #34849, Wobbly Rock (San Francisco), Auerhahn Press, 1960. One of 500 copies of the legendary Beat poet's first book. Sunned, with some narrow staining near the base of the spine; very good in stapled wrappers. Uncommon. [#034849] $250
click for a larger image of item #34850, The Hotel Wentley Poems (San Francisco), (Auerhahn Press), 1958. Inscribed by Wieners to Don Allen in 1965, "on occasion of our reading together in San Francisco." Allen was an influential editor and publisher in San Francisco in the 1960s, and edited Lew Welch, Frank O'Hara and others. A handful of small notations/corrections to the text, possibly by both Wieners and Allen. First issue, with the "cock" in "cocksuckers" expurgated but written in by hand. Near fine in stapled wrappers. A nice association, and a scarce book. [#034850] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34908, Cockfighter (Chicago), (Chicago Paperback House), (1962). The true first edition of his best-known novel, a paperback original that was later revised and re-issued in hardcover, and was also made into a movie. Age-toning to pages, crease near the crown; else near fine. [#034908] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34909, Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening NY, Simon & Schuster, 2017. A captivating and horrifying account of the courage it took for one woman to get behind the wheel of a car in Saudi Arabia in 2011 (and to post a video to Facebook and YouTube), and the immediate and long-term repercussions she faced for having done so. The ban was lifted the year after this book was published. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Small corner taps, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034909] $150
click for a larger image of item #34910, Episodes [Tillman Press], 1982. A memoir by a Vienna-born physician who immigrated to America in 1924. Three chapters: "Austria," "Italy," and "America," plus a half dozen poems and two paintings (one of which won first place from the American Physicians Art Association, 1979). Blunt descriptions of life as a female immigrant in a male field in America at the time. Clothbound; near fine, likely issued without a dust jacket. Laid in is a photocopy of a 1981 letter from Kerschbaumer to the Tillman Press, authorizing the printing of the manuscript and asking that it be published anonymously. Color photographs of the two paintings are also laid in. [#034910] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34911, Why Isn't a Nice Girl Like You Married? Or How to Get the Most Out of Life While You're Single London, Macmillan, (1969). Early feminism-in-progress: "the first book to take a totally positive approach to single life as a unique, once-and-only experience...," with advice on jobs, housing, friendships, and travel, but also on beauty and dating (including "computer matching"). "Discover yourself and the world before turning fully and realistically to a successful marriage." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034911] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34912, Basketball for Girls NY, A.S. Barnes, (1940). The first volume "for girls" in the ongoing Barnes Sports Library series, which numbered some 20 titles by this date. (Softball and field hockey followed.) Sections include history of the game, catching and passing, shooting, technique and tactics, offense, defense, and officiating, all clearly illustrated with line drawings and diagrams. Owner name and "Russell Sage College" written on the front flyleaf; small number stamp front flyleaf; a near fine copy in a good, chipped dust jacket. Uncommon in the first printing and in jacket (which seems necessary to identify the printing as Barnes indicated later printings on the jacket flap). It seems doubtful that an earlier book on the subject exists. [#034912] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #34913, Hypatia, or Woman and Knowledge NY, Dutton, (1925). In this book, "Mrs. Russell...sets forth the gospel of Feminism in its most militant and revolutionary form....She repudiates the idea that women's freedom is to lie only between scholastic knowledge imitating that of men and the conventional acceptance of wifehood and motherhood." Dora Russell was a social activist and progressive who championed women's rights, especially birth control and sexual freedom. She was the second wife of philosopher Bertrand Russell. Small insect hole to the front joint; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with only small chips at the corners and extremities. [#034913] $300
(Women/Civil War)
click for a larger image of item #34914, Autograph Letter Signed Stewartstown, NH, 1862. August 3, 1862. Edith Harriman writes to a friend, "Isabel," about the Civil War, the ensuant draft, and the draft dodgers heading to Canada. Harriman first apologizes to her friend, saying she's written no letters for two years, and that this season especially comes with much work. And then: "Things up here move very similar, as usual except our friends are not at ease about this bloody war. Probably draufing [sic] will have to be resorted to, or at least at first, and then what will be the result we know not, but we must submit to save the country from ruin, and we be reconciled." She then names some of the men not enrolled and some who have gone to Canada. The remainder of the letter speaks of weather and work and health, and she tells Isabel to come home "if it should be sickly in the city." Three pages, written on two sides of one sheet of paper; folded in sixths. Well-preserved; near fine. [#034914] $300
click for a larger image of item #34915, After-Dinner Story NY, Lippincott, (1944). A collection of six stories including "Rear Window," the basis for the classic Hitchcock film starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Also includes the story "Marihuana." A Queen's Quorum title, and a fragile wartime production, printed on thin, cheap paper. The last pages have been roughly opened, and there are a few small spots on the endpages and the front cover. Still a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with small edge chips at the corners and extremities. [#034915] SOLD
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