E-list # 189
1993. An 8" x 5-1/4" promotional postcard for Anderson's novel Sympathy for the Devil, on which Anderson has typed a short letter to Catherine Berge, thanking her for sending photographs that he may use for the jacket of his next book, Night Dogs. He mostly talks of not fitting in, teaching in academia (Boise State), but he also includes a postscript, via an attached, typed label: "P.S. -- dumb-ass Gustav [Hasford] - dying like that. He needed someone to take care of him, see that he ate, slept, etc. Judith & I went to a memorial service in Tacoma. All his Marine combat correspondent buddies there. Great guys." The postcard is signed, "All best, Kent." Fine. Anderson's Sympathy for the Devil was one of the best, and most harrowing, of the novels of the Vietnam War; Hasford's The Short-Timers, of course, was another. [#034989] $125
Garden City, Doubleday, Page, 1912. A novel of a woman who leaves her husband to pursue a career. Austin had separated from her own husband seven years earlier. This copy is inscribed by the author in 1913, to James D. Blake -- possibly the same James D. Blake who was one of the five founders of The Book Club of California. Austin, who wrote The Land of Little Rain, was an early female writer on the Southwest and the natural world, and also a proto-feminist. Minor shelf wear, small spot to top edge, and light abrasion to front flyleaf. A very good copy, lacking a dust jacket. [#034990] $375
(n.p.), (n.p.), (1965). An early item by the artist, with only one copy listed in OCLC. An apparently self-published, illustrated re-telling of the Grimms' Frog Prince, in which (this being 1965), the frog fails to turn into a prince when kissed (overlooking that in the original fairy tale the frog is transformed by being splattered against a wall), and the girl lives happily every after playing with her ball. A small chapbook (5" x 5"); fine in stapled wrappers. Beckman was still a student (University of Iowa) in 1965. From the website of Forum Gallery: "William Beckman’s portraits were the subject of an individual exhibition at the opening of the newly-situated National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC in 2006. His work is included in the collections of that museum, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), Museum Moderne Kunst (Vienna, Austria), The Art Institute of Chicago, The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), Flint Institute of Arts (MI), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), Columbus Museum of Art (GA), Des Moines Art Center (IA) and Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA)." An early work by Beckman: his first group show was in 1968 and his first solo exhibition was in 1970. [#034991] SOLD
(CAPOTE, Truman). PLIMPTON, George
NY, Doubleday, (1997). A biography, compiled by Plimpton and presented as a collection of recollections by "friends, enemies, acquaintances, and detractors." This copy belonged to Virginia Spencer Carr, biographer of Carson McCullers and Paul Bowles, and bears Carr's ownership signature. Carr's anecdote about Capote (which is really about McCullers) appears on page 56 of the book. A fine copy in a very near fine dust jacket with just a nick to the upper spine. [#034992] $60
COOK, William J.
(Gettysburg), Wm. J. Cook, [ca. 1887]. Nine pages, five poems, in addition to a "Brief History of the Battle" and a woodcut illustration of General Lee at Gettysburg. 4" x 6-1/8"; roughly opened along the lower edge; still a very good copy in printed yellow wrappers. No copies listed in OCLC. [#034993] $300
Oakland, Oakland Museum, . Exhibition catalog for a show by 70 artists, dedicated to the theme that we as a species had reached the point where we were able to imperil our own survival. All types of pollution (air, land, water; toxins, chemicals, pesticides) were considered for the show, but as the introductory statement from the Sierra Club states: "Whole new areas of pollution problems are being discovered constantly....what happens on a large scale when we change, even slightly, the quality of the world's atmosphere...the 'greenhouse effect' would cause inundation of the world's coastlines and massive, probably catastrophic, changes in the world's ecology..." This is a loose leaf catalog, with approximately two dozen 8-5/8" x 8-5/8" cards laid into a pictorial folder, most depicting individual works from the show. Other than a "withdrawn" stamp from a museum library on the title card, the contents are fine, in a rubbed, near fine folder. Nine copies located in OCLC. [#034994] $250
BURTON, John F.
London, Helm, 1995. A relatively early book on climate change, tracing the effects via the planet's changing distribution of bird species. The book is so early, in fact, that the enclosed autograph letter signed by Burton expresses that only a delay in the book's publication "enabled me to take proper account of the most recent influences, especially the anthropogenic greenhouse effect." The book is inscribed to (and the enclosed letter is written to) Wendy Dickson on publication day. Dickson, a former colleague at the BBC Natural History Unit, typed the first draft for Burton and is thanked in the printed acknowledgments as well as in the inscription and the letter. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034995] SOLD
CALVIN, William H.
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, (2002). An examination of how climatic changes in the past affected human evolution, with prognoses for the future. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#034996] SOLD
London, 4th Estate, (2021). The first book publication of Franzen's 2019 New Yorker essay, published together with his 2019 interview for Die Literarische Welt entitled "The Game is Over," and with a foreword in which he addresses some of the hostility his rather fatalistic climate writing has engendered -- from environmentalists. A small volume, 70 pages. Fine in a fine dust jacket. This copy is signed by the author. Uncommon signed. [#034997] SOLD
NY, Blue Rider Press, (2016). The idea: hike the length of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the on-again off-again (on-again off-again) fossil fuel project that endangered waterways, communities, and the climate. A 1700 mile meditation on climate change and its human costs. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with shallow creasing near the crown. [#034998] $50
NY, Bloomsbury, (2014). Rather than repeating the arguments for why we as humans are the cause of climate change, Marshall speaks to the reasons why we have yet to effect a solution. 42 short essays on individual elements of climate change, and the ways in which we dismiss them or minimize their impact on our daily lives and consciousnesses. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Bill Nye, Bill McKibben, James Hansen, Naomi Klein, and Frank DiSalvo. [#034999] $150
(NY), Hot Books, (2017). A look at some of the men (Rex Tillerson, Scott Pruit, the Koch Brothers, etc.) whose ambitions and policies are actively preventing progress on climate change. With a 26-page introduction by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and inscribed by Kennedy. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035000] $125
(NY), Basic Books, (2000). An examination of the effects of climate change (and over-fishing, and human waste) on the oceans, and on marine life, and the ensuing effects of those changes on us. Signed by the author. With a foreword by Paul Ehrlich. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035001] $125
YOUNG, Louise B.
NY, Knopf, 1977. A deep dive into Earth's atmosphere, including a chilling chapter, "Fire or Ice," that recounts evidence of catastrophic changes to the climate, and the implications for our survival, concluding with her perhaps overly-optimistic thought that we have an 80-90 year window from 1977 (i.e. until 2057-2067) to find and implement solutions. Inscribed by the author. A very early book to sound the warning for a general audience, by the environmentalist and geophysicist. Very good in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of dampstaining to verso. [#035002] $350
(NY), (Dial Publishing), 1921. Contributions by Marianne Moore, Glenway Wescott, Anatole France, Bertrand Russell, Malcolm Cowley, Padraic Colum, and others, with art by Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, and Wyndham Lewis. The first publication of an artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe -- a black-and-white reproduction of her painting "Black Spot." Stain to front cover; chipped at spine crown; very good in wrappers. [#035003] $200
Norfolk, PhibLant Drug Education Team, ca. 1970s. A 60-page mimeographed production of PhibLant (the U.S. Navy's Amphibious Force of the Atlantic Fleet), which attempts to be hip and informative about marijuana, hashish, LSD, STP, THC, PCP, DMT, MDA-MMDA, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin, speed, barbiturates, alcohol, heroin, and cocaine. With quotes and insights excerpted from Kafka, Thoreau, Ginsberg, JFK, Auden, Albert Camus, Martin Luther King, Alan Watts, Joan Baez, and Anais Nin, among others. 5-1/4" x 8". Near fine in stapled wrappers with an illustrated pink cover and no rear cover, likely as issued. No copies in OCLC. [#035004] SOLD
MANKIEWICZ, Joseph L. and CAREY, Gary
NY, Random House, . The uncorrected proof copy of just the "colloquy" between Mankiewicz and Carey, which preceded the screenplay in the published book. This copy has the signature of legendary editor and publisher Nan Talese on the front cover, with what appear to be her markings in the text and two pages of her notes, corresponding to those markings, laid in. More than 70 pages of backstory on the film All About Eve, which earned an unprecedented 14 Academy Award nominations, winning six, including two for Mankiewicz, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best Picture. It remains the only film to have ever received four female acting nominations: two for Best Actress (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter) and two for Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter and Celeste Holm). All About Eve was ranked sixteenth on AFI's 1998 list of the 100 best American films. The proof is very good in tall wrappers. [#035005] $200
(n.p.), (Grenfell Press), (1999). A fine press limited edition: one of 35 copies of the first book publication of this story, which first appeared in the New Yorker and was later published in Ford's collection A Multitude of Sins, with several small changes to this text. An elaborate and elegant production by one of the premier fine presses in the country, with seven etchings by artist Jane Kent. This is Copy No. 21 of 35 copies, and is signed by both Ford and Kent. Unbound folios, 10-1/4" x 15-1/2", with tissue guards protecting each of the etchings, and all laid into the publisher's clamshell case, which was made by Claudia Cohen. A fine copy, offered at the publisher's price. [#911206] $5,000
(Riverside), (National Shooting Sports Foundation), [ca. 1960s]. A youngster's gun craving is "as normal and as healthy as the love of ice cream" and if you would leave your youngster alone in the house for two or three hours, then he or she is ready for his or her first gun. A gender-neutral pro-gun brochure from a half-century ago. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#035007] $100
JACKSON, Jon A.
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2000). A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen mystery, signed by the author, who has also altered the name of the dedicatee, replacing "Henry" with "Leonard." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a tiny scratch to the spine. [#035008] $75
JACKSON, Jon A.
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (2002). The advance reading copy of this mystery/thriller. Fine in wrappers. [#035009] $65
KEY, Wilson Bryan
[NJ/NY], [Prentice Hall/Henry Holt], [1973-1989]. Four books by Key, beginning with his revelatory volume Subliminal Seduction [Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1973], which managed to convince a wide swath of 1970s America that it was being manipulated by sexual words and imagery deviously distributed, including within the images of ice cubes in magazine liquor advertisements, among many other places. From there, Key published Media Sexploitation [Prentice-Hall, 1976]; The Clam-Plate Orgy [Prentice-Hall, 1980]; and The Age of Manipulation [NY: Henry Holt, 1989], all variations on the theme of how the media consciously manipulate consumers' subconscious thoughts and behaviors. The first volume has an introduction by Marshall McLuhan, a colleague and friend of Key. Key's thesis was proposed as a corrective to the primary emphasis placed on Marketing by 20th century business culture -- that is, on the need to persuade consumers to select a given product out of an array of options. If the details he cited as examples were not always correct, there was no question that the use of marketing techniques had often crossed ethical lines and been exploitative, as it often continues to be. The first two titles are price-clipped; Media Sexploitation is very good in a very good dust jacket; the three other titles are near fine in near fine dust jackets. [#035010] $1,200
LaVEY, Anton Szandor
[Various], [Various], [1969-1998]. Five titles, seven volumes, by the occultist, as follows:
- The Satanic Bible. (NY): Avon (1969). First edition, paperback original. This edition has a page-long list of dedicatees, including Friedrich Nietzsche, P.T. Barnum, Wilhelm Reich, and Mark Twain, among many others. Italian bookstore stamp on prelim; near fine in wrappers.
- The Compleat Witch. NY: Dodd, Mead (1971). Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Together with the first paperback edition [NY: Lancer (1971)], which is near fine in wrappers, and the first Italian edition [La Perfetta Strega (Milano: Ferro, 1971), which is fine in a very good dust jacket. This is essentially a self-help book for women, giving how-to answers to questions about men and relationships.
- The Satanic Rituals. (NY): Avon (1972). Purports to provide accurate details for Satanic rituals like the Black Mass and Satanic Baptisms. Like its companion volume, The Satanic Bible, its dedication page is a long list of people who influenced the author, including Boris Karloff, Kenneth Anger, Kim Novak, Mae West, George S. Patton, and Groucho Marx, among many others. Spine creased; near fine in wrappers.
- The Devil's Notebooks. (Portland): Feral House (1992). Published by Adam Parfrey, who provided an introduction. Essays on random subjects by LaVey, including the Whoopee Cushion and how to become a werewolf. Near fine in wrappers.
- Satan Speaks! (Venice): Feral House (1998). Posthumous collection of writings by LaVey, with a Foreword by Marilyn Manson. Fine in wrappers.
FREDERICS, Diana. [RUMMELL, Frances V.]
NY, Citadel Press, (1939). Pseudonymously published lesbian autobiography, the "first explicitly lesbian autobiography where the two women end up happily together," according to author Lillian Faderman. Published with an introduction by Victor Robinson, M.D. Rummell's identity was revealed seven decades after the book's publication in an episode of PBS's "History Detectives." Fine in a very good dust jacket with shallow edge chipping. [#035012] $150
THOMPSON, Karen and ANDRZEJEWSKI, Julie
San Francisco, Spinsters/Aunt Lute, (1988). In 1983, Karen Thompson's life partner, Sharon Kowalski, was injured by a drunk driver and left unable to move and only minimally able to communicate. Kowalski's father was appointed sole guardian and contrary to his daughter's wishes, he denied Thompson all visitation rights. This is the story behind the 8-year legal battle that Thompson waged to bring Kowalski home, in what became a landmark case for both the gay rights movement and the disability rights movement. Inscribed by Thompson: "___, Thanks for your support for Sharon & me." Near fine in wrappers. [#035013] $100
NY, Norton, (2001). Native American author Hogan's memoir. This copy is signed by the author. Blurbs by Leslie Marmon Silko, Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Barry Lopez, and others. Dampstaining visible, mostly on the verso of the jacket: near fine in a very good dust jacket with a fine outward presentation. [#035015] SOLD
KING, Thomas as "GOODWEATHER, Hartley"
(Toronto), HarperFlamingo, (2002). The first book in his Thumps DreadfulWater detective series: this is the first detective novel by a Native American writer that we can think of. Tony Hillerman blurb. Remainder stripe lower edge, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035017] $30
LA FARGE, Oliver
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, . A "donation edition" (i.e. advance review copy), "photographically reproduced from uncorrected galley proofs." Like his Pulitzer Prize-winning Laughing Boy, a novel of Indian life, this one concerns a Navajo man who was sent to boarding school as a youth, was Christianized, and returns to his own culture, from which he is now alienated. Owner signature of Cora M. Folsom ("C.M. Folsom," of Hampton University, a historically Black university) on the front cover. Spine is tape-repaired but still fragile. Corners chipped. A good copy in wrappers. [#035018] $75
NY, Exposition Press, (1963). A vanity press novel of a half-blood Apache who, after World War II, gets involved in a murder. Subtitled "a novel of Indian lore in the Southwest." Like his main character, the author is half-Apache. Blindstamp and signature of previous owner, near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several short, open edge tears. [#035019] $100
NY, Knopf, 2018. The advance reading copy of one of the most highly praised novels of the year in 2018. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, the John Leonard Prize, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and a selection of Powells Books' Indispensable series. Long blurb by Sherman Alexie. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. The advance copy is scarce, especially signed. [#035020] $200
(THORPE, Jim). THORPE, Grace and ALLER, Robert
(n.p.), (n.p.), 1979. A treatment script for an unproduced television film about Thorpe, co-written by Thorpe's daughter, Grace. Thorpe was the first Native American to win a gold medal for the U.S. at the Olympics (in 1912). Thorpe won gold for both the pentathlon and decathlon -- being acclaimed for those wins as "the greatest athlete in the world." He was stripped of the medals when it was learned that he had briefly played semi-professional baseball in the years prior; the medals were reinstated posthumously. Following his Olympic career, Thorpe played six seasons of professional baseball and six seasons of pro football. 19 pages, rectos only; comb-bound with acetate cover. Near fine. [#035021] $250
(Philadelphia), (Curtis Publishing), 1958. An issue of the magazine devoted to "the beauty and wonders of natural America," and including "Our Ever-Changing Shore" by Rachel Carson, as well as contributions by Wright Morris, A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Carl Carmer, and Arthur C. Clarke, among others. Carson's article, written at the request of the magazine, came at a time when her attention had turned from writing about the sea to researching the use of pesticides for Silent Spring, but she took this opportunity to make her plea for the preservation of the nation's seashores. An oversized magazine, just shy of 11" x 14", with tiny tears to the spine and a small chip at the front lower corner. A very good copy. [#035022] $125
Chicago, Science Research Associates, (1962). A volume in the SRA Pilot Library series published by Science Research Associates for reading comprehension programs in elementary schools. Mountains in the Sea is an excerpt from the 1958 Golden Press Young Readers Edition of The Sea Around Us, which was itself adapted by Anne Terry White from Carson's 1951 bestseller. This volume was published the same year as Silent Spring. Rubbing along the spine, with three small ink stamps in text; very good in stapled wrappers. OCLC shows 3 copies. [#035023] $125
Chicago, Henry Regnery, 1955. The fifth book by this naturalist who long advocated for the preservation of urban parks and wildlife. This book is a three year study by Dubkin of his yard on Chicago's north side, and is part of the long tradition in the field of bringing one's attention to a relatively small space over an extended time. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with very slight rubbing and shelf wear. [#035024] $125
EIFERT, Virginia S.
NY, Dodd, Mead, (1965). Profiles of the early botanists of America: Carl Linnaeus, John Bartram, Peter Kalm, Andre Michaux, Thomas Nuttall, David Douglas, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and others, including one female, Jane Colden. This copy is signed by the author, "with best wishes." Slight edge sunning, else fine in a very good, lightly edgeworn dust jacket with a partial sticker removal abrasion on the rear panel. [#035025] $125
GOLDMAN, Edward A.
(Washington), (Government Printing Office), (1921). The first separate appearance of this essay by the celebrated mammologist: an offprint from the 1920 Yearbook of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Delineates threats to wildlife, including habitat loss and over-hunting, and the ensuing loss to the "recreational and educational advantages arising from an abundance of wild life." "Free" hand-written in upper corner; side-stapled pamphlet; near fine. [#035026] $75
Garden City, Doubleday, 1961. Inscribed by Hay, "with best regards" and with an autograph note signed by Hay to Armour and Peggy Craig. The note says he is sending the book to them, "in remembrance of your helpful editing job last year." Armour Craig was on the faculty of Amherst College at the time. The note is folded in half; near fine. The book has some modest foxing; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. A nice association copy. [#035027] SOLD
[Canada], Maclean's, ca. 1957. A portfolio of bird watercolors by Lansdowne, first published in Maclean's Magazine in April, 1957. Lansdowne was a self-taught Canadian bird artist, whose work was often compared, favorably, to that of Audubon. Six 11 x 14-1/2" plates, plus an illustrated biography/colophon of equal size. Four of the plates have paintings of individual birds; two show two birds each, and one of these has been cut along the designated line. Two additional paintings adorn the portfolio's covers. Several of the plates have been previously hung and show pinholes or faint tape marks. Light rubbing to the covers; very good or better. Uncommon: five copies found in OCLC. [#035028] $350
(Washington), (Government Printing Office), (1924). The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers' Bulletin No. 1239 (issued in 1921; revised in 1923). One of a series of bulletins describing methods of attracting birds "for economic as well as for esthetic reasons" written by a prominent ornithologist and ecologist. "Free" hand-written in upper corner; side-stapled pamphlet; near fine. [#035029] $75
PRICE, Overton W.
Boston, Small, Maynard, (1911). Chapters on forests, farms, mines, wildlife, rivers, the economics of land use, and conservation. Heavily illustrated with photographs. With a foreword by Gifford Pinchot, then President of the National Conservation Association, who goes out of his way (three times in two pages) to indicate that the book is for girls as well. This copy is inscribed by Price in the year of publication: "To Mr. William Edward Coffin, by whose achievement in furthering the conservation of natural resources, State and Nation have so greatly benefited." Gifford Pinchot was the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, under Theodore Roosevelt; his dismissal by Taft led to a split in the Republican Party prior to the 1912 Presidential election, in which Roosevelt ran as a Progressive. A clipping tipped to the front pastedown of this book reports that Overton Price killed himself in 1914. Offsetting to the front flyleaf (over the inscription) from the clipping; uneven sunning to boards; a near fine copy, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. [#035030] $225
(NY), Viking, (1991). A report on the work of undercover game wardens' efforts to save endangered wildlife, by the author of Cadillac Desert, the preeminent volume on land use and water management in the western U.S. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with blurbs by Bill McKibben, Jim Harrison, and Rick Bass, among others. [#035031] $75
SMITH, Frank E.
NY, Pantheon, (1966). "The first political history of the conservation and development of America's natural resources," by the former Democratic Congressman from Mississippi, this book is an account of the haphazard, "pork barrel" methods behind the country's legislative conservation history. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication to a friend in Tennessee (Smith was on the Board of the TVA at this time). The recipient has written her name, address, and "Please Return!" on the front pastedown. Offsetting to endpages; near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#035032] SOLD
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2001. A novel based on John Wesley Powell's 1869 journey down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Inscribed by the author in the month of publication, and with a "Compliments of the Publisher" sticker on the front cover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035033] $30
WEAVER, Harriett E.
Big Sur, Three Raccoons Press, 1946. A small pamphlet on the giant redwoods by Harriett "Petey" Weaver, the woman considered the first female park ranger in the California State park system, serving, part-time, from 1929 to 1950. Weaver was denied a full-time position as the job was deemed suitable only for men. Since the publication of this pamphlet, the position of women has improved somewhat, whereas the state of the redwoods has only grown more imperiled. 4" x 5-5/8". Near fine in stapled wrappers. One copy in OCLC. [#035034] SOLD
NY, Harper & Row, (1975). Winner of the 1976 John Burroughs Medal for distinguished writing in the field of natural history. In this book, Zwinger explores the 730 miles of the Green River from its source in Wyoming's Wind River range to its confluence with the Colorado River in Utah's Canyon Lands National Park. This copy is inscribed by Zwinger "to the Richards." A fine copy in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with two tiny edge tears at the lower edge of the rear panel. John Burroughs Medal label attached to the front panel. Illustrated with maps and drawings by the author. [#035035] SOLD
Macon, Wesleyan, 1961. The text of an October 28, 1960 panel discussion among Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Caroline Gordon and Madison Jones. Moderated by Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Owner name to front cover; some edge-darkening and minor creasing. A very good copy in stapled wrappers. [#035036] $150
NY, Grove Press, (2001). The dedication copy. Inscribed by O'Nan to fellow Pittsburgh author John Edgar Wideman on the dedication page. The printed dedication reads "For John Edgar Wideman." Below this, O'Nan has written: "Yes, for you, John, this work I wasn't sure I could write and was pretty sure I shouldn't write. With many thanks for your good work and your support. Stewart. 4/5/01 BC." O'Nan's novel centers around an African-American family living in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In a 2001 interview with the Hartford Courant, O'Nan said he had shown his novel to Wideman before publication: "I think it is somewhat strange: a white guy writing black characters," O'Nan said. "It's not done, and I wanted to make sure that [Wideman] was comfortable with it." He had first intended to set the novel in Queens. "But I figure I don't know anything about Queens, and that would have just taken too much time to get it down," he said. "So I figured, well, I'll shift it over and set down in Pittsburgh because I'm from Pittsburgh. I know Pittsburgh. I won't have to do that much research. And that's typical: I'll take something that I know very little about, which would be African American urban culture, and then I'll take something that I'm very familiar with, which would be, say, Pittsburgh, slap 'em together and try to make it work." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035037] SOLD
Blyth, (n.p.), Summer 1981-2. A four-stanza broadside poem, signed by the author. Printed in brown on tan, and illustrated with a photograph superimposed on a map of Wawanosh. 16-1/2" x 23". Rolled; near fine. Uncommon. [#023579] SOLD
San Francisco, Chronicle Books, (2007). A complete compendium of Playboy centerfolds, with an introduction by Hugh Hefner, and with a different author introducing each decade of centerfolds. This is a contributor's copy, having belonged to Robert Stone, whose essay introduces the 1970s. Other authors include: Jay McInerney, Robert Coover, Daphne Merkin, Paul Theroux, and Maureen Gibbon. The first photo (December, 1953) is of Marilyn Monroe. Clothbound, heavy (roughly 40 lbs); 11" x 23"; 720 pages. A fine copy, in the publisher's leather briefcase, which is splitting along one seam and shedding leather, thus only good, but still protecting the book. The publisher either overestimated the strength of the briefcase or underestimated the weight of the book: most copies that survive do not have the briefcase at all. Will ship at cost. [#035039] $750
DISCH, Thomas M.
(n.p.), (n.p.), 1970. A collection of sonnets by Disch and Marilyn Hacker, and by Hacker and Charles Platt. "There are no sonnets by Charles and Tom because Marilyn can't drive." This copy is inscribed by Disch in 1988. Precedes Hacker's first regularly published book, Presentation Piece, which won the National Book Award and was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets, by four years. Fine in stapled wrappers, with a cover illustration by Platt. Uncommon. [#035040] $450
(n.p.), Pilot Books, (n.d.). Copy No. 7 of 200 numbered copies of this single poem by Shine, illustrated by Kathranne Knight, and designed, typeset, and handbound by Betsy Wheeler "for the first season of Pilot Books." This copy is inscribed by Shine to Dara [Wier] and Jim [James Tate], "with love and gratitude for your friendship and your poems." A nice association. Accordion style binding, string-bound with a vertical orientation. Very slight corner bends; still fine. Two copies found in OCLC. [#035041] $125
WHITE, Viola C.
New Haven, Yale University Press, 1921. Her first book, and the first book by a woman to be published in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Inscribed by the author (without named recipient), "with every good wish." Date (April, 1932) and bookplate (John S. Davenport) on front pastedown. Modest tearing at spine folds; near fine in self-wrappers. [#035042] SOLD
(Chicago), Science Research Associates, (1962). The complete collection of 72 volumes in the 1962 series IIc (minus the teacher's handbook, the student record book, and the answer keys), but with 17 volumes from the 1968 IIb series included. (The "c" series indicated grades 6 and 7; the "b" series, grade 5.) An impressively diverse array of authors and subjects (considering the year, 1962), and including Rachel Carson (from The Sea Around Us); Lois Lenski (from Flood Friday); Laura Ingalls Wilder (from Farmer Boy; literary biographies (of Melville and Twain); female athletes (Carol Heiss, Babe Didrikson); tales of Polynesia, Northern Africa, and India; several titles of Native American life; natural history (wildlife, ants, caves, Siberian plant hunting, "meat-eating mammals"); other sciences (blood, the senses, archaeology, astronomy); disabilities and diseases (blindness and leprosy); exploration (the Arctic and Antarctic); history (Lincoln, Jefferson, Patrick Henry; the San Francisco earthquake); biographies (Ernest Shackleton, Jenny Lind, Alfred Nobel, Charles Kettering); computer fiction (a homework machine); and at least five titles on space exploration. The extra volumes, from 1968, are notable for the inclusion of Jo and the Boy Next Door, as excerpted from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and Marguerite de Angeli's Do Your Best from Bright April, her 1946 story of racial prejudice. The volumes are generally fine, in stapled wrappers, and all fit in the included Pilot Library display box, which is splitting on one corner, thus very good. An educational time capsule. Will ship at cost. [#035043] $1,500
New York, Amok Press, (1987-1989). A complete run of the books published by Adam Parfrey's Amok Press, his first publishing imprint, a transgressive effort intended to provoke readers and critics. Its first publication was the only novel by Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler's propaganda minister. Eight titles, ten volumes, as follows:
- GOEBBELS, Joseph. Michael. 1987. Goebbels' novel, originally written in 1923 and first published, in German, in 1929. This is the first and only edition in English, although the book had gone through 17 editions in German by the end of World War II. Translated by Joachim Neugroschel. A handful of marginal markings; several small post-it place-holders inserted. Near fine in wrappers. No other copies of this title are listed online.
- PARFREY, Adam, editor. Apocalypse Culture. 1987. An anthology of short pieces on a number of controversial, even taboo, subjects. Near fine in wrappers. Together with a later printing of the expanded and revised edition, done by Feral House -- Parfrey's second publishing venture (its motto was "Refuses to Be Domesticated") -- which includes a preface by Parfrey that is not in the original edition, and which is signed by Parfrey in 2002. Very good in wrappers.
- BLACK, Jack. You Can't Win. 1988. First thus. Black's 1926 autobiography, with a new introduction by William Burroughs, who said he first read it in 1926, and used characters and scenes from it in his own work fifty years later. Near fine in wrappers.
- GORDON, Mel. The Grand Guignol. 1988. Near fine in wrappers. The first history of the Paris "Theatre of Fear and Terror." Heavily illustrated quarto.
- KEEL, John A. Disneyland of the Gods. 1988. Fine in wrappers. A book on various paranormal and unexplained events and phenomena, by a noted UFOlogist. Blurb by Robert Anton Wilson.
- REITMAN, Ben L. Boxcar Bertha. 1988. An autobiography, as told to Reitman, originally published in 1937 as Sister of the Road. A rare look at hoboes, anarchists, hopping freight trains, and the underbelly of society from the point of view of a woman. Introduction by Kathy Acker. Near fine in wrappers. Together with the BOMC hardcover edition, which is fine in a near fine dust jacket.
- SCHRECK, Nikolas, editor. The Manson File. 1988. A compendium of writings, drawings, and photographs by Charles Manson and friends and followers, published 20 years after the Manson murders in Hollywood. With a blurb by Lynette ("Squeaky") Fromme, one of his followers. Near fine in wrappers.
- BLACK, Bob and PARFREY, Adam, editors. Rants and Incendiary Tracts. 1989. "Voices of Desperate Illumination, 1558-Present." Short pieces by a variety of writers, from Jean Paul Marat to Timothy Leary. Near fine in wrappers.
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
(n.p.) [Aspen], (n.p.), (1971). Typed manuscript, seven pages, ribbon copy, with Hunter Thompson's changes, corrections and revisions throughout. When the Aspen Illustrated News, the underground newspaper of Aspen, Colorado, folded in February of 1970, Hunter Thompson and an artist named Tom Benton collaborated to create a new publication -- Aspen Wallposter -- a large-format single sheet with Benton's graphic artwork on one side and Thompson's political writings on the other. After five posters were issued, Thompson and Benton could not find a printer for number 6 and sent it to Canada for printing; after the printing was finished, the entire run was confiscated by Canadian authorities and other individuals supposedly representing the American FBI. Thompson's manuscript here appeared, with some changes, on the back of Wallposter #7, explaining why there had been no number 6, and also introducing a proposal to expose "Treacherous Drug Dealers" -- or "doxing" them as it might be called today. The final paragraph of this typescript does not appear in the published version at all: it was to have exposed a second "treacherous" drug dealer but was cut from the final publication. Thompson manuscripts are very scarce and ones such as this, dating from the time of his abortive run for Sheriff in Aspen (the subject of Wallposter #5) are especially so, predating Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and showing Thompson practicing what would be called "gonzo journalism" at a time before he had become a celebrity. All sheets at least very good. [#035045] $8,500
THOMPSON, Hunter S.
NY, Summit Books, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of the second volume of Thompson's Gonzo Papers. Subtitled "Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s," comprising short essays on events -- including much on the presidential campaigns -- from late 1985 to early 1988. An alternate subtitle is blacked out on the rear cover: "Two Years in Limbo: A Weekly Diary on the Death of the American Dream in the Eighties...Farewell to John Wayne, Hello to the Fat Man...Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll in a World They Never Knew." This subtitle is also covered over with a label on both the front cover and the title page. Laid in, on San Jose Mercury News letterhead is a note to a reviewer: "Dear Tom [Clark] - I'm glad you can do this. I'm very curious what you make of it. $150. Up to 1200 words. 5/16 deadline. Best - Caroline." Tom Clark was a noted poet and biographer (Kerouac, Olson, Creeley, Dorn, etc.). His review was titled "Bashing the Swine: Hunter S. Thompson Trashes Venality, Greed and Hotel Rooms." Near fine in wrappers. [#035046] $250
Berkeley, El Leon Literary Arts, (2009). The true first edition of this highly praised novel, published by El Leon Literary Arts in an edition of 1200 copies before being bought up by Atlantic Monthly to be issued in an edition of 60,000 copies in 2010. Signed by the author. The original edition is scarce: when Atlantic Monthly bought the book for publication, they bought all the remaining copies of the El Leon edition. They originally planned to issue the book under an alternate title, Some Desperate Glory, and even produced galleys with that title, before reverting back to the original title. Of the total edition of 1200 copies, it is unknown how many made it into the market before being bought up by Atlantic but it is surely very few: this is only the second copy we've seen. One of the most highly praised debut novels that year. Small tap to spine base; else fine in wrappers. [#035047] SOLD
WATERS, Frank and BRANCH, Houston
(NY), Farrar Straus, (1948). A historical romance. Waters' second collaboration with Branch, after River Lady. Waters is better known for his novels and nonfiction about the American Southwest, and in particular Native Americans, than for his historical fiction collaborations with Branch. Handling apparent to boards, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket with shallow edge chipping. [#035048] $100
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2020. An anonymous memoir about the creation of a fictional persona (the 81 year-old Twitter royalty @duchessgoldblat), by a depressed, divorced middle-aged mom, who manages to lift her own spirits by wryly assuaging the pangs of her many followers. "Some of you have been coddled too long. I'm not cutting the crusts off these sentences for you anymore." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035049] $35
(Richmond), Hutchinson of Australia, (1971). A memoir of two and a half years spent as a "housewife," and one of only three women, on the sub-arctic South Georgia Island. This copy is inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with several small edge chips and one 2" edge tear on the rear panel. Uncommon, especially signed. [#035050] $200
(Chicago), Chicago Review Press, (2014). A biography of the first woman to solo hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one season, a feat she accomplished in 1955, at age 67, without informing anyone of her intentions. She carried a denim sack of supplies over her shoulder and burned through multiple pairs of Keds. The publicity from her undertaking brought attention, resources, and hikers to the trail. This copy is inscribed by Montgomery: Gatewood was his great-great-aunt; his research for this book brought to light Gatewood's suffering through three decades of domestic abuse, which possibly contributed to her decision go "for a walk." One page corner turned; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#035051] $150
(Greenwich), (Dial Publishing), 1923. Contains "Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street," which was published in book form, as the opening of Mrs Dalloway, in 1925, with notable changes. Here, the first line reads: “Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the gloves herself.” Of course, she famously buys flowers. Small spot to front cover; a very near fine copy in wrappers. [#035052] $750
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