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E-list # 190

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click for a larger image of item #35092, Presence Buffalo, Presence Press, 1968. Four short untitled poems, of a sexual nature, by Acker, in the third issue of this "Magazine of the Revolution," edited by Dan Connell. We found several copies of the first issue in OCLC, but no copies of this issue. Stained at spine base; still near fine in stapled wrappers. Precedes Acker's first book by four years. [#035092] $450
(African American)
click for a larger image of item #35093, The Negro Protest Boston, Beacon Press, (1963). Three interviews, with Kenneth B. Clark, recorded for the National Educational Television show "The Negro and the American Promise" and produced by WGBH-TV in Boston. The Baldwin interview took place on May 24, 1963, directly following a famously unsatisfying, nearly three-hour meeting between Baldwin, approximately 10 others of Baldwin's choosing, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, on the subject of race relations. This copy has a book store stamp on the front flyleaf, and is near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035093] SOLD
(African American)
click for a larger image of item #35094, There's Nothing I Own That I Want Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, (1974). A memoir, of "life on the bottom, told by a black woman who won't learn to quit" (from the dust jacket cover). Inscribed by the author in April, 1977: "To My Brother Hyman, 'Keep On Keeping On'/ Dare To Struggle! Dare To Win! Dare To Be You! Dare To See Tomorrow, I Do!/ 'Love Is A Circle of Sharing'/ from your sister in the struggle/ Harrisene 'Penny' Jackson." The memoir emerged from an admissions essay submitted to a Dean at the City College of New York, who passed the essay to an editor at The Nation, who published it in May, 1968, from which Jackson received a book offer. Over the next five years, Jackson wrote 600 pages, which were then condensed by an "editor friend," into this book. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a bit of loss to the corners and spine ends and some minor discoloration to the rear panel. [#035094] SOLD
(African American)
click for a larger image of item #35095, Why We Can't Wait NY, Harper & Row, (1964). The galley sheets for King's book about the need for nonviolent direct action and the 1963 Birmingham campaign against segregation. The book includes, and grew out of, King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Approximately 63 long galley sheets, 6-1/2" x 24", printed on rectos only. A few marks to the top sheet; the boldest appears to be an asterisk next to King's name. Folded in half; near fine. Extremely early and extremely scarce: the galley sheets would have preceded the first published edition by about six months, and there would probably have been no more than a half dozen sets of them pulled, possibly even fewer. [#035095] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35096, Brick Lane London, Doubleday, (2003). The author's first book, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and published the same year that she was selected by Granta as one of the best young writers in the U.K. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035096] $45
click for a larger image of item #35097, Alentejo Blue NY, Scribner, (2006). The first American edition of her second book. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035097] $35
click for a larger image of item #35098, The Ticket That Exploded Paris, Olympia Press, (1962). Signed by Burroughs, and also by Gregory Corso, who has drawn a full-page caricature of Burroughs on the front flyleaf. This is the correct first edition, published in paperback in Paris five years prior to the U.S. edition. Issued in Maurice Girodias' "Traveller's Companion" series -- a line of paperbacks that was largely dominated by softcore and hardcore pornography that could not be sold at all in the U.S. at that time -- few copies migrated to the U.S. until well after Burroughs' popularity here was established and the landmark censorship cases of the early 1960s (including that of Naked Lunch) had been settled in favor of increased permissiveness in printed matter. "Olympia Press 9 Francs" price label on rear cover. Trace edge foxing, else fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed snag on the rear panel. A unique copy, and an excellent association. [#035098] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35099, "A Wasp in a Wig" [London], Telegraph Sunday Magazine, [1977]. An article by Morton Cohen about the discovery of the galleys for "A Wasp in a Wig," a story deleted from Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, and missing for more than 100 years, until appearing at auction in 1974. This article is the first published appearance of the galleys for a general audience (just ahead of a limited edition issued by The Lewis Carroll Society of America the same month). Reportedly, the episode had been dropped at the request of the illustrator John Tenniel, who thought drawing the character to be "altogether beyond the appliances of art." The task is completed here by Ralph Steadman. Five pages, taken from the Telegraph: Sunday Magazine, September 4, 1977. Folded in fourths; near fine. Laid into a 1966 Nonesuch Press reprint edition of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. [#035099] $200
(Children's Literature)
click for a larger image of item #35100, It's Not Your Birthday NY, Harper & Row, (1966). The first of 24 children's books written and illustrated by Amoss, a New Orleans writer. This copy is inscribed by Amoss to publisher and bookseller Frank Scioscia on the dedication page ("although it's not his birthday either"). Laid in is an Amoss-designed notecard, also signed by the author. Amoss has also corrected the name of her husband on the rear jacket flap, from Walter, to Jimmy, adding, "Same man, Harper's mistake." Light bump to spine base; a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of wear to the corners and crown. Scioscia worked for Harper & Row for many years, and was known as an emphatic supporter of young writers; it's likely he was the person who got Amoss' first book published by Harper, and that this was a "thank you" gift. [#035100] $150
(Climate Fiction)
click for a larger image of item #35101, Storm [NY], [Random House], [1941]. Book Club edition. Stewart's classic novel of the 12-day development of a cataclysmic storm named "Maria," (prior to the adopted practice of naming storms, which was apparently inspired by this novel). A bestseller, and still in print 80+ years later, re-issued in the NYRB Classics series, with an introduction by Nathaniel Rich. This copy includes an offprint about Storm written by Henry Seidel Canby for the Book of the Month Club News. Foxing to spine; near fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket. An interesting glimpse of a little-known publishing phenomenon -- the inclusion of the offprint -- and a book that anticipates the many novels of weather catastrophes that have emerged with the onset of climate change in recent years. [#035101] $100
click for a larger image of item #35102, Sympathy for the Devil (n.p.), Gallimard, (1993). The first French edition of Anderson's first book: a powerful novel about the Special Forces in Vietnam, with whom the author served, which confronts the violence of the war head-on and explores an individual's capacity for tolerating and committing brutality that in any other context would be unthinkable and inhuman. With a preface for this edition by James Crumley that was later issued in the U.S. in pamphlet form, and in English, by Pride of Tacoma Press. Owner name; near fine in lightly rubbed black wrappers, with several inadvertently-turned page corners. [#035102] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35103, The Flamethrowers London, Harvill Secker, (2013). The first British edition of her second novel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Signed by the author in the year of publication, with a line from page 95 of the book added in her hand. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035103] $100
click for a larger image of item #35104, Emergence, collection NY, Crown, (1977). A pseudonymously published autobiography of a former nun who transitioned from female to male in his 30s. Lower corners bumped; near fine in a very good dust jacket with several small edge chips. Offered here together with the second printing (also Crown, 1977), which is modestly foxed, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which adds jacket blurbs not present on the first printing; the first Canadian paperback edition (NAL/Signet, 1979, printed from U.S. sheets), which has an owner name and is very good in spine-creased wrappers, with a cover photo of "Mario" (real name: Angelo Tornabene) that does not appear in the earlier editions; and the first French edition (Trevise, 1981), which is dampstained, a good copy at best, but with two additional "after" photos not in previous editions. Essentially, the complete publication history of a landmark LGBTQ title: male-to-female transitions are, at this point, not exceptionally scarce, but female-to-male transitions still have little documentation. Quite uncommon: no copies for sale in the U.S. or U.K. at the time of this writing, in any edition. [#035104] $2,750
click for a larger image of item #35105, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine NY, Pantheon, (2018). The author of Einstein's Dreams and The Diagnosis contemplates the cosmos. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035105] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35106, James Baldwin NY, Knopf, 1994. A biography, the definitive one to date, by Baldwin's long-time friend and assistant. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035106] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35107, Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler NY, Columbia University Press, 1981. Inscribed by MacShane to Juanita Messick, Chandler's secretary: "For Juanita - with many thanks for many favors and all good wishes/ Frank/ New York/ September 1981." Messick worked for Chandler from 1950 to 1953. This volume prints approximately 8 letters from Chandler to Messick; one of them, from August 12, 1953, now has some penciled marginal brackets in the text, and a change of the date to August 8, presumably in Messick's hand. Apart from some small stains on that page (347), the book is fine in a fine dust jacket but for a crease to the front flap. A nice association copy. [#035107] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35108, Search for Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982 Lewiston, Edwin Mellen Press, (1995). The uncommon first edition of this memoir and biography, by Dick's third wife, published by a small scholarly press located in upstate New York and Wales. The book was later revised with new information, and published in the U.K. in 2009 and the U.S. in 2010. Hardcover, but apparently issued without dust jacket. Binder's glue showing through endpapers, else fine. Quite scarce: no copies for sale online. [#035108] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35109, Emily Dickinson: Friend and Neighbor Boston, Little Brown, 1930. A biography of Dickinson published a century after her birth, and written by a child-neighbor of "Miss Emily." Jenkins also spoke that year at the first public observance of the centenary of Dickinson's birth, held in Amherst, MA. Near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with shallow edge wear and what may be a sticker shadow on the upper front corner. Uncommon: no copies available for sale online at the time of this writing. [#035109] $250
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35110, The Life of Graham Greene, Volume II: 1939-1955 (NY), Viking, (1995). This copy is inscribed by Sherry to the author Peter Matthiessen "in admiration," in 1998. Mild splaying to boards, and crease to rear free endpaper; near fine in a fine dust jacket. A nice association. [#035110] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35111, Great Writers in 90 Minutes, Volumes 1-6 Chicago, Ivan R. Dee, (2004-2005). The advance reading copies of the first six books in Strathern's Great Writers in 90 Minutes series (following his Philosophers in 90 Minutes series). The first three titles, published in 2004, are: Kafka in 90 Minutes; Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes; and Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes. The second three titles, published in 2005, are: Beckett in 90 Minutes; D.H. Lawrence in 90 Minutes; and Nabokov in 90 Minutes. The series was slated to include approximately two dozen authors at completion. All six titles included here are near fine or better in wrappers. Publisher's introductory letter laid in. [#035111] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35112, The John McPhee Reader NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1976). The hardcover issue of this collection that was issued simultaneously as a Vintage paperback. Collects sections from McPhee's first dozen books, along with an introduction by William Howarth and a checklist of McPhee's writings, which includes a number of unattributed "Talk of the Town" pieces from The New Yorker. Faint offsetting to the endpages; else fine in a fine dust jacket. A very nice copy of an uncommon McPhee title to find in hardcover, and an important title for McPhee collectors in the bibliographic information that it contains. It has been many years since we last had a copy of this book, and not for lack of looking. [#035112] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35113, No Ordinary Land. Encounters in a Changing Environment (NY), Aperture, 1998. Photographs taken by Laura McPhee and Virginia Beahan, using a fifty-pound, 40 year-old Deardorff camera. The photographs illustrate the ways in which people interact with the landscapes around them, and the images are striking, often startling, in their content, while the camera used gives them a degree of vividness and detail that seems almost preternatural. The New York Times called their work "intriguingly off-kilter." This copy has been signed by McPhee and Beahan. A letter transmitting the book is laid in, on the stationery of the Laurence Miller Gallery, where some of the photos were exhibited in 1998. Six-page afterword by John McPhee (Laura's father); introduction by Rebecca Solnit; epigraph from Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams. Oblong quarto; fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035113] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35114, Indian Voices. The First Convocation of American Indian Scholars San Francisco, Indian Historian Press, (1970). The papers and presentations given at a convocation held at Princeton University in March, 1970. Contributors include N. Scott Momaday, Vine Deloria, Jr., Alfonso Ortiz, Fritz Scholder and others. Subjects covered include "American Indian Philosophy and its Relation to the Modern World," "Native American Studies Programs: Review and Evaluation," "Native Arts in America," "The Urban Scene and the American Indian" and more. Published by a Native-run press. Rubbed, with one rear corner crease; very good in wrappers. An early publication of the groundbreaking Native press, with pieces by a number of the writers who would go on to create the so-called "Native American renaissance." [#035114] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35115, The Soul of the Indian Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, [ca. 1933]. Later printing. Signed by the author. An important volume: one of the first published attempts by a Native American author to express the idea that traditional Native American moral codes embodied the principles found in Christian teachings. Eastman formulated a Native American cosmology, incorporating elements common to many tribes, and compared it favorably to Christianity -- a theme that has been woven through many writings since then, being further developed by widely different exponents, from political activist and author Vine Deloria to the many "New Age" proponents of Native American values and spirituality. Bookplate of Evelyn Fisher, wife of collector Otto Orren Fisher, on the front pastedown. This edition dates from the 1930s: the publication by Chief Standing Bear, Land of the Spotted Eagle (pub.: 1933) is advertised on the rear dust jacket flap. Trace shelfwear; still a fine copy in a near fine, lightly handled dust jacket with shallow edge wear. Very scarce both in dust jacket and signed. [#035115] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35116, Cache Fourche (Tulsa), (Hadassah Press), (1981). An early book, a collection of poetry, by this author of Cherokee descent. Glancy's first several publications were chapbooks that she published herself, first as the Hadassah Press, and then as the MyrtleWood Press: Hadassah is the Hebrew word for Myrtle, the author's grandmother's name. This title was published the same year as Drystalks of the Moon and Clearing Ghostlaw's Field: only one book, Traveling On, preceded, in 1980. OCLC locates only one copy of Cache Fourche, and this is the first time we have encountered this title. Trace spotting to covers; a very near fine copy in stapled wrappers. Extremely scarce, both in the market and in library holdings. [#035116] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35117, Red Mother NY, John Day, (1932). The life story of Pretty-Shield, a Crow Medicine Women, as told to Linderman through an interpreter and also in the Plains Indian sign language, which he had mastered. An early account by a woman, whose life and memories stretched back before the disappearance of the buffalo and the last of the Plains Indian wars. Pretty Shield's husband was a scout for Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. A bit of darkening near the spine crown, else a fine copy in a very good dust jacket with modest sunning, a bit of discoloration to the rear panel, and light wear to the spine extremities and joints. Slight flaws notwithstanding, a very nice copy, and rare in jacket. [#035117] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35118, House Made of Dawn NY, Harper & Row, (1968). One of the most acclaimed Native American novels ever written, and the first modern novel to attempt to fuse a fully conscious political awareness with an appreciation of the transcendent value, the "order and beauty," as Momaday writes, of the Native American culture and worldview. Signed by the author. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize: this copy comes with the belly band announcing the Prize. The band has been torn and re-taped. Fine in a very good dust jacket with shallow staining at the lower edge and a small upper corner chip. Uncommon with the band, and signed. [#035118] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35119, The Rolling Earth Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1912. Burroughs provides an 8-page introduction to this collection of "Outdoor Scenes and Thoughts From the Writings of Walt Whitman," as compiled by Waldo R. Browne. Says Burroughs, in part, "As a poet he did not specialize upon flowers or birds or scenery, or any of the mere prettiness of nature, but he thought of wholes, he tried himself by wholes, he emulated the insouciance, the impartiality, the mass movements of the earth." Trace shelf wear; a very near fine copy in a good dust jacket: chipped at both spine ends and rear corners, and fragile at the folds. Uncommon in the original edition; scarce in any jacket. [#035119] $300
click for a larger image of item #35120, The Last Harvest Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1922. Posthumously published writings by Burroughs on Emerson and Thoreau, as well as on Darwin, and on death. Preface by Clara Barrus, who was Burroughs' companion, biographer, and literary executor. This copy is inscribed by Barrus to Dr. John Johnston, co-author of Visits to Walt Whitman in 1890-1891: "Dr. J. Johnstone - Dear friend, Let this "Last Harvest" of Our Friend come to you as from his hand, and as a souvenir of that happy time when you visited him in his river home. You and W.W. and J.B. found one another out by 'faint indirections,'/ [quoting Whitman] 'And I, when I meet you mean to discover you by the like in you.'/ Clara Barrus/ Woodchuck Lodge/ Roxbury NY/ August 28, 1922." A half-page of notes on the rear endpages, presumably by Johnston, along with penciled underlinings and marginal notations in text. A very good, moderately shelfworn copy, lacking the dust jacket. An excellent association copy. [#035120] $750
click for a larger image of item #35121, Writing the Land: John Burroughs and His Legacy (Newcastle), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2008). Essays from the John Burroughs Nature Conference, inscribed by the editor, Daniel Payne, and two contributors, John Tallmadge and Stephen Mercier, (and one additional person), to the dedicatee of the book, Charlotte Zoe Walker, who also contributes an essay, "Rural to the Last Drop." A fine copy in a very good, lightly edgeworn dust jacket with a small stain at mid-spine. By all appearances, the dedication copy of this book. [#035121] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35122, The Sea Around Us London, Staples Press, (1951). The first British edition of her second book, a bestseller that won both the National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal, as well as serving as the basis for the Oscar-winning documentary of the same name: this title alone would have served as more than adequate legacy for Carson had she not exponentially expanded her impact by writing Silent Spring. This is a very good copy (spine-faded; mild foxing; top half of rear blank excised), in a very good, supplied dust jacket, designed by prominent mid-century British book jacket designer "Sax." Laid in are the Daily Mail Book Society Recommendation belly band and a The Sea Around Us bookmark, in the shape of the lighthouse from the rear panel of the Sax dust jacket. Very scarce in the first printing: it was reprinted numerous times; and very scarce in dust jacket, and with the original belly band and lighthouse bookmark. [#035122] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35123, Trees at Leisure Ithaca, Comstock Publishing, 1916. The last book by the eminent artist, educator and naturalist, this is a 56-page study of trees in winter. This copy is inscribed by Comstock to the entomologist and plant pathologist, Irene D. Dobroscky, "with kindest regards from The Author/ Anna Botsford Comstock." Moderate spotting and staining to covers; some separation at the joints; a very good copy in wrappers. Illustrated with photographs. A very nice association copy. No copies of the original edition currently offered for sale online, let alone signed copies. [#035123] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35124, The Gull's Way NY, William Morrow, 1965. Winner of the 1966 John Burroughs Medal; a book about the life of herring gulls on an island off the Maine coast. Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Darling, and with a foreword by Roger Tory Peterson, whose recommendation of Louis and Lois Darling to Rachel Carson had resulted in the Darlings illustrating Silent Spring in 1962. An uncommon first edition. Slightly musty; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of small edge chips on the rear panel. [#035124] $125
click for a larger image of item #35125, Bicycling with Butterflies Portland, (Timber Press), (2021). An impressive and informative journey of 10,000+ miles, on a bicycle, from Mexico to Canada and back, following the monarch butterfly migration, from March to November, 2017. Signed by the author on a half-title bookplate. Small lower board edge bump; still fine in a fine dust jacket. Although monarchs have established themselves elsewhere, the migration has become imperiled by habitat destruction, a threat Dykman refers to as "the extinction of a phenomenon." [#035125] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35126, Primate Behavior NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1965). The uncorrected proof copy (divided into two volumes), of this collection of field studies of monkeys and apes, edited by Irven DeVore of Harvard University. Includes (in the "second half"), "Chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream Reserve," a nearly 50-page report by Goodall, on observations she made between June 1960 and December 1962, covering topics such as locomotion, communication, group structure, socialization, mating, nesting, grooming, feeding, tool use, and of course, tool-making. Goodall, despite lacking formal education at the time, had arranged a meeting with anthropologist Louis Leakey in 1957, and (after deflecting his advances) she became his assistant/secretary. In 1960, after Leakey had sent Goodall to London for a crash course in primates, he sent her to Tanzania to study chimps. (Tanzania, unwilling to allow Goodall to travel alone, required that she have a companion: Goodall brought her mother.) By year's end, Goodall had observed chimps not only using tools for feeding, but creating tools for this purpose, causing Leakey to write to her in a telegram: "Now, we must redefine man, redefine tool, or accept chimpanzees as humans." As best as we can tell, this is Goodall's first book appearance. Two volumes (stamped "first half" and "second half") in tall, comb-bound green wrappers. The proof does not include Goodall's images. Business card of an editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston stapled to the front cover of the first volume; each volume is near fine. In recent years, Goodall has been writing and speaking on behalf of the chimps and the environment. The work she pioneered on the Gombe chimpanzees continues to this day: it is the longest continuous study of any animal in their natural habitat in history. [#035126] $750
click for a larger image of item #35127, Natural History in America (NY), Quadrangle, (1977). A survey of the field, "from Mark Catesby to Rachel Carson," spanning over 200 years of writing about American natural history. Mild top edge foxing; owner name under front flap. Near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#035127] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35128, The Inland Island NY, Simon & Schuster, (1969). By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel Now in November, this book charts one calendar year on her land in Ohio, along with her growing consciousness of human encroachments on the environment, and her troubled conscience as part of a nation then at war. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#035128] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35129, Wilderness Essays [Alaska], [Self-Published], [ca. 1967-1970s]. Apparently a homemade production of these three essays by Meader: "The Wilderness and Post-Civilized Man" (first published in Snowy Egret, 1966); "A Return to Wilderness" (first published in Alaska Review, 1965); and "The Coming Obsolescence of Man" (previously unpublished?). Only one copy listed in OCLC. From a 1974 article about Meader in Newsweek: “After five years of odd jobs, European travel and an abortive try at homesteading in Canada, a vague sense of dissatisfaction with civilized life drove them [Meader and his wife, Elaine] to Alaska...For most of the past 15 years they have lived in the remote Brooks Range of the Arctic interior, 50 miles from their nearest neighbor and 250 miles from the nearest road...Their home was a three-room log cabin; their diet was meat, fish and berries. They fashioned bowls from spruce roots and made clothing from caribou hides..." Their lives were documented in the film "Year of the Caribou" (also released as "The Alaska Wilderness Adventure"). 19 pages, 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, side-stapled with blue front cover and no rear cover, possibly as issued. Several small penciled notes to text; inked price to front cover. A very good copy. Scarce: OCLC lists only one copy in institutional holdings (UC-Davis). [#035129] $300
click for a larger image of item #35130, The Year Outdoors New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, (1966). A book that follows nature through a year in northern New Jersey, but "woven out of the fabric of more than a half century of nature rambles there." This is the first book by the long-time teacher and naturalist, and it is inscribed by the author to a former student. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some mild spotting to the front panel. With three newspaper articles about Rodimer laid in, one being her obituary. [#035130] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35131, Simple Food for the Good Life (NY), Delacorte Press, (1980). A cookbook, with accompanying helpings of wisdom, from the noted homesteader and co-author, with her husband Scott, of Living the Good Life. Signed by the author on the dedication page, to which she has also added the name of Maine conservationist Eleanor Houston Smith. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a bibliography of the works of the Nearings. [#035131] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35132, Snow NY, Knopf, 2004. The first American edition of this novel by the 2006 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Signed by the author in 2010. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035132] $200
click for a larger image of item #35133, Istanbul (London), Faber and Faber, (2005). The first British edition, the true first English-language edition. The acclaimed Turkish novelist writes about the city that has been his home for fifty years. Part memoir, part cultural history. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035133] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35134, Bel Canto (NY), HarperCollins, (2001). Her fourth novel, winner of the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Warmly inscribed by Patchett to the author Francine Prose in the month of publication: "To Francine, who has helped me make sense of what it means to be a woman writer. I send this with great admiration and good wishes. Yours, A. Patchett." Included is a copy of a New York Magazine review of Bel Canto in which Patchett's earlier books are dismissed as "woman's novels"; Patchett has written on this review (in part): "Dear Francine - I've always wanted to tell you how much your article "The Scent of a Woman's Ink" meant to me..." The note and review are folded in half and laid in; the book is fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035134] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35135, The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century NY, PPP Editions, 2001. The Roth 101 reference work, a chronological guide to collecting 20th century photography books, which redefined the field in the early 2000s. With a 30-page essay, "When Objects Dream," by Shelley Rice, and writeups of each of the books chosen, describing their contents and explaining their importance. This is the trade edition; there were also two different limited editions. Slight corner taps, else fine in a fine dust jacket. Extra shipping may apply. [#035135] $250
click for a larger image of item #35136, Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia NY, Grosset & Dunlap/Workman Publishing, (1969). The first rock encyclopedia, more than 600 pages, with over 1200 entries on rock stars, and discographies with more than 22000 entries. Spine creased from the bulk; else a fine copy in a very good dust jacket chipped at the crown. The first edition is quite scarce: it was reprinted by G&D/Workman at least twice, and then reissued by Putnam, a much larger publisher, in 1971, and numerous times after that. [#035136] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35137, Roots of the Russian Language NY/Chicago, Pitman, (1938). An explication of 350 Russian word roots. Inscribed by the author in 1938, to Mrs. Kathleen Barnes (possibly of the Institute of Pacific Relations). Patrick was, at the time, an Associate Professor of Russian at the University of California, Berkeley; he eventually chaired the Department of Slavic Languages. Spotting to top edge and mild dampstaining to lower board edges; near fine in a very good, somewhat stained and darkened dust jacket. [#035137] $250
click for a larger image of item #35138, Dusk and Other Stories Berkeley, North Point, [1988]. Advance uncorrected page proofs, in the form of 8-1/2" x 11" photocopied typeset sheets, numbered ii-v and 1-157, printed on rectos only, and housed in a black 3-ring binder with a typed label and a 1987 date (the book was published in 1988). Copyeditor's corrections and queries reproduced throughout, most notably on the title page: "There is no story named 'Dusk' in the book. Does this matter?" Apparently it did matter: the story included here entitled "Fields at Dusk" was changed to "Dusk" prior to publication. The sheets are fine in a near fine binder with an edgeworn title label applied. This collection won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award. [#035138] $250
click for a larger image of item #35139, White Teeth London, Hamish Hamilton, (2000). Her first novel, winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the Whitbread Prize for first novel; shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Signed by the author. Very mild age-toning to pages, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035139] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35140, On Beauty (London), Hamish Hamilton, (2005). Signed by the author. Her third novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035140] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35141, The Embassy of Cambodia (London), Hamish Hamilton, (2013). The first separate publication of this story that first appeared in The New Yorker. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. An uncommon little volume and scarce signed. [#035141] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35142, Caffe Cino and It's [sic] Legacy NY, Vincent Astor Gallery, 1985. An exhibition catalog, celebrating the nine years (1958-1967) of the coffee shop and Off-Off-Broadway theater Caffe Cino. The place began as a coffee shop that was friendly to gays, at a time when few places were; within a couple of years, the people frequenting it began to include poets and artists and playwrights, and it is generally credited with being the birthplace of Off Off Broadway theater -- for which it won an Obie in 1965 -- as well as the birthplace of gay theater, at a time when producing gay-themed drama was illegal. Includes a 5-page list of the plays performed at the theater, arranged by playwright. The exhibition was at Lincoln Center in 1985 and the program/catalog for it is very scarce: OCLC shows only one library holding a copy of it. A fine copy in stapled wrappers. [#035142] $650
click for a larger image of item #35143, Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, Special Bulletins 1-3 Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1940-1941. The first three issues in a series that ran for 20+ issues from 1940-1944, beginning with Effective Industrial Use of Women in the Defense Program; Lifting Heavy Weights in Defense Industries; and Safety Clothing for Women in Industry. These issues cover safety, sanitation, pregnancy, collective bargaining, differences in physique from men, existing State regulations for weight lifting, functional fashion, a survey of the work women did in the prior World War, and many other topics, such as wages: "Rates should be based on occupation and not on sex or race of the worker." (Special Bulletin No. 1, page 19.) The first two issues are fine in stapled wrappers; the third issue has information in German crossed out on two pages and the notation "621" twice on the front cover; near fine. Frances Perkins was FDR's Secretary of Labor and her name is printed on the title pages, along with Mary Anderson, Director of the Women's Bureau. An informative look at governmental efforts to prepare for women entering into manufacturing and other industries, in anticipation of American males being called into the military. [#035143] $225
click for a larger image of item #35144, Supersisters Trading Cards (NY), (Supersisters), (1979). A complete set of 72 Supersisters trading cards, issued in 1979 as counterpoint to an arena of overwhelmingly male representation. In 1978, sisters Lois Rich and Barbara Egerman wrote to nearly 500 prominent women of the time: the first 72 to respond were included, and the cards are numbered in the order responses were received. The issued set includes American actors, activists, artists, athletes, authors, aviators, journalists, musicians, politicians, and business executives. It is notably short on scientists, but for Margaret Mead, who passed away in 1978 and is the only woman included posthumously. Though arguably more fascinating for those names that have since faded from mind, some of the more recognizable names include Gloria Steinem, Katharine Graham, Bella Abzug, Meredith Monk, Helen Thomas, Helen Reddy, and Helen Hayes. The roster is nearly 90% white, but minority representation includes Sonia Manzano, Rosa Parks, Barbara Gardner Proctor, Ruby Dee, Miki Gorman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leslie Uggams, Shirley Chisholm, and Ntozake Shange. Photos on the front; biographical statements, accomplishments, and occasional quotes on the verso -- all provided by the respondents. 72 cards, plus a colophon noting that each woman had given permission for her inclusion in the series. There is an edge-stain to one side that does not extend onto the card faces; a near fine set, lacking the plastic case. Three copies located in OCLC. [#035144] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35145, No Facilities for Women NY, Knopf, 1955. A memoir by the foreign correspondent for the International News Service and the Chicago Daily News, based in part on the letters she wrote home to her mother during those years. Ebener's husband was the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, George Weller. Bookplate front pastedown; sunning to top edge; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with rubbing to the front joint, a small nick mid-spine, and shallow chipping at the crown. [#035145] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35146, Woman and Nature. The Roaring Inside Her NY, Harper& Row, (1978). An early ecofeminist tract, born from the observation that the patriarchal subjugation of women paralleled the patriarchal subjugation of nature. Signed by the author. With the ownership signature of environmental philosopher Gail Stenstad. Small inked-out spot on front pastedown; sunning to edges of text block, with light foxing to top edge; a very good copy in a very good, spine and edge-sunned dust jacket. Her first book of nonfiction, and very uncommon signed. [#035146] $250
click for a larger image of item #35147, Unpublished Interview ca. 1950s. Both the ribbon copy typescript and the carbon typescript of this 34-page interview with Eleanor Roosevelt, apparently by Gerald Kean, as stapled to the original typescript is a photocopied note that reads, "To Gerald Kean/ with good wishes/ Eleanor Roosevelt." The typescript is headed "Chapter Two/ Eleanor Roosevelt," as though intended for book publication. A wide-ranging interview, which begins inconsequentially with questions about fashion ("I am not a very good person to ask...") and food ("I am not really a connoisseur in food..."), and then moves on to reading, the movies and the theater; ER's childhood; Teddy Roosevelt and the Democratic/Republican split in the Roosevelt family; her very first encounters with FDR; the effects of his having polio; the beginnings of his political career; her adjustments to life in the White House; the visits of Winston Churchill, and of the King and Queen of England, and Queen Wilhelmina, and of Alexander Woollcott; the tragedies of war, and of refugees; her response to those holding opposing views from hers and FDR's; her advice for young parents on raising children in an increasingly dangerous world; the need for the United Nations, and her roles as Chair of the Human Rights Commission and later (from 1953-on) with the American Association for the UN; a prescient couple of pages on the Russians and the prospect for world peace; and, lastly, her greatest aspiration: "To be useful for as long as possible." Gerald Kean was a Director at United Nations Radio; in 1951 Kean and Pierre Crenesse put together an LP tribute to Paris with musicians and leading figures of the day, including Eleanor Roosevelt; however, as best as we can tell, this interview is unpublished. The ribbon copy typescript is fine; the carbon, being on thinner paper, is near fine. [#035147] $4,500
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Catalog 173 Women