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(African American)
click for a larger image of item #35281, Power in the Black Belt (Chicago), Workers Press, [ca. 1985]. A 16-page pamphlet addressing systemic racism during the Reagan years, although the specific language here includes the "power structure," "fascism," and "legalized terror." Particular attention is paid to the dilution of the Voting Rights Act, particularly in Alabama, and the indictment of the "Marion 3" by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions. Deep cross-out and two stains to front cover; lists of dollar amounts in pencil on rear cover; a good copy in stapled wrappers. No copies found in OCLC. [#035281] $150
(African American)
click for a larger image of item #35282, Negro: An Anthology NY, Frederick Ungar, (1970). Unbound signatures of the 1970 edition of Cunard's 1934 anthology of Black literature, art, music, etc., which she compiled "for the recording of the struggles and achievements, the persecutions and the revolts against them, of the Negro people." This edition was abridged and edited by Hugh Ford. Includes work by Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Arna Bontemps, and Samuel Beckett (as translator), among many others. 464 pages, gathered in 16 signatures. 9-1/2" x 12-1/4". Foxing to the outer pages and edges; near fine. Scarce format. [#035282] SOLD
(American Renaissance)
click for a larger image of item #35283, American Authors and Their Homes Malden, Perry Pictures, [ca. 1931]. String-tied compendium of E.A. Perry's photographs of American authors and (most of) their homes, these being taken from Perry Pictures' "Boston edition" and featuring eight authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Helen Hunt Jackson, most of whom have been recognized (albeit often belatedly) as authors of the American (or New England) Renaissance. Although the title page gives a copyright date of 1898, most of the individual photos have later copyright dates, the latest being 1931. Covers split, but still joined by the string; fragile, but a good copy. (The homes of Alcott, Thoreau, and Jackson are not pictured.) [#035283] $125
click for a larger image of item #35284, Dancing Girls/Giving Birth [Toronto], (McClelland & Stewart), [1977]. An advance reading excerpt of her story collection Dancing Girls, printing only the story "Giving Birth" (and marked "Advance Uncorrected Proof.") Fine in stapled wrappers. Quite scarce: only seven copies found in OCLC. [#035284] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35285, Ways of Seeing London, BBC/Penguin, (1972). Berger's influential art text, based on the BBC series of the same name, which popularized the deconstruction of art and advertising, particularly as applied to the ways that women are seen, and are subjected to what would later come to be called (by Laura Mulvey) "the male gaze," i.e., "...Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves." Ubiquitous in reprints; the true first is scarce. Very light wear to covers; near fine in wrappers. No hardcover edition was done until the U.S. edition a year later. [#035285] $750
click for a larger image of item #35286, Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance London, Verso, (2007). Signed by the author. A collection of essays on the failures of imagination, empathy, humanity and will associated with the responses (mostly of those in power, and mostly during the G.W. Bush administration) to crises such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, and to the suffering and despair of refugees. Age-toning to pages, with light foxing and a couple page corners turned; a near fine copy in a fine dust jacket. [#035286] $350
click for a larger image of item #35287, Meatball (n.p.), (n.p.), (n.d.). Typescript of two versions of "Meatball," a possibly unpublished poem by Bukowski. Signed by Bukowski, with a drawing of a boxer on page 1, and "I prefer shorter version" and a few additional pencil notes (not by Bukowski) on page 3. Five pages total, corner stapled, with Bukowski's name and address in the upper left corner of the first page. Near fine. [#035287] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #35288, Blue and White Los Angeles, Los Angeles High School, 1939. Two issues, Summer and Winter, of the 1939 Los Angeles High School yearbook. Inscribed by Bukowski for John Martin of Black Sparrow Press next to his high school photo, with a reference to the brief bio accompanying his picture. This photo was used on the cover of Black Sparrow's publication of Bukowski's Ham on Rye. Included is a 1982 typed letter signed by Bukowski (as "Henry," his given name and the name used in the yearbook), in which Bukowski tells Martin which of his classmates are depicted as characters in Ham on Rye. (Martin has annotated the yearbook with laid in slips of paper at the corresponding pages.) The second volume is also signed by Bukowski with an arrow pointing at his tiny head in the ROTC group photo. Both volumes are in very good condition; the Winter volume has an owner name stamped on the cover. [#035288] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35289, A Bukowski Sampler Madison, Quixote Press, (1969). Edited by Douglas Blazek. This copy is inscribed by Bukowski: "To Seamus Cooney -- UH HUH, Charles Bukowski/ 3-6-71." Cooney edited the four volumes of Bukowski's Selected Letters in the 1990s, as well as a volume of letters between Bukowski and Canadian poet Al Purdy in the 1980s. The date of the inscription and its content give a sense of how long Cooney and Bukowski knew each other and how well. Trace sunning near the spine; still fine in stapled wrappers. A very nice copy and an excellent association. [#035289] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35290, Arcade No. 3 Berkeley, Print Mint, 1973. This issue of Arcade includes Bukowski's "Bop Bop Against That Curtain," illustrated by R. Crumb. Signed by Bukowski on the front cover. Other contributors to this issue include Art Spiegelman, S. Clay Wilson, Spain [Rodriguez], and Aline Kominsky [Crumb], among others. There is also a 5-page comic solely authored and illustrated by Crumb. A Who's Who of underground comix, with a rare Bukowski signature. Fine. [#035290] $650
click for a larger image of item #35291, Texan (n.p.), (n.p.), [ca. 1977]. Typescript of this poem by Bukowski, published in Love is a Dog from Hell. Approximately 18 small changes by Bukowski, with two ink drawings (one of the woman; one of a flower). Previously folded in thirds; near fine. It's unusual to see a Bukowski poem with so much revision by hand. [#035291] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #35292, Ham on Rye Santa Barbara, Black Sparrow, 1982. Copy No. 91 of 100 copies signed by Bukowski and with an original signed painting by Bukowski tipped in. A semi-autobiographical novel, of Bukowski's alter-ego's early years, growing up as an outsider and coming of age in Los Angeles. One of his best-loved and most highly regarded novels. A fine copy, in acetate dust jacket. [#035292] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35293, The Alchemist (NY), HarperSanFrancisco, (1993). The first American edition of this internationally bestselling fable by the popular Brazilian writer. Although the book has reportedly sold 150 million copies worldwide and the first American edition was announced as being 50,000 copies, firsts are nonetheless hard to come by. Trace top edge foxing, still fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035293] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35294, Beautiful Losers Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, (1966). The uncorrected proof copy of the first Canadian edition of the landmark second novel by the Canadian poet-folksinger. Inscribed by Cohen to Mark Savage (presumably, the British music journalist). One of the key books of the 1960s -- 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. Unbound, sewn signatures; near fine, laid into a near fine, uncut (unpriced) proof dust jacket. Pink spot and some soiling on the first (blank) leaf. An early, exceptionally uncommon state of this landmark book, seldom found signed or inscribed. [#035294] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35295, His Monkey Wife Or, Married to a Chimp London, Peter Davies, 1930. His first and most famous novel, describing the marriage between an explorer and his pet chimpanzee. This copy is inscribed by Collier to Welsh author Caradoc Evans, with an autograph letter signed by Collier to Evans tipped in at the front pastedown. The letter, dated December 5, 1930, expresses pleasure in reading his, Evans', book and conveys his own book in return. A copy of Evans' book, Nothing to Pay (Faber, 1930), is included. His Monkey Wife is unjacketed; but for some staining and wear to the front board and a tiny owner name on the front flyleaf, a very good copy, and a nice association. [#035295] $500
click for a larger image of item #35296, Happy All the Time NY, Knopf, 1978. The uncorrected proof copy of the second novel, third book, by this much-loved writer who died unexpectedly in 1992 at the age of 48 of heart failure. With the signature of author Diane Johnson on the front cover. (Johnson's novel Lying Low came out this same year, also published by Knopf.) Spine-sunned, with creasing to the lower corners; about near fine. Page 8 includes a typed replacement paragraph taped over the printed text. [#035296] $200
click for a larger image of item #35297, Owls Do Cry NY, Braziller, 1960. The first American edition of the New Zealander's first novel. A hint of foredge foxing; top stain still deep red. Very near fine in a very near fine, price-clipped dust jacket (new $3.75 price stamped on flap), with shallow edge wear at the crown. [#035297] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35298, Steppenwolf NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, [1970]. The uncorrected proof copy of a Holt reissue of one of Hesse's most popular novels, first published in the U.S. in 1929. An unusual format for a reissue: a comb-bound proof, in proof dust jacket. Retains a 1961 date on the copyright page, and the 1961 "Author's Note," but adds a publisher's label on the first page giving a release date of September 10, 1970, and a summary page stating the title will be released along with a reissue of Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. This is a fine proof, in a near fine proof dust jacket, with no text on the jacket flaps, and with the design by David Holzman. Hesse won the Nobel Prize in 1946 and, remarkably, his books gained a new life with the psychedelic-fueled counterculture of the 1960s. In the U.S., a number of his novels were brought back into print, sometimes in new translations, and mostly re-branded with similar dust jackets by Holzman. Uncommon. [#035298] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35299, Macho Meditations NY, Avon Books, (1997). Short bursts of "wisdom." This copy is inscribed by the author, Dan Klein, aka "Reggie" to Pauline Kael. Klein is perhaps better known as the author of the 2006 book Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar. He and Kael were neighbors in Great Barrington, MA. A small paperback. Mild spine creasing; near fine. [#035299] $125
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35300, Small Collection various, various, (1939-1959). A small collection of four works about Joyce, from the library of Horace Middleton, who collaborated with Phil Phillips on critical studies of Joyce. (Phillips' archive is at the Rosenbach Museum.) Offered here are four books that have been heavily annotated by Middleton. Each bears Middleton's ownership signature, one adding "from PP [presumably Phillips], Nov. 1959." Included are first editions of James Joyce by Herbert Gorman (1939); James Joyce by Harry Levin (1941); James Joyce by Richard Ellmann (1959); and Letters of James Joyce edited by Stuart Gilbert (1957). All bear Middleton's comments and corrections in the text, but for the Ellmann (the book gifted from PP), which escaped scrutiny. The books, on average, are near fine; the jackets are fair, or (in the case of the Gorman) missing. [#035300] $400
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35301, Herman Melville NY, Harcourt, Brace, (1929). A biography of Melville by the historian and sociologist Mumford, who had argued for an American literary canon comprising Melville alongside Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Walt Whitman. Mumford was the prime mover in resuscitating Melville's reputation posthumously, and arguing, as this book does, that "[i]n depth of experience and insight... there is scarcely any one of the nineteenth century authors, with the exception of Dostoevsky, who can be placed beside him." Melville had died, penniless and ignored, in 1891. In 1924 the publication of his unfinished novella, Billy Budd, instigated the reconsideration of Melville's writings, culminating five years later with Mumford assigning him a place in the literary pantheon. This is a near fine copy in a very good, modestly rubbed and faded dust jacket with light edge wear. A nice copy of a pivotal book, uncommon in jacket. [#035301] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35302, The Private Melville University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press, (1993). A biography of Melville, this copy from the library of Pauline Kael and inscribed to her (not by the author, who died prior to publication): "For Pauline: A book by a Melvillian to a Melvillian about Melville. I hope you enjoy." Kael once wrote (in regard to the film adaptation of Billy Budd), that Melville is "our greatest writer because he is the American primitive struggling to say more than he knows how to say, struggling to say more than he knows.” Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a review of a 1997 Melville biography laid in, which has one passage marked, presumably by Kael. [#035302] $125
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35303, At the Top of Their Game (Piscataway), Winchester Press/Nick Lyons Books, (1983). A collection of articles written by Boyle for Sports Illustrated, including "An Absence of Wood Nymphs," about his going butterfly hunting with Nabokov. This copy is signed by Boyle: "Robert H. Boyle/ who's coming unglued like this book/ VN p. 123/ the full text." The book is indeed coming unglued, but laid into it is a 1998 signed fax from Brian Boyd to Boyle: Boyd was the author of Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years, Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years; and Nabokov's Butterflies, among several other Nabokov titles. The full-page fax is faded and difficult to make out in places; the middle third of the Boyle book is detached. [#035303] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35304, City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara NY, Knopf, 1993. Inscribed by the author to Virginia [Spencer Carr], biographer of Paul Bowles, Carson McCullers, and John Dos Passos. This is the definitive biography of O'Hara, who was at the heart of the "New York poets" in the 1950s and '60s. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035304] $125
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35305, O'Neill: Son and Playwright, and O'Neill: Son and Artist Boston, Little, Brown, 1968, 1973. Two volumes: each with a lengthy inscription by the author to noted bookman Burt Britton. An acclaimed biography of the 4-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and Nobel Prize winner. The second volume, O'Neill Son and Artist, won a Pulitzer Prize itself and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Each copy is fine in a near fine dust jacket; Son and Playwright is price-clipped. [#035305] SOLD
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35306, Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf NY, Oxford University Press, 1978. Warmly inscribed by Rose to film critic Pauline Kael in 1981. A short biography of Woolf, emphasizing her feminism: the author wrote "I view Woolf's feminism as the crux of her emotional as well as her intellectual life. She was the most ingratiating and, in some ways, the most sophisticated spokesman that feminism has ever had." With an autograph note signed from Rose to Kael laid in. Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035306] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35307, Touched with Fire: An American Community in World War II (Northampton), (Daily Hampshire Gazette), (1993). Apparently the author's copy of this book recounting WWII through the experiences, both in the war and on the homefront, of the people of one town, Northampton, MA. Signed by the author and extra-annotated: laid in are photographs, newspaper clippings and obituaries, a review of the book, a program for a commemorative ceremony, ideas for future writings, and a letter to the author from the wife of a soldier mentioned in the text. Although only published as a paperback, this is a specially-bound hardcover copy, perhaps done for the author by the publisher: hardbound, with onlays taken from the softbound edition. One page shows underlining in the text; the lamination on the onlays is peeling; thus a near fine copy. [#035307] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35200, Apologia Eugene, Lone Goose, 1997. Copy "A" of 16 participants' copies of this limited edition of an essay from Crossing Open Ground, which was later issued in a trade edition by the University of Georgia Press. Here issued with twenty-three 11-3/4" x 11" woodblock images by Robin Eschner, hinged in a continuous presentation almost 22 feet long, encompassing the text. An elaborate production, involving a number of individuals prominent in the book arts, in addition to Lopez and Eschner: Charles Hobson, the designer, whose work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Art, among others; Sandy Tilcock, the publisher and boxmaker; Susan Acker, the letterpress printer; Nora Pauwells, the relief edition printer; and John DeMerritt, the binder, who was President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. Of a total edition of 66 copies, this is Copy A of 16 lettered copies signed by Lopez and Eschner and including a unique tire-tread print from Lopez's Toyota 4-Runner, the vehicle used in the journey from Oregon to Indiana that is described in the story. Fine, in a clamshell box. [#035200] $3,500
click for a larger image of item #35308, Malcolm Lowry's Volcano: Myth, Symbol, Meaning (NY), Times Books, (1978). The first full-length critical study of Lowry's masterwork, by the author of Wittgenstein's Mistress, among others. Signed by the author. Markson had a long friendship with Lowry; his first novel, unlike his later experimental fiction, was a straightforward narrative about a figure based on Lowry, fictionalizing his life in Mexico. Fine in a very near fine, mildly spine-sunned dust jacket. [#035308] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35309, Basin and Range NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1981). The first of McPhee's books on geology, which eventually led to his winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for Annals of the Former World, which included the text of this book plus four others. Inscribed by McPhee on the half-title: "For Dr. Dale Brett/ gratefully, from Michael Black/ and with regards, too, from/ John McPhee." Owner's embossed stamp on first blank, otherwise fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with a bit of wear at the spine crown. [#035309] $250
click for a larger image of item #35310, The House of Life Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1972. The uncorrected proof copy of this literary biography by Brooks, who was editor-in-chief at Houghton Mifflin during the publication of Carson's The Edge of the Sea and Silent Spring, and who became the guardian of Carson's adopted son after her death. The book includes selections from Carson's own writing, both published and unpublished. Brooks called Silent Spring "one of those rare books that change the course of history — not through incitement to war or violent revolution, but by altering the direction of man’s thinking." Brooks himself was an important writer of natural history: his first book, Roadless Area, won the 1965 John Burroughs Medal. Spine creased, with clear tape at the base; handling apparent to wrappers, with partially abraded ink price upper on the front cover; two small marginal numbers in pencil on page 26; about very good in wrappers. [#035310] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35311, Since Silent Spring Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1970. Years after the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Frank Graham looked at the controversy it engendered and the difference that it made (and did not make). This copy is inscribed by Graham to Roland Clement in the month before publication: "To Roland Clement - who will find so much of himself in this book - many thanks and best wishes/ Frank Graham, Jr./ January 1970." Clement is mentioned on nearly a dozen pages in the book, and much-quoted, as a biologist and conservationist, and as Vice President of the National Audubon Society. He was an ardent supporter of Carson and her work to ban DDT: he testified with her before the Senate Committee on Commerce in 1963. Fine in a very good, moderately edgeworn dust jacket with a few small tape mends on the verso. [#035311] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35312, Eco-Catastrophe [Berkeley], Ecology Center, ca. 1969. The author of The Population Bomb imagines the state of the world over the next decade (1969-1979) if the then-extant course of environmental destruction were to continue. First thus: issued here as Ecology Center Reprint 1 (reprinted from Ramparts Magazine). Modest stain to upper front cover; very good in stapled wrappers. Uncommon. [#035312] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35313, The Politics of Population [Berkeley], Ecology Center, ca. 1969. The author of Brave New World takes on the threats posed by rising populations and accompanying preoccupations with politics and power rather than with democracy and ecology (with special reference given in the text to Russia and China). First thus: issued as Ecology Center Reprint 7 (reprinted from Center Magazine). Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#035313] $75
click for a larger image of item #35314, Limited Edition Commemorative Belt Buckle Milwaukee, 49th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, 1987. Copy No. 293 of 1000 copies, of this commemorative belt buckle, issued on the centennial of Leopold's birth. Leopold's profile in relief on the front; on the back is the "colophon," as well as the Leopold quote from A Sand County Almanac: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." An elaborate and well-crafted production. A bit of rust to the clasp, but the buckle is fine. [#035314] $200
click for a larger image of item #35315, Paddling My Own Canoe Honolulu, University Press of Hawaii, (1978). An exploration of the northeast coast of Moloka'i, by way of solo trips made in an inflatable canoe. Warmly inscribed by the author. This was her first book; her second also covered Hawaii; her third and final book, Paddling North, was published by Patagonia Books in 2012 and describes her solo paddling trips to islands in southeast Alaska. Sutherland is considered a pioneer of solo adventure traveling by women; she died in 2015, and in 2020 the New York Times included her in their series "Overlooked No More" -- obituaries of significant people who had been overlooked by the Times at their death. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket, and scarce signed. [#035315] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35316, Road to Survival NY, William Sloane, (1948). In this vaunted forerunner to the books of the modern environmental movement, Vogt makes his case for ecological interdependence and the need for sound stewardship. Jacket blurb by Aldo Leopold, among others. Uncommon: many listed "firsts" are book club editions. Small dent to upper rear board; near fine in a very good dust jacket with several unnecessarily tape-mended edge tears. A landmark volume, very scarce in the first printing and especially in dust jacket. [#035316] $350
click for a larger image of item #35317, 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. This is the celebrated novelist's second book of nonfiction, following a book on the Florida Keys. Remainder stripes to edges of text block, shelfwear to one lower corner; near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#035317] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35318, The Friendship of Nature NY, Macmillan, 1894. The first book by Wright, who founded the Connecticut chapter of the Audubon Society (1898) and created the nation's first bird sanctuary (1914). Front hinge starting; gift inscription front flyleaf; soiling to rear endpages; modest foxing; and minor scuffing to boards; still about a very good copy of this small volume (4" x 5-3/8"). [#035318] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35319, The Bell Jar NY, Harper & Row, (1971). The first American edition of Plath's largely autobiographical novel, which she originally published pseudonymously in England (as "Victoria Lucas") in hopes of avoiding the consequences of being recognized by her friends and neighbors, and their recognizing themselves in her book. The novel's clearcut exposition of its heroine's pain and attempted suicide was reinforced by the author's actual suicide (barely a month after publication), lending a mythic dimension to the book. Not published in the U.S. for nearly a decade after the original British publication (with this edition using the author's actual name). This is the first printing, without the number line on final page. Musty; near fine in a very good dust jacket with edge tears to the upper and lower front flap fold. [#035319] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35320, Poetry/Tin Palace (NY), (John Love), [ca. 1975]. One of John Love's "Hearsay Broadsheets," this one announcing a poetry reading on Saturday, October 25 at Tin Palace. Poets include: Russell Edson, John Eskow, David Ignatow, Bill Knott, John Love, Thomas Lux, Bart Midwood, James Tate, and Virginia Terres. 19" x 8-1/2", printed in red on cream. Love's stamp appears on the verso. Folded in half, else fine. [#035320] $125
click for a larger image of item #35321, Birthday Tributes to Julia Ward Howe (Boston), (Boston Authors Club), 1905. Approximately sixty members of the Boston Authors Club (of which Howe was President), contribute brief poems to honor her on her 86th birthday. Howe herself contributes a two-page poetic reply. 225 copies printed; six copies in OCLC. Very near fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#035321] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35322, Infinite Heartbeat Generator (Baltimore/San Antonio), [Sybil Press], [2016]. A limited edition broadside of an illustration from Lucyshyn's collection Geoffrey Tungsten's Grievesome River. Copy No. 9 of 15 numbered copies. This copy is signed by Lucyshyn and also inscribed "For Dara [Wier]!" Additionally signed by the bookmaker/printer Jillian G. Gomez. 11" x 15", silkscreen on paper. Fine. No copies in OCLC. [#035322] $150
click for a larger image of item #35323, Egg Tooth NY, Sunbury Press, (1975). Her first book, a self-illustrated poetry collection. One of the earlier volumes published by Virginia Scott's feminist press, which operated out of the Bronx from 1973-1986. Inscribed by the author in 1976: "For Frank/ who finds joy among books. With love/ Joan." Fine in stapled wrappers. [#035323] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35324, 25 Stages of My Spine New Rochelle, Elizabeth Press, (1968). Inscribed by Randall to the British playwright Arnold Wesker in 1968: "For Arnold - w/all good wishes, Margaret/ 5.68." Randall, in addition to being a poet, co-founded El Corno Emplumado, a bilingual literary journal in Mexico that featured new writing from the Americas and elsewhere, until it was forced to close by the Mexican government after Randall's outspoken support of the Mexican student movement in 1968, and her criticism of the government's violent and deadly response to it. This is a fine copy in a very good dust jacket marred by a coffee stain near the lower spine, mostly on the rear panel. [#035324] $100
click for a larger image of item #35325, It's a New Day Detroit, Broadside Press, (1971). First edition of an early publication by this African-American poet, "poems for young brothas and sistuhs." This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine. [#035325] $125
click for a larger image of item #35326, Loving the Outlaw (Denver), (Mesilla Press), (1984). Mesilla Press Poetry Pamphlet #4. One sheet folded to make four pages; four poems. Four copies located in OCLC. Top edge sunned, with a small stain in the upper margin of the rear page; near fine. An early publication by this poet who won the 2010 American Book Award for Crazy Love. [#035326] $35
click for a larger image of item #35327, V and Gravity's Rainbow (London), Picador/Pan, (1975). First thus: the first British paperback editions of Pynchon's first two novels published by Picador/Pan in 1975, after the hardcover success of Gravity's Rainbow. Each has some mild foxing; V shows some shallow spine creasing; both are near fine. [#035327] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35328, And Chaos Died NY, ACE, (1970). An ACE paperback original, the second novel by this feminist sci-fi author who won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award, among others. This copy is signed by Russ, and uncommon thus. Very minor age-toning to pages; else fine. The publisher touts this as "The First Major SF Novel of the 1970's," and while that may be debatable there is no question that Russ hit the Science Fiction field like a whirlwind, challenging male supremacy and the outdated attitudes that came with it, and engendering enormous controversy for a time. She became a major figure, perhaps the major figure, in opening up science fiction writing to women and other marginalized peoples. [#035328] $150
(Sports Writing)
click for a larger image of item #35330, Out of the Red NY, Knopf, 1950. Second printing before publication of the first book by the legendary sportswriter. Signed by Red Smith. With illustrations by Willard Mullin. Foxing to endpages; a very good copy in a fair, edge-chipped dust jacket, nearly split at the front flap fold. Uncommon, especially in dust jacket, and even more so signed. [#035330] $150
click for a larger image of item #35331, Child of Light NY, Doubleday, (2020). The advance reading copy of Bell's biography of Stone. Although not marked as such, this copy belonged to the critic William H. Pritchard and has his scattered marginal notations in the text and a list of page numbers and notes on the final page. Pritchard had reviewed Stone's Children of Light for The Threepenny Review and Outerbridge Reach for The New York Times. Stone finished his novel Dog Soldiers while living in Pritchard's house in Amherst, MA, while the Pritchards were abroad for a year (p. 160). Pritchard's review of this book appeared in The Hopkins Review. Stray pen mark lower edge of text block; mild corner creasing; near fine in wrappers. [#035331] $100
click for a larger image of item #35332, Screwjack (Two Volumes) Santa Barbara, Neville, 1991. Two volumes of Thompson's first limited edition, which includes three short pieces by him, along with a half-mad letter to the publisher that serves as introduction to the volume. There were 300 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies; offered here are one of an unspecified number of "presentation copies" (as stated on the colophon) signed by Thompson and a printer's proof copy, bound, but without colophon or signature. Both volumes are fine, without dust jacket, as issued, and housed together in a custom slipcase. Both of these issues of Screwjack are extremely scarce: we've had each only once before, and seldom seen other copies offered for sale. [#035332] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35333, The Proud Highway NY, Villard, (1997). Volume One of "The Fear and Loathing Letters," printing Thompson letters from 1955-1967. Signed by the author ("H S Thompson") on the title page, with his blindstamp on the front flyleaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed with more than just his initials, let alone with his blindstamp as well. [#035333] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35334, Fireworks: The Lost Writings of Jim Thompson NY, Donald I. Fine, (1988). Edited and introduced by Robert Polito and Michael McCauley. This copy is inscribed by Polito to the National Book Award-winning poet Ai (Florence Anthony): "For Ai -- doyenne of the dramatic monologue, with admiration & love -- Robert/ St. Patrick's Day/ 1988." Fine in a lightly rubbed, very near fine dust jacket. A nice, albeit unexpected, association. [#035334] $150
(Victorian Art)
click for a larger image of item #35335, Boobies, Boojums and Snarks: The Ceramic Curiosities of the Marin Brothers, 1880-1914 NY, Jordan-Volpe Gallery, 1981. Elaborate catalog for an exhibit of art by the Martin Brothers: Robert Wallace, Walter Frazier, Edwin Bruce, and Charles. One of 500 numbered copies, this being Copy No. 55. 57 pages of text and six color plates, all loosely laid into a pictorial cardstock folder. Contents fine; folder only very good. Lacking the publisher's box. [#035335] $200
click for a larger image of item #35336, The Changeling Garden City, Doubleday, 1978. Her surprisingly scarce second novel. After a well-received first book, State of Grace, this book received a scathing review in the New York Times, which reportedly killed its sales and its chances for critical recognition. Some redemption occurred in 2018 when a 40th anniversary edition was published, and it was universally recognized as a classic. The original Times reviewer, Anatole Broyard, had passed away in 1990. A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket, with wear at the folds and edges. [#035336] $150
click for a larger image of item #35337, The Right Stuff NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of his landmark account of the early years of the American space program and the culture of the astronauts whose characters helped define it. Approximately three dozen changes photo-reproduced in the text (in an unknown hand), which apparently made it into the first edition. Most of the changes take the form of small blackouts with single word substitutions or corrections, but a handful insert a phrase. Spine sunned and creasing there and at the lower front corner; a very good copy with a short tear at the lower front spine fold. A scarce proof, and a cultural landmark: the book was well-received; the title became a cultural catch-phrase; and the movie version was a Hollywood blockbuster. [#035337] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35338, Third World Women (San Francisco), Third World Communications, 1972. Edited by Janice Mirikitani, this anthology brought together work by "Third World people of Asia, Africa, and the Original America," including "A Scarlet Woman" by Ntozake Shange and "Custer Lives in Humboldt County" by Janet Campbell Hale, both being appearances prior to the authors' first books. Gift inscription on half title; corner crease to front cover and foxing to both covers; very good in wrappers. 30 copies in OCLC. A landmark volume, and very scarce now. [#035338] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35339, Sex and the Single Woman (NY), Bernard Geis, (1962). "The Unmarried Woman's Guide to Men, Careers, the Apartment, Diet, Fashion, Money and Men." (Yes, "Men" twice.) Advice from the long-time editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan (1965-1997), published three years after she became a married woman, at age 37. The book became a bestseller, and the basis for a 1964 film with a screenplay by Joseph Heller. It dared to separate sex from marriage and (two years after FDA approval of the pill) from motherhood, while still remaining enthralled by subservience to male desire. This copy is inscribed by Brown: "For Wayne Thomas/ I can't think of anyone I'd rather be taken off the air with! Thank you for such a happy interview/ Love/ Helen Brown." Thomas was the off-camera announcer for the Hollywood edition of The Million Dollar Movie on KHJ TV; decades prior, Brown's first job was answering fan mail for the radio station KHJ. A fine copy in a very good, lightly rubbed dust jacket with modest edge wear. The epitome of second wave feminism: closer to shore, but still drowning. Uncommon in the first printing, let alone signed and with a good association. [#035339] $750
click for a larger image of item #35340, Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape NY, Simon and Schuster, (1975). Brownmiller's ground-breaking treatise on the culture of rape, which raised awareness of the issue; helped modernize rape laws; and then, four decades later at the advent of the #MeToo Movement, served as a tangible reminder of how much had not changed. This copy is signed by Brownmiller (and also by "Marty Wall," although both names seem to be in Brownmiller's hand). Scarce: many "firsts" on the market are book club editions. Minor foxing to the edges of the text block, else fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035340] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35341, In Our Time (NY), Dial Press, (1999). A review copy of this "memoir of a revolution" by the author of Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape. This copy belonged to Karen DeCrow, president of NOW (National Organization for Women) in the 1970s: DeCrow reviewed the book for the Syracuse New Times. Laid in is a typed letter signed from Brownmiller to DeCrow thanking her for the review (belatedly, in 2002), and offering to make her dinner. DeCrow is mentioned in the book (p. 225). A copy of her published review is laid in as well. Fine in a fine dust jacket with 4 pages of publisher's review material, including a Women's Liberation Movement Quiz (the answers to which can be found in the book). As fine an association copy as one could hope for. [#035341] $350
click for a larger image of item #35342, The Second Sex London, Jonathan Cape, (1953). The uncorrected proof copy of the first English edition of this foundational text of contemporary feminism, despite its being unsatisfactorily translated by H.M. Parshley, and not given another translation for more than 50 years. (The wife of Alfred Knopf, Beauvoir’s American publisher, heard of the book while in Paris and asked Parshley, a retired zoology professor, for a book report, which led to his translation, which Alfred Knopf asked him to condense prior to publication. This Cape edition came out the same year.) Despite its labored English-language birth, the translation popularized the idea that in a patriarchal society women are perceived as "other" and that gender is a societal construct; and it inspired Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique, and at least one generation of women. Spine-cocked, with binder's glue bleeding through; small edge tears at the extremities; a very good copy. Scarce, fragile, and a key volume in the history of gender relations. [#035342] $450
click for a larger image of item #35343, The Liberated Woman's Appointment Calendar and Survival Handbook 1971 (NY), Universe Books, (1970). The first issue of this calendar that also serves as a manual of feminism, with weekly dates on the rectos, and quotes, statistics, images, inspirations, and survival tips on the versos. Not initially intended to be the start of a series but then running through at least 1977 (after skipping 1972). Co-authored by Lynn Sherr, better known as a correspondent for the ABC news magazine 20/20. The appendix is a "Survival Handbook," which among other things includes a list of future female firsts to be filled in (final line: "first female U.S. President). Several paper clip marks in text; writing only on the title page: underlining there as well as the inscription, "To woman from girl/ 1970." Comb-bound; near fine in cardstock covers. [#035343] $150
(Women's Fitness)
click for a larger image of item #35344, Principles of Women's Athletics NY, A.S. Barnes, 1930. Somers was the Associate Director of the Sargent School of Physical Education of Boston University's School of Education, and later the the principal of The Margaret Eaton School in Toronto and the first female president of the Canadian Physical Education Association (CPEA). This book takes on the controversial concept of women's athletics and breaks it down into the objectives (why participate in athletics); the physiological factors (those special considerations of the female); the historical trends; and how to safely navigate a future where we may "largely disregard sex differences and build athletic programs on individual differences..." This copy is apparently signed by the author, by way of her ownership signature on the front pastedown: "Miss F. Somers/ Dennis Mass." Additional owner signature (in Toronto) on front flyleaf. A near fine copy, without dust jacket. [#035344] $375
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