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E-list # 197

New Arrivals

(1980s Culture)
click for a larger image of item #35965, Correspondence Archive ca. 1980s. An archive of the 1980s art world, from the files of Art & Antiques magazine, with more than 350 signed pieces of correspondence from approximately 200 names in the fields of art, architecture, academia, literature, dance, photography, music, journalism, fashion, economics, social history, and more. The archive includes letters, notes, cards, invitations; several signed contracts; and approximately 20 typescripts, all from notables such as: Svetlana Alpers, Eve Arnold, John Barth, Daniel Boorstin, Jean-Claude Christo, Craig Claiborne, William Crutchfield, Oscar de Mejo, Carol Diehl, Max Ferguson, Leslie Fieldler, John Kenneth Galbraith, Stella Gibbons, Francoise Gilot, Adam Gopnik, Robert Gottlieb, Francine du Plexis Gray, Tina Howe, Philip Johnson, Wolf Kahn, Allegra Kent, Carlton Lake, Walter Liedtke, John Loengard, George Lois, Edward Lucie-Smith, Sam Messner, P.J. O'Rourke, Jed Perl, Bennard Perlman, Darryl Pinckney, David Plante, Reginald Pollack, Mordecai Richler, Jerome Rothenberg, Peter Schjeldahl, Joan Snyder, Debra Solomon, Holly Solomon, Eve Sonneman, Pat Steir, Faith Stewart-Gordon, Andrew Sullivan, Michael Van Rijn, and Diana Vreeland, among many others. A few of the folders have apparently been carried forward from an earlier time, and pre-date the 1980s (and several may fall into the 90s). Alphabetical file folders, in two bankers boxes. Scattered marginal foxing; near fine. [#035965] $4,500
(African American)
click for a larger image of item #35966, Loving Day NY, Spiegel & Grau, (2015). Winner of the American Book Award: the title of the book refers to the anniversary of the 1967 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court ruling legalizing interracial marriage. Inscribed by the author. Laid in is a program for a 2016 author reading in Texas. Uncommon signed or inscribed; no other copies listed online at the time of this writing. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035966] $150
click for a larger image of item #35967, Turn Me On Dead Man: An Examination of the Clues Surrounding the Death of Paul McCartney (n.p.), Stone Garden Press, (1969). 20+ page compilation of the clues that fueled the epic conspiracy theory that Paul had died in a 1966 car crash and had been replaced by a double. Stated first printing. Edge-sunned; near fine in stapled wrappers. No copies in OCLC. [#035967] $250
click for a larger image of item #35968, "Marriage and Other Astonishing Bonds" in The New York Times Book Review, May 15, 1988 NY, New York Times, 1988. Robinson's cover essay is a review of Carver's Where I'm Calling From, in which she proposes "to abduct Raymond Carver from the camp of the minimalists." Written in 1988, at which point Robinson's only published book was the novel Housekeeping. Some minor edge-toning; near fine. [#035968] $125
(Children's Literature)
click for a larger image of item #35969, Igor's Summer. A Story of Our Russian Friends NY, Russian War Relief, (1943). Presumed first edition, inscribed by the authors: "For Ann - who gave us the title -- and lots of help. Love & Merry Christmas -- Jerry and Lorraine." The American Jewish husband and wife team wrote more than fifty books for young readers, on topics as diverse as race relations, integration, disability, and sexism. This title was published during WWII, when the Russians were Allies. Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. Books signed by the Beims are rare. The two died relatively early, though unrelated, deaths in the 1950s. The pictorial boards are dusty and sunned, with a chip threatening at the spine crown: a very good copy in a supplied, very good, lightly edge-chipped dust jacket. [#035969] $375
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #35970, The Glacial World According to Wally Palisades, NY, Self-Published, 1992. Broecker was a geoscientist whose 1975 paper "Climatic Change: Are We On the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?" popularized the term "global warming" and sounded an early, unheeded alarm. He also taught at Columbia University, where, unable to come up with textbooks that could keep up with the pace of climate change and climate science, he decided to create his own, in the form of comb-bound photocopies that could be updated as needed. This, "The Glacial World According to Wally," is the first draft of his first "Proto Book." More than 200 pages, plus appendices and bibliography. Owner name of fellow geochemist Dr. Bill Reeburgh. Corner crease to front acetate cover; rear acetate cover separating at top; near fine. [#035970] SOLD
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #35971, Greenhouse Puzzles Palisades, NY, Eldigio Press, 1993. Broecker, the geoscientist who popularized the term "global warming" in 1975, was a professor at Columbia University, where, unable to come up with textbooks that could keep up with the pace of climate change and climate science, began to create his own, in the form of spiralbound photocopies that could be updated as needed. This is the first issue of "Greenhouse Puzzles," his second such self-created textbook. Approximately 250 pages, comb-bound in green cardstock covers. Owner name of fellow geochemist Dr. Bill Reeburgh. Near fine. [#035971] SOLD
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #35972, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge NY, Scholastic Press, (2010). Signed by both authors in the month after publication. Ms. Frizzle takes the Magic School Bus on a tour of all things related to climate change: the melting Arctic, rising sea levels, disappearing glaciers, disappearing coral reefs, extreme weather patterns, crop devastation, loss of habitat, the greenhouse effect, fossil fuels, alternative energy solutions, conservation efforts, and individual and government responsibility, (and yes, the bus is a hybrid by the end of the tour). Published in the early years of the Obama administration, this title is an indicator of the issue of climate change becoming mainstream, and it retains some of the optimism of the time. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed: while there are literally thousands of copies of the authors' Magic School Bus series listed online, there are very few signed, and no other signed copies of this title. [#035972] $250
click for a larger image of item #35973, Honey in the Horn NY, Harper & Brothers, 1935. Winner of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize, after winning the Harper Prize for best first novel, as judged by Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy Canfield, and Louis Bromfield. Foxing to the boards and edges of the text block; a very good copy in a good dust jacket, chipped along the upper edge and spine crown and splitting at the folds. One of the more uncommon Pulitzer Prize novels, with a fragile dust jacket. [#035973] $350
click for a larger image of item #35974, Walker Evans (NY), Aperture, (1979). A volume in Aperture's History of Photography series. This copy is inscribed by the screenwriter Lloyd Fonvielle, who provides the introduction, to film critic Pauline Kael, in 1981. The introduction comprises the entire text of the volume, other than the appendices; the rest of the book reproduces Evans's photographs, without caption. Light foxing to prelims; near fine in boards, without dust jacket, as issued. [#035974] $350
click for a larger image of item #35975, Turn About [NY], Saturday Evening Post, 1932. A previously unknown Faulkner "A" item -- an offprint of this story from the March 5, 1932 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. Apart from this offprint, the story was not published separately until 1939, by W. L. Massiah of Ottawa, Canada. Not in Petersen, where Peter Howard of Serendipity Books, in the 645-page catalog of the Petersen collection, proclaimed the 1939 Canadian publication, A.21.2, to be "by far the rarest of Faulkner's published books." Howard priced that copy at $17,500 in 1992. Nonetheless, OCLC now shows 6 copies of the Canadian edition published by Massiah, but no copies of this offprint. "Turn About" was first published in the Saturday Evening Post, then collected in O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1932 and then in the Faulkner collection Doctor Martino and Other Stories. The text of the story in the book publications differs slightly from the magazine version: in the second paragraph of the original magazine story, the main character is described as having "a little dull gold mustache," a part of his description that is dropped in the later book publications. The Massiah publication and this offprint both have the mustache phrase, tying them to the original Post publication. In addition, the text of the Post story is broken into sections, numbered with Roman numerals. The Massiah publication has the sections, separated by a filigree; the book publications forego the sections altogether. This offprint is the only version, other than the original magazine version, that separates the text with Roman numerals. Petersen and Howard speculated that the Massiah edition had been based on tearsheets of the magazine. It is more likely that the Massiah edition was based on this offprint -- a stapled offprint being more likely to survive the intervening seven years intact than loose tearsheets. There is at least one place where a comma has been added to the 1932 O. Henry text, which did not appear in the original magazine or this offprint, again helping to date the offprint to approximately the time of the original magazine, and not to a point after it had been edited for a book. At the last appearance of the Massiah edition at auction, in 2010, Christie's wrote about it: "EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE: no copies have appeared at auction in at least fifty years, according to American Book Prices Current. Petersen did not have it at the time of his first book (1975) -- he first recorded it in his On the Track of the Dixie Limited in 1979 and it is in the Serendipity catalogue of 1991. Not in the Brodsky, Massey, University of Mississippi or University of Texas collections. Petersen A21.2." We can only add that this is even more true of this offprint, which until now has apparently remained totally unknown, and has not been in any of the great Faulkner collections, including all of the ones mentioned by Christie's. 28 stapled pages; one page corner turned; a handful of mostly marginal pencil markings ("x's"); near fine in stapled wrappers. [#035975] $25,000
click for a larger image of item #35976, Practical Unarmed Combat London/NY, Frederick Warne, (1942). Inscribed by the author: "To the charming nice fellow Ben Browne/ M Feldenkrais." Feldenkrais, a Ukranian-Israeli engineer and physicist, and black belt in Judo, was one of the somatic pioneers of the 20th century and is best known today for founding the Feldenkrais Method of optimizing movement through awareness (and awareness through movement). Practical Unarmed Combat was his second book, after Judo. Any signed volume by Feldenkrais is scarce. 4" x 5-1/2", heavily illustrated, bound in near fine soft boards, with a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035976] $750
click for a larger image of item #35977, Catalogue of Books and Music Comprising the Library of the Late Lawrence Gilman (n.p.), Self-Published, 1940. A catalog of 1364 books and 1111 piece of music, alphabetically listed. An impressive inventory of the library of the author and music critic. Judging by appearance, a carbon typescript, bound in green boards, and thus probably one of only a couple of copies ever created of this volume. Middleton's owner name. Near fine. [#035977] $250
click for a larger image of item #35978, Best Father Ever Invented: The Autobiography of Mark Harris NY, Dial Press, 1976. The uncorrected proof copy of the autobiography of the author best known for his baseball novels, including Bang the Drum Slowly, which was filmed for television starring Paul Newman, Albert Salmi and George Peppard, and later as a movie starring Michael Moriarty and Robert De Niro. A fragile, padbound proof. Creasing and stain to upper corner and foredge; a very good copy. Uncommon. [#035978] $200
click for a larger image of item #35979, Alone on the Wall NY, Norton, (2016). Signed by the author, whose 2017 free solo ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan (via Freerider) is a pinnacle of human athletic achievement and nerve. This book pre-dates that climb, because Honnold was a rock icon before Free Solo (the film of the El Cap climb), having free solo-ed Zion’s Moonlight Buttress and Yosemite’s Half Dome (among many other climbs). This book was reissued in an expanded edition after the El Cap climb, but signed copies of the true first are rare. (The internet posts the publication date as 2015: we have unconfirmed reports of a British or Australian paperback from that time, but the first printing of the first American edition is 2016.) Fine in a very near fine dust jacket, with a sticker removal shadow on the front panel. No other signed copies of the first edition available online. [#035979] $250
click for a larger image of item #35980, Autograph Letter Signed York Harbor, (n.p.), 1919. A letter from the author, critic, and previous editor of The Atlantic Monthly to Thomas B. Wells, editor of Harper's Magazine, dated August 11, 1919. Howells expresses condolences about Alden (Henry Mills Alden, the previous editor of Harper's who had recently passed away). He offers Wells a follow-up to his "semi-autobiographical Years of My Youth" for the pages of Harper's, in advance of his intended sequel, to be titled Years of My Age. Harper's published "Eighty Years and After" in its December issue; Howells died the next May (1920), at age 83. Three paragraphs; on two sides of a 5" x 8" page. Signed "W.D. Howells". Folded in half; near fine. [#035980] $150
(Kennedy Assassination)
click for a larger image of item #35981, The Murder of the Young President (n.p.), United Press International, 1963. Smith's Pulitzer Prize winning first-hand account of the Kennedy assassination, issued by UPI in pamphlet form. Copies of this pamphlet were included in the 1964 UPI/Colpix record album Four Days That Shook the World. 8 pages of text; shallow lower corner creases; near fine in stapled wrappers. 10 copies in OCLC. [#035981] $250
click for a larger image of item #35982, Typed Letter Signed to Elisabeth Sifton 1985. A typed letter signed of approximately 750 words to his publisher, Elisabeth Sifton of Viking, attempting to hash out, or re-hash, a string of misunderstandings, miscommunications, and slights felt in both directions, that seem to have been building over time. One and a half pages (literally: the second page is cut in half), in which Matthiessen attempts to set the record straight as to his grievances and intentions, and in which he suggests a lunch ("Not a Viking lunch, mind; a social occasion, so to speak!"). The letter is signed, "Love, Pete." Stapled to an autograph note signed from Sifton to Matthiessen, bemoaning the "barrel of confusions" and suggesting a time frame. A glimpse inside a sensitive moment in the publishing life of one of the great American authors of the second half of the 20th century -- the only writer to have won the National Book Award for both Fiction and Nonfiction. Matthiessen's letter bears his holograph emendations; there is a marginal slice to the first page. Near fine. [#035982] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35983, Born to Run NY, Knopf, 2009. Inscribed by the author: "To Indra and TV -- my Five finger friends who defy the laws of aging. Running is magic." (FiveFinger is a minimalist shoe made by Vibram.) Born to Run was an unlikely bestseller exploring the running traditions and prowess of the Tarahumara of Mexico, written by an advocate, virtually a guru, of ultramarathoning. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#035983] $250
click for a larger image of item #35984, Our Angry Earth (NY), Tor, (1991). Two legends of science fiction lay out the scientific facts regarding global warming; air and water pollution; space pollution; landfills; pesticides; fossil fuels; etc., along with potential ways to avert catastrophe. This copy is signed by Pohl. An early book on climate change, by two writers familiar with imagining the long-term implications of contemporary trends; this was published only two years after Bill McKibben's book, The End of Nature, which is usually cited as the first volume on climate change addressed to a general readership. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035984] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35985, Spaceship Earth: People and Pollution Los Angeles, Fox-Mathis Publications, (1969). A 38-page pamphlet covering issues related to increases in human population: air and water pollution, food scarcity, accumulating waste, and even an early reference to the greenhouse effect. Signed by the author, in 1970, "with hope for a better world." Very near fine in stapled wrappers. [#035985] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35986, Men of Power, Volume Four NY, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, (1939). A biography of four men: Abraham Lincoln, Leo Tolstoy, John Burroughs, and Graham Taylor. The Burroughs section runs 35 pages: not definitive, but relatively early, and in interesting company. Small ink stain on the title page, and a few pages of text have random ink markings, not affecting legibility; owner name on flyleaf; near fine in a very good, shallowly edge-chipped dust jacket. Uncommon in jacket. [#035986] $125
click for a larger image of item #35987, Silent Spring Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1962. The uncorrected proof copy, with over 50 variations from the published text, some substantial, although in many cases it is the smaller changes that most reveal the intent of the revisions. Paragraphs have been deleted (and others added) between this state and the published version; one chapter title has been changed. In several instances, brand names of chemicals were removed. In one case, an identifying advertising slogan was deleted; in another, the sum of money involved in a matter of litigation was omitted. Some of Carson's conjectures (and those of her sources) were dropped or softened; probable but unsubstantiated cause-and-effect connections between chemical exposure and illness were left out or reworded. Throughout the rewrite that had to have taken place between these sheets and the finished book, qualifying phrases were added and incendiary remarks were deleted: Carson was making her work more cautious and less assailable, ensuring that her text would survive the attacks that would follow. The publication date of the final book is given here as 10/8/62; actual publication was in September. We have dated this proof at approximately late April, 1962. On April 5, Carson wrote to Dorothy Freeman (in a letter published in the 1994 collection Always, Rachel): "Miss Phillips called today (H.M. editor) and said text will go to printer today or tomorrow. Galleys in 2 or 3 weeks then!" Several small pencil notations on rear blank and in text. The preliminary pages of the proof are out of order, and the appendix is not included. One page corner is turned. Printed on rectos only and ringbound in tall, cardstock covers that are modestly sunned and edgeworn, with a small corner chip to the rear cover; still about near fine. A rare advance state of probably the most influential book in the history of environmental writing, which is commonly credited with having launched the modern environmental movement, and whose repercussions are still helping shape social policy today. These proofs predate the appearances of sections of the book in The New Yorker magazine, its first exposure to a general readership. We have only seen one other copy of these proofs in the past. [#035987] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35988, Sea and Earth: The Life of Rachel Carson NY, Thomas Y. Crowell, (1970). Apparently the first of many biographies of Carson, preceding even Paul Brooks' The House of Life (1972). This volume was published in Crowell's "Women of America" series. Mild splaying to boards; near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the edges and folds. Uncommon in the first printing, with many copies having gone to libraries. [#035988] $225
click for a larger image of item #35989, Ways of the Six-Footed Boston, Ginn & Co., 1903. The first book by the eminent artist, educator and naturalist, a collection of eight pieces published in periodicals, with two new pieces, all designed to depict, "in some measure, the dignity of life's upward struggle, however humble the incarnation." This copy is inscribed by Comstock, "To Dr. Douglas Houghton Campbell/ With best regards of the author [no name]." Campbell was the founding head of the botany department at Stanford University. Very slight wear to the board edges, else a fine copy. [#035989] $1,250
click for a larger image of item #35990, John & William Bartram's America NY, Devin-Adair, 1957. The fourth title in Devin-Adair's American Naturalist Series, edited by 1949 John Burroughs Medal winner Helen G. Cruickshank and illustrated by Francis Lee Jacques, who also illustrated the 1946 John Burroughs Medal Winner Snowshoe Country, written by his wife, Florence. This copy is signed by Jacques. Near fine in a very good, modestly foxed dust jacket. [#035990] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35991, The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One Washington, DC, National Geographic, (2009). A Silent Spring for the oceans. Earle, esteemed explorer and oceanographer, delineates the abundant damage wrought on the seas in a very short time: diminishing wildlife, bleached coral reefs, the accumulation of plastic, acidic pH levels, warming temperatures, etc. This copy is inscribed by Earle in 2011: "For Jenifer Shiu - With deepest admiration." Laid in is a letter to Shiu from a director of the Marine Conservation Institute. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035991] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35992, Smogtown: The Lung Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles Woodstock, Overlook Press, (2008). Signed by Kelly and inscribed by Jacobs: "Mickey - a brown drama for a warming age. Hope it's instructive." The authors examine decades of fits and starts in clearing the Californian air in this "cautionary tale of environmental crisis." Tanning to page edges, else fine in a fine dust jacket bearing an Independent Publisher Book Awards label. Scarce signed. [#035992] $250
click for a larger image of item #35993, The Sixth Extinction NY, Henry Holt, (2014). Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, here examines the ongoing greatest mass extinction since the age of the dinosaurs. In the current scenario, humans are playing the part of the asteroid. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2015, it is now widely viewed as a classic of environmental and historical reporting. Signed by the author: "Here's to preventing the 6th extinction!/ Best/ Elizabeth Kolbert". Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a shallow fold to the spine. Blurbs by Barry Lopez, David Quammen, T.C. Boyle, and Bill McKibben, among others. Signed first printings are uncommon. [#035993] $500
click for a larger image of item #35994, All My Rivers Are Gone Boulder, Johnson Books, (1998). The hardcover issue of of the author's tribute to Glen Canyon and her time spent on the Colorado River, prior to the construction of the 1963 dam that drowned the canyon and created Lake Powell. Signed by the author and dated in the year of publication. Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Uncommon in the hardcover issue, especially signed. [#035994] $450
click for a larger image of item #35995, All My Rivers Are Gone Boulder, Johnson Books, (1998). The simultaneous wrappered edition of the author's tribute to Glen Canyon and her time spent on the Colorado River, prior to the construction of the 1963 dam that drowned the canyon and created Lake Powell. Inscribed by the author: "For David, A hiker down to the river -- wrong color now, but --- there'll come a day -- Katie Lee." (Prior to the dam, the river was a sediment-filled red; the dam trapped the sediment, leaving the water a clear green.) Lee, who died in 2017 at the age of 98, was known as "the Desert Goddess of Glen Canyon" and was an iconic figure to a generation of environmental activists who came after her. Her wish for the Colorado River to again run free through Glen Canyon may one day come true. Lower corner creases to covers; else fine in wrappers. Introduction by Terry Tempest Williams. Signed first printings are scarce. [#035995] $300
click for a larger image of item #35996, Songs and Sketches of the First Clearwater Crew Croton-on-Hudson, North River Press, 1970. Compiled and signed by Don McLean (of "American Pie" fame), this is an illustrated book of songs sung by the 1970 crew of the Clearwater, a sloop built to raise awareness of the pollution threatening the Hudson River. Preface by McLean, with a foreword by Pete Seeger, founder of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. In 1970, Seeger and McLean sailed the Clearwater to Washington DC and held a press conference and impromptu concert for the House of Representatives to raise awareness for polluted waterways. This is the simultaneous softcover issue. Drawings by Tom Allen. Signed by McLean on the front cover. Some chipping to the spine; very good in wrappers. [#035996] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35997, Wapiti Wilderness NY, Knopf, 1966. Inscribed by Margaret "Mardy" Murie, conservationist, naturalist, and recipient of the Audubon Medal, the John Muir Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom: "For Joan Wilson/ Every good wish from many more happy trips in 'Wapiti Wilderness'/ Mardy Murie." This book was co-authored with her husband, Olaus, who died prior to publication. Mardy was known as the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement" and was a mentor to a generation of younger environmentalists. A very near fine copy in a very good, lightly edgeworn, price-clipped dust jacket, close to splitting at the front spine fold. [#035997] $450
click for a larger image of item #35998, Our Plundered Planet Boston, Little Brown, (1948). A prescient book (1948) by the President of the New York Zoological Society, warning of the effects of the increasing global depletion of natural resources: water, soil, forests, and biodiversity. Blurbs by Aldous and Julian Huxley, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others. Less common than it seems, as many "firsts" fail to state "first edition" on the copyright page. Penciled notes on front flyleaf and underlinings in text; a very good copy in a good, edge-chipped dust jacket rubbed along the folds. [#035998] $350
click for a larger image of item #35999, The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World NY, Henry Holt, (2011). Four seasons on Long Island, interspersed with four trips: to the Arctic and the Antarctic; to the Caribbean and the West Pacific, all to show that our systems (of economics, philosophy, ethics, and religion) have drifted out of sync to our world's recent realities. Inscribed by the author prior to publication: "For Marguerite, who shares the view" (presumably from Lazy Point, as well as the worldview). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Note that this title has a copyright date of 2011 and was published in January, 2011, but also states "First Edition 2010" and carries a full number line. Safina won the 2003 John Burroughs Medal for Eye of the Albatross. [#035999] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36000, The Klamath Knot San Francisco, Sierra Club/Yolla Bolly Press, (1983). His third book, winner of the1984 John Burroughs Medal. Inscribed by the author: "To Raymond and Mary Ellen Haight/ with best wishes/ David Rains Wallace/ 3/17/83." Evolution, mythology, and Sasquatch mix amid the ecosystems of the Northwest's Klamath Mountains. Published by the Sierra Club. A fine copy in a very good, unlaminated jacket with strips of sunning, light edge wear and a 2" tear at the lower rear spine fold. Scarce signed. The Haights were long-time residents of San Francisco: Raymond's great grandfather, Henry Huntley Haight, was governor of California, and among other accomplishments, has a famous street named for him. [#036000] $350
click for a larger image of item #36001, Snow. The Biography (London), (Short Books), (2018). A tremendous tour through all things snow: its joys and terrors; its past and its future. This copy is inscribed by the author in the year of publication. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Scarce signed. Later published as The Secret Life of Snow. [#036001] $250
click for a larger image of item #36002, Programs NY, Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, 1933-1937. 39 programs for performances of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1933-1937. 24 are for performances at Carnegie Hall; 15 are for summer performances at Lewisohn Stadium. The 24 Carnegie Hall programs date from 1933-1936: 22 of them are from the 94th Season, and half of these feature Toscanini conducting (the other two are from the 92nd and 95th seasons). The 15 Lewisohn Stadium programs ("Stadium Concerts Reviews") date from 1935-1937. Some of these bear notations, but are near fine or better in stapled wrappers. The condition of the Carnegie Hall programs is more mixed: about half are near fine; one has insect damage; one is missing half of the first page; a few are dirty; and several have notations, including the March 5-6, 1936 program with a cover that bears the words "Performance Cancelled; Requiem Not Performed." [#036002] $400
click for a larger image of item #36003, A Sheaf of Verses (Oxford), Privately Printed, 1929. The second volume of poetry by the Rev. George Bird. Inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, with an autograph note from the author to the recipient tipped to the front flyleaf. Laid in is a retained copy of a thank you note from the recipient to Bird, which elaborates on their friendship. Foxing to pages, thus only a very good copy. Hardbound, without dust jacket, presumably as issued. Six copies in OCLC. [#036003] $125
click for a larger image of item #36004, 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. One small coffee spot on the front cover, else fine in stapled wrappers. [#036004] $100
click for a larger image of item #36005, Sounds and Sweet Airs London, Elkin Mathews, 1905. Volume 23 in the Vigo Cabinet Series. Inscribed by the author on the front cover, prior to publication. Additional pencil mark to cover; spine and edge-darkened wrappers; a very good copy. [#036005] $250
click for a larger image of item #36006, The Givenness of Things NY, FSG, (2015). The advance reading copy of this collection of essays. This was Robinson's ninth book after four books of fiction and four books of nonfiction, which together brought her a Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Critic Circle Awards, and an Orange Prize. Robinson, who was interviewed by President Obama in the year this book was published, also received a National Humanities Medal from the President, in 2012. Fine in wrappers. [#036006] $125
click for a larger image of item #36007, The Wind NY, George Braziller, 1959. The first American edition of this early work by the 1985 Nobel Prize winner. Translation by Richard Howard. Minor foxing to spine and foredge; faint ripple to cloth near the front joint; a near fine copy in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with very light spine and edge wear. [#036007] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36008, The Murders at Kent State [The Truth About Kent State] NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1973). The uncorrected proof copy of the book published as The Truth About Kent State. Davies examines the questions Why did the Guardsmen fire? and Why did the Government do nothing? Obviously the book's title was softened prior to publication, as were the chapter headings (with the word "murder" removed or changed to "violence"). Many more changes were made to the text of the book: casual examination reveals another dozen textual changes over just the first two dozen pages, with the general impression being that Davies' first pass was dialed down in tone, and dialed in on facts. Near fine in tall wrappers. No copies in OCLC. [#036008] $250
click for a larger image of item #36009, Chim-Chim: Folk Stories from Jamaica London, Green Sheaf, 1905. One of two books of Jamaican folklore by the author and artist best known for illustrating the Waite-Smith tarot deck. This book also has Smith's illustrations. Owner name stamp first blank; text block separated from wrappers; thus only a fair copy. 14 copies in OCLC. [#036009] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36010, Children of Light [London], Deutsch, [1986]. The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition of his fourth novel, the British edition having preceded the American edition by one week. Inscribed by the author to author and critic David Lodge: "For David Lodge/ in happy recollection of New Zealand adventures -- until we meet again/ Robert Stone." The inscription is written inside the front cover as this copy, like all copies examined by Stone's bibliographer, Ken Lopez, has no preliminary pages prior to the text. A signed note from Lodge's son attesting to provenance is laid in. Small stains to covers; near fine in wrappers. A scarce proof of Stone's haunting Hollywood novel, and a nice association. [#036010] $375
click for a larger image of item #36011, Is It True What They Say About Shakespeare? Oxford, International Shakespeare Association, 1982. The International Shakespeare Association's Occasional Paper No. 2, printing a lecture delivered by Stoppard at the annual meeting of the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft West, in Hamburg, in April, 1980. Mild edge sunning to covers; near fine in stapled wrappers. With the Association's newsletter laid in, which accompanied the original mailing. An uncommon "A" item by the award-winning playwright. [#036011] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36012, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Advance Copy (n.p.), [Random House], 1972. Approximately 70 pages of double-column typeset text, along with more than a dozen illustrations by Ralph Steadman, as photocopied from its original publication in Rolling Stone (November 11 and 25, 1971), with four pages of inserted photocopied copyedited typescript, all claspbound in a folder entitled "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas/ By Hunter Thompson/ Corrected Typescript Issued Before Publication." On the first page, handwritten above the Steadman illustration, are the title, the author, and "Pub: June 1972"; "Price: $5.95"; and "Random" (i.e. Random House). The four page insert, labeled as "new ad," represents an addition to section VII that did not appear in Rolling Stone but was added to the Random House publication (July 7, 1972). An intermediate state of this seminal work of gonzo participatory journalism, between its Rolling Stone publication and the Random House book it became; exceedingly scarce thus. Slight edge wear to the pages; near fine. [#036012] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36013, The "Deep-in" View El Cerrito, Dust Books, 1965. A 26-page interview with Watts by two writers of Dust magazine, a San Francisco Bay Area publication and small press. Watts was the pre-eminent figure in bringing Eastern religious philosophy to the West, and helping to popularize the notion that the experience of psychedelics was akin to the consciousness changes described in Eastern mysticism, an underpinning to the 1960s counterculture and the foundation for the New Age movement that came out of that social upheaval. Four copies in OCLC. Minor sunning to covers; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#036013] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36014, Winter India NY, The Century Co, 1903. Scidmore was a journalist, travel writer (Alaska, Japan, Java, China, India), photographer, conservationist, the first woman to serve on the board of the National Geographic Society, and the person responsible for bringing cherry trees to Washington, D.C. This is the dedication copy: inscribed by Scidmore, "To Caroline Tousey Burkham, the friend of an Indian Winter/ Hommage respectueuse [sic]/ Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore. March 26th 1903." Red crayon on page 183; front hinge starting; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#036014] $850
click for a larger image of item #36015, Mine Eyes Have Seen NY, Dutton, 1941. The memoir of Dr. Withington, who graduated from Elizabeth Blackwell's Women's Medical College of the New York Infirmary in 1887; opened a medical and surgical practice in Massachusetts; served as a Red Cross physician in France during WWI; and eventually became a rural doctor in the mountains of Kentucky. This copy is inscribed by Withington. Foxing to the pages edges and endpages; a near fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#036015] $500
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