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Cleveland, Bits Press, (1988). A limited edition of six poems, one of which, "Munich," has its first appearance here. One of 120 unnumbered copies signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#030219] $100
click for a larger image of item #31527, Pigeon Feathers (Logan), (Perfection Form Co.), (1979). An educational pamphlet consisting of the title story of Updike's 1962 story collection, with exercises based on the story. DeBellis & Broomfield A75-a2: the cream-colored variant (no priority established between a1 and a2). Uncommon. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#031527] $100
click for a larger image of item #11637, Query (n.p.), Albondocani, (1974). A card with a poem by Updike, used as a holiday greeting. One of 75 copies of the suppressed first issue, with the front cover drawing printed upside down. Fine in stapled wrappers. Uncommon. [#011637] $100
(n.p.), (William B. Ewert), (1998). The first separate edition of this poem, issued as a holiday card. Of a total edition of 185 copies, this is one of 130 copies issued unsigned, but this copy has been signed by Updike and dated 1988 and additionally inscribed by Updike in three different colored pens: "Merry Christmas/ a card to warm yourselves by/ Cheers, John." Fine, in hand-addressed envelope, apparently meant to be hand-delivered as Updike has added, "Sorry to miss you - Happy Holidays!/ John." [#030257] $185
(n.p.), William B. Ewert, 1999. The first separate appearance of a poem that first appeared in The New Republic. Two issues produced: 65 signed copies printed as broadsides and 130 unsigned copies issued folded, as cards. This is one of the latter but has been inscribed by the author to two, married friends: "___ - An item for your collection./ ___ - whatever happened to our golf foursome?/ Happy Holidays to you both./ John." 8-3/4" x 11-1/2". Folded, by design; fine. [#030264] $185
NY, Knopf, 1963. His second collection of poems. Inscribed by the author. Spotting to top stain; near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#030156] $175
NY, Knopf, 2001. A volume in Knopf's "Everyman Library," collecting Bech: A Book, Bech is Back, Bech at Bay, and adding "His Oeuvre." Inscribed by the author: "For ___ ___/ warm regards, John Updike/ 4/19/01." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#030267] $200
click for a larger image of item #27123, The Same Door NY, Knopf, 1959. His third book and first collection of stories. Fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed, price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice copy. [#027123] $225
Ipswich, 17th Century Day Committee, 1968. Written by Updike for performance on "Seventeenth Century Day," August 3, 1968. One of 1000 copies, this being one of the 950 copies that were issued unsigned, but this copy has been signed by Updike on the front cover. One spot of sunning to the top edge, else fine in stapled wrappers. [#030165] $150
click for a larger image of item #13416, Typed Note Signed [1980]. Dated "Jan 1". One paragraph, agreeing to sign books for the recipient's wife. Written on the verso of the colophon for the limited edition of Problems. Signed in blue, with recipient's address hand-written in pink across the top; the colophon has some math written in pink. Folded in thirds for mailing; else fine. [#013416] $115
click for a larger image of item #34610, Bratpack West Townshend, King Hell Press/Tundra, (1990). Part 1 of of this graphic novel in five parts, issued as Bratpack No. 1. Warmly and humorously inscribed by Veitch to Stanley Wiater, with the added comment added "*Official*: Tundra's First Misprint!" -- although it's not evident what this refers to. Veitch, who started out in underground comix in the early 1970s, was a longtime collaborator with Stephen Bissette and John Totleben on Swamp Thing. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#034610] $125
Minneapolis, Nodin Press, (1984). His sixth book of haiku. Inscribed by the author to Joe Bruchac. Mild sunning; near fine in wrappers. An excellent association copy. [#025797] $150
(San Francisco), [Four Seasons Foundation], 1963/(1964). A broadside poem reproduced by photo-offset from the author's own calligraphy and printed in an edition of 300 copies on the occasion of a reading by Whalen, Gary Snyder and Lew Welch at Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, June 12, 1964. Signed by the author. 9-1/2" x 12-1/2". Faint edge sunning; else fine. [#029744] SOLD
(Whole Earth Catalog)
(Sausalito), Whole Earth Catalog, 1976-1979. Twelve issues total: Nos. 9-12 and 17-24. Foxing to covers and edges of the text blocks; musty. Very good in wrappers. [#035833] $200
click for a larger image of item #34540, The Eighth Day NY, Harper & Row, (1967). Inscribed by Wilder to Cheryl Crawford, "ever affectionately," and dated March 21, 1967, in New York. As with another copy of this book that was inscribed on the same day, the recipient's name is filled in in what appears to be a child's hand. Laid into this copy is a six-page typescript of Wilder's 1918 playlet "Nascuntur Poetae [Poets are Born]." The book has apparent smoke damage to the upper edges; only a fair copy, lacking the dust jacket. The typescript appears to be a carbon copy; folded in thirds; near fine. [#034540] $200
(Springfield), Gauntlet, 2001. A Publisher's Copy ("PC") of 475 copies. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031160] $115
click for a larger image of item #31168, Sibs Arlington Hts, Dark Harvest, 1991. A Publisher's Copy ("PC") of 400 copies signed by the author and by Phil Parks. Fine in a fine dust jacket and slipcase. [#031168] $125
click for a larger image of item #17634, Jacob's Room NY, Harcourt Brace, (1923). The first American edition. Owner name on flyleaf; stray pen mark rear cover; some abrasion to spine label; modest general handling. About near fine, lacking the dust jacket. [#017634] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #11666, Children of the Ritz Sydney, Cornstalk Publishing, 1927. The first Australian edition of this early book by Woolrich, published the year after his first book. In the 1940s and '50s, Woolrich, writing under his own name and also as William Irish and George Hopley, wrote some of the classic volumes of noir fiction of the era, a large number of which were turned into the movies that defined film noir and gave it its cultural importance and artistic stature. Foxing to pages, as is typical with this edition; minor spotting and fraying to the spine. Very good, lacking dust jacket. [#011666] $115
NY, St. Martin's, (2005). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone and his wife: "Two better friends don't exist." Fine in a fine dust jacket, which features a blurb by Stone on the rear panel, calling the book "a dramatic, often tragic, and grimly fascinating report from the annals of American hypocrisy." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#033786] SOLD
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