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click for a larger image of item #36208, Hayduke Lives! Boston, Little Brown, (1989/1990). The uncorrected proof copy of the posthumously published sequel to the author's masterwork, The Monkey Wrench Gang. The dedication page of the novel, which Abbey wrote when he knew he had only a short time left to live, is a lengthy retrospective and farewell to many of Abbey's friends and colleagues, and is quite touching as such. Copyright page states 1989; front cover lists publication as 30 January 1990; Abbey died in March of 1989. Small bump near upper spine; near fine in wrappers. [#036208] $150
(African American)
click for a larger image of item #36209, Daddy Was a Number Runner Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall, (1970). An advance copy in the form of folded & gathered sheets tapebound in red cardstock covers, and laid into a dust jacket. Apparently a hand-made, in-house production, which is not surprising as Prentice-Hall was more of an academic publisher at that time, only seldom publishing mainstream trade novels. Daddy Was a Number Runner was the first novel by the author and eventual activist, and it gained the attention of James Baldwin, who provides a 3-page foreword: "...because she has so truthfully conveyed what the world looks like from a black girl's point of view, Louise Meriwether has told everyone who can read or feel what it means to be a black man or woman in this country...." Near fine, in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket. Laid in is a letter from a publicist at Prentice Hall to Joan Cook of the New York Times, conveying the copy ("advance sheets of a poetic sensitive novel and the first novel to come out of Budd Schulberg's Watts Writers' Workshop"), and providing the plot and some biographical information about Meriwether. The book was reviewed in the Times by Paule Marshall. Very uncommon: this is the only advance copy we've seen of this title, with good provenance in the publisher's letter to the Times' reviewer. [#036209] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36210, Stop Smoking Before It Stops You Boston, Christopher Publishing House, (1949). Early warning from 75 years ago on the "mental bondage" and physical toll (including cancer) of tobacco addiction. One page corner turned (at the start of the chapter "How Can I Stop Smoking?"). Evidence, if such were needed, that information about the harmful effects of smoking was available long before the tobacco companies acknowledged it. Fine in a near fine, edge-sunned dust jacket with a closed tear mid spine. 7 copies in OCLC. [#036210] $300
click for a larger image of item #36211, The Spell of the Pacific: An Anthology of Its Literature NY, Macmillan, 1949. A massive anthology, introduced by James Michener, and featuring Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Henry Adams, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Katherine Mansfield, Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Rupert Brooke, etc. Edited by Stroven and Day. Owner name front flyleaf; small separation at lower front hinge; offsetting to endpages. Still about a near fine copy in a dust jacket that presents as very good, in part owing to having been internally, unprofessionally tape-strengthened along all edges and folds. Michener had won the Pulitzer Prize the year before this publication for his first book, Tales of the South Pacific. [#036211] $350
click for a larger image of item #17958, Charlie Chaplin - "His Last Day in America 1952" 1971. From the estate of Pauline Kael, this is an original Avedon print, titled and signed by the artist in 1971. Richard Avedon began his career as a fashion photographer in 1945, and he came to be known as the preeminent contemporary American portrait photographer. This image, of the one-time lovable Little Tramp posing as the Devil on his last day in the U.S., is one of Avedon's most famous, and one of the most famous images of Chaplin. Chaplin, who had long sought teenage girls as his lovers and wives, was hounded by years of persecution for his sexual proclivities and his left-leaning views. In 1944 he was involved in a high-profile scandal when he was indicted on charges involving a young actress he had brought to California and, although he was exonerated on all counts, the negative publicity began a series of events culminating in his voluntary exile from the U.S. eight years later. In addition, the FBI had stepped up its investigations of him as a result of his public statements in support of Russia and Soviet Communism. In 1952, when Chaplin left for England to promote his film "Limelight," the U.S. Attorney General used the opportunity to revoke his re-entry permit (Chaplin had never been an American citizen) unless Chaplin agreed to even more scrutiny of his private life. Chaplin opted to settle in Switzerland with his third wife, Oona O'Neill (daughter of Eugene O'Neill). This Avedon image is the final image of Chaplin in America and a pointed reference to his demonization by the American press and government. Pauline Kael's first film review, in 1953, was of Chaplin's "Limelight." She didn't like it, and it launched her career. 19-3/4" x 15-1/2". Dry mounted on board, and matted. Near fine. [#017958] $6,000
click for a larger image of item #36212, The Oracle, Christmas Issue (Jamaica), (Jamaica High School), (1927). From 1926-1928, Bowles had 43 contributions in 14 issues of his high school magazine, The Oracle, corresponding to items C1-C43 in Jeffrey Miller's Paul Bowles: A Descriptive Bibliography. This issue, the Christmas issue, is from Bowles' senior year and predates his first book, Two Poems, published in 1933, by six years. Bowles' contributions (Miller C36-C40) include three poems ("Night Song at Papua," "Scene," and "Pursuit"; a translation of a Devigny extract from the French; and serving at editor of the Poet's Corner. Owner name in pencil on the front cover; edge-darkening to covers; still near fine in stapled wrappers, with the middle sheet loose from the staples. Very uncommon early works by Bowles, more than 20 years prior to his first novel, The Sheltering Sky. [#036212] $1,250
click for a larger image of item #36213, The Oracle, Senior Number (Jamaica), (Jamaica High School), (1928). The final issue of The Oracle that Bowles would appear in, before graduating from Jamaica High School. Contains (from Jeffrey Miller's bibliography) C41-C43: two poems ("Tailpiece" and "Spire Song") and a credit as editor of the Poet's Corner. In addition, there are multiple references to Bowles throughout: lines describing his academic career; a prophecy for his future (he also chaired the prophecy committee, so perhaps wrote his own prophecy); a class chart that claims Bowles is a day dreamer who thinks he is a poet, would like to be a "futuristic artist," is often seen with a dazed expression, and whose hobby is literature. His class photo appears on page 11. There is a page for autographs that has one signature; the innermost pages have separated from the staples and are laid in. Edge-sunning to covers; very good in stapled wrappers. [#036213] $1,500
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #36214, The Climate Mandate San Francisco, W.H. Freeman, (1979). An early treatise by a journalist (Roberts) and a scientist (Lansford) on the subject of how "the quality and character of human life over the coming decades will be determined largely by three closely related influences: climatic variation, food production, and population growth." Granted: written in a time when there were as many arguments for the world ending by ice as much as by fire, but also pointing out that "the temperature was starting to rise..." Issued simultaneously in softcover and hardcover, this is the hardcover issue and is inscribed by Roberts, in the year of publication. Upper corners and spine very slightly tapped; else fine, without dust jacket. [#036214] SOLD
(Climate Change)
click for a larger image of item #36215, Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility Chicago, Haymarket, (2023). A climate change anthology, edited by Solnit and by Thelma Young Lutunatabua. Only issued in wrappers. This copy is signed by Solnit, who provides an introduction and afterword, as well as several of the book's essays. Other contributors include an international roster of climate activists, scientists, writers, artists, and Indigenous voices. Fine. [#036215] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36216, Little, Big or, The Fairies' Parliament Seattle, Incunabula, 2021. The limited edition: one of 300 numbered copies of this large and elaborate edition of Crowley's fourth book, which was first published as a Bantam paperback in 1981, winning the World Fantasy Award and becoming a landmark of contemporary fantasy. This edition features "the Author's Preferred Text for the novel"; art by Peter Milton; and an Afterword by Harold Bloom. Signed by Crowley, Milton, and Bloom. A fine copy, in a fine dust jacket and fine slipcase. A lovely production, originally intended to have been released as the 25th Anniversary edition, but delayed by nearly two decades. [#036216] $500
(Grateful Dead)
click for a larger image of item #36217, Grateful Dead: The Official Book of the Deadheads NY, Quill, 1983. The first printing of the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Heavily illustrated with photographs, both color and black and white, including artwork by Dead fans. With a short preface by Jerry Garcia. Very light wear to the edges and folds; near fine. [#036217] $125
(Grateful Dead)
click for a larger image of item #36218, An Experiment in Dream Telepathy with The Grateful Dead Brooklyn, Mainmonides, 1971. An early report on experiments in telepathy conducted in 1971 and "suggested by Jerry Garcia," in which randomly selected images were beamed to subjects miles away, from the audiences at six Grateful Dead concerts. Co-author Stanley Krippner was, among other things, one of the leading researchers into dream telepathy and telepathy in general ("remote viewing"). He received the American Psychological Association [APA] Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology in 2013, one of many such awards he has earned over the years. He and Montague Ullman, along with Alan Vaughn, published Dream Telepathy: Experiments in Nocturnal ESP in 1973. A variant version of this report is transcribed on Krippner's website, where he writes "The results of this study were published in a medical journal in 1973." This report is dated 1971, the year the experiments were conducted; and it appears to be the earliest formal presentation of information about this study, its circumstances, and its results. 18 pages, photocopy, with one staple, near fine. [#036218] $750
(Hip Hop)
click for a larger image of item #36219, A Family Affair. The Unauthorized Sean "Puffy" Combs Story NY, Ballantine, (1998). Biography of the hip hop artist, known as Puff Daddy and various other monikers over the years, one of the first generation of rappers who became a worldwide celebrity immediately upon the release of his first album, then cementing his fame as a producer in addition to being a performer. Illustrated with a number of color photographs. Published as a mass market paperback, with no hardcover edition and presumably targeted at the youth market: few copies have been preserved over the years, and libraries tend to not take mass market paperbacks as seriously as trade hardcover editions, so it is not as well represented in OCLC as its subject might seem to warrant. One deep crease to the spine; near fine in wrappers. [#036219] $250
(Hip Hop)
click for a larger image of item #36220, Going Postal NY, Mark Batty, (2008). The photographer who pioneered photographing the art of graffiti, starting in the 1970s, here documents the related phenomenon of mailing label street art -- graffiti tags handwritten or printed on stickers, mailing labels, and other portable formats. Cooper's book Subway Art, done in collaboration with photographer Henry Chalfant and published in 1984, was a landmark in recognizing the artistic dimension of street art and graffiti, and has been reprinted numerous times. Fine in pictorial boards without dust jacket, as issued. [#036220] $35
(Hip Hop)
click for a larger image of item #36221, The Wu-Tang Manual NY, Riverhead, (2005). The first book by The RZA, founding member and de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and a major music producer as well. The book is described as "A Written Introduction to the Philosophy and Saga of the Wu-Tang Clan," and it is associated with their first album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." First printing: issued as a trade paperback original. "Enter the Wu-Tang" lable on front cover. Minor edge rubbing; very near fine in wrappers. [#036221] $75
click for a larger image of item #36222, The Partisan Review, 60 Issues NY, Partisan Review, 1938-1979. An incomplete run of 60 issues, spanning five decades. From the estate of film critic Pauline Kael. Provenance available, but the direct evidence is that 1) Kael has excised her contribution from the Summer 1963 issue, and the cover says "clipped" in her hand; 2) Kael has written her name on the Summer 1967 issue and added praise inside at the Stephen Spender article; and 3) a postcard to Kael from Jack Hirschman is laid into the Fall 1967 issue. General condition: two issues from the 1930s (Jan and May 1938), good only; eleven issues from the 1940s (Spring 1945, Winter 1946, July/Aug and Sept/Oct 1947, Feb, May, July, Oct 1948, March, July, Dec 1949), all very good but for Sept/Oct 1947 which has heavily ink-stamped covers; 21 issues from the 1950s (July/Aug and Nov/Dec 1950, July/Aug and Sept/Oct 1951, May/June, July/August, Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec 1952, Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec 1954, Spring and Fall 1955, Fall 1956, Winter, Spring and Summer 1957, Spring and Summer 1958, Spring, Summer and Fall 1959), all in very good condition; 20 issues from the 1960s (Spring and Fall 1960, March/April 1961, Winter, Spring and Summer 1962, Spring, Summer and Fall 1963, Spring and Fall 1964, Winter and Summer, 1965, Summer 1966, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall 1967, Winter and Summer 1968), all about very good but for those excised pages mentioned above; six issues from the 1970s (Winter 1971-72, Winter 1973, 1973 #2, 1974 #2 and #4, 1979 #2), all very good, but for the final three issue, which each bear a series of names on their covers that are partially crossed out. Will ship at cost. [#036222] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #36223, Castalia, Volume 1, Number 1 Yellow Springs, Antioch College Union, 1961. The first (only?) issue of this magazine of literature and the arts. This copy is inscribed to Pauline Kael by Herbert Feinstein at his contribution, about Satyaji Ray's film The World of Apu. Kael has written "Feinstein on Apu" on the rear cover. Lower front cover corner crease; some rubbing and handling; very good in stapled wrappers. [#036223] $300
click for a larger image of item #36224, The Snow Leopard Screenplay NY, Jones-Kenner Picture Company, 1982-1983. Matthiessen's unproduced screenplay of his National Book Award-winning book. Typed title page with 1982 copyright date, on Snow Leopard/Jones Kenner letterhead, plus 125 pages of photocopied typescript dated Jan. 24, 1983. Bradbound in Jones-Kenner wrappers with "The Snow Leopard" hand printed on the cover. The only copy of this screenplay we have seen or heard of; most proposed screen adaptations of Matthiessen's books were written by others; this one is different in that it was apparently written by the author himself. A near fine copy. [#036224] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36225, Sharing the News - Friendly Teamness: Teeming Friendness [NY], (American Broadcasting Co. and Marshall McLuhan Associates), (1971). McLuhan's observations on television news, published by ABC, and offered free to those who responded to print advertisements in Variety and New York Magazine. Having come up with the notion that "the medium is the message," McLuhan expands on it here to conclude that "the user" [of TV news] "is the content" and that "the meaning is the result of interaction between the user and the used." 16 copies located in OCLC. Edge-sunned covers; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon. [#036225] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36226, Radical Software 3 and 5 NY, Schamberg and Schnider/Gordon and Breach, 1971-1972. Two issues. Radical Software was inspired by a Whole Earth Catalog "Access to Tools" philosophy, but with the tools in question not being physical ones -- "hardware" -- but rather ideas and ideologies, practices and projects, and other non-hardware. The word "software" did not yet exist in general use as a synonym for a computer program or application, but the proposed use of media technology for individual, small-scale, personal projects led directly to the development of the personal computer. An intriguing glimpse at some of the early consequences of the social movements of the 1960s, eventually leading to the kind of contemporary "wired" society in which practically everyone is plugged into a larger "software" realm via their private, personal devices. Issue Number 3 is a tabloid style newspaper that is spine-torn and edge-sunned, with some staining on the rear cover; a good copy only. Issue Number 5 is a perfectbound journal with rubbed covers and an inch of black ink on the spine; very good. Publishing note: Issue Number 5 followed Issue Number 6. [#036226] $200
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #36227, The First Skin Around Me Moorhead, Territorial Press, 1976. An anthology of contemporary American Tribal poetry -- featuring the writers of the first generation of the Native American "renaissance" -- printed at Moorhead State College in Montana. Edited by James L. White and with early contributions by Leslie Silko, Joy Harjo, Duane Niatum, Gerald Vizenor, Simon Ortiz, Lance Henson, Anna Lee Walters, Carroll Arnett and many others. Cover edges tanned, with wear to the spine. Very good in wrappers. [#036227] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #36228, Crooked Hallelujah NY, Grove Press, (2020). The advance reading copy of the Cherokee writer's first book, winner of the Paris Review Plimpton Prize, among other awards and commendations. Blurbs by Richard Ford, David Treuer, Brandon Hobson, and others. A highly praised debut novel, uncommon in an advance format. Fine in wrappers. [#036228] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #36229, Indian Women Chiefs (Muskogee), (Star Printery), 1954. The sixth book by the Oklahoma historian, who did not begin her career until age 57. This book aimed to set the record straight on the role of women in some Native American tribes, by focusing on women chiefs and queens. Inscribed by the author, in the year of publication, to her friend, Virginia Dorsey Lightfoot. Only issued in wrappers; the prospectus is affixed to the inside front cover. A very good copy, and a nice association. [#036229] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #36230, Apple: Skin to Core Montclair, Levine Querido, (2020). The advance reading copy of this Native American memoir, in poetry and prose (and pictures). Fine in wrappers. Uncommon in an advance issue. [#036230] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #36231, The Removed (NY), Ecco, (2021). The advance reading copy of this novel by the Cherokee author of Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2018. Very light rubbing to covers; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in an advance issue. [#036231] $75
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #36232, Wild Harvest NY, D. Appleton, 1925. The Cherokee author's first book and, with D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded, one of the two most important debuts of modern Native American writers. This one, however, preceding McNickle's book by over a decade, may rightfully be called the first Native American novel of the modern era. The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture says: "...critic Gretchen Ronnow states that [Oskison] 'was one of the first major American Indian writers to grapple with the issues of being a highly educated mixed-blood trying to defend a tribal heritage.'" Owner name front flyleaf; rubbing to the joints and board edges and a vertical crease to the spine. A very good copy, lacking the scarce dust jacket. [#036232] $325
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #36233, Sweet Medicine NY, Orion, (1992). The uncorrected proof copy of the second novel by the author of The Powwow Highway, which was made into a much-praised low-budget film. This book continues the story of the characters from the first novel. The author is a former AIM member. Short tear near the spine crown; near fine in wrappers. [#036233] $75
click for a larger image of item #36187, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh Portland, Timber Press, (2015). A delightful examination of how Ashdown Forest in southeast England became A.A. Milne's Hundred Acre Wood, and the enduring legacy of the latter on the former. Heavily illustrated with photographs and with the drawings of E.H. Shepard. Fine in a fine dust jacket and inscribed by the author "for Joan." Uncommon signed. [#036187] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36188, The Red Caddy: A Driving & Maintenance Guide (n.p.), (n.p.), 1994. Bowden's manuscript of his memoir of his friendship with Edward Abbey, who died in 1989. This is a 96-page photocopied typescript (computer printout), bearing approximately three dozen editorial corrections in pencil. Bowden died in 2014: this memoir was found on Bowden's computer after his death and published (with a different subtitle) by the University of Texas in 2018. Loose pages; fine. Bowden's nonfiction focused on the Southwest, both the natural world and the political and social worlds created by the humans who dwelt there. As such, a memoir of Edward Abbey, whose work combined natural and social history, was a fitting subject for Bowden, who in some ways was following in Abbey's footsteps, although sometimes delving deeper into the social dimensions than Abbey did, in particular with the criminal subcultures of the Mexican cartels. A rare prepublication format, and work-in-progress. [#036188] $750
click for a larger image of item #36189, Voyage Through the Antarctic NY, Knopf, 1983. The first American edition. Warmly inscribed by Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, "To Marilyn with gratitude and all good wishes," and dated December, 1982. Note that the title page of this US edition gives the publication date of 1983, but the copyright page and the dust jacket both bear a 1982 date. Adams and Lockley, in alternating voices throughout the text, tell the story of their 6500 mile journey from Tierra del Fuego, along the coasts and seas of Antarctica, to the southern tip of New Zealand. Heavily illustrated with photographs by Peter Hirst-Smith. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with shallow edge wear. Scarce signed. [#036189] $300
click for a larger image of item #36190, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point NY, Seven Stories, (2012). An anthology of previously unpublished pieces, as well as excerpts from books, and photographs, addressing the Arctic's role as the tipping point of our environmental future. This copy is inscribed by Banerjee, the editor, in 2013. Contributors include Barry Lopez, John McPhee, Peter Matthiessen, Margaret Murie, George Schaller, the editor Banerjee, and many others. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#036190] $175
click for a larger image of item #36191, The Global Forest (NY), Viking, (2010). Essays by the biochemist and botanist, in which she advocates for the planting and preservation of indigenous trees. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with blurbs by Bill McKibben, Rick Bass, and E.O. Wilson. Later editions of this book, of which there have been at least four more, were subtitled "40 Ways Trees Can Save Us." Uncommon signed or inscribed. [#036191] $250
click for a larger image of item #36192, The Sea Around Us NY, Limited Editions Club, 1980. A limited edition of her second book, first published in 1951. The Sea Around Us was 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 secured Carson's legacy as a writer and a naturalist, but of course she is now best-remembered for Silent Spring. Illustrated and with photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt: Copy No. 538 of 2000 copies, signed by Eisenstaedt. With a biographical introduction by Maitland Edey. Fine in a very near fine, lightly marked and edge-sunned slipcase. Not surprisingly, an attractive production. [#036192] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36193, In the Empire of Ice Washington, DC, National Geographic, (2010). Following her books This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland (2001) and The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold (2004), Ehrlich circumnavigated the Arctic, in a trip supported by the National Geographic Society, to document the lives of indigenous people in a time of climate change. This copy is inscribed by Ehrlich: "For David & Sandy -- Wonderful to see you -- Gretel Ehrlich/ 2010." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#036193] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36195, Eager White River Junction, Chelsea Green Publishing, (2018). Golbfarb examines the ways in which beavers can be the solution to conservation problems and landscape ecology. Signed by the author on a beaver bookplate. Blurbs by Bill McKibben, Carl Safina, Sy Montgomery, and others. Winner of the PEN E. O. Wilson Award for science writing. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#036195] $175
click for a larger image of item #36196, With John Burroughs in Field and Wood South Brunswick/NY, A.S. Barnes, (1969). Kelley, the author of John Burroughs: Naturalist, the director of the John Burroughs Memorial Association, and Burroughs' grand-daughter, here introduces and illustrates a selection of 14 pieces by Burroughs. Also includes an 8-page photo insert. Signed by Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley. Near fine in a very good, rubbed dust jacket, with tears at the spine extremities that have been internally tape-mended. [#036196] $150
click for a larger image of item #36197, On Watching Birds Chelsea, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, (1988). Winner of the 1989 John Burroughs Medal. Signed by the author on the title page. As the title suggests, not just a book about birds, but also about how to observe them. With a foreword by the 1971 Burroughs Medal winner, John K. Terres. Light foredge foxing; nonauthorial gift inscription on the front flyleaf. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#036197] $350
click for a larger image of item #36200, Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of the West Berkeley, University of California Press, (2008). Powell examines the ongoing collision between economic pressures and environmental limits, particularly with regard to the damming of rivers in the West. Inscribed by the author to a "good friend." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#036200] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36202, What's Left: Reports on A Diminishing America Boston, Little Brown, (1968). A collection of essays by the New Yorker writer, most on the theme of wildlife conservation. Inscribed by the author. Roueche was perhaps better known as a medical writer: his book The Medical Detectives was one of the inspirations for the television series House and he won several awards for his writings in that field. Near fine in a very good, rubbed and price-clipped dust jacket. [#036202] $275
click for a larger image of item #36234, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics Berkeley, University of California Press, (2007). A decade of essays by Solnit, most with environmental themes and/or themes of justice and resistance. Signed by the author. Some underlining (and a couple comments) in the first 70 pages of the book, thus near fine in a fine dust jacket. Solnit is the author of such titles as A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, among other titles. Her work typically combines a feminist perspective, a sense of place -- particularly the American West -- and a critique of institutional authority and received wisdom. She is one of the most fearless and free-thinking public intellectuals writing in the U.S. at the present time. The critic Dwight Warner wrote about her: "At her best... she has a rare gift: the ability to turn the act of cognition, of arriving at a coherent point of view, into compelling moral drama." Uncommon signed. [#036234] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36203, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis (Philadelphia), Da Capo Press, (2011). Mother, biologist, cancer survivor, and poet Sandra Steingraber presents a deeply felt and far-reaching survey of the effects of environmental toxins (from the fallout of 9/11, to the food system, to BPAs, to fossil fuels and playground structures, etc.) on the health of children (asthma, neurological and hormonal disorders, allergies, cancers, etc.). Signed by the author in the year of publication, with a pamphlet laid in for the talk (at an elementary school) where the book was signed. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#036203] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36204, Chasing Spring NY, Scribner, (2006). In the spirit of Edwin Way Teale's North with the Spring (Florida to New Hampshire, 1951), Stutz takes a (very indirect) 3-month journey chasing spring from Louisiana to Alaska, 55 years later. Inscribed by the author: "To Lee & Ellen/ Enjoy this journey and all of your own, Best/ Bruce/ 7/27/07." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#036204] $225
click for a larger image of item #36205, The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher NY, Viking, (1979). His second collection of essays, after The Lives of the Cell won two National Book Awards in 1975. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a short, closed edge tear to the upper front panel. [#036205] $250
click for a larger image of item #36206, Erosion: Essays of Undoing NY, Crichton/FSG, (2019). A collection of political and environmental essays written during the whiplash Obama/Trump years of 2012-2019 and published just months prior to the start of the pandemic. Rebecca Solnit: "These are essays about the courage to face what is most brutal and monstrous by finding what is most beautiful and merciful." Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#036206] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36235, Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s, and American Noir of the 1950s (n.p.), Library of America, (1997). Advance copies, in the form of unbound signatures (i.e. folded and gathered sheets) of both volumes issued by the Library of America, here sent for review to the New York Times. Collects 11 noir novels, by Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Cornell Woolrich, Horace McCoy, David Goodis, Chester Himes, Charles Willeford, James M. Cain, Kenneth Fearing, William Lindsay Gresham, and Edward Anderson. The publication of these two volumes, and the reprinting of the 11 novels in them, serve as confirmation of their being a part of the American literary canon, even though some of them were originally only published as paperback originals, a format that was long considered more or less disposable. Fine, but for small remnant of an old rubber band, now replaced. With accompanying letter and publicity information. Uncommon in any sort of advance format. [#036235] SOLD
(Nuclear Energy)
click for a larger image of item #36236, The National Energy Program: Why It Does Not Exist St. Louis, Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, 1975. The partial text (so stated, by design) of Commoner's address before the National Press Photographers Association Education Seminar in Jackson Hole in 1975, on the subject of nuclear energy. Commoner derides the lack of attention paid to the relationship between ecosystems and economic systems. Solutions are given in the following part of the address, not here included. Stapled wrappers: foxing to cover, rust to staples; near fine. No copies in OCLC. [#036236] $250
click for a larger image of item #36237, Where the Crawdads Sing NY, Putnam's, (2018). The advance reading copy of one of the best-selling books of all time (i.e. selling somewhat less than Dune but more than Goodnight, Moon). This was Owens' first book of fiction and her first solely-authored book, after several written with her husband, one of which, Cry of the Kalahari, won the John Burroughs Medal. Where the Crawdads Sing was made into a film that was produced by Reese Witherspoon, who also selected the book for her book club. Fine in self-wrappers. Uncommon in the first printing, and even more so in an advance issue. [#036237] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36238, Stories of the Seven-Headed Sewing Machine (Sylva), New Native Press, 1992. The first U.S. edition of the Hungarian performance artist's book of prose poems. This is Copy No. 177 of 300 copies signed by the translator, Emoke Z. B'Racz, herself a poet (and bookseller: founder of Asheville's Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe). Slight lower corner curl; near fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#036238] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #36239, The Dice Man NY, Morrow, 1971. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this novel about "dicing" or "dice living" (living life according to the roll of the die). Rhinehart is Cockcroft's pen name, and also the name of the main character in the book, leading to ambiguity as to whether it was fiction or not when it was first published. Such ambiguity did not help its early sales, but over time the book has become a cult classic, selling over two million copies and positing the idea that substituting a throw of the dice for the normal criteria for decision-making contains a germ of wisdom about living life. Creasing to the faded spine from binder's glue; corner crease rear cover; near fine in wrappers. An uncommon proof. [#036239] $250
click for a larger image of item #36240, When I Was a Child I Read Books NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2012). Two advance states of this collection of essays by the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. The first item is an advance reading copy, signed by the author, with an announcement for a 2014 reading by Robinson laid in, which is presumably where the signature was obtained. The second item is also an advance copy, with the U.S. publishing information, but it is tapebound with an acetate cover and carries the cover image of the U.K. edition published by Virago, also in 2012. Other differences: the U.S. edition states "Dedication TK [to come]"; the "U.K." edition has the dedication. The U.S. edition has an Introduction; the U.K. edition has a Preface. The latter edition also bears several instances of typeset copyeditor notations in the margins, all preceded by "AU," meaning author. At least one of the changes ("for" replacing "of") was made in the published version. Both copies are fine. Uncommon advance issues -- works-in-progress -- for one of the most acclaimed U.S. authors of recent decades, whom President Barack Obama interviewed shortly after his election, reversing the usual relationship between writer and politician by doing so. [#036240] $400
click for a larger image of item #36241, Kafka (NY), (Push Pin Studios), (1974). Issued as Push Pin Graphic 59. Roth, on Kafka, with illustrations by Milton Glaser. 9" x 12"; 12 unnumbered pages; near fine in stapled wrappers. The first separate edition of this story, which had appeared in American Review 17 in 1973, without the Milton Glaser illustrations. Glaser was one of the principals of the Push Pin Studio and press. No copies in OCLC. [#036241] $350
click for a larger image of item #36242, Sage with Rainbow Poster (n.p.), (n.p.), ca. 1969. Vintage Peter Max poster, 30" x 21", with the heavens and earth, angels, a rainbow, and an enlightenment vibe. Undated but includes a photo of Earth that was taken by the Apollo 8 crew in December 1968. Previously folded in 8ths, with extremely fragile folds and small tears at several junctions. A very good copy. Will ship flat: domestic shipping only. [#036242] $300
(Tony Award)
click for a larger image of item #36243, Fun Home Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2006. The graphic memoir by the creator of the 25-year comic Dykes to Watch Out For and the inventor of the Bechdel Test for fiction and film (i.e. does the work feature at least two female characters who at some point have a conversation about something other than a man?). The Broadway show based on Fun Home won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Fine in a fine dust jacket, and signed by the author. Uncommon signed, and in the first printing. [#036243] SOLD
(Tony Award)
click for a larger image of item #36244, The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical (NY), HarperCollins/Newmarket, (2012). A heavily illustrated documentation of the creation of the award-winning musical, which has been running on Broadway since 2011 and has won nine Tony Awards (including best musical) and a Grammy Award. Signed by Trey Parker and, apparently also by Matt Stone, albeit illegibly. Parker and Stone are also the Emmy-winning creators of South Park. Quarto: light corner bumps, else a fine copy, in a very near fine dust jacket with a small tear at the upper outer corner. [#036244] $350
(Whole Earth Catalog)
click for a larger image of item #36245, The CoEvolution Quarterly (Sausalito), (Point), 1974-1975. The first eight issues of this descendant of the Whole Earth Catalog and precursor to the Whole Earth Review. There were 43 issues in total (1974-1984); these 8 run from Spring 1974 to Winter 1975. All 1975 issues and Summer 1974 are perfectbound; the other three are in stapled wrappers. The first issue in particular has some edge wear; the lot is very good or better. The early issues of this quarterly are quite scarce, particularly those with stapled bindings. A run such as this would be hard to assemble today. [#036245] SOLD
(Whole Earth Catalog)
click for a larger image of item #36246, Whole Earth Review (Sausalito), (Point), 1985-1995. 41 issues: Nos. 45-88, missing Nos. 77, 78, 80. Note that Whole Earth Review began with No. 44 (following CoEvolution Quarterly 43 and merging with Whole Earth Software Review) and continued through No. 110 in 2002. So again, offered here are 41 issues of 67 total issues, but complete but for 4 issues, up to No. 88. Mailing label to most issues; very light overall wear: the lot is near fine. [#036246] $850
click for a larger image of item #36247, How High the Bounty Portland, SalMagundi Enterprises, (1982). An apparently self-published autobiography of a woman who married at 16 to a man twice her age and moved, in 1915, to one of five homesteads allotted by the U.S. Forest Service on the Illahee plateau in Oregon's Umpqua National Forest, 37 trail miles to the nearest road. Inscribed by both authors in the year of publication. Only issued in wrappers; rubbed; very good. [#036247] $350
click for a larger image of item #36207, Thoreau Kentfield, Upstairs Press, 1977. Copy No. 89 of 100 copies printed. This is the first separate appearance of this piece, which appeared 60 years prior in The Times Literary Supplement, and was published here to honor the 160th anniversary of Thoreau's birth. Says Woolf, "Few people, it is safe to say, take such an interest in themselves as Thoreau took in himself..." yet she also observes that "...the independent man who professed to care so little for his fellows was possessed with an intense desire to communicate with them..." An interesting 15 pages by a writer who herself was no stranger to the allure of solitude. 23 copies appear in OCLC. A facsimile of this edition was created by Favil Press in 2001, and the essay has been reprinted as an introduction to other works -- notably Walden -- multiple times. Modest creasing to the yapped edges; near fine in wrappers. [#036207] $400
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