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click for a larger image of item #28107, The Catcher in the Rye Boston, Little, Brown, 1951. Salinger's classic first book, a coming-of-age novel that has influenced successive generations of young people with its adolescent hero's rejection of the "phoniness" of the adult world around him combined with the authenticity of his voice. Salinger's book retains the freshness it had when first published, and it stands as one of the great fictional accomplishments of 20th century American literature, included on every list of the 100 best novels of the century, and listed as number 2 on the Radcliffe list and number 6 on the Waterstone's list. Minor foxing to top and bottom edges of text block; offsetting to hinges from binder's glue; a very near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with offsetting to the front flap, tanning to the spine, slight rubbing to the spine folds and light wear to the crown. A very nice copy with distinguished provenance: it was a gift from publisher Alfred A. Knopf to a young writer who was interviewing him for a biography, and who later went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in the 1980s. Letter of provenance available. [#028107] $12,000
click for a larger image of item #914680, "The Hang of It" in The Kit Book for Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Chicago, Consolidated Book Publishers, (1942). Salinger's first book appearance, this being the first issue (1942), the state without the head and toe bands. Rubbing to covers; near fine in a near fine, lightly faded mailing box, (printed in red, black and orange rather than the later red, white and blue), which has a revised page count stamped over the original page count. The "2" in the copyright date, which in our experience is always battered, is more clearly visible in this copy than in most other copies of the first issue that we have seen. [#914680] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #25616, Indians and Other Americans NY, Harper & Brothers, (1959). A history of relations between Indians and white Americans. Inscribed by Helen Peterson and Helen Maynor. Peterson, an Oglala Sioux, was, from 1954 to 1962, Director of the National Congress of the American Indian, a lobbying organization formed by tribal leaders. Maynor, a Lumbee, has been active in Indian affairs throughout her life, serving as Director of the Office of Indian Affairs of the Department of Education, among many other posts. A fine copy in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket with a few edge nicks. An excellent association copy. [#025616] $300
click for a larger image of item #24185, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction Boston, Little Brown, (1963). Salinger's fourth and last book, two long stories of the Glass family. This is the third issue, with the dedication page tipped in after the title page. Spotting to top edge; boards mildly sunned and splayed; very good in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with a little wear to the spine. [#024185] $250
click for a larger image of item #32407, Peter Matthiessen: A Bibliography: 1951-1979 Canoga Park, Orirana Press, (1979). A bibliography of Matthiessen's writings, covering the first 28 years of his writing career. One of 2000 copies. This copy is from the library of Peter Matthiessen, with Matthiessen's ownership signature on the front flyleaf. Near fine, with addendum slip laid in. [#032407] $150
Athens, University of Georgia Press, (1982). One of the first books to look at the literature of the Vietnam war. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "with best wishes," in 1984. Stone's novel Dog Soldiers receives about a half dozen pages of text in the book. A fine copy in a good, dampstained and edgeworn dust jacket. [#033694] $75
NY, Knopf, 1982. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone and his wife, in 1992: "Here's to the Great San Juan Expedition -- and wishing you all the best." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033733] $55
Boston, Little Brown, (1995). Two advance copies of his first book: both the uncorrected proof copy in gray wrappers and the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers. It appears that this is one of those rare case where the advance reading copy precedes the proof, as the text in the ARC is shot from typescript; whereas the proof is typeset. The proof is fine, with the publication date changed by hand on the front cover; the advance reading copy is also fine. [#916043] $50
NY, Knopf, 2006. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916044] $45
(Easthampton), Adastra, (1981). One of 325 copies, attractively printed letterpress on Strathmore paper. A bit of separation between the front cover and the front pastedown, else fine in wrappers. [#028627] $40
click for a larger image of item #10351, The Samisdat Poems of W.D. Ehrhart Richford, Samisdat, 1980. An omnibus volume collecting the poems in his three earlier Samisdat pamphlets, along with new poems. Fine in wrappers. [#010351] $40
(NY), Basic Books, (1992). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#917032] $40
NY, Vintage Books, (2007). The first Vintage Contemporaries edition. Signed by the author. Unmarked, but from the library of Robert Stone. Fine in wrappers. [#033716] $35
Richford, Samisdat, 1980. An omnibus volume collecting the poems in his three earlier Samisdat pamphlets, along with new poems. Near fine in wrappers. [#010352] $25
click for a larger image of item #22271, The Bonus of Redonda London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1967). A novel set in the Caribbean island of Nevis. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a very good dust jacket with several internally tape-strengthened edge tears. [#022271] $20
click for a larger image of item #9843, Friendly Fire NY, Putnam, (1976). An advance review copy of this nonfiction work, which was made into a television miniseries. Friendly Fire chronicles the radicalization of a patriotic Midwestern family after their son is killed by "friendly" (i.e., U.S.) fire and they try to get the details from a balky government seemingly more interested in protecting those responsible, but still living, than in honoring the dead. An important book, which chronicles the process by which opposition to the war filtered from the "radical fringes" of society into the middle class mainstream. Spine heavily cocked; otherwise near fine in a near fine dust jacket with one open edge tear at the base of the spine. [#009843] $20
NY, Warner, 2001. Advance Reading Copy. Very Good in wrappers. [#700778] $20
NY, Henry Holt, 1999. Advance Reading Copy. Very Good in wrappers. [#700779] $20
NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#706687] $20
NY, HarperCollins, 1993. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#701033] $20
Lewiston, ID, Confluence, 1987. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#701091] $20
NY, Bantam Books, (1984). Advance Uncorrected Manuscript. Very Good in wrappers. [#705082] $20
NY, Columbia University Press, 1986. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. [#705503] $20
NY, Pantheon Books, 1996. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#701525] $20
NY, Delacorte Press, 1992. Advance Reading Copy. Very Good in wrappers. [#708807] $20
Boston, Little, Brown, 1997. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#701323] $20
NY, Walker & Co., (1994). Very Good in Very Good DJ. [#704699] $20
(Salisbury, South Australia), (Self-Published), (1992). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with prospectus laid in. [#030656] $20
Long Island, Backstreet, (1982). Copy No. 100 of 526 numbered copies of this collection of poems by Ehrhart, Jeptha Evans, and Kraft Rompf. Text block threatening to separate from covers due to drying of glue; near fine in wrappers. [#028628] $20
click for a larger image of item #9917, Marking Time (NY), Avon, (1986). Paperback original, a memoir. The title of this volume was changed shortly after publication, we are told, making this edition scarce. Very near fine in wrappers. [#009917] $20
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