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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

click for a larger image of item #33922, Jesus' Son NY, Farrar Straus, (1992). The uncorrected proof copy of Johnson's collection of linked stories exploring addiction; this copy was used by James McManus for his review in the New York Times and bears extensive markings and comments. Among other things, McManus wrote: "has the rhythm of a poem/ more than even a novel/ much more than that of a short story collection." Johnson won the National Book Award for his massive Vietnam novel, Tree of Smoke, but it is this title that is widely considered his most powerful and emblematic. Near fine in wrappers. [#033922] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #29391, The Man Among the Seals Iowa City, Stone Wall Press, (1969). Johnson's first book, a poetry collection published in an edition of 260 copies. Although not issued as a signed limited edition, this copy is signed by Johnson (using two pens, apparently the first one was failing). Label removal abrasions to front endpages and sticker removal mark on front cover. Sunning to the edges and spine; a very good copy, without dust jacket, as issued. Laid in is an announcement for a 2008 reading by Johnson and others, presumably the event where the signature was obtained. A scarce first book -- preceding his second by over a decade -- by a writer best known these days for his fiction, winning the National Book Award for his 2007 novel Tree of Smoke. [#029391] $650