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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 #32927, Oregana [Eugene], University of Oregon, 1954-57. Four volumes: Kesey's college yearbooks for his four years at the University of Oregon, where he would later teach a graduate writing course, and where his archive resides. In Oregana '54, Kesey is pictured as a member of Stizer Hall, as a member of the freshman wrestling team, and at the WRA Festival. Rubbing to the edges; very good. Oregana '55 pictures Kesey as a member of Skull and Dagger, in the shadows of a stage production, and as a member of Beta Theta Pi. Some foxing and mustiness; very good. In Oregana '56, Kesey is pictured as a member of the Druids (an organization of the most outstanding men in the junior class); a member of the Order of the O (charged with enforcing campus traditions); a columnist for the Oregon Daily Emerald; a cast member of Macbeth; a member of Beta Theta Pi (a mark on this page reverses the names of two rows of men); and a member of the wrestling team. Minor foxing to covers; near fine. Lastly, his senior yearbook (Oregana '57), shows Kesey as a member of the wrestling team and as a narrator in a "Vodvil" skit. It's uncommon to encounter a complete set of these yearbooks; we've had such a set only once before. A few stains to rear endpages, some rubbing to covers; overall very good. [#032927] $1,750
click for a larger image of item #28935, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest NY, HBO/Cannon Video, (n.d). The 1975 Academy Award-winning movie based on Kesey's novel, in VHS format. Signed by Kesey on the case, over the picture of Jack Nicholson, who himself won an Academy Award for the lead role. The placement of the signature may have been a statement on Kesey's part: he was known to have strongly opposed the casting of Nicholson as McMurphy (thinking a more physically imposing actor, such as Gene Hackman, would have been more appropriate), and he reportedly considered having his own name taken off the movie in protest. Kesey's son, Zane, said that this was the only copy of the movie he had ever heard of being signed by his father, because of how thoroughly unhappy he was with the film. Fine in a very good, rubbed case, with a small sticker removal abrasion. [#028935] $750
click for a larger image of item #31419, Oregon Trail 1975-2000 Eugene, Bend in the River Council, (1974). An ambitious project conceived by Kesey (as Co-Director) and others to form a Council to address the major problems facing Oregon (and by extension, the U.S.) in a manner which would expose the issues to the public at large and allow for public input. This is a press kit cum prospectus for the council, including numerous separate pieces, e.g. a copy of a letter to Kesey from the Governor, lauding the project; a two-page set of proposals for the creation of the council and its structure and agenda; two issues of The Bend in the River Reality, a broadsheet newspaper, to which Ken Kesey and Ken Babbs, among others, contribute to Issue 1, the "Special Armory Issue," and the same contributions appear in Issue Number 2, the "Special Coast Issue"; there are two magazine-format issues of The BITR Papers, with different color covers and variant content, some of which overlaps with other items in the lot. The intent of the project was to create an educated, informed "Enlightened Constituency" that would "influence not only the state's politicians, the populace and the industry, but the future course of her sister states as well, and thus help steer this nation through the uncharted waters before us." While it may not be attributable to this particular effort, Oregon has become something of a bellwether for the rest of the region and for the country as a whole; one way or another, the project has in many ways largely come to fruition. All housed in a Bend in the River Council folder. Edge-sunned and musty; very good. Rare. [#031419] $565
click for a larger image of item #31417, Sometimes a Great Notion Universal City, Universal Studios, 1970. Gay's screenplay based on Kesey's second novel, after One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but his first novel to be brought to the screen. The novel concerns the Stamper family, an independent, sometimes ornery group of Oregon loggers. The film was directed by Paul Newman and starred Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick, and it has fallen into undeserved obscurity: it was nominated for two Academy Awards and many consider it one of the last great performances of Fonda's career. This is labeled "Second Draft Screenplay," dated by hand February 10, 1970, with the name of legendary Hollywood editor Dede Allen written on the front cover (Allen is not credited on the film). Bradbound in studio wrappers; a bit dusty, but near fine. [#031417] $490
click for a larger image of item #34840, Sailor Song (n.p.), Viking, (1992). The advance reading copy of Kesey's third novel, brightly inscribed by Kesey to Keith Abbott: "Write on!!!" Abbott was the faculty liaison for Kesey at Naropa in July 1994, when Kesey and his cast gave a performance of Kesey's play "Twister" at the Boulder Theater as part of a tribute to Allen Ginsberg that was organized by the university. Abbott's lecture “Twisting in the Wind: A Memoir of Ken Kesey at Naropa University 1994” was later presented at a Western Literature Association conference, in 2008. Abbott is also a poet, and he wrote a well-received memoir of Richard Brautigan. Fine in wrappers. [#034840] $375
click for a larger image of item #33742, Spit in the Ocean #6 Pleasant Hill, SITO, 1981. The sixth issue of Ken Kesey's psychedelic/literary magazine, this being "The Cassady Issue." Edited by Ken Babbs, and with input from Kesey, William Burroughs, Larry McMurtry, Jerry Garcia, John Clellon Holmes and others. This copy is inscribed by Babbs to Robert Stone and his wife. Laid in is a typed letter signed from Babbs to Stone, congratulating Stone on his book (likely A Flag for Sunrise), suggesting a joint reading with Kesey and himself, and saying Kesey had had to pay for the printing of this issue of SITO. Also laid in is a prospectus for an audio cassette "sampler" of recordings of Neal Cassady, produced by Ken Babbs from the Prankster Archives. The prospectus has Babbs' writing on it, identifying it as a cassette and highlighting the ordering information. The letter and prospectus are folded in half, with a bit of the upper right corner torn away; the issue is near fine in wrappers. [#033742] $375
NY, Time Out New York, 2001. An article on Gary Sinise, who played McMurphy in Dale Wasserman's stage revival of Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This copy of the magazine is signed by Sinise and by Terry Kinney, who directed the play. Together with a display card for the play, also signed by Sinise and Kinney. Both items fine. [#027227] $115
(Prague), Odeon, (1979). A Czech edition. A little edge-toning; near fine in a very good, rubbed dust jacket with light edge creasing. [#023513] $40
(Oslo), Oversettelse av Olav Angell, (1983). A Norwegian edition. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#023512] $40
NY, Viking Press, (1987). Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#703928] $20
[Turkey], Altin Kitaplar, 1976. A Turkish edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Name (?) front flyleaf; acidic paper darkening with a few pages creased in the upper margin; still near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#029110] $20
(Stockholm), (Almqvist & Wiksell), (1973). A Swedish edition. Rubbing to spine folds; near fine in wrappers. [#023506] $20
NY, Viking, 1986. A promotional flyer for an evening with Kesey, who was on tour with "The Thunder Machine Band" promoting his book Demon Box. Contains three previously unpublished and still-uncollected Kesey poems. A single sheet, folded to make four pages. Fine. [#011915] $20
NY, Charterhouse, (1973). Includes statement by Ken Kesey. Very Good in Poor (edge-worn, closed tears) DJ. [#705412] $20
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