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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1970). McPhee's seventh book, in which he returns to the land of the Scottish clan from which he is descended. Gift inscription on the verso of the half title; else fine in a near fine, mildly spine-faded, price-clipped dust jacket. [#028114] $20
NY, Ballantine, (1975). The first Ballantine paperback edition. A lengthy profile of Theodore Taylor, a nuclear physicist who spent years working on an eventually-aborted project to develop a spaceship powered by exploding atomic bombs. In later years he became an expert in preventing the "diversion" of nuclear materials to help limit nuclear proliferation. McPhee's explication of the concepts of nuclear physics necessary to tell this story is remarkable. Tiny bump at mid spine; still fine. [#020850] $20
NY, Ballantine, (1976). The first Ballantine paperback edition. A nonfiction account of a serious, but flawed, attempt to create a new kind of aircraft -- a combination airplane and lighter-than-air airship. An intriguing subject elucidated by McPhee's crystal-clear prose. Fine. [#020848] $20