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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 #24903, The Headmaster NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1966). McPhee's second book, a portrait of Frank L. Boyden, the longtime Headmaster of Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, where McPhee was a student during Boyden's tenure. Second printing. Inscribed by McPhee to the collector Arthur Rippey, "with warm regards." Rippey's bookplate front pastedown. Offsetting to front flyleaf; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#024903] $95
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (2017). The advance reading copy of this collection of essays on writing, specifically on writing long-form nonfiction. McPhee practically single-handedly invented the genre of Creative or Literary Nonfiction in the 1960s, with his profiles and other long pieces written for The New Yorker. Since then he has, in addition to writing, taught a course in writing at Princeton, and been a mentor to several generations of young writers. His own writing both illuminates the subjects he takes on, and also expands the range of journalism and reporting by virtue of his approach to his subject. A bit crunched at the spine; very good in wrappers. [#033599] $50
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1990). A long piece on the Merchant Marine which, like most of his writings, first appeared in The New Yorker. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#028125] $20
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
NY, Viking Press, (1972). Photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Very Good in Good (edge-worn, closed tears, chipped) DJ. [#706604] $20
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