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NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1965). The first book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a profile of former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley done at the time when Bradley was a Princeton basketball player and Rhodes scholar. A portion of this book first appeared as a "Profile" in The New Yorker, where McPhee's prose in the 1960s and 1970s helped elevate nonfiction writing to the realm of literary art. Owner name and date (1965) front flyleaf; near fine in a very good, spine-faded dust jacket with a small chip threatening at the upper front edge. Signed by the author on the title page. [#024901] $750
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1975). Second printing of this collection of short pieces. Inscribed by the author at Christmas, 1983, on behalf of a friend and "running mate" of McPhee's. Fine in a fine dust jacket and, because of its perfectbound construction, uncommon in this condition. [#026323] $150
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1986). The third of McPhee's geology books, later incorporated into the compendium of his geological writings, published as Annals of the Former World, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Signed by the author on the half-title page. Mild foxing, near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with trace shelf wear. [#032662] $150
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. Small crease to the front cover near the lower spine; else fine in wrappers. An uncommon advance copy. [#033185] $125
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] $125
(n.p.), (Farrar Straus Giroux), (n.d.)[1968]. Printer's sample pages. One 10-3/4" x 8" sheet, printed on both sides to make four pages, with the text of pp. 99-101 on three of them and the detailed specifications on type and setup on the fourth. Fine. Uncommon production materials for an early McPhee book from the 1960s. [#013294] $80
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. Owner name to front flyleaf; else fine in a near fine dust jacket with creases to the lamination. [#028113] $25
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] $25
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. Trace foxing to page edges; light corner taps; near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#024916] $25
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, 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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