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click for a larger image of item #25153, I Was an Adventuress Los Angeles, 20th Century Fox, 1940. The revised shooting final screenplay, dated December 15, 1939, although with 24 pages of colored inserts dating from January and February, 1940. Machine stamped "copy #1," belonging to the producer Darryl F. Zanuck. This was one of the two screenplays that O'Hara worked on from September to December 1939 and shared screenplay credits for, in this case with Karl Tunberg and Don Ettlinger. The movie was produced by Zanuck, and starred Vera Zorina, Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre. Quarto; mimeographed pages with blue revision sheets inserted. Near fine in printed studio wrappers. Rare. [#025153] $2,000
(Children's Literature)
click for a larger image of item #33649, The Kewpies and the Runaway Baby Garden City, Doubleday Doran, 1928. Inscribed by the author at Christmas in the year of publication: "To Somebody the Kewpies love/ from all the band, including Dr. Goldwater and Rose O'Neill." Creator of the Kewpie comic strip, and the inventor of the Kewpie doll, O'Neill was also the first published female cartoonist in the U.S. and active in the women's suffrage movement. Small (original) price stamp rear flyleaf, slight play in text block, and light crown wear; a very good copy in a good, edge-chipped dust jacket with some tearing at mid-spine. With a letter of provenance from a descendant of Dr. Goldwater. Uncommon signed and in dust jacket. [#033649] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #16359, Pipe Night NY, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1945). An uncommon book by the author of Butterfield 8 and Appointment in Samarra, among others. Inscribed by the author to WEAF radio personality Mary Margaret McBride in the year of publication: "To Mary Margaret/ and how are your/ taste-buds?/ Sincerely/ John O'Hara/ WEAF/ 20 March 1945." Books inscribed by O'Hara are uncommon, although later in his career he did a number of signed limited editions. A fragile book, cheaply produced under wartime conditions, this is a very attractive copy. Some spotting to rear board and fading to spine cloth; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of small, internally tape-mended edge tears. [#016359] $1,250
click for a larger image of item #29528, Joseph Conrad and Charles Darwin Edinburgh, Salamander Press, (1984). His first book, a work of criticism that focuses on "the influence of scientific thought on Conrad's fiction," and is an outgrowth of his thesis "Changing Scientific Concepts of Nature in the English Novel, 1850-1920." Inscribed by the author: "To ___, who is loved by all the girls in the office, with a big hug from Redmond. October, 1997." Recipient's name front flyleaf; fine in a near fine dust jacket with wear at the spine extremities. A nice inscription in an uncommon first book. [#029528] $265
NY, Broadway Books, (1998). The uncorrected proof copy, in white wrappers. Much scarcer than the advance reading copy in pictorial wrappers. Signed by the author in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. [#911810] $175
Franklin Center, Franklin Library, 1998. The Franklin Library edition. A leatherbound limited edition, with an introduction written especially for this edition that keeps us from calling this title a departure for O'Brien: "Though I am known as a 'Vietnam writer' -- whatever that may be -- I have always pegged myself more as a 'love writer,' and in that regard Tomcat in Love is no departure at all." Signed by the author. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#911811] $150
click for a larger image of item #34469, Old Morals, Small Continents, Darker Times Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, (1971). His first book, warmly inscribed by O'Connor, over a full page, to Andy and Carol, hoping that a more substantial friendship can come from Andy's visit and reading. Dated May 24, 1974. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Winner of the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction, 1971. [#034469] $125
click for a larger image of item #19570, Going After Cacciato The first Japanese edition, issued in two volumes, each fine in fine dust jacket with publisher's wraparound band torn and laid in to Volume II. Signed by the author. [#019570] $115
NY, Doubleday, (1994). The advance reading copy of his second book, first novel. Winner of the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel. Inscribed by the author: "For ___, this cold, cold book. Stay warm!" Fine in wrappers. [#030018] $115
Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, (1987). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916622] $100
NY, Doubleday, (1994). His second book, first novel. Winner of the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911822] $100
Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, (1993). His first book, a collection of short stories that won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which was selected that year by Tobias Wolff. Three years later Wolff was one of the judges for Granta magazine in selecting the "20 Best Young American Authors" and O'Nan was among those selected. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911821] $80
(NY), Scribner, (2004). The two writers' account of the Boston Red Sox championship season of 2004. King and O'Nan, both longtime and long-suffering Red Sox fans, decided at the beginning of the season to collaborate on a book about the Red Sox season. As VIP fans, the two had more access to the players than usual, and their account is lively and engaging; that the Sox broke an 86 year-long "curse" to win the World Series that year couldn't have been better scripted. Signed by O'Nan. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915454] $70
(n.p.), Barnes & Noble, 2000. A broadside excerpt from Wild Decembers. On of 300 numbered copies signed by the author. 12-3/4" x 18-1/2". Fine. [#911792] $60
click for a larger image of item #19580, A Propos de Courage [The Things They Carried] Paris, Plon, (1992). A later French edition -- 1993, the year the title won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the French award for the best foreign book of the year. Fine in wrappers and signed by the author. [#019580] $60
click for a larger image of item #19572, Pesoatomico 238 [The Nuclear Age] (Milan), A Vallardi, (1987). The first Italian edition of The Nuclear Age. Signed by the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with outwardly imperceptible dampstaining. [#019572] $60
NY, Knopf, 1985. O'Brien's fourth novel, about a man compelled to dig a bomb shelter in his back yard to protect his family even if it means losing them in the process. Signed by the author with the added phrase from the book, in quotes: "It's love I want. Worship." Remainder stripe; else fine in a near fine, spine-faded dust jacket. [#025152] $60
The first Japanese edition. Fine in wrappers, with publisher's wraparound band. Signed by the author. [#019574] $60
(Los Angeles), (n.p.), (1940). A novel, co-written by a Chippewa author, that attempts to "depict the life of the Chippewa Indian of many years ago." The preface goes on to say that, "although the story itself is fictional, some of its incidents are actual happenings." Signed by both authors. Bookplate front pastedown; small hole front flyleaf; thin cracking to joint; still a near fine copy, without dust jacket. [#025406] $45
(London), Flamingo, (2002). The uncorrected proof copy of the British edition. Fine in wrappers. [#911820] $45
NY, Doubleday, (1997). The limited edition. A novel, originally to have been called "Dear Stephen King." One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author on a tipped-in leaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911826] $45
click for a larger image of item #25407, The Mother You Gave Me (Los Angeles), (n.p.), (1940). A novel, co-written by a Chippewa author, that attempts to "depict the life of the Chippewa Indian of many years ago." The preface goes on to say that, "although the story itself is fictional, some of its incidents are actual happenings." Signed by both authors. Small label partially removed from front flyleaf; splaying to boards; thin cracking to joint and a bit of insect nibbling to front board edge. [#025407] $40
(Anthology)
London/NY, Granta Publications, 2003. This copy is signed by contributors Susan Elderkin and Andrew O'Hagan. Fine in wrappers. [#913522] $40
NY, Norton, (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this nonfiction overview of life in the 18th century British navy, intended in part as a companion volume to his Aubrey/Maturin series. Small thin quarto, heavily illustrated (although the proof reproductions are of poor quality). One slight corner crease; else fine in wrappers. [#014909] $40
(NY), Dell, (1976). First printing of the Dell paperback edition. Signed by the author. Tiny corner chip to rear cover; slight wear; near fine in wrappers. [#911794] $40
NY, Doubleday, (1997). The advance reading copy. A novel, originally to have been called "Dear Stephen King." Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911827] $40
(London), Profile Books, (2001). Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914243] $35
NY, Knopf, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy of his fourth novel, about a man compelled to dig a bomb shelter in his back yard to protect his family even if it means losing them in the process. Paperclip mark inside front cover; publicity material laid in that was previously stapled to front cover; near fine in wrappers. [#020469] $30
NY, Henry Holt, (1999). The advance reading copy. Fine in wrappers. [#911832] $30
NY, Pantheon, 1982. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Very Good in wrappers. [#700405] $20
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