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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

1969. The photocopied typescript of four poems by Ondaatje that would be collected four years later in Rat Jelly. Given by Ondaatje to Greg Gatenby (later the director of Toronto's annual International Festival of Authors) in 1969 when Gatenby was Ondaatje's student. Includes "Rat Jelly," "Burning Hills" (2 pages), "Near Elginburg," and "Sullivan and the Iguana." All correspond to the versions published in 1973 except for one extra line in this earlier version of "Sullivan and the Iguana." One tiny hand-correction reproduced in "Burning Hills." Pages are folded once; some spotting to pages, mostly on versos, not affecting text. Near fine. Manuscript material from this early in Ondaatje's career is practically unknown in the market, and this group comes with impeccable provenance, only one step removed from the author. [#029953] $1,500
(Toronto), (Coach House), (1969). An early collection of poetry, limited to 300 numbered copies, of which the first 50 copies were signed by the author. This is copy No. 8. One minute corner tap, else fine in a near fine, mildly spine and edge sunned dust jacket with a faint patch of foxing on the front panel. [#911239] $1,500
(Toronto), (Coach House), (1967). His first book, a volume of poetry. One of 500 numbered copies. This copy is inscribed by Ondaatje, "with best wishes," in 1968. Ripple to rear pastedown, else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a bit of creasing to the upper edge. [#911106] $1,000
(n.p.), McClelland & Stewart, 1988. A broadside poem from Ondaatje's collection Handwriting. 9-1/2" x 13". One of an unknown number of copies issued by the press in conjunction with the publication of that collection. Signed by the author. Shallow lower corner crease and tiny edge tear; near fine. A broadside with the same poem, but with textual variations, was issued by Fox Run Press in 2004. [#911848] $325
(Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (1987). A highly praised novel set in the aftermath of World War I. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a vertical crease to the rear panel. [#911847] $200
(Toronto), McClelland and Stewart, (1967). Ondaatje's copy of this paperback anthology. Signed: "Michael and Kim Ondaatje/ London, August '67." Laid in is a manuscript fragment in Ondaatje's hand (likely used as a bookmark), which reads: "cf. [compare] [Robert] Frost and [Archibald] Lampman as Nature Poets -- show (in [words torn here] etc, Woodcutter's Hut [a Lampman poem]." The anthology is spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. The fragment is edge-sunned and unevenly torn, about four square inches. An early (legible) Ondaatje signature, from the same year The Dainty Monsters, his first book, was published. [#027699] $200
Toronto, Contact Press, (1966). Ondaatje's first book appearance: fourteen poems in this anthology of Canadian poetry edited by Raymond Souster. Issued in wrappers in an edition of 736 copies. Signed by Ondaatje and Souster. Quarto. Acidic pages darkening; near fine. [#911838] $175
(n.p.), (Fox Run Press), (2004). The uncorrected proof copy, which varies not in text but in design from the final version. 3-1/4" x 11-1/2". Signed by the author. Fine. [#911867] $175
NY, Norton, (1974). The first American edition of this book that was originally published in Canada in 1970. Winner of Canada's Governor General's Award. Signed by the author. Top board edges sunned, erasure front flyleaf, several ink notes in text, thus very good in a near fine dust jacket corner clipped (not price-clipped) on the lower front flap and with several short, closed edge tears. [#028504] $125
NY, Knopf, 1992. The uncorrected proof copy of the American edition of his Booker Prize-winning novel, the basis for an award winning film. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911852] $125
(NY), (Knopf), (2002). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by Ondaatje. Fine in wrappers. [#911863] $100
(Toronto), House of Anansi Press, (2005). The first trade edition. A poem from Ondaatje's collection Handwriting. Signed by Ondaatje. Fine, with a vertical wraparound band on the rear cover. [#911868] $100
NY, Knopf, 2000. The uncorrected proof copy of the American edition. Signed by the author. This is the second state, which is smaller than the first state, approximately 5-5/8" x 8-3/8" and, among other format changes, has the cover art bound in. Fine in wrappers. [#911859] $70
NY, Knopf, 1992. An advance reading excerpt of the first American edition. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. Slipcased together with advance excerpts from Julian Barnes' The Porcupine, Michael Doane's City of Light, and Kathryn Kramer's Rattlesnake Farmer. [#911853] $70
(Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (2000). First edition, with single copyright page. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Together with photocopies of reviews of the novel in Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire, also a conversation printed in Globe and Mail between Ondaatje and filmmaker Atom Egoyan. [#911860] $40
(London), Picador/Pan, (1989). The first publication of this collection, printing poems from three of his earlier books. Only issued in wrappers. Age-toning to page edges, small corner crease front cover; near fine. [#028505] $40
(London, ON), Brick Books, (1993). The third printing of the 1991 bilingual (English/French) edition. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911855] $30
NY, Viking Press, (1990). Very Good in Very Good DJ. Corner bumps. [#707932] $20
NY, Hyperion/Miramax, (1996). The Minghella screenplay for the film based on Ondaatje's novel. With an introduction by Michael Ondaatje. Illustrated with photos from the movie. Fine in wrappers. [#913390] $20
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