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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 #29953, Four Poems (Rat Jelly) 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
click for a larger image of item #33524, "He was seeing all the fibres of natural history around him." (n.p.), Midnight Paper Sales/Fox Run Press, 2004. An excerpt from Ondaatje's novel Anil's Ghost, printed in an edition of 200 copies as a benefit for Sri Lankan tsunami victims. "Arranged" by Ondaatje, Schanilec and See from Ondaatje's text and an image inspired by a drawing by Anicka Schanilec. Signed by Ondaatje, Schanilec, and See. One sheet folded to make four pages. 7" x 3-1/2". Fine. An elegant and uncommon item. [#033524] $300
click for a larger image of item #911847, In the Skin of a Lion (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
(NY), (Knopf), (2002). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by Ondaatje. Fine in wrappers. [#911863] $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
(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] $19
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