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click for a larger image of item #2192, Three Chromolithograph Prints Undated nineteenth century prints of Indian scenes from the Pacific Northwest, each measuring approx. 6-1/2" x 9" and mounted in 12" x 14" mats. The first is a portrait of a "Mahlemute Man and Woman" in traditional dress standing at a riverside camp, with salmon being dried and smoked in the background. The second depicts a "Beluga Hunter and Dwellings - Lower Kuskokvim, Alaska," with the hunter, dressed for kayaking, and his wife standing at water's edge, ready to launch the kayak. The third depicts two Indian men, a "Thlinkit [sic] and Man From Copper River," showing the different traditional dress of the two, with the Tlingit carrying a rifle and the Copper River man a bow and arrows. An interesting glimpse at an early view of the various native tribes of that region. All three are slightly age-darkened, else fine. [#002192] $115
click for a larger image of item #29753, 1997 International Festival of Authors Promotional Poster 1997. Promotional poster for the annual Toronto literary festival, which each year since 1980 brought together the best writers of contemporary world literature. The poster was designed by a leading artist of the day and is one of only a handful of copies signed by all or most of the year's participants. From the collection of the promoter of the festival himself, Greg Gatenby. Designed by Richard Artschwager. Approximately 54 signatures. Signed by: Robert Stone, Barry Lopez, Richard Ford, Michael Ondaatje, Anne Michaels, Colm Toibin, Bharati Mukherjee, Jamaica Kincaid, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Michael Turner, Jane Urquhart, Mavis Gallant, Ann Beattie, Nino Ricci, James Reaney, and others. 17" x 23". [#029753] $1,000
London, Hamish Hamilton, (1991). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913532] $100
NY, Scribner, (1962). His second book, again featuring Carlo Reinhart, after his discharge from the Army following World War II. Signed by the author. Faint sunning to the cloth at the spine extremities, else fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the edges and folds. [#912266] $200
click for a larger image of item #914614, A Haunting (London), Bridgewater Press, (2000). Of a total edition of 138 copies, this is copy VII of 12 Roman-numeraled copies bound in quarter Library Calf, with a signed original drawing by Boyd, tipped in as frontispiece. Signed by the author. Fine. [#914614] $750
Ithaca, Ithaca House, (1971). The second book, and first regularly published volume, by this writer of Abenaki descent, who has carved out a unique place in contemporary American Indian literature as a poet, storyteller and chronicler of traditional stories, novelist, anthologist and publisher. Inscribed by the author. Slight sunning; else fine in wrappers. [#025350] $125
click for a larger image of item #31661, Marching to the Freedom Dream and Autograph Note Signed NY, QCC Art Gallery, (2010). The catalog of an exhibition of Budnik's Civil Rights-era photographs. Inscribed by Budnik to the author Peter Matthiessen and his wife, "with all loving wishes and Peace to infinity." A bit of soiling on the rear cover; near fine in self-wrappers. Together with a copy of Theos Bernard's Penthouse of the Gods [Scribner's, 1939; heavily mottled and lacking dust jacket, front flyleaf excised], with Budnik's ownership signature and an undated autograph note signed laid in to Matthiessen, ("Here's 'that' book - rather amazing story"), saying he's headed to South America, and commenting on the death of what appears to be a mutual friend. Written on the back of a promotional card for a Book Search service; fine. Budnik's photography book is surprisingly uncommon; no other copy is listed online. [#031661] $350
click for a larger image of item #34777, The Exterminator (San Francisco), Auerhahn, 1960. Signed by Burroughs. Although indicated as his fourth book in the estimable Burroughs bibliography by Maynard and Miles, recent scholarship has concluded that this was in fact his third book. This is a collaboration with his longtime friend, Brion Gysin. Printed by Dave Haselwood, who later reissued this title under his own imprint in 1967. This edition is estimated by the bibliographer at 1000 copies. Covers and four illustrations by Gysin. Some light staining to covers; very good in wrappers. [#034777] $750
NY, Horizon, (1983). His third novel, set in New Mexico during the development of the atomic bomb. A fast-paced story and an intellectual adventure of high order. Signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a touch of rubbing at the crown. [#014398] $40
click for a larger image of item #29577, Original Typescript of "Tribute to a Hero" 1933. 23 pages, carbon typescript, with approximately three dozen changes made in Cain's hand, and more than a dozen additional small variations between this text and the published version. Published in American Mercury in November 1933, "Tribute to a Hero," is an autobiographical piece about the Cain family following the father's 1903 job change from St. John's College at Annapolis to Washington College at Chestertown, MD, and the culture shock that ensued from this move to a "hick place" from one of "smartness, competence, and class," a state of affairs that was partially redeemed by the actions of "a great man" (with an assist from Cain's father) on the occasion of a Washington College-Maryland Agricultural College football game. Published the year before his first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (and following Our Government in 1930, nonfiction based on Cain's column for New York World). Called "one of Cain's finest essays" by David Madden in James M. Cain: Hard-Boiled Mythmaker. Carbon paper a bit yellowed, some pencil rubbing, not affecting text; near fine. An early manuscript of a boyhood epiphany by a writer who gained a place in the literary pantheon for his famous first novel, which is still considered one of the high spots of American hard-boiled fiction. [#029577] $2,500
London, Collins Harvill, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of a collection of seven stories for which there is no comparable U.S. edition. Five of the stories appeared in Where I'm Calling From -- copyright problems reportedly kept the publisher from reissuing the other stories included in that collection. Tiny, shiny spot to front cover; else fine in wrappers. [#912320] $175
Concord, Ewert, 1987. The first publication of this story. One of 12 advance copies, signed by the publisher, William Ewert, but not by Carver. Fine in wrappers. [#912329] SOLD
(n.p.), Miramax, 2002. Hare's adapted screenplay, from Cunningham's novel, submitted to the Academy for award consideration. Tapebound in glossy cardstock covers; fine. Together with a ticket and invitation to an advance screening, with promotional brochure. [#912394] $100
click for a larger image of item #32641, Typed Letters Signed 1980, 1982. Two letters from Dickey to John Crelan, director of the Boston-based cultural organization Arts and Society. The first (1980) says he may be willing to do a reading; the second says that his teaching schedule only permits local (South Carolina) appearances. Foxing to the first letter; near fine. The second letter is fine, with envelope. [#032641] $150
click for a larger image of item #33164, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? NY/San Francisco, Knopf/McSweeney's, 2014. The uncorrected proof copy of this Eggers novel, built entirely of a conversation between the protagonist and his kidnapped astronaut. Fine in wrappers, with a Knopf Canada label on the rear cover that changes the contact information printed beneath, as well as the publication date and price. [#033164] $100
click for a larger image of item #27360, Cinema Now (Cincinnati), (University of Cincinnati), (1968). The text of a symposium on American Underground Film, featuring John Cage, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Stan Vanderbeek, and moderated by Jim McGinniss, a University of Cincinnati film professor. A historic symposium that brought together four of the leading avant garde artists of the time, whose work still resonates. Small marginal notation and stain to one page; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#027360] $135
click for a larger image of item #911203, Bright Angel (n.p.), (n.p.), 1988. A 120-page screenplay by Ford for a 1991 film adaptation he did from stories in his collection Rock Springs. The film was directed by Michael Fields and starred Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, Sam Shepard and Valerie Perrine. Apparently a later generation photocopy, as the text is less sharp; also the rectos of the pages tend to stick to the versos of the pages preceding. This copy is signed by the author. Near fine, in maroon binder. [#911203] $1,000
(Women/Civil War)
click for a larger image of item #34914, Autograph Letter Signed Stewartstown, NH, 1862. August 3, 1862. Edith Harriman writes to a friend, "Isabel," about the Civil War, the ensuant draft, and the draft dodgers heading to Canada. Harriman first apologizes to her friend, saying she's written no letters for two years, and that this season especially comes with much work. And then: "Things up here move very similar, as usual except our friends are not at ease about this bloody war. Probably draufing [sic] will have to be resorted to, or at least at first, and then what will be the result we know not, but we must submit to save the country from ruin, and we be reconciled." She then names some of the men not enrolled and some who have gone to Canada. The remainder of the letter speaks of weather and work and health, and she tells Isabel to come home "if it should be sickly in the city." Three pages, written on two sides of one sheet of paper; folded in sixths. Well-preserved; near fine. [#034914] $300
click for a larger image of item #17827, The Immortalist NY, Random House, (1969). The uncorrected proof copy of this unusual volume of nonfiction -- an extended essay on "An Approach to the Engineering of Man's Divinity," written by a novelist (The Revelations of Doctor Modesto, among others) who was a friend of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, as well as of Edward Abbey and William Eastlake. He was the model for Hal Hingham, who was visited by Kerouac's and Cassady's alter-egos in On the Road. As both a writer and a firm believer in the power of mind over body (he was also a friend of Timothy Leary), Harrington provides an unusual link between the writers of the Beat Generation, with their explorations of alternate states of consciousness, and the nature writers of the American Southwest that emerged in the 1960s. Inscribed by the author: "____, I think this is my/ best,/ Alan Harrington/ Tucson, February '76." Harrington has also re-written the second sentence of the book by hand. Bound galleys printed on rectos only. 7 1/2" x 11 3/4". Comb-bound. Front cover separating at lower rings; near fine. [#017827] $500
Amherst, U. of Massachusetts Press, 1970. The softcover issue of this collection of poems, inscribed by the author to another poet in 1976. Fine in wrappers. [#011904] $45
click for a larger image of item #31419, Oregon Trail 1975-2000 Eugene, Bend in the River Council, (1974). An ambitious project conceived by Kesey (as Co-Director) and others to form a Council to address the major problems facing Oregon (and by extension, the U.S.) in a manner which would expose the issues to the public at large and allow for public input. This is a press kit cum prospectus for the council, including numerous separate pieces, e.g. a copy of a letter to Kesey from the Governor, lauding the project; a two-page set of proposals for the creation of the council and its structure and agenda; two issues of The Bend in the River Reality, a broadsheet newspaper, to which Ken Kesey and Ken Babbs, among others, contribute to Issue 1, the "Special Armory Issue," and the same contributions appear in Issue Number 2, the "Special Coast Issue"; there are two magazine-format issues of The BITR Papers, with different color covers and variant content, some of which overlaps with other items in the lot. The intent of the project was to create an educated, informed "Enlightened Constituency" that would "influence not only the state's politicians, the populace and the industry, but the future course of her sister states as well, and thus help steer this nation through the uncharted waters before us." While it may not be attributable to this particular effort, Oregon has become something of a bellwether for the rest of the region and for the country as a whole; one way or another, the project has in many ways largely come to fruition. All housed in a Bend in the River Council folder. Edge-sunned and musty; very good. Rare. [#031419] $565
click for a larger image of item #30298, Stephen King Talks and Reads [Bag of Bones Audio Preview] [NY], Scribner/Simon & Schuster Audio, 1998. An advance promotional cassette for this novel that was positioned by King's publisher as more of a mainstream novel and love story than the kind of horror novel the author is most famous for. On the tape, King talks about the novel and reads a preview. Likely listened to, but near fine or better in the publisher's cardstock cassette case. With the card of a Scribner publicity director laid in. [#030298] $115
click for a larger image of item #34608, The Stephen King Universe Baltimore, Cemetery Dance Publications, 2001. The lettered limited edition of this "guide to the worlds of Stephen King," written by Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, and Hank Wagner. Of 52 copies, this is designated "PC" and as an "Author's Copy," and is from Wiater's library. Signed by Wiater, Golden and Wagner. White leather stamped in black, with silk ribbon marker; fine in a fine dust jacket and fine dark blue leather tray case. [#034608] $650
click for a larger image of item #34561, A Space for Delight (Sydney), Erewhon, (1988). A novel by an Australian novelist/playwright, inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael: "Because you write so marvellously [sic]." Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a dampstained upper rear corner. [#034561] $100
(London), Golden Handshake, (2004). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone and his wife: "If you don't write to say how swell you think this book is I won't blame you. Just had a visit from Joey Brooks. Spoke of you & the great old days in Gethly." Laid in is an autograph letter signed from Landesman to the Stones, talking about a grandchild, and her eyesight, and the included poem "A Luddite Lament." The letter is near fine; the book is fine in wrappers. [#033799] $85
(London), Golden Handshake, (1997). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone and his wife "Miss you!" Near fine in wrappers. The cover has a label offering a CD inside; no CD included. [#033796] $50
click for a larger image of item #29676, The Magic Wagon Garden City, Doubleday, 1986. A Double D Western set around the turn of the 20th century, and Lansdale's first book to be published in hardcover. Inscribed by Lansdale to fellow writer Stanley Wiater: "For Stan, Hope you enjoy your ride on [The Magic Wagon]. Thanks for the Fangoria interview. Joe R. Lansdale." Wiater's Gahan Wilson-designed bookplate front flyleaf; small scrape to rear board; foxing to top edge; near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a few edge nicks. Wiater's interview with Lansdale appeared in a 1990 issue of Fangoria. A nice inscription and association, and one of the author's scarcer titles. [#029676] $400
click for a larger image of item #34730, Swag NY, Delacorte, (1976). The uncorrected proof copy of the second of Leonard's mysteries published by Delacorte in the mid-'70's, just before he gained wide recognition and popularity. Issued in tall padbound wrappers: the front wrapper has been removed, and a page of reviews taped to the first leaf serves as cover. Signed by Leonard on the title page. But for the absent cover (which may have been by design, to draw attention to the reviews), near fine in tall, pad-bound wrappers. An unusual and fragile format of one of the books that helped launch Leonard into the top tier of American crime fiction writers. [#034730] $1,250
(NY), Viking, (1990). Signed by the author. Unmarked, but from the library of Robert Stone. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033754] $85
San Anselmo, Audio Wisdom, 1999. A two-cassette, two-hour audio recording of an evening with Peter Matthiessen. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Still shrink-wrapped; fine. [#032065] $40
click for a larger image of item #34842, For Artaud (NY), (Totem Press), (1959). His second book, and third publication after a broadside. One of 750 copies. Age-toning to first and last leaf; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034842] $45
London, MacGibbon & Kee, 1965. Inscribed by the author to two writer friends: "First from the press, with embraces to Andrew and Carol/ Jim." Near fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket. [#029136] $60
Bloomington, Indiana University Press, (1970). The poet's first book. Inscribed by the author to another poet in the year of publication "with love and best wishes, Sandy." Recipient's handmade bookplate on front flyleaf. Near fine, with various portions of the dust jacket clipped and pasted on the boards and endpages. [#022758] $40
click for a larger image of item #33645, Autograph Letter Signed 1958. An autograph letter signed from Miller to editor and publisher Pascal (Pat) Covici, regarding R.K. Narayan's book The Guide. A full page, plus one margin, of Miller's writing in pencil, praising Narayan's book and asking about others. Two passages are bracketed in red, presumably by Covici, and marked "excerpt." In the second of these, Miller writes, "I was amazed that a man of his world could exhibit such a modern technique. To boot, he's a born story teller. With a fine sense of the tragi-comic." Dated in Big Sur, 6/13/58. Another hand has added, "File H. Miller." Browned, else fine. Good literary content. [#033645] SOLD
NY, Grove Press, (2001). The author's second collection of poems. Warmly inscribed by the author to writer Charles Newman ("her favorite dinner date") in the year of publication. Fine in wrappers. [#019701] $40
NY, St. Martin's/Marek, (1982). Warmly inscribed by the author. Bookplate of another author on the front flyleaf. Mild offsetting to front flyleaf, partially over but not obscuring inscription. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with foxing on verso and one lower edge tear. [#031040] $150
London, Collins, (1972). A collection of children's sayings and drawings, assembled by Newman, who has inscribed the book to Pauline Kael with love. On the title page, under "God Bless Love," Newman has added "(and film critics!!)." Minor soiling to the pictorial boards; near fine. [#034569] $45
Berkeley, Turtle Island, 1977. Poems, with artwork by Native American artist Aaron Yava. This is one of 1900 copies in wrappers, not to be confused with the edition that came out in 1984. Signed by the author. Erasure front flyleaf; near fine. [#025675] $95
click for a larger image of item #34470, Fight Club NY, Norton, (1996). The advance reading copy of his highly praised first book, made into a well-received movie, both of which have become cult classics. Touch of lift to the front cover, else fine in wrappers. Laid in is a signed Palahniuk trading card, (#445), issued by The Booksmith in conjunction with the release of the author's 2001 novel Choke. On the card, Palahniuk has given himself a mustache, a forehead scar, a black eye, and two missing teeth. Uncommon in the advance issue, and unique with the author's customized trading card. [#034470] $600
(NY), Vehicle, (1984). A small press volume, the first book appearance of this story. Issued in an edition of 2026, this is Letter "A" of 26 hardbound copies signed by the author and by Yvonne Jacquette, the illustrator. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#914270] $600
(London), Bogle-L'Ouverture, (1988). The hardcover issue of this collection of poetry. Signed by the author. Age-toning to page edges; still fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915533] $100
(Palermo), (Nuova Ipsa), (2000). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, in 2004: "Maybe I've made a mistake but each discovery is begun in this way." With a full-page typed letter signed laid in, thanking Robert Stone (if this is the Robert Stone, author of Dog Soldiers and Bay of [the] Souls), for words he wrote about her manuscript: "I'm cherishing these words like the most important literature's prize and I wish I'll say to him one day." The letter is fine though folded in thirds; the book is fine in wrappers. [#033806] $75
click for a larger image of item #33046, Secret Exhibition. Six California Artists of the Cold War Era San Francisco, City Lights Books, (1990). Solnit explores the cultural contributions of six California artists from the Beat era: Wallace Berman, Jess, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, and George Herms. Inscribed by Solnit. An early book by Solnit, who writes as a historian, cultural critic, wide-ranging intellectual, and political activist, and has as a result become one of the most highly respected voices of the current era, continually bringing fresh and surprising perspectives to difficult, longstanding questions and issues. Foreword by Bill Berkson. Strip of sunning on the rear cover near the spine, else fine in wrappers. [#033046] $300
[various], [various], 1967-1997. Eight various editions of the author's first book, all from the author's own library. Includes a later printing of the first edition (1967, Houghton Mifflin hardcover) and seven paperbacks: five first printings (Fawcett 1968; Ballantine 1975; Houghton Mifflin 1981; Penguin 1987; Mariner 1997) and two later printings (Picador and Penguin, both 1987). All copies from the '80s and '90s are fine or near fine; the hardcover and the Ballantine are very good; the 1968 paperback ("Now the major Paramount picture WUSA") is a poor copy with Paul Newman on the cover, barely held together with a dozen pieces of tape. [#033840] $250
(Berkeley), (Cloud Marauder), (1970). An early collection/collaboration. One of 700 copies printed, this copy being from the library of James Tate. Near fine in stapled wrappers. Uncommon now. [#034411] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #31526, Lovell Thompson 1902-1986 1986. A remembrance by Updike of his friend Thompson, read at Thompson's memorial service. Two photocopies, each four pages, folded in thirds, stapled, and stamped with Updike's address. Reproduces a couple holograph corrections and one note of transmittal. One copy is however actually signed by Updike. Near fine, and together with a copy of Bookbuilder, January/February 1987, the newsletter of the Bookbuilders of Boston, where the tribute was printed. [#031526] $575
click for a larger image of item #26894, On Meeting Authors Newburyport, Wickford Press, 1968. An unsigned limited edition of an essay that first appeared in the New York Times. One of 250 numbered copies. Edge-sunning to covers; coffee splot lower front corner; very good in stapled wrappers. One of Updike's earliest limited editions, done the same year as Bath After Sailing and The Angels. Although the limitation of this title is larger than either of those, we have seen it less often and it appears to be scarcer in the market. [#026894] $565
click for a larger image of item #30849, On Meeting Authors Newburyport, Wickford Press, 1968. A limited edition of a humorous essay on encounters with (other) famous authors, which first appeared in the New York Times. Number 56 of 250 numbered copies. Issued unsigned, this copy is inscribed by the author in 1997: For ___ ___ and her fabulous collection/ Cheers, John Updike." One of Updike's earliest limited editions, done the same year as Bath After Sailing and The Angels. Although the limitation of this title is larger than either of those, we have encountered it just as infrequently. Faint sunning at the edge of the spine, else fine. [#030849] $1,500
NY, Knopf, 1963. His second collection of poems. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket with creasing to the base of the spine. [#912067] $375
(London), Vintage, (2003). Fourth printing of the paperback edition. Inscribed by Welsh to the novelist Robert Stone: "Some writing returned with thanks, borrowed from yourself many moons ago. May all good things come your way" and signed "Irvine." Food stains to the first few pages; light cover creasing; very good in wrappers. [#027778] $60
(n.p.), Apparently Self-Published, (1978). Poetry. Rust to the staples, otherwise near fine in stapled wrappers. Stapled to the front cover is a typed letter signed to Peter Matthiessen. [#032237] $40
click for a larger image of item #34587, "...But There Are Always Miracles." NY, Viking, (1974). Nonfiction, a personal account of a catastrophic injury and recovery, inscribed by the authors to Pauline Kael "with affection." Jack Willis was a documentary filmmaker and the producer of the television show The Great American Dream Machine. Slight foxing to page edges; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed. [#034587] $50
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