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(Sixties)
click for a larger image of item #35565, Be Here Now (San Cristobal), (Lama Foundation), (1975). A later printing of Alpert's enormously popular autobiography and guidebook to enlightenment, first published in 1970 in a different form in an edition of 300 copies under the title From Bindu to Ojas. While others before Alpert -- notably Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts -- had laid the groundwork for understanding principles of Eastern religions in terms familiar to Westerners and also describing the psychedelic drug experience in the terms of mystical religious experience, Alpert's book was a bestseller, being reprinted numerous times, selling hundreds of thousands of copies, and fostering what has come to be known as the "New Age" movement. This copy is inscribed "in love" by the author. Laid in is a ticket and program for Ram Dass's "Cultivating the Heart of Compassion" tour, during which this copy was presumably signed, on November 9, 1986. Rubbing and creasing to the covers; dampstaining to the page edges; a good copy in wrappers. [#035565] $750
$525
Garden City, Doubleday, 1966. Signed by the author. A bit of bubbling to pastedowns; else fine in a near fine, mildly spine-sunned, near fine dust jacket. H18 code on last page of text. [#911337] $160
$104
(Brussels), (Fondation Europeenne pour la Sculpture), (1997). Bell provides a bilingual (English/French) fable as introduction to the catalog of work by Jean de la Fontaine: in 1997 the Luxembourg artist had installed his "Love of Camping" in a Brussels park. Number 452 of 500 numbered copies. Fine in stapled wrappers. A scarce piece by Bell, attractively illustrated. [#917040] $150
$98
[March 1988]. Berge, a longtime poet and novelist who was associated with the New York poetry avant-garde of the 1960s, introduces herself to the recipient, the editor of Art & Antiques magazine, as both a writer and an antiques dealer. The letter is a sales pitch for a scarab ring in her possession and includes a drawing: "To me, it looks like either a Scarab beetle (stylized in form), or/and some sort of old inkwell with plumes extending from it. That suits the idea that I'm into Scarabs and I'm also a novelist and writer." Signed by the author. Folded in thirds for mailing, with a resume and mailing envelope included. Fine. [#015470] $40
$20
NY, Atheneum, 1977. Uncorrected proof copy of his highly praised first book, which was called by The New York Times Book Review "the best novel of the year." Casey's third book, Spartina, won the National Book Award. Erasure abrasion on front cover, and a small surface gouge on (blank) rear panel; otherwise fine. An auspicious debut. [#006300] $60
$30
click for a larger image of item #912381, Life & Times of Michael K London, Secker & Warburg, (1983). The first British edition of the first Booker Prize-winning novel by the South African Nobel Prize-winning author. Tap to spine crown; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912381] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #34866, Beautiful Losers NY, Viking, (1966). The first American edition -- reportedly preceding the Canadian edition -- of the landmark second novel by the Canadian poet-folksinger, one of the key books of the Sixties -- a "visionary counter-culture religious epic" in the words of one critic. In its paperback reprint edition, it was ubiquitous on college campuses and passed hand-to-hand by a generation that was finding itself increasingly alienated from the mainstream, dominant culture. Trace foxing to foredge, still a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the spine ends and a crease to the front flap fold. [#034866] $450
$293
click for a larger image of item #35295, His Monkey Wife Or, Married to a Chimp London, Peter Davies, 1930. His first and most famous novel, describing the marriage between an explorer and his pet chimpanzee. This copy is inscribed by Collier to Welsh author Caradoc Evans, with an autograph letter signed by Collier to Evans tipped in at the front pastedown. The letter, dated December 5, 1930, expresses pleasure in reading his, Evans', book and conveys his own book in return. A copy of Evans' book, Nothing to Pay (Faber, 1930), is included. His Monkey Wife is unjacketed; but for some staining and wear to the front board and a tiny owner name on the front flyleaf, a very good copy, and a nice association. [#035295] $500
$325
NY, Crosby Gaige, 1928. One of 926 copies. Spine broken, as is typical with this book. Bottom half attached; top half laid in. A good copy, without dustwrapper. [#035350] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #33925, Conversation Hearts (Burton), Subterranean, 2008. The advance reading copy of these two intertwined stories, one that takes place on Earth, the other a children's story that takes place on another planet. Signed by the author. Crowley is one of our most highly regarded fantasy writers, having won the World Fantasy Award for a novel, Little, Big in 1982; a novella, "Great Work of Time," in 1990; and for Life Achievement, in 2006. Minor cover splaying; near fine in wrappers. Scarce in this advance issue, especially signed. [#033925] $175
$114
click for a larger image of item #32867, Galley Sheets for VALIS 1980. Long galley sheets for Dick's novel VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System), a 1981 paperback original. The VALIS galley sheets are dated 6-23-80: approximately 68 sheets of 25" in length, age-toned with minimal edge wear, in a custom folding chemise and slipcase. Casual inspection revealed one textual difference from the published version. Near fine. Also laid in is a very good copy of the proof of the Bantam covers, which differs from the final version by virtue of the absence of the Bantam logo on the front cover. A very scarce issue of the book that would become the capstone to Dick's literary career. Long galleys such as these are seldom produced in more than a couple of copies, and very seldom turn up for books that were issued as paperback originals. It's ironic that Dick's culminating novel, which transcends science fiction's usual boundaries, would be issued as a paperback original: Dick had so many books issued as paperback originals in the 1950s and 60s, before his books came to be regularly published in hardcover, that the Science Fiction Writers of America named an award after him, the Philip K. Dick Award, for the best SF novel issued as a paperback original. Dick spent the last several years of his life striving for recognition as more than a science fiction writer, and VALIS could have been that break-out novel, had it not reverted him to his former identity as a writer of paperback originals. A rare issue of a major Dick novel. As far as we can tell, unique. [#032867] $8,000
$6,000
(Paris), Dragon's Dream, (1978). Cult book of tantric celebration. Small sticker removal abrasion front cover; covers a bit rubbed. Very good in wrappers. [#036032] $125
$81
NY, Franklin Watts, (1994). Inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael in the year of publication: "To Pauline Kael/ With admiration, respect, & thanks for your belief in & support of me all these years. Warmly, Trent Duffy." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#035491] $65
$33
click for a larger image of item #10351, The Samisdat Poems of W.D. Ehrhart Richford, Samisdat, 1980. An omnibus volume collecting the poems in his three earlier Samisdat pamphlets, along with new poems. Fine in wrappers. [#010351] $40
$20
(Women)
click for a larger image of item #34714, Patriarchal Attitudes London, Faber and Faber, (1970). "But woman is taught to desire not what her mother desired for herself, but what her father and all men find desirable in a woman." Inscribed by Figes to her parents: "To Mummy & Daddy with love/ Eva/ 23rd May 1970." This was Figes's first book of nonfiction, a feminist classic published the same year as Greer's The Female Eunuch and Millet's Sexual Politics. Spine- and edge-sunned; a near fine copy, in a supplied, near fine dust jacket. [#034714] $1,000
$700
click for a larger image of item #912556, The Ultimate Good Luck Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1981. His second novel, a hard-boiled thriller involving American expatriates in Mexico. Signed by the author. Partly because of the weak construction at the rear hinge, which tends to crack, this title has become harder to locate, particularly in fine condition, than his first book. This is a fine copy in a fine dust jacket that is folded a bit offcenter such that the spine lettering rounds the front joint. [#912556] $225
$146
1987. July 20, 1987. Ford writes, presumably to a publisher, declining to offer unspecified praise (review or book blurb) for another writer's book, despite having "some genuine admiration for it" and admitting that "he's a nice writer of sentences." At the same time, Ford gets in a pitch for Richard Bausch's book Spirits. Folded for mailing, else fine. [#912557] $150
$98
(Port Townsend), Graywolf Press, 1976. The poet's second book, this being the issue in wrappers, one of 1350 copies of a total edition of 1500. Inscribed by the author to another poet in 1981, with reference to "our days in Seattle," and signed with "Love." With the recipient's ownership signature. Fine in wrappers. A nice literary association. [#022701] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #35582, Gone in October: Last Reflections on Jack Kerouac (Hailey), Limberlost Press, (1985). The author of the first Beat novel (Go, 1952) reflects on his two decades of friendship with Kerouac. This copy is inscribed by Holmes. Modest foxing and handling to covers, but wormholes and creasing have made the front joint tenuous at best, thus only a good copy in wrappers. [#035582] $175
$114
click for a larger image of item #35581, Nothing More to Declare London, Deutsch, 1968. An advance copy of the British edition of his fourth book, a reflection on the forces that shaped the writers of the Beat Generation. This advance format seems to have been created from a disbound American first edition [NY: Dutton, 1967]; it is stamped "Advance American Copy/ Probable Publication Date June 1968 (entered by hand)/ Approx. Price (not filled in)/ Andre Deutsch/ 105 Great Russell St/ London W.C. I." Beneath the stamp, there are what appear to be initials, and we'd like to say they are those of renowned editor Diana Athill (based on her "D" often being made like a vertical ichthys), but we're uncertain. Holmes's first novel, Go, has been called the seminal novel of the Beat Generation, predating Kerouac's On the Road by five years. Holmes is also credited with inventing the phrase "beat generation." Modest foxing to edges and covers; very good in wrappers. [#035581] $200
$130
(Hopkinsian)
Providence, Yerrinton, 1827. Theological magazine. Vol. II, No. 22. Staining to covers; very good in wrappers. Note: typo on cover of this issue, where title reads "Hokpinian Magazine." [#600027] $50
$25
(Literary Biography)
click for a larger image of item #35300, Small Collection various, various, (1939-1959). A small collection of four works about Joyce, from the library of Horace Middleton, who collaborated with Phil Phillips on critical studies of Joyce. (Phillips' archive is at the Rosenbach Museum.) Offered here are four books that have been heavily annotated by Middleton. Each bears Middleton's ownership signature, one adding "from PP [presumably Phillips], Nov. 1959." Included are first editions of James Joyce by Herbert Gorman (1939); James Joyce by Harry Levin (1941); James Joyce by Richard Ellmann (1959); and Letters of James Joyce edited by Stuart Gilbert (1957). All bear Middleton's comments and corrections in the text, but for the Ellmann (the book gifted from PP), which escaped scrutiny. The books, on average, are near fine; the jackets are fair, or (in the case of the Gorman) missing. [#035300] SOLD
NY, McGraw-Hill, (1964). Klaben's story of surviving 49 days in the Alaskan wilderness, along with her under-trained pilot Ralph Flores, following their 1963 plane crash enroute to California from Fairbanks. The 1975 television movie starred Sally Struthers as Klaben and Ed Asner as the pilot. Trace rubbing to spine tips; else a fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#035809] $50
$25
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
$260
NY, Dutton, 1965. The first American edition of this Vietnam novel by the author of The Centurions and The Praetorians. Offsetting to endpages and foxing to the edges of the text block; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. [#035538] $65
$33
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
$30
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1980). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of essays on sport, particularly hunting and fishing. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911709] $250
$163
click for a larger image of item #30126, Boris Pasternak and the People with Watch Chains (n.p.), (Jubilee), (1959). An offprint from Jubilee of an article Merton wrote on Pasternak following Pasternak's being awarded (and declining) the Nobel Prize for Literature. Oblong quarto; roughly a dozen pages. Mild, even acidification and a few small creases near the spine. Near fine in stapled wrappers. Dell'Isola lists the Jubilee appearance, but makes no mention of this offprint. OCLC locates only three copies. [#030126] $250
$163
NY, Evans, (1975). Inscribed by the author in 1982. Bookplate of another author on the front flyleaf. Near fine in a near fine, rubbed and price-clipped dust jacket. [#031047] $60
$30
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35857, Congressional Reports Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1974-1984. 17 reports from the 93rd-98th Congresses on matters related to Indian affairs, including self-determination, education, health care, housing, jobs, oil, trust lands and trust fund disbursement. Together with three Congressional Resolutions (on land claims and religious freedom) and one Senate Bill (on the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act) from the 94th and 95th Congresses. Some edge-foxing to the resolutions; the lot is overall near fine in wrappers. [#035857] $175
$114
(n.p.), Crown, (2000/2001). An advance copy, in the form of a tapebound typscript (computer printout, double-spaced, double-sided). Laid in is a typed letter signed from Nicosia to Peter Matthiessen, requesting a quote from him to use as publicity. Nicosia also says he would like to talk to him about a future book, about Mumia Abu-Jamal "and the war on people of color that is being waged by our justice system." Quotes from other writers about Home to War have been laid in as well. Small tape repair lower spine; near fine in an acetate cover. [#032128] $45
$23
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
$30
(Orchestra Programs)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1934-1937. Eight programs; 3 apparently missing their covers and clipped together. Several annotations in the lot; some edge soiling. Overall, very good in wrappers. [#035938] $40
$20
New Rochelle, Elizabeth Press, (1972). The softcover issue of this poetry collection. Corner crease to the rear flap; still fine in self-wrappers. [#035406] $45
$23
NY, Broadway Play Publishing, (1990). A play by this poet, playwright, essayist and novelist. His novel Cold Hands was chosen as New York Times Notable Book. Inscribed by the author: "Tony [Harvey] -- Thanks for lunch. Joe." Near fine in wrappers. [#026853] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #19022, Pacific Heights Los Angeles, Bauer Benedek, (1987). Photocopied screenplay for the spooky thriller directed by John Schlesinger, who also did The Day of the Locust, Marathon Man, The Falcon and the Snowman and others. In an agency binder, with a cover letter from the agency to a novelist laid in. Fine. [#019022] $95
$48
(Sixties)
click for a larger image of item #35894, The Great Hippie Hoax NY, Award Books, (1968). "A scalding indictment of the phoney movement that has trapped thousands of teenagers." Exploitation magazine-format book, heavily illustrated with "photographs from the notorious Haight-Ashbury photographer who lived among the hippies." Includes 11 separate articles/"indictments," purportedly by different authors, plus "A Report to the People," an editorial on the "national crisis," and a glossary of "psychedelic slanguage." "Stripping the petals off the Flower Children reveals them to be floundering in a cesspool of sex, half-crazed with weird drugs, parasitic, selfish, diseased and above all -- coldly calculating!" Minor edge foxing; near fine in stapled wrappers. Scarce: no copies listed online at the time of this writing; OCLC lists only 8 copies. [#035894] $300
$195
click for a larger image of item #14615, The Colours of Memory NY, Grove Press, (1955). Poetry, issued in a lettered edition of 26 copies and a numbered edition of 250 copies: this is a presentation copy (designated as "s.c. 3 for Nancy"), signed by the author and, as with the lettered issue, with an original drawing by Irene Rice Pereira, the author's wife, signed by the artist as frontispiece. It can be assumed that the presentation copies ("s.c" -- "special copy"?) were even more limited than the lettered copies, as is almost always the case in the issuance of limited editions such as this. A fine copy in a professionally restored dust jacket. Laid in is an autograph holiday card addressed to Nancy and her partner and signed by Reavey for himself and Irene, with an image by Pereira from the collection of the Whitney Museum. A significant volume, with an original work of art by a distinguished American abstract artist: Pereira's work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among many others. [#014615] $1,250
$938
Toronto, Knopf, 2003. The first Canadian edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035469] $40
$20
(Greensboro), Unicorn Press, (1974). Poems from the "Poland 1931" sequence. Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clayton [Eshleman], "with admiration & thanks for the encouragements & challenge." Illustrated with posed photographs featuring Rothenberg and Kathy Acker, among others. One of 2000 copies in wrappers. Near fine. [#033542] $65
$33
click for a larger image of item #911247, His Mistress's Voice (Lewisburg), Press of Appletree Alley, 1995. A fine press limited edition of a story that first appeared in The Partisan Review in 1986. Copy No. 138 of 195 numbered copies, signed by the author. An uncommon edition: although the stated limitation was 195, the press was selling unbound copies a couple of years after the initial publication date, suggesting that not all of the sets of sheets were bound. Fine in quarter leather, burgundy cloth boards, in a fine slipcase. The nicest edition done of one of Roth's works. [#911247] $850
$595
click for a larger image of item #7163, The Great White Hope (n.p.), (Dial Press), (1968). The uncorrected proof copy of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Quarto, 8" x 11"; paper clip imprint to front cover and first few pages (clip still present); sunning to covers and the number 48 written in pencil on front; near fine. An uncommon format, suggesting that not many copies would have been done. [#007163] $185
$120
click for a larger image of item #35619, The Seven Ages of Man: A Series of Seven Reproductions from Original Photographs London, Cassell & Company, 1894. Reproductions of seven photographs depicting the "seven ages" of life as described in Shakespeare's As You Like It. There were earlier volumes published on this same theme, but this may be the first publication to use photographs (rather than engravings). Disbound, with contemporary gift inscription. A fair copy, with all plates and both covers present; large lower corner chip to the front cover and some marginal insect damage, not affecting the photographs. Five copies found in OCLC. [#035619] $175
$114
NY, Dutton, 1950. Fading to the green spine cloth with darkening to the base and a short tear at the crown. A very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#035750] $85
$43
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1967. Second printing. From the author's own library and inscribed by Stone: "To Aunt Ruth/ with every best wish/ Bob Stone." Two names written on the rear flyleaf; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#033825] $200
$130
NY, Fiction, (1973). An excerpt from a novel-in-progress, which turned out to be Dog Soldiers. A bibliographically significant piece, in that this is the only place where Dog Soldiers is identified by the title Skydiver Devoured by Starving Birds. Signed by Stone. Also includes John Lennon, Donald Barthelme, Jerome Charyn, and others. Tall newsprint journal. Fine. [#914689] $125
$81
(Surveillance)
(Melbourne), (UTS Community Law and Legal Research Centre), (2002). A critical reader on surveillance and social control in the post-9/11 age, published in Australia in conjunction with two public events, in Sydney and Melbourne, designed to provoke discussion and debate about the subject. Heavily illustrated, with drawings, photographs (including surveillance photographs), collages, cartoons, and including essays, articles, skits, dialogues and political statements. Oblong wrappers. Rubbed; near fine. [#029179] $60
$30
NY, Knopf, (1965). A book of poems, one for each month. This is the third of Updike's books for children done in the Sixties, this being the trade binding (there was also a library binding done). Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#912070] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #31523, Couples: A Short Story Cambridge, Halty Ferguson, 1976. Of a total edition of 276 copies, this is copy number 16 of 250 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. This copy is also inscribed by Updike -- he has personalized the signature on the colophon in a different color ink -- and it includes a brief signed note by Updike on the prospectus, with a hand-addressed mailing envelope. By all appearances, Updike informed the collector of the existence of this edition by sending him a prospectus with a note saying "I thought you should be aware of this" and then the collector ordered the book and Updike personalized the signature for him. A mini-footnote to the relatively early years of Updike's being a highly collected author with numerous signed limited editions to his credit, with a glimpse of Updike's active involvement in helping a collector build his collection. [#031523] $350
$228
click for a larger image of item #31524, The Lovelorn Astronomer (Boston), G.K. Hall and Marquis Who's Who, Inc., (1978). A poem by Updike, published as a holiday greeting card. Signed by the author. Fine, with original (unused) mailing envelope. Together with a presumed proof copy, with the copyright notice handwritten (in an unknown hand) rather than printed on the rear cover. Also fine. Both housed together in a G.K. Hall envelope. An ephemeral piece, uncommon signed, and rare in the variant with the handwritten copyright notice. [#031524] $1,250
$938
(African American)
NY, Modern Library, 2000. An advance copy in the form of tapebound 8-1/2" x 11" typeset pages, with printed cover. Selections from the 11-year history of The Messenger Reader: Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, etc. Cover dirt-smudged; else near fine. [#036057] $45
$23
(Vineburg), (Engdahl Typography), 1989. A limited edition of this story. One of 200 numbered copies, the first 50 of which were signed by Wolff. Although this is copy number 155, it has been signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915719] $400
$260
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