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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
NY, St. Martin's, (1997). A review copy of this novel by a writer who was one of the founders of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Inscribed by the author to another writer, whose blurb appears on the jacket: "with inexpressible thanks for your faith and kind words and with lots of love from your devoted fan and friend." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with publicity material laid in. [#027560] $50
NY, Random House, (1996). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913819] $19
Porthenys, [Self-Published?], 1988. Copy #58 of 100. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen and with a typed letter signed laid in: "I found this one copy of this tiny book, and I thought to send it to you the night before our departure for the old world (well it's all old and new isn't it?). I hear that you had a similar experience to what these little poems speak out from..." Chaskey continues in the letter with more personal news. More than 100 words. Poet-farmer Chaskey was the longtime head of Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, New York, in eastern Long Island, and is considered "the spiritual father of the community farming movement." His first full-length book, the influential This Common Ground, was published in 2005; this chapbook precedes that book by nearly two decades. Near fine in self-wrappers. [#032274] $200
London/NY, Jonathan Cape/Summit, 1977/1978. A hardcover advance proof copy of the American edition of Chatwin's first book, created from a first British edition, with the addition of a U.S. proof dust jacket, featuring quotes from British publications (including Paul Theroux, writing for the London Times). The British trade edition has had its free endpages excised and pasted over the pictorial pastedowns; and the photographs that graced the text of the British edition have also been excised, in keeping with the appearance of the American edition. This copy was obviously sent out and used for review: reviewer's marks and comments in text, and the blank jacket flaps have been filled with the reviewer's notes. The book, apart from the intended excisions and notes, is fine; the proof jacket (again, apart from the reviewer notes), is spine and edge-sunned, with the title and author handwritten on the spine, largely faded; overall near fine. An uncommon issue, presumably done prior to the issuance of an American proof copy and different from the U.K. first edition in ways that parallel the eventual U.S. edition (and U.S. proof). [#031672] $750
(n.p.), Viking, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy. A novel about two brothers, one a Vietnam vet, who murder a man in the course of committing a robbery and are haunted by the crime thereafter. Fine in wrappers. [#009886] $20
NY, Doubleday, (1993). The advance reading copy of his second novel. Fine in wrappers. [#914893] $19
NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1981). A unique set of publisher's materials for her well-received first novel, winner of the short-lived National Book Award for best first novel. Printer's blues; two sets of long galley sheets; three copies of the dust jacket (folded flat); mock-up of binding. One jacket creased; else all items fine. Presumably this would have been the only such set generated, for the publisher's own internal use. [#019676] $200
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1987). The first collection of stories by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Independence Day. Inscribed by Ford to Andre Dubus, himself a master of the short story form: "with long-overdue admission of my admiration for your wonderful work. I hope some day we meet. I hope your work flourishes, as it has." Trace foxing and bumping; near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a bit of fading to the spine lettering. A nice association copy between two of the preeminent fiction writers of their era. [#033255] $550
[c. 1990]. Two typescript drafts of Edgerton's fourth novel. One draft is warmly inscribed by Edgerton to Dudley Jahnke "with greatest appreciation for your help in the book business -- and music business -- and all else" and dated "28 March 90." Killer Diller deals with a struggling musician who forms the Killer Diller Blues Band, thus the reference to Jahnke's help with the "music business." Comb-bound in cardstock covers and titled in Edgerton's hand. This draft reproduces a number of the author's changes, which are especially heavy at the beginning of the book. A note in Edgerton's hand on the first page states that "The copy gets cleaner in a few pages." Near fine. The other draft, approximately 250 loose photocopied sheets from a dot matrix printer original, reproduces heavy editing by "SR," with SR's title page. This draft differs substantially from the bound draft, and the opening of the book [at least] is entirely different. Fine. Together with an envelope, hand-addressed by Edgerton to Dudley Jahnke, the recipient of both drafts. The novel, in a form that varies from both drafts above, was published by Algonquin Books in 1991. It was the basis for a limited release film in 2004 which won an award at the Heartland Film Festival. Edgerton, in addition to being a Guggenheim Fellow, has won the North Carolina Award for Literature. An interesting look at a work-in-progress by an important North Carolina author. [#027598] $1,750
Toronto, Quantum Theology, (2000). The first book by this Canadian horror fiction writer, a collection of four stories, signed by the author in 2001. One of the stories, "The Emperor's Old Bones," won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Story of 1999. Files was also a contributor to the Canadian television series The Hunger, an erotic horror anthology produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, and hosted in its two seasons by Terence Stamp and David Bowie. Files provided four of the stories for the 44-episode series, which was compared favorably to The Twilight Zone when it aired in 1997-2000. Fine in stapled wrappers. Includes a bibliography of her published short fiction up to that point. Uncommon; no copies listed in OCLC. [#033450] $200
Moscow, University of Idaho Press, (1988). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#914104] $19
NY, Harcourt Brace, (1961). His first novel, which deals with colonial oppression in the author's native Trinidad. Inscribed by the author in 1963 to Max Delson, lawyer and Socialist Party leader, with "enduring esteem." Hercules came to New York in the 1940s where his father, an anticolonial revolutionary in Trinidad, had sought asylum after fleeing Trinidad. Frank became associated with the black nationalist movement in the U.S. as well as other progressive and left-wing causes. His second novel dealt with interracial marriage, and he wrote a book of nonfiction, American Society and the Black Revolution. The recipient was a lawyer who specialized in labor issues and was also a member of the executive committee of the Socialist Party. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association copy, and a good, early inscription. [#033176] $200
London, Cassell and Company, 1902. First thus: White's 1789 classic of natural history, here with a 7-page introduction by Richard Kearton and 123 photographs by the Kearton brothers, Richard and Cherry. Signed by both Keartons. Hinges just starting; a very good copy, without dust jacket. [#033521] $500
(Toronto), HarperPerennial, (1996). The first Canadian paperback edition of this novel, loosely connected to his earlier book, Box Socials. Near fine in wrappers. [#029808] $20
NY, Kensington/Zebra, (1994). Inscribed by the author: "After writing this, I definitely need a drink." Stamp of recipient inside the front cover; near fine in wrappers. With a trial cover laid in (same as published cover but for UPC codes and ISBN number); the trial cover is neatly folded in half and has a small hole punched in one corner. [#030968] $80
NY, Knopf, 1994. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913275] $19
(Toronto), Women's Press, (1990). First thus, with a new preface by the author. Signed by Maracle. The autobiography of a Canadian Native woman, recounting personal history and political radicalization. First published in 1975 by the Liberation Support Movement Press. This edition has a foreword by Jeannette Armstrong, Canadian Native writer and activist, and the grand-niece of Mourning Dove (aka Christine Quiinstasket), author of Co-Ge-We-A, The Half-Blood, and one of the earliest Native American women writers to be published. Scarce signed, in any edition. Near fine in wrappers. [#031471] $125
(Springfield), Gauntlet, (1999). The advance reading copy. Stamp of another author on specifications page, faint foxing to top edge; else fine in wrappers. [#031027] $80
[Paris], Stock, (1962). First thus, a French edition of Matthiessen's fourth book, third novel. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Abrasions to front cover; very good in wrappers. [#032037] $20
Seattle, Mountaineers Books, 2003. Photographs by Banerjee; essay by Matthiessen. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032088] SOLD
(Oshkosh), Road Runner Press, (n.d)[c. 1963]. The first separate appearance of an essay that first appeared in Kulchur #11, in 1963, and was written in 1962 at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Acidic pages darkening; very good in spine-tanned stapled wrappers. Previous owner gift inscription. [#023554] $20
NY, Talese, (1996). A novel about a woman trapped in a political investigation on a Caribbean island. Morris has written a number of well-received nonfiction books about women traveling alone in foreign lands. Inscribed by the author to another writer in the year of publication, with the sentiment "Hope you are feeling better soon!" Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#027672] SOLD
(NY), (Vehicle), (1978). Her second book, a collection of short prose poems. Of a total edition of 500 copies, this is one of 474 copies in wrappers. Inscribed by the author in 1979. Slight rubbing to the spine folds, else fine; a very nice copy. [#011223] $275
NY, Random House, (2001). Apples, tulips, marijuana, potatoes. In his third book, the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and How To Change Your Mind, among others, examines the relationship between humans and four domesticated plants. This copy is inscribed by Pollan in the year of publication: "6-11-01/ For Warren, Fellow bumblebee. Michael Pollan." The thesis of the book is that these domesticated plants may be viewed as using us -- humans -- as an evolutionary strategy in the same way that flowers use bumblebees to spread their DNA, helping to ensure the species' survival; Pollan's recognition of the recipient's and his own identities as "bumblebees" likely refers to this idea. Laid in is a review of the book, directions to the library in St. Paul where Pollan was appearing, and what seem to be two pages of Warren's handwritten notes on the evening. Fine in a fine dust jacket, which features blurbs by Richard Ford, Bill McKibben, Edward Hoagland, and Alice Waters, among others. Uncommon in the first printing, especially signed. [#033486] SOLD
Philadelphia, Lippincott, (1963). The advance reading copy of his first book, winner of the Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year. With elaborate inventiveness, labyrinthine plots and a sometimes paranoid comic sense, Pynchon became the postmodern standard against whom all writers since have been measured. Each of his first three novels won one or more of the major literary awards given out in this country. Some cover creasing; spine creased from binder's glue and somewhat sunned; a very good copy in wrappers. [#024611] SOLD
NY, Holt, (1996). Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916876] $19
Springfield, Stevenson Campaign Headquarters, 1952. The transcriptions of 56 speeches given by Stevenson during the Presidential election season of 1952, beginning with his welcoming address to the Democratic National Convention on July 21, when he was speaking as Governor of the host state of Illinois and before he was drafted as the Democratic Party's Presidential candidate. The second speech here begins: "I accept your nomination and your program. I should have preferred to hear those words uttered by a stronger, wiser, better man than myself." 54 more speeches follow, all issued as news releases and most on Stevenson Campaign Headquarters letterhead. The final speech was given on November 1 (Election Day was November 4). Stevenson lost to Eisenhower, winning 44% of the popular vote but carrying only 9 states. A chronological record of Stevenson's entire first run for President: each release runs 3-10 pages, so hundreds of pages of Presidential politics from a half century ago, with equal opportunity to note how much things have changed and how much they have not. Photo-reproduced legal-sized sheets; minor edge wear; a few pages detached from corner staples; large coffee ring on the first page of the second news release. In all, a near fine lot, representing these speeches' first appearance in printed form. A number of them were published in book form by Random House prior to the 1952 election, with a Foreword by John Steinbeck. [#032678] $1,500
(NY), HarperCollins, (1995). Stories. Tiny gouge to lower front board; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915601] $19
(n.p.), (n.p.), 2006. An "artist's proof" for a limited edition print of the iconic artwork used on the dust jacket of Hunter Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Inscribed by Steadman in 2006. Note that Steadman drew this scene with the driver on the British side: Random House had to reverse the art for publication. Approximately 28" x 20". A handful of Steadman-esque stains, thus near fine; attractively matted and framed. We believe the edition was intended to be 100, although it appears to be more scarce than that figure would suggest. [#033230] $5,000
NY, Knopf, 1994. Inscribed by the author to Edward Hoagland: "For Ted/ a new trip for you/ warm regards as always, John." A nice association. Fine in a near fine, spine-faded dust jacket. [#033494] $250
Northridge, Lord John Press, 1990. A miniature book of poems. Of a total edition of 226 copies, this is copy 39 of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. 3" x 2-3/8". Fine. [#030226] $450
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