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(NY), Tibor de Nagy Editions, 1970. One of 300 copies. This copy is inscribed by Abish in 1982. A bit edge-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#914700] $300
$195
(NY), Strawberry Press, (1981). A collection of poems published by poet Maurice Kenny's Strawberry Press, with a cover illustration by Wendy Rose. Trace crown bump; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#025288] SOLD
New Rochelle, Elizabeth Press, (1965). Poetry by a writer of Cherokee-French descent, also known as Gogisgi. This is his first book. Stamped as having belonged to the literary magazine Epoch. Narrow dampstaining to both spine and foredge; thus very good in stapled wrappers. Scarce. [#026836] $45
$23
click for a larger image of item #31653, One Good Turn London, Doubleday, (2006). The second of her acclaimed mystery novels featuring Jackson Brodie, which have pushed the boundaries of the genre. Signed (initialed) by the author. With two dust jackets, both the normal trade edition dust jacket and a variant that lacks a price on the front flap: we would declare this the export edition jacket but for two other changes: the heading "Case Histories" on the rear panel is in a variant typeface, and the front flap copy runs three more lines (owing to line breaks, rather than variant text). Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year Award and her 2013 alternate-histories novel, Life After Life, also earned her significant acclaim far outside of the mystery genre, both in the U.K. and in the U.S., and itself won several awards. Fine, in two fine dust jackets. [#031653] $150
$98
(Weston), Living Hand, (1974). His first book. Poetry, published as Living Hand 3, the third issue of the magazine that Auster founded and edited. Mild edge sunning and a couple of tiny spots on the rear cover; near fine in wrappers. [#911268] $200
$130
Garden City, Doubleday, 1968. The limited edition of Barth's innovative fifth book, his first that was not a novel. This is a collection of "fiction for print, tape, live voice." Number 44 of 250 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#911339] $175
$114
Garden City, Doubleday, 1968. Barth's innovative fifth book, his first that was not a novel. This is a collection of "fiction for print, tape, live voice." Signed by the author. Trace foredge foxing; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a tiny hole at the front spine fold. [#911338] $175
$114
click for a larger image of item #4547, The Songlines Franklin Center, Franklin Library, 1987. By general consensus, Chatwin's best book -- a "novel of ideas," as the publisher puts it, of Australian aborigines, and the questions about man that arise from the vast gulf that separates the culture of contemporary, Western civilized man from that of the wandering tribes of Australia, whose "dream tracks" or "songlines" delineate both a physical and a psychic geography. The correct first American edition, published by the Franklin Library for subscribers as part of their Signed First Editions series. An attractively designed book, in black leather stamped in brown and gold, in a pattern suggestive of the Australian aborigines' "songlines" that give the book its title. With a special introduction for this edition, which does not appear anywhere else. Signed by the author. Chatwin's signature is uncommon; reclusive while alive, he died three years after the publication of this book, at the age of 49. Fine, in the publisher's original shrinkwrap. [#004547] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #30111, This House of Sky [NY], [HBJ], [(1978)]. Ivan Doig's own set of page proofs of his first publication for the general book trade. Signed and titled by Doig on the dedication page (the first sheet present) and with several corrections in his hand. Numbered to 314 pages, printed on rectos only; roughly 7" x 9" sheets, in a 3-ring binder. With a signed letter of provenance from Doig, on his stationery, attesting to the set as being from his archives and with his corrections. A memoir of growing up in Montana with his father and grandmother, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind was voted one of the five best books ever written on Montana; it won the Christopher Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Doig also received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association. Tape to copyright page and a few paper clips scattered throughout; else a fine set. A unique copy of a modern classic, with impeccable provenance. [#030111] $2,500
$1,875
click for a larger image of item #33672, Blessings Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1987. The first separate edition of this story by Dubus, expanded from its magazine publication back to its original length. An attractive limited edition, designed and printed by Carol Blinn of Warwick Press. Copy No. 34 of 60 numbered copies, of a total edition of 70 copies signed by the author. Unmarked, but from the library of Robert Stone. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033672] $500
$325
click for a larger image of item #26009, Geode/Rock Body Santa Barbara, Capricorn Press, 1970. The first book by the author of The Solace of Open Spaces and Heart Mountain, among others, a collection of poems. This is one of 550 copies of the issue in wrappers, of a total edition of 600 copies. Inscribed by the author in 1992. Mild edge-sunning; else fine. [#026009] $225
$146
click for a larger image of item #32871, Original Drawing Undated. An anatomical sketch by Feitelson, working on a male form, with a rocking chair on the verso. 4-1/2" x 8". Unsigned, but accompanied by a signed copy of the magazine Minotaure from 1933. The sketch shows some light green watercolor on the page and is near fine; the magazine has endured some unsuccessful attempts at reinforcing with a tape binding; the covers are detached. The signature, "Property of Lorser Feitelson," appears on the upper edge of the front cover. Feitelson was one of the founders of what came to be called the Los Angeles School of painting, a post-surrealist style that developed into what became the "Hard Edge" style of abstraction. This drawing exhibits a classical approach to draftsmanship. The issue of Minotaure is number 3-4, and features writing by Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, and others; photographs by Man Ray and Brassai, among others; and artwork by Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Dali, among others. A glimpse of the artist's work, and a well-used example of a key surrealist publication, that provides some context for the artwork. [#032871] $1,500
$1,125
(Film)
click for a larger image of item #33334, Three Hours of Experimental Films on Alchemy Astrology, Magic Gorham/Portland, [University of Southern Maine], 1971. Poster advertising two showings of films by Kenneth Anger, Harry Smith, Stan Brakhage, Ed Emshwiller, and "one unannounced film on an American Mythical Event," to be held on two campuses of the University of Southern Maine. Anger's films were his landmark Scorpio Rising and his 1969 Invocation of My Demon Brother, which had a soundtrack by Mick Jagger and won a Film Culture award in 1970 for best experimental film. Brakhage's films included the Dog Star Man sequence and two others from the early 1960s, one of which includes a typo in its title ("Theigh" instead of "Thigh"). 19" x 24". An attractive and compelling design, four color on green background; near fine. [#033334] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #16251, Wake Up, Stupid (London), Deutsch, (1960). The first British edition. The introductory blurb has been changed for this edition. Offsetting to endpages and a bit of edge-sunning to cloth; near fine in a very good, spine-darkened dust jacket with a small, internally tape-mended chip at the base of the spine affecting the publisher's name. [#016251] $60
$30
NY, McGraw-Hill, (1965). His third book, a novel. Inscribed by the author. Very good in a very good dust jacket. An early book by this writer whose first novel was a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award winner. [#029317] $60
$30
(International Festival of Authors)
click for a larger image of item #29755, 1999 International Festival of Authors Promotional Poster 1999. 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 David Blackwood. Approximately 53 signatures. Signed by: Tom Nolan, Jay Parini, Tom Keneally, Alistair Macleod, Claire Messud, Carol Shields, Lawrence Scott, Susan Jill Levine, Annie Dillard, Barbara Trapido, William Least Heat Moon, Marge Piercy, Grace Paley, Victoria Glendinning, Sara Paretsky, Mark Strand, Nancy Huston, Wayne Johnston, Roch Carrier, Roger McDonald, Charlotte Gray, and others. 16-1/2" x 23-3/4". [#029755] $1,000
$700
click for a larger image of item #30737, The Fourth Hand (n.p.), (n.p.), 2000. An early, tapebound typescript of this novel that was published in July, 2001. No publisher indicated, suggesting this was an early agent's copy, or some other kind of copy prepared prior to the publisher issuing any version of it. Double-spaced, double-sided, 507 pages. "Revised: December 11, 2000" printed on the white front cover/title page. Textual differences exist between this and the published text, beginning with a different table of contents and including changes in the Acknowledgments section of the book. We are aware of another state of this draft that was comb-bound, which was issued by Knopf/Canada. Very near fine. [#030737] $450
$293
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
$75
click for a larger image of item #29934, Final Judgement Construction Company Annual Report & Literary Journal (n.p.), Well-Defended Press, 1990. A spoof on corporate reports, with contributions by a number of Canadian writers including Kinsella, Ann Knight, Spider Robinson, and others. Kinsella contributes "An excerpt from my essay, Treacherous Snivelling and Other Dangerous Trends in Contemporary U.S. Poetry." Also includes a poem (in Latin) by "Silas Ermineskin," a Kinsella alter-ego and one of the central characters in a number of Kinsella's highly praised Indian stories. Ermineskin's contribution is signed by "Ermineskin," somewhat illegibly. Also signed by Kinsella, Knight, Robinson and five others, presumably all the contributors, although the use of pseudonyms on the contributions makes it impossible to determine, from internal evidence alone, if this is the case. Folded sheets, with plain card-stock covers: apparently a home-made production by someone with a copier, a laser printer, and the friendship of a number of Canadian literary figures. Although the limitation is not stated, and the production methods did not preclude creation of more copies, we are told that there were 30 copies done. 24 pages, folded sheets in cardstock covers. OCLC locates only one copy, in the Canadian national archives. Fine. [#029934] $750
$525
NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1992). The author's well-received first novel. Inscribed by Kurzweil to Robert Stone, "with thanks and much respect." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#027643] $60
$30
(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
$25
(NY), (One Story), (2004). His first solo appearance in print, a story that was later included in his collection Sightseeing. Published as Issue 46 of One Story. Lapcharoensap was named as one of Granta's best young American novelists, despite the fact that his one book to that point was a short story collection. Fine in stapled wrappers and signed by the author. [#913211] $125
$81
click for a larger image of item #23675, The Corolla, 1947 and 1948 Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama, 1947-1948. Two volumes of the yearbook of the University of Alabama, where Harper Lee studied law between 1945 and 1949. The 1947 Corolla shows Lee as editor of the humor magazine Rammer Jammer; sitting on the Board of Publications; voted one of the "campus personalities"; pictured as a student of law; and as a member of Chi Omega and of Triangle, an honor society of seniors who guide freshmen. In all, at least a half dozen pictures of Lee. Wear to the edges, rubbing to the joints; near fine. The 1948 Corolla pictures Lee only as a campus personality: before completing her degree requirements, Lee left law school for New York City, where she worked as an airline reservations clerk (and wrote To Kill A Mockingbird). From Lee's campus newspaper, as quoted in the book Harper Lee by Kerry Madden: "[Lee] is a traditional and impressive figure as she strides down the corridor of New Hall at all hours attired in men's green striped pajamas. Quite frequently she passes out candy to unsuspecting freshman; when she emerges from their rooms they have subscribed to the Rammer Jammer." Check marks in text; board edges worn; very good. [#023675] $1,000
$700
click for a larger image of item #13716, Autograph Note Signed Undated. On Esquire notepaper. "Lucky you! Yeah, his King Kong business was falling-down funny. Love, Gordon." Folded once, paperclip imprint; else fine. [#013716] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #19698, Proof Dust Jacket for Dubin's Lives [NY], Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [1979]. A proof copy of the dust jacket (jacket only, no book) for this Malamud novel, printing the front cover and spine only, with the title in a pale green that was later changed to yellow. Together with a copy of the finished jacket, with the yellow lettering, author photo and flap text. Each folded flat, else fine. [#019698] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #31447, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse NY, Viking, (1983). An author's copy of his controversial and suppressed book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early Seventies at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier being imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that Matthiessen describes as rife with government malfeasance. Matthiessen, his publisher, and even some bookstores who had stocked the book were the targets of lawsuits brought by two government officials who claimed they were slandered by the hard-hitting book, which made no bones about its advocacy of the Indians' case. Until a landmark Supreme Court decision upholding Matthiessen's (and Viking's) First Amendment rights, the book was shelved with remaining copies of it being pulped; paperback publication, as well as foreign publication, were blocked for nearly a decade. A significant volume, both for the incendiary nature of its content, as well as the First Amendment battle surrounding its publication and suppression. This copy is from Matthiessen's own library. A little Long Island foxing in evidence; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Letter of provenance available. [#031447] $125
$81
click for a larger image of item #32364, Raditzer (London), Panther, (1964). Two copies of the first printing of the Panther paperback edition of Matthiessen's fourth book, third novel. Each copy has pages marked by Matthiessen -- one copy with two pages and the other with three -- indicating word changes or changes to sentence order. The Panther edition precedes the American Bantam paperback by a year (but the Bantam edition does not reflect these changes). Spine creased on both copies, one heavily; the other has a small upper corner chip. Each is about very good in wrappers. [#032364] $265
$172
click for a larger image of item #15912, Raditzer London, Heinemann, (1962). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of his third novel. Signed by the author. Matthiessen was one of the very few authors who has won the National Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. His novel after this one, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, a National Book Award nominee, represented a significant jump from this book in terms of literary accomplishment. The book prior to this, Wildlife in America, started him on the path toward becoming one of our most highly regarded writers of natural history. This short novel, a tale of the sea that is reminiscent of Conrad, dates from an early period in Matthiessen's career and is uncommon even in the U.S. trade edition. This is the only copy of the British proof we have handled. Spine-sunned, else fine in wrappers. [#015912] $565
$396
click for a larger image of item #32371, The Snow Leopard NY, Viking, (1978). A second printing of his first National Book Award winner, which recounts a trip to the Himalayas with naturalist George Schaller in the hopes both of encountering a snow leopard in the wild and of coming to terms with his wife's recent death from cancer. From Matthiessen's own library and with more than a dozen passages marked in pen by Matthiessen, all having to do with the porter and camp assistant Tuktken. There are a couple of other passages marked in pencil, with page notations in the prelims. Rear blank excised, else a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#032371] $565
$396
(Oxon), Aidan Ellis, (1989). Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#913295] $100
$65
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, Knopf, 1975. Inscribed by the author in 1977 to another poet, "who has befriended Hazard and his grateful friend the author." Recipient's handmade bookplate front flyleaf; a near fine copy, with the main dust jacket sections clipped and attached to the boards. A nice literary association copy. [#023011] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #32895, Lettres a Un Jeune Poete Paris, Grasset, 1956. Rilke's poetry, inscribed to Doris Dana, Gabriela Mistral's longtime companion and translator, from Marie-Lise Gazarian-Gautier: "A mon amie Doris de la Nina Azul/ avril 1960." "La Nina Azul," Gazarian-Gautier, was a biographer and protege of Mistral. Together with a second printing of the paperback edition of Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral, which Dana translated. Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and only the fifth woman to receive the prize. The pages of the Rilke are uncut and age-toned; else both books are fine in wrappers. An interesting association copy between two of the women closest to the Nobel Prize winner Mistral. [#032895] $250
$163
click for a larger image of item #32804, Alamo: A Radio Play (n.p.), (n.p.), [2002]. A 25-page script for Moody's radio play, about an art student obsessed with the rotating cubical sculpture in New York City's Astor Place entitled Alamo but commonly known as "the cube." The play first appeared in Paris Review 162, but it was performed as part of WNYC's public radio show, "The Next Big Thing." This script for the performance belonged to Tony Award-winning actor and "Wilson" of television's House, Robert Sean Leonard, who here played the main character, Irv Paley. Leonard's holograph markings and comments appear in the text, i.e., a working copy of the script. Together with a program for the performance listing the cast members and other principals, and a two-page interview with the sculptor of "Alamo," Tony Rosenthal who, among other things, explains where the sculpture got its name. Among the other cast members is Peter Dinklage, currently of Game of Thrones fame. George Plimpton is credited with "Stage Directions" an Moody as Playwright. The place of the performance is not identified, but it would appear that this performance was the one that was recorded for radio play on WNYC in 2002: apparently it was performed again on WNYC in 2004, with a different cast; the later cast included Miranda July and Ethan Hawke. The script is a computer printout on three hole-punched sheets, one sheet of which is recycled from another script, in a plastic binder. Near fine. A unique copy of a rare printed version of an uncommon work by Moody. [#032804] $750
$525
click for a larger image of item #25649, Taos Pueblo (Greenfield), (Greenfield Review), (1973). A collection of poems. Cover illustration by Wendy Rose. An early book by one of the more important Native American poets to come to prominence in the renaissance of American Indian literature that took place in the Seventies. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#025649] SOLD
The first Japanese edition. Fine in wrappers, with publisher's wraparound band. Signed by the author. [#019574] $60
$30
click for a larger image of item #915763, Working Copy of Kentucky Straight (Castle Rock), Bella Luna, (1992). Copyedited typeset sheets for an apparently never-produced limited edition of Offutt's first book, a collection of stories published in 1992 as a paperback original in the Vintage Contemporaries series. One full set (140 pages) and five partial sets (approximately 270 pages). With copyeditor's marks throughout. 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, printed on rectos only. A few marks where rubber bands once lay; near fine, in manuscript box. Offutt's book received high praise from critics; on the strength of it and his 1993 memoir, The Same River Twice, he was named one of the "20 best young American writers" by Granta magazine. Presumably unique. [#915763] $750
$525
click for a larger image of item #25693, John Steinbeck's Re-Vision of America Athens, University of Georgia, (1985). A scholarly study, preceding any of his works of fiction by several years, and one of two books of nonfiction he wrote about John Steinbeck's work. Fine in a fine, very mildly spine-sunned dust jacket. Scarce. [#025693] $285
$185
Boston, Little Brown, (1988). Inscribed by the author: "To Tony Harvey -- Old friend and new neighbor -- Best always -- Bob Parrish/ Watermill/ May, 12, 1993." A nice association: Parrish was an Academy Award-winning film editor as well as a sometime director; Anthony Harvey was an Oscar-nominated director who had also worked as an editor on such films as The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, The L-Shaped Room and Lolita. Foxed top edge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#026850] $80
$40
click for a larger image of item #1806, To Say if You Love Someone Prairie City, Decker Press, (1948). An unrecorded variant of this uncommon title. Gray cloth with the same design as that of the apparently first issue yellow cloth, in a purple and pink floral dust jacket with red and blue lettering, a $2 "Gift Edition" price, and different jacket copy. Near fine in a good dust jacket: the front flap has separated and is laid in. [#001806] $565
$396
click for a larger image of item #11223, Counting (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] $210
$137
NY, Scribner's, (1992). The uncorrected proof copy of her second book of fiction and first novel. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. Fine in wrappers. [#911919] $500
$325
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
(London), HarperCollins Children's Books, (2011). The advance reading copy of the first British edition, and first paperback edition, of the first book in her bestselling young adult dystopian trilogy, written while Roth was a senior at Northwestern University and filmed in 2013. Gentle corner creasing; very near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in any advance issue. [#030798] $95
$48
click for a larger image of item #30801, The Delectable Mountains and Other Narratives Boston, Little Brown, (1959). Inscribed by the author to Peter [De Vries] and his wife, Katinka. Further signed in full by Roueche on the title page. A collection of profiles of people who found a life that suits them. First published in The New Yorker between 1946 and 1953. (Note that for this reason the copyright page at a glance makes it seem as though the book was published in 1953.) Spine slanted, rubbing to spine extremities; a near fine copy in a very good, spine-sunned and price-clipped dust jacket. [#030801] $115
$75
click for a larger image of item #912779, Duplicate Keys NY, Knopf, 1984. Her third novel. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912779] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #33494, Brazil 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
$163
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
$396
NY, Knopf, 2001. A volume in Knopf's "Everyman Library," collecting Bech: A Book, Bech is Back, Bech at Bay, and adding "His Oeuvre." Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912119] $250
$163
click for a larger image of item #30282, The Dick Cavett Show. A Conversation with John Updike (n.p.), (n.p.), 1978. Transcript of two consecutive nights of Updike's appearances on The Dick Cavett Show in December 1978. Ten pages and eleven pages, respectively, plus cover sheet. Printed on rectos only. Near fine, in a blue acetate folder that has split along its fold. DeBellis and Broomfield A68. Later collected in Conversations with John Updike. [#030282] $565
$396
Ipswich, 17th Century Day Committee, 1968. Written by Updike for performance on "Seventeenth Century Day," August 3, 1968. One of 1000 copies, this being one of the 950 copies that were issued unsigned, but this copy has been signed by Updike on the front cover. One spot of sunning to the top edge, else fine in stapled wrappers. [#030165] $225
$146
click for a larger image of item #34611, Noodles, Sketchbook Stuff, Random Drawings, and Telephone Squiggles Northampton, Tundra, 1991. The third volume in the Tundra Sketchbook Series. With a very short introduction by Neil Gaiman, quite early in his career. Fine in wrappers. [#034611] $75
$38
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