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click for a larger image of item #18431, SIUSA News (Washington, D.C.), Survival International U.S.A., (1981-1982). The publication of the U.S. branch of Survival International. The first eight issues (one double issue, 7 items), as follows: Volume 1, Nos. 1-4; Volume 2, Nos. 1, 2, 3/4. Several issues folded for mailing, most evenly darkened; near fine to fine. Promotional brochure also included. [#018431] $95
NY, Random House, (2003). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913749] $100
2001. May 9, 2001. Banks was a guest on the radio show Profiles, hosted by Mel Waggoner of Oregon Public Broadcasting. These two pages are Waggoner's script for the interview with spaces, indicated by "(Russell)", for Banks to provide his unscripted answers (which are not transcribed). Inscribed by Banks and with Waggoner's notation: #1 of only 2 signed copies." Fine. [#911325] $100
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
click for a larger image of item #31812, Through These Eyes; What Remains; Highstead Portfolio Salt Spring Island, Self-Published, ca. 2004 and 2005. Three catalogs of Bateman's photographs, each printed on a Mac; each fine in oblong wrappers. All from the library of Peter Matthiessen; Highstead Portfolio is inscribed by Bateman to Matthiessen, with an autograph note signed laid in. [#031812] $115
click for a larger image of item #6249, The South Dakota Guidebook (NY), New Rivers Press, 1974. The second book, a collection of poetry, by the author of First Light, and others. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. The total edition was 600 copies, of which 400 were issued in wrappers and 200 in cloth. Baxter's first book was a poetry collection published four years earlier. Well-known these days as a writer of fiction, his first novel wasn't published until 1987, seventeen years after his first book and thirteen years after this volume. Near fine. A scarce title in either the hardcover or softcover issue. [#006249] $95
(Climate Fiction)
click for a larger image of item #33880, America City (London), Corvus, (2017). Signed by the author in the month prior to publication. The British scifi author takes on a future America where droughts, hurricanes, and floods have created a humanitarian crisis at the border between northern and southern states, and the politicians find a way to blame Canada. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a label indicating the book is a "BBC Radio 2 Book Club" selection. Beckett's Eden trilogy was highly praised, and the author -- who is also a sociologist -- is well-regarded for using the science fiction genre as a way to explore social, political, and theological issues. [#033880] $125
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
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
click for a larger image of item #26516, The Songlines London, Jonathan Cape, (1987). The uncorrected proof copy. 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. Production crease near front joint; else fine in wrappers. [#026516] $150
(Santa Claus)
click for a larger image of item #32276, Small Archive Related to Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (various), (various), (1956, 1968). In 1897, eight year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, asking, in part, "Papa says, 'If you see it in The Sun it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" The reply of Editor Francis P. Church read, in small part, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias...." Church's response became the most reprinted English language newspaper editorial in history. When Virginia O'Hanlon died, in 1971, friends formed a press to publish the editorial and its back story as a children's book; in 1974, the book became an Emmy Award-winning animated television special; and, in 2009, it became a CGI animated television special entitled simply, "Yes Virginia." The items offered here all predate the story's book and animation fame, and include the typescript of a 1956 television appearance by O'Hanlon, a Sun broadside of the editorial, and Two Christmas Classics, which is likely the editorial's first appearance in book form, in 1968. The lot is as follows: 1. The 3-page typescript of a 1956 segment of the television show The Children's Hour, hosted by Ed Herlihy, with guest appearances in this episode by Santa Claus and by Virginia O'Hanlon, who would have been in her late 60s. In it, Santa asks Herlihy if there really is a Virginia, and Herlihy introduces "Dr. Laura Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas," using her married name (kept after her divorce), acknowledging her doctorate (from her career as an educator), and revealing that "Virginia" was actually her middle name. Herlihy then recounts the story of the editorial, and O'Hanlon is given unscripted time to talk about events since, followed by her own reading of Francis P. Church's famous response to her younger self. These pages are stapled to: 2. An undated New York World Telegram/The Sun broadside of the full editorial, entitled "Is There a Santa Claus?," and adding a paragraph at the bottom on "How Editorial Happened to Be Written." 3. A cover letter is included, written on New York World Telegram letterhead and dated October 21, 1956, from a former employee of the paper to "Miss Clements" (Alice Clements, producer of The Children's Hour), saying that he is acquainted with O'Hanlon and feels he can convince her to appear on the show, adding, "Each and every year during the month of December I was shocked by the nation-wide demand for reprints of the Virginia O'Hanlon story." These three items are folded in half, and the corner staple is rusted; they are otherwise near fine. 4. Together with the chapbook Two Christmas Classics, issued by Columbia University Press, ca. 1968, and printing both Church's editorial and Clement Clarke Moore's A Visit from Saint Nicholas ("Twas the night before Christmas") as a holiday keepsake, as both Church and Moore were graduates of Columbia College. (Coincidentally, O'Hanlon received her Masters Degree from Columbia.) The chapbook also prints brief, anonymous, introductions to each. Approximately 4-3/4" x 6-1/2", edge-sunning to the front cover; near fine in stapled wrappers, with a holiday greeting laid in that is signed by Carl B. Hansen, of Columbia University Press. A relatively early grouping of items in the enduring legacy of one child's curiosity and Church's timeless response embodying the meaning of Christmas. [#032276] $2,000
click for a larger image of item #34526, Shorter Lyrics of the Twentieth Century: 1900-1922 London, Poetry Bookshop, (1922). Later printing of this collection edited by Davies. With the 1924 ownership signature of Cheryl Crawford. Several poems marked with an "X" in pencil. Mild foxing; very good, without dust jacket. [#034526] $35
London, Bachman & Turner, (1973). His first book, a satirical novel that was only published in England. Cocked, with some foxing to boards and prelims; very good in a very good dust jacket with a couple edge tears and a crease to the front flap. [#028618] $60
(n.p.), Stuart Wright, (1984). His first limited edition, a single story issued in an edition of 200 copies. Dubus was a contemporary master of the short story form and the most accomplished writer of novellas in the U.S.; he was compared on numerous occasions to Chekhov. Clothbound, with paper spine label, issued without dust jacket. Covers splaying slightly, as is common with this title; spine label faded; near fine. Although the edition was done as a signed edition, this copy is not signed -- the only copy we have seen thus. [#026975] $60
(n.p.), (n.p.), [2001]. The screenplay by Festinger and Field, based on the Dubus story "Killings," and submitted to the Academy for award consideration. Bradbound in cardstock covers; small label removal abrasion to front cover; else fine. [#912464] $100
click for a larger image of item #911202, 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. Signed by Ford. An unknown number of copies were produced; Ford signed seven of them at a reading in 1990. Photo-reproduced sheets on 3-hole paper. In this copy, page 120 was typed on a different typewriter than the first 119 pages. A fine copy, bound in a flexible blue binder. The film was directed by Michael Fields and starred Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, Sam Shepard and Valerie Perrine. [#911202] $1,000
click for a larger image of item #21499, Introduction: Remembering Cruikshank (Princeton), (Princeton University Library Chronicle), (1974). An offprint from the Chronicle, reportedly fewer than fifty copies printed for the author's use. Signed by the author. Shallow edge-sunning; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#021499] $225
(Hohenwold), (Book Source), (2000). A chapbook published as Oxford Series: Two. One of 500 numbered copies. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#913570] $200
click for a larger image of item #32647, Dying with the Wrong Name Princeton, Contemporary Poetry Press, (2013). First published in 1980, this is a new edition, with a foreword by Carlos Fuentes. This copy is inscribed by the author to the Chinese poet Bei Dao: "For the great poet Bei Dao -- on a wonderful meeting and in memory of [?], Mahmoud Darwish, Ramallah and freedom and justice." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Laid in is a typescript copy of Hamod's poem "Sabra/Shatilla: In Sorrow," which does not appear in the collection. [#032647] $115
click for a larger image of item #28935, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest NY, HBO/Cannon Video, (n.d). The 1975 Academy Award-winning movie based on Kesey's novel, in VHS format. Signed by Kesey on the case, over the picture of Jack Nicholson, who himself won an Academy Award for the lead role. The placement of the signature may have been a statement on Kesey's part: he was known to have strongly opposed the casting of Nicholson as McMurphy (thinking a more physically imposing actor, such as Gene Hackman, would have been more appropriate), and he reportedly considered having his own name taken off the movie in protest. Kesey's son, Zane, said that this was the only copy of the movie he had ever heard of being signed by his father, because of how thoroughly unhappy he was with the film. Fine in a very good, rubbed case, with a small sticker removal abrasion. [#028935] $750
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 #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
click for a larger image of item #989, The Future is Ours, Comrade London, Bodley Head, (1960). The first British edition of the author's first book, a pseudonymously published nonfiction account of Russia in the postwar years, predating his first novel, The Painted Bird, by five years. Inscribed by the author as "Jerzy Kosinski" for Hugh Moorhead in 1982. Moorhead was a Philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University who wrote to 250 authors to ask them what they thought the meaning of life was, and then published their answers in a depressing book that suggested nobody had much of a clue. Stripe at bottom page edges; very good in a very good dust jacket chipped at the upper front spine fold. [#000989] $285
NY, McGraw-Hill, (1969). Inscribed by the author: "For ____/ with feelings that cannot speak in ink and cannot help it in tears./ Kenny/ Princeton/ 17 September 1969." A bulky book with a bit of a sag to the text block and vertical creasing to the half-title where the book is inscribed; still near fine in a very good dust jacket with minor edge wear and a bit of dampstaining visible on verso. [#028799] $115
click for a larger image of item #32392, The Observer Prize Stories London, Heinemann, (1952). Peter Matthiessen's copy, in which he has re-drafted his included story, "The Centrepiece." Roughly two dozen changes, in the space of ten pages, including a change in the ending. Matthiessen has written, on the flyleaf, "PM story edited in this volume." These changes were incorporated when the story was republished in the collection On the River Styx in 1989. Front hinge cracked, loss of color to spine extremities; a good copy, lacking the dust jacket, but for the front flap, which is laid in. [#032392] $490
click for a larger image of item #17180, Tropico de Capricornio Buenos Aires, Santiago Rueda, (1960). The first Argentine edition of Tropic of Capricorn. A very good copy in self-wrappers, inexpertly tape-repaired at the hinges and folds. [#017180] $40
(London), Andre Deutsch, (1960). Second printing of the first book by this Trinidadian author of Indian descent, who came to be regarded as one of the giants of contemporary English literature, and the most astute, if acerbic, Western commentator on Third World issues. Naipaul won the Booker Prize for his collection In a Free State and numerous other literary awards over the course of his 40-year writing career. Bookplate of poets Barbara Howes and William Jay Smith front pastedown; foxing to endpages and page edges; pencilled marginal markings; spine slant; very good in a near fine, second impression dust jacket with a vertical fold at the spine. [#018689] $95
NY, Hyperion/Miramax, (1996). The Minghella screenplay for the film based on Ondaatje's novel. With an introduction by Michael Ondaatje. Signed by Ondaatje at his introduction. Illustrated with photos from the movie. Fine in wrappers. [#913390] $150
click for a larger image of item #11992, New Spaces Santa Barbara, Black Sparrow, 1985. Inscribed by Oppenheimer to another poet in the year of publication. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Dusty; else fine. A nice association copy. [#011992] $125
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 #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
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
click for a larger image of item #23062, Vanishing Acts New Haven, Yale University Press, (2000). A review copy of this collection of Rogoff's theater criticism. With press release and New York Times review laid in. Together with an autograph card signed to film critic Pauline Kael, soliciting comments. One page corner turned, else fine in wrappers. [#023062] $45
Reno, U. of Nevada, 1985. Oblong quarto of color photographs of contemporary Native Americans, including portraits, ceremonies, and candid shots. Fine in fine dust jacket and inscribed by the author. [#003457] $60
Cincinnati, Writer's Digest Books, (2007). An advice book for fiction writers. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "with affection & appreciation, a 'cunning craftsman' if ever there was one." Very near fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033777] $45
Ottawa, Borealis, 1974. Her second book. Fine in wrappers. [#912740] $350
click for a larger image of item #34473, Three Poem Broadsides (San Francisco), (San Francisco), (1963-1964). Three broadsides: Gary Snyder's Nanao Knows, Lew Welch's Step Out Onto the Planet, and Philip Whalen's Three Mornings. Each reproduced by photo-offset from the author's own calligraphy and printed in an edition of 300 copies on the occasion of a reading at Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, June 12, 1964. Each broadside is signed by its author. Snyder, Welch and Whalen first met when they attended Reed College, a progressive school in Oregon; the friends later became three of the most influential poets of the Beat generation. The Welch is sunned with two creases; the Snyder and Whalen have some light creases and edge sunning and are also signed by an unknown hand in an upper margin, with "much happiness." A very good set. 9-1/2" x 12-1/2". Publisher's postcard prospectus laid in. [McNeil A7.] [#034473] $700
(NY), Dell, (1973). Inscribed by Solow to Pauline Kael: "To Pauline -- The mother of all us movie lovers -- Marty." A paperback original; near fine. [#034582] $35
click for a larger image of item #32829, Unpublished Typescript about George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four (n.p), (n.p.), [ca. 1983]. In 1983, Robert Stone, National Book Award-winning novelist, was commissioned to write a piece on George Orwell and his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, as that calendar year approached. In the piece, Stone made an effort to reclaim Orwell from the conservative right wing, which had taken his most famous, anti-totalitarian novels -- Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm -- to be explicit condemnations of the Soviet Union and Communism, and by implication all leftist thought itself. Instead, Stone argues that Orwell's writing in Homage to Catalonia -- not to mention his fighting on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War -- identifies Orwell as someone with both a socialist sympathy and "a certain affinity with what I believe is best about the United States," a kind of Puritanism that is characterized by "rectitude...conscience and common sense." He goes on to point out that Orwell "was the sort of radical who makes enemies on both sides of epic struggles," owing to his "originality and intelligence, [and] above all his thoroughgoing honesty, [which] always got him in trouble. A writer and man more predictable and dull, less infernally scrupulous would have had a better time of it." Stone adds that Orwell was idealistic but non-ideological -- as Stone was himself -- and deeply committed to the kind of "pragmatism that has characterized American moral thinkers from Jefferson to James to Neibuhr." He concludes that "We may never produce a greater political novel than Nineteen Eighty-Four" and that "it has done its work for us" in shaping our fears and cautions sufficiently for us to have avoided the totalitarian dystopia that was latent in the post-War years of the Cold War. The confluence of writer and subject here was, in many ways, a near-perfect one but the piece seems never to have been published; we can find no record of it; a cover letter from Stone's wife, Janice, indicates this was done for Thames Television, but whether it was produced or used remains unknown to us. One of Stone's novels includes an allusion to a critical moment in Nineteen Eighty-Four: Stone's character explains that one has "to look the gray rat in the eye" -- an allusion to the torture by rats that Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, is faced with, which causes him to "break" and betray himself and his loved ones. 18 pages, ribbon copy typescript, with Janice Stone's cover letter, laid into an agent's folder. Fine. An unknown Robert Stone piece, on a subject that touches close to many of the central and pervasive themes of his own writings. Unique. [#032829] $8,500
click for a larger image of item #30407, A Child's Calendar 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 library binding in pictorial boards (there was also a trade binding done). Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. This is a fine copy in pictorial boards with just a small push near the upper spine. Difficult to find in collectable condition in the library binding. [#030407] $190
click for a larger image of item #30163, Couples NY, Knopf, 1968. The first of his novels to be both a critical and a substantial commercial success. Inscribed by the author: "For ___ ___/ with every good wish in her new environs/ John Updike." Foxing to cloth and edges of text block; mild splaying to boards; very good in a near fine dust jacket that is also foxed, mostly on verso. [#030163] $340
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 #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
NY, Knopf, 1966. The first issue of this collection of stories, with the transposed lines on page 46. Signed by the author. Light splaying to boards; else fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#912072] $450
NY, Knopf, (1995). An alphabet book, with poems by John Updike and photographs by his son, David. Signed by John Updike. Quarto; fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912124] $300
click for a larger image of item #23981, Correspondence 1951, 1952, 1970. One typed letter signed, one autograph letter signed, and one autograph postcard signed by the controversial author of Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval, and others. Velikovsky's books suggested that Earth's history was defined more by sudden catastrophes than by slow evolution. They became quite popular during the 1960s, when conventional wisdom of all sorts was being called into question. Each letter is written to a Mr. Tereshchenko: the first refutes two notions in a book by "Beaumont;" the second letter assures the recipient that the second volume of Ages [in Chaos] will be published and is being held up by Velikovsky himself; the third voices intent to send along a 1946 publication and explains that Ages in Chaos grew to a tetralogy. "Beaumont" is William Comyns Beaumont, a British author whom some claimed had advanced the notions put forward by Velikovsky a generation earlier. The first letter is secured across the midpoint fold with tape; very good. The second letter is on airmail paper; folded and opened as designed; else fine. The postcard is fine. Correspondence, or any autograph material, by Velikovsky is quite scarce, especially with significant content. [#023981] $1,750
Brockport, BOA, 1977. Second printing. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, in 1996, "in fellowship." Fine in wrappers. [#033810] $45
click for a larger image of item #3296, Autograph Letter Signed [1921]. May 30 [1921]. Written to Herbert Fay, Custodian of Lincoln's Tomb. One 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of white lined paper, written on both sides. This letter refers to White Eagle's being in charge of an exhibit in Chicago for the Custer Battlefield Highway Association and to his efforts to contact an Apache named Dr. Montezuma, who lived in Chicago, in order to provide Fay with a photograph for his collection. Folded in sixths for mailing. Near fine. [#003296] $650
click for a larger image of item #34482, Two Dam Poems (Roanoke), Toler and Company, (1976). A chapbook printing two poems about a dam, each poem dedicated to the other poet. Printed in an edition of 100 for distribution to friends, this is an unnumbered, out-of-series copy, from Wier's library. A single sheet, folded in fourths. Fine. [#034482] $35
click for a larger image of item #913495, New Hope for the Dead NY, St. Martin's, (1985). The second of his acclaimed Hoke Moseley crime novels. Signed by the author. Fine in a near fine, mildly spine-sunned dust jacket with trace rubbing to the flap folds. A very nice copy, scarce signed. [#913495] $850
NY, Harper & Row, (1975). The uncorrected proof copy of his third suspense novel set in Vietnam, and the least common of the author's novels. Fine in wrappers. [#014684] $60
click for a larger image of item #30152, The Helga Files 1985-1987. The publisher's files (Art & Antiques magazine) for the breaking story of "The Helga Pictures," Wyeth's previously secret cache of 245 paintings and drawings, many nude, of his neighbor in Chadds Ford, PA. Included are:
  • the transcript of the 1985 interview with Wyeth by editor Jeffrey Schaire in which Wyeth first divulged the existence of the unknown work. 24 pages. This interview was for a story on Wyeth that Arts & Antiques ran the year before the Helga story graced their cover.
  • a second copy of the 1985 transcript, marked and annotated in preparation for extracting the story from the conversation.
  • a partial handwritten transcription of the 1985 interview, with notes on images to be used, 7 pages.
  • a photocopy of the press release for the 1985 article, with edits shown.
  • a printout of the typescript of that first article, "The Unknown Andrew Wyeth."
  • a printout of the typescript of the 1986 Helga article, entitled "Andrew Wyeth's Secret Paintings."
  • storyboard-type layout of the text and images to be used in the 1986 article.
  • two mockups for the layout of the 1986 article, the first draft using the title of the 1985 article and unrelated text, but with the Helga pictures; the second adding the actual title and text.
  • 11 proof prints and 3 photo positives of Helga images, most stamped as property of Time magazine; with a black and white proof of their cover story, which reported (as did Newsweek) on the revelation of the Helga pictures a week after Arts & Antiques broke the story.
  • the typesetting of what seems to be the publisher's (Wick Allison's) introduction to the Helga piece in the 1986 issue, lightly copyedited.
  • five pieces of correspondence, 1985-1988, from the photographer on the story, Peter Ralston, to the author, Jeff Schaire.
  • two snapshots of Andrew Wyeth with Jeffrey Schaire, taken by Susan Gray at the 1987 showing of "The Helga Pictures" at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., along with Schaire's invitation to the preview.
  • three letters from Mary Adam Landa, curator of the Wyeth Collection in Chadds Ford.
  • the radio transcript of Helen Hayes's piece on Wyeth (for her syndicated program "The Best Years") from 1985, in which she reported on the first Arts & Antiques article, without mentioning the foreshadowed cache of secret paintings.
  • two file folders full of the fall-out from the Helga story: fan mail and kudos (and some snarky commentary) from other publications, galleries and individuals; press clippings; arrangements for publicity appearances and a proposal for a video; numerous clippings of cartoons and parodies.
Wyeth had always been controversial: dismissed by critics and beloved by the public. The Helga story revealed the depth of this chasm, as the 1985 report of an unknown body of work by a major American painter was shrugged off by the art establishment, only to sweep the headlines of popular culture a year later, as Helga became ensconced in the public imagination. Later, the art historian John Wilmerding wrote, "Such close attention by a painter to one model over so long a period of time is a remarkable, if not singular, circumstance in the history of American art." The story of the Helga pictures was one of the most compelling and widely reported tales of an American artist since Jackson Pollock made headlines in the 1940s and '50s. This is the unique, original file that broke the story that eventually made the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines. But for some isolated dampstaining, the archive is near fine or better. [#030152] SOLD
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