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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

c. 1987-1988. Anderson's own collection of reviews of his first book, the powerful Vietnam novel Sympathy for the Devil, together with articles by him and about him from about the same time period. Roughly 14 different pieces, all photocopies, but five of them have holographic comments by Anderson on them. Includes copies of both Gustav Hasford's and Harry Crews's submissions for publicity blurbs for Sympathy for the Devil. Anderson has annotated Hasford's with news of Hasford's subsequent memorial service, and signed the annotation in 1993. All items fine. [#031323] $250
NY, Anchor, 1997. Annual short story collection, only issued in wrappers. The judges this year were Louise Erdrich, Thom Jones, and David Foster Wallace. Includes stories by George Saunders, Andre Dubus, Mary Gaitskill and others, and is signed at their contributions by Rick Moody ("Demonology") and by Arthur Bradfield ("Catface"). Bradfield has added, "This was my first real break!" Slight age-toning to pages, else fine in wrappers. [#032849] SOLD
(NY), Penguin, (1994). First Penguin paperback edition. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] in 1995. Very good in wrappers. [#031841] SOLD
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
Baltimore, Cemetery Dance, 2000. One of 750 copies signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Together with the paperback edition [NY: Leisure Books, 2000], which is also fine. [#030530] SOLD
NY, Pantheon, (2004). Subtitled "A Journey into Cold," this book collects Ehrlich's thoughts as she travels from Tierra del Fuego, to Wyoming, to the Spitsbergen archipelago in search of winter and in search of answers to what will happen to us if we are "deseasoned" by climate change and winter ends. Signed by the author. A powerful and poetic take on global warming, grounded in science but with an eye to the human, cultural and other costs that are easily overlooked in the scientific debate. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#023781] SOLD
London, Blazer Films, 1967. Fowles' screenplay for the 1968 film of his second novel, set on a Greek island and involving a young expatriate Englishman who is drawn into the fantastic designs of a self-styled psychic. The film, with Anthony Quinn, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen and Anna Karina, gained a cult following in the Sixties. The cast included two of the best-known male leads of their time (Quinn & Caine), an up-and-coming young actress who had been nominated for a "Most Promising Newcomer" Golden Globe two years earlier (Bergen), and Anna Karina, a staple in the films of French avant garde director Jean-Luc Godard. The director was Guy Green, a former cinematographer, and while the material may have been a bit much for Green, whose previous movies had been more straightforward than the partly fantastic plot that Fowles' novel presented him with, the film was nominated for a British Academy award for cinematography. This script bears the name of David Harcourt and has revision sheets dated September 4, 7 and 12, and November 25, 1967. Harcourt is listed as a camera operator on a production schedule (laid in) dated August 15, 1967. Also laid in is the shooting schedule for November 11. These sheets are torn and sunned, but the script itself is near fine and claspbound in very good red covers. An early piece of writing by Fowles and likely the scarcest item in his bibliography. It is Fowles' only screenplay to have been produced, and we have never heard of another copy turning up. [#021498] $4,500
Calcutta, H.C. Gangooly, (1912). Small volume comprising several essays on medicinal and psychoactive plants by an Indian physician. A printed label on the half title reads: "Graciously accepted & Read with interest by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales." Sections on hemp, ganja, hasheesh, and more, all first appearing in Indian Agriculturist. Green cloth binding has some wear and fraying, especially at the extremities; a very good copy and apparently uncommon: OCLC lists only one copy held, that being at the British Library. [#032305] $750
Boston, Little Brown, 1952. Later printing of this play by Hellman. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen]: "For Peter, on his birthday, with affection, respect & other nice things/ Lillian/ 1963." Near fine in a good dust jacket. [#032480] $300
NY, Crown, (1986). Warmly inscribed by the author. Bookplate of another author on the front flyleaf. Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#030611] $80
Clayton, Save the River, (1982). A publication of Save the River, an organization dedicated to defending the St. Lawrence Seaway, co-founded by Hoffman while living under the alias Barry Freed to evade prosecution on cocaine charges. Hoffman had been a political activist, founding member of the Yippies (Youth International Party), and Chicago 7 defendant, prior to going "underground" and living as Freed. He did not refrain from activism under his pseudonym, and became involved in local causes such as this. An 8-page booklet of detailed, reasoned arguments, catchy slogans, and a couple of simplistic illustrations. Signed by Hoffman as "Barry Freed" on the front cover. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#033019] $450
NY, Norton, (1975). Poems of the American West, by a Montana poet whose poetry was twice nominated for the National Book Award, and who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in two different genres -- fiction and poetry. Hugo also became editor of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series a few years after this book was published. This copy is inscribed by the author to a Native American poet: "Fellow poet, [?] and may all you love well remain/ Dick." Hugo's signature is uncommon. Homemade bookplate of recipient front flyleaf; dust jacket panels clipped and pasted to boards and front flap pasted to front pastedown; fine, such as it is. [#023439] $175
Eugene, Lone Goose Press, (1992). A limited edition of a single piece by Lopez, from Crossing Open Ground, about igniting and retaining wonder in the natural world. Copy 58 of 75 numbered copies signed by the author and the artist, Margaret Prentice, who provides several relief print illustrations to the text. An elegant production: handset and printed on handmade papers made by Prentice, using dyes made from colored plant pulp to evoke the woods to which the essay refers. Handbound into attractive wrappers, also made by Prentice, with a fern image on the cover, the whole laid into a folding clamshell box. Printed and bound by Sandy Tilcock, who also made the box. Fine. [#033028] $2,000
Kansas City, Sheed Andrews McMeel, (1976). His first book, a collection of "narrative contemplations" of the desert, told in a poetic, lucid prose, the clarity and simplicity of which is uncommonly suited to the subtleties of perception and expression it contains. Inscribed by the author in the month prior to publication: "For ___/ a woman of courage/ Barry." Additionally signed in full on the title page. Light splaying to boards; near fine in a rubbed, near fine dust jacket with wear at the spine tips. A nice personal inscription, and the earliest we have seen. [#027032] SOLD
Ithaca, Cornell University Press, (1969). A personal account by two volunteers who spent many years in Vietnam, learning the culture and the language, and who wrote this book in hope that it would help the Vietnamese voices to be heard in this country. Signed by Sommer, with "Best wishes." Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#031214] $20
(Shepherdstown), Orion Society, 1999. Program for the Orion Society's Millennium Conference, at which Matthiessen was a participant, along with Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, William Kittredge, Bill McKibben, Ann Zwinger, Rick Bass, Terry Tempest Williams, etc. Unmarked, but from the library of Peter Matthiessen. One of the key events of the environmental movement at the turn of the 21st century: Matthiessen's talk there was both challenging and controversial, urging participants to beware of adopting a holier-than-thou attitude as a result of their concerns for the environment. He opened his speech with a quote from Goethe: "There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable." 64 pages; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#032435] SOLD
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1990). A long piece on the Merchant Marine which, like most of his writings, first appeared in The New Yorker. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#028125] $20
(McSweeney's Store)
[2005]. Three broadsheets showing the development of advertising material for the documentary by Joe Pacheco about the Store's "house band," One Ring Zero, and their collaborations with McSweeney's roster of authors. Readings at the store would be accompanied by One Ring Zero; the band solicited lyrics from the authors and created an album of the resulting songs -- "As Smart as We Are"; and Pacheco made a movie about the process, and created the advertising for a benefit screening. Included here: a 13" x 19" color photo by Pacheco of the postal shelving used by the store, with one odd object per cubbyhole; a second 13" x 19" poster replacing some of those objects with authors and the band One Ring Zero; and a third, finished poster, 11" x 17", replacing some of those authors with text advertising the benefit screening (at 826NYC, as the Store had closed by 2005). Fine. [#032962] $375
NY, Knopf, 1977. The uncorrected proof copy of the second novel by the author of Edwin Mullhouse and the Pulitzer Prize winner, Martin Dressler. Small crack in wrapper at the lower spine; light overall dust soiling; near fine in tall wrappers. [#008233] $60
NY, Vintage, (1997). The first printing of the Vintage International edition of this novel of a jazz band in the Swing era, by an African-American novelist who is also a leading historian of the blues and jazz. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], "who begins and ends with fundamentals." Near fine in wrappers. [#032505] $100
NY, Vanguard, (1959). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the Nobel Prize winner's first novel, published two years after its appearance in the U.K. Naipaul is a Trinidadian author of Indian descent, one of the giants of contemporary English literature, and one of the most astute, if acerbic, Western commentators on Third World issues. Spine and a bit of the lower rear edge darkened, apparently from binder's glue rather than sun; some light dustiness to covers and a few gentle turns to page corners; very good in wrappers. An exceedingly scarce proof, by all appearances produced from the text block of the U.K. edition, bound in plain blue wrappers, with the U.S. publisher's label affixed to the front cover. This proof dates from the period when proofs were not routinely produced, which explains the use of the U.K. edition as an "American proof." Bound proofs in that era were little-known publishing artifacts, and were seldom saved, let alone filtered into the rare book market. We've only ever seen one other copy. [#028479] $2,500
(Native American Periodical)
(Chapel Hill), (North Carolina Archaeological Society), (1961). Volume 13. Anthropological articles. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#018439] $20
Los Angeles, 20th Century Fox, 1940. The revised shooting final screenplay, dated December 15, 1939, although with 24 pages of colored inserts dating from January and February, 1940. Machine stamped "copy #1," belonging to the producer Darryl F. Zanuck. This was one of the two screenplays that O'Hara worked on from September to December 1939 and shared screenplay credits for, in this case with Karl Tunberg and Don Ettlinger. The movie was produced by Zanuck, and starred Vera Zorina, Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre. Quarto; mimeographed pages with blue revision sheets inserted. Near fine in printed studio wrappers. Rare. [#025153] $2,000
NY, Harper & Row, (1976). The first regularly published book by this Acoma poet and the seventh volume in Harper's Native American Publishing Program. An important book, which we have found to be somewhat uncommon in the hardcover issue. Simultaneously published in cloth and paper, this is the cloth issue. Mild foxing to endpages and page edges; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with slight wear at the crown and foxing on verso. [#025672] $50
NY, Vehicle Editions, (1978). The issue in wrappers of her second book, a collection of poems and prose poems, one of 474 copies of a total edition of 500; inscribed by the author to Seymour Lawrence in the year of publication. Additionally, laid in is an autograph postcard signed "the counter." Lawrence became Phillips' publisher with her next book, Black Tickets, which was her first collection of prose and the first book she had published by a major publisher. The postcard is fine; the book near fine. [#004287] $475
NY, Knopf, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of the second book in his Sally Lockhart trilogy. Light red splashes on lower spine; near fine in wrappers. [#023040] $350
(NY), New Directions, (1970). First trade edition of this title, the issue in wrappers. Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, at Kitkitdizze, and dated "" Lamination peeling; very good in wrappers. [#032526] $300
(NY), Kroesen Books, (1977). Review copy of the hardcover issue. Signed and inscribed by the author in 1977. Also signed by the publisher, Jill Kroesen. Fine, without dust jacket. [#001940] $20
NY, Knopf, 1986. The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of his fourth novel, a look at the underside of the Hollywood mystique. Inscribed by Stone to Denis [Johnson] and his wife: "For Denis & Lucinda/ with admiration and respect -- my deepest esteem/ Robert Stone." Some dustiness and rubbing to the covers; very good in wrappers, in custom folding chemise and slipcase. A nice association between two writers who each won the National Book Award for a Vietnam-themed novel (Stone, Dog Soldiers, 1974; Johnson, Tree of Smoke, 2007), each of whose work has been at times compared to the other's. [#028552] SOLD
London, Oxford University Press, 1964. Poetry by Tomlinson, Austin Clarke and Tony Connor. Inscribed by Tomlinson. Handmade bookplate of another poet on front flyleaf. Rebound in blue boards; near fine. [#023327] $25
Unpublished. A comb-bound typescript. Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] on a Post-It note, with thanks "for skimming through this. A big imposition I know - There are still mistakes I'm afraid." With an additional autograph note signed laid in, saying any comment "would carry great weight with any prospective publisher." Fine. Train published the book on iUniverse in 2006. [#032536] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1966). An extra-annotated copy: inscribed by Wasserman, "To --- ---, a fellow quixotick -- with appreciation, Dale Wasserman, in 1968. Wasserman, who had had success on Broadway with an adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1963, wrote the book for Man of La Mancha which opened off Broadway in 1965 and moved to Broadway in 1966, where it won the Tony Award for best musical. Tipped into this copy is a plethora of Quixotic ephemera, as well as four typed letters signed from Wasserman. There is also a photo of a Cervantes-themed bracelet, which the recipient had sent to Wasserman, and which Wasserman mounted and photographed. The four letters span 1968-1969. In one, Wasserman notes: "It amuses me, the way The Impossible Dream has swept the world, gone into so many languages and been put to so many uses. For most often it's used wrongly, in a perversion of its meaning..." The owner has rather compulsively annotated not only the text of the book, and the added articles, reviews, and illustrations; he has also annotated Wasserman's letters. Binding broken from all the ephemera laid in. Thus a good copy, with the dust jacket absent but the jacket flaps preserved and pasted to the endpages. A unique copy. [#033200] $750
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