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(Anthology)
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1973. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Musty. [#035509] $45
$23
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
$48
click for a larger image of item #32457, The World Uranium Hearing and Autograph Letter Signed (West Germany), World Uranium Hearing, 1992. Program for the World Uranium Hearing, founded by Biegert, and held in Salzburg in 1992, timed with the quincentennial of Columbus' landing in America. Bilingual program, English and Russian. With an autograph letter signed laid in from Biegert to Matthiessen, reminding him that he is looking for "world renowned authors from all continents who will be the reporters at the World Uranium Hearing." Also laid in is a folded 11-3/4" x 19-1/2" poster publicizing the event, with the heading, "The Death That Creeps From the Earth." The program is near fine in stapled wrappers, with Biegert's address written on the front in Matthiessen's hand, along with "Contact: K. Vonn/ John I./ Robt Hughes/ W. Merwin" -- presumably referring to Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, Robert Hughes, and W.S. Merwin, all of them good friends of Matthiessen as well as "world renowned authors" who might be enlisted to support this event. [#032457] $175
$114
(Augsburg), Maro Verlag, (1997). The German language issue of the first separate appearance of a story that first appeared in the Georgia Review in 1979. Illustrated with woodcuts by Sophie Dutertre. Fine in self-wrappers, with a one sheet, four-page author/illustrator biographical supplement laid in, also illustrated by Dutertre. Uncommon. This copy is signed by Boyle. [#911383] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #28091, Original Drawing for Tornado Alley 1988. An original drawing by Wilson for Burroughs' 1989 book Tornado Alley. This image was included in the exhibition "Ports of Entry: William Burroughs and the Arts" that was mounted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1996, and it is reproduced on page 140 of the exhibition catalog. Interestingly, the illustration in the book does not show some of the work that Wilson did, as it was done using nonrepro blue pencil which does not show up when photographed: Wilson's edits didn't appear in Tornado Alley and they don't appear in Ports of Entry, but they are quite visible in the work itself. Wilson, one of the great artists of the underground comix of the 1960s and beyond, whom R. Crumb has said was a major influence on Crumb's own work, collaborated with Burroughs on a number of projects. This is not only a significant work of art, and a significant association with Burroughs, but it is also signed by Wilson, who has added, "To Nelson" next to his signature: Wilson gave this work to his friend Nelson Lyon, who loaned it to the exhibition and is listed in the book as one of the lenders to the exhibit. This is, in effect, a three-way association: Nelson Lyon was the co-producer of Burroughs' Dead City Radio, a 1990 album of Burroughs reading his work (including pieces from Tornado Alley) against a background of experimental music by various artists. 9-3/4" x 6-3/4". Matted and framed. Fine. A notable association copy, and an artifact of one of the great collaborations that Burroughs engaged in. [#028091] $7,500
$5,625
NY, Atheneum, 1977. Uncorrected proof copy of his highly praised first book, which was called by The New York Times Book Review "the best novel of the year." Casey's third book, Spartina, won the National Book Award. Erasure abrasion on front cover, and a small surface gouge on (blank) rear panel; otherwise fine. An auspicious debut. [#006300] $60
$30
(Hay), Hay Festival Press, 2004. The first separate appearance of this story, with an introduction by De Bernieres for this edition. Number 63 of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine without dust jacket, as issued. [#911483] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #34726, The Sources of a Science of Education NY, Horace Liveright, (1929). The first volume in the Kappa Delta Pi Lecture Series, in which Dewey argues for education to be a disciplined and evolving science. Owner name of Theodore F. Lentz, Jr. on the front flyleaf, and together with Lentz's own book, An Experimental Method for the Discovery and Development of Tests of Character [NY: Columbia University, 1925]. Lentz's book has a date stamp on the rear cover and a few small edge tears; very good in wrappers. Dewey's book has a bookplate (not Lentz's) on the front pastedown and several small, penciled marginal marks; near fine in a very good dust jacket with tiny edge chips and one small, internally tape-mended edge tear. [#034726] $450
$293
click for a larger image of item #32950, Original Art (n.p.), McSweeney's, (2000). A drawing by Eggers of a broken bird-like creature, executed on the previously blank dust jacket of Timothy McSweeney's Issue No. 5. Signed (initialed) by Eggers. Additionally initialed by Eggers in 2001 and signed by Lydia Davis, Susan Minot, Ben Greenman, Lawrence Weschler, Paul LaFarge, Ann Cummins, and Sarah Vowell Issue No. 5 was the first hardcover issue of Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and it was issued in three variant bindings and four variant dust jackets. This is the Ted Koppel binding with the previously blank white front. One tiny corner tap, else fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#032950] $1,000
$700
click for a larger image of item #16201, I Have the World London, Fortune Press, (1967). A volume of poetry by this Gloucester, MA, poet who was a longtime friend and sometime rival of poet Charles Olson, who directed a critical part of The Maximus Poems at Ferrini. Ferrini's response was a 30-page love poem, which was published as In the Arriving and which Olson later said was Ferrini's best book. Despite a rivalry that has been characterized as "brotherly," they remained close friends throughout Olson's life. Inscribed by the author: "____/ the heart of the book/ Vincent." The recipient's name was deliberately abraded by the recipient. Fine in a near fine, modestly edgeworn dust jacket. [#016201] $250
$163
(Children's Literature)
click for a larger image of item #35571, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years NY, Macmillan, 1929. The Newbery Award winning story of the first hundred years in the life of a wooden doll. Signed by the author. From the library of Doris Dana, with her ownership signature on the front pastedown. Dana was the translator, and partner, of Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral, as well as being friends with such figures as Thomas Merton, dramatist Cheryl Crawford, Thomas Mann, and others. Uneven sunning to covers; author's name circled in pencil there; bit of dampstaining to lower edges; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. Illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop. [#035571] $1,000
$700
(Children's Literature)
click for a larger image of item #35840, Typed Letter Signed 1939. Written to a fan of her Newbery Award winning book Hitty, explaining that first editions are hard to come by, "as with most children's books the first edition copies are not cherished very tenderly." Field explains she has only one first edition for herself, and suggests the recipient contact a bookseller. Signed, "Yours sincerely, Rachel Field." Folded in thirds, near fine. [#035840] $250
$163
(Film)
click for a larger image of item #27360, Cinema Now (Cincinnati), (University of Cincinnati), (1968). The text of a symposium on American Underground Film, featuring John Cage, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Stan Vanderbeek, and moderated by Jim McGinniss, a University of Cincinnati film professor. A historic symposium that brought together four of the leading avant garde artists of the time, whose work still resonates. Small marginal notation and stain to one page; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#027360] $100
$65
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
$700
1987. July 20, 1987. Ford writes, presumably to a publisher, declining to offer unspecified praise (review or book blurb) for another writer's book, despite having "some genuine admiration for it" and admitting that "he's a nice writer of sentences." At the same time, Ford gets in a pitch for Richard Bausch's book Spirits. Folded for mailing, else fine. [#912557] $150
$98
NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1974). His only children's book. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912617] $275
$179
(Women)
click for a larger image of item #34655, The Female Eunuch (London), MacGibbon & Kee, (1970). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition (British) of one of the defining books of the second feminist wave, an international bestseller that called out sexual oppression, the idealized female image, domestic servitude, and patriarchal condescension. Greer famously hoped her book would "quickly date and disappear," but much of it is still relevant to the struggles of the fourth (and counting) feminist wave. The plain brown wrappers have some creasing, and there's a small coffee stain on the title label; still near fine. Extremely scarce as a proof. [#034655] $1,000
$700
click for a larger image of item #31395, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Promotional Mobile London, Jonathan Cape, 2003. A promotional cardboard mobile with five Volkswagens: 2 red, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 yellow; therefore, according to the code of the book, signifying neither a Good Day nor a Black Day. Fine. The only such mobile we have seen. [#031395] $150
$98
Sylva, New Native Press, 1985. A broadside poem, printed in an edition of 100 copies. Approximately 9" x 17", now matted to 13-1/2" x 21-1/2". Fine. 3 copies in OCLC. [#035453] $75
$38
NY, Random House, (1972). His second book, which, like his first, sold about 6000 copies. A touch of sunning to the spine crown; still a fine copy in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket with a hint of shelf wear at the crown. [#911590] $275
$179
NY, Bantam, (1989). Inscribed by the authors to Pauline Kael: "For Pauline - Enjoy! Howard & Susan." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of dampstaining visible on the verso. [#035495] $40
$20
Berkeley, Kept Press, 1976. Poetry chapbook, inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael. Kauffman has also included a photocopy of a letter he received from Jean Rhys, thanking him for his poems. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034556] $45
$23
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
click for a larger image of item #14851, Mermaids in the Basement Port Townsend, Copper Canyon, 1984. The uncommon uncorrected proof copy of these "poems for women." Stapled sheets with a black tape spine. A low-tech production, suggesting very few were done. Kizer won the Pulitzer Prize the following year, for her collection Yin. Fine, with publisher's promotional sheet laid in. [#014851] $95
$48
click for a larger image of item #34563, Male Chauvinism! How It Works NY, Random House, (1973). The first book by the longtime editor-in-chief of Simon and Schuster publishing house. With an autograph note to Pauline Kael taped to the front free endpaper, conveying "Best wishes, as ever" and signed "Michael." Covers a bit splayed; very good in a near fine dust jacket. [#034563] $60
$30
(London), Sun Tavern Fields, (1992). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone and his wife, with "much love." Fine in wrappers. [#033797] $50
$25
(NY), Morrow, (2004). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone and his wife, "dear friends." Robert Stone blurb on the rear panel. Small spot to foredge; else fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a slight corner crease. Half of an article about Leuci laid in. [#033750] $85
$43
(Film)
click for a larger image of item #35005, More about All About Eve NY, Random House, [1972]. The uncorrected proof copy of just the "colloquy" between Mankiewicz and Carey, which preceded the screenplay in the published book. This copy has the signature of legendary editor and publisher Nan Talese on the front cover, with what appear to be her markings in the text and two pages of her notes, corresponding to those markings, laid in. More than 70 pages of backstory on the film All About Eve, which earned an unprecedented 14 Academy Award nominations, winning six, including two for Mankiewicz, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best Picture. It remains the only film to have ever received four female acting nominations: two for Best Actress (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter) and two for Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter and Celeste Holm). All About Eve was ranked sixteenth on AFI's 1998 list of the 100 best American films. The proof is very good in tall wrappers. [#035005] $200
$130
click for a larger image of item #6530, Vanishing Animals & Other Stories Boston, Godine, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a collection of stories that won an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Spine and lower rear panel abraded from label removal; still about near fine in wrappers. Signed by the author. [#006530] $95
$48
(Native American Periodical)
click for a larger image of item #35862, Wassaja (San Francisco), (American Indian Historical Society), 1976-1983. An incomplete run of 24 issues of this "National Newspaper of Indian America," as follows: Vol. 4, Nos. 2, 6, 7, 9, 10; Vol 5, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5; Vol. 6, No. 1, then a Special Issue, then Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7/8, 9/10, 11; Vol. 7, Nos. 3, 4; Vol. 9, Nos. 1, 2, 3; Vol. 10, Nos. 3, 4. The papers span the period from February, 1976, to July/August, 1983. The front page of the first issue present is almost entirely devoted to the arrest of AIM activist Dennis Banks as a fugitive from justice, for jumping bail from his arrest in Custer, South Dakota, and his lawyer's plea for political asylum to avoid being extradited back to South Dakota. California Governor Jerry Brown later refused to allow him to be extradited; these newspapers provide the "first draft of history" for an especially pivotal time in relations between Native Americans and the dominant white society. Another small front-page article reports on the Pine Ridge election in which Robert Wilson was voted out as tribal head, a major victory for Native activists, reformers and AIM. Mailing labels; tanning to the edges and folds; overall very good. [#035862] $450
$293
(n.p.), Crown, (2000/2001). An advance copy, in the form of a tapebound typscript (computer printout, double-spaced, double-sided). Laid in is a typed letter signed from Nicosia to Peter Matthiessen, requesting a quote from him to use as publicity. Nicosia also says he would like to talk to him about a future book, about Mumia Abu-Jamal "and the war on people of color that is being waged by our justice system." Quotes from other writers about Home to War have been laid in as well. Small tape repair lower spine; near fine in an acetate cover. [#032128] $45
$23
click for a larger image of item #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 #31734, Birch Bark Legends (Lockport, NY), (Union Printing), (1884). "Copyrighted December 6th, 1883." Scarce in any edition, but more commonly seen printed in 1884 in St. Catharine's, Ontario, by Journal Printing Co. 56 pages; text fine. String-tied wrappers, with multiple small edge chips to the front cover; pictorial front cover present, rear cover absent, thus only a good copy. [#031734] $115
$75
click for a larger image of item #29877, Punch n' Judy Redruth, Cornwall, U.K., Books and Things/Red Crab Design, [ca. 1972]. A broadside poem in tribute to Miriam and Kenneth Patchen. Number 5 in the Posterpoem series. Approximately 20" x 30". Unevenly folded in 16ths for mailing, and with minor edge wear; near fine. This copy is in an edgeworn envelope addressed to an employee of the St. Mary's University Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Uncommon: OCLC lists only one copy as being held in libraries worldwide. [#029877] $375
$244
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
(Rock Handbill)
click for a larger image of item #9690, BLUE CHEER San Francisco, 1967. "Spirit of '67." Playing with Sopwith Camel, July 7th and 8th, 1967. Four color, with an Uncle Sam motif. 5" x 7". Corresponds to the poster depicted in Art of Rock, #2.149. This performance was at California Hall in San Francisco. Fine. [#009690] $175
$114
London, Barrie & Rockcliff/Cresset Press, (1968). Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Ownership signature of Richard Marius on the front flyleaf. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a strip of dampstaining to the lower edge. [#035275] $45
$23
(Greensboro), Unicorn Press, (1974). Poems from the "Poland 1931" sequence. Inscribed by Rothenberg to Clayton [Eshleman], "with admiration & thanks for the encouragements & challenge." Illustrated with posed photographs featuring Rothenberg and Kathy Acker, among others. One of 2000 copies in wrappers. Near fine. [#033542] $65
$33
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, (1980). Near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#035374] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #7163, The Great White Hope (n.p.), (Dial Press), (1968). The uncorrected proof copy of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Quarto, 8" x 11"; paper clip imprint to front cover and first few pages (clip still present); sunning to covers and the number 48 written in pencil on front; near fine. An uncommon format, suggesting that not many copies would have been done. [#007163] $185
$120
click for a larger image of item #27093, La Turista Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, (1968). The galley sheets of this early play by Shepard, his first two-act play. Laid in are the galleys of Elizabeth Hardwick's introduction, dated 1967; Hardwick had reviewed the play for the New York Review of Books. At the time Shepard wrote La Turista, he was a member of the counterculture rock band The Holy Modal Rounders, which had a cameo appearance in the film Easy Rider. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as test pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff; he won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for Buried Child, and he won eleven Obie awards and was nominated for two Tonys, for Buried Child and True West. He received the Gold Medal for Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992. Claspbound, printed on rectos only, front cover tanned and separating; rear cover has date and price and "DUPL NYPL." Front cover has the name of Paul Myers, curator of the Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library. Very good. A fragile and rare early state of this play by one of the most important playwrights of the latter half of the 20th century. The only copy of the proof we have seen. [#027093] $2,500
$1,875
click for a larger image of item #34536, On Broadway Austin, University of Texas Press, (1978). Text by the Stotts, with photographs by Fred Fehl. From the library of Cheryl Crawford, and with a lengthy, appreciative inscription to her by a third party. Spine crown worn, else a near fine copy in a good, edge-chipped dust jacket. [#034536] $45
$23
(London), Allen Lane, (1980). The Booker Prize-winning author's uncommon first book, which was not published in the U.S. until five years later, and then only in softcover. Slight bowing to boards, as is common with this title; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#914331] $175
$114
click for a larger image of item #34375, Poetry Cards (various). Four cards (three postcards, one notecard) each printing a poem by Tate. From the estate of the author. The postcards are "Dream of a Prose Poem" and "In a Motel on Lake Erie" (Some, no date) and "The Immortals" (Unicorn Press, 1970). The notecard prints "The Plaza" (Metacom Press, 1981, with a linoleum cut by Elaine Quick). Each is near fine or better. [#034375] $100
$65
(Brockport), (SUNY Brockport), (1975). A program for two readings by two poets, on consecutive nights: James Tate with Gerard Malanga, and William Matthews with Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. Each poet has a photo, a bio, and a poem in the program. This copy is from the library of James Tate. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#034412] $45
$23
NY, Knopf, 1965. His first collection of nonfiction, short pieces from The New Yorker and a number of other publications, collected the year after Updike won the National Book Award and was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Inscribed by the author: "For ___ ___/ Best wishes to a former Beverlyite/ John Updike." Foxing to foredge and cloth, thus very good in a very good dust jacket, which is also foxed, predominantly on verso. Most of the signed copies of this title that show up have been signed on a tipped-in leaf. Inscribed copies are uncommon. [#030159] $175
$114
click for a larger image of item #31527, Pigeon Feathers (Logan), (Perfection Form Co.), (1979). An educational pamphlet consisting of the title story of Updike's 1962 story collection, with exercises based on the story. DeBellis & Broomfield A75-a2: the cream-colored variant (no priority established between a1 and a2). Uncommon. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#031527] $100
$65
NY, Knopf, 1963. His second collection of poems. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket with creasing to the base of the spine. [#912067] $300
$195
click for a larger image of item #27123, The Same Door NY, Knopf, 1959. His third book and first collection of stories. Fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed, price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice copy. [#027123] $225
$146
(Toronto), (Aya Press), (1982). Number 407 of 500 numbered copies signed by Jane Urquhart and by Tony Urquhart, the artist. 18-3/8" x 4-3/4". This is the second issue, in gray cloth. Pages uncut; two very slight corner taps; else fine. [#914603] $150
$98
Brockport, BOA, 1977. Second printing. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, in 1996, "in fellowship." Fine in wrappers. [#033810] $45
$23
(London), Vintage, (2003). Fourth printing of the paperback edition. Inscribed by Welsh to the novelist Robert Stone: "Some writing returned with thanks, borrowed from yourself many moons ago. May all good things come your way" and signed "Irvine." Food stains to the first few pages; light cover creasing; very good in wrappers. [#027778] $60
$30
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