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

London, Collins, 1968. The uncorrected proof copy of her autobiography. Very good in wrappers [#035702] $45
$23
Houston, Arte Publico Press, 1984. Inscribed by the author in 1986. Fine in wrappers. [#914438] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #34827, Le Fou Columbus, Golden Goose Press, 1952. His first book, poetry, written while he was living in Mallorca, Spain, before he attended and taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. One of 500 copies. Small owner name on the rear flap; near fine in wrappers. [#034827] $600
$420
(Nature)
click for a larger image of item #34647, Flight Into Sunshine NY, Macmillan, 1948. Winner of the 1949 John Burroughs Medal. "Bird Experiences in Florida," with text by Helen G. Cruickshank and photographs by the author's husband, Allan D. Cruickshank, who was the official photographer of the National Audubon Society. This copy is signed by both Cruickshanks. Allan has added "Dum Vivimus Vivamus" ("While we live, let us live") below his signature. A fine copy in a very good, unevenly faded, price-clipped dust jacket with moderate edge wear. [#034647] $300
$195
Chicago, Poetry, 1953. Warmly and lengthily inscribed by Dahlberg at his contribution, "Ushant, A Long Lotus Sleep," an excerpt from a work-in-progress. Near fine in wrappers. [#017387] $95
$48
NY, John Day, (1934). The third novel in his proletarian trilogy, concerning Nazism in America. Rear hinge starting; a good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#035352] $40
$20
NY, Swords, 1907. The second American edition. Contains "The Economy of Vegetation" and "Loves of the Plants." 1844 gift inscription; owner name; backstrip mostly gone; front board missing entirely. A poor copy, priced accordingly. [#600046] $100
$65
(Democracy)
click for a larger image of item #34697, Democratic Doctrines. The Principles of the Democratic Party NY, 1888. The Democratic Party Platform, as adopted in St. Louis on June 7, 1888 (and reaffirming and restating that adopted in Chicago four years earlier). In 1888, Grover Cleveland was running for re-election, against the Republican Benjamin Harrison. Cleveland won the popular vote, but lost in the Electoral College, in part due to Republicans buying votes in Indiana. (Cleveland would, however, win a rematch, in 1892.) This pamphlet puts forth the ideals of the Democratic Party at the time, including: childhood education; the rights of organized labor; the separation of church and state; the equality of all citizens without regard to race or color; the reform of unjust tax laws that unduly enrich the few; the end of the sale of public lands to benefit corporations rather than settlers; the reigning in of tariffs; the admission of Washington, Montana, Dakota and New Mexico into the Union; and supporting the blessings of self-government and civil and religious liberty for all nations. The platform reaffirms the rights of native and naturalized citizens, but takes a hard line against the importation of "unfit" foreign labor. One sheet, folded to create a 12 page pamphlet, 3 3/8" x 5 3/4". Foxed, and fragile; about very good. Only two copies located in OCLC, at NYPL and Pittsburgh State University. [#034697] $1,000
$700
(Dome)
London, Unicorn, 1898-1899. Two bound volumes: Vol. One and Vol. Two of the New Series (October to December, 1898 and January to March, 1899). Owner names; bindings worn; contents preserved, but still only good copies. [#600032] $75
$38
(Edinburgh Review)
Edinburgh, Constable, 1822. No. LXXII. Pages 287-586, plus front and back matter. Softbound; covers stained and detached; owner name; a good copy. [#600026] $50
$25
Boston, Estes and Lauriat, 1895. Complete in two volumes (from the 24 volume Rosehill Limited Edition of George Eliot's works). No. 732 of 1000 copies. Near fine. [#035717] SOLD
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
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
(Latin American)
click for a larger image of item #35658, Mexico: A Higher Vision (La Jolla), Alti Publishing, (1990). Introduction by Fuentes to this book of Calderwood's aerial photographs of Mexico, featuring dramatic photos of natural landscapes, Mayan and Aztec ruins, modern cityscapes and villages, coastlines and marine formations. Signed by Fuentes. Heavy quarto. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035658] $125
$81
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
$75
Nottingham, Boots Ltd, Cash Chemists, ca. 1898. A UK edition published by the pharmacy chain Boots Chemists, which operated a circulating library. No date given, but has an ownership signature dates 1898. Bears no library markings; several pencil marks in text. Pharmacy advertistements serve as endpapers. Heavily acidified pages; evidence of a few old water stains. A good copy, lacking dust jacket. Uncommon. [#035926] $75
$38
NY, Folkways Records, (1978). A long-playing record. Highwater reads from Anpao. Fine in a near fine sleeve, with a "Newbery Honors Book" sticker on the front panel. [#025538] $40
$20
NY, Ballantine/Del Rey, (1978). The hardcover issue. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916291] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #35649, Author's Copies of When the Lights Go Down, Taking It All In, and State of the Art NY, Holt Rinehart Winston/Dutton, (1980-1985). Three of Kael's books of film criticism from the 1970s and 1980s: these are author copies, from the Kael estate. All are first printings and fine in fine dust jackets, but for the slightest hint of foxing to the edges of the text blocks. Unmarked, but accompanied by a mailing label from one of the boxes they were shipped to her in. [#035649] $150
$98
(Poetry)
click for a larger image of item #35608, The Stonecutters at War with the Cliff Dwellers Williamsburgh, Heron Press, 1971. Copy No. 168 of 200 numbered copies. Nine poems by Lavin illustrated with woodcuts by Bruce Chandler, who also designed and printed the book. Folio, 12" x 16", in light brown cloth boards with gilt-stamped red leather spine label. Small, 1" mark at upper board edge; else fine, without jacket, as issued. [#035608] $125
$81
(LGBTQ)
click for a larger image of item #35104, Emergence, collection NY, Crown, (1977). A pseudonymously published autobiography of a former nun who transitioned from female to male in his 30s. Lower corners bumped; near fine in a very good dust jacket with several small edge chips. Offered here together with the second printing (also Crown, 1977), which is modestly foxed, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which adds jacket blurbs not present on the first printing; the first Canadian paperback edition (NAL/Signet, 1979, printed from U.S. sheets), which has an owner name and is very good in spine-creased wrappers, with a cover photo of "Mario" (real name: Angelo Tornabene) that does not appear in the earlier editions; and the first French edition (Trevise, 1981), which is dampstained, a good copy at best, but with two additional "after" photos not in previous editions. Essentially, the complete publication history of a landmark LGBTQ title: male-to-female transitions are, at this point, not exceptionally scarce, but female-to-male transitions still have little documentation. Quite uncommon: no copies for sale in the U.S. or U.K. at the time of this writing, in any edition. [#035104] $2,750
$2,063
London, Heath Cranton, (1937). A follow-up to his autobiography, Art, Paint and Vanity. This copy appears to have been gifted by the author to an acquaintance: flyleaf reads "G. [Gertrude] Middleton from Arthur (1937)?" in Middleton's hand. The text bears Middleton's annotations in the text and her own personalized index on the rear endpages, showing that she had some outside knowledge of Mathison's life. A very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. Uncommon. 8 copies in OCLC. [#035931] $75
$38
click for a larger image of item #28861, Ancestors NY, Knopf, 1971. The uncorrected proof copy of his first book of nonfiction, a personal essay and reminiscence. Maxwell is best known for his highly acclaimed fiction, both novels and short stories, and also for being the fiction editor of The New Yorker for nearly 40 years. A fragile, padbound proof in tall wrappers. A few marginal pencil marks. Missing the rear cover, thus only good. [#028861] $95
$48
(Climate Fiction)
click for a larger image of item #33888, Austral London, Gollancz, (2017). The advance reading copy of McAuley's science fiction novel of a genetically-edited woman hiding out with a hostage in the newly established Antarctic Peninsula, in a world where the climate has changed dramatically faster than the politics of power, ethnicity or gender. Signed by McAuley. Fine in wrappers, with an announcement for the book signing laid in. [#033888] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #34845, Quiet Days in Clichy Paris, Olympia Press, 1958. Second printing of this novel first published in 1956. This book was a reworking of two stories Miller originally wrote on commission in 1940 for a collector of pornography (who reportedly found them "too poetic"). Illustrated with numerous photographs by Brassai. Softcover: fine in a very good dust jacket with moderate rubbing to the spine. [#034845] $300
$195
click for a larger image of item #34568, "Theme to a Dream: Notes on a Film in Progress" Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Review, 1978. An essay in the combined issue 1 & 2 of The Blue Ridge Review, with an autograph post card signed laid in to Pauline Kael, inviting her to visit him in Charlottesville and wishing her a happy birthday. The essay recounts Minckler's efforts to make a film about the director Claude Jutra, and includes excerpts from the film, including a scene at the end of the film when Jutra cites Kael as one of the only critics he understands, and the film focuses on Kael's portrait on the dust jacket of one of her books, and slowly zooms in, leaving just her eyes. On this page Minckler has written another note to Kael suggesting she might be interested in this scene, and again inviting her to visit. Signed "Love, David." Offsetting to pages from the paperclip holding the postcard in; about near fine in stapled wrappers. A bookmark has Minckler's address, and on the postcard Kael has written "answered." [#034568] $75
$38
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35019, The Wokosani Road NY, Exposition Press, (1963). A vanity press novel of a half-blood Apache who, after World War II, gets involved in a murder. Subtitled "a novel of Indian lore in the Southwest." Like his main character, the author is half-Apache. Blindstamp and signature of previous owner, near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several short, open edge tears. [#035019] $100
$65
NY, David McKay, (1965). His first novel. Some loss to spine lettering and modest handling to boards; near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with one short edge tear on the upper front panel. [#911784] $175
$114
(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
(Politics)
click for a larger image of item #34903, Ollie (n.p.), J. Faraone, 1987. An Oliver North paper doll. Drawn, printed, hand-cut, (i.e. "shredded"), and signed by Jim Faraone, founder of the International Fashion Doll Convention. A political statement, taking aim at National Security Council staff member Oliver North, who, with his secretary Fawn Hall, shredded documents that presumably would have implicated him in the Iran-Contra scandal (the selling of arms to Iran to fund Nicaraguan rebels). A reminder of simpler times in political corruption, when it sufficed to simply hide the truth, as opposed to fabricating new truths and then fighting for them. 8-1/2" x 11". Bottom edge shredded by design; fine. No copies listed in OCLC. [#034903] $200
$130
NY, Norton, (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this nonfiction overview of life in the 18th century British navy, intended in part as a companion volume to his Aubrey/Maturin series. Small thin quarto, heavily illustrated (although the proof reproductions are of poor quality). One slight corner crease; else fine in wrappers. [#014909] $40
$20
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 #16359, Pipe Night NY, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1945). An uncommon book by the author of Butterfield 8 and Appointment in Samarra, among others. Inscribed by the author to WEAF radio personality Mary Margaret McBride in the year of publication: "To Mary Margaret/ and how are your/ taste-buds?/ Sincerely/ John O'Hara/ WEAF/ 20 March 1945." Books inscribed by O'Hara are uncommon, although later in his career he did a number of signed limited editions. A fragile book, cheaply produced under wartime conditions, this is a very attractive copy. Some spotting to rear board and fading to spine cloth; near fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of small, internally tape-mended edge tears. [#016359] $1,000
$700
[Hadley], [Flying Object], [ca. 2012]. A broadside poem. 13" x 18-1/2". Rolled for shipping; near fine. [#035222] $50
$25
(n.p.), Printed for Private Circulation, [ca. 1899]. A self-published play. Aging wrappers; fragile spine; small gift inscription on cover. A good copy. [#035459] $45
$23
click for a larger image of item #34576, Quiet Days Near the Ocean (n.p.), [Self-published], (n.d.). Poetry, apparently self-published. Inscribed by the author: "Especially for Pauline Kael/ with the warmest regard of the author and in keen appreciation of your own remarkable literary accomplishments/ Travers Phillips/ 2nd April, 1985." Slightly sunned and spotted; very good in wrappers. [#034576] $45
$23
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] $200
$130
NY, Henry Holt, 1925. Early printing. Two volumes. Owner name in pencil; wear to board edges; foxing to text block; very good hardcovers, without dust jackets. [#035945] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #23042, The White Mercedes NY, Knopf, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of the first American edition of this dark young adult novel that was later reprinted as The Butterfly Tattoo. Slightly dusty; else fine in wrappers. [#023042] $85
$43
(London), Little Brown, (2004). The advance reading copy of the British edition of this massive novel, which was loosely based on the author's life story, including his escape from an Australian prison and living on the run for a number of years. He wrote the novel while in prison, after being recaptured, and it became a bestseller. He is now working on a sequel to it. Labeled "uncorrected bound proof." Fine in wrappers. Uncommon in an advance issue. [#914678] $250
$163
click for a larger image of item #911247, His Mistress's Voice (Lewisburg), Press of Appletree Alley, 1995. A fine press limited edition of a story that first appeared in The Partisan Review in 1986. Copy No. 138 of 195 numbered copies, signed by the author. An uncommon edition: although the stated limitation was 195, the press was selling unbound copies a couple of years after the initial publication date, suggesting that not all of the sets of sheets were bound. Fine in quarter leather, burgundy cloth boards, in a fine slipcase. The nicest edition done of one of Roth's works. [#911247] $850
$595
Ottawa, Borealis, 1974. Her second book. Fine in wrappers. [#912740] $100
$65
NY, Dutton, (1987). A review copy of this collection of poetry. Mild age toning to pages, else fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip, author photo and promotional pages laid in. [#916868] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #33357, Dog Soldiers Typescript [Boston], [Houghton Mifflin], [1974]. The photocopied typescript of Stone's second novel, winner of the National Book Award and one of the best novels to link the impact of the Vietnam war on American society in the Sixties to the dark side of that era -- the official corruption and the underside of the drug experiences of a generation. Bearing the [now crossed out] working title: Skydiver Devoured By Starving Birds. The title appears in a scene in the novel; it also appears in Stone's memoir, in an account of his time working for a tabloid newspaper where the writers were given headlines made up by other writers and had to create stories around them. The one time it appeared in print was in the excerpt from Dog Soldiers that appeared in the newsprint literary magazine, Fiction, in 1973. Stone's piece was called "Starving Birds" and at the end was identified as being from "Skydiver Devoured by Starving Birds." According to a 1987 letter of provenance, this copy of the typescript was generated by the publisher and sent to the Book of the Month Club for early consideration for possible book club adoption. The pages bear, at the bottom, a torn Book of the Month Club filing sticker. 318 pages, plus cover sheet. The cover sheet and the letter of provenance are each signed by Robert Stone. The quality of the paper varies: several sheets have the blue tone of a mimeo. Near fine or better, in the bottom half of a manuscript box and the folding cardstock case of the Book of the Month Club, at this point more artifactual than protective. As far as we can tell, a unique copy of this award-winning novel, the basis for the highly regarded film Who'll Stop the Rain? [#033357] $1,500
$1,125
(Circlet Press)
click for a larger image of item #35572, Telepaths Don't Need Safewords Boston, Circlet Press, 1992. Two volumes: both an uncorrected proof copy (i.e., "Press Copy") and an inscribed copy of Tan's first book, an early volume from her own Circlet Press, an independent press devoted to erotic science fiction and fantasy that has continued to publish over the past three decades. (They were acquired by Riverdale Avenue Books in 2020.) Both the press copy and the signed copy state "second printing": the original release, in 1991, was in electronic form. Publishing notes and page numbers written on the press copy (despite the published version being unnumbered). The inscription reads: "To Bob - May you treasure this little volume as much as I do! Thanks & enjoy." Each is fine in wrappers. [#035572] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #32911, Extracts from The Proud Highway (London), Bloomsbury, (1998). The advance reading copy of the British paperback edition (one year after the American and British hardcovers). Fine in wrappers. Uncommon advance copy. [#032911] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #18218, The Accidental Tourist NY, Knopf, 1985. The uncorrected proof copy. A novel made into an award-winning movie that solidified Tyler's place as one of the foremost writers of her generation. This is the second issue proof, in red wrappers. A little surplus glue on the spine; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#018218] $60
$30
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 #34751, Statement in Joint Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and Labor (House of Representatives) Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1978. Roughly 800 words of Updike's in this nearly 1000 page tome. In part: "I love my Government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone. My personal ambition has been simply to live by the work of my pen. This is not a very fastidious ambition. If I were aware of large amounts of Federal money available to purveyors of the written words I would attempt to gain access to it and hope to please the administrators of this fund as I hope to please magazine editors and bookbuyers. But I would rather have as my patron a host of anonymous citizens digging into their own pockets for the price of a book..." Modest cover creasing; small joint tear; date stamped to cover. Near fine in wrappers. An interesting and uncommon Updike piece. [#034751] $500
$325
NY, Knopf, 2001. A volume in Knopf's "Everyman Library," collecting Bech: A Book, Bech is Back, Bech at Bay, and adding "His Oeuvre." Inscribed by the author: "For ___ ___/ warm regards, John Updike/ 4/19/01." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#030267] $200
$130
(Nature)
click for a larger image of item #34650, All That We Share NY, The New Press, (2010). A former editor of the Utne Reader explains "how to save the economy, the environment, the internet, democracy, our communities, and everything else that belongs to all of us" by way of acknowledging shared ownership and shared responsibility. Dozens of short articles written by more than two dozen authors, with illustrations and a resource guide, and featuring an introduction by Bill McKibben. Inscribed by Walljasper, with the exhortation "Viva la Commons!" Fine in wrappers. [#034650] $100
$65
(Whole Earth)
(Menlo Park), Portola, 1970. First printing. Edge wear to covers and spine; modest dampstaining at text edges; about very good in wrappers. [#035749] $50
$25
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