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click for a larger image of item #25845, American Indian Art Magazine (Scottsdale), American Indian Art, 1976-1978. Eight issues, as follows: Volume 2, Nos. 1-4; Volume 3, Nos. 1-4. Early issues of the preeminent magazine on Indian art, geared toward collectors, museums, and art historians, and now over 30 years old. The magazine began when collecting Indian art was just coming into vogue, and has ridden the tremendous popularity of the field ever since. That it filled an important niche at the time is attested to by a letter to the editor in Volume 2, Number 1 from artist R.C. Gorman, praising the magazine for its interview with his "hero," Fritz Scholder. The first volume is worn at the spine base; apart from some slight rubbing the lot is otherwise fine in wrappers. [#025845] $105
$68
Brooklyn, Hanging Loose, (2003). The advance reading copy of the screenplay based on Alexie's first book of stories and prose poems, which was published in 1992. Alexie also directed the film, which won a number of film festival awards, including the Jury Award at the Durango Film Festival and two Grand Jury Awards at the L.A. Outfest. The book also includes a two-page introduction by Alexie, a section of scenes that did not appear in the film, short personal pieces by a number of the actors, photographs of the production, complete film credits and an essay about Alexie's filmmaking by Brian Miller. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#912223] $100
$65
(Anthology)
click for a larger image of item #32713, Sta-Ai-Tsi-Nix-Sin. Ghost Stories Browning, Blackfeet Heritage Program/(Browning Public Schools), (1979). A dozen stories from an earlier generation that had survived into the present era, with illustrations by Vernon No Runner. This is the issue in textured light blue stapled wrappers; edge-sunned; near fine. [#032713] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #32747, Oscar and Lucinda (Queensland), University of Queensland Press, (1988). The uncorrected proof copy of the true first edition (Australian) of Carey's first Booker Prize-winning novel. Signed by the author. Based on the size of the Australian publishing industry, as compared to that of the UK and the US, the original Australian first editions of Carey's books, especially those published by University of Queensland, a relatively small Australian publisher, are relatively uncommon. Proofs, because of their much more limited quantities to begin with, are even more scarce. Despite our focusing on proofs as a specialty, we've only handled the proof of this edition once previously, and have never handled a signed copy before. Vertical spine creasing; age-toning to pages; very good in wrappers. [#032747] $1,250
$938
NY, Holt Rinehart Winston, (1973). Inscribed by Carpenter to Peter [Matthiessen] in 1981. Mottling to boards; very good in a very good dust jacket. [#031845] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33668, Bill Burke Portraits NY, Ecco/Polaroid, (1987). An essay by Carver, "Where He Was: Memories of My Father,"' in this collection of Burke's photographs of country people in Appalachia and elsewhere. Inscribed by Carver to Robert Stone: "For Bob, from Ray/ with love. Port Angeles. July 16, 1987." Fine in a very good, edgeworn dust jacket. A scarce book to be found signed by Carver. [#033668] $500
$325
NY, Viking, (1969). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031227] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #912373, The Stories of John Cheever NY, Knopf, 1978. A review copy of this massive volume, which includes all the stories from five of his six previous collections (The Way Some People Live -- his first book, which he declined to reprint during his lifetime -- being the exception) as well as four stories that had never previously appeared in book form. Its publication was the literary event of the season, and the collection won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A strip of offsetting to the front flyleaf, else fine in a tanned, near fine dust jacket. Laid in is the publisher's promotional sheet, proclaiming "A Literary Event" and a clipped review of the book. [#912373] $175
$114
click for a larger image of item #25970, Beyond the Alps NY, William Sloane, 1961. An account of a summer the author spent in the Italian hill towns. Inscribed by the author to Harold and Natalie, with the exhortation "Let's get going!" under the title, on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with shallow chipping at the spine extremities. [#025970] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #17761, A Darkness More than Night New Orleans, B.E. Trice, 2001. A limited edition of Connelly's novel, which features Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb, the protagonist of Blood Work. One of 400 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in slipcase. [#017761] $115
$75
San Diego, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1988). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "inspiring teacher, teller of stories, helpful mentor. With admiration and thanks," in the year of publication. Stone has provided a blurb for the rear panel. Mild age toning, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033713] $75
$38
click for a larger image of item #31730, The Mexican Earth NY, Doubleday, Doran, 1940. Nonfiction by this writer of Choctaw descent, who is best-known for his mystery novels set in Mexico. Downing wrote nine mysteries between 1933 and 1941, with quite favorable responses, and this one book of nonfiction, which was his attempt to branch out from the mystery field. After 1941, not yet 40 years old, Downing gave up writing and retired from the University of Oklahoma and returned to his home town of Atoka, Oklahoma and taught high school. Later he taught the Choctaw language at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Mild foxing to endpages; near fine in a very good, slightly foxed dust jacket with some tape-strengthening on the verso, very shallow edge wear, and fading to the red stripe on the spine. [#031730] SOLD
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #32809, The Mexican Earth NY, Doubleday, Doran, 1940. Nonfiction by this writer of Choctaw descent, who is best-known for his mystery novels set in Mexico. Downing wrote nine mysteries between 1933 and 1941, with quite favorable responses, and this one book of nonfiction, which was his attempt to branch out from the mystery field. After 1941, not yet 40 years old, Downing gave up writing and retired from the University of Oklahoma and returned to his home town of Atoka, Oklahoma and taught high school. Later he taught the Choctaw language at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A very near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with modest edge wear, one internal tape mend, and fading to the red stripe on the spine. An attractive copy. [#032809] $95
$48
Providence, Mason Press, (1989). A chapbook, with three stories by Drury. Number 135 of 150 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#916121] $350
$228
Boston, Godine, (1983). Second printing of this novella and eight short stories. Signed by Dubus on the title page and additionally inscribed by him on the half title, in 1985: "For Carol/ and truly the times are not so bad for you have endured/ Love/ Andre." Foxing to edges of text block; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with one short edge tear, light rubbing to folds, and foxing to verso. [#029306] $60
$30
(n.p.), Midnight Paper Sales, (1999). One of 220 numbered copies signed by the author and by Gaylord Schanilec, the printer. Fine in a fine slipcase. [#912469] $125
$81
click for a larger image of item #27204, The Autumn of the Patriarch London, Cape, (1977). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of Garcia Marquez's first novel after the worldwide success of One Hundred Years of Solitude. An ambitious, experimental novel: 269 pages in six chapters, each of which is a single paragraph of extended sentences, with each of the chapters a retelling of the story of the power held by his fictional dictator. This copy is inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Para ____ Con todo mi afecto, Gabriel, 2001." Very modest dust soiling to covers; near fine in wrappers. An uncommon proof and especially so signed. [#027204] $1,250
$938
click for a larger image of item #29832, The Vanishing Idol NY, D. Appleton-Century, 1936. A novel of "mysterious, exotic French Indo-China" in which "the weird and mysterious working of the Orient descend with harrowing developments... upon all the members of the [archaeological] expedition" that drives the story. Gibbs was a popular novelist of his time; his first book was published in 1901. Small owner stamp front flyleaf; spine lean and trace rubbing to spine extremities; still near fine in a very good, mildly faded and rubbed dust jacket with minor edge wear. Novels set in southeast Asia from this time period are uncommon. This title appears to be especially scarce in its dust jacket. [#029832] $210
$137
Moscow, University of Idaho Press, (1988). The second book by the author of Stones From the River. Inscribed by Hegi to William Kittredge: "To Bill and the words that connect us. It's good to be here. With warmest regards - Ursula Hegi." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a little rubbing on the rear panel. [#027000] SOLD
NY, Persea, (1983). The first novel by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Hijuelos, an unknown writer being published by one of the smaller New York publishing houses, on discovering the small amount of money the publisher had earmarked for promoting his book, mounted a personal ad campaign, buying space on subway placards to spread word of the novel and help boost sales. Between the effects that his efforts had directly, and the publicity that he got when Publishers Weekly and other media organs found out about his unusual marketing strategy and publicized the strategy itself rather than the book, his novel got a second life, gained a second round of publicity, and went into a second printing. That his next novel was published by a larger publisher, with a sizable first printing and a good-sized advertising budget -- and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize -- is directly attributable to that extra effort he made to support this, his first book. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913095] $175
$114
(Toronto), HarperCollins, (1997). Second printing. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "with best wishes." A bit of dampstaining to lower spine cloth; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with dampstaining on verso. [#033793] $45
$23
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1971). The second novel by the author of Falling Angel, which has become something of an underground classic over the years. This title is one of the few books we've seen with a blurb by Rod Serling, creator of the television series The Twilight Zone. Inscribed by Hjortsberg to a literary couple in 1993, "that nervous night at MSU - with love and hope" and an added "Whoa" from the mouth of the Simon & Schuster logo. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with one nick at the upper front panel. [#027003] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #33463, The Peacock's Tail NY, McGraw-Hill, (1965). The first trade edition of the author's third book, from the author's own library and signed by him. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033463] $200
$130
click for a larger image of item #10666, Dolly Dialogues London, Westminster Gazette, 1896. A collection of sketches that first appeared in the Westminster Gazette in 1894, the same year his hugely successful novel The Prisoner of Zenda was published. Inscribed by the author on the half-title. Descriptive label front pastedown; previous owner name and date ("Xmas/96") front flyleaf. Cloth worn at spine extremities, and several contact marks to front board; overall very good, without dust jacket. [#010666] $190
$124
NY, Glenn Horowitz, 2001. One of 150 copies, this copy signed and additionally inscribed by the author "with all my love." Corner crease to the front flap; else fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. [#019688] $60
$30
click for a larger image of item #32782, The World According to Garp NY, Dutton, (1978). The second issue of the uncorrected proof copy, in tall green wrappers. Erasures and label removal shadow on the front cover; small label affixed to spine; near fine. Not as scarce as the mustard-colored proof, but many times scarcer than the white advance reading copy. [#032782] $1,000
$700
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
$396
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 #22972, Resumé and The Art of Self NY, Scientia-Factum, 1968. Kosinski's resume from 1970, the facts of which roughly correspond to to the biographical sketch at the rear of The Art of the Self, with the omission of his 1965 work Notes of the Author. Together with a copy of The Art of Self [NY, Scientia-Factum, 1968], a pamphlet containing short pieces relating to his National Book Award-winning novel Steps. Inscribed by the author. The pamphlet is edge-sunned; near fine in stapled wrappers. The resume is folded in thirds; edge-sunned with a small edge chip; near fine. A unique combination of items pertaining to Kosinski's writing career after the success of The Painted Bird and before the scandals that later plagued him after his celebrity, culminating in his suicide. [#022972] $750
$525
NY, Riverhead Books, 1999. An uncorrected proof copy in the form of comb-bound 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, printed on rectos only. 348 pages. Signed by the author. Fine. [#913239] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #13716, Autograph Note Signed Undated. On Esquire notepaper. "Lucky you! Yeah, his King Kong business was falling-down funny. Love, Gordon." Folded once, paperclip imprint; else fine. [#013716] $40
$20
NY, Random House, (1984). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911714] $250
$163
click for a larger image of item #26095, Moving On NY, Simon & Schuster, (1970). His fourth novel, a massive (nearly 800 pages) novel of Texas in the 1960s, in which the place itself is an integral part of the story. Upper corners tapped; very near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#026095] $95
$48
click for a larger image of item #24903, The Headmaster NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1966). McPhee's second book, a portrait of Frank L. Boyden, the longtime Headmaster of Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, where McPhee was a student during Boyden's tenure. Second printing. Inscribed by McPhee to the collector Arthur Rippey, "with warm regards." Rippey's bookplate front pastedown. Offsetting to front flyleaf; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#024903] $95
$48
click for a larger image of item #32894, The Cosmological Eye Norfolk, New Directions, (1939). Miller's first book to be published in the U.S., after the acclaim that his earlier books -- Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and Black Spring -- had achieved in Paris. One of 2000 copies printed, this copy is a review copy (so stamped on the front flyleaf, with a publication date). Inscribed by Miller to Roger Richards, a legendary New York bookseller whose store, Greenwich Books, was a hangout for many of the Beat writers including Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Ginsberg and Burroughs, and even Carl Solomon. Richards also published one of the last things Miller wrote, a 1978 chapbook called Love Between the Sexes, issued in an edition of 276 copies. This was one of the early books published by New Directions, which had been founded in 1936. Darkening to endpages and spine cloth, a very good copy of the first issue in a very good, first issue dust jacket with several small edge chips and two small contemporary reviews taped to the front flap. Very uncommon as an advance copy, and an excellent association copy. [#032894] $1,500
$1,125
click for a larger image of item #12919, Henry Miller: Expatriate (Pittsburgh), University of Pittsburgh Press, (1961). A critical work on the meaning of exile to Miller and its effect on him. Inscribed by Baxter to Miller's muse and second wife, June, in the year of publication: "For June/ who deserves a book about her/ with gratitude and much affection. Annette." Laid in is an autograph letter signed by Baxter from the preceding Christmas season, thanking June for a gift, updating her on the progress of the book, and adding "Will let you know when we hear from him [Henry]." The letter is folded in half and lightly edgeworn where it overhangs the book; the book is mildly sunned and spine-creased, with a small nick at the crown and small abrasions; both items about near fine. [#012919] $565
$396
NY, Dutton, (1986). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a well-received novel that was quickly reprinted. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#913333] $175
$114
NY, St. Martin's/Marek, (1982). Warmly inscribed by the author. Bookplate of another author on the front flyleaf. Mild offsetting to front flyleaf, partially over but not obscuring inscription. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with foxing on verso and one lower edge tear. [#031040] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #24948, Pinball, 1973 (Tokyo), Kodansha, (1985). The first English language edition of his second book and the second book in the "Trilogy of the Rat," following Hear the Wind Sing and preceding The Wild Sheep Chase. A small, pocket-sized paperback, in the Kodansha English Library series, a series intended to allow Japanese readers to read Japanese books in English; the notes in the back -- themselves an unusual feature in a book of fiction -- translate English colloquialisms into Japanese characters. Owner name and date inside the rear cover under flap; otherwise a near fine copy in wrappers in a near fine dust jacket nicked at the crown and with a corner crease to the front flap. [#024948] $565
$396
click for a larger image of item #9648, Friends of Frobisher Chicago, Harvester-Hall, 1964. The earliest publication we have seen by Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom, among a number of other books, both fiction and nonfiction. Murphy was one of the co-founders of Esalen Institute and a key figure in the human potential movement that grew from it. One of 500 copies. Near fine in stapled wrappers. [#009648] $95
$48
(London), Picador, (2001). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#914227] $175
$114
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
$48
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 #28816, "The New Freedom": Corporate Capitalism NY, (Self-Published), 1961. One of 91 mimeographed copies, with woodcuts by John Ricklefs. Handbound in fiber-board. Spotting to covers, creasing to spine; very good. [#028816] $565
$396
click for a larger image of item #4289, Black Tickets (NY), Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy of her well-received first collection of stories, her first book to be published by a major, mainstream publisher. Inscribed by the author to publisher Seymour Lawrence and signed only as "the witch." Spine sunned; else fine in wrappers. A nice association copy. [#004289] $575
$403
click for a larger image of item #32519, Sightings. A Maine Coast Odyssey (Camden), Down East Books, (1997). A book of photographs of the Maine coast and its environs, by the photographer for the Wyeth family; Betsy and Andrew Wyeth provide an Afterword. Inscribed by Ralston to Peter Matthiessen]: "with my deepest respect and appreciation for the inspiration which helped chart this odyssey." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#032519] $265
$172
(Rock Handbill)
click for a larger image of item #9525, DIDDLEY, Bo San Francisco, [1966]. In performance at the Avalon Ballroom, with Quicksilver Messenger Service, July 28-30, 1966. Produced by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, this handbill corresponds to the poster in Art of Rock, #FD18, although the colors are different and the writing is clearer than that reproduced in the book. Red and orange on white. 8-1/2" x 11". A half dozen small tape shadows. Near fine. [#009525] $170
$111
Helsinki, Eurographica, (1988). Three sonnets and two stories, with a one paragraph foreword that does not appear elsewhere. Copy 121 of 350 numbered copies, signed by the author. Light foxing to edges of text block, else fine in wrappers and dust jacket. [#030220] $95
$48
click for a larger image of item #30286, "On Radio" in Media Exchange, Vol. II, No. 2 (Boston), Public Media Foundation, 1991. The newsletter of the Public Media Foundation. The cover article is Updike waxing nostalgic about narrative radio. Inscribed by Updike: "For ___ ___ -- A tremendously rare item for her collection. Cheers, John Updike." One sheet folded to make four 8-1/2" x 11" pages. Top and bottom margin foxing; near fine. [#030286] $360
$234
(Warwickshire), Sixth Chamber Press, 1987. A limited edition of this story. Of a total edition of 201 copies, this is copy "N" of 26 lettered copies signed by the author. Quarterbound in leather and marbled paper boards; fine in slipcase. An attractive production, uncommon in the lettered issue. [#911255] $450
$293
NY, Random House, (1991). The author's first book, a highly praised Hollywood novel with a cult following. Wagner is also a screenwriter (I'm Losing You; Nightmare on Elm Street 3; Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills), as well as the writer of the television miniseries Wild Palms. This copy is inscribed by Wagner to Michael Millikan: "the most focussed motherfucker I've ever met. Affectionately, Bruce." Millikan was first assistant camera operator on Wild Palms. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029546] $115
$75
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