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click for a larger image of item #32732, Saturn 3 London, Transcontinental Film Productions, 1979. A copy of Amis' screenplay for this 1980 science fiction thriller, based on a story by John Barry, and starring Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, and Harvey Keitel. Signed by Amis. 94 pages of late-generation photocopy reproducing holograph changes to the text, printed on rectos only; title written on the spine. Title page dated January 19th, 1979, with some interior pages dated variously after that up to March 7, 1979. Bradbound without covers; near fine. Housed in a slipcase for Amis' Invasion of the Space Invaders. Saturn 3 was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for worst in film, but lost to the pseudo-documentary of the Village People, Can't Stop the Music, starring Bruce Jenner. A little-known, early work by Martin Amis, and very uncommon to find signed. [#032732] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #31325, Typescript of Night Dogs 1993. Anderson's dot-matrix printout of a draft of what became the prologue and first chapter of his second novel. 24 pages, with extensive differences between this version and the published version. With a handwritten signed note by Anderson across the top of the first page, saying, in part, that he thinks the novel will be finished in another six weeks. Night Dogs was one of the most eagerly awaited novels of its time, but its publication was delayed as different publishers vied for it but no deal was reached for the publication rights. It was finally published in 1996 by Dennis McMillan, a small press/fine press publisher, primarily of limited editions. Later, in 1998, there was a publication by a major trade publishing house, Bantam, which had merged with Doubleday, the publisher of Anderson's first novel. This is a very early segment of the work-in-progress. Marked by a rusty paper clip, else fine. [#031325] $750
(NY), Viking, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of his first novel, which received considerable praise and helped get him selected as one of The New Yorker magazine's "20 best young American writers." Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914718] $100
click for a larger image of item #17022, The Redneck Way of Knowledge NY, Vintage Books, (1995). Second printing of the first Vintage Books edition, with a new introduction by Dorothy Allison. Inscribed by Boyd to another well-known writer. Fine in wrappers. [#017022] SOLD
(London), Bridgewater Press, (2000). Of a total edition of 138 copies, this is copy "B" of 26 lettered copies bound in quarter cloth and marbled paper boards. Signed by the author. Fine. [#912956] $325
click for a larger image of item #33128, Die Wilden Boys [The Wild Boys] Frankfurt, Zweitausendeins, 1980. A unique author's copy of the first German edition of The Wild Boys, bound in full leather with a snakeskin onlay, and inscribed by Burroughs to the illustrator, S. Clay Wilson. Also signed by Wilson, with a note about the binding. Embossed initials of W.S.B. on the rear cover, with samples of the materials used in the binding tipped-in at the rear endpaper. Several scratches to the leather on the rear cover, else fine, in a folding cloth chemise. [#033128] $5,000
NY, Knopf, 1990. A well-received novel by a highly praised writer. Warmly inscribed by the author in the month after publication: "Dear Irene [Wanner], friend of my youth, good writer, good potter, good chum - Love, Fred/ 4/90." Laid in is a typed postcard signed to Wanner, from six years prior, in which Busch congratulates her on getting into Ploughshares and offers to "write about you to Dorland, if they ask." Busch also has fine things to say about his early publisher, Godine: "I love Godine for much. They did Invisible Mending marvelously, & ditto Too Late American Boyhood Blues, due out from them in August..." The book is near fine in a near fine dust jacket; the postcard is fine. [#031347] SOLD
NY, Henry Holt, (1992). A review copy of his first collection of stories, after six highly-praised novels. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award. Published originally in small numbers (reportedly 6000 copies) and reprinted many times after the announcement of the prize. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with review slip laid in. [#912994] SOLD
NY, St. Martin's, (1997). A review copy of this novel by a writer who was one of the founders of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, whose blurb appears on the jacket: "with inexpressible thanks for your faith and kind words and with lots of love from your devoted fan and friend." Fine in a fine dust jacket, with publicity material laid in. [#027560] SOLD
Concord, William B. Ewert, 1986. A collection of poems. One of 10 sets of advance sheets prepared by the publisher. Twelve 9" x 12" double flat gatherings printed on the rectos only, laid into a gray folding cardstock case, with a card laid in presenting the sheets with compliments, indicating the limitation, and signed by the publisher. A fine set of this rare advance issue. [#912317] $350
NY, Atlantic Monthly, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy of the trade edition, which was preceded by the Franklin Library edition. Where I'm Calling From is the definitive collection of Carver's fiction, published just before he died and containing therefore the "final" versions of many of his most important and frequently anthologized stories, as well as seven stories previously uncollected. Fine in wrappers. [#912358] $175
click for a larger image of item #31672, In Patagonia London/NY, Jonathan Cape/Summit, 1977/1978. A hardcover advance proof copy of the American edition of Chatwin's first book, created from a first British edition, with the addition of a U.S. proof dust jacket, featuring quotes from British publications (including Paul Theroux, writing for the London Times). The British trade edition has had its free endpages excised and pasted over the pictorial pastedowns; and the photographs that graced the text of the British edition have also been excised, in keeping with the appearance of the American edition. This copy was obviously sent out and used for review: reviewer's marks and comments in text, and the blank jacket flaps have been filled with the reviewer's notes. The book, apart from the intended excisions and notes, is fine; the proof jacket (again, apart from the reviewer notes), is spine and edge-sunned, with the title and author handwritten on the spine, largely faded; overall near fine. An uncommon issue, presumably done prior to the issuance of an American proof copy and different from the U.K. first edition in ways that parallel the eventual U.S. edition (and U.S. proof). [#031672] $750
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1986. The advance reading copy of his fifth book, third novel, which was made into a well-received movie. Signed by the author. Slight bump to spine; else fine in wrappers. [#911458] $200
NY, Farrar Straus Giroux, (1999). Later printing of his fourth book, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Inscribed by Cunningham to Robert Stone, "with admiration," and dated 5/16/99. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the PEN/Faulkner Award label. [#033669] $100
click for a larger image of item #30111, This House of Sky [NY], [HBJ], [(1978)]. Ivan Doig's own set of page proofs of his first publication for the general book trade. Signed and titled by Doig on the dedication page (the first sheet present) and with several corrections in his hand. Numbered to 314 pages, printed on rectos only; roughly 7" x 9" sheets, in a 3-ring binder. With a signed letter of provenance from Doig, on his stationery, attesting to the set as being from his archives and with his corrections. A memoir of growing up in Montana with his father and grandmother, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind was voted one of the five best books ever written on Montana; it won the Christopher Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Doig also received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association. Tape to copyright page and a few paper clips scattered throughout; else a fine set. A unique copy of a modern classic, with impeccable provenance. [#030111] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #33260, Selected Stories London, Godine, (1990). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition, and the first proof to contain the full complement of all 23 stories: the U.S. proof was intended to be issued with only ten of the stories; was mistakenly issued with the "left out" 13; and then re-issued with the intended 10. Signed by Dubus. Foxing near the spine; near fine in wrappers. [#033260] $250
click for a larger image of item #29870, Signed Photograph Undated. An 8" x 10" black-and-white glossy photo of the Nobel Laureate, taken during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in late 1975 or early 1976, with Allen Ginsberg in the foreground. Ginsberg was on the tour for most of the 1975 dates but seldom performed his readings or recitations; he did typically join Dylan and others for the finale of Dylan's set, a performance of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." Signed by Dylan. Signature in blue ink across the dark shadows on his face, not readily apparent. Fine. A nice memento of a legendary musical odyssey and, with Dylan's barely visible signature, perhaps another indication of the performer's famous ambivalence toward fame as well as toward his audiences, including the person for whom he autographed this photo. [#029870] $2,500
click for a larger image of item #23413, A Fan's Notes NY, Harper & Row, (1968). A second printing of his first book, "a fictional memoir" and one of the defining books of the Sixties, which helped blur the line between fiction and nonfiction much the way the New Journalism of that era did. A finalist for the National Book Award, winner of both the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, for a work that, while not a commercial success, was nonetheless "a considerable literary achievement." Made into a movie in 1972, which was a finalist for the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival. While Exley's book was not a bestseller at the time, over the years it has remained in print, been brought out in a number of different editions, and is widely viewed as a classic of the 1960s. Signed by the author. Very slight spine slant; near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a couple short tears at the crown. [#023413] $640
click for a larger image of item #914499, The Coma (London), Faber and Faber, (2004). A limited edition with text by Alex Garland and woodcuts by his father, Nicholas Garland. Of a total edition of 310 copies, this is Copy No. 43 of 50 copies signed by both Garlands and including a limited edition woodcut, also one of 50, signed by Nicholas Garland. Approximately 18" x 12-1/2". An elaborate production of this novel by the author of The Beach and The Tesseract, and the screenwriter for the acclaimed film 28 Days Later. Fine in a very slightly dusty but still fine clamshell box. [#914499] SOLD
(NY), Morrow, (2009). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone: "To my literary idol. I owe you more debt than you know." Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#033726] $85
click for a larger image of item #155, The Second Dune NY, Knopf, 1973. A review copy of her second novel, winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Fiction Award. Inscribed by the author "with love." Fine in a fine dust jacket with trace dust soiling, with review slip and photograph laid in. [#000155] $60
NY, Random House, (1969). His first book of nonfiction, subtitled "A Journal from British Columbia." A personal recollection of the author's travels, which also touches on the history, both natural and cultural, of the region. Inscribed by the author. Hoagland, whose fiction has won literary awards, is most highly acclaimed as an essayist, and his first book of nonfiction is thus a landmark in his writing career. Boards a bit skewed; very good in a very good, spine-darkened dust jacket with shallow wear to the crown. [#029318] $95
Helena/Guilford, Lyons Press, (2014). The updated, expanded, signed edition of Hoagland's selected essays, spanning nearly 50 years, with a foreword by Gretel Ehrlich. Signed by the author. Pages previously dampened; very good in a very good dust jacket with dampstaining on the verso. With a "Signed by the Author" label on the front panel, as issued. [#032775] $45
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
(International Festival of Authors)
click for a larger image of item #29749, 1993 International Festival of Authors Promotional Poster 1993. Promotional poster for the annual Toronto literary festival, which each year since 1980 brought together the best writers of contemporary world literature. The poster was designed by a leading artist of the day and is one of only a handful of copies signed by all or most of the year's participants. From the collection of the promoter of the festival himself, Greg Gatenby. Designed by General Idea, a collective of three Canadian artists, two of whom died of AIDS in 1994. Approximately 61 signatures. Signed by: Paulo Coelho, William Vollmann, Jane Urquhart, Bobbie Ann Mason, Bharati Mukherjee, Aidan Mathews, Peter Levi, Marilyn Davis, Carol Shields, Ruth Rendell, Mavis Gallant, Barry Callaghan, Rose Tremain, Peter Mayle, Walter Abish, Robert Stone, Priscilla Juvelis, Paul Auster, Barry Unsworth, Rosa Lixsom, Vikram Seth, Austin Clarke, Bapsi Sidhwa, Joan Riley, Yves Beauchemin, James Mackey, Daniel Mark Epstein, and others. 17" x 22". [#029749] $1,000
NY, Penguin Press, 2008. Signed by the author in the month after publication. From the library of Peter Matthiessen. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#031950] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #31419, Oregon Trail 1975-2000 Eugene, Bend in the River Council, (1974). An ambitious project conceived by Kesey (as Co-Director) and others to form a Council to address the major problems facing Oregon (and by extension, the U.S.) in a manner which would expose the issues to the public at large and allow for public input. This is a press kit cum prospectus for the council, including numerous separate pieces, e.g. a copy of a letter to Kesey from the Governor, lauding the project; a two-page set of proposals for the creation of the council and its structure and agenda; two issues of The Bend in the River Reality, a broadsheet newspaper, to which Ken Kesey and Ken Babbs, among others, contribute to Issue 1, the "Special Armory Issue," and the same contributions appear in Issue Number 2, the "Special Coast Issue"; there are two magazine-format issues of The BITR Papers, with different color covers and variant content, some of which overlaps with other items in the lot. The intent of the project was to create an educated, informed "Enlightened Constituency" that would "influence not only the state's politicians, the populace and the industry, but the future course of her sister states as well, and thus help steer this nation through the uncharted waters before us." While it may not be attributable to this particular effort, Oregon has become something of a bellwether for the rest of the region and for the country as a whole; one way or another, the project has in many ways largely come to fruition. All housed in a Bend in the River Council folder. Edge-sunned and musty; very good. Rare. [#031419] $565
click for a larger image of item #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
NY, Bantam, (1989). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author to Stanley Wiater prior to publication: "For Stan the Man -- My last sequel." Wiater's bookplate inside the front cover; edge-sunned with small crown bump; near fine in wrappers. [#029495] $40
click for a larger image of item #30964, Island and Autograph Postcard Signed (London), Headline, (1995). Inscribed by the author in 1996. Recipient's stamp on on author bio page; else fine in wrappers. Laid in is an autograph postcard signed by Laymon, dated a month later, saying he's sorry to have missed a call and making other arrangements for an interview. Phone number on card in a different ink; fine. [#030964] $150
NY, George Braziller, (1978). The first American edition of his first novel, originally published in Australia in 1975. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#020821] $40
click for a larger image of item #31447, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse NY, Viking, (1983). An author's copy of his controversial and suppressed book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early Seventies at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier being imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that Matthiessen describes as rife with government malfeasance. Matthiessen, his publisher, and even some bookstores who had stocked the book were the targets of lawsuits brought by two government officials who claimed they were slandered by the hard-hitting book, which made no bones about its advocacy of the Indians' case. Until a landmark Supreme Court decision upholding Matthiessen's (and Viking's) First Amendment rights, the book was shelved with remaining copies of it being pulped; paperback publication, as well as foreign publication, were blocked for nearly a decade. A significant volume, both for the incendiary nature of its content, as well as the First Amendment battle surrounding its publication and suppression. This copy is from Matthiessen's own library. A little Long Island foxing in evidence; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Letter of provenance available. [#031447] $125
click for a larger image of item #32371, The Snow Leopard NY, Viking, (1978). A second printing of his first National Book Award winner, which recounts a trip to the Himalayas with naturalist George Schaller in the hopes both of encountering a snow leopard in the wild and of coming to terms with his wife's recent death from cancer. From Matthiessen's own library and with more than a dozen passages marked in pen by Matthiessen, all having to do with the porter and camp assistant Tuktken. There are a couple of other passages marked in pencil, with page notations in the prelims. Rear flyleaf excised, else a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#032371] $565
NY, Turtle Bay Books, (1993). The uncorrected proof copy of her first book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#914548] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #31046, Rambo III (London), New English Library, (1988). First British hardcover edition. Warmly inscribed by the author in 1991. Bookplate of another author on the front flyleaf. Foxing to top edge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031046] $135
click for a larger image of item #25693, John Steinbeck's Re-Vision of America Athens, University of Georgia, (1985). A scholarly study, preceding any of his works of fiction by several years, and one of two books of nonfiction he wrote about John Steinbeck's work. Fine in a fine, very mildly spine-sunned dust jacket. Scarce. [#025693] $285
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
click for a larger image of item #13349, Signed Colophon for Zuckerman Unbound NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1981). Colophon only for the limited edition of this novel featuring Nathan Zuckerman, one of Roth's fictional alter egos. The limitation was 350 copies; this is apparently an overrun page, unnumbered but signed by Roth. Fine. A nice way to obtain a Roth signature. [#013349] $40
click for a larger image of item #32676, Echoing Women [Self-Published], 2001. A self-published artist's book, of a story that takes place over the last 91 minutes of one August day in 2001. Text and illustrations by Savage. Signed: "Artist's Proof 2001, CHS" on the final page. Ring-bound, with rubbed acetate covers; else fine. This material inspired a dance piece by Jennifer Chin, although we have found no evidence of its having been formally published nor listings for it in OCLC. [#032676] $150
NY, Viking, (1972). A historical novel by a writer who has focused on the history of the West, as well as reinterpreting classics by Mark Twain and Owen Wister, among others. Inscribed by the author on a typed note tipped to the front pastedown spoofing advance copies. Small bump to lower board; else fine in a fine dust jacket with one tiny edge tear. [#017934] $60
NY, Bantam, 1988. The uncorrected proof copy. Unevenly sunned, thus very good in wrappers. Stamp of another author inside the front cover. Letter from the publisher's publicity director laid in. Also laid in is a fold out pictorial promotional item. [#031074] $40
NY, Knopf, 1981. From the author's own library and inscribed by Stone: "For Al and Miriam/ with love/ Bob." His third novel, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the L.A. Times Award for best novel of the year. Near fine in a very good dust jacket mottled on verso. [#033826] $175
click for a larger image of item #22553, My Vita, If You Will Washington, D.C., Counterpoint, (1998). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of McClanahan's previously uncollected work. With a foreword by Robert Stone, a longtime friend dating from the early 1960s at Stanford, where McClanahan introduced Stone to Ken Kesey and the other members of the Perry Lane crowd. Signed by Stone. Fine in wrappers. [#022553] SOLD
Tualatin, Norwood Press, 2003. Of a total edition of 300 copies, this is number 79 of 200 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#914340] SOLD
(Chicago), (Macfadden-Bartell), 1965. A fairly tame piece (for Thompson) on the gentrification of Big Sur, two years prior to his first book. September issue. Thompson had written to Pageant in 1964, seeking a new outlet for his writing; the digest-size magazine was a competitor to Reader's Digest and it paid well, and Thompson had several pieces published there over the next few years, including his first piece about Richard Nixon. This piece was partly an update of his first magazine feature, written in 1961 for Rogue magazine, a competitor of Playboy. Small date stamp front cover, very slight rubbing to rear cover; else fine in wrappers. [#030837] $115
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, apparently: this seems to be the cream-colored variant (no priority established between a1 and a2). Uncommon. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#031527] $135
click for a larger image of item #30282, The Dick Cavett Show. A Conversation with John Updike (n.p.), (n.p.), 1978. Transcript of two consecutive nights of Updike's appearances on The Dick Cavett Show in December 1978. Ten pages and eleven pages, respectively, plus cover sheet. Printed on rectos only. Near fine, in a blue acetate folder that has split along its fold. DeBellis and Broomfield A68. Later collected in Conversations with John Updike. [#030282] $565
click for a larger image of item #29011, Bulls of Iberia (n.p.), King Ranch Edition, 1972. The limited edition. Copy 54 of 1000 (or, likely, fewer) numbered copies produced for the King Ranch, at the time reputed to be the largest ranch in the world, and signed by the author. Additionally, this copy is inscribed by Vavra to the writer Peter Matthiessen: "For Peter - who at one time was also under the spell of the bulls of Iberia. Thanks again for your help with my new book. It would be great to have you at the ranch - imagine the ¡oles¡. All best/ Robert/ April 23, 1996." Foreword by James A. Michener. Clothbound; mild spine fade; else fine in a near fine slipcase with several lamination creases to the pictorial covers. The copyright page has blacked out information covered with a pasted-on label, suggesting this edition was made up of copies from the Seville, Spain edition which, although identified as a signed limited issue was not signed. It is doubtful that there were actually 1000 copies of this edition produced, or distributed: the book seems to be fairly scarce. A nice association copy. [#029011] $500
click for a larger image of item #33309, Selected Poems NY, Farrar Straus, (1964). The second regularly published book by the West Indian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. Ownership signature of James Tate. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, but with a chip threatening at the base of the spine. [#033309] $100
NY, Simon & Schuster, (1980). His second book, sent to film critic Pauline Kael in 1981. With an autograph letter signed by Walton, much of which relates a long joke about psychoanalysis (complete with taped-over punch line), but Walton also updates Kael on the process of getting a movie made from Forgotten Impulses. (It apparently wasn't filmed.) Two sides of a page; folded for mailing, with envelope. The book is near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#029548] $115
(Vineburg), (Engdahl Typography), 1989. A limited edition of this story. One of 200 numbered copies, the first 50 of which were signed by Wolff. Although this is copy number 155, it too has been signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915719] $450
Austin, Thorp Springs Press, (1982). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "whose novel A Hall of Mirrors greatly influenced this one -- & for the knifing political insight you've brought to the novel in our time." Top edge foxed, otherwise near fine in a very good dust jacket with two closed, but long, edge tears. [#033790] $75
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