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

(Washington, D.C.), Survival International U.S.A., (1981-1982). Volume 1, No. 1 and Volume 2, Nos. 2, 3/4. Four issues (one double issue, so 3 items). One issue folded for mailing; two issues sunned; near fine. [#018432] $40
(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
New Rochelle, Elizabeth Press, (1965). Later printing. Poetry by a writer of Cherokee-French descent, also known as Gogisgi. His first book. Inscribed by the author to Joe and Carol Bruchac in 1982, "your warmness keeps me." Small spot to front edge of front panel; else fine in stapled wrappers. An excellent association copy. [#025306] $200
click for a larger image of item #13509, Los Ojos de Los Enterrados Buenos Aires, Losada, (1960). The first edition of the final installment of Asturias' Banana Republic Trilogy. An attractive, very good copy in illustrated self-wraps. [#013509] $265
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, (2007). The issue in wrappers. Inscribed by the poet to the writer Robert Stone, on the dedication page, in the year of publication: "with gratitude for your loyal friendship & for your reliably great art -- with great esteem & affection." A nice association copy. Fine. [#028394] $80
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
(Sparta), Twilight, 1994. Warmly and lengthily inscribed by the author. Also inscribed by Stephen Bissette, the illustrator, with an added drawing. Bookplate of another author on the front flyleaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#030524] $40
(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] $250
(Memoir Archive)
click for a larger image of item #33849, Eleven Stories High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948–68

This book is particularly concerned with the changing roles and expectations of women between my mother's generation and mine. - the author

A small archive (three boxes) of a book that documents two American decades in one of New York City's signature neighborhoods: Stuyvesant Town.

Corinne Demas is a novelist and author of young adult books who grew up in Stuyvesant Town as one of the first generation to live in the development, which opened in 1947. In 2000, Demas published a memoir of her childhood and adolescence entitled "Eleven Stories High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968." SUNY Press issued the book, and this archive chronicles its creation and publication and the response it engendered, as well as the issues surrounding Stuyvesant Town.

Stuyvesant Town was conceived as a carefully planned postwar middle class neighborhood in central Manhattan. Prospective tenants were closely screened and their income verified. The number of applicants for the 11,000 apartments comprising Stuyvesant Town, and the slightly more upscale Peter Cooper Village, totaled more than 100,000. ST-PCV was an experiment in urban planning – a gated community in the heart of the city, privately owned, with private roads, and a private security force – and also an experiment in social engineering: blacks were excluded in its early years and the income requirements kept out the poor. The apartment buildings clustered around a central oval with a fountain; traffic was limited; there were no schools or shops. The development was designed to be a safe haven from the rest of the city, and in that it eventually succeeded: by the 1980s it was deemed the safest neighborhood in New York City.

Many of the early residents were young families, often from working class backgrounds, many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants. Stuyvesant Town represented a step up the social ladder, into the middle class, with higher incomes, better education for the children, less onerous working conditions for the fathers, and mothers who could stay at home as housewives. Much of what we still associate with the term "middle class" was established, defined, and nurtured in the early postwar years in Stuyvesant Town, as was a significant portion of what we call "the American Dream" – the belief that one's children's future should be brighter than their parents', their education greater, their opportunities more, and that this should continue indefinitely.

Demas' book documents the first generation's years in Stuyvesant Town. From the author's website:

Eleven Stories High is a memoir of my middle class New York childhood, and the particular perceptions of a girl growing up in a housing project where the apartments and buildings are identical and you're prohibited from walking on the grass. It is an exploration of the concept of "home," how a place like Stuyvesant Town—impersonal, symmetrical, utilitarian—shapes a childhood. Eleven Stories High is organized by subject (rather than chronology), and examines aspects of my life in Stuyvesant Town from the time I was a toddler till I was a teenager at all-girls Hunter High School. I talk about elevators, telephones, subways, and parakeets.

Chapter topics include Hunter Elementary School and the education of the supposedly "intellectually gifted child," being a Gentile in a Jewish world, the secret community of Greeks in America, and the contrast between "the country" (Mt. Kisco, New York) and the vast sterility of Stuyvesant Town where an earthworm was an exotic, a butterfly a miracle.

I write about my grandfather (who was head of the Dead Letter Department for the U.S. Post Office in New York), my father (an unconventional dentist) and his encounters with armed robbers, and my mother, who performed all the tasks of a traditional Fifties housewife in addition to being a biology teacher at Stuyvesant High School (where she taught the boys I met at school dances everything they knew about reproduction).

This book is particularly concerned with the changing roles and expectations of women between my mother's generation and mine.

This archive contains Demas' scrapbook of her school years (featuring a note signed by Eleanor Roosevelt); multiple manuscript drafts of the memoir (both hard copies and digital copies); and publication material and related correspondence (with two publishers). In addition: when Eleven Stories High was published, Demas became an inadvertent spokesperson for Stuyvesant Town, and her comments on various ST-related matters – having to do with real estate values in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the gentrification of ST-PCV, the decline of the middle class, and the contrast with the values instilled by her upbringing in this "accidental utopia," as she called it – appeared in the New York Times as an article, an op-ed piece, and a letter to the editor. The archive contains her writings for the Times on these subjects as well as a sizable amount of the correspondence it generated. Moreover, the book itself generated several large files of correspondence: included here are hundreds of pages of readers sharing their responses to the book and their own recollections of Stuyvesant Town. The book is a memoir but the archive is, in effect, a social history.

Little else has been written about Stuyvesant Town. The 2013 book Other People's Money by Charles Bagli focused on Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village as the center of the greatest real estate deal ever made – and, at the height of the Great Recession, ever to fail. But little has been written about the community itself, which helped give rise to the idea of gated communities around the country, helped to define what it meant to be in the middle class at that time, especially in an urban area, and embodied so many elements of both the positive and negative aspects of "the American Dream." Demas' memoir touches on issues of class, race, religion and gender.

A detailed inventory is available here. [#033849] $9,500
click for a larger image of item #13579, El Charleston Santiago, Nascimento, 1960. An early collection of short stories, the fourth book by this Chilean writer, which was not translated into English or published in the U.S. for 17 years. This book precedes any publication of Donoso's work in the U.S. by five years. Pages browning with age but still near fine in self-wraps. A scarce volume, given the Chilean imprint, the fragile binding and the cheap, acidic paper used in production. [#013579] $265
click for a larger image of item #33672, Blessings Elmwood, Raven Editions, 1987. The first separate edition of this story by Dubus, expanded from its magazine publication back to its original length. An attractive limited edition, designed and printed by Carol Blinn of Warwick Press. Copy No. 34 of 60 numbered copies, of a total edition of 70 copies signed by the author. Unmarked, but from the library of Robert Stone. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033672] $500
NY, Norton, (1991). The uncorrected proof copy of his first book, a collection of stories. Signed by the author. Spine-sunned; near fine in wrappers. [#912476] $225
click for a larger image of item #32951, Original Art (n.p.), McSweeney's, (2000). An ink drawing by Eggers of a malformed human, captioned "Things have changed since then, executed on the previously blank dust jacket of Timothy McSweeney's Issue No. 5. Signed (initialed) by Eggers. With an additional ink drawing by Eggers on the flyleaf, of an amoeba shape, captioned, "At one time they were all like this." Eggers has been selling his captioned paintings and prints of captioned animals to benefit ScholarMatch (which he also founded), an organization that funds college educations. Additionally signed by Ben Greenman. 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. Two tiny spots to foredge and small lower board nicks; near fine in a very good, mildly dusty jacket with a couple of closed tears. [#032951] $850
(London), Picador, (1998). The first British edition of this first novel which, after being rejected by some 70 U.S. publishers, was published in France in a French translation. From there, world English rights were sold to Picador, who published the novel to substantial praise, with reviewers comparing the writing to Thomas Pynchon's and the book's publishing history to that of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. After its success in England, it was finally published in the U.S. This copy is signed by the author, who committed suicide in 2005. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913961] $275
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] $175
click for a larger image of item #29924, "The Corrections" in The World of FSG NY, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2001). An advance audio excerpt from his then-forthcoming novel The Corrections, along with excerpts of ten other books in FSG's Fall 2001 line-up. Cassette tape, signed by Franzen on a small label affixed to the printed cardstock sleeve. Fine. The Corrections won the National Book Award and is consistently cited as one of the top books of the 21st century's "new canon." An unusual advance issue for a literary novel, and likely the only signed copy. [#029924] $125
(London), Piatkus, (1988). Her first book. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a nick to the lower rear panel. [#915032] $100
Garden City, Doubleday, 1963. Inscribed to his bibliographer, Stuart Wright, on the front endpaper. Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#008878] $80
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
(Physical Fitness/Natural Movement)
click for a larger image of item #33038, Guide Pratique d'Education Physique Paris, Vuibert at Nony, (1909). The first edition (1909) of this dense, 508 page, illustrated tome by the French naval officer who developed the Natural Method of training that led to the development of the parcours du combatant (military obstacle course). Both the method and the courses fueled the compulsions of a Vietnamese-French orphan turned Paris fire fighter named Raymond Belle, whose legendary physical prowess inspired his son, David Belle, to turn the methods of "parcours" into parkour, which is undergoing a renaissance more than a century after Hebert's insistence that training be fully functional and involve walking, running, jumping, climbing, lifting, throwing, swimming, balance, and techniques for defense and rescue. As best as we can tell, this was Hebert's first book, and it was followed by a series of volumes on the Natural Method. Here presented in original wrappers, foxed at the edges, pages uncut, and for all practical purposes already separated at the spine into five signatures: a possible candidate for rebinding. [#033038] $750
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
NY, Ballantine/Del Rey, (1978). The hardcover issue. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#916291] $225
Columbia, University of Missouri Press, (1998). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, in 2003, "with the pleasure of seeing you again, and with admiration." Fine in wrappers. [#033732] $50
Smithtown, Exposition Press, (1983). A vanity press publication by a white writer, written for pre-teens. Despite the title, which seems thematically all-encompassing (albeit gender-specific), each chapter is actually a story about food, and the author includes an introduction for teachers stressing that the coming global food crisis can be averted by emulating some Indian practices. A fine copy in a heavily rubbed, very good dust jacket with tiny corner chips. [#016678] $60
September 14, 1978. To the editors of Farrar, Straus & Giroux: "I'm taking the liberty of submitting to you a ms. of short stories, not mine, that I think is worthy of consideration for publication..." The author on whose behalf Ignatow is writing is unnamed, although he does add that Grace Paley is interested in writing an introduction. One corner staple; editorial "logged in" remarks; folded in thirds; and typed on a machine that made only partial "o's." Near fine. [#013665] $40
click for a larger image of item #29930, Verbannte [Exiles] Zurich, Rascher & Cie., 1919. The first German edition of Joyce's play Exiles and the first of his works to be published in translation in any language. One of 600 copies printed: Joyce was living in Zurich at the time and he paid for the publication of this book out of his own pocket. This copy is inscribed by the author: "To J.R. [sic] Watson, Jun / with grateful regards / James Joyce / 8. ix. 1919." J.S. Watson, Jr. was at the time the co-owner of the modernist literary journal The Dial, which he bought from Martyn Johnson with his friend and fellow Harvard graduate, Scofield Thayer. Watson became president of the magazine and Thayer became its editor. The "grateful regards" refers to a gift of $300 that Watson had sent Joyce earlier in the year at the urging of Thayer, who had himself sent Joyce $700. These sums bailed Joyce out of dire financial straits, allowed him to settle a court case against him, and helped him support the theater group that he had associated with in Zurich, the English Players. In 1920 The Dial published a piece by Joyce, and in 1921 Thayer was one of his most ardent and influential supporters in the censorship case in New York against Ulysses and its publication in the Little Review. A notable association copy of Joyce's first translation. Slocum & Cahoon D44. Pages browned and acidified, and covers strengthened at all the edges and spine with tape, with a hole cut in the spine for the title to show through. The first blank, on which the inscription appears, is also strengthened at the edges with tape. Fragile, and a candidate for de-acidification, but a significant association copy from a critical point in Joyce's life and career. [#029930] $10,000
Middleton, Wesleyan University Press, (1980). The author's first book, poetry in the Wesleyan series, this being the hardcover issue. Warmly inscribed by the author to his then-wife, the poet Ai (although the address used is "darling"). Fine in a very good dust jacket. [#012867] $60
(St. Paul), New Rivers Press, (1987). Second printing of this poetry collection, inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael "whose work has inspired and delighted me." Spine faded; covers splaying; very good in wrappers. [#034558] $35
click for a larger image of item #34559, A Sense of Life, A Sense of Sin Garden City, Doubleday, 1975. A book on "Personal Morality Today" by a Catholic priest. Inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael, "who has a great sense of life." Slightly musty; near fine in a spine-faded, thus very good, dust jacket. [#034559] $50
click for a larger image of item #30350, The Stephen King Companion Kansas City, Andrews and McMeel, (1995). A presentation copy of the limited revised edition. "PC" on the colophon, which is signed by Beahm and four others: Stephen Spignesi, David Lowell, Michael Collings, and Kenny Ray Linkous. With a typed note from Beahm to recipient laid in. Bookplate of recipient front flyleaf. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued; lacking slipcase. [#030350] $150
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
click for a larger image of item #23675, The Corolla, 1947 and 1948 Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama, 1947-1948. Two volumes of the yearbook of the University of Alabama, where Harper Lee studied law between 1945 and 1949. The 1947 Corolla shows Lee as editor of the humor magazine Rammer Jammer; sitting on the Board of Publications; voted one of the "campus personalities"; pictured as a student of law; and as a member of Chi Omega and of Triangle, an honor society of seniors who guide freshmen. In all, at least a half dozen pictures of Lee. Wear to the edges, rubbing to the joints; near fine. The 1948 Corolla pictures Lee only as a campus personality: before completing her degree requirements, Lee left law school for New York City, where she worked as an airline reservations clerk (and wrote To Kill A Mockingbird). From Lee's campus newspaper, as quoted in the book Harper Lee by Kerry Madden: "[Lee] is a traditional and impressive figure as she strides down the corridor of New Hall at all hours attired in men's green striped pajamas. Quite frequently she passes out candy to unsuspecting freshman; when she emerges from their rooms they have subscribed to the Rammer Jammer." Check marks in text; board edges worn; very good. [#023675] $1,000
(Tel Aviv), (Yedioth Ahronoth/Chemed Books), (1999). "The story of the joint research project with the Israel Air Force that led to peaceful coexistence between steel winged birds and their feathered companions in the sky." Inscribed by Leshem to Peter Matthiessen on a card tipped to the front flyleaf, along with Leshem's business card from the Department of Zoology at Tel-Aviv University. Trace foxing; else fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#031982] $115
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
NY, Random House, (1984). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911714] $250
click for a larger image of item #915362, Fugitive Pieces (Toronto), McClelland & Stewart, (1996). An advance copy, in the form of comb-bound galleys, typeset but reproducing several holograph corrections. Her third book, first novel, which was first published in Canada, and only in wrappers. Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian Prize for Fiction, the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Trillium Prize. Signed by the author. 9" x 11". Fine. [#915362] $650
click for a larger image of item #27323, Art & Outrage London/NY, Putnam/Dutton, 1959/1961. A review copy of the American edition, consisting of the true first (British) edition, copyedited on the title page and front flap to reflect changes to be made in the American edition, with a pencil note on the front flyleaf about the projected change in size. With review slip laid in. Correspondence about Miller between Lawrence Durrell and Alfred Perles, with interjections by Miller. Miller met both Durrell and Perles in Paris in the Thirties. Dusty top edge; fine in a very near fine dust jacket. Together with a copy of the American edition, as issued. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#027323] $115
click for a larger image of item #25153, I Was an Adventuress Los Angeles, 20th Century Fox, 1940. The revised shooting final screenplay, dated December 15, 1939, although with 24 pages of colored inserts dating from January and February, 1940. Machine stamped "copy #1," belonging to the producer Darryl F. Zanuck. This was one of the two screenplays that O'Hara worked on from September to December 1939 and shared screenplay credits for, in this case with Karl Tunberg and Don Ettlinger. The movie was produced by Zanuck, and starred Vera Zorina, Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre. Quarto; mimeographed pages with blue revision sheets inserted. Near fine in printed studio wrappers. Rare. [#025153] $2,000
click for a larger image of item #27456, Cinco Poesias de Ezra Pound Miami, Pandenus Press, (1952). One of 225 copies of this attractive oversize volume that collects Spanish translations of five of Pound's poems, including three of the Cantos. This copy is inscribed by one of the translators, Margaret Bates. Covers foxed; near fine in self-wrappers. [#027456] $190
click for a larger image of item #30137, Farm NY/(Chicago), Feature/ICI, (1988). An early issue of this small periodical of gay fiction, printing Sedaris' story "My Manuscript," which was collected in his first book, Barrel Fever, in 1994: there are enough textual differences between this version and the collected version to consider this text an earlier draft. An uncommon early appearance by Sedaris. [#030137] $750
Cincinnati, Writer's Digest Books, (2007). An advice book for fiction writers. Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone, "with affection & appreciation, a 'cunning craftsman' if ever there was one." Very near fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#033777] SOLD
Toronto, McGraw-Hill, (1977). A review copy. Review slip tipped to front flyleaf; a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with one closed edge tear. Author photo and publicity sheet laid in. [#912753] $100
click for a larger image of item #34473, Three Poem Broadsides (San Francisco), (San Francisco), (1963-1964). Three broadsides: Gary Snyder's Nanao Knows, Lew Welch's Step Out Onto the Planet, and Philip Whalen's Three Mornings. Each reproduced by photo-offset from the author's own calligraphy and printed in an edition of 300 copies on the occasion of a reading at Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, June 12, 1964. Each broadside is signed by its author. Snyder, Welch and Whalen first met when they attended Reed College, a progressive school in Oregon; the friends later became three of the most influential poets of the Beat generation. The Welch is sunned with two creases; the Snyder and Whalen have some light creases and edge sunning and are also signed by an unknown hand in an upper margin, with "much happiness." A very good set. 9-1/2" x 12-1/2". Publisher's postcard prospectus laid in. [McNeil A7.] [#034473] $700
click for a larger image of item #10984, Robert Stone. A Bibliography 1960-1992 Hadley, Numinous Press, 1992. A first bibliography of Robert Stone, describing in detail the American and British editions of his "A" items up through Outerbridge Reach, along with an extensive listing of his appearances in others' books, in periodicals, in translation, etc. Illustrated with photographs, and including a critical introduction, as well as a previously unpublished piece by Robert Stone: the transcript of an impromptu talk that Stone gave at the Library of Congress for the tenth anniversary of the PEN Faulkner Award in 1989, about his exposure at a young age to the effects of writing, experienced upon reading Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Stone, who won the National Book Award for his novel Dog Soldiers, was widely considered one of the most important American novelists to emerge from the era of the Vietnam war and the Sixties counterculture, and the short list of his published novels does not give an accurate indication of his pervasive influence on contemporary American literature. By tracing the secondary appearances (the bibliography includes over 240 entries), one begins to appreciate the scope of his writing and the points at which his voice was one of those that defined our current situation and gave us the terms with which to understand it. The limited edition. One of 150 numbered copies, signed by Robert Stone. With a marbled paper dust jacket created expressly for this edition by Light of Day Bindery in Northampton, MA, and printed letterpress by Wild Carrot Press. Can be signed by Ken Lopez, if desired. [#010984] $95
click for a larger image of item #34609, Fetal Brain Tango (Northampton), Tundra, 1991. A book of sketches by Totleben, one of the key artists associated with Swamp Thing and the horror anthology Taboo. Published as Number Two in the Tundra Sketchbook Series, the press that was an offshoot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle phenomenon. Fine in wrappers. [#034609] $75
click for a larger image of item #30843, A Slipping-Down Life NY, Knopf, 1970. A review copy of her third book, a rock and roll novel focused on an alienated teenage girl in an unlikely romantic relationship with a small-time rock singer. A 1999 film adaptation won two film festival prizes and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with trace foxing to verso, with review slip laid in. A very attractive copy of this early Anne Tyler novel. [#030843] $340
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
click for a larger image of item #30276, 75 Aromatic Years of Leavitt & Peirce in the Recollection of 31 Harvard Men Cambridge, Leavitt & Peirce, 1958. The hardcover issue of this very early appearance in print by Updike. Harvard alumni commemorate the 75th anniversary of a tobacco store and gathering place; Updike contributes a poem, "The Old Tobacconist." Slight foxing to top edge, else fine in a near fine, orginal glassine dustwrapper. [#030276] $490
Cleveland, Bits Press, (1988). A limited edition of six poems, one of which, "Munich," has its first appearance here. One of 120 unnumbered copies signed by the author. Fine in saddle-stitched wrappers. Uncommon. [#030219] $150
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
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
click for a larger image of item #34611, Noodles, Sketchbook Stuff, Random Drawings, and Telephone Squiggles Northampton, Tundra, 1991. The third volume in the Tundra Sketchbook Series. With a very short introduction by Neil Gaiman, quite early in his career. Fine in wrappers. [#034611] $75
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