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click for a larger image of item #7850, Week-End En Guatemala Buenos Aires, Goyanarte, (1956). A novel based on the US-backed overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala in 1954 -- a Cold War-related move against a left-leaning nationalist government that did much to set the stage for the next three decades of tensions between the U.S. and the various Central American republics. Asturias, for his open criticism of Yanqui interventionism, was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1966 -- the highest such honor conferred in the old U.S.S.R. The following year--in what may be construed as a battle for the hearts and minds of his constituency -- he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the West's highest international honor. A major novel by one of the most important writers of the postwar era, whose ability to integrate indigenous myths and social protest was a major accomplishment that helped shape the contemporary Latin American novel. Abrasions to front flyleaf and front cover; ink marks to three pages of text; some wear to top edge and creasing to spine; still a respectable copy in self-wraps. [#007850] $265
$172
[March 1988]. Berge, a longtime poet and novelist who was associated with the New York poetry avant-garde of the 1960s, introduces herself to the recipient, the editor of Art & Antiques magazine, as both a writer and an antiques dealer. The letter is a sales pitch for a scarab ring in her possession and includes a drawing: "To me, it looks like either a Scarab beetle (stylized in form), or/and some sort of old inkwell with plumes extending from it. That suits the idea that I'm into Scarabs and I'm also a novelist and writer." Signed by the author. Folded in thirds for mailing, with a resume and mailing envelope included. Fine. [#015470] $40
$20
NY, Random House, (1980). The limited edition of this collection of short essays and journalistic pieces. Copy 270 of 350 numbered copies signed by the author. Fine in a very near fine slipcase with a strip of bleedthrough from the binder's glue. [#914628] $500
$325
NY, Atheneum, 1977. Uncorrected proof copy of his highly praised first book, which was called by The New York Times Book Review "the best novel of the year." Casey's third book, Spartina, won the National Book Award. Erasure abrasion on front cover, and a small surface gouge on (blank) rear panel; otherwise fine. An auspicious debut. [#006300] $60
$30
NY, Putnam, (1993). His fourth book, which one blurb compares to a collaboration between Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King, and another compares to Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Warmly inscribed by Childress to Robert Stone in 1994: "-- Pal of the High Country -- it's an honor to know ye." Foxing to top edge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association copy. [#028406] $80
$40
NY, Knopf, 1971. A pseudonymously published book by Crichton, written with his brother, Douglas, about a pair of Harvard students who become pot dealers on the side. Upper edge tear to the disclaimer page, a couple spots to top stain; very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#914453] $100
$65
Belfast, Field Day Theatre Company, 1983. Published as Field Day Pamphlet Number 3. Signed by the author. Fine in stapled self-wrappers. [#913912] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #32866, Typed Letter Signed and Notes for a Scientific Theory of Theological Experiences 1975. A letter dated January 27, 1975 and written to Paul [presumably Paul Williams, Dick's close friend and eventual biographer] transmitting chapter one of Confessions [of a Crap Artist] (not included here) and, included here, two pages of "theological ramblings" related to Dick's "beginning to fashion a scientific theory about [his] theological experiences..." The letter covers a bit about the retrograde forces such as tachyons bleeding back at Earth due to the weakening field of time; one of the two pages of notes considers humans' (and Dick's) roles as avatars, with knowledge received from the Holy Spirit; the other page considers our inability to recognize God and postulates a "SF novel: Hefestus as VALIS" -- a very early mention of the acronym Dick developed for the "Vast Active Living Intelligence System" that he considered to be the nature of reality and the universe, after his psychological/religious epiphanies that he experienced in February and March of 1974. The theological writings are from the early pages of what came to be known as his Exegesis, which, by the time of his death in 1982, had reached over 8000 pages of religious and metaphysical insight and speculation. The letter, signed by Dick, runs about 225 words; the theological musings about 950 words. Near fine. [#032866] $8,500
$6,375
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
$595
click for a larger image of item #31686, Then We Came to the End NY, Little Brown, (2007). The advance reading copy of his first novel. A finalist for the National Book Award. His third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Inscribed by the author in 2008. One page corner turned; near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in the advance issue, especially signed. [#031686] $150
$98
(London), Hamish Hamilton, (2002). The advance reading copy of the first British edition of his first novel, one of the most highly praised literary debuts of the year -- named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and winner of the Guardian First Book Prize, among other literary awards. A film adaptation, done by Liev Schreiber, won the Laterna Magica Prize at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Signed by the author. Covers lightly rubbed, else fine in wrappers. [#912510] $100
$65
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
$81
click for a larger image of item #11465, The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale: An Interpretation January, 1967. Reprinted from Philological Quarterly, Vol. XLVI, No 1., January, 1967. An offprint of this critical work on one of the "great sequences" of The Canterbury Tales. 17 pages, stapled wrappers. Gardner was a scholar of Old and Middle English literature, particularly Chaucer, in addition to being a novelist and teacher of creative writing. Fine. Offprints such as this are usually produced in tiny quantities, often 25 copies or fewer. [#011465] $95
$48
(n.p.), Harper & Row, (1987). The trade edition of this children's book. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915057] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #26340, The Primal Mind. Vision and Reality in Indian America NY, Harper & Row, (1981). A discourse on the characteristics and components of an Indian aesthetic and perspective, which attempts to also define the differences between the "Western" world view and that of "primitive" cultures, particularly Native American. A PBS documentary series was launched based on the ideas put forth in this book. Inscribed by the author: "For Hank [i.e., Henry Kurth]/ with much affection & loving friendship/ Jamake." A good association copy albeit, like all of the author’s self-representations as Native American, ethically dubious in retrospect. Recipient's name under front flap. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#026340] $125
$81
(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
click for a larger image of item #13659, The Circle Home NY, Thomas Y. Crowell, (1960). The author's second book, a novel. His first, Cat Man, won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award. Hoagland has since become most well-known for his essays, particularly on natural history; John Updike called him the finest essayist of his generation. Pages unevenly browning with age, as two different paper stocks were used in production; trace foxing to the top edge; otherwise a fine copy in a very good dust jacket with a bit of wear at the crown and the edges. [#013659] $60
$30
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
(International Festival of Authors)
click for a larger image of item #29753, 1997 International Festival of Authors Promotional Poster 1997. 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 Richard Artschwager. Approximately 54 signatures. Signed by: Robert Stone, Barry Lopez, Richard Ford, Michael Ondaatje, Anne Michaels, Colm Toibin, Bharati Mukherjee, Jamaica Kincaid, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Michael Turner, Jane Urquhart, Mavis Gallant, Ann Beattie, Nino Ricci, James Reaney, and others. 17" x 23". [#029753] $1,000
$700
click for a larger image of item #32298, Abacus Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, (1987). The first book, a collection of poetry in the Wesleyan New Poets series, by the author of the acclaimed memoir The Liars' Club and its sequels, as well as The Art of Memoir. This collection precedes her first memoir by eight years. This is the hardcover issue. Inscribed by the author to the novelist and memoirist Jay Neugeboren in 1988: "-- with apologies for insults, memories of a lovely meal, & hopes for more." Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with faint edge creasing to the rear panel. Uncommon in hardcover, especially signed and as an association copy. [#032298] $500
$325
click for a larger image of item #21174, Typed Letter Signed 1902. September 22 [1902]. Written to Mr. [William V.] Alexander, editor of Ladies Home Journal, who had requested a series of articles from Keller that were later published as The Story of My Life. Keller humbly thanks Alexander for payment for the last article; in part: "I only wish I could have made the story of my life more worthy of the generous praise it has received...It has meant a great deal in my life, and in Miss Sullivan's too -- the thought of the happiness that she says my compliance with your request has brought her is sweeter even than the thought of the kindness shown me in the letters that come constantly from old friends long silent and new friends whose words go to the heart..." Two 5" x 8" pages, typed with blue ribbon and signed "Helen Keller." A very early letter by Keller, preceding her first book, with exceptionally good content. Fine. [#021174] $3,500
$2,625
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 #33474, M.I.A. Hunter #3, 4, 7 (NY), Jove/Berkeley, 1985, 1987. Three volumes: the third, fourth, and seventh (Hanoi Deathgrip, Mountain Massacre, and Stone) in this pseudonymous series. These were the only three books in the series written by Lansdale. Other writers contributed to the series, using the same pseudonym. Stamp of another author inside the front covers; age toning to pages; minor foxing. Unread; very good in wrappers. [#033474] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #30006, Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks Los Angeles, Scream, 1986. The World Fantasy Convention Edition. Foreword by Stephen King. Inscribed by Matheson to horror writer Stanley Wiater: "For Stan, and making a mark that feels good. Thanks for the support & faith. Your pal, R.C." With Wiater's Gahan Wilson-designed bookplate inside the front cover. Bottom inch of half title (with inscription) detaching, else near fine in wrappers. An uncommon edition signed, and a nice association. [#030006] $200
$130
click for a larger image of item #15912, Raditzer London, Heinemann, (1962). The uncorrected proof copy of the first British edition of his third novel. Signed by the author. Matthiessen was one of the very few authors who has won the National Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. His novel after this one, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, a National Book Award nominee, represented a significant jump from this book in terms of literary accomplishment. The book prior to this, Wildlife in America, started him on the path toward becoming one of our most highly regarded writers of natural history. This short novel, a tale of the sea that is reminiscent of Conrad, dates from an early period in Matthiessen's career and is uncommon even in the U.S. trade edition. This is the only copy of the British proof we have handled. Spine-sunned, else fine in wrappers. [#015912] $565
$396
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 blank excised, else a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#032371] $565
$396
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 #25624, In the Presence of the Sun NY, St. Martin's, 1992. The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of stories and poems from 1961 to 1991. An earlier limited edition by Rydal Press printed a portion of this collection. Signed by the author. Publicist's card stapled inside the front cover; fine in wrappers. [#025624] $135
$88
(Madison), Gray Willer Press, (1983). Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen, "with respect & appreciation." Faint spot to front cover; near fine in wrappers. [#032129] $40
$20
click for a larger image of item #16779, The Wishing Bone Cycle NY, Stonehill Publishing, (1976). Swampy Cree Indian narrative poems, translated by Norman, with a preface by poet and translator Jerome Rothenberg, founder of Alcheringa. Winner of the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. This is the hardcover issue; there was a simultaneous issue in wrappers. This is also Norman's first book from a regular trade publisher, rather than a small press; two of his later books of fiction were nominated for the National Book Award. Faint spot to top edge and faint sticker removal on front panel of jacket; else fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#016779] $150
$98
Franklin Center, Franklin Library, 1993. A limited edition, signed by the author, and with special introduction by her for this edition. Leatherbound, all edges gilt, and with a silk ribbon marker bound in. Fine. [#913681] $100
$65
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] $1,250
$938
(London), George Philip, (1989). Inscribed by the author to Peter Matthiessen and with a 2-page, 1993, autograph letter signed from Osborne to Matthiessen laid in, talking about his travels and his paintings. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032140] $60
$30
click for a larger image of item #1806, To Say if You Love Someone Prairie City, Decker Press, (1948). An unrecorded variant of this uncommon title. Gray cloth with the same design as that of the apparently first issue yellow cloth, in a purple and pink floral dust jacket with red and blue lettering, a $2 "Gift Edition" price, and different jacket copy. Near fine in a good dust jacket: the front flap has separated and is laid in. [#001806] $565
$396
(London), Faber and Faber, (2003). His Guardian Prize- and Booker Prize-winning first novel. Signed by the author and dated the day after publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912699] $250
$163
click for a larger image of item #23936, Postcards 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. [#023936] $375
$244
click for a larger image of item #29470, English Gothic: A Century of Horror (n.p.), (n.p.), 1998. Rigby's hand-corrected typescript of his book on horror cinema in Britain, later published, in 2002, by Reynolds & Hearn. A massive typescript, more than 300 small-type pages, with approximately another 100 pages of appendices. A working copy, heavily revised, and with taped-in sections (which are now separating and so some are laid in). Comb-bound; near fine. A unique copy of this book on British cinema. [#029470] $375
$244
Arlington Hts, Dark Harvest, (1992). The uncorrected proof copy, in glossy yellow wrappers. Inscribed by the author. Stamp of another author on the summary page. Mild spine sunning, else fine in wrappers. [#031142] $40
$20
(Haiti)
click for a larger image of item #18567, The Pencil of God Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1951. Their second collaboration, inscribed by Thoby-Marcelin to Barbara Howes in 1971. Howes/Smith bookplate front pastedown, causing offsetting to flyleaf at inscription. Introduction by Edmund Wilson, with Howes' pencilled markings in the text of the introduction; spine cloth faded; very good in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with several small edge chips. Uncommon, especially signed. [#018567] $265
$172
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, Random House, (2003). A holiday collection from The New Yorker, with a five-page introduction by Updike. This copy is inscribed by Updike: "For ___ ___/ Christmas cheer, John Updike." Laid in is a mailing label addressed to the recipient and her husband, in Updike's hand. Fine in a near fine, mildly finger print-smudged dust jacket. [#030294] $210
$137
(n.p.), Albondocani, (1974). A card with a poem by Updike, used as a holiday greeting. One of 400 copies, of which this is one of 240 without the publisher's name printed on the page with the greeting. This copy is inscribed by Updike. One spot of foxing to foredge; else fine in stapled wrappers. With original (though foxed) mailing envelope. [#028080] $95
$48
(n.p.), Albondocani, (1974). A card with a poem by Updike, used as a holiday greeting. One of 400 (stated) copies, of which this is one of 260 copies for the author's and artist's use, without the publisher's name printed on the page with the greeting. According to the De Bellis and Broomfield bibliography, 20 more copies were printed than stated in the colophon. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#030175] $40
$20
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
$396
click for a larger image of item #30252, In the Cemetery High Above Shillington Concord, Ewert, 1995. A poem by Updike with wood engravings by Barry Moser. Of a total edition of 150 copies, this is one of 50 unnumbered copies printed on Rives lightweight paper and handcased in boards. Signed by both Updike and Moser. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. Uncommon in the hardcover issue. [#030252] $650
$455
NY, Dial, (1979). The uncorrected proof copy. Inscribed by the author in 1978. Fine in wrappers. [#000355] $40
$20
NY, St. Martin's, (1992). The first American edition of her first book. Tiny tap to lower corner; still fine in a very near fine dust jacket with minuscule edge wear. [#913466] $100
$65
London, Cape, (1998). The hardcover issue. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#915673] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #33200, Man of La Mancha. A Musical Play NY, Random House, (1966). An extra-annotated copy: inscribed by Wasserman, "To --- ---, a fellow quixotick -- with appreciation, Dale Wasserman, in 1968. Wasserman, who had had success on Broadway with an adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1963, wrote the book for Man of La Mancha which opened off Broadway in 1965 and moved to Broadway in 1966, where it won the Tony Award for best musical. Tipped into this copy is a plethora of Quixotic ephemera, as well as four typed letters signed from Wasserman. There is also a photo of a Cervantes-themed bracelet, which the recipient had sent to Wasserman, and which Wasserman mounted and photographed. The four letters span 1968-1969. In one, Wasserman notes: "It amuses me, the way The Impossible Dream has swept the world, gone into so many languages and been put to so many uses. For most often it's used wrongly, in a perversion of its meaning..." The owner has rather compulsively annotated not only the text of the book, and the added articles, reviews, and illustrations; he has also annotated Wasserman's letters. Binding broken from all the ephemera laid in. Thus a good copy, with the dust jacket absent but the jacket flaps preserved and pasted to the endpages. A unique copy. [#033200] $750
$525
click for a larger image of item #19387, Goddess [San Francisco], [Auerhahn Press], 1964. A broadside poem. One of 125 copies. 8-1/2" x 12", fine. [#019387] $40
$20
(Springfield), Gauntlet, 2001. A Publisher's Copy ("PC") of 475 copies. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#031160] $115
$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
$38
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