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click for a larger image of item #18431, SIUSA News (Washington, D.C.), Survival International U.S.A., (1981-1982). The publication of the U.S. branch of Survival International. The first eight issues (one double issue, 7 items), as follows: Volume 1, Nos. 1-4; Volume 2, Nos. 1, 2, 3/4. Several issues folded for mailing, most evenly darkened; near fine to fine. Promotional brochure also included. [#018431] $95
click for a larger image of item #25307, Earlier New Rochelle, Elizabeth Press, (1972). One of an unspecified number of hardcover copies, of a total edition of 400 copies. Inscribed by the author to Joseph and Carol Bruchac in 1982, a nice association copy. Slightly spine-faded else fine in publisher's cardboard slipcase, which is near fine. [#025307] $150
(Van Nuys), Perivale, (1983). A chapbook collecting this former Marine's poems about the war. A fine copy in stapled wrappers. Barth is one of the most accomplished of the poets to have written about the war. [#010334] $50
NY, Scribner, (1962). His second book, again featuring Carlo Reinhart, after his discharge from the Army following World War II. Signed by the author. Faint sunning to the cloth at the spine extremities, else fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the edges and folds. [#912266] $200
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 #34633, Two Typed Letters Signed to Alan Ryan 1980. Two typed letters signed to Alan Ryan, fellow science fiction writer and editor of the religiously-themed speculative fiction anthology Perpetual Light. Both letters are dated March 13, 1980, with one being for private reading, thanking Ryan for his review of Dick's The Golden Man and discussing Dick’s forthcoming novel VALIS; the second being for Ryan to show to others, espousing enthusiasm for his planned anthology. The letters are folded in thirds, else fine. Two very revealing letters to a fellow writer and colleague. [#034633] $8,500
click for a larger image of item #33875, Heart Earth, Typescript and Speech 1993. Photocopied typescript, 209 pages, and reproducing authorial corrections, of this memoir of the author's boyhood in Montana, covering the period prior by his award-winning first book, This House of Sky. Sent by the author, 7 months prior to publication, to the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA), with a typed note signed, dated February 10, 1993: "Quickest and surest just to send you a ph'copy of the Heart Earth manuscript for your MPLA review, instead of waiting on proofs. Here you go. Publication date is Sept." Followed by a typed note signed in October, when Doig is doing publicity for the book, transmitting a copy of the speech he made to the Colorado Library Association in Snowmass, adding, "The Snowmass audience was maybe my best ever." The speech is enlarged for reading to 45 legal-sized pages, with horizontal type. Doig has folded the first page so as to run it through a typewriter to add the title ("The American West as Heart Earth"), the place, and a copyright notice. Lastly, there is a transcript of a 9/13/2007 speech that Doig gave to the Loveland Loves to Read program. Enlarged for reading to 48 horizontal pages. Emphasis lines added in photocopy; several holograph corrections. The typescript and both speeches have been hole-punched so as to fit in a 3-ring binder; one of the legal pages is creased; else fine. The two speeches are apparently unpublished. This House of Sky was a National Book Award finalist, and Doig's series of memoirs and novels set in Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska led him be considered "a presiding figure in the literature of the American West" (critic Sven Birkerts) and to his receiving the lifetime Distinguished Achievement award from the Western Literature Association. [#033875] SOLD
(London), Hodder & Stoughton, (2003). The limited advance reading copy. One of 50 numbered copies Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers, with promotional postcard laid in. Also included is the four page flyer announcing the book, the trade paperback, and the offer of one of 50 limited edition advance copies. Also includes a glossary for getting up to speed in the series. [#912500] $100
NY, Atlantic Monthly, (1997). His first book, a Civil War novel and a publishing phenomenon: after a modest 25,000 copy first printing, the book eventually sold more than a million copies in hardcover and won the National Book Award -- a rare combination of literary and commercial success for any work of fiction, let alone a first novel. Fine in a fine dust jacket, with the John Berendt blurb attached on a label to the front panel (not exactly an issue point, as some copies had this affixed on publication day, while others didn't). Signed by the author in the month of publication. [#915000] $300
click for a larger image of item #26742, The Black Interpreters (Johannesburg), Ravan Press, (1973). Second issue, with passages by Mandlenkosi Langa censored on pages 54 and 60. Subtitled "Notes on African Writing," with one section on fiction and one on poetry. This copy is signed by the Nobel Prize-winning author. The poet was supposedly issued with a banning order in October, 1973 and the passages quoting him had to be deleted or the issues pulped: later reports say it was actually Langa's brother Benjamin who had been banned. Handling apparent to rear cover; about near fine in wrappers. A fairly uncommon book in either issue, and quite scarce signed. [#026742] $265
click for a larger image of item #31394, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Promotional T-shirt London, Jonathan Cape, 2003. A promotional T-shirt with a "Curious?" tagline and a stabbed dog graphic. Blue, V-neck, "one size" (small-ish), 100% cotton; fine. A different design than the "Curious" t-shirts that are sold at the National Theatre Shop in conjunction with the theatrical release of this title. [#031394] $50
NY, Crown, (1986). Warmly inscribed by the author. Bookplate of another author on the front flyleaf. Very good in a very good dust jacket. [#030611] SOLD
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
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
(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 #32492, 1933 NY, Atheneum, 1974. A poetry collection that was only issued in softcover. Signed by the author in full on the title page and additionally inscribed to Peter [Matthiessen] and his wife. Covers creased; spine lettering faded; very good in wrappers. [#032492] $400
(London), Review, (2004). The hardcover issue. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913250] $175
click for a larger image of item #21641, The Cabin San Francisco, Arion Press, 1992. A limited edition of the title essay from The Cabin. One of 500 copies. This copy is warmly inscribed by Mamet in 1996 "with all appreciation for your granting me a most lovely weekend at Dartmouth." Fine in self-wrappers. [#021641] $170
NY, Talese/Doubleday, (2003). Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#913661] $100
click for a larger image of item #32428, Badlands NY, writer & Readers, (1996). A novel by the British artist, writer, journalist and filmmaker. Warmly inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen], who provided a blurb for the rear of the dust jacket. Laid in is an autograph note signed by Porter, with additional thanks, and calling Matthiessen "instrumental" in getting the book published. Slight foxing to top edge, else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#032428] $150
London, Secker & Warburg, (1990). The first British edition. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#911726] SOLD
NY, Random House, (1984). The uncorrected proof copy. Signed by the author. Fine in wrappers. [#911714] $250
(Denver), Unbridled Books, (2006). Signed by the author. Unmarked, but from the library of Robert Stone. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket. [#033756] $75
click for a larger image of item #33645, Autograph Letter Signed 1958. An autograph letter signed from Miller to editor and publisher Pascal (Pat) Covici, regarding R.K. Narayan's book The Guide. A full page, plus one margin, of Miller's writing in pencil, praising Narayan's book and asking about others. Two passages are bracketed in red, presumably by Covici, and marked "excerpt." In the second of these, Miller writes, "I was amazed that a man of his world could exhibit such a modern technique. To boot, he's a born story teller. With a fine sense of the tragi-comic." Dated in Big Sur, 6/13/58. Another hand has added, "File H. Miller." Browned, else fine. Good literary content. [#033645] $500
click for a larger image of item #33524, "He was seeing all the fibres of natural history around him." (n.p.), Midnight Paper Sales/Fox Run Press, 2004. An excerpt from Ondaatje's novel Anil's Ghost, printed in an edition of 200 copies as a benefit for Sri Lankan tsunami victims. "Arranged" by Ondaatje, Schanilec and See from Ondaatje's text and an image inspired by a drawing by Anicka Schanilec. Signed by Ondaatje, Schanilec, and See. One sheet folded to make four pages. 7" x 3-1/2". Fine. An elegant and uncommon item. [#033524] $300
NY, #Magazine, 1981. Oppenhemier's poetry comprises the entire unnumbered special issue of #Magazine. This copy is inscribed by Oppenheimer to Edward Hoagland: "For Ted/ also progressing/ Joel." A nice association copy: Oppenheminer and Hoagland were friends in the 1960s when they both lived in NY and wrote for The Village Voice, among their other pursuits. Mild edge sunning; else fine in stapled wrappers. [#026364] $80
click for a larger image of item #34470, Fight Club NY, Norton, (1996). The advance reading copy of his highly praised first book, made into a well-received movie, both of which have become cult classics. Touch of lift to the front cover, else fine in wrappers. Laid in is a signed Palahniuk trading card, (#445), issued by The Booksmith in conjunction with the release of the author's 2001 novel Choke. On the card, Palahniuk has given himself a mustache, a forehead scar, a black eye, and two missing teeth. Uncommon in the advance issue, and unique with the author's customized trading card. [#034470] $600
Boston, Little Brown, (1988). Inscribed by the author: "To Tony Harvey -- Old friend and new neighbor -- Best always -- Bob Parrish/ Watermill/ May, 12, 1993." A nice association: Parrish was an Academy Award-winning film editor as well as a sometime director; Anthony Harvey was an Oscar-nominated director who had also worked as an editor on such films as The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, The L-Shaped Room and Lolita. Foxed top edge; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#026850] SOLD
New Haven, Yale University, 1971. Inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael in 1972: "For Pauline, who is the Samuel Johnson of film criticism -- David." Slight dampstaining to the upper rear cover and the dust jacket there; very good in a very good, price-clipped, mildly soiled dust jacket with a small open tear at the lower front spine fold. [#034573] $45
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
NY, Riverhead Books, 2004. The first American edition. Signed by the author. Light splaying to boards; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912692] $125
NY, Broadway Play Publishing, (1990). A play by this poet, playwright, essayist and novelist. His novel Cold Hands was chosen as New York Times Notable Book. Inscribed by the author: "Tony [Harvey] -- Thanks for lunch. Joe." Near fine in wrappers. [#026853] $40
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
click for a larger image of item #33652, Not Safe After Dark Norfolk, Crippen & Landru, 1998. The limited edition. Copy No. 20 of 250 copies signed by the author and with a typescript page from one of the stories tipped to the rear pastedown. This copy has page 22 of "Anna Said," which has marked differences from the published version. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket with just a tiny scrape to the rear panel. [#033652] $100
click for a larger image of item #32317, Operation Shylock NY, Simon & Schuster, (1993). Harold Bloom's copy of the uncorrected proof copy of Roth's novel, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and Time magazine's Book of the Year; also voted one of the best works of American fiction in a quarter century in a New York Times Book Review survey. Bloom is perhaps most famous for his controversial book The Western Canon, which argued against "the Balkanization of literary studies" and presented an exhaustive list of what he considered to comprise the canon. Six Philip Roth books made it onto Bloom's list, including this title. With a typed note signed by Roth, from two years prior, laid in, in which Roth raves to Bloom about Douglas Hobbie's first novel, Boomfell. The note is folded, else fine. The proof has Bloom's notations on the front cover and summary page; handling apparent to covers; very good in wrappers. A good association copy between one of the leading novelists of his time and one of the leading critics of the day. [#032317] $1,500
(London), HarperCollins Children's Books, (2011). The advance reading copy of the first British edition, and first paperback edition, of the first book in her bestselling young adult dystopian trilogy, written while Roth was a senior at Northwestern University and filmed in 2013. Gentle corner creasing; very near fine in wrappers. Uncommon in any advance issue. [#030798] $95
London, Fourth Estate, (1991). The first British edition. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912739] $100
(Melbourne), (UTS Community Law and Legal Research Centre), (2002). A critical reader on surveillance and social control in the post-9/11 age, published in Australia in conjunction with two public events, in Sydney and Melbourne, designed to provoke discussion and debate about the subject. Heavily illustrated, with drawings, photographs (including surveillance photographs), collages, cartoons, and including essays, articles, skits, dialogues and political statements. Oblong wrappers. Rubbed; near fine. [#029179] $60
click for a larger image of item #28554, The Joy Luck Club NY, Putnam, (1989). The advance reading copy of her first novel, which was a surprise bestseller and went into over 30 printings in its first year. Made into a well-received film by Wayne Wang in 1993. Tan co-wrote the screenplay, which was nominated for a BAFTA, Writers Guild, and USC Scripter award. Spine-faded; near fine in wrappers. [#028554] $115
click for a larger image of item #33654, If It Would All Please Hurry Amherst, Shanachie Press, 1980. A limited edition of a poem by Tate which first appeared in The New American Poetry Review. Of a total intended edition of 135 copies, this is Copy "F" of ten lettered copies reserved for the author and the artist, Stephen Riley, and signed by both of them. With etchings and engravings by Riley, each of these lettered and signed by the artist. Riley was a promising artist in the 1970s known for his fantasy illustrations, here accompanying Tate's surrealist poetry. Reportedly, most of the intended edition was never printed, and it's possible that only the 10 author's and artist's copies and 25 Roman-numeraled copies were actually produced. Loose sheets, 11-1/4" x 15", fine, laid into a near fine slipcase. An attractive fine press production, and one of the rarest pieces by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning poet. [#033654] $2,500
Minneapolis, Rain Taxi, 1999. Unmarked, but from the author's library. One of 300 copies. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#034396] $60
click for a larger image of item #34372, Mademoiselle Circe and Her Troupe (Circus) 1991. Malgorzata Leszczewska Wlodarska's cliche-verre print from Bruno Schulz's Book of Idolatry. Copy 287 of 300 copies, signed by the artist. Approximately 7" x 6". Matted and framed. Fine. Unmarked, but from the estate of James Tate. [#034372] $300
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
click for a larger image of item #32329, Future Shock NY, Random House, (1970). A review copy of Toffler's massively successful book naming the disorientation caused by the accelerated pace of cultural and technological change. Laid in are three different 2-legal-page press releases: "Future Shock May Be Key Disease of Tomorrow," "Movement for 'Responsible Technology' Needed to Combat Future Shock," and "To Prevent Future Shock, Schools Must Teach About Tomorrow." From the first: "When people complain they can't cope, what is it they can't cope with?" From the second: "... technological questions can no longer be answered in technological terms alone. 'They are political questions...we need a machinery for screening machines.'" From the third: "Today events are moving so swiftly that only another [post-John Dewey] radical shift in our 'time-bias' can save our children. The schools must develop future-consciousness." The press releases are folded in fourths; the book has mild edge-foxing and is near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with a shallow crease to the rear panel. Uncommon in the first edition, with jacket, and with promotional material. A book so correct in its premises that it now seems almost quaintly outdated. [#032329] $850
(Schenecdaty), (Union College), (1971). Printed as a special issue of The Idol and featuring the text of a conversation with Updike. 32 pages, fine in glossy stapled wrappers with a pencil sketch of Updike on the cover. This copy is inscribed by Updike. An uncommon piece, and scarce signed. [#031521] $285
NY, Knopf, 1963. His second collection of poems. Inscribed by the author. Spotting to top stain; near fine in a very good dust jacket. [#030156] $170
click for a larger image of item #30845, The Poorhouse Fair NY, Knopf, 1959. Updike's second book and first novel, nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, for a novel which, despite not being a commercial success, was nonetheless "a considerable literary achievement." Signed by the author. With the bookplate of diplomat and ambassador John Moors Cabot on the front flyleaf: Cabot lived on Cape Ann, one town over from Updike. Fine in a near fine dust jacket, with a bit of rubbing to the front panel and a closed but crooked tear to the lower rear panel. In a custom three quarter leather clamshell case from the Praxis Bindery. [#030845] $1,500
click for a larger image of item #27123, The Same Door NY, Knopf, 1959. His third book and first collection of stories. Fine in a near fine, lightly rubbed, price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice copy, and very scarce thus. [#027123] $450
click for a larger image of item #912162, Ecstasy London, Cape, (1996). The lettered limited edition. Three novellas -- "tales of chemical romance." One of 15 lettered copies signed by the author and produced for private distribution. Consists of the first wrappered edition and colophon quarterbound in black leather and pink boards, with marbled endpages. Although the colophon states there were 15 lettered copies, this is letter "T." Fine. [#912162] $400
click for a larger image of item #361, Alley Jaggers London, Hutchinson, (1966). The third novel by this prolific writer, this being the correct first edition, preceding its U.S. publication. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lamination separated along the front spine fold. Signed by the author. [#000361] $40
click for a larger image of item #3296, Autograph Letter Signed [1921]. May 30 [1921]. Written to Herbert Fay, Custodian of Lincoln's Tomb. One 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of white lined paper, written on both sides. This letter refers to White Eagle's being in charge of an exhibit in Chicago for the Custer Battlefield Highway Association and to his efforts to contact an Apache named Dr. Montezuma, who lived in Chicago, in order to provide Fay with a photograph for his collection. Folded in sixths for mailing. Near fine. [#003296] $650
click for a larger image of item #33602, Paternity Claim, 1803 Taunton, MA, 1803. The handwritten court documents for a paternity/child support case in Massachusetts in 1803, filed on behalf of a girl who (as best as we can tell) would have been 11 years-old at the time of "begetting," against a man of (we believe) 19. Two pages: the first is the complaint made by Attorney [Nicholas] Tillinghast on behalf of Sally White, in part: "Complains Sally White of Taunton aforesaid Singlewoman that at about the last of May or the first of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two, she was begotten with child by Charles Baylies of Dighton is a County Labourer and the same child has since been born alive and is a Bastard, wherefore she prays This Hon. Court to examine this complaint and to adjudge the said Charles to be the reputed father...." The Court's examination of Sarah White, taken under Oath, follows, recording White's answers to five questions: 1. Are you with Child of a Bastard? Yes. 2. Who is the Father of the Child? Charles Baylies of Dighton. 3. Where did he beget you with child? At my father's house. 4. About what time did he beget you with child? About the last of last May, or some time in the beginning of June. 5. Upon the Oath you are about to take, have you any Doubt about Charles Baylies being the Father of the Child. No. The document is then signed by Sally White. Bastardy Law in Massachusetts at the time was designed only to relieve the State of the burden of the child, rather than as an arm of punishment for acts of fornication (or of rape, although age of consent in Massachusetts at the time was 10 years old). If we are correct about the participants, both Baylies and White would marry others: she would bear seven additional children, and die at the age of 32. Two pages, approximately 6" x 8", previously folded together as a docket and labeled with White's name and complaint on the outside. The attorney's statement is edge-torn at two folds; else both papers are near fine. [#033602] $750
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