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NY, Winter House, 1970. The issue in wrappers of this collection of short pieces and photographs, with illustrations by Mayo Thompson. Gift inscription front free endpaper; mild foredge foxing; one crease and general dustiness to white covers; a very good copy. [#035346] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #911346, Chameleon NY, Rivers Press, 1970. His first book, a collection of poetry only issued in wrappers, in an edition of 500 copies with illustrations by Mary Miner. Precedes his second book by four years and his first book of fiction by well over a decade. Signed by the author. Fine. [#911346] $425
$276
click for a larger image of item #6249, The South Dakota Guidebook (NY), New Rivers Press, 1974. The second book, a collection of poetry, by the author of First Light, and others. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. The total edition was 600 copies, of which 400 were issued in wrappers and 200 in cloth. Baxter's first book was a poetry collection published four years earlier. Well-known these days as a writer of fiction, his first novel wasn't published until 1987, seventeen years after his first book and thirteen years after this volume. Near fine. A scarce title in either the hardcover or softcover issue. [#006249] $95
$48
[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
(Augsburg), Maro Verlag, (1997). The German language issue of the first separate appearance of a story that first appeared in the Georgia Review in 1979. Illustrated with woodcuts by Sophie Dutertre. Fine in self-wrappers, with a one sheet, four-page author/illustrator biographical supplement laid in, also illustrated by Dutertre. Uncommon. This copy is signed by Boyle. [#911383] $150
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London, Belmont Press, 2002. Of a total edition of 226, this is the "standard" issue, one of 100 numbered copies signed by Carey and by the illustrator, Eileen Hogan. Fine, without dust jacket, as issued. [#911433] $450
$293
NY, John Day, (1934). The third novel in his proletarian trilogy, concerning Nazism in America. Rear hinge starting; a good copy, lacking the dust jacket. [#035352] $40
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click for a larger image of item #32641, Typed Letters Signed 1980, 1982. Two letters from Dickey to John Crelan, director of the Boston-based cultural organization Arts and Society. The first (1980) says he may be willing to do a reading; the second says that his teaching schedule only permits local (South Carolina) appearances. Foxing to the first letter; near fine. The second letter is fine, with envelope. [#032641] $150
$98
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] $450
$293
NY, Grove, (2002). The advance reading copy of the second book by the author of the highly praised Lord of the Barnyard, who committed suicide in May, 2005. This copy is signed by Egolf. Fine in wrappers. [#914920] $250
$163
(Children's Literature)
click for a larger image of item #35571, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years NY, Macmillan, 1929. The Newbery Award winning story of the first hundred years in the life of a wooden doll. Signed by the author. From the library of Doris Dana, with her ownership signature on the front pastedown. Dana was the translator, and partner, of Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral, as well as being friends with such figures as Thomas Merton, dramatist Cheryl Crawford, Thomas Mann, and others. Uneven sunning to covers; author's name circled in pencil there; bit of dampstaining to lower edges; a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. Illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop. [#035571] $1,000
$700
click for a larger image of item #21499, Introduction: Remembering Cruikshank (Princeton), (Princeton University Library Chronicle), (1974). An offprint from the Chronicle, reportedly fewer than fifty copies printed for the author's use. Signed by the author. Shallow edge-sunning; near fine in stapled wrappers. [#021499] $225
$146
London, Allen Lane/Penguin Press, (1967). The first British edition. Inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael in 1968: "For Pauline: Good neighbor, good friend/ Herb." Spine-cocked; lower outer corner dampstained. A good copy in a good, worn dust jacket. [#035493] $50
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NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1974). His only children's book. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#912617] $275
$179
(Artificial Intelligence)
(Paris), Jean Boite Editions, (2018). First edition ("premiere edition" on colophon at rear) of this road novel composed by Artificial Intelligence as Ross Goodwin drove from New York to New Orleans in 2017. Occasionally poetic, but perhaps more likely to be classified in the future as AI juvenalia. Very near fine in pictorial boards, with publisher's belly band ("The first gonzo Artificial Neural Network is a genius writer") laid in. [#035235] $50
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click for a larger image of item #31395, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Promotional Mobile London, Jonathan Cape, 2003. A promotional cardboard mobile with five Volkswagens: 2 red, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 yellow; therefore, according to the code of the book, signifying neither a Good Day nor a Black Day. Fine. The only such mobile we have seen. [#031395] $150
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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
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(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
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click for a larger image of item #35582, Gone in October: Last Reflections on Jack Kerouac (Hailey), Limberlost Press, (1985). The author of the first Beat novel (Go, 1952) reflects on his two decades of friendship with Kerouac. This copy is inscribed by Holmes. Modest foxing and handling to covers, but wormholes and creasing have made the front joint tenuous at best, thus only a good copy in wrappers. [#035582] $175
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click for a larger image of item #35581, Nothing More to Declare London, Deutsch, 1968. An advance copy of the British edition of his fourth book, a reflection on the forces that shaped the writers of the Beat Generation. This advance format seems to have been created from a disbound American first edition [NY: Dutton, 1967]; it is stamped "Advance American Copy/ Probable Publication Date June 1968 (entered by hand)/ Approx. Price (not filled in)/ Andre Deutsch/ 105 Great Russell St/ London W.C. I." Beneath the stamp, there are what appear to be initials, and we'd like to say they are those of renowned editor Diana Athill (based on her "D" often being made like a vertical ichthys), but we're uncertain. Holmes's first novel, Go, has been called the seminal novel of the Beat Generation, predating Kerouac's On the Road by five years. Holmes is also credited with inventing the phrase "beat generation." Modest foxing to edges and covers; very good in wrappers. [#035581] $200
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(London), Golden Handshake, (2004). Inscribed by the author to Robert Stone and his wife: "If you don't write to say how swell you think this book is I won't blame you. Just had a visit from Joey Brooks. Spoke of you & the great old days in Gethly." Laid in is an autograph letter signed from Landesman to the Stones, talking about a grandchild, and her eyesight, and the included poem "A Luddite Lament." The letter is near fine; the book is fine in wrappers. [#033799] $85
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(Poetry)
click for a larger image of item #35608, The Stonecutters at War with the Cliff Dwellers Williamsburgh, Heron Press, 1971. Copy No. 168 of 200 numbered copies. Nine poems by Lavin illustrated with woodcuts by Bruce Chandler, who also designed and printed the book. Folio, 12" x 16", in light brown cloth boards with gilt-stamped red leather spine label. Small, 1" mark at upper board edge; else fine, without jacket, as issued. [#035608] $125
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(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] $100
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click for a larger image of item #23539, Overland to the Islands Highlands, Jonathan Williams, 1958. The "Author's Edition" of this early collection of poetry, her fourth book, printed as Jargon 19. One of 50 copies, of a total edition of 500. While this edition is called for to be signed by Levertov on the front flap of the dust jacket, this copy lacks its jacket and is instead inscribed by Levertov with "love" on the first blank. Fine in plain white wrappers. [#023539] $300
$195
(MARITAIN, Jacques)
(Ancona/Rome), Institut International J. Maritain, 1978-1990. 24 volumes, totaling 34 issues (including double issues), as follows: Numbers: 10/11, 15, 17, 22/23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29; and New Series Numbers: 1, 2/3, 4, 5/6, 7, 8, 9/10, 11/12, 13, 15/16, 19/20, 21/22, 23, 26, 27/28. About 1/4 of the covers are dampstained, although the texts are mostly unaffected but for some moderate foxing. The price of the lot has been reduced for condition. Text in French. [#035813] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #35594, Bone by Bone NY, Random House, (1999). The concluding volume in the Watson trilogy -- which comprises one of the great achievements of ecological fiction in American literature. Inscribed by the author: "For Jimmy - Rahda/ Here's #3/ with much love (and many thanks for so much kind hospitality at Via Huerto)/ Peter/ Santa Barbara/ April 2003." Also signed in full on the facing page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035594] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #35590, Indian Country NY, Viking, (1984). A collection of essays on various issues related to American Indians, especially those issues having to do with the culture clash between corporations looking to exploit natural resources and tribes asserting their rights to control their land and its uses, while retaining a connection to the traditions by which they lived in harmony with their environment and held the land sacred. Signed by the author. Mild sunning to the boards; near fine in a very good, spine- and edge-sunned dust jacket. [#035590] $75
$38
click for a larger image of item #35589, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse NY, Viking, (1983). Matthiessen's controversial and suppressed book about the confrontation between American Indian activists and the FBI in the early 1970s at Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee that left two federal agents and one Indian dead, and resulted in AIM activist Leonard Peltier imprisoned for life, convicted of the agents' murder in a case that, as Matthiessen describes it, was rife with government malfeasance. This copy is inscribed by Matthiessen in the year of publication: "For Rahda & Jimmy/ with many thanks and love. Peter. In your beautiful house/ Santa Barbara/ March - 1983." Also signed in full on the front pastedown. Trace edge sunning, still a fine copy in a very good, very spine-faded dust jacket with modest edge wear. [#035589] $250
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London, MacGibbon & Kee, 1965. Inscribed by the author to two writer friends: "First from the press, with embraces to Andrew and Carol/ Jim." Near fine in a near fine, spine-tanned dust jacket. [#029136] $60
$30
(Nature)
click for a larger image of item #35129, Wilderness Essays [Alaska], [Self-Published], [ca. 1967-1970s]. Apparently a homemade production of these three essays by Meader: "The Wilderness and Post-Civilized Man" (first published in Snowy Egret, 1966); "A Return to Wilderness" (first published in Alaska Review, 1965); and "The Coming Obsolescence of Man" (previously unpublished?). Only one copy listed in OCLC. From a 1974 article about Meader in Newsweek: “After five years of odd jobs, European travel and an abortive try at homesteading in Canada, a vague sense of dissatisfaction with civilized life drove them [Meader and his wife, Elaine] to Alaska...For most of the past 15 years they have lived in the remote Brooks Range of the Arctic interior, 50 miles from their nearest neighbor and 250 miles from the nearest road...Their home was a three-room log cabin; their diet was meat, fish and berries. They fashioned bowls from spruce roots and made clothing from caribou hides..." Their lives were documented in the film "Year of the Caribou" (also released as "The Alaska Wilderness Adventure"). 19 pages, 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, side-stapled with blue front cover and no rear cover, possibly as issued. Several small penciled notes to text; inked price to front cover. A very good copy. Scarce: OCLC lists only one copy in institutional holdings (UC-Davis). [#035129] $300
$195
NY, Knopf, 1975. Inscribed by the author in 1977 to another poet, "who has befriended Hazard and his grateful friend the author." Recipient's handmade bookplate front flyleaf; a near fine copy, with the main dust jacket sections clipped and attached to the boards. A nice literary association copy. [#023011] $40
$20
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35859, Comptroller General Reports Washington, DC, U.S. General Accounting Office, 1978. Three reports: "Tribal Participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs Budget System Should Be Increased," "Bureau of Indian Affairs Not Operating Boarding Schools Efficiently," and "The Indian Self-Determination Act--Many Obstacles Remain." The first two are near fine in stapled wrappers, and addressed to Senator Robert Byrd with respect to his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the third has some darkening and staining to the front cover, and is addressed to both houses of Congress; very good in stapled wrappers. [#035859] $225
$146
(Native American)
click for a larger image of item #35857, Congressional Reports Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1974-1984. 17 reports from the 93rd-98th Congresses on matters related to Indian affairs, including self-determination, education, health care, housing, jobs, oil, trust lands and trust fund disbursement. Together with three Congressional Resolutions (on land claims and religious freedom) and one Senate Bill (on the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act) from the 94th and 95th Congresses. Some edge-foxing to the resolutions; the lot is overall near fine in wrappers. [#035857] $175
$114
click for a larger image of item #26868, Life (n.p.), Kyuryudo, 1992. Text in Japanese, but primarily a book of photographs. Inscribed by actor Anthony Quinn to film director Anthony Harvey: "Dear Tony, the man at the bookstore asked me if my friend could speak Japanese. I said you spoke photo language. Here is [sic] some wonderful photos to last you the following wonderful New Year. A. Quinn." A nice Hollywood association: Harvey directed Quinn in the television movie This Can't Be Love, which also starred Katharine Hepburn, who won an Oscar working for Harvey in The Lion in Winter. Tall quarto; spine crease, else fine in wrappers and near fine dust jacket, lacking the wraparound band. [#026868] $350
$228
click for a larger image of item #35613, Anne Rice's The Queen of the Damned (Wheeling), Innovation, (1991-1993). Ten of the twelve issues (#s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11) of Innovation's graphic serialization of the third book in the Vampire Chronicles. All are fine in stapled wrappers. [#035613] $200
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(various places), (various publishers), (1977-2000). Six magazines with pieces by and about Robbins. Two articles and four interviews, as follows: an interview in Rolling Stone, November 1977; a brief essay on living in La Conner, WA in Pacific Northwest, April 1986; an interview in Interview, November 1993; an interview in Seattle Weekly, April, 1994; a cover article on living in the Northwest in Seattle Times, August, 1994, (plus a newspaper ad for the same) and, lastly, an interview in High Times, June 2000. All issues are near fine or better, and span his career from the year after Even Cowgirls Get the Blues to Fierce Invalids from Hot Climates. [#023608] $40
$20
(Oxford), Carcanet Press, (1970). One of 600 copies. 40 copies were signed by the poet: this is not one of the 40, but is instead inscribed by the author in 1971. A few annotations in pencil on the rear cover; modest foxing to the prelims; a very good copy in wrappers. [#035375] $50
$25
Cambridge, Pym-Randall, (1975). Apparently the trade edition. (There was a boxed signed limited edition.) Four long sheets of concrete poetry, folded (by design) and inserted into the publisher's envelope. Apparent dried glue to the edge of three of the sheets, not affecting text; else near fine. [#035225] $40
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NY, Morrow, 1966. Sticker shadow on flyleaf; else fine in a fine dust jacket. [#035751] $45
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click for a larger image of item #8297, Bear and His Daughter Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. His first collection of stories, spanning the years 1969 to 1997. Bound galley sheets; 8-1/2" x 11"; tapebound in cardstock covers. Presumably produced for in-house use only; we've never seen any indication of these having been distributed outside the publishing house. Fine. [#008297] $125
$81
NY, Knopf/Vintage, (1986)/(1992). Later printings of the first American edition and the Vintage paperback edition, but both from the author's own library. Fine in a fine dust jacket; fine in wrappers. [#033833] $50
$25
click for a larger image of item #34413, Matrix Pittsburg, Kansas State College of Pittsburg, 1963, 1965. Two issues of this college literary magazine -- Vol. iii, No. 2 (1963) and Vol. 6, No. 2 (1965) -- each with poetry by Tate (one poem in the first issue; five in the second, one of which won an award). The 1963 issue is item B-1 in the author bibliography published in 1972; the 1965 issue is B-4. From the author's library. Covers rubbed; each is near fine in stapled wrappers. [#034413] $150
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click for a larger image of item #34403, The Route as Briefed (n.p.), (Self-Published), (ca.1990s). Not to be confused with the 1999 collection of the same name, this is only the title piece, tapebound in printed cardstock covers. Unmarked, but from the author's library. Uncommon. Near fine. [#034403] $100
$65
click for a larger image of item #35334, Fireworks: The Lost Writings of Jim Thompson NY, Donald I. Fine, (1988). Edited and introduced by Robert Polito and Michael McCauley. This copy is inscribed by Polito to the National Book Award-winning poet Ai (Florence Anthony): "For Ai -- doyenne of the dramatic monologue, with admiration & love -- Robert/ St. Patrick's Day/ 1988." Fine in a lightly rubbed, very near fine dust jacket. A nice, albeit unexpected, association. [#035334] $150
$98
click for a larger image of item #35624, Tunnel Through the Deeps NY, Putnam's, 1972. Inscribed by Harrison to James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon) as "Tip," as "he" preferred to be called: "A book, with all fondness, for Tip - May it cheer him up & make him forgive my acting like a horse's ass - Harry/ San Diego 72." Alice Sheldon broke gender barriers in the science fiction field (and won both Hugo and Nebula Awards) writing as James Tiptree, Jr. For the first decade (1967-1977), the author's true gender was unknown. Harrison contributed to Tiptree's early success, offering feedback on stories, buying several for the series Nova, and including some in a series of "year's best" anthologies. According to the excellent Tiptree biography by Julie Phillips, in the year of this inscription, Harrison (who did not know Tiptree's true identity) had sent a letter to Tiptree urging him to show his face: "Really, it has to be done sooner or later and you'd be a better Tip for it." Tiptree typed up a long response, saying, in part, "WILL YOU LAY OFF?...You've been a great friend...I know from experience what I need: to get in a hole away from everything and everybody...The last time pals tried to cheer me up I ended sitting around with my .38 in my mouth..." He ended his letter to Harrison, "Yours for the ultimate horselaugh." [Phillips, Julie. James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon] The two did continue their friendship in correspondence, but Harrison was not, as Tiptree had promised in that same letter, the first person to know when he went public as Sheldon. This novel by Harrison (who also wrote Make Room! Make Room!, which became the film Soylent Green) is near fine in a near fine, internally foxed dust jacket. It should be noted that we have no substantiating provenance tracing "Tip" to Tiptree, only very reasonable conjecture. [#035624] SOLD
click for a larger image of item #911151, The Clock Winder NY, Knopf, 1972. Her fourth book, which many consider her scarcest. Signed by the author. Label removal shadow on front board, else very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with the slightest smudging on the rear panel. [#911151] $1,000
$700
NY, Knopf, (1965). A book of poems, one for each month. This is the third of Updike's books for children done in the Sixties, this being the trade binding (there was also a library binding done). Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. [#912070] $100
$65
(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 160 copies for the publisher's use, with the publisher's name printed on the page with the greeting. Fine in stapled wrappers. [#030176] $95
$48
NY, Knopf, 1963. His second collection of poems. Inscribed by the author. Fine in a near fine, spine-sunned dust jacket with creasing to the base of the spine. [#912067] $300
$195
(Toronto), (Aya Press), (1982). Number 407 of 500 numbered copies signed by Jane Urquhart and by Tony Urquhart, the artist. 18-3/8" x 4-3/4". This is the second issue, in gray cloth. Pages uncut; two very slight corner taps; else fine. [#914603] $150
$98
[Sacramento], (CoTangent Press), [1993]. A limited edition of a story from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs, preceded, in 1990 by a CoTangent edition of one handwritten folio copy, and issued here with revisions. This is Copy No. 23 of 200 copies signed by Vollmann and by the designer, Ben Pax. Illustrated by Vollmann. Fine in sewn wrappers and dust jacket. [#912137] $650
$455
(NY), Aperture, (1973). Both volumes (I. Mexico and II. California) of the softcover issue. Each is near fine in wrappers. [#035431] $75
$38
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