Between the Covers Rare Books, inc. www.betweenthecovers.com 112 Nicholson Rd (856) 456-8008 Gloucester City, NJ 08030 [email protected] C ata lo g 150: Selections from the Library of Tracy Callahan Welcome to Catalog 150, mostly selections from the Library of What fun collecting on that one... Tracy Callahan, with a few additions to fill up the random white I’m told by Dan that since this is Catalog 150, it should be some spaces. Tracy bought these books over a period of about a decade sort of august landmark (witness Tom Bloom’s celebratory cover and a half, a fair proportion of them from us, and his visits to our art), but aside from having the usual nice complement of books, shop were always pleasant and convivial. I’m not sure what that significance would be. Perhaps it should be This is not to say that Tracy was demure. Indeed he is the only called “Gala Catalog 150: The One Before Gala Catalog 151!” client of ours who, I have it on good authority, was thrown out of Or not. a Beverly Hills hotel because The Rolling Stones complained that However, anyone seeking to celebrate Catalog 150 by buying his party was too wild! Presumably this is no mean achievement, the entire contents of the catalogue will be suitably revered by us, although obviously aging rock stars need their beauty sleep too. and probably earn a special mention in my probably-never-to-be- There was also the time when one of his many girlfriends written memoirs. bought from us an expensive book for Tracy’s Christmas present, Tom C. but hadn’t finished paying for it by the time he broke up with her. Terms of Sale All books are First Editions unless otherwise noted. All books are returnable within ten days if returned in the same condition as sent. Books may be reserved by telephone, fax, or email. Institutions will be billed to meet their requirements. For private individuals, payment should accompany order if you are unknown to us. Customers known to us will be invoiced with payment due in 30 days. Payment schedule may be adjusted for larger purchases. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER and PayPal. Gift certificates available. Domestic orders please include $5.00 postage for the first item, $2.00 for each item thereafter. Overseas orders will be sent airmail at cost (unless other arrangements are requested). N.J. residents please add 7% sales tax. All items are insured. All items subject to prior sale. Members ABAA, ILAB Cover by Tom Bloom. © 2009 Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc. 1 Frank W. ABAGNALE, 2 Chinua ACHEBE. Things Fall Apart. New York: McDowell Obolensky Jr. with Stan Redding. Catch (1959). Me If You Can. New York: Grosset First American edition. Fine in a lightly rubbed, near fine, price-clipped and Dunlap black dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author to important African- (1980). American collector Clarence Holte. Nigerian author’s internationally acclaimed first novel, about the clash between Western and traditional First edition. African cultures. The black jacket Fine in fine is always very rubbed, this copy is dustwrapper. much less so than usual, and the True-to-life book is seldom found signed or account of the inscribed. machinations of con-man Abagnale. Basis for the Steven Spielberg film with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, 4 Martin AMIS. Christopher Walken, and Martin Sheen. A Money: A Suicide scarce first edition from a publisher usually Note. London: Jonathan associated with reprints. Cape (1984). First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Signed by 3 Winifred BLACK. Dope: The Story of the Living Dead. New York: Star Company 1928. the author.
First edition. Foreword by Fremont Older. Fine in an attractive, very good dustwrapper with edgewear and a short tear on the spine. Exceptionally uncommon in jacket. Pseudonym Revealed 5 ANONYMOUS [pseudonym of Anabel Lane]. Hollywood Wife. New York: G. Howard Watt 1931. First edition. Bookplate of actor Jean Hersholt, a tiny tear at the crown, near fine in near fine dustwrapper (with art by Crary) with tiny nicks. An exotic tale of Hollywood orgies, it is not clear whether this is fact or fiction, but most likely some combination of both. Inscribed by the author: “To Jean Hersholt, a ‘Hollywoodite’ whom I am proud to know. Anabel Lane ‘Miss Anonymous.’” Laid in is a two-page Autograph Letter Signed from Lane to Hersholt, recounting her trip across country by motor car, her health, a visit from her publisher, and a mention of “Von,” possibly Erich Von Stroheim. Hersholt, the Danish actor best known for such roles as the grandfather in Shirley Temple’s Heidi and after whom the famous Humanitarian Award was named, was an avid collector of first editions. Lane was a columnist and film critic, as near as we can tell.
6 Paul AUSTER. The New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press (1985, 1986, 1986). First editions. Three volumes. Each volume is fine in fine dustwrapper. The first volume is Signed by the author; the other two volumes are warmly Inscribed to the same recipi- ent. City of Glass is in the rare, first issue dustwrapper, and is very seldom encountered thus. A great set. 7 (Autograph Collecting). George E. GILBERT. An Account of Autographs. Small (approximately 3½" x 5½") wrappered blank book, with adver- tising for Geo. W. Williams & Co. flavoring and extracts. Name of George E. Gilbert on the front wrap. The first five pages contain a list of autographs sent for, a total of 86, with a horizontal line by each name apparently indicating that the autograph was received. Undated but presumably no earlier than 1865 (Gilbert didn’t send for Abraham Lincoln, who died in 1865, and which would have been logical consider- ing the list) and no later than 1868 (Gilbert sent for James Buchanan, who died in 1868). The list includes the following figures, all of whom apparently responded, literary figures Henry W. Longfellow, William C. Bryant, James G. Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Thomas Nast, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the English author George MacDonald; military figures U.S. Grant, William T. Sherman, P.H. Sheridan, Wade Hampton, O.O. Howard, Carl Schurz, Ben Butler, John Breckenridge, D.H. Hill, John Singleton Mosby, Raphael Semmes, and James Longstreet; political figures Andrew Johnson, Jefferson Davis, Charles Sumner, and Millard Fillmore; as well as Brigham Young, P.T. Barnum, Henry Ward Beecher, John B. Gough, Henry W. Stanley, and Charles F. Adams. A few of the figures in the collection are noted as “received,” or apparently given to Gilbert, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Daniel Webster, and John Quincy Adams. Autograph col- lecting was a popular pastime in mid-19th Century America, and this is a nice expression of it. Now if we could only find the autographs… The first volume of the “New York Mosaic” 8 Isabel BOLTON [pseudonym of Mary Britton Miller]. Do I Wake or Sleep. New York: Charles Scribner’s 9 Pat CONROY. The Great Santini. Boston: Sons 1946. Houghton Mifflin Company 1976. First edition. Fine in very near fine dustwrapper with a tiny tear and a little First edition. Fine in just about fine dust- rubbing on the spine. The first volume wrapper with a few tiny spots of foxing of the author’s New York Mosaic tril- on the spine. The author’s first novel. ogy. Miller was in her sixties when she published the first of these novels under the name Isabel Bolton. It was praised by Edmund Wilson in The New Yorker, who was reportedly greatly disappointed when he met this bright new star in the literary firmament – expecting a brilliant and romantic young writer, and instead meeting an amiable “older woman.” Diana Trilling wrote of Bolton, after the publication of her second novel, The Christmas Tree, that “… she 10 —. The Lords of is the best woman writer of fiction in this country today.” However Discipline. Boston: Houghton Bolton had all but disappeared from the literary landscape by the time Mifflin Company 1980. of her death in 1975. With the reissue of the trilogy in 1998 her work First edition. Slight waviness to the spine is once again getting the attention of serious critics. All three novels else fine in a price-clipped, fine dustwrap- are set in New York City and the appeal of Miller’s novels bears some per. This copy stamped “Review Copy/ resemblance to those of Dawn Powell. An especially nice copy of a Not For Sale.” Nicely Inscribed by the fragile wartime title. author: “To — / Here’s to the good life in television / Pat Conroy / Oct. 24 1980.” 11 (Children). Elizabeth BISHOP. The Ballad of the 12 (Children). Roald Burglar of Babylon. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1968). DAHL. Charlie and the First edition. Woodcuts by Ann Great Glass Elevator: Grifalconi. Oblong quarto. A tiny tape The Further Adventures of mark on the front fly where a review Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka slip was affixed, else fine in fine dust- Chocolate-maker Extraordinary. wrapper with a barely visible smudge. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1972). Advance Review Copy with slip laid in, slip has a small corresponding tape First edition. Top edge a trifle soiled, shadow. A very nice copy of a scarce still fine in fine dustwrapper. children’s book by the noted poet.
13 (Children). Witi IHIMAERA. The Whale Rider. (Auckland, New Zealand): Heinemann (1987). 14 (Children). Richard WILBUR. Digging for First edition (the New Zealand edition). A re- China. Garden City: Doubleday (1970). order or possibly review slip tipped to the rear First edition. Illustrated by William free endpaper else fine in fine dustwrapper with a Pene Du Bois. Fine in pictorial faint creased line on the front panel. Ihimaera was boards and fine dustwrapper. Warmly reportedly the first published Maori novelist and Inscribed by William Pene Du Bois certainly the most prominent. This work for young “with love.” An as new copy of a adults, in particular, received international atten- lovely little volume, a poem for chil- tion when it was adapted into the 2002 film of the dren with very nice illustrations. same name starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. 15 Jessie CONRAD. Joseph Conrad and His 16 Don DeLILLO. Circle. London: Jarrolds Publishers Ltd. 1935. Underworld. (New York): First edition. Slight soiling at the spine, very good or better without Scribner (1997). dustwrapper. Signed by the author: First edition. A small ink stroke on “Jessie Conrad Korzeniowski, July, 1935.” the foredge else fine in fine dustwrap- Biography of the author by his wife. per. Signed by the author. Massive tour-de-force that was nominated for the National Book Award.
17 Jeffrey EUGENIDES. Middlesex. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2002). First edition. Fine in fine dustwrap- per. Pulitzer Prize winner.
18 E.L. DOCTOROW. Welcome to Hard Times. New York: Simon and Schuster 1960. First edition. Pages browned as usual else fine in a partially price-clipped, about very good dustwrapper with some staining on the front panel. Author’s first book.
19 —. Big As Life. New York: Simon and Schuster (1966). First edition. Minimal fading to the spine, else fine in a near fine dustwrapper with some minor restoration to the spine. The author’s uncommon second book. 20 Edna FERBER. Giant. Garden City: Doubleday 1952. 21 Richard FORD. Independence Day. New York: First edition. Fine in very good plus dust- Alfred A. Knopf 1995. wrapper with a little rubbing and tiny First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. tears, mostly at the spine ends, and tiny Advance Review Copy with slip and stains on the rear panel. Signed by the promotional material laid in. Signed by author on a page bound in by the pub- the author. Sequel to The Sportswriter, lisher. Basis for the legendary film that and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and featured Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, the PEN/ and James Dean in his last role. Faulkner Award.
22 Gabriel GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ. One 23 Jonathan Hundred Years of Solitude. New York: Harper FRANZEN. The & Row (1970). Corrections. New York: First American edition. Foxed on the topedge and to the Farrar, Straus & Giroux inside of the jacket else fine in fine, first issue dustwrapper (2001). with a small crease on the rear flap but with none of the First edition, first issue. Fine spine wrinkling, rubbing to the bottoms of the boards, in fine dustwrapper. Errata or stress cracks to the jacket finish which appear to be slip laid in. Winner of the endemic to this title. While copies still appear on the National Book Award. market, the paucity of fine copies is becoming increasingly apparent. A very nice copy of the Nobel Laureate’s famous work, one of the most influential novels of the second half of the 20th Century. 24 William FAULKNER. These 13. New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith (1931). First edition. A few tiny pencil notations on the rear endpapers, as well as the small ownership label of Edith Farnsworth, else a superlative, fine copy in fine dustwrapper with just the slightest trace of age toning to the spine, housed in a custom cloth clamshell case. Farnsworth was the prominent Chicago physician who commissioned archi- tect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to design the famous modernist retreat, now the historic landmark the Farnsworth House. Faulkner’s first collection of short fiction, with such classics as “A Rose for Emily,” “That Evening Sun,” “Dry September,” and other others. Seldom found in this condition.
25 —. Light in August. New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas (1932). First edition. Signed bookplate of actor Jean Hersholt (see item 5), fine in a beautiful and fresh, fine example of the Arthur Hawkins- designed dustwrap- 26 —. The Wild Palms. New York: Random per with a single tiny House 1939. tear, with the original unprinted glassine over- jacket present, with slight First edition. Near fine edgewear (this copy shown in an attractive, near without overjacket on left, fine dustwrapper with and with overjacket on some tiny nicks and right). Housed in a cloth rubs at the spine. Two chemise and quarter thematically related leather slipcase. A superlative copy narratives presented in of one of Faulkner’s best and most accessible novels, sel- alternating chapters. A dom found with the glassine overjacket. very nice copy. 27 William FAULKNER. Knight’s Gambit. New York: Random House (1949). First edition. Fine in a price-clipped, near fine dustwrapper with a touch of rubbing and a tiny nick. A collection of stories featuring the lawyer, Gavin Stevens, as the central character. The story “Tomorrow” was adapted by Horton Foote, first into a teleplay, then a stage production, and finally an interesting 1972 film starring Robert Duvall in a performance that foreshadowed Billy Bob Thornton’s character in Slingblade. Queen’s Quorum.
28 —. Requiem for a Nun. New York: Random House (1951). First edition. Fine in a near fine dustwrapper with some of the usual spine-fad- ing, and a very small internal repair. A play, with long narrative sections, which continues the story of Temple Drake introduced two decades earlier in Sanctuary. Faulkner’s first book after winning the Nobel Prize.
29 —. The Town. New York: 30 —. The Mansion. New York: Random House (1957). Random House (1959). First edition, first issue. Fine in very First edition. Tears to the edges of a few pages near fine dustwrapper with excep- from a binding flaw, else near fine in fine tionally slight toning to the spine. A dustwrapper. A nice copy of the final book in very nice copy of the second volume Faulkner’s Snopes trilogy. Burgess 99. of the Snopes Trilogy. 31 William GADDIS. JR. New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1975. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Signed by Gaddis on the front fly. A very nice copy of this National Book Award-winning novel.
33 —. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1952.
First edition. Slight mottling to the boards, near fine in a nice and bright, near 34 —. Islands in the Stream. fine dustwrapper with New York: a very short tear and a Charles little rubbed spot on 32 Ernest HEMINGWAY. For Scribner’s Sons the spine. Winner of (1970). Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: the Pulitzer Prize and Charles Scribner’s Sons 1940. one of Hemingway’s First edition. First edition. Spine a bit foxed, else near fine most beloved books, Foredge a little in very good, first issue dustwrapper with a seen by many as a foxed, near modest chip at the crown, some short tears, late-career return to fine in fine a creased tear on the rear panel, and a faint form. The title which cinched the Nobel Prize for dustwrapper. dampstain at the foot, mostly only visible the author. Basis for the John Sturges film with on the inside. A presentable copy. Spencer Tracy. A pretty copy. Burgess 99. 35 Colin HIGGINS. Harold 36 James Leo HERLIHY. Midnight Cowboy. and Maude. Philadelphia and New New York: Simon and Schuster 1965. York: J.B. Lippincott (1971). First edition. Fine in fine, price-clipped First edition. A bit of edgewear at the dustwrapper. The story of a young man spine ends, thus very good in near fine and a much older woman. Adapted by dustwrapper. Basis for the 1969 coun- Higgins from his own screenplay (which terculture film classic of the same name, was originally his master’s thesis at UCLA) directed by John Schlesinger and star- for the classic cult film released the same ring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. year, directed by Hal Ashby, perfectly cast The only X-rated film to win the Best with Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, and with Picture Academy Award (the film was a memorable soundtrack by Cat Stevens. A re-rated to R in 1971). lovely copy.
37 Khaled HOSSEINI. The Kite Richard Watson Gilder’s Copy Runner. New York: 38 Oliver Wendell HOLMES, Jr. Riverhead Books 2003. Speeches. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company 1891.
First edition. Fine in First edition. Original printed papercovered boards. A small very near fine dust- splash mark, a diagonal thin stain on the front board, and a wrapper with a small little edgewear at the spine, a sound, very good copy. Small crease on the front owner’s label of author Richard Watson Gilder on the front flap. Bestselling first fly, (possibly related) gift inscription dated in the year of novel about guilt and publication on the title page “E.W.S from J.B.W.” Important redemption, set against volume of speeches by the author of The Common Law the Taliban take-over of and longtime Supreme Court Justice. Reportedly Theodore Afghanistan, basis for Roosevelt nominated Holmes to the Court at least in part the 2007 film of the because he had been impressed with his speeches. same name. 39 John IRVING. Setting Free 40 —. The Water-Method Man. 41 —. The World According to the Bears. New York: Garp. New New York: Random House York: E.P. Dutton Random House (1972). (1978). (1968). First edition. A First edition. First edition. little foxing on the Bottom corners a Fine in fine topedge, else fine bit bumped thus dustwrapper in fine dustwrapper near fine in fine with a single with virtually no dustwrapper. A tiny tear. A wear. An excellent very nice copy bright copy of copy of a book of the author’s the author’s generally found in increasingly scarce scarce second lesser condition. first book. book. The book that more than any other helped establish the author’s popularity, 42 —. A Prayer for thanks in some measure to the successful George Owen Meany. New York: Roy Hill film featuring Robin Williams, Mary William Morrow (1989). Beth Hurt, John Lithgow, and Glenn Close (in her memorable Oscar-nominated film debut). First trade edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. One of the most beloved books of the past 43 Edward P. JONES. The Known couple of decades, basis for the World. (New York): Amistad/HarperCollins film Simon Birch (Irving was wary that the novel could not (2003). be filmed, and sold the screen First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. A lovely copy rights on the condition that the of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel. title be changed – he suggested the alternate title himself). 44 (Israel). Robert ST. JOHN. Ben-Gurion: The 45 Johannes V. JENSEN. Christopher Biography of an Extraordinary Man. Columbus. New York: Garden City: Doubleday and Company 1959. Alfred A. Knopf 1924.
Early reprint. Some First American edition. Fine scattered spotting to in near fine dustwrapper with the boards, thus very tiny chips. Advance Review good in near fine Copy with slip laid in (slip a dustwrapper. Signed little soiled). Volume Three of by David Ben- the Swedish Nobel laureate’s Gurion in Hebrew The Long Journey series. Scarce on the front fly. in a nice jacket. Jacket art by Frank Adams.
46 William KENNEDY. 47 James JOYCE. Finnegans Ironweed. New York: The Wake. New York: Viking Press 1939. Viking Press (1983). First edition. Slight foxing to the topedge else fine in fine dustwrap- First American edition. Fine in a very attractive per. A beautiful copy of this Pulitzer near fine dustwrapper with two long tears which Prize-winner, the final book of the have been internally and unobtrusively repaired, Albany trilogy. Kennedy also wrote as well as a couple of other short and unobtru- the screenplay for the 1987 Hector sive tears. A very nice copy of a 20th century Babenco-directed film featuring Jack literary highspot. Burgess 99, Connolly 100 (one Nicholson and Meryl Streep. of only three titles on both lists). 48 Sinclair LEWIS. Dodsworth. New York: Harcourt Brace and Company 1929. First edition. Fine in an exceptionally bright and fine dustwrapper with just the faintest crease on the spine. Lewis’s classic novel of a staid, retired car manufac- turer who takes a trip to Europe with his wife and learns more about her, and their relationship, than he did in twenty years of marriage. Basis first for a stage hit, and then for the excellent 1936 William Wyler film featuring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, David Niven, and Maria Ouspanskaya. Wyler, Huston, Ouspanskaya and the picture itself were all nominated for Oscars. Laid in is a brief Typed Letter Signed from Walter Huston to Morris Frank, about an engagement. Frank was the founder of The Seeing Eye, the first school for guide dogs for the blind in the United States. A lovely copy.
49 Yann MARTEL. Life of Pi. Toronto: Alfred A. 50 Steven MILLHAUSER. Edwin Mullhouse: Knopf 2001. The Life and Death of an American First edition. A tiny bump to one cor- Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey ner still easily fine in fine dustwrapper. Cartwright. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Signed by the author. Program laid in for 1972. an author reading. The Canadian, true First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper first edition of this Booker Prize winner. with some modest age-toning on the front. Signed by the author. A nice copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s first book. 51 Larry McMURTRY. Horseman, Pass By. New York: Harper & Brothers (1961). First edition. Slightest evidence of a name erased on the front fly, still easily fine in fine dustwrapper with almost none of the usual rubbing at the extremities. Author’s first book, always uncommon, becoming even more so. Basis for the excel- lent film Hud with Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, and Melvyn Douglas, the latter two in Oscar-winning performances. A beautiful copy.
52 —. Leaving Cheyenne. New York: Harper and Row (1963). First edition. Fine in near fine, price-clipped dustwrapper, with the publisher’s new price sticker, the slightest fading and a little soiling to the spine. Harper and Row changed the price to $4.95 prior to publication and virtually all copies released are either price-clipped and/or have had a new price sticker affixed as this copy does. Basis for the 1974 Sidney Lumet film Lovin’ Molly with Anthony Perkins, Beau Bridges, Blythe Danner, and Susan Sarandon. A particularly nice copy of the author’s second and scarcest novel.
53 —. The Last Picture Show. New York: The Dial Press 1966.
54 Jhumpa LAHIRI. First edition. A Interpreter of Maladies. faint sticker shadow on the front fly and some Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company very slight soiling to the foredge, still fine in a 1999. just about fine dustwrapper with a couple of First hardcover edition. Fine in fine tiny smudges and very slight soiling. An espe- dustwrapper with a prize sticker. cially nice copy, seldom found in this condi- Pulitzer Prize winner. tion. Basis for the excellent Peter Bogdanovich film with Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ben Johnson, Eileen Brennan, Ellen Burstyn, Randy Quaid, and Cybill Shepherd in her debut. 55 (Mystery). Tom 56 (Mystery). Ken 57 —. Eye of the 58 (Mystery). CLANCY. The Hunt for FOLLETT. Storm Island. Needle. New York: Elspeth HUXLEY. Red October. Annapolis: Naval (London): Macdonald and Jane’s Arbor House (1978). Murder at Institute Press (1984). Publishers Limited (1978). Government House. First First edition, export issue, which pre- London: Methuen (1937). edition. ceded all other editions. Published Fine in in the U.S. as The Eye of the Needle. fine and Foxing bright on the first issue topedge, dust- else fine wrapper. in fine Author’s dust- first book, wrapper. a surprise Author’s bestseller first book, from an and basis obscure for the press that became one of the most suspense- First American edition, pub- sought after books in recent memory. ful film lished in England as Storm Island. Fine in fine dust- The bookclub edition is often confused The Eye of First edition. Spine letter- wrapper. Author’s first book. with (and offered as) the first edition. the Needle ing a bit rubbed, very good The first Jack Ryan novel, basis for with Donald Sutherland as a Nazi in a very good example of the film with Alec Baldwin and Sean spy trying to get out of Britain with the uncommon dustwrap- Connery. Nice copies of the true first advance warning of D-Day. per with chipping, mostly edition are genuinely scarce; pristine at the spine ends. Governor copies such as this particularly so. of a British colony in Africa found strangled at HQ. 59 (Mystery). John LE CARRÉ. 60 (Mystery). Ellis PETERS. 61 (Mystery). Martin Cruz Tinker Tailor Monk’s Hood. New York: William SMITH. Gypsy in Amber. New Soldier Spy. Morrow York: G.P. London: Hodder 1981. Putnam’s Sons & Stoughton (1971). (1974). First First edition. A First edition. Fine American faint stain on in fine dustwrap- edition. Fine the front board per. A highpoint in fine dust- and a little rub- of espionage fic- wrapper. The bing at the spine tion. A nicer than third Brother ends, very good usual copy, and Cadfael in a rubbed, scarce thus. mystery. very good dust- wrapper with a corresponding stain visible only on the inside of the jacket. The 63 (Mystery). S.S. VAN author’s first and DINE. The Scarab Murder scarcest book. Case. New York: Charles Scribner’s 62 — as Martin Smith. Canto Sons 1930. for a Gypsy. New York: G.P. First edition. Slight soiling on the front Putnam’s (1972). fly, very near fine in a rubbed, very good First edition. A trifle rubbed at the base dustwrapper with small nicks and tears. A of the spine, else fine in near fine dust- nice copy. Basis for the 1936 British film wrapper with just a touch of fading at with Wilfred Hyde-White playing detec- the spine. Second of the author’s elusive tive Philo Vance, and with a script by “Gypsy” mysteries. Selwyn Jepson. 64 Peter MATTHIESSEN. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. New York: The Viking Press (1983).
First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. It wouldn’t seem that the story of this book’s suppression, recall and eventual re-publication a decade later needs to be retold here. What is often not stated in this story is that the surviving copies of the first edition were often read repeatedly and seldom survived in nice condition.
65 Toni MORRISON. 66 Haruki MURAKAMI. 67 —. Kafka on the Song of Solomon. New The Wind-Up Bird Shore. London: Harvill Press York: Alfred A. Knopf 1977. Chronicle. New York: Alfred A. (2005). Knopf 1997. First English edition. Fine in fine First dustwrapper with a publisher’s edition. price-sticker on the front panel. A little foxing to the foredge, near fine in a price- clipped, near fine dust- 68 (Music). Red wrapper with a little of the usual O’DONNELL. Chet sunning to the spine and front panel, First American edition. Bottom Atkins. Nashville: Athens and a modest tear on the rear panel. of the boards a trifle rubbed, Nobel Prize winner’s third book. Music Company (1967). fine in fine dustwrapper. Signed First edition. Oblong octavo. Blue by the author. Flyer laid in for a cloth illustrated and titled in gilt. Fine. Signed by Chet Atkins on Murakami appearance. the titlepage. 69 Vladimir NABOKOV. Lolita. Paris: The Olympia Press (1955). First edition. Two volumes. Wrappers. Top corner of the front wrap and first few pages of Volume One a trifle bumped, and the price has been scratched away on the verso of both volumes (but clearly without the new franc price stamp or raised price, as seen on later states), else a crisp and bright, attractive set of the true first edition of one of the highspots of modern literature, with the white portions of the spine snowy white. Nabokov wrote the screenplay for the 1962 Stanley Kubrick film with James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, and Sue Lyon in the title role. Remade by Adrian Lyne in 1997 with Jeremy Irons.
70 —. Invitation to a Beheading. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Son (1959). First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with a tiny nick at the cor- ner of the crown and the spine slightly tanned. The white jacket is in nicer than usual condition.
72 —. The Magic Journey. New 71 John NICHOLS. The York: Holt Rinehart Winston (1978). Milagro Beanfield War. New York: Holt Rinehart Winston (1974). First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper with none of the usual spine-fading. Bookplate Signed by the author laid in. Also issued in First edition. Fine in very good dust- a simultaneous wrappered edition, this hard- wrapper with some rubbing. Bookplate cover issue is easily Nichols’s scarcest book. A Signed by Nichols laid into the book. beautiful copy. Nichols co-wrote the whimsical and well-received film adaptation directed by Robert Redford. 73 Patrick O’BRIAN. The 74 —. Desolation Island. New Mauritius Command. New York: York: Stein & Day (1979). Stein & Day (1977). First American edition. A little fox- First edition, preceding the English edi- ing on the page edges, else fine in fine tion. Very slight foxing to the page edges, dustwrapper. Fifth book in the Aubrey- else fine in fine, price-clipped dustwrapper. Maturin series. A particularly nice copy of the true first edition of the fourth book in the Aubrey- Maturin series.
75 George ORWELL. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt Brace and Company (1946). 76 —. Nineteen First American edition. A trifle rubbed, about fine Eighty-Four. New York: in a very good, rubbed dustwrapper with a couple Harcourt, Brace and Company of tiny tears. A brilliant, classic anti-utopian short (1949). novel, in which a cast of barnyard animals re-enact First American edition. Very the events of the Russian Revolution and the betray- near fine in very good red dust- al of its more humane elements by Stalin. Well- wrapper with a bit of toning and adapted both as a 1955 cartoon and a 1999 cable rubbing on the spine. movie using the latest animal-special effects, though both versions added upbeat endings to Orwell’s har- rowing vision. A presentable copy. Connolly 100. 77 Chuck PALAHNIUK. Fight 78 D.B.C. PIERRE. Nobel Laureate’s First Book Club. New York: W.W. Norton (1996). Vernon God Little. (New York): 79 Harold PINTER. The Canongate Birthday First edition. Fine (2003). Party. London: in fine dustwrapper. Encore Publishing Basis for the intrigu- First Co. (1959). ing David Fincher American film with Brad Pitt, edition. First edition. Ed Norton, and Fine in Owner’s neat Helena Bonham fine dust- name, rubbed, very Carter which merits wrapper. good in wrappers repeated viewings Winner of as issued. The very and is destined for the Booker uncommon true cult status. Prize. first edition of Pinter’s first play.
80 Sylvia PLATH. The Bell Jar. 81 E. Annie PROULX. New York: Harper and Row (1971). The Shipping News. New First American edition. A bit of sunning at York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1993. the spine ends, a faint spot on the topedge, and the foredge lightly foxed, else near fine in First edition. Fine in fine dustwrap- near fine dustwrapper with a couple of tiny per. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize tears. Pseudonymously published in England and the National Book Award, and just before her suicide, and not published in basis for the 2001 Lasse Hallström America for nearly a decade. A nice copy of film of the same name starring this thinly veiled autobiography of alienation Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey, Judi which has become a contemporary classic of Dench, and Cate Blanchett. the literature of women’s oppression. 82 Dawn POWELL. Angels on Toast. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons 1940. First edition. Some stains on the front board, spine soiled and a bit worn at the crown, a slightly shabby, good copy, lacking the dustwrapper. A novel by one of America’s best, but least recognized authors. This copy Inscribed by the author in pencil, writ large, and in what we’ve come to consider her slightly inebriated hand: “To Ruth from Dawn Powell.”
83 Thomas PYNCHON. V. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott 1963. First edition. Fine in fine and bright dustwrapper with none of the usual spine fade, and with the slight- est bit of the usually endemic rubbing. A supe- rior copy of the author’s 85 —. Gravity’s increasingly uncommon Rainbow. New York: The first book. Viking Press (1973).
First edition. Fine in fine 84 —. The Crying of dustwrapper with a small, light crease on Philadelphia: J.B. Lot 49. the front flap. One of only 4000 copies of the hardcover Lippincott (1966). issue. An exceptionally influential Burgess 99 title, winner of the National Book Award and the William Dean Howell Medal (for the best work First edition. Fine in fine of fiction to appear in the U.S. over a five-year period). The novel was also voted dustwrapper with a tiny tear the Pulitzer Prize, but the award’s overseeing committee refused to grant the prize to on the rear panel, and a tiny Pynchon and thus none was given that year. A beautiful copy of this massive novel spot of rubbing. A very nice almost always found with one or more significant flaws. copy of the author’s increas- ingly scarce second book. 86 Ayn RAND. Atlas 87 Tom ROBBINS. Even Shrugged. New York: Random Cowgirls Get the Blues. Boston: House Houghton Mifflin Company 1976. 1957. First edition. Slight fading to the topedge stain else fine in fine dustwrapper. Due to a First edi- simultaneous paperbound edition, the hard- tion. Page cover is remarkably scarce. A beautiful copy. edges foxed, else fine in 88 —. Still Life with very near Woodpecker. New York: Bantam fine, first Books (1980). issue dust- First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper wrapper with slight rubbing at the extremities. with some slight rubbing. A recent study of Rand’s cul- 89 Richard 90 —. Empire tural legacy concluded that no single RUSSO. The Falls. New York: work of the 20th Century had influ- New Alfred A. Knopf enced more individual readers than Risk Pool. York: Random House this objectivist allegory. Additionally, 2001. Harper’s Index reports that 12% of all (1988). First edition. Fine Playboy Playmates since 1959 claimed First edition. Fine in fine dustwrap- either this or Rand’s The Fountainhead in fine dustwrapper. per. Signed by the as their favorite book, although our Signed by Russo. author. Winner of attempts at using copies as bait con- the Pulitzer Prize. tinue to prove futile. A beautiful copy. 91 Marilynne ROBINSON. Housekeeping. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux (1980). First edition. Slightest of sunning to the boards, still easily fine in fine dustwrapper. Very nicely Inscribed by the author. Robinson’s acclaimed first novel.
92 —. Gilead. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux (2004).
First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Signed by the author. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
93 Richard RODGERS and Oscar HAMMERSTEIN, 2nd. South Pacific: A Musical Play. New York: Random House (1949). 94 Philip ROTH. Letting Go. New York: First edition. Bottom cor- Random House (1962). ners bumped, else near fine First edition. Front hinge cracked, else very good in a in very good dustwrapper near fine dustwrapper with some tiny tears and rub- with tiny nicks at the crown, bing. Inscribed by the and a little soiling to the author to film director spine. A nice copy of this and actor Paul Bartel. The scarce Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s second book. musical adapted from James Michener’s novel Tales of the South Pacific, which also won the Pulitzer Prize. 95 (Science-Fiction). Ray 96 (Science- 97 (Science-Fiction). Kurt BRADBURY. Fiction). Ira LEVIN VONNEGUT, Jr. Slaughterhouse- Dandelion Wine. Rosemary’s Baby. Five. (New York): Garden City: Doubleday New York: Random House Delacorte Press (1969). 1957. (1967). First edition. Small literary First edition. Very mod- agency ownership label of est sunning to the edges of Harold Matson Company the boards, and thus very on the front fly, a very faint near fine in a slightly spine- dampstain on the topedge, toned, near fine dustwrap- and some very light fraying per. Signed by the author on at the base of the spine else a the half-title with a self-por- near fine copy in very good trait. A very nice copy of the dustwrapper with small chips author’s best-known title, and tears and the back panel a bit with a pleasant self-portrait. soiled and smudged. This copy nicely Inscribed by the A splendid author using the entire blend of history, humor, front fly, with a large and fantasy in the story drawing of a dandelion, of optometrist Billy and noting the label: “This First edition. A slight mark Pilgrim, survivor of the ‘Dandelion Wine’ stolen on the foredge, still fine in from my agent above fine dustwrapper. An excel- firebombing of Dresden, [drawing of arrow to label] lent copy of this gothic unstuck in time and liv- (twenty years ago!). To horror story, source for a ing an alternate life on Brad Verter! With Good memorable Roman Polanski the planet Tralfamadore. Wishes! Ray Bradbury. film with Mia Farrow, Basis for George Roy Nov. 9, 91.” A presentable John Cassavetes, and Ruth Hill’s 1972 film that copy with a nice inscrip- Gordon, who won an Oscar managed to make a good tion of what has emerged for Best Supporting Actress. movie out of a virtually as a classic novel. unfilmable novel. 98 John STEINBECK. 99 —. The Long 100 —. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Viking Press (1939). Cup of Gold: A Life of Valley. New York: The Henry Morgan, Buccaneer. Viking Press 1938. First edition. A small stain on the foredge else With Occasional Reference fine in a near very good dustwrapper with a to History. New York: Robert fairly large stain on the spine, and some overall M. McBride 1929. tanning and small stains. Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of an Oklahoma family’s migration to California during the Depression. Basis for the John Ford film featuring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Ford and Supporting Actress Jane Darwell won Academy Awards; Fonda was nominated but lost to Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Steinbeck’s masterpiece and literature’s lasting testament to the Great Depression, it was singled- out in his citation for the Nobel Prize decades later. A decent copy with the first edition state- ment present on the front flap.
First edition. Tanning to the gutters as seems inevitable First edition, first binding. with this title, else fine in 101 —. Burning Bright: A Play in Bookplate neatly removed, hinges fine dustwrapper with two Story Form. New York: Viking Press 1950. neatly repaired, a very good copy faint vertical creases. A without dustwrapper. One of beautiful copy, and seldom First edition. An owner’s name and a small only 600 copies issued in the first found thus. bookstore label on the front endpapers, else fine issue binding. Steinbeck’s first in an attractive, very near fine dustwrapper with book, a novelized version of the a little soiling. A handsome copy. life of the pirate Henry Morgan. 102 John STEINBECK. East 103 —. Sweet Thursday. New York: Viking Press 1954 of Eden. New York: First edition. Owner’s name, and a little foxing to the foredge, else fine Viking Press in fine dustwrapper. A very nice copy. 1952.
First edition. 104 —. The Winter of Our Fine in very Discontent. New York: Viking near fine dust- wrapper with Press 1961. just a touch of First edition. A tiny owner’s name, and toning. Basis a little foxing on the endpapers, else for the splen- fine in very near fine dustwrapper. A did Elia Kazan very nice copy. film, scripted by Paul Osborn, with James Dean in his first starring role. Jo Van Fleet, in her film debut, won an Oscar and Julie Harris deserved one as well. A very nice copy.
106 —. Once There Was 105 —. Travels with Charley In New York: Viking Press Search of America. New York: Viking Press a War. 1958. (1962). First edition. Fine in a slightly First edition. Very light foxing to the boards, spine-faded, else near fine dustwrap- near fine in a spine-tanned, very good dust- per with a faint sticker shadow on wrapper with two holes on the rear flap fold. the front flap and a slight tear at Steinbeck hits the road with his dog in a modi- the rear flap fold. Dispatches from fied pickup truck, traversing 40 states. Steinbeck’s war journalism. 107 J.D. 108 John SAYLES. Pride of the Bimbos. Boston: SALINGER. Atlantic-Little, Brown (1975). Franny and First edition. A trifle foxed on the topedge, still easily fine in fine Zooey. Boston: dustwrapper with none of the usual fading on the spine. An excel- Little Brown lent copy of the author and filmmaker’s scarce first book, a novel about a barnstorming baseball team who dress in women’s clothing. (1961). Increasingly scarce. First edition. Fine in a crisp, fine dustwrapper with 110 Elsa SCHIAPARELLI. just a little rubbing Shocking Life. New York: E.P. along the extremi- ties. Author’s Dutton & Co. 1954. important third book, two First edition. Bookplate novellas that appeared first in The New (“MacArthur”) on the front paste- Yorker. Scarce in this condition. down, very near fine without the dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author 109 Muriel SPARK. using most The Prime of Miss Jean of the front Brodie. London: Macmillan fly: “To [name undetermined - Laura?] (1961). and Doug, More with love than ever. First edition. Fine in fine, price-clipped Schiap. [place undetermined] 1954.” dustwrapper. Basis for the stage version Autobiography of the Italian fashion with Vanessa Redgrave and then the designer known for collaborating with film starring Maggie Smith, who won famous artists in her designs. It seems more a Best Actress Oscar for the title role likely that the recipient is diplomat Douglas of the flamboyant but flawed Scottish MacArthur II, son of the general of the schoolteacher. A very nice copy. same name, than it is to his more famous father, but who knows? Scarce inscribed. 111 Jim TULLY. Beggars of Life: A Hobo Autobiography. New York: Albert & Charles Boni 1924. First edition. Slight wear to the front hinge, light rubbing, near fine in a near fine example of the uncommon dustwrapper (presumably a later issue jacket as it states the book is in its third printing). Rear pastedown has the small label of the Hollywood Book Store. Inscribed by the author to a noted Hollywood screenwriter and columnist: “To Jimmy Starr with regards and admiration from Jim Tully. 1925.” The book also bears Starr’s bookplate, referencing Rudolph Valentino (printed “Jimmy Starr Ex Libris Rudolph Valentino”). Starr admired Valentino’s bookplate and received permission from his estate to reproduce the design as his own bookplate. Presumably Starr added the bookplate after Valentino’s death in 1926 (thanks to Howard Prouty and Jim Pepper for this information). Basis for the 1928 William A. Wellman film featuring Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, and Richard Arlen. The author’s most sought after book, rarely found in jacket.
112 —. Beggars Abroad. Garden City: Doubleday 1930. 113 Wallace STEGNER. Angle of First edition. Fine in very near fine dustwrapper Repose. Garden City: with a little soiling. Inscribed by the author: “To Doubleday 1971. Mort Grant from his old friend Jim Tully 1930.” Sometime tramp First edition. A tiny spot on Tully makes his first the topedge, still easily fine trip to Europe. in fine dustwrapper with the white spine unusually bright. A superior copy of this cheaply manufactured Pulitzer Prize-winner, gen- erally found in mediocre condition. 114 Hunter S. THOMPSON. 115 Lynne TILLMAN. Weird Fucks. Paris: Fear and Loathing in Las Handshake Editions (dated “198?” - Vegas: A Savage Journey to the circa 1981). Heart of the American Dream. New First edition. Padbound stiff wrap- York: Random House 1971. pers. Rear wrap detached but present, First edition. A little of the usual fad- a very faint crease on the front wrap, ing to the edges of the boards, corners thus very good. Short episodes in the slightly bumped, near fine in a very sex life of the author. A rare, early good dustwrapper with a little wrinkling work by Tillman, an avante-garde on the spine. An attractive copy of the writer who has recently slipped into Gonzo manifesto and how-to travel book, the main stream with some success. basis for the Terry Gilliam film featuring OCLC cites but three copies in librar- Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. ies worldwide.
116 Mark TWAIN. Is 117 Barry UNSWORTH. Shakespeare Dead? From My The Rage of the Vulture. Autobiography. New York: Harper & London: Granada (1982). Brothers 1909. First edition. Pages with the usual First edition. Green cloth gilt. Slight edge- toning, else fine in fine dustwrapper. wear, near fine. Scarce in this condition. 118 John UPDIKE, and others. A 119 Alice Century of Arts and Letters. New York: WALKER. The Columbia University Press 1998. Color Purple. New First edition. Quarto. Red cloth gilt with applied labels. York: Harcourt Brace Fine, without dustwrapper as issued. The history of the Jovanovich 1982. National Institute of Arts & Letters and the American Academy of Arts & Letters as told by Updike and ten First edition. Fine in fine others, this copy Signed by dustwrapper. The author’s Updike, and two of the other best-known novel, winner of authors, Louis Auchincloss, both the Pulitzer Prize and and Cynthia Ozick. the National Book Award. Additionally the basis for the 1985 Steven Spielberg film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret 120 Edmund WILSON. Discordant Encounters: Plays Avery (all three nominated and Dialogues. New York: Albert and Charles Boni 1926. for Oscars), and Danny First edition. Fine, lacking the dustwrapper. Inscribed by Wilson, using most of Glover. Avidly and repeatedly the front fly, to Irish author Mary Colum: “To Mary read – copies seldom turn up Colum, Everything in this book was written some in this condition. years ago and I don’t expect you to read it, if at all with much exhilaration but I want at least to make the gesture of laying it at your feet – with admira- tion and affection. Edmund Wilson May 12, 1927.” Edmund Wilson’s second book and his first solely authored book. Six critical dialogues and pieces, including the first appearance of “The Delegate from Great Neck,” featuring an encounter between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Van Wyck Brooks. 121 H.G. WELLS. Love and Mr. 122 Herman WOUK. The Traitor: A Drama. New York: Samuel Lewisham: The Story of a Very Young Couple. French (1949). New York: Frederick A. Stokes (1899). First edition. Cocked thus good in a price-clipped Second edition. Publisher’s and rubbed, good dustwrapper. Wouk’s second and decorated cloth. Owner’s ini- easily scarcest title, a play about an atomic scientist tials on the front pastedown who believes the only way to prevent atomic war is (“E.T.”), front hinge a little to provide the Russian Communists with a deterrent. tender, else near fine. Inscribed Only the second copy we’ve seen in jacket. by Wells: “Miss Tuckerman in memory of May 13th. H.G. Wells” underscored with a 124 P.G. WODEHOUSE and Guy flourish. BOLTON. Bring on the Girls! The Improbable Story of our Life in Musical Comedy, with Pictures to Prove It. New York: Simon and Schuster 1953.
First edition, 123 Walt WHITMAN. After All, Not to preceding the Create Only. Recited by Walt Whitman on English edition. Invitation of Managers American Institute, on Fine in near fine Opening their 40th Annual Exhibition, New York, dustwrapper with Noon, September 7, 1871. Boston: Roberts Brothers 1871. the authors’ names faded on the spine First edition. Blanck’s Binding A: Terra-cotta flexible (no prior- as usual. The story ity established). Contemporary owner name, front hinge a tad of their collaboration in musical comedy. Once tender, a nice, near fine copy. BAL 21405. relatively common but now difficult to find in this condition. A very fresh copy.