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New York: Random House, 2000. Hardcover. First edition thus. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A collection of 20 essays brought together in the author's second book, reissued by the Modern Library. The title of the book is taken from an essay that Didion wrote in the mid-1960s about the time she spent in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. She came away from her time there quite disturbed and depressed. "The center was not holding," she wrote in the opening line of the essay. Signed by the author on the title page. Signature only.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A near fine copy in printed blue wrappers. A tight and unread copy. Light sunning to the top 1/3 of the cover page and rear cover and some darkening to the spine. This is a long form galley of Ivan Doig's first major book, often mistakenly referred to as his first book. A memoir of growing up in Montana. Certainly an uncommon edition of this book. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The debut novel of Ellis who was first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack. He would go on to write the better known novel, American Psycho. Less than Zero was the basis for the 1987 movie that starred Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., Jami Gertz and James Spader. Signed by the author on the title page. Signature only.
New York: Grove Press, 1966. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Light soiling to the front panel of the jacket, some fading to the jacket spine. The story of a displaced national seeking an identity card in a maze of Iranian indifference. In this comic masterpiece we follow this alienated man on a journey to freedom against the backdrop of a society dominated by ceremonious formalities, politeness, responsibility and confusion. A scarce book.
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1955. Paperback. Later printing. A paperback original the author's first book. A very good copy with some wear at the extremities and some tearing along the spine of the cover. A stated fifth printing with a price of 75 cents on the rear cover. This was the first book of the Pocket Poets Series published by Ferlinghetti's City Lights Publishing. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Atlantic, 1989. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The author's first story collection, 10 sharply written stories set largely in Montana. An interesting association copy. Signed and inscribed by the author to fellow writer Chris Offutt: "For Chris, from Richard. With admiration. Great Falls. November 1997." Signed by the author.
New York: Random House, 2015. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. By the author of Remains of the Day and the Unconsoled. Ishiguro's first novel in a decade tells the allegorical tale of two elderly Britons searching for their son that they have not seen in years. Signed by the author on a publisher's tipped in page. Signature only.
New York: Putnam, 1982. First American edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. A bit of browning to the edge of the front and rear flap. The first book by the Japanese/English novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017 for his works that ìuncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.î Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Atheneum, 1966. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. A selection of eight stories. The author's second book and first short story collection. The first English edition and translated from French by Daphne Woodward. Le Clezio won the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature.
London: Marion Boyars, 1975. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Overall an outstanding copy of O'Brien's second book. Price of 5.95 pounds is present. One of his scarcest books. Only 900 hardcover copies. Slight darkening to the outer page margins. Signed on the title page by Tim O'Brien who has added an inscription from the book: "Some magnificent adventure." Signed by the author.
New York: Dutton, 1974. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A very good book in a very good dust jacket. Sunning to edges of the book, toning to the front and rear panels of the jacket. Slight spine lean. A novel, banned in in the author's native Argentina. By the author of Betrayed by Rita Hayworth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
New York: Random House, 1955. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very good dust jacket. Some edgewear and a bit of light rubbing to the front panel. As is common with this title some of the lamination has peeled off the jacket. Still, a nice, tight copy. The story of Terry Malloy and the New York waterfront rackets that was published after the movie, On the Waterfront, was released, starring Lee J. Cobb and Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan. Signed by the author on a bookplate laid into the book.
New York: Poetry Society of America, 1992. Paperback. Limited edition. A fine copy of a stapled, softcover book with tributes to composer Stephen Sondheim by poets Robert Creeley, J. D. McClatchy, Richard Wilbur, John Hollander and Grace Schulman. There were 750 copies printed by the Poetry Society of America for a fundraising event. Of these only 90 copies were signed by Sondheim and all five contributors.