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New York: Random House, 1990. Uncorrected Proof. Fine in printed yellow wrappers. An unread copy. Set in apartheid-era South Africa, Age of Iron explores the insidious nature of complicity and reflects on the failure of language to maintain its authority in a complex postcolonial world. Like many of her white compatriots, Elizabeth Curren, a professor of classics who is dying of cancer, has remained willfully blind to the violence and degradation around her. Signed by the author. Signed proofs by this reclusive South African Nobel Laureate, who now lives in Australia, are quite uncommon.
New York: FSG, 1970. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Short crease at the top of the rear flap. A lovely, collectible copy. Price of $5.95 on front flap. Didion's second novel is a ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, set in a rootless and ruthless Hollywood. The book that catapulted her to fame. It was later made into a film that starred Tony Perkins. Signed by Didion on the front free endpaper. Signed by the author.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A lovely copy. A memoir of the author's early life in Montana, it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Michael: from one book guy/ to another/ Ivan Doig."
New York: Dial Press, 1967. Hardcover. First edition. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Slight sunning along the top of the boards. Toning to the white jacket and some soiling to the rear panel. Chipping at the head and foot of the jacket spine. Overall, an excellent copy of a book difficult to find in decent condition. The author's first book and only novel.
New York: Harper & Row, 1968. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket with no fading to the jacket spine. Bright red endpapers and dark topstain. A Classic of 1960's literature. As one review put it the book "traces a self-professed failure's nightmarish descent into the underside of American life, and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair. One of the few books that truly captures what it means to be an obsessed sports fan.
New York: Harper & Row, 1976. Advance Reading Copy. A fine book in illustrated, printed wrappers. Appears to be unread. This was an early edition, promoting the trade copy of Richard Ford's first book. Ford went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Independence Day. Signed by the author on the title page.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1962. Hardcover. First British edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Darkening to the jacket spine, some wear to the extremities and some toning to the white jacket. An excellent copy with the price of 30s. net is present on the jacket flap. Small bookstore stamp on front pastedown. Grass's first novel was one of the most acclaimed post World War II literary landmarks in Germany. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Signed by Grass on the bookplate laid into the book. Signed by the author.
New York: Pantheon, 1962. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good plus dust jacket. Darkening to the jacket spine and some toning to the white jacket. Price of $6.95 is present on the jacket flap. Grass's first novel, one of the most acclaimed post World War II literary events. Laid into the book is a bookplate signed by Grass. Signed by the author.
New York: Putnam, 1975. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in red cloth boards in a near fine dust jacket. Owner name on front end paper and some toning to the jacket. Slight spine lean. Harris's first book, the story of a plot by Arab terrorists to blow up the Super Bowl. $7.50 price intact on dj flap. An outstanding copy of a book that was the basis for the movie of the same name. Signed by Harris on bookplate laid into the book. Signed by the author.
Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1978. Hardcover. A signed limited edition. A handsome dark blue leather limited edition. Fine in blue leather. With dark blue moire silk endpapers, gold gilt cover designs and page edges, and bound-in silk bookmark. This edition contains introduction written by the author only for the Franklin Library. First published in 1961, Heller's humorous and satirical novel gave us a bombardier named Yossarian as he tries to cope with the madness of fighting in World War II and the Army officers who run it. Signed by Joseph Heller on a front free endpaper with tissue paper covering. Signed by the author.
New York: Harper & Row, 1970. First edition. The author's first book that introduced Joe Leaphorn. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear to the extremities, some crimping to the bottom of the front panel,wear to the rear panel and minor sunning to the jacket spine. Correct first edition with number line on last page ending with a 1. A very presentable copy with an early signature and inscription by Hillerman to an unknown friend of his: "You'll see I finally got that manuscript published. But I've got to go back & try again to do a better job with Navajos. Tony Hillerman." Apparently written for a friend who had been following HJillerman's attempts to get his book published. Signed with Hillerman's early straight T signature. He certainly succeeded, writing 18 novels that featured detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Signed by the author.
New York: Random House, 1968. Hardcover. First edition. Near fine in a very good dust plus dust jacket. Minor toning to the edges of the front and rear panels. Trace of wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine. Price of $5.95 is present on the jacket flap. The author's first book, which has become quite scarce as Irving's popularity has risen. This copy signed by Irving on a laid in bookplate. Signed by the author.
New York: Random House, 1965. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear to the extremities and head and foot of the jacket, soiling to the rear panel. Offsetting to the front and rear pastedowns and evidence of sticker removal to the front pastedown. Signed by Arthur Laurents on a bookplate laid into the book. And signed and inscribed by Sondheim on the front free endpaper "For Jane and Bob from Stephen Sondheim 12/31/81." Jane and Bob Emerson managed the Drama Book Shop in Manhattan for many years, the go-to bookshop for theater professionals and aficionados. An uncommon book signed. The show closed after 12 previews and 9 performances but has since been acclaimed as part of Sondheim's canon and a cult favorite.
New York: Random House, 1969. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Closed tear at the top of the jacket spine which has faint signs of sunning. One of the first books to highlight the struggle by California farmworkers to organize a union. Vivid portrait of Cesar Chavez, leader of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. Signed by Matthiessen on the title page.
New York: Jonathan Cape, 1971. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Very slight spine lean to the book. All four corners of the jacket are lightly clipped but price of £1.75 is present. A review copy with publisher's review slip laid into the book. A political satire of former president Richard Nixon. Signed by Philip Roth on a publisher's colophon sheet that has been laid into the book. Signed by the author.