Moab: Back of Beyond Books, 2015. Limited edition. This is a Back of Beyond 25th anniversary Limited Edition. Later published as "The Cowboy and His Cow in the book One Life at a Time, Please, this facsimile typescript reproduces the original draft of a speech Ed Abbey delivered to the University of Montana in 1985. It is a scathing critique of the western "welfare rancher." Bound in Distressed three-quarter leather, reporter style with spine along the top. With an essay by Brooke Williams and art work by Dave Wilder. Printed by Chris Conrad Photography in Moab and bound by Roswell Bookbinding in Phoenix. Limited to 25 copies with 22 available to the public. This is copy # 7.
New York: Dutton, 1980. Paperback. First edition, first printing. A fine book in illustrated wrappers. The paperback edition of Edward Abbey's sixth novel. First edition with the correct number line. Published simultaneously with the hardcover edition. Minor toning to the rear cover. A tight, unread copy. Signed and inscribed by the author on the half-title page.
New York: Dutton, 1979. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Slight rubbing to the all white jacket. A tight and bright copy of one of Abbey's scarcer books in the first printing, said to be around 1200 copies. A collection of essays about Abbey's travels in the United States and around the world told with his usual good humor and insight.
London: Fourth Estate, 2004. Uncorrected Proof. A close to fine book in illustrated wrappers. This is the uncorrected proof of the first British edition. It was published as a paperback original in the U.K. The author's first novel set in her native country of Nigeria. She was recently named one of the top U.S. authors under the age of 40 by New Yorker magazine. This book won the Commonwealth Writers' Preize and was short listed for the Orange Prize. Signed by the author on the title page.
Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1992. Paperback original. First edition. A fine copy in illustrated wrappers. A paperback original, printed in an edition of 1,000 copies, and the author's first book. There was also small hardcover printing of this book, about 100 copies, most of which went to libraries. The book is a collection of poetry and is signed and inscribed by Alexie on the half-title page. Alexie has won numerous awards over the years, including The National Book Award in 2007 and the Pen Faulkner Award in 2010. Signed by the author.
New York: Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a very near fine dust jacket. Some wrinkling to the front panel of the jacket. Written as an account of World War II for young kids, Ambrose's book tells the story in narrative and pictures of how the war was one. This copy is signed by Ambrose on the title page and is scarce as such. Signed by the author.
St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1975. First Australian edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Evidence of a small sticker removed from the front panel. a collection of short stories by one of Australia's best known novelists. This is his first book. It was published primarily as a paperbound book with a small hardcover printing intended for libraries. Bail won the Miles Franklin Award in 1999 for his novel, Eucalyptus. This copy is signed by Bail on the title page. Signed by the author.
New York: Putnam, 1971. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. This is an advance review copy with the review slip laid into the book. The book collects 16 of Ballard's early short stories, most from the early 1960's. Signed by the author on the title page. Signed copies are quite uncommon. This book is from the library of well known Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
New York: New Rivers Press, 1970. Paperback. First edition, first printing. A fine copy in printed wrappers. Baxter's first published book, a collection of poetry, that was printed in a modest run of 500 copies. A fine, unread copy. Signed by Baxter on the title page and additionally inscribed to book collector Larry Owens and his wife Monesia on the front free endpaper: "This is my first born child/ Best/ Charles Baxter/ October 21, 1994/ Ann Arbor. From the Larry Owens collection.
New York: Viking, 1956. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear at the spine ends. Some soiling to the front and rear panel. Sunning to the dust jacket spine. Price of $3.00 is present on the front flap with a light pencil mark through it. Bellow's uncommon fourth book which contains the titled novella and three short stories. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Vanguard, 1947. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book with light edge wear in a very good plus dust jacket. Some offsetting to the endpapers. Some darkening to the jacket spine and light soiling to the rear panel. A very fragile jacket. Price clipped. The author's second novel in which the protagonist, Asa Leventhal, must deal with what he believes is bigotry and racism. But who is the ultimate victim? Signed by Bellow on the title page. Signed by the author.
New York: Doubleday Doran, 1928. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a nearly fine dust jacket. Flap corners slightly clipped, but price of $2.50 clearly present. The is the trade edition of the Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry in 1929. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. A lovely copy. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. 1941. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in publisher's original cloth. One of 246 copies signed by the author. This is #192. A presentation copy from the author to his sister Laura, inscribed twice. "For darling Lolly from the author, her brother with devoted love, William Rose Benet." December, 1941. And on the colophon page, "For Lollie with my love, Bill." Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1942. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
New York: Atheneum, 1960. Hardcover. First edition. Shallow, thin scratch to the front panel of the dust jacket and front cover of th book, else fine in fine dust jacket. This is an advance review copy with the publisher's dated review slip laid in. Also laid into this copy is a 1983 TLS of 200 words from Berriault to a publisher in which she recommends the work of author/screenwriter Jeremy Larner.