New York: Hanging Loose Press, 1994. Hardcover. First edition. A fine copy in yellow cloth binding. No dust jacket, as issued. With its original acetate cover. An early collection of poetry and prose by Alexie. An interesting association copy, signed and inscribed to author Chris Offutt on the half title page. "To Chris O...with respect and friendship. Sherman." Dated in 1997. Offutt and Alexie were both named as two of the best authors under age 40 by Granta magazine in 1996. Signed by author.
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London: Andre Deutsch, 1961. Hardcover. First British edition. This is the scarce British first edition of Doctorow's first book that was published in the United States as Welcome to Hard Times. It is a very nearly fine book in a very good plus dust jacket. There is some foxing to the page edges. The book is square and solid. Some light chipping to the head and foot of the dust jacket. Light soiling to the rear panel Overall, a nice copy of a tough book. Signed by Doctorow on the title page.
London: 4th Estate, 2010. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A collection of six stories by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of All the Light We Cannot See. His fourth book. From the publisher: "Anthony Doerr's new collection of stories is about memory: the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, and the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and others." Signed by Doerr on the title page. Signed on the title page.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A very good copy in printed blue wrappers. Wear to the extremities and light wear to the front cover. 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.
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 on the title page by Ivan Doig to author Chris Offutt. An interesting association copy. Signed by the author.
London: Horizon, 1947. Paperback. First edition. Publisher's blue card wrappers printed in orange. A very good copy with extremities and spine a bit sunned, 1.5 inch split at the bottom of the upper cover spine and tiny chip at spine crown. This is the first published appearance of any portion of Ellison's groundbreaking novel, Invisible Man. The 15-page excerpt featured here eventually became chapter one. Additional contents include photographs of Chicago by Walker Evans and contributions by W. H. Auden, Marianne Moore, e.e. cummings, Wallace Stevens, John Berryman and Chirstopher Isherwood.
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: Oxford University Press, 1950. Hardcover. Second edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Chipping to the bottom of the jacket spine and tape to the inside of the jacket at the top of the spine. The second printing of one of the more hard find books in the WPA's American Guide Series.
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: Grove Press, 2010. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on a tipped-in page. A collection of three novellas. The three novellas are; the title story, Brown Dog Redux, and The Games of Night. The title story, written in the voice of a home-schooled fifteen-year-old girl in rural Montana, is an uncompromising tale of an extraordinary character whose youth intersects with unexpected brutality, and the reserves she must draw on to make herself whole.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in near fine dust jacket. Foxing to the top edges. Minor wear to the extremities and a short closed tear on the rear panel. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for poetry. Signed and inscribed by the Galway Kinnell with beautiful signature on the front free endpaper. Sgned by the author.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A nice tight copy of this large and bulky book. No spine sag, as common problem with this novel. A lovely copy. Stated first edition with correct number of 1 through 10. Lonesome Dove stands as McMurtry's finest work, a sweeping western, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the basis for the highly-acclaimed miniseries that starred Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1949. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. A lovely copy. Owner name on front free endpaper along with his bookplate. Four corners clipped by the publisher, but price of $3.00 is present on the front flap. Jacket with light wear to the extremities and very minor chipping to the head and foot of the spine. Orwell's classic novel of a totalitarian state and the battle of wills between Big Brother and Winston Smith.
Toronto: S. J. Reginald Saunders & Co., 1949. Hardcover. First Canadian Edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Four corners clipped but price of $3.00 is present on the jacket flap. A lovely copy of the blue variant dust jacket. Owner name on front free end paper. Orwell's classic novel of a totalitarian state and the battle of wills between Big Brother and Winston Smith.
London: Faber and Faber. 2003. Paperback. First British edition. The true first English edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A paperback original with dust jacket. There was a very small hardcover printing. Slight browning to the page edges. The story of a journalist who returns to Turkey and is assigned to write an investigative piece on a series of suicides in a town near the Armenian border. This book caused a sensation when published in Turkey. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Scribner, 1948. Hardcover. Later printing. A near fine boook in a very good dust jacket. A later printing with $3.00 on the front flap but without the Scribner A on the copyright page. Some wear and chipping to the jacket spine and extremities. Significant sunning to the jacket spine. Signed by Alan Paton on the title page. An important book that focused attention on South Africa's apartheid practices. Signed by the author.
New York: Scribner, 2016. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Correct number line for first edition. The author's recent magnum opus that tells the story of two French immigrants and their descendants over a period of about 300 years. Vivid characters and stories of lust, greed, hope and redemption. Signed by the author on the title page. Not one of the more common copies that are signed on a publisher's tipped in page.
New York: Knopf, 1997. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A fine book in a plain white wraps. Large paperback format. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1998. One of Roth's most powerful novels that examines a family's disintegration following a violent act by a daughter. Signed by Philip Roth on a bookplate laid into the book. Signed by the author.
Ottawa: Borealis Press, 1972. First edition. First edition of the author's first book. A collection of poems published in a small format book. A fine copy in decorated wrappers. Twenty three years later Ms. Shields won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel The Stone Diaries. Signed and inscribed by the author.