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.
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New York: Viking Press, 1972. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a near fine jacket. A work that contains three long poems in prose, a radical departure for Ashbery at the time. The poems are The Recital, The New Spirit and The System. This is a review copy with a publisher's advance photo of Ashbery announcing his new book laid into the book. Signed by the author on the title page.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A hint of wear at the extremities. A beautiful copy. The book centers on rock star Bucky Wunderlick who retreats to his apartment in Manhattan as he tries to figure things out. Signed by the author on the half title page. Signature only.
New York: FSG, 1970. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A review copy with a photograph of Didion laid into the book as well as a publisher's review slip. A beautiful, lovely 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 bookplate laid into the book. Signed by the author.
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: Harcourt Brace, 1983. Paperback. First edition. An uncorrected proof of the first U. S. edition.† †A very good plus copy with some wear to the extremities and a snag on the front cover.† Light sunning to the spine.† Previous owner name on front endpaper.† Signed by Umberto Eco on the title page. † The basis for the movie that starred Sean Connery.† This was Eco's first novel,† one that many critics now call a more sophisticated--and more insightful novel than another blockbuster† that was set in the Middle Ages--the Da Vinci Code.† †.
London: Gollancz, 1953. Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Ellison's classic work, published a year after the U.S. edition. A near fine, price-clipped book in a very good dust jacket. Bound in the publisher's original red cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Some soiling to the uncoated and iconic Gollancz jacket. Sunning to the spine. Tape reinforcement to the interior spine ends of the jacket. Small Australian bookseller label on front pastedown.
New York: Harper & Row, 1984. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. A bright and tight copy with only minor sunning to the jacket spine and light foxing to the page edges. Signed by Ginsberg on the title page that is dated in 1990 with his initials circled on the page. Signed by the author.
New York: Ecco, 1985. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Light wear to the extremities of the book and some waviness to the rear panel of the jacket. The author's fourth collection of poetry. Winner of the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. Louise Gluck's poetry has dazzled critics for years and this year she won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature.† †The† judges praised "her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal."†This copy is signed by the author on the title page. Signature only.
New York: Harper and Bros. 1957. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. The author's first book of poetry. Slight darkening to the jacket spine. Slight offsetting to the front free endpapers. With H-G on the colophon page. Hughes was awarded the First Publication award by a panel that consisted of W. H. Auden, Marianne Moore and Stephen Spender.
New York: Harper, 1960. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. First U.S. edition.† A fine book in a close to near fine dust jacket. One snag to the rear panel and ink mark on rear panel.† This is the first printing, first issue copy with Harper stamped on the book spine and page 5 being numbered.† A lovely copy in publisher's purple cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. $3 price on the front flap.† The author's second book, following the smashing success of The Hawk in the Rain.
New York: Arcade Books, 1996. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The first collection of essays and memoirs by the author of The World According to Garp and a Prayer for Owen Meany. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Craig and Christina: This little collection of the past, which has been correctly called a foreign country. Merry Christmas. 1995. John Irving." Signed by the author.
New York: Random House, 1972. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Price clipped. Toning to the white dust jacket. Short closed tear at the top flap fold. Top corner of front endpaper with erasure marks. The author's second book. Signed by the author on the title page.
Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1978. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The scarce hardcover edition of Kinsella's second book, published in a quite small press run. A collection of Indian stories set on the Hobbema Reserve in western Canada. Kinsella would later write his iconic novel, Shoeless Joe. Signed and inscribed by Kinsella on the front free endpaper, "Best Wishes." Signed by the author.
New York: Lyons & Burford, 1990. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Minor toning to the jacket flaps. A lovely copy of the first book by the acclaimed author Into the Wild, Into Thin Air and Under the Banner of Heaven. This is a collection of essays on mountain climbing and mountaineering from around the world. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1935. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Some foxing to the end pages, but a solid crisp copy in publisher's original blue cloth binding. General wear to the dust jacket, wear to the extremities, head and foot of the jacket and some creasing to the jacket flaps. Original price of $2.50 is present on front flap. This is a travel narrative that describes the flight that the Lindberghs made to the Orient in the summer of 1931, via the Great Circle Route that included stops Ottawa, Alaska, Kamchatka and Osaka, Japan. With cartographic endpapers drawn by Charles Lindbergh. Signed by both Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh on the half title page and dated in 1935.
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: Viking, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very good dust jacket. Light wear to the extremities of the jacket, short closed tear at the top of rear panel. This is the correct first edition with a block of black & white photos at the end of the book and no "Book Club edition" notation on copyright page. Signed by the author on the title page. An uncommon first edition, especially signed.
Austin: The Encino Press, 1968. Hardcover. Second Printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. This is the second printing of the first edition, corrected after numerous typographical errors were found in the first printing. Signed by McMurtry in an early and legible hand. Also, signed by Fred Whitcliff, who designed the book. Signed by the author.
London: Gollancz, 1974. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Slight spine lean. Closed tear along the rear flap fold along with some creasing to the rear panel. Modiano, a French author, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2014. This is his third novel, the first edition published in English. It won the Acade'mie Prize. It is the story of a Parisian Jew named Serge who goes looking for his father and not liking what he finds. A very uncommon book in hardcover.
Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1990. First edition. Fine in brown leather binding, with gilt edges & a satin marker ribbon, issued without dust jacket. The true first edition, preceding the trade edition, with an introduction by O'Brien not found in other editions. One of the best novels of the Vietnam War. Signed by the author.
New York: Crown Publishing, 2020. Hardcover. Limited edition. Fine in the original cardboard box as issued. This is clothbound signed edition that features foil stamping and debossing, as well as colorful endpapers, and is inserted into a foil stamped and debossed slipcase, featuring a printed onlay of Barack Obama's photo. The first in a 2-volume series chronicling the former president's time in office. The New York Times review said: "The ebullient image (on the cover) also stands at odds with the narrative inside ó 700 pages that are as deliberative, measured and methodical as the author himself. Obama says that he initially planned to write a 500-page memoir and be done in a year; what he ended up with instead is a hefty volume that stops in May 2011, shortly after his roasting of Donald Trump at the White House Correspondentsí Dinner on April 30 and the killing of Osama bin Laden the day after. Signed by the author.