New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. An evocative account of James Gilchrist Swan living on the edge of America on the Pacific Coast. Signed by the author with a long inscription on the half title page. Dated in the year of publication.
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New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1893. First edition. A near fine book in original gray cloth binding. Gold gilt lettering to the spine. A clean, tight copy. An early and significant book on the art of boxing by a former middleweight. Donovan is in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Donovan was said to have sparred with Theodore Roosevelt when he was governor of New York and later trained Jim Corbett for his bout against John L. Sullivan.
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: Farrar Straus Grioux, 1971. Hardcover. First edition, revised. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Minor toning to the rear panel. This was the author's first book, published originally in 1967 and revised after the conclusion of the grape strike led by Cesar Chavez. This is a narrative account of the grape strike in California's Central Valley in the mid 1960s launched by Chavez and his farm workers organizing committee. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Harpers, 1956. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear to the extremities and minor soiling to the rear panel. Signed and inscribed to collector Larry Owens on the front free endpaper. The author's first book, a novel of contemporary life on the Navajo Indian reservation. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
New York: Norton, 1992. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A collection of very short stories, most no longer than 750 words. There are 72 very short stories by many of the the best known names in literature. Five of the stories are signed by: David Foster Wallace, Tim O'Brien, Gordon Lish, Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood. The Wallace signature is particularly uncommon.
San Francisco: McSweeney's, 2013. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. This is an anthology celebrating 15 years of publishing of the McSweeney's magazine. Signed on the title page in black marker by founder and editor Dave Eggers as well as contributors Peter Orner, Jessica Walter, Arthur Bradford, and Andrew Greer. This is a special, signed edition done by Powells Books of Portland as partof their Indiespensable Club. Comes with Powells certificate. Signed by the author.
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: Random House, 1952. Hardcover. Later printing. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Owner bookplate on front pastedown. A nice tight copy of this classic novel of black alienation and social isolation. The first state dust jacket has vibrant colors with some wear at the extremities and some crimping to the bottom of the rear panel and only minor nicks at the jacket folds. This is a seventh printing with a price of $3.50 on the front jacket flap.
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 publisher 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 Evan and contributions by W. H. Auden, Marianne Moor, e.e. cummings, Wallace Stevens, John Berryman and Chirstopher Isherwood.
New York: FSG, 1993. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Basis for the movie of the same name. a lovely copy. He was chosen as one of the top 20 young writers in America by Granta magazine. This is the first book by Eugenides who won the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, Middlesex.
Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1959. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Minor soiling to the top edge Minor chipping at the foot of the spine and some light sunning to the jacket spine. Intriguing jacket illustration is by Don Louis Perceval. Signed and inscribed by the author on the half title page.
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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A very good book in a very good dust jacket. Original orange cloth binding with light wear to the corners and some sunning to the spine. Dusts jacket is chipped at the head and foot of the spine and there is some wear to the extremities, especially the top corners. Contains the original tour maps that have been inserted into the rear endpapers. Essentially a guide book to Death Valley with numbers black and white photos.
New York: Viking, 1938. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear to the extremities of the jacket and head and foot of the spine. Front and rear jacket flaps and slightly clipped, but price of $2.50 is present on the front flap. Some foxing to the endpapers and owner name on the half title page. Large, colorful Minnesota map is present in the rear pocket. Sponsored by the Executive Council, State of Minnesota.
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.
Pierre: State Publishing Co., 1938. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A very good book in original red cloth binding.Some wear at the head and foot of the spine and rubbing to the corners of the book. Minor browning to the endpapers. Rear hinge starting. Original state road map is in the rear pocket. No dust jacket. The first edition of this book is one of scarcer editions of the WPA American Guide Series.