New York: Anchor Press, 1988. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear to the head and foot of the dust jacket spine. Quarter sized chip at the top of the front panel. This novel by the author of Things Fall Apart is set in the fictitious West African country of Kangan. Signed and inscribed by Achebe on front free endpaper in the year of publication. Signed by the author.
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London: Fourth Estate, 2004. Paperback. 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: 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.
New York: Atheneum, 1991. Special Edition. A fine copy in stapled wrappers. This is a 32 page chapbook containing an excerpt from the trade edition of The Stores of Eva Luna. It features the story Phantom Palace. This copy belonged to Ivan Doig. The author inscribed the book to Doig and added a self-portrait of her on the front inside cover. 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: 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. Laid into the book is a publisher's promotional photograph of Bellow. 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. Limited edition. A near fine book as issued. A special limited edition with the original tissue paper wrappers and housed in the original box with minor wear. One of 190 limited edition copies issued along with the trade edition. This is copy number 70.. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1929. 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: Dial, 1964. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. An unusually nice copy of a book prone to wear on the uncoated dust jacket. Minor rubbing to the front panel and minor wear to the foot of the jacket spine. Price of $5.95 on the front fold. The fictional story of Jack Crabbe who recounts how he was captured and raised by Indians, married an Indian and served as a scout for Gen. George Custer. Basis for the 1970 movie that starred Dustin Hoffman. Signed and inscribed by Thomas Berger on the title page. Signed by the author.
New York: Lippincott, 1968. hardcover. Advance Reading Copy. A fine book in publisher's wrappers. Large format paperback. Advance reading copy. First issue copy with price of $.95 on the front cover publication date of May 24th. A classic, coming-of-age novel of a boy whose family moves from Alabama to a small New Mexico mountain town during World War II. The basis for the movie of the same name that starred Richard Crenna, Claire Bloom and Richard Thomas. Quite scarce in the signed edition. Signed by the author.
New Rochelle: Elizabeth Press, 1981. Hardcover. Limited edition. A fine book without dust jacket, as issued. With original, very good blue slipcase. One of 26 lettered copies that have been signed by the designer, the artist and the author. This is copy "O". The elegant production was designed by Martino Mardersteig and printed at the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy in June 1981. Contains two original woodcuts by Eugene CanadÈ. A collection of Bronk's poetry from 1949 to 1981. Winner of the National Book Award for poetry.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1949. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Light sunning to the jacket spine and wear at the extremities. Price clipped. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.