Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Light wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine and mild sunning. 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.
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New York: Delacorte Press, 1973. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A near fine copy in light green wrappers with a bit of fading along the spine edges. A tall proof that is 5 1/4 X 10 3/4 inches. This is a collection of essays about Kurt Vonnegut and his writing. Signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half title page and scarce thus. Signed by the author.
Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1978. Hardcover. A signed limited edition. A handsome dark blue leather limited edition. Fine in blue leather. With dark blue moire silk endpapers, gold gilt cover designs and page edges, and bound-in silk bookmark. This edition contains introduction written by the author only for the Franklin Library. First published in 1961, Heller's humorous and satirical novel gave us a bombardier named Yossarian as he tries to cope with the madness of fighting in World War II and the Army officers who run it. Signed by Joseph Heller on a front free endpaper with tissue paper covering. Signed by the author.
New York, London: Viking, Putnam, Quercus, 1989-2020. Hardcover. First U.S. editions. Included are the these titles: March Violets. The Pale Criminal. A German Requiem. The One From the Other. A Quiet Flame. If the Dead Rise Not. Field Grey. Prague Fatale. A Man Without Breath. The Lady from Zagreb. The Other Side of Silence. Prussian Blue. Greeks Bearing Gifts. Metropolis.All are first U.S. editions except Greeks Bearing Gifts, which is the signed Quercus first, as Kerr could only sign the English edition. The posthumously published Metropolis (2020) is signed by Kerr on a bookplate.† All books are fine books in fine dust jackets, most signed on the title page. The novel, The Other Side of Silence, has a remainder mark on the bottom edge.† The late Philip Kerr created one of the most indelible characters in contemporary literature and featured him in 14 compelling novels. Bernie Gunther was a cynical, world-weary former Berlin detective who survived the rise of Nazism and emerged from the ruins of World War II as a savvy and well-connected private detective. Sadly, Kerr died in 2018.†.
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1988. Paperback. First edition. A first edition of the paperback edition, issued simultaneously with the hardcover edition. A near fine book in illustrated wrappers. Minor edgewear and slight creasing to the rear cover. A collection of baseball stories... Kinsella at his best. Signed by the author on the half title page. Signature only.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The last novel by the author of True Grit and Norwood. A novel set in Mexico about a man who does odd jobs and finds missing persons. With a jacket blurb by Larry McMurtry: "I've always though Charles Portis had a wonderful talent--original, quirky, exciting. Gringos demonstrates that he's only gotten better." Signed by the author on the title page.
London: Michael Joseph, 1963. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. This is the uncorrected proof of the first British edition. A very good copy in gray wrappers. Uneven cement wrinkles on the spine and some wrinkling to the front cover. Light edgewear. Bound in publisher's gray wraps printed in blue, with rubber date stamp and price written in ink on front cover. Considered by some to be the most influential book on race relations in the 1960s. Upon its publication 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation The Fire Next Time was praised "as one of (James) Baldwin's most important collection of essays..his prose with its apocalyptic tone...and its passionate yet distanced sense of advocacy sounded a warning and a hope about race in America." The 120-page book contains two essays that previously appeared in The New Yorker (Down at The Cross) and The Progressive (My Dungeon Shook).
New York: FSG, 1970. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Short crease at the top of the rear flap. A lovely, collectible 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 the front free endpaper. Signed by the author.
Chicago: A. C. McClurg, unknown. Hardcover. An early edition, though the book is missing the frontispiece and the copyright page. The book was first published in 1907, so this is likely an edition between 1907 and 1913. Book shows considerable wear, tape holding the front board in place. Binding on the spine worn and faded. The book is a collection of letters from the son of a Hopi chieftain to the Lady of the New Moon, a white woman he fell in love with, sent to her in his dreams. The author went to live among the Hopi in Arizona in1909. According to The New York Times, Ryan "claimed to be the only white woman ever admitted to the secret religious rites of the Hopi.
New York: Harper Collins, 1992. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in a very near fine dust jacket. Short closed tear at the top flap fold. The first book in a series of crime novels set in Venice that feature the fictional hero, Commissario Guido Brunetti. Murder and intrigue abound in this long-running series set in and around Venice, Italy. The U.S. edition precedes the first British edition. Winner in 1991 of Suntory's famed Best Suspense Novel Award. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Grove Press, 1966. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Light soiling to the front panel of the jacket, some fading to the jacket spine. The story of a displaced national seeking an identity card in a maze of Iranian indifference. In this comic masterpiece we follow this alienated man on a journey to freedom against the backdrop of a society dominated by ceremonious formalities, politeness, responsibility and confusion. A scarce book.
Boston: Little, Brown. 1934. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Bright red top stain. Some push to the spine ends. and minor foxing to the rear endpapers. Wear to the extremities of the jacket chipping to the head of the jacket. A mild bit of toning and soiling to the rear panel of the jacket. As Will Self wrote in an essay several years ago: ì 'Journey,' published in 1932, burst like a bombshell on the Parisian literary scene, garnering huge sales and almost winning the Prix Goncourt." Price clipped.
New York: Vantage Press, 1978. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Rubbing to the rear panel of the jacket and minor wear to the head and foot. The story of Juan Corona who was convicted of murdering 25 migrant farmworkers who worked in the Yuba City area. Sign and inscribed by the author on the front endpaper. An uncommon signed book.
New York: Random House, 1939. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in a nearly fine dust jacket. Very clean copy with a bit of fading to the top edge.† The dust jacket has a little darkening near the spine of the rear panel,† but is otherwise quite nice, not price-clipped, with no chips or tears and only the most miniscule bit of edge wear. Original price of $2.50 jacket flap. A collection of two interconnected short stories seen as a man struggling with a woman who ultimately causes his downfall. Faulkner preferred the title, If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem. The Wild Palms title was subsequently changed.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. First edition, as stated on the title page with the price of $4.95 on the front flap. Dust jacket has a short tear at the base of the front panel; some light foxing to the white rear panel. A solid, collectible copy. Basis for the classic western of the same name that starred John Wayne, Glen Campbell and Kim Darby and a remake in 2010 by the Coen Brothers that starred Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, among others.
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1979. Paperback. First edition. A near fine book in illustrated wrappers. The softcover edition of the book that contains Snyder's This work is Snyder's undergraduate thesis that he presented in 1951. Slight discoloration to the bottom edges. Signed by the author on the title page.