Los Angeles: Jack D. Rittenhouse, 1946. Paperback. First edition. A very good copy in original printed wrappers. This is an original copy of well-known guide book to traveling Route 66 in the Post-World War II era. It was compiled by Jack Rittenhouse and his wife, Charlotte, who drove across country on the highway in 1946, noting scenic attractions, places to eat or sleep, road conditions, characteristics of towns and cities along the way and friendly advice on what to carry in your car and how to drive. Rittenhouse even provided drawings and maps to guide visitors along the "Mother Road." He printed 3,000 copies and sold them for one dollar apiece. He promised a second edition, but the original was the only copy until facsimile editions began to be published in 1988.
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Tulsa: Council Oaks Books, 1990. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. This is Cronin's first novel...actually a novella that was the Winner of the National Novella Award for 1990. Cronin is the author the Passage Trilogy consisting of The Passage, The Twelve and the City of Mirrors. An interesting association copy. Signed and inscribed by Cronin to fellow writer Chris Offutt: "To Chris/ Who got just what he deserved." Signed by the author.
Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1954. Paperback. First edition. A very good copy in printed yellow wrappers that is a bit dust-soiled with light shelf wear. Contents incljhud "The Day It Snowed," the first published appearance (excluding college writings) of Philip Roth. At the time he was a staff member of the review. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn with their estate label tipped inside the upper cover.
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.
Point Reyes: Floating Island Publications, 1982. Paperback. First edition. A fine copy in original printed wrappers. Slight toning to the front and rear covers. A collection of stories about the "god forsaken" land in southern New Mexico. John Nichols writes an evocative introduction. Signed and inscribed by John Nichols on the front free endpaper. Signed by the author.
New York: Viking, 1964. Hardcover. Limited edition. A near fine copy with no dust jacket, as issued. One of 500 copies, with mylar over linen boards with red and gilt imprint. Signed by Arthur Miller on the limitation page. This copy belonged to the library of author Ivan Doig and his wife, Carol, with Doig's signed bookplate on the front pastedown. No slipcase.
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: Anchor, 1999. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The first book by the author of Underground Railroad, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Interesting association copy, inscribed by Whitehead to fellow author Chris Offutt: "To Chris/ very nice to meet/ you. Thanks for the kind words./ 'Til next time/. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
New York: FSG, 1982. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The author's first book. A coming of age story set in the coastal land of Georgia and South Carolina. An interesting association copy, signed and inscribed by Padgett Powell on the title page to fellow author Chris Offutt.. Signed by the author.
New York: Dial Press, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very good plus dust jacket. Light rubbing to the jacket spine, short closed tear at the top of the front panel and light soiling to the rear panel. Definitely a collectible copy of Abbey's third novel about a rancher who is being forced from his New Mexico land to make way for an Air Force bombing range. Abbey introduces the book this way: "The story which follows was inspired by an event which took place in our country not many years ago. However, it is a work of fiction and any resemblance to living persons or actual places is accidental."
New York: FSG, 1970. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very good dust jacket. Creasing to the front and rear jacket flaps. Light sunning to the dust jacket spine. 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 movie that starred Tony Perkins.
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: Knopf, 1992. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Minor rubbing to the acetate jacket, as is common with this title. The author's first book, a major best-seller and critically acclaimed.
New York: Viking, 1991. Hardcover. First British edition. A close to fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Top corners lightly bumped. Light sunning to the dust jacket spine. The third and final book in Kerr's Berlin Noir Trilogy that features the indelible character of Berlin detective Bernie Gunther. This is a stated first printing with a sticker price of $18.95 on the front jacket flap along with the British price of £13.99 on the bottom of the front flap. Signed by the author on bookplate laid into the book.
London: Sceptre, 2012. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A powerful novel of soldiers in Iraq and aftermath of war. Many critics have likened it to Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. A finalist for the National Book Award. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: 2014. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Housed in special, cardboard slipcase. Part of the Powells Bookstore Indiespensable program. Comes with stapled booklet containing an interview with the author. A limited edition.Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award. One of the big books of the year that has been on the best seller lists since its publication. The intertwined stories of a blind girl and German soldier who confront adversity in the final days of World War II in the bombed out city of Saint-Malo, France. Signed by Doerr on the title page. Signed by the author.
New York: Macmillan, 1960. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good plus jacket. Corners of the front jacket flap are clipped but the price of $3.95 is present on the flap. Some rubbing to the rear panel and a short closed tear at the top of the rear panel. One of the nicer copies of this book that you will find. Pages browned, as is common with this title. But overall a very collectible copy. Stated first printing. This is Williams's second novel, a revisionist history of the settling of the West that involves three men who set out on a buffalo hunt and in an orgy of killing find themselves forever changed. Williams was the author of the novels, Stoner, and Augustus which won the National Book Award.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very nearly fine dust jacket. First edition, as stated on the title page with price of $4.95 on the front flap. A beautiful, tight copy. Hint of minor toning to the rear panel. The book has been the basis for two classic westerns of the same name --one that starred John Wayne and Glen Campbell and the more recent one that starred Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. Signed by the author on a bookplate laid into the book. Signed by the author.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2018. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. An unread copy. Pearlstein examines where capitalism has gone wrong and how to fix its many problems.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 2004. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The fictionalized story of Charles Lindbergh's election as president in 1940 and the impact it has on Roth's family and Jews in America.