New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2020. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. By the author of his first book, American Dervish, and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced. Salman Rushdie calls the book "an unflinchingly honest self-portrait by a brilliant Muslim American writer, and, beyond that, an unsparing examination of both sides of that fraught hyphenated reality." Signed by the author on a publisher's tipped-in page.
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Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a very good dust jacket. Price clipped. Theroux sets out from Victoria Station in London intending to ride a series of eastbound trains and returning from Japan on Trans-Siberian Express. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. 375-400. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The first book in a series of four, this gothic mystery involves a man's quest to track down the person responsible for destroying every book written by author the fictional author Julian Carax. A huge best seller and critically acclaimed book. Signed by the author and dated in 2007.
Oberon, 1986. Paperback. First Canadian Edition. A fine book in illustrated wraps. This is the soft cover edition of Kinsella's first book, a collection of stories with a sentimental look at Indian life in Canada. Kinsella would later write his acclaimed novel, Shoeless Joe. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book of the Month Club. A fine book in about a very good dust jacket. Slight toning to edges of the dust jacket. Closed tear at the top of the front panel along with some toning/ soiling to the front panel. Small chip at the top of the rear panel. A collection of three novellas whose title piece, Legends of the Fall, was the basis of a very popular movie of the same name. Signed by the author on the half-title page.
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1982. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Bottom corners of book light bumped. Wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine and extremities. Price clipped. The Canadian author's mystical baseball novel and basis for the movie Field of Dreams that starred Kevin Costner. Signed by the author on the half title page.
New York: Random House, 1965. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear to the extremities and head and foot of the jacket, soiling to the rear panel. Offsetting to the front and rear pastedowns and evidence of sticker removal to the front pastedown. Signed by Arthur Laurents on a bookplate laid into the book. And signed and inscribed by Sondheim on the front free endpaper "For Jane and Bob from Stephen Sondheim 12/31/81." Jane and Bob Emerson managed the Drama Book Shop in Manhattan for many years, the go-to bookshop for theater professionals and aficionados. An uncommon book signed. The show closed after 12 previews and 9 performances but has since been acclaimed as part of Sondheim's canon and a cult favorite.
New York: Viking Press, 1972. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Some rubbing at the head and foot of the jacket with a small chip at the bottom flap fold. The second major novel by Forsyth after his very popular The Day of the Jackal. The Odessa File was made into a hit film that starred Jon Voight as a young German newspaper reporter who attempts to find the location of a former SS concentration camp commander. Signed by the author on the half title page.
New York: Farrar Straus Cudahy, 1960. Hardcover. First edition. A very good book in a very good dust jacket. Sunning to the head and foot of the spine of the book and foxing to the front and rear pastedown. Price clipped dust jacket with wear to the extremities and head and foot of the jacket spine. Signed and inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. A collection of essays that ranged from Mary McCarthy and Williams James to Sherwood Anderson and Simon Beauvoir.
New York: Random House, 1982. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A fine book in plain orange wraps. Precedes the paperback original that was the author's first trade publication. A 70-page collection of poetry, part of the National Poetry Series that was selected by Mark Strand. Signed and inscribed by Denis Johnson to the late well-known book collector, Larry Owens. Signed by the author.
New York: Taschen, 2017. Hardcover. Limited edition. This is a limited and special edition based on James Baldwin's original 1963 collection of essays which has been enhanced by more than 100 photographs of the Civil Rights movement by Steve Schapiro. One of 1,813 numbered copies, signed by Schapiro who traveled the American south with Baldwin for Life magazine. This is number 1419. The handsome book is housed in the original shipping package. First published in 1963, James Baldwin' s The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of Americas so-called Negro problem. Schapiro was in the thick of the movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith and such landmark events as the March on Washington and the Selma March. Also included in this collection are Schapiro's stories from the field, a new introduction by the late civil rights legend and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, captions by Marcia Davis of The Washington Post, and an essay by Gloria Baldwin Karefa-Smart, who was with her brother James in Sierra Leone when he started to work on the story. A handsome, unread copy in original slipcase.
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.†.