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Livingston: Clark City Press, 1992. Hardcover. First edition. The limited edition, #20 of 50 copies signed by the author. Bound in red and blue cloth with gilt decorations, ribbon marker. Original color etching laid in, signed by Russell Chatham, with the same number as the book (#20). 99 poems in four sections. From the estate of Beef Torrey, writer, raconteur and friend to many many writers. A fine copy in red and blue cloth with gilt decoration, issued without jacket, housed in the publisher's red cloth slipcase. Signed by the author.
Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1990. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. a near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Some toning to the jacket flaps and rear panel. A early novel by the author who won the National Book Award for Lord of Misrule in 2010. Signed and inscribed to friends in the year of publication by the author on the title page.
New York. Everest House, 1983. Hardcover. First edition. Fine in a close to fine dust jacket. Price clipped. Many say this is the one of the finest baseball novels ever written. A look at turn-of-the century America as immigrants make their way up the economic ladder, using baseball and New York Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson as a narrative backdrop.
New York: Random House, 2015. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Strong reviews and lots of chatter about this book focusing on a marriage that comes unraveled. A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction as well as the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Signed by the author on the title page.
Toronto: Anansi Press, 2001. First Canadian Edition. A fine book in original green cloth binding, without a dust jacket. As issued. With wraparound band on the rear board. The author's first book, a collection of stories. Correct number line. The author of Motherhood and How Should a Person be. She was named one of "The New Vanguard" by The New York Times book critics; a list of fifteen female writers from around the world who are "shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century," according to Wikipedia. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Putnam, 1982. Hardcover. First edition, first issue. Fine book in fine dust jacket. The true first edition of the author's fourth book. Because of numerous errors in typesetting this first issue of the book was recalled and pulped. This contains a letter to that effect along with publisher's review material, a review slip and author photo. It is signed by the author on the title page. Uncommon.
New York: Random House, 1972. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Price clipped. Toning to the white dust jacket. Short closed tear at the top flap fold. Top corner of front endpaper with erasure marks. The author's second book. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Knopf, 2000. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The story of Christopher Banks who is orphaned at the age of 9, but who returns to Shanghai to discover what happened to his parents. By the author of Remains of the Day. This is a review copy with publisher's promotional material laid in. Signed by the author and dated in the year of publication.
Philadelphia: Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection Temple University, 1988. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in blue cloth boards; as issued without a dust jacket. This is the hardbound issue, said to be much less common than the paperback issue. A collection of poetry. Irvis was was the first African American to serve as a speaker of the house in any state legislature in the United States since Reconstruction.