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New York: Random House, 1990. Hardcover. First edition. A very good book in a near fine dust jacket. Slight spine lean. Based on a diary of the author's final season in the NBA. Signed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Laid into the book is a business card signed by John Wooden who coached Jabbar when he played at UCLA. Signed by the author.
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.
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.
Portland: Tin House Books, 2011. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Published as part of the Powell's Books Indiespensable series. The author's first book in which an "unmoored man who yearns for a woman he failed, while failing another," writes Amy Hempel in a jacket blurb. Signed by the author on the title page.
Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in a very good dust jacket. Sunning to the jacket spine and light edgewear. Toning to the rear panel. This is the quite scarce hardcover edition of Ashbery's second book of poetry following his well-received debut, Some Trees. Signed by the author on the title page.
Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1977. First edition thus. A limited edition, signed by Louis Auchincloss A Fine book in full brown leather binding, raised bands spine, gilt lettering. Silk moire endpapers. Silk bookmark. Illustrated by Uldis Klavins. A beautiful production. 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: 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.