New York: Dutton, 1980. Paperback. First edition, first printing. A fine book in illustrated wrappers. The paperback edition of Edward Abbey's sixth novel. First edition with the correct number line. Published simultaneously with the hardcover edition. Minor toning to the rear cover. A tight, unread copy. Signed and inscribed by the author on the half-title page.
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New York: Random House, 1990. Uncorrected Proof. Fine in printed yellow wrappers. An unread copy. Set in apartheid-era South Africa, Age of Iron explores the insidious nature of complicity and reflects on the failure of language to maintain its authority in a complex postcolonial world. Like many of her white compatriots, Elizabeth Curren, a professor of classics who is dying of cancer, has remained willfully blind to the violence and degradation around her. Signed by the author. Signed proofs by this reclusive South African Nobel Laureate, who now lives in Australia, are quite uncommon.
London: Andre Deutsch, 1961. Hardcover. First British edition. This is the scarce British first edition of Doctorow's first book that was published in the United States as Welcome to Hard Times. It is a very nearly fine book in a very good plus dust jacket. There is some foxing to the page edges. The book is square and solid. Some light chipping to the head and foot of the dust jacket. Light soiling to the rear panel Overall, a nice copy of a tough book. Signed by Doctorow on the title page.
New York: Random House, 1982. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Minor toning to the jacket flaps and some soiling to the rear panel. A collection of the best work in American literature in 1982. Signed twice by Raymond Carver: once on the front free endpaper and once at his entry for his short story, Cathedral. Uncommon. Signed by the author.
New York: Knopf, 1970. Hardcover. First edition. Fine book in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed on the front endpaper by the author. In a series of wide ranging essays, Gass discusses on writers from William Shakespeare to Robert Coover, with stops along the way for Gertrude Stein, Nabokov, The James family, and several others. Signed by the author.
London: John Murray, 2008. Hardcover. First British edition. The true first edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A book of historical adventure involving a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners. By the author of the Glass Palace. The first in what is projected to be a trilogy. Finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Pantheon, 1962. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good plus dust jacket. Darkening to the jacket spine and some toning to the white jacket. Price of $6.95 is present on the jacket flap. Grass's first novel, one of the most acclaimed post World War II literary events. Laid into the book is a bookplate signed by Grass. Signed by the author.