London: Fourth Estate, 2004. 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.
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.
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: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1939. Hardcover. First edition. A very good book with some sunning to the spine and soiling to the front and back boards. Front hinge a bit loose. This is the original red cloth binding, lacking the scarce dust jacket. Numerous illustrations and black and white photographs. Signed on the title page by the principal author, Robert H. Bates.
New York: New Rivers Press, 1970. Paperback. First edition, first printing. A fine copy in printed wrappers. Baxter's first published book, a collection of poetry, that was printed in a modest run of 500 copies. A fine, unread copy. Signed by Baxter on the title page and additionally inscribed to book collector Larry Owens and his wife Monesia on the front free endpaper: "This is my first born child/ Best/ Charles Baxter/ October 21, 1994/ Ann Arbor. From the Larry Owens collection.
New York: Viking, 1956. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear at the spine ends. Some soiling to the front and rear panel. Sunning to the dust jacket spine. Price of $3.00 is present on the front flap with a light pencil mark through it. Bellow's uncommon fourth book which contains the titled novella and three short stories. Laid into the book is a publisher's promotional photograph of Bellow. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Vanguard, 1947. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book with light edge wear in a very good plus dust jacket. Some offsetting to the endpapers. Some darkening to the jacket spine and light soiling to the rear panel. A very fragile jacket. Price clipped. The author's second novel in which the protagonist, Asa Leventhal, must deal with what he believes is bigotry and racism. But who is the ultimate victim? Signed by Bellow on the title page. Signed by the author.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1941. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in publisher's original cloth. One of 246 copies signed by the author. This is #192. A presentation copy from the author to his sister Laura, inscribed twice. "For darling Lolly from the author, her brother with devoted love, William Rose Benet." December, 1941. And on the colophon page, "For Lollie with my love, Bill." Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1942. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
Penguin Books, 1994. Paperback. First edition. Near fine in paper wraps. A paperback orginal. A collection of poems, stories and essays by many of the West's best contemporary women writers. Signed by Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew, Melanie Rae Thon, Debra Earling, Annick Smith, Pam Houston, Deirdre McNamer, Terry Tempest Williams,Teresa Jordan and Sandra Alcosser.
This is a 10-page typescript of a short story written by Erskine Caldwell. The typescript is signed by Caldwell at the end of the story on page 10. The story originally appeared in a short story collection, Jackpot, published first in 1940. There is no date on the manuscript nor any other indication of when the story was typed. Signed by the author.
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.
New York: Viking, 1994. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. The first U.S. edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A novel in which Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky seeks to find the cause of the death of his stepson, Pavel. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page dated in 1997. This book is from the library of the late noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1986. Hardcover. First edition. A first edition book with a second state dust jacket. Fine in fine dust jacket. No fading or remainder mark. Has the diagonal band on the cover stating that she is the winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
New York: Ecco, 2006. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A beautiful copy. Signed by Ben Fountain on the title page. Fountain is the author of the rollicking satire, Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk which won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award. Signed by the author.
New York: Granta, 1996. Paperback. First edition, first printing. Fine in illustrated wraps. In June, 1996 Granta magazine named its top 20 American novelists under the age of 40. There were some surprises, but the selection set off a wave of publicity and focused increased interest in many of the writers. This issue is signed by: Sherman Alexie, Jeffrey Eugenides, Edwidge Danticat and Jonathan Franzen who also has drawn horns and eyeglasses on his portrait. Signed by the author.
London: Heinemann, 1951. Hardcover. First British edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Some darkening to the jacket spine, wear at the extremities and sunning to the page edges. One of Greene's better known novels after the release of the 1999 movie of the same name that was directed by Neil Jordan and starred Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes, and Stephen Rea.
New York: Viking, 1974. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Winner of the Lamont Poetry Selection Contest. And winner of the National Book Award in 1975. Lamont Prize citation card laid in. Signed by the author on the title page. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
New York: Random House, 2013. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The newest novel by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Tinkers. Enon follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he seeks to come to terms with a shattering loss. Signed by the author on the title page.