E List New Arrivals May, 2015
Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2013. Hardcover. First Australian edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The true first edition. By the author of Dusklands and the Life and Times of Michael K., the fable of a boy who has come across the ocean in a boat to a new land. Coetzee has twice won the Man Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Cambridge: Apple-wood Press, 1980. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. This is the author's first book, a series of poetic sketches that recreate the memories of the author's Vietnam war experiences and his return to civilian life. It is an uncorrected proof with a cover letter from the publisher in Massachusetts. It is both experimental fiction and a potent memoir of Currey's days serving in Vietnam as a corpsman. He later later wrote the searing novel, Fatal Light. Both the cover letter and first page of the advance copy are signed by Currey.
New York: Dutton, 1988. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A fine book in red printed wrappers. An uncommon advance uncorrected proof. The author's first book, a powerful account of a medic's role in the Vietnam War. Frequently mentioned as one of the best novels of the Vietnam War. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Anchor, 2002. Paperback. First edition. A paperback original in fine condition. Some browning to the page edges. A paperback original. A collection of the 20 best short stories, selected by a distinguished panel of judges. Includes pieces by Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Alice Munro and Anthony Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. The story by Doerr, The Hunter's Wife, first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly. He has signed his appearance. Signed by the author.
New York: Scribner, 2007. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A near fine book in illustrated wraps. Some spine lean to the book and light wear to the rear page which is the publisher's promotional outline of the book. The first book of nonfiction by the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See. This is Doerr's memoir of a year spent in Rome on a fellowship about the same time he and is wife, Shauna, were raising twin boys. A delightful recollection of life in the Eternal City while juggling family life. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page.
San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1983. hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Minor wear to the head and foot of the jacket spine. The story of a young man, Gus Orviston, who abandons the work-a-day world and chooses to fish and in the process discovers much about himself and the world around him. The author's first book and the first book of fiction to be published by the Sierra Club.
New York: Ecco, 2014. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Four linked stories that complete the story of Frank Bascombe, the sportswriter that Richard Ford sketched in three previous novels, including the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Independence Day. Signed by the author on specially bound-in publisher's page.
New York: Harper & Row, 1985. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A tight and bright copy of this 880 page Russian masterpiece. Gossman, who died in 1964, never saw his book published. The novel, modeled on War and Peace, follows a Russian family at the Battle of Stalingrad. The book was finally published in Russia in 1989 and caused a sensation. Said one reviewer: "This sprawling, uneven novel is wrenching, and compelling in its portrait of loyal citizens who repel the Nazi invaders only to face renewed repression at home."
New York: Dell, 1985. Paperback. Later printing. A fine and unread copy of a later paperback printing. Overall a lovely copy. Heller's humorous and satirical novel gave us Yossarian as he tries to cope with the madness of war and the officers who run it. Signed by the author on the title page. Laid into the book is a ticket to the reading where he signed the book.
Boston: Atlantic Little-Brown, 1970. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. This is the third collection of film reviews by the longtime movie critic of The New Yorker. It is an uncommon advance copy as the proof carries the working title of The Great Bastard Cross-fertilized Super-art," but was published as "Going Steady." A near fine copy with light fading to the spine and a label shadow on the lower edge. The proof differs from the published version in the title and all the places the title is listed, including in the "introduction" which became the "Forward" in the book. Also, an untitled section in the proof became "Intentions" in the finished book.
New York: HarperCollins, 1990. Hardcover. Second Printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A collection of three of Garcia Marquez's short novels, Leaf Storm, No One Writes to the Colonel and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Signed and inscribed by Marquez on the title page and dated in 1992. Signed by the author.
New York: Random House, 1990, 1997, 1999. Hardcover. First edition. A three volume set of Matthiessen's important and readable Watson Trilogy, the multifaceted story of Florida Pioneer E. L. Watson. All three volumes are fine books in fine dust jackets. Each book tells the compelling story of Watson, infamous for killing Belle Starr, from a different point of view. This is one of Matthiessen's most important works and destined to be an important work of literature. All copies are signed by the author. Killing Mister Watson is signed on the title page and Lost Man's River and Bone by Bone are signed on tipped in sheets. Signed by the author.
London: Gollancz, 1974. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Slight spine lean. Closed tear along the rear flap fold along with some creasing to the rear panel. Modiano, a French author, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2014. This is his third novel, the first edition published in English. It won the Acade'mie Prize. It is the story of a Parisian Jew named Serge who goes looking for his father and not liking what he finds. A very uncommon book in hardcover.
Taiwan: Doubleday, 1971. Hardcover. Taiwanese Pirate Edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Foxing to the top page edges. Sunning to the spine. This is Taiwan pirate edition published at some point after the American first edition was printed. Angle of Repose won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1972. A slightly smaller format than the original Doubleday edition. An interesting item in that it is not recorded in the Colberg bibliography of Stegner.
San Francisco: McSweeney's, 2014. Hardcover. Limited edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Housed in special cardboard slipcase. A limited edition, unnumbered, that is part of the Powell's Bookstore Indiespendable program. Comes with a stapled booklet containing an interview with the author. Signed by the author.
London: Abacus, 1997. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. This is an uncorrected proof of the first British edition of the first book by Wallace. Close to fine condition with a bit of wear to the front cover. An unread copy. The British edition was published about 10 years after the U.S. edition was published. It was a paperback original. It was the first book published by the late author and grew out of his English master's thesis he wrote while attending Amherst College. He was 24 when the book came out.