November, 2015 Holiday catalog
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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: 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.
London: Faber and Faber. 2010. Hardcover. First British edition. A close to fine book in a fine dust jacket. Some bumping to the spine ends. The latest book by the author of The True History of the Kelly Gang is an improvisation on the life of Aleix de Tocqueville. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for The National Book Award.
New York: Scout Press, 2015. Hardcover. Limited edition. A fine book without dust jacket, as issued. A debut novel by the author of two prior memoirs. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The story of a community's tragedy on what was supposed to be a happy occasion--a weddy. Housed in special, cardboard slipcase. Part of the Powells Bookstore Indiespendable program. This is Indiespensable edition #55. Still in the original shrink-wrap. Comes with a small pamphlet containing an interview with with Bill Clegg. 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.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1951. Hardcover. First British edition. A very good book in a very good dust jacket. Minor soiling to the boards. Jacket has some edge wear and soiling to the rear panel. Czapski was a Polish artist, author, and critic, as well as an officer of the Polish Army who survived the Russian massacre at the Katyn Forest in 1940. The first English translation of Czapski's account of his search for missing Polish officers during World War and the negotiations with Russian authorities on the whereabouts of Polish POW's. An uncommon first edition.
New York: Random House, 1971. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The author's first book, the story of three African-American pilots who fought in the Vietnam War. The first novel by this African-American writer who 47 mission over Vietnam. A review copy with the publisher's sheet laid into the book.
New York: Scribner, 2010. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A collection of stories by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of All the Light We Cannot See. His fourth book, a collection of six short stories. Signed by Doerr on the title page. Signed on the title page.
London: 4th Estate, 2010. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A collection of six stories by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of All the Light We Cannot See. His fourth book. From the publisher: "Anthony Doerr's new collection of stories is about memory: the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, and the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and others." Signed by Doerr on the title page. Signed on the title page.
London: Gollancz, 1953. Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Ellison's classical work, published a year after the U.S. edition. A near fine, price-clipped book in a very good dust jacket. Bound in the publisher's original red cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Some soiling to the uncoated and iconic Gollancz jacket. Sunning to the spine. Tape reinforcement to the interior spine ends of the jacket. Small Australian bookseller label on front pastedown.
New York: Harper & Row, 1968. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket with no fading to the jacket spine. Bright red endpapers and dark topstain. A Classic of 1960's literature. As one review put it the book "traces a self-professed failure's nightmarish descent into the underside of American life, and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair. One of the few books that truly captures what it means to be an obsessed sports fan.
New York: Everyman's Library, 2009. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Richard Ford's trilogy of Frank Bascombe novels--The Sportswriter, Independence Day and Lay of the Land--are collected in one volume in this lovely copy. Signed by the author on a laid in bookplate.
New York: FSG, 1988. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The first novel by the National Book Award winning author of The Corrections. Franzen was acclaimed as one of the best young writers in America in the mid-1990s. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper in an obviously early signature in his career and not the casual scrawl that he uses these days Signed by the author.
New York: Knopf, 1975. First edition. A fine book in fine dust jacket. Some nicks to the head and foot of the jacket spine. A lovely copy of a big and bulky book that is prone to wear. Bright red topstain. A tight, handsome copy. Winner of the National Book Award. Signed by Gaddis on a tipped in sheet. Signed by the author.
New York: Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. By the the author Grendel and The Wreckage of Agathon. Woodcuts by Mary Azarian. A collection of stories by the author of Grendel and the Wreckage of Agathon. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Uncommon in a signed edition as Gardner died shortly after the book was published. This book is from the library of well known Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens.
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.
Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1986. Hardcover. Limited edition. A fine copy in publisher's original clothbound jacket. A limited edition, one of 100 signed and numbered copies. This is #68. Striking endpapers. Designed by Lawrence Levy with photography by Burton J. Rudman. Signed by the author on the limitation page.
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.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1962. Hardcover. First British edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Darkening to the jacket spine, some wear to the extremities and some toning to the white jacket. An excellent copy with the price of 30s. net is present on the jacket flap. Small bookstore stamp on front pastedown. Grass's first novel was one of the most acclaimed post World War II literary landmarks in Germany. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Signed by Grass on the bookplate laid into the book. Signed by the author.