Catalog 87: Literary Giants
Literary Giants; April 2016
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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: Viking, 1933. Hardcover. First edition. First trade edition. Very good overall. Darkening to the edges of the tan boards and book spine. Sun fading to the cover and darkening at the jacket spine. This copy is signed by Caldwell on the front free endpaper, and scarce thus as collectible copies of the trade edition are 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.
London: Gollancz, 1953. Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Ellison's classic 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.
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.
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.
New York: Random House, 1968. Hardcover. First edition. Near fine in a very good dust plus dust jacket. Minor toning to the edges of the front and rear panels. Trace of wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine. Price of $5.95 is present on the jacket flap. The author's first book, which has become quite scarce as Irving's popularity has risen. This copy signed by Irving on a laid in bookplate. Signed by the author.
New York: Atheneum, 1966. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. A selection of eight stories. The author's second book and first short story collection. The first English edition and translated from French by Daphne Woodward. Le Clezio won the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature.
New York: FSG, 1973. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The fourth story collection by the author of The Natural and The Fixer, which won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Signed and inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper. Signed by the author.
St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1970. Paperback. First Australian edition. This is the uncommon first edition, first issue of Malouf's first book. A collection of 38 poems. A very good copy of the paperback original with some wear to the page edges and toning to the rear panel. Owner name on the half-title page. This copy has the price of $1 on the front panel and no author or title on the black spine, marking it as the first issue. Signed by the author on the title page.
London: Collins and Harvill, 1958. Hardcover. First British edition. The first English translation of Pasternak's classic Russian novel that was published despite Kremlin censorship attempts. A solid, collectible copy. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Some foxing to the rear paste down. General edge wear to the dust jacket. A couple of closed tears to the rear panel and some toning to the portrait of Pasternak. Price of 21s. net on the front flap.
Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, 1943. Hardcover. Second Printing. A fine book with edgewear. No dust jacket, as issued bythe publisher. Browning to the pages. (Printed on cheap wartime paper.) Housed in the original shipping box which is slightly faded. No stamps or address on the shipping box. This small book contains the first published appearance of J. D. Salinger, a story called "The Hang of It." Second issue with the copyright page stating 1943 printing. Examples with the shipping box have become quite uncommon.
London: Cassell, 1962. Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Salter's little noticed second novel. Scarce indeed. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Rubbing to the jacket tips, wear to the head and foot of the jacket spine. Light toning and soiling to the rear panel. Salter disliked the book so much that he rewrote and reissued the novel in 2001 and renamed it "Cassada". It is a "medley first person accounts of the arrival, training and eventual tragic end of a young pilot named Robert Cassada," according to the New York Times.
New York. Knopf. 1955. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Price clipped. Some wear at the extremities and light chipping to the front panel, but bold, bright colors on the dust jacket. Edited by Wallace Stegner who has written a chapter. The book, with contributions from several notable naturalists, was written when the federal government sought to dam the Green and Yampa Rivers near Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. The dam was never built.
London: Heinemann, 1936. Hardcover. First British edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Original blue cloth stamped in gilt. Some spots, mainly to the fore edge. Jacket is edge worn with chipping and loss of paper. The British edition is not often seen with this dramatic jacket. An excellent example of this novel of apple strikers in California that preceded The Grapes of Wrath.
New York: Random House, 1960. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Darkening to the jacket spine and some browning to the top edges of the flaps. The third novel by the author of The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice. Set in a village along the Amalfi Coast of Italy, the novel deals with some of Styron's most favored themes--evil and redemption, and class standing and artistic license. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page.
New York: Summit Books, 1988. Hardcover. First edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. The only blemish is minor toning to top of the front and rear flaps. Otherwise an outstanding copy. With the correct number line from 1 to 10 and the price of $18.95 on the front flap. Signed by Thompson on the title page.
Pasadena: Ammo Books, 2006. Hardcover. Limited edition. #2980 of 3000 numbered copies with the gallery-quality photograph of Hunter in a special envelope in the front of the box. The publisher's debut title presents a look into the life of Hunter S Thompson, whose groundbreaking style of "Gonzo" journalism made him one of the greatest writers of his generation. Here, his photographs and archives have been collected into a visual biography worthy of his literary legacy. With an introduction by Johnny Depp. The book measures 11 x 14 inches and is housed in a cloth clamshell case. 240 pages, featuring hundreds of personal photographs, many taken by Hunter himself and never before published. From the estate of Beef Torrey, writer (Conversations with Hunter S Thompson), raconteur, and friend of many, many writers. A fine copy. Special note: This is an oversized book that weighs more than 10 pounds and will require additional postage when shipped out of the United States.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1953. Hardcover. First British edition. A very good book in a very good dust jacket. Offsetting to the endpapers and foxing to the top edges. Dust jacket is price clipped and has some toning and soiling to the rear panel. Wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine. This British edition of Vonnegut's first book is thought to be the scarcest of all his trade editions. Rear flap of the jacket has been stamped "Macmillan's Overseas Library"
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.
New York: Harper & Row, 1967. Hardcover. Limited edition. A fine book in blue cloth binding. A specially, limited edition, issued without a dust jacket, but with a heavy acetate jacket which is present. One of 500 copies, this being #313. With the original publisher's slipcase in very good condition with some soiling to the edges and some sunning to the spine. This is one of Wilder's last novels and it was awarded the National Book Award. Wilder bibliographers call this "a tale set in a mining town in southern Illinois about two families blasted apart by the apparent murder of one father by the other. The miraculous escape of the accused killer, John Ashley, on the eve of his execution, and his subsequent flight to freedom trigger a powerful story tracing the fates of all those whose lives are forever changed by the tragedy." Signed by the author on the limitation page.