Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1938. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Wear at the extremities of the dust jacket and some chipping to the head of the jacket spine. Slight spine lean. Some browning to the front and rear pastedowns. The author's first book and winner of the Houghton Mifflin Fellowship award. A thinly disguised story of coronet player Bix Beiderbecke who tragically died of alcoholism at the at the age of 28.
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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.
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: Simon and Schuster, 1966. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Evidence of sticker removal on front endpapers. A closed tear and some creasing at the bottom of the front panel. Some edgewear to the rear panel. The author's second and scarcest book, a science fiction novel that he has refused to allow to be reprinted. Laid into the book is a 5 X 7 inch photograph signed by Doctorow. Signed by the author.
New York: Soho, 1991. Paperback. Advance Uncorrected Proof. A fine book in illustrated wrappers. An unread copy of the the advance issue of the second book by Fergus. This copy belonged to novelist Ivan Doig who contributed a blurb for the hardcover edition. Laid into the book is a series of correspondence between Fergus and Doig concerning the review. Doig's blurb for the book is handwritten on the half-title page of this book. An interesting association.
New York: Knopf, 2015. Hardcover. Limited edition. A fine book without dust jacket, as issued. A highly praised debut novel, a portrait of New York City in the 1970s. Strong reviews for the book. Signed by the the author on the title page. Housed in special, black, pictorial slipcase. Part of the Powells Bookstore Indiespendable program. This is Indiespensable edition #56. Still in the original shrink-wrap. Comes with a small pamphlet containing an interview with with Garth Hallberg. Signed by the author.
New York: Walker, 1964. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Minor wear to the extremities and some toning to the rear white panel. The first book by Australian best seller Thomas Keneally, best known for his novel that was made into the film Schindler's List. This is a mystery set in a Catholic seminary in Sydney, Australia. Signed by the author on the title page with his smiley face.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A near fine copy in plain, yellow wraps. This copy belonged to novelist Ivan Doig who has underlined and made notations on numerous pages in the course of writing a review. Laid into the book is a carbon copy of the glowing review that Doig wrote for The Washington Post. Doig has signed and dated the book on the title page. Also laid into the book is correspondence with an editor at Simon and Schuster. An interesting association.
Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1978. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. The scarce hardcover edition of Kinsella's second book, published in a quite small press run. A collection of Indian stories set on the Hobbema Reserve in western Canada. Kinsella would later write his iconic novel, Shoeless Joe. Signed and inscribed by Kinsella on the front free endpaper, "Best Wishes." Signed by the author.
Sydney: Dymock's, 1951. Hardcover. First Australian edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Some wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine. Owner name on the front free endpaper. Michener's collection of stories that tells the tales of American sailors who lived and fought in the Pacific during World War II. Michener served in the Navy in the Pacific theater from 1941-1943. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1948 and was a runaway bestseller.