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: Vintage, 1985. Paperback. First edition. Near fine in paper wraps. Slight toning to the page edges. This is a paperback original and marks the introduction of Frank Bascombe, 38, who would wind up again in Ford's award winning Independence Day and The Lay of the Land. Signed by Ford on the title page. Signed by the author.
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, 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. Pantheon, 1993. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A fine copy in plain, gray wraps. This copy of the author's family memoir was a review copy given to the late author Ivan Doig who agreed to write a promotional blurb for the hardcover edition. Doig has written the blurb in longhand on the half title page and dated in 1993. Laid into the book is a promotional letter from Pantheon. On the obverse side Doig has typewritten the blurb and signed it.
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.