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 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.
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: Morrow, 1991. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. An early book by the former U.S. Poet Laureate that has become quite scarce. There was a very small first print run. Laid into the book is a flyer for a reading he did when the book was likely signed. The book is signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Bantam, 1981. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. This is an advance, uncorrected proof of John Crowley's best known work that won the World Fantasy Award in 1982. It is a very good copy with wear to the corners and edges, some creases to the rear panel and some fading to the spine. The U.S. edition was a paperback original. Signed and inscribed by Crowley on the title page.
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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Some rubbing to the extremities and sunning to the top stain. A nice tight copy of a book that usually is not as presentable as this copy. His uncommon second book. Laid into the book is a bookplate signed by Don DeLillo. Signed by the author.
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: 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.
New York: Norton, 1992. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. A collection of very short stories, most no longer than 750 words. There are 72 very short stories by many of the the best known names in literature. Five of the stories are signed by: David Foster Wallace, Tim O'Brien, Gordon Lish, Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood. The Wallace signature is particularly uncommon.
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.
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.