New York. McGraw-Hill, 1968. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Light foxing to the top edges. Minor nicks to the foot of the dust jacket spine. A handsome and collectible copy of this iconic book. A 1968 signed holographic letter with six lines of text and signed as "Edward Abbey" is laid into the book. Mailing envelope in Abbey's handwriting is also present. This is one of Abbeys' most enduring books that details his love for the desert and canyons. The book was written after he worked as a ranger in Arches National Park. There was a small first printing and many of the firsts were read and passed around. Consequently, well preserved copies such as this are uncommon.
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New York: Anchor Press, 1988. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. A near fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. This novel by the author of Things Fall Apart is set in the fictitious West African country of Kangan. Signed and inscribed by Achebe on front free endpaper in the year of publication. Signed by the author.
Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1992. Paperback original. First edition. A fine copy in illustrated wrappers. A paperback original, printed in an edition of 1,000 copies, and the author's first book. There was also small hardcover printing of this book, about 100 copies, most of which went to libraries. The book is a collection of poetry and is signed and inscribed by Alexie on the half-title page. Alexie has won numerous awards over the years, including The National Book Award in 2007 and the Pen Faulkner Award in 2010. Signed by the author.
New York: Hanging Loose Press, 1994. Hardcover. First edition. A fine copy in yellow cloth binding. No dust jacket, as issued. With its original acetate cover. An early collection of poetry and prose by Alexie. An interesting association copy, signed and inscribed to author Chris Offutt on the half title page. "To Chris O...with respect and friendship. Sherman." Dated in 1997. Offutt and Alexie were both named as two of the best authors under age 40 by Granta magazine in 1996. Signed by author.
Portland: Tin House Books, 2011. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Published as part of the Powell's Books Indiespensable series. The author's first book in which an "unmoored man who yearns for a woman he failed, while failing another," writes Amy Hempel in a jacket blurb. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Viking, 1975. Hardcover. Second printing. A near fine book in a near fine dust jacket. Sunning to the top of boards, bumping to the front tip. Owner bookplate on the front pastedown with a small stain. Signed by Ashbery on the title page. This is Ashbery's signature work, a book that won the the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Signed by the author.
Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1962. Hardcover. First edition. A close to fine book in a very good dust jacket. Sunning to the jacket spine and light edgewear. Toning to the rear panel. This is the quite scarce hardcover edition of Ashbery's second book of poetry, following his well-received debut, Some Trees. Signed by the author on the title page.
New York: Viking Press, 1972. Hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a near fine jacket. A work that contains three long poems in prose, a radical departure for Ashbery at the time. The poems are The Recital, The New Spirit and The System. This is a review copy with a publisher's advance photo of Ashbery announcing his new book laid into the book. Signed by the author on the title page.
Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1977. First edition thus. A limited edition, signed by Louis Auchincloss A Fine book in full brown leather binding, raised bands spine, gilt lettering. Silk moire endpapers. Silk bookmark. Illustrated by Uldis Klavins. A beautiful production. Signed by the author.
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979. Hardcover. First edition. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. The author's first book. Bumping to the foot of the book. Closed tear at the top of the front pane of the jacket and wear at the foot of the dj that has been repaired. Light toning to the rear panel. Signed and dated on the title page. Baca endured a tough childhood growing up in Santa Fe, NM and wound up in prison where he wrote most of these poems. He has since produced more than a half dozen poetry collections and has several screen writing credits.
St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1975. First Australian edition. A fine book in a close to fine dust jacket. Evidence of a small sticker removed from the front panel. a collection of short stories by one of Australia's best known novelists. This is his first book. It was published primarily as a paperbound book with a small hardcover printing intended for libraries. Bail won the Miles Franklin Award in 1999 for his novel, Eucalyptus. This copy is signed by Bail on the title page. Signed by the author.