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  • The Naked and the Dead (Uncorrected proof) by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    The Naked and the Dead (Uncorrected proof)

    New York: Rinehart, 1948. 721 pages. Advance copy of the debut novel by the author who would go on to win two Pulitzer Prizes. Based in part on Mailer's experiences in World War II.

    Very good in wrappers (paperback). Spine toned and concave, with wear to the flap folds. Inscribed by the author to a noted book collector: "To Don Kaufmann / I saw galleys on The Naked and the Dead while living in Paris through the winter of 1947-1948, but this edition put together before publication for reviewers was never glimpsed by me until after my return to the states in 1948. / Norman Mailer / Sept. '75." A unique copy of this important book.

    Book ID: 267462
    Keywords: Fiction, nxm
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  • The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    The Naked and the Dead

    First edition

    Rinehart and Company, Inc, 1948. 721 pages. The author's debut novel, which shot to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list and stayed there for eleven weeks. Mailer would go on to win two Pulitzer Prizes. Based in part on the author's experiences in World War II.

    First edition (first printing) with the Rinehart logo on copyright page. Light edge wear else a fine copy in a dust jacket with a light hint of toning and wear to the spine head. An exceptional copy as noted by the exuberant inscription by the author to Donald Kaufmann: "Don, this may be the finest copy extant of the Naked and the Dead. Cheers, yes. Norman Mailer." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).

    Book ID: 267456
    Keywords: Fiction, Modern first, nxm
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  • Memoirs of Hecate County by Wilson, Edmund
    Wilson, Edmund
    Memoirs of Hecate County

    First Edition

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1946. 338 pages. Six stories. The book was banned in New York a few months after publication, and copies seized from bookstores and the New York Public Library. The ban was upheld by the United States Supreme Court. ISBN: B0006AQT5Y.

    First edition (first printing). Top edge a bit faded, else a fine copy (or nearly so) in an unclipped, near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, with a correction on page 271 in the author's hand. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 148369
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  • The Golden Bowl by Feikema, Feike [pseudonym of Frederick Manfred]
    Feikema, Feike [pseudonym of Frederick Manfred]
    The Golden Bowl

    First Edition

    Saint Paul: The Webb Publishing Company, 1944. 226 pages. The western author's first book. The book is about growing up in the Depression. His former home in Laverne, Minnesota, is now the Blue Mounds State Park interpretative center. ISBN: B001KUT9TC.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper to his editor: "9-28-44. Dear Paul - How fine it is to see our book in calfskin! and like you to have made up another copy for me on this our publication day - and without a hint of warning that you were up to something special. Calf-bindings have always suggested ancient, ageless climes to me. I hope that our 'Golden Bowl' will 'last' as long as the leather back hereon remains pliable. Yours - Feike Fred Feikema.". First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in quarter calf leather and tan cloth covers with gilt lettering and decorations on spine. Spine with 4 raised bands. A unique copy.

    Book ID: 265297
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  • Billy Ray's Farm [Lettered Edition] by Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Brown, Larry; illustrated by Barry Moser
    Billy Ray's Farm [Lettered Edition]

    First Edition

    Decatur, GA: Wisteria Press, 1997. One of 26 lettered and signed copies, bound in calfskin and signed by the author; issued in a clever box signed by artist Kannex Fung featuring handmade paper textured with natural materials and a window on the front flap that reveals a wooden picket fence. ISBN: 281AIB1028020.

    First edition (first printing). A very fine copy in a very fine handmade box (please note, we use the term very fine very sparingly). Box measures 9-1/4 by 7 by 1-1/4 inches. Book sealed in publisher's original paper. Signed by the author. Two lithographs signed by Moser laid in. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 128345
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  • Why Are We in Vietnam: A Novel by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Why Are We in Vietnam: A Novel

    G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1967. 208 pages. A novel about a hunting trip to Alaska.

    First edition (first printing); without the dedication page. A fine copy in a somewhat scuffed dust jacket with light chipping to the spine head. With a warm inscription by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don Kaufmann / with recollection of the fine and hungover morning we left Anchorage with [future Poet Laureate of Florida] Ed Skellings and flew over (or under) Mt. McKinley on our way to Fairbanks. Next night a debate with Ralph Ellison at the University of Alaska and sensations of magnetic north being near indeed. Norman Mailer / Sept. '75, Maine." Forty-two years later, upon Mailer's death, Kaufmann wrote about this 1965 plane ride during what would be Mailer's first and only trip to Alaska in a memoriam titled "Norman Mailer in 'God’s Attic,'" which described Mailer's request to the pilot to buzz the top of McKinley, which he did, repeatedly. Kaufmann wrote, "During that twenty-minute hello to Denali, I could not foresee Mailer’s next novel, Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967), oddly entitled because the word “Vietnam” appears but once—in the book’s final phrase, “Vietnam, hot dam.” Most of the novel’s “hot dams” took place in Alaska and mostly in remote, stark wilderness—the Brooks Range." Kaufmann published his critical study of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years) in 1969.

    Book ID: 267549
    Keywords: Fiction, Modern first, nxm
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  • The Forms of Fiction by Gardner, John and Lennis Dunlap
    Gardner, John and Lennis Dunlap
    The Forms of Fiction

    First Edition

    New York: Random House, 1962. 657 pages. John Garner's first book, a textbook for English students consisting of an introductory essay on forms of fictional narratives, followed by an anthology of short stories by Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Katherine Anne Porter, Mark Twain, et al. ISBN: B000OP7ETG.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. There is debate about whether this book, intended as a text book, was ever issued in a dust jacket for the first edition. In any case, this copy is very good, with some spotting to the spine, in a very good dust jacket, with light tanning to the spine and some light staining to the price-clipped dust jacket. Whether this dust jacket is original to the book, or married from a later printing, is beyond the skill of this cataloguer. Dust jackets for this book, on any printing, are vanishingly scarce. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 162837
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  • A Generous Man [Uncorrected Proof] by Price, Reynolds
    Price, Reynolds
    A Generous Man [Uncorrected Proof]

    New York: Atheneum, 1966. About 300 leaves, printed on one side (rectos) only. A very uncommon proof, presumably issued in very small numbers. This is not the frequently seen advance reading copy. ISBN: 281AIB1034944.

    Uncorrected proof, plastic-comb bound in blue cardstock covers with an applied label. A trifle soiled, but still very good to near fine. Laid in is a single sheet titled "An Autobiographical Sketch of Reynolds Price Whose New Novel 'A Generous Man,' Will Be Published on March 25." Arguably, this short essay is Price's scarcest separate publication.

    Book ID: 162831
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  • The Texas Arts Journal, Number One: The Manuscript Edition by Updike, John
    Updike, John
    The Texas Arts Journal, Number One: The Manuscript Edition

    First Edition

    Dallas: Texas Arts Journal, 1977. 109 pages. 8-3/8 by 10-7/8 inches. Contains Updike's libretto for a Grimm-inspired children's opera, The Fisherman and His Wife. Limited to 22 copies, with a page of the original typescript signed by Updike laid-in to a folder labeled with limitation details. The opera premiered at the Opera Company of Boston in 1970, with score by Gunther Schuller. ISBN: B002WAITHM.

    First edition (first printing). Small snag to cover edge, thus a near fine copy; labeled folder and signed typescript page fine (page 28). A photocopied letter from Updike laid-in explains: "I talked Knopf into letting me make it a children's book in format like other opera plots...But when I settled to the task it appeared to me I should spare bookbuyer[s] and booksellers one more volume to deal with." Enclosed in publisher's slipcase with paper label stating edition details. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 191182
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  • A Transit to Narcissus: A Facsimile of the Original Typescript by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    A Transit to Narcissus: A Facsimile of the Original Typescript

    First edition

    New York: Howard Fertig, 1978. 738 pages followed by appendices. 9 by 11-1/4 inches. The first publication of a novel Mailer wrote at the age of 20, three years before he began work on The Naked and the Dead. Issued in an edition of 1,000 copies.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a dust jacket with a few short closed tears at the edges. With a warm inscription by Mailer to his agent at the time the book was first written, Berta Koslow, whose unsuccessful efforts to get the book published are described by Mailer in the introduction. "To Berta, in all the pleasure of the fine evening we had this year. But then who but you, dear Berta, can find as many memories in this book as myself. With thanks, then. Thirty-four years late, all my thanks. / Norman / March 1979 / Which is to say that your presence all those years ago were so nice and so fortuitous that it gave me a good feeling about things to come to a young writer. See -- I can't express myself clearly anymore." A large, heavy book.

    Book ID: 267678
    Keywords: Fiction, nxm
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  • Why I Live Where I Live by Elkin, Stanley
    Elkin, Stanley
    Why I Live Where I Live

    First Edition

    University City, MO: Contre Coup Press, 1983. 8 leaves (2 blank). An essay that first appeared in Esquire, published in an edition of just 30 copies. Undoubtedly Elkins toughest book, especially considering that 9 copies are recorded in libraries (WorldCat). ISBN: 281AIB1037164.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed by the printer on the colophon and while not called for, by Elkin on the title page. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 182819
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  • Americana by DeLillo, Don
    DeLillo, Don
    Americana

    First Edition

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1971. 388 pages. A novel; the author's first book. ISBN: 9780395120941.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Some uneven fading and spotting to top of page block. Jacket lightly toned on the spine and spotted on the verso, else near fine. A very nice copy of an acclaimed author's first book.

    Book ID: 197840
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  • The Real Thing [Lettered Edition] by Lessing, Doris
    Lessing, Doris
    The Real Thing [Lettered Edition]

    First Edition

    New York: Ultramarine Publishing, 1992. 214 pages. Sketches of London, published in the UK as London Observed. This is one of 12 lettered copies, signed by the author and bound in full brown leather. Bound by Denis Gouey. This edition uses the sheets from the first US edition, published by HarperCollins. There were also 38 numbered copies in this edition. ISBN: 281AIB1033292.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy but for slight wear at the corners. Signed by the author. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 150834
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  • Chaos is Come Again (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Chaos is Come Again (Proof Copy)

    London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1931. [314] pages. "Rough Proof Only," as stated on cover, of the British author's novel. ISBN: 281AIB1032415.

    Very good in wrappers. Author's personal copy with corrections in margins and notes on the cover. Signed by the author on the half-title page.

    Book ID: 145618
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  • Christina (Proof copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Christina (Proof copy)

    London: William Heinemann Ltd, [1935]. ISBN: 281AIB1034472.

    Author's personal copy, with corrections in author's hand. Spine cocked and creased, else a very good copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed and initialed by the author on the cover with list of pages that need correction. Inscribed on half-title: "Inscribed with best wishes to E. W. Evans, J2. Written: 1 May 1934 to 22 March 1935 (Devonshire & London), Claude Houghton."

    Book ID: 158049
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  • Julian Grant Loses His Way (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Julian Grant Loses His Way (Proof Copy)

    London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1933. 332 pages. 7-1/4 by 5 inches. Proof copy, as stated on cover, of the British author's novel. ISBN: 281AIB1032507.

    Author's personal copy, with a few small corrections in author's hand. Spine a bit cocked and faded, else a very good copy in wrappers (paperback). Signed by the author on the cover with the words "Savage Club / London / England." A second signature appears on the half-title page with an inscription, "For E. W. Evans, J2," and “Written; 6 August 1931 to 16 October 1932 / London & Devonshire.”

    Book ID: 146125
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  • Transformation Scene (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude
    Houghton, Claude
    Transformation Scene (Proof Copy)

    London: Collins, 1946. 256 pages. Proof copy with misspellings, including the author's name on the cover. ISBN: 281AIB1031675.

    Inscribed by the author on title page, "For Victoria / from her devoted friend / Claude / February 1949." Additional author signature on front cover. Corrections to text in Houghton's hand. Very good in wrappers (paperback) with pink paper label on front cover. Mild edge wear and mild soiling.

    Book ID: 142811
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  • A Hair Divides (Proof Copy) by Houghton, Claude; pseudonym of Claude Houghton Oldfield
    Houghton, Claude; pseudonym of Claude Houghton Oldfield
    A Hair Divides (Proof Copy)

    London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1930. 284 pages. 5 by 7 inches. "Rough Proof Only," as stated on cover, of the British author's novel. ISBN: 281AIB1032509.

    Spine a bit cocked and small snag on rear cover, else a very good in wrappers (paperback). Author's personal copy, with corrections in his hand. Signed by the author on the cover. A second signature follows a lengthy inscription on the inside cover, “This is the set of page proofs which I corrected” followed by locations and dates of writing and publication. Signature followed by “Savage Club / Adelphi Terrace / London / England.” A third signature appears on the half-title.

    Book ID: 146124
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  • Dubin's Lives by Malamud, Bernard
    Malamud, Bernard
    Dubin's Lives

    First Edition

    New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979. 361 pages. By the winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. ISBN: B000N38DT4.

    First edition, first state; one of 70 or so copies with the five final words missing from pages 231. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the top edge. Slight sunning to top of cloth covers. Scarce.

    Book ID: 266739
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  • Brother Grasshopper by Updike, John
    Updike, John
    Brother Grasshopper

    First Edition

    Worcester, MA: Metacom Press, 1990. 34 pages. A short story that originally appeared in the New Yorker. With a new four-page introduction by the author. One of 26 lettered copies signed by Updike, all of which were reserved for the author and publisher and none offered for sale. An additional 150 numbered and signed copies were offered for sale. ISBN: 281AIB1041437.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Copy L of 26.

    Book ID: 208590
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