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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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  • Norman Mailer's The Deer Park: A Play (Uncorrected proof) by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Norman Mailer's The Deer Park: A Play (Uncorrected proof)

    The Dial Press, 1967. 152 pages. Unrevised proofs of the adaptation of Mailer's third novel. The play opened off-Broadway in January 1967. Mailer continued to revise the play for the rest of his life, sometimes recruiting others including Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne.

    A near fine copy in salmon-colored wrappers (paperback) with white plastic comb binding. White printed sticker seal on bottom edge of both covers broken. Inscribed to noted book collector Don Kaufmann: "I wish you could have seen it. Norman Mailer." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years). A very scarce Mailer item.

    Book ID: 267451
    Keywords: Drama, nxm
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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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  • 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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  • The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    The Executioner's Song

    First edition

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979. 1056 pages. Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The book chronicles true events in the quest of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore for immediate execution following his sentence. ISBN: 9780316544177.

    First edition (first printing). Spine a bit concave thus near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the book collector Vance Morgan: "in lieu of an An American Dream. Cheers / Norman Mailer / May '81." A large, heavy book.

    Book ID: 267559
    Keywords: Fiction, nxm, Pulitzer Prize
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  • Barbary Shore [Green Proof] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Barbary Shore [Green Proof]

    New York: Rinehart & Co, 1951. 312 pages. An advance copy of Mailer's second novel, bound in wrappers using the dust jacket design. The book was issued in two variant jackets, one printed in black and red and the other in black and green. The proofs also came in two color variants. This is the green.

    A very good copy in wrappers (paperback), with the typical tanning and cracking at the spine. Tear to the fold of the rear flap. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For the collection of Don Kaufmann from Norman Mailer." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).

    Book ID: 267418
    Keywords: Fiction, nxm
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  • The White Negro by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    The White Negro

    First edition

    San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1957. Unpaginated, 27 pages. Originally published in Dissent Magazine, this is Mailer's "superficial reflections on the hipster," with criticisms by Jean Malaquais and Ned Polsky followed by Mailer's responses.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback). Stains to covers and page corners, with considerable stains to the center pages with text still visible. Inscribed by the author: "To Don Kaufmann, I think a year of my life went into writing this essay / Norman Mailer." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).

    Book ID: 267757
    Keywords: Counter Culture, nxm
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  • Marilyn: A Biography [Limited edition] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Marilyn: A Biography [Limited edition]

    First edition

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Inc, 1973. 270 pages. 9-1/2 by 10-3/4 inches. Limited edition of the biography of Marilyn Monroe signed by Mailer and Lawrence Schiller, the book's producer and one of the many photographers whose photographs of the star appear in the book. Bound in white cloth with marbled end papers and housed in a clam shell box.

    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. With a touch of wear to the corners of the clam shell box else fine. Signed by Mailer and Schiller on the limitation page. A large, heavy book.

    Book ID: 267768
    Keywords: Biography & Memoir, nxm
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  • The White Negro by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    The White Negro

    First edition

    San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1957. Unpaginated, 27 pages. Originally published in Dissent Magazine, this is Mailer's "superficial reflections on the hipster," with criticisms by Jean Malaquais and Ned Polsky followed by Mailer's responses.

    First edition (first printing), priced 35 cents on the cover. Very good in wrappers (paperback). Some edge wear, with an off-center shallow bend down the middle.

    Book ID: 267760
    Keywords: Counter Culture, nxm
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  • Barbary Shore [Red Proof] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Barbary Shore [Red Proof]

    New York: Rinehart & Co. Inc, 1951. 312 pages. An advance copy of Mailer's second novel, bound in wrappers using the dust jacket design. The book was issued in two variant jackets, one printed in black and red and the other in black and green. The proofs also came in two color variants. This is the red.

    A very good paperback copy. Spine toned with the typical tanning and cracking at the spine; stained and chipped at the upper spine corner. Front hinge weak. Creases and short tears to fold of front flap of paper wrapper. Inscribed by the author on the half-title "To Donald Kaufmann whom I knew when! Cheers, Don / Norman Mailer / May 2005." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years). Scarce.

    Book ID: 267419
    Keywords: ARC, Fiction, nxm
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  • The Faith of Graffiti [1 of 350] by Mailer, Norman; Mervyn Kurlansky and Jon Naar
    Mailer, Norman; Mervyn Kurlansky and Jon Naar
    The Faith of Graffiti [1 of 350]

    First edition

    New York: Praeger Publishers, Inc, 1974. 10-1/2 by 14 inches. One of 350 copies signed by all three contributors. Full color photo reproductions of street art in New York accompanied by an essay by Norman Mailer.

    First edition (first printing). Corners lightly bumped thus a near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. In a fine slipcase. Signed by all three contributors on the limitation page, with a second signature by Mailer on the front free endpaper dated September 1975. Copy number 71.

    Book ID: 267683
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  • Act IV: Portfolio (Excerpts from the 1966 season) by Mailer, Norman et al.
    Mailer, Norman et al.
    Act IV: Portfolio (Excerpts from the 1966 season)

    First edition

    Provincetown, MA: Hydra Books, 1966. 21 loose sheets of varying weight, 10 by 14 inches. Excerpts from the opening year of Norman and Beverly Mailer's experimental theater company. With poems, script excerpts and 11 illusrations. Contributions from Rosalyn Drexler, Rudolph Bram, Dorothy Iannone, LeRoi Jones [Amiri Baraka] and others.

    Some sheets lightly toned at the edges else fine. Portfolio covers with some spotting and wear to the edges.

    Book ID: 268072
    Keywords: Drama, nxm
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  • Mailer, Norman
    Mailer-Breslin and the 51st State [Campaign flier]

    New Yorkers for Mailer-Breslin, 1969. Single sheet, 8-1/2 by 11, printed on both sides. Mailer and journalist Jimmy Breslin ran in tandem on an unsuccessful bid for New York Mayor and President of the New York City Council respectively. The ticked was dubbed "Vote the Rascals In." They advocated succession from the rest of the state. Mailer's venture into politics was part of a trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s of public figures running for office to call attention to problems in the political system. This group includes a comedian (Dick Gregory, president); activists (Eldridge Cleaver, president; Oscar Zeta Acosta, sheriff of Los Angeles), journalists (Hunter S. Thompson, sheriff of Pitkin County), and others. Today, most such…

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    New Yorkers for Mailer-Breslin, 1969. Single sheet, 8-1/2 by 11, printed on both sides. Mailer and journalist Jimmy Breslin ran in tandem on an unsuccessful bid for New York Mayor and President of the New York City Council respectively. The ticked was dubbed "Vote the Rascals In." They advocated succession from the rest of the state. Mailer's venture into politics was part of a trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s of public figures running for office to call attention to problems in the political system. This group includes a comedian (Dick Gregory, president); activists (Eldridge Cleaver, president; Oscar Zeta Acosta, sheriff of Los Angeles), journalists (Hunter S. Thompson, sheriff of Pitkin County), and others. Today, most such candidates are rich men. *** Uncommon. No holdings on OCLC, but the University of Southern California has four boxes of Mailer for Mayor material that is not separately catalogued.

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    Fine, but for horizontal fold. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 267920
    Keywords: New York, nxm, Politics
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  • The Naked and the Dead [Collector's Book Club issue] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    The Naked and the Dead [Collector's Book Club issue]

    First edition

    London: Allan Wingate, 1948. 721 pages. One of 240 numbered copies. Bound with the sheets of the first English edition and issued simultaneously with it. In full leather with gilt on spine and cover and gold top edge. The debut novel by the author who would go on to win two Pulitzer Prizes.

    First British edition (first printing). A near fine copy. Wear to the bottom edge and spotting to the page block. With a few scratches to the top edge gilt. Copy number 82.

    Book ID: 267398
    Keywords: Limited edition, nxm
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  • Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots [1 of 100] by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots [1 of 100]

    First edition

    Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1980. 102 pages. One of 100 deluxe leatherbound copies out of an edition of 300 signed and numbered copies. Mailer's critique of television culture in which he recounts his TV appearances with people including Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker, Gore Vidal and others. First appeared in Esquire.

    First edition (first printing). Tiny scuffs at one edge else a fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. In a fine slipcase. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Copy number 28.

    Book ID: 267561
    Keywords: Essays, nxm
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  • Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions 1960 - 1972 (Uncorrected proof) by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions 1960 - 1972 (Uncorrected proof)

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1975. 499 pages. Collects four previously published narratives on political conventions together with a new preface. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. With black-and-white photo reproductions together at the rear.

    A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Inscribed by the author: "For Don [Kaufmann] / A fine copy here / Cheers / Norman Mailer." Kaufmann published one of the first critical studies of Mailer, Norman Mailer: The Countdown (The First Twenty Years).

    Book ID: 267624
    Keywords: nxm, Politics, US History
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  • Barbary Shore by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    Barbary Shore

    First edition

    New York: Rinehart & Company, 1951. 312 pages. The author's second novel. The book was issued in two variant jackets, one printed in black and red and the other in black and green. Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize twice.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to the screenwriter and Hollywood publicist Orin Borsten.

    Book ID: 267423
    Keywords: Fiction, nxm
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  • Existential Errands (Uncorrected proof) by Mailer, Norman
    Mailer, Norman
    Existential Errands (Uncorrected proof)

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972. 365 pages. Proof copy of a collection of five years of writings.

    A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Publication information written on the cover in red. Signed by the author on the half-title.

    Book ID: 267643
    Keywords: Essays, nxm
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  • Advertisements for Myself by Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    Advertisements for Myself

    First edition

    New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1959. 532 pages. Short stories, essays and articles by the writer who would go on to twice win the Pulitzer Prize. Mailer's fourth book.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a dust jacket with a short creased tear to the cover and a slightly longer one at the rear. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don Kaufmann, I'm tempted to sign this as Howard Duff. Norman Mailer / Sept. '75." With a signed handwritten note on a napkin by the author laid in answering his own joke: "To Don Kaufmann -- I really should have signed this Norman Mailer. Howard Duff / Feb. 3, 1976." The note previously housed in an archival slip that had been sealed with scotch tape which offset onto the front endpaper slightly affecting the inscription.

    Book ID: 267524
    Keywords: Fiction, nxm
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