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Native American literature. Introduction by Leslie Marmon Silko

By Lopez (Ken), bookseller

Hadley (Massachusetts), 1994     ¶ Only edition of this pioneering catalogue, annotated and priced. Contents: Native American literature: Fiction, poetry, art, items 1-415; Literature with Native American themes by non-native authors, 416-472; Nonfiction, primarily by Native American authors, 473-635.   ||| Collation: 229 x 153 mm: Forty leaves, paginated [1-80] (ie, not paginated). Text continues on lower wrapper recto.  Binding: Pictorial wrappers.  Condition: Fine.  .


Patti Smith: A bibliography. [By Lawrence R. French and John D. De Gozzaldi]
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Patti Smith: A bibliography. [By Lawrence R. French and John D. De Gozzaldi]

By Smith, Patti, b. 1946. Bibliography.) French, Lawrence R

¶ Only edition of the only work of its kind; comprising descriptions of eighteen books and pamphlets 1972-94 and two forthcoming books, together with a full-page facsimile of an early price-list of Patti Smith publications (New York: Gotham Book Mart & Gallery Inc, 1978?). Date inferred from text, leaf [7]. A modest production, very scarce: This work was unknown to Patti Smith herself until she saw this copy in Princeton on 28 May 2005, and SIGNED it in black ink on page [1] lower left. --Collation: 280 x 216 mm: Ten leaves, foliated [1-10] (ie, not foliated). Xerographed from typescript. Illustration: Vignettes (horsehead), portrait, facsimile. Binding: Loose leaves wire-stitched (stapled) top left as issued. Condition: Fine. Reference: OCLC 855799514 (Berkeley only). Not in Byler-Mills.


Water voyages, 1[-17]. Compiled by Joan and John Digby

By Rimbaud, Jean Nicolas Arthur, 1854-1891.) Digby, John, b. 1938

Oyster Bay (New York): Feral Books, 2001   ¶ ONLY EDITION of a charming anthology gathered together as a medium for "The remarkable collage images of John Digby[, which] are rich in associations that demonstrate man's ancient links with the sea. Using archival and library sources, he has found and utilized colorful antique illustrations from nineteenth century and earlier publications that show humans of diverse cultures in their many ocean-going pursuits. As a basis, he uses outlines of fish that contain within them and sprouting from them miniature ships, sloops, smaller craft, and shipwrecks." (Dudley, page [278].) The text consists of 101 poems and prose extracts arrayed in seventeen "keepsakes" or fascicles (parts) each illustrated by two or more "collages" or vignettes by Digby, together with three additional fascicles, viz: [18] Water voyages: A note on the keepsakes [by] Joan Digby, [19] The maritime collages of John Digby [by] William Dudley, and [20] Index. The Rimbaud fascicle is no. 17, "Improvisations on Arthur Rimbaud's Drunken boat" by John Digby (1995, 2002), with six illustrations or vignettes. The other authors include Homer, Aesop, Virgil, Dante, Campion, Shakespeare, Herrick, Fane, Milton, Marvell, Cowper, Crabbe, Wordsworth, Peacock, Shelley, Keats, Heine, Beddoes, Thoreau, Melville, Whitman, Rossetti, Mallarmé, Corbière, Lazarus, Masefield, and Spender.   ¶ A fugitive publication, already VERY SCARCE.   ||| Collation: 20 parts (216 x 140 mm): Together 146 leaves, paginated [1-292] (ie, not paginated).  Illustration: Seventy-five text-illustrations or vignettes after John Digby.  Binding: Self-wrappers.  Condition: As new.  References: (Not in OCLC.)   ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below. .


Sacrificial bone inscriptions. [By] Haven O'More

By O'More, Haven, b. 1924

Millerton (New York): Stamperia Valdonega (Martino Mardersteig, Verona), for SADEV (The Garden Ltd, Millerton), distributed by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York), 1987     ¶ First edition, trade issue (600 copies), of the author's first published book, "a handsome production, flush with revealing, if rather disturbing, poetic sentiments" (Basbanes). The text consists of a Preface dated 23/24 February 1986, seventeen poems, and a prose Coda; the whole is dedicated in dubious Greek to the author's wife Lorea (d. 1997).  The present copy is warmly INSCRIBED "in appreciation for . . . the Catalogue of the Collection of The Garden Ltd. and a record-breaking auction.  H O'More  March 16, 1990".    ||| Collation: In 4s (245 x 166 mm): Thirty leaves, paginated [1-60] (ie, not paginated). Title in red and black, pages [1-4] and [57-60] blank as issued, erratum-slip laid in.  Binding: Publisher's black linen lettered in red with white, white wove endpapers, red headbands, top-edges trimmed, others untrimmed. Red laid dust-jacket marked Ingres-Fabriano, printed in black with white.  Condition: As new.  References: Basbanes A gentle madness 1995, 254-56; ISBN 0 942065 00 X; LCCN 87080599.  .


Symbols, signals, and noise: The nature and process of communication. By J. R. Pierce

By Wright, Ernest Vincent, 1872-1939. Gadsby, 1939.) Pierce, John Robinson, 1910-2002

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1961   ¶ "FIRST EDITION" of this influential survey; including remarks on Burmann, Wright, and the Spanish lipogrammatists, with a paragraph from Gadsby (1939) on page 48. The latter, we note, was already such a rare book that Pierce was obliged to quote from it at second hand, never having seen a copy himself. (We also note that Pierce's secondhand quotation is more accurate than the second edition of Gadsby 2004, which -- for example -- 'corrects' Wright's spelling "carolling" in chapter 1.)  (Series: Harper modern science series; edited by James R. Newman.)   ||| Collation: In 16s (209 x 140 mm): 160 leaves, paginated [i-vi] vii-xi [xii], 1-305 [306-308].  Illustration: Diagrams, tables.  Binding: Publisher's red cloth lettered in gilt, publisher's device in blind, plain wove endpapers, yellow-and-red headbands, all edges trimmed and plain. Pictorial dust-jacket, priced $6.50.  Condition: Very good, dust-jacket slightly worn.   ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below.  Pour plus de détails, veuillez contacter Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, comme ci-dessous. .


The fickle finger of fate. By John A. Keel [pseud.]

By Keel, John A., pseud. of John Alva Kiehl

Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett publications inc, 1966     ¶ ONLY EDITION, first printing. A James Bond pastiche relating the mock-heroic adventures of Satyr-Man; by the author of The Mothman prophecies (1975, film 2002). Scarce. (Series: A Fawcett gold medal book. Fawcett world library.)   ||| Collation: 179 x 105 mm: 80 leaves, paginated [1-4] 5-160. Eight full-page illustrations after Jaffee (1) or unsigned (7).  Binding: Color-pictorial wrappers (priced 50¢, stock-number d1719/9).  Condition: A very good copy, slightly bumped.   ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon  Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below..


Autographs . . . featuring letters by Janis Joplin. [Sale no. 1890, 1 March 2001. Jeremy Markowitz, expert]

By Joplin, Janis, 1943-1970.) Swann Galleries, Inc, auctioneers

New York: Swann Galleries, Inc, 2001     ¶ Only edition of this valuable catalogue, already very scarce, describing an extraordinary collection of sixty-one unpublished love-letters (1965) from Janis Joplin to Peter De Blanc, pages [40-50]. Selected index, page [81].   ||| Collation: 241 x 165 mm: Forty-four leaves, paginated [1-88] (ie, not paginated). Partly priced, printed price-list laid in.  Illustration: Sixty-seven halftone illustrations.  Binding: Color-pictorial wrappers. .


Printed books and manuscripts, including printing history and reference

By Christie's (New York: Christie's East, 2001.12.11)

New York, 2001   ¶ Only edition. 522 lots; including property from the late Sir Rex and Lady Harrison, Walter J. Johnson Inc, Francis Lewis Randolph, and the Estate of Andrée Beauchamp Stearns. (Christie's East sale no. 8619, 11 December 2001.)   ||| Collation: 267 x 211 mm: Pp [1-1] 3-107 [108].  Illustration: Color and monochrome illustrations and facsimiles.  Binding: Color-pictorial wrappers.  Condition: Fine. .


Misadventures of Huckleberry Finn: Discovery of Twain's long-lost manuscript triggered a legal melee, but it may help tame the century-old race controversy. By Katy St Clair

By Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910.) St Clair, Katy

In: East Bay express (Emeryville, California, 2001-  ), vol. 26, no. 3 (29 October 2003, offered complete), pages 14-21     ¶ Perhaps the longest and most detailed press account--amounting to some 4700 words in all--of the discovery (1990) and implications of the long-lost manuscript (1876-80) of the first half (chapters 1-21) of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.   ||| Collation: 34½ x 29 cm: 52 leaves, paginated [1] 2-92, [B1] B2-12.  Illustration: Numerous halftone illustrations (including eight relating to Clemens, after E. W. Kemble [7] or Justin Page [1]).  Binding: Pictorial self-wrappers.  Condition: Very good. .


The utterly perfect murder [1971]

By Bradbury, Ray Douglas, b. 1920

In: Stories for bedtime, volume 1 (Beverly Hills c1987, issued at Vail [Colorado] 2002?), pages 1-13     ¶ Nice copy of an obscure Bradbury item.   ||| Collation: In 10 (140 x 106 mm): Ten leaves, paginated [i-ii], [1-2] 3-15 [16-18]. Pages [17-18] are blank as issued.  Illustration: Full-page illustration after D. Millsap.  Binding: Pictorial wrappers.  Condition: Fine.  .


House of transition: A compilation of fact and legend concerning the Tabitha Inn, now Our Lady's Haven, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, conceived and financed by Henry H. Rogers . . . . Material researched and integrated by Mabel Hoyle Knipe

By Clemens, Samuel Langhorne (Mark Twain, pseud.).) Knipe, Mabel Hoyle, 1906-1997

New Bedford, Massachusetts: by Clement E. Daley Advertising, 1977 * * * ONLY EDITION. Historical gleanings concerning the Tabitha Inn (1904), where Clemens stayed from time to time while visiting his patron H. H. Rogers. An amateurish production, presumably VERY SCARCE. --- Collation: Six leaves, paginated [1-12]. One full-page halftone illustration (view of the Tabitha Inn). Binding: Printed wrappers. Reference: Not in OCLC. .


Michael de Lisio: Sculpture, literary figures. The Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, [30 December 1970 - 3 February 1971]

By Joyce, James, 1882-1941.) De Lisio, Michael, 1911-

Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1970 *** ONLY EDITION; representing De Lisio's first exhibition in the United States and reproducing his remarkable portraits in terra-cotta or bronze of Proust, Marianne Moore, Poe (2), Stevenson, Janet Flanner, Gertrude Stein (2), Nabokov, Auden, Beardsley (2), Pound, Wilde, Henry James, Verlaine and Rimbaud, Baudelaire, and Joyce (2). Foreword by Anthony M. Clark. Rare. -- The present copy is INSCRIBED BY THE ARTIST "To Tommy, with affection. Mike", on the titlepage. -- In 16 (196 x 114 mm): Pp [1-32]. Pictorial wrappers. -- References: OCLC 14044892, 24681527, 48439199. Not in Getty, Frick, or MMA. -- Wrappers somewhat soiled. .


The great Gatsby: Opera in two acts. Music and libretto by the composer [John Harbison], after the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, with popular song lyrics by Murray Horwitz. In: The Metropolitan opera playbill, January 2000, pages [31-54]

By Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key. The great Gatsby.) Metropolitan opera, New York

New York: Playbill incorporated, 2000 ¶ Includes Program notes (pages [34], [39-40], [45-46]); Meet the composer (page [47]); Meet the artists (pages [48], [51-54]); advertising. At head of title: The Metropolitan opera; Joseph Volpe, general manager; James Levine, artistic director; Saturday evening, January 15, 2000, 8:00-11:15. ||| Collation: 217 x 135 mm. Pp. [3]-[82]. Binding: Color pictorial wrappers. Condition: Fine. ||| For further details please contact Jay Dillon Rare Books + Manuscripts, as below. .


Oulipo: A primer of potential literature. Translated and edited by Warren F. Motte, Jr

By Wright, Ernest Vincent, 1872-1939. Gadsby, 1939.) Oulipo (association), 1960-    

Lincoln (Nebraska): University of Nebraska Press, 1986     ¶ An interesting reference to Wright's famous lipogram Gadsby, showing the deterioration of Wright's text as it is copied and recopied by writers who don't have access to the first edition (1939) -- which was, and is, almost unobtainable. On page 53 here, Motte quotes Queneau 1964 quoting Pierce 1961 quoting Wright 1939: Pierce had it right ("carolling", "No"), but now Motte has it wrong ("caroling", "no"). The conclusion seems obvious enough, that there is no substitute for the first edition.   ||| Collation: 228 x 151 mm: 112 leaves, paginated [i-vii] viii-xiii [xiv], 1-209 [210 blank].  Illustration: Diagrams, tables.  Binding: Pictorial wrappers.  Condition: Very good.  .


Delighting all who pay: An essay on Haven O'More's Sacrifical bone inscriptions. By David Waxman

By O'More, Haven, b. 1924.) Waxman, David

Millerton (New York): Stamperia Valdonega (Martino Mardersteig, Verona), for SADEV (The Garden Ltd), 1988     ¶ Only edition, one of 1000 copies; including details of five "Further works of Haven O'More scheduled for publication", pages 17-18. The present copy is INSCRIBED BY HAVEN O'MORE, 17 March 1990, on page [1].   ||| Collation: In 12 (189 x 125 mm): Twelve leaves, paginated [i-ii]. [1-4] 5-18 [19-22]. Title printed in red and black, pages [i-ii] and [20-22] blank as issued.  Binding: Plain wove wrappers, red laid dust-jacket printed in black, top-edges trimmed, others untrimmed.  Condition: As new.  References: Basbanes A gentle madness 1995, 254-55; LCCN 89116909; OCLC 22520073.  .