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    John Adams by David McCullough

    Political: Simon and Schuster, 2001. 751 pgs., photos & illustrations. Jacket has lightest wear.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.




    New York: Random House, (1967). First Edition. Hardcover. Light soiling to covers and sunning to the spine. Very Good or better in like slipcase. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this novelization of the slave revolt led by Nat Turner is still controversial 45 years later because of Styron's narrative from the perspective of an African-American slave. Copy #253 of 500 SIGNED by the author of this Limited First Edition.



    Death of a Salesman (First Edition) by Miller, Arthur

    New York: Viking Press, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. First issue dust jacket, with a price of $2.50 on the front flap and a photograph of the author on the rear flap. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a classic American drama and basis for a number of film and television versions with, among others, Fredric March, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Dustin Hoffman and Brian Dennehy playing the role of failed salesman Willy Loman. Jacket design by Joseph Hirsch. Owner name at the top of the front endpaper, else about Fine with a lovely, deep brown topstain, in a Very Good jacket that shows no loss, but rubbing at the folds and extremities, and light fray at the crown. A very presentable copy overall.




    New York: Henry Holt, 1923. First Edition. Hardcover. Light wear to the spine tips with rather faint dampstaining to the bottom portion of the spine and rear cover. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. J. J. Lankes. First Trade Edition of one of Frost's most notable books and winner of his first Pulitzer Prize containing such poems as "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "Fire and Ice." Illustrated with woodcuts by J. J. Lankes. This copy is SIGNED by the poet on the front endpaper.



    His Family (First Edition) by Poole, Ernest

    New York: Macmillan, 1917. First Edition. First Edition. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Very Good, with an owner inscription to the front endpaper. Lacking the rear endpaper, slightly cocked, and with light foxing to the page edges.



    The Fixer (Original screenplay for the 1968 film) by Frankenheimer, John (director); Dalton Trumbo (screenwriter); Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith (starring)

    Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1967. Draft script for the 1968 British film. Based on Bernard Malamud's 1966 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel. Set in Czarist Russia, Frankeheimer's adaptation is a brutal realization of Malamud's novel, wherein a poor Jew named Yakov Bok assumes the identity of a Gentile after moving from the country to Kiev, in order to secure a job working for a drunken anti-Semite. When Bok is wrongfully accused of murder, he must go to prison to avoid stigmatizing the entire Jewish community. Alan Bates was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Bok. By 1960, the blacklisted Trumbo (one of the Hollywood Ten) began to receive credit for his work in Hollywood, after serving time in a federal penitentiary for his conviction in the House Un-American Committee hearings to impugn possible Communists in the US. Shot on location in Hungary. Light blue titled wrappers, dated September 7, 1967, with a credit for screenwriter Trumbo. 138 leaves, with least leaf of text numbered 129. Mechanically and photographically reproduced, dated variously between 9/6/67 and 9/7/67, with a revision page dated 8/7/67. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads. Rear wrapper now encapsulated in mylar.



    OUR TOWN by WILDER, Thornton

    Avon, CT: Limited Editions Club, 1974. First Limited Edition. hardcover. Fine in glassine and a Fine slipcase, as new. Robert J. Lee. Quarto (8-1/4" x 11-3/4") bound in full brown corduroy with an oval leather spine label; 132 pages. With an introduction by Brooks Atkinson and a note by the author. Illustrated by Robert J. Lee with 4 double-page color plates,3 full-page monochrome plates, and 18 marginal sketches printed in a rosy terra-cotta. One of 2000 numbered copies SIGNED by the artist and by the author, the only limited edition of this play and certainly the easiest and least expensive way to obtain a signed copy. This copy is directly from the publisher's Connecticut office and is not numbered but is essentially untouched since publication.


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    Breathing Lessons by TYLER, Anne

    London: Chatto & Windus. 1988. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. 326 pages . 1st UK Edition. Hardcover.




    New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., (1938). First Edition. Hardcover. Some sunning to covers. About Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. The letter has a crease from folding, otherwise Fine, with envelope. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "For Roger Seccombe/with the best wishes of/Thornton Wilder/New Haven/November/1938." Laid in is a 2-page AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) "Thornton Wilder" written on the recto and verso of a single sheet of personal stationery addressed to Seccombe and inserted in a handwritten, postmarked envelope addressed by Wilder to Roger Seccombe dated 25 October 1941 tipped in at the front endpaper. In full: "Many thanks for your letter. It is a great pleasure to hear from any relative or friend of my friend whom I admire so much. I wish I were in Chicago and could have some talks with your son. However, I rejoined the faculty this past summer alone, after four years' absence, and do not foresee when I shall return there again. This is a double disappointment, because I should also like to ask him many questions about Antioch -- a place which all teachers watch with such interest. I have just returned from England where I spent the month of September and I am very eager -- if all my accumulated work will only permit -- to go up to Peterboro and tell Mary of all the absorbing and sad and finally magnificent things I saw there. Tell your son that I hope to see him some day and never to hesitate to call on me, if he hears that I am in the vicinity. Sincerely yours, Thornton Wilder." In September of 1941, Wilder went to England to attend a congress of the International PEN (Poets, Essayists, and Novelists) Club. The main theme of the congress was "Literature and the World after the War," but the heart of the issue was the responsibility of the writer in time of war. Wilder was part of a vocal group that opposed the president of British PEN, Storm Jameson, who insisted that members commit themselves exclusively to propaganda for the Allied cause. (Stein, Gertrude; Wilder; Thornton; Burns, Edward McNall; Dydo, Ulla E.; Rice, William. THE LETTERS OF GERTRUDE STEIN AND THORNTON WILDER. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006; page 297). When not caught up in navigating the politics of PEN, Wilder wrote to American educational philosopher Robert Maynard Hutchins that his days in London, "were crowded with inspections of ruins, defense activities, airplane factories, bomber commands, luncheons, interviews with works, journalists. Ministers, dinners, writers, and so on" (Wilder, Thornton; Wilder, Robin G.; Bryer, Jackson R. THE SELECTED LETTERS OF THORNTON WILDER. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009; page 400). It is perhaps to this variety of experiences while in London which Wilder refers in this letter when he says, "I have just returned from England where I spent the month of September and I am very eager -- if all my accumulated work will only permit -- to go up to Peterboro and tell Mary of all the absorbing and sad and finally magnificent things I saw there.



    The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, John

    first edition. NY, Viking, 1939, first edition, first printing, dust jacket. Hardcover. His masterpiece and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in the correct first issue dust jacket as illustrated by Elmer Hader, this is an Author Presentation/Association Copy being inscribed to Vincent Sheean ("For Vincent Sheean/John Steinbeck"), Sheean was a published author as well as a newspaper reporter who was a favorite drinking buddy of Ernest Hemingway and who had a knack of being in the right place at the right time for news events, he is mentioned in a Hemingway-related story in Jack Benson's biography of Steinbeck (The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer), below Steinbeck's inscription Sheean has written "Although it is signed to me, Mr. Steinbeck/intended this book to go for/the Spanish intellectuals/in exile--/Vincent Sheean," signed presentation copies of The Grapes of Wrath are scarce, Goldstone & Payne A12a, see Morrow 106. Very good indeed, now housed in a custom clamshell case.



    A Fable (First Edition) by Faulkner, William

    New York: Random House, 1954. First Edition. First Edition. Faulkner's first Pulitzer Prize winner, and the winner of the National Book Award. The first book to win both awards. Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Jacket has an inch long closed tear to the bottom of the rear panel, with cello tape repair to the verso, light soil to the spine panel, and a hint of rubbing at the joints and corners.



    Empire Falls by Russo, Richard

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good. 2001. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. Signed by Russo. An Advance Reading Copy in pictorial wrappers. Rubbing to the covers. A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, lead by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.; 483 pages; Signed by Author .



    The shrike; a play by Kramm, Joseph

    New York: Random House, 1952. 198p., frontis-photos, cast, production stills, very good first edition in boards with decorative embellishment, gilt, photo of Jose Ferrer and Judith Evelyn affixed to front cover, unclipped but edgeworn dj with darkened spine. Pulitzer Prize-winner for 1952 set in a psychiatric hospital.




    New York: Atheneum, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine dustwrapper. Pulitzer Prize winner SIGNED at a later date by the author.




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1984. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine slipcase. Leonard Baskin. Tall octavo (8" x 10-3/4") bound in luxurious full brown goatskin leather with gilt lettering on the spine. Illustrated by Leonard Baskin who contributes 5 striking etchings portraying Willy's gradual descent. The etchings were printed by Bruce Chandler, a formidable artist in his own right. A beautiful edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, one of the highs spots of modern theater, limited to 1500 numbered copies SIGNED by both the author and the artist on the colophon page, this being copy #202. Monthly Letter laid in.




    Boston: Limited Editions Club, 1941. Hardcover. Owner blindstamp on the front free endpaper. Near Fine in a Very Good slipcase. Raymond Holden. Tall octavo (6-7/8" x 10") bound in full dark green linen embossed with a floral design. Book designed and printed by D. B. Updike at the Merrymount Press. A handsome edition of the 1937 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history. Copy #845 of 1500 numbered copies nicely illustrated by Raymond Holden and SIGNED by the illustrator on the colophon page.




    Boston: Limited Editions Club, 1941. Hardcover. Fine in a Very Good slipcase with light wear. Raymond Holden. Tall octavo (6-7/8" x 10") bound in full dark green linen embossed with a floral design. Book designed and printed by D. B. Updike at the Merrymount Press. A handsome edition of the 1937 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history. Nicely illustrated by Raymond Holden. Of a total edition of 1500 copies SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page, this is one of only 15 Presentation Copies with the publisher's blindstamp attesting to such on the colophon page where the printed number "660" is struck through and the initials "G.M." are handwritten. Acquired directly from the publisher's files, and most likely the publisher George Macy's very own copy.




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940. Hardcover. Some small holes to the endpapers only, likely due to insect damage at some point; the second volume with an old dampstain to the top edge, barely discernable on the spine and affecting only the very top margin of about half of the pages. Only slight mottling of the rawhide which is still supple with the silver lettering strong. Very Good in a new slipcase with the original label mounted on the backstrip. Thomas Hart Benton. Two quarto (7-1/2" x 10-1/4") volumes bound in decorated grass cloth boards with rawhide spines. Designed by George Macy with introductions by Joseph Henry Jackson and Thomas Craven. The First Illustrated Edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner with 67 ORIGINAL TWO-COLOR LITHOGRAPHS (black and yellow) made on zinc plates by Thomas Hart Benton and printed by George Miller. Copy #329 of only 1146 printed SIGNED by the illustrator. Laid in is a printed note from the publisher about this most unusual binding. One of the most desirable books of the press because of the combination of a smaller than normal printing, a popular author and Pulitzer Prize-winning book first published only the year before, beautiful lithographs by Benton, and an attractive and unusual binding.




    New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1930). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine, lacking the uncommon dustwrapper. First Trade Edition. Crane A14.1: one of 3870 copies printed from the plates of the Random House limited edition. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize. Laid in on an unruled index card is a fair copy AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT of a poem, "A Time To Talk," completely in Frost's hand and SIGNED by him at the conclusion with the dedication "For (looks like George but we don't think so) Bush." A comparison to the poem, first printed in MOUNTAIN INTERVAL and here printed on page 156 reveals that Frost has added a line in the copy he has made. After "Blade-end up and five feet tall," Frost has added "Like a sunflower stalk," which is not included in the printed poem. A fine and scarce example of an altered holograph poem by Frost.

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