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Pablo Neruda; [Maury Bromsen]. El Habitante Y Su Esperanza.
Santiago de Chile: Editorial Nascimento, 1926. $3000.
First edition of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda’s only novel, inscribed to
American bookseller Maury Bromsen. Text in Spanish.
Robert Lowell; [Dwight MacDonald]. Notebook 1967-1968.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969. $1350.
First edition of these autobiographical poems, inscribed to poet Dwight
MacDonald: “I’ve tried to get more of you than just your name in this book.”
Lowell’s poem about the 1967 march on the Pentagon is dedicated to MacDonald.
Henry Green; [John Sutro]. Loving.
London: Hogarth Press, 1955. $2800.
Later printing of Green’s inventive wartime novel, inscribed to film producer
John Sutro: “After all these terrible years, with all my love.” Sutro remained loyal
during Green’s decline into deafness, alcoholism, and agoraphobia.
Edith Sitwell; [James Laughlin]. The Canticle of the Rose: Poems 1917-1949.
New York: Vanguard Press, 1949. $275.
First American edition, inscribed to James Laughlin, the founder of
New Directions. Laughlin credited Sitwell with discovering Dylan Thomas.
Edmund Wilson; [Malcolm Cowley]. Poets, Farewell!
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1929. $3000.
First edition of these poems and sketches, inscribed to Malcolm Cowley.
Early chroniclers of the Jazz Age,Wilson and Cowley would emerge as two
of the most powerful American men of letters by midcentury.
Jane Bowles; [Sam Hazo]. The Collected Works of Jane Bowles.
New York: The Noonday Press, 1966. $1000.
First edition of her collected fiction, inscribed to Arab-American poet Sam Hazo:
“We all wonder what makes Sammy rhyme.”
Anaïs Nin; [Norman Mailer]. Solar Barque.
[N.p.]: Edwards Brothers, 1958. $650.
First edition of the final novel in Nin’s experimental
Cities of the Interior
, set in a
“drugging” Mexican town, inscribed to “Norman Mailer and Mrs. Mailer.”
Gertrude Stein; [Henry McBride].
The Making of Americans, Being A History of a Family’s Progress: Part I.
Paris: Contact Editions, Three Mountains Press, 1925. $2200.
First printing of the first section, disbound, inscribed to critic Henry McBride,
“To Henry and to Henry from Gertrude.” McBride promoted
The Making of
, but warned Stein: “There is a public for you, but no publisher.”
She would wait almost two decades to see the whole of her novel in print.
Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary.
London: Vizetelly & Company, 1886.
Octavo, original green cloth stamped in gilt and black. $8500.
First edition in English of Flaubert’s great novel of “provincial manners.” In
the story of Emma Bovary, an unhappy wife ruined by her romantic aspirations,
Flaubert projected his own struggle with the challenges of realism: “Madame
Bovary, c’est moi.”
Marcel Proust, [Joseph Conrad]. Swann’s Way: Part One.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1922.
Octavo, original blue cloth lettered in gilt. No dust jacket. $3500.
First edition in English of the first volume of
À la Recherche du Temps Perdu
, initialed
in ink by novelist Joseph Conrad, and inscribed to Conrad by Marcel Proust’s
translator Scott Moncrieff. Conrad would contribute an essay to a Proust tribute
edited by Moncrieff later that year.
Ivan Turgenev, [Eugene Schuyler]. Fathers and Sons.
New York: Leypoldt & Holt, 1867.
Octavo, contemporary red morocco over marbled boards. $6000.
First edition in English of Turgenev’s most influential novel, a tale of young Russian
intellectuals struggling to realize their ideals.
Fathers and Sons
introduced the term
“nihilism” to a broaderWestern readership. Translator Eugene Schuyler’s copy,
with his bookplate.