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Thomas Pynchon is the most famous literary recluse of our time. Very little is known about Pynchon, the author of some of the most mysterious and generally difficult works of 20th century fiction. His work demonstrates a strong affinity with the practitioners and artifacts of low culture, including comic books, animated cartoons, pulp fiction, popular films, television programs, urban myths, conspiracy theories, and folk art. He often delves deep into the realms of human sexuality, psychology, sociology, mathematics, science, and technology, and these themes recur throughout Pynchon’s work. This blurring of the conventional boundary between “high” and “low” culture,  is one of the defining characteristics of postmodernist writing. With novels that some critics have called “unreadable”, paired with his highly reclusive nature, Thomas Pynchon has obtained a mythic cult-like status as a writer.

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION. Hard bound with dust jacket. True 1st printing of the first edition. Blind stamped pale lilac cloth, with title in silver to spine edge. Wear and some sunning to edges of boards. The un-clipped dust jacket shows some wear, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. The first novel by Thomas Pynchon, who is  widely considered the best writer of the latter Twentieth Century. V. is Thomas Pynchon’s, published in 1963. It describes the exploits of a discharged U.S. Navy sailor named Benny Profane, his reconnection in New York with a group of pseudo-bohemian artists and hangers-on known as the Whole Sick Crew, and the quest of an aging traveler named Herbert Stencil, to identify and locate the mysterious entity he knows only as “V”.  Pynchon’s V. won the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year, and was nominated for the National Book Award. This novel introduced his signature style: strange characters (often with stranger names), obscure references and oddball humor, all piled into a story presented in an often complicated style. The novel has gone on to achieve a sort of cult status, and the first edition is highly sought after.

Bookseller inventory #33676

Pynchon, Thomas


Publisher: J. B. Lippencott
Publication Date: 1963
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition

PeterBeardInternationally recognized photographer Peter Beard first visited Africa in 1955. After graduating from Yale, he returned to Africa and worked at Kenya’s Tsavo Park, during which time he photographed and documented the demise of over 35,000 elephants and 5000 Black Rhinos. The work done there led to the publication of The End of the Game books.

“When I first went to Kenya in August 1955, I could never have guessed what was going to happen. Kenya’s population was roughly five million, with about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless ‘wild—deer—ness’ – it was authentic, unspoiled, teeming with big game – so enormous it appeared inexhaustible. Everyone agreed it was too big to be destroyed. Now Kenya’s population of over 30 million drains the country’s limited and diminishing resources at an amazing rate: surrounding, isolating, and relentlessly pressuring the last pockets of wildlife in denatured Africa.” -Peter Beard

Description: INSCRIBED BY PETER BEARD WITH DRAWING. No Jacket, as issued. First printing of the 1977 revised edition published on the occasion of the I.C.P. exhibition in New York.Very good hardback as issued without dust jacket. The gray boards have some sunning and wear. This is a lovely edition of this rare Beard classic & the most difficult Beard title to find SIGNED & INSCRIBED!

Bookseller Inventory #19114



The End of the Game: The Last Word from Paradise A Pictorial Documentation of the Origins, History and Prospects of the Big Game in Africa
Beard, Peter H.

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1977
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition Thus


Edward Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his macabre pen-and-ink drawings of beady-eyed Edwardian characters. He was first noticed in The New Yorker in 1959. His work has been described simultaneously as both an artist who wrote and a writer who drew. By the age of 20, Edward Gorey was studying French Literature at Harvard where he was befriended by future poet Frank O’Hara, who called Gorey “the oddest person I’ve ever seen”. One thing that Edward Gorey was decidedly fond of was ballet. He spent 30 years attending very nearly every performance by the New York City Ballet. His costume design for the Broadway production of “Dracula” won a Tony Award in 1978. Mr. Gorey also wrote at least 90 books and illustrated 60 others. Gorey left the bulk of his estate to a charitable trust benefiting cats and dogs, as well as other species including bats and insects.

Description: HAND SIGNED AND LETTERD BY EDWARD GOREY. Copy ‘C’ of the 26 lettered copies reserved for the author. Part of the of the deluxe edition, signed by the artist and specially bound, and limited to 100 copies. Hard bound, no dust jacket, and housed in publishers slipcase, as issued. Blue cloth over boards with paste-down title label to spine edge. A Gorey favorite, with fifty numbered cats, pictured in color, and posed in various settings and manners. The original drawings of these cats were done to accompany the limited edition of Amphigorey. Spine edge of blue cloth faded, otherwise very good with interior pages bright and clean.  Some minor soiling and age toning to slipcase, otherwise very good. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 32092


Gorey, Edward

Publisher: Gotham Book Mart
Publication Date: 1973
Binding: Hard bound, no dust jacket, and housed in publishers slipcase, as issued.
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: One of the 26 lettered copies reserved for the author


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