First Editions of Beach: A Book and Bech is Back; Each Signed by John Updike
Bech: A Book & Bech Is Back.
Item Number: 2285
New York: Knopf, 1970.
First editions. Octavo, original orange cloth. Each are signed by John Updike on the title page and are near fine in fine dust jackets.
"Bech is Updike’s alter ego, a mouthpiece for Updike’s often sarcastic, even caustic insight into writers and the writing life … [His] style is never more jubilantly elaborate than in a Bech book, and his intelligence never more provocatively displayed" (Booklist).Ask a Question
Other Books by this Author
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Updike on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"With Many Thanks For Sharing His Witchlore" Inscribed First Edition of John Updikes The Witches of Eastwick
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to a friend, who aided Updike in researching witch publications, “For ___ ______ with many thanks for sharing his witchlore [witchlore printed out in Updike’s hand] with me all best, John Updike.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958.
First edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Updike on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some wear to the spine and some chips to the rear panel.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Updike. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his friend and golfing partner in the year of publication, “For Peter Vermilze matters to be consumed in small tasty bites Merry Christmas John Updike 12/25/99." Updike has also drawn a nice drawing of Santa Claus. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"I once did something right. I played first-rate basketball. I really did. And after you're first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate": First Editions of Each Novel in John Updikes Rabbit Tetralogy; Each Signed or Inscribed by John Updike; From the Library of Neighbor and Friend Jane Field
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1960-1990, 1990.
First editions of each volume that comprise the Rabbit tetralogy. Octavos, 5 volumes. Each volume is signed or inscribed. Both Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux are inscribed by the author to his neighbor and friend Jane Field. The final three volumes are signed by John Updike. Each are fine in near fine condition to fine dust jackets. A very nice set with distinguished provenance.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1959.
First British edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by John Updike on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. A very sharp example of Updike’s first book of poetry.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1959.
First British edition of the author’s first book, a book of poetry, published as “The Carpentered Hen” in 1958. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some overall light shelfwear.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed by the illustrator, Nancy Ekholm Burkert on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Philip Fisher's highly regarded Paths to Wealth through Common Stocks; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free end paper, “Thank you for all your help in making this book possible, Mrs Nel Pozo Sincerely Phil Fisher.” The recipient was an assistant to the author who helped Fisher with this book. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Most desirable inscribed example of this investment classic.
"The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there": First Edition of the The Pilgrim of Tinker Creek; Signed by Annie Dillard
New York: Harper's Magazine Press, 1974.
First edition with all points present of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original brown cloth with gilt letters to the spine. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light shelf wear. A very sharp copy.
"The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads": First Editions of Shelby Footes Classic Civil War Trilogy; Inscribed by Him
The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville; Fredericksburg to Meridian; Red River to Appomattox.
New York: Random House, 1958.
First editions of the author’s authoritative text on The Civil War. Octavo, 3 volumes. Volume three is inscribed by Shelby Foote, both volumes one and two are signed by Foote on the half title page. Each are near fine to fine in near fine dust jackets. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Complete sets of the Civil War signed and inscribed by Foote are scarce.
First Edition of Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis; Signed by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1969.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Robert S. MacNamera on the title page, who served in the Kennedy cabinet as Secretary of Defense during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.