First Edition of Steven Millhauser's Edwin Mullhouse; Signed by Him
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954.
Item Number: 885
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Millhauser on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of wear. Jacket design by Alice and Martin Provensen.
Millhauser is best known for his 1972 debut novel, Edwin Mullhouse. The novel is seemingly autobiographical, and it's about a precocious writer whose career ends abruptly with his death at age eleven. Millhauser followed with a second novel, Portrait of a Romantic (1977) and his first collection of short stories In The Penny Arcade (1986). In 1997 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Martin Dressler and, in 2012, the Story Prize for We Others.
Other Books by this Author
London: Routledge Y Kegan Paul, 1978.
First British edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Steven Millhauser on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR’S PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING WORK MARTIN DRESSLER; SIGNED BY STEVEN MILLHAUSER
New York: Crown Publishers , 1996.
First edition of Millhauser’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Steven Millhauser on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Joni Werner. Author photograph by Emma Hanson.
New York: Crown, 1996.
Uncorrected proof of the first edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize- winning novel. Octavo, original beige wrappers. Signed by Steven Millhauser on the title page. In fine condition.
Steven Millhauser Collection: Edwin Mullhouse, Portrait of A Romantic, In The Penny Arcade, From the Realm of Morpheus, The Barnum Museum, Little Kingdoms, Martin Dressler, The Knife Thrower, Enchanted Night, The King in the Tree, Dangerous Laughter.
New York: 1972-2008.
Uncorrected proofs of the first editions of the first eleven books by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser. Octavo, 11 volumes, original wrappers as issued. Each are in near fine to fine condition. Each volume is signed by Steven Millhauser. An uncommon set of proofs.
Steven Millhauser Collection: Edwin Mullhouse, Portrait of A Romantic, In The Penny Arcade, From the Realm of Morpheus, The Barnum Museum, Little Kingdoms, Martin Dressler, The Knife Thrower, Enchanted Night, The King in the Tree, Dangerous Laughter, We Others.
New York: 1972-2012.
First editions of the first twelve volumes of Millhauser’s books. Octavo, 12 volumes. Each are fine in fine dust jackets and each are signed by the author. A very sharp collection by a master of the short story.
“For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences": Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Inscribed by Elie Wiesel to Abba Eban
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Abba Eban, “Pour Eban- le a sa propre commencement a sa historie: la voice- Elie W. New York, 1967.” Translated as, “The beginning of his own history Elie W.” As it increased in popularity, Wiesel’s Night was translated into 30 languages and prompted meetings with several important literary and political figures including Saul Bellow and Abba Eban. In 1955, Wiesel moved to New York to work as a foreign correspondent for Yediot Ahronot, the largest daily Newspaper in Israel. Eban was also posted in New York throughout the 1950s serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and, in 1952, was elected Vice President of the UN General Assembly. At the time of the present inscription, Eban had just been appointed as Israel’s foreign minister, the most important position in the Israeli cabinet. As Israel’s foreign minister Eban would defend the country’s reputation after the Six-Day War, asserting in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that Israel had acted in response to an imminent threat. In very good condition with some light rubbing to the extremities. Preface by Francois Mauriac. From the library of Abba Eban. An exceptional association, commemorating the culmination of Eban’s political career.
"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Inscribed by Herman Wouk to Ira and Lee Gershwin
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Lee and Ira- Affectionately, Herman Wouk 7 March 1951.” The publication date was March 19, 1951. From the library of Ira Gershwin. The Wouk’s and the Gershwin’s were closed friends, and Ira is cited in the author’s 1985 novel Inside, Out, where the protagonist Goodkind comes face to face with the brothers George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with “The City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull. An exceptional association.
"He thought about the wedding gift, a stool carved from Muiri wood. I'll change the woman's figure. I shall curve a woman big- big with child": First Edition of A Grain of Wheat; Lengthily Inscribed by Ngugi
London: William Heinemann, 1967.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the title page signed twice, “To Matthew In appreciation Peace, blessings! Ngugi wa Thiong’o “He thought about the wedding gift, a stool carved from Muiri wood. I’ll change the woman’s figure. I shall curve a woman big- big with child” NW Thiong’o 17th March 08 Irvine.” Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978.
First Penguin edition of “the definitive African book of the twentieth century” (Moses Isegawa). Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Ngugi wa Thiong’o on the title page. In fine condition. Introduction by Moses Isegawa.