“I HATE EVERYTHING WHICH IS NOT IN MYSELF”: First British Edition of The Naked and the Dead; Inscribed by Norman Mailer
The Naked and the Dead.
Item Number: 833
London: Allan Wingate, 1949.
First British edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For ________ ________, Spent a winter once in Jamaica, Vermont, back in 1949, Loved it. Cheers Norman Mailer.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by James Holland.
The Naked and the Dead follows the story of an army platoon of foot soldiers fighting for the Japanese island of Anopopei. "The best novel to come out of the . . . war, perhaps the best book to come out of any war" (San Francisco Chronicle). "The narrative presents, with great accuracy and power, the agony of the American troops in the Pacific campaign It remains Mailers best, and certainly the best war novel to emerge from the United States" (Burgess, 42-43).
Other Books by this Author
First editon of The Armies of the Night; Inscribed by Norman Mailer to Christopher Lawford and signed by Noam Chomsky
New York: The New American Library, 1968.
First edition of this nonfiction novel, which went on to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Chris Lawford remembering our good conversation last summer Norman Mailer March 1983.” Additionally signed by one of the subjects, Noam Chomsky. The recipient, Christopher Lawford is an author, activist and member of the Kennedy family and friends with the author. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"All over the ship, all through the convoy there was a knowledge that in a few hours some of them were going to be dead": First Edition of The 50th Anniversary Edition of The Naked and the Dead; Signed by Norman Mailer
New York: Henry Holt, 2005.
First edition of the 50th Anniversary edition of the author’s classic novel. Thick octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author who has transcibed the first line of this title as follows, “All over the ship, all through the convoy there was a knowledge that in a few hours some of them were going to be dead.”
AMERICAS "BEST WAR NOVEL": FIRST EDITION OF THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, INSCRIBED BY NORMAN MAILER TO JOURNALIST JOE HAAS
New York: Rinehart and Company, 1948.
First edition of the author’s first book. Thick octavo, original black boards. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to journalist Joe Haas, "For Joe Haas in Jamaica after our Lady Norman Mailer May 1969." Some of the usual rubbing to the boards, near fine in a very good first issue price-clipped dust jacket with light wear to the extremities.
New York: Random House, 2003.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Norman Mailer on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize- Winning Classic The Executioner's Song; Signed by Him
Boston: Little Brown, 1979.
First edition. Thick octavo, original cloth. Signed by Norman Mailer on the title page. Some spotting to the page edges, very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear.
“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1971.
First edition in English of Habermas’ classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jurgen Habermas on the front free endpaper. Sociologist Daniel Bell’s copy, with his signature and his extensive notes throughout. Translated by Jeremy J. Shapiro. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket desiged by Richard C. Bartlett.
Henry Landau's All's Fair: The Story of the British Secret Service Behind the German Lines; Signed by Him
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1934.
Early printing of Landau’s biography of his time in the British Secret Service. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Captain Henry Landau.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Uncommon signed.