The Right Stuff; Signed by Tom Wolfe and John Glenn
The Right Stuff.
Item Number: 1218
New York: Picador, 2008.
First edition of the re-issue of Tom Wolfe’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Wolfe with his characteristic signature on the title page and additionally signed by John Glenn on the half-title page, who was a member of the Mercury Seven. In fine condition.
Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero." "One of the most romantic and thrilling books ever written about men who put themselves in peril." (The Boston Globe). Listed by Modern Library as one of the top 100 nonfiction works of the twentieth century.
Other Books by this Author
First Edition of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; Signed by Tom Wolfe, Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson and a Host of other Counter-Culture Figures
New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1968.
First edition of the classic account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters during their bus trip across America in the late 1960’s. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Tom Wolfe with his characteristic signature on the front free endpaper. Additionally signed on the title page by Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson, Larry McMurtry, Ken Babbs, Ralph Metzner, Ed McClanahan and Paul Krassner. Dust jacket design by Milton Glaser. The rear jacket flap is signed by Milton Glaser. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique example.
New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1968.
First edition of the classic account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters during their bus trip across America in the late 1960’s. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Tom Wolfe on the front pastedown and signed by Ken Kesey in glittery pen on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Glaser.
“Your self…is other people, all the people you're tied to, and it's only a thread”: First Edition of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities; Inscribed by Him
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987.
First edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Matt, with many thanks to the renowned Culture Vulture from Tom Wolfe November 3, 1987.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Fred Marcellino.
First Edition of Tom Wolfe's Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers; Signed by Him and Activist Angela Davis
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1970.
First edition of the author’s fourth book, regarding the Black Panthers. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Tom Wolfe and additionally signed by Angela Davis, both on the title page. Angela Davis is a political activist, academic scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s and had a close relationship with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights movement. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Glaser.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979.
First edition of Wolfe’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth with titles to the spine in silver. Signed by Tom Wolfe on the title page and additionally signed on the half-title page by pilot Chuck Yeager and by John Glenn; one of the Mercury Seven. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kiyoshi Kanai. A very sharp example, rare signed by Wolfe, Yeager and Glenn.
First Edition Of Tom Wolfes First Book KandyKolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby; Inscribed by Him
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965.
First edition of the author’s first book that launched New Journalism. Octavo, original white cloth. Signed by Tom Wolfe on the half title page. Additionally signed by Phil Spector and Junior Johnson on the front free endpaper. Both are subjects in the book, Phil Spector in “The First Tycoon of Teen” and Junior Johnson in “The Last American Hero.” Phil Spector is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter who developed the Wall of Sound, a music production formula he described as “a Wagnerian approach to rock and roll.” Considered the first auteur among musical artists, Spector acted not only as a producer, but also the creative director, writing or choosing the material and masterminding all phases of the recording process. He is acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in pop music history. The essay that many critics have considered the strongest is “The Last American Hero,” a profile of Junior Johnson, an early star of the stock car racing world and NASCAR. In looking at a single day at the races, Wolfe also examines the rise of the race day culture, how it is a stark contrast to the Grand Prix motor racing popular in Europe. The Last American Hero was made into a film in 1973, starring Jeff Bridges as Junior Johnson.Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare signed by Wolfe, Spector and Johnson.
“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.
"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated": First Edition of Arnold Palmer's My Game and Yours; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1965.
First edition of Palmer’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Adrienne Best Wishes Arnold Palmer.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
"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.