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 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.
“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. Inscribed by Tom Wolfe on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Fred Marcellino. A sharp example of a bulky book that is prone to wear.
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.
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 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.
Boston: Beacon Press, 2008.
First edition of this collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Gift inscription to the front free endpaper, very good in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bob Kosturko.
New York: The Penguin Press, 2013.
First deluxe edition of this collection of poems by Mary Oliver. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in the original slipcase, which is in fine condition. Illustrations by John Burgoyne.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Stranger; Inscribed by Him to fellow novelist Vincent Sheean
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Vincent Sheean pour le remercier de savoir si bien parler de Stendhal Sympathiquement Albert Camus.” The recipient, Vincent Sheean was an American journalist and novelist. Sheean’s most famous work was Personal History, which won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Distinguished Biography of 1935. Film producer Walter Wanger acquired the political memoir and made it the basis for his 1940 film production Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Sheean wrote the narration for the feature-length documentary Crisis (1939) directed by Alexander Hammid and Herbert Kline. He translated Ève Curie’s biography of her mother, Madame Curie (1939), into English. Sheean wrote Oscar Hammerstein I: Life and Exploits of an Impresario (1955) as well as a controversial biography of Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy and Red (1963). He studied at the University of Chicago, becoming part of a literary circle which included Glenway Wescott, Yvor Winters, Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Janet Lewis while he was there. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years. Exceedingly scarce and desirable.
"Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself": First Edition of Jack Nicklaus' Autobiography The Greatest Game of All; Inscribed by Him and Co-author Herbert Warren Wind
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1969.
First edition of the golfer’s autobiography, which includes six full chapters on instruction. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by both Nicklaus and Herbert Warren Wind. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “To Mike all the best Jack Nicklaus.” Additionally inscribed on the half-title page, “For Mike Reese with all good wishes I wonder if Jack will be able to make a successfull return to tournament golf following his recent operation Herbert Warren Wind.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Charles. Foreword by Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. Rare and desirable signed by both Nicklaus and Warren Wind.