December 2, 2014

Dec 2


Dream Book

Marina Abramović


SOLD: $14,000 Bound in loops of delicate black cotton thread and adorned with a broken brass house key, Dream Book is a continuation of vanguard performance artist Marina Abramović’s investigations into what art is and can be. Similar to her signature performance pieces and works that engage the audience, the present work pushes the definition… – Read More

Play It Again, Sam

Woody Allen


SOLD: $4,000 FIRST EDITION WITH AN EXTENSIVE INSCRIPTION BY WOODY ALLEN on the half-title and title: “Play It Again Sam is a junky play. It is typical commercial claptrap and is nothing I’m proud of. It has been very successful in the theatre and in film ’round the world but that doesn’t say much for… – Read More

The Tennis Court Oath

John Ashbery


SOLD: $10,000 Shortly before The Tennis Court Oath was published in 1962, I happened to meet a renowned French astrologer in Paris, where I was living, who offered me free astrological advice. I asked him whether my forthcoming book would have any success. After consulting his charts, he reported, “Eh bien, ce n’est pas encore le… – Read More

City of Glass

Paul Auster


SOLD: $8,500 First edition, signed on title-page and at end. “What I have done,” Paul Auster writes of his annotations, “is write an intimate letter to a perfect stranger…the unknown person who is holding this book in his or her hands—the good person who bought this book to advance the cause of PEN.” He confessed… – Read More

Descent of Man

T. C. Boyle


SOLD: $2,000 I was a much (much, much) younger man when I wrote Descent of Man, and my mind wasn’t perhaps as firm and disciplined as it is now. On the other hand, life seemed a whole lot funnier to me then than now, and I think this is reflected not only in the text of… – Read More

True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey


SOLD: $10,000 The Guardian: If you could edit your past, what would you change? Peter Carey: I’d get rid of all the commas. First edition, signed on the title page, and with a signed publisher’s card, loosely inserted. Carey first saw Sidney Nolan’s “Kelly Series” of paintings in June 1963 and became enchanted. “Seeing these… – Read More

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle


SOLD: $16,000 A superb first edition of Eric Carle’s classic children’s picture book, annotated throughout and signed by him at end. Carle makes notes from the front dust jacket panel (“If I had to change anything I would make my name bigger!”) to the final page of text (“The printing could be a lot better”)… – Read More

The Power Broker

Robert A. Caro


SOLD: $26,000 First edition, signed three times, on the half-title and title-page; and on the Dedication to his wife Ina, and extensively annotated throughout. Some 900-words in Caro’s hand, reflecting on the long, arduous process of creating what has proven to be not just a great biography but perhaps the greatest history of New York… – Read More

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Michael Chabon


SOLD: $4,000 Being obliged to confront, for the first time in twenty-five years, sentences written at a time in my life when I could still go two or three days without looking like I needed a shave, was a painful and at times horrifying experience, and one that I hope never to repeat. First edition, signed… – Read More

Questions About Angels

Billy Collins


SOLD: $5,500 I wouldn’t recommend that authors go back and read their early work, unless they are getting paid to do this out loud in front of an audience. I learned long ago not to let a poem out of the house until it was fully cooked, but I still had to restrain my present… – Read More

The Black Echo

Michael Connelly


SOLD: $4,500 Journeying back twenty-five years to what I was thinking and doing as an unpublished writer was fun and illuminating. I admit my face turned red a few times at the choice of prose but for the most part I could see the writer behind the sentences and I liked what he was up… – Read More


Patricia Cornwell


SOLD: $2,000 When I began to reread Postmortem, it was the first time I’d done so since it was published in 1990. In the end, I annotated heavily, finding that Scarpetta should lighten up a bit and Marino shouldn’t talk so ignorantly. I think I’ve made the book better, especially with the addition of cartoons. First edition, signed… – Read More

The Hours

Michael Cunningham


SOLD: $21,000 Annotating The Hours was a potent reminder of the uncertainty that’s central to writing novels; of the countless choices one makes, without any particular conviction that they’re right. Once a novel is published it feels inevitable, not only to readers but, over time, to the writer as well, when, in fact, the book… – Read More

Break it Down

Lydia Davis


SOLD: $5,000 First edition, signed on title-page. In keeping with the minimalist style of many of the stories in this collection, Davis provides deft, compact insights into her work. “I never realized until the latest collection of stories (Can’t and Won’t) how often fish reappeared in my stories.” Her story “The Mouse” was inspired by… – Read More

If They Come in the Morning

Angela Y. Davis


SOLD: $14,000 FIRST EDITION. EXTENSIVELY ANNOTATED THROUGHOUT AND SIGNED ON THE TITLE-PAGE. This work is a compilation of essays by Davis and others about not just Davis’s case, but about the political use of incarceration in America. “The fact that I am listed as primary author of this book is somewhat misleading,” Davis writes. “This… – Read More


Don DeLillo


SOLD: $57,000 It took me five years to write Underworld and when I returned to the novel roughly seventeen years later I found myself on a brief tunneling journey into deep memory, with the elements of surprise, delight, regret and puzzlement mingling page after page. It was at first a somewhat grudging experience that turned… – Read More

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Díaz


SOLD: $18,000 To return to that novel, which emerged out of an eleven-year storm of creativity, was to return to the self and the time that made the book possible. The process of annotation reminded me of the immense debt I owe to all the books, movies, TV shows and comics that inspired the project… – Read More

City of God

E.L. Doctorow


SOLD: $4,000 Annotating City of God, I remembered that I’d used the Bible as a template—that in my collage of chronicles, songs, troubled relationships, religious anxieties, laws of the universe, sins, and days of reckoning, I had deferred to the scissors-and-paste job of all time. First edition, signed on the front flyleaf. After seeing an early version… – Read More

Ten Poems

Rita Dove


SOLD: $3,000 This exquisite handmade limited edition is a work of art unto itself; at first, scribbling on its pristine surfaces, I felt like a graffiti artist defacing a public building. After the first few ink strokes, though, the poems reemerged, and the most astonishing thing happened: I was in conversation with my younger self…. – Read More

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan


SOLD: $24,000 First edition. “I did not originally envision Goon Squad as a novel,” Egan writes, “but more as a ‘tangle’ – as I thought of it—of string. When I envisioned this ‘tangle’ my mind conjured works by Brice Marden,” images of whose work she has affixed to the front endpapers. In the extensive annotations… – Read More

Love Medicine

Louise Erdrich


SOLD: $16,000 Writing Love Medicine, I was able to roam the wilderness of thought and experience. It struck me that I could use scraps of my life, culled from the original manuscript, to add visual strata to the text of this first edition. This is a 272+ page thank you note to PEN for defending freedom… – Read More

Little Murders

Jules Feiffer


SOLD: $3,500 First edition inscribed and triply signed: first: “To Leonard Lyons – Forgive the language, but it’s Christmas not Passover! Jules Feiffer Xmas ’69.” Then again, with an extensive note on the flyleaf, “Jules Feiffer Xmas 2013.” And at the end, “Jules Feiffer 2014.” In his 2013 annotation, Feiffer explains the first inscription: a… – Read More

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn


SOLD: $9,000 First edition, signed and inscribed on title-page (“With deep, dark regards! Gilli Flynn”), and at end (“Thanks for reading this! Sorry that I have the crabbed handwriting of a serial killer! Gilli Flynn.”) Some literary license is at play here: Flynn’s hand is quite readable and she deploys it extensively throughout the book… – Read More

The Sportswriter

Richard Ford


SOLD: $7,000 First edition. Ford’s note on the half-title explains the origin of the book and some of his key artistic choices. “Began this book Easter Day, 1982, in Princeton, 4 ½ months after Mother died; some relentless grief needing ‘channeling’ – hence Ralph B. death & what to say about that. Grief being grief,… – Read More

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman


SOLD: $4,000 First edition, signed twice, first on the upper cover: “annotated by Neil Gaiman” and again on the title page: “Written & annotated by Neil Gaiman (me).” Gaiman dedicated this tale of a middle-aged man who returns to the scene of a childhood trauma, to his wife, Amanda Palmer “who wanted to know.” So… – Read More

The Tunnel

William Gass


SOLD: $2,500 First edition. Signed on half-title. Gass’s masterpiece—the story of professor William Frederick Kohler’s badly derailed attempt to write an introduction to his magnum opus, Guilt and Innocence in Hitler’s Germany—was almost 30 years in the making. “I write slowly because I write badly,” Gass once said of himself. “I have to rewrite everything… – Read More

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell


SOLD; $3,500 Believe it or not, when I annotated The Tipping Point first edition, I had not read the book since it was published almost 15 years ago. I had the strange experience of reading sentences and entire paragraphs that I had no memory of having written. I’m glad to say the experience was only occasionally embarrassing. First edition…. – Read More

Robert Gober: Sculpture and Drawing

Robert Gober


SOLD: $22,000 Extensively annotated, collaged and drawn by the artist on 46 pages and the front and back covers. In 1999, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis staged a seminal exhibition of Robert Gober’s sculptures and drawings, which defined Gober as one of the leading artists of the contemporary era. The catalogue produced for the exhibition… – Read More

“A” is for Alibi

Sue Grafton


SOLD: $2,000 Over the years, I’ve reread A is for Alibi countless times (as why would I not since I wrote it in the first place?). To read it again with an eye to commenting on the writing process was an entirely different experience. In the notes I jotted in the margins, I found myself apologizing for… – Read More


Roni Horn


SOLD: $4,000 Known for her elegant delineations of identity, perception and place, Roni Horn is one of the major artists working in the Minimal lineage today. Drawing from the likes of Donald Judd, Robert Morris and Richard Serra, Horn’s work responds to the Minimalist reliance on phenomenology and the way physical art objects interact with… – Read More

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini


SOLD: $3,500 Annotating one’s first novel is not for the faint of heart. Yes, you do marvel at those things you somehow got right, and you feel due pride and pat yourself on the back for those. But for the most part, at least for me, it was one long cringing session. More often than… – Read More

City of Glass: The Graphic Novel

Paul Karasik


SOLD: $2,000 Signed on the title page by Paul Auster, Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, with original pen-and-ink drawings on the title-page. A fine copy of the 2004 edition of this widely acclaimed graphic novel. Although in his introduction, Art Spiegelman balks at that phrase, preferring the more colorful “Neon Lit” instead. He explains how… – Read More

Lake Wobegon Days

Garrison Keillor


SOLD: $7,000 First edition, signed on author’s photo on dust-jacket: “Forty-two, wide-eyed, solemn, ready for something to happen. GK.” Lake Wobegon Days was “the last book I wrote on a typewriter, a Selectric” Keillor tells us on the half-title. “After this I switched to a word processor, then a laptop. For this one, there were… – Read More

The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver


SOLD: $4,500 First edition, signed. Kingsolver’s tale of the Price family’s three-decade transit through the political violence (home grown and imported) of Congo/Zaire, emerged from her reading of Jonathan Kwitny’s book, Endless Enemies. She tells us in her annotations that she “read this in ’85 – spent more than a decade writing my response, i.e.,… – Read More


Joseph Kosuth


SOLD: $3,000 Lauded for his groundbreaking and highly influential work, Joseph Kosuth emerged in the mid-1960s as a key member of the Conceptual art movement. Claiming that formal concerns were of lesser importance than the immaterial ideas underpinning an artwork, the artist challenged existing definitions of the value and construction of art. Over the years,… – Read More

Angels in America

Tony Kushner


SOLD: $32,000 First editions, heavily annotated throughout both volumes, as Kushner delves deep into the artistic and personal roots of his two-part masterpiece. He also provides extensive comments on how key characters and scenes took shape in his mind, especially the “all too real” Roy Cohn. “I’m not sure I’ve ever enjoyed writing a character… – Read More

Interpreter of Maladies

Jhumpa Lahiri


SOLD: $11,000 I didn’t want to revisit the text in English. I chose sentences at random and translated them hastily without consulting the published Italian translation. I have yet to compare them. Crossing cultural and linguistic boundaries is a key theme in this first collection of stories by Lahiri, indeed in all her work. Born… – Read More


Glenn Ligon


SOLD: $12,000 I was thinking about how fragile neon is and, by extension, how fragile words are, how they can be made to disappear, which is a central tension or metaphor in my work. The PEN auction is about celebrating the resilience of words in the face of attempts to erase them. Featuring blacked-out images,… – Read More

The Snow Leopard

Peter Matthiessen


SOLD: $10,000 First edition, signed and inscribed on the title page, “Namaste. Peter Matthiessen.” And signed and inscribed again on the table of contents, “Peter Matthiessen, Sagaponack NY 11962, February 20, 2014.” In the accompanying free-form typescript, Matthiessen explains: “In the Hindu tradition / when we meet and part, / We often say Namaste, /… – Read More

City of Glass: The Graphic Novel

David Mazzucchelli


SOLD: $2,000 Signed on the title page by Paul Auster, Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, with original pen-and-ink drawings on the title-page. A fine copy of the 2004 edition of this widely acclaimed graphic novel. Although in his introduction, Art Spiegelman balks at that phrase, preferring the more colorful “Neon Lit” instead. He explains how… – Read More

Let the Great World Spin

Colum McCann


SOLD: $10,000 Imagine getting to annotate your own life—getting the chance to score out some of your worst moments, or walking into a room you thought you had left behind a long time ago. This is what it was like annotating my novel—I was in turns intrigued, enthralled, embarrassed, and shocked. And of course it… – Read More

Bright Lights, Big City

Jay McInerney


SOLD: $7,000 First edition, signed on the title-page, “Jay McInerney.” The author’s spectacular debut novel, which perfectly captured the mood of New York in the mid-1980s, and made the phrase “Bolivian marching powder” a clubhold if not a household phrase. On the half-title he tells us alternate titles he considered: “Sunrise at Heartbreak,” “Dancing at… – Read More

The Lonesome Dove Tetralogy (Lonesome Dove — Streets of Laredo — Dead Man’s Walk — Comanche Moon)

Larry McMurtry


SOLD: $5,000 Later, “Collector’s edition,” each signed and inscribed on the colophon. Streets of Laredo: “ironically the first word of the Lonesome Dove books was a screenplay, called Streets of Laredo. James Stewart and henry Fonda came round. John Wayne never did.” Dead Man’s Walk: “This produced one of the hardest movie-shoots I have ever… – Read More

Grey Area

Julie Mehretu


SOLD: $20,000 Mehretu, Julie (b. 1970). Grey Area. New York: Guggenheim, Published in 2010 and Executed in 2014. 11 x 9 in. ink on printed book. With her expansive, layered canvases of deconstructed architecture that evoke destruction and chaos with their frenetic marks, fragmented lines and radial arcs, Julie Mehretu is one of the premier… – Read More


Toni Morrison


SOLD: $19,000 First edition. Inscribed and signed on the half-title, “the last two pages of Beloved could have been the opening since they describe what I was thinking when I began. Toni Morrison.” In those haunting, elegiac final passages, Morrison writes, “…It was not a story to pass on. They forgot her like a bad… – Read More

Knowing My Place

Paul Muldoon


SOLD: $13,000 First edition, signed twice, on the title-page and on the rear flyleaf, where Muldoon writes: “The first publication of Paul Muldoon, aged 19. Published by Ulsterman publications.” The book, he once told an interviewer, “ looked like it had been cobbled together. But I thought it was beautiful, and…it is still the most… – Read More

Shirin Neshat: Untitled

Shirin Neshat


SOLD: $17,000 Persian artist Shirin Neshat is widely acclaimed for her portraits, photographs and videos that circle the themes of Islamic religion and culture, as well as displaced female identity. From this formidable body of work, her portraits overlaid with calligraphy stand as her most iconic pieces. Text, particularly poetry and religious treatises, figures prominently… – Read More


Joyce Carol Oates


SOLD: $1,500 Returning to them was an act of time travel—returning to a lost time and a lost place. Deeply moving, exhilarating. First edition. Signed on the title page. Them “was the last of an informal trilogy,” Oates writes, “following Expensive People & A Garden of Earthly Delights. A trilogy of ‘young Americans’ coming of age… – Read More


Yoko Ono


SOLD: $1,300 Ono, Yoko (b. 1933). Acorn. New York: Algonquin Books, 2013. 6 1Ž2 x 5 1Ž2 in. printed book in slipcase, signed, inscribed and dated ‘Imagine Peace and Remember John Love, Yoko 2013’ and inscribed in Japanese ‘Keep the dream’ (on the inside fly-leaf). A pioneer of Conceptual and performance art since her emergence… – Read More


Orhan Pamuk


SOLD: $13,000 First English edition (translated by Maureen Freely), signed and inscribed (in Turkish) with watercolor drawings, twice: “Whenever I think of Kars, this is the sort of picture that comes to my mind – and the lonely dog…2014, Orhan Pamuk,” and “Sometimes the Kars castle visits me in my dreams / And sometimes, I… – Read More

Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson


SOLD: $3,500 Shakespeare tells us that love is blind, and I do love this little book, but rereading it after 34 years was an eye-opener. First edition, signed on title-page. “First editions of Bridge are a bit hard to come by almost 40 years later,” Paterson explains in a note on the fly-leaf, “as the… – Read More


Marilynne Robinson


SOLD: $24,000 First edition. “I chose the name Ruth because it means compassionate gentleness,” Robinson writes across the first page. “It was a statement to myself about the method of the narrative.” Almost all of the annotations are written across the printed text, in the manner of paper-saving 19th-century correspondents. The occasional effort required to… – Read More

American Pastoral

Philip Roth


SOLD: $80,000 First edition, signed on the title page and extensively annotated across five pages of front matter (flyleaf, half-title, title-page and dedication page). Some 200 words in Roth’s hand, in which he offers extensive commentary on this powerful novel about the Sixties, in which the protagonist, Seymour “Swede” Levov, has his world shattered when… – Read More

Portnoy’s Complaint

Philip Roth


SOLD: $52,000 FIRST EDITION, SIGNED TWICE ON TITLE-PAGE AND FLYLEAF AND EXTENSIVELY ANNOTATED on the flyleaf, half-title, and title-page, with some 170 words in Roth’s hand. “On my re-reading ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ at 80,” he says, “I am shocked and pleased—shocked that I could have been so reckless, pleased that I should have been so reckless…”… – Read More

Past Stuff

Ed Ruscha


SOLD: $40,000 Outlined in ink and filled with a deep crimson oil paint, the words “PAST STUFF” have been hand-painted on the front cover of the third volume of Ed Ruscha’s Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings. “PAST STUFF” is large compared to the size of the book cover, and it visually dominates the space and… – Read More

The Hunters

James Salter


SOLD: $8,000 At last I had the chance to write a novel which turned out finer than I expected. Going back to it now I see it’s less than that in a couple of places, but the story remains, as Balzac said, true. First edition. The Hunters was Salter’s debut novel, and it made his… – Read More

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

George Saunders


SOLD: $12,500 Coming to annotate CivilWarLand in Bad Decline was a strange and wonderful artistic project in itself. Who was that guy, who wrote that book? What does he have in common with me, and how have we parted ways since? I’d never read the whole book since I published it, and probably wouldn’t have, but what… – Read More

The Story of the Jews

Simon Schama


SOLD: $4,500 First edition. A passage about a memory from temple when he was nice years old prompts this wonderful annotation: “So many childhood memories opened up again while writing this book—smells, textures, sounds – kosher Proust – more than Proust!” Schama has succeeded in reaching the broad, general audience outside academia, and it is… – Read More

Richard Serra 2013

Richard Serra


SOLD: $19,000 As one of the most widely acclaimed artists working in the Post-Minimalist vein today, Serra is revered for his self-referential art that revels in its own object-hood, and for his devotion to process as the key element in his art-making. Serra’s works, such as his monumental steel sculptures, invariably leave their materials exposed… – Read More

Buried Child

Sam Shepard


SOLD: $2,500 First edition, signed on title-page. Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama of a dysfunctional Middle American family—and the corruption of the American Dream—launched his reputation. It enjoyed several stagings, and, as Shepard notes here on the flyleaf, “This entire play was re-written & subsequently published by Vintage Press for the ’89 Steppenwolf production which… – Read More

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

David Simon


SOLD: $12,000 First edition. Extensively annotated throughout. Published at the height of the murderous crack cocaine epidemic, Simon’s book chronicled a year of homicides—234 of them—on the streets of Baltimore. His unflinching, yet humane portrayal of the victims, the suspects, and the police who investigated these crimes, would spawn one of the best television dramas… – Read More

A Thousand Acres

Jane Smiley


SOLD: $6,500 I hadn’t read A Thousand Acres in twenty years at least. It was terrific to read it again and write down my stray thoughts. Sort of like welcoming home the lost child, and seeing where you went wrong and where you went right. First edition, signed on title-page. Smiley has also included a note on… – Read More

Her Memory

Kiki Smith


SOLD: $13,000 A pioneer of the art world since her emergence in the 1970s, Kiki Smith has a diverse practice involving several different media, and an eclectic style blending formalist technique with non-traditional and outsider art. Within this wide-ranging mix, two of Smith’s most frequently recurring subjects are the human body and narratives adapted from… – Read More

Just Kids

Patti Smith


SOLD: $20,000 First edition. Signed on title page, with numerous items loosely inserted, including an autograph manuscript note, signed 9 March 2014. That note (on Relais-Hotel du Dieux Paris stationery) reminds us “Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Robert’s passing. I have completed my notations. They are really embellishments as I felt I could really… – Read More

The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket


SOLD: $3,500 What was already a dreadful and upsetting book about three orphans enduring hardships has a new dreadful and upsetting layer of an author enduring the hardship of rereading his own work. First edition, signed on the front flyleaf: “D. H. who can’t imagine why he agreed to do this.” One of the first… – Read More

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim


SOLD: $11,500 Since lyrics are meant to be heard, not read, they don’t really come to life without the music they were born with. But it’s heartening to see that the Sweeney lyrics don’t lie entirely flat on the page. The same holds true for Hugh’s libretto. It was written to be acted, but it’s still… – Read More


Alec Soth


SOLD: $10,000 Alec Soth’s Niagara is a seminal work in the landscape of contemporary photography, and masterfully captures both the love and despair surrounding one North America’s most mythologized and awesome natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Working in a distinctive style that blends fine art and commercial aesthetics, Soth creates insightful psychological portraits of the places… – Read More

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan


SOLD: $3,500 A FINE FIRST EDITION OF TAN’S FIRST BOOK, COPIOUSLY ANNOTATED THROUGHOUT. Laid in are 3 postcards, 2 of which are signed. Structurally, The Joy Luck Club is arranged in 4 parts with 4 chapters per part. Tan initially wrote each chapter as its own story; in fact, the word “Stories” appeared on the… – Read More


Colm Tóibín


SOLD: $18,000 I never read my own books once they are published. There is too much raw and controlled emotion in them for me to be able to revisit them casually. And they belong, after publication, in any case, to others and not to me. So when I went to annotate Brooklyn, what came was the… – Read More

Fred Tomaselli: Monsters of Paradise

Fred Tomaselli


SOLD: $7,000 Containing some of the most iconic works in Fred Tomaselli’s career, Monsters of Paradise is an exceptional selection of the artist’s exquisitely detailed paintings and collages that mine the perceived divides between high and low art, reality and fantasy, and individual and universal. Using unconventional materials, Tomaselli creates fantastic and intricate visions from… – Read More

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Anne Tyler


SOLD: $22,000 It’s like a dream come true—a chance to revisit a past novel and second-guess, explain, justify, amplify stuff in a few recipes and old photos by way of illustration…. What writer wouldn’t leap at the prospect? First edition. Signed and inscribed on the half-title: “Still the book closest to my heart, not counting… – Read More

The Color Purple

Alice Walker


SOLD: $4,000 First edition, (first issue dust jacket), inscribed and signed on half-title: “I was mistaken. There is nothing more for me to say about this book! Alice Walker 2014.” It is hard for some authors to revisit old books, even when they are triumphs like The Color Purple, which won both the Pulitzer Prize… – Read More


Lawrence Weiner


SOLD: $3,000 NAU EM I ART BILONG YUMI. THE ART OF TODAY BELONGS TO US. A leading figure in Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner is renowned for his text-based works, many of which outline instructions on how to build something, describe actions that could be taken with a material, or use shapes and colors in conjunction… – Read More

A Boy’s Own Story

Edmund White


SOLD: $1,500 First edition. Most of White’s annotations are biographical, drawing connections between the events and characters in the story and his own life. “This became my best-known novel,” he tells us at the outset. “When I wrote it I was still a drunk, and I’d ‘take a rest’ after each chapter.” He “really did… – Read More

Brothers and Keepers

John Edgar Wideman


SOLD: $3,500 First edition. “Proud of this book – it’s also source of some of my greatest disappointments – most profound failures,” Wideman tells in his first, extensive note on the front flyleaf. “Wrote it in my early forties and here I sit in my early seventies.” His brother, sadly, remains incarcerated, serving a life… – Read More

This Boy’s Life

Tobias Wolff


SOLD: $16,000 First edition, signed on title-page. “It takes a childish or corrupt imagination to make symbols of other people,” Wolff write in this memoir. In the margin he adds: “and don’t we do it all the time?” Annotating a memoir compels the author not just to revisit his earlier prose, but an earlier self writing… – Read More