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Albuquerque, Dayspring Graphics, 1979
A complete set of twenty-two images of dancing calaveras figures. The prints were made from Nichols’ pen and ink drawings, reproduced on copper plates, and issued in editions of fifty of which this is 6/50. This set includes the print that appears to only have been done in a print run of 40. Each print is approximately 9 by 11 inches. Disappointed with the artwork offered by his publisher for The Magic Journey, Nichols decided to create the illustrations himself. Of the twenty-two, eight were used for the cover and chapter illustrations. All prints are in Fine condition. Each is signed and numbered by Nichols and has the printer’s chop. They are housed in the original portfolio with glassine sheets between them. The portfolio is intact with no tears but with some wear and light soiling. Included is a copy of an introduction presumably prepared by Nichols and a list of the name he gave to each figure. The set is housed in a beautiful linen covered custom clamshell case built by David Ashley of Denver.
Complete sets are very scarce. One was given to the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos by Nichols and one is part of his collection at UNM. In addition, I know of one in a private collection and, according to Nichols, a set was given to each of his children. WorldCat only lists the set in the UNM collection. In a description for a 2011 exhibition of the Harwood Museum’s Calaveras prints, they stated “at least three complete sets can be located today.”
“I hope these Calaveras help to further that singular irreverence we all need for mustering the courage to flip a bird at the executioners.” John Nichols.
New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992 - 1998
A beautiful set of McCarthy’s Border Trilogy. Each is a first printing and in Fine/Fine condition. The Crossing and Cities of the Plain are each one of “one thousand copies of this signed first edition … especially prepared for friends of the author and publisher”. Each copy is housed in a custom slipcase with the title and author’s name in a design to match the color scheme of the dust jacket
New York, Grove Press, 2004
SIGNED FIRST LIMITED EDITION, SLIPCASED. Signed and Numbered by Harrison on the Limitation Page. This is #27 of 250 issued in this specially bound edition. This is a Fine copy bound in pale blue-gray cloth in a matching cloth covered slipcase, also in Fine condition.
New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
SIGNED FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Signed and Stamped by the Author on the Half-Title Page. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. A 181 page collection of short stories by Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.
New York, Simon & Schuster, 2002
SIGNED, SLIPCASED, LIMITED FIRST EDITION. One of only 26 Signed Lettered copies, this one being letter "U". An additional 50 numbered copies were issued in this special slipcased edition. Author's Signature, no inscription, directly on the Limitation Page. Dust Jacket Bright in Brodart protective cover, Clean, no wear, no tears, not price-clipped ($25.00). Text Clean, no marks. Binding Tight and Square. Boards Clean, no bumps. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. In original slipcase with an illustration pasted on the front. Light soiling on the back of the slipcase. The first of the "Berrybender Narratives" which follows a British aristocrats family on their excursion across the American Frontier of the 1830s.