This week's list of new arrivals features a mystery by Don Winslow, a lovely John James Audubon set, and a signed Leonard Baskin book.
Ken Sanders Rare Books offers for your consideration today, 11 books from the Stuart Teitler American Lost-Race Fiction collection. These books were all originally cataloged by Teitler and included in "American Lost-Race Fiction: The Stuart Teitler Collection," a catalog edited by Peter B. Howard, and produced in 2008 by Serendipity Books of Berkeley, California. They are all moderately priced.
"There were lost race novels before Stuart Teitler, or rather before Mr. Teitler and his Boswell; but was there a lost race genre? Has a new thing been created? And if so is it a new thing out there in the world, or is it a new thing in Teitler's head? The genre is a phenomenon of public perception; there has to be a private perception first. And when you decide whether, let us say, Laputa is a lost world, or merely a wandering dystopia, a satire on the Royal Society, or the prototype of artificial satellite fiction, you may be changing the nature of what you are launching into literary space. Book collectors are not exactly the unacknowledged legislators of the world, but they control the past, and therefore the future." - M. E. Korn (from "Something Lost Behind the Ranges," 2001- included at the opening of Peter B. Howard's catalog.
This week's short list of 9 new arrivals, mostly devoted to the visual arts, includes a signed Erté serigraph, a biblio-themed John Held Jr. poster, and a pamphlet with an early reference to the "robot."
This week's list is devoted to the beat poet Michael McClure, who unfortunately passed away just over a week ago. McClure wrote the internationally acclaimed play, The Beard, and attended San Francisco State College, where he studied with poet Robert Duncan. He gave his first poetry reading in the company of Allen Ginsberg in 1955.
This week's list features the works of Warja Lavater and Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova, along with 4 curious Amate Manuscripts by Alfonso Garcia Tellez.
This week's list is solely dedicated to Flemish woodcut artist Frans Masereel, viewed by many as the originator of the woodcut novel. Many of these titles are in French or German, a couple are signed.
This week's list of new arrivals features two works illustrated by Frans Masereel, an attractive copy of Homer's Odyssey, and Paul Bunyan's Pictorial Map of the United States.