Item #65691 The Universal Baseball Association, Inc. Robert Coover.
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.

The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.

New York: Random House, 1968. Advance proofs. Hardcover. Quarto [30 cm] Light blue spiral bound wrappers. Light toning and soiling to the wraps. Housed in a custom clamshell. Very good. Item #65691

Scarce uncorrected advance proof of Robert Coover's second novel: A darkly humorous tale of an unhappy accountant and his immersive, solo experience with tabletop dice baseball. A distinctive Coover fabulation; the reader is immersed in the thoughts of both the main character, and the imaginary players he has developed. Upon publication, the title was amended to "The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop." The main character's name is critically considered a nod to the concept of God and the philosophy of creationism, a major subtextual theme of the novel.

Ex-libris Carter Burden, late New York City Council member and principal owner of the the Village Voice. A direct descendent of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Carter Burden was a prominent member of the 1960s Manhattan social elite, playing host to notable names in the international literary, artistic and cultural scenes. He was photographed by Horst and sketched by Warhol. As half of a 1960's "it" couple--along with his first wife, heiress Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden--Carter's social activities were matters of intrigue and aspiration to many. The Burdens were regularly featured in society and gossip pages, fashion and lifestyle magazines, and given nicknames including "The Moon Flower Couple" and "The Burdens, whom we all must bear.

In spite of the ease of characterizing Carter Burden as a youthful old-money stereotype, those who knew actually knew him considered him sensitive, curious and artistic. After growing close to Robert Kennedy during his doomed presidential campaign, Carter was inspired by Kennedy's sense of social justice and desire to help the disenfranchised. This reflects in his City Council legacy. As summarized by the New York Times: “[Burden] served as chairman of the committee on health, fought to protect children from lead-based paint poisoning, sought to better the health and housing of the elderly, advocated the establishment of standards for prisoners' rights and introduced one of the first gay rights bills in the country. Like some of his other legislation, it did not pass, but many of his proposals did became law, in whole or part.”
In addition to literature, Carter Burden was a noted collector of art and antiques. Yet Burden's library was the centerpiece of his home. He focused on acquiring first editions, manuscripts and galley proofs of American literature published from 1870 onward.

Price: $300.00

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