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UPDIKE, John.

Rare books by John Updike, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Big Table.

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  1. Big Table.
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    Big Table.

    Volumes 1–5.
    First printings signed by John Ashbery (twice), Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, John Updike and with an inscription by Robert Creeley, which reads, "For Eric - still walking! With my best, Bob, 6/5/96". All seven authors contributed to this short-lived but highly influential literary magazine, which was created by the editors of the Chicago Review who resigned and started this new publication when the Winter 1959 issue of The Chicago Review was censored for containing excerpts from William Burrough's Naked Lunch. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 100502

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 116536

    Hoping For A Hoopoe.

    First edition, first impression of John Updike's first book. Gollancz wrote of Updike that he "has a greater chance of becoming one of the really great novelists than anyone now writing in the English language". Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116536

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  3. A Soft Spring Night in Shillington.
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    A Soft Spring Night in Shillington.

    First edition thus, number 22 of 50 specially bound copies signed by the author on the half-title, from a total printing of 250 numbered copies only of which the remaining 200 were issued in a standard binding. The copyright page states that "This memoir, in a slightly different form, appeared in The New Yorker for December 24, 1984". Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1986

    Published: Northridge, CA

    Stock Code: 105648

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Trust Me.
    signed

    Trust Me.

    Short Stories.
    First collected edition, John Barth's copy with his signature in blue ink to the half-title. Barth's relationship with Updike began in 1966 when he was teaching at the University of Buffalo in 1966 and wrote to the famously reclusive Updike asking him to read at a lecture series that was also to include Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller. A superb association. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1987

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 102913

    Signed: Yes

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  5. S.
    signed

    S.

    A Novel.
    Signed limited edition. Number 16 of 85 copies of the first UK edition specially bound in quarter leather and signed by the author. From a complete edition of 97 copies. Updike's epistolary novel was originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1988

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103513

    Signed: Yes

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  6. In the Beauty of the Lilies.
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    In the Beauty of the Lilies.

    First edition, first printing. With the ownership inscription of novelist John Barth to the half-title. Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1996

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 97315

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The Widows of Eastwick.
    signed

    The Widows of Eastwick.

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page with "Author's Compliments" card laid in. The sequel to The Witches of Eastwick (1984). Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 2008

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 104708

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Higher Gossip.
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    Higher Gossip.

    Essays and criticism.
    First edition, first printing of this posthumously published volume (Updike died in 2009). With the ownership inscription of novelist John Barth to the half-title. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 2011

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 97316

    Signed: Yes

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