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George V. Higgins (1939 1999) Novelist, journalist and teacher : A comprehensive collection




Following the immediate and celebrated success of The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Higgins produced 32 works in his lifetime, all distinguished by his stylish, energetic, allusive and often blunt prose. His subjects reflect his experiences with criminals and the law in and around Boston, with special interest in the Irish-American experience. His command of dialogue is widely admired, and influences many writers, among whom are David Mamet, Mordecai Richler, John Gregory Dunne, and Elmore Leonard. His extensive archive is at the University of South Carolina Rare Books and Special Collections.

This collection consists of 80 volumes, all of his works in book form in first editions, fine in fine dust jackets. Included are proof copies of 18 of the editions, as well as both U.S. and U.K. editions of 21 titles.

The price for the collection is $1200.




PRIMARY WORKS :

1. The friends of Eddie Coyle. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. Lightly soiled yellow wrappers with small stain at the foot of the rear wrapper. Advance proofs (uncorrected). 184 pp. Publisher's label taped to the front wrapper, with blurb laid in. Author's first book.

2. The friends of Eddie Coyle. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. Blue cloth stamped in gold (one of two binding colors). Lightly bumped at the head of the spine, otherwise fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket. 183 pp. First edition. Blurbs by Ross Macdonald, Norman Mailer. Dust jacket by Hal Siegel. Short-listed for the National Book Award. One of the Keating 100 Best Crime & Mystery books. Elmore Leonard called this his favorite crime novel.

3. The friends of Eddie Coyle. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. Green cloth stamped in gold (one of two binding colors). Cloth slightly faded at the top edge, otherwise fine in dust jacket. 183 pp. First edition. Blurbs by Ross Macdonald, Norman Mailer. Short-listed for the National Book Award. Dust jacket by Hal Siegel.

4. The friends of Eddie Coyle. London, Secker & Warburg [1972]. Blue textured paper boards. Corners bumped, otherwise fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket with a short closed tear on the top edge of the front panel. 183 pp. First English edition. Blurbs by Ross Macdonald, Norman Mailer. Dust jacket by Tom Simmonds.

5. The Digger's game. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. Fine in green printed wrappers. Advance proofs (uncorrected). 214 pp. Publisher's label taped to the front wrapper and stapled at the upper right corner of the label.

6. The Digger's game. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. Green cloth. Cloth unevenly faded, otherwise fine in dust jacket with a small chip at the top of the backstrip. 214 pp. First edition.

7. The Digger's game. London, Secker & Warburg [1973]. Textured red paper boards. Fine in dust jacket with a closed tear on the rear panel. 214 pp. First English edition.

8. The Digger's game. [n.p., n.p., c1973]. Taiwan piracy. Green plasticized paper boards. 214 pp. Caves Book Co., Taiwan, label pasted to the verso of the rear free endpaper. A poorly made book. This copy near fine in dust jacket.

9. Cogan's trade. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. Fine in yellow printed wrappers. Advance proofs (uncorrected). 216 pp. Publisher's label taped to the front wrapper. Publisher's information sheet stapled to the inside front wrapper.

10. Cogan's trade. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. Red cloth. Lightly bumped at the head of the spine, otherwise fine in dust jacket. 216 pp. First edition.

11. Cogan's trade. London, Secker & Warburg [1974]. Textured red paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 216 pp. First English edition.

12. A city on a hill. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1975. Light blue cloth. Near fine in dust jacket rubbed at corners with a short closed tear at the foot of the front panel and stain on rear panel. 256 pp. First edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "With many thanks for the invitation".

13. A city on a hill. London, Secker & Warburg [1975]. Blue paper boards. Spine and top edge lightly rubbed, otherwise fine in dust jacket lightly rubbed at the corners and the top of the backstrip. Acidic paper is browning. 256 pp. First English edition.

14. The friends of Richard Nixon. Boston / Toronto, Little, Brown and Company [c1975]. Gray cloth. Fine in dust jacket. 295 pp. First edition.

15. The judgment of Deke Hunter. Boston, Toronto, Little, Brown and Company [c1976]. Quarter gray cloth with black paper boards. Fine in dust jacket lightly rubbed at the head and foot of the backstrip. 276 pp. First edition.

16. The judgment of Deke Hunter. London, Secker & Warburg [1976]. Black paper boards. Corners bumped, small stain on the front free endpaper, otherwise near fine in lightly rubbed black dust jacket. 276 pp. First English edition.

17. Dreamland. Boston, Toronto, Little, Brown and Company [c1977]. Orange paper boards. Slightly cocked, paper clip marks on pp. 8-11, very good in lightly soiled dust jacket. 181 pp. First edition. A poorly made book.

18. A year or so with Edgar. New York, Harper & Row, Publishers [c1979]. Quarter brown cloth with yellow paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 250 pp. First edition. Harper & Row news release laid in.

19. A year or so with Edgar. London, Secker & Warburg [1979]. Blue paper boards. Edges lightly soiled, otherwise very good, in lightly rubbed, price-clipped dust jacket. 250 pp. First edition.

20. Kennedy for the defense. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. Green printed paper wrappers. Uncorrected proof. Publication date slip taped to front panel. Spine lightly faded, staple on front wrapper, otherwise fine. 217 pp.

21. Kennedy for the defense. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. Quarter cream cloth with black paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 225 pp. First edition.

22. The rat on fire. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. Red wrappers. Upper right corner of first seven leaves bumped, paperclip mark at top of front wrapper and front endpaper, otherwise fine. Uncorrected proof. 183 pp.

23. The rat on fire. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. Quarter black cloth with red paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 183 pp. First edition.

24. The rat on fire. London, Secker & Warburg [1981]. Black paper boards. Last two leaves lightly creased, otherwise near fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket. 183 pp. First edition.

25. The patriot game. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. Quarter black cloth with dark gray paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 237 pp. First edition.

26. The patriot game. London, Secker & Warburg [1982]. Quarter Quarter black cloth with dark gray paper boards. Corners bumped in lightly rubbed, price-slipped dust jacket. 237 pp. First edition.

27. A choice of enemies. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. Fine in green printed wrappers. 374 pp. Uncorrected proof.

28. A choice of enemies. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. Quarter black cloth with dark gray paper boards. Small dent on the front cover, otherwise fine in lightly marked and rubbed dust jacket with corresponding small dent. 377 pp. First edition. Blurb by William Manchester.

29. Penance for Jerry Kennedy. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. Bump at the bottom front edge, otherwise fine in red printed wrappers with publishing date and price supplied in ink on the front wrapper. Uncorrected proof. 335 pp. The copyright date on the copyright page is 1985.

30. Penance for Jerry Kennedy. New York, Knopf, 1984. Quarter blue cloth with blue paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 321 pp. First edition. Penance for Jerry Kennedy. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition.

31. Penance for Jerry Kennedy. [London] Andre Deutsch [1985]. Textured black paper boards. Upper corners bumped, otherwise fine in white dust jacket. 321 pp. First English edition. Acidic paper is browning.

32. Penance for Jerry Kennedy. [London] Abacus [1986]. Spine creased, otherwise fine in printed wrappers. 311 pp. Ed McBlain blurb on the front wrapper. First Abacus Sphere edition.

33. Style versus substance: Boston, Kevin White, and the politics of illusion. New York, Macmillan Publishing Company [1984]. Quarter black cloth with yellow paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 250 pp. First edition. Sigedn by Higgins on the half-title.

34. Old Earl died pulling traps, a story. Columbia, South Carolina and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Bruccoli Clark Publishers, 1984. Quarter tan cloth with brown textured paper boards stamped in gold. Fine in glassine dust jacket. 34 pp. First edition. Of 300 copies this copy is marked "o.s." and signed by Higgins. Letter from Richard Layman of BC Research transmitting this copy laid in.

35. Impostors. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1985]. Quarter black cloth with mauve paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. [362] pp. First edition (described as "First American Edition" on the copyright page).

36. Impostors, a novel. [London] Andre Deutsch [1986]. Pebbled red paper boards. Fine in dust jacket lightly creased along the top edge with a closed tear at the head of the rear flap fold. [362] pp. First English edition.

37. Excerpts from Outlaws, a novel. New York, Henry Holt [c1987]. Fine in white printed wrappers. On the title page: Uncorrected proof copy. 63 pp. On the back wrapper: Complimentary Copy--Not for Sale. "To be published in September 1987 by Henry Holt and Company".

38. Outlaws, a novel. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1987]. Quarter black cloth with blue paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. [360] pp. First edition.

39. Outlaws. [London] Andre Deutsch [1987]. Very good in lightly rubbed and soiled, lightly cocked yellow printed wrappers. The corners of a few leaves creased from being turned down. The title supplied in ink on the backstrip. Uncorrected proof copy. [360] pp.

40. Outlaws. [London] Andre Deutsch [1987]. Pebbled maroon paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. [360] pp. First English edition.

41. The sins of the fathers. [London] Andre Deutsch [1988]. Fine in red printed wrappers. 235 pp. Uncorrected proof copy. The proof has no title or author on the title-page. Title taken from the front wrapper.

42. The sins of the fathers. [London] Andre Deutsch [1988]. Textured blue paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 235 pp. First edition. Short stories. Contemporary novelists, 6th edition lists this edition only.

43. Wonderful years, wonderful years. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1988]. Very good in lightly soiled pale blue printed wrappers. 261 pp. Uncorrected proof.

44. Wonderful years, wonderful years. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1988]. Quarter black cloth with light gray paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 261 pp. First edition.

45. Wonderful years, wonderful years, a novel. [London] Andre Deutsch [1988]. Blue paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 240 pp. First English edition.

46. The progress of the seasons: forty years of baseball in our town. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1989]. Quarter black cloth with blue paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 228 pp. First edition.

47. Trust. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1989]. Green printed wrappers. Uncorrected proof. Publicity material stapled to inside front wrapper and also laid in. Unevenly faded, tear to foot of front joint, and cut to back wrapper. 230 pp. First edition.

48. Trust. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1989]. Quarter brown cloth with light brown paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 230 pp. First edition.

49. Trust, a novel. [London] Andre Deutsch [1989]. Fine in pink printed wrappers. 213 pp. Uncorrected book proof of the first English edition. The book is untitled in the proof. The title is written in in green ink on the front wrapper.

50. Trust, a novel. [London] Andre Deutsch [1989]. Pebbled red paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 213 pp. First English edition.

51. Trust. [London, Sphere Books, 1991]. Fine in illustrated printed wrappers. 235 pp. First Abacus Sphere edition. Abacus Fiction Series.

52. On writing: advice for those who write to publish (or would like to). New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1990]. Quarter black cloth with red paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 227 pp. First edition. Review copy with review sheet laid in.

53. On writing: advice for those to write to publish (or would like to). [London] Bloomsbury [1991]. Fine in illustrated printed wrappers. 227 pp. First English edition.

54. Victories. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [c1990]. Fine in red printed wrappers. 298 pp. Uncorrected proof.

55. Victories. New York, Henry Holt and Company [c1990]. Quarter black cloth with white paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 298 pp. First edition.

56. Victories. [London] Andre Deutsch [1991]. Blue paper boards. Fine in dust jacket with inherent creases in the plastic coating of the dust jacket. 298 pp. First English edition.

57. Victories. [London] Sphere Books Limited [1992]. Light crease to spine, otherwise fine in illustrated printed wrappers. 345 pp. First Sphere Books edition.

58. Defending Billy Ryan, a Jerry Kennedy novel. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1992]. Fine in red printed wrappers. 246 pp. Uncorrected proof.

59. Defending Billy Ryan, a Jerry Kennedy novel. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1992]. Quarter black cloth with dary Gray paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 245 pp. First edition.

60. Defending Billy Ryan, a Jerry Kennedy novel. [London] Little Brown and Company [1993]. Textured black paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 245 pp. First English edition.

62. The Mandeville talent. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1991]. Quarter blue cloth with gray paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 278 pp. First edition.

63. The Mandeville talent. [London] Andre Deutsch [1991]. Textured black paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 278 pp. First English edition.

64. Bomber's law, a novel. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1993]. Quarter black cloth with dark gray paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket with a mark on the reverse side of the dust jacket. 296 pp. First edition. Blurb by John Grisham.

65. Bomber's law, a novel. [London] Little, Brown and Company [1994]. Textured green paper boards. Fine in dust jacket. 296 pp. First English edition.

66. Bomber's law. [London] Warner Books [1995]. Fine in illustrated printed wrappers. 378 pp. First Warner Books edition.

67. Swan boats at four, a novel. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1995]. Staple holes on front panel, otherwise fine in red printed wrappers. 228 pp. Uncorrected proof

68. Swan boats at four, a novel. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1995]. Quarter black cloth with white paper boards. Green return line on the top edge, otherwise fine in dust jacket. 228 pp. First edition.

69. Swan boats at four, a novel. [London] Little, Brown and Company [1995]. Textured blue paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 280 pp. First English edition. Acidic paper is beginning to brown.

70. Sandra Nichols found dead, a novel. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [c1991]. Fine in red printed wrappers. Publicity material stapled to inside front wrapper. 242 pp. Uncorrected proof.

71. Sandra Nichols found dead, a novel. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1996]. Quarter gray and black paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 241 pp. First edition.

72. A change of gravity. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1997]. Fine in tan printed wrappers. 456pp. Uncorrected proof. In the proof the title is A change in gravity. In this copy the word "in" in the title has been altered in ink to "of". No publishing information given.

73. A change of gravity. New York, A John Macrae Book / Henry Holt and Company [1997]. Quarter black and blue paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 456 pp. First edition.

74. A change of gravity. [London] Little, Brown and Company [1997]. Blue paper boards. Lower front corner bumped, otherwise fine in fine price-clipped dust jacket. 503 pp. First English edition.

75. At end of day. New York, San Diego, London, Harcourt, Inc. [c2000]. Illustrated paper wrappers. Front corners slightly bumped, otherwise fine. 383 pp. Advance reading copy. Publicity materials laid in.

76. At end of day. New York, San Diego, London, Harcourt, Inc. [c2000]. Black paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 383 pp. First edition. Blurbs by Scott Turow, David Mamet, Robert B. Parker.

77. At end of day. London, Robinson [2001]. Blue paper boards. Fine in fine dust jacket. 360 pp. First edition.

78. The Easiest Thing in the World: The Unpublished Fiction of George V. Higgins. New York, Carroll and Graff Publishers, 2004. 308 pp. First edition.


SECONDARY WORKS:

79. A matter of crime: new stories from the masters of mystery & suspense, vol. 3. San Diego [etc.] Harcourt Brace Jovanovich [1988]. Fine in printed wrappers. 256 pp. First edition. A Harvest/HBJ Original. Edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Richard Layman. Includes an interview with Higgins and his story "Life was absolutely swell".

80. Ross, James. They don't dance much. Carbondale and Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Press; London and Amsterdam, Feffer & Simons, Inc. [c1975]. Black cloth Fine in price-clipped dust jacket. First edition. Afterword by Higgins.



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