FIRST EDITION OF PULITZER PRIZE-WINNER JOHN MCPHEE'S FIRST BOOK, A PROFILE OF BASKETBALL STAR AND FUTURE U.S. SENATOR BILL BRADLEY, INSCRIBED BY JOHN MCPHEE AND SIGNED BY BILL BRADLEY
MCPHEE, John. A Sense of Where You Are. A Profile of William Warren Bradley. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1965). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $4000.
First edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winner's landmark first book, a profile of basketball All-American and future U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, inscribed on the title page: "For Barry Amis regards—John McPhee," and additionally signed on the title page by Bill Bradley.
New Yorker staff writer John McPhee, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, has been called the "great antistylist," a legendary journalist whose "informal, declaratory, almost inelegant tone" influenced a generation of writers "to shape words and sentences precisely" (New York Times). McPhee's encyclopedic legacy of over 25 books began with this 1965 publication of A Sense of Where You Are—a profile of Bill Bradley, then basketball All-American and future U.S. Senator—expanded from McPhee's first published profile article for The New Yorker. With 27 photogravure plates of Bradley printed at rear.
Book about-fine, dust jacket near-fine with faint tape marks to flap corners and minor rubbing and toning to extremities. A most desirable inscribed and signed copy.