"I once did something right. I played first-rate basketball. I really did. And after you're first-rate at something, no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second-rate": First Editions of Each Novel in John Updike’s Rabbit Series; Each Signed by Him

  • Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest

Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest.

Item Number: 1755

New York: Knopf, 1960, 1971, 1981, 1990.

First editions, first printings of each of the four volumes that comprise the Rabbit quartet. Octavos, 4 volumes. Rabbit, Run is inscribed by the author; as is Rabbit Redux. Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit At Rest are signed by the author. Also laid in is a note from the author that reads, “For ____ ______ My own tiny contribution to Semitic studies. With admiration and affection, John." Each are very good to fine condition in the dust jackets.

"Updike’s choice of Rabbit Angstrom, in Rabbit, Run, was inspired, one of those happy, instinctive accidents that so often shape a literary career" (Books of the Century, 450). "Taken together, this quartet of novels has given its readers a wonderfully vivid portrait of one Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom . . . The books have also created a Kodachrome-sharp picture of American life . . . from the somnolent 50s . . . into the uncertainties of the 80s" (The New York Times).