“THERE WASN’T MUCH FISH, JUST A FEW STRAY BITS OF BARE BACKBONE”: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF SOLZHENITSYN’S ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1963.
First edition in English, preceding the first British edition, of the Nobel Prize-winner’s first published work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Mr. Jon Fox A. Solzhenitsyn June 8, 1991.” Accompanied by a photograph of the author signing this book with a business card on which Solzhenitsyn practiced spelling the recipient’s name (completely in his hand), which is also visible in the photograph. Introduction by CBS newsman Marvin Kalb with a special forward by Alexander Tvardovsky, Editor-in-Chief of Novy Mir, the leading dissident literary journal during the late years of the Soviet Union. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by the Duquesnes. Jacket photograph by Sovfoto. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example, rare and desirable signed and inscribed and with noted provenance.
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