"I Am An American, Chicago Born Chicago, That Somber City And Go At Things As I Have Taught Myself, Free-Style, And Will Make The Record In My Own Way": First Edition of The Adventures of Augie March; Inscribed and dated by Saul Bellow in 1954
New York: The Viking Press, 1953.
First edition of Bellow’s first National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth, salmon topstain. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Raymita Chaffee with best wishes Saul Bellow Breadloaf VT, 1954.” The recipient was a student of Bellow’s at Breadloaf. Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket with a closed tear to the crown and a light brown spot to the top right side of the front panel. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. Contemporary inscriptions in this title are uncommon.
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