First Edition of John McPhee’s First Book A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley; Warmly Inscribed by Him In the Year of Publication

  • A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley.

A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley.

$1,750.00

Item Number: 3974

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965.

First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "For Hazel and Louis Landa I can hear you saying to one another: "Has he some quelque chose of his own upon the anvil?" "I expect it from him since poor Bradley helped to make him rich." With much affection, John McPhee December 25, 1965." Louis Landa was a close colleague of McPhee’s at Princeton, where he taught English and was also an authority on Jonathan Swift. Some sunning to the spine cloth, near fine in a bright near fine price-clipped dust jacket without the usual fading to the spine.

First published in 1965, A Sense of Where You Are is the literary equivalent of a harmonic convergence, a remarkable confluence of two talents--John McPhee and Bill Bradley--at the beginning of what would prove to be long and distinguished careers. "Immensely well-written, inspiring without being preachy, and contains as well the clearest analyses of Bradley’s moves, fakes, and shots that have appeared in print" (The New York Times Book Review).

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