“I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth": First Edition, First Issue of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying.
Item Number: 6106
New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1939.
First edition, first issue with dropped “I” on p. 11. and in the first state binding with lettering unbroken. One of 750 copies. Octavo, original cloth. Some rubbing to the front free endpaper, very good in the original dust jacket with some wear and light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Faulkner had stated to have written As I Lay Dying in six weeks with no revisions, and its stream-of-consciousness style suggests such an immersive spontaneity. “I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall” (William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying). “No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner. If you want to know all you can about that heart and soul, the fiction where he put it is still right there" (Eudora Welty).
Other Books by this Author
New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1931.
First edition of Faulkner’s first collection of stories. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, blue topstain. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. A very sharp example.
"The principles of victory and of defeat inhabit the same body and the necessary opponent, enemy, is merely the bed they self-exhaust each other on": Signed Limited First Edition of A Fable; Signed by William Faulkner
New York: Random House, 1954.
Signed limited first edition of the first novel to win both Pulitzer and National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. One of a thousand signed numbered copies. Fine in the original glassine wrapper. The slipcase is in fine condition. A superior example, not often seen in this condition.
New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Light offsetting to the endpapers, otherwise a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very bright example.
"Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Town
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first state copy with the 5/57 at the bottom of the front flap of the dust jacket, and the repetition of line 8 on line 10 on page 327. Octavo, original cloth. An excellent near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with a closed tear to the and a few chips to the spine crown.
“War is an episode, a crisis, a fever the purpose of which is to rid the body of fever. So the purpose of a war is to end the war": First Edition of William Faulkner's A Fable
New York: Random House, 1954.
First edition of the first novel to win both Pulitzer and National Book Award. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Riki Levinson. A superior example.
“The cotton was open and spilling into the fields; the very air smelled of it": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Hamlet; Signed by Him
New York: Random House, 1940.
First edition of the first novel in Faulkner’s acclaimed Snopes Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Faulkner on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with ads for other books on the back panel (Peterson A22). Dust jacket art by George Salter. From the library of novelist and historian Shelby Foote. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.
London: Bloombsbury, 2000.
First British edition. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1956.
First edition of the re-issue. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Portia Washington Pittman to Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, To Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt The First Lady of the World- Sincerely- Portia Washington Pittman- Daughter of Booker T. Washington Sept. 1956.” Some tape residue to the front free endpaper and some wear to the cloth in a very good dust jacket.
First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; Bound In Full Green Morocco By Bayntun Riviere Bindery
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound by Bayntun Riviere Bindery in full green morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled, gilt medallion portrait of Dickens on the front panel, gilt signature on the back panel, gilt marbled endpapers. In fine condition. Illustrated with 38 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne.
“All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,' — which is just another way of saying that you can't"; Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Inscribed by Richard Feynman
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.
First edition, later printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Camille Durand, Richard Feynman.” An excellent near fine example in a near fine dust jacket. Rare signed and inscribed.