"Being right was largely a matter of explanations": First Edition of Mr. Sammler’s Planet; Warmly Inscribed by Saul Bellow

  • Mr. Sammler’s Planet.

Mr. Sammler’s Planet.


Item Number: 1786

New York: The Viking Press, 1970.

First edition of the author’s third National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Alderman and Lois Stone from an old Tulyite Saul Bellow March 16′ 87.” The recipient was Bernard and Lois Stone, the former a politician from the city of Chicago. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to the spine. Jacket design by Mel Williamsom.

Saul Bellow is the only author to have received three National Book Awards, for The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler’s Planet, in addition to both the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes. The Sunday Times praised these achievements when it revered "Bellow’s oeuvre [as] both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary."

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