"To Sallie Burns, with love William Xmas, 1959": First Edition of William Faulkner's The Mansion; Inscribed by Him To His Cousin and additionally signed by Him
Item Number: 111629
New York: Random House, 1959.
First edition of the final novel in the Nobel Prize-winning author’s The Snopes Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to his first cousin, “To Sallie Burns, with love William Xmas, 1959″ and signed again on the title page, “William Faulkner Charlottesville, Va. 25 Dec 1959.” Sallie Falkner Burns was close with Faulkner and is mentioned in a number of Faulkner biographies, as she knew more about his childhood as well as later years more than anyone living. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association.
The Mansion completes Faulkner’s great trilogy of the Snopes family in the mythical county of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi, which also includes The Hamlet and The Town. Beginning with the murder of Jack Houston, and ending with the murder of Flem Snopes, it traces the downfall of this indomitable post-bellum family, who managed to seize control of the town of Jefferson within a generation.