"And he no longer cared to tell which were things done and which dreamt": First Edition of Cormac McCarthy’s First Book The Orchard Keeper; Inscribed by Him

  • The Orchard Keeper.
  • The Orchard Keeper.

The Orchard Keeper.

$22,000.00

Item Number: 55048

New York: Random House, 1965.

First edition of the author’s rare first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author in a contemporary hand on the front free endpaper, “To John Sheddan Cormac McCarthy.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

The novels of Cormac McCarthy owe much to William Faulkner, especially in their "use of dialect and concrete sense of the world— a debt McCarthy does not dispute. ‘The ugly fact is books are made out of books,’ he says. ‘The novel depends for its life on the novels that have been written.' "Cormac McCarthy is expert in generating an emotional climate, in suggesting instead of in stating, in creating a long succession of brief, dramatic scenes described with flashing visual impact" (The New York Times).

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