"A child takes life as it comes because he has no other way of taking it": First Edition of Frederick Buechner's Sacred Journey; Warmly Inscribed by Him
The Sacred Journey.
Item Number: 1880
New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1982.
First Edition. Lengthily Inscribed by Frederick Buechner in the year of publication “with much love.” Fine in a very good dust jacket.
As with much of Buechner's work, there is a movement in this narrative from suffering to grace, a grace that comes in unexpected ways and places. Here it comes through the preacher George Buttrick on a Sunday sermon: Jesus refused Satan's crown, Buttrick said, but "he is crowned in the heart of the people who believe in him. And that inward coronation takes place ... 'among confession, and tears, and great laughter.'" It was when he heard this final statement, Buechner writes, that something turned over for him, and led him to speak to Buttrick and ultimately led him--driven literally by Buttrick--to Union Theological Seminary. Here in this beautiful book this soul-changing journey across Manhattan stands for "the sacred journey" of a life--and of all of our lives. Whether it ends in truth or dream we cannot know, but Buechner sides with King Rinkitink of Oz who says, "Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders."
Other Books by this Author
New York: Seabury Press, 1970.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Luette Eaton with gratitude + esteem Frederick Buechner 8 July 1977.” Near fine in very good dust jacket with brown spotting to the extremities. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974.
First edition of this work on the life of Jesus. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout. Signed by Frederick Buechner on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Photography by Lee Boltin. Design by Ray Ripper.
First Editions of Each Novel in Frederick Buechner's Book of Bebb Quartet; Each Volume Signed by Him
New York: Atheneum, 1971-1977.
First editions of each novel in the author’s acclaimed Book of Bebb quartet. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Each book is inscribed and dated by the author. Each are in excellent condition in dust jackets that show only light wear. A very sharp set.
New York: Atheneum, 1979.
First edition of the compilation of the four books that make up the Bebb Quartet. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to his Aunt and Uncle, “For Aunt Betty, Uncle Jim – a quadruple _____ from Leo Bebb- with love Freddy.” An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with a small closed tear to the front panel.
“I NOT ONLY HAVE MY SECRETS. I AM MY SECRETS. AND YOU ARE YOU’RE YOUR SECRETS”: FIRST EDITION OF FREDERICK BUECHNER’S TELLING SECRETS; SIGNED BY HIM
San Francisco: Harper, 1991.
. First edition of Buechner’s third autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Frederick Buechner on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"The fact that for many people it remains my best known book embarrasses me still more": First edition of Buechner's A Long Day's Dying; Lengthily inscribed by him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950.
First edition of Buechner’s brilliant first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author with a full page inscription on the front free endpaper, “I was only a few years older than Patrick when I wrote this. Whenever I glance at it, I am embarrassed. The fact that for many people it remains my best known book embarrasses me still more. Nonetheless, I inscribe it with all the best wishes. For Patrick, Christopher, Celia, and Greg Ross. – Frederick Buechner August 1987.” Laid in is a postcard in Buechner’s hand addressed to Greg Ross, “29. vii. 89 Dear Mr. Ross, I share your horror and would be happy to sign the ancient volume. Best wishes, Frederick Buechner.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable with such a lengthy inscription by Buechner.
First Edition of Frederick Buechner's The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found; Signed by Him
San Francisco : Harper Collins, 1999.
First edition of this powerful memoir. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Frederick Buechner Dec. 2009.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Laura Beers.
New York: The Seabury Press, 1969.
First edition of this collection of reflections on biblical themes. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “For Vernon and Mary with a Merry Christmas and Love Freddy.” Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Walter Ferro.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957.
First edition of Buechner’s third book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “This is full of real people…Dr. Kuykendall was based on my great Old Testament professor at Union Seminary James Milenburg. Ansel Gibbs himself was an amalgam of my old Lawrenceville headmaster, Allen Heely, and my cousin Lewis Duplas, who was the U.S. Ambassador to England, and so the name “Ansel Gibbs” I invented. Some five or more years afterwards, a boat sunk in the Boston Harbor during the War of 1812 was salvaged. Her name was “the Ansel Gibbs” – for Christopher Patrick, Celia and Greg Ross with blessings. Frederick Buechner.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Elliot Erwitt. Rare and desirable with such a lengthy inscription by Buechner relaying the origins of this popular early novel.
San Francisco: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1983.
First edition of the author’s second memoir. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Frederick Buechner on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Catherine Flanders.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952.
First edition of Frederick Buechner’s second novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription by the author on the front free endpaper, “This was the most insincere of all of my books. Following hard on the heels of my most successful. I wrote a good deal of it in the small village of Great Milton, near Oxford, where I would get so cold that I would have to get into bed to write, and then I’d fall asleep instead. With all best wishes to Patrick, Christopher, Celia, and Greg Ross. -Frederick Buechner.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Photograph by Elliott Erwitt.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1948.
Signed limited first edition of General Eisenhower’s wartime memoirs. Thick octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, original acetate. Signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, number 299 of 1426 copies. Fine in the original acetate, which is in fine condition. Original slipcase in near fine condition with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
New York: Pantheon Books, 2000.
First edition of the sequel to Adventures in the Screen Trade. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by William Goldman on the half title page to George Christy, former reviewer and society columnist for the Hollywood Reporter. Review material laid in, fine in a fine dust jacket.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1787 of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Fine in a fine slipcase. Also includes the original publisher’s cardboard box.