FIRST EDITION OF THE UNEXPURGATED CODE: A COMPLETE MANUAL OF SURVIVAL & MANNERS; Inscribed by J.P. Donleavy to his Publisher Seymour Lawrence
The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners.
Item Number: 3969
New York: Seymour Lawrence Book/ Delacorte Press, 1975.
First edition of this humorous collection of writings from the author of The Ginger Man. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication to his publisher Seymour Lawrence, “10:30 A.M. South Wing, Levington Park October 4, 1975 To Seymour Lawrence J.P. Donleavy who anticipated action.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Braswell. An exceptional association.
J.P. Donleavy and Seymour Lawrence first met in 1961, and had been corresponding regarding Donleavys work in progress A Fairy Tale of New York. Donleavy gave Lawrence The Ginger Man to publish, which, in association with Delacorte/Dell, came out in 1965 (the first complete and unexpurgated edition published in the U.S.) to great success. Lawrence built a remarkable list of important authors, including: Thomas Berger, Richard Brautigan, Kurt Vonnegut, William Styron, Jim Harrison, William Saroyan, Frank Conroy and several Nobel Laureates.