4 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 1,500
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
CALDWELL, Erskine (1903-1987). Tobacco Road. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932.
8o. Original rust cloth, front cover and spine stamped in blind and gilt; pictorial dust jacket (a few repairs, spine panel darkened); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Raymond Griffith (1895-1957), silent film star (presentation inscription from the author).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Caldwell on the front free endpaper: "Dear Raymond Griffith: An autographer should be worthy of his hire. If he is to be, then by all means send me a pair of tickets, acceptable at a first class theatre, to the next 20th Century release. Erskine Caldwell".
[With:]. CALDWELL. Tobacco Road. A Three Act Play by Jack Kirkland. New York: The Viking Press, 1934. 8o. Original cloth; dust jacket; cloth slipcase. FIRST DRAMATIC EDITION. -- Tobacco Road. New York: Duell, Sloane, and Pearce, 1940. 8o. Illustrated by David Fredenthal. Original cloth; dust jacket; cloth slipcase. FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, SIGNED by Caldwell on the front free endpaper. -- Tobacco Road. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, n.d. 8o. Original cloth. Later edition. -- The Bastard. New York: Heron Press, 1929. 8o. Illustrated by Ty Mahon. Original cloth; uncut; cloth slipcase. FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 149 of 200 copies signed by Caldwell and Mahon from a total edition of 1,000. (5)
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