• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 80

    MALAMUD, Bernard (1914-1986). The Natural. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952.

    Price Realised  

    MALAMUD, Bernard (1914-1986). The Natural. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952.

    8o. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered on spine; pictorial dust jacket (price clipped, a few small repairs with some color retouched); cloth folding case.

    FIRST EDITION OF MALAMUD'S FIRST BOOK about baseball and the successes and failures of its hero, Roy Hobbs. "In his telling and always deliberate use of the vernacular alternated with passages evocative and almost lyrical, in his almost entirely successful relation of baseball in detail to the culture which elaborated it, Malamud has made a brilliant and unusual book" (review in The New York Times, 26 August 1952). The book was issued in red, blue or gray cloth, without priority.

    [With:] MALAMUD. The Tenants. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1971.

    8o. Original orange cloth (small stain along top edge); dust jacket (some wear at egdes, light soiling). FIRST EDITION. (2)


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