• 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 85

    McCULLERS, Carson (1917-1967). The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. Cambridge: The Riverside Press and Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1951.

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    McCULLERS, Carson (1917-1967). The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. Cambridge: The Riverside Press and Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1951.

    8o. Original orange cloth stamped in red (spine ends slightly bumped); dust jacket (some minor chipping, a few short tears). Provenance: Brooks Atkinson (1894-1984), influential American theatre critic (presentation inscription from the author).

    FIRST EDITION of McCullers' collection of novels and stories, PRESESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Brooks Atkinson with great admiration and with gratitude. Carson McCullers."

    [With:] MCCULLERS. The Member of the Wedding. Boston and Cambridge, 1946. 8o. Original cloth; dust jacket (some splitting along folds, a few tape repairs). FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by McCullers on the front free endpaper. -- Clock Without Hands. Boston and Cambridge, 1961. 8o. Original cloth; dust jacket. FIRST EDITION. -- The Mortgaged Heart. Edited by Margarita G. Smith. Boston, 1971. 8o. Original cloth; dust jacket. FIRST EDITION. -- The Member of the Wedding. New York, 1951. 8o. Original cloth; dust jacket (A few chips with minor loss). FIRST EDITION of the play based on McCullers novel of the same name. -- Sweet as a Pickle and Clean as a Pig. Boston and Cambridge, 1964. 8o. Illustrated by Rolf Gérard. Original cloth; dust jacket (a few small chips). FIRST EDITION. -- The Square Root of Wonderful. Boston and Cambridge, 1958. 8o. Original cloth; dust jacket (a few small closed tears). FIRST EDITION. -- ALBEE, Edward. The Play. The Ballad of Sad Cafe. Boston and New York, 1963. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Albee on the front flyleaf. (8)


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