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FAULKNER, William. The Marble Faun. Boston: Four Seas Company, 1924.
FAULKNER, William. The Marble Faun. Boston: Four Seas Company, 1924.

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FAULKNER, William. The Marble Faun. Boston: Four Seas Company, 1924.

8o. Original green paper boards, printed paper label on cover (spine slightly toned with minor wear at head); IN THE VERY RARE PRINTED DUST JACKET (few small tears at ends of spine panel, few pale stains); quarter morocco folding case.

FIRST EDITION OF FAULKNER'S RARE FIRST BOOK. Four Seas agreed to issue Faulkner's collection of poems in 1923, provided he pay for the manufacturing costs (their standard arrangement). They offered him a royalty arrangement, but Faulkner declined to proceed, at the time not having enough money to carry the costs. Within six months, though, he'd received the encouragement and finanical support of Phil Stone and the twenty-seven year old Faulkner contracted for the printing of 500 copies of The Marble Faun. The book sold poorly and quickly was remaindered. No records survive detailing the number of copies Four Seas actually sold prior to disposing the stock on the remainder market, but an early estimate suggested 100 copies. William Boozer, in William Faulkner's First Book: The Marble Faun (Memphis, 1975), specifically located 56 copies. He considered the existence of other floating copies for a total of near 70, and has since found more, but his total is still short of the 100 copies initially assumed. A FINE COPY IN DUST JACKET. Massey 743; Peterson A1.1.

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