22 June 2010
FAULKNER, William. The Unvanquished. New York: Signet, 1952.
Small 8o. (Some pale browning as usual.) Original pictorial wrappers (slightly rubbed at extremities); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Joan Williams (presentation inscription).
First Signet paperback edition. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER TO JOAN WILLIAMS on the title-page: "For Joan Williams William Faulkner New York 13 Feb 1953." This period in early to mid 1953 is described in the letter from Williams's son that accompanies the copy of A Green Bough (lot 58). Faulkner had left Oxford on 31 January 1953 for New York. He stayed at Harrison Smith's apartment, but soon his illnesses flared up again and he was hospitalized twice during the first two weeks of February.
Set in Yoknapatawpha County, The Unvanquished tells the story of the Sartoris family, which first appeared in the novel Sartoris. The Unvanquished takes place before that story, and is set during the American Civil War. The principal characters are Bayard Sartoris, John Sartoris (Marse John, Father), Granny, Ringo (Morengo), Ab Snopes, Cousin Drusilla, Aunt Jenny, Louvinia, and the lieutenant (a Yankee soldier). Petersen A19.4.
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