22 June 2010
FAULKNER, William. The Town. New York: Random House, 1957.
8o. Original red cloth; pictorial dust jacket (slightest toning to spine panel); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Pat and Donald Klopfer (presentation inscription); Joseph L. Mankiewicz (sold Sotheby's New York, 10 June 1994, lot 75).
FIRST EDITION, TRADE ISSUE, in the first binding of red cloth, with the textual error on p. 327 and with "5/57" on the lower inner front flap of the jacket. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER on the front free endpaper: "Pat and Donald Klopfer at the Farm, New Jersey 12 January 1959 Bill Faulkner." ADDITIONALLY SIGNED "William Faulkner" on the title. With a review copy slip laid-in.
Donald Klopfer was Bennett Cerf's partner at Random House. In 1925, Cerf had formed a partnership with his friend Klopfer when the two bought the rights to the Modern Library from Boni and Liveright. They made the series quite successful and, in 1927, commenced to publish general trade books which they had selected "at random." Thus began their formidable publishing business, which they later named Random House.
The Town was the second of the Snopes Trilogy, coming between The Hamlet and The Mansion. Only one other inscribed copy of The Town has appeared at auction in the last thirty years: the copy inscribed to Faulkner's step-daughter and son-in-law (three years after publication), sold in the sale of the Roger Rechler Library, Christie's New York, 2002. Massey 347; Peterson A47.1b.
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