11 October 2002
FAULKNER, William. Light in August. New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1932.
8o. Original coarse-grained grey cloth, stamped in orange on the front cover and in blue and orange on the spine [first binding] (endpapers lightly offset); pictorial dust jacket; WITH THE VERY RARE PLAIN GLASSINE OUTER WRAPPER (few losses at bottom of front and rear panels). Provenance: Hubert Starr (presentation inscription); Carl Peterson.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FAULKNER TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND HUBERT STARR on the front free endpaper: "To Herb from Bill Glendale." ADDITIONALLY SIGNED BY FAULKNER on the title: "William Faulkner Glendale Cal. 10 Oct, 1932." An early presentation, just 4 days after publication.
SCARCE INSCRIBED: few inscribed copies of Light in August are known, and none so early.
For more on the close relationship between Faulkner and Starr, see the previous lot. Massey 103; Peterson A13.1a (this copy). A VERY FINE COPY, PRESERVING THE PLAIN GLASSINE OUTER WRAPPER.
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