29 June 2005
WOLFE, Thomas (1900-1938). Look Homeward, Angel. A Story of the Buried Life. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
8o. Original blue cloth (color retouched at extremities, foot of spine trimmed slightly); printed dust jacket, with Wolfe's photo on the rear panel (discreetly restored with some color retouched); morocco slipcase. Provenance: Waldo Buckham (presentation inscription from the author on front free endpaper); Richard Manney (bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's New York, 11 October 1991, lot 319).
FIRST EDITION OF WOLFE'S FIRST AND GREATEST BOOK, first state jacket with Wolfe's photo by Doris Ulmann on rear panel. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY WOLFE on the front free endpaper: "To Waldo Buckham with friendship and thanks. Tom Wolfe. Oct 28, 1929."
Look Homeward, Angel is the first of Wolfe's four thinly disguised autobiographical novels of life near Asheville, North Carolina. No one denied the greatness of Wolfe's controversial first book, including Sinclair Lewis, who in his Nobel Prize speech the following year named Wolfe among the most promising of the younger generation of writers. Wolfe died prematurely of tuberculosis of the brain at the age of 38. Johnson A2.1.a. PRESENTATION COPIES OF THIS TITLE ARE RARE.
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