11 October 2002
FAULKNER, William. The Town. New York: Random House, 1957.
8o. Original red cloth (few small chips at ends of spine); pictorial dust jacket (slightest soiling). Provenance: Victoria and William Fielden, Faulkner's step-daughter and son-in-law (presentation inscription; by descent to:) Victoria Johnson, daughter of the preceding; sold to: Louis Daniel Brodsky (then deaccessioned from the Brodsky-Faulkner Collection at Southeast Missouri State University).
FIRST EDITION, 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 TO HIS STEP-DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND on the front free endpaper: "For Sister and Bill with love Poppy." ADDITIONALLY SIGNED BY FAULKNER on the title: "William Faulkner Rowan Oak 19 April 1960."
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 Pat & Donald Klopfer, 12 January 1959, sold Sotheby's New York, 1994. See lot 83 for the copy of Requiem for a Nun inscribed to Victoria and William Fielden. Massey 347; Peterson A47.1b.
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