(New York: Random House, 1957). 205 x 130 mm. (8 x 5 1/8"). 5 p.l., 371 pp. FIRST EDITION. No. 438 OF 450 SIGNED COPIES.
FINE CONTEMPORARY BROWN CRUSHED MOROCCO, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with filigree cornerpieces, gilt titling, turn-ins with decorative gilt roll, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Petersen A34c. Just a breath of wear to the binding, but a near-mint copy, pristine internally.
This is a desirable signed copy of the second volume in Faulkner's "Snopes" trilogy, a work written near the end of his storied career. As ANB observes, "Faulkner drew on the history of his region, its brief rise and its rapid fall; on its rich oral traditions, "the rag-tag and bob-ends of old tales and talkings" (as he called them in 'Absalom, Absalom!') that he had begun gathering from the air in his seemingly misspent boyhood and youth; on its customs, mores, folkways, and dialects; and even on its vegetation, geography, and wildlife. Faulkner's fiction conveys a sense of the past and its force." (ST14079)
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