A novel set in the evangelical Deep South, in which a soldier returns to his home town and begins a private spiritual battle against the religiosity ...Show synopsisA novel set in the evangelical Deep South, in which a soldier returns to his home town and begins a private spiritual battle against the religiosity of the community.Hide synopsis
Description:First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED to old...First edition of the author's first book. INSCRIBED to old friends, "For Reid and Hildy / Flannery O'Connor." Reid Broderick was a doctor and his wife, Hildegarde, a major socialite in Savannah; they were close friends of O'Connor's cousin and patron, Kate Flannery Semmes, who lived next-door to the O'Connors when they were in Savannah. WISE BLOOD, a strong "Southern Gothic" novel, can be read many different ways, including as a snapshot of the South after World War II, when rural and city clashed and tent-revival preachers encountered big city marketing. Bookplate of Hildegarde Broderick on front pastedown. Near fine with minor aging to the yellow cloth which is a little darkened and rubbed on spine ends; in a very good to near fine, lightly soiled dust jacket with small chipping to corners and spine ends.
Description:Octavo. Original yellow boards, titles to spine in brown....Octavo. Original yellow boards, titles to spine in brown. Contents slightly toned, very light wear to extremities. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed and marked jacket with a few short closed tears and very minor loss at the ends of the spine. First edition, first printing of the author's first book.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First Printing. Dustjacket has 1...Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First Printing. Dustjacket has 1/4" by 1/2" chip with 2" tear to bottom of front panel. There is also a 1/4" by 1 " chip to top of rear panel. Very light wear to corners and spine ends. Overall, a bright, attractive copy with none of the usual spine fading common to this title.
Description:Fine in very good(+) jacket. 8vo, yellow cloth, d.w. New York:...Fine in very good(+) jacket. 8vo, yellow cloth, d.w. New York: Harcourt Brace, (1952). First Edition. Her first book. A fine copy. The white dust wrapper with the $3.00 price, is slightly toned, with a faint dampstain along the front edge.
Description:Clean, tight book with slight discoloration at foot of spine....Clean, tight book with slight discoloration at foot of spine. Dustjacket has been professionally restored including infill at top and bottom of front panel and spine. More than presentable copy of an increasingly scarce book. Cloth 8vo. 232pp. Author's first book. Stated first printing.
Description:Very Good in very good jacket. Octavo. 232 pp. First edition...Very Good in very good jacket. Octavo. 232 pp. First edition stated of the author's first book. Very good condition in yellow boards. Small prior owner name to the inside front pastedown else a clean well bound copy. Light wear to spine tips and with offsetting to rear board. The price intact dustwrapper is quite bright with vivid red lettering on the spine. The jacket suffers from a 2/3" wide irregular shaped chip at the top edge of the front panel. A good preservationist could improve this matter greatly. Debut novel by one of the most respected of all 20th century Southern writers. A Burgess 99 title (or, as I like to call it, one of the "nifty fifty"). See photos for details.
Description:First edition. Boards well-worn, particularly on the spine, thus...First edition. Boards well-worn, particularly on the spine, thus only good in about very good dustwrapper with small chips on the front and rear panel. The cheap, cardboard construction of the boards seems to ensure that most copies are found well-worn. The author's first book. Burgess 99. See this book in 3D on our site.
Description:Very Good. B0006AT1GI Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1952. Hard...Very Good. B0006AT1GI Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1952. Hard cover, first edition stated on copyright page. Has a touch of light soiling to the cover and page edges, otherwise VG condition in Good dust jacket which has a bit of edge wear and light soiling. The dust jacket price of $3.00 is intact but has been lightly marked through in pencil.
Description:Good+ No Dust Jacket. Stated First Edition, 1952 Harcourt,...Good+ No Dust Jacket. Stated First Edition, 1952 Harcourt, Brace. Flannery O'Connor's first novel. Good+ copy. Binding is tight, sturdy and square. Top of pages slightly stained, rear board shows minor blemishing along with some wear along the top edge. The previous owner signed her name in pencil on the first page; it has been erased but is still faintly visible. Otherwise this is a very good copy of this scarce collector's item! Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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