Ben Joe is the only boy in a family of six sisters, Mama and Gram. He is studying for a law degree in New York when he hears his eldest sister Joanne has left her husband and returned home with her baby girl. Out of a mixture of homesickness and duty Ben Joe returns to the home in which he has always felt like an outsider.Ben Joe is the only boy in a family of six sisters, Mama and Gram. He is studying for a law degree in New York when he hears his eldest sister Joanne has left her husband and returned home with her baby girl. Out of a mixture of homesickness and duty Ben Joe returns to the home in which he has always felt like an outsider.Read Less
Fine. If Morning Ever Comes was the first book by Anne Tyler (1941-), originally published in 1964. This volume is a book club reprint from 1972, published using the same binding, typography, and jacket design by Ward Ritchie that was used on the original. Gray paper boards bound at spine in orange cloth; black lettering on spine with author's signature embossed on front board. Bright, clean, and has never been read. Dust jacket is unclipped; dark gray with the same three distinct slashes of orange used on the original. Everything is the same as the original publication except that it carries no price. 266 pages.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Book Club. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Book Club Edition with slug near bottom edge of back board. SIGNED by AUTHOR. Book is in Very Good condition with grey boards, orange spine and black lettering. Bumping to board corners, light bumping to head of spine. Front board is bowed. Still a tight copy. Previous owner's address label affixed to front free endpaper. Dustjacket is in Very Good condition with minor wear. Dj is wrapped in clear plastic. 265 pgs.
Very Good binding. Near Very Good dust jacket. Previous owner bookplate signed by Tyler and tipped into the front hinge. Octavo. 266pp. First edition, second printing. Cloth and paper-covered boards with very light edge wear to extremities. Light spotting on front and rear boards. A few closed tears at top and bottom dustjacket covers. Digital pictures of book available upon request; no markings in text. Very Good binding / near Very Good dust jacket.
Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 8vo; [vi], 265,  pages A handsome First Edition in its third printing from December 1964, seemingly unread in Near Fine condition, traces of sunning to edges in Very Good dust-jacket, light tanning to spine, trivial chips. From the collection of Betty Anderson, legendary art director of publisher Knopf in the late 20th century as evidenced by her (small and unobtrusive) inventory number and signature on front paste down; Pulitzer Prize winning Anne Tyler's first novel, published at age 22. The tale about Ben Joe Hawkes visiting his home, mother and five sisters in North Carolina.
Fine in Near Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Book Club edition of author's brilliant first novel published eight years after its original publication in 1964. A cheaper alternative for the collector who can't afford the first edition now well over a thousand dollars but who wants a hardback that looks like the first in a similar unlaminated paper dust jacket highly subject to wear. This is a beautiful copy with the tiniest bit of wear at the corners of the jacket. Signed in black ink by the author on the title page.
Seventh printing. Thin line of sunning at the crown, else near fine in spine-faded, very good or better dustwrapper. Inscribed by Tyler to author Nicholas Delbanco: "For Nick Delbanco with admiration. Anne Tyler." Tyler's first novel. Tyler is a generous but not particularly accessible signer (she eschews book tours and public appearances), and one seldom finds books with significant associative value.
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