Very Good. Inscribed by Author Book (wish someone could tell me what '2nd ed before publication' means) Nice engraving tipped onto the front endpaper covers a blemish in the paper from an earlier label now removed. The blank preliminary page that follows the endpaper has been glued to the front endpaper so that they seem like one page. The book is otherwise near fine, with an excellent text block. just a hint of even aging to the spine strip. Inscribed and dated by Clark on the front endpaper.
Very Good in Very Good-dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. Random House. 1940. 309 pgs. Third Printing. Signed and inscribed with a lengthy inscription by Van Tilburg lark on the FFEP. Endpapers lightly foxed. DJ in VG shape with light shelfwear present to the DJ. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 892; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 309 pages; Signed by Author.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed & Dated by Author First edition, first prnt. Signed and dated "Sept. 25, 1940" by Clark on the front free endpage. Previous owner name and date neatly inked on front pastedown under dustjacket front flap, faint spoting to topstain; dustjacket with chipping at corners and spine ends, two inch closed tear on front panel spine fold and two shorter tears, one on the front panel bottom edge and the other on the rear panel topedge with shallow creases, edgewear, mostly on the front panel topedge. A bright, tight copy in Very Good conditiuon in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Clark's first novel. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
I didn't get the nearly new copy I ordered but since it arrived in about two days I wasn't going to complain. It was a different edition than what I ordered-- a much older and well worn one, but it also had an interesting essay about the book in the back, so again, no complaints. Another lesson in not judging a book by it's cover.
The story is terrific too!
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