First edition. Boards well-worn, particularly on the spine, thus only good lacking the dustwrapper. The cheap, cardboard construction of the boards seems to ensure that most copies are found well-worn. The author's first book. Burgess 99.
Top edge and fore-edge lightly foxed, half-title page and final leaf of text are browned along inner hinge, else a near fine, bright copy in very good dust jacket; pictorial jacket (designed by Guy Nichols) is lightly tanned on spine, few tiny tears on... O'CONNOR, Flannery. WISE BLOOD [A Novel]. Small octavo, orange cloth, 232 pages. Anthony Burgess 99 title.
Good+ No Dust Jacket. 1st printing, 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. No dist jacket, otherwise this is a very good copy of this scarce collector's item! Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Good in Fair jacket. Book Yellow boards are lightly faded, tanned, rubbed, and soiled. Corners and spine are bumped and fraying w/ small tears on the edges. Dust jacket is tanned, rubbed, soiled, chipped, and torn. $3.00 price on flap. Endpapers are tanned and lightly foxing. Interior is tanned but unmarked and clean.
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.
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.
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. Book is protected in a custom cut clear mylar cover.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-10-25 Bronson Pinchot turns in a virtuosic performance of O'Connor's darkly comic classic first novel. After serving a stint in the army, Hazel Motes finds himself adrift, alone, and rent by spiritual confusion. Pinchot's narration is superb: dynamic, well paced, and infused with a perfect Southern drawl. Instead of simply creating voices for the characters, Pinchot embodies them. His Hazel is nasty, nasally, and angry; his Enoch Emery boasts a congested twang; and the entire cast is likewise brought to life by Pinchot's precise and perceptive characterizations and his brilliant evocation of O'Conner's grotesqueries. A Farrar, Straus, and Giroux paperback. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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