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.
Very Good in Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. First UK Edition, 1955. Book is in Very Good condition with orange panels and black lettering. Top edge and foreedge of textblock have slightly darkened, some minor spotting to top edge. Pastedowns, endpapers and flyleafs have darkening. Some foxing on title page. Otherwise a clean tight copy. Dustjacket is in Good condition with slight foxing to front cover. Spine is faded and has scuffing along joints and slight creasing at head/tail. Back cover has grey scuffmarks. Dj flap joints have nicking. Front/back flaps have some browning and foxing. Inside of dj has severe browning. Dj is wrapped in clear plastic mylar. 232 pgs.
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.
Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition, first printing. Publisher's yellow cloth, spine lettered in dark gray; in the original pictorial dust jacket, with red and gray circles emanating waves behind the white title lettering, spine lettered in red and black. Book near fine, with some light wear and faint spotting to the extremities, former owner's inscription to the front fly leaf, otherwise bright and clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some wear and a few minor chips to the extremities, faint toning to the spine, short closed tear to the front panel at the spine head, some soiling to the otherwise fresh panels. Overall, a very good and pleasing copy. Wise Blood is a Southern Gothic novel that tells the story of Hazel Motes, a recently discharged World War II veteran returning from combat to his childhood home in Tennessee. After finding his family gone and their home destroyed, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, an anti-religion which preaches a reliance on self rather than God. O'Connor, herself a native of Georgia and raised Roman Catholic, explores questions of morality and ethics in the 20th century; indeed, Motes' nickname "Haze" reflects his spiritual confusion in the modern age. Interestingly, O'Connor assembled Wise Blood from several previously published short stories.
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.
Very Good. First edition. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Small ding to top of back board, a bit of light foxing and light dust-soiling to edges. Jacket has light foxing and rubbing, is chipped a bit at head and tail with a few small creases and nicks, but is unclipped ($3.00) and has an unfaded spine panel. A very nice copy of the Southern author's first book.
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