Lot 17: 5 First Editions: Saul Bellow.
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: Bellow, Saul. 5 First Editions. 8vo. Hardcover, 4 in dj, 1 in slipcase. ++ THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH. Viking Press, 1953. 1st edition of Bellows 3rd book. Base of c-page: Printed in the U.S.A. by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc. $4.50 dj price. The Short Novels of John Steinbeck blurb on rear flap but no reviewer quotes. Black/gray duotone cloth lettered in orange. Red-orange topstain. Very good in worn dj well repaired on underside. ++ SEIZE THE DAY. Viking, 1956. 1st ed. of Bellows 4th book. Published in November 1956... on c-page, $3.00 dj price. Very good, couple marginal tears to dj, edgewear mostly to djs spine ends. Upper corner of dj flaps have minor dampstain. ++ HENDERSON THE RAIN KING. Viking, 1959. 1st ed. of Bellows 5th book. Yellow topstain, $4.50 dj price. 3 quotes from reviewers on rear panel under the heading Saul Bellow as a novelist, 3 more reviewer quotes on rear flap. Very good, creasing/wear to djs edges, more wear around djs spine crown. ++ HERZOG. Viking, (1964). 1st edition, 1st issue (with so-called gray initial letters): More accurately, the first letter of each chapter has white spots from poor printing, generally more so than on the title page. C-page credits H. Wolff Manufacturing and has M B G. $5.75 at upper corner of front dj flap. Bottom of front flap: The Viking Press New York/ Jacket Design by Mel Williamson. Photo of Bellow on rear panel. Rear flap does not list any post-1959 titles. No quotes from reviewers on dj. Book itself is very good, blue topstain dulled. Dj good with nicks/chips/wear along edges. Foxing to dj flaps and a small area in margin of last 15 or 20 pages. ++ THE DEANS DECEMBER. 1st edition, #17 of 500 signed by Saul Bellow on limitation page. Red cloth, in matching slipcase. Near fine. 7.4 Lb.