FAULKNER, WILLIAM. 1897-1962. Sanctuary.  New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, (1931).

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FAULKNER, WILLIAM. 1897-1962.
Sanctuary. New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, (1931).

Sold for US$ 1,657 inc. premium
FAULKNER, WILLIAM. 1897-1962.
Sanctuary. New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, (1931).
8vo. Publisher's cloth-backed magenta paper boards, spine lettered in magenta, patterned endpapers, black topstain, original dust-jacket. Minor wear at spine ends of jacket, tiny tear to lower joint.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, OF FAULKNER'S FIRST SENSATIONAL SUCCESS. When Faulkner first sent Sanctuary to Harrison Smith, he received the reply: "Good God, I can't publish this we'd both be in jail." So he was surprised when galley proofs arrived a year later. Faulkner replied, "You can't print it like this; it's just a bad book," and set about revising Sanctuary, pulping the galley proofs at his own expense. In the end, his revised text did nothing to alleviate the terror of the book, but the book found its reading audience and became his first bestseller. A fine copy in a bright, unfaded jacket. Connolly Modern Movement 69. Petersen A8b.
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