Mar 02, 2023 - Sale 2628

Sale 2628 - Lot 205

Price Realized: $ 13,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,000
FARIÑA, RICHARD. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me. 8vo, publisher's 1/4 green cloth and blue paper-covered boards, very slightly skewed, scattered minor soiling; unclipped dust jacket, several old cellotape mends on top and bottom edges of verso repairing short closed tears and small nicks, moderate dust soiling and edge creasing; endpapers toned with some spotting. First edition, inscribed by the author: "G -- Recognize any of these events. We had fun. Dick." According to Rare Book Hub, the first signed or inscribed copy to appear at auction. It is surmised that the dedicatee is Richard Gillespie who was at Cornell University the same time as Fariña and Thomas Pynchon. The three shared the same residence in Ithaca and would have crossed paths frequently; Farina was known to have signed letters to his friends as "Dick." (For Richard Gillespie see: The fact that the inscription is in red correction pencil suggests it was likely accomplished prior to his book signing at the Thunderbird book store in Carmel, California (the few copies he signed there were done in ink) whereafter, later that same day, 30 April 1966, two days after the novel's publication, he tragically died in a motorcycle accident. A 1960s American counter-culture desideratum. New York: Random House, (1966)