Mar 02, 2023 - Sale 2628

Sale 2628 - Lot 238

Price Realized: $ 8,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
ROTH, HENRY. Call It Sleep. 8vo, publisher's dark red cloth, gilt-lettered blue cloth spine label, cocked, black top-stain, corners lightly bumped, scattered minor abrasions; unclipped dust jacket, numerous tape mends on verso repairing closed tears including length of two folds, portions of top and bottom edges and across spine panel, several hard fold creases, extremities and flap folds rubbed with mild abrading, small nicks; front hinge starting, slight separation at gutter of title page, few signatures stressed, endpapers toned, contents with occasional staining, mostly to blank margins. First edition in first state jacket, inscribed by Roth to his sister on the half-title: "For my dear sister, Rose / Henry Roth." Variant binding in red cloth (all others located in the blue cloth), possible trial binding, in slightly oversized (by 5mm) jacket. According to Rare Book Hub, just the third inscribed copy to appear at auction, all sold in these rooms (14 June 2001, lot 256, $18,000, Ben Sackheim copy; 18 May 2016, lot 339, $12,500, Lawrence Fox copy). New York: Robert O. Ballou, (1934)