Oct 10, 2019 - Sale 2519

Sale 2519 - Lot 367

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
DFW'S 'INVERTED JENNY' WALLACE, DAVID FOSTER. Girl With Curious Hair. 8vo, publisher's printed cream wrappers, faint traces of fingersoiling, near fine. [New York]: Penguin, November 1988

Additional Details

unrevised proofs of the scuttled penguin edition, the publication suppressed due to the threat of legal action against the publisher. The number that were produced is not known but this is undoubtedly one of a scant few to appear; no other copies found in commerce nor does ABPC or Rare Book Hub trace any copies at auction.
Wallace: "[M]eanwhile, Playboy's lawyers called Viking's [Penguin's] lawyers, and clued them in about what was going on, and then they started looking at the Jeopardy! story. And at 'Westward,' and the Johnson story, and the fact that a lot of the minor characters were real people [...] And basically, the book got killed. Viking already put a cover -- it's weird. A collector showed me, the collector's got a bound galley of the Viking version of the book. Which, you know, for collectors now apparently it's like an upside-down postage stamp, it's just worth thousands of dollars, because Viking killed it. It's weird -- they didn't even think they were gonna lose, they just thought they'd get sued" (Lipsky, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, p. 225).