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Sale 2462 Lot 121
FAULKNER, WILLIAM. The Marble Faun. 8vo, original green paper boards, printed paper label on front cover and spine, small chip to spine foot with slight rubbing at head, small stain confined to small portion of bottom edges of front and rear boards; dust jacket, restorations to spine panel tips (imprint with loss of one letter) and top and bottom edges, few other repairs over closed tears, slightly tanned; front hinge partly separated, vertical tape ghosts to front and rear endpapers, creasing to pp. -12 and 27-28 (presumed production flaw); preserved in cloth chemise and 1/4 morocco slipcase gilt. Ex-collection William Boozer, editor of the Faulkner Newsletter, and author of William Faulkner's First Book: The Marble Faun Fifty Years Later (Memphis, 1975). Boston: Four Seas Company, (1924)
Estimate $18,000 - 25,000
first edition of faulkner's first book. presentation copy, signed and inscribed to dorothy wilcox from faulkner and phil stone. with additional signature by faulkner on the title-page. Phil Stone was Faulkner's early mentor in Oxford, and among the first to recognize his talent. It was due to Stone's avid encouragement and financial underwriting that this, Faulkner's first book, was published at all.
The presentation of this particular copy by Faulkner and Stone to Dot Wilcox is documented in Joseph Blotner's Faulkner biography: "Stone sometimes helped him [Faulkner] with a loan, and often he would provide transportation. Together they would drive to Memphis occasionally. One day when they went to Dot Wilcox's home for dinner, Faulkner brought along a copy of The Marble Faun. In the flyleaf [i.e. title-page] he wrote down the year, 1927  and the inscription 'To Dorothy, in memory of many pleasant occasions, Bill Faulkner.' Below these lines, Phil Stone wished Dot good luck and signed his name too. 'Dot,' Stone said, 'you keep this book. Someday this tramp will be famous.' 'Yes,' Faulkner added, 'it will come out in the paper in headlines - The Tramp Who Became Famous.' The three of them laughed and went on with their dinner" (Blotner, Faulkner: A Biography, p. 543).important presentation copy of faulkner's first book. Peterson A1.1Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $22,500