DescriptionCharles Willeford. Three Firsts Editions, including: Proletarian Laughter, Poems. Willeford's first appearance in print. [and:] Cockfighter. First hardcover edition. Dust jacket. [and:] Off the Wall. Dust jacket. All near fine or better.
This lot includes: Proletarian Laughter, Poems. (The Alicat Chapbooks, Number XII). Yonkers, New York: The Alicat Bookshop Press, 1948. First edition. Original illustrated saddle-stapled wrappers. Square octavo. Unpaginated. Pages toned and tanned as usual. Else, near fine. This collection of World War II-inspired poems was Willeford's first appearance in print. 1,000 copies printed. [and:] Cockfighter. New York: Crown Publishers, . First hardcover edition (preceded by a paperback edition in 1962). Octavo. 347 pages. Publisher's red-stamped yellow cloth. Minor rubbing along flap-folds of dust jacket and at foot of spine. Else, fine. [and:] Off the Wall, A True Life Novel. Montclair, New Jersey: Pegasus Rex Press, . Presumed first edition, with no additional printings listed. Octavo. 277 pages. Preface by Edna Buchanan. Publisher's white paper boards, with black printed titles. A couple of small spots of foxing along front joint; also, very minor foxing to page edges. Else, fine in dust jacket. The loosely fictionalized story of the Son of Sam killer.
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