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    A Complete Run of McSweeney's Quarterly Literary Journal

    [Literary Journal]. [Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon, Gary Painter, Jonathan Franzen, Roddy Doyle, et. al., contributors]. Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. San Francisco: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, 1998-2014. Complete run of this journal from Sampler No. 1 (1998, issued prior to the first issue) to issue 46 (2014). Together, with variants and duplicates, fifty-five issues (mainly octavos). Original publisher's bindings (some in wrappers, some in boards, several in special custom bindings - all as issued). Several early issues signed by Dave Eggers, contributor and editor of earlier issues (he has signed or inscribed fifteen times, with three of these including original drawings), Michael Chabon has signed twice, and Gary Painter has signed one with an original drawing. All issues are as issued, with those issues requiring ephemera, discs, or booklets having those items present. Issue 2 has two copies, issue 5 has four copies, each with a different variant dust jacket, issue 10 has two copies (one the original McSweeney with the chair logo on the spine, and the other the Vintage reprint signed by Michael Chabon), issue 14 has two copies, issues 41, 43, and 45 all have two copies. Issues 16, 17 (portion of this issue), and one issue of 43 are in original shrinkwrap. A few issues have some minor rubbing, but generally a fine set.

    McSweeney's was originally begun with the aim to only publish works rejected by other magazines or publishers. As McSweeney's flourished, however, that rule was soon abandoned, as established authors began submitting to them as a first choice. McSweeney's also became an important outlet for new and previously unpublished writers. Some issues have a traditional design (two covers and pages), while many are unique and unusual (for example, issue 28 is eight small books in a puzzle-tray configuration, issue 36 is a box designed to look like a man's head, issue 17 is a bundle of items "Made to look like it came in your mailbox," etc.) This collection does not include the two volumes of The Better of McSweeney's, not generally considered to be part of the Quarterly. From the collection of I.D. "Nash" Flores III.





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