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    A Lovely Inscribed Copy of Updike's First Book

    John Updike. The Carpentered Hen and other tame creatures. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1958]. First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Signed and inscribed by Updike on the front free endpaper: "for Alexander J. Jemal, Jr. / this dear green oldie / cheers, / John Updike". Octavo. [xii], 82, [2, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth backstrip over paper-covered boards, front cover and spine stamped in gilt. Original pictorial dust jacket. Modest bumping to lower corners and some slight shelf wear, else fine. From the collection of Alexander J. Jemal, Jr.

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    October, 2013
    17th Thursday
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