Three Signed First Editions by Pearl S. Buck

    Pearl S. Buck. Three Signed First Editions, including: The Chinese Novel. Nobel Lecture Delivered Before the Swedish Academy at Stockholm, December 12, 1938. New York: The John Day Company, [1939]. Advance review copy of the first edition signed by Buck on the front free endpaper. With laid-in publisher's letter. Slim octavo. Fifty-nine pages. Publisher's black cloth with gilt spine titles and facsimile signature stamped to front board. Original dust jacket. Housed in the publisher's original black cloth slipcase. This lecture detailed Buck's thoughts on the history, evolution, and impact of the Chinese novel, as well as her perception of its effects on her writing style. Minor bottom edge wear to the boards. Moderate edge and fold wear to the price-clipped dust jacket, with some rubbing to extremities. Slipcase expertly restored. A lovely signed copy in very good condition. [and:] China as I See It. New York: The John Day Company, [1970]. Number 2,885 of 3,000 limited first edition copies signed by Buck on the limitation page and retained for presentation by the author. Octavo. 305 pages. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles. Original dust jacket. A collection of Nobel Prize-winner Pearl Buck's non-fiction writings and speeches on China from the 1930s to the Communist take-over in 1949. Minimal shelf wear to boards. Front board slightly bowing. No front free endpaper. Some pencil underlining and a bit of marginal marking to text. The price-clipped dust jacket shows light wear, rubbing, and a bit of creasing to the extremities. Bottom third of front dust jacket flap and front board dampstained. Very good condition. [and:] Command the Morning. New York: The John Day Company, [1959]. First edition, signed by Buck on the front free endpaper. Octavo. 317 pages plus Epilogue. Publisher's light blue cloth with dark blue spine titles. Original dust jacket. A work of historical fiction driven by Pearl Buck's post-World War II fascination with the development of the atomic bomb and it consequences for humanity. Minor shelf wear to the boards and dust jacket edges. Spine ever so slightly cocked. Previous owner's signature on rear pastedown. A scarce signed copy in near fine condition.

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