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    Pynchon's Masterpiece, Inscribed and Signed by Him as a Birthday Present to a Boy Suffering from Lymphoma

    Thomas Pynchon. Gravity's Rainbow. New York: Viking, [1973]. First edition, first printing. Inscribed and signed by Pynchon on the half-title page, "10/86 / To Michael Urban, / Best Wishes, / Thomas Pynchon." Octavo. 760 pages. Publisher's red-orange cloth with dark red spine titles and an arch design blind-stamped on the front cover. Top edge stained red. Original pictorial dust jacket. Minor creasing to the jacket spine, else a gorgeous copy in fine condition. Accompanied by an original Autograph Letter Signed from Pynchon to Carla Urban, the inscribee's mother, in which Pynchon agrees to sign some books for her son, Michael, a lymphoma sufferer whose birthday was coming soon. Four books signed from Pynchon to Michael Urban, including this one, appear in this auction.



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    Auction Dates
    April, 2012
    11th Wednesday
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