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    Limited Edition William Faulkner, Out-of-Series and Marked "Review Copy"

    William Faulkner. Miss Zilphia Gant. [N.p. (Dallas)]: The Book Club of Texas, 1932.

    First edition, limited to 300 copies, this copy out-of-series and marked "Review Copy". Octavo. xi, 29 pages. Preface by Henry Smith.

    Publisher's terra cotta cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the front cover, gilt rubbed from the spine. Light rubbing and scuffing to the cloth, otherwise a very good, tight copy.

    With the pencil signature and embossed ex-libris of Southwest Review and Dallas Morning News reviewer John Chapman (both publications were under the guidance of John McGinnis at that time). The entire edition consisted of the 300 copies, and did not appear in print again until the 1970s. An uncommon early Faulkner item. "The publication of Miss Zilphia Gant by The Book Club of Texas is appropriate. Faulkner's work is so closely identified with the South that it seems almost out of place on an Eastern publisher's list. And he found an early recognition and critical appraisal in the Dallas News book page, the editor of which, John H. McGinnis, has some claim to be the reviewer who first appreciated the significance of Faulkner as new force in American fiction. A glance at some of the reviews of Faulkner's work will reveal that he has not always been so fortunate in his critics. Henry Smith. Dallas, May, 1932". (From the Preface, p. xi). Apparently, the editor John McGinnis did not seek Faulkner's approval in offering the story to the Book Club of Texas, and Faulkner was not subsequently asked to sign the edition. Chosen one of the 50 best designed books of the year by the AIGA.


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