Three Signed First Editions of Early Works by Styron

    William Styron. Three Signed First Editions, including: Lie Down in Darkness. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1951]. First edition. Signed by Styron on the title page. Octavo. 400 pages. Publisher's gilt-stamped dark olive cloth. Dust jacket has $3.50 price and author photo and bio on rear panel. Spine and board edges of cloth very lightly sunned. Minor toning to jacket; minimal rubbing at edges. Near fine. Styron's critically-acclaimed first novel about the dysfunctional Loftis family of Virginia, written when the author was only 25. [and:] Set This House on Fire. New York: Random House, [1960]. First edition, first printing; review copy, with slip laid in. Signed by Styron on the title page. Octavo. 507 pages. Publisher's black cloth with gilt, red, and white lettering to spine, and with Styron's facsimile signature in gilt on front board. Top edge stained red. Minor toning to dust jacket; shallow crease to top edge and short closed tear at top front joint. Near fine. A meditation on madness and rage, set in Italy. [and:] The Confessions of Nat Turner. New York: Random House, [1967]. First edition, first printing. Signed by Styron on the half-title page. Octavo. 428 pages. Publisher's black cloth stamped in gilt, silver, and orange. Top edge stained red. Buff endpapers. Light fading to spine of dust jacket; shallow crease through price on front flap. Fine. Styron's most famous (and most controversial) novel, narrated by Nat Turner, a real-life slave who led a slave rebellion. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1968.

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