New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's buckram cloth, spine stamped in blue and orange, upper board stamped in orange, top edge stained orange, black-and-white vignette to title-page, original pictorial dust jacket.
Faulkner's seventh novel, a "grave meditation on race, violence and all the fraught legacies of the South" (Time magazine), written in a six-month burst of creative energy, and concluding a several-years' run that saw publication of some his most compelling work, including The Sound and the Fury, Sanctuary, and As I Lay Dying. First printing stated on copyright page, with "Jefferson" for "Mottstown" on p.340, in first-issue binding with spine stamped in blue and orange, and variant dust jacket with "Lee" for "Joe" on front flap. Dust jacket designed by Arthur Hawkins, Jr., who designed some of the most striking Art Deco-style dust jackets of the 30s and 40s, including for James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice and John O'Hara's Butterfield 8, as well as several others for Faulkner; title-page vignette by Rockwell Kent. Petersen A13.1a. Without rare glassine wrapper. Endpapers lightly foxed, with embrowning from binder's glue and small abrasion to front free endpaper. Unclipped, moderately worn dust jacket with some chipping to spine-ends and flap folds, rubbing and darkening to spine, small triangular chip to top edge of rear panel, and light general soiling. Overall, a very good copy. Item #432