The Message in the Bottle

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1975).

Price: $300.00

Hardcover. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author to a noted writer and musician: "for Jeff Rian best wishes, Walker Percy Christmas 1980." The author's first book of non-fiction, a rumination on the relation of man to language.

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The Message in the Bottle. Walker PERCY.
The Message in the Bottle
The Message in the Bottle

Walker Percy
birth name: Walker Percy
born: 5/28/1916
died: 5/10/1990

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Biography

American novelist who wrote of the search for faith and love in the New South, a place transformed by industry and technology. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

Percy was a hot ticket for a while, but the only one of his regularly published books to command a real premium is his first The Moviegoer, (1961). Legends abound about how many copies were printed with speculation ranging between 1,000 and 5,000, with many copies going to libraries (beware of books and jackets that don't quite seem to go together, as this has always been a favorite target for matchmakers). Signed copies especially command a premium, even though by all accounts Percy was generous with his signature. Early offprints of his scholarly work in wrappers, such as Symbol as Need, (1954) are more peripheral and have a more limited audience, but are nice things to add to a collection if you're in the mood.

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