New York: Random House, (1954).
Hardcover. First edition, trade issue. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with some modest overall rubbing. Housed in a cloth chemise and quarter blue morocco gilt and blue cloth slipcase.
Inscribed on the front fly by the author to his brother John: "John, from Bill." Additionally Faulkner has Signed the book on the title page: "William Faulkner. Oxford, Miss. 10 June 1954." Beneath the inscription on the front fly is written, in a neat hand: "John Faulkner, a younger brother of William Faulkner, is my father. Jim Faulkner [followed by Jim Faulkner's signature].
John Faulkner was the author of the novels *Men Working* (1941) and *Dollar Cotton* (1942), and the memoir, *My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence* (1963), about his elder brother William Faulkner.
Because Faulkner was obligated by contract to sign limited editions, he would rarely inscribe books, except to his very closest friends and family, and sometimes not even then. Genuine inscribed copies of his early works are painfully rare. In the fall of 1931, Faulkner told Alfred A. Knopf, who approached him with books he had hoped to get inscribed: “People stop me on the street and in elevators and ask me to sign books, but I can’t afford to do this because special signed editions are part of my stock-in-trade. Aside from that, I only sign books for my friends” (Blotner, p.294). There was also a limited edition of this title, and we have never seen another Inscribed copy of this first trade edition.
A notable association copy of this title that won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the first book to win both awards.