COLOR OF DARKNESS, INSCRIBED BY JAMES PURDY
PURDY, James. Color of Darkness. New York, 1957.
First edition, first printing of the first complete published work of James Purdy—acclaimed for "dialogue reminiscent of Hemingway… he can do more with a whisper than most fiction writers do with a shout"—inscribed on the title page by him, "For R— With all good wishes. James Purdy," this scarce volume featuring his breakthrough novella together for the first time with eleven short prose works including two never before published, preceded only by separate private printings issued in wrappers and an English edition of only nine stories and the novella, in the original dust jacket. $700.