“YOU HEARD MY FATHER LAST NIGHT— I’M A BLACK PENNY, A SOLITARY DARK LOT”: FIRST EDITION OF HERGESHEIMER’S THREE BLACK PENNYS
HERGESHEIMER, Joseph. The Three Black Pennys. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1917. Octavo, original brown cloth lettered in gilt. Housed in custom slipcase and chemise. $450.
First edition of Joseph Hergesheimer’s novel of the rise and decline of the Penny family.
Three Black Pennys is considered among Hergesheimer’s best works, the tragic saga of a family, set against the early 20th-century Pennsylvania iron industry. “Clifton Fadiman spoke of Hergesheimer as ‘the [John Singer] Sargent of the modern American novel,’ thus capturing perfectly the attention to detail and colour in his prose.” Bookplates.