"A MARVELOUS ACHIEVEMENT"
MOSSMAN, Dow. The Stones of Summer. A Yeoman's Notes 1942-1969. Bobbs-Merrill: New York / Indianapolis, (1972). Octavo, original gray paper boards, original dust jacket. $900.
First edition of Mossman's first and only book—"roller-coaster breathtaking"—his critically-praised novel that disappeared from the public eye until Mark Mossman's 2002 documentary, Stone Reader.
Mossman's now famous "lost" novel won critical praise on publication in 1972 as "a marvelous achievement that it puts forth much more than mere promise…. burns with a sacred Byzantine fire" (New York Times Book Review). "As a first novel, it's roller-coaster breathtaking" (Washington Post). Yet Mossman's lyrical coming-of-age novel quickly slipped out of view until documentary filmmaker Mark Moskowitz discovered it decades later and recorded his cross-country search for Mossman in the award-winning 2002 film, Stone Reader. "First printing" stated on copyright page.
Book fine; lightest rubbing, faint foxing to verso of about-fine dust jacket.