FIRST EDITION OF BLUEBEARD
, INSCRIBED BY KURT VONNEGUT TO DON FARBER, HIS CLOSE FRIEND, AGENT, AND LITERARY EXECUTOR, AND FARBER'S WIFE, ANNIE
VONNEGUT, Kurt. Bluebeard. New York: Delacorte, (1987). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $1500.
First trade edition of Vonnegut's fictional biography of Rabo Karabekian, inscribed on the half title in the year of publication to Don Farber, Vonnegut's close friend, agent, attorney, and literary executor, and Farber's wife, Annie: "For Don and Annie—Kurt Vonnegut. Oct. 12 1987."
"Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision… caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation" here continues the story of Rabo Karabekian, a minor character from his 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions (New York Times). Preceded by a signed limited edition of 500 copies published the same year. This copy is inscribed by Vonnegut to Don Farber and his wife, Annie. Farber was Vonnegut's agent, attorney, literary executor, and close friend. Perhaps best known for zealously protecting Vonnegut's estate after his death, Farber also wrote a memoir focusing on his friendship with Vonnegut, entitled, I Hated to Do It: Stories of a Life.