ADVANCE PROOF OF HOCUS POCUS, INSCRIBED BY KURT VONNEGUT TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND AND AGENT, DON FARBER, AND WITH AN ORIGINAL SELF-PORTRAIT
VONNEGUT, Kurt. Hocus Pocus. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1990). Octavo, original printed yellow paper wrappers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Advance proof copy of Vonnegut's time travel novel, inscribed on the half title to Don Farber, Vonnegut's close friend, agent, attorney, and literary executor, Don Farber: "For Don—Kurt Vonnegut," and with an original self-portrait sketch of the author smoking a cigarette.
"Like many of Vonnegut's novels, Hocus Pocus is a retrospective first-person narrative in which several time and story lines gradually converge. It is told by one Eugene Debs Hartke and purportedly written in prison on scrapes of paper, each scrap a thought, story or digression unto itself—a form ideally suited to Mr. Vonnegut's thumbnail essayistic bent and his high-speed forward—and reverse-narrative time travel" (New York Times). Published the same year as a signed/limited edition (250 copies). This copy is inscribed by Vonnegut to Don Farber. 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.
Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with light wear mainly to extremities and a small area of unobtrusive white-out to bottom of front panel. A lovely copy, most desirable with such outstanding provenance.