FIRST EDITION OF LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL, INSCRIBED BY THOMAS WOLFE
WOLFE, Thomas. Look Homeward, Angel. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Octavo, original navy cloth, uncut, original dust jacket. Housed in custom clamshell box.
First edition, first issue, of Wolfe's first and most important novel, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper, "For E—- L—- J—-, Sincerely Thomas Wolfe Denver Aug 14 1935."
"Here is a novel of the sort one is too seldom privileged to welcome. It is a book of great drive and vigor, of profound originality, of rich and variant color… Wolfe has a great gift—the ability to find in simple events and in humble, unpromising lives the whole meaning and poetry of human existence" (NYT Book Review, October 27, 1929). First issue, with lower case "g" on page 308, line 26, and missing "t" in "stationed" on page 506, line 23. Rare first-state dust jacket, with photograph of Wolfe on rear panel. Only 3500 copies of the first printing were issued with the first state dust jacket. Johnston A.2.1.a. Bruccoli & Clark, 417. Hart, 447.
Book with expert reinforcement to text block; bright dust jacket with fading to spine, tape repairs to verso, chipping to spine ends and back panel. A most desirable inscribed copy.