First edition, first printing of Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner, in a first state dust jacket.
Octavo, 319pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in yellow on spine and front cover. Contemporary ownership inscription across half-title. Solid text block, light rubbing to tips of spine, a near fine example. In the publisher’s restored, first state dust jacket. Retail price of $2.50 on front flap, An American Tragedy listed on rear panel, restoration to spine and flap folds, bright illustrations. Housed in custom gray cloth clamshell case, title in gilt over red spine label. (Bruccoli & Clark, 121) (Petersen A2a) A handsome example of Faulkner’s first novel, one of approximately 2500 copies.
Provenance: Sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries of New York in 1940, part of the library of the late Paul Lemperly of Lakewood, Ohio, who was a notable book collector of association copies. Includes Lemperly’s bookplate on front pastedown.