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FAULKNER, William.

A Flight Commander.

Published: Privately printed at The Sandhill Press, 1975

Stock code: 52115

Price: £220

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First edition, sole printing. One of a limited edition of only 15 numbered copies reproducing in facsimile a 1918 letter from Faulkner to his friend Hubert Starr. The two had been trying to enlist in the RAF, cultivating fake English accents and biographies, and this letter is a continuation of their game. The 21-year-old Faulkner claims to have “killed a nigger” and then errupts with anger at his pen before referring to Americans as “these bounders from the colonies”. The young author’s artistic talent is displayed in a sketch of himself as an RAF flight commander, which also graces the cover. A rare and unusual Faulkner item.

Octavo. Original brown boards, titles and decoration to upper board in light yellow. A few faint spots to the boards, an excellent copy.

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