Pylon.New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, Inc., 1935 Stock Code: 124226
NotesFirst edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author and Phoebe Omlie, who inspired one of the characters in the novel on the front free endpaper, "To a little 'big girl' in the south from Phoebe Omlie signed in her own hand and William Faulkner. Miss Stella Aiken. Oxford, Miss, April 29, 1935". Phoebe Omlie was a female aviation pioneer, celebrated in the national press for her aerial stunts, and was the first woman appointed to the Bureau of Aeronautics. Her husband Vernon taught Faulkner to fly in 1933, and two months after he received his license, the two flew to New Orleans to see the Pan-American air races. Faulkner began work on what would become Pylon as soon as he returned from the trip, and it reflects "all the enthusiasm and fascination for aeronautica of the newly-fledged pilot" (Harrison, p. 153). Faulkner drew upon the Omlies for the characters of race-pilot Roger Shumann and his wife Laverne in the novel. Presentation copies of the trade edition are very scarce indeed, and this is a superb association.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt on black ground, top edge black. With the dust jacket. Housed in a blue cloth folding case.
Gilt titles chipped, lightly rubbed at extremities, mark to edge of rear board. A very good copy in the rubbed and chipped jacket.
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