The Adventures of Augie March.New York: The Viking Press, 1953 Stock Code: 118332
Presentation copyFirst edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Patricia, To the best dressed, best-natured woman in New York from her admirer - and friend, Saul". The recipient was likely Viking Press's publicity director Patricia MacManus, with whom Bellow had become friends. MacManus started working for Viking Press in 1940, becoming the publishing house's publicity director in the early 1950s. From the late 1950s until 1965, she served as publicity director for Houghton Mifflin. Writing to Bellow in late September 1964 on the publication of Herzog, she stated, "We need yr. gifts... May you use them in joy" and wished that "seraphim and cherubim hover over the Belasco on Tues. evening", in reference to Bellow's The Last Analysis, which opened at the Belasco Theatre on 1 October 1964.
Octavo. Original light grey and black cloth, titles to spine in orange, decoration to front cover in orange, top edge orange. With the dust jacket.
Spine gently rolled, bumps to spine ends, slight rubbing to extremities, fading to top edge, a very good copy in the jacket with creasing and nicks to extremities, short closed tear to head of rear panel.
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