This is a non-price-clipped first edition of her superlative novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I found this last week on eBay after spending a couple weeks browsing new listings during an idle few minutes here and there at work. I added a "Shirley Jackson" search into that terrible cycle of websites that a person spirals through mindlessly, and one afternoon I found this, listed just a few minutes ago, at a shockingly low price. The condition was satisfactory (by no means great), but there were no signs of the book being any later printing. I couldn't be sure it was a 1st/1st but I went for it and was pleased with the results.
The book's jacket has seen better days, with chipping at the top and bottom, and the spine itself has a slight tilt to it.
The book's been bookplated on the front endpapers by previous owner "Lois Haberland Smith" (Google tells me she was the wife of Philadelphia music critic Roland Gelatt, via a NYT obit).
In all, this book is a great example of how patience and a diligent eye will yield good results! Now, on to The Haunting of Hill House, if I can just wade through all those strange large-print editions out there...
Vladimir Nabokov, The Eye
Currently listening to:
"Atomos" by A Winged Victory for the Sullen