Sunday, February 7, 2016

Paul Bowles, Let it Come Down (Signed and numbered, Black Sparrow Press, 1980)

Published in 1980 by Black Sparrow Press, this is a signed and numbered reissue of Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles' second novel which was originally published in 1952. As readers of this blog know, I am a huge Black Sparrow fan and try to take advantage of any opportunity I see to get one of their rare editions.

Their design is top notch and I think their limitation tiers are particularly exciting: every book came out simultaneously in signed/numbered, lettered, and trade editions, with the lettered copies including something of particular importance like a holograph poem or original artwork.

This is one of 350 copies that have been numbered and signed by the author -- this is #117/350.

The signature is on a tipped-in page at the front of the book:

My copy has a slight stain to the top edge of the book. Good, clean copies should sell for around $100, still (a great buy, I think) -- the somewhat questionable condition of my copy brought the price down to $45 when I bought it for my library ten or so years ago.

I also actually just picked up a second copy for remarkably cheap on eBay (only $30!) and will be putting this into an inventory of sorts that my wife and I have plans to someday sell under the guise of an online boutique. We're excited at this prospect, and will be picking up various rare books and design items over the next year or so with the intention of building some stock before our shop goes live. I'll keep you all posted.

Currently reading:
Samantha Hunt, Mr. Splitfoot

Currently listening to:
Greg Dulli, "Modern Love"

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