The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy

Williams, Tennessee

Published by New Directions, 1954
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Half-linen and patterned paper boards; spine stamped in gilt; front inner hinge slightly cracked (as almost always with this book, since the additional story caused the bulk to be too great for the binding), a fine and fresh copy in unworn slipcase. Marked "Presentation copy" below the stated limitation of 100 numbered copies, and signed by the author. Crandell notes that there were actually as many as 135 or 136 copies printed and bound, with the first 100 intended for the author's personal use and the remainder reserved for use by the publisher. This was one of Williams's copies, and given by him to the previous owner. The volume is comprised of sheets printed from the same setting of type used to print Hard Candy (A13.1.a), but it includes the additional story "The Kingdom of Earth" which is not listed on the contents page and was excluded from the regular edition because of its graphic sexual content. The new impression contains an extra gathering of ten leaves at the end of the volume and a new title leaf which is pasted on the stub of the excised original. Crandell A13.1.b. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: 1954
Edition: First edition.

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WILLIAMS, Tennessee
Published by New Directions, New York (1954)
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Book Description New Directions, New York, 1954. Book Condition: Near Fine. First edition, limited issue. Tiny cracks on the paper over the rear hinge else very near fine in a moderately soiled, very good slipcase. Number 63 of 100 numbered copies. Signed by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 297803

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE
Published by (Norfolk:) New Directions, (1954) (1954)
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Book Description (Norfolk:) New Directions, (1954), 1954. 8vo, original brown linen spine, decorated paper boards, gilt lettering. ? From the inventory of Burton Weiss, Bookseller. A fine copy in publisher's slipcase. First edition, limited issued, one of 100 numbered copies, signed by Williams. In the place of the number, this copy is marked "Presentation Copy.". Bookseller Inventory # 24715

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE
Published by New York: New Directions, (1954) (1954)
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Book Description New York: New Directions, (1954), 1954. Limited, signed edition, #85 of 100. Water damage to backstrip edge of leaves and endpapers, else good in water-stained slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 001910

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WILLIAMS, Tennessee
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Book Description New Directions, [New York], 1954. Book Condition: Fine. First edition. Signature and conjugate pages plus title leaf. Title leaf, 20p. (paginated as in the book). Fine. Prints the separate story "The Kingdom of Earth," prepared for insertion into copies of Hard Candy: A Book of Stories in order to complete the private, limited edition of 100 copies (and a few for presentation). Stated one of 100 copies. Because of its provocative content (a tubercular dandy dies while his ex-prostitute wife and his Cherokee half-brother ignore his pleas for help and instead have passionate sex in the next room), Williams was advised to remove the story from the collection Hard Candy. It did appear in much later collections, and he later adapted the story into both a play of the same name, and ultimately the longer play The Seven Descents of Myrtle (in which the half-brother is African-American rather than Native American). Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 337569

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Williams, Tennessee
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Book Description New Directions, 1954. First Edition. THE KINGDOM OF EARTH WITH HARD CANDY A BOOK OF STORIES, New Directions, 1954, first edition, very fine in just about fine publishers slip-case with some professional restoration to the spine of the slip-case. Of allegedly 100 SIGNED copies, this is copy #9 with numbered copies seemingly showing up less frequently than presentation copies. This title story was not included in the original simultaneous publication entitled HARD CANDY A BOOK OF STORIES. The actual number of copies extant is unknown. Apparently, the authors scarcest book to locate in first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 10074

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE
Published by New Directions, New York (1954)
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Book Description New Directions, New York, 1954. 248 x 152 mm. (9 3/4 x 6"). 242 pp. (cancel title page tipped-in, as in all copies). No. 15 OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Publisher's linen-backed patterned paper boards, flat spine with author's name in gilt. In original blue cardboard slipcase with paper title label on front cover. Crandell A13.I.b. One small, only vaguely visible discolored spot at head of spine, otherwise a mint copy, with leaves that open only reluctantly. This is one of a relatively small number of surviving copies of this limited edition, which Williams had privately printed when publishers balked at the explicit sexual content of the short stories. How many copies exist is a matter of dispute: according to Andreas Brown of the Gotham Book Market, about 80 of the 100 copies were destroyed in storage; however, Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies may have been issued, with the extra copies available for the author's private use, but that perhaps all but about 10 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies were destroyed. (However plentiful, the copies for presentation are encountered more frequently in commerce than are numbered copies.) The stories in this collection are: "Three Players of a Summer Game," "Two on a Party," "The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin," "Hard Candy," "Rubio y Morena," "The Mattress by the Tomato Patch," "The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly," "The Vine," "The Mysteries of the Joy Rio" (an earlier version of "Hard Candy"), and "The Kingdon of Earth." Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911-83) is best known as one of America's greatest playwrights, but he was a prolific writer who also penned novels ("The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"), poetry, and short stories. Forbidden sexual desire was a recurring theme in his works, and their explicit nature often caused problems with publication or production; most film adaptations of his works have had their content altered considerably. This is one of a relatively small number of surviving copies of this limited edition, which Williams had privately printed when publishers balked at the explicit sexual content of the short stories. How many copies exist is a matter of dispute: according to Andreas Brown of the Gotham Book Market, about 80 of the 100 copies were destroyed in storage; however, Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies may have been issued, with the extra copies available for the author's private use, but that perhaps all but about 10 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies were destroyed. (However plentiful, the copies for presentation are encountered more frequently in commerce than are numbered copies.) The stories in this collection are: "Three Players of a Summer Game," "Two on a Party," "The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin," "Hard Candy," "Rubio y Morena," "The Mattress by the Tomato Patch," "The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly," "The Vine," "The Mysteries of the Joy Rio" (an earlier version of "Hard Candy"), and "The Kingdon of Earth." Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911-83) is best known as one of America's greatest playwrights, but he was a prolific writer who also penned novels ("The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"), poetry, and short stories. Forbidden sexual desire was a recurring theme in his works, and their explicit nature often caused problems with publication or production; most film adaptations of his works have had their content altered considerably. No. 15 OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Bookseller Inventory # ST11888

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Tennessee Williams
Published by New Directions, New York (1954)
ISBN 10: 9111805161 ISBN 13: 9789111805162
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Book Description New Directions, New York, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. (New York). (1954). 8vo. 1st edition, deluxe issue; limited to 100 copies, numbered (#77) and signed by the author. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Williams to the front endpaper with a cheeky admonition to his good friend, columnist Walter Winchell: 'Dear Walter â€" don't let this leak to the colyums! Love Tennessee.' Crandall A.13.b. Front hinge started; light wear to the extremities and a touch of soiling. Publisher's box with wear to joints. Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies of the deluxe issue of Hard Candy may have been printed, but many of these were destroyed; reportedly, only ten numbered copies and 20 presentation copies survived, but more recent information indicates this may be exaggerated. In any case, a Williams rarity, moreso with the great association. VG in VG box. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard CandyÂwas Williams’s second collection of short fiction, preceded by the publication of One Arm (1948) and followed ten years later by The Knightly Quest (1964).ÂHard Candy includes a varied group of stories â€" some reminiscent of Williams’s dramatic work, others quite distinct â€" yet each is marked by the blend of psychological depth and compassion that characterized his successes in the theater. The deluxe issue contains the homoerotic story “The Kingdom of Earth,” which was neither included in the trade edition nor listed in the index to this edition. Bookseller Inventory # 2816838

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Book Description 1954. First Edition. WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Kingdom of Earth with Hard Candy. A Book of Stories. Hartford, [New York]: New Directions, (1954). Tall octavo, original half brown cloth, original slipcase. $3200.Signed limited edition, published the same year as the first edition and including the story "The Kingdom of Earth," not included in the trade edition, number 17 of only 100 numbered copies (out of a total of approximately 135), signed on the copyright page by Tennessee Williams.One of four collections of short fiction by Tennessee Williams. At the time the first edition of Hard Candy was published, Tennessee Williams wanted to include Kingdom of Earth, a story about "relations among a dying transvestite, his sluttish bride, and his brother" (Hart, 831). However, his publisher, fearing an obscenity-based backlash, encouraged him to accept a compromise. Eventually Williams agreed to publish the first edition of this collection without Kingdom of Earth, but demanded that a special signed limited edition including the story be published that same year. Thus, this signed limited edition uses the original sheets from the first edition of Hard Candy, but bears a cancel title page with a signed limitation statement on the verso and contains Kingdom of Earth at the end. While the limitation page claims that 100 copies of this work were published, that number is believed to refer to the number of copies intended for Williams' own private distribution, of which this copy is number 17. Approximately 35 additional copies, some signed, were published for the use of the publisher, but those are all believed to contain various non-numeric notations on the limitation page. Most of the original 100 copies were later destroyed, making this the rarest of Williams' works. Crandell A13.I.b. Owner signature in yellow felt pen.Text fresh with only tiny bit of spotting to one leaf (227-8), expert repair to inner paper hinges, faintest edge-wear to boards; expert archival repair to slipcase. A highly desirable extremely good copy. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 106096

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Published by New Directions (1954)
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Book Description New Directions, 1954. Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Half-cloth tan spine and patterned marbled boards are Near fine. Blue slip case is VG+ showing light edgewear and sunned spine . The copyright page is a cancel, the newcancel page being attached to an evident cancel page, the One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author on the copyright page, this copy unnumbered and marked "Presentation Copy." An additional leaf has been bound after the copyright page that reads: "For / Jane and Paul Bowles". The reverse side of this additional leaf, facing the Contents page iis an editor's note about the similar origins of two of the stories. No other known copy of this edition has this printer-customized gift presentation to a specific person (in this case, a noted author), making this copy unique. Crandell indicates that as many as 136 copies may have been issued, but apparently many of these were destroyed and only 10 numbered copies and 20 presentation copies, most of which were retained by the publishing house and by the author, survived. This edition included the homoerotic story "The Kingdom of Earth," which was not included in the Trade Edition and which is not listed in the index to this edition. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 001294

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