Lot of 6 volumes from the Franklin Library Limited First Edition series: 1) Mary McCarthy: The Group (1978) [SIGNED]; 2) John Hersey: A Bell for Adano (1978) [SIGNED]; 3) James T. Farrell: Young Lonigan (1979) [SIGNED]; 4) Joan Didion: A Book of Common Prayer (1981) [SIGNED]; 5) Philip Roth: Zuckerman Unbound (1981); 6) Günter Grass: The Meeting at Telgte (1981)

McCarthy, Mary; John Hersey; James T. Farrell; Joan Didion; Philip Roth; GŁnter Grass

Published by Franklin Library, 1981
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Striking collection of six titles from the Franklin Library Signed Limited Edition, and Limited First Edition series: - 1) Mary McCarthy: The Group (1978) [SIGNED]. Quarto. [14], 416pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. Fly leaf signed by the author, and protected by a tissue-guard. Mary McCarthy's most celebrated novel portrays the lives of eight Vassar graduates, known simply to their classmates as "the group." An eclectic mix of personalities and upbringings, they meet a week after graduation to watch Kay Strong, the first of the group, be married. After the ceremony, the women begin their adult lives - traveling to Europe, tackling the world of nursing and publishing, and finding love and heartbreak in the streets of New York City. Through the years, some of the friends grow apart and some become more entangled in each other's affairs, but all vow not to become like their mothers and fathers. It is only when one of them passes away that they all come back together again to mourn the loss of a friend, a confidante, and most importantly, a member of the group. Written with the trenchant, sardonic edge that can be attributed only to Mary McCarthy, "The Group" is a dazzlingly outspoken novel, as well as a captivating look at the social history of America between two world wars. This handsome signed limited edition is splendidly illustrated throughout by Miki. Binding and interior in fine condition. - 2) John Hersey: A Bell for Adano (1978) [SIGNED]. Quarto. [16], 291, [1]pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. Fly leaf signed by the author, and protected by a tissue-guard. In this captivating novel, an Italian-American major in World War II wins the love and admiration of the local townspeople when he searches for a replacement for the 700 year-old town bell that had been melted down for bullets by the fascists. This handsome signed limited edition is splendidly illustrated throughout by Mitchell Hooks. Binding and interior in fine condition. - 3) James T. Farrell: Young Lonigan (1979) [SIGNED]. Quarto. [14], 238pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. Fly leaf signed by the author, and protected by a tissue-guard. "Young Lonigan" is a story about coming-of-age and sexual awakening in the mean streets of 1910s Chicago. It's the beginning of a trilogy that will follow Studs Lonigan throughout adolescence. And, claims Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, it reveals "his vision of the truth about people, the truth about writing, the truth about America." This handsome signed limited edition is splendidly illustrated throughout by Mitchell Hooks. Binding and interior in fine condition. - 4) Joan Didion: A Book of Common Prayer (1981) [SIGNED]. Quarto. [12], 262pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. Fly leaf signed by the author, and protected by a tissue-guard. In this Conradian masterpiece of American innocence and evil set in the fictional Central American country of Boca Grande, two American women face the harsh realities, political and personal, of living on the edge in a land with an uncertain future. Writing with her signature telegraphic swiftness, the author creates a terrifying commentary on an age of conscienceless authority. This handsome signed limited edition is splendidly illustrated throughout by Oscar Liebman. Binding and interior in fine condition. - 5) Philip Roth: Zuckerman Unbound (1981). Quarto. [12], 209, [1]pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhat. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Lot of 6 volumes from the Franklin Library ...
Publisher: Franklin Library
Publication Date: 1981
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: vg

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