Ode for the Night of the Day after Thanksgiving Day 1932.

FLEMING, Berry.

Published by Privately printed, Chicago, 1943
Hardcover
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16mo. Black cloth with white paper front board label. 11pp (uncut). Near fine. Edition limited to 496 numbered copies (this #241). Beautifully printed and issued without dust jacket. Fleming has boldly signed the half-title page in black ink. This copy has a fine addition as well: Laid in is a custom-printed Christmas keepsake created by noted Civil War scholar Richard Harwell (1915-88), a 4-page self cover on heavy cream stock in original (unmailed) special envelope, undated but likely 1981. Fine. Titled "Christmas Gift / 1943-1776" in red ink, Harwell (who was also a Margaret Mitchell scholar and owned one of the largest "Gone With the Wind" collections in the country) tells a tale relevant to Fleming's "Ode." He begins, "Among Margaret Mitchell's Christmas gifts in 1943 was a book by her friend Berry Fleming, the distinguished novelist from Augusta. It was Fleming's 'Ode for the Night After Thanksgiving Day 1932.' Fleming's 'Ode' is a small book, its brief text filling only eleven pages. It was published in 1943 in a strictly limited edition, handsomely designed by Georgette Roux, a patient of a good friend of both novelists, Dr. Hervey Cleckley." Harwell then quotes briefly from Fleming's poem and from Mitchell's thank-you note, written in verse, and notes how he succeeded in getting Fleming to send him a spare copy of this book in 1976. Cleckley (1903-84), by the way, was apparently also the book's unnamed publisher and is best known as the psychiatrist and psychopathy researcher who authored the 1956 hit "The Three Faces of Eve." Harwell's keepsake is actually much scarcer than Fleming's book, having been produced in a tiny quantity for distribution to friends and colleagues. A superb copy of this scarce title with an even scarcer add-on. Bookseller Inventory # 1334

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Title: Ode for the Night of the Day after ...

Publisher: Privately printed, Chicago

Publication Date: 1943

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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