U.S.A. trilogy, comprising] The 42nd Parallel; [with] 1919; [and] The Big Money: DOS PASSOS, John (... U.S.A. trilogy, comprising] The 42nd Parallel; [with] 1919; [and] The Big Money: DOS PASSOS, John (... U.S.A. trilogy, comprising] The 42nd Parallel; [with] 1919; [and] The Big Money: DOS PASSOS, John (...

U.S.A. trilogy, comprising] The 42nd Parallel; [with] 1919; [and] The Big Money

DOS PASSOS, John (1896-1970)

Published by Harper & Brothers / Harcourt, Brace [through 1936], New York, 1930
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Three octavo volumes (probably unread), First Printings, in the original publisher's bindings and pictorial dust jackets. The 42nd Parallel: First edition (so stated, with correct A-E code), one of only 7500 copies issued. xii,426pp. Maroon cloth spine, decorative orange paper covers with over-all silver and blue design (one of two variants-no priority established), gilt paper spine label lettered in black, top edge stained orange, plain wove orange end papers. Just about Fine (spine label tarnished, very gently shelf rubbed, but binding tight and square); in better than Near Fine jacket (lightly chipped, spine panel slightly faded, but all lettering quite legible). 1919: First Edition (so stated), one of 10,250 released. viii,473,[1]pp. Orange cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in silver, top edge stained light chocolate. Fine, bright, square and tight; in better than Near Fine jacket, lightly rubbed with a few tiny chips. The Big Money: First Edition (so stated), one of 10,000 copies printed. viii,561,[1]pp. Blue cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in silver. Fine, in just about Fine jacket with light creasing to edges. Provenance: Bonhams Sale 19972, Lot 5175, collection of Michael Lerner with his book labels laid in. Potter 12, 13, 16. Modern Library 100, 23. The 42nd Parallel, first novel in the trilogy, "opens at the dawn of a new century, and introduces both the formal divisions-Newsreel, Camera Eye, biographies, and narratives-as well as many of the characters that reappear throughout all three sections of this monumental work of American modernism. . . . track[ing] the struggles and successes of its five principle characters across an enormous geographic landscape, from the bustling urban space of New York and Chicago, past glimpses at the life of migrant labor in Middle America, to the tumultuous politics of Mexico City. According to Michael Denning, the title refers to 'an 1865 book, American Climatology, which suggested that North American storms followed the 42nd Parallel,' and the 'novel seemed to follow its characters as if they were so many storms crossing the continent.' . . . [Denning] also points out the fateful timeline for Dos Passos' completion and publication of The 42nd Parallel. Dos Passos finished work on the first volume 'a few weeks before the Wall Street crash,' and the book 'appeared in February 1930.' . . . The 42nd Parallel therefore ends on a narrative precipice for the novel as a whole: the horror of World War I looms on U.S.A's horizon, just as the collapse of the market economy begins to influence its composition. . . . Largely a novel of World War I, 1919 swings on what Denning calls 'the irony of apparent victory, of winning the war and losing the peace.' . . . As he does throughout U.S.A., Dos Passos intersperses his 'Camera Eye,' 'Newsreel,' and biographic sections within more traditional third person narratives. . . . In The Big Money, America rides the booms and busts of the 1920s towards the close of a tumultuous decade, the looming abyss of the Great Depression, and the novel's final vision of a divided nation. . . . If Denning is correct in contending that 'U.S.A. is no longer a contemporary novel?It is an epitaph for an America that no longer exists,' the problem of political classes, of a divided American nation surely endures.'" (The Literary Encyclopedia) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1053

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Title: U.S.A. trilogy, comprising] The 42nd ...

Publisher: Harper & Brothers / Harcourt, Brace [through 1936], New York

Publication Date: 1930

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+

Edition: First Printing.

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