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  • Seller image for A Confederacy of Dunces for sale by Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

    TOOLE, John Kennedy. (Walker Percy)

    Published by Grove Press, New York, 1981

    Seller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA, Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.

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    Softcover. Condition: Very Good. First paperback edition. Foreword by Walker Percy. Page edges a little darkened, faint creases on the spine, sound and very good or better. Inscribed by Walker Percy to Matthew Monahan. Posthumously published novel that won the Pulitzer Prize. *Burgess 99.*.

  • Seller image for A Confederacy of Dunces for sale by THE PRINTED GARDEN, ABA, MPIBA

    Toole, John Kennedy

    Published by Grove Press / Black Cat, New York, 1981

    ISBN 10: 0394178009ISBN 13: 9780394178004

    Seller: THE PRINTED GARDEN, ABA, MPIBA, SANDY, UT, U.S.A.

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    Mass Market Paperback. Condition: VG+. First Printing Thus. SIGNED - Mass Market Paperback. White spine and rear cover, artwork front cover. White portions are now a light cream color, but artwork is still pretty vivid. Light rubbing at the head and tail of the spine and at the tips of the four outside corners. Light rubbing all around the outside edges of the covers. Light readers crease along the front edge of the spine. Each cover has a couple faint wrinkles that can be seen when the book is held up against light. Very light ding in the outside edge of the front cover about two inches down from the tip of the upper corner - maybe 1/64". Signed, inscribed, and dated by the author's mother, who championed the manuscript and almost singlehandedly brought it to publication, in blue pen: "March 10, 1982 / Regards / from / John K. Toole's Mother, / Thelma D. Toole / to / Dear C--- H----." with a pen flourish on the lower edge. Binding is straight and tight. Pages have darkened to a tan color, but are clean and crisp. 415 pages. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Rare. Signed by Author's Mother.

  • Seller image for A Confederacy of Dunces [Second Printing in First Edition Wrapper] for sale by The BiblioFile

    Toole, John Kennedy; Percy, Walker (Foreword)

    Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London, 1980

    ISBN 10: 0807106577ISBN 13: 9780807106570

    Seller: The BiblioFile, Rapid River, MI, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Lindlof, Ed (Wrapper Illustration) (illustrator). First Edition. Signed by professor and author Walker Percy on tipped-in leaf prior half-title page: "Walker Percy." Percy, a professor and author himself, was instrumental in having this discovered gem miraculously published. 1980 at title page and copyright. Stated second printing. Light beige w/hint of green, full cloth boards, black stylized spine titles, light shelf wear. Pages near fine with attractive toning; no writing. Light olive endpapers. Bind fine, square; hinges intact. Original first edition dust wrapper without Sun-Times review blurb at back panel, moderate edge wear, rub, crease; unclipped 12.95, protected in new clear sleeve. Scarce very good second printing in same first edition wrapper. The author of this hilarious satire, John Kennedy Toole, took his own life at 32 after facing consistent rejection from nearly every American publisher. Toole's mother, finally was able to have her son's work posthumously published; and, as fate would have it, the satirical novel won the Pulitzer Prize. "A masterwork of comedy. pungeant slapstick, sature and intellectual incongruities. make for a grand comic fugue" (New York Time). Presented here is "a great slob of a man in violent revolt against the entire twentieth century!" This book's unusual path to success began in 1976 when John Kennedy Toole's mother Thelma, using a walker, hobbled into the office of novelist Walker Percy at Loyola University. She was followed by a chauffeur carrying a manuscript that she told Mr. Percy was a ''masterpiece''. Percy reluctantly agreed to read it. He became entranced as he read, and decided that the novel was ''a major achievement, a huge comic-satiric-tragic one-of-a-kind rendering of life in New Orleans.'' After several more publishers rejected the book, Louisiana State University Press agreed to take a chance with a first printing of only 2,500. The soon to be Pulitzer Prize winner went on to 50,000 copies in hard cover and nearly 600,000 in paperback within three years. Manufactured in the United States of America. 338 pages. Insured post. Size: 8vo - over 7 - 9" Tall. Signed by Contributor.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A truly lovely Signed Copy of the posthumously published Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by author John Kennedy Toole. First edition, second printing (stated) with no additional printings listed on the copyright page. Second state dust jacket (lacking the "star effect" on the first state), which features a blurb by Walker Percy on the back panel. Elegantly signed on the title page by novelist Walker Percy, who wrote the foreword for Toole's novel. Percy was instrumental in getting the book published, some ten years after Toole's death; thus, the LSU Press prevailed upon him to sign a certain number of copies of the First Edition. Book is in truly fine condition -- square, tight, and unmarked. Very minor bumping to the head of the spine, with no other defects to the dust jacket. No staining to the book or the jacket. No writing, no marginal notes, no underlining, and no highlighting of the text block. (Dust jacket has not been price-clipped, and includes the original $12.95 price.) Ships from NC. All books are sealed in recycled plastic, packaged securely, and shipped promptly with tracking. (U-6.). Signed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for A Confederacy of Dunces SIGNED for sale by Ernestoic Books

    John Kennedy Toole

    Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London, 1980

    Seller: Ernestoic Books, Clarence, NY, U.S.A.

    Seller Rating: 5-star rating

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    First Edition, First Printing. First edition, first printing with no additional printings listed on the copyright page. First issue dust jacket with the Walker Percy blurb on the rear panel. Signed by author Walker Percy, who wrote the foreword for the book, on a tipped in page professionally affixed by a bookbinder. This book measures approximately 9.25" x 6", with 338 numbered pages. This book is in very good plus condition. Minor bumping to both ends of spine. Minor staining to edges of textblock. Previous owner's signature on front pastedown. Dust jacket is in very good plus condition. Minimal edgwear to the spine ends. Small stain to the top of the front flap. Original $12.95 price present. "A Confederacy of Dunces" remained unpublished for 11 years after the author's death. Toole's mother convinced Walker Percy to read the manuscript, who in turn convinced LSU to publish the book. The book went on to become a cult classic and earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. The novel's central character is an educated but slothful 30-year-old man living with his mother in the Uptown neighborhood of early 1960s New Orleans, who in his quest for employment, has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory number (N2-26).

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    John Kennedy Toole

    Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London, 1980

    Seller: Ernestoic Books, Clarence, NY, U.S.A.

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    First Edition, First Printing. First edition, first printing with no additional printings listed on the copyright page. First issue dust jacket with the Walker Percy blurb on the rear panel. Signed by author Walker Percy, who wrote the foreword for the book, on a tipped in page professionally affixed by a bookbinder. This book measures approximately 9.25" x 6", with 338 numbered pages. This book is in very good plus condition. Minor bumping to both ends of spine. Small staining to the edges of the textblock with an indentation to lower corner of textblock. Dust jacket is in near fine condition. Minor edgewear to both ends of spine and flap folds. Original $12.95 price on front flap. "A Confederacy of Dunces" remained unpublished for 11 years after the author's death. Toole's mother convinced Walker Percy to read the manuscript, who in turn convinced LSU to publish the book. The book went on to become a cult classic and earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. The novel's central character is an educated but slothful 30-year-old man living with his mother in the Uptown neighborhood of early 1960s New Orleans, who in his quest for employment, has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory #(M2-2).

  • Seller image for A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES. for sale by David Hallinan, Bookseller

    Toole, John Kennedy, 1937-1969. Walker Percy, 1916-1990 (Foreword).

    Published by Baton Rouge, LA and London: Louisiana State University Press [LSU Press], 1980

    ISBN 10: 0807106577ISBN 13: 9780807106570

    Seller: David Hallinan, Bookseller, Columbus, MS, U.S.A.

    Seller Rating: 4-star rating

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing (not stated but per matching dates upon title and copyright pages with latter having no additional printing statements) SIGNED BY WALKER PERCY. xii, 338 pages. Hardcover: H 23.5cm x L 15.75cm. Correct first state dust jacket - dj lightly scuffed at spine and flap fold heads; front flap retains publisher's $12.95 printed price at top right; white specks at panels' top margins and along spine (publisher's intentional "star effect," i.e. stars amongst outer space's black void); rear panel features Walker Percy's two paragraph blurb. Beige cloth; black stamping to spine; slight bumping to boards' top fore-edge corners. Faint cigarette odor to book which will fade with time. Blue ink signature "Walker Percy" written atop and underneath his printed name upon the title page; interior pages are otherwise bright and clean. Binding remains fairly crisp. Still a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Wonderful Pulitzer Prize winning novel first published in 1980 by sheer force of indomitable maternal persistence and Walker Percy's influence eleven years after the author's 1969 suicide. Description copyright David Hallinan, Bookseller. {Lit-Shelf#17}. Signed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for A Confederacy of Dunces [First Printing in First State Wrapper] for sale by The BiblioFile

    Toole, John Kennedy; Percy, Walker (Foreword)

    Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London, 1980

    ISBN 10: 0807106577ISBN 13: 9780807106570

    Seller: The BiblioFile, Rapid River, MI, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Lindlof, Ed (Wrapper Illustration) (illustrator). First Edition. True first edition in first state wrapper; 1980 at title page, and copyright page without additional printings stated. One of only 2,500 of the first printing. Signed and inscribed by Thelma Toole on signature clipping adhered at front endpaper: "June 14, 1981, Regards, from Thelma Ducoing Toole". Beautifully signed and underscored with a flourish. Tan full cloth boards, black stylized spine titles, fine. Pages fine; no writing. Bind fine, square. Dust wrapper, light shelf wear; unclipped 12.95, protected in new clear sleeve. Rare first state wrapper correctly has the stars in the black night sky background; and is without the Chicago Sun-Times blurb at back panel. Near fine first edition in same wrapper. Mrs. Toole was the mother of John Kennedy Toole, author of "A Confederacy of Dunces". It was through her great efforts that her late son's satirical novel was finally posthumously published with assistance from professor and author Walker Percy. The unique satire soon garnered much acclaim and then the Pulitzer, twelve years after her son took his life in despair from rejection of this very novel. He did this at 31 years of age in 1969 after facing consistent rejection from nearly every American publisher. "A masterwork of comedy. pungent slapstick, satire and intellectual incongruities. make for a grand comic fugue!" - NYT. Presented here is "a great slob of a man in violent revolt against the entire twentieth century!" This book's unusual path to success began in 1976 when John Kennedy Toole's mother Thelma, using a walker, hobbled into the office of novelist Walker Percy at Loyola University. She was followed by a chauffeur carrying a manuscript that she told Mr. Percy was a ''masterpiece''. Percy reluctantly agreed to read it. He became entranced as he read, and decided that the novel was ''a major achievement, a huge comic-satiric-tragic one-of-a-kind rendering of life in New Orleans.'' After several more publishers rejected the book, Louisiana State University Press agreed to take a chance with a first printing of only 2,500. The soon to be Pulitzer Prize winner went on to 50,000 copies in hard cover and nearly 600,000 in paperback within three years. Manufactured in the United States of America. 338 pages. Insured post. Size: 8vo - over 7 - 9" Tall. Signed.

  • Seller image for A Confederacy of Dunces [First Printing with Signed Correspondence of Thelma Ducoing Toole] for sale by The BiblioFile

    Toole, John Kennedy; Percy, Walker (Foreword)

    Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London, 1980

    ISBN 10: 0807106577ISBN 13: 9780807106570

    Seller: The BiblioFile, Rapid River, MI, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Lindlof, Ed (Wrapper Illustration) (illustrator). First Edition. True first edition; 1980 at title page and copyright pages without additional printings stated. One of only 2,500 of the first printing. Tan full cloth boards, black stylized spine titles, light shelf wear. Pages generally near fine, no writing; few at front with little discoloration at edge. Bind fine, square; hinges intact. Dust wrapper, moderate shelf wear, rub; unclipped 12.95, protected in new clear sleeve. First state wrapper, without Chicago Sun-Times blurb, and Walker Percy summmary review at rear panel. Rare near fine first edition in same first state wrapper. Includes original hand written signed letter and play-list by Thelma Ducoing Toole dated February 7, 1982. Beautifully composed message contains songs for the seasons and 'nostalgic' songs. One of which written by Thelma Toole entitled "New Orleans" and another "Everywhere You Go" for her son, John Kennedy Toole. Original envelope w/New Orleans post office stamp features Thelma's address label and the American flag 20 cent stamp of the time. Letter has been folded twice and once more vertically. It was through Thelma Toole's great efforts that her late son's satirical novel was finally posthumously published with assistance from professor and author Walker Percy. The unique satire soon garnered much acclaim and then the Pulitzer, twelve years after her son took his life in despair from rejection of this very novel. He did this at 31 years of age in 1969 after facing consistent rejection from nearly every American publisher. "A masterwork of comedy. pungent slapstick, satire and intellectual incongruities. make for a grand comic fugue!" - NYT. Presented here is "a great slob of a man in violent revolt against the entire twentieth century!" This book's unusual path to success began in 1976 when John Kennedy Toole's mother Thelma, using a walker, hobbled into the office of novelist Walker Percy at Loyola University. She was followed by a chauffeur carrying a manuscript that she told Mr. Percy was a ''masterpiece''. Percy reluctantly agreed to read it. He became entranced as he read, and decided that the novel was ''a major achievement, a huge comic-satiric-tragic one-of-a-kind rendering of life in New Orleans.'' After several more publishers rejected the book, Louisiana State University Press agreed to take a chance with a first printing of only 2,500. The soon to be Pulitzer Prize winner went on to 50,000 copies in hard cover and nearly 600,000 in paperback within three years. Manufactured in the United States of America. 338 pages. Insured post. Size: 8vo - over 7 - 9" Tall. Signed by Author's Mother.