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Look Homeward, Angel - WOLFE Thomas - 1929. 
1929 - WOLFE, Thomas. Look Homeward, Angel. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in custom clamshell box. $16,500.First edition, first issue, of Wolfe's first and most important novel, a very scarce presentation copy inscribed by him to poet Helen Trafford Moore, a longtime family friend, "For Helen T. Moore""with friendship, from her friend, Tom Wolfe, Aug 31, 1937," in rarely found first-state dust jacket."Here is a novel of the sort one is too seldom privileged to welcome. It is a book of great drive and vigor, of profound originality, of rich and variant color". Wolfe has a great gift""the ability to find in simple events and in humble, unpromising lives the whole meaning and poetry of human existence" (NYT Book Review, October 27, 1929). First issue, with lower case "g" on page 308, line 26, and missing "t" in "stationed" on page 506, line 23. Rare first-state dust jacket, with photograph of Wolfe on rear panel. Only 3500 copies of the first printing were issued with the first state dust jacket. Johnston A.2.1.a. Bruccoli & Clark, 417. Hart, 447. Recipient Helen Trafford Moore was a published poet, "an old friend of the Wolfe family in Asheville," and a correspondent of Wolfe's (Nowell, 421-22). Occasional lightly penciled marginalia.Text fine, inner paper hinges expertly reinforced; light edge-wear to colorful dust jacket. A very scarce near-fine inscribed presentation copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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