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David Markson
Wittgenstein's Mistress - David Markson First Edition w/ signed promo, postcard
Dalkey Archive, 1988. Fine in a Near Fine jacket, with miniscule soiling/rubbing and slight toning to edges of jacket, otherwise perfect. An incredibly beautiful copy. Wittgenstein's Mistress. David Markson. Dalkey Archive, 1988. 8vo, 240 pp. Fine Hardcover in Near Fine unclipped jacket. First Edition, stated. Beatnik associate and bookseller Roger Richards' copy, with two pieces of correspondence from Markson laid in. First is an announcement card for the release of the book, hand-addressed and mailed by Markson on April Fool's Day, 1988, with the note "Roger - Ervine [Sp., Irvine being Roger's wife] Run - Do Not Walk!". The second is a postcard with Markson's return address stamp and again hand-addressed. Flip side reads a note from Markson to Roger about a photo of Malcolm Lowry he sold to Roger, offering that if the customer who ended up with it wanted to xerox the handwriting on the flip side, he could confirm "at a glance" if it was written by Lowry or his lover, Margerie Bonner. An important early association copy, with an important artistic association touched upon in the second piece of correspondence -- Lowry was a game-changer for 20th century fiction, and an obsession and influence for Markson before he changed the game himself with this novel. A beautiful, nearly perfect copy, imbued with whatever magic Markson's personal touch has lent it. Jacket is protected in archival mylar. Book ships free domestically with USPS or available for local pickup at our Brooklyn used boosktore Better Read Than Dead. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Better Read than Dead (betterreadthandead) [Brooklyn, New York, United States]
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