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5 novels by Sherwood Anderson, being association copies, signed or inscribed to family members (Dark Laughter, Kit Brandon, No Swank, Sherwood Anderson's Notebook, and also a signed reprint of Winesburg, Ohio)
Various: Various, Various. Various. Good -. Please read this description carefully to note condition and signature details. Four books inscribed by Sherwood Anderson to various of his family members, and a single Modern library reprint of Winesburg, Ohio, simply signed on the title page (with condition issues - see below). All books lack dust jackets, if applicable. Item 1: DARK LAUGHTER: Boni and Liveright, 1925 - First edition. A good copy at best in the publisher's black cloth. Spine cocked, hinges gently cracked, and some soiling along the extremities. Internally quite clean, despite external condition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by Anderson to "Cornelia" (Cornelia Pratt Lane Anderson), the author's first wife. The two had been divorced for nearly a decade (since not long after his infamous "breakdown" in 1912) when the book came out, but she was the mother of three of Sherwood's children. Thus the economical, yet probably sincere, inscription reads: "To Cornelia, with love, Sherwood." Item 2: KIT BRANDON: Scribner's, 1936 - First edition. A good copy in the publisher's black cloth, with white titling. Worn at the spine ends, particularly at the crown, which shows some loss above the title. Internally bright and clean. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by Anderson to his daughter, Marian (also called "Mimi"), and her husband, Russell: "To Russell and Marion Spear, with love, Sherwood Anderson." Item 3: NO SWANK: Centaur, 1934 - First edition. A good copy at best in the publisher's balck cloth. Shallow insect damage to a few parts o the cloth, and more serious damage to the front free endpaper. On that leaf is this inscription from Anderson: "For Russell and Mimi. Christmas. 1934. Sherwood Anderson." (The insect damage approaches the inscription, and may have cut off the last two or three letters of his signature, but the rest of the inscription is perfectly legible.) Item 4: SHERWOOD ANDERSON'S NOTEBOOK. Boni and Liveright, 1926 - Limited edition, and, in place of the number is written "presentation copy." A good copy only, with soiling to the spine, general wear to cloth, and foxing to the endpapers. SIGNED by Anderson both on the limitation page, and on the front free endpaper, with this inscription to his daughter: "To Miss Marian Anderson, a birthday gift from her father on his birthday, September 13, 1931, Sherwood Anderson." Item 5: WINESBURG, OHIO. This is a Modern Library reprint, in bindng style 5.1 (per Toledano), which dates the printing to about 1930, although the only date on the copyright page states 1919. Overall good at best in the publisher's brown cloth flexible boards stamped in gilt. The last few leaves are torn with old tape repairs, affecting text. The front hinge is thinly cracked and the half-title page has an old tape repair, as well. With these unfortunate flaws and the missing dust jacket, this would be essentially a worthless book, however this one is boldly and wonderfully SIGNED by Anderson on the half-title page. As noted above, there are tape repairs around that leaf, but the signature is completely unaffected. There is an old bookseller ticket, partially torn, on the rear paste-down, and a previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. An entirely unsophisticated and rather worn example, but this work remains Anderson's great literary triumph, and signed copies of this title are uncommon, regardless of edition. Housed in a brand-new custom-made clamshell box, in quarter yellow calf and yellow-gold cloth. The association copies were acquired from an experienced and respected book dealer, who in turn purchased them from a descendant of Marian Anderson. All in all, a set of Sherwood Anderson inscriptions, in sincerely regrettable condition, but still intact, shelf-worthy, and representing a decent cross-section of his literary works. Suited for anyone building a Sherwood Anderson collection, or any collector of modern first editions who prizes the uniqueness of an inscription over the condition of any particular book.
      [Bookseller: Cleveland Book Company]
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