17 July, 2015

Goodbye, Columbus

BY Philip Roth
Book Information1/1/0/US/HM/1959/?  •  211x148x35  •  488  •  NBA'60

This is Philip Roth's first book, "Goodbye, Columbus", a short story collection published by Houghton Mifflin in 1959. Most of the stories had earlier appeared in either The Paris Review or The New Yorker. Roth gained immediate renown with his first book as it won the 1960 National Book Award. 


This is the first edition first printing with first state dust jacket that was price clipped but should otherwise show $3.95. The book is bound in black board with white and yellow lettering, and has dull yellow topstain . The copyright page should read "First printing". One should be careful when shopping for this book because it has a non-collectible book club edition identifiable by "Book Club Edition" printed on the lower right corner of the front flap.

This book, with a decent dust jacket, is getting increasingly rare and sells for upward of $500. I say a decent dust jacket because the paper on which the dust jacket is printed is of deplorable quality. Consequently, almost all dust jackets I had seen suffered from at least moderate degree of sunning on the spine and chipping at the spine top. Some book sellers adopt a rather loose standard when grading this book, categorizing some really poor state dust jackets as VG. The question for a potential buyer is: can you take care of the deteriorating dust jacket? If the answer is no, then pass the book over. 

This copy is a VG one with a VG- dust jacket due to chippings along the top edge and a deep crease at the center of the spine, compensated by a VG+ book whose only flaw is the owner's writing on the ffep but is otherwise clean and tight.


















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