31 March, 2016

Loot of the Week 31 March 2016


This week's loot comprises three John Updikes, a Stegner, a Shaara, and a Maxwell, as well as a new Powell Indispensable selection.

For the Updikes, we have "Rabbit is Rich" and two "Licks of Love" to complete my collection of the Rabbit tetralogy plus "Rabbit Remembered". The first editions of these five titles merits a short discussion. The first trade editions of these five titles were published by Alfred Knopf. In addition, Knopf also published signed limited first editions, issued in slipcases with different bindings, for all but the first title, "Rabbit, Run", of the tetraology. For the final book of the tetralogy, "Rabbit at Rest", there is another signed first edition published by the Franklin Library. For "Licks of Love" - a short story collection that includes "Rabbit Remembered", a novella sequel to the tetralogy - there is an additional signed limited first edition published by the Easton Press. In summary, there is one first edition version for "Rabbit, Run" (Knopf), two each for "Rabbit Redux" and "Rabbit is Rich" (Knopf and Knopf signed limited edition), three for "Rabbit at Rest" (Knopf, Knopf signed limited edition, and Franklin signed limited edition), and two for "Licks of Love" (Knopf and Easton Press signed limited edition). Here, we have the signed limited edition for "Rabbit is Rich", and the two first edition versions for "Licks of Love".

We also have the first trade edition of Wallace Stegner's "The Spectator Bird", published in 1976 by Doubleday. There is a separate limited first edition issued by Franklin Library. This title won the National Book Award. Then we have William Maxwell's "So Long, See You Tomorrow" that first appeared in The New Yorker, where Maxwell was the fiction editor and worked with, amongst others, John Updike, before it was published in 1980 by Alfred Knopf as a book. It won the National Book Award. The last prize winner is Michael Shaara's "The Killer Angels" that was published in 1974 by McKay. This title received strong and unanimous recommendation from the Pulitzer fiction jury and the advisory board, agreeing, awarded it the Pulitzer prize.

Finally, we have Ethan Canin's latest book, "A Doubter's Almanac" from Powell's Indiespensable selection.
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