The Naked and the Dead
NY, Rinehart, (1948). Mailer's first book, one of the great novels of World War II, and one of the top hundred classics of the last century. Inscribed by Mailer to his daughter and son-in-law: "To Peter and Danielle with all my love/ Dad/ Dec '05." Danielle Mailer, the daughter of Mailer and his second wife, would have been 48 at the time of this inscription and would not have yet been born at the time of publication. This copy is a later printing, but retroactively made into a first edition by the author: Mailer has added the required Rinehart seal to the copyright page and handwritten, "Hereby declared a first edition/ NM." A receipt for the book has been laid in, now faded but for the $4.08 total, but it too is annotated by the author: "Original sales tag/ NM." Additionally, signed by Danielle Mailer on the front flyleaf. A few inadvertent page corners turned, the usual rubbing to the edges and joints; a very good copy in a supplied, spine-tanned, moderately edge-chipped dust jacket. As fine an association copy as one could ask for. [#033031] $1,500
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