From Here to Eternity
[NY], [Scribner], . An advance copy of Jones's first book, winner of the National Book Award and the basis for a film that won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 860 sheets, string-bound, printed on rectos only, and seemingly arbitrarily divided into three sections. Casual inspection reveals a couple slight textual differences from the published book. Together with a (secretarially) typed letter signed by Jones, dated in Paris in 1963, conveying a signed book (not included here) to a fan in Dublin, apologizing for the delay, "but I've been working hard." The sheets are fragile at the edges and have professional restoration to the first several pages, but are near fine and preserved in a custom folding chemise and slipcase; cover sheet has several faded numbers marked on it in pencil; the letter is fine, folded in fourths, and laid in. Included here for comparison to the sheets is an early printing of the book, in a dust jacket mentioning "the superb Columbia Pictures production." This is the only such proof copy we have seen of this title, one of the most famous novels of World War Two, one of the earliest winners of the National Book Award, and a selection of the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. [#032296] SOLD
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