Lot 195: Author: Pynchon, Thomas. Title: V. - Inscribed to publisher Herb Yellin. Place Published: Philadelphia. Publisher: Lippincott. Date Published: (1963). Description: (8vo) original violet cloth with silver foil stamping on the spine, several blind-stamped V's on front cover, top edge black, color pictorial jacket. First Edition. First edition of Pynchon's first book, without the publisher's usual "First Edition" statement on the copyright page. First issue jacket with no reviews on the rear panel. One of the most important books of the post-modern age. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Herb Yellin - I've been reading this over. It's not such a terrific book, is it? Thomas Pynchon." Inscribed copies of Pynchon's works are of extremely uncommon. Pynchon's signature is among the rarest of any living author. He is ranked by Time magazine as one of the top ten most reclusive celebrities, joined on the list by the likes of J.D. Salinger, Howard Hughes, Marcel Proust, Emily Dickinson, etc. From the personal collection of publisher Herb Yellin, proprietor of the Lord John Press. Condition: Jacket a bit worn at head of spine ends and flap folds; book and jacket near fine.
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