Thursday, May 1, 2008

1933 William Faulkner short story 1st printing

Available is a copy of a first appearance of the Faulkner short story, "There Was A Queen - A Story". The complete story was found in "Scribner's Magazine" Jan. 1933, pp.10-16.

New York: Scribner's Monthly Magazine, Volume 93, No. 1 January 1933. Original orange and black pictoral paper wraps. Complete issue. Also contains items by Vachel Lindsay, A. J. Villiers, Malcolm Cowley, Josephine Herbst, and others.
Condition: Original paper wraps in good condition. Spine readable, with slight chipping at head and tail of spine. Slight stain on front and back cover from staples, near spine. Full covers are detached from binding, but tight and clean. Writing on front cover, "P.54" near the "S" in Scribner'(s). Comes inside a crystal clear, acid-free mylar slip for long-term protection.

These first printing stories are collectible, yet not many of the typical collectors go after them - they take a special breed of book many authors publish short stories or other submissions in obscure or short-run publications. Not the case in this example - Faulkner had already wrote Soldiers Pay, Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August by the time this was written. Faulkner started out in short stories, and must have enjoyed them, as he had published around 47 shorts prior to "Queen". The other reason why only a special breed of collector go after the magazine published shorts is generally it takes a large amount of time to scan through seller's stock to find the "jewels" they don't know they have. This would be the only "affordable" way to fund your short story collection, as there are so many. Usually the individual monthly publication, as in this case, still in its original paper wraps, are not in the best condition, hardly enough to be deemed "collectible".

Not so in this case. The fragile paper wraps are in good condition, except for the flaw of the entire cover detaching from the magazine, due to the weak staples employed by Scribner's in the 1920's - 1930's. Typical flaw, but in its crystal-clear acid free slip, one cannot tell. As is the reason why it is reasonably priced. To see the value, or find more about this and other collectible 1st printing magazines, go here.

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