The Dream Life of Balso Snell. Nathanael West.
The Dream Life of Balso Snell

The Dream Life of Balso Snell

Paris/New York: Contact Editions, 1931. First edition. First edition, one of 500 numbered copies. 95 pp. An interesting variant binding of West's first book. The book was originally issued in printed wrappers, with fifteen deluxe copies in boards. West's bibliographer William White also notes a copy in blue cloth boards, possibly a publisher's copy, now at Brown. The present copy is similar to that copy, bound in blue cloth boards with a printed paper label on the spine, original cover wrappers bound in, and the ticket of the Gotham Book Mart on the rear pastedown. Laid in is the invoice from the Gotham Book Mart to noted collector John J. Slocum (co-bibliographer of James Joyce, the bibliography being based in part on his own collection), dated 1942, at which time the book sold for ten dollars, the same price noted by White for the boards issue. It's possible the Gotham Book Mart had copies bound in boards for their own use and sale, but regardless, the present copy is unusual and possibly unique. Some stray surface wear to the boards, else fine. Item #2086

Price: $850.00

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