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Appointment In Samarra

By O'Hara, John




Appointment in Samarra, published in 1934, is the first novel by John O'Hara. It concerns the self-destruction of Julian English, once a member of the social elite of Gibbsville (O'Hara's fictionalized version of Pottsville, Pennsylvania).


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Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934. First edition. 301 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Black cloth. A fine copy in near fine first state dust jacket designed by Maurer (professional restoration to spine ends and top of back panel), in custom half-morocco clamshell box. First edition. 301 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. First Novel, in Jacket, Inscribed. O'Hara's wildly successful first novel, rare enough in an acceptable dust jacket, here with a fine inscription on the flyleaf: "To Lorraine MacLean, in Bullock's Wilshire window. John O'Hara, Sept. 2, 1934" Bruccoli A2.1.a

$15,000.00


Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt ,Brace, (1934). First edition. O'Hara's first novel, preceded by a shipboard newsletter. Inscribed by O'Hara "To Frankie -- Whose dear little grandchildren won't understand what A. in S. is all about. (Maybe their grandmother can tell them.) John O'Hara. Sept. 21, 1934". Varnished black cloth, wear at head and tail of spine, gilt dulled, front endpaper cracking, otherwise a very good copy in lightly worn dust jacket. Acknowledgements slip tipped in before dedication page. Bruccoli A2.1.a. Preserved in a cloth case with leather label.

$12,500.00


Appointment in Samarra

O'HARA, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, , 1934. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn ins, burgundy endpapers, gilt edges. An excellent copy in fine binding. First edition, first printing in lovely fine binding.

$3,904.00


Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John (Bacall, Lauren)

New York, NY: Random House/The Modern Library, 1953. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Good. The first Modern Library edition, as stated on copyright page, of John O'Hara's classic novel, first published in 1934. With a new forward by the author. This is a very special copy- it is inscribed & signed by O'Hara on the half-title page: "To Betty/This wasn't done/with a wave of the/hand either/Love-/(signed) John O'Hara/19 March 1955." The addressee of the inscription is the legendary Lauren Bacall, whose birth name was Betty. At this time, she was married to iconic actor Humphrey Bogart. A most affectionate & familiar greeting from one great American figure to another. An outstanding collectible with very important cultural & literary significance. Without dust jacket. Book in relatively good condition with mild rubbing to front, back covers & spine; moderate sunning to spine; moderate loss of gilt in title stamp of front cover & spine; very mild wear at edges of covers; tiny bumps at corners of same including miniscule loss of cloth; upper & lower edges of spine moderately worn & with some short tears in cloth; very mild rubbing, soiling & scratching at all trimmed edges of text block. Interior fine with only mild browning at margins of page leaves. Signed & Inscribed by John O'Hara to Lauren Bacall.

$2,000.00


Appointment in Samarra (Books into Film, First Edition)

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1934. Advance Review Copy. Wraps. at least Very Good/Very Good. Illustrated self-wraps (i.e. bound by publisher by gluing the first state dust jacket to the spine of the text block), 8vo (8 inches tall), pp. (viii), 301. This first state of the wrappered Presentation Issue precedes the second state, which lacks the "PRESENTATION EDITION" portion of the "PRESENTATION EDITION / NOT TO BE SOLD" statement, found on the special first gathering page of the first issue. Very Good or better in self-wrappers as issued, with the same wrap-around speedster jacket illustration as the dust jacket that was released on the first edition. Volume with a bump to the head of spine and a resultant short crack to the top front hinge, light edge wear and some fraying along bottom edge of jacket, light soil to rear panel. Date stamp of "JUL 30 1934" with a small number notation in ink to ffep - likely placed by the publisher, thus predating Samarra's official publication date of Aug. 16, 1934 by two weeks. A very presentable copy of a scarce and fragile item. Authors first novel and No. 22 on the Modern Library's list of the best 100 novels of the 20th century. The story describes how, over the course of three days, Julian English destroys himself with a series of impulsive acts, culminating in suicide. Features the iconic DJ design of Alfred Maurer. Preceded by only a small shipboard newsletter that O'Hara edited. Ref. Bruccoli, A2.1.a; Ahearn 002b.

$1,938.00

Appointment In Samarra

O’HARA, JOHN

New York: Harcourt, 1934. First Edition of the Author’s First Novel. Laid in is a terrific Autograph Postcard Signed from John O’Hara dated September 2, 1934 sent from San Francisco and depicting the handsome St. Francis Hotel. Comically addressed to a woman, “Chevalier Charlot Rosenberg” sent to her at a bar named “Tony’s, 59 West 52, New York, NY.” Here I come in a V-8 Phaeton. Lover to Whiskers and the rest of the Reading Club. John O’Hara. In the middle of the card O’Hara has drawn a sketch of himself speeding along in a 1930s phaeton automobile being chased by a motorcycle cop. The postcard was written at the time of Appointment In Samarra’s huge publication success. Very good copy in a later issue dust jacket with some minor dampstaining and a bit of edge wear.

$1,850.00


Appointment in Samarra [First State]

O'HARA, John (1905-1970)

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1934. First Edition, as stated. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. First Edition, so stated, with the publisher's errata slip tipped tipped in between the copyright and dedication pages, denoting the first state. 8vo: [6],302pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gold, top edge stained yellow; second-state pictorial dust jacket (with reviews on back panel), correctly priced $2.50. Fine, square and tight (positively unread), pages immaculate; in a Very Good, completely unrestored jacket, marred chiefly by a v-shaped, one-inch loss to head of the spine, affecting the letters 'ntment' and 'rra;' otherwise clean and vibrant. The author's seminal first novel, easily his most desirable and scarcest work. Bruccoli A2.1.a. Modern Library 100, 22. Time 100. "O’Hara did for fictional Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, what Faulkner did for Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi: surveyed its social life and drew its psychic outlines. But he did it in utterly worldly terms, without Faulkner’s taste for mythic inference or the basso profundo of his prose. Julian English is a man who squanders what fate gave him. He lives on the right side of the tracks, with a country club membership and a wife who loves him. His decline and fall, over the course of just 72 hours around Christmas, is a matter of too much spending, too much liquor and a couple of reckless gestures. . . . That his calamity is petty and preventable only makes it more powerful." Time 100 Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$1,365.00

Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Cloth; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. 301. First printing, with tipped-in errata slip. Second issue dust jacket by Maurer, with reviews on rear panel. Spine tips and lettering rubbed; waterspots on the cloth; ownership signature and faint erased remains of an inscription on FFEP. Dust jacket a bit chipped and torn along the edges; spine somewhat sunned; price-clipped. The author's first novel.

$1,250.00

Appointment in Samarra (w/author's signature)

O'HARA, John

NY: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1934. This is the true first edition (stated) with the errata slip present. Bound in Black cloth. Slight gilt fading to stamping on spine. Endpapers restored and book tightened. Overall, a very nice copy of O'Hara's first book. Signed by the author on a 1 1/4" X 3" slip of paper affixed to the half-title page. Scarce and collectable. Included in the price of the book is a fine facsimile dustwrapper that fits the book perfectly. . AUTHOR-SIGNED. First Edition. Hard Cover. VG++/Fine (Facsimile DW).

$975.00

Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

Harcourt, Brace and Company. BLACK CLOTH WITH GILT .... O'Hara, John. Appointment in Samarra. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934. 1st edition. 301pp. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt stamped spine. Book condition: Very good. Corners bumped. Light soiling of front and back covers. Spine edges gently bumped with short tear to top edge. Small ink inscription on front pastedown. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Rubbed and chipped extremities with small losses; a few small closed tears, a two and a three inch long tear to rear joint, all celo taped; 1/2 piece missing from spine bottom. 1st state dust jacket without reviews. O'Hara's first book. Includes errata slip. Cover art is still bright and vivid. . Very Good. 1934.

$925.00


Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt,Brace and Company, 1934. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Fair. Stated First Edition with classic design by Alfred Maurer on front cover of dust jacket, price of $2.50 on flaps, first state dust jacket and RECENT FICTION listed on back. Black cloth with gilt on spine; some mottling on black cloth; two spots, front and back. Octavo, 301pp. Tipped in insert credits the quotation on title page to a play by W. Somerset Maugham scheduled to be published in fall of 1934 by Doubleday. Dust jacket now in mylar sleeve, has crumbled along front edge; is missing 1" in upper front cover and at top of spine; also missing some paper at base of spine and along front edge of back cover (see photographs.) Light foxing. John O'Hara's first novel.

$750.00

APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA

O'Hara, John

New York; (1934): Harcourt, Brace and Co First issue, 301pp., bound in black cloth lettered in gilt, covers rubbed, minor wear to spine ends, fore-edges soiled, hinges are fine, errata slip present, in first issue unclipped dust jacket quite chipped and worn. A good copy.. First Edition. Octavo.

$500.00


Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1934. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Excellent copy, near VG, errata slip included, d/w is from the 1961 reprint version, stated 1st edn with small abrasions to pps 19-22 and closed tear and folds to upper edge of dj...

$451.97


APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1934. Hardcover. Facsimile DJ with 'Recent Fiction' list to rear, but no price to front flap. Spine slightly cocked. Front hinge well started, showing webbing. Wear to extremities with bottom corners bumped. Binding could be tighter ; Includes publisher's errata slip regarding Maugham's 'Sheppey.' ; 8vo; 301 pages .

$395.53


APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA

O'Hara, John

New York:: Harcourt, Brace and Company,. (1934).. First edition. Good or better with black cloth binding showing traces of soiling and damp staining, which is not as noticeable as one might think due to the dark colored binding; spine slightly bumped and cocked. Errata slip tipped to dedication page. Lacking dust jacket. .

$300.00

Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

Rebound by Sagebrush. Library Binding. 0613170865 Ex-library book with usual markings. Clean text. SATISF GNTD + SHIPS W/IN 24 HRS. Sorry, no APO deliveries. Ships in a padded envelope with free tracking. 4023b . Good. 1982-07-01.

$200.00

Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934-06-01. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

$158.95

APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA

O'Hara, John

New York: New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company (1934), 1934. Author's first book. First edition statement on copyright page. Errata slip tipped in between copyright page and dedication page. Lacking the scarce dust jacket. Black cloth with wear including at the edges and corners, and the covers show some light areas contrasting with the dark cloth which is possibly old staining from damping or atmospherics. There is a damp stain at top edge of text block which affects the top blank margin internally a bit and is persistent through the book. At the center and at another point towards the back of the book the dampstain tide line is more pronounced and also affects the inside blank margins down the gutter. But there is no musty smell to the book, and the contents are otherwise quite clean. Binding square and tight and hinges solid. Title on spine faded but can still be read. Scarce in the first edition, and overall a decent filler for a collection. . First Edition. Black Cloth. Good/Lacking Dust Jacket. Octavo, 301pp.

$135.00


Appointment in Samarra

John O'Hara

G. K. Hall & Company, 1998-11-01. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

$127.74


Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt Brace, 1934. Book. Very Good. Cloth. First Edition, Second State (no errata). 8vo (8 1/4"). Casing worn. Five foreedge margins creased, two nicked. 301 pp..

$100.00