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Appointment In Samarra

By O'Hara, John


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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. 8vo. 301 pp. 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. Bruccoli A2.1.a . 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."

Sold by: James Cummins Bookseller
$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, paper clip mark on front endpaper and flyleaf, 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.

  • Published: (1934).
Sold by: Thomas A Goldwasser Rare Books
$12,500.00

Appointment in Samarra

O'HARA, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co, 1934. First Edition. O'Hara's debut novel, and by far his most enduring work, selected by the Modern Library as one of the best 100 American novels of the 20th century. In a very pretty example of the classic Alfred Maurer dustwrapper. APG 002d. Octavo (20.5cm); black cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow topstain; dustjacket; 301pp. A tight, Near Fine copy, with just a hint of dusting to text block edges; top-stain just a little dull. Publisher's slip inserted between copyright page and dedication. In First Issue dustjacket (per Ahearn APG), with ads for "Recent Fiction" on rear panel; jacket unclipped, Near Fine but for some light rubbing and a small (ca 1/16") spot of restoration at center of front panel, repairing a puncture. A bright copy.

  • Published: 1934
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Lorne Bair Rare Books
$6,500.00

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.

  • Published: 1934
Sold by: Peter Harrington
$4,261.25

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.

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: at least Very Good
  • Edition: Advance Review Copy
Sold by: Harropian Books, IOBA
$3,304.70

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.

  • Published: 1934
Sold by: James Pepper Rare Books, Inc.
$1,850.00

APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. 1934. Hardcover. DJ shows wear with chipping and small tears. Much inexpert tape repair as well. Binding could be tighter. Spine slightly cocked ; Stated first edition (later state DJ issue with reviews on back). Including original note bound in about the quotation of the title page, Maugham's 'Sheppey.' ; 8vo; 301 pages .

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket
Sold by: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore
$1,470.00

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.

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: First Edition, as stated
Sold by: Fine Editions Ltd
$1,365.00

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).

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: VG++
  • Edition: First Edition
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$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. 1st editionpp. 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.

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Very Good
Sold by: Weller Book Works
$925.00

Appointment in Samarra [In the Scarce Dust Jacket]

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1934. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing, complete with the inserted quote-identification slip which some identify as an errata slip (slightly askew, spine ends modestly pushed, tiny tear at spine head --- otherwise Very Good + with a small white spot to the closed page block's upper edges reaching very slightly into the adjacent upper page margins having a tiny effect on only nine pages, small shelf rub to the closed page block bottom's leading edge, embossed 5-letter name to the title page's lower margin), in what for this title is a Very Good example of the dust jacket (the second-state, showing wear with some loss to the spine ends, panel edges, and flap folds, but notably a genuinly unsophisticated jacket without any of the often-seen tape repairs or restoration) -- the dust jacket for this title is notoriously fragile and usually either missing or found quite worn; John O'Hara's debut novel, the tale of an American elite's self-destruction, with the title having been taken from quote of Somerset Maugham's Play "Sheppey" (a retelling of an ancient tale) with the quote of Death being repeated on this book's title page and reading as follows: "There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra." A Very Good copy of this highly notable debut novel not commonly found either complete with the dust jacket or in better condition. UNCOMMON.

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First edition
Sold by: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC
$925.00

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 .

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket
Sold by: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore
$539.00

Appointment in Samarra

O'HARA, John

New York:: Harcourt Brace,, [1934]. Second printing, August, 1934, in the second state of the jacket, with reviews to the back panel. publisher's cloth in dust jacket. The book is cocked, with a few finger marks to cloth; otherwise a very good copy in a very good jacket with some internal tape reinforcement and some browning. The extremities of the spine are lightly chipped. . 8vo,.

  • Published: [1934]
  • Condition: The book is cocked, with a few finger marks to cloth; otherwise a very good copy in a very good jacket with some internal tape r
  • Edition: Second printing, August, 1934, in the second state of the jacket
Sold by: Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books
$500.00

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.

  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc.
$500.00

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.

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Appointment in Samarra

O'Hara, John

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1934. Hardcover. Good/Fair. First Edition stated. Errata slip present. Early ownership signature. Spine leaning. DJ is present but is a second issue, with the reviews on the back. The beautiful pictorial front panel remains more or less in tact, but overall the jacket is very worn and split, faded, and sold as is. Still, a great book, and priced accordingly.

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Good
Sold by: Sanctuary Books
$450.00

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...

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: 1st Edition
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$400.00

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.

  • Published: (1934).
  • Condition:
Sold by: Quill & Brush
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Appointment in Samarra

John O'Hara

New York: The Modern Library, 1953. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

  • Published: 1953
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st Edition
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$180.00

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.

  • Published: 1934
  • Condition: Good
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Daryl Rule, bookseller
$135.00